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  1. A trailer was leaked to the French PlayStation YouTube channel, before being taken down, that gave a preview of the Overwatch event that was hinted at with the release of the latest comic last week. The event is called Insurrection and will allow players to "take control of four of Overwatch's early members—Reinhardt, Tracer, Torbjörn, and Mercy—and battle the Omnic insurgency known as Null Sector on the streets of King's Row." The event is also expected to bring a number of new skins and other unlocks with it. Insurrection will run from tomorrow until May 1. Source: PC Gamer Back to original news post
  2. As part of ongoing efforts to ease privacy concerns, Microsoft "is updating its privacy statement and publishing information about the data it collects as part of Windows 10." The Creators Update will allow users to switch between basic and full levels of collection. The company added that "we have published a complete list of the diagnostic data collected at the Basic level. We are also providing a detailed summary of the data we collect from users at both Basic and Full levels of diagnostics." Microsoft is continuing to update what it deems necessary to collect at the basic level. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  3. Users of the Nintendo Switch are beginning to report that after leaving their consoles in docked mode for extended periods of time the device begins to warp from heat. The damage is rather noticeable and could be an indication of a design flaw, although it may still be too early to tell and Nintendo hasn't yet said that was the case. Some users have reported that they were able to get Nintendo "to send a pre-paid shipping label, with the company stating that they would either repair the unit or transfer all of its data to a new console and then ship it back." If you have a Switch, be sure to keep an eye on your console to check if you are having this problem. Source: BGR Back to original news post
  4. Microsoft has added a pair of cumulative updates to it's upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10, expected to be publicly available on April 11. Build 15063.13 is already available for Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings while build 15063.14 is also available for those in the Fast ring. The updates address issues with printer connections, Surface Pro 3 CPU usage, and process suspension. Microsoft also promised to make the Creators Update available tomorrow by manually downloading it through the Update Assistant if you can't wait until April 11. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  5. ASUS and MSI have shown off their iterations of the coming updates to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1060, featuring 11Gbps GDDR5X and 9Gbps GDD5, respectively. The new memory is expected to offer some improvement to performance, with the added benefit of better overclocking potential. The GTX 1060 will be available at the same price it currently sells for while the GTX 1080 will see a price drop to $499. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  6. Researcher Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero has found his third Last Pass vulnerability this month, and described it as "a major architectural problem." A proof-of-concept exploit was created and sent to Last Pass by Ormandy, who was thanked by the company in a blog post. The exploit "makes it possible for malicious websites to steal user passcodes and in some cases execute malicious code on computers running the program," but Last Pass has declined to "disclose anything specific about the vulnerability or our fix that could reveal anything to less sophisticated but nefarious parties." While password managers are able to help increase security for users by generating different, complex passwords for all of the sites a user visits, they seem to be an increasing target for malicious users. Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  7. Twitter is considering creating a premium version of its social networking service "aimed at professionals" that would expand its revenue streams and offer additional features. Twitter has been free for its 11 year history, but a subscription model would allow it to finally monetize some of its 319 million users. Twitter spokeswoman Brielle Villablanca described the possibility stating, "We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people's Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we're exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals." Source: Fortune Back to original news post
  8. Corsair has had its hand in several markets for PC components including cases, fans, keyboards, and mice for more than 22 years. With the Corsair ONE, the company is making its first foray into the fully built PC market. CEO and founder Andy Paul described the decision stating, "We knew now was the right time to bring together all our knowledge to create a truly exceptional PC. CORSAIR ONE is the result – unbelievably compact, quiet and with incredible performance, it changes what people will expect from a high-end PC." The case is made of milled aluminum with integrated blue lighting and has an integrated liquid-cooling system with a pair of passive 240mm radiators. The base model is powered by a Core i7 7700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, and 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2 with a 240GB SSD and 1TB conventional HDD. Corsair is also offering the One Pro, One Pro Webstore Exclusive, and One Pro GTX 1080 Ti with upgrades to CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, and PSU available along the way. The base model has an MSRP of $1799.99, the One Pro has an MSRP of $2199.99, the Webstore Exclusive has an MSRP of $2299.99, and the One Pro GTX 1080 Ti will set you back $2599.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  9. AMD is planning to release a BIOS update to fix an issue in the Fused Multiply-Add (FMA3) code that is causing systems with a Ryzen CPU to hang. The company didn't provide details on what the specific issue was but stated, "We are aware of select instances where FMA code can result in a system hang. We have identified the root cause." The problem was first noticed using the Flops v2 benchmark, but it was also noted that "simple apps with basic user privileges can crash a Ryzen-based machine." Source: Digital Trends Back to original news post
  10. Corsair has added a new variation to its popular Vengeance line of DDR4 products, and it is no surprise that the new set features RGB lighting. RGB lighting is popping up in all types of product lines, and Corsair is no stranger with several keyboards, mice, and fans that already feature the accents. The lighting is controlled using Corsair LINK software in a wire free design to keep your case looking clean. Users can select from static, rainbow, breathing, and color shift modes "to color match your system’s build or put on a dazzling light show." Corsair LINK software allows for even more customization, even allowing for users to "set up a temperature alert that automatically changes each memory module’s LED color based on system temperatures, as well as monitor and control a wide variety of CORSAIR components, from case fans, lighting, DRAM and compatible CORSAIR power supplies to Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, providing a complete PC monitoring experience." The new memory is available in 8GB sticks in 16GB or 32GB 3000MHz sets. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  11. Google has announced that the Chrome browser will change how it handles background tabs in an attempt to improve battery life. These tabs are estimated to "consume a third of Chrome's power usage on desktop." Users of Chrome on a laptop, tablet, or cell phone should see the most significant impact as these devices are more likely to be running on battery power. The improvement is due to a change in the throttling policy that "will delay timers to limit average CPU load to 1% of a core if an application uses too much CPU in background." Tabs that are playing audio or maintaining real-time connections won't be affected by the change. Google has stated that the long term goal is to suspend background tabs to further limit the power utilization. Source: Chromium Blog Back to original news post
  12. The Nintendo Switch has been available for just 10 days, and it has already fallen victim to its' first successful hack. The vulnerability was discovered by iOS hacker qwertyoruiop and is caused by the inclusion of version 9.3 of the iOS WebKit, which contains a known exploit that was fixed in version 9.3.5. It is unclear why this compromised version of the WebKit was used by Nintendo, but it could have had something to do with getting the Switch out before the end of the current fiscal quarter. It is also unclear just how the exploit can impact users as it "hasn't revealed any detailed information on the Switch yet, nor does it hand over full kernel access to hackers." Source: Mac Rumors Back to original news post
  13. Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm and Cavium to create a version of Windows that will run on ARM processors for use in the servers that power its' Azure Cloud service. VP of the Azure Cloud division Jason Zander said the company is "testing these chips for tasks like search, storage, machine learning and big data," but added that "It's not deployed into production yet, but that is the next logical step." The designs for the servers, known as Project Olympus, will be revealed at the Open Compute Project Summit and the Open Source nature of the design will allow other companies to utilize it in their own servers. While this is good news for Microsoft and for new technology, Intel could find itself in some trouble as the server market is currently its' most profitable segment. Source: Bloomberg Back to original news post
  14. A round of benchmarks for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti have leaked on a Chinese website, with 3DMark tests being the focus. The posted benchmarks appear to have been run on an overclocked iteration of the card with a core clock of 2062MHz, from an estimated 1860MHz stock speed, and memory clock of 5702MHz. The scores posted showed significant improvements across three iterations of the Fire Strike test and one of Time Spy when compared to the GTX 1080 OC. The GTX 1080 Ti achieved scores of 31135 in Fire Strike (Perf.), 15093 in Fire Strike Extreme, 7362 in Fire Strike Ultra, and 10825 in Time Spy. The GTX 1080 was only able to manage scores of 23982 in Fire Strike (Perf.), 11457 in Fire Strike Extreme, 5708 in Fire Strike Ultra, and 7763 in Time Spy. Source: Videocardz Back to original news post
  15. AMD just made a big splash in the desktop CPU market with the release of the Ryzen 7 yesterday, and it has now announced the next additions to the Ryzen lineup. First up are the Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X with four and six Zen cores, respectively. The 1500X will have a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boosted clock of 3.7GHz. The 1600X has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boosted clock of 4.0GHz, giving it the same clocks with less cores as the 1800X. AMD didn't give exact pricing information on either chip, but did state that Ryzen 5 would cost between $199 and $299, making the 1600X a great alternative to the 1800X for users that don't need the extra cores. Further down the line is the Ryzen 3 which is expected to utilize four cores at a price below $200, putting it in competition with the Intel i3 lineup. Ryzen 5 chips are expected to be available between April and June of this year while Ryzen 3 is expected in the second half of the year. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  16. Today is the release date for the AMD Ryzen CPUs, and an embargo time on reviews of 9AM CT has users waiting a few more hours to see how the chips perform. However, for anyone unwilling to wait, Reddit user suet0604 had a pre-ordered Ryzen 7 1700X delivered early, and decided to post some benchmarks. The CPU was paired with an Asus Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, 16GB 3200MHz G.Skill DDR4, and a Radeon R9 390X. In the 720p version of the built-in CS:GO benchmark, the system was able to hit 289.91 fps, while an Intel i5 6600K running at 4.6GHz with a GeForce GTX 1070 only hit ~250 fps. The 1700X also performed well in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark with a score of 18,229, placing it a few thousand points ahead of the similarly priced i7 6800K, and also beating the leaked benchmark score for the 1700X. The 1700X also managed to top the i7 6900K in both the single and multi-threaded CPU-Z test with scores of 2159 vs. 1901 and 18298 vs. 13152, respectively. These numbers certainly bode well for the latest from AMD, and it will be interesting to see if the other benchmarks that arrive today paint a similar picture. Source: Reddit via WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  17. The upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs have had a fair amount of good news in recent days regarding price and performance compared to Intel offerings. Unfortunately, the latest news deals with a potential problem rather than a positive aspect of the chips. Sources have told Tom's Hardware that some heatsinks may face problems stemming from the pressure applied by the heatsink to the CPU. The cause for the problem appears to be screws that are too long which "reach their safety stop too soon, leaving the spring with too much headroom." The sources added that AMD provided the location of the screws but not the height. It appears that coolers that provide a backplate along with the heatsink won't have the issue, but Tom's still "found that a few large cooling solutions may be impacted, as well as some popular motherboards." Source: Tom's Hardware Back to original news post
  18. At CES 2017, Kingston unveiled its plans for a 1TB and 2TB USB 3.1 flash drive, known as the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (DTUGT). In addition to gaining the distinction of the world's largest capacity flash drive, the DTUGT was awarded Best in Show by Tom's Hardware. Users will be able to store more than 500,000 photos, 160 movies, or 70 hours of 4K video in the shock resistant zinc-alloy metal casing. Flash business manager Jean Wong described the DTUGT, stating "With the release of the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, users can push the boundaries of their mobile storage needs and ensure that they have more than enough space to store their video, photos and files in a small form factor." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  19. Sony has announced a new line of SD cards, the SF-G Series UHS-II SDXC cards, which it claims are the fastest SD cards available. The cards will be available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB with read and write speeds up to 300MB/s and 299MB/s, respectively. Sony is targeting the new cards at photographers, stating that the cards are "ideal for hi-speed continuous shooting of high-resolution images for UHS-II supporting cameras and 4K video." Sony will also release a new UHS-II card reader in the Spring that utilizes USB 3.1 for connection. Pricing information was not available for either product. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  20. A series of benchmarks from Ashes of the Singularity for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 580 paired with an eight core Intel i7 5820k running at 3.3GHz have leaked. In a single card configuration running the 1080p version of the benchmark, the RX 580 managed to hit 72.3 fps. This marks a significant improvement over the card it will be replacing, the RX 480, and puts in on par with the GeForce GTX 1070. In another test, an engineering sample of the upcoming eight core Ryzen CPU was paired with two RX 580 in CrossFire in the 4K resolution test, and the Ryzen managed to hold its own against its Intel counterpart with an average frame rate of 82.5 fps. These numbers are a great sign for users looking to get high end performance while minimizin the damage to their wallets. The RX 560 was also tested in the 1080p benchmark, where it managed an average of 34.3 fps. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  21. The Adesso AKB-636 is a mechanical keyboard with a "retro" design, looking similar to old school typewriters. The keyboard also features N-key rollover and multi-function hotkeys to "give you quick access to your media player tools." The switches have an actuation force of 45-50g and are rated at up to 50 million keystrokes. At an MSRP of $99.99, the AKB-636 provides "a conversation piece with a look from yesteryear," while offering "the durability, and precision of the technology of today." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  22. Linux support has finally been added to SteamVR nearly a year after the initial release of the software through a development build. To start getting their hands dirty, developers will need the "latest Steam Beta Client and a Vulkan-friendly beta driver from Nvidia or AMD." As this is a development build of the software, it may not be as stable and full featured as the Windows version, but it will still be interesting to see what users can come up with. Valve also announced that it will no longer charge $3,000 for a training course for SteamVR hardware development, opting to give away the courses for free. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  23. It was reported late last year that Verizon might be having some second thoughts about its acquisition of Yahoo after the latest hacking scandal compromised up to one billion Yahoo accounts. Verizon isn't looking to abandon the deal altogether, but is reported to be close to a new deal that would knock $250 million off the initial offer of $4.8 billion. As part of the new agreement, the two companies will share responsibility for any damages related to the hack rather than having Yahoo absorb the majority of the impact. Source: Bloomberg Back to original news post
  24. The Razer Blade is a desktop replacement gaming laptop filled with the latest components to facilitate your gaming on the go. The current iteration of the laptop is powered by a 2.6 GHz Intel Skylake CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and a 14" 1080p screen at a cost of $1799. Razer is now offering an $1899 model that swaps out the CPU for a 2.8 GHz Kaby Lake CPU with plans for a 4K touchscreen variant later this year. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
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