venerdì 24 settembre 2010

Mulve, Windows Music Downloader

Mulve, Windows Music Downloader: "

Earlier today, reviews of the free portable app Mulve made their rounds on the Internet. It probably originated at Torrentfreak and got picked up by other sites shortly thereafter as well.

Mulve, is a free, standalone program to download music from the Internet. It’s biggest feature? Simplicity. A double-click to start, a search phrase, and clicks on the Save button to save the music to the local hard drive. That’s all it takes to download music.

The availability of music is huge. The developers claim the program has access to ten million songs, and it surely feels that way. Search for some hip charts pop trash and you find it, search for other genres or artists and you find them, search for rare stuff and you are likely to get hits as well.

mulve music downloader

mulve music downloader

A click on Extend Search will display more results on the same page. All downloadable with a single click. All results are shown with the artists name, title, length, bitrate and size of the song. It is even possible to sort the music, for instance to display the largest files on top, or to better handle results with multiple artists.

Download speeds are ok and it is possible to download multiple songs at once.

From a technical standpoint, there is not much that can be more comfortable or better. The program could use a search filter and an option to start downloads of multiple files at once.

Torrentfreak scanned a few of the downloads and found out that their source leads to Russia, more precisely the huge social network Vkontakte. Downloads are direct http downloads, there is no sharing involved in the process and the only way to find out that a user has downloaded music is from the traffic logs of the server they were downloaded from.

It is legal? We are no lawyers here. Legalities depend on the laws in the country of the user. For many countries this will likely be a No. The likelihood of discovery on the other hand is slim as well.

What’s your take on Mulve? Let us know in the comments.

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lunedì 6 settembre 2010

Free Face Recognition Software Blink! Improves The Windows Login Process

Free Face Recognition Software Blink! Improves The Windows Login Process: "

Most Windows users need to log into the system before they can access their system account. Some single computer users configure Windows to log in automatically, which is comfortable but not very secure. The free face recognition software Blink! offers a way to log in that is both secure but also comfortable.

The main requirement is a webcam, as it is used by the software to recognize the user’s face. Faces need to be registered and associated with Windows profiles. This step is best undertaken right after installation of Blink. It is a one time process to setup the face recognition system properly.

face recognition software

face recognition software

face recognition software2 blink

face recognition software2 blink

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Two basic steps need to be completed for every user account. The user needs to look into the webcam during the configuration, so that Blink can add the face to the database. Once the face has been recognized the Windows username and password need to be supplied. Those are then automatically used by Blink! to log in the user if the facial recognition was successful.

From that moment on, registered users can log into Windows by looking into their webcam. This works on fresh starts, on locked computers, after hibernation, standby and every other possible computer state.



It is however still possible to log in normally by entering the password of the account with the computer keyboard. That’s a fallback if the webcam happens to be not available at that time, or the face recognition software fails to recognize the face of the user.

Blink! can be disabled at anytime, which takes effect on the next login attempt. The software is freely available for personal use. Downloads for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 are provided on the developer website.

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domenica 5 settembre 2010

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