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NVIDIA GeForce 301.42 WHQL Drivers Add Major Gaming Features & Boost Skyrim Performance By Up To 20%

"The new NVIDIA GeForce 301.42 WHQL drivers are now available to download. Building upon the well-received 301.24 beta release that enabled our game-changing NVIDIA FXAA, Adaptive VSync, Frame Rate Target and Surround features on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs, the 301.42 WHQL drivers add official 4-way GTX 670 support and two dozen smaller changes that further enhance your experience. The new 301.42 WHQL drivers also include performance improvements of up to 20% compared to the previous WHQL release, 296.10, in addition to many new 3D Vision and SLI profiles. Read on for full details about each addition and enhancement, or click the links above to jump directly to the relevant section."

Microsoft improves Chkdsk

"In Windows 8 it looks like the ChkDsk utility will get a revamp to speed it up. Microsoft also tweaked NTFS, the Windows OS file system so that the NTFS "health model" conceived the machine's hard disk as a single unit that was either well or damaged, and took the machine completely offline and made unavailable to the end user while ChkDsk ran. In Windows 8, however, the NTFS scans for problems in the background while the system remains online, and an initial attempt to fix problems on-the-fly."

AMD Catalyst 12.4 WHQL Drivers

AMD releases the new Catalyst 12.4 WHQL drivers! The release notes include resolved issues for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Rage, Enemy Territory, Stalker - Call of Pripya, Tom Clancy HAWX 2, Windows Media Center, AMD Steady Video, Duplicating displays & random corruption, Tearing with Eyefinity configurations, System Crash with Crossfire in a 4 displays and advanced video quality settings correctly displayed in CCC.

Google Increases Bug Award to $20,000

"The company said that it will now award $20,000 for any bug that allows code execution on its "production systems". Google will also pay $10,000 for SQL injection bugs as well as for "certain types" of information disclosure, authentication, and authorization bypass bugs. The previous top reward of $3,133.70 now applies to "many types of XSS, XSRF, and other high-impact flaws in highly sensitive applications."

AMD To Drop Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 Catalyst Support

"In what will certainly be controversial and disappointing to some Radeon Linux desktop users, AMD will soon announce that they will effectively be discontinuing support for several Radeon product families from their proprietary Catalyst driver. After that point, for future Linux distribution updates, the open-source Radeon Linux driver will be your only option for accelerated graphics. This is likely happening with the Windows Catalyst driver too, but at least there they have a better-maintained legacy driver process.

Analyst: Blocking Used Games Will Mean Retailer Backlash

"GameStop could ban the PlayStation 4 if it blocks the use of pre-owned games.

We already know that publishers and developers despise the second-hand market. They claim they're losing money because these consumers aren't purchasing the pricy, mint copies. Only the retailers are generating revenue from these used games and thus are driving prices of the retail versions upwards.

But some of us on the consumer side say we flock to used versions because new copies are just too damn expensive. We bought the hardware, and we should have the right to play second-hand copies..."

Mozilla launches multiplayer browser adventure to showcase HTML5 gaming

"Mozilla has teamed up with Web design studio Little Workshop to develop a Web-based multiplayer adventure game called BrowserQuest. The game is built with standards-based Web technologies and is designed to be played within a Web browser.

Unreal 4 Engine requires 10 times the power

"During a presentation at the DICE 2012 summit, Epic’s Tim Sweeney claims that the new Unreal 4 Engine requires 2.5 teraflops of power for what Epic believes the next generation of graphics running on its engine will look like. To put that into perspective, the current Xbox 360 only yields about .25 teraflops of power. This is clearly not enough to power the future of gaming with the current Xbox 360 console. Of course, you could maybe network 10 Xbox 360s together to get enough power."

Flash With Sandbox in the Works for Firefox

"Adobe, which has spent the last few years trying to dig out of a deep hole of vulnerabilities and buggy code, is making a major change to Flash, adding a sandbox to the version of the player that runs in Firefox. The sandbox is designed to prevent many common exploit techniques against Flash. The move by Adobe comes roughly a year after the company added a sandbox to Flash for Google Chrome.

Profile Scheduler App is KICKASS

I personally use this Profile Scheduler on my Galaxy Nexus Smartphone and it's an App just about everyone can find a use for. I use it mostly for silencing my phone when I go to sleep, but it has a ton of other features. My wife also uses it to put her phone into meeting mode when at work, using a local LAN to do so.

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