Downloadcrew Giveaway: CryptBox 2012, worth $29.95, free for everyone!
March 20, 2012 – 15:49 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News, Promos | Comments Off

Whether you share your computer or not, you should probably think about encrypting some of your private document. Files relating to your finances, work and personal life can reveal a great deal of information about you, and it is not just a matter of wanting to maintain personal privacy. Identity theft is a serious problem, and if your personal details fall into the wrong hands, there is no way of knowing just how it will be used. CryptBox 2012 is an immensely powerful encryption tool that can be used to secure your data and you can grab yourself a free copy in today’s giveaway.

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Universal USB Installer now supports, Deepin, LinHES, Trisquel and Satux Linux
March 20, 2012 – 12:30 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

The busy folks at Pen Drive Linux have updated their handy Universal USB Installer tool to support four more distros. Which means it can now convert live CDs of Deepin Linux, LinHES Linux, Trisquel Linux and Satux Linux to run on USB keys.

And that’s not bad at all, as the tool already supported all the usual big name distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and more, each in multiple versions), as well as a lengthy list of Linux-based utilities: Gparted, System Rescue CD, and antivirus rescue CDs from AVG, Avira, BitDefender, F-Secure and Kaspersky, amongst others.

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Mayhem automates simple tasks without programming
March 20, 2012 – 12:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

The standard Windows solution for automating a PC function is Windows Task Scheduler. And that’s fine if, say, you just need to run some program once a week, but if you need to trigger a task by something other than the passage of time then life gets a little more complicated.

Mayhem has a different philosophy. Originally devised by Microsoft, now open source, this interesting tool aims to take Task Scheduler to the next level, providing many more automation possibilities, while still being easy enough for absolutely anyone to use.

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Auslogics Disk Defrag 3 updated; go Pro for only $9.95 with our exclusive offer!
March 20, 2012 – 11:59 by Nick Peers in Featured, News, Promos | Comments Off

When it comes to keeping your hard drive defragged, Windows built-in tool does an okay job, but if you’re looking to push the performance envelope further you want a trusted, reliable third-party solution like Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro 4.

Also available as a cut-down free version, Auslogics Disk Defrag optimises your hard drive in a myriad of different ways, and the great news is you can order a copy of the full Pro version for just $9.95, a saving of 67 per cent on its retail price.

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AirCover offers cloud-based protection for your phone and your files
March 19, 2012 – 14:12 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Protection software is something that most people will most readily associate with desktop and laptop computers, but even owners of mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets have to take care. It is not just viruses – something that can affect Android users – that mobile device owners have to worry about, it is the risk of losing a device or having it stolen. Besides the value of the device itself, there is also the data it contains to consider. If you have concerns in any of these areas, AirCover is a free tool for iOS and Android that could help to give you peace of mind.

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World Exclusive Preview: Xara Web Designer MX 8
March 19, 2012 – 13:34 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | 4 Comments

When you need to build a website quickly and easily, then there are plenty of tools which promise they can help. But their reality is often a disappointment: low quality templates, inflexible layouts and a general lack of customisation options can make it very difficult to build anything credible at all.

Xara Web Designer, fortunately, has always been very different.

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VLC 2.0.1 FINAL tweaks interface, improves support and blitzes bugs
March 19, 2012 – 10:51 by Nick Peers in News | 2 Comments

One month after open-source media player VLC reached its landmark 2.0 release, the VideoLAN Organization has released VLC 2.0.1 FINAL. The brand new update of this popular cross-platform media player divided opinion – particularly among Mac users – when version 2.0 shipped, and this latest release aims to fix many bugs and annoyances reported over the intervening period.

Version 2.0.1 also tweaks the revamped Mac OS X user interface further, plus adds support for MxPEG files and streams as well as limited support for Blu-ray disc menus. It also improves support for multi-tracked MKV video files and removes version 2.0’s “flawed” auto-detection of ALSA audio channels. There are also a number of security updates.

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Roundup: 32 – count ‘em – great software releases you may have missed this week
March 16, 2012 – 15:24 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

This has been a week dominated by news about hardware releases from Apple, but there has still be plenty going on in the software world. If you’re running Windows but like the idea of trying out different operating systems, or just installing a different version of Windows without the need for dual booting, VirtualBox 4.1.10 (build 76836) may be what you’re looking for. When you’re running virtual system in this way you can use VirtualBox Extension Pack 4.1.10 to add extra features such as better USB performance and networking booting.

You may be more interested in boosting the performance of your real rather than virtual computer, and IObit Advanced SystemCare 5.2.0.223 FINAL is a well balance system optimization and maintenance suite that enables you to do just that. To stay in control of your system and make the best possible use of available resources, take a look at Task Manager DeLuxe 1.1.0.0 which is an enhanced version of the tool that is built into Windows.

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Bring back old-style file searching with Instant File Search Professional
March 16, 2012 – 08:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Windows Search is a powerful tool, there’s no doubt about that. Its powerful indexing engine understands all kinds of file metadata, enabling you to search for documents by a particular author, music from your favourite artist, photos taken by a specific camera model and a whole lot more.

Many people are still less than enthusiastic about the technology, though. In particular, the indexing process is often reported to consume more resources than it should, and the filters can be awkward to use. But if you’d prefer something simpler, then there are plenty of alternatives around, and the portable Instant File Search Professional – just a single 618KB executable – is certainly more convenient to use than most.

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Thunderbird 12 beta continues Mozilla’s rapid release schedule with minor updates
March 16, 2012 – 08:41 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

The house of Mozilla is pumping out application updates faster than ever, and while we have now become used to the accelerated release schedule of Firefox – and indeed other browsers – this is not the only app to be given the fast-track treatment. Mozilla’s email client, Thunderbird has also been moved onto the same rapid release cycle and this means that there are new alphas and betas to look forward to more frequently. Whether you’re only interested in running the most stable version of the software, or you’d prefer to try out the latest and greatest features as soon as possible, there is a version of the application for you.

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Peek into the future of Firefox with our guide to what’s coming in future versions
March 16, 2012 – 05:21 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

As part of Mozilla’s rapid-release cycle program for its open-source, cross-platform browser, the recent release of Firefox 11 FINAL has now been followed by updates for its various developmental branches, namely Firefox 12 Beta, Firefox 13 Aurora, Firefox 14 Nightly and Firefox 14 UX.

Versions 11 and 12 feature little to excite the Firefox user base, but look further ahead and you’ll see some interesting new developments on the horizon. Read on to discover more about what’s happening with Firefox and to pick the perfect build for you.

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