Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Paradox Interactive Year-end Report

Fourth quarter 2018.

  • Revenues amounted to SEK 336.9 (222.4) million, an increase by 51 % compared to the same period last year.
  • Operating profit amounted to SEK 146.8 (86.7) million, an increase by 69 %.
  • Profit before tax amounted to SEK 146.8 (86.7) million, and profit after tax amounted to SEK 114.3 (68.8) million.
  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 151.3 (139.7) million, and cash flow from investing activities amounted to SEK -167.9 (-63.4) million.
  • By the end of the period cash and short-term placements amounted to SEK 327.0 (320.1) million.
  • Earnings per share amounted to SEK 1.08 (0.65) per share.
  • Revenues from the fourth quarter of 2018 are mainly attributable to Cities: Skylines, Stellaris, Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV and Hearts of Iron IV.

Seagate To Participate In Investor Event

Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, to participate in the following investor conference:
Event:

  • Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Time:Presentation – 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET
  • Location: San Francisco, CA

The live event can be accessed online at Seagate’s Investor Relations website at seagate.com/investors. An archived audio webcast of this event will be available shortly following the event conclusion.

WD and Veeam Streamline Data Backup and Recovery

Western Digital, a leading data infrastructure company, today announced that its ActiveScale object storage system supports Veeam Cloud Tier, a feature of the new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. The ActiveScale system provides Veeam customers with a fast, cost-effective hybrid-cloud backup repository that helps manage the avalanche of data inundating today's data centers.

Deep Learning Identifies Depression in Speech Patterns

Talk therapy” is often used by psychotherapists to help patients overcome depression or anxiety through conversation. A research team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is using deep learning to uncover what might be called “talk diagnosis” — detecting signs of depression by analyzing a patient’s speech. The research could lead to effective, and inexpensive, diagnosis of serious mental health issues.

Leading Minds in Medicine to Discuss AI Progress in Healthcare

The buzz around AI in medicine is contagious. From radiology and drug discovery to disease risk prediction and patient care, deep learning is transforming healthcare from every angle. You can learn about it all at the GPU Technology Conference, where healthcare innovators from industry, universities and medical institutions will gather to share how AI and GPUs are empowering doctors and researchers. GTC takes place March 17-21 in San Jose.

The conference healthcare sessions feature presentations by renowned names in medicine — including from four of the top five academic medical centers in the United States, and from five of the nation’s top seven radiology departments. A highlight of the week will be the Tuesday morning talk by luminary Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. Topol will speak about the opportunities AI and deep learning present for clinicians, health systems and patients.

Intel Shows Collaborative Mini-Bots at ISSCC 2019

This week, Intel is presenting a series of innovations that have the potential to enable real-time, low-energy computation for an increasingly connected and data-driven world – from 5G networks to intelligent edge systems and robotic systems. These innovations in integrated circuits and systems-on-chip will be presented during the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the leading forum on advanced circuit research, in San Francisco from Feb. 17-21. Intel will present 17 scientific papers and accompanying demonstrations that could have a transformative impact on a wide range of applications for the future of technology – including developments in 5G and memory.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Antec Torque Case Review

My review of the Antec Torque computer chassis is posted at Tom's Hardware. Make sure you take a moment to check it out!
If "normal" isn't your thing, the Antec Torque might be just what you are looking for. With its open-air design, aluminum alloy construction and superbike styling, it's is safe to say this chassis will stand out, wherever you put it. 

NZXT Introduces the H500 Overwatch, Special Edition Mid-Tower Case

NZXT and Blizzard Entertainment have joined forces to deliver a PC chassis made for gamers who are passionate about building and showing off their own rigs—and also throwing in some flavor from their favorite games. The new, special edition H500 Overwatch® Edition mid-tower showcases NZXT’s signature design with a sleek look that any hero would be proud to have in their arsenal. Featuring an all-steel construction in black, a cable management system for streamlined building, and a luminous Overwatch logo on the front panel, this special H500 chassis is perfect for the Overwatch player looking to outfit their rig for battle.

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X Unboxing

Well, the original video is gone now but we did manage to snag some images before it disappeared. At least these aren't the photoshopped pics that were circling the internet all month.

Standing Together Against DMCA and Copyright Abuse

This stuff is getting way, way, out of hand.

Finally Responding to the Verge PC Build

The Verge should not only be ashamed of the original video, but how they have handled the situation as well.

Anthem Has Banned 16,000 Cheaters

It just goes to show you that it doesn't pay to cheat.

As of today over 16,000 cheaters have been identified and banned from the game. Cheaters suck. If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know here. Even if you don’t get proof, get their ID and flag it and we can investigate the account. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game. I’ll just say that’s a very good idea :)

Get a Nuance Look at AI in Healthcare

Nuance is a pioneer in voice recognition technology. You probably recognize its name from their work bringing AI to speech recognition and virtual assistant technology. What you might not know is they’ve also gotten into using AI to chart the course of the healthcare industry. And to understand how physicians can use the technology to make people healthier, and make the work of doctors better.

To learn more on that, we invited Karen Holzberger, vice president and general manager of Nuance’s Healthcare diagnostic solutions business, onto the latest episode of our AI Podcast. And if you’d like to hear more from Nuance, Raghu Vemula, vice president of research and development at the Healthcare Division of Nuance Communications, will be speaking as part of a panel on “Enabling medical imaging experts to bring AI to the clinic,” at next month’s GPU Technology Conference.

7 Startups You Won’t Want to Miss at GTC

Cargo ships that can self-navigate. A massive marketplace for AI-authenticated collectible sneakers. Professional translation at 5x speed. These are just some of the hot businesses presenting at our GPU Technology Conference next month. Seven NVIDIA Inception startups will be giving talks at our biggest event of the year. These pioneering companies are being propelled by NVIDIA GPUs in the pursuit to reshape industries.

NVIDIA Inception is a virtual accelerator program whose mission is to help startups get to market faster. Members get access to NVIDIA GPU discounts, technical guidance and business networking opportunities. This year’s batch of seven Inception startups presenting at GTC will be speaking to an audience of peers, corporate executives, media and investors.

How Metro Exodus Uses Ray Tracing to Heart-Pounding Effect

The Star Wars-themed “Reflections” demo is so visually stunning, it’s natural to assume it’s a film clip. I felt that way the first time I saw this real-time ray-tracing showcase, at GDC 2018, and so have the hundreds of people I’ve shown it to since. Hitting a hotkey to reveal the wire-frame leaves you floored. Last October, I was again delivering a knock-your-socks-off ray-tracing demo at PAX Australia. It was then that I realized Metro Exodus could be a showcase title for real-time ray tracing in games.

NVIDIA Announces Upcoming Event for Financial Community

NVIDIA will present at the following event for the financial community:

  •       Morgan Stanley Technology Conference
  •       Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 a.m. Pacific time

Interested parties can listen to the live audio webcast of NVIDIA’s presentation at this event, available on the NVIDIA website at investor.nvidia.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days afterward.

Making Our Strikes System Clear And Consistent

Hmmm, this ought to be interesting.


We’re updating the way we give Community Guidelines strikes to a new, simpler system. We’ve worked with creators to understand what’s working and what’s not, and you told us that consistent enforcement, clear policies, and transparency about the impact of a strike are most important. So we’re introducing more opportunities for everyone to understand our policies, a consistent penalty for each strike, and better notifications. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 418.99

NVIDIA has released the GeForce Hotfix Driver 418.99 driver today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs.  If you have plans to play the latest games, you might want to update your drivers. You can see the release notes here.

Presidents Day

It's Presidents Day, a national holiday, so there won't be much happening around here. Take a break from the internet, go have fun, and we'll see you all back here tomorrow!
  

The Punisher & Jessica Jones Canceled By Netflix

At first I didn't understand all the Marvel cancellations but now I totally get it, Disney is bringing all their properties home for the upcoming Disney+ network. Well, at least that's my theory. 

As the only two series from the TV arm of the comic giant still left on the streamer, there will be no Season 3 of the Jon Bernthal led vigilante series, I’ve learned. The completed third season of the Krysten Ritter starring Jessica Jones will still appear on the streamer but will be put on ice for good after that.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

SIGIL Delayed Until April

Boooo! I understand the delay, but it still sucks.

I just wanted to update you on SIGIL. There were a few snags in production trying to make sure everything is top-notch for fans! I just wanted to let everyone who purchased either the Big Box or the Beast Box know that it is now looking like it will ship sometime in April. Thank you for your patience, and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. This also means the free version of SIGIL will have to wait until after the boxes are in the hands of customers.

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Leaked Benchmarks And Photos

I have no idea about the validity of these claims but I do know all these photoshopped GTX 1660 pictures running around the internet don't make "leaked" benchmarks more believable. In fact, it makes me even more skeptical. Here is my 2 minute mock-up of a GTX 1660 using a shot of a 1060 we have here in the lab. Just slide the 6 over the 0 and there you have it....TA-DA!

Razer Game Store Closing

It appears that those of you that said the Razer Game Store was doomed to fail were right. The store will close on the last day of February.

We regret to announce that Razer Game Store (gamestore.razer.com) will cease operations on February 28, 2019 at 0100hrs Pacific Time as part of the company’s realignment plans.

What The Hell Happened At Activision Blizzard?

Do you REALLY need to ask?!?! This, in my opinion, is bulsh*t on the highest level. 😒

On Tuesday afternoon, Activision Blizzard told approximately 800 employees they were being laid off. Activision made $7.5 billion in sales and $1.8 billion in profit last year. But in the eyes of management, the success wasn’t enough to keep the entire company employed.

Talking About Apex Legends Bans

Apex Legends bans? How can there be bans already? Ahhh, I see.

As of today over 16,000 cheaters have been identified and banned from the game. Cheaters suck. If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know. Even if you don’t get proof, get their ID and flag it and we can investigate the account. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game. I’ll just say that’s a very good idea :)

PlanetSide Arena Delayed Again

Well this is a bummer.

After much consideration, we’ve decided to postpone the current PC-only release date and launch simultaneously across PC and PlayStation 4 this summer. We’ve always envisioned PlanetSide Arena as a way for players to experience the epic gameplay of the PlanetSide universe, through fast-paced, combined arms combat and massive-scale multiplayer modes. We believe that delivering the most polished version of PlanetSide Arena that meets these expectations, on both platforms, outweighs any other consideration.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Epic Stickers Pasted Over Steam Logo

Alright, you have to admit this is kinda funny. Thanks to @RobotBrush for the laugh.

Twitter Still Doesn't Delete Your Direct Messages

Why do people still put up with this?

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always, or even at all, if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended, according to security researcher Karan Saini.

Superman Cameo Confirmed For Shazam?

Who cares about cameos in other DC films, I want to Henry Cavil back in a Superman movie. Oh yeah, Shazam looks pretty funny too.

The AMAZING $30 Computer Case!

Linus Tech Tips puts a $30 open test bench to the test. You might be surprised at what you get for the money.

Thermaltake New Commander C Series

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, launches the new Commander C Series Tempered Glass ARGB Mid-Tower Chassis. Designed to expand the gaming spirit, the Commander C Series Tempered Glass ARGB Mid-Tower Chassis takes the front panel design to the next level. The Commander C Series inherits the Thermaltake classic chassis design and combines new design elements. The Commander C Series features six different models: C31, C32, C33, C34, C35 and C36, which target a wide range of PC gamers and enthusiasts. Each piece undergoes a rigorous process of survey, observation, experimentation, remodeling, and manufacture, to guarantee ultimate customer satisfaction. The Commander C Series features an enlarged tempered glass side panel, preinstalled two 200mm 5V ARGB front fans and one 120mm standard rear fan for optimal system ventilation. The 200mm 5V ARGB front fans deliver 16.8 million-color RGB illumination and sync with RGB capable motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock. The Commander C Series comes equipped with GPU mounting, advanced cable management and flexibility for high-end components. The Commander C Series supports the latest PC hardware, and is not only fascinating in appearance but also powerful in performance. With six different models, the new Thermaltake Commander C Series Tempered Glass ARGB Mid-Tower Chassis provides users limitless DIY options.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Companies Using Your Data To Make Money? You Should Get Paid

I can't believe I'm going to say this but California is onto something here.

I applaud this legislature for passing the first-in-the-nation digital privacy law last year. But California’s consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data. And so I’ve asked my team to develop a proposal for a new data dividend for Californians, because we recognize that your data has value and it belongs to you.

Building A CPU Water Block From Scratch

Hah! Kids these days! Remember back in the day when the ONLY way to get a water block was to make it yourself?

90 ft. Vertical Spike Wave in Slow Mo

Planet Slow Mo, season 1 episode 4 part one is now online for your slow motion viewing pleasure. You can see part 2 here.

Free Games Weekend!

Thanks to Blue's News, I now know that Rainbow Six Siege, Arma 3, and NBA 2K19 will all be free to play this weekend. Here's the quote from the Arma 3 announcement: 

Experience true combat gameplay in a massive military sandbox. Deploying a wide variety of single- and multiplayer content, over 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, and limitless opportunities for content creation, this is the PC’s premier military game. Authentic, diverse, open - Arma 3 sends you to war. 

Metro Exodus Benchmarked

According to the crew at TweakTown, Metro Exodus is the new 'Can It Run Crysis'
game. That's a compliment...I think,

Metro Exodus is one of the best looking games of 2019 so far, and it truly punishes all of our graphics cards including the RTX 2080 Ti.

Western Digital Board Declares Dividend for Third Fiscal Quarter 2019

Western Digital today announced that the board of directors declared a cash dividend for the quarter ending March 29, 2019, of $0.50 per share of common stock (the "cash dividend"). The cash dividend will be paid on April 15, 2019, to the company's stockholders of record as of March 29, 2019.

The amount of future dividends under the company's dividend policy, and the declaration and payment thereof, will be based upon all relevant factors, including the company's financial position, results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements and restrictions under the company's financing documents, and shall be in compliance with applicable law. The board retains the power to modify, suspend or cancel the company's dividend policy in any manner and at any time as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 27, 2019, of $2.21 billion, down 24 percent from $2.91 billion a year earlier, and down 31 percent from $3.18 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.92, down 48 percent from $1.78 a year ago and down 53 percent from $1.97 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.80, down 53 percent from $1.72 a year earlier and down 57 percent from $1.84 in the previous quarter. For fiscal 2019, revenue was $11.72 billion, up 21 percent from $9.71 billion a year earlier. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $6.63, up 38 percent from $4.82 a year earlier. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $6.64, up 35 percent from $4.92 a year earlier.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.2.2 Drivers

Another month, another set of AMD drivers. 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
  • AMD Radeon VII
  • Far Cry® New Dawn
  • Metro Exodus™
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI: Gathering Storm
  • Crackdown 3™
  • Up to 5% performance gains with AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 on a Radeon™ RX 590 RS-287
Fixed Issues
  • Using the Alt+Tab shortcut out of a fullscreen application or game may be slow or take longer than expected when using a display connected by DisplayPort.
  • Apply and Discard buttons may not appear in some areas of Radeon Overlay under the Radeon WattMan overclocking tab.
  • Radeon WattMan may fail to apply memory clock changes on AMD Radeon VII.
  • AMD Radeon VII may intermittently experience a system hang when attempting to perform a timeout detection and recovery on Windows®7 system configurations.
  • Radeon WattMan may display the incorrect max fan/temperature values for AMD Radeon VII.
  • Radeon WattMan may experience issues with changed values failing to save or load when multiple changes are applied at once.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience intermittent system stability issues on some X399 motherboards.
  • Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds may intermittently experience an application crash when changing post-processing settings.
  • Radeon Settings may experience an application hang when loading the performance histogram in a game profile through game manager.
  • Update Notifications may sometimes incorrectly list the currently installed driver as an available upgrade.
  • Apex Legends™ may intermittently experience line corruption on AMD Radeon VII.

RTX 2070 / 2080 Sales Disappoint

Whoa...45% year-over-year loss in gaming GPU revenue? Yikes.

Nvidia presented its fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 earnings today, which reflected a surprising 45% year-over-year loss in gaming GPU revenue. Overall the company performed better than expected after it lowered its earnings projections last month, with the $2.21 billion fourth quarter beating expectations and leading to a jump in its share price in after-hours trading (despite the 24% loss in quarterly revenue year-over-year).  

Facebook Negotiating Multibillion-Dollar Fine For Privacy Lapses

And not a penny will go to the people affected by those "lapses."

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Facebook has expressed initial concern with the FTC’s demands, one of the people said. If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.

G.Skill TridentZ Royal 4000MHz 32GB Memory Kit Review

As terrible as it may sound, I want to get a G.Skill TridentZ Royal memory kit just for the bling factor. There...I said it.


The TridentZ Royal is the best-looking RAM we have ever seen come out of the box, it also doesn't disappoint performance wise, but they aren't cheap!

DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench Review

Vortez has published a review of the DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench today for those of you interested.
The Easy V3.0 offers support for a wide range of components, including watercooling set ups with space for a pair of 360mm or 280mm radiators, multiple pump layouts and tube sizes. We also see space for multiple 3.5” HDDs and 5.25” disk drives, full size PSUs and FullATX motherboards all the way through to MiniITX.

Amazon Cancels Planned HQ2 Campus in New York

Bah! Who needs 25,000 new jobs in their town anyway?

Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash from some lawmakers and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives.

Far Cry New Dawn Review Round-Up

Reviews of Far Cry New Dawn 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.

PC Gamer
Kotaku
VG24/7
Rock Paper Shotgun
GameSpot

Unreal Engine 4.22 Preview 1 Now Available

Unreal Engine 4.22 Preview 1 is now out and it comes with a number of new features including support for real-time raytracing.

Unreal Engine 4.22 will be releasing soon with a number of fixes and updates. In the meantime, the first Preview is now available for download from the Epic Games launcher. Preview 1 includes support for real-time ray tracing, Editor Utility Widgets, Movable Spotlight support on mobile, virtual production updates, Oculus Quest support, and Blueprint indexing optimizations.

Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda And Fallout 76

Not to be a dick but what did they expect?

While visiting the studio, we spoke with Obsidian's CEO Feargus Urquhart about fans using the existence of The Outer Worlds as ammo to attack Bethesda and the release of Fallout 76.

Free Game for The Division 2 Preorders

If you are going to buy a game anyway (you know you are), why not get a free game while you are at it?

Today, Ubisoft® announced that players who pre-order a PC digital version of Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 before March 14, 2019* will receive a free copy of the PC digital standard edition of their choice from the following acclaimed titles among Ubisoft’s portfolio: Watch Dogs® 2, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands or Far Cry® Primal. Players can pre-order the PC version of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

Brother of Jeff Bezos's Girlfriend Helped Leak Sexts?

Any time you say "people with knowledge of the matter" and the "National Enquirer" in the same sentence your story goes straight in the dumpster (along with your credibility).  Also...CNN...need I say more?

The brother of the woman with whom Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was in a relationship was the person who tipped off the National Enquirer to their relationship, two people with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

GIGABYTE to Showcase 5G Mobile Edge Computing Server at MWC 2019

GIGABYTE is looking forward to participating in this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the largest annual mobile-technology related event in the world with a focus on “Intelligent Connectivity” including 5G Technology, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Immersive Content Technology (such as VR and AR). Since GIGABYTE’s products will be a key enabler of these technologies, GIGABYTE has been selected by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Taiwan to be one of the joint-exhibitors to be featured at the Taiwan Pavilion (located at Hall 5, Stand 5A61) during MWC 2019. 

Real-Time Ray Tracing and DLSS Come to Battlefield V and Metro Exodus

Two of the most storied PC gaming franchises are shipping this week with NVIDIA RTX technology, which uses AI and real-time ray tracing to deliver deeply immersive gameplay and powerful performance. Battlefield V and Metro Exodus incorporate support for real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS (deep-learning super-sampling) — enabling cinematic-quality rendering.



The importance of real-time ray tracing in games can’t be overstated. It’s changing the way they’re developed and how gamers experience them. NVIDIA RTX is the engine driving this forward, and the entire industry is getting onboard, including developers of today’s hottest games.

ntel To Power Rakuten’s Cloud-Native Mobile Network

Intel today announced it will provide technology to internet services leader Rakuten* for a new cloud-native network. It will be fully virtualized from radio access network (RAN) to core and will adopt an innovative 5G systems architecture from its launch. The network is significant as it will offer end-to-end automation for both network and services. It is being built to serve millions of subscribers in Japan.