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Mozilla wants to bring Mixed Reality to the web October 23, 2017 - 13:18
Microsoft comes up with way to double field of view of HoloLens October 23, 2017 - 12:58
Gaming LCD display sales up 350 percent year-over-year October 23, 2017 - 12:51
South Korean banks accuse Newegg of running ponzi scheme October 23, 2017 - 11:28
G.Skill adds DDR4-3800MHz 32GB (4x8GB) SO-DIMM for Mini-ITX boards October 23, 2017 - 11:16
GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1070 Ti picture also leaked October 23, 2017 - 11:09
Photos leak of two ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti video cards October 23, 2017 - 11:06
Cracking Denuvo DRM is now taking mere hours October 20, 2017 - 11:01
Intel Cannon Lake to make AVX-512 go mainstream October 20, 2017 - 10:53
Adobe comes up with AI algorithm that colorizes black & white photos October 20, 2017 - 10:43
Google AlphaGo Zero teaches itself how to beat world champions (video) October 20, 2017 - 10:36
Razer Electra V2 headsets ships in analog and USB edition October 20, 2017 - 10:30
TSMC predicts booming demand for 10nm October 20, 2017 - 10:09
Images leak of the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX October 20, 2017 - 10:03
Video card vendors expect GPU mining boom will continue October 19, 2017 - 20:45
Gartner: PC sales to grow 0.8% in 2018 thanks to business PC replacement demand October 19, 2017 - 14:06
Seagate rebrands its enterprise storage solutions October 19, 2017 - 13:45
ASML shipped more EUV systems last quarter October 19, 2017 - 13:19
First 3DMark scores leak of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti October 19, 2017 - 13:05
Inno3D offers new GeForce GTX 1070/1080/1080 Ti Jet-Fan models October 19, 2017 - 12:54

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Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 13:18:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Virtual reality, augmented reality and now also mixed reality are some of the biggest buzz words in today's tech landscape. While the general public hasn't really been enamored yet by the idea, lots of tech giants are pushing really hard to make this the next big thing. The latest company to join the train is Mozilla, they just announced a plan to bring mixed reality to the web.

The browser maker says it's working on specifications, browser implementations and services to give users open VR and AR web experiences. Mozilla proposes a new WebXR API, this set of tools expands WebVR with augmented reality capabilities:
We have created a draft WebXR API proposal for providing access to both augmented and virtual reality devices. The WebXR API formalizes the different ways these technologies expose views of reality around the user, and it exposes concepts common in AR platforms such as the Anchors found in Hololens, ARKit, and ARCore.


WebXR is designed to make it easy for web developers to create web applications that adapt to the capabilities of each platform. These examples run in WebVR- and AR-enabled browsers, including desktop Firefox and experimental browsers such as one supporting ARCore on Android (although each small example is targeted at AR or VR for simplicity).
Furthermore, Mozilla is adding broader 3D support to Firefox, including support for the Meta AR headset. Full details at the Mozilla blog.

Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 12:58:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
One of the biggest drawbacks of the Microsoft HoloLens is the device's limited field of view but that may change in future hardware revisions. MSPowerUser reports a patent application from Microsoft describes a method to double the field of view of the HoloLens from 35 degrees to 70 degrees. This will bring the technology closer to the 100 degrees field of view that is offered by VR headsets like the Oculus Rift.
Microsoft writes that to enable the use of internal reflection in the waveguide they are forced to limit themselves to a range of exit angles of around 35 degrees, which dictates the subsequent field of view of the hologram as seen by the user.They have however developed a clever technique to get around this limitation, by splitting the image sent down the waveguide into two elements, which then has 2 separate exits, and while each will be limited to 35 degrees, the subsequent final image seen by the user can span up to 70 degrees.
The patent was filed on April 6, 2017 and was made public on October 19, 2017.


Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 12:51:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new research report from IHS Markit claims sales of gaming displays are booming. The research agency says sales totaled 1.1 million units in the first half of this year, up 350 percent versus the first half of 2016. Gaming displays are specified as models with a panel that supports a framerate of 100Hz and above.

The biggest player in the gaming display market is ASUS, with a marketshare of 17.4 percent. Acer takes the second spot with 12.4 percent and HKC is third with a marketshare of 9.9 percent. IHS Markit expects this segment of the market will see further growth.
Global shipments of gaming monitors increased 350 percent to 1.1 million units in the first half of 2017 from the same period a year ago, according to new research from business information provider IHS Markit (NASDAQ: INFO).

Gaming is the hottest application for desktop monitors, invigorating a mature product category. Many monitor brands are offering novel features such as curved, slim borders and touch interfaces to provide an immersive gaming experience. Gamers demand high-performance desktop monitors for fast gaming action, as these products enhance gameplay.

IHS Markit tracks shipments of gaming monitors with frame rates of 100Hz and above, in addition to G-sync, Free-sync and others. In the first half of 2017, Asus led gaming monitor shipments with a share of 17.4 percent, followed by Acer at 12.4 percent and HKC with 9.9 percent. The growing gaming monitor market is attracting new entrants, with more than 16 brands competing this year.

IHS Markit forecasts that the gaming monitor market will exceed 1.6 million unit shipments in 2017.

“Gaming applications with frame rates of 100Hz and above are setting the agenda in monitor products today. We expect that more players, including major US and Korean brands, will enter the gaming monitor market,” said Jeff Lin, principal research analyst at IHS Markit.

“Both monitor brands and panel makers are introducing a slew of new features to differentiate gaming monitors, such as quick response time, curved and high dynamic range (HDR) panels — all of which improve the gaming experience,” Lin said.
Markit gaming display research markt total

Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 11:28:23 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Newegg is sued by four South Korean banks, who allege that the e-tailer collaborated with South Korean home appliance maker Moneual to defraud investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. The banks claim Newegg and computer wholesaler ASI Corp. were involved in a scheme to drive up the valuation of Moneual by placing a large volume of fake orders at highly exaggerated prices:
Now the banks have filed suit against Moneual’s alleged partners. The lawsuit argues that the banks loaned Moneual hundreds of millions of dollars, based on the large volume of orders made by Newegg and ASI. The computers that Moneual ordered were allegedly priced at 300 times their actual retail value, which is why the banks believe Newegg and ASI were part of the scam.

“No such business would have bought the products at such an inflated price, unless it intended to create the illusion of extensive, profitable, high-value commerce between it and its supplier for the purpose of defrauding lenders into supporting the transactions,” the lawsuit alleges.
Moneual was able to squeeze over $3 billion in funding from 10 South Korean banks but defaulted on many of those loans. The company CEO, Hong-seok Park, is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence. Full details DigitalTrends.

Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 11:16:37 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
G.Skill has a new treat for fans of compact Mini-ITX builds. The company teases a quad-channel DDR4 kit for motherboards with four SO-DIMM slots, like the newly released ASRock X299E-ITX/ac.

The new 32GB kit (4x 8GB) features a frequency of 3800MHz, uses a voltage of 1.35V and has CL18-18-18-38 timing. Additionally, G.Skill will also offer 3200MHz and 3600MHz variants with 16-16-16-36 timings. The 3600MHz version will be offered in 32GB (4x 8GB) capacity, while the 3200MHz edition will ship in both 32GB (4x 8GB) and 64GB (4x 16GB) versions.

Pricing is unknown, G.Skill promises these kits will be available in December.

DDR4-3800MHz 32GB (4x8GB) SO-DIMM
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the release of a new high performance DDR4 Ripjaws SO-DIMM series for small-form factor (SFF) platforms, at DDR4-3800MHz CL18-18-18-38 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.35V, making this the world’s fastest SO-DIMM memory kit. In addition, 3 new specifications will be added to the Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM family, including DDR4-3600MHz CL16-16-16-36 32GB (4x8GB), DDR4-3200MHz CL16-16-16-36 32GB (4x8GB), and DDR4-3200MHz CL16-16-16-36 64GB (4x16GB). Such extremely high speed on SO-DIMM modules are achieved with the use of the ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs.

Big Performance, Small Package
At Computex 2017 in June, G.SKILL demonstrated high-speed Ripjaws SO-DIMM series at DDR4-3466MHz, and we are now once again raising the speed of the fastest SO-DIMM memory kit to the intense mind-bending speed of DDR4-3800MHz. Validated on the latest ASRock X299E-ITX/ac motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i9-7900X X-series Processor, extreme memory performance is now a reality with small-form factor workstations.


Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 11:09:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz also got its hands on a photo of the GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1070 Ti. The site claims this photo comes straight from Gigabyte but says it has no idea why this card has eight HDMI ports. Pretty strange.


Posted on Monday, October 23 2017 @ 11:06:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The launch of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is expected later this week so you can expect a lot more details to leak in the coming days. Over the weekend, VideoCardz uploaded the very first photos of the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Turbo. The latter model is based on the reference board and features a blower-style cooler from ASUS, while the STRIX card has a triple-fan cooling solution and ASUS Aura RGB LED support. The STRIX card will be offered in GAMING and Advanced GAMING versions, but it's not clear what the difference between these cards will be as NVIDIA is reportedly not allowing factory overclocks on the GTX 1070 Ti.

GTX 1070 Ti

GTX 1070 Ti

All GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards are expected to feature a base clock of 1607MHz and a Boost of 1683MHz.

On a related note, VideoCardz also spotted some early prices for these cards in Europe. With VAT included, the ASUS cards are listed for 718.38EUR to 746.81EUR. Those prices don't make a lot of sense though, as you can buy GeForce GTX 1080 cards for a lot less money.

Posted on Friday, October 20 2017 @ 11:01:21 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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How the mighty have fallen. Not that long ago pirates considered Denuvo to be almost unbreakable, but these days the state-of-the-art piracy protection is getting cracked in record time.

Previously, it took crackers weeks or even months to defeat the Denuvo protection, but now an increasing number of games are getting cracked within a day of their launch. Up until a couple of months ago, Denuvo was a useful tool for game developers as it could keep games safe from piracy during the crucial initial sales window, but this is no longer the case:
This week's release of South Park: The Fractured but Whole is the latest to see its protections broken less than 24 hours after its release, but it's not alone. Middle Earth: Shadow of War was broken within a day last week, and last month saw cracks for Total War: Warhammer 2 and FIFA 18 the very same day as their public release. Then there's The Evil Within 2, which reportedly used Denuvo in prerelease review copies but then launched without that protection last week, effectively ceding the game to immediate potential piracy.
Via: ARS Technica

Posted on Friday, October 20 2017 @ 10:53:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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New materials from Intel for software developers suggest the future 10nm Cannon Lake consumer processors will adopt the AVX-512 instruction set, as well as a bunch of other new instructions. At the moment, the AVX-512 instruction set is exclusively supported by Intel'x Xeon Skylake-SP processors but it looks like the instruction set will go mainstream in 2018 with the launch of Cannon Lake. The document also reveals Ice Lake will add even more AVX-512 functionality.
The addition of the AVX-512 to the future consumer CPUs is a good news for those who use such processors for things like video encoding, rendering or other applications that are common for workstations. Meanwhile, with the Ice Lake consumer chips, Intel is adding a deep learning-specific (AVX512_VNNI) 512-bit instructions as well as the NV-DIMM-oriented features such as CLWB, although immediate advantages for this market segment are unclear.
More details as well as a run-down of the benefits of these new instructions can be read at AnandTech. Besides the AVX-512 instructions, Cannon Lake and Ice Lake will also have a couple of other instruction sets to improve security and performance. By making this information public before the launch of these chips, Intel is giving software developers the opportunity to develop software in advance.

Posted on Friday, October 20 2017 @ 10:43:46 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new AI-based image colorizing technology was shown at the Adobe MAX 2017 conference in Las Vegas. The project is codenamed Scribbler, it uses a neural network that was trained to recognize faces and the most likely colors of recognizable objects. The result is that Project Scribbler can turn black and white photos into colored versions in mere seconds:
Demoing several different photos and sketches, Lu showed how Scribbler was able to consistently apply not only colors, but shading and even image textures to objects within seconds. By dragging and dropping texture samples onto sketches, designers will be able to quickly iterate designs and test different styles with clients before adding details to their imagery.
Presumably, Adobe will include this technology in future versions of its Creative Cloud tools.

Adobe Scribbler

Via: 9to5Mac

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