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Rumor: Mobile Geforce RTX and Pro Vega 48 Spotted in Benchmarks

The same Twitter user who spotted benchmarks from the unreleased 2990WX and the rumored RTX 2060 has found a few more interesting listings. The first is a "Radeon Pro Vega 48" listing in the PCMark 10 database. While the system configuration and the total score weren't shown, and the "gfx901" tag is used in a regular Vega 64 score, the various individual scores don't seem to line up with benchmarks from other Vega cards. Meanwhile, APISAK also spotted some benchmarks of laptop RTX cards, like an RTX 2060, an RTX 2080, and a 2070 MAX-Q.
Obviously, all this needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt. But the mobile RTX listing could be a sign of smaller, cheaper Turing silicon to come, while the "Vega 48" card might be a custom chip for Apple. Discussion
Posted by alphaatlas December 10, 2018 12:05 PM (CST)

International Olympic Committee Comments on eSports Inclusion

After Olympic representatives met in Lausanne over the weekend for the 7th Olympic Summit, the IOC published a summary of the issues the committee discussed, and they dedicated a fairly large paragraph to the topic of esports. While the committee reaffirmed that it won't work with games that are "not compatible with the Olympic values," they do note that esports are massively popular among the younger generation, and that the industry is rapidly growing and evolving. They also note that the industry is "fragmented in nature," and claim that its more commercially driven than traditional sports movements.

A number of these uncertainties do not apply to esports simulation games. Because of this, accelerated cooperation with regard to these kinds of esports is encouraged by the Summit. The Summit encourages the IFs to explore the potential benefits and applications of the electronic and virtual versions of their sports, while: ensuring they gain or retain appropriate control over the electronic/virtual versions of their sports; and restricting their engagement to activation in the e-versions and virtual forms of their traditional sports. It was decided that the IOC/GAISF will invite stakeholders of the esports/egames industry to a liaison group to explore jointly collaborative projects.

Posted by alphaatlas December 10, 2018 11:21 AM (CST)

Facebook is in an Arms Race with Adblockers

While Facebook is reportedly "at war" with itself and the public, the BBC reports that Facebook is also fighting another kind of war. The social media giant is allegedly using a number of tricks to fool popular ad blocking plugins, including "breaking up the word 'sponsored,'" inserting hidden letters, and inserting hidden ad tags into regular posts. On top of that, Facebook is constantly shifting tactics to stay ahead of adblock software. Other sites point out that these tactics can bog down the Facebook website, or make the status of sponsored content less apparent to regular users.
This is nothing new, as Facebook announced their intention to thwart adblockers over 2 years ago. But a number of Github issues discussion pages, including one for uBlock Orgin, show that Facebook is rapidly reacting to developers' changes these days. While the BBC reached out to Facebook, the company hasn't responded to the article yet. Discussion
Posted by alphaatlas December 10, 2018 9:36 AM (CST)

Qualcomm Wins Preliminary Court Case Banning iPhone Imports in China

Reuters reports that Qualcomm won a case involving the importation and sale of iPhones in China. According to the report, the order "affects the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X sold with older versions of Apple’s iOS operating system," but Apple told Reuters that "all iPhone models remain available for its customers in China," as they come with iOS 12. The ruling came from the same court that banned some Micron memory imports.

The court found Apple violated two of Qualcomm's software patents around resizing photographs and managing applications on a touch screen... The patents in the suit, which Qualcomm said on Monday had been upheld by the Chinese patent office, are separate from those being contested in other cases in its wide-ranging legal dispute with Apple. Qualcomm has also asked regulators in the United States to ban the importation of several iPhone models over patent concerns, but U.S. officials have so far declined to do so.

Posted by alphaatlas December 10, 2018 9:05 AM (CST)

Some Epic Store Games Are Pushing Back or Scrapping Steam Releases

When Epic Games launched its digital storefront last week, many called it the first real threat to Steam due to the studio’s standing and larger revenue of 88% versus Valve’s 70%. That sentiment has only managed to grow, as a handful of developers have already declared their support for Epic: factory builder Satisfactory will no longer be available on Steam, while Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, Genesis Alpha One, and Super Meat Boy Forever are timed exclusives. Gamers may be fed up with the increasing amount of stores and launchers, but competition is a pretty good thing.

"Before Valve and the 70/30 split it was pretty darn rough to be an indie, both in terms of royalty share and in terms of the ability to sell things without a publisher. We can all thank Valve for using their leverage to make that happen, and usher in the era we have now. We think it’s safe to say that a large percentage of the games made today wouldn’t exist without it. Epic is using their leverage to push that even farther, to 88/12. That’s another whole strata of developers who can survive."

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 5:35 PM (CST)

Soulja Boy Is Selling a Console That's Basically an Overpriced Emulator

American rapper Soulja Boy, who has "played games all his life," has decided to expand his brand and capitalize on the gaming industry with two new products, the "SouljaGame Handheld" and "SouljaGame Console." Polygon and Waypoint have concluded that they are just clever scams, however: the rapper appears to be selling potentially illegal emulation consoles identical to those produced by Anbernic, but at a significant markup.

As far as we can tell, Soulja Boy is selling these products on his site, just with his name attached. He’s also selling them at a markup; both the console and handheld cost $199.99, although they’re on sale for $149.99 and $99.99 respectively. Meanwhile, AliExpress has the direct-from-Anbernic versions for $105.99 and $72.99. We’ve contacted Soulja Boy’s press team for further information about the SouljaGame products, and we’ll update once Soulja Boy tells ’em, and then tells us in return.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 4:20 PM (CST)

Portal 3 Speculation Sparked by ARG in CS:GO Battle Royale Map

CS:GO players have discovered a hidden ARG in Danger Zone’s (Battle Royale’s) sole map that references the Portal franchise, leading fans to believe Valve is teasing a third game in the highly regarded first-person puzzle platformer. A motel-style building on the map features three rooms, the third of which appears inaccessible (Half-Life 3, ha ha...). Clever players found a way in and ultimately discovered a lyric from Portal’s ending song, as well as a ship in the middle of the sea that alludes to the Borealis, also seen in Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

To add further fuel to the fire, If the player follows the direction all the CCTV’s are pointed at on the map, you will eventually see a ship in the middle of the sea. This is a throwback to the Borealis being part of an Easter egg in Portal 2. There are plenty more intricate details to be found, but so far if this is anything indicative of Valve and their efforts, could they finally be giving us a new game in the world of Portal? Only time will tell.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 2:45 PM (CST)

China Forms New Body to Review Ethics Risks of Video Games

The Chinese are doubling down on their efforts to control the supposed influx of problematic video games with the help of a new body that will review titles for "ethical issues" ranging from unsuitable content to addiction and childhood myopia. The Online Games Ethics Committee has already "rejected nine games for publication in the domestic market, while ruling that certain content be modified in the 11 other games that were reviewed."

Publishers in China are required to submit games for review to authorities so these can be sold in the domestic market. This process typically takes months to complete, and games with the slightest violent or sexual content are likely to get rejected. The State Administration of Press and Publications (SAPP), the country’s video games regulator, could not be reached for comment regarding the new ethics committee.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 2:10 PM (CST)

Fortnite Streamer Reportedly Arrested after Beating Wife on Stream

Fortnite streamer "MrDeadMoth" has allegedly been arrested and charged by police for slapping and attacking his wife, whose crying and screaming was overheard by viewers during a disturbing live broadcast. While he could have just paused the game and sat down for dinner, MrDeadMoth decided to engage in domestic violence instead. Fortnite is a new form of heroin, they say.

"Can you not? I said I’ll be out soon," MrDeadMoth says in the clip, before throwing down his keyboard and appearing to slap her off screen. "Don’t hit me in the face," she says as their child begins to cry. "How many times do I have to tell you guys, I’ll be out soon," MrDeadMoth says. The clips then descend into more screams and confusion, with his wife saying that she had cooked dinner an hour ago.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 1:35 PM (CST)

Scientists Develop 10-Minute Universal Cancer Test

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have figured out a way to detect traces of cancer in a patient’s bloodstream with a "cheap and simple" test that utilizes "a colour-changing fluid to reveal the presence of malignant cells anywhere in the body and provides results in less than 10 minutes." The caveat is that it "does not reveal where or how serious it is."

Led by Matt Trau, a professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland, the researchers have run the test on 200 human cancer samples and healthy DNA. "We certainly don’t know yet whether it’s the holy grail for all cancer diagnostics, but it looks really interesting as an incredibly simple universal marker for cancer, and as an accessible and inexpensive technology that doesn’t require complicated lab-based equipment like DNA sequencing," Trau said.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 12:15 PM (CST)

CS:GO Receives 14,000 Negative Steam Reviews in a Single Day after Going Free to Play

In another case of what some are calling "gamer entitlement," CS:GO is being review bombed by players who previously spent money on the now free-to-play title. While the developers did provide a new Battle Royale mode, that wasn’t enough to quell the anger of fans, many of whom are demanding more than the simple loyalty badge they received for being prior investors. Long-time players also worry that F2P will lead to an influx of hackers and cheaters.

Many negative reviews also take issue with the change to Prime matchmaking. Previously, Prime matchmaking was limited to players who added a legitimate phone number to their accounts and had played enough to attain Rank 21. Now, anyone who had purchased CS:GO prior to the switch to a free to play model has been elevated to Prime.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 11:50 AM (CST)

Microsoft Pulls Another Windows 10 Update Following BSOD Reports

Windows 10 version 1803 Build 17134.441 (KB4467682) is no more: Microsoft began investigating the November 2018 cumulative update following reports of BSODs on Surface Book 2 units and has decided to pull it completely after users realized the only fix was uninstalling it. The "good" news is that the update is optional and only affects devices still on the April 2018 Update.

After installing this optional update some users have reported getting a blue or black screen with error code, "System thread exception not handled." As a precaution, we have removed this optional update from Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog to protect customers. Fixes and improvements will be available in the December 2018 security update release and will include a resolution for this issue."

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 11:25 AM (CST)