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Microsoft fixed Equation Editor bug by patching the binary directly November 18, 2017 - 08:15
Intel Coffee Lake-S availability to improve once Chengdu supply hits the market November 17, 2017 - 22:13
AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Redux gets OSD performance monitoring November 17, 2017 - 21:11
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G.Skill 32GB DDR4 kit does 4400MHz at CL19 November 17, 2017 - 15:34
Tesla showcases Semi and a stunning new Roadster with 1000km range November 17, 2017 - 14:10
PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil gets pixellized November 17, 2017 - 12:29
Intel CPUs to integrate WiFi in 2019 November 17, 2017 - 12:06
Intel to remove UEFI BIOS compatibility mode in 2020 November 17, 2017 - 11:52
Study finds top MOBA gamers score well on IQ tests November 17, 2017 - 11:40
CoolerMaster ships AiO watercooling units with RGB LEDs November 17, 2017 - 10:42
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Posted on Saturday, November 18 2017 @ 08:15:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Earlier this week, I already wrote a post about the Equation Editor security bug in Office that got fixed as part of this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday security rollout.

An analysis of this update reveals there's something pretty interesting going on here, Microsoft did not patch the source code of this tool but made a couple of changes directly to the application's executable!

This feature is a legacy function that's still found in modern versions of Office, these days the office suite has its own built-in equation editing but the software giant is still keeping Equation Editor in there for backwards compatibility with very old documents. Microsoft patched the security vulnerabilities by changing a few bytes in a few functions, which is a very unusual move:
This is a difficult task to pull off. The fixed version includes an extra test to make sure the font name is not too long, truncating it if it is. Doing this extra test means adding extra instructions to the buggy function, but Microsoft needed to make the fix without making the function any longer to ensure that other, adjacent functions were not disturbed. To make space for the new length checking, the part of the program that copied the font name was ever so slightly deoptimized, replacing a faster routine with a slightly slower one, and freeing up a few bytes in the process.
Equation Editor was developed by Design Science in the 1990s, that company still exists and is still distributing equation editing tools. ARS Technica suggests Microsoft created this unusual patch because it either doesn't have the source code of the tool or isn't allowed to make changes to it.

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 22:13:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
INTC logo
Even though Intel's Coffee Lake-S processors launched over a month ago, global availability has been very low. Rumors about extremely low supply started surfacing before the launch date and even today it's very hard to find a store that has the processors in stock for a normal price.

German tech site ComputerBase says that may change within a couple of weeks as the chip giant is dedicating more capacity to Coffee Lake. At the moment, Intel is only using its Malaysia plant but soon an assembly/test site in Chengdu, China will also start cranking out Coffee Lake chips.

Intel says product availability will improve once chips from this secondary location enter the retail channel.

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 21:11:33 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In a new tweet, it's revealed that AMD's Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Redux driver update will be released soon. Among other things, this new driver branch will introduce support for OSD performance monitoring.


Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 15:34:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
G.Skill introduces what it claims is world's fastest 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 memory kit. It uses binned Samsung B-die DDR4 chips and is capable of hitting at least 4400MHz with CL19-19-19-39 timings at 1.5V. Pricing and availability is unknown.
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the never-seen-before 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z memory kit at an extremely blistering DDR4-4400MHz CL19-19-19-39. This new DDR4 Trident Z dual-channel memory kit upgrades the four-DIMM configuration to the next level as the world’s fastest 32GB (4x8GB) memory kit in the world. These extremely high-speed desktop modules are manufactured with rigorously tested and binned ultra-performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs.

The Fastest Without Limits
After the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL has been constantly pushing DDR4 speeds faster than ever before to higher levels with various capacity configurations. With the availability of the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configuration has improved stability and memory overclocking performance. G.SKILL Trident Z memory once again achieves the world’s fastest 32GB memory kit at the ultra-high DDR4-4400MHz speed, with an exceptionally aggressive timing of CL19-19-19-39 in 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.5V. Below is the screenshot of the memory kit being stress tested and demonstrating its stability on the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard with the Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor.
GSkill DDR4 32GB 4400MHz

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 14:10:29 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The original Roadster is probably still the most iconic car that Tesla delivered to the market. It was an expensive halo product that suffered from many issues, but it was the beginning of a revolution in the transport market. While previous electric cars looked dull and silly, the Tesla Roadster showed the world that a car with an electric drivetrain can perform and look amazing.

Elon Musk made two major Tesla announcements yesterday. First up, there was the long-awaited reveal of the Tesla Semi, a heavy duty electric vehicle. Fully loaded, the Semi has a 300 to 500 mile (482-804km) range, depending on the battery configuration, and when it's hauling 800,000lbs (36,287kg) it goes from 0-60mph in 20 seconds. Empty it goes from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds. The Tesla Supercharger network can add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes and the company promises a one million miles guarantee on the Semi's powertrain.

The first Semi trucks should be on the road by the end of 2019 and they will feature Enhanced Autopilot.

Tesla Semi

Perhaps a bit more exciting for the average enthusiast is the new Roadster supercar. Surprisingly, this is a four-seater and it has pretty amazing specifications as well as a kickass look. Tesla promises it will go from 0-60mph in just 1.9 seconds and 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds. It does a quarter mile in 8.8seconds and its 200kWh battery pack promises a 620 miles (998km) range! The base model will cost a whopping $200,000, you can reserve one right now with a $50,000 deposit. You'll have to wait a few more years though, the first new Roadsters aren't expected to be ready until 2020.


Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 12:29:58 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
So many month after the launch of Vega, we still haven't seen any custom AIB versions of this new architecture from AMD. Nobody is in a rush to get custom Vega cards to the market, but at least there's a tweet or a leak every once in a while to remind us that these cards are still under development.

Today VideoCardz got its hands on two photos of the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil. This model takes up 2.5-slots and has a triple-fan cooler, some slight changes were made to the PCB but overall it looks similar to the reference card:
The card has two DIP switches. The first one is a triple-BIOS switch, yes, there are three BIOSes (and no I don’t know why yet). The other one is to control the LED lighting for Red Devil logo.

The PCB hasn’t really changed that much compared to reference design. The same number of V-Core phases is used, but the board is wider to accommodate the new cooler. The Red Devil also has two DisplayPorts and two HDMI connectors (unlike reference design which has three DPs).
Current word on the street is that PowerColor wants to get the Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil on retail shelves by early December. A Radeon RX Vega 56 variant should follow at a later date.

PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 12:06:15 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A day ago, Intel presented its 5G radio modem roadmap:
Intel today announced substantial advances in its wireless product roadmap to accelerate the adoption of 5G. Highlights include the introduction of the Intel® XMM™ 8000 series, Intel’s first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and Intel’s latest LTE modem, the Intel® XMM™ 7660. Intel also announced it has successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon, the Intel® 5G Modem – a key milestone in its development. Finally, the Intel® XMM™ 7560 modem unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 has achieved gigabit-class speeds.

“Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Communication and Devices Group. “Our investments in a full portfolio of modem technologies and products are critical to achieving the vision of seamless 5G connectivity.”
Dutch tech site Tweakers spotted that one of the new slides suggests Intel is getting closer with the integration of WiFi into its processors. The chip giant has been working on the integration of WiFi for many years now, and it seems this project will finally hit the market in 2019.

Intel integration of WiFi

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 11:52:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel logo
In an effort to remove legacy features in its processors and platforms, Intel is going to remove the legacy BIOS compatibility mode from its products in 2020. Intel developer evangelist Brian Richardson told the audience (PDF) at the Fall 2017 UEFI Plugfest in Taiwan that future Intel client and datacenter platforms will exclusively support UEFI Class 3.

This move will break any customer process that demands on disabling UEFI, there will no longer be any support for 16-bit operating systems. Additionally, it will no longer be possible to circumvent Secure Boot, and the policy could cause issues with the installation of non-Windows operating systems as many Linux distributions still lack Secure Boot support.

Intel UEFI slide

Via: Tweakers

Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 11:40:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new study carried out by researchers at the University of York found that there's a link between a player's skill in MOBA games like League of Legends and his or her overall intelligence level. This study discovered that top MOBA players also achieve top scores in standard paper-and-pencil intelligence tests.

Additionally, a second study found that for large groups, performance in MOBAs and IQ tests behave in similar ways as players get older. This is because games like League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) are intellectually demanding, so older players generally do a bit better in these games than young teens.

First person shooters were also investigated, but this game genre did not show a correlation between skill and intelligence. While MOBAs rely on memory and strategic decision making, FPSs are all about speed and target accuracy. On a population level, the performance of people in FPS games drops after their teens.

Researchers at the University of York have discovered a link between young people’s ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence.

Some action strategy video games can act like IQ tests.
Studies carried out at the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at York found that some action strategy video games can act like IQ tests. The researchers’ findings are published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

The York researchers stress the studies have no bearing on questions such as whether playing computer games makes young people smarter or otherwise. They simply establish a correlation between skill at certain online games of strategy and intelligence.

The researchers focused on ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas’ (MOBAs) – action strategy games that typically involve two opposing teams of five individuals – as well as multiplayer ‘First Person Shooter’ games. These types of games are hugely popular with hundreds of millions of players worldwide.

The team from York’s Departments of Psychology and Computer Science carried out two studies. The first examined a group of subjects who were highly experienced in the MOBA League of Legends – one of the most popular strategic video games in the world with millions of players each day.

In this study, the researchers observed a correlation between performance in the strategic game League of Legends and performance in standard paper-and-pencil intelligence tests.

The second study analysed big datasets from four games: Two MOBAs (League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) and two ‘First Person Shooters’ (Destiny and Battlefield 3). First Person Shooters (FPSs) are games involving shooting enemies and other targets, with the player viewing the action as though through the eyes of the character they are controlling.

In this second study, they found that for large groups consisting of thousands of players, performance in MOBAs and IQ behave in similar ways as players get older. But this effect was not found for First Person Shooters, where performance declined after the teens.

Intellectually demanding
The researchers say the correlation between ability at action strategy video games such as League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) and a high IQ is similar to the correlation seen in other more traditional strategy games such as chess.

Corresponding author Professor Alex Wade of the University of York’s Department of Psychology and Digital Creativity Labs said: “Games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 are complex, socially-interactive and intellectually demanding. Our research would suggest that your performance in these games can be a measure of intelligence.

“Research in the past has pointed to the fact that people who are good at strategy games such as chess tend to score highly at IQ tests. Our research has extended this to games that millions of people across the planet play every day.”

Data source
The discovery of this correlation between skill and intelligence opens up a huge new data source. For example, as ‘proxy’ tests of IQ, games could be useful at a global population level in fields such as ‘cognitive epidemiology’ – research that examines the associations between intelligence and health across time - and as a way of monitoring cognitive health across populations.

Athanasios Kokkinakis, a PhD student with the EPSRC Centre for Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) research programme at York, is the lead author on the study.

He said: “Unlike First Person Shooter (FPS) games where speed and target accuracy are a priority, Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas rely more on memory and the ability to make strategic decisions taking into account multiple factors.

“It is perhaps for these reasons that we found a strong correlation between skill and intelligence in MOBAs.”

Co-author Professor Peter Cowling, Director of DC Labs and the IGGI programme at York, said: “This cutting-edge research has the potential for substantial impact on the future of the games and creative industries – and on games as a tool for research in health and psychology.

“The IGGI programme has 48 excellent PhD students working with industry and across disciplines – there is plenty more to come!”

The studies were funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 10:42:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Cooler Master recently started shipping a new line of MasterLiquid All-in-One watercooling kits with RGB LED fans and a dual-chamber pump with an RGB LED backlit Cooler Master logo. Overall not much special here, just the fact that RGB LEDs are becoming more and more pervasive.

Here are the specs of the 240mm unit:
The MasterLiquid Lite 240 RGB is a reliable, attractive entry into liquid cooling. The system features two elements: a unique, low vibration, Dual Dissipation pump for efficient processor cooling and two 120mm RGB Air Balance fan for high-performance PC cooling. The system also includes kink-resistant tubing, matte-black styling, and a versatile design that fits nearly all PC cases.

  • Liquid Cooling System
  • Dual Dissipation Pump
  • 120mm RGB Air Balance Fan
  • Kink-Resistant Tubing
  • Easy to Install
  • These kits are sold for $64.99 (120mm) and $74.99 (240mm).


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