Firefox Quantum 62 tweaks home page, allows deletion of personal data when disconnecting Sync
September 5, 2018 – 07:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 62 tweaks home page, allows deletion of personal data when disconnecting Sync

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 62.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 62.0.

Version 62 ships with several minor new features, the most visible of which is support for up to four rows of personal customisations – top sites, Pocket stories and highlights – on the new Firefox Home menu.

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Acronis True Image 2019 adds user-friendly recovery toolkit, cleanup tool
August 22, 2018 – 05:32 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Acronis True Image 2019 adds user-friendly recovery toolkit, cleanup tool

Acronis has launched Acronis True Image 2019 for Windows and Mac, a major new release of its popular local and cloud backup tool.

The 2019 version is dubbed the 15-year Anniversary Edition, celebrating the milestone release. New features added include a dedicated survival toolkit, ability to manually clean backup files and widened anti-ransomware protection.

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WinDynamicDesktop will transition your Windows 10 wallpaper from day to night
August 22, 2018 – 05:30 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on WinDynamicDesktop will transition your Windows 10 wallpaper from day to night

Since OS X and Windows 10 implemented a ‘dark mode’, we spend far longer with this option than the traditional lighter desktop as it’s better on our eyes. It’s also annoying having to manually transition between the two. It’s one or the other.

With the forthcoming Mojave due this September, Apple is taking this a stage further. The new OS X will include 16 wallpapers which will seamlessly transition your desktop from morning to evening, as you work. The brightest wallpaper will be displayed early in the dayon a morning, but by the evening you’ll see a dark blue wallpaper which suits the time of day (and assuming you’re still working post 8 pm).

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Parallels releases Desktop 14 for Mac and it’s Mojave ready
August 21, 2018 – 05:34 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Parallels releases Desktop 14 for Mac and it’s Mojave ready

Parallels Desktop 13Although we’re keen Mac users, most of our work is produced for the Windows operating system. We manage to achieve this via Parallels running on an iMac or MacBook Pro and, frankly, it’s so fast you really do not need to run Bootcamp.

It never used to be this way. Back in the late 90s, when Apple still used PPC chips, Windows emulation was dire. Beyond dire. Almost unusable. Even for basic tasks. It made far more sense to use Bootcamp when it was released, even after the migtration to the Intel chips, if you needed native-like performance for using Windows. Luckily, not now.

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Pale Moon 28.0 unveils major under-the-hood changes and improvements
August 16, 2018 – 09:36 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off on Pale Moon 28.0 unveils major under-the-hood changes and improvements

Pale Moon 26Moonchild Productions has unveiled Pale Moon 28.0 for Windows and Linux, the first major update of its Firefox-based browser since November 2016. Also available in 64-bit form, Pale Moon 28.0 features numerous changes and updates.

The new build unveils the fourth iteration of its own browser rendering engine, Goanna, which was first adopted back in 2016. There are also major updates to its JavaScript engine, media backend as well as newly introduced support for the WebGL2 standard.

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Kaspersky releases Security Cloud Free and it’s very basic
August 16, 2018 – 05:44 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Kaspersky releases Security Cloud Free and it’s very basic

Microsoft appears keen to encourage people to use the latest Windows Defender and, frankly, it’s a more-than-adequate security tool. You’re missing some of the features you’ll find in a paid security suite, such as a VPN or ‘safe money’ but do you really need those features?

With the above in mind, security developers such as BitDefender and, more recently Kaspersky, are releasing free versions of their security suites, to encourage people to use, gain familiarity and then upgrade. Let’s face it, once you have a security suite on your computer and you receive a fantastic offer, you’re more likely to pay than remove.

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Quickly remove unwanted bundleware using the latest IObit Uninstaller 8
August 15, 2018 – 05:50 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Quickly remove unwanted bundleware using the latest IObit Uninstaller 8

We handle support for people who purchase software and the number one issue we consistently experience is the inability to install updated versions of their favourite software.

There are very basic reasons, too. When you first install your software, you’re often asked to reboot. After this procedure, it’s in use. The application may start when you boot your PC, run in the background, checking your system and much more. When you decide to upgrade, people expect to simply install the latest version on top, forgetting the application is being used and that Windows cannot remove active files.

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Malwarebytes release Mobile Security, its first iOS-specific security suite
August 9, 2018 – 10:15 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes release Mobile Security, its first iOS-specific security suite

Malwarebytes for iOSWe’re asked repeatedly to recommend an iOS security suite. People assume that the latest threats apply to all their devices and are reluctant to access their bank through their browser without security software. Although an iOS device is far more secure due to the ‘closed shop’ design of the Apple App Store, meaning you can’t download malicious software, it doesn’t mean there is no malicious activity at at all. You can still click a phishing link in an email, for example.

Every time we use our iPhone to access the web, information is stored on the device. Malicious websites might try and obtain this information, plus it’s really easy for scammers to get to you through either your phone, messages or email. If you think the device is completely safe, it’s easy to take a risk without realising you could be exposed.

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LibreOffice 6.1 is here with new Windows icon theme
August 8, 2018 – 10:11 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on LibreOffice 6.1 is here with new Windows icon theme

LibreOffice 6An office suite is regarded an essential part of your daily work toolkit, whether you’re a big business or a retired individual wanting to keep on top of their daily tasks. So you want to make the right choice, without spending a huge amount of money.

Although it’s too easy to subscribe to Office 365 and use the suite across devices, we sometimes wonder if we really need the functionality? Do you use your word processor for more than a few essential documents or your spreadsheet to manage basic finances? If so, you might as well take a second look at the free LibreOffice.

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Thunderbird 60.0 unveils new look, major improvements
August 7, 2018 – 07:26 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Thunderbird 60.0 unveils new look, major improvements

Thunderbird 60.0Mozilla has released Thunderbird 60.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Also released in portable form for Windows users, Thunderbird is Mozilla’s free and open-source email client.

Version 60 unveils a new look – named “Photon”, along with newly designed light and dark themes. Elsewhere it now adds support for WebExtension themes, plus makes substantial improvements to various elements including the calendar and attachment management.

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Dashlane 6 unveils VPN, secure document storage and other identity protecting tools
July 27, 2018 – 06:50 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Dashlane 6 unveils VPN, secure document storage and other identity protecting tools

dashlane-200x175Dashlane SAS has unveiled Dashlane 6.0.1, a major new version of its password manager for Windows and Mac. Also available for iOS and Android, the latest version adds several new security features.

All users gain access to an Identity Dashboard, providing a handy summary, and mobile builds add a new Inbox Security Scan tool. There are also new tools for subscribers and a new premium tier for US users.

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