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NVIDIA has unleashed a new beta driver to compliment the release of its GeForce GTX 560 today, although there are performance gains for both 400 and 500-series GeForce cards, NVIDIA only display the benefits for two specific GPUs, the GTX 560 and GTX 580. NVIDIA mentions a 12-percent gain in gaming performance for dual-core processers during certain CPU-limited situations. Game-related single-GPU bug fixes are included, these include issues that caused blurriness in Resident Evil 5 as well as the flickering in Empire: Total War and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
NVIDIA also has solved glitches in Homefront, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and Crysis when running them in SLI.The 275-based drivers include some significant changes over their 270 cousin, such as silent automatic SLI, multi-GPU and anti-aliasing profile updates.
If you'd like to get your beta on, move your mouse this way and click here.
Our Download of the Day today is Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 1.
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.
Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
Google have just announced that the Chrome OS beta has hit R12 release 0.12.433.38 which includes Chrome 12 Beta, new trackpad, new flash player and several "stability and functional improvements over the previous release". This new release includes various security fixes:
Disallow root escalation by creating /var/lib/chromeos-aliases.conf and inserting commands. [Credit to Chrome OS Team (Sean Paul)]
Disallow modification of about:flags in Guest mode [Credit to Chrome OS Security Team (Jim Hebert)]
Multiple package updates (openssl, dbugs, pango, sudo, strongswan, acl, libxml2, dhcpd) [Credit to Chrome OS Security Team]
Our Download of the Day today is Fraps 3.4.3.
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.
Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 3.23.
Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video
Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .
World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.
Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...
Futuremark have today released the Windows-based benchmarking program PCMark. The new version takes various features into account such as hardware acceleration for transcoding video and solid state drives, it also uses real applications and games to generate a system score. One large feature of PCMark 7 is the inclusion of stress-testing the storage-based portion of systems, it can now run tests that allow users to compare scores of systems with and without SSDs.
PCMark 7 is available in three different versions, a free version which has limited testing included and of course paid versions which let users gain access to all of the tests that are designed to give a much broader test and range of benchmarks. Go get your benchmark on!
Our Download of the Day today is Trillian Astra 22.214.171.124.
Trillian is a fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
Without stealing your home page and with no other included software, pop-ups, or spyware, Trillian provides unique functionality such as:
contact message history,
a powerful skinning language,
global status changes (set all networks away at once),
Instant Lookup (automatic Wikipedia integration),
an advanced automation system to trigger events based on anything happening in the client,
hundreds of emoticons,
shell extensions for file transfers, and
The team over at Cerulean Studios has finally released Trillian 5, which intros a new interface, additional features and a fresh business model. Trillian 5 has endured a public beta that started last August and with the final release now out, we can see how things have changed since its last outing. A new resizable, ribbon-inspired interface which also includes Windows theme integration, new icons for services and cloud-based chat history.
Trillian 5 also includes social features including support for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn integration as well as a Foursquare plugin with GPS support. Cerulean is now offering the old yearly subscription, with a free version of Trillian available with full functionality - the catch? Advertisements from Netflix and other companies. To disable the ads you'll have to subscripe to the full Pro service which will set you back $12 per year.
Our Download of the Day today is FileZilla 3.5.0 RC1.
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:
Easy to use
Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
Available in many languages
Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB
Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
Drag & drop support
Configurable transfer speed limits
Network configuration wizard
Remote file editing
HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
Logging to file
Microsoft looking to scoop up Skype for $7 billion? Edit: Confirmed, $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
Edit; it seems that Kara from AllThingsD has confirmed that Microsoft have just purchased Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion.
Microsoft aren't content with letting Google enjoy their I/O day today with rumors coming from Wall Street Journal sources that Microsoft is in the final negotiation stages to absorb Skype for a very nice $7 billion.
The announcement of this merger could come as soon as Tuesday, this new deal is also a record figure for Microsoft - $7 billion! Are we looking at super-tight integration of VoiP into Windows Phone 7? Windows 8 with awesome VoiP features? Time will tell.