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 Thursday, 7-February-2019  12:28:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Everyone seems to be talking about Apex Legends, a new free-to-play Battle Royale type game. They broke one million players in under 8 hours from launch. There's more info in this article on Eurogamer. As Respawn is eager to reiterate, this is a battle royale set within the Titanfall universe rather than a Titanfall 2 sequel. It takes place about 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2, in an area called the Outlands, featuring an eclectic bunch of characters who are all competing in "the Titanfall equivalent of a blood sport". Hunger Games, but more sci-fi. Discussion in this thread in our PC Games forum.

ArsTechnica report on the rise of liquid cooling in datacentres. It's also got more general info about the history of liquid cooling. So how has liquid cooling gone from esoteric science on the fringe of computing to near-mainstream in modern data centers? Like all technologies, it was partially the result of evolution involving trial and error and a lot of engineering. But specifically for liquid cooling, today’s massive data center operators should perhaps thank the early overclockers, who may really be the unsung heroes of liquid cooling.

PCWorld have a video interview with Scott Herkelman of AMD. Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we are joined by Scott Herkelman, VP & GM of Radeon Gaming at AMD. He's here to talk about Radeon VII, how FreeSync vs Gsync is like VHS vs Betamax, and tell us about his try at pro gaming!

TechSpot explain display technologies. By far the most common types of display panels used on PC monitors are TN, IPS and VA. We’re sure you’ve heard these terms before if you've researched monitors to purchase, and to be clear, the type of panel is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform. A brief overview is in order, before we focus on the individual characteristics of each technology and how they perform.

Tweaktown have re-visited NVIDIA DLSS benchmarking with 3DMark Port Royal. What we have here today is a run through of all of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX series cards including the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, RTX 2070, and RTX 2060 graphics cards. I've used our newer Intel Core i9-9900K test rig that is powered by a Z390 AORUS PRO motherboard, 32GB of Hyper-X RGB memory, and Toshiba OCZ R100 M.2 SSDs.

A Canadian crypto exchange is in trouble after the founder died with nobody else knowing the password. Robertson also said that Cotten held “sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins” and no other members of the team could access the stored funds. QuadrigaCX announced Cotten’s death in mid-January, saying he had died “due to complications with Crohn’s disease on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India, where he was opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need.” While Robertson has Cotten’s laptop in her possession, CoinDesk wrote, she says she does not know the password, and a technical expert recruited by the firm has been unable to bypass its encryption. She also says Cotten left behind no business records.

Optus has been fined $10M by the ACCC over third-party billing services. The Federal Court has ordered Optus pay a $10 million penalty for its treatment of customers who unknowingly purchased games, ringtones and other digital content through its third-party billing service, following action by the ACCC. Optus admitted that the company misled consumers and breached the ASIC Act when it billed customers for third party-produced content which they mistakenly bought or subscribed to through its “direct carrier billing” (DCB) service.

Google have released a new Chrome extension to check if your passwords have been found in a data breach. The Chrome browser extension, called Password Checkup, is available today. It securely checks credentials used to log in to websites—whether they're manually entered or stored in Chrome's password manager—against hashed credentials stored in an encrypted database of billions of compromised accounts maintained by Google.

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