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Connectify Hotspot 2018.2.2

Turn your computer into a wireless hotspot

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 31 January 2018
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Developer: Connectify
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Connectify Hotspot
Turn your computer into a wireless hotspot

Connectify Hotspot is a tool which quickly turns your PC or laptop into a wireless hotspot, making your internet connection available to other devices.

Getting started is easy. Choose the network connection to share, enter a password (make it a good one if you're in a public area), click "Start Hotspot", and you're done.

Within seconds a "Connectify-Me" hotspot should be visible to other wireless devices. Pass your password to their users and they'll be able to connect.

A "Clients" tab lists everything using your hotspot. That's convenient as a quick security check, and you also get real-time stats showing their bandwidth usage and upload/ download speeds.

By default, Connectify launches when your PC starts and automatically restores its last state. If that's not what you need, the program can keep its hotspot running all the time, or only when you specifically turn it on.

There are assorted other low-level network settings for experts to explore, including UPnP support.

There's both a Pro and Max version of Connectify Hotspot which have additional features such as sharing 5G connections, a bridge mode and more.

What's new in 2018.2?

- Bridging, Repeater Mode and Custom DHCP Ranges are all now fully supported for MAX users, on all Windows 10 FCU machines, including those that only support Wi-Fi Direct (like the Surface Pro 4)!
- More Emoji: 846 additional emojis are now supported in the hotspot name, courtesy of EmojiOne. The emoji keyboard has an additional “popular” tab to make easier to find the most commonly used emoji at a glance.

Verdict:

The latest editions of Windows can create a wireless hotspot on their own, no third-party software required. Connectify does make the process easier, though, and bonus features like viewing any connected clients are also handy.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.19.11

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.19.11 

• You can now reply to a group message privately in your 1:1 chat. Tap and hold a message in a group chat and select "More", then "Reply Privately".
• When editing a photo or video, you can tap the smiley icon to add stickers. 
• From the Status tab, you can now 3D touch to preview a contact's status.

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