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  • Microsoft's free antivirus software nears public release
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    Microsoft's free antivirus software nears public release

    By 21 September 2009

    Microsoft's free antivirus product, "Security Essentials", is leaving beta and a final version will be released "in the coming weeks", according to an email sent to participants in the beta test. Although it's not been officially available in the UK,...

  • Office 2010 Web Apps go live...
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    Office 2010 Web Apps go live...

    By 17 September 2009

    Microsoft has started opening up its Office 2010 Web Apps on Thursday with a select handful of Technical Preview invites via Windows Live SkyDrive. "SkyDrive customers will be invited to try out a technical preview of the online versions of Microsoft...

  • Students get discount Windows 7
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    Students get discount Windows 7

    By 17 September 2009

    Microsoft has announced a deal for cash-strapped students ahead of the start of the University term across the country. Windows 7 will cost anyone with an .EDU email address (eg yourname@reading.ac.uk) just £30. The offer is available from 1 October...

  • Ditch IE6 for IE8 else people go hungry
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    Ditch IE6 for IE8 else people go hungry

    By 1 September 2009

    The "Say No to IE6" campaign has gained more ground this week with a move from Microsoft no less. In an attempt to convince users of the eight year old browser to upgrade, it has said that it will double the donation it is currently making to US charity...

  • Google Earth finds Loch Ness monster
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    Google Earth finds Loch Ness monster

    By 27 August 2009

    Just like it found the lost city of Atlantis, Google Earth has now supposedly found the Loch Ness monster according to a bored security guy looking through images of on mapping software. According to British newspaper, The Sun, "Sun reader Jason Cooke...

  • Windows 7 gets Family Pack
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    Windows 7 gets Family Pack

    By 24 August 2009

    Apple seems to get a real kick out of announcing its products just an hour or so before rival Microsoft's. Today it's managed to gazump Microsoft's announcement of upgrade pricing for Windows 7, as well as the offering of a family pack. The Family Pack...

  • You rebel: Run Windows 7 without activating it for 120 days
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    You rebel: Run Windows 7 without activating it for 120 days

    By 21 August 2009

    Microsoft Windows 7 users wanting to avoid activating their copy of the software when it becomes available on 22 October will be able to do so for 120 days Microsoft has confirmed. Although Microsoft will prompt users to activate their copy of the new...

  • Last chance to grab Windows 7 RC1
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    Last chance to grab Windows 7 RC1

    By 19 August 2009

    Users who have yet to download Windows 7 have just hours left to do so before Microsoft pulls on the plug on the chance to trial the operating system before its official launch in October. Although users will still be able to install the OS after Wednesday's...

  • Windows 7 will be considerably cheaper in UK than US
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    Windows 7 will be considerably cheaper in UK than US

    By 19 August 2009

    Here's a turn-up for the books. UK customers are used to being forced to pay considerably more than their Yankee counterparts for games, gadgets and software. With Windows 7, however, Brits will be paying nearly half as much as the US. Full editions of...

  • Iolo System Mechanic 9 - PC review
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    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...

  • Apple Safari 4.0.3 update released
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    Apple Safari 4.0.3 update released

    By 12 August 2009

    Apple has updated its Safari web browser bringing with it a number of security and bug fixes. Version 4.0.3 (for those keeping count) promises to also include "Stability improvements for webpages that use the HTML 5 video tag". HTML 5 is a new web standard...

  • Windows 7 on-sale for £4
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    Windows 7 on-sale for £4

    By 12 August 2009

    Can't wait till 22 October for Windows 7? It seems the Chinese can't either, as reports coming in suggest Windows 7 has already gone on sale in the Far East. "Pirated copies of Windows 7 have hit the shelves at China's electronics bazaars, months before...

  • Apple developing social network aggregator?
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    Apple developing social network aggregator?

    By 11 August 2009

    On top of the Blu-ray support rumour the other day, for iTunes 9, there's more whispering that the forthcoming update for Apple's music software will feature integration with Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. But it doesn't stop there....

  • iTunes to get Blu-ray support
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    iTunes to get Blu-ray support

    By 9 August 2009

    Apple is expected to add Blu-ray support to the next version of its iTunes software sources say. iTunes 9 is expected out in September, and according to rumours adds a number of new features on top of what is currently already available. Historically...

  • RealNetworks RealPlayer SP  - PC review
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    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...

  • Grand Designs Self Build and Development - PC  review
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    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...

  • Microsoft Windows 7 green for go
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    Microsoft Windows 7 green for go

    By 22 July 2009

    Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 has gone RTM on Wednesday meaning the 22 October launch date is "Green for go". The news, which has virtually no relevance to consumers, only confirms that the company's latest operating system has had sign off to...

  • DSGi: Windows 7 fastest selling OS in store's history
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    DSGi: Windows 7 fastest selling OS in store's history

    By 15 July 2009

    Amazon has already reported that pre-orders for Windows 7 were flying off the virtual shelf, but now DSGi, the company behind the PC World, Curry's and Dixons stores in the UK, has confirmed that it's been selling hotter than hot cakes. "Windows 7 has...

  • Microsoft Office 2010: What you need to know
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    Microsoft Office 2010: What you need to know

    By 14 July 2009

    Wondering what the new Microsoft Office 2010 will bring? Well Microsoft has released a host of screen shots from the new Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel to give us an understanding of what to expect as well as detailing a bit more information as to...

  • Apple Safari 4.0.2 update released
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    Apple Safari 4.0.2 update released

    By 9 July 2009

    It seems like only last week that Apple launched a new version of Safari, however that hasn't stopped the laptop, software, phone and iPod maker releasing what it claims is a must download update for the browser. The new 4.0.2 version is "recommended...

  • ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 Pro - PC review
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    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...

  • Internet Explorer 8 growing strongly
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    Internet Explorer 8 growing strongly

    By 6 July 2009

    According to metrics company StatCounter, Internet Explorer 8 is going rather well for Microsoft, having grown from 1.55% to 11.09% market share, globally, since its launch in March. Usage of Firefox 3 has remained steady at around 34%, and use of IE7...

  • Microsoft pulls IE8 vomit ad
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    Microsoft pulls IE8 vomit ad

    By 2 July 2009

    Remember those wacky IE8 ads with ex-Superman Dean Cain? While most were off the wall, one has been deemed a little too off the wall, and been pulled by Microsoft. O.M.G.I.G.P. standing for Oh My God I'm Gonna Puke, depicted a women throwing up after...

  • Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso - PC  review
    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...

  • RealPlayer SP lets you watch internet video offline
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    RealPlayer SP lets you watch internet video offline

    By 24 June 2009

    RealNetworks, the company behind the RealPlayer, has announced a new software package that will allow users to convert and transfer video from the web directly onto portable devices to view offline. Called Realplayer SP (the SP stands for Social and Portable)...