Software

Lenovo Made An Automatic Removal Tool For Its Adware Mess

Lenovo’s pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it’s cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code and licence of the removal tool for scrutiny.


This App Tells You The Probability Of Your Plane Crashing

“Rational expectations” is a term commonly thrown around by economists trying to work out why people do stuff. It’s based on the idea that individuals weigh up the pros and cons of a certain action, and use that to make a decision. It’s one of the fundamental underpinnings of a free market economic model, but as this app proves in miniature, it’s also bullshit.


Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google’s popular Google Earth service, is now free. Google sliced the price from $US400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the world, I’d jump on this. You can download the software key directly from Google and start an online global journey.


The United States Army Just Open-Sourced Its Security Software 

The US Army is open-sourcing a code it uses to analyse cyberattacks. For the past five years, whenever a Department of Defence network has been compromised, the US Army has used the Dshell framework to do forensic analysis on the attacks.


7 Apps And Sites To Track Your Time In 2015

How are you going to be spending your 2015? More work and less play? More time outdoors and less time on the couch? With such a broad range of time-tracking apps and services now on the market, you can monitor where all of your hours, minutes and seconds go like never before. Here’s our pick for some of the leading options currently available for web, desktop and mobile.


NASA's Free App Lets Your Explore The Galaxy Through Its Eyes

If you feel like you don’t spend enough time stargazing and don’t have the time to actually stargaze, you should check out “NASA’s Eyes” an application created by the space-focused organisation to allow anyone to explore our galaxy and tap into the knowledge we’ve gathered so far thanks to missions including Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer.


This Tweak Puts CarPlay On Your iPhone Without An External Screen

The CarPlay interface is undoubtedly better for using while driving than the regular ‘ole screen. But unless you’ve got a shiny new car (or one of the expensive aftermarket dashes), chances are you don’t have anything to pair your iPhone with. But this tweak gives you an idea of what CarPlay would look like running on just your handset.


YouTube's Had A Material Design Makeover

Google’s marching onwards with giving Android, and all its associated Google apps, a fresh lick of Material Design-coloured paint. This weekend, it’s the turn of the YouTube app to get the rolling-pin treatment.


iOS 8.2 Has Been Jailbroken Before It's Even Released

The 8.2 version of iOS is still in beta and unavailable to non-developers, but that hasn’t stopped Chinese-based outfit TaiG from breaking it free from Apple’s shackles (and also jailbreaking 8.1.1, the current release, in the process).


Windows 10 Will Support (Almost) All Of Your Favourite Video & Audio Formats

While there are still a number of competing multimedia formats, there are a few that you can always count on — H.264, AAC, FLAC and containers such as MKV. There’s nothing more frustrating though than having software that doesn’t want to play nice with these and Windows takes the cake for requiring either a codec pack or an alternative player after a fresh install. Fortunately, Microsoft is taking a more serious look at the supported audio and video formats in Windows 10.