Design and virtually furnish a room using IKEA Place
September 20, 2017 – 11:02 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

ikea-200x175Do you wince when your partner suggests you head to IKEA on a Sunday morning? Everyone seems to have decided that IKEA is their goto store for furnishing a room and it can be bedlam at a weekend. And that’s if you can get into the car park.

Luckily Apple has made the task a lot easier by adding augmented reality to iOS 11. Simply put, the new feature enables a person to move around objects within a virtual environment.

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O&O Defrag Professional 21 adds O&O DiskStat 3, streamlines performance and improves cleaning
September 19, 2017 – 08:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on O&O Defrag Professional 21 adds O&O DiskStat 3, streamlines performance and improves cleaning

O&O Defrag 21O&O Software GmbH has unveiled O&O Defrag Professional 21.0, a major new build of its renowned Windows drive defragmentation and optimisation tool.

Version 21’s headline new feature is that it includes a free version of O&O DiskStat 3, which can be used in conjunction with O&O Defrag’s DiskCleaner component to help clean up hard drives. O&O Defrag 21 also comes with the promise of faster file access and further optimisations to its DiskCleaner module.

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Get just about any media file on to your iPhone using WALTR
September 19, 2017 – 06:09 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Get just about any media file on to your iPhone using WALTR

w2-200x175pngiTunes has to be the marmite of applications. Essential for getting content onto your iPhone, but frustratingly bloated and slow. Worse, iTunes is designed for the lazy user, making it super-easy to purchase your content directly from within the application.

You can, of course, transfer your media files to iTunes, by simply dragging and dropping the content and iTunes will handle the artwork and upload your files. But only if they are of the supported format. If you’ve ripped your CDs in the FLAC format, you can’t get this onto iTunes unless you’ve converted the files elsewhere. If you have a 4K video, there’s no easy way of getting this onto your iPad via iTunes.

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Get fit from anywhere using this free GFIB-7 app
September 18, 2017 – 07:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Get fit from anywhere using this free GFIB-7 app

gfib-200x175People prefer to workout in different environments. There are those who prefer to push themselves in a competitive situation, with a group of individuals. With this in mind, attending a class or going to the gym with a workout partner will fulfil your goals.

On the flipside, there are plenty of individuals who would like to get fit but are put off by the thought of walking into the gym, feel too unfit to be competitive or do not feel the desire to get fit in front of other people. Either way, there are ways of improving your fitness, on your own, from just about any location, guided by professional trainers.

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Surf the web securely and anonymously with Hotspot Shield 7
September 15, 2017 – 12:07 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Surf the web securely and anonymously with Hotspot Shield 7

Hotspot ShieldWhen it comes to protecting yourself online – particularly when surfing through insecure public connections – then nothing beats a good old VPN. Virtual Private Networks create encrypted tunnels in which you can surf the web, check your email and connect to remote networks secure in the knowledge you can’t be hacked.

If you’re a Windows user, then the recently released Hotspot Shield 7.1.2 may appeal, offering a free, ad-supported (and bandwidth-limited) way of connecting via VPN.

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iTunes 12.7 improves by removing key features
September 13, 2017 – 05:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on iTunes 12.7 improves by removing key features

iTunes200-175How many people still use iTunes? For us, many of our old tracks were sourced from iTunes, and we like to synchronise our music across our iOS devices, it’s still our daily music manager.

Overnight iTunes received a major upgrade. At first, that’s how it appeared. Look more closely and you’ll soon find that the upgrade was a reduced level of functionality. As Apple states, iTunes now focusses on music, TV shows and movies, primarily.

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Blender 2.79 adds new and improved tools, enhances cycle rendering feature
September 12, 2017 – 11:51 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Blender 2.79 adds new and improved tools, enhances cycle rendering feature

Blender logoNon-profit organisation The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.79, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. The new build further improves its Cycles Rendering feature, bringing feature parity with NVIDIA CUDA and improved performance to AMD OpenCL hardware.

Other highlights include additional tools and options being added to the Grease Pencil, Alembic, Mesh Modelling tools, while simplified video encoding and user interface improvements have also been implemented.

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Quickly access your Office 365 files using My Workspace
September 11, 2017 – 11:11 by Chris Wiles in News | Comments Off on Quickly access your Office 365 files using My Workspace

myworkspace-200x175There are so many methods for keeping up with your daily tasks that you need a task manager to keep them all centralised. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had various calendars auto-group our events into one central database, multiple times.

My Workspace from Microsoft is an Office 365 menu bar tool for Mac users. Although it’s only in development stage, it has potential. The basic idea is to bring all your Office 365 information into one central location, so it’s immediately accessible.

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Mountain Duck 2.0 adds support for client-side encryption of cloud storage
September 7, 2017 – 11:44 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Mountain Duck 2.0 adds support for client-side encryption of cloud storage

MountainDuck.200.175Bern software developer iterate GmbH has released Mountain Duck 2.0 for Windows and Mac. Mountain Duck is designed to make it easy for users to mount server and cloud storage through File Explorer and Finder.

Version 2.0 adds several new features, most notably support for transparent client-side encryption of data using Cryptomator. It also adds support for Microsoft OneDrive accounts.

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Resilio Sync enables you to sync and share files without the cloud
September 6, 2017 – 10:00 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Resilio Sync enables you to sync and share files without the cloud

resilio-200x175There are many cloud-based synchronisation services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync and others. These services all use the same method of synchronising your files. Choose the data you want across your computers and the content is uploaded to the cloud and then made available across your other devices.

The issue here can be where you do you have fast broadband, so uploading huge files can be problematic. The answer is a peer-to-peer service where your data remains on one device whilst it’s synchronised to others, whether you own these devices or they are authorised users.

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Thwart ransomware and protect your data with our O&O Disk Image 10.5 Downloadcrew Giveaway, worth $49.95
September 1, 2017 – 05:21 by Nick Peers in Freebies, News, Promos, Tips | Comments Off on Thwart ransomware and protect your data with our O&O Disk Image 10.5 Downloadcrew Giveaway, worth $49.95

DiskImage200-175Everybody needs a backup – with ransomware added to the list of threats to your data, now is the perfect time to take full advantage of our latest Downloadcrew giveaway: a full copy of O&O DiskImage 10.5 Professional, worth $49.95, across this coming weekend.

What makes O&O DiskImage special is that it allows you to back up both individual files and folders as well as take a full drive image, so you can protect key data alongside your fail-safe drive image covering your entire Windows installation – all from one application.

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