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
CyberDuck 5

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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Add a second layer of security using the new Malware Fighter 7
May 8, 2019 – 10:15 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Add a second layer of security using the new Malware Fighter 7

Can you ever have enough security? We often wonder after being told what our users have installed. It’s not unknown for people to have a full security suite alongside a second on-demand scanner and additional browser plugins warning them of potentially malicious websites.

As individuals tend to stick with a security suite which has worked for them in the past and, as long as their system isn’t compromised, continue to pay for a yearly subscription. With this in mind, developers are adding functionality to enable their security tools to run alongside and not interfere with your daily use. These are on-demand scanners where you’d need to schedule a scan or manually run a scan when required.

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TechSmith releases Camtasia 2019 with automatic audio levelling
May 1, 2019 – 10:13 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on TechSmith releases Camtasia 2019 with automatic audio levelling

We’ve given up on people reading through instructions supplied with their order. You can write important points in bold and people still ignore what’s supplied. Rather than replying to everyone individually, we’ve found it easier simply record a live demonstration of how to solve a particular issue and send them a video of the results.

You need a quality screen recording tool to produce a video which is professional enough to reflect your business. We recently wrote about Captura 8, which is an excellent freeware screen recording tool, but you’ll want to step up a level or two if you’re recording for paying customers.

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Mountain Duck 3.0 adds offline support with smart synchronization
April 30, 2019 – 09:48 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Mountain Duck 3.0 adds offline support with smart synchronization

Bern software developer iterate GmbH has released Mountain Duck 3.0 for Windows and Mac, a major new version of its paid-for tool offering users the ability to access server and cloud storage directly through File Explorer and Finder.

Version 3.0’s headline new feature is “smart synchronization”. This basically adds offline support, allowing users to access storage even when not connected. Any changes are then uploaded when the connection is re-established.

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