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Tuesday October 25, 2016

Bethesda Sending Out Games For Review One Day In Advance

Bethesda announced today that, just as it did with DOOM, the company will be sending out review copies of Skyrim Special Edition and Dishonored 2 to the media one day in advance. Obviously this means that you are just going to have wait for reviews to come out before you buy, positive word of mouth from your guinea pig friends or roll the dice and plop down your cash on day one. Yay.

With the upcoming launches of Skyrim Special Edition and Dishonored 2, we will continue our policy of sending media review copies one day before release. While we will continue to work with media, streamers, and YouTubers to support their coverage – both before and after release – we want everyone, including those in the media, to experience our games at the same time.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Riotoro CR1080 Case @ Neoseeker

ETC.: ASUS ROG Strix Wireless Headset @ FunkyKit

Inpute: HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboard @ Vortez

Storage: Crucial MX300 1.050GB SSD @ HT4U

Video: MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GB @ Legit Reviews

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 @ Tech Report

AT&T Sells Your Phone Use Data To The Police

I sure need to brush up on the law because none of this seems legal at all. I know the EFF, Electronic Privacy Information Center and the ACLU have all said this is unconstitutionally invasive but how come nothing has been done about it yet?

However, AT&T’s own documentation—reported here by The Daily Beast for the first time—shows Hemisphere was used far beyond the war on drugs to include everything from investigations of homicide to Medicaid fraud. Hemisphere isn’t a "partnership" but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to taxpayers. No warrant is required to make use of the company’s massive trove of data, according to AT&T documents, only a promise from law enforcement to not disclose Hemisphere if an investigation using it becomes public.


My First Virtual Reality Groping

Here we go again. I have to bite my tongue on this one so I am going to just leave my thoughts on this in the comments.

Suddenly, BigBro442’s disembodied helmet faced me dead-on. His floating hand approached my body, and he started to virtually rub my chest. "Stop!" I cried. I must have laughed from the embarrassment and the ridiculousness of the situation. Women, after all, are supposed to be cool, and take any form of sexual harassment with a laugh. But I still told him to stop. This goaded him on, and even when I turned away from him, he chased me around, making grabbing and pinching motions near my chest. Emboldened, he even shoved his hand toward my virtual crotch and began rubbing.


VR Headsets Blamed For Spread Of Eye Herpes

Yes, you read that correctly, VR headsets are being blamed for the spread of eye herpes. Not surprising, the forward-thinking folks at NVIDIA saw this coming a long time ago (pun intended) and took appropriate precautions.

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Virtual reality might not be catching on with consumers as rapidly as some companies hoped, but one thing that definitely will catch on with some who tries out a VR headset is herpes—ocular herpes, to be exact. The risk of passing on illness and infections at public conventions has always been real, and that risk is amplified when visitors are sharing objects like game controllers. The same is true for VR headsets, where countless individuals handle, wear, and potentially contaminate the gear before handing it off to someone else.


GTA Online Removes Illegitimately Gained In-Game Money

Rockstar has just pissed off a bunch of GTA Online cheaters by taking all their money. How do we know this was "illegitimately gained" in-game money? Oh, I don't know...this guy had 117,944,768,843 examples of cheating.

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Question: Why did I receive an alert when logging into GTA Online saying that illegitimately gained in-game money was removed from my shared bank?

Answer: To keep the gameplay environment fair we have removed illegitimately gained in-game money from player accounts. If you received an alert saying that your shared bank balance was adjusted, that is because you had illegitimate funds in your account.


Carve A Pumpkin With A Waterjet!

Attention lazy bastards everywhere! This is the best way to carve a pumpkin...ever. Speaking of carving pumpkins, where are all the [H] pumpkins?


Lyft Could Be Getting Rid Of Its Pink Mustache

Hmmm, I wonder why Lyft is thinking about changing its pink mustache logo? Is it because the logo has nothing to do with ride sharing? Does the pink moustache trigger people? Is it the endless "mustache ride" jokes?

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Lyft's pink mustache could be going away. In an interview at WSJD Live, co-founder and CEO John Zimmer teased that the company's iconic colorful facial hair could be replaced in favor of a new logo, which he wouldn't reveal. He also said that Lyft had 17 million rides this past October, and even though that's not as good as Uber's 40 million monthly rides, it's still a sign of rapid growth. For reference, Lyft reported just 7 million rides last December.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny Festival of the Lost Is Now Live @ VG24/7

Dying Light Celebrates Halloween With 'Zombiefest' @ Shacknews

New Trailer for Cities: Skylines' DLC @ GameSpot

Overwatch Competitive Changes Planned @ Blue's News

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G Review

All you 1080p gamers out there on a budget better drop what you are doing right now and read our evaluation of the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G. This card features a high quality custom cooling solution and excellent overclockability, all with a budget friendly price tag.

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NVIDIA is launching the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 today. These lower-end GPUs are priced for those on a budget, but still pack quite a punch. We test the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X, overclock it, and see how it compares to the competition in the latest games.


Robots Can Increase Productivity Of Your Existing Labor Force

While it is true that robots can increase productivity of your existing labor force, the part they are leaving out is that some of that "increased productivity" will be due to humans working extra hard not to be replaced (or murdered) by even more robots.

"Automation takes a repetitive tasks and processes and seeks to streamline the tasks and processes to be completed by machinery such as conveyors," Santagate said. "Robotics can often be an element of automation. But is distinctly different in that robotics can operate in a variety of capacities and can be re-tooled and reprogrammed to do new and different things, where automation is largely a fixed process weighed down by fixed assets."


Uber's Self-Driving Truck Company Completes A 120-Mile Beer Run

Now this is the kind of self-driving car story I think we can all get behind! In fact, if self driving technology never progressed further than delivering food and beer, I'd be cool with that.

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If you're in Colorado and grab a can of Budweiser, it's possible that you might be sipping beer delivered by Uber's autonomous truck company. Today, Otto confirmed that on October 20th, it "completed the world's first shipment by a self-driving truck," a delivery that involved transporting 2,000 cases (or 51,744 cans) of Bud from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs along Interstate 25.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Alphacool Eisbrecher 360 Pro XT45 @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro @ OCInside

Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro @ MadShrimps

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard @ techPowerUP!

Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti @ Techgage

Warner Bros. Claims Agency Ran its Own Pirate Movie Site

Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing a talent agency of setting up its own pirate site full of DVD screener rips. I think it's a bit ironic that the talent agency is called "Innovative Artists."

Warner Bros. says a talent agency effectively ran its own pirate site when it ripped DVD screeners and streamed them to associates via Google servers. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Innovative Artists stands accused of copyright infringement and breaching the DMCA after screeners under its control leaked to torrent sites.


Tesla Ranks Near Bottom Of Consumer Reports Survey

We've all heard the reports of various problems with Tesla's cars but I didn't think it was this bad. This is not some fly-by-night group handing out bad reviews either, this is Consumer Reports we are talking about. Damn.

Tesla, the upstart all-electric automaker that once landed Consumer Reports' best-ever performance rating, has now achieved a far less impressive feat, with a ranking from the reviewer that labels it one the least reliable car companies in America. The Consumer Reports' ranking, released Monday, places Tesla at no. 25 of 29 for reliability, with reviewers saying the automaker's new Model X SUV "has been plagued with malfunctions," including with the "falcon-wing doors" that have become its signature.


NVIDIA GeForce 1050 Ti Review Round-Up

Reviews of the NVIDIA GeForce 1050 Ti are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.


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Twitter Planning Hundreds More Job Cuts as Soon as This Week

I guess that e-mail sent out two weeks ago by Jack Dorsey telling everyone "We can do this!" actually meant "Those of you that are left after the layoffs can do this!" I think it's kind of crappy to get everyone's hopes up and then turn around and lay off eight percent of your workforce.

Twitter may eliminate about 300 people, the same percentage it did last year when co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as chief executive officer, according to people familiar with the matter. Planning for the cuts is still fluid and the number could change, they added. The people asked not to be identified talking about private company plans.


Jen-Hsun Huang On The Intelligent Industrial Revolution

Over the past six weeks, we took NVIDIA’s developer conference on a world tour. The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) was started in 2009 to foster a new approach to high performance computing using massively parallel processing GPUs. GTC has become the epicenter of GPU deep learning — the new computing model that sparked the big bang of modern AI. It’s no secret that AI is spreading like wildfire. The number of GPU deep learning developers has leapt 25 times in just two years. Some 1,500 AI startups have cropped up. This explosive growth has fueled demand for GTCs all over the world. So far, we’ve held events in Beijing, Taipei, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Seoul and Melbourne. Washington is set for this week and Mumbai next month. I kicked off four of the GTCs. Here’s a summary of what I talked about, what I learned and what I see in the near future as AI, the next wave in computing, revolutionizes one industry after another.


Lenovo Debuts Commercial Desktops and Notebooks Featuring 7th Generation AMD PRO Processors

Today at the Canalys Channels Forum, AMD debuted the Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 Tiny and ThinkPad E475 and E575, new commercial desktop and notebooks featuring 7th Generation AMD PRO APUs (formerly codenamed "Bristol Ridge PRO"). AMD PRO APUs are built for business, with robust security, reliability, and increased energy efficiency to help protect customers’ IT investments. Enabled by 7th generation AMD PRO processors the new Lenovo desktop and notebooks help ensure sensitive data and trusted applications remain secure with dedicated AMD Secure Processor technology. AMD PRO APUs meet users’ growing requirements by providing up to 14% more compute performance, up to 22% more graphic performance, and up to 32% more energy efficiency1, than the previous generation AMD PRO processors. Open standards and CPU-agnostic DASH manageability allows IT departments to easily integrate and manage systems while the new AMD AM4 desktop infrastructure provides a stable and upgradable platform for the future.


Intel Capital Announces $38M of New Investments in 12 Technology Startups

Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization, announced today at the Intel Capital Global Summit new investments totaling more than $38 million in 12 technology startups. The companies joining Intel Capital’s portfolio are driving innovation to enhance many facets of our lives – including IoT solutions for seniors and disabled individuals, advanced audio for 360-degree virtual reality systems, and human-like vision systems for connected cars. The 17th annual Intel Capital Global Summit, hosted this week in San Diego, features a distinguished lineup of speakers that includes: Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com; Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO of Workday; John Donahoe, chairman of the board at PayPal; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon; and Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator, Olympian and NBA Hall of Famer. The event convenes nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors and business luminaries for three days of company-building, inspiration and learning from the minds behind today’s most cutting-edge technology.


Monday October 24, 2016

Battlefield 1 Video Card DX12 Performance Preview

If you haven't done so already, make sure you take a moment today to read our Battlefield 1 Video Card DX12 Performance Preview. Today's preview pits the AMD Radeon RX 480 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 against one another to find out how these two cards perform using DX11 and DX12 as well as how they stack up against each other.

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The anticipated new game Battlefield 1 is now official released. In this Performance Preview we take the AMD Radeon RX 480 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and find out how DX11 and DX12 compare. We also compare both video cards together in DX11 and DX12 to find out which one rocks this game.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: AeroCool P7-C1 @ NikKTech

ETC.: CHERRY Stream 3.0 @ MadShrimps

HyperX Cloud Core Headset @ Play3r

Intel i5-6600K Processor @ Cowcotland

Mobile: Dell's Rugged PC Line-Up @ HotHardware

Motherboards: ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX R3.0 @ Vortez

Apple Watch Lead Sags As Smartwatch Market Sinks

This is another one of those "we told you so" things where you guys have been saying this would happen all along. Maybe once these things hit bargain basement prices you can get them as stocking stuffers of something.

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The number of smartwatches shipped over the most recent three months has declined 52 percent compared with the same July-to-September period last year, according to a report by IDC wearables analysts. Apple remains the leading smartwatch maker, but it has also seen fewer people interested in its tech-enabled timepiece this year than in 2015. It has lost significant ground to Garmin, thanks to that company's growing portfolio of fitness-focused smartwatches.


Virtual Reality Is Hazardous To Your Health

This just in, virtual reality can be harmful to your health. Well, at least if you are this guy it can be. Go ahead, point and laugh, he has a headset on so he can't see you anyway.


Webcam Maker To Recall Products Linked To Massive DDoS Attack

As bad as this may sound, I am surprised that a Chinese company would issue a recall because their products were used in last week's massive DDoS attacks. Kudos to them for not ignoring the problem and carrying on with business as usual.

Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Ltd announced the recall of all products — primarily webcams — that contain circuit boards or components from the company that were sold in the U.S. after they were identified as having a part in the recent attack. The company says it will recall some webcams, send users updates for products made before April, and strengthen password functions to lessen the chance the devices will be used as an avenue for future hack attacks. According to Xiongmai, security researchers believe that easy-to-guess default passwords for the devices aided hackers in the massive web attacks on Friday.


Police Confiscate Hundreds of Computers Over Movie Piracy Allegations

Holy crap, they ain't messing around over in Poland. Suspected of illegal file sharing? The cops over there just go to your house and take your computer.

Copyright trolling is usually handled in the civil courts but over in Poland, things are getting out of control. Police have reportedly visited hundreds of homes and seized hundreds of computers, each alleged to have shared a movie without permission. There are fears that up to 40,000 people could eventually be affected.


Intel Quietly Delays 3DXPoint Memory Modules

According to this article, Intel has 'quietly' delayed the introduction of 3DXPoint memory. Most of you will remember that, when we reported on Intel's 3DXPoint technology last year, the company was expecting to ship in 2016 built on a 2-layer, 20nm process in a 128Gbit package. Now that Intel is saying that 3DXPoint memory modules require Cannonlake-EP to work, a late 2018 / early 2019 date is more realistic.

On the Purley platform we're actually starting to sample those products already to some of the leading-edge customers. And they're seeing not only just an overall TCO performance advantage that we typically see with each one of these but this also continues our integration of things like the omni-path fabric, it has more integration of the silicon photonics so it's still the adjacency functions that are quite strong, and they will get more and better as we go through each one of these. There will be a second generation of Purley that includes 3DXPoint. If Intel's upcoming 3DXPoint memory modules require Cannonlake-EP to work, then investors should realistically expect that Intel won't be selling those modules until either late 2018 or in the first half of 2019. I'd be pleasantly surprised if it were the former, as I'm expecting the latter.


UK Store Charging More Than $18 To Try PSVR

I thought the purposes of having in-store demos like this was to get people to buy the product, not making money off people wanting to try it out. I see other retailers having free demos to as a way of luring customers away from stores like this that charge you to try something out.

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Our pay-to-play PlayStation VR experience is a GAME-led initiative. The cost to use the in-store PS4 pod is entirely refundable for customers that go on to buy either the headset or a PS4 console. The payment allows us to ensure that we have dedicated staff manning the PlayStation VR pods who have been fully trained to adhere to best practice demo guidelines. The demos are intended to give our customers access to one of the most exciting new gaming technologies in 2016 and provide them with the opportunity to get a feel for VR before they commit to buy.


Military Warns Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat

Normally reports like this shy away from actually naming a company suspected of cyber spying against the U.S. government, instead opting for the generic "Chinese company." That's what makes this report different, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff actually called out Lenovo by name, saying the company was actively trying gain access to classified military information networks.

A recent internal report produced by the J-2 intelligence directorate stated that cyber security officials are concerned that Lenovo computers and handheld devices could introduce compromised hardware into the Defense Department supply chain, posing cyber espionage risks, said officials familiar with the report. The "supply chain" is how the Pentagon refers to its global network of suppliers that provide key components for weapons and other military systems.


Gaming [H]eadlines

SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today @ Blue's News

The Division Update 1.4 Patch Notes @ Shacknews

Titanfall 2 Reviews Round-Up @ VG24/7

Watch Dogs 2 Trailer @ GameSpot

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