The latest free downloads on TechRadar

Every day, we update our software database with the latest free software releases. Here are some of today’s highlights.

McAfee Labs Stinger 12.1.0.2219

Everyone needs a good security suite to protect their PC from viruses and malware, but what if yours has already been infected? McAfee Labs Stinger is designed as a companion to your regular antivirus program to find and remove malicious software. The latest version of Stinger includes enhanced detections to cover new variants of existing threats, optimize performance, and fix incorrect identifications.

KMPlayer 4.1.5.6

A lightweight media player that can handle pretty much any video file format, KMPlayer will put an end to compatibility woes. The latest version includes several bugfixes for improved stability. Note that the software installer contains some additional programs that you might not want, so read each step carefully and deselect anything you don’t fancy.

Mail PassView 1.86

If you’ve forgotten or lost the password or other account details for your email client, Mail PassView can help you get them back. It works with Outlook, Windows Live Mail, IncrediMail, Mozilla Thunderbird and many more. It can also extract email passwords from Gmail Notifier and Yahoo Messenger. Mail PassView 1.86 has been updated to work with the latest version of Thunderbird.

ATI Tray Tools 1.7.9.1573

ATI Tray Tools is an easy and safe way to tweak Radeon graphics cards for optimum gaming performance. The latest version of ATI Tray Tools adds several major updates, including support for ATI Control Center, more granular customization for video cards, improved profiles, and support for the latest hardware drivers.

RocketDock 1.3.5

RocketDock is a free application launcher for Windows, with smooth animations reminiscent of macOS. It’s fully customizable, and makes accessing your favorite programs and directories a breeze. The latest version fixes a bug that caused problems with theme and skin compatibility.

Rainmeter 4.0

Rainmeter gives you total control over your Windows desktop, with widgets like weather apps, RSS feeds, an application launcher and much more besides. It also supports custom skins, themes and other add-ons so your system looks and works just the way you want. The latest version makes it easier to create your own themes and skins with improved drawing tools and a refreshed skin creation dialog.

Windows 10 Project Neon to give Microsoft’s interface a fresh new look

Windows 10 is getting an overhauled interface with a new look that boasts some considerable changes – including various animations – and it’ll be arriving later this year.

Project Neon, as it’s known, won’t be a major change to the OS, but it will make quite a number of interesting tweaks to polish things up across the board.

According to MS Power User, which managed to get a look at the UI in its current state – bear in mind it’s still a work in progress – Neon will bring back some of Windows 7’s Aero Glass (transparency/blur) effects along with animations, while shooting for simplicity (although animations are arguably at odds with the latter goal).

At any rate, the changes look fairly nifty, with one of the main constituents being named ‘acrylic’, which basically allows for blur effects to be added to the background of app windows and sidebars, for a more modern UI look (actually, we probably shouldn’t use the term ‘modern’ here given past history – let’s try ‘contemporary’).

This is tied in with what Microsoft calls ‘conscious UI’, which is basically a way of saying the sidebar acrylic adapts to what’s behind it in a context sensitive manner.

Getting animated

As mentioned, there will also be animations, with an example given being the Groove app, with the picture of the artist shrinking as you scroll down the page through to the lists of their songs.

Moving your mouse pointer over menu items will highlight them with a subtle backdrop, and the overall consistency of the UI will also be tightened up, which can never hurt.

Of course, a lot will depend on how these effects are actually implemented, but MS Power User assures us that the animations are ‘stupendously smooth’ no less. Let’s just hope that they don’t have too much of an effect on performance when it comes to slower PCs.

All of this is still relatively early work on the interface, mind, and things may well change by the time Project Neon is actually unleashed with a major Windows 10 update – it’s scheduled to arrive with the second big update landing later this year, following the Creators Update which is due in April.

Image Credit: MS Power User

Dell’s Canvas 27 ‘do surface’ works flat-out to boost your productivity

Over at CES, Dell has introduced its new Canvas, a spacious touchscreen that complements your existing PC and monitor setup, and acts as an innovative ‘do surface’ in the company’s words, along with its first VR-ready mobile workstation.

The Dell Canvas 27 is a 27-inch IPS touchscreen fashioned from Gorilla Glass, boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and supporting 20 points of touch recognition.

The idea is that you lie it down close to horizontal in front of your monitor, and the display acts as a secondary workspace, allowing you to interact with applications via simple touch, a stylus or Dell’s ‘totems’.

The stylus is called the Canvas Pen and it comes equipped with two programmable buttons, and offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity (along with six interchangeable nibs). The totems are small physical objects which can be placed on and used to interact with the screen, in the same vein as the Surface Dial.

The Canvas 27 weighs in at 8.4kg and it boasts 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut coverage, and some neat touches like an integrated (magnetic) penholder.

Dell calls it an ‘interactive pen and touch display’ and the device should be out at the end of March priced at $1,799 (around £1,460, AU$2,490).

Precision 7720

Dell also unveiled its Precision 7720, a 17-inch mobile workstation with a premium design. It’s VR-ready courtesy of a choice of Kaby Lake processors and powerful graphics solutions from both AMD and Nvidia.

CPU-wise, the choice of Intel’s seventh-generation models runs from the Core i5-7300HQ through Core i7 processors and up to the Xeon E3-1535M v6.

On the graphics front, if you go Nvidia, you can pick from the Quadro P3000 with 6GB of video RAM up to the Quadro P5000 with 16GB. With AMD the choice is between a Radeon Pro WX 4130 with 2GB of memory, or a Radeon Pro WX 7100 with 8GB.

As for system memory, it’s possible to specify up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC RAM running at 2400MHz, or up to 32GB of DDR4 SuperSpeed memory clocked at 2667MHz.

Clearly, then, this is something of a beast of a machine when it comes to performance, and storage options run up to 4TB across three drives – one hard disk, one SATA SSD, and one PCIe NVMe SSD – with RAID support.

The 17.3-inch display can be a simple TN panel with a resolution of 1600 x 900, or you can step up to an IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, or go all the way with a UHD IGZO screen (3840 x 2160) that offers 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut.

Dell is calling this model the world’s most powerful mobile workstation, and it will be available on February 28 with prices starting at $1,799 (around £1,460, AU$2,490).

Dell also has the Precision 5520 which is a 15.6-inch workstation along the same sort of lines, offering a similar selection of Kaby Lake processors and choice of Full HD or UHD IGZO screens, although you can only specify up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM (2400MHz) and there’s only one GPU choice: Nvidia’s Quadro M1200 with 4GB of memory.

This particular model is available now, however, with the price tag starting at $1,399 (around £1,135, AU$1,940).

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Workstation AIO

Dell also revealed a new workstation-class all-in-one, the Dell Precision 5720, which can be equipped with Kaby Lake or Skylake Xeon E3-1200 processors, up to 64GB of system RAM, and either Radeon Pro WX 4150 (4GB) or Radeon Pro WX 7100 (8GB) graphics solutions.

This AIO has a 27-inch UltraSharp 4K (3840 x 2160 resolution) screen – which can optionally be an InfinityEdge display – and the PC boasts an integrated 10 speaker sound system.

The Precision 5720 is due out in the first week of April with prices starting at $1,600 (around £1,300, AU$2,210).

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