TweakTown NewsRefine News by Category:
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
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.
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...
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
- Integrated voice features
- Full support for Gmail
- Atom newsfeeds
- First Web browser to natively support Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- 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
NVIDIA announced that starting today they will be providing updated video drivers for Windows 7 on a regular basis.
Part of the driving force behind NVIDIA's efforts is being mandated by Microsoft saying that WHQL certification will require logs from drivers beginning with the first beta of Windows 7. NVIDIA accounted for about 29% of all Vista crashes, almost 11% more than caused by Vista's problems itself, and nearly 20% more crashes than were caused by ATI.
Hopefully by stepping up quality control in the driver area, Windows 7 will provide a more qulaity experience straight out of the box. Rougly 47% of Vista crashes were caused by the combined efforts of NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel.
Nvidia had some very good news for customers planning to deploy Windows 7. The company says that as of today, it will be releasing regular driver updates for Windows 7. Dwight Diercks, vice president of software engineering at NVIDIA, explained where this is coming from: "We expect that all of our hard work teaming with Microsoft over the past two years will pay off for GeForce GPU owners when Windows 7 officially launches. Our customers are demanding an experience that is faster and more visual, and with the addition of many new GPU-accelerated features, including DirectX Compute, we believe Windows 7 will be well positioned to meet those needs."
Our Download of the Day today is Stardock Fences 0.96.
Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop and can hide your icons when they're not in use. A "Fence", a term coined by this program, is an icon group on your desktop. Fences is an add-on to your desktop, not a replacement.
Rope off your desktop
Fences allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop that you can place icons in. You can label them however you wish, and move/resize them anywhere on the desktop. Pre-included layouts help speed the process for new users.
See your wallpaper again! Quickly hide & show all your icons with an easy double-click
Double click blank space on your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they'll return. We think this feature is so useful, we're applying for a patent on it. And with the upcoming Fences FeaturePack / included in the community preview, you can even pick icons and individual Fences to exclude.
SmartFences, snapshots, skinning, automatic scaling (for screen size changes), and more
Fences is a great tool to have - and with Fences Pro FeaturePack, it'll be even better.
The Fences FeaturePack is not yet available, but sign up here to be notified when it is.
A video demonstration of Stardock's Fences:
From now till until June 15 (date subject to change depending on Windows 7 launch), Puget will allow you to purchase a system over $1000 with Vista Ultimate and send it back in for a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate. They've got some stipulations on the program such as you must cover the shipping cost back to them and you must send back your Vista COA and disk in exchange for your Windows 7 COA and disk.
As they won't be doing upgrades but a full install, it is up to the user to back up their data. After the install is complete, Puget has stated they will run each computer through their full testing and benchmarking process to make sure it is running flawlessly.
Puget is doing this all on their own it would seem, and Microsoft is not involved in any way. President Jon Bach said it will cost the company about $200 per computer to do this and that will kill their profit margin. The small company is hoping to at least gain some exposure from this and if all goes well we expect a lot of happy customers who give it a shot.
Puget Systems is pleased to announce FREE upgrades to Windows 7 on select purchases starting 3/1/09. Customers who purchase a qualifying computer with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit or Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit are eligible for an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows 7 64-bit upon release. To redeem this upgrade, the computer must be shipped back to Puget Systems for installation.
"We're seeing more and more people who are hesitant to purchase a PC because they're hearing good things about Windows 7 and wonder whether they should wait three-fourths of a year before buying," said Bach, explaining why Puget is jumping into the upgrade offer. "We see this as an opportunity to do something exciting when there's not a whole lot of things happening in the business at the moment."