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    Halo Insider Program: Sign Up for Early Access to Halo: The Master Chief Collection

    While there is still no release date in sight, 343 Industries has announced an early-access program that should not only make the wait for Halo: The Master Chief Collection easier but improve the much-anticipated PC port in the process. Eager Spartans can visit the Halo Waypoint site to sign up...
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    UK Online Pornography Age Block Triggers Privacy Fears

    W-What if my fetishes are leaked for the world to see? That’s what porn surfers from across the pond are worried about with next month’s age block on pornographic content, which demands Britons prove they are old enough for porn via passport-verified accounts or paid “porn passes.” One problem...
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    A Reminder from AMD: Our Processors Aren't Affected by New "SPOILER" Vulnerability

    AMD has published a support article confirming its chips should be immune to “SPOILER,” a new CPU vulnerability outlined by computer scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Lübeck. As explained in their paper, SPOILER takes advantage of "a weakness in the address...
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    Toyota Has a Curious Justification for Not Selling Any EVs

    Toyota is one the biggest automakers, but it doesn’t sell a single fully electric vehicle in the United States. Why is that? According to vice president of research and development for Europe Gerald Killmann, it has all to do with battery production -- or the lack thereof. Toyota’s manageable...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    A senator in Florida is brewing potential legislation making censorship illegal on the biggest social media platforms: Senate Bill 1722, otherwise known as the “Stop Social Media Censorship Act,” would fine Facebook, Twitter, and other such services with a userbase of more than 75 million...
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    Get Ready for Targeted Ads on Your Smart TV

    Disney, Comcast, NBCUniversal, and other top media companies have teamed up with VIZIO for a new standard that will bring targeted ads to television viewers. VIZIO, which recently lost $2.2 million after being caught tracking and selling viewing data using software on its Smart TVs, claims...
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    AMD's 7nm Navi GPU Rumored to Launch Roughly a Month after Ryzen 3000

    Contradicting earlier rumors of an October launch, the Wccftech gang is claiming AMD has told partners its 7nm Navi GPU will launch “exactly a month” after the debut of its next-generation Ryzen processors. With the conundrum of low yields somewhat out of the way (based on the availability of...
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    Core Fighters: Free-to-Play Version of Dead or Alive 6 Now Available on Steam

    Koei Tecmo Games has released Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters, a free-to-play version of the recently released 3D fighter. This is an ideal way to experience the game for those who quickly grow tired of fighters or merely want to see how good a fighting game can look on modern hardware. It’s also...
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    Captain Marvel Will Lead the MCU, Kevin Feige Says

    Like her or hate her, Marvel fans are going to be seeing much, much more of Brie Larson: MCU architect Kevin Feige has gone on record with his enthusiasm and plans for Captain Marvel, stating she will “take the lead and be at the forefront of the entire Cinematic Universe.” The character is...
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    Pilots Now Spend More Time Learning Automated Systems than Hands-On Flying

    The Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes have reignited debate over the potential risks of automation in aircraft and how it may hinder human competence, but a New York Times story suggests many new pilots are at the mercy of technology regardless: interviews with pilots and instructors indicate many are...
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    Epic's Tim Sweeney Calls Store Exclusives "Procompetitive"

    As controversy continues to mount, Tim Sweeney has returned to social media to justify store exclusives and defend the Epic Games Store from accusations it is bribing its way to the top with anti-competitive practices. Sweeney seems to believe the criticism is unfair because there’s nothing...
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    PC Sales to Decline in 2019 Amid CPU Shortages, Weak GPU Market

    Don’t place your bets on the PC market growing in the coming future: marketing firms are predicting a 0.4 percent decline per year through 2023, with a potentially significant drop this year thanks to Intel’s CPU shortages and lukewarm interest in NVIDIA’s GPUs. While gaming hardware has managed...
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    Texas Is Trying to Block Tesla from Servicing Its Cars

    Tesla’s problems are beginning to grow in the Lone Star State: the automaker’s direct-sales model is already banned in Texas due to the clever use of old laws by local car dealers with a loud lobbying voice, but legislators have now introduced a bill that would prevent the company from servicing...
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    Prisoners in England to Be Taught Code

    Reducing reoffending through programming: as part of an effort to increase the digital skills of people from disadvantaged groups, the UK government is funding a project in which prisoners will be taught to code so they can more easily find work after release. Assuming the trial goes well, a...
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    Valve Addresses Review Bombing on Steam by Removing Them from Review Scores

    To mitigate the effects of review bombing, Valve announced Friday it has a built a tool that would identify and alert the moderation team of any game with “anomalous review activity.” After a case of review bombing is confirmed, the reviews submitted under this time period would then be removed...
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    Paramount Is Urging Theaters to Show Ang Lee's New Sci-Fi Movie at 120 FPS

    Moviegoers have been turned off thus far by films that weren’t shot and projected at standard frame rates (e.g., 24 FPS), but that isn’t stopping Paramount and critically acclaimed director Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Brokeback Mountain”) from pushing high-frame-rate cinema...
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    Microsoft Will Pester Windows 7 Users to Upgrade to W10 with Pop-Up Notifications

    Microsoft has come up with another way to convince users to upgrade to Windows 10: corporate vice president Matt Barlow explained in a blog post this week Windows 7 users would be subjected to regular pop-up messages urging them to update to the latest version of the OS. That may not be the...
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    NVIDIA Could Tease Next-Gen 7nm Ampere at GTC 2019

    It isn’t clear whether NVIDIA will have any surprises to share at next week’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), but some speculate the company could reveal aspects of its next-generation architecture, “Ampere,” which will purportedly be built on the 7nm node. TweakTown and TechSpot suggest it...
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    Microsoft Proves the Critics Right: We're Heading toward a Chrome-Only Web

    Chrome’s total dominance of the web is becoming more of a reality by each passing day, and Microsoft, whose Edge browser will soon be powered by Chromium, has become a clear contributor to that dark future: the company has released a new version of Skype for Web, but despite legitimate...
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    Remastering "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" with Machine Learning

    As significant portions of the show were shot on video (and not film, which can be easily scanned to higher resolutions), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine may never get a legitimate HD remaster, but that hasn’t stopped one fan from experimenting with other technologies to see what it could look like...
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    Valve Doesn't Sound Too Happy about the Epic Store Copying Steam Data

    Could a lawsuit be brewing? A spokesperson with Valve has told Bleeping Computer the company is “looking into what information the Epic launcher collects from Steam” following allegations the software was stealing users’ information without their express permission. Engineers with Epic have...
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    Apple Will Unveil Its Streaming Video Service on March 25

    “It’s show time”: Apple has sent out an invite for its next event on March 25, which indicates an official unveiling of the company’s long-rumored streaming video service. While the actual launch is reportedly months away, Apple is expected to tease some of its original TV content, which...
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    "Back 4 Blood": Left 4 Dead Creator Announces New Co-op Zombie Game

    Nobody knows if Valve’s Left 4 Dead 3 will ever see the light of day, but the franchise’s original developer may have the next best thing: Turtle Rock Studios announced “Back 4 Blood” this week, a co-op zombie shooter with a campaign and PVP mode that should cater well to L4D fans who have been...
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    BioWare Warns Hostile Replies Make Developers Less Likely to Engage

    BioWare appears to be fed up with the pessimism surrounding Anthem and the antics of its players: in a lengthy post on r/AnthemTheGame offering insight on the company’s lack of communication, community manager Jesse Anderson admitted that many developers have made a conscious decision not to...
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    Tesla Unveils Model Y Electric SUV with 300-Mile Range and Seven Seats

    Tesla officially announced the latest member of its vehicle family Thursday, the Model Y, a crossover/compact SUV version of the Model 3 starting at $39,000. The Y is rather similar appearance-wise but sits a little higher, offering 66 cubic feet (1.9 cubic meters) of storage space and an...
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    Parents Blame Elementary School's Cell Tower after 4th Student Diagnosed with Cancer

    “It just seems like coincidence is no longer a reason for all this illness”: four students at California’s Weston Elementary have been diagnosed with cancer in the last three years, and San Joaquin County parents are now convinced the cause is a cell phone tower located in its schoolyard. While...
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    Tumblr Defends Controversial Porn Ban despite 20 Percent Drop in Traffic

    Tumblr’s pornography ban in December has resulted in a major exodus: numbers from web analytics firm Similarweb reveal the blogging site has lost over 100 million monthly page views since the end of January and saw a 17 percent decline in visits over the last 30 days. Despite this slump, Tumblr...
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    Getting Static and feed back over HDMI

    Try a fiber-optic HDMI cable or Hum X.
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    Halo: The Master Chief Collection

    For the first time ever, The Master Chief’s story comes to PC. Featuring Halo: Reach along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, the Halo 3: ODST Campaign and Halo 4, this is the definitive Halo experience. Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, The Master...
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    Halo: The Master Chief Collection

    New listings and exchanges with 343 Industries members suggest the rumor is true -- Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC. https://www.pcgamer.com/halo-the-master-chief-collection-gets-a-weird-surface-hub-listing/ Rumors: Windows 10 Store exclusive Halo: Reach (and Firefight...
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    Windows 7 Is One Obstinate OS

    Computerworld looked at the latest numbers from web analytics vendor Net Applications and discovered Windows 7 managed to grow “for the second straight month, gaining a whopping 1.2 percentage points to rebound to 38.4% of all PCs and 43.9% of those running Windows.” Windows 10 wasn’t as lucky...
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    "Captain Marvel" Trolled the Trolls with a $455M Global Launch

    The alleged review bombing of Captain Marvel wasn’t enough to prevent Disney’s latest film from becoming another box-office success: film journalists, who have spent weeks defending the film from a so-called “sexist smear campaign,” are now gloating over the movie’s $455M worldwide haul. It...
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    Controversial Game Pulled by Steam after Outcry

    Valve announced it would not be shipping one of its most controversial titles to date Wednesday, proving its “lax” policies still have limits. An official statement on the Steam blog suggests games may be assessed on a case-by-case basis, the fate of which could be directly proportional to how...
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    Old-School: Half-Life Running on a Quantum3D Mercury Brick

    Classic game, classic hardware: [H]ardForum member TheeRaccoon is one of the lucky few to get his hands on a Quantum3D Mercury “brick,” which comprises four Quantum3D Obsidian2 200SBi video boards. As The Dodge Garage explains, these were generally used for multi-channel visual simulation and...
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    Tesla Crashes into River, Owner Claims It Accelerated on Its Own

    In yet another alleged case of demonic Tesla quirkiness, a Chinese couple in Shanghai claims their Model S lost its mind and accelerated into a river near a Supercharger station with them in it. The owner, Xiao Chen, told reporters he was stepping on the brakes but the vehicle, unexpectedly...
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    US Military Changing "Killing Machine" Robo-Tank Program after Controversy

    The US Army is clarifying its “ATLAS” (Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System) program after initial reporting of its ground combat vehicles sparked fears of autonomous machines that would kill without human interaction. Back in 2007, the agency toyed with small, machine-gun tank...
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    "Uncharted" Creative Director: AAA Development "Just Doesn't Feel Sustainable"

    Video game director and script writer Amy Hennig, who recently earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for hits such as Soul Reaver 2 and the Uncharted franchise, believes the industry’s shift to outsourcing will be inevitable due to recent lapses in big-budget development, such as massive layoffs...
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    Potential Navi Benchmark: Better Graphics, Lower Compute Performance than Vega 64

    An unknown AMD GPU (66AF:F1) has appeared on CompuBench, and some believe it could be a Navi part. GFXBench scores allude to a card that exceeds the Radeon RX Vega 64 in graphics capability but falls behind in certain compute tests, even against the Vega 56. Notebook Check advises this could...
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    "No Survivors": Second New Boeing 737 to Crash in Four Months

    Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 twin-engine jet airliner doesn’t seem to be flying so good: another crashed today, the second in just four months, raising suspicion something may be wrong with the plane. Controversy from pilots regarding the last incident, Lion Air flight 610, suggests the aircraft’s...
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