Google Chrome 36 FINAL tweaks notification popups, adds crash recovery browser bubble
July 17, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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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120 Sports brings free sports programming to Android
July 15, 2014 – 04:44 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Sports programming network 120 Sports has announced that its free app is now available in the Google Play store.

Already available for iOS, the (US-only) 120 Sports app what the company calls “hosted programming delivering timely narratives of the stories across every sport, featuring breaking news, video highlights and live look-ins, all integrated with social conversation, expert analysis and a new production style focused on the digital generation.”

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Windows 8 UX Pack and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 9.0 debut further fixes and refinements
July 14, 2014 – 13:14 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Transformation UX Pack 9.0WindowsX has released Windows 8 UX Pack 9.0 and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 9.0, new builds for its Windows skinning tools.

Each tool allows users to emulate the newer Windows 8.1 user interface on PCs running older versions of Windows – the UX Pack works with Windows 7 or later, the Transformation Pack works with Vista and XP also.

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Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 released, extends cloud storage support
July 14, 2014 – 11:19 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Ashampoo has unveiled Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 for Windows, a major update for its comprehensive photo management, editing and sharing tool.

Smarter access to cloud services means the program now offers 1-click copy/ move operations to Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

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Paint.NET 4.0.1 resolves major issues, tweaks performance
July 14, 2014 – 09:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Paint.NET 4.0dotPDN LLC has released Paint.NET 4.0.1, a minor – but important – update to the recently released Paint.NET 4.0. Version 4.0.1 is primarily a major bug fix release, but does include some performance optimisations too.

Existing users will be prompted to update the software when launching it, or can manually check via the Settings > Updates > Check Now menu. Alternatively, simply download the latest version and install it over the top of the existing build.

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Source: Paint.NET blog