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February 2019



GPU-Z 2.17.0

28 February 2019


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.17.0. Changes in this version include support for new chipsets, crash reporter improvements, simplification of some sensor titles, and a range of bug fixes.



Opera 58.0

27 February 2019


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 58.0.3135.79. This version provides bug fixes.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.2.3

27 February 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.2.3 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver adds support for Ryzen Mobile and Radeon Vega graphics, as well as improving performance in Dirt Rally 2, and providing a range of bug fixes.



Intel HD Graphics 25.20

27 February 2019


Intel has released Version 25.20.100.6577 of its HD Graphics drivers for the optimal performance of Integrated Graphics Processors on Intel CPUs.



WinRAR 5.70

27 February 2019


The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.70. This version provides a range of changes and bug fixes, and addresses a security vulnerability that exists in all versions of WinRAR prior to this one.



Hardware Confusion 2019

24 February 2019


I built a new system in January, but only now has Hardware Confusion 2019 been released. I've crammed most of what I've learned about the latest hardware, as well any other tidbits, tips and tweaks I think are worthy of your attention, into one long article. Was it worth the wait? You decide! If you like it, tell everyone you know. If you don't like it, pretend that you do.



7-Zip 19.00

23 February 2019


A new Version 19.00 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This update strengthens encryption on 7z archives, and provides bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 419.17 WHQL

23 February 2019


Nvidia has released the 419.17 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It provides the optimal experience in Anthem and DiRT Rally 2.0. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and GeForce Experience version 3.17.0.



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.



Firefox 65.0 Certificate Errors

4 February 2019


There are reports that Mozilla has withdrawn Firefox 65.0 because the current release is Causing Certificate Errors for people who use certain antimalware packages like Avast, AVG, and Kaspersky. The relevant security companies are working with Mozilla to release updates that will resolve this issue.



Site Update

3 February 2019


Still working on Hardware Confusion 2019, I should have it ready by mid-to-late next week. I'm on a steep learning curve with the new hardware, I'm also constantly thinking of little things to add in terms of tips and tweaks, and I'm trying to cover a broad range of topics. This really isn't like the Hardware Confusion articles I've written before, I hope you'll find it useful.



Opera 58.0

1 February 2019


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 58.0.3135.53. This version provides bug fixes.



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