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Everything posted by Slick

  1. Is this the contact form you're speaking of? https://www.floatplane.com/support#support-help I haven't heard of anyone having troubles with that form before Sorry to hear that. Please email support@floatplane.com directly and we'll have you taken care of
  2. Unfortunately PayPal has turned everything off for us at this time. We're working diligently to get everything turned back on - Seems like they aren't however so I have no ETA on when it will be working. In the meantime feel free to subscribe with credit card through Stripe. Thanks, sorry for the troubles
  3. Cool project! Unfortunately due to trademark something blah blah(I'm not so great at legal stuff) you can't use the logo or floatplane in the title. I've often pointed to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/betterttv/ajopnjidmegmdimjlfnijceegpefgped to get across guidelines - their own logo and name.. bit of a sassy name :P but a fair enough name in the end haha
  4. Tossed you a refund and 6 months of free subscription - big fail on our part. Thanks for being cool about it!
  5. Banned for asking a question instead of giving a proper ban reason
  6. As you may have heard we'll be moving all subscriptions off the LTT Forums and on to Floatplane.com. You will no longer be able to subscribe through the forum AND all billing agreements made through the forum will be cut off. At this time we request that all users cancel their subscriptions on the forum and start new subscriptions on Floatplane.com. Subscriptions done through the forum have been a major accounting problem for a long time now as the forums billing agreements have all been with Linus Media Group instead of Floatplane media which is an accounting nightmare that we are going to try to avoid in 2019. As a gift for dealing with the hassle of migrating things over, and to cover any time you had left on your subscription, we will be granting two bonus months to all creators that you are subscribed to on Floatplane.com AND you’ll gain access to an exclusive live chat emoji all on January 31st. Steps to migrate successfully: 1) Cancel your subscription on the LTT Forum Method 1, Cancelling through the Forum: Hide contents Go to this link: https://linustechtips.com/main/clients/billing-agreements/ click view details(on the right) Click on view(on the right) Then click cancel(on the left) These steps are correct for most people but sometimes the cancel button is sneaky and decides to be somewhere else or isn't there at all.. This is another reason we are moving away from the LTT forums as we can't fix some of the payments problems. If these steps don't work for you please move on to Method 2. Method 2, Cancelling through PayPal: Hide contents Go to this link: https://www.paypal.com/myaccount/autopay/ Scroll through your active autopays and click on 'Linus'. On the right hand side there should be a Status row that shows 'Active' Click the 'Cancel' Button beside it. Click 'Cancel Automatic Payments' on the next popup. If this fails for whatever reason.. Move on to method 3. Method 3(Last Resort), Sudo cancel subscription: Hide contents Send an email to support@floatplane.com Let them know your forum Username/Email and they'll take care of you. Just a heads up that the wait time will be higher than normal as we are receiving a lot of support tickets right now. 2) Create or sign in to your existing Floatplane.com account, you can use a forum linked account, that's no problem at all. 3) Subscribe to whatever creators you want to support. https://www.floatplane.com/browse 4) Sit back and enjoy the content! 5) If you had a yearly subscription – Please send an email to support@floatplane.com with your forum account name and your floatplane account name. They will make sure you get the time you had remaining on your forum subscription added to your new floatplane website subscription. Yearly options on the new site are not available at this time but will be soon. If all else fails.. Just send an email to support@floatplane.com with any relevant account names, emails, etc. and we'll have you taken care as soon as possible! Thanks! Floatplane
  7. Happy to hear it! Yeah there are plenty of bugs That just isn't a 'bug' per se.
  8. Not a bug. Slight RNG placeholder stats.
  9. Thanks! We fixed this stuff for live chat as that's been a focus for us but we'll be sure to apply the same stuff to comments as well
  10. Slick


    Bitwit Ultra subscriptions are now live!
  11. Hey there @Archemis., Hope you enjoyed SYW S6! I've cancelled for you through my UI but I'd recommend making sure that the billing agreement is cancelled through your own paypal account! Hope to have you back sometime
  12. Fish tanks can be thin, the oil can creep through it. It will be fine for a while but if you want a long lasting tank you should try to get it fabricated at a plastic shop
  13. Main News Topics RTG boss takes 'sabbatical' Source 1: posted by YongKang https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/834201-rtg-rajas-going-on-a-break-lisa-su-is-stepping-in-for-the-next-few-months/ Source 2: https://www.tweaktown.com/news/59104/rtg-boss-takes-sabbatical-lisa-su-over/index.html Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri is going on a break until the start of 2018, with AMD CEO Lisa Su stepping in From internal email to staff: “Vega was personally hard on me as well and I used up a lot of family credits during this journey. I have decided to take a time-off in Q4 to spend time with my family. I have been contemplating this for a while now and there was never a good time to do this. Lisa and I agreed that Q4 is better than 2018, before the next wave of product excitement. Lisa will be acting as the leader of RTG during by absence.” Is this being overblown? From article: “Koduri's temporary exit is going to be felt for a long time, meaning AMD's future in graphics is really in limbo right now.” 49" 32:9 monitor from Philips Source 1: posted by Northstorm https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/833962-a-49-329-monitor-from-philips-why-not/ Source 2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11813/philips-readies-curved-ultrawide-492p8-display Earlier this year, Samsung announced a 49”, 32:9 super-ultrawide display, the C49HG90 Now Philips has announced that it will be launching its own display with the same dimensions, the 492P8.- The P indicates it’s part of their Professional line (not gaming) Samsung will supply Philips with the panel, but the Philips version will be cheaper than the Samsung model, with reduced features: Not Quantum Dot No Freesync 2 Refresh rate unknown (Samsung’s is 144Hz) $1000 instead of $1500 More specs: 3840x1080 600 nits 5000:1 contrast ratio 178 degree viewing angle 1800R curvature Set to launch in Q2 of 2018 Weird case from Kickstarter that Linus Likes Source 1: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/singularitycomputers/element-six?ref=creator_nav#prototype-slide-83457 Source 2: The Element Six is a radical new approach to case design from a company called Singularity Computers It’s carbon fibre Their goal is to raise $148,000 and build 24 cases that mix art and technology Over $6100 per case They will then retail on their website as a case manufacturer iPhones + Apple Event Apple Questioned about Face ID security by US Senator Al Franken, the coolest Senator https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/835136-apple-questioned-about-face-id-security-by-a-us-senator/ Google teaser for Pixel Oct 4th https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/09/google-teaser-site-promises-a-pixel-2-launch-on-october-4/ Cablemod Individually Addressable RGB Strips Source 1: posted by TVwazhere https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/834453-new-cablemod-addresible-rgb-strips-indivdually-adjustable-leds/ Source 2: https://www.amazon.com/CableMod-Addressable-LED-Strip-60cm/dp/B074HH33JK We actually have one just a few feet away in threadripper bin (cardboard box) Has proprietary 3 pin connector Rumour: Nvidia working on a 1070 Ti Source 1: posted by snortingfrogs https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/834659-nvidia-working-on-a-1070-ti/ Source 2: NVIDIA is apparently readying a new GeForce GTX 1070 refresh graphics card positioned between the current GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080 11 Gbps It could displace the current GTX 1070 from its price-point, or simply replace it altogether. NVIDIA's objective appears to be convincingly outperforming AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, at a lower power-draw. There's a 20 percent performance gap between the current desktop GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 the new GTX 1070 refresh could find a price-performance equation somewhere in the middle. The new card could: use the latest stepping of the GP104 silicon, Have 2,048 CUDA cores (on par with GTX 1070 Mobile), or more. faster memory, likely 9 Gbps GDDR5 or even 10 Gbps GDDR5X. core and GPU Boost clock speeds could be dialed up a little. Historically, NVIDIA has updated SKU specifications without changing the name of the card. The GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 6 GB were refreshed without name changes (they just put the specs into the branding) OR the Ti branding could be used to combat the "grandeur" of AMD's RX Vega branding. NVIDIA could have the new GeForce GTX 1070 refresh SKU out in time for Holiday. AMD Threadripper confirmed to have 4 actual Zepplin dies Source 1: posted by Swatson https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/835181-amd-threadripper-confirmed-to-have-4-actual-zepplin-dies/ Source 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-uKQ6RfUdk Der8auer is back with more delidding info- this time about the nature of Threadripper’s two extra “dummy dies”. They appear to NOT be just silicon spacers but disabled or at least non-functional Zeppelin dies that do contain transistors. Does this mean a 32 core threadripper could be on the horizon? Bluetooth hacked (again) Source 1: posted by Levisallanon https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/834418-bluetooth-is-hacked-again/ Source 2: https://www.armis.com/blueborne/ Source 3: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/bluetooth-bugs-open-billions-of-devices-to-attacks-no-clicking-required/ White Hat cybersecurity research lab Armis Labs has revealed a new attack vector endangering major mobile, desktop, and IoT operating systems- including Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux- and the devices using them. ‘BlueBorne’ is an attack vector by which hackers can leverage Bluetooth connections to penetrate and take complete control over targeted devices. The attack does not require the targeted device to be paired to the attacker’s device, or even to be set on discoverable mode. It doesn't require users to click on any links, connect to a rogue Bluetooth device, or take any other action The BlueBorne attack vector can be used to conduct a large range of offenses, including remote code execution as well as Man-in-The-Middle attacks allows hackers to intercept all network traffic sent to and from the targeted device and to modify that data. That means attackers could use BlueBorne to bypass personal and corporate firewalls and exfiltrate sensitive data and possibly modify or otherwise tamper with it while it's in transit. The exploit process is generally very fast, requiring no more than 10 seconds to complete It works even when the targeted device is already connected to another Bluetooth-enabled device. Virtually any Android, Linux, or Windows device that hasn't been recently patched and has Bluetooth turned on can be compromised by an attacking device within 32 feet. Windows closed the vulnerability in July during the company's regularly scheduled Patch Tuesday IOS has been immune since version 10 Google provided device manufacturers with a patch last month, but it’s up to them to push it to devices. the patch is available for Pixel XL and other Google-branded phones today Charge your electric car in 5 minutes!! Source 1: posted by Implosivetech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/835184-mercedes-invest-in-radical-electric-car-technology-which-could-revolutionise-the-industry/ Source 2: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/854560/Mercedes-electric-car-battery-charging-technology-Daimler#t=48s Israel-based startup StoreDot is building a battery that can provide electric vehicles with 300 miles of range but recharge in just five minutes At the moment EVs can take up to 10 hours to charge to full. Fast charging is available on some vehicles but it usually takes around 30 minutes to recharge the car to a useful level. The company just secured $60 million in backing from Mercedes’ parent company Daimler, who want to bring it to their future EVs. StoreDot’s FlashBattery uses "new organic compounds combined with nanomaterials" to improve charge times. “These innovative molecules demonstrate uniquely tuneable optical and electrochemical properties, which allow for enhanced performance of energy storage devices.” “Furthermore, FlashBattery’s high efficiency in recuperation means better usage of braking energy increases vehicle range while decreasing the frequency of charging StoreDot has is aiming to bring the technology to mass production by 2022 for their own facility called ‘OneGiga’ which is to be but in Shenzhen China with a scalable capacity of one to 10 GWh per year. Canada’s first Hyperloop?! Source 1: psoted by Wintyr https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/835247-hyperloop-in-canada/ Source 2: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/09/15/toronto-montreal-corridor-a-top-candidate-for-a-hyperloop_a_23210760/?utm_hp_ref=ca-homepage The Toronto-Montreal travel corridor has been identified as one of the strongest candidates for a hyperloop system that could cut the travel time between the cities from 6 hours to just 39 minutes The route is the only Canadian winner among 10 international entries chosen in a competition sponsored by Hyperloop One, and now will be studied to determine commercial viability. The route proposed by the Canadian arm of U.S. engineering firm AECOM would include a stop in Ottawa. The proposal suggests a trip from Toronto to Ottawa would take 27 minutes and the Ottawa-Montreal leg would take another 12 minutes Toronto- Ottawa by car is 5h 06m- by air it’s 55m Ottawa-Montreal by car is 2h 23m Toronto-Monreal by air is 1h 10m The next logical step would be to extend the hyperloop system into the U.S., west to Detroit from Windsor, Ont., and east from Quebec to Niagara Falls and Buffalo and on toward Chicago, New York and Boston. Connecting Canadian ports to an extended network could enable long-haul cargo deliveries to customers within hours instead of days. The complete list of winners: U.S. Cheyenne – Denver – Pueblo (360 miles) Chicago – Columbus – Pittsburgh (488 miles) Miami – Orlando (257 miles) Dallas – Houston (640 miles) U.K. Edinburgh – London (414 miles) Glasgow – Liverpool (339 miles) Mexico Mexico City – Guadalajara (330 miles) India Bengaluru – Chennai (208 miles) Mumbai – Chennai (685 miles) Canada Toronto – Montreal (400 miles) Using Ryzen as a Heater Source 1: posted by https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/834787-french-cloud-company-qarnot-using-ryzen-cpus-to-heat-water-while-in-use/ Source 2: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/14/qarnot_drops_intel_adopts_amd/ French cloud computing company Qarnot is using AMD processors to heat water. Qarnot makes a device called the “ Q.rad” that uses three CPUs to provide heat and serve as a node in a distributed cloud dedicated to jobs like rendering VFX or financial risk analysis. The company has won a contract to provide heat for 1,500 social houses in Bordeaux, France, and says “Ryzen Pro is producing the same heat as the equivalent Intel CPUs we were using while providing twice as many cores.” Qarnot's tests showed “a performance gain of 30 to 45 per cent compared to the Intel i7 [they] were previously using.” Qarnot also has “a boiler for domestic hot water and swimming pool heating solutions” on the drawing board. Does Vega Shader Count Impact Gaming? Source 1: posted by Agost https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/834672-vega-shader-count-has-almost-no-impact-on-gaming-performance/ Source 2: https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3053-vega-64-vs-vega-56-clock-for-clock-shader-differences The good people at GamersNexus have benchmarked the AMD RX Vega 56 against the Vega 64, in an attempt to test whether the 64’s 4096 shaders render a better gaming experience than Vega 56’s 3584 shaders (14% shader difference). They equalized the two cards’ clocks and HBM2 clocks so that shader difference was the only variable They found basically NO difference, and recommend an overclocked 56 over a 64- for gaming. Google offers free repairs to Pixel owners affected by Hurricane Harvey Source 1: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/11/16288016/google-pixel-hurricane-harvey-free-repair-ubreakifix Google and phone repair company uBreakiFix have joined up to offer free repairs on all Pixels at seven Houston area uBreakiFix locations until September 30th. uBreakiFix’s blog post doesn’t specify if water damage is covered, but that’s likely a given. Corsair rolls out DDR4 4,600MHz memory modules Source 1: TheBeastPC https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/835095-corsair-rolls-out-ddr4-4600mhz-memory-moldules/ Source 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/corsair-vengeance-ddr4-4600mhz-modules,35461.html Corsair has joined the growing list of memory manufacturers producing DDR4 4,600MHz memory with two new kits in 4,500MHz and 4,600MHz varieties. These Vengeance LPX kits were co-developed with motherboard maker Asrock and feature: Intel XMP 2.0 support low-profile aluminum heatsinks that come in a range of colors and are built using eight-layer PCB. The Vengeance 4,500MHz kit’s: CL19-19-19-39 1.45V The Vengeance 4,600MHz kit CL19-26-26-46 1.5V The 4,500MHz kit is available now on the company website for $480. The 4,600MHz kit will be available on September 21 for $550. Facebook to Open New Artificial Intelligence Lab in Montreal Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-15/facebook-to-open-new-artificial-intelligence-lab-in-montreal Facebook Inc. is opening an artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal This is Facebook’s first research and development investment in Canada and its fourth AI research lab- investing over $7 million. The company was attracted to Montreal because of the students and professors in surrounding universities, (notable Waterloo and U of T), the strong startup culture, and favorable government policies This helps reduce the “brain drain” of Canadian talent to the US Uber Technologies Inc. came to Calgary in a similar move earlier this year. Joelle Pineau, a professor at the McGill School of Computer Science, will head the new lab, FAIR Montreal, which will start with 10 researchers and aims to grow to more than 30 researchers in the coming year. "For many years, I have seen a steady stream of talented AI researchers with Masters and PhDs from our universities move to the U.S. to find the best research jobs," Pineau said. "They will now have an opportunity to do this right here in Montreal." Google Chrome to let you permanently mute sites, block autoplaying videos Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/15/upcoming-versions-of-google-chrome-will-let-you-permanently-mute-sites-block-autoplaying-videos/ In the upcoming version of the Google Chrome web browser (Chrome 64), Google will limit the ability for sites to autoplay annoying, and power and data-hungry videos. Autoplay will only be allowed when the media itself doesn’t include sound, or when the user has indicated an interest in the media. User interest can be determined by a variety of factors. if the user has frequently played the media on the site before when visiting from the desktop browser; if they’ve tapped or clicked on the screen during the browsing session; or if they’ve added the site to their home screen on mobile. On Chrome for Android, it’s removing the ‘block autoplay’ setting that’s currently available, and it will also remove autoplay blocking on mobile when the Data Saver mode is enabled. The company says that, by doing so, it will make this new “muted autoplay” more reliable Google will also introduce a new user option within Chrome 63 that will allow you to completely disable audio for individual sites This change will persist even when you close your browser session, and then later return Site muting will arrive in the stable version of Chrome 63 in October, The new autoplay policies will arrive in Chrome 64 (beta build) in December, and then to the stable build of Chrome 64 in January 2018.
  14. My attempt at a light hearted joke response went rather terribly so i'll go with something a little more straightforward. We do make a lot of videos that are jokes or trolls.. and as is the nature of these things sometimes they don't go so well! We release a video every day.. It can be hard to perfectly hit the mark every time.. Also please consider that some people may enjoy some things that you don't! Although the comments and like/dislike and whatnot can communicate when most people aren't into it and we constantly try to learn and grow from this. The thumbnails are well addressed here - We have always been silly, we have always trolled, we have always made jokes, we have always pushed the bar, we have always tried new things. Sometimes we're too silly. Somtimes we troll a little too much. Sometimes our jokes aren't funny. Somtimes we drop the bar. Sometimes the things we choose to try are not the right things. And we will continue to do all of these things, we will continue to make mistakes, but we will also make a ton of awesome content while doing so. Thanks for watching and hopefully the future of our content pleases you more
  15. Main News Topics Intel 18 core HEDT Die Pictured, Not Soldered Source 1: posted by The Benjamins https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831342-intel-18c-hedt-die-pictured-not-soldered-7980xe/ Source 2: http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/109787-intel-skylake-x-core-i9-7920x-delidding-reveals-large-die/ overclocker Der8auer has gotten his hands on an 18-core Skylake-X processor and delidded it using a special tool he designed called the Delid-Die-Mate X The tool will eventually be for sale It looks like this chip sample doesn't use a solder TIM but some easy to clean off paste. The die is huge. All of the upcoming 12 to 18 core Skylake-X SKUs will have this same physical die size The die and surface transistors around the die look untouched by the delidding process iPhone 8 costs higher due to Samsung controlling OLED, no touch ID due to 3D Touch Source 1: posted by RedRound2 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831713-iphone-8-costs-higher-due-to-samsung-cotrolling-oled-no-touch-id-due-to-3d-touch/ Source 2: https://9to5mac.com/2017/09/06/kgi-iphone-oled-samsung-touch-id/ The new iPhone’s display is expected to include a flexible OLED panel, an OLED touch panel, a 3D Touch module, and an OLED panel module. BUT Samsung will be responsible for providing each OLED part- with the only exception in the stack being the 3D Touch module. Normally, Apple leverages multiple supplies, keeping costs lower and ensuring enough supply. This time, Samsung is the only supplier. The OLED unit is estimated to cost $120-$130 per screen versus the $45-$55 unit cost of LCD panels. This could explain the expected price tag of around $1,000 ALSO While Apple was originally aiming to embed Touch ID under the display this is rumoured to be cancelled since OLED creates an unfavorable scan-through performance for the fingerprint sensor. In place of Touch ID Apple is expected to rely on facial recognition features and old school typed passwords on the new high end iPhone. Putting headphone jack back in iPhone 7 Source 1: posted by LLEBTNCJD_its_so_mething https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831990-he-put-headphone-jack-in-iphone-7/ Source 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=225&v=utfbE3_uAMA Guy did it. AMD Vega 11 Entering Production Source 1: http://wccftech.com/amd-vega-11-gpus-entering-production-vega-20-coming-7nm/amp/ AMD’s has reportedly contracted manufactures to begin the production and packaging of its next generation Vega 11 graphics chips Vega 11 is a mid-range part expected to replace Polaris 10/20 and the RX 580/570 graphics cards and is rumored to feature HBM2 technology Globalfoundries will produce the wafers for AMD using 14nm LPP technology and SPIL will handle the packaging and integration of the GPU and HBM dies. ALSO: AMD’s next generation high-end Vega 20 AI & Supercomputing general purpose graphics chips will allegedly be made at TSMC in order to take advantage of TSMC’s 7nm process technology, which is expected to enter volume production sometime next year. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Intel discontinues the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K Source 1: posted by XenosTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831866-intel-discontinues-the-core-i7-6700k-and-core-i5-6600k/ Source 2: https://techreport.com/news/32513/intel-discontinues-the-core-i7-6700k-and-core-i5-6600k Intel just issued a Product Change Notification that lays out the End of Like schedule for four sixth-generation CPUs: the Core i3-6098P, Core i5-6402P, Core i5-6600K, and Core i7-6700K. Intel will be taking orders for these chips through March 30 of 2018 and shipping them through to September 2018. It's possible Intel is discontinuing these Skylake models to keep them from taking up fab space that could be used for many-core Skylake-X processors and other 14nm+ products Don’t cry, Kaby Lake processors are compatible with almost all of the same hardware as Skylake chips and offer an updated video engine and slightly higher clock rates. Rumour: Google preparing to buy HTC's phone division Source 1: posted by Daring https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/832284-google-reportedly-preparing-to-buy-htcs-phone-division/ Source 2: https://www.phonearena.com/news/Report-HTC-and-Google-in-final-stage-of-negotiation-regarding-sale-of-smartphone-business_id97829 HTC is in a "final stage of negotiation" with Google regarding the sale of its smartphone business. Google is apparently considering two options: becoming a strategic partner, or outright buying the entire smartphone unit. HTC's Vive is off the table as Vive was spun out of its parent company last year and now exists as a standalone subsidiary Google’s incentive: Their burgeoning hardware business and its struggles to mass-produce its own hardware. There's also mention of Google's desire to integrate its software with hardware in a way similar to how Apple "owns" all parts of its business. HTC’s bargain prices! HTC’s latest financials show August was its worst month in the past 13 years. Revenue dropped by 51.5 percent compared to last month and 54.3 percent from last August 143 million U.S. consumers may have been affected in cyberattack Source 1: posted by ScratchCat https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/832403-credit-details-of-143-million-us-citizens-comprimised/ Source 2: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/equifax-cyberattack-1.4279739 Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that it was the victim of a cybersecurity breach that may affect approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The perpetrators exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and some driver's licence numbers from mid-May through July 2017. Equifax also said credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers were accessed. Equifax also found unauthorized access to limited personal information for an undisclosed number of Canadian and U.K. residents. Shares of Equifax fell more than six per cent following the announcement. Logitech announces G603 LightSpeed Wireless Mouse Source 1: posted by AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831873-logitech-announces-g603-lightspeed-wireless-mouse/ Source 2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11811/logitech-launches-g603-lightspeed-12000-dpi-hero-sensor-1-ms-polling-500-hrs-battery Logitech has introduced its new gaming mouse that weds high mousing precision, a long battery life, and low input lag with a relatively affordable price Similar design to G403 $70 500 hours of battery life in HIGH mode (1ms response time) with two AA batteries 250 hours with one battery - no performance loss Batteries can be used as a weight tuning kit 136g with 2 batteries 18 months of operation in LOW mode (8ms response time) New HERO sensor has literally the same performance but 10x efficiency NO LEDs or RGB Can connect via Lightspeed or Bluetooth Performance using Bluetooth similar to LOW mode Poll: would anyone rather buy the G703 + Powerplay instead? AI has better Gaydar than you Source 1: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/08/a-i-can-detect-the-sexual-orientation-of-a-person-based-on-one-photo-research-shows.html Artificial Intelligence can now accurately identify a person's sexual orientation by analyzing photos of their face, according to new research conducted at Stanford From ONE photo The machine intelligence could correctly infer between gay and straight men 81% of the time, and 74% of the time for women. In contrast, human judges correctly identified the orientation of men 61% of the time and 54% of the time for women. When the AI reviewed five images of a person's face the results were even more convincing – 91% accurate for men and 83% for women. The researchers suggest the software was able to find subtle differences in facial structure between gay and straight people gay men and women typically had "gender-atypical" features and expressions. A person's "grooming style" also factored into the algorithm, essentially suggesting gay women appeared more masculine and vice versa. The researchers behind the study argued that with the appropriate data sets, similar AI tests could spot other personal traits such as an individual's IQ or even their political views. The research has prompted critics to question whether the technology could be used to violate a person's privacy. Amazon announces plans for second HQ, looks to be wooed Source 1: https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/7/16266004/amazon-second-headquarters-north-america-seattle-2hq Amazon has announced plans to open a second company headquarters called HQ2 somewhere in North America, equivalent to its massive base in Seattle it will invest around $5 billion in the construction and operation of HQ2 . It’s planning to grow HQ2 to provide 50,000 jobs, and has opened up proposal requests for cities interested in hosting the company. Amazon says it has preferences for a city that have more than 1 million people, a stable and business-friendly environment, and locations that can attract and retain technical talent. And incentives like: tax credits/exemptions, relocation grants, workforce grants, utility incentives, permitting and fee reductions Voice assistants triggered by un-hearable commands Source 1: posted by VegetableStu https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831931-zhejiang-uni-voice-assistants-siri-alexa-google-etc-can-be-triggered-by-commands-in-frequencies-higher-than-human-hearing/ Source 2: http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-siri-alexa-and-other-voice-assistants-can-be-hacked-inaudible-commands Researchers from Zhejiang University discovered that voice assistants with always-on listening are vulnerable to malicious voice commands that are broadcasted using ultrasonic sound above 20,000Hz in frequency. The researchers dubbed the technique...DolphinAttack. The researchers have successfully made the devices: call simulated premium hotlines (“Call/FaceTime 1234567890”) and open malicious URLs (“Open dolphinattack.com”), and more! in five languages (English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German) Different gadgets were vulnerable at various distances: “Apple Watch can be activated with a success rate of 100% from 100 cm away”, and “the Galaxy S6 Edge can be activated with a success rate of 100% from 25 cm”. Commands were broadcasted at 106.2dB – 113.96dB An operating garbage truck is ~100dB. You can make your own portable version of DolphinAttack using a smart phone an amplifier that uses the phone’s 3.5mm port, an ultrasonic transducer (speaker), and a battery (phone +$3 of extra hardware) Whatsapp Finally Monetizing Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/08/whatsapp-ads/ This week WhatsApp announced its plan to eventually charge businesses, stirring worries that businesses might be able to cold-message users with sponsored message ads. Now, code in Facebook’s ad manager has been found that lets businesses buy ads with a “Send WhatsApp Message” button built in. For now, WhatsApp isn’t selling ads on its own app, but testing a WhatsApp chat button on Facebook ads that directly opens a conversation with a business in WhatsApp. Facebook: “We’re testing a new way for people to start a chat with a business in WhatsApp from a Facebook ad. This makes it easier for people to connect with businesses that they care about on WhatsApp.” Businesses will only be able to contact WhatsApp users that have agreed to be messaged by initiating the conversation. Sponsored messages work the same way on Facebook Messenger: businesses can pay to reconnect with people they’re already chatting with. WhatsApp initially promised not to show ads when it was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Kalashnikov Unveils New Anti-Drone Weapon Source 1: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-06/kalashnikov-unveils-new-anti-drone-weapon Source 2: VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=ffOZMTVeM70 Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov, makers of the AK series, has developed an advanced anti-drone gun called the REX-1. “This radiomagnetic ‘gun’ suppresses the command and control channels of the world’s most commonly encountered drones. It’s equipped with a number of interchangeable electromagnetic and infrared units that suppress GSM, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and other channels, rendering drones inoperable It’s possible to change each component in a matter of seconds, just like changing the magazine on an assault rifle. Once disrupted, most drones will automatically either return to their start point or land where they are. Due to its ability to block phone signals, REX-1 can also be used to prevent remote detonation of improvised explosives REX-1 is able to “fire” continuously for four hours. It can then be recharged for four hours using an ordinary 220-volt socket, or it can be connected to an additional battery for uninterrupted use. A civilian version of the weapon with stripped-down features could possibly come to market, at an estimated price of $5,000 Retailer confirms October 5 date for 6-core Coffee Lake processors Source 1: posted by lobster_zoidberg https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/832270-retailer-confirms-october-5-date-for-6-core-coffee-lake-processors/ Source 2: https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/retailer-confirms-october-5-date-for-6-core-coffee-lake-processors-472901 A German site has posted a screenshot of a stock-order, via Reddit, that shows a likely launch date of October 5 for Intel's six-core Coffee Lake processors. Core i7 8700K and 8700, both with six cores, 12 threads, and a 12MB L3 cache. The 8700K a base clock of 3.7GHz, single-core/multi-core boost of 4.7GHz and 4.3GHz TDP of 95 Watts. The 8700 a base clock of 3.2GHZ, 4.6GHz/4.3GHz boosted, TDP of 65 Watts Intel 300 Series, “Covfefe Lake” Motherboards Leaked Source 1: Asrock mobos: posted by NvidiaIntelAMDLoveTriangle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831630-coffee-lake-motherboards-spotted-from-asrock/ Source 2: MSI mobos: posted by zhangxiu https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/831872-msi-z370-godlike-gaming-z370-a-pro-motherboard-leaks-out/ Intel 300 Series mobos are coming, starting with the Z370 and H370 chipsets. Motherboards with the entry level B360 chipset will follow around 2018. Specs of the High End board: The MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming Motherboard LGA 1151v2 socket 18 phase VRM design that is powered by a 2 x 8 pin connector configuration & cooled by large heatsinks that come with a heat pipe cooling solution four DDR4 DIMM slots that feature stainless steel brackets for extra durability four, full length PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, all of which feature metal shielding. a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot triple M.2 slots, two of which are full length and all of them come with the M.2 shield that offers better cooling for M.2 devices. an M.2 riser card with M.2 shield heatsinks Expected to cost ~$400 Destiny 2 BETA not utilising RYZEN SMT Source 1: posted by Damascus https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/832195-destiny-2-not-utilising-ryzen-smt/ Source 2: http://www.gamersnexus.net/game-bench/3038-destiny-2-beta-cpu-benchmarks-testing-research Destiny 2 doesn’t utilize SMT with Ryzen Disabling SMT altogether may actually produce a performance uplift for Ryzen Half of the R7 CPU is unused, effectively rendering the R7 and high-end R5 CPUs equivalent in performance Will Bungie realize the tremendous amount of performance left on the table, and attempt to better utilize Ryzen’s thread advantage? Microsoft extends Windows 10 S upgrade timeline Source 1: https://betanews.com/2017/09/05/windows-10-s-weakness-extend/ Microsoft has announced that they’re extending the ability to switch from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free by 3 months. The offer now extends until March 31, 2018 The idea of Windows 10 S is to limit the user to applications from the Windows Store, This could make users safer by limiting the potential of malware since users can't download and install questionable things from the web. But the plan only works if there is a good library of apps, and and right now there is not.
  16. Main News Topics Intel Launches Xeon-W for Workstations Source 1: posted by Ezzy-525 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/828549-intel-launches-xeon-w-for-workstations/#comment-10369002 Source 2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11775/intel-launches-xeon-w-cpus-for-workstations Intel has announced a their new Xeon-W family of workstation-class processors, bridging the gap between servers and consumer processors with a direct replacement for the old E5-1600 series. With the new Xeon-SP processors, the enterprise platform went up to Socket LGA3647 from the consumer LGA2066 With a complete division between consumer and enterprise, there was no way to bring features such as ECC and vPro down into more consumer friendly environments. Xeon-W fixes this They will require a new chipset, the C422 chipset, despite the common LGA2066 socket Xeon-W will not work with the consumer X299 chipset Xeon-W CPUs will feature: 4 cores up to 18 cores, up to 512GB of ECC RDIMM/LRDIMM memory, dual 512-bit FMAs throughout the stack, and peak turbo clocks of 4.5 GHz. In essence, these are Xeon versions of the current Skylake-X (Core i9) processors with all the pro features enabled extended memory support, vPro, Intel’s AMT, and the standard enterprise Reliability, Serviceability and Availability (RAS) features. Core i7-8700k benchmarks leaked. Source 1: posted by https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/827570-8700k-benchmarks-leaked/ Source 2: http://wccftech.com/intel-core-i7-8700k-cpu-benchmarks-leak-faster-than-8-core-ryzen/ The latest benchmarks show Intel’s 6 core chip blazing past AMD’s eight core and even Intel’s 6 core HEDT processors. The new chips will be marketed under the Intel 8th gen branding and will be featured on a new platform known as the 300-series. The 300-series platform will mean that the chips will not be compatible with older 200-series platforms although the 300-series is known to feature the LGA 1151 socket The Intel Core i7-8700K will be the flagship processor of the lineup and will feature: 6 cores and 12 threads be based on the 14nm process node. 3.7 GHz base frequency which boosts up to 4.3 GHz (6 core), 4.4 GHz (4 core), 4.5 GHz (2 core) 4.7 GHz (1 core) The chip is fully unlocked TDP of 95W. 12 MB of L3 cache a GT2 tier iGPU. supports DDR4-2666 MHz clocked memory (native) and up to 4400 MHz+ (OC). The Core i7-8700K will cost around $349 US when it launches in Q3 2017. AMD losing 100+ dollars on every Vega 64 sold Source 1: posted by Coaxialgamer https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/828865-amd-losing-100-dollars-on-every-vega-sold/ Source 2: http://fudzilla.com/news/graphics/44401-amd-is-losing-100-on-every-vega Industry sources have confirmed that AMD loses at least $100 on every Vega 64 card it sells at its Suggested Etail Price of $499 The pricing of the HBM 2.0 memory, the packaging, and substrate cost are simply too high to have a sustainable price of $499 AMD is waiting for the second HBM 2 supplier to try to get a favorable HBM 2 price Hynix is expected to start delivering its HBM 2 memory in October. AMD is willing to take this loss in exchange for market share Of course, no one is currently able to pay that low SEP price anyway... Ryzen Threadripper 1900X has arrived Source 1: posted by ONOTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/829178-amd-releases-ryzen-pro-processors-worldwide-ryzen-threadripper-1900x-8c16t-for-549/ Source 2: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/829178-amd-releases-ryzen-pro-processors-worldwide-ryzen-threadripper-1900x-8c16t-for-549/ The third and final piece of AMD’s return to high-end desktops- Ryzen Threadripper 1900X - has landed The Threadripper 1900X ($549 on Amazon) offers 8 cores and 16 threads—similar to the core count in most previous Intel Extreme Edition flagships It mirrors the hardware inside the $500 Ryzen 7 1800X but grants access to the beefy X399 platform to folks who only need 8 cores The 1900X’s base clock is slightly higher, at 3.8GHz vs 3.6GHz for the 1800X. Fricken’ Huge Instagram Breach. Linus Screwed. Source 1: posted by Olle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/829500-instagram-breach-is-much-bigger-then-first-thought/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/site-sells-instagram-users-phone-and-e-mail-details-10-a-search/ A queryable database of 6 million Instagram users’ email and phone numbers has been posted online. The data is searchable for $10 per query The person who carried this all out has contacted Ars: "So far we've had 12 deposits totaling around $500," the site operator told Ars early Friday morning, about six hours after the service went live. "Not a horrible start." the data seems to correspond to actual user accounts, and the personal info appears to match those accounts An Instagram representative said late Thursday night that company officials are aware of the claim and are investigating it The operator said he's sure other people have independently exploited the bug but doubts most were able to make their attacks scale the way his did. About 12 hours after his mass exploit started, he said, Instagram plugged the underlying security hole. the leaker said it was possible to exploit the Instagram bug in an automated way, at a rate of roughly 1 million accounts per hour, which is much faster than first thought. At that rate, it would have taken almost two weeks to download the 700 million-user records, and longer to obtain the entire database. Amazon Turns Thousands of Twitch Streamers Into Product Pitchmen Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-31/amazon-turns-thousands-of-twitch-streamers-into-product-pitchmen Amazon Inc. will pay commissions to Twitch Streamers for selling products to their fans through Amazon. ‘The Gear on Amazon’ feature will let Twitch streamers showcase their favorite products as widgets on their page. Viewers who click the widget are routed to Amazon, where they can buy the streamer’s favorite items. The commissions will be available to 22,000 Twitch performers called partners The streamer gets a commission of as much as 10 percent on each sale The is part of a broader introduction of new features meant to increase money-making opportunities and audience engagement on the site. Twitch attracts 10 million daily viewers Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Owners Get A Massive Discount On The Note 8 Source 1: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2017/08/26/galaxy-note8-massive-discount-note7-owners/#564f15906f3a During the Note 7 fire fiasco, Samsung promised to give Note 7 owners a price reduction on the Note 8. Samsung is now honouring that agreement with a massive $425 off the price of the Note 8. ith the Note 8 starting about $960 you'll pay $535 To get the offer, you need to trade-in an existing handset What's not made clear on Samsung's redemption page is exactly what device you need to send them. The terms suggest it needs to be in reasonably good condition the company also talks about taking various sums off the rebate if it doesn't feel your device is up-to-scratch. If you had a Note 7 you'll also need to prove you did Offer only available to US customers right now. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Nvidia Prototype found in Canadian Pawn Shop Source 1: posted by Minibeats https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/828665-nvidia-shield-portable-2-prototype-turns-up-in-a-canadian-pawn-shop/ Source 2: http://www.pcgamer.com/nvidia-shield-portable-2-prototype-turns-up-in-a-canadian-pawn-shop/?utm_content=bufferd2d06&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=buffer_pcgamerfb A functioning prototype for a handheld that never was, was recently discovered in a pawn shop "in a small Canadian city" The Nvidia Shield Portable 2 is an Android-powered portable gaming device that looks basically like an Xbox 360 controller with a five-inch LCD screen stuck to it The person who found the prototype traded his old Shield to help pay for this one, and then went to work trying to figure out what it is and where it came from. Compared to the original, he says: "It has a front camera, The screen looks better and is brighter, I think it adjusts to light, feels even more solid than the original, better magnet setup for the top piece, shuts down instantly instead of a couple of seconds like the original," Better middle button layout than original, middle buttons are also like a touch pad more than a physical button." Samsung bricks UK TVs with botched firmware update Source 1: http://www.alphr.com/samsung/1006760/samsung-bricks-uk-tvs-with-botched-firmware-update A firmware update sent out to high-end 4K British and European TVs on 8 August has bricked TVs so severely that users will need to send them back to Samsung for repair. Following the update sets that were working fine literally hours earlier would either not turn on at all, or be stuck to a single channel, without working remotes or changeable volume. Angry User: “We spent nearly £1,400 on this TV two weeks ago,...it stopped working from day two. What’s even more frustrating is the customer service: all I get is ‘we are aware of the issue and will get back’. Six days on and counting.” Samsung: “We've had it confirmed that the solution that our TV guys have been testing works...It would need to be installed by an approved Samsung engineer, so please contact our TV Support teams so they can arrange a suitable appointment for you.” TVs affected include the 2017 MU6, MU7 and MU8 ranges Curiously, the problem only seems to affect European sets, with no corresponding issue with matching American models. Nintendo ordered to pay $10,000,000 for Patent Infringement Source 1: posted by Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/829547-nintendo-ordered-to-pay-10000000-for-patent-infringement/ Source 2: http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/wii-remote-lawsuit-ends-in-10m-verdict-against-nintendo-w500619 A jury in Dallas, Texas has awarded $10 million to iLife after finding that Nintendo of America infringed on iLife's motion-sensing accelerometer technology used in the Wii Remote. The software is specifically related to detecting if a person has fallen down iLife uses its tech to monitor infants to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome and the elderly to watch out for falls iLife argued that its patented technology was used by Nintendo in the creation of its motion-sensing Wii Remote controller. The award comes nearly four years after iLife Technologies Inc.filed a $144 million patent infringement case against Nintendo. iLife was initially seeking a $4 per unit royalty payment tied to 36 million Wii systems sold in the six years before the suit was filed Nintendo argued that the patent filed by iLife was invalid because it wasn't properly written. SanDisk announces 400GB MicroSD cards Source 1: posted by M.Yurrizaki https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/829217-sandisk-announces-400gb-microsd-cards/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/8/31/16232618/sandisk-400gb-microsd-card-worlds-largest-ever-storage SanDisk now claims the title of the world’s largest capacity MicroSD, beating Samsung’s 256GB record with their new 400GB card. The card: can transfer files at up to 100MB/s, is classified as a SDXC UHS-I card, and is rated as an App Performance Class A1 device $249.99 Launch date unknown YouTube began isolating offensive videos this week Source 1: https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/25/youtube-isolating-offensive-videos/ In June, Google announced that it would begin isolating YouTube videos that WEREN’T directly in violation of its standards but contained "controversial religious or supremacist content." This week, those efforts began to take effect. The videos that fall into this category: won't be able to run ads or be monetized will have comments disabled. won't be included in any recommended lists or be able to play when embedded in other websites have a warning screen appear before they play. The restrictions are meant to curtail engagement and minimize the videos' reach. Creators affected by the policy will receive a note and will be able to appeal the decision if they feel the restrictions are unwarranted. OrbiTouch might be best way to type in VR Source 1: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15e0aac8fe963377?projector=1 The orbiTouch method of typing has been ported to the virtual environment. The company has just finished the first stable build of their VR Texter beta on the Oculus Rift with Touch controllers. (See attached screenshot) It's a higher speed (40ish WPM) method of typing in VR and apparently provides a much better user experience than existing text entry methods in VR. THE FIRST FULLY UNTETHERED VR HEADSET Source 1: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/pico-goblin-untethered-headset/ The Pico Goblin is being heralded as the first all-in-one VR headset, with no cables, PCs, or phones required for its operation. If you are looking to take VR on the road, or to introduce others to the technology in an easily accessible way, this just may be the headset for you. It features a 5.5-inch thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal (TFT LCD) display with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3G high-speed LPDDR4-1866 RAM, 16G eMMC 5.1 ROM. 3DoF controller tracking, 3500mA battery, which allows for 2.5 hours of play time. fine-tuning features that could make viewing content easier on the eyes, reducing stress and optimizing the experience as a whole. The company is Pico Interactive, founded in 2015 At launch, the Pico Goblin will feature 50 games, all of which claim to be casual and easy to play. The Pico Goblin is now available for pre-order for $269 and is slated for shipment later this year. Lawsuit: Amazon sold eclipse glasses that cause “permanent blindness” Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/lawsuit-amazon-sold-eclipse-glasses-that-cause-permanent-blindness/ A South Carolina couple claims that Amazon sold defective eclipse-watching glasses that partially blinded them during the historic coast-to-coast solar eclipse on August 21. The couple says that because of the eyewear purchased from Amazon, they are now suffering from "blurriness, a central blind spot, increased sensitivity, changes in perception of color, and distorted vision." Amazon issued a recall of defective and perhaps counterfeit eclipse eyewear in an e-mail sent out to customers before the event. According to the lawsuit: "Amazon’s August 19, 2017 e-mail 'recall' was tragically too little, too late. Its e-mail notification was insufficient to timely apprise customers of the defective nature of their glasses, and resulted in Plaintiffs and members of the proposed class using defective Eclipse Glasses," The suit also demands unspecified monetary damages, punitive damages, and legal fees and costs.
  17. Main News Topics Xsplit - move to OBS IS FLOATPLANE DYING CrashPlan for Home says au revoir Source 1: Linus’ Email Hello, Thank you for using CrashPlan® for Home. We hope you have enjoyed the secure backup that the free version of CrashPlan for Home has provided. As of today, Code42 has made a decision to shift our business strategy to focus on the enterprise and small business segments. Over the next 14 months, we will be exiting the consumer market and CrashPlan for Home will no longer work after that time. Don’t worry – anything you have backed up with CrashPlan for Home is safe until October 22, 2018, and the free version of CrashPlan for Home will continue to work until that time. Samsung boss & Heir JAILED for Corruption Source 1: posted by Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/826676-samsung-boss-heir-lee-jae-yong-jailed-for-corruption/ Source 2: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41033568 A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung's billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption! The 49-year-old is accused of giving donations worth $36m to non-profit foundations operated by a friend of South Korea's former President in return for political favours. Prosecutors said the donations were made to win government support for a big restructuring of Samsung that would strengthen Lee's control over Samsung Electronics. Lee, who denied all charges, had faced a jail sentence of up to 12 years. Lee had been detained since February on a string of corruption charges including bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas. Intel’s 8th generation processors are just updated 7th generation chips Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/08/intel-first-8th-generation-processors-are-just-updated-7th-generation-chips/ The first "8th generation" Intel Core processors have arrived: four 15W U-series mobile processors. They have: 4 cores/8 threads up from 2 cores/4threads maximum clock speed bumped to as much as 4.2GHz, Base clock speed nerfed from 2.8GHz down to 1.9GHz for the top end part built on a somewhat refined new version of Intel’s "14nm+" manufacturing process Although Intel is calling these parts "8th generation," their architecture, both for their CPU and their integrated GPU, is the same as "7th generation" Kaby Lake. Intel calls the architecture of these chips "Kaby Lake refresh." 1/2 Vega shortage could last until October Source 1: https://videocardz.com/72234/a-shortage-of-amd-vega-cards-could-last-until-october According to well-informed sources of DigiTimes you should not expect to find RX Vega in stores (at least at a normal price) until October While AMD promised to prepare a high volume of RX Vega graphics cards for launch, the reality was that many countries did not receive a single unit of the new flagship card. Only on this Monday sales officially started in Japan. The problem allegedly lies in the complexity of the Vega chips. Other sources claim that the issue may lie in Advanced Semiconductor Engineering packaging technology. 2/2 AMD trying to keep Rx Vega prices low Source 1: posted by Coaxialgamer https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/826402-amd-rx-vega%E2%80%99s-pricing-was-%E2%80%9Cnot-just-for-launch-but-ongoing%E2%80%9D/ Source 2: https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd/amd-rx-vega-launch-price-reduction After prices of RX Vega cards inflated after launch, AMD now says it’s trying its best to “get those prices to where we suggested when we launched them.” AMD’s Gerald Youngblood says: “Our SEPs, and the price tag that we announced,is our full intention of where we would suggest the product be priced. Not just for launch, but ongoing.” AMD says the priced surged due to overwhelming demand, and that filling of retailers’ inventory is key to getting the prices of Vega down to their original pre-launch levels. AMD Eypc + Threadripper design in detail Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/826889-amd-eypc-design-in-detail/ Source 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-threadripper-epyc-mcm-cost,35306.html At Hot Chips 2017, AMD explained why they chose a Multi-Chip Module design rather than the traditional monolithic design Even though a monolithic design would have been 10% smaller, and therefore cheaper to produce, the failure rate in manufacturing monolithic chips is higher. AMD believes they reduced their production cost by 41% by choosing MCM. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Inno3D Warns that Mining can break Warranty on their GPUs Source 1: posted by NvidiaIntelAMDLoveTriangle https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/826753-finally-someone-decided-to-do-something-about-miners/ Source 2: http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/inno3d-warns-that-mining-can-break-warranty-on-their-gpus.html Inno3D is the first manufacturer to warn cryptocurrency coin-miners that they are possibly voiding the warranty on their cards. Graphics cards are not designed to do full load 24/7/365, but that is exactly what miners are doing. The source speculates that RMA return rates have gone up since the mining hype started. If a card breaks down, how would Inno3D know it was used for mining? SNES Classic sold everywhere except Quebec Source 1: posted by GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/825921-snes-classic-sold-everywhere-except-in-quebec-canada/ Source 2: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/08/snes_classic_edition_wont_be_sold_in_canadian_province_of_quebec The SNES Classic will launch next month in Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America...just not in Quebec. This decision is related to the province's notoriously strict language requirements, which protect the use of French in the province and mandate that business be done in French- this includes product packaging. The law is meant to "protect the French language, and the Quebec culture" Quebec is Canada’s second most populous province with 8.215 million people Android Oreo has landed! Source 1: posted by CharminUltraStrong https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/825937-android-80-oreo-review-and-update-process/#comment-10341129 Source 2: http://www.androidauthority.com/android-8-0-review-758783/ No major changes to the UI but there are a couple new features and some cool things going on in the background. Picture-in-picture (mode): In supported apps, hitting the home button will keep your video playing in a movable window in the bottom right of the screen. You can drag it around the screen and tap it to access playback controls or make it full screen. you can also disable this feature on an app by app basis if you don’t like it. Built in support for wide color gamut apps High performance Bluetooth audio codecs like Sony’s LDAC Apps now have less freedom to work in the background, saving your battery and hot pockets. notification badges on the home screen OEMs like Samsung have been doing this for a while, now it’s native. Auto-Fill Api Simply grant a service like Google’s Autofill or LastPass permission to collect your passwords, credit card information and personal details and Oreo can offer to automatically complete web forms and app logins Crazy that it took this long, but mobile is the new desktop so it was inevitable. Amazon Prime Members to get Discounts at WholeFoods Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-25/amazon-primes-whole-foods-for-more-visitors Source 2: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-24/amazon-pledges-lower-prices-as-acquisition-of-whole-foods-closes There’s more reason than ever to be an Amazon Prime member: cheaper avocados. "Amazon and Whole Foods Market technology teams will begin to integrate Amazon Prime into the Whole Foods Market point-of-sale system, and when this work is complete, Prime members will receive special savings and in-store benefits," Amazon also plans to make Prime the customer rewards program at Whole Foods. Products from Whole Foods' private label, 365, will also be available on Amazon. The company hasn't yet indicated a time frame for all the changes. Amazon’s press release also promises lower prices effective as soon as the merger deal closes on Monday. starting with items such as chicken, eggs, avocados and organic farmed salmon Apple Cuts Iran-Made Apps From AppStore Over Sanctions Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-25/apple-cuts-iran-apps-from-store-due-to-sanctions-founders-say App developers in Iran have been waking up to find emails from Apple’s App Store Review stating that their applications have been removed due to sanctions put in place by the U.S. government. “We got removed from App Store overnight, without any sort of warning,” one entrepreneur said. “We had just published a new version with enormous improvements. When users woke up the next morning, they saw the app is not available anymore.” Users can still access the apps on their phones, but cannot download or update from the App Store. “Under the U.S. sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain U.S. embargoed countries,” Apple said in its email to developers. “This area of law is complex and constantly changing. If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store.” Similarly in July, Apple had to remove VPN applications from their China App Store at the request of the Chinese government. Rumour: New Apple TV Coming Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-24/apple-said-to-plan-4k-tv-box-reveal-in-renewed-living-room-push A new Apple TV will reportedly be revealed alongside the new iPhone and Apple Watch models at an event in September It will run a faster processor capable of streaming 4K content The new box will also be able to play content optimized for TVs capable of playing High Dynamic Range (HDR) video Apple is also testing an updated version of its TV app that can aggregate programming from apps that already offer live streaming. Apple has begun discussions with movie studios about supplying 4K versions of movies via iTunes, according to people familiar with the talks. Rumour: Pixel 2 coming October 5th Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/25/googles-next-pixel-smartphone-rumored-for-october-5-debut/ The last Pixel was announced on Oct 4, but some things are different this year... There will reportedly be both a standard Pixel and an XL version, just like there were last year, with thinner bezels up front surrounding a screen with a narrower 2:1 aspect ratio, like the one found on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 the smaller device will be more of an entry-level offering when compared to last year, where they were basically indistinguishable save for their size. That smaller Pixel gen 2 device will have thicker bezels than its larger sibling, and a 4.97-inch 1080p display It’ll also reportedly have ‘squeezable’ sides, which will activate Google Assistant when pressed. It might drop the headphone port which it actually highlighted as a feature differentiator vs. the iPhone last time around. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 It could have front-facing speakers EB Games transforms its into massive lending library Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/08/eb-games-transforms-its-used-game-stocks-into-a-massive-lending-library/ Source 2: Under pressure from the popularity of direct downloads and other digital purchases even among console gamers, GameStop-owned EB Games Australia is conducting an experiment that essentially turns its shelves full of used games into a massive lending library for a flat, monthly fee. For about $16 USD/month, the program lets you take out any used game you want, one at a time, then return it in exchange for another when you're done. Even new releases can be rented out as long as a used copy is available in the store, which often happens just a few days after the "initial release. Players can cancel any time after an initial two-month commitment. SpaceX releases photos of new Spacesuit Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/elon-musk-posts-first-photo-of-spacexs-new-spacesuit/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/boeing-releases-snazzy-new-blue-spacesuits-for-starliner-fliers/ Boeing and SpaceX are in a competition to design, develop, and fly spacecraft capable of transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. Part of that includes the design of spacesuits: Source 1: SpaceX suit Source 2: Boeing Suit In his Instagram post, Musk added that this suit was not a mock-up but rather a fully functional unit. "Already tested to double vacuum pressure," Double vacuum pressure simply means the suit was probably inflated to twice the pressure of sea level and then put into a vacuum chamber These are not, strictly speaking, "space suits." Rather, they are more properly flight suits designed to be worn during the ride to space and again on the ride back down to Earth. They have a limited time in which they can operate in a full vacuum and are not intended for spacewalks. Both companies have expressed confidence about completing crew test flights in 2018 Bethesda VR games now have release dates, and they’re all in 2017 Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/08/vr-versions-of-doom-fallout-4-skyrim-now-have-release-dates-this-year/ Mark your calendars: Doom VFR will land on both the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR on December 1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR will launch exclusively on PlayStation VR on November 17. Fallout 4 VR will launch exclusively on the HTC Vive on December 12. Bethesda has not announced plans for any of those games to appear outside of their announced platforms None of the games will be available as a free upgrade to owners of existing non-VR versions "Fallout 4 VR includes the complete core game with all-new combat, crafting, and building systems fully reimagined for virtual reality." Skyrim VR will include all of that RPG's expansion pack content, at least, for its $60 price tag. Doom VFR appears to be a slimmed-down version of the Doom 2016 reboot—and is priced accordingly at $30 HALF LIFE 3 Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/826649-half-life-2-episode-3-update/ Source 2: https://github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Original.md Science fiction author and former Valve employee Marc Laidlaw just posted a thinly veiled conclusion to the brutally cliff-hanging Half Life series — intriguing but bittersweet news for anyone still holding out hope for another Half-Life game. Laidlaw’s “Epistle 3” is a letter from a fictional character named “Gertie Fremont,” who recounts her team-up with feisty partner “Alex Vaunt” (Alyx Vance) to find the “Hyperborea” (Borealis) luxury liner, which must be destroyed or captured from the evil “Disparate” (Combine) aliens While Laidlaw’s blog quickly faltered under the weight of traffic, someone posted the whole thing on Pastebin with the original names and genders swapped back in, resulting in a coherent and plausible plotline for Half-Life 2: Episode 3, the announced but never-released conclusion to Half-Life 2’s story arc. We have no way of knowing whether this was a final plotline or just some loosely developed ideas, but Laidlaw was the primary architect of Half-Life’s plot, and his departure from Valve last year was widely seen as an acknowledgment that Episode 3 was dead.
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Main News Topics [UPDATE] Gamers Nexus Confirms Vega 64 Price Increase Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/823474-gamers-nexus-confirms-vega-64-price-increase/ OP: Staas Source 2: http://www.gamersnexus.net/news-pc/3023-aib-partners-to-gn-yes-vega-price-will-change Post by Gibbo of Overclockers suggested that launch rebates and MDF would be expiring from AMD for Vega Would drive pricing upwards as retailers scramble to make a profit on the new GPU Launch pricing of Vega 64 was supposed to be $500, but shot up to $600 after selling out Gamers Nexus spoke to sources from different companies, and learned that the AMD rebate expiry and price jump is true AMD provided top retailers and etailers a $499 price on Vega 64, coupling card with rebate to reduce the spend Rebates were included as a means to encourage retailers to sell at a lower $499 price Update AMD has released a statement regarding the supply issues of Vega “Radeon RX Vega 64 demand continues to exceed expectations. AMD is working closely with its partners to address this demand. Our initial launch quantities included standalone Radeon RX Vega 64 at SEP of $499, Radeon RX Vega 64 Black Packs at SEP of $599, and Radeon RX Vega 64 Aqua Packs at SEP of $699. We are working with our partners to restock all SKUs of Radeon RX Vega 64 including the standalone cards and Gamer Packs over the next few weeks, and you should expect quantities of Vega to start arriving in the coming days.” What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire More than 50 pirate websites to be blocked in Australia within Days Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/823914-more-than-50-pirate-websites-to-be-blocked-in-australia-within-days/ - Allycat Source 2: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/more-than-50-pirate-websites-to-be-blocked-in-australia-within-days/news-story/d049c070d9b0ef956dbdeb9e45d7ca4b?nk=908c5d262fd9551850abcf3a1f922461-1503092944 More than 50 pirate websites illegally sharing movies and tv shows, will be blocked in Australia within days Anti-copyright theft group creative content australia went further and warned individual movie pirates would be next to face courts With plans to sue any australian who “continues to download pirated content” Move comes after the Federal Court ruled in favour of filmmakers and pay-tv provider in two separate cases yesterday Targeted internet service providers have 15 days to disable access to the online locations found to have been engaging in or facilitating infringement Creative Content Australia chairman Graham Burke said the new judgement would mean a total of 65 sites and 340 domains would be blocked in Australia Intel Claims 8700k to be 11% Faster Than 7700k Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/823308-intel-8700k-11-faster-than-7700k/ - NumLock21 Source 2: https://videocardz.com/72112/intel-claims-i7-8700k-to-be-11-faster-than-7700k Hosting a training seminar for retailers in China for upcoming Coffee Lake 8th Gen Core series According to leaked slide, upcoming i7-8700K cpu will be 11% faster than 7700K in single threaded operations Slide also confirms that for the first time Intel will introduce quad-core i3 series and six-core i5 series Slide Picture Apple going all-in on original programming, to the tune of $1 billion a year Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/apple-reportedly-ready-to-spend-1-billion-on-original-content-next-year/ Apple could procure and produce as many as 10 new shoes next year Their first original series “Planet of the Apps” and “Carpool Karaoke” just became available to Apple Music subscribers Critic reviews have been mixed $1 billion budget shows Apple is serious about boosting its original programming Netflix may spend $6 billion this year Update gone wrong leaves 500 smart locks inoperable Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/500-smart-locks-arent-so-smart-anymore-thanks-to-botched-update/ Hundreds of internet connected locks became inoperable last week after a faulty software update Caused them to experience a fatal system error, manufacturer LockState said Mistake happened when LockState mistakenly sent some of their 6i lock models a firmware update designed for 7i locks Update left earlier 6i models locked and unable to receive over-the-air updates As of August 14th 85% of the affected customer issues had been resolved NVIDIA’s Next-gen Volta gaming GPUs aren’t arriving anytime soon Source 1: http://www.pcgamer.com/nvidias-next-gen-volta-gaming-gpus-arent-arriving-anytime-soon/ Volta currently too costly to produce for consumers Jensen Huang said during an earnings call “Volta for gaming, we haven't announced anything. And all I can say is that our pipeline is filled with some exciting new toys for the gamers, and we have some really exciting new technology to offer them in the pipeline. But for the holiday season for the foreseeable future, I think Pascal is just unbeatable,” Intel Coffee Lake CPUs will NOT be compatible with Z270 Chipset Motherboards Says ASRock Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/816360-intel-coffee-lake-cpus-will-not-be-compatible-with-z270-chipset-motherboards/ OP: Morgan MLGMan Source 2: https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2017/08/02/intels-coffee-lake-cpus-not-compatible-with-z270-motherboards-says-asrock/&refURL=&referrer=#34766d7b76a2 ASRock said this in a reply to someone on Twitter Tweet Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service? FCC suggests Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819696-fcc-determining-us-ips-dont-have-to-provide-hardline/ Source 2: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/maybe-americans-dont-need-fast-home-internet-service-fcc-suggests/ Americans might not need a fast home internet connection, the FCC suggests in a new document Suggestion comes in the FCC’s annual inquiry into broadband availability Last year the FCC updated its analysis with a conclusion that Americans need home and mobile access Because home internet connections and smartphones have different capabilities and limitations, Americans should have access to both instead of just one or the other Ajit Pai now in charge, FCC wants to change the policy by declaring mobile broadband speeds of 10Mbps down and 1Mbps up is all one needs By doing this, FCC could conclude that broadband is already being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion Galax HOF Chrome Plated DDR4 Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/823502-galax-hof-ddr4/ - NumLock21 Source 2: https://www.techpowerup.com/236227/galax-hof-extreme-limited-edition-chrome-plated-ddr4-modules-now-available Extremely limited edition (50) available HOF Extreme Limited Edition Kit runs as speeds of 4133MHz Shipping date towards the end of the month Picture1 Picture2 Picture3 More People Than you think use Bing Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/823811-more-people-than-you-might-think-use-bing/ - Porina Source 2: https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/08/bing-is-bigger-than-you-think-microsoft-boasts-at-33-of-us-searches/ Bing became profitable in the third calendar quarter of 2015 Microsoft tweeted that “Bing is bigger than you think” Bing Ads Tweet Company claims that fully one-third of searches in the US are powered by Bing Either directly or through Yahoo or AOL Strong markets include Taiwan at 24 or 26%, and the UK at either 23 or 25% Company is claiming a 9% market share Prysin on the LTT Forum commented “let me guess, they probably use it to search for chrome or firefox download upon fresh installs”
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Main News Topics Intel i9 CPU's specs finalized Source 1: posted by The Benjamins https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/818787-intel-i9-cpus-get-the-finalized-specs-announced/ Source 2: https://www.pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Fills-Gaps-Core-X-Series-Processor-Specs After previously teasing partial specs for the Core i9 lineup, Intel has now unveiled the complete details, starting out with the i9-7920X (12 cores/24 threads) with a 2.9GHz base and up to 4.4GHz boost clock and topping out with the i9-7980XE (18 cores/36 threads) with a 2.6GHz base and 4.4GHz max boost clock. https://twitter.com/NVIDIAGeForce/status/895746289589039104 Threadripper won't natively support NVMe-Hardware-RAID at launch Source 1: posted by Nicnac https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819063-amd-threadripper-wont-come-with-native-support-for-nvme-hardware-raid-at-launch/ Source 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/x399-raid-threadripper-amd,35149.html AMD's X399 platform supports a massive 64 lanes, allowing you to simultaneously use two video cards at full speed, add on 10-gigabit Ethernet, and even pop in a crisp new sound card if you so desire. What the X399 doesn't give you is the ability to utilize NVMe SSDs in a bootable RAID X399 will allow users to build an array with SATA products and boot from it, but AMD hasn't employed a way to boot from NVMe SSDs together in a RAID 0 array like Intel. AMD is going to enable the feature in the future, but right now there isn't a firm timeline 1/2 Threadripper’s First Waterblock Source 1: posted by The Angry Computersmasher https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819214-first-waterblock-for-ryzen-threadripper/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/newz/bykski-showcases-first-waterblock-for-ryzen-threadripper Chinese liquid-cooling equipment manufacturer BYKSKI has announced the first water blocks for Threadripper. They come in four variants: Red - $58 Silver - $58 Red + RGB lighting - $63 Silver + RGB lighting - $63 BYKSKI water blocks are often cheaper than leading brands’. You can find them on Taobao, Aliexpress, and Amazon Threadripper water blocks are currently only listed in China. 2/2 Enermax first out the gate with AIO for Threadripper Source 1: posted by ravenshrike https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819521-enermax-first-out-the-gate-with-aio-for-threadripper/ Source 2: https://www.overclock3d.net/news/cases_cooling/enermax_reveals_their_threadripper_specific_liqteck_tr4_aio_liquid_cooler/1 ENERMAX, a creator of high-end power supplies and cooling solutions has today announced their new LIQTECK TR4 series of AIO liquid coolers, the first to offer 100% coverage of Threadripper's (and EPYC's) IHS. ENERMAX even go as far as to say that this cooling solution will offer over 500 watts of cooling capacity compared to solutions offering only partial coverage, allowing it to handle overclocked Threadripper systems with relative ease. Rumour: ASUS is building the ‘Double Down’ of Vega cards Source 1: posted by Mr_Troll https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/817953-amd-rx-vega-x2-allegedly-in-the-works-by-asus-to-be-liquid-cooled/ Source 2: http://wccftech.com/amd-vega-64-x2/ A liquid cooled, dual GPU Radeon RX Vega graphics card is allegedly in development by Asus and should grace store shelves later this year. The card will feature: two full Vega 10 XT GPUs. over 50 teraflops of FP16 compute, 25 teraflops of FP32 compute nearly 600W power draw Asus will allegedly only make a limited number of these cards The card will be a means of displaying what ASUS is capable of rather than a commercial product that they expect to sell en masse. AMD increasing Vega 64 Pricing above official MSRP Source 1: posted by tom_w141 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/820042-videocardz-amd-increasing-vega-64-pricing-above-official-msrp/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/71776/amd-is-trying-to-sell-radeon-rx-vega-64-at-a-higher-price Although AMD has advertised an MSRP for Vega 64 of $499 for the Black version and $599 for the Limited edition, it now appears that both versions will be widely sold for $599 few shops will still offer Vega 64 at official suggested price, so AMD can say it was sold for 499 USD Discord announces video chat and screensharing Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/10/discord-video/ Now friends on Discord can watch each other play their favorite games while talking face-to-face “This is the most requested feature on Discord probably a year running,” says CMO Eros Resmini. “A lot of infrastructure had to be built up for this launch,” The video features run at a smooth and crisp 720p at 30 frames per second. Skype runs at half that FPS Only 5% of users will get video today, and it will only work with groups of up to 10 people BUT one big thing that’s lacking at the moment is sound from screenshares What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Paris considering eSports for 2024 Olympics Source 1: posted by M.Yurizaki https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819704-paris-is-considering-esports-for-the-2024-olympics/ Source 2: https://compete.kotaku.com/paris-olympic-committee-will-consider-esports-for-the-2-1797678847 gamers could be competing for Olympic medals by 2024 The Paris Olympic bid committee will consider esports for inclusion as a medal event in the 2024 Olympic Games, according to Tony Estanguet, the committee’s co-president. Estanguet believes that a contest of digital prowess should be considered a legitimate sport if the Olympics is to maintain its relevance for new generations of fans "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. It's not about Olympics,'" "The youth, yes they are interested in esports and this kind of thing. Let's look at it. Let's meet them. Let's try if we can find some bridges. Gaming has already been embraced by the Asian Games One wrinkle: Games are commercial products, sports aren’t Consumer Reports does not recommend Surface Laptop Source 1: posted by Ked Ops https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/820247-consumer-reports-flips-its-recommendation-for-microsoft-surface-laptopstablets-due-to-breakage-rates/ Source 2: https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop-computers/microsoft-surface-laptops-and-tablets-not-recommended-by-consumer-reports/ New studies conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center estimate that 25 percent of Microsoft laptops and tablets will present their owners with problems by the end of the second year of ownership. The decision by Consumer Reports applies to Microsoft devices with detachable keyboards, such as the new Surface Pro the Surface Book, And laptops with conventional clamshell designs- the four laptops losing their previous recommended status are: Microsoft Surface Laptop (128GB and 256GB versions) Microsoft Surface Book (128GB and 512GB versions) Microsoft’s estimated breakage rate for its laptops and tablets was higher than most other brands by a statistically significant margin Statement from MS: “Microsoft’s real-world return and support rates for past models differ significantly from Consumer Reports’ breakage predictability,” Semi-Official: Here’s what the iPhone 8 looks like Source 1: posted by TheBeastPC https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/820052-heres-your-best-look-yet-at-the-iphone-8/ Source 2: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-8-design-prototype,news-25636.html The first dummy units of the iPhone 8 have been delivered The display is nearly bezeless on all sides, but but does NOT have curved edges like the Samsung Galazy S8 The screen's clean look is disrupted by 'bezel island' where the camera, speaker, and other sensors are it looks like elements from the phone's title bar will be placed in the nooks on either side of bezel island. It has a glass back to support wireless charging. The sides are still metal in order to maintain a premium feel It still has a camera bump on the back Seagate presents new 64TB NVME SSD Source 1: posted by snortingfrogs https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819566-seagate-presents-new-64tb-nvme-ssd/ Source 2: http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_announces_64tb_nvme_ssd_new_nytro_ssds_at_fms Seagate has demonstrated the world’s highest capacity NVMe drive, a 64TB NVMe AIC that can read at 13GB/s. Using the M.2 form factor, Seagate was able to combine eight SSD controllers onto a single PCIe board. These eight controllers manage the flash capacity through a single PCIe slot. Customer samples of the 64TB NVMe drive are expected next year. Disney to pull content from Netflix Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-08/netflix-gets-wake-up-call-as-disney-plots-exit-from-online-rival Source 2: Disney will stop supplying new Disney and Pixar-brand movies to Netflix starting in 2019 and launch an online product of its own, going directly to consumers with films like “Toy Story” and “The Lion King.” The actions will include the launch of an ESPN online service by Disney, “U.S. Netflix members will have access to Disney films on the service through the end of 2019, including all new films that are shown theatrically through the end of 2018,” “We continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company on many fronts, including our ongoing relationship with Marvel TV.” Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/02/fitbit-turns-teens-off-exercising-study-finds/ Researchers at Brunel University London the University of Birmingham conducted a study to investigate whether fitness wearables could encourage teenagers to exercise more. The teenagers were asked to wear a Fitbit Charge wristband for eight weeks; to use the Fitbit app; and to take part in surveys and focus groups, before and after the trial period ended, responding to questions about how they felt about exercising and using the device. The researchers record an initial “novelty” bump in interest in physical activity among some participants “for the first few weeks”, but by the end participants overall reported feeling less confident about their competence at exercising, and ultimately discouraged from doing so “It was consistently reported that after about 4 weeks pupils became bored with the Fitbit,” the researchers write. “This evidence suggests that though the Fitbit serves to promote physical activity, for the pupils in this study, the Fitbit may have only produced modest and short-term effects.” Why? Fitbit’s non-personalized 10,000 steps per day target was cited as an unfair and pressurizing goal — generating feelings of guilt or lack of ability among users, which in turn acted as a disincentive for exercising. Study participants also reported feeling like they had less choice over how to engage in physical activity Pressure from competition with peers, encouraged in an in-app leaderboard also ultimately negatively impacted participants’ motivation to exercise. “Competition, peer comparison and social comparison to normative predetermined targets result in only short-term motivational effects.” Gamers Nexus tests Noctua fan rumors. Source 1: posted by ravenshrike https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/818950-gamers-nexus-tests-noctua-fan-rumors/ Source 2: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3012-noctua-fans-from-china-and-taiwan-tested A few weeks ago, a Reddit user outlined several possible differences between Noctua fans made in Taiwan, and newer fans made in China. Differences like: Appearance Noise Effectiveness The online community was quick to disparage Noctua for the manufacturing disparities, and some even advocated a boycott. Now, the good people at Gamers Nexus have completed an extensive set of tests to validate or debunk the rumours. They tested: Linear Feet per Minute Decibels at 20 inches PWM range They found basically NO difference between the China and Taiwan-made fans, except for appearance. Is bitching about the color difference totally justified? Intel Targets 1 Petabyte SSD capacities in New Form Factor Source 1: posted by SaltanSupreme https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/819129-intel-petabyte-ssd-for-server-racks/ Source 2: https://hothardware.com/news/intel-launches-new-ruler-ssd-form-factor-to-push-1tb-enterprise-storage In an effort to modernize the data center storage market, Intel has announced its new “Ruler” SSD form-factor, completely ditching legacy 2.5- and 3.5-inch formats. These “long and skinny” SSDs are optimized to maximize storage capacity in targeted servers, while outperforming legacy form-factors in both cooling and power requirements. Ruler SSDs will be available with traditional 3D NAND or Optane Memory technology. we don’t know how much they will cost, when they will be available, or what type of connector they will use. Intel to build a fleet of self-driving test cars Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/09/intel-to-build-a-fleet-of-over-100-self-driving-test-cars-starting-later-this-year/ Now that Intel has acquired Israeli self-driving sensor and computing company Mobileye, the company is set to build a fleet of over 100 fully self-driving test vehicles The test fleet is designed to show off Intel and Mobileye’s software system, which it hopes to offer as an industry supplier for a range of different applications and uses. The test fleet will include different vehicle brands and types, to help show that the platform itself is open for use in basically any application. The first of vehicles will be hitting roads later this year.
  20. Main News Topics All Sorts of Vega News: The first official renders of Radeon RX Vega leaked Source 1: posted by YongKang https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/813987-the-first-official-renders-of-radeon-rx-vega-leaked/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/71292/amd-radeon-rx-vega-64-official-pictures-leaked There are no pics of the RX Vega 64 Liquid edition yet AMD RX Vega Fire Strike scores appear Source 1: posted by Delicieuxz https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/812436-amd-rx-vega-fire-strike-scores-appear-fe-scores-about-gtx-1080-performance/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/71090/amd-radeon-rx-vega-3dmark-fire-strike-performance The performance of the new AMD Rx Vega cards in the 3DMark Fire Strike test is about on par with a GTX1080 The listing does not tell us which RX Vega is being tested and in what mode (gaming or silent mode?) Common Question: If vega and GTX1080 had equal performance, why would you purchase one over another? Top Tier RX Vega card rumored to be more expensive than GTX 1080Ti Source 1: posted by Bananasplit_00 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/812883-top-tier-rx-vega-card-rumored-to-be-more-expensive-then-the-gtx-1080ti/ Source 2: http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/24167-amd-radeon-rx-vega-ryktas-fa-prislapp-i-linje-med-geforce-gtx-1080-ti Distributors in Europe have received pricing for Rx Vega in the 600 to 700 Euro range, or $705 to $820 USD However, these may not be the launch prices, as vendors often give out inflated price tags at first so as to not reveal the final pricing Eurasian Economic Commission site confirms Vega 10, Vega 11, Vega 12 and Vega 20 Source 1: posted by goodtofufriday https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/813961-eurasian-economic-commission-site-confirms-vega-10-vega-11-vega-12-and-vega-20/ Source 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/6q2y7w/eurasian_economic_commission_site_confirms_vega/ A look at the Eurasian Economic Commission’s website gives us a glimpse at what we might expect to be coming down the pike from AMD’s Vega line 45 vega products have been registered by AMD under the Vega product line ================================================== Intel Core-X Series: Full Specs Leaked Source 1: posted by HKZeroFive https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/813910-intel-core-x-series-full-specs-revealed/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/71269/intel-core-x-series-full-specs-revealed See link R.I.P. Flash 2000-2020 Source 1: posted by GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/812466-adobe-pulls-the-plug-on-flash-rip-flash-2000-2020/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/25/16026236/adobe-flash-end-of-support-2020 Adobe is finally planning to kill off Flash once and for all. removing support for it fully by the end of 2020. “We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” HTML5 standards have been implemented across all modern web browsers, obviating the need for Flash. Microsoft says it plans to disable Flash by default in Edge and Internet Explorer in mid to late 2019, with a full removal from all supported versions of Windows by 2020 Google will continue phasing out Flash over the next few years Firefox users will be able to choose which websites are able to run Flash and allow Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) users to keep using Flash until the end of 2020 Apple is also supportive of the 2020 end of life for Flash, and Safari currently requires explicit approval on each website even when Mac users opt to install Flash. An end to Flash will bring with it improvements in security and battery life on laptops and other mobile devices that still support the web technology. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Majority Share in Corsair SOLD to investors Source 1: posted by geomaster337 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/813240-corsair-confirms-eagletree-acquisition/#comment-10204941 Source 2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11666/eagletree-and-partners-acquire-majority-stake-in-corsair-for-525-million Since 1994, Corsair has expanded to many product verticals, a process that requires a lot of money. back in 2013 Corsair received $75 million in strategic investments from Francisco Partners. Today, further growth and increased competition from companies like Razer and other brands require additional investment- Corsair is getting it from EagleTree, Investment Management Corp of Ontario, and Honeywell. Corsair considers its PC business a significant growth opportunity and will therefore likely continue to invest in it. The three investors will buy a majority stake in Corsair from Francisco Partners and several minority shareholders for $525 million. Since the deal is conducted between private equities, they are not disclosing how much money will be paid to Francisco Partners, nor how much will go into Corsair's coffers Andy Paul. founder and CEO of Corsair. and other managers of the company will continue to control a significant stake in Corsair The transaction is expected to close in the next few months NCIX Retail Stores in Ontario Closed for Good Source 1: posted by slavic cc https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/814134-ncix-retail-stores-in-ontario-closed-for-good/ Source 2: NCIX will be exiting the Ontario retail market and downsizing the Markham warehouse operations starting this week Some staff were reportedly given little to no notice that the store would be closing, and were instructed to begin moving clearing out the building of NCIX materials immediately. Usb 3.2 announced Source 1: posted by https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/812900-usb-32-announced/ Source 2: https://www.techpowerup.com/235504/usb-3-0-promoter-group-announces-usb-3-2-specification The new USB specs allow USB 3.2 to operate as a multi-lane solution, compared to the current USB which is single lane only. Existing USB Type C cables have been designed with multi lane support, now USB 3.2 hosts and devices will too, allowing for up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation. A USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will now be capable of realizing over 2 GB/s data transfer performance over an existing USB Type-C cable that is certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps. Car Wash Hack Can Trap Passengers, Douse Them With Water Source 1: posted by hey_yo_ https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/813743-proof-of-concept-car-wash-hack-can-strike-vehicle-trap-passengers-douse-them-with-water/ Source 2: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bjxe33/car-wash-hack-can-smash-vehicle-trap-passengers-douse-them-with-water A group of security researchers have found vulnerabilities in internet-connected drive-through car washes that would let hackers remotely hijack the systems to physically attack vehicles and their occupants. The vulnerabilities would let an attacker open and close the bay doors on a car wash to trap vehicles inside the chamber, or strike them with the doors, damaging them and possibly injuring occupants. "We believe this to be the first exploit of a connected device that causes the device to physically attack someone An attacker can send an instantaneous command to close one or both doors to trap the vehicle inside, or open and close one door repeatedly to strike the vehicle a number of times as a driver tries to flee. The systems run on Windows CE and have a built-in web server that lets technicians configure and monitor them over the internet The researchers became interested in car washes after hearing about an accident that occurred years ago where technicians misconfigured one in a way that caused the mechanical arm to strike a minivan and douse the family inside with water The driver damaged the vehicle and car wash as he accelerated quickly to escape. Software-based safety mechanisms prevent the doors from closing on vehicles, and the arm from hitting vehicles normally, but they were able to disable these. Twitter tests automatic Tweet promotion service Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/28/twitter-tests-a-99-monthly-automatic-tweet-promotion-service/ Power-users and brands may be interested to know that Twitter has begun testing a service that automatically amplifies your tweets and profile for a full 30 day for a flat $99 fee. The promotion includes analytics, so that you can see how much additional reach, engagement and followers the campaign is driving. Twitter’s pitch for the service is that it’s extremely low friction – there’s no need to create any dedicated ads. It’s also low commitment, as participants can cancel at any time Since it’s just in beta, Twitter is giving participants the first 30 days free, with the $99 monthly fee applied after that. It’s invite-only for now Twitter added 0 new users last quarter Now you can buy solar energy from your neighbour on a blockchain Source 1: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-28/new-way-go-local-buy-solar-energy-your-neighbors New York-based startup LO3 aims to help electricity users buy energy from their energy-producing neighbors, using smart meters and an app. “The Brooklyn Microgrid project is the idea that we can now allow peer-to-peer transactions of energy and energy attributes across the grid,” says Scott Kessler, director of business development at LO3 Energy. “So, if you’re producing via solar panels, via wind, whatever energy-generation resource you might have, you can now actually transact with your neighbor,” keeping the energy’s environmental and economic impact in the community. about 60 microgrid meters have already been installed at energy-producing buildings across Brooklyn, and around 350 people have signed up to participate. The project doesn’t involve rewiring the physical grid, he explains; it just tweaks how electricity is bought and sold. consumers will set the price they’re willing to pay for different types of energy, including community-produced solar. There’s also mention of “negawatts.” where you’re paid to turn your water heater and other energy drains off. Using eye-smiles to predict the state of your whole face in VR Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/28/using-eye-smiles-to-predict-the-state-of-your-whole-face-in-vr/ Google Research just published a project that attempts to track expressions solely by looking at your eyes inside the headset. Using imagery of the shape of the exposed eye, direction of gaze, eyebrows, and wrinkles,Google has developed a deep learning system can figure out a few basic expressions and degrees thereof with decent accuracy. “Happiness” and “surprise” are there, but the data isn’t rich enough to detect “schadenfreude” or “mischief.” The idea is that with minimal monitoring tools — eye tracking cameras inside headsets, which seem inevitable — you can get at least a bare-bones feel for what a user’s face is doing in real time. Useful in virtual hang out apps Tax evaders must now fear Instagram Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-27/instagram-posts-will-soon-help-sniff-out-tax-evaders-in-india Starting next month, India’s government will begin amassing a warehouse of virtual information collected not just from traditional sources like banks but also from social media sites, as it looks to match residents’ spending patterns with income declarations. Officials will be able to spot those who pay too little tax without raiding offices and homes as they currently do This will also put an end to harassment by tax officials as there will be no public interface. Perceived randomness in scrutiny will come to an end." In 2016 only 37 million of India’s 1.3 billion people filed tax returns (<3%) India’s efforts resemble the U.K.’s ‘Connect,’ which is estimated to have cost some 100 million pounds. Since its inception in 2010, it has prevented the loss of $5.4 billion in revenue and the number of criminal prosecutions has risen to 1,165 from 165 a year Amazon launches parcel delivery lockers for apartment buildings Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/27/amazon-launches-the-hub-parcel-delivery-lockers-for-apartment-buildings/ Amazon has quietly unveiled a new service called The Hub- lockers designed to be installed in multi-tenant dwellings so that residents can receive bulky packages and pick them up at flexible times. Key to the service is that Amazon is offering it as a delivery option for packages from anyone, not just Amazon and its affiliates. The lockers come in indoor and outdoor versions, and open by way of a digital keypad The Hub is described as “modular system that can be easily installed at a variety of properties.” It comes in two sizes, a Starter Hub that is 6 feet wide with 42 compartments; and an Expander Segment to add 23 more compartments. “The modules link to each other to provide the right capacity for your property’s needs,” “All compartment sizes and layouts are pre-configured, so there’s no need to guess what type of compartments you’ll need.” YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge to create a new service Source 1: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/26/16048084/youtube-red-google-play-music-merging YouTube's head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service with YouTube Red to create a new streaming offering Executives have stated the company needed to merge the two services to help educate consumers and bring in new subscribers. Right now, YouTube’s music ecosystem is unnecessarily complicated. There’s YouTube Red, which removes ads from videos and lets you save them offline, while also giving you access to Google Play Music for free. Then there’s YouTube Music, which anyone can use, but it gets better if you’re signed up for YouTube Red. And YouTube TV is an entirely separate thing — but it’s not available everywhere yet. Google combined the teams working on the two streaming services earlier this year.
  21. Main News Topics “Glued together” is a possible technical term Source 1: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#search/wan/15d487092a80ef53?projector=1 Source 2: https://www.techpowerup.com/235092/intel-says-amd-epyc-processors-glued-together-in-official-slide-deck Source 3: AMD response https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/809403-amd-rekt-son-reply-to-intels-four-glued-together-statement/ What is truth? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH HTC Keyboard shows ads to users Source 1: posted by nerslayer1 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/808265-htcs-default-touchpal-keyboard-has-started-to-show-ads-to-users/ Source 2: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/07/17/htcs-touchpal-keyboard-started-show-ads-users/ The TouchPal keyboard, which HTC ships as the default system keyboard on many of its phones, has been updated to display ads. A bunch of pissed of customers raged on twitter In response, the official HTC Twitter account asked users to uninstall all updates to the keyboard app Judging from HTC's response, it seems likely that TouchPal added advertisements to the keyboard without HTC's knowledge/approval, since they control the app listing.. HTC’s latest statement: Due to an error, some HTC customers have reported seeing ads on their phone's keyboard. This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and we're working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible. ==This just in: ASUS Threadripper Mobo unboxing Pics Source 1: posted by NumLock21 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810752-asus-zenith-extreme/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/71009/asus-x399-rog-zenith-extreme-motherboard-unboxed The first press samples of the ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme motherboard for Threadripper have begun to arrive. This is the top tier motherboard based on AMD’s first HEDT platform with TR4 socket. It comes with: WiFi antennas, PCIe ethernet card, VGA holder, ASUS DIMM2 extension card, LCD screen and four reinforced PCIe slots. This is currently the only X399 EATX motherboard, which is wider than ATX. ==ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Announced Source 1: posted by -rascal- https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810720-asus-rog-crosshair-vi-extreme-announced/ Source 2: https://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-CROSSHAIR-VI-EXTREME/ Today ASUS has announced a new addition to the AMD ROG family, the Crosshair VI Extreme Motherboard (C6E). The C6E is made on the AM4 platform using the flagship X370 chipset. “...the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme is designed for gamers and power users looking to maximize AMD Ryzen performance”. ROG engineers worked on the board’s intelligent auto-tuner to improve one-click overclocking: just click once, and the board should find a stable overclock The board has: 12-phase VRM overclocking features: dual bios, slow mode, LN2 mode, and voltage read points dual full-length PCIe slots that are spaced 3-slots apart A third full-length slot on the board supporting a PCIe 3.0 x4 connection via the chipset which buyers can use for three-way CrossfireX using dual-slot video cards. two USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) ports on the rear, one Type-C and one Type-A, both from the chipset. two M.2 ports - one uses the PCH/M.2 heat sink, and another which does not. right-angled 24-Pin ATX power connector. Dark web's largest illegal marketplace shut down Source 1: posted by JohnnyCorporalTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810565-doj-and-europol-shutdown-the-two-largest-dark-web-marketplaces/#comment-10175622 Source 2: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/alpha-bay-doj-us-illegal-online-marketplace-dark-web-1.4213901 The U.S. Justice Department has shut down the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, a site 10 times as large as Silk Road accused of allowing hundreds of thousands of people to buy and sell drugs, firearms, computer hacking tools and other illicit goods. The operation included the arrest of suspected AlphaBay founder Alexandre Cazes, a 25 year old Canadian citizen arrested on behalf of the United States in Thailand. Cazes apparently took his own life a week later while in Thai custody. He faced charges relating to narcotics distribution, identity theft, money laundering and related crimes. The usernames and passwords of thousands of buyers and sellers of illicit commodities have been identified and are subject to more follow-up investigation by Europol and our partner agencies. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Noctua going to shit Source 1: posted by Ventus https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810534-worse-noctua-fan-quality-after-moving-production-to-china/ Source 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/6o4rzo/visible_manufacturing_differences_between_noctua/ A reddit user who recently purchased new Noctua fans noticed they were made in China rather than Taiwan like his past Noctua purchases Noted differences: The fan blades on the Taiwan made fans are noticeably smoother and more rounded than the ones made in China, which have rough edges at points. The "Flow Acceleration Channels" on the blades of the Taiwan fans are much more defined than the channels on the made in China fans; the channels on the Chinese fans are barely raised from the blades. The "Inner Surface Microstructures" of the made in Taiwan fans have a distinct waterdrop shape, whereas the made in China fans just have a shallow triangular cutout. The "Stepped Inlet Design" is sharp and distinct in the fans made in Taiwan, whereas the Chinese fans are rounded and less cut out. There is a noticeable difference in frame color. The problem with the difference is that the fans do not match the other Noctua case and CPU cooler fans in the 3 builds that I am putting together, as all the other fans were made in Taiwan. The made in China fans have a noticeably louder drone when spinning at the same RPM as the other fans. Gamers Nexus to do tests and report back Intel Preparing Multiple Hexacore Coffee Lake CPUs Source 1: posted by HKZeroFive https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/808680-intel-preparing-multiple-hexacore-coffee-lake-cpus/ Source 2: https://videocardz.com/70978/intel-preparing-multiple-6-core-coffee-lake-cpus https://videocardz.com/70978/intel-preparing-multiple-6-core-coffee-lake-cpus I7-8700 K version will have a 3.7 GHz base frequency with Hyperthreading enabled (12 threads). Non-K will run at 3.2 GHz TDP of 95W Six core i5 CPUs i5-8600K: 3.6 GHz, 95W TDP, no Hyperthreading The slowest 6-core desktop CPU is allegedly the Core i5-8400 with a core clock of 2.8 GHz and TDP at 65W. This is a direct response to AMD’s Ryzen 5. Intel will also introduce pure mobile 6-core CPU that feature much lower clock speeds (~2.0 GHz) with TDP at 45W Will these CPUs require new motherboards? Is the N64 classic coming after the SNES? Source 1: posted by Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810675-is-the-n64-classic-coming-after-the-snes-indications-it-will-be/ Source 2: Last year Nintendo applied to have patents on its NES controller updated and then a few months later they announced the NES Classic. Early this year they did the same thing with their SNES controllers and later announced the SNES classic. This week Nintendo reapplied for the N64 controller patents… Fake AMD Ryzen CPUs sent by Amazon Source 1: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/58489/fake-amd-ryzen-cpus-sent-amazon/index.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=tweaktown Source 2: There have been two consumers that have ordered AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processors from Amazon were in fact Intel Celeron CPUs in disguise It looks like the sellers were pushing RMA fraud, ordering a Ryzen 7 1700 processor and keeping it for themselves, then resealing the package with an Intel Celeron CPU inside before sending it back to the retailer. Amazon workers wouldn’t have something fishy had taken place, and shipped them to the next customer Amazon was quick to respond, sending out replacement processors with overnight express delivery and even a gift card for the consumers' trouble. Rumour: Razer building a phone for gamers? Source 1: posted by nerdslayer1 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810817-razer-reportedly-plans-to-build-a-phone-for-gamers-but-needs-more-money/ Source 2: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-12/razer-is-said-to-target-an-ipo-at-up-to-5-billion-valuation Inside sources have said that Razer is aiming for an IPO in October that it will use to fund development of a new phone. Razer acquired the smartphone company Nextbit earlier this year, though Razer said Nextbit would operate as an independent company at the time of the acquisition Chinese mall introduces 'husband storage' pods for shopping wives Source 1: posted by DiaSin https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/809899-mall-in-china-introduces-husband-storage-pods-for-shopping-wives/ Source 2: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-40609115 The Global Harbour mall in Shanghai has erected a number of glass pods for women to leave their partners while they shop. Inside each individual pod is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, and men can sit and play retro 1990s games. Currently, the service is free, but in future months users will be able to scan a QR code and pay a small sum for the service. One user, Mr Yang said he thinks the pods are "Really great. I've just played Tekken 3 and felt like I was back at school!" Mr Wu, agreed, but said that "There's no ventilation or air conditioning, I sat playing for five minutes and was drenched in sweat." Is this more likely to be used as a babysitter? Google delivers Street View of the International Space Station Source 1: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/google-iss-space-1.4212807 Now anyone can move through the modules of the space station using Google Maps or Google Earth. The 360-degree view inside the space station is courtesy of NASA and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who spent four months taking pictures inside the station. A special camera setup was required: two bungee cords, stretched in a cross pattern from top to bottom and side to side of the space station was used for each shot. With the camera anchored in the cross of the two cords, Pesquet rotated it to all the angles needed, hovering well behind the camera so he was not casting a shadow in the image. Just so you know what you’re looking at, items have been annotated with information provided by NASA engineers. It's the first time Google has used this kind of annotation, but more of it may be on the way Musk teases Gov’t approval of first HyperLoop Route Source 1: posted by zxsq https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/810578-new-york-to-dc-hyperloop-like-gets-the-go-ahead/ Source 2: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/20/elon-musk-hyperloop-verbal-government-approval Elon Musk took to Twitter this week to tantalize his legion of fans with “news” that he had “just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop: … City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city.” Several city, state and federal spokespeople concur that Musk has not received permission to build high-speed tunnel from NYC to Washington DC Musk walked back his claim about 90 minutes later, tweeting: “Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly”. Some are speculating that Musk may have gotten the sign-off from White House senior advisor (and Trump son-in-law) Jared Kushner’s office of American Innovation, which has expressed interest in the hyperloop. According to another tweet: First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion. Will start NY-DC in parallel. Then probably LA-SF and a TX loop. ==Crazy volatility as Bitcoin hard fork averted Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-21/bitcoin-community-cheers-as-miners-back-new-scaling-framework Source 2: http://www.coindesk.com/price/ The price of Bitcoin tanked to May levels- under $2000 - last saturday as uncertainty about its future came to a head. The bitcoin community had been split about how to address fundamental issues with the currency- and time was running out before the August 1st decision deadline. But on Thursday the price soared up to near-record levels as the community rallied around a plan of action: implementing a code upgrade called SegWit2x, and avoiding a hard fork. ==2nd Biggest Heist in Crypo History: what a story! Source 1: https://medium.freecodecamp.org/a-hacker-stole-31m-of-ether-how-it-happened-and-what-it-means-for-ethereum-9e5dc29e33ce An unknown attacker exploited a critical flaw in the Parity multi-signature wallet on the Ethereum network, draining three massive wallets of over $31,000,000 worth of Ether in a matter of minutes. Given a couple more hours, the hacker could’ve made off with over $180,000,000 from vulnerable wallets. Spotting trouble, a group of benevolent white-hat hackers from the Ethereum community rapidly analyzed the attack and realized that there was no way to reverse the thefts, yet many more wallets were vulnerable. Time was of the essence, so they saw only one available option: hack the remaining wallets before the attacker did. To prevent the hacker from robbing any more banks, the white-hats wrote software to rob all of the remaining banks in the world: $150,000,000. Once the money was safely stolen, they began the process of returning the funds to their respective account holders. The people who had their money saved are now in the process of retrieving their funds. this was not a flaw in Ethereum or in smart contracts in general. Rather, it was a developer error in a particular contract. Big win: AR games don't require a permit Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/judge-blocks-law-regulating-where-augmented-reality-games-can-be-played/ The maker of Texas Rope 'Em—an augmented reality game —sued Milwaukee County after the county adopted an AR ordinance in February in the wake of the Pokemon Go craze. Because some of its parks were overrun by a flood of players, the county began requiring AR makers to get a permit before their apps could be used in county parks. The permitting process demanded that developers: Pay up to $1,000 for a permit estimate crowd size, event dates, and the times when mobile gamers would be playing inside county parks. describe plans for garbage collection, bathroom use, on-site security, and medical services. A judge on Thursday declared the ordinance unconstitutional. The law was challenged on First Amendment grounds amid concerns it amounted to a prior restraint of a game maker's speech. Youtube redirects ISIS recruits Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/20/google-jigsaw-redirect-method-launch-youtube-isis/ YouTube has launched the Redirect Method: Now, when a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content on YouTube using a predefined set of keywords, they’ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the terrorist group “The Redirect Method uses Adwords targeting tools and curated YouTube videos uploaded by people all around the world to confront online radicalization. It focuses on the slice of ISIS’ audience that is most susceptible to its messaging, and redirects them towards curated YouTube videos debunking ISIS recruiting themes. This open methodology was developed from interviews with ISIS defectors, respects users’ privacy and can be deployed to tackle other types of violent recruiting discourses online.” The Redirect Method began with an eight-week pilot program enlisting 320,000 viewers that explored some key insights around the kind of things that potential ISIS recruits search for and what kind of content does and doesn’t work as counter-propaganda. Effective deterrents include: documentary videos citizen journalism videos that featured religious debates videos from ISIS defectors. Is this ethical?
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    I've thought about doing one with Chloe(chihuahua) but unfortunately the others have passed away over time.
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    Was a rough day.. Dogs make me happy. My mom ran a dog grooming shop out of our garage and I used to help her keep the big ones under control.. Which in 98% of cases just meant laying ontop of them cuddling and scratching and petting to distract them from her trimming their nails. Had a corgi, standard poodle, great dane growing up and my parents currently have a chihuahua - I'll have my own eventually but I don't have enough time to give a dog a fair amount of love at the moment.
  24. We already do a pretty good job - thanks for voicing your concern and letting us know however.. But this rarely happens and we're not gonna catch everything