FREE DIGITAL BOOKS

Read.WorldReader.org offers free digital books through its free app for Android or iPhone. It has almost six million readers in 69 countries and offers 28,500 free books. We’re reading a book about Winston Churchill.

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457 FREE ART BOOKS

Here are 457  free art books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We looked at “The Art of Illumination,” full of lovely illuminated manuscripts.

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THE BEST FREE ANDROID APPS

The August issue of PC Magazine reviewed the 100 best Android apps of 2015. Besides the usual suspects, we saw some we’d never heard of. Such as…

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FINDING DUPLICATES

“Duplicate File Finder,” for Windows XP on up, from Ashisoft.com, is a free tool for removing duplicates. Unlike many free programs of this type, it doesn’t download spyware and free offers of junk. We asked it to scan our “One Drive” folder (Microsoft’s storage service). It found 716 duplicates, wasting half a gigabyte of disk space. Like all other programs of this type, eliminating duplicates is a bit tedious. For safety, it requires you to check a box next to each duplicate. If you accidentally mark both copies for deletion, it prompts you to unmark one of them. If you don’t have time to review the duplicates, click “save results” and go over them later. The program sends dupes to […]

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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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