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Can you believe it has been nearly a year since AMD released its Catalyst Omega drivers, which unleashed a bunch of new features and squashed just as many, if not more bugs. Well, according to the latest rumors, AMD is working on another 'Special Edition' set of Catalyst Omega drivers for Radeon owners.
AMD is expected to launch the new Catalyst drivers next month, but we shouldn't expect them to keep the 'Catalyst Omega' name. What we can expect, are hopefully the same vast features and changes that AMD pushed out with the Catalyst Omega drivers last year. I would expect some big improvements to the Fiji-powered cards in the R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X as well as the entire Radeon 300 series.
I'm sure we'll see some big improvements in the DX12 side of things, where AMD has seen NVIDIA catch up on the DirectX 12 front in Ashes of the Singularity. As soon as AMD drop the new drivers, you can be sure we'll be reporting on them, and running over our usual benchmark suite.
Version 5.11.5408 of popular system cleaning app CCleaner is out today, complete with some important changes.
Apart from the usual minor fixes, you get better Chrome Download History and Firefox 41 cleaning, improved detection of Start-up items (should you wish to configure which start and which don't), and tweaks to keyboard navigation and shortcuts. Then there are a couple of bigger additions: the option to uninstall Windows Store apps (not normally easy for the built-in ones), and support for Office 2016 cleaning.
You can see the full list of changes below; hit the source to download.
If you're a fan of multiple monitor setups and enjoy the productivity that it gives, you may sometimes run into taskbar related issues, seeiong as you're only able to utilise the taskbar on your primary monitor.
Released by Actual Tools for Microsoft Windows OS only, 'Actual Multiple Monitors' software allows you to put a fully functional taskbar on any other monitor, including a fully functional recycling bin, start button and system tray.
As a celebration for its 13th anniversary, Actual Tools is offering this window manager for 40% off - priced at $29.95 for a limited time. Although possibly quite useful, is it worth that amount of money? The answer to this question is up to you to decide.
Microsoft has been working hard since June to make it so inter-language conversations are possible on the Skype desktop program, courtesy of Skype Translator. As of today, it's finally possible, as the company begins its slow rollout to users, which will be complete within a few weeks. If you have the update, you'll notice Translator icons in conversation windows, as below.
Skype Translator covers both voice and text chat: six languages for the former, and 50 for the latter. Among the more popular: Chinese, English, French, Hindi, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and just for good measure, Klingon (which was assisted by the Skype community).
Apparently the results earlier this year were impressive, so they should be even better now.
AMD has just released its new Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers, which include some improvements and optimizations for Star Wars Battlefront and the DX12-powered Fable Legends.
The new drivers include the usual bug fixes for games like Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition and issues with some FreeSync monitors. Some other issues involving CrossFire-enabled GPUs in DiRT Rally and some crashes in Grand Theft Auto V were fixed on the Radeon R9 390X.
You can get the new AMD Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers here.
NVIDIA has just released a new set of GeForce drivers, which you can download through their website or through GeForce Experience if you already have it installed.
The new GeForce 355.98 WHQL drivers include support for the new GTX 980 notebook GPUs, and include updated features and support for GameWorks VR SDK. There are also a few Windows 10 issues fixed, as well as a slew of issues fixed for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.
Although many companies have started rolling out subscription-based cloud versions of software, a study involving 100 software vendors showed that over the last 12 months, the revenue gains have been the biggest since 2008's recession.
Released by the Software & Information Industry Association and OPEXEngine, these findings pointed out that small and medium software business' have been hiring staff at a higher rate currently than seen before, analyzing companies mainly in the private business-to-business and Software as a Service sector.
Other findings indicate that these firms have seen an average growth of 55 percent over 2014, expanding on last year's 42 percent. The top 25 percentile of business' have fared even better, seeing a massive 150 percent growth, compared to a previous growth of 100%. Staff hiring rates have been boosted up to a 32 percent average, with some rapidly-expanding companies looking to increase total employee's by a massive 43 percent.
Unity Technologies has just announced the latest version of its engine, Unity 5.2, which include Windows Services. What Windows Services does is provide easy access to Unity Ads, Analytics Unity, Unity and Unity Build Cloud Multiplayer, without having to integrate them into a single SDK.
As for Unity 5.2, it has better game performance with Unity Analytics, which is a tool that developers can use to find out how to get their games running better. The new engine also has improved VR compatibility, with Unity 5.2 being optimized for the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Sony's Project Morpheus headset.
Unity 5.2 also features Unity Build Cloud, which is a tool that "maximizes the flow of development by creating versions, automatically, on different media simultaneously", reports DSOgaming. Unity 5.2 also includes support for Windows 10, as well as the Windows Universal Platform (UWP) which works on all Windows devices, including the Xbox consoles, PC and phones.
One of the most popular computer cleaning programs on the market is Piriform's CCleaner and in recently issued news, this program has just hit v5.09, marking itself as completely Windows 10 optimized.
Initially released for Windows 10 last month, Piriform has now ironed out the bugs with this 5.09 update, ensuring a smooth operating experience. Now optimized for Windows 10 64-bit operating systems and with the ability to clean out the new Edge browser, 5.09 further comes with Windows 10 registry support.
The interface is now reportedly more responsive and further changes are currently in the pipeline to be implemented in coming months.
Since its public launch less than one month ago, there are now more than 75 million devices running Microsoft Windows 10, according to Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of marketing for Windows and devices.
There have been 90,000 different PC and tablet models that made the switch to Windows 10, and users in 192 countries have transitioned to the new OS. Microsoft is still rolling out Windows 10 in waves, but it's possible to track down a direct download link.
If you're not a Windows 7, 8/8.1 user, it's possible to purchase Windows 10 Home for $119 or Windows 10 Pro for $199.