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 Sunday, 13-January-2019  23:19:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

China successfully landed Chang'e 4 on the far side of the moon, the first successful soft landing there. Information cannot be sent directly from the lunar far side to Earth ó the moon's bulk gets in the way. Instead, signals are sent from the lunar surface up to a relay satellite called Queqiao, which launched in May 2018 and is hovering in an orbital "parking spot" from which it can communicate with Earth. There's a big panoramic photo here and you can watch a video from the lander, as it landed, here. Discussion in this thread.

ASUS unveiled a self-enclosed watercooled video card at CES 2019, the ROG Matrix RTX 2080 Ti. Infinity Loop integrates a closed loop cooling system within the cooling shroud housing a pump, radiator and tubing within a triple fan designed cooler. Due to constraints that are associated with cramming numerous components underneath what looks like a seemingly regular GPU cooler, the ROG Matrix RTX 2080 Ti takes up a total of three PCIe slots. ASUS claims the Infinity Loop cooling solution beats rival vendors with 120mm hybrid cooling designs and even competes with models that feature 240mm radiators.

Boneburner pointed out this news that Windows 10 will reserve 7GB of space for Windows Updates in future. While this may seem like Microsoft taking over a machineís precious storage space, the company said the system is being designed in a way that makes sure that unneeded temporary files are removed automatically to give space to Windows updates and apps. This system would also help reduce the chances of a Windows update affecting user data, as was experienced with the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. More info here.

Another interesting thing from CES is this weather report system from IBM. A weather forecasting system that can provide hourly updates for any location on the planet has been announced by technology giant IBM. Currently in many African, Asian and South American countries, weather reports may be available only every six to 12 hours and only for broad patches of land up to 15km (9.3 miles) wide. But IBM's new tool provides reports down to more specific, 3km-wide areas.

3DMark have a new "Port Royal" benchmark, designed to measure the impact of RTX or real-time ray-tracing technologies. Bjorn3D have a roundup of current GPUs, as do Tweaktown. So, you want to see what your new RTX or ray tracing capable can do? Donít have the time or skill to plot a run on the only real ray tracing title (Battlefield V) available as of now? 3DMark is finally updated with its newest benchmark designed specifically to test real time ray tracing performance. Your can post or compare your own scores in this thread.

A few people sent word that the game What Remains of Edith Finch is free on the Epic Games store for the next week or so. What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, youíll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.

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