Mozilla Firefox 40 Released

Firefox’s existence has been somewhat rocky over the past few years, from the browser market becoming more competitive with the increased competition from Google Chrome to Microsoft’s new Edge browser, to the irritated reaction from Mozilla’s CEO who has rallied against Windows 10 over how consumers select a default browser.

So what does the latest incarnation of Firefox have in store for consumers? Well, Firefox 40 is out today (11th August 2015) which sees mostly under the hood improvements. These include enhanced compatibility with Windows 10, although previous versions do work with the new OS, this is more moving the browser in line with touchscreen devices and includes “close” buttons on tabs which are now bigger and the address bar also has bigger fonts. It has also revised tabstrips and toolbars plus a custom Windows 10 theme.

Other key changes include an improved and expanded malware detection feature in Firefox, which is able to identify malware downloads in all supported platforms as well as warn users about potentially unwanted software. Users can also receive suggested titles in the new tab page based on categories Firefox matches to browsing history. Improved scrolling, graphics, and video playback performance with off main thread compositing (GNU/Linux only) and a Graphic blocklist mechanism improved: Firefox version ranges can also be specified, limiting the number of devices blocked, and smoother animation and scrolling with hardware vsync (Windows only)

Warnings for unsigned extensions will be displayed and they’ll be blocked completely in Firefox 41

As for security, the below image illustrates what has been fixed in Firefox 40,

This update will be rolled out within the next day or so within the standard methods, Firefox might also need to revise the new version naming, otherwise it won’t be long before we reach Firefox 100 and above.

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First Rocket League Patch Punishes Quitters and Fixes Bugs

Rocket League had a bit of a rough start as the servers started to overheat and users reporting their consoles doing the same about a month ago. Now the first patch is ready and it has been rolled out to both PS4 and PC players, about a month ahead of the launch of the first DLC for the game.

The new patch provides some critical fixes, but also a harsher punishment for people leaving ranked games ahead of time. There really isn’t anything more frustrating than quitters in online games, especially when you play ranked matches. Now with the new patch, the first player to abandon a ranked match will be banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes. A mild sentence as a disconnect doesn’t necessarily mean that it was on purpose, but long enough to give people something to think about. With the ban time, they might as well just continue to play to match.

Quick chat commands now work cross-platform, they didn’t up until now. That might be the reason why you thought some people were very silent and didn’t use the quick chat commands such as nice shot, sorry, or oops. Other fixes include a better AI that matches the average skill level of all players in the current game, achievement fixes in both unlocking and description, and multiple crash scenarios have also been fixed.

Overall, this looks like a great patch for the game and the community. You can also check out the full changelog on the official website.

Rocksteady Studios Rolls out 3.5 GB Day One Patch for Arkham Knight

Like all games being released nowadays, Batman: Arkham Knight needs a huge day one patch to get it working. This comes after players inevitably get frustrated by waiting for a game and not being able to play it even if they have it already installed and ready to go. I really don’t get developers and their strategy today, but we may have to get used to it.

Rocksteady just launched a 3.5 GB day one patch for the title, promising to deliver more performance improvements, stability fixes and other goodies. Hopefully, along with AMD’s and NVIDIA’s newly released drivers, we might see the game running to an extent where it is ‘playable’, though we might need to wait for a couple of patch releases to actually see it working properly.

The full patch notes are as follows:

  • Improved Performance
  • Stability Fixes
  • New feature: Rival Points
  • New feature: Original Batsuit skin available to select
  • Support for “A Matter Of Family” additional content
  • General gameplay, graphical, audio, UI, and localization fixes

The real question here is whether it’s worth pre-ordering. I mean, we see more and more that titles don’t work properly once released, huge day one patches that hope to fix these problems and constant updates to actually see the game working as expected… months before it gets released. Shouldn’t we like wait until they get fixed properly before we buy them? What do you think?

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Grand Theft Auto v 1.07 Patch Released, Dubbed Grand Theft Auto Online Heist Update

Rockstar Games has just released its latest update for the Grand Theft Auto V title, the 1.07 Patch. It is said to currently be available for download on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Take note that the same patch is available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as Patch 1.21.

Taking a look at what the patch brings, we see that it’s mainly focused on Grand Theft Auto Online, hence the Grand Theft Auto Online Heist title. It comes with some minor fixes and improvements, but the most important features included are:

  • Heists are a new type of gameplay experience inside GTA Online – massive, multi-layered, 4-player co-operative missions that encourage players to work together and make the most of their individual strengths, and a team’s level of communication and coordination can make or break each mission.
  • Heists unlock at Rank 12 for players with a high-end apartment. They are started by a call from Lester and a visit to his garment factory. Please note there is a short delay between each Heist, but Lester will be in touch when the next Heist is ready. You can replay Heist strands by calling Lester using the “Request Heist” option.

For a complete list of what the new patch brings, you can head over to Rockstars website here.

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“Heavy Duty” Multiplayer Mode Added With The Latest Call of Duty: Ghosts Patch

Updates consist mostly of fixing broken bits and functions inside games, but there are some that bring drastic changes too. This is the case of the latest update for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which will bring the addition of a free new multiplayer mode named “Heavy Duty”, along with the obligatory patches and fixes to the multiplayer mode.

“Heavy Duty” mode aims to address a common complaint made by Call of Duty players: It’s too easy to get killed. The general consensus amongst gamers is that the person who shoots first normally comes out on top in all gunfights. In the new mode, all players will spawn with beefed-up health bars so they can take more punishment before going down, hopefully making gunfights more about strategy rather than the reflex tests that they are. Developers Infinity Ward are looking to collect feedback on the mode, so this is a chance for the players to make their voices heard.

The update is now live on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. A patch for the Wii U has not yet been released and there is no word on when players will get the update on their console of choice.

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AMD Releases The Catalyst 13.12 WHQL-certified Graphics Card Driver

We finally see AMD releasing the Catalyst 13.12 after months on end of 13.11 and 13.11 beta drivers. The release features support for the Radeon HD 5000, HD 6000, HD 7000, Radeon R7 and R9 Series cards and is available for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.

Highlights on new additions and improvements can be viewed below. The driver can be downloaded from AMD’s official website here.

Feature Highlights

    ​Support for the following new products:
  • AMD Radeon R9 290, 280, and 270 Series
  • AMD Radeon R7 260, 250, and 240 Series
  • ​Improved AMD CrossFire​ scaling for the following game titles:

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (multiplayer component)
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • Saints Row 4
  • Metro Last Light
  • ​New AMD Enduro Technology profiles for the following game titles:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Total War​: Rome 2
  • Battlefield 4
  • Saints Row 4
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • FIFA 14
  • ​Support For AMD CrossFire frame pacing

  • Frame pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in an AMD CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace
  • Frame pacing is enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center, or on a per application basis
  • Frame pacing is supported on DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications using resolutions up to (and including) 2560×1600 on a single display

Resolved Issues

  • May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards
  • Resolves intermittent crashes seen in legacy DirectX 9 applications
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – Power Tune update to reduce variance of fan speed / RPM
  • PCI-E bus speed is no longer set to x1 on the secondary GPU when running in an AMD CrossFire configuration
  • Resolves incorrect HDMI Audio Driver information being listed in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Resolves AMD Steady Video option being grayed out in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Resolves intermittent flickering seen on some AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics cards
  • Resolves graphics corruption issues found in Starcraft
  • Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk Investor 2014
  • Resolves flickering water corruption found in World of Warcraft
  • Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from a S3/S4 sleep-state if the display is unplugged during the sleep-state on systems supporting AMD Enduro Technology
  • Resolves intermittent crashes experienced with Battlefield 4 on Windows 8 based systems
  • Resolves the display turning green when using Windows Media Player to view HD .avi format video in an extended desktop configuration
  • Resolves Metro applications experiencing frame drops during playback of interlaced video content
  • Resolves video playback corruption of .wmv format files in Windows Media Player

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Windows 8.2 To Come With Big Changes In January 2014

Although Windows 8.1 has just been released, Microsoft has apparently listened to its customers feedback of the newly updated operating system and will implement the required features and fixes in the next update, which is scheduled for January 2014.

Microsoft is said to bring back the Start Menu, one of the main features and the biggest disappointment in Windows 8. Although the 8.1 update brought back the apparent Start menu button, it only takes the user to the Metro UI instead of opening up the familiar drawer found in previous Windows version. Windows 8.2 however is said to fix this feature and bring back the Start Menu which we are all familiar with.

Internet Explorer will get a boost as well, having to release with the latest developments in the speed of loading pages increase. Windows 8.1 introduced the new Internet Explorer 11, but it did not look or feel (in terms of performance) anything better than previous versions.

Lastly, Microsoft will restore the File Explorer library by default in the new version of Windows 8.2. It could be incorporated in the current version of the operating system, but Microsoft tech support has been written so many questions about where it can be configured in, so Redmond decided to show the File Explorer by default.

Microsoft is expected to release the Windows 8.2 update in January 2014 and, as Windows 8.2, it will come as a free update through the Windows Store application.

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iOS 7.1 Beta Rolls Out To Registered Developers

Apple has released the first iOS 7.1 beta on Monday, which is currently available for registered Apple Developers. The release comes just four days after Apple updated the public version of its mobile software to iOS 7.0.4. The iOS 7.1 beta is available for all compatible iOS devices including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, third- and fourth-generation iPads, iPad 2, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

Below are Apple’s iOS 7.1 beta release notes (courtesy of BGR):

  • Notes and Known Issues
  • The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.1 to develop code.
  • Bluetooth Known Issue
  • 32-bit apps running on a 64-bit device cannot attach to BTServer.
  • CFNetwork Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • Previously, if the server-side closed an HTTP request with TCP FIN without sending any bytes of HTTP header or HTTP body, NSURLConnection would synthesize an empty HTTP/1.1 200 OK response. This is now fixed, and the request will result in an error instead of a successful load with a synthesized response.
     
    Notes
    Previously, text drawn with CTFrameDraw did not correctly place lines to account for the paragraphSpacing attribute of NSParagraphStyle. This has been addressed in iOS 7.1 beta.
  • Crash Logs Known Issue
  • Crash logs will not appear in Diagnostics & Usage Data in Settings. The logs will still be available when synced off the device.
  • GLKit Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • If loaded with GLKTextureLoader, pngcrush images that have alpha were not unpremultiplied.
  • High Precision Timers Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • When sleeping or waiting for extremely precise time intervals, timers were delayed by up to 1 millisecond.
  • iTunes Known Issue
  • Loading an iTunes Match library (or your purchased music history) may take much longer than expected, especially on larger libraries. If your library does not sync right away, please wait 30 minutes and try to access it again.
  • Multipeer Connectivity Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta
  • The MCSessioninitWithPeer: method has now been implemented properly. For more information on MCSession APIs, watch WWDC 2013: Nearby Networking with Multipeer Connectivity.

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Kindle Fire OS 3.1 Update Released

Amazon has released its latest OS update, the Kindle Fire 3.1, for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX variants. The update consist of various improvements, optimizations, as well as new apps.

One of the key features in the update is Goodread, which is now integrated into the OS. This means that every book you read will automatically be synced with the Goodread account set up on the device. Other features consist of printing, the ability to push content to your PS3 or Samsung Smart TV and there is also word of PS4 support coming in the near future.

A list of the updates, improvements and features can be seen below:

  • Find and share books with Goodreads
  • Goodreads on Kindle lets you connect with the Goodreads community to follow friends and see what they are reading, and share and rate books on your Kindle Fire.
  • Organize your content with Cloud Collections
  • Organize your content library into collections like “Favorite Books” and “Sports Apps” that are synchronized with compatible Kindle devices and reading apps.
  • Watch movies and TV shows on another device with Second Screen
  • Fling movies and TV shows from your Kindle Fire to your 2013 Samsung Smart TV or PlayStation 3 using Second Screen.
  • Learn more about books with Smart Lookup
  • With the Smart Lookup feature, you can quickly look up words in the dictionary or Wikipedia or translate text in a book.
  • Print from Your Kindle Fire
  • Print Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, photos, e-mails, calendar events, and contact information from your Kindle Fire to a printer that supports mobile printing.
  • Free up storage space with 1-Tap Archive
  • With 1-Tap Archive, your Kindle Fire groups all content that has not been used recently so you can move it to the Cloud with just one tap.
  • Enhanced enterprise features
  • Manage security certificates and connect to your company’s Wi-Fi network—whether you’re at home or at work—with remote VPN capabilities.
  • Set alarms and view additional time zones with the Clock app
  • Use the all-new Clock app to check the date and time, set an alarm clock, and more

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PS4 Gets Its First System Update, Version 1.50

Sony PlayStation 4’s first update has been released. Version 1.50 of the system software will add or enable a number of features Sony promised to add to its next-gen console. PS4 owners will be able to update the system software via the Internet, using the update file on a compact disk (CD/DVD), or download the update to a USB flash drive and then copy the update to the system.

Key aspects of the update are as following:

  • Remote Play
  • Second Screen Support
  • Game play capture and share support
  • Broadcast / Spectate gameplay support
  • Play as you download
  • Multi-login support for up to 4 users
  • Face recognition & voice command support
  • Background music player support
  • Online Multiplayer support
  • Blu-ray & DVD playback support

Beyond all of the 1.50 System Software features and additions, Sony has also release an iOS and Android application for free. The app does a number of things like see what your friends are playing as well as compare trophies/games played.

With the app you will also be able to chat with your friends and receive both game alerts and invites. If that isn’t enough you can Browse the PlayStation 4 store. You can also use the app to take advantage of the second screen support that is offered in the 1.50 system software.

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