OpenShot 2.5.0 unveils hardware acceleration support, plus more performance improvements
February 10, 2020 – 08:11 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on OpenShot 2.5.0 unveils hardware acceleration support, plus more performance improvements

Open-source video editor OpenShot 2.5.0 has been released, dubbed “our largest release yet” by project creator Jonathan Thomas. Headline new features, which should significantly improve the application’s performance when fully implemented, include experimental support for hardware acceleration alongside a major overhaul of the keyframe system.

Future development should also be simpler now all features and support have been aligned across all platforms: Windows, Linux and macOS.

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LibreOffice 6.4 promises better performance, improved help and QR code generator
January 29, 2020 – 10:36 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on LibreOffice 6.4 promises better performance, improved help and QR code generator

The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 6.4 32-bit, its popular open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

LibreOffice 6.4 is a major point release – the last in the 6.x product line – and comes with the promise of improved performance along with several new universal features and the usual mix of minor changes and improvements to individual applications within the suite.

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Firefox 72 rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux, improve site notifications tool
January 7, 2020 – 04:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 72 rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux, improve site notifications tool

Mozilla has released Firefox 72.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.4 and Firefox ESR 68.4.0.

Mac and Linux users gain the picture-in-picture video feature introduced for Windows in Firefox 71. Fingerprinting scripts are now blocked as standard with this new release, while intrusive pop-up notifications from websites have been confined to the Address Bar to prevent disruption when browsing.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 21 unveils new carousel-style design and navigation
December 18, 2019 – 07:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Ashampoo Burning Studio 21 unveils new carousel-style design and navigation

German developer Ashampoo has released Ashampoo Burning Studio 21.2.0, a major new release of its Windows disc-burning software.

Capable of burning all types of optical disc from CD to Blu-ray, and supporting data, audio and video projects, version 21 unveils a major new user interface designed to aid navigation, plus expands its multimedia capabilities.

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O&O FileBackup 1.0 is small, portable and surprisingly effective at keeping your key files backed up
December 10, 2019 – 11:10 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off on O&O FileBackup 1.0 is small, portable and surprisingly effective at keeping your key files backed up

They say small is beautiful, and with O&O Software’s latest offering it’s hard to disagree. The German software developer has managed to pack a powerful file backup tool into a tiny 4MB portable application with the release of O&O FileBackup 1.0.

Despite its small size, the app doesn’t just do basic backups of single folders – there’s a slick user interface, with options for automatically selecting files based on filetype, the ability to update and restore backups with just a few clicks and a built-in scheduling tool for keeping backups updated.

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Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0 makes its bow, unveils refreshed UI to deal with pests
November 27, 2019 – 05:02 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0 makes its bow, unveils refreshed UI to deal with pests

Less than a month after unveiling MBAM 4.0, Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0, a major new version of its standalone adware-cleaning tool.

AdwCleaner 8.0 updates its optional in-app installer to ensure the latest version of Malwarebytes is installed going forward, plus drops support for Windows XP and Vista. Its UI has also been refreshed to chime with MBAM 4.0’s.

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TeamViewer 15 rolls out quietly, improves audio transmission quality but little else
November 20, 2019 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on TeamViewer 15 rolls out quietly, improves audio transmission quality but little else

TeamViewer GmbH has released TeamViewer 15.0, its remote access tool for Windows, Linux and Mac computers, plus iOS and Android mobiles.

The new release adds very little to the user experience on the major desktop platforms – improved audio transmission quality on TeamViewer-based chats is the main improvement, but Windows users will need to upgrade to maintain full compatibility with the recently released November 2019 release. Once updated on Windows, other platforms must follow suit for compatibility reasons.

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Fear not! The latest major Windows 10 update is quick to install and not that major
November 13, 2019 – 10:02 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Fear not! The latest major Windows 10 update is quick to install and not that major

Keep your eye on Windows Update: today’s the day that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update ships for all users of Windows 10. That’s the bad news; the good news is that this is not a major feature update.

Yes, Microsoft has further reined in its development teams to make sure the second bi-annual feature update is less of a feature update and more of a Service Pack (remember them?), with most changes minor and behind the scenes.

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Malwarebytes 4.0 unveils the promise of better zero-day detection, 50% less CPU usage
November 5, 2019 – 05:25 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes 4.0 unveils the promise of better zero-day detection, 50% less CPU usage

Malwarebytes has released a major new version of its eponymous anti-malware tool: Malwarebytes 4.0 is available now as a free and premium version for both Windows and Mac.

The new version unveils a major redesign with a look towards the minimalist. This reflects the promise of a much smaller footprint – 50% less impact on the CPU during scans – and associated performance gains. Malwarebytes 4.0 also unveiles a brand new detection engine.

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CrystalDiskMark 7.0 benchmarking tool unveils new tests, revamped UI
November 1, 2019 – 10:30 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CrystalDiskMark 7.0 benchmarking tool unveils new tests, revamped UI

CrystalDiskMark 7.0Crystal Dew World has released CrystalDiskMark 7.0 and CrystalDiskMark Portable 7.0, major new versions of its hard drive benchmarking tool for Windows.

Version 7 debuts a rebuilt user interface using GDI rather than HTML, plus adds a new performance profile and mixed test while tweaking two existing tests. Support for ARM64 processors has also been added.

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Advanced SystemCare 13 launches with enhanced email protection
October 24, 2019 – 14:40 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Advanced SystemCare 13 launches with enhanced email protection

There’s an argument against whether your modern PC will require additional optimization. Windows 10 offers basic but essential tools to keep your system running smoothly and it’s less likely you’ll run out of drive space or require a system purge to make room for a new install.

With the above in mind, system maintenance developers are coming up with new ways of making their tools essential in the modern world. Security remains a constant threat, so adding modules to keep your system safe seems to be the recent priority.

IObit has released Advanced SystemCare 13 and the primary focus is to improve the security of your PC. The new Email Protection module will run in the background and check against phishing attempts made from clicking an unscrupulous link in your mailbox. The enhanced Junk File Clean module will dig even deeper, but now includes support for other accounts, so you can force-clean other users who may have a bad habit of leaving a tonne of unnecessary junk in their trash, taking up vital space on your hard drive. The Privacy Shield has extra support for safeguarding your sensitive data.

Advanced SystemCare 13 gains more tools for protecting against the latest security threats

The Software Updater has had a boost with support for up to 60% additional applications, so you can use Advanced SystemCare to keep your installed software up-to-date. The new Context Menu Manager does what it says on the tin, whilst the rebuilt File Shredder will do a more powerful job of securely erasing your files and folders.

SystemCare’s Turbo Boost function now includes support for Universal Windows Platform Apps, whilst the Ads Removal module includes a wider database for software with annoying adverts.

Question is, do you really need the additional security features you’d find in SystemCare 13 (many which are borrowed from the separate Malware Fighter)? If you have a full-fat security suite from Norton, Bitdefender, Kaspersky or Avast, you will not need the new safety features, but if you are seeking a powerful maintenance toolkit, with additional security tools (which can be turned off if necessary), then Advanced SystemCare is for you.

It’s worth adding Advanced SystemCare 13 is available in two versions. A rather limited Free edition and a more fully-functional paid PRO edition, available for $19.99. The PRO edition contains the PC cleaning and optimization tools, a defrag module, an auto-RAM function to stop your PC from using too much system memory, an Internet booster, premium security features and much more.

Download Advanced SystemCare 13 Free.