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Microsoft are holding their Worldwide Partner Conference next week and are tipped to show off their pre-beta version of Windows 8. WPC 2011 starts on July 11 and WinRumors noticing a tweet from an account called @MSFTtm which said "Microsoft wil release a CTP [Community Technology Preview] build of Windows 8" at the conference. Of course, a single tweet from an unverified source does not guarantee it will happen, but this particular source has been pretty spot on about previous Windows 8 builds.
On top of that, tech site Windows 8 Beta says that "two independent sources" confirmed its earlier report that Microsoft would unveil the pre-beta build at WPC 2011. They also claim that Microsoft are looking at releasing said pre-beta build to gold partners just after the conference. If the rumors are true, it shows Microsoft are quite aggressive with their timetable for Windows8.
Our Download of the Day today is Evernote 22.214.171.12412.
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Stop forgetting things. Capture everything now so you will be able to find it all later.
Tasks and to-dos
Notes and research
And then find them all any time across all the computers and devices you use. How does Evernote do it?
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 126.96.36.19912
* Additional bug fixes throughout the application
Just after the magical release of Skype 5.5 for Windows which included deep Facebook integration (why do I feel dirty saying that?), they've just launched their new solution for Apple. Skype 5.2 for Mac is now available and seems to be much better equipped than the 5.1 version that was released back in November of 2010. The new video is not only capable of group video calls (which was available in the November beta) but also share their screens during that call.
Screen sharing is already available for free on a one-to-one Skype call, but the new ability to share documents, photos, presentations and whatever else you choose with multiple people in a single session really makes the product shine. The downfall? To take advantage of the group video calling and screen sharing function, one or more call participants must have a Skype Premium subscription.
Our Download of the Day today is FastPictureViewer 1.5 Build 199.
FastPictureViewer, an image viewer designed for photographers. Now with powerful workflow tools helping to automate file management duties like copy, move, delete, save-for-web and more.
Fastest RAW viewer ever. Period.
Instant zooming to 100% view, for quick sharpness checks. Best in industry!
RGB histogram, EXIF shooting data and Adobe XMP Rating/Label/Urgency instant display.
Instantaneous display of the next image in line (when computer resources allows).
Instant industry-standard Adobe XMP compatible rating and tagging.
Fast tethered shooting through MTP/PTP. Tether a Nikon D3S or D3X in 64 bit, today!
Supports most common image formats, including Adobe DNG, plus specialists formats such as OpenEXR, DDS, PNM and more, through separately installable image codecs.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.5 Build 199
- Added support for 2D previewing of MPO 3D files (Fuji Real 3D). Also features some extra optimization on Intel Atom and Intel AVX-enabled CPUs.
Apple's next operating system has just been offered to developers with the gold master seed of OS X Lion, this version is usually the same version end users receive when it's released. With the OS hitting gold master status this early into July, we might see Lion much earlier in July then expected, possibly in the next week or so.
Previously with Snow Leopard, the time between hitting gold master status and being on the shelves was two weeks. This of course could be sped up as the released of Lion will be on the App Store and requires users to have OS X 10.6.8 installed, which lets you transition over to Lion.
Lion is set to feature over 250 new features such as full-screen application support, more multitouch gestures, system resume, auto save for data, AirDrop file transfer and a feature called "Launchpad" which looks identical to the icon-based app launcher found in iOS.
A Catalyst hotfix update has just been released by AMD in the form of the 11.6a some 15 days after the official 11.6s were released.
The new driver is said to carry an identical feature set to the 11.6 suite, but adds support for the graphics processors inside the A6-3600 (Radeon HD 6530D) and A8-3800 (Radeon HD 6550D) APU series that were just launched the other day.
If you'd still like to try it out on your discrete card out of curiosity for any hidden benefits, you can locate it here for download folks.
Our Download of the Day today is System Mechanic 10.5.
Get the most comprehensive diagnosis available, and enjoy that new PC feeling again!
You don't have to be an expert - it's easy to let System Mechanic automatically run a full battery of over 200 critical tests in just a few minutes using over 50 tools to uncover why your PC is running so slowly.
- Easy to understand system overview
- Quick or Deep analysis options
- Comprehensive status gauge
- Clear explanation of each problem
- Straightforward actions to fix all problems or only those you want
You can easily perform dozens of performance-boosting optimizations in one step!
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.4.
TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, their popular graphics hardware information and monitoring utility. Version 0.5.4 packs a large number of changes, beginning with faster start-up, support for the entire line of NVIDIA GeForce 500M series GPUs, new models of Intel Sandy Bridge processor graphics, a number of AMD Radeon HD 6000M series GPUs, improved support for AMD APUs, and a number of bug fixes.
GPU-Z has overcome the slow start-up issue on AMD Radeon GPUs, it loads slightly faster on NVIDIA GPUs, too. ROP count reading on AMD Radeon HD 6790, Turks & Whistler was fixed; along with sensor count on Caicos, Whistler, Turks. OpenCL detection on some NVIDIA drivers was fixed. The ability to read UMA-shared memory on AMD APU systems was added. GPU-Z has better ability to detect and warn of spurious graphics cards with faked IDs. GPU-Z 0.5.4 is available in both its standard form and the ASUS Republic of Gamers themed variant.
Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 is now available for download, includes site ready HTML5, improved performance and increased security. One of the biggest changes in PP2 are some new technologies like Web Workers with Channel Messaging and Async script support which makes IE much more efficient when it comes to battery life - notebook users will love this!
HTML5 is a key thing for Microsoft now, with it's support for hardware acceleration for all the graphics, audio and text which is bringing developers together and creating some truly stunning websites. A third of developers plan to begin using HTML5 within the next six months and an additional third plan to do so within the next two years.
Download IE10 PP2 here and start using some of it's new features!
As well as having just rolled out their Cloud based Office 365 service, Microsoft has just kicked out Service Pack 1 for Office 2010. This pack includes all public updates right up until now along with a handful of unreleased fixes which help improve stability, performance and security.
Here are some of the highlights :-
- Word 2010 SP1 includes a dialog box that warns users that the custom XML will be lost when files that use custom XML markups are saved in XML-based file formats.
- Outlook 2010 SP1 includes Office 365 support.
- Excel 2010 SP1 - Function names now maintain backward compatibility with earlier versions of Excel for the Czech, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish languages.