Firefox 15 FINAL and Thunderbird 15 FINAL hit the Mozilla download servers
August 28, 2012 – 09:25 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

Firefox 15 FINALMozilla has quietly placed major new versions of its open-source, cross-platform web browser and email client on to its download servers ahead of an official release.

Firefox 15 FINAL benefits largely from behind-the-scenes performance tweaks, while Thunderbird 15 FINAL introduces a few new features, including a new curvy user interface.

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Quickly create bootable USB keys with the very flexible RMPrepUSB
August 28, 2012 – 08:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Making a USB key bootable sounds like it should be a reasonably straightforward task, but the reality can be very different. There are a lot of variables to consider, and in some cases it can take a very long time to figure out how things should work on your particular system.

If you’re having difficulties, though, one way to improve your chances of success is to ensure you’re using a program which gives you plenty of options – and there are few tools quite as versatile as RMPrepUSB.

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PasteAsFile: save your clipboard contents directly to a file with this simple Windows extension
August 28, 2012 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Getting text or images into the Windows clipboard is generally very easy; pressing Ctrl+C or choosing a right-click option is probably all you need. Getting it out again can be more a hassle, though. If you’ve just pressed PrtSc to capture the current screen, for instance, then you may need to launch a graphics program, paste the screen grab there and click File > Save to get it to disc.

Fortunately there is a simpler way. Install the free-for-personal-use Paste As File and you’ll be able to save the contents of the clipboard (image or text) directly to a file with a couple of clicks.

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Acronis True Image 2013 introduces new cloud storage service, Windows 8 support
August 27, 2012 – 14:23 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Acronis has released True Image 2013, the latest edition of its power-packed backup tool. And while the program isn’t exactly the most revolutionary of updates, it does include some important changes.

The new edition is now fully compatible with Windows 8, for instance, good news if you’re planning to upgrade on or near release date.

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Postbox 3.0.5 gains Retina Display, Notification Center and Gatekeeper support
August 27, 2012 – 09:36 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

PostboxNow that development of Thunderbird has ground to a halt, the market for alternative email clients to replace OS X mail is wide open again. One app that has proved incredibly, and increasingly, popular over the years is Postbox which benefits from a refined interface and a fabulous turn of speed that makes it easier than ever to manage your inbox. Version 3.0.5 brings about some important updates for Mac users.Read More »

Want to try Linux? LinuxLive USB Creator lets you make a portable version
August 27, 2012 – 09:05 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

LinuxLive USB CreatorLinux is no longer the geeky OS it used to be. Well, that might not be entirely true, but the operating system has certainly become more accessible in recent years. User friendly distributions such as Ubuntu have increased the popularity of Linux, but making the switch from Windows is still rather a daunting task for most people. If you don’t fancy the idea of wiping out Windows completely, or even going down the dual-boot route, LinuxLive USB Creator lets you make a portable version that can be run from a USB drive.

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Pale Moon 15: building a better browser
August 27, 2012 – 08:00 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Moonchild Productions has released Pale Moon 15, the latest edition of its custom Firefox build, an important upgrade which sees the program take a new direction.

While previously the browser has focused very much on low-level JavaScript benchmarking as a measure of success, that’s now changed, the developer told us: “I’m going by (subjective) overall speed and smoothness as that is what really matters to end users.”

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27 top downloads from the past seven days
August 25, 2012 – 06:50 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Roundup - August 25th 2012After a brief vacation, it’s time for another software roundup to catch up on the biggest and best releases from the last week. We’ll start by taking a look at some of the apps that have been release for mobile device. Facebook for iOS 5.0 is a release largely concerned with improving the performance of the app with news load times being improved and a new tappable banner making it possible to load new posts without the need to refresh. Android users have Facebook for Android 1.9.8 which now includes the ability to create events and allows for faster sharing of photos. Skype for iPhone 4.1 adds the option to send and receive photos and fixes a range of known bugs, while  Norton Mobile Utilities 2.0 provides Android users with a wealth of useful information about their devices include tracking data usage.

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Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
August 24, 2012 – 15:14 by Mike Williams in Featured, Reviews | Comments Off

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

If you like your security suites to be hassle-free then Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 should impress you immediately. Installation was quick and easy, no complicated options to consider, and the program was up and running in under a minute on our test PC.

And the simplicity continues, at least for those familiar with the 2012 interface, because apart from a few minor tweaks the suite looks and feels very much the same: a clean and clear display keeps you to-to-date with current threats, update status, licence details and more, while a scrolling toolbar provides easy access to the program’s various modules.

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MAGIX Music Maker 2013 gains new sounds, updated UI and better performance
August 24, 2012 – 14:04 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

MAGIX Music Maker 2013Music creation is now easier than ever, and while teenagers still gather together to practice in the basement, computer-based music from the bedroom continues to grow in strength. The idea behind MAGIX Music Maker 2013 is nothing new – there are endless programs that let you use loops, samples in addition to your own recordings to create your own musical masterpieces – but the latest version of the application gives you more tools and a better workflow than ever before.Read More »

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 introduces exploit prevention, safer online banking technologies
August 24, 2012 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

The betas are over, the final bugs squashed (well, hopefully), and Kaspersky Lab has just revealed the final versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013.

And while outwardly the new packages look very similar to the previous versions, explore a little further and there are some useful additions and improvements to be found.

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