Users on the Intel HD4000 GPU boat are about to get more performance. While at GDC, Intel announced a new version of their driver that will bring with it an up to 10 percent improvement in graphics performance. Also included in the new driver is support for OpenCL 1.2.
The new driver is said to have been built for Haswell processors, though the driver will also be compatible with Ivy Bridge. Different sources are reporting that it will be compatible with HD2500, though others are reporting that it won't be. The new driver will be released as early as this week.
Users can download the latest drivers from Intel's website.
Piriform have released CCleaner 4.0, which includes a bunch of new features and the usual improvements. Two new tools are available with version 4.0, the first 'Duplicate File Finder' and the second 'System and Browser Monitoring'.
CCleaner 4.0 includes improved graphics and icons, major performance increases and support for new applications. As for the two new features, here's a run down on what they can do for you:
Duplicate File Finder
You may not realize how many duplicate files are stored on your computer, taking up valuable hard drive space. CCleaner now includes a duplicate file finder tool, which can quickly find these files, and allow you to choose which ones to delete - freeing up more space on your PC than ever before!
System and Browser Monitoring
If you're a CCleaner Professional user, you can now set CCleaner to run every time you shut down your browser, or you can set it to monitor your entire system in the background and detect when to Clean based on disk space that can be saved!
FinalWire have released AIDA64 v2.85, which includes the usual slew of improvements and added support. This time around, we have support for AMD's Radeon HD 8000 Series of GPUs, AMD's A-Series "Richland" APU, and NVIDIA's latest and greatest GeForce and Tesla GPUs. The detailed new features and improvements:
- Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for AMD A-Series "Richland" APU
- Improved support for AMD "Kabini", "Temash" and "Kaveri" APUs
- Improved support for Intel "Haswell" and "Valleyview" processors
- Preliminary support for AMD "Beema" APU
- Preliminary support for Intel "Avoton" SoC, "Crystal Well" CPU, "Haswell-E" CPU, "Haswell-ULT" SoC, "Ivy Bridge-E" CPU, "Lynx Point-LP" PCH, "Wellsburg" PCH
- Preliminary support for DDR4 memory modules and GDDR5 system memory
- GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series and nVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan
You can grab AIDA64 Extreme Edition and AIDA64 Business Edition from the AIDA64 online store.
NVIDIA release GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers, BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider improvements included
NVIDIA have come to the rescue of GeForce GPU owners, with their WHQL-certified GeForce 314.22 drivers. When compared to the previous set of WHQL-certified drivers, GeForce 314.07, NVIDIA are claiming that when using a GeForce GTX 680 you'll see improvements of 41% and 71% for BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider, respectively.
NVIDIA aren't leaving other GeForce owners without performance improvements, stating that gains "will be seen on other GPUs", but they'll be at "varying degrees." Other games that will see performance improvements are Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs with 22% and 12%, respectively. SLI-based configurations get some love too, with StarCraft II, Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs all receiving performance improvements of 10%, 22% and 22%, respectively.
You can grab the new GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers here.
AMD and NVIDIA are about to heat up the sub-$200 GPU market with their Radeon HD 7790 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti with GPU Boost, respectively, and to meet these new GPUs is a new version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z, version 0.6.9.
GPU-Z now also supports the HD 8870M, GeForce GT 415 and GT 750M. For NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs, the DirectX feature-set value is now fixed. You can download GPU-Z 0.6.9 here.
If you're a Radeon user, you might want to check out AMD's latest goodies in the form of the Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers. The new drivers provide some performance improvements in both SimCity and Far Cry 3, as well as improve the latency performance issues in Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution.
Here's a full list of what you can expect:
- Improve performance in Sim City 5 up to 16 percent
- Improves performance in Far Cry 3 up to 5 percent
- Improves latency performance issues seen in Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution
- Resolves slight corruption seen in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled for CrossFire and single GPU configurations
Download the AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers for Windows, right here.
It seemed that the whole tech community was up in arms over Microsoft's decision to tie all retail licenses of its Office 2013 to single install on a single PC, which could not be transferred, if you upgrade machines. Redmond has taken notice and reversed that decision.
Today Microsoft announced that it is changing policy and will now allow users to transfer their retail Office 2013 license to a new PC "if the old one fails." The new changes will be updated in the license agreement in future updates, but said that the change is effective immediately.
There are of course limitations, including only being able to transfer the license every 90 days and you can still only run the license on one piece of hardware at a time. We are glad Microsoft has recanted their decision to limit the use of its software, and we hope they will continue to think of the customer over the bottom line.
There's so many games coming out in these coming weeks, including the just-released Crysis 3. NVIDIA are now out of the gate with new beta drivers, the GeForce 314.14 beta drivers. The new beta drivers include improved performance and compatibility for multiple titles.
This includes Tomb Raider, which is out any minute, SimCity due a few minutes later, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (March 12) and Resident Evil 6 (March 22). If you want to hit up Hawken with hardware-accelerated PhysX effects when it drops later this week, you'll need these new beta drivers. NVIDIA have also said there are multiple performance increases for those of you running GeForce GTX 680 GPUs, and again when they're in SLI - more numbers here:
GeForce GTX 680:
3.1% in Just Cause 2 at 1920x1080/DX10/4xMSAA
9.1% in Sleeping Dogs at 2560x1600/Extreme/High AA
21.1% in Sniper Elite V2 at 1920x1080/Ultra/High AA
@pod2g has tweeted new statistics about the adoption of the evasi0n jailbreak tool. According to the tweet, 14,051,500 unique devices have connected to Cydia running iOS 6.x. 23 million unique devices have connected to Cydia in the last month meaning that evasi0n has enabled a large group of users to update to iOS 6.x.
New statistic from @saurik: 14,051,500 unique devices have been seen running Cydia on iOS 6.x! 14 millions! and 23 millions any version.
Piriform have updated their popular CCleaner to version 3.28 and they announce that this will be the last version 3 release, and that version 4.0 is coming soon! Included in version 3.28 is improved Windows 8 compatibility, cleaning for Windows Log Files, but improved memory usage and performance on Windows 7.
A full list of the goodies:
v3.28.1913 (25 Feb 2013)
- Improved Windows 8 compatibility.
- Improved cleaning for Windows Log Files.
- Improved memory usage and performance on Windows 7.
- Improved cleaning for Adobe Flash Player and ConvertXToDVD.
- Added cleaning for Gadu-Gadu and Foxit Phantom PDF.
- Faster automatic updating for Pro version.
- Updated various translations.
- Minor GUI improvements.
- Minor bug fixes.
If you already own the Professional version, CCleaner should've updated by now, if not you can grab CCleaner right here.
avast! antivirus has announced that the latest version of their award-winning antivirus software is now available. Version 8 brings with it numerous new technologies to improve virus detection as well as detection speed. "As an antivirus should remain focused on the virus spreads," said the CEO of AVAST Vince Steckler. "And we have managed to achieve this by leveraging our unique advantage: A strong base of 177 million users worldwide."
You can download the latest version of avast! antivirus free version from avast!'s website.
Futuremark has announced an update to their 3DMark 11 benchmark that makes the software completely compatible with the Windows 8 operating system. Futuremark says that scores from the new version are completely compatible and comparable to those that were generated by version 1.0.3.
The update comes with the following improvements:
- Keyboard focus is no longer checked during the demo or when running the benchmark in a loop. Note that if the display switches to the desktop due to a popup window during the benchmark, the run will still be aborted as the display mode is no longer the same.
- 3DMark 11 now remembers the last custom resolution used.
- GPU count detection for multi-GPU systems is now correct even when SystemInfo is explicitly disabled.
- 3DMark 11 will now prevent Windows from entering Sleep during the test.
- The license key is now reset when the benchmark is reinstalled, allowing removal of invalid keys.
The Futuremark team has also fixed several bugs that were present in the previous version. The new version of 3DMark 11 can be downloaded from Futuremark or will be automatically updated when Steam is next started.
Adobe has issued updates to its Flash product to patch some security vulnerabilities found in the product. At least two of the vulnerabilities are currently being exploited in the wild against Firefox, meaning that you should be sure to update to the latest version of Flash immediately.
The attack works by tricking a user into clicking a link. The link leads to a website that features a malicious piece of Flash content designed to exploit the security holes in Flash Player for Firefox. Head over to Adobe's website to download the latest version of Flash Player.
Those using Flash Player in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 10 should be automatically updated to the latest version.
Adobe releases updates for Reader, Acrobat that patch serious vulnerabilities currently being exploited
Even though today is a Wednesday, it has seemingly turned into Patch Tuesday as several companies have released updates to their software that patch critical security vulnerabilities. Along with Java releasing update 15, Adobe has released updates to its Reader and Acrobat products to patch a critical security flaw that is currently being exploited in the wild.
Until you update to the latest version of the software, you need to be wary of PDFs as the malware is currently using malicious PDF files to spread. The security hole is present on Linux, Mac, and Windows, though Adobe has only seen Windows computers being targeted as of now.
Users can update the software through the built-in updater (available in the Help menu, select Check for Updates) or by downloading a copy of the Windows, Mac, or Linux installer directly from Adobe's website.
Oracle has been forced to release another update to the Java plug-in due to critical security flaws present in the previous release. Java SE 7 update 15 was released yesterday, February 19, and contains patches that plug security holes that allowed Facebook and Apple to hacked. The update also features improvements in performance and stability.
The update will force users of Java SE 6 to upgrade to the latest version as long as their system can run Java SE 7. Version 6 of Java has been officially "retired" by the company and should not be used due to security risks that are present. If you still have Java installed on your system, you should update to the latest version without delay.
This morning users of Apple's iTunes might have noticed a small update pending. Apple released iTunes 11.0.2 today which brings forth several minor bug fixes, including one where purchased items sometimes failed to show in the user's library.
Also included in the update is the new Composer View, which as it says, shows the name of the composer of a piece of music. After updating you can enable this feature by clicking on View, then View Options, and selecting the Composer box.
The 54.2MB update is said to improve responsiveness as well when syncing playlist and large numbers of tracks. Version 11 of iTunes completely redesigned the player, including making the iOS and desktop versions feel and behave more like each other.
In preparation for Crysis 3's launch tomorrow, NVIDIA has released WHQL-certified graphics drivers. Version 314.07 brings with it some more performance improvements for Crysis 3, though not much beyond the improvements that were seen with the beta version released not too long ago.
NIVIDA says that users can expect up to a 5 percent improvement in performance in Crysis 3 when coupled with a GTX 680. You can pick up the drivers from NVIDIA's website.
For the interested software developer, or for those who want to experience a bit of nostalgia, Adobe has released a free and legal copy of the source code of Photoshop version 1.0. The code has been released in conjunction with the Computer History Museum who has detailed the software on their website.
The source code consists of about 128,000 lines and is mostly undocumented. Version 1.0 of the software was created by one sole engineer, Thomas Knoll. Version 2 had just two engineers. Around 75 percent of the code is written in Pascal and about 15 percent is in 68000 assembler language.
The code is free for non-commercial use and can be downloaded from the Computer History Museum. Nearly everything is included, save for the MacApp applications library that was licensed from Apple.
For users interested in testing out the latest antivirus software, avast! has just pushed out the third beta of version 8 of their popular free software. Version 8 of the antivirus software brings with it a new GUI interface, a new product tier that has new features, and a version of avast! for Windows Home Server.
You can find out more about the beta from this post on the avast! forums. The final version of the software is expected to be released towards the end of February, so hang on for a bit longer if you aren't interested in testing out the beta version.
Software developer Adobe is working on a patch for a "critical" vulnerability that is present in the company's PDF software. The bug, present in both Reader and Acrobat, will allow hackers to gain full access of a computer and is currently being exploited. You should avoid opening PDFs unless you know the sender and trust them.
The bug is present in Adobe Reader XI, 11.0.01 and earlier; Reader X, 10.1.5 and earlier; Reader 9.5.3 and earlier. Acrobat versions similarly numbered are also vulnerable. The bug is present across all platforms including Mac, PC, and Linux.
Adobe has suggested users make use of the 'Protected View" option given by the software if they have to open a PDF. An estimated time of arrival has not been given for the patch.