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January 2013



Opera 12.13

31 January 2013


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 12.13. This version adds a new standalone update checker and improved protection against hijacking of the default search, as well as providing security and stability fixes.



Game Patches

31 January 2013


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Guns Of Icarus Online - Update via Steam


  • AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta

    30 January 2013


    AMD has released the Catalyst 13.2 Beta 3 graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows Vista, 7 and 8. This driver contains performance improvements in Crysis 3, as well as several other games, along with bug fixes.



    Microsoft Office 2013

    30 January 2013


    Microsoft has released the Office 2013 suite. It is available for purchase in Home & Student, Home & Business, and Professional editions. It requires Windows 7 or Windows 8 to run. A cloud-based version of the suite which requires monthly payment, called Office 365, has also been released.



    Game Patches

    30 January 2013


  • AirMech - Update via Steam
  • Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear - 1.18 Patch
  • King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North - Update via Steam


  • Crysis 3 Multiplayer Open Beta

    29 January 2013


    The Crysis 3 Multiplayer Open Beta is now available. You will need the free Origin client installed and an Origin account to download and play the beta. A download link for the open beta should be shown under the Demos section of the Store tab of Origin. The open beta weighs in at 3.4GB and ends on 12 February 2013. The full retail version of the game is due out on 19 February 2013.


    Also, you may be interested to know that it's looking very likely that I will able to get alternate sponsorship from Nvidia's board partners. This means that I should be able to release a Crysis 3 Tweak Guide, similar to the ones I usually do on GeForce.com, right here on TweakGuides.com, but with no delays for developer approval.


    Update: I've uploaded a YouTube Video that shows gameplay at maximum visuals, with the exception of using only Low SMAA Antialiasing.



    Game Patches

    29 January 2013


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • World of Tanks - 0.8.3 Patch


  • Nvidia GeForce 313.95 Beta

    29 January 2013


    Nvidia has released the 313.95 Beta graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 8 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It is the recommended driver for the Crysis 3 Multiplayer Open Beta. It also improves performance in a range of other games. The driver package also contains the 9.12.1031 PhysX drivers.


    Update: These drivers have now been re-released as the GeForce 313.96 Beta, with the only difference being the fixing of an installer bug.



    Foxit Reader 5.4.5

    28 January 2013


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 5.4.5.0124. The changes in this update are not yet known.



    Game Patches

    28 January 2013


  • Towns - Update via Steam


  • Autoruns 11.41

    27 January 2013


    Microsoft has released Autoruns 11.41, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version reports the hosting image target of link shortcut references.



    Game Patches

    26 January 2013


  • Crusader Kings II - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Half-Life 2: Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • CCleaner 3.27

    25 January 2013


    A new Version 3.27.1900 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds cleaning for IE Metro and Chrome 24, along with a range of minor improvements and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    25 January 2013


  • AirMech - Update via Steam
  • CrimeCraft - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Max Payne 3 - 1.0.0.113 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Towns - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 24.0.1

    24 January 2013


    Google has released Version 24.0.1312.56 of the Chrome browser. This contains stability, security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    24 January 2013


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Strategic Command WWI Breakthrough - 1.02 Patch
  • The Sims 3 - 1.48.5 Patch


  • Game Patches

    23 January 2013


  • Assassin's Creed 3 - 1.02 Patch
  • Fallen Enchantress - Update via Steam
  • Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs - Update via Steam


  • GPU-Z 0.6.7

    22 January 2013


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.6.7. Changes include a readout of TMUs, support for new chipsets as well as various bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    22 January 2013


  • Hitman: Absolution - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Men of War: Assault Squad - 2.05.15 Patch
  • Miner Wars 2081 - Update via Steam
  • RaceRoom Racing Experience - Update via Steam
  • Spectraball: Extended Edition - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars 2 - Update via Steam


  • Firefox 18.0.1

    19 January 2013


    Mozilla has released Version 18.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This version improves performance for those on proxies, and contains security and bug fixes.



    Windows Updates

    19 January 2013


    Microsoft has released an Update for Windows 8 that addresses an Explorer crash when using Korean or Chinese input.



    Game Patches

    19 January 2013


  • Ace of Spades - Update via Steam
  • Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition - 2.0.2.0 Patch
  • Fieldrunners 2 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Secret Files 3 - 1.3 Patch


  • AMD Catalyst 13.1

    18 January 2013


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 13.1 graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above under Windows Vista, 7 and 8. It provides a newly designed 3D application settings page, performance improvements in a range of games, as well as bug fixes.



    Foxit Reader 5.4.5

    18 January 2013


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 5.4.5.0114. This update fixes a plugin security vulnerability.



    Game Patches

    18 January 2013


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Metal Drift - Update via Steam
  • Spectraball: Extended Edition - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    17 January 2013


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Start8 1.1

    17 January 2013


    Stardock has released Version 1.1 of the Start8 Start Menu replacement utility for Windows 8. Changes include adding drag & drop support in All Programs, renaming support, and custom locations.



    Game Patches

    16 January 2013


  • AirMech - Update via Steam
  • Don't Starve - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    15 January 2013


    Microsoft has released a Security Update to address a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8. However the best option is to update to Internet Explorer 9 if you are running Windows Vista or 7.



    Game Patches

    15 January 2013


  • Crusader Kings II - Update via Steam


  • Java Runtime Environment 7.11

    14 January 2013


    Oracle has released an Update 11 to the Java Runtime Environment 7. This update fixes a major Java security vulnerability that was recently discovered.



    Site Update

    13 January 2013


    I'm still receiving emails asking for the ETA of the Far Cry 3 Tweak Guide. The simple answer is that I don't know. As part of their clearance process, Nvidia runs my game guides past the relevant games developers prior to publication. Rarely does this result in any significant changes, as it's more of a polite formality between partners. However on more than one occasion it has resulted in major delays, as is the case with the Far Cry 3 guide, and we've had plenty of discussion over it. Last week I made it clear to Nvidia that I cannot continue to write game guides for them if they are delayed in this manner, as it makes the guides all but useless to the majority of gamers. At the same time, I completely understand that since developer relationships are important to Nvidia, they take priority over getting a guide out quickly. In other words, we're at an impasse, and unfortunately it probably spells the end of my working relationship with Nvidia, and the end of my game guides, unless I find another major sponsor.



    Autoruns 11.4

    13 January 2013


    Microsoft has released Autoruns 11.4, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds additional startup locations, and fixes several bugs.



    Java Security Vulnerability

    13 January 2013


    A new Java-Based Security Vulnerability has been discovered and is actively being exploited on the web. If you have installed Java, it is recommended that you either uninstall it by going to Control Panel>Programs & Features, or temporarily disable it in your browser using these instructions. If you're still not sure if you have Java installed, or whether it's been properly disabled, go to this page and click the red button - it should say "No working Java was detected on your system".



    Skype 6.1

    11 January 2013


    A new Version 6.1.0.129 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version adds Outlook integration, along with new Profile and Contacts areas, as well as several bug fixes.



    Chrome 24.0

    11 January 2013


    Google has released Version 24.0.1312.52 of the Chrome browser. This version adds support for MathML, contains stability, security and bug fixes, as well as updating the Flash player.



    Game Patches

    11 January 2013


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    10 January 2013


  • Borderlands 2 - Update via Steam
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 - 1.47.6 Patch


  • Adobe Reader 11.0.01

    9 January 2013


    Adobe has released Version 11.0.01 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Adobe Reader XI. This update contains compatibility, security, stability and bug fixes.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    9 January 2013


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



    Flash Player 11.5.502.146

    9 January 2013


    Adobe has released Version 11.5.502.146 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Firefox 18.0

    9 January 2013


    Mozilla has released Version 18.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes are performance improvements in JavaScript and for tab switching, better image quality through improved HTML scaling, preliminary support for WebRTC, and bug fixes. Details are on page 3 of the updated Firefox Tweak Guide.



    Game Patches

    9 January 2013


  • AirMech - Update via Steam
  • Don't Starve - Update via Steam
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - 1.6 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 January 2013


  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce 310.90 WHQL

    6 January 2013


    Nvidia has released the 310.90 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 8 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It adds a security update for the Nvidia Display Driver service, improves performance on the GTX 690, updates SLI and 3D Vision profiles, and has bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.12.1031 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    5 January 2013


  • Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory - 2.12 Patch
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam


  • SoundBlaster Drivers

    4 January 2013


    Creative has released Drivers (Non-Beta) for a range of audio cards, including most of the SoundBlaster X-Fi series. Changes include bug fixes and support for Windows 8.



    Game Patches

    4 January 2013


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Supreme Ruler Cold War - 7.3.1 Patch


  • Game Patches

    3 January 2013


  • F1 Race Stars - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    1 January 2013


    Microsoft has released a Security Update in the form of a Fix It tool to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8.



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