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Sharkoon rolls out XL and XXL RGB LED mousemats November 21, 2018 - 15:22
GELID shows its shiny Radiant RGB LED fans November 21, 2018 - 13:52
Cooler Master MP750 mousepad offers nice RGB LED integration November 21, 2018 - 11:04
Another critical exploit patched in Adobe Flash November 21, 2018 - 10:39
China claims massive evidence of price fixing in DRAM market November 21, 2018 - 10:32
Windows kernel once had code to deal with gamma rays November 21, 2018 - 10:19
HTC unable to get Vive wireless adapter to work with AMD Ryzen November 21, 2018 - 10:15
NVIDIA bundling Battlefield V with GeForce RTX cards November 20, 2018 - 20:52
NASA comments hit at SLS retirement if SpaceX, Blue Origin succeed November 20, 2018 - 16:53
ROCCAT Renga Boost over-ear headset is now available November 20, 2018 - 16:21
G.Skill gets sparkly with the Trident Z Royal DDR4 RGB series November 20, 2018 - 13:35
Small number of ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Turbo cards have A-GPU, can be flashed November 20, 2018 - 13:25
SpaceX changes BFR design and renames it to Starship November 20, 2018 - 11:18
Is Windows as a Service failing? November 20, 2018 - 11:11
Bitcoin continues downward spiral, ASIC makers asked to delay shipments November 20, 2018 - 10:54
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.11.2 fixes Vega memory clock issue November 20, 2018 - 10:28
Scythe Katana 5 with 92mm fan hits the market November 19, 2018 - 17:44
IBM to use 7nm TSMC process for future Power CPUs November 19, 2018 - 15:04
Razer goes no-frills with the BlackWidow Lite November 19, 2018 - 11:08
Magnesium-lithium to see wider adoption in laptop market November 19, 2018 - 10:30

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Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 15:22:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Two more RGB LED gaming mousemats, this time from Sharkoon. The company expands its 1337 RGB mouse mat lineup with an XL-sized version (450mm x 380 mm) and an XXL-model (905mm x 425mm). Looks similar to the MP750 from Cooler Master, but the sizes are somewhat different. Sharkoon charges 27.99EUR for the XL version and 34.99EUR for the XXL edition.
Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of PC components und peripherals which boast performance at a reasonable price. Sharkoon has now expanded their popular 1337 RGB mouse mat series with additional sizes. As before, the gaming mats offer perfect gliding properties and a nonslip base. In addition, the mouse mat has a cable guide, keeping the connecting cables tidily out of the way.

Sharkoon 1337 RGB with a robust soft surface.
The mouse mats of the 1337 RGB series possess a resilient textile surface for long durability. This has been manufactured in a way that always allows the mouse to effortlessly glide without resistance. To prevent the mouse from slipping even during heated battles, Sharkoon has again relied on a rubberized underside. What’s new, though, is the RGB illumination, which is integrated in the border of the mat. And to enable the lighting to fully come to its visible effect, the manufacturer has used a transparent nylon thread for attaching the LED strip to the mat.

Easy Use and Lighting Effects.
The colors of the illumination can be selected from a specific RGB spectrum. In addition, three different lighting modes are provided, which can be selected and adjusted by the touch of a button on the controller of the 1337 RGB mouse mat. Due to its height of only 9 mm, the controller unit remains unobtrusive even when a wide field for maneuver is needed. Sharkoon has also integrated a practical mouse cable guide for more convenience while gaming.

Various Sizes for Every Kind of Gamer.
All the gaming mouse mats of the 1337 RGB series are only 3 mm thick and thus maintain a low profile. Differences only occur when it comes to the surface size: The already available 1337 RGB measures 359 x 279 mm and is thus the ideal choice for most users. Whoever needs more space, can reach for the 1337 RGB XL, which amounts to 450 x 380 mm. And for those who also want to place their keyboard on the mousepad, the 1337 RGB XXL is available. This version measures a proud 905 x 425 mm and enables an unhindered use of the mouse.

The new bigger gaming mats of the 1337 RGB series are now available at a suggested retail price in Europe of 27.99 Euros for the XL version and 34.99 Euros for the XXL version.
RGB LED mousepads 1337 Sharkoon

Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 13:52:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
GELID introduces the Radiant and Radiant-D RGB fans, both are 120mm fans with 9 RGB LEDs. The main difference is that the Radiant-D has individually addressable RGB LEDs. The regular Radiant has a MSRP of $14 (12.50EUR) while the Radiant-D goes for $18 (16EUR).
Radiant – Extreme Performance RGB Fan
The Radiant boasts a supercharged set of 9 circularly mounted high-brightness RGB LEDs, ultra-durable Double Ball Bearing mechanics and a 3D optimized impeller with the newest Shark-Tooth Blade technology. Full-color RGB LED lighting, extreme performance and bold design make the Radiant a good mate for water-cooling radiators, advanced heatsinks and densely packed PCs.

Radiant-D – Extreme Performance Programmable Digital-RGB Fan
The Radiant-D is crafted for modders and gaming enthusiasts. It adds programmable Digital-RGB control with individually addressable LEDs that enables variable color settings for each of the 9 LEDs installed and fosters a stunningly vivid RGB LED lighting experience. Along with the extreme performance profile of the Radiant fan series, all that makes the Radiant-D a perfect ingredient for gaming rigs and custom PCs.
GELId Radiant RGB fanh

Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 11:04:36 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
We've seen various RGB LED mousepads before but Cooler Master's new MP750 stands out from the crowd by offering nice integration. The MP750 is a soft, bendable mousepad with extra-thick RGB LED borders. The mousepad is made from a water-resistant fabric and promises slick texture and smooth maneuverability.

Cooler Master offers three versions; the medium 370 x 270 x 3 mm, the large 470 x 350 x 3 mm, and the XL-sized 940 x 380 x 3 mm. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Subpar stitching around the edges can be the Achilles heel of even the most high-quality pads. The MP750 features more seamless, uniform stitching to minimize fraying and maximize longevity. The result is a more durable pad with less chance for irritation during those longest battles.

No Cooler Master product is complete without comprehensive, customizable RGBs. Our software allows you to adjust and fit the MP750’s lighting modes to your liking, for gear that completely shows off your personality.
CM MP750

CM MP750

Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 10:39:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Adobe Flash
Adobe issued version of its Flash Player plug-in. This new version fixes a critical vulnerability that can result in arbitrary code execution. The update follows hot on the heels of a couple of fixes that were rolled out on Patch Tuesday. It's a very dangerous vulnerability as it enables the installation of malware simply by viewing a webpage with a Flash file. Users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible, or even better, to dump Flash.
The November 20 security update addresses a single flaw, designated CVE-2018-15981. It is a type confusion bug that can be exploited to achieve remote code execution. Basically, an attacker could slip the exploit code into a Flash .swf file, put it on a web page, and covertly install malware on any vulnerable machine that visits the page.
Via: The Register

Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 10:32:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
China claims it's ongoing investigation into Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron has dug up "massive evidence" for price fixing in the memory chip market. Combined, these three companies control 90 percent of the global DRAM market. The country is also one of the largest consumers of DRAM, half of Micron's revenue, about 40 percent of Samsung's chip sales and a third of SK Hynix's sales came from China in 2017.

DRAM and NAND are two markets China is trying to get into:
This being China, there are multiple background layers to the story. Firstly, China wants to be independent and self-sufficient in memory and NAND chip supply and has a multi-year, state-backed and subsidised initiative to make that happen.

Business like the Tsinghua Unigroup, Fujian Jinhua and Yangtze Memory Technology are involved in this. Tsinghua tried to buy Micron three years ago but was rebuffed. Yangtze Memory Technology is in the 3D NAND business. Fujian Jinhua is a DRAM foundry startup.
Meanwhile, Micron is suing UMC for stealing some of its IP for Fujian Jinhua, and the US government filed charges against UMC and Fujian Jinhua on that matter.

Via: The Register

Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 10:19:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Here's a funny story from the Microsoft MSDN blogs, a Windows developer explains the operating system's kernel once contained code to deal with stray gamma rays! For a brief period of time, this code was added to the kernel at the request of a processor maker. Three weeks later, the INVD instruction was commented out, but it's still part of the Windows kernel.
At one point, the following code was added to the part of the kernel that brings the system out of a low-power state:

; Invalidate the processor cache so that any stray gamma
; rays (I'm serious) that may have flipped cache bits
; while in S1 will be ignored.
; Honestly. The processor manufacturer asked for this.
; I'm serious.

I'm not sure what the thinking here is. I mean, if the cache might have been zapped by a stray gamma ray, then couldn't RAM have been zapped by a stray gamma ray, too? Or is processor cache more susceptible to gamma rays than RAM? The person who wrote the comment seems to share my incredulity.

Less than three weeks later, the INVD instruction was commented out. But the comment block remains.


Posted on Wednesday, November 21 2018 @ 10:15:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
HTC announced it will offer refunds to AMD Ryzen owners who bought the Vive Wireless Adapter. This peripheral got released on September 24 and complaints quickly flooded the HTC support forums.

Nearly two months after the device's release, HTC stil hasn't figured out how to get it to function properly with all AMD Ryzen-based systems. Therefore, HTC is offering user a refund. The company says they're still investigating the issue, but this will reportedly "take time":
HTC acknowledged that it is “looking into multiple reports of Ryzen incompatibility with the Vive Wireless Adapter,” but the company doesn’t have an immediate solution. HTC said it believes the issue is isolated to “a subset of Ryzen-based PCs” and it is working with “multiple component manufacturers to identify the root cause.”

HTC said that the investigation would “take time.” [S]tarting November 19, the company will accept returns from anyone with a Ryzen-based PC who’s having problems with the Vive Wireless Adapter. HTC will honor returns for purchases from vive.com or any of HTC’s retail partners.

To initiate a return, contact HTC Vive Custom Support via email at vive_care@vive.com. HTC said a representative will then contact you within one business day with the next steps. You will need to provide proof of purchase for your Vive Wireless Adapter, and the Vive representative will need to verify that you have a Ryzen-based PC.
HTC Vive

Via: Tom's Hardware

Posted on Tuesday, November 20 2018 @ 20:52:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Future buyers of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX cards will be glad to hear that the GPU designer rolled out a new game bundle. Until January 7, 2019, select cards bought from participating retailers will come with a free copy of Battlefield V. This will give RTX owners the opportunity to check out the new real-time ray-tracing technology.
NVIDIA?® GeForce RTX™ delivers the ultimate PC gaming experience. Game with the unparalleled realism and performance of the new NVIDIA Turing™ GPU architecture and revolutionary RTX platform as you enter mankind's greatest conflict where no two victories are ever alike. This is a whole new way to experience games.

For a limited time, purchase a qualifying GeForce RTX graphics card or gaming desktop and get Battlefield V.
Details about the promotion can be found at NVIDIA's website.


Posted on Tuesday, November 20 2018 @ 16:53:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NASA logo
NASA leaders are increasingly warming up to giving companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin a bigger role in future missions. At the moment, the space agency is overseeing the building of a super-heavy-lift rocket called Space Launch System. This giant rocket aims to put humans back on the moon, and to take the first crews to and from Mars.

But SLS, which is jokingly called the Senate Launch System, is an obscenely expensive rocket. The rocket project is expected to cost at least $8.9 billion by 2021, and a single flight of the expandable SLS rocket has a projected cost of $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion.

Critics have long urged NASA to cancel SLS and it seems this is now finally on the table, but only after commercial firms have proven they can offer manned spaceflight. Stephen Jurczyk, NASA’s associate administrator, told Business Insider at The Economist Space Summit on November 1 that SLS will eventually be retired in favor of buying launch capacity on commercial rockets. Oddly enough, Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of NASA, contradicted this statement on Twitter.
“I think our view is that if those commercial capabilities come online, we will eventually retire the government system, and just move to a buying launch capacity on those [rockets],” Stephen Jurczyk, NASA’s associate administrator, told Business Insider at The Economist Space Summit on November 1.

However, Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of NASA, appears to have publicly denied his colleague’s statement.

“In case there is any confusion, @NASA will NOT be retiring @NASA_SLS in 2022 or any foreseeable date. It is the backbone of America’s return to the Moon with international and commercial partners,” Bridenstine tweeted on Monday, following the initial publication of this story on Saturday.


Posted on Tuesday, November 20 2018 @ 16:21:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ROCCAT introduces the Renga Boost. Building upon the features of the original Renga from 2016, this new "studio-grade" over-ear headset is now available for $59.99 (59.99EUR).
After the success of the original Renga released in 2016, ROCCAT refreshes the stereo headset and brings it back to the market as the ROCCAT Renga Boost. Offering studio grade high quality sound, the Renga Boost will charm gamers with its discreet all-black look, its amazing acoustic performance and its superior lightweight comfort.

Designed for gamers in search of a premium audio experience, the Renga Boost’s 50mm neodymium drivers provide crisp trebles and deep, powerful bass. The optimal alignment of the drivers ensures an immersive and dynamic experience as well as a perfect fit to the ears.

For long-lasting gaming sessions, the Renga Boost offers superior comfort. With earcup ventilation, an ergonomic snug-fit headband and plush ear cushions it ensures a remarkable level of comfort. At only 210g it is 30% lighter than competing headsets, yet using a solid structural housing designed for hardcore use.

Its in-line remote allows for rapid on-the-fly volume control as well as being able to mute and unmute the microphone. Its rotating mic completes the headset by providing crystal clear, sharp voice transmission.
ROCCAT Renga Boost headset

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