eTeknix Delivering the very best technology and gaming news and reviews from all of the major tech brands!Delivering the best tech and gaming news and reviews! 2018-12-14T17:23:36Z https://www.eteknix.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Mike Sanders <![CDATA[King Of Fighters XIV Offers Free Weekend On Steam]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382693 2018-12-14T17:23:36Z 2018-12-14T17:23:36Z King Of Fighters XIV Free Weekend The King of Fighters has, for many, been the consistently best ‘beat-em-up’ series out there. Admittedly though, I suspect that many of you reading this have never heard of it. That isn’t any criticism as the game has always been something under the radar. Particularly in terms of bigger […]

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King Of Fighters XIV Free Weekend

The King of Fighters has, for many, been the consistently best ‘beat-em-up’ series out there. Admittedly though, I suspect that many of you reading this have never heard of it. That isn’t any criticism as the game has always been something under the radar. Particularly in terms of bigger franchises such as Tekken, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.

To try and tempt you into the series though Steam is offering PC owners the chance to try it out for free this weekend!

A Great Way To Start!

There’s nothing quite like getting a free game to try over the weekend. It makes me nostalgic for the old days of the rental store. In terms of whether you should try out King of Fighters XIV though, well, that depends on how you feel about the genre. Unlike many of its contemporaries, King of Fighters offers a much more ‘purist’ example of a straight-up fighting game.

Despite it being 2 years old now, it is still remarkably good and better still, if you really like it, you can own it permanently for less than £12!

Where Can I Try It?

Well, as above, you’ll need to have a PC. In terms of power, the specifications are pretty benign so as long as it’s no more than about 10 years old, you should be fine with any set-up and dedicated graphics card.

If you want to give your free weekend a go, simply search for it on your steam application. Failing which, you can visit the product page via the link here!

What do you think? Planning on trying the game out? – Let us know int he comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Virgin Space Ship Successfully Reaches ‘Space’]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382689 2018-12-14T16:25:19Z 2018-12-14T16:25:19Z Virgin Space Ship Successfully Reaches ‘Space’ Between Space X and the Virgin Galactic program, there seems to definitely be something of a space race on our hands. Rather than getting us back to the moon though, the main purpose of these missions is to make a flight into ‘space‘ commercially available. Yes, you or I […]

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Virgin Space Ship Successfully Reaches ‘Space’

Between Space X and the Virgin Galactic program, there seems to definitely be something of a space race on our hands. Rather than getting us back to the moon though, the main purpose of these missions is to make a flight into ‘space‘ commercially available. Yes, you or I (as long as we have the cash) could soon be able to fly to space!

It seems that in the race though, Virgin has just taken a huge step forward. In a video released, Virgin Galactic has successfully conducted a test flight reaching the atmospheric limit of ‘space’.

A Debated Term

The Virgin Space Ship managed to reach an altitude of 51 miles. It has, however, long been considered that 62 miles is the ‘true’ limit of where (essentially) Earth ends and space begins. Virgin’s researchers are, however, favouring the lower figure as a more accurate representation. Well… they would say that, wouldn’t they?

When Can I Fly?

Assuming you have a spare $250,000 (the anticipated price of a ticket), Richard Branson has announced that he believes that the first commercial flights may happen as soon as March 2019. Another factor that might have Elon Musk’s SpaceX project more than a little worried. So if you don’t quite have that amount currently in your bank balance, you do have a little time. Best get saving!

What do you think? Would you like a trip to space? Checking your bank balance now? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Good News! – Asteroid Said To Hit Earth Is Going To Miss!]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382687 2018-12-14T16:06:37Z 2018-12-14T16:06:37Z Asteroid Said To Hit Earth Is Going To Miss! It seems that once or twice a year, we are greeted with the news that something is on the way to destroy planet earth. Most often taking the form of an asteroid (of increasingly hyperbolic sizes) and occasionally aliens, it seems that in one way or another, […]

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Asteroid Said To Hit Earth Is Going To Miss!

It seems that once or twice a year, we are greeted with the news that something is on the way to destroy planet earth. Most often taking the form of an asteroid (of increasingly hyperbolic sizes) and occasionally aliens, it seems that in one way or another, some people won’t be happy until their predictions are proven right.

In a strange twist though, there is actually some good news. In a report via CNET, an asteroid believed to be on course to hit earth in 2026 is going to miss! Planet Earth can breathe again!

I Never Heard About This?

Asteroid 2017 RH16 was originally predicted to come within 2,628 miles of Earth. In space terms, this is way too close for comfort. In geographical terms, this is only a little over the distance between Edinburgh and Moscow (as the crow flies). This should give you a rough idea as to just how ‘squeaky bum time’ this was.

With it now due to miss though, if you were not aware of it, you don’t need to worry regardless. Isn’t that nice?

A Massively Adjusted Figure

Fresh research has now determined that the asteroid will now only come within about 2 million miles of Earth. It will be at it’s closest on or around the 31st of August 2026. So that will be at least something for you stargazers to look forward to. Given that this was at the top of the list in terms of ‘asteroid threats’ though, it’s good news all around really!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Amazon Use Dummy Parcels And GPS To Catch Thieves]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382684 2018-12-14T15:50:32Z 2018-12-14T15:50:32Z Dummy Parcels Used To Catch Thieves Amazon delivery services do have the rather unfortunate practice of sometimes leaving a parcel on your doorstep. I know this for a fact as it regularly happens to me when I get a delivery. Admittedly, without a mailbox designed to fit the parcel, sometimes it is their only option […]

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Dummy Parcels Used To Catch Thieves

Amazon delivery services do have the rather unfortunate practice of sometimes leaving a parcel on your doorstep. I know this for a fact as it regularly happens to me when I get a delivery. Admittedly, without a mailbox designed to fit the parcel, sometimes it is their only option available. It has, however, led to something of a rise of thefts.

In a nutshell, opportunists are noticing them on the doorstep and simply walking up and taking them. It seems, however, that Amazon wants to at least add some deterrence to this.

In a report via the BBC, Amazon has partnered with police in New York to start placing fake parcels in the hope of catching thieves in the act!

A Bait Box

The concept does remind me of a ‘bait car’. This is where US police deliberately place a car fitted with cameras in the knowledge that it may be stolen. With this, they can use cameras and GPS to identify the thieves (with the added perk of also being also the shut the engine off remotely). While the concept is similar, it’s not exactly unique. Many people have decided to highlight this issue themselves in their own creative ways.

So Far So Good!

The report suggests that so far, the ‘bait boxes’ have been very successful. They have even reported one being stolen less than 3 minutes after it was delivered. With the online retailer expected to be delivering up to a billion parcels leading up to Christmas, it’s a pretty good time to try and catch these filthy thieves out!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Further Allegations Of Bad Gaming Systems Sold By Walmart]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382680 2018-12-14T15:36:36Z 2018-12-14T15:36:36Z More Faulty Gaming Systems Sold By Walmart? Walmart surprised many this year with the announcement that the company was branching out into building retail gaming PCs. It was something of a surprise move given that while the retailer had gotten involved in gaming PC peripherals, they were not certainly not expected to get into the […]

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More Faulty Gaming Systems Sold By Walmart?

Walmart surprised many this year with the announcement that the company was branching out into building retail gaming PCs. It was something of a surprise move given that while the retailer had gotten involved in gaming PC peripherals, they were not certainly not expected to get into the system selling business.

So far though, the feedback for those they have on sale has not been great. Questionable build designs and quality has led to more than a few question marks being raised. This is particularly surrounding their ‘Overpowered’ system which, from a design standpoint, had more than a few issues that would make most PC builders cringe.

Following a post on Reddit though, it seems that more users are having problems with their systems.

Damaged Motherboard

User, Pizza_Machin3 reported that having ordered a PC from Walmart, when it arrived he found that the motherboard was cracked. Exactly how this would happen is unclear. It certainly doesn’t sound like this was put together very well though. Perhaps it was overtightened, perhaps they didn’t use the stand-offs (correctly). It’s hard to say.

Having attempted to return the system for a refund though, it seems that the company is being more than a little difficult about the matter. The details are a little complicated as it was purchased on a store card which led to inconsistent ‘balances’ being displayed. Any way you look at it though, it at least raises two points. Walmart may be more than difficult about refunds and that their system designs standards (and quality control) might be much worse than feared.

Caveat Emptor

With so many negative comments coming back about the systems, it’s certainly hard to give them a glowing endorsement. That being said, at least in regards to the Overpowered PC system, some of the media reaction was a little severe. When you broke the system down into its key components, the ‘mark-up’ applies by Walmart seemed very minimal. Around $60 at a rough calculation.

It does, however, seem that maybe they need to put the prices up a little. If only to ensure that the systems being sold are being put together correctly!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Next-Gen Xbox Development Kit Is Codenamed ‘Anaconda’]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382678 2018-12-14T15:23:45Z 2018-12-14T15:23:45Z Xbox Development Kit Is Codenamed ‘Anaconda’ Despite there being pretty much nothing in terms of confirmed news, we are undoubtedly going to start hearing more and more about the next generation Sony and Microsoft consoles throughout 2019. Every indication suggests that development is already underway. For example, it already seems fairly nailed on that both […]

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Xbox Development Kit Is Codenamed ‘Anaconda’

Despite there being pretty much nothing in terms of confirmed news, we are undoubtedly going to start hearing more and more about the next generation Sony and Microsoft consoles throughout 2019. Every indication suggests that development is already underway. For example, it already seems fairly nailed on that both companies will use an AMD Ryzen based APU for their next console.

Well, fresh speculation has arisen that the codenamed leaked for the system last month may have been incorrect. In a report via WCCFTech, rumours are now pointing towards the development kit being referred to as ‘Anaconda’.

Why This Makes More Sense!

Based on the recent history of Xbox console development, Anaconda makes more sense. Why? Well, you have to look into the recent history. For example, The Xbox One X was codenamed Chuckwalla. In addition, the Xbox One was Durango. Have you noticed the pattern? Yes, for some reason Microsoft seems to err towards lizards for their naming procedures.

This makes a little more sense than the previous ‘Project Scarlett’ name. Then again, the Xbox One X was also ‘Project Scorpio’.

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What Do We Know About The Console?

As above, in terms of confirmed details, very little. It is, however, speculated that the Xbox Two (as we shall tentatively call it) will feature a huge upgrade on the technological performance. While the XBox One X might be the most powerful console released to date, speculation says the new console will blow this out of the water. It is even believed to be planned to be massively more powerful than the PS5.

Either way, we shall surely know more by this time next year!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Fix PUBG Seems To Be Working As Player Feedback Improves]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382675 2018-12-14T15:06:26Z 2018-12-14T15:06:26Z Fix PUBG Seems To Be Working Back in August, PUBG Corp, the company behind the highly-popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, decided to do something a little unique. Acknowledging that the game had problems, which could be improved, they opened it up to their fans to tell them what was wrong or what they would […]

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Fix PUBG Seems To Be Working

Back in August, PUBG Corp, the company behind the highly-popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, decided to do something a little unique. Acknowledging that the game had problems, which could be improved, they opened it up to their fans to tell them what was wrong or what they would like to be changed in the game.

After 3 months, a report via PCGamesN has some good news. It seems that the system is not only working, but it’s also working really well!

Increased Population

The developer has reported that since the release of the Fix PUBG initiative, the gaming population has increased quite significantly. They have said that in the last 30 days, the game has seen an increase in players of roughly 0.64%. Admittedly, this doesn’t sound like a huge number, but it is their first increase since January.

Could the game be back on track? Hard to say, but the community is clearly appreciating the effort!

Can PUBG Get Back On Top?

In a word, no. Despite releasing before Fortnite, it’s failure to remain as fresh (and easy to access) has been the single biggest factor in its decline. Despite that though, the game continues to get very respectable player numbers on Steam. It may never achieve the heights that it had this time last year, but it is certainly making more than a few positive steps in the right direction.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Wiki Page Fandom Purchases Curse Media From Twitch]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382671 2018-12-14T14:09:21Z 2018-12-14T14:09:21Z Famdom Purchases Curse Media From Twitch In terms of gaming ‘wiki’ pages, there are few websites that are as popular as Fandom and Curse. Providing a huge amount of content, they are perhaps the two biggest such companies in competition with each other. Well, at least they were. In a report via Rappler, Twitch (who […]

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Famdom Purchases Curse Media From Twitch

In terms of gaming ‘wiki’ pages, there are few websites that are as popular as Fandom and Curse. Providing a huge amount of content, they are perhaps the two biggest such companies in competition with each other. Well, at least they were. In a report via Rappler, Twitch (who purchased Curse Media only 2 years ago) has agreed to sell to Fandom.

What will this mean for the future though?

An Unexpected Sale

Given that Twitch only made the purchase 2 years ago, it is a little surprising to see them willing to sell it on again so soon. This was particularly since it was felt that the Curse Wiki pages was adding a significant amount of footfall to their streaming platform. It is a move, however, that may not be popular with fans. Particularly since Fandom is a website well known for it’s advertising links whereas the Curse Wiki was a lot more benign.

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How Will This Affect The Curse Client?

As many of you who plays games (such as World of Warcraft) will know, the purchase of Curse by Twitch effectively combined the add-on service with its own streaming application. As such, it is at present a little clear as to whether this will continue. It is, of course, possible that users will, at some point in the future, need to look to download a new client.

While changes are not expected for the short term, it will be interesting to see how this deal progresses in 2019.

What do you think? Surprised at the purchase? Why do you think Twitch sold it? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[How to Train Your Dragon 3 Releases Kit Harrington Promo]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382668 2018-12-14T13:55:44Z 2018-12-14T13:55:44Z How to Train Your Dragon 3 When a new film is coming up for release, it isn’t unusual to see some trailers and promotional videos released. Additionally, it isn’t unusual to see attempts to be made to tie into other franchises and with that in mind, there are few bigger than Game of Thrones. With […]

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How to Train Your Dragon 3

When a new film is coming up for release, it isn’t unusual to see some trailers and promotional videos released. Additionally, it isn’t unusual to see attempts to be made to tie into other franchises and with that in mind, there are few bigger than Game of Thrones. With this in mind, Universal has released a promo trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 3. In it, Kit Harrington is sent back to 2010 as auditioning for the role of John Snow.

Rather than having a CGI screen though, he instead has Toothless as his partner.

The Lost Audition

The promo trailer has been advertised as a ‘lost audition tapes’. For those who are perhaps not aware though, Kit Harrington did have a role in the 2nd film and is expected to reprise it for the third film. As such, a How to Train Your Dragon/Game of Thrones cross-over seems inevitable sooner or later!

It is, however, hard to judge who the fans will love more in the video. Toothless does have a rather adoring public!

When Is The Film Out?

How to Train Your Dragon 3 will release in February 2019. It will release on February 1st in the UK while US audiences will (unusually) have to wait a little longer. Specifically, February 22nd. Given the popularity of the film though, this is surely going to be a pretty big hit for Universal.

What do you think? Do you plan to see the film? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Ofcom Launch Website To Help You Get The Best Broadband]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382665 2018-12-14T13:39:40Z 2018-12-14T13:39:40Z How To Get The Best Broadband With various upgrades of broadband services being rolled out throughout the UK, are you certain that you’re getting the best package available to you? In fairness, it seems that many are not. Ofcom research has found that around half of UK homes are not choosing to opt for better […]

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How To Get The Best Broadband

With various upgrades of broadband services being rolled out throughout the UK, are you certain that you’re getting the best package available to you? In fairness, it seems that many are not. Ofcom research has found that around half of UK homes are not choosing to opt for better packages, often when the price of the upgrade is either minimal or none existent.

As such, Ofcom has launched a new campaign. The campaign “Boost your broadband” looks to do exactly that. With the help of a useful website, you can find out what kind of internet speeds you should be capable of.

How Does It Work?

The website has primarily been designed for those who may not necessarily understand how broadband speeds work. It is, after all, probably those people who are not getting the best service to match their needs. At present, the UK has 3 general tiers of broadband. Standard (generally less than 24mbps) Superfast (anything from 25mbps to 80mbps) and Ultrafast (think fibre for this).

With many upgrades to systems though, Ofcom clearly feels that too many people are still on ‘standard’ where a superfast package (or even ultrafast) might offer much faster speeds for no change in cost.

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How Can I Check?

This service is available to UK residents and you can visit the website via the link here!

It may, however, perhaps be better for you to share this with friends and family who you know are perhaps not the most tech savvy.

What do you think? Do you like the idea? Will this help bring faster internet to more people? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[The 25 Worst Passwords For 2018 Revealed]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382663 2018-12-14T13:24:21Z 2018-12-14T13:24:21Z 25 Worst Passwords For 2018 You know when it’s getting towards the end of a year when you start seeing ‘top’ lists appearing online. Of these though, undoubtedly one of the more popular is passwords. Specifically, those that people still (against all logic of security) still seem to persist with on their online accounts. So, […]

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25 Worst Passwords For 2018

You know when it’s getting towards the end of a year when you start seeing ‘top’ lists appearing online. Of these though, undoubtedly one of the more popular is passwords. Specifically, those that people still (against all logic of security) still seem to persist with on their online accounts.

So, what are the worst passwords for 2018? Well, let’s put it this way, if you are using “password” then you’re going to have a bad time!

The List!

In a top 100 list compiled by ‘TeamsID’, the 25 worst passwords for 2018 include;

1) 123456
2) password
3) 123456789
4) 12345678
5) 12345
6) 111111
7) 1234567
8) sunshine
9) qwerty
10) iloveyou
11) princess
12) admin
13) welcome
14) 666666
15) abc123
16) football
17) 123123
18) monkey
19) 654321
20) !@#$%^&*
21) charlie
22) aa123456
23) donald
24) password1
25) qwerty123

What Do We Think?

Well, to start with, if you’re using any of the above, you’re really lacking in a little imagination and as such, you’re very liable to come to the attention of the less wholesome aspects of the internet. Well, I say that, but there are more than a few examples which honestly baffle me a little.

Donald? I suppose that’s something to do with the US President. I’m moderately curious now to see if that’s the password to his Twitter account. Princess, sunshine and monkey though? Well, if you do use one of those passwords I’d be curious to here as the logic process that led you to choose them.

If you are curious about the full list, you can check it out in the link here!

What do you think? What do you think the worst password you could have is? – Let us know in the comments!

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Peter Donnell <![CDATA[EVGA XC Ultra Nvidia RTX 2080 Graphics Card Review]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382090 2018-12-14T12:38:57Z 2018-12-14T12:38:57Z EVGA XC Ultra Nvidia RTX 2080 The graphics card market has been in a weird state of flux recently. The RTX cards launched to much fanfare and just as much hate. Sure, they’re bloody fast, but they’re also darn expensive. Furthermore, at launch, DLSS, DXR and more were not ready for gamers to enjoy. That […]

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EVGA XC Ultra Nvidia RTX 2080 Graphics Card Review

EVGA XC Ultra Nvidia RTX 2080

The graphics card market has been in a weird state of flux recently. The RTX cards launched to much fanfare and just as much hate. Sure, they’re bloody fast, but they’re also darn expensive. Furthermore, at launch, DLSS, DXR and more were not ready for gamers to enjoy. That wasn’t Nvidia’s fault though, they made the hardware, then the software follows from developers. Fortunately, that’s happening now, and the real value of RTX cards are starting to shine.

Today, I have the latest EVGA RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming on our test bench. The current “mid-range” card of the RTX series, but dialled up and tuned by the experts at EVGA. It’s a little more expensive than the stock card of course, but it’s also faster. Well, it should be faster, but how much faster is what we aim to find out.

Features

  • NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture gives up to 6X Faster Performance compared to previous-generation graphics cards
  • Real-Time RAY TRACING in games for cutting-edge, hyper-realistic graphics
  • Dual HDB Fans offer higher performance cooling and much quieter acoustic noise
  • Adjustable RGB LED offers configuration options for all your PC lighting needs
  • Built for EVGA Precision X1 – EVGA’s all-new tuning utility monitors your graphics card and gives you the power to overclock like a pro!

Specifications

For in-depth specifications, please visit the official EVGA product page here.

What EVGA Had to Say

“The EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Graphics Cards are powered by the new NVIDIA Turing GPU design and the revolutionary NVIDIA RTX platform, the new graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading. With the EVGA GeForce RTX 20-Series gaming cards you get the best gaming experience with next generation graphics performance, ice cold cooling, and advanced overclocking features with the all new EVGA Precision X1 software. The latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs have reinvented graphics and set a new bar for performance. This is the ultimate efficient PC gaming experience.” – EVGA

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Bitcoin Scammers Hit New Lows With Bomb Threats]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382660 2018-12-14T12:04:40Z 2018-12-14T12:04:40Z Bitcoin Scammers Start Issuing Bomb Threats Bitcoin scammers are, perhaps, one of the biggest issues in cybercrime at the moment. Over the years though, their tactics have changed, but the goal has always been the same. Namely, to extract money from you via fake competitions, blackmail or outright threats. In a report via The Verge, however, […]

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Bitcoin Scammers Start Issuing Bomb Threats

Bitcoin scammers are, perhaps, one of the biggest issues in cybercrime at the moment. Over the years though, their tactics have changed, but the goal has always been the same. Namely, to extract money from you via fake competitions, blackmail or outright threats. In a report via The Verge, however, things have apparently started to take a much darker tone.

It has been suggested that various schools, businesses and organisations throughout the world have been receiving bomb threats. Specifically, that if they don’t pay a certain amount of Bitcoin, they will detonate the explosives.

A New Low

This is clearly a very disturbing change of tactic. Particularly since it has been reported that they are contacting schools. This has already led to several evacuations of buildings in America, Canada, New Zealand and probably many other countries by this point. Now, of course, every incident so far has (thankfully) proven to be false. At the same time though, would you really want to risk this?…

What Can Be Done About This?

Well, honestly, I’m not entirely sure. As above, despite the exceptional likelihood that these threats are fake, no organisation is going to want to be seen to ignore them. Particularly if, in the million to one chance, the threat is very real. As such, I have no solution here. It’s a terrible evolution of the scam, but one without any clear response.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[DayZ Launches 1.0 Release With Free Weekend!]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382625 2018-12-13T19:24:27Z 2018-12-13T19:24:27Z DayZ Finally Launches 1.0 The team behind DayZ have been fairly committed for the last 6 months that they planned to release the 1.0 release before the end of the year. Given that this game had spent over 5 years in also (with the brief latter portion in beta) I have to admit, I was […]

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DayZ Finally Launches 1.0

The team behind DayZ have been fairly committed for the last 6 months that they planned to release the 1.0 release before the end of the year. Given that this game had spent over 5 years in also (with the brief latter portion in beta) I have to admit, I was sceptical. In fact, as a whole, I’ve been very critical of this game for the last 3 years, but with very good reason.

Well, if you managed to avoid the hype that this game initially created, there is good news for PC owners. To celebrate the full release, DayZ has gone free from now until Sunday!

Is It Worth Playing?

With the final release now made, DayZ has improved massively since it’s initial launch over 5 years ago. In fact, you could argue that this game is a world apart from where it was a year ago. The real question is, however, is the game worth playing? Well, having tried the release out for a few hours today, my answer is, sadly, no.

While it is better, DayZ feels incredibly clunky, it still has bugs and above all, it’s lost its relevancy.

A Good Example

I should add the caveat that I would openly recommend you to try it. This is just a PC release, but it is free until Sunday! Go nuts! Try it out for yourself and if you think I’m wrong, that’s fine. I can’t help, however, that after the initial hype has settled down, DayZ will ultimately be remembered only as the perfect example of how not to manage an early access game project.

You could argue that the franchise single-handedly created the revival of the ‘zombie survival’ gaming genre. You could maybe even say it was the genesis of Battle Royale. For me though, it has since been surpassed by games that were started after this begun it’s alpha and released years before now.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[LEGO The Hobbit is FREE from Humble Store for the Next 48H]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382615 2018-12-13T19:02:18Z 2018-12-13T19:02:18Z FREE Game from WB and Humble Store Aside from GOG‘s current Winter 2018 sale and freebies, the Humble Store is also giving away a free game with their Winter sale event. This time it is a copy of LEGO The Hobbit which is usually worth $20 USD. The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows […]

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LEGO The Hobbit is FREE from Humble Store for the Next 48H

FREE Game from WB and Humble Store

Aside from GOG‘s current Winter 2018 sale and freebies, the Humble Store is also giving away a free game with their Winter sale event. This time it is a copy of LEGO The Hobbit which is usually worth $20 USD.

The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along with their favorite scenes from the films. This is from the second Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2012 (the bad one). So it follows Bilbo Baggins as he joins Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and the Dwarves. Thankfully, this game is a lot better than the movie and does not needlessly drag on.

How Do I Get LEGO The Hobbit for FREE?

Users have until December 15, 10AM Pacifict Time to claim a copy of the game. As usual, a Humble Store account is necessary. Although, it does not cost any money to sign up and no credit cards are necessary to get the game. All you need is a valid e-mail address.

To claim a copy of the game, follow this link and login to or create your free Humble account.

Can My System Run LEGO The Hobbit?

LEGO The Hobbit is FREE from Humble Store for the Next 48H

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows®XP SP3, Windows Vista/7/8 with latest service packs and updates installed
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 EE 3800+ (2*2000 Mhz) or similar Intel CPU, such as Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 (2*2000 Mhz)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS or ATI Radeon X1950 Pro or better
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Processor: AMD or Intel Quad Core running at 4*2600 Mhz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 or ATI Radeon HD 5850 or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[PES 2019 Lite Is Available To Download Now]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382586 2018-12-13T19:00:42Z 2018-12-13T19:00:42Z PES 2019 Lite Earlier this week, we reported that Konami was planning to launch a ‘free’ version of PES 2019. A rather tempting proposition given the rumoured about of free content that was going to be provided with it. Sure, it wasn’t going to have all the features of the full game, but enough to […]

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PUBG and PES2019 is Free on Xbox One for a Limited Time

PES 2019 Lite

Earlier this week, we reported that Konami was planning to launch a ‘free’ version of PES 2019. A rather tempting proposition given the rumoured about of free content that was going to be provided with it. Sure, it wasn’t going to have all the features of the full game, but enough to tempt the casual into giving it a go.

With the rather poor reception being made to Fifa 19, it was a smart move. Strike while your opposition is weakened!

Well, despite every indication suggesting it was not quite ready for launch, Konami has surprised everyone by just releasing it. Yes, if you check Steam, it’s available to download right now!

Why Is It Free?

Well, you will, of course, have more than a few options to spend money. This is via the ‘myclubs’ game mode. If you’re unfamiliar with the PES series, this is basically their version of Fifa Ultimate Team. If you can get past this little fly in the ointment though, you are given a surprising amount of content.

For example, you get offline exhibition mode which essentially gives you the basic football game. You can’t grumble at that!

When Is It Out?

We’re reliably informed (via the video above) that this is out right now. So if you were looking to give this a try, you should be able to do so. Admittedly, PES isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but given how poorly Fifa 19 is going down with the fans and critics, it might be the perfect time for a bit of a switch.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Get FullThrottle Remastered FREE via GOG’s Winter Sale 2018]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382597 2018-12-13T17:27:00Z 2018-12-13T17:27:00Z Over 1900+ DRM-Free Titles on SALE Just three weeks ago, GOG launched their Black Friday sale. Now they are offering even more discounts on up to 1900+ titles via their 2018 Winter Sale. Unlike Steam and other stores, CD-Projekt RED‘s subsidiary store offers total ownership of the game once you purchase it. Although they do […]

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GOG 2018 Winter Sale Offers Up to 90% Off DRM-Free Games

Over 1900+ DRM-Free Titles on SALE

Just three weeks ago, GOG launched their Black Friday sale. Now they are offering even more discounts on up to 1900+ titles via their 2018 Winter Sale.

Unlike Steam and other stores, CD-Projekt RED‘s subsidiary store offers total ownership of the game once you purchase it. Although they do have their own downloadable launcher client, this is not necessary to run the game. CD-Projekt RED and GOG is so dedicated to the DRM-Free way of doing business that they have even launched the FCK DRM initiative four months ago to advocate digital consumer rights.

Which Games are on Sale on GOG.com?

GOG 2018 Winter Sale Offers Up to 90% Off DRM-Free Games

Since they are a subsidiary of CD-Projekt RED, The Witcher series is almost always on sale during these events. The Witcher 3: Game of the Year for example is 60% off.

Some other notable sale games include: Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (-20%), Frostpunk (-33%), Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition (-35%), Stellaris (-60%), BATTLETECH (-30%), Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (-34%).

GOG 2018 Winter Sale Offers Up to 90% Off DRM-Free Games

This time however, GOG is offering several free games to thank and to entice fans. One free game is available just for signing up to the GOG store. One more game comes with any purchase, and one more free game is available for spending over $15 USD.

Which Free Games are Available from GOG?

The base free game is Full Throttle Remastered (worth $15 USD). It is an updated version of the original game from LucasArts back in 1995. It is a graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder.

The second free game with every purchase is Fantasy General (worth $6 USD). It is a turn-based startegy game from 1996 and the third installment in Strategic Simulations’ Five Star General Series. The game invites players to leave the trenches of World War II and enter a world of heroes, swords, magic and beasts.

Lastly, those who spend at least $15 automatically get EVERSPACE for free (worth $30 USD). It is a gorgeous, action-focused single-player space shooter combining roguelike elements with top-notch visuals and a captivating non-linear story.

Keep in mind that these offers are not going to last long. In fact, Full Throttle Remastered will only be available for free for the next 48 hours. That means it is available for free until December 15, 2:00 PM UTC).

The GOG Winter Sale itself ends on January 3, 11 PM UTC.

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[US Amazon Workers Reportedly Preparing To Unionise]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382568 2018-12-13T17:26:34Z 2018-12-13T17:26:34Z US Amazon Workers  To Unionise Throughout the year, we have reported on multiple occasions stories of the somewhat harsh conditions many at least feel they face at the many Amazon warehouses throughout the world. Long hours, strict deadlines and time monitoring on everything seems to be the common factor in all of the stories. It […]

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US Amazon Workers  To Unionise

Throughout the year, we have reported on multiple occasions stories of the somewhat harsh conditions many at least feel they face at the many Amazon warehouses throughout the world. Long hours, strict deadlines and time monitoring on everything seems to be the common factor in all of the stories.

It does seem, however, that things might be coming to a bit of a head. In a report via The Verge, Amazon workers in New York are reportedly looking to form a trade union in the very near future to help improve working conditions.

Bad News For Amazon

The employees have said that they are looking to address the following issues:

  • Safety concerns
  • Lengthy unpaid security checks
  • Unreasonable hourly quotas
  • Insufficient breaks.

In regards to the security checks, we have heard stories in the past of working deliberately urinating into bins or bottles just so that they can avoid losing anything up to 30 minutes trying to get through security to go to the toilet.

Training Video

What will not have helped matters is the rumour of an in-house training video for managers. In it, the video seems to direct managers to specifically look to identify any evidence of ‘unionist’ behavior between the workers. The pretty horrific ‘TIPS’ acronym also appeared. Specifically; Threaten, Interrogate, Promise and Spy.

If this happens, it’s clearly against the wishes of Amazon whether the video was legitimate or not. It will be curious to see what happens in the coming months.

Amazon, of course, deny any allegations of providing an unsafe or a poor working environment.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Amazing Russian Robot Turns Out To Be A Man In A Suit]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382559 2018-12-13T17:26:32Z 2018-12-13T17:26:32Z Russian Robot Is Revealed As A Man In A Suit Robots are, without a doubt, one of the more fascinating areas of the technology industry. When it comes to seeing advanced designs though, we are, of course, more accustomed to seeing them produced in countries such as Japan. When a highly-impressive robot was revealed at […]

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Russian Robot Is Revealed As A Man In A Suit

Robots are, without a doubt, one of the more fascinating areas of the technology industry. When it comes to seeing advanced designs though, we are, of course, more accustomed to seeing them produced in countries such as Japan. When a highly-impressive robot was revealed at a Russian state-sponsored event, however, people were blown away.

Demonstrating an amazing level of articulation (both in movement and speech) the robot was reported on Russian media. Specifically that it was a legitimate design. In a report via the BBC, however, it has since been revealed that it was actually just a man in a costume.

Russia Faking Technological Advancement?

Don’t worry, you haven’t gone back to the 1960’s. This is, however, something of an amusing retrospect on the cold war. Following a lot of skepticism (that wasn’t shared by the media) the robot was actually revealed to be a 250,000 rouble (£2,975) costume. The design known as Alyosha-the-Robot, was made by a company called Show Robots.

Not Advertised As Real

It has been noted that during the event the organizers never once suggested that this was a real robot. Utilising the popular old expression though, you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Having read this, if you are interested in learning more about the costume, you can visit the official website in the link here!

What do you think? Are you impressed with the design? Do you think the Russia media tried to pull a trick here? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[INNO3D Reveal iCHILL X3 JEKYLL Graphics Cards]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382552 2018-12-13T17:26:31Z 2018-12-13T17:26:31Z INNO3D Reveal iCHILL X3 JEKYLL In terms of graphics cards it is, of course, always preferable to get the best performing card that your budget will allow. There are, however, instances where the choices available do allow you to err more towards the areas of outright aesthetics. With this in mind, INNO3D is one of […]

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INNO3D Reveal iCHILL X3 JEKYLL

In terms of graphics cards it is, of course, always preferable to get the best performing card that your budget will allow. There are, however, instances where the choices available do allow you to err more towards the areas of outright aesthetics.

With this in mind, INNO3D is one of the best brands out there. In the past we have seen a number of their iCHILL products and have never failed to be impressed with them.

With this in mind though, in a report via Videocardz, the manufacturer has just revealed their brand new Nvidia 2070 and 2080 specifications based on their iCHILL X3 design.

Specifications

At present, while we do have these images of the cards, it is unclear as to what the company has been capable of getting out of them in terms of clock speeds. In terms of the aesthetics though, we must admit to being very impressed with the designs. You have the bright bold colours and the no-nonsense professional black.

High Performance

We should note that the iCHILL series has always based itself (as the name would suggest) on extreme temperature control. As such, while we may not have any specifics in terms of benchmarks of clock speeds, these are undoubtedly going to be something rather impressive.

You might, at this point, be wondering why the name Jekyll. Well, perhaps to add a little coup de gras to this design, the fans fitted can be swapped. You can choose a triple fan for performance or a double for low-noise. A very unique proposition you certainly don’t often encounter in graphics card design.

What do you think? Impressed with the cards? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[YouTube Rewind 2018 Is Officially The Most Hated Video]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382547 2018-12-13T17:26:29Z 2018-12-13T17:26:29Z YouTube Rewind 2018 Each year, at around this time, YouTube releases a video. In it, they tend to try and capture within a few minutes some of the highlights that the platform has seen over the year. On the whole, therefore, you might expect this to be a rather pleasant, popular and benign thing to […]

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YouTube Rewind 2018

Each year, at around this time, YouTube releases a video. In it, they tend to try and capture within a few minutes some of the highlights that the platform has seen over the year. On the whole, therefore, you might expect this to be a rather pleasant, popular and benign thing to do.

With the release of Rewind 2018 though, fans of the website have been clearly angered. Why? Well, rather than making it about the best content of the year, it seems that Rewind 2018 is more of an advertisement for the website itself.

The hatred for it has, however, jumped to new heights. Finally beating Justin Beibers record, Rewind 2018 is now officially the most disliked video on the platform!

Achieved In 8 Days What Justin Beiber Did Over 8 Years

Releasing on December 6th, the video has managed to amass more dislikes than Justin Beibers video did in 8 years. Is the anger really wanted though? Well, on a personal level you would, of course, have to make that decision for yourself. Having watched the video though (which I have included for you below) I do understand the answer.

Ignoring some of the biggest members of it’s platform, it seems to more concentrate on the content that has been better for advertisers. In other words, this ‘Rewind’ feels more like a sales pitch telling people just how great YouTube is rather than celebrating the people who make it possible.

What do you think? What’s your opinion on the video? – Let us know in the comments!

 

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[NVIDIA GeForce 417.35 Driver Adds Full DLSS Support To FFXV]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382545 2018-12-13T17:26:28Z 2018-12-13T17:26:28Z NVIDIA GeForce 417.35 Driver Adds DLSS Support With the release of the Windows October update last month (yes, it was October) we finally got to see one of the first key features of the new Nvidia 20XX graphics cards. Namely, the ray tracing graphical processing which was so heavily showcased at the GPUs unveiling. Until […]

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NVIDIA GeForce 417.35 Driver Adds DLSS Support

With the release of the Windows October update last month (yes, it was October) we finally got to see one of the first key features of the new Nvidia 20XX graphics cards. Namely, the ray tracing graphical processing which was so heavily showcased at the GPUs unveiling.

Until now though, the other key feature, DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), has been a little more limited. Well, with a brand new Nvidia GeForce driver released yesterday evening, we finally have access to this technology. Well, at least in gaming terms through Final Fantasy XV which, via the beta, has become the first game to be officially DLSS support capable.

Update Notes

Fixed Issues

  • [SLI][TITAN Xp]: SLI is disabled by default after installing the driver. [200471881]
  • [TITAN V][NVIDIA Control Panel]: The Workstation->Manage GPU Utilization page appears when it shouldn’t. [200470813]
  • [Rocket League]: The game launches to a white screen with audio in the background and then crashes. [2451530]
  • [Battlefield V: Day0 97][Ansel]: After being moved all the way to the left, the Ansel field-of view (FoV) slider stops following the click-and-drag mouse movement.[2438857]
  • [Hitman 2 Silent assassin]: There is flickering texture corruption in the game. [200472315]
  • [Notebook][3D games]: Frame rate of 3D games may drop to under 30 fps on notebooks. [2456653]

Known Issues

  • [GeForce GTX 1080Ti]: Random DPC watchdog violation error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips. [2079538]
  • [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox.[2107201]
  • [G-Sync]: Random flickering occurs when connecting G-sync monitor + non-G-Sync HDMI monitor with G-Sync enabled. [2399845]

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Where Can I Download It?

As always, if you already have the Nvidia GeForce Experience installed, you should have already received a prompt to make the update. Failing which, you do have 2 options available. By entering the software, you should be able to do a manual search under the ‘drivers’ tab. Alternatively, the drivers can be manually downloaded and installed via the link here!

What do you think? Have you made the update? Tried out FFXV with DLSS yet? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[AMD Release Adrenalin 2019 Beta Drivers]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382541 2018-12-13T17:26:25Z 2018-12-13T17:26:25Z AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2019 It’s fairly typical that owners of a PC with a dedicated graphics card are regularly prompted to update their drivers. When it comes to AMD, however, there is generally speaking something a little different. Around once a year, an ‘overhaul’ of their Radeon graphics software/driver is released. In recent years, this […]

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AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2019

It’s fairly typical that owners of a PC with a dedicated graphics card are regularly prompted to update their drivers. When it comes to AMD, however, there is generally speaking something a little different. Around once a year, an ‘overhaul’ of their Radeon graphics software/driver is released. In recent years, this has taken the form of ‘Adrenalin’ which, if you have an AMD based graphics card, you should be more than familiar with.

Well, following reports from yesterday, it has now been confirmed that the Adrenalin 2019 update is now available to download in Beta form.

What Does It Include?

The update notes are rather extensive. Too expensive in fact to really make this readable if I was to include them in full here. In brief, however, many games will see minor improvements following the update and, in addition, many of the key features of the Adrenalin software (such as relive and Vulkan) have been updated to provide better results and more functionality.

In addition, AMD GPU owners will also have access to better overclocking features. This will certainly be convenient for those who want to try it, but are a little scared.

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Where Can I Get This Update?

As this is a beta update, the chances are that you will not be automatically prompted to opt for this. If you do, however, wish to download the update manually (and check the full update notes) you can do so via the official AMD website in the link here!

What do you think? Will you try the beta update? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[The Best Of The Worst Xbox Live Ban Appeals]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382583 2018-12-13T17:25:33Z 2018-12-13T17:25:01Z Xbox Live Ban Appeals For an online service as popular as Xbox Live, you can imagine that a fair number of accounts require a little monitoring. The internet is, after all, an interesting place full of interesting people. If you are subject to a ban or suspension of your Xbox Live account, you are, of […]

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Xbox Live Ban Appeals

For an online service as popular as Xbox Live, you can imagine that a fair number of accounts require a little monitoring. The internet is, after all, an interesting place full of interesting people. If you are subject to a ban or suspension of your Xbox Live account, you are, of course, always entitled to appeal the decision.

In a report via Kotaku though, some of the responses below do beggar belief a little.

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You’re Welcome To Your Opinion – Just Keep Them To Yourselves

It’s generally a good rule of thumb to not air your political views on your gaming account. Particularly if they’re a little… colourful!

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

We again see another gamertag issue here. Alas, the user in question seemed to think that the issue was with the numerals rather than the letters.

The “I Didn’t Do Nuffin'” Defense

When you don’t know why you’ve been suspended, then when you’re told, can’t see the problem!

Watch Your Profamity!

In fairness, I’m struggling to think of many bad words this user missed out in their profile.

“Suspended Twice But I Don’t Know Why”

One user took to complain about being suspended twice in the same week. This is clearly an error by the admins and nothing to do with their completely innocent gamertag.

You Can Take Your Freedom Of Speech And Report It!

You do have to appreciate the attempt at bringing Freedom of Speech into an Xbox ban. Shame it didn’t quite work for this user.

 

I’ve Never Seen That Card Before

Finally, we’ll end on a game of Uno that clearly, for the other players, turned into a game of ‘oh-no’.

What Do You Think?

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Overwatch Removes Blizzard World Christmas Map]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382579 2018-12-13T17:04:51Z 2018-12-13T17:04:51Z Overwatch Removes Blizzard World Christmas Map In terms of casual gaming, I’m a pretty big fan of Overwatch. In terms of the way in which they police the toxicity, not so much. Either way though, in terms of providing a lot of fun content for free, it is certainly one of my regular ‘go-to’ games. […]

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Overwatch Removes Blizzard World Christmas Map

In terms of casual gaming, I’m a pretty big fan of Overwatch. In terms of the way in which they police the toxicity, not so much. Either way though, in terms of providing a lot of fun content for free, it is certainly one of my regular ‘go-to’ games. With the Christmas event launching on the 11th of December though, it seems that not everything has gone according to plan.

In fact, one map has so many issues that in a report via Kotaku, Blizzard has withdrawn it from the event.

What’s Gone Wrong?

Since the release of the Blizzard World Christmas map, a map that has essentially been modded to be a bit more seasonal, players have reported numerous issues with it. These including being stuck in the spawn area or the payload simply refusing to budge an inch. It seems that Blizzard concurs with these reports as they have officially shut down the map.

In fairness to Blizzard, I can’t recall when this has happened before. At least, not in Overwatch.

What Has Blizzard Said?

In response to the issue, Blizzard has posted the following on their forums: “We’ve identified an issue with Blizzard World preventing players from leaving spawn areas at the start of the match. And completing the match. Due to the impact of this issue, we have temporarily disabled Blizzard World in all regions on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One while we troubleshoot.”

I must admit, I did smile internally with the ‘we’ve identified’. It’s almost the same way in which they identify toxic behaviour. In other words the community told them about it!

Either way though, if you’re looking for a bit of festive fun you can’t have it at Blizzard World! Christmas is cancelled there!

What do you think? Did you have any problems on this map? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[World War Z Game Trailer Showcases Character Classes]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382574 2018-12-13T16:57:41Z 2018-12-13T16:57:41Z World War Z In terms of upcoming releases for 2019, there are very few games I’m looking at with more curiosity than World World Z. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of games I’m excited for. January alone sees the release of Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Both of which have been […]

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World War Z

In terms of upcoming releases for 2019, there are very few games I’m looking at with more curiosity than World World Z. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of games I’m excited for. January alone sees the release of Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Both of which have been on my radar for quite some time.

When it comes to World War Z though, I think excitement is possibly the right word. I’m excited over what I’ve seen so far and the potential that for the first time ever, we may truly get the zombie survival game we’ve always wanted.

Well, with the release of a brand new trailer, another shovelful of coal has been thrown on the hype train as the 6 classes available in the game have been revealed.

Character Classes

The character classes are described as follows;

  • Gunslinger – For those who skip the questions and shoot first, the Gunslinger is loaded with an arsenal of weapon damage and ammo-boosting perks to mow down the dead.
  • Hellraiser – Enough explosives can solve any problem! Hellraisers come armed with C4 and other tools for effective crowd control.
  • Slasher – For warriors with a sense of elegance, the best way to kill is with your trusty blade. Slashers have perks that increase melee damage and effectiveness while their armed tasers deliver electrifying results.
  • Medic – Sometimes the best way to fight the undead is keeping your teammates from becoming one of them. Armed with a Stim Pistol, Medics can heal fellow survivors from a distance and help keep the chaos under control.
  • Fixer – When versatility in any situation is the highest priority, the Fixer is there for you, starting out with an explosive ammo case and several teammate ammo-restoring perks.
  • Exterminator – Fire is the answer! Armed with Molotov cocktails and increased fire damage, the Exterminator just wants to watch the undead burn.

When Is It Out?

We do know that World War Z will release in 2019. For the moment, however, we do not have a firm release date. Given the sheer amount of information that has come out surrounding the game over the last few weeks though, I suspect that this may be sooner rather than later.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[EKWB Launches New Velocity D-RGB CPU Blocks]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382588 2018-12-13T16:52:25Z 2018-12-13T16:52:25Z Ultimate Waterblock LED Customization Looks like EKWB is launching a new version of their next-generation Velocity CPU blocks. This time, it sports digital RGB LEDs (D-RGB or ARGB). This means users will be able to customize each LED colours differently. In comparison, typical analog RGB LEDs can all only be the same colour at the […]

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EKWB Launches New Velocity D-RGB CPU Blocks

Ultimate Waterblock LED Customization

Looks like EKWB is launching a new version of their next-generation Velocity CPU blocks. This time, it sports digital RGB LEDs (D-RGB or ARGB). This means users will be able to customize each LED colours differently. In comparison, typical analog RGB LEDs can all only be the same colour at the same time. Thus, digital RGB LEDs provide greater depth of customization.

Which Motherboards are Compatible with the Velocity D-RGB?

EKWB Launches New Velocity D-RGB CPU Blocks

As usual, users will be able to use it with motherboards that have D-RGB headers. This includes ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock PolyChrome Sync. Furthermore, users will also be able to connect it to external third party Digital RGB controllers.

These EKWB Velocity D-RGB blocks use the same base design as the one introduced 5 months ago. The block has a new reinforced mounting bracket with smaller streamlined mounting screws. Moreover, the simplified cooling engine brings performance optimizations through more efficient flow and also easier maintenance for users.

How Much Are These EKWB Velocity D-RGB CPU Water Blocks?

As usual, these new Velocity water blocks come in a variety of options. Users can choose Nickel + Plexi, and Nickel + Acetal variants. The Velocity D-RGB water block is comaptible with Intel (LGA115x , and LGA 20xx sockets). There is also an AMD option compatible with the AM4 socket.

See the chart below for the MSRP in Euro (with VAT).

EKWB Launches New Velocity D-RGB CPU Blocks

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Intel Quietly Adds the B365 Chipset to their 300-Series Lineup]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382570 2018-12-13T16:12:46Z 2018-12-13T16:12:23Z Budget 22nm Chipset from Intel Rumours of an upcoming Intel B365 chipset arriving at Computex 2019 surfaced last week. However, it appears that it is actually launching much earlier than expected. In fact, Intel has already quietly announced its presence and put a web page up for the new chipset. Other than the actual launch […]

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Intel Quietly Adds the B365 Chipset to their 300-Series Lineup

Budget 22nm Chipset from Intel

Rumours of an upcoming Intel B365 chipset arriving at Computex 2019 surfaced last week. However, it appears that it is actually launching much earlier than expected. In fact, Intel has already quietly announced its presence and put a web page up for the new chipset.

Other than the actual launch date, it appears that some aspects of the B365 is also different from what was expected. While the chipset is indeed made using 22nm process, it resembles Kaby Lake’s H270 chipset closely than the B360 in terms of features.

How Does the B365 Chipset Compare to the B360 and H270?

First it has more PCIe 3.0 lanes than the B360, up to 20 from 12. It also increases the total number of USB ports from 12 to 14. Also, another big advantage with the B365 is the inclusion of hardware RAID for PCIe and SATA storage support.

One thing the B360 gets to keep that the B365 does not have however, is USB 3.1 Gen 2. Moreover, it does not get the integrated Wireless-AC MAC either. Motherboard makers would have to use 3rd party chips to make use of these if they wish to do so.

So this is basically just an H270 chipset for Coffee Lake CPUs. It even has the older Management Engine Firmware version 11 instead of 12.

 

Intel Quietly Launches B365 Chipset to 300-Series Lineup

Now that it is official, we can most likely see B365 motherboards within the next few weeks.

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[New Razer Crypto Mining Program Rewards Only Themselves]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382548 2018-12-13T15:36:00Z 2018-12-13T15:31:26Z Say Hello to Razer SoftMiner (Actually, Don’t) Razer, in partnership with GammaNow has launched the SoftMiner crypto mining program. It is a GPU-based crypto mining program that needs at least an AMD RX 460 or GeForce GTX 1050. In exchange you will earn Razer Silver coins used in the company’s loyalty rewards program. The company […]

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New Razer Crypto Mining Program Rewards Only Themselves

Say Hello to Razer SoftMiner (Actually, Don’t)

Razer, in partnership with GammaNow has launched the SoftMiner crypto mining program. It is a GPU-based crypto mining program that needs at least an AMD RX 460 or GeForce GTX 1050.

In exchange you will earn Razer Silver coins used in the company’s loyalty rewards program. The company is framing this as a way to use your PC’s idle resources when you are away. So it can earn for you when you are not using it. Except of course, things are not as clear cut as they seem.

Worst Trade Deal in Crypto History?

New Razer Crypto Mining Program Rewards Only Themselves

However, unlike other crypto currency mining efforts, you are not mining for Razer silver directly. In fact, all the money you earn goes to Razer They will be giving you their own virtual currency in its place. In terms of real world value, $20 USD is worth about 1000 Razer Silver coins. Furthermore, this currency can only be spent through the company’s own limited rewards program catalogue. It includes some hardware, coupons, and gear.

New Razer Crypto Mining Program Rewards Only Themselves

Obviously, Razer would not be doing this if they are not taking a larger chunk of the pie for operating costs. The actual Razer silver you earn is not going to reflect directly to your mining efforts. It is going to be earning much, much less in comparison to actually mining crypto directly.

Twitter user Scott Chicken (@scerstt) has done the math and points out how long it will take to earn a 199 GBP Razer keyboard on their website. It will take approximately ~560 days (18 months) to do so, and that is if you are mining at full power.

That’s not even the worst part. The Silver coins you earn this way expires after 12 months. So you are never going to earn enough to buy that keyboard to begin with. (See snippet from SoftMiner’s terms and conditions below):

On top of that, calculate how much you are going to be paying for electricity and other operating costs on your end. Needless to say, this is a very awful deal for gamers.  Hopefully, Razer gets coal in their stocking this year.

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Bohs Hansen <![CDATA[Mushkin Pilot 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=376354 2018-12-14T09:40:05Z 2018-12-13T09:39:20Z Introduction Mushkin Pilot 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review We recently had a look at the latest Mushkin SATA3-based drives, but now it’s time for something faster. Today I’m taking the 500GB version of Mushkin’s Pilot NVMe M.2 SSD (product link) for a spin on my testbench. The drive promises a solid performance, but let’s have […]

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Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo view 1 top angle

Mushkin Pilot 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

We recently had a look at the latest Mushkin SATA3-based drives, but now it’s time for something faster. Today I’m taking the 500GB version of Mushkin’s Pilot NVMe M.2 SSD (product link) for a spin on my testbench. The drive promises a solid performance, but let’s have a look at all the details first.

Mushkin Pilot NVMe SSD

The Pilot NVMe SSD from Mushkin is made with a Silicon Motion SM2262 controller which is paired with Micron 64-layer 3D TLC. The standard-sized M.2 2280 module has a green PCB and a blue sticker, so it won’t win any beauty contests. On the other hand, if you place it under a heatsink, which many motherboards feature these days, then you won’t even notice that part.

Mushkin makes the Pilot available in 4 capacity options: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. A perfect capacity match for any type of need. All of them feature LPDDR4 memory for better performance.

Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo view 2 top angle

Drive Performance

Speaking of performance, let’s dive into the numbers. As we know from 99% of SSDs, the performance depends on the capacity. The largest 1TB version is the fastest with its 2710/1775 MB/s sequential read and write performance. The random performance comes in at 28K/280K IOPS.

The 500GB version hits the sweet spot, and that’s the one I’m testing today. It comes with a performance of 2680/1755 MB/s sequential and 335K/277K IOPS random.

The two smaller also have the lowest speeds – but still faster than SATA3 drives. The 250GB comes in at 2470/1000 MB/s sequential and 179K/257K IOPS while the 120GB features a performance of up to 1215/515 MB/s sequential and 91K/133K IOPS random.

Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo view 3 top

Endurance and Warranty

Endurance is an important factor for an SSD drive, but sadly we don’t get an official rating here. However, the Pilot has a mean time before failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours and it is backed by a 3-year warranty.

Features

Mushkin added their MEDS system to the Pilot NVMe drive. MEDS stands for Mushkin Enhanced Data-protection Suite, and in short, it makes sure that your valuable data is protected. This includes LDPC ECC error checking and data correction, end-to-end data path protection, data shaping, static data refresh, and global wear-levelling.

Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo view bottom

The Pilot also features SLC caching which accelerates burst performance and supports the L1.2 power mode for ultra-low power consumption. NVMe Security Erase and NVMe Deallocate (NVMe equivalent of TRIM command) function are both supported. As the last, you also get S.M.A.R.T. support, allowing you to keep an eye on your drive’s health.

What Does Mushkin Have to Say About the Drive?

The future of storage is moving beyond traditional fom factors and to a place where performance, design, and efficiency define the new normal. Meet the Muskin Pilot PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe Solid State Drive. Engineered to deliver more than just breathtaking performance, the Pilot elevates your PC to a whole new level of “normal”.

Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo view 4 closeup controller and connector

Feature Highlights

  • Optimal Data Flow: Optimised for dependable and reliable data blow
  • NVME Deallocate function support: NVMe equivalent of TRIM command
  • Shock-Resistant: Designed for continued reliable function
  • 3-Year Warranty: For peace of mind

Package and Accessories

Mushkin packed the Pilot NVMe SSD in a blister pack which shows the included drive right away. The front doesn’t have a whole lot of more information.

Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo box 1 front

The rear side doesn’t offer a lot more information. There’s a sticker with the included drive’s product number, type, and capacity. The rest is covered by the included sticker and thank you note.

Mushkin Pilot 500GB Photo box 2 rear

Removing the items from the package and we get a better look at the inlet paper. With it clearly visible, we don’t find a lot more information except a short description and that it’s a PCIe Gen3 x4 drive.

The Thank-You note also offers up customer service contact information in the event that you have questions or concerns about your SSD. The sticker can be placed on your chassis, or any other place, to show your Mushkin love.

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Peter Donnell <![CDATA[Game Max Phantom RGB Tempered Glass Chassis Review]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382353 2018-12-12T20:19:00Z 2018-12-12T20:19:00Z Game Max Phantom We’ve reviewed so many Game Max chassis in recent history it’s hard to keep track. They’ve got some of the best value chassis on the market when it comes to shopping under £50, and they’re impressive too. They’ve got some premium models over £100, which are pretty decent but struggle to compete […]

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Game Max Phantom RGB Tempered Glass Chassis Review

Game Max Phantom

We’ve reviewed so many Game Max chassis in recent history it’s hard to keep track. They’ve got some of the best value chassis on the market when it comes to shopping under £50, and they’re impressive too. They’ve got some premium models over £100, which are pretty decent but struggle to compete with some of the more established names. However, I’ve learnt that when it comes to that £70 sweet spot in the middle, Game Max is pretty much untouchable. With that in mind, I’m happy to see then Game Max Phantom in the office today, and at £69.00, it’s a likely another strong contender for the mid-range market.

Equipped a tempered glass left side panel, built-in Spectrum LED lighting, addressable RGB lighting on the front panel, and a unique design, it’s ticking all the right boxes. It’ll support up to an ATX motherboard, with a 280mm radiator in the top or front, and still have room for a large GPU, plenty of fans, and more. It even comes with an RGB hub for up to 6 fans. So, it’s sounding great on paper, now lets dive in for a closer look at what the Phantom has to offer!

Features

  • Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX
  • Watercooling ready, With a 280mm Radiator able to fit on the top and front
  • Tempered Glass side-panel
  • Hard Drive Bays: 1 x 3.5” and 2 x 2.5”
  • 2 x USB 3.0 IO Ports
  • Fan Support: Front 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm, Top: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm, Rear: 1x 120mm (which is already included with your Spectrum fan)
  • PCB RGB Hub that supports up to 6 x fans.

Specifications

For in-depth specifications, please visit the official product page here.

What Game Max Had to Say

“Brand new for 2018 Game Max are proud to introduce the well-built Phantom RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case, with a full tempered glass left side panel. Fit up to six fans with one Dual-Ring Halo Spectrum fan pre-installed at the back, the front of the Phantom has been inlaid with a colourful RGB LED strip offering a smart and professional design and ultimately satisfying any gamer’s aesthetic needs. You can sync your rainbow fans with the front LED strip and get up to 15 different colour modes giving you unlimited options using the PCB hub that is included and you are able to connect to 6 x 6pin fans and 2 LED strips, easily control your LED’s through the LED button located on the top so you are always in control.” – Game Max

Product Trailer

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Intel Announces ‘Xe’ GPU Architecture Arriving in 2020]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382526 2018-12-12T17:52:55Z 2018-12-12T17:51:52Z Player 3 Has Entered the GPU Game Aside from revealing their upcoming all-new Sunny Cove CPU architecture, Intel also revealed details about their upcoming GPUs during the 2018 CPU architecture day. Furthermore, it now has a name. After their boosted Gen11 integrated graphics, Intel will be jumping on to ‘Xe‘ or ‘X^e’. The ‘e’ is […]

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Intel Announces 'Xe' GPU Architecture Arriving in 2020

Player 3 Has Entered the GPU Game

Aside from revealing their upcoming all-new Sunny Cove CPU architecture, Intel also revealed details about their upcoming GPUs during the 2018 CPU architecture day. Furthermore, it now has a name. After their boosted Gen11 integrated graphics, Intel will be jumping on to ‘Xe‘ or ‘X^e’.

The ‘e’ is in small caps but is an exponential. Possibly referring to the exponential leap in performance. At least this time, unlike with past AMD and NVIDIA PR, the word ‘Quantum Leap’ is not used incorrectly.

Intel Announces 'Xe' GPU Architecture Arriving in 2020

Image via Anandtech

Furthermore, this Xe GPU architecture will diverge into DC optimized and client optimized micro-architectures. The ‘DC’ in this case is data center, which is where Intel intends to make a lot of money in.

However, they are also preparing it for the client side which is for PC gaming and all things in between. This includes entry-level/integrated, mid-range, and enthusiast segments.

What Can Users Expect from Intel’s Xe GPU?

Intel Announces 'Xe' GPU Architecture Arriving in 2020

Image via Anandtech

Xe is technically Gen12 and will not arrive until 2020 after the Snow Cove with integrated Gen11 GPU launch. According to Intel, the Xe GPUs will also be using 10nm and follow the company’s single stack software philosophy. This means developers will be able to take advantage of CPU, GPU, FPGA, and AI with the same API. This simplified approach should entice developers into their platform.

Since it is still quite a bit away, Intel did not provide any further information at this time. Nevertheless, 2020 is shaping up to be an interesting year for CPUs and GPUs.

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Massive Online Multiplayer Pirate Game ‘ATLAS’ Delays Launch]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382521 2018-12-12T17:28:29Z 2018-12-12T17:28:29Z One Week Delay for ATLAS Grapeshot Games‘ massive multiplayer online pirate game ATLAS is arriving tomorrow. At least that is what was supposed to happen. Now the team off-shoot of Studio Wildcard is announcing that they are pushing that launch for one more week. Now leaving the port on November 19th. Why is the Game […]

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Massive Online Multiplayer Pirate Game 'ATLAS' Delays Launch

One Week Delay for ATLAS

Grapeshot Games‘ massive multiplayer online pirate game ATLAS is arriving tomorrow. At least that is what was supposed to happen.

Now the team off-shoot of Studio Wildcard is announcing that they are pushing that launch for one more week. Now leaving the port on November 19th.

Why is the Game Delayed?

While Grapeshot Games did not go into much detail, they did state that they will be using that time to polish the game. One more week gives the team “more time to run through this massive game’s extensive content” according to their Steam blog post.

Considering how many are complaining about bugs with Studio Wildlcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved, the delay makes sense. It serves ATLAS better if there are no major game breaking bugs on its launch week. As the old Carpentry saying goes: ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’. So this brief delay is worth the minor backlash versus a larger problem overlooked down the road.

Can My System Run ATLAS?

Thankfully, the hardware system requirements are not too demanding. According to Grapeshot Games, users need at least an Intel Core i5-2400 CPU with 4GB of RAM. However, if you have an AMD CPU, you will need at least an FX-8320 or better.

As for the GPU requirement, an NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB or an AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB video card would do.

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Storage: 100 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer

For more information, updates and screenshots. Visit ATLAS’ Steam Early Access webpage.

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Intel Unveils All-New 10nm ‘Sunny Cove’ CPU Architecture]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382482 2018-12-12T17:07:42Z 2018-12-12T16:54:35Z Intel 10nm and Beyond Intel finally revealed their most up-to-date CPU roadmap at the 2018 Architecture Day. Enthusiasts have been waiting for this news for a while, especially since most Intel news is almost entirely 14nm products lately. It also does not help that even their latest mainstream desktop flagship the i9-9900K is using the […]

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Intel Unveils All-New 10nm 'Sunny Cove' CPU Architecture

Intel 10nm and Beyond

Intel finally revealed their most up-to-date CPU roadmap at the 2018 Architecture Day. Enthusiasts have been waiting for this news for a while, especially since most Intel news is almost entirely 14nm products lately. It also does not help that even their latest mainstream desktop flagship the i9-9900K is using the Coffee Lake architecture.

Intel Unveils All-New 10nm 'Sunny Cove' CPU Architecture

Coffee Lake is of course, an optimized Kaby Lake, which in turn, is an update to the Skylake architecture. So you can say that their 9th Gen CPUs are basically just optimized 6th Gen CPUs.

However, the latest roadmap reveals an entirely new architecture which leaves these 14nm CPUs far behind. Intel is calling this next-generation processor architecture ‘Sunny Cove’ and it will be using the 10nm process. According to the company, Sunny Cove is “deeper, wider, and smarter” than previous CPUs before it.

Intel Unveils All-New 10nm 'Sunny Cove' CPU Architecture

What is New in Intel’s Sunny Cove CPU Architecture?

Aside from moving to 10nm from 14nm++++, these new CPUs will leverage greater parallelism for better performance. There are also increases to buffer, instruction, and data cache sizes.

These Sunny Cove CPUs will be using chiplets on an interposer. Intel is calling their method ‘Foveros’. Although the company has also states (via Anandtech) that there will be 10nm monolithic CPUs and mixed SoCs coming as well.

Sunny Cove also includes dedicated registers and new instruction sets to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI), compression processing, and cryptography (via AES and SHA-NI) workloads.

As for security, hardware-level mitigations for both Meltdown and Spectre are going to be in place. Furthermore, Intel designed the Sunny Cove architecture to harden against the possibility of future exploits.

What About Integrated Graphics Performance?

Another big leap with these CPUs would be the integrated graphics performance. Not surprising considering Intel has brought on Raja Koduri and several folks at AMD to beef up this part of their product.

This new ‘Gen11’ graphics increases the number of enhanced execution units from 24 to 64. Eventually pushing compute performance to over 1 TFLOPS, which is a considerable leap from what users expect of Intel’s integrated GPU solutions.

Although not quite on a discrete GPU level yet like with AMD and NVIDIA, this is a big improvement. In fact, Intel was showing off that it can play Tekken 7 (which uses Unreal Engine) much better at 1080p. Their comparison build was using a Skylake CPU + Gen9 graphics, which would stutter immensely under the same load.

The Gen11 graphics will come also with tile-based rendering as well as adaptive sync technology support. This is great news for those who have FreeSync displays as the non-hardware based solution that AMD uses applies to Gen11 as well.

What is Next After ‘Sunny Cove’?

Intel Unveils All-New 10nm 'Sunny Cove' CPU Architecture

Sunny Cove is apparently on schedule for a 2019 launch. After which, Intel intends to follow it with ‘Willow Cove’ which will feature new transistor optimization, and a cache redesign. Essentially a refinement of ‘Sunny Cove’. Furthermore, Intel plans to add more security features after. This is to arrive sometime around 2020.

After Willow Cove comes ‘Golden Cove’ around 2021, which will be a new architecture once again instead of an optimization.

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[LG is Unveiling Two New ‘Gram’ Laptop Models at CES 2019]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382473 2018-12-12T16:06:40Z 2018-12-12T16:06:40Z Two New Ultra-Light Notebooks from LG CES 2019 is only a month away and LG is giving users a preview of what to expect from their laptop line. This includes two upcoming LG Gram models: a 17-inch (17Z990) and a 14-inch 2-in-1 (14T990). The LG Gram series is of course their ultra-light notebook series. Last […]

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LG is Unveiling Two New 'Gram' Laptop Models at CES 2019

Two New Ultra-Light Notebooks from LG

CES 2019 is only a month away and LG is giving users a preview of what to expect from their laptop line. This includes two upcoming LG Gram models: a 17-inch (17Z990) and a 14-inch 2-in-1 (14T990).

The LG Gram series is of course their ultra-light notebook series. Last year, the Gram series started using Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and boasted up to 22.5 hours of battery life.

These two new Gram models expand upon last year’s offering since now users have the option of a larger size and a compact 2-in-1. As usual, they are sticking to Intel 8th Gen for the efficient battery life. In fact both units have a 72Wh battery.

This allows the 17-inch model to last up to 19.5 hours, while the 14-inch 2-in-1 can survive up to 21 hours. Although not quite up to 22.5 hours like last year’s models, these are nonetheless quite impressive.

What are the Specifications for the LG Gram 17?

LG is Unveiling Two New 'Gram' Laptop Models at CES 2019

This massive notebook measures 380.6 x 265.7mm, but is only 17.4mm thin and weighs 1340g. The large size of course, allows it to afford a higher resolution screen. Which is why LG is pairing it with a 17″ WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS with sRGB 96% colour gamut.

As for memory, it comes with 8GB or 16GB (1 on board + 1 slot) DDR4. Storage options include either a 256 or 512GB M.2 SSSD. IO ports include USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 Option), USB 3.1 x 3, Dual Mic, HDMI, microSD, HP/Mic Out (Combo).

Other features include a 98-key backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, precision glass touchpad, US Military Standard Certification (MIL-STD-810g), DTS Headphone X.

What Can Users Expect from the LG Gram 14 2-in-1?

LG is Unveiling Two New 'Gram' Laptop Models at CES 2019

The 14″ 2-in-1 measures 324.6 x 210.8 x 17.9mm and weighs 1145g. It has similar memory and storage options as the Gram 17, although it uses a FULL HD (1920 x 1080) Touch IPS Display panel instead. However, since it is a 2-in-1, the screen has to be durable. Which is why LG covers the display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

In terms of connectivity, it has USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 x 2, Dual Mic, HDMI, microSD, HP/Mic Out (Combo). Other features include a 98-key backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, LG Stylus Pen (Wacom AES2.0), US Military Standard Certification (MIL-STD-810g), DTS Headphone X.

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Five Broadband Suppliers Agree To Mandatory Compensation]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382471 2018-12-12T15:56:38Z 2018-12-12T15:56:38Z Broadband Suppliers Agree To Mandatory Compensation There is perhaps nothing more frustrating these days than having your internet connection drop out. I can personally relate to this not just for personal reasons, but also for work. Put simply, if I don’t have the internet, I can’t work or game and that’s exceptionally frustrating. I mean, […]

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Broadband Suppliers Agree To Mandatory Compensation

There is perhaps nothing more frustrating these days than having your internet connection drop out. I can personally relate to this not just for personal reasons, but also for work. Put simply, if I don’t have the internet, I can’t work or game and that’s exceptionally frustrating. I mean, I might have to start reading a book for pities sake!

There has, however, been discussions for quite some time as a means of incentivizing companies to really start being proactive in keeping their services active as much as possible. Some, we should note, already do this, but the amount you get is rather meagre.

In a report via the BBC, however, 5 major UK broadband providers have agreed to sign up to a major pledge, promising big compensation packages for long-term internet outages!

Who Is Signed Up?

The suppliers who have agreed to the pledge include; BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Zen. The package will require them to start paying compensation. Specifically, if an internet connection is down for a period longer than 2-days. Following this, you will be due compensation of £8 a day until it is fixed!

In addition, if an engineers visit is made with you and they fail to turn up (or cancel at the 11th hour) you get £25 compensation. Finally, new customers will get £5 each day in which their service is late in activating your service.

Others Expected To Join

While not necessarily committed at present, both Plusnet and EE are believed to be planning to agree to the pledge in the very near future. You could, however, argue that for the first time ever, consumers are going to receive a level of compensation that would truly match the inconvenience caused. With the amount of money, this may cost providers as well, it might incentivise them to really push to get your service back online.

All in all, it sounds like good news to me!

What do you think? How is your internet reliability? – Let us know in the comments!

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Firaxis Finally Adds Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382461 2018-12-12T15:35:34Z 2018-12-12T15:35:34Z Welcome to the Great White North Firaxis has revealed that one of the nine new leaders in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is none other than Sir Wilfrid Laurier. This of course means that the next country being added to the game is Canada. Prime Minister Laurier’s unique ability is ‘The Last Best West’. This ability […]

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Firaxis Finally Adds Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

Welcome to the Great White North

Firaxis has revealed that one of the nine new leaders in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is none other than Sir Wilfrid Laurier. This of course means that the next country being added to the game is Canada.

Prime Minister Laurier’s unique ability is ‘The Last Best West’. This ability allows Canada to build farms on Tundra terrain, and reduces the cost of purchasing Snow and Tundra tiles by half. Also, gathering resources from Snow and Tundra tiles yields twice the usual amount.

Firaxis Finally Adds Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

What is Canada’s Unique Ability?

As a peace-loving country, Canada presents a different playstyle than other nations. In fact, their unique ability is the ‘ Four Faces of Peace’. This ability ensures that surprise wars cannot be declared against Canada.

This of course, goes both ways as Canada cannot declare surprise wars on opponents as well. This also grants bonus Diplomatic Favor based on per-turn Tourism. Furthermore, Canada receives extra Diplomatic Favor from successfully completing Emergencies or Competitions.

What are Canada’s Unique Building and Units?

Firaxis Finally Adds Canada in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

As for unique building and units, Firaxis goes for the most obvious and first that come to mind when you think of the Great White North: Hockey Rinks and Mounties.

Ice Hockey Rinks grant additional Appeal and Amenity. Moreover, it grants bonus Culture for each adjacent Snow, Snow Hills, Tundra, and Tundra Hills tile. Once the Flight technology is unlocked, it grants Tourism from Culture; after unlocking the Professional Sports Civic, awards additional Production and Food; and, if built adjacent to a Stadium building, grants even more Culture. However, only one Ice Hockey Rink can be within a city’s borders.

Mounties on the other hand are modern era units that have the ability to create a National Park. Mounties receive combat bonuses when fighting near a National Park, and an additional combat bonus if the National Park is owned by Canada.

When is Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Coming Out?

The Gathering Storm DLC will arrive on February 14, 2019 and is now available for pre-order on Steam.

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Adult Website Says New Game Has Replaced Overwatch]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382464 2018-12-12T15:30:56Z 2018-12-12T15:30:56Z Fortnite Overtakes Overwatch… In Adult Searches Ok, let’s all try and be a little grown up about this if we can and keep the giggles to a minimum. Apparently, there is rather a lot of people who, when searching for adult material, seemingly orientate towards video game characters. I should clarify as well, that by […]

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Fortnite Overtakes Overwatch… In Adult Searches

Ok, let’s all try and be a little grown up about this if we can and keep the giggles to a minimum. Apparently, there is rather a lot of people who, when searching for adult material, seemingly orientate towards video game characters. I should clarify as well, that by a video game character in an adult situation, I’m not talking about Master Chief doing his tax returns.

The popular website, Pornhub, does, however, seem to delight in reporting the rather unusual trends its website sees. For example, it noted that when Red Dead Redemption 2 was released ‘Wild West’ searches increased by around 745%. Yee Haw!

In a report via PCGamesN though, it seems that the main gaming focus has shifted away from what was a long period of dominance from Overwatch. It has, however, lost it’s title to a game that has (at least as far as I see it) a lot less… interesting characters.

I don’t understand it, but Fortnite is the most popular ‘adult’ game apparently.overwatch

Jumping Up In The Rankings!

In the report, Pornhub has said that Fortnite has jumped up to number 15 in its overall searches. Everything above is entirely of an adult nature I’m not repeating here. Let’s just say though that somehow, Fortnite has managed to beat off (what a choice of wording) a lot of other terms you’ll be familiar with.

Oh well, as the expression goes, it takes all sorts I suppose!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Dead By Daylight Adds New ‘Legion’ Killer To Roster]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382457 2018-12-12T15:14:59Z 2018-12-12T15:14:59Z Dead By Daylight Anyone who regularly reads my articles will know that I’m a pretty huge fan of Dead By Daylight. For those unfamiliar with the game, it is essentially a full-multiplayer killer/survivor experience. 1 killer is set to ‘sacrifice’ as many survivors as possible while the 4 survivors (hopefully) work together to try and […]

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Dead By Daylight

Anyone who regularly reads my articles will know that I’m a pretty huge fan of Dead By Daylight. For those unfamiliar with the game, it is essentially a full-multiplayer killer/survivor experience. 1 killer is set to ‘sacrifice’ as many survivors as possible while the 4 survivors (hopefully) work together to try and escape. Despite the rather simple premise, it’s a remarkably fun game and if you haven’t tried it yet, I would strongly recommend it.

One of the biggest factors in the last year, however, has been the massive increase in DLC added to the game.

New Killer!

The new killer isn’t technically one. The ‘Legion’ represents a gang of ‘teenagers looking for trouble’. In terms of what they offer, it seems that this is a chase orientated killer. All of their perks seem to err towards being quick both in movement speed and pallet jumping. In other words, a character designed to plague those who are better at running than they are hiding.

When Is It Out?

The DLC is out right now. Yes, you can buy and play it straight away! In truth, while people seem to like it, the reaction to the killer is a little mixed. Some see ‘The Legion’ as an interesting new addition while others view him as potentially one of the weakest ever new additions. Either way, you should be able to access it via the store page and traditionally the Dead By Daylight packs are never more than £5. For that price, it’s something new!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Phanteks Adds RGB LED to Updated TC12LS CPU Cooler]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382449 2018-12-12T15:09:08Z 2018-12-12T15:09:08Z Better and Brighter Phanteks is announcing that their popular TC12LS C-type CPU cooler now has RGB LED. While it still uses a high-static pressure PH-F120MP PWM fan, the new version has the HALOS RGB fan frame on top. The HALOS accessory essentially turns any 120mm fan into an RGB LED fan. It fits a standard […]

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Phanteks Adds RGB LED to Updated TC12LS CPU Cooler

Better and Brighter

Phanteks is announcing that their popular TC12LS C-type CPU cooler now has RGB LED. While it still uses a high-static pressure PH-F120MP PWM fan, the new version has the HALOS RGB fan frame on top. The HALOS accessory essentially turns any 120mm fan into an RGB LED fan. It fits a standard 120mm fan and is only 6mm thick.

Phanteks Adds RGB LED to Updated TC12LS CPU Cooler

Otherwise, the TC12LS design and performance remains the same. It features 6x 6mm nickel plated copper heatpipes and is only 48.26mm tall without the 25mm thick fan plus the 6mm halos frame.

Can You Buy the HALOS Fan Frame Accessory Separately?

Phanteks Adds RGB LED to Updated TC12LS CPU Cooler

Yes, this HALOS accessory is otherwise available separately as well. Phanteks even offers it in both standard +12V RGB or +5V addressable HALOS Digital variant.

Phanteks Adds RGB LED to Updated TC12LS CPU Cooler

This allows users to upgrade their older TC12LS CPU cooler on their own as well. Furthermore, Phanteks also offers their higher-end HALOS LUX RGB LED fan frame add-on products. These are made of aluminium instead of plastic like the regular HALOS units.

How Much is the Phanteks TC12LS RGB CPU Cooler?

Phanteks Adds RGB LED to Updated TC12LS CPU Cooler

The new TC12LS RGB CPU cooler has an MSRP of $49.99. Meanwhile, the standalone HALOS +12V RGB LED fan frame kit for 120mm fans is also available for $10.99 USD.

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[NASA InSight Probe Sends A Selfie Back To Earth]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382447 2018-12-12T14:56:21Z 2018-12-12T14:55:59Z NASA InSight Probe You may recall how a little over 2 weeks ago, the NASA InSight probe prepared to make it’s (pretty dangerous) landing on the surface of Mars. We say pretty dangerous as to date crafts attempting to make a landing have only seen around a 50%-60% success rate. Fortunately though, it did successfully […]

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NASA InSight Probe

You may recall how a little over 2 weeks ago, the NASA InSight probe prepared to make it’s (pretty dangerous) landing on the surface of Mars. We say pretty dangerous as to date crafts attempting to make a landing have only seen around a 50%-60% success rate. Fortunately though, it did successfully land, the solar panels have deployed and, all in all, everything is going entirely to plan.

With it looking to begin it’s 2-month drilling operation, it has, however, found time to have a little fun. In a report via CNET, the InSight probe has sent an image back to Earth that is a ‘full body’ selfie, directly from on the surface of the Red Planet.

Hard To Believe!

When I see images like this, I am honestly blown away. It is absolutely incredible to think that right now, that is on the surface of Mars. Let alone the fact that it is capable of sending such good quality pictures back to Earth. This, despite it being around 160 million miles away.

The image itself has been comprised of 11 other images taken using it’s ‘selfie stick’. Through the clever use of AI technology though, when the image is put together, it’s able to remove the arm entirely.

The Future!

As above, from this point the InSight is looking to drill into the surface of Mars. The plan is to look to take samples and identify what lies beneath. The curiosity is obviously to see what Mars is made. Even if it potentially has any elements not known on Earth. We should start seeing the first news on this around March 2019.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the InSight project? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[US Senate (Again) Proves It Can’t Ask Good Tech Questions]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382442 2018-12-12T14:31:01Z 2018-12-12T14:31:01Z Google Faces US Senate Yesterday Google CEO Sundar Pinchai was in front of the US Senate to answer questions over the companies policies. This does, of course, represent the 2nd time that a major ‘tech’ figure has appeared before the Senate this year. You may remember that Mark Zuckerberg answered questions earlier this year surrounding […]

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Google Faces US Senate

Yesterday Google CEO Sundar Pinchai was in front of the US Senate to answer questions over the companies policies. This does, of course, represent the 2nd time that a major ‘tech’ figure has appeared before the Senate this year. You may remember that Mark Zuckerberg answered questions earlier this year surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Having watched the hearing though, I did start to get a feeling of deja vu. Specifically, that when it comes to scrutinising the big tech companies, the US Senate is clearly badly informed and ill-suited to the task!

Not Enough Good Questions!

Having watched the proceedings, the 2nd video above kind of summed up the whole thing for me. These were questions largely being asked by people who had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. There was a guy behind Sundar Pinchai (see below) who managed to get more of my attention than the fumbling manner in which the question was asked. Let alone the mildly awkward response the Google CEO gave!

It sadly left those who did have good questions to ask, buried by irrelevant nonsense!

Learn From Your Mistakes!

This is the 2nd time that the US Senate, in my opinion, has failed to ask the right questions of the tech community when they get the right person in front of them! It’s clearly an example that such hearings are practically pointless unless the people asking the questions truly want to understand what they’re dealing with.

It was the US Senate version of your grandparents asking you what is the interweb and this needs to change!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Ni no Kuni 2 DLC “The Lair Of The Lost Lord” Set To Release]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382440 2018-12-12T14:14:39Z 2018-12-12T14:14:39Z Ni no Kuni 2 The Lair Of The Lost Lord If there is going to be one gaming regret I have this year, it’s that despite absolutely loving the game I have not given Ni No Kuni II nearly as much attention as I should have. I have, incidentally been at least catching up on […]

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Ni no Kuni 2 The Lair Of The Lost Lord

If there is going to be one gaming regret I have this year, it’s that despite absolutely loving the game I have not given Ni No Kuni II nearly as much attention as I should have. I have, incidentally been at least catching up on other games in my Steam library. For example, I finally completed Metal Gear Solid 5 earlier this year! Oh, and Wolfenstein II. So maybe I’m currently on a 2 year delay.

If you have, however, managed to spend enough time on this game to have actually completed it, there is good news for you. Bandai Namco has announced that the first paid DLC, “The Lair Of The Lost Lord”, is set to release on December 13th.

What Will It Include?

The DLC is set to include the following new content;

  • A new zone
  • New quests
  • Over 80 new weapons and armour pieces
  • A “returning enemy”
  • Expanded battle system.
  • Level cap increased to 120

All in all, it sounds like rather a lot of content and for those of you looking to squeeze everything you can from this game, this is surely going to be great news!

When Is It Out And How Much Will It Cost?

We do know that the DLC will be released on December 13th for the PS4 and PC. In terms of how much it will cost, that is a little less clear. Given that the season pass costs £16.99 though, I’d imagine that as a stand-alone, this will probably be £9.99. For the amount of content it seems to be adding, that sounds like some good value DLC to me.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Fallout 76 Players Want A Fixed Bug Bringing Back]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382422 2018-12-12T13:58:52Z 2018-12-12T13:58:52Z Fallout 76 Players Want A Bug Back When it launched last month, Fallout 76 was pretty much universally panned by the critics. It has, however, been something of a matter of personal curiosity that despite so many people hating the game, I rather like it. Sure, it’s clunky. I do, however, suspect that this will […]

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New Fallout 76 Patch De-Couples Framerate with Physics Engine

Fallout 76 Players Want A Bug Back

When it launched last month, Fallout 76 was pretty much universally panned by the critics. It has, however, been something of a matter of personal curiosity that despite so many people hating the game, I rather like it. Sure, it’s clunky. I do, however, suspect that this will get significantly better over time.

As more and more patches come to the game, the experience is improving. In other words, slowly but surely, things are getting better.

In a brand new patch released for the PC version (and on consoles later this week) fans are not happy. Why? Well, because a bug has been fixed. Yes, you read that correctly!

Feed The People

Anyone who has played Fallout 76 is probably very familiar with the ‘Feed The People’ event. This is, for those of you who are not, a world event which players can join to essentially keep a food factory in production. Upon completion of the event, (if successful) players were rewarded with food. It was, however, a rather pleasant bug that you were given food even if you didn’t participate in the event.

With this now being fixed though, players are not happy. They are, in fact, so unhappy that in a report via Polygon, they have asked Bethesda to put the bug back in.

Bethesda Apoligizes for Fallout 76 Duffel Bag Switch-up

Well – That Explains It Then!

While it is unlikely that Bethesda will correct the error, the notification of it has at least given some users answers. Specifically, why they kept getting canned food magically appearing in their inventory. It is, however, entirely possible that, just for the fun of it, they might reintroduce it. I know for a fact I’m going to miss the freebie!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Fallout 76 Adds FOV, Push-to-Talk, and More with Latest Update

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[uSwitch Reveal Best And Worst UK Streets For Broadband]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382419 2018-12-12T13:43:08Z 2018-12-12T13:43:08Z Best And Worst UK Streets For Broadband With all of the devices in our homes that are now designed to use the internet (as well as various subscription TV services) having a good internet connection is more important than ever. It seems, however, that despite moves to improve it throughout the UK, there are still […]

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Best And Worst UK Streets For Broadband

With all of the devices in our homes that are now designed to use the internet (as well as various subscription TV services) having a good internet connection is more important than ever. It seems, however, that despite moves to improve it throughout the UK, there are still some pretty huge disparities between the fastest and slowest. Amazingly as well, the distance between them (as in physical miles) can be remarkably little.

In a report via SkyNews, it has been revealed that the street that has the UK’s fastest average broadband connection is under 45 miles from the worst!

Broadband Speeds!

The report notes that in terms of the fastest street, this is currently Abdon Avenue in Birmingham. Their average speed is 265.89Mbps. Adversely, Greenmeadows Park in Gloucestershire can only achieve an average of 0.14Mbps. So, in more practical terms, an HD film downloaded in the first street would take a couple of minutes, the second street, however, would require over 100 hours!ISPs

Improving Services!

The UK is currently in the middle of a nationwide upgrade of the broadband service. This is applied both to full-fibre services and ‘copper/part-upgrades’ to the existing system. For example, where I live, the street was upgraded about 3 years ago to have a fibre connection to our local junction box. While we don’t have full fibre in the house, it has increased my speed by about 5 times what it was.

I do, however, fully sympathise with anyone on a connection below 2Mbps. These days, those kinds of speeds simply don’t cut it!

What do you think? How fast is your internet connection? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Gigabyte Reveal Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382414 2018-12-12T13:26:40Z 2018-12-12T13:26:40Z Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard With the release of the Z390 range of motherboards, we have already been pretty impressed with some of the designs we have seen so far. In terms of that something amazing though, The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce motherboard may certainly meet that remit for more than a few reasons. […]

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Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard

With the release of the Z390 range of motherboards, we have already been pretty impressed with some of the designs we have seen so far. In terms of that something amazing though, The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce motherboard may certainly meet that remit for more than a few reasons.

The Monoblock design provided on this brand-new release is certainly going to be of interesting to many. Particularly those who take their overclocking very seriously!

Features

The monoblock design provides an extra level of cooling. A level generally required by the more ‘high-end’ of results. The design should help keep the VRM (which (in very basic terms) supplies the power to the CPU) cool as well. Yes, this is a very cool design!

  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • 16 Phase IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
  • Cutting-edge AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for both CPU and PCH area.
  • Onboard Intel CNVI 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with All new AORUS Antenna
  • 127dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, WIMA audio capacitors
  • AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 onboard
  • Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER and OC Touch for professional case modders and overclockers
  • USB TurboCharger for mobile device fast charge support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show design, support Addressable LED & RGB LED strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ Header
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface with Triple Thermal Guards

How Much Does It Cost?

While we don’t have a 100% confirmed price yet, this (in motherboard terms) represents the extreme (or should that be Xtreme) level of performance. As such, it’s going to carry a pretty hefty price tag of probably at least £350.00 and probably around £100 on top of that!

For those who take cooling and performance seriously though, a great motherboard is invaluable.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Skullcandy Launches ‘Push’ – Their First Truly Wireless Earbuds]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382409 2018-12-12T12:52:17Z 2018-12-12T12:52:17Z Skullcandy Launches Wireless Earbuds Skullcandy is certainly at least one of the more fashionable brands when it comes to headwear and earphones. In fairness to the products themselves, they generally tend to range quite widely in terms of price and there is always something of a question mark over the quality you get from them. […]

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Skullcandy Launches Wireless Earbuds

Skullcandy is certainly at least one of the more fashionable brands when it comes to headwear and earphones. In fairness to the products themselves, they generally tend to range quite widely in terms of price and there is always something of a question mark over the quality you get from them. Being a more knowledgeable audiophile, there are a few brands that I would probably pick before a standard Skullcandy headset.

It seems, however, that they do have something new to the market that, at the least, is certainly interesting. The company has just released the ‘Push’. Their first, truly wireless, earbud speakers.

Any Colour As Long As It’s Psychotropical Teal

The earbuds, which have been released today, retail for a price of $129.99. This is about the price you would expect from this product and do come in the charging case. The case itself (although not displayed particularly well in the images on their website) does look a little bulky. As such, you’re going to want to make sure that these have a good charge before you walk out the door. Well, unless you want to carry this charging case around with you as well.

In addition, they are also only available in one colour. Namely, Psychotropical Teal. As you can see, this is basically a pearlescent green.

Are They Worth Getting?

With full Bluetooth functionality, they certainly have more uses than just playing music. In addition, with the 6-hour battery life, they do offer slightly more listening time than Apple’s comparative product. If you are more active, however, these are not for you. Skullcandy strangely recommends against exercising with them as they are not water resistant. Suddenly that price tag starts making a little more sense.

Either way though, they are out right now and for just $129.99, you’re getting a good brand for your money.

For more information, you can visit the official product page on the link here!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[Red Dead Redemption 2 Gets Re Imagined As Friends]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382360 2018-12-12T12:40:37Z 2018-12-12T12:40:37Z Red Dead Redemption 2 – Friends Edition So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your horse has died, you cried. You need another but don’t wanna pay! In terms of video game parodies, there is certainly a lot to pick from. Be it from a trip to YouTube or a peruse […]

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – Friends Edition

So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your horse has died, you cried. You need another but don’t wanna pay!

In terms of video game parodies, there is certainly a lot to pick from. Be it from a trip to YouTube or a peruse around Newgrounds. It seems, however, that one person has decided that the Dutch Van Der Linde gang is more than a bunch of outlaws. They’re… friends. By this point, I’m hoping that my sledgehammer level of hints is correctly pointing you where this is going. Yes, a user has used footage from the game to create friends opening montage featuring the Van Der Linde Gang.

I’ll Be There For You

Now, if you’ve never watched friends, this reference is likely going to go entirely over your head. A brief synopsis of the show, however, is that you have a group of 6 friends in their late 20’s who all live with or close to one another. You follow their antics and hopefully, the end of the episode comes before you decide to blow your brains out.

Now, if they were to really make it, but based on the Red Dead Redemption 2 gang, that I’d watch!

Gruppy!

The video was created by Gruppy, you can check out his channel via the link here! – He seems to cover a fair bit of gaming so you might find it of interest!

For the moment though, you already know that Dutch Van Der Linde will be there for you!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Mike Sanders <![CDATA[AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Set To Release]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382357 2018-12-12T10:22:16Z 2018-12-12T10:22:16Z AMD Adrenalin 2019 Every year or so, AMD releases a rather substantial update to its graphics card driver. We should, of course, point out that the term substantial is very subject. More often than not it is generally just a change of presentation with a driver update thrown in for good measure. With the latest […]

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AMD Adrenalin 2019

Every year or so, AMD releases a rather substantial update to its graphics card driver. We should, of course, point out that the term substantial is very subject. More often than not it is generally just a change of presentation with a driver update thrown in for good measure. With the latest update set to be released on December 13th though, it seems that this one might have a few tricks up its sleeve.

In a report via Videocardz, it is being suggested that this new update could provide some significant performance boosts.

Performance Boosts – But Only On Certain Cards

In the report, it is suggested that the AMD 570 may see a performance boost of anything up to 15% following the update. Why the 570 has been specifically bought into it is unclear. Will the 580 not see any performance boost? Perhaps it will, but not on a level to start shouting it from the rooftops.Biostar Releases AMD Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Video Cards

Features Rather Than Updates!

Rather than as an outright update, it is believed that a whole new host of features will be added to the AMD arsenal. Specifically, those that will either help users to get the most from their card (in terms of overclocking) or to enhance the recording experience offered in games via the relive software overlay.

With the update set to release in the next 24-hours, it’s certainly going to be interesting to see what it bring. Particularly to the 570 graphics card.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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Ron Perillo <![CDATA[Corsair Offers Dummy DDR4 Kits for RGB LED Enthusiasts]]> https://www.eteknix.com/?p=382349 2018-12-11T17:57:53Z 2018-12-11T17:57:53Z Say Hello to Peak RGB RGB LEDs have finally reached peak status with the launch of Corsair‘s VENGEANCE RGB PRO Light Enhancement Kit. These are basically replica DDR4 sticks that look like regular VENGEANCE RGB PRO memory modules. Minus the actual memory. It effectively ditches performance entirely for aesthetics. Since there are no actual memory […]

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Corsair Offers Dummy DDR4 Kits for RGB LED Enthusiasts

Say Hello to Peak RGB

RGB LEDs have finally reached peak status with the launch of Corsair‘s VENGEANCE RGB PRO Light Enhancement Kit.

These are basically replica DDR4 sticks that look like regular VENGEANCE RGB PRO memory modules. Minus the actual memory. It effectively ditches performance entirely for aesthetics.

Since there are no actual memory modules, it is compatible with both Intel and AMD DDR4 systems as well.

The kit itself is comprised of two pieces, ideal for fully populating open DIMM slots. It looks highly identical to regular VENGEANCE RGB PRO modules that it even has a PCB and plugs into the slot like a regular RAM stick.

Corsair Offers Dummy DDR4 Kits for RGB LED Enthusiasts

This is a more economical way for people who are very conscious about how their ‘rigs’ look. Especially since DDR4 memory prices are not dropping any time soon.

Its RGB LED lighting behaviour is exactly the same as a regular working Corsair RGB LED RAM kit. So users can control it via their iCUE software and synchronize it with other Corsair products.

How Much is this Corsair Light Enhancement Kit?

This light enhancement kit is available in both white or black heatspreader versions. Both available for only $39.99 USD.

In comparison, two 8GB sticks (16GB) of 2666MHz VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 costs $139 USD.

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