Emsisoft Mobile Security 1.0 released
March 13, 2014 – 10:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Emsisoft has announced the availability of Emsisoft Mobile Security 1.0, its lightweight commercial Android security solution.

Mobile Security offers a similar feature set to many competing products. A malware scanner checks your apps and files for threats; real-time protection detects and blocks malicious apps before they can be installed, while web protection prevents you accessing dangerous websites.

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APUSB 47 restores USB drive autorun to Windows 7/ 8
March 13, 2014 – 08:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

At first, Windows AutoRun seemed like a very good idea. Just connect a removable drive, and as long as it’s configured correctly, a program is automatically launched to help process your files (or whatever else you want to do).

But then, of course, malware authors realised that this was a great way to infect PCs without anyone ever noticing. Individual users could turn AutoRun off, but eventually Microsoft decided this wasn’t enough, and the feature was disabled for all but optical media in Windows 7.

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AVI ReComp 1.5.6 supports custom target file sizes
March 13, 2014 – 08:04 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

It’s been almost two years since the last release, but the excellent AVI compression tool AVI ReComp has finally been updated to version 1.5.6.

There’s only one significant addition in this build, but it’s a good one.

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OpenClonk is a free, multiplayer – and strangely familiar – action game
March 12, 2014 – 15:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It’s now almost 20 years since Clonk first appeared, a fun multiplayer platform and real-time strategy game.

The core program gave you control over “Clonks”, “small but nimble humanoid beings”. You moved them around a 2D horizontally scrolling world, reworking the landscape, setting up mining operations, managing your economy and taking part in “fast and fiddly melees”.

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Opera Developer 21 updated, promises improved start-up times
March 12, 2014 – 14:04 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera DeveloperOpera has updated the alpha version of its web browser with the release of Opera Developer 21.0.1432.5 for Windows and Mac. The new build fixes a few regressions, plus implements new tab-related tweaks to improve start-up times.

Version 21.0 opens with a number of important fixes, restoring Adblock to full working order and promising an end to the “Harlem Shake” when hovering over tabs on the Mac platform. It also fixes a number of unspecified crashes.

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View, edit and batch process your photos with Photoimp
March 12, 2014 – 09:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you’ve tried a few free photo managers then you’ll know that the vast majority are, well, disappointing. Most have absolutely no original ideas. And some don’t even match up to the basic functionality you get with Explorer, all on its own.

We didn’t expect very much from the image viewer Photoimp, then – but it turned out to be a real surprise.

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Manage offline Windows updates with Windows Hotfix Downloader
March 11, 2014 – 13:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

In an ideal world, updating Windows would never require any manual intervention. You’d set up your PC to install updates automatically, and get on with other things, leaving your computer to manage any patches all on its own.

Life isn’t always that simple, of course. If you need to update a PC which doesn’t have a fast (or any) internet connection, or maybe you have to manage the updates for several systems, then the regular Windows Update applet may not be enough.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.1 Beta unveiled, supports commenting and annotating on text ranges in Writer
March 11, 2014 – 09:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OpenOfficeApache Software Foundation has unveiled the first public beta of its forthcoming Apache OpenOffice 4.1 release. The new version continues to build on the major changes introduced when version 4 was released last year.

Although termed a minor release, version 4.1 does add one major new feature – the ability to commentate and annotate on text ranges – as well as a number of significant improvements. It also moves to 64-bit only on the OS X platform.

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Make your mouse cursor disappear with AutoHideMouseCursor
March 11, 2014 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Go to work on the Windows desktop and the mouse cursor is normally very useful, a helpful guide which ensures you’re always pointing and clicking in exactly the right place.

Sometimes, though, it’s a little different. If you’re taking screen grabs, maybe watching a full-screen application, you might not want the mouse cursor around. And that’s where AutoHideMouseCursor can help.

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TotalEdit Professional is a powerful – and now free – Notepad replacement
March 10, 2014 – 18:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TotalEdit Professional is an interesting and very capable Notepad replacement. But it used to cost $29.99, a major issue when competing editors such as Notepad++ are available for nothing at all.

It seems that the developers have also realised this is a problem, though. And as they’re looking to Android and iPhone products as a means to generate revenue, TotalEdit Professional is now available for free. (It still installs as a trial version, but just register with the licence code 2D5B073C-93D0-6D40-8970-B041-C2C and it’ll be activated right away).

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Skype for Windows 8 2.6 released, adds cross-device syncing, requires Windows 8.1
March 10, 2014 – 13:40 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Skype for Windows 8 v2.6Microsoft has unveiled an update to its Windows chat app with the release of Skype for Windows 8 v2.6. Version 2.6 unveils one major update, support for syncing read chats and picked-up calls across multiple devices.

The new feature means that users can switch from their Windows 8 device to another platform and be sure that any chat updates or picked-up calls made on the secondary platform are now acknowledged by the Windows 8 app too.

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