WinPatrol 2014 debuts tweaked user interface, better performance
January 24, 2014 – 10:33 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on WinPatrol 2014 debuts tweaked user interface, better performance

WinPatrol 2014BillP Studios has unveiled the 30th major version of its snapshot-based security tool with the release of WinPatrol 30.0.2014. Although this release isn’t a beta, it’s been billed as a “Preview”, with many additional enhancements – including support for international date formats – promised to follow.

What is already present in the new release is an interface redesign, improved performance, enhanced reporting, new cookie support, better handling of Windows Update and a tweaked Delayed Start function.

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CCleaner 4.10 released, supports new apps, adds Pro-only scheduler tool
January 23, 2014 – 11:30 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CCleaner 4.10 released, supports new apps, adds Pro-only scheduler tool

CCleanerPiriform has updated its popular Windows cleaning tool with the release of CCleaner 4.10. Also available in portable form, version 4.10 continues the recent trend of concentrating development on the new paid-for Professional build.

Pro users now gain a new cleaning scheduler tool, allowing them to automatically run cleaning operations at set intervals. All other changes apply equally to both free and paid-for versions, however.

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Quickly organise unsorted images with PhotoSift
January 23, 2014 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Quickly organise unsorted images with PhotoSift

Creating digital images is easy. Organising them into appropriate folders takes rather more effort, though, which is probably why many people just let them pile up in the Pictures folder. But there could be a better way.

PhotoSift is small and simple tool which uses a keyboard-based workflow to sort your images. It’s basic, but can be effective, and in the right situation it’s extremely fast.

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Get 1TB+ of free cloud storage with Yunio
January 23, 2014 – 07:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Get 1TB+ of free cloud storage with Yunio

Most cloud storage services compete on storage space in a small way. Dropbox offers 2GB, SkyDrive starts with a free 7GB, Google Drive delivers 15GB, and so on.

If none of this gets close to what you need, though, you might prefer Yunio. Not only does it provide a chunky 1TB for free, but you’re also allocated a further gigabyte for every day you use the service.

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AVAST 2014 update 2 offers stability improvements and bug fixes
January 23, 2014 – 07:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on AVAST 2014 update 2 offers stability improvements and bug fixes

Avast LogoSecurity firm AVAST Software, celebrating 25 years in the business this year, has released a second update to its avast! 2014 range of products. avast! Free Antivirus 2014, Internet Security 2014 and Premier 2014 all get updated to build number 9.0.2013.

The new build, although a minor one, contains a number of important stability and bug fixes, making it a must-have update for all existing avast! users.

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Free Audio Video Pack 2.0 handles all your audio/ video conversion needs
January 23, 2014 – 05:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Free Audio Video Pack 2.0 handles all your audio/ video conversion needs

Pazera Software has announced the release of Free Audio Video Pack 2.0, a renamed update of its Pazera Video Converters Suite.

As you’ll guess from the name, the package provides tools to handle audio and video and conversions between all the main formats (AVI, MPG, MP4, MP3, WAV, FLAC, AAC, MOV, WebM, WMV, WMA, OGG, WebM, FLV, OGV, 3GP). As a bonus, there’s also a program to extract audio tracks from CD images based on the CUE sheets.

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Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 promises better DRM security, improved layout support
January 22, 2014 – 11:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 promises better DRM security, improved layout support

Adobe Digital Editions 3.0Adobe has released Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 on Windows and Mac, a major new version of its eBook manager. The tool, which helps users browse, organise and read both free and purchased eBooks in EPUB, PDF, and PDF/A formats, offers more secure DRM, improved PDF search tools and enhanced display of certain book types.

The headline new feature is the new DRM Scheme, which Adobe says has been “hardened and made more secure” to prevent unauthorised viewing of files protected by Digital Rights Management.

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Secure cloud storage provider MEGA launches MEGAsync desktop tool for Windows
January 22, 2014 – 10:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Secure cloud storage provider MEGA launches MEGAsync desktop tool for Windows

MEGANew Zealand-based Mega Limited has launched MEGAsync 1.0 FINAL for Windows, the first stable release in a planned trio of desktop tools (Mac and Linux versions are promised soon) giving MEGA account holders access to their cloud-based files via their computer. It follows the launch of the mobile MEGA app for Android and iOS.

MEGA – which includes Kim Dotcom among its founders – offers robust, secure cloud storage using 2048-bit RSA encryption. It also offers a generous free 50GB of storage space, with paid-for plans offering up to 4TB secure storage with extended bandwidth (up to 8TB/month).

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Generate relaxing, natural soundscapes with Atmosphere Lite
January 22, 2014 – 09:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Generate relaxing, natural soundscapes with Atmosphere Lite

If you’re working on the PC and would like a little background noise then you could launch your media player, stream something from the web, maybe just turn on the TV. These options could be a little distracting, though, making it more difficult to concentrate on your main tasks.

Atmosphere Lite takes a more effective approach. Much like Sound Valley, which we reviewed last November, it works by generating custom nature-based ambient soundscapes, like a forest stream, a woodland campfire, the ocean’s edge and more. You get the background noise you need, but it doesn’t demand your attention: it’s relaxing, more than distracting.

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Convert images to HDR, EXR, TIFF and more with Imagenator
January 22, 2014 – 06:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Convert images to HDR, EXR, TIFF and more with Imagenator

Imagenator is a portable, open-source tool for converting digital images between various formats: BMP, EXR, GIF, HDR, ICO, J2K, JP2, JPG, PBM/ PGM/ PPM (both RAW and ASCII), PFN, PNG, TGA, TIF, WAP, XPM.

The program supports a range of format-specific options. Export to ICO, say, and you can select an icon resolution from 16×16 to 256×256; JPEGs have Quality and Subsampling options; EXRs give you control over image compression (you can choose lossy, lossless, or none at all), and more.

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AV-Test reveals the top security solutions for Windows 8.1
January 21, 2014 – 16:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on AV-Test reveals the top security solutions for Windows 8.1

Independent testing lab AV-TEST has revealed its list of the best security solutions for Windows 8.1, according to the company’s November/ December 2013 tests.

Six suites were locked at top of the list for protection with maximum 100% scores in both months: F-Secure Internet Security 2014, Norton Internet Security 2014, Bitdefender Internet Security 2014, Avira Internet Security 2014 and – after topping the AV-Comparatives table last month – Kaspersky Internet Security 2014.

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