Embrace touchscreen technology now with the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7
July 3, 2012 – 13:15 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

Windows 8 may be the time when touchscreen technology finally comes of age in relation to laptops and desktops, but much of the groundwork is already present in the current version of Windows. Purchase a touchscreen display now and you’ll find Windows 7 is more than capable of letting you control it via your fingertips.

Microsoft didn’t do an awful lot to push touchscreens in Windows 7, however. One thing it has provided, though, is a collection of tools and games that showcases the touch interface. If you have a touchscreen display and you’re running Windows 7, you need the aptly titled Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7.

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Avoid sites tracking your internet activity with ShareMeNot for Chrome and Firefox
July 3, 2012 – 11:20 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

ShareMeNotMost people who have been using the internet for any length of time are only too aware that web sites are able to track your online activities by using cookies. This is information that is incredibly useful to advertisers, but there are steps you can take to help protect yourself. With the ever increasing popularity of social networks there is a new breed of tracking in the form of ‘like’ buttons – and this is something that ShareMeNot can tackle.

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Play almost any media file on your Android device with VLC Beta
July 2, 2012 – 12:08 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

VLC Beta (NEON version)

Android users who have been enviously eying up the iOS version of VLC can stop being so green-eyed. An Android version of the popular media player has been released, albeit in the form of an early beta. VLC Beta (NEON version) is an intriguing taste of what you can expect to find in future releases of the Android version of one of the most popular media players available.

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Take Command 14.0 adds virtual desktop, text filtering support
July 2, 2012 – 10:30 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

JP Software has released Take Command 14, a powerful alternative to the regular Windows command prompt. And now it’s more powerful still, courtesy of some useful additions to the program’s scripting language.

The new TPIPE command, for instance, allows you to filter, convert and process text in a variety of ways. You can convert files to and from Unicode, for instance; convert the end-of-line type; use Grep-type line-based filters, and run a search and replace filter on a file.

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VLC 2.0.2 adds Retina display support – Audacity updated to 2.0.1
June 30, 2012 – 07:13 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

VLCPopular media player VLC has been updated to version 2.0.2 and despite the minor version number increase, the changes should be immediately noticeable. The big news here is addition of support for Retina display so if you have invested in a new MacBook Pro, this is one app that will enable you to take full advantage of the enhanced screen.

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Software Roundup – 24 downloads from the last week of June
June 30, 2012 – 04:37 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

We’ve reached the end of June and this week has seen its fair share of release. There has been a strong focus on security tools this month, including a number of programs from avast! avast! Free Antivirus 7.0.1451 is the free version of the AV tool, with avast! Pro Antivirus 7.0.1451 also featuring the same new Emergency Updater and improvements to sandboxing. Also available is avast! Internet Security 7.0.1451 which includes not only virus protection, but also a firewall, web filtering and more. Another free firewall is available in the form of the newly updated ZoneAlarm Free 10.2.64.0 and if you want virus protection as well, you might want to take a look at ZoneAalarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 10.2.

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Free Word and Excel Password Recovery Wizard does exactly what it says on the tin…
June 29, 2012 – 13:00 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

Passwords are supposed to protect files from unauthorised access, but the sad fact is that just about any password can – eventually – be cracked. That’s bad news if you’re looking for bulletproof protection, but should you suddenly forget a password you might be grateful that your file isn’t as secure as you might have thought.

Password-recovery tools are plentiful, but freebies are thin on the ground. Many of these don’t even work, but one that does – within certain limits of file format and password length – is Free Word and Excel Password Recovery Wizard 2.09.

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Paragon Drive Backup 11, Genie Backup Manager Pro 9.0 released
June 29, 2012 – 12:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Paragon Software has released Drive Backup 11 ($95.95 for Workstation), the latest edition of its business-oriented tool. And the headline improvement this time is new sector-level incremental disk imaging, which, Paragon says, has boosted the efficiency of this backup type by 200%.

Elsewhere, file-based backups can now be encrypted by a password. There’s the option to back up your data to an FTP/ SFTP server. Support for working with virtual disks has now been improved, and new asynchronous data transfer means backup performance has considerably improved.

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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 5 improves editing, batch processing features
June 29, 2012 – 11:25 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

German developer Ashampoo has released Photo Optimizer 5, the latest edition of its fast and easy-to-use photo editing tool.

The revamped interface gives the program a very different look, but its core functionality is unchanged. You open with a thumbnail browser, and after browsing to your photo collection, can optimise the colour, sharpness and lighting of any shot with a click.

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Google Chrome released for iOS with tab syncing, private browsing and more
June 28, 2012 – 16:57 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Google Chrome for iOSIt has been hoped for by many for some time, but few thought that it could happen. Against all of the odds, Google has unleashed a version of Chrome for iOS, giving iPhone and iPod users a browsing experience that can be synchronized between desktop and mobile devices. This seamless browsing as users move from one device to another is becoming increasingly common, and it is something that has just been showcased in the Android version of Firefox.

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Bluestacks App Player alpha brings Android apps to the Mac
June 28, 2012 – 13:15 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

Bluestacks App Player Previously only available as a beta tool for Windows, an alpha version of Bluestacks App Player has been unveiled for Mac users. Whether you are a fan of a particular Android game, or just prefer the Android Facebook app to anything that is available for OS X, this emulation tool makes it possible to run apps on your Mac rather than a mobile device.

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