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- Nvidia GTC 2018 Highlights: AI Trucks, Mega-Video Cards &
Ray Tracing - Nvidia's yearly GPU Technology Conference (GTC)
was overflowing with demos, presentations, tutorials, and sessions. As
expected, AI and deep learning topics dominated the show. Sadly, Nvidia
didn't announce new cards for gaming. The company did announce a new
Tesla-powered Quadro professional graphics card and what it bills as 'The
World's Largest GPU,' which is actually sixteen Tesla GV100 GPUs
crammed into a single chassis that draws a mind-bending 10kW of power.
- Corsair Wants to Stop GPU Abuse - Corsair has released a new video
to raise awareness for GPU abuse
- New VR Controller Brings KB+Mouse Accuracy to VR Gaming -
controller is called the Po!nt and it has the W-A-S-D setup we're
all familiar with and a few other keys used frequently by KB players.
It can be customized for all of your games and the company claims
almost all of the initial feedback on the product is positive. However,
I'm not a VR player yet so I can't really opine on whether I think it's
going to work so I'd like some of our resident VR players to chime in
on this one.
- Canon's 120 megapixel image sensor captures video in
frightening details - In Canon's
latest video, we can see the incredibly high detail that a sensor
of this caliber is capable of capturing. Fine details that are lost in
standard Full HD are readily apparent with the 120 megapixel solution.
It's impressive, no doubt, but also a bit frightening. The stadium
scene, specifically, shows what's possible in terms of surveillance
when you've got an ultra-high resolution camera at your disposal.
- Windows on ARM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 vs. Intel Celeron
When the Snapdragon fails to get even close to a measly Atom-based
Celeron processor in a number of workloads, you're not going to get a
good real world experience. When you use the device with a desktop app
like Excel or Photoshop, it's easy to get frustrated by how sluggish, laggy and
unimpressive the performance is.
Using a Celeron N3450 is tough when you're used to Core i5 or i7
performance, and the Snapdragon 835 is significantly worse than
- Huawei's P20 Series Boasts Gradient Paint and Advanced
Cameras - Huawei has introduced the P20 and P20 Pro at an
event in Paris. The new phones, direct competitors to Apple's iPhone,
are high-end devices that include unique colors, powerful processors,
and the newest camera technology. Shared features of the P20 and P20
Pro include metal frames with gradient, painted 3D glass panels on the
back. Huawei says the colors were inspired by Monet. The 2:1 displays
on front feature notches at the top to hold the user-facing camera and
sensors. The notch can be "hidden" with software that blacks out the
info bar on the screen. Huawei has improved its facial recognition
security software, which now works in the dark by illuminating the
display. The P20 and P20 Pro carry over Huawei's premiere Kirin 970
processor with neural processing unit and Master AI to recognize scenes
(group shots, landscapes) and objects (dogs, cats). The P20 series ads
Master Stabilization software that allows owners to take exposures up
to 4 seconds in length without using a tripod. The selfie camera on
both phones has a 24-megapixel sensor with a lens at f/2.4. Other specs
include 128 GB of storage, USB-C, Cat 18 LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 with
aptHD+, and rapid charging. The phones ship with Android 8.1 and
Huawei's EMUI 8.
- Apple launches new $299 iPad with Pencil support - At an
education event held in Chicago, Apple has
unveiled its newest iPad to date poised to compete with the
abundance of Chromebooks found in schools. The latest rendition
features a 9.7-inch display with an A10 Fusion chip. Weighing in at one
pound, the new iPad is as light as ever. Despite Apple's push for Face
ID on the iPhone X, a Touch ID fingerprint reader remains a part of the
- Apple iWork Suite Update Targets Education - Apple
today updated is entire suite of iWork productivity apps for iPhones,
iPads, and Mac devices. The changes primarily tackle educational use of
these apps and focus on bringing new features to Apple's mobile
devices. For example, the apps now allow people to draw, write, or
annotate documents using the Apple Pencil (on supported iPads) or your
finger. A new Smart Annotation tool lets people add comments and marks
that remain anchored to the text as files are shared via iCloud and/or
Box. iWork adds digital book templates, the ability to add an image
gallery, and new paragraph and character styles. People can use
presenter mode to read and auto-scroll text while giving a speech,
while iWork now lets people view pages side-by-side as they work, or
turn on facing pages to format documents as two-page spreads. Other new
tools include master pages to keep design consistent across layouts,
instant document reorientation (landscape/portrait), editable shapes,
donut charts, conditional highlighting, and fraction formatting. The
iWork apps, which include Pages,
Keynote, and Numbers, are free to download from the iTunes and Mac App
- Microsoft Edge Now Available on iOS and Android - Microsoft
has announced today that Microsoft Edge is now
available for free on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. The
mobile versions allow you to share favorites, reading lists, and
passwords across all your devices, and is available a few languages,
including 5 versions of English for the Android version!
- Apple Releases iOS 11.3 for iPhones - Apple
has made iOS 11.3 available to the general public after testing it
privately the last few months. First, iOS 11.3 provides iPhone users
with more control over their phone's battery performance. People can
asses the health of their iPhone's battery to see whether or not it
needs to be replaced. The tool also allows people to turn off Apple's
power management function that is used to prevent battery shutdowns at
the expense of speed. iOS 11.3 introduces four new animoji for the
iPhone X: a bear, lion, dragon, and skull, making for a total of 16.
iOS 11.3 improves augmented reality for iPhones by expanding the
ability to map surfaces to include horizontal and vertical surfaces.
This means AR apps can place virtual objects on walls and doors, in
addition to floors and tables. Apple says the iPhone's camera is now
able to offer 50% greater resolution when shooting AR, and can take
advantage of auto-focus for sharper results. iOS 11.3 adds a new tool
to iMessage that will allow iPhone owners to chat with select
businesses. Some early adopters include Discover, Hilton, Lowe's, and
Wells Fargo. Through this new business chat feature, people can
converse with service representatives, schedule appointments, and make
purchases via Apple Pay. iOS 11.3 adds a new Health Records feature
that lets health providers share patient health data in an
easy-to-digest format. Patients can collect their health records from
various institutions and view them in a single place on the iPhone. The
health records support notifications for lab results, medications,
conditions, and more. Apple says this data is encrypted and
password-protected. Other features in iOS 11.3 include the addition of
music videos to Apple Music, more video content within Apple News,
software authentication for HomeKit devices, and support for Advanced
Mobile Location so more accurate location data is made available to
emergency services during 911 calls. iOS 11.3 is free to download from
- Kaspersky Lab Open-Sources its Threat-Hunting Tool - DARKReading is reporting that Kaspersky Lab has
made its threat hunting tool KLara available for open source. The tool
runs multiple YARA identifier rules from multiple databases
simultaneously. The open source tool is available now on GitHub.
Many more details about KLara can be found on SecureList.
- New BranchScope Attack Vector for Intel CPUs - BranchScope is a newly identified side-channel
attack that can be used on Skylake, Haswell, and Sandy Bridge CPUs.
Dmitry Evtyushkin, one of the people involved in this research, told
SecurityWeek that while they have not been tested, the microcode
updates released by Intel in response to Meltdown and Spectre might
only fix the BTB vector, which means BranchScope attacks could still be
possible. However, Intel told the researchers that software guidance
for mitigating Spectre Variant 1 could be effective against BranchScope
attacks as well.
- Meltdown Malware Patch That Opens Other Holes Fixed on Windows
7 - Microsoft just issued a March 2018 patch for the January 2018
patch that was directed at fixing a Meltdown malware attack vector
according to Bleeping Computer. The January patch specific to
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. That patch allowed access
permission for kernel memory. Make sure if you still use those
operating systems that you have both of these patches installed. This
issue affected only 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server
2008 R2, Frisk said. We say affected because Microsoft patched the bug
by flipping the PML4 permission bit back to its original value in this
month's Patch Tuesday.
- How Does Credit Card Fraud Protection Work? - Your credit
card company uses a number of clever
methods to catch thieves in the act.
- Data of 150M MyFitnessPal App Users Stolen by Hackers - Under
Armour says the data of about 150 million people was taken from its
MyFitnessPal app and web site. MyFitnessPal is a popular tool for
managing diet and exercise. The company says it noticed unauthorized
access to its servers by a third party on March 25 and immediately took
steps to investigate the issue. Under Armour believes the hackers made
off with usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords. Data such as
social security numbers, driver's license numbers, and payment card
data was not accessed. Under Armour began notifying impacted users
within several days of the breach. The notice provides users with
recommendation on steps they can take to protect their information.
Under Armour is encouraging all users to change their passwords
immediately. The investigation into the nature of the breach is ongoing
and Under Armour will provide more information as it is available.
Customers can find more information on a FAQ
posted to the company's web site. In 2016, Under Armour partnered with
HTC to create a fitness-focused Health Box, which included a smart
scale that could talk to apps on HTC phones.
- Monero Crypto Not as Anonymous as You Might Think - If
you have been mining Monero on your Threadripper, then using
that cryptocurrency for buying hookers and blow, you might want to be
aware those some of those older Monero
transactions are not as private as you might think. All of which
means Monero may continue to leak small amounts of information that
could be used to point to likely spendersâ€”even if not providing a
smoking gun. Even so, the researchers warn that small information leaks
can build up over time, and can be combined with other data sources to
provide that more concrete evidence. Perhaps more disturbingly for
Monero users who spent coins before its privacy improvements, indelible
fingerprints could lead to their front door. And that points to a more
fundamental problem for cryptocurrencies offering privacy: Any security
flaw discovered in the future might apply retroactively, allowing
observers to dig up old skeletons buried in the currency's blockchain.
- Tim Cook Says He Wouldn't be in Facebook's Situation - Tim
Cook says he wouldn't be in the same situation as Facebook because they don't
do business the same way. Of course it's easy to differentiate
yourself from a information company since you only sell hardware. However, it wouldn't surprise me if Apple
sells/provides our information and just hasn't been caught yet :-)
- Facebook Released New Tool to Delete Your Data - In the
wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is releasing
new tools to make privacy settings, as well as
deleting your data easier to find. The system is focused around a new
Privacy Shortcuts menu, where users can can control the data Facebook
collects in just a few taps, instead of "having settings spread across
nearly 20 different screens." Seems a bit too little too late in my
opinion. And it's tough to say whether or not admitting that the old
system was convoluted will help or hurt them as Zuckerberg goes to
testify before Congress.
- Westworld Season 2 - Official Trailer - Chaos takes
control. Westworld Season 2 premieres 4/22 at 9PM on HBO.
- TERMINAL - Official Trailer - In the dark heart of a
sprawling, anonymous city, TERMINAL follows the twisting tales of two assassins
carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an
enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double
life. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their
lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind
hell-bent on revenge. Starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter
Fletcher, Max Irons and Mike Myers Written and Directed by Vaughn Stein
In Theaters May 11
- How Girl Scout Cookies Are Made - Two different bakeries
supply the Girls Scouts of the USA with cookies. They make the exact
same type of cookie, but they're labeled under different names and look
different too. One of the factories, Little Brownie Bakers, makes 450
million thin mints a day! Each season, Girl Scouts sell nearly $800
million worth of cookies.
- Chilli Eating Contest Bath Chilli Festival - The
University of Bath hosted this sadistic competition in which
competitors start off with a Jalepeno before graduating to Habeneros
and eventually Carolina Reapers.
- Sleep Talking - Week 2 - That poor
woman! ! Does she get any sleep???ï»¿
- Marc Rebillet - Blackbeard's here (music) - It's catchy.
It's trippy. It has all the makings of a classic.
- 1,372 Little Robots Dancing Together - This performance
world record of robots dancing simultaneously.
- 20,000 Calorie Superbowl Challenge (Wings, Doritos, Pizza...) -
some of the most popular foods to eat while watching the game.
Pizza, Wings, Doritos (chips), Burgers, and Chili.
- Best Japanese Commercials 2017 - Sit back, relax and
watch 15 minutes of the best Japanese Commercials from 2017 ~
- Joy Corrigan shows off her bikini body - check it out
- The best pics on the Internet #253 - All pictures
are carefully handpicked