iTunes 11 now out – and it’s a major update
November 29, 2012 – 17:36 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on iTunes 11 now out – and it’s a major update

We were expecting it to be out at the end of October, but the wait is now over: Apple has just released iTunes 11 for Windows and Mac. And it’s not difficult to imagine why there might have been some delays, because this is a significant upgrade.

A revamped interface makes it easier to view your library by songs, albums, artists, videos and more, for instance. And if you click an album, say, it now expands in place, so you can see the track listing and start playing something without ever moving away from the library view.

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Google Chrome for iOS 23 implements Passbook support, allows PDFs to be opened in other apps
November 29, 2012 – 10:20 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Chrome for iOS 23 implements Passbook support, allows PDFs to be opened in other apps

Chrome for iOSGoogle has updated the iPhone and iPad version of its famous browser, adding support for Passbook and allowing users to open PDF files in other applications. Google Chrome for iOS 23.0.1271.91 also includes a number of tweaks and bug fixes.

The update is joined by a minor stability update to Google Chrome for Android 18.0.1025469, which Google promises to resolve issues with “frequently occurring stability issues”.

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Search for, stream and download single tracks or entire albums with MP3jam
November 29, 2012 – 09:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Search for, stream and download single tracks or entire albums with MP3jam

If you want to download music for free then the internet isn’t exactly short of options, so discovering that we now had another, in the shape of the new MP3jam, didn’t exactly fill us with excitement.

But then we actually tried the program. And it turned out to be a real surprise.

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Troubleshoot audio and video dropouts with DPC Latency Checker
November 29, 2012 – 07:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Troubleshoot audio and video dropouts with DPC Latency Checker

You’ve got a speedy, modern PC and a fast internet connection – so why is it that you can’t watch streaming videos without regular dropouts and interruptions?

These kind of problems can be frustrating, and they’re certainly tricky to diagnose. But the free DPC Latency Checker could help point you in the right direction.

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Document Metadata Cleaner quickly scans Word, Excel and PowerPoint files for unwanted information
November 28, 2012 – 11:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Document Metadata Cleaner quickly scans Word, Excel and PowerPoint files for unwanted information

Create a document in Microsoft Office and you’ll usually find it includes metadata, information you might not realise was there: your name, company name, some computer details, version information, comments and more.

Windows makes it easy enough to remove metadata from individual documents (right-click > Properties > Details > Remove Properties and Personal Information), but you can also use the free Document Metadata Cleaner 3 to check and clean your entire system in a single operation.

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BurnAware 5.5 Free adds DVD video creation tools
November 28, 2012 – 10:01 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on BurnAware 5.5 Free adds DVD video creation tools

Burnaware Technologies has released BurnAware 5.5 Free and BurnAware 5.5 Home, the latest builds of its free and paid-for disc burning products for Windows.

Version 5.5 adds DVD-Video as an option to the file system selection when compiling ISO files, plus adds other minor features and resolves a number of issues and bugs that surfaced after version 5.4 was released 15 days earlier.

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How secure is your PC? OPSWAT Security Score reveals all
November 28, 2012 – 08:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How secure is your PC? OPSWAT Security Score reveals all

Understanding a PC’s security status normally involves considering many separate factors. Does it have an antivirus program installed, for instance? A backup tool? A firewall? Are they set up correctly, and being used on a regular basis? Evaluating every possibility could take you a very long time.

Or alternatively, you could just run OPSWAT’s Security Score, a free and portable tool which will quickly report on your target PC’s security, and give advice on how it could be improved.

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CCleaner 3.25 and Recuva 1.44 mark flagship product update for Piriform
November 27, 2012 – 10:30 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CCleaner 3.25 and Recuva 1.44 mark flagship product update for Piriform

Software developer Piriform Ltd has announced the release of CCleaner 3.25, the latest build of its Windows freeware cleaning tool. Version 3.25, which is also available in portable form as CCleaner 3.25 Portable, adds Google Chrome Extension management to its feature roster amid a number of compatibility and cleaning improvements.

The update follows hot on the heels of Recuva 1.44, a new version of Piriform’s free data recovery tool, which offers improved recovery of large files and Outlook Express messages as well as a host of other minor tweaks and improvements.

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TopStyle 5 finally released – and it was worth the wait
November 27, 2012 – 10:26 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on TopStyle 5 finally released – and it was worth the wait

It seems to have been in beta for a very long time, but, at last, HTML and CSS editor TopStyle 5 has finally been released. And there’s a very lengthy list of new features to explore.

Strong CSS3 support, for instance, now makes it easy to create one stylesheet for large displays, perhaps, and another for mobile devices. A CSS Gradient Generator means you can use gradients in CSS3, no images required; you can add text shadows in a couple of clicks, and the new Prefixr handles the tricky business of converting your tidy CSS3 code into something which will work on all the main browsers.

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WizTree finds out what’s hogging your hard drive space – fast
November 27, 2012 – 08:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on WizTree finds out what’s hogging your hard drive space – fast

Your hard drive’s filling up? There’s no shortage of tools around to help find out why, but the need to crawl through every single folder on your system means they can be a little tedious to use.

Now there’s a much faster alternative, though, in the shape of WizTree, a free and portable application which can deliver a detailed report on your space hogs in just a second or two.

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SFTP Net Drive: easily access remote web space from Explorer as a virtual drive
November 27, 2012 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on SFTP Net Drive: easily access remote web space from Explorer as a virtual drive

Using your own web space to store and manage files may sound like a good idea at first, but there can be complications, in particular when choosing software. You can’t just use any backup program, for instance, as you’ll need FTP access, which cuts down your choice considerably.

If you have some web space with SFTP access, though, there is a simpler way. Install SFTP Net Drive and it will map your remote server to a virtual drive in Explorer, allowing you to access it just like any other network or local drive, from Windows or any application you like.

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