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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



Chromecast Support is Coming to VLC Media Player

Category: Software
Posted: February 17, 2015 04:33PM
Author: Brentt Moore

VLC media player, a free and open source program which plays virtually every media file available, is coming to Google’s Chromecast. According to a recently posted changelog for VLC 3.0, the next major version of the cross-platform multimedia player, support for Chromecast is just one of new features that will be included. With Chromecast support, users of VLC will be able to stream content from a variety of sources, including computer, tablets, and smartphones, as the media player by VideoLan is compatible with nearly every operating system. While other media players have recently introduced Chromecast support, VLC is unique in that it boasts a large user base that is likely to benefit from the added support for Chromecast.

Source: Pocket-lint



Microsoft Makes Premium OneNote Features Available for Free

Category: Software
Posted: February 16, 2015 04:29PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Microsoft made OneNote 2013 free for personal use last year, the software had various limitations since a premium version that contained more robust features was also offered to users. Those limitations are now a thing of the past, according to Brad Corob, the program manager for the OneNote team. Corob has revealed in a blog post that premium features that were once available only to users of paid editions of OneNote are now available for free. These premium features, which can be utilized immediately by users of the OneNote 2013 free edition, include audio search, audio and video recording, embedded files, page history, and password protected sections. Corob also emphasizes that with a free Microsoft account, users of the free edition of OneNote 2013 have no limit to the number of notes that can be created or synced with OneDrive.

Source: Office Blogs



Google Earth Pro Available At No Cost

Category: Software
Posted: February 2, 2015 04:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has announced that its 3D image viewing software, Google Earth Pro, will now be available free of charge. Users can obtain a free key for the software that once cost $399 from Google, with current users not required to do anything to continue to use the software as expected. The Pro version expands on the features of Google Earth by adding "tools that help users measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of virtual trips around the world." Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research described the possible rationale behind the move to free stating, "First, the revenue they were accruing from it wasn't so great. And second, they see a way to monetize it in the long run, if it's more broadly used."

Source: Computer World



Apple Updates iTunes to Version 12.1

Category: Software
Posted: January 30, 2015 11:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple has just released an update to its iTunes application, bringing the popular music platform to version 12.1. The latest update, which is the first major update to be released for iTunes since version 12 was released last fall alongside OS X Yosemite, ushers in a Notifications Center and various bug fixes. The new Notifications Center shows users what is currently playing on iTunes or iTunes Radio and also lets them skip ahead, star tracks, and even purchase songs. Version 12.1 of iTunes also includes performance improvements when syncing an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to the music software.

Source: PCMag



Plex for PlayStation Released for United States Users

Category: Software
Posted: January 22, 2015 08:59AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Plex, the popular personal media management hub that was made available on the PlayStation 3 and 4 last December for users located in Europe and Asia, is now available to United States residents. While the latest announcement for Plex for PlayStation did not go into detail on which restrictions still plague the application, it can be assumed that Plex for PlayStation still only supports video from a user’s library and also requires a Plex Pass subscription, which costs $5 per month. Support for music, photos, and Plex channel functionality is scheduled to come at a later time for Plex for PlayStation, but with Plex now covering users across the globe that utilize the PlayStation and Xbox, on both the latest and previous generations, the service is likely to grow its user base fairly quickly in the near future.

Source: TechHive



Facebook To Release Deep Learning Tools To The Public

Category: Software
Posted: January 16, 2015 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Facebook has announced that it plans to make a number of its deep learning software tools available to all. Deep learning falls under artificial intelligence and more specifically is a "sub-category of what is called machine learning, using vast artificial brains called neural nets to improve things like speech recognition, computer vision, and natural language processing." The software will be available as modules through the open source framework Torch. Facebook researcher Soumith Chintala described the code stating that it represents "fastest open-source implementations out there." This could provide a significant boost to researchers that depend on AI for their work, or it could be the next step toward the realization of Skynet.

Source: Fast Company



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 347.09 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

Category: Software
Posted: December 23, 2014 08:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Last Wednesday, NVIDIA released the beta version of its GeForce 347.09 Game Ready drivers, which included a number of performance improvements for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous, a GeForce Experience application profile for Project: Cars, and updated versions of PhysX System Software and GeForce Experience. Today, NVIDIA has pushed version 347.09 out of beta, officially releasing the GeForce 347.09 WHQL Game Ready drivers to the public.

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

Source: TechPowerUp



AMD Details Dynamic Frame Rate Control

Category: Software
Posted: December 18, 2014 10:06AM
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 06:31PM
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 06:22AM
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 07:20AM
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 06:03AM
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 05:49PM
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 10:09AM
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 08:50AM
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 10:20AM
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 08:29PM
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 05:55AM
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 07:09PM
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 10:01AM
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 05:28PM
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 11:54AM
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 02:17PM
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 03:32PM
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



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