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EA DESKTOP

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EA has developed a new application called EA Desktop to replace the old defective Origin loader. At least this loader has not crashed on the box which is a move in the right direction. The new loader is still not 4K friendly as the game collection does not redraw to fill the full screen mode. …

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CHINA EVERGRANDE GROUP DEFAULT RISK

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China Evergrande Group is up to its eyeballs in debt owing some $300 billion. The risk of default is scary enough to affect the world’s stock markets. Evergrande is set to default on at least one tranche of bond interest payments totaling around $120 million, due at the end of September. Only two emotions matter, …

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CHINESE SUPERCOMPUTING ADVANCING FAST

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China has been building several supercomputers for domestic use. Most of the work in focused on oil exploration, weather analysis, industrial design, pharmaceutical research among various other academic needs. At present China now as 206 machines in the TOP500. The US has 124 while Japan has 36. Canada only has 6 machines in the TOP500. …

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IOS 15 NOW AVAILABLE

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Apple has now released iOS 15 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. iOS 15 now leverages 5G for mobile backup of images etc to iCloud. The iPhone 6S and above are eligible for iOS 15. WatchOS 8 is available for series 3 and above. Downloading apps Backing up from and restoring to iCloud Downloading …

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VIDEO CARD WAFER COSTS

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There has been a lot of speculation about video cards in the forums and on social media. Some more interesting facts are needed to give perspective. SAMSUNG TSMC Node N5 N5 Density 100% +30% Performance 100% +30% Wafer cost $7,000 $16,000 Looking at the higher cost of TSMC wafers it is clear that Samsung N5 …

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XBOX 360 NOW PHASE 4 SUNSET

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In only a new more months the servers for the Xbox 360 are going to finally be shut down. Migrating to the Xbox One is not as expensive now as second hand consoles are widely available at affordable prices. On fleabay an Xbox One S was auctioned for well under $100. Halo Xbox 360 legacy …

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TOSHIBA EXTENDS N300 AND X300 CAPACITY

Toshiba has used advanced  FC-MAMR in the server class MG09 hard disks. Now this technology is being used in the more affordable N300 and X300 series of hard disks. The good news is that capacity will now reach 18TB which will make them popular with NAS users etc. WD recently reached 20TB with an embedded …

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SITE SLOW WHEN STEAM UPDATES GAMES

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The network box is not very powerful so when Steam downloads game updates the website page load times suffer. Efforts to get a better box from Shaw (my ISP) have been unsuccessful. Most game updates do not use a lot of internet bandwidth. The game patching tends to thrash the disks instead with verification etc. …

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HALO UPDATE CHANGES

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343 Industries said that once Halo: Infinite ships the seasonal updates for Halo: Master Chief Collection will change. Halo: MCC will still be maintained but updates will not be as structured with seasons etc. Steam said my Halo: MCC Insider was revoked suggesting that is it for beta testing. Guess that means I am fired. …

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KIOXIA FL6 SSD

Kioxia has a new FL6 corporate SSD. This unit is SLC and using the same stacking Samsung uses for their SSD. The result is incredible durable media. PCIe 4.0 and NVMe 1.4 specification compliant; ready for NVMe-oF deployments Native dual-port for high-availability and resiliency 60 DWPD endurance and capacities from 800 GB to 3200 GB Enterprise …

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