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Date registered: August 7, 2016

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  1. PYRE — July 25, 2017
  2. 384.94 WHQL — July 24, 2017
  3. WINDOWS 10 FALL CREATORS UPDATE CHANGES — July 20, 2017
  4. THIS STRANGE REALM OF MINE — July 19, 2017
  5. AMD B350 & X370 MEMORY SPEEDS — July 15, 2017

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INTEL KABY LAKE

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

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

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.. Google Chrome will identify quickly which assets are not secure. The icon on the left side of the address bar shows secure but many sites will show the …

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HEAVY GEAR ASSAULT

Heavy Gear Assault

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

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

salvation army drop box

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

Pinball Parlor

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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STEAM OUTAGE

Steam has been down unexpectedly for the last 2 hours. No indications about what is up. This is much longer than the usual Tuesday reboots. Game servers are all affected. We tried several games and none would connect to multiplayer servers. The web site is also not working, but the community forum is operational. There …

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TAOBAO

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TaoBao is owned by Alibaba and it has been flagged by the US as a known counterfeit haven. China obviously balked but until the problems are corrected we back the USTR move to stop the flood of fakes. TaoBao has also moved to ban virtual currency Bitcoin sales. This move comes after China’s central bank …

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ART OF WAR: RED TIDES

Art of War: Red Tides

Art of War: Red Tides was released on December 22, 2016 by Game Science who also developed the game. Art of War: Red Tides is an isomorphic strategy game. This game is on Steam early access as an open beta. The rules of a battle in Red Tides are simple and easy to grasp, but you …

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376.48 HOT FIX

GeForce Driver 376.48 was released December 14, 2016 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Workaround to fix incorrect Folding@home work units. Fixed random flashes in Just Cause 3. Fixed some issues that could lead to Battlefield 1 crash Fixed SLI texture flickering in Battlefield 1. Fixed corruption in Wargame: …

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GRAB THE BOTTLE

grab the bottle

Grab the Bottle was released on December 19, 2016 by Kamina Dimension Ltd who also developed the game.Grab the Bottle is a point and click puzzle game. This game is on Steam Early Access. Game play is simple. The game draws an elongated hand that is used to move objects in the game. Players must grab, pull …

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ROADMAP 2017

2017 is now more clear with roadmaps for PC gaming. A few VR games have made a splash but not many can afford the $600++ for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset etc etc. Mainstream VR is still a few years off. AMD RAVEN RIDGE AMD Bristol Ridge will be the first wave from …

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BATTLEFIELD 1 SERVERS DOWN

Starting last night, we noticed EA was experiencing Battlefield 1 server problems again. Now we have noted that denial is service attacks are the reason. EA is mostly known from gaming titles such as Fifa and Madden, but also develops games like Battlefield, NHL and The Sims. EA has been subject to problems several times in …

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GUILTY GEAR Xrd -REVELATOR-

GUILTY GEAR Xrd -REVELATOR-

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- was released on December 15,  2016 by Arc System’s Work who also developed the game. Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is a 2D combat simulator. Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is a throwback to the old coin-op games like Street Fighter. Players control their character in combat matches. The old games used sprites but …

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UBISOFT UBI30

Ubisoft has been promoting their uPlay loader by providing a bunch of classic games to get the client preloaded. Ubisoft still sells games on Steam but they are now being installed into uPlay.. Until December 18, they are providing a bundle of 7 additional games. https://club.ubisoft.com/en-CA/ubi30 At present you can get 7 games: Prince of …

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GOOGLE & HTTPS

Google is pushing HTTPS aggressively. The problem is that it costs a lot of money to subscribe for a certificate, This means Google must be on the payroll. Prices were have seen are in the range of $150 or more annually. This site does not earn nearly that much. So this only favors large business. …

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376.33 WHQL

GeForce Driver 376.33 was released December 14, 2016 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Titanfall SLI removed Dishonored 2 SLI added Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – SLI removed Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not yet feature complete. …

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AMD RADEON INSTINCT

AMD has introduced some new GPU produced based on the Polaris 10 under the Radeon Instinct. The new GPUs are equipped with 16GB of VRAM which is needed for running larger shader based programs. Intel, Nvidia and IBM has been more visible in the market with AI based products. Deep learning and AI are long …

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SPACE HULK: DEATHWING

Space Hulk: Deathwing was released on December 14, 2016 by Focus Home Interactive. The game was developed by Streum on Studio. Space Hulk: Deathwing is a first person shooter. The game is based on Games Workshop’s classic Space Hulk boardgame set in the universe of Warhammer 40,000. The game uses the Unreal Engine 4 and supports …

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