As I wrote a couple of months ago, Google co-founder Larry Page seems to have a thing for flying cars. A Bloomberg report claims Page invested in several flying car startups, including $100 million for the the Hollister, California based Zee.Aero.
Not a lot is known about the company, it explains on its website that it's working on a "a revolutionary new form of transportation" but is unwilling to provide further details. From what reporters have been able to piece together, Zee.Aero employs over 100 aerospace engineers and is working on an entirely new aircraft to change personal aviation.
Now Silicon Valley got its hands on what may be the first photo of this secretive project. The photo was taken by Steve Eggleston, assistant manager at DK Turbines, an airplane parts company near the Hollister Municipal Airport tarmac. He explains the plane caught everyone's attention because it made a noise strikingly different from the typical roar of a plane:
“It sounded like an electric motor running, just a high-pitched whine,” said Steve Eggleston, assistant manager at an airplane-parts company with offices bordering the Hollister Municipal Airport tarmac.
But it wasn’t only the sound that caught the attention of Eggleston and his co-workers at DK Turbines. It was what the aircraft was doing.
“What the heck’s that?” saleswoman Brittany Rodriguez thought to herself. “It’s just hovering.”
The DK Turbines employees who witnessed the experiments claim they saw the plane hover about 25 feet off the ground, and how it was able to land straight down:
During both Zee.Aero flights witnessed by DK Turbines staff from several hundred yards away in September and October, the aircraft hovered about 25 feet off the ground, and landed rapidly, straight down, according to the witnesses. “My initial thought was it was some kind of experiment,” said Saul Gomez, who works in inventory and sales, and described the hovering craft as white, slightly smaller than a Cessna and “like something out of a movie.”
The photo below isn't really what comes to mind when you think about a flying car, but based on the descriptions from eyewitnesses the craft has pretty awesome capabilities.
EVGA issued a response to user complaints about overheating VRM areas on GeForce GTX 1070 FTW and GeForce GTX 1080 FTW video cards.
The German edition of Tom's Hardware tested these cards and found that during FurMark torture testing, the VRM areas of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070/1080 FTW cards can reach temperatures in excess of 100°C. Furthermore, there were also reports about video card memory hitting dangerous temperatures due to the overheating VRM, and some user reports about dying cards.
EVGA investigated the issue but notes they were unable to replicate the very high temperatures, even with an ambient temperature of 30°C. However, for those who prefer lower temperatures the company will ship free thermal pads. These can be applied between the PCB and the backplate to help dissipate the heat.
“The test used in the referenced review from Toms Hardware (Germany) is running under Furmark, an extreme usage case, as most overclockers know. We believe this is a good approach to have some idea about the graphics card limit, and the thermal performance under the worst case scenario. EVGA has performed a similar qualification test during the design process, at a higher ambient temperature (30C in chamber) with a thermal coupler probe directly contacting the key components and after the Toms Hardware (Germany) review, we have retested this again. The results in both tests show the temperature of PWM and memory is within the spec tolerance under the same stress test, and is working as originally designed with no issues.
With this being said, EVGA understands that lower temperatures are preferred by reviewers and customers.
During our recent testing, we have applied additional thermal pads between the backplate and the PCB and between the baseplate and the heatsink fins, with the results shown below. We will offer these optional thermal pads free of charge to EVGA owners who want to have a lower temperature. These thermal pads will be ready soon; and customers can request them on Monday, October 24th, 2016. Also, we will work with Toms Hardware to do a retest.”
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW running Furmark with thermal pad mod (30C Ambient in Chamber) – October 21st, 2016 (image below)
IBM is causing some turmoil as the company released the results of its push to let employees decide between Windows or Mac computers. Switching to Macs seems like a costly move, but Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM, claims the decision to let employees decide is actually saving IBM a lot of money.
Previn points out every Mac the company buys saves IBM an estimated $273 to $543 compared to a PC, over a four-year lifespan.
In 2015, IBM let their employees decide – Windows or Mac. “The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to achieve the best Mac program,” Previn said. An emerging favorite meant the deployment of 30,000 Macs over the course of the year. But that number has grown. With more employees choosing Mac than ever before, the company now has 90,000 deployed (with only five admins supporting them), making it the largest Mac deployment on earth.
But isn’t it expensive, and doesn’t it overload IT? No. IBM found that not only do PCs drive twice the amount of support calls, they’re also three times more expensive. That’s right, depending on the model, IBM is saving anywhere from $273 - $543 per Mac compared to a PC, over a four-year lifespan. “And this reflects the best pricing we’ve ever gotten from Microsoft,” Previn said. Multiply that number by the 100,000+ Macs IBM expects to have deployed by the end of the year, and we’re talking some serious savings.
Full details can be read Jamf. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of in-depth information, other than a claim that the percentage of Mac users that calls the IT help desk is much lower than the percentage of PC users that needs help. But we're left guessing which factor makes the biggest difference: the software, the hardware, or perhaps the end-user.
An anonymous poster at the AnandTech forums, who previously leaked some accurate details about the AMD Zen engeering samples, wrote an update about the latest Zen A0 revision engineering samples.
According to the leak, there are two new AMD Zen engineering samples in the wild:
One 8-core model with a 3.15GHz base clock, 3.3GHz all-core Turbo, and 3.6GHz maximum Turbo for one core. This part has a 95W TDP.
The second sample is a quad-core model with 2.9GHz base frequency, 3.1GHz all-core Turbo, and max single-core Turbo of 3.4GHz. This version has a 65W TDP.
Furthermore, the source claims AM4 retail motherboards are in production and adds that Zen will likely launch in February 2017, which is a bit later than previously expected. Performance-wise the Zen chips are decribed as being around the same level as the Intel Haswell and Broadwell architecture, but not as fast as Skylake on a clock-for-clock basis.
Here's his (or her) message in full:
Hi all! I went into the forest recently and birds have tweeted something again. They spoke about 2 new SKUs that have just hit the post-boxes of the mainboard manufacturers. They are both A0 revisions and Engineering Samples, so there is no improvement since my last post.
The first one is an 8-core design with AMD's HT implementation and it's got a 3150 MHz base clock, it's all-core turbo is 3300 MHz and the max turbo for 1 core is 3600 Mhz. Yes, here are some improvements regarding the previous 8-core SKU under the same TDP envelope.
The second SKU is a 4-core one with AMD's HT. It's got a 65W TDP and the base clock is still 2900 MHz. All-core turbo is 3100 MHz, max turbo is 3400 MHz. I don't know if it's only an SKU for testing mainboards or something is not okay with the clock-wattage correlation. I mean on higher clocks the 4-core SKU steps into the 95W TDP envelope, AMD can't keep the wattage low. Maybe GloFo's 14nm process needs some maturing... Frankly I don't have a clue what's in the background.
Retail AM4 mainboards are under production. The whole platform will be ready to have a paper-launch at the end of the year with a real availability in February of 2017. Performance wise the Zen uarch will be around Haswell and Broadwell (except for FMA), it seems it won't catch Skylake clock for clock. It's not a big deal, but if the clocks can't go higher until the start it won't fulfill the expectations. And we all know that expectations in this case are very high...
As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt as we can't vouch for the accuracy.
Word is spreading about "Dirty COW", a dangerous privilege escalation bug in the Linux kernel that gives hackers total control over your system. Astonishingly, the bug has been present since 2007 and is relatively easy to exploit.
Phil Oester is a network admin and security researcher who uncovered the flaw while capturing HTTP traffic on a server that seemed to have been hacked. He explained that this security issue has been around since 2007, and is now likely to become more widespread. Oester said:
The exploit in the wild is trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years - the version I obtained was compiled with gcc 4.8. As Linus [Torvalds] notes in his commit, this is an ancient bug and impacts kernels going back many years. All Linux users need to take this bug very seriously, and patch their systems ASAP.
A kernel patch is already available and it's already patched on some of the major Linux distributions. The bad news is that there are millions of devices out there that will likely never receive an update for this, including the countless Android phones that receive no manufacturer updates.
NVIDIA pulled back last week's GeFore 375.57 WHQL driver and recommends everyone to replace it with the new 375.63 WHQL release.
This is a hotfix release that resolves a couple of bugs that were introduced via the 375.57 release, including an issue with Windows 10 tiles. There are also a lot of complaints about issues with .gif file playback, not sure if they fixed this in 375.63 as there's no official changelog.
In an effort to harmonize its prices across Europe, software giant Microsoft will reportedly increase its prices by up to 22 percent in the United Kingdom due to the sterling's decline after a small majority of voters elected to leave the European Union a couple of months ago.
Microsoft is to increase its prices by as much as 22pc in the UK because of sterling’s recent decline, a rise that is likely to affect thousands of businesses and could cost the Governments tens of millions of pounds.
The software giant is the latest big-name company to force through a post-referendum price rise, saying the move would “harmonise” its prices across Europe.
According to The Telegraph, pricing of Microsoft's enterprise software will increase by 13 percent while fees for cloud services will soar 22 percent.
Since the day of the Brexit vote, June 23, the value of the sterling has fallen by approximately 18 percent versus the US dollar.
If you've ever wanted to try the Star Citizen alpha for free this is your chance as Roberts Space Industries is offering a free flight trial of its upcoming space sim with the new "FALL2016" coupon code. Full details can be found at this page but be quick because access expires on Sunday, October 30th, 2016. This trial will let you fly the F7C-M Super Hornet, a two-seat medium fighter.
AMD is fighting the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 series with price cuts on its Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 video cards. Both models receive a $10 price cut, which will take effect on October 23rd.
VideoCardz writes AMD send a message to some websites but notes the price cut doesn't seem to affect the Radeon RX 460 with 4GB memory.
AMD sent us an email today that indicated a price reduction for the new-ish RX 460 2GB card and RX 470 4GB card, which we’ve reviewed here (RX 460) and here (RX 470). (…)
AMD’s price reduction drops the RX 460 2GB to a $100 MSRP (from ~$110), with the RX 470 dropped down to ~$170 MSRP (from $180).
GAMDIAS added three "floating design" mechanical keyboards to its lineup:
Designed for gamers of all level, HERMES P1, M1 and E1 exhibit GAMDIAS’s solid and advanced features: sleek design, ultra-accurate components, and aluminum construction combining for minimalist looks, pinpoint accuracy, and long lasting performance. These new keyboards will be available with GAMDIAS certified switches, all of which have unique contoured keycaps, quick – attach wrist rest for your comfort during gaming sessions and good lighting effects can be directly controlled by the users using the GAMDIAS HERA software or using the keyboards built in controls.
HERMES P1 Gaming Keyboard
GAMDIAS brings 16.8 million color lighting to the new HERMES P1 RGB keyboard, brilliant RGB LED backlighting immerses you in the game with virtually unlimited adjustability. By tapping into our free HERA software, you can set up your customizable RGB lighting or simply use 13 kind of preset lighting effects for all your games and beautiful animations.
The HERMES P1 also features 6 dedicated media keys allow you to play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of your music with a touch of a button, without having to switch out of the game. Additionally, HERMES P1 comes with 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full key rollover and a 1000Hz reporting rate for fast, accurate input for gaming. You can go from zero to awesome in less than five minutes. The Hermes P1 has everything you need to make it yours.
HERMES M1 Gaming Keyboard
HERMES M1 offers dynamic 7 color backlights with 4 lighting effects by using HERA software to match your style, and 2 dedicated, programmable G-keys with onboard storage let you quickly access your favorite macros, presets, and key combinations. HERMES M1 features
21 - Key rollover on USB for fast, accurate gameplay and same 6 dedicated media key and 1000Hz reporting rate found in HERMES P1.
HERMES E1 COMBO – HERMES E1, DEMETER E2 OPTICAL and NYXE1
HERMES E1 Combo contains HERMES E1 mechanical keyboard, DEMETER E2 Optical mouse and NYX E1 mouse pad which packs a whole lot of features at a budget friendly price. GAMDIAS backlit keyboard and gaming lighting mice brings color to your life.
HERMES E1 - HERMES E1 gives you responsive lighting upon key presses, same programmable G-keys with onboard storage, multimedia controls, and anti-ghosting with 21-key rollover on USB for fast, accurate gameplay found in HERMES M1.
DEMETER E2 Optical Mouse - The DEMETER E2 Optical Mouse features an advanced gaming optical sensor, with up to 3200 DPI, and responsive breathing blue and red lighting accents. It offers good stability and accuracy via great tracking precision and a high max speed.
On-the-fly DPI tuning-Instantly adapt your mouse speed to the situation for total command of any environment. DEMETER E2 has an ergonomic, ambidextrous shape, making it great for both left and right handed users.
NYX E1 Mouse Pad - Built from a high-quality, long-lifespan polymer material, the NYX E1 is optimized for gaming sensors, giving you better glide without sacrificing control or accuracy.
HERMES E1 Combo is definitely a perfect addition to your gaming desk if you are looking for whole pack of gaming gear with affordability and functionality!
Shipments start in November. Here's an overview of the specifications and the pricing of each model:
HERMES P1: $119.9
GAMDIAS Certified Mechanical switches for ultimate performance
16.8 million color per-key backlighting for virtually unlimited game customization
Aircraft-grade black anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity