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Windows Updates

21 February 2019


Microsoft has released Cumulative Updates for Windows 10 version 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803.



Nvidia GeForce 418.99 Hotfix

20 February 2019


Nvidia has released the 418.99 Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for the GeForce 600 series and above under Windows 7 and 8.1. It addresses the random application crash or TDR introduced in the 418.81 GeForce drivers.



Site Update

16 February 2019


It's taken longer than expected, but the Hardware Confusion 2019 article will be published shortly. I'm putting the finishing touches to it as we speak, editing it down to reduce the self-indulgent waffle as much as possible. Since completing my new system build a month ago, I've learned a great deal about getting the most out of it. So rather than just being my initial gushing impressions of new hardware, the article is a true system optimization guide, and also the closest I'll get to releasing a Windows 10 tweak guide.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.2.2

14 February 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.2.2 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver adds support for the new Radeon VII GPU, as well as Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, and Crackdown 3, and provides a range of bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 418.91 WHQL

14 February 2019


Nvidia has released the 418.91 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It provides optimal performance when using the DLSS and Ray Tracing features in Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and updates GeForce Experience to version 3.17.0.



Chrome 72.0

14 February 2019


Google has released Version 72.0.3626.109 of the Chrome browser. This update provides a range of improvements, as well as security and bug fixes.



Firefox 65.0

13 February 2019


Mozilla has released Version 65.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update provides a range of security and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

13 February 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.



Flash Player 32.0

13 February 2019


Adobe has released Version 32.0.0.142 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.



Chrome 72.0

7 February 2019


Google has released Version 72.0.3626.96 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 418.81 WHQL

5 February 2019


Nvidia has released the 418.81 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It adds support for the new GeForce RTX laptops, and provides the best performance in Futuremark’s 3DMark Port Royal benchmark. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and GeForce Experience version 3.16.0.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.2.1

5 February 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.2.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver improves support for APEX Legends, The Division 2 Private Beta, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and provides a range of bug fixes.



Captchas

4 February 2019


Not really news, but this Article on Captchas caught my attention. It confirms what most of us have been experiencing, namely an exponential increase in the ridiculously ambiguous difficulty of the picture captchas Google provides for virtually every website now under the guise of "preventing bots". You have to wonder if this really is the best solution the highest paid, smartest tech minds in the world can come up with, or these clunky, error-prone, proliferating captchas are in fact deliberately aimed at causing enough annoyance to discourage the use of VPNs and do not track/private mode in browsers which defeats Google's preferred goals.




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