BBC iPlayer 4.4 for Android promises ban on buffering, adds Audio Described category
November 3, 2014 – 13:44 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

BBC iPlayerFans of the Beeb will be pleased to hear that the BBC has unveiled a significant new update to its catch-up app for Android users with the release of BBC iPlayer 4.4 for Android. The app adds a new Audio Described category and expands the current Most Popular category too.

Other changes see the promise of better streaming performance and a number of minor bug fixes.

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PingHurry is a free visual Ping tool
November 3, 2014 – 06:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PingHurryPing is the most basic of networking troubleshooting tools, and easy enough to use, but its standard text output is, well, a little limited. Endless tables of figures make it more difficult for you to spot issues, and to convey them to someone else.

PingHurry could make your life easier by displaying ping results in graphical, as well as text form. It’s a simple visual ping tool for Windows 7+, portable and entirely free.

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System Explorer 6 improves process tracking
October 31, 2014 – 12:25 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

System ExplorerMister Group has unveiled the latest edition of its supercharged freeware Task Manager replacement, System Explorer 6.

The new release has an extended History tab with a detailed timeline of your PC’s current activities: processes launched and terminated, network connections opened and closed, and more.

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Clean Master app available for Windows
October 31, 2014 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Clean MasterPopular Android cleanup app Clean Master is now available in a free PC edition.

Clean Master for Windows concentrates solely on cleanup tasks, removing leftovers from your hard drive and the Registry. Unlike its Android cousin, there’s no management of running processes or antivirus component.

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O&O MediaRecovery 10 now repairs corrupt data
October 30, 2014 – 11:28 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

O&O MediaRecoveryBerlin-based developer O&O Software GmbH has announced the release of O&O MediaRecovery 10, its media file recovery package for Windows Vista and later.

The most interesting addition appears to be the ability “to repair corrupt data prior to recovery”. We’ve yet to test that – and it’s going to be hard to benchmark anyway – but If you’ve lost files due to hard drive corruption then it may significantly increase your chance of recovering something usable.

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FireFTP is a great FTP/ SFTP client for Firefox
October 29, 2014 – 06:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FireFTPFirst proposed in its basic form more than 40 years ago, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an archaic networking technology which should have been ditched long ago

Remarkably, though, it’s still useful in some areas – when accessing your own web server, maybe – and as a result there’s still a strong demand for FTP clients.

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WinZip 19 launches with unified file management, increased protection and improved sharing
October 28, 2014 – 13:28 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WinZip 19WinZip International LLC has released WinZip 19 a major new update of its renowned compression tool. Version 19 continues to see the product reposition itself in the file-sharing market with a number of new features.

These include new centralised file management tools, the promise of a more simplified, task-oriented UI and improvements to file-conversion options during the compression process. WinZip 19 also implements support for touch-based devices and high-definition screens.

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Write! is a stylish distraction-free text editor
October 28, 2014 – 07:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Write!Notepad may be a weak, feeble and hopelessly underpowered editor, but its more powerful replacements can have problems of their own. Piling on the features often brings an array of interface clutter – ribbons, toolbars, menus, panes, status bar and more – which can get in your way and slow you down.

Distraction-free text editors take a different approach, replacing all the usual interface chrome with a clean, minimalist look. This can be great when you just want to concentrate on the task in hand, and as Write! shows, they can still have plenty of features to explore.

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Easily annotate your images with iPhotoDraw
October 27, 2014 – 16:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

iPhotoDrawIf you need to annotate an image then most graphics editors will have a few tools to help: text, drawing, maybe a shape or two.

That’s fine for the basics, but if you regularly need more then it’s worth trying iPhotoDraw, a free image annotation program for Windows XP and later.

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Feedly for iOS and Android 24 debuts access to shared collections, new optimised look for iPhone 6
October 27, 2014 – 15:31 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

FeedlyNews aggregator service Feedly has unveiled Feedly 24.0, a major new release of its iOS and Android-friendly tool. The iOS build follows days after the Android version was unveiled.

Version 24.0 introduces two new features of note: access to shared collections and tagging support. The iOS version also debuts a new design optimised for the latest iPhones while the Android build introduces support for the forthcoming Android L.

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Review: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15
October 27, 2014 – 14:28 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15

Keeping your hard drive running smoothly isn’t always easy. From partitioning to file and image backups, data wiping to disaster recovery, there are many different tasks involved.

You could research every aspect individually and build up a library of software to handle all your drive-related demands.

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