Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+ • The Register

FIRST FONDLE Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is everything you’d expect in a premium handset, but the stylus doesn’t appear to add huge value.

The Register was today offered the chance to get hands-on with the new phablet at its formal Australian launch.

My immediate impression was that there’s now very little distinction between a Phablet and a plus-size handset, because the device is scarcely larger than the Galaxy S8 Plus. Here’s the tale of the tape.

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1
6.3 inch 6.2 inch
195g 173g

Both devices also pack an 8MP front camera, 12MP rear snapper, Exynos 9 Octa 8895 chipset, Android Nougat, IP68 rating and a Super AMOLED screen. The Note gets 6GB of RAM, two more than the S8+, but its 3300 mAh battery is 200mAh down on the S8+’s power source.

Between those specs and the fact there’s just a millimetre or two between the devices, clearly the distinction between the Galaxy S and the Note is now trivial.

Except for one thing: the Note includes a stylus and apps that let you put it to work. I gave a couple a whirl and they did a perfectly good job of rendering my handwriting, perhaps making it a little less illegible than is usually the case. Samsung reckons it’s possible to dial phone numbers you hand-write in notes, but how to do so was not immediately apparent. Spokespeople also enthused about bringing the nostalgic experience of using a pencil into the digital world, but I could find no immediately obvious value-add from the stylus. Having said that, my handwriting was always terrible, is getting worse, and I am an utterly inept artist. Others may find the stylus gives them welcome options and opportunities.

The stylus also produced one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen in a phone.

Samsung’s demo setup included trays filled with water to show off the Note 8’s imperviousness to H2O. I removed the stylus from its slot, removed the Note 8 from the water, re-submerged it and then re-inserted the stylus under water. I expected to see a few bubbles emerge from the stylus slot and they did as I inserted it. What I did not expect was bubbles that seemed to emerge from under the Note 8’s screen the further I pushed the stylus.

The device suffered no ill-effects, so I assume this was a feature not a bug. Whether intentional or accidental, it was disconcerting.

Samsung made much of the device’s camera, now imbued with 10x optical zoom. Below is a test shot, which I think does a decent job of contrast on the plants in the foreground, picks up the pigeon-defeating wires on the wall quite well and handles the rest of the view quite well other than washing out the sky on what was a very bright Sydney morning.

Test shot on Galaxy Note S8

Sydney looking fine when shot on the Galaxy Note S8. The same image is available here as a 4.6MB .JPG, the native format and size the demo Note 8 produced.

Overall, this is a fine handset that will probably delight you. Samsung’s Launcher is now clean and consistent. The company’s own apps let you know they’re around without getting in your face. It’s a little hefty, but not clunky. Android Nougat is fast, responsive and stable.

One last thing: not one of the ten or so Note 8s on show at today’s launch ever became noticeably warmer than one would expect during a few minutes poking and prodding. Samsung seems to have left that little problem in its past! ®

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3 Hot Cybersecurity Stocks in Focus Post Equifax Inc. (EFX) Data Breach

Cybersecurity stocks were seen soaring last Friday, after Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) reported a massive data breach. Per the company, highly sensitive personal data of approximately 143 million consumers has been stolen from its database. Reportedly, nearly two-third of the adult U.S. population has been affected due to this cyber attack.

3 Hot Cybersecurity Stocks in Focus Post Equifax Inc. (EFX) Data Breach

The company late last Thursday announced that a data breach occurred between mid-May and July this year, which was discovered on Jul 29. Apart from some sensitive personal information, hackers have stolen credit card numbers of about 209,000 U.S. consumers and “certain dispute documents with personal identifying information” of nearly 182,000 U.S. consumers.

This is not the first instance when consumer data has been stolen from a company’s data base. However, sensitivity of the information exposed in Equifax’s data breach case makes it one of the worst in recent times. The latest data breach at the company will likely have a lasting impact as criminals can use the stolen resources for opening new accounts, applying for credit cards or loans, buying insurance, renting an apartment or even for tax frauds.

Shares of Equifax plunged nearly 14% last Friday after news of the cyber attack surfaced.

Cybersecurity Stocks Soar

The recent cyber attack at Equifax proved that most organizations across the world lack proper security measures.

Nonetheless, believe it or not, there is a positive side to this episode.  A cyber attack is good news for cybersecurity companies because it increases the chances of security-related purchases by the companies and governments. Hence, investors flock to these shares, shooting up share prices.

Equifax’s Thursday’s announcement gave a sharp boost to cybersecurity stocks, particularly identity protection security providers.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), which has been enhancing its identity-theft protection capabilities through acquisitions like LifeLock, gained the most with its shares witnessing a 3.4% rise.

This was followed by FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE), which is specialized in providing web security, email security, file security and malware analysis. The stock gained 1.5% last Friday.

Another cybersecurity company, Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT), went up 5.8% during trading hours. But it lost its momentum later to close at just 0.3% higher. The company is one of the leading security-as-a-service providers and focuses on cloud-based solutions for threat protection, compliance, archiving & governance, and secure communications.

Fresh Boost for Security Stocks

So far, the year 2017 has witnessed massive cyber attacks, including the two ransomware attacks — WannaCrypt or WannaCry in May and Petya in June — which created global havoc. However, the silver lining to this entire episode will be the further rise in demand for security-related products among enterprises and governments across the world. This is anticipated to drive share prices to new highs in the rest of 2017.

Furthermore, with rapid technological advancement, organizations are increasingly adopting the “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy to enhance employee productivity with anytime/anywhere access. This trend, in turn, calls for stricter data security measures.

We believe the urgency for stricter security measures will compel enterprises, as well as governments to increase spending on cyber security software. According to a Markets and Markets report, worldwide cybersecurity spending will likely reach $101 billion in 2018 and $170 billion by 2020.

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New Chance To Buy Hot Chips Like Nvidia May Be Coming Up | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

The stock market’s been a bit rocky lately, but that has helped create some new buy opportunities.

The two biggest semiconductor exchange traded funds (by assets) appear poised to do just that.

XAutoplay: On | OffFirst up is iShares PHLX Semiconductor (SOXX), which has amassed $1.1 billion since its July 2001 launch. The fund tracks the PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index and bears a 0.48% expense ratio.

The ETF was featured in this column in late June as shares sought support at the 50-day moving average. It fell below the line but recovered to form a shallow cup with handle. The ideal buy point is 151.75, or a dime above the high of the handle. SOXX rose 13% from a prior flat-base breakout to the left-side high of the current pattern.

SOXX has returned 22.9% year to date through Sept. 5, according to Morningstar Direct, doubling the S&P 500’s 11.3% gain. It’s outpaced the benchmark index over the longer haul with three-, five- and 15-year returns of 20.8%, 24% and 10.7%, respectively, vs. 9.3%, 14.3% and 9.3% for the S&P 500.

Top holdings as of Sept. 5 included graphics chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA), Apple chip supplier Broadcom (AVGO), Texas Instruments (TXN) and Intel (INTC). Nvidia has surged more than 50% this year. Investment research firm CFRA on Wednesday suggested investors shift from growth stocks like Nvidia to value plays such as Broadcom and Intel.

But valuations in the semiconductor industry overall remain reasonable, CFRA analyst Angelo Zino said in his report: “While the popular PHLX Semiconductor Index is up over 70% in the last two years, our analysis shows that valuations remain healthy and actually reside slightly below historical levels.”

VanEck Vectors Semiconductor (SMH), which tracks the MVIS US Listed Semiconductor 25 Index, has gathered $761.4 million in assets. Like SOXX, the ETF slipped below its 50-day line in late June but has since recovered near its all-time highs. It’s shaping a flat base with an 89.82 buy point.

Its top 10 holdings as of July 31 included Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), as well as Intel, Nvidia, Broadcom and Texas Instruments. The nearly 6-year-old fund has returned 23.1% year to date and a respective 20.7% and 23.4% over the past three and five years. SMH’s expense ratio is 0.36%.

Wednesday’s picks drew closer to their buy points as the broader market rebounded. Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) closed just shy of an 81.31 entry and Vanguard Health Care Index Fund (VHT) ended near a 151.39 buy point.


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What’s hot and what’s not at Berlin’s IFA tech fair

Berlin’s IFA technology fair, Europe’s largest and a bellwether for the Christmas season, draws to a close Wednesday. Here is a quick overview of what’s hot and what’s not in the aisles.

– On the out –

– Tablets: the fever that greeted Apple’s launch of the iPad in 2010 has long dissipated. Smartphones boast increasingly large screens and high performance in a handier package than the not-quite-laptop devices.

– Energy efficiency: “It was a big topic in 2008, it remains important, but most devices conform to regulations now, we think it’s time to turn to other things,” said Reinhard Zinkann of Germany’s Miele. As for phones, “it’s become standard to recharge your phone overnight, now the idea is that there should be no need to charge it during the day,” said Raoul de Gelis of Sony Mobile.

– Virtual reality: passion about the immersive headsets has faded from the levels seen in 2015 and 2016. Hardware remains pricey at around 500 euros ($550), restricting VR to true gaming enthusiasts. “The VR market has been held back in 2017 by very limited supply of the OLED display panels needed,” said IHS analyst Ian Fogg, suggesting 2018 may be the breakthrough year as more mobile users will be able to try out the tech.

– Photography: digital cameras are thin on the ground at IFA, as high-performance smartphone snappers crowd them out and the mania for instantly sharing lunch, travel and selfie shots on social networks rages unabated.

– On the rise –

– Mixed reality: this technology blends virtual reality with the real world, as computer-generated images are added to the user’s field of vision while they wear special glasses or a headset. Acer, Asus, Dell and Lenovo were all showing off headsets this year, while Microsoft announced a version of Windows compatible with the devices.

– Activity trackers: enthusiasm for the trailblazers of the wearable technology world shows no signs of fading, with more gadgets than ever on offer to count steps, swimming strokes, water intake or calories burned — or to prod you about your health goals. Samsung and Fitbit placed their fitness wearables centre stage at IFA.

– Connected speakers: Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod all offer networked speakers that respond to voice commands — with research suggesting the market is set to balloon in the coming years. Sony’s version with no buttons at all could mean the future of choosing music is all vocal.

– Male grooming: IFA’s aisles used to host hairdryer or straightener demonstrations, but a growing number of brands are targeting style-conscious men. Bracelets, glasses and smart glasses are in vogue, while a cavalcade of devices promises to help maintain an immaculate beard.

– Vinyl records: In a vintage touch, record players are back on the scene at IFA, with pride of place going to Technics’ SP-10R — touted as the best-ever turntable from the legendary DJ equipment maker. A quirky offer from Thomson attaches to the wall and plays records vertically.

‘Gifted’ high-tech takes spotlight at Berlin’s IFA fair
Berlin (AFP) Aug 30, 2017 –
The gadgets on display at Berlin’s mega consumer electronics fair this week may not look radically different, but they are smarter than ever before and designed to meet our every need — often before we’ve even thought of it ourselves.

As smartphones and other electronic devices make greater use of artificial intelligence (AI), the digital assistants already pervasive in our lives are set to become more intuitive and play a bigger role in our homes, observers said.

The humble television, overshadowed in recent years as viewers streamed their favourite shows on tablets and phones, is also poised for a comeback with better-than-ever screen quality and online applications.

This year’s IFA is all about “AI to make our daily life easier,” Klaus Boehm of consultancy Deloitte said ahead of the annual trade show which kicks off Friday.

Boehm pointed to Amazon’s and Google’s voice-controlled speakers that can answer questions, turn off the lights and do our online shopping as examples of the “smart home” trend.

And in the race to be the smartest, developers are focussing less on hardware and more on intelligent software to woo consumers.

A so-called innovations “hub” resembling a university library will take pride of place at the conference venue, where researchers, developers and start-ups will give fairgoers a glimpse of the gadgets of the future.

Such is the emphasis on AI this year that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei, the world’s third largest, will use the IFA stage not to present a new model but to unveil its first personal assistant, Kirin, which it hopes will rival the dominance of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby.

From offering restaurant recommendations before you’ve realised you’re hungry to asking if you’d like your usual coffee after your alarm goes off, life without smart aides will fast become unthinkable, observers predict.

As the long-promised revolution of the “internet of things” is slowly making itself felt, IFA exhibitors are also set to showcase rubbish bins that know which items to recycle and fridges that can help you stick to your diet.

– ‘Television not dead’ –

Smart TVs that respond to voice commands and allow for easy on-demand viewing are expected to help reclaim the telly’s place at the heart of the home as viewers are lured back with super-high-definition screens.

And of course, bigger is better.

“TV is not dead,” said Roland Stehle of Germany’s gfu federation for electronics firms, a co-organiser of the IFA trade show.

“People are buying bigger TV sets, so the picture sizes are increasing and it’s necessary to have a high resolution.”

IFA organisers are predicting a bumper year for television makers, as the latest OLED and Ultra-High Definition (UHD/4K) technologies become more affordable.

More geared towards the general public than its Las Vegas rival, the Consumer Electronics Show, IFA is known for lifting the veil on the must-have electronics most likely to end up under our Christmas trees.

“The demand for consumer electronics and household appliances is quite high, it’s a good sign for IFA,” said gfu president Hans-Joachim Kamp.

Sales in the global market for consumer electronics, including mobile phones, are forecast to reach some 887 billion euros ($1 trillion) in 2017, up four percent on the previous year, according to gfu data.

Some 240,000 visitors are expected at this year’s fair, which runs until September 6, organisers said at a preview press conference Wednesday.

No major new announcements are expected in the smartphone arena as Apple traditionally skips IFA and Samsung already unveiled its latest high-end model last week, the Galaxy Note 8 that is supposed to banish memories of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding batteries.

Instead, Samsung plans to use IFA to showcase its newest offerings of smart wearables, the Gear Fit2 fitness bracelet and the Gear S4 smartwatch.

Having failed to live up to the initial hype, tech giants are betting that there is life in the wearables market yet.

The Gartner consultancy estimated earlier this month that wearable devices such as smart headphones, eyewear, clothing and watches will generate global revenues of some $30.5 billion this year.

And wireless headphones will become so standard that phones without audio jacks will become the norm, they said, a path already charted by Apple after it controversially ditched the 3.5-millimetre jack in the iPhone 7 last year.

“By 2021, we assume that almost all premium mobile phones will no longer have the 3.5 mm jack,” said Angela McIntyre, author of the Gartner study.


The wackiest innovations at Berlin’s IFA 2017

Berlin (AFP) Sept 3, 2017

Europe’s biggest electronics show IFA is in full swing in Berlin, and alongside the familiar televisions and smartphones its aisles are bursting with gadgets on the stranger side.

Here’s a look at some of the most eye-catching inventions:

– DIY cyborg –

Long the province of amateur “biohackers”, some firms are trying to take chips you can implant into your own body at home mainstream … read more

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NVIDIA Volta and AMD Vega GPU Architectures Detailed at Hot Chips ’17

NVIDIA and AMD, the graphics giants of the modern world have detailed their next generation GPU architectures at Hot Chips 2017. The latest details include an in-depth look at the NVIDIA Volta and AMD Vega GPUs which are powering high performance machines to complete the most demanding tasks known to mankind.

NVIDIA Volta and AMD Vega GPUs Detailed at Hot Chips 2017 – The Most In-Depth Look You’ll Ever Get at the Modern Day Powerhouses of the Graphics World

The NVIDIA Volta and AMD Vega GPUs were introduced this year. Both GPU architectures are created for the most demanding graphics tasks that the HPC market can think of. We already detailed the NVIDIA Volta and AMD Vega architectures in detail but here’s an even more detailed look at the latest generation of FinFET GPUs from each company.

NVIDIA Tesla V100 – Built With the Tesla GV100 Chip, Up To 84 SMs With 5376 CUDA Cores

First up, we have the NVIDIA Tesla V100 which is built using the Volta GV100 GPU. The GPU consists of 21 Billion transistors that are packaged in a die measuring 815mm2. The Tesla V100 specifically uses 80 of the 84 SMs available on the GV100 GPU. That is to enable higher yields without the need to sacrifice much of the compute capabilities. With the 80 SMs on board the GPU, we get 5120 cuda cores, 2560 double precision cores and 640 tensor cores. There’s also 16 GB of HBM2 on board the chip and by chip, we are referring to the interposer that houses the GPU and VRAM.

The HBM2 that is featured on Tesla V100 is by far the fastest we have seen to date and developed by Samsung. It’s running at 900 GB/s which is almost a terabyte worth of bandwidth. There’s also the NVLINK interconnect that runs at 300 GB/s per GPU, offering much higher communication speeds than the one released a generation prior on Pascal GPUs which was rated at 160 GB/s.

When we compare raw performance stats, the results look absolutely shocking. The Tesla P100 released last year but the Tesla V100 is faster and better in ever possible way. The Deep Learning speed has gone up by a factor of 12x (120 TFLOPs vs 10 TFLOPs), the Deep Learning Inference has gone up by a factor of 6x (120 TFLOPs vs 21 TFLOPs), Single and Half precision compute is up by 50% while both cache and bandwidth have received significant updates.

NVIDIA mentions that they have achieved a 50% increase in efficiency per SM with Tesla V100 compared to Tesla P100 and the improved SIMT architecture along with tensor acceleration that can deliver up to 9.3x speedup in certain workloads (provided the CUDA 9 software optimization) will make Volta a revolutionary step in GPU engineering for them. You can read more about the NVIDIA Volta GV100 GPU and the Tesla V100 accelerator here.

NVIDIA Volta Tesla V100 Specs:

NVIDIA Tesla Graphics Card Tesla K40
Tesla M40
Tesla P100
Tesla P100
Tesla P100 (SXM2) Tesla V100 (PCI-Express) Tesla V100 (SXM2)
GPU GK110 (Kepler) GM200 (Maxwell) GP100 (Pascal) GP100 (Pascal) GP100 (Pascal) GV100 (Volta) GV100 (Volta)
Process Node 28nm 28nm 16nm 16nm 16nm 12nm 12nm
Transistors 7.1 Billion 8 Billion 15.3 Billion 15.3 Billion 15.3 Billion 21.1 Billion 21.1 Billion
GPU Die Size 551 mm2 601 mm2 610 mm2 610 mm2 610 mm2 815mm2 815mm2
SMs 15 24 56 56 56 80 80
TPCs 15 24 28 28 28 40 40
CUDA Cores Per SM 192 128 64 64 64 64 64
CUDA Cores (Total) 2880 3072 3584 3584 3584 5120 5120
FP64 CUDA Cores / SM 64 4 32 32 32 32 32
FP64 CUDA Cores / GPU 960 96 1792 1792 1792 2560 2560
Base Clock 745 MHz 948 MHz TBD TBD 1328 MHz TBD 1370 MHz
Boost Clock 875 MHz 1114 MHz 1300MHz 1300MHz 1480 MHz 1370 MHz 1455 MHz
FP16 Compute N/A N/A 18.7 TFLOPs 18.7 TFLOPs 21.2 TFLOPs 28.0 TFLOPs 30.0 TFLOPs
FP32 Compute 5.04 TFLOPs 6.8 TFLOPs 10.0 TFLOPs 10.0 TFLOPs 10.6 TFLOPs 14.0 TFLOPs 15.0 TFLOPs
FP64 Compute 1.68 TFLOPs 0.2 TFLOPs 4.7 TFLOPs 4.7 TFLOPs 5.30 TFLOPs 7.0 TFLOPs 7.50 TFLOPs
Texture Units 240 192 224 224 224 320 320
Memory Interface 384-bit GDDR5 384-bit GDDR5 4096-bit HBM2 4096-bit HBM2 4096-bit HBM2 4096-bit HBM2 4096-bit HBM2
Memory Size 12 GB GDDR5 @ 288 GB/s 24 GB GDDR5 @ 288 GB/s 12 GB HBM2 @ 549 GB/s 16 GB HBM2 @ 732 GB/s 16 GB HBM2 @ 732 GB/s 16 GB HBM2 @ 900 GB/s 16 GB HBM2 @ 900 GB/s
L2 Cache Size 1536 KB 3072 KB 4096 KB 4096 KB 4096 KB 6144 KB 6144 KB
TDP 235W 250W 250W 250W 300W 250W 300W

AMD Vega 10 – The First Flagship Radeon GPU in More Than Two Years Detailed

AMD released their flagship Vega GPU, the Vega 64 earlier this month. It’s aiming at the high-end segment which has seen no action by team Radeon for the last two years, but now the wait is over. The AMD Vega 10 GPU or Vega 64 (the full fat die) is based on the 14nm FinFET architecture from GlobalFoundries and has a die size of 486mm2. It houses 12.5 Billion transistors. The package is measuring at 2256mm2 compared to 2500mm2 of the Fiji chip. The power envelope is stated at 150-300W which means there will be significantly more variants of this chip.

The last part is confirmed through another interesting detail in the slide which mentions that the 2 stacks of HBM2 can incorporate 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB of VRAM. We have already seen 8 GB and 16 GB variants of the chip but it shows that there are still more to come. A 4 GB HBM2 VRAM size for a Vega 10 SKU that ships with a TDP under 200W will be pretty sweet.

When it comes to the architectural layout, Vega is different compared to Fiji in many aspects. The block diagram of the Vega 10 core shows that the chip consists of a single graphics engine with 4 ACE (Asynchronous Compute Engine) units, 2 SDMA (System DMA) units and a fully operational IF (Infinity Fabric) interconnect that runs within the GPU. The graphics engine consists of 4 DSBRs (Draw Stream Binning Rasterizers), Flexible Geometry Engines, 64 Pixel Units and 256 texture units. The Unified Compute Engine is made up of 64 NCUs (Next Compute Units) that house 4096 stream processors and also 4 MB of L2 cache.

AMD Radeon Instinct Accelerators:

Accelerator Name AMD Radeon Instinct MI6 AMD Radeon Instinct MI8 AMD Radeon Instinct MI25
GPU Architecture Polaris 10 Fiji XT Vega 10
GPU Process Node 14nm FinFET 28nm 14nm FinFET
GPU Cores 2304 4096 4096
GPU Clock Speed 1237 MHz 1000 MHz 1500 MHz
FP16 Compute 5.7 TFLOPs 8.2 TFLOPs 24.6 TFLOPs
FP32 Compute 5.7 TFLOPs 8.2 TFLOPs 12.3 TFLOPs
FP64 Compute 384 GFLOPs 512 GFLOPs 768 GFLOPs
Memory Clock 1750 MHz 500 MHz 472 MHz
Memory Bus 256-bit bus 4096-bit bus 2048-bit bus
Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s 512 GB/s 484 GB/s
Form Factor Single Slot, Full Length Dual Slot, Half Length Dual Slot, Full Length
Cooling Passive Cooling Passive Cooling Passive Cooling
TDP 150W 175W 300W

AMD has put a lot of emphasis on SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) and reveal that the Vega 10 GPU can support up to 16 Virtual Machines at once. AMD is also mentioning their Rapid Packed Math technology which allows for 16-bit math operations. There’s also talk of an AMD ROCM stack which is constantly being updated and improved to support the latest professional workloads so that AMD GPUs are properly optimized for various tasks, especially the Radeon Instinct line of GPU based accelerators which are utilizing the Vega architecture. You can learn more about the Radeon Vega Instinct accelerators here.


The hot stock that one market bear is buying

Technical analyst Todd Gordon is bearish on the market, but there’s one stock he can’t resist.

Nvidia is up about 52 percent year to date, although it has had a recent setback. The founder says the charts are hinting at a possible breakout for semiconductors as a group, and the chipmaker is particularly well positioned for a comeback.

“[The semiconductor ETF (SMH)] is hanging inside of this little range here that we’ve seen for the summer, and it’s possible that we’re going to break higher,” Gordon said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.” “The vehicle of choice in the chips, no surprise here, is going to be Nvidia.”

Shares of Nvidia are down almost 7 percent from the all-time highs hit earlier this month. Gordon points to an “inverse head and shoulders” pattern that he says is suggesting a bullish reversal for the stock. The trader believes that the “shoulders” of the pattern, which are sitting near $160, are forming a “support shelf” that could send Nvidia back above $170.

As a result, Gordon wants to buy the September monthly 165-strike calls and pair that with the sale of the September monthly 170-strike calls for a total of $1.62, or $162 per options spread. This means that if Nvidia were to close below $165 on the Sept. 15 expiration date, Gordon would lose $162, the premium he paid to make the trade.

On the other hand, if Nvidia closes above $170 on Sept. 15, Gordon stands to gain a maximum reward of $338 on the trade.

However, despite the attractive risk reward, Gordon does establish a stop for himself in order to mitigate risk.

“If [the premium] gets cut to about $80, let’s cut the trade, it’s obviously not working,” he said.

The SMH is currently up 20 percent this year, meaning that Nvidia is far outperforming the group.

Lian-Li’s Totally HOT DK-05 Aluminum And Glass Motorized Sit-Stand PC Desk Now Available


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It’s been well over a year since Lian-Li first gave us a glimpse at its motorized DK-04 sit-stand desk, which wowed us with its stunning good looks, features, and overall functionality. Now, Lian-Li is back with the inevitable successor, the DK-05, and it is definitely worthy of your attention.

The DK-05 was first shown off earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and is capable of housing two fully functioning workstations within its enclosure. E-ATX motherboards are supported, and each complete system has access to four 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch storage bays. Each also can accommodate high-performance graphics cards up to 36cm in length and high capacity ATX power supplies. Sounds like a perfect home for AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64.

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The DK-05 is big upgrade from the DK-04, which could only support one system. Another notable enhancement comes on the cooling front, as there needs to be enough capacity to accommodate two hard-charging systems. On this front, there is now support for 12 120mm fans, compared to 8 for its predecessor. And for those that have plans for water cooling, there’s room for a single 480mm radiator and three 360mm radiators.

As with the DK-04, the surface of the desk itself is covered in tempered glass, so you can look down and see all of your PC’s components in living color (might we suggest a nice AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X or an Intel Core i9-7900X). The actual desk surface measures 140cm x 78cm, which should be more than enough to handle doubling up on keyboards, mice and monitors that would be necessary for controlling two PCs. There are also front panel connections on either side of the desk to accommodate each system. Each has access to two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, HDMI and HD audio connectors.

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And since this is still a motorized sit-stand desk, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that it is height-adjustable within a range of 69cm to 118cm. You’ll find the controls to raise/lower the desk (along with a digital readout of the current desk height) on the right-hand side beneath the front I/O connectors.

The Lian-Li DK-05 is currently available for sale over at Newegg for $1,989.99. But given the size of this beast, be prepared to fork over another $119.99 for shipping.

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Pamplin Media Group – Hillsboro fire station becomes Pokemon Go hot spot

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Hillsboro firefighters battle a house fire in 2015.Don’t commit a Pokemon no-no.

Hillsboro Fire Department officials are asking Pokemon Go fans to pay close attention to their surroundings when close to a fire station — a request prompted when dozens of Pokemon Go players began congregating next to the Ronler Acres Fire Station last week.

The virtual reality game sets up random algorithms that place virtual Pokemon characters in different places around the world, drawing players to public spaces in search of them.

Apparently the Ronler Acres Fire Station was a hot spot.

Players gather at virtual “gyms” to do battle with other players, via their mobile phones. The game was initially released in July 2016 and has been downloaded more than 500 million times.

Hillsboro Fire spokesman Bruce Montgomery began to notice players outside the station on July 24 and 25, shortly after Pokemon parent company Niantic rolled out new updates to the game.

“There were a lot of people out there,” he said. “You would come walking up and they wouldn’t even acknowledge you as you walk through. It was kind of funny.”

Montgomery said the players mostly gathered on the north end of the Ronler Acres station, located at 4455 N.W. 229th Ave., well out of the way of the emergency vehicles. But they were still in the parking lot where they could get hit by a car if they were too distracted.

The station houses an engine company and serves many of the major tech companies in Hillsboro, including Intel’s largest facility. The station also includes the department’s prevention and education division, where the department trains its own firefighters in addition to providing medical training for local high-tech companies.

Montgomery said he wanted to get the word out before any issues arise.

“What we’re trying to get across is as much as people want to play the game, they need to be aware,” he said.

Final Fantasy’s card game is hot at tabletop shops, shipping 5.5 million packs | GamesBeat | Games

Digital cards games are hit with established video game franchises these days. Just look at Hearthstone, Gwent, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends. But one beloved series, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy, is finding success in the physical realm of card games.

The Final Fantasy Trading Card Game has shipped more than 5.5 million packs worldwide. The game has existed in Japan since 2011, but it only recently appeared in Europe and North America last November. The expansion into new markets and languages has extended its reach to Final Fantasy fans around the world.

Above: Opus III is the next expansion.

Image Credit: Square Enix.

The Final Fantasy card game has two players battling against each other, using resources (either by tapping or discarding cards) to play and attack with characters. Each player has seven health, and every attack depletes ones health. You win by managing your resources and cards so that you can defend yourself from your opponent’s attacks while still having enough juice for your own offense.

Physical card games used to be the norm for gaming franchises, especially after the success of the still popular Pokémon Trading Card Game that debuted in the late ’90s. Before Hearthstone, the World of Warcraft also had its own tabletop card game. While Hearthstone became the bigger success, there’s still money to be made in the booming tabletop business.

The original worldwide reboot last year introduced three starter decks based on Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X, and Final Fantasy XIII. The Opus II expansion, which came out in March, introduced card packs that focus on Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XII, and Final Fantasy XIV.

The next expansion, Opus III, releases in North America on August 4. It will include two new starter sets, based on Final Fantasy IX (squeeee!) and Final Fantasy Type-0. Cards from its booster packs will feature characters from from across the series.

Square Enix is planning regional championships for the card game, which will culminate in a World Championship that it expects to take place in Tokyo this November.

NASA Announces Selection Of Two Hot, Ripped Astronauts For Man-On-Man Mission To Mars – The Onion

HOUSTON—After an exhaustive 18-month evaluation process in which an applicant pool of hundreds was narrowed down to the two very buffest candidates, NASA announced Friday that it had chosen a pair of hot, ripped astronauts to take part in the first-ever man-on-man mission to Mars.

Shirtless and oiled-up for their appearance before the press, former Air Force captain Stephen Dunhill and Malibu, CA lifeguard Blake Brawner were introduced by officials who said the two tanned studs had completed an Astronaut Corps training program that pushed them to their mental, physical, and carnal limits. NASA confirmed that the two mouthwatering male specimens possessed both the courage and the raw, insatiable lust needed to complete the landmark mission.

“For centuries, humanity has gazed up at the bright red planet in the night sky and dreamed of putting a man on a man on Mars,” said NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot Jr., explaining that the agency was confident the two hard-bodied astronauts could endure the harsh conditions and constant thrusting the six-year roundtrip mission will require. “As they explore the planet and each other’s chiseled bodies during this mission, these two slabs of prime beefcake will advance our understanding of the universe and bring us one step closer to the day when humans build a civilization on another planet and then fuck each other hard.”

“These brave, horny muscleboys will be true pioneers,” Lightfoot added.

Having received more than 800 résumés and modeling portfolios, officials said they invited the 25 hunkiest applicants to the Johnson Space Center for medical exams to confirm they met stringent requirements for height, weight, visual acuity, testosterone levels, and pectoral circumference. Those candidates certified as sufficiently Adonis-like and hungry for cock then reportedly participated in a flight simulation inside a replica of NASA’s new Penetrator spacecraft, which has been built for the man-on-man mission’s planned launch in 2020.

According to sources, the prospective astronauts underwent grueling tests in which they were observed as they piloted the model spacecraft, maneuvered through the cramped cabin to check instrument panels while executing seamless reach-arounds, responded to simulated emergency scenarios, and negotiated the delicate entry into Mars’ atmosphere while having their testicles played with.

NASA representatives noted that candidates were also strapped to a gyroscope in the 69 position to evaluate their ability to simultaneously perform and receive oral sex while spinning rapidly along multiple axes.

“Throughout the journey, from launch to landing, we’ll be following the Penetrator’s progress along its charted course and monitoring the crew’s vital signs, including their libido level and recovery time between spectacular climaxes,” said Lightfoot, adding that Mission Control will know immediately if, for example, the men’s advanced blowjob techniques do not function as anticipated in a zero-gravity environment. “Once on Mars, the astronauts will set up their habitation module and fix any mechanical issues with its oxygen generator, fuck swing, or water purifier.”

The acting head of NASA went on to detail other preparations for the mission, such as making sure the ship’s payload contained adequate supplies of the calorie-rich foods formulated to quickly re-energize the men after each round of vigorous mind-blowing sex. On the planet’s surface, the astronauts will reportedly conduct scientific tests, collect soil samples, and, once they are sealed safely back inside the airlock, rip each other’s spacesuits off so they can immediately resume sucking and fucking.

Lightfoot praised the two luscious pieces of top-shelf manflesh who stood beside him at the press conference, observing that Dunhill, a decorated pilot, skilled engineer, and fellatio expert with steely blue eyes and six-pack abs, and Brawner, a part-time personal trainer with a chiseled jawline and a 10-inch penis, passed the training program “with flying colors.”

“Soon mankind will embark upon a new frontier, one that many of us have waited for our whole lives,” Lightfoot said. “For those of you who want to follow the progress of our astronauts during their historic journey, please note that a continuous POV live feed will be available on NASA’s website.”