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 Friday, 31-May-2019  12:38:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCInside built a system using Phantom Gaming Alliance parts. We test Phantom Gaming by building a PC with the following Phantom Gaming products: ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 Mainboard with Intel Core i9-9900K CPU, ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 8G OC graphics card, Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh Phantom Gaming Edition case, Cooler Master Reactor Gold Full Modular 550W power supply, Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R aRGB Phantom Gaming Edition AIO water cooling, TeamGroup T-Force Xcalibur Phantom Gaming 4x 8GB DDR4-3200 RGB RAM and TeamGroup T-Force Delta Phantom Gaming RGB SSD. The result is impressive!

TechSpot have an article about the most memorable game controllers from the last 40 years. As video games have evolved, so have the ways that we control them. In the very early days, there were just knobs (Pong), joysticks with maybe one or two buttons (Asteroids), or trackballs (Marble Madness). These mostly resided within arcades since the hardware to run the games was too expensive for home users. However, with the advent of game consoles like the Atari 2600, video games and the pads to control them evolved in a completely different direction from their arcade counterparts.

Does anyone actually use Bing? F0rge_Lion sent in this Bloomberg article which says that somebody must be using it. That is a pipsqueak compared with Google’s $120 billion in ad sales over the last 12 months. But it’s more revenue brought in by either Microsoft’s LinkedIn professional network or the company’s line of Surface computers and other hardware. How did Bing go from a joke to generating nearly three times the advertising revenue of Twitter? Largely from people being forced to use it by default on Windows 10 and other MS services, presumably.

Speaking of which, a few people sent word that Windows 10 v1903 is out. I’m happy to announce that Windows 10, version 1903 is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business, and will be able to be downloaded today from Visual Studio Subscriptions, the Software Download Center (via Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool), and the Volume Licensing Service Center[1]. Today marks the start of the servicing timeline for this Semi-Annual Channel release, and we recommend that you begin rolling out Windows 10, version 1903 in phases across your organization—validating that your apps, devices, and infrastructure work well with this new release before broad deployment.

This is a longish read but interesting for Sci-Fi nerds, a book from 1968 that predicted a lot of the modern world. In his 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, for instance, he peers ahead to imagine life in 2010, correctly forecasting wearable technology, Viagra, video calls, same-sex marriage, the legalisation of cannabis, and the proliferation of mass shootings. Equally compelling, however – and even more instructive – is the process by which Brunner constructed this society of his future and our present.

There's an upcoming Minecraft Earth game, which seems to be an augmented reality game like Pokemon Go or Ingress, but with Minecraft mechanics. The world of Minecraft enters our universe in a whole new way thanks to the power of augmented reality. Create, Explore, and Survive like never before! Sign up for a chance to be one of the first to play, receive updates about the game, and get your free Earth skin.

I haven't watched this video yet, but it sounds like it might be very interesting: At the Dell Technologies World 2019, we were lucky enough to snag a seat at the talk by MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson; and MIT alumni and Affectiva CEO, Rana el Kaliouby, on human-machine partnership. We managed to record the incredibly insightful session for everyone who could not make it for this exclusive guru session. This is a video you must not miss!

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