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AMD: Next-gen Threadripper is coming, next-gen CrossFire probably isn't

PC World - 2 hours 11 min ago

If you’re a fan of AMD’s Threadripper, don’t worry: More details are coming “soon” on the next-generation Threadripper chip, AMD chief executive Lisa Su said Monday.

Su, speaking at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University, was pressed to provide more context on when a next-gen Threadripper would ship. In a series of questions by Anandtech’s Ian Cutress on when new information would be provided, Su’s responses ranged from “soon” to “less than a year,” finally settling on a commitment to provide more information in 2019. 

Su’s comments followed Threadripper’s conspicuous absence from Su’s Computex keynote in Taiwan, then statements that Threadripper wasn’t being ignored. However, it remains unclear what AMD will announce, or when.

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The 18 biggest game reveals from Gamescom's first-ever keynote—including Kerbal Space Program 2

PC World - 5 hours 25 min ago

With E3 in what appears to be a slow death spiral, there’s a push to make Gamescom the new tentpole summer event. Whether that will happen? I’m pretty skeptical—but it does mean a new showcase for trailers, closing out the slow summer months with a bang.

For 2019, Geoff Keighley hosted the first Gamescom Opening Night, a sort of companion show to his annual Game Awards in December. They even managed to sandwich the trailers between awkward award presentations, if you can believe it.

Gears 5

At E3 2019, Microsoft chose to focus on Gears 5’s multiplayer modes—and just multiplayer. It was a bit of a weird choice, but Gamescom finally gave us a Nine Inch Nails-backed look at the campaign, our first in a while. 

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Cerebras Systems' new deep-learning chip is as big as your keyboard, and the largest ever

PC World - 6 hours 11 min ago

If you’ve become accustomed to thinking of CPUs and GPUs that can fit in the palm of your hand, think again—Cerebras Systems says that it’s designed the largest chip ever, one that’s as large as your computer’s keyboard

Cerebras is scheduled to unveil this whopper of a chip tonight at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University. While the largest GPU includes 21.1 billion transistors, and requires 815 square millimeters of die space, the Cerebras Systems chip includes 1.2 trillion transistors, and requires 46,225 square millimeters of silicon. That’s 71.64 square inches, or a rectangular chip that would measure about 8 inches by 9 inches. It’s so large that Cerebras published photos comparing it to a PC keyboard!

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St. Catharines Terry Fox Run returns to Brock University

Brock News - 6 hours 27 min ago

Media Release: 19 August 2019 – R00131

When participants in this year’s St. Catharines Terry Fox Run want to know where their fundraising dollars are going, they won’t have to look far.

For the second time in three years, the St. Catharines edition of the event will be held at Brock University, where important cancer-related research funded by the Terry Fox Foundation is taking place.

Similar to 2017, Brock will host the fundraising event because of high water levels and a major construction project, which have both impacted the run’s normal home at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie.

This year’s Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15 starting at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The run will again be followed by a free barbecue and tours of the science labs in which cancer research funded by the Terry Fox Foundation is carried out by Brock University faculty members and students.

The updated five-kilometre route can be walked, run or wheeled. Parking will be free for the event, and there’s no registration fee. While there is no fundraising minimums, the goal this year is to top the $52,000 that was raised in 2018, when about 500 people took part. Among the new fundraising initiatives this year is a high school challenge where the top fundraising high school team from St. Catharines will win a bowling or laser tag party at Parkway Social.

Registration for the run is available on the Terry Fox Foundation website, where you can join as an individual, create your own team or join the Brock University team.

The community is also invited to the kick-off event for this year’s Terry Fox Run on Thursday, Aug. 22, when the Terry Fox flag will be raised in front of St. Catharines city hall at 9:30 a.m. with Mayor Walter Sendzik and this year’s run captain, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines Chris Bittle.

2019 Terry Fox Run events schedule

Aug. 20, 22 and 24 – Booth set up at St. Catharines Farmers’ Market

Thursday, Aug. 22 – Flag raising at St. Catharines city hall

Thursday, Aug. 22 – Fundraiser at Lock Street Brewery Pen Centre Beirgarten

Monday, Sept. 2 – Volunteers collecting donations at Merritton Labour Day Parade

Thursday, Sept. 5 – Dine for Terry event at Jack Astor’s

Sunday, Sept. 15 – Terry Fox Run at Brock University

For more information, contact Doug Harvey from the St. Catharines Terry Fox Committee at 416-722-5282 or

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970 

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Google shows off Stadia streaming games: Cyberpunk 2077, Mortal Kombat 11, and more

PC World - 7 hours 23 min ago

Give Google some credit, I guess: Whether or not you believe in Stadia, its upcoming video game streaming platform, we sure will know a lot about it when it finally arrives. Today Google hosted its third major Stadia event in six months, detailing more games coming to the service in the ambiguous “release window,” exclusive and otherwise.

We now know that window stretches to at least April 2020, as Google led off with CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a pretty good get, as not only is Cyberpunk one of 2020’s most anticipated games, it’s also bound to be one of the most technologically demanding. The promise of being able to play on Stadia, getting maxed-out 4K visuals without investing in a high-end graphics card of your own? That’s pretty damn neat—if it works.

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Report: Apple Arcade could cost $4.99 per month

Mac World - 8 hours 1 min ago

Apple’s upcoming Apple Arcade service was announced at its March 25 “It’s Show Time” event, and immediately caused speculation about the games its price and games lineup. Now we may have the answer to at least one of those questions. 

Credit for this latest revelation goes to a bit of good sleuthing from 9to5Mac. The site went digging through some of the APIs used by the App Store app and found a promotional message that says the service will cost $4.99 per month, including a one-month free trial.

Apple has reportedly begun testing of the service with its own employees, using a largely-symbolic price of $0.49, lending some weight to the $4.99 price discovery: If the service were to cost $9.99, the “test price” might be $0.99, for instance.

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Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know

Mac World - 8 hours 22 min ago

Apple announced its new Apple Arcade gaming subscription service at its March 25 “It’s show time” event, and it’ll launch sometime this fall. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service will feature premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Many questions remain, but fortunately we already have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

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Best NAS drive for media streaming and backup

PC World - 9 hours 26 min ago
If you rip and library your own media, there's no better tool for storing and streaming it than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also serve as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and other devices.

Nvidia's GeForce Now adds real-time ray tracing and Android support as cloud gaming heats up

PC World - 9 hours 31 min ago

Long before Microsoft teased Project xCloud or Google revealed Stadia, Nvidia launched GeForce Now, its surprisingly playable solution for on-demand gaming from the cloud. The service has been in beta since early 2017, and Nvidia’s finally preparing for its full release with a pair of new announcements at Gamescom 2019 in Cologne, Germany: real-time ray tracing is coming to GeForce Now, and GeForce Now is coming to Android phones.

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Leaked images reportedly show off the Sonos Move, the company's first portable smart speaker

PC World - 10 hours 2 min ago
Ahead of a press event on Monday, August 28, images of the Sonos Move have leaked, showing off the company's new portable speaker.

Leaked images reportedly show off the Sonos Move, the company's first portable smart speaker

Mac World - 10 hours 2 min ago
Ahead of a press event on Monday, August 28, images of the Sonos Move have leaked, showing off the company's new portable speaker.

Ask a PC expert: Why are there so many PC hardware launch supply problems?

PC World - 10 hours 31 min ago

These days, flagship PC hardware tends to sell out mere hours after launching. We saw it with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. We saw it with Intel’s Core i9-9900K. We saw it with AMD’s Ryzen 7 3900X. Why do the biggest companies in computing struggle to keep their most powerful parts in stock?

Empty-handed enthusiasts often complain that it’s a manufactured PR ploy, but the truth is more nuanced, as PCWorld CPU guru Gordon Mah Ung explains in the video below. Making badass, bleeding-edge hardware is complicated!

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Real-time ray tracing is coming to Minecraft on Windows 10, and it looks stunning

PC World - 11 hours 17 min ago

A mere week after Mojang killed Minecraft’s long-promised Super Duper Graphics Pack, the company announced another massive visual upgrade for the world’s best-selling PC game: Real-time ray tracing is coming to the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft.

Mojang is partnering with Nvidia to add full-blown path tracing to Minecraft. While most of the RTX-compatible modern games released thus far only enable one or two real-time ray tracing effects—such as global illumination or real-time reflections—fully path-traced games use ray tracing for all lighting effects. It’s very computationally intensive, which is probably why it’s only been enabled in a pair of old-school games so far: Quake II RTX and soon Minecraft.

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Spotify family plans slated to get parental controls, including an explicit lyrics filter

PC World - 11 hours 55 min ago
Users of Spotify’s family plan will finally be getting some parental controls later this year, including a long-awaited filter for songs with explicit lyrics.

PCIe 4.0: Everything you need to know, from specs to compatibility to caveats

PC World - 12 hours 24 min ago

It’s finally here. AMD gets to hoist the trophy in the race to the next-generation PCIe 4.0 interface for desktop PCs. By combining its superb Ryzen 3000 CPUs, the powerful Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards, the X570 motherboard chipset, and a new spate of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, consumers can now build or buy the first PCIe 4.0-based PCs.

PCIe 4.0 sounds exciting—it’s the first big change to the interface since 2010. But as always, the questions of who can get it (and who can’t), and who really needs it, are more nuanced than you’d think. Keep reading to get the all the details. 

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How to use Google Maps’ re-routing option on the iPhone

Mac World - 13 hours 31 min ago

I use my phone constantly for directions, as I’m sure millions of drivers do. And one of the primary situation I and others run into is that the chosen route turns out to be a bad one due to traffic, road closures, or accidents.

Apple Maps in iOS only lets you pick among possible routes when starting, although it will warn you and re-route while you’re underway. Google Maps for iOS has an in-progress re-routing option that isn’t as obvious, based on reader email.

While you’re actively following a route, tap the icon at the bottom of Google Maps that looks like a fork in the road with the left path dotted and one right path in black. It brings up an overview of the map showing alternatives and the estimated time difference compared to the current map.

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iMessage is never coming to Android, so please stop asking

Mac World - 14 hours 31 min ago

Ask any Android user to name an Apple app that they’d like to have on their Galaxy or Pixel phone and the answer will almost universally be the same: iMessage. And the likely reason behind that answer? Green bubbles.

While Android users have no idea whether the person they’re texting with has an iPhone, Android, or a Windows Phone, Apple makes it very clear what device you and your friends are using. Messages from iPhone users are wrapped in serene blue bubbles while everyone else’s bubbles are colored in a garish green hue.

And we Android users would love for that to change. Not only are we tired of our iPhone-loving friends chiding us for ruining group messages, but we’d also like to see what all of the fuss is about. We’re still waiting for a do-it-all messaging app on Android, and an Apple client is certainly intriguing, especially for those of use still lamenting the loss of Allo. I’m willing to bet that if Apple were to release an iMessage Android client in the Play Store, it would quickly become one of the most downloaded messaging apps, challenging Google’s own Messages, WhatsApp and Signal, at least at launch.

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iMessage is never coming to Android, so please stop asking

PC World - 14 hours 31 min ago
iMessage for Android might be on the wishlist of tech journalists and pundits, but it wouldn’t make much sense for Apple.

What we might expect from Apple’s A13 chip

Mac World - 15 hours 1 min ago

We’re still a long way away from hearing anything official about Apple’s next system-on-a-chip. The A13 is likely to be unveiled in September, along with the new iPhones it will power. But the design, manufacture, and testing of these chips takes years, far too long for Apple to suddenly make radical changes. The A13 design is likely, for all intents and purposes, set in stone by now.

By looking at past A-series chips and extrapolating from what we know of the manufacturing process Apple will use this year, we can get a reasonable picture about what to expect from the A13 chip. It will almost certainly be the fastest SoC Apple has ever developed for iPhones, but exactly how fast can we expect?

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

Mac World - 15 hours 31 min ago
The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.


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