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VirtualBox 4.3.16 fixes startup problems with Windows hosts, squashes more bugs
September 11, 2014 – 12:29 | No Comment

Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.3.16, the latest in a series of maintenance fixes for its cross-platform, part-open-source virtualisation program.
The most notable fix in the new build affected a number of Windows hosts, which found themselves …

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View, edit and manage RAW images with Photo Browser
September 13, 2014 – 07:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RAW image formats may have been around for a very long time (Adobe’s DNG is 10 years old this month), but they’re still not widely supported. Most graphics software handles one or two file types at best, or ignores them entirely.

Photo Browser is a little more ambitious. Once a commercial product, now freeware, this capable image viewer supports the popular RAW file types DNG, CRW, CR2, RAW, NEF, PEF, RAF, SRF, SR2 and ARW files, as well as the usual JPG/ GIF/ PNG/ TIFF and others.

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Open Broadcaster Software shares your desktop with the world
September 12, 2014 – 09:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

You’ve taken some great new photos, finished your best-ever presentation, achieved total mastery of some major game – whatever the reason, it’s now time to share your talents with the world.

If your needs are simple then you could take a few screenshots. Run a screen capture tool. Send a few emails. And maybe that’ll be enough.

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OutlookStatView delivers detailed reports on your Outlook accounts
September 12, 2014 – 09:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Use Outlook for a while and it’s all too easy to let the messages pile up. Soon your inbox is a bloated mess, too large to tackle easily, and so you just try to ignore everything older than the last week or so.

NirSoft’s OutlookStatView helps out by drilling down into your accounts and producing some detailed reports. Who’s sending you the most emails? The bulkiest attachmments? How many messages are you handling each hour, day, week, month, year? It’s all just a click or two away.

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Review: System Mechanic 14
September 10, 2014 – 07:51 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: System Mechanic 14

Keeping your PC running smoothly can be a complicated, time-consuming business. There are so many important issues to consider that even expert users can struggle to monitor them all.

Iolo’s System Mechanic 14 claims it can help by cleaning up your system, optimising settings, and then running in the background, fixing problems as soon as they appear.

This isn’t just marketing spin, either, as over the years the suite has built up a very impressive feature list. There are tools to clean and defragment your hard drive, repair the Registry, find and fix system problems, tune your internet connection, even optimise running processes in real time.

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Quickly search 50+ torrent sites with Bit Che
September 7, 2014 – 05:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Finding a particular torrent isn’t always easy, and you might have to visit several search engines before you spot the one you need.

Bit Che is a free PC program which offers an interesting alternative, quickly running searches on 50+ torrent sites in a single operation.

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Enjoy crisper, cleaner videos with SmoothVideo Project
September 6, 2014 – 17:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Trying out a new video player might get you a better interface, wider format support, more tools and extras. But the core video quality will be essentially the same, just a faithful rendering of your source footage.

SmoothVideo Project (SVP) goes a step further by using frame interpolation to perhaps double your video frame rate, delivering noticeably smoother, crisper pictures.

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WordPress 4.0 adds content previews, expanding editor
September 5, 2014 – 15:14 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

WordPress.org has launched WordPress 4.0, named “Benny” in honor of the “King of Swing” Benny Goodman.

The new release doesn’t stand out in quite the way that Goodman did – WordPress.org plays it down, in fact, saying “4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1″ – but there are still some worthwhile new features here.

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Access 500+ file hosting services with File & Image Uploader
September 5, 2014 – 12:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Finding a new file hosting site sounds easy in theory – there’s certainly no shortage of options – but can take some thought. Just tracking down key details like the maximum file size or how long files are kept often takes longer that you expect.

All this research is important if you’re hosting mission-critical work documents, of course, or anything similarly important: you need to be sure you’re making the right choices.

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Evernote for Android 6.0 unveils fresh new look, adds Web Clipper support
September 5, 2014 – 12:22 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Evernote for AndroidEvernote Corporation has released Evernote for Android 6.0, a major new version of its note-taking tool for a platform it says is its fastest-growing.

Version 6 unveils a major new redesign, adds support for the Evernote Web Clipper, allows users to create Quick Notes and promises improved navigation and handwriting support, plus a simpler, cleaner layout for its note-editing tool.

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Troubleshoot network problems with NetAdapter Repair All in One
September 5, 2014 – 07:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If your network isn’t running smoothly then Windows provides a lengthy list of tools which might be able to help. Unfortunately you’ll need to find them, first, and they’re so scattered around – a console application here, a deeply nested Control Panel dialog there – that even experts might find that takes a while.

NetAdapter Repair All in One tries to simplify this by providing easy access to a stack of network details and functions from a single straightforward interface.

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Apple Store 3.0 debuts new universal app for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch, adds new Stores tab
September 5, 2014 – 06:58 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Apple Store iOSAhead of its latest iPhone event extravaganza, Apple has released a refreshed version of its store app for iOS with the release of Apple Store 3.0, which becomes a universal app for iPhone and iPad.

The universal app replaces the old iPad-only version, and means that iPad users outside the US can now access the Apple Store app on their device. Other changes include the ability to start shopping on one device, then finish on another. Also added is a new Stores tab providing local information based on the user’s current location.

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