Create animated GIFs from video clips with Movie to Gif
July 23, 2014 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

They’re extremely basic, horribly limited, just about the most low-tech form of computer animation you can get. But then animated GIFs are almost 25 years old, so we probably shouldn’t expect too much. And even now, they’re still useful as a reliable way to display simple animations on just about every platform.

We’ve discussed several ways to create animated GIFs before, but the latest is Movie to Gif, which does exactly what its name suggests: point the program at a video and it’ll render a finished GIF for you.

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Maps.Me: a travel app which works anywhere
July 22, 2014 – 11:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Every smartphone user needs a good mapping app, something to get them from A to B with the absolute minimum of hassle.

Google Maps is a great first choice, and of course there’s plenty of other options. But if you need something that will work anywhere, up mountains or down dirt tracks, then Maps.Me is a must-have.

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Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2015
July 22, 2014 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2015

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 is a capable product which delivers everything you’d expect from a security suite: antivirus, firewall, browsing protection, a spam filter and more. The technology scores highly with the independent testing labs, too, so we were interested to see what the new build had to offer.

Installation was quick and easy. Unlike some of the competition, you’re not forced to remove anything else vaguely security-related: Kaspersky warns you about possible conflicts, but whether you uninstall any problem programs is up to you.

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Need to take control of your Android mobile’s files? Tomi File Manager is just the ticket.
July 21, 2014 – 13:34 by Nick Peers in Tips | No Comment

Tomi File ManagerEver struggled to find a particular file on your Android mobile? Wish you could exert more control over your photos and other media, or uninstall more than one app at once? You need a file manager, and not just any file manager, but Tomi File Manager 1.4.2 at that.

Tomi File Manager packs in lots of useful features, works with both internal and external storage and is far more than a simple tool for viewing files – plus, it’s free.

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Paragon Rescue Kit 14 adds virtual disk support
July 21, 2014 – 12:23 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Paragon Technologies has released Paragon Rescue Kit 14, its free-for-personal-use disaster recovery environment.

The program creates bootable recovery media based on Windows PE, or, new to this version, SuSE 12.3. The second adds support for migrating a Windows system to a different hardware platform, including 64-bit setups using UEFI.

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Google Maps for Android 8.2 released, improves navigation for cyclists and drivers
July 18, 2014 – 12:34 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google MapsGoogle has started to roll out Google Maps for Android 8.2, focussing its attention of cyclists with the addition of some handy new features.

The app also introduces voice control for vehicle navigation, effectively turning the user’s Android mobile or tablet into a GPS navigation system.

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Dashlane 3.0 revamps user interface, unveils new shared features
July 18, 2014 – 06:49 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Dashlane 3.0Dashlane, Inc has released Dashlane 3.0 for Windows and Mac, a major new build of its secure password management tool. The new release is joined by Dashlane 2.7 for iOS, which has been updated to work with version 3.

Version 3 sports a completely redesigned user interface, adds a number of new tools, including a Sharing Center, Emergency Contacts section and a simpler way of viewing password histories.

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CyberLink Media Suite 12 released, supports creating and editing 4K video
July 17, 2014 – 12:11 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink Media SuiteCyberLink has announced the release of CyberLink Media Suite 12, its vast and comprehensive collection of playback, editing and convent creation tools.

Highlights include new support for creating and playing back UltraHD 4K Video. The suite can now also play and convert H.265 content, and CyberLink claims new 64-bit video and photo editing engines deliver 3x faster rendering speed over the 32-bit versions.

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OSForensics 3.0 uncovers even more hidden PC details
July 17, 2014 – 08:35 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PassMark Software has announced the release of OSForensics 3.0, a major update for its excellent PC investigation suite.

A stack of new viewers tell you more about your target system. The Prefetch viewer reveals when (and how frequently) applications have been run; the ThumbCache viewer displays thumbnails cached by Explorer, and the ESE Database viewer gives access to a host of low-level Windows information.

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Google Chrome 36 FINAL tweaks notification popups, adds crash recovery browser bubble
July 17, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 36 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Chrome for Android 36 rolling out shortly. The desktop update adds a couple of user interface tweaks under the label “rich notifications improvements”.

It also updates the incognito browsing page, adds a browser crash recovery bubble that could help prevent data loss and extends the Chrome App Launcher to Linux, plus adds various under-the-hood tweaks.

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FotoSketcher 2.90 adds watercolour effect
July 17, 2014 – 04:08 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

French developer David Thoirin has released FotoSketcher 2.90, an update to his freeware Windows program for transforming digital photos into works of art.

The major new feature is a second watercolour effect (Edit > Drawing Parameters > Painting 9), which Thoirin has described as using “a loose style (with transparency)… based on a new segmentation algorithm”.

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