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Google are enjoying some phenomenal success on their Android Market, where they've just hit 10 billion app downloads. Rewind just six months back to July and they were sitting pretty at 6 billion. This means they're seeing nearly one billion app downloads per month.
To celebrate this milestone, Google have partnered up with some of the Android developers who have contributed to this milestone to make a bunch of Android apps available at amazing prices. Starting today and for the next 10 days, Google have a set to awesome apps available for just 10 cents each. Yes, 10 cents!
Today, they're starting with Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and Swiftkey X.
Google have also taken time to thank the developers who created the apps that have gotten them to this 10 billion app download milestone.
Our Download of the Day today is Xfire 1.141 Build 44773.
Xfire is a free tool that automatically keeps track of when and where gamers are playing PC games online and lets their friends join them easily. It works regardless of game type, server browser, or gaming service that a player is using.
Xfire combines instant messaging, a server browser, peer-to-peer file downloads, in-game messaging, screenshot and video capture and one of the most active gaming communities in the world into a small, simple package. Best of all, it's free!
Freemium music subscription service, Spotify, has revealed a "new direction" that they are going in. A new API that will allow developers to create apps that are powered by Spotify.
Spotify users can use these apps whether they pay for Spotify or not, and right now Spotify developer partners do not share in Spotify's revenue, but Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has said that these are still "early days" for the platform.
It is a great time for AMD graphics card owners, with releases of new drivers for what seems every few days. Today AMD have released the Catalyst 11.11c performance drivers.
The new Catalyst 11.11c drivers include AMD CrossFireX performance scaling for the AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The drivers include everything the Catalyst 11.11b did, with a list of features below:
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.13.1600.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Cleans the following:
Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
100% Spyware FREE
NVIDIA have just released the GeForce 290.36 drivers that are set to offer some improvements to a bunch of games, as well as adding support for some new BenQ 3D Vision-capable monitors.
First up we have some new SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate. PhysX has been updated to 9.11.11.07 which includes the best PhysX experience for Batman: Arkham City. For a full rundown on what 290.36 offers, check it out below:
AMD have obviously been very hard at work between gaming and working on new video cards, with the release of another driver in the form of Catalyst 11.11b performance driver.
This driver brings some Crossfire performance scaling to Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well as a bunch of improvements to other gamers such as Batman: Arkham City, RAGE, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and Battlefield 3. A full list of improvements is below:
Crytek GmbH have in the last few days announced that they closed a licensing deal for CryENGINE 3, its proprietary real-time development solution, with Crystal CG, a world-leading digital image service provider.
Crystal CG is dedicated to providing customized solutions that use 3D digital visualization technologies and have worked on a few widely-recognized projects such as the "Grand opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics" as well as the "London 2012 Olympics mascot promotional film" as well as a number of various visual communication projects.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z v0.5.6.
TechPowerUp released a new version of GPU-Z, version 0.5.6. GPU-Z is our popular graphics card information and diagnostic utility that gives you technical details of the graphics hardware installed in your PC, and lets you monitor fine details such as clock speeds, temperatures, and voltages.
The new version adds preliminary support for some of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce Kepler family GPUs. It also adds support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 CUDA cores, which will be launched this 29th. Support is also added for AMD Radeon HD 6320, FirePro V9800, FirePro V4900, GeForce GTX 460 V2 (GTX 460 based on GF114), Quadro NVS 420, Quadro NVS 450, and Quadro FX 380 LP. A small bug related to incorrect shader reading on "Blackcomb" is fixed.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.5.6
Removed PowerColor hardware giveaway
Added support for ATI Radeon HD 6320, ATI FirePro V9800, AMD FirePro V4900
Added support for GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores, GeForce GTX 460 v2, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 450, NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 LP
Fix for incorrect shader reading on Blackcomb
Added basic detection for NVIDIA Kepler GK107
Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Codec Pack 8.00 (Full).
The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.
With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.
The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:
It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.
All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.
It is very user-friendly and easy to use.
The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.
The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.
Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.