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The best free anti-ransomware tools 2017
Free anti-ransomware toolsThere are two main types of ransomware: the kind that encrypts your files (and sometimes threaten to delete them), and the kind that locks you out completely by preventing you...
Best VPN for Chrome users: Our 5 top choices
As the world’s most popular browser (and by a large margin, too), Chrome offers plenty in terms of versatility. Its user-friendly setup, stability and security are some of the reasons why many of us opt...
The best free ebook download sites
Download free ebooksThere are thousands of ebooks available to download legally – either because their copyright has expired, or because their authors have chosen to release them without charge. The difficulty...
Amazon just lowered its free-shipping minimum by $14
Those looking to a little Amazon shopping without dropping money on an Amazon Prime subscription could have an easier time avoiding mailing fees, as as the online retailer dropped the minimum price for...
The best free software for students 2017
Free software for studentsCollege textbooks inevitably cost a fortune, but software doesn't have to. Our toolkit will help you work smarter, stay secure and avoid procrastinating (none of us really do...
The best free cloud storage service 2017
Free cloud storageCloud storage has really taken off thanks to fast, reliable internet connections. The appeal is understandable; you can store your files online and then access them from any device that's...
The best free time-management software 2017
Free time-management softwareWhen both your work and leisure time are spent in front of a screen, it’s easy for the two to bleed into one another. Distractions like social media and videos can easily...
PlayStation Plus is about to be free for a limited time
Good news PlayStation owners: if you’re not already a subscriber, Sony is going to give you free limited-time access to its PlayStation Plus service in an upcoming 'multiplayer week'.Rather than providing...
Really Blue Google Pixel release date confirmed for February 24
Google made a big deal about the trio of colours it was offering its new Pixel smartphones in at launch back in October 2016, but the ‘exclusive’ Really Blue finish didn’t arrive in the UK… until now.The...
The best free ebook reader for Windows 2017
Free ebook readersEbooks are a great way to enjoy literature – they’re cheaper than print books due to the lack of print and distribution costs (and completely free if the work is in the public domain),...
The best free personal finance software 2017
Free personal finance softwareThinking about personal finance may not excite you, but it may not be as hard as you think to get on top of things. The first step on the road to financial success is understanding...
The best free Skype alternatives 2017
Free Skype alternativesWhen it comes to messaging and video chat tools, Skype is one of the first name that springs to mind. Skype managed to build itself a huge following even before it was bought by...
Top 5 best online fax services in 2017
While computers, printers and other pieces of technology are obviously vital in the modern office environment, there’s no denying the role the fax machine has played in the business world over the decades.When...
Qantas domestic flights to soon start streaming Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel
Domestic travellers on the Flying Kangaroo will soon be able to enjoy their favourite shows, watch live sports and choose their own music with access to free Wi-Fi.Qantas announced today that, starting...
Top 5 best network monitoring tools of 2017
Networks underpin the IT infrastructure of the modern business, linking up devices from PCs through to tablets and phones, servers and other crucial hardware. This allows for effective communication and...
Top 5 best online collaboration and communication tools in 2017
With the rise of the internet, computers and mobile technology, so much has changed in the business world over the decades. And of course, it’s critical to implement the right devices and applications...
The best free PC backup software 2017
The best free PC backup softwareRegular backups are an essential part of PC housekeeping, but one that's easy to ignore or forget. Windows includes its own backup tools, but they're not all in one convenient...
The best free alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
Free alternatives to Adobe CCStarting next month, Adobe is raising the price of its Creative Cloud suite in countries including the UK, Brazil, and Sweden to reflect changes in foreign exchange rates....
Report: 2016 Marks 11th Consecutive Year of Declining Global Freedom
Noting populist and nationalist forces making gains in democratic states last year, Freedom House has declared 2016 the 11th consecutive year of a decline in global freedom. Of the 195 countries assessed...
The best free music downloader 2017
Free music downloadersiTunes and Google Play Music aren’t the only sources of music online – all kinds of websites and services offer songs to download free.But what’s the best way to get it? Should you...
The best free file recovery software 2017
The best free file recovery softwareFile recovery can be an expensive business, which is why it's no substitute for backing up your key documents, photos and other data on a regular basis. But that's...
It may be a small VPN, but Moldova-based Kepard's website makes some big claims, in particular that it offers the ‘best free premium VPN’ for Windows, iOS and Android.Could this be true? A quick inspection...
The best free PC software 2017
The best free software for WindowsSuperb software doesn't have to cost a fortune - thanks to open source, shareware and ad-supported projects, you can equip your Windows PC with a complete set of essential...
Top 10 best antivirus apps for Android in 2017
Android is by far and away the most popular mobile operating system, being installed on the vast majority of devices out there, so it’s no surprise that the vast majority of mobile malware is targeted...
The best free blogging sites 2017
The best free blogging siteFree blogging sites have come a long way in recent years, and it’s now easier than ever to create a professional-looking blog to share a hobby with likeminded people, express...
The best free download manager 2017
The best free download managerIf you enjoy music and movies, a great download manager is essential. The best tools can speed up downloads by breaking files into manageable blocks, let you pause and resume...
Get a free game worth £7.99 when you book a ticket to PC Gamer Weekender
Still on the fence about attending the PC Gamer Weekender? Perhaps this will tempt you: a free game worth £7.99 with your ticket. That's right - nab a copy of Mount & Blade at absolutely no charge when...
The best free privacy software 2017
The best free privacy software 2017Online privacy is a hot topic, with even world leaders weighing in on the subject. Many of the big-name websites and companies will track your activities to deliver...
Top 10 best cloud storage services of 2017
According to a recent blog post by IBM, people and businesses will continue the trend of reducing their need to rely on costly hardware and infrastructure by placing files and applications in the cloud.Given...
The best free media player 2017
The best free media playerAfter 25 years of development, you might think Windows Media Player should have the power to handle all your video and audio needs. And yet, as you've probably noticed, it's...
The best free security software 2017
The best free security softwareReliable antivirus is essential for any internet-connected PC, but it isn’t always enough. Your security software should also protect you from malware – programs that don’t...
The best free audio editor 2017
The best free audio editorWhen you want to edit an audio file – whether it's to create a custom ringtone for your phone, make your own podcasts or record music – the prospect of choosing the right audio...
The best free office software 2017
The best free office softwareWhen you think of office suites, Microsoft Office is probably the first one that springs to mind. This is hardly surprising as so many computer come with a copy of it pre-installed,...
The best free software uninstaller 2017
The best free software uninstallerWhen you use a program's built-in uninstaller, it rarely does a thorough job. Sometimes you'll be informed that "some elements could not be removed" as the uninstaller...
Top 5 best website monitoring services for businesses
There are a plethora of monitoring solutions out there which give firms the tools and resources they need to track their online assets, particularly websites, which are now mandatory for any business...
The best EE SIM-only deals of the week: Get BT Sports, Apple Music and EU roaming for free
EE has become the UK's most popular network thanks to its superfast 4G connections and we're seeing increasing demand for EE SIM-only deals as people change networks or carry on post-contract. So, if...
Top 5 best data visualisation services
Nowadays, it’s impossible to shy away from technology and software. Most of us own smartphones, tablets, computers and other gizmos – and as a direct result of this, we create heaps of data constantly....
Free plans are generally a useful way to see what a VPN can do, but Windscribe’s goes so much further that you might find you never need to upgrade.There’s a 2GB monthly data allowance, for instance,...
Download of the day: Freemake Video Converter
FreeMake Video ConverterWhen it comes to video apps, Freemake Video Converter is a blockbuster, with more than 93 million users it’s one of the most popular video apps around. That’s because it’s very...
The best free photo editor 2017
The best free photo editorWith phone cameras now ubiquitous, we're taking and sharing more photos than ever. But even the best phone camera is likely to produce a dud or two, and even the best shot could...
How to stop ransomware
How to stop ransomwareRansomware – software that encrypts your files or locks your screen until you pay its creators a fee – is no longer the preserve of malicious coders. Virus-writers are now offering...
The best VPN services and VPN deals of 2017
Getting a VPN (or renewing your existing one) should top your list of resolutions for 2017: VPNs are available on desktops, mobiles and even other devices like routers.Below are the VPN deals that we...
Top 5 best encryption tools
Cybersecurity is one of the most important areas for modern businesses. Without the right protection and defence mechanisms in place, firms face the risk of hackers infiltrating their systems and getting...
Downloads advent calendar: get Ski Challenge free today
Ski ChallengeThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Open the final door on our free downloads...
Downloads advent calendar: get Video Booth free today
Video BoothThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Peek behind the 24th door on our free downloads...
Download of the day: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition
The world is a dangerous place for your data. Fumbling fingers can easily delete it or even reformat a hard disk - and all kinds of things can cause hard disks to crash, partitions to be lost or data...
Downloads advent calendar: get Kodu Game Lab free today
Kodu Game LabThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Peek behind the 23rd door on our downloads...
Raspberry Pi releases free PIXEL OS, designed to run on PCs old and new
The Linux-based PIXEL OS, the same one that the Raspberry Pi Foundation uses on its own micro computers, has now been released in an experimental state to the public.The OS is compatible with both x86-based...
Download Assassin's Creed 3 free
As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Ubisoft is giving away some of its classic titles free for a limited time. The latest free download is Assassin's Creed 3 – the fifth major instalment in...
Downloads advent calendar: get Stellarium free today
StellariumThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Behind the 22nd door on our downloads advent...
The best free VPN 2016
The best free VPNThere are various reasons for wanting to use free VPN (virtual private network) software, but the two main ones are to hide who you are, or to hide where you are. Why might you want to...
Downloads advent calendar: get XnRetro free today
XnRetroThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Peel back the 21st door on our free downloads...
Download of the day: WPS Office Free
WPS Office FreeIf you need an office suite but don’t want or can’t afford Microsoft Office 365, you have several options. You can go for Google Docs and accept its limitations in favour of its collaboration...
Downloads advent calendar: get Fotomorph free today
FotomorphThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Behind the 20th door on our free downloads advent...
The 13 best iPhone, iPad and Android games of 2016
Mobile gaming is the best, the chance to have thousands of games on our phones which we can whip out and play at any idle moment. We live in the future.But mobile gaming is also the worst, as there’s...
Downloads advent calendar: get Helium Music Manager free today
Helium Music ManagerThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Pull open door 19 on our free downloads...
Download of the day: SUPERAntiSpyware
SUPERAntiSpywareThere’s no shortage of anti-spyware software on the internet, but how many of them can claim to be super, let alone SUPER?SUPERAntiSpyware has been protecting PCs for over a decade now,...
5 free augmented reality apps to delight your kids
Simply handing your smartphone to your child is a lazy way to keep them entertained; instead you can harness the incredible power in your pocket to enjoy quality time with your kids as they have fun and...
Downloads advent calendar: get OpenRocket free today
OpenRocketThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Open the 18th door on our free downloads advent...
The 7 best apps for finding brilliant food on the go
You’re out with friends or family in an unfamiliar place, and there’s a terrible noise: it’s your stomach, demanding food.The problem? You’ve got no idea where to find a decent eatery that will please...
Uber denies targeting ex-engineer in claimed ‘smear campaign’
Susan Fowler, the former engineer whose detailed recounting of sexual harassment and management infighting at Uber prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to apologize for the rough-edged culture he created at the...
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a "toxic" work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense. Today, the...
Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working
alizasherman reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingEx-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigationSocial media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's...
It would be 'dangerous to change' Uber's culture at this point, says Munster
Allegations of widespread sexual harassment and bad behavior at Uber are "unfortunate and inexcusable," but Uber is not going to change its company culture, nor should it, said Gene Munster, Loup Ventures...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark