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If you cheat in Overwatch, Blizzard will shut down your game

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 0 mins ago

Blizzard are continuing to combat cheaters in Overwatch, and while most games that are played don't contain cheaters the ones that do will now be shut down upon detection.



In the most recent Overwatch developers update, Blizzard Overwatch icon Jeff Kaplan sat down to discuss the more harsh punishments being introduced into the game. According to Kaplan, "the next evolution of cheat detection" will be that once the game detects that a player is cheating it will automatically shut down the entire game.


Players that are not cheating will not be penalized in any means, whether or not they are on the team with the cheater or not. This means that for competitive matches players won't have to be concerned with loosing SR if it appears there is a cheater on the other team. Blizzard seem to be cracking down on cheaters in Overwatch and Kaplan says that "very harsh actions are happening" to anyone who Blizzard finds to be breaking the rules.

NASA would have landed on Mars if it wasn't for politics

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour ago

As America and NASA come closer to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Moon landing, NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine shined a light on what the next space-program will be.



Bridenstine was on Face The Nation and was iasked about how NASA plans on getting to the Moon within the next 5 years. According to Bridenstine, "There's two risks. There's technical risk and there's political risk. We would be on the moon right now if it weren't for the political risk. We would be on Mars, quite frankly, by now had it not been for the political risk." Combining into the 'political risk' is the other half the equation which is funding, which Bridenstine also says that was a massive issue.


Since the announcement by the Vice President for a Moon mission in the next 5 years, NASA has recently received the funding necessary to make this mission possible. Donald Trump recently said on Twitter that the Moon mission should not be focused on, and rather that Mars should be America's next goal.

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Respawn matches Apex Legends cheaters with OTHER cheaters

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 20 mins ago

Respawn is using an interesting method of annoying cheaters and spammers in the super-famous Apex Legends, with teh developer working on a system that would matchmake cheaters and spammers into matches with other cheaters and spammers.




The developer is tapping into machine learning technology for the next level in detecting and banning cheaters and spammers in the game, as well as doubling to stop cheaters altogether. It seems that Respawn has already got an algorithm in Apex Legends that pairs cheaters and spammers through matchmaking so they play with each other, and not ruin the game for the rest of the server.


Apex Legends, like most popular games, has cheaters. In the Ranked mode of Apex Legends it creates a big problem, and it's something games like Overwatch experience with its similar game modes. Blizzard has, in the last 24 hours, said that it is working on a new system that if it detecting cheating it would automatically end the match. Blizzard won't punish the other players in the game for the abrupt end of the match, it will only punish the cheater.

No, there won't be a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 hours, 51 mins ago

NVIDIA revealed its new GeForce RTX SUPER graphics cards during E3 2019, revealing the full stack of SUPER cards in the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, and RTX 2080 SUPER. But what did this mean for the current cards? They are all replaced apart from the RTX 2080 Ti, and many have wondered if there will be an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER -- the answer is simple: no.




During the SUPER reveal event senior vice president of NVIDIA's PC business Jeff Fisher took to the stage, and during his presentation he asked if any of the press had questions. Well, I did - after being introduced to the RTX 2060/2070/2080 SUPER cards I wanted to know if we'd see a SUPER successor to the RTX 2080 Ti. I asked "will there be a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER" to which Fisher said there "would not be" an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER.


I've got a slew of content on the new RTX SUPER graphics cards, check it out here:


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER in NVLink benchmarked

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition review

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition review


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AMD beating Intel in CPU market share in Japan, South Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 37 mins ago

AMD is kicking all sorts of ass right now, so much so that I'm sure Lisa Su is changing her shoes a few times a day -- and especially so in major Asian markets where AMD has crossed the 50% market share line.




Danawa is one of the largest retailers in South Korea with its internal firm Danawa Research seeing AMD Ryzen CPUs overtake Intel Core CPU market share in the last few days, with the surge across 50% thanks to Zen 2 chips launching on 7/7. The most popular CPU was the Core i5-9400F followed closely by the new Ryzen 7 3700X, while the Ryzen 5 3600X had slightly less, and the high-end Ryzen 9 3900X being surprisingly popular with more sold than the Core i5-9600K for July 6-11.




Then we have some data from BCN Ranking which uses data from major outlets in Japan that AMD has crossed the milestone 50.5% market share, Intel has fallen from grace in Japan where it did dominate in October 2018 with 72.1% and is now sitting at just 49.5% in July 2019.

EKWB unveils EK-Vector water blocks for Radeon RX 5700 cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 hours, 27 mins ago

EK Water Blocks has unveiled its new EK-Vector Radeon RX 5700 +XT water blocks which are made for the new Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT reference graphics cards.




The new EKWB water blocks for the RX 5700 series cards use a cold-plate that spans across the entire surface of the board, cooling the Navi 10 GPU, 8GB of GDDR6, and multi-phase VRM. There will be a base model of the EK-Vector water blocks with a copper waterblock, while the other option is the nickel-plated copper varirant, while the higher-end variant is made of high-quality acrylic material or black POM Acetal material (depending on the variant). The plexi-based water block rocks RGB LEDs and can be configured through software on most major motherboard brands.




EK will also provide a single-slot I/O bracket for those who want some of that super-slim watercooled Radeon RX 5700 XT life, which would look truly awesome. I really want to get a set and test Navi on it... email is being crafted now, EKWB.

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AMD's next-gen Zen 5 teased again, expect it in 2022

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 hours, 38 mins ago

AMD's next-gen Zen 5 architecture has been teased once again, popping up on the LinkedIn profile of David Suggs, the CPU architect on Zen 2 and Zen 5. Suggs lists "Chief architect for Zen2 and Zen5, high-performance x86 micro-processor cores". Makes it kinda obvious, yeah?




We shouldn't expect Zen 5 to pop up until at least 2022, as we have Zen 3 and Zen 4 in between that with Zen 3 coming on the 7nm+ node. AMD has already launched Zen 2 into the market on 7nm (our review here), with Zen 3 launching in 2020 on 7nm+ so we should expect Zen 4 in 2021 at that rate, leading into Zen 5 in 2022. But what architectural changes will there be between each Zen chip? Will it be on the 5nm node?


Nothing is known about the architectural improvements that Zen 3 will bring let alone Zen 4 and Zen 5, but if it's anything like the difference Zen 2 on 7nm is to Zen and Zen+ on 14nm then we're in for a wild ride over the next couple of years.

New Sekiro mod adds easy mode to git you gud in no time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 41 mins ago

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is grueling, unforgiving, and outright stressful. In other words, it's a FromSoftware game. But it doesn't have to be that way--if you're on PC, that is.




Apart from the higher-end hardware, improved frame rates, and amazing visuals, one big feature sets PC gaming apart from consoles: mods. Mods can drastically change a game and breath life into an age-old classic for years (just ask Bethesda). Now modders are using clever tricks to make Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a lot less painful.


Introducing Sekiro The Easy, a new player-created mod that buffs the One-Armed Wolf's stats to make him more formidable. The mod boosts damage, defense, and stamina to reduce damage and resource costs per attack, and even raises the item drop rate among other things. It's essentially playing Sekiro with a handicap which lets you practice against certain bosses or even explore areas you couldn't get past otherwise.

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Borderlands 3 won't have cross-play at launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 26 mins ago

Gearbox is very interested in letting PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers play Borderlands 3 together, but there's red tape barring the way.




Borderlands 3 could eventually get cross-play. It's definitely on the table and Gearbox wants to add it in, but it's not really up to the devs. Platform holders like Sony have to greenlight Sony's traditionally been more resistant to opening the cross-platform floodgates (Microsoft and Nintendo are all for cross-play). Luckily Sony is relenting and slowly approved cross-play in games like Rocket League and Fortnite...but we're not sure how Sony's picking these games. Top earners probably get first consideration. Case in point: the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare reboot will have full cross-play.


Due to the process and bureaucracy involved, Borderlands 3 won't have cross-play at launch. The shoot-and-loot multiplayer game may unify all systems "as soon as it's practicable," says Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. And even then there's no guarantee it'll happen.

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How to Recover Deleted Photos from your SD Memory Card

By: Sponsored Content | More News: Software | Posted: 10 hours, 17 mins ago

Imagine enjoying a lovely vacation with your family and capturing some of your most peasant memories on your camera. Memories you'd never want to lose. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, your SD card gets damaged, erasing your photos and the moments they capture. If you have lost important photos on your SD card to accidental deletion or formatting, you might wonder if it is still possible to recover these pictures.




After photos are formatted or deleted from SD cards or similar storage devices, they continue to exist for as long as they are not overwritten by new data - even though you may not find them in their original location. This gives you a window to recover the files before they are permanently wiped off.


When are Photos Lost from SD Card?


Modern SD cards are equipped to handle large data requests over a long period of time, while continuing to run smoothly. Sadly, despite their many benefits, these SD cards have very high chances of getting damaged or inaccessible. Indeed, your SD card may fail or get damaged while you are performing a small routine operation. Some scenarios that could lead to the loss of photos stored to your SD card include:


  • Accidental deletion of photos or accidental formatting of your device
  • Crash while transferring files from the memory card to internal memory or from internal memory to memory card
  • Errors from incorrect unmount such as unmounting SD card without finalizing every open task
  • Corrupted files on SD card could lead to the spread of virus or malware across other files on the device
  • Memory card format error

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