Apple’s iPhone X doesn’t launch until Friday, but Zizo cases are ready for it now – BGR

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both fantastic phones, but the iPhone real Apple fans are waiting for is finally on the verge of being released. That’s right, the hotly anticipated iPhone X launches this Friday.

Apple’s new iPhone X represents the most radical shift in design since the original iPhone was released 10 years ago. The phone’s iconic home button is gone to make way for a new but equally recognizable design feature — the controversial “notch” at the top of the iPhone X’s display — and Apple’s beloved Touch ID fingerprint scanner is gone as well, replaced by Face ID. Also gone is the metal back Apple has used for a decade, with glass replacing it in order to enable wireless charging.

That last change is an important one. The iPhone X starts at a hefty $1,000 and iPhones were already pretty fragile before. Now that the front and back of the iPhone X are both made of glass, you have absolutely no choice but to protect your pricey new iPhone with a case. That’s where Zizo comes in.

Zizo is known for making high-quality smartphone cases and other accessories, and now the company is ready for Apple’s biggest launch in a decade. The company has three iPhone X cases in particular that you’re definitely going to want to check out, including the BOLT, the ION, and the STATIC. All three models offer a sleek look as well as best-in-class protection, and they’re also available to order right now so you have them in time for Friday’s iPhone X release.

Shop Zizo’s entire iPhone X case collection right here or check out each model below.

The BOLT

The Zizo Bolt case is designed perfectly to suit all of your needs in any adventure. It is carefully structured to become the ultimate phone case. Additionally, the Bolt is 12 ft. military grade drop-tested (810-G Compliant), so you can adventure on, knowing your precious Note 8 will be protected.

The BOLT case for iPhone X [Amazon | Zizo Shop]

The ION

The crystal clear Zizo ION case is designed to accentuate the already elegant features of your phone. The case fits snugly to provide protection and durability up to and beyond that of military standards. This minimalist styled case provides that excellent protection you’re looking for without adding bulk or extra weight.

The ION case for iPhone X [Amazon | Zizo Shop]

The STATIC

The Zizo Static case is engineered to protect your phone without adding bulk. It is made to absorb shock force when you drop your phone and it implements impact-dispersing technology so your phone doesn’t take a beating.

The STATIC case for iPhone X [Amazon | Zizo Shop]

About Zizo

We believe style and protection shouldn’t break the bank.

We strive to provide innovative products of the highest quality with our latest line of Zizo branded products. Our team dedicates countless hours towards design, production and product testing in order to deliver optimal products to our #ZizoFamily. Great quality products, competitive pricing, and immediate customer service are our top priorities. Our cases are engineered for adventure. With a Zizo case, you won’t have to compromise your mobile and rigorous lifestyle. We design rugged, yet lightweight military grade products that surpass your expectations. Our cases are made to disperse impact force evenly with shockproof technology. #Zizofamily

NVIDIA Releases 388.00 WHQL Game Ready Driver

Ahead of tomorrow’s Destiny 2 launch, today NVIDIA has released driver version 388.00, featuring Game Ready support for the aforementioned Destiny 2, as well as the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Origins (10/27). As part of the 387 branch already introduced with 387.92, 388.00 is a more minor update and is not bringing any new features.

For Destiny 2, NVIDIA has not only collaborated with Activision and Bungie on graphics, but have also offered three Destiny 2 bundles in the past two months. While NVIDIA has announced that this driver will include a Destiny 2 SLI profile, the 388.00 documentation does not list any SLI profile updates or additions; however, considering that a Destiny 2 Beta SLI profile has existed since at least 385.41, it is more likely that this is an oversight.

As a reminder, the last bundle is still active until November 29, where qualifying GeForce GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti cards and systems will come with a copy of the game. The bundle landing page has further details on qualifying cards and retailers.

Moving on to the sole documented bug fix, NVIDIA has resolved in-game stuttering while using an external display on G-Sync notebooks with GTX 1080s, noting DOOM, CS:GO, and The Witcher 3 as some of the previously afflicted games.

Additionally, NVIDIA does note that 388.00 does not support Alienware laptops with GM204 GPUs (GTX 965M, 970M, 980M, and 980), and that support for these products will be added in the next driver.

For Windows 10 users who have updated to the Fall Creators Update, NVIDIA has identified issues where certain 8 bpc HDTVs have scrambled displays due to automatic application of 12 bpc after the update process. As a workaround, NVIDIA suggests setting 8 bpc for output color depth in the NVIDIA Control Panel after enabling “Use NVIDIA color settings.”

The updated drivers are available through the GeForce Experience Drivers tab or online at the NVIDIA driver download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the 388.00 release notes.

Ready for a SpaceX IPO?

Ha ha, just kidding, the company denied it had plans for an IPO back in May.

But that hasn’t stopped Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas from sizing up SpaceX with a valuation.

The company is planning some capital-intensive projects — a speedier pace of satellite launches, as reported by the WSJ — so “it seems reasonable to consider whether the company could look to … public markets,” he writes in a note.

And why not?

Public markets have a near-masochistic willingness to fund Elon Musk’s other company, Tesla. And unlike Tesla, SpaceX reportedly posted an operating profit several years in a row (from 2011-2014).

Of course, before an IPO could happen, banks and investors would be tasked with trying to figure out how much the company is worth.

And, well, this is a start, I guess:

For this report, we built a hypothetical DCF range for SpaceX, valuing the company somewhere between ~$5 bn and $120 bn+, with a Base Case of ~$50 bn.

What a range!

Part of this depends on whether SpaceX actually does reinvent itself into a satellite-internet company, as Morgan Stanley predicts. (The $5bn figure is their ballpark valuation if it doesn’t.)

The rest of the “hypothetical DCF-based valuation range” analysis is screen-grabbed below:

Mars missions don’t appear to factor into their model.

But the note does spend 133 words on the analysts’ belief that “SpaceX is serious about attempting a mission to Mars”.

Now, we got the usual assurances the separation of equity research and investment banking from Jonas.

But we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Morgan Stanley was one of the lead underwriters on that $1.8bn bond offering from Tesla in August.

The other lead underwriter was Goldman Sachs, which set off the space-analysis race back in April. They did a comprehensive analysis of the industry, but didn’t include any analysis of Musk’s company (at least that we could find in their 98-page report).

So… your move, Goldman?

Find the Morgan Stanley note in the usual place.

Related link:
‘While the psychological barrier to mining asteroids is high…’ — FT Alphaville


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With product sales about to explode, the Apple Enjoy is completely ready for its iPod moment – BGR

For as iconic and profitable as the iPod went on to grow to be, early product sales of Apple’s preferred MP3 player were significantly from intellect-blowing. Initially introduced in Oct of 2001, it was not till 2005 that iPod product sales actually started to explode on a huge scale.

Reality be informed, a quantity of aspects experienced to fall into location ahead of the iPod was able to appear into its personal, with the start of the iTunes Tunes Shop in 2003 and the 2004 release of the more cost-effective iPod Mini getting two notable illustrations. In short, some Apple products simply just need to have time to evolve ahead of getting completely ready to enter the mainstream and get started producing severe revenue. With that in intellect, there is a excellent chance that the addition of LTE to the Apple Enjoy is the requisite characteristic that will, at extended last, just take product sales of Apple’s wearable to the subsequent degree.

The Apple Enjoy may possibly be a powerful machine now, but that hasn’t always been the situation. The 1st iteration of Apple’s wearable was a novel machine, to be positive, but it was plagued by a clunky interface and a decent, but not great, processor. More than time, nevertheless, Apple completely revamped the watchOS interface and gave the machine a more capable and deserving processor. Even so, the Apple Enjoy remained almost nothing more than a powerful companion accessory for the Apple iphone. That is not a dig towards the Apple Enjoy, but relatively a sensible evaluation of the device’s earlier limitations.

The addition of LTE, on the other hand, is an absolute game-changer, the unsightly red dot on the electronic crown notwithstanding. For the 1st time, Apple Enjoy users have the means to discipline and make calls, connect through textual content, and stream songs with no getting tethered to an Apple iphone. LTE functionality allows the Apple Enjoy to breathe on its personal for the 1st time and need to outcome in a huge spike in product sales. Not only will LTE convince future Apple Enjoy purchasers to just take the plunge, LTE is powerful adequate that it may possibly also convince many existing Apple Enjoy owners to upgrade.

What’s more, the LTE-equipped Apple Enjoy as a conditioning-oriented machine is totally jaw-dropping and need to have impact on product sales. As anyone who likes to run each and every now and yet again, I individually delight in getting access to the world’s library of new music at my fingertips. Nevertheless some men and women may possibly be written content with a playlist of, say, 300 songs to select from, other people like to keep their musical choices open up and practically limitless, especially for extended distances. As a outcome, I hardly ever discovered the 1st couple of Apple Enjoy types excellent adequate to training with. An Apple Enjoy that can stream tens of tens of millions of songs from Apple Tunes — a characteristic which need to hopefully be rolling out soon — and affords users the freedom of keeping their Apple iphone at residence, on the other hand, is the long run we have all been waiting for.

Coupled with an at any time-increasing choice of bands, a new and improved heart price app and more, the price proposition presented by Apple’s prime of the line Apple Enjoy is huge. Nevertheless Apple however refuses to release formal Apple Enjoy product sales figures, after Apple releases its earnings report from its upcoming holiday getaway quarter, anticipate to see a massive soar in revenue emanating from the “other products” group.

To this issue, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously stated that overall need for the Apple Enjoy Sequence 3 is more powerful than even Apple predicted. What’s more, Kuo originally forecasted that the LTE version of the Apple Enjoy Sequence 3 may possibly comprise 30-40% of product sales. The moment pre-orders went reside, on the other hand, Kuo adjusted the variety to 80-90%.

The Apple Enjoy may possibly have debuted as a market products, but an iPod-esque product sales explosion is very likely just all around the corner.

NVIDIA Releases 387.92 WHQL Game Ready Driver: Fast Sync for SLI

Ahead of tomorrow’s launch of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, today NVIDIA has released driver version 387.92, featuring support for four Game Ready titles: Middle-earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Forza Motorsport 7, and ARKTIKA.1 (VR). This release also introduces the new 387 driver branch, bringing along feature updates such as Fast Sync under SLI and OpenGL 4.6. Several bugs were also addressed, making 387.92 a rather extensive update.

For Shadow of War, the driver brings Ansel and SLI support. As a reminder, until October 16th select GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti cards will come with a copy of the game as a bundle.

As far as the new features go, 387.92 adds Fast Sync support for SLI, with some caveats. Introduced with Pascal in 2016, Fast Sync is a v-sync mode roughly analogous to triple buffering, aimed at mitigating the high latency of traditional v-sync. For 387.92, Fast Sync under SLI is only available for bridged Maxwell GPU configurations at resolutions less than 4K, and bridged Pascal and later GPU configurations at any resolution.

The 387 branch also sees NVIDIA GameStream support for HDR under Windows 10. However, NVIDIA does note a relevant open issue: on notebooks using hybrid graphics, where the discrete GPU drives the primary display, there is graphical corruption before a streaming game goes into full-screen.

In addition, the 387 branch brings OpenGL 4.6 support, as well as DirectX Intermediate Language (DXIL) support for Kepler and later GPUs, which includes full support for DX12 Shader Model 6.0. NVIDIA has also implemented improvement in full-screen Vulkan applications for 32-bit Windows swapchains.

For bug fixes in 387.92, NVIDIA has resolved the following issues:

  • Low GPU usage for SLI configurations on X299 platforms, resulting in poor performance
  • With Fast Sync enabled, moving the cursor causes twitching in full-screen YouTube videos
  • Share FPS overlay appears in Discord
  • HTC Vive VR view jumps at random times
  • Custom resolutions in NVIDIA Control Panel are not preserved after updating driver
  • For ASUS 4K displays, “Use NVIDIA Color Setting” in NVIDIA Control Panel is not saved after updating or rolling back driver
  • Lines flash across the screen while booting into Windows

Wrapping things up, NVIDIA has also added or updated the following SLI profiles:

  • Earthfall
  • Lawbreakers
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Nex Machina
  • ReCore
  • RiME
  • Snake Pass
  • Tekken 7
  • The Evil Within 2
  • We Happy Few

The updated drivers are available through the GeForce Experience Drivers tab or online at the NVIDIA driver download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the 387.92 release notes.