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Thursday September 20, 2018

NVIDIA PR States OC Scanner does NOT Void your RTX Warranty

We were told earlier today by NVIDIA support that its OC Scanner tool would void our RTX card's warranty. We did reach out to verify with NVIDIA PR, and they have specifically told us that its yet-to-be-released OC Scanner tool will not void your warranty.

Hi, this is not true. It does not void the warranty. We will have our support team clarify.

Ongoing Discussion Posted by Kyle 7:25 PM (CDT)

Adored's RTX 2080 Ti Review Roundup and Analysis

Jim "The Scottish Hammer" from AdoredTV gives us his thoughts about what all just happened with NVIDIA and its new RTX GPUS.
Discussion Posted by Kyle 5:49 PM (CDT)

NVIDIA Scanner Voids Your RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti Warranty

Talking to NVIDIA support about using the NVIDIA Scanner overclocking tool for the new RTX cards, NVIDIA support did suggest that using NVIDIA Scanner was "not recommended," and it would invalidate my RTX 2080 warranty. It also suggested that EVGA developed Scanner, and not NVIDIA, however we all know that is not true. This is much in the same vein as AMD Precision Boost Overdrive, that will also invalidate your warranty. Not exactly huge breaking news, but I did think this was worth noting, as a lot tinfoil hat folks have suggested that NVIDIA driver telemetry could be tracking this, which might be an issue if you purchased the cards directly from NVIDIA. On a Win 10 system, you can open up Task Scheduler and disable all NVIDIA items that are scheduled to turn off those telemetry callbacks.

UPDATE - 7:22PM: We reached out to NVIDIA PR, which has not answered any of our questions lately due to us not signing its NDA, but it did react to this headline. Hi, this is not true. It does not void the warranty.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 5:40 PM (CDT)

Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot Is Coming to the Magic Leap One

Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot is a new game for the Magic Leap One Creator's Edition AR headset that was developed in partnership with the AR/VR studio Resolution Games and Rovio Entertainment. Head-tracking and the ability to use the Magic Leap One's controller as a bow adds immersion to the game. The characters in the game fall off surfaces in the user's home and interact with them if they get close. Explosives are hidden on the backside of the structures in the game to encourage movement around the play area.

The Magic Leap headset went on sale in August in a half-dozen U.S. cities for $2,295 a pop. Magic Leap hasn't announced how many of the units have sold, but has said they're deliberately targeting what they call "creators," be they game makers, artists, designers, programmers, or alt-reality aficionados. The decision to release a major "Angry Bird" game on such a limited-release, expensive piece of hardware seems to fly in the face of the game's origin, which saw the game hit 4 billion downloads since its 2009 release thanks in part to how easy it was to get.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 4:36 PM (CDT)

The NCIX Data Breach

NCIX customer and employee data is allegedly available for sale as data brokers have purchased the servers, cracked the passwords in less than 5 minutes and are selling volumes of confidential customer and employee data for tens of thousands of dollars. Every single credit card record, address, business name, email address, phone number, IP address and unsalted MD5 hashed passwords; literally everything was allegedly saved on the servers when the company went bankrupt. Even the data from the air-gapped servers, data that was considered so confidential extra steps were taken to secure it from the outside world, has been copied and cataloged for sale to foreign and domestic entities. 13TB of data here, another 3 million records there and Travis Doering of Privacy Fly hadn't even scratched the surface of the data available for sale.

By this point I couldn't believe my eyes, the data I had seen today contained some the most damaging and extensive records I had ever come across covering at least seventeen years of business transitions. Data breaches by external actors are common in todays digital world but what makes this set of data so damaging is that it contains every record NCIX ever held. Including their backup files which had been kept in a segregated air gapped machine that regardless of skill level no external attacker would have plundered.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 3:47 PM (CDT)

Google Allows Apps to Scan Gmail Accounts and Freely Share Data with Others

Google has admitted in a letter to Congress that it still allows apps to data mine Gmail accounts, read emails, and share user data freely with others by using tools provided by Google. These tools allow 3rd party companies to access data about purchases, travel, family and friendship interactions. Employees at the app companies regularly read emails from Gmail accounts to create better software algorithms that ultimately choose better targeted ads. "'Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data,' Susan Molinari, the company's vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas, wrote in the letter." Google already buys credit card data and location matches consumers to local purchases.

Some of those apps share email data with partners, who use it to understand the behavior of users and improve their ability to target ads to them. When users sign up to Earny, a tool that compares receipts in inboxes to prices across the web, their inboxes are also scanned by the computers of a different company, Return Path Inc., which collects data for marketers. Google's statement to Congress suggests that the company is fine with arrangements like these, as long as Earny tells users what is happening with their data. Return Path and Earny have both said they give users clear notice about the email monitoring. Earny's privacy policy states that Return Path would "have access to your information and will be permitted to use that information according to their own privacy policy."

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 2:21 PM (CDT)

Nvidia Stock Falls Following Turing Reviews

Nvidia stock fell 2.6 percent on Thursday after Morgan Stanley called reviews for the new Turing gaming cards disappointing. Analyst Joseph Moore said "as review embargos broke for the new gaming products, performance improvements in older games is not the leap we had initially hoped for."

"We are surprised that the 2080 is only slightly better than the 1080ti, which has been available for over a year and is slightly less expensive," he said. "With higher clock speeds, higher core count, and 40% higher memory bandwidth, we had expected a bigger boost." As a result he expects the adoption of Nvidia's new products to be "slower" and doesn't expect "much upside" from the company's gaming business in its next two financial quarters.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 12:39 PM (CDT)

Fixjeiphone NL Presents the World's First Teardown of the Apple iPhone XS

Fixjeiphone NL has performed the world's first tear down of the new iPhone XS. The article explains all of the parts inside of the smartphone and improvements made to the design in comparison to the iPhone X. Make sure to enable the English subtitles in the video.

Battery (capacity): we can indeed confirm that the iPhone Xs has 1 battery cell. The Xs battery has iPhone Xs batterya capacity of 2658 mAh. The striking thing is that the capacity of the battery is less than the iPhone X (has 2716 mAh), Apple indicates that the processor is more efficient so the battery life according to Apple about 30 minutes longer to go.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 12:34 PM (CDT)

Apple is Giving Users a Trust Score

Venture Beat reports that Apple is giving its users "trust scores" based on how they use their devices. The updated privacy policy says that calls and emails will be used to determine the score. An Apple correspondent told Venture Beat that the system is intended to fight iTunes fraud, and that the only data it receives is a numeric score.

"To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase. The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers." This provision is unusual for a few reasons, perhaps the least of which is that Apple TVs don't make phone calls or send emails. As such, it's unclear how Apple computes the device trust score for iTunes purchases made through Apple TVs, but there's other potential "information about how you use your device" that could be scraped and abstracted.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 12:17 PM (CDT)

Nvidia DLSS Analysis

Eurogamer posted an analysis of Nvidia's DLSS tech found in their Turing graphics cards, and the results are interesting. DLSS does boost game performance significantly in some cases, while still providing good image quality. The author points out that Final Fantasy 15 ships with a particularly blurry temporal AA implementation, and running DLSS instead provides a image quality boost in some areas. Check on the screenshots comparisons on Eurogamer's website, or watch video below:

The Infiltrator demo also serves to highlight that the performance boost offered by DLSS is not always uniform - it's not a straight 35-40 per cent uplift throughout. The demo features a number of close-up scenes that stress the GPU via an insanely expensive depth of field effect that almost certainly causes extreme bandwidth issues for the hardware. However, because the base resolution is so much lower, the bandwidth 'crash' via DLSS is far less pronounced. On a particular close-up, the DLSS result sees the scene play out over three times faster than the standard, native resolution TAA version of the same content. But has Nvidia truly managed to equal native quality? For the most part, it passes muster and inaccuracies and detail issues are only truly noticeable when conducting direct side-by-side comparisons - but we did note that in the demo's climactic zoom-out to show the high detail city, the lower base resolution does have an impact on the quality of the final image. Is it likely to distract a user playing the game and not conducting detailed side-by-side comparisons? Highly unlikely.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 11:52 AM (CDT)

Sodium Could Advance Battery Tech

Lithium ion batteries have a significant problem: deposits of Lithium required to manufacture them are rare, and mostly found in South America. However, researchers think replacing Lithium with Sodium could make battery production more sustainable. Researchers have already mitigated sodium's unfortunate tendency to explode, but only recently have researchers begun to tackle the problem of sodium batteries degrading too quickly.

"Normally the solid electrolyte interface is good because it protects carbon particles from a battery's acidic electrolyte, where electricity is conducted," Pol said. "But too much of the interface consumes the sodium ions that we need for charging the battery." Purdue researchers proposed using sodium as a powder, which provides the required amount of sodium for the solid electrolyte interface to protect carbon, but doesn't build up in a way that it consumes sodium ions. They minimized sodium's exposure to the moisture that would make it combust by making the sodium powder in a glovebox filled with the gas argon. To make the powder, they used an ultrasound-the same tool used for monitoring the development a fetus-to melt sodium chunks into a milky purple liquid. The liquid then cooled into a powder, and was suspended in a hexane solution to evenly disperse the powder particles.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 11:35 AM (CDT)

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Posted by Kyle 11:22 AM (CDT)

John Hancock to Drop Traditional Insurance Policy for Interactive Life Insurance

John Hancock has ceased underwriting traditional life insurance policies in favor of new interactive life insurance policies. Interactive policies will be packaged under the Vitality program which features fitness and health data tracking through wearable Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as smart watches and smartphones. For the time being customers will not be required to log their fitness tracking data, and for those concerned about premium increases can be reassured that there are laws that force the insurance industry to "justify, in actuarial terms, its reasons for any rate increases or policy changes."

Policyholders score premium discounts for hitting exercise targets tracked on wearable devices such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch and get gift cards for retail stores and other perks by logging their workouts and healthy food purchases in an app. In theory, everybody wins, as policyholders are incentivized to adopt healthy habits and insurance companies collect more premiums and pay less in claims if customers live longer.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 11:11 AM (CDT)

CryEngine 5.5 Released

A major update to Crytek's CryEngine was released today, featuring over "1000 fixes, changes, improvements, and features" since the last release. Some highlights include SVO Ray-traced Shadows, a documentation overhaul, terrain system improvements, game platform plugins, a Unity migration guide, and a Flappy Boid development tutorial, which you can see below:

With loads of new and exciting features in this major release, we also need to clarify on a decision we made moving onward to CRYENGINE 5.6 that unfortunately will take something away from the community. We will discontinue support for 32-bit Windows platforms from here on out. This means CRYENGINE 5.5 is the last engine version that you will be able to develop games for 32-bit systems with.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 11:06 AM (CDT)

Cloudflare Hit With a DMCA Subpoena

A group of movie companies, including Bodyguard Productions, Cobbler Nevada, Criminal Productions, Dallas Buyers Club, and Venice PI, hit Cloudflare with a DMCA subpoena in a Hawaiian federal court. The companies tried to keep the request quiet, but Torrentfreak managed to obtain a copy of the documents. The movie companies allegedly want "details of the operators behind Showboxbuzz.com, Showbox.software, Rawapk.com, Popcorn-time.to, Popcorntime.sh, YTS.ag, and YTS.gg." It appears that Cloudflare is going to give in to the request.

The subpoena itself doesn't reveal anything about the intentions of the movie companies, however. The targeted sites are not listed in the original lawsuit, but it's possible the owners are suspected of being linked to the defendants. In any case, it is clear that the movie outfits see the information as potentially valuable evidence in their legal battle. The question remains, of course, whether the information Cloudflare has on record will be of use. Many operators of pirate sites and services do their best to shield the true operators from being exposed.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 10:40 AM (CDT)

Monster Hunter: World Adds Standard PC Mouse Control Option for In-Game Camera

Monster: Hunter World has added standard PC mouse control options for the in-game camera. Initially the only camera control option was to emulate a game controller which made it slow and clunky. Now the game feels much more like a standard PC game as everything is much more crisp and familiar with new mouse option enabled. Has anyone tried modding the game yet? I was thinking of adding the Souvenir's Light Pillar mod to the game as I have issues finding all the monster parts that fall to the ground during an intense fight. Are there other fair and balanced mods out there that a budding hunter should try?

We've implemented an update adding new mouse control options for the in-game camera. The new control type is in line with the control standards for most PC games. To change the controls, open up the in-game Start Menu, go to Options, and select the Controls tab. Here you'll be able to switch between the different mouse control schemes. If you wish to adjust the sensitivity, go to the same Options menu, and select the Camera tab.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 10:25 AM (CDT)

Toshiba Pushes 10Mbps of Quantum Key Distribution Through Fiber

Toshiba achieved a quantum key distribution rate of 10Mbps over optical fiber, beating their own previous record of 1.9Mbps. The system sends a modulated photon to a remote receiver, which then generates a key based on the randomized photon. This setup allegedly makes QKD invulnerable to any known method of attack or interception. Alan Woodward, a UK computer scientist, said that "Toshiba's announcement is notable not so much for the speed achieved, as the fact that it appears to have been done over an extended period over already-installed fibers." Toshiba already announced a system intended to extend the transmission distance from 7km to 500km, by sending photons to both ends of the connection from a central location. Though Toshiba still faces a number of challenges, such as multiplexing the data itself with the key instead of sending it over a separate line, they hope the technology will be ready for commercialization by 2020.

In addition to running these tests, Toshiba and ToMMo operated a wireless sensor network to continuously monitor the installed fiber optic lines using multi-sensor devices incorporating accelerometers and temperature sensors. The aim was to study how the fiber's characteristics change with shifts in the weather and nearby vibrations, and how such changes impact the performance of the high-speed QKD. Such an understanding is crucial when the technology is applied to existing communication installations, especially where the fiber is aerial and exposed to the elements. "The monitoring has confirmed the correlation between the stability of the high-speed QKD system and disturbances to the installed fiber," says Tanizawa. "For example, we found wind-induced vibrations in the fiber affected stability. We are now working on improving the stability of the QKD system."

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 10:13 AM (CDT)

Valve Adds CO-OP Steam Link Streaming and Moderates Reported Posts

The latest Steam Client Beta has some interesting features for gamers with local friends. Valve has added CO-OP Steam Link streaming for multiple devices simultaneously, but the feature requires a high quality 5 GHz WiFi network. Don't worry about purchasing additional controllers for all of your friends as now they can disable the audio and video on their Android phones within the Steam Link app and use them as touch controllers! Also the version of Chromium used in Steam has been updated to 68. Starting on September 25th, Valve is now offering game developers the option to use Valve's moderation team to review posts reported by community members. Valve has reassured developers that they won't be actively moderating their community discussions; only the reported posts and content. Valve says that they have been moderating content such as images, guides, reviews, etc for quite awhile and this is just an extension of that practice. Many developers have been asking for help and Valve has been busy implementing the human power to handle the task. Developers can opt out of the service.

For quite a while now, our moderation team has been reviewing and taking appropriate action on many forms of reported community content across Steam, such as screenshots, artwork, guides, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews. In the past, we've been hesitant to get involved in the moderation of individual game discussions, as we didn't want to step on the toes of game developers that want to have their own style of communication with players and their own set of guidelines for behavior.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 9:34 AM (CDT)

Equifax Slapped With 500k Fine

The UK branch of Equifax was fined 500,000 pounds by the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to protect the personal info of around 15 million UK customers. If that fine seems rather modest, that's because it is. 500,000 pounds is the largest fine regulators can give under the UK's Data Protection Act 1998. Equifax would've faced up to 17.8 million pounds in fines under GDPR, which went into effect in May 2018.

Many of the people affected would not have been aware the company held their data; learning about the cyber attack would have been unexpected and is likely to have caused particular distress,' Commissioner Denham continues. 'Multinational data companies like Equifax must understand what personal data they hold and take robust steps to protect it. Their boards need to ensure that internal controls and systems work effectively to meet legal requirements and customers' expectations. Equifax Ltd showed a serious disregard for their customers and the personal information entrusted to them, and that led to today's fine.'

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 9:11 AM (CDT)

Avalanche Shows Off Just Cause 4 Gameplay

Avalanche developers uploaded a 19 minute video that shows off a beta version of Just Cause 4. Highlights include a tank suspended by balloons, and propelled by strap-on rockets, raining fury from above. What more could you ask for? Check out the gameplay video below:

Game Director Francesco Antolini reveals brand new and exclusive information while Producer Bryan Rodriquez plays the game live, demonstrating the creative freedom and vibrant world that Just Cause 4 offers. This Just Cause 4 live gameplay presentation took place at Gamescom 2018. Just Cause 4 is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC on 4th December 2018.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 8:44 AM (CDT)

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 Drivers Have Been Released

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 drivers have been released and include performance optimizations for F1 2018 (3%), Fortnite (5%), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (4%), and Star Control: Origins which received a massive 17% performance boost and a fix for particle corruption on some cloud textures.

Known Issues Some AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics system configurations may experience a black screen during installation downgrade to a previous Radeon Software version. A recommended workaround is to perform a clean install during Radeon Software installation. Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience elevated memory clocks during system idle. System configurations with 16+ CPU cores may experience a random system reboot during installation when upgrading Radeon Software from a version older than RSAE 18.8.1. A clean installation is recommended when performing this Radeon Software upgrade.

Discussion Posted by cageymaru 8:25 AM (CDT)

Resident Evil 2 Remake Gets a Story Trailer

Capcom's Resident Evil 2 Remake just got a new story trailer. Eurogamer says that the new game ditches Ada Wong's red dress and high heels for a trench coat and shades, as seen in the video below:

"It goes back to the same thing of, what would look natural to be wandering around in a photo-realistic environment in?" Kadoi said. "I think wandering around in that dress just getting on with your job as a spy probably doesn't look as realistic and believable as we want in this new game."

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 8:13 AM (CDT)

WD My Cloud NAS Hack Discovered

Security researchers discovered an exploit that allows attackers to gain administrative access to WD My Cloud NAS devices. Simply having a cookie with the string "username = admin" when the user sends a login request will allow you to run administrative commands, such as reading or deleting files, without needing a password. The researchers tested proof of concept code on a model WDBCTL0020HWT NAS, but say the exploit works on most products in the My Cloud series. When it comes to responding to vulnerabilities, WD has a spotty track record, but thankfully they claim a patch for this exploit will be out in the coming weeks. Thanks to tikiman2012 for the tip.

It was found that it is possible for an unauthenticated attacker to create a valid session without requiring to authenticate. The network_mgr.cgi CGI module contains a command called cgi_get_ipv6 that starts an admin session that is tied to the IP address of the user making the request when invoked with the parameter flag equal to 1. Subsequent invocation of commands that would normally require admin privileges are now authorized if an attacker sets the username=admin cookie.

Discussion Posted by alphaatlas 7:44 AM (CDT)
Wednesday September 19, 2018

Tokyo Game Show Live-Streams

The Tokyo Game Show starts today at 9:00 PM EST. SEGA Broadcast
Sony Broadcast
Discussion Posted by cageymaru 8:00 PM (CDT)