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NVIDIA Releases Its Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2019

NVIDIA has reported revenue for the third quarter that ended on October 28, 2018, of $3.18 billion, up 21% from $2.64 billion a year earlier, and up 2% from $3.12 billion in the previous quarter. CNBC is reporting that NVIDIA shares are down 18% in after hours trading, after the miss on revenue, as analysts predicted $3.24 billion. NVIDIA expects $2.70 billion in revenue in the fiscal 4th quarter and that is below the Refinitiv consensus estimate of $3.40 billion. The NVIDIA gaming business did not meet FactSet consensus estimates.

"AI is advancing at an incredible pace across the world, driving record revenues for our datacenter platforms," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Our introduction of Turing GPUs is a giant leap for computer graphics and AI, bringing the magic of real-time ray tracing to games and the biggest generational performance improvements we have ever delivered. "Our near-term results reflect excess channel inventory post the crypto-currency boom, which will be corrected. Our market position and growth opportunities are stronger than ever. During the quarter, we launched new platforms to extend our architecture into new growth markets -- RAPIDS for machine learning, RTX Server for film rendering, and the T4 Cloud GPU for hyperscale and cloud."

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 5:18 PM (CST)

Official Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Livestream Features Cursing and Employees Getting Fired

Nintendo of Russia boss Yasha Haddaji might be in hot water after he lost his cool during an official Mario Kart 8 livestream. The poorly run event was being livestreamed when Yasha Haddaji enters the stage area to complain that it isn't being streamed to a particular Nintendo page. He starts calling employees derogatory names. Then he cursed some of them out and fired a few of the employees on the spot. When he finds out the stream is live, he continues to berate employees while the hosts play Mario Kart 8. Nintendo fans in Russia have launched a petition to have him fired.

The video's introduction states it has been made public now to demonstrate Yasha Haddaji's character and illustrate how Nintendo of Russia's management is a "shambles". An associated petition, "Save Nintendo Russia from its CEO", is nearing 1000 signatures at the time of writing. It calls for Nintendo of Europe to step in and replace Haddaji. We've asked Nintendo for comment.

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 3:52 PM (CST)

AMD Announces New "Raise the Game" Bundle Included with Select Graphics Cards

AMD has announced a new Raise the Game bundle of AAA+ video game titles for purchasers of select RX Vega, RX 590, RX 580, and RX 570 graphics cards. AMD RX 580 and RX 570 buyers will have a choice of 2 of the games in the bundle, while consumers who purchase a RX Vega or RX 590 will be eligible to get all 3 games for free. The 3 games in the "Raise the Game" bundle include Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. Click here to learn why the XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+ sat on the EVGA GTX 1060 SSC during the AMD Radeon RX 590 launch review here on Hardocp.

Fend off marauders, survive an apocalypse or teach demons a lesson with AMD Radeon RX Vega, RX 590, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics. Take to the streets of Washington D.C. as the world struggles to recover from a deadly virus outbreak in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 or take a trip back to the terrifying streets of Racoon City in the all-new reimagining of horror-classic Resident Evil 2. Play as Dante, Nero and the mysterious V in Devil May Cry 5. Hack and slash your way through the series' craziest game yet. Get the ultimate gaming experience and performance, only with Radeon RX graphics. Raise the game with Radeon.

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 2:36 PM (CST)

TechSpot Tests the Battlefield V DXR Ray Tracing Performance and Implementation

Techspot has tested Battlefield V to see how the Microsoft DirectX Ray Tracing implementation in the WWII shooter affects performance. They tested all 4 DXR settings in-game to see how they differ in looks and performance at various resolutions. The NVIDIA graphics cards used include the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070. It is important to note that DICE is planning a patch to fix the Medium DXR setting as it is not properly applied in-game at this time.

The RTX 2070 deserves a special mention, because this card can barely be classed as ray tracing compatible. Delivering performance barely over 30 FPS at 1080p with DXR reflections set to low, it's clear that 36 RT cores and 6 gigarays per second of ray tracing performance doesn't cut it for actual real time ray tracing. We’d be bitterly disappointed if we bought an RTX 2070 for ray tracing, only to be left with that sort of performance.

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 2:28 PM (CST)

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.

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 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.

Posted by Kyle November 15, 2018 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."

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 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."

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 11:08 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.

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 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."

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 10:00 AM (CST)

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Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 9:36 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.

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 9:02 AM (CST)