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Opera 23 FINAL adds new options to heart button, promises improved stability
July 22, 2014 – 07:26 | No Comment

Opera has released Opera 23 FINAL, a relatively minor new release of its web browser for Windows and Mac. The only visible change of note is found in the behaviour of the heart button in …

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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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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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VirtualBox 4.3.14 adds Blu-ray support for Mac hosts, squashes more bugs
July 16, 2014 – 12:37 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

VirtualBoxOracle has released VirtualBox 4.3.14, the latest in a series of maintenance fixes for its cross-platform, part-open-source virtualisation program.

Version 4.3.14 includes a wide range of fixes and tweaks, including one that sees the Mac build now include Blu-ray devices when scanning for host CD and DVD drives. Windows hosts should also now be able to install or upgrade VirtualBox without having to reboot their system.

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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 adds 100+ effects, 100GB online storage space
July 16, 2014 – 11:35 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Xara Group has announced the release of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10, the latest incarnation of its all-in-one editing, illustration and design tool.

Top of the new features list is the inclusion of Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 2.0, a powerful plugin (sold separately for $199 as recently as 2012) which offers 100+ present lighting and colour effects.

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TVersity Media Server 3.0 released, sports new user interface, adds support for Chromecast and Roku
July 16, 2014 – 08:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TVersity 3.0It’s all change for media server TVersity with a new major release. The old Basic version has been retired and in its place comes TVersity Media Server Free 3.0, which offers identical functionality to the Pro version minus the ability to transcode audio and video when required.

Version 3 also shows off a brand new and simplified user interface, introduces support for hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding in the Pro build and adds support for both Roku and Chromecast.

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Scan and manage your network with Axence nVision Free
July 16, 2014 – 08:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Small home networks can take a while to set up – especially if you’re a networking novice – but once they’re up and running, there’s usually little else to do. Everything just works. And if it doesn’t, there’s generally a simple explanation (something’s been unplugged or turned off).

Add a few more systems, some of which are really important (a business server), and it’s another story. Problems quickly become complex, and have to be fixed right now.  To keep up it’s important to manage your network more carefully, and Axence nVision Free is the ideal program to help.

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CCleaner for Android 1.02 adds Thumbnail Cache cleaning, minor tweaks
July 15, 2014 – 07:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerBarely a month after its initial release, and Piriform has released not one, but two minor updates to its new Android cleaning app. CCleaner for Android 1.02 promises improved analysis and cleaning processes as well as a handful of new features and tweaks.

The app, which requires an Android phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or up, provides a selection of cleaning tools for reclaiming storage space and improving performance by removing junk and other unnecessary files.

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