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Friday September 30, 2016

Cord-Cutting Could Cost Pay TV Industry $1 Billion in a Year

If cord cutting is costing the cable industry this much money, why aren't they doing anything about it? You would think that cable companies would be scrambling to make people want to keep cable versus cord-cutting.

Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord during the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg42. The results, which are based on an online survey of 1,119 U.S. customers, estimates that pay-TV providers could lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually. That’s because the average cord-cutter saves $104 a month—about 56% of their bill—from dropping cable TV.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: EKWB EK-XLC Predator 280 @ techPowerUP!

Phononic HEX 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU Cooler @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: FIIL Wireless Headset @ MadShrimps

Memory: ADATA XPG Dazzle 2800MHz DDR4 @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Crucial MX300 2TB 2.5" SSD @ eTeknix

Gearbox Slams "Reckless Story" About Battleborn Going F2P

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford denied what he called a "reckless" story about Battleborn going free-to-play. The original story cited anonymous sources that claimed to be "familiar with the plans" for the game. Pitchford went on to say that there will be a free trial of the game in the future but that it was months away.

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iPhone 7 Plus Can Explode Too

I have no idea how this happened but, from the looks of the pictures, the iPhone 7 Plus exploded inside the packaging. Imagine if that would have been in your pocket where you normally carry your phone. Yikes!

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Man Who Leaked The Revenant Online Fined $1.1M

You know what would be fun? Losing your job, paying $1.12 million in restitution, home detention for eight months and two years of probation just so you can be "cool" and upload a movie to the internet. roll eyes (sarcastic)

A man who leaked The Revenant online in advance of its theatrical release has been fined $1.1m. Former studio employee William Kyle Morarity stole copies of the movies while working on a studio lot and uploaded them to private tracker Pass The Popcorn. He also faces eight months’ home detention and 24 months’ probation.


Melinda Gates Has A New Mission: Women in Tech

Instead of just sitting around bitching and moaning about there not being enough women in tech, Melinda Gates is actually doing something about it. It's kinda nice to see someone putting their money where their mouth is and doing something besides complaining.

It’s personal. Gates got her start in tech. After graduating from Duke with a computer science degree (and an MBA), she spent a decade working at Microsoft. That was back in 1987, when just over a third of undergraduate computer science degrees went to women. Nearly 30 years later, fewer than one in five CS degrees are earned by women. That, according to Gates, constitutes a crisis. "This has got to change," she told me when we met to discuss her efforts last week.


Volvo Planning To Sell A Fully Self-Driving Car In 5 Years

Volvo has announced that it will have a fully self-driving car on the market in just 5 years. Raise your hand if, like me, you are predicting a wave of lawsuits soon after the car goes on sale.

The feature will allow occupants to completely disengage from driving but there will still be a steering wheel for when the owner feels like using it, according to Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson, speaking to reporters at the Global Mobility Leadership Forum near Detroit on Thursday. "To make a car even more premium, one of the most interesting things is a full autopilot," he said. "Not a supervised version, but really the one that you can sit back and watch a movie or whatever. That will make the premium car even more premium."


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GPU-Accelerated Cloud Computing Gets A Boost With New Amazon AWS Instances

GPU-accelerated computing has fueled recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, scientific discovery and high performance computing. It now has a cloud computing pipeline to match. We’ve worked with Amazon Web Services to create their newest and most powerful GPU-accelerated cloud offering: the AWS EC2 P2 instance. Researchers and data scientists can use the instance, which is powered by up to eight NVIDIA Tesla K80 data center GPUs, to accelerate a wide range of compute-intensive applications.


Microsoft Expands AI Efforts With Creation Of New Microsoft AI And Research Group

Microsoft Corp. announced on Thursday it has formed the Microsoft AI and Research Group, bringing together Microsoft’s world-class research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company’s AI product efforts. The new group will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, a 20-year Microsoft veteran whose career has spanned leadership roles across Microsoft Research and Bing engineering.

Microsoft is dedicated to democratizing AI for every person and organization, making it more accessible and valuable to everyone and ultimately enabling new ways to solve some of society’s toughest challenges. Today’s announcement builds on the company’s deep focus on AI and will accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to customers across agents, apps, services and infrastructure.


Thursday September 29, 2016

Enermax ETS-T50 Axe CPU Air Cooler Review

Those of you out there that are currently in the market for a new CPU cooler will definitely want to read our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-T50 Axe before you head out shopping.

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Enermax keeps up its onslaught of CPU air cooler designs today with a tower cooler that uses five direct touch heatpipes to move all those BTUs. It has LED lighted fans along with a stealthy black exterior. Interestingly, Enermax has included a ducting system on the back in order to hopefully help better exhaust all that hot air from your CPU.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Zalman Z11 NEO @ Overclockers Club

Cooling: Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 @ OCInside

ETC.: ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard @ Vortez

Memory: ADATA XPG Dazzle DDR4-2400 @ FunkyKit

Video: ASUS RX 460 STRIX OC 4GB @ Play3r

AMD RX 480 CrossFire Performance @ TechARP

California Tightens Background Checks On Uber, Lyft Drivers

Hmmm, I didn't know background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers in California didn't go back more than seven years. Well, thanks to the recent rash of assaults on passengers by drivers, the law has been changed to allow background checks that go all the way back to the day you were born. eek!

Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies will now be required to give their drivers stricter background checks in California. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday forbidding ride-hailing companies from hiring drivers with any violent felony convictions; previously background checks went back just seven years.


Tesla On Autopilot Crashes Into Bus

I'm not saying this guy is lying his ass off but his story sounds pretty damn fishy. The man says his Tesla was "returning to the inside lane after overtaking" another vehicle when it rear ended the bus. I knew Tesla had Insane and Ludicrous modes but I didn't know it had an Aggressive Asshat mode as well.

"The car driver said he had used the car's Autopilot. It now has to be investigated why this did not work," police said in a statement, adding that the Tesla driver was slightly injured and none of the 29 bus passengers was hurt. The police statement said the 50-year-old Tesla driver from Brandenburg drove into the back of the Danish tour bus as it was returning to the inside lane after overtaking.


J.J. Abrams: Portal Movie Announcement Coming 'Fairly Soon'

It's been a few years since these rumors started so I'm not getting too excited just yet. Besides, J.J. Abrams never said it would be a positive announcement, he just said he would be talking to Gabe Newell and that an announcement was coming "fairly soon." wink

"We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon," Abrams told IGN. "We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom...once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things."


Amazing Computer Deal of the Day!

Look what I stumbled upon in our For Sale & Trade forum! This thing is a beauty! Luckily for you, everything you see in the pictures below is for sale. Serious buyers only! big grin

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VR App Will Let You Draw in Mid-Air

Gravity Sketch is a mixed reality 3D creation tool that allows you to draw in 3D and then export your drawing to a 3D printer or a program like SolidWorks. Here's the video from the company's Kickstarter page:


How Organizations Enshrine Collective Stupidity

If you only read one article today, make it this one. Each and every one of you know exactly what this guy is talking about because either you've been there or you are currently in that situation. Seriously, this article is well worth the time to read.

Smart young things joining the workforce soon discover that, although they have been selected for their intelligence, they are not expected to use it. They will be assigned routine tasks that they will consider stupid. If they happen to make the mistake of actually using their intelligence, they will be met with pained groans from colleagues and polite warnings from their bosses. After a few years of experience, they will find that the people who get ahead are the stellar practitioners of corporate mindlessness.


Steam Controller On Sale For $35 Again

Those of you that missed out on this deal earlier this summer will be happy to know the Steam Controller is on sale again for the budget price of $34.99 with free 2 day Prime shipping. Get in on the deal before it is gone again.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny: Rise of Iron Hotfix Now Out @ VG24/7

Driveclub VR Launching With PSVR @ Shacknews

Hearthstone Balance Change Plans @ Blue's News

Titanfall 2 New Cinematic Trailer @ GameSpot

PlayStation Will Lead Premium VR Market

Let's hope this doesn't come true. Those of you that have been following our GPU VR performance reviews know that doing VR right takes a good deal of GPU horsepower. This means that, in order for Sony’s PlayStation VR to become the "standard" VR titles are developed for, we'll once again be stuck with games that are tailored for console specs and then ported to the PC. frown

Flavio Parenti (pictured right), CEO of Loading Human makers Untold Games, goes as far as to say that if it’s successful, PSVR could become the standard VR titles are developed for. "We expect PlayStation VR to be a market leader," he said. "We don’t know how big the market is or how big PSVR will be, but the sweet deal that Sony is giving to the players is amazing. For just half the price of the others you get everything. Developers will aim for PSVR standards, and then adapt games to PC if PSVR is the market leader."


FCC Delays Vote On Set-Top Box Proposal

It looks as though the Federal Communications Commission has delayed the vote on its set-top box proposal. The vote was supposed to take place today but will now have to be rescheduled for a later time. There is no word at this time when that might happen.

The potential rule on which the FCC was scheduled to vote this morning proposed to require pay-TV companies to create free, full-function apps that consumers would be able to use in place of traditional set-top boxes. Not only would that free up consumer choice, the logic goes, but also it could save consumers up to $20 billion annually in those mandatory monthly mental fees subscribers pay.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: AZZA Taurus 5000 @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Alphacool Eisbaer Solo Pump @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: AZIO MGK L80 @ Hardware Asylum

Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard @ BmR

Motherboards: ASRock X99 Taichi @ OCInside

Storage: LaCie Porsche Design 2TB @ NikKTech

iPhone 7 Plus 2,717 Foot Drop Test

What kind of idiot drops an iPhone 7 Plus off the world's tallest building? Who cares about whether the phone survived the fall or not, what if that damn thing landed on a car, or worse, hit a person? frown


Musk To Employees: No More Discounts On New Cars

No more discounts on new Teslas? Well that sucks. Since Musk said you can get a discount on cars that have been used for testing, just go in and test drive a Model X P90D and then ask for a discount because it has been test driven. big grin

Musk said there could be discounts to floor models, vehicles that had been used for testing or were damaged in delivery. "However, there can never - and I mean never - be a discount on a new car coming out of the factory in pristine condition, where there is no underlying rationale," he said. Musk was responding to a research note by an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities that criticized Tesla for offering discounts to boost third-quarter sales.


Yext Integrates Uber API To Help Businesses Drive Customer Engagement

Does this announcement from Uber and Yext sound appealing to any of you? The dynamic duo wants to deliver "branded content" and advertisements to your phone while you are on your way to your destination.

"Uber and Yext share the same mission — to help people go places," said Marc Ferrentino, Yext EVP Strategy & Product. "That's why we integrated with Uber to create a new, immersive experience where stores, restaurants, and other businesses can bring consumers directly to their doors and increase customer engagement through Trip Branding. We're closing the loop so that businesses can provide a great experience all the way from search results to checkout — which includes actually getting to the location."


Formula One Driving Is Surprisingly High Tech

Holy crap, watch how many buttons this race car driver presses during this lap. Wow! I had no idea that Formula One racing was this high tech. eek!


Doom's Soundtrack Now For Sale

According to the game's composer, the DOOM soundtrack is now available for $10 on Google Play and iTunes. All you try-before-you-buy types out there can hit up YouTube to hear what you are missing. I've embedded one of the videos below. You're welcome. wink


Battleborn Livestream And Reddit AMA

Gearbox Software has announced that it will be hosting a livestream on its Twitch channel that outlines the upcoming changes to Battleborn. There will also be a Reddit AMA on Friday. Do any of you even play Battleborn?

This Thursday (September 29th), we’ll be holding our next livestream on the Gearbox Software Twitch channel! A panel of Gearbox developers including Battleborn Creative Director Randy Varnell, Designer Grant Kao, and Community Manager Joe King will dig into the details of the update as well as announce its release date! Make sure to head over to the Gearbox Twitch channel and follow it so you can get notifications whenever we go live! In addition to the stream, the guys will also be participating in a Reddit AMA on Friday (September 30th) on the Battleborn subreddit at 12pm PT (3pm ET)! If you had a question that didn’t get answered during the stream, swing by and add it to the thread.


Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI Supercomputer for the Future of Autonomous Transportation

At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang today unveiled Xavier, our all-new AI supercomputer, designed for use in self-driving cars. "This is the greatest SoC endeavor I have ever known, and we have been building chips for a very long time," Huang said to the conference’s 1,600 attendees. Xavier is a complete system-on-chip (SoC), integrating a new GPU architecture called Volta, a custom 8 core CPU architecture, and a new computer vision accelerator. The processor will deliver 20 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of performance, while consuming only 20 watts of power. As the brain of a self-driving car, Xavier is designed to be compliant with critical automotive standards, such as the ISO 26262 functional safety specification.

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Packed with 7 billion transistors, and manufactured using cutting-edge 16nm FinFET process technology, a single Xavier AI processor will be able to replace today’s DRIVE PX 2 configured with dual mobile SoCs and dual discrete GPUs — at a fraction of the power consumption. Because autonomous driving is an incredibly compute-intense process, the need for an efficient AI processor is paramount. Xavier will bring self-driving car technology to automakers, tier 1 suppliers, startups and R&D organizations that are building autonomous vehicles, whether cars, trucks, shuttles or taxis.


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