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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.
In preparation for Crysis 3's launch tomorrow, NVIDIA has released WHQL-certified graphics drivers. Version 314.07 brings with it some more performance improvements for Crysis 3, though not much beyond the improvements that were seen with the beta version released not too long ago.
NIVIDA says that users can expect up to a 5 percent improvement in performance in Crysis 3 when coupled with a GTX 680. You can pick up the drivers from NVIDIA's website.
For the interested software developer, or for those who want to experience a bit of nostalgia, Adobe has released a free and legal copy of the source code of Photoshop version 1.0. The code has been released in conjunction with the Computer History Museum who has detailed the software on their website.
The source code consists of about 128,000 lines and is mostly undocumented. Version 1.0 of the software was created by one sole engineer, Thomas Knoll. Version 2 had just two engineers. Around 75 percent of the code is written in Pascal and about 15 percent is in 68000 assembler language.
The code is free for non-commercial use and can be downloaded from the Computer History Museum. Nearly everything is included, save for the MacApp applications library that was licensed from Apple.
For users interested in testing out the latest antivirus software, avast! has just pushed out the third beta of version 8 of their popular free software. Version 8 of the antivirus software brings with it a new GUI interface, a new product tier that has new features, and a version of avast! for Windows Home Server.
You can find out more about the beta from this post on the avast! forums. The final version of the software is expected to be released towards the end of February, so hang on for a bit longer if you aren't interested in testing out the beta version.
Software developer Adobe is working on a patch for a "critical" vulnerability that is present in the company's PDF software. The bug, present in both Reader and Acrobat, will allow hackers to gain full access of a computer and is currently being exploited. You should avoid opening PDFs unless you know the sender and trust them.
The bug is present in Adobe Reader XI, 11.0.01 and earlier; Reader X, 10.1.5 and earlier; Reader 9.5.3 and earlier. Acrobat versions similarly numbered are also vulnerable. The bug is present across all platforms including Mac, PC, and Linux.
Adobe has suggested users make use of the 'Protected View" option given by the software if they have to open a PDF. An estimated time of arrival has not been given for the patch.
Unigine Corp. have just released the latest revision to their GPU benchmark, Heaven Benchmark 4.0. Heaven 4.0 is perfect for stability testing on your system, mainly for your GPU.
Heaven 4.0 has full support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0, works across multiple platforms - Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and includes countless settings for you to tinker with. Best of all, it has support for multi-monitor setups as well as different stereo 3D models. What's new in Heaven 4.0? Here's a list of what to expect:
- Benchmarking presets for convenient comparison of results
- GPU temperature and clock monitoring
- Drastic improvement of SSDO
- Stars at nighttime
- Improvement of lens flare
- New, improved version of UNIGINE Engine under the hood
- Detection of multiple GPUs
- Anti-aliasing support on Mac OS X
- Enhancement of automation scripts in Pro version
- New Advanced edition (see details below)
- Russian and Chinese localization
You can download Heaven Benchmark 4.0 here.