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O&O Defrag Professional 21 adds O&O DiskStat 3, streamlines performance and improves cleaning
September 19, 2017 – 08:31 | No Comment
O&O Defrag Professional 21 adds O&O DiskStat 3, streamlines performance and improves cleaning

O&O Software GmbH has unveiled O&O Defrag Professional 21.0, a major new build of its renowned Windows drive defragmentation and optimisation tool.
Version 21’s headline new feature is that it includes a free version of O&O …

Surf the web securely and anonymously with Hotspot Shield 7
September 15, 2017 – 12:07 | No Comment
Surf the web securely and anonymously with Hotspot Shield 7

When it comes to protecting yourself online – particularly when surfing through insecure public connections – then nothing beats a good old VPN. Virtual Private Networks create encrypted tunnels in which you can surf the …

Blender 2.79 adds new and improved tools, enhances cycle rendering feature
September 12, 2017 – 11:51 | No Comment
Blender 2.79 adds new and improved tools, enhances cycle rendering feature

Non-profit organisation The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.79, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. The new build further improves its Cycles Rendering feature, bringing feature parity with NVIDIA CUDA and improved …

Mountain Duck 2.0 adds support for client-side encryption of cloud storage
September 7, 2017 – 11:44 | No Comment
Mountain Duck 2.0 adds support for client-side encryption of cloud storage

Bern software developer iterate GmbH has released Mountain Duck 2.0 for Windows and Mac. Mountain Duck is designed to make it easy for users to mount server and cloud storage through File Explorer and Finder.
Version …

Thwart ransomware and protect your data with our O&O Disk Image 10.5 Downloadcrew Giveaway, worth $49.95
September 1, 2017 – 05:21 | No Comment
Thwart ransomware and protect your data with our O&O Disk Image 10.5 Downloadcrew Giveaway, worth $49.95

Everybody needs a backup – with ransomware added to the list of threats to your data, now is the perfect time to take full advantage of our latest Downloadcrew giveaway: a full copy of O&O …

Novabench 4.0 offers quick and dirty benchmark solution for PC and Mac
August 31, 2017 – 10:13 | No Comment
Novabench 4.0 offers quick and dirty benchmark solution for PC and Mac

Novawave Inc has released Novabench 4.0, a major new update for its Windows and Mac benchmarking tool. Version 4.0 unveils new and updated benchmarks, plus an interface redesign.
The tool opens with updated CPU tests to …

Parallels Desktop 13 promises performance boost, extended Touch Bar support
August 22, 2017 – 05:56 | No Comment
Parallels Desktop 13 promises performance boost, extended Touch Bar support

Parallels IP Holdings GmbH has released Parallels Desktop 13, a major new release of its popular Mac virtualisation tool.
Parallels Desktop, which allows OS X users to run virtual versions of Windows, OS X and Linux, …

Opera 47 (finally) adds bookmarks export, smoother video playback
August 9, 2017 – 06:28 | No Comment
Opera 47 (finally) adds bookmarks export, smoother video playback

Opera Software has unveiled Opera 47.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s a fast turnaround from Opera 46, taking less than the usual six-week development cycle to go from alpha to final release.
As a result, …

Firefox 55 unveils performance improvements and new features aplenty
August 7, 2017 – 08:35 | No Comment
Firefox 55 unveils performance improvements and new features aplenty

Mozilla has unveiled one of the biggest updates to Firefox yet with its release of Firefox 55.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox for Android 55.0 is also due imminently.
Firefox 55’s many highlights include instant …

LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility
July 28, 2017 – 08:02 | No Comment
LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility

The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 5.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.4 32-bit. Again, it’s on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3.
LibreOffice 5.4 is “the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x …

Firefox for iOS 8.0 adds Night Mode, QR Code Reader and improved user experience
July 24, 2017 – 11:05 | Comments Off on Firefox for iOS 8.0 adds Night Mode, QR Code Reader and improved user experience
Firefox for iOS 8.0 adds Night Mode, QR Code Reader and improved user experience

These days, it’s Google and Chrome that dominates the web browser market, with even Microsoft slipping behind and everyone else playing the role of also-rans. Mozilla has suffered more than most – since dipping below …