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Friday October 21, 2016

Report: AT&T May Be Trying To Buy Time Warner

Imagine how much money it would require to make this deal. Doesn't matter anyway, eventually one company will own everything and we'll all work for it (under the supervision of robots).

No, not Time Warner Cable — which Charter already bought, anyway. Time Warner, the company that owns HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network, all of Warner Bros., and a whole bunch of other media brands you know. Bloomberg reports that executives from AT&T and Time Warner have been meeting in "informal talks" during recent weeks to discuss various ways of working together — including a possible merger.


Must Have Halloween Gadget

If you are like me, you get stuck at the front door every year being the designated candy giver-outer. Well this year, I say "screw that!" I am going to build one of these, park it at the front door and call it good. That's the plan anyway.


DOOM Free Update 4 Is Now Available

Bethesda and id Software announced that the DOOM Free Update 4 is now out. The update includes Arcade Mode, two new multiplayer modes, and a bunch of fixes and performance tweaks. Hit the link to see what's new.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Tesla Motors’ Self-Driving Car "Supercomputer" Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 Technology

Tesla Motors has announced that all Tesla vehicles — Model S, Model X, and the upcoming Model 3 — will now be equipped with an on-board "supercomputer" that can provide full self-driving capability. The computer delivers more than 40 times the processing power of the previous system. It runs a Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar, and radar processing. This in-vehicle supercomputer is powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform.

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 is an end-to-end AI computing system that uses groundbreaking approaches in deep learning to perceive and understand the car’s surroundings. Our deep learning platform is open and lets carmakers first train their own deep neural networks on GPU supercomputers. Once loaded into the car, it processes the networks at high speed to provide the real-time, accurate response required for autonomous driving. DRIVE PX 2 is in full production.


AMD Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

AMD today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2016 of $1,307 million, operating loss of $293 million, and net loss of $406 million, or $0.50 per share. Non-GAAP1 operating income was $70 million and non-GAAP1 net income was $27 million, or $0.03 per share. "Our third quarter financial results highlight the progress we are making across our business," said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO.  "We now expect to deliver higher 2016 annual revenue based on stronger demand for AMD semi-custom solutions and Polaris GPUs. This positions us well to accelerate our growth in 2017 as we introduce new high-performance computing and graphics products."

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Intel Brings Tomorrow’s Payment Solutions to Market

At this year’s Money 20/20, a leading payments and finance tech event, Intel and its ecosystem partners will demonstrate innovative solutions to enable seamless and secure payment transactions. Their work stretches from optimizing PC shopping experiences to delivering new approaches to managing cryptocurrency.

Digitalized services and seamless payment experiences make it easier than ever to buy what you want, when you want it. But with this purchasing ease – and the benefits it offers consumers and merchants – comes new risks and threats. Intel is working with device makers and payment solution providers to integrate hardware-level security offerings to meet consumers’ growing expectations while creating best practices to reduce the risk to personal data. Mobile and PC technology is evolving to better support merchants that utilize point-of-sale (POS) systems and customers who want a smooth online shopping experience. The use of proximity mobile payments, for example, is expected to double in 2017. According to eMarketer, the value of online sales via mobile devices or computers will surpass brick-and-mortar stores by 2019.


Thursday October 20, 2016

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2

AMD has released brand new Crimson Edition 16.10.2 drivers for all you Radeon owners out there. According to AMD, these drivers offer support for Battlefield 1, Sid Meier's Civilization VI, Titanfall 2, Serious Sam VR Early Access, Eagle Flight VR and a new AMD CrossFire profile for DirectX 11 Sid Meier's Civilization VI. Here's a list of known issues as well as resolved issues:

Fixed Issues

  • Fan speed may sometimes remain elevated on select Radeon RX 400 series graphics products even when an application has been exited.

  • Eyefinity group settings may not be retained after driver upgrade when using AMD CrossFire configurations.

  • Gears of War™ 4 may experience an application hang when using select high resolution and quality configurations in some specific game maps.

  • DirectX®12 content may be unable to launch on some older CPUs that do not support popcnt instruction.

  • Battlefield 1™ AMD CrossFire profile updates for game launch.

Known Issues

  • A few game titles may fail to launch, experience performance issues or crash if the third party application "Raptr" has its game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is experienced.

  • H.264 content playback may experience playback issues on internet browsers with hardware acceleration when also running gaming applications or content.

  • The Division™ may experience checkered corruption when using character model overlays or the game menu.

  • Some users without the Radeon WattMan feature may experience a Radeon Software popup error regarding Radeon WattMan.

  • FIFA 17™ may experience an application hang or black screen on launch for some select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress mobile configurations.

  • H.264 content may experience blocky corruption when streaming using P2P content players on some Radeon RX 400 series graphics products.


Intel's Core i7-7700K @ 6.7GHz On LN2

If this Facebook post is to be believed, one of Intel's upcoming Core i7-7700K processors was able to hit 6.7GHz on liquid nitrogen. Given that these chips are reportedly running at 4.2 GHz base and 4.5 GHz boost, that's a pretty decent OC, LN2 or not.

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AMD Continues to Push Premium VR Rhetoric

The following statements were made by Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, during today's earning call concerning Polaris GPUs and VR.

"Polaris GPUs continue to gain traction based on their leadership performance in VR, and under rapidly expanding number of software titles that feature the latest generation of APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulcan."

"Our progress in the quarter was punctuated by Oculus, announcing a limited edition Oculus-ready PC powered by an AMD FX processor and Radeon RX 470 GPU that brings the cost of entry for a VR-ready system down to $500 for the first time. This is a meaningful milestone for consumers, and I am excited that AMD is enabling the ecosystem and driving broader adoption of VR by making premium experiences available at such an attractive price point."

I think she is spot on with her comments about Polaris GPUs in DirectX 12 and Vulcan titles. Our reviews have shown how strong Polaris can be in these two very narrow categories when it comes to performance. Even the RX 470 and RX 460 offer solid performance for their respective product classes as well. All three of the GPU reviews linked above have earned HardOCP Editor's Choice Awards for desktop PC gaming.

I am however still extremely confused about Su's statements about "leadership performance in VR," and "making premium experiences available" when referring to the RX 470 usage in a VR system. In no way does the Polaris GPU have any sort of "leadership performance" in terms of an actual VR gaming experience. And in no way is an RX 470 GPU going to deliver a premium VR experience. AMD's penetration into VR is in shambles at worst, and seemingly ignored by developers at best when it comes to optimizing for these Polaris GPUs. Over the past few months after reviewing GPU performance in multiple VR gaming titles, only once has a developer even mentioned AMD's LiquidVR technology approach and that was from Croteam/Revolver devs handling Serious Sam VR. A review of SSVR performance will be published by us tomorrow. I will say however that AMD's Polaris once again fails to show up in any kind of leadership or "premium" performance role.

AMD is far and away from touching on reality about its Polaris GPU performance in VR, and this delusion seems to have worked its way to the very top of AMD's hierarchy.

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Phanteks Releases The Eclipse P400 And P400S Tempered Glass Cases

Phanteks, the award-winning case manufacturer, is excited to announced the availability of the new Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass. The Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions will feature a full tempered glass side panel and will introduce two brand new Special Edition colors. The Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions will be available in Satin Black, White, and Anthracite Grey. In addition to the standard colors, the Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass will also introduce two Special Edition colors, Black/Red and Black/White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions are compact midtowers that are easy for beginning PC builders that wants to create a clean and beautiful build. The P400 Tempered Glass Edition features a full metal exterior, RGB lighting system with color control, 1x RGB LED strip, removable dust filters, front all-in-one radiator mounting location, power supply shroud, 2x 120mm fans. While the P400S Tempered Glass Edition adds in the soundproofing layers and integrated 3-speed fan controller to the list of features included in the P400 model. The budget-friendly case now has a premium feel and look. With the full tempered glass side panel, enthusiasts can now showcase their system.


NVIDIA VRWorks For Unreal Engine 4.13 Now Available For Free On GitHub

You can download NVIDIA VRWorks For Unreal Engine 4.13 on GitHub for free. As stated in the past, you'll need a free Unreal Engine Github account to access the UE4 GameWorks integrations.

NVIDIA has made it easier than ever for game developers to add leading-edge Virtual Reality technology to their Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) games by providing custom UE4 branches for NVIDIA VRWorks technologies on GitHub. VRWorks is a comprehensive suite of APIs, libraries, and engines that enable application and headset developers to create amazing virtual reality experiences. Access UE4 GameWorks Integration:

  • In order to access the UE4 GameWorks integrations, you will need a UE4 / GitHub subscription.

  • Multi-Res Shading UE4.11

  • Multi-Res Shading UE4.12

  • Full VRWorks Graphics UE4.12 (Includes Multi-Res shading, VR SLI, Single Pass Stereo and Lens Matched Shading)

  • Multi-Res Shading UE4.13

  • Full VRWorks Graphics UE4.13 (Includes Multi-Res shading, VR SLI, Single Pass Stereo and Lens Matched Shading)


AMD Confirms Zen Launch

Lisa Su of AMD just confirmed on its earnings call that AMD's new Zen processors will launch into the desktop market in Q1'17, and its Zen server products will launch in Q2'17.


Online Dating Profile of the Day

Technology has made hooking up a lot easier than it was in the old days. Also a lot easier to find an unwitting organ donor too. The sad part? The first thing I thought after I read that was "I wonder if she's hot."

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

I was just on my way back to the old west and I thought I'd drop this off right here since it was on my way. Thoughts?


Dynamic Projection Mapping Onto Deforming Non-Rigid Surfaces

You guys have to watch this video. What you are seeing is a high-speed projector that can project 8-bit images up to 1,000 fps with 3 ms delay and compensate for warped and moving surfaces. Is that cool or what?


We Found All Your Missing Mail

How many times has your mail or packages gone missing? You might want to check the ditch by your house, that's where this guy was caught dumping it.


be quiet! Shadow Rock LP CPU Cooler

If you are trying to cool the CPU in your HTPC or other small form factor rig, and your stock cooler just isn't cutting it, check out Overclockers Club review of the be quiet! Shadow Rock LP today.

The Shadow Rock LP fills a niche that most other coolers can't fill, figuratively and literally. The aim of the Shadow Rock LP is to offer a cooling solution geared towards the HTPC (Home Theater PC) or small form factor PC market where space can be very limited. So the Shadow Rock LP is designed to fit in those small spaces and still deliver the necessary cooling. Using the silence-optimized Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan, you can be sure that the cooling will be handled in the quietest terms possible.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Mad Max for OS X and Linux @ Blue's News

PlayStation Tournaments Coming To PS4 @ Shacknews

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer @ GameSpot

The Division 1.4 Patch Dated Oct 25th @ VG24/7

Gigabyte GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming 8 GB

Another review of Gigabyte's GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming 8GB has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew from techPowerUP doing the reviewing. So what did they think of this card? Here's a quote from the full review:

The Gigabyte GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming is one of the highest clocked GTX 1070 variants available at this time, running at a base clock of 1671 MHz out of the box, memory is overclocked too. As a result the card is the fastest GTX 1070 we tested so far, gaining 7% in performance against the reference design. This brings it closer to GTX 1080, which is still 12% ahead though. Besides that, there really is no noteworthy competition against the GTX 1070, the AMD R9 Fury X is far behind, over 20%.


NVIDIA Giving Away $50,000 Worth of Obduction Codes

NVIDIA is giving away more free game codes to GeForce Experience users. This time around the company is giving away $50K worth of Obduction game codes. As always, all you have to do is download the new GeForce Experience 3.0 and log-in to be eligible.

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Obduction is a labor of love that started as a Kickstater campaign from Cyan Worlds, creators of the legendary Myst franchise. The adventure game is hailed as a spiritual successor to Cyan's previous hits, Myst and Riven. In it the player finds their character transported to strange alien worlds but with human elements within the settings and must explore and solve puzzles to figure out how to return home.


NVIDIA Technology Powers New Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards. Nintendo SwitchThe Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.

Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering. We’ve optimized the full suite of hardware and software for gaming and mobile use cases. This includes custom operating system integration with the GPU to increase both performance and efficiency. NVIDIA gaming technology is integrated into all aspects of the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system, which promises to deliver a great experience to gamers.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Lian Li PC-Q37 Mini-ITX @ eTeknix

Cooling: XSPC RayStorm Pro @ FunkyKit

ETC.: SteelSeries Rival 500 Mouse @ ThinkComputers

Tt eSPORTS Ventus R Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobo: ASRock X99 Professional Gaming i7 @ OCInside

Power Supply: Enermax Platimax D.F. 500W @ Hardware Overclock

Full Self-Driving Hardware On All Teslas

Tesla showed off the full self-driving capabilities of its cars in this video. Other than turning in the wrong lane (2:27) and not being able to negotiate lane boundaries (3:05), the car did a pretty good job driving itself around.


Nintendo's Next Console Is Called Switch

So Nintendo just took the wraps off its next-gen console called Switch. Aside from this video, there isn't much information and no pricing was given either. Well, what do you think?


Apple: 90% Of "Apple" Power Accessories Sold On Amazon Are Fake

The best way to tell if an Apple power accessory on Amazon is fake? It usually costs about fifty times less than what Apple charges for their stuff. Asking $35 for a charging cable is a bit ridiculous.

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According to the lawsuit [PDF], Mobile Star illegally used Apple’s trademark to sell the products, which were not safety tested and posed risks to consumers. "Counterfeit power products, such as those supplied by Mobile Star, pose an immediate threat to consumer safety because, unlike genuine Apple products, they are not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and are poorly constructed," the suit states, noting that the fake products have the potential to overheat, catch fire, and deliver a deadly electric shock to customers.


Elon Musk Blasts Critical Coverage of Self-Driving Cars: 'You're Killing People'

I give Elon Musk a lot of credit for being a very, very smart guy, but to say negative press about self-driving cars "is killing people" is a bit of a stretch no matter how you look at it.

During a conference call announcing that all Tesla vehicles will now have self-driving hardware, Elon Musk slammed the media on Wednesday for its close coverage of autonomous vehicle accidents, blaming journalists for any deaths involving conventional cars that may occur as a result. "Writing an article that’s negative, you’re effectively dissuading people from using autonomous vehicles, you’re killing people," said Musk.


Another Wolfenstein Sequel Hint

Blue's News is all over the recent news that a Wolfenstein sequel might be in the works. While some might dismiss this as rumor mill fodder, it's the source of the information that really gives this rumor credibility.

Along the way he offers strong hints that he is portraying B.J. Blazkowicz once again in another upcoming Wolfenstein game. He refers back to a quick tease from E3, and says: "I’ll be safe with this answer. If you look at Bethesda’s E3 2016 lineup there was a title hinted at in a cool way. It sparked a bit of wildfire. That subtle, very simple DOS language, going through the titles. Perhaps we’re working on that as we speak."


Microsoft Launches Brazil Transparency Center

Microsoft launched in Brasília (DF) its first Transparency Center in Latin America. The facility promotes trusted and safe computing, a critical point for digital transformation, and serves the specific security needs of public sector. There are Microsoft Transparency Centers covering four regions in the world. The first was launched in 2014 in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, for North America. The next year, in Europe, the Transparency Center opened in Brussels, Belgium, and in the beginning of October a combined Transparency and Cyber Security Center was launched in Singapore, to support the Asia and Pacific region. Now, in Brazil, the new Transparency Center will serve governments of several countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. A Transparency Center in Beijing, China, was also announced in September.


Intel Celebrates Women in Technology at Grace Hopper Conference

Just as imagining the future and solving problems require diversity of thought and authentic perspectives, we at Intel believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for innovation and growth. An absence of perspectives limits our ability to understand and design for our own customers, and undermines our continued relevance and growth as an industry. Reversing the gender imbalance in the technology industry is a crucial component of Intel’s Diversity in Technology initiative, announced in January 2015. In February 2016, Intel announced 100 percent gender pay parity in its workforce which was maintained as of the 2016 mid-year report. The mid-year 2016 report, released in August, also revealed that an increase of female representation to 25.4 percent in the U.S. workforce (one of the highest figures in recent years), increase of technical female representation to 21.2 percent, and that women represented 42.9 percent of new leadership (VP-level and above) hires in first half 2016. In August, Intel signed the Equal Pay Pledge to commit to take action to advance equal pay.


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