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Firefox 7 reach early test stage with more efficient memory management

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Written by Anton Karmehed

aurorasThe development speed of the browser companies have accelerated to near cosmic speeds. The version numbers increase at a ridiculous rate. Mozilla has moved Firefox 7 into the aurora channel, which is the step before beta. Firefox 7 will bring better performance and optimized memory handling.

 

Spotify soon in the USA

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Written by Anton Karmehed

spotify.usaAfter years of negotiations with American record companies it seems like the Swedish music service Spotify will finally make it to the American market. With over 310 million people and a rapid technological development it is a huge market for a subscription based company like Spotify, where you can also get the material for free.

 

Google Maps 5.7 takes another step on the navigator market

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Written by Anton Karmehed

SC20110707-090206Google Maps 5.7 just rolled out on Android Market and the latest version of the popular and free map service has some interesting news, which should scare companies like TomTom and Navigon. Google Maps 5.7 has local traffic navigation and downloading of offline maps for those with limited data plans.

 

Google Chrome takes 20% of the total browser market

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Written by Anton Karmehed

chrome9Google continues to grab market shares on several markets. Besides an impressive offensive on the search engine market it has lately shown progress among smartphones. Also the browser Chrome have been moving up the ladder and how has 20% of the total browser market.

 

Crysis 2 gets DirectX 11 support

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Written by Anton Karmehed

crysis2Crysis 2 was launched as the successor to one of the demanding games ever created. When it became clear that the game would not get DirectX 11 support critics were not far away. Electronic Arts and Crytek have now released an update for the game that adds the much wanted and more advanced DirectX 11 effects.

 

Gamersgate promises free games through ad-supported service

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Swedish Gamersgate has announced that it will release an ad-supported program that will allow you to download games free and legal, similar to the success Spotify. It has signed contracts with several of the major game distributors and the first to get a try is USA and Sweden in September.

 

Duke Nukem: Forever demo available to pre-order buyers

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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The perhaps most anticipated and delayed game ever is now just days from release, nearly 15 years after development started. There is now a demo available to those who pre-ordered Duke Nukem: Forever or purchased Borderlands GOTY.

 

Elcomsoft releases Facebook password extractor

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Written by Andreas Galistel

facebookElcomsoft has released another software tool for retrieving passwords. This time it is Facebook that is taking a hit, or more so, all of the most popular browsers. Elcomsoft Facebook Password Extractor simply scavenge through the browser files and presents you with your password, or any other person who has logged into Facebook on your computer.

 

HTML5 and JavaScript takes Doom to Firefox

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Written by Anton Karmehed

doomDoom is the ancestor to all modern first person shooters and came in the era when 3D graphics was still unexplored. The game has become a favorite for emulators and less powerful systems, e.g. smartphones and such, but is now also available in our browsers. The game has been ported to HTML5 and JavaScript.

 

Bill Gates says he moved the acquisition of Skype

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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One of Microsoft's founders, Bill Gates, who is on the board at Microsoft , said that he was the key person behind the acquisition of Skype and urged the board to support it. The purchase cost Microsoft 8.5 billion dollar and is Microsoft's most expensive shopping so far.

 

Microsoft acquires Skype for 8.5 billion dollar

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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The rumors were true and just hours after they surfaced, Kara Swisher at The Wall Street Journal wrote that the deal is happening for Microsoft. The acquisition will cost Microsoft no less than 8.5 billion dollar and it was made official during the evening.

 

PCMark 7 launches May 3rd, pre-orders taken

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Written by Anton Karmehed

pcmark7litenFuturemark is behind most of the popular test suites fo PCs and the latest is system test PCMark 7. The Finnish company has now set the release date to May 4rd and started taking pre-order of the test suit that focus on stressing processor, memory and storage units.

 

Microsoft demos Windows 8 and IE10 on ARM

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Written by Anton Karmehed

armw8Microsoft revealed back at CES in January that it will develop the next Windows for more platforms than just x86. The strong growing mobile platform ARM is one of these and during an event in Las Vegas the software giant showed an early version of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10, powered by a 1 GHz ARM processor.

 

Mozilla speeding, FireFox 5 coming June 21st

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Written by Anton Karmehed

firefoxThe browser war is speeding up even though several of the companies just made big announcements. Mozilla was showered with praise for Firefox, but is already in the testing stages for the next update. In a week or so Firefox 5 will go into beta with the sight set for a sharp release on June 21s.

 

Firefox 4.0 crushing Internet Explorer 9 in the downloads

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Written by Anton Karmehed

webbstatsMicrosoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 9 on March 15th, just a week before Mozilla rolled out the final version of Firefox 4.0. The latest reports says that Firefox 4.0, even though it has just been around for a day, is crushing Internet Explorer 9 in the statistics.

 

Firefox 4.0 appear early at Mozilla's website

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Written by Anton Karmehed

firefox4sMozilla was supposed to release the final version of Firefox 4.0 today, but yesterday it appeared at the official website. Following Microsoft's launch of IE9 and Google's release of Chrome 10, Firefox 4.0 has now entered the market bringing GPU acceleration and a fresh interface.

   

Futuremark loading your computer with all new PCMark 7

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Written by Anton Karmehed

pcmark7litenFinnish software developers Futuremark has revealed that in the near future it will roll out the latest version of PCMark. Futuremark names the new test suit PCMark 7 where it once again focus on stressing the various components of the system with regular work scenarios loading everything from CPU to SSDs.

   

Internet Explorer 9 final version is out

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Written by Anton Karmehed

nhw.ie9Microsoft has released the complete version of the browser Internet Explorer 9. The software giant says the beta version was downloaded over 40 million times and will with its new functions pick a fight with the best out there, through a better and slimmer interface and GPU acceleration.

   

Chrome 10 ready with a new interface

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Written by Anton Karmehed

Google released a beta version of Chrome 10 just a few weeks ago. Now the final version has been released and it promises a big leap in JavasScript performance, GPU accelerated playback of video and a new interface for settings.

   

Unigine Heaven 2.5 with new effects

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Written by Anton Karmehed

heavensUnigine Heaven has become a popular benchmark for graphics cards, especially those who want to measure DirectX 11 performance. The developers behind the benchmarks has now released a new version of the benchmark that supports more GPUs and new effects, like realtime global lighting.

   

Mobile Firefox gets better performance in new Beta

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Written by Anton Karmehed

ffmobileThe browser war has been phasing over from the PC to the mobile market and beside Google and Microsoft that has its own mobile operating systems with bundled browsers there are several others trying to get a foot in, including Mozilla with its mobile version of Firefox 4. The company has released a new beta version, the fifth of its kind, with better performance and stability.

   

Chrome 10 gets 66% better performance, 80% lower CPU usage

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Written by Anton Karmehed

chrome9Google is moving along with Chrome quickly and with version 10 we expect a big performance improvement. In the new beta of Chrome 10 that has rolled out we see a boost of 66% with JavaScript, while CPU load is lowered with as much as 80% at video playback.

   

Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

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Written by Anton Karmehed

i92sMicrosoft is getting close to the final version of Internet Explorer 9. It has now released a so called Release Candidate that is available to all users that wants to try out Internet Explorer 9 and grown tired of the beta version that was released about 5 months ago.

   

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 supports Fusion APU

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Written by Anton Karmehed

flashlogoAMD recently presented the new Brazos platform sporting the Fusion APU processor. Fusion competes with Atom in some segments, and now Adobe has released a sharp version of Flash Player 10.2 that enables support for AMD Fusion APU when playing and accelerating flash video, which includes Youtube and other services.

   

Steam revenue just shy of 1 billion in 2010

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Written by Anton Karmehed

That the physical games sales have dropped over the last years is no secret, but it hasn't been replaced by piract but by online sales. Game distributor and developer Valve has through its Steam platform the most extensive service today and recent figures state that Steam reached 970 million USD in revenue last year.

   

Google Chrome 9 arrives with WebGL, better performance

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Written by Anton Karmehed

chrome9Google has managed to gain some speed on the browser market and now that it has released the sharp version of Chrome 9 the popular browser has taken another step in the right direction. Among the news in Chrome 9 we find performance optimizations and WebGL support, which enables hardware accelerated 3D graphics in your browser.

   

Futuremark updates 3DMark 11 to v1.01

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Written by Anton Karmehed

Futuremark announced earlier that during the first two weeks of 3DMark 11 it received over 200,000 submissions. An impressive number that also gave Futuremark the opportunity to revise the test suit and solve some of the bugs and problems that has appeared.

   

PowerDVD 10 Ultra gets BDXL and HD 6800 acceleration

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Written by Anton Karmehed

PowerDVD is one of the most popular media playback applications and now that the developer CyberLink has released the next update there is a lot more to like about it. We now find support for the new Blu-ray BDXL (100GB) format and hardware acceleration of Blu-ray with Radeon HD 6800 series.

   

Futuremark postpone 3DMark 11 launch

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Written by Anton Karmehed

Finnish developers Futuremark have announced that its next test suit 3DMark 11 will be delayed. The launch was set to November 30th - tomorrow - but has now been postponed to an undetermined date.

   

3DMark 11 launches November 30th

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Written by Anton Karmehed

3dmark11sFinnish software developer Futuremark has announced that its latest graphics card benchmark 3DMark 11 will launch officially onNovember 30th. The test suit will focus on loading the graphics card and will demand support for DirectX 11 and be available in three versions, Basic, Advanced and Professional.

   

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