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Apple iLife ’11 Review

Apple iLife ’11 Review

Apple’s lifestyle application suite is refreshed to expectedly good effect. The changes to this iteration of iLife are perhaps the most minor we’ve seen to date, but Apple doesn’t deny that this is an update more than a revolutionary refresh. That Apple’s website invites you to “Upgrade Now” not to “Buy Now,” isn’t just because […]

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Review

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Review

The ninth version of Adobe’s consumer image editing champion gains yet more sophisticated effects. Adobe’s Elements apps have shown the value of taking a quality software brand and providing a more affordable version for mainstream consumers. Photoshop Elements lead the way, and then Premiere Elements applied the same formula, with increasing success in each new […]

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Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 Review

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 Review

An improved engine provides real-time filters and much more fluid video editing. Throughout its history, Corel VideoStudio Pro has been one of the most consistently capable video editing packages, and it has been around a long time. Corel’s bizarre use of the Roman numeral for ten obscures this somewhat, but VideoStudio is now on its […]

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Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Review

Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Review

Adobe’s Premiere Elements 10 consumer-grade video editor goes 64-bit, but only if you’re running Windows 7. Video editing is one area which can potentially gain quite a bit from 64-bit computing. However, Adobe’s consumer-oriented Premiere Elements has remained 32-bit, despite the company’s professional-grade Premiere Pro switching over very successfully with the CS5 iteration, which hit […]

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Google+

Google+

We duck out from the Google+ party to report that things are in full swing. You’d be forgiven for giving Google+ a lukewarm response when it was heralded as the new social network. Today’s Twitter is often tomorrow’s Bebo with these things, but after two weeks of using it, we have found it does some […]

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TuneUp Review

TuneUp Review

Music library in a mess? You need a TuneUp. If you’ve been collecting MP3s for years now, there’s a good chance that your music library is a hopeless mismash of different bitrates, with ID3 tags more filled with holes than the plot of a Michael Bay film. If this sounds like your digital music library, […]

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Facebook Video Calling Review

Facebook Video Calling Review

Will Facebook’s video-calling service powered by Skype be enough to keep it ahead of Google? Do we really need any more ways to connect with people? Are we not sufficiently catered for already with a plethora of instant communication networks for us to talk with whoever we want to – in a way we want […]

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Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Microsoft Defender Antivirus

For everyday home use on a Windows 10 or 11 PC, Microsoft Defender Antivirus is efficient, accurate, and all you need to protect your PC. Pros Built into Windows 10 & 11Extremely accurateRansomware defence Cons Windows 7 & 8.1 are no longer supported Key Features Gaming modeNotifications can be disabled to make Microsoft Defender run […]

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Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

If you’re running an older version of Windows, Avast Free Antivirus should be your go-to malware protection of choice. Pros Works on Windows 7 & 8.1Very accurateRansomware defence Cons No more effective than Microsoft Defender Key Features Per-folder ransomware protectionSelect specific folders to be protected against unauthorised changes Gaming modeCeases notifications and CPU-intensive activity when […]

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition offers effective and unobtrusive real-time protection, but is deliberately light on other features. Pros Works on Windows 7 & 8.1Extremely simple to use Cons Less effective than some rivalsNo ransomware defence or scheduled scans Key Features One account can manage up to 25 systems:Bitdefender allows one account to be used with […]