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Watch A Squirrel Get Totally Drunk On Fermented Pears - [off-topic]
02:25 AM EST - Nov,26 2020 - post a comment

The squirrel was apparently fine the next day, but it's good to be careful not to leave fermented food outside.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Fire Strike and Time Spy Scores Surface - [hardware]
02:23 AM EST - Nov,26 2020 - post a comment

3DMark scores of the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti were leaked to the web by VideoCardz. The RTX 3060 Ti was put through standard 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmark runs. In the DirectX 11-based Fire Strike benchmark, the card allegedly scores 30706 points, with 146.05 FPS in GT1 and 122 FPS in GT2. With the newer DirectX 12-based Time Spy test, it allegedly scores 12175 points, with 80.82 FPS in GT1, and 68.71 FPS in GT2. There are no system specs on display, but the scores put the RTX 3060 Ti slightly ahead of the previous-generation high-end GeForce RTX 2080 Super. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, bound for a December 2 launch, is an upcoming performance-segment graphics card based on the "Ampere" architecture, and is carved out of the same 8 nm 'GA104' silicon as the RTX 3070. It reportedly packs 4,864 "Ampere" CUDA cores, 38 second-gen RT cores, 152 third-gen Tensor cores, and the same memory configuration as the RTX 3070-8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 across a 256-bit wide bus. NVIDIA is targeting a "<$399" price-point, making the card at least 43% cheaper than the RTX 2080 Super.

MacBook Pro 13 - [gaming]
05:48 PM EST - Nov,23 2020 - post a comment

Showcasing the performance difference between 13" MacBook Pro M1 and 13" MacBook Pro 2019.

Google extends Chrome support for Windows 7 - [briefly]
03:12 PM EST - Nov,23 2020 - post a comment

Good news for everyone who still prefers Windows 7 over newer versions of the operating system. Google has extended Chrome support for the venerable OS by another six months, giving businesses whose plans to migrate to Windows 10 were put on hold because of the pandemic more breathing space. Despite Windows 7 reaching its end of extended support period for non-paying users in January, it's still found on around a fifth of all Windows machines. Part of the reason for the slow decline is the pandemic; with businesses' IT departments having to deal with the shift to remote work, new security protocols, and other related projects, moving onto Windows 10 became less of a priority.

Before the pandemic, Google said that it would continue to update Chrome on Windows 7 for 18 months after the latter's end of extended support date, which would have taken us to July 2021. Now, security updates have been extended to at least January 2022.

90fps vs 60fps! iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Note20 Ultra Gaming Test - [briefly]
02:03 AM EST - Nov,23 2020 - post a comment

PUBG gaming comparison between Note20 Ultra and iPhone12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pro vs Pro Max: Real Differences after 1 week! - [mobile]
02:01 AM EST - Nov,23 2020 - post a comment

I've been using the iPhone 12 Pro Max for 1 week now.. and I've noticed some VERY interesting real-world differences compared to the smaller iPhone 12 Pro which I didn't expect!

Unboxing and first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 - [gadgets]
04:44 PM EST - Nov,21 2020 - (1 comments)

This year, Samsung introduced a couple of big new features, including blood pressure monitoring and an ECG, drawing inspiration from the Apple Watch, which introduced the feature in 2018. However, these features are dependent on regulatory approval by region or country, and they may not be available everywhere; Portugal, unfortunately, seems to be one of the excluded countries. Another new feature is fall detection, something else that Apple introduced in 2018, and it could be helpful for serious falls when the user may be unable to get up on their own. Of course, it also has all the fitness features you'd expect, like blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoring, heart rate and stress monitoring, sleep tracking, and activity tracking with VO2 max monitoring. This includes a running coach program that's meant to help you exercise more effectively. The Galaxy Watch3 runs on Samsung's Tizen OS, and it has a few apps available on the Galaxy App Store, along with the capabilities you'd expect, like watch faces, replying to notifications, music controls, and so on. Some features may be exclusive to Samsung phones, though, like the using the Samsung Messages app for SMS or setting automatic replies. The watch also supports NFC for payments, which may be more convenient than using your phone. We were sent the 45mm version of the Galaxy Watch3, without LTE. This variant costs $429.99 in the United States, or around 459.90 in Europe, depending on where exactly you live.

Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist DJ ASHBA Releases Music Video - [off-topic]
10:45 AM EST - Nov,21 2020 - post a comment

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current SIXX:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba creatively combines multiple genres with EDM into one unique, explosive sound as he continues his adventurous journey into an exciting genre. Now, ASHBA brings holiday cheer to the dance floor with his new single "A Christmas Storm", the official music video for which can be seen below

JIU JITSU - Official Trailer - [briefly]
02:29 AM EST - Nov,20 2020 - post a comment

Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious race of alien invaders in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have won...until now. When celebrated war hero Jake Barnes (Alain Moussi) is defeated by Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from amnesia, Jake is rescued by Wylie (Nicolas Cage), Keung and his team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters. They must help Jake to regain his strength in order to band together and defeat Brax in an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind.

Premiering at Home November 20

Apple releases iOS 14.2.1 - [software]
01:04 AM EST - Nov,20 2020 - (1 comments)

Apple is rolling out iOS 14.2.1 that brings with it a few fixes for the iPhone 12 series phones. One of the main fixes brought by the firm is for the recently released iPhone 12 Mini, which has been experiencing an issue with the lock screen that results in the device becoming unresponsive. The said problem seems to have been plaguing iPhone 12 mini phones since launch day, guessing from the number of responses in a Reddit thread and user reports on Apple's forums. Users have been complaining of the screen rejecting thumb input or wide presses on the screen, with the phone only recognizing light taps for both dismissing the lock screen or using the shortcut icons for the camera or flashlight. In addition to the touch issues, the Cupertino firm has also fixed problems with MMS messages and some audio issues. Here is the complete changelog:
  • Some MMS messages may not be received
  • Made for iPhone hearing devices could have sound quality issues when listening to audio from iPhone
  • Lock Screen could become unresponsive on iPhone 12 mini
Since the update has just begun rolling out, it could be a while till it propagates to all devices for download.

The Fastest Gaming PC is now AMD! - [gaming]
03:38 PM EST - Nov,19 2020 - (1 comments)

With AMD's release of the 5000 series of CPUs, it was only a matter of time our cryo cooled Intel system would be dwarfed. But we WERE NOT expecting this system From Digital Storm to grace us. It is glorious.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.11.2 WHQL - [gaming]
06:22 PM EST - Nov,18 2020 - post a comment

Hot on the heels of its massive Radeon RX 6800 series graphics card launch, AMD released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.11.2 WHQL drivers. These drivers add support for the newly launched Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 graphics cards. It also adds optimization of "World of Warcraft: Shadowlands." The Vulkan ICD is expanded with a new extension, "VK_KHR_fragment_shading_rate." AMD also fixed a handful new bugs. To begin, hitching or stuttering caused by Radeon Instant Replay during fullscreen video playback has been fixed. Certain RX 500 series graphics cards not remembering fan settings after sleep has been fixed. With multiple multiple high refresh rate Radeon FreeSync displays connected to certain RX 500 series graphics cards, glitching was being noticed, which has been fixed. A case of stuttering when disabling performance metrics overlay in-game has also been fixed. Performance issues RX 5700 series cards were noticing with "Xuan-Yuan Sword VII" have been fixed. Mouse corruption in "Serious Sam 4," when changing graphics options in Vulkan API mode, has been fixed.
Support For
  • Radeon RX 6800 Series
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Added Vulkan Support
  • VK_KHR_fragment_shading_rate: This extension provides the ability to change the shading rate per fragment. This extension allows for multiple pixels to be shaded via a single fragment shader invocation as opposed to the normal rate of one invocation per pixel.
Fixed Issues
  • Enabling Record Desktop and Instant Replay may cause hitching or stutter during fullscreen video playback on some system configurations.
  • Custom fan settings may not retain after waking from sleep on Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
  • Graphical glitching may occur on Radeon RX 500 series graphics products when at idle or at desktop with multiple high refresh rate Radeon FreeSync displays connected.
  • Disabling performance metrics overlay while in game can sometimes cause frame freeze or stuttering.
  • Lower than expected performance may be experienced on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products in Xuan-Yuan Sword VII.
  • Mouse corruption may be experienced when changing graphics options to Vulkan API in Serious Sam 4.
  • Corruption may be visible on some surfaces in Far Cry Primal on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
Known Issues
  • Brightness flickering may intermittently occur in some games when Radeon FreeSync is enabled, and the game is set to use borderless fullscreen.
  • Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V, Call of Duty : Modern Warfare and Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War may experience intermittent application crashes with DirectX Raytracing enabled.
  • Anisotropic Filtering in Radeon Software graphics settings is not taking effect in DirexctX 9 applications on RDNA graphics products.
  • Crysis Remastered may experience corruption on character models on Radeon RX 6800 Series graphics products.
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands may fail to launch when DirectX 12 API is selected on Windows 7 system configurations.
  • Some games may experience stuttering when set to borderless fullscreen and an extended display is connected running the Netflix windows store application on RDNA graphics products.
  • Radeon recording and streaming features may fail to enable on AMD Radeon HD 7800 series graphics products.
  • Screen space reflections may appear with flickering corruption in Battlefield V on RDNA graphics products.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and the Performance Tuning tab 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.
  • 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.

Crypto Mining Farm at Apartment - [briefly]
05:22 PM EST - Nov,18 2020 - post a comment

This is why gamers had a hard time upgrading their rigs :D

Cyberpunk 2077 - 10 minutes of Xbox One gameplay - [gaming]
06:00 PM EST - Nov,17 2020 - post a comment

CD Projekt RED has published a special episode of "Night City Wire" featuring 10 minutes the Xbox One version of Cyberpunk 2077 running on both an Xbox One X and Xbox Series X via the console's backward compatibility feature. A gameplay video of the PlayStation 4 version is also planned for release, with a specific date set to be announced in the near future. Cyberpunk 2077 is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC via Steam, Epic Games, and GOG, and Stadia on December 10, followed by native PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions also available as a free upgrade at a later date.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon: Exclusive Official Trailer (2021) - [briefly]
12:29 PM EST - Nov,17 2020 - post a comment

Renowned animation producer Bruce Timm takes the Dark Knight back to the 1970s for a supernatural-laden martial arts extravaganza in Batman: Soul Of The Dragon, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 12, 2021, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray on January 26, 2021. The film is rated R for some violence.

Mosul - Official Trailer - [briefly]
11:32 AM EST - Nov,15 2020 - post a comment

When ISIS took their homes, families and city, one group of men fought to take it all back. Based on true events, this is the story of the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit who waged a guerrilla operation against ISIS in a desperate struggle to save their home city of Mosul.

Watch Mosul November 26, only on Netflix.

Cyberpunk 2077 music video - [gaming]
03:19 AM EST - Nov,15 2020 - post a comment

Run The Jewels, the hip-hop duo composed of El-P and Killer Mike, has revealed the music video for its song on the Cyberpunk 2077 official soundtrack.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion - Official Trailer - [off-topic]
04:10 PM EST - Nov,14 2020 - post a comment

Will Smith and the rest of cast are reuniting for a special Fresh Prince of Bel-Air show airing on HBO Max. Check out the trailer!

iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing and first impressions - [mobile]
02:06 PM EST - Nov,14 2020 - post a comment

Unboxing Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max in Gold

Watching This Guy Skate On Very Thin Ice With A Chainsaw Is Giving Us - [briefly]
12:23 PM EST - Nov,13 2020 - post a comment

Nothing about this is a good idea, but somehow YouTuber YOGOMAN made it work.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion - Official Trailer - [briefly]
12:22 PM EST - Nov,13 2020 - post a comment

Will Smith and the rest of cast are reuniting for a special Fresh Prince of Bel-Air show airing on HBO Max. Check out the trailer!

Apple to reportedly use smaller batteries in future iPhones thanks to - [briefly]
12:20 PM EST - Nov,13 2020 - post a comment

Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated in a recent research note (accessed by AppleInsider) that Apple is planning to use a new soft board battery technology for its next-generation iPhone devices. The new circuitry will result in the batteries becoming physically smaller, occupying less space in the devices. These liquid crystal polymer (LCP) soft boards offer an alternative to the traditional printed circuit board, bringing benefits such as higher flexibility, faster data transfer speeds, and can also allow for the batteries to hold more capacity using fewer panels. The Cupertino giant already leverages this circuit technology for the in-device antennas. The adoption is reportedly going to benefit suppliers such as Career Technology - which is expected to receive up to 50% of the orders for the boards. The new technology is expected to not just benefit iPhones, but also the third generation AirPods - which the analyst says is expected in the first half of 2021. The earbuds are rumored to sport a design similar to the AirPods Pro and will benefit from the soft boards. As for the iPhones, the company could choose to either shrink the size of the batteries, making space for more components - like a periscope camera for improved zoom capabilities - or increase the capacity of the batteries while retaining the physical dimensions. Kuo also predicted that the first mini-LED display-sporting iPad Pro tablets will debut in the first half of next year, contradicting earlier predictions of a Q4 2020 release. The firm is reportedly also working to bring high-end MacBook devices featuring mini-LED displays in the first or second half of 2021.

Apple releases first iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3 betas - [briefly]
12:19 PM EST - Nov,13 2020 - post a comment

It's been a week since Apple released iOS 14.2, so it's time to start testing out a whole new round of updates. Today, the first developer betas were made available for iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3. The only thing missing is a new beta for macOS 11, although to be fair, macOS Big Sur was only released yesterday. As for what's new, that's anyone's guess. All of the release notes pages in Apple Developer go to a site that says 'Page Not Found'. As 9to5Mac points out, it could include support for the ProRAW feature that was announced at Apple's October iPhone event. In fact, it's not at all uncommon for features not to make it into the initial major release and then show up throughout the year. If you really want to know what's included, you can either install it and find out, or wait for others to do so. Right now, this is only for developers, but it should show up for those on the Public Beta Program soon enough.

Google Photos Phasing Out Unlimited Photo Storage - [briefly]
12:18 PM EST - Nov,13 2020 - post a comment

Google Photos will no longer offer unlimited free backup of new "High quality" content from non-Pixel phones starting June 1, 2021. Since launch, Google Photos - available for both iOS and Android - has been unique in offering this free lifetime service. Google's definition of "High quality" means compressed copies of photos up to 16 megapixel and videos up to 1080p resolution. "High quality" content uploaded to the service before the deadline will be grandfathered and kept in the cloud for free, for life, without counting against storage limits. But starting June 2021, all new "High quality" content will be treated the same as Original quality content, counting against the 15 GB total storage available with every free Google account, shared among all Google services. Users can buy more storage with a Google One subscription. The cheapest plan offers 100 GB for $2/month. All existing Google Pixel phones are exempt from this change, and will continue to enjoy free, unlimited High quality media storage. Google says the average user will still be able to store about three years of photos with a free account, but the company also launched a simple tool offering a personalized estimate. Google is also changing its storage policies across all services. Google may delete content for a particular account/service if the user is inactive or over the storage limit for two years. The company also says it will "notify you multiple times before we attempt to remove any content so you have ample opportunities to take action." Users can easily manage storage and delete old files to make space using the Google One app.

Commerce Dept. Delays TikTok Ban as App Remains in Legal Limbo - [internet]
12:17 PM EST - Nov,13 2020 - post a comment

TikTok will remain available and in business in the US for now, as the Commerce Department finally announced today that it will not enforce the order - that was set to go into effect today - which would have effectively shut down the app in the US. In delaying enforcement, the Commerce Dept. is honoring a preliminary injunction issued by a Philadelphia judge. In August, the Trump administration announced plans to ban the Chinese app. TikTok has since been scrambling to arrange a new legal and corporate structure for TikTok in the US that would involve more US-based control and ownership. A potential deal involving Walmart and Oracle has been floated, but TikTok complained earlier this week that the Trump administration has ceased communicating with the company on whether and how to proceed with the deal.

Apple's M1-Based MacBook Air Benchmarked - [briefly]
10:08 AM EST - Nov,12 2020 - post a comment

When Apple announced that they are going to switch their Mac lineup from Intel-based x86 processors to the custom "Apple Silicon," everyone was wondering how the new processors will look and perform. To everyone's luck, Apple has just a few days ago announced its first Apple Silicon custom processor for MacBook. The M1, as the company calls it, is their first processor designed for higher-power and performance tasks The M1 features eight CPU cores (four high-performance and four-high efficiency) paired with eight cores dedicated to the graphics. On the die, there is also a 16-core neural engine made to accelerate machine learning tasks found in the new applications.

Today, we are getting the first GeekBench 5 CPU benchmarks that showcase just how far Apple has come with its custom design. What we have is the M1 processor found in MacBook Air. This Mac model features a passive cooling system, cooling a CPU with a base frequency of 3.2 GHz. The system scored 1719 points in the single-core result, and 6967 points in the multi-core result. The single-threaded results measure itself with some of the highest-end offerings from Intel and AMD, while the multi-threaded results are very good given the mix and match of small and big cores.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Landing in January at $999 - [hardware]
12:18 PM EST - Nov,11 2020 - post a comment

According to the unknown manufacturer (AIB) based in Taiwan, NVIDIA is preparing to launch the new GeForce RTX 3000 series "Ampere" graphics card. As reported by the HKEPC website, the Santa Clara-based company is preparing to fill the gap between its top-end GeForce RTX 3090 and a bit slower RTX 3080 graphics card. The new product will be called GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. If you are wondering what the specification of the new graphics card will look like, you are in luck because the source has a few pieces of information. The new product will be based on GA102-250-KD-A1 GPU core, with a PG133-SKU15 PCB design scheme. The GPU will contain the same 10496 CUDA core configuration as the RTX 3090.

The only difference to the RTX 3090 will be a reduced GDDR6X amount of 20 GB. Along with the 20 GB of GDDR6X memory, the RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards will feature a 320-bit bus. The TGP of the card is limited to 320 Watts. The sources are reporting that the card will be launched sometime in January of 2021, and it will come at $999. This puts the price category of the RTX 3080 Ti in the same range as AMD's recently launched Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card, so it will be interesting to see how these two products are competing.

First Hyperloop Passenger Test - [technology]
05:53 PM EST - Nov,10 2020 - post a comment

Virgin Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision for a futuristic, high-speed transportation system, reached an important milestone on Sunday after it conducted its first test with human passengers.

Sending an Attractive Lookalike to My High School Reunion - [off-topic]
05:50 PM EST - Nov,10 2020 - post a comment

Like many of us, Stephen didn't have a good time at high school. He played saxophone in the band, got bullied and struggled a little. Having graduated ten years ago, he hasn't seen any of his former classmates since. Now his high school reunion is coming up and he wants to settle some scores. So he enlisted the help of VICE's Oobah Butler via his app, Oobah.

In the wake of sending doubles of himself to collect awards and be interviewed by media outlets around the world, Oobah auditioned lookalikes and sent a hotter, more successful but fake version of Stephen to attend his high school reunion to reinvent his image in front of his old classmates.

But can he get away with it?

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 457.30 WHQL Drivers - [gaming]
05:31 AM EST - Nov,10 2020 - post a comment

NVIDIA has released the GeForce 457.30 WHQL drivers. The drivers come "game ready" (optimized) for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Godfall. The SLI profile for Black Desert has also been updated. The drivers also add G-Sync support for the Acer CP3271U V, Asus XG27AQ, MSI MAG274QR and Xiaomi Mi 245 HF monitors. Among the bugs fixed with this release are a drop in performance during gameplay for Warzone; a laptop-only error where the internal panel flashes upon resume from sleep mode or from display off; and a bug specific for Ampere, in a G-SYNC, HDR, Dual-head 8K display environment where the display screen goes black.

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 457.30 WHQL Driver Release Notes

Game Ready Driver

This new Game Ready Driver provides support for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. In addition, this driver provides optimal day-1 support for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Godfall.

Fixed Issues

  • [Warzone][RTX 30 series]: Users may see a drop in performance during gameplay.
  • [Notebook]: The internal panel flashes upon resume from sleep mode or from display off.
  • [NVIDIA Ampere architecture][G-SYNC][HDR][Dual-head 8k display]: Display screen goes black.

Pfizer vaccine found to be 90% effective - [technology]
08:23 AM EST - Nov,09 2020 - post a comment

The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been found to be 90% effective in preventing people from getting the virus. Phase 3 of Pfizer's trial involved 43,538 participants from six countries. They received two doses of either the immunisation or a placebo, with 90% protected from the virus within 28 days of having their jabs. Only 94 people who took part in the trial developed coronavirus and no serious safety concerns were reported, the US pharmaceutical firm said. "Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine's ability to prevent COVID-19," said Pfizer chairman and chief executive Dr Albert Bourla. The US and German companies say they can supply 50 million doses by the end of 2020 and 1.3 billion by the end of 2021. The UK government has secured around 30 million doses - enough for 15 million people - in an agreement with the two firms.

Trump Biden Avengers Endgame Election - [off-topic]
12:36 PM EST - Nov,08 2020 - post a comment

I cannot believe this is what America has come to! LOL

When Phones Were Fun: Nokia N95 - [mobile]
12:34 PM EST - Nov,08 2020 - post a comment

After all, 2020 has been one of the most interesting years in mobile tech history: Motorola finally achieved a proper reboot of its iconic RAZR; Samsung built the best foldable ever with its Galaxy Z Fold 2; and even LG got in on the fun with a radical rehash of its VX9400, the LG Wing. As I said in my review of the latter: "phones are indeed fun again!" But something tells me that, whatever social feeds might exist thirteen years from now, not many of those phones will inspire the kind of love-fest that 2007's Nokia N95 does. With a bevy of firsts encapsulated within an iconic dual-slider design, the Nokia N95 wasn't just the ultimate smartphone ... it was also, in many ways, the last of its kind.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Scored and Compared - [gaming]
04:33 PM EST - Nov,07 2020 - post a comment

The Sony PlayStation 5 receives a completely new look while the Microsoft Xbox Series X aims to keep things simple. These new consoles are capable of playing games in 4K at up to 120fps. Whether you choose the PS5 or Xbox Series X you should consider upgrading your TV to take full advantage of their capabilities.


Huawei to Enter Silicon Manufacturing Business without US Technologies - [technology]
04:28 PM EST - Nov,07 2020 - post a comment

Semiconductor manufacturing has been the latest victim of the recent trade war between China and the United States. With the US imposing sanctions on Chinese manufacturers, they have not been able to use any US technology without the approval of the US government. That has caused many companies to lose customers and switch their preferred foundry. The US government has also decided to sanction a Chinese company Huawei from accessing any US-technology-based manufacturing facilities, thus has prevented the Chinese company from manufacturing its chips in the facilities of TSMC. Left without almost any way to keep up with the latest semiconductor technology, Huawei is reportedly working on its own manufacturing facilities.

According to the Financial Times, Huawei is about to enter domestic silicon production with its partner company Shanghai IC R&D. And a big note here is that the manufacturing facility will not use any US technology. The production is allegedly going to start as soon as the end of this year, and the first process that will come out the door will be a rather outdated 45 nm node. The company is expecting to move on to a more advanced 28 nm node by the end of next year. While the capacities are unknown, we can assume that it will be enough for the company's purposes. With this move, Huawei will be 100% independent from any US influence and will own the complete vector of software and hardware, that is a custom made design by the company.

The steps against Huawei have accelerated Chinese IT developments. China has her own money transfer systems - what was seen as strategically important by the government. However anything else was not - China could have used US IT tech for a few decades longer. Now China will develop her own IT and will use that. The same way they use their own money transfer systems and not the US money transfer systems.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.11.1 - [gaming]
06:08 AM EST - Nov,07 2020 - post a comment

AMD today released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Version 20.11.1 beta comes with optimization for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, DiRT 5, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Godfall. With Godfall, the drivers offer up 7% higher performance as tested with an RX 5700 XT. The driver changelog does not mention any issues fixed with this release, and only a short list of new issues known to AMD, which it's working on to fix.
Support For
  • DIRT 5
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Godfall
    • Using Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 edition 20.11.1, a Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU offers on average 7% better FPS performance in Godfall (DX12) on the High setting, vs. the previous driver iteration, Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 edition 20.10.1.RS-348
  • Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War
Known Issues
  • 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.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and the Performance Tuning tab 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.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.

Games company Capcom hit by cyber attack - [crime-law]
05:05 AM EST - Nov,07 2020 - post a comment

Japanese games developer Capcom has suffered a security breach that affected its internal file and email systems, the company has revealed. Famous for video games such as "Resident Evil" and "Street Fighter", Capcom said it first noticed problems in the early hours of 2 November, when some of the Capcom Group networks experienced issues that limited access to certain systems, including email and file servers. The company has confirmed that this was due to "unauthorised access carried out by a third party" and that it has "halted some operations of its internal networks as of November 2". Capcom has not said who was behind the attack or how they managed to breach its systems. It added that, at present, "there is no indication that any customer information was breached". "This incident has not affected connections for playing the company's games online or access to its various websites," the statement added. It also said that the company is now cooperating with law enforcement agencies "as well as other related authorities while both carrying out an investigation and taking measures to restore its systems".

According to reports from Bleeping Computer, Capcom may have been the victim of a ransomware attack as the publication was able to access a ransom note created on Capcom's computers during the attack.
- We have BREACHED your security perimeter and get access to every server of company's Network in different offices located in Japan, USA, Canada.
So we has DOWNLOADED more than 1TB total volume of your PRIVATE SENSITIVE Data, including:
-Accounting files, Banking Statements, Budget and Revenue files classified as Confidential, Tax Documents
-Intellectual Property, Proprietary Business information, Clients and Employees Personal information (Such as Passports and Visa), Incidents Acts
-Corporate Agreements and Contracts, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Confidential Agreements, Sales Summaries
-Also we have your Private Corporate Correspondence, Emails and Messanger Conversations, Marketing presentations, Audit reports and a lot of other Sensitive Information

If NO Deal made than all your Data will be Published and/or Sold through an auction to any third-parties

In a separate announcement, Capcom warned that it was not in a position to respond to contact requests made through its investor relations form. "We are currently unable to reply to inquiries and/or to fulfill requests for documents via this form following the network issues that began November 2, 2020," said Capcom.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay Walkthrough - [gaming]
12:25 PM EST - Nov,06 2020 - post a comment

Publisher Ubisoft and developer Ubisoft Montreal have released a nine-minute gameplay walkthrough of Assassin's Creed Valhalla running on Xbox Series X. Assassin's Creed Valhalla is due out for Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC via Uplay and the Epic Games Store, and Stadia on November 10, and PlayStation 5 on November 12.

AMD Hurts Intel BAD - Ryzen 9 5900X vs 10900K Review and Benchmarks! - [hardware]
12:19 PM EST - Nov,06 2020 - post a comment

The big AMD "Zen 3" architecture we've been hearing a lot about is finally here, and we have with us its most affordable part, the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X. AMD claims that the 5600X is everything an AAA gamer would possibly want, and that the processor shouldn't get in the way of even premium 4K graphics cards.

AMD is debuting the Ryzen 5 5600X at a staggering $299, which is the highest launch price ever for a Ryzen 5-series processor, higher than what you'd pay for an 8-core 3700X. AMD states that the 5600X should have everything you need to build a gaming desktop for any resolution. Unlike the 5800X and 5900X which lack stock cooling solutions, AMD is including a cooler with the Ryzen 5. The chip has the same 95 W TDP as its predecessor, the 3600X, and is built on the same 7 nm silicon fabrication node.

The Ryzen 9 5900X is a 12-core/24-thread processor AMD is pricing at $549, about the same as the current Core i9-10900K street price (it originally launched at around $500). Ryzen 9 5900X's CPU cores are built on the same 7 nm silicon fabrication process as the Ryzen 3000 "Zen 2" processor, but with several refinements to the microarchitecture. The biggest change with "Zen 3" has to be the company doing away with the 4-core CCX and unifying all cores of the CPU chiplet into a single 8-core CCX. Even within the CPU core, AMD has worked to reduce latencies, improved branch-prediction, optimized the execution engine, fattened the front-end and load/store units, and deployed faster caches, which has a direct impact on IPC, or single-thread performance. IPC is the single biggest contributor to gaming performance, and the 19% claimed IPC gain over "Zen 2" should mean AMD has taken the gaming crown since the "Zen 2" architecture wasn't too far behind "Comet Lake" at gaming to begin with.

Unlike the competition, AMD isn't launching a new chipset with Zen 3. Existing motherboards based on AMD 500-series or 400-series chipsets will work with the new Ryzen 5000 Series processors after a BIOS update.


NVIDIA Reportedly Working on GeForce RTX 3080 Ti - [hardware]
12:27 PM EST - Nov,04 2020 - post a comment

A leak from renowned (and usually on-point) leaker Kopite7kimi claims that NVIDIA has finally settled on new graphics cards to combat AMD's RX 6800 threat after all. After the company has been reported (and never confirmed) to be working on double-memory configurations for their RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 graphics cards (with 16 GB GDDR6 and 20 GB GDDR6X, respectively), the company is now reported to have settled for a 20 GB RTX 3080 Ti to face a (apparently; pending independent reviews) resurgent AMD.

The RTX 3080 Ti specs paint a card with the same CUDA core count as the RTX 3090, with 10496 FP32 cores over the same 320-bit memory bus as the RTX 3080. Kopite includes board and SKU numbers (PG133 SKU 15) along a new GPU codename: GA102-250. The performance differentiator against the RTX 3090 stands to be the memory amount, bus, and eventually core clockspeed; memory speed and board TGP are reported to mirror those of the RTX 3080, so some reduced clocks compared to that graphics card are expected. That amount of CUDA cores means NVIDIA is essentially divvying-up the same GA-102 die between its RTX 3090 (good luck finding one in stock) and the reported RTX 3080 Ti (so good luck finding one of those in stock as well, should the time come). It is unclear how pricing would work out for this SKU, but pricing comparable to that of the RX 6900 XT is the more sensible speculation. Take this report with the usual amount of NaCl.

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