Project Stream Official Gameplay Capture - [gaming]
02:44 AM EST - Jan,18 2019 - post a comment
Picture being able to play AAA games at 1080p and 60 FPS
on an internet browser, with the only requirements being a decent enough internet connection (the test called for 25 Mbps down, and no mention on minimum upload speeds) and a controller or keyboard/mouse combo. This would have been a pipe dream even with NVIDIA's own take on this, GeForce Now, having been announced significantly earlier. However, that has yet to come out of a private beta test, and even so shows no sign of leaving a limited test region centered around California without hiccups reported by users.
Next RAZR Might be a $1,500 Foldable Smartphone - [mobile]
09:47 AM EST - Jan,17 2019 - post a comment
Motorola will soon revive the RAZR brand for a pricey folding-screen phone for Verizon, the Wall Street Journal
reports today. The phone is in testing but could launch as soon as February. The phone would cost roughly $1,500 and be exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Samsung has said it also plans to introduce a phone this year with a screen that bends, allowing the phone to fold in half. Motorola Mobility is owned by Lenovo. The original RAZR was a thin metal flip phone introduced in 2004. Motorola revived the RAZR brand in 2011 for a line of Droid phones that were also exclusive to Verizon. The new "foldable" RAZR has yet to be announced and no other details are available.
How Well Do FreeSync Monitors Work with NVIDIA GPUs? - [briefly]
05:47 AM EST - Jan,17 2019 - post a comment
Techspot has performed testing on FreeSync monitors and NVIDIA GPUs
to determine how well do they work together. After explaining the 4 tiers of adaptive sync support that NVIDIA has, Techspot ended up testing 7 different monitors that didn't have NVIDIA certification. All worked except for one monitor that required FreeSync over HDMI. NVIDIA currently doesn't support FreeSync over HDMI as it has tied its G-SYNC technology to Displayport only. Owners of high end FreeSync televisions are left out in the cold for now as most TVs only have HDMI connections. Everything worked perfectly fine and without issues just as they predicted. NVIDIA even supports low framerate compensation (LFC) and HDR with adaptive sync support on FreeSync monitors. They haven't tested the exclusive FreeSync 2 AMD features on NVIDIA GPUs, but they expect the basic FreeSync and HDR on those to work just fine also.
HoloLens news incoming - [technology]
01:00 PM EST - Jan,16 2019 - post a comment
Microsoft began sending out invitations for its press event at Mobile World Congress today, which will be held on Sunday, February 24 at 5pm CET. Speakers at the keynote will include CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White, and Alex Kipman. Alex Kipman is known for his work on HoloLens, and HoloLens news is exactly what we were expecting. Sources told us that MWC is when it will be officially unveiled that the next HoloLens will use a Snapdragon 850 chipset, making it an always connected PC. It seems likely that we'll get even more details on Microsoft's next-generation AR headset, and a full unveil would be particularly interesting.
Don't expect any new Surface hardware, as Panos Panay's name wasn't on the list. It's possible that the firm could show off some partner devices, but that's somewhat unlikely given that this is a pre-event show. For example, at CES, Microsoft did a partner showcase a couple of days into the event, after partners had announced their new wares. Aside from HoloLens and the various business applications that will come from features like 4G LTE, there may be some Azure news as well, since Julia White will be there. We'll find out more on February 24.
YouTube Bans Dangerous Challenges and Pranks Videos - [internet]
12:46 PM EST - Jan,16 2019 - post a comment
YouTube has rolled out new Community Guidelines
that will ban videos that depict dangerous challenges and pranks. Examples of dangerous challenges and pranks include, setting yourself on fire, eating Tide Pods, driving blindfolded, shooting a loved one for views, home invasion pranks, drive-by shooting pranks, and pranks that cause children severe emotional distress.
New Bluetooth Sticker Tags Powered by Ambient Radio Waves - [briefly]
12:38 PM EST - Jan,16 2019 - post a comment
A new design for Bluetooth LE tags removes the need for a battery and fits into a cheap, thin, stamp-size sticker, or can be embedded directly in consumer product packaging. A tiny ARM processor transmits an ecrypted ID code like other Bluetooth tracking tags, but is powered by a new antenna design that harvests power from ambient radio waves. It can also sense temperature and weight info, and transmit that data, as well, to nearby Bluetooth LE devices, including phones. The tags have been created and successfully demonstrated by Wiliot
, which has secured $50 million in funding from eight major investors, including the investment arms of Samsung, Qualcomm, and Amazon. Wiliot expects manufacturers to embed its tag into products and product packaging, which consumers could interact with, both in stores and at home, to get additional product information on their phones, or track lost items.
AMD's Initial Production Run of Radeon VII Just 5,000 Pieces? - [briefly]
11:35 AM EST - Jan,16 2019 - post a comment
More news coming in on AMD's upcoming high-end graphics card, the Radeon VII, with Chinese media reporting that AMD's initial production run for the card is set to ship just 5,000 pieces worldwide. This comes hot on the heals of another report that the Radeon VII won't come in custom-designs by AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners, and that only the reference design will be repackaged and sold by them. What's worse, the source which leaked this production size also revealed that AMD is selling the card below cost-price, i.e., with each card sold, AMD is losing money. This probably explains Wall Street's cold response to the Radeon VII launch, but with a batch size of just 5,000 (roughly $3.5 million in sales at $699 a piece), this card has a negligible impact on AMD's bottom-line. AMD posted a swift denial to both pieces of news, the size of its production run and the product's profitability. In a statement to MyDrivers, AMD said (translated): "We will not release production figures, but when released on February 7, AMD.com official website and AIB vendor partners will have products on sale, and we expect the supply of Radeon VII to meet the needs of gamers." In short, Radeon VII is shaping up to be the card you'd want to buy if you've sworn a blood-oath never to buy an NVIDIA product, and you need something to play games in 2019 at 4K with.
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Teaser Trailer - [briefly]
04:47 PM EST - Jan,15 2019 - post a comment
Marvel on Tuesday dropped the first teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and the 23rd superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. True to its name, the movie will see Peter Parker (Tom Holland) depart familiar turf on a school trip to Europe. Any hopes of some much-needed rest and relaxation are quickly dashed following an encounter with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). We're also shown glimpses of Mysterio played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5, 2019.
Apple Allegedly Replaced 11 Million Batteries - [briefly]
04:07 PM EST - Jan,15 2019 - post a comment
Apple's missed revenue targets have sent investors scrambling for explanations, and a few pointed fingers at Apple's 2017/2018 CPU throttling scandal. Apple started a relatively affordable program to replace batteries
in older iPhones for $29, and some analysts thought the program could put a dent in Apple's profits. That claim hinges on just how many batteries Apple replaced, and the Daring Fireball blog claims to have a concrete number. Citing an Apple executive meeting on January 3rd, the report claims that Apple replaced about 11 million iPhone batteries, which is far above previous estimates.
NVIDIA Releases GeForce 417.71 WHQL Drivers - [briefly]
11:52 AM EST - Jan,15 2019 - post a comment
NVIDIA today released its latest version of GeForce software. Version 417.71 WHQL
is the first public driver to add support for the new GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. More importantly, it makes good on CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's promise to make NVIDIA GPUs, "Pascal" and "Turing," compatible with VESA Adaptive-Sync (AMD FreeSync) monitors. NVIDIA maintains this repository
of monitors it has tested to support Adaptive Sync, although any compatible monitor meeting the cable requirements can be made to run G-Sync. The only feature only supports single-displays for now, and NVIDIA plans to add multi-display Adaptive-Sync support later.
NVIDIA also addressed a number of issues. To begin with, it fixed the problem of the GeForce GTX 1080 not dropping down GPU clock-speed to idle when three displays are connected. Also addressed is a black-screen noticed on monitors connected via DisplayPort, when resuming from S3 sleep. Also fixed is black screen noticed on BenQ XL2730 when the refresh-rate is set to the monitor's advertised 144 Hz. A Windows 7-specific error in which game frame-rates drop when both G-Sync and the in-game V-sync are enabled. Multiple apps throw up artifacts on Windows RS5 when resolution is changed, on machines with RTX 2080, which NVIDIA fixed with this release. An occasional crash on "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" with the game running in DirectX 12 mode was fixed.
China Releases Footage of First Far Side Moon Landing - [technology]
01:38 PM EST - Jan,11 2019 - post a comment
China successfully made humanity's first soft landing on the far side of the Moon earlier this year. Fortunately, it's 2019, and we have cameras and transmitters far better than the ones bolted onto Apollo-era spacecraft, so China's National Space Administration just released a video of the Moon probe's approach and touchdown.
AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 Beta Driver - [briefly]
03:12 AM EST - Jan,11 2019 - post a comment
AMD today released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 beta drivers
. This latest release brings performance improvements for Fortnite of up to 4% for the Radeon RX 580 at 1080p and up to 3% for the Radeon RX Vega 64 at 1080p compared to the previous 18.12.3 drivers. On top of this there are numerous fixes this time around including; Virtual Super Resolution not showing up on 1440p Ultra-Wide displays, system lag when using Alt-Tab during gameplay, performance metrics overlay feature not scaling correctly when changing resolution in-game just to name a few. That said, AMD still has a few bugs to squash, as of right now Battlefield V players may still experience character outlines being stuck on screen after they are revived. Meanwhile uninstalling the Radeon Software may result in its failure to remove the Radeon settings.
- Up to 4% faster performance in Fortnite (Season 7) using Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 on the Radeon RX 580 graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.3 at 1920x1080 (1080p).
- Up to 3% faster performance in Fortnite (Season 7) using Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 on the Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.3 at 1920x1080 (1080p).
- Virtual Super Resolution may not show up as available on some 1440p Ultra-Wide Displays.
- Some Radeon RX Series graphics products may experience system lag when Alt+Tab is used during gameplay.
- Radeon Settings Advisor may incorrectly suggest older versions of Radeon Software as an update.
- Radeon Settings software update notifications may appear more often than expected.
- Application profile settings for Radeon WattMan may not reset to default correctly when using the reset button.
- Radeon Settings may experience a crash when clicking the restart button after a driver installation or while switching between some Radeon WattMan tabs when changing fan settings.
- Zero RPM control may fail to enable correctly when toggled on/off in Radeon Settings.
- Radeon ReLive gallery upload queue may sometimes fail to upload videos.
- Radeon Settings may sometimes incorrectly display the previously installed Radeon Software version after upgrade.
- Custom color profile options may fail to retain in game on clone or Eyefinity display setups.
- Performance metrics overlay feature may scale incorrectly when changing resolution in game.
- Screen tearing may be observed with Enhanced Sync enabled on Vulkan API games.
- Some systems running multiple displays may experience mouse lag when at least one display is enabled but powered off.
- Upgrade Advisor may intermittently fail to detect games and provide compatibility recommendations.
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