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7-Zip 15.12

Ditch the ZIP format and move your archives to the more impressive 7Z

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 November 2015
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Developer: Igor Pavlov
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You can get more from your archives using the 7z format and 7-Zip

The ZIP archive format has been around for ages, yet we still use technology that’s way our of date and has been long-since superseded by better archive formats. With audio and video, we’ve moved on. How many of us now use MP3 files to encode our audio? As Windows and Mac OS both ship with support for the ZIP format, with the operating system, it appears that it will be here for some time yet.

Problem is that the ZIP format isn’t good at encoding large media files. Now many of us use fast broadband, and server space is widely available, we suddenly expect everyone to be able to download and stream our home movie, without worrying about bandwidth issues. However, many people are still limited by the size of their incoming email attachments, which means that some emails do not come through at all.

The answer is to consider a different archive format and one solution is 7z. Based on the ZIP format, this is a much updated version. As there are many free 7z archive management tools, there’s no reason why we should be using the ZIP archive format, nor paying commercial developers to produce ZIP management tools.

7-Zip is one of the best and is designed to get the most from the 7z format. If you compare the stats, the same files can be encoded with a 140% saving over the ZIP format, which is an impressive statistic. 7-Zip supports many other archive formats, including ZIP, RAR, TAR and more. You can also encode your archives with encryption so that only a user with the right password can extract the content.

Please note that this is the stable/final version of 7-Zip.


If you feel that the ZIP format doesn't compress your archives as effectively as it should, try this free 7z based archive manager

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.11

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.11 brings:

• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.