Chrome 35 FINAL adds developer-friendly tools, switches Linux build to Aura UI
May 21, 2014 – 10:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Google Chrome 35Google has unveiled Chrome 35 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. After the relative excitement of version 34, version 35 contains little of note for the end user to get excited about.

Developers, however, will be pleased to see a number of new and improved features implemented, including the ability to take more control over touch input. There’s also an undocumented switch to the Aura user interface on the Linux platform.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2 makes scan results easier to read, fixes major bugs
May 21, 2014 – 06:38 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

MalwarebytesMalwarebytes Corporation has shipped Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.2, a minor – but important – update to its security tool that provides a second layer of protection against malware, potentially unwanted programs and malicious websites.

Version 2.0.2 includes a number of minor improvements, one of which should make analysing scan results and logs clearer thanks to revised terminology. It also fixes a significant number of issues, one of which could cause a BSOD error when scanning for rootkits.

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Google buys translator app Word Lens – and now it’s free
May 20, 2014 – 12:40 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Google has acquired Quest Visual and its top translator app Word Lens, according to a statement on the Quest Visual site.

One immediate benefit for everyone is that the app – and its language packs – are now free to download, although apparently “for a limited time” only.

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IcoFX 2.7 adds three new adjustment tools, enhances crop selection
May 20, 2014 – 10:58 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

IcoFX 2.7Romanian developer IcoFX Software has released IcoFX 2.7 and IcoFX Portable 2.7, a minor update to its commercial icon-editing tool for Windows.

Version 2.7 adds three new tools to the Adjustment menu, plus refines the existing crop tool. It also introduces two new options, a shortcut key for quickly deleting sections and fixes a number of known bugs.

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Protect your privacy with Self-Destructing Cookies for Firefox
May 20, 2014 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Self-Destructing Cookies is a Firefox add-on which does a great job of controlling cookie use, without any of the complexity you’ll see in other tools.

Install the add-on and it takes immediate effect, automatically deleting a site’s regular cookies – and its LocalStorage data – just as soon as you close its tab.

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Encrypt files with little fuss and 256-bit AES encryption with Quick Crypt
May 19, 2014 – 11:03 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off

LockValkova Technology has released Quick Crypt 1.0, a tiny, portable and – above all – free tool for Windows users looking to encrypt and decrypt files on the fly.

The tool, which requires Windows 7 or later, allows users to quickly select individual files, then encrypt then with a password, optional key file and 256-bit AES encryption. Files can even be tied to a single machine.

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List Explorer’s recently opened files with RecentFilesView
May 19, 2014 – 09:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’d like to know what someone else is doing on a PC then the “Recent Items” (or “Recent Files”) folder is a good place to start looking.

Just browse to C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent and you’ll find shortcuts for anything recently double-clicked in Explorer, or that’s been opened by a standard Open dialog box.

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Spencer brings an XP-style Start menu to Windows 8
May 19, 2014 – 06:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’re still missing the Start Menu in Windows 8 – or even the more desktop-friendly 8.1 – then there are plenty of ways to bring it back (Classic Shell is probably our favourite).

It’s not immediately obvious why we need yet another Start Menu alternative, then. But Spencer (yes, that really is its name) does have one or two differences which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Dropbox 2.8 offers smarter installer, drive space warnings
May 17, 2014 – 13:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Cloud backup provider Dropbox has announced the final release of Dropbox 2.8, its latest major update for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The new release adds Windows and OS X auto sign-in support for easier installation. As long as you’re logged into Dropbox already, the installer won’t ask for your credentials again. (This doesn’t work if you’re using two-step verification, or a Dropbox for Business account that uses single sign-on.)

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ShareX 9.0 adds screen recording with audio
May 17, 2014 – 11:14 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Powerful open source screenshot tool ShareX has been updated to version 9.0 with some significant changes and additions.

Top of the list is new support for screen recording with audio. This makes use of FFmpeg to do the hard work, with ShareX downloading the program if you don’t have it already.

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Migrate data to your new PC with EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free
May 16, 2014 – 16:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Migrating to a new PC can be a tedious, time-consuming business. There will be applications to reinstall, serial numbers to find, data to move, and that’s before you start reconfiguring everything to try and restore your old settings.

Alternatively, you could just use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to handle at least some of the work for you.

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