Vivaldi 2.4 expands customisability, introduces support for multiple user profiles
March 27, 2019 – 07:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi 2.4 expands customisability, introduces support for multiple user profiles

Opera R3 may be on the horizon, but the company’s ex-founder Jon von Tetzchner continues to reinvent the web browser for real with Vivaldi 2.4 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Version 2.4’s main highlight is widened customisation support for its toolbars in the form of being able to drag and drop selected buttons between Address and Status bars. Version 2.4 also introduces multi-user profile support to the GUI, improves its bookmark management tools and adds a calculator to the Quick Command tool.

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Firefox Quantum 66 blocks audio autoplay, improves scrolling behaviour and adds option to search all tabs
March 19, 2019 – 06:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 66 blocks audio autoplay, improves scrolling behaviour and adds option to search all tabs

Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 66.0 has just for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with Firefox for Android 66.0.

The new release is light on new features, but heavy on delivering significant improvements across the browser. The big new addition is that websites will now automatically be blocked from playing sound – however, the customisable feature won’t be immediately available to all users

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CCleaner 5.55 adds a software updater (but only in Professional)
March 13, 2019 – 07:58 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on CCleaner 5.55 adds a software updater (but only in Professional)

Install software on your computer and you’ll be forgiven for not having the spare time to search for updates. Most applications do not have a software update facility, so unless you go checking, you’ll often never know it’s been updated.

With this in mind, and software developers running out of key ideas to add to future revisions to encourage paid upgrades, we’re seeing ‘Software Updater’ tools being released to the market or added to system maintenance applications. IObit recently released a standalone Software Updater tool this year which we wrote about this month.

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Securely wipe your entire drive or individual files and folders using O&O SafeErase 14
March 12, 2019 – 11:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Securely wipe your entire drive or individual files and folders using O&O SafeErase 14

We had a shock the other day when cleaning out the office. If you’re anything like us, you tend to hold on to old drives simply because it’s hard to dispose of the data securely.

You soon realise you have old hard drives you’ve never dealt with and even obscure NAS drives collected over many years. We found old drives going back to 2000. One solution is to pay for a professional company to pick up, wipe and dispose of these used drives, but this is a costly procedure. Why not do it yourself and save a tonne of cash in the process?

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 unveils Mac version as part of 30th anniversary celebrations
March 12, 2019 – 09:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 unveils Mac version as part of 30th anniversary celebrations

Corel has unveiled CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 as part of its 30th-anniversary celebrations for Windows and – for the first time – Mac. The brand-new Mac release is fully native, and includes all components found in the Windows version, including CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT.

Also new in the 2019 release is a brand-new Objects Docker for controlling document structure, non-destructive effects, and a new web app (CorelDRAW.app) for accessing and editing cloud-hosted Corel documents through other devices.

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Captura 8 is a free app which will record your screen and so much more
March 6, 2019 – 11:21 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Captura 8 is a free app which will record your screen and so much more

Anyone who has had to handle software support will know that sometimes explaining by email or attempting to describe action over the telephone can be a very frustrating experience.

We handle support queries on a daily basis and are still perplexed that some users still do not know how to enter their product key or where it should be entered. They attempt to type in the code, get a digit wrong, think they’ve been sold a duff code, won’t accept reason and get angry real quick. There’s now a cheap and easy solution.

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After using Windscribe, here’s why you should reconsider a VPN
February 28, 2019 – 10:44 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on After using Windscribe, here’s why you should reconsider a VPN

Install the latest security software and most people would consider their system safe. Understandable as most modern suites cover almost every possible scenario from prevention against malicious software through to providing a secure way of interacting with your bank account.

There’s one area which is avoided and that’s a lack of a secure tunnel to the outside world and here’s the reason why this is so important.

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Block malware, ads, clickbait and more with Malwarebytes Browser Extension
February 28, 2019 – 10:36 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | Comments Off on Block malware, ads, clickbait and more with Malwarebytes Browser Extension

Are you plagued by pop-ups, susceptible to online scams or just frustrated by ad-riddled web pages that take forever to load? If so, then Malwarebytes may have the browser extension for you.

Malwarebytes Browser Extension for Chrome 1.0.40 and Malwarebytes Browser Extension for Firefox 1.0.38 both promise to be the first browser add-ons to identify and block yet-to-be-identified fake scams and tactics, plus provide protection against popups, browser lockers and hijackers too.

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Save resources by pausing open Chrome tabs using The Great Suspender
February 26, 2019 – 11:26 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Save resources by pausing open Chrome tabs using The Great Suspender

If you’re anything like us, we tend to remind ourselves to follow-up a website by keeping a tab open. This often remain open indefinitely. Over time, one tab quickly becomes many and we then move on by opening new browser windows.

But there’s a problem with this behaviour. Have you noticed the system resources required to keen a browser tab open? Each tab can easily run at up to 150MB, as they contain images and dynamic content to host the web page. You only need ten open tabs and you’re allocating over 1GB of RAM to web pages to follow up at a later date. There must be a better alternative.

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Keep installed software up-to-date using IObit Software Updater
February 26, 2019 – 07:09 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Keep installed software up-to-date using IObit Software Updater

Download software from the Microsoft Store and it will either auto-update or you’ll be notified when a new version is available.

Problem is, most of our software isn’t downloaded from one source, so we often have no idea when big new updates are available. It’s true some installed software will either auto-update or notify you from within the software itself. Examples include web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, your security software and Windows.

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Opera Touch 1.5.0 adds cookie dialog blocker to mark 24 improvements since launch
February 22, 2019 – 06:43 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera Touch 1.5.0 adds cookie dialog blocker to mark 24 improvements since launch

Opera Software has unveiled no fewer than 24 improvements since launching its mobile browser for Android and iOS. The latest build, Opera Touch 1.5.0 delivers a much-needed setting for automatically handling website cookie dialogs.

Other improvements since launch have included expanding the My Flow feature to connect mobile and desktop iterations of Opera, support for Private Browsing mode and a dark theme

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