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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ is 10% Faster - [hardware]
04:19 PM EDT - Jul,10 2020 - post a comment

Qualcomm has introduced a new variant of its flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset for top-end phones. The Snapdragon 865+ offers 10% better CPU and GPU performance, giving an edge to gamers using forthcoming high-end gaming phones like the Asus ROG Phone 3. The 865+ also adds support for Qualcomm's new FastConnect 6900 chipset, for faster data connections over Wi-Fi. The FastConnect 6900 supports the new Wi-Fi 6E standard and the new 6 GHz band, as well as Bluetooth 5.2.

This Footage Of Apollo 16 Upscaled To 4K 60 FPS Is Like Being There - [briefly]
04:22 AM EDT - Jul,10 2020 - post a comment

Want to take your own moonwalk? This YouTuber took the 16 mm footage shot on the moon back in 1972 and through the magic of artificial intelligence made the quality look like you were right there with them.

Death To All Plays DEATH's "Overactive Imagination" - [briefly]
04:09 AM EDT - Jul,10 2020 - post a comment

Ex-Death drummer Gene Hoglan, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and guitarist Bobby Koeble recently teamed up with their live Death to All guitarist and vocalist Max Phelps for a cover of Death's 1993 track "Overactive Imagination." Given the resumes of everyone involved, it's not surprise this cover absolutely kills. Bonus points to Phelps for even sounding like the late and great Chuck Schuldiner.

NVIDIA Bundling Death Stranding With RTX Graphics Cards - [briefly]
04:48 PM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

In a move that shocks no-one, considering the wealth of RTX features that Death Stranding will be supporting on PC, NVIDIA has announced it will be offering Kojima Productions' game with their RTX graphics cards. This offer is available for all RTX graphics cards, mind you, from the RTX 2060 all the way to the top of NVIDIA's RTX stack in the form of the RTX 2080 Ti. The promotion includes both standalone RTX graphics cards and pre-built systems packing RTX graphics. The promotion starts from today and is valid for purchases through July 29th (you have until August 31st to redeem the digital game code), so if you're looking for a new graphics card ASAP and you're also looking for a beautiful walking simulator (though the game really does merit more than just that simplistic definition), you might want to jump on this opportunity.
While supplies last. Qualifying graphics cards, desktops, or laptops: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti desktop, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER desktop, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER laptop, GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce RTX 2080 desktop, GeForce RTX 2080 laptop, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER desktop, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER laptop, GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2070 desktop, GeForce RTX 2070 laptop, GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER desktop, GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce RTX 2060 desktop, GeForce RTX 2060 laptop. Game must be redeemed with qualifying graphics card installed. Customer must meet the age requirement for the game to redeem. Regional/Country Requirements: Some coupons require that they be redeemed in specific regions or countries they were purchased in. Please redeem the code in the appropriate region/country.

Offer good for one digital download code for a qualifying purchase of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, or GeForce RTX 2060. Death Stranding bundle codes may only be redeemed beginning July 9, 2020 until August 31, 2020 or while supplies last.

Apple is releasing the iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 betas today - [briefly]
04:06 PM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

iOS 14 is set to be quite a significant update for iPhones and iPod Touch devices. Widgets are getting a fresh redesign, coming in different shapes and sizes, and now you finally add them to the home screen. There's also a new app drawer called App Library. Not only is this a one-stop-shop to find all of your apps, but you can now choose to have apps not display on your home screens at all. It's one of the biggest visual overhauls that the OS has ever seen. iPadOS 14 actually doesn't include widgets on the home screen or the App Library. It does have the redesigned widgets that are still in the widget drawer, but a big focus on iPadOS 14 is handwriting recognition. Apple aimed to make writing with the Apple Pencil as easy as using a keyboard, adding gestures for a hard return on text, removing text, and more. tvOS 14 isn't a huge update, which really isn't surprising. It adds picture-in-picture, and support for playing 4K videos that are streamed over AirPlay. If you want to start testing out the new updates without having to pirate a configuration profile, you can sign up here. The sections for macOS 11 Big Sur and watchOS 7 are still listed as coming soon.

NVIDIA GeForce 451.67 WHQL driver - [briefly]
02:50 PM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

NVIDIA today released GeForce 451.67 WHQL Game Ready drivers. The drivers provide optimization for "Death Stranding," "Horizon: Zero Dawn," and F1 2020. Among the issues fixed are a bug that caused refresh rates of 144 Hz monitors not being able to set above 120 Hz, SLI + G-Sync causing driver TDR crash on machines with "Kepler" GPUs; random crashes with "Detroit: Become Human," Lumetri color panel adjustments causing videos in Adobe Premiere Pro to appear noisy; system crashes observed with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (mobile), Grab the drivers from here.
Game Ready
  • Death Stranding
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
  • F1 2020.
Fixed Issues in this Release
  • The refresh rate of 144Hz-capable HDMI displays cannot be set above 120 Hz. [3038540]
  • [Kepler GPUs]: With SLI/multi-GPU and G-SYNC enabled, TDRs may occur soon after launching an application. [200628981]
  • [Detroit: Become Human]: The game may randomly crash. [3037846]
  • [Adobe Premiere]: Adjustments in Lumetri color panel causes video to appear noisy.[3038602]
  • [Notebook][GeForce GTX 1050 Ti]: Blue-screen crash, application hang, or system hang may occur. [3038621]
  • [Notebook][The Witcher 3 WILD HUNT]: The game remains minimized when the NVIDIA Control Panel >3D Settings >Manage Display Mode is set to Automatic or Optimus, and cannot be restored to full screen. [200628973]
  • [Notebook][G-SYNC]: Graphical corruption occurs when windowed G-SYNC+V-Sync is On while running applications in Clone/Duplicate mode. [200628911]
  • [Notebook]: LVDS-display goes blank upon rebooting the system after driver installation on some systems. [200627952]
Windows 7 Issues
  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
Windows 10 Issues
  • [Mechwarrior 5 DirectX 12]: The game crashes randomly with TDR and "Video driver crashed and was reset" error. [200634109]
  • [Shadow of the Tomb Raider][DirectX 12]: The game may crash when launched if Hardware accelerated GPU scheduling is enabled. [3037544]
  • To workaound, disable Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.
  • [Horizon Zero Dawn Complete][DirectX 12]: Colored corruption occurs during the game-load menu if Image Sharpening is enabled. [200633655]
  • Several games randomly freeze for a few seconds during gameplay. Affected games include Assassin's Creed Origins, Planetside 2, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. [3038632]
  • [Sunset Overdrive]: The game may display random green corruption if Depth of Field is enabled from in-game settings. [2750770]
  • [VR]: HDCP errors occur with Valve Index VR. [2967616]
  • [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]: Color banding can occur in the game after enabling Image Sharpening from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [2889337/3028436]
  • [Call of Duty - Warzone]: Freestyle does not work. (200593020)
  • [Forza Motorsport 7]: The curb may display a black strip during a race on certain tracks. [2781776]
  • [Zombie Army: Dead War 4][Ansel/Freestyle]: The Ansel & Freestyle tabs are unselectable. [2810884]
  • [Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege][Vulkan][G-SYNC]: When playing the game in Vulkan mode with G-SYNC enabled, flickering occurs after switching the game between full-screen and windowed mode.[200578641]
  • To work around, either disable G-SYNC or play using an API other than Vulkan.
  • Video playback on the secondary display lags/freezes while playing a game on the primary display if Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling is enabled [200586262]
  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 leak suggests you may be able to buy it next week - [gadgets]
11:17 AM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

Excited to get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi Band 5? After it was announced last month in China, we've been waiting to hear about a worldwide release, and it seems that date may be coming slap bang in the middle of July. July 15 looks like the date that the first people outside of China will be able to buy the fitness tracker. That's according to a listing on a third-party retailer called HonorBuy, which explicitly says that pre-orders will be sent out to customers on July 15.

Next Version of 5G Standard Finalized - [technology]
09:26 AM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

The 3GPP has finalized Release 16, the first major update to the 5G NR standard (Release 15). The new standard has the potential to boost data speeds by supporting new radio frequency bands, and has new features that should improve battery life in 5G devices. The most important new feature is NR-U, which is support for 5G NR operating in unlicensed spectrum, such as that used for Wi-Fi. This includes the new 6 GHz band, a huge new swath of radio waves that just became available for unlicensed use in the US. Release 16 includes support for three different configurations of NR-U: standalone, LAA (license assisted access) where the unlicensed band is an additional carrier to augment a 5G network, or LAA with a 4G LTE network. Another key new feature in Release 16 is wake-up signal (WUS), a new way for a 5G device to "listen" for incoming transmissions when idle, that uses less power. Release 16 also improves cellular positioning, which can be used together with systems like GPS to provide faster and more accurate location data. Finally, integrated access and backhaul (IAB) allows mmWave base stations to be used as both wireless access and backhaul, thereby eliminating the need for new fiber optic lines when densifying a mmWave 5G network.

New Video Compression Standard Uses Half the Data - [technology]
09:25 AM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

Fraunhofer HHI, the institute that has created many of the world's most popular audio/video coding and compression standards, has finalized the next standard for video: H.266, AKA Versatile Video Coding (VVC). The new standard is supposedly twice as efficient as its predecessor, H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). For example, it will be possible to store a 90-minute 4K video in just 5 GB, instead of the 10 GB that would be required with H.265/HEVC, with no loss of visual quality. The new standard can be used for saved as well as streaming video, and supports resolutions from 8K down to SD. It also supports HDR and 360deg video. The standard will be licensed by an industry group that includes as its members Apple, Canon, Dolby, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Oppo, Orange, Sony, and Tencent. Companies are already designing chips for hardware-accelerated use of the new standard. Fraunhofer has committed to publishing the first software to support the standard this fall.

Time To Cool Off with Mr Bean - Classic Mr Bean - [off-topic]
09:24 AM EDT - Jul,09 2020 - post a comment

Rowan Atkinson's madcap, quirky creation Mr Bean is a global phenomenon having been sold to over 200 territories worldwide and has been in continual distribution in many territories for over 20 years. Now available in HD, the show follows Mr Bean as he tries to extricate himself from embarrassing situations but only ends up getting himself in more trouble. Mr Bean has won six awards including the Golden Rose of Montreux and an International EMMY and is written by some of the UK's leading comic talent including Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and A Funeral, Notting Hill) and Ben Elton (Blackadder, The Young Ones).

20 FUNNY FAILS IN SPORTS - [off-topic]
04:47 PM EDT - Jul,07 2020 - post a comment

Watch all the most embarrassing and fail moments in sports. Witness these athletes experience some of the most funniest moments that happened on camera in their careers from hockey, NBA basketball players, soccer players, cricket and more.

Microsoft releases urgent Windows update - [security]
02:51 AM EDT - Jul,07 2020 - post a comment

Microsoft recently released patches for two serious security vulnerabilities in the Windows 10 codecs library. These fixes are part of unscheduled updates and are mandatory. They address two security flaws with RCE (Remote Code Execution) capabilities. The flaws affect both the Windows 10 client and server versions.

If you are running Windows 10 OS, then you should update and patch the OS to be on a safer side. Two out-of-band security updates to patch two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows Codecs Library have been released. Tracked as CVE-2020-1425 & CVE-2020-1457, the two bugs only impact Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 distributions.

In security advisories published recently, Microsoft said the two security flaws can be exploited with the help of a specially crafted image file. The security loopholes were found in the way that the library 'handles objects in memory'. Listed as Critical and Important, the security vulnerabilities could potentially allow remote attackers to take complete control over the victim computer. These security flaws resided inside the two most common image codecs HEIF and HEVC. The company defined the vulnerabilities as a remote code execution with the severity of critical and important.

Google announces Gmail on iPadOS now supports Split View - [briefly]
03:34 PM EDT - Jul,06 2020 - post a comment

Today, Google announced the arrival of a long-awaited feature on its Gmail app for iPadOS. It finally supports Split View, meaning that you can use it side-by-side with other apps. This means that you can drag and drop images into an email from apps like Google Photos and the native Photos app. Another use case would be to have another app open to use as a reference when composing an email, or to have an app open to take notes from an email that you're reading. This is also going to come in handy with iPadOS 14, which is going to be available later this year. The feature update will actually let you run two instances of the same app in Split View, so you'll be able to do things like drag and drop content from one email to another. The app update is available now. As long as you have automatic updates turned on, it should arrive shortly. If not, you can always update the app manually here.

Atari VCS Console Finally Set To Release in Fall 2020 - [gaming]
04:28 AM EDT - Jul,06 2020 - post a comment

The Atari VCS was first announced over two years ago in 2018 but has since suffered numerous delays. It looks like there may be light at the end of the tunnel for the Atari VCS 800 with the console now available for pre-order from Atari, GameStop, or Walmart. The console is only available as part of a bundle including the console itself, Wireless Classic Joystick, a Modern Controller, and free copy of Atari Vault of 100 classic arcade and console games. The bundle is priced at 389.99 USD and is expected to ship by the 2020 holiday season. The console features a custom AMD Raven Ridge APU with Vega 3 graphics, paired with 8 GB DDR4 ram, and 32 GB eMMC internal flash storage. The device runs a custom Linux OS but also supports Linux, Windows, Steam OS, or Chrome OS if booting from an external drive. Connectivity consists of 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 while I/O includes a single HDMI 2.0 port, gigabit Ethernet port, and quad USB 3.1 connectors. A lower-powered Atari VCS 400 system is also planned with half the ram at 4 GB and is expected to sell for 249.99 USD.

An American Pickle - Official Trailer - [briefly]
04:54 AM EDT - Jul,05 2020 - post a comment

AN AMERICAN PICKLE, directed by Brandon Trost, is based on Simon Rich's New Yorker novella and stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn't aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can't even begin to understand.

Top 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos 2016 - 2020 - [internet]
04:51 AM EDT - Jul,05 2020 - post a comment

Timeline of Most Disliked YouTube videos from 2016 to 2020. This list of most disliked YouTube videos contains the top 10 videos with the most dislikes of all time. The dislike count is taken directly from the page of the video itself. This data visualization graph represents the top 10 most disliked YouTube videos. With 17.99 million dislikes, the YouTube Rewind 2018 emerged as the most disliked video on YouTube, since it's upload on December 6, 2018.

Osprey Carries Away Huge Fish as Myrtle Beach Tourists Watch On - [briefly]
04:46 AM EDT - Jul,05 2020 - post a comment

Actually the Osprey runs a seaside gliding business and the fish was just a customer. See how excited the fish was at the end :D

Well, at least that fish had a wild ride before he was lunch ;-)

Hands-on with Windows 10 build 20161 - [software]
06:40 AM EDT - Jul,04 2020 - post a comment

Earlier this week, Microsoft released build 20161 of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Dev channel, formerly known as the Fast ring. For the first time in a while, the new build actually comes with some significant changes, including a new look for the Start menu that makes tiles transparent, improvements to notifications, and more.

When your brain forecasts your mood - [briefly]
05:53 PM EDT - Jun,30 2020 - post a comment

This is the true TED Talk: "Inside the mind of a master procrastinator".

Why Russia Built a Floating Nuclear Power Plant - [technology]
05:52 PM EDT - Jun,30 2020 - post a comment

On May 22nd, 2020, Thirteen years after construction began in 2007, the Akademik Lomonosov went into full operation. It is currently the world's only floating nuclear power plant. In this video we want to understand why Russia is building these new facilities and what strategic and economic advantages they try to gain.

Samsung 980 PRO Clears Korean Regulators, Comes in Three Sizes - [hardware]
05:50 PM EDT - Jun,30 2020 - post a comment

Samsung's upcoming flagship client-segment M.2 NVMe SSD, the 980 PRO, has cleared Korean regulators. The drive comes in three capacity variants, led by a 1 TB model (model: MZ-V8P1T0), a 500 GB model (MZ-V8P500), and a 250 GB model (MZ-V8P250). The maximum capacity being rather low at 1 TB suggests that Samsung could stick with MLC (2 bits per cell) NAND flash for the 980 PRO, coupled with an in-house controller that takes advantage of PCI-Express 4.0 x4 host interface to offer sequential transfer rates of up to 6,500 MB/s reads, with up to 5,000 MB/s writes and high random access throughput on account of the MLC NAND flash setup. For higher capacities from Samsung, one should look out for successors of the 970 EVO Plus, which could use 3D TLC NAND flash combined with a similar controller to the 980 PRO, although there's no word on when that drive would launch. The 980 PRO is expected to launch before October.

Qualcomm Refreshes Smartwatch Chips - [briefly]
05:46 PM EDT - Jun,30 2020 - post a comment

Qualcomm's latest chipset to power smartwatches is the Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform. The new platform brings improved performance and efficiency. An optional Always On (AON) co-processor chip brings new always-on features, including continuous heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking. The new AON chip also supports always-on displays with 64,000 colors (up from 16 in the previous generation) and faster tilt-to-wake responsiveness. The main Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip offers 85% faster performance compared to Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and supports cameras up to 16 megapixel. The 4100 uses a 12nm manufacturing process, offering much better efficiency compared to the 28nm process used for the 3100. The Category 4 LTE modem supports dual antennas for better data performance. The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms support both Wear OS by Google and the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP). Devices using the new chips are expected to ship later this year.

AMD Adrenalin 20.5.1 Beta driver - [briefly]
06:38 PM EDT - Jun,28 2020 - post a comment

A couple of days back, AMD quietly rolled out a feature update to its 20.5.1 Adrenalin driver adding support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling (GHS) on select Navi GPUs. Henceforth, the RX 5700 and 5600 series graphics cards, on both desktop and mobile, ie, RX 5700, RX 5600, and RX 5700M, RX 5600M, will support this feature. Sadly, it means Polaris and Vega owners, as well as Ryzen APU owners, will have to wait for a bit longer to get this feature. GHS is a major feature of WDDM 2.7 introduced in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004, build 19041). Rival Nvidia added support for the feature in its latest driver version 451.48 a few days back and AMD has followed suit, albeit only selectively for now. So if you own a Navi GPU and want to try GHS, head over to the official release notes page here to download the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.5.1 Beta driver. Moreover, AMD's Radeon Software app on Windows can also be used to upgrade to this driver, but do make sure to enable "Optional" updates since this is a beta release.

Support For

  • Windows May 2020 Update
    • AMD is excited to provide beta support for Microsoft's Graphics Hardware Scheduling feature. By moving scheduling responsibilitiesfrom software into hardware, this feature has the potential to improve GPU responsiveness and to allow additional innovation in GPU workload management in the future. This feature is available on Radeon RX 5600 and Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.

Known Issues

  • Oculus VR headsets may not display content or may experience severe performance drops with Hardware Scheduling enabled.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Using Edge web browser to playback video content with a multi display system configuration may cause a system hang or crash after extended periods of use.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting.
  • Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when performing multiple task switches using Alt+Tab.
  • Desktop or In-game corruption may occur intermittently when HDR is enabled.
  • Direct ML Media Filters are currently unavailable in Radeon Software Media gallery for video or image content.
  • Some users may still experience black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay. AMD will continue to monitor and investigate reports of these issues closely.
  • Some game titles may experience hitching when Instant Replay is enabled on Radeon RX 5000 series system configurations.

Twitch has Banned Dr. Disrespect - [internet]
08:24 AM EDT - Jun,27 2020 - post a comment

For unknown reasons, Twitch has banned one of their most popular streamers Dr. Disrespect after making an exclusivity deal with him a few months ago. Dexerto reports that it is now apparent that subscribers of Dr. Disrespect's channel are getting their subscriptions canceled and refunded by Twitch. The emotes for the channel are also seemingly gone. This normally signifies that someone has been permanently banned from Twitch. The platform historically has been rather inconsistent with enforcing their rules most recently with streamer Alinity accidentally exposing one of her breasts on stream with other offenses in the past as well. At this point, with Doc being permanently banned this looks to be due to a rather serious reason.

Twitch Streamer Alinity Banned After Nip Slip - uncensored video - [internet]
08:22 AM EDT - Jun,27 2020 - post a comment

There have been several calls to ban popular Twitch streamer Alinity over the years, whether it was for feeding her cat vodka or tossing it over her shoulder, but her latest incident has viewers more vocal than ever. During an April broadcast, Alinity was in the process of pulling a pillow out from under her shirt when disaster struck. For a brief second, she exposed her entire breast to her thousands of viewers and mouthed the words 'Oh my God' to her chat.

Microsoft Moves to Permanently Close Physical Shops - [briefly]
04:32 AM EDT - Jun,27 2020 - post a comment

Microsoft has decided to revamp their customer interaction priorities. The company has recently announced they will be closing off all Microsoft physical stores and doubling down on its digital storefronts - the company is looking to start offering new services such as one-on-one videochats, where customers can converse with Microsoft employees when making a purchase - effectively digitizing one of the salient aspects of brick-and-mortar stores. Stores which have been closed since March this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision rolls back o Microsoft's continued work on deploying physical spaces where its products can be admired, touched, and tested by prospective buyers. It looked like Microsoft was looking to recreate the Apple Store experience - adding a more premium, more personal touch to their products. However, physical stores are both more expensive to upkeep and vulnerable to more liabilities than digital-only storefronts, and it seems Microsoft has decided the stores just weren't cutting, whether financially or in brand image. No mention on layoffs was made by Microsoft in the announcement, so it seems that most of these workers will be moving on to other endeavors inside the company - likely some of them to the aforementioned 1:1 digital shop customer service. Just another step in an increasingly digital world. The closing of Microsoft Store physical locations will result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450M, or $0.05 per share, to be recorded in the current quarter ending June 30, 2020.

And I guess that's part of the reason why they failed, no-one really knew about the shops, or cared enough...I've never even seen a physical Microsoft shop before :-)

Apple Responds to Your Comments! - [briefly]
01:18 PM EDT - Jun,26 2020 - post a comment

Apple Responds to Your Comments!

iOS 14 Will Allow Quick Biometric Login for Web Sites - [security]
01:14 PM EDT - Jun,26 2020 - post a comment

Apple's Safari 14 web browser - part of the forthcoming iOS 14 for iPhones - adds support for the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) API, part of the industry-standard FIDO2 specification. This will allow mobile web sites to add an option for users to quickly log in via fingerprint or Face ID instead of entering a username and password. This feature is already available in the Chrome browser on Android, and within full apps on both iOS and Android.
In a WWDC session aimed at web developers, the company showed off the new functionality, which Apple touted would provide a "frictionless experience" for users.

Similar to how Face ID and Touch ID work today in iOS apps, web developers who choose to implement the new technology could prompt their users to choose a biometric authentication method the next time they visit their website.

The technology was built via the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) API, which allows developers to build authentication via the FIDO2 specification developed by the FIDO Alliance. It will be made available starting with Safari 14 for macOS and iOS, the organization said.

As CNET explains, Apple isn't the first to use the browser technology - it's already available in Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, for example.

Apple's adoption, however, could push forward the larger biometrics movement. This is due, in part, to Apple's way of making complicated technology consumer-friendly and taking on the work of user education. Apple also has a sizable community of developers who get excited to roll out Apple's latest technology.

Microsoft Reveals List of Games Optimized For Xbox Series X - [gaming]
12:46 PM EDT - Jun,26 2020 - post a comment

Microsoft has today revealed the complete list of games certified under the 'Optimized for Xbox Series X' program which is the indicator for games that take advantage of the full power of Xbox Series X. Games featured on the list could benefit reduced load times courtesy of the Xbox Velocity Architecture, include heightened visuals and DirectX raytracing, and feature higher framerates up to 120FPS. Titles featuring the new Optimized for Xbox Series X badge can include brand new games built natively for the Xbox Series X such as Halo Infinite, or previously released games which have been enhanced to take advantage of the power and features Xbox Series X has to offer, like Gears 5. Microsoft has currently certified 22 games but plans to increase that number in the coming weeks and months leading up to Xbox Series X launch.
Optimised for Xbox Series X Games
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • DiRT 5
  • FIFA 21
  • Gears 5
  • Halo Infinite
  • Hitman 3
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Outriders
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • Second Extinction
  • The Ascent
  • The Medium
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay trailer released - [gaming]
12:43 PM EDT - Jun,25 2020 - post a comment

CD Projekt RED has just released a brand new gameplay trailer for Cyberpunk 2077. This trailer focuses on and showcases the game's world, characters, story, and action. Cyberpunk 2077 releases on November 19th!

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 451.48 WHQL Drivers - [briefly]
12:13 PM EDT - Jun,24 2020 - post a comment

NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce "Game Ready" software. Version 451.48 WHQL drivers are NVIDIA's first official/public GeForce software release with Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) support, complete with WDDM 2.7 support, and DirectX 12 Ultimate API support, including Windows 10 hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling support. The drivers also add official support for the Vulkan 1.2 graphics API. NVIDIA also expanded the list of G-SYNC compatible monitors to include several new monitor models.
Game Ready for DirectX 12 Ultimate
The new Game Ready Driver provides full support for the new DirectX 12 Ultimate graphics API. This includes support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR) version 1.1 as well as support for mesh
shaders, sampler feedback, and variable-rate shading (VRS).

Additionally, this driver supports Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling when used with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.
New Features and Other Changes
  • Supports DirectX 12 Ultimate
  • Supports Vulkan 1.2
  • Supports hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling.
  • Supports CUDA 11.0.
Application Profiles
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
  • DCL - The Game (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later)
  • Jiu Xiao
  • Monster Energy Supercross 2 - The Official Videogame (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later)
  • MORDHAU (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later
  • Overpass (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later)
  • Planetside 2 (DirectX 11)
  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later)
  • Surviving The Aftermath
  • System Shock (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later)
  • The Fisherman - Fishing Planet (NVIDIA Turing GPUs and later
  • Warhammer Underworlds: Online
  • Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
Fixed Issues in this Release
  • [Just Cause 2]: The game does not detect CUDA files which results in missing "GPU Water Simulation" and "Bokeh Filter" settings. [2994570]
  • [Sea of Thieves]: Issues with game rendering occur. [200614095]
  • [Resident Evil 2 Remake]: The game may display random object and menu flickering. [2997880]
  • [Devil May Cry 5]: The game may display random object flickering. [2997814]
  • [Divinity Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition]: The game experiences low performance when hardware accelerated GPU scheduling is enabled. [3009631]
  • [Notebook]: Windows Mixed Reality headsets may display jitter when connected to the HDMI port linked to the NVIDIA Optimus notebook integrated graphics. [2971312]
  • [G-SYNC]: G-SYNC does not work with DirectX 9 games if "Disable full screen optimizations" is selected. [2969897]
  • Display brightness increases while enabling GPU scaling. [200612966]
  • NVIDIA HD Audio may disappear after display goes to sleep. [2807732]
  • The cursor turns into a grey rectangle when playing YouTube 4K HDR videos. [3009602]
Windows 7 Issues
  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
Windows 10 Issues
  • [Sunset Overdrive]: The game may display random green corruption if Depth of Field is enabled from in-game settings. [2750770]
  • [VR]: HDCP errors occur with Valve Index VR. [2967616]
  • [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]: Color banding can occur in the game after enabling Image Sharpening from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [2889337/3028436]
  • [Call of Duty - Warzone]: Freestyle does not work. (200593020)
  • [Forza Motorsport 7]: The curb may display a black strip during a race on certain tracks. [2781776]
  • [Zombie Army: Dead War 4][Ansel/Freestyle]: The Ansel & Freestyle tabs are unselectable.[2810884]
  • [Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege][Vulkan][G-SYNC]: When playing the game in Vulkan mode with G-SYNC enabled, flickering occurs after switching the game between full-screen and windowed mode.[200578641]
  • To work around, either disable G-SYNC or play using an API other than Vulkan.
  • [SLI][G-SYNC]: With multi-GPU and G-SYNC enabled, TDRs occur soon after launching an application. [200628981]
  • [Notebook][The Witcher 3 WILD HUNT]: The game remains minimized when DDS switch is set to Optimus and Automatic, and cannot be restored to full screen. [200628973]
  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • [Notebook]: Some Pascal-based notebooks w/ high refresh rate displays may randomly drop to 60Hz during gameplay. [3009452]
  • [Notebook][G-SYNC]: Graphical corruption occurs when windowed G-SYNC+V-Sync is On while running applications in Clone/Duplicate mode. [200628911]
  • [Notebook]: LVDS-display goes blank upon rebooting the system after driver installation on some systems. [200627952]

Kill Bill Fire Rope Dart Choreography - [off-topic]
04:27 PM EDT - Jun,23 2020 - post a comment

Sam Tobey channels Gogo Yubari and her meteor hammer from Kill Bill.

How Strong is Chemical Metal? Hydraulic Press Test! - [off-topic]
04:25 PM EDT - Jun,23 2020 - post a comment

How strong is chemical metal or other two component epoxy glues? With metal stuff and without?How many tons they can take? We are going to test that out with our 40 ton hydraulic press and 150 ton force sensor. Don't try this at home!

Betting Online - Do It Right if You Want to Get More - [briefly]
03:56 PM EDT - Jun,23 2020 - post a comment

Online betting is simple to those who know it but it also may be daunting to the newbies, although it does not have to. You only need to know and do it right and wait for your profits to start flowing in. Gamblers can get more when they are familiar with the sports, utilise offers from the bookies, find the best odds, and most importantly, bet on the right sites. Successful betting online involves predicting correctly, wagering, and winning. But it is not always as easy as it might seem since you need to master a few steps to get it right. If you are looking forward to betting and getting more out of it, then read on!...read a full article

iOS 14 Promotes Widgets to Home Screen - [mobile]
05:45 PM EDT - Jun,22 2020 - post a comment

Apple has revealed iOS 14, which brings a number of new features to the OS for Apple's iPhones:

  • Widgets: Apple has promoted Widgets to the main home screen. Just as Android has always allowed, you can now mix re-sizable widgets in with your app icons. A special widget called Smart Stack collects several widgets into one rectangle that lets you scroll through multiple widgets while taking up minimal home screen space.
  • App Clips: A new kind of micro-app designed to let you complete a single transaction using a rich app interface, without installing a full app. App Clips are limited to 10 MB so they download quickly. App Clips can be launched from a Maps listing, a message, a QR code, or a new type of physical sticker that includes an NFC tag and a visual code similar to QR codes. App Clips can leverage Sign in with Apple and Apple Pay so users don't need to spend time creating a new account. App Clips can be used to order take-out or delivery, rent a scooter, pay for parking, and more. To help small businesses to take advantage of App Clips, Apple will work with larger services like Yelp to help them create App Clips for individual business listings.
  • App Library: A new screen past the right-most home screen with auto-generated folders of apps, including Suggestions, Recently Added, Arcade, Social, etc. To make it easier to access, you can now hide infrequently-used home screens.
  • Picture in Picture: Video apps can now display playing video in a floating window over other apps. (Android has supported this since 2017.)
  • Translate app: Apple now has its own dedicated app for language translation. In landscape orientation, it switches to a Conversation Mode, for seamless two-way conversation with someone while both people look at the display. It auto-detects the language for each phrase spoken. The app supports English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian.
Apple has also updated Siri so it's no longer a full-screen experience every time it's activated. A small animation pops up at the bottom of the screen while it's listening, and many results pop up in a small box at the top, like a notification. Apple has also updated Maps to finally add directions for cycling, including elevation info. At launch, this feature is available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai, and Beijing. Maps also now has dedicated features for electric cars. It can track your battery status and estimate range, as well as direct you to charging stations compatible with your specific car. At launch, it's compatible with BMW and Ford EVs. Finally, CarPlay now supports various wallpaper options, and supports new types of apps, including parking, EV charging, and fast food ordering. Apple is also adding a new indicator in the status bar to show when apps access your camera and/or microphone. Apple said iOS 14 will launch for consumers "this fall".

Update: Apple has released a full list of new features in iOS 14, which includes many not mentioned in today's WWDC keynote presentation. One notable new feature is a setting that will let users choose which app launches when a user clicks on a web link or email address. For example, in iOS 13, clicking on an email address always launches Apple's Mail app. In iOS 14, you will be able to set this to Gmail instead.

iOS 14 is compatible with these devices: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPod touch (7th generation).

Painting a Lada with some home-brewed Vantablack paint - [off-topic]
07:46 AM EDT - Jun,21 2020 - post a comment

USA: Batman
Soviet Russia: Blyatman! :-D

How to end a fight in 2 seconds - [off-topic]
06:02 AM EDT - Jun,20 2020 - post a comment

Video:10 minutes long :D

Microsoft is pushing out its new Edge browser to Windows 7 and 8.1 - [software]
05:59 AM EDT - Jun,20 2020 - post a comment

When Microsoft first announced general availability of its new Chromium-based Edge browser, it said that those on Windows 7 and 8.1 would have to install the browser manually if they wanted it. As it turns out, Microsoft is pushing it out over Windows Update anyway, according to a KB article published this week. There are a few key things that you need to know when you install this. First of all, it's going to add Edge to your taskbar and as a desktop shortcut. Also, it's not going to replace Internet Explorer like it replaces Edge Legacy on Windows 10. And finally, it won't change your default browser. This is a particularly interesting change for Windows 7 users, because the OS hasn't been supported since January. The only users that are supposed to get updates are those paying for Extended Security Updates; however, it seems that Microsoft is willing to pick up Edge users wherever it can.

Microsoft fixes print spooler issue for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update - [software]
03:06 PM EDT - Jun,19 2020 - post a comment

Last weekend, Microsoft acknowledged a bug that caused Windows to fail to print. Unfortunately, this affected all supported Windows versions, including Windows 8.1 and all versions of Windows 10 that got an update on Patch Tuesday. In other words, every version of Windows 10 except for 1511. Earlier this week, the company released new cumulative updates to fix the issue for versions 1909, 1903, 1809, and 1803, but that left everyone else, including those on the latest version of the OS, without a fix. Now, everyone else on Windows 10 is getting the update. Microsoft is releasing cumulative updates for versions 2004, 1709, 1703, 1607, and 1507. Version 1703 wasn't originally listed as affected, but that might have been an oversight given that Windows 10 version 1703 is only supported for the original Surface Hub.

2004

KB4567523

19041.331 Update Catalog
1909/1903

KB4567512

18363.904/18362.904 Update Catalog
1809

KB4567513

17763.1294

Update Catalog
1803

KB4567514

17134.1553

Update Catalog
1709

KB4567515

16299.1937

Update Catalog
1703

KB4567516

15063.2411

Update Catalog
1607

KB4567517

14393.3755

Update Catalog
1507

KB4567518

10240.18609

Update Catalog


As was the case with the updates earlier this week, these are not being provided through Windows Update, so if you want them, you'll have to use the download link above. The only version that's left unpatched is Windows 8.1, which will probably get a preview of its monthly rollup at some point.

Microsoft Extends its ATP Defender Protection to UEFI BIOS - [briefly]
10:18 AM EDT - Jun,19 2020 - post a comment

Microsoft has announced an extension to the Windows Defender System Guard which will allow it to also verify and guarantee integrity of systems at a UEFI BIOS level. Citing an increase in hardware and firmware-level attacks over the years, the extended protection functionality aims to guarantee protection across the entire hierarchy of a device, from firmware up through to cloud processing. The UEFI scanner is a new component of the built-in antivirus solution on Windows 10 and gives Microsoft Defender ATP the unique ability to scan inside of the firmware filesystem and perform security assessment. Working in conjunction with your systems' chipset, the UEFI scanner features a three-pronged solution to firmware security: UEFI anti-rootkit, which reaches the firmware through Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI); Full filesystem scanner, which analyzes content inside the firmware; and a Detection engine, which identifies exploits and malicious behaviors. This new tool aims to increase odds of detection for devices whose boot has already been compromised by rootkits or other kind of malware acting at the firmware level. The idea is to keep your boot flow secure and trustworthy, something that will almost certainly be rendered impossible by a rootkit messing with OS and software protection privileges to keep escalating their control over your machine.

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