Sunday, April 21, 2019

Funny Video of the Day

This will NOT be funny if you haven't watched the first season of True Detective. It also helps to have basic knowledge of Pokemon.

CJ and Big Smoke From GTA: San Andreas In Resident Evil 2

Hahaha! This is greatness!

How Chris Roberts Would Fix ‘Anthem'

Chris Roberts, of all people,  tells Newsweek how he would "fix" Anthem. Really? Really? 7 years and $200 million and Star Citizen isn't even close to done. Yeah, we need his opinion on fixing other companies' games like a hole in the head.

A lot of gamers don't understand quite how difficult it is to deliver everything working flawlessly. The expectations keep ramping up, and in some ways those expectations may be higher than people are humanly possible of always delivering.

Rune: Ragnarok This Year

As a huge fan of Human Head's original Ragnarok game, I can't wait for this!

We are very pleased to announce that through securing additional funding sources, we are now able to deliver the game experience that we want our fans to play immediately on Day 1. We no longer have to utilize an early access development process. Instead we will be launching directly into a 1.0 release later this year, paired with a strong roadmap of post-release content to follow.

Meet The Splitr Desk Mod

I need something like this for my triple monitor set up.

Custom PC Builder of the Day

This guy's custom PC builds are awesome. If I am correct, you can even commission him to build you a rig.

Teufel REAL BLUE NC Wireless Headphones Review

Never heard of Teufel REAL BLUE NC wireless headphones? Don't feel bad, neither have I. Well, I guess that's why reviews like this are important.

Very good audio quality, impressive battery life and active noise cancellation are just some of the things you'll be getting if you choose the REAL BLUE NC Wireless Headphones by Teufel.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

5 Best Video Games to Play When You're Stoned

Happy 4/20...here's a few games you can play while you are baked (according to Esquire).

It should go without saying that the worst game to play while you’re high is Pok├ęmon Go. Finding a reason to get up and move is always good, but nobody needs to be wandering the streets looking for Digletts and Psyducks after smoking themselves stupid.

Latest Windows Update Breaks Many Antivirus Programs

I don't have this problem because I use Windows built in antivirus prote...hey, wait just a damn minute..I see what's happening here!

The latest Windows update released on April 9 seems to have broken multiple antivirus programs, including Avast, Avira, ArcaBit, McAfee, and Sophos. Computers that are affected by the latest bugs run fine until users attempt to log in. At that point, the operating systems start freezing or just run extremely slowly.

PC Rap Video of the Day

I'm just gonna leave this right here...

'MalwareTech' Security Researcher Pleads Guilty

It will be interesting to see what the courts decide is an "appropriate" sentence.

As you may be aware, I've pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware in the years prior to my career in security. I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes. Having grown up, I've since been using the same skills that I misused several years ago for constructive purposes. I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks.

Roccat Kova Aimo Gaming Mouse Review

Tom's Hardware had a lot of nice things to say about the Roccat Kova Aimo gaming mouse they just reviewed.

At first glance, this pixel pointer, might lead you to think it’s just a regular, boring, budget mouse, but it’d be unwise to judge this book by its cover. The Kova AIMO is a powerful ambidextrous gaming mouse that offers enough customization options to appeal to a wide spectrum of PC enthusiasts, no matter what genre they play, or what hand they use.

Bad Ass Build of the Day

Damn this thing is sweet. Hit this link for even more pictures of the build.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Review-Bombers Go After Assassin’s Creed Unity

...but, in a good way.

Here’s a story about review bombs but, for a change, it’s a nice one. The Steam community ganged up on Ubisoft this week, but this time, it was to cover Assassin’s Creed Unity in praise for the publisher’s efforts to help the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Gearbox’s Pitchford: Steam May Be 'A Dying Store'

Although I  agree that Epic Games Store is a much needed monopoly killer, I'm not sure I agree that Steam is a dying store.

Before Epic came into the platform picture, Pitchford says, "a huge amount of the value that Valve has generated [through Steam] has been used to enrich the handful of people who own and manage the company... They’ve been able to do this because they haven’t had to worry about it. There has been no viable competitor to Steam.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $119 With Free Shipping

A 6 core / 12 thread AMD Ryzen 5 1600 for $119 with free shipping? Yes please.



Netflix Experimenting With A Random Episode Button

Hey Netflix, how about fixing all the currently broken features like "popular on Netflix" and "trending now." And, if you are going to promote a "random" feature, why not use that for MOVIES?!?! No one wants to drop into season 6, episode 9 of a show they've never watched before. Get it together Netflix

Spotted by one our tipsters, the Android app (specifically v7.6.0 build 19 34157) offered to randomly select something to watch. And in the playback controls, there's a shuffle icon with a "Random Episode" label. Interesting. I honestly couldn't see myself enjoying a random episode from a series, but hey, that's just me.

BOSSGARD Early Access

Blue's News sends word that BOSSGARD is now available in Early Access on Steam.

The game explores boss-battles at its core as it holds together both fighting the Boss and fighting AS THE BOSS. “We all know how the usual boss-battle goes: the big guy comes up and you, the hero, the underdog, challenge IT - the Villain, the End. What if we played around with this idea of fighting the Boss and turned it on its head: let’s have you play the Boss.” reveals Stefan Georgescu, Game Designer at the Bucharest-based Sand Sailor Studio.

How The Mueller Report Indicts Social Networks

Raise your hand if ANYTHING you've read on social media has influenced your vote...ever. If you raised your hand, stay where you are, the nice men in white jackets will be along soon to round your stupid ass up.

According to Mueller’s report, the Facebook Groups were particularly popular. By the time Facebook deactivated them in 2017, the Russia-controlled group “United Muslims of America” had over 300,000 followers, the “Don’t Shoot Us” group had over 250,000 followers, the “Being Patriotic” Facebook group had over 200,000 followers, and the “Secured Borders” Facebook group had over 130,000 followers.

Mortal Kombat 11 - Official Launch Trailer

Official launch trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 has dropped.

Scythe Kaze Flex 120 RGB Fan Review

Does it suck? Blow? Is it all shiny and colorful? TweakTown puts Scythe's Kaze Flex 120 RGB fan to the test.

The Scythe Kaze Flex 120 RGB fans are great, with simple RGB and fantastic value we can't help but recommend them.

Instagram Is Testing Hiding Like Count

But...but...but..how will I know if I like something or not if I can see how many other people liked it first?

Cooler Master Masterbox Q500L Case Review

The crew at Hardware Asylum has posted a review of Cooler Master Masterbox Q500L case today.

Today are looking at what may be the most versatile mid tower cases we have ever gotten here in the lab, the Cooler Master Masterbox Q500L. Offering up the size advantage of a small form factor chassis with the ability to run a full ATX system certainly sounds promising.

TwitchCon 2019 Coverage

Make sure you guys take a moment to check out OCInside's coverage of TwitchCon 2019 today.


TwitchCon was roughly divided into 2 areas: The Twitch Area with streaming, workshops, meet and greets and tournaments and the exhibitor area, where manufacturers exhibited gaming and streaming relevant products. With almost 80 pictures the OCinside.de Berlin team collected impressions from the areas hardware, gaming and streaming.

Western Digital Appoints Robert Eulau As CFO

Western Digital today announced the appointment of Robert Eulau to lead the company's finance organization as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), reporting to Steve Milligan, Western Digital's chief executive officer (CEO). Eulau will join Western Digital on April 22, 2019 to begin his transition into the new role and will formally take over the CFO role from Mark Long on May 9, 2019. Eulau, who joins Western Digital with more than 30 years' experience in financial and operational leadership roles in the technology industry, succeeds Long, who, as previously announced, will be leaving the company in June 2019.  

Robot Learning Guru Shares Advice for College Students

Whether you’re a robot or a college student, it helps to start with the fundamentals, says a leading robotics researcher. While robots can do amazing things, compare even the most advanced robots to a three-year-old and they can come up short. Pieter Abbeel, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and cofounder of Covariant.ai, an AI company, has pioneered the idea that deep learning could be the key to bridging that gap: creating robots that can learn how to move through the world more fluidly and naturally. Or as Abbeel refers to it, building “brains for robots.”

How Lucidyne Is Revolutionizing Lumber Grading with Deep Learning

Talk about a knotty problem. Lucidyne Technologies has been using AI since the late 1980s to detect defects in lumber products. But no matter how much technology it’s employed, finding imperfections in wood boards — a process that’s critical to categorizing lumber and thus maximizing its value — has remained a challenge.

Intel at COMPUTEX 2019

Join Intel at COMPUTEX 2019 to discover how the company is transforming intelligent computing for our data-centric world to expand human potential. Intel is delivering technology leadership, working closely with the ecosystem to fuel innovation and push the boundaries of computing forward.
  • Where: Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan, 110
  • When: May 28 – June 1, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Custom PC Build of the Day

Wow...just wow! Hit the link to see more pictures of this amazing mod.

Netflix Investing Up To $100M In A NYC Production Hub

If this results in more, better original content, I'm for it. I mean, what is $100 million when they just jacked up their rates again? They should have plenty of money in the piggy bank, am I right?

It's establishing an NYC production hub that will include six sound stages in Brooklyn and an expanded office in Manhattan's Flatiron District. It should create "hundreds of jobs" (including 127 executive, marketing and production development roles) over the next five years, and should foster up to $100 million in investments, according to Governor Cuomo.

I Absolutely HATE These Stupid Ass Stories

I read these "I completely gave up using the internet for 5 days — and it was way harder than I could have ever imagined " stories and I just want to die laughing. My job / livelihood relies 100% on the internet and I do fine without it for weeks at a time when I go on vacation. Calling the internet an "addiction" is asinine. Meet Dave, he's what's wrong with society today:

My name's Dave, and I have an addiction. I am powerless against the lure of the internet. 

Crucial P1 SSD Review

Those of you in the market for a nimble NVMe drive for pennies per gig, the Crucial P1 SSD could be just what you are looking for.
Like a handful of other recently-released solid state drives that feature QLC (quad-level cell) NAND flash memory, the Crucial P1 series is designed to be a relatively high-performing, but still affordable storage option, versus legacy SATA-based solutions.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Review

If you need a new gaming headset, the crew at Vortez say the  Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is a good bet.

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is also made to be used on multiple platforms, it is compatible with the Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch as well as mobiles & tablets, although to use the headset on anything but PC you will need to forego the USB dongle.

Are Budget Builds ACTUALLY Worth It?

I know it sounds like common sense but this video has some pretty good info for those of you wanting to upgrade your system this summer.

'Stranger Things' Creators Headed to Trial

I'm not sure how this is even heading to trial. Why no haul Shazam to court for knocking off Superman, Deadpool versus Deathstroke? Armeggedon versus Deep Impact, or Finding Nemo and Taken.

Kessler alleges Stranger Things is based on a feature film script titled The Montauk Project — set in the New York town in which he says is home to "various urban legends, and paranormal and conspiracy theories."

Facebook F-up Your Security Again

I like how Facebook updated a month old blog post to announce this...you know, because that's the best way to let everyone know.

Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed.

Ray Tracing On Nvidia’s Pascal Architecture, Benchmarked

Tom's Hardware has benchmarked ray tracing on NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture.

In some cases, though, high-end cards like the Titan Xp and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti are fast enough to make ray tracing accessible in Battlefield V and, to a lesser extent, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. On the other hand, Metro Exodus serves as an example of how debilitating ray-traced global illumination can be to an architecture lacking hardware acceleration.

Steel Division 2 Delayed Again

According to this news post over at Blue's News, Steel Division 2 has been delayed again.

One last delay for the game release. First things first, we need to delay one last time the release of Steel Division 2. The definitive release date will be on June 20th for the Standard Edition & on June 18th for the Digital Deluxe Editions. We would like to apologize for this new delay, and we would like to explain why we made this decision...

Cool Video of the Day

I don't even know what's happening in this video.

Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard Review

I seriously want to get my hands on one of these Corsair K83 wireless entertainment keyboards.

Synology DS1019+ NAS Review

If you are looking for a new NAS, check out TweakTowns review of Synology's DS1019+.  

Every year, like many NAS vendors, Synology updates its product lineup. This year we have seen a few new models come into the picture with DS119j and DS1819+ being added in late '18 and DS2419+ being added in February. Following that mid-February launch, that same day Synology introduced the DS1019+, today we have it in house.

ASUS ROG Convention 2019 Coverage

OCInside has posted coverage of ASUS ROG Convention 2019. There are tons of great pictures from the event, make sure you check it out.


YouTube's CEO Responds to Its Bad Content Problem

Although this has to be a tough job, don't take the position (and enormous check) if you cant handle the job.

Even by the nightmarish standards of the empire she oversees, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive officer of YouTube, has had a dreadful start to 2019. During a single week in February, BuzzFeed reported that her company was running advertisements alongside anti-vaccine content; there was a nationwide panic over the platform abetting child suicide; and a viral video showed how pedophiles were flourishing on the site.

Harnessing AI and Analytics to Drive Digital Transformation

By strategically embedding artificial intelligence (AI) into Intel’s most critical areas, Intel’s Information Technology (IT) organization delivered over $1 billion in business value. The 2018-2019 Intel IT Annual Performance Report published today highlights how Intel IT’s collaboration with the company’s business units to implement AI, advanced analytics and machine learning has generated concrete results in areas such as supply chain, product lifecycle management, product design and production, and sales.

UnitedHealth Group Is Infusing Deep Learning Into Healthcare Services

In a massive healthcare organization, even a small improvement in workflow can translate to major gains in efficiency. That means lower costs for the healthcare provider and better, faster care for patients. UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest healthcare companies in the U.S., is turning to GPU-powered AI for these kinds of enhancements. In a talk at the GPU Technology Conference last month, two of the organization’s AI developers shared how it’s adopting deep learning for a variety of applications — from prior authorization of medical procedures to directing phone calls.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Struggling Announced

Blue's News says that Chasing Rats Games has announced a new co-op survival game called Struggling. I can't think of a better way to ruin a friendship that two people controlling the same on-screen character (you know I'm right).

Struggling is a physics-based coop game where each player controls one of the arms of a strange creature (kind word to describe the thing). By grabbing onto any surface, the monstrosity will need to painfully drag itself in different environments and overcome all kinds of obstacles while staying classy by wearing hats discovered along the way. 

Facebook Working On Creepy New Voice Assistant

Why Facebook? Why? It's like you guys don't even know why people use Facebook in the first place.

The effort is coming out of the company’s division that works on long-term tech projects and hardware, including the company’s virtual reality Oculus headsets. A team based out of Redmond, Washington, has been spearheading the effort to build the new AI assistant.

Samsung Galaxy Fold Screen Breaks After Just A Day

I'm not making excuses for Samsung here but this IS the Verge we are talking about. Who knows what they did during testing. Maybe they can have the "how to build a custom PC" guy whip out his tweezers and take look at it. ­čść

My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen.

Next-Gen AMD CPU & APU Support on MSI 300 and 400 Series AM4 Motherboards

It has come to our attention that MSI Customer Support has regrettably misinformed an MSI customer with regards to potential support for next-gen AMD CPUs on the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard. Through this statement we want clarify the current situation.

At this point, we are still performing extensive testing on our existing lineup of 300- and 400-series AM4 motherboards to verify potential compatibility for the next-gen AMD Ryzen CPUs. To be clear: Our intention is to offer maximum compatibility for as many MSI products as possible. Towards the launch of the next-gen AMD CPUs, we will release a compatibility list of MSI AM4 motherboards.

Custom PC Desk of the Day

This guy's work is amazing. Like this desk? He'll build you one too! Hit the link to see his other builds.

Get Assassin's Creed Unity Free

You can get a free copy of Assassin's Creed Unity from Ubisoft. You have until April 25th to redeem your free copy.

 

Report: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Lands Next Week at $149

According to this report at Tom's Hardware, Report: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 will hit shelves next week at $149.

If you haven't been following the GTX 1650's rumor trail, the entry-level, Turing-powered graphics card is expected to feature Nvidia's TU117 silicon for the first time. Once gain, Taiwanese foundry TSMC is said to be fabbing these dies for Nvidia on the 12nm FinFET process node. 

Ubisoft Pledges More Than $500K To The Notre-Dame Cathedral Restoration Effort

I think it is amazing for companies (or individuals like this)  to donate like this.

“We stand in solidarit├ę with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused,” Ubisoft said in a statement. “Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected. Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all. In light of Monday’s events, we will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral.”

Google Adds AI That Automatically Takes Selfies

Meanwhile there is still no cure for cancer.

With Photobooth, a new shutter-free mode in the Pixel 3 Camera app, it’s now easier to shoot selfies—solo, couples, or even groups—that capture you at your best. Once you enter Photobooth mode and click the shutter button, it will automatically take a photo when the camera is steady and it sees that the subjects have good expressions with their eyes open.

DDR4 RAM to M.2 SSD Adapter

DDR4 RAM to M.2 SSD adapter? I love Linus for finding crap like this and testing it.

Intel Giving Up On 5G Explains Apple's Sudden Qualcomm Settlement

What's that old saying about hindsight being 20/20.

In a move that accompanies today's shocking settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel has suddenly announced it's not even going to try building 5G modems for smartphones. Apple had attempted to replace Qualcomm as a supplier for its modem chips with Intel, but reported issues with implementing 5G tech were a reason it's not expected to appear in an iPhone this year.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free & Pro Review

RHR published a review of the MiniTool Partition Wizard (both free and Pro versions). Hit the link and check it out!

If you are looking for a simple, and free application for basic drive-related tasks Partition Wizard v11 free edition is certainly worth the download. It works, it works well… and the newer interface is a heck of a lot more user-friendly than previous versions. 

AMD Expands Embedded Product Family

AMD announced the Ryzen™ embedded product family is growing with the new AMD Ryzen™ Embedded R1000 SoC. Building upon the success of the Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 SoC, the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC provides embedded customers with dual core, quad-threaded performance, as well as the ability to run fanless, low power solutions for 4K displays; while providing leading-edge security features. The AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 is perfect for applications in digital displays, high-performance edge computing, networking, thin clients and more.

NVIDIA DRIVE Brings Green Energy to Shanghai Auto Show

Automakers and suppliers are turning the industry green with NVIDIA DRIVE. Electric and autonomous vehicle concepts are lining the floor this week at the Auto Shanghai show, bringing new technology and energy to production cars. Some of the biggest reveals are rising above the noise with technology powered by NVIDIA DRIVE. China, the world’s largest automotive market, is rapidly adopting electric vehicle technology. In the first half of 2018, Chinese consumers bought 390,000 EVs, according to consultancy Roland Berger. The rate nearly doubled in the first two months of this year, with 114,000 EVs sold. NVIDIA partners are picking up on this trend, delivering sleek “new energy” vehicles for the fast-growing market.

Israeli Startup Putting the Squeeze on Citrus Disease with AI

The multibillion-dollar citrus industry is getting squeezed. The disease known as “citrus greening” is causing sour fruit around the world. Damage to Florida’s citrus crops has cost billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, according to the University of Florida. In the past few years, the disease has moved into California. SeeTree, an AI startup based in Tel Aviv, is helping farmers step up crop defenses. The startup’s GPU-driven tree analytics platform relies on image recognition algorithms, sensors, drones and an app for collecting data on the ground. Its platform helps farmers pinpoint affected trees for removal to slow the spread of the orchard disease. 

Intel to Exit 5G Smartphone Modem Business

Intel Corporation today announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices. Intel will also continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business.

Intel Acquires Omnitek

Intel Corporation today announced the acquisition of Omnitek, a leading provider of optimized video and vision FPGA IP solutions. Omnitek’s technology enables customized high-performance vision and artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing capabilities on FPGAs for customers across a range of end markets. Omnitek’s IP addresses demanding application requirements in areas such as video conferencing, projection and display, medical vision systems, and more. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

EA to Release 4Q and Fiscal Year 2019 Results

Electronic Arts Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and year ended March 31, 2019 after the close of market on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. In conjunction with this release, EA will host a conference call to review its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year, discuss its outlook for the future and may disclose other material developments affecting its business and/or financial performance. Listeners may access the conference call live via a dial-in number or audio webcast. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 2019 Hypothermia + Patreon Giveaway!

This month's Hypothermia / Patreon giveaway is a pair of PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580 video cards!


Also, just a reminder that Hypothermia readers are allowed one entry per day and, as an added bonus for being a Patreon backer, you automatically get an extra daily entry for supporting Hypothermia. If you aren't a Patreon backer, now would be a good time to join! To enter, simply drop us an email at contest@hypothermia.us with "PowerColor RX 580" in the subject line.

We do NOT share your email address or information with anyone...EVER. 

Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB Case Review

My review of Corsair's Crystal Series 680X RGB case has been posted today at Tom's Hardware. If you have a moment, check it out!
With its built-in addressable RGB lighting and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, the Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB is a very stylish premium chassis. We just wish the company had included a riser cable for vertically mounting the graphics card and made front filter removal easier, especially given its $250 (£215.45) price. 

Introducing The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

Introducing the Xbox One S "All-Digital" edition, the worlds worst kept secret. Price kinda sucks if you ask me considering you can get 1TB Xbox One S at your local retailer for $249.99

We realize price plays an important role in providing the opportunity to make console gaming more accessible to more gamers around the world. Available for pre-order today at $249.99 USD, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 USD less than Xbox One S, and we expect to maintain at least that price difference between the two consoles going forward.

What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation

With Microsoft rumored to be going all digital, it looks like Sony is opting for an SSD in the next Gen PlayStation. Meh.

At the moment, Sony won’t cop to exact details about the SSD—who makes it, whether it utilizes the new PCIe 4.0 standard—but Cerny claims that it has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs.

Maingear Vybe 2019 Review

If you are in the market for a pre-built PC that is fast, quiet and clean, the crew at HotHardware say the Maingear Vybe 2019 is right up your alley.

One of the advantages to owning a custom PC from a boutique builder is the meticulous attention to detail. Tight cable management is not just a perk, it is an expectation when paying a premium for a boutique shop to assemble your rig with off-the-shelf components, and having to wait a bit longer compared to buying from a bulk OEM is an inherent trade off. Or is it? Maingear, a stalwart in the boutique space, would argue otherwise.

Cougar Vortex RGB HPB 120 PWM HDB Cooling Kit

The Cougar Vortex RGB HPB 120 PWM HDB cooling kit is a one stop shop for an RGB cooling and lighting solution.

Tomb Raider Fan Remade Using Unreal Engine

You guys have to check this out. The bonus?!? There is a demo as well (1.62GB).

This Is The WTHDIJW Video of the Day

Today's "what the hell did I just watch" video is brought to you by a pack of robotic sled dogs.

$3,000 Headphones That Roll Up

Ummm, for three grand these headphones better do more than roll up.

The Patented rolling design makes this the smallest package size of its type in the world. Unlike other folding headphones which use plastic the ROLLER MK01 is built to last and uses the same high quality materials that you might expect from a premium watch.

Valve Skin Gambling Lawsuit

It will be interesting to see how Valve responds to this case.

As CS:GO skins can be traded, the plaintiff argues they are a "thing of value" under state law. Furthermore, Valve takes a 15% cut of any CS:GO items traded through the Steam Marketplace. This, the plaintiff argues, sees it benefiting directly from encouraging the exchange of digital goods. These goods are acquired through loot boxes, which the filing notes, bear a striking aesthetic resemblance to slot machines. However, unlike regulated machines, Valve is not required to display the odds to users. This lack of regulation gives Valve an unfair advantage, the filing suggests, because it is not required to ensure fair gambling conditions or pay fees and taxes to local government.

Holy Crap This Is Stupid

She is "nothing without her following." She went to LA to NOT be like you scumbags that work a real job for a living. Hahahaha, bye Felecia!

Trailer For Overwatch Storm Rising

The new trailer for Overwatch Storm Rising is now out.

Mastermind In GoFundMe Scam Pleads Guilty

I got $5 that says they go easy on her because she plays the victim card. Also...as with the homeless guy...I predict NO restitution for the REAL victims...the people that donated via GoFundMe.

The woman who conspired with her boyfriend and a homeless veteran to receive thousands in a GoFundMe scheme has pleaded guilty to state charges. 

How Does a Self-Driving Car See?

To drive better than humans, autonomous vehicles must first see better than humans. Building reliable vision capabilities for self-driving cars has been a major development hurdle. By combining a variety of sensors, however, developers have been able to create a detection system that can “see” a vehicle’s environment even better than human eyesight. The keys to this system are diversity — different types of sensors — and redundancy — overlapping sensors that can verify that what a car is detecting is accurate.

Startup Tills Satellite Data to Harvest Farm AI

The farm-to-fork movement is getting a taste of AI. Startup OneSoil cultivates AI to help farmers boost their bounty. The company offers a GPU-enabled platform that turns satellite data into farm analytics for soil and crop conditions. The Belarus-based company interprets satellite feeds to show how plants reflect different light waves, and it rates the state of plant growth based off this information for plots of land. OneSoil’s free platform displays how areas of land measure up on the standard known as the NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index). Farmers can use this vegetation score to spot unhealthy crop areas that need inspection and to plan watering needs and the application of fertilizers. The field monitoring platform is available as an Android app and on the web.

Microsoft Increases Carbon Fee While Announcing Commitment To Double Down On Sustainability

On Monday, Microsoft President Brad Smith shared the company’s vision of a doubling down on sustainability, with a road map that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes.

“The magnitude and speed of the world’s environmental changes have made it increasingly clear that we must do more, and today Microsoft is taking steps to do just that,” Smith said. “We’re taking action to put our own house in order, while increasingly addressing sustainability challenges around the globe by engaging our strongest assets as a company — our employees and our technologies.”

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.2

AMD has released a brand new set of graphics card drivers today. This update to AMD's driver software suite brings new game support, stability updates and a host of other fixes. The highlights of this latest driver release include:

Support For
  • World War Z™
  • Up to 24% greater performance with AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.2, on a Radeon™ VII in World War Z. RS-293
  • Up to 19% greater performance with AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.2, on a Radeon™ RX Vega 64 in World War Z. RS-292
  • Anno 1800™
Known Issues
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
  • Netflix™ Windows® Store application may experience display flicker during video playback on some HDR enabled displays.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.
  • System instability may be experienced on ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 laptop when a wireless display is connected.
Important Notes
  • AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics FAQ for Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition can be found here. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Welcome HardOCP Readers!

I wanted to take a moment to welcome everyone making their way over from HardOCP now that the site is closed. It's good to see you all here. Although many of you followed me over after the big fall out in January 2017, many of you did not know where I went because any mention of me or Hypothermia was banned at the [H]. Anyhow, it is great to have you and, with any luck, we are going to have forums up soon for you guys as well! If you have experience with setting up forums, let me know...I need all the help I can get.

For those of you not up to speed on what happened between the [H] and I, here is a brief explanation of what happened.

Free-to-Play Forza Street Peels Out

I just notice over at Blue's News that Forza Street is now available to download and play...for free.

Aorus Z390 Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard Review

The inmates at Hardware Asylum have taken the Aorus Z390 Xtreme Waterforce motherboard around the block a few times to see what it is capable of.

In this review we will be looking at a product that checks all the boxes, smashes the bells and blows all the whistles. This product is built on a foundation of overclocking that spans over decades and has one of the highest quality onboard sound systems I have ever tested. On top of that this board features all of the modern custom PC trends including an eye-catching design, multi zone and expandable RGB LEDs and a full coverage AIO (All In One) waterblock.

Enermax LiqTech II 280 Review

After you are done reading this review of the Enermax LiqTech II 280, make sure you enter the contest for a crack at winning the A-I-O cooler!

Today we are testing the Enermax LiqTech II 280 AIO water cooling system on OCinside.de with addressable RGB lighting and extra powerful pump. How the optics are and whether it can convince with cooling performance, we have tested in the new review, including new videos. And after this review you can even win the Enermax LiqTech II 280 AIO with a little luck!

Gigabyte Z390 Designare Review

HotHardware says the Gigabyte Z390 Designare is a motherboard for creative pros.

Today we are going to take a look at Gigabyte’s Z390 Designare motherboard, one of the company's more recent Socket 1151-based boards for Intel's 8th and 9th Generation Coffee Lake-based processors. This board has a lean and mean look about it, even menacing in a way, with its mostly black aesthetic with silver highlights scattered about.  

ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega Motherboard Review

The folks at TweakTown say the ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega is one of the most high-end motherboards they've ever reviewed.

 ASUS's Rampage VI Extreme Omega is one of the most loaded X299 motherboards, and that's pretty much reflected in the price of the product. We get an excellent VRM with best in class performance, a very nice VRM cooler, and all the OC features your heart could desire, so it has you covered for overclocking.

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 Review

The gang at Vortez say that, while it is expensive, the Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 is definitely worth the price.

While the aesthetics are an important consideration in today’s market, especially if the device is to take pride of place on your desk, but the performance must also be up to scratch; Netgear offers the SX10 with 10 Gigabit ethernet ports, of which two are capable of 1, 2.5, 5 or 10Gbps with aggregation on those two ports for up to 20Gbps if you absolutely require the highest bandwidth in your network.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Now $225

AMD's Ryzen 7 2700 CPU is now just $225 on Amazon and comes with free shipping!

Antec Mercury RGB 360 AIO Cooler Review

Antec's Mercury RGB 360 AIO cooler is on the test bench at NikKTech today.


Intel Coffee Lake Refresh T-Series CPUs Detailed

The crew at Tom's Hardware have posted more info on Intel's Coffee Lake T-series processors.

The biggest differentiator between the T-series and standard processors boils down to optimizations for lower power consumption. As a result, T-series chips operate at lower clock speeds and adhere to the 35W TDP (thermal design power) envelope, which makes them ideal for deployment in small form factor (SFF) systems.

Cool Apex Legends Supply Bin Super Jump Bug

The sad part is that this is probably one of the coolest things about Apex Legends...and will no doubt be patched out of the game in no time.

One Finger Death Punch 2 Released

The sequel to One Finger Death Punch is now out. Fans of the first game will no doubt want to check this one out.

No Disc Drive Xbox One Leaked (Again)

Although I rarely use mine, I don't really see an Xbox One without a disc drive being too popular.

Based on the sales art, it appears Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3 might come pre-installed on this console, with a 1 TB hard drive. Bear in mind that this may only be one version of an all-digital Xbox One SKU that Microsoft is planning. Pricing hasn't been announced, and bundles tend to vary greatly by region.

Telltale Co-Founder Talks 'Horrifying" Studio Closure

Kevin Bruner, co-founder and former CEO of Telltale, talks about the horrifying way the studio was closed down.

"I will say that the way the studio was shut down was horrifying to me," Bruner says. "People just showing up on a Friday and being told to go home because the company doesn’t exist anymore is not something I would have ever endorsed, and is absolutely not something I would have done."

Seven Great Google Maps Alternatives

I'm not these sure you can call these Google Maps alternatives "not well known." If you ask me, only Bing and Waze are real contenders. 

Google Maps may be the most well known mapping system, but it isn't perfect. If you're looking for different features, more accurate data, live in a country where Google is blocked or don't want to be part of Google's data collecting algorithms, these alternatives can get you where you want to go.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Press Release

I noticed that Blue's News posted a press release for the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

During a panel today at Star Wars™ Celebration in Chicago, Respawn Entertainment, a studio of Electronic Arts, announced that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, a new third-person action adventure game, will launch on November 15, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC via Origin™. The game will feature an authentic story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith™, when the Jedi have fallen. Fans will play as a young Padawan named Cal Kestis, brought to life by Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, Gotham), who has survived Order 66, the Emperor’s secret decree to eliminate all Jedi. Players must pick up the pieces of Cal’s shattered past to complete his training and master the art of the iconic lightsaber - all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.