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OpenShot 2.5.0 unveils hardware acceleration support, plus more performance improvements
February 10, 2020 – 08:11 | No Comment

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 …

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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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Malwarebytes 4.0 unveils the promise of better zero-day detection, 50% less CPU usage
November 5, 2019 – 05:25 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes 4.0 unveils the promise of better zero-day detection, 50% less CPU usage

Malwarebytes has released a major new version of its eponymous anti-malware tool: Malwarebytes 4.0 is available now as a free and premium version for both Windows and Mac.

The new version unveils a major redesign with a look towards the minimalist. This reflects the promise of a much smaller footprint – 50% less impact on the CPU during scans – and associated performance gains. Malwarebytes 4.0 also unveiles a brand new detection engine.

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CrystalDiskMark 7.0 benchmarking tool unveils new tests, revamped UI
November 1, 2019 – 10:30 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CrystalDiskMark 7.0 benchmarking tool unveils new tests, revamped UI

CrystalDiskMark 7.0Crystal Dew World has released CrystalDiskMark 7.0 and CrystalDiskMark Portable 7.0, major new versions of its hard drive benchmarking tool for Windows.

Version 7 debuts a rebuilt user interface using GDI rather than HTML, plus adds a new performance profile and mixed test while tweaking two existing tests. Support for ARM64 processors has also been added.

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Advanced SystemCare 13 launches with enhanced email protection
October 24, 2019 – 14:40 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Advanced SystemCare 13 launches with enhanced email protection

There’s an argument against whether your modern PC will require additional optimization. Windows 10 offers basic but essential tools to keep your system running smoothly and it’s less likely you’ll run out of drive space or require a system purge to make room for a new install.

With the above in mind, system maintenance developers are coming up with new ways of making their tools essential in the modern world. Security remains a constant threat, so adding modules to keep your system safe seems to be the recent priority.

IObit has released Advanced SystemCare 13 and the primary focus is to improve the security of your PC. The new Email Protection module will run in the background and check against phishing attempts made from clicking an unscrupulous link in your mailbox. The enhanced Junk File Clean module will dig even deeper, but now includes support for other accounts, so you can force-clean other users who may have a bad habit of leaving a tonne of unnecessary junk in their trash, taking up vital space on your hard drive. The Privacy Shield has extra support for safeguarding your sensitive data.

Advanced SystemCare 13 gains more tools for protecting against the latest security threats

The Software Updater has had a boost with support for up to 60% additional applications, so you can use Advanced SystemCare to keep your installed software up-to-date. The new Context Menu Manager does what it says on the tin, whilst the rebuilt File Shredder will do a more powerful job of securely erasing your files and folders.

SystemCare’s Turbo Boost function now includes support for Universal Windows Platform Apps, whilst the Ads Removal module includes a wider database for software with annoying adverts.

Question is, do you really need the additional security features you’d find in SystemCare 13 (many which are borrowed from the separate Malware Fighter)? If you have a full-fat security suite from Norton, Bitdefender, Kaspersky or Avast, you will not need the new safety features, but if you are seeking a powerful maintenance toolkit, with additional security tools (which can be turned off if necessary), then Advanced SystemCare is for you.

It’s worth adding Advanced SystemCare 13 is available in two versions. A rather limited Free edition and a more fully-functional paid PRO edition, available for $19.99. The PRO edition contains the PC cleaning and optimization tools, a defrag module, an auto-RAM function to stop your PC from using too much system memory, an Internet booster, premium security features and much more.

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Mozilla’s new Lockwise app will free your passwords from your web browser
October 22, 2019 – 14:16 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Mozilla’s new Lockwise app will free your passwords from your web browser

Like many users, we prefer to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox over either Edge or Safari. Problem is, if you use a third-party browser to store your logins and passwords, move to your iOS device and they aren’t stored in your keychain.

Recent iOS changes have enabled third-party password managers to be granted access to any login on your device, so for this reason Mozilla has launched Lockwise which will separate your stored Firefox passwords from your browser.

Quickly access your Firefox passwords from your iOS or Android device

Mozilla Lockwise was launched as part of Firefox 70, but separate apps, for iOS and Android, have been made available.

These apps are incredibly simple compared to other password managers we’ve used. They simply synchronise your passwords from Firefox and then make them available – from the app you can either copy and paste your passwords into your other browsers or choose to autofill.

With Lockwise supporting both Face ID and Touch ID, you can now automatically gain access without requiring a master password.

And that’s about it. Any regular password manager will offer you so much more. For instance, the ability to store your personal ID or your card information, which is essential for purchasing over the internet and, frankly, key information about your card. An independent password manager will generate your login data and warn you if your data has been compromised online.

With the above in mind, is it worth installing the Lockwise app? If you’re an avid Firefox user, potentially. Question is, would they replace our default password manager? Almost certainly not. 1Password for us is our goto manager and will enable cross-browser support, third-party integration within iOS and is truly multi-device. We can access our passwords on a Mac as easily as a Windows PC.

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Firefox 70 unveils major privacy reporting tools, promises further performance improvements
October 22, 2019 – 04:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 70 unveils major privacy reporting tools, promises further performance improvements

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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