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AMD is getting quicker with its driver releases, announcing the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12 drivers, a new set of drivers which fixes the Crossfire issues gamers were experiencing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Not only that, but the texture corruption problems in Just Cause 3 have been fixed, as well as the snow flickers in Star Wars Battlefront. You can grab the new AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12 drivers here.
Here's a full list of what's fixed, and what's new:
-  Radeon Settings driver update check is not available for minor driver versions
-  System has higher idle power usage on Windows® 7 when running with Radeon Settings
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Snow flickers in a few locations in the game
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Sky rendering may be broken in some game locations
-  Fallout 4 – The compass may flicker during gameplay on AMD Radeon R9 390 series products. We continue to investigate the issue with AMD Radeon R9 290 and AMD Radeon R9 295X2 series products
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Shadowy textures are visible around hills/structures/caves
-  Just Cause 3 – Texture corruption may be experienced during gameplay
-  Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Poor AMD Crossfire™ performance may be experienced
-  The driver installation may fail while installing the ACP component
-  The font size in Chinese language installations may be too small
-  The label range values in some AMD Freesync™ installations may be incorrect
-  The Radeon Settings dropbox does not close when it is clicked on a second time
-  The AMD Overdrive™ fan settings is always set to ON after first edit on reboot
-  Language shows up as Chinese Simplified when Chinese Traditional is selected in Windows® 7
-  Radeon Settings crashes on the Display tab when cloning a display via HDMI on some notebooks
-  Overdrive™ fan speed is reset to Manual on exiting from a 3D game or application
-  Radeon Settings does not get upgraded in some install scenarios
-  AMD Overdrive™ cannot revert to default settings in some situations
NVIDIA's latest GeForce Experience beta adds the ability to take screenshots of your games up to a maximum 4K resolution. More, it now sports built-in editing (brightness, contrast, digital vibrancy, and cropping) and Imgur uploading functionality. Happily, both of these functions can be performed in-game via the Share menu accessed by hitting Alt + Z. To get started, you'll need to connect to Imgur via the Share > Connect menus.
The choice of Imgur is a little surprising given the service is known for significant compression, but perhaps something special has been arranged for this partnership with NVIDIA. We've inquired as such, and will update this story should we hear back.
As announced recently, Microsoft has now pushed out a preview version of its new Office 365 Planner to members of the First Release program, designed as a simple project-management tool set for release in the mainstream Office 365 package in the future.
Previously codenamed 'Highlander', this addition to Office 365 has currently been added to the following users: Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 Education, Office 365 Education E3, Office 365 Education E4, Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium, as explained by ZDNet. If you haven't received the Planner yet don't stress, Microsoft expects a the rollout of this program to be completed over several weeks.
Designed to meld with Office 365 groups, this Planner will enable companies to streamline some business processes, sitting alongside the additions of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, also set to be added firstly for Office 365 First Release program subscribers.
During the GALAX GOC 2015 event, Futuremark showed off their latest 3DMark benchmark that utilizes the Windows 10 exclusive DirectX 12 API. The new benchmark is called 'Time Spy', something that will really stress out your new DX12-powered GPU.
Futuremark Product Manager Pasi Virtanen said that the company is developing their latest 3DMark benchmark for DX12, with the new version of 3DMark focusing around the technology and features that the DirectX 12 API allows for, and something that future DX12-powered games will include. There are many DX12 benchmarks in the new 3DMark, but one of them is Time Spy, which was the one shown off at the GALAX GOC 2015 event. The benchmark runs at 2K (2560x1440) or 4K (3840x2160) and is 5x heavier than 3DMark Fire Strike... which is going to really push GPUs up against the wall and steal their lunch money.
The company hasn't teased a release date just yet, but we Virtanen did tease that it would be released in Q1 2016.
The file archiving freeware known as 7-Zip has exited beta status after being on it for five years. The current version is 15.12.
Since the last non-beta release (9.20), many changes were made, including taskbar progress display, optimizations to speed, compression, and memory usage, new dialog box options, support for more file types, and of course, bug fixes, among other things.
Hit the source to download.
Activision and Treyarch are preparing Call of Duty: Black Ops III for its release tomorrow, with AMD launching some new drivers for Radeon gamers in the form of Catalyst 15.11 beta.
The new Catalyst 15.11 beta include performance optimizations for Black Ops III, as well as a few bug fixes which will include the issues with Ashes of the Singularity crashing on some Radeon 300 series cards with 2GB of RAM, and you shouldn't see those nasty driver timeout errors in Star Wars Battlefront.
There are still issues with the new Catalyst 15.11 beta drivers, with Crossfire users set to experience flickering while playing Black Ops III in a multi-GPU setup, as well as issues with Batman: Arkham Knight, which is just a buggy mess of a game on PC anyway. You can grab the new AMD Catalyst 15.11 beta drivers here.
AMD is soon replacing its age-old but ever-reliable Catalyst Control Center with something more modern with Radeon Settings. As well, it will be replacing its annual Omega driver releases with colour-named releases (the first of which will be named Crimson Edition), while still releasing "minor" drivers monthly.
Radeon Settings is built on a new architecture, and it shows in its slick interface. It's not just about the look, though: Senior Manager of the newly formed Radeon Technologies Group Terry Makedon says Settings was built on responsiveness, discoverability, and ease of use.
Microsoft is beefing up its Office functionality starting today.
You may have noticed Skype's integration with Office on desktop last month. Well, it's going beyond just messaging functionality: video and voice support are on the way, too, first for Office Online users next month (and Outlook.com), then desktop later on.
If you're a Chrome user (and statistically, you probably are), there's some love for you, too: a new extension (available here) lets you create and open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway documents directly in the browser. As with Office Online, OneDrive is integrated, should you choose to use it.
Can you believe it has been nearly a year since AMD released its Catalyst Omega drivers, which unleashed a bunch of new features and squashed just as many, if not more bugs. Well, according to the latest rumors, AMD is working on another 'Special Edition' set of Catalyst Omega drivers for Radeon owners.
AMD is expected to launch the new Catalyst drivers next month, but we shouldn't expect them to keep the 'Catalyst Omega' name. What we can expect, are hopefully the same vast features and changes that AMD pushed out with the Catalyst Omega drivers last year. I would expect some big improvements to the Fiji-powered cards in the R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X as well as the entire Radeon 300 series.
I'm sure we'll see some big improvements in the DX12 side of things, where AMD has seen NVIDIA catch up on the DirectX 12 front in Ashes of the Singularity. As soon as AMD drop the new drivers, you can be sure we'll be reporting on them, and running over our usual benchmark suite.
Version 5.11.5408 of popular system cleaning app CCleaner is out today, complete with some important changes.
Apart from the usual minor fixes, you get better Chrome Download History and Firefox 41 cleaning, improved detection of Start-up items (should you wish to configure which start and which don't), and tweaks to keyboard navigation and shortcuts. Then there are a couple of bigger additions: the option to uninstall Windows Store apps (not normally easy for the built-in ones), and support for Office 2016 cleaning.
You can see the full list of changes below; hit the source to download.