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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.

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Posted by cageymaru September 20, 2018 11:11 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.

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Posted by cageymaru September 20, 2018 10:25 AM (CDT)

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 411.63 WHQL Has Been Released

The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 411.63 WHQL has been released and according to the release notes, it contains support for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. NVIDIA RTX supports the Microsoft DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API on NVIDIA Volta and Turing GPUs. The 411.63 WHQL drivers contain optimizations for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, and FIFA 19. SLi profiles have been added for HOB, Lake Ridden, Nier:Automata, Northgard, Pure Farming 2018, Raid: World War II, Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017), and TT Isle of Man. Some of the fixed issues in this driver include: Using power monitoring in GPU monitor tools causes micro stutter. [Monster Hunter World]: Low frame rate in the game. [Tom Clancy's The Division]: Graphics corruption occurs when using NVIDIA Gameworks settings. [Planetside 2][G-SYNC]: G-SYNC does not work with the game. [YouTube][Mosaic with Sync]: Secondary GPU doesn't render video content on fullscreen YouTube video.

Windows 10 Issues [Turing GPU][[Netflix]: Playback resolution doesn't show 4K bit rates when using a USB-C-HDMI connection. [Turing GPU][Photoshop CC]: Corruption occurs after increasing image size. [Final Fantasy XV benchmark]: The benchmark exits fails with a "Failed to initialize DLSS Library" error when running in DLSS mode.

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Posted by cageymaru September 19, 2018 5:32 PM (CDT)

GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Reviews

Chrome 70 Adds Support for Shape Detection and Web Authentication

The Chrome 70 beta will incorporate shape detection that makes a device's shape detection capabilities available on the web; letting you identify faces, barcodes, and text in images. Security features coming to Chrome 70 beta will use macOS's TouchID and Android's fingerprint sensor via Web Authentication as biometric authenticators. Web Bluetooth in Windows 10 will allow websites to communicate with user-selected Bluetooth devices in a secure and privacy-preserving way.

The Shape Detection API consists of three APIs: A Face Detection API, a Barcode Detection API and a Text Detection API. Given an image bitmap or a blob, the Face Detection API returns the location of faces and the locations of eyes, noses, and mouths within those faces.

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Posted by cageymaru September 19, 2018 3:21 AM (CDT)

Metro Exodus: GeForce RTX Real-Time Ray Traced Global Illumination Demo

Here is an demo of real-time ray traced global illumination within the Metro Exodus game environment. Anyone else get a Far Cry Primal vibe from the video?

4A Games are bringing real-time Ray Tracing to Metro Exodus! At NVIDIA's Gaming Celebration event in Cologne, it was revealed how 4A Games would use NVIDIA RTX to deliver true Global Illumination -- in this extended tech demo, Ben Archard from 4A Games explains how it all works.

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Posted by cageymaru September 18, 2018 5:00 PM (CDT)

The SteamVR Knuckles EV3 Model Is Now Available to Developers

The third revision of the SteamVR Knuckles has been refined in multiple ways to improve energy efficiency, input feel, strap design and more. The SteamVR Knuckles EV3 ship with access to tech demos complete with source code for developers to test out the functionality of the devices. Unity support has been added through a plugin. You can see the older model in action here.

Knuckles EV3 is the result of iterating and improving upon the EV2 prototype. The team has worked hard to improve usability, fit and finish, and consistency across all units. Grip FSRs (force sensors) more consistent from unit to unit. Higher efficiency sensors increase battery life by 2 hours. Players can now expect 7-8 hours of playtime per charge. The System button has been recessed slightly to avoid accidental presses.

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Posted by cageymaru September 18, 2018 4:20 PM (CDT)

Demand for AMD Chipset Motherboards in China Causes Supply Shortage

According to a report from EXPreview, the sudden demand for lower end AMD motherboards in China is causing a supply shortage. The A320 chipset is nearly completely out of stock due to special bundling deals with the A8-9600 APU. The B450 models are in short supply also as motherboard manufacturers Asus and Gigabyte struggle to meet demand. MSI B450 boards have risen in price recently due to the shortage of the other models. The high end X470 chipset hasn't been affected by shortages.

AMD motherboard shipments are tight over in China, leading to mass shortages as major suppliers' factories can't keep up. But, unlike Intel's 14nm shortage, which has been impacting most of Intel's supply chain, this looks to be a symptom of a sudden explosion in demand for AMD motherboards across the country.

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Posted by cageymaru September 18, 2018 11:57 AM (CDT)

Meltin is Making Robotic Avatars for Space Work

IEEE Spectrum reports that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, along with several other companies, are working with ANA to pursue the Avatar XPRIZE. The goal is to build robotic, remotely piloted avatars as a substitute for humans in dangerous work. One such company, Meltin, is already prepping a robotic avatar for ground based tests, while tests on the ISS are supposed to begin around 2020. Check out the MELETANT robot in action below:

Be it in space, on the moon's surface, or on the surface of mars, long-distance remote control robots like MELTANT will protect astronauts from the dangers of space while lowering the high cost of space missions. It will bring about improvements in safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness to contribute to the advancement of space technology and the creation of usable regions in space.

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Posted by alphaatlas September 18, 2018 8:56 AM (CDT)

Official Final Fantasy XV Benchmarks Feature the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti

The official website for Final Fantasy XV has a benchmark subsection to assist users in choosing the proper settings for their video card. It seems that someone has been running a system featuring an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti as a few entries for the cards have popped up in the database. Keep in mind that it is indeterminate if the cards were overclocked or stock; or if there is a way to fake them. I did find it amusing that no benchmarks were run on the "lite" settings. Was that done to conform to the Nvidia Reviewer's Guide? Enjoy!

It is possible to check the names of the GPUs in the FINAL FANTASY XV Benchmark and the average scores that they have received. See what scores are generated by the various graphical and resolutions settings for each GPU.

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Posted by cageymaru September 17, 2018 5:08 PM (CDT)

Fornite Cited as an Addiction in 5% of Online Divorce Filings in UK

According to online divorce specialists at DivorceOnline, Fortnite has been gaining traction as one of the problems cited in divorce petitions. Since January of 2018, more than 200 divorce filings have specifically listed Fortnite and other digital games as the reason for filing for a divorce in the UK. In recent years, digital addictions have joined substance addictions such as drugs, alcohol and gambling that are often cited in divorce proceedings.
"These now include online pornography, online gaming and social media, so it is no surprise to us that more and more people are having relationship problems because of our digital addictions. " "These numbers equate to roughly 5% of the 4,665 petitions we have handled since the beginning of the year and as one of the largest filers of divorce petitions in the UK, is a pretty good indicator." Discussion
Posted by cageymaru September 17, 2018 1:57 PM (CDT)

Live Performance of the Cuphead Soundtrack from the Kensington Market Jazz Festival

The 2018 Kensington Market Jazz Festival in Toronto, Canada featured a live performance of the Cuphead soundtrack by the Cuphead Jazz Orchestra. The festival was held over the weekend and some performances were live-streamed to YouTube. I hope that it is eventually uploaded to their SoundCloud account also as I love video game soundtracks!

Kensington Market Jazz Festival now in its 3rd year will feature over 400 Torontonian musicians in 12 indoor venues and several busking locations across Kensington Market September 14-15-16, 2018. This is a very special neighbourhood with fantastic art, food & shopping!

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Posted by cageymaru September 17, 2018 10:04 AM (CDT)