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Custom Radeon RX 6800 launch a BIG mess, WAY less units than Ampere!

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Nov 25 2020 8:25 AM CST

AMD launched its new Big Navi graphics cards a couple of weeks ago, with our review on the Radoen RX 6800 XT here and our review on the Radeon RX 6800 here -- what about custom cards?

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Well, I've got 3 different AIBs with a custom Radeon RX 6800 XT on their way to me -- with 1 of those turning up tomorrow, hopefully. I'm not the only reviewer without a card it seems, as it is more common than I thought with a trickle of cards making it into the hands of reviewers.

But it's not only the lack of cards for reviewers, it's the fact that they are not available to buy anywhere right now -- and there's an even bigger reason for that: some reviewers aren't even being provided with final pricing for the custom Radeon RX 6800 XT. It's hard to write your final thoughts and recommendations without pricing.

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Early Black Friday deals discount Kingston HyperX RAM by up to 28%

Jak Connor | Deals | Wed, Nov 25 2020 8:09 AM CST

Black Friday sales have already kicked off, and if you think your PC is in need of a RAM upgrade, then you are in luck because Amazon has slashed Kingston HyperX RAM prices.

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Black Friday is only a few days away, and as expected, Amazon has already started the discounting madness off strong with discounts of up to 31% off on Kingston HyperX memory and storage. The sales are already getting crazy for Black Friday. Expect similar deals like these for more PC products in the coming days.

In this post, you will find some of the best discounted Kingston HyperX products. Additionally, each of the products will show its original listing price, discounted price, and amount saved. It should be noted that Cyber Monday is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for future deals posts in the coming days.

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Amazon's early Black Friday deals on Canon are insane, up to 25% off

Jak Connor | Deals | Wed, Nov 25 2020 7:03 AM CST

Amazon is back at it again with early Black Friday deals, and if you were looking to buy a new camera, you are in luck because Canon products have had their prices slashed by up to 25%.

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This week is heating up with early Black Friday deals, and as you'd expect, Amazon is at the forefront of the sales madness. Now, Amazon has slashed prices for Canon products with discounts of up to 34%. The sale spans a wide range of staple Canon products, and as you can imagine, that primarily entails the company's wide range of lenses and cameras.

In the entirety of this article, you will find the best Canon deals, with the original listing price, discounted price, and amount saved. If you are thinking about getting a new camera, I would advise you to definitely consider the below discounts, but also keep in mind Cyber Monday sales are coming soon, which bring discounts better than these.

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Square Enix now allows developers to work from home, permanently

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, Nov 25 2020 2:28 AM CST

Square Enix is fully embracing the world of working from home, and while COVID-19 was the driving force -- it also wants to use the WFM policy to increase efficiency and morale.

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The company explains it all in a lengthy press release, with Square Enix President and Representative Director Yosuke Matsuda writes that the company will "officially offer a permanent work-from-home program to all executive officers and employees as of December 1, 2020".

Instead of other companies that need to have their core business done on-site and simply estbalish work from home routines, Square Enix is stepping right into it. The company will "establish it as a permanent and core program among the working styles it accommodates. In so doing, the Company hopes not only to create a flexible and diverse working environment, but also to further bolster productivity and help employees achieve the optimal work-life balance".

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Chinese TSMC competitor HSMC shut, ex-CEO says it ran out of money

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Wed, Nov 25 2020 1:31 AM CST

Aaaaand Wuhan Hongxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (HSMC) is done -- they've folded under strain, with the company now insolvent.

Ex-CEO and head of R&D of HSMC, Chiang Shang-yi, told EE Times over a LinkedIn message: "Investors ran short of cash. I got caught by surprise. It's over now, and I'm back home in California". Back in August 2020 you could see the wheels buckling under considerable pressure, where I explained that HSMC was a mess.

But the $20 billion plant just couldn't muster the ability to fire up and begin to take a whimper of a swing at TSMC, with HSMC now under the control of the state assets supervision and administration commission for the Dongxihu district government in Wuhan.

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Flight Simulator's new update for US landmarks is a Thanksgiving gift

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, Nov 25 2020 12:31 AM CST

Microsoft has just pushed out an update for Flight Simulator, with the new v1.11.5.0, World Update II: US update having a full set of release notes you can read in detail here.

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The developers have added detail to four US airports, and a sprawling list of US landmarks that include the White House, Mount Rushmore, Fort Knox, Hoover Dam, the Las Vegas Strip (at night), and much more. I've got the list for you down below.

We also have some performance and stability added to Flight Simulator, with optimization on photogrammetry loading, while offline air traffic are now "properly removed at a long distance. This caused a performance degradation over time".

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Amazon confirms The Expanse Season 6, should drop in 2022

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, Nov 24 2020 11:33 PM CST

Amazon Studios has just announced early renewal for Season 6, which will be its last season -- just on the edge of Season 5 debuting on Amazon Prime in December 16.

Deadline reports that production on Season 6 of The Expanse will begin on January 20, 2021 -- but the start date could change given the on-going COVID-19 pandemic affecting shooting schedules. The Expanse started off on Syfy, but was cancelled in 2018 -- after which fans launched a huge Save Our Show campaign and Amazon bought the show.

The Expanse Season 4 was released in December 2019 as an Amazon Original Series, with Season 5 debuting on December 16 -- not too far away now!

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VR Cover finally released its Quest 2 cushion replacement

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, Nov 24 2020 11:00 PM CST

After a month of delays, VR Cover has finally opened sales for its highly anticipated Oculus Quest 2 cushion replacement system. If you order one now, you should have it in time for the holidays.

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VR Cover is calling the Facial Interface & Foam Replacement for Quest 2 its most exciting product yet. We're not sure how to quantify that, but we're sure it will sell like crazy. VR Cover has been around for longer than consumer VR headsets and it's easily the top name in sanitary VR upgrades. VR Cover's recognition, combined with its official partnership with Oculus, should entice many people to upgrade their Quest 2 headset.

As the name suggests, the VR Cover Facial Interface & Foam Replacement for Quest 2 is an aftermarket replacement for the factory cushion interface. The Quest 2 doesn't have a Velcro-attached cushion; it has a removable plastic bracket, not unlike that of the Rift, with a glued-on cushion. As such, the VR Cover replacement includes the whole plastic bracket interface. VR Cover's solution adds a Velcro layer that allows you to swap cushions as needed.

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ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming OC smiles for the camera

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Tue, Nov 24 2020 10:33 PM CST

NVIDIA and its AIB partners are preparing for the impending release of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, with the new custom ASUS RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming smiling for the camera. Check it out:

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ASUS appears to be going with a triple-fan cooler on the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming, with a single 8-pin PCIe power connector required. You still have a chunky 2.5-slot card, so I would've liked to have seen a thinner dual-slot card with a single 8-pin connector, that would've been nice.

We should expect some higher clocks than NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition card, but expect the ROG STRIX variant to have even higher clocks. As for pricing, we should expect a little over $400 when it launches next month.

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So, a strange MONOLITH has just appeared deep in the Utah desert

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Tue, Nov 24 2020 9:11 PM CST

A mysterious monolith has been discovered deep in the Utah desert, discovered by a sheep-counting expedition flying a helicopter over it and seeing the huge structure standing there.

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The Utah Department of Public Safety issued a statement on its website, explaining that it discovered the monolith on November 18, 2020 when the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was collaborating with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on counting horn sheep while in a helicopter, in a particular portion of southeastern Utah.

On this mission, the team spotted "an unusual object" and then landed their helicopter nearby. The Utah DPS explain: "The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock. The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there".

Continue reading: So, a strange MONOLITH has just appeared deep in the Utah desert (full post)

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