Delayed Firefox 49 FINAL finally makes its bow, decommissions Firefox Hello
September 20, 2016 – 03:21 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has finally released Firefox 49 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. The release has been held back a week due to the need to fix two ‘blocker’ bugs. The bugs – which concerned loading Giphly embeds in Twitter, and slow scripts and unresponsive script dialogs when resuming Firefox – have now been resolved.

Firefox 49 sees the new ‘e10’ multi-process architecture roll out to more users, plus improves Reader Mode with a new Narrate feature. Fans of the Firefox Hello chat tool will, however, be disappointed to learn that the feature has been decommissioned.

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Boost speeds on busy PCs with Project Mercury
September 19, 2016 – 06:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Project MercuryModern CPUs are powerful devices which can run most applications without difficulty, but run enough processes at the same time and your performance will soon fall away.

Project Mercury (64-bit version) is a freeware tool which automatically optimises process priorities and RAM usage to ensure your active application always has the maximum system resources.

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Easily switch between 20+ DNS servers with Change DNS Helper
September 18, 2016 – 14:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Change DNS HelperSwitching your DNS servers can improve web performance, enhance security and help you reach some sites you can’t normally access.

It’s awkward to do this manually, but Change DNS Helper is a free tool which makes the process much easier.

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ACDSee Ultimate 10 adds Smart Brushes and GPU support
September 17, 2016 – 03:37 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ACDSeeACD Systems has unveiled ACDSee Ultimate 10 ($149.99), the latest edition of its powerful image editor.

A new Smart Brush enable users to brush on image adjustments simply by painting over the image area.

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Simulate colour vision deficiency with Colour Simulations
September 15, 2016 – 01:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Colour SimulationsGet involved in any graphic design project and you’ll probably spend an age choosing the colour scheme– but this shouldn’t just be about personal taste.

Around 5% of the population have some form of colour vision deficiency, so it’s important to consider how they might see your finished design.

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NeuralStyler: Prisma for the desktop?
September 14, 2016 – 04:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NeuralStylerThe popular mobile app Prisma has been making headlines recently with its ability to transform images into works of art using the styles of various artists.

Now the open-source NeuralStyler is claiming to deliver similar results on the desktop, for both pictures and videos.

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CyberLink unveils PowerDirector 15, PhotoDirector 8
September 13, 2016 – 13:13 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PowerDirector 15CyberLink Corp has launched the latest versions of its Director multimedia software.

Video editor PowerDirector 15 (from $69.99) gets end-to-end support for 360-degree videos: importing, adding titles, effects and transitions, and producing the finished movie.

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Ancile is a script-based Windows 7/8 telemetry-blocker
September 13, 2016 – 04:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AncileIncreasing concern over Windows “spying” technologies has brought a host of free tools claiming to disable them, but are they safe to use? It’s often hard to tell, as developers don’t clearly explain what they’re doing.

Ancile is easier to evaluate, at least for experienced users, because it’s just a Windows script — open the files in your text editor of choice and it’s all there.

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Find edited and hi-res versions of an image with TinEye
September 12, 2016 – 07:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TinEyeYou’ve found what looks like a great image online, but there’s a problem: it’s so lo-res that it’s almost unusable.

Google’s image search may be able to help. In Chrome, right-click the picture, select Search Google for Image and click Large, if available, to see higher resolution versions of the same shot.

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How to increase Chromebook volume
September 11, 2016 – 03:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Audio EQFast boot times, long battery life, low prices– there’s a lot to like about Chromebooks. But there can also be issues, like the low volume you’ll sometimes get from the more feeble internal speakers.

Google for advice and the top hits offer advice like “turn the volume up in Settings”, which isn’t a lot of help for most users.

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Display alerts and questions from scripts with messagebox
September 11, 2016 – 03:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

messageboxBuild a batch file of any complexity and there’s a chance you’ll need to interact with the user, either to ask a question or display a message.

Messagebox is an open-source solution which delivers the basics you need, has no dependencies, and runs on anything from Windows NT 4.0 up.

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