Jamie Oliver’s Recipes For iPad App Review

recipes-ipad-logoThe iPad is a great portable cookbook that can be placed in the kitchen whilst you’re cooking. You no longer have to keep large, heavy cookbooks with lots of recipes that you’ll never use lying around. Instead, you can mount your iPad on a stand and view only the recipes that you want to use.

That’s the idea behind ‘Recipes’, a free app from Jamie Oliver that allows you to purchase packs of recipes for just £1.49 each as an in app purchase. Each pack includes several recipes and comes with some instructional videos as well. [Read more...]

Miranda IM For Windows Review

miranda-im-logoInstant messaging clients are all ten-a-penny nowadays, whatever platform you’re using, and it’s a market that’s incredibly difficult for software producers to differentiate themselves in. After all, there’s only so much that you can do with an instant messaging client, and if you go too far when trying to introduce additional features, many people will stop using your product because it has too much bloat.

You can’t say that Miranda IM, the instant messaging client we’re looking at today, has bloat though. Quite the opposite in fact; Miranda is just a 3MB download and doesn’t even have to be installed locally in order to work. Sound like your kind of client? Let’s take a closer look! [Read more...]

Revo Uninstaller Review

revo-uninstaller-logoReviewing so many products across different platforms, I’m constantly installing new software on to my Windows based computers to try out new things. Sometimes, I’ll keep a product that we review on Zath, but a lot of the time I will probably uninstall it after I’ve used it. The only problem is that when you uninstall a program on Windows, a lot of crap gets left behind. Registry entries, stray folders and dead shortcuts are left scattered across your hard drive.

If you want to fully uninstall a program, along with all of its registry entries and hidden folders, you will have to use something that carries a little more weight than the Control Panel. Something like Revo Uninstaller. [Read more...]

Slim PDF Reader For Windows Review

pdf-iconWhenever you send or receive a read only document, the odds are that it’s sent in PDF format. Adobe’s portable document format has enjoyed a monopoly for many years now, so it’s not surprising that there are so many PDF reader applications out there to choose from.

Over the years, though, a lot of these applications have developed quite a bit of bloat. Adobe’s own application weighs in at over 26MB, and both Nuance Reader and Nitro Reader aren’t too far behind. If you’re looking for a bulk free, lightweight alternative, then you should check out Slim PDF Reader. [Read more...]

Universal Extractor For Windows Review

zip-filePeople are always sending files to each other over the internet. Whether it’s a set of photos, a set of documents or another form media, and the vast majority of these files tend to arrive in a compressed format. The problem is, there are so many different programs out there that offer to compress your data, you never know what file formats you’re going to have to deal with.

We’ve taken a look at a number of programs, such as Stuffit Deluxe, which can compress files, but it’s not always easy to find a program to open all of these files on the other end. Fortunately, there’s a small tool called Universal Extractor, available for free on Windows, that will take virtually any compressed file format that you care to throw at it, and extract the contents, making your life a lot easier. [Read more...]

FluffyApp For Windows Review (CloudApp Client)

fluffyapp-logoWe checked out CloudApp for Mac OS X on Zath all the way back in April of this year, and it hasn’t left the menu bar of my Mac ever since. It makes it really, really easy to drag an image or a file or a link to a small logo and have it immediately uploaded and ready to share with anyone that you want over the internet, without having to mess around with email attachments or become frustrated at incompatibilities between different instant messaging clients.

The only problem with CloudApp is that at the time, there was only a client available for Mac OS X, so Windows users were out of luck. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, thanks to a new, free Windows application called FluffyApp. Using your CloudApp credentials, you can upload files to CloudApp using FluffyApp in Windows just as you would in OS X! [Read more...]

Clementine Music Player For Windows, Mac And Linux Review

clementine-logoAre you bored of Windows Media Player? Is iTunes too bloated for you? VLC not bloated enough? Fear not! There are other options available when it comes to software for managing your music, and today we’ve got a program called Clementine which is available for free across the board on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

You can download Clementine from the developer’s website, and it weighs in at around 15MB on Windows, so it will be downloaded and ready to install in a matter of seconds on most high speed broadband connections. [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop 6 For Mac OS X Review

parallels-desktop-6-mac-boxWhen it comes to virtualising Windows or Linux on your Mac, you have two main choices: Parallels or VMWare Fusion. I’ve always been more of a Parallels man myself in the past, so I was really excited to get hold of a copy of Parallels 6 to try out on the latest generation iMac, as I could really take it for a spin and test its capabilities when running more than one virtual machine at a time.

Last year, we took a look at Parallels 5 for Mac and I was left impressed at its tight Windows 7 integration when running in Coherence mode with OS X. With new features, and even a new operating system to play with, Parallels 6 is bound to set the bar that little bit higher, so let’s take a closer look! [Read more...]

FeedDemon RSS Reader For Windows Review

feeddemon-windowsWith so many great websites across the internet, it’s hard to keep up with all of the news that you want to read. Fortunately, there are a lot of great RSS readers available to manage all of that content for you on every platform – we took a look at 5 news readers for the iPad just last month. One such reader for Windows is FeedDemon, which is available to download for free. Interested? Let’s take a closer look…

NOTE: If you don’t know what an RSS feed is, we recommend reading our ‘What is an RSS Feed’ article before reading on [Read more...]

eBuyer Study Reveals The UK’s Geekiest (And Least Geeky) Cities

ebuyer-logoIf you’re a resident geek in Cambridge, then you can start September with a big smile across your face, because you officially live in the UK’s geekiest city of 2011! Of course, by ‘officially’, I’m referring to a study recently undergone at eBuyer, but judging from the amount of tech they ship all over these great nations of ours, they’re a pretty solid source.

In the study, each city in the UK was given a ‘geek score’, which was calculated using three metrics: tech related product conversions per city, IT developer job opportunities per city and the percentage of those with at least one qualification per city. All of the scores were then weighted, with tech related product conversions being the main driver, and calculated relative to each city’s overall population to produce a positive or negative score. Sounds simple enough, right? [Read more...]