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Google have today released a new stable release of Chrome which they say brings improvements in security, privacy and graphics to the 160 million Chrome users. Chrome is now more secure thanks to enhancements that Google have made to their Safe Browsing technology. In addition to protecting users from certain malware and phishing websites, Chrome now warns you before downloading some types of malicious files.
Google have also added more control over the data that websites store on your computer through Chrome. Included is Flash Player's Local Shared Objects (LSOs) which were previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe's website. Google have worked with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Chrome which makes it easier to manage your online privacy.
The guys and gals over at Futuremark have thrown together a new update for 3DMark 11 that comes in at just under 17MB. The main happenings behind the update are just some upgraded compatibility features.
Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs
Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition
SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware
Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted
Advanced and Profession Edition only
Fixed wireframe mode for the Combined test with NVIDIA hardware
Load/Save result dialog remembers the last used folder
Professional Edition only
Correct watermark is always displayed when benchmark is launched from command line
Command line loop switch with single test now loops without reloading
The latest update won't affect your score, so if you're hoping for some extra Marks, you're out of luck unfortunately. You can grab the 1.0.2 update directly from the Futuremark website here.
Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.1 RC 2.
SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.
Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.
Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.
Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.
Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.
Our Download of the Day today is SlimCleaner 1.6.
SlimCleaner, the first software to use social networking for PC repair and optimization, combines a powerful PC cleaning engine with a community of users who provide real-time feedback to improve computer performance.
"We've turned the world of PC maintenance upside down," said Chris Cope, CEO of SlimWare Utilities. "We've thrown out the old playbook of static, centralized PC optimization and given consumers an interactive community where they can make and receive recommendations in real-time that are customized to their own individual PC."
At its core, SlimCleaner provides all the essential tools for cleaning and optimizing a PC, scanning and offering information that consumers can use to improve their machine's speed and performance, based on the collective intelligence of SlimCleaner's global community.
A Crowd-Sourced, Cloud-Based, Social Network for PC Maintenance
SlimCleaner lets consumers:
1. Clean, optimize and maintain their PCs safely with the fastest cleaning engine on the market.
2. View descriptions for items that are on their PC, see what the community thinks of those items and whether or not the community finds them useful.
3. Provide their own ratings, comments and reviews for items and applications on their PC.
4. Access multiple antivirus scanners running in the cloud.
Our Download of the Day today is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.51.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start.
Light speed quick scanning.
Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Protection Module. (requires registration)
Database updates released daily.
Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware performance.
A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
Command line support for quick scanning.
Context menu integration to scan files on demand.
Windows President Steven Sinofsky has given the first live demo of Windows 8 at the D9 conference in Southern California, and it makes one hell of a statement. The first impression is the complete overhaul of the UI. Everything is touchscreen crazy but with the familiar feel of a Windows Phone 7-based handset. The Windows 8 homescreen is a bunch of tiles that lead to each app. Each tile displays information (such as weather, email, etc) and can be touched (or clicked) to go into it.
One tile leads to the traditional Windows desktop, another is marked "Store"; we're seeing Microsoft make some bold moves here. One of the best things I took from the video was the ability to be in an application or watching a video and you swipe from the left of the screen and it brings up background tasks. Dragging and dropping them keeps them in view, and another swipe from the left brings up the next background app.
Our Download of the Day today is Soluto 126.96.36.199 Beta.
Soluto's goal is to bring an end to the frustrations PC users encounter. Soluto developed technology that tackles this problem from two different directions:
Frustration detection: Our patent-pending low level driver technology detects when you're frustrated by your PC and tells you which application is causing it.
Power of the crowd: Soluto harnesses the power of the crowd to learn which actions really eliminate frustrations and improve user experience, and leverages this user wisdom for the benefit of all PC users. By using Soluto's software, you're putting a whole community of PC power-users at your desk to help you improve your PC experience.
Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 4.2.3582.
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.
More than 7,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, What is the best browser?
Almost half of the TweakTown readership believe that Firefox 4 is the best browser on the planet.
Next up trailing somewhat behind was Google Chrome 11 (that is now up to beta 13 mind you) and then Opera 11, IE9 and Safari 5 in that order.
Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 RC2.
µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.
Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled
Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 188.8.131.52 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.
µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.
Skinnable and Localized
Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!