Norton Security 2015 Betas unveiled, sport name change, improved protection and facelift
July 9, 2014 – 16:25 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

Norton Security 2015Symantec has unveiled the first public betas of its forthcoming Norton security products. Norton Security 2015 Beta and Norton Security with Backup 2015 Beta reveal the company’s attempt to harmonise its two main security products.

Both products sport a redesigned user interface based on the old Norton 360 product, plus sport a number of major new protection and performance improvements.

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 extends ransomware, webcam, wi-fi protection
July 9, 2014 – 10:40 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Kaspersky Labs has announced its updated product range for home users, including Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 ($59.95) and Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 (also $59.95, 3 PCs, 1 year: offer expires 25th August 2014).

Both products now include an extra layer of protection from Cryptolocker-type ransomware. Kaspersky’s System Watcher now looks out for suspect processes trying to modify user files, and immediately backs up the originals. If the package finds the process was malicious then not only will the malware be removed, but you’ll get your documents back, too (or any tampered with in this session, anyway – backups are deleted when the program closes down).

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Start Screen Unlimited 2.0 injects essential shortcuts into the Windows 8 Start Screen
July 8, 2014 – 13:23 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Start Screen Unlimited 2.0Microsoft has had a hard job convincing people of the merits of the Windows Modern UI in Windows 8, so any help it can get to make the Start screen in particular more useful has got to be a good thing. With that in mind, it can only applaud Russian software developer Greatis Software.

The folk at Greatis are the brains behind a collection of gadgets and tools for making the Start Screen that bit more useful. Step forward, Start Screen Unlimited Lite 2.0.

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Skype for iPhone 5.2 adds voice message playback support, offers extended profile view
July 7, 2014 – 12:40 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Skype for iOS 5.0Microsoft is rolling out Skype for iPhone 5.2, the second significant update to its iPhone client since version 5 was released less than a month ago.

It seems Microsoft has been stung by the negative reaction to the redesigned Skype, and version 5.2 is quick to add another three new features in response to user feedback.

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Save frames from any video with Batch Video to Image Extractor
July 7, 2014 – 11:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you’ve taken a video which you’d like to share with others, it can often be useful to include a few frames as well. They’ll give your recipients an immediate idea of the contents, and might help them find the movie again later.

Batch Video to Image Extractor is a free tool which can help by extracting image frames from one or more videos. At its simplest, just drag and drop your source videos, decide how many frames you need, and you’re ready to go.

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Translate text from the Windows desktop with QTranslate
July 7, 2014 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Web tools like Google Translate or Bing Translator have done a great job of bringing speedy translations to the masses, but they’re not always ideal for regular use: you’ll be forever copying, task switching, pasting, setting options and maybe a whole lot more.

QTranslate is a free Windows tool which gives much easier access to a range of web translation tools, including Google Translate, Bing Translator, Promt, Babylon, SDL FreeTranslation.com, Yandex.Translate, youdao and Baidu.

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Customise and configure your PC with Windows Tweaker 5.0
July 6, 2014 – 04:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows is a highly configurable operating system, with hundreds of settings and options available. But taking full advantage of this can be a challenge, as many settings are buried deep in the Registry, while others are scattered around a host of programs and applets.

Windows Tweaker aims to help by giving easy access to 100+ system tweaks (on Windows Vista and later) from a single interface. It’s portable, open source and entirely free of adware and other annoyances, so we downloaded the latest version 5.0 to take a look.

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Tour de Yorkshire brings the Tour de France spirit to your iPhone/ iPad
July 5, 2014 – 10:02 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

The Tour de France 2014 has just kicked off in Yorkshire, England, where 198 top riders will spend the next two days battling through 120 miles of beautiful countryside.

If you’re a cycling fan then you really should be there. But if that’s not possible – or you’re just inspired by what you see – then you can get into the spirit of the event with Tour de Yorkshire, a fun free iPhone/ iPad game.

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Facebook Messenger 7.0 released, unveils new dedicated iPad build
July 4, 2014 – 12:51 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Facebook Messenger 7.0Facebook has unveiled Facebook Messenger 7.0 for iOS and Android, a major new version of its dedicated messaging app for Facebook users.

Version 7.0 is notable for being the first version to include a native iPad build, coming three years after Facebook originally acquired the app’s forerunner, Beluga. The app also includes improvements to its video functions.

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Capture, record, annotate and share your desktop with Grabilla
July 4, 2014 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

When it comes to capturing the Windows desktop, you’ve no shortage of options, and we’ve covered many of them here: SnagIt, QIP Shot, HotShots and more.

Of course there’s always room for another, and Grabilla is an especially interesting example, as the program comes packed with unusual extras to help it stand out from the crowd.

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TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0 adds offline support, improves mapping features
July 4, 2014 – 06:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0TripAdvisor LLC has unveiled a major update to its iPhone app with the release of TripAdvisor for iOS 9.0. The free travel planning app gets – according to TripAdvisor – it’s “biggest update ever” with the new release.

The major highlight of version 9 is offline support, but other new features include a shortcut for returning to the home screen and the ability to now find and reserve tables at restaurants.

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