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Gigabyte unveils the world's smallest GTX 1080

It's just 6.7 inches long

As stylish and discreet Mini-ITX rigs become more popular among PC builders, graphics card manufacturers are coming up with increasingly smaller GPUs. Now, Nvidia board partner Gigabyte has revealed the smallest GTX 1080 card ever released: The GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G.

For those who want the smallest build possible without compromising on gaming power, this “tiny but mighty” card should fit the bill. It measures just 6.7 inches in length; that’s almost 4 inches shorter than the 10.5-inch Founders Edition GTX 1080. And the other measurements are just as minuscule: Gigabytes’ card is only 1.5 inches high and 5.2 inches wide.

The Mini ITX 8G comes with a Nvidia reference 1607 MHz base clock and 1733 MHz boost range. There’s also an OC mode profile that pushes the base clock up 25 MHz to 1632 MHz and the boost up 38 MHz to 1771 MHz.

Keeping everything frosty in this dual slot card is Gigabyte’s own cooling system, which consists of three composite heat pipes designed to maximize the direct contact area to the CPU. They travel through an aluminum fin stack that’s cooled by a 3D Active semi-passive 90mm fan, which uses a set of 3D stripes on the surface that Gigabyte claims improves airflow by 23 percent compared to traditional fans.

Additionally, Gigabyte says that thanks its 5+2 power phases, the Mini ITX 8G overclocks better than the Founders Edition reference card and its 5+1 phase design. The 8G also offers 'one click super overclocking' through the Aorus Graphics Engine utility, and is powered by a single eight pin connector. No word yet on pricing or availability.

If you're looking for something that's a little larger but offers more power, check out Zotac's GTX 1080 Ti Mini.

The full Gigabyte Mini ITX 8G specs are as follows:

  • Graphics Processing: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Core Clock: Boost: 1771 MHz/ Base: 1632 MHz in OC Mode | Boost: 1733 MHz/ Base: 1607 MHz in Gaming Mode (Reference Card Boost: 1733 MHz / Base: 1607 MHz)
  • Memory Clock: 10010 MHz
  • Memory Size: 8 GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR5X
  • Memory Bus: 256 bit
  • Card Bus: PCI-E 3.0 x 16
  • Output: Dual-link DVI-D x1 / HDMI x1 / DisplayPort x3
  • Digital max resolution: 7680x4320
  • Multi-view: 4
  • Card size: H=37 L=169 W=131 mm
  • PCB Form: ATX
  • DirectX: 12
  • OpenGL: 4.5
  • Recommended PSU: 500W
  • Power Connectors: 8 pin*1

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Putin says country that becomes AI leader will rule the world; Elon Musk warns it will cause WW3

Will AI benefit humanity or help destroy it?

We’re used to hearing Elon Musk warn us about the terrifying dangers of AI, and now it seems one world leader agrees with him: Vladimir Putin. Not only did the Russian president say that artificial intelligence comes with “threats,” he added that whichever country becomes the leader in the field of AI will “rule the world.”

Speaking to students at a career guidance forum, Putin said the “future belongs to artificial intelligence.” While Russia intends to be a leader when it comes to AI development, he added that "it would be strongly undesirable if someone wins a monopolist position." The president said that Russia would be willing to share its knowledge on the subject with the “entire world.” Weather it would be happy to share everything it knows about the subject is another matter.

AI is "the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind," said Putin. "It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict."

"Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."

Musk was quick to respond to Putin’s comments, warning that the race to perfect AI will most likely cause a third world war. The Tesla boss has previously stated that the technology is more of a threat to humanity’s existence than North Korea.

In a series of tweets, he explained that while Kim Jong-Un risks invasion and the collapse of his leadership if he launched a nuclear weapon, an AI wouldn’t hesitate to launch a nuke if it believes it to be the best course of action.

Last month, Musk joined 116 experts calling for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, which they say could become the “third revolution in warfare.”

Speaking at Senate armed Services Committee in July, Gen. Paul Selva – the second highest-ranking general in the US military – said: "I don't think it's reasonable for us to put robots in charge of whether or not we take a human life."


https://www.techspot.com/news/70850-putin-country-becomes-ai-leader-rule-world-elon.html

Jaguar's AI-powered steering wheel could become the only part of a car you'll own

The steering wheel that organizes your life

How will driving in the future differ from today? According to Jaguar Land Rover, not only will autonomous cars become the standard, we won’t even own vehicles. The only part of a car that consumers get to possess is the AI-powered steering wheel.

Set to be announced at the new Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London this week, the concept device is akin to an Alexa-style digital assistant. The AI lives inside the removable steering wheel, which can be attached to whatever car you happen to be sitting in.

The wheel is called Sayer – named after Malcolm Sayer, an influential designer who worked at Jaguar between 1951 and 1970. The company envisions it being kept in the home, where voice commands allow Sayer to carry out “hundreds” of tasks. But its most important function is the way it integrates with an on-demand car sharing service.

Sayer users could “call upon the vehicle of their choice where and when they need it,” according to Jaguar. Additionally, the AI could check schedules for appointments and order an autonomous car to arrive at the right time. Once it turns up, users plug the smart wheel into the car to link the two.

“Simply ask Sayer from the comfort of your living room and it will work out when you get up, when a car needs to autonomously arrive at your door and even advise which parts of the journey you might enjoy driving yourself,” explained the company.

For those who enjoy driving cars, all this might sound a bit depressing, but Sayer has a solution. Whenever a section of the journey arrives that car fans might enjoy, Sayer will suggest passengers take control of the vehicle. Once the car is slowly moving through traffic or traveling down a long, straight road, the AI takes over again.

Sayer is just a concept so there’s no guarantee it’ll ever become a real product, especially as many of its functions could just as easily be carried out using a phone app. But it gives us an idea of what owning a car (or just a wheel) might look like in a few decades time.


https://www.techspot.com/news/70848-jaguar-ai-powered-concept-steering-wheel-might-only.html

Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 1: The First 5

Welcome to the first episode of Upgrade my PC Please!

Upgrade My PC Please! gives viewers the chance to have their PC upgraded for free.

If you missed last week's announcement explaining what the series is all about and how you can enter, be sure to check that out first. As a short refresher, each episode will feature five PCs in need of an upgrade, we'll take a look at the owner's current setup, discuss the upgrade options, and then let you guys decide which PC deserves to be upgraded (vote here).

Whoever gets the most votes will win the upgrade package tailored to their PC and the winner will be announced in the following episode, then we’ll take a look at five more PCs in need of an upgrade and do it all over again.

For the upgrades we have allocated a budget of $500 per episode. This week's contenders are:

  • Mason ‘Old Boy’ from Australia
  • Brett ‘Red Raider!’ from New Zealand
  • Hamwar 'HMR2' from the UK
  • Hayden 'CAD Box' from Australia
  • Dakota 'Silver Shadow' from the US

Watch the video for all the details about these 5 PCs, check out our recommendations, and help us deciding who is the most deserving of receiving our proposed upgrade package.

By commenting and voting on UMPP you’ll also go in the running to win a cool prize at the end of the season, and of course, you’ll be eligible for other competitions we run on the forums as well. We are working with a few sponsors, to help us giving away more prizes. For example, Ubisoft will be providing us free game keys, so if you get picked for an episode but don't get the upgrade, you can still score some free goodies.

Voting will be open until Saturday night and we’ll announce the winner at the beginning of next week's episode, at which point we’ll have another five PCs to check out.


https://www.techspot.com/news/70840-upgrade-pc-please-episode-1-first-5.html

Apple will no longer host its annual Apple Music Festival

Apple may instead focus on sponsoring one-off events

Apple may be dominating the wireless headphone industry but it apparently hasn’t found the same level of success in the live music space. According to a recent report from Music Business Worldwide, Apple will no longer host its annual Apple Music Festival.

The concert series, which got its start in 2007 as the iTunes Festival, was typically held at The Roundhouse in the London district of Camden Town. The series usually spanned a full month in length although there were a few events that lasted just 10 days or less. The 2014 iteration, for example, was only a five-day affair (it was also unique in that it was held in Austin, Texas).

Artists that have performed at previous events include Adele, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys, just to name a few.

The publication notes that the series’ cancellation doesn’t necessarily indicate Apple’s move away from live events.

The company recently partnered with Haim and Skepta for shows in London and Arcade Fire in Brooklyn. Apple also had a heavy presence at SXSW in Texas earlier this year and sponsored Drake’s summer tour last year.

The site speculates that Apple’s move could signal a desire to focus on one-off events like these as well as original content efforts. Last summer, if you recall, Apple purchased the rights to the popular Carpool Karaoke series.


https://www.techspot.com/news/70844-apple-no-longer-host-annual-apple-music-festival.html

Failed self-flying 'Lily' drone returns in less interesting fashion

Lily Next-Gen is missing many of the original's best features

Back in 2015, we covered the announcement of one particularly ambitious drone project's flagship product. Created by drone start-up Lily, the cute little device by the same name set out to revolutionize the industry with an impressive list of unique features - some of which had never been seen before.

In addition to boasting "throw & go" (no remote needed) technology, the Lily drone was supposed to be fully waterproof, have 20 minutes of flight time and be capable of shooting HD (1080p at 60 FPS) video - all while intelligently following the user as they surfed, snowboarded, went kayaking or performed any number of other extreme outdoor activities.

If all of that sounds a little too good to be true, that's because it was.

Though the start-up was able to successfully raise money through both venture funding and crowdfunding efforts, it was ultimately not enough to finance large-scale drone production. As a result, the company was forced to offer full refunds to many angry backers and the project ultimately flopped.

However, the Lily project was recently revived by Mota Group, a company best known for selling both commercial and high-end consumer drones. After purchasing the Lily brand name and the failed start-up's former customer list, Mota Group has now created a much less interesting version of the original drone - named "Lily Next-Gen".

Despite boasting a few improved features like 4K video recording capabilities, the new Lily is lacking a number of the original's most iconic features such as smart follow technology, waterproofing and extended flight time.

If you're interested in grabbing a Lily Next-Gen for yourself, the drone is available now in two different packages - a $499 (discounted from $600) standard package and a $799 (down from $900) "fully loaded" package. Aside from the inclusion of a standalone remote (which ships separately) and a portable carrying case, the packages are otherwise identical.


https://www.techspot.com/news/70842-failed-self-flying-lily-drone-returns-less-interesting.html

YouTube-MP3 throws in the towel, will shut down and hand domain over to record labels

It's the end of the road for one of the world's largest stream-ripping sites

The world’s top YouTube ripping site is shutting down and handing control of its domain over to the RIAA.

As TorrentFreak recounts, a collection of record labels represented by the RIAA took the owners of YouTube-MP3 to court last year over copyright infringement. The labels also alleged that YouTube-MP3 circumvented YouTube’s copying protections, thus violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The site, which receives millions of visitors each day, allows users to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files that can be played on virtually any modern media device.

The lawsuit noted that the site attracted millions of users which in turn generated advertising revenues for its operators.

Less than a year after the lawsuit was filed, the matter has been resolved.

Full details of the settlement aren’t public but we do know that judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiffs (the record labels) on all counts.

TorrentFreak also notes that the site’s owner, Philip Matesanz, agreed to pay an undisclosed settlement and hand over ownership of the YouTube-MP3 domain to one of the record labels. Should he refuse, the site’s registrar will then be ordered to sign over the domain name, we’re told.

There’s even a proposed injunction on the table that would prohibit the site’s owner from creating a similar service in the future.

The site remains online as of this writing but that’s likely only because the proposed judgment and injunction hasn’t yet been signed by the court. Expect that to change in the near future.


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