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WinRAR 5.11

1 September 2014

The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.11. Changes include support for unpacking TAR archives containing folders with pax extended headers, a "Keep broken files" extraction option for 7-Zip archives, and bug fixes.

Chrome 37.0

29 August 2014

Google has released Version 37.0.2062.102 of the Chrome browser. This version contains a bug fix.

Windows Updates

28 August 2014

Microsoft has released a new version of the Security Update which had recently caused font rendering issues and/or crashes on some systems. The new update is applicable to all Windows Vista, 7 and 8 systems, including those which had kept the earlier version installed, and is available via Windows Update.

Chrome 37.0

27 August 2014

Google has released Version 37.0.2062.94 of the Chrome browser. This version adds DirectWrite support for improved font rendering, new apps/extension APIs, stability and performance improvements, as well as providing security and bug fixes.

CCleaner 4.17

27 August 2014

A new Version 4.17.4808 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include Chrome and Opera GPU cache cleaning, improved Chrome and Opera download history cleaning, improved Firefox and Chrome startup items detection, along with a range of minor improvements and bug fixes.

Foxit Reader 6.2

21 August 2014

The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version A full changelog is not yet available.

Autoruns 12.02

20 August 2014

Microsoft has released Autoruns 12.02, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes a startup crash bug, updates the image path parsing for Installed Components to remove false positive file-not-found entries, and correctly reports image entry timestamps in local time instead of UTC.

Java Runtime Environment 8.20

20 August 2014

Oracle has released an Update 20 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.

SpeedFan 4.50

20 August 2014

Almico has released Version 4.50 of SpeedFan, a free utility for changing system fan speeds, measuring temperatures and voltages and adjusting clock speeds. This version adds support for new chipsets, improves external USB hard drive detection, as well as bug fixes.

Opera 23.0

19 August 2014

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 23.0.1522.77. This version updates Chromium.

Windows Updates

17 August 2014

A recent security update for Windows is known to cause problems with font rendering on some systems, and may even cause Blue Screen errors. Microsoft has released an updated KB Article which details these issues and provides solutions.

AMD Catalyst 14.7 RC3

15 August 2014

AMD has released the Catalyst 14.7 RC3 graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7 and 8.1. This release candidate improves 4K monitor performance and reduces flickering on the R9 290, R9 270 and HD 7800 series, and contains single and multi-GPU enhancements for Lichdom and Watch Dogs, along with CrossFire support for Wildstar.

Chrome 36.0

13 August 2014

Google has released Version 36.0.1985.143 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash Player, as well as providing security and bug fixes.

Windows 8.1 August Update

13 August 2014

Microsoft has released the August Update for Windows 8.1, formerly anticipated as Windows 8.1 Update 2. The main changes include precision touchpad improvements, out-of-date ActiveX control blocking in IE, Miracast Receive capability, and minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online. It is available as an optional update via Windows Update, or from the link above.

Microsoft Security Updates

13 August 2014

Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can download individually from here or get through Windows Update.

Flash Player 14.0

12 August 2014

Adobe has released Version of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.

Adobe Reader 11.0

12 August 2014

Adobe has released Version 11.0.08 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Adobe Reader XI. This update contains security fixes.

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