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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.
Our Download of the Day today is Firefox 8.0.
The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.
User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.
Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.
Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.
Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.
Mozilla's Firefox 8.0 hit the web yesterday and while the web browser side of Mozilla is enjoying their time in the lime light, Thunderbird and Lightning have received updated versions, too. Mozilla added Thunderbird to their rapid release schedule a little while back, which means users will receive frequent, periodic updates.
Thunderbird 8.0 highlights include improved speed and responsiveness, add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default, new search and find shortcuts are included, improved accessibility of the attachment list, folder switching pane widget has been removed, numerous platform fixes to stability and a number of security issues have been fixed. It's also based on the new Mozilla Gecko 8 engine.
Additionally, Lighting, which has been in beta for a few years now, has finally been polished and given the green-light to have version 1.0 attached to its name. Keep in mind, Lightning 1.0 is only compatible with Thunderbird 8.0, which means you'll need to upgrade.
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 5.2.7.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Our Download of the Day today is Emsisoft Anti-Malware 18.104.22.168.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware monitors all active programs in real time for dangerous behavior (Behavior Blocking) and can detect new unknown Trojans, Worms, Viruses and other damaging programs (Zero-Day dangers) without daily updates. The signature-based security (Emsisoft and Ikarus double engine) ensures a very high recognition rate of known Malware such as Trojans, Worms and Viruses.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides reliable protection from:
Viruses, worms, bots.
Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, rootkits.
Spyware, Adware, TrackingCookies.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 22.214.171.124
Manually created host rule disappears from the list - fixed.
Framework module crash - fixed.
Stack overflow crash - fixed.
Code cleanup and internal improvements.
Incomplete uninstalling of drivers bug - fixed.
Internal service crash - fixed.
Crash in quarantine module - fixed.
Occasional crashes reported by users - fixed.
Import/export settings bug - fixed.
Localization reading bug - fixed.