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The unsettling fact of the digital age is that we do not truly own any of our purchased content. Having access to movies, music, and games purchased in digital form rely on a number of factors, and there are plenty of examples where things have gone sideways. That said, Google is promising that users of its Stadia gaming service need not worry about developers and publishers pulling the plug. In an updated FAQ section pertaining to Stadia, Google states in no uncertain terms that any game you purchase will always be playable on the service. Here is the pertinent section... Question: What happens to a game I bought if the publisher stops supporting Stadia in the future? Can I still play the game?... Read more...
In a recent interview, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates described his one-time arch nemesis Steve Jobs as a wizard of sorts, saying he was adept at "casting spells" during his time at Apple. Gates was not speaking literally, of course, but to the style of leadership that Jobs used, compared to his own. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. Before his unfortunate demise, however, he built one of the most successful technology companies ever, and helped create a consumer culture that is somewhat unique to Apple and its various products. According to Gates, Apple was "on a path to die" before Jobs started casting spells. "I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting... Read more...
Update 2/72019, 9:28AM: Our full Radeon VII review with copious benchmark data is now live, if you'd like details on how this MSI card should perform.  In just one more day, AMD's recently announced Radeon VII graphics card will be available to purchase. That's also when reviews will hit the web (ours included). In the meantime, several of AMD's hardware partners have erected Radeon VII product pages on their websites, including both MSI and Gigabyte. The Radeon VII is an interesting product for the fact that it's the first consumer gaming card to feature a GPU built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, and specifically Vega 20. It's not actually the first 7nm GPU product, as AMD kicked... Read more...
Forget about running two graphics cards in SLI, imagine having 16 GPUs working in tandem to crunch through intensive workloads. That would be pretty awesome, right? It's also attainable, at least to certain audiences. NVIDIA today unveiled its HGX-2, a cloud server platform outfitted with 16 Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs working as a single, giant GPU to deliver a staggering two petaflops of performance geared towards artificial intelligence. Yes folks, this thing could run Crysis, if that's what it was designed for. It's not, of course, nor is it for playing games in general. NVIDIA is pitching the HGX-2 as the first unified computing platform for both AI and high performance computing (HPC).... Read more...
All eyes are on Bitcoin these days, mainly because of its meteoric rise in valuation. Just a day ago, with Bitcoin's price easily surpassing the $10,000 threshold and hopefully bullying its way into mainstream acceptance, there were reports that Nasdaq, Inc. would launch Bitcoin futures during the first half of next year. Sources within the company claimed that the move, which would make Nasdaq the third major U.S. exchange to dabble with Bitcoin, would take place sometime during the second quarter of 2018. It was also stated that such contracts would be traded on the Nasdaq's NFX market. However, commentary today from Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman has thrown cold water on those earlier claims. According... Read more...
Back in late August, AMD launched the entry-level Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, which features 8 cores, 16 cores and its priced at $549. At the time, AMD promised that it would be launching a new driver for the complementing X399 chipset that would enable NVMe RAID support. AMD originally said that the driver would be available on or around September 25th, and roughly a week after that guesstimate launch date, the new driver is now available. With a plethora of PCIe lanes at its disposal, AMD is promising some stellar storage performance with this new NVMe RAID driver. "In our own performance testing, we’ve been seeing some blistering results from our test systems—a monstrous 21.2GB/s from... Read more...
Those big touchscreen displays inside Tesla's fleet of automobiles might be getting a brain transplant. At present, hardware from NVIDIA powers the information and entertainment experiences displayed on the large displays, but for how long remains to be seen—it is said that Tesla is planning a switch to Intel hardware on its Model 3 and new versions of its other electric vehicles.If true, this would be another blow inflicted to NVIDIA from Tesla. It was reported last week that Tesla had begun working with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to develop custom artificial intelligence chips to replace NVIDIA's Tegra system-on-chips (SoCs) for its Autopilot system. There does not appear to be any bad blood... Read more...
  A number of tech stocks had a bit of a freak-out moment yesterday evening, after an error in the computer system linked to the Nasdaq caused their valuations (in some cases) to swing widely. A glitch affected stocks listed on the Nasdaq, and caused many of their share prices to change to $123.47. In the case of Apple (AAPL), $123.47 represented a 14.27 percent slide compared to its last closing price. As for Amazon (AMZN), its share price plummeted by $844.53 or 87.24 percent, which would have been a devastating and crippling blow for the company. On the other hand, Microsoft (MSFT) shares, which also parroted the $123.47 price, were up 79.12 percent.Seems like all systems are running... Read more...
Intel last week finally got around to plugging a security hole that existed for decades affecting platforms with Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel Standard Manageability (ISM), and Small Business Technology (SBT). Consumer systems were untouched by this bug, but otherwise systems dating all the way back to Nehalem (2008) were potentially at risk. As it turns out, the flaw was more serious than initially thought. First, the good news. Intel says it has implemented and validated a firmware update to address the problem and is collaborating with computer makers to roll it out quickly and smoothly. It is ultimately up to OEMs to provide the critical update to customers, and to that end Intel... Read more...
As long as there is advertising on the Internet, Google's parent company Alphabet will be in good shape. That was proven once again as Alphabet capped off the final quarter of 2016 with more than $26 billion in revenue, a gain of 22 percent compared to the same quarter a year prior. Alphabet's earnings paved the way to a profit of $5.3 billion, up from $4.92 billion a year prior. But not all of Alphabet's efforts were profitable. Alphabet makes most of its money from advertising, but it also has hooks in various other industries. These moon shot programs, or "Other Bets" as Alphabet calls them, provided mixed results. Overall the company's Other Bets doubled revenue to $262 million for the quarter,... Read more...
AMD's working on a brand new software suite called Radeon Software Crimson Edition to replace its Catalyst Control Center, but in the meantime, the show must go on, as they say. And in the latest act, AMD has made available its Catalyst 15.11.1 drivers in beta form to boost performance in some of the newest games just released. To be more specific, Catalyst 15.11.1 beta includes "quality and performance optimizations" for Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4 (check out our gameplay and performance review), Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. If you're planning to play any of those titles on your Radeon branded GPU, it might be worth rolling the dice on beta drivers. Of course,... Read more...
Samsung can breathe a little easier today following the revelation that it won’t have to fork over as much money to competitor Apple for patent infringement. But that doesn’t mean that Samsung is completely off the hook when it comes to compensating the folks from Cupertino, California. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit partially reversed the $930 verdict that was originally handed down against Samsung way back in 2012. The appeals court found that Samsung had indeed violated Apple’s design patents and two utility patents related to the iPhone, but concluded that Samsung’s actions didn’t go far enough to represent a violation of Apple’s trade dress. In fact, the appeals court said... Read more...
Fresh off posting a surprise profit amid sagging sales and lost customers, it looks as though BlackBerry is prepping at least three new phones for public consumption, pictures of which have been leaked to the web. One of the phones is the BlackBerry Oslo, a device that's been leaked to the web before, though none of the three have been officially announced. Similar in style to the Passport, especially the version with rounded corners for AT&T's network, it's believed the Oslo will also feature similar hardware. Word on the web is that the Oslo will sport a square-shaped display with a 1440x1440 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Series SoC, 13-megapixel rear camera,... Read more...
Following the initial leaks against the NSA by Edward Snowden this past summer, there was speculation that what was being exposed would end up hurting the business of US-based tech companies overseas. It's easy to understand why - when it's discovered that a country has been literally spying on those in friendly countries, no one is going to forget about it that quickly. But despite that, it seems that there's been no harm so far, and if anything, it's actually improved the business of some fortunate companies. Where Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon are concerned, the companies claim that there's been no visible reduction in overseas business. Interestingly enough, US-based companies specializing... Read more...
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