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Jan
15
2012

VirusTotal gets updated, file size limit increased to 32 MB and new interface

This article was not written by the team at Technically Motivated. It was quoted heavily from a similar post from dotTech.org; which itself was based on a posting from the VirusTotal blog; and has been reprinted here under the terms permitted by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license the original work was licenced under. Technically Motivated makes no claim of ownership for this article.

VirusTotal is an awesome website. If you don't know about it already, you have been missing out on life — VirusTotal allows users to scan a file with 40+ anti-virus/anti-malware engines. VirusTotal recently introduced an update to the website. This update brings many goodies. Let's take a look at what they are:

  • New interface. VirusTotal has a new interface; it is more modern and streamlined.
  • New file size limit. In the past VirusTotal only accepted files that were 20 MB or smaller in size. That limit has now been increased to 32 MB. Oh happy days.
  • New back-end engine. VirusTotal has now been migrated to Google Apps Engine. This basically means VirusTotal runs on Google's cloud services. For most of us normal users, it makes no difference if VirusTotal is running on Google Apps Engine or some other cloud service. However Google Apps Engine allows VirusTotal to scale better when the need arises, ensuring a better service level; plus scans and analyzes should now be faster thanks to Google's infrastructure.
  • Other changes. Aside from the major changes mentioned above, other changes include:
    • Thanks to HTML5, VirusTotal now computes the hash of files locally thus if you are looking to scan a file that has already been scanned by VirusTotal, you don't have to upload the file before you are given the ability to view the older scan results.
    • The URL scanner uses more engines now, bringing the total to 19.
    • Releasing version 2 of the public API, improving responsiveness among other things.
    • And more.

Hit up the link below to check out the new VirusTotal yourself:

VirusTotal homepage

[via VirusTotal Blog]

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    Dec
    23
    2011

    Aomei update Partition Assistant Home Edition, adds more compatible OSes, changes licencing restrictions

    One of Technically Motivated’s regular partners, Aomei Technology, who specialise in disk management, recovery and conversion software, got in touch today to inform us of an updated release of one of their key products.

    Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition received a small update earlier this week, bringing a few minor software improvements. The main new feature is improved OS compatibility, meaning that APA can now be run on a wider range of Windows systems – the new additions being Windows 2000 Professional 32-bit; and a new 64-bit release for 64-bit editions of Windows 7, XP, Vista and 2000 Professional. Their lesser “Lite” edition goes further by also adding support for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008, for those who maintain servers but just need basic partition features or are strapped for cash.

    Interestingly, with the new Home Edition release, Aomei have also changed the terms of the licence governing usage of the software. The new Home Edition licence permits the software to be used for commercial uses, making Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition a perfect choice for home-based businesses. Looks like there’s a new face in town…

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    Jun
    10
    2011

    Save money for commercial software by finding cheaper alternatives with Alternativeto.net

    It's no secret to anyone that technology can be expensive – and this is true of hardware (the stuff you touch) and software (the stuff you do on it). To give a recent example, a friend of mine who's a bit of an artist decided he needed a powerful tool to do some hardcore editing to his photos and images. So he splashed out on the latest Adobe Photoshop CS5, one of the big-market tools for artistry – at a cost to him of £200. That's a fair chunk of change in anyone's books.

    Everyone loves a bargain, and often you can find numerous other software products online that's cheaper than the brand leaders – or even free! – but does just as good a job. Trouble is, where do you find them? Google's a good choice, but it isn't always easy to trawl through thousands of websites looking at alternative products and deciding whether to put the cash down on the table.

    Enter AlternativeTo.net. Read the rest of this entry »

    May
    26
    2011

    Mobile Payments “coming soon” to Android

    Google is expected to announce the launch of an electronic wallet for Android phones, to allow for mobile payments, at an event on Thursday in New York City.

    Unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal say that Google will introduce a mobile payment service that utilizes near-field communication (NFC) on Sprint Nextel phones. NFC provides a way to store payment card information and to transmit it to a device capable of processing the payment.

    Bloomberg reports that the service will be tested in five major U.S. cities–Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal has identified three participating retailers–American Eagle Outfitters, Macy's, Inc. and Subway.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    May
    20
    2011

    Google Wants to Become Your Personal Finance Advisor

    In its attempt to break into the personal finance market, Google has launched a new tool for finding and comparing financial products.

    At its core, Google Advisor is a personal finance comparison tool. It helps you check the rates for mortgages, credit cards, CDs, checking accounts and savings accounts by providing a list of financial instruments that meet your search criteria. For mortgages, Google provides data such as APR, monthly payment, fees and contact details. If you’re looking for a credit card, the search giant provides data on rewards, card type, purchase APR and the annual fee.

    Google Advisor isn’t a search engine, though. It’s really a comparison engine with a lot of filters. If you need to find a 30-year fixed mortgage for a $650,000 home in Alameda County with a 660 credit rating, you will probably find it. Google advisor also features certain offers based on low APRs or the interest rate.

    At the moment, mortgages are treated differently than the other financial categories. While Google doesn’t get paid if you find a credit card, CD, checking account or savings account through the search giant, it does make money whenever you contact a mortgage lender. You will noticed that mortgages have “sponsored results” while other financial instruments simply have “matching results.” Sponsored results could to other financial products expand over time.

    Google has long wanted to break into personal finance, a sector where it could potentially make billions in advertising and referral fees. In March, Google acquired UK price comparison website BeatThatQuote for $61.5 million. There are a lot of similarities to BeatThatQuote and Google’s new finance service, and that probably wasn’t an accident. This is likely just the beginning of a series of tools Google will release to conquer the personal finance arena.

    What do you think of Google Advisor? Do you trust Google to get you the best financial data? Let us know what you think in the comments.

    May
    19
    2011

    Five Days Only: Get Aomei NTFS to FAT32 Converter Pro Edition 1.5 ($39.99 value) for free!

    Update: This promotion has now expired. Make sure you keep coming back to Technically Motivated, and consider subscribing to our RSS feed so you don't miss another great giveaway!

    Only a couple of days ago, I reviewed Aomei NTFS to FAT32 Converter Pro Edition 1.5, described by the developer as "a professional file system conversion utility, which is able to convert NTFS to FAT32 and convert FAT/FAT32 to NTFS without loss of data. With it, backing up data in advance is not needed; the partition larger than 32GB will be converted successfully; compressed and encrypted files featured with NTFS can be decompressed and decrypted automatically. It is safe and reliable." I gave it a total score of 4 out of 5 stars, saying it was a great program that does one job and excels at it, but is very limited in audience – and I also expressed disappointment at the nonstandard installer.

    If you think you have a need for the software but don't want to pay $39.99 to find out, now's your chance to take advantage! Between May 18th and May 23rd, 2011, Aomei Technology – developers of NTFS to FAT32 Converter Pro Edition 1.5 – are giving away full, unrestricted licenses for NTFS to FAT32 Converter Pro absolutely free! What's more, the license entitles you to use the program on up to three computers for a single download – and you can get as many licenses as you have email addresses.

    All you have to do is go to the promotional page, and enter your email address where prompted. Aomei Technology will then email you a download link to the software, and you can download it and install it for free! Aomei guarantee they will not share your email address with anyone.

    Click here to get started.

    May
    18
    2011

    [Review] NTFS to FAT32 Converter Pro Edition 1.5

    This is a review of the Software product NTFS to FAT32 Converter Pro Edition 1.5, developed by Aomei Technology (aka AomeiTech).

    Contents of this review:

    The Basics

    System Requirements:

    Windows 2000 Professional with SP4+ / XP / Vista / 7, or Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (32bit and 64bit versions of all of these are supported)

    More than 6.6MB free space (approx. 1.4MB download, 5.21MB installed)

    NTFS drives over 512GB in capacity are not currently supported for conversion.

    Price:

    $49.99 USD (about £30.76 at current exchange rates); but will be free between the 18th and 23rd of May, 2011, if you visit this promotional page and follow the instructions.

    Software description as per the developer:
    (Note: Developer software descriptions are copied directly from the developer's websites, so all spelling and grammar mistakes are taken in context)

    NTFS to FAT32 Converter is a professional file system conversion utility, which is able to convert NTFS to FAT32 and convert FAT/FAT32 to NTFS without loss of data. With it, backing up data in advance is not needed; the partition larger than 32GB will be converted successfully; compressed and encrypted files featured with NTFS can be decompressed and decrypted automatically. It is safe and reliable.


    Read on for a full review and ratings »

    Apr
    13
    2011

    The Browser Cache – an overview

    Table of Contents
    Page 1
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    Internet Caches: What they are and how they work (You are on this page)
    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Caches
    How to clear your Internet Cache

    Have you ever come across something you’ve never seen or used before, and decided to keep it somewhere close to you so that, if you need it later, you know where to find it and can therefore get it quicker? In technology speak, all the things you put away like this are collectively called your “Cache” (ka-shay); and each time you put something new away like this, it’s known as “caching” it.

    Computers work in a similar way. Some programs – and built-in functions of your computer – will save data your computer hasn’t seen before to your computer, so that next time you use the program, it can load the existing data, eliminating the need to create it again, thus speeding up the process.

    A long time ago, Microsoft saw fit to bring this whole Cache paradigm to the Internet (whether they invented it or not is a point of debate, but certainly their version set the standard), introducing to its browser a function that downloaded things it hadn’t seen before, so that the next time you visited a website it would load quicker. Other browsers followed suit, and for many years now a cache has been a standard part of any half-decent internet browser. While Microsoft refer to files saved in this way as “Temporary Internet Files”, most other browsers simply call it the “Browser Cache”. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Feb
    21
    2011

    [EXPIRED] Get Easeus Data Recovery Wizard for free!

    Update: This giveaway has ended.

    I’m a little tied up today with personal and professional matters, so sadly I don’t have time to write in my usual style of highly detailed, informative posts today. However, I saw something earlier today that I thought was at least worth a passing mention. Technology website GHacks has scored an exclusive giveaway deal with CHENGDU YIWO Corp, and are giving away unlimited, fully licensed copies of Easeus Data Recovery Wizard free!

    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is a recovery software for Windows that supports file, partition and complete recoveries of data. The software retails for $69.95 but is completely free of charge as part of this giveaway. The features include:

    • Recover deleted or lost files
    • Disk recovery after hard drive crashes, accidental formatting
    • Recover data from unformatted hard drives
    • Recover files if the partition is corrupt, not accessible anymore
    • Supports not only hard drives but also USB drives and storage, e.g. digital camera cards.
    • Supports FAT12, FAT16, VFAT, FAT32, NTFS/NTFS5 file systems
    • Create disk images to assist in the file recovery

    The giveaway is for the latest version of Data Recovery Wizard (V5.0.1). It comes with only one restriction: you cannot update the software to any future newer version, or the license expires automatically. The software is automatically registered on install, so all you have to do is go to the giveaway page on the GHacks website, download the program, and install it. It is not known when or if this giveaway will expire, so take advantage while you can!

    Read more about the giveaway.

    Feb
    12
    2011

    JottiQ: Scan mutiple files for malware at once – and get the results without opening your browser.

    Jotti’s malware scan is a service that allows users to scan files with 18 different anti-virus/anti-malware scanners and get a report from each. Users upload individual files to their website, and Jotti’s malware scan sends it to all the scanners, which then scan the file and report back the result. Jotti then collects and displays them on the page. You can only upload one file at a time, and there may be a delay before results come in, in order to prevent the server being overloaded.

    JottiQ is a desktop program that extends the usability of Jotti’s malware scan. Its main purpose was to get around the single-file limitation for those who have a need to scan several files at once, but there’s many more things it can do. Read the rest of this entry »