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Rumor: 8 Core Intel NUCs and Intel "Compute Modules" are Coming

According to a thread posted on the Chinese forum, Intel is allegedly preparing to launch an 8 Core "Ghost Canyon" NUC. The slides suggest that Intel is abandoning the AMD hybrid design on the high end, and has instead chosen to include a PCIe x16 slot that could possibly house an MXM GPU. Meanwhile, Intel is also supposedly preparing tiny 95mm x 55mm x 5mm "compute cards" that can be slid into compatible devices. The slides show features such as 15W 4C processors, LPDDR3, and integrated wifi and storage, as well as a few different chassis the cards can be slid into. Obviously, this all has to be taken with a grain of salt, but we should see if the leak pans out in 2019. Thanks to Videocardz for spotting the post.

As can be seen from the road map, the NUC mini computer with the 9th generation Core processor will be available before the end of 2019, 8 core 16 thread processor, TDP thermal design power consumption 45 watts.

Posted by alphaatlas December 06, 2018 11:57 AM (CST)

Nvidia Hardware Powers an Underwater Drone

Think you're safe from drones when you jump in the water? Well, thanks to Nvidia and a startup called Notilo Plus, you aren't safe anymore. Using a 7.5W Nvidia Jetson TX2, the startup has created an underwater drone that can operate autonomously. "iBubble" can follow divers around, film them or their surroundings, and be remotely ordered around via a remote control. On their site, Nvidia claims the drone uses data from camera feeds to avoid obstacles, follow routes, and more. The commercial counterpart, Seasam, can also " find and inspect areas needing repair on vessels." Check out iBubble's promo video below

The detection and classification systems used are trained on data available on Notilo Plus' cloud platform. As the number of iBubble users increases, the more underwater data will be collected. Over time, the company plans to build specialized underwater AI datasets and train its deep neural networks specifically on them - increasing the accuracy of iBubble further.

Posted by alphaatlas December 06, 2018 9:42 AM (CST)

The Chinese Social Credit Score System Has Been Implemented

The Independent is reporting that the dystopian Chinese Social Credit system that is scheduled for implementation in 2020 is already in use in parts of the country. The Chinese government had already barred discredited citizens from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips by the end of April. Businesses that are judged to be unworthy will be subject to the punishments also. Good acts such as volunteer work, and blood donations will raise your social credit score. Bad activities such as violating traffic laws, buying too many video games, and smoking in non-smoking areas will be punished severely by the government. Initial punishments include slower internet speeds, reducing access to good schools for the individual and their children, and the loss of rights to book hotels and own pets. Thanks @Schtask

An improved social credit system was needed so that "discredited people become bankrupt," Hou Yunchun, former deputy director of the development research center of the State Council, was quoted as saying by Sina Finance at an annual credit development forum in Beijing on Saturday. "If we don't increase the cost of being discredited, we are encouraging discredited people to keep at it," Hou reportedly said. "That destroys the whole standard."

Posted by cageymaru November 28, 2018 3:45 PM (CST)

Amazon Gets Heat for Posting Hardcore Porn in "Dad Gifts" Category

Amazon UK is under fire for listing hardcore pornography among the top results of the "Dad Gifts" category. While the listing has since been taken down, Google managed to cache it beforehand, and I can confirm the listing featured explicit language and censored imagery on the product page. Needless to say, there's quite a bit of outrage on social media.

After The Sun contacted Amazon about the DVD, it removed the title from its website - but other porn films are still listed online. And we found that when you search for "porn film" on Amazon, explicit DVDs come up even when Amazon states it has excluded "adult items" from the results. Amazon UK says that sellers are "not permitted" to sell any type of pornography on its website - but thousands of pornography items are available to buy.

Posted by alphaatlas November 26, 2018 12:02 PM (CST)

Intel Allegedly Readying 10-Core Comet Lake-S Processors

Wccftech has spotted a rumor on a Taiwanese forum claiming Intel will up the core count of their mainstream processors again with its next CPU family, which is being built on the 14nm process node. Allegedly called Comet Lake, one of the chips will supposedly feature 10 cores and use a dual, rather than single, ring-bus interconnect.

...a single ring bus can definitely handle 10 cores...but this would be an interesting change if Intel does go with the dual ring design, considering their core-to-core latency has been on point for a while on the mainstream side compared to the competitors who rely more aggressively on interconnects due to cores allocated to dual dies, hence slightly affecting the latency speeds.

Posted by Megalith November 25, 2018 10:45 AM (CST)

Every Beijing Resident Will Have a Social Credit Score by 2020

In 2016, we reported that China was working on a "social credit score" system like something straight out of a dystopian novel. As it turns out, the Chinese weren't just blowing smoke, and have plans to implement it. According to a report posted by the Chinese government, which Bloomberg spotted, every one of the 22 million people living in Beijing will be judged by 2020.

Those with better so-called social credit will get "green channel" benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult. The Beijing project will improve blacklist systems so that those deemed untrustworthy will be "unable to move even a single step," according to the government's plan. Xinhua reported on the proposal Tuesday, while the report posted on the municipal government's website is dated July 18. China has long experimented with systems that grade its citizens, rewarding good behavior with streamlined services while punishing bad actions with restrictions and penalties. Critics say such moves are fraught with risks and could lead to systems that reduce humans to little more than a report card.

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

The Supply of Steam Link Hardware Is Almost Gone

Valve has announced that the Steam Link is sold out in Europe and supplies in America are nearly depleted. Valve will continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware in the future. The Steam Link App seems to have taken precedence over the hardware as it features on-screen touch controls and runs on smartphones, tablets, and televisions.

The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is sold out in Europe and almost sold out in the US. Moving forward, Valve intends to continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware as well as distribution of the software versions of Steam Link, available for many leading smart phones, tablets and televisions. Click here to find out more about the Steam Link App.

Posted by cageymaru November 20, 2018 7:54 AM (CST)

PlayStation 5 Rumored to Sport Ryzen 8-Core CPU, Cost $500

The same redditor who accurately leaked Sony’s 2019 E3 plans (or lack thereof) claims the PlayStation 5 will be powered by an 8-core AMD Ryzen processor, cost $500, and feature a new Dual Shock controller with integrated camera. He also disclosed the existence of a PSVR 2, which won’t have a breaker box, as those components will be built into the PS5. New PS Move controllers and a "glove" device were also mentioned.

For games, RuthenicCookie said that the last PlayStation 4 games, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima, will launch titles for the PlayStation 5. Backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 5 remains unclear, but most of the late PlayStation 4 titles will also be released on the PlayStation 5. Anthem, the futuristic multiplayer shooter being developed by BioWare, will also apparently be delayed again from its February 2019 release date.

Posted by Megalith November 18, 2018 2:00 PM (CST)

Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition Review

As usual, we try to take a bit of a different tack when reviewing CPUs. In our Intel Core i9-9980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper review we do what you might think, and compare the newest Intel HEDT processor against every HEDT processor that AMD currently produces. Where does the 9980XE sit in the stack?
Posted by Kyle November 13, 2018 9:29 AM (CST)

Apple's New Hardware with the T2 Security Chip Will Currently Block Linux from Booting

Phoronix is reporting that Linux will not boot on any Apple device that utilizes the T2 security chip. Due to the lack of a certificate, only macOS and Windows 10 are supported at this time. Linux will not install even if the Security Boot functionality is disabled.

Apple's T2 security chip being embedded into their newest products provides a secure enclave, APFS storage encryption, UEFI Secure Boot validation, Touch ID handling, a hardware microphone disconnect on lid close, and other security tasks. The T2 restricts the boot process quite a bit and verifies each step of the process using crypto keys signed by Apple.

Posted by Megalith November 11, 2018 10:50 AM (CST)

Activision: Destiny 2: Forsaken "Under-Performed," Core Player Base Hasn't Reengaged

Activision’s latest financials suggest that gamers are losing interest in the Destiny franchise. According to the publisher’s COO, Forsaken, the title’s latest expansion, "under-performed" and that profits have declined "year after year." Bungie’s plan for more paid DLC won’t help matters, presumably.

A lot of Destiny players did dig Forsaken (myself included), but Bungie has proven time and time again that they have myriad issues holding the game down long term. They introduced more issues in the sequel, some of which they still haven't fixed, and it really took its toll on the player base over time. Their constant "we're listening, but not really" routine was old in 2014, much less four years later, and their communication efforts have resulted in numerous blunders that have soured the core.

Posted by Megalith November 10, 2018 4:00 PM (CST)

Intel Core i9-9900K Re-Reviewed, 95-Watt TDP Results

Believing that Intel is "cheating their own spec and pushing board partners to run the i9-9900K at the default clock multiplier table, rather than at the official power spec," Hardware Unboxed has re-tested the CPU and published benchmarks of how well Intel’s flagship performs at a lower TDP. Some argue the allegations are meaningless, as the part was designed to handle higher wattages (so long as the proper cooling is in place), but the results seem to favor Ryzen 2700x fans who claim the i9 is a poor deal in comparison: at 95-watt TDP, the 9900K appears to perform similarly, but with more power and heat involved.

As we just saw with the 95-watt limit, it’s barely any faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X. In fact, in some tests it’s slower, and that’s an awful result for a CPU that costs ~70% more. This is a big issue for Intel and they’ve painted themselves into a corner here. For the 9900K to make an ounce of sense, for anyone who isn’t an extreme overclocker, it needs to run at around 70 C with a quality aftermarket cooler and for that the TDP can’t really be any higher than about 105 watts.

Posted by Megalith November 10, 2018 3:50 PM (CST)