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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
The team over at Cerulean Studios has finally released Trillian 5, which intros a new interface, additional features and a fresh business model. Trillian 5 has endured a public beta that started last August and with the final release now out, we can see how things have changed since its last outing. A new resizable, ribbon-inspired interface which also includes Windows theme integration, new icons for services and cloud-based chat history.
Trillian 5 also includes social features including support for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn integration as well as a Foursquare plugin with GPS support. Cerulean is now offering the old yearly subscription, with a free version of Trillian available with full functionality - the catch? Advertisements from Netflix and other companies. To disable the ads you'll have to subscripe to the full Pro service which will set you back $12 per year.
Our Download of the Day today is FileZilla 3.5.0 RC1.
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:
Easy to use
Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
Available in many languages
Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB
Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
Drag & drop support
Configurable transfer speed limits
Network configuration wizard
Remote file editing
HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
Logging to file
Microsoft looking to scoop up Skype for $7 billion? Edit: Confirmed, $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
Edit; it seems that Kara from AllThingsD has confirmed that Microsoft have just purchased Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion.
Microsoft aren't content with letting Google enjoy their I/O day today with rumors coming from Wall Street Journal sources that Microsoft is in the final negotiation stages to absorb Skype for a very nice $7 billion.
The announcement of this merger could come as soon as Tuesday, this new deal is also a record figure for Microsoft - $7 billion! Are we looking at super-tight integration of VoiP into Windows Phone 7? Windows 8 with awesome VoiP features? Time will tell.
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 4.21.6.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Our Download of the Day today is CloneDVD 184.108.40.206.
CloneDVD 2 copies movies in unparalleled picture quality. If it's only the main movie or a complete DVD - CloneDVD compresses even long footage in brilliant quality and at high speed: A special transcoding technology compresses your choice of DVD titles according to your audio and language selection automatically to a freely adjustable target size.
Our unique Film Strip assistant will guide you step by step through all settings. With the help of the Video Preview you select the desired DVD titles and decide if you want to trim individual chapters. Quality bars show the direct influence of the title and language selection on the quality of the movie copy. Even beginners always keep track. Copy protected movie DVDs can only be copied with AnyDVD.
Copies the main movie, special features and/or the original menu onto DVD recordable media or your hard-disk
Newly improved transcoder: Better picture quality at high reduction rates (footage of more than two hours)
Impressive speed at high reduction rates
Video Preview shows an overview of all selectable DVD titles
Include or exclude the original menu
Visual quality control through quality bars during the title and language selection
Target size freely adjustable
Chapter trimming/splitting available
This download is for a 21 day trial.
Our Download of the Day today is Process Explorer 14.11.
Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.
The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.
Our Download of the Day today is FastPictureViewer 1.5 Build 190.
FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.
Fastest RAW viewer ever. Period.
Instant zooming to 100% view, for quick sharpness checks. Best in industry!
RGB histogram, EXIF shooting data and Adobe XMP Rating/Label/Urgency instant display.
Instantaneous display of the next image in line (when computer resources allows).
Instant industry-standard Adobe XMP compatible rating and tagging.
Fast tethered shooting through MTP/PTP. Tether a Nikon D3S or D3X in 64 bit, today!
Supports most common image formats, including Adobe DNG, plus specialists formats such as OpenEXR, DDS, PNM and more, through separately installable image codecs.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.5 Build 190
- Added "un-copy" option to the Keep/Copy function (use Shift+K or Shift+* to un-copy a previously copied image).
Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 4.0.1.
The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.
User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.
Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.
Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.
Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 4.0.1
- Fixed several security issues.
- Fixed several stability issues.