1Password for Android 4.0 now supports on-device password editing and management
June 16, 2014 – 08:08 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

1Password4Mac-200x175AgileBits has unveiled 1Password for Android 4.0, a complete rebuild of its app for giving Android device users access to passwords stored securely using the 1Password service.

Previously, the app only gave users read-only access to passwords created on other platforms, including Windows, Mac and iOS, but is now a fully fledged password manager in its own right.

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Troubleshoot TCP/IP issues with “Why Can’t I Connect?”
June 15, 2014 – 18:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Why Can’t I Connect? is an open source tool which can help to identify and solve TCP/IP connection errors.

Typically you’ll use the program to try and connect to one of many common server types (Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Server, FTP, SFTP, IMAP, POP3, SMTP, IRC, LDAP and Usenet are supported, along with generic servers and clients). Why Can’t I Connect? then tries to make the connection for you, reporting on what happens at every stage, and offering possible explanations for whatever errors crop up.

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B1 Free Archiver is a friendly cross-platform archive manager
June 14, 2014 – 15:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Everyone needs a good archive manager, and you’ve probably chosen one already. We’re fans of 7-Zip: the current release may be three years old, but it still performs very well.

There is some competition around, though, and B1 Free Archiver is an interesting example which really does stand out from the crowd.

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Amazon rebrands Cloud Player with launch of Amazon Music 3.0 for mobile and desktop
June 13, 2014 – 12:47 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Amazon Music 3.0Amazon has refreshed its entire collection of cloud music apps with the releases of Amazon Music for Windows 3.0, Amazon Music for Mac 3.0, Amazon Music  for iPad and iPhone 3.0 and Amazon Music for Android 3.0.

All four platforms share similar updates, and accompany Amazon’s foray into music streaming with the launch of Amazon Prime Music, which initially is only available to US customers.

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Panda releases first Panda Global Protection 2015 beta
June 13, 2014 – 11:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Panda Security has released the first public Windows beta for Panda Global Protection 2015, its all-in-one internet security suite.

A stack of new features starts with the Data Shield, a very configurable way to protect your confidential files. Specify the folders and file types to protect – Documents, PDF and DOCX, say – and the program will warn you if any unknown or untrusted applications try to gain access.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit 1.0 released in Free, Premium, Business editions
June 13, 2014 – 07:26 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Malwarebytes has announced the first full public release of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, a powerful tool which protects against many zero-day exploits. It’s now available in three editions.

A basic Free version shields some browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera), their addons, and Java, on Windows XP or later.

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Skype for iPhone 5.0 released, sports new look, better performance
June 13, 2014 – 07:24 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Skype for iOS 5.0Microsoft has released Skype for iPhone 5.0, a major new update to its voice, video and chat messenger for iPhone and iPod touch users. Version 5.0 sports a major new redesign, more in-app options and drops support for iOS 7.

The update has been released separately to the iPad version, with Microsoft claiming to be “hard at work on a new version” for iPad users.

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Encrypt, decrypt and process your PDFs with QPDF
June 12, 2014 – 14:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you need to process your PDFs then there’s no shortage of free options. JPDF Tweak alone can crop or rotate pages, apply text and image watermarks, encrypt, decrypt them, and so on. You’ve probably come across similar toolkits yourself.

Even the best of these programs will have some gaps in its functionality, though: some security options missing, limited batch processing, inflexible split or merge tools, maybe can’t create linearized (web-friendly) PDFs. And so sometimes, just occasionally, you’ll need a heavy-duty solution like the command line QPDF.

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FIFA launches refreshed Android and iPhone/iPad apps for football World Cup
June 12, 2014 – 10:33 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

FIFA World Cup 2014It’s summer 2014, which means for fans of the beautiful game (football, in case you were wondering) it’s time to put away your domestic squabbles and unite under your national flag for the World Cup – assuming your nation qualified, of course.

This year, it’s all happening in Brazil, so for those football (or “soccer”) nuts who want to stay up to date wherever they are, world governing body FIFA has the solution. The non-profit organisation has just released major updates to its official mobile apps with the release of FIFA for Android 2.0 and FIFA for iOS 2.1.

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Securely archive your images with WinTrezur
June 12, 2014 – 08:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WinTrezur looks at first much like any other image viewer. There’s a folder tree on the left, a set of thumbnails on the right. Double-clicking any image displays it full-screen; pressing Esc returns you to the thumbnail viewer again, and you can view everything as a slideshow.

So far, so very standard. But explore a little further and unusual extras begin to appear.

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WinRAR 5.10 extends BZIP2, LZMA, PPMd support
June 11, 2014 – 12:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

RARLab has updated its archive manager WinRAR to version 5.10 with a small selection of improvements and new features.

Top of the list must be the extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using BZIP2, LZMA and PPMd compression.

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