Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Uber May Shut Down In California

This dude is so full of crap it isn't even funny.

Uber may shut down its operations in California, one of its largest markets in the US, if it is forced to classify drivers as employees, the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said on MSNBC Wednesday.

Pizza Simulator Announced

I guess it was just a matter of time until this came out...they have simulator games for everything else.

Pizza Simulator is a unique combination of strategy and simulation games mixed with some economic elements. Take on the role of a pizza restaurant manager. 

Electronic Arts Investors Reject Executive Pay in Rare Rebuke

To be fair, it's not like anyone will be going hungry because of this.

Electronic Arts Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson is paid 56% more than a median CEO peer, ISS said, which “has a ratcheting effect on executive compensation.”

How to Install a Waterblock on a GPU

Tom's Hardware has published a guide to installing a waterblock on your graphics card.

Today, we're showing you the basics of how to install a waterblock on a graphics card. While the disassembly of expensive components can be intimidating, it's not as complicated or scary as it may seem.

PC Trouble Shooting Challenge

JayzTwoCents on his recent PC Trouble Shooting Challenge with Linus Tech Tips and Gamers Nexus.

Intel $5,000 Extreme Tech Upgrade

What would you do with $5,000 to build a new rig?

MSI Announces VIGOR GK50 Elite Gaming Keyboards

MSI, leader in true gaming hardware, is proud to announce the VIGOR GK50 ELITE series Gaming Keyboard, CLUTCH GM08 Gaming Mouse and VIGOR WR01 Wrist Rest to provide more choices for mainstream gamers with a determination to win and a refined gaming design.

Get Fallout 76: Wastelanders For $9.99

You can grab Fallout 76: Wastelanders for Xbox One and PS4 for $9.99 with free shipping. 

Courts: No 5th Amendment Right Not To Unlock Your Phone

This will no doubt be appealed to the US Supreme Court.

New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that compelling a suspect to unlock his or her cell phone doesn't violate the Fifth Amendment. The courts continue to be deeply split on this question.

ASRock B460 Steel Legend Review

Head on over to OCInside for their review of the ASRock B460 Steel Legend motherboard.

The ASRock B460 Steel Legend offers a solid basic equipment including 2.5 Gigabit LAN and some features like the addressable RGB lighting at the chipset cooler and even under the motherboard. However, the inexpensive Intel B460 chipset also has disadvantages in overclocking.

Explainer: L1 vs. L2 vs. L3 Cache

What is the difference between L1, L2 and L3 cache? TechSpot is here to break it all down for you.

Every single CPU found in any computer, from a cheap laptop to a million-dollar server, will have something called cache. More likely than not, it'll possess several levels of it, too. It must be important, otherwise why would it be there? But what does cache do?

Startup Launches AI-Assisted Data Annotation

The New York City-based company today announced the general availability of its AI-assisted data labeling service, dubbed Clarifai Labeler. The company offers data labeling as a service as well. Founded in 2013, Clarifai entered the image-recognition market in its early days. Since that time, the number of companies exploiting unstructured data for business advantages has swelled, creating a wave of demand for data scientists. And with industry disruption from image and text recognition spanning agriculture, retail, banking, construction, insurance and beyond, much is at stake.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Xbox Series X Launches this November

Although I am primarily a PC guy, I am looking forward to the Xbox Series X.

There will be thousands of games to play, spanning four generations, when Xbox Series X launches globally this November and over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles, built to take full advantage of our most powerful console, are planned for this year.

Cyberpunk 2077 - Lifepaths

NSFW due to adult language.

Sega Reports Loss Despite Strong Video Game Sales

Ouch, that has to hurt.

According to the fiscal report, net sales dipped by 33.5 percent to 48.3 billion yen ($454.4 million), while profits were non-existent, with the company instead reporting a loss of 3.3 billion yen ($31 million).

Mozilla Laying Off 250 Employees Due To The Pandemic

I'm not sure how the pandemic has anything to do with this, aren't more people than ever online right now?

Today we announced a significant restructuring of Mozilla Corporation. This will strengthen our ability to build and invest in products and services that will give people alternatives to conventional Big Tech. Sadly, the changes also include a significant reduction in our workforce by approximately 250 people.

ABKONCORE CT404B Dual Sync CPU Cooler Review

ThinkComputers has published a review of the ABKONCORE CT404B Dual Sync CPU cooler.

The CPU cooler we are taking a look at today is their CT404B Dual Sync which is a tower-style air cooler with dual 120 mm RGB cooling fans (likely why its called dual sync). The tower cooler also features four 6mm-thick copper heatpipes which will make direct contact with your CPU and is rated for thermal loads up to 170W. 

Risk Of Rain 2 Review

I have to admit, I haven't played the first game let alone this one.

I fall for Risk of Rain 2's trick every time. An hour into a good run my character is plastered head-to-toe in bizarre power-ups, like a katamari rolled through a novelty shop.

Cyberpunk 2077 - Refused: Becoming SAMURAI

Here's a five minute behind the scenes look at Cyberpunk 2077.

DIRT 5 Delayed by a Week

This is odd. Why would you delay a game by a week?

News: #DIRT5 will now launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 16, with three days’ early access (Oct 13) for Amplified Edition players. THANK YOU for all your support and excitement so far – we still have so much more to show you…

DC Comics, DC Universe Hit By Major Layoffs

Holy crap!

Among those said to be losing their positions are editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels. Jim Lee remains the CCO.

ICM Brain and Spine Institute Selects Western Digital OpenFlex Solution

Western Digital today announced that the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière (ICM Brain and Spine Institute), an international brain and spinal cord research center, selected Western Digital to update its storage infrastructure with the extremely fast, efficient and flexible OpenFlex open composable platform. Leveraging NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™), ICM has more extensive access to shared storage, which can be easily allocated to meet any researcher or department need. ICM also now has quicker access to critical data and the ability to resize and reallocate storage volumes on demand, assisting in the fight against neurological disorders.

Standard Chartered Bank partners with Microsoft

Standard Chartered Bank and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced a three-year strategic partnership to accelerate the bank’s digital transformation through a cloud-first strategy. This partnership marks a significant milestone for Standard Chartered in making its vision for virtual banking, next-generation payments, open banking and banking-as-a-service a reality.

NVIDIA Announces GeForce Special Event Featuring CEO Jensen Huang

NVIDIA will broadcast a GeForce Special Event, featuring an address by founder and CEO Jensen Huang, on Sept. 1, at 9 a.m. Pacific time. During the event, Huang will highlight the company’s latest innovations in gaming and graphics. Tune in at News related to the event will be posted at and

Mass General’s Martinos Center Adopts AI for COVID, Radiology Research

Academic medical centers worldwide are building new AI tools to battle COVID-19 — including at Mass General, where one center is adopting NVIDIA DGX A100 AI systems to accelerate its work. Researchers at the hospital’s Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging are working on models to segment and align multiple chest scans, calculate lung disease severity from X-ray images, and combine radiology data with other clinical variables to predict outcomes in COVID patients.

GPU-Powered AI Helps Researchers Identify Individual Birds

Anyone can tell an eagle from an ostrich. It takes a skilled birdwatcher to tell a chipping sparrow from a house sparrow from an American tree sparrow. Now researchers are using AI to take this to the next level — identifying individual birds. André Ferreira, a Ph.D. student at France’s Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, harnessed an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 to train a powerful AI that identifies individual birds within the same species.

Intel Launches Expanded Initiative to Help Underserved Students

Intel has convened a partnership group with First Book to launch the Creating Learning Connections Initiative, which is designed to fuel education by supporting students in Title I-eligible school districts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program gives underserved students and educators access to critical tools and resources, including internet connectivity, technology devices and hands-on STEAM learning solutions. Additional partners involved in the initiative include CDW-G, LEGO® Education and the LEGO Foundation.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Toshiba N300 12TB NAS Hard Drive Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps have posted a review of the Toshiba N300 12TB NAS hard drive today. Here's a quote from the full review:

The N300 12TB drive from Toshiba incorporates 1.56TB PMR platters by Showa Denko and is helium-filled. Compared to regular, up 10TB models, the HDD produces less noise, consumes less power and is even lighter!

Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q 8TB Portable SSD Review

TweakTown has published a review of the 8TB Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q today for your viewing pleasure.

With the release of the massive capacity 8TB Rocket Q earlier this year, I immediately knew this day was coming, and sure enough, here we are. The XTRM-Q, as you have likely guessed, is based on the Rocket Q lineup, but even more surprising is the new enclosure Sabrent has designed for these solutions.

AMD Files Patent for big.LITTLE-esque Hybrid Computing Technique

A big.LITTLE-esque what?

As spotted by patent sleuth @Underfox3, AMD has field a patent for a technique that speeds the transfer of threads between high-performance cores and smaller low-performance cores in a big.LITTLE-esque hybrid computing architecture.

Microsoft’s New Xbox Series S Console Confirmed

"Confirmed" in the sense that these leaked pictures came from some random Twitter user.

Another Article About That $1,500 Gaming Chair

The answer is still "hell no."

The first gaming chair was invented by “some bloke who bolted a racing chair onto an office wheelbase,” said Vincent Sin, the head of industrial design at Secretlab, a gaming chair company founded in 2014.

Call of Duty Tease?

Oooohhh, a mystery!

Some battle royale combatants have had the words "know your history pop up on the screen.

Gone but Not Forgotten: 3Dfx Interactive

TechSpot is taking you on a trip down memory lane.

Voodoo Graphics revolutionized personal computer graphics nearly overnight and rendered many other designs obsolete, including a vast swathe of 2D-only graphics producers.

Intel at DEF CON 28

Join Intel experts for panel discussions and talks at DEF CON 28, a virtual event taking place through this weekend. Learn how Intel, together with partners and customers, is building the trusted foundation for computing in a data-centric world.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

FREE Game of the Day

If you subscribe to the Humble Bundle newsletter you will get a free copy of Codemaster's F1 2018. Hurry, the offer expires tomorrow at 1pm.

Corsair iCUE LT100 and LS100 Ambient Lighting

Another review of the Corsair iCUE LT100 and LS100 ambient lighting has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is LanOC doing the reviewing.

I personally don’t have a lot of lighting in my own build, but I was thinking of adding a touch of ambient lighting into my office. With the recently introduced iCUE LT100 and also the LS100 from Corsair, I thought I would give them a try. My initial plan was basic RGB lighting strips, but addressable LEDs can offer even more. 

ASRock H470 Steel Legend Motherboard Review

The ASRock H470 Steel Legend is on the test bench at OCInside this afternoon.

Today we are testing the current ASRock H470 Steel Legend motherboard for Intel LGA1200 processors on

CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers Review

NikKTech has published a review of CORSAIR's iCUE LT100 smart lighting towers today.

Each tower stands 422mm tall and features a total of 46 fully customizable RGB LEDs located behind light-diffusing casings made out of silicone which soften and blend light for a continuous and smooth effect.

GeForce RTX 30 Series To Be Announced on September 9th?

On a Wednesday? That would be odd.

We have previously heard about the September 17th launch date. And now according to a new report, the RTX 30 series will reportedly be revealed on September 9th.

TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban?

So many jokes to be made about this, so little time (3 - 60 seconds).

According to an unnamed source within the company, TikTok will challenge Trump's executive order banning parent company ByteDance from operating within the U.S. via a federal lawsuit to be filed as early as Tuesday.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

No Internet

No internet access today. Gonna try hot spotting from my phone. Just a reminder that Patreon backers are entered automatically each day for this 16TB hard drive.