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AMD Releases Hotfix for Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1

Category: Software
Posted: February 4, 2016 11:59PM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has officially released a hotfix for version 16.1.1 of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which the company pushed to Radeon users just days ago. The hotfix release includes some important highlights, such as Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider AMD Crossfire profiles, as well as performance and quality improvements for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 hotfix also resolves some issues for gamers, such as display corruption on systems with multiple monitors, crashing of Battlefield Hardline when altering graphic quality settings, brightness flickering in some games when AMD FreeSync was enabled, and custom game profiles resetting back to default settings after a system restart, just to name a few.

The hotfix version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1, which is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and can be downloaded immediately from the source link below.

Source: AMD



Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey for $250 Million

Category: Software
Posted: February 3, 2016 12:38PM
Author: Leo Ohayon

SwiftKey, maker of the iconic predictive smartphone keyboard, has been acquired by Microsoft for $250 million. According to Microsoft, there are no plans to halt development for iOS and Android platforms, but it will be pushing for "integration of the core technology aross the breadth of our product and services portfolio."

SwiftKey can be found on over 300 million devices and supports over 100 languages, as well as bilingual auto-correction. SwiftKey also has GreenHouse, a type of beta testing environment for end users to try new potential SwiftKey features. GreenHouse currently includes SwiftKey Symbols, a symbol-based communication method to assist individuals with special needs, as well as SwiftKey Neural, which is the world’s first smartphone keyboard to use artificial neural networks to predict and correct typing.

This buyout continues Microsoft’s trend of purchasing productivity applications – it recently acquired Acompli, Wunderlist, and Sunrise. It is believed that these acquisitions will be ported over to Windows Phone in hopes to add some much needed features to the OS.

Source: Ars Technica



New GeForce Experience Beta Introduces Additional Features

Category: Software
Posted: January 26, 2016 07:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has officially released version 2.10.0.60 of the GeForce Experience beta, which adds new features such as desktop and windowed mode capture, as well as advanced microphone controls. The ability to capture videos and screenshots of games in both fullscreen and windowed modes allows gamers to broadcast and share every moment of gameplay with friends and followers. Gamers are even able to switch back and forth between fullscreen and windowed modes without interruption, and desktop elements and are able to be removed with previously introduced gallery features contained within the GeForce Experience beta. New microphone controls allow recording devices to be changed and the recording volume to be adjusted, ensuring that gameplay capture and streaming receives the perfect audio.

The latest GeForce Experience beta is able to be downloaded from the official GeForce Experience website.

Source: GeForce



Linux Exploit Attacks Grub2 With Backspace Key

Category: Software
Posted: December 21, 2015 03:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A pair of researchers, Hector Marco and Ismael Ripoll, from the Cybersecurity Group at Universitat Politècnica de València have discovered an exploit in versions 1.98 to 2.02 of the latest GRand Unified Bootloader, Grub2. Considering the widespread use of Grub2 and the fact that these versions extend back to 2009, the researchers said the flaw results in an "incalculable number of affected devices." The exploit is executed by simply pressing the backspace key 28 times when Grub2 prompts for a username. Vulnerable machines will bring up a shell that grants full administrative privilege "to load customised kernels and operating systems, install rootkits, download the full disc or destroy all data on a machine." The exploit is caused by a pair of functions susceptible to integer overflow that causes the system to attempt to erase nonexistent characters, resulting in out of bounds memory errors. The researchers have alerted major Linux vendors and an emergency patch can be found on Github, and users should be sure to patch their systems as soon as possible. If there is one thing that could lessen the impact of the exploit, an attacker needs physical access to your machine in order to press the backspace key.

Source: ZDNet



NVIDIA Adds Virtual Reality SLI Support to GameWorks

Category: Software
Posted: December 21, 2015 03:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has announced the release of its latest Game Ready drivers, and with it comes support for GameWorks VR 1.1. As part of this update, NVIDIA has added VR SLI support for OpenGL applications and the latest Oculus SDK. Support is made possible through the "GL_NVX_linked_gpu_multicast" OpenGL extension that improves High-performance stereo head-mounted display (HMD) rendering speed. The new extension grants the ability to control multiple GPUs in an SLI setup through a single OpenGL context. Autodesk saw a 1.7x speedup in its VRED software when used with HMDs and close to a 2x speedup with stereo displays and projectors. Users will have access to this technology in both GeForce and Quadro drivers version 361.43 and newer. NVIDIA offers a simplified explanation of how everything works stating, "With the OpenGL multicast extension, it’s possible to upload the same scene to two different GPUs and render it from two different viewpoints with a single OpenGL rendering stream. This distributes the rendering workload across two GPUs and eliminates the CPU overhead of sending the rendering commands twice, providing a simple way to achieve substantial speedup ."

Source: NVIDIA



AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12 Drivers

Category: Software
Posted: December 18, 2015 12:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In time for the holiday game sales, AMD has released new graphics drivers, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12. This release includes fixes for Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, Just Cause 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and some Overdrive fan issues.

For Battlefront, flicker snow, broken sky rendering, and the visibility of shadowy textures have been fixed. Fallout 4 issue with the compass flickering on R9 390 series GPUs has been fixed, but the issue with R9 290 and R9 295X2 is still being looked into. The texture corruption of Just Cause 3 has been fixed and Black Ops 3 has had its Crossfire performance improved.

You can read the complete list of resolved issues and known issues by following the source link below.

Source: AMD



Firefox Gets a 64-bit Version for Windows

Category: Software
Posted: December 16, 2015 03:41PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In a move that I found to be quite surprising, Mozilla has released a 64-bit version of the Firefox web browser for Windows, a move that is surprising because I just assumed that it had already happened. Mac and Linux users have had a 64-bit version for a while, but it took until release 43 for it to come to Windows. The 64-bit build is for Windows 7 and up, and users of a current 32-bit version will have to download an all new copy rather than upgrading their current install. Users likely won't see much of a difference as "most of the big improvements happen behind the scenes, although the 64-bit version should be able to keep more tabs open without slowing as well as run web apps that require 64-bit support."

Source: PC World



Futuremark Reveals New 3DMark GPU Test That Incorporates DirectX 12 API

Category: Software
Posted: December 15, 2015 06:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Pasi Virtanen, the product manager for Futuremark’s 3DMark, has taken the time at a Chinese media event to reveal a new GPU test that will be included within the next version of 3DMark. The new test, which is currently known as "Time Spy," utilizes DirectX 12 in order to push graphics cards to the limit. The test is supposed to be roughly five times heavier on GPUs than Fire Strike is, and will render in 1080p, 1440p, and 4K for cards that have over 2GB of memory.

While no official release date for the new 3DMark suite has been announced, it is expected that it will be released in the first quarter of next year. The suite will include the newly revealed GPU test as well as an additional GPU benchmark and a CPU test.

Source: eTeknix and TechPowerUp



Version 5.60 of AIDA64 Released by FinalWire

Category: Software
Posted: December 8, 2015 03:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

FinalWire has officially released version 5.60 of AIDA64, a feature rich PC diagnostic utility that showcases detailed information about hardware and software of individual or networked computers. The latest version of the utility includes a wealth of support for various hardware and software, such as Windows 10 TH2, OpenCL 2.1, Farbwerk water-cooler sensors, Crucial BX200 and Lite-On MU II SSDs, and Corsair HXi, Corsair RMi, and Enermax Digifanless power supplies. AIDA64 5.60 also boasts preliminary support for AMD Zen Raven Ridge APUs and Summit Ridge CPUs, as well as Intel Apollo Lake, Broxton, Kaby Lake CPUs. GPU details for the AMD Radeon R9 380X along with the GeForce 945M, Quadro M3000M, and Quadro M5000M by NVIDIA are now available within the latest version of AIDA64, and auto detect information and SMART drive health monitoring for Samsung NVMe SSDs is included too.

Interested PC enthusiasts can retrieve version 5.60 of AIDA64 from the official download page for the software.

Source: Press Release



GeForce 359.12 Hotfix Notebook Driver Released by NVIDIA

Category: Software
Posted: December 3, 2015 03:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although NVIDIA just released its Game Ready 359.06 WHQL driver for Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege two days ago, the company has just made available the GeForce 359.12 hotfix notebook driver. The hotfix driver is nearly identical to version 359.06 of the Game Ready driver, but contains fixes that help to mitigate game crashes for GeForce GTX 860M mobile GPU owners. The quick release of the GeForce 359.12 hotfix notebook driver shows NVIDIA’s commitment to its user base, something that AMD has also shown recently with its Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 that acted as a hotfix for its users.

Interested GeForce GTX 860M mobile GPU owners can download the GeForce 359.12 hotfix notebook driver, which does not offer WHQL certification, from the official GeForce driver website.

Source: TechPowerUp



AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1

Category: Software
Posted: December 1, 2015 06:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported yesterday that AMD was expected to release a hot fix for its Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver that happened to cause some cards to overheat in various usage scenarios. AMD came through with this expectation, as the company officially released version 15.11.1 of Radeon Software Crimson Edition yesterday. The latest version of the AMD driver specifically fixes the fan problem that caused graphics cards to overheat, and also addresses 15 other issues that the 2.5 million users who downloaded the driver in the last week were able to discover.

Source: Legit Reviews



Radeon Software Crimson Edition Released by AMD

Category: Software
Posted: November 24, 2015 05:58AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Earlier this month, it was reported that AMD was actively working on Radeon Software, a brand new video card driver suite that was meant to replace the aged Catalyst Control Center. It was reported just a few days later that the Crimson Edition of the new AMD software would be released on November 24, and true to its word, the Radeon Technologies Group has officially made Radeon Software Crimson Edition available for public download. The software provides AMD users with a completely new user experience, stability across all of AMD’s graphics solutions, up to 20 percent more game performance, up to 33 percent faster game load times, up to 1.8 times more energy efficiency capability than its predecessor, and 12 new or enhanced features.

Interested users can download Radeon Software Crimson Edition from the official AMD download landing page.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Releases Two Virtual Reality SDKs

Category: Software
Posted: November 19, 2015 03:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has officially thrown its hat into the Virtual Reality space with the release of version 1.0 of the GameWorks VR and DesignWorks VR Software Development Kits (SDK). The SDKs "deliver a comprehensive set of APIs and libraries for headset and app developers, including new NVIDIA Multi-Res Shading Technology," which is an "innovative rendering technique that increases performance by as much as 50 percent while maintaining image quality." Developers can gain access to the SDKs by registering on the NVIDIA developer pages for GameWorks VR and DesignWorks VR.

GameWorks VR Game and Application Features:

  • Multi-Res Shading — an innovative rendering technique for VR in which each part of an image is rendered at a resolution that best matches the pixel density of the warped image required by the headset. It uses the NVIDIA Maxwell™ chip architecture’s multi-projection capability to render multiple-scaled viewports in a single pass, delivering substantial performance improvements.
  • VR SLI — provides increased performance for VR applications where multiple GPUs can be assigned a specific eye to dramatically accelerate stereo rendering.

GameWorks VR Headset Features:

  • Context Priority — provides control over GPU scheduling to support advanced VR features such as asynchronous time warp, which cuts latency and quickly adjusts images as gamers move their heads, without the need to re-render a new frame.
  • Direct Mode — treats VR headsets as head-mounted displays accessible only to VR applications, rather than a typical Windows monitor, providing better plug and play support and compatibility for VR headsets.
  • Front Buffer Rendering — enables the GPU to render directly to the front buffer to reduce latency.

DesignWorks VR Tools:

  • Warp and Blend — new APIs that provide application-independent geometry corrections and intensity adjustments across entire desktops to create seamless VR CAVE environments, without introducing any latency.
  • GPU Affinity — provides dramatic performance improvements by managing the placement of graphics and rendering workloads across multiple GPUs.
  • Synchronization — techniques to prevent tearing and image misalignment while creating one large desktop that is driven from multiple GPUs or clusters. Various technologies like Frame Lock, Stereo Lock, Swap Groups and Swap Barriers are available to help developers design seamless and expansive VR CAVE and cluster environments.
  • Direct for Video — enabling VR and augmented reality environments such as head-mounted displays, CAVES/immersive displays and cluster solutions.

Source: Press Release



TRENDNet Makes Its Free AP Management Software Available

Category: Software
Posted: November 19, 2015 06:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

TRENDNet has announced the release of its free AP Management Software, which allows owners of models TEW-455APBO, TEW-676APBO, TEW-738APBO, and TEW-739APBO to easily manage their outdoor wireless access points. The software is capable of supporting up to 200 of TRENDnet’s outdoor access points, and it includes quite a bit of functionality, such as the ability to quickly transfer settings from one access point to another as well as perform simultaneous and centralized firmware upgrades on all compatible units. The AP Management Software also enables owners to view network status reports for each supported unit and create and apply custom configurations on individual and grouped access points. Evan Davis, the Senior Manager of Solutions Engineering at TRENDnet, noted that "TRENDnet's new web-based management software cuts down overall administration time, and provides the necessary tools to keep your wireless network up and running smoothly."

TRENDnet, which happens to be a global provider of award-winning networking and surveillance solutions to small and medium-sized business and home users, has made its free AP Management Software available for immediate download.

Source: Press Release



Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta Driver Made Available by AMD

Category: Software
Posted: November 17, 2015 08:05AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has officially launched the Catalyst 15.11.1 beta driver, which is the last release of the Catalyst Software Center, as Radeon Software Crimson edition is right around the corner. The latest Catalyst driver contains version 15.201.1151.1010 of the AMD Catalyst Display Driver and primarily offers quality and performance optimizations for some of the most recent gaming titles. These gaming titles include Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III

AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 beta is supported on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 SP1 and higher, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10, and can be downloaded immediately from the source link below.

Source: AMD



AMD Radeon Software Crimson Available November 24

Category: Software
Posted: November 5, 2015 04:10PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Earlier this week it was revealed that AMD was doing away with the Catalyst Control Center in favor of the Radeon Crimson Software for controlling video drivers and graphics card settings. Much was revealed about the new software except for a release date, with AMD merely stating it would be out by the end of the year. It is now known that the new software will be available on November 24. AMD users should remember the date and be sure to update to the new software when it becomes available.

Source: Zolkorn via WCCF Tech



GPU-Z 0.8.6 Released

Category: Software
Posted: November 4, 2015 04:15PM
Author: Brentt Moore

TechPowerUp has officially released version 0.8.6 of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information and diagnostics utility. Version 0.8.6 brings along support for DirectX 12, removes the shader model readout, reduces memory consumption of monitoring sample history, adds command line usage, and can successfully wake sleeping AMD GPUs in laptops during the startup of the program. The latest version of GPU-Z also includes a wealth of different fixes for previously known bugs, such as BIOS readings on the AMD Fury Series, several instabilities on Intel GPUs, voltage monitoring on some Sapphire graphics cards, and much more. Support for the latest AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA graphics solutions is also available, further widening the user base of GPU-Z.

GPU-Z 0.8.6 is available for immediate download from the official TechPowerUp website.

Source: TechPowerUp



Hulu Virtual Reality Application Launching Soon

Category: Software
Posted: October 9, 2015 05:33PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Tim Connolly, the Head of Distribution at Hulu, has announced that the company’s virtual reality application is expected to launch next month alongside the release of the Gear VR headset that Samsung is making available for just $99. The application will allow Hulu viewers to experience content in an entirely new way through the use of a reasonably inexpensive device. Hulu is planning to be one of the major companies that supports virtual reality, with the online streaming service even considering the commission of original series that are available only in virtual reality. Hulu is also thinking about the possibility of offering immersive environments relating to its 2D video, allowing viewers to view content within and inside of various scenes. Connolly noted that "We think this is a smart bet that helps position us as an innovator and helps us learn earlier on what could be a substantive storytelling environment."

Source: CNET



Version 358.50 of NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver Released

Category: Software
Posted: October 7, 2015 03:21PM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has officially released its latest GeForce Game Ready driver, version 358.50 WHQL. The newest NVIDIA graphics driver offers Game Ready support for the Star Wars: Battlefront Open Beta, updated features and functionality for the GameWorks VR SDK, and support for the latest OpenGL ARB extensions as well as OpenGL ES 3.2. For Windows 10, version 358.50 of the NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver ushers in SLI support for ShadowPlay and GameStream, as well as Stereo support for DirectX 12 SLI and 3D Surround. SLI profiles for Layers of Fear, Miscreated, Trainz: A New Era, and Zui Zhong Bing Qi were also added as part of the latest driver.

Version 358.50 WHQL of the NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver supports a wealth of GeForce 900, 700, 600, 500, and 400 series cards, and can be immediately downloaded from the official NVIDIA website.

Source: NVIDIA



Two Critical Flaws Found in TrueCrypt

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

Google researcher James Forshaw has found a pair of vulnerabilities in the free disk encryption software TrueCrypt. Development of the software was abandoned last May, but it is still used by many to encrypt their drives. Forshaw hasn't disclosed the exact nature of the vulnerabilities yet as he "usually waits seven days after a patch is released to open his bug reports." The two exploits could give elevated privileges to an attacker, only requiring access to a limited user account. Development of the TrueCrypt code base has been continued through the Open Source VeraCrypt which was patched on Saturday to address the two vulnerabilities. Users that still use TrueCrypt are encouraged to switch to VeraCrypt to ensure that they are getting updated and secure software.

Source: PC World



AVG Updates Privacy Policy to Explain What Data is Collected and Sold to Third Parties

Category: Software
Posted: September 18, 2015 10:10AM
Author: bp9801

When looking at the anti-virus solution run on PCs, one of the options that may show up a decent amount is AVG. It's a free solution that many people swear by, although that may change. AVG recently updated its privacy policy, and while it is extremely transparent in letting you know what it does, it's also kind of alarming. The new privacy policy states AVG collects "non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free." Basically, it will sell your data to third parties in order to still provide a free anti-virus solution. As it says, non-personal data is collected, but things like advertising ID associated with devices, browsing and search history (including metadata), ISP or mobile network used to connect, and information on other installed applications. Information including your approximate location, ZIP code, area code, time zone, and URL used to get to the AVG website are also collected.

Any data that can personally identify you is anonymized and aggregated into information in an area, so it'll be included with other people around you. Anything AVG deems personal is not sold to third parties, but is shared with affiliate companies depending on laws in your country. IP addresses are shared with AVG search partners, with affiliated vendors can get your email address. Anything else is considered non-personal and sold off to third parties, plus publicly displayed.

This new privacy policy goes into effect on October 15. Users can choose to opt-out of certain data collection techniques, but information on how to do that, and what you can opt-out of, won't be available until the policy goes live. It will be interesting to see what kind of response this generates from the public, especially since data is going to be collected and sold to third parties.

Source: ZDNet



NVIDIA Makes GeForce Experience Early Access Share Beta Available

Category: Software
Posted: September 15, 2015 07:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has publically revealed that its GeForce Experience Early Access Share beta is now available for download and use by GeForce product owners. New ways to share experiences with friends are a part of the latest beta release of GeForce Experience, and highlights include an in-game overlay, integrated YouTube support, and GameSteam co-op. Users of the GeForce Experience Early Access Share beta can record, share, and broadcast game sessions with others, all from an easy to use and intuitive user interface that is available within video game titles. These capabilities promise to provide gamers with a more social experience overall, through innovative technology implementation.

Those interested in learning more about the latest version of GeForce Experience, which includes all of the aforementioned features, can do so through the official product website.

Source: NVIDIA Blog



Microsoft Office 2016 to Release on September 22

Category: Software
Posted: August 26, 2015 03:09PM
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 03:10PM
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 10:23AM
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 10:36AM
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 02:50AM
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 02:41PM
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 02:43AM
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 02:59PM
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



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