PNY XLR8 MAKO DDR5-6200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review

PNY XLR8 MAKO DDR5-6200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review

PNY's XLR8 MAKO DDR5-6200 32GB dual-channel RAM kit may not have the best timings, but performance still impresses. Let's take a close look.

NASA's Webb captures the most detailed image of the Pillars of Creation ever

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Dec 2, 2022 8:07 AM CST

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope still continues to impress the public with its incredible images of the cosmos, as the space telescope has focused its highly advanced instruments on the Pillars of Creation once again.

Hubble's image of the Pillars of Creation on the left, Webb's first image on the right

Hubble's image of the Pillars of Creation on the left, Webb's first image on the right

The new image was posted to the European Space Agency (ESA) website on December 1 and reveals the most-detailed image of the iconic Pillars of Creation taken so far. Located between 6,500 to 7,000 light-years away from Earth, the Pillars of Creation are an iconic location in the cosmos as it was famously captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. NASA's Webb is now performing follow-up observations, comparing new photos to Hubble's to show the difference in observational capabilities.

The Pillars of Creation has already been imaged by Webb twice, the first image released by NASA was snapped with Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and can be found below. The second time was on October 30 for Halloween, when NASA and the ESA published an image snapped with Webb's Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI). Both of the images highlighted different aspects of the Pillars of Creation, showcasing its beauty in different wavelengths of light.

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Epic Games launches app that converts real-world objects into 3D models

Jak Connor | Software & Apps | Dec 2, 2022 7:34 AM CST

Epic Games has debuted a new tool for developers that will allow them to turn any real-world object into a usable asset in their creation.

Epic Games has released its RealityScam app for iOS, enabling the public to capture high-fidelity 3D models of any real-world object by simply capturing that object with several 2D images via the mobile device's camera. A user downloads the RealityScan app, signs in with their Epic Games account, take at least 20 photos of the object they want to convert into a 3D model, and follow the real-time quality map within the app to complete the scan.

How does it work? Epic Games acquired Capturing Reality, a company that focuses on photogrammetry software, and worked on RealityCapture, an app that combines 2D images into one single seamless 3D asset. That captured piece of reality or real-world object can then be used in games or virtual environments. Essentially, the app allows developers to simply capture any real-world object and insert it into their game at extremely high quality, further enabling the design possibilities within video game or virtual creation.

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Cryptocurrency exchange lays off 1,000+ workers as 'crypto winter' sets in

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Dec 2, 2022 7:02 AM CST

Kraken announced on Wednesday that it is firing 30% of its workforce in response to the cryptocurrency market downturn.

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The cryptocurrency exchange explained in a blog post that due to macroeconomic and geopolitical factors paired with the state of the financial markets, Kraken has experienced significantly lower trading volumes and fewer client sign-ups. In response to this overall downturn, Kraken says it will be reducing hiring frequency, avoiding large market commitments, and reducing its global workforce by approximately 1,100 people to adapt to current market conditions.

Kraken explains that all "Krakenites," or individuals that have been let go from the company, will receive 16 weeks of base pay inclusive of the paid leave period, performance bonuses, four months of healthcare continuation, an extended window of time for their vested stock options, immigration support, and outplacement support.

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SpaceX's Starship completes static fire test, closing in on first orbital launch

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Dec 2, 2022 6:32 AM CST

SpaceX is making progress toward the first orbital launch of its Starship launch vehicle, as the company recently conducted a successful static fire test.

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SpaceX took to its Twitter account to announce that Booster 7 has completed a long-duration static fire test that featured eleven Raptor 2 engines. The static fire test was successful and a step forward in SpaceX's journey to getting Starship to orbit, and it may very well be the second to last static fire test the company conducts before the orbital test launch.

SpaceX started the test at 2:42 pm on November 30, blasting 11 Raptor 2 engines for just 13 seconds. This latest test featured fewer Raptor 2 engines than SpaceX's previous static fire test on November 14, which featured 14 Raptor 2 engines. Notably, Booster 7 has a total of 33 Raptor 2 engines, which SpaceX is yet to test all at once. Presumably, Elon Musk's company will test all 33 of the next-generation engines before attempting the first orbital test flight for Starship.

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Elon Musk says he could have a Neuralink brain implant in 'right now'

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Dec 2, 2022 6:02 AM CST

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has said during a Neuralink demo that he could have a brain implant now, and no one would even know.

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During a Neuralink conference on Wednesday, the Twitter owner took to the stage to deliver several updates on brain implant-company Neuralink, and what it expects to achieve in the near future. Musk, a founder of the brain chip company, said that Neuralink is planning on beginning human trials within the next six months and that the company is currently in conversation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to receive regulatory approval.

Musk wrote on Twitter that internal testing at Neuralink has pushed the technology to the point where the team is confident the "Neuralink device is ready for humans". While on stage, the Tesla CEO said that he could have a Neuralink brain implant installed into his head "right now" and "you couldn't even know. I mean, hypothetically." Musk added that for one of Neuralink's future demos, he will have one installed and reveal it on stage, making an open pledge to be one of the first adopters of the experimental technology.

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Kanye West shows his devote support for Hitler, gets Twitter account banned

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 1, 2022 11:48 PM CST

The tornado of Kanye West appearances is continuing as the rapper has now openly showed his support for Adolf Hitler.

Kanye West, now officially known as Ye, has appeared on the Alex Jones show wearing a black hood that covers his face and head, where he discussed several topics such as his finances, his stance on Jewish people, and how he sees "good things about Hitler". Ye's comments even turned famed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones against him.

Ye appeared on the Alex Jones show on Thursday, where he said, "I see good things about Hitler, also. Every human being has value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler. I was thinking about Satan. Whether it's the Zionists or Hitler - it's not the person. It's Satan using the people, who are controlled by demonic forces." Ye added, "The Jewish media has made us feel like the Nazis and Hitler have never offered anything of value to the world. Meanwhile, there's all of these things that are happening."

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Today's Google Doodle is one of the best of all time

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 1, 2022 6:03 PM CST

Today's Google Doodle is something that all gamers should check out to learn the origins of the early video games industry.

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Before the days of next-gen consoles, 8K gaming with raytraced visuals, and always-connected multiplayer, there was a simpler time when arcades, wood grain, and pixellated graphics were all the rage. The early days of video games in the 1970s was an era that's hard to capture--it was something you had to be there to experience--and all too often today's gamers miss out on important history lessons from that early age.

Google has provided a neat little interactive history lesson that tells the story of one of gaming's most iconic creators: Jerry Lawson, who in 1976 helped create the world's first video games cartridge.

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Discord server subscriptions now available with $2.99 - $199.99 sub options

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 1, 2022 5:33 PM CST

Discord has officially launched its Server Subscription program to all eligible creators in the United States.

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Today Discord made history by offering new monetization options for creators in the form of Server Subscriptions. The new feature was in testing phases but is now widely available, and it's essentially a content delivery system that allows creators to monetize followers on their servers in the form of multi-tiered offerings. It's kind of like a combination of Patreon and Discord.

Creators have sole discretion in pricing and the content offered on each tier, which gives lots of flexibility and room to brainstorm new ideas. Discord says that subscriptions can range from $2.99 to $199.99 in price.

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Capcom's third best-selling game of all time coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2023

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 1, 2022 5:03 PM CST

After monstrous sales on the Nintendo Switch, Capcom's behemoth-slaying mega-hit is coming to Xbox and PlayStation in 2023.

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Monster Hunter Rise will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S consoles simultaneously on January 20, 2023, Capcom has announced. The biggest surprise is that Monster Hunter Rise will also release day one on Xbox Game Pass, which doesn't typically happen. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is also coming to consoles in Spring 2023.

Capcom's sold 21.3 million games in the first six months of this fiscal year, and releasing Mon Hun Rise on Game Pass could affect game sales on the Xbox platform--but Rise also has microtransactions so this may help offset any potential loss in game sales.

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Worlds collide in epic Destiny 2 x Assassin's Creed crossover

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 1, 2022 4:29 PM CST

After 2 years of support, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is about to ride off into the sunset with its final content drop, and Ubisoft has teamed up with Bungie and Capcom to send the game off with a bang.

Destiny is no stranger to collabs--the game had a surprising Fortnite crossover this year--and now another epic crossover is happening with the Assassin's Creed franchise. Bungie and Ubisoft have announced both games will be getting AC and Destiny content in the form of buyable cosmetics.

Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed players will be able to buy packs that include crossover content from each game. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will get some awesome armor sets that allow Eivor to transform into two of the most iconic Guardians in Destiny history, Lord Shaxx and Saint-14. The Valhalla pack includes 2 armor sets--Lord Shaxx and Saint-14--swords, a mount, and more weapons.

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