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As far as video encoding goes, AV1 represents a big leap forward over H.264 - a video technology that is remarkably almost two decades old. With the release of the GeForce RTX 40 Series, NVIDIA beefed up the video capabilities of its new GPU range with the addition of dual AV1 encoders. Not only something that brings massive improvements to encoding times for content creators but improves quality for streaming.
When NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 last year, it showcased the difference AV1 brings using Fortnite gameplay in a Twitch-like setting. As per the video above, it's a massive improvement, with NVENC AV1 delivering noticeably crisper and smoother video at 1080p60 than H.264 using the same bitrate. Bitrate is critical, as spotty video compression can be detrimental to live streams and broadcasts.
After January 31, 2023, you'll no longer be able to buy a digital license of Windows 10 from Microsoft's website. The news doesn't mark the end of support for the popular OS, which will continue from now until late 2025 - the news itself was quietly announced via a note at the bottom of Microsoft's official Windows 10 page.
January 31, 2023, will be the last day this Windows 10 download is offered for sale. Windows 10 will remain supported with security updates that help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware until October 14, 2025.
Naturally, this marks an official push for Microsoft to get users and new builds onto Windows 11, the latest OS version. Windows 11 brings several features and updates to PC gaming, and as of the end of December 2022, 28.42% of Steam users are on Windows 11. This is a high adoption rate though the main OS of choice for Steam is still Windows 10, with 65.42% of users running the OS.
A new update to the popular messaging app WhatsApp lets users start a conversation with themselves. Handy for notetaking, reminders, and keeping up with scheduling, it's rolling out to all users as part of the latest update. You'll even be able to leave yourself voice memos.
It's a feature seen in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram, both owned and operated by Meta, and will no doubt be a handy tool for those that use similar functionality to send themselves reminders or notes.
Microsoft is ending updates and security fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 this week, ending official support for these operating systems.
Of the two, Windows 7 was easily the most popular OS among businesses and gamers. However, the latest Steam Hardware Survey showcases that only 2% of users were rocking these older versions of Windows in December 2022. 1.77% of Steam users still use Windows 7, and only 0.41% still use Windows 8.1.
Starting in February, Elon Musk's new Twitter will radically change into a blog-style social media platform.
Elon Musk has confirmed that Twitter will soon expand to 4,000 characters in a new update planned to release in early February. This would allow users to create fully-fledged blog posts within the social media platform complete with text formatting options. Much like Twitter itself and its owner, the update is controversial among users who prefer the more concise delivery of the service.
Users argue that the update erodes the basic function of Twitter as a micro-blogging platform. Twitter's current 280-character limit forces people to concisely articulate their points in smaller bite-sized blasts. Thoughts, ideas, and information can be displayed in neat threads with proper segmentation and media wrapped in an easy-to-read UX, and users can click on a news story to be taken to a full report.
Staff at Meta, the owners of Facebook and Instagram met virtually during November to discuss ideas on how to create the next Twitter, according to a report from the New York Times.
During the idea session executives pointed to a new text-based application that would be designed to directly compete with Twitter, in a move to capitalize off the absolute turmoil Elon Musk has created on the app since he took the reins in late October.
According to The Times, several employees thought about creating a separate new app, and/or expanding upon the new Instagram feature called "Instagram Notes", which allows users to text messages to "close friends" or followers. These messages are removed after a certain period of time, and the feature is currently only available to a select number of accounts. This brain storming session even spawned names for a competing app such as Realtime, Real Reels, and Instant.
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.
GPU-Z v2.51.0 is now available, which has built-in support for NVIDIA's just-released GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card, recently launched GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards and more.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards both feature native 16-pin "12VHPWR" power connectors, which GPU-Z is now capable of monitoring... letting users keep an eye on the power flowing through the 16-pin power connector. GPU-Z is already capable of providing sensor data from the regular 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors (as well as the PCIe interface) but now the 16-pin power connector can be monitored.
Not only does GPU-Z 2.51.0 support NVIDIA's second-fastest Ada Lovelace GPU in the GeForce RTX 4080, but also the new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti SKU with GDDR6X memory that was released in October 2022, just weeks ago now. GPU-Z also supports multiple workstation Ampere, Tesla, and Kepler GPU models.
Elon Musk shares his vision for Twitter 2.0 and has delivered an ultimatum to Twitter staff.
Earlier today, CNN got a hold of an internal email that Twitter's new CEO Elon Musk sent out to Twitter staff. The general message is clear: Workers are expected to "work long hours at high intensity" or they will be let go.
This email comes shortly after Elon Musk mass-fired a significant portion of Twitter's staff--half of which were apparently planned to be let go before Musk took the reins--and throughout a troubled balance of power for the social media network.
Twitter has officially suspended sign-ups of its controversial Twitter Blue subscription following a disastrous launch that has caused significant reputational damage to advertisers.
Following a $44 billion buyout of the social media giant, Elon Musk had a vision for Twitter: Everyone and anyone could be verified if they paid $8 a month via Twitter Blue for the privilege. This idea wasn't so easy to implement, especially with all the existing verified users. Twitter has gone back and forth between having two verified badges--one denoting an official institution, company, brand, or person, and another separate one saying the user is verified.
Chaos ensued when users signed up to Twitter Blue and used their new check marks to impersonate public figures like the President of the United States, or even former President George W. Bush, O.J. Simpson, and major billion-dollar advertisers like Nintendo, who happens to be one of the most litigious companies on the planet. Even Elon Musk's own company Tesla wasn't exempt from the parodies. Brands have had to outright apologize to their followers, including Eli Lilly and Company, who had to tell followers that no, they were not offering free insulin as an impersonator had promised. The damage has been done on a wide scale and advertisers are reportedly pulling out en masse.