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Monday 18 (Mar 2019)

What Happens When You Water Cool an Air Cooler? - [briefly]
11:01 AM EDT - Mar,18 2019 - post a comment

What happens when you try to water cool and air cooling tower?

Friday 15 (Mar 2019)

Crytek demos realtime raytracing with Cryengine - [briefly]
05:41 PM EDT - Mar,15 2019 - (1 comments)

Crytek has released a new video demonstrating the results of a CRYENGINE research and development project. Neon Noir shows how real-time mesh ray-traced reflections and refractions can deliver highly realistic visuals for games. According to the press release, the Neon Noir demo was created with the new advanced version of CRYENGINE's Total Illumination showcasing real time ray tracing. This feature will be added to CRYENGINE release roadmap in 2019, enabling developers around the world to build more immersive scenes, more easily, with a production-ready version of the feature.

This looks very interesting. The framerate isn't super high, but the effect itself is quite convincing.

The Chemical Brothers - We've Got To Try - [briefly]
01:53 PM EDT - Mar,15 2019 - post a comment

New album track We've Got To Try taken from The Chemical Brothers' forthcoming new album No Geography - Out April 12th!

Thursday 14 (Mar 2019)

Get GRID 2 for free - [gaming]
(psolord) - 07:26 PM EDT - Mar,14 2019 - post a comment

Humble Bundle is giving away FREE copies of GRID 2 + Bathurst & Spa Circuits DLC for 72 hours in the Humble Store! This promotion is available from Thursday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Pacific time to Sunday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific time - or until supplies last, so judging by previous giveaways, realistically less than a day.

AMD Releases Radeon Adrenalin Edition 19.3.2 Drivers - [briefly]
07:21 PM EDT - Mar,14 2019 - post a comment

AMD has released the latest version of their Radeon Adrenalin 2019 Drivers. Beta version 19.3.2 is a significant update as it delivers support for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. AMD also claims up to 4% gain in regards to average performance on the Radeon VII when compared to the previously released 19.2.3 drivers. To go with the added game support and performance boost this release also supports DirectX 12 on Windows 7 for select titles. The Vulkan API also gets some love with this release with the addition of various extensions with the most notable one being the VK_EXT_depth_clip_enable extension which allows for depth clipping operations to be controlled by the application rather than the driver thus making it useful for Developers translating Direct3D content to the Vulkan API.
Support For
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
  • Up to 4% average performance gains on AMD Radeon VII with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 vs 19.2.3.
  • DirectX 12 on Windows 7 for supported game titles
  • AMD is thrilled to help expand DirectX 12 adoption across a broader range of Windows operating systems with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 and onward, which enables consumers to experience exceptional levels of detail and performance in their games.
Fixed Issues
  • Radeon ReLive for VR may sometimes fail to install during Radeon Software installation.
  • Fan curve may fail to switch to manual mode after the manual toggle is switched when fan curve is still set to default behavior.
  • Changes made in Radeon WattMan settings via Radeon Overlay may sometimes not save or take effect once Radeon Overlay is closed.
Known Issues
  • Rainbow Six Siege may experience intermittent corruption or flickering on some game textures during gameplay.
  • DOTA 2 VR may experience stutter on some HMD devices when using the Vulkan API.
  • Mouse cursors may disappear or move out of the boundary of the top of a display on AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.

First Beta of Android Q Available to Developers - [briefly]
06:27 PM EDT - Mar,14 2019 - post a comment

Google has released the first beta version of Android Q for Pixel phones. It's intended for developers to start working on app compatibility, and doesn't necessarily include all of the eventual consumer-facing features of the OS. Android Q will bring privacy, security, and performance enhancements. It also adds native support for peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, extended caller-ID and robocall-blocking features, foldable phones, and photo depth maps. It improves support for password managers. It also lets users easily activate certain hardware features (mobile data, wi-fi, NFC, and sound) at the moment an app requires those features, using simple pop-ups instead of needing to dive into the full Settings app. The beta is available now for all Pixel phones, including the very first models.

Beat Saber Sells over 1 Million Copies - [gaming]
06:22 PM EDT - Mar,14 2019 - post a comment

Beat Saber may have become the first VR title to sell more than 1 million copies. Beat Games co-founder and CEO Jaroslav Beck thinks the secret to the game's success is "It is super intuitive." He also credited his team for creating a game that didn't crash and didn't lead to motion sickness. "'The code is super polished,' Beck said." In addition to today's release of the paid DLC "Monstercat Music Pack," the developers are considering adding new genres of music to the game and more self-published free music.

Avengers: Endgame Trailer #2 (2019) - [briefly]
05:51 PM EDT - Mar,14 2019 - post a comment

Whatever it takes. Watch the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame. In theaters April 26.

Wednesday 13 (Mar 2019)

President Trump says US grounding Boeing 737 Max 8s, 9s - [briefly]
06:21 PM EDT - Mar,13 2019 - post a comment

President Trump has issued an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 including planes associated with that line after new evidence came to light. "'The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,' Trump said, adding that the grounding would take effect as soon as the planes landed and would continue until further notice." The Canadian Minister of Transport announced a similar ban on the Boeing planes based on "a result of new data that we received this morning, and had the chance to analyze." CNN is reporting that satellite company Aireon provided the data showing the Ethiopian plane's flight position data. Aireon doesn't analyze the information captured by its satellites. Jessie Hillenbrand, director of Public Relations at Aireon said, "'aircraft transmits its position twice a second, our satellites catch it. We have caught that data in real time and provided that to authorities.'"

Boeing announced support of the action to temporarily ground 737 MAX operations "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety." The company expressed full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX as it "recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft." Other countries had grounded the planes earlier this week after the second Boeing 737 MAX accident in 4 months.

Windows 7 Gets DirectX 12 Support - [briefly]
06:01 PM EDT - Mar,13 2019 - post a comment

Now here is a pleasant surprise. Microsoft has announced that it is bringing its latest API, DirectX 12, to Windows 7. Yeap, you read that right. Windows 7 now supports DX12 and the first game that can take advantage of it is World of Warcraft. Now while World of Warcraft can run via DX12 on Windows 7, Microsoft claims that the best DirectX 12 performance will always be on Windows 10, and that's because Windows 10 contains a number of OS optimizations designed to make DirectX 12 run even faster. AnandTech notes this all seems odd since under a year remains before Windows 7 hits its end-of-support date. Also odd is that though gamers have been clamoring for this for years, Microsoft says this move comes at this time because they "make every effort to respond to customer feedback."
Today's announcement is a pretty big surprise on a number of levels. If Microsoft had wanted to back-port DX12 to Windows 7, you would have thought they'd have done it before Windows 7 entered its long-term servicing state. As it is, even free security patches for Windows 7 are set to end on January 14, 2020, which is well under a year away, and the company is actively trying to migrate users to Windows 10 to avoid having a huge swath of machines sitting in an unpatched state. In fact, they are about to add a pop-up notification to Windows 7 to let users know that they are running out of support very soon. So adding a big feature like DX12 now not only risks undermining their own efforts to migrate people away from Windows 7, but also adding a new feature well after Windows 7 entered long-term support. It's just bizarre.

Now before you get too excited, this is currently only enabled for World of Warcraft; and indeed it's not slated to be a general-purpose solution like DX12 on Win10. Instead, Microsoft has stated that they are working with a few other developers to bring their DX12 games/backends to Windows 7 as well. As a consumer it's great to see them supporting their product ten years after it launched, but with the entire OS being put out to pasture in nine months, it seems like an odd time to be dedicating resources to bringing it new features.

Microsoft does say that DX12 will offer more features on Windows 10, which makes sense since the graphics stack was designed for it right from the start, but if you do play World of Warcraft on Windows 7, you're going to get a free performance boost. You may still want to look into getting off of Windows 7 soon though, since this isn't going to move the January 2020 end-of-support date back for gamers.

Tuesday 12 (Mar 2019)

Windows 10 patch addresses the graphics & mouse performance - [briefly]
06:25 PM EDT - Mar,12 2019 - post a comment

According to its official page, update KB4489899 fixes an issue that may degrade graphics and mouse performance with desktop gaming when playing certain games, such as Destiny 2, after installing KB4482887.

Furthermore, this update also resolves an issue that could cause users to receive "Error 1309" while installing or uninstalling certain types of MSI and MSP files, as well as an issue in Microsoft HoloLens with tracking and device calibration that has affected some users.

This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog

Firefox Send Is a Free File Transfer Service Featuring Encryption - [briefly]
06:24 PM EDT - Mar,12 2019 - post a comment

Mozilla has announced Firefox Send is now available for use as a free file transfer service with built-in end-to-end encryption. Send allows users to safely and simply share files from any browser without having to worry about their private information existing in the cloud. Send will be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Users can set when their file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security. Send allows for fast file transfers of up to 1GB with an option to transfer 2.5GB if users sign up for a free Firefox account. Recipients only have to click a link to download the file.

The Web's Creator Comments on Its Future - [internet]
01:59 PM EDT - Mar,12 2019 - post a comment

The internet turned 30 this year, and CERN celebrated it with a long (and if I'm being honest, not particularly exciting) webcast featuring its creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The BBC recently posted an interview with Sir Tim, which you can watch below:

Intel Teases Its New Intel Graphics UI - [hardware]
01:39 PM EDT - Mar,12 2019 - post a comment

Intel has released a teaser video that shows off the new Intel Graphics UI with an announcement of "Coming this month."

Passively Cooling the Intel i9-9900K - [briefly]
03:58 AM EDT - Mar,12 2019 - post a comment

Der8auer on YouTube has experimented with passively cooling an Intel i9-9900K with the ARCTIC Alpine 12; a passive CPU cooler. The ARCTIC Alpine 12 is only rated to handle 47 watts so Der8auer wasn't expecting much out of the unit. Although the passive cooler showed that it was more capable than its rating, it couldn't keep the Intel i9-9900K properly cooled at stock settings. The Intel chip was throttling, so Der8auer ended up with a stable 3.6 GHz clock speed across all cores which was more than capable of playing games on the system.

Monday 11 (Mar 2019)

NVIDIA Ceases Support for 3DVision, Mobile Kepler - [hardware]
05:38 PM EDT - Mar,11 2019 - (1 comments)

NVIDIA via a customer help post has announced that their 3DVision work will be ceasing come April 2019. Release 418 of NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Drivers, and all other driver packages, will cease to provide support and improvements to 3DVision across the titles that are already covered by the technology. Users who want to keep 3DVision support will have to stay with the 418 release. Extended support for issues already present in the latest 3DVision release will still be granted support by NVIDIA until April 2020. Like 3D TVs, mobile and desktop computers with 3D-capable screens have dwindled to almost zero in recent years, with the technology proving to be more of a novelty than an actual addition to users' computing experience. The NVIDIA support post also states that driver support for their Kepler-based graphics cards will cease as of April 2019. Desktop Kepler is still supported.

How PC Case Fans Are Made - [hardware]
05:35 PM EDT - Mar,11 2019 - post a comment

PC case fan manufacturing is growing more advanced with automated production lines, but manual assembly is still involved. Learn more in our Deepcool fan factory tour in China... Deepcool has factories located in both Shenzhen, China and Dongguan, China. For this tour, we're focusing on the company's Shenzhen factory for its PC case fan manufacturing, where we show how fans are manufactured in China. This facility uses "robots" and automation for its assembly, with human oversight to ensure proper installation of bearings, blades, and more.

Doom: Annihilation Gets a Trailer - [briefly]
05:26 PM EDT - Mar,11 2019 - post a comment

Described as an "intense action-packed" all-new installment, the movie will be released in Fall 2019. Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive world trailer premiere for Annihilation, which carries shades of James Cameron's Aliens and looks like a damn good time. Will we see the return of the BFG? The sequel follows a group of space marines as they respond to a distress call from a base on a Martian moon, only to discover it's been overrun by demonic creatures who threaten to create Hell on Earth. Doom: Annihilation was written and directed by Tony Giglio (S.W.A.T.: Under Siege), and stars Amy Manson ("Atlantis"), Dominic Mafham (Ophelia), Luke Allen-Gale ("Dominion") and Nina Bergman (The Car: Road to Revenge). Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Bumblebee) and John Wells ("Animal Kingdom") executive produced, with producers including Jeffery Beach (Jarhead 3: The Siege), Phillip Roth (Death Race: 4 Beyond Anarchy) and Ogden Gavanski (Cult of Chucky).

Adobe to Kill Shockwave in April - [briefly]
05:24 PM EDT - Mar,11 2019 - post a comment

Adobe has announced that Adobe Shockwave for Windows has been discontinued and will no longer be available for download after April 9, 2019. Companies with existing Enterprise licenses for Adobe Shockwave will continue to receive support until the end of their current contracts. Adobe discontinued Shockwave player due to interactive content moving to mobile friendly platforms such as HTML5 Canvas and Web GL. Adobe Shockwave is a browser-based multimedia platform for interactive applications and video games. Retiring the Shockwave player for Windows is the last step in a multi-year process: Adobe Director, an authoring tool for Shockwave content, was discontinued on February 1, 2017 and the Shockwave player for macOS was discontinued on March 1, 2017. Adobe continues to offer a rich set of content creation tools through Creative Cloud, including Adobe Animate for authoring interactive content for multiple platforms, such HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, Flash/Adobe AIR, and others.

Sunday 10 (Mar 2019)

Bird Gets Swallowed by Glory Hole in Northern California - [off-topic]
03:09 PM EDT - Mar,10 2019 - post a comment

the event horizon! LOL

The filmer claims that the bird made it through alive and "shot out of there like a bullet" from the other end of the Lake Berryessa spillway.

Tetris on the Guitendo (99999 MAX OUT score + level 39 WR) - [gaming]
03:00 PM EDT - Mar,10 2019 - post a comment

While the song starts soft and sweet, things take a face-melting turn around 1:10.

Hellboy (2019 Movie) Official TV Spot 'Never Fear' - [briefly]
02:50 PM EDT - Mar,10 2019 - post a comment

Hellboy - In theaters April 12, 2019. Starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, and Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, with Daniel Dae Kim.

BRIGHTBURN - Official Trailer #2 - [briefly]
02:45 PM EDT - Mar,10 2019 - post a comment

The world will never be the same. #Brightburn in theaters May.

Game of Thrones - Season 8 - Official Trailer - [briefly]
02:42 PM EDT - Mar,10 2019 - post a comment

The Final Season begins April 14 on HBO.

Saturday 09 (Mar 2019)

AdoredTV Reveals New AMD Leaks and Social Media Woes - [briefly]
10:47 AM EST - Mar,09 2019 - post a comment

Jim of AdoredTV on YouTube discusses fanboys, old school tech reviews, Zen II leaks, Ryzen 3000 leaks, overclocking the Radeon VII, and more.

Friday 08 (Mar 2019)

Galaxy S10 Comes With Spotify Premium Free for Six Months - [briefly]
05:00 PM EST - Mar,08 2019 - post a comment

Spotify comes pre-installed as the default music-streaming app on all Samsung Galaxy S10 series phones globally, and US models come with six free months of Spotify Premium. Phones eligible for the free-six-months offer will also include the Galaxy Fold and certain A-series models. To be eligible, customers must be new to Spotify Premium / Unlimited, having never paid for it or used a trial offer. Spotify is also integrated with Samsung's Bixby assistant, including content and recommendations on the Bixby home screen.

Sony Brings PS4 Remote Play to iOS - [briefly]
04:52 PM EST - Mar,08 2019 - post a comment

The Sony PlayStation 4 Remote Play app is now available for iOS, accompanied by a corresponding update to the software for the PS4 itself. The app allows users to stream games from their PS4 console to an iOS mobile device over Wi-Fi. The graphics for compatible games are streamed in real-time, overlaid with on-screen controls. The app also lets gamers use the mic and keyboard of their mobile device to interact with games. It requires an iPhone 7 or later, and iOS 12.1 or later. An Android version of the app has been available for several years, but is restricted to Sony's Xperia phones.

Kara Del Toro Is Amazing - [off-topic]
11:24 AM EST - Mar,08 2019 - post a comment

She has potential to do great things!
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Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild - [security]
11:22 AM EST - Mar,08 2019 - post a comment

Google security officials are advising Windows users to ensure they're using the latest version 10 of the Microsoft operating system to protect themselves against a "serious" unpatched vulnerability that attackers have been actively exploiting in the wild. Unidentified attackers have been combining an exploit for the unpatched local privilege escalation in Windows with one for a separate security flaw in the Chrome browser that Google fixed last Friday. While that specific exploit combination won't be effective against Chrome users who are running the latest browser version, the Windows exploit could still be used against people running older versions of Windows. The flaw, which resides in the Windows win32k.sys kernel driver, gives attackers a means to break out of security sandboxes that Chrome and most other browsers use to keep untrusted code from interacting with sensitive parts of an OS. Attackers combined an exploit for this vulnerability with an exploit for CVE-2019-5786, a use-after-free bug in Chrome's FileReader component. The Windows vulnerability is a NULL pointer dereference in win32k!MNGetpItemFromIndex when the NtUserMNDragOver() system call is called under specific circumstances.

The PC Perspective Podcast Is Live - [briefly]
05:27 AM EST - Mar,08 2019 - post a comment

The PC Perspective Podcast is now live! Drop in to talk to the guys as they discuss the latest tech news topics.

Thursday 07 (Mar 2019)

Windows 10 KB4482887 update can degrade graphics - [briefly]
09:35 AM EST - Mar,07 2019 - post a comment

On March 1st, Microsoft released a brand new update for Windows 10 that brought a number of quality improvements. However, and after various reports, Microsoft has confirmed that this latest update can degrade graphics and mouse performance in certain games (like for example Destiny 2). Microsoft claimed that it's currently working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Still, and as a workaround, PC gamers can uninstall KB4482887 to regain performance. Microsoft has not explained/detailed the reasons behind this performance degradation. Moreover, this issue may not affect everyone therefore I strongly suggest uninstalling this update only if you are experiencing worse performance in your favourite games after applying it.

Update: As discovered by WindowsLatest, Microsoft has updated the KB4482887 support page to add two additional known issues that address performance degradation, as well as an issue with using MSI or MSP files, they are as follows:
Symptom Workaround

After installing this update, users may receive “Error 1309” while installing or uninstalling certain types of MSI and MSP files.

Ignore the error.

Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

After installing KB4482887, users may notice graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games (eg: Destiny 2).

Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

As a short-term resolution, users can uninstall KB4482887 to regain performance.

Microsoft suggests that users ignore the Error 1309 message, which will be fixed "in an upcoming release", as for the graphics and mouse issues in certain games like Destiny 2, the company advises that users uninstall the KB4482887 update as a short-term solution if they can't wait for an update. To uninstall the KB4482887 update, open Settings (from the Start menu, or 'All settings' from the action center slide out) select Update & Security, then click on the "View update history" link on the Windows Update page, then the "Uninstall updates" link; the classic Control Panel will open, after which you can select the KB4482887 update and right click to uninstall it.

Highlights of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 Presentation - [briefly]
03:39 AM EST - Mar,07 2019 - post a comment

CNET has released a highlights video of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 presentation at the Mobile World Conference. The video shows some of the forward thinking solutions that Microsoft engineers have been working on for years to make working with holograms feel like interacting with objects in the real world.

Wednesday 06 (Mar 2019)

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.1 Driver - [gaming]
06:16 PM EST - Mar,06 2019 - post a comment

AMD today released the latest version of their Radeon Adrenalin 2019 Drivers. Version 19.3.1 is game-ready for the release of Devil May Cry 5, promising an "up to 4%" performance improvement in that title, with a Vega 64 graphics card. High-profile fixes include fixes for Radeon WattMan on Radeon VII, mouse lag or system slowdown with one of multiple displays shut off, black screen issues with Acer's KG251Q display, and corrupted video on an HDR display.
Support For
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Up to 4% average performance gains with AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.1 vs 19.2.3 on Devil May Cry 5 with Radeon RX Vega 64. RS-287
Fixed Issues
  • Radeon WattMan settings changes may intermittently not apply on AMD Radeon VII.
  • Mouse lag or system slowdown is observed for extended periods of time with two or more displays connected and one display switched off.
  • ACER KG251Q display may experience a black screen when connected via DisplayPort and enabled at 240hz.
  • Video playback may become green or experience corruption when dragging the Movies and TV application to an HDR enabled display.
Known Issues
  • Rainbow Six Siege may experience intermittent corruption or flickering on some game textures during gameplay.
  • Mouse cursors may disappear or move out of the boundary of the top of a display on AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
  • Modifying memory clocks on Radeon VII in Radeon Wattman may intermittently result in memory clocks becoming locked at 800Mhz.
  • Changes made in Radeon WattMan settings via Radeon Overlay may sometimes not save or take effect once Radeon Overlay is closed.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • Some Mobile or Hybrid Graphics system configurations may intermittently experience green flicker when moving the mouse over YouTube videos in Chrome web browser.
Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 1, 2019 8GB Radeon RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4 memory, and Windows 10x64PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. While running Devil May Cry 5 on Ultra presets at 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels), Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.3 scored 69.5 FPS, while Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.1 scored 72.0 FPS. Therefore, in the above comparison, Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.1 shows 4% greater performance, in Devil May Cry 5. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-287

Tuesday 05 (Mar 2019)

Nvidia 419.35 WHQL driver optimizes Apex Legends - [gaming]
01:45 PM EST - Mar,05 2019 - post a comment

Nvidia today released the GeForce Game Ready WHQL-certified 419.35 drivers, bringing optimizations for the 50-million-strong Apex Legends, Devil May Cry 5, which is releasing in three days, and Tom Clancy's The Division 2, which is due for a release on March 15. This driver also brings three more monitors under the G-Sync Compatible umbrella. There's also added support for CUDA 10.1 and an update to version 8.1.951.0 of the NVIDIA Control Panel bundled with this update. A few major issues have been fixed with this update, some of which have been around for a while, including one that caused the 'NvDisplay.Container.exe' process to have a consistently high CPU usage. Here's everything that's fixed:
  • [G-SYNC]: With a G-SYNC and G-SYNC Compatible display connected in clone mode, flashing occurs on games played on the G-SYNC display with G-SYNC enabled. [200482157]
  • [Apex Legends]: DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG error message may appear and then the game crashes.[2503360]
  • [Hitman 2]: Pixelated corruption appears in the game. [2504274]
  • [Batman: Arkham Origins]: PhysX fog renders incorrectly [2451459]
  • [GeForce RTX 2080][PhysX][Assassin's Creed 4 - Black Flag]: Smoke dispersal appears accelerated. [2498928]
  • Microsoft.Photos.exe randomly crashes. [200496899]
  • NVDisplay.Container.exe causes high CPU usage. [200496099]
  • New Security Vulnerability Found Affecting Intel CPUs - [security]
    01:38 PM EST - Mar,05 2019 - post a comment

    A new security vulnerability has been found that only affects Intel CPUs - AMD users need not concern regarding this issue. Dubbed Spoiler, the newfound security vulnerability was discovered by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in partnership with the University of Lübeck, and affects all Intel CPUs since the introduction of their Core architecture. This vulnerability too affects Intel's speculative execution design, and according to the researchers, works independent of OS, virtual machine, or sandboxed environments. As the researchers explain, Intel's speculative execution of certain memory workloads requires the full physical address bits for the information in memory to be known, which could allow for the full address to be available in user space - allowing for privilege escalation and other microarchitectural attacks. According to the researchers, a software solution to this problem is impossible, which means this is yet another silicon-level bug that needs to be addressed in future processor designs.

    Rachel Cook Could Be The Next Queen Of Instagram - [off-topic]
    01:33 PM EST - Mar,05 2019 - post a comment

    I truly believe Rachel Cook could be the next Queen of Instagram!

    Password-Free, Secure Login Standard Finalized - [security]
    01:31 PM EST - Mar,05 2019 - post a comment

    The W3C standards group has certified WebAuthn as an official web standard. WebAuthn enables web site logins that are both easier and more secure than passwords. Multiple authentication methods are supported, including biometric options on mobile devices, such as fingerprint readers. It's already supported in Android, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and the preview version of Apple Safari. The standard enables biometric web site login on both desktop and mobile browsers, and also enables using your phone as an authentication tool to log into web sites on a desktop/laptop.

    AMD Showcases Ryzen V1000 and EPYC 3000 - [briefly]
    03:45 AM EST - Mar,05 2019 - post a comment

    AMD unveiled its expanded partner embedded product lines based on its AMD Ryzen V1000 and EPYC 3000 platforms. Embedded GPUs and the SMACH Z handheld gaming console that can be upgraded like a desktop PC were highlights of the event. Advantech announced a partnership between Advantech, AMD, and Mentor, a Siemens business, to make AI technology more accessible and easier to implement. They declared AI technology will take embedded systems to the next level with higher efficiency and smarter systems designed to improve people's lives. The PC Games Hardware interview is in English after the first minute.

    Monday 04 (Mar 2019)

    Apex Legends Has Surpassed 50 Million Players - [gaming]
    03:44 PM EST - Mar,04 2019 - post a comment

    As of today, Respawn Entertainment's battle royale shooter Apex Legends has been out for one full month. As a result, Respawn's Vince Zampella has now given the latest player totals for the game over that span of time and they continue to be staggering. In its first month, Apex Legends has now passed 50 million players in total.

    Keith Flint: Prodigy vocalist dies aged 49 - [briefly]
    12:27 PM EST - Mar,04 2019 - post a comment

    Keith Flint, vocalist with the Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. He was found at his home in Essex on Monday. The Prodigy released a statement confirming the news, saying: "It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time." Liam Howlett, who formed the group in 1990, wrote on Instagram: "I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I'm shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ..... r.i.p brother Liam". An Essex police spokesman confirmed that a 49-year-old man had died. "We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday," he said. "We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

    The End of Blu-ray? - [technology]
    05:43 AM EST - Mar,04 2019 - post a comment

    Catastrophic thinking, perhaps, but Samsung's recent decision to discontinue its Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players has evidently convinced some enthusiasts the format is finished and on its last legs. ZDNet's Steven Vaughan-Nichols, for one, bluntly stated this week "Blu-ray is dead," justifying that thought by relaying Samsung's market dominance.
    The numbers speak for themselves. According to the Digital Entertainment Group 2018 home entertainment report, we spent more than ever on video last year, $23.3 billion, up 11.5 percent from 2017. Of that, subscription streaming -- led by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu -- took the lion's share, with a 30 percent year-over-year rise to $12.9 billion. We also bought and rented another $4.55 billion worth of online movies and TV shows. Blu-ray? Even with the growing popularity of 4K Blu-ray, movie, and TV show sales only came to $4.03 billion. That's a 14.6-percent drop from 2017.

    Sunday 03 (Mar 2019)

    Cooler than I will ever be - [off-topic]
    11:54 AM EST - Mar,03 2019 - post a comment

    He's the greatest pirate I've ever seen!

    Google reveals "high severity" flaw in macOS kernel - [security]
    11:17 AM EST - Mar,03 2019 - post a comment

    A security researcher from Google's Project Zero has discovered that even though macOS' kernel, XNU, allows copy-on-write (COW) behavior in some cases, it is essential that any copied memory is not available for modifications from the source process. While COW is a resource-management technique that is not inherently flawed, it appears that Apple's implementation of it certainly is.

    Project Zero has found out that if a user-owned mounted filesystem image is modified, the virtual management subsystem is not informed of the changes, which means that an attacker can potentially take malicious actions without the mounted filesystem knowing about it. The detailed explanation can be found below:

    This copy-on-write behavior works not only with anonymous memory, but also with file mappings. This means that, after the destination process has started reading from the transferred memory area, memory pressure can cause the pages holding the transferred memory to be evicted from the page cache. Later, when the evicted pages are needed again, they can be reloaded from the backing filesystem.

    This means that if an attacker can mutate an on-disk file without informing the virtual management subsystem, this is a security bug. MacOS permits normal users to mount filesystem images. When a mounted filesystem image is mutated directly (e.g. by calling pwrite() on the filesystem image), this information is not propagated into the mounted filesystem.
    The researcher informed Apple about the flaw back in November 2018, but the company is yet to fix it even after exceeding the 90-day deadline, which is why the bug is now being made public with a "high severity" label. That said, Apple has accepted the problem and is working with Project Zero on a patch for a future macOS release. You can also view the proof-of-concept code that demonstrates the problem on the dedicated webpage here.

    Saturday 02 (Mar 2019)

    X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Trailer 2 - [briefly]
    05:15 PM EST - Mar,02 2019 - post a comment

    Here is the new trailer for Dark Phoenix

    Real Life Trick Shots 3 - [off-topic]
    05:06 PM EST - Mar,02 2019 - post a comment

    Trick shots all day everyday!

    Boneworks - Next Gen VR Gameplay! - [gaming]
    05:19 AM EST - Mar,02 2019 - post a comment

    The VR development studio, Stress Level Zero is working on its most ambitious VR title yet; Boneworks. Boneworks will feature advanced physics that aren't found in other VR titles. It uses the capabilities of the upcoming SteamVR Knuckles to allow users to grip one end of an object like a crowbar and slide/rotate their fingers around the other end. Not only does it allow users to see and use each of their fingers individually in the VR world, gamers can toss objects up with one hand and catch it with the other

    Friday 01 (Mar 2019)

    Microsoft Excel Can Now Import Table Data Using Camera - [briefly]
    05:19 PM EST - Mar,01 2019 - post a comment

    Excel for phones now lets users import table data directly into spreadsheets from a photo taken with the phone's camera. Microsoft announced the feature last September. It's rolling out now for the Android version of the app, "with iOS support coming soon". The feature lets users take a new photo from within the app, or import an image already on the phone. They can then crop to the table, then review the import for errors in a split-screen mode

    Dark Phoenix - Official Trailer - [briefly]
    04:41 PM EST - Mar,01 2019 - post a comment

    In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy. In Theaters June 7, 2019

    Hellboy (2019 Movie) New Trailer Red Band - [briefly]
    04:39 PM EST - Mar,01 2019 - post a comment

    Hellboy - In theaters April 12, 2019. Starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, and Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, with Daniel Dae Kim.

    Thursday 28 (Feb 2019)

    Samsung Loads McAfee Antivirus Onto Smart TVs - [security]
    04:38 PM EST - Feb,28 2019 - post a comment

    TechSpot reports that Samsung is pre-installing Mcafee antivirus on its 2019 TVs because McAfee is paying them to do it. As the publication points out, Samsung TVs run the partially open source, largely Samsung developed Tizen OS, so whatever software McAfee installs won't have much in common with McAfee security suites on other platforms. Financial benefits aside, TechSpot believes there's no real reason to run a "McAfee Security" app on the TV when Samsung could just bake similar security measures into OS itself. The Samsung Smart TV app ecosystem is strictly controlled anyway, and any malicious actors that really wanted to target Tizen would just work around McAfee since they know it will be pre-installed.
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