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Friday 21 (Feb 2020)

OZZY OSBOURNE - Scary Little Green Men Teaser - [off-topic]
04:51 AM EST - Feb,21 2020 - post a comment

Ozzy Osbourne has released a teaser for his new music video for the song "Scary Little Green Men". The one-minute clip, which can be seen below, features Jason Momoa, the hulking star of the superhero film "Aquaman", playing the role of Ozzy, standing at the mic and singing along to the song's lyrics.

Westworld - Official Season 3 Trailer - [off-topic]
04:48 AM EST - Feb,21 2020 - post a comment

Season 3 premieres March 15 at 9PM on HBO.

Wednesday 19 (Feb 2020)

Intel Core i7-10700F Roughly Matches Ryzen 7 3700X - [hardware]
11:54 AM EST - Feb,19 2020 - post a comment

The Core i7-10700F is an upcoming 8-core/16-thread processor that's expected to be significantly affordable compared to the i7-10700K. Unlike the i7-10700K targeted at overclockers, the i7-10700F is multiplier locked, has lower nominal clock speeds of 2.90 GHz, and lacks integrated graphics (hence the "F" extension). PC enthusiasts on Korean tech community QuasarZone posted a screenshot of an alleged i7-10700F test run on Cinebench R20. The chip is shown scoring 4781 points in the multi-threaded test, and 492 points single-threaded. These scores roughly compare with AMD's Ryzen 7 3700X processor. No other details such as motherboard or memory configuration were put out.

TikTok Rolling Out Parental Controls - [internet]
11:52 AM EST - Feb,19 2020 - post a comment

TikTok is rolling out a new feature called Family Safety Mode, which lets parents set limits on their children's TikTok accounts. Parents will need to install TikTok and link their account to their child's. The app will then let parents set screen time limits, restrict the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences, and limit who can direct message their child. The feature is available first in the UK, and will begin to roll out to "additional markets in the coming weeks".

Google Expands Stadia Support to Gaming Phones, Flagship Samsungs - [mobile]
11:51 AM EST - Feb,19 2020 - post a comment

Google is expanding the list of phones supported by its Stadia game-streaming service on February 20th. Initially supported only on its own Pixel phones, Stadia will support Samsung flagship Galaxy S and Note series phones (S8 and newer), as well as gaming phones from Razer and Asus (ROG Phone and ROG Phone II). For a controller, gamers can either connect a Stadia controller via USB, or third-party controllers via Bluetooth. Stadia competes with Microsoft's xCloud and Nvidia's GeForce Now. Like those other game-streaming services, Stadia runs full console-quality games on powerful servers in the cloud, streaming video of the rendered graphics to the user's device. Such services benefit from the higher data rates and lower latency of 5G networks. Forthcoming 5G SA networks will further reduce latency and improve data rates.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be available for free - [gaming]
(toutagamon) - 04:42 AM EST - Feb,19 2020 - post a comment

Epic Games has announced that Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be available for free on Epic Games Store. The game will be available for free alongside Faeria next week. From February 20th and until February 27th, PC gamers will be able to acquire a free copy of the game. Assassin's Creed Syndicate originally launched in October 2015 for PS4, Xbox One. It came to PC a month later. It is the ninth installment of the popular Ubisoft action-adventure franchise. Set in Victorian London, England, you play as Jacob and Evie Frye in another tale that, once again, brings the Brotherhood and the Templars into some wild feud. Also, you'll meet some historical figures along the way, like Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Queen Victoria.

Tuesday 18 (Feb 2020)

Amazing Stories - Official Trailer - [briefly]
08:23 AM EST - Feb,18 2020 - post a comment

The anthology series, a revival of Spielberg's 1985 NBC series, will debut on March 6 on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription.

Monday 17 (Feb 2020)

MWC 2020 Trade Show Cancelled - [mobile]
04:18 PM EST - Feb,17 2020 - post a comment

The GSMA mobile industry trade group has cancelled its annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. An avalanche of companies have pulled out of the event in recent days, due to concerns over how the international event could potentially help spread the new coronavirus, even though that risk is extremely low thanks to quarantine measures put in place by China and other affected countries, and extensive preventative measures already announced for MWC. MWC is the largest trade show in the world for the mobile industry.

Leo Rojas Greatest Hits 2020 - [off-topic]
04:15 PM EST - Feb,17 2020 - post a comment

The true music of the whole continent!

STRONGMAN DOES ICE SWIM (38deg F / 3deg C) ft Ross Edgley - [off-topic]
04:11 PM EST - Feb,17 2020 - post a comment

Eddie - Mate I cannot feel anything, I'm actually beginning to die
Ross - Yeah yeah yeah, that'll happen :-)

Saturday 15 (Feb 2020)

Musician Hacks His Arm Prosthesis To Plug Into His Synthesizer - [technology]
02:17 PM EST - Feb,15 2020 - post a comment

Bertolt Meyer builds the SynLimb to make thought-controlled music.

Transhumanist EDM, maybe the future really will be cyberpunk. This is incredibly awesome!

The Science Behind Superbolt Lightning - [briefly]
02:15 PM EST - Feb,15 2020 - post a comment

What spurs these unusually powerful bolts of lightning?

Zoe Kravitz Gets Trippy While Eating Spicy Wings - [off-topic]
02:13 PM EST - Feb,15 2020 - post a comment

Zoe Kravitz is an actress, model, and musician you know from projects like Mad Max: Fury Road and HBO's Big Little Lies. She also stars in High Fidelity, a new series from HULU which is set to release on Valentine's Day (February 14). But how is she with spicy food? Find out as Kravitz takes on the wings of death and sits down for a deep-dive interview with Sean Evans. Along the way, the multitalented star covers everything from pancake breakfasts with Prince, to throwback fashion photos through the ages.

Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee in Mortal Kombat 11 - [gaming]
06:25 AM EST - Feb,15 2020 - post a comment

BabyZone has shared two videos that all Mortal Kombat fans must see. The YouTuber has used DeepFake in order to bring a number of celebrities to Mortal Kombat 11. And yes, as the title suggests, Keanue Reeves, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are among them.

Friday 14 (Feb 2020)

500kg / 1102lbs Deadlift UNSEEN FOOTAGE! 500k Subs Special - [briefly]
05:58 PM EST - Feb,14 2020 - post a comment

A dedication to the fans with a personal insight into what went into lifting the historic 500kg Deadlift... A lift that 4 years later' no-one has come close 💪 (Filmed 29/01/2020)

Intel Core i9-10900 10-core CPU Pictured - [hardware]
05:49 PM EST - Feb,14 2020 - post a comment

Intel's desktop Comet Lake-S lineup is close to being released and we are getting more leaks about the CPU models contained inside it. Perhaps one of the most interesting points for Comet Lake-S series is that it brings a boost in frequency and boost in core count, with the highest-end Core i9 processors going up to 10 cores. Thanks to Xfastest, a Hong Kong-based media outlet, we have first pictures of what appears to be an engineering sample of the upcoming Core i9-10900 processor. Being a non-K version, this CPU is not capable of overclocking and has a fixed TDP rating of 65 Watts. Compared to 125 W of the K models like the upcoming Core i9-10900K, this CPU will output almost half the heat, thus requiring a less capable cooling solution. The CPU is installed in LGA1200 socket, which is a new home for Comet Lake-S CPUs and provides backward compatibility for coolers supporting LGA1151. In the sample processor pictured here, we can see a marking on the CPU that implies 2.5 GHz base clock.

Wednesday 12 (Feb 2020)

THE IRON MASK Official Trailer (2020) Arnold Schwarzenegger - [off-topic]
05:34 PM EST - Feb,12 2020 - post a comment

What's the plot of "The Iron Mask"? We honestly could not tell you. But it looks fun. Or maybe awful? Again, we're confused.

How a Tranquilizer Dart Works in Slow Motion - [off-topic]
05:32 PM EST - Feb,12 2020 - post a comment

Gav and Dan learn about tranquilizer dart physics using slow mo as a helpful tool. Don't try this at home unless you have 400lb gorilla running at full clip towards you.

Fixing Broken Zippers With A Fork Is Blowing My Mind - [off-topic]
05:31 PM EST - Feb,12 2020 - post a comment

What sort of black magic is this? :-)

Brooklyn Millard Instagram stories copilation - [off-topic]
05:29 PM EST - Feb,12 2020 - post a comment

Check it out!

Jim Carrey Tells Hilarious Story About The Time He Invited Anthony Hop - [off-topic]
05:27 PM EST - Feb,12 2020 - post a comment

Jim Carrey tells Conan O'Brien about the time Anthony Hopkins came to dinner and gave him chills.

Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip - [mobile]
10:10 AM EST - Feb,12 2020 - post a comment

The Galaxy Z Flip is a fascinating phone. The engineering is unlike other folding phones to date. Actually, it borrows ideas from both the Galaxy Fold and Motorola's razr. It doesn't fold 100% "flat", meaning when it's closed, there is a slight gap between the two halves at the hinge end. But it's a much thinner gap than what was on the Galaxy Fold. It's small enough that, at quick glance, you might not even notice it. And yet, unlike the razr, there doesn't seem to be any special mechanism that gives way to let the screen bend with a gentler curve radius. The screen really does just bend in half with a shockingly tiny radius, almost like folding a sheet of paper. I worry about the long-term durability of a screen that bends so sharply, but Samsung says I shouldn't, that its unique engineering - particularly the ultra-thin flexible glass layer - will keep it working reliably. And that bending glass layer is part of the real magic of this phone. It should provide dramatically better durability, and it also changes the feel of the screen.

Monday 10 (Feb 2020)

Video shows Microsoft's Surface Duo being used in public - [briefly]
04:07 AM EST - Feb,10 2020 - post a comment

Microsoft's upcoming dual-screen Android phone, the Surface Duo, is getting ready for prime time. A couple of days ago, Israel Rodriguez spotted one in use on Vancouver's SkyTrain, tweeting an image that shows what appears to be a flash next to the front-facing camera. But as promised, there's more. In fact, there's a lot more. Rodriguez tweeted out a link to a YouTube video that includes several photos and some video footage, although there's no sound. It shows various use cases, such as playing games, checking email, using the device in various form factors, and more.

Sunday 09 (Feb 2020)

The filming of The Witcher season two is expected to start Feb 2020 - [briefly]
10:05 AM EST - Feb,09 2020 - post a comment

The filming of The Witcher season two is expected to start this February in the United Kingdom and will eventually relocate to Scotland and parts of Eastern Europe. Season two will probably be released somewhere in the next year. Actress Carmel Laniado will be joining the TV show according to Deadline. She will be playing Violet, "a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanour is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character." The actress is relatively new in the show business. She appeared in the movie Dolittle as Lady Rose and as young Lottie in FX's miniseries A Christmas Carol. Personally I cannot recall any characters from the books or the games with the name Violet. There is also a rumor that Kristofer Hivju will also join the series for the new season. He is the actor who played Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones. Showrunner Hissrich said she already has plans for more than five seasons. So it looks like Netflix's The Witcher is here to stay for quite some time.

Android February Security Patch Fixes Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability - [security]
04:45 AM EST - Feb,09 2020 - post a comment

A security flaw has been found in Android that allows attackers to access a phone via Bluetooth with no user interaction required. Android's most recent monthly security update, released on February 3rd, fixes the flaw. The vulnerability is rated "critical" - the highest rating - for Android versions 8 and 9. In Android 10, the same bug allows a remote attacker to crash the Bluetooth system, but does not present the same security vulnerability. Attackers must be within Bluetooth range (typically around 30 feet) to exploit the flaw. Users can ensure they're not vulnerable by turning off Bluetooth until their phone receives the February update. There are ways to continue using Bluetooth in public while making it difficult to exploit the flaw. Attackers need to know your Bluetooth MAC address (device ID). This can be obtained in two ways: The first is if your phone is in Bluetooth "discoverable" (pairing) mode. Also, on some devices, the Bluetooth MAC address can be deduced from the Wi-Fi MAC address. Therefore users with a non-updated Android phone who are concerned about the issue should avoid pairing new Bluetooth devices while near any public areas, and keep Wi-Fi turned off on their phone.

Saturday 08 (Feb 2020)

Titan's Treasure PUZZLE Lock Solved - [guides]
05:11 PM EST - Feb,08 2020 - post a comment

Mr. Puzzle took more than two hours to unlock the lock, the rest did not take him that long. He kept on pressing the broken key in deeper trying to unlock with the prongs. Then he states the orientation of the lock was what helped him unlock it. If you play his video in slow motion when he unlocks it play close attention to how deep the prong is inserted. Especially at 14:00 min into the video he is able to rotate it while having the incorrect orientation. If you go to 3:51min mark in this video here you will here LPL saying that with this lock the key is not stopped on the tip of the key it is stopped on the bow (which have been cut off), the real time waster was the proper depth of the key.

2020 Moto RAZR Durability Test! - [mobile]
05:09 PM EST - Feb,08 2020 - post a comment

The new folding Motorola Razr phone is here. That same iconic folding flip phone that all the cool kids had is BACK. And this time it has a fully flexible 6.2 inch folding screen. But how much abuse can it handle? Will the new razr break in half the first time you snap it shut for a phone call? What happens if you accidentally try to bend the Razr phone back the wrong direction? Is the Motorola Razr Dust proof? All these questions and more will be answered in todays durability test.

Fingerprint/RFID Lock Defeated With a Paperclip - [security]
03:51 PM EST - Feb,08 2020 - post a comment

Surely the manufacturer is like: You're not supposed or allowed to remove that screw!

12:41 PM EST - Feb,08 2020 - post a comment

Finnish/British/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have released the official music video for "Noise", the first single from their forthcoming ninth studio album, "Human. :II: Nature." . Due on April 10 via Nuclear Blast, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015's "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" will be a double album containing nine tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.

Another masterpiece from one of the greatest metal bands of the world...and with a real deep social message as well,

Friday 07 (Feb 2020)

Back to the Future: Tesla CyberTruck Edition - Video - [technology]
05:11 PM EST - Feb,07 2020 - post a comment

So, what is it? Well, I hope the title was something of a giveaway. But Yes! Someone out there has been working amazingly hard to edit out the DeLorean DMC-12 in one of the film's most iconic scenes. What have they replaced it with though I hear you ask? Well, only a Tesla Cybertruck!

Microsoft Flight Simulator- leaked gameplay - [gaming]
05:11 PM EST - Feb,07 2020 - post a comment

Jose Carlos has shared two videos from the tech alpha phase of Microsoft Flight Simulator. These videos showcase 50 minutes of brand new gameplay footage. Microsoft Flight Simulator targets a 2020 release.

Apple Finally Buying AMD CPUs? - [hardware]
05:10 PM EST - Feb,07 2020 - post a comment

Since its switch to the x86 machine architecture from PowerPC in the mid-2000s, Apple has been consistent with Intel as its sole supplier of CPUs for its Macbooks, iMac desktops, and Mac Pro workstations. The company's relationship with rival AMD has been limited to sourcing discrete GPUs. If pieces of code from a MacOS beta is anything to go buy, Apple could bite the AMD bullet very soon. References to several AMD processors were found in MacOS 10.15.4 Beta 1. These include the company's "Picasso," "Renoir," and "Van Gogh" APUs. It's very likely that with increasing CPU IPC and energy-efficiency, Apple is finally seeing the value in single-chip solutions from AMD that have a good enough combination of CPU and iGPUs. The 7 nm "Renoir" silicon in particular could change the mobile and desktop computing segments, thanks to its 8-core "Zen 2" CPU, and a "Vega" based iGPU that's highly capable in non-gaming and light-gaming tasks. AMD's proprietary SmartShift feature could also be leveraged, which dynamically switches between the iGPU and an AMD discrete GPU.

Thursday 06 (Feb 2020)

Nokia 2.3 Offers 2-Day Battery for $129 - [mobile]
05:44 PM EST - Feb,06 2020 - post a comment

The newest entry-level Nokia Android phone from HMD Global is the Nokia 2.3, which contains a 4,000 mAh battery that HMD claims can last through two days of use. It also has a 6.2-inch, 19:9, HD screen with small notch, MediaTek Helio A22 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, memory card slot, and 3.5mm headset jack. It has a 13 megapixel camera on the back plus depth camera for portrait mode, and a 5 megapixel camera on the front. An AI-powered "Recommended Shot" feature automatically captures alternate images before and after the shutter button is pressed and suggests the best one. It also has a multi-frame night mode. The frame is aluminum and the back has a "3D nano-textured" design. The 2.3 comes with Android 9 and two years of OS updates (including Android 10) plus three years of monthly security updates. The US version supports LTE in US bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 66, which means basic support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks (including Cricket and Metro brands). The Nokia 2.3 will come in Sand and Charcoal in the US. It will be available unlocked from Amazon and Best Buy for $129 starting February 9th.

The Jesus Rolls - Official VOD Trailer - [briefly]
05:42 PM EST - Feb,06 2020 - post a comment

The Jesus rolls on. Hours after being released from prison, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) pairs up with fellow misfits Petey (Bobby Cannavale) and Marie (Audrey Tautou), and embark on a freewheeling joyride of petty crime and romance.

In theaters and on demand March 6th!

AMD Desktop Processor Market Share Now at 18.3% - [hardware]
05:41 PM EST - Feb,06 2020 - post a comment

Market intelligence firm Mercury Research published its findings on the x86 processor market towards the end of 2019, in which AMD has posted growth in all segments (not counting IoT or semi-custom). AMD held 18.3 percent of the desktop x86 processor market, according to the report. a 5-year high. The company's EPYC line of server processors face a more uphill battle against enterprises' entrenched brand loyalties to Intel. The company holds 4.5 percent of the server processor market, but growing 0.2 percent points versus the previous quarter, and 1.4 percentage points vs. the previous year. The last time AMD held such a market share in the server x86 processor market was in Q3-2013. AMD's mobile processor market share may come as a surprise to some. According to Mercury Research, the company holds 16.2 percent of the mobile x86 processor market, which is almost as much as its desktop market. This is probably propelled by the popularity of AMD APUs and low-power CPUs in the cost-effective notebook market segments. AMD is now eyeing higher market segments with its Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" processors that make landfall this year. AMD is growing faster in the mobile space than desktop, with 1.5 percentage points growth in just Q4, and 4 percentage points year-over-year. AMD's mobile market share was this high back in Q2-2013. Mercury Research pins AMD's overall hold over the x86 market at 15.5%, averaged on all segments, minus semi-custom and IoT.

AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.2.1 driver - [briefly]
01:37 PM EST - Feb,06 2020 - post a comment

AMD has released a new driver for its graphics cards that you can download right now. According to the release notes, the AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.2.1 driver offers optimal performance in Zombie Army 4: Dead War. Moreover, this new driver fixes a number of bugs and issues. For instance, it resolves an issues that could cause high memory usage when recording with Radeon ReLive. It also fixes an issue that could cause HDR content to become overly dark or overly bright in some DirectX 12 API games on Radeon RX 5000 GPUs.

AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.2.1 Driver Release Notes

Support For

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Fixed Issues

  • Some users may experience higher than expected memory usage when recording with Radeon ReLive.
  • HDR content may become overly dark or overly bright in some DirectX 12 API games on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • The camera element may exhibit stutter in recorded clips or during streaming using Radeon ReLive.
  • The scroll bar is missing for some users in the Compatibility tab of Radeon Software.
  • Radeon Software may fail to detect VR games when SteamVR is running or has been started.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag enable and disable beep notifications may be played in error when individually pressing keys assigned to the hotkey.
  • The Snap Settings feature may fail to apply settings for Auto Tuning controls if other Auto Tuning settings were already applied.

Wednesday 05 (Feb 2020)

Russian Multiplication - Numberphile - [off-topic]
04:41 PM EST - Feb,05 2020 - post a comment

This is the first time I've heard of this method :D I'm pretty sure it's a joke based on cold war era propaganda stereotypes about Russians purging everything :-)

NVIDIA's GeForce Now Service is Launched - [gaming]
04:05 AM EST - Feb,05 2020 - post a comment

After years in public beta, the company's GeForce Now cloud gaming service is officially launching today with both free and paid tiers. GeForce Now officially supports around 400 games, which you can find via the service's search bar. That tally includes most of the more popular titles being played today, and Nvidia says it adds four or five new games every week or so. PUBG, Witcher 3, Skyrim, Borderlands 3, Dishonored 2, XCOM 2, and many, many more triple-A games work with GeForce Now, as do indie gems like Battletech, Stardew Valley, and Disco Elysium. The service doesn't come with any games, but will run those you buy (or have bought) on Steam, Epic, Uplay or - note that Origin, GoG, Microsoft Store and other launchers are not presently supported.

As of today, any user on the Internet can register and take advantage of the free edition, which allows you to connect to the cloud service for up to an hour per session. If you sign up for the Founder's membership, which costs $4.99 per month, you can play for up to 6 six hours in a row and you'll get priority access to the servers. The first three months of a Founder's plan are free so there's no reason right now to go with the free tier.

System requirements for NVIDIA's GeForce Now are as stands:
- 15 Mbps internet connection (25 Mbps recommended). A 5 GHz network is preferred if using wireless.
- Any Windows PC running Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher, 4 GB of system memory, a 2.0 GHz dual-core X86 CPU or higher and a GPU that supports DirectX 11.
- Any Mac with macOS 10.10 or higher.
- Any Nvidia Shield TV (2015, 2017, 2019; Base and Pro models).
- Any Android phone running Android 5.0 (L) or higher and 2 GB of system memory.
- A Bluetooth gamepad is strongly recommended, including the Shield controller, Razer Raiju and Junglecat Mobile, or Steelseries Stratus Duo.
The minimum hardware requirements for GeForce Now are so low that you can run it on even the cheapest Windows computer. To run on a PC, you need any dual-core or better CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a GPU that can handle DirectX 11, which even low-end, integrated graphics processors support. You can also run the cloud gaming service on Macs that date back as far as 2009 or on Android devices. To play on your TV, you can use one of Nvidia's own Android-powered Shield set-top boxes. The one catch (which applies to all cloud streaming services) is that you need a stable Internet connection that's at least 15 Mbps, which operates over either Wi-Fi 5 (aka 802.11ac) or higher wireless, or Ethernet. The service is unlikely to work well over 4G and you need to have really good Wi-Fi coverage.

VMWare Updates Licensing Model, Setting 32-Core Limit - [briefly]
03:45 AM EST - Feb,05 2020 - post a comment

VMWare has announced changes to its licensing model. From now on, licensees will have to acquire a license per 32 CPU cores, instead of the former "per socket" model. This effectively means that users who had made a migration to AMD's 64-core EPYC CPUs, for instance, and who saved on both price-per core and VMWare licensing fees compared to Intel customers (who would need two sockets to achieve the same core-count, and thus, two licenses) are now being charged for two licenses for a 64-core, AMD-populated socket. This was a selling point for AMD - the company stated that their high-end EPYC processors could act as a dual-socket setup with a single processor, thanks to EPYC's I/O capabilities and core counts. VMWare claims this change is in line with industry standard pricing models. Of course this decision from VMWare hits AMD the hardest, and it comes at a time where there are already 48 and 64 core CPUs available in the market. Should this licensing change be done, perhaps it should be in line with the current state of the industry, and not following in a quasi-random core-count (it definitely isn't random, though, and I'll leave it at that). From VMware's perspective, AMD's humongous CPU core counts does affect their bottom line. The official release claiming customers license software based on CPU counts may be valid, and they do allow for free licenses for servers past 32 cores until April 30, 2020. Of course, VMWare is also preparing itself for future industry changes - Intel will obviously increase its core counts in response to AMD's EPYC attack on the expected core counts of professional applications

MS Releases Microcode Updates Adressing Intel CPU Vulnerabilities - [security]
03:42 AM EST - Feb,05 2020 - post a comment

Microsoft today has released several microcode updates for Intel CPUs. The updates are meant to be applied in a case-by-case basis under their Windows 10 operating system, and these updates target several releases of that OS (ranging from version 1507 through version 1903/1909). These address several vulnerability exploits related to side-channel and speculative execution attacks on Intel CPUs. The updates need to be installed specifically for the Windows OS version you're rocking, and on systems with CPUs affected by the vulnerabilities and covered by this microcode update release. These include Intel's Denverton (Atom C3000 series); Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge E and EP (2000 and 3000 series), Valleyview (Atom Z3000 series) and Whiskey Lake U CPUs (8000U series, 5000U series, and 4200U series). These updates must be installed manually by users.

Windows 10 version 1903/1909: KB497165
Windows 10 version 1809: KB4494174
Windows 10 version 1803: KB4494451
Windows 10 version 1709: KB4494452
Windows 10 version 1703: KB4494453
Windows 10 Version 1607: KB4494175
Windows 10 Version 1507: KB4494454

Tuesday 04 (Feb 2020)

Facebook Expands Parental Controls for Messenger Kids - [internet]
04:29 PM EST - Feb,04 2020 - post a comment

Facebook today launched a major update to Messenger Kids, its messaging app designed for kids 13 and under. While the original app simply gave parents control over who their kids could chat with, the new Parent Dashboard lets parents monitor everything except the text of messages themselves. Parents can now view a log of all photos and videos sent and received, along with delete and report options. Parents can also see "who your child is chatting with, whether they are video chatting or sending messages and how frequently those conversations happened over the past 30 days." Parents can also download a full copy of their child's information, including full message content; the child will be alerted to this action with a notification in the Messenger Kids app. Facebook also added remote device logout and improved information on who a child has blocked and/or reported.
New Parent Dashboard features include: 

  • Recent Contacts and Chat History: See who your child is chatting with, whether they are video chatting or sending messages and how frequently those conversations happened over the past 30 days. 
  • Log of Images in Chats: See the most recent photos and videos your child has sent and received in their inbox. If you believe an image or video is not appropriate for your child, you can remove it from your child's message thread and report it. 
  • Reported and Blocked Contacts History: Access a list of the reporting and blocking actions your child has taken in the app. You'll see a list of the contacts your child has blocked and/or unblocked, if they have reported any messages as well as any contacts they've reported and the reason for their action. Parents will continue to be notified via Messenger if their child blocks or reports someone.
  • Remote Device Logout: See all devices where your child is logged in to Messenger Kids and log out of the app on any device through the Parent Dashboard. (Note: This feature is not meant to control when kids have access to the app try Sleep Mode for that.)
  • Download Your Child's Information: Request a copy of your child's Messenger Kids information, similar to how you can download your own information within the Facebook app. The download will include a list of your child's contacts as well as the messages, images and videos they have sent and received. Your child will be notified through the Messenger Kids app when you request this information. 

Shakira & J. Lo's FULL Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show - [briefly]
04:27 PM EST - Feb,04 2020 - post a comment

Shakira's hips definitely did not lie!

Jason Momoa Super Bowl Commercial 2020 - [off-topic]
08:50 AM EST - Feb,04 2020 - post a comment

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Resident Evil Netflix Series to Enter Production in June - [briefly]
05:57 AM EST - Feb,04 2020 - post a comment

Redanian Intelligence, a fan site that worked to uncover information on "The Witcher" series both before and after release, is reporting to have unearthed a production entry for the "Resident Evil" series which confirms some key details. The show is set to be eight episodes, with each being 60-minutes in length. This isn't a surprise, that formula has quickly become Netflix's standard season structure for its original shows. As well as confirming that shooting will begin in June, the entry also notes on-location prep work will begin in April, with the main hub of production being based in South Africa. If this information is accurate, this would be a new location for the live-action reimagining of 'Resident Evil', with the films being shot primarily in Canada and Mexico prior to this. If re-shoots aren't required, several months of post-production should see it debut at roughly the same time as "The Witcher" did, which was towards the back end of last year. Failing that very tight timescale, a spring 2021 release might be more likely.

Monday 03 (Feb 2020)

NVIDIA GeForce 442.19 WHQL driver - [gaming]
04:09 PM EST - Feb,03 2020 - post a comment

NVIDIA today posted, the latest version of GeForce software. Version 442.19 WHQL (release notes comes game-ready for "Zombie Army: Dead War 4," "Apex Legends Season 4," and "Metro Exodus: Sam's Story." With these drivers, NVIDIA improved the maximum frame-rate setting with limits between 20 and 1,000 FPS. Find this setting in "NVIDIA Control Panel>3D Settings>Maximum Frame Rate control." NVIDIA also introduced VRSS (VR super-sampling), an image quality enhancement that super sampling selectively on the central region of a frame. Among the bug fixes are a game crash during a cutscene in "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine," SETI@Home experiencing driver crash (TDR) on "Maxwell" GPUs, random stoppage of OBS streaming with "Call of Duty Modern Warfare," Battleye with NVIDIA low-latency mode causing a DWM crash and recovery; certain SLI+G-Sync stutter issues being fixed; a "Doom" (2016) game crash with "Kepler" GPUs, and an NVENC memory leak.

Sunday 02 (Feb 2020)

BEST SUPER BOWL 2020 Commercials Sneak Peek! - [briefly]
05:59 PM EST - Feb,02 2020 - post a comment

Plot Twist: Humans are no longer Funny!

TESTAMENT - Night of the Witch - [off-topic]
05:30 PM EST - Feb,02 2020 - post a comment

Official lyric video for "Night Of The Witch" from TESTAMENT's "Titans Of Creation," out on April 3rd!

Saturday 01 (Feb 2020)

FAST AND FURIOUS 9 Trailer (2020) - [off-topic]
02:04 PM EST - Feb,01 2020 - post a comment

First trailer for Fast and Furious 9 starring Vin Diesel and John Cena

Stadium roof collapse kills worker in Russia - [off-topic]
02:01 PM EST - Feb,01 2020 - post a comment

A construction worker was killed after the roof of a sports stadium collapsed during planned demolition work in Saint Petersburg, authorities said Friday. Dramatic footage filmed by local media agency Fotanka showed the moment the entire structure collapsed around him.

Most Popular TV Series 1986 - 2019 - [briefly]
11:15 AM EST - Feb,01 2020 - post a comment

Timeline history of the most viewed TV series from 1986 to 2019. Ranking is based on the following factors: prime-time first 24 hours audience reports, one week of reported statistics for downloaded copies (pirated), one week of streaming services viewership. Numbers are worldwide with significant bias towards US market up until 2002, afterwards it's balanced by p2p distribution across the globe.

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