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July 2011



Skype 5.5

30 July 2011


A new Version 5.5 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This update contains greater Facebook intergration, improvements to video controls and reliability, and additional emoticons.



Game Patches

30 July 2011


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Tobe's Vertical Adventure - Update via Steam


  • How to Get Rid of Lag Article

    29 July 2011


    Given I frequently see gamers complaining about "lag" without really understanding the various types and causes of it, I've released a short How to Get Rid of Lag article over at GeForce.com.



    Java SE Runtime Environment 7

    29 July 2011


    Sun has released Version 7 of the Java SE Runtime Environment.



    Game Patches

    29 July 2011


  • Dino D-Day - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 280.19

    28 July 2011


    Nvidia has released the Beta 280.19 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards. It enables SLI on 990FX, 990X and 970 AMD motherboards, has a range of 3DVision enhancements including support for viewing 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D on SLI PCs, as well as new 3D Vision game profiles, and has bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0514 PhysX drivers.



    AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview

    28 July 2011


    AMD has released the Catalyst 11.8 Preview graphics driver for Windows 7. This driver enables AMD HD3D support on DisplayPort panels, and also contains performance improvements on the HD 5000 and HD 6000 series in Crysis 2, FEAR 3 and when using MLAA.



    AMD Catalyst 11.7

    28 July 2011


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 11.7 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. The changes in this WHQL certified driver include a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    28 July 2011


  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • Europa Universalis 3: Divine Wind - 5.1 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Star Ruler - 1.0.9.0 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.6.0.1022

    27 July 2011


    Intel has released Version 10.6.0.1022 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for those using RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset motherboards.



    CCleaner 3.09.1493

    27 July 2011


    A new Version 3.09.1493 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This update adds support for new applications including Firefox 6.0 beta, Zune and Notepad++, adds wildcard support, and has various improvements.



    Game Patches

    27 July 2011


  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Tobe's Vertical Adventure - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Process Explorer 15.01

    26 July 2011


    Microsoft has released Version 15.01 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version adds custom graph background colors, paged and nonpaged pool quota columns, and fixes two bugs.



    Game Patches

    26 July 2011


  • Original War - 1.11.0 Patch
  • The Sims 3 - Update via Steam


  • Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.5.2.3456

    23 July 2011


    A new Version 1.5.2.3456 of the free Media Player Classic Home Cinema player has been released, adding several new features and improvements, as well as bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    23 July 2011


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Men of War: Assault Squad - 1.96.6 Patch
  • Painkiller: Redemption - 1.3a Patch
  • Railworks 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    22 July 2011


  • Altitude - Update via Steam
  • Brink - Update via Steam
  • Dungeons of Dredmor - Update via Steam


  • Foxit Reader 5.0.2

    21 July 2011


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 5.0.2.0718. This version contains a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    21 July 2011


  • Bullet Candy - Update via Steam
  • Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy - 1.01 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Witcher 2 - 1.3 Patch


  • iTunes 10.4

    21 July 2011


    Apple has released a new Version 10.4 of the iTunes software. This update contains stability and performance improvements.



    Safari 5.1

    21 July 2011


    Apple has released Version 5.1 of the Safari browser for Windows. This update contains new features including Reading List, Resume, support for new web technologies, improved search, privacy and stability, as well as security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    20 July 2011


  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • Dawn of War II: Retribution - Update via Steam
  • Dawn of War II: Retribution - Update via Steam
  • Dungeons of Dredmor- Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam


  • Process Explorer 15.0

    19 July 2011


    Microsoft has released Version 15.0 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This is a major update which reduces the utility's memory usage, improves the presentation of graphs, adds GPU utilization and memory monitoring under Windows Vista and 7, as well as the ability to restart services.



    Game Patches

    19 July 2011


  • Brink - Update via Steam
  • Men of War: Assault Squad - Update via Steam
  • Puresim Baseball 4 - 1.11 Patch


  • Site Update

    18 July 2011


    Just a heads up that in coming weeks I will begin publishing a series of articles that take a look at popular tech topics of the day. Part guide, part review, and part analytical piece, these articles will be similar in structure to the PC Game Piracy Examined article I wrote several years back, but much shorter and hopefully a bit more entertaining and of practical use to a wider audience.



    VLC Media Player 1.1.11

    16 July 2011


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 1.1.11. This version has important security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    16 July 2011


  • Dungeons of Dredmor - Update via Steam
  • Hoard - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    15 July 2011


  • Atom Zombie Smasher - Update via Steam
  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • Depths of Peril - 1.018 Patch
  • Dungeons of Dredmor - Update via Steam
  • Gary Grigsby's War in the East - 1.04.36 Patch
  • Hamilton's Great Adventure - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    14 July 2011


  • Combat Mission Shock Force - 1.32 Patch
  • King Arthur Collection - Update via Steam
  • Mount&Blade: Warband - Update via Steam
  • Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 4.2.0 Patch


  • SpeedFan 4.44

    13 July 2011


    Almico has released Version 4.44 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 SMART HDD temperature readings, as well as a range of other improvements and fixes.



    Chrome 12.0.742.122

    13 July 2011


    Google has released Version 12.0.742.122 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash player.



    Game Patches

    13 July 2011


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Update via Steam
  • Civilization V - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    13 July 2011


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



    Realtek HD Audio 2.63

    13 July 2011


    Realtek has released Version 2.63 of its HD Audio drivers. If you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top then select 'Software'.



    Firefox 5.0.1

    12 July 2011


    Mozilla has released Version 5.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update contains two bug fixes for OS X.



    Winamp 5.621

    12 July 2011


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.621. This update has a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    12 July 2011


  • Bus Driver - 1.5 Patch
  • Metal Drift - Update via Steam
  • Strike Fighters 2 - July Patch


  • Game Patches

    10 July 2011


  • Combat Command: The Matrix Edition - 1.01a Patch
  • Star Ruler - 1.0.8.2 Patch


  • Game Patches

    9 July 2011


  • Dungeon Seige III - Update via Steam
  • Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland - Update via Steam
  • Steel Storm: Burning Retribution - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 July 2011


  • Distant Worlds - 1.0.7.1 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Windows Live Essentials 2011

    8 July 2011


    Microsoft has updated the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite, which includes Photo Gallery, Mail and Messenger, to build 15.4.3538.0513. Details of the changes are provided here.



    AMD Catalyst 11.6b Hotfix

    7 July 2011


    AMD has released the Catalyst 11.6b Hotfix graphics driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver resolves blue screen, screen flicker at idle and corrupt mouse pointer issues. It also provides support for the Radeon HD 6550D and HD 6530D series.



    Game Patches

    7 July 2011


  • Fallout: New Vegas - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    6 July 2011


  • Cities in Motion - 1.0.2.0 Patch
  • Sanctum - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • World of Tanks - 0.6.5 Patch


  • Game Patches

    5 July 2011


  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland - 3.03 Patch
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2011 - 1.0.2.5 Patch
  • The Polynomial - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    2 July 2011


  • Alliance of Valiant Arms - Update via Steam
  • Defense Grid - Update via Steam
  • Iron Grip: Warlord - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Portal 2 - Update via Steam
  • Storm: Frontline Nation - Update via Steam
  • Super Meat Boy - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Winamp 5.62

    1 July 2011


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.62. This update adds Fraunhofer AAC codec and Theora decoder support, along with a range of fixes.



    Intel Turbo Boost Technology Monitor 2.0

    1 July 2011


    Intel has released Version 2.0 of the Turbo Boost Technology Monitor utility. This utility is for Core i5 and i7 CPUs under Windows 7, and displays processor frequency changes including Turbo Boost frequencies.



    Game Patches

    1 July 2011


  • FEAR 3 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Mount&Blade: Warband - Update via Steam
  • Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword - Update via Steam
  • Shift 2 Unleashed - Update via Steam


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