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  • Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView

    21 April 2014, 9:00 am by: Mike Williams

    Prefetching is an excellent Windows technology which records the files loaded when an application starts, helping the system to optimise their launch times in future. Normally this all happens entirely in the background. But if you’re having launch problems…
  • Compress your JPEGs by up to 20 percent with wxPackJPG

    20 April 2014, 7:58 am by: Mike Williams

    JPEG compression is amazingly efficient, but while this is normally good news, it’s a little disappointing when you’re archiving. Store your JPEG library in a zip file and you’ll barely cut their size at all. Choose a more specialist compression format,…
  • Explore hidden Windows icons and bitmaps with NirSoft’s ResourcesExtract

    19 April 2014, 5:51 pm by: Mike Williams

    The software you run on a PC may be packaged in several different formats: EXE, DLL, CPL and so on. These file types aren't just for executable code, though. They can also contain resources for the program can call on, as required: icons, bitmaps, cursors,…
  • The most popular stories on BetaNews this past week: April 13 -- April 19

    19 April 2014, 8:13 am by: Mark Wilson

    It's nearly a week since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, but there are still around a quarter of Avast customers who plan on sticking with the old dog a little longer. What is perhaps more shocking is the revelation that over one fifth of those…
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is just right [review]

    18 April 2014, 6:05 pm by: Joe Wilcox

    If Goldilocks visited the bears' home and tried tablets instead of porridge and beds, Google Nexus 7 would be too small. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.1 would be too big. But Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 would be just right. This tweener tab is optimal size, packs…
  • Google Trends helps you be relevant and the life of the party with 'Hot Searches'

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    Have you ever been at a party and felt out of touch? I have. Quite often, the conversation turns to some Internet meme or current event and I just have no idea what people are talking about. It's my own fault, I tend do focus mostly on technology news as world…
  • Best Windows 8 apps this week (Easter Edition)

    18 April 2014, 9:50 am by: Martin Brinkmann

    Seventy-seventh in a series. The first universal app listed in Windows Store and Windows Phone Store is Microsoft's Halo: Spartan Assault. Universal apps are available for Windows Phone and Windows 8, and need to only be purchased once to use them on all…
  • Trend Micro releases free Heartbleed scanners for Android, Chrome

    18 April 2014, 5:52 am by: Mike Williams

    Trend Micro has announced the availability of two free scanners for the Heartbleed bug, meant for Google Chrome and Android. The first, a browser add-on, allows users to enter and check any specific URL. The second, an Android app, is a little more…
  • How E-commerce is taking over the world

    18 April 2014, 4:48 am by: Ian Barker

    The internet has been responsible for changing the way we go about many of the tasks in our day-to-day lives. Not least it has changed the way we shop. Customer experience specialist Baynote has released a new infographic map showing the growth of e-commerce…
  • MediaPortal 1.7.0 adds Wake On LAN support, boosts stability

    18 April 2014, 4:39 am by: Nick Peers

    Team MediaPortal has released a major update of its open-source media center software for Windows. MediaPortal 1.7.0 FINAL comes with a number of under-the-hood changes that will impact the program going forward, including future plans for a home screen…
  • Best iOS apps this week

    18 April 2014, 3:41 am by: Wayne Williams

    Fifteenth in a series. Featured apps this week include the latest installment in the excellent post-apocalyptic fitness app Zombies, Run!, a Heroes of Warcraft card game, a full iPhone video editor from Pinnacle, a piano tutor, a new MediaFire app for iPad,…
  • Amazon Fire TV ups the voice search ante, adds Hulu Plus and more

    17 April 2014, 8:59 pm by: Alan Buckingham

    Amazon's Fire TV, a previously much-rumored device, is now officially on the market, with reviews cropping up around the web -- our own will be coming shortly. One known issue that seems to pop up is that the voice search only encompasses Amazon. But that…
  • Peanuts, Cracker Jack and Chromecast -- MLB.TV comes to Google's dongle

    17 April 2014, 8:57 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Take me to Best Buy to buy a $35 Chromecast. When Google's dongle was announced, I don't think anyone truly knew how popular it would be. At first, it seemed like a cool little accessory for watching…
  • Acer C720P Chromebook puts brawn before beauty [review]

    17 April 2014, 4:43 pm by: Joe Wilcox

    I struggle to aptly describe my feelings about Acer's affordable touchscreen Chromebook. The C720P is the lover you keep in the dark, for the benefits, but which you wouldn't be seen with in the daylight. Performance and battery life are wow-worthy. But the…
  • Pinnacle Studio 5 launches on iPhone, updated for iPad

    17 April 2014, 3:04 pm by: Nick Peers

    Corel subsidiary Pinnacle System has launched Pinnacle Studio for iPhone 5.0 alongside an updated Pinnacle Studio for iPad 5.0, which has been rebuilt with an iOS 7-themed interface and 64-bit support. Pinnacle Studio for iPhone contains an identical…
  • Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere

    17 April 2014, 1:51 pm by: Mike Williams

    As you might guess from its name, Rain Alarm is a smart app which can warn you about imminent snow or rain. That doesn’t sound too special -- there are a host of tools promising to do the same thing -- but this one has what it takes to stand out from the…
  • Amazon and Samsung launch custom Kindle for Samsung service

    17 April 2014, 1:46 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Not content with already having a Kindle app for Android devices, Amazon has joined forces with Samsung to launch Kindle for Samsung. The slightly unnecessary venture brings a new custom ebook service to owners of devices from the South Korean firm and…
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is here -- Linux fans, download it now!

    17 April 2014, 1:07 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    Ubuntu is arguably the best Linux-based operating system for home users. Sure, some people may prefer Fedora, Arch, or SUSE, but none of them can match the ease of use of Ubuntu. The wonderful thing is, not only is it a great OS for beginners and home users,…
  • Post Heartbleed, Tor could significantly reduce capacity -- but is it enough?

    17 April 2014, 1:00 pm by: Mark Wilson

    It seems that there have been few big names left unaffected by the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL. Google may have rushed to patch the flaw, but the number of websites and services that fell foul of the discovery is staggering. It seems that even stalwarts of…
  • Oracle marketing cloud for manufacturers improves performance and efficiency

    17 April 2014, 10:23 am by: Ian Barker

    Manufacturing businesses are always looking to improve the customer experience and enhance their marketing effectiveness. In recent years this has meant moving from a product-centered model to a more customer-focused approach. To help with this process ERP…

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