Google Maps for Android 8.2 released, improves navigation for cyclists and drivers
July 18, 2014 – 12:34 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google MapsGoogle has started to roll out Google Maps for Android 8.2, focussing its attention of cyclists with the addition of some handy new features.

The app also introduces voice control for vehicle navigation, effectively turning the user’s Android mobile or tablet into a GPS navigation system.

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Dashlane 3.0 revamps user interface, unveils new shared features
July 18, 2014 – 06:49 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Dashlane 3.0Dashlane, Inc has released Dashlane 3.0 for Windows and Mac, a major new build of its secure password management tool. The new release is joined by Dashlane 2.7 for iOS, which has been updated to work with version 3.

Version 3 sports a completely redesigned user interface, adds a number of new tools, including a Sharing Center, Emergency Contacts section and a simpler way of viewing password histories.

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CyberLink Media Suite 12 released, supports creating and editing 4K video
July 17, 2014 – 12:11 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink Media SuiteCyberLink has announced the release of CyberLink Media Suite 12, its vast and comprehensive collection of playback, editing and convent creation tools.

Highlights include new support for creating and playing back UltraHD 4K Video. The suite can now also play and convert H.265 content, and CyberLink claims new 64-bit video and photo editing engines deliver 3x faster rendering speed over the 32-bit versions.

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OSForensics 3.0 uncovers even more hidden PC details
July 17, 2014 – 08:35 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PassMark Software has announced the release of OSForensics 3.0, a major update for its excellent PC investigation suite.

A stack of new viewers tell you more about your target system. The Prefetch viewer reveals when (and how frequently) applications have been run; the ThumbCache viewer displays thumbnails cached by Explorer, and the ESE Database viewer gives access to a host of low-level Windows information.

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Google Chrome 36 FINAL tweaks notification popups, adds crash recovery browser bubble
July 17, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 36 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Chrome for Android 36 rolling out shortly. The desktop update adds a couple of user interface tweaks under the label “rich notifications improvements”.

It also updates the incognito browsing page, adds a browser crash recovery bubble that could help prevent data loss and extends the Chrome App Launcher to Linux, plus adds various under-the-hood tweaks.

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FotoSketcher 2.90 adds watercolour effect
July 17, 2014 – 04:08 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

French developer David Thoirin has released FotoSketcher 2.90, an update to his freeware Windows program for transforming digital photos into works of art.

The major new feature is a second watercolour effect (Edit > Drawing Parameters > Painting 9), which Thoirin has described as using “a loose style (with transparency)… based on a new segmentation algorithm”.

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VirtualBox 4.3.14 adds Blu-ray support for Mac hosts, squashes more bugs
July 16, 2014 – 12:37 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

VirtualBoxOracle has released VirtualBox 4.3.14, the latest in a series of maintenance fixes for its cross-platform, part-open-source virtualisation program.

Version 4.3.14 includes a wide range of fixes and tweaks, including one that sees the Mac build now include Blu-ray devices when scanning for host CD and DVD drives. Windows hosts should also now be able to install or upgrade VirtualBox without having to reboot their system.

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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 adds 100+ effects, 100GB online storage space
July 16, 2014 – 11:35 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Xara Group has announced the release of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10, the latest incarnation of its all-in-one editing, illustration and design tool.

Top of the new features list is the inclusion of Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 2.0, a powerful plugin (sold separately for $199 as recently as 2012) which offers 100+ present lighting and colour effects.

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TVersity Media Server 3.0 released, sports new user interface, adds support for Chromecast and Roku
July 16, 2014 – 08:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TVersity 3.0It’s all change for media server TVersity with a new major release. The old Basic version has been retired and in its place comes TVersity Media Server Free 3.0, which offers identical functionality to the Pro version minus the ability to transcode audio and video when required.

Version 3 also shows off a brand new and simplified user interface, introduces support for hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding in the Pro build and adds support for both Roku and Chromecast.

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Scan and manage your network with Axence nVision Free
July 16, 2014 – 08:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Small home networks can take a while to set up – especially if you’re a networking novice – but once they’re up and running, there’s usually little else to do. Everything just works. And if it doesn’t, there’s generally a simple explanation (something’s been unplugged or turned off).

Add a few more systems, some of which are really important (a business server), and it’s another story. Problems quickly become complex, and have to be fixed right now.  To keep up it’s important to manage your network more carefully, and Axence nVision Free is the ideal program to help.

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CCleaner for Android 1.02 adds Thumbnail Cache cleaning, minor tweaks
July 15, 2014 – 07:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerBarely a month after its initial release, and Piriform has released not one, but two minor updates to its new Android cleaning app. CCleaner for Android 1.02 promises improved analysis and cleaning processes as well as a handful of new features and tweaks.

The app, which requires an Android phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or up, provides a selection of cleaning tools for reclaiming storage space and improving performance by removing junk and other unnecessary files.

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