Firefox Quantum 68 and Firefox ESR 68 released with focus on add-on management improvements
July 9, 2019 – 04:42 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 68 and Firefox ESR 68 released with focus on add-on management improvements

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 68.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.0 and Firefox ESR 68.0.

The new release promises improvements to extension discovery and security, improves dark mode in reader view, widens its protections against cryptomining and fingerprinting, and adds BITS update support for Windows, allowing Firefox to update even when the main application has been closed

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AOMEI Backupper Standard 5.0 unveils major design refresh and improved file sync performance
July 3, 2019 – 07:15 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on AOMEI Backupper Standard 5.0 unveils major design refresh and improved file sync performance

AOMEI has released AOMEI Backupper Standard 5.0, the first major update of its freeware Windows backup, imaging, sync and cloning tool since December 2016.

Version 5 unveils a long-overdue design refresh, attempting with some success to provide a flatter, more modern interface in keeping with Windows 10. There’s also the promise of faster file sync, but in the main the program’s functionality remains identical to earlier versions, providing file- and image-based backup, sync and cloning.

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Opera 62 unveils improvements to dark theme support, experimental task-planner feature
June 27, 2019 – 09:56 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 62 unveils improvements to dark theme support, experimental task-planner feature

Opera Software has unveiled Opera 62, the latest major update to its Chromium-based web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The new release continues to develop the Reborn 3 UI introduced in Opera 60.

Design changes include tweaks to the Dark Mode feature with support for Windows’ own dark theme implemented. A new feature – Task Completer – implementing existing tools (Speed Dial and browser history) has also been added.

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Vivaldi 2.6 promises protection against abusive ads, expands profile management tools
June 20, 2019 – 05:13 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi 2.6 promises protection against abusive ads, expands profile management tools

Challenger web browser Vivaldi 2.6 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux, promising protection against abusive ad practices.

Version 2.6 also adds additional ways of customising user profiles, introduces a filter for browsing saved passwords, implements support for Razer headphone devices and continues to revamp the user interface with several welcome minor tweaks.

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Microsoft To-Do arrives on Mac to complete platform roll-out of Wunderlist successor
June 18, 2019 – 10:41 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Microsoft To-Do arrives on Mac to complete platform roll-out of Wunderlist successor

Microsoft has just unveiled Microsoft To-Do 1.59 for Apple Macs running macOS 10.13 or later. It joins the native apps for Windows 10, iOS and Android.

Microsoft To-Do is – surprise, surprise – Microsoft’s reminders and task-planning app. It’s a redeveloped version of Wunderlist, which Microsoft acquired back in 2015. Although Wunderlist is no longer actively developed, it’s still receiving semi-regular minor updates.

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Cyberduck 7.0 adds segmented download support for faster, less error-prone downloads
June 5, 2019 – 09:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Cyberduck 7.0 adds segmented download support for faster, less error-prone downloads
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Bern software developer iterate GmbH has unveiled Cyberduck 7.0, a major new release of its free FTP/WebDAV/cloud client for Windows and Mac. The tool allows users to browse, download, upload and share files via its Explorer/Finder-like window.

Version 7.0’s big new feature is support for segmented downloads, with the promise of quicker, more stable downloads. It also expands sharing options for various cloud storage connections.

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SyncBack v9 released with an improved UI, new sFTP engine and much more
May 31, 2019 – 06:16 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on SyncBack v9 released with an improved UI, new sFTP engine and much more

Backing up your data is hugely important. You could just rely on the cloud, but this means you need to remember to keep the files synchronised and you might not want to store your most important personal information. Would you want your accounts and tax records in the cloud?

The solution is a backup tool where you can configure the data you want to back up, when you want to perform the backup and the location. You can then simply leave the tool to action your request.

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Locate and undelete lost data using EaseUS Data Recovery Free 12.9.1
May 30, 2019 – 09:32 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Locate and undelete lost data using EaseUS Data Recovery Free 12.9.1

Let’s face it, most of us don’t lose data that often, but when you do, it takes time to scurry around and find a tool to attempt recovery. Time is important for finding deleted files. The more often your computer writes to the drive, the less likely you’ll be able to recover data.

Although it’s rare for a hard drive to fail or for an individual to ‘accidentally’ delete important data you need in the future, once it happens, you’ll want software to help you recover, swiftly.

We had a scenario recently where one of our external USB drives started to fail. As no backup was available, the drive decided to write erratically and cause read errors. Before it ceased to work, we needed to shift the data to another drive and recover the lost data.

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Media server Serviio 2.0 released, adds multi-user streaming
May 22, 2019 – 10:04 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Media server Serviio 2.0 released, adds multi-user streaming

When we think about streaming a movie, our first thought is Apple iTunes, Netflix or Amazon Prime. We rush to sign up to these services, pay our monthly fee, and then search through old movies to keep ourselves entertained on a rainy public holiday.

But what did you do with all those old DVDs you had (or have) lying around? One solution would be to set up your own network-based media server, rip your old discs and watch on demand. Better still, as DVDs are increasingly unpopular, even movies released a few months ago are available at seriously discounted prices, meaning you can pick up quality movies for a fraction of the original price.

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Firefox Quantum 67 delivers better performance, protection and smattering of new features
May 21, 2019 – 05:20 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 67 delivers better performance, protection and smattering of new features

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 67.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with Firefox for Android 67.0.

The new release is a major one, boasting several performance improvements, a significant number of new features and tighter security and privacy with the ability to block both cryptominers and fingerprinters

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Why it might be time to ditch WhatsApp for either Signal or Telegram
May 14, 2019 – 09:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Why it might be time to ditch WhatsApp for either Signal or Telegram

By now you’ve heard the news: WhatsApp is currently rolling out an urgent update to all app users to close a major vulnerability that leaves unpatched phones at risk of being targeted by hackers. WhatsApp is opened by Facebook, and if you plan to stick with the platform, don’t wait for an update notification: access your phone’s app store now to force install the update.

Except maybe now is the time to go one step further: perhaps it’s the perfect opportunity to switch to a different messaging platform. One that’s not owned by one of the major tech companies, is equally – if not more – secure, and which works on more than just your phone. Enter stage left, Telegram, and stage right, Signal.

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