Chrome 18 brings faster graphics and WebGL for all
March 28, 2012 – 17:27 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Google Chrome 18 has just landed as a stable release, and while it has the usual mix of minor tweaks and security fixes, the real news this time comes in its graphics improvements.

Part of this comes from the browser enabling GPU-accelerated rendering for 2D Canvas content, which could bring a real performance boost to canvas-based animations and games. (Or that’s the plan, anyway. If you have any issues, or just want to find out what’s happening on your system, then entering chrome://gpu will give you more information on the browser’s current GPU acceleration usage.)

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Box OneCloud allows users to edit and save Box.com documents directly on their iPad
March 28, 2012 – 13:40 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Cloud-storage provider Box has updated its iPad and iPhone app to include support for the new Box OneCloud service. Box for iPhone and iPad 2.7.1 is a free-for-personal use app that allows users to access the contents of their Box accounts via their iOS device. The app also allows users to upload files back to the service as well as edit them using supported apps on the mobile.

Box OneCloud is Box’s answer to the question of how users can directly access, edit and save changes to files stored online on the iPad using favourite apps as opposed to the Box app’s own tools. The new release allows users to open files stored on their Box.com account through 30 companion apps quickly and easily from within the Box app itself.

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Source: Box.com blog
Adobe bids for gaming market with Flash Player 11.2 and AIR 3.2
March 28, 2012 – 08:23 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Adobe has released Flash Player 11.2 and AIR 3.2, major updates to its browser plug-in and runtime environments. Flash Player, which is built into Chrome and available as a separate download for Internet Explorer, was until the advent of HTML5 the de facto standard for accessing rich, multimedia content on the web.

Both updates are aimed very much at repositioning Flash as a rival gaming platform to consoles, focusing on providing developers with tools to produce immersive, graphically rich games across all supported platforms.

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Kaspersky PURE 2.0 Total Security debuts portable password database, redesigned interface
March 28, 2012 – 07:10 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Kaspersky LAB has released a new version of its flagship do-it-all security suite, Kaspersky PURE 2.0 Total Security.

And although the upgrade is relatively minor – which is no surprise, really; the previous version did so much that there isn’t much left to add – the company has made a few useful tweaks which should appeal to fans of the package.

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Downloadcrew Giveaway: AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.85, originally $39.95, yours for free!
March 28, 2012 – 06:55 by Mike Williams in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off

Properly understanding what’s happening on your PC – monitoring hardware, assessing performance, diagnosing errors – normally requires you to navigate a host of Control Panel applets and third-party tools. But if you’re tired of such hassles, then there is an easier way: install AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.85 and you’ll get a whole library of PC management and information tools in a single, easy-to-use package.

Need to know more about your PC devices, for instance? AIDA64 provides detailed reports on your motherboard, BIOS, RAM, hard drive, sound card, network adapters, PCI and USB-connected devices, their resource use and more, so you can get a feel for your system setup without having to open the case.

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MetroTwit 1.0 adds support for multiple Twitter accounts, ‘undo tweet’ and much more
March 27, 2012 – 16:57 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Inspired by the look of Windows Metro, MetroTwit is a unique-looking, clean Twitter client that oozes style and simplicity. The app has just hit version 1.0 having already proved itself to be worthy of note in the beta stages. The official release sees the addition of a number of important new features including highly configurable filtering that helps you to ensure that your stream is not cluttered up with tweets you are not interested in.

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CCleaner 3.17 adds wildcard support for cookies, improves support for application cleaning
March 27, 2012 – 11:42 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Piriform Software has released CCleaner 3.17, the latest monthly update of its immensely popular Windows cleaning tool. Version 3.17 adds wildcard support when cookie cleaning, the ability to clean the Hosts history in Firefox Aurora and Shortcuts history cleaning in Google Chrome Canary.

Version 3.17 also improves various cleanup tools and applications, plus widens its support to cover three new applications: CyberLink PhotoDirector 10, DivX Player and Snagit 11 in addition to the dozens of applications and system settings – including the Registry – already covered by CCleaner.

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Security stalwarts Avira unleash free security tools for Android and Mac users
March 27, 2012 – 11:13 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

When it comes to security, it is fair to say that there is no shortage of apps to choose from. This is especially true for PC users, but anyone with a Mac or Android device now has new tools to add to their list of choices thanks to the most recent releases from security experts Avira. Both Avira Free Android Security and Avira Free Mac Security are, as you’ve no doubt determined, available free of charge, and both apps tackle security in a different way.

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AVG 2012 SP1 blocks tracking ads, adds wifi protection
March 27, 2012 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

AVG Technologies has released a Service Pack 1 upgrade for its Anti-Virus Free 2012, Anti-Virus 2012, Premium Security 2012 and Internet Security 2012 packages.

And while the update includes its share of bug fixes and minor tweaks, it also features three small but useful changes which qualify as real improvements to the package.

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List Windows and other software product keys with Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
March 26, 2012 – 15:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Having to reinstall Windows is always a hassle, but it can become a real issue if you can’t find your product key. Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder can help, though, by retrieving product keys for Windows and more than 300 applications, allowing you to save them in a plain text file for easy reference at some later date.

The program was easy enough to use on our test PC. Just install and launch it, and you’re immediately presented with a list of the applications and keys it had detected (which did include our Windows 7 details, despite the site saying this wasn’t supported).

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Wahoo! Latest Opera 12 boosts CSS3 and HTML 5 support, adds 64-bit snapshots
March 26, 2012 – 15:46 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

The development of Opera continues apace and for anyone wanting to try out the very latest features of the browser have a new version to install. The latest build of Wahoo (the codename for Opera 12) is available for the first time as a 64-bit release for both Mac and Windows users and the latest snaps shot also features improved support for HTML 5 and CSS3. As with previous builds of Opera 12, it is possible to install this alongside your current stable version of the browser so you can try it out while maintaining the version you have become used to.

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