Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD is no longer support Windows 8
AMD has made available to download its new Catalyst 14.7 drivers in Release Candidate form. Be advised that if you're rocking Windows 8.0 instead of Windows 8.1, you can't use these drivers -- AMD stopped supporting Windows 8 as of its Catalyst 14.6 Beta release. For everyone else, you're good to go with this latest release, provided you're interested in RC drivers.
Today's geek gift idea isn't for the faint of wallet (or faint of fun). It's a remote control car from Traxxas that goes from 0-100MPH in under 5 seconds, and can hit speeds in excess of 100MPH out of the box, qualifying it as the world's fastest ready-to-race supercar, Traxxas claims. We don't doubt it, we just wish we could afford to buy one for ourselves and all our friends and family for an epic holiday showdown.
At long last, Mozilla's Firefox 4 browser has exited the beta cycle and is now available as a Release Candidate in more than 70 languages. If you're already rocking a previous build of Firefox 4, you'll be automatically updated to the RC, otherwise you have to manually download and install it. Let's take a look at some of the new features.
We get it, you're not about to give up ______ (fill in the blank with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE), which other browser makers will have to pry from your cold, dead hands. But aren't you the least bit curious what the competition is up to?
Now is as good of a time as any to give the Opera browser a whirl. The second Release Candidate for Opera 11 is just a click away, following the release of the first RC that was posted just one day ago. This followup RC mainly addresses a handful of tab stacking issues, otherwise Opera Software promises "Opera 11.0 is mature enough to be prepared for a final release."
In addition to tab stacking, the major new feature in Opera 11 is the long overdue support for extensions. Other features included baked in visual mouse gestures, better performance, search predictions from Google, and enhanced HTML5, to name just a few.
Havnig trouble changing the channel and controlling your AV equipment in the dark? Maybe you shouldn't have been such a tightwad and sprung for the universal remote with backlit or glow-in-the-dark keys. Normally we'd say don't despair, but in this case, you probably should. Oh, there's a solution available, one that's arguably cost effective, so what's not to like?
Well, the new Pop-up MicroLite jury-rigs your dim-lit remote with a mini pop-up flashlight. Just push the button and a series of MicroLites pop right up to illuminate your keys. In order to use it, you'll need a bit of free space at the bottom of your remote control, about the size of a nickel. To attach it, you simply use the included double-sided 3M adhesive tape.
That's right, this $10 device (or 3 for $20) needs to be taped to the bottom of your remote. To be fair, the company outlines a few other places where this might come in handy, including the back of computer cases, door keyholes (we've all been there, right?), thermostats, and fuseboxes, all of which we think are better applications than a remote control.
Batteries are included, and according to the company, not replaceable. Sounds like someone's been taking a cue from Apple.
Here's something for all you early adopters who scoff at the notion of patience being a virtue. Provided you're rocking a legal copy of Windows 7, you can now download the operating system's first Service Pack in Release Candidate (RC) form.
Windows 7 SP1 includes both a roll-up of OS updates and several new goodies, including RemoteFX.
"Microsoft RemoteFX introduces a new set of remote user experience capabilities that enable a media-rich user environment for virtual and session-based desktops," Microsoft said in a statement. "RemoteFX can be deployed to a range of thick and thin client devices, enabling cost-effective, local-like access to graphics-intensive applications. RemoteFX also supports a broad array of USB peripherals to improve the productivity of users of virtual desktops."
Also included is Dynamic Memory, which enables servers running Hyper-V for server virtualization to make better use of memory.
Before you go and download the Release Candidate, there are some things you should know. The RC can't be installed over the beta of SP1, though you can install it on an evaluation version of Windows 7. Microsoft considers this a "high quality release," however once the final build of SP1 ships, you'll need to uninstall the RC version in order to upgrade.
Microsoft's Windows 7 Team sent out an email this morning reminding Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) users that the free ride is almost over.
"While most people who tested Windows 7 have now moved to the final version, some are still running the Release Candidate. If you haven't moved yet, it's time to replace the RC," the Windows 7 Team wrote.
In case you're fuzzy on the dates, here are the ones to remember:
Grown tired of your current browser? You may want to consider giving Firefox 3.6 a try now that the open-source browser has been made available in Release Candidate form. And if you're worried about being left behind with an unfinished product, don't be.
"[Firefox 3.6 RC1] may update itself periodically and will eventually be identical to the final release," Mozilla stated in the RC's release notes.
On October 29, which is now less than a week away, Linux users will have a new Ubuntu release to play with. But if you just can't wait that long, especially with all the hoopla surrounding the launch of Windows 7 making you jones for a new OS, consider downloading the Ubuntu 9.10 Release Candidate that was just made available.
"We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for testing by any user," the Ubuntu team wrote on its blog.