Avira Internet Security 2019 boasts triple-faceted protection with new password manager
October 3, 2018 – 06:50 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Avira Internet Security 2019 boasts triple-faceted protection with new password manager

Avira Free Mac SecuritySecurity developer Avira has released Avira Internet Security Suite 2019, a brand new version of its flagship security tool for Windows.

Version 2019 brings together all the vendor’s tools under one roof, and adds one new component to the mix: Password Manager. This comes with a Security Status feature that will alert users to global account, website and password breaches.

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Love Dynamic Desktop? Move up to 24 Hour Wallpaper
October 2, 2018 – 06:28 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Love Dynamic Desktop? Move up to 24 Hour Wallpaper

We’ve worked for years with potential eye strain and it’s only recently we’re taking it seriously. The first step was Apple adding a warmer edge to the desktop panel, so by the end of the day you wouldn’t be looking at an LCD displaying sharp blue light.

Mojave introduced Dynamic Desktop, which will transition your wallpaper, so it matches both the time of day, your location and the ever-changing sunrise/sunset. Dynamic Desktop will show a bright wallpaper middle of the day, but by 10pm you’ll be seeing a nighttime scene.

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NightOwl is a must-have app for all Mojave users
October 1, 2018 – 06:27 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on NightOwl is a must-have app for all Mojave users

Dark mode is a fantastic addition to any operating system, enabling late-night work to more productive. We have the theme switched on as default on Windows 10, which has always suited a darker user-interface.

Apple introduced a system-wide dark mode with Mojave and some of the recent apps look hugely better on a dark background. iPhoto is a very good example, making photos pop on the dark shade and editing easier on the eyes.

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VMware releases Workstation 15 Pro with DirectX 10.1, Fusion 11 receives Mojave support
September 26, 2018 – 06:06 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on VMware releases Workstation 15 Pro with DirectX 10.1, Fusion 11 receives Mojave support

Using a virtual operating system has its merits.  For developers, it’s the ideal tool for sandboxing your computer so you can test software for bugs before it’s released to beta testing. You can also install your software across a range of operating systems for compatibility.

As a consumer, there are valid reasons why you may want to consider a virtual system. You may need to use a Windows computer for work but would like to experiment with a Linux installation. A virtual OS enables you to test new bleeding-edge software or tools where you are wary of the source. Problem? Simply revert back to a previous snapshot.

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Vivaldi 2.0 adds new Sync feature, resizable tiled tabs and floating web panels
September 26, 2018 – 04:30 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi 2.0 adds new Sync feature, resizable tiled tabs and floating web panels

Customisable web browser Vivaldi 2.0 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. This challenger web browser, which has boasted over 1,500 improvements since its initial launch in 2016, unveils yet more major changes.

Chief among these is the long-awaited debut of browser sync to bring feature parity with other major browsers. Other tweaks have been made to existing features while the underlying browser engine has been updated to Chromium 69.

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O&O Defrag 22 Professional will keep your SSD fully optimised
September 19, 2018 – 11:13 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on O&O Defrag 22 Professional will keep your SSD fully optimised

O&O Defrag 21It wasn’t so long ago, you bought a brand new computer, installed your favourite applications, only to find a few months later it was clearly operating more sluggishly.

There were various reasons for this, but the primary reason was a defragmented hard drive. The more you write data to the drive, the more scattered the contents and the physical head spent far longer retrieving the data. We know people who would systematically simply wipe their drive and start again just to regain the speed of their original PC.

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BlueStacks 4.30 promises major performance improvements, revamps user interface
September 19, 2018 – 08:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on BlueStacks 4.30 promises major performance improvements, revamps user interface

Bluestack Systems has released BlueStacks 4.30, a major new version of its free Android apps emulator for Windows PCs. The app promises to run apps and games faster on PC than any available smartphone.

Version 4 debuts a new user interface, keyboard controls editor and promises significant performance improvements thanks to more efficient use of system resources.

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Google Maps for iOS 5 offers CarPlay support with iOS 12
September 19, 2018 – 05:26 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Google Maps for iOS 5 offers CarPlay support with iOS 12

Before any trip, we like to research. Where’s the best place to eat, pick up a decent coffee on the way, other interesting points of interest and more.

Google Maps makes this easy. Research online, add a new folder to your places and start saving pointers along your intended route. When you land, simply refer to Google Maps and navigate to your saved locations. Easy. Well, it would if your hire car enabled you to use Google Maps.

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Latest Revo Uninstaller Pro 4 will remove Windows apps and browser extensions
September 13, 2018 – 11:34 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Latest Revo Uninstaller Pro 4 will remove Windows apps and browser extensions

Revo Uninstaller ProWe handle a lot of support enquiries and one of the most common questions is how do people fully remove installed software, especially a security suite.

Problem is, most people do not realise that the software is often in use when they start their computer. This makes it really tricky for Windows to fully remove in-use software from your PC. In theory, next time you boot the uninstall process should continue and remove the rest of the application, but this often fails to execute.

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Looking to a hire a boat on vacation? Download the “Borrow a Boat” app
September 13, 2018 – 10:56 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, News | Comments Off on Looking to a hire a boat on vacation? Download the “Borrow a Boat” app

The sharing economy is dictating how we plan our vacation. We’ve previously featured Airbnb and HomeAway, as well as Uber, Lyft and Coup in Berlin. There are now a number of options you may not have otherwise have experienced if it wasn’t due to the sharing economy.

Now there is a slightly bizarre but interesting option if you wanted to take to the sea as it involves borrowing someone’s yacht when not in use. Borrow a Boat is being touted as the “Airbnb of the boating world”, after the company launched their app earlier this summer.

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Paint.NET 4.1.1 restores shortcut keys, builds on major 4.1 update
September 12, 2018 – 06:29 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Paint.NET 4.1.1 restores shortcut keys, builds on major 4.1 update

Paint.NET 4.0dotPDN LLC has unveiled Paint.NET 4.1.1, a minor update that follows less than a week after the major Paint.NET 4.1 release. This includes two notable bug fixes, reinstates Adjustment menu shortcut keys and one minor improvement.

The update was preceded by Paint.NET 4.1, which added support for GPU-powered effects, copy/paste for selections and bicubic resampling for the Move Selected Pixels tool.

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