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F-Secure SAFE 2015 protects desktops, tablets and phones
September 18, 2014 – 06:36 | No Comment

F-Secure has released F-Secure SAFE 2015, a multi-platform security suite which protects Windows and Mac desktops, and Windows 8, Android and iOS mobile devices.
Desktop protection concentrates on the core essentials, with antivirus, browsing and banking …

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

Opera BetaOpera 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 headline new feature is the overdue implementation of bookmarks into the browser.

It’s also joined by the first Linux beta build since Opera relaunched last year, plus offers a redesigned Start page, integrated PDF viewer and support for web notifications direct from the Windows or Mac desktop.

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Auslogics unveils Driver Updater 1.0
September 15, 2014 – 13:53 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Australian utilities developer Auslogics has released Driver Updater, a commercial tool which can update all your PC drivers with a click.

If you’ve tried anything similar, the program’s core abilities won’t surprise you. Launch a scan and any outdated drivers are quickly listed, along with the dates and times of the latest version. You’re then able to update all your drivers, or just a select few.

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Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5 introduces 64-bit support, optional ribbon user interface
September 15, 2014 – 11:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture Berlin-based developer has released Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5.0, a major new version of its commercial CAD software for home and garden design projects.

Version 5.0 adds 64-bit support for improved performance, plus debuts a new, simplified ribbon-based UI as well as adding support for 2D fill patterns and textures.

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

VirtualBoxOracle 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 unable to open VMs. The only workaround had been to revert to the previous build (4.3.12).

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AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 debuts zero-day protection, redesigned user interface
September 10, 2014 – 09:11 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

AVGAVG Technologies has updated its entire range of PC products, launching AVG AntiVirus Free 2015, AVG AntiVirus 2015, AVG Internet Security 2015 and AVG PC TuneUp 2015.

After the relatively major changes introduced in the 2014 versions, this year’s updates are restricted to a redesigned user interface and new Outbreak Detection feature, which helps block zero-day malware exploits.

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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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