Screenhero: screen sharing with two mouse cursors
July 14, 2014 – 07:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Screen sharing tools are great when you need to show someone else what’s happening on your own computer. You connect, do whatever you like, and your contact can follow every step.

If the remote user wants to make use of the other computer, however, it’s often more difficult. There’s still only one mouse cursor, so you’ll need to negotiate who can use it at any one time – not exactly convenient.

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Dropbox 2.10 FINAL kick-starts large file syncs
July 12, 2014 – 15:32 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Cloud backup provider Dropbox has released a new stable build for desktop with the launch of Dropbox 2.10.1 FINAL for Windows and Mac.

The highlight is the introduction of streaming sync. Large files now start to be synced with your clients while they’re still being uploaded, keeping any initial delays to an absolute minimum and notably improving performance.

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View all your Firefox tabs at once with Tile Tabs
July 12, 2014 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Firefox’s tabs are normally an easy and convenient way to work online, neatly organising your open sites into separate, isolated views.

There may still be times when you need to view two or more tabs at the same time, though – and that’s where Tile Tabs can help, instantly organising your chosen Firefox tabs into a single tiled window.

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Numculator is a fast and configurable desktop calculator
July 11, 2014 – 10:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

It used to be very basic, but Windows 7 saw Calculator evolve into a capable tool, with the addition of statistics, programmer, unit conversion and date calculation modes, amongst others.

The Calculator interface isn’t always the easiest to navigate, though, and if you’re more interested in speed and convenience then you might prefer Numculator.

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iTranslate for Mac 1.0 translates words, sentences and phrases from your Mac’s menu bar.
July 11, 2014 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

iTranslate for MacSonicoMobile has launched iTranslate for Mac 1.0, a new addition to its stable of translation tools that includes iOS and Windows 8.

iTranslate allows users to quickly and easily translate words, sentences and phrases between 80 different languages, offering both written and spoken translations for text entered.

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iTunes 11.3 delivers new iTunes Extras for HD movies on Mac and Apple TV
July 10, 2014 – 13:33 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

iTunes 11.3Apple has rolled out iTunes 11.3, the latest update to its popular media tool for Mac and Windows. Version 11.3, which is also available as a separate 64-bit build for Windows, extends its iTunes Extras feature to HD movies.

iTunes Extras include additional featurettes – some of which may be interactive – to accompany movies, such as behind-the-scenes documentaries, director’s commentary and high-resolution image galleries.

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Send emails from the command line with ShellSend 2.0
July 10, 2014 – 10:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Binary Fortress Software has announced the release of ShellSend 2.0, the latest edition of its free tool for sending emails from the command line.

The new build adds an extra parameter which specifies the email body text, rather than pointing the program at a separate text file.

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Design fully working model railways with 3D Train Studio
July 10, 2014 – 08:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Model railways have been around for a very long time, and enthusiasts will sometimes build huge layouts stretching across hundreds, even thousands of feet.

If you don’t have the space or the money, though, you might prefer 3D Train Studio, which enables you to build complex virtual model railways, with moving trains, working signals, even cockpit cameras to help you monitor what’s happening in your custom world.

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Bitdefender 2015 release focuses on ease of use
July 9, 2014 – 18:18 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

Bitdefender200-175Bitdefender has announced the release of its 2015 range, including Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015, Bitdefender Internet Security 2015, and the do-everything Bitdefender Total Security 2015.

The new builds add little to Bitdefender’s core security abilities, instead introducing what the company calls “OneClick Security”, a strong focus on simplicity and ease of use.

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Norton Security 2015 Betas unveiled, sport name change, improved protection and facelift
July 9, 2014 – 16:25 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

Norton Security 2015Symantec has unveiled the first public betas of its forthcoming Norton security products. Norton Security 2015 Beta and Norton Security with Backup 2015 Beta reveal the company’s attempt to harmonise its two main security products.

Both products sport a redesigned user interface based on the old Norton 360 product, plus sport a number of major new protection and performance improvements.

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 extends ransomware, webcam, wi-fi protection
July 9, 2014 – 10:40 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

Kaspersky Labs has announced its updated product range for home users, including Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 ($59.95) and Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 (also $59.95, 3 PCs, 1 year: offer expires 25th August 2014).

Both products now include an extra layer of protection from Cryptolocker-type ransomware. Kaspersky’s System Watcher now looks out for suspect processes trying to modify user files, and immediately backs up the originals. If the package finds the process was malicious then not only will the malware be removed, but you’ll get your documents back, too (or any tampered with in this session, anyway – backups are deleted when the program closes down).

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