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Buy This Comic: Super Powers #1

Geek.com - Wed, 2016-11-23 17:00

DC Comics recently began its Rebirth; a company-wide relaunch meant to right the wrongs of their New 52 reboot and return to the roots of the DC Universe. A “soft reboot” of sorts, […]

The Flash Reveals Alchemy’s Identity, Solves Every Problem with Friendship

Geek.com - Wed, 2016-11-23 16:15

This week’s episode of The Flash felt more like My Little Speedster: Friendship is Magic at times, but it ended with a decent surprise. We pick up right after the end of last […]

Netflix has Some Pretty Steep System Requirements for 4K on PC

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 15:35
So everyone wants to crash at your place to watch the latest shows on your 4K Ultra HD TV, you can even "chill" with that special someone, if you can take your eyes off 4K content; and it turns out you even spent $500 on buying a new 4K monitor for your PC, because you demand no less than 3840 x 2160 pixels in front of your face; and among the first things you do (besides heading over to Interfacelift for some great wallpapers), is Netflix. Only Netflix has other ideas.

Apparently, you need a 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processor (or possibly AMD's upcoming "ZEN" processor), Windows 10 operating system, and Microsoft Edge web-browser to get 4K to work right on your PC, according to a Tom's Hardware report. Two factors could be pushing these steep-requirements - HEVC CODEC hardware acceleration, and hardware-level DRM features being introduced with "Kaby Lake." HEVC could prove crucial for Netflix as streaming 4K in existing H.264 format could quadruple bandwidth consumption over Full HD. HEVC encoding lets Netflix minimize the bitrate greatly. For Netflix's DRM component to access the CPU's hardware DRM features, it needs Windows 10, older versions of Windows won't work. If these requirements aren't met, Netflix will simply play your content in Full HD. No soup for you.


This is How Astronauts Will Be Celebrating Thanksgiving

Geek.com - Wed, 2016-11-23 15:30

Families across the nation are about to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, but many more will be enjoying their holiday while up in space at the International Space Station. Station commander Shane Kimbrough is an […]

(PR) Synology Announces the FlashStation FS3017 All-Flash NAS

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 14:56
Synology today launched FlashStation FS3017, the company's pioneer product within an entirely new all-flash series. Capable of handling over 200,000 IOPS in 4k random writing with RDMA technology enabled, the FS3017 is perfect for big data analysis, video post-production, virtualization, and handling any demanding database application that requires high IOPS and low latency at the same time.

FS3017 features dual Intel Xeon 6-core processors, 64GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM (expandable up to 512GB), dual built-in 10GBase-T ports, and supports optional 10GbE / 25GbE / 40GbE NICs, guaranteeing stable performance in multitasking and data throughput. FS3017 is also compatible with various SATA/SAS SSD brands, offering users more flexibility with their budgets. Read full story

(PR) Aqua Computer Announces the VISION Lineup of Watercooling Add-ons

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 14:53
What will water blocks look like in the future? This was the question that Aqua Computer has asked itself before they started developing VISION.
From this question emerged the idea for an OLED display integrated to water coolers.

During the development of the display integration, Aqua Computer realized that there are many other stand-alone use cases for this product - and as such, the VISION product line was born. In addition to the pure display functionality, VISION has been extended in variants with touch control, infrared receiver and RGB-LED. A menu-driven setup has been integrated and VISION also has a whole range of inputs and outputs: both a temperature sensor and a flow sensor can be directly connected to VISION. The solution can display various system information like temperatures, fan speed, CPU load or memory usage and also values from other Aqua Computer devices. The aquasuite 2017 software allows to choose from customizable layout templates. Read full story

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Launch has Been… Interesting

Geek.com - Wed, 2016-11-23 14:30

Pokémon Sun and Moon were released last week. And… they’re pretty damned great. They switch up the aging Pokemon formula in some snazzy new ways and restructure much of the minute-to-minute play to […]

AMD "Llano" Securities Fraud Lawsuit Ongoing; Class Action Status Granted

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 14:26
As you may remember, "Llano" was somewhat of a disappointment for AMD, to put it mildly. Production issues with partner Global Foundries meant that Llano's roll-out was affected and extended beyond its predicted time-frame. This, in conjunction with other various factors, such as lack of product appeal over disappointing performance and the usual competition from Intel, forced AMD to pull in its second-generation "Trinity" APU too soon. By the time production finally caught up, it ended up overproducing relative to diminishing demand, which resulted in unsold inventory, thus forcing an inventory write-down of "Llano" chips valued at around $100 million. This reduced the company's worth by nearly that much overnight, and tanked the value of the AMD stock. This, of course, didn't sit well with investors.

The as-of-yet ongoing securities fraud lawsuit over AMD's "Llano" APUs has just achieved a milestone, in having been authorized by the Court to proceed as a class action. The Court's decision doesn't imply that the defendants (Rory P. Read, Thomas J. Seifert, Richard A. Bergman, and Dr. Lisa T. Su) did anything wrong. The defendants have not been ordered to pay any money, no settlement has been reached, no money is available as of now and there is no guarantee that there will be in the future. Read full story

We Finally Get Our First ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast Member: Michelle Yeoh

Geek.com - Wed, 2016-11-23 13:30

It’s been so long since they announced Star Trek: Discovery and so far we haven’t heard a thing about the cast. That is, until Tuesday. Producer Nicholas Meyer confirmed that Michelle Yeoh, most […]

(PR) FSP Announces 700W Twins Series Redundant PSU for Consumers

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 10:51
FSP, the performance power specialist, is pleased to announce a new 500W addition to its Twins series redundant Power Supplies, with a 700W version coming soon. Fitting most ATX tower chassis, these PSUs offer consumers a reliable solution for home mail, web, or email servers without needing to jump up to more costly form factors.

The Twins series houses two independent power modules, each with its own power adapter. Under normal conditions, the two modules share the energy load to maximize efficiency and stability. If one module fails, however, the other automatically takes over as a clean fail safe. Being hot-swappable, a failed module can be replaced while the system is running without any downtime. Read full story

AMD to Give Away Civilization VI with Radeon RX 480

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 01:32
AMD is readying a new graphics card promotion for Holiday 2016. The company is planning to give away game keys to "Sid Meier's Civilization VI" with both the 4 GB and 8 GB variants of its Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Available through participating retailers, and in select markets, the promotion will be applicable to both the reference and custom-design graphics cards. Sapphire, for example, is giving away keys to the game with both its NITRO+ and reference-design RX 480 cards. Purchase receipts for the cards will come with special promotion codes that can be redeemed on the AMD Rewards website to enable the game directly to your Steam account. The 6th edition of the smash-hit turn-based strategy game, "Civilization VI" takes advantage of DirectX 12 through its latest patch, the Radeon RX 480 meets or exceeds its recommended system requirements.

(PR) Q3-2016 VGA Market - NVIDIA Gained Market Share While AMD's Declined: JPR

techPowerUp - Wed, 2016-11-23 00:13
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the graphics and multimedia industry's research and consulting firm, announced estimated PC graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers' market share for Q3'16. The last two quarters have seen both NVIDIA and AMD release and expand a new AIB line-up, the former launching the GeForce 10 series, powered by "Pascal" GPU's and the latter releasing the Radeon 400 series, powered by "Polaris" GPU's.

JPR's AIB Report tracks PC add-in graphics boards (AIBs), which carry discrete graphics chips. AIBs are used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They can be factory installed or sold directly to customers as aftermarket products. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs or SOCs that share slower system memory. Read full story

Charm Your Friends and Family with this Studio Ghibli Gift Guide

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 22:25

Studio Ghibli’s animation and imagination have been charming us for decades. We’ve connected with its stories and characters, but more importantly, its art. It’s immediately recognizable, therefore making its characters and settings even […]

Titanfall 2’s Upcoming Free Map is a Blast From the Past

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 21:36

Titanfall 2 may not be doing great sales-wise but it has something that could help it in the long run: free DLC. We’ve known about the game’s free DLC model for some time […]

Geek deals: Save over $500 on a Dell Inspiron 3650 quad-core desktop PC

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 21:00

If you want a desktop PC with a good balance between performance and price, check out the Dell Inspiron 3650. With a quad-core Skylake processor and a substantial amount of memory, this flexible […]

Game of the Year: Speed Racer (The Movie)

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 20:45

Speed Racer is one of the 21st Century’s greatest works of art.

Someone Used Google Home and Raspberry Pi To Control Their Fireplace

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 20:00

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since there’s no place to go, let’s curl up by the fireplace and listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It […]

MSI Adds Low-Profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to Lineup

AnandTech - Tue, 2016-11-22 20:00

MSI has quietly added a new low-profile graphics card into their lineup. The adapter is based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU featuring the latest Pascal architecture and carries 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The card will replace those powered by NVIDIA’s first-generation Maxwell graphics processors in MSI's lineup and will be among the most affordable gaming-grade graphics boards on the market. The card does not require auxiliary power and is compatible with a wide range of PCs. The drive is still dual slot width, however.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP is based on the GP107 GPU (768 stream processors, 48 texture units, 32 raster operations pipelines, 128-bit memory bus) clocked at 1.29/1.39 GHz (base/boost) and carries 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at 7 Gbps. The board has DL-DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 outputs with HDCP 2.2 support, which is required for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. Tthe card comes with a dual-slot cooling system featuring two fans.

The low-profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti consumes up to 75 W of power, and as a result it does not require any auxiliary power connectors -  something important when upgrading low-end PCs from large OEM brands that sometimes do not have any spare connectors left. The lack of power connectors will allow the video card to replace the GeForce GTX 750-series and the GeForce GTX 950 75W series adapters with similar power consumption.

Nowadays it is not easy to find a low-profile graphics card with reasonable performance and a good feature-set. NVIDIA’s GP107 GPU is based on the company’s latest Pascal architecture and thus supports DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs as well as has an advanced media playback engine that supports hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.265 (HEVC) video. Therefore, MSI’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP graphics card is an interesting product compatible with slim and outdated desktops and HTPCs. As an added bonus, MSI claims that it uses MIL-STD-810G certified components to ensure a long lifespan for the board.

MSI did not announce the price of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP, but it is unlikely that it is going to cost significantly higher than $139 recommended by NVIDIA.

Gallery: MSI Adds Low-Profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to Lineup

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J.K. Rowling Answers Some Important Questions About ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 19:15

Rowling has always been open to fans on Twitter, often answering lore questions about the Potterverse. Of course, after the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she had quite a […]

Ubisoft Will Stop Selling Certain Types of DLC

Geek.com - Tue, 2016-11-22 18:30

Selling post-launch downloadable has become a standard in the gaming industry, but it appears that one of the biggest publishers is about to do away with it — at least partially. Ubisoft has […]
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