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The new 3DMark will arrive when it's ready, will be here "sooner rather than later"

Futuremark's upcoming new 3DMark is set to be quite different to the previous iterations of the benchmarking software, as it moves into cross-platform territory. Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch has come out and said that he is constantly bugged with questions of when the new 3DMark will arrive, to which he says:

 

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I cannot confirm a launch date with now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.

 

It is nice to know that it's coming "sooner rather than later", and that it's cross-platform. I quite excited for the new 3DMark, being able to test something between devices is going to be utterly awesome for us here at TweakTown to give you, our dear, awesome readers a much better benchmarking method across multiple devices and platforms.

HTC Sense 5 screenshots leaked, shows off a new gorgeous looking skin for Android

The XDA Developers forum are at it again, with a leaked skin of the Sense 5 UI skin from HTC thanks to forum member mdeejay. The XDA Developers forum member has reportedly got a working port of the upcoming skin.

 

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We can see from the leaked screenshots that it features a new UI that is much simpler than Sense 4+ lockscreen, which is more along the lines of the stock Android skin itself, which I personally prefer. The same widgets move over to the apps screen, where in the below image we have Sense 4+ on the left, and Sense 5 on the right.

 

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New CPU-z 'OC' skin teased in Gigabyte overclocking video guide

I've stumbled across a "High-end PC Tuning Guide", which uses the ever-so-sexy Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 motherboard and various high-end components from Corsair like their Dominator RAM.

 

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What I did notice in the video, is that they tease a new "OC" skin for CPU-z which is themed in the Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 colors of orange and black and sports an OC badge in the top right. It looks unbelievably sexy, I think mostly because I'm used to the stock skin for all these years. All I know is what I want the skin now, bad.

 

 

We've hit up our Gigabyte contacts and we've been told we should expect the skin sometime next week, as soon as it drops, we'll be sure to let you know!

AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL drivers released

AMD's first major driver release for 2013 is here in the form of the just-released AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL drivers. These drivers are similar to the company's 12.11 "Never Settle" driver, with the new 13.1 WHQL drivers delivering performance enhancements for a huge amount of games.

 

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They mainly aim for the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs, and AMD have also included some new 3D settings and profile management user interface within the Catalyst Control Center (CCC). This is on top of the performance enhancements and various fixes. From the changelog, we can expect:

  • Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
  • Enhanced AMD CrossFire scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  • Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
  • More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)
  • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
  • Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
  • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
  • Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne 3

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Beats Audio to release new music streaming service later this year

Thanks to Beats Audio's acquisition of music subscription service MOG, we should expect an iTunes-like music service to be launched from the company. Currently going under the codename of Daisy, the company announced the service on Thursday and have chosen Ian Rogers to oversee "the direction, vision and strategy for project 'Daisy' and the talented team developing the service.

 

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Beats Audio have also announced that Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails fame, has been appointed Chief Creative Officer. CEO and co-founder of Beats Audio, Jimmy Iovine, has said:

 

What's missing from the digital music landscape is a cultural context. We need to bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery. With Trent and now Ian we have the right team in place to do it.

 

There aren't many more details to report on just yet, but we should see a late-2013 launch, and should expect it to arrive as a stand-alone company falling under Beats Electronics' umbrella.

Chrome Beta channel opens its doors to Android

The Chrome Beta channel has just opened for Android today, offering up version 25.0.1364.8. It acts just the same as the Beta channel for a PC, which offers up a preview of features and fixes that has already passed the development channel and is on its way to final testing before it gets baked into the final version.

 

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It makes for the perfect way to try out new things that might still be broken, but will allow the software to function as a hole. The release offered up comes with the following bugs:

  • Performance is sluggish, noticeably on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S
  • Frequent freeze on devices with specific versions of Qualcomm GPU driver
  • Text autosizing may break formatting on some sites
  • 164632 - Editing bookmark feature is broken
  • 165244 - Text position handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 163439 - Clicking on links in yahoo.com not navigating on Nexus 7
  • 166233 - Unable to submit comments on Facebook posts in desktop version of Facebook
  • 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 167351 - Youtube video controls are lost after returning from fullscreen video mode
  • 162486 - iframe scrolling broken

 

If you want to hit up the Beta channel, check it out here.

Futuremark shows off Cloud Gate 1080p video trailer for upcoming 3DMark benchmark

Futuremark continues to tease us with a slow release of screenshots and video trailers of the upcoming 3DMark benchmark that will work on a variety of devices and operating systems. The Cloud Gate benchmark, shown in the trailer video below, is a DX10 benchmark designed for notebooks and lighter weight desktop PCs.

 

 

We recommend watching it in the native 1080p resolution offered by YouTube. The FireStrike trailer that was released a week or so ago is the DX11 benchmark destined to push gaming PCs to their knees. This will be the last we hear out of Futuremark before their Christmas break, so check out the video and wait for 2013 to see the full benchmark in action.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom updated to support Retina Macs

Adobe has updated their popular Photoshop Lightroom product to make use of the higher resolution available on Apple's new Retina screen Macs. Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 both received a similar treatment earlier this week. So what can you expect out of the new version? Not too much other than Retina Support.

 

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  • HiDPI support within the Library and Develop Modules. HiDPI provides support for Retina-enabled Macs.
  • Additional raw file support for 20 cameras including the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D600 and Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

 

For $149.99, you can get Lightroom from the Mac App Store, that is if you don't already own it.

Android developers provide improved in-app purchasing abilities

It's the festive season, so over at the Android developer blog they've just unveiled version 3 of in-app purchasing. Most of this isn't for show and tell, and is back-end stuff that most people won't notice. It does include some cool new stuff:

 

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  • Streamlined code. Google says what used to take several hundred lines of code can be done in as few as 50 now.
  • A more robust architecture.
  • Local caching, so API calls happen faster. That means part of the legwork is being done on your phone, without the need to call into Google Play.
  • And "the ability to consume managed purchases and query for product information."

Futuremark shows off more screenshots from the upcoming 3DMark

Futuremark showed off a trailer for their upcoming 3DMark benchmark last week, and now they have released more screenshots, this time from the Cloud Gate test. Cloud Gate is one of the three tests included in the new 3DMark and uses a DX11 engine that is limited to Direct3D feature level 10_0 so that it can test DirectX 10.

 

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The new test in the upcoming 3DMark appears to make extensive use of particle and lighting features, as you can certainly see above. Click the picture to see it in full 1080p quality.

 

The release time frame for the new version of 3DMark is looking to be in January 2013 for Windows, with Android, iOS, and Windows RT versions coming some time after that.

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