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Every week, Apple gives away a paid iOS app to iPhone and iPad users. There is no-catch behind it. All you need to do is download the iOS app once during the promotion period to get the app free-of-cost. This week Apple is giving away “Flowing ~ Meditation & Mindfulness” app which usually costs $2.99 on the App Store. Flowing ~ Meditation & Mindfulness allows you to get better sleep, focus and productivity.

Device Manager normally displays only non-Plug and Play devices, drivers, and printers when you click Show hidden devices on the View menu. It doesn’t display hidden devices that are installed but not connected anymore to the computer (also called “ghosted” devices). So, basically in Device Manager, there are two types of hidden devices in addition to the devices that are displayed; Typical, hidden devices like non-Plug and Play devices and Phantom (Ghosted) devices that are not connected to the computer.

As you go on attaching and removing different devices to Windows, the number of ghosted or hidden devices increases. This causes different types of errors related to driver install. It also hampers system performance (though often negligible), since Windows tries to find all these devices at start-up. There is a simple workaround to display these ghosted devices in Device Manager. After displaying them, you can remove ghosted devices from your computer.

There is also a simple free application which helps you remove all hidden devices in one go. More on the app later in this article. First, lets see how we can make Device Manager display Hidden (ghosted) devices. From now on, I’ll interchange and refer to hidden devices as ghosted devices or vice versa.

Do you like the OS X Launchpad feature? Have you ever wished of the same functionality for your Windows installation too? You will be happy to know about WinLaunch. More about the app below but first let me give you a small introduction about Launchpad.

If you’ve ever used Apple OS X Lion, you must have used Launchpad, the new way to launch applications that borrows heavily from the iOS. Application launchers are not new for users. They are better way to launch frequently used applications in one-click.

Now, not all the application launchers are visually very pleasant but if you’re looking for a cool looking launcher that’s functionally effective too, WinLaunch is the one you should install. WinLaunch is an application launcher for Windows users that resembles and functions just like OS X Launchpad. The app is designed for all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows.

Application launchers serve one and only one important purpose, to provide you fast access to your frequently used items. Zum is the new kid in application launcher market. It is simple but doesn’t compromises on functionality. It provides an easy way to organize and access your frequently used application shortcuts.

Zum is completely free application launcher for Windows. Zum is small and the installation procedure does not take too long to complete. After installation, it will ask you if you want to manage applications and websites. On clicking the manage button, it displays the following window:

iTunes Duplicate Song Manager (iTunesDSM) is a program written in Java to remove duplicated files created by iTunes. It is an easy to use free application. iTunesDSM also removes orphaned tracks from the iTunes library, as well as, adds tracks to iTunes safely.

Features

  • Remove files that have been duplicated by iTunes.
  • Backup up files before they are removed from the iTunes Music Folder.
  • Customize extensions to filter with.
  • Remove orphaned tracks from iTunes. Orphaned tracks are files that no longer exist but that iTunes doesn’t know about. (Windows only)
  • Written in Java so it works on Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Add tracks to iTunes that are in a folder but not in the library. For example, a family shares a folder that has music and one user has bought a new song, but other iTunes libraries don’t have that song in the library, i.e. Folder Watching.

Have you ever wondered why you have to click on half-dozen of buttons or have to wait for the timeout that you have set, when you just want to put your monitor in standby instantly? As, Microsoft provides no better ways to instantly put your monitor in standby, Dekisoft came up with Monitor Off Utility. The application allows you to instantly lock your display or put your monitor in standby mode, and also allows you to turn your screensaver on or off at will. While being a tiny free application, it is not short of features and gives you a ton of configuration options to play with.