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  1. Main News Topics Rumour: Apple's iMac Pro to use Server grade Intel Processor Source 1: posted by RedRound2 Source 2: The blog Pike’s Universum claims that the iMac Pro will be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, citing information available within firmware files from the macOS High Sierra beta What this means is that the iMac Pro would offer server-level Xeon processors, codenamed Purley rather than Skylake,or Kaby Lake processors that use the LGA2066 socket. the blog goes on to note that the iMac Pro will feature an ARM coprocessor in the form of a Secure Enclave, similar to that of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The Secure Enclave adds an additional level of security to the Mac and suggests that Touch ID could be implemented into the iMac’s accompanying Space Gray keyboard. EPYC Benchmarks and Pricing! Source 1: posted by TechFanboy Source 2: Benchmarking results for AMD’s EPYC line, formerly known as Naples, are in!: 32-cores and 64-threads at 3.2GHz with 2TB of memory in 8 DRAM channels and 128 PCI-E lanes All CPUs will have 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, have access to all 64MB of L3 cache, and support DDR4-2666 The only differentiation between processors will be cores, frequency, and power. OnePlus 5 gets caught cheating at benchmarking programs Source 1: posted by nerdslayer1 Source 2: The OnePlus 5 has apparently been designed to use alternate CPU scaling modes when it is running certain benchmarking applications. Instead of dropping down to 0.31 GHz when there is 0% load, the OnePlus 3T’s cores would stay above 0.98 GHz for the little cores and 1.29 GHz for the big cores, They’re effectively setting looser thermal restrictions in order to bolster benchmark scores The One Plus 5 received about a 5% boost in performance, achieving the highest Geekbench 4 scores of a Snapdragon 835 to date. NSA opens a github account Source 1: posted by vorticalbox Source 2: Software from the NSA that can actually be used for good has appeared online through the agencies new official GitHub page. They released 32 open source projects including: DCP: A program that reduces the timespan needed for making a forensic copy of hard drives for forensic analysis. MAPLESYRUP: Assesses the security state of an ARM-based device by examining the system register interface of the processor. SECURITY-ENHANCED LINUX (SELINUX): A mandatory access control mechanism in the Linux kernel that checks for allowed operations after standard discretionary access controls are checked. It can enforce rules on files and processes in a Linux system, and on the actions they perform, based on defined policies. SELinux has been part of the Linux kernel since version 2.6.0. SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS FOR ANDROID (SEANDROID): Confines privileged processes based on security policies by enforcing mandatory access control over all Android processes. SE for Android has been part of Android since Android 4.3. There’s a long tradition of defense software eventually trickling down to the public, like internet and GPS What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Netflix interactive TV: Choose your own adventure Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK Source 2: Netflix is launching a new kind of programming called “branching narratives” where viewers can control certain aspects of the story, including the ending. The first series, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, was created in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and features 13 different storyline choices and two endings. It will debut today on the streaming service, followed by Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, on July 14th. Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, later this year. Netflix: "Being an internet-based company enables us to innovate new formats, deliver at scale to millions of members all over the world on multiple device types and, most importantly, learn from it," At launch, these shows will work on "most" TV experiences and the latest iOS devices, though not its own site. The Apple TV isn't compatible either, nor are Android smartphone or tablets, but support for these platforms could come down the road. China using Quantum Entanglement to build new unhackable internet Source 1: posted by mr moose Source 2: Chinese scientists have set a new distance record for beaming a pair of entangled particles when a laser on a satellite orbiting 480 kilometres above the earth produced entangled photons it then transmitted to two different ground-based stations 1200 kilometres apart- all without breaking the link between the photons The distance achieved in the experiment is 10 times greater than the previous record for entanglement and is also the first time entangled photons have been generated in space. By launching a group of quantum-enabled satellites, China hopes to create a super secure network that uses an encryption technique based on “quantum communication”. “we have demonstrated some encryption techniques that rely on the law of physics rather than mathematical complexity and we call this quantum key distribution,” The reason it can’t be hacked is because the information carried in the quantum state of a particle cannot be measured or cloned without destroying the information itself. Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads Source 1: Source 2: Google is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan users’ email contents. The decision came from Google’s cloud unit, which is angling to sign up more corporate customers. Paying Gmail users have never actually received the email-scanning ads like the free version of the program, but some business customers were confused by the distinction and its privacy implications “What we’re going to do is make it unambiguous,” Ads will continue to appear inside the free version of Gmail, as promoted messages. But instead of scanning a user’s email, the ads will now be targeted with other personal information Google already pulls from sources such as search and YouTube Rumour: Tesla creating its own Music-Streaming Service? Source 1: Source 2: Tesla Inc. is apparently in talks with record labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity Label sources aren’t clear about the full scope of Tesla’s ambitions, but believe it is interested in offering multiple tiers of service, starting with a Pandora-like web radio offering It’s unclear if the automaker will ultimately decide to go forward with the service or continue with its current music partners, Tesla offers Spotify Ltd.’s streaming service in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia, and works with Slacker in the U.S. and Canada. Context: digital-music companies like Spotify and Pandora have been pushing to get into more cars as wireless networks offer better wireless internet coverage, creating new threats against traditional radio and satellite radio. Meanwhile Record labels wary of aggregation- and particularly a Spotify monopoly- have encouraged more competitors to enter the industry, YouTube announces a new VR format Source 1: Source 2: At VidCon this week, YouTube announced a new format called “VR180” which is exactly what it sounds like: stereoscopic video, but only in 180 degrees This cuts the data requirements in half—4K for each eye looks great as opposed to the 8K required for 360 VR to really look good. YouTube thinks the format should map a lot easier to the existing content most creators produce: they can just set up a camera, aim it at a (slightly wider than normal) staged area, and start filming The new format also supports live streaming. Viewers can strap into Google Cardboard, any Daydream-compatible viewer, or PSVR to watch the content. If you're on a desktop, you can still view the video as a stationary 16:9 video. Valve gives Oculus the finger with Five-Finger controller Source 1: Source 2: New details have been released about the Vive’s upcoming Knuckles controllers which allow for full, independent tracking of all five fingers. Embedded, capacitive sensors in the handle of the unit track the position of the middle, ring, and pinky fingers, while similar sensors in the trigger and face buttons track the index finger and thumb. A ring of sensors around the thumbpad and the back of the hand helps track the unit in space through the standard Lighthouse system A cinch-able soft strap that locks the controller around your palm (and through the crook between your thumb and index finger) lets you move and flex your fingers independently without the risk of dropping the controller The current Knuckles controller dev kit reportedly has a battery life of three hours and requires an hour of USB Micro charging to fill up Power Hungry Rx Vega Source 1: posted by NumLock21 Source 2: A forum posts by MSI marketing director on the Dutch Tweakers forums indicates that AMD’s upcoming Vega cards might draw more power than we’re used to. “I’ve seen the specs of Vega RX. It needs a damn lot of power. We’re working on it, which is a start so launch is coming closer :)” This is the first indication that AMD has begun sharing Vega details with partners The Frontier Edition cards consumer: 300W (air cooled) 375W (liquid cooled) Razer makes virtual currency push with $20M investment Source 1: Source 2: Razer has invested close to $20 million into Malaysia-based online payment firm MOL Global as part of a push to establish its virtual currency for gamers in Asia. Razer introduced its ‘zVault’ digital wallet and ‘zGold’ rewards program for its gamers back in March Razer’s network, combined with that of, MOL will allow users to buy its points at over a million online and retail stores across Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Beyond Razer’s own network of games and discounts for its online retail store, the points will also be redeemable through MOL partners, which include Sony’s PlayStation Store in Southeast Asia, Facebook games and publishers like Nexon. The deal makes zGold “one of the biggest virtual credit systems in the world and biggest in Southeast Asia.” Apple's GPU designer Imagination up for Sale Source 1: posted by DocSwag Source 2: Earlier this year, Apple announced that it would stop using Imagination PowerVR GPUs in its SoCs in favour of making their own GPUs Before the announcement Imagination stock was priced at around $280 per share, but it immediately dropped to $100 Around a month after the initial announcement, Imagination announced that they would be selling off the other parts of its business, focusing solely on the GPU business. During this time, Imagination “received interest from a number of parties for a potential acquisition” “The Board of Imagination has therefore decided to initiate a formal sale process for the Group and is engaged in preliminary discussions with potential bidders”. This announement immediately boosted the stock by $30 Imagination’s PowerVR GPU IP alone is valuable to virtually all of the major SoC vendors, not to mention IP powerhouses and former customers such as Qualcomm, Intel, Samsung, and of course, Apple. Apple Internal presentation on preventing leaks gets leaked Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK Source 2: A recording of an Internal briefing that Apple gave to employees on preventing leaks of Apple products...has been leaked According to the hour-long presentation, Apple’s Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence agencies like the NSA, law enforcement agencies like the FBI and Secret Service, and in the U.S. military. Historically, Apple’s biggest leaks happened when parts were stolen from factories in China and are shared with the press, like when photos of the iPhone 5 leaked in 2012. However more breaches are now happening on Apple’s campuses in California “Last year was the first year that Apple [campuses] leaked more than the supply chain,” “More stuff came out of Apple [campuses] last year than all of our supply chain combined.” ASUS releases first 10GbE network card under $100 Source 1: posted by Teroduis Source 2:,34844.html For less than $100 you can now get massive bandwidth with priority queuing for enhanced gaming support The NIC will set your system back four PCI Express 3.0 lanes as required by the Aquantia AQtion Client Controller. There are two specifications that make this product stand out from other 10GbE NICs shipping today. the low $99 price tag. it consumes very little power and produces very little heat. Rumour: ASUS, COLORFUL and MSI Releasing GPU for mining Source 1: posted by Rekted Source 2: Cryptocurrency forums are filled with information about upcoming mining cards from AMD and NVIDIA at least two SKUs for miners are being prepared by NVIDIA. These cards are said to be more efficient than normal GeForce cards in cryptocurrency mining (~30 to ~10% depending on SKU The OEM cards will look similar to conventional video cards with the exception of the I/O bracket, which lacks display connectors. See link for specs on: ASUS P106-100 MINING MSI P106-100 MINER and P104-100 MINER COLORFUL P106-100
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  5. Main News Topics Embargo Broken: Intel Core i9 Benchmarked! Source 1: posted by PCGuy_5960 Source 2: the first ever core i9 processor has been introduced: it's the 10 core, 20 thread Core i9-7900X priced at $999 The $2,000 18 core, 36 thread 7980XE won't ship until Q4 Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion Source 1: Source 2: Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, catapulting the e-commerce giant into hundreds of physical stores and fulfilling a long-held goal of selling more groceries. Amazon gets a network of stores where it can implement decades’ worth of experiments in how people pick, pay for and get groceries delivered. The deal sent shockwaves across both the online and brick-and-mortar industries. Grocery chains plunged on Friday -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell 7.1% Kroger Co. fell 17% “I assume the physical presence gives them the ability to distribute other products more locally. So theoretically you could get 5-minute delivery.” - Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. Will Whole Foods eventually be checkout-less, using Amazon Go technology? Will it get cheaper to shop at WF? CRTC (Canada) bans cell phones unlocking fees Source 1: posted by wkdpaul Source 2: As of Dec. 1, cell phone customers can ask their provider to unlock their phones free of charge, and all newly purchased mobile devices must be provided to customers unlocked. Telecoms often order locked phones from manufacturers that are programmed to work only with their service. Then they charge a fee — typically $50 — to unlock the phone if a customer wants to switch providers. "Now there's going to be so much more flexibility in being able to jump from plan to plan, from carrier to carrier. That will likely spark more competition." Canadian telecoms made a total of $37.7 million last year by charging customers to unlock their cellphones — a 75% jump in that source of revenue compared with 2014. Telecoms warned that if they didn't charge an unlocking fee for the few customers who want it done, the cost would have to be passed on to everyone. Parents: The commission also announced that only the account holder can consent to data overage and additional roaming charges in a family-shared cellphone plan. Other plan members will only be able to give consent if the account holder grants them approval. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Facebook creating its own TV shows Source 1: Source 2: Facebook is closing deals for its first batch of shows which will be available via a new video tab on Facebook that hasn’t been released. By funding a slate of original programs, Facebook hopes to entice more production companies to upload premium video, which Facebook will then use to siphon advertising dollars away from television. Facebook is funding two kinds of programs -- Hero Shows: expensive series from established TV producers that will take a few months to produce Spotlight shows: cheaper videos from publishers like Vox and BuzzFeed All shows will be episodic and designed to spur conversation among Facebook users. Facebook executives have compared funding original videos to priming the pump at an oilfield, giving creators a financial incentive to upload more video, get a taste of the large audiences they can attract, and come back for more. Facebook has paid celebrities to use its live video feature, and encouraged TV networks and movie studios to stream live events and trailers on the social network for free promotion. iPad Pro outperforms MacBook Pro in some CPU & GPU Ttasks Source 1: posted by hey_yo_ Source 2: The blog BareFeats stacked the 2017 and 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models up against four different iPad Pro models and put the devices through a series of GeekBench and GFXBench tests, looking at both CPU and GPU performance. On the Geekbench metal GPU tests the 10.5-inch iPad Pro beat out all other devices, including the MacBook Pro. The newest 12.9-inch model came in second, followed by the 2016 MacBook Pro. The 2017 MacBook Pro placed fourth, behind its predecessor. On the GFXBench graphics test the tests iPad Pro 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch models edged out both MacBook Pro models. For multi-core CPU performance, the 2017 MacBook Pro came in at the top, but in second place was the 10.5-inch iPad Pro followed by the 2017 12.9-inch model- head of the 2016 MacBook Pro Couple Caveats: benchmark tests are not necessarily conducive to real-world usage. MacBook Pro models have larger and higher resolution displays than the iPad Pro’s, which play a role especially in GPU tests. iOS software is nearly perfectly optimized for the devices it runs on, whereas there is a bit more room for error when it comes to macOS. Leaked: AMD Epyc 7000 series Source 1: posted by NumLock21 Source 2: These chips- formerly known as Naples- are taking aim at Intel’s Xeon series. Will Intel pull out a fast-answer like they did with SkylakeX/Threadripper? Rumour: Nvidia Volta Won't Use HBM2, But GDDR5X Source 1: posted by NvidiaIntelAMDLoveTriangle Source 2: It’s rumoured that the upcoming consumer GeForce cards based on Volta will not use HBM2 Because HBM2 memory may simply be too expensive for consumer products. The challenges associated with HBM2 fabrication and implementation could also be related to the delays we’re seeing from AMD’s consumer Radeon RX Vega cards. Scrapyard Wars 4 Champion saves a life Source 1: posted by rodrosenberg Source 2: 70 year old Sharon Leaming has five broken ribs, a broken back and a giant bruise on her face since surviving five days trapped in her car after crashing 40 feet down an embankment in Washington. She was trapped with only two bananas and two bottles of water, unable to move or grab her cell phone. Her family grew worried after she failed to show up for a visit, but their only clue as to her whereabouts was a ping from a cell phone tower that covers several miles along Route 12, about two hours outside Seattle. But she “never gave up hope" and honked the horn of the car for two days until the battery died. After searching countless logging roads, Bob noticed something amiss “I was just looking over the edge and the more I looked, the more I could see the brush was disturbed a little bit,” Suddenly, he heard his aunt calling out for help. “She couldn’t believe that I found her," Bob said. "She was expecting a search and rescue team." Badass: Alienware Area 51 with AMD Threadripper Source 1: posted by NumLock21 Source 2: Alienware has just announced their new Area 51 gaming desktop with AMD Threadripper. 12 core or 16 core processor, watercooling, UP to 64GB of quad channel DDR4. M.2 PCIe storage and HDD. From GTX1050Ti up to dual GTX1080Ti or triple AMD RX580s. Through 2017, Dell will be the exclusive OEM prebuilt, to offer AMD Threadripper. Available starting June 27th No price info yet. Hey Linus, Razer Launches new Blade Stealth Source 1: posted by linustouchtips Source 2: But given the RMA count in our office, would you buy another Blade? Apple Abandons JPEG In Favor of HEIF/HEVC Source 1: posted by LAwLz Source 2: At WWDC, Apple introduced two new camera formats that are included in iOS 11: High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) Apple estimates users will be able to save up to 50% on storage needs, without any loss in image quality Apple will start using HEVC for video recording and will start saving pictures taken on your iPhone as HEIF files, encoded with HEVC. Neither of these new camera formats were originally built by Apple but by MPEG Facebook Using AI to target Terrorist Accounts Source 1: Source 2: Facebook is now using artificial intelligence to keep terrorist content from groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda off the platform. Facebook is using image-matching technology to stop people from posting photos or videos of known terrorists. It's also testing a "language understanding" algorithm that can identify text-based terrorist propaganda. "When we identify pages, groups, posts or profiles as supporting terrorism, we also use algorithms to 'fan out' to try to identify related material," The algorithms use signals like whether an account is friends with lot of others who have been disabled for terrorism, or whether it "shares the same attributes as a disabled account." Facebook is also working to bring these technologies to its other platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook is currently focusing on ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates, though it plans to expand these efforts to block other terrorist organization in the future. Who decides who the terrorists are? DARPA investing $80 million to develop HIVE processors Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK Source 2: DARPA is spending $80 million to fund the development of the world's first ‘graph analytic processor’. The HIVE (Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit) accesses random, 8-byte data points from the system's global memory, crunching each of those points individually That's a much faster approach for handling large data, which frequently involves many relationships between info sets. It's also extremely scalable, so you can use as many HIVE chips as you need to accomplish your goals. The agency is working with Intel, Qualcomm and Northrop Grumman, as well as researchers at Georgia Tech and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Emirates Airlines considering AR Glasses Source 1: Source 2: Emirates is studying ways to equip staff with augmented reality glasses that display a passenger’s name and travel habits, allowing more personalized service, Travelers may also be given eye-wear to help them navigate airports or browse food menus. The carrier has recently been hit with to competition from cheaper rivals, weaker oil prices which have hurt demand from the Gulf’s wealthiest travelers, and by tourists’ growing security concerns. The tech is a ways out: “It still looks a little bit odd...But maybe that can be overcome.” Memes mock Twitter's major redesign Source 1: Source 2: Twitter has made some tweaks to their interface: Profile pictures are now round rather than square, wrecking many brands’ images the reply icon is reflected by a chat bubble likes and retweets on the app are shown in real time iOS users can now open links in Safari's viewer People are mocking the new design using #NewTwitter Bethesda announces Creation Club Source 1: posted by jaggysnake57 Source 2: At E3, Bethesda announced a new collection of game content- essentially mods- for Skyrim and Fallout that will be for sale through what they’re calling Creation Club The mods are created by both Bethesda and outside modders, and every piece of content is QA’d by Bethesda. Creation Club will be a distinct entity separate from the existing mod environment Is it just a cash-grab, or is this a great way to pay talented modders to make great content? XBOX ONE X
  6. Can AFAP requests be pinned? I was referred/redirected to LMG team by @colonel_mortis

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  7. Main News Topics APPLE News======================================= Apple Unveils “HomePod” Source 1: posted by THeEmpire.01 Source 2: This week at WWDC, Apple unveiled their voice-activated smart speaker: HomePod The first thing that Phil Schiller spoke about was audio quality: Apple seems to be targeting folks who buy stuff like the Sonos Play 3 speaker rather than folks who buy devices like the Amazon Echo. HomePod uses spacial awareness to tune and better fill the room with sound based on the space it’s in. It can be used to for all normal Siri stuff, and some new music commands like “who’s the drummer in this song” It has 7 beam-forming speakers and a 4 inch subwoofer Multiple HomePods can be connected to one another and will be aware of one another You can ask it to control smart home devices and check the day’s weather and news briefings. Apple priced the HomePod at $349, Echo and Google Home are $180 The HomePod will be available in two colors: space grey or white Apple Announces new iMacs Source 1: posted by randomhkkid Source 2: everything announced: Sourced 3: Apple VPs revealed that because the Mac Pro in its current form hasn't been meeting the needs of many pro users, some pros have turned to the iMac instead, and as a result Apple intends to provide those users with an update to the iMac designed to suit them. The new iMac Pro, will have a Space Grey case. The result is a new fan system that offers an 80 percent increase in cooling capacity, according to the company. Apple says that the new system “allows for upgraded internals without making more noise.” Apple debuts two AMD Vega GPUs, unveiling the specs for July's gaming cards Source 1: posted by Tigermaniac Source 2: While unveiling their new iMac Pro, Apple showed a slide of its Radeon Pro Vega’s specs 11 teraflops single precision 22 teraflops half precision 8GB or 16GB HBM 400GB/s memory bandwidth Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators Source 1: Source 2: Apple’s newly published update to its App Store policies officially designates voluntary tipping via virtual currency as in-app purchases that Apple taxes 30 percent Chinese live-streaming video apps like Yinke and Yizhibo have long embraced tipping, allowing viewers to tip or give virtual gifts to the stars they watch last month, Apple cracked down on unofficial tipping, which sidestepped its 30 percent tax on in-app purchases by highlighting how the tips were donations rather than purchases. Apple is hoping more app developers might institute digital tip jars as a way to get creators paid without having to offer ad revenue sharing. American live-streaming apps like Facebook Live and Periscope don’t offer tipping; instead, Facebook has begun letting broadcasters show ads in their streams and keep 55 percent of the revenue. Apple bans Pepe from App Store Source 1: Source 2: A Letter sent to a developer from Apple rejecting the developer’s app submission argues that Pepe is "considered objectionable content" and is therefore banned from appearing in any app in the Apple ecosystem. The app is a game called Pepe Scream and is available on Google Play It’s a FlappyBird rip off with “more autistic screaming” ===================================================================== ========Mining News=============================== AMD GPU Supply Exhausted By Cryptocurrency Mining Source 1: Source 2: AMD Radeon RX 500 series GPUs are sold out all over the globe owing to the cryptocurrency mining craze. The most popular cards being the RX 580 and 570 GPU mining has seen a massive resurgence recently due to the rising popularity of ASIC resistant coins like Etherium, whose price has soared lately Ethereum price: some NVIDIA graphics have similar performance/watt as their AMD counterparts at Ethereum mining, but their significantly higher initial cost make them far less profitable overall AMD is rumoured to be making a Polaris based cad designed specifically for mining. Pascal-based Cryptocurrency Mining Station Source 1: posted by NumLock21 Source 2: The upcoming Pascal GPU mining solution from Hong Kong company Manli is equipped with eight GP106-100 mining cards- new Nvidia cards made specifically for mining- which lack display connectors and are passively cooled. It’s a full system with Celeron Mobile processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 64GB mSata SSD. The power supply is offered optionally (since different currencies have different power reqs)), otherwise, 7x 6-pin power connectors are required to run this thing. ===================================================================== =======PCIe News================================== PCIe 4.0 Specs Finalized Source 1: posted by Snipefox47 Source 2: The updated I/O technology will offer twice the bandwidth of PCIe 3.x while retaining full backwards compatibility, offering 16 GT/s data rates. PCI-SIG also decided to improve the interconnect's flexibility and scalability: developers will have access to more lane width configurations and speeds suitable for low-power applications Other enhancements include reductions to system latency, improved scalability for added lanes, and lane margining. With 5.0 being officially announced already, with a planned release in just two years, will AMD & Intel even bother to implement 4.0 on consumer parts? ANNOUNCED: PCIe 5.0 Source 1: posted by PiGHamM3R Source 2: At the PCI-SIG Developers Conference, the organisation announced that they were accelerating the development of PCIe 5.0, which is designed to offer 128GB/s of total bandwidth 4x that of PCIe 3.0 when both are using x16 links. They expect to complete their PCIe 5.0 standard sometime in 2019, already releasing version 0.3 of the standard to their members. 5.0 allows 400Gb/s Ethernet solutions to be created for servers and to reduce the PCIe requirements of modern M.2, U.2 or PCIe storage devices. ===================================================================== What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Samsung’s Super UltraWide Monitor Source 1: posted by THE_maverick Source 2: If Ultrawides are enough to replace a dual monitor setup, Samsung now has a monitor wide enough to replace your 3 monitor setup. The CHG90 is a 49 inch 32:9 super ultrawide You can have a full 1080 game playing on one half and still have the second half for anything else Specs: Vertical Alignment Panel 1MS response time 144Hz Quantum dot HDR10 FreeSync 2 Intel Coffee Lake CPUs Delayed Source 1: posted by Mr_Troll Source 2: Intel’s new Coffee Lake family of 6 and 4 core CPUs has been delayed to February of 2018 Intel will be introducing three product families over the next four quarters: The high-end Core X Skylake X and Kaby Lake X CPUs and the X299 Chipset. six core and quad-core Coffee Lake CPUs and Z370 chipset. BGA Gemini Lake chips which will feature 2 to 4 cores on a frugal TDP of 10W. Twitter users threaten legal action if Trump doesn’t unblock them Source 1: Source 2: Two Twitter users who were blocked by Trump after they criticized the president are claiming that their exclusion from being one of Trump's followers amounts to a First Amendment breach of their constitutional rights. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is asking Trump to unblock anyone he has blocked on Twitter. Because politicians are harnessing social media as a means of political discourse, the institute calls Trump's account a "designated public forum." "When new communications platforms are developed, core First Amendment principles cannot be left behind," The letter also makes the same request for the president's @POTUS account. The institute said it might sue if its clients' Twitter feeds remain blocked. Facebook seeks to serve better ads by Spying on your Face Source 1: posted by hey_yo_ Source 2: Facebook has patented a technology that uses 'passive imaging data' from your phone’s camera to surmise your emotional state and serve ads appropriately. If you were forlorn, for example, it would be able to serve an ad to perk you up, or know what products you had previously looked at in such a state and put them under your nose at just the right time. the patent describes how the technology could tell if a user's expression changed while looking at posts or pictures from a certain person and would show more or less of these in the future. Lian Li + Cinsys = new all in one liquid coolers? Source 1: posted by EnergyEclipse Source 2: The 240mm Radiator, All-in-One liquid cooler, will be called The "X-R240 Expandable water cooling heat radiating system" The radiator is purely copper, surrounded by a metal shroud, with a nickel-plated copper block. China Activates World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Source 1: Source 2: China has announced that the largest floating photovoltaic facility on earth has been completed and connected to the local power grid. This is the Chinese government’s latest achievement in its ongoing effort to lead the world in renewable energy adoption. The 40-megawatt facility was constructed over a flooded former coal-mining region These floating apparatus free up land in more populated areas and also reduce water evaporation. The cooler air at the surface also helps to minimize the risk of solar cell performance atrophy, which is often related to long-term exposure to warmer temperatures. Is 40 MW a lot? Not really. Most coal-fired plants are over 1,000. See source 2 for list of bigger solar projects. OnePlus to reveal OnePlus 5 Source 1: posted by Technicolors Source 2: The company will reveal the phone during a live-streaming event at 12:00 PM EDT on June 20 The new phone will feature: a dual-camera array OnePlus' trademark mute switch, Snapdragon 835 processor
  8. It's @AlexTheGreatish he was introduced on a WAN show
  9. im building a new workstation/ gaming pc (mostly gaming) and i was wondering if i could get your thoughts on my cpu choice, i was initially going to buy a 7700k however the new 7800x really intrigued me, would it be better to buy a 7700k and a gtx 1080 ti or a 7800X and a gtx 1080, thanks!

  10. hey luke, im building a new workstation/ gaming pc (mostly gaming) and i was wondering if i could get your thoughts on my cpu choice, i was initially going to buy a 7700k however the new 7800x really intrigued me, would it be better to buy a 7700k and a gtx 1080 ti or a 7800X and a gtx 1080, thanks!

  11. Main News Topics ==================HEDT Battle Royale!=============== 1/3: AMD Announces new Threadripper details Source 1: posted by randomhkkid Source 2: Confirmed to be half an EPYC processor 16 core 32 thread top end made up of 2 dies All products featuring 64 lanes PCIe, 60 from CPU 4 from chipset All products featuring DDR4 Quad channel memory All products featuring 16MB L3 Cache X399 Chipset Release Summer 2017 2/3: Skylake-X will increase the core count of Intel’s HEDT platform from 10 to 18 Source 1: posted by randomhkkid Source 2: It’s speculated that Intel increased the core count in response to AMD’s 16C Threadripper, since Skylake-X was initially expected to feature a max of 12 cores. ...but The first model with 40 PCIe lanes is $1,000 3/3: Rumour: AMD Threadripper for under $1,000? Source 1: posted by losts of unexplainable lag Source 2: A single tweet from Bits And Chips suggests that the “entry level 16C/32T Threadripper” chips will cost $849 But how much will the requisite motherboard cost? ================================================== More AMD News: AMD Trims Prices of the Ryzen 7 1700 and 1700X Source 1: posted by lots of unexplainable lag Source 2: Compared to launch prices, the R7 Ryzen chips now cost: Model Launch Price Current Price Savings 1700 $329 $319 $10 1700X $399 $349 $50 1800X $499 $469 $30 AMD Vega Release Dates Source 1: posted by HKZeroFive Source 2: Vega Frontier Edition card will be available on June 27th The Frontier Edition is AMD’s first batch of Vega-based cards, marketed towards early adopters in the professional segment. A price has not been announced, but expect it to be high. Radeon RX Vega launch will be taking place at the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual graphics conference, SIGGRAPH. SIGGRAPH runs from July 30th to August 3rd- almost exactly 2 months out. Elon Musk to Trump: You quit Paris, so I quit you Source 1: Source 2: Elon Musk has quit two of President Trump's business advisory councils after the president announced he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement Musk Tweeted: "Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced Thursday that he's resigning from the Strategic and Policy Forum US approves social media background checks for visa applicants Source 1: Source 2: The actual questionnair: The U.S. government’s Office of Management and Budget announced new requirements for social media disclosures as part of revised visa applications. The new questionnaire will ask for social media handles dating back over the last five years and biographical information dating back 15 years. The additional information would only be requested when the department determines that “such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting.” Critics say: “What this language effectively does is give the consular posts permission to step away from the focused factors they have spent years developing and revising, and instead broaden the search to large groups based on gross factors such as nationality and religion,” What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Nintendo Switch online paid service will launch in 2018 Source 1: posted by GoodBytes Source 2: Nintendo has announced that the Switch’s online service will cost $20/year and will launch in 2018 “Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play. Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription.” At launch the classic game library will include NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. Super NES games continue to be under Nintendo’s consideration, but haven’t been announced yet. Voice chat and online lobby features won’t be available on the Switch itself. Instead, you’ll have to use them through a smartphone app that Nintendo says will be launch this summer “Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device,” Playing Switch games online will be free until the service launches. North Korea launches the iPad Source 1: posted by GoodBytes Source 2: A state-controlled North Korean company Myohyang IT just announced the Ryonghung iPad, a tablet that includes: a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage 16GB of external storage, an 8-inch display. it promises six hours of battery life. it's currently unknown what kind of apps the device will be able to run in a region like North Korea, which has a total of 28 websites. Apple hasn't responded to this breach of its iPad trademark, though it's not likely that these devices will be in high demand outside of North Korea. Can Apple even do anything to stop this? Asrock Announces ITX/ac board for AMD Ryzen Source 1: posted by Doc Swag Source 2: ASRock has introduced the first non-Biostar miniature motherboard for AMD Ryzen microprocessors The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac is based on the AMD X370 chipset and supports all currently available processors in the AM4 form-factor, including A-series APUs as well as all Ryzen CPUs available in the coming weeks for $150 – $160 Nvidia announces GPUs for thinner Gaming laptops! Source 1: posted by Radian Source 2: Traditionally, Nvidia has sought to deliver peak performance, but the last few performance points come at a disproportionately high power cost, meaning more space is required in order to dissipate the heat. Now, NVIDIA is looking to find the fastest and most power-optimized performance level to allow for laptops under 20mm thick AND sport a GTX 1080. This week at Computex, NVIDIA announced a new program and design specification called MAX-Q that will enable any of NVIDIA’s partners sacrifice 10% of the card’s performance for better cooling an quieter operation. Mazx Q uses: smart fan algorithms to dynamically adjust to the different power states of the GPU WhisperMode that uses FPS targeting which allows the user to target a certain frame rate within the game that they deem acceptable. Once that targeting is completed, the GPU will only take on as much load as is needed to display the game at that frame rate ASUS announces a mouthwatering 200Hz Ultrawide Source 1: posted by suits Source 2: The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is a 35-inch ultra-wide curved quantum dot LCD monitor with: a 3,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution (21:9 aspect ratio) refresh rate of 200Hz. G-SYNC HDR capabilities fourth quarter 2017 release date The first Ryzen All-In-One Source 1: posted by lots of unexplainable lag Source 2: Dell has introduced its first all-in-one PC based on AMD Ryzen microprocessor: the Inspiron 27 7000-series Dell will offer multiple configurations, some of which will feature a 4K display Low end: The quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Radeon RX 560 with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory 180 W PSU. High-end: eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Radeon RX 580 with 8 GB of GDDR5 330 W PSU Entry level models start at $1,000 ‘Anti AI’ AI for the Post-Truth era! Source 1: posted by vorticalbox Source 2: DT R&D has prototyped a device to help you know when the voice speaking to you belongs not to a human, but to AI. Worn on the ear and connected to a neural net trained on real and synthetic voices, the device notifies the wearer when a synthetic voice is detected by cooling the skin on the back of your neck! “By using a 4x4mm thermoelectric Peltier plate we were able to create a noticeable chill on the skin near the back of the neck “ An Arduino chip streams audio to a Tensorflow IOS application running a neural net trained on synthetic voices. Big Leagues: $10 Million League Of Legends Tournament Source 1: Source 2: League Championship Series is changing its structure to become something that will more closely resemble the massive traditional sports leagues like the NBA or NFL Under the new LCS structure, there will be 10 teams that are always in the mix, instead of squads that rotate Team applications for the new LCS opened today: The buy-in price is $10 million! Players on the 10 selected teams get a guaranteed salary of at least $75,000. Riot Games said its end goal is to "create a strong and stable system that's profitable for pro players and provides entertainment for fans in the long term." There are three major pillars of the changes, including revenue-sharing, protecting and supporting pro players (with a players' association and more), and changes to the structure to encourage long-term investments. Once the 10 teams are determined, they are in the league for good. Riot says that it will offer incentives to teams that play well and penalise the squads that purposefully stay at the bottom of the ladder. ========================================Jon’s Picks: Sexy Headline: Right to speak freely about engineering is subject of 1st Amendment lawsuit Source 1: Oregon requires a license to even discuss engineering publicly or even to say you're an engineer. Dude sued, saying the government's behavior was a breach of the First Amendment right of speech Microsoft rolls out not one but two bad builds to the Windows Insider program Source 1: Microsoft accidently released two different builds—one for desktop users, another for mobile—to their Windows Insider program. In both cases, systems configured to use the fast ring could find themselves downloading and installing Windows releases that weren't supposed to ship to the general public The mobile is especially bad: phones that install it will get stuck in a boot loop, and the only way to restore them is to use the Windows Device Recovery Tool. This will wipe the entire phone and flash it with a working firmware. Scientists discover how the brain recognises faces – by reading monkey's minds Source 1: DScientists have created eerily perfect replicas of human faces that were shown to monkeys just from recording the animal’s brain waves The researchers developed an algorithm that could decode previously unseen faces from neural responses recorded from directly from the brains of two monkeys. Electrical recordings made from around 100 neurons in the face patch regions of each monkey were enough to recreate almost identical images to those seen by the animals. Need more? Use this!
  12. Main News Topics Rumour Squashed: AMD Won’t Be Licensing Graphics Chips to Intel Source 1: Source 2: IT website Fudzilla, claimed a deal had been reached between AMD and Intel on May 16 after a previous licensing deal between Intel and NVIDIA Corporation expired in March. the Fudzilla story read: "We can now confirm the rumors that Intel has given up on Nvidia because it has written a cheque to license AMD’s graphics,” Even though AMD made no mention of an Intel deal at the company’s analyst day on May 16, Fudzilla appeared to stand by its story in a follow-up report on May 18. Fudzilla said its sources for the original story were “well-placed industry insiders” and that “the Intel and AMD deal will include Intel CPUs using Radeon graphics." The Rumours were squashed on Monday when, AMD CEO Lisa Su said: "”We're not looking at enabling a competitor to compete against our products." “It's about how do we sell more products, or how do we have our IP in markets where we're not currently selling products.” Intel’s Plan to Thunderbolt 3 All of the Things Source 1: posted by AngryPandaPC Source 2: Thunderbolt 3 still hasn’t gone mainstream, due to a combination of high cost and low availability Now, Intel is taking two steps to accelerate adoption: integrating Thunderbolt 3 into Intel CPUs, making the Thunderbolt protocol specification available to third-party chipmakers, royalty-free, next year. Intel: “We think the first thing is going to drive broader adoption and deployment of Thunderbolt 3 in PCs,” “The second will also drive broader adoption in the ecosystem, with a lot of different peripherals and other devices.” Price: “I think the integration into future CPUs will help reduce the overall solution cost on the computer. And we’re continually working with the industry to lower the cost of the cables and the devices.” He notes, too, that improving USB-C economies of scale should help Thunderbolt 3 drive down costs. Google has made the ultimate marketing tool Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK Source 2: At the annual Google Marketing Next conference announced Google Attribution, a service that will let advertisers tie offline credit card payments to online marketing campaigns. Here’s how it works: It aggregates details about the ads displayed on your phone, the sites (and time) you visited, and what you've searched in Google. Then it uses geolocation and WiFi network information from your phone to if you've gone to the mall or walked into a store that sells that product. Finally, with the integration of payment data from "third-party partnerships," Google will know if you've bought that product and will report this in the advertiser's AdWords dashboard. the system is driven by machine learning and combines data from Google's regular advertising campaigns with "third-party partnerships, which capture approximately 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the United States." Intel 7900x and Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 7 leaked in benchmark Source 1: Source 2: Intel’s upcoming 10 core/ 20 thread processor may: run at a base clock of 4GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz on tap Have a 175W TDP Google makes AI that makes AI Source 1: posted by ThomasRules Source 2: At its I/O '17 conference this week, Google shared details of its AutoML project, an artificial intelligence that can assist in the creation of other AIs. The AutoML project focuses on deep learning, a technique that involves passing data through layers of neural networks. Creating these layers is complicated, so Google created AI that could do it for them. An AutoML a controller neural net can propose a ‘child’ model architecture, which can then be trained and evaluated for quality on a particular task,” So far, they have used the AutoML tech to design networks for image and speech recognition tasks. the system matched Google’s experts for image recognition it exceeded them in speech recognition, designing better architectures than the humans were able to create. “If we succeed, we think this can inspire new types of neural nets and make it possible for non-experts to create neural nets tailored to their particular needs, allowing machine learning to have a greater impact to everyone,” AMD discusses upcoming ram settings in Ryzen Source 1: posted by porina Source 2: AGESA officially adds 26 new parameters that can improve the compatibility and reliability of DRAM support for PCI Express® Access Control Services (ACS). ACS primarily enables support for manual assignment of PCIe® graphics cards within logical containers called “IOMMU groups.” The hardware resources of an IOMMU group can then be dedicated to a virtual machine. Full BIOSes could be available for your motherboard starting in mid to late June However, there are motherboards that already have public betas: Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming5 ASUS Crosshair VI Europe Modernizes Media rules, keeps TV relevant Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK Source 2: The European Commission has presented an updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which describes the rules that governed audiovisual media in the EU Concluding that a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to all modern platforms was not appropriate, the Commission wants to achieve a better balance of the rules which today apply to traditional broadcasters, video-on-demand providers and video-sharing platforms The proposed new rules are: Platforms which organise and tag a large quantity of videos will have to protect minors from harmful content (such as pornography and violence) and protect all citizens from incitement to hatred The Directive will now ensure that regulatory authorities are truly independent from governments and industry, to ensure that audiovisual media act in the interest of viewers. The Commission wants TV broadcasters to continue to dedicate at least half of viewing time to European works and will oblige on-demand providers to ensure at least 20% share of European content in their catalogues. The revised Directive gives broadcasters more flexibility as to when ads can be shown – the overall limit of 20% of broadcasting time is maintained between 7 am and 11 pm, but instead of the current 12 minutes per hour, broadcasters can choose more freely when to show ads throughout the day. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Samsung S8 Iris Scanner is Easily Hackable Source 1: posted by WMGroomAK Source 2: A Chaos Computer Club researcher has discovered realized that by taking a photo of a phone owner's face, an attacker with physical access to the device can able to unlock the phone just by printing the photo on paper and flashing it in front of the phone's front camera. But modern iris scanners and facial recognition systems are programmed to use image depth in order to distinguish between (2D) photos and a human's real (3D) eye. Researchers bypassed this hurdle by gluing a contact lens on top of the image, creating a round surface on top of the iris photo to trick the phone. Ironically, the best results were achieved by printing the iris photos using a Samsung laser printer. Rumour: 'iPhone 8' Will Have Touch ID Integrated into Display Source 1: posted by NinerL Source 2: During a technology convention held in Taipei on Thursday, Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company apparently confirmed Apple's use of an optical fingerprint sensor to enable authentication directly on the screen in the absence of a physical Home button. In addition to the fingerprint recognition, the sources claimed the new iPhones will also come with "invisible infrared image sensors to enhance the functionality of the high-pixel camera" and to enable augmented reality functions. Destiny 2 uses a hybrid-server networking model Source 1: Source 2: Bungie revealed that Destiny 2 won’t use dedicated servers Unlike the original Destiny, where matches were hosted on one player's console, "every activity in Destiny 2 is hosted by one of [Bungie’s] servers," "That means you will never again suffer a host migration during your Raid attempt or Trials match." But those servers won't handle all the data for every player in the game. Each player is authoritative over their own movement and abilities "This allows us to give players the feeling of immediacy in all their moving and shooting—no matter where they live and no matter whom they choose to play with." While Bungie can’t promise that lag-induced glitches will be completely eliminated in Destiny 2, they say this server model should lead to a definite reduction Researchers engineer shape-shifting noodles Source 1: Source 2: Researchers from MIT’s Tangible Media Group have concocted flat sheets of gelatin and starch that, when submerged in water, instantly sprout into three-dimensional structures The researchers created flat d,iscs that wrap around beads of caviar similar to cannoli, as well as spaghetti that spontaneously divides into smaller noodles when dunked in hot broth. It could also a practical way to reduce food-shipping costs. For instance, the edible films could be stacked together and shipped to consumers, then morph into their final shape later, when immersed in water. Useful since, apparently, even if you pack macaroni perfectly, you still end up with 67 percent of the volume as air,” IMAX is Opening Virtual Reality Centers Source 1: Source 2: For $1 a minute, a group of friends can experience flight above a deserted Paris, or dive into a world of criminals as assassin John Wick. “You walk out of a movie all excited about having seen John Wick or The Avengers, and you can walk right next door and continue that by being immersed in the experience” Ticketing is similar to most theaters: You can book time slots in advance online or purchase them at the center. In the first four months of 2017, the pilot L.A. center registered more than 25,000 admissions and an average revenue of $15,000 per week. A total of 5 U.S. centers are planned, as well as locations in Tokyo; Shanghai; Toronto; Manchester, England; the Middle East; and France. With U.S. movie market growth stagnating, exhibitors are looking for new ways to widen their audience. “We see this as the beginning of something that will revolutionize the way stories are told.” Could this be a first step toward a totally new era of cinema? Amazon Opens Grocery Pickup Kiosks Source 1: Source 2: Inc. opened two grocery pickup kiosks in Seattle, part of its latest effort to enter the $800 billion grocery market and compete with “click and collect” shopping options The “AmazonFresh Pickup” spots let shoppers buy groceries online and pick them up in as little as 15 minutes Each location has parking spaces beneath canopies similar to those seen at gas stations. Grocery sales have been slow to shift online, leaving Amazon at a disadvantage to competitors like Wal-Mart. Amazon is experimenting with brick-and-mortar concepts to get a toehold in grocery sales while its competitors add online options to their existing stores. Will these Kiosks eventually use Amazon Go tech? Sergey Brin makes Giant Blimp with his Giant Face on It. Source 1: Source 2: The Google co-founder has dedicated his own money to building the world’s largest aircraft: a 200m long Zeppelin (656 feet). It’s smaller than historic airships like the Hindenburg, which was 245m It will be used for personal intercontinental travel, as well as humanitarian missions around the world It will use a system of internal gas bladders to control its buoyancy, allowing it to off-load almost anywhere in the world- no airport required It will be full of Helium, not Hydrogen. Russian CPU still can’t compete with Intel & AMD Source 1: psoted by Ikarej Source 2: Russian state-owned technology Ruselectronics has demonstrated the first computers running its own domestic Elbrus-8S silicon The Elbrus-8S the chip is 3-5 times faster than the previous Elbrus-4S processor, and has I/O channels that are eight times higher. ...but the Elbrus-4S, which came out in 2015, was famously described as “CPU from 1999”. The new chip has: eight cores 28 nanometer lithography In recent years, Russia has attempted to wean itself off US-made technology with its own domestic offerings. Microsoft rebrands Twitch competitor Source 1: Source 2: Microsoft will replace Beam, the live streaming app that it acquired last year, with the Mixer app, on the Xbox One, Windows 10, IOS, and Android. Microsoft is making it possible for up to four people to simultaneously live stream themselves. Viewers will see the screen divided up into four sections of all the people who are streaming. Initially this "co-streaming" feature will be available on Xbox One, for people participating in its Insiders program, and in Windows 10. Later it will come to mobile devices. Additionally, Microsoft is releasing new Mixer Create mobile apps that will let users stream live. Soon Microsoft will update that app so as to enable game streaming as well. YouTube Gaming has permitted mobile streaming since 2015.
  13. When do the Big Package members for LTX get there floatplane membership?

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Main News Topics ===================================================================== AMD News: 1- AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper Source 1: posted by DocSwag Source 2: 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 Source 2: 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: Source 2: 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: Source 2: 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 Source 2: 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 Source 2: 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 Source 2: Destiny 2 will run on Blizzard’s rather than Steam Players will need to sign up to 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: Source 2: 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: Source 2: 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 Source 2: 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 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: 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: Source 2: 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 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: 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 Source 2: 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 Source 2: 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: Source 2: 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.