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Hotspot Shield – Do you want to protect yourself and your computer? A VPN is a great way of doing this, and Hotspot Shield is a great VPN to try. It’s used by millions of people because it is reliable, and best of all, you can actually download and use it for free, as long as you don’t mind seeing an ad or two every now and then. It’s available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, so you can protect yourself and your Internet anywhere you go, on all of your devices. Read more: Hotspot Shield: A Solid VPN That’s Available Free Of Charge

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Daily – Daily is a smart device application that is compatible with smartphones running iOS. The application is sized at nearly 0.1 MB and requires your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad device to be running version 5.0 or later of iOS. The app provides you with a minimal interface to easily keep a list of the tasks you need to perform every day. Read more: Daily: A Minimalistic iPhone Application To Manage Your Daily Tasks [30 Free Promo Codes]


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Speech Recognizer – Thankfully there are various user-friendly speech to text applications available that help you save time when it comes to typing long pieces of text. Normally these tools require you to install special programs and train them to learn your voice. But if you are looking for a free and easy tool, you should check out Speech Recognizer. Read more: Speech Recognizer: Recognize Your Speech & Convert It Into Text [Chrome]


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InstaWeather Free – When you find yourself vacationing, it is very important to take loads of pictures so you can share them with your friends. In your picture, you must capture as much of the location as possible. But to truly communicate the feel of the place, you might want to include the amazing weather that you are experiencing. Here to help you include the weather condition in your photographs is InstaWeather Free. Read more: InstaWeather Free: Personalize Your Pictures By Including The Weather Details In Them


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LockerPro Lockscreen – When your mobile phone is in your pocket, you can accidentally press any one of its many buttons. This can initiate a process like calling someone or simply opening a battery consuming application. To prevent this from happening, modern phones all come with a lock screen. But these lock screens often keep you in the dark about the notifications your phone is getting. Here to help is LockerPro Lockscreen. Read more: LockerPro Lockscreen: Get Notifications For Installed Applications On The Lock Screen [Android 4.0+]


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  1. Ali Khan
    June 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    been using hotspot shield for a while, its good.

  2. Lim3Fru1t
    April 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I was a user of Hotspot Shield for a while and really like it because it is a great program and easy to yse.. But i found cyberghost and got a premium code from your site and i enjoy that a bit more :)

  3. Scott M
    April 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Its great to see Hotspot Shield listed.I've been using the free version for several months now and it does everything it promises.I live in Canada so I use it mainly to spoof a US address so I am able to use Hulu and all of the wonderful media my government and its CRTC department denies me.It is so easy to turn off and on and only use it when I need it.A very simple and uncomplicated program that shows up on your top bar on home page and also in the tray.I Not a problem with it after several months.

    • michel
      April 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Please, the CRTC doesn't deny you anything. Hulu is simply not doing business in Canada.

      Geographical restrictions are a business, PRIVATE SECTOR contract issue.

      • Scott M
        April 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        That is incorrect.It isn't a geographical issue.No company ignores a market of 33 million people.Pandora can't be used because of Canadian Content rules.The same with Hulu and all of the rest.The Canadian Contact Act is very clear and the CRTC administers it.The act is very powerful.A 22 cent tax is levied on blank discs with the monies to be distributed to support Canadian talent.Our own TV networks and Radio Stations are required by law to include a set percentage of Canadian talent.Hulu and all of the other media services would break that ruling.Its been like this for a long time.Even cable replaces US ads with Canadian ones.

        • michel
          April 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

          No, I'm sorry, you're incorrect. You're confusing different things. Presumably Hulu would be subject to Canadian Content regulations, but that does not forbid them from operating in Canada. For instance, Rogers and Bell both have on-demand video services. And they purchase the right to distribute that content in Canada from the producers, not from the CRTC. Distribution rights are geographically bound. That's why Hulu can't be seen outside the US (not just Canada, you can't watch it in Finland or Japan, either). Finally, blank media levies (if they still exist) have nothing to do with this topic.

        • Scott M
          April 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

          They forbidden here if they don't adhere to the regulations and none of these Companies are willing.I don't blame them for not playing games about content.I remember when SCTV was slapped down and they produced Bob and Doug to add the extra two minutes the regulations demanded.They scrolled the regulations in the background and the reason they were doing an adlib bit about Canada.The skit was developed as way to comply and poke a stick in the eye of the legislation.It worked as the sanction was dropped an the skit ended up becoming a hit at the same time.
          We won't see any of the major players being allowed in Canada until the legislation is modified.We even have rules defining whether a satellite dish conforms.Try and find private satellite service in the Country.It doesn't exist.We used to have to register in Buffalo until they quashed that.Now it is all illegal grey market cards that keep the few remaining dish's operating.Canada is being held back because of the fears of 50 years ago that US shows would swallow our industry.Our good talent goes south and the ones that remain produce substandard product for the networks to satisfy the content act.
          Blank media was mentioned because it was just one more area that they wanted their hand in.The act is dense with regulations that hold us back and why we also have only a few players in wireless.We have some small ones who have partnered with Canadian interests but very few.Again its a Canadian content problem in that a Foreign owner is restricted to only a minority position under the act and why would any international company abide something that could prevent their growth and development.Its geographic in Japan and the others you mentioned as well as Canada but that is not the problem.The act needs an over haul.

        • michel
          April 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

          there was no reply button for your comment below, so I'm doing it here. I don't disagree with you on some things, but you just can't keep your argument straight. They're not forbidden. They simply must abide by our laws. Netflix does, so it's not impossible. Dozens of broadcasters on cable do. Your example of Bob&Doug only proves that the regulations are doing what they were designed to: foster local talent and culture. You may not like them, but viewers around the world would argue that Canadian shows are not substandard, as would the American, English, French, German, Japanese and other networks that buy them. I agree protecting certain large monopolies is archaic, but the content industry around the world functions on a geographic model, at least for the time being, and that has nothing to do with our laws or government. And you're conflating telecom with television and other things. They are not the same, although all are regulated by the same body. There's a lot wrong with how the system actually plays out, but the idea of supporting and preserving Canadian jobs and culture is a good one. It also doesn't prevent anyone from consuming as much American product as they want.

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