Media Browser offers a great media streaming solution for shared households
July 1, 2014 – 14:41 by Nick Peers in Tips | No Comment

Media BrowserIn recent years there has been a lot of love shown for Plex, the slick and frankly brilliant media sharing solution that encompasses just about any platform. But it’s not the only media server in town.

It’s lurked in the shadows for some time, but now there’s a serious competitor starting to eye up Plex’s crown, and that solution is Media Browser.

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dMaintenance Home cleans up messy PCs
June 30, 2014 – 18:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Utilities developer Foolish IT has released dMaintenance Home Edition, a free version of its PC maintenance and cleanup tool.

The program can perform various maintenance tasks, including cleaning up your print queue, browsers (IE/ Firefox/ Chrome) and hard drive, as well as resetting your browser home page, clearing proxy settings, and resetting your HOSTS file. There’s an option to scan your computer with Windows Defender, and once it’s complete dMaintenance can create a restore point, reboot your PC or just shut it down.

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WinZip for iOS 3.5 adds Google Drive and OneDrive support, makes zip file management easier
June 30, 2014 – 16:02 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WinZip for iOS 3.5WinZip has released WinZip for iOS 3.5, a major update to its iOS app for managing zip files on an iPhone or iPad. The latest version of the app, which is heavily discounted to just $1.99 until July 2nd, allows users to zip, extract, encrypt and share zip files safely.

Version 3.5 opens with added support for two new cloud-based storage accounts, with users now able to directly access both Google Drive and OneDrive accounts in addition to Dropbox.

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Mount up to 16 disc images simultaneously with gBurner Virtual Drive
June 30, 2014 – 12:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

One welcome addition to Windows 8 was its ability to mount ISO images. If you need to explore the contents of an ISO, just double-click the file and it opens in a virtual Explorer drive, where you can browse, play and generally treat it like the original disc. This works very well, too, but there may still be times when you need a little more drive management power.

GBurner Virtual Drive is a free tool which can also mount ISO images in virtual drives. In addition, you get support for another 20+ formats (ASHDISC, DAA, DMG, IMG, NRG and more). You’re able to mount up to 16 images simultaneously, and these can be loaded automatically when your PC starts, so they’re always available.

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avast! 2014 R4 released, promises improved security, new anti-spam library
June 27, 2014 – 07:30 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Avast LogoAVAST Software has released the fourth update to its avast! 2014 range of products with the unveiling of build number 9.0.2021 for avast! Free Antivirus 2014avast! Internet Security 2014 and avast! Premier Security 2014.

As with the previous few updates, R4 contains no new features, but does include several important security enhancements among other tweaks and optimisations that once again make it essential for existing users.

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Opera Mini 8 for iPad and iPhone reveals complete redesign, new compression mode
June 26, 2014 – 13:20 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera Mini 8.0Opera Software ASA has unveiled Opera Mini 8.0, a major new version of its speed-optimised browser for iPhone and iPad. The browser, which uses compression technologies to speed up data transfer and browsing, gets a major overhaul with this new release, the first for over two years.

It’s also joined by a new version of Opera Developer 24.0 for Windows and Mac, which adds a new Tab Preview feature.

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Blender 2.71 adds new Cycles Rendering features, improves Animation and Modelling
June 26, 2014 – 12:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Blender logoNPO The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.71, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. Version 2.71, also available in 64-bit and portable form on Windows, includes new features and continues to build on the recently revamped user interface.

Areas that enjoy significant changes include the Cycles renderer, Animation, Modelling, Sculpting/Painting, Game Engine and Freestyle NPR Rendering tool.

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BusyBox crams 117 Unix tools into a tiny Windows executable
June 26, 2014 – 08:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Unix is renowned for its powerful command line tools, and there are many ways you can try at least some of them on the PC. Installing Gnu on Windows gets you 100+ of the best known tools, recompiled to run under Windows, while favourites like grep have been ported individually.

But if you’re looking for simplicity and convenience, it’s hard to beat BusyBox, which crams tiny versions of 117 Unix utilities into a single 645 KB executable. There’s no bulk, no complex folder structure, just one package which provides everything you need.

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Quickly download Instagram photos and videos with InstagramSaver
June 26, 2014 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Browsing Instagram photos online is simple and straightforward, but if you’d prefer local copies then that’s also easy to arrange, with just a little help from the open source InstagramSaver.

Download, unzip and launch the program and you’re presented with a clear and simple interface. At a minimum, all you have to do is enter an Instagram user name, click Download, and watch as InstagramSaver grabs all the photos from that account.

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Make one file appear in many folders with Link Shell Extension
June 25, 2014 – 14:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you’re managing your hard drive, and need to have a group of files accessible from two or more folders, then the solution seems obvious: just make some copies. But while this is quick and easy, it wastes hard drive space, and if you forget about the copies (which you will) they could be cluttering your system for a very long time.

Hard links are an NTFS feature which could offer a better solution. A hard link is essentially an alternate name for a file on an NTFS drive, enabling you to make one or more files appear in as many locations as you need. And as all the references point to the same file, no extra disk space is required at all.

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CCleaner 4.15 optimises memory usage, adds support for forthcoming Chrome 64-bit browser
June 25, 2014 – 10:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleaner 4.15As the month draws to a close, Piriform Ltd issues its regular update to its freeware Windows cleaning utility with the releases of CCleaner 4.15 and CCleaner Portable 4.15.

Highlights in the latest release include support for the forthcoming 64-bit build of Google Chrome, plus an improved secure wipe algorithm as well as memory and architecture optimisations.

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