A new Star Citizen trailer video was published, it shows the capabilities of the upcoming Alpha 3.0 update. Among other things, the video reveals moon landings, a planetary rover, and the Nox hover speeder.
PC Gamer had the opportunity to play the new version and offers some commentary over here. The public version of Alpha 3.0 is expected by the end of August.
Since my landings in Star Citizen to date (most of them crashes) have taken place only on space stations, actually landing on a moon felt pretty monumental, like I'm a genuine (virtual) astronaut now, even though I forgot to make a stirring statement and wasn't able to plant a flag (frankly, I was just relieved to have not crashed my ship, especially with a bunch of expert pilots from CIG watching me). As promised, it was a seamless transition: taking off from the space station, flying into space, making a quantum jump to the Daymar, entering the atmosphere, and landing.
François Piednoël announced on Twitter that he will be leaving Intel to pursue new, more exciting adventures. He worked at Intel for the last 20 years and as TechPowerUp reports, he was involved in the creation of Intel CPU architectures from Katmai (first Pentium III) to Kaby Lake:
He has been involved in the architecture development of CPUs, including Katmai, Conroe, Penryn, and Nehalem as well as SoCs in Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake. Oh, and did I mention he was also strongly involved in the Intel Atom processor line and the massive shift in Intel's microarchitecture from Pentium 4 to Core? He has also supported development of CPUz, Intel Hyperthreading, and the Android x86 platform.
On his Twitter feed, Piednoël says he was the visible part of a massive team of people and points out everybody is replaceable. Be sure to check his Twitter the coming weeks as he will be revealing some of the lessons he learned from working at Intel, which should contain some great nuggets for young engineers.
This morning, I am informed my management that I do not wish to continue my employment at Intel. New adventures coming, very exciting!
Blizzard revealed it is phasing out support for old operating systems. Starting in October 2017, the company's World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm games will no longer support Windows XP or Windows Vista. Users are recommended to upgrade to newer versions of Windows.
Starting in October of this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.
Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.
The games will not run on these older operating systems once they are no longer supported, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.
Activision shows off the Nazi Zombies of Call of Duty: WWII. This is a horror gameplay mode of COD: WWII and if the trailer is a good representation this might be a pretty scary adventure. The new Call of Duty game arrives on November 3 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Sledgehammer Games delivers an original and terrifying new co-op survival experience in Call of Duty®: WWII Nazi Zombies. Players will embark on a chilling and mysterious journey through a snowy Bavarian village in Mittelburg, Germany, as they attempt to recover priceless works of art stolen by the Axis powers in World War II. This village holds a shadowy secret key to an unimaginable and monstrous power. Nothing is as it seems in this zombies horror, as a dark and sinister plot unfolds to unleash an invincible Nazi army of the dead.
Last month Biostar revealed a cryptocurrency mining motherboard with 12 PCIe slots and now the company reveals the TB250-BTC+ with 8 PCIe slots. This version will be sold for $129.99. Full specifications at Biostar.
BIOSTAR proudly announces the BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+, an 8-slot PCI-e motherboard that hits the sweet spot for anyone looking to maximize their mining from home. The reason being, it stays close to the safety limits of a continuous load rating for a typical 15amp household circuit; meaning that there is no need to worry about power issues. It is ready-to-go straight out-of-thebox with the driver ready for both 8X NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards or 8X AMD Radeon graphics cards. The TB250 series previously included: TB250-BTC PRO with 12 PCI-e slots and TB250-BTC with 6 PCI-e slots.
Crypto Mining Peformance and Savings
The BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ supports Intel® LGA 1151 sockets for 7th and 6th gen. Intel® Core™/Pentium® /Celeron® processor with 2-DIMM DDR4-2400/ 2133/ 1866 up to 32G maximum capacity. It is compatible with ethOS and multicoin mining for currencies such as: Ethereum, Zcash, Monero, etc.
Being optimized and dedicated for crypto mining, the BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ has unique designs such as: header zone for easy to reach for internal USB and SATA ports, dual 4-pin 12V AUX power connector to enhance power of the graphics card and 8 PCI-e slots for maximum mining processing power, which provides immediate savings of US$20 without the need for additional PCI-e expansion card.
The improved hash rate or processing power of the BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ means increasing your chances of finding the next block; earn more in less time. Take a look at comparison with the table shown below.
Unsurpassed Durability and Stability
It is built and tested for durability with: MoistureProof PCB to withstand the high-density and moist conditions, as well as Low RdsOn MOS for cooler temperatures and reduced energy loss. The protection features are second to none: BIOSTAR’s exclusve Anti-Surge protection extends the product life-span by reducing shocks from overvoltage transients, Super LAN Surge Protection improves the existing standards with up to 4X better protection than others, ESD Protection to avoid overstress (EOS) conditions and OC/OV/OH Protection to detect overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading.
Rear I/O Connectivity
Rear I/O includes: legacy PS/2 connector support for mouse and keyboard, a single DVI-D for video up to 1920x1200 output, 4 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, 2 x USB2.0 (5v), 1 x RJ-45 port and 3 x audio connectors .
For more information on selecting the right components, visit the Bitcoin Mining Hardware Guide. Note, for graphics card installation details please refer to the BIOSTAR crypto mining setup section as reference: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/event/crypto_mining/index.htm
Intel introduces the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, world's first USB product for deep learning inferencing. This AI accelerator device uses just 1W of power yet provides up to 100 gigaflops of deep learning computing power thanks to its Myriad 2 VPU. Intel will sell these sticks for $79.
Today, Intel launched the Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick, the world's first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing, tuning and deploying AI applications by delivering dedicated high-performance deep-neural network processing in a small form factor.
As more developers adopt advanced machine learning approaches to build innovative applications and solutions, Intel is committed to providing the most comprehensive set of development tools and resources to ensure developers are retooling for an AI-centric digital economy. Whether it is training artificial neural networks on the Intel® Nervana™ cloud, optimizing for emerging workloads such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and automated driving with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, or taking AI to the edge with Movidius vision processing unit (VPU) technology, Intel offers a comprehensive AI portfolio of tools, training and deployment options for the next generation of AI-powered products and services.
"The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, yet efficient performance – more than 100 gigaflops of performance within a 1W power envelope – to run real-time deep neural networks directly from the device," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager of Movidius, an Intel company. "This enables a wide range of AI applications to be deployed offline."
The Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick is the world's first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained AI accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Machine intelligence development is fundamentally composed of two stages: (1) training an algorithm on large sets of sample data via modern machine learning techniques and (2) running the algorithm in an end-application that needs to interpret real-world data. This second stage is referred to as "inference," and performing inference at the edge – or natively inside the device – brings numerous benefits in terms of latency, power consumption and privacy:
Compile: Automatically convert a trained Caffe-based convolutional neural network (CNN) into an embedded neural network optimized to run on the onboard Movidius Myriad 2 VPU.
Tune: Layer-by-layer performance metrics for both industry-standard and custom-designed neural networks enable effective tuning for optimal real-world performance at ultra-low power. Validation scripts allow developers to compare the accuracy of the optimized model on the device to the original PC-based model.
Accelerate: Unique to Movidius Neural Compute Stick, the device can behave as a discrete neural network accelerator by adding dedicated deep learning inference capabilities to existing computing platforms for improved performance and power efficiency.
Movidius Neural Compute Stick is now available for purchase through select distributors for MSRP $79 and at the conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Honolulu, Hawaii, from July 22-25.
Elon Musk largely confirmed rumors that SpaceX has changed its technology roadmap and is no longer planning to send an uncrewed "Red Dragon" mission to Mars in 2020. Up until February 2017, the private space launch company intended to send its Red Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018 to test the supersonic retro-propulsion technologies needed to land astronauts and heavy equipment on Mars.
In February, SpaceX delayed the mission to Summer 2020 and now Musk reveals there's been a big change of plans. Propulsive landings were one of the major features of the Dragon spacecraft but SpaceX is no longer pursuing this approach.
At yesterday's International Space Station Research and Development Conference, Musk stated he's now pretty confident that propulsive landings are not the right way for crew transport:
"The reason we decided not to pursue that heavily is that it would have taken a tremendous amount of effort to qualify that for safety for crew transport," Musk explained Wednesday. "There was a time when I thought the Dragon approach to landing on Mars, where you've got a base heat shield and side mounted thrusters, would be the right way to land on Mars. But now I'm pretty confident that is not the right way."
Musk added that his company has come up with a "far better" approach to landing on Mars that will be incorporated into the next iteration of the company's proposed Mars transportation hardware. Musk laid out an initial version of this "Interplanetary Transport System" in 2016, but he has said an updated architecture is coming soon, perhaps at the 2017 International Astronautical Conference in Adelaide, Australia. The event will be held from September 25 to 29.
Earlier this week it was reported that Microsoft still hadn't managed to get its Windows 10 Creators Update compatible with computer systems based on the Intel Atom "Clover Trail" processor. A compatibility issue prevents these systems from upgrading from Anniversary Update to Creators Update, but up until now it was believed that Microsoft and hardware makers were working on a fix.
These hopes are now dashed as Microsoft confirmed to ZD Net that there will be no Creators Update for Clover Trial PCs. Most of these devices are three to four years old and will be blocked from further Windows 10 upgrades. It's estimated there are at least 10 million computers that use this chip, primarily hybrid PCs and small tablets.
Clover Trial illustrates that Microsoft's plan to make Windows a service is not going as well as expected. In the statement below, Microsoft claims Windows 10 feature updates are aligned with the hardware support period for a given device. If a hardware partner stops providing driver or firmware updates, the Windows as a Service model breaks down:
With Windows 10, we introduced Windows as a Service, a model for continuous value delivery via twice annual feature updates and monthly quality updates. Along with this updated delivery cadence, we adjusted our support lifecycle policies to reflect the Windows as a Service model. Recognizing that a combination of hardware, driver and firmware support is required to have a good Windows 10 experience, we updated our support lifecycle policy to align with the hardware support period for a given device. If a hardware partner stops supporting a given device or one of its key components and stops providing driver updates, firmware updates, or fixes, it may mean that device will not be able to properly run a future Windows 10 feature update.
This is the case with devices utilizing Intel Clover Trail Atom Processors1 today: they require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience when updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update. However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel (End of Interactive Support), and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.
We know issues like this exist and we actively work to identify the best support path for older hardware. As part of our commitment to customers, we will be offering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to these Intel Clover Trail devices on Windows 10, which we know provides a good user experience. To keep our customers secure, we will provide security updates to these specific devices running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update until January of 2023, which aligns with the original Windows 8.1 extended support period.
To alleviate security concerns, Microsoft committed itself to providing security updates to these specific devices running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update until January of 2023.
ThermalTake adds a new mid-tower to its lineup. The View 21 Tempered Glass Edition looks like real stunner thanks to its tempered glass side panels. It will be available around the end of July but ThermalTake did not mention the pricing.
You can check the full specifications and features at TT's website.
Thermaltake enhances its product range with the new View 21 Tempered Glass Edition Mid-Tower Chassis. This new member adopts dual 4mm thick tempered glass windows, adding a sleek appeal to the design and providing a more extensive system protection. It features a full-length PSU cover to hide those unsightly cables from view, and along with a preinstalled 120mm rear fan, gives the View 21 Tempered Glass Edition Mid-Tower Chassis an excellent system ventilation. The interior space for custom cooling loop is maximised thanks to its “2+2” HDD mounts inside the left side panel and the two 2.5”-compatible HDD slots on the PSU cover. One more thing worth mentioning is that, with two 3.5” and two 2.5” HDD brackets included, users are allowed to freely mount 2.5” HDDs either on the wall of the PSU cover or vertically inside the left side panel to show off their HDDs. With supports for up to five 120mm fans and for the latest PC hardware, AIO and DIY liquid cooling solutions, the View 21 Tempered Glass Edition Mid-Tower Chassis is designed to deliver everything an enthusiast needs for a high-performance system.
ASUS provided details about its new high-end Crosshair VI Extreme motherboard for the AMD Ryzen processor series. This model will launch early August for $349.
ROG motherboards can trace their lineage back over a decade to the original Crosshair for Athlon™ 64 processors, so it’s only fitting that the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme brings Ryzen up to speed with our latest innovations. The latest Crosshair is tailored for the high-end machines PC enthusiasts dream of building and overclockers need to unleash Ryzen’s raw potential. The result is an X370 motherboard that gives Ryzen the high-end foundation it deserves.
Overclocking for Everyone Meets Cooling for Everything
ROG engineers devote a lot of time to figuring out how to get the most out of each platform. You don’t need experience with extreme cooling to push the limits of your hardware, though. The Crosshair VI Extreme’s intelligent auto-tuner lets beginners overclock with a single click. This highly configurable tool accounts for the unique characteristics of each system’s hardware and cooling, making it valuable for even seasoned veterans who do most of their tweaking by hand.
Performance and overclocking are inextricably tied to cooling, so we’re constantly looking for ways to improve thermal management. For a high-end board like the Extreme, that means supplying everything needed for sophisticated liquid loops, starting with a special header for monitoring monoblock temperatures, flow rates, and leak detection circuits. We’ve already partnered with the experts at Bitspower to produce a monoblock made specifically for the Extreme that will be sold separately from the motherboard.
All of the cooling is managed by our widely vaunted UEFI and FanXpert 4 software, a continuously evolving suite that provides comprehensive control through intuitive interfaces. Add extensive fine tuning options and sensor grouping, and you’ve got everything required to build a rig that’s whisper quiet at idle and only as loud as required by the situation.
A Refined Foundation for Coloring Your World
High-end builds won’t get a second glance if they don’t look the part. The aesthetics have to be just right, and your lighting better be on point. Our designers used a monochromatic palette that won’t conflict with other components or your choice of accent lighting. RGB lighting is expected at this point, but the Extreme doesn’t just add some bling and call it a day. It’s one of the first motherboards with a header for addressable light strips and that offer control of each individual LED.
Thanks to Aura Sync, you can match colors and effects across a complete family of compatible components that covers every aspect of your rig, both inside and out. And with our new Aura SDK, developers can integrate the lighting with games and other software, opening up exciting possibilities for cosmetic and functional flourishes.
Order One With Everything
The Crosshair VI Extreme has all the attributes of a premium motherboard. The dual PCIe x16 slots feature ASUS SafeSlot that reinforces the slot with metal bracing and additional solder to prevent damage from rough handling. They’re spaced to give 2.5-slot graphics cards like the class leading ROG STRIX GeForce®GTX 1080 TI ample breathing room, and a third x16 slot is available for three-way CrossFireX with dual-slot cards.
A full slate of USB connectors stands ready for an army of devices. You can hit speeds up to 10Gbps with USB 3.1 Gen 2, which is available through an internal header for cases and via both Type-C and Type-A ports at the rear. The integrated networking gives you an ultra-reliable Intel controller for wired Gigabit Ethernet, and an 802.11ac module with an upgraded 2x2 antenna for Wi-Fi. Wireless connectivity also extends to peripherals with Bluetooth 4.1, so all your bases are covered.
Our latest SupremeFX S1220 codec powers the onboard audio alongside a premium ESS Sabre DAC and the usual assortment of engineering tweaks to improve the output and recording quality. You don’t need a separate sound card to produce pristine audio for gaming and streaming. You will, however, need a virtual reality headset to take advantage our new HRTF-powered audio effects for VR.