SHIELD TV Gets Updated to Pie, Features Updated Settings UI and Hulu + Live TV App

SHIELD TV Gets Updated to Pie, Features Updated Settings UI and Hulu + Live TV App


SHIELD TV is receiving Software Experience Upgrade 8.0 this morning, based on Android Pie.

As for what’s new, it’s a solid list. Those who update will see an updated Settings menu, enjoy the latest security patches, have access to a Match Content Color Space feature for HDR televisions (automatically switch your display mode to deliver more accurate colors), and will also be first to receive the updated Hulu + Live TV app.

According to NVIDIA, many apps on SHIELD have been upgraded already, including Netflix that now supports Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound for audio up to 640 kbps.

If you own a SHIELD TV, you should see the update notification pop up automatically on your device.

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A New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Box Showed Up at the FCC!

A New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Box Showed Up at the FCC!


Remember back in June when we saw hints of a refreshed NVIDIA SHIELD TV box possibly on the way? That new NVIDIA SHIELD TV stopped by the FCC today and isn’t being shy about what it’ll do.

The device, which is clearly referred to as “SHIELD Android TV Game Console,” was tested for Bluetooth and WiFi. We also know from the name that it does indeed run Android TV. The FCC ID is VOB-P3430 and the model number is that last part, P3430.

NVIDIA’s filing has mostly been opened up, but as is usual, they hid any photos of the device for some time. Those will be revealed in January of 2020, though the device will likely be announced well before then.

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Nvidia RTX 2080 Super hands-on: The result when AMD is out of striking distance

Nvidia RTX 2080 Super hands-on: The result when AMD is out of striking distance

Earlier this month, Nvidia kicked a stool out from under AMD’s feet, just as the graphics-card sector began heating up anew. AMD was set to land a serious blow with new RX 5700 cards in the “pricey but reasonable” range—a range that Nvidia had failed to capture with its “entry-level” RTX cards, the 2060 and 2070. Nvidia responded to AMD’s news by unveiling and launching a surprise pair of solid “Super” cards. AMD responded with its own price cut (and a claim that this price-war dance was its plan all along).

As these similarly specced cards jostled for the “$400ish” crown, the winner was ultimately consumers. At every price point, new GPU buyers can expect a solid bang-for-buck quotient between the $349

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AT&T to Showcase GeForce NOW Over 5G on an Android Phone This Weekend

AT&T to Showcase GeForce NOW Over 5G on an Android Phone This Weekend


Right now, NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW is playable on a handful of devices (Mac and Windows computers, SHIELD TV), none of which are Android phones. However, announced earlier this week, AT&T will be highlighting the streaming gaming service running over a 5G network on an Android device.

And the 5G fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors to the Thomas & Mack Center from July 13-14 can experience 5G firsthand. They’ll be able to play the latest PC games in near real-time on a 5G smartphone with a tech demo of GeForce NOW cloud gaming service for Android or experience downloading an entire movie in seconds.

Why is this a big deal? Well, it means GeForce NOW is likely getting launched for Android, of course!

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Evidence points to another Switch hardware revision on the horizon

Evidence points to another Switch hardware revision on the horizon

Enlarge / Could changes be coming to the Tegra X1 chip that powers the Nintendo Switch?

Wednesday’s announcement of the Switch Lite put to rest months of credible rumors that a miniature, portable-focused Switch was on the horizon. But Nintendo still has yet to confirm the other side of some of those rumors: suggestions that the company is planning to upgrade the Switch’s internal hardware in the near future.

Nintendo CEO Doug Bowser recently told CNET that no further updates to the original Switch hardware are coming this year. But that hasn’t stopped Nintendo-watchers from trying to glean information about Nintendo’s future hardware plans from various tea leaves.

Following the evidence

The most concrete of these hints is an FCC request (noticed by The Verge) that Nintendo filed July 2, seeking a “class II permission change” for the original Switch model. The request says the new hardware

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Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP

Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP

The rumors are true: nine months after the launch of the RTX 2070 and six months after the RTX 2060 arrived, both of these Nvidia graphics cards are getting retail upgrades. Behold: the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super, coming to stores on July 9 for the same price as their previous numbered versions ($399 and $499 MSRP, respectively).

These will be followed on July 23 by the $699 RTX 2080 Super. Nvidia will continue selling the RTX 2080 Ti ($999) and RTX 2060 (marked down to $349), while the standard 2070 and 2080 graphics cards are already being phased out by Nvidia. (If you’re wondering, AMD has a big launch during this calendar period, as well: the Radeon RX 5700 series, coming July 7.)

We’ll have to wait to see what to expect from the

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Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing

Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing

Enlarge (credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Public domain])

Graphics chip maker Nvidia is best known for consumer computing, vying with AMD’s Radeon line for framerates and eye candy. But the venerable giant hasn’t ignored the rise of GPU-powered applications that have little or nothing to do with gaming. In the early 2000s, UNC researcher Mark Harris began work popularizing the term “GPGPU,” referencing the use of Graphics Processing Units for non-graphics-related tasks. But most of us didn’t really become aware of the non-graphics-related possibilities until GPU-powered bitcoin-mining code was released in 2010, and shortly thereafter, strange boxes packed nearly solid with high-end gaming cards started popping up everywhere.

From digital currencies to supercomputing

The Association for Computing Machinery grants one or more $10,000 Gordon Bell Prize every year to a research team that has made a break-out achievement in performance, scale, or time-to-solution on challenging science and engineering problems.

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Play Console Device Catalog Points to Updated NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Play Console Device Catalog Points to Updated NVIDIA SHIELD TV


Oh sweet baby Jesus, let this be accurate. According to a listing in the device catalog for the Google Play Developer Console, a new SHIELD TV from NVIDIA is coming.

Running Android 9 Pie and potentially powered by an upgraded Tegra processor, we’ve been hoping to get a new SHIELD TV for quite some time. This is funny because it’s not as if the current SHIELD TV is desperately in need of an upgrade or anything, we just like new hardware and the potential for new features.

The listings in the Developer Console really don’t provide much noteworthy info, considering all of it could be placeholder material. For now, we’ll just take it as a hint that a new Android TV-powered set-top box from NVIDIA could be coming, but until the company announces something, we shall remain calm.

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Quake II gets free real-time raytracing updates on June 6

Quake II gets free real-time raytracing updates on June 6

While Quake II‘s fast-paced first-person shooter gameplay might be timeless, the 22 years since the game’s release have not been kind to its muddy textures, pointy polygons, and extremely basic light modeling. Nvidia is looking to fix that with an updated, real-time ray-traced version of the game, dubbed Quake II RTX.

Windows and Linux users will be able to download the first three levels of the graphically updated game as shareware starting at 6am Pacific Time on June 6. You can play the remaining levels and multiplayer if you point the installer to a legit copy of the full game on your hard drive. The source code for the Vulkan-based update will be posted on Github as well, though Quake II expansion packs will not be supported without extra effort from the community.

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