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  1. Main News Topics ===================================================================== AMD News: 1- AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper Source 1: posted by DocSwag https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/780749-amd-officially-announces-amd-ryzen-threadripper-cpus-for-consumers-up-to-16-cores-and-32-threads/ Source 2: https://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2017/05/17/amd-announces-16-core-threadripper-desktop-cpus-to-do-battle-with-intel-x299-and-skylake-x/#31e96fcb8db9 AMD will be introducing CPUs with up to 16 cores and 32 threads this summer, and they'll be called Ryzen Threadrippers These will compete with Intel's rumored Skylake-X high-end desktop chips Threadripper CPUs won't be compatible with the current AM4 CPU socket, which sports 1331 pins, but instead will demand a whole new socket with 4094 pins Rumosr: there will be up to nine Threadripper CPU 1998X and 1998 with 16 cores, 1977X and 1977 with 14 cores, 1976X, 1956X, and 1956 with 12 cores, 1955X and 1955 with 10 cores 2- First Vega GPU: Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Source 1: posted by PCgamer324 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/780782-radeon-vega-frontier-edition-processor-revealed-with-pictures/ Source 2: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/amd-radeon-vega-frontier-edition/ The first graphics card based on AMD's upcoming 14nm FinFET Vega architecture is the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, sporting 26 teraflops of half-precision FP16, or roughly 13 teraflops of single-precision FP32. 16GB of HBM2 memory on a super-wide 2048-bit bus two 8-pin PCIe power connectors That would make Vega a better performer than Nvidia’s GTX Titan Xp, which sports 12 teraflops of single-precision FP32. Vega FE comes in two configurations. Vega FE Blue is an air-cooled card with a typical blower-style design. Vega FE Gold features a sealed liquid cooler, similar to the one used on the Fury X Vega FE is set for a late June release A price hasn't been set 3- AMD unveils the chip formerly known as Naples Source 1: http://www.fudzilla.com/news/processors/43679-naples-amd-server-is-called-epyc Source 2: http://hothardware.com/news/amd-naples-zen-architecture-makes-epyc-debut-for-datacenter-market Now known as EPYC, It’s a single socket processor that scales to 32 cores/64 threads And supports up to 8-channel DDR4 memory (16 DIMMs per CPU, up to 4TB total memory support). Varieties also include a single socket 16 core, and dual socket 48 and 64 systems wrapped around the infinity fabric (which in essence is an extension of HyperTransport) EPYC is providing up to 128 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, which “allows you to connect more GPUs directly to the CPU than any other solution in the industry." Intel doesn’t have any server / data center product with 32 cores, not even on its extended roadmap, as theirs stop at 28 cores Epyc is expected to launch before the end of June 4- The Laptops are coming: Ryzen Mobile and Ryzen Pro Source 1: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3197117/components/amds-ryzen-mobile-chips-are-ready-for-liftoff-with-the-new-ryzen-pro-not-far-behind.html Source 2: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/amd-ryzen-mobile-laptops-vega-performance-price-release-date AMD has announced Ryzen Mobile, its new processors for laptops AMD is claiming 50% more CPU performance than its previous-generation '7th-gen APUs', 40% better graphics performance a 50% cut in power arrive in the second half of this year Because AMD’s Vega architecture will form part of the chip, AMD is promising “beautiful thin and light” laptops along with “AAA gaming performance”. AMD also announced the Ryzen Pro, a version of the chip designed for business PCs. ===================================================================== Optaine DIMMs to launch with Cascade Lake in 2018 Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/781500-optaine-dimms-to-launch-with-cascade-lake-in-2018/ Source 2: https://techreport.com/news/31932/optane-dimms-and-companion-cpus-will-arrive-in-2018 Intel has committed to delivering Optane DIMMs as a product called "Intel persistent memory" alongside a refresh of its Xeon Processor Scalable family called Cascade Lake Both the persistent memory product and Cascade Lake CPUs will arrive sometime in 2018. Intel says that Optane DIMMs will upend the traditional "small, volatile, and expensive" view of system memory by providing a much denser and persistent way of putting data close to the processor, all at lower prices than DRAM Vulkan and OpenCL to merge into a single "compute graphics" API?! Source 1: posted by zMeul https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/780729-vulkan-and-opencl-to-merge-into-a-single-compute-graphics-api/ Source 2: https://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/Breaking-OpenCL-Merging-Roadmap-Vulkan?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter The Khronos Group are merging OpenCL into Vulkan, creating a single API “The OpenCL working group has taken the decision to converge its roadmap with Vulkan, and use Vulkan as the basis for the next generation of explicit compute APIs – this also provides the opportunity for the OpenCL roadmap to merge graphics and compute.” Destiny 2 for PC will be exclusively available via BattleNET Source 1: posted by Johners https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/781446-destiny-2-for-pc-will-be-exclusively-available-via-battlenet/ Source 2: http://kotaku.com/destiny-2-will-be-60fps-or-more-on-pc-run-only-on-ba-1795344987 Destiny 2 will run on Blizzard’s Battle.net rather than Steam Players will need to sign up to Battle.net and download the Blizzard App. Having a BNET account will give you easy access to other great games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2. A combination of servers will be used: Bungie servers are used for the gameplay itself Blizzard servers will be used for content delivery, game login and social features “Destiny 2 will be integrated into many of Blizzard’s existing social features—you’ll be able to chat with friends playing Destiny 2 the same way you already can for Blizzard games. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can. And, you’ll see a Destiny 2 status icon by your friends who are playing Destiny 2 the same way you do for friends playing StarCraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.” The PC version will also come out later than the console versions, with a final date expected “in the coming weeks” FAIL: WannaCry collects basically no ransom Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-19/as-deadline-begins-to-pass-wannacry-falls-short-of-six-figures Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/05/more-people-infected-by-recent-wcry-worm-can-unlock-pcs-without-paying-ransom/ The ransomware WannaCry, began infecting users on May 12 and gave them 72 hours to pay $300 in bitcoin, or twice that amount within 7 days. Refusal to pay after seven days was promised to result in the permanent loss of data via irrevocable encryption. Today those countdowns begin reaching zero, but so fart he attackers have claimed only about $92,000 in payments, despite infecting over 200,000 machines. “If even 1 percent paid the ransom that would be $600k.” It gets worse: Because of the scrutiny the case has attracted, authorities think it’s unlikely the money the attackers have received will be transferred from Bitcoin to Fiat currencies, due to the risk of the transaction being detected. The ransom fail is due in part to a new publicly available tool is able to decrypt infected PCs running Windows XP and 7, and 2003, one of the researchers behind the decryptor said it likely works for other Windows versions, including Vista, Server 2008, and 2008 R2. Updates to Facebook news feed to catch spammy and deceptive headlines. Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/facebook-adjusts-algorithm-will-bury-articles-with-clickbait-headlines/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/17/15654730/facebook-news-feed-update-kill-off-clickbait Facebook on Tuesday rolled out new changes to its algorithms to increase the scrutiny of posts linking outside Facebook, and reduce the visibility of "clickbait" by pushing it further down the news feed. The latest change increases the scrutiny given to news posts by altering the way they're assessed for "authenticity." Facebook's algorithms assess headlines in two separate steps: one set of algorithms is optimized for looking for language typically used to hide information, another set assesses posts for language associated with exaggeration of the details. The algorithms were trained on hundreds of headlines identified by Facebook researchers and engineers as deceptive A hit from either type of check will lower the post's priority and bury it lower in users' news feeds, but it won't remove the post entirely What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Google gets to keep its name Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/780704-google-survive-genericide/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/genericide-assault-to-nullify-the-google-trademark-fails/ When a brand name becomes completely ubiquitous- like thermos, teleprompter, and videotape- it can lose its legally protected status. This process is called “genericide” In 2012 Google filed a cybersquatting complaint and claimed trademark infringement when a man registered 763 domain names that combined "google" with other words and phrases, including googledonaldtrump.com. The man filed an appeal, citing genericide The court ruled that Google still retains its trademark even if the term "google" has become known for searching the Internet. FAA’s drone registry requirement shot down Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/19/a-federal-appeals-court-shoots-down-the-faas-drone-registry-requirement/ Source 2: A D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft. The drone registration database was proposed in 2015 to addressing growing drone ownership in the U.S., which has brought with it a number of privacy and safety concerns in the government. The FAA will likely appeal the decision – or take another approach toward setting up a similar system. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems released a comment, saying they were “disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A UAS registration system is important to promote accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace, and helps create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior. We plan to work with Congress on a legislative solution that will ensure continued accountability across the entire aviation community, both manned and unmanned.” Facebook rolls out a new “Order Food” option in its main navigation Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/19/facebook-rolls-out-a-new-order-food-option-in-its-main-navigation/ Source 2: https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/facebook-order-food/ In the main Facebook navigation on both web and mobile, a new option called “Order Food” is rolling out to select users. the option lets Facebook users place food pickup and delivery orders from restaurants using Delivery.com or Slice. Everything from ordering to checkout, takes place on Facebook You’ll find a list of restaurants, which include a featured photo, price range, star ratings, and type of cuisine. It will also display whether delivery, pickup or both are available. You’re able to browse the menu, add items to your cart, edit your order, add a suggested tip, then pay within Facebook After payment, a confirmation screen appears letting you now that you’ll also receive an email to confirm your order and a time frame when the order is expected to arrive or be ready for pickup. Facebook takes on Twitch with new live-streaming deal for esports Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/19/facebook-takes-on-twitch-with-new-livestreaming-deal-for-esports/ Source 2: Facebook has signed a deal with global esports company ESL to bring over 5,550 hours of esports events and other original content to Facebook, including 1,500 hours of original programming. Facebook’s deal will kick off next month, beginning with content from the Rank S competitions, a ladder for the Counter Strike:Global Offensive community. This will be supplemented by an exclusive, 30-minute CS:GO weekly show that will feature the top players, upcoming talent and other competition highlights. All the ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters will also stream via ESL’s Facebook network across six languages The move will aid Facebook in challenging Amazon-owned Twitch as well as Twitter, both of which have esports deals as part of their efforts in the live streaming space. Google's Seurat ports PC quality environments to mobile VR Source 1: posted by randomhkkid https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/781501-googles-seurat-ports-pc-quality-environments-to-mobile-vr/ Source 2:https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/18/google-seurat-vr/ Google has a new tool called Seurat that's designed to take high-end, film-quality 3D scenes and turn them into something that can run on mobile hardware. Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB revealed that it used Seurat in a scene from Rogue One, which took an hour to render on a high-end PC, and turned it into something a mobile GPU could render in 13 milliseconds. The tool was able to reduce the scene's texture size by a factor of 300, and its polygon count by a factor of 1,000 Seurat works by taking renders of an environment from a bunch of different angles and positions, and then mapping them onto a low-polygon VR scene you can move around in "[Seurat] potentially opens the door to cinematic realism in VR," WINNERS OF THE CASE MOD WORLD SERIES 2017 Announced Source 1: posted by rodrosenberg https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/781948-winners-of-the-case-mod-world-series-2017-annouced/ Source 2: http://makerhub.coolermaster.com/mod-winners-cmws2017/ Is there any kind of fan contest LMG could do that could generate such amazing work in our own community? An iPhone first: Designed in California, Assembled in India Source 1: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/18/india-has-corruption-weak-laws-few-good-roads-and-the-apple-iphone.html Source 2: http://www.livemint.com/Technology/XJxjNBLdpBPZjyZpiTOstM/Apple-starts-selling-Made-in-India-iPhones-on-trial-basis.html Apple has started selling iPhone SE that were assembled in India at select stores in the country as part of a trial run. India has edged ahead of China as the world's fastest-growing economy, with the GDP hovering around 7 percent The making of iPhones in India is meant to help Apple lower prices and gain a foothold in the Indian market, where two thirds of the population are under 35.
  2. CURRENTLY PROCESSING -> WILL BE LIVE AT https://soundcloud.com/thewanshow/may12wan Main News Topics Rumour: Intel Core i9 Processors?? Source 1:posted by kameshss https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/778821-rumor-intel-core-i9-processors-incoming/ Source 2: https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/intel-skylake-kaby-lake-thread-6c-12t-coffee-lake-launching-august-2017.2428363/page-417#post-38889905 Poster on AnandTech forum posted a screenshot of a slide deck containing Core i9 specs NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide Source 1: posted by Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/778839-wcry-ransomwsre-is-spreading-around-the-world-might-be-using-an-nsa-exploit/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/05/an-nsa-derived-ransomware-worm-is-shutting-down-computers-worldwide/ A Self-replicating ransomware is shutting down computers all over the world, in part by appropriating an NSA exploit that was publicly released last month by the mysterious group calling itself Shadow Brokers The malware, known as Wanna, Wannacry, or Wcry, has infected at least 75,000 computers in 99 countries (3 hours ago), according to Avast List of AV software updated to handle the malware (Red result means it was detected): https://virustotal.com/cs/file/b9c5d4339809e0ad9a00d4d3dd26fdf44a32819a54abf846bb9b560d81391c25/analysis/ Organizations in at least 74 countries have been affected, with Russia being disproportionately affected, followed by Ukraine, India, and Taiwan Infection is spreading at ~100 IPs per minute. The malware is notable for its multi-lingual ransom demands, which support more than two-dozen languages. Wcry is demanding a ransom of $300 to $600 in Bitcoin to be paid by May 15, or, in the event that deadline is missed, a higher fee by May 19. The messages left on the screen say files will remain encrypted. It's not yet clear if there are flaws in the encryption scheme that might allow the victims to restore the files without paying the ransom. According to an article posted by Madrid-based El Mundo, 85 percent of computers at Telefonica, Spain's dominant telecom, are affected by the worm, although that figure has not been confirmed Has caused a lot of chaos in the UK NHS with many hospitals requesting the public do not travel to A&E today due to the attacks. Some extra technical info Source: bleepingcomputer.com WanaCrypt0r first spotted a few weeks ago, but the ransomware for the most part was hardly distributed. Suddenly, WanaCrypt0r exploded and began spreading like wildfire through an exploit called ETERNALBLUE This exploit works by gaining access to a remote machine via the SMBv1 protocol. M$ patched this flaw in March as MS17-010, for Vista and above but many people did not install it. How it works Source: bleepingcomputer.com (lots of pictures here) Installer creates an encrypted zip with all of the malware files. Malware files are extracted with ransom notes in all popular languages WanaCrypt0r will then download a TOR client TOR is used to communicate with ransomware servers at .onion addresses It gives EVERYONE permissions to all files and folders All database and mail server processes are stopped as data used by these will be encrypted too All files are encrypted. When encrypted the “.WNCRY” extension is added It stores the following in every folder that is: @Please_Read_Me@.txt ransom note @WanaDecryptor@.exe decryptor Requests admin privileges from the user with a UAC prompt to do the following: Clear the Shadow Volume Copies Disable Windows startup recovery Clear Windows Server Backup history The computer background is changed Wana Decryptor 2.0 launches with the ransom note in your local language Nvidia announces first videocard based on next-gen Volta GPU Source 1: posted by DocSwag https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/777947-nvidia-announces-gv100-volta-based-gpu-built-on-tsmc-12nm-finfet-with-a-die-size-of-815-mm2/ Source 2: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3196026/components-graphics/nvidias-monstrous-volta-gpu-appears-packed-with-21-billion-transistors-and-5120-cores.html Focused on Data Center applications, the Tesla V100 GPU features: 21 billion transistors 5,120 CUDA cores humming along at 1,455MHz boost clock speeds, A 12-nanometer manufacturing process 16GB of ultra-fast, 4096-bit high-bandwidth memory a second-gen version of Nvidia’s NVLink technology. At 300GB/s transfer speeds, they claim it’s now 10 times faster than standard PCIe connections. A big footprint: it’s 815mm square And a big R&D budget: over $3 billion. Nvidia says it’s redesigned Volta’s streaming microprocessor architecture to be 50 percent more efficient than Pascal’s Tesla V100 also includes new “tensor cores” built specifically for deep learning, providing 12 times the teraflops throughput of the Pascal-based Tesla P100, Huang said The Tesla V100 hits a peak of: 7.5 TFLOP/s of double precision floating-point (FP64) performance; 15 TFLOP/s of single precision (FP32) performance; 120 Tensor TFLOP/s of mixed-precision matrix-multiply-and-accumulate. RUMOUR: AMD pushing AGESA microcode update to improve Ryzen Source 1: posted by Morgan MLGman https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/776970-amd-readies-agesa-microcode-update-to-improve-ryzen-ddr4-memory-compatibility-finally/ Source 2: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/57410/amd-ryzen-microcode-update-improved-ddr4-support/index.html Info leaked by a Gigabyte reps’ forum post indicates AMD will be pushing out a new microcode update for its Ryzen CPU architecture It will add over 20 new registers for the "Summit Ridge" integrated memory controllers, to improve compatibility with "Intel-friendly" DDR4 memory brands. The new AhGESA 1.0.0.6 micro-code will be deployed trough motherboard vendors as motherboard BIOS updates. UK Police to start using Minority Report-esque AI to help decide fate of inmates Source 1: posted by randomhkkid https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/777999-uk-police-to-start-using-minority-report-esque-ai-to-decide-whether-suspects-should-be-kept-in-custody/ Source 2: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39857645 UK police in the city of Durhamhttp://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39857645, England, are prepared to go live with a predictive artificial intelligence system that will determine whether a suspect should be kept in custody the system is designed to classify individuals based on a low, medium, or high risk of committing a future offense How was the system made? Data for the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (Hart) was taken from Durham police records between 2008 and 2012. The system was then tested during 2013, and the results were monitored over the following two years. Forecasts that a suspect was low risk turned out to be accurate 98% of the time, Forecasts that they were high risk were accurate 88% of the time. The tool has a built in predisposition - it is designed to be more likely to classify someone as medium or high risk, in order to err on the side of caution and avoid releasing suspects who may commit a crime. Designed to screw over inmates? What decisions does it help with? deciding whether to keep a suspect in custody for a few more hours whether to release them on bail before a charge; or, after a charge has been made, whether to remand them in custody. What are the risks? The Durham system includes data beyond a suspect's offending history - including their postcode and gender, for example. "To some extent, what learning models do is bring out into the foreground hidden and tacit assumptions that have been made all along by human beings," What care is being taken? the forecasting model's output is "advisory" and should not remove discretion from the police officer using it. An audit trail showing how the system arrived at any given decision will be accessible Head of law at the University of Winchester: "I think, potentially, machines can be far more accurate - given the right data - than humans." What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire NVIDIA Releases GeForce Experience 3.6 Source 1: posted by theDarkPotato https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/778175-nvidia-geforce-experience-adds-support-for-opengl-and-vulkan-games/ Source 2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11365/nvidia-releases-geforce-experience-36-shadowplay-opengl-vulkan ShadowPlay now supports additional rendering APIs, including OpenGL and Vulkan Usability has been streamlined, allowing for easy uploads to Facebook, Twitch, and Google from an improved overlay Microsoft unveils Windows Mixed Reality Controllers Source 1: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/11/microsoft-unveils-windows-mixed-reality-controllers/ Source 2: https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-making-its-own-motion-controllers-with-windows-10-vr-mixed-reality-acer/ Microsoft has announced controllers to support the new MR/VR headsets coming from the likes of Acer and HP the controllers will rely on inside-out tracking technology, so you won't need to set up any special sensors to use them. They have a thumb stick like the Oculus Touch, a touchpad like the Vive and a wand-like design with a tracking ring on the end. Acer will offer them bundled together with its Windows VR headset for a $100 premium These controllers won't work with the HoloLens Keylogger found in pre-installed audio driver on HP laptops Source 1: posted by zMeul https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/778273-keylogger-found-in-preinstalled-audio-driver-on-hp-laptops/ Source 2: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/keylogger-found-in-audio-driver-of-hp-laptops/ The audio driver installed on some HP laptops includes a feature that records all the user's keystrokes and saves the information to a local file, accessible to any third-party or malware that knows where to look. This file is registered to start via a Scheduled Task every time the user logs into the computer. The file "monitors all keystrokes made by the user to capture and react to functions such as microphone mute/unmute keys/hotkeys." Researchers said they found the Conexant HD Audio Driver Package pre-installed on 28 HP laptop models Spammers impersonate real people to flood FCC comments Source 1: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/10/15610744/anti-net-neutrality-fake-comments-identities Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/11/15626278/net-neutrality-spam-bot-fcc-leak-data In response to a proposed rollback of net neutrality, this week John Oliver encouraged viewers to post to a public comment thread on the FCC’s website with support for strong regulation But then thousands of identical comments defending deregulation were posted The posts were from seemingly different concerned individuals with addresses attached. When contacted, these individuals said they did not write the comments and have any idea where the posts came from. more than 58,000 such comments were posted, with 17,000 of those posted in the last 24 hours alone. The personal data of the supposed posters likely came from a previous leak that affected 1.4 billion people’s data (source 2). Minecraft arrives on the Nintendo Switch Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/12/minecraft-arrives-on-the-nintendo-switch/ Source 2: https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/minecraft-launches-nintendo-switch Available today, the new game will include the same features found in console versions, including the multiplayer mini games, Battle and Tumble. BUT Microsoft is also introducing a Super Mario Mash-Up Pack that includes: Mario-themed world with mushrooms, chomping plants, and the iconic pipes, as well as the Mario music and characters. 15 tracks from Super Mario 64 40 characters from Mario games, including Princess Peach, Toad, Yoshi, the Koopalings, Wario, and more! Allows eight players to get together online or play locally if everyone has a Switch; Up to four can play together in a split-screen view on the TV from a single console. Players can use either Joy-Cons or the Pro Controller, depending on their preferences. It will run smoothly at 60fps and 720p resolution, no matter if you’re playing on the big screen TV or in the handheld mode. Microsoft confirms Keyboard support for Xbox One games Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/05/developers-can-look-forward-to-keyboard-support-on-xbox-one-games/ Source 2: http://fortune.com/2017/05/12/microsoft-xbox-one-keyboards/ At the Build Conference this week, Microsoft confirmed that full support for keyboards on Xbox One will be available through UWP cross-platform development and the still-in-preview Xbox Live Creators Program. But Xbox Advanced Technologies Group's James Yarrow told developers that they can't rely on mouse input in their Xbox One apps and games, at least for the time being. "initially, most models of mice won’t be compatible. However, a handful of mice will be, and Microsoft hopes to add support for all mice over time." Even then, developers will have to code support for the new control system into their games. That could be easy for games that are already being developed for Windows with UWP porting in mind, but it might be a bigger lift for more console-centric developers. On the same game, will Keyboard/Mouse and Controllers ever be equal, or will one always be OP? Is it up to the developers? Nvidia's New Headquarters is Liquid Cooled With a Triple Fan Solution Source 1: http://www.game-debate.com/news/22893/nvidias-new-370m-hq-is-liquid-cooled-with-a-triple-fan-solution Source 2: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/57462/nvidia-boss-office-new-hq/index.html Construction is now entering the final stages on Nvidia's $370m head quarters, which is expected to open in Q3 2017 46,500 square meters, split into two floors Capactity for 2500 employees it’s shaped like a giant triangle composed of dozens of smaller tessellating triangles, Underneath the floor there’s a gigantic underground garage, the building has a snaking system of pipes that feed into a hidden water tower sunk into the roof of the building. The recycled water is then filtered through an evaporation system utilising three giant fans to keep the building cool. Nintendo helps Nvidia make tonnes of money Source 1: posted by linustouchtips https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/777820-nvidia-double-profits-due-to-nintendo-switch/ Source 2: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/nvidia-first-quarter-fiscal-2018-financials-higher-profits-due-to-nintendo-switch.html Nvidia just released their revenue for the first quarter ended April 30, 2017: $1.94 billion, up 48 percent from a year earlier The boost it attributed mainly to the Nintendo Switch (Nvidia fabs the SoC) and data-center activities. "Our Datacenter GPU computing business nearly tripled from last year, as more of the world's computer scientists engage deep learning.” (Old News) Intel Rebrands Xeon Line Source 1: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/248852-intel-rebrands-xeon-line-announces-new-chips-based-skylake Source 2: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/intel-xeon-platinum-gold/ Instead of naming chips with an E/EP/EX system (think Haswell-E), Intel will use metallic classifications to identify specific Xeon parts. Traditionally, the main difference between Xeon processors has been the core count and cache size, but Intel is looking to market its processors based on the jobs they are good at, rather than their raw power. Bronze CPUs offer entry level performance and supposedly lower clocks, Silver processors are intended for low-power designs, while Gold and Platinum pack their own high-end options Open Benchtable 3D-printable vertical stand Source 1: posted by N.tony https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/777024-open-benchtable-3d-printable-vertical-stand-no-motherboard-shall-be-dropped/#comment-9802936 Source 2: http://openbenchtable.com/community/3d-printable-vertical-stand/ Now you can 3D print feet that make your Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable more stable when standing vertically iTunes coming to the Windows Store by the end of the year Source 1: posted by Johners https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/778369-itunes-coming-to-the-windows-store-by-the-end-of-the-year/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/11/15616594/apple-itunes-windows-store-app-windows-10?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Announced at Windows Build conference iTunes is one of the most searched for apps that’s currently missing in the Windows Store.
  3. Main News Topics LTX 2017! TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW, Saturday July 29th @ 11am. LANGLEY EVENTS CENTRE, LANGLEY, BC, CANADA Meetup Tech CON-ival Interactive booths, swag, activities and more Live stage events (TOPICS TBD - LINUS, LUKE, WHAT DO YOU GUYS WANNA DO?!?!?!) TICKETS ON SALE NOW - only 1100 available It costs money because we rented out an arena and want to show off some cool stuff We hope to see you guys there Link is on our Twitter, Facebook, Forum, and Reddit @ r/LinusTechTips http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/97246/ltx-2017 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Court rules that Apple cannot supply ‘refurbished or remanufactured’ iPads as warranty replacements Source 1: posted by CaptainGazzz https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/771998-dutch-court-rules-that-apple-cannot-supply-%E2%80%98refurbished-or-remanufactured%E2%80%99-ipads-as-warranty-replacements/ Source 2: https://9to5mac.com/2017/04/25/can-apple-provide-a-refurbished-remanufactured-ipad-under-warranty-netherlands-holland/ Following a previous Dutch court ruling that Apple cannot provide refurbished products as warranty replacements, a new ruling has outlawed ‘remanufactured’ units also. Apple must, the court found, supply brand new models exactly as it would to a paying customer Apple’s refurbished products are ones which have been sold and later returned to the company. They are returned to as-new standard, and given the same warranty as brand new devices. In addition to being used for warranty replacements, they are also made available for sale at a typical discount of around 14-15%. Remanufactured products are newly-manufactured but may include used parts harvested from broken models. These are not made available for sale, says the company, but used only as warranty replacements. Customer service perspective vs. Environmental perspective A Rant about LTT's Latest $1000 Build Guide Source 1: posted by DocSwag https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/775329-a-rant-about-ltts-latest-1000-build-guide/ Source 2: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/775329-a-rant-about-ltts-latest-1000-build-guide/?page=4 get rekt. Repost: AMD making money from ad revenue from installing drivers!? Source 1: posted by zMeul https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772278-amd-making-money-from-ad-revenue-from-installing-drivers/ Source 2: AMD driver puts a Quake shortcut on your desktop AMD stock price falls >20% in single day Source 1: posted by AnonymousGuy https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/774560-amd-stock-price-falls-20-in-single-day-on-lackluster-q1-earnings/ Source 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-stock-ryzen-cpu-share,34314.html Shares of Advanced Micro Devices plunged on Tuesday following a first-quarter report that failed to justify the stock's 300% gain last year. AMD stock was down 19% at 11:40 a.m. AMD reported strong results that were in line with expectations, but the fickle stock market punished the company after it revealed lower-than-expected margins and relatively low Q2 margin guidance AMD reported a 33% margin for Q2, which is only slightly lower than the 34% it posted in Q1. AMD reported $984 million in revenue (up 18% year over year) and a $29 million net operating loss (down from $73 million year over year) as it claws its way back to profitability. The company also reported an 18% revenue increase due to Ryzen and GPU sales. But there’s still hope! AMD has shipped Ryzen processors for only one month of the quarter, and it also has Vega slated for release in Q2. Their Naples platform will also help, as will market share gains in the lucrative data center segment Ryzen 3 processors are also slated for the second half of the year, which could help boost sales volume. AMD Radeon RX Vega Specs Leaked In Linux Patch Source 1: http://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-vega-specs-leaked-linux-patch/ Source 2: http://www.game-debate.com/news/22847/amd-radeon-rx-vega-specifications-leak-in-linux-driver-update-alleged-benchmarks-surface The first update adding comprehensive Vega feature support to Linux was issued yesterday, revealing details about Vega’s spec Graphics Card Radeon RX 480 Radeon RX Vega GPU Polaris 10 XT Vega 10 XT Process Node 14nm 14nm Shader Engines 4 4 Stream Processors 2304 4096 Performance 5.8 TFLOPS 5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS 12.5 TFLOLPS 25 (FP16) TFLOPS Render Output Units 32 64 Texture Mapping Units 144 256 Hardware Threads 4 8 Memory Interface 256-bit 2048-bit Memory 8GB GDDR5 8GB HBM2 Coffee Lake 6 Core CPU spotted by WCCFtech Source 1: posted by DELTAprime https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/770914-coffee-lake-6-core-cpu-spotted-by-wccftech/ Source 2: http://wccftech.com/intel-coffee-lake-desktop-6-core-4-core-cpu-leaked/ Intel Coffee Lake chips were previously going to launch in January 2018 (CES). But AMD launches have pushed Intel to launch as early as August at GamesCom 2017 CPU Name Intel Core i5-7600K Intel Core i5-8*** Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-8*** CPU Family Kaby Lake-S Coffee Lake-S Kaby Lake-S Coffee Lake-S CPU Process 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm CPU Cores 4 6 4 6 CPU Threads 4 6 8 12 Base Clock 3.80 GHz 3.50 GHz (ES) 4.20 GHz TBD Boost Clock 4.20 GHz 3.50 GHz (ES) 4.50 GHz TBD L2 Cache 1 MB (256 KB per Core) 1.5 MB (256 KB per Core) 1 MB (256 KB per Core) 1.5 MB (256 KB per Core) L3 Cache 6 MB 9 MB 8 MB 12 MB Unlocked Design Yes Yes Yes Yes Socket Support LGA 1151 LGA 1151? LGA 1151 LGA 1151? PCH 200-Series 300-Series 200-Series 300-Series TDP 91W TBD 91W TBD Microsoft Announces the Surface Laptop Source 1: posted by GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/774467-microsoft-announces-the-surface-laptop-aimed-at-students/ Source 2: It’s a 13.5inch laptop featuring a Microsoft 3:2 aspect ratio Pixel Sense display IO: 1x USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort and a headphone plug. The Surface line magnetic power connector. 2.76lb (1.25kg), and is 14.47mm max thickness Has a magnesium body, and fabric surface palm rest area. available is several colors: Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold, Burgundy, and Platinum. The keyboard area is the same felt material from the Surface Pro 4 keyboard. The OS is the new Windows 10 S edition (S stands for School). This is version of Windows 10 can only run Windows Store apps (Win32 and UWP apps. Forces you to use Edge and Bing Windows 10 S can be converted to Windows 10 Pro. Specs: CPU: Core i5 / i7 U series CPU RAM: 4GB, 8GB and 16GB LPDDR3 available as option Storage: PCI-E SSD available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB 14.5h of battery life Screen Resolution: 2256x1504 Starting at $999 Available June 15 What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Valve Limits Steam’s Gifting System Without Warning Source 1: https://techraptor.net/content/valve-limits-steam-gifting Source 2: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/57380/steams-gift-changes-hurt-key-resellers-gamers/index.html Valve has announced several changes to Steam’s gifting system. Before, users on Steam could purchase a game as a gift and store that copy in their inventory for later use. When sending games, users could either deliver the gift directly through Steam or attach it to an email through the client if you weren’t friends with the giftee on the service. With the changes, you cannot store gifts for future use. When purchasing a game you already own, you are forced to choose a recipient of the gift and a time when it will be delivered. Sending games through email is now impossible it is now possible to schedule a game to be delivered months in advance. Collectors have often used Steam’s gift inventory to store and trade copies of delisted Steam titles These changes will also affect users who trade and sell Steam gifts on third party websites gifts you already have stored will not be affected Qualcomm to Seek U.S. Import Ban for iPhones Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/775378-continuing-applequalcomm-saga-qualcomm-plans-to-petition-itc-to-ban-iphone-imports/ Source 2: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-03/qualcomm-said-to-seek-u-s-import-ban-for-iphones Incensed over Apple Inc.’s decision to stop paying it billions of dollars in licensing fees for smartphone chips, Qualcomm Inc. plans to retaliate by asking a U.S. trade agency to ban US imports of iPhones The ITC has the power to block the import of goods into the U.S. and processes cases more quickly than federal district courts The current iPhone uses a mixture of Intel Corp. and Qualcomm modems to connect to networks. Up until the iPhone 7, Qualcomm was the exclusive supplier of that crucial part. The company’s patents cover the fundamentals of how data and voice is encoded and transmitted between networks and phones. By stopping payment to contract manufacturers who make the iPhone -- who, in turn, pay Qualcomm -- Apple is interfering with contracts that predate the debut of the iPhone, Qualcomm argues. A successful appeal to the ITC could potentially lock it out of the U.S. market, which accounts for 40 percent of Apple’s total sales. SpaceX to launch broadband satellites in 2019 Source 1: posted by NonHexa https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/775181-spacex-to-launch-broadband-satellites-in-2019/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/spacexs-falcon-9-rocket-will-launch-thousands-of-broadband-satellites/ SpaceX today said its planned constellation of 4,425 broadband satellites will launch from the Falcon 9 rocket beginning in 2019 and continue launching in phases until reaching full capacity in 2024. Later this year, SpaceX will begin the process of testing the satellites themselves, launching one prototype before the end of the year and another during the early months of 2018 The 4,425 satellites will "operate in 83 orbital planes (at altitudes ranging from 1,110km to 1,325km)," and "require associated ground control facilities, gateway Earth stations, and end-user Earth stations," SpaceX has also proposed an additional 7,500 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that this will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. SpaceX's satellites will essentially operate as a mesh network and "allocate broadband resources in real time, placing capacity where it is most needed Customer terminals will be the size of a laptop. While speeds should hit a gigabit per second, SpaceX said it "intends to market different packages of data at different price points, accommodating a variety of consumer demands." Current satellite ISPs have latencies of 600ms or more, according to FCC measurements, but SpaceX has said its own system will have latencies between 25 and 35ms. Intel tells Core i7-7700K owners to stop overclocking Source 1: posted by Mr.Meerkat https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/775456-intel-tells-core-i7-7700k-owners-to-stop-overclocking/ Source 2: http://www.pcgamer.com/intels-tells-core-i7-7700k-owners-to-stop-overclocking-to-avoid-high-temps/? Some owners of Intel's Core i7-7700 and 7700K processors have been complaining for the past three months of unusual temperature increases of up 90C, close to the Core i7-7700's maximum 100C threshold Intel’s response: “We do not recommend running outside the processor specifications, such as by exceeding processor frequency or voltage specifications, or removing of the integrated heat spreader (sometimes called 'de-lidding'). These actions will void the processor warranty." UHD Blu-Ray Disc encryption finally cracked Source 1: posted by Terodius https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/774648-uhd-blu-ray-disc-encryption-finally-cracked/ Source 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/68w9pl/aacs_20_cracked/ A Full-fledged copy of the 4K UHD Bluray release of The Smurfs 2 has been posted on private tracker ultrahdclub.org The member who posted it claims this release was achieved through cracking the encryption of the drive itself and not through the more common HDCP stripping and capture method. Amazon's new Echo Look will judge your fashion sense for only $199.99 Source 1: posted by SCGazelle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772165-amazons-new-echo-look-will-judge-your-fashion-sense-for-only-19999/ Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/26/15435550/amazon-echo-look-200-smart-camera-mirror-stylist Amazon has announced the Echo Look, an Echo with a camera on it that works with a "style assistant" companion app that will catalog your outfit and rate it using AI trained by fashion specialists. A Style Check feature will help you compare two outfits by rating which is better. It can also take full length photos and show the user angles that you wouldn't be able to see from a regular mirror The device appears to be Amazon’s way of expanding its fashion retail shop, as it will store your lookbook and recommend outfits that suit your style Long lost Starcraft gold source code found, finder handsomely rewarded Source 1: posted by Raskolnikov https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/775507-long-lost-starcraft-gold-source-code-found-finder-handsomely-rewarded/ Source 2: http://mashable.com/2017/05/04/starcraft-source-disc/#h6NzQBM69iqs Back in 2000, a disc containing StarCraft source code was stolen from Blizzard, forcing them to start from scratch A month ago a random Reddit user, Khemist, bought a bunch of Blizzard stuff on Ebay, including a disc labeled StarCraft Gold Master Source Code Khemist handed it over to Blizzard and received A copy of Overwatch $250 in Blizzard store credit A tonne of Overwatch + Diablo swag Free trip to BlizzCON ...he could have gotten WAY more for that disc Seagate finally commits to HAMR launch Source 1: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11315/seagate-ships-35th-millionth-smr-hdd-confirms-hamrbased-hard-drives-in-late-2018 Source 2: http://images.anandtech.com/doci/9858/astc_technology_roadmap.png This week Seagate, for the first time, set a precise launch timeframe for HDDs that use Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording: end of 2018.
  4. Main News Topics Announced: The most badass Acer gaming monitor ever Source 1: posted by SCGazelle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772347-the-acer-predator-x27-has-almost-every-feature-you-might-ever-want-in-a-monitor/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/acer-predator-x27-price-specs-release-date/ The Predator X27 features a 27-inch 16:9 panel 4K UHD resolution HDR One hundred and 44Hz refresh rate. G-Sync 1,000 nits of brightness 4ms response time The X27 is based on an AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel with "quantum dot" technology HDR10 96 % of the DCI-P3 colour gamut A direct LED backlighting system that contains 384 zones, which allows sections of the display to be shut down entirely for better black levels. At a minimum, it requires a 10-series Nvidia graphics card with a DisplayPort 1.4 connector. There's no price or release date for the X27 at this time FCC announces plan to reverse Title II net neutrality Source 1: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/26/15437840/fcc-plans-end-title-ii-net-neutrality Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/net-neutrality-rules-took-away-your-internet-freedom-fcc-chair-claims/ The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Anjit Pai has tabled a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. The net neutrality rules passed in 2015 reclassified internet providers as “common carriers” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which subject them to tough, utility-style regulation. the classification was meant to ensure that internet providers would be subject to careful oversight The new proposal will do three things: first, it’ll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it’ll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven’t thought up yet; third, it’ll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules — like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites — that were implemented in 2015. The proposal will be voted on by the FCC at a meeting on May 18th JON: shouldn’t the FTC be the ones governing net neutrality instead of the FCC? Amazon (don’t say it!) A-l-e-x-a learns to talk like a human Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/28/alexa-learns-to-talk-like-a-human-with-whispers-pauses-emotion/ Source 2: https://www.cnet.com/news/amazons-alexa-just-learned-to-whisper-and-bleep-your-expletives/ Amazon announced this week the addition of a new set of speaking skills for the virtual assistant, which will allow her to do things like whisper, take a breath to pause for emphasis, adjust the rate, pitch and volume of her speech, and more. She’ll even be able to “bleep” out swear words The new tools were provided to third party app developers, allowing them to control the pronunciation, intonation, timing and emotion of their Skills. 2 Awesome things happened in Vancouver TODAY at TED conference: 1- Elon Musk teases Tesla electric semi truck, up to 4 new Gigafactory locations Source 1: Source 2: Elon Musk was on stage at the 2017 TED Conference in Vancouver today where he showed a shadowy image that gives us our first look at what his forthcoming electric Semi Truck will look like smooth continuous design between the windshield and the upper facade. headlights that resemble the ones used on existing Tesla cars Musk also said that there will be likely four new Gigafactory sites announced this year!. the company said in its most recent earnings report that it plans to finalize locations for up to three new Gigafactory sites this year, in addition to the existing Nevada location, and the New York plant for solar technology it’s operating in partnership with Panasonic. 2- UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit Source 1: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39441825 Source 2: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/28/british-military-interested-iron-man-flying-suit/ A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted conference in Vancouver. The suit works using six miniature jet engines, or thrusters, which are attached to a rigid exoskeleton at the back and arms. It takes off vertically and can be controlled by moving the arms, while a display inside the helmet gives updates on fuel consumption. In the demonstration, the inventor flew in a circle for nearly one minute, hovering a short distance from the ground. Police to Scan Soccer Fans' Faces Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-27/champions-league-final-police-to-scan-soccer-fans-faces Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/26/british-police-to-scan-faces-at-champions-league-final/ Security at this year’s Champions League final will be aided by facial recognition technology. Cameras around both the stadium and Cardiff's main train station will compare the 170,000 soccer fans’ faces against a police database of 500,000 people of interest. If there's a match, police will get a heads-up that could help them stop a terrorist or frequent hooligan. According to South Wales police, this implementation should provide a basis for further use of the technology. South Wales Police will have to honor the country's usage guidelines, only harvesting as much information as they really need, and being transparent with the data they collect. However, there has already been evidence of police forces (both in the UK and abroad) preserving face recognition data for innocent people. Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba Source 1: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/26/google-becomes-first-foreign-internet-company-to-go-live-in-cuba/ Source 2: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/27/525896190/google-spins-up-its-first-servers-in-cuba Cuba's national telecom ETECSA officially inked a deal with Google back in December, and today, they finally switched on the service The servers Google switched on today are part of a the Google Global Cache (GGC), a global network that locally stores popular content for quick access Material stored in-country will load much quicker than Cuba's existing setup: Piping internet in through a submarine cable connected to Venezuela but they don't provide Internet access where it wasn't before: As few as 5% of Cubans have access to the open Internet Home Internet connections are rare, and public access Wi-Fi hotspots costs $1.50 an hour — very expensive for most Cubans. Nintendo Launching New 2DS XL Model Source 1: posted by GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772556-nintendo-announces-the-new-new-nintendo-2ds-xl-game-console-not-a-joke/ Source 2: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-launching-new-2ds-xl-model-that-has-same-/1100-6449650/ Unlike the 2DS, the New 2DS XL features a clamshell design The system can play 3DS games, but without the 3D effect. It also plays DS games. It is lighter than the Nintendo 3DS XL but has the same screen size. According to Nintendo, it "still packs the same power" of the New Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo: "This new addition to Nintendo's portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the hand-held market," Launches in Australia & New Zealand on June 15, US on July 28. It will cost $150.USD What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire A 3D printer with Tank Treads?! Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/27/mits-giant-mobile-3d-printer-can-build-a-building-in-14-hours-and-some-day-it-may-be-headed-to-mars/ Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/27/mit-s-mobile-3d-printer-built-the-largest-structure-to-date/ MIT’s giant mobile 3D printer can build a building in 14 hours, and some day it may be headed to Mars A nozzle is attached to the end of a pair of robotic arms atop a rover-like vehicle outfitted with tank treads. With the proper combination of sensors, the system can customize a build based on conditions like light and weather and can utilize its own surroundings as the basis of its structures. The team refers to the machine as a platform, rather than a 3D printer. The goal is to create a robotic system capable of several different functions working in tandem to create a structure, including digging and milling, in addition to 3D printing. AMD making money from ad revenue when you install its drivers!? Source 1: posted by zMeul https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772278-amd-making-money-from-ad-revenue-from-installing-drivers/ Installing the new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.4 Drivers will stealth-install a desktop shortcut for the Quake Champions Beta on your machine. The final URL destination includes a referral ID OMG LOL: Anti-Virus software update nukes customer’s machines Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/av-provider-webroot-melts-down-as-update-nukes-hundreds-of-legit-files/ Source 2: Antivirus provider Webroot released a signature update that nuked hundreds of benign files needed to run Microsoft Windows, as well as apps that run on top of the operating system. customers reported that servers and computers alike stopped working At one company, the update’s false positives quarantined "several hundred" files used by Windows Insider Preview. Hundreds of "line of business" apps, such as those that track patient appointments or manage office equipment, suffered the same fate. Webroot was also flagging Facebook as a phishing site Webroot officials said the bad definitions were live for only 13 minutes before being taken down Officials have yet to confirm they would be able to revert all the bad determinations Russian spy ship sunk by sheep barge Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/russian-spy-ship-sunk-by-sheep-barge-sheep-and-sailors-unhurt/ A Russian intelligence collection ship sank on April 27 after a collision with a Togo-flagged livestock carrier carrying sheep from Romania to Jordan. The sheep-carrying ship suffered only slight damage to its bow, but the Russian warship suffered a rupture in its hull below the waterline, sinking. The sheep (and sailors) were unhurt Microsoft to complete Windows Phone wind-down by June Source 1: posted by Daring https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772804-press-f-to-pay-respects-microsoft-to-complete-windows-phone-wind-down-by-june/ Source 2: https://9to5mac.com/2016/05/25/microsoft-windows-phone-dead/ Microsoft has announced that it is effectively out of the consumer phone business. It is cutting 1,850 jobs, and setting aside almost a billion dollars to cover the costs of exiting the business. “We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation — with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. The company recently saw its market share fall below 1% Razer's new Lancehead mouse offers 'tournament-grade' wireless performance Source 1: posted by SCGazelle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/772308-razers-lancehead-mouse-claims-to-outperform-every-other-wireless-mouse/ Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/27/15451048/razer-lancehead-wireless-gaming-mouse-pro-gaming Lancehead uses frequency hopping in the 2.4GHz band to dodge interference, and Razer claims the mouse "outperforms every other wireless gaming mouse" in lag-free performance. Lancehead has: a true 16,000 DPI sensor, which can track at 210 inches-per-second and handle an absurd 50G acceleration. Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches, dedicated buttons for sensitivity switching, and a few extra programmable buttons. ambidextrous design internal memory to save and sync mouse settings offline Razer's also offering a wired version of Lancehead, named Lancehead Tournament Edition?!?!, which bumps the inches-per-second tracking speed to 450. Both mice are available for preorder now. The wireless Lancehead will ship in May or June for $139.99, while the wired version ships in April or May for $79.99. Fallout is bringing post-apocalyptic warfare to your tabletop Source 1: http://www.polygon.com/2017/4/26/15438656/fallout-4-wasteland-warfare-miniatures-game-release-date Source 2: https://www.cnet.com/news/fallout-is-bringing-post-apocalyptic-warfare-to-your-tabletop/ Fallout: Wasteland Warfare is a traditional miniatures-based wargame, along the lines of Warhammer 40,000 or Flames of War. Groups of units will improve over time with perks, weapons, gear and other upgrades. The 32 mm-scale game will have a playable campaign arc, random missions, PvP and Tournament modes, solo-play AI decks, and even cooperative missions. The game will feature iconic characters in highly detailed, cast resin miniatures, as well as terrain, buildings and settlements. Comes out in November AMD puts 2 GPUs and 32GB of RAM on its latest Radeon Pro Duo graphics card Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/amd-puts-two-gpus-and-32gb-of-ram-on-its-latest-radeon-pro-duo-graphics-card/ Source 2: http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graphics/workstation/radeon-pro/duo It has: two separate 14nm Polaris GPUs with 2,304 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, and 16GB of graphics RAM apiece (for a total of 32GB) on a single card The Duo is aimed primarily at professional users rather than gamers. The new card only needs two power plugs, uses an air blower typical of most GPUs, and has a rated TBP (typical board power) of 250W. Dual-GPU are a useful way to get two GPUs into a computer with a single slot (or four GPUs into a machine with two slots if you don't mind the diminishing returns). It’s set to launch at "the end of May" for $999
  5. Main News Topics LEAKED: RX500 Series Video Cards Specs! Source 1: Posted by lots of unexplainable lag https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/765978-the-rx5xx-lineup-has-leaked-in-its-entirely-launching-april-18th-polaris-refresh/ Source 2: http://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-rx-580-570-560-550-specs-gaming-benchmarks-official-leak/ The official presentation for the upcoming AMD cards, showcasing specifications and gaming performance numbers of several Polaris based variants, has been leaked. The series will be utilizing a refreshed reference cooling system. All cards except the Radeon RX 550 will use dual fan cooling solutions as standard AMD has also updated the power configuration on their cards meaning that these card will offer even higher stable operation under load and will be able to overclock decently. All cards will officially launch on April 18th Ryzen 5 1600X breaks 6 core overclocking records Source 1: Posted By: GEHORC https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/765058-ryzen-5-1600x-breaks-6-core-records-in-extreme-overclocking/ Source 2: https://ocaholic.ch/modules/news/article.php?storyid=16401 German overclocker Roman Hartung has pushed a new Ryzen 5 1600X CPU to 5.9 GHz using: an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard G.Skill DDR4 memory set to work at DDR4-3000 using CL12 timings a bus speed of 130 MHz and a multiplier of 45.5 and liquid nitrogen cooling .All cores and threads were enabled Healso ran Cinebench, GPU PI and Geekbench. In all these four benchmarks he achieved “global firsts” overtaking all Intel hexacore processors. Rumour: Intel to launch Skylake-X and X299 chipset early Source 1: http://www.fudzilla.com/news/processors/43352-intel-skylake-x-and-x299-chipset-could-come-earlier Source 2: http://www.techspot.com/news/68889-intel-skylake-x-kaby-lake-x-processors-rumored.html Originally scheduled to launch sometime in Q3 2017- probably August Now rumored to be launching between June 19 and July 9 Intel Skylake-X lineup will include: six- and ten-core CPUs, support for quad-channel DDR4-2667 memory 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes The Kaby Lake-X lineup will include quad-core SKUs, have a TDP of 112W and lack the integrated GPU dual-channel DDR4-2667 memory support 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes More info on Intel's new X299 HEDT platform should come at Computex 2017 Rumour: New Intel KabyLake-G CPU Source 1: Posted By NumLock21 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/761420-intel-kabylake-g/ Source 2: https://www.techpowerup.com/232067/rumored-intel-kaby-lake-g-series-modular-multi-die-hbm-2-amd-graphics-ip Intel is rumoured to be making a Kaby Lake-G series chip designed as a multi-chip module in a singular package. The company has already played with such a design before with its Clarkdale family of processors This heterogeneous, modular approach to CPU development, allows Intel to: integrate external graphics solutions that could be produced in other factories and then fitted onto the package; It would allow Intel to save die space on their 10 nm dies for actual cores, increasing yields from their 10 nm process; and would allow Intel to recycle old processes with new logic inside the CPU package, permitting the company to better distribute production load across different processes, better utilizing (and extracting value from) their not-so-state-of-the-art processes. Apple is announces “completely rethought” macpro Source 1: http://www.digitaltrends.com/apple/apple-announces-new-mac-pro-2018/ Source 2: http://daringfireball.net/2017/04/the_mac_pro_lives Phil Schiller said Apple wants “to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements”, creating “a Mac Pro modular system” They’re also making a high end Display to go with it Phil said “you won’t see any of those products this year” In the meantime, Apple is releasing a slightly upgraded Mac Pro: the $3,000 quad-core Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs has morphed into a six-core Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs. The $4,000 model now has an eight-core processor and dual AMD FirePro D800 GPUs Both models have 16GB of RAM neither has USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 Variable Refresh Rate coming to TVs Source 1: Posted by AliminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/765547-xbox-scorpio-dev-kits-coming-with-a-spec-bump-over-retail-scorpio-with-44-radeon-customized-compute-units/ Source 2: http://gizmodo.com/microsoft-seems-to-think-an-awesome-pc-gaming-feature-i-1794256730 Microsoft is trying to close the gap between console gaming and PC gaming Project Scorpio supports FreeSync, and Microsoft is working with TV manufacturers to try and push them to support as well The new HDMI 2.1 specification supports variable refresh rate What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Straight-up Skynet Shiz: Autonomous Fighter Planes Source 1: Posted by WMGroom AK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/766021-fully-autonomous-fighter-planes/ Source 2: http://www.businessinsider.com/f-16-drone-have-raider-ii-loyal-wingman-f-35-lockheed-martin-2017-4 the United States Air Force has developed an F-16 drone that can not only fly autonomously, it can also engage in battle with intelligent strategies that it conceives on its own. The Air Force had already been using F-16 drones as practice targets for the F-35 to destroy in training. Now the Air Force has announced fully autonomous air-to-air and ground strike capabilities that it developed in conjunction with Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks. During a demonstration, an experimental unmanned F-16 aircraft showed how it can react to a dynamic threat environment during an air-to-ground strike mission: It planned and executed the mission on its own, deciding the best route and strategies based on mission priorities and available assets. The aircraft was also able to react to changing threats and adjust its course of action accordingly. Scrapyard Wars: Prison Edition Source 1: Posted by Omon_Ra https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/765562-scrapyard-wars-behind-bars-edition/ Source 2: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39576394 Inmates in the Ohio built computers from PCs they were supposed to be dismantling for recycling. the unsupervised inmates later hid the PCs in the ceiling of a training room. Investigators found software, pornography and articles about making drugs and explosives on the machines. They were caught when IT staff flagged unusual levels of internet activity on a contractor's account. Actually Awesome: Uber makes fake Lyft accounts to steal drivers Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/766011-rumor-ubers-puts-lyft-drivers-in-hell/ Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/13/uber-hell-program-lyft-drivers/ Uber placed fake Lyft rider accounts around cities in order to map the distribution of Lyft drivers, as each RIDER can see up to 8 nearby drivers. Monitoring the Lyft driver’s habits, Uber noticed some drivers were “double-apping”: driving for Lyft and Uber Uber then sent more rides and offered incentives to these drivers to keep them too busy to drive for Lyft. The program was discontinued after Uber paid tens of millions per week in bonuses Burger King Trolls Google Assistant Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/765903-so-apparently-burger-king-hijacked-google-assistant/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/google-burger-king-feud-over-control-of-the-google-assistant/ BK made a 15 second unskippable YouTube ad where- instead of describing the Whopper- the actor says “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” The trolling was compounded when people vandalised the ingredients from the Wikipedia page that the Assistant would bring up the Google issued a server side update to make the Assistant unresponsive to the Burger King recording Too bad they didn’t do “Hey Siri” Nintendo hates money, discontinues the NES Classic Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/04/nintendo-hates-money-discontinues-the-nes-classic/ Source 2: http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/post-arcade/nes-classic-being-discontinued-by-nintendo Nintendo has announced that it will cease production of the 30-game NES Classic Edition by the end of the month, even though it sold 1.5 million units from Nov 11 launch to new years. (Wii-U sold 14m units in its lifetime) A representative said that the NES Classic "wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans." The NES Classic controller will also be discontinued Was this done to bolster sales of the Switch? American colleges to offer scholarships to play video games Source 1: http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/247675948-story Source 2: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-05/video-gaming-becomes-a-scholarship-sport-at-university-of-utah The growth of esports has colleges and universities developing teams to compete as prizes are growing and sponsors are taking notice coaches say esports requires “the same discipline and decision-making as other activities. All those same life skills go into gaming. This is a developmental tool." Some of these teams practice 20 hours a week on top of studying game film and team-building projects. About 20 to 30 matches or tournaments are played annually. University of Utah is the first school in the "Power Five" -- the five richest athletic conferences in college sports -- to offer scholarships for video gaming Their team will start-off playing League of Legends The University of California, Irvine, recently built an esports-specific arena on its campus, and the Big Ten Conference’s television network earlier this year began broadcasting competitions between club teams from its member schools. Rumour: Apple Watch for Diabetics Source 1: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/13/a-future-apple-watch-could-be-essential-for-diabetics/ Source 2: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/12/apple-working-on-glucose-sensors-diabetes-treatment.html Apple is developing a sensor that can monitor a person's blood sugar levels continuously and non-invasively. If successful, the technology will be integrated into a future version of the Apple Watch to help people with diabetes manage their condition Right now, the only effective way to continuously monitor someone's blood glucose level is by inserting a sensor below the skin. It's believed that the company is already running trials of the sensors at "clinical sites" in San Francisco's Bay Area. Apple has already hired consultants to help it navigate the torturous process of getting FDA approval. The initiative was initially envisioned by Steve Jobs before his death Meanwhile, Google's life sciences team is currently working on a contact lens that can measure blood sugar via the eye Phone accelerometers can give away your password Source 1: Posted by VVoltor https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/764951-phone-accelerometers-can-give-away-your-password/ Source 2: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/10/pin-gathering-mobile/ Researchers have been able to guess 4-digit pin codes with high accuracy by analysing the data from your phone’s rotation sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers. Using data collected by mobile device’s hardware tracking systems, the team was able to crack four digit PINs with 70-percent accuracy on the first try, with 100-percent accuracy by the fifth try. Unlike you camera and GPS, mobile apps and websites don't need to ask permission to access information from these sensors. A site accessed with malicious code via your mobile browser can activate sensor-based monitoring in the background when browser tabs are left open ACER’s $300 Mixed Reality Headset for Windows Source 1: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/12/acer-microsoft-vr-mixed-reality/ Source 2: http://mashable.com/2017/04/06/acer-mixed-reality-developer-edition-hands-on/#KnVuHtQ.Jmq1 Microsoft is enlisting 3rd parties like ACER, Dell, and HP to make mixed reality headsets that are cheaper and more affordable than the Hololens. Products costing roughly $300 will be arriving this year Microsoft is targeting a middle ground between mobile VR and high systems like the Rift and Vive. A Windows 10 update in the fall will let affordable PCs with integrated graphics power these new mixed reality headsets. Like HoloLens, this new crop of mixed reality headsets will let you access just about every app and tool you'd otherwise use in Windows 10. That includes universal apps as well as those made for HoloLens. So you could conceivably throw a video onto a wall in your virtual living room while you're browsing the web or working on an Office doc. Microsoft claims it can also handle VR more efficiently since its mixed reality platform is built directly into the OS DJI announces ‘Phantom 4 Advanced’ Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/13/djis-new-phantom-4-advanced-makes-their-lineup-even-more-confusing/ Source 2: The Phantom 4 Advanced will take the place of the regular old Phantom 4, which will be discontinued on April 30th when the new version launches. The new drone will cost $1,349 – $50 less than the original Phantom 4’s starting price The Phantom 4 Advanced will borrow a bunch of features from the Phantom 4 Pro, which remains on sale for $1,499. the new drone will have the same 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor for 4K video at 60fps that the Pro has. It will also get the same intelligent flight modes (these let you pre-program your drone to fly certain routes or follow you around) The Phantom 4 Advanced will only have forward and downwards obstacle avoidance, unlike the Pro version’s backwards and side obstacle avoidance.
  6. I loved this band (not listing name just in case) @CPotter
  7. Soundcloud link: Nvidia releases the Titan Xp Source 1: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11253/nvidia-announces-nvidia-titan-xp-full-gp102-for-1200 Source 2: Posted by kameshss https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/762770-updated-nvidia-release-a-new-titan-x-gpu-called-titan-xp/ Compared to the last-generation GTX Titan X (Maxwell), NVIDIA has improved GPU performance by 84%, ROP throughput by 47%, and memory bandwidth by 63%. Compared to the new 1080Ti, the Xp has: 13% more memory bandwidth at 547.2GB/sec 7% more shader/texture/geometry throughput and 9% more ROP throughput. It’s $1200 Apple to begin making their own GPUs Source 1: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11243/apple-developing-custom-gpu-dropping-imagination Source 2: https://www.wired.com/2017/04/apples-making-gpu-control-destiny/ Apple has announced they will no longer be using their long-time GPU partner, Imagination, for new products 15 to 24 months from now. Apple is replacing Imagine’s GPU with “a separate, independent graphics design” built in-house But Imagine doubts that Apple will be able to make their own GPUs “without violating Imagination’s patents, intellectual property, and confidential information” Why does Apple need to make their own GPU? Apple is lagging behind competitors in GPU-heavy tasks such as: Their Digital Assistant Machine learning Augmented and virtual reality. Imagination Technologies’ stock has crashed since the announcement; about half the company’s annual revenue came from Apple Nvidia to Release Pascal Drivers for macOS Source 1: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11254/nvidia-to-release-pascal-drivers-for-macos Source 2: http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/04/06/nvidia-reveals-mac-pro-compatible-titan-xp-pci-e-gpu-macos-drivers-for-pascal-based-video-cards This is a surprising announcement since Apple hasn’t sold a Mac that can officially accept a PCIe video card in almost half a decade, locking NVIDIA out of the Mac video card market entirely. So who are these drivers for? Within the Mac community there are small but vocal user groups based around unsupported external GPUs While macOS doesn’t support external GPUs, it’s possible to use Macs with Thunderbolt eGFX chassis It’s also possible to get macOS running on a custom-built PC Could this be the start of a grassroots campaign to get an NVIDIA GPU in the next iMac or Mac Pro? YouTube updates Partner Program: 10,000 channel view minimum for Ads Source 1: Posted by WMGroomAK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/762967-youtube-updating-partner-program-10000-channel-view-minimum-for-ads/ Source 2: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/06/youtube-will-now-block-ads-on-channels-with-under-10000-views/ YouTube continues to take measures to help ensure ads aren’t placed next to questionable content Effective immediately, Youtube will not allow ads on channels that have fewer than 10,000 lifetime channel views (across all videos on that channel) A 10,000 view threshold means videos that are obscure and offensive enough to never find much of an audience won’t be included in the partner program. It’s also intended to block channels that steal content from other sources from deriving revenue from the platform. They’ve been working on this since November Discuss Unskippable Ads Source 1: From Feb 2017 http://fortune.com/2017/02/17/youtube-unskippable-30-second-ads/ Source 2: YouTube will no longer play unskippable 30-second ads beginning in 2018. There's no suggestion the service will remove 15 or 20-second unskippable ads UBC Researchers Create Sensors you can Fold and Stretch Source 1: http://globalnews.ca/news/3312485/want-to-roll-up-your-smart-phone-canadian-technology-creates-foldable-sensor/ Source 2: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-researchers-touch-sensor-foldable-1.4026739 Researchers at UBC have developed "the first transparent touch sensor that is still able to detect a touch while being actively deformed," The technology could be used to help create devices such as foldable touch screens or wearable technology that conform to one's body. The sensor is made with widely available materials — gel and silicone. The researchers estimate it could cost as little as a dollar per square metre. Do our viewers want to see a tour of the lab? Xbox Project Scorpio Specs Revealed Source 1: posted by randomhkkid https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/762764-xbox-project-scorpio-revealed-mid-cycle-4k-console-revolution/ Source 2: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-04-07-project-scorpio-specs-games-vr-peripherals-backwards-compatibility-new-xbox Project Scorpio is a mid-generation upgrade to the Xbox One So all games and peripherals that run on an Xbox One today will work on the new system Other than VR games, there won't be any Project Scorpio exclusives It has: Eight custom AMD CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz 326GB/s of memory bandwidth 1172MHz GPU - with 40 customised compute units 12GB GDDR5 memory 1TB HDD 4K UHD Blu-ray disc player Native 4K gaming support VR support It also supports 1080P developers won't necessarily have to use the extra processing power of Project Scorpio to hit 4K, and can channel it towards a better looking 1080p experience instead. Possible E3 2017 release for ~$499 Nintendo Switch consoles are warping when docked Source 1: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nintendo-switch-latest-users-warping-docked-extended-gaming-sessions-console-warps-a7664116.html Source 2: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4378248/Nintendo-Switch-consoles-BENDING-docked-mode.html Reddit users have begun posting pictures of their Switches with slight bends in them after extended play sessions with the console docked. “Let’s just say it could spin on my desk easily because it is not flat” Nintendo support has been very responsive in trying to fix or replace the affected devices, providing pre-paid shipping labels. Some speculate that 3rd party docks with fans will become the norm Google launches search results’ automatic “fact check” insertion globally Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/04/google-expands-automatic-fact-check-insertion-into-search-results/ Source 2: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/07/google-to-display-fact-checking-labels-to-show-if-news-is-true-or-false Google has officially rolled out an automatic fact check tag program on its search pages. Small snippets display information about the claim made by a particular page and who made the claim, as well as the results of fact checking on the highlighted claim You’ll only see this if you specifically type in an oft-repeated claim. For example if you search for the phrase "how many undocumented immigrants are in the United States," normal search results appear with a mix of answers and data points. But searching specifically for "34 million undocumented immigrants" will bring up a fact-check box that credits President Donald Trump with that claim, along with a direct link to Politifact's "pants on fire" fact-check rating. The fact checks are not performed by Google, but by named trusted publishers and fact-checkers using an open system to mark claims as having been checked. The service has been rolled-out worldwide. Facebook is trying to teach its users how to spot fake news Source 1: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-tips-spotting-fake-news-2017-4 Source 2: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-06/facebook-starts-to-educate-users-on-how-to-spot-fake-news The social network is adding a box to the top of the newsfeed for users in 14 countries that offers to provide tips on "spotting false news." If the user decides to click on it, they're taken to Facebook's "Help Center," where it provides 10 tips for spotting fake news. It's not a permanent addition to Facebook — it'll only be there for a "few days," the company said in a blog post. They’re also working on more ways to flag to users that a post may be false, for example by making it easier for the community to report misleading content. Facebook is under particular pressure to deal with fake news in Europe. This week, Germany approved a bill to fine social networks up to €50 million if they don't remove fake news quickly enough. Rapid Fire https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socks_and_sandals Cyborgs at work: Swedish company offers employees microchip implants Source 1: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/cyborgs-at-work-swedish-company-offers-employees-microchip-implants-1.3352925 Source 2: http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/some-swedish-workers-are-getting-microchips-implanted-in-their-hands-1678618 The company offers to implant its workers with microchips the size of a grain of rice that function as swipe cards to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand. "The biggest benefit I think is convenience. It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys." The small implants use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments. While biologically safe, the data generated by the chips can show how often an employee comes to work or what they buy. Hackers could conceivably gain huge swathes of information from embedded microchips. One-third of Americans are willing to eat lab-grown meat regularly Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/one-third-of-americans-are-willing-to-eat-lab-grown-meat-regularly/ Researchers are trying to get a sense of how big the market for InVitro Meat (IVM) is, so they asked 673 Americans. Roughly two-thirds of subjects said they’d be willing to try IVM One third thought it might become a regular part of their diets 79% of them were concerned that IVM would lack flavor or aesthetic appeal, though none of these subjects had ever eaten IVM before. ~25% had ethical concerns about eating IVM, which they worried was "unnatural." Men were slightly more likely to say they would try it than women Liberals and city-dwellers were more curious about IVM than conservatives, generally for ethical and environmental reasons. People with higher incomes thought IVM was "less ethical" and were less willing to try it than people with lower incomes. And though vegetarians and vegans were more likely to agree that IVM was ethical and better for the environment, they were also less willing to eat it than meat-eaters are. U.S. Government drops its demand to reveal Twitter user’s identity Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/07/alt-uscis-twitter-homeland-security-cbp/ Source 2: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/twitter-government-critical-account-1.4059550 On March 14, Department of Homeland Security attempted to reveal the identity of the @ALT_uscis Twitter account, an account expressing opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies. The account is apparently run by at least one federal immigration employee Twitter responded by filing a federal lawsuit to block the order, citing freedom of speech as a basis for not turning over records Today in a filing, Twitter dropped its charges against the DHS after the government withdrew its request to the company. America to take on Japan in Giant Mech Battle Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/mega-bots-kuratas-battle-august/ Source 2: http://www.maxim.com/gear/megabot-robot-fighting-usa-japan-2016-9 In 2015, a team of American engineers created the MegaBots Mk. II, a 15-foot-tall, 5,400kg, paintball cannon-armed mech. This prompted Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries to issue a fight-to-the-death challenge with its own 13-foot-tall mech called Kuratas The Mk II was then upgraded by a $500,000 Kickstarter campaign This August, the revamped MegaBots Mk. III will battle Kuratas at an as yet undisclosed location The Mk. III stands 16ft tall, weighs 10,000kg, and will sport an arsenal that includes an over-sized chainsaw and ripsaw. A recent video shows the skeleton of Mk. III picking up a car and waving it around in what appears to be a terrifying first look at our apocalyptic future. Android devices can be fatally hacked by malicious Wi-Fi networks Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/wide-range-of-android-phones-vulnerable-to-device-hijacks-over-wi-fi/ Source 2: https://smartphones.gadgethacks.com/news/project-zero-finds-iphone-android-open-bugs-broadcoms-wi-fi-chips-0176947/ The vulnerability resides in a widely used Wi-Fi chipset manufactured by Broadcom and used in both iOS and Android devices. Apple patched the vulnerability with Monday's release of iOS 10.3.1. The Google Project Zero researcher who discovered the flaw said it allowed the execution of malicious code on a fully updated 6P "by Wi-Fi proximity alone, requiring no user interaction." Google is in the process of releasing an update in its April security bulletin. The fix is available only to a select number of device models, and even then it can take two weeks or more to be available as an over-the-air update to those who are eligible. The proof-of-concept exploit uses Wi-Fi frames that contain irregular values. The values, in turn, cause the firmware running on Broadcom's wireless system-on-chip to overflow its stack. Microsoft reveals just what Windows 10 Telemetry data is collecting Source 1: Posted by GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/762353-microsoft-shares-what-it-collectes-in-windows-10-telemetry-data/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/microsoft-opens-up-on-windows-telemetry-tells-us-most-of-what-data-it-collects/ In the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft made it so that the privacy related options are displayed when you install the OS for the first time The user must engage with their privacy settings: No more "Express" or "Custom" will be presented Microsoft has extended the documentation within the product and online to be clearer and more explicit about what each privacy option controls and what the consequences are of turning the options on and off. Microsoft also shared exactly what they collect in a lengthy Privacy Statement (see Source)
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  9. OMG THEY'RE TRYING TO FORCE US ALL TO BECOME CONTRIBS! Nope.. No.. Someone just screwed up and didn't enable changes for only admins. Everything should be better now other than some minor style issues.
  10. Sorry for the weird ads! We`re switching systems and someone maybe sorta forgot to only enable the changes for admins should be fixed asap
  11. I have been watching Linus since the NCIX days and I'm a huge fan of LMG and what you guys do. I like your videos both tech quickie and Linus Tech Tips (seen a cpl superfun vids too). I like the style of your videos and the content in them. I'm a big fan of scrap yard wars as my personal computer is made entirely of scrap yard parts, from the mother board to hard drives and the cables in between have been collected from a scrap metal yard. I work at a scrap yard, I process and bail aluminum but we also take computer parts, I cannot afford to play with the parts you show on your channel (though it doesnt stop me from making a wishlist on newegg) so I collected parts from the yard and built this so far. - core i3 540 3.06ghz 2x 1gb ddr3 1333 1x ddr3 1333, an Intel desktop board, a Thermaltake Tr2 600w PSU, and 5 hard drives ranging from 2tb to 750gb and all the cables connecting everything are collected from the bins at work even the fans. The case was a xmas gift from my brother and the cooler as well. I really like what you guys do and I'm a loyal follower, was hoping to hear back from you on what you think of my scrap yard rig, btw I paid $15 for the hole thing. I also have two Core 2 Quad CPU's that you can have for your next scrap yard wars:) 1x 2.4ghz 1x 2.66 ghz both 1066. Have a great day.

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  12. r/buildapc get Linus-ized: April Fools! Source 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/ The subreddit was given an unsightly makeover A Sticky announcement was posted discouraging April Fools pranks on the forum https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/62n9tf/regarding_april_fools_day/ They’re also trying to get Linus to be the first Google result for the search “Hot Canadian” https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/62nifd/hot_canadian_if_you_vote_this_up_this_image_will/ Youtube’s response to advertiser flight costs Creators Source 1: http://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-feels-ad-squeeze-creators/308489/ Source 2: http://clicklancashire.com/2017/03/31/googles-ad-crisis-intensifies-as-at-t-and-j-j-join-boycott.html Hundreds of brands froze spending on Youtube after it was revealed that ads were appearing alongside objectionable, and even terrorist-backed, videos. This boycott has expanded beyond Youtube to all Google Advertising Wal-Mart and PepsiCo said they will stop buying ads that Google places on third-party websites. Verizon said it had suspended all digital advertising not related to search In response, Youtube has created new filters that advertisers can apply to campaigns that will help them avoid several types of objectionable content. There used to be two filter categories, or "sensitive subject exclusions": 1. "sensitive social issues" 2. "tragedy and conflicts" Now, there are 3 more exclusion types, including: 3. "sexually suggestive," 4. "sensational and shocking," 5. "profanity and rough language," Google: "Advertisers can be more conservative by implementing sensitive subject exclusions" But now channels that touch on sensitive or slightly offensive topics are being impacted, including: The Rubin Report, which offers political commentary, H3H3Productions, a comedy channel. Conservative talk show host Steven Crowder lamented that his channel was being being categorized into the age-restricted version of YouTube while liberal media was displaying as normal for all ages. Youtube: "There's a difference between the free expression that lives on YouTube and the content that brands have told us they want to advertise against," Youtube: "If you're seeing fluctuations in your revenue over the next few weeks, it may be because we're fine tuning our ads systems," The company has also given creators new tools to appeal videos that get flagged. Ashes of the Singularity Receives Ryzen Performance Update - Up to 31% Improvement Source 1: Posted by: HKZeroFive https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759592-ashes-of-the-singularity-receives-ryzen-performance-update-up-to-31-improvement/ Source 2: https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/246840-new-ashes-singularity-update-substantially-boosts-ryzen-performance AMD cited Intel optimization as the biggest reason Ryzen chips weren’t kicking total ass on 1080P gaming tasks Ashes of the Singularity is the first game to be optimized for Ryzen and the performance boosts are significant 1.27x performance improvement in the GPU-focused test 12% boost in the CPU-focused test. Other games may receive more modest boosts, as AotS is a game with many units on screen at once, relying on many threads, a Ryzen strong point.. Bethesda has also pledged to work with AMD to improve game performance in future titles Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook Source 1: https://uploadvr.com/palmer-luckey-departs-facebook/ Source 2: https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/30/palmer-luckey-facebook/ When asked if Luckey’s departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing internal personnel matters. Facebook: “Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.” Luckey became a controversial figure after it was alleged that he donated significant funds to Nimble America, a group that used inflammatory online tactics to discourage the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton As a result, Luckey willfully skipped the last Oculus conference, after being a major personality at both OC1 and OC2. More recently, Luckey was called as a witness alongside Zuckerberg to defend Oculus from allegations of intellectual property theft from Zenimax. Samsung store catches fire a day before Galaxy S8 announcement Source 1: Posted by: hey_yo_ https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759025-samsung-store-catches-fire-a-day-before-galaxy-s8-announcement/ A Samsung outlet in Singapore "The fire was extinguished by water sprinklers in the store and no one was injured during the incident. We are currently assessing the property damage and working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire." Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S8 and S8 PLUS Source 1: http://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s8-release-date-and-everything-you-need-to-know Source 2: https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/03/samsung-galaxy-s8-s8-plus-have-an-18-59-display-ratio.html Samsung spun the s7 battery debacle into an S8 feature, highlighting the extensive safety testing the new phones undergo before shipping. Display: 5.8” or 6.2” HDR-enabled Infinity Display with an 18.5 by 9 aspect ratio (skinnier and taller, better for one-hand use) 2960 x 1440 pixel resolution Battery: 3,000mAh or 3,500mAh Battery life: https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s8-battery-claims/ Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are identical except for the screen and battery size: the internal components such as processor, RAM, camera area, and more are the same. Refined user interface there's nothing visible on the front of the phone any more There’s a pressure-sensitive button at the bottom of the phone Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor Release date: April 21 in the US April 28 for the rest of the world Price: $720 Special Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition to be sold in Microsoft Stores Source 1: Posted by Daring https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759731-final-nail-in-the-windows-phone-coffin-microsoft-to-s The update will finally kill the device by no longer letting it charge. But, the customers holding on to these devices are likely to simply avoid the update. ...Samsung to sell refurbished Note 7 phones (2/2) Source 1: Posted by SCGazelle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/758390-samsung-confirmed-that-they-are-going-to-sell-refurbished-note-7-phones/ Source 2: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/samsung-s7-note-sales The company announced it has "established three principles" to make sure the Note 7 is "recycled and processed in an environmentally-friendly manner". In the first instance, the phones will be used as refurbished devices or for rental. If the phones can't be reused, Samsung will remove parts that can be put into other devices and reused elsewhere. Specifically, semiconductors and camera modules will be removed and used for "test sample production purposes". Finally, metal shall be extracted from the phones using environmentally-friendly methods. "Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilising eco-friendly companies specialising in such processes" Lastpass Fails Source 1: Posted by : DeadEyePsycho https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759034-last-pass-exploit-allows-hackers-to-steal-passwords-and-execute-code/ Source 2: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/21/lastpass_vulnerabilities/ A flaw in the latest version of the LastPass browser extension makes it possible for malicious websites to steal user passcodes and in some cases execute malicious code on computers running the program. The vulnerability was described by a researcher with Google's Project Zero vulnerability reporting team who developed a proof-of-concept exploit and sent it to LastPass officials. Developers now have three months to patch the hole before Project Zero discloses technical details. The exploit most likely isn't in the wild yet. Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to make you a Cyborg Source 1: Posted by: SCGazelle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/758631-elon-musk-launches-neurolink-a-venture-to-merge-the-human-brain-with-ai/ Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/27/15077864/elon-musk-neuralink-brain-computer-interface-ai-cyborgs The company is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever Their aim is to create devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence instead of becoming completely obsolete.. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices. Neuralink is registered in California as a medical research company. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire I Have Returned: Blizzard remasters original StarCraft Source 1: Posted by sTizzl https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/757837-blizzard-remasters-original-starcraft/ Source 2: http://www.pcmag.com/news/352634/blizzard-is-remastering-starcraft-in-4k Both SC and Broodwar are included Resolutions up to 4K supported Summer 2017 Samsung Debuts 34-foot 4K HDR LED Display For Movie Theaters Source 1: Posted By: WMGroomAK https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759459-coming-soon-to-a-theater-near-you/ Source 2: http://hothardware.com/news/samsung-34-foot-4k-hdr-led-display-movie-theaters The 34-foot display "easily accommodates modern theater dimensions" and delivers LED quality visuals at a 4K (4096x2160) resolution. It is the first movie theater display to support HDR for vibrant colors and has a peak brightness level that is 10 times higher than standard cinema projectors (146fL versus 14fL) Through the use of low tone grayscale and ultra-contrast settings, Samsung also touts a "nearly infinity:1 contrast ratio," a claim we haven't seen from a display maker before. Samsung says its Cinema Screen is currently in the process of being DCI certified. Windows 10 Creators Update is Coming Source 1: Posted by: GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/758313-windows-10-creators-update-%E2%80%93-here-is-everything-you-need-to-know-out-april-11-get-ready/ Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/30/15127846/microsoft-windows-10-creators-update-download-early Microsoft is prepping for a gradual, multi-stage rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update starting on April 11th, but, you can manually download it on April 5th Microsoft is making an effort to ensure the update process doesn’t suck this time, giving users the ability to: specify a time that is convenient for you pause updates for a week expand the ‘active hours’ time window during which you don’t want to be disturbed by an update The update includes: Game Mode a new 3D Paint app expected to integrate with Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets down the line. A night light feature that reduces blue light automatically at sunset a picture-in-picture view for movies, TV shows, or Skype calls Automatic locking when your iPhone, Android, or Windows phone moves away from your computer. Domino’s to deliver pizzas with ROBOTS in Europe Source 1: Posted by: CoeGunnell https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759315-domino%E2%80%99s-will-use-robots-to-deliver-its-pizzas-in-europe/ Source 2: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4360698/Domino-s-use-ROBOTS-deliver-pizzas-Europe.html Dominors has joined forces with Estonia-based robotics company Starship Technologies to deliver pizzas with self-driving robots. deliveries will launch in Hamburg, Germany, and robots will carry up to eight pizzas at a time Customers will use a code sent to their phones to unlock the robots and get their order out Service will be up and running within two months, say Domino's bosses Razer server down, resets all keyboards and mice Source 1: Posted by NumLock21 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/758843-razer-server-down-resets-all-keyboards-and-mice/ Source 2: http://vrzone.com/articles/razers-servers-go-second-time-month-resetting-mice-keyboards-globally/124761.html Razer’s servers were down over the weekend, and as a result gamers were forced to resort to playing with their RGB-enabled mice and keyboards stuck on default settings. Razer’s drivers store profile-related information in the cloud, and when the cloud servers went down, that information became unavailable. Razer does give the option to store profiles locally on the devices themseves, but that option is not turned on by default. FedEx will give you $5 to reinstall Flash Source 1: Posted by iamdarkyoshi https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/758959-fedex-will-give-you-5-to-reinstall-flash/ Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/24/15052286/fedex-adobe-flash-five-dollar-discount-print-orders FedEx apparently desperately needs customers to reenable Adobe Flash to be able to print things from its website. FEDEX Offer: “As a thank you for your patience and for being a valued FedEx Office customer, please use ‘FLA726’ at checkout to receive $5 off on orders over $30” Flash content increasingly being phased out for HTML5 YouTube dropped Flash in 2015 a good number of sites still do run on Flash, especially free webgame sites and those with custom video players. For that reason, Google, Apple, and Microsoft all make it relatively easy to reenable the plugin when necessary, Sponsors MOS MOS Spring Cables - Lifetime warranty for all MOS Spring Cables – The last cable you will ever need to buy. - Anodized Aluminum heads with steel spring reinforcement to prevent unwanted bending and breaking - Exoskeleton Woven Jacket protects the cable and keeps cable from tangling - USB-C, Lightning, and Micro USB cables to fit any mobile device - Designed to be held easily in place on a desk or table with the MOS magnetic cable organizer - The MOS Spring USB-C cable works great for the Nintendo Switch. 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