Thursday November 15, 2018

Intel to Scale Down DIY Processor Shipments

While Asus said that the Intel CPU shortage didn't affect its gaming PC sales, apparently, the same can't be said for DIY PC Sales. Digitimes says that "Intel will scale down its processor shipments to the PC DIY distributor market by as many as two million units in the fourth quarter of 2018." Digitimes's sources claim that Intel has reduced desktop processor shipments make room for more notebook and server production, and say production is supposed to be cut to just 6 million units in the fourth quarter of this year.

The DIY market for graphic cards also sees low sales visibility along with sluggish buying sentiment for motherboards, due partly to the lack of significant price/performance ratio difference between Nvidia's new-generation RTX 2080 GPU platform released in October and existing ones, the sources continued... The sustained mining chill seen since April 2018 caused revenues of supply chain players to drop remarkably, driving up inventories of both mining graphic cards and motherboards. This, coupled with the deferred launch of Nvidia's new GPU platforms, Intel's processor supply shortages and lackluster terminal buying sentiment, resulted in most suppliers posting lower-than-expected revenue and profit performances for the third quarter, traditionally a peak season, according to industry sources.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 12:11 PM (CST)

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula's New Spin on RGB

We have referred, more than once, to the "Frag Harder Disco Lights" being a bit much on many of today's motherboards. ASUS is putting forth a newer more demur and elegant approach with its new ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390 motherboard. Gone is the garish approach utilized so often, and we get more of a Tron-esque feel. It however is a fingerprint magnet.
This new Formula has a 2" LiveDash OLED display, that can display, CPU clocks, temperatures, and even custom logos. All this comes at a hefty price however.

During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, LiveDash shows key progress stats in simple language and via traditional POST codes. Then, during normal operation, the panel shows a choice of CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or information from the Water Cooling Zone. You're even able to customize the default LiveDash GIF, so that it'll display your own image or animation.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 11:18 AM (CST)

Amazon Plans to Move into Queens Tallest Building

The owner of the former CItigroup tower in Long Island has announced that Amazon is moving into the 1.5 million square glass tower. Citigroup is seeking to vacate the building by 2020 and the move is considered a boon for the Savanna firm that owns the building.

"We're thrilled that Amazon selected One Court Square as a critical component of its HQ2 plans for Long Island City," said Nicholas Bienstock, a managing partner at Savanna, in prepared remarks. "It's truly a privilege for Savanna to have the opportunity to partner with Amazon in a transaction that has the potential for tremendous job creation for New York City, and we look forward to a successful execution that will bring extraordinary benefits to the neighborhood, the city and region as a whole."

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 11:17 AM (CST)

Telltale Games are Disappearing from Steam reports that Telltale's liquidation is underway, and as a consequence, some of their games are getting de-listed from Steam. Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Tales of Monkey Island are already gone. The Twitter account of Pete Hawley, who previously told the publication that the company would retain its 25 person skeleton crew, appears to have been removed or renamed. An attorney speaking to suggested that Telltale is likely selling off their assets. It's unclear if the removed titles will come back to Steam, or if more will be removed in the future. But Steam purchases are kept even if they're de-listed from the store, so if you've ever thought about picking up some of the Telltale games, now might be a good time to do it.

It appears that Telltale is assigning all of its assets, including physical goods, trademarks, copyrights, software, and source code. The agreement may be an abridged document, as it does not detail what Telltale has received in return for the assignment. No specific amounts have been detailed. A more complete agreement may exist out of the public view. "You wouldn't assign everything you own to someone else, unless you were getting something for it," Huffman says. Alternatively, the assignee, Telltale, LLC, might not be due any consideration. "Telltale LLC is probably just a shell company that will hold the assets for purposes of selling them off. the liquidation company may even be the owner of that LLC," Huffman suggests. "It's also possible that the company will go bankrupt and that they're only remaining income for their creditors will be whatever the liquidation company pays them under any other arrangement they might have."

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 11:08 AM (CST)

Narcos Video Game Adaptation Teased

Curve Digital just uploaded a teaser for a video game based on the Netflix series Narcos. According to Eurogamer, the British publisher actually announced it earlier this year, but this this is the first time we've seen any footage of it. Check out the teaser below:

Players take on the role of the DEA or the Medellin Cartel in this brutal, turn-based action strategy game based on Gaumont's Global Hit Series "Narcos". Publisher Curve Digital, in collaboration with Gaumont and developer Kuju, announced today, the Q3 2019 release of Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, a new game for PC's and consoles based on Gaumont's Emmy and Golden Globe nominated hit series, Narcos. A newly launched teaser trailer reveals that Narcos: Rise of the Cartels will follow the events of the first season of Narcos, in a story narrated by El Patron himself, where players will take the role of the Medellin Cartel or the DEA in a tactical turn-based action adventure.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 10:38 AM (CST)

Amazon Launches E-Waste Recycling Program

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Amazon has launched a new e-waste recycling program. Amazon's website will show you the nearest recycling truck, and all you have to do is drive up to the truck, and let the staff unload and disassemble the old electronics for you. Amazon specifically mentions that they will respect your data security and privacy during the process.

Okay, so you want to know what you can bring. Here's the list: adapters, blender, cable boxes, cables/power cords, calculators, can openers, cell phones, copiers, desktops, digital cameras, digital cards, digital clocks, DVD/CD/VCR players, DVRs, expansion cards, electronic hubs, fax machines, gaming, systems, GPS devices, griddles, hard drives, hair dryers, home phones, irons, keyboards, laptops/notebooks, memory/RAM devices, mice (the computer ones!), microwaves, modems, monitors (LCD/CRT), multi-function devices, navigational devices, networking/telecom equipment, office phones, phone systems, printers, power supplies, processors, remote controllers, routers, scanners, servers, shredders, smart phones, smart watches, solid state drives, speakers, stereos, switches, tablets, televisions (LCD, CRT, etc.), toaster ovens, and unused vacuums. Again, if you have any of these things, we'll take 'em! Sadly, we can't take these e-waste items: batteries, CDs/DVDs, dental x-ray machines, dryers, e-cigarettes, electronic toys (talking/animated toys, RC cars, toy guns, toys with batteries, etc.), hazardous materials, heaters, lava lamps, light bulbs, medical waste, mercury-containing mini fridges, non-electronic materials, refrigerators, smoke detectors, solar panels, stand mixers, trash, treadmills, used vacuums, vending machine, VHS tapes, washers.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 10:18 AM (CST)

Princeton Processor Combines In-Memory and Analog Computing

Traditional chips that you're probably using to read this article now work with binary data, and they typically separate the processor from the main memory pool. But, in an effort to curb increasingly slow jumps in processors performance, researchers at Princeton University have come out with a chip that combines analog and in-memory computing. The chip, which they claim works with "standard programming languages", has about 590kb of on-die SRAM that it uses as the main memory pool. And, instead of using transistors to do the math, it uses tiny capacitors, which can store a variable amount of charge to represent a wide range of values. The prototype chip is manufactured on a 65nm process, is relatively small, and unsurprisingly, specifically targets AI workloads. The researchers say this approach saves power and offers increased performance over traditional methods, and say similar AI accelerators could be used in phones or medical devices.

Capacitors also can be made very precisely on a chip, much more so than transistors. The new design pairs capacitors with conventional cells of static random access memory (SRAM) on a chip. The combination of capacitors and SRAM is used to perform computations on the data in the analog (not digital) domain, yet in ways that are reliable and amenable to including programmability features. Now, the memory circuits can perform calculations in ways directed by the chip’s central processing unit. "In-memory computing has been showing a lot of promise in recent years, in really addressing the energy and speed of computing systems," said Verma. "But the big question has been whether that promise would scale and be usable by system designers towards all of the AI applications we really care about. That makes programmability necessary."

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 10:00 AM (CST)

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Discussion Posted by cageymaru 9:36 AM (CST)

XFX Radeon RX 590 Video Card Review

Powercolor may have leaked the RX 590 a little early, but official reviews are out today. Here at HardOCP, we take a look at XFX's take on the 12nm GPU, and see how it stacks up against its predecessors and the competition.
Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 9:24 AM (CST)

MiSafes Children Tracking Watches Can be Easily Hacked

The BBC reports that a location tracking watch "worn by thousands of children" can be easily infiltrated by anyone with internet access. While the BBC report calls it "easy to hack", and is light on technical details, the security researcher's own words make it sound even worse. Ken Muro said "The big problem is there is no security. Anyone on the internet can access the position of your child wearing one of these watches. It's really so easy, probably the easiest hack we've ever seen." The BBC says that the watches are no longer listed on Amazon UK, and I can't find any for sale in the U.S either. However, MiSafes has a number of smart cameras and other child "security" products listed on Amazon, and some of them have accumulated quite a few reviews. Some of those cameras reportedly have critical security issues too. So, if you're shopping for this sort of thing during the holiday season, you might want to think twice before buying anything from MiSafes.

They found it was possible to: trigger the remote listening facility of someone else's watch, with the only warning being that a brief "busy" message appeared before its screen returned to blank, track the wearer's current and past locations, [and] alter the safe zone facility so that alerts were triggered by a child's approach rather than their departure. Pen Test Partners also learned it was possible to bypass a feature supposed to limit the watch to accepting calls from only authorised parties. The researchers did this by using a online "prank call" service that fools receiving devices into showing another person's caller ID number.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 9:02 AM (CST)

SK Hynix Inc. Announces 1Ynm 16Gb DDR5 DRAM

SK Hynix has announced that the company has developed 16Gb (Gigabits) DDR5 (Double Data Rate 5) DRAM, the industry's first DDR5 to meet the JEDEC standards. The company used the same 1Ynm process that it used to create 8Gb DDR4 DRAM for a competitive edge over the competition. "DDR5 is a next-generation DRAM standard that offers ultra-high speed and high density with reduced power consumption as compared to DDR4, for use in data-intensive applications such as big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning." SK Hynix is already supplying major chipset makers with modules for servers and PC platforms with up to 32 memory banks per JEDEC DDR5 standards. The DDR5 modules are expected to be mass produced in 2020 and DDR5 will have a 44% total DRAM market share by 2022.

SK Hynix successfully lowered the operating voltage from 1.2V to 1.1V, achieving 30% lower power consumption compared to the previous generation, DDR4 DRAM. The new 16Gb DDR5 DRAM supports a data transfer rate of 5200Mbps, about 60% faster compared to 3200Mbps of the previous generation, with which it can process 41.6GB (Gigabytes) of data--11 full-HD video files (3.7GB each)--per second.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 8:37 AM (CST)

RTX 2080 Ti GPUs Go Missing at AIBs

Surely there has been lots of talk about RTX 2080 Ti cards lately and issues with those. NVIDIA has now admitted as much on its forums. We are getting word out of China now, that AIBs are now having a very hard time getting 2080 Ti GPUs from NVIDIA. We are not sure why there is a supply issue now in order for AIBs to build new cards, but this could possibly be a sign that NVIDIA is holding back inventory for some reason. RTX 2080 has plenty of stock. RTX 2070 has plenty of stock. Where are the 2080 Ti GPUs? Maybe NVIDIA is using all its inventory for RMAs?
Discussion Posted by Kyle 8:35 AM (CST)

AT&T's First 5G Site is Up in Dallas

On Twitter, AT&T announced that their first 5G site is live in Dallas. While Verizon has already rolled out "5G" service to some cities, their service is based on a proprietary standard. At a recent investor conference, AT&T said they expected to be the first carrier to "introduce standards-based mobile 5G service," and says they expect to roll it out in 11 more cities by the end of 2018. As part of the launch, Nokia, AT&T, and Jaunt are working together to show off the 5G tech at a Cowboys game this Sunday.

On Sunday, November 18, Nokia, AT&T and Jaunt will show football fans the future of mobile content and immersive experiences with a 5G demonstration and tailgate before the Atlanta Falcons faceoff against the Dallas Cowboys. Using 5G connectivity and Jaunt's volumetric capture technology, fans can show their team spirit by creating an end zone dance that is memorable and shareable. The tailgate event will be happening at International Plaza outside of Gate 2 at Mercedes Benz Stadium from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. This innovative fan experience will use a 5G technology system provided by Nokia and Jaunt's XR Cast, a volumetric capture and live-streaming technology. This will allow fans to capture their own 3D augmented reality (AR) holograms, view them in real-time and share on social media.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 8:26 AM (CST)

Hunt: Showdown 3.0 Update is Live

Hunt: Showdown's 3.0 Update went live today. The headline feature of this patch is the new Lawson Delta map, which has officially entered beta status and should be available in the mission selection menu. Other highlights include a skill-based matchmaking system, a movement inertia system which should stop cheesy ADAD dodging, anti-teaming measures to make lobbies fair, weapon looting from dead players, and Nvidia Highlights support, along with a number of bug fixes and improvements. Crytek already uploaded a trailer for the new map last month, and they went into a little more detail in the dev diary below:

With this update, we are introducing a number of core changes to player movement to counter some of the more dominant strategies players have come up with to dodge bullets or make it easier to charge in for a melee attack. Some of the changes might feel a bit sluggish at first and will require players to get used to them over a couple of games. We have tried to strike a good balance between the necessity of adding inertia to player movement, while at the same time keeping the feeling and walking speeds the same. Players can still perform the same trick jumps, quickly peak out of cover, or dash around the world as they are used to. Tell us what you think and if you feel these changes work or what you would like to see changed!

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 8:06 AM (CST)

C&C Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert are Getting Remasters

Following backlash against C&C Rivals, EA confirmed that some kind of PC Command and Conquer remaster was in the works last month, but the conformation was short on details. Yesterday, EA went into a little more detail on their website. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert, along with all of the later game's DLC, are getting full remasters. To help make it happen, EA announced a partnership with Petroglyph Games, which "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." As promised in the Reddit announcement, neither remaster will ship with micro-transactions. EA is also partnering with Lemon Sky Studios, who worked on some of the art for the StarCraft remaster and a number of other high profile releases. While a release window isn't mentioned, EA notes that development hasn't even started yet, which means both games are probably a long way away.

Joe Bostic is known as the co-creator of C&C, having also served as the Lead Programmer on Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert. Steve Tall joined Joe as a Lead Programmer on Red Alert, and Mike Legg contributed to all forms of audio systems at Westwood, having been an employee since 1986! All three members helped start Petroglyph Games in 2003 after the closure of Westwood and are joined by a veteran group of RTS developers from the past 15+ years. And don't think we haven't noticed the #1 request from the community in all the comments from the past month... You want Frank Klepacki. So as a cherry on top for the fans, we are thrilled to announce that Frank will be re-joining Petroglyph Games to be our Composer and Audio Director for the remaster collection!

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 7:45 AM (CST)
Wednesday November 14, 2018

The Moment Your RTX 2080 Ti FE Fails

So we are starting to play around with our failed RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition card this evening. Below are two pictures of the card operating on an open test bench with an ambient temperature of 68F/20C. The card ran Heaven for about 45 seconds before locking up with the same artifacts we saw when it failed last Friday while gaming. We did purchase two 2080 Ti FE cards, so we will likely start dissecting the "good" card to get some better temperature readings. It is hard to test when your $1200 video card is broken.
While 138F/59C on the exterior of the backplate might seem a bit excessive, we will surely find out. As a side note, the FLIR ONE Pro is on sale. Discussion Posted by Kyle 8:01 PM (CST)

Intel Confirms Adaptive Sync

Intel has confirmed the use of Adaptive Sync technologies in upcoming processor graphics and discrete graphics. Lisa Pearce, Vice President at Intel Corporation, went on to say that Intel in no way would be moving towards a proprietary technology to employ adaptive sync. So it would seem that we will be seeing upcoming Intel CPUs with iGPU adaptive sync support. Don't believe me? Go listen for yourself.

Yes. We are supporting Adaptive Sync.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 7:01 PM (CST)

Bitcoin Falls to a One-Year Low and Drags the Cryptocurrency Market with It.

Bitcoin dipped lower than its one-year low to $5,533.09 BTC=BTSP on the Bitstamp platform. It was down 9 percent at $5,690.47. Analysts placed a price of $6,200 as the litmus test to see if buyers were waiting on the sidelines. The loss of value in the Bitcoin market spread to Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies which pushed the sector below $200 billion for the first time since September.

"What you are seeing... is a breakout on the downside. Sometimes when things happen, it takes a while for the true reason to become clear - an exchange trade or regulatory action," said Charlie Hayter, founder of industry website Cryptocompare in London. Other market participants suggested that Thursday's impending "hard fork," or split of bitcoin cash - another cryptocurrency that emerged out of bitcoin - into two separate currencies, has caused some volatility as well.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 2:56 PM (CST)

Comcast to Refund $700,000 to Customers to Settle Deceptive Advertising Allegations

Comcast has been ordered to issue refunds to 20,000 of its Massachusetts customers who signed predatory long term contracts with hidden monthly fees that increased rates by 40% during the contract. To get out of the contracts, customers had to pay a $240 early termination fee even if they simply downgraded to a lower tier package. Thus many of Comcast customers ended up with their credit ratings being ruined by the deceptive, illicit, anti-consumer practices Comcast instituted. Terms of the settlement require Comcast to refund and forgive all early termination fees it charged its customer from January 2015 until March 2016. The company also has to forgive all outstanding late fees from the same time period.

"Comcast stuck too many Massachusetts customers with lengthy, expensive contracts that left many in debt and others with damaged credit," said AG Healey. "Customers have a right to clear information about the products and services they buy. This settlement should encourage the entire cable and telecommunications industry to take a close look at their advertisements and make sure customers are getting a fair offer." The settlement also requires Comcast to change its practices to improve disclosures provided to consumers before they enter long-term contracts. Comcast must disclose the existence of additional fees in all advertisements, and train sales representatives to disclose true monthly service prices to customers before they enter long-term contracts.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 1:31 PM (CST)

EVGA 2080 Ti XC Catches Fire in Spectacular Fashion

Self immolation is a tough way to go out, but we have to give it up to this EVGA 2080 Ti XC video card owned by HardOCPer shansoft. He was simply browsing the web, undoubtedly adding to his HardForum post count, when all of a sudden his computer shut down for no good reason, and then flames started shooting out the back of his EVGA 2080 Ti XC video card. We are sure that a flaming EVGA video card is a pretty good reason for your computer shutting down unexpectedly. At least when my personal RTX 2080 Ti failed, it did not try to burn my house down. In totally unrelated news, EVGA has started selling discount fire insurance this week (get it while it's hot) through its RMA department. All these pictures are large resolution so you can see the carnage. He does have a few more in his HardForum thread.

Scared the shit out of me since my kid was right around it when it shoots flame.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 12:59 PM (CST)

Apple Stock Downgraded Following iPhone Sales Predictions

CNBC reports that a Guggenheim Partners analyst predicted a 5% decline in 2019 iPhone sales, and naturally, other analysts have cut down price targets in response. The word of financial analysts tends to form a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, and sure enough, Apple's stock price seems to be steadily dropping today. The price is down from $216 on October 26, the day Apple released new iPhones, to about $187 at the time of this post. Apple recently stopped breaking out unit sales, presumably to make their sales numbers look better, but that doesn't appear to be appeasing investors today.

"We are concerned that end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating," Goldman said in the note. "We note this could easily right itself given the bulk of demand comes in late December but we feel more prudent sell through forecasts are warranted due to the timing and magnitude of this warning.Apple began the month by reporting iPhone shipments that missed Wall Street expectations for the quarter.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 12:58 PM (CST)

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Certified by FCC

A design sketch for the successor to the enterprise version of Google Glass was leaked through the FTC, and Mysmartprice managed to spot it. While this more or less confirms an update, the FTC listing didn't list actual specifications for the product. While the consumer-oriented Google glasses were a flop, the enterprise version of the glasses appear to have been very successful, as the product's page lists numerous customers and applications.

When Google introduced the Glass Enterprise Edition last year, it introduced a few notable upgrades such as longer battery life, faster Wi-Fi speeds, improved performance, an 8MP resolution camera, and more. While no details are available currently, it is likely that the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 comes with a few similar upgrades. Battery life is expected to be further improved compared to the Glass Enterprise Edition, along with a higher resolution camera module. The Google Glass is a hands-free device that has been designed for hands-on workers. Google claims the Glass helps workers remain focused on high-value work as it removes distractions and they can activate the right application simply by saying 'OK Glass'. Google Glass can be used by workers to access training videos, quality assurance checklists, and seek expertise from coworkers in an instant. Workers can even invite others to see what they are seeing through a live video stream, enabling them to collaborate with others and troubleshoot any problems in real-time. Without the Glass, workers would usually need to leave their workstation or use another device to access the required information.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 12:42 PM (CST)

Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 416.94 WHQL Has Been Released

NVIDIA has released new Game Ready Drivers 416.94 WHQL that provide the optimal gaming experience for Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Hitman 2. New 3D Vision profiles for Fallout 76 (fair) and Hitman 2 (Good) are included with the drivers. These drivers allow users to have the best experience with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update which enables Microsoft DirectX Raytracing (DXR) for Battlefield 5. The release notes can be found here.

Open Issues in Version 416.94 WHQL [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti][Hitman 2][DirectX 11]: The game screen turns black after launching the game if Windows HDR is enabled. [2439490]. [GeForce GTX 1080Ti]: Random DPC watchdog violation error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips. [2079538]. [GeForce GTX 780]: Activity on the desktop lags. [2423588]. [SLI][HDR][Battlefield 1]: With HDR enabled, the display turns pink after changing the refresh rate from 144 Hz to 120 Hz using in-game settings. [200457196]. [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox. [2107201]. [G-Sync]: G-sync may not disengage after exiting games. [2418574].

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 12:16 PM (CST)

Google Recieves Criticism for Taking Over Health App

Google recently bought DeepMind, an artificial intelligence firm that developed the healthcare app Streams. According to the company's blog, they want to turn the app into an "AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors everywhere - combining the best algorithms with intuitive design, all backed up by rigorous evidence" with Google's help. But privacy experts point out that DeepMind promised that "Royal Free data 'will never be linked or associated with Google accounts, products, or services,'" and are claiming the company just broke that promise.

DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to *never* connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google. Now it's announced...exactly that. This isn't transparency, it's trust demolition

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 11:51 AM (CST)