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AMD have invested an undisclosed amount of money into BlueStacks, a "venture-back firm" whose software allows Android apps to run "fast and full-screen" on Windows 7. I posted about BlueStacks earlier this month, and now we have AMD helping them. AMD aren't just helping them financially, either:
AMD and BlueStacks are collaborating to optimize the BlueStacks App Player for Windows software for use with tablet and notebook PCs powered by AMD APUs with AMD VISION technology. With this combination of BlueStacks software and AMD technology, consumers will be able to access their favorite Android apps on virtually any AMD-powered Windows-based device, including more than 200,000 apps currently available in the Android Market.
FinalWire has just released a new version of its popular diagnostic and benchmarking tool, AIDA64 - taking it to v2.00.
The new v2.00 release is available as a free download along with paid versions - "Extreme Edition" and "Business Edition" via http://www.aida64.com/online-store.
Here's a brief rundown on all the highlights of the latest release :-
Automatic Online Update
Support for LGA2011 Intel "Sandy Bridge-E" processors
Preliminary support for AMD "Krishna" and "Wichita" APUs
Preliminary support for Intel Atom "Cedarview" processors
Preliminary support for Intel "Ivy Bridge" and Intel 7-Series chipsets
Enhanced support for Western Digital hard disk drives
Revamped ACPI table enumeration and decoding
Support for VMware Workstation v8
GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 6625M and nVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
You can learn more about AIDA64 v2.00 here.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Earth 184.108.40.20601.
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
Google Earth's features include:
See global changes with decades of historic imagery
If you've ever wondered how your neighborhood has changed throughout time, Google Earth now gives you access to the past. With a simple click, check out suburban sprawl, melting ice caps, coastal erosion, and more.
Dive beneath the surface of the ocean
In the new ocean layer, you can plunge all the way to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from partners like BBC and National Geographic, and explore 3D shipwrecks like the Titanic.
Track and share your paths with others
Take placemarks a step further and record a free-form tour in Google Earth. Simply turn on the touring feature, press record, and see the world. You can even add a soundtrack or narration to personalize the journey.
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.12.1572.
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
Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.4.7.
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:
Benchmarking Software - See how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.
Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture the screen. Your screen captures are also automatically named and timestamped.
Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 1152x864 and 100 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.
Fraps has support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX you can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application in Vista.
The Android Market has been maintaining exponential growth lately, but still lags behind Apple's App Store. In Q3, 2011 the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market was 319,161. Not bad, but considering Apple have 459,589 in the App Store, that's quite the stab in the chest.
But, looking deeper, research2guidance have said that Android developers are much more productive when compared to Apple's. They noticed that the averageAndroid-based publisher has placed more than 6 applications in the Market since launch, compared to just 4 apps on average for the iOS-based developers.
The actual total number of applications published on the Android Market was over 500,000 in September 2011. Where as Apple saw just over 600,000 successful submissions to their App Store: just 20-percent more. The problem here is that 37-percent of the applications published were later removed from the Android Market for various reasons; where Apple's App Store removed only 24-percent of published apps.
Razer introed Synapse five years ago now, which let gamers store macros, key binds, and profiles directly into their Razer devices' onboard memory. Today, they've taken this one step further by introducing Razer Synapse 2.0, which allows your personalised peripheral settings to sit in the cloud.
While this won't help everyone, it will be a great thing for users such as tournament gamers, or those who use more than one computer for gaming. The problem is with this, is that people still have to take around their mouse and keyboard, with Razer hardware storing it inside the peripheral itself, cloud-based peripheral settings don't really have a need, but as I said, there are still uses for it.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 16.0.912.0 Beta.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.
Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.
Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.
Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.
For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.
AMD have released a third version of their Catalyst 11.10 "Preview" drivers, where they've combined the unified RAGE and Battlefield 3 support of the version 2 driver, with the long list of associated bug fixes, and have also included the following improvements:
Reduces random crashing and stability encountered when playing Rage on Windows® 7 32-bit edition
Reduces object / animation flickering and texture corruption encountered when playing Rage
Reduces stuttering seen on Dual CPU and Tri CPU core systems
If you want to get your hands on the Catalyst 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver, you can grab it from this knowledge base entry on AMD's website. Installers are available for Windows 7, Vista and XP. AMD's Terry Makedon, who posts as CatalystMaker on Twitter says that this driver is essentially identical to the final, Microsoft-certified Catalyst 11.10 thats due to drop on October 31, 2011.
The Telstra T-Box has taken it a step further with their set-top box which not only plugs into a Bigpond broadband internet connection and a television, enabling Free-to-Air TV and broadband TV to be delivered via your home TV set, but now sports an Android app.
Telstra has created an Android-based application which acts like a remote control for your T-Box. It's free, fun, and easy-to-use and turns your Android device into a remote control. With the T-Box Remote application on your Android device, you can control your T-Box where you can get access to your home network. Just like the T-Box remote control, the Android app can be used to change channels, adjust the volume, navigate menu items and more on your T-Box.
The T-Box Remote application is available right now for free from the Android Market and you can grab the application here.