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AMD Details Dynamic Frame Rate Control

Category: Software
Posted: December 18, 2014 09:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to the Director of Public Relations for AMD, Chris Hook, the semiconductor company is working on Dynamic Frame Rate Control, a new software feature for its Radeon graphics cards. The feature, which users can control with a slider, works as a frame-rate limiter that likely reduces the clocks speeds of a GPU in order to keep it from rendering at frame-rates higher than the set limit. For example, if a user sets the limit at 60FPS but the GPU is capable of rendering the video game title at 100FPS, the software likely reduces the clock speeds the GPU in order to keep the frame-rate at the limit, instead of allowing the GPU to utilize its full power to provide as any frames per second as it can. Since Dynamic Frame Rate Control allows users to set their FPS within a game, and therefore adjust the clock speeds of their GPU, Hook states that the power savings observed with the software can be substantial, depending on the scenario, of course.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 347.09 Beta Game Ready Drivers

Category: Software
Posted: December 17, 2014 05:31PM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has just released the latest beta of its GeForce Game Ready drivers, version 347.09. The latest drivers, which of course do not feature WHQL certification due to being in a beta state, include a number of performance improvements for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous, and also include a GeForce Experience application profile for Project: Cars. Version 347.09 beta of the GeForce Game Ready drivers also includes PhysX System Software version 9.14.0702 and GeForce Experience 16.18.9.0.

The NVIDIA GeForce 347.09 Beta Game Ready drivers are available for immediate download from the NVIDIA website.

Source: TechPowerUp


Apple TV Receives Updated YouTube Application

Category: Software
Posted: December 10, 2014 05:22AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The YouTube application featured on Apple TV has finally received an update, bringing many of the same features that have been available on YouTube’s mobile apps, its website, and on other streaming platforms, to the Apple multimedia device. The latest update includes an improved design that incorporates crisp video thumbnails and tools for easy discovery, which together provide a streamlined user experience. Thanks to the latest update, YouTube users who access the service through Apple TV will also notice new features to include personalized recommendations based on videos previous watched, predictive search, and the ability to subscribe to specific YouTube channels.

Source: TechHive



Stream Viewer Added to Razer Comms

Category: Software
Posted: December 9, 2014 06:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, has officially launched Stream Viewer for Razer Comms, the company’s gaming VoIP messenger. Stream Viewer provides users of Razer Comms with seamless integration with popular streaming providers such as Twitch, which enhances the social experience of gaming. According to Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, "Maximizing this new and exciting form of media content and consumption, Razer Comms with its Stream Viewer feature aims to push the social experience in gaming and provide Razer’s millions of users with access to a refined streaming content experience." Stream Viewer allows those who utilize Razer Comms to watch streams with friends, discover streams based on interests and games, host private chats while watching streams with friends, create playlists to group favorite streams together, receive notifications when streams go live, and share playlists.

Gamers can read more about Razer’s gaming VoIP messenger at the official Razer Comms website.

Source: Press Release



FinalWire Releases AIDA64 5.00

Category: Software
Posted: December 9, 2014 05:03AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Version 5.00 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 edition of AIDA64 includes various improvements and new features, such as RemoteSensor smartphone and tablet LCD integration, Logitech Arx Control smartphone and tablet LCD integration, Aquaero and Aquaduct sensor devices support, system certificates information, and support for Gravitech, LCD Smartie Hardware, and Leo Bodnar LCD devices. Version 5.00 of AIDA64 also includes support for Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9888, improved support for the Intel “Skylake” CPU, preliminary support for the Intel "Braswell" SoC, and improved support for Crucial SSDs.

Source: Press Release



Futuremark Issues Minor Updates For 3DMark and PCMark 8

Category: Software
Posted: December 1, 2014 04:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Futuremark has released software updates for its popular 3DMark and PCMark 8 benchmark software that fixes some bugs while keeping scores mostly unchanged. 3DMark has received improved hardware detection and a reduction in hardware monitoring overhead. A memory issue was also fixed that had the potential to cause a crash while stress testing. One of the fixes for PCMark 8 can influence scores in the Storage Consistency and Storage Adaptivity tests found in the Professional Edition. PCMark 8 also has an update to improve hardware compatibility and was issued a fix that could cause the Adobe After Effects test to fail.

Source: Press Release



Futuremark Teases Upcoming 3DMark Tests

Category: Software
Posted: November 30, 2014 09:09AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Multiple upcoming additions to the 3DMark benchmarking suite were shown on a series of slides at the recent AMD Future of Compute event. The key test is currently code named Farandole and will pit the DirectX 12 and Mantle APIs against each other. As part of the Farandole development, a test known as Dandia will be available in 2015-2016 and will be the first to support DirectX 12. An additional test, 3DMark Sky Diver, was confirmed by Futuremark in the article comments and will be a lighting test. Also confirmed by Futuremark is the fact that the tests are being developed with help from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and other members of the Benchmark Development Program.

Source: WCCF Tech



Adobe Issues Critical Update For Flash Player

Category: Software
Posted: November 30, 2014 07:50AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Adobe has released an urgent update for its Flash Player software to patch a critical exploit still around after a previous "inadequate patch." The updated patch addresses exploit CVE-2014-8439, first patched over a month ago, that "allows arbitrary code execution thanks to a bug in how a de-referenced pointer to memory is handled." The exploit can take advantage of Flash Player on Windows, Mac, and Linux Operating Systems. Microsoft and Google have announced that Internet Explorer and Chrome will auto update with the new patch, but other users should be sure to obtain the patch on their own.

Source: IT News Australia



NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 344.75 WHQL Drivers Now Available

Category: Software
Posted: November 18, 2014 09:20AM
Author: bp9801

New NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers are available, with Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor all getting some nice improvements. The new GeForce 344.75 WHQL drivers offer performance improvements in those four games and others, so if any of you picked them up or are planning to pick them up, now is a good time to update your drivers. There are also new SLI profiles for Heroes of the Storm Alpha and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, plus an updated one for Assassin's Creed Unity. NVIDIA does state that both BioWare and Ubisoft are working to get any single and multi-GPU issues ironed out for Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4, so please be patient while that is being resolved. Ubisoft plans to get something out today, while BioWare is still working on it.

The 344.75 drivers also provide support for NVIDIA's Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA), which helps to improve anti-aliasing quality while minimizing the performance hit. It only works on the GTX 980, 970, 980M, and 970M right now, as well as about 20 games. In order to take advantage of MFAA, you simply need to enable it in the NVIDIA Control Panel and then set MSAA in the games to either 2x or 4x. You can see the full list of supported games at GeForce.com, but some examples include: Civilization: Beyond Earth, Assassin's Creed Unity, Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, and Saints Row IV.

NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready 344.75 WHQL drivers can be downloaded from GeForce.com or through GeForce Experience.

Source: GeForce



NVIDIA Releases the GeForce Game Ready 344.65 WHQL Driver

Category: Software
Posted: November 10, 2014 07:29PM
Author: bp9801

A new NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver is available for users to download, and it's perfect for anyone planning to pick up Assassin's Creed Unity. The GeForce 344.65 WHQL drivers offer a variety of performance improvements for Assassin's Creed Unity, as well as an SLI profile for anyone with that configuration. There are also improvements from the previous two Game Ready Drivers, so anyone with Civilization: Beyond Earth, Lords of the Fallen, and/or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare can get the same benefits with the new 344.65 drivers. Along with the game improvemenets, the 344.65 drivers come with Dynamic Super Resolution support for GTX 400 and higher video cards, so you can play a game at 4K and have it scale down to your 1920x1080 monitor.

The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 344.65 WHQL drivers are available from the GeForce website and GeForce Experience.

Source: NVIDIA



Microsoft Accepting Signups for Skype Translator

Category: Software
Posted: November 4, 2014 04:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In delivering on its promise to deliver a beta version of Skype Translator to Windows 8 users before the end of this year, Microsoft has revealed that it is now accepting signups for the real-time translation tool. The Skype Translator preview, which is only available for Windows 8.1 computers and tablets, provides real-time translation between participating parties, giving users an on-screen transcript while also reading translations aloud during video chats. While the preview itself only supports a few, unspecified languages at this time, instant message chats in 45 languages can be successfully translated. The list of languages that can be used with the real-time video translation capabilities found in Skype Translator is expected to grow in the near future.

Interested users can sign up for the preview version of Skype Translator through the Skype website.

Source: ZDNet


Apple Launches New User Interface for iTunes

Category: Software
Posted: October 12, 2014 06:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple has started to rollout a redesigned user interface for iTunes, ahead of the launch of OS X Yosemite that is expected to occur next week at Apple’s event in Cupertino, California. The new user interface incorporates design cues from the iTunes and App Store home pages on iOS devices and also features a flatter design overall. Download buttons are now displayed as simple outlines, the sidebar is now considerably flatter and features lighter typography, and fonts across the entire store have been changed. While the design is certainly sleeker and more refined, certain pages within the multimedia application have yet to be updated by Apple.

Source: 9to5Mac



FinalWire Releases AIDA64 4.70

Category: Software
Posted: October 7, 2014 09:01AM
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 to version 4.70. The latest version brings numerous improvements, such as support for new LCD and VFD devices, support for Razer SwitchBlade UI LCD, support for LGA2011-v3 motherboards, and support for a variety of SSDs. Support for CUDA 6.5 and OpenGL 4.5, as well as support for Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview and Windows Server 2015 Technical Preview come with AIDA64 4.70 too. Version 4.70 also provides GPU details for the AMD Radeon R9 285 and the NVIDIA GeForce 900 series.

Source: Press Release



VideoLAN Releases VLC for Windows 8.1

Category: Software
Posted: October 3, 2014 04:28PM
Author: Brentt Moore

VLC media player, an open source application that plays all multimedia file formats from files, streams, and discs, has officially been released for Windows 8.1. The application has been available for quite some time for Windows 8, but the new version brings an enhanced design that makes using the program much easier through the Metro user interface. VLC media player users who use the Windows 8.1 version of the application will now notice a navigation menu on the left, which contains a search bar, a home tab, a videos tab, and a music tab. The new interface is quite simple and focuses purely on function, as navigation options are limited overall.

VLC for Windows 8.1 is available immediately for downloaded from the Windows Store.

Source: WinBeta


Nest Protect Receives Software Improvements

Category: Software
Posted: September 4, 2014 10:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Nest Labs has just released Protect 2.0 for its Nest Protect smoke alarm. Although Nest has not fixed the gesture issues that have plagued Nest Protect, causing it to be recalled and removed from store shelves last April, the updated software does provide additional features that improve the device. One of the main features that Protect 2.0 brings to the table is called Smoke Check, which utilizes a built-In humidity sensor that is able to distinguish between smoke and steam. According to Nest, Smoke Check is supposed to eliminate nearly half of all false alarms that are caused by steam. Protect 2.0 allows Nest Protect owners to tweak the brightness of the Pathlight motion-activated LED nightlight. The updated software also enables the device to work on hidden wireless networks. Additionally, the Nest Android and iOS application now shows CO levels, alarm history, and can even help families build an emergency escape route through What To Do 2.0.

Source: CNET



Firefox 32 Adds Public Key Pinning

Category: Software
Posted: September 3, 2014 01:17PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to prevent attacks that involve invalid SSL/TSL certificates, Firefox 32 has incorporated Public Key Pinning. According to Sid Stamm, the senior manager of security and privacy engineering at Mozilla, key pinning allows website operators to specify which Certificate Authorities are able to issue valid certificates. Within Firefox 32, a normal lock icon will be displayed if a certificate is able to be matched with a pinned certificate. If the certificate cannot be verified, Firefox will reject the connection with a pinning error. This provides an additional layer of security for Firefox users by preventing connections to illegitimate website, in which a hacker could intercept critical data.

The first stage of pinning roll-out includes protection for Mozilla sites and Twitter, while later Firefox versions will include protection for Google sites, Tor, Dropbox, and others.

Source: Mozilla Security Blog



Google Releases 64-bit Version of Chrome

Category: Software
Posted: August 26, 2014 02:32PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has just released a stable build of Chrome 37, which is now available in a 64-bit version for Windows. The 64-bit version of Chrome offers plenty of enhancements over the 32-bit version, such as a 15 percent improvement in decoding performance when using the VP9 codec, as well as greater engine stability when handling typical web content. Security is also improved, as the 64-bit version of Chrome is more effective at defending against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects.

The 64-bit version of Chrome 37 is only available through a new download link on the Chrome download page, with the only known issue being that it lacks 32-bit NPAPI plugin support.

Source: Chromium Blog



Symantec to Combine Security Suites

Category: Software
Posted: August 18, 2014 02:31PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Symantec has been a part of the security sector for quite some time, and it goes without saying that number of offerings have continued to grow as technology changes have occurred over time. Although it currently has 50 million people that currently pay for a consumer version of Norton security, the company is looking to severely trim down its current lineup of products. Norton has revealed that it will replace Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton 360 Multi-Device, and Norton 360 Premier Edition with the new Norton Security, which is set to debut on September 23, 2014. The new suite is set to offer antivirus and anti-malware protection, botnet detection and blocking, intelligent cloud-based detection, and browser security without an add-on. Gerry Egan, the senior director of product management for Norton at Symantec, noted that the new Norton Security will even offer a virus-free guarantee if the company runs into something that it simply cannot handle.

No pricing information is currently available for the new Norton Security, but there will be two levels of service. The cheaper version will be known simply as Norton Security and will provide customers with protection for up to five devices, including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. The more expensive version will be known as Norton Security with Backup and will not only cover up to 10 devices, bit will also include cloud-based storage.

Source: CNET


SiSoftware Releases Service Pack 3 for Sandra 2014

Category: Software
Posted: August 18, 2014 10:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore

SiSoftware has recently released the third service pack for Sandra 2014, an award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking, and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. The latest service pack incorporates many updates and fixes that target various aspects of the program, including the built-in scheduler, video shader compute, processor benchmarks, and a graphics processor benchmark. The CUDA SDK has also been updated to version 6.5, due to recent WHQL video drivers now supporting it as well as Visual Studio 2013.

Service pack 3 for Sandra 2014 comes just under three months after service pack 2 was released for the utility by SiSoftware.

Source: Press Release


Intel Previews Broadwell Chips

Category: Software
Posted: August 11, 2014 02:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Intel has revealed some details for its next generation processors built on the 14nm manufacturing, currently known by the code name Broadwell. The news chips were scheduled to release in 2013 but were delayed due to issues with quality control. A thermal design power (TDP) rating four times lower than the Intel Nehalem processors has resulted in the first Intel processor capable of running without a fan. The first device to be released using the Broadwell architecture will be Core M based devices, first showed off at Compute this year. The ability to run without a fan won't come for free as clock speeds may need to be scaled down, but "one of the reference tablets Intel demoed at Computex actually included a "fan dock" that could blow air onto the device to let it run faster while docked." More information could be made available next month at the Intel Developers Forum.

Source: The Register



China Bans Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corporation Products

Category: Software
Posted: August 4, 2014 04:54PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to limit its use of foreign technology, China has excluded anti-virus vendors Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corporation from its approved vendor list. At this time, only five anti-virus brands are approved for use, all of which are developed within China. The announcement from the state-controlled People's Daily shows that Beijing is intent on using domestic information technology products, which is no doubt related to documents that were released by Edward Snowden last year that unveiled United States surveillance programs. Although Symantec officials were not available for contact, Kaspersky spokesman Alejandro Arango noted that the company is working closely with Chinese authorities about the exclusion of its software.

Kaspersky Lab and Symantec are not alone in this challenge to be listed as an approved vendor, as companies like Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft have all reportedly faced challenges with China since the release of documents pertaining to United States surveillance programs. China has even banned governmental use of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, for personal computers.

Source: Reuters


AIDA64 4.60 Released by FinalWire

Category: Software
Posted: July 30, 2014 11:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

FinalWire, a Hungary-based software development company, has just released version 4.60 of AIDA64, a popular PC diagnostic utility that provides detailed information about hardware and software of individual or networked computers. The main focal point of the latest version is enhanced support for LCD and VFD screens, including alphanumeric, monochrome, and color panels. Some of the other enhancements found in AIDA64 4.60 include SMTP SSL support, OpenGL ES 3.1 support, improved handling of XSL files, and revamped Direct3D Compute Shader devices enumeration. Support and details have also been added for various solid state drives and graphics processing units.

Source: Press Release



Microsoft Makes Skype Group Calls Free for Tablets

Category: Software
Posted: July 15, 2014 03:29PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Skype group calls have been free for the majority of the service’s users since April of this year, tablet owners have had to continue paying a premium in order to get multiple people to participate in voice and video calls. That is no more however, as Microsoft has announced that owners of Windows tablets, such as the Surface, are now able to make group calls for free via Skype. Users of Windows tablets and Windows 2 in 1 devices will now be able to be in a group call with up to 10 people, with the three most talkative individuals being visible at the same time.

Since Microsoft made group calling a free feature for existing platforms capable of running Skype back in April, the company has revealed that it has seen group video calling increase fourfold. Popularity of the feature will likely continue to grow due to this announcement.

Source: Skype Blog


Apple Blocks Older Versions of Adobe Flash Player

Category: Software
Posted: July 11, 2014 03:08PM
Author: Brentt Moore

A high-priority update for Flash Player was released by Adobe earlier this week, which addressed an exploit revealed by Google engineer Michele Spagnuolo. Apple is making sure that users of its operating system upgrade their Flash Player web plug-in to the latest version that contains this update, as the company is now blocking older versions from functioning properly. In order to make use of Adobe Flash Player once again, users must upgrade their Flash Player web plug-in to version 14.0.0.145. For individuals running systems that are incompatible with Flash Player 14, Apple is requiring that Flash Player 13.0.0.231 be installed, which also contains the update that addresses the critical vulnerability.

Source: Mac Rumors



ASUSTOR Releases Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta

Category: Software
Posted: June 25, 2014 10:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

ASUSTOR, a leading provider of network attached storage solutions, has just launched Surveillance Center 2.1 beta for all of its NAS devices. Surveillance Center is the first of its kind to offer output of surveillance feeds via HDMI, allowing users to view feeds on televisions without using a computer. This latest version provides enhanced support for Internet browsers used within Windows and Mac environments, as well as a mobile application that allows users to view their surveillance feeds from any location. Also included are many new features, such as Intelligent Video Analytics playback, user defined cameras via Generic RTSP, camera patrol functions, and new compatible camera models from Grandstream, TRENDnet and Lilin.

Using Surveillance Center 2.1 beta, ASUSTOR 2 and 3 series NAS devices are able to support up to eight camera channels while ASUSTOR 6 series NAS devices can support up to 12.

Source: Press Release



Internet Explorer Developer Channel Announced

Category: Software
Posted: June 16, 2014 11:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Internet Explorer team at Microsoft has just announced the release of Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a web browser that provides developers and early adopters with a preview of new features currently being worked on.  Containing all of the features of the Microsoft browser along with the latest platform features, the newly released Internet Explorer Developer Channel can be run alongside and independently of Internet Explorer 11. Some of the latest platform features that have been included in Internet Explorer Developer Channel include enhancements to the F12 Developer Tools, automatic testing of websites with WebDriver, and the ability to use an Xbox controller for Internet applications and games.

As more features and standards are worked on by the Internet Explorer team, Internet Explorer Developer Channel users can expect to see many updated releases in the future.

Source: IEBlog



Futuremark Adds Sky Diver Benchmark to 3DMark

Category: Software
Posted: June 11, 2014 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Futuremark first announced the "Sky Diver" benchmark for the 3DMark benchmark suite late last month. As of today, it has been added to 3DMark and is available for immediate download. The new benchmark is designed for testing DirectX 11 on gaming laptops and mid-range PCs that struggle with the Fire Strike benchmark. Futuremark recommends that users unable to score above 2800 in Fire Strike use Sky Diver, and users that score above 12000 in Sky Diver use Fire Strike. As part of the new release, 3DMark Advance Edition is available for 60% off, or $10, on Steam.

Source: Press Release



TrueCrypt Development Abandoned

Category: Software
Posted: May 30, 2014 01:48PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Development has been halted on the popular open-source encryption software known as TrueCrypt. According to developers who have been working on the program for roughly a decade, security flaws have been found within the software that caused the somewhat sudden abandonment of development. The official website for TrueCrypt is even suggesting that users find another program to solve their encryption needs. This announcement of developer abandonment comes at a time when the code for TrueCrypt is under audit by independent parties in order find out if any vulnerabilities do in fact exist. Depending upon the results of the audit, a team of security experts may attempt to restore work on TrueCrypt and dramatically improve the software going forward.

Source: Reuters



FinalWire Releases Update for AIDA64 Benchmark

Category: Software
Posted: May 29, 2014 02:04PM
Author: Nick Harezga

FinalWire has announced an update to its AIDA64 benchmark software, bringing it to version 4.50. A new benchmark has been added to measure cryptographic performance of OpenCL GPGPU AES-256 on graphics cards and APUs. The update also adds support for AMD Mantle graphics accelerator diagnostics, Intel H97 and Z97 chipsets, and improved support for numerous APUs, CPUs, and SoCs. CEO and lead developer Tamas Miklos said, "With AIDA64, you can get accurate data from even thousands of computers in a few seconds, and then you can easily identify machines running outdated or unsupported software, which greatly helps the IT staff estimate upgrade volume and costs." AIDA64 is available in four different versions with a range of support at prices from $39.95 to $2999.

Source: Press Release



Microsoft Demos Skype Translator

Category: Software
Posted: May 28, 2014 11:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore

With Microsoft being a key player in the real-time translation research business for over a decade and realizing that language poses a major barrier between people worldwide, it comes to no surprise that the company is attempting to expand its translation technology into Skype. Known as Skype Translator, the new language translating tool was recently demoed by Microsoft in order to show how the tool can be used to help people understand each other better. Within the demo, a Skype call was set up normally between a German speaking individual and an English speaking individual. As one party spoke, the speech was translated into text that was not only displayed at the bottom of the other user’s screen, but was also read aloud in the native language of the other individual. The demo was able to show how Skype Translator could successfully facilitate a conversation, using technology developed by Microsoft that focuses on speech recognition, automatic translation, and machine learning.

Although it is not known whether Skype Translator will be a part of Skype or will be a dedicated application upon final release, Microsoft is planning to release a beta version of Skype Translator for Windows 8 before the end of 2014.



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