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The most interesting software innovations and events. Release 126

Every day a huge amount of different software is produced and updated. To help you to sort out these updates our portal continue to provide a series of articles devoted to the most interesting events in the world of software industry. For ease searching all programs and utilities are divided into topics.

Events in software segment

Announced benchmark Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver

During the exhibition Computex 2014 Futuremark company together with partners (ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Galaxy, Inno3D and G.Skill) has introduced a new benchmark Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver. It is designed to examine the performance level of gaming laptops and desktop PCs of middle class which are equipped with a graphics accelerator with support API DirectX 11.

Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver

 

After the release of Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver the lineup of company benchmarks has the following appearance:

  • Fire Strike for high performance gaming PCs (DirectX 11, level 11);
  • Sky Diver for gaming laptops and desktop PCs of medium class (DirectX 11, level 11);
  • Cloud Gate for laptops and typical home PCs (DirectX 11, level 11);
  • Ice Storm for tablets and entry-level PCs (DirectX 11, level 11).

Setting of PC components

CrystalDiskInfo 6.1.13

A new version of CrystalDiskInfo is available to download. It is designed to provide the user with detailed information about HDD/SSD-drives which are present in the system. Note that it supports the correct operation of all PATA and SATA-drives which have an internal ATA-controller. CrystalDiskInfo also can be used to diagnose some USB-solution. List of its main advantages is the following:

  • collecting and displaying of general information about the drive and its controller;
  • SMART-data output that allow to determine the error in the operation of the drive;
  • ability to control the parameters of the noise emission and power consumption;
  • temperature monitoring with the ability to output an instant message in case of exceeding the permissible level.

CrystalDiskInfo

The errors in a new version CrystalDiskInfo 6.1.13 were fixed.

Developer: hiyohiyo (Crystal Dew World)

Distribution mode: free      

Download: CrystalDiskInfo 6.1.13

Setting and optimization of operating system

BlueStacks 0.8.10.3096

High popularity of Android-devices has created favorable conditions for the development of an active ecosystem of various programs and applications for this platform. Some of them are more comfortable than the Windows-analogues, and many are unique in its kind. In addition, developers are creating a lot of fun and interesting games.

But what do you do if you have only Windows-based computer and have no desire or ability to buy Android-tablet? In this case, the program BlueStacks which incorporates components of BlueStacks App Player will help you. It creates a virtual shell allowing to play a large range of Android-applications.

Using it you can enjoy any of the games or applications on your desktop PC monitor. If you use your computer as a multimedia center with a big TV screen, the BlueStacks will allow to have fun in a friendly company.

BlueStacks

The list of innovations in the program BlueStacks 0.8.10.3096 is the following:

  • rapid run of BlueStacks App Player;
  • correct update of Android-programs;
  • several errors were fixed.

Developer: BlueStack Systems

Distribution mode: free      

Download: BlueStacks 0.8.10.3096

System test

AIDA64 4.50.3000

The company FinalWire has updated a popular program AIDA64. This is a professional level solution that allows you to define a detailed hardware configuration of any system, test its individual components, as well as to diagnose faults. Note that the program AIDA64 is distributed in four versions: Extreme Edition, Business Edition, Engineer Edition и Network Audit Edition. The first is intended for home use, the second - for commercial, third - for engineers, and the fourth - to monitor and control of network resources in small companies.

In general AIDA64 has the following advantages:

  • advanced diagnostics of hardware, which displays detailed information about the installed components;
  • a comprehensive analysis of the installed software;
  • monitoring of temperature, voltage and fan speed by obtaining information from multiple internal sensors;
  • testing performance of CPU, memory and storage;
  • stress testing of the system, which can detect potential problems with the hardware;
  • conduct the removed audit on the use of specific local computer hardware and software resources;
  • obtaining information about the changes that have occurred in the system since the last checkup;
  • implementation of remote monitoring of the local computer;
  • ensuring the administrator with full control over remote computer with the ability to run programs and transferring files.

AIDA64

The list of innovations in the benchmark AIDA64 4.50.3000 is the following:

  • added cryptographic test OpenCL GPGPU AES-256;
  • extended diagnosis of API AMD Mantle support;
  • added support of motherboard based on Intel 9 chipsets;
  • improved support of Intel Haswell-E and DDR4-memory;
  • support of DDR4 XMP 2.0; profiles;
  • added support of SSD drive ADATA SP920;
  • added information about graphics processor of graphics cards AMD Radeon R9 295X2, AMD FirePro W9100, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z.

Developer: FinalWire

Distribution mode: free betaware version/ paid version    

Download: AIDA64 4.50.3000

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2014.06.20.35 SP2

The new version of SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2014 was released. It is used to get a detailed report about the installed hardware components and verify their level of performance using a set of integrated tests. SiSoftware Sandra Lite supports 32/64-bit systems. Expanded list of its advantages as follows:

  • support of four CPU microarchitectures (x86, x64/AMD64/EM64T, IA64/Itanium2, ARM);
  • support of two graphics computing platforms (AMD CTM/STREAM1, NVIDIA CUDA1);
  • support of implementation the instructions DirectX 9 / 10 / 10.1;
  • presence of 23 test modules;
  • support of multilanguage interface.

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2014

Developer: SiSoftware

Distribution mode: free

Download: SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2014.06.20.35 SP2

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b

If you are interested in the level of drive productivity, an objective answer can provide program CrystalDiskMark. It allows you to measure the read/write speed of internal HDD/SSD-drives and external HDD/SSD/USB-drives and memory cards. The key features are:

  • measurement of consistent read/write speed;
  • measurement of performance read/write speed during the work with data capacity: 512 KB, 4 KB, 4 KB;
  • ability to choose tested data;
  • support of easy to understand interface with the ability to choose various topics and languages.   

CrystalDiskMark

A new version of CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b has updated license file for Japanese localization. 

Developer: hiyohiyo (Crystal Dew World)

Distribution mode: free

Download: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b

Memtest86 5.1.0

A new version of the benchmark Memtest86. Its interface is based on technology UEFI which allows to use a more colorful design of graphic shell and provides support of actual capabilities.
The program Memtest86 is used for qualitative and complete testing of memory modules for the correctness of the operation. At the same time it allows you to define some types of errors that are difficult to detect by conventional means of Windows or other benchmarks.

Memtest86

Key changes in the benchmark Memtest86 5.1.0 as follows:

  • updated MemTest86 BIOS to version 4.3.7;
  • improved notification about detected ECC-errors;
  • improved support of processor Intel Xeon (Ivy Bridge and new versions);
  • updated characteristics of processors AMD Kaveri and Intel Haswell Refresh;
  • added support for decoding of SDP into DDR3 1.3 chips;
  • increased maximum number of SMBus-controllers up to 8;
  • increased maximum number of supported memory modules from 16 to 32;
  • added SPD support for chipsets VT8237S, Intel X79, Intel NM10;
  • optimized support of 32-bit systems;
  • some errors were fixed.

Developer: Passmark Software

Distribution mode: free

Download: Memtest86 5.1.0

Safety and management

Zillya! Антивирус Бесплатный 2.0.421.0

A new National Free Antivirus  Zillya! Is presented. It provides comprehensive protection from malware of entire computer in real time. However, it has a very colorful and easy to use interface that helps you to get access to all its functions. The key benefits are the following:

  • built-in heuristic analysis module which can detect and neutralize malicious programs;
  • daily automatically updates of antivirus bases (more than 3 million viruses are in the database);
  • high speed and low load on the system;
  • the ability to view basic information about the virus detected: its name and describe the impact on the system;
  • a module quarantine;
  • support of quiet operation;
  • absolutely free way to spread.

Zillya

Developer: ALLIT Service

Distribution mode: free

Download: Zillya! Антивирус Бесплатный 2.0.421.0

ESET Smart Security 7.0.317.4

Everybody can download the new version of antivirus ESET Smart Security. It guarantees a high degree of protection for all PCs from malicious programs due to a whole set of effective components and modules combining into a single solution:

  • Antivirus and Antispyware - quickly detect and effectively neutralize suspicious and dangerous objects using the heuristic analysis and corporate engine ThreatSense;
  • Anti-Theft - allows you to find a lost or stolen device via the online service;
  • Anti-Phishing - increases the reliability of cash online transactions;
  • Personal Firewall - blocks network attacks on the local computer;
  • Antispam - protects ebox against spam messages;
  • Parental Control - allows parents to protect their children from inappropriate Internet content;
  • Social Media Scanner - improves safety when visiting the popular social network sites;
  • Exploit Blocker - analyzes and identifies possible ways of getting malware on your computer and blocks them promptly;
  • Advanced Memory Scanner - scans objects in RAM for more effective anti-malware;
  • Vulnerability Shield - helps to protect your computer against network attacks.

ESET Smart Security

The main modifications of ESET Smart Security 7.0.317.4 are:

  • Optimized activation process;
  • Improved operation of Antispam module;
  • Improved support of Windows 8 OS;
  • Errors were fixed.

Developer: ESET

Distribution mode: free betaware version/ paid version

Download: ESET Smart Security 7.0.317.4


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