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Vintager 2014 lets you transform digital snaps into photos of yesteryear

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There’s something to be said for the way old printed photos age over time, as they turn yellow or sepia, coloring our own perception of the past. With the rise of digital, of course, all that has come to an end, with photos promising to remain as color-sharp, bright and vibrant as the day they were originally shot.

If you wonder how those photos might look in the future had they been shot on film and left to fade over time, there’s no need to wait if you’re a Windows user. Simply install Vintager 2014 and you can see how they might have looked 20, 30 or even 40 years hence.

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Google Chrome 39 goes 64-bit on Mac, promises performance, stability improvements

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Google has unveiled Chrome 39 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. The big news with version 39 is the long-awaited arrival of a native 64-bit build for Mac users.

Unlike the Windows version, which offers both 32-bit and 64-bit builds, the Mac build is now 64-bit only, and existing users with supported Macs will be automatically upgraded to the new version.

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Ashampoo HDD Control 3 adds network monitoring, duplicate file finder tools

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Ashampoo has unveiled a major new build of its hard drive maintenance and monitoring tool with the release of Ashampoo HDD Control 3.

The new release adds two major new features: support for monitoring up to three PCs over a network, and an addition to the program’s Clean System component, a tool for locating duplicate files.

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O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0 released, offers to repair corrupt data before recovery

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O&O Software GmbH has released a major new version of its general-purpose data-recovery software for Windows, O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0. The update follows on from the recent release of companion product O&O MediaRecovery 10.0.

Version 10.0 ships with a redesigned user interface, adds support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and introduces new data repair capabilities.

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Artweaver Free adds new brush engine, improves file-saving options

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German developer Boris Eyrich Software has released Artweaver Free 5.0, a major new version of its painting tool for Windows. The app, also available in a more fully featured Plus version, boasts a number of new tools and improvements.

These include a new high precision 16-bit brush engine, better file-saving mechanism, support for the OpenRaster file format and support for exporting all presets. Plus users also gain a new Mirror Painting tool.

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Surprise Firefox 33.1 release for desktop and Android boosts privacy controls

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In a surprise move, Mozilla has unveiled Firefox 33.1 FINAL for desktop alongside Firefox for Android 33.1, introducing some major new privacy features in the process.

The update adds a new Forget button for wiping activity over a user-defined period at the click of a button, plus introduces DuckDuckGo searching, which allows users to search without being tracked.

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Opera Mini 9 for iPad and iPhone reveals Video Boost mode, designed to reduce stutter and bandwidth usage

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Norwegian browser developer Opera has unveiled Opera Mini 9.0, a major new version of its speed-optimized browser for iPhone and iPad.

Version 9’s headline new feature is 'Video Boost', a tool Opera says that allows users to watch videos on their mobile without eating so excessively into their data plan.

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Zoom Player Free improves full-screen navigation, optimized for touchscreen and mouse use

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Inmatrix has released Zoom Player Free 9.5, a major new build of its lightweight, format-friendly media player for Windows.

Version 9.5 revamps its full-screen navigation interface to make the player friendlier to use with mice and touch-screen displays, plus adds a new text file viewer and includes various other tweaks and improvements.

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Smart Defrag now defrags VHD files, adds Windows 10 Technical Preview support

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IObit has released Smart Defrag 3.3, an update to its performance-boosting Windows defragmentation tool that has built-in functions for automatically defragging drives to keep them running swiftly.

Version 3.3 opens with support for the publicly available Windows 10 Technical Preview, but also adds in new and optimized features to make it a worthy update across all supported platforms.

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BBC iPlayer for Android promises ban on buffering, adds Audio Described category

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Fans of the Beeb will be pleased to hear that the BBC has unveiled a significant new update to its catch-up app for Android users with the release of BBC iPlayer 4.4 for Android. The app adds a new Audio Described category and expands the current Most Popular category too.

Other changes see the promise of better streaming performance and a number of minor bug fixes.

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WinZip 19 launches with unified file management, increased protection and improved sharing

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WinZip International LLC has released WinZip 19 a major new update of its renowned compression tool. Version 19 continues to see the product reposition itself in the file-sharing market with a number of new features.

These include new centralized file management tools, the promise of a more simplified, task-oriented UI and improvements to file-conversion options during the compression process. WinZip 19 also implements support for touch-based devices and high-definition screens.

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Feedly for iOS and Android 24 debuts access to shared collections, new optimised look for iPhone 6

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News aggregator service Feedly has unveiled Feedly 24.0, a major new release of its iOS and Android-friendly tool. The iOS build follows days after the Android version was unveiled.

Version 24.0 introduces two new features of note: access to shared collections and tagging support. The iOS version also debuts a new design optimised for the latest iPhones while the Android build introduces support for the forthcoming Android L.

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Pixelmator for iPad launches, offers Photoshop-style editing on your tablet

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The Pixelmator Team, renowned for its Mac image-editing tool of the same name, has released Pixelmator for iPad 1.0, a similarly powerful image manipulation tool.

The app, which costs $4.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later, has already garnered rave reviews and offers a wide range of tools covering creating, editing, fixing and enhancing images.

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Buffer 4.0 for iPad and iPhone released, becomes universal app

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Social media scheduling service Buffer has unveiled Buffer 4.0 for iPad and iPhone, a major new release of its companion app for sharing and scheduling posts on social networks. Like the web-based service, the app supports Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts.

Version 4.0 becomes a universal app, and now offers full, native iPad support. It also adds a new Share option for scheduling content from other apps.

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EaseUS To Do Backup can now mount system images

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EaseUS software has released EaseUS Todo Backup Free 7.5 and EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation 7.5, a major new release of its comprehensive Windows backup tool.

The program, which allows users to take both file- and image-based backups from a single tool, gains one significant new feature with this release: the ability to mount and unmount image backups.

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