IObit Driver Booster: a new way to keep your drivers up-to-date
June 7, 2013 – 10:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on IObit Driver Booster: a new way to keep your drivers up-to-date

DriverBoosterKeeping your PC’s drivers up-to-date can sometimes help to enhance performance, improve stability, and generally make your system run just a little more smoothly. Most people don’t have time to regularly check for updates, of course, but that doesn’t matter as there’s now a whole class of utilities which will do that for you. The latest example is IObit’s new beta, Driver Booster, and we gave the program a quick trial to see how it worked.

It’s immediately obvious that the program is focused primarily on ease of use. There’s no complex interface, no jargon, no searching around trying to decide what you need to do: just launch Driver Booster, it immediately scans your PC, and a report appears just a few seconds later.

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Comodo IceDragon 21 and Comodo Dragon 27 promise a more secure browsing experience for Windows users
June 7, 2013 – 07:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Comodo IceDragon 21 and Comodo Dragon 27 promise a more secure browsing experience for Windows users

Comodo IceDragonComodo has refreshed its two free web browsers with the release of Comodo Dragon 27.1 and Comodo IceDragon 21.0.1.15. As the version numbers hint, both are Windows-only variants of better known browsers in the form of Chromium, the engine driving Chrome, and Firefox respectively.

Both browsers promise a more secure browsing experience than the native browsers they’re based on with additional security and privacy features, such as switching to Comodo’s own DNS servers and integrated link scanning tools.

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Automatically keep standard Windows programs up-to-date with USSU Unlimited
June 7, 2013 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Automatically keep standard Windows programs up-to-date with USSU Unlimited

If you’ve set up a new PC recently then you won’t need us to tell you just how tedious the experience can be, as you scour the web for your favourite applications, downloading and installing them one by one.

Fortunately there are plenty of tools which will try to simplify this process for you, though, and USSU Unlimited is one of the latest. The program supports 45 common applications (Flash, Java, Firefox, Chrome, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Adobe Reader, VLC Media Player and more), can download and install them in a click, and then detects and downloads updates as they appear.

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Troubleshoot your PC’s memory problems with Sysinternals RAMMap
June 7, 2013 – 04:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Troubleshoot your PC’s memory problems with Sysinternals RAMMap

Understanding your PC’s RAM usage is a key part of troubleshooting many odd Windows problems, but unfortunately this isn’t always easy. The standard tools, like Task Manager, are fine for diagnosing simple issues, but just don’t provide the information you’ll need to cope with anything more complex.

As usual, though, Microsoft Sysinternals has a portable tool which can help. RAMMap provides a very in-depth look at your PC’s current RAM usage, and while it’s aimed mainly at Windows experts, the program also has some elements which will be useful to just about anyone.

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View and edit metadata for all your files with File Metadata
June 6, 2013 – 13:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on View and edit metadata for all your files with File Metadata

Windows Explorer has displayed file metadata for a very long time. Click an image, say, and you’ll see (and have the option to edit) details like the picture title, author, comments, camera manufacturer, model and more. This allows you to record useful extra information about each file, and is also used by Windows Search, so for instance searching for “Title:Fiji” would locate all files with “Fiji” in the title.

Ever since Windows Vista, though, general metadata support has been restricted to only file types which include metadata within the files themselves – images, MP3’s, Office documents and so on – while simpler formats, like TXT or HTML, are left out. Annoying? Yes. Restrictive? Absolutely. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Grab a copy of the File Metadata beta and you’ll be able to create, view and edit metadata for just any file type you like.

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Dropbox Experimental Edition 2.3.12 reveals future path for cloud backup solution as 2.2 nears final release
June 6, 2013 – 12:16 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Dropbox Experimental Edition 2.3.12 reveals future path for cloud backup solution as 2.2 nears final release

Dropbox Experimental EditionCloud backup and storage provider Dropbox has released Dropbox Experimental Edition 2.3.12, a pre-release version of its desktop client for Windows, Mac and Linux. The new build introduces several new features – some restricted by OS – designed to help simplify the import of photos and other images into the user’s Dropbox account.

At the same time, Dropbox 2.2.0 Release Candidate as quietly slipped out, confirming that the next stable release of Dropbox – currently at version 2.0.26 – will go straight to version 2.2, skipping the whole 2.1.x release branch that was previously being used to preview new features.

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Replace Genius: super-charged search and replace, now free
June 6, 2013 – 07:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Replace Genius: super-charged search and replace, now free

Just about every text editor has some kind of search and replace tool which allows you to process data in the file you’re editing. Even Notepad includes a Replace option which can run a case-sensitive search across your entire document, replacing defined text with whatever you like, and all in a click.

What if you want to tweak text case, though? Add or remove text? Insert line numbers, or apply some other more advanced editing option? Then you might need Replace Genius. This smart tool – once a commercial product, now free – allows you to perform a host of processing options on plain text files, as well as Word and Excel documents (if Office is installed). And it really is very impressive indeed.

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Skype 6.5 improves video messaging, simplifies contact requests
June 5, 2013 – 17:19 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Skype 6.5 improves video messaging, simplifies contact requests

Microsoft has today released Skype for Windows desktop 6.5, featuring improved video messaging and simplified contact handling.

Aga Guzik, head of Desktop Product Marketing at Skype, explained that the new build “improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications”.

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Recuva 1.47 allows users to target deep scans by filetype
June 5, 2013 – 13:13 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Recuva 1.47 allows users to target deep scans by filetype

RecuvaPiriform has released Recuva 1.47 and Recuva Portable 1.47, new versions of its freeware data recovery tool for Windows PCs. Version 1.47 comes with one major new feature – the ability to filter results by file type during deep scans – along with a number of minor tweaks and improvements.

Recuva 1.47 allows users to recover lost and deleted data from hard drives – the Portable build can be unzipped and run directly from a removable device such as a thumb drive, ensuring data isn’t written to the drive users are trying to recover data from.

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Kingsoft Office 2013 Free revamps interface, improves support for new Office formats
June 4, 2013 – 11:11 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Kingsoft Office 2013 Free revamps interface, improves support for new Office formats

Kingsoft Office Free 2012Hong Kong-based developer Kingsoft Software has released KingSoft Office Suite Free 2013, a brand new version of its sleek free alternative to Microsoft Office. Version 9.1.0.4056 makes its bow with a redesigned user interface with choice of three skins, plus improves support for the latest Office formats. There’s better support for foreign characters as well as date and number formats too, while users can now undo changes even after saving documents.

The suite consists of three tools – Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation – all of which gain specific new features and improvements. All three sport a ribbon-based user interface with one key advantage over Office’s own: the ability to view and switch between multiple documents in a single tabbed window.

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Gmail for Android 4.5 unveils radical new design, adds support for Gmail tabs
June 4, 2013 – 09:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Gmail for Android 4.5 unveils radical new design, adds support for Gmail tabs

Gmail for AndroidGoogle has released Gmail for Android 4.5, a radical new version of its Google Mail client for Android smartphones. At the present time, the update is slowly making its way to users through the Google Play store, with the intention being all users will be able to update or install the latest version within the next few weeks.

We’ve managed to get hold of a sneaky copy, and can reveal it’s as radical an update as anticipated, with a revamped user interface and support for new features such as Gmail tabs and pull-to-refresh. As expected, these new features require a handset or tablet running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later – those running earlier versions of Android get version 2.3.6, with minor bug fixes.

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