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New TV shows, fall 2017

Every year we anxiously await the new shows that have been picked by networks fort their Fall release. While last year’s lineup was disappointing, this year we’re a little more psyched!

 Check out our TV shows Fall 17 Season selection and let us know which series you’re rooting for!

 

Deception (ABC)

After one of his stunt goes very wrong and ruins his career, a superstar magician decides to join the FBI.  There, he becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist and practices his art of deception to help solving the most incredible crimes. Sounds interesting enough, sign us in!

 

The Crossing  (ABC)

Watch that trailer : I dare you not to be intrigued by those bodies of refugees floating to the shore of a small American fishing town ….. refugees that are American and escaping a war set 250 years in the future…. This show looks like a  mysterious cross between Lost and The 4400, and we’ll definitely be watching!

 

 

AP Bio (NBC)

After losing out on his dream job, a philosophy scholar ends up teaching biology to high school students. But his honor-roll students won’t be hearing much of biology…. Instead, they will be used to help him plot out revenge on those who wronged him… This comedy is getting our seal of approval!

Sorry for the bad quality trailer, but it’s the only one I could find: https://streamable.com/xlx1h

The Orville (Fox)

This highly anticipated, Star-Trek spoof/sci-fi comedy follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, an aging exploratory ship with a very special fleet of humans and aliens. They will be facing many cosmic challenges outside and on board the ship, with Seth macFarlane serving as an unlikely and untalented starship captain, forced to share the lead with his ex wife.. If you liked Galaxy Quest, you should love The Orville!

Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)

Get ready for this Fall’s most exciting thriller! When the 10 year old daughter of a TV producer (Kyra Sedgwick) goes missing, real life drama becomes intertwined with the fictional police TV show she’s working on….

All these shows will be available for streaming and downloading with our VSO Downloader a few hours after their premiere date!

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Summer contest

One guess and the VSO license of your choice could be yours!

With one heat wave just over, and no doubt a few more coming up this summer, we’ve had  a water fountain installed in the office!  Yay!!

For environmental reasons, we use our own cups, but for visitors, there are a few plastic cups available. Will you guess how many cups in total are stacked up in the picture below?

 

Send us your estimation (use the form below) and you may win one of the five VSO licenses we’re giving away!

The 5 people that guess the right number (or are closest to it) will get to choose the VSO program of their choice for free (excluding Goldmember)!

The contest is now over! There were 31 cups in the water cooler.

Congratulations to the 5 winners!

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Clickbaits, phishing, toolbars: how to avoid internet scams

It feels like the Internet had become a real jungle nowadays, with scams at every corner.

Here are 5 tips to avoid those scams and make sure you stay on the safe side, (particularly if you’re browsing video streaming websites)

 

Number 1:If it’s too good to be true, ignore it! Don’t be gullible, there is no way a  perfect (dying) stranger would contact you to give you its millions as inheritance! Nope! Answer one of those emails and chances are you’ll be asked for money first to cover for the inheritance transfer, etc… of which you’ll never see a dime. Be careful as well with any emails from banks or any organization asking you to log in to your account under false pretencies. Those emails may look legit, but if you look closely, you’ll see small details that shouldn’t fool you: a fake sender domain, a corporate logo that’s not quite like the real one, approximative grammar, links that do not open the company’s website, etc.

Number 2: Avoid facebook quizzes  and stay away from anything with a dramatic title! If you don’t want to be spammed, or worse have your email account pirated, stay clear of those seemingly harmless quizzes you ‘ll find everywhere on Facebook. They could be used by hackers to infiltrate your personal data and mask malicious links… (never sign up for anything or enter your email address!)

 The Internet  is also full of “clickbaits”, fake news stories with sensational headlines. In addition to being a let down and a waste of time, those dangerous links can host malware and trojans or cause Clickjacking ( a malicious technique where you’re tricked into clicking on something different from what you think you’re clicking on, thus potentially revealing confidential information or taking control of your computerJust stay away from anything that wants you to “watch” or “see” something “unbelievable”…

Number 3: Be careful where you click when installing a new software or an update. At VSO we DO NOT add any toolbars to our installers, but, sadly, other software companies do. Be aware, especially when downloading a free program, where you click and what you agree on, or you may end up with unwanted add-ons or browser toolbars. Those toolbars are usually riddled with ads (installing additional banners, search engines, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements). So, you’re safe with us, but if you install a software that’s not from VSO, make sure you deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place.

Number 4: Only buy from trustworthy, securized websites. Before making an online purchase, always check the “About us” page (does it look like a legit company?) Where is the head office situated ? Is the overall design professional enough (or does it look like a quickly/cheaply made website)? and most importantly, does the shopping cart have a URL that starts with https (the ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. And finally look for the “lock” icon  to check a site’s security, to the left of the web address,

When in doubt , google the website name and check ou the reviews.

Number 5: Know how to get out of tricky situations. You were minding your own business when a pop up  window suddenly appears, telling you your PC is at risk of being infected by a virus, and you need to call a number to get help?   And what’s more, you cannot close that window for the life of you? Sounds familiar? Those fake tech support pages are run by cyber criminals  in an attempt to make you pay for their malware removal “services”. They purposely make it difficult to close the browser window which then scares users into making the call to remove the supposed “virus”.

To close the invasive pop up, press CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard to bring up the Windows Task Manager, select the browser’s name in the list and click on “End task”.

If you’re browsing streaming video websites,  you’re likely to encounter one of those pop ups… Read more about those in this post. You may want to install a free Adblocker to prevent unwanted ads from appearing, or subscribe to  a VPN service to surf anonymously.

Be smart!

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Father’s day is coming!

Father’s Day is fast approaching and you have no idea what to get your dad?

 

Forget ties and socks, here are some very cool ideas for the geek and TV addict fathers!

A remote control pillow (yes, it really works!!) ! We’re not saying your dad is lazy or anything, but isn’t the gift of not having to get up from the couch to get the remote control the best gift of all?

 

A Breaking bad doormat. For the series fans who want to show who’s boss!

 

A VPN subscription. Ah, the gift of security and peace of mind…! Being able to secure internet connections and one’s identity on the net is simply priceless nowadays!… Get your dad a 1,6 or 12 months subscription to Hide My Ass, one of the best VPN service on the market (approved by VSO!)

 

A light saber set of keys . This is not some boring key chain: look closer… Yep, those keys are actually cut into a light saber. No need to use the Force to open doors! Works on Kwikset and Schlage brands.

 

A zombie back scratcher. Because…… well, it’s just awesome!!! Actually I might get one for myself too!!

 

If your father is a bit more classy and likes his Martinis “shaken, not stirred”, then he deserves those James Bond cufflinks

 

Get your dad to explore the uncharted territory of the swimming pool sitting in this Star Trek pool chair!

 

If your dad likes fishing, then this smart fish finder  from That sweet gift is a must-have! No more time wasted, let technocology find out if there’s fish around or not  with this app + sonar!

 

Your father still has these old cassette tapes lying around? Why not get him a cassette to  Mp3 converter so he can convert his old music or recordings into MP3? And get rid of those tapes for good!

And finally, why of course, the best gift of all: a software from VSO! Very easy to use, but with outstanding quality, it’s the perfect gift even if your father is not computer savvy!

For instance our great  video to DVD conversion software, ConvertXtoDVD! Let your dad enjoy his videos on the big screen!

Or our VSO Downloader Ultimate, to retrieve almost any videos that he’ll find on the internet!

Like this guide? Share it around to make sure you get what you really want, if you’re a dad yourself!

For more Father’s day gift ideas, check out our T-shirts selection.

 

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How to change a colour video to black and white?

Wanna give your videos the vintage look?

Turn them into Black and White!

With our video converters, it’s very easy:

In ConvertXtoDVD:

  1. Open software, load the video
  2. Click on the Image Settings tab
  3. Set the saturation to 0
  4. Check the preview: the video is in black and white. Now just click on “Convert”!

In ConvertXtoVideo, Blu-ray Converter and DVD Converter, simply load the video, then click on “Advanced Settings” on the right. In the window that opens, click on the movie clip icon, and set the third setting (saturation) to zero  in the Brightness, contrast… section:

If you only need to extract a black and white snapshot from a colour video, no need to convert the whole video, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open our free VSO Media Player then load the video
  2. Click on the little TV icon
  3. Set Saturation to zero (see below)
  4. Play the video and press the F9 key to make the screenshot of the desired scene (you can pause the video at the exact scene then click on F9). You’ll find the black and white screenshot in “Images” on your PC.

That’s it!

 

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