Working from home on an important conference call? Reduce background noise using Krisp
December 21, 2018 – 10:25 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Working from home on an important conference call? Reduce background noise using Krisp

The rise of homeworking means one thing, trying to focus on work whilst the family and daily chores are going on around you. Get on a conference call and you have to try and eliminate background noise to sound professional. When you’re on a call you suddenly realise how much noise is going on around you.

Get in the car and head to a coffee shop and there are people talking around you and find it’s no better at all. You just cannot seem to get away from surrounding noise. And that’s if you can even get a fast enough internet connection and a stable enough call to make it worthwhile and professional enough to impress the other callers.Read More »

Quickly migrate your user account to a new PC with the latest PCTrans 10
December 21, 2018 – 06:11 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Quickly migrate your user account to a new PC with the latest PCTrans 10

Boot into your brand new PC and you find you’re welcomed by rather a vanilla operating system, perhaps with a few key default apps installed by the manufacturer.

Although it’s initially interesting to start with a blank canvas, you soon realise not only do you have your most important applications installed but the settings and preferences all need to be setup again from scratch.

And this can take ages to reconfigure. You could have simply backed up your previous drive and migrated to the new machine, but this isn’t ideal as all your drivers were setup for the previous computer. You simply want your apps migrated.

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VirtualBox 6.0 adds new file manager, revamps user interface
December 20, 2018 – 04:42 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on VirtualBox 6.0 adds new file manager, revamps user interface

Oracle has released VirtualBox 6.0, a major new release of its free virtualisation tool for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Version 6.0 unveils major improvements to – and a redesign of – the user interface, plus beefs up 3D support (including first-time support on Linux and Solaris guests). Hyper-V emulation is now also supported on Windows as a fall-back execution core helping fix problems running 64-bit guests when Windows Security’s sandboxing feature was enabled.

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Firefox Quantum 64 improves tab management, adds Task Manager page
December 11, 2018 – 07:09 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Quantum 64 improves tab management, adds Task Manager page

With the news that Microsoft Edge will be ditching its own browser engine in favour of Google’s Chromium, those wishing to strike a blow against monopolisation the net should be looking at Mozilla’s Firefox, which continues to develop its own independent Gecko engine. Firefox Quantum 64.0 has just been released for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 64.0.

Mozilla has made its own pitch for why the news about Edge could be bad for the wider net, but in the meantime Firefox 64.0 delivers a smattering of new features, and various other changes.

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Develop cross-platform apps using Google’s Flutter
December 10, 2018 – 06:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Develop cross-platform apps using Google’s Flutter

Speak to most app developers and they’ll tell you it’s much harder, more complicated and less interesting to produce an Android app, compared to iOS. Indeed, ask for a quote and both will be priced separately as both require separate development time and teams.

This might all be about to change with the final first release of a new cross-platform development tool from Google. Imagine a toolkit that you can use to program the functionality, allowing the UI framework to be provided to you separately and seamlessly.

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WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” unveils new block-based editor and default theme
December 7, 2018 – 08:43 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” unveils new block-based editor and default theme

It’s time to embrace block-based editing. WordPress 5.0 has been unveiled, embracing a brand-new block-based editor designed to simplify the construction of web pages. The new release also unveils a new default theme, Twenty Nineteen.

The new editor is basically the sole highlight for version 5.0, but those who don’t want to embrace it will be reassured by news that the Classic Editor will live on as a plugin, fully supported until 2021.

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Uniblue closes its doors for good
December 5, 2018 – 05:59 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Uniblue closes its doors for good

There are some firms you look at with a kind of wary admiration primarily because they were a marketing pioneer of their time. Or that’s what we thought.

Uniblue is one of these companies and, you should believe this is no understatement, it used to be major software developer, with adverts in every location, as little as eight years ago. Before it all went horribly wrong. Now Uniblue has closed the company for good with no prior warning whatsoever.

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True Key by McAfee uses facial recognition to securely store your passwords
December 4, 2018 – 06:29 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on True Key by McAfee uses facial recognition to securely store your passwords

After listening to years of security advice, many of us now use different passwords to access various websites. Problem is, how do you store and synchronise this data across your devices? You can’t remember every unique password.

The secret is a password manager which enables you to store a central ‘master password’ (which you can remember) and then gain access to this securely stored data on any supported device. Problem is, can you trust a centralised password manager after previous security issues?

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The latest AV-Test October 2018 report rates Malwarebytes as the poorest performing security suite
November 29, 2018 – 06:30 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on The latest AV-Test October 2018 report rates Malwarebytes as the poorest performing security suite

The entire point of purchasing security suite is so you know it has your back. You want it to be assured the company has invested heavily in development to make sure it can counter the latest threats.

German-based independent security institute AV-Test regularly tests the latest security suites, pushing them through a range of measures including performance against the latest threats, plus how they impact your system. You don’t want a security suite to slow your PC.

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Ashampoo Uninstaller 8.0 adds drag-and-drop program removal, support for Opera
November 26, 2018 – 07:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Ashampoo Uninstaller 8.0 adds drag-and-drop program removal, support for Opera

German software developer Ashampoo GmbH has released Ashampoo Uninstaller 8.0, a major new version of its program clean-up tool for Windows.

The new release adds several notable new features: the ability to drag and drop programs to remove them, support for the Opera web browser and a new File Wiper module for thorough file cleaning.

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Keep your software up-to-date and one eye on the latest downloads with Update Scanner
November 21, 2018 – 10:53 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Keep your software up-to-date and one eye on the latest downloads with Update Scanner

How many of us have time to keep an eye on every website, especially when you need to track the latest news, promotions, offers and deals? Some of us dislike all-in-one apps such as iTunes, at least they bring together a range of sources within one handy tool.

With this in mind, we’ve created an Update Scanner for our Downloadcrew website, which enables you to follow the latest software releases, check for updates against your installed desktop apps, the latest news, store promotions and whether there’s a full software Giveaway available.

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