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Happy Holidays! As holidays have started, Microsoft has created a special category in the Windows Store called “Great offers on apps.” From this special category, you can buy some of the best apps for Windows 8 at special prices, you can even get premium Windows apps or games for free.

The description of the “Great offers on apps” reads, “Check out these offers and save some money. You’ll find great apps, subscriptions and premium services for a reduce price or, in some cases, for free! The fine print: offers valid through January 31, 2013 (while supplies last), in the Windows Store, in the United States only and made available by the app publishers, not Microsoft.”

IPL (Indian Premier League) 2012, the biggest cricket extravaganza of the year is starting on 4th April, 2012. Today, on 3rd April, 2012 is the Grand Opening Nite of the fifth edition of Indian Premier League.

IPL 2012 promises exiting Twenty20 cricket along with pure entertainment for everyone in the next 54 days. In these 54 days, nine teams will be competing against each other in league and knockout matches. Total 76 matches across 12 venues around India will be played and all these matches will be broadcasted live on Sony SET MAX channel.

This year the total number of teams participating has been reduced to nine; Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

AVG Technologies has released AVG Internet Security 2012 and AVG Antivirus 2012 the latest edition of their flagship security software. The latest version added new protection technologies, computer performance enhancements and content download acceleration. AVG 2012 is lighter, faster and smaller than any previous AVG product. In this article, you’ll find links to directly download AVG editions.

UpdateAVG Antivirus 2013 Free released. You can download offline installer of AVG 2013 from here.

The earlier versions AVG 9 Free and AVG 2011 Free is still quite popular among our readers. It provides basic security protection for your computer against malware, viruses and other malicious programs. The standard security module that AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2012 comprises of are an antivirus, anti-spyware, email protection, resident protection, LinkScanner, search-shield, surf-shield, anti-rootkit, PC analyze and identity protection.

TuneUp Utilities 2012 is the latest version of one of the most popular Windows system optimization and tweaking program. Every year it is getting perfected with new unique features added to the program. TuneUp Utilities 2012 features all the functions that were present in the earlier version, viz, TuneUp Utilities 2011 (which we have reviewed earlier). Along with all those features, two notable features added to the latest version are TuneUp Economy Mode and TuneUp Program Deactivator.

TuneUp Economy Mode will extend the battery life of notebook, netbook and tablet computers by shutting off processes and hardware components that aren’t required or in use. TuneUp Economy Mode is the new introduced feature of 2012 while TuneUp Program Deactivator, introduced in 2011 version, has gone through major overhauling in 2012 edition. Both TuneUp Economy Mode and TuneUp Program Deactivator, when used in combination can boost the energy efficiency of Windows 7 systems by up to 30 percent, when compared with the Windows 7 built-in energy savings mode.

With today’s increasing computing power, multi-core processors and gigabytes of RAM, many users will argue if they need a system optimization program? But, many users will agree with us that even with so much of computation power in hand, Windows tends to become sluggish after usage. Microsoft promises to change this scenario with its upcoming Windows 8 operating system but until than we are left with trusted system optimization utilities like TuneUp Utilities.

Since we have already reviewed TuneUp Utilities 2011 and most of the tools, although improved, have remained same in TuneUp Utilities 2012, in this review we will concentrate only on the most notable two features (discussed above). You can go through the thorough review of TuneUp Utilities 2011 here to know in-depth about what it offers.

At the end of this review (after break), you will find a giveaway contest, through which you can win a free license of TuneUp Utilities 2012 worth $49.95. 5 licenses are up for the giveaway, so the total licenses worth approx $250 (exactly $249.75). More on that later. :)

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 is one of the best antivirus available for Windows users. Few days back we posted about a promotion through which you can get a trial license of Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 valid for 90 days. Today, we found another promotion through which you can get a trial license of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 valid for 90 days.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 is the backbone of your PC’s security system, delivering real-time protection from the latest malware and viruses. It works behind the scenes with intelligent scanning and small, frequent updates, while proactively protecting you from known and emerging Internet threats.

Kaspersky Internet Security is one of the best premium security suite available for computer users. It offers protection against viruses, trojans, malware, phishing, spam, etc. Because of its popularity among PC users, we seldom see any Kaspersky promotion for the product. It was a long time when we actually came across any promotion. Well, it seems the wait is over as we have found promotion of KIS 2012 (Kaspersky Internet Security 2012) through which you can get Free KIS 2012 90 days trial license instead of the regular 30 days.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 delivers premium protection from viruses, Trojans, spam, hackers, and more. Its cutting-edge, hybrid approach to digital security combines innovative, cloud-based technologies with advanced antivirus protection to deliver a faster, more effective response to today’s complex, ever-evolving threats. You, your private data and PC are completely protected as you work, bank, shop and play online.

Wondershare LiveBoot 2012 will help you boot into Windows when you can’t due to the dreaded Blue/Black Screen of Death.

Wondershare LiveBoot 2012 integrates the latest Microsoft WinPE technology to boot into Windows. Using the application, you can easily create a bootable LiveBoot CD or LiveBoot USB drive. Upon booting into Windows using it allows you to fix your computer boot up problem, rescue data, backup and restore file or system, clone and deep wipe disk, manage disk, etc. The LiveBoot CD/USB created by the application features over 40+ utility functions in total.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 (build 12.0.0.374) and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 (build 12.0.0.374) released with Cloud Protection.

Kaspersky Lab has announced the commercial release of Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 and Kaspersky Antivirus 2012. Both, KIS2012 and KAV2012 is a comprehensive security tool for Windows users. The application provides protection against viruses and malware, unknown threats and Internet fraud.

When the beta version was released we showed you a sneak peak of the new user interface.

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, has promised that Windows 8 will release in 2012.

Steve Ballmer, while speaking at Microsoft’s Developer Forum in Japan on Monday, promised Windows 8 to be released not only to computers but across PCs, tablets and slates next year. “As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8,” said Ballmer. “Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

Ballmer’s statement about Windows 8 is a stark contrast to that of his colleagues. Microsoft execs have avoided any references to the timing or naming of the next version of Windows. They avoided calling the next version of Windows, “Windows 8” publicly, preferring instead to call it “Windows Next.” Steven Sinofsky and the Windows team typically refers to Windows 8 as the “next-generation” of Windows, avoiding the 8 branding.