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Slingbox streaming boxes go off life support tomorrow

Slingbox streaming boxes go off life support tomorrow

Goodbye old friend: The grandfather to modern television streaming, Slingbox, is about to go off life support. On Wednesday, November 9, the cloud-based content provider will end server support, effectively ending all device functionality. The service is a ripe old 17-years-old, which by contemporary technology standards is at least a couple of lifetimes. The news …

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Microsoft releases DirectStorage 1.1 to developers

Microsoft releases DirectStorage 1.1 to developers

Why it matters: Load times are one advantage Microsoft’s and Sony’s new consoles have enjoyed over PC, taking full advantage of their NVMe storage. Microsoft seeks to bring that advantage to Windows with DirectStorage, releasing a vital component to developers this week. Microsoft announced Tuesday that developers can now implement DirectStorage into their PC games. …

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UK clinical trials transfuse two people using blood produced in a lab

UK clinical trials transfuse two people using blood produced in a lab

Why it matters: Hospitals have a constant need for donated blood. Approximately 30,000 units per day are used to treat accident victims and people with blood ailments like sickle cell anemia. Hospitals often suffer shortages when they receive a high number of trauma patients. But what if we could duplicate a typical donation in a …

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New AMD bundle offers Dead Island 2 and The Callisto Protocol with RX 6000 graphics cards

New AMD bundle offers Dead Island 2 and The Callisto Protocol with RX 6000 graphics cards

Something to look forward to: After announcing the first Radeon 7000 graphics cards, AMD has revealed its latest ploy to clear out RX 6000 GPU stock. The new promotion resembles one AMD is running to move Ryzen 5000 CPUs in light of weak Ryzen 7000 sales. From now until February, customers who buy a desktop …

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LG unveils high-resolution display that can stretch up to 20%

LG unveils high-resolution display that can stretch up to 20%

In a nutshell: LG Display has unveiled what it is calling the world’s first 12-inch high-resolution stretchable display. The tech, fitting called the Stretchable display, is based on a highly resilient film-type substrate comprised of the same silicon that is used in contact lenses. The 12-inch display boasts full-color RGB, a resolution of 100 PPI, …

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Recent numbers show PC gaming doubled over three years in Japan and isn’t slowing

Recent numbers show PC gaming doubled over three years in Japan and isn’t slowing

The big picture: For decades, many have considered the PC game market a niche in Japan — a country traditionally associated with arcade and console games. While PC is still nowhere near dominant in Japan, recent numbers indicate multiple factors are helping it grow there. A recent analysis from Japan’s Kadokawa ASCII Research Laboratories shows …

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Samsung’s 8th-gen V-NAND is expected to support over 12 GB/s

Samsung’s 8th-gen V-NAND is expected to support over 12 GB/s

Something to look forward to: As companies attempt to squeeze every last bit of speed possible out of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, they’ve begun to focus on the newest standard, PCIe 5.0. While some manufacturers have reported 10+ GB/s capable drives, Samsung has attempted to overthrow all of its competition with its 8th-generation V-NAND. Earlier this …

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Space X Hyperloop tube dismantled for employee parking lot in LA suburb

Space X Hyperloop tube dismantled for employee parking lot in LA suburb

Editor’s take: So far, Musk’s dream of supersonic capsules that convey a driver and vehicle at 800 miles per hour has been somewhat disappointing. As Musk transitions to head honcho of Twitter, the decommissioning of the Hyperloop tube sitting outside his Los Angeles Space X facility indicates an abandonment of Musk’s enthusiasm for the technology …

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Tim Berners-Lee: please ignore the Web3 nonsense. The future is Solid

Tim Berners-Lee: please ignore the Web3 nonsense. The future is Solid

Forward-looking: The creator of the World Wide Web has disavowed Web3 as the future of internet’s most successful and popular application. He is proposing Solid, a new decentralized effort not based on blockchain, as a possible solution to the issues the web is facing at the moment. Tim Berners-Lee is best known as the creator …

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US Justice Department lands conviction in $3.36 billion Silk Road Bitcoin heist

US Justice Department lands conviction in $3.36 billion Silk Road Bitcoin heist

In a nutshell: On November 9, 2021, law enforcement seized 50,676.17851897 Bitcoins from the Gainesville, Georgia, home of James Zhong. The haul was valued at around $3.36 billion at time of the seizure (which just happened to be right around Bitcoin’s all-time high). At the time, it was the largest cryptocurrency seizure in the history …

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