Monday, March 28, 2022

Taking A Few Days Off

 I'm taking a few days off, I'll  talk to you all soon! UPDATE! I will be back to regular posting on April 8th!

Friday, March 25, 2022

Spotify ‘Fully Suspends’ Operations in Russia

I'm not trying to be a dick or anything but do you honestly think Russia gives a crap that Spotify is "suspending operations" in Russia? 

Spotify, which suspended its paid subscription service in Russia earlier this month due to that country’s unprovoked and bloody invasion of Ukraine, has announced it will “fully suspend our service in Russia,”

‘Halo’ Wishes It Was ‘The Mandalorian’

Does it? Or is it just this the author projecting his opinion on us

It also doesn't help that, at its core, Halo feels like a retread of The Mandalorian's riff on Lone Wolf and the Cub in space. Kwan Ah isn't a child, but she's a defenseless innocent who's being protected by a tough-guy space loner who's forced to go against his superiors. 

PlayStation's Answer To Game Pass May Launch Next Week

Ummmm, good luck with that. 

Bloomberg sources claim Sony is introducing its rumored "Spartacus" service, which combines PlayStation Now game access and PlayStation Plus online features, as soon as next week.

What Is a Transformer Model?

If you want to ride the next big wave in AI, grab a transformer. They’re not the shape-shifting toy robots on TV or the trash-can-sized tubs on telephone poles. So, What’s a Transformer Model? A transformer model is a neural network that learns context and thus meaning by tracking relationships in sequential data like the words in this sentence.

NVIDIA Research Turns 2D Photos Into 3D Scenes

When the first instant photo was taken 75 years ago with a Polaroid camera, it was groundbreaking to rapidly capture the 3D world in a realistic 2D image. Today, AI researchers are working on the opposite: turning a collection of still images into a digital 3D scene in a matter of seconds.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

The Epic Games Spring Sale 2022

The Epic Games Spring Sale is here, get em' while they're hot!

New AMD 22.3.2 Adrenalin Edition Drivers

The new AMD 22.3.2 Adrenalin Edition Windows drivers are out now. These new drivers offer support for Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands and a host of fixes for other games as well. 

Activision Blizzard Hit With New Lawsuit

Honestly, it's getting pretty hard to keep up with all these lawsuits.

Activision Blizzard is facing another lawsuit, this time from a current employee who alleges that she experienced numerous instances of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation dating back to when she began working for the company in 2017.

Xbox Game Pass Members Try More, Play More. Spend More


First, subscribers play 40% more games after signing up, and they play 30% more across different genres. This checks out — if you have access to everything, you’re more willing to try anything. Furthermore, subscribers spend 50% more than comparable users.

NVIDIA Happy You’re Paying More To Upgrade

Gee, ya think?

At a recent investor’s day, Nvidia SVP Jeff Fisher revealed that people are spending around $300 more when upgrading their graphics card – but the company should be careful about being too jubilant about this.

Apple Is Working on a Hardware Subscription Service for iPhones

Ummmm, no thanks.

Apple Inc. is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware products, a move that could make device ownership similar to paying a monthly app fee, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The Batman | Deleted Arkham Scene

I'm not sure how I feel about this Batman yet...this isn't really helping.
 

Western Digital to Host its 2022 Investor Day on May 10, 2022

Western Digital today announced that it will host its 2022 Investor Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The 2022 Investor Day will be held in-person at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. Western Digital's CEO David Goeckeler and other senior executives will discuss the company's long-term strategy with a question and answer session following the presentations. A live webcast of the event will also be available on the Investor Relations website, including a replay after the conclusion of the event.

GFN Thursday Brings 6 New Titles This Week

GeForce NOW gives you the power to game almost anywhere, at GeForce quality. And with the latest controller from SteelSeries, members can stay in control of the action on Android and Chromebook devices. This GFN Thursday takes a look at the SteelSeries Stratus+, now part of the GeForce NOW Recommended program.

NVIDIA Data Center Grooves to Tune of Millionfold Speedups

The lighthearted video, created with the NVIDIA Omniverse platform, features Louis Prima’s iconic music track, re-recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Its drumming, dancing data center isn’t just for kicks — it celebrates the ability of NVIDIA data center solutions to orchestrate unprecedented AI performance.
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Wall Mount PC Build

I love these type of builds. 

Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard in Deal Valued at $75B

Say it out loud....an "all cash deal." 

The deal, if completed, would sharply expand Microsoft’s already sizable videogame operation, adding a stable of popular game franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush to Microsoft’s Xbox console business and its own games like Minecraft and Doom.

Suicide Squad' Game Delayed To 2023

Anyone have hopes for this game?

You'll have to wait a while longer to slay Superman. Rocksteady Studios has delayed Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League from sometime in 2022 to spring 2023. Company co-founder Sefton Hill didn't explain the decision, but promised the extra time would be used to "make the best game" possible.

Stream Full Seasons Of TV For Free On YouTube

A little late to the party but it's better late than never....I guess.

To enhance the viewing experience, we’re unveiling brand new streamlined navigation and immersive banner art. The rich visuals and new menus will help you more easily find your favorite TV shows from the comfort of the couch, whether you choose to rent, purchase, or watch for free with ads.

GIGABYTE Unveils the New BRIX Extreme Mini-PC

GIGABYTE Technology, today announced the all-new 2022 BRIX Extreme mini-PC series, which adopts the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Mobile Processors with Intel’s most scalable client architecture that delivers superior computing performance. Benefiting from a new Intel Core design for leadership performance, these processors boost the performance significantly in the all-new performance hybrid design for superior single-threaded & multi-threaded performance. Enhanced by GIGABYTE’s exclusive design, the new 2022 BRIX Extreme design integrates four display outputs, including HDMI 2.1, USB4, 2.5G Ethernet, plus the latest WiFi 6E configuration, creating the most powerful multitasking mini-PC with astounding performance and responsiveness for either gaming or content creation.

Seagate Serves Edge Security Applications with New 20TB Advanced Video-Optimized Drive

AI-enabled video imaging and analytics systems require support for heavy workloads that process and analyze multiple streams and thousands of hours of video data. Today during the ISC West trade show in Las Vegas, Nev., Seagate® Technology, a world leader in mass-data storage infrastructure solutions, launched the new SkyHawk AI 20TB hard disk drive (HDD). The mass-capacity HDD adds to the company’s leading line of video imaging and analytics (VIA) devices.

AMD Instinct Expands Ecosystem and Delivers Exascale-Class Technology

AMD today announced the availability of the AMD Instinct™ ecosystem with expanded system support from partners including ASUS, Dell Technologies, Gigabyte, HPE, Lenovo and Supermicro, the new AMD Instinct™ MI210 accelerator and the robust capabilities of ROCm™ 5 software. Altogether, the AMD Instinct and ROCm ecosystem is offering exascale-class technology to a broad base of HPC and AI customers, addressing the growing demand for compute-accelerated data center workloads and reducing the time to insights and discovery.

What Is Path Tracing?

Turn on your TV. Fire up your favorite streaming service. Grab a Coke. A demo of the most important visual technology of our time is as close as your living room couch. Propelled by an explosion in computing power over the past decade and a half, path tracing has swept through visual media.

NVIDIA Showcases Novel AI Tools in DRIVE Sim

At GTC, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang showcased new AI-based tools for NVIDIA DRIVE Sim that accurately reconstruct and modify actual driving scenarios. These tools are enabled by breakthroughs from NVIDIA Research that leverage technologies such as NVIDIA Omniverse platform and NVIDIA DRIVE Map.

NVIDIA Inception Introduces New and Updated Benefits

This week at GTC, we’re celebrating – celebrating the amazing and impactful work that developers and startups are doing around the world. Nowhere is that more apparent than among the members of our global NVIDIA Inception program, designed to nurture cutting-edge startups who are revolutionizing industries. The program is free for startups of all sizes and stages of growth, offering go-to-market support, expertise and technology.

Intel Introduces New ATX PSU Specifications

Intel has published the most significant update to industry power supply specifications since the initial ATX 2.0 specs were introduced in 2003. Updated ATX 3.0 specifications unlock the full power and potential of next-generation hardware and upcoming components built for technologies like PCIe Gen 5.0. Intel has also revised its ATX12VO spec to provide the PC industry with an updated blueprint for designing power supply units (PSUs) and motherboards that reduce power draw at idle, helping customers lower electrical demand.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Leaked Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti Pricing

Wait....adding a "Ti" to the name is worth a $1,500 price increase? Seems legit. 😏

The RTX 3090 Ti, which is reportedly set to be released later this month, might be more expensive than initially thought. Eagled-eye Twitter user @momomo_us spotted a couple of RTX 3090 Ti retail listings going for nearly $4,000 apiece. 

Roku OS 11 Adds Photo Streams And More

Roku owners rejoice, OS 11 is bringing a handful of new features.

Roku OS 11 will start to roll out to devices in the coming weeks. This update brings Photo Streams, which the company says it’s the “easiest way to enjoy and share favorite photos.” The same way Apple TV users can take advantage of AirPlay and the Photos app, Roku Photo Streams brings a customizable experience by creating a personalized screensaver using customers’ own photos.

Cool Custom Build of the Day

This thing is pretty awesome. I like how the adjustable RGB lighting can be customized to your liking.

Twitch Rolling Out Improved Reporting And Appeals Tools

This ought to be interesting.

Starting next week, the company will begin rolling out an updated reporting tool it says features a more intuitive design for flagging bad behavior. Among other enhancements, it includes new search functionality that Twitch says will make it easier to specify the exact reason you want to report someone. It will now also include menus tailored to the content you’re reporting. 

Ubisoft's Scalar Cloud Technology Aims For Larger Game Worlds

"Larger game worlds?" Like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games aren't big enough already.

The tech runs components of Ubisoft's game engines, such as audio, physics and AI, as individual systems in the cloud, spreading the work across "a potentially unlimited number of machines," according to the publisher. Ubsioft claims games using Scalar will be able to leverage a "virtually infinite amount of computing power."

Epic Raises $36M For Ukraine In 24 Hours

Wow

Update: As of March 21, together we’ve raised $36 million USD in humanitarian relief funds to support people affected by the war in Ukraine.

AI Experts Warn of Potential Cyberwar Facing Banking Sector

I hate articles like this that say "this could happen."

Russian forces in Ukraine continue their practice of using long-range weapons against civilian targets in an attempt to compensate for close-combat failure. The US warns that escalation to chemical attacks is possible, and that large-scale cyberattacks may be under preparation.

NVIDIA Omniverse Upgrade Delivers Extraordinary Benefits

At GTC, NVIDIA announced significant updates for millions of creators using the NVIDIA Omniverse real-time 3D design collaboration platform. The announcements kicked off with updates to the Omniverse apps Create, Machinima and Showroom, with an immanent View release. Powered by GeForce RTX and NVIDIA RTX GPUs, they dramatically accelerate 3D creative workflows.

NVIDIA CEO Intros Hopper Architecture

Kicking off NVIDIA’s GTC conference, Huang introduced new silicon — including the new Hopper GPU architecture and new H100 GPU, new AI and accelerated computing software and powerful new data-center-scale systems.

New NVIDIA RTX GPUs Enable Creation From Anywhere

Businesses use the NVIDIA RTX platform to enable their workers to keep up with the most demanding workloads, from anywhere. And today, NVIDIA is expanding its RTX offerings with seven new NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs for laptops and desktops.

UF Health and NVIDIA Build World's Largest Clinical Language Generator

The University of Florida’s academic health center, UF Health, has teamed up with NVIDIA to develop a neural network that generates synthetic clinical data — a powerful resource that researchers can use to train other AI models in healthcare.

Kroger and NVIDIA to Reinvent the Shopping Experience

The Kroger and NVIDIA today announced a strategic collaboration to reimagine the shopping experience using AI-enabled applications and services. Kroger, the nation’s largest grocer, and NVIDIA will build a state-of-art AI lab and demonstration center to expand Kroger’s freshness initiatives, improve shipping logistics and create a better shopping experience in stores through digital twin simulations — virtual models designed to accurately reflect store layouts and other operations.

NVIDIA Omniverse Ecosystem Expands 10x

NVIDIA today announced new releases and updates for Omniverse — including the latest Omniverse Connectors and libraries — expanding the platform’s ecosystem by 10x, and making Omniverse even more accessible to creators, developers, designers, engineers and researchers worldwide.

NVIDIA Announces Omniverse Cloud

NVIDIA today announced Omniverse Cloud, a suite of cloud services that gives artists, creators, designers and developers instant access to the NVIDIA Omniverse™ platform for 3D design collaboration and simulation from up to billions of devices.

A New Specification for Hyperscale Virtualization

Today, Intel contributed the Scalable I/O Virtualization (SIOV) specification to the Open Compute Project (OCP) with Microsoft, enabling device and platform manufacturers access to an industry standard specification for hyperscale virtualization of PCI Express and Compute Express Link devices in cloud servers. When adopted, SIOV architecture will enable data center operators to deliver more cost-effective access to high-performance accelerators and other key I/O devices for their customers, as well as relieve I/O device manufacturers of cost and programming burdens imposed under previous standards.