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Every article which I write needs to be accompanied by images. These images showcase the app that I’m trying to explain and allow readers to understand the article easier. Most of these images come in the form of screenshots which give an exact replication of what you would see when you use the app. However, recently I became annoyed by the tireless standard process of print screening then loading into an editor to perfect and resize the image. This method was long and annoying.

Then I found LightShot, an app which makes the screenshot experience far easier. By collecting the screenshot and editor together in the same package my life became a lot easier. Read on to find out how to use Lightshot.

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I absolutely loved playing Draw Something. Till now, I thought it was only available for Apple and Android platforms but no, they are available for Windows too. Sadly, it is not free and I didn’t really want to pay for a game that I play once a week.

So, I was searching for a free game in more or less the same category in the Windows Marketplace and I came across What’s the Word?. That was an interesting title, meaning I really had to check out what it really was. With 50k+ reviews, it felt like an easy choice. Let me tell you what the game is all about.

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Whether learning about history is something we enjoy or not, everyone has had to find out new information one time or the other. However, we often forget about key moments in history which would be interesting to learn about. Daily History is an application which lets users look back in the past and find out what happened on that same day. By giving you little pieces of knowledge this is an app which can really help you learn a lot.

Daily History is a free application which is available on Windows Phones 7.5 and above. Read on to find out how exciting Daily History can be!

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The normal way to manage files is with the Windows File Explorer. Microsoft has improved it with each release of Windows. There are alternatives to the File Explorer that can be used in its place, and Directory Opus, by GPSoftware is the best file manager that I have seen on either Windows, Macintosh, or Linux.

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Google Reader is going away. You have, by now, heard that Google is shutting down its popular Reader program. There are countless programs jumping forward to take the place of the the soon to be departed RSS reader. While Google’s mostly unsupported, at least recently, app is web-based, not all of the alternatives are.

There are both software and web apps that can fill the void, but many are under heavy traffic right now, so do not judge them by the way they currently work. In fact, the one I chose gave me a message upon sign-up that I was almost 47,000 down in the upload queue for my OPML file. After four days, I remain more than 7,000 behind and waiting.

However, that is not my only option, and I intend to test multiple sources for a replacement to my beloved Reader app, and I am looking at both web and desktop-based solutions. First up is a software program called Snackr. I am not sure I want to go with a desktop-based solution, but I am willing to try it.

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When you have such a huge community knitted around a title which is more than a decade old and is classified as one of the most successful and important games in the history of PC gaming, you know you are stepping into an inferno of expectations when you are making an announcement of the sequel. When Blizzard made that announcement in May 2007, I must say that I was intrigued, to be modest.

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You’re probably familiar with the infamous Windows notification balloon. While the majority of these notifications are often important, the Windows notification system is constantly ridiculed for lack of configuration. A solid notification system should consist of a configurable interface and support for a variety of applications. If you feel as though the default notification system does not suit your needs, you may want to have a look at Growl for Windows.

Based off of the popular Mac application, Growl for Windows is an excellent solution for those who multitask and wish to make their lives a little easier. Growl allows you to receive information on what is taking place in other applications via a simple notification in the corner of your screen. This eliminates the need for constantly switching windows which can negatively impact productivity. Growl has the ability to provide you with information such as the name of a song that is playing in iTunes, when a download is finished in Firefox, or when you receive a new IM in Pidgin.

Is Growl right for you? Continue reading to find out!
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I’ve always wanted to write about a game for AppStorm. Even though the marketplace has an awful lot of games in its repository, Blocked In gained my attention the moment I saw it – mainly because of its ratings. It was love at first sight and I badly wanted to write about it.

Blocked In is basically a puzzle game and is one of the most downloaded game in the Windows Marketplace. True to the developers’ word, I found it a very addictive game. Should you give it a chance too? Read on to find out more!

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The 6 Wunderkinder team are an interesting lot. They seem to me kind of like the A-Team of developers; members plucked from all around the world, stuffed together with the aim of creating something new, something shiny. What did they start with? The To-do list.

..and to be honest, their first shot was pretty good.

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Graphics packages can be terrifying applications. Fire up a program such as a Photoshop and the plethora of options and tools spreads before you is likely to be rather overwhelming. This is even more the case for children, but at the same time, it is only right that they are given the opportunity to experiment with computer-based painting. This is what Paint a Story offers – but there’s more to explore as well.

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