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Office for iPad updated with new PDF file and image tools

Microsoft has issued an update for the popular Office for iPad app that brings some new tricks for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The update brings several user requested features to the apps, with one of the big new features being the ability to export files as PDFs.

 

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Each of the apps has also received new Picture Tools that allow users to the ability to crop to focus on the portion of the image that's important. All three of the apps also get support for third party fonts in the update.

 

Excel also gets improved support for external keyboards and support for "Flick to Select" so you can select data in a cell with a flick of your finger. The new features for Word include the Picture Tools, fonts, and PDF feature. PowerPoint received more improvements with a new Presenter View, new presenter tools for highlighting and drawing, and more.

64-bit version of Chrome for Windows hits beta channel

Fans of Chrome for Windows have something new to check out on the beta channel for the software. The 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows is finally available to download and try. As a beta product, you can expect there to be issues with the software right now.

 

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There are a couple caveats to the software as well; one of those caveats is that the 64-bit version only works with Windows 7 and Windows 8 or higher machines. You will also need a 64-bit version of those operating systems.

 

The 64-bit version of the software brings some improvements to the mix that provide better performance and fewer crashes. "To try it out, download the 64-bit installer from our Beta download pages. The new version replaces the existing version while preserving all your settings and bookmarks, so there's no need to uninstall a current installation of Chrome," Google wrote in a blog post.

NVIDIA releases its new GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers

NVIDIA launches its kick ass new Shield Tablet today, and alongside it the company has launched its new GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers. The biggest feature of the new GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers is Shield Tablet support, as the company needs to update its drivers to bake in support for GameStream for its Shield Tablet.

 

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The latest drivers are GameReady, which will include support for the upcoming Metro: Redux which arrives on August 26, and the Chinese launch of Final Fantasy XIV. There's not much else included in this release, other than the usual bugfixes. We do have WHQL goodness here, instead of a beta release that most people were running prior to the launch of 340.52 WHQL. You can grab the new drivers right here, or if you're like me, GeForce Experience will download them for you.

OneNote lands on Amazon Fire phone and Kindle Fire

Microsoft has been peddling its OneNote note taking application to consumers on Android and other platforms for a long time now. The software giant has announced that it has now expanded availability for OneNote to the Amazon Fire smartphone and the Kindle Fire tablet.

 

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The app for both devices hit the Appstore on July 24. The app is the same one that has been offered for Android devices in the past, the difference is that it is now available on the Amazon Appstore giving users on Amazon devices access.

 

OneNote is the only part of the Office suite that is available now for the Android platform. Other Office apps are expected to land for Android before the end of the year.

AMD unleashes its new Catalyst 14.7 RC drivers

AMD has just released its new Catalyst 14.7 RC (beta) drivers, something that includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, and drops support for Windows 8 (WDDM 1.2) as the company expects you to have upgraded to Windows 8.1 (WDDM 1.3) for free if you want continued support.

 

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Older version of Windows, such as Windows Vista and Windows 7 remain unaffected by this change. The latest Catalyst 14.7 RC drivers have all of the improvements that were baked into the Catalyst 14.6 RC release, but receive added CrossFire performance for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and improved CrossFire scaling at 4K for Assassin's Creed IV.

 

If you want to try them out (at your own risk since they're still a Release Candidate, and beta release) grab them right here.

NVIDIA unleashes new GeForce 340.43 beta drivers

NVIDIA has released its new R340 series of drivers, where it starts with the GeForce 340.43 beta drivers. The new R340 series doesn't introduce much in the way of new, with it being an iteration release with minor features, something we'll quickly jump into now.

 

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We have x86 Miracast support, which is probably the standout feature of the new R340 series of driver. Until now, NVIDIA only supported Miracast through its Tegra 3 and later SoCs, but now it works on GeForce products running Windows 8.1. NVIDIA's new GeForce 340.43 beta drivers are also Game Ready for GRID: Autosport and the Battlefield: Hardline beta.

 

For older GeForce owners, beware: the R340 series will be the last driver series to support NVIDIA's Direct3D 10 generation GPUs - with the 8/9/100/200 and 300 series all not receiving support after the R343 series later this year. These GPUs will be shifted over to legacy status. Go and grab the new NVIDIA GeForce 340.43 beta drivers here.

Microsoft Windows Start Menu delayed until next year, sources say

Windows 8.1 Update 2 may not be the one to restore the fabled "Start Menu" to the operating system, according to a report from ZDNet.

 

It's not official but ZDNet's All About Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley claims multiple reliable sources, who have had "good track records" on Windows information, support the claim.

 

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It was expected a version of the Start Menu would appear in a Windows update this year, but Foley's sources tell her it will be delayed until the Threshold release - the mysterious major update that may or may not be Windows 9.

 

Microsoft's Terry Myerson did say that the Start Menu will find its way into the "next iteration" of the Windows OS, however, it's not clear if that means a big overhaul or simply an update.

 

Either way, the buzz about a return to the start menu is perhaps indicative of nostalgia for the old, corner-loitering do-all button.

Apple unveils OS X Yosemite during WWDC

Apple unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this morning, confirming speculation of the OS X upgrade. Yosemite streamlines OS X to more closely mimic Apple's iOS, with changes to the Notification Center, Maps, Calendar, Spotlight search, Messages, and Safari.

 

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New iCloud synchronization and AirDrop file sharing will give users the chance to send larger files to one another via email. A new "dark mode" gives users the chance to focus more on work and productivity, with the menu bar changing dark gray, with text and icons turning a lighter shade of gray.

 

A developer preview of OS X Yosemite was made available today, with full release expected in the fall.

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AMD's new drivers include improved Eyefinity, allows mixed resolutions

AMD has just unleashed its impressive new Catalyst 14.6 Beta drivers, which offer some huge performance improvements for the newly-released Watch Dogs, and more - but there was a surprising, and not much talked about new feature inside: Eyefinity 3.0.

 

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Eyefinity 3.0 is not something that AMD refers to, but it refers to it as the "third major update to multi-display solution" - close enough. With the third iteration of Eyefinity, users can now use three different monitors, with varying resolutions. The new Eyefinity will let you align the bezels where you want, with an Eyefinity group capable of being created with a single click - no matter what resolutions your displays are pumping out.

New AMD drivers offer huge performance jumps for Watch Dogs, and more

Yesterday we wrote some news up about performance on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs being superior to that of AMD... well, we should've waited 24 hours. AMD has just dumped out a very impressive, and unexpected set of Catalyst drivers that offer huge performance gains on Ubisoft's open-world hacking game.

 

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AMD's new Catalyst 14.6 Beta drivers offer improvements of up to 25% for Watch Dogs on Radeon R9 290X at 1920x1080 with 4x MSAA enabled, and up to 28% improvement on the same GPU at 2560x1600 with 4x MSAA enabled. When Radeon R9 290X CrossFire scaling is in play with Watch Dogs at 4K (or 3840x2160 with 4x MSAA enabled) we see 92% scaling.

 

There are plenty of other improvements in the drivers, with Murdered Soul Suspect seeing 16% more performance at 2560x1600 with 4x MSAA enabled, and much more. You can download the new AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta drivers for Windows here.

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