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Tuesday 14 (Jan 2020)

Giant Boeing 747 Vertical Takeoff - [briefly]
03:20 AM EST - Jan,14 2020 - post a comment

For those who don't know, this video is made from x-plane 11. X-plane 11 is the flight simulator, so of course this situation doesn't happen in real life. The plane taxi to the runway from Pane Field airport. It takeoff and lands at the same runway.

Monday 13 (Jan 2020)

E:60 - Meet 'The Michael Jordan of Dogs' - [off-topic]
06:49 PM EST - Jan,13 2020 - post a comment

There are certain icons of sport that are so transcendent, they change their respective sports forever-Jordan, Tiger, Serena. But there is one athlete you've probably never heard of who also belongs in that rarified air, one who can run faster and jump higher than all of them: His name is Spitfire, and he's a 7-year-old Whippet. But what makes Spitfire so special is more than the fact that he has four legs, it's the powerful bond he has with his trainer, a 15-year-old girl named Sydney. Together, they are rewriting the record books of the canine sports world. Mina Kimes brings you their unforgettable story.

Marcin Patrzalek: Polish Guitarist MURDERS His Guitar! - [off-topic]
06:43 PM EST - Jan,13 2020 - post a comment


Disturbed - Down With The Sickness in 20 Styles - [off-topic]
06:40 PM EST - Jan,13 2020 - post a comment

That "HU"-style traditional throat singing was pretty darn impressive!

Samsung XCover Pro Targets Businesses - [mobile]
06:36 PM EST - Jan,13 2020 - post a comment

Samsung this week revealed the Galaxy XCover Pro, a new Android 10 phone "optimized for a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing". It's just slightly larger than the Galaxy S10+, but with a rugged body military-rated for drops up to 1.5 meters, and rated IP68 for dust and water. Its flat screen measures 6.2-inches, sports full-HD+ resolution, and works with gloves and wet fingers. It has a 4,050 mAh removable battery that support 15W fast charging and charging docks with pogo pins. It also has a 25 megapixel main camera, 13 megapixel front camera, NFC, fingerprint reader on the side, and two programmable shortcut buttons. One of the buttons has be used for the PTT (walkie-talkie) feature of Microsoft Teams. It's powered by a Samsung Exynos chip paired with 4 GB of RAM. It has 64 GB of storage built-in and supports memory cards up to 512 GB. It will work on Verizon's network in the US and be available in the first half of 2020 for $500.

Microsoft will support Edge on Windows 7 for at least 18 months - [briefly]
05:59 PM EST - Jan,13 2020 - post a comment

It's not a secret that the end of extended support for Windows 7 is tomorrow, and with Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge shipping for the unsupported OS the day after, there are questions about how long the browser will be supported. Google announced last week that it's committing to 18 months of support for Chrome on Windows 7, which means that Chromium is supported for as long. Today, Microsoft confirmed that it will commit to the same timeframe as Google. That means that you'll get Edge updates on Windows 7 until at least July 15, 2021. It's likely that the company will go beyond that. Microsoft is offering Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for businesses on Windows 7 that are willing to pay up, and ESUs are available for a total of three years. Given that the Redmond firm is committed to providing Windows 7 support, even to only some users, for another three years, it seems likely that it would support the browser for as long. Of course, that also depends on Chromium support.

Saturday 11 (Jan 2020)

Samsung's booth: the Galaxy Chromebook, The Wall, and more - [briefly]
12:13 PM EST - Jan,11 2020 - post a comment

Of course, there were robots, and smart home devices. There were also new consumer gadgets, from the Galaxy Chromebook, to the Galaxy Book Flex, to two new smartphones, the Galaxy Note10 Lite and the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Dell Shows Off Foldable and Dual Screen Laptops at CES - [hardware]
11:19 AM EST - Jan,11 2020 - post a comment

During this year's CES, Dell had a few concept products on hand that we checked out. Among those are the two laptop concepts called the Concept Duet and the Concept Ori. Designed as unconventional mobile devices, these laptops are very different than anything currently present on the market. First in line is the Concept Duet. This model is a standard looking laptop from outside, however, when you open it up, you will find that the keyboard is absent. The place where the keyboard sits is now replaced with another screen. Both the main and the secondary screens are the same quality 13.4-inch 1080p displays that work in tandem to achieve the best possible experience. However, if you wish to use a real keyboard, there is a magnetic addon that snaps on the bottom screen and makes for a standard laptop experience. Next up is another, more interesting concept product called the Ori - a foldable tablet-like laptop. The Ori is a 13-inch 720p laptop that can be folded like a book. It is designed for ebook reading and general multitasking applications that can use the folding ability of the device. Being powered by Windows 10, we don't know the state of the software support for this type of device, however, Windows 10X should be coming out soon to support use cases like these. Unfortunately we don't know the specs of these laptops, as they are subject to change and its very difficult to design a product like this, so Dell may either use Intel's 10th generation processors or AMD's 4000 series of mobile processors. Another thing to note about these two devices is that Dell showed them off as concept products, meaning that they might not make it to the market, however, being that every company is now designing similar devices we could expect something similar in the future.

Google Pay Now Supports Student ID Cards - [briefly]
11:13 AM EST - Jan,11 2020 - post a comment

Transact - a leading supplier of student ID card systems - this week announced support for Google Pay, the primary digital wallet feature of Google's Android OS. The new capability allows students of participating colleges and universities to carry their student ID in their phone instead of a physical card. Students can simply tap their NFC-enabled phone on readers to access campus buildings, as well as payments for  dining, laundry, vending, and retail. Apple Wallet has supported the Transact platform since late 2018, and additional student-ID systems since late 2019. Fifteen institutions have committed to the initial roll-out of Transact for Google Pay, including Arkansas State University, Chowan University, College of Coastal Georgia, Duke University, Georgetown University, Hamilton College, Johns Hopkins University, Marshall University, Mercer University, Roanoke College, St. Edward's University, South Dakota State University, Temple University, The University of Alabama, and University of New Brunswick.

Friday 10 (Jan 2020)

This Byton electric car has a 48-inch screen - [technology]
04:25 PM EST - Jan,10 2020 - post a comment

Chinese EV startup Byton returned to the Consumer Electronics Show this year with its electric SUV, the M-Byte. The Verge's Sean O'Kane got a chance to drive the M-Byte and see what it's like to be behind the wheel of a car with a massive 48-inch dashboard display.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.1.1 - [briefly]
09:26 AM EST - Jan,10 2020 - post a comment

AMD today released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Version 20.1.1 Beta comes with follows up on the previous 19.12.3 release with an equally long list of fixes and stability improvements in the wake of AMD radically updating its driver software, particularly the Radeon Software application. Before that, 20.1.1 includes performance optimization for "Monster Hunter World: Iceborne." This driver also comes with multiple bug fixes. For instance, it fixes a game crash and DXGI dialogue error when running Mechwarrior 5 using HDMI and Radeon FreeSync display configurations. It also resolves some stuttering issues during gameplay in Lost Ark. Furthermore, it fixes screen flashing when launching Resident Evil 2 Remake using DirectX 12 API.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 Driver Release Notes

Support For

  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Fixed Issues

  • The audible beeps at game startup from Radeon Chill, Radeon Boost, and Radeon Anti-Lag have been removed. These features now offer audible indicators only when activated or deactivated via hotkey.
  • The Radeon ReLive on screen timer indicator during recordings has been disabled by default but can be enabled in Radeon Software settings.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon ReLive may experience freezing or pausing issues during recordings when a high resolution camera is connected and in use.
  • CPU usage may sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • Some users may experience an error message "Another instance is running" during download of a software update through the Radeon Software home screen.
  • The DuplicateDesktop process may sometimes cause high CPU usage while a game is running.
  • Radeon Software may close or may experience a crash upon resuming from sleep.
  • The toast message detailing the hotkey to open Radeon Software's Overlay may still show up in some games after Radeon Software Overlay has been disabled.
  • Lost Ark may experience stuttering intermittently during gameplay.
  • Using a custom stream key with Radeon ReLive may fail to stream your content.
  • The 'Stream' button may remain active when in the process of choosing a region to stream even when a region has not been selected or chosen.
  • Some Radeon R9 200, Radeon R9 300 and Radeon R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 games when using a high refresh rate 120hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
  • Some mjpeg clips may experience a green tint on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when using Windows Media Player or the Movies & TV application.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may experience a game crash and DXGI dialogue error when running the game using HDMI and Radeon FreeSync display configurations.
  • Live streaming using the DouYu application with hardware acceleration enabled may cause video corruption on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Trials Rising may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • Missing text or corruption may be experienced in the right eye when playing the VR game Boneworks.
  • Fixed result overflows that can be experienced with Radeon RX 5700 series when using SETI@Home.
  • The 'Shop AMD Products' button may open the AMD.com homepage instead of the proper shopping web link.
  • The scrolling arrow options may intermittently fail to work during Radeon Software installation.
  • Up and Down arrow keys don't work when using the search bar in Radeon Software.
  • Enabling HDR enabled displays in Windows may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Radeon Software sidebar appears behind the Windows taskbar when the taskbar is set to the same side of your display.
  • Playing Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 with HDR enabled and performing a task switch may cause display color corruption that persists even once the game is exited.
  • Mixed Reality Portal may experience color corruption or distortion near the edge of viewing areas on some headsets.
  • Resident Evil 2 may experience screen flashing when launching the game using DirectX 12 API.

Known Issues

  • The Radeon Software Overlay hotkey notification may sometimes be displayed during video playback in web browsers or launching some video player applications.
  • Integer Scaling option is not showing up or available on some Windows 7 system configurations.
  • Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.
  • Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
  • Some Vulkan gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
  • Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.

Thursday 09 (Jan 2020)

Intel Unveils Xe DG1-SDV Graphics Card - [hardware]
06:31 PM EST - Jan,09 2020 - post a comment

The DG1-SDV is able to play games at 1080p, even if they are technically lightweight titles like "Warframe," and aren't maxing out settings. The SDV is a 15.2 cm-long graphics card that relies on the PCI-Express slot for power entirely (and hence pulling less than 75 W). We already know from Intel's Xe slides since 2019 that the Xe architecture is designed to be extremely scalable, with a single ISA scaling all the way from iGPUs to tiny discrete GPUs like the DG1-SDV, and scaling all the way up to double-digit TFLOP-scale compute processors for the HPCs. Along the way, though, Intel intends to compete in the gaming and client-graphics space by developing products at just the right scale of the Xe architecture, with just the right performance/Watt to compete with specific products from the NVIDIA-AMD duopoly. Forget the high-end for a moment. If Intel is able to match even the GTX 1650 and RX 5500 (or their future $150 successors) in performance and power, they end up tapping into a double-digit percentage of the client-graphics TAM, and that spells trouble for Santa Clara and Markham. The Xe DG1 is backed by Intel's robust software stack, which has seen breakneck development and feature-additions in recent times, such as a modern Control Center app, support for modern technologies such as variable-rate shading, integer scaling, etc. Intel has, for over a decade, established a foothold in the client media-acceleration space with its Quick Sync video encoders, and Xe only dials that a notch. The DG1 features Intel's entire media-acceleration and display-controller feature-set. Intel is also designing Xe to be extremely configurable by OEMs, to make the GPU finely-match their product's thermal and power targets.

The Xe DG1-SDV (software development vehicle) is a contraption that's more evolved than "working prototype," and stops short of being a production product. It is designed to to be stable and durable enough for its target audience: ISVs, individual software developers, and systems engineers evaluating the thing for major hardware OEMs. The card has the exact same physical dimensions as the Radeon R9 Nano, and fits into any machine that has two full-height expansion slots and a PCI-Express x16 interface, no additional power cables needed. A single fan cools an aluminium fin-stack heatsink underneath. Throughout the demo, the cooler was more than audible and in need of acoustic optimization. The cooler shroud and back-plate bear a futuristic silvery design, there's also a row of LEDs near the I/O shield that put out light into the grooves of the shroud.

Brahms: The Boy 2 - Official Trailer - [briefly]
06:29 PM EST - Jan,09 2020 - post a comment

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms. Katie Holmes stars in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment's, BRAHMS: THE BOY II, alongside Christopher Convery ('Gotham'), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experience) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch). William Brent Bell returns to direct BRAHMS: THE BOY II. The producers are Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Eric Reid, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee. In Theaters February 21, 2020

New Shock-Absorbing Material for Phone Cases Doesn't Block 5G - [technology]
02:57 PM EST - Jan,09 2020 - post a comment

Certain materials used in current phone cases can block the mmWave frequencies used in some 5G networks. D3O has developed a new, less-dense version of its D3O shock-absorbing material that lets mmWave 5G signals pass through unimpeded. D3O calls it D3O with 5G Signal Plus Technology. The material is impregnated with "micro-voids" to make it less dense. D3O says it can provide the same degree of shock absorption as its standard material. Gear4 (a Zagg brand) is the exclusive licensee and user of D3O material for phone cases, and will use D3O with 5G Signal Plus Technology in its 2020 cases for 5G phones.

BIRDS OF PREY - Official Trailer 2 - [off-topic]
02:55 PM EST - Jan,09 2020 - post a comment

It also features a, uh, hyena at the very end. "Birds of Prey" premieres on February 7.

Samsung's T7 Touch Portable 2TB SSD has fingerprint scanner - [hardware]
07:55 AM EST - Jan,09 2020 - post a comment

Samsung has announced a new portable storage drive that it is aiming at professionals and casual gamers. The portable SSD is called the T7 Touch, and the big feature is that it has an integrated fingerprint scanner for data security. Samsung also notes that the drive has the fastest transfer speeds currently available. Connectivity is via a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port offering read speeds of 1,050MB/s, and write speeds of 1,000MB/s. Samsung says the T7 is roughly twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5, and 9.5 times faster than external HDDs. The aforementioned fingerprint scanner is used on top of password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. It also has a Motion LED that allows the user to determine the status of the drive at a glance. The SSD is fitted inside a solid aluminum case, and it is very portable, with a weight of 58 grams. Samsung offers The T7 Touch and a standard T7 lacking the fingerprint scanner in black or silver finishes. Capacity is 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB. Pricing on the T7 Touch is $129.99 for 500GB, $229.99 for 1TB, and $399.99 for 2TB. T7 Touch is available to purchase this month in over 30 countries around the world, with the standard T7 set to launch in Q2 2020.

Wednesday 08 (Jan 2020)

Europe's Strongest Man 2019 - [off-topic]
06:13 PM EST - Jan,08 2020 - post a comment

Europe's Strongest Man 2019, featuring Mateusz Kieliszkowski, Hafthor Bjornsson, Mark Felix, Konstantine Janashia, Mikhail Shivlyakov and others.

Locke & Key - Official Trailer - [briefly]
12:55 PM EST - Jan,08 2020 - post a comment

Official Trailer for Locke & Key Season 1, coming to Netflix on February 7, 2020. Based on the best-selling graphic novels, Locke & Key follows 3 siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities.

Intel Xe DG1 discrete graphics demo - [hardware]
04:25 AM EST - Jan,08 2020 - post a comment

At CES 2020, Intel showcased for the first time its upcoming discrete graphics card, the Xe DG1. Intel showcased DG1 running Destiny 2 in a laptop. In other words, this is a laptop graphics card, and not a desktop GPU. Still, this is something that may interest some of you.

NVIDIA Ends Quadro Driver Support for Windows 7 from Mid-January - [briefly]
04:24 AM EST - Jan,08 2020 - post a comment

NVIDIA in reponse to a support question stated that it will end Quadro driver support for select Windows versions from 14th January, 2020. These include all editions of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. NVIDIA will continue to provide driver updates that include bug fixes and security patches until 14th January. After that, NVIDIA will no longer release new Quadro drivers that support these operating systems. NVIDIA will focus on providing driver updates for Windows 10 client, enterprise, and server versions, and encourages people to upgrade. The door for extended support from specific enterprise users remains open, they are asked to contact their NVIDIA representative.

Iran: Boeing 737 with at least 170 on board crashes - [briefly]
03:41 AM EST - Jan,08 2020 - post a comment

I wasn't going to comment on this one but here we go... the 737 is one of the safest planes in the world (yes the max had its problems, and that's why they are not flying at the moment). I'm not here to say that this plane was shot down, but it might be the case, giving the circumstance in Iran right now. If a plane has technical problems it won't fall of the skies burning in a bright ball of fire, that does not happen, you can say they might have had a fire on its engine, but that wouldn't make the plane to crash, there are a lot of procedures to deal with emergencies like this! And the pilots are trained to deal with them! One of the most common thing that will cause an engine to "spit fire" is a compressor stall, and that's not a problem at all! A plane can safely come back and land at the airport if this happens, and some times this is fixed in flight and they will keep flying to their destination!! And remember a plane will fly with only one engine working, no problem at all!!! And like I said the pilots are trained to deal with emergencies and I'm sure they did their best to save them and as much lives as they could, unfortunately seems like all of them died (from not being a crash from a technical problem). Rest in peace all the people that were sadly killed in this accident. We should all have respect for the victims.

Tuesday 07 (Jan 2020)

Google Assistant Gains New Speaking, Privacy Actions - [briefly]
03:46 PM EST - Jan,07 2020 - post a comment

At CES this year, Google is showing off several new functions coming to Google Assistant on Android phones. Soon, you'll be able to say "Hey Google, read it" or "Hey Google, read this page" when you're viewing an article. When you do, it will use "new voice datasets to create more expressive and more natural sounding voices" for reading long-form content. The content can also be translated into 42 languages. Google is also adding two new voice actions for people to easily control their privacy. The first is "Hey Google, that wasn't for you," which lets you tell the Assistant to forget what it heard if an unintended activation occurs. The other is "Hey Google, are you saving my audio data?" to learn about your privacy controls and go directly into the settings screen to change your preferences. Google added several other privacy-related commands recently, including "Hey Google, delete everything I said to you this week."

Bebe Rexha HOT Sexy Bikini Dance - [off-topic]
04:26 AM EST - Jan,07 2020 - post a comment

Check it out!

Ozzy Osbourne - Straight to Hell (Official Music Video) - [off-topic]
02:52 AM EST - Jan,07 2020 - post a comment

For some guy on his "deathbed" (recent rumors) he looks good :D

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Pricing - [hardware]
02:46 AM EST - Jan,07 2020 - post a comment

AMD will update its 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper product stack sooner than expected. The flagship 64-core/128-thread Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will be available to purchase on February 7, 2020, priced at USD $3,990. The company debuted the "Zen 2" based 3rd gen Threadripper family last November with the 24-core Threadripper 3960X and the 32-core Threadripper 3970X, while teasing the 64-core flagship, the 3990X. AMD detailed this halo-flagship product some more at its 2020 CES event. Designed for the TRX40 platform in the sTRX4 package, the 3990X is differentiated from 64-core EPYC "Rome" products with its narrower monolithic quad-channel memory interface (compared to 8-channel for EPYCs). The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X ships with clock-speeds of 2.90 GHz with 4.30 GHz boost, a gargantuan 288 MB of total cache (L2 + L3), and the same I/O as the 3970X: 4-channel memory interface with support for up to 2 TB of memory; a PCI-Express 4.0 x8 pipe to the TRX40 chipset, and up to three gen 4.0 x16 links to the processor package. AMD also showed a performance sneak-peak, comparing a machine with a single 3990X squaring off against a machine with 2P Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors that add up to 56 cores and 112 threads. In the side-by-side V-Ray render test, the 3990X emerged 30% faster than the Intel setup, but here's the kicker: the 3990X "only" costs $3,990, versus $20,000 for the 2P Xeon 8280 (processors alone). The HEDT chip also supports ECC memory.

Monday 06 (Jan 2020)

New New Mutants Trailer - [briefly]
04:06 PM EST - Jan,06 2020 - post a comment

20th Century Fox in association with Marvel Entertainment presents "The New Mutants," an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive. In Theaters April 3, 2020

NVIDIA GeForce v441.87 CES Game Ready Driver - [gaming]
03:03 PM EST - Jan,06 2020 - post a comment

NVIDIA has released a new major driver for its graphics cards. According to the release, the NVIDIA GeForce 441.87 WHQL driver (changelog), also known as CES 2020 driver, adds official support for Wolfenstein: Youngblood's real-time ray tracing effects. MachineGames will release the RTX patch for Wolfenstein: Youngblood later this week.
Max Frame Rate: Cap Frame Rates, Save Power, and More
You asked for it - the number one community requested feature is here!

Now, you can set the max frame rate for a 3D application or game. This feature is particularly helpful when trying to save power, reduce system latency, or keep within a specific Variable Refresh Rate range on a G-SYNC or G-SYNC Compatible display.
  • Saving Power: Enable Max Frame Rate (NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Max Frame Rate) and set your power management mode to "Optimal Power"(NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Power Management Mode). While in this mode, GPU frequency is reduced and uses less power. For laptop users, Max Frame Rate also works alongside with Battery Boost and Whisper Mode. If either of these modes are enabled at the same time as Max Frame Rate, the NVIDIA Control Panel will cap the framerate to the lowest of the limits.
  • Reducing System Latency: Enable Max Frame Rate and set your power management mode to "Prefer maximum performance" to reduce latency. While in this mode, the GPU is kept at higher frequencies to process frames as quickly as possible. To maximize latency reduction in GPU bound scenarios where FPS is consistent, set Max Frame Rate to a framerate slightly below the average FPS and turn Low Latency Mode to Ultra.
  • Staying in VRR Range: Set the Max Frame Rate slightly below the maximum refresh rate of your display to stay within the Variable Refresh Rate range - providing a no-tear, low system latency experience! For the smoothest, no tear experience, set the low latency mode to Ultra and turn VSYNC on.
Variable Rate Supersampling: Improve Image Quality In VR
Variable Rate Supersampling (VRSS) is a new technique to improve image quality in VR games. It uses NVIDIA Variable Rate Shading (VRS), a key feature in NVIDIA's Turing architecture, to dynamically apply up to 8x supersampling to the center of the VR headset display, where the eye is generally focused. It intelligently applies supersampling only when GPU headroom is available in order to maintain the VR headset's fixed FPS and ensure a smooth VR experience.

Compared to alternative techniques that supersample the entire screen with large hits to frame rate, VRSS's adaptive use of Variable Rate Shading boosts image quality while staying about the typical 90Hz fixed refresh rate of the VR headset. In the VR game Boneworks, VRSS keeps FPS above 90, whereas a fullscreen 4x supersample drops frame rates to unplayable levels.

To enable VRSS, open the NVIDIA Control Panel and select Manage 3D Settings, then scroll to Virtual Reality - Variable Rate Supersampling, and change the setting to "Adaptive".

For advanced users, the Control Panel also offers an 'Always On' setting that applies up to 8x supersampling regardless of performance. Note, this may bring your frame rate below the VR headset's refresh rate and impact your experience.

VRSS is supported by the driver--no game integration required--and can be applied to DX11 VR games or application that have forward renderers and support MSAA, and have been tested by NVIDIA. At the time of writing, over 20 games meet this criteria.

New Freestyle Splitscreen Filter To Showcase Your Creations
In over 700 games, you can press Alt+F3 to load NVIDIA Freestyle, a GeForce Experience feature that enables you to adjust the look and feel of your gameplay in real-time using post-process filters. And in any game with NVIDIA Ansel support, you can press Alt+F2 to frame and snap in-game photos with an incredible level of visual customization.

With our latest Game Ready Driver, we're releasing a new Splitscreen filter that allows you to showcase screenshots or videos of your creation with the modding community. You can split the screen, showcase a side-by-side comparison, or even blend filters using the gradient function.

You can also import hundreds of new customization filters from ReShade. Download our collection of curated ReShade filters, and extract into "Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Ansel\Custom" (typically on your C:\ drive). If you install DCH drivers, instead of the standard Game Ready Driver, you may have to create this folder yourself. A larger selection of 'custom' filters can also be downloaded directly from ReShade's Github repository.

Image Sharpening Update Further Improves Your Experience
We recently introduced a standalone image sharpening filter built into the NVIDIA Control Panel, enabling you to improve image clarity in all DirectX 9-12, Vulkan and OpenGL games. Based on your feedback, now you can separately enable the GPU Scaling feature without image sharpening. Furthermore, custom resolutions are supported when you enable GPU Scaling.

To use image sharpening on your system, open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings, select Image Sharpening, configure your options, hit OK, then click Apply on the bottom right of the Control Panel window.

Support For Newly Validated G-SYNC Compatible Displays
Our newest Game Ready Driver driver is adding support for an additional 8 G-SYNC Compatible displays, and we've announced future support for a further 17, including new LG OLED 2020 BFGD TVs. These gaming monitors and TVs deliver a baseline Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) experience that makes your gaming smoother, clearer, and more enjoyable.

With the new and upcoming additions announced today, there are now 90 G-SYNC Compatible displays total, across all resolutions, sizes and refresh rates, giving gamers tons of choice when searching for the perfect display. For instance, today's new monitors range in size from 24.5 inches, all the way up to LG's 88 inch Z9 BFGD behemoth, which will deliver a jaw-dropping big-screen OLED VRR gaming experience in your living room.

Game Ready For Wolfenstein: Youngblood's Ray Tracing Update
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is receiving a large update later this week, that adds realistic ray tracing, performance-boosting NVIDIA DLSS, and NVIDIA Highlights, for automatically recording your best gameplay moments.

Game Ready For Quake II RTX v1.3 Update
Quake II RTX is our ray-traced remaster of the beloved 1997 first-person shooter. In November, we introduced a ton of new features and enhancements, and now we're back with Quake II RTX v1.3. This introduces an awesome new photo mode for custom screenshots, such as the one below, along with a few further tweaks and improvements.

Optimal Playable Settings For More Games
As part of our Game Ready program, NVIDIA has recently added Optimal Playable Settings (OPS) for even more games, giving you one click setting recommendations for the latest and greatest releases.

NVIDIA unveils a 360Hz 'world's fastest' esports monitor - [hardware]
02:59 AM EST - Jan,06 2020 - post a comment

Nvidia has developed new technology that enables 360Hz refresh rates on PC displays, achieving unprecedented responsiveness that's perfectly suited to esports, where any advances in terms of refresh speeds can translate to improved performance during play. Nvidia's new G-sync tech that delivers the 360Hz refresh speeds will be coming to market first through a partnership with Asus, via the Asus ROG Swift 360 monitor that's debuting at this week's annual CES show in Las Vegas. It works in combination with Nvidia's RTX line of GPUs, and will provide refresh rates that translate to less than 3 milliseconds of input latency, all available on a 24.5-inch, fully 1080p HD gaming panel. The Asus ROG Swift 360 monitor will be coming out sometime later this year, and pricing isn't yet available but you can bet it'll be more than your average gaming monitor, given its advanced performance features and esports target market.

Sunday 05 (Jan 2020)

490+ kilometers per hour - Bugatti Chiron - [briefly]
12:34 PM EST - Jan,05 2020 - post a comment

The only thing keeping that car on the ground is the driver's balls! Well done, mister! Well done! :-)

Saturday 04 (Jan 2020)

Wi-Fi 6 may soon expand into the 6GHz spectrum, to be called Wi-Fi 6E - [briefly]
07:52 AM EST - Jan,04 2020 - post a comment

Wi-Fi 6, based on the 802.11ax standard, became very widespread last year, with the Wi-Fi Alliance starting to certify Wi-Fi 6 devices in September. Now, the latest version of the Wi-Fi standard could be expanding into a new spectrum for the first time in a while, adding 6GHz on top of the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz variants. In a press release today, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced new terminology to distinguish upcoming devices that support Wi-Fi 6 on the 6GHz spectrum - Wi-Fi 6E. As the organization notes, though, the 6GHz spectrum isn't yet available for Wi-Fi, as it's still pending regulatory approval around the world. Recently, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressed his intent to make the 6GHz spectrum available to Wi-Fi, so it seems possible that approval will come soon.

Friday 03 (Jan 2020)

Galaxy S10 Lite and Note10 Lite Carve Out New Space in Samsung's Line - [mobile]
05:21 PM EST - Jan,03 2020 - (1 comments)

Samsung today announced two new phones: the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note10 Lite. In spite of the naming scheme, the two new models are quite similar to each other. Both have a 6.7-inch, full-HD Super AMOLED display, 4,500 mAh battery, fast charging, in-display fingerprint reader, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, memory card slot, and a 32-megapixel front camera in a centered hole-punch in the display. The phones differ in processor (not specified), rear camera specs, and of course the Note10 Lite has a stylus. The S10 Lite has standard, wide, and macro cameras on the back (48, 12, and 5 megapixel, respectively.) The Note10 Lite has standard, wide, and telephoto cameras (all 12 megapixel.) Pricing, regions, and launch date were not announced. The FCC has approved a version of the Galaxy Note10 Lite that could be offered by Verizon, but no other versions compatible with US carriers have been approved to date.

AMD Stock Peaked at $49.10 per Share - [briefly]
05:19 PM EST - Jan,03 2020 - (1 comments)

AMD veterans yesterday must've sneakily left their respective offices yesterday for a well-deserved rest and a glass of champagne - and if they didn't, they deserved it. The company yesterday broke their previous all-time stock pricing record achieved way back in June 2000, at $47.50 per share, when it traded at $49.10 per share yesterday. It's been a long time coming for AMD, and irrespective of any brand loyalty, it certainly pays, as a consumer and as an enthusiast, to see a company that nearly went bankrupt in 2016 - who had to sell and then lease back their own headquarters for a quick cash infusion, spin-off its manufacturing division in a change of strategy that couldn't have been easy on morale - achieve such a colossal feat. Even more impressive this is should you even be considering the blue behemoth the company actually has to contend with - a $260.35B Intel who, by both happenstance and poor CPU execution vision, is being fired upon on all markets by comparative David AMD, today valued at $51.07B. Here's hoping all AMD employees got their well-deserved party and standing ovation from each other. None of them - not even Lisa Su - achieved this alone.

NVIDIA's Next-Generation Ampere GPUs to be 50% Faster than Turing - [hardware]
11:04 AM EST - Jan,03 2020 - post a comment

As we approach the release of NVIDIA's Ampere GPUs, which are rumored to launch in the second half of this year, more rumors and information about the upcoming graphics cards are appearing. Today, according to the latest report made by Taipei Times, NVIDIA's next-generation of graphics cards based on "Ampere" architecture is rumored to have as much as 50% performance uplift compared to the previous generations of Turing GPUs, while using having half the power consumption.

Built using TSMC's 7 nm manufacturing node, Ampere is poised to be the new king among all future GPUs. The rumored 50% performance increase is not impossible, due to features and improvements that the new 7 nm manufacturing node brings. If utilizing the density alone, NVIDIA can extract at least 50% extra performance that is due to the use of a smaller node. However, performance should increase even further because Ampere will bring new architecture as well. Combining a new manufacturing node and new microarchitecture, Ampere will reduce power consumption in half, making for a very efficient GPU solution. We still don't know if the performance will increase mostly for ray tracing applications, or will NVIDIA put the focus on general graphics performance.

Thursday 02 (Jan 2020)

What If Earth Was Hit By A Grain Of Sand Going Light of Speed - [briefly]
01:53 PM EST - Jan,02 2020 - post a comment

A YouTuber demonstrates what would happen to the Earth if it was struck by multiple sized objects.

NAND Flash Prices to Rise up to 40% in 2020 - [hardware]
01:46 PM EST - Jan,02 2020 - post a comment

According to the sources over at DigiTimes, NAND flash prices are set to rise by up to 40% in 2020. This report is coming from sources over at memory chipmakers, presumably some of the biggest players like SK Hynix, Micron, and Samsung. If the prediction realizes, consumers will see a significant price jump for products based on NAND flash memory like most of today's solid-state drives. This incident alone could help contribute to the price rise of NAND memory in 2020. Other possible reasons may include an inefficient supply of materials used by NAND flash production lines or a simple supply-demand ratio, which would hurt prices of NAND flash long-therm. However, we hope that the underlying problems for this predicted price rise can be worked out and that companies like Samsung, which got power outage accident, can supplement the capacity loss during the unplanned turn of events.

i9 10900K is up to 30% faster than the i9 9900K - [hardware]
06:37 AM EST - Jan,02 2020 - post a comment

The Intel Core i9 10900K is the next high-end desktop CPU that will come out later this year. And according to Intel's leaked document, this CPU will be up to 30% faster than the Intel Core i9 9900K. This slide was leaked by Weibo's member MebiuW. Unfortunately, though, the slide contains only synthetic and not any PC gaming benchmarks. According to the previous leak, the Intel Core i9 10900K will feature 10 CPU cores and will support 20 threads. It will also have an all-core turbo boost of 4.8Ghz. Therefore, it will be interesting to see whether there will be any significant performance improvements in PC games at 1080p.

Wednesday 01 (Jan 2020)

Are you ready for Liv Morgan? - [off-topic]
06:37 AM EST - Jan,01 2020 - post a comment

Liv Morgan, born Gionna Jene Daddio, is a WWE Superstar who competes under the Raw brand. Liv began her career with WWE after signing a contract in October 2014 where she trained at the WWE Performance Center before moving to NXT. After joining The Riott Squad with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, Morgan was promoted to the main roster in 2017. Josh Sanchez |20 hours ago liv morgan wwe instagram Starting in 2019, Liv began competing as a singles wrestler when Riott Squad disbanded. Born in Paramus, New Jersey, the 25-year-old is a former competitive cheerleader, model, and Hooters waitress. She looked up to WWE Hall of Famer Lita as she was growing up. A love for wrestling began at a young age when Liv would take powerbombs and bodyslams from her brothers in backyard wrestling matches. In December 2019, Liv Morgan was part of a controversial storyline when she made a shocking lesbian reveal and crashed the wedding of Lana and Bobby Lashley along with Rusev.

Liv Morgan returns to drop a bombshell during Lana's wedding to Lashl - [off-topic]
06:36 AM EST - Jan,01 2020 - post a comment

Liv Morgan returns to help Rusev make an absolute mess of Lana and Bobby Lashley's wedding on the final Monday Night Raw of 2019.

New Year's Eve 2020 Live from Times Square - [off-topic]
04:24 AM EST - Jan,01 2020 - post a comment

Watch as we count down to the new year!

Tuesday 31 (Dec 2019)

The Witcher Was One of Netflix's Most Popular Releases in 2019 - [briefly]
06:59 PM EST - Dec,31 2019 - post a comment

Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher released less than two weeks ago but it already seems to be a massive success. While Netflix did not release specific viewership numbers, the show managed to make two separate top 10 lists released by the popular streaming service despite its recent release, even managing to rival the likes of Stranger Things 3, which received a tie-in change this year. Reflecting on 2019, Netflix released a series of top 10 lists highlighting the most popular shows and movies in several different categories. Even though The Witcher didn't manage to make any of the more specific ones, it did manage to make the two most notable top 10 lists Netflix shared today: Top 10 Most Popular Releases of 2019 and Top 10 Most Popular Series Releases of 2019.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X is a 48-core Monster - [hardware]
02:09 AM EST - Dec,31 2019 - post a comment

In the press-deck of its 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 3970X/3960X launch, AMD teased its flagship HEDT part for the TRX40 platform, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, with a 2020 launch date. It should come as little surprise then, that the core-count gap between the 3970X and the 3990X has an SKU in the middle - the 3980X. This SKU reportedly surfaced in CPU-Z 1.91 code. The 3980X is a 48-core/96-thread monstrosity for when 64 cores are too many, and 32 too few. Like the 3990X, the 3980X will likely be built with eight "Zen 2" CCDs (chiplets) for optimal IFOP bandwidth utilization and heat-spread. Each CCD will likely be configured with 6 cores (3 per CCX), adding up to 48 cores on the package. Much like the 3990X, clock-speeds of the 3980X remain under the wraps. AMD is expected to launch the two some time in 2020, featuring compatibility with existing AMD TRX40 chipset motherboards. The company could target a sub-$3,000 price-point to make the Xeon W-3175X obsolete both in performance and value.

Monday 30 (Dec 2019)

You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free - [guides]
03:17 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

When Windows 10 first debuted to the public in July 2015, Microsoft made upgrading from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 free for the first year. Technically, Microsoft still allowed free upgrades beyond that period for customers who use assistive technologies, though the free ride to Windows 10 was supposed to end in December 2017. Now two years later (and over 4 years since Windows 10 first came out), users report still being able to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost. If you have a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 license, you can upgrade to Windows 10 by following these steps:
  • Go to the Download Windows 10 page and click the Download tool now button.
  • Once the download finishes, run the Media Creation Tool.
  • If the tool is already on the PC you're wanting to upgrade, choose the Upgrade this PC now option and enjoy your free upgrade to Windows 10. If not, go to the next step.
  • If the tool is not on the PC you're wanting to upgrade, choose the Create installation media for another PC option.
  • Follow the prompts and then choose whether you want to put the installation files on a USB flash drive or ISO file. Transfer whichever option you chose to the PC you want to upgrade.
Users report they are not being asked for a product key, assuming this is performed on a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PC. Once the upgrade is complete, you can head to Settings > Update & Security > Activation to confirm it worked without a hitch. Alternatively, if you already installed Windows 10 and still need to validate it, as long as you have access to your old Windows 7 or 8 key, you can just head to the same section and select Change product key, then plug in your old key.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Features 2,304 Stream Processors - [hardware]
03:14 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card features the same exact stream processor count as the $350 RX 5700, according to a leaked specs sheet of an ASRock RX 5600 XT Challenger D graphics card. With a stream processor count of 2,304, it's safe to assume that the RX 5600 XT is based on the same 7 nm "Navi 10" silicon as the RX 5700 series. What set the RX 5600 XT apart from the RX 5700, besides lower clock-speeds, is the memory subsystem, which is severely stripped down. The Radeon RX 5600 XT will be equipped with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface. What's more, the memory ticks at 12 Gbps, compared to 14 Gbps on the RX 5700 series.

With these specs, the RX 5600 XT has 288 GB/s of memory bandwidth at its disposal, same as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. In contrast, with 8 GB of 256-bit GDDR6 running at 14 Gbps, the RX 5700 enjoys 448 GB/s. The specs sheet suggests that AMD has also dialed down the engine clock-speeds (GPU clocks) a bit, with up to 1620 MHz boost, up to 1460 MHz gaming, and 1235 MHz base. With these specs, it's highly likely that the RX 5600 XT outperforms the GTX 1660 Ti and gets close to the RTX 2060. It all boils down to pricing. The RX 5500 XT is a decent GTX 1650-series alternative with a lukewarm price thanks to NVIDIA's aggressive product-stack management by getting its partners to lower prices of the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Super. It would be interesting to see if AMD can outfox NVIDIA in the sub-$300 market.

How Far Can 2010 Technology Get You In 2019? - [technology]
02:02 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

WSJ's Joanna Stern attempts to maneuver around the town of Hell, Michigan with only products from 2010. How far can she go?

KENOBI - A Star Wars Fan Film - [briefly]
02:00 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

This is a fan film with no official affiliation to Lucasfilm/Disney.

Breaking Into a Smart Home With A Laser - [guides]
01:59 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

YouTuber Destin Sandlin attempts to break into a smart home with just the help of a laser.

Gorilla Suddenly Punches Glass - [off-topic]
01:55 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

I'm pretty sure the people on the other side are now pretty thankful there is a glass barrier.

Why Cats Bombed At The Box Office - [off-topic]
01:52 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

Let's all pay our condolences to Cats as it fades away to the Heaviside Layer. The film adaptation of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical finally hit theatres on December 20th, 2019, and audiences have been passionately avoiding the film ever since. Here's what went wrong with Cats. Well, the box office numbers have rolled in for director Tom Hooper's misguided movie-musical, and let it suffice to say, they aren't exactly the cat's meow. In fact, they're absolutely abysmal. Initial box office estimates predicted that Cats would earn about $15 million on its opening weekend. But when the film opened - against Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, no less - it pulled in a dismal $6.5 million domestically. That is to say, the box office returns were effectively in the litter box. Such numbers would be acceptable for, say, a limited-release art film. But it's completely unacceptable for a tentpole Christmas release packed with triple-A talent - particularly since the film cost approximately $100 million to make. A poor outcome for Cats was rather expected, but the severity of its opening weekend failure is still rather surprising. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is a serious box office bomb we're talking about here... a major cinematic cat-astrophe. $2.2 million dollars on a wide-release opening day means that basically no one saw this movie. Meanwhile, pretty much everyone on the planet knew the film was happening. Seems like morbid curiosity just wasn't enough to get people into those seats. That lack of curiosity killed Cats. We can't talk about Cats without talking about that soul-bending teaser trailer, which was released back in July 2019. What a day that was for social media. They say that "all press is good press," but they clearly hadn't seen the Cats teaser trailer before making that statement. Many people reacted with abject horror when they got their first look at the sprightly CGI cats, recoiling in horror at all the chirpy celebrity faces grafted onto furry bodies. Some folks hoped against hope that the film was still very much a work in progress. Keep watching the video to see why Cats bombed at the box office!

Why Do Planes Dump Jet Fuel In Mid-Air? - [briefly]
01:45 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

On rare occasions, pilots will dump fuel in mid-air. Why do they do this?

Extended Security Updates will extend to 2023 for MSE on Windows 7 - [briefly]
01:19 PM EST - Dec,30 2019 - post a comment

I reported earlier this month that Windows 7 users will begin seeing notifications warning that Windows 7 is no longer supported. These notifications state that, after January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer receive software or security updates. That said, I also reported that those with Extended Security Updates (ESU) will not receive these notifications, as they will continue to receive updates to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). ESU is a paid service intended for enterprise customers, though a software bypass tool has been created that enables ESU for free. However, there was some question as to whether ESU actually would provide continued security updates, as the FAQ for ESU seemed to contradict this idea. It stated, "No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE after January 14, 2020. MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle dates for support." Woody Leonhard from Computerworld asked for for clarification on this issue in a recent AMA. Fortunately, Mike Cure, a Microsoft engineer answered:
MSE will continue to receive signature updates after Jan. 14.
The FAQ has since been updated to clear up the confusion. Those with ESU will continue to receive signature updates to MSE until 2023.
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