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If you follow this site then you are likely a bit of  computer geek — sorry to be harsh, but that is the cold, hard fact and don’t worry because you are not alone here. You are reading something written by a geek. While we geeks love computers, we also love other things almost as passionately — Sci-Fi, Fantasy and science among them.

When it comes to the science part astronomy is my biggest passion. There is nothing to compare to finding a nice dark location and looking up into the night sky. The problem arises when you do not know exactly what you are looking at — and most of us are not astronomers, meaning we qualify for this category. After all, it is a vast, endless universe out there and everything is constantly moving around.

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Screen capturing is not something that every computer user needs to do, but for others it is absolutely essential. Writing about software for AppStorm means that it’s something I need to do on a daily basis, and there are a multitude of apps available for anyone in my position.

Windows’ Sniping Tool is available to users of Windows 7 and 8, but it is very basic and I for one have found that the commercial program Snagit is amazingly versatile. But Greenshot is a free alternative which just goes to show there is no need to spend money on a screen capture tool.

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While many, most in fact, use Windows to run our computers, few have yet made the leap to Windows Phone for our mobile life. In fact, Android largely dominates the mobile market, though Windows Phone is slowly gaining steam. Thankfully, there are a number of apps designed to bring the two services together. Over the next few weeks I plan to take a look at several of the more useful ones.

However, I wanted to get started with what is perhaps the most important one. I say that because this provides an essential service — the ability to backup your precious data in case something goes horribly wrong with the phone or tablet or, in the event one is lost or stolen.

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For sometime now, I’ve wanted to try out the ebay app. Even though I buy 70% of my stuff in ebay, I had never downloaded the mobile version — I almost always use the web version. I guess it’s finally time and here I am with a fancy Windows phone and an app just for online shopping.

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Spotify is an application which has seen massive success across the globe with both its desktop and mobile versions. Spotify, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a database of millions of songs which can be listened to free of charge. The service is also available in subscription services giving users access to much more. However, another service which has stared to see massive growth, especially in America, is Rdio.

Similar to Spotify, Rdio has a desktop and mobile form factor. However, today I’ll be mainly focusing on the mobile version of the application. This, in my opinion, is far better than Spotify’s alternative and is well worth a thorough review.

Read on to find out more!

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Adobe Reader is free. It is also one of the biggest magnets for attack on your computer. In fact, it is likely only behind Adobe Flash and Oracle Java. Yes, these are not good times for Adobe — the company is in an endless cycle of security updates in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, and frequently failing to do so.

So what do you do? Well, you may not be able to avoid Flash and Java, but you certainly have plenty of options when it comes to PDF readers.

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Since buying my first DSLR at Christmas I’ve been aiming to improve my general photography. And yes, I do read and view other work, but real knowledge comes from testing your skills. I would love to carry my camera everywhere and experiment, however, that isn’t really a possibility because of its size. Something which I do carry around with me everyday is my phone, which has a camera too.

Once I realized I could use my phone to improve my general photography I needed to look for an app to help me do this — that’s when I found Clever Photo. A fantastic application which allows you to quickly edit photos and submit them to a variety of sources.

Read on to find out how good Clever Photo is!

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By default, Windows provides you with a very basic screenshot feature. This feature can be utilized by pressing the Print Screen key on your keyboard. When this key is pressed, a picture of your screen is then saved to the Windows clipboard which you can then paste into any image editing application such as Microsoft Paint or Photoshop. While useful, this feature is far from efficient and could certainly benefit from further development.

Skitch is a free utility that adds an abundance of functionality to the screenshot feature that is already inside of Windows. After acquiring the majority of its popularity as a Mac-only application, the Windows version of Skitch has a lot to live up to.

Does Skitch live up to the anticipation? Let’s take a look and find out!

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If there is a game character that has populated the fantasies of gamers around the world for time eternal, it is the legendary tomb raider, Lara Croft. Be it the ‘proportionally’ designed Lara, the challenging elements of game play, the seemingly impossible acrobatics or the enthralling action sequences, the Tomb Raider series has had everything for everyone.

So, when a reboot of the franchise was announced, it definitely rang a bell somewhere in the center of my heart. More than that, the game was to revolve around the origin of my virtual ladylove, Miss Croft, and that mattered more than anything. Now, after a few hours of ending the game, I am overwhelmed with a lot of feelings, with peace and satisfaction being the primary ones.

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The way I stumbled upon Easus is a long story, but I will give you the shortened version of it here. After complaints from my wife and children that our desktop, a computer I rarely use, was slowing down, I decided to do a complete Windows reinstall, wiping out everything and starting fresh.

To do so, I used a free program known as Derrick’s Boot and Nuke, or “DBAN” for short. It is thorough. After booting to DBAN from an ISO on a CD, I set all drives to “wipe”. DBAN works very well. It erases everything to the point that it is unrecoverable. Unfortunately, one of those drives that was erased was my wife’s thumb drive, which contained files she had inexplicably stored nowhere else.

Panic lead me to a free app from Easus, a company I was already familiar with. A free app called Data Recovery promised to make every attempt to recover those lost files.
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