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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)

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)

TSMC Is Building New 8-Inch Fab Capacity and Updates 5nm Node Progress

TSMC CEO CC Wei has announced plans to begin work on building a new 8-inch wafer fab to satisfy robust customer demand for specialty process technologies. He also announced that the company is still on "schedule to move a newer 5nm node to risk production in the second quarter of 2019, followed by volume production a year later."

Wei reiterated TSMC's target for a 5-10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for revenues through 2021. Meanwhile, annual capex through 2021 will be maintained at between US$10 billion and US$12 billion, Wei continued.

Posted by cageymaru December 07, 2018 10:43 AM (CST)

GDDR5X GTX 1070 Listed on Zotac Website

Earlier this week, TechPowerUp spotted a GTX 1070 SKU with GDDR5X memory on Zotac's website. Zotac has since taken the listing down, but Google captured an incomplete copy of the page before they did. Whether the GDDR5X listing was a typo or a premature publication is unclear, but manufacturers have released some GTX 1060s with GDDR5X memory.

Much like the GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5X, this otherwise factory-overclocked ZOTAC card sticks to a memory clock speed of 8.00 GHz, despite using GDDR5X memory chips that are rated for 10 Gbps. It features 8 GB of it across the chip's full 256-bit memory bus width. The GPU is factory-overclocked by ZOTAC to tick at 1607 MHz, with 1797 MHz GPU Boost, which are below the clock-speeds of the GDDR5 AMP Extreme SKU, that has not just higher 1805 MHz GPU Boost frequency, but also overclocked memory at 8.20 GHz. Out of the box, this card's performance shouldn't be distinguishable from the GDDR5 AMP Core, but the memory alone should serve up a significant overclocking headroom.

Update 12/6/2017: Zotac told PC Gamer "It will only support the normal GDDR5." Thanks to Drep for spotting this. Discussion
Posted by alphaatlas December 06, 2018 11:27 AM (CST)

Scientists Say a Quarter of Tumblr Users Visit the Site for Porn

Tumblr recently announced a plan to remove all porn from their site, and naturally, the decision has sparked some controversy. Some users claim that the automatic filters are removing some "benign" content while leaving explicit content alone. Nevertheless, Tumblr still has a lot of porn, a topic which Motherboard has explored in the past. Last year, the site found a study claiming that "only about .1 percent of Tumblr's users account for the porn that's available on Tumblr," and that about a quarter of users are there to consume pornography.

This study was based on the behavior of 130 million users, about half of Tumblr's entire user base. Of that number, "adult content consumers are 22 percent of our sample," the study said. "At the time of the study, roughly 30 million active accounts were consuming adult content, either re-sharing it or following the accounts of those producers," Luca Aiello, one of the study's authors and now a senior research scientist at Nokia Bell Labs told Motherboard in an email. :I expect this audience to experience a noticeable drop in engagement: some of them will just churn out, many of them will likely reduce considerably the time spent on the platform."

Posted by alphaatlas December 06, 2018 10:18 AM (CST)

The Top 10 Highest Paid YouTube Stars: 2018 Edition

Forbes has created a top 10 list of the highest paid YouTube Stars in 2018. Five of the slots are occupied by channels that play video games. The number one channel features an 8 year old that reviews toys and now has his own line of merchandise at Walmart. Ryan ToysReview - $22M. Jake Paul - $21.5M. Dude Perfect - $20M. DanTDM - $18.5M. Jeffree Star - $18M. Markiplier - $17.5M. Vanoss Gaming - $17M. Jacksepticeye - $16M. PewDiePie - $15.5M. Logan Paul. - $14.5M.

Merchandise has become an increasingly important revenue stream for these top digital stars, almost all of whom (No. 1 being a notable exception) are in their 20s and 30s. Each of the 10 on our list now has a line of merchandise, whose blossoming sales help account for that 42% income increase from a year ago.

Posted by cageymaru December 04, 2018 3:07 PM (CST)

Microsoft Is Replacing Edge in Windows 10 with a Chromium-Based Web Browser

According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is giving up on its Edge browser and is switching to a Chromium-based web browser code named "Anaheim." This browser will replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10.

I expect we'll see Microsoft introduce Anaheim throughout the 19H1 development cycle, which Insiders are currently testing in the Fast ring. This is a big deal for Windows. Microsoft's web browser should finally be able to compete alongside Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those who are all-in with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally be getting a browser from Microsoft that works well when browsing the web.

Posted by cageymaru December 04, 2018 8:42 AM (CST)

Quora Breach Affects 100 Million Users

Last night, Quora's CEO announced that about 100 million of the site's user accounts were compromised in yet another data breach. Quora says they discovered the breach last Friday, and that account names, email addresses, posting history on the site, IP addresses, personal messages, and hashed passwords were compromised. The CEO says "We believe we've identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue," but notes that the investigation is still ongoing.

If you were affected, we will update you with relevant details via email. While the passwords were encrypted (hashed with a salt that varies for each user), it is generally a best practice not to reuse the same password across multiple services, and we recommend that people change their passwords if they are doing so.

Posted by alphaatlas December 04, 2018 8:18 AM (CST)

10nm Cannon Lake CPUs are Available in the U.S.

10nm chips are now on store shelves, but probably not in the form you want. As spotted by dylan522p on Twitter, the Walmart, Amazon, and Newegg U.S. sites are listing Intel Crimson Canyon NUCs with i3-8121U CPUs, while SimplyNUC also has a section for them. These 10nm chips showed up in Chinese computers awhile ago, but this is the first listing I've seen in major U.S. retailers. Interestingly, the boxes also come with a 2GB AMD Radeon 540 GPU, as well as 8GB of LPDDR4 and a regular 1TB spinner.
For reference, a similarly priced, previous generation NUC with an i5-7260U actually boosts to a higher frequency than the i3, but doesn't support DDR4L memory. Discussion
Posted by alphaatlas December 03, 2018 12:17 PM (CST)

CHP: Drunk Driver Slept While Tesla Appeared to Drive Hwy 101 on Autopilot

A Tesla owner was pulled over and arrested this Friday after California Highway Patrol spotted him asleep behind the wheel going 70 mph in Autopilot mode. Officers had to trick the Tesla’s Autopilot system to get the vehicle to stop by maneuvering a patrol car in front of it, as the driver was allegedly drunk and nonresponsive.

When officers pulled up next to the car, they allegedly saw Samek asleep, but the car was moving straight, leading them to believe it was in autopilot mode. The officers slowed the car down after running a traffic break, with an officer behind Samek turning on emergency lights before driving across all lanes of the highway, in an S-shaped path, to slow traffic down behind the Tesla, Montiel said.

Posted by Megalith December 02, 2018 7:20 PM (CST)

Introducing the NVIDIA Control Panel Windows Store App

I contacted Mr. Bryan Del Rizzo over at NVIDIA and inquired about the new DCH drivers in the latest NVIDIA GeForce Hot Fix driver version 417.21. He was kind enough to send some information over about Universal Windows drivers, the NVIDIA Control Panel app in the Windows Store and instructions for the proper usage of the NVIDIA Control Panel app. The DCH designation stands for: Declarative ("D"): Install the driver using only declarative INF directives and do not include any co-installers, RegisterDlls, etc. Componentized ("C"): Edition-specific, OEM-specific and optional customizations to the driver are separate from the base driver package, so that the base driver, which provides only core device functionality, can be targeted, flighted and serviced independently from the customizations. Hardware Support Apps ("H"): Any user interface (UI) component associated with a universal driver must be packaged as a Hardware Support App (HSA) or preinstalled on the OEM device. An HSA is an optional device-specific app that is paired with a driver.
For the enthusiasts that peruse Hardocp and Hardforum, the Standard drivers are what we want. If you have a PC that comes with the NVIDIA Control Panel app installed from the Windows Store, then you would want to use the Universal Windows "DCH" drivers. Thank you Mr. Bryan Del Rizzo over at NVIDIA for taking the time to answer my questions. Discussion
Posted by cageymaru November 30, 2018 7:13 PM (CST)

Celebrities to Pay Heavy Fines for Promoting ICOs Without Disclosing Payments

The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled charges against boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music producer Khaled Khaled, known as DJ Khaled, for failing to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Floyd Mayweather Jr. received $100,000 from Centra Tech Inc. and DJ Khaled received $50,000. DJ Khaled described the ICO as a "Game changer" and Floyd Mayweather promoted the launch of the Centra ICO to his followers as "starts in a few hours. Get yours before they sell out, I got mine..." Floyd neglected to mention that he was compensated an additional $200,000 for two other ICO promotions as he bragged, "You can call me Floyd Crypto Mayweather from now on." They were fined over $765,000 by the SEC and are currently banned from promoting securities in the near future.

Without admitting or denying the findings, Mayweather and Khaled agreed to pay disgorgement, penalties and interest. Mayweather agreed to pay $300,000 in disgorgement, a $300,000 penalty, and $14,775 in prejudgment interest. Khaled agreed to pay $50,000 in disgorgement, a $100,000 penalty, and $2,725 in prejudgment interest. In addition, Mayweather agreed not to promote any securities, digital or otherwise, for three years, and Khaled agreed to a similar ban for two years. Mayweather also agreed to continue to cooperate with the investigation. "These cases highlight the importance of full disclosure to investors," said Enforcement Division Co-Director Stephanie Avakian. "With no disclosure about the payments, Mayweather and Khaled's ICO promotions may have appeared to be unbiased, rather than paid endorsements." "Investors should be skeptical of investment advice posted to social media platforms, and should not make decisions based on celebrity endorsements," said Enforcement Division Co-Director Steven Peikin.

Posted by cageymaru November 30, 2018 4:55 PM (CST)