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Uniblue Powersuite Pro 2013 Review
     Wed, Aug 01 2012 | 10:42P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is your PC in need of a tune-up? If so, you're in luck, as there are at least a million 'PC Optimizer' tools out there. Uniblue's Powersuite looks to be one of the better ones, however, in terms of both features and aesthetics. We've been using the latest 'Pro' version for the past couple of weeks, so read on for our thoughts.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

Hands-On: Microsoft Office 2013 & Office 365
     Thu, Jul 19 2012 | 9:15A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft today announced the next generation of its Office suite: Microsoft Office 2013, the desktop version, and Office 365, a subscription-based version of the same product that comes with more frequent updates and tight integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft`s cloud service for document storage."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Hands On: VideoLAN Releases Beta VLC for Android App
     Mon, Jul 16 2012 | 9:52A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Speaking of playback; for the video testing, I tried the VLC for Android application with a 720p video recorded using the Samsung Infuse 4G`s own camera as well as a DVD rip of the movie Live Free or Die Hard. The DVD rip was encoded using the H.264 codec in an MP4 container with a bitrate of about 1500 kbps. After enabling hardware acceleration, the VLC app was able to play back the DVD rip acceptably (there were a few artifacts and audio issues but it was watchable)."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

[Tech ARP] Slow Menus In Adobe Photoshop CS6 Rev. 2.0
     Sun, Jul 15 2012 | 11:59A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Those who have tried Adobe`s Photoshop CS6 beta or the recently-released final version may come across a really odd problem - very unresponsive menus. These symptoms will only occur when there`s an open file, and it seems to only affect notebooks with switchable graphics (Intel HD Graphics paired with an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card). Perhaps that`s the reason why there has been so little noise about this problem online. We think we figured out what was causing this problem... *In this update, we added our experience upgrading the Intel HD Graphics driver, and the effect it had on this problem.*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

BitDefender Total Security 2013 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BitDefender Total Security 2013 provides a solid alternative to other better-known security products out there. It definitely had its work cut out to try to better those other products and the Romanian software company seemed to have been successful on most counts. It runs smoothly and has some really unique and neat features to help set it apart from the rest."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

News: At last Microsoft may have copied Apple properly
     Mon, Jul 02 2012 | 4:00P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After spending decades pilfering ideas from Apple products, Microsoft may have distilled the spark, the singular mindset that brought those products into the world and made them great."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

[Tech ARP] Slow Menus In Adobe Photoshop CS6 Rev. 3.0
     Fri, Jun 29 2012 | 4:03P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Those who have tried Adobe`s Photoshop CS6 beta or the recently-released final version may come across a really odd problem - very unresponsive menus. These symptoms will only occur when there`s an open file, and it seems to only affect the new Intel Ivy Bridge notebooks with switchable graphics (Intel HD Graphics 4000 paired with an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card). Perhaps that`s the reason why there has been so little noise about this problem online. We think we figured out what was causing this problem... *In this update, we detailed the final, confirmed fix for the slow menu display problem in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Graphics Processor enabled.*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

 
[Tech ARP] Why Windows Photo Viewer Keeps Crashing
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 8:02A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I recently upgraded to a Dell Inspiron 14R Special Edition. Yes, it`s the new model that comes with the new 3rd-Generation Intel Core i7 processor. It`s a ton better than the previous Dell Inspiron 14R, but that`s another story for another time... Following the unofficial power user SOP (okay, there`s no such thing, but you know what I mean!), I did a clean installation of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and loaded all the updates. Once I started to use the notebook though, I started noticing something wrong with Windows Photo Viewer - it would crash randomly and very often. There was no pattern to the crashes. Sometimes it happens on loading Windows Photo Viewer. Sometimes, it crashes when I switch to a different picture. It can even happen if I leave it displaying a photo. It didn`t matter if the photo was large (unedited photos from my Nikon DSLR), or small, edited pictures I use for my articles. It just crashes. And this is the error message that appears whenever it crashes..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Binatone ReadMe Colour eReader
     Wed, May 30 2012 | 6:27P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Binatone have been around for year upon years now, supplying house telephones, budget mobile phones, sat-navs, and even were the creator of one of the first ever game consoles. Now, Binatone have set their sights on the more updated and popular market in the technology industry, eReaders. Binatone’s latest addition to their eReader range is the Binatone ReadMe Colour, a full colour, manually button controlled 7” eReader. The question to ask is obviously: Can it compete with the other top of the market and favourite eReader, in price and performance?...
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Review @ Techgage
     Thu, May 10 2012 | 4:09P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Adobe`s Lightroom 4 has been available for a couple of months now, and our very own shoot-a-holic Brett Thomas has been using it regularly since its release. The company has been touting much with the program`s latest iteration, so join us as we explore whether it`s worth upgrading to or if it`s just more of the same."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3 Software Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Tue, May 01 2012 | 7:42A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3 combines professional tools and ease of use for both novice and advanced users. PhotoDirector 3 is a big update from Cyberlink`s previous PhotoDirector 2011. The first round of updates is to its importing and management abilities. Cyberlink has added 16-Bit color support, editing abilities to IPTC metadata, and a fully customizable toolbar. The next round of updates was to the manual adjustments to photos. There is now more control with lighting, color, HSL, white balance, sharpness, noise reduction, and lens distortions. One big addition is the perfect portrait and precise editing ability. There are tools like skin smoother, wrinkle remover, tooth brush, and eye blinger that can make dull pictures look professionally done. There are also extract and compose tools for easy object removal and addition.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium Edition @ TechwareLabs
     Wed, Apr 18 2012 | 11:56A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in the misty dawn of the modern age, voice recognition software and the technologies that incorporated it fell so far short of the advertised and often over-hyped mark, that bummed out users were left to cry in their beer. We wanted so much for the technology to be usable, for it to work! For speech to be a serious input source of actual utility, like a keyboard or mouse."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Preview @ Techgage
     Sun, Apr 15 2012 | 11:35A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the next version of Visual Studio soon to be upon us, we`re taking a look at what`s worth waiting for. While some animosity exists around certain decisions made by Microsoft, VS11 brings a lot to the table, most notably the addition of a robust environment for creating Metro-based apps."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

GEAR4 PocketLoops Portable Music Creation Studio Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
     Sun, Mar 25 2012 | 4:25P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For anyone interested in creating music or just generally fiddling around with different sounds to create remixes, you`d normally have to use some pretty expensive and professional equipment such as Logic, Garageband or Reason. Well, now you can create some pretty cool and simple tunes with just an iPhone application and a small portable keyboard, thanks to the Gear4 PocketLoops. Let`s take a closer look....* *"
  FULL STORY @ TECH-REVIEWS.CO.UK

ocaholic presents: The Office Spider meets Duke Nukem @ ocaholic
     Sat, Mar 03 2012 | 9:25A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
During my work I do a lot of testing and benchmarking. Day after day I`m analyzing benchmark results and the furrows on my face keep getting deeper and deeper. Today I decided to do something completely different. For quite a while I`ve had a Lian Li T1 spider case, well packed in a box under my table and I didn`t really know what to do with it. But today was the day to make a very decent office PC out of some components I`ve had here."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 Ultra Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Sat, Feb 25 2012 | 3:41P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite the name, Cyberlink`s PowerDVD12 is compatible with a wide range of video file formats. Cyberlink`s PowerDVD 12 Ultra further expands media library format support by including MKV, FLV, MOV, M2TS and MK3D video files as well as playback on devices such as Android and iOS phones and even DLNA TVs. In addition, Cyberlink PowerDVD12 supports full integration with Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr so users can share their media library with friends easily and conveniently. Using Cyberlink PowerDVD 12`s TruTheater HD technology, users can also convert any 2D video including BluRay and YouTube videos to stereoscopic 3D. All of these including tight feature integration and wide format support is what sets Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 from the competition.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

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