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Download of the Day: CCleaner v3.15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 10:00 am

Our Download of the Day is CCleaner v3.15

 

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It's Day 3 of our new year release extravaganza! Today we have a new build of CCleaner available for download. With new apps, browser compatibility improvements and extra features. Download now! :)

 

Changes:

 

Added Chrome Canary Omnibox search shortcut cleaning.

Added option to only clean Recycle Bin files deleted more than 24 hours ago.

Improved Firefox History cleaning.

Improved Analysis results for Firefox and Chrome cookies and cache.

Improved Driver Wiper feedback for successful operations.

Improved thread synchronization algorithm to avoid possible deadlocks.

Updated Chrome Canary Saved Form Information cleaning.

Updated Chrome Canary Saved Passwords cleaning.

Updated Aurora History cleaning.

Added cleaning for Camtasia Studio 7.0, CoffeeCup HTML Editor, Ashampoo Burning Studio 11, Any Video Converter Ultimate, ConvertXToDVD, Freemake Video Downloader, Audio Converter and Video Converter.

Improved cleaning for Windows Log Files and MS Search.

Improved file size detection algorithm for Recycle Bin.

Minor bug fixes.

 

Download CCleaner v3.15, here.

NBC considering 'The Office' spin-off, Rainn Wilson to headline the show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 9:18 am

Dwight Shrute is one of the best characters on TV, in the show 'The Office." NBC is now "giving consideration" to a spin-off show of The Office, starring current Office star, Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Shrute, according to a report at Entertainment Weekly.

 

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This would see Dwight returning to his faithful farm, where he runs a family beet farm and a bed & breakfast. It's said that a backdoor pilot would air later this season and take place at the Schrute Farms. If the series is picked up, the show would air as part of NBC's midseason lineup for 2013.

 

A source told Deadline:

 

Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B. A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors. At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.

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OMGTT: PowerVR are making a PC comeback, releasing PCI-Express GPGPU card that provides real-time ray-tracing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 8:20 am

Wow. I remember the PowerVR days so fondly. Yes, they didn't make the same impact as 3dfx did in the day, but I remember as a young PC gamer, wanting their hardware so bloody bad it hurt. I remember getting my Dad to import me a 3dfx card (Orchid Righteous 4MB Voodoo card for those who would remember) and it being THE BEST THING EVER.

 

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PowerVR cards were always something I never had, and now there's news they're returning to release a discrete GPU card, in the complete opposite of what they used to do. Imagination Technologies are the team behind it, and last year, they acquired Caustic Graphics.

 

Caustic Graphics are a San Francisco-based start-up who were (before the acquisition) working on an accelerator that would make real-time ray-tracing, a reality. They managed to make two generations of products which were more technology demonstrators than real-world products, but their FPGA chips worked.

 

After Imagination Technologies acquired them, they continued to work on building commercial purpose for its technology and at CES 2012, they began to see the finish line. VR-Zone talked to representatives of both Caustic and Imagination Technologies, where they were told to expect the introduction of the new card in the second half of 2012, more specifically, they have a goal of Siggraph 2012.

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Obama thinks Americans should support the 'next Steve Jobs'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 7:21 am

President Obama did what he does best at his State of the Union speech, talked. Obama can say a lot, and not really mean it. He comes across as this beacon of light that is going to introduce change, but nothing really changes. He allows no reform, employs half of Wall St, ex-bankers and ex-CIA to be his left and right-hand men and women.

 

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Anyway, he has laid out his plans for an economic recovery where he references the technology sector and said:

 

An economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country.

 

Steve Jobs' wife, Laurene Powell Jobs was in the audience at this time, when Obama said:

 

That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who's willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.

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Apple sold more iPads than HP sold PCs, the times they are a-changin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 6:26 am

Apple had quite an amazing 3 months, with a record-breaking $46.3 billion in revenue, 37 million iPhones sold and 15.43 million iPads being sold. That last number, 15.43 million iPads.

 

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15,430,000 iPads sold, compared to the total number of HP's personal computing devices is actually strong. HP only sold 14.7 million, which means Apple sold more iPads than HP sold PCs. This is a seriously huge number.

 

Considering its only one iOS-based device, and not even the iPhone, this shows Apple mean some serious fruity business. This HP figure, to be fair, doesn't include the TouchPad. "Sources familiar with HP's build plans" say that the initial TouchPad order was between 1.8 and 2 million units.

VLC gets encrypted Blu-ray playback capabilities thanks to a 'hack'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 5:14 am

VLC was one of the first open source media players to be capable of playing back encrypted DVD's, and it has now become the first to bring Blu-ray playback capability, too.

 

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But wait, playback of unencrypted Blu-ray ISOs and folder structures has been possible without menus since the version 1.2 release of VLC. The biggest change are the AACS keys database, and how to get it integrated with the VLC installation.

 

The AACS keys will never be an official releases of VLC, as it enables copy protection circumvention. But, this is definitely a great move for not just VLC, but Blu-ray.

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NVIDIA talks smack of AMD's GCN, says "we expected more from the Radeon HD 7900"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 4:56 am

This is getting me excited. During CES 2012, NVIDIA knuckled down to show off their mobile systems processors, like Tegra. They didn't have much to say (officially) about their upcoming 28nm Kepler-based GPUs, but they did take the opportunity to talk to Nordic Hardware about Kepler, with some very interesting things to say.

 

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Nordic Hardware confirmed in those talks with Team Green that they could not say more than a launch schedule of "first half of 2012." Post-launch of AMD's first GCN-based card, the Radeon HD 7970, NVIDIA were positively surprised, for their benefit. A high-up representative revealed that NVIDIA before launch, had a likely performance estimate of the Radeon HD 7900, an estimate that they have been preparing to beat.

 

Post-launch, NVIDIA are even more confident that Kepler will have no problem kicking AMD's HD 7900 series in the nuts, and running past it. NVIDIA can be all-talk sometimes, but if they are right, and I have confidence they are this time, we could be in for an amazing year of GPUs.

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AMD welcomes in the New Year, releases Catalyst 12.1, 12.1 Preview, 8.921.2 RC11 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 4:15 am

AMD have just gone crazy and released a bunch of new updates for Radeon owners. There's an official Microsoft-certified build (12.1), a preview of the next official release (12.2) and an early driver for the HD 7900-Series (8.921.2 RC11).

 

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If you want to continue with your stability and trust in AMD's recommendations, we suggest grabbing the WHQL-certified 12.1 release, if you want to live a bit on the edge, grab the 12.1 Preview, and if you're a HD 7900-Series owner, you might want to test the new 8.921.2 RC11 driver.

 

Keep in mind that the Catalyst 12.1 and Catalyst 12.2 Preview drivers both don't support the latest-generation Radeon HD 7900-Series GPUs. If you want drivers for that series, you want the 8.921.2 RC11 drivers. The RC11 drivers give an 8- to 250-percent improvement in games and benchmarks such as Alien Vs. Predator, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2 and TessMark (OpenGL).

 

You can grab those drivers at AMD's Graphics Drivers & Software download page.

The first AMD Radeon HD 7950 is up for pre-order, is a Gigabyte-branded card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 3:26 am

Want to get in on that Graphics Core Next business, but don't want to shell out the cash for the HD 7970? Well, pre-orders for the GIGABYTE-branded HD 7950 are up on PROVANTAGE, where it's been spotted at a price of $481.58.

 

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The specs provided are just a tease: "HD 7950 3072MB DDR5 384BIT PCI Express DVI". Lazily, they've used a picture of the HD 4850, which is really bad in my opinion. If you're going to go as far as listing the card, maybe get a picture from GIGABYTE? Or at least have "TBD" or something in its place.

 

Rumor has it that the post-launch pricing of the HD 7950 will stick to the $400 mark. If they can get to this point, Team Green will need to change gears, and quick.

Happy Australia Day everyone!

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 3:17 am

Australia Day is here everyone! The team at TweakTown would like to wish you a Happy Australia Day and hope that you enjoy your well deserved public holiday and time off to spend with friends and family.

 

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For those of you who are working, I hope that it's not all bad and I hope that you blokes have a cold beer waiting for you at home tonight. I have beers cooling in the fridge for once my shift of news and posting for TweakTown is done, as well as stuff to throw on the BBQ. Feel free to stop by the House of Anthony if you're keen, ha.

 

On a similar note, our thoughts are with those going through the chaos that is the NSW's north coast right now, where rivers have overflowed after days of heavy rain. On top of this, Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for further weather chaos with the possibility of a cyclone forming in north Queensland in the next few days.

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