The most relevant headlines about the software industry and the players making them.

SiSoftware launches new Sandra Platinum system diagnostics

Sandra (short for System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) has been a long time favorite app to have in your PC toolbox. With a plethora of synthetic benchmarks and system diagnostic options, it's also free for personal and educational use. This latest version revamps the interface and adds support for newer CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen, future AVX512) among other improvements. To give it a try head to our downloads section.

Freebie: The DevOps 2.0 Toolkit ebook

This book covers efficient software development with microservices using the latest and greatest practices, including Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, Ubuntu, Docker Swarm Consul, confd, and so on. This book has received very positive reviews on Amazon ($30), but you can get the ebook free of charge with your email address or by connecting via LinkedIn. The offer is good only until March 29.

Kodi gets updated, hits version 17.1

Kodi is a popular open source entertainment hub and media organization tool. Its minimalist interface with large buttons is ideal to use with HTPCs hooked to big screens, but also look great in smaller Android devices. It's also extensible, with plenty of add-ons available. For release notes and download links for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android go here.

Customizing Chrome's New Tab page

5 days, 5 killer tech tips Chrome's New Tab page can be rather handy if you frequently visit the same sites and while Google has baked in some basic customization options for those looking to personalize the new tab page and there's plenty more manipulation to be had if you venture into the world of extensions.

CCleaner 5.28 improves Chrome and Opera history cleaning

A popular essential app, CCleaner removes unused and temporary files from your devices giving you more storage space. CCleaner's often solid advice translates into a one-click solution to gain back space, a lifesaver for those of us who rely on somewhat scarce SSD storage. The latest Windows version improves Chrome and Opera history cleaning, and Firefox session and cache cleaning, among other things. There's also CCleaner Portable, for Android and for Mac, free of charge.

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