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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LinkedIn for iOS goes universal and adds new calendar features
April 27, 2012 – 06:53 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

LinkedIn 5.0Social networking news is not limited to the latest acquisitions by the likes of Facebook; LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is still generating headlines. The big news for iOS users is that the app has moved to version 5.0 and this latest version heralds, amongst other things, the arrival of the universal version of the app – so with LinkedIn 5.0, iPad users finally get an app that enables them to tae advantage of their Retina display.

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Review: CyberLink Media Suite 10 Ultra
April 27, 2012 – 06:34 by Mike Williams in Reviews | Comments Off

Review: CyberLink Media Suite 10 Ultra

CyberLink make some great media software – PowerDirector is probably the best consumer video editor available today – but, unsurprisingly, for the most part it isn’t cheap. Equipping yourself with the company’s media player, media manager and video editor alone will cost you almost $170, for instance, and that’s before you’ve even thought about disc authoring, file format conversion and other desirable functions.

Fortunately CyberLink do offer a more cost-effective alternative in the shape of Media Suite 10. This bundles eleven CyberLink packages together, which makes them vastly cheaper: Media Suite 10 Ultra is $129.95 for the complete set, and if you opt for the Pro build instead (more on that later) then it can be yours for only $99.95.

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A change is gonna come: see what’s stewing in the Firefox cook pot as pre-release channels are updated
April 26, 2012 – 08:15 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Following on from the release of Firefox 12 FINAL, Mozilla has updated its developmental branches to versions 13 (Beta), 14 (Aurora) and 15 (Nightly/UX) respectively. Those looking for major changes in version 12 will have been disappointed, but future builds promise a number of radical new features, including redesigned Home and New Tab pages, plus panel downloads manager and inline preferences screen.

Get a head’s up on what’s coming and discover which build is best for your personal needs with our essential guide to what’s coming up in the near future for Mozilla’s open-source, cross-platform browser.

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CCleaner 3.18 adds support for Firefox 12, Chrome 20
April 25, 2012 – 12:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Piriform Inc has updated its freeware Windows cleaning tool with added support for the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome. CCleaner 3.18 also adds a multi-select tool to the detailed results view, providing users with more control over choosing which items to clean from their computer.

Version 3.18, which is also available as a standalone portable tool, also adds cleaning tools for a handful of new applications, plus a number of feature and interface improvements, and minor bug fixes.

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Oops! I did it again. Deleted files by accident? Wise Data Recovery gets them back
April 25, 2012 – 12:33 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Wise Data RecoveryHow many times have you done it? After deciding to spring clean your computer you empty the Recycle Bin only to realise that it contained some files that you meant to copy out. Or you may be browsing through files over the network and delete some files on another machine, bypassing the Recycle Bin altogether. We have all found ourselves needing to restore files that have been deleted in haste, and this is something that Wise Data Recovery can help with.

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CyberLink Media Suite 10: the ultimate multimedia bundle?
April 25, 2012 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

CyberLink has released Media Suite 10, which combines eleven of the company’s most powerful applications in a hugely comprehensive multimedia bundle.

PowerDVD 12 is a very capable media player, for instance. Power2Go 8 caters for all your disc burning needs. MediaShow 6 is an excellent media management tool, and PowerDirector 10 is arguably the best consumer video editor available today.

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Forget sticky notes – Norton Identity Safe is a free password manager
April 25, 2012 – 08:38 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

You’ve no doubt noticed that a huge number of web sites require you to log into an account before you can do anything useful. This could be your banking web site, a forum, a social network, or almost anything else imaginable and in all likelihood you have a huge number of passwords to remember. Some people get around the issue of having to remember all of these passwords by using the same password for everything, but this has obvious security implications. Norton Identity Safe is one possible solution that rivals tools such as KeePass and 1Password as it stores all of you log in details in a secure database.

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