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  • Skype 4 - PC review
    Online 4.5 out of 5

    Skype 4 - PC review

    By 3 February 2009

    We’ve been fortunate enough to be using the beta of Skype 4 for many months, but now the application has gone public, is it worth rushing off to upgrade? First of all you'll notice a large cosmetic change. The identity of Skype remains, with the neat...

  • Google goes underwater with Google Earth 5.0
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    Google goes underwater with Google Earth 5.0

    By 3 February 2009

    Google has announced that it's extended its mapping of the Earth to include the sea and planet Mars for its latest version of Google Earth. For those of you who keep track of version numbers, Google Earth 5.0 sees a host of new features over the previous...

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 released
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    Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 released

    By 26 January 2009

    Microsoft has taken Internet Explorer 8 out of beta on Monday as it steps up its fight to regain its dominance in the browser wars. The new IE8 RC1, which is available to download from Microsoft for free, promises a faster browser than Microsoft users...

  • Windows 7 beta extended
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    Windows 7 beta extended

    By 25 January 2009

    PC users still thinking about downloading Windows 7 have been given more time to download the new "beta" operating system by Microsoft. The beta program, which should have been closed on the 24 January, has now been extended until 10 February. "Because...

  • SoProtectMe - PC review
    Online 4 out of 5

    SoProtectMe - PC review

    By 22 January 2009

    Though there are a range of ways to control and restrict access to certain parts of your computer through Windows’ user accounts, these aren’t always that easy to configure and don’t offer a particularly good degree of control. If you’re using...

  • Microsoft Windows 7 - First Look review
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    Microsoft Windows 7 - First Look review

    By 21 January 2009

    Microsoft has released the Windows 7 beta allowing anyone to get a hands-on with the company's latest Operating System, before it officially launches later this year. But with the download at 2.4GB, plenty of reported issues, and the mere fact that it's...

  • Carbonite Online PC Backup - PC review
    Online 4.5 out of 5

    Carbonite Online PC Backup - PC review

    By 13 January 2009

    Backing-up you important files is becoming more pertinent as more of us increase the number of files we store on our computers, thanks to the rise of the likes of digital photography, downloading music and mobile working. Finding the best backup solution...

  • Spotify music player - PC review
    Online 4.5 out of 5

    Spotify music player - PC review

    By 6 January 2009

    Spotify is a small software download that provides free streaming content for you to play at your leisure. We say free, but it is advertising funded, and at your leisure, meaning it is streaming, so you’ll need an internet connection and you can’t...

  • TuneUp Utilities 2009 - PC review
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    TuneUp Utilities 2009 - PC review

    By 23 December 2008

    TuneUp Utilities has been farming out optimisation software for the best part of a decade, expanding and improving on the tools available within Windows into what is now a pretty comprehensive suite. The latest version has tweaked the interface and refined...

  • Norton AntiVirus 2009 - PC review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Norton AntiVirus 2009 - PC review

    By 18 December 2008

    There are a ton of very capable security suites around these days and some offer extremely good value for money when you consider additional features such as backup and tune-up tools that are becoming more common. It almost makes you wonder how much longer...

  • Webroot Internet Security Essentials - PC review
    Online 3 out of 5

    Webroot Internet Security Essentials - PC review

    By 9 December 2008

    More and more security suites are offering added extras to try and pull one over rivals that decide to stick with antivirus and firewall oriented components and Webroot is the latest to throw a bunch of extras into the mix. Accompanying system security...

  • Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 - PC review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 - PC review

    By 3 December 2008

    Trend Internet Security 2009 is a security-only solution from the re-branded PC-Cillin, offering firewall, virus and malware protection as well as anti-spam, parental controls and intrusion and online protection. It’s worth mentioning that for an extra...

  • Cyberlink PowerDirector 7 for Intel Core i7 processors
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    Cyberlink PowerDirector 7 for Intel Core i7 processors

    By 2 December 2008

    CyberLink has now updated its HD video editing software package, CyberLink PowerDirector 7, for Intel’s latest quad-core Core i7 ‘Nehalem’ microprocessor. The developer claims that this delivers a 112% performance gain in overall HD video editing...

  • SAD iStudio3 - PC review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    SAD iStudio3 - PC review

    By 1 December 2008

    As successful as the iPod and subsequent devices like the iPhone and Apple TV have been for the world’s most infamous innovator, it certainly knows how to frustrate by tying users to iTunes and in the case of video, the MP4 format. Getting your favourite...

  • Belkin Switch-to-Mac to make switching easy
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    Belkin Switch-to-Mac to make switching easy

    By 13 November 2008

    Belkin has launched the Switch-to-Mac Cable hoping to make life easier for people looking to switch from a PC to a Mac. The cable, which will cost around $50 is, according to the cable and networking company, "a simple way to transfer files, settings,...

  • Nero 9 - PC review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Nero 9 - PC review

    By 11 November 2008

    When you think about copying and burning CDs and DVDs there are only two real contenders on the market, Roxio and Nero and with Roxio releasing Creator 2009 a matter of weeks ago, the arrival of Nero 9 wasn't too much of a surprise. Users looking for...

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 launches
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    Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 launches

    By 11 November 2008

    Parallels has announced the availability of version 4.0 of Parallels Desktop for Mac that lets users run Windows, Linux and other operating systems side-by-side with Mac OS X. The new version claims to improve OS integration, performs up to 50% faster...

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 - PC    review
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    Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 - PC review

    By 3 November 2008

    Adobe is the leading name in image editing, so any new release is of interest. However, this latest edition doesn’t so much bring about a re-invention of the photo editing suite but starts to integrate features from Adobe’s higher end products into...

  • Developers get pre-beta Windows 7
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    Developers get pre-beta Windows 7

    By 28 October 2008

    At its Professional Developers Conference 2008, Microsoft has shared the first full public demo of Windows 7. Microsoft says Windows 7 "extends developers' investments in Windows Vista" as well as encouraging the creation of new applications and services...

  • Nero Move It - PC review
    Online 3.5 out of 5

    Nero Move It - PC review

    By 23 October 2008

    At one time, everything we owned, whether it was a photograph, a song or even video clip, was a physical item. In this age of digital this is no longer the case, as downloads and digital cameras have become the norm. Collecting, storing and sharing all...

  • Trend Micro updates internet security software
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    Trend Micro updates internet security software

    By 17 October 2008

    The 2009 versions of Trend Micro Internet Security and Trend Micro Internet Security Pro are now available. The software is designed to keep your computer, and data, safe whilst you surf the web. The new versions are claimed to offer significantly lighter...

  • Microsoft Equipt to launch in the UK
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    Microsoft Equipt to launch in the UK

    By 14 October 2008

    Microsoft's new consumer-aimed software bundle, called, Equipt is to see a launch in the UK. The bundle, part of Microsoft's Software as a Service strategy, combines productivity, online and security tools and will go on sale in Britain on 20 October....

  • OpenOffice 3 released
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    OpenOffice 3 released

    By 13 October 2008

    Following 3 years of "continuous improvement", OpenOffice.org has now been released as the "landmark" version 3.0, with a host of new features. The release includes the basic components of the open source productivity software, which include word processor,...

  • CyberLink PowerDVD 8 Ultra - PC review
    Online 4 out of 5

    CyberLink PowerDVD 8 Ultra - PC review

    By 9 October 2008

    If you watch movies on your PC then it’s likely you’ve already come across CyberLink as its software is bundled with more PCs and notebooks than just about anyone. CyberLink PowerDVD 8 Ultra takes that basic movie watching experience and moves it...

  • Iolo System Mechanic 8 - PC  review
    Online 4 out of 5

    Iolo System Mechanic 8 - PC review

    By 26 September 2008

    After you’ve lived with your PC for a year or so, you’ll probably notice that the performance has dropped off considerably. Without the benefit if an IT department to regularly run the various system tools to optimise your computer, it could slowly...