O&O BrowserPrivacy will securely wipe your browsing history
August 7, 2019 – 07:02 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on O&O BrowserPrivacy will securely wipe your browsing history

Browse the internet and you’ll build an offline database of all the sites you’ve visited, the type of products that interest you and your hobbies and interests. Ads targetting these interests will track you across various websites.

Most modern web browsers can block trackers and enable you to delve into your browsing history and quickly delete the information from your devices. But, has it really been deleted? Any computer expert would be able to retrieve some of this data if necessary.

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Google Web Designer 6.0 introduces interactive video support, improves coding view
July 30, 2019 – 07:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Web Designer 6.0 introduces interactive video support, improves coding view
Google Web Designer

Google has released Google Web Designer 6.0, a major new version of its HTML-5 contenting-producing tool for Windows, Mac and Linux. Its WYSIWYG user interface and other user-friendly tools like syntax highlighting and code autocompletion make it popular among advertisers.

Version 6.0 introduces improvements to its Code view and Events panel layout, supports focal points for responsive images and introduces interactive video features.

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Kaspersky launches its 2020 range with traffic encryption and scanning speed improvements
July 26, 2019 – 07:32 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Kaspersky launches its 2020 range with traffic encryption and scanning speed improvements

We see people purchase security software and are often asked “how do I remove the old version?” which we find utterly perplexing.

To be clear, there’s really no such thing as a ‘2019’ or ‘2020’ of any security software as you always have the latest version as part of any paid subscription. You’re not using year-old outdated security to protect your devices. What a new release does is enable the company to make an announcement and, in turn, websites such as BetaNews to write about the new features. It’s really as simple as that.

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Sisoft Sandra 20/20 (2020) adds new AI and machine learning benchmarks
July 24, 2019 – 12:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Sisoft Sandra 20/20 (2020) adds new AI and machine learning benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2014

UK-based SiSoftware has released SiSoftware Sandra Lite 20/20 (2020), a major new release of its system information, diagnostics and benchmark tool for Windows PCs.

The 2020 version adds two new Neural Network benchmarks covering AI and machine learning, plus extends support to the latest CPU architectures, including AMD Ryzen 2 (3000 series) and Intel IceLake and CometLake.

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Bitdefender 2020 protects against cyberbullying and online predators
July 18, 2019 – 15:20 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Bitdefender 2020 protects against cyberbullying and online predators

What do you perceive as the primary threat to your devices for the year ahead? Most people are now fairly self-aware to be wary of phishing attempts and illegitimate websites, while basic security software will prevent you from accidentally installing malicious software.

What you can’t do is stop your teens going online, short of throwing out their smartphone. If you can’t beat them, join them. But keep them secure whilst they access the internet.

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BoostSpeed 11 Free released; Disk Defrag 9 and File Recovery 9 gain new modern UI’s
July 17, 2019 – 14:43 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on BoostSpeed 11 Free released; Disk Defrag 9 and File Recovery 9 gain new modern UI’s

There’s a do you/don’t you approach to system maintenance software. Some users swear by the tools, running in the background keeping their system in-check. Others complain of system errors and unnecessary Registry cleansing which can do more harm than good.

The secret is, control. Switch off all automated processing and simply choose the tools you want to run manually. We’d advise against system-wide Registry cleansing for example. Let Windows do this for you. The other secret is to find a maintenance tool you can trust, from a recommended developer.

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pdfFactory 7.0 and FinePrint 10.0 released with improved ultra-HD display support
July 15, 2019 – 06:18 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on pdfFactory 7.0 and FinePrint 10.0 released with improved ultra-HD display support

FinePrint Software has released both pdfFactory 7.0 and FinePrint 10.0 for Windows PCs. pdfFactory 7.0 provides PDF creation tools, and offers a more fully featured Pro version with PDF-editing capabilities, while FinePrint is a universal print previewer designed to save users time, ink, paper and other resources.

The latest version of both tools focus on improving and future-proofing their user interfaces to work with high-definition monitors.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 gains Anniversay Edition update with dozens of new features and improved Office 2019 compatibility
July 10, 2019 – 09:05 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 gains Anniversay Edition update with dozens of new features and improved Office 2019 compatibility

German software developer SoftMaker has unveiled SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018: Anniversary Update, extending major new features and compatibility improvements to its free office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux.

The update, officially dubbed Revision 966, comes with dozens of new features across the suite’s three main applications: TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations. It also updates its compatibility settings to work seamlessly with Microsoft Office 2019 documents.

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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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