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Microsoft and Disney Cited as Potential Buyers for Twitter

Category: General News
Posted: September 27, 2016 04:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Twitter has found itself at the center of buyout and acquisition talks for some time now, and the latest round of rumors are pointing to Microsoft and Disney as being potential suitors this time. Facebook is not seen as being interested at this time. The latest talk stems from David Faber of CNBC who reported on the Closing Bell show that "the social media giant is moving closer to a formal sale process for the company," but also pointed out that it didn't mean the process was currently underway.

Source: CNBC



Microsoft to Make Edge Run in Virtual Machine for Improved Security on Windows 10 Enterprise

Category: General News
Posted: September 27, 2016 01:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A sad fact of modern times is that any computer is at risk of being attacked by malware, but just because we are all targets does not mean we have to make it easy. There are several ways to protect our machines and Microsoft will be rolling out a new one for Windows 10 Enterprise users that use the company's Edge browser. In the future, Edge will be made to run within its own virtual machine, isolating it from the rest of the operating system, so even if the browser is comprised, your computer can still be safe.

For those who do not know, virtual machines allow someone to run one operating system from within another by virtualizing a second machine. For example, you could have a distribution of Linux running within a version Windows, but because of how the virtual machine exists, the Linux OS will not have full access to your files or even your hardware. The virtual machine Edge will be running in will not be a complete operating system but just the features necessary for Internet browsing. This feature is called Application Guard and no, there will not be an API released for other applications to utilize. There are too many variables to consider for that to be a realistic possibility, at least in the foreseeable future. As it is, Edge with Application Guard is going to lose certain features, such as the ability to keep persistent cookies, as each virtualized session is destroyed when it is done, and even the clipboard might not be accessible. A system administrator will be able to set certain websites as trusted of course, and allow them to be accessed without the virtual machine in place.

Application Guard is expected to be added to Insider Builds of Windows later this year, so we may see it release for Windows 10 Enterprise next year.

Source: Ars Technica



Roku Refreshes Hardware Lineup

Category: General News
Posted: September 26, 2016 04:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Roku announced a new streaming stick earlier this year and has now updated the rest of its streaming boxes. The Roku Express is 75% smaller than the Roku 1 while doubling the processing power to handle HD video at a cost of $30. If you want composite cables with the box it will cost you an extra $10. The Roku Premiere and Premiere+ take over for the Roku 2 and 3 and offer support for 4K video at 60fps. The Premiere+ adds HDR support and an enhanced remote with a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and a microSD slot. The Premiere will cost $80 while the Premiere+ will cost $100. The Roku Ultra replaces the Roku 4 and adds an "even more advanced" remote and the ability to play media from a thumb drive to the features of the Premiere+, at a cost of $130. The new boxes will be available sometime in October.

Source: The Verge



Twitter Possibly Received Expression of Interest From Other Companies

Category: General News
Posted: September 26, 2016 11:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While nothing is definite, there is a possibility that by the end of the year, Twitter may be under new ownership. Supposedly the company has received expressions of interest from others, including Google and Salesforce.com, which resulted in Twitter's shares rising on Friday. This is still just rumor though, but Twitter's board of directors is open to being purchased supposedly, so if this is true and the momentum builds, we could see a deal made by the end of the year. If such a purchase is made, the buyer would not just be receiving the social media platform, but all of the data it generates, which could prove very valuable for some businesses.

Source: CNBC



Microsoft Looks to Return Value to Shareholders

Category: General News
Posted: September 21, 2016 03:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has announced a pair of moves designed to share the wealth with shareholders, a $40 billion share buyback and 8% dividend increase. A similar buyback announced in 2013 is expected to complete this year, with no target completion date set for this buyback. The dividend increase is smaller than the past two years increase of 16% and 11%, and it represents a 2.7% yield at current prices. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Brad Reback wasn't worried about the lower dividend increase as it was "in line with expectations given the LinkedIn acquisition."

Source: Wall Street Journal



Amazon Leaks Cheaper Echo Dot on Twitter

Category: General News
Posted: September 13, 2016 04:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon appears to have leaked the price of a cheaper Echo Dot on its Twitter account before deleting the Tweet. The original Dot has been a hot seller since its release in March, with it being sold out since July at a price of $89.99. The Tweet contained the apparent price of $49.99 but didn't have any information about a potential release date. For anyone that has been waiting for the current model to come back in stock, it may be worth it at this point to wait for the new model to come out.

Source: Recode



Raspberry Pi Celebrates 10 Million Units With New Starter Kit

Category: General News
Posted: September 8, 2016 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most popular tiny and cheap computers on the market, and this is now backed up by the sale of the 10 millionth Raspberry Pi. The creator of the Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, is just as surprised as anyone by this sales milestone, stating "we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky." The Pi started out of a desire to get more students in the United Kingdom interested in computers, but quickly exploded into a platform that appealed to users of all ages. To mark the occasion, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled a $130 starter kit that includes a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, 8GB NOOBS SC card, carry case, power supply, HDMI cable, optical mouse, keyboard, and a book.

Source: Venture Beat



Corsair Shows Off Several RGB Products at PAX West

Category: General News
Posted: September 2, 2016 10:02AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Corsair has decided to use PAX West as a stage for unveiling the latest additions to its line of products featuring RGB lighting. The SP120 RGB and HD120 RGB are fans with "ultra-thin frosted" blades and multiple lighting modes powered by a three-function controller. The SP120 has four LEDs while the HD120 has twelve. The SP120 spins at 1400 RPM while the HD120 can range from 800-1725 RPM through PWM. The Crystal 460X RGB is a case enclosed by two-panel tempered glass with tool free installation, dust filters, and three SP120 RGB fans. The MM800 Polaris RGB Mouse Pad has 15 LEDs that can be controlled individually using the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software. The pad is powered through USB and has a USB pass-through port to connect your mouse to. It has a surface area of 285mm x 272mm x 5mm. Corsair has also updated the CUE software to version 2 as a "ground-up redesign of the software optimized for high resolution and 4K displays."

Source: Press Release




Prototype Apple 1 Sold for $815,000

Category: General News
Posted: August 29, 2016 10:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently a prototype Apple 1 computer put up for auction, and while it was expected to sell for one million dollars, the winning bid came in at $815,000. Only 200 Apple 1s were made in 1976, before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak turned their attention to the Apple 2, but this particular computer is actually one of an even smaller group. This is one of the "celebration editions," which are not part of either production run but instead had its components manually soldered onto a blank PC board. That means, as an Apple historian explained in a promotional video, this is one of the first, if not the first Apple computer.

The winners of the auction, Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, intend to take it to schools and universities to inspire younger generations. Ten percent of the auction's proceeds will go to the New York based Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Source: BBC



Amazon Planning Two Music Streaming Services

Category: General News
Posted: August 23, 2016 04:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Earlier this year Amazon announced a standalone video streaming service at a cost of $8.99 per month. It now appears that Amazon is planning a pair of music streaming services similar to services like Spotify. The first service would have a $10 per month cost and would allow for streaming on all platforms. A second service is expected at a cost of $4 or $5 per month with the caveat that it will only work with the Amazon Echo. Amazon hopes to have several million Echo devices in circulation by the end of this year, but that number still falls far short of the available users that utilize similar services on their smartphones.

Source: Recode



Netflix Takes a Hit on Lower Than Expected Growth

Category: General News
Posted: July 19, 2016 04:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Netflix reported quarterly earnings after the market closed yesterday and the outcome was not the best news for investors. The company added 1.54 million subscribers, falling far short of its projection of 2.5 million. The numbers miss led to a 14% drop in stock price in after-hours trading. Netflix believes that it hit its target for new signups but lost too many subscribers due to the "completion of two years of grandfathering" which some members may have misinterpreted as a price increase. Netflix is confident that it can weather the storm caused by the last stages of grandfathering as it will allow the company to continue to invest in new content. It continues to put out well received original content and I will gladly pay the modest increase to keep that momentum going.

Source: The Verge



Thermaltake Announces Battle Dragon Backpack

Category: General News
Posted: July 11, 2016 03:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Tt eSPORTS brand from Thermaltake has made quite the splash in the gaming peripheral market, and the company has now announced a new method for transporting your devices around with you. The Battle Dragon Utility Backpack is made from polyester and woven nylon with a tear-proof exterior. The interior has a padded compartment to accommodate laptops up to 17" and enough additional space for any accessories you may need. A media pocket has a cable port to allow for connection of headphones or a power cord. The Battle Dragon has an MSRP of $59.99.

Source: Press Release




New 60Tbps Cable Connects United States and Japan

Category: General News
Posted: July 4, 2016 12:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has worked with five Asian telecom companies to create "the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built," capable of speeds up to 60Tbps. The 9,000km cable was built by NEC at a cost of $300 million and connects Oregon to two locations in Japan. Google plans to use its share of the bandwidth "to support our users, including Google Apps and Cloud Platform customers. This is especially exciting, as we prepare to launch a new Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo later this year. Dedicated bandwidth to this region results in faster data transfers and reduced latency as GCP customers deliver their applications and information to customers around the globe." In the world of computing where the fastest technologies don't stay the fastest for long, Microsoft and Facebook are already working on a 160Tbps cable that will connect the United States to Europe.

Source: Ars Technica



Office 365 Users Hit With Ransomware

Category: General News
Posted: June 29, 2016 03:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Starting on June 22, a massive attack was launched against users of the Office 365 service with more than 57% of total users receiving at least one infected e-mail. The zero-day attack utilized a variation of the Cerber ransomware and was able to bypass Microsoft security checks until just over 24 hours ago. Cerber has been on the rise since first being detected in March, now ranked as the third most detected form of ransomware. In the most recent incident, the attackers were looking for around $500 in Bitcoin, and considering the use of AES-256 and RSA encryption "which is currently unbreakable," users should hope they weren't unlucky enough to become infected.

Source: WCCF Tech



Intel Looking to Unload McAfee

Category: General News
Posted: June 27, 2016 02:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It is being reported that Intel is planning to sell its cyber security division, which came about with the 2011 purchase of McAfee for $7.7 billion. McAfee is probably most widely known as the company behind the popular antivirus software. The move follows previous indications from Intel that it was looking to distance itself from the PC market, as well as announced plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs.

Source: Reuters



Sunway TaihuLight Dethrones Tianhe-2 as Fastest Supercomputer

Category: General News
Posted: June 20, 2016 04:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

For the first time in three years there is a change at the top of the Top500 supercomputer rankings. The Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Center in China has taken over from Tianhe-2, also located in China. The TaihuLight has maximum computational power of 93 petaflops per second, dwarfing the 33.9 petaflops per second of Tianhe-2. The system has 10,649,600 cores across 40,960 nodes with 32GB of RAM per node, for a total of 1.3PB of RAM. TaihuLight manages to also be more power efficient than Tianhe-2 despite having more than triple the number of cores, with power utilization of 15.37MW compared to 17.8MW for Tianhe-2. All of the CPUs in TaihuLight are the ShenWei SW26010, a 260 core 1.45GHz 64-bit RISC processor developed a China, a move that is likely unrelated to the United States embargo of high-end processors to Chinese supercomputing centers. According to Top500, TaihuLight will be put to use "in research and engineering work in fields including climate, weather and Earth systems modeling, life science research, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics."

Source: Ars Technica



Razer Announces HDK 2 VR Headset

Category: General News
Posted: June 13, 2016 03:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has been a big part of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project since the beginning, with more partners joining the project over time. The team is on hand at E3 this week and is using it to show off its own virtual reality headset, the Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK 2). The HDK 2 was described as follows: "The HDK [Hacker Development Kit] 2 is equipped with custom designed lenses and an OLED dual-display for a total resolution of 2160 by 1200. It also includes IQE (Image Quality Enhancer) technology for a reduced screen door effect. Capable of displaying VR experiences at 90 frames-per-second, the HDK 2 hardware specifications are comparable to the best virtual reality headsets available now." With this announcement, the VR headset market continues to present more options to consumers, which will hopefully create a better environment for all parties. The previously released HDK remains available at a price of $299.99, "but the quality of the experience and the screen doesn't compare favorably to the Vive or the Rift." The HDK 2 is expected to be available in July at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: Polygon



Microsoft to Purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: June 13, 2016 08:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I am not sure if anyone saw this coming, but it has been announced that Microsoft intends to acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, which comes to a value of about $26.2 billion, in an all-cash transaction. The Boards of Directors of both Microsoft and LinkedIn unanimously approved this acquisition, so all that remains before the deal closes is approval of LinkedIn's shareholders, satisfaction of some regulatory approvals, and customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close this calendar year.

 

 

Source: Microsoft



Plex Support Comes to NVIDIA Shield TV

Category: General News
Posted: June 9, 2016 03:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Plex is a popular piece of software used to turn your computer into a media server for streaming "music, photos, movies and TV shows." Users need to have an always-on device such as a PC or NAS, but an update from Plex has changed that. Support is now being added for the Android based NVIDIA Shield TV, marking the "first time Plex has worked without the need for a standalone media server running 24/7." The Shield TV is a sufficiently powerful system and with 500GB on-board storage and the ability to expand through USB, it should be a nice alternative for users that don't want to dedicate a system to the task. Plex is working with NVIDIA to iron out the details with a firmware and software update expected later this month. Plex addressed the move stating, "The SHIELD offers the perfect mix of capabilities for us to be able to enable this functionality. In the future we’d like to expand to support accelerated transcoding on other platforms, as well."

Source: Tech Crunch



be quiet! Demos Multiple Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 6, 2016 03:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga


be quiet! was on hand at Computex last week with products in the case, water cooling, CPU cooling, case fan, and power supply categories. The focus for the show was on the Dark Base 900 and 900 PRO, a case with "high flexibility through high modularity." The motherboard tray is removable for test bench setups and can also be inverted or slid up and down to make room for other system components. The maximum drive capacity is two optical drives, seven 3.5" drives, or 15 SSDs. Three SilentWings 3 PWM 140mm fans are pre-installed with support for a maximum of 12 case fans ranging in size from 120mm to 200mm, with larger fans accommodating less total fans. The PRO model adds a tempered glass side panel, five color LED strip, and mobile device charger. Both models will launch on June 28 at an MSRP of $199 for the base model and $249 for the 900 PRO.

The Silent Loop is an all-in-one liquid cooling solution in configurations of 120mm for $109.99, 240mm for $129.90, and 280mm for $149.90. The Pure Rock Slim is a tower cooler with support for both Intel and AMD CPUs with a 92mm fan and a cost of $27.90. The Silent Wings 3 case fan uses PWM and is available in sizes of 120mm or 140mm with prices ranging from $20.90 to $23.90. The Pure Power 9 is an 80 PLUS Silver certified PSU available in capacities of 500W for $55.90 and 600W for $65.90.

Source: Press Release




DEEPCOOL Shows Multiple New Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 1, 2016 03:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga


When DEEPCOOL launched the GENOME in 2015, the company sought to combine its expertise in cooling and case design into a single product by creating a case with an integrated all-in-one liquid cooling solution. It has now improved upon the design and in doing so has obtained Republic of Gamers certification. The New Ark furthers the innovations first presented in the GENOME, utilizing a 100% aluminum design, integrated RGB lighting, a side air channel, support for 420mm radiators, and vertical GPU installation. The all-in-one liquid cooling is provided by a CAPTAIN block/pump, 360mm radiator, and three PWM fans. The Neptwin RGB is a new air cooler which features "patented wrap–around appearance design and optimized fins and heat pipes." The MF360 is a new case fan with all-metal frame and an RGB lighting controller that offers multiple configurations that are easy to change.

Source: Press Release




HyperX Adds Professional Basketball Player to Roster

Category: General News
Posted: May 31, 2016 04:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

As the popularity and reach of eSports continues to grow, companies are always looking for a way to expand the market for their products. Kingston has made the latest attempt to expand mainstream appeal by signing NBA player Gordon Hayward to an endorsement deal. As the newest member of the HyperX family, Hayward "will exclusively use HyperX gaming headsets, will be featured in marketing campaigns, regularly stream gaming sessions, conduct giveaways and make appearances for the brand starting today." I remember him competing in a StarCraft II tournament in the early days of the game, with him managing to make it a few rounds into the bracket. Hayward described the move stating, "As an avid gamer and professional athlete, I know how important it is to have the best equipment to compete and I’m excited to have joined the HyperX team to represent their gaming gear and build upon their reputation of having the most comfortable and best sounding headsets on the market."

Source: Press Release



Corsair Unveils Range of New Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: May 30, 2016 04:52PM
Author: bp9801

When it comes to computer hardware, Corsair has you covered for nearly everything. Soon, it's going to have even more to offer, with new memory, fans, cases, and even gaming. With Computex rolling along, it's the perfect time for Corsair to showcase the new items, as well as its Build It Better campaign to help enthusiasts get the most out of their gear (or mod to their heart's content). We start with the new memory, as Corsair is showing off the Vengeance LED and Dominator Platinum Special Edition kits. Both of these DDR4 kits offer something unique, with the Vengeance LED featuring integrated lighting and a new heat spreader design, and the Dominator Platinum Special Edition with aluminum finish heat spreaders for a unique look. The Vengeance LED features LED lighting in either red or white and are billed as the company's fastest ever, with the Samsung ICs coming in at speeds of 4,333MHz and above. The Dominator Platinum Special Edition uses top bin Samsung ICs for maximum overclockability and snazzy looks, thanks to the brushed black aluminum or chrome heat spreaders.

Moving to the fans, Corsair's ML PRO and ML PRO LED models feature a brand-new bearing and custom rotor designs for high static pressure and airflow. The Magnetic Levitation bearing technology is an ultra-low friction bearing that creates less noise while providing higher performance than other bearings. The ML PRO fans feature PWM control over a 2,000RPM range, letting you get maximum airflow or ultimate quiet, and anything in between. The ML PRO LED fans feature the exact same, but with lighting directly in the fan hub that then radiates out into the frosted translucent blades for an intense lighting experience. They also have swappable corners in the same color as the LED to better color match the design. The ML PRO and ML PRO LED fans come in 120 and 140mm sizes.

For the cases, the Carbide 400C is getting a new facelift with a white and black color scheme. The interior is all-black, while the exterior is white with some black accents. Of course, it still has the full-sized side window to show off the interior, a drive bay-less front, and integrated PSU cover to keep the clean look.

Wrapping things up is the gaming side, with the BULLDOG and LAPDOG for some living room entertainment, and the Hydro GeForce GTX 1080, otherwise known as the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK. This GTX 1080 features a Corsair Hydro H55 liquid cooler to help boost its cooling potential and make overclocking even easier. It also runs nice and quiet, giving your games that extra muscle when needed. As for the BULLDOG and LAPDOG, the former features support for VR gaming, while the latter lets you comfortably use a mouse and keyboard from your couch or recliner.

All of the new Corsair products will launch in the third quarter of this year, except for the Carbide 400C White, which arrives this June. The BULLDOG and LAPDOG are both on their way now, with the BULLDOG DIY kit out now and the complete system out in the third quarter. The LAPDOG is also available now.

Source: Press Release




RIOTORO Adds Three Categories to Product Offerings

Category: General News
Posted: May 30, 2016 03:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

RIOTORO used Computex 2016 as the platform to announce that it will be expanding its product offerings to an additional three categories, keyboards, power supplies, and liquid coolers. The Ghostwriter keyboard will be available with either Kailh brown mechanical switches or membrane keys. The mechanical offering will have full RGB backlighting while the membrane version will support eight colors. Both will be available in the second half of this year at a currently unannounced price. The Onyx PSU carries an 80 PLUS Bronze rating with capacities of 450, 650, and 750 watts. The Enigma PSU has an 80 PLUS Gold rating with capacity of 750 watts. Both utilize a semi-modular cable system and will be available in the third quarter of this year. The Bifröst is an all-in-one CPU liquid cooling solution with a 120mm or 240mm radiator. The 120mm version has an MSRP of $84.99 and the 240mm has an MSRP of $99.99.

Source: Press Release




Google Unveils Tensor Processing Unit and Google Home

Category: General News
Posted: May 18, 2016 02:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The yearly Google I/O developer conference was held today and the company unveiled a pair of interesting projects, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) and Google Home. The TPU is a custom chip developed by Google with "an order of magnitude higher performance per watt than all commercially available GPUs and FPGA" according to CEO Sundar Pichai. Google has been testing the TPUs in its data centers for over a year and even used some to create the AlphaGo computer that defeated Lee Sedol at Go. Pichai expanded on the TPU in a blog post, describing it as a great platform for machine learning, which is "more tolerant of reduced computational precision, which means it requires fewer transistors per operation," going as far as comparing it to an ASIC. The TPU may not be able to compete with traditional CPUs for everyday use but the early results from Google indicate that in the right hands it could be a tremendous tool.

Google Home is the company's answer to devices such as the Amazon Echo that target a connected home. The device is smaller than the Amazon Echo and includes the ability to specify what speakers you want to play sounds through. Aside from that, the feature set appears to be similar to that of the Echo. It is expected that the Home will be available sometime this year, but no price was given at the conference. It will be interesting to see how the Home is able to distinguish itself from competitors, and if it will be enough to convince users to switch devices. I bought the Echo at launch and have found it be rather useful, and I can't see the Home going far enough above the Echo for me to make the switch.

Source: PCWorld and Fortune



Old Malware Continues to Plague Systems

Category: General News
Posted: May 17, 2016 03:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Research conducted by Check Point as part of its April 2016 Threat Index indicates that the Conficker worm continues to be responsible for one in six malware attacks, despite first being discovered in 2008. Joining it at the top of the rankings are the Sality virus and the Zeroaccess worm, which have been around since 2003 and 2011, respectively. As malware continues to advance in its complexity and reach, it is quite alarming that malware first introduced nearly a decade ago remains the most prevalent. Numbers like this should help to further emphasize how important it is to be mindful of your actions when using a computer, and continue to keep your system up to date to protect yourself as best as you can.

Source: WCCF Tech



Raspberry Pi Zero Adds a Camera Port

Category: General News
Posted: May 16, 2016 03:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Raspberry Pi Zero was released in November 2015 as the smallest and cheapest iteration of the popular computer, at a cost of just $5. Customers eager to get their hands on the device have faced some difficulties as the Pi Zero sold out almost immediately and continues to do so with all new stock that becomes available. Users now have something else to get excited about as the Raspberry Pi Foundation has discovered that "the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right hand side of the board." This allows the standard Raspberry Pi camera module to be attached through the use of a custom cable, adding even more utility to the tiny device.

Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation




Solve Some Challenges and Win a GeForce GTX 1080 in NVIDIA's Order of 10 Contest

Category: General News
Posted: May 10, 2016 07:27PM
Author: bp9801

Contests are a wonderful thing. Everybody loves contests, the chance to win some cool prize or a big prize. In the case of this new one from NVIDIA, it's both. The NVIDIA Order of 10 Contest kicked off today, with 10 challenges offering 100 chances to win one of 1,000 prizes. What's up for grab? Well, each day 50 winners will receive an Order of 10 T-shirt and another 50 will receive Order of 10 pins. Oh, and one winner each day will get an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition video card. Everybody who plays and gets the challenge right is entered for a chance to win an Elite Game Ready PC featuring an Intel Core i7-5820K processor, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition GPUs with new SLI HB bridge, 32GB HyperX Fury DDR4-2666  memory, a VR HMD,  and Windows 10 Home 64-bit. That's a pretty good haul.

These challenges are kind of unique, since they're based on Pascal's triangle. It makes sense given the GPU powering the new cards are named for Blaise Pascal, but don't expect an easy time trying to solve it. There are a lot of clues to pick up on, and then once you have the answer, type it in the field and see if it's correct. A new challenge will appear nearly every day, with the final one on May 23. The contest is open to residents (18 and over) of all 50 US states and D.C., Canada (except Quebec), the UK (minus Northern Ireland), Germany, Denmark, Finland, and France. Good luck!

Source: Press Release and Contest Website



Tune Into NVIDIA's Twitch Stream Tonight for a Special Event

Category: General News
Posted: May 6, 2016 10:44AM
Author: bp9801

We are starting to get into the fun time of the year, the time of Computex and E3, where new games and hardware is introduced to the public. Many of the items aren't intended for release right away, at least for the games, but the hardware typically isn't too long of a wait. Sometimes things get announced a little early, which is exactly what NVIDIA is planning to do tonight. NVIDIA will stream, exclusively on Twitch, a "Special Event," where it will unveil... something. Nothing is really known right now exactly what NVIDIA is going to unveil, so it's anyone's guess. It could be the new video card line, such as the GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060, or it could be for some new game, maybe Battlefield 5 or a new VR experience. Really, NVIDIA isn't saying anything, so right now it's all just speculation. Maybe NVIDIA will throw us a curveball and announce plans for world domination. That's probably too much, at least right now. My money is on a new video game it's partnering up to show or just maybe its next video card line.

The Twitch stream starts tonight at 6pm PST, so be sure to check it out to see what NVIDIA is announcing!

Source: Press Release



New AI Software on the Way From Creators of Siri

Category: General News
Posted: May 5, 2016 03:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Before Siri was a staple on all of the latest iOS devices, it was created at the Stanford Research Institute by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber, who sold the company to Apple in 2010. The team then started to work on its next endeavor, another Artificial Intelligence project named Viv. Viv aims to "take things one step further than Siri," allowing users to complete actions from start to finish without any physical interaction with their devices. This advanced functionality is made possible through partnerships with popular applications such as Uber and Grubhub. The team plans to show off the software at an industry conference on Monday, providing an excellent platform to bring attention to the new platform.

Source: Mashable



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