Following weeks of rumors that ASRock was about to get into the GPU business, the Taiwanese firm best known for its motherboards has just unveiled a lineup of graphics cards, all of which use Radeon Polaris graphics processors. ASRock’s Phantom Gaming line will initially be made up of the Radeon RX 580 8GB, Radeon RX 570 8GB, Radeon RX 560 4GB/2GB, and Radeon RX 550 4GB/2GB. The cards feature dual ball-bearing fans and an aluminum alloy composite heatsink with an extra-large copper base and heat pipes. ASRock is also launching its “Phantom Gaming Tweak” software so owners can customize the performance of their cards. It comes with preset modes for overclocking, silent running, and default. The company says the new GPUs offer "excellent overclocking capabilities." "The new ASRock Phantom Gaming Series, based on the powerful Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards, will provide gamers the best of Radeon features and performance which will include FreeSync, the ultimate … [Read more...] about ASRock enters graphics card market with Radeon-based Phantom Gaming lineup
Snapchat is building a way for people to use their Snapchat account to connect with third-party apps. The idea, in theory, would let Snapchat users grant outside companies access to their Snapchat data to help personalize other services. If that’s the case — and it looks like it is, based on these screenshots Mashable published on Tuesday — it would mean that Snap is building out the same kind of API that just got Facebook into a whole mess of trouble. You can’t make these things up. Mashable saw a beta version of Snapchat with a new section called “Connected Apps,” with text that reads, “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to.” Snapchat currently has an advertising API so people can buy ads through third-party dashboards, but it doesn’t let people use their Snapchat account on other apps, or help people connect with their Snapchat friends on other platforms. Facebook … [Read more...] about Snapchat is building the same kind of data-sharing API that just got Facebook into trouble
Facebook knows a lot about you. I mean, a lot. If you've ever been creeped out by a scarily on-point ad while visiting Facebook, that's why. But some of you might wonder where Facebook gets its data. The answer is simple: data brokers. A data broker collects your information from various sources and depending on the broker in question, this information could come from online, offline, or both. Whenever you make a purchase online or utilize your grocery store's loyalty card, the data on your purchases is collected by at least one company. Facebook buys this data and, letting advertisers use it to more specifically target ads towards you. Though Facebook says that the data brokers anonymize what they collect, the details can still be matched against your Facebook profile, building for Facebook and its advertisers a complete picture of who you are. Creepy, right? There's some good news here, though. You can opt-out of this sort of data collection at a lot of data brokers including the … [Read more...] about How to opt out of Facebook data sharing
Anime streaming site Crunchyroll is publishing its first mobile game, Memoria Freese. It’s based on the popular anime series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, otherwise known as “Dan-Machi,” which is an abbreviation of the Japanese title. The original Memoria Freese debuted in Japan in 2017, and Crunchyroll has teamed up with developer Gree to localize and distribute it in English. Starting today, it’s available to play on iOS and Android devices for free. Dan-Machi started out as an illustrated novel series by author Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Suzuhito Yasuda. It follows teenaged protagonist Bell Cranel as he goes on adventures and searches for treasure in dungeons in a fantasy world. It takes its cue from fantasy role-playing games, as its characters level up within the story and gain new skills. The books have been adapted into manga and anime series, which proved to be popular. And the Japanese version of the … [Read more...] about Crunchyroll launches Memoria Freese, its first anime-based mobile game
Google is releasing a new artificial intelligence voice synthesizer called Cloud Text-to-Speech. This new tool is available for developers or businesses looking to add a voice to their AI creations. The new voice is developed by the Google-owned company DeepMind, and uses its WaveNet technology. DeepMind is based in the U.K. and was acquired by Google in 2014. Since then it has focused on machine learning tasks and released a product that helps cool and reduce electricity consumption in Google data centres. Cloud Text-to-Speech is the company’s second tangible project and Google claims that it reduces the gap between computer and human performance by over 50 percent. The voice currently works with 32 voices and 12 languages including Canadian French with more coming in the future. What makes this voice different is that it doesn’t rely on a technique called concatenate synthesis, which is the process of combing word sounds — like “ba,” “sh,” or … [Read more...] about Google is now sharing its cutting edge text-to-speech service
Rogers’ new CEO and president Joe Natale is off to a strong start, with the carrier announcing impressive Q2 2017 financial results. For the three months ended June 30th, Rogers recorded overall revenues of $3.592 billion CAD, up four percent from the same period in 2017. The majority of the growth was from its wireless division that saw a six percent revenue increase and brought in $2.048 billion. The reason for the surge was “primarily as a result of a larger subscriber base and the continued adoption of higher-value Share Everything plans.” “Our second quarter results reflect the strong efforts of our highly engaged and committed team, underpinned by an incredibly rich mix of business assets. We reported strong revenue and adjusted operating profit growth from continued momentum and operating leverage in our largest segment, Wireless,” said Natale. “Our team delivered excellent Wireless results across the board, including substantially lower … [Read more...] about Rogers posts strong Q2 wireless revenues, total subscriber base now at 10,399,000
Facebook is still in damage control mode after the world found out a shady company like Cambridge Analytica was able to extract user data for 50 million people and use that data to influence the presidential election. It all happened with Facebook’s assistance — the company made that data available to developers without considering that it might be abused. Or perhaps the company did consider it, but it simply didn’t care. An internal memo that was leaked on Thursday reveals that Facebook’s top execs have been thinking about the “ugly” side effects of sustained growth, although growth remained a top priority for the company. The leak also brings us a twist related to privacy breaches. Facebook employees are witnessing what it’s like to have data exposed that they thought was private. Don't Miss: Pixelbook is the best Chromebook you can buy, and Amazon slashed $100 off all three models It was BuzzFeed that got a hold of an internal memo from … [Read more...] about Irony: Facebook employees hate it when their private memos are shared with third parties
Less than six months after launching in France, a dockless bike-sharing service is calling it quits in the country, due to what it characterized as “mass destruction.” The company, Gobee, told The Guardian that over a thousand bikes were stolen in France, with 3,200 damaged and 6,500 needing repairs. “Over the months of December and January, the mass destruction of our fleet has become the new entertainment of underaged individuals,” said Gobee. A shitstorm of ruination seems to be the default outcome for dockless bike-sharing services, and Gobee is no exception to the rule. Which poses the question: Will humans ever not wreak havoc on a dockless bike-sharing service? Around the world, bike-sharing startups are struggling with this reality. In China, there are heaps of thousands of discarded bikes. Dockless bike-sharing service Wukong Bikes shut down after it lost 90 percent of its bikes in just five months—the company forgot to equip its bikes with GPS. … [Read more...] about Can People Ever Be Trusted With Dockless Bike-Sharing?
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Spider proves that at one time Fiat didn’t need Mazda to help it make super sexy sports cars. The seller of this one however, is going to need to prove all that sexy is still worth a sack of cash. When you go to look at a new car—say a Kia Rio or VW Jetta S—do you affect your best Homer Simpson impression and ask the seller ‘What advantages does this motor car have over say.. a train. Which I could also afford?’ You no doubt then giggle madly while the seller quietly resolves to make you buy the jacked up lost key insurance. Happens to me all the time. Look, we all want to be rich, or at the very least enjoy the trappings of wealth while burdened by crushing debt. It’s the American way. Particularly emblematic of the caviar lifestyle was yesterday’s odd bodkin of a home away from home, the 1997 VW Dehler Optima 5.4 camper. That was so fancy it literally came with a pot to piss in. Being Canadian, its … [Read more...] about For $9,990, Could This 1981 Fiat 124 Sport Spider Make You Forget The New Miata-Based One?
Having multiple Amazon accounts can get pricey, if you pay for Prime multiple times, buy the same movies, and so on. Thankfully, Amazon Household makes it dead simple to share free shipping, purchases, and other benefits across multiple accounts in your household. Why Would I Want To Do This? Amazon Household is, as the name implies, designed for families sharing the same residence and in a somewhat traditional family structure (two adults + up to four children). The two adults in the household each get access to free Prime shipping, Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service, an unlimited Prime Photos account (each household member gets their own account with private photos and albums), access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free books, and, of particular interest to those with small children, easy management of all the child profiles attached to the primary account. In addition, members of the household share purchased content … [Read more...] about How to Set Up Amazon Household and Share Prime Benefits, Purchased Content, and More