Avira 2015 offers optional Dropbox install, online product management
October 18, 2014 – 18:04 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AviraAvira has announced the arrival of its 2015 product line, including Avira Free Antivirus, Avira Antivirus Pro and Avira Internet Security.

The main highlight is a “superior” engine to improve PC protection, along with enhanced Android and iOS apps.

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15 now available
October 18, 2014 – 11:42 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

ParagonHDMLogoParagon Software Group has announced the release of Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15, the latest edition of its all-in-one drive management package.

The new Embedded Recovery Media Builder 3.0 creates Windows PE and Linux-based recovery discs from within the suite, and if you’re running Windows 7 or later then there are no further downloads required. (XP/ Vista users will still need Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit or Automated Installation Kit.)

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FlightGear 3.2 enhances graphics, flight dynamics, plane models
October 17, 2014 – 12:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FlightGearThe free, open-source flight simulator FlightGear 3.2 has been updated to version 3.2 with a stack of new and enhanced features.

A more realistic JSBSim flight dynamics model now includes support for ground effects, including bumpiness, solid-ground detection and adjusting of friction factors. (The official release notes point out that you can’t ride on water any more, either.)

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View, process and sort RAW images with FastRawViewer
October 17, 2014 – 08:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It’s no secret that working with a camera’s RAW images can improve photo quality, as you’re accessing all the information from the original shot.

But as RAW files are also huge, and often slow to render (if your preferred software supports them at all), it’s no surprise that most photographers stick to JPEG.

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iTunes 12.0 unveils radical new redesign, promises simpler playlist editing
October 17, 2014 – 07:22 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

iTunes 12.0.1To coincide with the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple has unveiled iTunes 12.0.1, the first major release of its media manager and player for almost two years.

The new release debuts a flatter, more modern look designed to tie in with Yosemite, which includes a new red app icon and some redesigned and restructured elements. The update also adds support for some iOS 8/Yosemite-only features such as Family Sharing.

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Review: Acronis True Image 2015
October 16, 2014 – 12:30 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: Acronis True Image 2015

Acronis’s True Image has always been one of the more feature-packed backup tools around. Imaging, file and folder backups, syncing, online backup, continuous data protection: it’s all here.

Over the years True Image has piled on the extras, too: Try & Decide, disk editing, a secure file shredder, and more.

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Driver Booster 2.0 updates more drivers, adds rollback support
October 16, 2014 – 07:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IObit has released Driver Booster 2.0, a major update for its free driver updater.

An expanded driver database, now held online, and the ability to scan for unplugged devices should ensure the program finds even more updates.

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Opera 25 FINAL released, finally adds full bookmark support, redesigns Start page
October 16, 2014 – 06:00 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Norwegian browser developer Opera has released Opera 25 FINAL, a landmark release of its web browser. The headline new feature is support for bookmarks.

The feature – long overdue – attempts to steal a march on Opera’s rivals by providing thumbnail images for each site that’s bookmarked. Also new in version 25 is a redesigned Start page and built-in PDF viewer.

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O&O DiskImage 9 brings redesigned interface, Windows 10 support
October 15, 2014 – 15:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Berlin-based developer O&O Software has announced the release of O&O DiskImage 9, its one-stop drive imaging and file/ folder backup tool.

The most obvious change this time is the completely redesigned Start screen, where the program’s core backup and recovery functions are accessed via six chunky icons.

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EssentialPIM 6.0 for Windows, 3.5 for Android released
October 15, 2014 – 15:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AstonSoft has announced the release of EssentialPIM Pro 6.0 and EssentialPIM Free 6.0 for Windows, and EssentialPIM 3.5 for Android, the latest editions of its popular information manager.

The Android build sees significant improvements, including Contacts support and the ability to set start and due times, as well as dates, for to dos.

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Open General and OpenPanzer are classic turn-based strategy games
October 15, 2014 – 11:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy games – or just very old – you might remember Panzer General 2, the 1997 classic which tested your tactics across a range of brutal World War II battles.

Its varied campaigns, scenarios and engrossing gameplay ensured that Panzer General 2 is still remembered fondly today, but it’s not just about memories. The game has also been remade and reimagined in various forms, and old fans and newcomers can try them out for free.

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