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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.
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".