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**DON'T** 'Upgrade' Messenger to Skype
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 4:01A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WARNING - if you "upgrade" MSN Messenger to skype you loose the connection to hotmail AND those incredibly useful new email notifications. There is NO email integration with skype. On a side note, who the hell took hotmail's nice GUI and spit out that brutal interface outlook.com uses? I never thought anyone could make EMAIL hard to use.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Microsoft KILLS off Hotmail. Booooooooo
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 12:34A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It has finally happened. After years of floundering, Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on Hotmail and introduced a preview version of Outlook.com, a new email service which promises users a cleaner user interface, very much like Google’s Gmail. And yes it comes with the compulsory social media integration to services such as Facebook and Twitter."
  FULL STORY @ FIRSTPOST

Benchmarking Ubuntu Linux On The Google Nexus 7
     Thu, Mar 14 2013 | 10:19A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last month I delivered extensive benchmarks of Ubuntu Linux on the Google Nexus 10 using the recently released Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview. In that article were benchmarks from the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (Cortex-A15) tablet against a range of ARM Cortex and Intel/AMD x86 systems. This article builds upon those earlier Ubuntu Linux x86/ARM results by now adding in the results from Ubuntu on the Google Nexus 7 plus more comparison processors have been tossed into the mix as well. This article offers Ubuntu Linux performance results for a dozen different Intel, AMD, and ARM systems. The ARM SoCs represented are from Texas Instruments OMAP, NVIDIA Tegra, and ARM Exynos families."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Light Virtualization and Instant Recovery Software A great overall safety net for your computer
     Thu, Feb 28 2013 | 1:17P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you were under the impression that a firewall/anti-virus/anti-malware suite and a full system backup are the only tools at your disposal in order to keep your system safe, think again."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Android App Pick - Opera Mini Browser - BCCHardware
     Tue, Feb 12 2013 | 9:23A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we`ve picked a very handy browser alternative to the stock browser on your Android device. In many ways this browser is much better than the stock Android browser and it is certainly a lot faster than the latest version of Chrome. Check it out and see if it has the features you`re looking for!"
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

An In-depth Look at Steam for Linux @ Techgage
     Mon, Feb 11 2013 | 9:23A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
* Though still in beta, Valves Steam client for Linux is stable, fast, and from what we can tell, matches the feature-set of the Windows and OS X clients 1:1. That being the case, there felt like no better time than the present to dive in, give a tour and relay our experiences with both the client and a slew of games."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

Sony Vegas Pro 12: A Quick Look at a New Standard in Video Editing @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Jan 21 2013 | 9:29A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our render speed tests highlighted the real-world improvements that you can expect from a complicated project, but you will see the most improvements to Sony Vegas Pro 12 as you use it during your projects. One thing we did see was the power of GPU acceleration and how it produces better quality renderings and saves you quite a bit of time. The functionality and controls are improved in Vegas Pro 12 allowing you to make your keystrokes more efficient speeding up your editing times as well..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

 
Cetons My Media Center Controller Software Review @MissingRemote
     Fri, Jan 18 2013 | 12:24P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier today a new Windows 8 Metro version of Ceton`s suite of applications for managing Windows Media Center joined the existing lineup of Andriod, Windows Phone and iOS companion apps priced at $4.99. As part of this effort they were rebranded from Ceton Companion Apps to My Media Center. All the great functionality for browsing recordings, managing series and scheduling, and browsing the guide is still there, but this time Windows 8 tablet and desktop Metro users can also join the party. We had a chance to take an early spin through the updated UI, let`s dig in. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

News: Talk to the Dragon NaturallySpeaking
     Mon, Jan 07 2013 | 9:42P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his latest blog post, TR`s Geoff Gasior recounts how a broken finger drove him to speech recognition software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking lived up to its 99% accuracy claims, but not without some annoying quirks."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Vegas Pro 12.
     Sat, Jan 05 2013 | 6:47P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Our render speed tests highlighted the real-world improvements that you can expect from a complicated project, but you will see the most improvements to Sony Vegas Pro 12 as you use it during your projects. One thing we did see was the power of GPU acceleration and how it produces better quality renderings and saves you quite a bit of time. The functionality and controls are improved in Vegas Pro 12 allowing you to make your keystrokes more efficient speeding up your editing times as well..."
  FULL STORY @ HTTP://WWW.LEGITREVIEWS.COM/ARTICLE/2101/1/

Humble Indie Bundle 7 Review
     Sat, Jan 05 2013 | 11:46A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those of you who do not know, Humble Bundle is a company that typically offers bundles of games from independent developers. Occasionally the games come with soundtracks, are ready to play on Windows, Mac, or Linux computers, and more often than not, DRM-free. As impressive as that combination is, what makes the offerings from Humble Bundle always interesting is the company`s `Pay-What-You-Want` model. Even though all together the Humble Indie Bundle 7 contains around $140 of content, you can get most of the games for just one penny. Pay over $1 and you get Steam keys for the games. If you beat the average of current sales, you get all $140 of content. To top it off, you decide where your money goes. When you purchase a bundle you may indicate how much of what you pay goes to the individual developers, to Humble Bundle itself, and to two non-profit organizations; the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child`s Play Charity."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop OpenGL Performance Comparison
     Tue, Dec 25 2012 | 1:19P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article are benchmarks of six different desktops (Unity, GNOME Shell, GNOME Classic, KDE Plasma, Xfce, and LXDE) on five different GPU/driver configurations (Radeon, Catalyst, Intel, NVIDIA, and Nouveau) running the very latest Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail development packages to look at the latest state of the Ubuntu Linux gaming OpenGL performance."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Livestreaming and Recording With Open Broadcaster Software
     Thu, Dec 20 2012 | 4:02P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Free and open source program Open Broadcaster Software has recently released. If you're interested in livestreaming and/or recording your PC gameplay free of charge, this could be the thing for you. Check out our coverage for setup information, footage, and more."
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D

Adobe's Flash Updater: Bloated, Confusing & Shady
     Mon, Dec 10 2012 | 12:00P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Being one of the most prolific sources of security vulnerabilities in Windows and other platforms, Adobe Flash Player needs no introduction. In spite of that reputation, and the fact that the rest of the industry is moving away from Flash, Microsoft surprised many of us by bundling the software with its operating system for the first time with Windows 8. This is after previously announcing that they wouldn't allow Flash in the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 -- a decision the company later reversed. I was glad when the Adobe Flash Player Updater was released in March. Finally the day had come when our machines would be silently updated with the latest Flash version... or so I thought. It'd just seem Adobe is making all possible efforts to make its software more bloated and less attractive to all consumers, here's why.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Thu, Dec 06 2012 | 10:47A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
McAfee`s developers are serious about the Plus in McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013. In addition to basic antivirus functionality, it offers firewall protection, vulnerability scanning, system cleanup, and more. However, the core antivirus technology doesn`t score as well as many in independent tests and our own tests."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Nero Kwik Overview and Tutorial @ Hi Tech Legion
     Wed, Dec 05 2012 | 9:09P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nero has a solution to this problem with their new application for Android NeroKwik. The NeroKwik application is designed to provide the user with one stop to view all of their photos on their device, Facebook, and even between several devices. It is set up in a way that allows you to intelligently add photos to what they refer to as tapestries for easy viewing and sharing with others. At the time of this article NeroKwik is only available in a free version for Android 4+. But Nero plans to support other devices, along with the release of a premium version with more features and unlimited sharing between devices in Q1 2013."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

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