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    Hands-on: Microsoft Office 2013 review

    By 17 July 2012

    Microsoft has announced Office 2013 - Office 15 if you are keeping track of the version numbers - ahead of the release date, as is de rigueur these days. This means mere mortals like you and us can download a consumer preview of the new offering ahead...

  • Online 3 out of 5

    PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus 2010 review

    By 13 April 2010

    PC Tools has its work cut out with Spyware Doctor and Antivirus these days, and with a range of low-priced rival suites available it’s left to those who are happy with the Windows firewall or have a dedicated alternative handy to consider a purchase....

  • Online 4.5 out of 5

    Norton 360 4.0 - PC review

    By 18 March 2010

    Symantec came up with some interesting new developments in system security last year, with the well publicised Quorum and System Insight tools offering faster, more efficient scans and an unprecedented amount of information for users who would benefit...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    BullGuard Internet Security 9 - PC review

    By 24 February 2010

    BullGuard Internet Security has been a worthy rival to more established names in the security arena for the last couple of years, and though what is already a feature-packed collection of tools hasn't been significantly updated during this time, it has...

  • Online 4.5 out of 5

    Dropbox review

    By 16 November 2009

    For the geeky, sharing files with the world or other devices is all done via the FTP that you've got for your website or blog. It involves a stack of complicated codes, faffing around with FTP software and generally an interest in computers and the way...

  • Cameras 3.5 out of 5

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta - First Look review

    By 27 October 2009

    If you're a disorganised photographer then chances are you store your digital photos on your computer, back them up and then forget about them until someone says: "Do you have a picture of a women on a bus in London eating a sandwich?" Of course you do,...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Norton AntiVirus 2010 - PC review

    By 1 October 2009

    We’ve seen a few new arrivals in the security software market for 2010 so far but are yet to experience any dramatic improvements, certainly in terms of new features and innovations. Rarely one to rest on its laurels, Symantec has been busy putting...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Iolo System Mechanic 9 - PC review

    By 12 August 2009

    System Mechanic has long been a favourite in the speedup and optimisation software market and the new version 9 promises to offer smarter, faster and deeper tuning with the benefit of new research into tune-up standards. Perhaps the most notable additions...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    RealNetworks RealPlayer SP - PC review

    By 6 August 2009

    If you were to use the words "software", "audio player" and "bloated" in the same sentence amidst a crowd of audio-aficionados, nine of out then of them would assume that you’re referring to RealPlayer. Real Media hasn’t had the best of press over...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC review

    By 30 July 2009

    Grand Designs 3D Self Build and Development combines two other applications from the range – Kitchen & Bathroom and Renovation & Interior – to offer an all-in-one solution to home design. As with most high-end packages of this ilk, it’s pretty easy...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC review

    By 8 July 2009

    Thankfully there are a range of ways to convert and manage PDF documents without shelling out for the full Adobe package, and ABBYY’s PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro attempts to offer a worthy alternative to rivals such as Expert PDF. The bulk of PDF Transformer’s...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso - PC review

    By 2 July 2009

    Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the meteoric rise of digital video is the massive range of format types, resolutions and codecs available, which in most cases are tied specifically to platforms and portable devices. MediaShow Espresso is the...

  • Online 4.5 out of 5

    Norton 360 v3.0 - PC review

    By 16 April 2009

    It doesn't seem like a year since Norton did a great job of refining its "family friendly" security suite but version 3 of 360 has arrived, keen to keep its place as the favourite all-in-one tool of choice for the home user. Those looking for a range...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    CyberLink PowerDVD 9 Deluxe - PC review

    By 1 April 2009

    If you’re proud of your extensive collection of DVDs and growing army of Blu-ray titles and are partial to enjoying the odd film or three through a PC, something a little more dedicated than Windows Media Player could well be on the cards. PowerDVD...

  • Online 4 out of 5

    Mobiu secure mobile office - PC review

    By 26 March 2009

    Data security has barely been out of the news over the past few years, with every week bringing a new "scandal" to the fore as sensitive information is lost or stolen, removed or misplaced, often with no protection in place. With the increasing sophistication...