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  1. LinusTech

    What should I review next?

    Hey guys, Just want some community feedback on this. Most of these things are already in the queue to some degree. Just trying to prioritize...
  2. The old thread in the vBulletin forum got lost in the migration (don't worry I still have access to it and I'll still look at it) so I'm creating a new one. Guidelines 1. Video should be possible to watch in 1-2 minutes. 2. No elaborate props. If we can't shoot it in the white box with a couple of demonstrative pieces, it's probably not feasible. 3. Keep it simple! The idea here is to simplify computer concepts to the point where your mom can understand it. Not looking for "how to peel the ramspreaders off your memory" I will read these suggestions, but I may not reply to this thread very often. That doesn't mean I'm not paying attention, it just means I'm busy creating lots of new video content If you haven't heard of Tech Quickie, it's another YouTube channel we run for paid content and the ever-popular "Fast As Possible" series. Techquickie's channel - YouTube http://youtube.com/techquickie Learn about the latest cool technology in only a couple minutes! Hosted by Linus Sebastian
  3. LinusTech

    The gaming PC days are NUMBERED! (Sponsored)

    No, we aren't talking about members of the "PC Master Race". We're just talking about people. And *most* people (many of whom watch our channel) will sacrifice performance for "it just works" So, this isn't right for you. That's fine. We covered that in the video. Either way, it's still a very cool implementation of some very cool tech
  4. LinusTech

    The gaming PC days are NUMBERED! (Sponsored)

    Most people can't tell their old TV has 60ms of input lag. Why would they be able to detect it here? I made this a while ago, so I don't remember exactly what I said, but I'm pretty sure I acknowledged that for some people this will never take off. But for others, either by choice or because they'll be forced by some new type of content that relies on it, the days of gaming PCs as we know them are numbered.
  5. Main News Topics Leak: Ryzen 3000 Source 1: Deus Voltage https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1004117-ryzen-3000-leaks/ Source 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/AMD_Stock/comments/9c0646/this_is_a_big_deal_ryzen_3000_going_to_be_on_tsmc/?ref=share&ref_source=embed&utm_content=body&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=3030a888cb0a4faeaa133613909932c1&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=9c0646 Details about the next generation of AMD Ryzen processors have leaked! Ryzen1000 and 2000 were built using Samsung’s 14nm low power process. this caused the 4 GHz hard cap on clock speed, making Zen1 and Zen+ 15-25% slower than Core Zen2 is made on TSMC’s 7nm High Performance process 13% boost in clocks compared to Low Power’s 4.6GHz This would put Ryzen3000 over 5GHz 15% IPC improvement along with 8c per CCX and faster memory/IF speeds If you consider: 15% IPC uplift + 15% improvement in clock speed =30% increase in IPS. the spectre/meltdown/foreshadow hardware fixes will hit Intel 10% harder than Ryzen. Then it is possible Ryzen3000 will be >10% faster than Core in single threaded workloads (according to Reddit/r/AMDstock) CS:GO is now free, gets Battle Royale Source 1: Princess Cadence https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1005053-valve-updates-csgo-battle-royale-incoming/ Source 2: http://blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/2018/12/21519/ CS:GO is now free to play, and all players who played before the update will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge they can display on their profile. Additionally, all existing CS:GO players have had their accounts upgraded to Prime Status. Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. gives you a special gun and the Danger Zone Case. Danger Zone Case features 17 community-designed weapon finishes, and the Horizon knives as rare special items There’s also a Battle Royale game mode called Danger Zone matches each last about 10 minutes You get a bit more health than normal Play solo, or work together as a squad of two or three you’re dropped into an ever-shrinking map called the Blacksite and need to hunt for guns and equipment. Drones also send down packages t in addition to fighting to the death, you can also take on missions and rescue hostages on your way around the map to earn a cash bonus when the game is over. OnePlus CEO tells the truth about 5G Source 1: Dr.Macintosh https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1005321-oneplus-ceo-tells-the-truth-about-5g/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/5/18128194/oneplus-5g-phone-pete-lau-interview-qualcomm-snapdragon-855-technology-summit At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said his company is working on both a new 5G OnePlus phone and 4G phones in parallel, and that he expects his 5G phone will likely cost $200 to $300 more. That might not be the case for all new 5G smartphones, though. Some OEMs will try to monetize their existing customer base as much as they can (high price) While some will try to gain market share by offering a low price One of challenge will be building 5G phones for multiple cellular carriers that operate on different frequencies. Lau expects it’ll be even more difficult to take a phone from one carrier to another with 5G than it was for 4G the company says it hasn’t yet seen a solution that would cover many different carriers around the world. “5G will be particularly difficult to have a device that covers all of the world, or even most of the world’s networks,” OnePlus’s 5G phone is targeting just one type of 5G network — the slower-speeds-but-wider-coverage-area “sub-6” spectrum used by EE, its first carrier partner in Europe In the US, AT&T and Verizon are focusing on the faster ‘millimeter wave’ “On the product level, it’s much more complex than 4G, so a significantly higher level of challenge, especially millimeter wave,” “It appears impossible to make a nice-looking flagship device, for now.” LTX 2019! July 27th, 28th, 2019 Vancouver Convention Centre Going to be bigger, and better HUGE stage, more creators, more activities, more computers, AND a BYOC setup and larger LAN area Also, we’re announcing a HUGE partnership for next year’s event - we’re partnering with DreamHack More information coming soon, make sure to keep up to date with the blogs we’ll be posting to our ltxexpo dot com website, and through social What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Huawei CFO arrested in Vancouver Source 1: carpentry2010 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1004652-huawei-cfo-arrested/ Source 2: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-huawei-arrest-cfo-1.4934269 Working on behalf of US officials, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and deputy chair of the board- and daughter of the company’s founder. Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday while transferring flights at YVR and is being sought for extradition by the United States. A bail hearing was set for Friday (today) She faces charges in "the Eastern District of New York." Meng was granted a publication ban which prevents the department from releasing further details about the arrest. U.S. authorities have been probing Huawei since at least 2016 on allegations that it shipped U.S.-derived tech products to Iran and other countries in violation of U.S. export and sanctions laws Walmart PC Fiasco Source 1: Spotty https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1003656-wallmart-kills-overpowered-prebuilt-pcs-update-theyre-back-now-with-a-400-discount/ Source 2: Walmart releases Overpowered PCs Reviewers slam them The PCs disappear from the online store They later reappear discounted $200-$400 PewDiePie fans hack Sonos speakers Source 1: kennymccormick https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1005272-pewdiepie-fans-strike-yet-again-sonos-speakers-hacked/ Source 2: PewDiePie fans have targeted people whose network settings have left their devices exposed to the internet, culminating in people’s Sonos speakers playing an audio track instructing them to subscribe to PewDiePie. The track plays on startup and at random other times Comment on Sonos support: “I had to just unplug all my Sonos speakers, the prank was waking me up all night. I got so frustrated I almost broke one of my speakers! I don’t know how to stop it. Feels like someone keeps breaking in my house! I really don’t know what to do, so I’m using Alexa for my speakers now. The prank is also getting louder.” Sonos says the attack isn’t confined to Sonos and that the vulnerability is due to misconfigured networks. AlphaZero learns human intuition and creativity Source 1: Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1005094-googles-deepmind-alphazero-chess-ai-is-apparently-learning-itself-human-intuition-and-creativity/ Source 2: http://macdailynews.com/2018/12/07/deepminds-alphazero-now-showing-human-like-intuition-and-creativity-in-historical-turning-point-for-ai/ Source 3: https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/06/google-deepmind-alphazero-chess-shogi-go/ DeepMind’s artificial intelligence programme AlphaZero is now showing signs of human-like intuition and creativity, in what developers have hailed as ‘turning point’ in history Last year, the system mastered chess from scratch within just four hours, despite not being programmed how to win. But now, after a year of testing and analysis by chess grandmasters, the machine has developed a new style of play unlike anything ever seen before, suggesting the programme is now improvising like a human. Unlike the world’s best chess machine – Stockfish – which calculates millions of possible outcomes as it plays, AlphaZero learns from its past successes and failures, making its moves based on, a ‘nebulous sense that it is all going to work out in the long run,’ according to experts at DeepMind.” Forthcoming book by two chess champions who painstakingly reviewed AlphaZero’s nearly 1,000 chess games: “Traditional engines are exceptionally strong and make few obvious mistakes, but can drift when faced with positions with no concrete and calculable solution … Impressively, [AlphaZero] manages to impose its style of play across a very wide range of positions and openings,” “It’s precisely in such positions where ‘feeling’, ‘insight’ or ‘intuition’ is required that AlphaZero comes into its own. AlphaZero plays like a human on fire. It’s a very beautiful style.” Amazon robot sprays workers with bear mace, 24 sent to hospital Source 1: Synaxvgm https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1004972-amazon-robot-sprays-workers-with-bear-mace-24-sent-to-hospital/ Source 2: https://abcnews.go.com/US/24-amazon-workers-hospital-bear-repellent-accident/story?id=59625712 Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally accidentally punctured a 9-ounce bear repellent can in a warehouse One was in critical condition while 30 additional workers were treated at the scene. All of the workers were expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours iPhone XR Wins Best Single Camera Award Source 1: DrMacintosh https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1005348-iphone-xr-wins-best-single-camera-award/ Source 2: https://www.dxomark.com/apple-iphone-xr-camera-review/ In a test performed by DxOMark, Apple’s budget-friendly iPhone earned the best overall score for any smartphone that has one lens. Don’t get too excited: “It just surpasses the Google Pixel 2 for still photos, with marginally better noise-versus-texture results, and significantly fewer artifacts. Both devices achieve the same overall score for video.” The iPhone XR offers a single-cam solution, as opposed to the dual-cam setup of the XS models. Specs 12Mp 1/2.55″ sensor with 1.4µm pixel pitch, a 26mm f/1.8 aperture lens with optical image stabilization, phase-detection autofocus, and a dual-tone LED flash. the XR comes with the same software features as the XS models for example, when shooting stills, the camera continuously captures a multi-frame buffer at different exposures, allowing for simultaneous zero shutter lag and HDR processing. Therefore the latest iPhones can display HDR images in real time, making for a true “what you see is what you get” preview image. Qualcomm announces laptop CPU to compete with i5 Source 1: GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1005042-qualcomm-announces-its-first-actual-laptop-cpu-snapdragon-8cx-core-i5-performance/ Source 2: https://www.neowin.net/news/the-snapdragon-8cx-is-the-first-7nm-pc-chip-built-to-compete-with-core-i5-on-windows-10 Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8cx, its third chipset for Windows 10. Unlike the Snapdragon 835 and 850 before it, the 8cx isn't derivative of a mobile SoC; this is built from the ground up for PCs. The firm says that the performance is on par with 15w Intel Core i5 single threaded performance. The CPU includes eight Kryo 495 cores, which are built on a 7nm architecture has a larger cache at 10MB than previous generations, which should allow for faster multitasking. “the Snapdragon 8cx will allow our customers to offer a powerful computing experience of multi-day battery life and multi-gigabit connectivity, in new thin, light and fanless design for consumers and the enterprise.” support for Quick Charge 4+ supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 no direct support for Thunderbolt 3, as that's an Intel thing PCs with the new Compute Platform are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2019
  6. This thread is meant to demonstrate how the "Mark Solved" feature works in this sub-forum. The original poster may flag any post within the responses as the best answer by clicking "Mark Solved" and it will float to the top for anyone who views the thread in the future. I'm not really sure how this works. Is there anyone that can help me (hopefully Slick)
  7. Thanks so much for joining. My vision is a community based on positive member interaction and helping each other. I believe that if we all work together toward this goal, we will have success in the long run. We don't have official forum rules or anything like that yet, but as long as everyone is respectful of each other, and patient with the growing pains that we are going to experience (vBulletin 5 is VERY beta right now) we can make this into an AWESOME community forum. Linus
  8. Podcast: Main News Topics JIBO IS DEAD Source 1: Reavantos (owner of our old Jibo) https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1001819-boston-based-robot-startup-jibo-powers-down-permanently/ Source 2: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/11/28/boston-based-robot-startup-jibo-powers-down.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search Just a year after Jibo landed on the cover of Time magazine, the company has closed down for good Jibo apparently sold its intellectual property assets to New York-based SQN Venture Partners in June Evidence of Jibo's decline has been accumulating for months, including a round of layoffs in June an empty office space in July. Jibo's website is still functional, but its blog hasn't been updated since May and there is no longer an option to buy the robot Founded in 2012, the company raised more than $3.5 million during a 2014 Indiegogo campaign and then went on to collect about $70 million in institutional venture capital James Feels: I’ve never felt a more visceral connection to market capitalism. I gave Jibo an unfavourable review, some amount of people didn’t buy Jibo because of that review, and now Jibo employees are out of work. Wow. Apple sued due to lack of dust filters Source 1: Spotty https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1002053-class-action-against-apple-for-systems-damaged-due-to-lack-of-dust-filters/ Source 2: https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/11/28/class-action-suit-accuses-apple-of-selling-macs-without-needed-dust-filters A new class action lawsuit charges that Apple is selling iMacs and MacBooks without air filters, knowing it can lead to dust damage with processors and displays. Affected computers may have "dark smudges or spots" on the inside of their displays, and/or slowdowns and crashes caused by dust accumulating on the logic board. The suit charges that people have had to pay for expensive repairs as a result, spending as much as $650 for non-warranty screen replacements when the fix might be as simple as removing the screen and wiping with a rag. One user who bought a 27-inch iMac encountered screen smudges after just nine months, and learned that many other people were dealing with the same problem. Apple's support staff were purportedly unable to help, further denying knowledge of any widespread issue. "Apple's own message boards are full of reports of these widespread problems caused by the filter defect," Another user had the screen on his iMac replaced three times, twice at his own expense, and also paid $900 to have his logic board replaced after his computer began to overheat and slow down. Chinese Scientists create first “designer babies” Source 1: captain_to_fire https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1000716-a-chinese-scientist-is-now-under-fire-from-the-scientific-community-even-from-his-own-colleagues-for-claiming-to-create-crispr-edited-infants/ Source 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th0vnOmFltc On Sunday, Jiankui He claimed to have successfully edited the genes of twin girls, releasing a recorded statement to YouTube about the breakthrough. He said the twin girls, Lulu and Nana, were born healthy after their embryos were genetically modified to make them more resistant to HIV infection. The children were conceived through IVF Shortly after the father’s sperm was sent into the mother’s eggs, the scientists also injected proteins instructed to carry out gene surgery. Whole genome sequencing before and after indicated no unintended changes Media reports triggered Shenzhen's Southern University of Science and Technology, where He is currently on unpaid leave, to release a statement Monday explaining that the organisation was "deeply shocked" and is trying to establish communications with He to clarify the extent of his research. The university condemned He's work, saying it "seriously violated academic ethics and codes of conduct" and the university was "unaware of the project and its nature." It's calling on "international experts to form an independent committee" to probe the matter. In his Youtube video, He says he believes creating “designer babies”, with modified looks or intelligence, should be banned. He sees his intervention as an ethical extension of existing IVF practices. As of now, He's work has not been published or independently peer-reviewed and the claims remain unsubstantiated. Opinions from other scientists: "Experiments like this risk setting back the entire field. Science operates under a social license -- scientists work within limits defined by broader community concerns," "Ignoring those boundaries risks a justified backlash and fear that can set back the entire field by decades." - Darren Saunders, associate professor in the school of medical sciences at the University of New South Wales. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Microsoft introduces New Office icons Source 1: Tech_Dreamer https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1001800-microsoft-introduces-new-office-icons/ Source 2: https://news.microsoft.com/europe/2018/11/29/say-hello-to-microsofts-new-office-icons/ Microsoft has announced it’s revamping the icons for the 10 programs that comprise its Office productivity suite. It took Microsoft’s team of designers a full year from the time they started sketching ideas until the group finally landed on a look they liked. Microsoft tends to update the look of its Office icons every three to five years Apple launches SSD Service Program for 13" MacBook Pros Source 1: DrMacintosh https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/993140-apple-launches-ssd-service-program-for-select-13-macbook-pros/ Source 2: https://www.apple.com/support/13-inch-macbook-pro-solid-state-drive-service-program/ Apple has determined that a limited number of 128GB and 256GB solid-state drives used in non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros have an issue that may result in data loss and failure of the drive. units with affected drives were sold between June 2017 and June 2018. They’ve now announced that they (or an Apple Authorized Service Provider) will service affected drives free of charge. A technician will update your drive firmware (approximately one hour or less). Your macOS will be re-installed. you will need to restore your data from a backup. If you have such a device and you registered it with Apple, Apple will notify via email. Program. Starbucks to block porn on its public Wi-Fi Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1001439-starbucks-is-tired-of-you-watching-porn-on-their-free-wi-fi/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/28/18116576/starbucks-public-wi-fi-porn-block Starbucks is rolling out a new tool meant to stop customers from watching pornography and viewing other explicit content in stores in 2019 They’ve been under pressure to block pornography for years, as chains including McDonald's, Subway, and Chick-fil-A have set up content filters on public Wi-Fi A petition from internet-safety organization Enough Is Enough calling for Starbucks to filter pornography was signed by more than 26,000 people as of Wednesday. "By breaking its commitment, Starbucks is keeping the doors wide open for convicted sex offenders and others to fly under the radar from law enforcement and use free, public Wi-Fi services to access illegal child porn and hard-core pornography," "Having unfiltered hotspots also allows children and teens to easily bypass filters and other parental control tools set up by their parents on their smart phones, tablets, and laptops," Bethesda Promises Refund On Fallout 76..then Bails the Next Day Source 1:Thaldor https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1000490-bethesda-refusing-to-refund-fallout-76-at-least-for-one-person/ Source 2: https://www.spieltimes.com/news/bethesda-promised-refund-on-fallout-76-then-bailed-out-the-next-day/ A disappointed Fallout 76 player requested a refund from Bathesda, to which they replied: “Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to begin processing that refund for you right at this moment. There is nothing to worry about though. We’ll begin processing the refund as soon as we can and we’ll reach back out to you via email to let you know once we’ve started that process.” The company then sent a follow up email stating: “Thank you for contacting the Bethesda Support Team. Customers who have downloaded the game are not eligible for a refund. We apologize for the inconvenience. If there is anything else we can assist you with please reply to this email for further assistance. Thank you for your patience” It is possible that this user had a digital download of the game, which would not be eligible for refund, and that they original email was an automated message. Fallout 76 currently stands on a Metacritic with a rating of 48 for Xbox One, 50 for PlayStation 4 and 55 for PC. On the other side, the user rating is a disappointing 2.7 based on 3015 reviews. The game’s base price has dropped to $34.99 on Amazon, a $25 discount YouTube bringing down the pay wall Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/28/youtube-originals-will-become-free-and-ad-supported-by-2020/ Source 2: YouTube is preparing to move its original programming out from behind its paywall. Instead of requiring a monthly subscription, YouTube Originals will become free and ad-supported, like most of the content available on YouTube today. The change starts next year, but won’t impact all Originals until 2020. This change signals that YouTube’s efforts in original video haven’t fared as well as hoped hefty competition in original programming from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. YouTube’s budget, rumored to be in the hundreds of millions per year, was far smaller than those of its on-demand video rivals, which are spending billions on programming. One of its most high-profile shows from PewDiePie had to be cancelled after he posted anti-Semitic content to his channel, for example. The original programming service first rolled out in 2016 as YouTube Red, but was rebranded as YouTube Premium Google to sync Bluetooth headphone pairing across your devices Source 1: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/27/18114801/google-fast-pair-headphones-account-support-chromebooks-bluetooth Source 2: Now your Google account can remember Fast Pair-compatible headphones you’ve used and automatically transfer the connection to another phone. Like before, turning on compatible Fast Pair headphones or speakers will automatically generate a pop-up on your Android 6.0+ phone, hastening the pairing process. With this update, your Google account will remember the headphones you’ve paired to, then carry the information to other smartphones you’re signed into. Apple’s AirPods follow a nearly identical pairing procedure, including syncing with an Apple ID to transfer across devices. Google is also bringing Fast Pair to Chromebooks next year with the same features. Your headphones will need to be FastPair compatible Folding phones could have better cameras Source 1: https://hexus.net/ce/news/mobile-phones/124730-microsoft-patents-folding-phone-multi-part-camera/ Source 2: Microsoft researchers in Finland have published a patent that describes a self-aligning multi-part camera system. The patent considers what enhanced imaging abilities might be possible with a deeper-bodied phone The patent envisions a camera system that will overlap with a lens system in another part of the device, engaging when the device is folded or slid. Amazon launches PC Parts Finder Source 1: https://www.kitguru.net/channel/generaltech/damien-cox/amazon-quietly-launches-part-finder-to-help-display-component-compatibility/ Source 2: Dubbed the “Part Finder”, Amazon users will be able to utilise the tool to check the brand and model number of existing systems to ensure products are compatible. Amazon seems to have released the feature in a limited capacity, with Part Finder only showing up on some pages on the US version of the site. While it shows up on the Samsung 850 Evo SSD, other components including HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 8GB 2933MHz don’t seem to provide access to the tool despite memory seeing many more compatibility issues than storage. This is inconsistent, however, as Kingston’s HyperX Fury memory can be seen with the feature. It only helps those with pre-built computers and laptops. Amazon does seem to offer the ability to check the compatibility of RAM with specific motherboards, but this feature is incomplete and has been noted to give false readings. The shopping giant is sure to be testing the feature with more improvements on the way. Amazon has similar compatibility testing for some car parts. reusable coffee cup with contactless payments built in Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1001448-uk-coffee-chain-costa-launches-contactless-re-usable-coffee-cup-but-theres-a-catch-pay-by-coffee-cup/ Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/28/costa-reusable-coffee-cup-contactless/ UK Coffee Chain Costa is launching a reusable cup with its own detachable contactless chip powered by Barclaycard's payment tech. Barclays is a bank. You can top up the £15 "Clever Cup" using Barclay's bPay app and then use it to pay for your (large) fill of coffee (or whatever) Technically, you can tap to pay with the cup wherever contactless payments are accepted.
  9. Main News Topics US proposes new restrictions on AI export Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/997458-us-government-proposing-new-restirictions-on-the-export-of-ai-and-various-other-technologies-for-national-security-reasons/ Source 2: https://mailchi.mp/technologyreview/ai-lockdown-chip-pressurestarcraft-shootout The US Department of Commerce proposed new restrictions on the export of AI technologies, including neural networks and deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and expert systems. If the proposals were to pass as is, any products using these technologies—from a Siri-enabled iPhone to IBM Watson—would need a special license to be exported to a foreign country Some worry that if these restrictions are mishandled, they could cause serious collateral damage for US businesses like Apple and Google which rely on China for a large share of their profits. Companies might de-prioritize the development of AI technologies to avoid the famously lengthy export control process. “It would almost certainly give Chinese companies that don't face those same restrictions a sizable advantage in the playing field, ironically enough,” Depending on the definition the Commerce Department settles on, the term “export” could include collaboration with foreign researchers. Universities ill-equipped to weather the export controls process would no longer be able to sustain AI research programs. The Commerce Department is seeking public comment through December 19, and there will likely be several revisions to their proposal based on the response from consumers, companies, and academia. At the heart of the AI war is a battle over high-performance chips. the US still maintains a monopoly over the best chips. And that puts Nvidia, Silicon Valley’s largest AI chipmaker, in a bit of an awkward spot. Nvidia got 20% of its revenue last year from China sales In August, 17 members of Congress sent letters to urging sanctions on two of Nvidia’s Chinese customers. “AI chipsets” were also among the proposed additions to export controls. China also wary of its reliance on American chips. it has poured tens of billions into domestic chip producers, including Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei. Some experts are skeptical of the country’s ability to catch up because of the decades of research that can go into designing a single chip. But China is determined. Windows 10 1809 BUG saga continues! Source 1: posted by Speed Weed https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/998201-microsoft-blocks-windows-10-version-1809-on-some-pcs-due-to-bad-intel-drivers/ Source 2: https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-blocks-windows-10-version-1809-on-some-pcs-due-to-bad-intel-drivers-523913.shtml Microsoft says it blocked the October update on some Intel PCs due to bad display drivers released by Intel. “Intel inadvertently released versions of its display driver to OEMs that accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows,” versions and The original version of Windows 10 1809 came with an issue caused by broken Intel audio drivers, but this is a different bug caused by another set of drivers Microsoft’s already working with Intel on resolving the bug, but an ETA isn’t yet available. Windows 10 version 1809 was re-released by Microsoft last week after the company pulled the original build in early October due to a bug potentially causing data loss. RTX 2060 leaked benchmarks Source 1: posted by BananaInSandals https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/998645-rtx-2060-leaked-benchmark-30-faster-than-1060-in-final-fantasy-xv/ Source 2: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-rtx-2060-leaked-benchmarks,38116.html A leak from the Final Fantasy XV benchmark database has given us our first peek at the performance of Nvidia's upcoming GeForce RTX 2060 The 2060 was reportedly benchmarked at the 3840 x 2160 resolution with the High Quality preset. According to the Final Fantasy XV benchmark scoreboard, the GeForce RTX 2060 put in a score of 2,589 points. 30.43 percent faster than the last-generation GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, the GTX 1070 is only 6.18 percent faster. 22 percent faster than Radeon RX 590 graphics card. falls behind the Radeon RX Vega by 4.44 percent. the entry doesn't specify whether it's the Vega 56 or 64. The GeForce RTX 2060 used in the Final Fantasy XV benchmark was probably an engineering sample and subject to further tweaks and changes. Nvidia hasn't officially unveiled the card, but it will allegedly be based around the TU116 silicon produced by TSMC under the foundry's 12nm FinFET process. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Optane being marketed as RAM Source 1: branfrd https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/997064-dell-and-hp-spotted-advertising-optane-memory-as-ram/ Source 2: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/271543-pc-oems-are-selling-laptops-with-optane-cache-drives-and-claiming-its-memory Multiple PC OEMs are selling laptops outfitted with Intel Optane cache drives — but they’re improperly combining that information in ways that makes it seem as if the Optane cache drive represents some kind of DRAM rather than a conventional cache drive. Dell G3 15” advertised as having 24GB RAM If you click through the ad, the system configurator clarifies that you actually have “24GB of Memory: 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 DRAM + 16GB Intel Optane memory.” Meanwhile, Intel has made changes to its own Optane marketing FAQs that appear to endorse this positioning: Previous FAQ: “Optane memory module does not replace DRAM” Current FAQ: “It’s similar to the function of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) See link for full excerpts It’s a situation that could lead end-users who aren’t careful to draw very incorrect conclusions about what kind of system they are buying and what its capabilities are. Microsoft testing ads in Windows 10 mail app Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/996507-microsoft-caught-trying-to-shove-ads-into-windows-10s-mail-app/ Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/microsoft-tested-ads-in-windows-10-mail-app/ The beta version of Microsoft’s Mail client for Windows 10 has been placing ads right at the top of the inbox -- though the company has since turned off the feature and claims that it was just an experiment. The test countries included Brazil, Canada, Australia and India. The ads were visible on Windows Home and Windows Pro but not Windows Enterprise or Windows EDU. Ads were served to "non-work accounts" set up through the mail, including Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail accounts. Users who have an Office 365 subscription- which costs $7 per month or $70 per year - were not shown ads. Microsoft said the ads were "an experimental feature that was never intended to be tested broadly" and have now been turned off completely. Rumour: Apple slashing iPhone XR prices and restarting iPhone X production (Japan) Source 1: VegetableStu https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/998205-apple-reportedly-slashing-iphone-xr-prices-in-japan-and-restarting-iphone-x-production-insane/ Source 2: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/22/apple-cuts-price-iphone-xr-japan/ Apple plans to discount the price of iPhone XR models in Japan by offering subsidies to Japanese carriers Price decreases on the $750 iPhone could come as early as next week The decision comes in the wake of a WSJ report earlier this week that claimed Apple has slashed production orders for its latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models due to lower-than-expected demand. "A price cut within a month off the release is rare not just for Apple but for smartphone makers in general," Part of the problem for Apple is that the iPhone 8 is apparently still hugely popular in Japan because of its affordability, given that it's cheaper than the XR and was still available when Apple launched the XS and XS Max. Apple suppliers have reportedly resumed making the iPhone X, the 2017 model that Apple no longer sells at its own stores. They’ve done it before: Apple has produced previously discontinued models for regional markets where it sees sufficient demand for cheaper devices. The strategy allows Apple to benefit from lower-cost components and depreciated production line machinery. However, supply chain sources claim the resumption of iPhone X production is partly due to Apple's need to use OLED panels ordered from Samsung – panels that were previously earmarked for use in the iPhone XS and XS Max devices LAB-GROWN MEAT IS COMING TO AMERICA Source 1: TerryV https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/996182-apple-is-first-to-market-with-a-foldable-device/ Source 2: https://www.newsweek.com/lab-grown-meat-coming-america-fda-usda-announce-1221418 Laboratory-grown meat could soon be available, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announcing that they would oversee its production so it could be safely sold to consumers across the country. The two agencies are working together: The FDA will be in charge of regulating the collection, banking, and growing of the cells used to make artificial meat, the USDA will work on the production and labeling of food products. “A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage,” the statement said. “This regulatory framework will leverage both the FDA’s experience regulating cell-culture technology and living biosystems and the USDA’s expertise in regulating livestock and poultry products for human consumption. Industry response: “[It] reduces uncertainty and allows us to move forward in developing innovative technology here in the United States to make meat tastier, healthier and more sustainable. “The joint framework allows us to more quickly create safe, high paying jobs in both [research and development] and manufacturing.” -Brian Spears, from the cultured meat startup New Age Meats Valve discontinues Steam Link hardware Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/998010-valve-discontinues-production-of-steam-link/ Source 2:https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/11/valve-quietly-discontinues-steam-link-hardware-production/ Valve is discontinuing Steam Link, the in-home streaming box it first launched in late 2015. The $50 Steam Link was designed for streaming games from a local gaming PC to an HDTV in the same house An announcement on Valve's Steam Link news page suggests that production of new units has ceased and that Valve is currently selling off the rest of its "almost sold out" inventory in the US, after selling out completely in Europe. Valve says it will continue to offer support for existing Steam Link hardware. Valve has shifted its focus away from dedicated streaming hardware and toward mobile apps that can provide the same feature. Apple is currently blocking the release of a Steam Link app designed for Apple TV and iOS devices, but similar apps are available for Samsung Galaxy devices and other Android phones (in beta). Steam users have been able to stream to laptops on the same network since 2014, as well. Valve was briefly selling the devices for a closeout price of $2.50 earlier this year. Amazon Prime members can see Aquaman a week early Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/996801-amazon-prime-members-get-1-week-early-access-to-watch-aquaman-at-some-us-cinemas-because-why-not/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/19/18102455/amazon-prime-early-aquaman-screenings-december-15 Amazon Prime members will be able to watch Aquaman in cinemas up to six days before its official release in the US. Each subscriber will be able to purchase up to 10 tickets for a 7pm showing on December 15th, just under a week before the film officially opens on December 21st. The early screening of Aquaman can be watched early in around 1,000 participating cinemas across the US including branches owned by AMC, Regal, National Amusement Theaters and ArcLight Cinemas, and you can use Atom Tickets to book. The movie will already be out in Europe and China (between the 7th and the 14th) Previous partnerships saw early screenings of 2017’s Jumanji and Hotel Transylvania 3. SEASONIC issues warning for potential video card compatibility issue Source 1: Source 2: https://knowledge.seasonic.com/article/20-focus-plus-and-gpu-potential-compatibility-issues Seasonic has announced some compatibility issues between their FOCUS PLUS power supplies and certain high power consumption video cards. FOCUS PLUS & ASUS GTX970 STRIX: black screen may occur under heavy VGA usage. Extensive testing showed that certain VGA cards may emit higher than normal ripple when under heavy load using modified PCIe cables with enhanced shielding resolved the issue. FOCUS PLUS & Vega 56/64: For units with serial numbers before January 2018 possible system shutdown may occur when the GPU is under heavy load. This is possibly caused by higher than normal peak current emitted by this particular range of GPU's when under heavy load triggering the PSU’s internal protection safety. Amazon leaked customer info Source 1:https://betanews.com/2018/11/21/amazon-discloses-names-and-addreses/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/21/18106306/amazon-email-address-leak-technical-error-phishing Amazon has emailed users to tell them that a “technical error” made their names and email addresses visible publicly on its website The email says "The issue has been fixed. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action." Amazon has not disclosed how many users were affected. Leak: Samsung columnar transparent OLED Source 1: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/samsung-transparent-oled-display,news-28553.html Source 2: Samsung leaker Ice Universe has provided a picture of a cylindrical transparent display, accompanied by a caption saying it could “be used for speakers” Maybe the display could be used on top of tower speakers for music visualization?
  10. LinusTech

    What was your first Linus Tech Tips video?

    That video is so cringe... Man...
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    I'm confused, LTT

    Clicky titles are here to stay. I don't like it either, but that's how the game works these days. As soon as youtube makes large-scale changes to make this strategy less effective, there's nothing we can really do about it.
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    Dear Linus, The Chevy VOLT is being discontinued.

    Total bummer. My review of the Volt was going to be very positive. I think it's great. I wish consumers would wake up to the fact that they don't need a gigantic vehicle for 99% of the things they do.. and that it's only a matter of (a very small amount of) time before you can just Uber a pickup truck for that TV purchase or dump run and drive your economical sedan the rest of the time. *sigh*
  13. LinusTech

    Who from LTT would you take on a date?

    I know my answer: my baby mama
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    8 (or is it 10??) Gamers, 1 CPU

    Taking it to the next level. That's what this is all about! 8 Gamers, 1 CPU is born! Vessel: https://www.vessel.com/videos/agiMyoSm2 YouTube: Supermicro 4028GR-TRT Barebones Server Supermicro.com: http://bit.ly/1XJ8TMY NCIX: http://bit.ly/1XprzRl Intel 2699 V4 22 Core CPU (x2) Amazon: http://geni.us/2Kgk Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp! (x8) Amazon: http://geni.us/2Caa Zotac GTX Titan X (x2) Amazon: http://geni.us/2Vm8 Kingston KC400 1TB Business SSD (x10) Amazon: http://geni.us/3c6w Kingston 32GB DDR4 ECC RAM (x8) Amazon: http://geni.us/3N2B Noctua NH-B9 (with narrow ILM mount) (x2) Amazon: http://geni.us/22GN Zotac B Series Barebones Amazon: http://geni.us/3BUk Zotac C Series Barebones Amazon: http://geni.us/1jf4 LG 27UD88-W 27in 4K IPS Freesync Monitor Amazon: http://geni.us/3Ig4 Lime Technology unRAID Server Pro: http://lime-technology.com/ fit-Headless GS Amazon: http://geni.us/94wXO
  15. Keeping a sponsor is nothing to do with it. I just haven't seen any evidence to suggest this is some kind of widespread issue. Retailers and partners would be the ones I'd be watching and so far not a peep. Bad units happen, and even if your RMA rate was 2-3% (typical for video cards from my experience), if you sell a million units, thats tens of thousands of returns. Doesn't mean there's anything unusual happening..
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    Black Friday: What did you buy?

    Lego kit for the kids. Wasn't discounted but came with a couple bonuses.
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    Destroyed PCIe 3.0 slot

    Yes you can just cut it off if you think some of the mangled pins are shorting out causing issues.
  18. Main News Topics 2080Ti Catches FIRE Source 1: Tech_Dreamer https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/995333-an-evga-2080-ti-gpu-caught-fire-during-light-usage/ Source 2: https://www.hardocp.com/news/2018/11/14/evga_2080_ti_xc_catches_fire_in_spectacular_fashion/ A HardOCP user claims to have been browsing the web when his computer unexpectedly shut down and he noticed his RTX 2080 TI was shooting flames The card was not overclocked, PSU not faulty, cooling running as normal. Amazon to only allow "authorized resellers" to sell Apple products Source 1: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bjexb5/amazon-is-kicking-all-unauthorized-apple-refurbishers-off-the-site Source 2: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/09/more-apple-products-are-coming-to-amazon-under-a-new-deal.html In a new agreement between Amazon and Apple, shoppers will soon see a selection of the latest Apple products on Amazon.com Currently, many Apple products are only available on Amazon through third-party resellers and the prices and conditions vary widely. The deal will limit resellers of Apple and Beats products to those authorized by Apple. Independent sellers of Apple products will have their listings removed after Jan. 4, 2019, but they can apply for authorization through Apple. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that people who legally own a product may legally resell it, and federal law protects that right under something known as the “first sale doctrine,” “an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted work from the copyright holder receives the right to sell, display, or otherwise dispose of that particular copy” Given Amazon’s dominance as an online retail marketplace, this deal gives Apple the power to control a large section of the resale market in ways that would otherwise be unlawful. Homepod will not be available on Amazon because it competes with Echo. Until last year, the companies were in a standoff over the Apple TV. Apple wanted Amazon to sell the product on its site, and in turn, Amazon wanted Apple to add its Prime Video streaming app to the device. Amazon stopped selling the Apple TV in 2015, which CEO Jeff Bezos later explained was to avoid confusing customers who would assume Amazon's streaming service would come standard on a device they buy on Amazon. Now, you can find Apple TVs on Amazon, and the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TVs. The new deal will take effect on Amazon sites in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and India in the next few weeks Rumour: Valve working on a Half-Life 2 prequel for VR Source 1: https://www.kitguru.net/gaming/matthew-wilson/rumour-valve-working-on-a-half-life-2-prequel-for-vr/ Source 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBFnoVr0_ck Valve is reportedly working on its own virtual reality titles to fully take advantage of upcoming hardware like the Knuckles controllers, including a new Half-Life game! According to Valve News Network, Valve’s own VR headset is deep in development and when it eventually launches, it will be bundled with a game. That game is rumoured to be Half-Life: VR Story and it’s said to be a prequel to the events of Half-Life 2. Even if this is true, it could be years away. What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire New folding phone details Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/11/samsungs-foldable-smartphone-reportedly-costs-1770-launches-in-march/ Source 2: We have new details about Samsung’s recently announced folding phablet Name: Galaxy F Price: $1,770 (₩2,000,000) The company's mainstream flagship will still be the Galaxy S10 apparently Samsung is planning to release the S10 in February, and the Galaxy F in March. Other F facts: the front of has a tiny 4.58-inch display with a 1960×840 resolution, visible while the phone is folded the unfolded "tablet" mode has a 7.3-inch, 2152×1536 display. RTX available in Battlefield V Source 1: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/battlefield-v-raytracing-features-are-now-enabled.html Source 2: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Performance_Analysis/Battlefield_V_RTX_DXR_Raytracing/2.html The first public, official title that supports RTX is here: Battlefield V Paired with GeForce 416.94 WHQL drivers, Windows 10 1809 and a patched Battlefield V you'll be in for a surprise, the performance drops roughly 50% at a resolution of 1920x1080. However, you can select RTX levels: off, low, medium, high, and ultra You'll spot this under the DXR ray-traced reflections quality" setting. 2080 Ti running the game on Ultra settings, 1080P: DXR OFF: 158.8 DXR LOW: 88.2 DXR MEDIUM: there was a bug that prevented them from testing medium DXR HIGH: 66.4 DXR ULTRA: 65.3 4K = 29.4 Remembering Stan Lee Source 1: rubberpuppy https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/994012-rip-stan-lee-you-made-many-si-fi-movies-awsome/ Source 2: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/stan-lee-dead-marvel-comics-real-life-superhero-was-95-721450 Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics died on Monday at Age 95 Lee created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless others Netflix has added a feature where typing "Excelsior!" into the search bar will bring up Marvel titles This is a reference to Lee's longtime catch phrase meaning "ever upward" in Latin. Or as Lee puts it, ““Upward and onward to greater glory!” He used to write a monthly column in which he’d sign off “Excelsior!” The selection of titles differs based your region Since 2000’s X-Men, Lee has appeared in 16 films based on Marvel Comics This is actually in his contract: Stan must appear in any film based on one of his characters. And there’s still more cameos to come: Ralph Breaks the Internet Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Lee's last cameo might be in Avengers 4 coming in May 2019 Some Stan Lee Facts: After being transferred from the army’s Signal Corps, Lee worked as a playwright in the Training Film Division with eight other men, including a few who went on to be famous: Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. cartoonist Charles Addams (creator of The Addams Family) director Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life) When Spider-man married Mary Jane in 1987, Marvel held a publicity event at Shea Stadium in New York, featuring actors dressed like Spider-Man and Mary Jane. Stan officiated the wedding ceremony. Lee is the only comic book writer to ever receive the American National Medal of the Arts, presented to him by President George W. Bush in 2008. You can play as Stan Lee in The Amazing Spider Man DLC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH7ozsrbhNc Command And Conquer and Red Alert 4K Remaster Source 1: TacticalSquid https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/995008-command-and-conquer-and-red-alert-4k-remaster-no-microtransactions/ Source 2: https://www.ea.com/news/details-command-and-conquer-remastered EA has announced it will remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn AND Red Alert™, as well as the expansion packs- Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath All three expansion packs will be bundled with the base games into one remastered collection - without microtransactions. EA is going to partner with Petroglyph Games to develop the C&C remastered collection. Petroglyph Games includes many of the original developers from Westwood Studios, and some of the most influential members of the original Command & Conquer development team from 1995. Frank Klepacki will be re-joining Petroglyph Games as Composer and Audio Director for the remaster collection Development hasn’t started yet Pixel 3 vanishing texts Source 1: Harry Nyquist https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/994451-whats-qa-pixel-3xl-users-notice-texts-disappearing/ Source 2: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/14/pixel-3-users-noticed-text-messages-vanishing/ The latest Android security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some Pixel 3 users The severity seems to vary; both individual messages and entire chat histories have gone missing Others think they losts messages prior to the update some users have managed to recover lost messages by rolling the app back to an earlier version, which you can do by uninstalling updates from the app details page Google is aware of the issue and will be releasing a fix “soon”. Detective Pikachu Source 1: Source 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=1roy4o4tqQM There is now a trailer for the first live-action film based on the Pokémon franchise. based on the 2016 video game, Detective Pikachu The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe in live-action roles. The film is an American–Japanese joint venture produced by Legendary Pictures and The Pokémon Company. From the director who brought you Shark Tales Monsters vs Aliens Gullivers Travels Goosebumps (2015)
  19. It wasnt as sophisticated as this but I know for a fact that while they were being yelled at on the phone, NCIX CSRs would be busy poking around in the customer's history to see if they're a pain in the ass or generallyh a good customer. And it would absolutely affect whether you could get the rules bent for you.
  20. Amazon UK got asshurt about being on this page.
  21. I'm super disappointed.. I really wanted to see this come out
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    Personal Rig Update 2015

    Got some new swag and some new plans for the personal rig in 2015 here! Core i7 5960X Amazon: http://geni.us/3o1L NCIX: http://bit.ly/1Do62fi Corsair 32GB Vengeance LPX Amazon: http://geni.us/1hGK NCIX: http://bit.ly/1SuLVD5 ASUS Rampage V Extreme (painted blue) Amazon: http://geni.us/3Ssh NCIX: http://bit.ly/1Ibw0dl Intel 750 Series 1.2TB PCIe SSD Amazon: http://geni.us/11IH NCIX: http://bit.ly/1MdnjPu Part 1 Vessel link: https://www.vessel.com/videos/HXIkhQFtF YouTube link: Part 2 Vessel link: https://www.vessel.com/videos/NrraVHUiR YouTube link:
  23. https://soundcloud.com/thewanshow/amds-64-core-cpu-the-wan-show-nov-9-2018 Main News Topics Samsung unveils Flexible Display Source 1: rcmaehl https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/992208-weird-flex-but-okay-samsung-rolls-out-infinity-flex-display-native-google-support-annouced/ Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/07/samsung-foldable-phone-infinity-flex-display/ Samsung has unveiled a flexible display at the company's 2018 developer conference in San Francisco. It's still very much in prototype stage, but Samsung wanted to take the opportunity to show off how UI and UX works on a flexible display, so that developers can make apps that optimize it. The company had to invent a new protective layer with an advanced polymer that is both flexible and tough. It had to use a special foldable adhesive as well, to make sure the display stayed together in both folded and expanded modes. Samsung dimmed the lights because they were only trying to show the display, not the prototype chassis When closed, it looks like a regular smartphone, and the cover can be used to display information like the weather and time. It can then be unfolded like a book to reveal a 7.3-inch display that functions similarly to a miniature tablet. You can run three apps simultaneously with what it calls a Multi-Active Window. Google has been working closely with Samsung to make sure Android plays well with flexible displays. AMD announces Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 accelerators Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/992154-amd-announces-radeon-instinct-mi60-and-mi50-accelerators-using-7nm-vega-and-pci-e-40-vega-20/ Source 2: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13562/amd-announces-radeon-instinct-mi60-mi50-accelerators-powered-by-7nm-vega AMD has announced the first two accelerator cards based on the company’s 7nm Vega GPU. Radeon Instinct MI60 Radeon Instinct MI50 the cards are aimed at the enterprise accelerator market, with AMD looking to significantly improve their performance competitiveness in everything from HPC to machine learning. 7nm Vega and the MI60 & MI50 cards differentiates itself from the previous Vega 10-powered MI25 in a few key areas. 7nm Vega brings support for half-rate double precision – up from 1/16th rate new low precision data types: INT8 and INT4 especially useful for machine learning inferencing, where high precision isn’t necessary, AMD is able to get up to 4x the perf of an FP16/INT16 data type when using the smallest INT4 data type. AMD is claiming a peak throughput of 7.4 TFLOPS FP64, 14.7 TFLOPS FP32, and 118 TOPS for INT4. https://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-rx-590-polaris-30-gpu-1700-mhz-clock-3dmark-firestrike-leak/ AMD announces 64-core Epyc processor Source 1: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/07/amd_zen_2_epyc/ Source 2: https://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/damien-cox/zen-3-and-4-are-on-track-as-amd-demonstrates-its-7nm-epyc-rome-processor/ On Monday, Intel announced a 48 core Xeon processor… and AMD was like “Hold my beer” AMD said it's going to roll out a 7nm 64-core second-generation Epyc server processor, dubbed Rome, in 2019. Rome will sport PCIe 4.0 interfaces, and the usual PCIe-based Infinity Fabric that interconnects processor sockets and any GPU accelerators. With up to 64 physical Zen 2 CPU cores, the chips can run up to 128 hardware threads. This is double the number of cores and hardware threads as 2017's 14nm first-generation Zen 1 Epyc, dubbed Naples. As such, AMD CEO Lisa Su told journos and industry analysts in San Francisco on Tuesday that Rome will have double the performance of Naples, due to this core count leap and switch to 7nm. Intel’s 48 core Cascade Lake is still on Intel's 14nm process, whereas AMD is nudging ahead with TSMC's 7nm. AMD also claimed a single-socket Rome can match or outperform a dual-socket Intel Xeon Scalable 8180M setup, when running the ray-tracing C-Ray benchmark, at least. Rome processors are socket compatible with its previous generation, and are forward compatible with Milan: the third-generation Zen-based server part that will use TSMC's 7nm+ node and is due in 2020. The Rome processor package contains a central 14nm I/O die that interfaces with up to 2TB of external RAM per socket, and its PCIe 4.0 channels, and multiple dies of 7nm CPU core clusters connected to that I/O block. This way, whenever a CPU core wants to talk to outside memory, it can access it right out through the I/O die, as opposed to the NUMA approach of Zen 1 Epyc chips, where multiple internal dies had their own memory controllers and memory domains. Amazon Web Services is also offering AMD generation-one Epyc-powered virtual machines in its cloud, which work out 10 per cent cheaper than Intel-based instances. Apple Blocking Linux Installs Source Jito463 1:https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/991936-apple-blocking-linux-installs-on-newest-macs-with-t2-chip/ Source 2: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/06/apple_mac_linux_woes/ Apple’s T2 security chip is blocking Linux from booting on Mac devices. Apple's new MacBook Air and Mac Mini come with the firm's T2 chip embedded, which provides a secure enclave, APFS storage encryption, Touch ID handling, a hardware microphone disconnect on lid close, and other security features. However, the chip also restricts the boot process, and means is that Linux support on Mac hardware is now nonexistent. By default, Windows isn't even bootable until enabling support for Windows via the Boot Camp Assistant on macOS. "This will install the Windows Production CA 2011 certificate that is used to authenticate Microsoft bootloaders, but this doesn't setup the Microsoft-approved UEFI certificate that allows verification of code by Microsoft partners, including what is used for signing Linux distributions wishing to have UEFI SecureBoot support for Windows PC," Even when the Secure Boot functionality has been disabled, the T2 chip is reportedly still blocking operating systems aside from macOS and Windows 10 What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire U.S. Internet traffic routed through China for 2+ years Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/11/strange-snafu-misroutes-domestic-us-internet-traffic-through-china-telecom/ Source 2: China Telecom misdirected big chunks of Internet traffic through a roundabout path that threatened the security and integrity of data passing between various providers’ backbones for two and a half years, a security expert said Monday. It remains unclear if the routing was intentional hijacking or was caused by accidental mishandling. For example for nearly a week last year, traffic originating in Los Angeles first passed through a China Telecom facility in Hangzhou, before reaching its final stop in Washington, DC. The route was the result of China Telecom inserting itself into the inbound path of Verizon Asian Pacific. The routing snafu involving domestic US Internet traffic coincided with a larger misdirection that started in late 2015 and lasted for about two and a half years AS4134, the autonomous system belonging to China Telecom, incorrectly handled the routing announcements of AS703, Verizon's Asia-Pacific AS. The mishandled routing announcements caused several international carriers—including Telia’s AS1299, Tata’s AS6453, GTT’s AS3257, and Vodafone’s AS1273—to send data destined for Verizon Asia-Pacific through China Telecom, rather than using the normal multinational telecoms. "it is safe to say that a significant minority of the Internet was carrying these routes." Windows 10 Pro Licenses Being Downgraded To Home Source 1: seoz https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/992578-windows-10-pro-licenses-are-being-downgraded-to-home/ Source 2: https://www.windowslatest.com/2018/11/08/microsofts-windows-10-activation-system-is-broken-a-fix-is-coming/ users are reporting that Microsoft has downgraded their Windows 10 Pro license to Windows 10 Home without any warning reports point to a server-side bug with Microsoft’s activation system. The bug is being experienced in several countries, including the US, Japan, and Korea Microsoft expected to fix it within 2-3 business days Samsung will add the "notch" on their future phones Source 1: captain_to_fire https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/992332-confirmed-samsung-will-add-the-notch-on-their-future-phones/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/11/7/18073054/samsung-notch-display-phones-coming at the company’s developer conference, Samsung confirmed that it’s soon going have 3 different displays with notches Infinity U: similar to the Essential Phone’s notch design. A small half oval that cuts down into the top middle of the display. Infinity V: Similar to Infinity U, but with four edges instead of a curved half-oval. Infinity O: A full circular cutout of the display New Infinity: This looks to be a completely notchless display. Anjum didn’t discuss this one onstage, and the technology isn’t quite there to allow for this design just yet. Google Confirms Dark Mode saves battery on Android Source 1: tealghost https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/992896-after-4-years-of-searing-retinas-google-finally-agrees-that-dark-modes-help-battery-life-and-saves-your-eyes/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18076502/google-dark-mode-android-battery-life At the Android Dev Summit this week, Google showed several slides that compare the power draw of several different colors. original Pixel phone used for these data points. The graphs show ‘Max Brightness White’ drawing around 5x more energy than ‘Max Bright Black’ This led Google to acknowledge that the prominence of white across its own apps and within Android’s style guidelines is less than ideal Google is bringin dark mode to the Phone app, and testing it in the mobile Google Feed. Messages and Youtube already have dark mode Android can be set to a dark theme for the quick settings pulldown and app drawer, but there’s no system-wide night mode something Samsung plans to do with its new One UI Facebook Opens First Retail Store Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/05/facebook-pop-up-store/ Source 2: Facebook is bursting into the physical realm with 9 brick-and-mortar pop-up stores that will show off goods from 100 small business and online brands. Facebook organized the merchants to be part of The Market @ Macy’s, which first launched earlier this year to create temporary spaces for businesses. The brands come from across apparel, lifestyle, food, beauty and other verticals, and include Two Blind Brothers, Bespoke Post, Inspiralized, Mented Cosmetics and Link. The merchants keep all their sales revenue, with Facebook and Macy’s taking no revenue share, and Facebook paid for each merchant’s one-time fee that Macy’s charges for the space. While Facebook doesn’t earn money directly from the stores, it could convince the small businesses and others like them to spend more on Facebook ads. Facebook wants to build a deeper relationship with small businesses so this long tail of advertisers sticks with it as sharing and marketing shift from the News Feed toward Stories and private messaging. The stores feature News Feed post-themed displays complete with like button imagery so it feels like you’re shopping Facebook in real life. The nine pop-ups will be open until February 2nd in The Market @ Macy’s in NYC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Android Devs can now Force users to update their apps Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/07/android-developers-can-now-force-users-to-update-their-apps/ Source 2: At its Android Dev Summit, Google announced the In-app Updates API, which gives developers two new ways to compel users to update their apps. Say you shipped your application with a major bug and want to make sure that every user upgrades immediately; you will soon be able to show them a full-screen blocking message that will be displayed when they first start the app again and while the update is applied. That’s obviously only meant for major bugs. The second option allows for more flexibility and allows the user to continue using the app while the update is downloaded. Developers can fully customize these update flows. Right now, the new updates API is in early testing with a few partners and the plan is to open it to more developers soon. Other updates include: new Jetpack Architecture Component libraries for Navigation and Work Manager, making it easier for developers to add Android’s navigation principles into their apps and perform background tasks without having to write a lot of boilerplate code. Android App Bundles, which allow developers to modularize their applications and ship parts of them on demand, are also getting some updates, as are Instant Apps, which users can run without installing them. Using web URLs for Instant Apps is now optional and building them in Android Studio has become easier. Gaming in China now reported to Government Source 1:Evanair https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/992162-gaming-in-china-now-reported-to-government/ Source 2:http://en.people.cn/n3/2018/1106/c90000-9515675.html Tencent, China’s largest gaming company, has announces that a real-name registration system connected to China’s public security database will be applied to its new games ostensibly to identify under-aged players and help them combat game addiction. “Users under 12 years old can only play our video game for an hour per day, while the allocated gaming time for teenagers over 12 years old is two hours per day,” According to the announcement, all players will have to go through a compulsory registration procedure before playing the games and will be required to input their ID number and name. The registration will be based on data provided by China’s public security sectors and will help prevent teenage users from assuming fake identities, and curb the rise in nearsightedness among teenagers. According to a survey conducted by China’s Ministry of Education in 2018, around 18 percent of Chinese teenagers are at risk of developing video game addiction and play such games four to five hours every day. “Tencent has set a good example for other internet enterprises, as such companies should take social responsibility and tackle the rising game addiction occurring within our youth population, working together with governmental sectors, parents and schools,” Xiaomi officially enters UK Source 1: https://hexus.net/business/news/retailers/124124-xiaomi-officially-enters-uk-market-major-retailer-backing/ Source 2: Xiaomi is now officially coming to the UK and will hook up with tech distributors like Amazon, Three, CPW and John Lewis – as well as opening a flagship Mi Store in Westfield London. Xiaomi entered France and Italy back in May and it has been in Spain for nearly a year – where it is already established as the third most popular smartphone brand. Globally Xiaomi is ranked 4th for smartphones The firm is highlighting that its latest and greatest smartphone, Mi 8 Pro, will be making its global debut outside of China at the London Launch event (£499). Other products fleshing out the store will be various smartphones like the Redmi 6A, the Xiaomi Band 3, and the Mi Electric Scooter.
  24. LinusTech

    They say money doesn't bring happiness.... I disagree.

    Money doesn't buy happiness, but it reduces many of the stressors that can cause UNhappiness.. ..bringing its own stressors with IT at the same time. Of course I'd rather be in my current position than return to living cheque to cheque. Just my $0.02
  25. LinusTech

    Why do my parents HATE video games?

    My son probably spends 2-5 hours a week playing games during the winter. Closer to 1-2 in the summer. When I'm hooked on something he ends up watching me play sometimes, but I'm finally done BotW so it hasn't been an issue for the last couple weeks haha.... Still haven't figured out what will be considered acceptable once he's older. The weird thing is that I parlayed my love of gaming and PCs into a successful career, but I still see it largely as a spectacular waste of time given that the odds of becoming me (or Ninja or whatever else) are pretty slim without also investing significant time into something else - STEM, business skills, etc..