IOBit Advanced SystemCare 5.2 introduces Windows 8 support, many optimisations
March 14, 2012 – 12:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

IObit’s do-everything PC maintenance suite, Advanced SystemCare, has today been updated to version 5.2. And top of the changelog this time is the new support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. (Whether anyone’s spending enough time using Windows 8 to require a maintenance suite is another issue, of course, but it’s still a welcome addition here.)

IObit also report optimisations and improvements in just about every SystemCare module: PC Health, Performance Monitor, Privacy Sweep, Turbo Boost, Registry Fix, Malware Removal, System Optimisation, Disk Defragment, Shortcut Fix, Disk Cleaner and Cloned Files Scanner.

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Thunderbird 11 FINAL lands with minor changes, but Earlybird release hints at more to come
March 14, 2012 – 12:37 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Mozilla has updated its email messaging client with the release of Thunderbird 11 FINAL. Version 11 introduces a slightly tweaked user interface – tabs are now placed above the menu bar – and promises to improve startup times and overall responsiveness.

Version 11’s lack of notable new features is disappointing, but Mozilla’s release of Earlybird 13.0a2, an early alpha version of Thunderbird, hints at more radical changes to follow.

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Launch programs on remote PCs with PAExec
March 14, 2012 – 11:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Managing a Windows network can be a full-time job; there’s always one problem or another demanding your attention. You could run around from computer to computer, addressing issues as they crop up. But you may be able to save some time and trouble by using PAExec, which can launch programs on remote PCs, and (if they’re console applications) redirect their output back to your own system.

Enter a command like  PAExec \\{SystemName} -s cmd.exe  , for instance, and PAExec will connect to the specified system and open a command prompt there. You’ll then be able to enter regular Windows commands to find out more about the issue, they’ll be executed on the SystemName computer, and you’ll see the results on your own PC.

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Secure web browser Comodo Dragon 17.5 features updated Chromium core and profile support
March 14, 2012 – 11:48 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

There are now more web browsers to choose from than ever before, and most of them are advertised based on the speed at which they render web pages. Security is often mentioned, but it is speed that is the headline grabber. The same cannot be said of Comodo Dragon, the web browser from Comodo, the famous security firm responsible for Comodo Antivirus and Comodo Internet Security. While this is still a fast browser, the focus is firmly on security.

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Waterfox 11 provides an optimized Firefox build for 64-bit Windows users
March 14, 2012 – 07:38 by Nick Peers in News | 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of the slightly delayed official unveiling of Firefox 11 FINAL comes Waterfox 11.0, an optimized build of the Firefox source code for Windows 64-bit users.

Waterfox 11.0 contains exactly the same updates as Firefox 11 (see below), plus one major change of its own, a switch from AMD’s Core Math Library (ACML) to the AMD LibM library, which is optimised for 64-bit processors.

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Audacity 2.0 FINAL marks first stable release in six years
March 14, 2012 – 07:32 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

It’s official. More than six years after its last stable release, Audacity 2.0 is now available. This open-source, cross-platform audio recording, editing and mixing tool is often bundled with audio hardware devices and has garnered a huge following since it first appeared.

Audacity 2.0 is based on the 1.3.x beta channel, which means those currently running this version of Audacity – the only version to support the latest Windows and OS X operating systems – won’t notice any differences between this and the latest beta release (1.3.14) that appeared in December.

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VirtualBox 4.1.10 adds some Windows 8 tweaks, many bug fixes
March 13, 2012 – 17:03 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Oracle has today released VirtualBox 4.1.10. The build is essentially a maintenance release, but it’s wide ranging enough to make it worth installing.

Assorted additions include SSL/TLS support for VirtualBox’s web service, for instance. The changelog notes “some Windows 8 adaptions” in this build, though it doesn’t tell us any more. And the Linux build gains support for X.Org Server 1.12.

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Nitro Reader 2.3 reduces memory usage, improves QuickSign signature tool
March 13, 2012 – 11:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Nitro PDF has updated its free PDF reader and creator, Nitro Reader, to version 2.3. The latest version, which is also available as a 64-bit app promises improved performance through reduced memory usage, plus revamps its QuickSign signature tool and adds a smattering of new features in addition to various bug fixes.

Nitro Reader has carved itself a niche in the PDF reader market by providing a feature-rich application that includes powerful PDF creation tools as well as viewing ones, all without delivering ads or nags to upgrade to a paid-for version. Version 2.3 aims to maintain its lead in the feature stakes while significantly cutting back on its system demands.

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Trillian for Mac updated with improved support for Twitter and much more
March 13, 2012 – 09:03 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

Trillian for MacIt used to be that there were numerous chat clients to choose from – the likes of AIM, MSN and Yahoo! – but nowadays there are also social networks to consider. Trillian has always been a great tool for anyone who wants to keep in touch with friends that are using different chat networks, and support for this likes of Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and more has been added as the app has developed over time. This latest update not only fixes a number of known problems, but also improves the app’s support for Twitter.

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Comodo Internet Security/ Antivirus/ Firewall 5.10 released
March 13, 2012 – 08:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Comodo Group’s Internet Security, Antivirus and Firewall packages have been upgraded to build 5.10.228257.2253, which is now available for download.

This is a maintenance release, but it’s an important one which addresses some significant issues.

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Ensure your critical programs are always running with Restarter
March 13, 2012 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Applications which need to be running all the time – servers, say – often install themselves as Windows services, and one reason for that is there’s a flexible recovery mechanism which will kick in if the program fails. You can have Windows try to restart the service, launch some other program, even reboot the PC in an effort to get everything working again.

Ordinary programs have nothing similar, of course – but that’s where Restarter comes in. If an application simply must be running all the time, then tell Restarter, and if the program fails or is accidentally closed then it’ll automatically relaunch it for you.

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