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Although many companies have started rolling out subscription-based cloud versions of software, a study involving 100 software vendors showed that over the last 12 months, the revenue gains have been the biggest since 2008's recession.
Released by the Software & Information Industry Association and OPEXEngine, these findings pointed out that small and medium software business' have been hiring staff at a higher rate currently than seen before, analyzing companies mainly in the private business-to-business and Software as a Service sector.
Other findings indicate that these firms have seen an average growth of 55 percent over 2014, expanding on last year's 42 percent. The top 25 percentile of business' have fared even better, seeing a massive 150 percent growth, compared to a previous growth of 100%. Staff hiring rates have been boosted up to a 32 percent average, with some rapidly-expanding companies looking to increase total employee's by a massive 43 percent.
Unity Technologies has just announced the latest version of its engine, Unity 5.2, which include Windows Services. What Windows Services does is provide easy access to Unity Ads, Analytics Unity, Unity and Unity Build Cloud Multiplayer, without having to integrate them into a single SDK.
As for Unity 5.2, it has better game performance with Unity Analytics, which is a tool that developers can use to find out how to get their games running better. The new engine also has improved VR compatibility, with Unity 5.2 being optimized for the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Sony's Project Morpheus headset.
Unity 5.2 also features Unity Build Cloud, which is a tool that "maximizes the flow of development by creating versions, automatically, on different media simultaneously", reports DSOgaming. Unity 5.2 also includes support for Windows 10, as well as the Windows Universal Platform (UWP) which works on all Windows devices, including the Xbox consoles, PC and phones.
One of the most popular computer cleaning programs on the market is Piriform's CCleaner and in recently issued news, this program has just hit v5.09, marking itself as completely Windows 10 optimized.
Initially released for Windows 10 last month, Piriform has now ironed out the bugs with this 5.09 update, ensuring a smooth operating experience. Now optimized for Windows 10 64-bit operating systems and with the ability to clean out the new Edge browser, 5.09 further comes with Windows 10 registry support.
The interface is now reportedly more responsive and further changes are currently in the pipeline to be implemented in coming months.
Since its public launch less than one month ago, there are now more than 75 million devices running Microsoft Windows 10, according to Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of marketing for Windows and devices.
There have been 90,000 different PC and tablet models that made the switch to Windows 10, and users in 192 countries have transitioned to the new OS. Microsoft is still rolling out Windows 10 in waves, but it's possible to track down a direct download link.
If you're not a Windows 7, 8/8.1 user, it's possible to purchase Windows 10 Home for $119 or Windows 10 Pro for $199.
Facebook is testing out its own AI-controlled service called "M" that's aimed at making your digital life easier.
The new Facebook AI is called "M" and will be very much like Siri and Cortana, but instead of being tethered to a specific OS, M will be embedded in Facebook's messaging system. So that means everyone can use it regardless of the brand of your device. Touted as a digital assistant, M isn't like the other AI on the market, and will actually roll up its sleeves to complete specific tasks.
"Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," David Marcus,Facebook's Vice President of Messaging Products, said in an announcement post. "It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more."
One of the biggest GPU overclocking software comes from MSI in the form of Afterburner, with the video card and motherboard maker collaborating with overclocking organization HWBOT on the latest version of Afterburner Extreme - HWBOT Edition, which supports 'classic VGA cards'.
Afterburner Extreme is different to the normal Afterburner overclocking software, with Afterburner Extreme "takes things one step further allowing full control of voltages, facilitating seriously extreme overclocking at sub-zero temperatures", explains HWBOT. Now this 'extreme' version of Afterburner works on some of the big favorite cards from MSI, with their Hawk and Lighting series of video cards on both the NVIDIA and AMD sides of the fence.
Afterburner Extreme (ABX) as HWBOT explains was available "only to Extreme and Elite Overclockers on HWBOT and supported only current generation video cards. The new ABX HWBOT Edition adds support to a range of older cards and will be available to all HWBOT members. This allows the overclocking community to revisit classic VGA cards armed with the ultimate tweaking utility".
The new MSI Afterburner Extreme - HWBOT Edition can be downloaded here, weighing in at 35MB.
Kaspersky has reportedly created its own malware in order to get its competitors' software into flagging, and quarantining important, non-viral files on consumers' PCs. The report is coming directly from Reuters, which gives it some serious credit.
The malware that Kaspersky created would inject malicious bits of code into important files on consumers' PCs, such as .ini files for your important devices like printers and scanners, which the anti-malware would then pick up as a false positive, quarantining it, or deleting your important files.
Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugine Kaspersky reportedly created the malware as an attack against Kaspersky's competitors, as he thinks that his competitors have copied his anti-virus system rather than create their own. An anonymous source of Reuters said: "It was decided to provide some problems" for other companies, with the source adding: "It is not only damaging for a competing company but also damaging for users' computers".
The Moscow-based firm has denied the allegations, with a Kaspersky representative telling Reuters: "Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing. Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable".
NVIDIA has just released its new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers, which are the usual Game Ready drivers we've come to know and love from the company.
The new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers include support for the preview of Ashes of the Singularity, but it also supports the new Beta version of the GameWorks VR SDK. With the GameWorks VR side of things, it includes support for VR SLI, Context Priority, Direct Mode, and Front Buffer Rendering.
You can grab the new NVIDIA GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers here.
Basemark, free from the shackles of Rightware, has just announced Basemark Web 3.0, a new product that will be the successor to the Browsermark product line. The new benchmark is even capable of testing out the new WebGL 2.0 API. Basemark Web 3.0 has three different suites:
- Graphics Suite - Graphically intense WebGL 1.0.2 and WebGL 2.0 content
The new Basemark Web 3.0 will work on "virtually all modern browsers, operating systems, and devices" and will arrive in four different versions. The free version will be "for everyone", the community version will be for open source projects, a professional version will be available for consumers who want more detail on browser performance, and a corporate version for corporate customers, with the ability to run on its own servers.
German automakers BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to purchase the Nokia HERE map business unit, in an effort to provide smarter navigation - and pave the way for autonomous vehicles.
Each company will hold an equal stake in HERE, which is available in 50 different languages in almost 200 nations. The deal should close during Q1 next year, once it passes antitrust regulators.
Although the companies didn't announce a price, but reports indicate the German companies will pay $3.2 billion. "For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully automated driving," the companies said in a joint statement.