Linux Live USB Creator: the easiest to try Linux on your Windows PC?
May 2, 2012 – 08:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

At first glance Linux Live USB Creator looks much like UNetbootin, the Universal USB Installer, and every other tool which aims to help you download and create a bootable Linux environment for your PC. And as those existing tools are generally very good it’s not immediately obvious why we might need another.

Take a closer look at the Linux Live USB Creator and you’ll see it’s not just another “me too” utility, though – the program really does have enough features and functionality to stand up against the best of the rest.

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Add an extra layer of encryption to your cloud-based backups with Cloudfogger
May 1, 2012 – 13:01 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off

Just how secure is the data you’ve backed up online? Most cloud-based backup providers promise to encrypt your data before it’s uploaded to their servers, but a handful perform the encryption after the data’s been uploaded, which means they possess the key required to unlock your data and potentially hand it over to anyone who comes asking (backed with the right warrant).

Cloudfogger is a brand new (and currently free) service that puts you back in control of your data, allowing you to encrypt it prior to uploading it – and providing you with another layer of protection for your most sensitive documents and files.

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Skype 4.0 for iOS improves stability and accessibility, adds video moving
May 1, 2012 – 12:49 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Skype for iOS 4.0iOS users now have an updated VoIP app to work with after the release of Skype 4.0 for iPad and Skype 4.0 for iPhone. The latest version of the app focuses mainly on stability and accessibility improvements, but there are also a few other enhancements and new features to enjoy. There’s a new sign in screen in addition to a number of minor UI tweaks.

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Protect your computer from flash drive infection with Bitdefender USB Immunizer
May 1, 2012 – 12:10 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Bitdefender USB ImmunizerThere are a number of ways in which a virus or malware infection can find its way onto a computer, and if USB drives are used to transport files from one machine to another, this represents a security risk that could be exploited by malicious software. Part of the problem arises from the fact that USB drives can be configure to autorun just like optical media, but this is something you can tackle with Bitdefender USB Immunizer.

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Get yourself a faster Firefox: Pale Moon 12 and Waterfox 12 now available
April 30, 2012 – 10:09 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

If you were unimpressed by the fairly unexciting appearance of Firefox 12 last week, then today does at least bring some browsing alternatives by way of the performance-optimised spinoff projects, Pale Moon 12 and Waterfox 12.

And although the lack of additions to the broader code base means they’re both essentially maintenance releases, there is still some interesting news here.

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avast! Free Antivirus for Mac exits beta, protects OSX from the dark side of the web
April 30, 2012 – 07:36 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

avast! Free Antivirus for MacMacs have been in the news more than normal recently as the Flashback Trojan proved that the platform is just as prone to viruses and malware as Windows and other operating systems.  It has long been – falsely, it might be added – that OSX is immune to malware and does not need any form of protection. The latest high profile infestation has highlighted the need for Mac security tools and, with almost uncanny timing, avast! Free Antivirus for Mac has exited beta and gone gold.

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Find even some unknown malware with DensityScout
April 30, 2012 – 06:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

You think your PC has been infected by something dangerous, but your regular antivirus package hasn’t raised any alerts. So what now?

This is a question we cover fairly often here. Only last week we reported on the latest version of Mandiant Redline, which will scan your system’s executables and highlight those most likely to be malware. Now, CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) Austria has come up with another small contribution in DensityScout; it’s not for PC novices, but if you’re an expert computer user then you could find the program very helpful indeed.

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Software roundup: 36 essential downloads and updates from this week’s releases
April 28, 2012 – 05:17 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Roundup - 28 April 2012The big new this week has been in the cloud, and there have been various developments in the world of online storage. After what seems like years of waiting, Google Drive 1.0 has finally been released, extending the idea of Docs and providing users with the opportunity to store any files they want online and keept them synched with their computers. There’s also a mobile version of the app available – Google Drive for Android 1.0.77 – that enables you to access your files on the move. Ubuntu One 2.0.3 has nothing whatsoever to do with the operating system of the same name, but provides you with 5GB of free space for storage and backups. Cloud storage stalwart Dropbox 1.4.0 has been updated and has finally become stable as well as adding batch uploading and importing of photo while Microsoft has released Microsoft SkyDrive 2012 v16.4 and Microsoft SkyDrive 2.0 iOS with reduced storage levels.

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Keeping it safe – Cobian Backup 11 exits beta and gets a full release
April 27, 2012 – 16:48 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Cobian Backup 11Looking for a backup tool? There is plenty of choice for even the pickiest of software connoisseurs. Aside from the irritating aspect of having to actually get a backup job set up, one thing that puts many people off safeguarding their valuable data by backing it up is the cost of the necessary software.  Cobian Backup 11 is one of a number of free backup tools that are vying for users’ attention and it boasts an impressive array of features after leaving beta testing.

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DivXRepair tries to repair corrupt AVI videos
April 27, 2012 – 11:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

It only takes a little damage to corrupt an AVI movie. Some tweaked bits here, maybe a few missing bytes there, and suddenly you may find the picture breaks up at one point, or maybe the video will no longer play at all.

DivXRepair could offer a simple solution, though. Just launch this compact portable tool, add your broken video, click the Repair button, and in theory at least that’s it. There’s no need to worry about keyframes or other technicalities – the program will scan your video, skip any bad frames, and try to save everything else in a “fixed” version of the movie (the original will remain untouched).

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Auto-upload photos and videos to your Dropbox folder with Dropbox 1.40 for Windows, Mac and Linux
April 27, 2012 – 09:04 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Hot on the heels of its new service allowing users to share files by hyperlink, Dropbox has unveiled Dropbox 1.40 for Windows, Mac and Linux. The new release extends the photo and video uploading tools pioneered in Dropbox for Android, plus allows batch uploading and downloading of files.

The new features were previously available to those running Dropbox Experimental Edition, the beta version for those happy to trade stability for a sneek peak at the latest features.

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