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Facebook relaunches Messenger for Mac and Windows, adds group video chat support
April 3, 2020 – 11:24 | No Comment

As the world goes into lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, staying in touch with loved ones both near and far has never been more important. The explosion in popularity for video chatting makes it entirely …

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Firefox 74 tightens add-on security, simplifies importing data from Microsoft Edge
March 10, 2020 – 08:19 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 74 tightens add-on security, simplifies importing data from Microsoft Edge

Mozilla has released Firefox 74.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.6.0 and Firefox ESR 68.6.0.

Firefox 74.0 ships with several new features, none of which are jaw-dropping, but all of which serve to further improve the browser’s privacy, security and usability. In addition, the Facebook Container add-on now gives users control over which sites are blocked from reporting back to Facebook.

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Bandizip 7.0 compression tool adds password manager and zip repair tools to new paid-for editions
March 3, 2020 – 08:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Bandizip 7.0 compression tool adds password manager and zip repair tools to new paid-for editions

Bandisoft has unveiled Bandizip 7.0 and Bandizip 7.0 Portable, a major new update of its Windows archiving tool.

The headline change is that Bandzip 7.0 now offers two paid-for versions (Professional and Enterprise) with extra features including password manager and recovery tools plus zip repair tool. The Standard version doesn’t lose any existing functionality but is now ad-supported.

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Opera R2020 debuts new workspaces feature, makes sidebar setup simpler
February 25, 2020 – 12:24 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera R2020 debuts new workspaces feature, makes sidebar setup simpler

Opera Software has released Opera 67.0 (also known as Opera R2020), the latest major update to its Chromium-based web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The new release focusses on improving user experience.

The headline feature is the introduction of workspaces to help users keep their browser tidy and organised. This is accompanied by the addition of a new Sidebar Setup panel, plus two new tab management tools.

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OpenShot 2.5.0 unveils hardware acceleration support, plus more performance improvements
February 10, 2020 – 08:11 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on OpenShot 2.5.0 unveils hardware acceleration support, plus more performance improvements

Open-source video editor OpenShot 2.5.0 has been released, dubbed “our largest release yet” by project creator Jonathan Thomas. Headline new features, which should significantly improve the application’s performance when fully implemented, include experimental support for hardware acceleration alongside a major overhaul of the keyframe system.

Future development should also be simpler now all features and support have been aligned across all platforms: Windows, Linux and macOS.

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LibreOffice 6.4 promises better performance, improved help and QR code generator
January 29, 2020 – 10:36 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on LibreOffice 6.4 promises better performance, improved help and QR code generator

The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 6.4 32-bit, its popular open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

LibreOffice 6.4 is a major point release – the last in the 6.x product line – and comes with the promise of improved performance along with several new universal features and the usual mix of minor changes and improvements to individual applications within the suite.

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Firefox 72 rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux, improve site notifications tool
January 7, 2020 – 04:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 72 rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux, improve site notifications tool

Mozilla has released Firefox 72.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.4 and Firefox ESR 68.4.0.

Mac and Linux users gain the picture-in-picture video feature introduced for Windows in Firefox 71. Fingerprinting scripts are now blocked as standard with this new release, while intrusive pop-up notifications from websites have been confined to the Address Bar to prevent disruption when browsing.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 21 unveils new carousel-style design and navigation
December 18, 2019 – 07:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Ashampoo Burning Studio 21 unveils new carousel-style design and navigation

German developer Ashampoo has released Ashampoo Burning Studio 21.2.0, a major new release of its Windows disc-burning software.

Capable of burning all types of optical disc from CD to Blu-ray, and supporting data, audio and video projects, version 21 unveils a major new user interface designed to aid navigation, plus expands its multimedia capabilities.

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O&O FileBackup 1.0 is small, portable and surprisingly effective at keeping your key files backed up
December 10, 2019 – 11:10 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off on O&O FileBackup 1.0 is small, portable and surprisingly effective at keeping your key files backed up

They say small is beautiful, and with O&O Software’s latest offering it’s hard to disagree. The German software developer has managed to pack a powerful file backup tool into a tiny 4MB portable application with the release of O&O FileBackup 1.0.

Despite its small size, the app doesn’t just do basic backups of single folders – there’s a slick user interface, with options for automatically selecting files based on filetype, the ability to update and restore backups with just a few clicks and a built-in scheduling tool for keeping backups updated.

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Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0 makes its bow, unveils refreshed UI to deal with pests
November 27, 2019 – 05:02 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0 makes its bow, unveils refreshed UI to deal with pests

Less than a month after unveiling MBAM 4.0, Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0, a major new version of its standalone adware-cleaning tool.

AdwCleaner 8.0 updates its optional in-app installer to ensure the latest version of Malwarebytes is installed going forward, plus drops support for Windows XP and Vista. Its UI has also been refreshed to chime with MBAM 4.0’s.

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TeamViewer 15 rolls out quietly, improves audio transmission quality but little else
November 20, 2019 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on TeamViewer 15 rolls out quietly, improves audio transmission quality but little else

TeamViewer GmbH has released TeamViewer 15.0, its remote access tool for Windows, Linux and Mac computers, plus iOS and Android mobiles.

The new release adds very little to the user experience on the major desktop platforms – improved audio transmission quality on TeamViewer-based chats is the main improvement, but Windows users will need to upgrade to maintain full compatibility with the recently released November 2019 release. Once updated on Windows, other platforms must follow suit for compatibility reasons.

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Fear not! The latest major Windows 10 update is quick to install and not that major
November 13, 2019 – 10:02 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Fear not! The latest major Windows 10 update is quick to install and not that major

Keep your eye on Windows Update: today’s the day that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update ships for all users of Windows 10. That’s the bad news; the good news is that this is not a major feature update.

Yes, Microsoft has further reined in its development teams to make sure the second bi-annual feature update is less of a feature update and more of a Service Pack (remember them?), with most changes minor and behind the scenes.

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