VLC 2.2.0 adds extension manager, resume playback, auto-rotate
February 27, 2015 – 15:44 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

VLCVideoLAN has announced the release of VLC Media Player 2.2.0 (and 64-bit) for the desktop, along with coordinated releases for iOS, Android, and the first public betas for Android TV, WinRT and Windows Phone.

The desktop build now features a built-in extension manager. No need for manual tweaking any more, just click Tools > Plugins and Extensions, browse and install whatever you need.

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Run text-mode DOS apps in Windows with vDos
February 27, 2015 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

vDosIf you’d like to run a classic DOS game under Windows then DOSBox is the perfect solution: tiny, free, and with enough hardware emulators to support almost anything.

It’s not the only option, though, and if you’re more interested in running text-mode, business-type applications then DOSBox fork vDos may be a better choice.

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Corel VideoStudio X8 adds Freeze Frame effect, NewBlue pack
February 26, 2015 – 11:58 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Corel VideoStudioCorel Corporation has unveiled VideoStudio Pro X8 ($79.99) and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 ($99.99), the latest versions of its versatile consumer video editor.

Both editions add a new Freeze Frame effect (just select a frame and set the duration), while the bundled NewBlue Video Essentials II brings 10 plugins, including Chroma Key, Lens Correction, Picture-in-Picture and Vignette.

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Run Android on your PC desktop with Droid4X
February 26, 2015 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Droid4xAndroid apps aren’t just for your phone and tablet. Install Droid4X and you can run Android on your PC, too, taking full advantage of the extra screen resolution and more easily sharing files and data.

As with many similar applications, Droid4X is essentially a wrapper around VirtualBox, with Android 4.2.2 provided on a custom virtual machine. But you don’t need to know any of the low-level details, as the program manages all of those itself.

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Control Explorer’s “Send To” menu with Send To Manager
February 25, 2015 – 18:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Send To ManagerWindows Explorer’s “Send To” menu can be a convenient way to copy, send or open files. Just right-click, select “Send To”, and chose whatever drive or application you need.

Most programs don’t make use of the menu, unfortunately, but grab a copy of Send To Manager and you can easily tweak it yourself.

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Technician’s Toolbox is a portable troubleshooting toolkit
February 25, 2015 – 08:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Technician's ToolboxUtilities developer Tweaking.com has released Technician’s Toolbox and Technician’s Toolbox Portable, a free-for-personal-use suite of 20+ PC maintenance, monitoring and management tools.

Networking features are a highlight, with a graphical netstat, in-depth details on your network adapters, traffic monitoring, DNS server management, an IP subnet calculator, network scanner and more.

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CCleaner 5.03 improves support for Windows 10, enhances Chrome cleaning
February 24, 2015 – 14:13 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

CCleanerPiriform Ltd has today released CCleaner 5.03 and CCleaner Portable 5.03, the latest revisions of its popular Windows maintenance tool.

The build brings new support for cleaning Google Chrome IndexedDB, a technology which websites can use to persistently store data within a visitor’s browser.

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Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool updated to remove Superfish
February 24, 2015 – 11:09 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Bitdefender Adware Removal ToolBitdefender has announced that its stand-alone Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool has been updated to remove the Superfish root certificate, while also “while also disinfecting drivers or executables that have been affected by the malware”.

It’s not even a week since news broke that the adware had been bundled on Lenovo systems for some time, and already bigger scares are appearing, but if you’ve not yet checked your computer for problems then the new build does at least make it very easy.

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Firefox 36 FINAL released, allows pinned tabs to be synced, implements full HTTP/2 protocol support
February 24, 2015 – 10:15 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Firefox 36 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 36.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 36.0 due to follow in the coming days.

Version 36 implements one visible new feature: when users pin tiles on the New Tab page, those pins will be synced to other platforms using the Firefox Sync feature. Those using the Android version on tablets will also gain a new, tab-optimised user interface to work with when the app is updated over the coming days.

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View, back up and restore PC drivers with DriverBackup!
February 24, 2015 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

DriverBackupThe average PC user doesn’t need to pay much attention to device drivers, these days, and that’s probably a good thing. Windows supports most devices natively, locates plenty of drivers on its own, and a driver disc (or a download) should add support for everything else.

If you’re managing a lot of systems, though – or maybe you’d like to skip the usual driver installers and their unwanted extras – then you might want to simplify the process with the open-source DriverBackup!.

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Restore files, partitions, broken PCs with Lazesoft Recovery Suite
February 23, 2015 – 11:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Lazesoft Recovery SuiteInstall the free version of a commercial program and you expect to find some restrictions, but undelete tools often go a little too far. You might only be able to recover 250 files, perhaps. With a maximum size of 100KB. And only on Tuesdays. You know how it works.

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition is refreshingly different. Okay, it’s strictly for non-commercial use, but aside from that the only notable missing feature is one you won’t find in most of the competition, anyway (HFS+ file system data recovery).

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