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Wednesday June 29, 2016

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.2

AMD has released brand new Crimson Edition 16.6.2 drivers for all you Radeon owners out there. According to AMD, these drivers offer support for the new Radeon RX 480, Radeon WattMan, AMD Crossfire Toggle, HDMI Scaling, and a Crossfire profile for World of Tanks. Here's a list of known issues as well as resolved issues:

Fixed Issues

  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while playing Hitman™ in select gameplay missions.

  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while playing Heroes of the Storm™.

  • Intermittent or minor white flashing may occur on some web browsers when using Netflix™ and hovering over the UI or icons.

  • Minor stuttering may occur in AMD Crossfire mode configurations when playing Elite Dangerous™.

  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while using the inventory and character pages in The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt.

  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations during the battle and tutorial loading screens in Star Wars™ Battlefront.

Known Issues

  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".

  • Radeon Pro Duo may experience a black screen in Total War™: Warhammer with the games API set to DirectX®12 and V-Sync enabled.

  • DiRT™ Rally may experience flickering terrain in some races when the advanced blending option is enabled in the games settings page.

  • Some Overdrive settings may not appear in Radeon Settings for Radeon Fury X when in AMD Crossfire mode.

  • Display may exhibit a minor flicker on Radeon RX 480 when Freesync is enabled on a games launch or exit.

  • Dota™2 may crash when using the Vulkan™ API and the user changes resolutions or quality settings.

  • Battlefield™ 4 may experience crashes when using Mantle. As a work around users are suggested to switch to DirectX®11.

  • Need for Speed™ may experience flickering on some light sources in AMD Crossfire mode.

  • Hitman™ may experience graphical corruption when the game is set to use DirectX®12 API and using zoom with weapons.

  • Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.

  • Radeon Wattman may retain settings of an overclock after it has failed. If you have failed an overclock with a system hang or reboot make sure to use the "Reset" option in the Radeon WattMan settings page when the system has rebooted.

  • Low frame rate or stutter may be experienced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™ on Radeon™ RX 480.

  • Assassin's Creed® Syndicate may experience a game crash or hang when in game settings are set to high or greater.

  • Disabling AMD Crossfire mode on Radeon™ RX 480 may disable the device in Windows Device Manager. A workaround is to reboot the system to re-enable the device.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass @ BmR

ETC.: Razer ManO'War Wireless Headset @ MadShrimps

Input: Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Mouse @ FunkyKit

Video: AMD Radeon RX 480 @ Neoseeker

AMD Radeon RX 480 CrossFire @ techPowerUP!

Radeon RX 480 8GB Reference @ Guru3D

Facebook's Political Influence Under A Microscope

Hmmm, I wonder why Facebook is going through all this effort to show that it is neutral when it comes to politics? Everyone knows that Zuckerberg and crew would never try to influence elections. roll eyes (sarcastic)

As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. Recent studies have shown the site has extraordinary influence. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent.

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Seagate To Cut 1,600 Jobs Amid Weak Demand

Frankly, it sucks any time you see a tech company cut this many jobs. The silver lining, if you can call it that after cutting 1,600 people, is that Seagate says it expects to save about one hundred million dollars a year thanks to the downsizing.

Seagate said that it will cut about 1,600 jobs, or 3 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring plan that should be complete by the end of September. The company added in a regulatory filing that it expects to take a charge of $62 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. Charges will cover employee termination costs. Meanwhile, Seagate said that it will save about $100 million a year.

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AMD - Bankruptcy Or A Turnaround?

Anyone that has read our recent editorials knows what this article is saying is right on the money. Speaking of money, AMD has been in financial trouble for some time and, unless the company turns things around, bankruptcy is a very real possibility. For everyone's sake, let's keep our fingers crossed that AMD does eventually turn things around.

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) has been a financially distressed firm over the recent years and discussions about its future have often resulted in heated debates. While some believe the chipmaker is making the right moves to stage a successful turnaround, others are convinced that its bankruptcy is imminent going forward.

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Judge Dismisses Piracy Case, Says IP Address Doesn’t Prove Anything

What the!?!? Common sense coming from the courts? This is unbelievable. Finally a judge that realizes anyone with access to the router in question could have downloaded the movie including family members, friends or someone across the street jumping on your open Wi-Fi connection.

In what's believed to be a first of its kind ruling, a federal court in Oregon has dismissed a direct infringement complaint against an alleged movie pirate from the outset. According to the judge, linking an IP-address to a pirated download is not enough to prove direct copyright infringement.

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'Oddworld' Creator On How Customer Feedback Changed Gaming

This is a good interview but I'm not sure what Lorne Lanning is talking about when he says "there weren't internet news sites for games" back in 1998. Just off the top of my head there was Blue's News, Shacknews, VooDoo Extreme, Stomped, and many are still around today.

"Back in 1998 there wasn't YouTube, there wasn't Twitch, there weren't even internet news sites for games yet." (There were, but the fact that a 13-year-old me wrote for one should tell you all you need to know about their quality). "When we started Oddworld most people didn't know what 'www' meant."

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Homebuilt 200W Laser Bazooka!

This guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed but his laser bazooka is kinda cool in a "it'll put your damn eyes out" kinda way. If you are in a hurry, skip to the 1:30 minute mark to see the laser bazooka in action.

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MSI Starring New Polaris-Based Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card

MSI is proud to add AMD’s latest Radeon™ RX 480 to its graphics card lineup. The new Polaris architecture combines the latest FinFET 14 process technology and AMD’s advanced power, gating and clocking technologies for a superior cool and quiet gaming experience. The new 14nm process allows for an impressive increase in efficiency, providing 2.5 times more performance per watt over the last generation.

Get ready for a whole new level of gaming at 1440p where powerful Async shaders and new geometry capabilities enable unique support for DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ in the best version of Graphics Core Next yet. Every PC gamer knows how incredibly smooth gaming can be at a steady 60+ FPS. Now you can have that polished experience at virtually any framerate with AMD FreeSync™ technology. Radeon™ GPUs based on the Polaris architecture are a dream for streamers. Support for H.265 video compression enables streaming at up to 4K at 60 FPS with virtually no performance impact.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

BioShock The Collection Announced @ GameSpot

Halo 5 Free To Play For A Week @ VG24/7

PlayStation Plus Games For July @ Shacknews

The Technomancer Released @ Blue's News

Alphacool Eisbaer 240 Liquid CPU Cooler

There is a review of the Alphacool Eisbaer 240 liquid CPU cooler posted today at NikKTech. If you are all-in-one cooler shopping this review should be of interest to you.

The brand new Eisbaer (polar bear) AIO liquid CPU cooler by Alphacool aims to further improve both on the performance and features of its predecessor the award winning Eisberg (iceberg). To that end Alphacool has equipped the Eisbaer with a quick-lock mechanism which can be used to quickly add another radiator and even an GPU waterblock in the loop (it's also fully compatible with their GPX-Pro AIO liquid cooler which Alphacool will release later this year).

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How Sony, Microsoft, Apple And Others Violate Federal Warranty Law

How many of you guys knew this? I think most people have no idea what their rights are when it comes to warranties and that's why they let themselves be pushed around by manufacturers on stuff like this.

In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties—which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective—are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional. What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

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Florida Man Sues Apple for $10 Billion

I don't know if this guy will be successful in his suit against Apple but it's kind of a shame that the guy didn't get his device built back in 1992 because that thing would've kicked ass back then. wink

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Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.

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Stephen Hawking: Pollution And 'Stupidity' Biggest Threats To Mankind

You have to admit, it's hard to argue Stephen Hawking's point when he says pollution and human "stupidity" remain the biggest threats to mankind. Hell, if we just focused on a cure for stupidity we could easily fix most of our other problems. wink

Professor Stephen Hawking says he believes pollution and human "stupidity" remain the biggest threats to mankind, while also expressing his concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. The world’s leading theoretical physicist argued "we have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid" in our treatment of the environment over the past decade, during an interview on Larry King Now, which is hosted on Ora TV.

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Cool Video of the Day

Other than the fact that this was an entry in this year's Spiral Independent Creators Festival, I have no idea what this is, how it was made, or why, but it is definitely cool as hell to watch. big grin

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Several Major Flaws Found In Symantec Antivirus Software

How bad are the flaws found in Symantec antivirus? The Google security researcher that discovered the fatal flaws say they are "as bad as it gets." If you use Symantec antivirus software, make sure you read this Project Zero blog post.

Today we’re publishing details of multiple critical vulnerabilities that we discovered, including many wormable remote code execution flaws. These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets. They don’t require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting in remote kernel memory corruption.

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AMD Acquires Software Company HiAlgo, Laying Groundwork for Future Gaming Innovation in Radeon Software

AMD today announced the acquisition of software company HiAlgo Inc., a developer of unique PC gaming technologies designed to help Radeon™ RX Series GPUs transform gaming experience, increase GPU efficiency and improve the overall consistency of gaming experiences. The acquisition lays the groundwork for future gaming innovation in Radeon Software that will benefit owners of Radeon™ RX Series GPUs.

"Software is an integral part of advancing the science of graphics, enabling us to best harness the silicon of the GPU to maximize performance and deliver outstanding experiences in games and applications," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "HiAlgo embodies our spirit of passion, persistence and play by delivering a number of creative approaches to software that improve gamers’ experiences, and helps future-proof the GPU."

Radeon Software enables the ultimate in performance, features and stability of Radeon™ graphics to ensure an exceptional user experience. Today, launching alongside the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card are nine new features of Radeon Software Crimson Edition designed to give users more control over their computing experience, including multi-GPU, display, and power efficiency settings, and a redefined overclocking tool in Radeon WattMan.

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card Review

Today is the day! We are finally able to share our evaluation of the AMD Radeon RX 480 with the world! If you are looking for a new GPU at an affordable price point, you definitely do not want to miss this review.

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AMD's next generation GCN GPU is here! We review the AMD Radeon RX 480 and find out what kind of gaming experience it provides at 1080p and 1440p. We compare apples-to-apples with four other video cards to find out how it compares at both resolutions. We even find out how high it will overclock! Waited for benchmarks, right?

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Review Round-Up

Reviews of the AMD Radeon RX 480 are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

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Phoronix

HotHardware

techPowerUP!

Legit Reviews

Tech Report

LanOC

HardwareCanucks

TechSpot

Microsoft’s CEO Explores How Humans And AI Can Work Together

Look, we don't need Microsoft's CEO to tell us how humans and AI can work together because we already know what is going to happen. Humans develop AI, artificial intelligence eventually takes over, humanity is enslaved to the machines...running the latest version of Windows. Thanks Satya Nadella. Thanks a lot. frown

Advanced machine learning, also known as artificial intelligence or just A.I., holds far greater promise than unsettling headlines about computers beating humans at games like Jeopardy!, chess, checkers, and Go. Ultimately, humans and machines will work together—not against one another. Computers may win at games, but imagine what’s possible when human and machine work together to solve society’s greatest challenges like beating disease, ignorance, and poverty.

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Uber, Lyft Settle Litigation Involving Top Executives

It looks as though Uber and Lyft have decided to stop suing each other. Under terms of the deal, Uber will quit poaching Lyft employees and Lyft will quit hacking Uber. Or something like that.

Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden ended litigation in a California state court in which Lyft accused VanderZanden of breaking his confidentiality pledges when he went to work for Uber. Uber also withdrew a subpoena on Monday in separate litigation over a data breach at Uber, which had targeted an Internet address assigned to Lyft's chief technology officer (CTO), according to a court filing.

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Student Supercomputing Teams Break Records With NVIDIA GPUs

The NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform has, once again, spurred student teams to wins and new heights of performance at last week’s ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Teams from South Africa and China both used Tesla GPU accelerators to earn top marks in the fifth annual competition. Indeed, 10 of the 12 competing high school and undergraduate teams — from as far afield as Estonia, Singapore and Spain — deployed GPUs.

South Africa Team Wins Real-Time Challenge

South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing team, which has a long string of victories at such events, won ISC’s real-time challenge. They used powerful, power-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators. Each team builds a small cluster of its own design on the show’s exhibit floor. They then race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

China Team Sets New World Record

Also at ISC, the team from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, in China, set a new world record of 12.56 teraflops on the LINPACK benchmark, while staying within a 3-kw power consumption limit. The team used Tesla K80 GPU accelerators to power its work. This is the third straight time the Tesla K80 has been used to break this record since the GPU was launched a year and a half ago.

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available Aug. 2

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to all Windows 10 devices — for free — on Aug. 2. Windows 10 continues to be the fastest-growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; new gaming experiences; and new tools for the modern classroom. To help protect businesses from today’s modern threats, Microsoft also announced two new security features for enterprise customers: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection.

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Tuesday June 28, 2016

Corsair Lapdog - Gaming Without A Desk

In our Corsair Lapdog - Gaming Without A Desk write-up, we put Corsair's claims of "Living room gaming with zero compromise" to the test. If you want to game on your big screen TV, or anywhere else besides a desk, without sacrificing the use of a keyboard and mouse, you'll definitely want to check this out.

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Corsair recently launched its new Lapdog product and to put it simply it let's you game without a desktop. Its focus is "living room gaming" with the new Corsair Bulldog living room gaming system. While this out of our usual scope, and there are not data points to be collected, we like using it.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Guru3D

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Technic3D

Raidmax Narwhal Mid-Tower Chassis @ NikKTech

Cooling: Alphacool Eisbaer 240 @ NikKTech

ETC.: Steelseries Siberia 350 Headset @ Play3r

Video: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8GB @ techPowerUP!

EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 @ Legit Reviews

WTHDIJS Video of the Day

Totally not tech related but I couldn't pass up posting this "what the hell did I just see" video of the day. I've seen this over land before but have any of you ever seen something like this over a lake? Regardless, it's just kinda neat to see this in action.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 In The Wild

Sharp-eyed [H]ardForum reader 'Tainted Squirrel' spotted what appears to be a GeForce GTX 1060 in the wild. From the looks of the bag the card is sitting on, I'm going to take a guess and say this picture probably originated in China.

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Meet The Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You’ve Ever Seen

The inventor of this adorable robot says that his company would like to get to a point where his mini-murderbots do new things every day. You know, like kill you in your sleep. I don't care how cute they are, robots will KILL US ALL!

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"We’d like to get it to the point where it literally does new things every day," Andreessen says. "We want it to be programmable." They hope that other companies will build robots like Cozmo, maybe even robots that are aware of Cozmo and want to be friends. This real-world video game might just take over the world. Or maybe it won’t. And then Cozmo will be all alone, and sad—at least, it’ll appear that way.

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AI Fighter Pilot Wins In Combat Simulation

Does anyone remember who the game developer was that said, and I'm paraphrasing, "developing AI that can beat you every time is easy, dumbing AI down so that it misses sometimes is what makes it more realistic." I think that applies in this situation.

An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft - and did not suffer any losses. Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also triumphed in simulation against a retired human fighter pilot.

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NASA Test Fires Solid Rocket Booster for Megarocket

Why couldn't NASA wait another six days to test fire this bad boy? Think of all the money they could have saved on fireworks in that town by cranking the angle up a bit and letting it rip at sundown. wink Also, those of you not interested in really long countdowns should skip to the one minute mark or so.

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