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Java Runtime Environment 8.191

18 October 2018


Oracle has released an Update 191 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.



Opera 56.0

18 October 2018


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 56.0.3051.52. This update provides bug fixes.



Chrome 70.0

17 October 2018


Google has released Version 70.0.3538.67 of the Chrome browser. This update provides a range of improvements, as well as security and bug fixes.



GPU-Z 2.13.0

15 October 2018


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.13.0. This version provides bug fixes.



Site Update

15 October 2018


The Windows 10 October 2018 Update which recently came out has been causing a range of issues, some of which Microsoft has acknowledged and issued fixes/workarounds for, including the data loss issues discussed earlier, HP PCs Blue-screening, and now, some users complaining of losing audio after installing the update. Long-time readers may know that I have a very dim view of Microsoft's anti-consumer antics in recent years, so rather than rehash old complaints, I will simply say that I strongly advise you to delay the installation of Windows 10 updates for as long as possible, because clearly, Microsoft is not beta testing these updates properly. It's true that all software is susceptible to bugs, but when a company insists on rolling out two major updates each year, and worse still, forcing, even tricking, users into upgrading, while severely cutting back on quality control, it is an inevitability that these sort of issues will occur. Microsoft is not doing this to make your life easier, they're doing it to make their bottom line healthier.



GPU-Z 2.12.0

12 October 2018


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.12.0. This version adds support for new chipsets, adds detection of fake GPUs, adds HDMI & DisplayPort info for Nvidia GPUs, shows both TDP% and Watt for Nvidia GPUs, and provides bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 416.34 WHQL

12 October 2018


Nvidia has released the 416.34 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It provides the optimal experience in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, SOULCALIBUR VI, and GRIP. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and GeForce Experience version 3.15.0.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1

12 October 2018


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver adds support for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and improves performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, as well as providing bug fixes.



Opera 56.0

11 October 2018


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 56.0.3051.43. This update provides bug fixes.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.3

10 October 2018


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 18.9.3 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver improves performance in Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4, as well as providing bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

10 October 2018


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.



Flash Player 31.0

9 October 2018


Adobe has released Version 31.0.0.122 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.



Windows 10 October 2018 Update

6 October 2018


Microsoft has announced that it is pausing the rollout of the next major version of Windows 10, known as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The Windows 10 Update History page notes that the reason for this is the numerous problems reported with the update.


Update: A Microsoft representative says that if you still have files in your Docs folder (presumably \users\[username]\Documents\) after installing the update, then you are not affected by the file deletion issue.




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