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376.60 HOTFIX

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GeForce Driver 376.60 was released January 10, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Fixes some Battlefield 1 problems with Kepler Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not yet feature complete. FESTERING PROBLEMS GAME ISSUE Hard Reset Game runs very slowly at …

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DDR5 BY 2020

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While AMD’s Ryzen is sill a few months away, the JEDEC is now close to finishing the DDR5 standard which is expected to be done by year’s end. DDR5 will increase the maximum capacity. At present consumer DDR4 is being mass produced at 4GB and 8GB capacities with 16GB at the high end. DDR5 will …

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RAZOR PROJECT VALERIE LAPTOPS STOLEN

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We have just learned that at the close of the CES 2017, it has been reported that 2 of the Razor Project Valerie prototype laptops stolen. The machines were taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Considering these are prototype machines, they would be very difficult to …

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AMD VEGA DETAILS

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AMD has released some slides for the new Vega GPU. AMD has continued to refine their GCN architecture which was first seen in cards like our HD 7870. SInce then, AMD has refined the GCN cores. Mostly the changes are to support a growing number of GCN cores in a specific GPU. WIndows Vista and …

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MASS EFFECT 2: ON THE HOUSE

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Origin has released Mass  Effect 2 on the house. The game includes all of the DLC for the game. Firewalker Pack Digital Art Books Documentary Soundtrack Cerebus Art Projector Cerberus Weapon and Armour Normandy Crash Site Zaeed The price of Revenge https://www.origin.com/can/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house

DELL ULTRASHARP UP3218K

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Gamers can now play their favorites on the new UltraSharp UP3218K panel from Dell. The UP3218K offers s stupendous 7680×4320 pixel resolution. All for just $4999. The UP3218K is a standard 32″ panel with a 32.5″ viewing area making it easy to install with most work spaces. 31.5″ viewing area 60Hz frame rate 220 ppi 178°viewing angle …

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16.12.2 CRIMSON WHQL

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The AMD Radeon Crimson 16.12.12 was released on January 3, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. We are now testing drivers with the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 which uses the AMD Pitcairn GPU and its GCN architecture. Fixes some Wattman issues Fixed some DX12 issues for users of older CPUs with no POPCNT capability Avoid DX12 and use DX11, …

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INTEL KABY LAKE

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Intel has released its Kaby Lake a few weeks late for the 2016 holiday season. Still they had to be sure the hardware was validated and yields adequate before they could launch them. No real surprise for desktop users. Three i7 parts with four cores and hyperthreading, one of which is unlocked and one is …

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2016: A YEAR OF CHANGE

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The PC gaming world saw a lot change.  2016 saw explosive growth in free to play games. UNIVERSAL WINDOWS GAMES The biggest one is the rise of the universal Windows platform which is Microsoft’s latest middleware effort. So many layers of middleware and games do not run well. Microsoft wants to make more game available …

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HTTPS SECURE

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Today after removing old insecure advertisements and the Steam widget we see the site is working fine with HTTPS. We have contacted all advertisers about the problem.. The social network plugin we use now works much better and it can manage with all social networks needed. Google Chrome will identify quickly which assets are not …

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802.11AH

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This is a divergence from extreme speeds using the sub-GHz band with lower bandwidth and better service in adjacent rooms. It is designed for 900 MHz operation which is an exempt band. The goal is for larger range compared to the 2.4 MHz and 5.8 MHz bands can handle. 900 MHz also uses a lot …

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HEAVY GEAR ASSAULT

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Heavy Gear Assault was released on December 29, 2016 by Stompy Bot Productions. The game was developed by Mektek Studios. Heavy Gear Assault is a mech warrior action game. This game is on Steam early access. Don’t expect Mechwarrior. That’s a totally different game. Expect Heavy Gear. The developers instead looked to the real-world and games like …

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376.53 WHQL

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GeForce Driver 376.53 was released circa December 29, 2016 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. This driver is on Windows update but it’s not available as a stand alone driver Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not yet feature complete. FESTERING …

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BOXING DAY

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Here in Canada we have boxing day which is the biggest shopping day of the year. The US has black friday after Thanksgiving. Boxing day is secular, it’s not a religious day. Boxing day has a long history of charity for the poor and the modern sensibility appears to have been established circa 1830. We …

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PINBALL PARLOR

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Pinball Parlor was released on December 24, 2016 by MIndware who also developed the game. Pinball Parlor is a simulation game. The game takes the play from pinball arcades in Japan where some of the old machines are still being played. Unlike the west, Japan has continued see many arcades remain in business. This game seems …

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