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Apple updates Final Cut Pro to utilize new Mac Pro power

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 9:50 pm

On the heels of the release of the new Mac Pro, Apple has began pushing out an update to its Final Cut Pro software. The update brings the software up to date with current trends in professional video editing. The update also optimizes Final Cut Pro to fully utilize the power that Apple has packed into the Mac Pro.

 

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Final Cut Pro 10.1 adds support for 4K video, and features monitoring across Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI displays. Auto fade handlers have been added for each channel, and improvements have been made to workflow organisation via the addition of Libraries. A new API has also been added that allows users to build custom share options. Finally, the entire program has been optimized to take advantage of the dual GPU setup featured in the new Mac Pro. Head to the source link below to read the full change log.

AMD releases Catalyst 13.12 WHQL drivers, just in time for Christmas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:12 pm

AMD has released its Catalyst 13.12 WHQL set of drivers just in time for your gaming needs over the holidays. It supports the latest AMD R9 series of GPUs, as well as the usual improvements and bug fixes across multiple games and GPUs.

 

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There's some improved CrossFire scaling for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Saints Row IV, and Metro: Last Light. For Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 owners, the intermittent black screen and display loss issues should hopefully be fixed. Some problems with Starcraft have been fixed, as have some issues with Autodesk Investor 2014.

 

You can get the new drivers right here. AMD even teases the release of the Catalyst 14.1 Beta, which should hit early next year.

3DMark for Windows gets updated and adds Ice Storm Unlimited testing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 5:02 pm

Today Futuremark announced the release of an update to its 3DMark benchmarking software for Windows. The update adds in support for Ice Storm Unlimited testing which will allow users to compare scores from mobile devices with their PC. The update also integrates the GPU-Z library which improves hardware detection and restores clock speed and temperature monitoring during testing.

 

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With the integration of Ice Storm Unlimited, I am curious to see how some of the new Surface Pro 2 tablets and convertibles stack up against some of the desktop CPUs with integrated GPUs. With mobile connectivity and productivity becoming a bigger necessity with every passing day, the ability to run powerful apps such as those in Adobe's Creative Cloud, or even AutoDesk programs is more important than ever. With a benchmark that can compare mobile devices to desktop's figuring our what works with what just got easier.

MemTest86 V5 is here, includes support for UEFI BIOS, and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 3:28 am

There are those of you out there, like us, that would be using MemTest86 to test if your RAM is faulting, or stable at a certain speed. Well, PassMark Software, the developer behind MemTest86, has announced that MemTest86 V5 is out.

 

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Version 5 includes a bunch of new features, including UEFI BIOS support, secure boot support, a native 64-bit binary, "significant" speed improvements, ECC RAM support, and the ability to write test reports to the bootable USB drive itself. The biggest feature to take away from this is the 64-bit binary, because up until today, every other version of MemTest86 was 32-bit only.

 

There are now two editions of MemTest86, the first is a free edition, but the Pro edition is $49, and comes on a pre-made USB drive. Pro edition supports ECC RAM and custom reports. You can read more on MemTest86 V5, and get it for yourself, here.

NVIDIA releases its GeForce 331.93 beta drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 3:19 am

NVIDIA has just pushed out the GeForce 331.93 beta drivers, which should fix some browser-related stability issues that some people were experiencing on Fermi-based GeForce GPUs.

 

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There's also an updated SLI profile provided for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which will provide more performance obviously. There's the usual performance and stability improvements, too. You can get the new drivers here, and read more on the new GeForce 331.93 beta drivers' release notes.

AMD releases its new Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.4 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 10:33 am

If you like to live on the bleeding edge of hardware and software, and you're running a new AMD Radeon R9 video card, these new Catalyst drivers are built for you.

 

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AMD has released its new Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.4 drivers, which fix some of the black screen or display loss issues experienced on the new Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 GPUs. Also, there are some CrossFire scaling performance increases for the multiplayer side of Call of Duty: Ghosts, too. Here's a full list of what to expect on the new Beta 9.4 drivers:

 

  • Includes all Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.2 Driver
  • May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 video cards
  • Improves AMD CrossFire™ scaling in the multi-player portion of Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • AMD Enduro Technology Profile updates:
  • "XCOM:" Enemy Unknown
  • Need for Speed Rivals

 

You can read more, and grab these new drivers, here.

Winamp is shutting down, kicked too much Llama ass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 4:32 am

I still remember using Winamp for the first time - it really kicks the Llama's ass - but now it is shutting down... next month. On December 20, Winamp will be no more.

 

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AOL, who own Winamp, is shutting down Winamp.com, too, so there'll be no more downloads of the player from December 20. Winamp is nothing now compared to the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the like, but if you want to have that nostalgic bell ring in your head, go ahead and kick some Llama ass and download Winamp now.

NVIDIA unleashes new GeForce 331.82 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 10:33 am

There are some huge games out right now, with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Need for Speed: Rivals, just to name a few. Well, NVIDIA has your back, with some new GeForce drivers in the form of the 331.82 WHQL set.

 

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The new drivers also have support for ShadowPlay and GameStream for SHIELD owners, which is a nice touch. Optimizations are included for the biggest, latest games, including BF4, COD: Ghosts, and Batman: Arkham Origins. You can get the new NVIDIA drivers right here.

TweakTown DOTD: AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 2:52 am

Our Download of the Day today is more of a reminder, which is for the AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 drivers. These new drivers are obviously in beta, so download them at your own risk.

 

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The new drivers have support for the latest Radeon R-series of GPUs, including the super-fast R9 290X GPU. The new drivers also support Microsoft's latest desktop OS, Windows 8.1, as well as Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux.

New Chrome beta lets you close those pesky audio tabs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 8:29 am

Sometimes Google Chrome will be playing audio through a tab, and if you're like me, you have 20+ tabs open at once. When this happens, it can be so hard to find it, but the latest Chrome beta stops that.

 

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The latest beta of Chrome now shows a small speaker icon next to its name, which indicates that there is audio playing in the tab. This is a brilliant little addition, that helps a lot. But, the Mountain View-based giant aren't the first to do something like this, but a little addition like this does go a long way.

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