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CCleaner 5.01

19 December 2014


A new Version 5.01.5075 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include a new Disk Analyzer tool, improved Firefox and Opera cleaning, optimizations, minor improvements and bug fixes.



Opera 26.0

18 December 2014


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 26.0.1656.60. The changes in this version include an updated Chromium, as well as bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 347.09 Beta

18 December 2014


Nvidia has released the 347.09 Beta graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. This is the recommended driver for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. It also contains updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles, as well as bug fixes. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.14.0702 and updates GeForce Experience to version 2.1.5.



Windows Updates

18 December 2014


Microsoft has released an Update for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8. Unfortunately the related KB article isn't up yet. It is available via Windows Update.


Update: The KB article is up now and shows that this update fixes modal dialog boxes not working correctly.



Site Update

13 December 2014


Long-time readers would know that I find most recent PC games generally uninspiring in terms of gameplay. So I've had little incentive to drop big bucks to replace my old system. However, I did recently upgrade it with a GTX 970. This card is one of Nvidia's best releases in years: relatively cheap, powerful and efficient. My only concern was that my 6 year-old i7 920/X58 platform would significantly bottleneck the card, but that doesn't seem to be the case. In recent games with known issues, such as Far Cry 4 and Watch Dogs, my system runs things smoothly at maximum settings. I should now be ready for GTA V in late January. Speaking of which, I've decided that I'm going to attempt to write a GTA V Tweak Guide. I also have plans to revamp this site with an updated layout and hopefully some new content in 2015.



Windows Updates

11 December 2014


A recent Windows security update has been identified by some users as causing problems. If you are experiencing issues such as unsigned driver prompts, unexpected UAC prompts and/or various program failures, go to Control Panel>Programs and Features>View Installed Updates, then search for and uninstall KB3004394.


Update: Microsoft has released a new Update which addresses this issue.



Chrome 39.0

10 December 2014


Google has released Version 39.0.2171.95 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash Player, as well as providing security and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

10 December 2014


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



Flash Player 16.0

10 December 2014


Adobe has released Version 16.0.0.235 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

10 December 2014


Adobe has released Version 11.0.10 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Adobe Reader XI. This update contains security fixes.



AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega WHQL

9 December 2014


AMD has released the official Catalyst 14.12 WHQL certified graphics driver, also known as Omega, for the HD 5000 series and above under Windows 7 and 8. This driver provides new features including Virtual Super Resolution, 5K monitor support, Alienware Graphics Amplifier, video playback enhancements, Frame Pacing enhancements for various games, OpenCL 2.0 support, as well as general performance improvements and bug fixes.



Skype 7.0

9 December 2014


A new Version 7.0.0.100 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version adds video calling between Skype and Lync users, a new compact view, a show unread messages toggle, touch features, and bug fixes.



Opera 26.0

3 December 2014


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 26.0.1656.32. The changes in this version include the ability to share bookmarks, as well as bug fixes.



Skype 6.22

3 December 2014


A new Version 6.22.0.107 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not available.



WinRAR 5.20

3 December 2014


The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.20. Changes include automatic privileges escalation if required, Explorer-based enhancements, and extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using XZ compression.



Firefox 34.0

2 December 2014


Mozilla has released Version 34.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes include a switch to Yahoo as the default search engine for the US (along with a different version number of 34.0.5), the addition of the Firefox Hello built-in communication client, and the ability to switch Themes while in Customize mode.




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