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Desktop Earth 3.2.42

Generate gorgeous desktop wallpaper showing the earth from space

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 09 August 2015
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Desktop Earth
Generate gorgeous desktop wallpaper showing the earth from space

Desktop Earth automatically generates a gorgeous desktop image of the Earth as it would be seen from space, at that moment in time, and then updates it every few minutes.

This starts with a high definition base image of the planet, updated monthly to give a more accurate view of snow coverage, the seasons and so on.

The picture then gets overlaid with cloud images, which can be updated regularly. These look gorgeous and give a realistic effect, but aren't actual snapshots, so don't rely on them for weather forecasting.

To finish, you can actually see the passage of daylight across the globe, so your desktop will very graphically show you where it's daytime right now, and where it's the middle of the night (it can even add city lights for a little extra realism).

And Desktop Earth will by default update the image every five minutes, to keep it reasonably accurate. (Although you can change the update interval and many other program settings from its system tray icon.)

If your desktop is covered in shortcuts, of course, the program may not be for you. They'll be more difficult to see, with the changing wallpaper (plus they'll obscure so much of the amazing visuals that you may wonder why you bothered).

If your desktop is normally clear, though, Desktop Earth is a great way to give it some life. The program is entirely free, no adware issues to worry about. And while it runs in the background, RAM use is minimal, at only around 5MB on our test system.

Verdict:

Desktop Earth creates some gorgeous hi-res images, but it may not be too practical if you regularly launch apps or files from your desktop

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.80

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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 2.17.80

• Now you can delete messages you've sent by mistake. Just tap and hold a message you sent in the last 7 minutes, tap delete, and select "Delete for everyone." The message will be deleted for you and everyone in the chat. Requires the latest version of WhatsApp.
• Live location: now you can share your location in real-time with family and friends. Open any chat, tap the + icon > location, and tap "Share Live Location" to get started. 
• Fixed an issue that was preventing some message notifications from appearing on iOS 11.

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