Check your Android device for 22 vulnerabilities
November 5, 2015 – 03:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VTS for AndroidGoogle’s latest Android update has fixed another stack of security vulnerabilities, including yet more Stagefright issues.

This doesn’t mean you’re safe, of course – OEMs can take a very long time to release their own updates, and older devices may not get them at all.

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O&O ShutUp10 ramps up its Windows 10 antispy powers
November 4, 2015 – 10:30 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

O&O ShutUp10O&O Software has shipped an updated for its Windows 10 antispy tool, O&O ShutUp10.

The latest build has been repackaged as a single executable, making it more convenient to use.

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Back to the 80s: how to play Space Invaders on your PC
November 4, 2015 – 06:20 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Space InvadersIt’s been around for almost 40 years, yet the arcade classic Space Invaders is still hugely popular, the inspiration behind an array of new games on every possible platform.

This isn’t always a good thing. Many games use the name, but don’t bear any resemblance to the original. Others require bulky installations or “in-app purchases” before you can really get started.

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Avast 2016 ships with password manager, SafeZone browser
November 3, 2015 – 12:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

avastAVAST Software has unveiled its 2016 product range, including Avast Free Antivirus 2016, Avast Internet Security 2016 and Avast Premier 2016.

The highlight is Avast Passwords, a new password manager available in every edition (yes, even the Free build).

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TeamViewer 11 beta up to 15x faster, debuts Chrome OS app
November 3, 2015 – 09:36 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

TeamViewer TeamViewer GmbH has unveiled TeamViewer 11 beta, a preview of its free-for-personal-use remote control package.

Performance enhancements are a highlight, with up to 15x faster file transfers, and a potential 30% reduction in data usage.

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Restrict access to time-wasting websites with LeechBlock
November 3, 2015 – 04:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LeechBlockTwitter, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon – it’s hard to get any work done when there are so many web distractions around.

LeechBlock is a free Firefox extension which can help by blocking access to your favourite time-sucking sites.

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Vivaldi moves to beta, offers power users a uniquely customisable browser
November 3, 2015 – 04:11 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Vivaldi200-175Vivaldi Technologies has unveiled the first beta of its new web browser for power users with the release of Vivaldi Beta. The aim of Vivaldi is to give users unparalleled control over their web browsing experience, and has been developed by a team led by Opera’s co-founder, Jon S von Tetzchner.

The alpha releases have been downloaded by more than two million early adopters, but this first beta release is aimed at general users, and among its new features are support for Chrome extensions and web panels.

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Firefox 42 FINAL tightens privacy with Tracking Protection, revamps Control Center
November 2, 2015 – 11:48 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has made Firefox 42 FINAL available for download ahead of its official release, with Firefox 42 for Android due to follow later this week.

Both builds implement a new Tracking Protection feature to tighten web privacy, while the desktop version adds a new Control Center. Android users also gain a number of new features, including a login manager and the ability to queue up links from other apps.

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How to find the Windows Experience Index in Windows 8/ 10
November 2, 2015 – 10:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows Experience IndexFirst appearing back in Windows Vista, the Windows Experience Index is a performance rating covering your CPU, RAM, disk, 2D and 3D graphics.

The WEI disappeared from Control Panel in Windows 8.1, but if you need a quick benchmark – or are just curious how your new PC compares to the old one – it’s easy to find.

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Highlight (and share) the web with Highly for Chrome
November 2, 2015 – 06:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HighlyWeb highlighters can be a handy addition to bookmarks, highlighting blocks of web text so they’re easier to find later.

Highly is a free Chrome extension which takes the process to the next level, by making it easy for users to share their highlights with others.

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Explore your network devices with 10-Strike Network Scanner
October 30, 2015 – 10:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

10-Strike Network ScannerSpecialist network developer 10-Strike Software has released 10-Strike Network Scanner, a free tool for listing and managing all your network devices.

There’s a lot of competition around, but does the program bring anything new or interesting to the table? We downloaded a copy to take a look.

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