BBC iPlayer 4.0 for iOS and Android sports major new redesign, makes content easier to find
May 29, 2014 – 07:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

BBC iPlayerUK telly addicts rejoice: the BBC has unveiled a major redesign of its mobile app with the release of BBC iPlayer 4.0 for iOS and BBC iPlayer 4.0 for Android. Both apps have been updated with the specific intent of making browsing and programme discovery easier.

This has been achieved by creating new Home, Channel and Category pages, all of which sport a new design optimised for either portrait or landscape view.

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Postbox 3.0.10 adds Retina support on OS X, auto-resizes images
May 28, 2014 – 13:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

PostboxPostbox, Inc has updated its cross-platform, commercial email client with a minor update. Postbox 3.0.10 comes with added support for Retina displays in OS X.

The new release also now automatically resizes images to fit in the message pane window for readibility purposes, plus allows users to whitelist an entire domain for loading remote images.

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Acronis Disk Director 12 adds UEFI, WinPE 4/5, Windows 8.1 compatibility
May 28, 2014 – 07:24 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Acronis International has announced the release of Acronis Disk Director 12, its popular all-in-one partition and drive management product.

There are no major changes this time, with Acronis concentrating on compatibility, for example ensuring that the new build now runs properly with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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Receive notifications from iOS apps on your Mac with Notifyr
May 27, 2014 – 13:59 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

NotifyrEver wished you could receive notifications from your iPhone or iPad apps on your Mac? While some – typically network-based ones like iCloud updates or Twitter notifications – get channelled to both devices, what happens if you’re relying on receiving an important reminder from your mobile, but get distracted while working on your Mac?

The answer – of sorts – lies with Notifyr, a cross-platform solution that uses Bluetooth to channel iOS-specific notifications to your Mac via its own Notification Center.

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Track file changes in real time with Moo0 File Monitor
May 27, 2014 – 10:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Your PC’s hard drive is buzzing with activity, and you’re not sure why. Could it be a virus? An application? Just a part of Windows? Moo0 File Monitor could help you find out.

Download and launch the program (there’s no installation required) and it goes to work immediately, detecting any modification to your hard drive and displaying its details: the date and time, change type (Create, Write, Rename or Delete), and the file name, size and path.

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VirusTotal Uploader for OS X arrives
May 27, 2014 – 05:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VirusTotal has released its first VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, a simple tool which scans a file, folder or application for malware with 50+ antivirus engines.

Using VirusTotal Uploader for OS X can be as easy as dragging and dropping a file onto the program window. It’s uploaded, there’s a delay while the site checks your file with all the main antivirus engines, and finally a “Detections” figure gives you the results (“0/53″, hopefully).

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Create a bootable antivirus disc with ESET SysRescue Creator
May 26, 2014 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

ESET SysRescue Live Creator is a handy tool for creating a bootable antivirus rescue CD or USB key.

There’s no shortage of competition in this area, of course, but Live Creator has one or two useful touches that you might appreciate.

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LibreOffice 4.3 Beta available to try, improves Start Center
May 26, 2014 – 11:36 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

LibreOffice 4.3The Document Foundation has unveiled the first public beta of the forthcoming LibreOffice 4.3. The new 4.3 release branch sees some notable user-interface tweaks, performance enhancements and a number of new and tweaked features.

The word processor Writer is the beneficiary of most changes in this next release, while users should also enjoy better quality imports of PDF files.

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Protect your personal messages with CTI Text Encryption
May 26, 2014 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

CTI Text Encryption is a lightweight, portable text encryption tool. It’s ideal for sending sensitive information via insecure channels (email, online chat, web forums), perhaps from someone else’s computer, although you can also use it to save confidential data in files or elsewhere.

The open source program is a tiny download (827KB), a single executable with nothing else attached. Copy the file to a USB stick and it’s ready to use almost anywhere.

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Auslogics Disk Defrag Touch is a very different defragger
May 23, 2014 – 12:51 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Australian developer Auslogics has released Auslogics Disk Defrag Touch, a very major touch-oriented revamp of its Auslogics Disk Defrag package.

The most immediately obvious change is the very Windows 8-like interface, and we don’t just mean “it uses a few colorful tiles”. The program runs full-screen, has the same bold design, a very similar layout for its controls and options: it actually feels like you’re running a Windows 8 app (although it also runs on Windows 7).

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Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone adds brand new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support
May 23, 2014 – 11:00 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Pixelmator 3.2 SandstoneThe Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator 3.2 for Mac OS X. Codenamed Sandstone, it’s a significant update with the promise of a brand new – and much improved – Repair tool.

The new release also extends 16-bits per channel support to all Macs and throws in two new features (Lock Layers and Convert Selection into Shape) alongside a selection of improvement, UI tweaks and general bug fixes.

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