PAPERS, PLEASE - The Short Film (2018) 4K SUBS - [briefly]
05:59 PM EST - Feb,24 2018 - post a comment
That's amazing. I love that kind of movie almost silence where the face mimic is more important than dialogs. Thats a masterpice how you can even make a short from a inide game with a basick story linie and with no advanced game mechanics.
Midrange, high-end graphics card prices to rise - [hardware]
05:42 PM EST - Feb,23 2018 - (2 comments)
Things are not looking good for everyone wishing to build a new gaming PC. As we all know, the prices for all modern graphics cards have sky-rocketed over the past few months. And according to NVIDIA
, this situation will not be resolved soon as the prices will continue increasing through Q3 2018
NVIDIA was here at Massdrop HQ a couple of weeks ago re-confirming what
we already know. There is a couple of reason why there is a shortage
and also such a high demand of cards.
First the shortage.
All new cell phones coming out by Apple and Samsung (and others) last
year started using the same memory as graphics cards. Apple and Samsung
are willing to pay more for this memory to make sure they get it first
and all of it that they need. This has created a shortage of memory for
the much smaller companies like MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, and EVGA to make
Next the demand
This is obvious as the mining craze thats been going on has created a
huge demand in the market as miners are goblin up just about every card
available on earth.
These two things combined has just made it a tough time for any system
builder out there that just wants a card or two for their rig.
While NVIDIA was here they also let us know that the pricing in the
market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely
before we start seeing any type of relief. So, unfortunately the end to
this is not right around the corner and we have not seen the worst of
Let me finish by telling everyone on Massdrop this. I will continue to
list graphics cards that I can for the community if I am able to offer
a competitive price. Also, as I have mentioned in other graphics cards
drops we are selling this for right above our cost just barely covering
back end expenses.
Why should Massdrop offer these cards above MSRP? Well, there are still
customers who want to build computers now and not wait 6, 9, 12 months
for the market to stabilize. So as long as I can bring them a better
deal than what is currently available I will continue to do so. That
being said MSRP is kind of out the window at this point so keep your
eye on market price VS Massdrop as you will not see any cards out there
anywhere close to MSRP for a while to come.
Samsung Max Offers Data Savings and Security for Android - [briefly]
12:00 PM EST - Feb,23 2018 - post a comment
today announced Samsung Max, a free app for Android devices that will provide new data conservation and security tools. The app, a reborn version of the former Opera Max app, includes Data Saving Mode to help people stretch their mobile data buckets a bit further each month. The app can monitor which apps are using data and alert users to apps that consume too much. It also helps by actively compressing images, videos, music files, and web pages within apps and the browser to keep data consumption down. People can fine-tune how Data Saving Mode polices other apps in the advanced settings tools. On the security front, Samsung Max includes Privacy Protection Mode, a VPN for securing phones when on WiFi. It encrypts WiFi traffic with a single tap, blocks trackers and cookies, and includes a Domain Name System masking service to hide the user's location. Samsung says Samsung Max will reach the Google Play Store
on February 23. The company will also preinstall it on some devices later this year.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handset - [gadgets]
11:55 AM EST - Feb,23 2018 - post a comment
today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google's Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE's V30 and V30+; Asus's Zenfone AR; and OnePlus's OnePlus 5. More devices from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Asus, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, ZTE, Sony Mobile, and Vivo will be compatible with ARCore later this year. The 1.0 release gives developers an updated set of tools to create virtual content. For example, it features improved environmental understanding that lets people put virtual objects on surfaces like posters, furniture, toy boxes, books, cans, and more. The refreshed Android Studio Beta supports ARCore in the Emulator, so developers can get to work right away. Some of the first brands to offer ARCore content include Porsche, FC Barcelona, and Sotheby's. Google says it is expanding the availability of the Google Lens Preview, which lets you take a picture and gather information about what's in the image. Google says Lens will hit all Google Photos English-language users over the coming weeks. Further, Google is going to add Google Lens to its Google Assistant on select Android flagship devices. Lens lets people create contacts from business cards, recognize plants and animals, and add events to their calendar by taking photos.
Pluto Early Access Trailer - Rift, Vive, Windows VR - [briefly]
10:02 AM EST - Feb,23 2018 - post a comment
Until now VR didn't have a Discord-like social app to converse with friends. Pluto is looking to change that
and is available now in Steam Early Access. Pluto runs as a background app alongside SteamVR. After you create an avatar, friends can start a call with you, if you toggle on your Pluto avatar,, friends will see your head tracked face and hands moving around, mimicking your actions in game, but superimposed into their environment. Anything that can increase the social aspect of VR will inevitably lead to more widespread VR adoption. Even though single player FPS are my personal favorite games, BSing with friends while you're playing even different games is one of the most enjoyable aspects of gaming to me. You can get Pluto on Steam here, for free.
Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.3 drivers - [briefly]
04:25 AM EST - Feb,23 2018 - post a comment
AMD today released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. Version 18.2.3
, the third release for this month, comes with optimization for "Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age," "Sea of Thieves," and "Brass Tactics." With "Sea of Thieves," the drivers enable up to 29% higher frame-rates at 4K UHD, when measured with Radeon RX Vega 64, and up to 39% higher frame-rates at 1080p, when measured with an RX 580. With FFXII, it enables up to 13% higher frame-rates at 1440p measured with an RX Vega 64, and up to 20% higher frame-rates at 1080p, with an RX 580. A host of FreeSync-related bugs are addressed with this release. They correct a bug experienced with FreeSync kicking in during online video-playback in Google Chrome, causing flickering; rapid frame-rate changes between minimum and maximum FPS ranges when gaming in certain system configurations; which causes stuttering; and a flickering observed on FreeSync-capable displays when performance metrics overlay is enabled with Enhanced Sync. A Radeon Overlay flickering noticed on Vulkan API games was fixed. A display corruption issue with "Fortnite" was fixed
Lost in Space - Date Announcement - [briefly]
01:37 PM EST - Feb,22 2018 - post a comment
The Robinson family, part of a highly trained mission to establish a new colony in space, is unexpectedly pulled off course forcing them to crash land on a lost planet. Lost in Space premieres April 13, 2018.
The Outsider - Official Trailer - [briefly]
01:21 PM EST - Feb,22 2018 - post a comment
An American soldier imprisoned in postwar Japan enters the dark world of the yakuza, adopting their way of life in repayment for his freedom
New Samsung S9 Video Ad Reveals More Details - [briefly]
06:59 PM EST - Feb,21 2018 - post a comment
Between the three video advertisements, Samsung teases the abilities of the upcoming phone, without ever showing the actual phone. It's obvious that Samsung is trying to hint at the abilities of the camera on the Galaxy S9, as seen with the motif of the round hole in the '9' at the end of each video resembling the view through a round lens. What do you think?
Qualcomm Drops 802.11ax WiFi Modem with WPA3 Security for Phones - [briefly]
12:17 PM EST - Feb,21 2018 - post a comment
today announced the WCN3998, a pre-standard 802.11ax WiFi radio for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Qualcomm says the WCN3998 is faster, more power efficient, and more secure than previous designs. To start, the 802.11ax spec allows for more throughput for each user, thanks to 8x8 MU-MIMO, even on congested access points. This ensures that end users see an increase of speeds by a factor of two. Moreover, the WCN3998 puts strict power management algorithms to work in order to reduce power consumption by up to 67%. The WiFi radio is among the first to adopt WPA3 encryption from the WiFi Alliance. WPA3 provides a much greater degree of security on home, public, and enterprise networks, and can even protect those who fail to pick strong passwords. Last, the WCN3998 adopts Bluetooth 5.1 with extended data rate and low energy mode. This makes for more robust wireless audio connections and battery life improvements of up to 75%. Qualcomm says the WCN3998 supports pre-draft access points that it expects to reach the market later this year and early next year. The WiFi radio will find its way into flagship smartphones by the end of 2018.
Blu Vivo X Boasts 4 Cameras, 6-Inch 18:9 Display - [mobile]
12:17 PM EST - Feb,21 2018 - post a comment
today announced the Vivo X, a flagship handset that costs less than $200. The phone is among the first from Blu to jump to the 18:9 aspect ratio for its 6-inch 1440 by 720p display. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. A MediaTek Helio P25 processor powers the phone with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The Vivo X features two sets of dual cameras. A 13-megapixel main camera adorns the rear of the phone with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and full HD video capture. The secondary camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Together, they can produce bokeh-style images. On the front, the Vivo X features a 20-megapixel standard-angle camera with user-facing LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, and face unlock, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. Other features include a 4,010mAh battery with rapid charging, fingerprint reader, MaxxAudio speakers, dual SIM card support, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, GPS, and support for GSM networks in the U.S. It runs Android 7 Nougat. Blu is selling the Vivo X unlocked from its own web site as well as Amazon
Google disclosed Microsoft Edge security flaw before it's fixed - [security]
03:39 PM EST - Feb,19 2018 - post a comment
Google and Microsoft have never had the best of relationships. In addition to being bitter rivals in the realm of web browsers, Google previously disclosed a major Windows flaw before Microsoft was ready to release a patch for it - a decision Microsoft was less than pleased with. Indeed, Google's move irked Microsoft so much that Windows Executive VP Terry Myerson opted to publish a blog post
criticizing the search giant for their approach to the disclosure of security vulnerabilities.
The vulnerability reportedly relates to how Edge handles code execution and was first disclosed to Microsoft by Google back in November. After giving the software giant 90 days to fix the issue, Project Zero researchers have gone public with their findings. Though the specifics of the discovery are complicated and quite technical
, the gist is hackers are able to bypass Microsoft Edge's existing security measures to inject malicious code into a victim's PC memory, according to Neowin
. With this in mind, it's not hard to see why Project Zero awarded the flaw a "Medium" severity rating. As of writing, Microsoft has not rolled out a fix for the vulnerability so security conscious users may wish to use an alternate browser for the time being.
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