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Google Chrome has a great minimalist approach, the developers have strived to constantly cut down parts of the browser window that is not showing content. This is in the words of virtually all Obama speeches, is taking an unprecedented turn and looking to change the traditional navigation bar.
The new experimental user interface has found its way into the early pre-release build of Chrome 13 and offers a sneak peak at what Google is aiming for. The browser navigation toolbar has the option of being completely hidden and leaves only the tab bar, menu button and content area. The forward and back buttons are moved into the tab bar, placing them in the top-left corner of the window.
Our Download of the Day today is Wireshark 1.6.0 RC1.
Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto standard across many industries and educational institutions.
Deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time
Live capture and offline analysis
Standard three-pane packet browser
Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and many others
Captured network data can be browsed via a GUI, or via the TTY-mode TShark utility
The most powerful display filters in the industry
Rich VoIP analysis
Read/write many different capture file formats
Capture files compressed with gzip can be decompressed on the fly
Live data can be read from Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, PPP/HDLC, ATM, Bluetooth, USB, Token Ring, Frame Relay, FDDI, and others (depending on your platfrom)
Decryption support for many protocols, including IPsec, ISAKMP, Kerberos, SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, WEP, and WPA/WPA2
Coloring rules can be applied to the packet list for quick, intuitive analysis
Output can be exported to XML, PostScript®, CSV, or plain text
Windows 8 has hit build 8006 and was compiled on May 13 at 6:55PM. The built number passed the magical 8000 mark somewhere between April 29 and May 12. If people remember the Windows 7 beta, with Windows 7 beta being build 7000 and release candidate (RC) being build 7100, RTM had the build number of 7600.
Microsoft might not follow the same build number milestones as Windows 7 did, but we know that beta builds of Windows 8 are having the same success that Windows 7 received. This can only be a good thing and lets hope Windows 8 continues on its success being closed, beta doors.
NVIDIA has unleashed a new beta driver to compliment the release of its GeForce GTX 560 today, although there are performance gains for both 400 and 500-series GeForce cards, NVIDIA only display the benefits for two specific GPUs, the GTX 560 and GTX 580. NVIDIA mentions a 12-percent gain in gaming performance for dual-core processers during certain CPU-limited situations. Game-related single-GPU bug fixes are included, these include issues that caused blurriness in Resident Evil 5 as well as the flickering in Empire: Total War and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
NVIDIA also has solved glitches in Homefront, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and Crysis when running them in SLI.The 275-based drivers include some significant changes over their 270 cousin, such as silent automatic SLI, multi-GPU and anti-aliasing profile updates.
If you'd like to get your beta on, move your mouse this way and click here.
Our Download of the Day today is Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 1.
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.
Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
Google have just announced that the Chrome OS beta has hit R12 release 0.12.433.38 which includes Chrome 12 Beta, new trackpad, new flash player and several "stability and functional improvements over the previous release". This new release includes various security fixes:
Disallow root escalation by creating /var/lib/chromeos-aliases.conf and inserting commands. [Credit to Chrome OS Team (Sean Paul)]
Disallow modification of about:flags in Guest mode [Credit to Chrome OS Security Team (Jim Hebert)]
Multiple package updates (openssl, dbugs, pango, sudo, strongswan, acl, libxml2, dhcpd) [Credit to Chrome OS Security Team]
Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.4.3.
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:
Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.
Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.
Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.
Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.
Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 3.23.
Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video
Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .
World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.
Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...
Futuremark have today released the Windows-based benchmarking program PCMark. The new version takes various features into account such as hardware acceleration for transcoding video and solid state drives, it also uses real applications and games to generate a system score. One large feature of PCMark 7 is the inclusion of stress-testing the storage-based portion of systems, it can now run tests that allow users to compare scores of systems with and without SSDs.
PCMark 7 is available in three different versions, a free version which has limited testing included and of course paid versions which let users gain access to all of the tests that are designed to give a much broader test and range of benchmarks. Go get your benchmark on!
Our Download of the Day today is Trillian Astra 188.8.131.52.
Trillian is a fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
Without stealing your home page and with no other included software, pop-ups, or spyware, Trillian provides unique functionality such as:
contact message history,
a powerful skinning language,
global status changes (set all networks away at once),
Instant Lookup (automatic Wikipedia integration),
an advanced automation system to trigger events based on anything happening in the client,
hundreds of emoticons,
shell extensions for file transfers, and