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Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”
September 13, 2019 – 15:07 | No Comment

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 …

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Thunderbird 68.0 revamps App Menu and options dialog, unveils 64-bit Windows release
August 28, 2019 – 10:13 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment
Thunderbird 68.0

Mozilla has released Thunderbird 68.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Also released in portable and – for the first time – 64-bit form for Windows users, Thunderbird is Mozilla’s free and open-source email client.

Version 68 unveils improvements to its App Menu, incorporates the options dialog into the main program window and offers improved attachment-handling features.

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Acronis True Image 2020 adds dual-protection backups, promises 50% backup speed boost
August 21, 2019 – 07:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Acronis has launched Acronis True Image 2020 for Windows and Mac, a major new release of its popular local and cloud backup tool.

True Image 2020 debuts its dual-protection feature to allow local backups to be automatically replicated in the cloud. Other new features include a new notifications centre, greater control over key aspects of the program and the promise of backups that are “at least 50% faster” than the previous release.

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IObit Uninstaller 9 adds a powerful install monitor
August 21, 2019 – 06:31 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

Although we handle support for novice software customers, there’s one area that often leaves us perplexed. Why does software manage to leave so much data on your computer after you run the official uninstaller?

It should be straightforward, right? You install software, uninstall and the entire process should remove the components, registry entries, startup modules and upgrade flashes? Often they fail. We still get warnings about software being out-of-date we installed months ago and even a tool from a well-known brand offer us an upgrade. Try and locate the source of these issues and they are often hidden deep in your registry or other hard to find locations.

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Parallels Desktop 15 ramps up graphics performance with Apple Metal support, unveils new integration features
August 13, 2019 – 09:04 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Parallels Desktop 15 ramps up graphics performance with Apple Metal support, unveils new integration features
Parallels Desktop 13

Parallels IP Holdings GmbH has released Parallels Desktop 15.0, the latest major update of its popular Mac virtualisation tool.

Parallels Desktop 15 adds support for the forthcoming MacOS Catalina (10.15) release, plus taps into the Apple Metal framework in macOS 10.14 or later to deliver major graphics improvements alongside other performance tweaks and a smattering of new integration features.

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pdf Creator 9.0 unveils new zipper merge tool, unveils new options for manipulating PDFs
August 8, 2019 – 06:20 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on pdf Creator 9.0 unveils new zipper merge tool, unveils new options for manipulating PDFs

Geek Software GMBH has released pdf24 Creator 9.0, a major new version of its freeware suite of tools designed to create and manipulate PDF files. Features include the ability to merge, split and extract individual pages from PDF files, plus create secure documents.

The program adds several new features, including a zip-like merge tool for PDF documents as well as the ability to quickly reverse a document’s page order. Users also gain a handful of additional options as well as a selection of minor improvements

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O&O BrowserPrivacy will securely wipe your browsing history
August 7, 2019 – 07:02 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on O&O BrowserPrivacy will securely wipe your browsing history

Browse the internet and you’ll build an offline database of all the sites you’ve visited, the type of products that interest you and your hobbies and interests. Ads targetting these interests will track you across various websites.

Most modern web browsers can block trackers and enable you to delve into your browsing history and quickly delete the information from your devices. But, has it really been deleted? Any computer expert would be able to retrieve some of this data if necessary.

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Google Web Designer 6.0 introduces interactive video support, improves coding view
July 30, 2019 – 07:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Web Designer 6.0 introduces interactive video support, improves coding view
Google Web Designer

Google has released Google Web Designer 6.0, a major new version of its HTML-5 contenting-producing tool for Windows, Mac and Linux. Its WYSIWYG user interface and other user-friendly tools like syntax highlighting and code autocompletion make it popular among advertisers.

Version 6.0 introduces improvements to its Code view and Events panel layout, supports focal points for responsive images and introduces interactive video features.

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Kaspersky launches its 2020 range with traffic encryption and scanning speed improvements
July 26, 2019 – 07:32 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Kaspersky launches its 2020 range with traffic encryption and scanning speed improvements

We see people purchase security software and are often asked “how do I remove the old version?” which we find utterly perplexing.

To be clear, there’s really no such thing as a ‘2019’ or ‘2020’ of any security software as you always have the latest version as part of any paid subscription. You’re not using year-old outdated security to protect your devices. What a new release does is enable the company to make an announcement and, in turn, websites such as BetaNews to write about the new features. It’s really as simple as that.

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Sisoft Sandra 20/20 (2020) adds new AI and machine learning benchmarks
July 24, 2019 – 12:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Sisoft Sandra 20/20 (2020) adds new AI and machine learning benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2014

UK-based SiSoftware has released SiSoftware Sandra Lite 20/20 (2020), a major new release of its system information, diagnostics and benchmark tool for Windows PCs.

The 2020 version adds two new Neural Network benchmarks covering AI and machine learning, plus extends support to the latest CPU architectures, including AMD Ryzen 2 (3000 series) and Intel IceLake and CometLake.

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Bitdefender 2020 protects against cyberbullying and online predators
July 18, 2019 – 15:20 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Bitdefender 2020 protects against cyberbullying and online predators

What do you perceive as the primary threat to your devices for the year ahead? Most people are now fairly self-aware to be wary of phishing attempts and illegitimate websites, while basic security software will prevent you from accidentally installing malicious software.

What you can’t do is stop your teens going online, short of throwing out their smartphone. If you can’t beat them, join them. But keep them secure whilst they access the internet.

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BoostSpeed 11 Free released; Disk Defrag 9 and File Recovery 9 gain new modern UI’s
July 17, 2019 – 14:43 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on BoostSpeed 11 Free released; Disk Defrag 9 and File Recovery 9 gain new modern UI’s

There’s a do you/don’t you approach to system maintenance software. Some users swear by the tools, running in the background keeping their system in-check. Others complain of system errors and unnecessary Registry cleansing which can do more harm than good.

The secret is, control. Switch off all automated processing and simply choose the tools you want to run manually. We’d advise against system-wide Registry cleansing for example. Let Windows do this for you. The other secret is to find a maintenance tool you can trust, from a recommended developer.

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