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Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Ars Technica - 20 min 40 sec ago

Enlarge / Say hello to yet another Geforce graphics card. (credit: Nvidia)

Ahead of Nvidia's pre-Gamescom keynote on Monday, Internet retailers spilled the beans on the existence of the company's next consumer-grade graphics cards: the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.

A massive Newegg product listing revealed pre-order options for both new cards from the usual graphics cards suspects: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY, and Zotac. Prices and specs didn't appear in this initial leak, but the page does include hard confirmation that the cards will ship with a bump to Nvidia's Turing chip architecture.

According to Nvidia, this jump to Turing will usher in consumer-grade raytracing in real-time video games. Nvidia has been loudly trumpeting its interest in global illumination lighting systems, and on delivering hardware that can make this rendering pipeline far more efficient, since a major reveal at this year's Game Developers Conference. These systems can deliver, among other things, a far more realistic system of shadows and light sources that all bounce off of each other.

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Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University's videos

BBC Technology News - 50 min 38 sec ago
The firm had blocked one video critical about Muslims and another that defended male aggression.

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

The Register - 1 hour 10 min ago
Veteran penguin botherer feels the need. For speed

Longtime Linux slinger SUSE has emitted a kernel optimised for the cloudy world of Microsoft Azure.…

Amazon's Kindle Voyage may be over - CNET - News - 1 hour 15 min ago
It looks like one of our favorite e-readers has come to its journey's end.

PepsiCo to buy SodaStream for $3.2 billion - CNET - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
The deal is designed to advance PepsiCo's goal of "making more nutritious products while limiting our environmental footprint."

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund eyes investment in Lucid Motors, report says - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 24 min ago
The fund already has a 5-percent stake in Tesla.

We can learn the secrets of smooth traffic flow by watching fire ants

Ars Technica - 1 hour 28 min ago

Enlarge / Georgia Tech researchers color-coded fire ants with markers to better monitor their movements. (credit: Rob Felt/Georgia Tech)

The next time you're stuck in traffic, consider taking a cue from the lowly ant. Fire ants may hold the secret to regulating traffic flow, whether it be dealing with cars packed on a freeway during rush hour, shepherding crowds through narrow passageways, or coordinating swarms of robots.

"Ants that live in complex subterranean environments have to develop sophisticated social rules to avoid the bad things that can happen when you have a lot of individuals in a crowded environment," said Georgia Tech physicist Daniel Goldman, who has been studying fire ants for years and is co-author of a new paper in Science detailing how they optimize their tunnel-digging efforts.

In a jam

Physicists have long been fascinated by traffic jams, especially so-called "phantom" traffic jams (aka, "jamitons"), where there doesn't seem to be any good reason for the slowdown. It all comes down to density and the physics of self-organization. Traffic moving freely "flows" like a liquid. Traffic jammed to a standstill is akin to a solid.

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Get the Essential Phone PH-1 for $224 - CNET - News - 1 hour 34 min ago
Update: That sold out fast! It's now showing at $344. Plus: three bonus deals!

Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting

The Register - 1 hour 40 min ago
No end in sight yet to mystery maintenance 'issue'

The US Patent and Trademark Office has taken a novel approach to dealing with the problem of patent trolls. The solution? Shut everything down.…

Who's the Sharp Objects killer? The top theories, broken down - CNET - News - 1 hour 50 min ago
With the finale just a week away, a lot of secrets could still be revealed in HBO's Southern gothic mystery. Spoiler-free up to Episode 7.

This is not your father's Microsoft - CNET - News - 1 hour 52 min ago
CEO Satya Nadella knew the culture at the world's largest software maker needed a fix. Employees and investors are sold. Now he's got to convince the rest of us.

Audi On Demand car-sharing program launches in the UK - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 53 min ago
The short-term loans can run anywhere from an hour to almost a full month.

Aston Martin will build you a brand new Goldfinger DB5 for $3.5 million - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
It has functioning gadgets, which I imagine does not include the machine guns.

Whiteboards used as Gatwick flight information screens fail

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 5 min ago
Airport staff are having to write flight information on whiteboards as screens go blank.

Aston Martin will build 25 new Goldfinger cars—with gadgets

Ars Technica - 2 hours 8 min ago

Few cars are quite as legendary as the Aston Martin DB5. It's not because they sold well—just over a thousand were built between 1963 and 1965. And it's not because they won famous races. Instead, the DB5 became such an icon thanks to an early example of product placement, because it's the car that James Bond drove in the film Goldfinger. And now, Aston Martin has said it's going to build 25 of them, complete with gadgets. But they won't be cheap—each will cost $3.51 million (£2.75 million) plus tax.

In the film, 007's car was modified by Q Branch and equipped with revolving number plates, machine guns, an oil slick dispenser, and even an ejector seat. In reality, the car used in the film—actually one of Aston Martin's pre-production prototypes—was modified by John Stears, who won an Oscar for his work. No one knew at the time quite how much the DB5 would steal the show, and after the film the gadgets were removed from the car and then reinstalled some years later.

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Save 40 percent on this fun little folding drone - CNET - News - 2 hours 10 min ago
The Eachine E56 features an accelerometer-powered remote, an HD camera and even a carrying case, all for $30.

Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

The Register - 2 hours 11 min ago
They fell off the Peak... They perished on the Plateau... They fell in the Trough...

There's been a tragedy on the fields of emerging technology and nobody seems to have noticed. Once-promising trends that were toiling for recognition a year ago have simply vanished.…

Watch Nvidia's Gamescom 2018 launch event here - CNET - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Nvidia is rumoured to be launching its next top-end graphics card, the RTX 2080, at Gamescom. Watch the livestream here at noon ET.

Microsoft's CEO on helping a faded legend find a 'sense of purpose' - CNET - News - 2 hours 14 min ago
Satya Nadella inherited one of the most successful companies in history — but one that had lost its shine. He discusses his work to make it relevant again.

Gig economy pressures make drivers 'more likely to crash'

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Drivers and couriers who get their work from apps face a "heightened risk" of crashes, a study suggests.

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