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Foxit Reader 6.2

21 August 2014


The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 6.2.3.0815. 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 The main changes include precision touchpad improvements, out-of-date ActiveX control blocking in IE, Miracast Receive capability, and minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online.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 14.0.0.179 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.



Opera 23.0

12 August 2014


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 23.0.1522.75. This version contains bug fixes.



GPU-Z 0.7.9

12 August 2014


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.7.9. Changes include support for new chipsets, improved PhysX detection, improved performance for sensor graphs, as well as bug fixes.



Autoruns 12.01

11 August 2014


Microsoft has released Autoruns 12.01, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds a profile attribute/column to CSV and XML output, interprets the CodeBase value for COM object registrations, and has bug fixes.



Process Explorer 16.03

11 August 2014


Microsoft has released Version 16.03 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version fixes several bugs.



iTunes 11.3.1

8 August 2014


Apple has released a new Version 11.3.1 of the iTunes software. This update fixes two podcast bugs.



Start8 1.45

7 August 2014


Stardock has released Version 1.45 of the Start8 Start Menu replacement utility for Windows 8. This version adds a new SAS activation mechanism.




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