first_img Laptops Computers Desktops Share your voice Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia Tags Nvidia announced at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference that it would be bringing DirectX ray tracing (DXR) support to its older Pascal-based graphics cards, so it’s time to buckle in: The drivers are now ready for download. But you may not find the tradeoff between performance and the potentially enhanced quality worth it.The Pascal-generation GTX cards supported include: Titan XP Titan X GTX 1080 TI GTX 1080 GTX 1070 TI GTX 1070 GTX 1060 6GB The Volta-based Titan V and Turing-based GTX 1660 and 1660 TI are also supported. You’ll be able to get the Game Ready driver via GeForce Experience or on, along with some new whizzy demos.The new generation of RTX GPUs based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture arrived last summer, bringing two headline features: processing cores devoted to ray tracing (RT cores) — the same kind of rendering that’s used in almost every 3D animation — and Tensor cores for accelerating the neural network processing which underlies DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), Nvidia’s new AI-based scaling algorithms which more realistically simulate detail when the graphics processing load starts to punish performance.A less glamorous advance is the concurrent floating-point execution pipeline, which improves overall performance with parallel processing for the myriad calculations which underlie rendering.Ray tracing can make games look better, providing more realistic reflections and shadows, with a lot less work for the developers: The less manual tuning for individual scenes they have to do the more they’ll be able to concentrate on improving the overall visual quality of the game. 0 2:12 17 Photos The DXR programming interface makes ray tracing easily scalable for developers. In other words, they can define rules which determine how to prioritize rendering tasks like reflections and shadows and to what level of accuracy. DXR then applies those rules based on how powerful your hardware is.By opening DXR to the vast installed base of older GTX cards, developers have a lot more incentive to incorporate ray tracing into their games, without any extra work, than they have for the small number of pricey RTX GPUs in laptops and desktops.But here’s where the technical nonsense matters. Pascal-based cards, because they have no RT cores, are really not up to the processing challenges of full-on ray tracing, so DXR will dumb down the effects to fit within the capabilities of the card. And even then you’ll still be taking a performance hit — for effects that may be so subtle as to not be worth it.And it seems like the more noticeable the effect, the more processing it tends to require, with reflections (we like the shiny shiny) and global illumination (which can simulate the changing light over the course of a day, for example), being the most demanding.The newer priced-to-sell Turing-based GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti don’t have any RT cores either. What they do have is the improved floating-point performance. So they’ll still take a performance hit in exchange for slightly better realism, just not as much as some of the older cards.While ultimately I think ray tracing will become common — it always takes some time for new hardware technologies to ramp up and prices to come down — it’s possible that opening it up to cards that can’t do it justice may backfire. Though Nvidia’s working hard to manage expectations, I think the exercise will leave a lot of gamers with an “is that all there is?” letdown rather than a “this is so worth plonking down $350 to upgrade to RTX!” attitude. We’ll have to wait and see what actual gaming reveals. The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 See the first Nvidia RTX gaming laptops in actionlast_img read more

first_imgHarish Pednekar with Shah Rukh KhanPR HandoutHarish Pednekar, one of the most popular Entertainment journalists and an influencer has success coming all his way from the past 3 years. At 25, Harish made a great space for himself in the field of journalism and entrepreneurship. However, the journey hasn’t been a cakewalk for Harish. He worked hard to reach where he is in his professional life today. In 2017, he won ‘The Most Active Person of Media’ by the media fraternity.It was in 2016 when Harish started working for a Bollywood website called Business of Cinema or BoC. He was hired for doing backend work for the website, but his boss was impressed with him and granted a promotion. That’s when Harish got a chance to go on the field and interview various Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan and many others.In fact, Harish Pednekar’s first celebrity interview was with Shah Rukh Khan during Dilwale. For Harish, SRK is his inspiration and lucky charm. He believes that the passion and determination he has in himself is because Shah Rukh motivates him to do his best.At 21, Harish realised he wants to do more than working for someone else. That’s when he along with his friend Pallavi Mukherjee came up with an idea of starting their own Bollywood website called Pop Diaries. Harish and Pallavi are partners of movie portal which started 3 years ago.Because of its positive and interesting content, his movie portal came into celebrity and PRs attention immediately and they started loving it. In these 2 years, Harish and Pallavi’s website have interviewed almost all the top celebrities which helped them to be in the top with other Bollywood sites that are functioning for more than 8-10 years.Harish says in a statement, “I always wanted to do something big, but I know I have to start from the bottom. There were hurdles and failures of course, but I knew if I want to create something of my own, I have to be positive and never give up. That’s what I did.”About Pop Diaries, Harish says, “I call it as my baby. But it wouldn’t have been possible with my friend Pallavi who is the partner of my website. I want to bring in positive content on my website rather than doing gossips because that’s everywhere. We’ve been doing it earlier and have bigger plans which our readers will get to see in the coming time.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Full-size statues of Sachin Dev Barman and Kishore Kumar were installed on a boulevard on Southern Avenue on Monday afternoon.The statues are one of a kind in India where one finds SD in a sitting posture, while Kishore Kumar is standing behind him. SD considered Kishore Kumar to be his second son. The statues were unveiled by Amit Kumar, Debashis Kumar, Member Mayor-in-Council (parks and squares), Anatara Chowdhury and Saikat Mitra. Hundreds of music lovers were present Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeat the function. The boulevard where the statues have been installed is situated opposite the one having a statue of RD Burman and across is the main entrance of Nazrul Mancha. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has allowed Amit Kumar Fan club to install the statues on the boulevard. The fan club has earlier installed the statue of RD. The boulevard is situated close to South End Park where SD had constructed a house and stayed with his wife Meera in the late 1930s. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe left for Mumbai in 1944 but was a frequent visitor to the city. The house is now in a shambles and SD’s fans have approached the KMC to renovate the house and set up a museum after his name. SD had composed for 20 Bengali and 89 Hindi feature films. SD had sung some of the unforgettable Bengali folk songs like “Takdum takdum baje”, “Tora ke jas bhati gan gaiya,” and modern Bengali songs like “Bore gandhe chonde geeti te.” Almost all the Indian vocalists had sung songs composed by SD like Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Shamdsad Begum, Hemant Kumar, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and Talat Mahmood. In 1958, SD composed the songs for famous Hindi film where three Ganguly brothers, Ashok Kumar, Anup Kumar nd Kishore Kumar acted along with Madhubala. In 1969, “Aradhana” was released and it became a super duper hit. In 1965, SD composed the music in “Guide” where the songs sung by Rafi and Kishore became very popular. SD had a stroke and could not be present at the studio when Kishore Kumar’s immortal song “Badi Sooni Sooni” in “Milli” was being recorded in 1975.last_img read more

first_imgYoung people with good family relationships are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying or other aggressive behaviour at school and to step in if they see victims planning to retaliate, suggests new research. The findings, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, found that kids who were already excluded, or discriminated against by peers or teachers, were less likely to stand up for victims of bullying. “There is a lot of research on bullying, but very little on the extent to which family factors affect whether bystanders will intervene if they see bullying,” said study lead author Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeer interventions are very effective at stopping bullying and preventing future aggressive behaviours. However, these interventions are fairly rare, according to Mulvey. For the study, the team examined 450 sixth grade students and 446 ninth grade students who completed a survey aimed at collecting data on their relationships with family, peers and teachers. They were also given six scenarios, each of which dealt with a specific aggressive act – physical aggression, cyberbullying, social exclusion, or rejection by a group, intimate partner violence, social aggression, such as teasing or mean-spirited gossip, and exclusion by a former friend. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor each scenario, students were asked to rate the aggressive act on a six-point scale, from “really not OK” (1) to “really OK” (6). Students used the same scale to judge the acceptability of intervening. The results showed that the stronger a student reported ‘good family management,’ or positive family relationships, the more likely a student was to deem aggressive behaviour and retaliation unacceptable, and the more likely they were to intervene in either case. “The study tells us that both home and school factors are important for recognising bullying behaviour as inappropriate and taking steps to intervene. It highlights the value of positive school environments and good teachers, and the importance of family support, when it comes to bullying.”last_img read more