Driver Booster 2.0 updates more drivers, adds rollback support
October 16, 2014 – 07:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IObit has released Driver Booster 2.0, a major update for its free driver updater.

An expanded driver database, now held online, and the ability to scan for unplugged devices should ensure the program finds even more updates.

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Opera 25 FINAL released, finally adds full bookmark support, redesigns Start page
October 16, 2014 – 06:00 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Norwegian browser developer Opera has released Opera 25 FINAL, a landmark release of its web browser. The headline new feature is support for bookmarks.

The feature – long overdue – attempts to steal a march on Opera’s rivals by providing thumbnail images for each site that’s bookmarked. Also new in version 25 is a redesigned Start page and built-in PDF viewer.

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O&O DiskImage 9 brings redesigned interface, Windows 10 support
October 15, 2014 – 15:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Berlin-based developer O&O Software has announced the release of O&O DiskImage 9, its one-stop drive imaging and file/ folder backup tool.

The most obvious change this time is the completely redesigned Start screen, where the program’s core backup and recovery functions are accessed via six chunky icons.

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EssentialPIM 6.0 for Windows, 3.5 for Android released
October 15, 2014 – 15:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AstonSoft has announced the release of EssentialPIM Pro 6.0 and EssentialPIM Free 6.0 for Windows, and EssentialPIM 3.5 for Android, the latest editions of its popular information manager.

The Android build sees significant improvements, including Contacts support and the ability to set start and due times, as well as dates, for to dos.

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Open General and OpenPanzer are classic turn-based strategy games
October 15, 2014 – 11:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy games – or just very old – you might remember Panzer General 2, the 1997 classic which tested your tactics across a range of brutal World War II battles.

Its varied campaigns, scenarios and engrossing gameplay ensured that Panzer General 2 is still remembered fondly today, but it’s not just about memories. The game has also been remade and reimagined in various forms, and old fans and newcomers can try them out for free.

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WYSIWYG Web Builder 10 adds responsive web design, including mobile-specific design tools
October 15, 2014 – 05:43 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WYSIWYG Web Builder 10Pablo Software Solutions has released WYSIWYG Web Builder 10, a major new version of its DTP-style web building tool for Windows users.

Version 10 adds support for responsive web design, allowing users to create different variants of pages optimised for a wide number of devices. Part of this includes integrated support for designing mobile-friendly web pages.

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Yovo: SnapChat plus screenshot protection
October 14, 2014 – 11:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

If you’d like to share personal photos, but only briefly, then a service like SnapShot can help. Images are visible for only a set period of time before they disappear forever. (In theory, anyway.)

Yovo for iOS is based around the same idea. Take an image, add a caption or blur, set an expiry time and select your recipients. But it also includes “D-fence”, a clever technology which prevents users taking clear screenshots.

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SyncBack 7 adds cloud backup support
October 14, 2014 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

2BrightSparks has unveiled SyncBackSE 7 ($39.95) and SyncBackPro 7 ($54.95), a major update for its powerful backup and file sync application.

The Pro build now supports cloud backup to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Glacier via S3.

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Firefox 33 FINAL reveals performance tweaks, search improvements, more robust session restore
October 14, 2014 – 05:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 33 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 33.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 33.0 due to follow in the coming days.

Like the previous release, the desktop build of Firefox 33 boasts no major new features, but its Android counterpart gains vastly improved tab management tools as well as the ability to send videos to both Chromecast and Roku devices.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.03 improves multitasking, adds keyboard navigation support
October 14, 2014 – 05:10 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Malwarebytes Corporation has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.03, a significant update for its anti-malware tool.

A new option to run scans at a lower priority (Settings > Advanced Settings > “Reduce priority…”) may reduce their impact on other applications. This is a good idea in principle, although we noticed it had no effect whatsoever on our test system, with both process and I/O priorities remained stubbornly unchanged.

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Want the Windows 10 look without the fuss? Install the Windows 10 UX Pack or Windows 10 Transformation Pack
October 13, 2014 – 11:48 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Windows 10 Transformation PackWindowsX has released the Windows 10 UX Pack 1.0 and Windows 10 Transformation Pack 1.0, tools that skin Windows and – in the case of the Transformation Pack – patch system files to provide a look and feel that’s close to the current preview version of Windows 10.

Of the two, the UX Pack is the preferred choice for those running Windows 7 or later, as it makes changes without patching system files; however, the Transformation Pack does work with Vista and XP as well as later versions of Windows.

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