Saturday, August 17, 2019

YouTube Testing Paid Online Hangouts With Influencers

So YouTubers can now charge their viewers for something they should be doing for free as a way of paying back the people that support them in the first place? Cash grab much?

The basic idea behind Fundo is to give creators a chance to sell special online events to some of their biggest fans. For instance, YouTuber Jessi Vee used Fundo to facilitate a virtual meet and greet session, consisting of a live video chat with small groups of her fans, last month.

'Fake' Amazon Ambassadors Baited On Twitter

Is this really a thing? Who cares about follows this stuff especially when they are obvious fake accounts?

Amazon workers praising their working conditions on social media are being accused of lying by other users. Twitter users are pointing to apparent inaccuracies and "robotic" or "scripted" language as evidence that employees are being "paid to lie".

Borderlands 3: 4-Player Co-op Gameplay Footage

IGN got a little hands on time with Borderlands 3. Here's a seven minute video showing off all the action.

Cool Custom Case of the Day

This case gives me wood. Also, a perfect case for the normally ugly Noctua fans.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Customs Computers Restored After Nationwide Failure at Airports

One of the drawbacks of using computers for everything

The system was being restored and passengers being processed, the agency said in a statement at 6:25 p.m. New York time. The failure was isolated to operations at airports, sparing other points of entry such as seaports or highway border crossings, according to the agency.

Halo Infinite Creative Director Leaves

What's with all these high-profile departures from big studios lately?

Roles and responsibilities of various team members regularly evolve to meet the needs of a game, throughout development. We have recently had two changes to the Halo Infinite development team. Our Executive Producer, Mary Olson will now take charge of the Campaign team on Halo Infinite as the Lead Producer, utilizing her many years of experience at 343 to help craft a great campaign for fans.

Fortnite B.R.U.T.E.s Democratize Winning

And you can win! And you can win! And you can win!  EVERYONE can win now! Rumor has it that they will be handing out hugs and gold stars after each match now.

The mission of Fortnite is to bring players of all skill levels together to have a fun experience where anyone can win. For example - everyone having a shot at that first elimination or Victory Royale moment and the satisfying feeling that comes with it. Right now, we know there are players out there who have never had that opportunity.

COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Vulcan X OC-V Review

COLORFUL's iGame GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Vulcan X OC-V (that's a mouthful) is on the test bench at TweakTown today.

An actual OC button. An LCD display. Kick ass performance. COLORFUL surprises with its custom RTX 2080 SUPER.

Toshiba BG4 SSD Review

Our friends at HotHardware say that Toshiba's BG4 SSD is a mini but mighty NVMe storage solution.

The diminutive, little Toshiba BG4 isn’t about the latest and greatest in bleeding-edge SSD storage performance or pushing the envelope in terms of throughput. However, it does still represent a significant step forward in regard to power and performance in the smallest of form factors – you’ll see exactly what we mean in a couple of the photos below.

Ewan McGregor Signs on For Obi-Wan Kenobi Return

This is awesome news! When I was a kid Darth Vader was my favorite (obviously) but, once the prequels came out, Obi-Wan instantly became my favorite character...even though the movies kinda sucked. I'm actually excite for what Disney has coming to its streaming platform.

[Update: Incredibly happy to add to this report that Deadline, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter have all independently confirmed our story from this morning. Hopefully this means we’ll get some official announcement from Lucasfilm sooner rather than later. 

Capital One Cyber Staff Raised Concerns Before Hack

Of course they did.

Before a giant data breach at Capital One Financial Corp., employees raised concerns within the company about what they saw as high turnover in its cybersecurity unit and a failure to promptly install some software to help spot and defend against hacks, according to people familiar with the matter. 

Bungie: Destiny 2 Development Is “Unsustainable”

What exactly does this mean? You (Bungie) are the people that decide these things so why is this an issue now? Why has no one said anything before this?

During the annual pass, we invented new, bespoke ways to earn rewards each season. Black Armory had its bounties, Season of the Drifter had the "Reckoning Machine," Season of Opulence had its Chalice. Each of these mechanics—each with their own lessons—were valuable, but also put the team into an unsustainable development cycle.

Open Frame Case Concept From Noctua

I don't know about you but I love this!

YouTube Now Blocking Copyright Trolls From Taking Creators’ Revenue

I guess this is a move in the right is implemented correctly. YouTube always has a way of rolling something out only to be abused almost immediately.

Today, we’re announcing additional changes to our manual claiming policies intended to improve fairness in the creator ecosystem, while still respecting copyright owners’ rights to prevent unlicensed use of their content.

Ben Irving Leaving BioWare

It makes you wonder if all the controversy surrounding Anthem has anything to do with this.

Cliff Bleszinski Comeback?

Blue's News says CliffyB might be coming back to the gaming industry. He used to be one of my favorite Back Street Boys.

NVIDIA Developing Another GeForce RTX GPU

NVIDIA is working on a new GeForce RTX T10-8 graphics card? It seems like it.

NVIDIA Partners to Bring AI-Powered Robotaxis to the Continent

Two of NVIDIA’s automotive partners have announced big plans for small trips. Autonomous vehicle solution provider AutoX and Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer NEVS are partnering to deploy robotaxis in Europe by the end of 2020. “The processing power and efficiency of the NVIDIA DRIVE platform is incredibly beneficial to this deployment,” said Jianxiong Xiao, founder and CEO of AutoX. “It’s an excellent way to achieve scale and reliability.”

NVIDIA AI Powers Growing Student Racing Competition

From rear wings to engine placement, certain design aspects of race cars are fundamental for speed. In the world of driverless racing, that element is NVIDIA. At the third annual Formula Student Driverless racing competition this month in Hockenheimring, Germany, 70 percent of the teams — including the winning team ETH Zurich — relied on NVIDIA GPUs.

The high-performance, energy-efficient AI hardware made it possible for the university teams to run a wide array of algorithms in-vehicle, navigating the track at racing speeds. The FSD competition is a growing part of the FSG international design event, which draws 4,000 students from 25 countries.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2020

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the second quarter ended July 28, 2019, of $2.58 billion compared with $3.12 billion a year earlier and $2.22 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.90, compared with $1.76 a year ago and $0.64 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.24 compared with $1.94 a year earlier and $0.88 in the previous quarter.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Another Visit to the Emergency Room

Well crap, maybe it is all the stress I have been under lately (or coffee)...but I ended up in the ER again with another bout of Supraventricular Tachycardia. ONE. DAMN. DAY. before my birthday and two days before my wife's birthday. So, if it is okay with everyone, I'm going to take my birthday off to start working on our Annual Computers For Charity Project so I can get a head start on that. I'd hate to croak before I get all these systems built. For those of you that don't have old computer hardware laying around, but still want to help, can throw a few dollars in the hat HERE.  Every penny of that money goes to buying the items needed to finish up these systems (that ultimately isn't donated). wife thinks it's funny to take these embarrassing pics. Thanks honey!

Annual Computers For Charity Project

Alrighty guys, our Annual Computers For Charity Project is in full swing! In addition to hardware donations from all of you, we also have stuff coming in from AMDCorsair, NZXT, Phanteks, SilverStone, and G.SKILL. There is still time to send stuff in or make a small cash donation if you don't have hardware. Here's a peek at what has arrived so far this week:

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC NUC8i5INH Review

Intel's NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC NUC8i5INH is great for every day use, garage PC, HTPC or any other use where space is at a premium.

Depending on which of Intel’s NUC 8 Mainstream G is purchased, users will either have an Intel 8th Gen Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processor. The storage configuration may differ also. In the model we’ll be looking at today (BXNUC8i5INHPA1) we have the Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3, and a 256GB Intel SSD 545S.

Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Review

If you are looking to upgrade to a new M.2 NVMe solid state drive, make sure you check out this review of the Kingston KC2000 1TB at ProClockers.

The world of SATA based SSD’s is slowly coming to a close with the raw speed and performance of PCIe based drives falling to near price parity. The benefit is radically increased bandwidth, up to about 6x the raw speed and some drives are so small they can slot right into your desktop motherboard or laptop with no need for pesky cables. 

Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled PC With Maingear

I'm not sure how I missed this one but the fine folks at HotHardware have teamed up with Maingear to build an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X liquid-cooled PC.

NVIDIA Achieves Breakthroughs in Language Understanding

NVIDIA today announced breakthroughs in language understanding that allow businesses to engage more naturally with customers using real-time conversational AI. NVIDIA's AI platform is the first to train one of the most advanced AI language models — BERT — in less than an hour and complete AI inference in just over 2 milliseconds. This groundbreaking level of performance makes it possible for developers to use state-of-the-art language understanding for large-scale applications they can make available to hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

No Borderlands 3 Preloads

Just saw this news post over at Blue's.

It’s Complicated. We’ve released support for file preloading which is sufficient for some games, but we aren’t certain it’s up to the demands of a blockbuster like Borderlands.

Multiple Sexual Misconduct Allegations Rock the Fighting Game Community

I am not making light of the situation but, in my lifetime, I never thought I would ever see Super Smash Bros. and sexual misconduct in the same sentence.

Time will tell how many more allegations may arise from the fighting game community, and what measures will be taken to address them. But considering the reactions on social media, at least they've begun a conversation amongst its members about how to reshape the FGC into a safer, more inclusive space.

AMD Sends Out Initial Linux Driver Support For "Renoir" APUs

Well this certainly is interesting.

Renoir is the successor to current AMD Picasso APUs and are said to be based on the new Zen 2 architecture while incorporating a Navi GPU... Well, at least originally what rumors/leaks reported. These code patches indicate Renoir to be based on Raven/Vega as opposed to Navi. Not a whole lot is known about Renoir publicly and are not expected to hit the shelves until 2020. 

How We Faked Keanu Reeves Stopping a Robbery

These guys do some really cool deep fakes.

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats

So what is the purpose behind transcribing these conversations in the first place? 

Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work. The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained -- only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. 

Cheaters Get Their Private Data Stolen

It's hard to feel bad for cheaters getting exactly what they deserve. What's the old expression? Play stupid games, win stupid prizes...

Since February, a number of ne’er-do-well Apex Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players hoping to download cheats have in fact been infecting their computers with credential-stealing malware, security firm Sophos discovered.

Loot Crate Files for Bankruptcy

Wait, does that say Loot Crate is selling all of its assets to Loot Crate Acquisition LLC? What?

Loot Crate, the worldwide leader in fan subscription boxes, announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of substantially all of its assets to Loot Crate Acquisition LLC. To facilitate the transaction, Loot Crate and its affiliates today filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Delaware. The terms of the agreement will be formalized and submitted to the Court later this week.

Microsoft To Focus On Frame Rate And Playability For Next

Saying stuff like "approximately four times as powerful" means jack. Call me when they (Microsoft / Sony) have real hardware running real games.

While the company didn't showcase the actual hardware, it did reveal a few tantalizing tidbits about the system, namely that it'll boast a solid state drive (much like Sony's PS5) and will be approximately four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, which currently has the distinction of being the most powerful game console on the market.

Cool Case Mod of the Day

This thing isn't even done yet and I love it already.

Windows Defender Gets Perfect Antivirus Score?

Even though I am a Windows Defender user, I'm still a bit surprised by this score.

The Origins Of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Reboot

I guess this explains a lot about why CoD: Modern Warfare is being rebooted.

Epic Changes B.R.U.T.E. Spawn Rates

Blue's has the rundown on the changes made to Fortnite B.R.U.T.E. spawn rates. Here's a snippet from the news post:

We’ve lowered the spawn rates of the B.R.U.T.E. per Storm circle in Arena and Tournament playlists. We will continue to monitor the impact of this change in advance of next weekend’s Champion Series event.

Team Group T-Force Cardea II M.2 SSD Review

TweakTown says that, if you are in the market for a new M.2 SSD, the Team Group T-Force Cardea II is a solid choice for gamers and enthusiasts alike.

The updated model is quite a bit quicker than the previous version, and both include the same extruded aluminum passive cooler with T-Force (Team Group's gaming brand) graphics. 

Novatech The Reign VIPER MKII Review

Vortez has published a review of Novatech's The Reign VIPER MKII today. The specs look pretty impressive for the price.

Providing the processing grunt is a 9th generation Intel Core i7 9700K CPU with 8 cores at up to 4.9GHz. That processor is paired to 16GB of Corsair memory and an NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070 with full real-time ray-tracing support.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4K Multiplayer Gameplay

I still can't believe they named the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I mean, they could at least put "2019" behind it or something.

Tim Willits Joins Saber Interactive as Chief Creative Officer

I honestly thought he would have formed a new studio but this seems like a good match up as well.

“Being with a studio for 24 years, it’s really hard to leave,” Willits tells Fortune. “It’s almost like a marriage, for lack of a better description…. [But] I saw how Saber, as a team, was starting to grow and expand and pick up teams and studios. It was a good time to move over.”

G2A Extends Keyblocking Tool Signup Deadline

It looks as though G2A has extended the signup deadline for its keyblocking tool to the end of this month. Something tells me they aren't going to get 80 more developers to sign up. Maybe that was the plan all along? Not enough developers sign up and G2A can say "at least we tried."

You may remember our last post where we offered creating a key blocker to help developers blacklist review and giveaway keys on G2A Marketplace. Creating such a tool is going to be time-consuming and expensive for us. This is why it would be great if at least 100 developers signed up – we just want to make sure that our key blocker is going to be used by many.

Tesla Model 3 Violently Explodes Several Times After Crash

I'm telling you, they need to change the damn "auto pilot" name to prevent stuff like this. Thankfully all the occupants of the vehicle got out okay.

Free Game of the Day

If you've always dreamed of being a super hero you should check out UNDEFEATED.

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC Review

There is another Radeon RX 5700 XT review out there today, this time around it is SAPPHIRE's PULSE OC version.

SAPPHIRE is the first out of the gate with a custom Navi graphics card in the Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC, fueling Team Red fans with its first toe dipped into the custom RX 5700 series world.


Okay, okay, I'll admit it...I didn't know what a ROCCAT Kova AIMO was until I read this review. I must be slipping in my old age.

Like its predecessor the Kova AIMO is an ambidextrous, symmetrical mouse that ROCCAT claim has been designed to offer exceptional comfort & performance regardless of if you are left or right-handed. Other returning features include two additional top buttons, an illuminated “Titan Wheel” which can be personalised within the ROCCAT Swarm software.

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT Review

There is a review of the ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT posted today at Overclockers Club.

Overall, when compared directly to the NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER, the RX 5700 XT edges it out in almost every game. Once board partners start to roll out custom cards, I feel the RX 5700 lineup will look even better. For now, even though it does beat the competition at this price point, you need to consider if the blower cooler will bother you

Twitch Recommended Porn To Ninja's Followers

Considering how young most of Ninja's follower are, this looks pretty damn bad. Then again, this is Twitch we are talking about, they'll say it was a glitch.

But after he departed the platform for a rival streaming service, viewers who went looking for his Twitch channel on Sunday didn’t get to see their favorite neon-haired gamer — instead, they saw pornography.

Epic Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit

It looks as though Epic has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over hacked Fortnite accounts.

The class-action lawsuit, filed by Franklin D. Azar & Associates in U.S. District Court in North Carolina, alleges Epic’s “failure to maintain adequate security measures and notify users of the security breach in a timely manner.” The lawsuit states that “there are more than 100 class members.”

Jio and Microsoft announce alliance

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, and Microsoft Corp. are embarking on a unique, comprehensive, long-term strategic relationship aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society. This 10-year commitment combines the world-class capabilities of both companies to offer a detailed set of solutions comprising connectivity, computing, storage solutions, and other technology services and applications essential for Indian businesses and will span the broad Reliance Industries ecosystem including its existing and new businesses.

Endoscopy Startup Uses AI to Spot Stomach, Colon Cancer

Even the most experienced doctors can’t catch every tiny polyp during an endoscopy, a screening of the digestive system. But even in routine exams, the stakes are high — missing an early warning sign of cancer can lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment, lowering a patient’s chances for recovery. To cut down on the rate of missed precancerous lesions, one Japanese endoscopist is turning to AI.  

DMV Horror Story of the Day

Though the headline may not sound like it...this is definitely a tech story.

Everyone hates parking tickets. Not everyone, however, is an information security researcher with a mischievous side and a freshly minted vanity license plate reading "NULL." Now he's on the receiving end of thousands of dollars worth of tickets that aren't his. 

Seagate 16TB IronWolf, Pro, and Exos X16 HDD Review

TweakTown has rounded up a handful of 16TB Seagate hard drives and put them to the test.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Battle Royale Rumor

Blue's News has the latest on the rumors of a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare battle royale mode.

So apparently Battle Royale in #ModernWarfare will be a free mode to release in early 2020. It will be downloadable as a separate game, but also will still be connected to the core game. If this is true then it's a very good move by Activision.

Interactive Borderlands 3 Skill Trees Are Live

Gearbox sends word that its new interactive Borderlands 3 skill trees are now live. I'm not sure just yet but Amara looks like she might be my go-to vault hunter.

Within each skill tree, be sure to check out all the available Action Skills and their Action Skill Augments, along with character-specific perks like FL4K's Pet or Moze's weapon attachments mounted onto her Iron Bear mech. Remember, just because you choose a particular Action Skill, it doesn’t mean that you’re locked into that skill tree; you’re free to mix and match to see what powerful combinations you can come up with.