GeForce Game Ready 397.31 WHQL drivers - [gaming]
03:44 AM EDT - Apr,26 2018 - post a comment
As expected NVIDIA has released GeForce 397.31 WHQL drivers
(Win10 64-bit here
). The drivers see NVIDIA discontinue regular support for 32-bit versions of Windows. It also sheds support for GPUs based on NVIDIA "Fermi" GPU architecture (GeForce 400 series and 500 series). The drivers also add first official support for NVIDIA RTX real-time ray-tracing technology. To use it, you'll need a GPU based on NVIDIA's next-generation "Volta" architecture (such as the $3,000 TITAN V), the latest major version of Windows 10, and Microsoft DXR developer package. The drivers also add support for Vulkan 1.1 API. Besides the above three, GeForce 397.31 WHQL is game-ready for "BattleTech" and "FrostPunk."
VENOM - Official Trailer - [briefly]
03:45 PM EDT - Apr,24 2018 - post a comment
Normies: excited for Spider-Man in "Infinity War" this week. Edgy, brooding intellectuals: hyped for Sony's "Venom," coming this October.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS - Official Trailer 1 - [briefly]
03:37 PM EDT - Apr,23 2018 - post a comment
CRAZY RICH ASIANS follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can't buy love, it can definitely complicate things.
In theaters this August.
NVIDIA AI Inpainting Is Cool - [briefly]
03:26 PM EDT - Apr,23 2018 - post a comment
Researchers from NVIDIA, led by Guilin Liu, introduced a state-of-the-art deep learning method that can edit images or reconstruct a corrupted image, one that has holes or is missing pixels. The method can also be used to edit images by removing content and filling in the resulting holes. Learn more about their research paper 'Image Inpainting for Irregular Holes Using Partial Convolutions.'
Microsoft Working on Cut-Down Version of OS - [briefly]
07:42 AM EDT - Apr,23 2018 - post a comment
Microsoft is releasing a lighter version of Windows 10
for Redstone 5, the big OS update due out in the Fall. Dubbed "Windows 10 Lean," it features an installer 2GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and loses basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD/DVD drives, and apps like Regedit. It is not clear what Microsoft plans to do with the SKU. It may simply be intended for virtual machines, or Microsoft may be looking to make another go at a version of Windows for really low-powered devices.
Alienware Hotel Room - [briefly]
04:00 AM EDT - Apr,21 2018 - post a comment
The Alienware room is a gamer's paradise. As Homecrux highlights, the pad is equipped with a high-end Alienware PC running an Intel Core i7 8700 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti GPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and Windows 10 Pro. There's also a laptop on hand - an Alienware 15 - sporting a Core i7-7700HQ chip, 32GB of memory and a GTX 1070 which should be handy if you can't leave the desktop for more than five minutes to use the restroom. There's also an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset on hand as well as a 65-inch 4K OLED TV paired to a 5.1-channel audio system and a 34-inch Alienware monitor for desktop gaming. And that just scratches the surface as you've got Alienware-everything accessories (keyboards, mice, palm rests) plus Xbox One Elite controllers, a gaming simulator chair and even full-room lighting effects. Should you somehow decide to pull yourself away from the gaming action, you'll find two king beds and a luxurious bathroom at your disposal. The Alienware gaming room at the Hilton Panama is now available at a somewhat reasonable $349 per night.
Xbox One X FreeSync/ Adaptive Sync Tested - [briefly]
02:02 PM EDT - Apr,20 2018 - post a comment
Variable Refresh, FreeSync, Adaptive Sync... it has many names, but it's now available on preview versions of the Xbox One dashboard and we've tested it, using an Asus VP28U monitor. Not the best tool for the job, as we discovered, but its inbuilt frame-rate monitor is certainly useful! Join John and Rich for some live hands-on with a variety of games!
Apple's New Robot Prevents Your Dead iPhone from Pushing Daisies - [technology]
02:00 PM EDT - Apr,20 2018 - post a comment
today made several commitments to environmental conservation efforts based on recycling old iPhones. To start, the company will make a donation to Conservation International for every device recycled at Apple stores and Apple.com between now and April 30. Eligible devices will receive credit that customers can use toward an in-store purchase or put on an Apple Store Gift Card. The value will vary by device. Conservation International protects natural resources. Further, Apple debuted Daisy, a new robot that disassembles old iPhones in order to recover valuable materials for recycling purposes. Apple says Daisy can take apart nine different iPhone models, and disassemble up to 200 devices per hour, removing and sorting components. "At Apple, we're constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet's precious resources," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. "In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We're also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what's possible when innovation and conservation meet." Apple continues to work to reduce its carbon footprint, use safer materials in its products, and power its facilities with clean energy. Last, Apple said it will send an alert to Apple Watch users on April 21 challenging them to go outside and complete 30 minutes of activity. Those who do will be rewarded with unique stickers in iMessage.
Deadpool 2: The Final Trailer - [briefly]
04:49 AM EDT - Apr,20 2018 - post a comment
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.
Western Digital Outs Capacious 14TB Ultrastar DC HC530 HDD - [hardware]
10:37 AM EDT - Apr,19 2018 - post a comment
Western Digital (WD) has pulled the wraps off a new high capacity storage drive that is aimed directly at cloud and enterprise data centers. The new Ultrastar DC HC530 has 14TB of storage capacity, which WD says is the highest capacity conventional magnetic recording hard drive on the market today. The HC530 uses fifth-generation HelioSeal technology and is meant to be perfect for environments where storage density, watt/TB and $/TB are critical. The drive will allow enterprise users to build petabyte-scale infrastructures. WD says that the new HC530 is a follow-on to the 14TB shielded magnetic recording drive, the Ultrastar Hs14.
Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing, Devices, Western Digital, said, "Our enterprise and hyperscale cloud customers demand reliability with the highest capacities and densities to deliver the lowest TCO for business-critical applications. Having invented, brought to market and delivered five generations of industry-leading innovations in helium technology, and with more than 27 million drives shipped, our ability to maintain high quality and reliability have made us the trusted partner of top-tier cloud providers, Internet giants and OEMs around the world."
WD adds that the HC530 will be offered in both SAS and SATA interfaces, it features a two-dimensional magnetic recording, and an improved dual stage micro actuator for optimal head positioning and rotational vibration robustness. The drive also has a self-encrypting engine integrated and is rated for 2.5M hours MTBF. WD will sell the drive with a 5-year limited warranty and is now offering limited qualification samples to qualified customers. No retail price has been announced at this time.
Google Simplifies Two-Factor Authentication in Gmail - [briefly]
06:03 PM EDT - Apr,18 2018 - post a comment
has reduced the complexity of using two-factor authentication for Gmail in an effort to encourage more people to take advantage of the tool. Moving forward, iPhone and iPad users can receive security prompts within Gmail. Previously, users needed to have both Gmail and the Google mobile app in order to use two-factor authentication. Google says this new method, which puts two-factor entirely within Gmail, should be easier to use while still offering a more secure method of authentication accounts. Google says this change is rolling out to all users over the next week.
Chrome 66 for iOS and Desktops Halts Autoplay - [briefly]
06:03 PM EDT - Apr,18 2018 - post a comment
is this week releasing version 66 of its Chrome browser to iOS, Mac, Windows, and Linux devices. The core feature of Chrome 66 is tackling autoplay video and audio. With the autoplay blocker on, web sites won't be allowed to automatically roll video ads or other content that might be hard to silence or mute. The autoplay blocker is turned on by default, though videos that have no audio or muted audio will still be allowed to play. For iOS devices, Chrome 66 makes it easy for iPhone and iPad owners to export passwords saved in Chrome and use them in another app. Last, Chrome 66 gains stability and performance improvement. Chrome is free to download from the Google Play Store, Mac App Store, Windows Store, and iTunes
Nvidia GTX 1180 specs and performance data leaks out - [hardware]
05:42 PM EDT - Apr,18 2018 - post a comment
Nvidia managed to keep the next gen GeForce GTX 11xx family of GPUs under wraps pretty well up until now, but this did not really stop speculators to extrapolate all the available data and come up with a preliminary specs sheet and performance projections. The guys over at WCCFTech
put together a list of GTX 1180 specs and expected performance, however, strangely enough, they do not cite any sources, so the usual salt disclaimer should apply here, as well. First of all, it's still not clear if Nvidia will use the Turing or the Ampere architecture, both derived from the Volta one released last year. The new GPUs will be manufactured using the 12 nm FinFET process and the die size will be around 400 square mm. Based on the original Volta specs, the GTX 1180 could come with 3584 CUDA cores, 224 TMUs and 64 ROPs, while the core clock could be set at 1.6 GHz (1.8 GHz boost).
On the memory side, the interface should not change from the current 256-bit one. Bandwidth and transfer speeds will theoretically reach 512 GB/s and 16 Gbps, respectively, thanks to the new GDDR6 memory that should come in 8/16 GB configurations. The expected TDP is somewhere between 170-200 W.
Regarding the actual performance numbers, the GTX 1180 could end up 50% faster than the GTX 1080 and around 10% faster than the Titan Xp, at least in 2560 x 1440 tests. The next gen GPU could be even faster in 1080p, but the real improvement should be seen in 4K tests.
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