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FREE OCR software: a survey of desktop and online tools

Printing text to paper is done every day; on some occasions however the reverse is needed – getting the original text back from a scanned image or photograph, for further editing and use. This conversion is named Optical Character Recognition or OCR for short, and it can convert scanned books and documents into editable text,

Jun 18, 2013
Priit
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Minetest is an EXCELLENT, totally free clone of Minecraft

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Minetest is flattery done really well. So much so that most people would probably have to look closely and/or do a double take to realize that it is not the actual Minecraft.  Minetest is a project that has been going on for 10 years or so, so

May 30, 2013
Samer Kurdi
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Teach children basic programming concepts, with RoboMind

Give kids a playful environment that they can interact with freely, and a cute Robot that they can control via simple instructions, and … just like that, they will start learning basic programming concepts and logic. This, at least, is what RoboMind is designed to do; and it works; I’ve seen it first hand, demonstrated

Mar 25, 2013
Samer Kurdi
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Readefine may be the best desktop-based Google Reader client

Let’s face it: Google Reader is the world’s foremost RSS aggregator. If you do use it, you may have seen a number of desktop clients and browser extensions that tweak it’s layout, attempt to beautify it, and make it more accessible via a newspaper style interface. That, in a nutshell, is what this free Adobe

Dec 20, 2012
Samer Kurdi
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‘Rigs of Rods’ is a FREE vehicle simulator with accurate physics and sweet crashes

Have you ever wanted to see what it would look like if you crashed your car into a telephone pole? Are you a student of physics, either professional or amateur? If you said yes to either of these questions, you may want to check out Rigs of Rods, a project that is part simulator, part

Nov 20, 2012
B.C. Tietjens
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Get automatic alerts whenever your chosen topic is Tweeted, blogged, Facebooked, etc … with Mention

Mention is a neat little service that will track any mentions of you, your brand, or your favorite topics across the internet, including Tweets, Facebook mentions, blog posts, etc. The free plan provides 1000 mentions a month, and the results might surprise or entertain you. Who doesn’t want to know when others are talking about

Aug 10, 2012
B.C. Tietjens
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Chat and collaborate on projects with Brosix Personal, a secure, private, encrypted IM client

Brosix Personal IM is a free private and instant messaging system. It is easy to use and has many of the features and bells and whistles you would expect from most modern Instant Messaging services and a few more, such as a whiteboard, secure file sharing, and desktop sharing. Most importantly, Brosix is secure, encrypted

Jul 22, 2012
B.C. Tietjens
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Two great FREE ways to enhance your YouTube browsing

YouTube Preview and ViewTubeare two great, free Chrome extensions that will enhance your YouTube browsing and viewing experience. They are both must haves for anyone who spends even a moderate amount of time viewing or exploring YouTube videos. I admit it: I do a lot of watching online videos. I don’t get out of the

Jul 3, 2012
B.C. Tietjens
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Ten of the best FREE online education resources that you should know about

We recently published an article that listed the free online learning resources offered by the best 40 colleges in America (here). In the process of doing so, we came into contact with all of the major, most important and professional FREE online education sites on the internet. This article will present you with ten of

Jul 2, 2012
Samer Kurdi
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Get wonderful, user-curated wallpaper images with Desktoppr

Have you ever wondered why YouTube contains every video in the world that you could think of? The reason, of course, is the fact that users do the all the work of curating and uploading. Desktoppr is a website that, similarly, lets users upload and freely share hi-res wallpaper images. It connects with your Dropbox

Jul 1, 2012
Samer Kurdi
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Engage in epic sci-fi battles online with other players, in AirMech

AirMech is a great browser based real time strategy game that combines elements of shooters and action games, bringing a new hybrid genre to light. It’s free to play and download from the Chrome Web Store, and it even has multiplayer options! I like games (and other programs) that push the limits of any boundary.

Jul 1, 2012
B.C. Tietjens
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