Transform your iPad into a fully featured hifi with BeatBlaster
February 24, 2012 – 14:36 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

The large screen of the iPad means that it is ideally suited for use as a movie player – but there is no reason that it cannot also be used to listen to music. BeatBlaster is a great looking music playing app that not only enables you to listen to your iTunes library on your iPad, but enables you to do so using a retro styled hifi. There are few people that still make use of a traditional hifi these days, but by popping your iPad into a dock and hooking it up to a set of speakers, you can take a step back in time while benefitting from great sound quality.

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SUPER 2012.50 video conversion tool widens codec and container support
February 24, 2012 – 12:26 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

eRightSoft has updated its freeware media-conversion utility SUPER to version 2012.50. SUPER 2012.50 adds a handful of new features, plus extends codec and container support to include a number of industry standards, including Blu-ray, Windows 7 WTV and the open-source Speex audio codec.

SUPER, which stands for Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer, has developed a reputation for offering a wide range of conversion options for both audio and video. Although not as user-friendly as other tools, novices can still get started by choosing an output video container with the most common audio and video codecs automatically selected, while power users will also appreciate the large number of configurable options on offer.

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avast! 7 introduces customisable installation, real-time updates, file reputation, more
February 24, 2012 – 08:22 by Mike Williams in News | One Comment

AVAST Software has released the final builds of its avast! 7 Free, Pro Antivirus and Internet Security packages, each of which include some interesting and welcome new features.

The first you’re likely to notice is the ability to install the programs in Compatibility Mode, which aims to ensure that you can run them alongside other security tools. We’ve yet to test this to see how well it works, but any attempt to address these conflicts is a step in the right direction.

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Get the latest version of Mamutu worth $20 for free this Friday
February 23, 2012 – 13:13 by Nick Peers in Freebies, News, Promos | Comments Off

If you want to keep your PC protected from all those nasties out there, you need to accept that one security tool isn’t necessarily going to be enough. The speed at which malware appears on the scene often catches security tools on the hop, particularly those that rely on signature updates to help them recognise and block the threat.

Mamutu takes a different approach: by keeping a beady eye on your system for suspicious behaviour, it’s able to spot malware even without the benefit of a signature guidebook, allowing you to close that critical gap in your security armor. And better still, from midnight tonight (Central European Time), we’re giving away a full one-year, one-PC license of the latest version of Mamutu, worth $20, for free!

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Reposition the Windows 7 Start button with Start Orb Mover
February 22, 2012 – 11:43 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

There are many different ways and means of customising the Windows 7 desktop, both using tools built into the OS itself, and third-party apps. But they all seem to make one assumption: that the default location for the Start menu’s button – the left or top of the Taskbar depending on its position – is the right one.

In many cases, this might feel right or natural, but what if you disagree? What if you’d like the Start button to be placed to the right of – or below – the Taskbar’s Notification area? If the idea interests you, then take a look at Start Orb Mover 1.0.

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mRemoteNG manages your RDP, VNC, ICA, SSH, Telnet and other connections
February 21, 2012 – 12:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | One Comment

Launching your various remote network connections normally requires a host of different tools: Remote Desktop, a VNC Client, Citrix ISA, SSH, Telnet, Rlogin and RAW clients and a whole lot more.

But if you prefer a simpler life then installing mRemoteNG (a fork of the mRemote project) could make a lot of sense.

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Movie Label 2013 enables to store even more information about your movie collection
February 20, 2012 – 13:36 by Mark Wilson in News | One Comment

While digital video formats are more popular than ever, most people still have large collections of DVDs and Blu-rays. One of the many advantages of digital video formats is that they are easily stored on removable hard drives and can be searched and cataloged in a variety of way. Movie Label 2013 is the latest version of a movie cataloging tool that has been designed to place you firmly in control of your DVD collection, storing more information than is possible in the majority of similar tools that are available.

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Review: LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.5.0
February 20, 2012 – 12:26 by Mark Wilson in Reviews | Comments Off

Review: LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.5.0

There aren’t many things in life that you can say are completely free. In the case of free software, you often find that you are having to make some sort of compromise whether it be in putting up with a limited version of a commercial application, enduring advertisements, or simply having to work with something that is less than impressive in terms of standards. Almost every computer user has need for an office suite, or at least some component of it, at some point, if not every day of their lives. Microsoft Office may be the most widely installed suite, but for the average user it is expensive and unless a copy came pre-installed on your computer, you may not feel inclined to part with that amount of money. This explains the increased interest in free alternatives, and one such suite is LibreOffice Productivity Suite which has just hit the milestone release number of 3.5.0.

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Manually troubleshoot Outlook issues with OutlookParameterGUI
February 20, 2012 – 09:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If last week’s Outlook Configuration Analyzer hasn’t helped to sort out your Outlook problems then you’ll probably need to resort to the usual manual troubleshooting approach, which for instance might involve launching the program with one of its command line switches.

You’ll first need to figure out which switch is appropriate, though, and then manually apply it to your copy of Outlook, which isn’t exactly convenient. But fortunately the free and portable OutlookParameterGUI does a good job of simplifying the whole process.

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Sky unveils Sky Go for mobile TV viewing on the move in the UK and Ireland
February 20, 2012 – 08:48 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Subscribers to UK satellite TV provider Sky have just gained a new way to watch TV. Sky Go is a free app from the broadcaster that enables subscribers to access various channels on their Android phones at no additional cost. This is something that has been available to iPhone and iPad users for some time, and Android users now have the same option – although there is slightly patchy support for different devices.

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Get IObit Advanced SystemCare PRO 5 (worth $19.95) for free from tomorrow
February 20, 2012 – 07:49 by Nick Peers in Freebies, News, Promos | Comments Off

When it comes to keeping your Windows setup lean and mean, you don’t need to look much further than Advanced SystemCare PRO 5. IObit’s flagship system tuneup utility has come on leaps and bounds since its initial release, and now offers comprehensive maintenance and optimization options for keeping your PC in tip-top condition.

With new Active Boost technology maintaining your computer’s key resources in real-time, improved malware detection and extra maintenance and optimisation tools, ASC PRO 5 is an essential tool for all PCs. But get this, for a limited 48-hour period from midnight tonight (Central European Time), you’ll be able to pick up a free single-license copy worth $19.95, complete with all the additional features and functionality over the free version.

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