Universal Media Server 7.0.0 adds Movies and TV Show library options, improves scanning performance
March 27, 2018 – 11:52 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ultimate Media ServerThe Universal Media Server Project has released Universal Media Server 7.0.0, a major new release of its open-source, cross-platform media server for Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

The server, which works with a wide range of UPNP/DLNA-compatible devices from mobiles to smart TVs, adds support for filtering content into movie and TV show libraries. It also promises massively improved folder-scanning times along with quicker browsing of Media Folders.

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Opera 52 launches faster ad-blocking tool, adds support for multiple tab selection
March 22, 2018 – 07:27 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OperaOpera Software has released Opera 52.0, the latest version of its Chromium-based browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

The main highlight in this new release is the unveiling of a faster ad-blocker tool. In addition, users gain the ability to select multiple tabs with a variety of related actions, including a brand new option for copying Web URLs. There are also new animations to accompany error and warning messages.

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Take a personal trainer on the road using Freeletics
March 20, 2018 – 11:55 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

freelectics-200x175Everyone has a favourite go-to workout routine to keep fit. Do you prefer to spin, participate in CrossFit, heading to the gym and figuring your own routine or, perhaps, an all-body circuit class? There is no shortage of options, but sometimes too many options can get confusing and it’s good to get some guidance based on your goals.

One solution is your own personal trainer, in the form of your smartphone. Luckily you can take your smartphone anywhere (often including the gym), meaning there’s no reason why you can’t have a programme downloaded to an app.

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Google Web Designer 3.0 makes HTML 5 web content easy to build across multiple devices and platforms
March 15, 2018 – 08:22 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google Web DesignerGoogle has released Google Web Designer 3.0 Beta, its HTML5 content-producing tool for Windows, Mac and Linux. Although targeted primarily at advertisers, the tool can be adapted for other content too, and also supports JavaScript, CSS and XML.

Version 3.0 introduces several new features. First, users are now able to change the ad environment via the File > Ad environment menu. When supported, users can switch between DoubleClick, AdMob, AdWords and Non-Google Ad easily.

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Think twice before you connect to the free hotel wireless network
March 13, 2018 – 06:38 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News, Tips | No Comment

wifiprivacy-200x175After a long flight, the first thing we do, as soon as we hit the runway, is switch our phone out of airplane mode and check our messages, emails and make sure we can connect to the local mobile network.

The problem is, this is expensive and most users mobile contract does not offer them free roaming, especially at long-haul destinations. You want to be connected to WiFi as soon as possible.

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Firefox Quantum 59 boosts page loading times, adds options for blocking intrusive website requests
March 13, 2018 – 05:44 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

Firefox QuantumMozilla has released Firefox Quantum 59.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 59.0 rolling out imminently.

The new version continues to refine performance with the promise of faster page-loading times, while the Home page gains one new customisable feature. Other highlights include improvements to the built-in screenshots tool and the ability to block website requests for advanced access or notifications.

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PDF Shaper 8.2 improves text detection and extraction, supports system fonts and more
March 9, 2018 – 07:09 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

PDF ShaperBurnaware Technologies has released PDF Shaper Free 8.2, a major update to its freeware PDF toolkit for Windows users. PDF Shaper provides a series of tools for managing and optimising PDF files, and is also available in Premium and Professional editions.

It’s the paid-for editions that get the most love in this new release, with the non-free Watermark tool gaining three new features. All versions gain support for system TrueType fonts, codepages and styles as well as an option to select specific pages when converting a PDF to an image file.

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Struggling to nod off? Try using these three apps to sleep more soundly
March 3, 2018 – 10:52 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

whitenoise-200x175Sleep. We all need it, yet many of us do not get enough. While it is common knowledge that we need 7-8 hours per night, the average American will sleep for around 5-6 hours, falling well short.

How can we increase the amount of time we sleep, yet also increase our sleep quality so we don’t hear that dreaded alarm and snooze and then wake up feeling like we’ve barely slept at all? We’ve found three apps which will help you nod off, stay asleep and wake up feeling more refreshed.

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The team behind TunnelBear VPN announce new password manager, RememBear
March 2, 2018 – 06:02 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | No Comment

rememberbear-200x175There are people who swear behind a password manager (and we’re one of them) and others who think to store all your passwords, logins and personal info, in one database, is asking for trouble.

They could be right. Without pointing fingers, a few popular password managers have been hacked and data leaked in the past, although as your data is highly encrypted, it’s unlikely to be cracked.

You could simply write down all your passwords, offline. We know people who have done this (including bank login information), but if this is stolen, then you lose everything.

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The official Mobile Passport app will glide you through immigration
March 1, 2018 – 05:19 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

mobile_passport-200x175As a US citizen, you’d think returning to your own country should enable quick and easy access through immigration? Sadly, not.

We’ve been in this situation ourselves, such as flying into Miami, where if you land behind a few incoming flights, the queue for the Global Entry kiosks can be hours long. Often you’re put in one big queue with everyone else including international travellers with an ESTA visa, all wanting to use the same devices.

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BleachBit 2.0 adds drag-and-drop file shredding to open-source disk cleaning tool
February 28, 2018 – 10:27 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

BleachBit 2.0Open-source cleaning tool BleachBit 2.0 has been released for Windows and Linux, along with BleachBit 2.0 Portable for Windows.

The update – the first in over two years – introduces support for dragging and dropping files on to the program window in order to shred them using BleachBit’s disk-wiping tools.

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