Setup and access your own cloud service using Mountain Duck 2
November 16, 2017 – 11:28 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Tips | Comments Off on Setup and access your own cloud service using Mountain Duck 2

mountainduck_200x175Backing up your data to the cloud makes sense. But using an existing service such as Dropbox is more complicated as these cloud services insist on mirroring your content across your devices.

The most obvious solution is to create your own cloud. This is easy to achieve through a service such as Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service). The Amazon S3 is a cost-effective virtual hard drive in the cloud. You are charged depending the amount of storage you use, the number of times you access your content and the location. It’s competitively priced, too. We backup our server content to Amazon S3 and our monthly bill rarely tops a Dollar.

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Adobe releases Acrobat Reader 2018. Do you still use it? Perhaps you should.
November 14, 2017 – 11:23 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Adobe releases Acrobat Reader 2018. Do you still use it? Perhaps you should.

acrobat-reader-200x175Let’s be fair, for reading a PDF, your average end user will rarely need anything more than a simple reader, so Preview on the Mac or Reader on your Windows 10 PC will suffice.

For business users, portable document format files offer a method for sharing commercial-grade documents which can be marked up before they are sent to a printer. Indeed, if you share your PDF through the cloud, anyone can download, view, add a comment and save it back for others to read the comments and make changes.

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Firefox 57 unveils new speedy Quantum browsing engine, revamps user interface
November 13, 2017 – 09:47 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 57 unveils new speedy Quantum browsing engine, revamps user interface

Firefox QuantumMozilla has placed Firefox 57.0 on its servers for download, ahead of its official release tomorrow. Also due imminently is Firefox for Android 57.0. The new release sees the debut of Mozilla’s next-generation browsing engine, Quantum.

The new engine is paired with a major user-interface revamp boasting a more modern, pared-down look, plus feature highlights include improved Address Bar and redesigned new tab page. In addition there are major changes (with potentially significant consequences) to the browser’s extension support.

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SoftMaker releases Office 2018 with enhanced Thunderbird
November 8, 2017 – 06:50 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on SoftMaker releases Office 2018 with enhanced Thunderbird

softmaker-200x175You have to admire some of the recent design work from Microsoft. Windows 10 has transitioned in a robust and visually-appealing operating system, whilst Office 2016 really is a superb, well-designed, cross-platform office suite.

In addition, Office 365 offers reasonably priced subscription and includes a fair number of licences for your devices. We have Office 365 installed on our Mac and Windows computers and it’s seamless switching between the two platforms.

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Opera 49 adds editable elements to its screen capture tool, rolls out VR headset support
November 8, 2017 – 04:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 49 adds editable elements to its screen capture tool, rolls out VR headset support

OperaOpera Software has unveiled Opera 49.0, the latest version of its Chromium-powered browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Opera 49’s headline new features is a major update to its new snapshot tool, with editing features, a selfie mode and support for emojis. Elsewhere, the VR headset support previewed in the Developer release has also been included, along with a new ‘easy setup’ button offering convenient access to key settings.

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Dashlane 5 and 1Password 7 support Face ID. Which password manager will you choose?
November 3, 2017 – 10:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Dashlane 5 and 1Password 7 support Face ID. Which password manager will you choose?

dashlane-200x175Using more than one password is somewhat essential. Remembering all your passwords is a lot more tricky. Remembering them and keeping them safe is even tougher.

There are plenty of password managers out there, but which one do you choose. We’re big fans of 1Password, primarily due to the seamless cross-device synchronisation.

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Audacity 2.2.0 unveils new themed look along with other interface updates
November 3, 2017 – 06:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Audacity 2.2.0 unveils new themed look along with other interface updates

audacity_200x175 Open-source sound recording, editing and mixing tool Audacity 2.2.0 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux, around two years after version 2.1.0 made its bow.

Version 2.2.0’s highlights include support for themes – with a choice of four provided, plus reorganisation of the program’s menus, additional help buttons and a major code overhaul.

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Foxit Reader 9.0 unveils single-key accelerators, plus improves search, commenting and accessibility tools
November 1, 2017 – 07:57 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Foxit Reader 9.0 unveils single-key accelerators, plus improves search, commenting and accessibility tools

Foxit Reader 8.0Foxit Software has released Foxit Reader 9.0, a major new version of its free PDF creation and reader tool for Windows PCs.

The new release focuses on improving the program’s accessibility with new single-key accelerators among other changes, but also adds a new single-column Reflow view and features notable updates to the program’s commenting features and search tools.

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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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