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Twitch Prime’s no-advertising perk will vanish starting September 14

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 10:08pm

Some of Twitch Turbo's icons, with its special smiley face flipped in light of today's Twitch Prime news. (credit: Twitch)

On Monday, Twitch announced a major downgrade coming soon to its paid Twitch Prime service. Starting September 14, any renewal of the paid service (as part of a paid Amazon Prime subscription) will have its no-advertising benefit lopped off.

On that day, existing paid Amazon Prime (and thus Twitch Prime) subscribers will continue receiving an ad-free viewing experience on the site, which revolves primarily around video game live-streaming. Any renewals paid for after that date, either on a monthly or annual basis, will flip the switch and turn video ads back on, to be played at random intervals during Twitch video streams.

In short: if you want to reap ad-free Twitch benefits via Amazon Prime for as long as possible and you like paying for Amazon's service, re-up that subscription ahead of September 14.

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Python wriggles onward without its head

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 10:05pm
The software's just fine, annual codefest agrees

Analysis At the third annual PyBay Conference in San Francisco over the weekend, Python aficionados gathered to learn new tricks and touch base with old friends.…

SEC settles 'fraudulent scheme' case against VC Michael Rothenberg - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:35pm
The watchdog says the VC and his firm misappropriated millions of dollars in investor money.

Huawei tried to pass off DSLR photo as smartphone selfie in new ad - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:20pm
Reddit users were not impressed.

Facebook and NYU want to use AI to make MRI exams faster - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:14pm
A new project aims to make getting an MRI scan 10 times faster.

Amazon kills 20 percent game preorder discount, you'll get $10 off instead - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:10pm
Amazon Prime members have until Aug. 28 to preorder games like Red Dead Redemption for as little as $48.

The best back-to-school deals from Best Buy - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:03pm
College and K-12 students (and parents!), it's not too late to save money on laptops, monitors, dorm accessories and more.

Windows Phone will continue its slow march to death through 2019 - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:03pm
The shambling corpse of Windows Phone will keep shambling.

HP Omen Obelisk gaming desktop is engineered beyond its $879 starting price - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:02pm
A redesign of the Omen 870 desktop, this micro-ATX tower aims for easy expansion and gaming immersion.

Doctor Who: Season 11 release date, trailer, plot details and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 9:00pm
There's a new season on the way with a new Doctor. Here's what you need to know and what to expect.

Report: Apple will finally give us Retina MacBook Air, new Mac Mini - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 8:54pm
We've been waiting half a decade for Apple to update the MacBook Air's screen.

Nvidia reveals $800 GeForce RTX 2080 at Gamescom 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 8:54pm
Nvidia's new top-end graphics card is all about ray tracing.

Maingear F131 is liquid-cooled PC gaming like you've never seen - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - August 20, 2018 - 8:49pm
No, this isn't a flux capacitor. It's Maingear's F131, an amazingly engineered PC packed with a custom APEX liquid-cooling block.

Stranger Things season 3 will have some fun with 1985's Fletch - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 8:46pm
Star David Harbour says the Chevy Chase action comedy will have a surprising influence on events in Hawkins.

Microsoft prepares to kill the Windows 8 store: No new apps from November

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 8:44pm

(credit: Microsoft)

Windows 8.1 dropped out of mainstream support earlier this year, entering the five-year extended support period in which it receives only security fixes. However, Microsoft is still accepting new application submissions to the Windows 8 Store. Submissions for new Windows Phone 8 apps are also currently accepted.

Today, Microsoft announced that this is soon coming to an end. After October 31, new applications will no longer be accepted for distribution through the store.

Updates to existing applications will continue to be supported. However, there's now an end date for these, too: from July 1, 2023, Microsoft will cease to distribute any updates for Windows 8.1 Store applications. The deadline for Windows Phone 8 is sooner: updates for those apps will end on July 1, 2019.

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Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 8:43pm
Smut-slinging copyright troll cops to fraud and money laundering charges

One of the attorneys behind notorious copyright operation Prenda Law has just agreed to plead guilty to a pair of felony counts.…

Minecraft: Education Edition coming to iPad in September - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 8:41pm
Even more students will be able to explore the blocky video game.

Raytracing explained: Nvidia, Microsoft lead the way in revolutionizing gaming graphics

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 8:40pm

Enlarge / This image from EA’s SEED group shows off realistic shadows and reflections, and it highlights DXR. (credit: Project PICA PICA from SEED, Electronic Arts)

The announcement today of Nvidia's new GPUs with integrated acceleration of raytracing makes Microsoft's plans for DirectX even more relevant. Raytracing gives developers access to a wide range of effects that the current mainstream approach (rasterization) handles poorly. Shadows, reflections, and glass are all set to look much more realistic.

At GDC, Microsoft announced a new feature for DirectX 12: DirectX Raytracing (DXR). The new API offers hardware-accelerated raytracing to DirectX applications, ushering in a new era of games with more realistic lighting, shadows, and materials. One day, this technology could enable the kinds of photorealistic imagery that we've become accustomed to in Hollywood blockbusters.

Whatever GPU you have, whether it be Nvidia's monstrous $3,000 Titan V or the little integrated thing in your $35 Raspberry Pi, the basic principles are the same; indeed, while many aspects of GPUs have changed since 3D accelerators first emerged in the 1990s, they've all been based on a common principle: rasterization.

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Egypt shares secrets from mysterious sarcophagus skeletons - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 8:23pm
No curses have emerged from the sarcophagus, but the bones tell some surprising stories.

Who killed the girls in Sharp Objects? The theories, broken down - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 20, 2018 - 8:09pm
With the finale just a week away, a lot of secrets could still be revealed in HBO's Southern gothic mystery. Spoiler-free if you're caught up to Episode 7.

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