FireAlpaca 2.0 improves layer support, adds 64-bit Windows build
February 21, 2018 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

firealpaca-200x175Japanese developer PGN Inc has released FireAlpaca 2.0, a major new release of its free paint app for Windows and Mac users. The app is aimed at wannabe painters with a variety of drawing tools coupled with advanced features such as layer support.

Version 2.0’s headline new feature is the addition of a separate 64-bit build for Windows PCs, but is also improves its layer support along with some minor tweaks and adjustments.

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Remote monitoring software O&O Syspectr is now free of charge
February 15, 2018 – 06:58 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

syspectrNearly every company deploys network monitoring tools which enable the IT team to keep a constant eye on remote servers. Downtime costs money.

Of course, network monitoring isn’t limited to remote servers. It can be used to manage your local network and that’s why a tool such as O&O Software’s O&O Syspectr can come in handy. You can use this tool to remotely manage PCs on your network, automatically deploy software updates, check drives for potential issues, remotely shut down and check for unauthorised access.

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TunnelBear 3.2 improves and refines its VPN service, rebuilds VigilantBear component
February 14, 2018 – 06:31 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TunnelBearCanadian VPN provider TunnelBear Inc has released TunnelBear 3.2 for Windows. TunnelBear, also available on Mac, provides users with both free (500MB/month) and paid-for VPN plans.

Version 3.2 features a completely rebuilt VigilantBear component and comes with the promise of improved reliability when switching networks as well as some other tweaks and bug fixes.

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Start and manage your new business from your smartphone with these four essential apps
February 12, 2018 – 08:58 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

LibreOffice 4.3The way we view work has changed hugely in the last few years, with everyone keen to do their own thing, start a business or simply become the ‘next big thing’ online.

Either way, there’s a shift to self-employment and being your own boss and being able to work from just about any location. With flexibility in mind, what are the best apps you can use on your smartphone to start and maintain your new business?

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VLC 3 ‘Vetinari’ gains Chromecast support, hardware decoding, 4/8K, HDR10 and 360 video
February 11, 2018 – 09:48 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | No Comment

VLC 3 logoAlthough there is a tonne of free video players on the market, few of them enable you to view just about every video and audio format, relying on you to upgrade to the ‘Pro’ version with additional codec support.

Not VLC, which has been the most universally lauded media player since it’s original release back in 2001.

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Google Trips will help plan your travel with the minimum of hassle
February 10, 2018 – 09:37 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

googletrips-200x175We’re not sure about you, but just planning your next vacation seems to take as long as the vacation itself. You want to make sure you visit the best places, eat at recommended restaurants and make the most of the destination.

It’s hard to find a comprehensive app which contains everything you might need to plan your route, timeline and distances from your hotel. If you’re on a tight schedule, say a weekend away in a new city, it’s really hard to get this route wrong and walk long distances to get to your destination.

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Opera 51 unveils better Windows performance, host of functional tweaks
February 7, 2018 – 07:15 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OperaJust one month after its previous update, Opera Software has unveiled Opera 51.0, the latest version of its Chromium-based browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

There’s no let up in new features and improvements in Opera 51. Chief among these is the promise of faster browsing on Windows, with Opera claiming it’s 38% faster than Firefox 58. This is down to the fact the program code is now compiled using Clang.

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BurnAware 11.0 Free unveils ISO unpacker tool, HD audio support
February 2, 2018 – 06:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

BurnAwareBurnaware Technologies has released BurnAware 11.0 Free, BurnAware 11.0 Premium and BurnAware 11.0 Professional, the latest builds of its free and paid-for disc burning products for Windows.

Version 11’s new headline feature is the addition of a tool to view and extract files from ISO images. It’s accompanied by an option to associate ISO files with BurnAware as well as support for incorporating HD audio tracks into compact disc compilations.

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Do you still partition your drive? Paragon Partition Manager 16 Free makes partitioning a breeze
February 2, 2018 – 05:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

Paragon Partition Manager 16 FreeIt’s a valid question. In 2018, how many people buy a brand new drive and then partition, splitting the drive into smaller chunks?

There’s a reason why this is beneficial. You could store your photos on a single partition and then simply backup the entire partition. Assigning a drive letter to each partition can improve productivity. If you know all your work is on your ‘V:’ drive, then it simply makes it easier to locate the drive and find your files.

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Is it time to consider Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2018?
February 1, 2018 – 05:37 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News, Tips | No Comment

Emsisoft Anti-MalwareThere’s so much negative press about ‘mature’ security software from the likes of Kaspersky, maybe it’s time to consider an alternative? And it’s not limited to Kaspersky. Brands such as Norton have been questioned recently by allowing Russian authorities to examine source code for potential backdoors.

In our experience, people avoid change and often only seek an alternative when their system (somewhat ironically) is compromised. Little do people know that they are actually fewer daily threats than they realise, unless you spend the day downloading dodgy software or looking at rogue websites, your everyday computing experience will be trouble-free.

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LibreOffice 6.0 unveils OpenPGP support, ePUB filter and many more new features
January 31, 2018 – 08:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

LibreOffice 6The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.0 64-bit and LibreOffice 6.0 32-bit, a major new release of its open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

LibreOffice 6.0 adds a host of new and improved features, including support for OpenPGP signing and encryption, an ePUB filter and a new icon set. In addition, Writer users gain a powerful new spell-checking tool with professional-grade features.

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