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Alternative Web Browsers

Chances are you’re probably using Firefox, Chrome, Safari or (hopefully not) Internet Explorer; and you’ve probably been using it for a while. Well here at Tech Talk & Reviews we’re mostly using Firefox.
It worked fantastically for a long time; until it crashed that is. We had no choice but to switch our main browser on the desktop we typically use to edit and such to something other than Firefox.
Sure we could have chose a “well-known” browser such as Chrome or Safari.

We decided to take the opportunity to experiment with a few browsers; here’s what we found.

 

Great Alternative Web Browsers 

1. Opera

This is the browser we’re currently using full time. So far (the passed 2-3 months of using it) we’ve experienced very little problems. The occasional freeze up but it quickly adjusts. It’s actually crashed 1 time! That’s all!
Opera is of course- FREE so  don’t hesitate to try it out for yourself; and get the unique yet familiar functioning light-weight browser from Opera.

Check it out | http://www.opera.com

 

 

2. Maxthon

Maxthon provides an entirely new- cloud browsing experience to the user. Allowing multiple elements of your daily use to be integrated with nearly every device you might use. It’s widely compatible with most systems so install shouldn’t be a problem. Oh yeah, it’s FREE as well. Definitely a cool option to try something new. Check out Maxthon-The Cloud Browser.

Check it out | http://www.maxthon.com

 

 

3. Midori

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Midori is a light-weight, fast, and free web browser; default web browser of Elementary OS ( we’ll talk about that later) and is actually a very well-coded program. Definitely functions greats, little to no problems and installed on the fly. Very light and quick to use; response time is great. FREE obviously; check out Midori .

Check it out | http://www.midori-browser.org

 

Those are all the main ones we tested; feel free to comment with any ones you want to see a mention (possible full-post) on.

 

Useful 5

Welcome to the first addition of Useful 5; a weekly themed list of useful applications available for download (typically free downloads only)

This week’s theme is Computer Maintenance
Below you’ll find our Useful 5 picks of this week:

 

 SmartDefrag 31. IObit’s Smart Defrag 3:

This application is self explanatory aside from all the features it provides; completely replacing your current defrag program, it’s an essential for maintaining your computers reliability. This program takes a few to defrag a drive; but is smart enough to detect an SSD and not defrag it. Which is great! This program features an “Action Center” which suggests other applications for maintaining a healthy reliable system; although we didn’t find much use of them; you just may!

Check it out: http://download.cnet.com/Smart-Defrag-3/3000-2094_4-10759533.html

 

CCleaner2. CCleaner:

This is a great program used to clean up your computer’s memory and stored information and allow your system to run smoothly without all those unneeded temporary files getting in your way. With a simple and intuitive design this application is easy on the eyes as well as the minds. Easy to use UI allows users to have a quick and pleasant experience while cleaning up their files. With the ability to delete cookies, temporary files and more, this is a great alternative to an expensive system cleaning program.

Check it out here: http://download.cnet.com/CCleaner/

 

Driver Booster3. IObit’s Driver Booster:

As the name suggests this application aims to update out-of-date drivers and help programs run more efficiently and reliably. Driver Booster has the ability to automatically recognize new drivers and install them all in a flash, all at once or individually. Great alternative to searching the internet far and wide to find that one printer driver you need. Easy and effectively great to use. Highly recommend this application.

Check it out here: http://download.cnet.com/Driver-Booster/3000-18513_4-75992725.html

 

malwarebytes4. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:

This particular application is an extensively used application around the offices here; used for completely ridding systems of any malware or other threat. And needless to say, this program does just that. An easy to use interface allows users to quickly begin scanning their systems and removing potential threats from their computers. Great and most effective of the list; this is the ONLY anti-malware software we recommend simply because we’ve used it for years and never had a single problem with it. Great application.

Check it out here: http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

 

Advanced System Care5. IObit’s Advanced SystemCare Free:

This application is functional in an array of ways; one of the most predominate is the One-Click-Fix they offer. Has tons of useful features built in as it is and is a definite option for those looking for a great FREE System Utility Service. We highly recommend this program; we’ve used it for just under 2 years and have had no problems at all. Aside from the occasional freeze-up of the program but it quickly kicks itself out of it.

Check it out here: http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare/3000-2086_4-10407614.html

 

Apple’s Healthbook. What Is It?

There are many speculations and rumors of all the apps to be featured on Apple’s next release of iOS 8. And one thing rose many rumors dealing with the many possibilities iOS 8 may hold. One of these rumors dealt with a new app from Apple called Healthbook. And it is exactly what it sounds like; a health centered app. And this means, in short; it’s a health and fitness type of layout, dealing with multiple variations stats including the likes of blood pressure, physical activity, heart rate, hydration, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and weight.

Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

One of the most noted features regarding Healthbook is the fact it can track blood pressure, and the 2013 statistics from the American Diabetes Association said “approximately 26 million individuals in the United States have diabetes. 1.9 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year, and one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050 if the current trend continues.”

So the very concept of this app can provide promise for those affected and those who are trying to lead healthier lifestyles with a very accessible option to keep record of your stats.

 

The release date of this app have not been released yet but we presume that it will most likely make its debut at Apple’s mid-2014 WDC. We’re sure iOS 8 will as well; but there are no sure-fire ways to tell. All we can do is wait. Wait and scatter through the ever growing web of rumors regarding the latest of Apple’s releases.

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