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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 | No Comment
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 …

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 7.0 heralds complete rewrite of adware removal tool
July 18, 2017 – 08:59 | No Comment
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 7.0 heralds complete rewrite of adware removal tool

Malwarebytes has released AdwCleaner 7.0, a major new version of its portable Windows tool for removing adware, unwanted toolbars, PUPs and browser hijackers. It’s the first major update since Malwarebytes acquired AdwCleaner back in October …

Backup and Sync from Google launched for Windows and Mac
July 13, 2017 – 11:26 | No Comment
Backup and Sync from Google launched for Windows and Mac

Google has released Backup and Sync from Google 3.35 for Windows and Mac. The tool replaces its Drive and Photos desktop apps (both discontinued), and provides a one-stop desktop tool for backing up and syncing …

Give your text a spell and grammar check with Grammarly 1.5 for Windows and Mac
July 11, 2017 – 10:44 | No Comment
Give your text a spell and grammar check with Grammarly 1.5 for Windows and Mac

Correct spelling and grammar is something of a dying art these days. Rather than embark on a rant, however, let us gently direct you towards a superb online tool for helping to bring your language …

Speccy 1.31 improves Creator’s Update compatibility, provides system information for Windows PCs
July 4, 2017 – 10:49 | No Comment
Speccy 1.31 improves Creator’s Update compatibility, provides system information for Windows PCs

Piriform has released Speccy 1.31 and Speccy Portable 1.31, an updated version of its system information tool for Windows PCs.
Version 1.31 comes with the promised of improved compatibility with the recent Creator’s Update release of …

Free Dictate add-on allows you to, well, dictate to Microsoft Office
June 22, 2017 – 08:24 | Comments Off on Free Dictate add-on allows you to, well, dictate to Microsoft Office
Free Dictate add-on allows you to, well, dictate to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Garage – the Redmond behemoth’s R&D arm – has released Dictate 5.0, a free add-on for those running Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 or 365 on Windows 8.1 or later. Also available for 64-bit versions …

Firefox 54 extends multiprocess feature to promise faster, more stable browser
June 13, 2017 – 17:18 | Comments Off on Firefox 54 extends multiprocess feature to promise faster, more stable browser
Firefox 54 extends multiprocess feature to promise faster, more stable browser

Mozilla has released Firefox 54.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 54.0 due imminently.
Firefox 54 focusses largely on one major development: support for multi-content processes, which basically gives Firefox the ability to …