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  1. A new patch has been released for Mafia 3, with the focus on "UI Improvements, improved car reflections and performance optimizations." The official changelog also includes "fixed audio issues, fixed some cases of savegame corruption, fixed various issues for Cassandra's Contraband mission, and more." Players will be able to change the appearance of their character with six outfits worn by Lincoln during the game and five new outfits. Source: Dark Side of Gaming Back to original news post
  2. DeepMind is the artificial intelligence (AI) project from Google company DeepMind Technologies and it has been used in the past to take on human competition in the board game Go. It is about to embark on its next adventure through a partnership with Blizzard that will pit DeepMind against real-time strategy game StarCraft II. This should present a great challenge to researchers as StarCraft II requires many steps for success including resource management, battle planning, and reacting to the moves of your opponents. DeepMind addressed the challenge presented by StarCraft II, stating "StarCraft is an interesting testing environment for current AI research because it provides a useful bridge to the messiness of the real-world. The skills required for an agent to progress through the environment and play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks." DeepMind will start with the same tutorial given to new players and will progress from there as it tries to learn the game and conquer its' many complex interactions. Source: Tech Times Back to original news post
  3. G.SKILL has announced an addition to its product line that also happens to be the fastest 64GB set of Trident Z DDR4 memory with a frequency of 3600MHz. The set is composed of four 16GB sticks with 8Gb Samsung memory chips that operate at timings of CL17-19-19-39 at 1.35V. The kit features support for XMP 2.0 and will make an excellent choice for systems that run memory intensive applications including "heavy content creation workloads and the complexity of modern PC games." The 64GB Trident Z DDR4 memory will be available for purchase in December at a currently unspecified price. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  4. Thermaltake has unveiled a new enclosure design for the Toughpower Gold, Smart M Bronze, and Smart Bronze series of power supplies. The Toughpower Gold is 80 PLUS Gold certified while the Smart M Bronze and Smart Bronze are 80 PLUS Bronze certified. All three series have an ultra-quiet 140mm cooling fan, low-profile flat cables with the Smart Bronze series being the only one that doesn't have modular cables, and high quality Japanese capacitors. All three utilize a single +12V rail to provide stable power. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  5. Microsoft is reporting that the hacking group known as Strontium is among those actively exploiting the vulnerability recently disclosed by Google, with security researchers FireEye going as far as stating that the group is "most likely sponsored by the Russian government." Microsoft has reiterated that users of the latest version of Windows 10 and the Edge browser are safe, adding that users must have Adobe Flash installed to be vulnerable. It is believed that Strontium began exploiting this flaw with spearphishing, "a technique that involves targeting specific individuals with emails and other messages that seek to fool them into revealing their logins." The involvement of the Russian government cannot be proven at this time, and the country continues to deny any involvement though researchers claim that "the amount of circumstantial evidence is certainly mounting." Source: BBC Back to original news post
  6. Google has revealed a critical security exploit that impacts Windows systems, ten days after informing Microsoft of the exploit. However, Microsoft has not yet issued a patch for the vulnerability which is described as "a local privilege escalation in the Windows kernel that can be used as a security sandbox escape." The vulnerability is being actively exploited which "means attackers have already written code for this specific security hole and are using it to break into Windows systems." Microsoft is not happy that Google revealed the exploit before it had a chance to fix it, with a spokesperson stating "We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk." Executive VP of the Windows and Devices group Terry Myerson added that the vulnerability doesn't impact Windows 10 Anniversary Update users and that a fix is expected on November 8. Source: Venture Beat Back to original news post
  7. Kingston has announced the addition of a microSDXC card with 256GB capacity to its line of Class 10 UHS-I cards. The increased capacity will give users the ability to store up to 64,000 12MP images or 976 minutes of 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The Class 10 cards are popular in applications including smartphones, tablets, and action cameras and offer reduced buffering times when compared to Class 4 cards. The cards are also waterproof, temperature proof, shock and vibration proof, and X-ray proof making them the perfect choice for a variety of operating environments. Flash memory business manager Annette Chan described the increased capacity offering, stating "As image quality and 4K content continues to rise, we strive to push storage densities higher to match our customers’ needs for larger capacity and stable products." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  8. Thermaltake has announced a partnership with CoolChip Technologies, with the first offering of the collaboration coming in the form of the Engine 27 1U Low-Profile cooler, a member of the Engine X series. The Engine X series seeks to find a balance between size, performance, and sound level. Thermaltake CEO and Chairman Kenny Lin described the decision to partner with CoolChip, stating "We believe CoolChip’s innovative technology is revolutionary and will enable us to continue to deliver the best products for our users." He also added that the Kinetic Cooling technology from CoolChip will help Thermaltake serve users better as it is primarily focused on liquid cooling these days. CEO of CoolChip Will Sanchez also chimed in, stating "Our partnership with Thermaltake is the first step in rendering the traditional heat-sink plus-fan approach obsolete and ushering the next generation of air cooling solutions." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  9. Earlier this year, ID-COOLING announced the ICEKIMO 240W all-in-one liquid cooler for GPUs as an update to the ICEKIMO 120W. The company is now adding another model to the series with the 240VGA. The cooler has a black and green color scheme with two 120mm PWM fans on the radiator and a single 95mm on the VGA board cover featuring green LEDs. The VGA board cover fan is included for cooling the VRAM. The pump has a water flow rate of 96 L/H and the cooler is mountable on any GPU with 58.4*58.4mm and 53.3*53.3mm mounting holes, which includes cards such as the NVIDIA GeForce 10 and 9 series and AMD R9 200/300/400 series. The ICEKIMO 240VGA has an MSRP of $119.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  10. AMD is looking to get a head start on the holiday shopping season with the announcement of a small price cut on two cards in the 400 series of GPUs. AMD has updated the suggested pricing for the Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 to $100 and $170, respectively. The new prices represent a decrease of just $10 from the launch price, but AMD is likely hoping that it will make the cards more attractive in the face of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 series from NVIDIA. Several models of the RX 460 have already hit the new pricing on Newegg, while at the time of writing PC World was only able to find a single RX 470 at the new price. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  11. HyperX has announced the latest addition to its gaming peripheral lineup with the ALLOY FPS Gaming Keyboard. The ALLOY utilizes a full size layout with a space saving design "to maximize desktop real estate for FPS mouse movement." The keyboard is constructed with a steel alloy frame, Cherry MX Blue switches, and red LED backlighting with six preset modes. Built in functionality for gaming includes a Gaming Mode to disable the Windows key, anti-ghosting, and full N-key rollover. The keyboard was described by senior business manager Marcus Hermann who said, "Gamers who play FPS classics like CS:GO or Overwatch will appreciate its compact yet sturdy design. The HyperX ALLOY FPS keyboard design gives gamers more space to setup their desktop surface to execute intricate mouse action." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  12. Obduction is a game that got its start on Kickstarter with the full release coming at the end of August. The game was created by Cyan Worlds, the developers behind Myst, and it is similar in style to the previous games. NVIDIA is currently giving away $50,000 in codes for the game to users signed up for the GeForce Experience 3.0 service. With GeForce Experience, gamers will be able to keep their drivers up to date, have settings optimized for more than 300 games, and easily stream using Twitch or YouTube. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  13. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. The devices have been catching fire for the past few weeks with Samsung initially issuing a recall and then stopping sales altogether as even some of the repaired phones were catching fire. The Note 7 has recently made an appearance in Grand Theft Auto V thanks to modders who have turned the phone into a bomb in game. A number of videos have sprung up on YouTube showcasing the mod and Samsung was able to get one of the highest viewed clips taken down through a copyright claim. At this point it feels like Samsung is just doing whatever it can to try to reduce the negative press it is getting from the phone. Source: Kotaku Back to original news post
  14. A new record has been set in the 3DMark Fire Mark Extreme benchmark by K|ngp|n, who became the first person to break the 40,000 point mark. In order to hit the mark, four GeForce Titan X cards were overclocked to 2200MHz with an Intel Core i7-6950X running at 5227MHz. Other components of note were an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard, 32GB G.Skill DDR4, and an EVGA SuperNova NEX 1600W PSU. The use of a custom liquid nitrogen cooling setup was required to keep everything running while pushed so far above the stock speeds. Source: PC Gamer Back to original news post
  15. Titanfall 2 will release on October 28, and NVIDIA has created a new trailer focusing on the single player aspect of the game. The trailer gives users a preview of the game with all of the graphical bells and whistles turned on running at 4K resolution. A GeForce GTX 1080 is recommended for maxing out the graphical settings. Source: NVIDIA Back to original news post
  16. Earlier this month, performance information about the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was revealed, including a suspected price tag of $150. A leaked slide now indicates that the price will be slightly less at $139 while the price of the GTX 1050 will be $109. Both cards use the GP107 GPU at 75W TDP with the GTX 1050 Ti boasting 768 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR5 compared to the 640 CUDA cores and 2GB GDDR5 of the GTX 1050. The cards will be available on October 25 with models expected to be available from third parties including ASUS, EVGA, and MSI. Source: Videocardz Back to original news post
  17. Information about a new Chromebook from Samsung, the Chromebook Pro, has been revealed by Chrome Unboxed. The new device will be a hybrid laptop and tablet with a 12.3" touch screen with a resolution of 2400x1600. It will be powered by a 2GHz hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage with up to ten hours of battery life. The Chromebook Pro will have an MSRP of $499 and, according to a now taken down listing, will be available for purchase on October 24. Source: Tech Times Back to original news post
  18. Two sources are reporting that upcoming televisions from manufacturer Samsung will have Steam Link functionality built in. The reports come from developers that were in attendance for a Steam Dev Days presentation earlier this week. This will replicate the functionality of the small $50 device from Valve without the need for another device. There isn't any information regarding when the new TVs will be available, what models will include the new functionality, or how it may impact the cost of the TVs. Source: Polygon Back to original news post
  19. The AMD Gaming Evolved app was the result of a collaboration with Raptr and was "AMD’s counter to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience offering similar features as game optimization made easy and the ability to record gameplay." The decision to stop bundling it with Radeon video drivers went into effect on September 12, but there wasn't a lot of fanfare around the decision. The move was confirmed by AMD in response to WCCFTech, with the company stating "Starting September 12th 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the “AMD Gaming Evolved App” by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software. The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the “AMD Gaming Evolved App” dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected." It is worth noting that the app can still be obtained from Raptr, but AMD will not continue development of any new features or improvements. Source: WCCFTech Back to original news post
  20. In the wake of the recent Yahoo email scandal, an increasing number of users are looking to change providers. However, these users are finding that difficult as Yahoo disabled the automatic email forwarding option earlier this month. The feature appears to be working for users that had set it up prior to the disable date, and Yahoo says that the "automatic email forwarding feature is under development and has been temporarily disabled." Source: Reuters Back to original news post
  21. Kingston has announced a pair of new encrypted flash drives with the IronKey D300 and D300 Managed edition. The drives use 256-bit AES encryption in XTS mode that has been FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certified. The zinc enclosure is waterproof to four feet and includes an epoxy seal to make it clear when the drive has been tampered with. The drives require a complex password protocol that will reformat the drive after 10 incorrect password attempts. Digitally signed firmware helps to protect against the BadUSB malware. Kingston flash business manager Ken Campbell described the new drives, stating "We leveraged Kingston’s history of delivering high-quality Flash memory products with IronKey’s trusted reputation in the encrypted storage industry to create a strong, reliable USB Flash drive that will last for years to come." DataLocker CEO Jay Kim added "The IronKey D300 and D300 Managed Encrypted USB Flash Drives are two more tools that allow us to safeguard our customers' sensitive data with the most advanced level of security." The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  22. One of our staff members that reported the issue applied the fix and was able to confirm that the clean up script allowed for the update to complete.
  23. AT&T Fiber Internet is already bringing gigabit speeds to 29 metro areas around the country including Atlanta, Austin, and Orlando. The company has added 11 more cities to the list that will be getting the service soon, bringing that number to 38. These new areas are concentrated in the Southeastern United States and a single location in Texas. AT&T made no indication of when these areas can expect the service to be completed, but plans to be fully rolled out to 45 cities by the end of the year. AT&T needs to offer fiber Internet to at least 12.5 million customers by mid-2019, a condition of its purchase of DirecTV. The monthly cost for the service is $70 in areas where AT&T faces competition from Google Fiber and $90 where it does not. Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  24. Microsoft released KB3194496 to members of the Windows Insiders program last week. This fix is a Cumulative Update for Windows 10, and it appears that it has caused a significant issue for a "subset of users." These users have found themselves stuck in an install loop since the upgrade with no easy way out. The issue was apparently reported by some users before it was made publicly available, but Microsoft did not heed those warnings. The company has now acknowledged the problem and stated that it is working on a "clean-up script that will fix the underlying issue preventing the install." Source: Neowin Back to original news post
  25. Thermaltake has announced its first set of entries into the growing gaming chair market with four products released under the Tt eSPORTS brand. The four chairs are the GT FIT, GT COMFORT, X FIT, and X COMFORT and are available in a range of color options. The chairs were designed with an anti-fatigue design, high quality materials, and a "stunning streamlined gaming aesthetic." Ergonomic features for proper posture include a backrest with lumbar support, seat with dense foam padding, adjustable armrest, seat height adjustment, and recline and tilt capability. The chairs have an MSRP of $329.99 for the GT FIT, $399.99 for the GT COMFORT, $349.99 for the X FIT, and $419.99 for the X COMFORT. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
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