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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.