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Find My iPhone (or iPad, or iPod touch) is now free

Buried in Apple's press release regarding the availability of iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was the fact that the Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch service is now free and no longer requires a MobileMe subscription. To use the service, you have to have an iPhone 4, an iPad or a fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4.2. If you do, you'll be able to locate your device on a map,...

Free Partition Master from Easeus now works on 64-bit Windows, too!

Easeus Partition Master has always been a great little app. It's a powerful yet easy-to-use disk partitioning tool that makes managing your hard disks a breeze. Better still, it runs right in Windows -- handy for people like me who always miss the 'Press F11 for boot menu' prompt. There was one big downside to the free version, however: it didn't support 64-bit versions of Windows. That's all...

Access common Windows settings and tools from your system tray

Ever wanted an easier way to access all of Windows' built-in management tools and settings screens? All-In-One Tray might be just what you've been searching for. It's a small, simple app that provides three-click access to nearly any option or built-in utility Windows has to offer. Everything from ncpa.cpl (network connections) to ipconfig /flushdns is within easy reach. AIO Tray also lets you...

CCleaner version 3 goes 64-bit, adds secure disk wipe, Windows 7 integration

When it comes to system cleanup programs, CCleaner is pretty much the hands-down favorite with Download Squad readers. It's been a trusted tool for years, and the newly-released CCleaner 3 is better than ever. What's new in v3? To start, there's now a native 64-bit version in both the installer and portable CCleaner. Windows 7 users also get the benefit of a handy jump list, which offers quick...

Defraggler 2.0 beta gets faster, adds boot-time defrag

It's taken a while to get there, but Defraggler 2.0 is finally ready for download -- at least in beta form. The new version is more efficient and faster than ever, and Defraggler can now perform boot-time scans. Using the expanded configuration options in Defraggler 2, you can choose to run a one-time defrag, or you can set it to run each time you reboot your system. Defraggler's Drive Map has...

Square Privacy Cleaner from NoVirusThanks helps hide your tracks

NoVirusThanks has provided a trusted tool for remotely scanning files before we download them for quite some time. Now they've introduced a new, free app to help keep your desktop activities private. Square Privacy Cleaner (SPC) is like a lot of other track-hiding apps, offering to remove things like cookies, browsing history, MRU items, and clipboard contents. Internet Explorer, Firefox,...

TRASIR shows you what connection data you're sharing with the world

Whenever your browser establishes a connection with a website, that website learns a great deal about you. It knows your current IP address (and thus your country and region), your browser (or what your browser claims to be – some browsers fake this), your OS (approximately), your language, etc. In short, it gathers quite a bit of data. Some of it is inferred, most of it is only somewhat...

SecondShell is a portable utility that makes Windows Explorer a lot more user friendly

SecondShell is a tool that makes window management both less fiddly and more keyboard shortcut oriented. It doesn't actually do a whole lot (it's only 200 kilobytes!), but it adds such handy features that you'll wonder why Windows doesn't include them by default. First, you can resize windows by holding down Alt+Right click and dragging the mouse anywhere in the window. Alt+Left click moves...

Microsoft had a 'priority email inbox' way before Google, and has patents to prove it

Much has been said about Gmail's new priority inbox -- all of it good! -- but it turns out that Microsoft Research has been working on similar technology since the 1990s. Not only is there a slew of research papers detailing how the technology works (it sounds very similar to Gmail's priority inbox), but Microsoft also has a bunch of well-targeted patents filed as far back as 1999! Is this...

10+ invaluable Android apps for the freshmen and back-to-schoolers

First up, let me congratulate you on buying an Android smartphone instead of an iPhone. You've just saved a few hundred dollars that could be better spent on beer, bitches/blokes and books. And if you have a little money left after that, you could buy a few Android apps too! Having said that, most of the apps in this list are free with the option to pay some money if you want bonus features or...

Google Docs Drawing tool removes any reason to use MS Paint ever again

Today I had a quick play with the Google Docs drawing tool. It's awesome, but yet there's a strong chance that you didn't even know it existed! Just head over to docs.google.com > Create New > Drawing and give it a go. Don't forget to Insert > Image -- a whole wealth of Google Images await your artistic meddling! Poke around with the tools; they're very easy to use. OK, drawn...

Marklets.com may be the last bookmarklet you'll ever need

As a website, marklets.com offers up a vast library of bookmarklets, much in the same way that userscripts.org does for user scripts. But marklets.com has a serious ace up its sleeve: its very own bookmarklet. Drag it onto your bookmarks bar, click it, and you'll get a pop-up bookmarklet search prompt. Type in what you want to do (for example, "PDF"), hit Enter (no "live search" while typing),...

SSDownloader fetches popular antivirus, antimalware, and firewall apps

If you're constantly being called on by friends and family to provide tech support, troubleshooting, and computer advice, you've probably had to install security applications on other people's computers more than once. Heck, you may do it just about every day. If so, you might want to grab SSDownloader -- an open source app which makes downloading current versions of popular antivirus,...

Shutdown Timer lets you shut down or log off based on system events

At first, the idea of a program that would let me shut down my PC at a specific time seemed silly to me. I mean, I can already do it with Scheduled Tasks or a 4-line AutoHotkey script. Once I took the time to poke around Shutdown Timer, though, I came away impressed. The name is catchy, but you shouldn't take it too literally; Shutdown Timer lets you do other operations besides just shutting down...

TMonitor graphs your CPU speed in real time, shows Intel Turbo Boost

Sometimes, a real-time CPU clock speed monitor is just what you need. Admittedly, it's not often, but when it's only 2 megabytes, and it produces such pretty graphs... The usual go-to tool for CPU analysis is CPUID's CPU-Z utility -- but if you just want to measure your clock speed, CPU-Z can be a bit overkill. It also doesn't tell you a whole lot, other than the max CPU speed set in your BIOS....