Bitdefender’s Total Security 2014 now faster, adds password manager
June 27, 2013 – 11:28 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Bitdefender’s Total Security 2014 now faster, adds password manager

Bitdefender has released its 2014 products, including new versions of Antivirus Plus, Internet Security and Total Security.

All editions now include Bitdefender’s new Photon technology, which it’s claimed “tailor-fits to each user’s computer for fast scanning, a quicker boot time, smooth interaction with apps and the same award-winning detection rate”.

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Firefox 23 Beta arrives, enables mixed content blocking, click-to-start plugins
June 27, 2013 – 10:47 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 23 Beta arrives, enables mixed content blocking, click-to-start plugins

Firefox 22 FINALHot on the heels of the release of Firefox 22.0 FINAL, Mozilla has released Firefox 23.0 Beta 1, a preview version of the next release that will ship in around six weeks time.

Version 23.0 implements mixed-content blocking for greater security, plus allows plugins to be evoked only when specific websites require them. New consolidated search default preferences have also been implemented that could prove controversial.

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Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Preview
June 26, 2013 – 20:12 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Preview

Microsoft has officially announced the preview of Windows 8.1 in a keynote address at its Build 2013 developers conference.

The build isn’t for everyone – it’s unfinished, and doesn’t support uninstalling if you have problems – but if you’re interested, and have a full system backup to hand, then there’s plenty to explore here.

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CCleaner 4.03 improves cleaning performance with Office 2013 and major browsers
June 25, 2013 – 13:05 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CCleaner 4.03 improves cleaning performance with Office 2013 and major browsers

CCleaner 4.03Piriform has updated its free Windows cleaning tool with the release of CCleaner 4.03. The new build, also available in portable form, concentrates its improvements on the four major browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera.

Version 4.03 also improves cleaning for Office 2013 users, extends support to five new programs (including three Windows 8 apps) and also promises new and improved features for paid-for Pro users too.

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Firefox 22 FINAL enables WebRTC, makes social APIs easier to manage
June 25, 2013 – 10:15 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 22 FINAL enables WebRTC, makes social APIs easier to manage

Firefox 22 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 22.0 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. The update includes some platform-specific improvements – Firefox following display scaling options in Windows, and providing download progress indicators in its dock application icon in OS X – plus a number of other tweaks and improvements.

Other new features include the ability for users to now manage their social API plug-ins via the Add-ons menu (select Services in the left-hand menu to do so), while users can now adjust the playback rate of HTML5 audio and video files (right-click the playback screen and choose Play Speed to do so).

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GIMP 2.8.6 offers multiple fixes, improves single-window mode
June 24, 2013 – 11:22 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on GIMP 2.8.6 offers multiple fixes, improves single-window mode

GIMPLogo200-175Open-source image editor GIMP 2.8.6 FINAL has been released for Windows and Linux. This popular – and powerful – image manipulation tool, which is also available for Mac, is primarily a maintenance release, but does include some interesting feature tweaks, many of which improve the program’s single-window mode that was introduced in version 2.8.

Chief among these changes is the increase in the supported maximum size of clipboard brushes and patterns to 1,024×1,024 pixels. Also improved is how users switch focus back to the canvas screen in single-window mode, with the [Escape] key now used for that task.

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Track extreme weather all over the world with Earth Alerts
June 24, 2013 – 11:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Track extreme weather all over the world with Earth Alerts

While there are plenty of weather monitoring apps around, most of them are, well, just a little dull. They’ll tell you it might be windy later, and that there’s a chance of rain tomorrow, but that’s about as exciting as it gets.

Earth Alerts is different. It can give you details on the locations you define – current conditions, maps, forecasts and so on – but what it’s really about is tracking more severe events. Earthquakes alerts, tsunami warnings, forest fires, landslides, cyclones, they’re all detailed here.

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Freemake Music Box 1.0 promises access to a free and legal jukebox of over 42 million songs
June 24, 2013 – 08:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Freemake Music Box 1.0 promises access to a free and legal jukebox of over 42 million songs

Freemake Music BoxEllora Assets Corporation has released Freemake Music Box 1.0, the first stable release of its universal audio and streaming music player. Described as a “jukebox [that] plays back, finds and streams your favourite songs in real time” and boasting a library of over 42 million audio tracks, the first stable release adds a number of new features as well as the promise of improved searches.

The first new feature is support for searching the user’s hard drive for existing audio files to add to the program’s library. Also added is the ability to make the program the system’s default audio player – this is the default setting, unless the user unticks it during installation (choose Custom to do so).

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PeaZip 5.0 extends file type support, cleans up interface
June 23, 2013 – 20:55 by Mike Williams in News | 2 Comments

Giorgio Tani has revealed PeaZip 5.0, the latest version of his popular and powerful file archive tool, which he says “brings a major code and design cleanup”.

In practical terms this means a stack of interface enhancements, making the program even easier to use. A new History menu lists recently used paths and archives, for instance; the Bookmarks section now opens maximised by default, with useful system locations helping you get started right away; and the Settings dialog has been completely reorganised and simplified.

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Add pans and zooms to time-lapse videos with Panolapse
June 22, 2013 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Add pans and zooms to time-lapse videos with Panolapse

Time-lapse images can be a great way to capture movement in the sky, countryside, cities and more. But if they have a small issue, it’s that your usual viewpoint is always entirely static: the camera is fixed, while the world moves around it.

Panolapse is a free (for personal use) tool which can change all this, by adding motion through custom panning and zoom effects. This isn’t the simple flat movement you might get with a video editor, either: Panolapse uses perspective correction to produce far more realistic results, so that it actually looks as though your camera is moving around within the scene.

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Malwarebytes unveils ExplotShield-based Anti-Exploit Beta
June 21, 2013 – 18:46 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes unveils ExplotShield-based Anti-Exploit Beta

Malwarebytes has released the first public beta of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, a rebranded and improved version of ZeroVulnerabilityLabs’ ExploitShield. And just as in its previous incarnation, Anti-Exploit is an extremely easy-to-use tool which protects popular applications from zero-day exploits, web-based vulnerability exploits and more.

The full list of shielded apps includes browsers (Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Media Players (Windows Media Player, VLC, Winamp, QuickTime), PDF-related tools (Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Adobe Acrobat) and more (Java, Windows Script Host, Windows Help).

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