Driver Booster 7.0 expands database to over 3,500,000 devices, doubles scan speed
September 18, 2019 – 04:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Driver Booster 7.0 expands database to over 3,500,000 devices, doubles scan speed

IObit has released Driver Booster 7.0.2, a major new release of its free and paid-for driver updater tool for Windows PCs.

Highlights of this new release include support for over 3,500,000 drivers, twice the scanning speed of previous versions, a silent mode feature and an enhanced toolbox that promises fixes for a wider range of driver-related issues such as sound, networking and low-resolution problems.

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Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”
September 13, 2019 – 15:07 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”

Audials AG has released Audials One 2020, a major new version of its comprehensive stream capture suite. The suite brings together all the tools available separately in three other products: Audials Music 2020 (music and audiobook recording), Audials Movie 2020 (video streams) and Audials Radio 2020 (intelligent radio recording).

The 2020 version comes with the promise of significantly faster recording times for music and audiobook, the ability to save recordings in the lossless FLAC format and tools to quickly locate and download music listed on a website streaming service.

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Ashampoo releases Backup 14 with fuss-free cloud support
September 9, 2019 – 10:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ashampoo releases Backup 14 with fuss-free cloud support

Although we understand backing up our data is essential, finding the right backup tool isn’t easy at all. Many are just too complicated, designed to offer every possible option to suit advanced users. Problem is, most people who need a backup tool just need to get things backed up, swiftly.

You could turn to the cloud yourself, and simply use the storage to keep your files secure, but this isn’t the right solution if you want a backup of your system drive. If you suffer from a ransomware attack or a system meltdown, you’d still need to go through the slow process of re-installing Windows and your applications. With this in mind, we recommend making a system backup rather than individual files and folders.

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Vivaldi launches mobile app – despite title, Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android fully featured
September 9, 2019 – 10:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi launches mobile app – despite title, Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android fully featured

Norwegian-based Vivaldi Technologies has released its first mobile web browser: Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android. This little brother to Vivaldi for desktop shares its aim of offering users as much control over the browser’s look and functionality as possible.

Despite the ‘beta’ tag, Vivaldi for Android is fully featured from the off. While lacking some key elements likely to appear in future releases, such as support for add-ons, it’s fully functional and supports key elements such as panels and Vivaldi accounts for syncing.

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Geekbench 5 released, offers new CPU & GPU benchmarks
September 3, 2019 – 05:52 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Geekbench 5 released, offers new CPU & GPU benchmarks

Primate Labs has announced the release of Geekbench 5.0 for desktop, Android (later this week) and iOS. Geekbench 5 makes huge changes to the way it benchmarks your CPU and GPU, as well as going 64-bit and Windows 10 only.

Other changes include a brand new Dark Mode (confusingly, currently Mac OS only with iOS 13 to follow, but not for Windows 10) and a 50% launch sale if you were considering upgrading.

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Firefox Quantum 69 strengthens default anti-tracking protection, can block all autoplay content
September 3, 2019 – 05:10 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 69 strengthens default anti-tracking protection, can block all autoplay content

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 69.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.1 and Firefox ESR 68.1.0.

The new release switches on Enhanced Tracking Protection features by default, extends block autoplay to cover all videos (not just those with sound) and improves performance on Windows 10 machines. The Android release marks the browser’s move to the ESR channel.

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Thunderbird 68.0 revamps App Menu and options dialog, unveils 64-bit Windows release
August 28, 2019 – 10:13 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Thunderbird 68.0 revamps App Menu and options dialog, unveils 64-bit Windows release
Thunderbird 68.0

Mozilla has released Thunderbird 68.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Also released in portable and – for the first time – 64-bit form for Windows users, Thunderbird is Mozilla’s free and open-source email client.

Version 68 unveils improvements to its App Menu, incorporates the options dialog into the main program window and offers improved attachment-handling features.

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Acronis True Image 2020 adds dual-protection backups, promises 50% backup speed boost
August 21, 2019 – 07:19 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Acronis True Image 2020 adds dual-protection backups, promises 50% backup speed boost

Acronis has launched Acronis True Image 2020 for Windows and Mac, a major new release of its popular local and cloud backup tool.

True Image 2020 debuts its dual-protection feature to allow local backups to be automatically replicated in the cloud. Other new features include a new notifications centre, greater control over key aspects of the program and the promise of backups that are “at least 50% faster” than the previous release.

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IObit Uninstaller 9 adds a powerful install monitor
August 21, 2019 – 06:31 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on IObit Uninstaller 9 adds a powerful install monitor

Although we handle support for novice software customers, there’s one area that often leaves us perplexed. Why does software manage to leave so much data on your computer after you run the official uninstaller?

It should be straightforward, right? You install software, uninstall and the entire process should remove the components, registry entries, startup modules and upgrade flashes? Often they fail. We still get warnings about software being out-of-date we installed months ago and even a tool from a well-known brand offer us an upgrade. Try and locate the source of these issues and they are often hidden deep in your registry or other hard to find locations.

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Parallels Desktop 15 ramps up graphics performance with Apple Metal support, unveils new integration features
August 13, 2019 – 09:04 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Parallels Desktop 15 ramps up graphics performance with Apple Metal support, unveils new integration features
Parallels Desktop 13

Parallels IP Holdings GmbH has released Parallels Desktop 15.0, the latest major update of its popular Mac virtualisation tool.

Parallels Desktop 15 adds support for the forthcoming MacOS Catalina (10.15) release, plus taps into the Apple Metal framework in macOS 10.14 or later to deliver major graphics improvements alongside other performance tweaks and a smattering of new integration features.

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pdf Creator 9.0 unveils new zipper merge tool, unveils new options for manipulating PDFs
August 8, 2019 – 06:20 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on pdf Creator 9.0 unveils new zipper merge tool, unveils new options for manipulating PDFs

Geek Software GMBH has released pdf24 Creator 9.0, a major new version of its freeware suite of tools designed to create and manipulate PDF files. Features include the ability to merge, split and extract individual pages from PDF files, plus create secure documents.

The program adds several new features, including a zip-like merge tool for PDF documents as well as the ability to quickly reverse a document’s page order. Users also gain a handful of additional options as well as a selection of minor improvements

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