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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.
If you're a fan of multiple monitor setups and enjoy the productivity that it gives, you may sometimes run into taskbar related issues, seeiong as you're only able to utilise the taskbar on your primary monitor.
Released by Actual Tools for Microsoft Windows OS only, 'Actual Multiple Monitors' software allows you to put a fully functional taskbar on any other monitor, including a fully functional recycling bin, start button and system tray.
As a celebration for its 13th anniversary, Actual Tools is offering this window manager for 40% off - priced at $29.95 for a limited time. Although possibly quite useful, is it worth that amount of money? The answer to this question is up to you to decide.
Microsoft has been working hard since June to make it so inter-language conversations are possible on the Skype desktop program, courtesy of Skype Translator. As of today, it's finally possible, as the company begins its slow rollout to users, which will be complete within a few weeks. If you have the update, you'll notice Translator icons in conversation windows, as below.
Skype Translator covers both voice and text chat: six languages for the former, and 50 for the latter. Among the more popular: Chinese, English, French, Hindi, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and just for good measure, Klingon (which was assisted by the Skype community).
Apparently the results earlier this year were impressive, so they should be even better now.
AMD has just released its new Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers, which include some improvements and optimizations for Star Wars Battlefront and the DX12-powered Fable Legends.
The new drivers include the usual bug fixes for games like Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition and issues with some FreeSync monitors. Some other issues involving CrossFire-enabled GPUs in DiRT Rally and some crashes in Grand Theft Auto V were fixed on the Radeon R9 390X.
You can get the new AMD Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers here.
NVIDIA has just released a new set of GeForce drivers, which you can download through their website or through GeForce Experience if you already have it installed.
The new GeForce 355.98 WHQL drivers include support for the new GTX 980 notebook GPUs, and include updated features and support for GameWorks VR SDK. There are also a few Windows 10 issues fixed, as well as a slew of issues fixed for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.
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.