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Basemark Web 3.0 announced, wants to benchmark all the browsers

Basemark, free from the shackles of Rightware, has just announced Basemark Web 3.0, a new product that will be the successor to the Browsermark product line. The new benchmark is even capable of testing out the new WebGL 2.0 API. Basemark Web 3.0 has three different suites:

 

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  • Core Suite - Low-level JavaScript calculations (ECMAScript), designed to test the core of JavaScript
  • Graphics Suite - Graphically intense WebGL 1.0.2 and WebGL 2.0 content
  • Generic Suite - Tests built with popular JavaScript frameworks

 

The new Basemark Web 3.0 will work on "virtually all modern browsers, operating systems, and devices" and will arrive in four different versions. The free version will be "for everyone", the community version will be for open source projects, a professional version will be available for consumers who want more detail on browser performance, and a corporate version for corporate customers, with the ability to run on its own servers.

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German auto makers to buy Nokia HERE business for $3.2B

German automakers BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to purchase the Nokia HERE map business unit, in an effort to provide smarter navigation - and pave the way for autonomous vehicles.

 

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Each company will hold an equal stake in HERE, which is available in 50 different languages in almost 200 nations. The deal should close during Q1 next year, once it passes antitrust regulators.

 

Although the companies didn't announce a price, but reports indicate the German companies will pay $3.2 billion. "For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully automated driving," the companies said in a joint statement.

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TechPowerUp pushes updated GPU-Z v0.8.5

Featuring support for Widows 10 and CUDA detection for this new operating system, the new TechPowerUp GPU-Z software update further features GPU voltage monitoring for AMD "Fiji" cards, memory controller load monitor support for AMD "Sea Islands," "Pirate Islands," and "Volcanic Islands" video cards and better detection for AMD Radeon R9 300 series cards.

 

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Support has also been added for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970m, 980M cards and GeForce 940M, 930M editions. Intel Atom x7-Z8700 and Celeron N3150 processors are now detected alongside AMD desktop card support which includes AMD R9 370, R9 370X, R9 380, R9 390, R9 390X and R9 Fury.

 

Last but not least is added support for the AMD Radeon A8-7100.

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NVIDIA and AMD release new drivers for Windows 10

With the release of Windows 10 finally here, both NVIDIA and AMD have new drivers to share for GeForce and Radeon owners, respectively. NVIDIA has their new GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers, while AMD has their new Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers.

 

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Starting with the new GeForce 353.62 drivers, which are WHQL signed, NVIDIA notes that these new drivers are Game Ready, including the "latest tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations to ensure you have the best possible gaming experience". AMD on the other hand, has its Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers which are offering some resolved issues over the previous set of drivers.

 

You can grab the NVIDIA GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers here, while the AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers can be downloaded here.

Futuremark summarises Windows 10 benchmarking support

In a recent email by Futuremark's director of engineering, Jani Joki, we were all given a little clarification as to how Futuremark software will operate with Windows 10.

 

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As it stands, all current Futuremark benchmark programs are compatible with this recent operating system release, however, users are reminded that the latest version of SystemInfo should be installed to make sure. This means that 3DMark, 3dMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and Powermark will work as per usual.

 

There are a few programs which currently stand on shaky ground compatibility wise. If you're worried about your software, head here to see a comprehensive list and information on compatibility.

Windows 10 sees Futuremark drop Windows RT 3DMark and Vantage on Steam

Coupled with the news that Futuremark will be dropping Peacekeeper browser benchmarking support with the release of Microsoft Windows 10, we have also been informed that the Windows RT version of 3DMark will be removed from the Windows Store alongside seeing 3DMark Vantage on the Steam store will disappear for good.

 

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It is explained that "both of these benchmarks will continue to be supported" in a recently issued press release, coupled with the information that 3DMark Vantage will be available for purcahse from the Futuremark website directly, whereas the Windows RT edition will be available on request for business and enterprise customers only.

 

In other news, Futuremark ensures that computability testing with the Windows 10 build 10240 has almost reached completion. The recently issued press release ended with Futuremark telling us to "look out for an email from me [Futuremark] next week with our advice on testing Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices with Futuremark benchmarks."

Bitdefender needs your help defending devices, offers prizes to help

In its latest fight against security, Bitdefender Antivirus is asking for your help. Bitdefender has completely overhauled its lineup of security software for Windows, Mac and Android, with the new lineup to be unveiled in the near future.

 

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The company is offering people to sign up to the Bitdefender 2016 beta, where you can try out the company's new 2016 range of software, Bitdefender 2016 beta. The clinch here is that Bitdefender is offering people who try out for the beta of their new software some swag.

 

You could possibly be rewarded with a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Activite Watch, or even a Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone. You can join the Bitdefender beta here.

AMD releases Catalyst 15.7 WHQL drivers with a slew of new features

AMD is about to unleash a new set of drivers for Radeon owners, with the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL release. The new Catalyst 15.7 drivers are compatible with Windows 10, include CrossFire multi-GPU support while using FreeSync, and add some additional features from the Radeon 300 series, to the Radeon 200 series of cards.

 

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One of the big features in the new Catalyst 15.7 release is the inclusion of CrossFire support for FreeSync, but Radeon 200 series should be happy to know that the Frame Rate Target Control will be rolled into these drivers for the Radeon 200 series. Additionally, Virtual Super Resolution now works on the full range of Radeon 300 series cards, and all Radeon R7 260 and above GPUs, as well as all A-series 7400K and above APUs.

 

We should expect the new WHQL-signed Catalyst 15.7 drivers from AMD any hour now.

CCleaner v5.07 is now here with Windows 10 support and more

If you're looking for one way to clean out the trash from your computer, CCleaner has just announced via email the release of its v5.07 software which supports Windows 10.

 

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Also featuring updates towards Google Chrome cache and session cleaning, Microsoft Edge support has been tweaked and Firefox Web Apps have also been added to the start-up management.

 

To celebrate, CCleaner is running an exclusive professional plus offer, featuring CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy Professional at 60% off - otherwise if you're happy with a limited version you can also download it for free. If you're extremely keen, entering the code JUNE15 within the next 5 days will see another 20% taken off, making an 80% discount in total.

ATMs could be some of the first things to upgrade to Windows 10

Since Windows 10 launches on July 29 and will serve as a free upgrade of sorts for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users, it's expected there will be plenty of users trying to upgrade. The ATM Industry Association recommends financial institutions and businesses look to upgrade their active ATMs to Windows 10 as soon as they are able to.

 

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It was only a recent shift from Windows XP to Windows 7, and with support for Windows 7 ending in five years - now could be a time to make use of Windows 10, which includes security enhancements. Don't count out Google Android as OSes that could find their way to ATM machines in the future.

 

"ATM deployers should start their 2020 migration without delay," said Mike Lee, CEO of the ATM Industry Association, in a statement, "as ATM hardware purchased now will still be in use when support for Windows 7 OS ends in that year. This means terminals would need to be upgradeable and compatible with the next big operating system. It's important to know which ATM configurations are going to be Windows 10-compatible."

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