The new Skype for Desktop 8 is here (whether you like it or not)
October 31, 2017 – 13:03 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on The new Skype for Desktop 8 is here (whether you like it or not)

skype-200x175Keeping in touch with other users is essential for your business. We use Skype to keep in touch with contacts all over the world, from freelancers writers, through to key contacts.

With this in mind, all we want is a relatively simple tool that enables us to perform our business without distractions.

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Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic, for free
October 27, 2017 – 06:07 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic, for free

pdm200x175Everyone will tell you that you really need to backup your data. It’s simply the easiest way to quickly recover your computer if you suffer from malware or even a ransomware attack.

Backing up your data also makes sense for testing new software. Make a system backup, test as required, then simply revert back to the previous state by restoring the backup.

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WinZip 22 includes image conversion, EXIF stripping and much more
October 26, 2017 – 05:46 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on WinZip 22 includes image conversion, EXIF stripping and much more

WinZip 20WinZip International LLC has released WinZip 22, a major release of what is perhaps the world’s best-known archiving tool. Version 22 builds on changes introduced in version 21, primarily with speed and safety improvements.

WinZip 22 ships in three editions, Standard, Pro and Enterprise, aimed at corporate users. The majority of the new features are available in Standard and Pro. The primary difference between Pro and Standard are the backup features.

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O&O DiskImage Professional 12 promises to speed up file backups by up to 100%
October 25, 2017 – 10:59 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on O&O DiskImage Professional 12 promises to speed up file backups by up to 100%

diskimage-200x175O&O Software GMBH has launched O&O DiskImage Professional 12, the latest version of its Windows disk-imaging and file backup tool.

Version 12 focuses on improving its file-backup component, promising to complete backups in half the time of the previous release. It’s also updated for full compatibility with the newly released Windows 10 Fall Edition.

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New IObit Advanced SystemCare 11 includes a rebuilt performance monitor
October 25, 2017 – 05:48 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on New IObit Advanced SystemCare 11 includes a rebuilt performance monitor

Obit Advanced SystemCare 7There are a wide number of system optimisation tools on the market, many with varying degrees of success. There are few we’d care to recommend.

With this in mind, we were pleased to hear IObit has released IObit Advanced SystemCare 11, its hugely comprehensive all-in-one PC optimisation suite.

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Keep installed software up-to-date with Avira Software Updater
October 23, 2017 – 06:44 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Keep installed software up-to-date with Avira Software Updater

avira-updater-200x175Install software and it’s soon out-of-date. Developers release rapid updates when they find issues, often reported by end users.

Having the latest version can be important. Software can conflict and slow your PC, be compromised, wrongly report information and need to be updated to support the latest operating system patch. Unless you’re prepared to go through every single installed application, it’s tricky to keep on top of the available updates.

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WhatsApp rolling out Live Location Sharing
October 18, 2017 – 06:58 by Chris Wiles in News | Comments Off on WhatsApp rolling out Live Location Sharing

WhatsAppDesktop.200.175Your first thought is why you’d need to share your location with anyone. After further consideration, it makes so much sense.

Recently we were on a trip to Lisbon and one of team members got lost on the way to a meeting. Trying to describe our location and where were located wasn’t so straightforward. The easiest idea was to screengrab our location on Google Maps and send the grab via WhatsApp.

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WebSite X5 Evolution 14.0 improves navigation menu, updates effects and templates
October 18, 2017 – 05:22 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on WebSite X5 Evolution 14.0 improves navigation menu, updates effects and templates

Website X5 14.0Incomedia has released a major new version of its wizard-driven web-building tool with the launch of WebSite X5 Evolution 14.0. Website X5 Evolution is accompanied by both higher (Professional) and lower (Start) packages.

Version 14.0 focuses its new features in three key areas: usability, graphics and performance. Highlights include more flexible navigational menus, better support for web fonts, additional special effects and revamped blogging and ecommerce modules.

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O&O ShutUp10 1.6 adds Fall Creators Update support, UI improvements
October 17, 2017 – 05:59 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on O&O ShutUp10 1.6 adds Fall Creators Update support, UI improvements

ShutUp10-200-175The average Windows 10 user will never be aware of the privacy issues associated with the operating system and with every major update, these privacy rights are amended by Microsoft.

With the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, your privacy is actually improving as apps will now require you to opt-in rather than opt-out of storing your location and other information. The downside is that these new privacy rights apply to apps from the Windows 10 store, so third-party tools will still abide by their own rules, privacy settings and EULA.

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FBackup 7.0 adds Dropbox and CD/DVD support, Fast Mirror backup option
October 12, 2017 – 11:56 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on FBackup 7.0 adds Dropbox and CD/DVD support, Fast Mirror backup option

FBackup 7.0Softland has released FBackup 7.0 and Backup4all 7.0, major new versions of its free and paid-for Windows backup products.

Both programs, which offer file-based backup and extended functionality via plug-ins, add new cloud backup destinations, while FBackup gains support for CD/DVD backups and a Fast Mirror backup option.

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AOMEI PE Builder Free 2.0 released, now supports Windows XP through to Windows 10
October 11, 2017 – 07:18 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on AOMEI PE Builder Free 2.0 released, now supports Windows XP through to Windows 10

AOMEI PE BuilderThree years ago, AOMEI unveiled the first version of PE Builder. We were thrilled, because it provided a simple – yet flexible – way of creating the Windows equivalent of a “live” Linux CD, whereby you can run a graphically friendly operating system direct from CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

After a few updates, the software appeared to have died – with only support for Windows 7 and 8. Imagine our delight, then, when we were informed that AOMEI PE Builder 2.0 had been released.

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