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Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.58.9 Beta.
CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.
Name and number.
Core stepping and process.
Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
Supported instructions sets.
All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).
Vendor, model and revision.
BIOS model and date.
Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
Frequency and timings.
Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
Windows and DirectX version.
AMD have released their Catalyst 11.11 driver today, with it bringing Adobe Flash Player 11 support which enables the full support of the GPU accelerated Stage 3D API and Stage 3D applications. It is supported on the AMD Radeon HD Series of GPUs, A-Series and E-Series APUs.
Highlights of the Linux-based 11.11 driver are, support for OpenSUSE 12.1 early look support and seamless GPU compute support. The AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) OpenCL runtime is now enabled by default within the AMD Catalyst driver for Linux. Applications that leverage OpenCL for GPU-based compute tasks will now automatically benefit from the significant performance boost that this provides.
The driver also includes support for the latest CrossfireX profiles, which include Battlefield 3, Global Ops - Commando Libya and Driver: San Fransisco.
Apple have released iTunes Match to the public, kind of. It's currently only available to those of you lucky enough to be in the US. iTunes Match is iTunes in the cloud, the service allows you to store all of your music (up to 25,000 songs) on Apple's cloud-based servers.
Once the music has been uploaded, you can access your music anywhere as long as you're Internet-connected. Not that impressive, huh? The impressive part is this: you will only need to upload the songs from your library that are not already available on Apple's iTunes Store. Songs that are already available on the iTunes Store are already sitting on Apple's servers, so an upload isn't required.
This is a huge advantage over the competition, and since most iTunes Match users will have something like an average of half of their songs on the iTunes servers already, its as simple as 1-2-3. iTunes Match is priced at $24.99 per year and as I said before, is only available in the US. iTunes Match is available now, and with it, Apple have released iTunes 10.5.1, which is required for iTunes Match.
iOS-based devices also require the recently released iOS 5.0.1.
Our Download of the Day today is Notepad++ 188.8.131.52.
Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence.
Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.
Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
User Defined Syntax Highlighting
Regular Expression Search/Replace supported
Full Drag 'N' Drop supported
Dynamic position of Views
File Status Auto-detection
Zoom in and zoom out
Multi-Language environment supported
Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting
Macro recording and playback.
The first official news of Futuremark's next iteration in their 3DMark benchmarking series has popped up today in the form of an announcement from the company. The new version with a working title of 3DMark for Windows 8 is now in development and scheduled for release sometime in 2012.
Jukka Mäkinen had the following to say about it in today's announcement :-
With Windows 8 gamers will be able to enjoy their games on a wide range of devices from lightweight tablets to heavy-duty desktop rigs. Faced with so much choice it will be hard to work out which devices offer the best value for money. Fortunately 3DMark for Windows 8 will be our most wide-reaching 3DMark ever, able to accurately measure and compare gaming performance across all devices and graphical feature sets available with Windows 8.
So, it looks like a new approach is on the cards this time around with more widespread support for not only high end desktops, but the mass of other devices that Windows 8 will be used on as well (including tablets, ultrabooks etc.)
Refer to the source link below for the full announcement!
We are really letting loose now with our Intel X79 Express content and next up is another GIGABYTE video related to said product and this time it's another software feature called 3D Power and it's included with GIGABYTE's full range of X79 motherboards that should be online at many places as of now.
3D is obviously a big theme with GIGABYTE's X79 range of products and while there is little "3D" as we know about GIGABYTE's new software utility, 3D Power, we do like the insane level of control it gives you over your brand spanking new motherboard.
3D Power gets its name for its 3-way digital engine which allows you to control digital CPU power as well as both digital memory power controllers. This is all made possible since GIGABYTE's full range of X79 motherboards use an all digital power system with added controllers which give you the ability to fine tune power related options and settings down to a level we've never really seen before.
3D Power gives you the ability to control voltage, phases and frequency. While it's true some users will never ever need to use this tool and the vast majority of users and even some experienced users won't know what the heck they are doing, these extreme fine tuning options are there. So, for users that do know what they are doing and are trying to either fine tune power savings or aim for the highest overclock on the planet, it's not such a bad tool to have on your side at all.
Our Download of the Day today is Opera 11.60 Beta 1 (Build 1147).
A full-featured Internet browser, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.
Speed Dial: Your favorite sites are just one click away at all times.
Search Shortcuts: Faster search - type your queries directly into the address bar.
Trash Can: Instantly reopen recently closed tabs.
Mouse Gestures: With Opera you can navigate the Web with your mouse.
Opera Link: Synchronize data of your choice online, or among different computers and devices.
Quick Find: Opera remembers not only the titles and addresses, but also the actual content of the Web pages you visit.
Feed Preview: Preview a Feed by clicking on the feed icon, and you will see it in clean and efficient multiple-column layout.
Quick and customizable Web search: Get quick access to Google, eBay, Amazon and more with the search field in the upper right corner.
Sony opens registration for PlayStation Suite SDK beta, allows developers to build apps for Android and Vita
Sony's PlayStation Suite SDK was shown off at the Tokyo Game Show in September, but Sony have just opened up the SDK application process for a closed beta test. This allows Windows XP and Windows 7 users in the US, UK and Japan to submit their credentials for early access.
For those who get approval from Sony will have the ability to develop apps for use on the PS Vista when it drops in February, 2012, along with the PS Suite - that "hardware-neutral" framework that will allow access from non-PlayStation branded products, including the Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P, with the potential for third-party devices to come too.
The PlayStation Suite SDK uses the C# programming language, and doesn't require developers to have access to actual Sony hardware. You can apply to be a Sony developer by clicking the following link.
Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 5.0.4118.
A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.
Don't compromise your data integrity with second best
Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.
Simple step by step operation
Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.
Automate the process
With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.
Restore individual files and folders
Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.
In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.
Amazon have loved Apple long time, oh come on, you know I was joking. Amazon wants to take a chunk out of Apple and by doing so, it needs to compete. They've got various tablets to address this, but nothing to address Siri on the iPhone 4S. Until today.
Amazing have acquired Yap, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company. It was reported that Amazon was interested in the company's speech recognition technology so that it could compete directly with Apple's Siri, the voice-controlled assistant that people seem to love.
Until just recently, Yap's servers were being used by Sprint and other carriers to convert voicemails to text. It was also shipped on a bunch of Sprint's Android-based handsets, and Yap even featured as an iPhone app. On October 20, Yap voicemail was discontinued.
We should hear more on Yap from Amazon in the coming weeks.