APP HAPPY

Google the phrase “Chrome Web Store” to find lots of apps that will run right on your desktop. Here are a few nice freebies:

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RE-SIZING A PHOTO

A reader told us he had a photo he wanted to use as his Windows desktop “wallpaper,” which is the picture that acts as background on your computer screen, but it was way too big.

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VIDEO CONTEST

Nikon is offering $17,000 worth of equipment to the creator of the best video.

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DONATING AN OLD COMPUTER

We heard from a reader who is donating his computer to the Salvation Army but wants to remove his personal stuff first. He didn’t mean deleting in the usual way, because that can be recovered. Skilled recovery experts can even resurrect data from a computer that’s been reformatted.

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FREE MOVIE RENTAL FROM REDBOX

Redbox just rented its three billionth movie from one of those red kiosks you see in grocery stores. To say thanks, it’s offering a free movie or game Get the promotional code Thursday, August 1. on the Redbox Facebook page. It’s valid in any Redbox location.

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VIZIO TV PRIZES FOR MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST

Vizio TV is offering a 70-inch TV to the person who submits the best video or photo with an essay on why they are their mom’s biggest fan. The deadline is April 30. To enter, go to Vizio.com/mom. 

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APP HAPPY EXERCISE

“Daily Arm Workout,” “Daily Ab Workout” and “Daily Leg Workout” give you five to ten minute work-out sessions. The instructor doesn’t see what you’re doing, but you see her and that’s enough. Joy likes them and is still trying to talk Bob into them.

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OFFICE ON THE IPAD

We’re still waiting for the official Microsoft version of Office for iPad and Android tablets. Meanwhile, there’s a free app that lets you use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It’s called “OnLive Desktop” from desktop.onlive.com.

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BUNCH A FREEBIES

Dozens of free programs have been collected in one place at NiNite.com. You can install them all in one swoop if you want. Check off the boxes for the freebies you want and click “download installer.” The rest takes place automatically.

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TIME FOR SOME WORDS ABOUT FREEBIES

Download.com is the most popular site for downloading free programs, mostly what
are called utilities. The anti-virus program “Avast,” which we used for several years, is
available from download.com, as is AVG anti-virus (which we also used for years and

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