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The Full Nerd Episode 64: GeForce RTX Arrives!

Tue, 2018-08-21 20:28

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray nerd out over Nvidia's new GeForce RTX!

After what feels like an eon, Nvidia finally releases its new GeForce RTX, which promises the Holy Grail of gaming graphics: real-time ray tracing. The new card brings some controversy, though, as many are concerned the new world of ray tracing will sacrifice performance in existing rasterized games.

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TimeRide VR offers Gamescom visitors a fascinating virtual tour of Cologne's imperial age

Tue, 2018-08-21 17:17

Gamescom’s taking place in Germany this week, and both Brad Chacos and I are over here to cover it—and, of course, to cover Nvidia’s new 20-series graphics cards. But while Brad was busy with that on Monday, I had the day free to look around Cologne. I did the usual tourist rounds, saw the cathedral, looked at the old Roman walls.

As I was panning across Google Maps though I spotted something unique: “TimeRide VR.” Of course I went.

Never too late

I’ve written quite a bit about virtual reality and tourism, but usually from the confines of my own apartment. Google Earth VR, for instance, is a fantastic tool. Slip on an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive and you can be anywhere, from San Francisco to Rio to Berlin to Tokyo. I’ve used it to visit famous landmarks, reawaken memories of old trips, and even to plan new vacations, all from home.

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With the revamped Fit app, it’s looking more and more like Google is making a Pixel watch

Tue, 2018-08-21 13:18

It was a long time coming, but Google finally updated its Fit workout app Tuesday with a new look, new goals, and a new points-based motivation for encouraging activity. There's an Apple-like focus on completing rings, and users can earn Heart Points for engaging in increasingly intensive activities. But like the Google Fit of old, the main reason for the app's existence isn't your pocket or handbag, it's your wrist.

Alongside the new Android app, Google will be giving its Wear OS app an update as well, the first significant refresh since Google Fit launched as part of Android Wear 2.0 in February 2017. That might not mean much on the surface, but consider the trickle of smallish announcements Google has made recently:

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Solving Spectre and Meltdown may ultimately require an entirely new type of processor

Tue, 2018-08-21 12:00

How to identify and fix execution bugs like Spectre and Meltdown has been a burning topic among microprocessor buffs this year. At Hot Chips, one of the industry’s premier academic conferences on microprocessors, experts agreed that the ultimate solution to solving them may require, yes, a lot more talk.

At a panel Monday at the Cupertino, California event, Professor Mark Hill of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was asked to think about the implications of side-channel, speculative execution attacks on modern microprocessors like those made by ARM, Intel, and others. His solutions included specialized cores, flushing caches on context switches, and business ideas like charging more for exclusive virtual machines.

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Outfit every room in your home with Echo Dots for an all-time low of just $25 apiece today

Tue, 2018-08-21 11:11

We've called Amazon's $50 Echo Dot "the Echo most people should buy," and right now you can get a few on a deep discount—when you add three Echo Dots to your cart and enter the code DOT3PACK, you'll save $75Remove non-product link, 50 percent off the list price and the lowest price we've seen.

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Five things the Mac mini needs to make it a true pro machine

Tue, 2018-08-21 10:37
A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is targeting pro users with its upcoming Mac mini refresh. Here are five things it needs to make that happen.

Nvidia GeForce RTX: Every game that supports real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling

Tue, 2018-08-21 09:22

Nvidia revealed the boundary-pushing GeForce RTX 20-series on Monday, unleashing GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards brimming with fancy new tech that promises to support fancy new gaming capabilities. Foremost among those feats is real-time ray tracing, the ultra-difficult realistic lighting technology that gives Nvidia’s new cards their “RTX” moniker. The RTX cards also support Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS), a fresh Nvidia super-sampling method that puts the AI tensors cores embedded within the GPUs to work.

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Grab a 27-inch Acer curved 1080p monitor for just $200 at Newegg today

Tue, 2018-08-21 09:13

If Nvidia’s recent graphics card announcement hasn’t got you excited, you’re probably an AMD fan. While we might not be expecting new AMD cards for a while, you can console yourself by getting a pretty awesome 1080p FreeSync monitor at a great price.

Newegg’s got the 27-inch Acer ED273 Abidpx curved 1080p monitor for $200 with the discount code EMCPXRE33Remove non-product link. This display has an MSRP of $300 and is currently selling for $220 at Amazon and Newegg (sans code), so you're saving about $20 off the usual price. The sale ends Monday, August 27.

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YI 1080p Dome Camera review: HD panoramic security

Tue, 2018-08-21 09:00
This pan-and-tilt home security camera provides near 360-degree views, motion tracking, and even cruise control.

HP's Omen Mindframe and Omen Obelisk bring special features to PC gaming

Tue, 2018-08-21 08:30

HP used Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, to unveil two unusual pieces of gaming hardware on Monday. The Omen Mindframe gaming headset offers a first: in-ear cooling for sweaty noggins. The Omen Obelisk desktop PCs offer a first among big PC vendors: tempered glass. We'll tell you why both are special.

HP Omen Mindframe: Literally cool

The Omen Mindframe gaming headset, unveiled in May, is the first to integrate Peltier or thermal electric cooling (TEC) in to a headset. The big idea is the TEC's lowered temps will prevent your ears from getting sweaty. Even the fabric on the headset cups is designed to be extra-comfortable.

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Nuance Power PDF Advanced 3 review: This Acrobat alternative gets some welcome improvements

Tue, 2018-08-21 08:00

Nuance Power PDF Advanced has been one of our favorite Acrobat alternatives. It boasts a comparable set of annotation and markup tools laid out in an intuitive Office-style interface, allows you to control access to sensitive content, and integrates with Microsoft’s productivity apps so that you can turn Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files into PDFs from the Office toolbar. It even leverages Nuance’s Dragon Notes, allowing you to dictate your comments into a PDF instead of typing them.

Building on that solid foundation, version 3 adds some significant updates.

This review is part of our best PDF editors roundup. Go there to learn about our testing and how all the competitors performed. 

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Learn JavaScript: The best free and paid online courses and tutorials

Tue, 2018-08-21 07:00

JavaScript is the language of the web. It makes websites interactive, creates animations, draws data-driven graphics, and more. It even runs natively in your web browser so you don’t have to install it and you can get to coding right away. Alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript is an essential language for any aspiring or current web developer.

Best JavaScript courses and turtorials  See details on why these are our picks in the article:
    1. JavaScript30 View
    2. JavaScript Introduction from W3C View
    3. Programming for the Web with JavaScript View
    4. Web Design for Everybody View
    5. JavaScript Essential Training View
    6. Modern JavaScript From the Beginning View
    7. Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS View
    8. Become a Front End Web Developer View

JavaScript owes much of its versatility and usefulness to its many libraries and frameworks, which are tools that handle a lot of the heavy lifting in web development and coding. For instance, React.js is one library maintained by Facebook that helps build user interfaces. While jQuery can help you create animations and interactive features. This makes it all the more worthwhile to learn.

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AI camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro and LG G7

Tue, 2018-08-21 06:30

One of the most surprising things about the Galaxy Note 9 is the upgrade to its camera—not for what it brings, but what it doesn’t bring. While last year’s phone brought dual cameras with optical image stabilization for the first time, and the Galaxy S9 gave us Dual Aperture, the Note 9 has no such differentiating features. In fact, it has the exact same dual camera array as the Galaxy S9+.

But the Galaxy Note 9 (available everywhere) does have one new feature designed to make your photos better. Called Scene Optimizer, it’s similar to the AI cams on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and LG G7 ThinQ, adjusting color and exposure settings on the fly based on what it sees. Let’s take a look at how it works and stacks up to its peers.

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Every custom GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti you can preorder, and why you shouldn't

Tue, 2018-08-21 06:00

Nvidia might have tooted the horn of its premium-priced, overclocked Founders Edition graphics cards during the ray tracing-filled reveal for the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti, but they won’t be the only dual-fan versions hitting the streets on September 20. You’ll even see hardware with three fans, because Nvidia board partners like EVGA, Asus, and Zotac are readying a slew of customized GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards of their own.

None come cheap, however, adding significant price premiums to new RTX hardware that already fetch far higher prices than their predecessors. And while all three of Nvidia’s new GPUs promise to achieve impressive new feats in real-time ray tracing, the extra RT cores and tensor cores buried deep inside the Turing GPU architecture muscled out the sort of sizeable CUDA core increases we’ve witnessed in previous Nvidia upgrade cycles. The $700 GeForce RTX 2080 features roughly 500 fewer CUDA cores than the previous-gen GTX 1080 Ti, for example, and the $500 GeForce RTX 2070 has around 250 fewer CUDA cores than the GTX 1080 despite having the same starting price at launch.

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Acer, Alienware, and HP have all announced desktops with GeForce RTX

Mon, 2018-08-20 19:14

There may be hand-wringing out there over Nvidia’s new ray-tracing graphics family, but that isn’t stopping PC vendors from jumping in with both PCIe slots.

The Turing-based GeForce RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti GPUs (you can read about them here) promise breakthrough performance in real-time ray tracing in games. However, Nvidia didn't share any benchmarks at its RTX kick-off event at Gamescom in Germany.

Note that the RTX cards won't even be available until September 20, so you have a little time to decide whether you want to spend that much money for a desktop with bleeding-edge graphics. But it's not too early to check out the specs on the first desktops to have them, so keep reading to find out more—and we'll keep you posted about preorders. 

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