Opera 47 (finally) adds bookmarks export, smoother video playback
August 9, 2017 – 06:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 47 (finally) adds bookmarks export, smoother video playback

OperaOpera Software has unveiled Opera 47.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s a fast turnaround from Opera 46, taking less than the usual six-week development cycle to go from alpha to final release.

As a result, the new release is light on major features, but does boast a number of improvements, including smoother video and exportable bookmarks. It also updates the underlying Chromium engine to version 60.

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Paragon Software release Hard Disk Manager 16 Preview for free
August 8, 2017 – 05:23 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Paragon Software release Hard Disk Manager 16 Preview for free

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16We used to be a huge Paragon Software supporter, met them a few times in London to discuss strategies, but in the past couple of years they’ve almost completely disappeared under the radar, despite having a fantastic range of products across their portfolio. Whilst Acronis and our friends at O&O Software have powered forward, Paragon appears to have take a step back.

Whether this is because they are focussing on their core market, Germany, or they moved in to the corporate market, it’s unclear. Either way, we’d still recommend their products and and wrote about the updated Paragon Backup & Recovery 16 Free the other week.

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Firefox 55 unveils performance improvements and new features aplenty
August 7, 2017 – 08:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 55 unveils performance improvements and new features aplenty

FirefoxMozilla has unveiled one of the biggest updates to Firefox yet with its release of Firefox 55.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox for Android 55.0 is also due imminently.

Firefox 55’s many highlights include instant restoration of browsing sessions with a large number of tabs, the ability to reposition the sidebar and a feature for grabbing screenshots of web pages direct from the browser itself.

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Giveaway: Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO worth $19.95 for everyone
August 4, 2017 – 05:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Giveaway: Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO worth $19.95 for everyone

giveaway-200x175As Summer continues relentlessly, why not escape the sun and spent some time optimising your PC? From today, 4 August 2017, you’ll be able to do just that thanks to our 48-hour Downloadcrew Giveaway, which is for a year’s license for Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO, worth $19.95.

This package contains an entire library of essential tools to help you clean up, optimise, maintain and secure your PC.

The fantastic thing about this giveaway is that it’s for the current version of Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO, so it offers full support for Windows 10 with Creator’s Update, including the ability to clean up after the Edge browser. It’ll even help you tighten those lax privacy settings set by Microsoft.

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Recover from ransomware with Paragon’s Backup & Recovery 16 Free
August 3, 2017 – 12:08 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Recover from ransomware with Paragon’s Backup & Recovery 16 Free

Paragon Backup & RecoveryHow often do you hear “it won’t happen to me”, which is the primary reason many of us do not bother to backup our data. Sure, like us you can store some of your most important files in the cloud, but that has storage limitations and none of us wants to spend time trying to salvage our computer when we’re pressed for time.

The rise of ransomware means your computer is vulnerable, even if you have the latest security software. Once your files are encrypted, short of paying the ransom, there’s little else you can do.

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Send money via PayPal from Skype (but would you want to?)
August 2, 2017 – 11:33 by Chris Wiles in News | Comments Off on Send money via PayPal from Skype (but would you want to?)

Skype for AndroidWe use Skype through our working day, to keep in touch with the various people who write, develop and produce content for us. It’s really easy to see when someone is online, drop them a quick message when they aren’t around and they’ll pick it up when they are back.

But, Microsoft is aware that Skype is losing its popularity, particularly with the younger generation who have moved across to WhatsApp. With that in mind, recent Skype improvements are aimed at the younger consumer, with a new glossy design which seems to mimic Snapchat. Not ideal if you use Skype for business.

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Kaspersky (partly) launch their 2018 security products
August 2, 2017 – 05:56 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Kaspersky (partly) launch their 2018 security products

KasperskyEvery year, with a rather confusing release schedule, Kaspersky’s global office will launch and announce their current range, but only in a select number of territories.

As an example, Kaspersky Internet Security 2018 and Total Security 2018 are available in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, but not in the United Kingdom, Europe and most other countries. The launch for the rest of the world will happen in early September when the products are fully localised.

All is not lost though. If you want to download the 2018 edition, earlier than the official launch in your territory, the US English version is available for everyone, right now.

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Malwarebytes for Mac 3 released
August 1, 2017 – 05:06 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes for Mac 3 released

malwarebytes3-200-175Although we’re still not convinced you really need additional third-party real-time protection on a Mac, you could always install an “on demand” service which, rather than running continuously in the background, will scan your computer when you’re not trying to render animation, export a 4K video or crunch numbers, which all require vital CPU cycles.

Step up Malwarebytes for Mac 3, which was released yesterday. The previously titled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware was a huge success on the Windows platform, both as a free and premium version and it has now fully transitioned to the Mac OS.

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1Password updates Windows edition with One-Time Password clipboard support
July 31, 2017 – 11:35 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on 1Password updates Windows edition with One-Time Password clipboard support

1PasswordA password manager should be an essential tool. Unless you’re prepared to use the same password across many sites (which is a huge security hazard) or have a memory like Einstein, trying to remember all your passwords is nearly impossible.

One solution would be to write your passwords on paper, which you keep at home. We know people that do this and there’s nothing wrong with a hard copy. Problem is, if you need to access a website when you holiday or on the road, you don’t have your passwords to hand.

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Kaspersky releases Internet Security 18 for Mac
July 28, 2017 – 10:09 by Chris Wiles in News | Comments Off on Kaspersky releases Internet Security 18 for Mac

KasperskyDo you need security software for your Mac? Whenever we’ve installed any security suite on our Mac they seriously reduce the effectiveness of our computer with almost the minimum advantage.

Apple’s Gatekeeper is designed to stop you installing malicious software, anti-phishing tools prevent dodgy websites from extracting your personal information, whilst the internal firewall can safeguard you from intruders.

Kaspersky is one of the many security developers who still believe Mac users need additional security and has released Internet Security 18 for Mac.

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LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility
July 28, 2017 – 08:02 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility

LibreOffice 5The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 5.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.4 32-bit. Again, it’s on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3.

LibreOffice 5.4 is “the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family”, and like other point releases is a major one, adding features across all components and incrementally improving compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats.

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