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Thursday August 25, 2016

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Raijintek Nestor @ Modders Inc.

Cooling: CM Masterfan Pro 120 @ FunkyKit

ETC.: CM MasterKeys Lite L Combo @ Hardware Asylum

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse @ Vortez

SSD: Plextor M8Pe NVMe M.2 256GB @ HardwareOverclock

Video: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided @ Guru3D

No Man's Sky PC Gameplay And Performance @ HotHardware

Google Fiber Hits Speed Bumps As Alphabet Looks To Cut Costs

It seems like every person you talk to wants Google Fiber to come to their town but, if this report is to be believed, Google Fiber isn't doing so well when it comes to subscribers. Maybe they are just picking crappy towns?

The report says that Google had expected to land 5 million subscribers over the course of five years, but the company's actual progress was much slower. At the end of 2014 Google Fiber only had 200,000 subscribers. Its TV service has also suffered from sluggish growth. Last month, CEO Larry Page reportedly asked Google Fiber head Craig Barratt to cut his staff in half, to 500 people, and reduce costs of delivering fiber to customers' homes to one-tenth of their current rate.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition Review

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition is on the test bench today at Neoseeker. The crew pit the GTX 1060 against an AMD RX 480 and a GTX 970 for good measure. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is built around the Pascal GP106, a scaled-down GPU compared to the GP104 powering the beastly GTX 1080 and 1070. However, the new chip still offers all of Pascal's features at a lower price bracket. NVIDIA also opted to remove the SLI feature from the GTX 1060 in what seems to be a crippling blow to a very promising card at first glance. Today I'm taking the NVIDIA GTX 1060 Founders Edition for a spin to see how it fares against AMD's Radeon RX 480 8GB and the beefy EVGA GTX 970 SC.

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Dotcom Wants Extradition Hearing Live-Streamed

It sure is funny how Kim Dotcom acts like he's a rock star. If people sitting around waiting for him to finally be extradited to the U.S. so the actual trial can begin is considered "global interest" then I guess our standards have dropped a few notches.

Kim Dotcom is hoping to have his fight with the U.S. government pushed further into the public consciousness by having his extradition appeal streamed live on the Internet. U.S. authorities are already objecting to Dotcom's application but they could be up against stiff opposition since New Zealand is proud of its courtroom transparency.

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HTC Vive Capturing Developer Attention In Volatile VR Market

A recent survey conducted by research analyst Jessica Smith found that HTC Vive is currently the most popular platform among developers. No doubt one of the reason for this is, as Kyle has covered in our VR performance reviews, is the HTC Vive's room scale play and handheld controllers.

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Stand-alone headset platforms are most favored by developers in the early days of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). HTC Vive is the most popular platform among developers, with almost half of developers creating content for it, according to a survey of 543 developers conducted by the Virtual Reality Developers Conference in July and August 2016.

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NVIDIA Gives Credit To Developer For Using Code In Ansel

It looks as though there has been a friendly resolution to the situation where NVIDIA was accused of using a modder's assets in Ansel. The mod author spoke to the lead developer of Ansel and the situation has been rectified. Here's a post from the Marty McFly Modding Facebook page:

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Update and conclusion on the Ansel thing: I talked with some guys from Nvidia and especially the lead developer of Ansel, it's all sorted out. It was a result of some testing, basically leftover code; the next Ansel update will have some code removed and me credited, so it's all fine now. I have seen that someone posted this on reddit, probably in an attempt to start a sh*tstorm or something, don't do that. It's not a big thing really and Ansel is no commercial product so case closed then.

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New Duke Nukem Game Coming Soon?

So there is a countdown timer on the Duke Nukem website that will hit zero on September 2nd. Aside from the countdown timer there is a big fat "coming soon" and a "Happy 20th Anniversary" banner but no real indication of "what" is coming soon. Could a new game be coming? Thanks to TaintedSquirrel for the heads up!

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Intel Unveils New 3D NAND Solid State Drives

Intel introduced six new 3D NAND solid state drives (SSDs) to meet the needs of consumer, business, Internet of Things and data center applications. The new Intel® 3D NAND SSDs offer a cost-effective replacement for traditional hard disk drives to help customers accelerate user experiences, improve the performance of apps and services across segments, and also reduce IT costs.

These new SSDs reflect Intel’s 30-year commitment to memory technologies and our long-term plan to transform the economics of storage with trusted, breakthrough 3D NAND technology from Intel," Bill Leszinske, Intel Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Development for NSG said. "Intel is uniquely positioned to address multiple market segments simultaneously from consumer to business, Internet of Things and data center. This broad array of new 3D NAND SSDs expands the reach of PCIe solutions and offers a cost effective replacement for traditional Hard Disk Drives, helping customers accelerate user experiences, improve the performance of apps and services and reduce IT costs.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Released @ Blue's News

No Man’s Sky Concurrent Player Numbers Drop 90% VG24/7

Pokemon Go Losing Millions Of Players Monthly @ GameSpot

The Division Expansions Delayed @ Shacknews

Uber Loses at Least $1.2B in First Half of 2016

How does a company like Uber continue to lose money like this and stay in business? An even bigger question is how does a company that consistently posts record losses have a $70 billion valuation? I guess Uber can continue this trend as long as people keep investing billions. confused

In the first quarter of this year, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter. In the second quarter the losses significantly exceeded $750 million, including a roughly $100 million shortfall in the U.S., those people said. That means Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion.

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Batman Cosplay Breaks World Record

This guy takes his Batman cosplay serious. How serious? His costume, with its almost two dozen functional gadgets, has earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Batman fan or not, the suit is pretty damn spot on.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX11 Video Card Benchmarks

Legit Reviews has posted Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX11 benchmarks today for those of you interested. For comparison purposes, you can see our test results here.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided came out yesterday and while the PC version looks good despite being tough on graphics cards. We’ve gotten over the disappointment Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will not be getting DX12 support until September and that folks paid for day 1 DLC and are only allowed to use it once. The good news for us is that we are interested in how Deus Ex: Mankind Divided performs, so we’ll skip the general stuff and look how eight different NVIDIA and AMD desktop graphics cards perform.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Thermaltake Core P3 @ ThinkComputers

Mobo: Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming @ Hardware Secrets

MSI Z170A Tomahawk AC @ Hardware Canucks

Storage: Transcend JetDrive Go 300 @ Legit Reviews

Video: ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Strix OC @ pcGameware

Sony Finally Enables Two Factor Authentication

It's about damn time Sony enabled two factor authentication for the PlayStation Network. I would say "better late than never" but damn man, how many years did this take?

Years after a catastrophic data breach brought Sony's PlayStation Network to its knees, the company has finally implemented two-factor authentication to limit the risk of such a disaster happening again. PlayStation and PSP owners who have signed up to the network can now enable two-factor authentication on their accounts.

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WhatsApp To Start Sharing Data With Facebook

Why can't companies like WhatsApp and Facebook get it through their thick skulls that, if people wanted to share their phone number with another site, we would do so ourselves. There are reasons (that are none of their business) why we share our phone number on one site but not another. Thanks for just taking care of that for us without asking. frown

"By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them," reads an excerpt of WhatsApp's post. "For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of."

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World's First Self-Driving Taxis Debut In Singapore

Uber has been beaten to the punch by a Chinese company called nuTonomy. For now, the autonomous taxis will be operating in a limited area and the rides are free. Uber better step it up if it wants to keep up with these guys. wink

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Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer rides to the public. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.

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Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 Pluses

The crew at iFixit say there is a design defect dubbed "Touch Disease" that is breaking a bunch of iPhone 6 Pluses. Apparently the problem is a design defect that causes the two Touch IC chips inside the phone to malfunction.

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Friction Between Riot And League of Legends Team Owners

While changes like this are the nature of the beast, watching these two air their dirty laundry is rather interesting as well. Who would have thought a game patch would cause this much bickering?

From a competitive standpoint, Dinh likened it to the NBA changing the weight of the basketball just before the playoffs. But from a pro player's career standpoint, he said it was like training to become a math teacher, and then being told you suddenly have to teach science or you'll lose your job. If a team doesn't perform well in the North American League Championship Series, they get relegated to the inferior Challenger Series, with lower prize pools and fewer sponsorship opportunities.

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ADATA Launches the Ultimate SU800 SATA 6Gb/s 3D NAND SSD

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Ultimate SU800 SATA 6Gb/s 3D NAND solid state drive, part of a complete range of SSD offerings that utilize advanced 3D NAND Flash. At the forefront of SSD innovation and development, ADATA has committed to transitioning to 3D NAND across its entire SSD portfolio, from mainstream consumer offerings to hardened industrial application models designed for the harshest environments. The Ultimate SU800 is a mid-range model that makes the most of 3D NAND, or stacked Flash, representing a considerable upgrade for existing 2D NAND SSD users and a massive step up for HDD users. With its incorporation of floating gate cell NAND and a high quality SMI controller, the Ultimate SU800 arrives in diverse capacities – 128GB! to 1TB. It embodies the 3D NAND generation with higher density, improved performance, and increased reliability when compared to 2D or planar NAND Flash SSDs. ADATA plans to expand the Ultimate series of solid state drives with higher-end SU900 by September.

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Handing Over VR’s Toughest Challenge to GPUs

In the real world, our hands are our guides. We feel with them, we manipulate with them, we explore with them. We use them to eat, dress and primp ourselves, make a living, and connect with others. And yet, in the virtual world, we’re lucky if we can use them at all. A team of researchers at Purdue University hopes to change that with DeepHand, a deep learning-powered system for interpreting hand movements in virtual environments. By combining depth-sensing cameras and a convolutional neural network trained on GPUs to interpret 2.5 million hand poses and configurations, the team has taken us a large step closer to being able to use our dexterity while interacting with 3D virtual objects.

DeepHand fulfills the long-time vision of its lead researcher, Karthik Ramani, the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at Purdue. GPUs are helping the cause by speeding up the training of convolutional neural networks such as the one created for DeepHand. Ramani and his two graduate student researchers, Ayan Sinha and Chiho Choi, used NVIDIA GPUs to train their network, and Ramani said they were able to complete the process 2-3 times faster than if they’d used CPUs.

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Wednesday August 24, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance and IQ Preview

Anyone with a working pair of eyes can tell you that this game looks great. But what does it take to get those kind of visuals? How well does the game run with the graphics settings cranked up? What kind of gaming experience can you expect from today's latest GPUs? For those answers and more, make sure you read our Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance and IQ Preview

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is released, we take a look at performance and image quality. We will compare performance between GTX 1080, GTX 1070, GTX 1060, Radeon RX 480, and Radeon RX 470. We will also look at image quality and talk about our experiences with each video card and what is playable in DE:MD.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL DS @ ocaholic

ETC.: AVM FRITZ!Powerline 1240E @ NikKTech

G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse @ Play3r

SFF: Shuttle XPC Cube SZ170R8 w/ i5-6600K @ techPowerUP!

Video: PNY GTX 950 XLR8 OC Gaming @ Real Hardware Reviews

Hands-On: Dlodlo Promises Lightweight VR Glasses

I don't care how cool these VR glasses may look, it's the name that is keeping me from putting one in my face. The company might as well go all out and name the accessories stuff like "cybrator" for haptic feedback and headphones named "ear entry."

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How The Internet Is Increasingly Taking Over Human Memory

I don't know about the internet taking over human memory and all that, but I do know that people these days are lazy and, instead of using their brain, they use Google for everything. Not sure why we needed a study to find that out.

Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning. In a new article published in the journal Memory, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign have found that 'cognitive offloading', or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use.

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Cloudhead Games Visits Valve

Cloudhead Games, the developer behind the VR title Call of Starseed (our VR review here), documented their recent trip to Valve headquarters. I snagged the images below for those of you that are too lazy to click the link or can't visit imgur links from work/school.

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Pepper Grinder Hack Disables Wi-Fi At The Table

Admit it, at some point or another, all of us wanted to use something like this at our dinner table. In today's day and age, you'd probably be sued by one of your family members or friends for illegally blocking their Wi-Fi access. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Among devices used at the table were smartphones, tablets and laptops, with social media, streaming and gaming the biggest distractions. In order stop people from using tech at the dinner table Dolmio have created the Pepper Hacker — a pepper grinder that reroutes the home Wi-Fi and shuts down access to the internet on dependant technology.

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People Lie To Robots To Avoid Hurting Their Feelings

Researchers from UCL and the University of Bristol found that people will actually lie to a robot to avoid hurting its feelings. If you ask me, that's a smart move. Trust me, once robots have enslaved mankind, that robot will remember you were nice to it.

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Making an assistive robot partner expressive and communicative is likely to make it more satisfying to work with and lead to users trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes, a new UCL-led study suggests. But the research also shows that giving robots human-like traits could have a flip side - users may even lie to the robot in order to avoid hurting its feelings.

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Cool LEGO Statue Thingy of the Day

What ever happened to just snapping a few LEGOs together to make a crude house or a crappy car? Creating something like this is taking LEGO design to a whole new level.

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Bethesda Plays Fallout 4 - Nuka-World

All you Fallout 4 fans out there are going to want to watch this hour long Fallout 4: Nuka-World video tour. You'll want to skip the first two minutes of the video to bypass all the blabbing and get right into the play through. The DLC hits next week.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 1 DLC & Season Pass Details @ Blue's News

Capcom Humble Bundle Comes To PlayStation @ VG24/7

Halo 5's Forge Tools Coming To PC In September @ GameSpot

Titanfall 2 Tech Test Changes Revealed @ Shacknews


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