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Michael Bay to make a Duke Nukem movie with John Cena? January 23, 2018 - 15:47
Biostar H110MDE is a $54.99 budget mATX motherboard January 23, 2018 - 15:08
Irdeto buys DRM maker Denuvo January 23, 2018 - 14:28
Google and Mozilla-led alliance push AV1 image compression January 23, 2018 - 14:10
If other options fail, Toshiba could do IPO for its memory unit January 23, 2018 - 13:57
Photos leak of upcoming SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 56 PULSE January 23, 2018 - 13:32
TSMC ground breaking ceremony for 5nm fab takes place this week January 23, 2018 - 13:20
Intel finds root cause of reboot issue introduced by CPU bug patches January 22, 2018 - 18:58
ASRock and Gigabyte reveal passively cooled Intel Gemini Lake based boards January 22, 2018 - 12:54
AMD details Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G and confirms DDR4-2933 support January 22, 2018 - 12:03
Bitmain is buying 20k 16nm wafers from TSMC per month (more than NVIDIA) January 22, 2018 - 11:51
Denuvo 4.8 falls victim to crackers after nearly three months January 22, 2018 - 11:40
Linus Torvalds: Intel patches are architectural garbage January 22, 2018 - 11:20
Navigant: Tesla ranks last in driverless car race January 22, 2018 - 11:09
NVIDIA asks retailers to sell to gamers first January 20, 2018 - 10:42
Intel Core i3-8300 and Core i5-8500 ship on February 14 January 19, 2018 - 15:47
Microsoft creates AI that draws a picture based on text input January 19, 2018 - 15:33
Skyfall and Solace CPU attacks are likely fake January 19, 2018 - 13:57
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 15:47:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Here's some explosive news! Word is going around that a Duke Nukem movie is in the works. The project is reportedly set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer has been picked yet, but news along the grapevine is that WWE wrestler John Cena has been approached for the Duke Nukem role.
Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than a decade ago with “The Marine” in 2006. His credits include “12 Rounds,” “Legendary,” “The Reunion,” “Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home,” “Daddy’s Home 2,” and “The Wall,” along with voicing the lead character in the animated comedy “Ferdinand.”
We have a feeling this could be a pretty fun movie!

The Duke

John Cena

Via: Variety
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 15:08:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Biostar sends out word about the H110MDE, a new Micro-ATX motherboard for Intel 6th and 7th Gen Core processors. This is a pretty basic model, it only costs $54.99 so don't expect a lot of features or fancy stuff. You can check the full specs at Biostar.

Biostar H110MDE
BIOSTAR presents another entry-level micro-ATX form factor motherboard – the BIOSTAR H110MDE. This motherboard sports the entry-level Intel H110 chipset that supports the Socket LGA 1151 7th and 6th generation Intel Core processors. The BIOSTAR H110MDE is the perfect solution for desktop users on a tight budget by opting for Kaby Lake and Skylake processors. The compact micro-ATX form factor ensures high compatibility with most desktop cases in the market today. It also comes bundled with a free BullGuard Antivirus Software, another instant saving for builders.

Intel H110 Chipset: Highly Capable yet Affordable
The BIOSTAR H110MDE features the entry-level Intel H110 chipset for the 7th and 6th generation Intel Core processors offering builders instant savings by opting for the previous generation Intel processors. Still, the H110MDE offers the essential features and performance you need for daily computing with its dual DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory and a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot that supports high-end graphics card and NVMe solid-state drives if desired. As for connectivity, the H110MDE packs a Realtek RTL8111G offering up to 100MB/s Ethernet connectivity along with two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports and a USB 3.1 Gen1 header offering high-speed data transfers for portable storage drives.

BIOSTAR 6+ Experience
BIOSTAR’s exclusive set of features that ensure performance and stability.

Speed+: USB 3.1 Gen1, SATA3, Smart Speed LAN, Charger Booster
The BIOSTAR H110MDE features high-speed connectivity options from 6gbps SATA3 ports for internal drives to USB 3.1 Gen1 ports for portable media storage.

Audio+: HD Audio
Audio+ ensures high-definition audio with minimal loss of audio fidelity with the help of AudioArt Capacitor.

Durable+: Moistureproof PCB, Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS
Durable+ is a set of premium features that ensures longevity of the motherboard such as resistance against natural elements, moisture and electric shocks.

Protection+: ESD Protection, USB Polyswitch, OC, OV, OT Protection, Super LAN Surge Protection, Super Anti-Surge Protection
A set of protective features against current overvoltage, overload, over temperature along with anti-surge protection. Iron Heart Protection on the other hand offers support for heavy CPU coolers to avoid PCB bending.

DIY+: HeaderZone, GUI BIOS, Bio-Remote2
Set of user-friendly features that help builders navigate through the BIOS, install or swap disks and accessories, and control your system remotely via an Android or iOS app.

Rear I/O Ports
The BIOSTAR H110MDE rear I/O ports have the legacy PS/2 connector support 1 x PS/2 Mouse, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x DVI-D Connector that supports up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz, 1 x VGA Port, 1 x RJ-45 Port and 3 x Audio Connectors.

The BIOSTAR H110MDE is the perfect budget motherboard offering instant savings by opting the previous generation Intel Core processors and its highly compatible micro-ATX motherboard form factor. Built with the H110MDE with ease with or without a discrete graphics card for your daily computing needs without the hefty price tag.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 14:28:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Media software company Irdeto has acquired Denuvo, the creator of world's most successful anti-tamper technology. Doug Lowther, Irdeto's CEO, says the deal is part of a move to provide better anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions for PC, mobile, console and VR games.

Lowther points out the partnership "brings decades of security expertise under one roof to better address new and evolving security threats." Besides focusing on anti-piracy, Denuvo is also increasingly focusing on technology to prevent cheating in online multiplayer titles.
"Hackers and cybercriminals in the gaming space are savvy, and always have been," said Reinhard Blaukovitsch, managing director of Denuvo, Irdeto. "It is critical to implement robust security strategies to combat the latest gaming threats and protect the investment in games. Much like the movie industry, it's the only way to ensure that great games continue to get made.

"In joining with Irdeto, we are bringing together a unique combination of security expertise, technology and enhanced piracy services to aggressively address security challenges that customers and gamers face from hackers."
Denuvo's 4.8 protection recently got cracked so the firm will have to cook up something new to keep games safe from pirates.

Via: GamesIndustry.biz
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 14:10:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Many new picture formats have come and gone, but the reality is that JPEG is still one of the most commonly used photo compression methods in the world. This is not because it's the best, JPEG was invented in the 1990s and there are better alternatives these days.

That may change in the near future as some are trying to change things for the better. Google, Mozilla and others in the Alliance for Open Media are pushing a photo technology based on the new AV1 video compression technology. The AV1 photo format project promises to be even better than Apple's new HEIC photo format, by offering 15 percent smaller file sizes.
JPEG isn't just limited by needlessly large file sizes. It's also weak when it comes to supporting a wider range of bright and dark tones, a broader spectrum of colors, and graphic elements like text and logos. On top of that, photos these days are bursting beyond the rectangle-of-pixels limits, but JPEG can't handle new photo technology like bursts of shots, panoramas, live photos and 3D scene data.
The main benefits of AV1 will include lossless compression and high dynamic range support. In comparison with JPEG, the new format will also be much better suited for logos, text and charts. More at CNET.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 13:57:42 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Toshiba's saga continue and now there's word that the Japanese conglomerate is considering an IPO of its memory unit if the $18 billion sale to a Bain Capital-led consortium doesn't clear regulatory approval by the end of March.

The Financial Times wrote on Monday that Toshiba is looking at various contingency plans, and notes that Toshiba is no longer under severe pressure to complete a sale. The firm recently issued 600 billion yen ($5.4 billion) in fresh shares and is free to walk away from the deal if it doesn't win antitrust approval by March 31.
Toshiba agreed last September to sell Toshiba Memory, the world’s second-biggest producer of NAND chips, to a consortium led by Bain to cover billions of dollars in liabilities arising from now bankrupt U.S. nuclear power unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC.

But the Japanese conglomerate no longer faces the pressure it once did to complete a sale, after raising 600 billion yen ($5.4 billion) with a new share issue to overseas funds late last year, which with tax write-offs gives it sufficient funds to cover its liabilities.
FT also wrote that some analysts and Toshiba shareholders favor an IPO over the existing deal.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 13:32:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
It seems AMD's partners are still working on new custom Vega versions. Photos and specifications of the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 56 PULSE popped up at the website of a German e-tailer.

This is a new "budget" model with a custom PCB. The SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 56 PULSE features a dual-fan cooling solution and looks a little bit ridiculous as the cooler is almost twice as long as the card's PCB.

The PULSE edition features two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, same as the reference model, and is factory overclocked. It has a 1208MHz base clock (+52MHz) and a 1512MHz Boost (+41MHz). This makes the card 60MHz slower than the NITRO+ edition.

Alternate lists the card for 789EUR with a shipping date of February 1 or February 2.

Sapphire RX Vega 56 PULSE

Sapphire RX Vega 56 PULSE
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 13:20:40 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Later this week, TSMC is expected to break ground for the construction of its 5nm fab in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP). This will be the last ground-breaking ceremony for TSMC chairman Morris Chang (86), he will retire in June of this year.

The foundry is expected to kick off 5nm trial production in Q1 2019. Volume production is currently scheduled for 2020. At the same location, TSMC will also build a future 3nm plant. Production at that facility is expected to come online in 2022:
According to TSMC schedules, the 5nm fab will kick off trial run in the first quarter of 2019 before volume production in 2020. In addition, the company has funneled hundreds of engineers into the R&D of 3nm process, and its 3nm fab is slated to start official run in 2022, expected to cluster more upstream equipment and materials suppliers and downstream packaging and testing players. The 3nm fab is expected to attract aggregate investment funds of around NT$750 billion (US$25.69 billion), including NT$500-600 billion investment from TSMC.
DigiTimes also wrote that Samsung is developing a 4nm node, this process will compete with TSMC's 5nm node. Which of these two will perform better remains to be seen, these days the values before nanometer don't mean a lot anymore.
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Posted on Monday, January 22 2018 @ 18:58:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Intel Data Center Group executive vice president Navin Shenoy issued a statement about the reboot issues that are caused by the fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. The chip giant found the root cause for the Broadwell and Haswell platforms, and is working on a new update that will take care of the reboot issues. At the moment, Intel recommends customers and partners to stop deployment of current versions of the patch as they can cause not only unexpected reboots but also other unpredictable system behavior:
As we start the week, I want to provide an update on the reboot issues we reported Jan. 11. We have now identified the root cause for Broadwell and Haswell platforms, and made good progress in developing a solution to address it. Over the weekend, we began rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing, and we will make a final release available once that testing has been completed.

Based on this, we are updating our guidance for customers and partners:

  • We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior. For the full list of platforms, see the Intel.com Security Center site.

  • We ask that our industry partners focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so we can accelerate its release. We expect to share more details on timing later this week.

  • We continue to urge all customers to vigilantly maintain security best practice and for consumers to keep systems up-to-date.

    I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause. The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers and partners, and for me, personally. I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues.

    I will keep you updated as we learn more and thank you for your patience.

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    Posted on Monday, January 22 2018 @ 12:54:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Three motherboards with an integrated Intel Gemini Lake chip hit the market, these are passively cooled and sport the Mini-ITX form factor.

    First up we have the J4005N D2P from Gigabyte, this model features the dual-core Celeron J4005 SoC with a 2.7GHz frequency. It has PCIe 2.0 x16, M.2, HDMI 2.0, and two SATA 6Gbps ports.
    GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has announced the release of new generation Gemini Lake based J/N series motherboards with the built-in latest Intel® Pentium® Silver/ Intel® Celeron® processors. With humidity protected glass fabric PCBs, long acting capacitors, anti-surge ICs, low resistance MOSFETS, and Ultra Durable components, GIGABYTE J/N series motherboards offer users reliable, high quality products as well as the ability to customize performance settings in order to maximize product value.

    GIGABYTE newest J/N series motherboards utilize fan less cooling solution and their built-in Intel® Gemini Lake processors make them perfect for compact, mainstream builds. The motherboards support HDMI 2.0 4K at 21:9 resolution for high definition video quality. Integrated PCIe Gen2 x2 M.2 slots supporting high speed NVMe SSD allows for fast data transfer speeds. The board’s native Intel WIFI via the M.2 Connector along with an independently sold Intel® CNVi wireless networking solution can make way for impressive wireless connectivity exceeding a gigabit. Additionally, its support for M.2 SATA SSD, UDIMM DDR4 modules rated for 2400MHz, and noise free configurations makes it a perfect option for school, business, and home usage. “Following the announcement of the newest Intel® Pentium® Silver and Celeron® Processors, GIGABYTE developed a series of motherboards that truly reflects the strength GIGABYTE and Intel’s ability to produce a product that brings the best of motherboard technology combined with Intel processor architecture,” GIGABYTE stated.

    GIGABYTE J/N Motherboards brings the best out of Intel® Pentium® Silver and Celeron® Processors while offering customers plenty of flexibility for customization such as the ability to change the SoC to one suitable for their demands. For more details on these motherboards, please visit the GIGABYTE official website or your local GIGABYTE retailer.
    J4005N D2P

    Next is the J4105B-ITX from ASRock, this product has the Celeron J4105 quad-core processor with a 2.5GHz frequency.
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Intel® Quad-Core Processor J4105 (up to 2.5 GHz)
  • Supports DDR4 2133/2400 SO-DIMM
  • 1 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • Graphics Output Options: D-Sub, HDMI, DVI-D
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3
  • 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • J4105-ITX

    The company also offers the J4105B-ITX, which has slightly different specs.
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Intel® Quad-Core Processor J4105 (up to 2.5 GHz)
  • Supports DDR4 2133/2400 SO-DIMM
  • 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 (x2 mode)
  • Graphics Output Options: D-Sub, HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 2 SATA3
  • 5 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 3 Rear)
  • Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop

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    Posted on Monday, January 22 2018 @ 12:03:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Somewhat unexpectedly, AMD revealed more specifications about its soon-to-be-released Ryzen desktop APUs. These chips were first made official at CES 2018, the initial lineup will include the Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 graphics and the Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega 11 graphics.

    First up we have the Ryzen 3 2200G, this 14nm chip has four cores, four threads, a 3.5GHz base clock, 3.7GHz Turbo, and a 65W TDP (45-65W CTDP). You get the Vega 8 solution with 8 graphics cores and a 1.1GHz frequency. The specification sheet also reveals this kit includes the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler.

    Next is the Ryzen 5 2400G, this one also features the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. The 2400G has four cores, eight threads, a 3.6GHz base clock, 3.9GHz Turbo, and a 65W TDP (45W-65W CTDP). The Radeon Vega 11 part features 11 graphics cores that are clocked at 1.25GHz.

    Both models have dual-channel DDR4-2933 support (max 64GB) and unlocked base clock multipliers. The support for higher DDR4 frequencies bodes well for the graphics performance, as these APUs do not have HBM2.

    The Ryzen 3 2200G will cost $99, while the Ryzen 5 2400g will sell for $169. Both chips should be available on February 12, 2018.
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