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Microsoft Dunks Servers Into Boiling Fluid to Cool Them Off

by Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech Microsoft has been exploring innovative ways to cool its data center servers for some years now. In the past, the company has previously made waves for its offshore data center cooling using seawater via its Project Natick. Now, it’s showing off a two-phase liquid cooling solution it says enables even higher server densities. The new system uses a non-conductive cooling fluid. Microsoft doesn’t precisely identify it, but it sounds similar to 3M’s Novec 1230, with a very low boiling point around 122F (Novec 1230 boils at 120.6F). Boiling off the coolant creates a vapor cloud, which rises and contacts a cooled condenser at the top of the tank lid. The liquid then rains back down into the […]

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533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

by Aaron Holmes, Business Insider A user in a low-level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free. The exposed data includes the personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses. Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set. We also verified records by […]

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Monster Hunter Rise Sells 5 Million Copies In First Week, Boosts Entire Series Beyond 70M

by  Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise has now climbed to 5 million sales since it was released on March 26. Last month, it sold 4 million copies in its first three days alone. Capcom clarified that Rise has shipped 5 million copies globally, so it hasn’t necessarily sold that many through to consumers in its first week. But it’s still a gigantic number and it speaks to the enormity and appeal of the franchise. Monster Hunter games have shipped 66 million units as December 31, 2020, Capcom said. So with Rise’s figures added on, that number climbs to about 71 million. The Monster Hunter series debuted in 2004 and has grown massively since. Once popular primarily in Japan–one Japanese tech CEO gave his company the day […]

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Microsoft wins 10-year contract supplying AR tech to the US Army

The deal is reportedly worth $21.9 billion. by A. Tarantola, Engadget America’s ground-pounders of tomorrow will soon be equipped with custom-built HoloLens headsets as part of a decade-long contract struck between the Department of Defense and Microsoft, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Per the $21.88 billion deal, Microsoft will supply some 120,000 of its AR units to the US Army. This announcement follows a $480 million deal between Microsoft and the DoD in 2018 to develop the Integrated Visual Augmented System (IVAS) based on the standard $3,500 HoloLens headset and augmented using Azure Cloud Services. “The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios,” Microsoft Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman, wrote in a Wednesday blog post. Effectively, […]

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PUBG Lite is shutting down at the end of April

Fs in the chat by Bijan Stephen, The Verge There are a few different versions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — the game that popularized the battle royale genre and inspired a legion of competitors — which you can play on everything from your underpowered phone to your high-end gaming rig. At the end of April, however, the list will be one entry shorter: PUBG Lite, the free-to-play version of the ultimate life and death fight specced for lower-end machines, is going dark on April 29th. New downloads were shut down on March 30th. In its note to fans, Krafton, the game’s publisher, didn’t give a reason for the impending closure. Here’s what it said in full: We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the […]

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Super Mario Bros fans are panicking over rumors that Mario is going to die

by Clare Duffy, CNN Business New York (CNN Business)Grab the tissues. The internet is freaking out over a rumor about the possible impending death of Mario, the famous, red-wearing, Italian plumber who changed the world of video games with the release of “Super Mario Bros” 35 years ago. Let’s back up: In September, the “Super Mario Bros” franchise celebrated its 35th anniversary with the launch of two remastered, classic games — “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” and “Super Mario Bros 35” — for the Switch console that would be available for a limited run until March 31. Nintendo (NTDOF), which owns the franchise, also released other 35th anniversary Super Mario products that would be on sale through March 31. Fans have been grappling to understand why sales of […]

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Call of Duty games get a big update that reduces file sizes

Season Two Reloaded also lets you remove game modes you don’t play. by S. Shah, Engadget With each new update, the latest Call of Duty games have seen their combined size grow to gargantuan proportions. To lighten the load on your hard drive, Activision is reducing Warzone and Modern Warfare‘s overall file sizes across platforms by more than 30GB and over 10GB, respectively, as part of its Season Two Reloaded release. The catch is that the latest update (complete with data optimization perks) is “larger than usual” at 7.4GB to 14.18GB for Black Ops Cold War, and 52GB to 57.8GB for Warzone. Bloated file sizes are a frustrating characteristic of modern AAA games that developers are increasingly seeking to address. Last year, Epic Games shrank Fortnite‘s total size by […]

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Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2’s Code Has Been Lost, So Don’t Expect a Ninja Gaiden Black Remaster

“We were unable to salvage the varying assortment of data we had left from Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2.” by Joe Skrebels, IGN The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection team was “unable to salvage” code for the original versions of Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2, meaning it had to include the newer Sigma versions of those games. That also means that we’ll likely never see new versions of Ninja Gaiden Black or Ninja Gaiden 2 outside of their original Xbox home.Speaking to IGN, head of Team Ninja Fumihiko Yasuda explained the choice of the Sigma editions in Master Collection: “The reason we chose these 3 titles for the collection is because they represent the latest installments of the numbered series and […]

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Nine Free ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ DLC Packs Appear Online, Including Night City Expansion

by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible At the time of writing, developer CD Projekt RED has just released its second major update on all platforms for Cyberpunk 2077. The accompanying patch notes detail hundreds of fixes and adjustments for a game that, as we all know, launched in a disastrous state on consoles. In the wake of Cyberpunk 2077‘s launch and the myriad of issues around the game, you’ll probably remember that CDPR made the wise decision to put a hold on all planned expansions both paid and free in an effort to focus entirely on fixing the base game. While there’s clearly still work to be done as CDPR works to restore its reputation and improve Cyberpunk 2077 at the same time, the good news is that […]

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Huge ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Update Features Hundreds Of Changes

by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible Cyberpunk 2077’s much-needed 1.2 patch will be making its way to PC, consoles, and Stadia “soon”, CD Projekt RED has confirmed. The open-world sci-fi RPG got off to a rough start when it launched late last year, prompting apologies and promises to do better from the developer. The slightly delayed 1.2 patch is a substantial step forward for Cyberpunk 2077, offering literally hundreds of changes both big and small. Some of these were teased earlier this month – such as fixes to the way police in Night City appear and act – but there are plenty more we’re just now learning about. The patch notes cover changes to the game’s quest, open world, design, levels, audio, UI, […]

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This Sealed Super Mario Bros. Could Become The Most Expensive Video Game Collectable Ever

Eclipsing even the Nintendo PlayStation by Damien McFerran, Nintendo Life Remember last year, when we reported that a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. on the NES sold for an eye-watering $114,000 at auction? Well, there’s another copy being auctioned at the moment which currently stands at $310,000 – and it still has seven days remaining before the auction closes. Assuming that the price rises in the next few days, there’s a very real chance that a copy of one of the most common NES games will become the most expensive video game collectable of all time, surpassing even the Nintendo PlayStation – of which there is currently only one known unit on the open market. For the sake of comparison, there are 40.24 million copies of Super […]

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PS5 restock disaster is set to get worse — here’s why

Buying a PS5 could be a headache for a while yet by Rory Mellon, Tom’s Guide Let’s face it, the PS5 restock situation over the last four months has been nothing short of a disaster — and it looks like the situation is only going to get worse.  For the unaware, there is currently a global semiconductor shortage delaying the manufacturing of electronics, and this chip shortage is now reaching a crisis point. “There is a perfect storm of supply and demand factors going on here. But basically, there is a new level of demand that can’t be kept up with, everyone is in crisis and it is getting worse,” claims tech analyst Neil Campling (via The Guardian). The crux of the issue […]

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It’s the End of an Era as the PlayStation 3 bows out for Good!

PlayStation 3 Store Set To Permanently Close After Nearly 15 Years by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible It’s the end of an era, albeit an era a lot of us probably already assumed had ended. According to a new report, Sony is gearing up to shut down the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable stores in just a few months. According to a source close to the situation that has since been verified by TheGamer, these stores are set to close their virtual doors for good on July, with an announcement planned for the end of this month. If there are any digital PlayStation 3 games you wanted to grab, now might be the time to do it. TheGamer understands that the PSP and […]

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‘Gamer dad’ sparks outrage with response to wife’s parenting request: ‘He needs to be responsible’

by Emerald Pellot, In The Know A couple with a newborn got into a fight over the husband’s video game habits. The wife went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum after forcing her husband to drop his game to take care of their baby. She had warned him that he was speaking too loud while playing the online game and when he didn’t lower his voice, their baby woke up in the middle of the night and the wife became fed up. “Our nine-month-old is teething and pretty fussy right now,” the mom explained. “I finally got her to sleep — I breastfeed and she nurses to sleep, so my husband couldn’t help with that. He was playing an online game with […]

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Why The Snyder Cut of Justice League Isn’t Widescreen

The Mother of all Boxes. by Matt Fowler, IGN Superhero fans were recently treated to a throwback aspect ratio when WandaVision opened its run with the yesteryear sitcom screen of 4:3 – the glorious black and white square that viewers saw on their sets for decades. But that was semi-expected, given WandaVision’s TV time-hopping gimmick.What people may not have been prepared for was Zack Snyder’s Justice League (a.k.a. The Snyder Cut) being presented in a very similar ratio. The trailers for the film were not in the widescreen format like the theatrical release was. And indeed, Snyder confirmed that – yes – all of the new Justice League, which premieres March 18 on HBO Max, is presented in what was once the standard aspect ratio […]

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expansion takes Eivor to Ireland

Wrath of the Druids is available April 29 by  Nicole Carpenter, Polygon Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s first expansion, Wrath of the Druids, will be released on April 29, Ubisoft Montreal announced Thursday. Players will sail their Viking ships over to Ireland to “unreal the mysteries of an ancient and mysterious druidic cult,” Ubisoft Montreal said in a news release. Inspired by Gaelic myths and folklore, Wrath of the Druids has players tracking cult members and “gaining influence with Gaelic kings.” It’s the first major expansion for the Assassin’s Creed game that was released in 2020. It’ll cost $24.99 as a stand-alone item, or available as part of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s $39.99 Season Pass, which will provide other content, too. Ahead of the update, though, a new […]