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Tuesday November 13, 2018

Activsion-Blizzard Stock is Tumbling

These last two months have been pretty hard on the stock market in general, but Activision-Blizzard seems to be faring worse than everyone else. Their stock price has plummeted from a high of about $83.3 in October to about $53 right now. For a company as large as Activision-Blizzard, that's bad. The Know drills down on why the stock is tanking in the video below:

BlizzCon's Diablo Immortal announcement dropped Activision's stock by 6.74%, but after a recent investor call their stock took yet another big hit. Hosted By: Brian Gaar and Jenn VanGemert Edited By: Aaron Porter

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Intel Opens Development Center in India

The Telangana government announced that Intel is opening a technology development center in Hyderabad, India. The new research center will host 1500 employees in its initial stages, with "potential to grow significantly." Raja Koduri, a former leader of AMD's graphic's division who just recently joined Intel, commented on the new center, saying Intel's "Bangalore leadership is only one hop away," and that they "can help grow it to cover our Graphics and throughput computing hardware and software ambitions." Intel is reportedly working on discrete graphics cards of their own, and its possible that some of the chip's development could take place in India now.

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ill be a major development centre...ideal as our Bangalore leadership is only one hop away and can help grow it to cover our Graphics and throughput computing hardware and software ambitions

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Fallout 76 is Online Now

Fallout 76 was supposed to launch tomorrow, as Bethesda's own website says it will be available on November 14. The PlayStation site has a "countdown to launch" timer, and right now it says the game is launching in 11 hours. But once again, Fallout 76 is apparently up a little earlier than planned, as players are streaming the game on Twitch, and Eurogamer verified that it's up on the PS4. Fallout's launch date could be based on Asian time zones, or maybe they made a bet with DICE. Regardless, it appears that you can jump into Fallout 76 right now. Bethesda posted a launch letter on their website yesterday, where they reflect on the game's development and outline plans to support the game in the future.

A huge thanks to everyone at Bethesda and ZeniMax who supported us in making this game. Creating a new style of game has taken the best from not just our own producers, programmers, artists and designers - but great efforts from across the company. Special thanks to our friends at ZeniMax Online, id and Arkane who helped us. And thanks to everyone in publishing, IT, Bethesda.Net, Customer Service, Admin and our incredible partners in QA. And a special thank you to all our fans who participated in the B.E.T.A. With your help we've made the game better each week. And this is just the beginning. We have an incredible list of updates we've begun work on – from C.A.M.P. building improvements, new quests and events, new Vaults opening, character respecing, a faction-based PvP system, and much more.

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Waymo to Launch the World's First Autonomous Car Service in December

According to Bloomberg, anonymous sources say that Waymo is going to launch the world's first commercial driverless car service in early December 2018. The name of the service is a closely guarded secret at this time and will serve the Phoenix, Arizona area where Waymo has been testing autonomous vehicles. Some vehicles will have backup drivers initially to keep customers at ease, but the vehicles will be operated autonomously 99.9% of the time. Current volunteers in the testing program will receive cars without a backup driver to test new features. Waymo has recently been granted approval to begin testing autonomous cars in California's Silicon Valley.

Waymo is just beginning to experiment with pricing models. For now, the program is more about learning how to safely scale driverless cars than making money. At launch, Waymo will offer straightforward fares that are competitive with Uber and Lyft. Pricing may become more nuanced as Waymo collects more data from the commercial program. Once the backup safety drivers are taken out of the equation and Waymo figures out how to charge for in-ride entertainment and advertising, analysts expect base fares to drop.

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WinStar Sponsors eSports Club

Marking "the first time that a U.S. esports organization has designated a casino as its official sponsor," VentureBeat reports that WinStar World Casino and Resort is sponsoring the esports club Complexity Gaming. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones currently owns Complexity Gaming, and the CEO of the company pointed out that esports are starting to go mainstream. WinStar seems to agree, as they say esports are "one of the fastest growing genres of mainstream entertainment." Nike signed a deal with an esports athlete just last month, and VentureBeat thinks all this is a sign that gaming, gambling, and sports are rapidly converging.

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While ages 18 to 34 comprise the largest demographic, esports viewership is beginning to skew older, with nearly one in three esports viewers being between the ages of 35 to 54, according to market researcher Interpret. Additionally, online streaming platforms, like Twitch and YouTube have a larger audience base - for gaming alone - than HBO, Netflix, and ESPN have combined, according to a report by Goldman Sachs.

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PUBG is Coming to the PS4

On the Playstation blog, Sony announced that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is coming to the Playstation 4 on December 7. Preorders of the Playstation 4 versions of the game come with a Nathan Drake Skin and Ellie's Backpack from The Last of Us, and prices seem to be the same as other platforms. However, the official announcement didn't mention anything about cross platform play. Epic Games recently strong-armed Sony into backing down from their strict no-crossplay policy, and seeing how Fortnite is easily PubG's biggest competitor, it'll be interesting to see if the devs eventually squeeze it in. Check out the promotional launch video below:

One of most memorable moments while developing PS4 PUBG was the first time we had 100 people join a test match. Before the test, the dev team's mission was to deliver the finished product this year - it was a big challenge and it felt almost impossible. But as soon as we had 100 people drop in for the test, our confidence started to build and and we pushed ourselves harder to make everything happen. We are proud of the game we have created and can't wait to get it into your hands!"

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Reviewers Don't Trust Facebook's Portal

Reviewers have had their hands on Facebook's Portal for some time, and the verdict is pretty much the same everywhere: Portal is one of the best video calling devices ever made. The Wall Street Journal calls it the "most immersive video-chatting experiences I've ever had," while CNET praises the camera's tracking ability, screen quality, and camera quality, saying it feels like you're in the same room as the other person. However, almost every review I came across had one major caveat: they simply don't trust the device. The same Wall Street Journal reviewer who praised the Facebook device refused to even bring a Portal into her home. A New York Times reviewer was frustrated by how easy the device was to setup, and how amazing it was, as he couldn't shake the feeling that it was "some kind of digital Eye of Sauron." In spite of their substantial efforts, Facebook seems to have broken the trust of the press, and its possible that feeling could filter down to consumers this holiday season.

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That was my biggest problem - and likely Facebook's most difficult hurdle to overcome when selling the Portal. It was the idea that I was putting an always-on camera in my home, connected to Facebook, 24 hours a day. There was no shaking the feeling that I was being watched.

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Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition Review

As usual, we try to take a bit of a different tack when reviewing CPUs. In our Intel Core i9-9980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper review we do what you might think, and compare the newest Intel HEDT processor against every HEDT processor that AMD currently produces. Where does the 9980XE sit in the stack?

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Amazon Announces New Headquarters in Virginia and New York

On its website, Amazon officially announced the locations of its new headquarters. As previous rumors suggested, Amazon is splitting its new operations between locations in Arlington, just outside of Washington DC, and in Long Island City, at the western tip of Queens, New York City. Amazon claims that both headquarters will host about 25,000 high paying jobs, and Amazon will start hiring in 2019 if you're interested. Amazon is also building a new "Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville, Tennessee. Apparently, Amazon's new headquarters has already sparked a real estate boom in Long Island City, and Arlington and Tennessee will undoubtedly benefit from the new developments too.

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As part of Amazon's new headquarters, New York and Long Island City will benefit from more than 25,000 full-time high-paying jobs; approximately $2.5 billion in Amazon investment; 4 million square feet of energy-efficient office space with an opportunity to expand to 8 million square feet; and an estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon's investment and job creation.

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Students Revolt Against Facebook Sponsored "Summit Learning" Curriculum

Students at Brooklyn's Secondary School for Journalism staged a walkout in protest of the adoption of Facebook sponsored educational tools. Summit Learning is a web-based curriculum designed by Facebook engineers and is financially backed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. Students complained that they felt as if they were learning on their own as the teachers assigned to the program didn't know the answers to their questions.

Students only have access to their teachers during weekly 10 to 15 minute, one-on-one mentoring sessions and spend most of their day studying on laptops. Ninth and tenth grade teachers are being trained using Summit Learning and it has been adopted by other schools in the state. Parents have concerns about data privacy after the recent Facebook data breaches.

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But senior Kelly Hernandez, 17, who organized the walkout, said her Environmental Science teacher wasn't trained, leaving kids adrift. "It was bad enough that we were lost, the teachers were lost," Kelly said. "We have done absolutely nothing in that class." David Bloomfield, a Brooklyn College and CUNY Grad Center education professor, said the online system "fits the Facebook business model," but came into city schools with little input or review. "It's educational experimentation on our kids," he said.

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Bethesda Launcher Won't Uninstall Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.

Yesterday, various news outlets reported that players are running into issues trying to uninstall the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. VG247 says that the launcher would ask for login info when trying to uninstall the game. Upon entering the login info, players would receive a message saying "You do not have access to this game," with no option to uninstall the game afterwards. The game goes live tomorrow, but's its unclear if that will fix the launcher issues.

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The general consensus is between players is that due to the servers not being live, people are unable to log on to delete the content, so once all the servers are up for the launch you should be able to do so... For fans who are planning on playing Fallout 76 at launch, the beta file will be updated with the full game. If you have managed to uninstall it, then it'll be a much larger download file. Any progress you made in the beta will be automatically carried over to the full version at launch, so you won't need to create a new character unless you want to.

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Mobile SoC Manufacturers are Putting ARM Chips in Notebooks

Qualcomm already uses the Snapdragon 850 in some Windows PCs, and rumors indicate that they're cooking up a larger chip designed specifically for larger devices. But, according to "industry sources" in contact with Digitimes, they aren't the only mobile SOC manufacturer trying to push into the PC market. Apple, Samsung, HiSilicon, and Unisoc may be working on "a spate of 7nm chips for slim notebooks set to be unveiled in 2019." The source said that the major barrier to entry is Windows software support, and once they work that out with Microsoft, "it will be highly feasible for new-generation slim notebooks to adopt mobile chip platforms instead of CPUs in the future." Samsung already pushed out some Exynos-based Chromebooks, and analysts have been predicting Apple's entry into the market for years. But a 2019 release would mean that notebook chip development is already well underway.

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Along with growing AI applications, global new-generation smartphone SoCs have integrated the functions of CPU, GPU and NPU. This, coupled with the support of advanced 7nm process that will become mainstream node for mobile SoCs in 2019, will create a larger leeway for business expansion by global mobile chip suppliers, the sources indicated. Accordingly, the sources commented that leading chipmakers are aggressively strengthening AI function and power-saving performance for their 7nm mobile chipsets, and such chip solutions will become a new choice beyond Intel and AMD processors for notebook makers.

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Apple Confirms That the T2 Chip Blocks User Repairs

Last month, we reported that Apple's "T2" chip would block repairs of Apple products, citing documents obtained by Motherboard. But iFixit got their hands on a Macbook Pro around that same time, and found that they could switch displays and logic boards without the T2 chip locking them out. However, users recently discovered that Linux won't boot on T2 enabled devices, and yesterday, Apple told The Verge that the T2 chip does block 3rd party repairs. So what gives? While Apple told The Verge that a logic board swap should require Apple authorization, they also said "Apple could not provide a list of repairs that required this or what devices were affected. It also couldn't say whether it began this protocol with the iMac Pro's introduction last year or if it's a new policy instituted recently." In the words of iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, the T2 chip is "'a guillotine that [Apple is] holding over product owners," and is something that they could activate at any time via a software update.

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Apple confirmed to The Verge that the display assembly should not require the diagnostic tool, but it is unclear why iFixit was able to swap logic boards and still boot the machines. One possible explanation is that iFixit used components already validated by Apple, and the diagnostic tool may only be required for brand-new, unused components. iFixit speculates that the software could be a mechanism for checking that third-party repair shops are using the correct components and not overcharging customers and using cheaper parts to make money on the side. It could also be for calibration purposes. But O'Comb says that Apple may want to have more end-to-end control over how Mac computers are repaired, what parts are used, and how much those repairs cost the customer.

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Monday November 12, 2018

China Unicom Hijacks the Internet...Again

Users attempting to access Google, Snapchat, Spotify, Nest, Google Cloud, and a myriad of other Alphabet hosted or related websites were met with unresponsive or slow connections. These intermittent availability issues were due to web traffic being rerouted through Russia, Nigeria, and China after a successful Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Hijacking attack.

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In very basic terms, BGP Hijacking occurs when an Autonomous System (the physical infrastructure used by an ISP) advertises to the traffic conductors of the internet highway that their own infrastructure will be a better pathway for packets to travel than everyone else's. In most cases this is an accidental configuration error that lasts seconds. In today's case it went on for over an hour.

You may be wondering what a nation state or government-controlled telecom could do with over an hour of redirected web traffic. Well wonder no more. Traffic sniffing, data manipulation, data exfiltration, disabling web based platforms and APIs are all possible. Keep in mind that we aren't setting any precedence here. In late October we referred to a report entitled "China is Hijacking the US Internet Backbone" which can be found here.

Google had this to say:

The issue with Google Cloud IP addresses being erroneously advertised by internet service providers other than Google has been resolved for all affected users as of 14:35 US/Pacific. Throughout the duration of this issue Google services were operating as expected and we believe the root cause of the issue was external to Google. We will conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to our systems to help prevent or minimize future recurrence.

Ironically, this is all possible because the internet was built with the understanding that the entities that conduct traffic on its super highways are trustworthy. If only it knew... Thanks to Joe Wood for the reporting!

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Adds New HPC Clusters

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has added a new high performance computing (HPC) cluster called Corona in partnership with Penguin Computing that features AMD and Mellanox Technologies. The unfinished HPC cluster will allow researchers and industry partners to explore data science, machine learning and big data analytics. The system will feature AMD EPYC processors, AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs, and a Mellanox HDR 200 Gigabit InfiniBand network. The HPC will be used by the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) and Computing (ASC) program. It will be dedicated to partnerships with American industry. "The cluster consists of 170 two-socket nodes incorporating 24-core AMD EPYC 7401 processors and a PCIe 1.6 Terabyte (TB) nonvolatile (solid-state) memory device. Each Corona compute node is GPU-ready with half of those nodes utilizing four AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 GPUs per node, delivering 4.2 petaFLOPS of FP32 peak performance. The remaining compute nodes may be upgraded with future GPUs."

In other HPC news, the Sierra HPC supercomputer has taken the 2nd slot on the list of fastest supercomputers. It is also housed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is an IBM/NVIDIA system for the NNSA that "reached 94.6 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point operations per second) on the High Performance Linpack (HPL), a benchmark test that TOP500 uses to determine a system's speed. The score, up from 71.6 in June, pushed Sierra past China's Sunway TaihuLight, a system developed by China's National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC)." This means that 5 Department of Energy supercomputers are in the top 10 of the TOP500 list. Sierra uses IBM POWER9 processors featuring CPU-to-GPU connection via NVIDIA NVLink interconnect for maximum memory bandwidth to feed the 17,000 Tesla Tensor Core V100 GPUs.

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"AMD welcomes the delivery of the Corona system to the HPCIC and the selection of high-performance AMD EPYC processors and AMD Radeon Instinct accelerators for the cluster," said Mark Papermaster, AMD's senior vice president and chief technology officer. "The collaboration between AMD, Penguin, Mellanox and Lawrence Livermore National Labs has built a world-class HPC system that will enable researchers to push the boundaries of science and innovation."

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Stan Lee Has Passed Away at the Age of 95

Stan Lee has died. He was was known as the creator / co-creator of Marvel franchises such as the Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man , the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and more. The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel for $4 billion in 2009 and many of today's hottest movies are based off that IP.

Like any Marvel employee, Lee had no rights to the characters he helped create and received no royalties. In the 1970s, Lee importantly helped push the boundaries on censorship in comics, delving into serious and topical subject matter in a medium that had become mindless, kid-friendly entertainment.

"I used to think what I did was not very important," he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. "People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed."

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PC Version of Sunset Overdrive Is Listed on Amazon

Amazon is accepting pre-orders for the PC version of Sunset Overdrive for $19.99. The release date listed on the Amazon product page is November 16, 2018. The game has a Mature 17+ rating according to the ESRB.

Don't miss the single-player campaign from the game that IGN awarded best Xbox One game of 2014, the game that polygon rated 9 out of 10, and the game that eurogamer calls "a Breath of fresh air." In sunset Overdrive, the year is 2027 and sunset city is under siege. A contaminated energy drink has transformed most of the population into toxic mutants. For many it's the end of the world, but for you it's a dream come true.

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MIT Researchers Make Spintronics Breakthrough

As silicon microchip manufacturing becomes more difficult, and more expensive, manufacturers are increasingly looking for alternative methods the chip industry needs to sustain its growth. One promising area is the field of spintronics, which exploits an electron's spin in addition to its charge. Theoretically, spintronics devices don't need power to retain their magnetic properties, and switching states should generate less heat. But past efforts to produce spintronics devices using ions ran into a practicality problem: the devices degraded after just a few repetitions. Researchers at MIT and at Brookhaven National Laboratory claim to have made a breathrough on this front. They discovered that hydrogen ions are small enough to "enter and exit from the crystalline structure of the spintronic device, changing its magnetic orientation each time, without damaging the material." The researchers say lab-based prototypes are less than a few years off, while something as complex as a working memory cell might take longer.

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The discovery came about, in part, through serendipity. While experimenting with layered magnetic materials in search of ways of changing their magnetic behavior, Tan found that the results of his experiments varied greatly from day to day for reasons that were not apparent. Eventually, by examining all the conditions during the different tests, he realized that the key difference was the humidity in the air: The experiment worked better on humid days compared to dry ones. The reason, he eventually realized, was that water molecules from the air were being split up into oxygen and hydrogen on the charged surface of the material, and while the oxygen escaped to the air, the hydrogen became ionized and was penetrating into the magnetic device - and changing its magnetism. The device the team has produced consists of a sandwich of several thin layers, including a layer of cobalt where the magnetic changes take place, sandwiched between layers of a metal such as palladium or platinum, and with an overlay of gadolinium oxide, and then a gold layer to connect to the driving electrical voltage. The magnetism gets switched with just a brief application of voltage and then stays put. Reversing it requires no power at all, just short-circuiting the device to connect its two sides electrically, whereas a conventional memory chip requires constant power to maintain its state. "Since you're just applying a pulse, the power consumption can go way down," Beach says.

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Laptop Makers Are Asking Manufacturers to Move Out of China

Digitimes claims that Taiwan ODMs, who manufacture computers for companies like HP, Dell, and Apple, are trying to move notebook production out of China at the request of their clients. While notebooks, all-in-one PCs, smartphones and wearables are excluded from recently imposed tariffs on electronics, U.S. companies apparently still want to "mitigate possible impact from the US-China trade war." Compal Electronics, Quanta Computer, Wistron, Inventec and Pegatron are among the companies trying to move production out of China, and sources claim the relocation will take 1-2 years.

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Following intensive evaluation, Compal has decided to reactivate its notebook assembly capacity at its plant in Vietnam while also expanding notebook docking capacity at its plant in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. After kicking off production of servers recently at its existing plant in New Taipei City, Quanta Computer is actively looking for a new plant location, probably in the Hwa Ya Technology Park, also in Taoyuan, to house notebook production lines, the sources said.

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UMC Says It Is Innocent of IP Theft Charges

United Microelectronics (UMC) has announced its innocence against charges brought by the US Department of Justice accusing UMC and Fujian Jinhua of stealing trade secrets from Micron Technology. UMC says that the allegations that it poached Micron employees to steal trade secrets are false because less than 10% of its DRAM R&D team are ex-Micron employees. They also say that Micron's memory is a 32nm-feature-size DRAM technology which was a few generations old when UMC started their project. The statement notes other differing design features between Micron and UMC. Fujian Jinhua has already proclaimed its innocence.

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"Contrary to any impressions that may have been given by the civil and criminal lawsuits, UMC's DRAM technology is, fundamentally, based on a cell design entirely different from Micron's design. In a nutshell, UMC developed a memory cell with a 3x2 layout, which is completely different from Micron's 2x3 memory cell. "Another false impression is that Micron developed its 25nm DRAM technology in the United States. The reality is that Micron purchased its 25nm DRAM technology from Rexchip, a Taiwanese company, and Elpida, a Japanese company, in the early 2010's.

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AMD Comments on DirectX Raytracing Support

Earlier today, WCCFtech spotted something interesting on 4gamer. Following the "Next Horizon" event, the Japanese site interviewed David Wang, Senior Vice President for the Radeon Technologies Group. While he didn't answer specific questions about AMD's "Navi" GPU, he did comment on AMD's raytracing efforts. For now, it appears that AMD will focus on offline CG production through ProRender. But he also said that "Utilization of ray tracing games will not proceed unless we can offer ray tracing in all product ranges from low end to high end." Some of the finer details in the interview were lost in translation, but the site seems to think there's a good chance DXR support will show up in AMD's Navi GPUs, and WCCF thinks DXR support is related to AMD's currently supported DirectX 12 levels. The rough Google Translate snippet is below:

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In the interview Wang did not answer the question about the next generation GPU, but about the realtime ray tracing technology "DirectX Raytracing" (hereinafter referred to as DXR) for the game promoted by NVIDIA and Microsoft is "a personal opinion He told me with a preface to say. "For the time being, AMD will definitely respond to Direct Raytracing," for the moment we will focus on promoting the speed-up of offline CG production environments centered on AMD's Radeon ProRender, which is offered free of charge It is said that. Mr. said, "Utilization of ray tracing games will not proceed unless we can offer ray tracing in all product ranges from low end to high end," if you interpret this straightforwardly, Although the possibility of DXR's correspondence in the latest AMD GPU seems to be low, Navi which is the latest next-generation GPU can not deny the possibility of rebounding "to respond from the top to the bottom". Certainly.

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Alibaba Sets E-Commerce Record with Singles Day Shopping Festival

Alibaba has set a new e-commerce sales record on China's 11.11 or Singles Day as over $30.8 billion was spent during the event. It took the online retail portal 85 seconds to hit $1 billion in sales. Sales increased 27% over last year and more than 1 billion delivery orders were processed. In comparison, America's Black Friday 2017 generated $5 billion in sales. More than 180,000 brands participated in the event and the big winners were Apple, Dyson, Kindle, Estee Lauder, LOreal, Nestle, Gap, Nike and Adidas. Only 17.5% of China's commerce is done online. Additional statistics from the event can be found here.

The Chinese giant is putting a big focus this year on a strategy it calls "new retail," which aims to bring together the online parts of its business with the offline. For example, it has a chain of grocery stores called Hema which allow users to go in and shop, pay with their phone and walk out. "When we talk about new retail, we strongly believe that online commercial world and offline brick mortars are not separate worlds. And if you look at the customer base today, everyone is living in the internet. Everybody is the internet user. You have the same customer base. You must have the same commercial world. It's all about how to innovate online and offline to a whole digitalized commercial world," Zhang told CNBC.

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France Will Embed Regulators Inside Facebook

In what Reuters claims to be "the first move of its kind," the French government will embed a number of regulators inside Facebook and "examine how the social media giant combats hate speech online." Starting in January, the regulators will stay there for 6 months. An official said that "The idea is to make tests and then produce a report that we would intend to make public," and Macron said that he intends to roll out similar "smart regulation" to other tech giants like Google, Apple, and Amazon.

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A source close to the French ministry for digital affairs indicated they could be seconded from the telecoms regulator and from the interior and justice ministries. Facebook said the selection was up to the French presidency. It remains unclear whether the group will have access to highly-sensitive material such as Facebook's algorithms or dedicated codes to remove hate speech from the platform. But the team could end up traveling to Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin and to Menlo Park, California, where the parent-company is based if necessary, the company said.

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Judge Asked Amazon to Share Echo Data for Murder Case

AP reports that a New Hampshire judge asked Amazon to release recordings made by an Amazon Echo smart speaker. While Amazon objected to these kinds of requests in 2016 and early 2017, Alexa data was apparently used in a murder case last year, but only after a suspect defendant consented to its use. According to Amazon's FAQ page, Echos only stream data to the cloud after they're activated by the "wake word," and the court said that they are seeking data from Amazon servers, so it's possible that the victims activated Alexa during the attack.

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Timothy Verrill, of Dover, is accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini at a Farmington home in 2017. Verrill pleaded not guilty and faces trial. Prosecutors believe there are Echo recordings capturing the attack on Sullivan and removal of her body that could be found on the server maintained by Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson said Friday it won't release customer information "without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us."

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