Wednesday, October 23, 2019

NBC Making An eSports Sitcom

I'm calling it now...cancelled after season 1.

According to Variety, NBC has picked up a show called The Squad – a multi-camera comedy about esports developed by Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and executive producer Anthony Del Broccolo.

Robots Are Making Employee's Job Harder

At least they aren't taking your jobs....yet.

According to a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois that focused on warehouse work automation and was shared exclusively with Recode, emerging technologies aren’t actually going to replace the over 1 million warehouse workers in the US anytime soon. But over the next 10 years, the technology may make their lives harder.

CORSAIR VOID RGB ELITE Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps have published a review of the CORSAIR VOID RGB ELITE today. If you are looking for a new wireless gaming headset, this review will definitely be of interest to you.

VOID RGB ELITE Wireless is an incremental update over the VOID PRO Wireless, which features enhanced drivers of the same size, but also a better microphone that is now Discord certified as well. 

One Year Review of Epic Games Store

I've never had a problem with the Epic Games Store. I'm not a fan of having multiple game services installed on my rig, but developers seem to like it and they are handing out weekly freebies to get people to become users.

But putting aside whether the Epic Store is some bold trailblazer/harbinger of doom/probably somewhere in the middle, what is it like for people to actually use?

GameSpot Played 3 Hours Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Just FYI, this 12 minute video is a summary of the actually gameplay, it is not 3 hours long.

Fallout 76 Launches Private Server Program

It looks like this is finally happening.

Ever since Fallout 76 launched, we have consistently worked to improve and evolve the experience based on your feedback. That’s why we’re excited to launch Fallout 1st, a premium membership that offers something players have been asking for since before launch: private worlds for you and select friends. In addition to this huge feature, Fallout 1st also includes a host of exclusive items and membership bonuses.

Amazing Comic Book Custom Build

Holy crap, take a look at this thing!?!

What Is Edge Computing?

Edge computing and doughnuts share something in common: the closer they are to the consumer, the better. A trip to the corner doughnut shop may be deliciously quick. But a box of doughnuts within reach of your desk is instant gratification. The same holds true for edge computing. Send data to an AI application running in the cloud, and it delays answers. Send it to a nearby edge server, and it’s like grabbing directly from that pink box of glazed raised and rainbow sprinkles.

NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang Named World’s Top CEO

The ​Harvard Business Review has named NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang the world’s top performing CEO. The prestigious management publication put Huang at the top of its list, unveiled Monday, as part of its annual ranking of the world’s 100 best-performing chief executives.

Intel Signs Strategic MOU to Develop Innovative VR/AR Solutions

Today, Intel is working to develop 5G-based virtual reality (VR), 3D and 360-degree content development platforms for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games Paris 2024. To help create these experiences, Intel signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sky Limit Entertainment (SoReal).

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Rise of Skywalker Trailer

The latest The Rise of Skywalker trailer is now out.

PlayStation Russia Refusing To Release Modern Warfare Digitally

This makes absolutely no sense.

Activision Russia has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not be released on PlayStation Russia Store digitally because Sony Interactive Russia is refusing to release it.

GeForce Game Ready Driver 440.97 WHQL

NVIDIA has released new GeForce Game Ready WHQL drivers today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs. If you have plans to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and The Outer Worlds, you might want to update your drivers. See the full release notes here.

Fixed Issues in this Release
  • [FIFA 19/FIFA 20]: The game may crash to the desktop.
  • [Apex Legends]: Random flickering occurs on the screen.
  • [Star Wars: Battlefront II]: Random crashes to the desktop occur.
  • [Growtopia][GeForce RTX]: The game crashes when launched.
  • [Tradesmen OS3DE]: Objects are missing in the game.
  • [World of Warcraft]: Flickering occurs on the character select screen.
  • [Cinema 4D]: Trailing ghosting effect appears when moving the brush tool.
  • [Shadow Of The Tomb Raider][DirectX 12]: The game crashes after hitting a TDR error.
  • [Forza Horizon 4]: Colored corruption appears in the game during gameplay.
  • [Notebook][GeForce GTX 970M]: GPU clock cannot be boosted beyond base clock speed.

The Outer Worlds Review Round-Up

Reviews of The Outer Worlds 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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NVIDIA CEO Details ‘Smart Everything Revolution’

The smartphone revolution that’s swept the globe over the past decade is just the start, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang declared Monday. Next up: the “smart everything revolution,” Huang told a crowd of hundreds from telcos, device manufacturers, developers, and press at his keynote ahead of the Mobile World Congress gathering in Los Angeles this week.

Ericsson and NVIDIA Collaborate

NVIDIA and Ericsson today announced they are collaborating on technologies that can allow telco operators to build high-performing, efficient and completely virtualized 5G radio access networks (RAN). These virtualized networks can enable faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services.

NVIDIA with Microsoft Announces Technology Collaboration

NVIDIA with Microsoft Corp. today announced a technology collaboration focused on intelligent edge computing, designed to help industries better manage and gain insights from the growing flood of data created by retail stores, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, connected buildings, urban infrastructure and other environments. By enabling closer integration between Microsoft Azure and the NVIDIA EGX platform, the companies are working together to advance edge-to-cloud AI computing capabilities, benefiting businesses worldwide.

NVIDIA CEO Introduces Aerial

Speeding the mass adoption of AI at the 5G edge, NVIDIA has introduced Aerial, a software developer kit enabling GPU-accelerated, software-defined wireless radio access networks. In his keynote at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang detailed how Aerial, running on the NVIDIA EGX platform, enables AI services and immersive content at the edge of 5G networks.

Red Hat and NVIDIA Team Up

NVIDIA and Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced they are expanding their alliance to deliver high-performance, software-defined 5G wireless infrastructure, running on Red Hat OpenShift, to the telecom industry.

Humana And Microsoft Announce Multiyear Strategic Partnership

Humana and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic partnership focused on building modern health care solutions for Humana members aimed at improving their health outcomes and making their health care experiences simpler to navigate. Using the power of Microsoft’s Azure cloud, Azure AI, and Microsoft 365 collaboration technologies, as well as interoperability standards like FHIR®,1 Humana will develop predictive solutions and intelligent automation to improve its members’ care by providing care teams with real-time access to information through a secure and trusted cloud platform.

Monday, October 21, 2019

New Arkham Game Rumors

Who wouldn't want another Arkham game? The previous games in the series have all been solid. 

A tweet from a user named Sabi indicates the next installment in the Arkham series of Batman Games may be called Batman: Arkham Legacy, though this is punctuated with question marks (and eyeball emojis).

Pewdiepie Is BANNED in China

I can't believe he wasn't banned already.

Hyper-Threading Coming to Intel's Comet Lake Core i5 and i3

A 3.6GHz quad-core eight-thread processor for $120? Sounds good to me!

A new benchmark submission of what appears to be a Core i5 has surfaced, likely confirming that the new Comet Lake i5's will also feature Hyper-Threading. We've updated the text below. 

Ray Tracing Works With Any Graphics Card in World of Tanks Demo

If you have a Direct X compatible GPU and 4GB of free space you really ought to check this out

Researchers Invent Camera Drone With Real-Time Environment Mapping

This is pretty neat.

Fortnite Chapter 2 GPU Benchmark Update

What is the best graphics card for playing Fortnite Chapter 2? As far as I knew, even the low end GPUs can run the game at 60fps on Epic settings at 1080p.

Today we’re revisiting graphics card performance in Fortnite. With the new Chapter 2 Season 1 update the game's visuals have been improved and since we do include Fornite in our big benchmark features, we thought a large scale benchmark update would be in order. 

Windows 10 Update Borking Boxes With BSODs

What is this now, the fourth or fifth update in a row that broke more than it fixed? 😞

Windows 10 May 2019 Update users are hitting even more issues with the problematic KB4517389 cumulative update which was released earlier this month, and is now reportedly causing a Blue Screen of Death, or boot failure, for some folks.

Next Big Donation Drive

I have decided on this group for our next big donation drive. I can't think of a better group to raise money for...can you?

Borderlands 3 Getting Individual Loot Drops

According to this post, Gearbox has confirmed that dedicated loot drops are on the way.

As you may know, this gameplay feature was missing at launch, much to the dismay of the game's players who come to the zany shooter for the best loot. However, Gearbox is righting this wrong by adding the feature, but for now it's not saying when the system will be added into the game.

All Cross-Platform Games Now The PS4 Joined In

This is a pretty decent list now. Hopefully it continues to grow as time passes.

One of the largest games to support cross-play is coming very soon with Activision's big release in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but there are a bunch of games that support cross-play between the Xbox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and of course... the PC.

Working Destiny 2 Ace Replica

This working replica of an Ace Momento Mori from Destiny 2 is mind blowing!

Heavenly Build of the Day

This is more of a work of art than a custom PC.

Facebook Is Algorithmic Amplification Optimized For Outrage

I'm offended. I haven't read the article yet...because I am so outraged.

The problem is that Facebook doesn’t offer free speech; it offers free amplification. No one would much care about anything you posted to Facebook, no matter how false or hateful, if people had to navigate to your particular page to read your rantings, as in the very early days of the site.

Amazon Is Shipping Expired Food

Always check those dates people!

But an increasing number of consumers are finding that, just as the broader Amazon Marketplace has a major issue with counterfeits and unsafe products, the grocery section is littered with similarly problematic items in the form of expired foods.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Netflix Series Cowboy Bebop Shuts Down Production After On-set Injury

Netflix's Cowboy Bebop production on hold after John Cho was injured on-set. Here's to hoping for a speedy ad full recovery.

Sources describe the injury as a freak accident that happened on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene. It requires surgery, for which Cho has been flown back to Los Angeles, and an extensive rehabilitation. The production shutdown is expected to last seven to nine months. 

Cool Custom PC of the Day

Calling this a "custom PC" is an insult. This is a masterpiece!

OCC Reviews the Corsair 465X RGB Review

Overclockers Club has published a video review of the Corsair 465X RGB today. You can see my review here for comparison purposes.

AT&T Hikes TV Now Prices By $15 per month

Hmmm, TV Now blows ass and now that want to charge MORE for it. Great strategy AT&T.

The telecom is notifying subscribers that the Plus tier will jump from $50 to $65 per month on November 19th, while the Max plan will leap from $70 to $80 per month at the same time. That makes the base service nearly twice as expensive as it was on launch in 2016, when it cost $35.

Naomie Harris To Play Shriek In Venom 2?

OMFG I hope this is true. I absolutely love Naomie Harris! I'm liking the choice of director as well.

Naomie Harris is in talks to play Spider-Man villain Shriek in Sony’s “Venom 2,” with Tom Hardy returning as the titular anti-hero. Andy Serkis is on board to direct, and Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson are also reprising their roles.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Best Console (is a PC)

Of course a PC is the best way to play games.

Ninja Streams A Game With A Woman

I never understood why this was a big deal.

Blevins was criticized 14 months ago after telling Polygon “I don’t play with female gamers.” At the time he said he didn’t want to put his wife “through that,” saying it could lead to claims of flirting and worse.

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Geekbench 5 Benchmarks?

According to these Geekbench 5 test results (test 1 and test 2), someone has been benching an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in the wild.

Remedy Rolls Back Control Update

It looks like Remedy pulled a Microsoft and unleashed an update that made things worse instead of better. Whoops!

The update that brought Photo Mode to Remedy's outstanding shooter Control today also delivered another, unexpected surprise. A small number of users on Reddit (via USgamer) noticed that, after the update was applied, it was no longer possible to launch the game directly through the executable file or their Steam library: It was only accessible through the Epic Games Store launcher.

Epic Games Store Halloween Sale

Epic Games Store has kicked off its 2019 Halloween game sale. Not a whole lot here, Control for $44.99 doesn't seem like a good deal at all but it is probably the best game on the list besides BL3.