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Microsoft Office 2016 to Release on September 22

Category: Software
Posted: August 26, 2015 04:09PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has been running a public preview program for Office 2016 since early May and the software suite now has a release date, September 22. The release date was gathered from a leaked internal document obtained by WinFuture.de, though the memo doesn't make any mention regarding price. The full content of the memo states "On September 22, 2015, we’ll release Office 2016 – with updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher. The innovation wave continues in Q2 with the release of E5 and Skype for Business, and on-premise servers will follow. This is the central hub for all Office 2016 Commercial readiness, training, and marketing materials. Mark this page and check back frequently, as we will be releasing new materials, weekly, to support the launch."

Source: IT Pro Portal



NVIDIA Offer Detailed Insight Into GameWorks Technology

Category: Software
Posted: August 12, 2015 04:10PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Mentions of NVIDIA GameWorks have been popping up with increased frequency whether it is powering demos at Comic-Con or the graphics of the latest games, or even causing some friction with competitor AMD. NVIDIA has written an informative blog describing just what GameWorks represents. At the core of GameWorks is a number of technologies that help bring graphics to life and enhance existing software but NVIDIA describes it as "more than a collection of technologies. We have dedicated over 300 engineers to research and development of new technologies. They are more than just top notch computer scientists. They also work with game developers to integrate all this cool tech."

The most well known piece of GameWorks is PhysX, a software package that provides advanced physics effects to games in areas such as particles, destruction, and clothing. PhysX is integrated into a number of current and next-generation gaming engines including Unity and Unreal Engine 4. VisualFX has a goal of providing realistic effects using technology such as HairWorks, WaveWorks, and FlameWorks. To help with the spread of GameWorks, NVIDIA provides developers with a number of tools for integrating the technology in their software including AndroidWorks, Tegra Graphics Debugger, and Nsight Visual Studio Edition. Follow the link for more in-depth coverage of all the pieces of GameWorks.

Source: NVIDIA



Start10 1.0 Launches and Brings the Start Menu Back to Windows 10

Category: Software
Posted: August 12, 2015 11:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


When Windows 8 launched, a lot of people were exceptionally displeased with the removal of the traditional Start menu. Now Windows 10 has brought it back, but not quite like it was in Windows 7 and prior versions of the OS, with the focus is more on apps, accessed by tiles. If you want the classic Start menu back though, there is an option thanks to Stardock and its now officially released Start10 application.

Start10 does what Start8 did before, and brings back the classic Start menu, along with a number of customizations. Folders are returned to the Start menu, so you can sort programs yourself instead of going through an alphabetical list, and the search function, shown on the Windows 10 Task bar, can be put back into the Start menu as well.

Start10 can be purchased for $4.99, but you can also try it for free for 30 days.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Stardock




Serious Exploit Found in Firefox: Mozilla Urges Update

Category: Software
Posted: August 7, 2015 11:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

After being contacted by a user on August 5, Mozilla has discovered and already built patches for a rather serious exploit. Before getting to that, if you use Firefox you should probably update to version 39.0.3 or Firefox ESR 38.1.1, depending on your version. To have the browser check for the update you can go to 'Help' -> 'About Firefox' and click the 'Check for updates' button.

The exploit comes from how the mechanism for enforcing JavaScript context separation (the "same origin policy") and Firefox's PDF Viewer. (If your Mozilla products do not include the PDF Viewer, like the Android version, you are safe.) The exploit does not allow arbitrary code to be executed, but does inject a JavaScript payload. So far the only observed use of this vulnerability was to transmit potentially sensitive files to a server apparently in Ukraine. Oddly the attack has a developer focus, as the files being searched for included configuration data for subversion, s3browser, and Filezilla on Windows, while on Linux it went after the configuration files in /etc/passwd as well as .bash_history, .mysql_history, .pgsql_history, and .ssh files and keys. Mac users would not be immune to this vulnerability, but were not apparently targeted.

The exploit does not leave a trace on a machine after it runs, so you may want to reset passwords if you use Firefox for Windows or Linux. As the exploit attacked via an ad on a Russian news site though, ad-blockers may provide a level of protection, but that is speculative and dependent on the blocking software and filters used.

Source: Mozilla Security Blog



FinalWire Releases AIDA64 5.30

Category: Software
Posted: July 28, 2015 03:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Version 5.30 of AIDA64, a popular PC diagnostic utility that provides detailed information about hardware and software of individual or networked computers, has just been released by software development company FinalWire. The latest version of AIDA64 features full support for Intel Skylake processors, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, as well as the latest graphics and GPGPU computing technologies by both AMD and NVIDIA. FinalWire has also developed version 5.30 of AIDA64 to support an operating system known as Tizen, which is developed by Samsung and features more than 1 million users that are mainly located in South Asia. According to FinalWire, the development of AIDA64 for Tizen was quite a challenge since the operating system is still in its infancy, but the company views Samsung’s platform as quite promising and FinalWire is proud to be one of the first to offer such an application for users of Tizen.

AIDA64 5.30 is available for immediate download, with the Extreme, Network Audit, Engineer, and Business versions retailing for $39.95, $99.95, $199.90, and $199.90, respectively. The Tizen version of AIDA64 5.30 is also available for immediate download from the Tizen store and is free for all users. For a full list of all the new features and improvements introduced to AIDA64 with the release of version 5.30, please see the source link below.

Source: Press Release



Adobe Works With Google to Improve Security of Flash

Category: Software
Posted: July 20, 2015 03:41PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Adobe Flash was recently the target of a number of zero day attacks that led Mozilla to disable the media player in the Firefox web browser. As part of an effort to fix the bugs and improve security against future attacks, Adobe has worked with Google's Project Zero. As part of the effort the team has "managed to make structural changes to the way its program interacts with an operating system." The two main changes were the addition of a new partition to heap memory and the requirement for a validation key before modifying Vector objects. The patch was applied in Flash version v18.0.0.209 and the company recommends getting the 64-bit version of Chrome when using a 64-bit OS. Google researchers described the effort stating, "It's a cat-and-mouse-game, but we'll be looking out for attackers' attempts to adapt, and devising further mitigations based on what we see. Perhaps more importantly, we're also devising a next level of defences based on what we expect we might see. Our partitioning mitigation is far from finished. We'll be analysing object types to see what else might benefit from partitioning, and moving forward incrementally."

Source: NDTV



AMD Releases Catalyst 15.7 WHQL Driver

Category: Software
Posted: July 9, 2015 03:43AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Just weeks before Windows 10 is expected to be released to the public in its final form, AMD has just made available its Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver. The latest graphics card driver brings important features to AMD users, such as full DirectX 12 support, which enables increased performance in various scenarios, as well as expanded support for Frame Rate Target Control, which provides decreased noise and heat output by GPUs by allowing users to set a target frame rate level when running an application in full screen exclusive mode. The AMD Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver brings support for the Radeon 300 series and other Radeon products under one driver package, and also introduces FreeSync compatibility with computer configurations that include graphics cards running in Crossfire. Additionally, Virtual Super Resolution support, which allows games to be rendered at a higher resolution and then displayed at a lower resolution for improved visuals, has been expanded to include all Radeon R7 260 and above GPUs as well as desktop A-Series 7400K and above APUs.

The Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver offers quite a bit of what Radeon owners have been requesting for some time and represents the largest driver update for AMD since the Omega driver was released late last year. The latest driver is available for immediate download from the official AMD website.

Source: WCCFtech



Google Earth Gets New Features on 10th Birthday

Category: Software
Posted: June 30, 2015 03:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the relase of Google Earth and Google celebrated with the additon of two new features to the software. Voyager allows users to "jump straight to the newest and most interesting imagery around the globe." The first relase of Voyager features Street View highlights including the Taj Mahal, Earth View of various "striking landscapes," 3D cities, the latest satellite imagery, and highlight tours of thousands of locations. Google has also updated Earth View which is a "library of some of the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth," to include 1,500 landscapes from around the globe. The images are available through the Chrome Extension and a web gallery with the option to download as high resolution wallpapers.

Source: Google



Version 0.8.4 of GPU-Z Released Alongside PowerColor Fury X Giveaway

Category: Software
Posted: June 26, 2015 04:24AM
Author: Brentt Moore

TechPowerUp has officially released an update to its popular video subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility known as GPU-Z. The update, which brings the software to version 0.8.4, adds in support for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, the Radeon R7 370, and the Intel "Broadwell" GT3e. Version 0.8.4 of GPU-Z also includes an improved video BIOS UEFI support indicator as well as high-DPI visual elements, the latter of which ensures that vendor logos displayed within the program are incredibly sharp when compared to previous releases of the utility.

Additionally, for a limited time, users of GPU-Z 0.8.4 can enter a Radeon R9 Fury X giveaway sponsored by TechPowerUp and PowerColor. Users who wish to enter for their chance to win AMD’s latest flagship graphics card simply have to click on the corresponding tab within the latest version of GPU-Z, fill out a small form, and answer one question.

Version 0.8.4 of GPU-Z runs on computers featuring Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, and is available for immediate download through the program’s official website.

Source: TechPowerUp



Google Launches Free Version of Play Music Service

Category: Software
Posted: June 23, 2015 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has announced that as of today it is creating an ad supported version of its Play Music streaming service, with immediate availability on Android and the web with planned support for iOS soon. The free service will incorporate curated playlists that were obtained as part of the Songza acquisition last year. By using playlists and acting as "music radio" rather than using an on-demand structure similar to the free version of Spotify, Google hopes to avoid criticisms that artists are being underpaid. Google Play Music product manager Elias Roman believes that listeners will accept their lack of control over the music they are listening to saying "They want the music to be awesome. They want it to be contextually relevant, but they don’t want to tweak a lot of knobs." Free users will face a number of restrictions not placed on pay users including six skips per hour, inability to rewind, or see what songs are coming up.

Source: The Verge



AMD Releases Updated Catalyst Driver for Batman: Arkham Knight

Category: Software
Posted: June 23, 2015 05:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In order to be provide its customers with the best gaming experience possible, AMD has released an updated Catalyst driver that provides performance and stability improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight. The release of the Catalyst 15.6 Beta driver comes just hours after NVIDIA released its own updated Game Ready driver for the latest Batman game. Version 15.6 Beta of the Catalyst driver by AMD unfortunately does not support Crossfire for Batman: Arkham Knight, but the company is apparently working closely with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to resolve issues currently exhibited when Crossfire is enabled with the video game title.

The Catalyst 15.6 Beta driver is designed for Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines and can be downloaded immediately from the official AMD website.

Source: WCCFtech



Futuremark Announces Development of VRMark

Category: Software
Posted: June 10, 2015 01:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Futuremark, the developers behind the PCMark and 3DMark benchmarking suites, has announced it is developing VRMark, a virtual reality benchmark. With many believing VR will achieve widespread adoption in the coming years, the ability to measure the capabilities of systems to deliver various kinds of VR content is going to become ever more important. To achieve this, VRMark will use a combination of software and hardware to measure performance, latency, and accuracy. Latency and accuracy come into play because VR headsets have sensors on them, which have to be able to communicate with the system quickly.

With the benchmark being in development currently, Futuremark is inviting companies that create VR hardware and software and others to join its Benchmark Development Program. This will give them exclusive access to VRMark throughout developing, including its source code, and the ability to provide direct feedback.

Source: Futuremark



AIDA64 Celebrates 20th Anniversary; Arrives on iOS and Windows Phone Devices

Category: Software
Posted: June 9, 2015 06:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AIDA64, a popular PC diagnostic utility that provides detailed information about the hardware and software of individual or networked computers, has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The application, which has become the standard for PC diagnostics, was originally called ASMDemo and was developed for DOS in June of 1995 and released to the public in 1996. Tamás Miklós, the lead developer at FinalWire, stated that “Just like in the past two decades, we will continue to do our best to follow hardware technology innovations and to provide the most accurate hardware and software information to our users.”

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary properly, FinalWire has released AIDA64 for iOS and Windows Phone devices. The applications utilize the design language of the platform, allowing for a seamless user experience while providing detailed information about hardware within a vast amount of mobile devices. The iOS version can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is compatible with devices running iOS 7.0 or later, while the Windows Phone version is available through the Windows Phone Store for free and is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile Preview.

The announcement of AIDA64 being available for iOS and Windows Phone officially completes the AIDA64 mobile portfolio, since the utility was released on Android roughly three months ago.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Driver Hotfix Addresses G-Sync Windowed Mode

Category: Software
Posted: June 3, 2015 04:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has just released the GeForce 353.12 Hotfix drivers to "address the G-Sync Windowed mode issue that some users were experiencing." The drivers were only released for 64-bit systems and only address the G-Sync issues, so only users that use that feature need to upgrade. G-Sync Windowed mode was just added as part of the GeForce Game Ready 353.06 Driver last week, and this fix represents a rather quick turnaround. Windowed mode is designed to provide "a tear-free, stutter-free experience whatever your screen mode."

Source: Legit Reviews



NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 353.06 Driver Now Available; GTX 980 Ti Support and Kepler Fixes

Category: Software
Posted: May 31, 2015 05:16PM
Author: bp9801

A new GeForce driver has arrived in preparation for the GTX 980 Ti, as the GeForce Game Ready 353.06 WHQL Driver is now available to download. This driver includes support for NVIDIA's new video card, so for those looking to pick one up, this is the driver to get. NVIDIA also implemented assorted tweaks and fixes to Kepler GPUs that weren't quite performing as well in some games. Anyone on a GTX 600/700 card should be happy to get those fixes, especially for those playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This Game Ready Driver is also ideal for those playing Heroes of the Storm, as this driver has been optimized for that game and also supports optimization through GeForce Experience. G-SYNC has been modified to now work in windowed mode, as well as on/off toggles for it, plus Ultra-Low Motion Blur is now in the NVIDIA Control Panel.

The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 353.06 WHQL Driver can be downloaded right now through the NVIDIA website and GeForce Experience.

Source: NVIDIA



AMD Releases Catalyst 15.5 Beta Driver

Category: Software
Posted: May 29, 2015 06:11AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Just days ago it was reported that AMD was actively working on the Catalyst 15.5 beta driver, which was supposed to increase performance in Project CARS and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Fortunately for gamers of both titles, the Catalyst 15.5 beta driver has been officially released by AMD. According to the company, the latest Catalyst driver provides a maximum ten percent performance increase on single GPU Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics products running The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and a maximum 17 percent performance increase on the same Radeon products running Project CARS. The Catalyst 15.5 beta driver from AMD also includes a Crossfire profile for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The latest version of the Catalyst driver from AMD can be downloaded from the official release notes webpage.

Source: WCCFtech



GPU-Z Updated to Version 0.8.3

Category: Software
Posted: May 28, 2015 04:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

GPU-Z, one of the most popular and widely used graphics system information, monitoring, and diagnostic utilities, has been officially updated by techPowerUp to version 0.8.3. The latest version brings support for various Intel Broadwell SKUs and HBM memory, as well as AMD Fiji, Radeon R2/R3, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 965M, GTX 950M, NVS315, and GT 750 graphics. Version 0.8.3 of GPU-Z also includes a VGA BIOS UEFI support indicator, improved OpenCL detection code, corrected GT200B die size, corrected NV42 specs, and the addition of NVIDIA PerfCap sensor in some cases.

Version 0.8.3 of GPU-Z can be downloaded immediately for machines running Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

Source: techPowerUp



DirectX 12 Shows Significant Improvement in Latest Windows 10 Build

Category: Software
Posted: May 25, 2015 02:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga

DirectX 12 is the upcoming version of the graphics software from Microsoft, with a release planned for PC followed by XBOX One. A new preview build of Windows 10 was recently released and with it a new DirectX 12 build. A user on Reddit has decided to put the build to the test using some older hardware, in this case an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 paired with an Intel Core i7 2600K. The user observed that the new version of the API improves the number of draw calls by 330% which should greatly improve performance on PC but may not fare as well on the XBOX as "the Xbone is hideously GPU bound and while multithreaded performance SHOULD be good, the CPU is operating at a painfully slow clock rate."

Source: Reddit via WCCF Tech



AMD Actively Developing Catalyst 15.5 Beta Driver for Project CARS and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Category: Software
Posted: May 25, 2015 05:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Just last week, the developer of Project CARS, Slightly Mad Studios, released an official statement in regards to the poor performance gamers have been struggling with on AMD GPUs. Gamers utilizing graphics cards from AMD have also been experiencing performance issues in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt due to NVIDIA Hairworks technology. While the AMD community has come together to help each other improve their in-game experiences, it has been revealed that new Catalyst drivers targeting both games will be released fairly soon. According to AMD, the Catalyst 15.5 beta will optimize performance for both video game titles, and the driver will be released to gamers as soon as development is complete.

Source: WCCFtech



NVIDIA Releases the GeForce Hotfix Driver 353.00 for Mobile GPU Users

Category: Software
Posted: May 23, 2015 08:32PM
Author: bp9801

If you happen to be running a laptop powered by an NVIDIA GeForce mobile GPU and have noticed some overclocking issues, you're in luck. NVIDIA recently released the GeForce Hotfix driver 353.00, which restores overclocking to Maxwell mobile GPUs. If you need that little bit of extra oomph for your GTX 965M or the big GTX 980M, this is how you can get it back. There was no mention of why overclocking suddenly stopped working with the most recent mobile driver, as it is simply being called a "regression." Whatever the reason behind it, this hotfix corrects it. A download is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit laptops, so whatever one you have, you're covered. Do note that desktop GPUs are not affected and this driver does not apply to you.

Source: NVIDIA Support



Adblock Plus Launches Web Browser for Android

Category: Software
Posted: May 20, 2015 04:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The developer behind the popular Adblock Plus browser extension has released a standalone browser for Android devices known as Adblock Browser. The browser is currently in beta and simply packages Firefox for Android with Adblock Plus. For users that want to test it out, the APK can be downloaded from the Adblock Plus website. Adblock Plus has been available on Android for a while, both as a standalone app and as an add-on for Firefox for Android, but both of those required some finagling to get working properly. Adblock Plus cofounder Till Faida described the move stating, "Adblock Browser for Android puts the control back into users’ hands."

Source: Venture Beat



Public Preview Available for Office 2016

Category: Software
Posted: May 4, 2015 04:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft released a public test version of the upcoming Office 2016 desktop suite for Windows earlier today. A test version had previously been released in March 2015 for IT Pros and developers, with this version available to all users. Office 2016 will be available on Windows 7, 8, and 10 in the fall of this year. Current testers have noted that new features are hard to come by in the test version, with touch-first/Universal app versions and coauthoring capability notable absences.

Source: ZDNet



Disabling NVIDIA’s Streaming Service Provides Marginal Performance Gains

Category: Software
Posted: May 4, 2015 07:30AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA’s drivers contain a streaming service that powers one of its most touted features known as Shadow Play, which allows gamers to stream games to a SHIELD device. Unfortunately, it looks like the streaming service is automatically enabled in the latest GeForce drivers, and as such, happens to utilize CPU resources in the background even when not in use. According to reddit user lhikary, disabling the NVIDIA Streamer Service provides a roughly three to five percent performance increase in synthetic benchmarks, which is just outside the margin of error. Nonetheless, the performance gains achieved by disabling the streaming service that makes Shadow Play work could help owners of lower-end CPUs quite a bit when it comes to everyday tasks as well as gaming.

NVIDIA has not yet made an official statement in regards to its streaming service continually utilizing CPU resources in the background, even when a SHIELD device is not present.

Source: WCCFtech



NVIDIA Launches GeForce 352.63 Beta Driver

Category: Software
Posted: April 30, 2015 05:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In order to provide GeForce owners with the best experience when it comes to the prerelease versions of Windows 10, NVIDIA has launched its GeForce 352.63 beta driver. The driver, which is only compatible with GeForce 900, 700, and 600 series GPUs, as well as 900M, 800M, 700M, and 600M series GPUs, provides proper support for WDDM 2.0 and DirectX 12.

The latest beta driver can be downloaded immediately for desktops and notebooks from the official NVIDIA website.

Source: TechPowerUp



AMD Releases Catalyst 15.4 Beta Driver for Windows

Category: Software
Posted: April 13, 2015 07:28PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Not to be outdone by NVIDIA with the release of its GeForce Game Ready Drivers for Grand Theft Auto V, AMD has released version 15.4 beta of its Catalyst driver. The driver enables peak performance for gamers utilizing AMD Radeon graphics cards and running Grand Theft Auto V, and also includes various bug fixes and Crossfire profile updates for titles such as Battlefield Hardline and Far Cry 4.

Source: AMD



GeForce Game Ready Drivers for Grand Theft Auto V Released by NVIDIA

Category: Software
Posted: April 13, 2015 06:52PM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has officially released its GeForce 350.12 WHQL Game Ready drivers. The latest drives focus primarily on improving the overall gaming experience for Grand Theft Auto V, which has recently been made available to consumers. Owners of Grand Theft Auto V and certain graphics cards from NVIDIA will find that the GeForce 350.12 WHQL Game Ready drivers offer support for SLI Technology and GeForce Experience one-click optimizations.

Source: NVIDIA



NVIDIA Releases Version 350.05 of GeForce Hotfix Display Driver

Category: Software
Posted: April 3, 2015 04:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yesterday, NVIDIA released a GeForce hotfix display driver that successfully fixes two important issues surrounding Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. For Battlefield: Hardline, version 350.05 of the GeForce hotfix display driver fixes a crash with a DirectX error message on some systems, and for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest driver from NVIDIA solves a TDR crash.

Version 350.05 of the GeForce hotfix display driver is available for immediate download for GeForce notebook and desktop GPUs running in 32-bit and 64-bit environments.



AMD Tests Out the 3DMark API Overhead Tests with Video Cards and APUs

Category: Software
Posted: March 29, 2015 11:46PM
Author: bp9801

3DMark's new API Overhead Test allows for multiple APIs to be tested on one GPU, provided the GPU and OS supports DirectX 11, 12, and/or Mantle. AMD also has APUs that should be fully capable of running the API Overhead Test, and that is precisely what the company recently did. The Radeon R9 290X and R7 260X were tested, as were the A10-7850K and FX-8350 processors. The video cards were tested on DirectX 11 and 12, with the hardware efficiency being the key element to show just what kind of gains to expect from jumping to the new standard. It is certainly a massive jump, with up to 16 times more graphics throughput on DX12. On the A10-7850K APU, AMD decided to test the performance/watt capabilities on DX11 and 12, and once again, the gains for DX12 are impressive. Lastly there's the FX-8350 processor and how well DX12 scales with multiple cores compared to DX11. Try not to be shocked at the boost offered by DX12.

All in all, it definitely looks like DirectX 12, with its low overhead design, will be a winner once it arrives with Windows 10. Just remember, you do need to be running Windows 10 to enjoy DirectX 12, as it's exclusive to Microsoft's new OS.

Source: WCCFTech




FinalWire Releases AIDA64 5.20

Category: Software
Posted: March 24, 2015 03:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AIDA64, a popular PC diagnostic utility that provides detailed information about the hardware and software of individual or networked computers, has just been updated by developer FinalWire to version 5.20. This latest version provides numerous improvements, specifically when it comes to additional support for recently released hardware. Some of the improvements include 64-bit benchmarks optimized for AMD Carrizo APUs, AVX2 and FMA accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Broadwell CPUs, preliminary support for the AMD Nolan APU, support for the sensors of Thermaltake DPS-G power supplies, and support for the sensors of the AquaStream XT, MPS, PowerAdjust 2, and PowerAdjust 3 water-cooling parts. Version 5.20 of AIDA64 also includes GPU details for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX TITAN X, CUDA 7.0 and OpenCL 2.1 support, SensorPanel and external LCD improvements, support for Odospace LCDs, 0.01 Celsius temperature measurement for select sensor items, and Corsair Neutron XT, Crucial BX100, Crucial MX200, and SanDisk Ultra II SSD support.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 347.88 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

Category: Software
Posted: March 19, 2015 04:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Shortly after the launch of the amazingly powerful GeForce GTX TITAN X, NVIDIA has just released version 347.88 of its GeForce Game Ready drivers. The drivers of course offer support for the GeForce GTX TITAN X, but mainly focus on Battlefield: Hardline, as they offer single-GPU optimizations for the game, an SLI profile that lets the game take advantage of SLI multi-GPU setups, and an update on how the game plays with 3D Vision Surround. Version 347.88 of the GeForce Game Ready drivers also includes SLI profiles for Life is Strange, Medieval Engineers, Trine 3, and Zombie Army Trilogy.

The NVIDIA GeForce 347.88 WHQL Game Ready drivers are available for immediate download from the NVIDIA website.

Source: TechPowerUp



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