Speccy 1.25 adds ReadyBoost drive detection, improves network support
January 29, 2014 – 10:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

speccy_200x175Piriform Ltd has released Speccy 1.25, a new version of its free Windows system information tool. The headline new feature in version 1.25 – also available as a standalone portable build – is its ability to detect ReadyBoost drives.

Version 1.25 also includes a number of networking improvements, better accuracy for disk transfer mode detection and restructured CPU Core data view.

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ChrisPC Anonymous Proxy 5.00 introduces Pro version
January 29, 2014 – 09:02 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

ChrisPC has updated its popular privacy tool with the release of ChrisPC Anonymous Proxy 5.00, which sees the introduction of a paid-for Pro version.

The free build retains the same core functionality as in previous editions, quickly locating proxies from more 50 countries and changing your IP address with a click. An improved interface makes the program easier to use, while full Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 compatibility should ensure everything runs smoothly.

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tinySpell checks spelling in any Windows application
January 28, 2014 – 15:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Some applications can check your spelling as you type – Firefox, Chrome, Outlook – but the majority don’t. And that can be a problem, because even spelling champions make typos, just occasionally.

Run tinySpell, though, and this doesn’t have to be a problem. This free portable program runs in the background, monitoring everything you type, and brings simple spell checking to just about any Windows application.

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Opera 19 FINAL adds Bookmarks bar, Hardcore mode
January 28, 2014 – 11:20 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Opera 11.61Opera Software has released Opera 19.0 FINAL, the fifth major update of its web browser since it was rebooted last July as a Chromium-based browser and entered a rapid release development cycle.

Version 19 introduces four notable new features, including the long-awaited return of the Bookmarks bar as well as support for custom wallpapers, improvements to its extensions handling and a new Hardcore mode for advanced users.

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Comodo Internet Security 7 beta adds web filtering, Viruscope
January 28, 2014 – 08:04 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Comodo has announced the first betas of Comodo Internet Security 7, Comodo Antivirus 7 and Comodo Firewall 7.

Top of the “new features” list is the Viruscope, a monitoring layer which not only detects unwanted actions, but can also undo them. Comodo says this provides “more granular control over otherwise legitimate software”, for example preventing programs from unnecessarily adding components to the Startup folder.

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Chrome for iOS 32 adds translations, reduces bandwidth usage
January 28, 2014 – 06:41 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Chrome for iOS 32Google has rolled out Chrome for iOS 32, a major new release of its alternative browser for iPhone and iPad users. Version 32 introduces a new translation bar for pages written in foreign languages, plus promises to reduce bandwidth usage by up to 50 per cent.

It also sees the first phase of a new feature that will update the New Tab page to speed up future searching, and includes the usual gamut of fixes and improvements.

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MediaCrush: an open source, ad-free photo/ music/ video host
January 27, 2014 – 14:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

There are plenty of web services around to host your photos, music and video files, but most have a range of problems. In particular, they’ll surround your content with intrusive ads, slowing page load time and – depending on their use of tracking – perhaps compromising your privacy.

MediaCrush works a little differently. There are no ads. There’s no use of tracking, no records kept of how you use the service. You can even check this yourself, as MediaCrush is entirely open source.

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AndrOpen Office brings OpenOffice to Android
January 27, 2014 – 13:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you need a mobile office suite then Kingsoft Office is a good place to start, and of course Google Drive is easy to use on any device. But if you’re looking for something more powerful, for offline editing, then you might be tempted by AndrOpen Office: it’s a complete fork of Apache OpenOffice, available on your Android device.

The suite has all the usual OpenOffice components: Writer (word processor), Calc (a spreadsheet), Impress (presentation graphics), Draw (a drawing tool), Math (equation editor) and Base (database).

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Take control of your Mac backups with TimeMachineEditor 3
January 27, 2014 – 13:17 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

TimeMachineEditor 3Any computer user with even a smidgeon of sense has some kind of backup plan in place, and for many Mac owners that backup plan will be Time Machine, Apple’s built-in tool for saving your data from harm. It’s incredibly easy to set up – choose a backup drive, flick a switch and you’re good to go – so what’s not to like?

That backup schedule for one. By default, Time Machine updates your backup every hour. That’s fine when you’ve just started out using it, but when low disk space warnings start popping up with regularity, what then? The solution lies with TimeMachineEditor 3.

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Fluffyapp 3.0 adds new drop display, no longer supports Windows XP
January 27, 2014 – 11:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

fluffyapp-200x175It took three years for version 2 to make its final appearance, but just one month later developer Richard Wang has released FluffyApp 3.0. FluffyApp is a freeware client that allows Windows users to share files (known as “drops”) using the Mac-only CloudApp file-sharing service.

Version 3.0 includes a new drop display feature, live drop history updates and features a major rewrite of its core code. It also now requires .NET Framework 4.5 to function, which means it’s no longer compatible with Windows XP.

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Keep your PC awake with Caffeine
January 27, 2014 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If your PC screensaver keeps activating at awkward times, or maybe your system goes to sleep when it shouldn’t, then it may be a good time to adjust your power options (press Win+R and launch powercfg.cpl).

If you only have this problem occasionally, though – when giving a presentation, perhaps – then Caffeine provides a quick and easy way to temporarily keep your system awake.

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