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Facebook is testing out its own AI-controlled service called "M" that's aimed at making your digital life easier.
The new Facebook AI is called "M" and will be very much like Siri and Cortana, but instead of being tethered to a specific OS, M will be embedded in Facebook's messaging system. So that means everyone can use it regardless of the brand of your device. Touted as a digital assistant, M isn't like the other AI on the market, and will actually roll up its sleeves to complete specific tasks.
"Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," David Marcus,Facebook's Vice President of Messaging Products, said in an announcement post. "It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more."
One of the biggest GPU overclocking software comes from MSI in the form of Afterburner, with the video card and motherboard maker collaborating with overclocking organization HWBOT on the latest version of Afterburner Extreme - HWBOT Edition, which supports 'classic VGA cards'.
Afterburner Extreme is different to the normal Afterburner overclocking software, with Afterburner Extreme "takes things one step further allowing full control of voltages, facilitating seriously extreme overclocking at sub-zero temperatures", explains HWBOT. Now this 'extreme' version of Afterburner works on some of the big favorite cards from MSI, with their Hawk and Lighting series of video cards on both the NVIDIA and AMD sides of the fence.
Afterburner Extreme (ABX) as HWBOT explains was available "only to Extreme and Elite Overclockers on HWBOT and supported only current generation video cards. The new ABX HWBOT Edition adds support to a range of older cards and will be available to all HWBOT members. This allows the overclocking community to revisit classic VGA cards armed with the ultimate tweaking utility".
The new MSI Afterburner Extreme - HWBOT Edition can be downloaded here, weighing in at 35MB.
Kaspersky has reportedly created its own malware in order to get its competitors' software into flagging, and quarantining important, non-viral files on consumers' PCs. The report is coming directly from Reuters, which gives it some serious credit.
The malware that Kaspersky created would inject malicious bits of code into important files on consumers' PCs, such as .ini files for your important devices like printers and scanners, which the anti-malware would then pick up as a false positive, quarantining it, or deleting your important files.
Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugine Kaspersky reportedly created the malware as an attack against Kaspersky's competitors, as he thinks that his competitors have copied his anti-virus system rather than create their own. An anonymous source of Reuters said: "It was decided to provide some problems" for other companies, with the source adding: "It is not only damaging for a competing company but also damaging for users' computers".
The Moscow-based firm has denied the allegations, with a Kaspersky representative telling Reuters: "Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing. Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable".
NVIDIA has just released its new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers, which are the usual Game Ready drivers we've come to know and love from the company.
The new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers include support for the preview of Ashes of the Singularity, but it also supports the new Beta version of the GameWorks VR SDK. With the GameWorks VR side of things, it includes support for VR SLI, Context Priority, Direct Mode, and Front Buffer Rendering.
You can grab the new NVIDIA GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers here.
Basemark, free from the shackles of Rightware, has just announced Basemark Web 3.0, a new product that will be the successor to the Browsermark product line. The new benchmark is even capable of testing out the new WebGL 2.0 API. Basemark Web 3.0 has three different suites:
- Graphics Suite - Graphically intense WebGL 1.0.2 and WebGL 2.0 content
The new Basemark Web 3.0 will work on "virtually all modern browsers, operating systems, and devices" and will arrive in four different versions. The free version will be "for everyone", the community version will be for open source projects, a professional version will be available for consumers who want more detail on browser performance, and a corporate version for corporate customers, with the ability to run on its own servers.
German automakers BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to purchase the Nokia HERE map business unit, in an effort to provide smarter navigation - and pave the way for autonomous vehicles.
Each company will hold an equal stake in HERE, which is available in 50 different languages in almost 200 nations. The deal should close during Q1 next year, once it passes antitrust regulators.
Although the companies didn't announce a price, but reports indicate the German companies will pay $3.2 billion. "For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully automated driving," the companies said in a joint statement.
Featuring support for Widows 10 and CUDA detection for this new operating system, the new TechPowerUp GPU-Z software update further features GPU voltage monitoring for AMD "Fiji" cards, memory controller load monitor support for AMD "Sea Islands," "Pirate Islands," and "Volcanic Islands" video cards and better detection for AMD Radeon R9 300 series cards.
Support has also been added for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970m, 980M cards and GeForce 940M, 930M editions. Intel Atom x7-Z8700 and Celeron N3150 processors are now detected alongside AMD desktop card support which includes AMD R9 370, R9 370X, R9 380, R9 390, R9 390X and R9 Fury.
Last but not least is added support for the AMD Radeon A8-7100.
With the release of Windows 10 finally here, both NVIDIA and AMD have new drivers to share for GeForce and Radeon owners, respectively. NVIDIA has their new GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers, while AMD has their new Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers.
Starting with the new GeForce 353.62 drivers, which are WHQL signed, NVIDIA notes that these new drivers are Game Ready, including the "latest tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations to ensure you have the best possible gaming experience". AMD on the other hand, has its Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers which are offering some resolved issues over the previous set of drivers.
You can grab the NVIDIA GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers here, while the AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers can be downloaded here.
In a recent email by Futuremark's director of engineering, Jani Joki, we were all given a little clarification as to how Futuremark software will operate with Windows 10.
As it stands, all current Futuremark benchmark programs are compatible with this recent operating system release, however, users are reminded that the latest version of SystemInfo should be installed to make sure. This means that 3DMark, 3dMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and Powermark will work as per usual.
There are a few programs which currently stand on shaky ground compatibility wise. If you're worried about your software, head here to see a comprehensive list and information on compatibility.
Coupled with the news that Futuremark will be dropping Peacekeeper browser benchmarking support with the release of Microsoft Windows 10, we have also been informed that the Windows RT version of 3DMark will be removed from the Windows Store alongside seeing 3DMark Vantage on the Steam store will disappear for good.
It is explained that "both of these benchmarks will continue to be supported" in a recently issued press release, coupled with the information that 3DMark Vantage will be available for purcahse from the Futuremark website directly, whereas the Windows RT edition will be available on request for business and enterprise customers only.
In other news, Futuremark ensures that computability testing with the Windows 10 build 10240 has almost reached completion. The recently issued press release ended with Futuremark telling us to "look out for an email from me [Futuremark] next week with our advice on testing Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices with Futuremark benchmarks."