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OnLive shutdown only in name: tech remains

OnLive shutdown only in name: tech remains

This morning it was announced that Sony had acquired OnLive and that they would be shutting down the service permanently. What they didn't tell you is that OnLive wasn't the only service offering full-powered AAA game streaming from the cloud. They also didn't tell you that OnLive was using NVIDIA GPU technology. NVIDIA GPU technology also powers a service that has many similar features to OnLive along with a few that cloud gaming service didn't have. That service is called NVIDIA GRID.

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OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

The streaming game service known as OnLive has been acquired by Sony, and all OnLive services will be shut down on April 30th. Were you one of the unlucky few that purchased a physical OnLive Game System when it was released back in 2011? Too bad! That system doesn't work with any other software. Were you using the OnLive app on Android or your desktop machine? Too bad, it's all over. Starting on April 30th, all OnLive services are finished, gone, kaput, no more.

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Next SHIELD Portable seen in certs, might have Tegra X1

Next SHIELD Portable seen in certs, might have Tegra X1

NVIDIA by now has three devices bearing the "SHIELD" brand: a handheld, a gaming tablet (plus optional wireless controller), and a TV box/slab. The latest, which now bears the name of "NVIDIA SHIELD", boasts not only of Android TV support but also of the chip makers most powerful mobile system-on-chip to date: the Tegra X1. In comparison, perhaps even compared with the SHIELD Tablet, the original SHIELD, now called SHIELD Portable, feels rather old and almost neglected. Hope, however, might spring eternal, with sightings of a new Portable in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications.

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NVIDIA emphasizes Tegra dev outreach for more than just SHIELD

NVIDIA emphasizes Tegra dev outreach for more than just SHIELD

This week at GTC 2015 NVIDIA, is making sure to emphasize developer outreach on their mobile platform to not just NVIDIA-made SHIELD devices, but to other Tegra-toting machines as well. Sebastien Domine, Sr. Director, Software Engineering, Developer Tools at NVIDIA spoke at a presentation called "Tegra X1 Developer Tools," showing developers how to get started with a wide variety of Mobile and Embedded devices, running all manner of operating systems - Android to Linux BSPs, including but not limited to the devices NVIDIA has released in the past several years - gaming handheld, tablet, and game console alike.

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NVIDIA creating “any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster”

NVIDIA creating “any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster”

Earlier this week NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed that Lucasfilm was using NVIDIA technology to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "I'm out-of-my-body excited about this," said Huang, "I'll create any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster." Today NVIDIA confirmed what hardware Lucasfilm was using to push the next generation in Star Wars production. "To create the most immersive and visually exciting imagery imaginable," said Lutz Latta, Principal Engineer at Lucasfilm, "Lucasfilm artists and developers need optimal graphics performance and GPU power."

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Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Today we've gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world's first 3D-printed car, "Strati" by Local Motors. This vehicle is being shown this week with NVIDIA DRIVE CX inside - that's a digital cockpit computer only just announced this January at CES 2015. Before this showing, the Strati used a slightly more traditional dash - today it's using a lovely flat display immediately in front of its wheel with graphics the likes of which a road-ready vehicle's never seen before.

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BMW i8 coupe rolls in to GTC 2015 with NVIDIA inside

BMW i8 coupe rolls in to GTC 2015 with NVIDIA inside

NVIDIA made the case this week for an already-strong collection of vehicles sporting their current, previous, and next-generation processor systems. While this particular vehicle doesn't roll with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX system we're seeing on the vehicles of tomorrow, it does work with an NVIDIA GPU, and the infotainment system that directly precedes DRIVE CX. The system in this vehicle was first announced alongside Tesla's Model S team-up with NVIDIA all the way back in 2011. We previously had a look at the convertible version of this vehicle - its BMW i8 Spyder Concept iteration - back at the LA Auto Show in 2012.

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DIGITS DevBox detailed by NVIDIA with Titan X inside

DIGITS DevBox detailed by NVIDIA with Titan X inside

A high-powered developer-only computer, DIGITS DevBox, has been revealed by NVIDIA this week with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics processor inside. In fact there are four Titan X cards inside, and every component in the DIGITS DevBox has been optimized by the company to deliver what NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang described as "highly efficient performance for the toughest deep learning research." This mating domes with the DIGITS software package, as well, including Caffe, Theano, Torch, and cuDNN 2.0, a set of software aimed directly at deep learning work.

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NVIDIA Quadro M6000 detailed for graphics pros

NVIDIA Quadro M6000 detailed for graphics pros

Almost in silence - in the wake of the re-reveal of the GTX TITAN X, NVIDIA has revealed information about the Quadro M6000 graphics card for professionals. This beast of a card works with a Maxwell GM200 graphics core - much like the Titan X, but here we've got far more unlocked performance for those that need to bring the big guns to graphics display - like Deadmau5. This card works with 3072 CUDA, 6 Graphics Processing Clusters, and four Streaming Multiprocessor Units, and 128 cores per SMM block.

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Elon Musk says we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” very soon

Elon Musk says we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” very soon

Speaking onstage at GTC 2015 this afternoon, CEO Elon Musk made clear the future of autonomous cars. Answering NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang call to speak about the future of cars that avoid crashing on their own, Musk suggested that "we’ll take autonomous cars for granted in a very short period of time." It comes down to safety, of course - and government regulation. "When it comes to public safety, there’s an argument for being quite cautious before there’s a change," said Musk.

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