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Intel HD Graphics 26.20

19 April 2019

Intel has released Version of its HD Graphics drivers for the optimal performance of Integrated Graphics Processors on Intel CPUs. This driver is WDDM 2.6 compliant and supports the Windows 10 May 2019 update. It introduces support for the new DX12 Shader Model 6.4 compiler on Intel 7th Gen Core CPUs and higher.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.4.2

16 April 2019

AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.4.2 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver provides support for World War Z and Anno 1800, as well as a range of bug fixes.

Nvidia GeForce 425.31 WHQL

12 April 2019

Nvidia has released the 425.31 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Anno 1800. It also adds support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR) on GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1660 (and higher) GPUs, however Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) is still exclusive to the RTX series GPUs. The driver contains PhysX version 9.19.0218 and GeForce Experience version 3.18.0.

Note: Nvidia has announced that mainstream support for mobile Kepler (600 series) GPUs has now ended; only critical security updates will be provided for these mobile processors from now on. Nvidia has also announced that 3DVision products are no longer supported.

Firefox 66.0.3

11 April 2019

Mozilla has released Version 66.0.3 of the Firefox browser. This update provides bug fixes.

Windows Update Issues

11 April 2019

There are reports, backed by an announcement on the Sophos website, that the latest Security Updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 are causing boot failure on systems with Sophos software. Sophos recommends booting into Safe Mode, disabling the Sophos Anti-virus service, then rebooting and uninstalling the relevant security update (KB4493467 on Windows 8.1 and KB4493472 on Windows 7).

Update: MS has officially acknowledged this issue. Avast users also appear to be affected as per this article on the Avast website.

CCleaner 5.56

10 April 2019

A new Version 5.56.7144 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version improves the Software Updater feature, improves Edge and Internet Explorer cleaning, and provides bug fixes.

Microsoft Security Updates

10 April 2019

Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.

Acrobat Reader DC 19

10 April 2019

Adobe has released a new Version 2019.010.20099 of its free software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Acrobat Reader DC. This update addresses specific security issues.

Flash Player 32.0

10 April 2019

Adobe has released Version of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.

Opera 60.0

10 April 2019

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 60.0.3255.27. This major update provides new features including a new borderless design, adds Web 3 support and a Crypto Wallet, as well as security and bug fixes.

Site Update

7 April 2019

I don't keep up with gaming news much these days, but today I learned of the early access for The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a mobile-only Elder Scrolls game. I registered a free account, downloaded the 1.2GB game on my iPhone, and minutes later, was marvelling at just how far mobile gaming has come. A brief sample I recorded from the first part of the game shows impressive, smooth, immersive graphics, somewhere in between Oblivion and Skryim - games that blew gamers away a decade ago and had them scrambling to upgrade their PCs just to get something resembling playable framerates with decent eye candy. Now we're doing it on our phones! Of course, it quickly becomes apparent that it's a relatively simple linear game designed primarily to foist microtransactions and pay-to-win onto players. But look past that, and the potential for proper gaming on mobiles is obvious.

Chrome 73.0

6 April 2019

Google has released Version 73.0.3683.103 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update

5 April 2019

Microsoft has provided details of the new features that allow for greater control over Windows Updates in the upcoming Windows 10 version 1903, also known as the May 2019 Update. The free major update will be available as a Release Preview next week, and will then be made available more broadly in late May.

Windows Updates

3 April 2019

Microsoft has released a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 version 1809.

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