Reduce Memory is a tiny RAM optimizer
June 12, 2016 – 03:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Reduce MemoryWould you like a faster PC? One standard tip is to run a memory optimizer, which supposedly cleans, tunes and defragments your RAM, fixes memory leaks and more.

Most of these claims are utter garbage, but the technology may help a little in a few situations, and Reduce Memory offers a quick and easy way to try this out for yourself.

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac released
June 10, 2016 – 05:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for MacParagon Software Group has shipped Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac ($39.95), the first OS X version of its popular Windows backup and partition management suite.

A powerful backup module protects all or selected partitions, Windows or OS X, while sector-level imaging and an incremental backup option ensures maximum performance.

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Run DOS programs on Windows with MS-DOS Player
June 10, 2016 – 04:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MSDOS-PlayerWindows hasn’t been able to run old DOS programs for a very long time. Double-click and you’re simply told “this app can’t run on your PC”.

MS-DOS Player for Win32-x64 is a tiny DOS emulator which enables running simple commands and programs (not full games) with the absolute minimum of hassle.

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ScanFS is a speedy PC file finder
June 9, 2016 – 04:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScanFSScanFS is interesting desktop search tool, easy to use but with some unexpected extras.

The program starts much like any other search app. Enter a file mask, a starting folder, click Enter to view the results: simple.

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Opera 38 FINAL unveils battery saver feature for laptops, promises reduced power consumption
June 8, 2016 – 05:51 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OperaJust one month on from the previous stable release, Opera Software has released Opera 38 FINAL. The latest release of this desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux has one major headline of note: new battery and power saver features for laptops.

The new build also refines the app’s ad-blocking tool by allowing users to import their own block lists, plus makes several minor Speed Dial improvements.

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Build, record and broadcast presentations with CyberLink PresenterLink+
June 8, 2016 – 04:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CyberLink PresenterLink+CyberLink has unveiled the first public beta of CyberLink PresenterLink+, a simple tool for building presentations, running them locally, or broadcasting via common video conferencing services.

The program is stripped back and extremely easy to use. Import one or more PowerPoint decks (if PowerPoint is installed locally) or images, rearrange as needed, and you can be ready to go within minutes.

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Snagit 13.0 for Windows and Snagit 4.0 for Mac released, introduce Panoramic Capture and animated GIF tools
June 7, 2016 – 10:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SnagitTechSmith has released Snagit 13.0 for Windows, a major new release of its screen-capture, edit and share tool for Windows PCs. The release is accompanied by Snagit for Mac 4.0.

Headline new features include a Panoramic capture tool, redesigned Capture Windows on the PC platform and a number of new tools, including the ability to create GIFs from video recordings with a single click.

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Firefox 47 FINAL widens HTML5 video support to include DRM-protected streams
June 7, 2016 – 04:38 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 47 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 47 adds support for Google’s Widevine CDM, enabling compliant sites including Amazon Video to stream DRM-protected video natively using HTML5 rather than via a third-party video plugin.

Elsewhere the new build drops support for add-ons that use the Firefox User Extension Library, plus implements a tweak that allows pages in Reader Mode to be read aloud to the user.

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Shotcut is a versatile open-source video editor
June 7, 2016 – 01:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ShotcutShotcut is a powerful open-source video editor for Windows, Linux and Mac.

It’s quirky in places, not always easy to use, but spend a while learning the basics and you’ll find an array of high-end features to explore.

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Newsprompt displays breaking news on Chrome’s new tab page
June 6, 2016 – 02:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NewspromptNewsprompt is a free Chrome extension which finds, sorts and displays 50+ of the latest news stories on your new tab page.

The add-on scans 1,000+ top websites covering broad and niche categories, uses smart algorithms to remove any duplicates, and presents you with the results: a picture, headline, source and date per story.

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Explore deep space with Aladin
June 5, 2016 – 01:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AladinAladin is an interactive sky atlas enabling users to visualise and explore a host of astronomical images and data.

Or, if that sounds too complicated, you could just use it to look at gorgeous pictures of deep space. Which works for us.

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