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April 2015



Windows Updates

29 April 2015


Microsoft has released two non-critical updates for Windows 8/8.1 on Windows Update. One Update adds more information to Minidump files to help Online Crash Analysis (OCA) servers categorize failures correctly, and the other Update corrects entries in the APN database for the Cubic Mobile and Verizon Wireless operators so that Windows users can connect with the updated connection settings.



Chrome 42.0

29 April 2015


Google has released Version 42.0.2311.135 of the Chrome browser. This version contains security and bug fixes.



Foxit Reader 7.1.5

28 April 2015


The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 7.1.5.0425. This update contains security fixes.



CCleaner 5.05

24 April 2015


A new Version 5.05.5176 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include improved Windows 10 compatibility, improved Opera Cleaning, improved IE and Firefox Startup Items detection, improved DPI support, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.



Skype 7.4

23 April 2015


A new Version 7.4.64.102 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not available.



Realtek HD Audio 2.76

22 April 2015


Realtek has released Version 2.76 of its HD Audio drivers.



Windows Updates

22 April 2015


Microsoft has released several non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8 on Windows Update. There are too many to describe individually here, but they are listed in this Microsoft Article.



Autoruns 13.3

21 April 2015


Microsoft has released Autoruns 13.3, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds reporting of GP extension DLLs, and now shows the target of hosting processes like cmd.exe and rundll32.exe.



Process Monitor 3.11

21 April 2015


Microsoft has updated the free Process Monitor system monitoring utility to Version 3.11. This version fixes a crash bug, as well as a Windows 10 bug.



Firefox 37.0.2

21 April 2015


Mozilla has released Version 37.0.2 of the Firefox browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



VLC Media Player 2.2.1

18 April 2015


The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 2.2.1. This update contains security and bug fixes.



Java Runtime Environment 8.45

15 April 2015


Oracle has released an Update 45 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.



Site Update

15 April 2015


Grand Theft Auto V has finally been released for the PC, and my initial impressions are that it was worth the wait. The visuals and gameplay are excellent, there's a plethora of settings for graphics customization, and performance seems optimized for PC. I've uploaded a brief YouTube Video to provide a taste of the game at maximum possible graphics, except Antialiasing, which is set at 2x MSAA + MFAA. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that I'll compile a GTA V Tweak Guide now, given Nvidia is planning on releasing one on GeForce.com. They have the advantage of being able to access developer resources and a performance lab.



Chrome 42.0

15 April 2015


Google has released Version 42.0.2311.90 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash player, adds a range of new apps, extension and Web Platform APIs, contains stability and performance improvements, and provides security and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

15 April 2015


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



Flash Player 17.0

15 April 2015


Adobe has released Version 17.0.0.169 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. If you prefer to download the full offline installer, direct links are provided for the Internet Explorer and the Other Browsers versions. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.



AMD Catalyst 15.4 Beta

14 April 2015


AMD has released the Catalyst 15.4 Beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7 and 8.1. This beta provides peak performance in Grand Theft Auto V, contains new and updated CrossFire profiles, as well as bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 350.12 WHQL

14 April 2015


Nvidia has released the 350.12 WHQL certified 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 Grand Theft Auto V. It also provides new SLI and 3D Vision profiles. The driver package updates PhysX to version 9.15.0324 and GeForce Experience to version 2.4.1.



Acrobat Reader DC

11 April 2015


Adobe has released Acrobat Reader DC, the new version of its free software for viewing PDF documents. This version replaces Acrobat Reader XI.



iTunes 12.1.2

10 April 2015


Apple has released a new Version 12.1.2 of the iTunes software. This update adds refinements to the Get Info window, and improves stability.



Opera 28.0

10 April 2015


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 28.0.1750.51. This version updates Chromium, and contains bug fixes.



Windows Updates

8 April 2015


Microsoft has released several non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8. There's an Update for Windows 8/8.1 which checks for compatibility issues; an Update for Windows 7 related to the Windows 10 Preview; a Hotfix for potential shutdown issues on Windows 8/8.1; and an Update that supports future updates to Windows 8.1.



Firefox 37.0.1

4 April 2015


Mozilla has released Version 37.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce Tweak Guide

3 April 2015


The all-new Nvidia GeForce Tweak Guide has been released. It's designed to equip you with the appropriate knowledge to make optimal use of the GeForce driver, including full descriptions and recommendations for all of the key settings in the Nvidia Control Panel. It also covers several free utilities which provide useful functionality for your GPU. Everything from the basic to the advanced, it's all contained in this handy reference source for Nvidia graphics card owners.



Nvidia GeForce 350.05 Beta Hotfix

3 April 2015


Nvidia has released the 350.05 Beta Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7 and 8. It is a hotfix for resolving a crash with a DirectX error message in Battlefield Hardline, and a TDR crash in Dragon Age: Inquisition.



Chrome 41.0

2 April 2015


Google has released Version 41.0.2272.118 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.



Skype 7.3

1 April 2015


A new Version 7.3.59.101 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not available.



Firefox 37.0

1 April 2015


Mozilla has released Version 37.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes include a new Heartbeat user rating system, implementation of media extensions that now allow 60FPS playback on the HTML5 version of YouTube, a range of security-related feature changes, and bug fixes.



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