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FireAlpaca 2.0 improves layer support, adds 64-bit Windows build
February 21, 2018 – 06:55 | No Comment

Japanese developer PGN Inc has released FireAlpaca 2.0, a major new release of its free paint app for Windows and Mac users. The app is aimed at wannabe painters with a variety of drawing tools …

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Start and manage your new business from your smartphone with these four essential apps
February 12, 2018 – 08:58 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

LibreOffice 4.3The way we view work has changed hugely in the last few years, with everyone keen to do their own thing, start a business or simply become the ‘next big thing’ online.

Either way, there’s a shift to self-employment and being your own boss and being able to work from just about any location. With flexibility in mind, what are the best apps you can use on your smartphone to start and maintain your new business?

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Google Trips will help plan your travel with the minimum of hassle
February 10, 2018 – 09:37 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

googletrips-200x175We’re not sure about you, but just planning your next vacation seems to take as long as the vacation itself. You want to make sure you visit the best places, eat at recommended restaurants and make the most of the destination.

It’s hard to find a comprehensive app which contains everything you might need to plan your route, timeline and distances from your hotel. If you’re on a tight schedule, say a weekend away in a new city, it’s really hard to get this route wrong and walk long distances to get to your destination.

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BurnAware 11.0 Free unveils ISO unpacker tool, HD audio support
February 2, 2018 – 06:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

BurnAwareBurnaware Technologies has released BurnAware 11.0 Free, BurnAware 11.0 Premium and BurnAware 11.0 Professional, the latest builds of its free and paid-for disc burning products for Windows.

Version 11’s new headline feature is the addition of a tool to view and extract files from ISO images. It’s accompanied by an option to associate ISO files with BurnAware as well as support for incorporating HD audio tracks into compact disc compilations.

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Do you still partition your drive? Paragon Partition Manager 16 Free makes partitioning a breeze
February 2, 2018 – 05:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

Paragon Partition Manager 16 FreeIt’s a valid question. In 2018, how many people buy a brand new drive and then partition, splitting the drive into smaller chunks?

There’s a reason why this is beneficial. You could store your photos on a single partition and then simply backup the entire partition. Assigning a drive letter to each partition can improve productivity. If you know all your work is on your ‘V:’ drive, then it simply makes it easier to locate the drive and find your files.

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Is it time to consider Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2018?
February 1, 2018 – 05:37 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News, Tips | No Comment

Emsisoft Anti-MalwareThere’s so much negative press about ‘mature’ security software from the likes of Kaspersky, maybe it’s time to consider an alternative? And it’s not limited to Kaspersky. Brands such as Norton have been questioned recently by allowing Russian authorities to examine source code for potential backdoors.

In our experience, people avoid change and often only seek an alternative when their system (somewhat ironically) is compromised. Little do people know that they are actually fewer daily threats than they realise, unless you spend the day downloading dodgy software or looking at rogue websites, your everyday computing experience will be trouble-free.

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LibreOffice 6.0 unveils OpenPGP support, ePUB filter and many more new features
January 31, 2018 – 08:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

LibreOffice 6The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.0 64-bit and LibreOffice 6.0 32-bit, a major new release of its open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

LibreOffice 6.0 adds a host of new and improved features, including support for OpenPGP signing and encryption, an ePUB filter and a new icon set. In addition, Writer users gain a powerful new spell-checking tool with professional-grade features.

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Become your own landscape designer by using Garden Planner
January 26, 2018 – 05:00 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News, Tips | No Comment

planner-200x175If you have a large garden in need of a re-design, this can end up costing far more than you realise. Factor in a landscape designer, hiring a horticulturist and builders to lay paving flags, the costs soon add up.

You might be tempted to tackle this yourself. Problem is, you still need to hire a designer to interpret your ideas and, frankly, this might not save you much money at all.

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Add an additional layer of security with Acronis Ransomware Protection Free
January 25, 2018 – 05:43 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News, Tips | No Comment

acronis_ransomware_200x175Many of us rely on free basic security, thinking that it offers comprehensive protection against the latest threats. Indeed, many free security tools do not include real-time protection, only running on demand.

With the rise of ransomware, it’s proving to be an easy way to obtain a quick release fee from individuals. No-one wants to lose their data and, if you work from home, you cannot afford to spend time trying to recover your data or paying for a professional to fix your PC. Many will pay the ransom to secure their encrypted data.

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Tablet Hotels 2.0 is our new goto app for booking a hotel
January 24, 2018 – 06:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Tips | No Comment

tablet-200x175There are so many options out there for finding and booking a discounted hotel. Indeed, there are websites which will attempt to collate various booking options to pull together the best deals in a single location.

Although it’s great to obtain a discount from your hotel (and let’s face it here, if you call the hotel direct, you’ll often be able to negotiate your own deal), we want a website which pulls together feedback from people who have stayed in the hotel, take this feedback seriously, providing a good deal on the back of this.

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Firefox Quantum 58 builds on performance gains, improves screenshots tool
January 23, 2018 – 04:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox QuantumMozilla is rolling out Firefox Quantum 58.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 58.0. It arrives over two months after the landmark release of Firefox Quantum 57.0.

The latest build focuses on performance and security, while an update to Firefox’s user profile feature means it’s no longer backwards compatible with previous versions. Android users also gain the ability to pin favourite websites to their home screen for use like native apps.

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Wine 3.0 released with DirectX 10 and 11 support
January 19, 2018 – 09:26 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Wine 3.0The Wine Project has released Wine 3.0 for Linux and Android. Wine provides Linux users with an emulated Windows API, allowing many Windows applications to be run from directly from the Linux desktop without the need for virtualisation software or even a Windows licence.

Version 3.0 adds support for numerous DirectX 10 and 11 features, improves OpenGL core contexts and supports more graphics cards through the Direct3D graphics database. There’s also provisional support for Android on devices running Intel chips.

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