Chrome 39 Beta brings new developer features
October 10, 2014 – 08:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google has released Google Chrome 39 Beta to the Beta channel with some major developer-oriented additions.

Web Animations support has been enhanced with a playback control. This supports methods like play(), pause(), and reverse(), as well as adding the ability to jump to a specific point in a timeline, greatly expanding its usefulness.

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TCP Monitor Plus is a handy network toolkit
October 10, 2014 – 07:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

When you need to understand what’s accessing your PC’s internet connection then installing a network monitor will tell you more. GlassWire is a great example, easy to use yet providing in-depth reports on all your internet traffic.

If you’re troubleshooting issues on someone else’s PC, though, a portable toolkit like TCP Monitor Plus could be a better choice. It’s smaller, simpler, with nothing like the same depth of reporting, but still has more than enough power to investigate any network problems.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 and Skype for Windows 7.0 Preview unveils radical new look, moves in line with mobile
October 9, 2014 – 14:38 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SkypeMicrosoft has released Skype for Mac 7.0 and Skype for Windows 7.0 Beta, unveiling a major redesign of its Skype desktop client in the process.

Version 7.0’s new design mirrors closely that found on Skype’s mobile platforms, and is designed to provide users with a more unified experience across all devices they use it on.

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XYplorer Free provides you with a multi-paned, multi-tabbed alternative to Windows Explorer
October 8, 2014 – 11:42 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

XYplorer FreeIf there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in Windows it’s the fact that – even now, almost 20 years after Windows 95 was released – Windows Explorer still requires you to open separate windows for each folder you wish to access.

Navigating folders using multiple windows can be a nightmare, but if you’re running out of patience, it’s time to make the switch to a Windows Explorer replacement called XYplorer Free.

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Auslogics Registry Cleaner 4.0 rolls out new search filter, promises improved scan algorithms
October 7, 2014 – 11:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Auslogics RegCleaner 4.0Australian developer Auslogics had rolled out a number of minor – but interesting – updates to its system tools collection. Chief among these is a major new version of its Registry cleaning tool with the release of Auslogics Registry Cleaner 4.0, which gains a new search feature for custom removal of Registry entries.

Users can now click the Search button, type a keyword and wait for the program to search the Registry for keys matching the keywords, These can then be reviewed and selectively deleted.

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My Family Tree 4.0 extends GEDCOM support
October 6, 2014 – 11:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Chronoplex Software has updated its free genealogy tool My Family Tree to version 4.0 with various small improvements.

The program’s relationship calculator – which displays the connection between any two individuals in the tree – now supports marriage (in law) and step relationships.

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OpenClonk 5.0 adds Worlds League, new scenarios, music, more
October 6, 2014 – 09:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

OpenClock.org has announced the release of OpenClonk 5, a major new version of its open source Worms/ Settlers/ Minecraft/ Terraria- like action game.

The new release adds two missions targeted at new players, two more “which can provide a challenge for the more experienced Clonkers”, and “an action-packed, cooperative scenario where you defend against waves of attackers”.

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Blender 2.72 adds new effects, tools and radial Pie menu feature
October 6, 2014 – 07:32 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Blender logoNon-profit organisation The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.72, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. The new build finally debuts a long-anticipated “Pie menus” feature.

Also improved are the Cycles Render tools, animation editor UI improvements, a new “Face split by edges” modelling tool and new Sun Beams compositing effect.

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FixWin 2.0 for Windows 8 solves 50+ PC problems
October 4, 2014 – 04:54 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

The Windows Club has released FixWin 2.0 for Windows 8, a Windows 8/ 8.1-specific edition of its portable PC troubleshooting tool.

As before, the program lists 50+ common problems and symptoms across a range of categories: “File Explorer”, “Internet & Connectivity”, “Modern UI” and so on.

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Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0 released, makes Mac cloning and imaging easier than ever
October 3, 2014 – 07:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Carbon Copy ClonerBombich Software has unveiled Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0 for Mac, which it describes as “our biggest update ever”. The new build now requires OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later.

After 18 months of development, in which Bombich “tore CCC down to studs and completely rebuilt it on top of modern OS X facilities”, the new version boasts a brand new user interface, plus a host of new features, including the ability to edit scheduled tasks and a menu bar app.

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Lightweight Twitter client Tweetz Desktop goes open source
October 3, 2014 – 05:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Developer Mike Ward has announced that his lightweight Windows 7+ Twitter client Tweetz Desktop is now open source.

The program is essentially a desktop gadget, a simple tool with various timeline views, optional audio alerts for updates, a search tool and a compose window where you can drag and drop images and shorten links.

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