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Researchers Develop New Manufacturing Process for 2D Nanosheets

Researchers from UCLA, UT Austin, and Hunan University developed a novel way for making semiconducting nanosheets. The approach involves "electrochemical intercalation of quaternary ammonium molecules into 2-D crystals, followed by a mild sonication and exfoliation process." Among other things, the researchers replaces small lithium ions with larger ions, such as quaternary ammonium, to mitigate undesirable electrical characteristics. The process can be applied to a range of 2D crystals, like MoS2, WSe2, In2Se3, and black phosphorus, while preserving their desirable properties. One major application seems to be the production of flexible displays and electronics, and the researchers say it could reduce the cost of displays in general. The full research paper is available here, for a fee.

"The most interesting finding of our study is the development of a scalable and low-cost solution-based approach to fabricating high-performance, flexible thin-film transistors (TFTs) and electronic circuits based on 2-D semiconductor ink," Prof. Duan said. "The atomically thin and intrinsically flexible 2-D nanosheets represent attractive building blocks for flexible/wearable electronics, similar to pieces of paper that can be easily bent, folded and flattened." The TFTs that the researchers produced using their MoS2 2-D nanosheet ink showed greatly improved device performance over existing solution-processed MoS2 TFTs, with at least one order of magnitude increase in carrier mobility and three to four orders of magnitude increase in switching ratio. Their new approach is easily scalable with a high yield, enabling complex logic gates and computational circuits that were so far unattainable using other 2-D inks. "The solution-phase fabrication process of flexible TFTs and circuits is intrinsically scalable and cost-effective and can be readily made into the large scale (> m2) when combined with printing approach and industrial roll-to-roll productions," Prof. Duan explained. "TFTs are the fundamental building blocks for many large-area electronic applications, including the well-known TFT-LCD, a liquid-crystal display that uses TFT technology to improve image qualities such as addressability and contrast."

Posted by alphaatlas October 15, 2018 12:22 PM (CDT)

Inforcharge Scans Faces for Free Charging

The Taiwanese wireless charging station provider Inforcharge is now scanning faces for advertising purposes. Their chargers normally show some sort of promotional content in exchange for the free juice, as well as the use of an adapter in phones that don't support wireless charging. But soon, those charging stations will scan your face, using AI to "identify the user's age and gender," and use that information for targeted advertising. There's no word on if or when the company plans to expand to the US, but as the technology matures. this type of service is bound to spread outside of Taiwan.

So far, the company has installed around 400-500 units of the wireless charging station throughout Taipei and is looking to form partnerships with more stores, such as cafe chains.

Posted by alphaatlas October 15, 2018 11:15 AM (CDT)

New GPUz Detects Fake Nvidia Graphics Cards

A new version of GPU-Z can detect fake Nvidia GPUs. Cheap, maliciously mislabled GPUs from questionably reputable retailers are a common sight online, but GPU-Z will now detect mislabled Nvidia GPUs and append "[FAKE]" to the graphics card's name field. Among other things, the new version of GPU-Z also supports Turing BIOS saving, multiple fan monitoring, and correct RX 400 series GPU utilization.

Added detection for fake graphics cards using old relabeled NVIDIA GPUs (G84, G86, G92, G94, G96, GT215, GT216, GT218, GF108, GF106, GF114, GF116, GF119, GK106)

Posted by alphaatlas October 15, 2018 8:15 AM (CDT)

For Honor Gets an Expansion and Graphical Update

For Honor is getting a big, free update alongside the Marching Fire expansion. Among other things, Ubisoft's fantasy brawler is getting a "major" global illumination upgrade, a revamped skybox, better textures, and new post processing effects. The free update will also include major balance changes, fixes, and new features like the PvP castle breach siege mode. Players who drop $30 for the full expansion will get a whole new faction to play with, as well as a ton of new features. The patch and expansion will be available on if October 16th if your preorder, and the characters will be available for purchase with in-game currency on October 30. You can read the full patch notes here. Check out the expansion's trailer below:

For Honor Marching Fire is a major expansion encompassing a brand-new faction with instant and early access to four new heroes, a new PvP mode, unlimited PvE content, and far-reaching graphical enhancements. This content is split into two categories: Free (available on Oct 16 for all current For Honor game owners) and Paid (available only with purchase of the For Honor Marching Fire Expansion or Edition).

Posted by alphaatlas October 15, 2018 7:42 AM (CDT)

Epic Games Sues Yet Another Fortnite Cheater, Alleging Copyright Infringement

Popular YouTuber "Golden Modz" (Brandon Lucas) is the latest personality to get sued by Epic Games for cheating in Fortnite. The streamer has made a name for himself by advertising cheats (dubbed "magical powers") to his 1.7 million subscribers, which he would then sell on multiple storefronts. An associate, Colton Conter (a.k.a. "Exentric"), is also being sued.

Both defendants have displayed their use of cheats in various YouTube videos. By using these cheats, they inject code into the game which modifies the original, which is a clear violation of copyright law, according to Epic Games. Even worse, Golden Modz also stands accused of selling cheats online through the websites and, which are often advertised in his gameplay videos.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 2:05 PM (CDT)

Pentagon Reveals Cyber Breach of Travel Records

The Pentagon has announced there has been "a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information and credit card data of US military and civilian personnel." The breach may have happened months ago, and about 30,000 workers are said to be affected.

Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino, a Pentagon spokesman, said the department is still gathering information on the size and scope of the hack and who did it. "It’s important to understand that this was a breach of a single commercial vendor that provided service to a very small percentage of the total population" of Defense Department personnel, said Buccino. The vendor was not identified and additional details about the breach were not available.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 1:45 PM (CDT)

Sony Demands Removal of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal's "Intimacy Mode" on PS4

XSEED games has announced that their upcoming Senran Kagura Burst remake, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, will be delayed: Sony has demanded that its "intimacy mode" be removed, which allows players to undress and grope its female characters. The uncensored version will still be available on Steam.

This isn’t the first time that the western arm of Sony Interactive Entertainment takes action against this kind of content, as opposition from the house of PlayStation caused the western release of Omega Labyrinth Z to be canceled. Luckily for those wanting to enjoy the content removed from the PS4 version, the Steam version will be untouched and will launch simultaneously with the PS4 version with all the content intact.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 10:30 AM (CDT)

Apple Plans to Give Away Original Content for Free to Device Owners

Apple has revealed that iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV owners will be getting original content on its upcoming digital video service for free. Subscription options, such as HBO and Starz, will be available for those wanting premium channels for a fee.

Apple is spending about $1 billion on original content this year, targeting "PG-rated" shows that appeal to wide audiences and won't get the company in trouble by making them available for free to owners of all devices, said the people. Apple is also looking for "tent pole" franchises that could serve as linchpins to a paid Netflix-like subscription service down the road, two of the people said.

Posted by Megalith October 13, 2018 4:20 PM (CDT)

Elon Musk's Tesla Files for a Trademark of "Teslaquila"

In an April Fool’s tweet earlier this year, Elon Musk joked that his company was going bankrupt and alluded to a product dubbed "Teslaquila," a Tesla-branded tequila. Now, recent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggest Musk intends to make the drink a reality. The trademark indicates a "distilled agave liquor" and "distilled blue agave liquor."

While there is no guarantee that a Tesla-brand tequila will hit the market, the company filed an "intent to use" trademark for Teslaquila, which means that it is currently not using it, but has a "good faith intention" to use it in the future. In addition, Tesla appears to have initially applied for this trademark in Jamaica back in April and is asserting a U.S. priority date based on that foreign application.

Posted by Megalith October 13, 2018 1:00 PM (CDT)

DuckDuckGo Hits High of 30 Million Searches in One Day

DuckDuckGo appears to be gaining in popularity: the privacy-focused search engine has hit a new daily record of 30 million searches in a single day. While DDG’s numbers still pale in comparison to Google and other market leaders, they may be a sign that recent privacy scandals have encouraged people to try out alternatives.

Even at its latest peak, DuckDuckGo handles a fraction of a percent of the 3.5 billion searches processed by Google every day. It's not just Google, either. According to, DuckDuckGo still trails a number of other search engines in traffic, including Yahoo, Bing, and internet relic -- though it does have AOL beat. On a good day, DuckDuckGo claims about a fifth of a percent of the total search market. You can't cut a slice of the pie much thinner than that.

Posted by Megalith October 13, 2018 10:45 AM (CDT)

Command & Conquer Remasters Are in the Works for PC

Electronic Arts Producer Jim Vessella, whose credits include Command & Conquer 3, Kane’s Wrath, and Red Alert 3, has announced on reddit that EA is bringing the C&C franchise back to the PC: a number of remasters are being planned, with one already in the works to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary. In response to one fan’s question, Vessella claims there will be no microtransactions.

Following the reveal of Rivals, we heard you loud and clear: the Command & Conquer community also wants to see the franchise return to PC. And as a fan of C&C for over 20 years, I couldn’t agree more. With that in mind we’ve been exploring some exciting ideas regarding remastering the classic PC games, and already have the ball rolling on our first effort to celebrate the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary.

Posted by Megalith October 13, 2018 10:00 AM (CDT)

Here Is the Announcement Trailer for Cities: Skylines - Industries

Many of us were disappointed in the last version of SimCity and purchased Cities: Skylines to satiate our desire for a modern city builder style game . Now we have a reason to fire it up again as a new expansion for Cities: Skylines called Industries is set to release on October 23, 2018.

In Cities: Skylines, Industry becomes a larger and more meaningful part of the game. Players can customize their industrial areas with supply chains for the four different resource types and unique factories. Well managed industry areas will level up and become more efficient. Aside from production chains, there is a new city service for handling mail and the cargo airport eases import and export of factory goods.

Posted by cageymaru October 12, 2018 2:24 PM (CDT)