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FLIGHT SIM LAB ONGOING SAGA

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We reported the malware that Flight Sim Labs embedded into their game several months ago. The company was caught red handed. The tool turned out to be from a company SecurityXploded and is called Chrome Password Dump. As the name suggests, the program is designed to automatically detect and extract all default passwords embedded in Google’s Chrome browser. …

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398.18 HOTFIX

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GeForce Driver 398.18  was released June 7, 2018 for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. This driver supports Kepler and above and 64-bit Windows. Fixes Black Screen when booting Windows after installing 397.93 display driver Some issues reported with monitoring programs. We removed MSI Afterburner long ago as it has not …

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INTERNATIONAL INTERNET RATES FALL

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International bandwidth prices are in free-fall, with some routes offering 10 Gbps wavelengths for less than US$5,000 per month. This is how much it is now costing for a link between London and New York. 4 years ago the same service was over $10,000 per month. Miami to São Paulo link plummeting from $50,000 per …

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AMD THREADRIPPER 2

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At the E3, AMD has announced the new Threadripper 2 CPU with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. The codename for the processor family is listed as “Colfax”. Such a processor is enough to nominally eliminate the need for integrated graphics as SSE can handle the basics. The Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores and 32 threads. The Threadripper 1920X …

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18.5.2 WHQL

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The AMD Radeon Adrenalin 18.5.2 was released on June 5, 2018 for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.  Avoid the spyware AMD Gaming Evolved. AMD Radeon R9 Fury, Radeon Pro Duo, Radeon RX 400 Series, Radeon RX 500 Series and Radeon RX Vega Series graphics are only supported by Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition on Windows 7/10 64-bit. No new features were added, this is …

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398.11 WHQL

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GeForce Driver 398.11  was released June 5, 2018 for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. This driver supports Kepler and above and 64-bit Windows. Vampyr Jurassic World Evolution. Some issues reported with monitoring programs. We removed MSI Afterburner long ago as it has not been updated for a long time. …

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INSTALLAWARE X7

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Recently on Twitter we saw a post from Visual Studio over a new tool for making installer for software distribution. InstallAware X7 is available for Visual Studio 2017 and it seems to be able to work with older versions as well. Generally InstallShield has been the tool of choice with Visual Studio so any new …

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UPDATE YOUR USB RECOVERY STICK 1803

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Now that Windows 10 version 1803 is largely rolled out to everyone. We suggest making a new USB stick with the installer for Windows 10 so that in case your rig is not bootable you have a recovery option. While Windows 10 is very stable, there are times when drivers and other problems want a …

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EVOLVE STAGE 2 KAPUT

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2K has announced that Evolve Stage 2 will be closing effective September 3. Evolve Stage 2 will not work subsequent. The original Evolve will continue to run but without a server it is now as good as dead as well. The original game can still be played on a peer to peer setup. Gold and …

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INLINE

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Inline was released on June 1, 2018 by Bright Bringer Games who also developed it. Inline is a strategy puzzle game. If you have ever played Tetris you will immediately recognize the gameplay. This game has the same easy system requirements too. In Inline, your goal is to arrange random shapes on a grid so …

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STATE OF DECAY 2 PATCH 1.2

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The new Zombie action game State of Decay 2 has greeted players with a large 20GB download  patch to install. The patch brings the game to version 1.2 and Undead says this patch addresses a lot of issues. Increased stability Improved networking interactions for clients Improved networked vehicle interactions Elimination of Out Of Memory crashes Numerous …

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RAM PRICES STILL SKY HIGH

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We have continued to notice RAM prices are still double what they were only a few years ago. The usual scapegoat is digital coin miners. One problem is that RAM is now consolidated into only 3 larger companies with Samsung being the largest supplier. The chart tracks 4 sticks of 4GB DDR4-3000 which has been …

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CERTIFICATE *.HARDCOREGAMES.BIZ

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Our certificate is now active after a lot of hard work figuring out how to implement it with Azure. Part of the problem is the certificate takes some time for Azure to swallow and then for it to figure out the third party ZeroSSL service we use which gives the site a no cost certificate …

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HARD DISK VS SSD IN LAPTOPS SUMMER 2018

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Today the SSD has come down enough in price to start nibbling into the low end of storage for cheap laptop computers. Small 32GB and even 64GB SSD drives are too small to be practical with Windows 10 and its frequent updates. This leaves the 128GB SSD as the smallest practical size to compete with …

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FALLOUT 76 TEASER

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Bethesda has released a teaser video of the upcoming Fallout 76. We do know that the new game will be 4x larger than Fallout 4. Gameplay specifics are not yet known. There will be a single player campaign but the game is designed to be played coop with some friends. In the teaser there are …

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