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NovaBACKUP 17 brings installation assistance, phone/ email tech support
April 24, 2015 – 11:55 | No Comment

NovaStor has announced the release of its industrial-strength backup solution for Windows, NovaBACKUP 17 (priced from $49.95 for PCs, $349.95 for servers).
The update sees NovaStor’s remote installation service “Setup Assistance” included with the sale of …

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Create quality HTML prototypes with Pingendo
April 24, 2015 – 04:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PingendoPingendo is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG application for prototyping web pages. It uses Twitter’s Bootstrap as a base, and responsive web design support ensures your sites will adapt to fit phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

Getting started is as easy as dragging and dropping. Organise your layout; add lists, tables or forms; add some text, maybe a few images (single pictures, thumbnails, a carousel), and insert media objects including YouTube videos and Google Maps.

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Stream video torrents instantly(-ish) with Ace Stream Media
April 23, 2015 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ace Stream MediaAce Stream Media is an easier way to play video and audio torrents. You don’t need a separate client, or have to wait for the file to be downloaded before it can be played – the program’s various tools will stream .torrents directly, no other software or waiting around required.

The easiest way to do this is via the bundled Ace Player HD. It’s a fork of VLC Media Player 2.0.5, so a little out of date, but what you’re gaining is the ability to open a .torrent. We tried this, there was around a 30 second pause while the player made its connections, downloaded and buffered the first part of the video, then it started to play, just as though it was a local file.

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Mem Reduct: a memory cleaner which isn’t rubbish
April 22, 2015 – 08:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mem ReductLet’s be frank: most memory cleaners are garbage. They’ll lure you in with bogus claims about fixing memory leaks, dazzle you with flashy interfaces and colorful graphs, yet usually make no difference at all to system performance (or even slow you down) because they’re doing something Windows does as required, all on its own.

If you still think they might help you anyway, there are a few more honest and capable tools you can try, and Mem Reduct is a great example.

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Create HTML family trees with Genealogica Grafica
April 20, 2015 – 06:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GG200-175Genealogica Grafica is a Windows shareware application which creates various family tree charts and reports from GEDCOM files, saving them as HTML files ready for sharing on your own website.

If the program name sounds familiar, that’s no great surprise – the first release appeared way back in 2006. But after a long pause, development seems to have resumed again, with support for Unicode and (partially) stylesheets. We downloaded the latest release to see how it looked.

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PopTrayU is a very configurable email notifier
April 18, 2015 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PopTrayUAs email notifiers go, PopTrayU might seem a little old-fashioned. There’s no flashy interface, no specific support for webmail accounts, and the project’s SourceForge page takes care to highlight its “Vista/Win 7 compatibility fixes”, maybe not something to boast about in 2015.

But if you forget the first impressions, look a little deeper, you’ll find it’s a great way to see alerts about new emails in your POP3 and IMAP4 accounts.

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Keep an eye on your network with EasyNetMonitor
April 16, 2015 – 09:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EasyNetMonitorWe’ve always liked tiny single-executable utilities, the type you’ll find at NirSoft and Sysinternals. The developers don’t waste time with gimmicks, massive icons or interface themes: they just concentrate on the core functions you need to get the job done.

So it is with EasyNetMonitor, a free tool for monitoring the availability of network and web hosts. While not up to NirSoft standards, it crams a lot of functionality into its very compact file.

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TripAdvisor 10 for iOS and Android adds Travel Guides, iPad-only optimisations
April 16, 2015 – 08:58 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0TripAdvisor has unveiled TripAdvisor for iOS 10.0 alongside TripAdvisor for Android 10.0. The app’s main highlight is the introduction of Travel Guides for selected locations.

The new release also allows users to submit up to 10 photos with each review, plus implements a number of optimisations for iPad users.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 15 is smarter, smoother, even more powerful
April 16, 2015 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CyberLink PowerDVDCyberLink has launched CyberLink PowerDVD 15, a worthwhile update of it’s do-everything media player for Windows Vista and later.

CyberLink’s playback-improving TrueTheater technologies are smarter than ever. TrueTheater Color enhances hue and vibrancy but leaves skin tones alone, while TrueTheater Sound amplifies vocal range audio for crisper, clearer speech.

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Adware-avoider Unchecky acquired by Reason Software
April 15, 2015 – 17:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Reason Core SecurityReason Software, developer of herdProtect and Should I remove it?, has acquired RaMMicHaeL’s smart adware-blocking Unchecky.

The program is an innovative free tool which monitors software installations, looks out for bundled adware, and automatically clears their checkboxes to ensure they’re not installed by default.

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Batch print documents, photos, PDFs with 2Printer
April 14, 2015 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

2Printer2Printer is a free (for personal use) Windows tool for batch printing PDFs, Office documents, photos, drawings and a whole lot more.

If you only print the occasional document then this isn’t the program for you. But if you run a business and need to print a folder of documents at the end of the month, say, it could save you some time.

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Opera debuts all-new Opera Mini for Android 8.0 browser
April 14, 2015 – 07:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera Mini for Android 8.0Opera Software ASA has unveiled Opera Mini for Android 8.0 a major new – and long overdue – version of its mobile-friendly browser for Android devices.

Despite appearing to be a simple upgrade from the previous release – 7.6 – Opera Mini 8.0 has been released to the Google Play store as a completely new – and separate – app, which means existing users will need to download and install it afresh, where it will subsequently appear and run in isolation alongside the original version.

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