Firefox 70 unveils major privacy reporting tools, promises further performance improvements
October 22, 2019 – 04:34 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Mozilla has released Firefox 70.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.2 and Firefox ESR 68.2.0.

Despite the landmark version number, Firefox 70’s most visible change is a refreshed icon and new welcome screen. Better support for your OS’s system dark mode is also unveiled, while Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) has now been made the default for all platforms and users.

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Calibre 4.2 improves macOS dark mode support, continues tweaking Viewer tool
October 18, 2019 – 11:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Calibre 4.2 improves macOS dark mode support, continues tweaking Viewer tool

CalibreRenowned open-source eBook management tool Calibre 4.2 has been released. The cross-platform app, also available in 32-bit form, makes it easy to organise, manage, view, convert and even edit eBooks.

Version 4.2 comes a fortnight after version 4.0 was released. This update promises improvements to macOS dark mode support and the Viewer application, including the generation of covers and table of contents.

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Opera 64 adds new tracker blocking protection, improves Snapshot tool
October 8, 2019 – 05:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 64 adds new tracker blocking protection, improves Snapshot tool

Opera Software has released Opera 64, the latest major update to its Chromium-based web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The major highlight if this new release is the addition of built-in protecting against tracking.

Opera claims the new feature, which sits alongside existing VPN and ad-blocking tools, makes the browser 20% faster than previous releases. Elsewhere, the browser’s Snapshot screengrab tool also gains several improvements.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 released, add striking user-friendly features
October 4, 2019 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 released, add striking user-friendly features

Adobe has released major new versions of its entry level image and video-editing suites with the joint release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 for Windows and Mac.

Both new products add a smattering of new features to add to their already rich capabilities. Photoshop Elements includes the ability to automatically colourise photos and select subjects in a photo with a single click, while Premiere Elements adds a feature to reduce grain from noisy videos.

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Bullguard 2020 revamps zero-day protection, adds new secure browser
September 26, 2019 – 05:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Bullguard 2020 revamps zero-day protection, adds new secure browser

Cybersecurity firm Bullguard has unveiled the 2020 range of its antimalware product family: Bullguard Antivirus 2020, Bullguard Internet Security 2020 and Bullguard Premium Protection 2020.

All three products gain a new advanced machine learning engine to analyse and root out zero-day malware, while Internet Security and Premium users also gain a new secure web browser. Finally, Bullguard Premium users gain a refined and expanded identity production tool.

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Driver Booster 7.0 expands database to over 3,500,000 devices, doubles scan speed
September 18, 2019 – 04:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Driver Booster 7.0 expands database to over 3,500,000 devices, doubles scan speed

IObit has released Driver Booster 7.0.2, a major new release of its free and paid-for driver updater tool for Windows PCs.

Highlights of this new release include support for over 3,500,000 drivers, twice the scanning speed of previous versions, a silent mode feature and an enhanced toolbox that promises fixes for a wider range of driver-related issues such as sound, networking and low-resolution problems.

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Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”
September 13, 2019 – 15:07 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”

Audials AG has released Audials One 2020, a major new version of its comprehensive stream capture suite. The suite brings together all the tools available separately in three other products: Audials Music 2020 (music and audiobook recording), Audials Movie 2020 (video streams) and Audials Radio 2020 (intelligent radio recording).

The 2020 version comes with the promise of significantly faster recording times for music and audiobook, the ability to save recordings in the lossless FLAC format and tools to quickly locate and download music listed on a website streaming service.

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Ashampoo releases Backup 14 with fuss-free cloud support
September 9, 2019 – 10:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ashampoo releases Backup 14 with fuss-free cloud support

Although we understand backing up our data is essential, finding the right backup tool isn’t easy at all. Many are just too complicated, designed to offer every possible option to suit advanced users. Problem is, most people who need a backup tool just need to get things backed up, swiftly.

You could turn to the cloud yourself, and simply use the storage to keep your files secure, but this isn’t the right solution if you want a backup of your system drive. If you suffer from a ransomware attack or a system meltdown, you’d still need to go through the slow process of re-installing Windows and your applications. With this in mind, we recommend making a system backup rather than individual files and folders.

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Vivaldi launches mobile app – despite title, Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android fully featured
September 9, 2019 – 10:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi launches mobile app – despite title, Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android fully featured

Norwegian-based Vivaldi Technologies has released its first mobile web browser: Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android. This little brother to Vivaldi for desktop shares its aim of offering users as much control over the browser’s look and functionality as possible.

Despite the ‘beta’ tag, Vivaldi for Android is fully featured from the off. While lacking some key elements likely to appear in future releases, such as support for add-ons, it’s fully functional and supports key elements such as panels and Vivaldi accounts for syncing.

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Geekbench 5 released, offers new CPU & GPU benchmarks
September 3, 2019 – 05:52 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Geekbench 5 released, offers new CPU & GPU benchmarks

Primate Labs has announced the release of Geekbench 5.0 for desktop, Android (later this week) and iOS. Geekbench 5 makes huge changes to the way it benchmarks your CPU and GPU, as well as going 64-bit and Windows 10 only.

Other changes include a brand new Dark Mode (confusingly, currently Mac OS only with iOS 13 to follow, but not for Windows 10) and a 50% launch sale if you were considering upgrading.

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Firefox Quantum 69 strengthens default anti-tracking protection, can block all autoplay content
September 3, 2019 – 05:10 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 69 strengthens default anti-tracking protection, can block all autoplay content

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 69.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.1 and Firefox ESR 68.1.0.

The new release switches on Enhanced Tracking Protection features by default, extends block autoplay to cover all videos (not just those with sound) and improves performance on Windows 10 machines. The Android release marks the browser’s move to the ESR channel.

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