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Thursday August 25, 2016

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

Wildfire Ransomware Victims Can Now Unlock Files For Free

Every time you hear the term "ransomware" it is almost always bad news. That is why I love it when I get the opportunity to post news like this. The free decryption tool was developed by the people behind the No More Ransomware initiative. For those of you that need it, you can download the tool for free here.

Whoever is behind Wildfire, victims no longer need to pay a ransom in order to get their files back,with the decryptor tool now available to download for free from the No More Ransom site. The tool contains 1,600 keys for Wildfire, and No More Ransom says more will be added in the near future.

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Microsoft Details Its 24-Core 'Holographic Processor'

Microsoft's 24-core holographic processor sounds pretty impressive on paper. It will be interesting to see how well it performs under real-world usage. I don't know about you but I am extremely excited about HoloLens and augmented reality in general.

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The HoloLens’ HPU is a custom 28nm coprocessor designed by TSMC, The Register reports. The chip packs 24 Tensilica digital signal processor (DSP) cores. As opposed to more general-purpose CPU cores, DSPs are a specialized technology designed for rapidly processing data flowing in from the world—a no doubt invaluable asset while rendering augmented reality environments in real time. Microsoft’s HPU also contains roughly 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SDRAM, and 1GB of traditional DDR3 RAM. It draws less than 10W of power, and features PCIe and standard serial interfaces.

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Windows 10 Tip: Shut down OneDrive Completely

For all you Windows 10 users that aren't interested in using Microsoft's OneDrive, you can actually shut the service off altogether to prevent it from running at start up. You can find the complete rundown here.

In Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can use Group Policy to make this change. Open Local Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc) and go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive. Double-click the policy Prevent The Usage Of OneDrive For File Storage and set it to Enabled. After you restart your PC, you'll find that the OneDrive icon is no longer in the navigation pane and the sync client no longer runs.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Project Lunchbox 4 Part 2 @ LanOC

Cooling: Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 @ Guru3D

ETC.: Cooler Master Devastator II @ OCInside

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB @ NikKTech

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Video: EVGA GTX 1060 SC Gaming @ Hexus

Woman Killed By Pokémon Go Driver

Something like this was bound to happen. I'm just waiting for everyone to start screaming about a ban on Pokémon Go when we should just be banning stupid people in general.

Last night at around 7:25pm in the Japanese city Tokushima, two women were hit while crossing the street, fatally injuring one of them. The driver, 39 year-old Keiji Goh, admitted he wasn’t watching the road ahead, because he was playing Pokémon Go.

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Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

How long will it be before the entire country is under constant surveillance? While we are asking questions, how much would something like that cost taxpayers? How many crooks do they actually catch with it? Who has access to the data? How long do they keep the collected data?

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The system was built around an assembly of four to six commercially available industrial imaging cameras, synchronized and positioned at different angles, then attached to the bottom of a plane. As the plane flew, computers stabilized the images from the cameras, stitched them together and transmitted them to the ground at a rate of one per second. This produced a searchable, constantly updating photographic map that was stored on hard drives. His elevator pitch was irresistible: "Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability."

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Buy GeForce, Get $115 Paragon In-Game Value

Today NVIDIA announced that $115 of in-game essentials for Epic’s Paragon game will be bundled with select GeForce GTX-powered add-in cards and notebooks. From today until September 19 gamers who purchase a GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 980Ti, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 1080 notebook, GeForce GTX 1070 notebook, GeForce GTX 1060 notebook, GeForce GTX 980 notebook, GeForce GTX 980m notebook, GeForce GTX 970m notebook will get a code to unlock:

  • 1000 PARAGON COINS. In-game currency to spend on additional Master Challenges, skins, and boosts.

  • SEVEN HERO MASTER CHALLENGES. Those who would dare reach the highest levels of skill can tackle Master Challenges. As you increase your Hero level, you'll unlock new card packs, unique taunts, and valuable rewards. Includes Master Challenges for: Twinblast, Gideon, Greystone, Sparrow, Murdock, Grux,Muriel

  • TWO SKINS: Snakebite Murdock Skin and War Chief Grux Skin

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VR Gloves Let You Touch The Digital World

Don't lie, you are thinking the same thing I am, this is going to be great for feeling virtual boobies! What? You know I'm right. Who cares about using this to hold a virtual gun or pick stuff up, touching virtual ta-tas is where it's at. big grin

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Tech Issues Cause Most Drone Accidents

Did you know that tech issues cause most drone crashes? I didn't. I would have bet you money that pilot error would have been the biggest cause of drone crashes (with surface to air missiles and farmer's shotguns tying for second).

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World-first research has found technical problems rather than operator errors are behind the majority of drone accidents, leading to a call for further safeguards for the industry. Researchers Dr Graham Wild and Dr Glenn Baxter from RMIT University's School of Engineering, along with John Murray from Edith Cowan University, completed the first examination of more than 150 reported civil incidents around the world involving drones, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

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GTC 2017: Call for Submissions Now Open for World’s Top GPU Developer Event

Artificial intelligence and deep learning. VR and augmented reality. Autonomous vehicles and intelligent machines. At the center of these technologies is GPU computing. And the GPU Technology Conference is where the people behind these technologies and dozens more connect to shape the future. GTC 2017 provides developers and thought leaders with the opportunity to share their work with thousands of the world’s brightest minds. Past speakers have included developers from Audi, ESPN, Facebook, Google, IBM, Toyota and many more companies, along with top researchers from universities worldwide. Enter your submission now for talks, research posters and instructor-led labs at the May 8-11 event, in Silicon Valley.

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Intel to Deliver Leading Platform for Artificial Intelligence

Intel is known for pushing the edge of technology innovation, both creating and leading major advancements in the industry. We did it first with the move from mainframes to standards-based servers, and then again with the move to cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big wave of compute that will transform the way businesses operate and how people engage with the world. And while Intel is inherently well-positioned to support the machine learning revolution — after all, Intel processors power more than 97 percent of servers deployed to support machine learning workloads — we know that to truly lead the industry, we must do more. Our industry needs breakthrough compute capability — capability that is both scalable and open — to enable innovation across the broad developer community.

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Tuesday August 23, 2016

AMD Zen Performance Preview

Last week AMD held a private Zen performance preview for a handful of press outlets at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Well, today AMD has released the complete slide deck containing all the info the company shared at that meeting. So, without further ado, lets get into the slides, shall we?

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SilverStone SX700-LPT 700W SFX-L Power Supply Review

If you are building a small form factor system and you don't want to scrimp on power, make sure you check out our evaluation of the SilverStone SX700-LPT 700W SFX-L power supply. Among other things, this unit features good voltage regulation, excellent efficiency, its very quiet, and the build quality is excellent.

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SilverStone has a new take on small form factor power supplies it is calling "SFX-L." This new form factor extends the standard SFX size by 30mm allowing SilverStone to install a quieter 120mm fan than the usual higher speed and noisier 80mm and 92mm fans. How does all this work out?

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Google Cracking Down On Intrusive Ads

According to this Google blog post the search giant has plans to crack down on intrusive ads starting in January of next year. What kind of ads does Google feel are "intrusive" you might ask? Here are a few examples:

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Pages that show intrusive interstitials provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible. This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller. To improve the mobile search experience, after January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool XPredator II @ OCInside

ETC.: 668-A3 Quadcopter Drone @ ModSynergy

Moto G4 And Moto G4 Plus Handsets @ HotHardware

Open Source Hardware Comes of Age @ Hardware Secrets

Video: Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 iChiLL X3 @ Hexus

Multi-GPU Memory Management Explained @ PC Perspective


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