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Opera Beta 25 released, finally adds full bookmark support, debuts Linux build
September 16, 2014 – 07:22 | No Comment

Opera has released Opera Beta 25, which sees the Opera Next channel renamed as part of what could be a landmark release for the alternative web browser when it hits final release next month. The …

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Andy runs Android on your Mac, Win 7/8 desktop
September 15, 2014 – 10:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Almost three years on from its first release, BlueStacks is probably still the easiest way to run Android apps on your Windows desktop. But it also has issues: performance can be a problem, and you don’t get full control over your virtual device.

Andy is a new contender which takes a different approach, running an Android image with VirtualBox. It can be much more awkward to configure, but performance is great, and every aspect of the system can be tweaked to suit your needs.

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RichEdit is a surprising WordPad replacement
September 15, 2014 – 10:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you need a free editor for Windows then checking out a few Notepad replacements is a good place to start: EverEdit, TotalEdit Professional, FXiTE are just a few we’ve covered in the past.

But if plain text editing isn’t enough then you might be interested in RichEdit, a portable WordPad replacement which supports both plain and rich text files.

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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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Geekbench 3.2 offers redesigned and simplified results view, adds ARMv8 support
September 9, 2014 – 08:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

GeekBench 3.2Primate Labs has updated its cross-platform, flagship benchmark tool with the release of Geekbench 3.2 for desktop and Android. Also available on iOS, the latest build’s main highlight is a redesigned results page.

The redesign aims to simplify how results are shown, particularly on mobile platforms. Version 3.2 also comes with added support for the forthcoming 32-bit ARMv8 processor due to launch on Android later this year.

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Run and test batch files with Shell Runner
September 8, 2014 – 17:32 by Mike Williams in News, Tips | No Comment

Running a batch file in Windows can be as easy as a double-click, and if the script is simple then the command window might open, run your file and disappear again in a fraction of a second.

Of course, if your script has a problem then this might be an issue, as error messages will pop up and vanish before you have time to notice anything at all.

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Emsisoft Internet Security 9.0 released, integrates firewall into existing anti-malware protection
September 8, 2014 – 11:38 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Emsisoft Internet Security 9.0Emsisoft GmbH has unveiled its first integrated security suite for Windows in the form of Emsisoft Internet Security 9.0. The suite comprises all the functionality of Emsisoft Anti-Malware, plus the core engine from its Online Armor firewall.

Emsisoft Internet Security promises the same lean and efficient protection as the standalone Anti-Malware tool, while adding in a user-optimised version of its firewall that – unlike Online Armor – is designed to be as beginner-friendly as possible.

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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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