O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0 released, offers to repair corrupt data before recovery
November 13, 2014 – 09:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

O&O DiskRecovery 10O&O Software GmbH has released a major new version of its general-purpose data-recovery software for Windows, O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0. The update follows on from the recent release of companion product O&O MediaRecovery 10.0.

Version 10.0 ships with a redesigned user interface, adds support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and introduces new data repair capabilities.

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Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool out of beta
November 13, 2014 – 08:32 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Bitdefender Adware Removal ToolBitdefender has announced the final release of Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool, its free portable malware hunter.

As with the beta, the finished program is basic in the extreme. There’s no real-time protection, no Explorer integration, no choice about what to examine: just a single Scan button which checks your entire system.

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Microsoft launches free Visual Studio Community 2013
November 13, 2014 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Visual Studio Community 2013Microsoft has released Visual Studio Community 2013, a revamped edition of Visual Studio Professional 2013 which is free for individual and small business use (teams of up to five people).

It’s a versatile product. You can code apps and applications in C++, C#, VB, F#, HTML5, Python, JavaScript and more. Designers, editors, debuggers and profilers help to polish your work. There’s web tooling for ASP.NET, Node.js, and JavaScript, and Apache Cordova and Unity tools mean you can target iOS and Android, as well as Windows.

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VSUsbLogon: Log in to Windows with a USB device
November 12, 2014 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VSUsbLogonWindows 8 supports several ways to log on to your PC: password, picture password, PIN number, or of course automatic logon with no password at all.

VSUsbLogon is a free tool which also enables you to log in via a USB storage device, like a key, camera, phone and more. This is faster, arguably more secure, and you can also use the key to automatically trigger certain actions, perhaps shutting down your system as soon as it’s removed.

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Advanced SystemCare 8 ramps up its security tools
November 11, 2014 – 12:09 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

IObit Advanced SystemCareIObit has announced the release of IObit Advanced SystemCare 8, a major update for its comprehensive PC maintenance toolkit.

A new “Protect” module includes tools to clean and manage your browser toolbars, customise Windows security settings, block access to malicious sites and keep your Chrome, IE and Firefox home and search pages safe from unauthorised changes.

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Artweaver Free 5.0 adds new brush engine, improves file-saving options
November 11, 2014 – 09:57 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

ArtWeaverGerman developer Boris Eyrich Software has released Artweaver Free 5.0, a major new version of its painting tool for Windows. The app, also available in a more fully featured Plus version, boasts a number of new tools and improvements.

These include a new high precision 16-bit brush engine, better file-saving mechanism, support for the OpenRaster file format and support for exporting all presets. Plus users also gain a new Mirror Painting tool.

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Brainstorm at speed with Edraw Mind Map
November 11, 2014 – 08:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Edraw Mind MapIn theory, mind mapping software should help you generate ideas, then organise and arrange them for easier sharing with others.

But then you launch your chosen package, stare at a blank screen, and are left wondering exactly how to begin. The end result is you’re wasting time dealing with the mechanics of the program, rather than thinking about the core issue you’re trying to address.

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LinuxLive USB Creator 2.90 released
November 11, 2014 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

LinuxLive USB CreatorThibaut Lauzière has announced the release of LinuxLive USB Creator 2.90, his one-stop distro download and Live USB key builder.

As usual, there’s support for the latest distributions: CentOS 7.0, Ubuntu 14.10, Debian Live 7.6.0, KNOPPIX 7.4.2 and more.

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Shock Firefox 33.1 release for desktop and Android boosts privacy controls
November 10, 2014 – 13:48 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Firefox 33 FINALIn a surprise move, Mozilla has unveiled Firefox 33.1 FINAL for desktop alongside Firefox for Android 33.1, unveiling some major new privacy features in the process.

The update adds a new Forget button for wiping activity over a user-defined period at the click of a button, plus introduces DuckDuckGo searching, which allows users to search without being tracked.

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Clipbor is a very configurable clipboard manager
November 10, 2014 – 09:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

CliborIf you’re frustrated by the Windows clipboard and its one item limit then you’ve probably already tried a few clipboard managers, and we’ve covered plenty in the past (CopyQ, Clipboard History and Remembr, for instance).

Looking at yet another example probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, then – but Clibor just might be worth the effort.

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Sensor Sense monitors all your Android device sensors
November 7, 2014 – 08:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Sensor SenseLight levels, position, sound, acceleration: your Android device knows a lot about its environment, and this data can be very helpful in adjusting how it behaves.

Individual apps might access one or two of these sensors, but Sensor Sense displays them all, and in real time.

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