How to get brighter colors in Windows 10
August 20, 2015 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows 10 Color ControlIt’s easy enough to customise your Windows 10 taskbar and Start Menu colors – right-click the desktop, click Personalise > Colors – but the official route only offers a small set of predefined shades, and the taskbar is always dark.

Fortunately Unchecky developer RaMMicHaeL has released Windows 10 Color Control, a free tool which gives you more choice of colors and – optionally – a brighter end result.

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Parallels Desktop 11 adds Windows 10 integration, extends Cortana to Mac desktop
August 19, 2015 – 12:14 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Parallels DesktopParallels IP Holdings GmbH has released Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, a major new release of its market-leading virtualisation tool.

The app, which allows users to run virtual versions of Windows, OS X and Linux in a virtual environment, adds full support for Windows 10 while readying itself for El Capitan’s imminent release. It also promises significant performance improvements.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X8 celebrates 25th birthday
August 19, 2015 – 11:30 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PaintShop Pro X8It’s 25 years since PaintShop Pro was released as shareware by Jasc Software, and Corel Corporation is celebrating the occasion with the release of Corel PaintShop Pro X8 ($99).

Lens correction tools are a long-awaited addition, automatically fixing distortions, vignetting and other common lens-related issues.

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Windows 10 virtual machines now available
August 19, 2015 – 05:13 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Windows 10Microsoft has updated its Microsoft Edge developer site, adding downloadable Windows 10 virtual machines for VirtualBox, VMware and Hyper-V.

Although these are aimed at developers, they’re a quick and easy way for anyone to try out Windows 10.

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Lock down Windows 10’s privacy settings with O&O ShutUp10
August 18, 2015 – 13:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ShutUp10Berlin-based developer O&O Software has released O&O ShutUp10, a tiny portable tool for controlling Windows 10’s many privacy-related settings.

Amongst its near 50 tweaks are options to disable telemetry, wi-fi sense, key app permissions, peer-to-peer updates, automatic Windows updates and more.

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Protect your digital images with Easy Watermark Studio Lite
August 18, 2015 – 06:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Easy Watermark StudioEasy Watermark Studio Lite is a well-designed Windows application for applying text and image watermarks to your digital pictures.

Point the program at your source images and it’s ready to go. Well, probably – the Lite version only imports JPGs, BMPs and TIFFs, and it’ll process a maximum of 30 images in one batch – but if the restrictions aren’t an issue then it works very well.

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PeStudio 8.51 adds VirusTotal URL checking
August 18, 2015 – 03:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PeStudioPopular malware investigator PeStudio has been updated to version 8.51 with extended VirusTotalsupport.

Drag and drop an executable onto the new build, and after checking the file with VirusTotal to see if it’s a known threat, a new Network Watchdog will update the VirusTotal score automatically.

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Acronis True Image Cloud 2016 gets mobile backup
August 17, 2015 – 17:20 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Acronis True Image 2016Acronis has unveiled its 2016 consumer range, with Acronis True Image 2016 handling all your local backup needs, and the new Acronis True Image Cloud 2016 adding much-improved cloud tools.

Strong mobile supports means the Cloud edition can back up pictures, videos, contacts and events from iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, and Windows tablets, and transfer them to other devices.

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Explore mystery files with Detect It Easy
August 17, 2015 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Detect It EasyYou’ve been emailed a strange attachment, downloaded something dubious, or maybe just found a file that’s lost its extension. You need to find out more, and Detect It Easy is the ideal tool to help.

It’s portable, cross-platform, and – initially, at least – very easy to use. Just drag and drop your target file onto the program and it’ll tell you more about it.

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AdwCleaner 5.0 ships with new engine, Windows repair tools
August 15, 2015 – 13:35 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AdwCleanerPopular adware hunter AdwCleaner has hit version 5 with the addition of a new and improved generic detections engine.

The program can optionally reset a range of Windows settings – proxies, winsock, TCP/IP, firewall, IPsec, the BITS queue – as well as IE and Chrome policies.

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Troubleshoot your hard drives with DHE Drive Info
August 14, 2015 – 04:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DHE Drive InfoModern hard drives are generally very reliable, and may survive the entire lifetime of your PC without any problems at all. There are no guarantees, though, so it’s wise to have one or two diagnostic programs to hand, and DHE Drive Info makes a feature-packed first choice.

The program is portable, just unzip and run, and a list of drives and partitions covers all the basics: drive model, type, temperature, health score, capacity, free space, read/ write indicators and more.

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