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Download of the Day: Skype 4.0.0.215

Our Download of the Day today is Skype 4.0.0.215.

 

We all love something for nothing. With Skype's free software - by the way, it works seamlessly with your internet connection - you can chat away with free Skype-to-Skype calls and never worry about cost, time or distance. Share the love and get your friends to download Skype so you can talk, instant message (IM) or make video calls for nothing. You can also make local, long distance and international calls to phones and mobiles at great rates too.

 

Download of the Day: Skype 4.0.0.215

 

The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 4.0.0.215

 

change: Full text quote will be shown only after sending instant messages
bugfix: Informative messages appeared multiple times even when closed
bugfix: Disk I/O error message appeared intermittently
bugfix: Skype sometimes failed to install when Firefox was set as the default browser in the United States
bugfix: Compact view window positioning fixed
bugfix: Some USB dual-phones did not detect Skype correctly
bugfix: Some full-screen applications minimized automatically when Skype was running with the Skype visual style enabled
bugfix: If a user has Compact View enabled, opening a conversation from the tray alert does always open
bugfix: 'Ignore' option in the 'Call' menu was greyed out when receiving an incoming call
bugfix: Help menu was sometimes displayed incorrectly in Compact View
bugfix: Tools menu was not fully visible in compact view on some window sizes
bugfix: Echo123 was incorrectly re-added to contacts when opening Getting Started Wizard
bugfix: SMS failure reason messages were missing
bugfix: Instant messaging entry area showed vertical scroll bar after changing font size
bugfix: Add people to group conference call was not disabled when host was using Skype 3.8 for Windows
bugfix: Opening a file without file association triggered error message instead of a menu to choose application with which to open it
bugfix: Adding contact to a category via right click menu caused contact list display disruption
bugfix: Incorrect error message appeared when no entries were found within history search
bugfix: Contact list was not always sorted correctly
bugfix: Personalize button appeared blank - intermittent
bugfix: Unable to take a video snapshot when selecting the option from the drop down menu
bugfix: Call dropped when adding a participant to a conference call
bugfix: Setting number type was not possible when editing contact phone number
bugfix: More button on users video mood message did not work
bugfix: Call Quality feedback link "Issues with this call" was not visible - intermittent
bugfix: // link did not work with Firefox
bugfix: Skype did not start after installing on Vista when computer was running on batteries
bugfix: A new message notification was not generated when sending an instant message using the /me command
bugfix: Call were not started automatically to a contact who was added to an ongoing call
bugfix: Menus flickered when using Skype with Arabic or Hebrew language
bugfix: Double click on a contact did not focus the instant message entry box
bugfix: Dates were not shown in old conversations
bugfix: Disabling contact import feature via registry did not work
bugfix: Phone number type was not being saved
bugfix: End call sound was played when user joined group call
bugfix: Links to domains .rs, .me, .kp, .xn did not work
bugfix: Incoming contact request were not shown correctly in compact view
bugfix: Closing conversation from menu did not work
bugfix: Clicking on Skype links on web pages did not bring the Skype window to foreground
bugfix: Adding phone contacts to group conversations was not possible
bugfix: Accessibility: Tab order corrected in options
All localizations updated

 

The full release notes can be located here.

 


 

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Download of the Day: Songbird 1.1.1

Our Download of the Day today is Songbird 1.1.1.

 

Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development.

 

It is integrated with these Web 2.0 services: mashTape, SHOUTcast Radio, Last.fm Scrobbling, and Songkick concert tickets. You can enhance Songbird with community-contributed plugins like Media Flow.

 

Features include:

 

- GStreamer
- Smart Playlists
- Built-In Web Browser
- Multi-language Support
- Automatic Updates
- Setup Assistant
- Custom User Interface
- Library Management
- Developer Support

 

Beta features include portable device support, metadata management, album artwork, and subscriptions.

 

Download of the Day: Songbird 1.1.1

 

The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 1.1.1

 

The complete changelog can be located here.

 


 

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DX10 to come to Linux and OSX in the future

I am not sure if this is good news for Linux and OSX fans or not. However, it seems that DX10 might make its way to those operating systems courtesy of CodeWeavers' CrossOver project.

 

Codeweavers CEO Jeremy White posted in his blog that they are gearing up for DX10 support after the release of CrossOver Games 7.2 which had added even more support for DX9 in Unix.

 

CodeWeavers is looking to make all flavors of Unix (including Linux and OSX) fully Windows Compatible. They want users to be able to run Windows applications in native format without the need for an Emulation layer.

 

Perhaps one day we will have a core OS that everyone uses and be able to choose the GUI, and other services we want...nah probably not.

 

Read more here .

 

DX10 to come to Linux and OSX in the future

Jeremy White, the co-founder and CEO of CodeWeavers, revealed some company roadmap details in a recent blog post in which he stated that that DirectX 10 support would come into focus as the company's CrossOver project moved into 2009. "We've just shipped a lot of those 'under the hood' improvements for games out in CrossOver Games 7.2. [and ] we're really pushing DirectX 9 support pretty far along, and getting ready to move on DirectX 10," White stated.

 

Many analysts and individuals will usually agree that Microsoft delivered DirectX 10 as an integral part of Vista, giving it exclusivity rights and refusing to add support to XP regardless of its more prevalent popularity. Yet, the irony begins with Microsoft's plans to subsequently release DirectX 11 not only for Windows 7 later this year, but also for Vista.

 

On the other hand, CodeWeavers modestly admits that its goal "is to make Unix (including Linux and Mac OS X) a fully Windows-compatible operating system. All Windows applications should be able to be run on Unix: cleanly, harmoniously, within the native environment, and without using an emulator." White went on to say, "The key idea is to make it easier to distill the gathered wisdom on unsupported applications and make it far easier to use. I hope we'll have that available before the end of the year."

 

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Download of the Day: MPC Home Cinema 1.2.1.1008

Our Download of the Day today is Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.2.1008.

 

This project is based on the original "Media Player Classic" and was created after Gabest, the original author, stopped working on it. Several new features have been integrated in this player, such as :

 

- An option to remove Tearing
- Translation in several languages (currently Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian)
- Additional video decoders and in particular H.264 and VC-1 with DXVA support (see specific section for details)
- Better support for Windows Vista, including a release for 64 bits platform
- Support for EVR renderer
- Bugs and vulnerability fixes

 

Download of the Day: Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.2.1008

 

 

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Download of the Day: Eset NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.314

Our Download of the Day today is Eset NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.314.

 

Our product delivers the best proactive protection against increasingly sophisticated threats and is known for being fast and unnoticeable. It lets you focus on things you care about, not your antivirus. The software uses a powerful combination of advanced heuristic technologies and automatic updates of malware signature databases, detecting and eliminating a rapidly growing number of unknown threats. Its proactive capabilities protect your computer and data even against never before seen malicious code.

 

Download of the Day: Eset NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.314

 

The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 4.0.314

 

- ESET SysInspector Integration - a powerful diagnostic tool for in-depth analysis of the operating system, including running processes, registry content, startup items and network connections
- ESET SysRescue - new wizard for creating bootable CD/DVD and USB thumb drive for cleaning infected systems
- Removable Media Access Control - set scan options for USB devices, such as thumb drives, CD/DVD, flash storage, or block all access to them to prevent infections through file sharing. Autorun files are automatically scanned when devices are mounted
- Advanced Archive Scanning - scan compressed ZIP, RAR, CAB files and more to root out hidden malware. Users have full control of scanning depth, maximum file size, and scan timeout
- Support for Additional Email Clients - integration with Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Mail simplifies email scanning. POP3 and IMAP scanning means anti-malware protection for virtually any email client
- Personal Firewall Improvements - time saving "learning mode" automatically creates rules for all observed communications. The user or administrator can then verify or edit the rules as necessary, without creating them manually. Users can also override Automatic mode with exceptions.
- Self-Defense - built-in technology that protects ESET software processes and registry keys against malware trying to disable or negatively affect computer's protection status
- Scanning of Encrypted Communications - SSL-encrypted protocols such as HTTPS and POP3S are scanned for malware
- Anti-Spam Improvements - improved spam detection, performance and system footprint
- Integrated Anti-Stealth - advanced protection against Rootkits
- Support for Cisco NAC
- Plus many usability improvements, such as:
* Delaying non-critical scanning tasks when running on battery or UPS
* Keyboard shortcuts and non-graphical display mode that's compatible with screen reading applications for the visually impaired
* And many more...

 


 

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Download of the Day: Opera 9.64

Our Download of the Day today is Opera 9.64.

 

A full-featured Internet browser, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.

 

- Tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking
- Opera integrated search
- Integrated search
- Improved security
- Password manager
- Opera skins
- Customization
- Integrated voice features
- Full support for Gmail
- Atom newsfeeds
- First Web browser to natively support Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

 

Download of the Day: Opera Browser 9.64

 

The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 9.64

 

Opera 9.64 is a recommended security and stability upgrade, incorporating the Opera Presto 2.1.1 user agent engine. Opera highly recommends all users to upgrade to Opera 9.64 to take advantage of these improvements.

 

To view the complete changelog, click here.

 


 

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Internet Explorer 8 Off Switch in Windows 7

In what I am sure will be a blow to the hounds at the gate (Google FireFox, et.al.) Microsoft looks to be adding in an IE kill switch into its Vista replacement.

 

According to tester of the latest build (7048) you can actually turn IE8 off through the Windows Features dialog box.

 

This throws a major wrench into the EU's current witch hunt into MS' inclusion of the browser in its OS.

 

I wonder what they are thinking right now?

 

Read more here.

 

Internet Explorer 8 Off Switch in Windows 7

Microsoft has included in recent Windows 7 test versions an option to turn off the Internet Explorer 8 Web browser, according to testers who have used the recent builds.

 

According to Chris Holmes, build 7048 of Windows 7 includes Internet Explorer as one of many Windows components that can be turned on or off via a "Windows Features" dialog box. The control panel exists in the public beta version of Windows 7, but IE8 is not listed among the features that can be turned on and off.

 

Microsoft declined to comment on the feature's inclusion as well as the reasons behind the move. Others are speculating it might have something to do with the European Union's objection to the inclusion of a browser within Windows.

 

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New Windows 7 Build Leaked To Torrent

On Monday, someone managed to leak a new 32-bit build of Microsoft Windows 7 to global torrents. Today, the x64 version was also unleashed via torrent.

 

New Windows 7 Build Leaked To Torrent

 

The new 7048 build features a few changes such as an updated start button, new icons for Notes, Paint, and Calculator, and alt+tab now has Aero Peek enabled.

 

Compiled on 2/19/09, 7048 is a pre-release candidate of the upcomming Windows 7 OS and will more than likely not be the RC1 that we expect to see on April 10th.

 

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Download of the Day: O&O Defrag Pro Ed. 11.5.4065

Our Download of the Day today is O&O Defrag Professional Edition 11.5.4065.

 

Unleash the hidden performance of your computer with the minimum effort. O&O Defrag 11 Professional Edition packs file fragments quickly and securely back together to optimize your hard disk under Windows. Its functionality ranges from a fully automated defragmentation to an individual professional set up. It can do everything a truly good defragmentation software should be able to do.

 

The new background monitoring function helps to prevent fragmentation at source. Newly added and modified files are analyzed and defragmented whenever they are not being accessed. O&O Defrag makes sure that your hard disk is constantly performing at its peak.

 

Download of the Day: O&O Defrag Professional Edition 11.5.4065

 

 

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Download of the Day: AVG Free Edition 8.5.278

Our Download of the Day today is AVG Free Edition 8.5.278.

 

AVG Free Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product! Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).
Highlights include:

 

- Automatic update functionality
- The AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run
- The AVG E-mail Scanner, which protects your e-mail
- The AVG On-Demand Scanner, which allows the user to perform scheduled and manual tests
- Free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product
- AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files

 

Download of the Day: AVG Free Edition 8.5.278

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