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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.
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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.