Theresa May: Online extremism 'must be tackled'

Theresa May will urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is “moving from the battlefield to the internet”.

Speaking about counter-terrorism at the G7 summit in Sicily, the PM will say more pressure should be put on tech companies to remove extreme material.

They should report such content to the authorities, she believes.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to say the “war on terror” is not working.

Twenty-two people were killed and 116 injured when a suicide bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

In a speech in London as general election campaigning resumes after the attack, Mr Corbyn will point to links between wars abroad and “terrorism here at home”.

Mrs May is expected to focus on online extremism when she chairs a counter-terrorism session at the summit in Italy.

Speaking to reporters outside Downing Street, she said she would lead a discussion on how to “work together to prevent the plotting of terrorist attacks online and to stop the spread of hateful extremist ideology on social media.”

Mrs May added that co-operation from G7 and Nato would “enable us to work more closely together as we work to defeat the evil of terrorism”.

As Islamic State militants lose ground, the threat is “evolving rather than disappearing”, she will say, adding that the industry has a “social responsibility” to do more to take down harmful content.

She will acknowledge the industry has been taking action to remove extremist content, but will say it has not gone far enough and needs to do more.

And she will call for an international forum to develop the means of intervening where danger is detected, and for companies to develop tools which automatically identify and remove harmful material based on what it contains and who posted it.

BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar said Mr Corbyn’s speech about UK foreign policy, questions about police cuts and criticism of the government’s counter-extremism Prevent strategy were all likely to feed into the election debate as the truce draws to an end.

Speaking on the BBC’s Question Time on Thursday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd rejected Labour criticisms of police budget cuts and said: “We must not imply that this terrorist activity would not have taken place if there were more police.

“It’s not about those pure numbers on the street. It’s not about policing, so much as engaging with community leaders in the area.”

Mr Corbyn will pledge a “change at home and change abroad” if Labour wins power.

He will say that “many experts… have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”.

“That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.

“But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.”

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Zotac Showcases Two Of The World's Smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPUs

Zotac, well known for its small form factor PCs, motherboards, and graphics cards, will be showcasing a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards at Computex. What’s so special about a couple of GTX 1080 Ti GPUs? The company claimed that, at just 8.3 inches (4.5 inches shorter than the GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme), these are the world’s smallest GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Not only is the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm one of the world’s smallest, but it’s also one of the lightest water-cooled video cards as well.

Zotac did not offer information pertaining to clock speeds, memory configurations, or display outputs, but given the fact that both cards are GeForce GTX 1080 Ti-based models, it’s probably safe to say we can count on 3,584 CUDA cores riding a 352-bit bus down PCI Express 3.0 lanes over an SLI HB bridge with dual 8-pin power and HDCP support.      

The GTX 1080 Ti Mini is outfitted with a custom dual fan cooler with aluminum fins and copper heatpipes for increased cooling capacity. The GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini features a full cover water block that is compatible with an open-loop water cooling system that uses standard G1/4 type fittings. Both cards include a solid metal backplate that adds structural strength to prevent the card from bending and twisting.

It goes without saying that anyone looking for an extremely powerful GPU to stuff in an HTPC, LAN box, or other small form factor PC will likely be interested in this pair of mini GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards from Zotac.

Pricing and availability were not available at press time.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini
GPU GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
CUDA Cores 3,584 3,584
Memory Bus 352-bit 352-bit
PCI Express 3.0 3.0
HDCP Support Yes Yes
Power Input Dual 8-Pin Dual 8-Pin
Direct X 12 12
OpenGL 4.5 4.5
Cooling Dual Fan Heatsink Water Block
SLI Support SLI HB Bridge SLI HB Bridge
Size 210.8mm (8.3 inch) length 210.8mm (8.3 inch) length
MSRP Unknown Unknown

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MSI Trident 3

MSI has introduced some impressively small PCs over the years, including a gaming-grade Mac Pro rival and a VR-capable backpack rig. However, in many ways, the MSI Trident 3 is the company’s sleekest gaming PC yet.

Marketed as a console-killer, the MSI Trident 3 is about the size of an Xbox One S but packs a ton more power than even the PS4 Pro. This is thanks to its desktop Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics. It’s a tantalizing package – and at a reasonable price, too – which makes the Trident 3 one of the best gaming PCs to have in your living room. 

Spec sheet

Here is the MSI Trident 3 Arctic configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-7700 (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.2GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5); Intel HD Graphics 630
Motherboard: MSI Proprietary (H110 chipset)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
Power Supply: 330W power adapter
Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
Ports (front): 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x USB-C 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB-A 3.1 (Gen 1), 1 x VR-Link HDMI
Ports (rear): 1 x USB-A 3.1 (Gen 1), 4 x USB-A 2.0, 3 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort, 1x DVI, Ethernet, microphone jack, 1 x VR-Link (connect front VR-Link and graphic card)
Connectivity: Intel Wireless-AC 3165 (802.11ac); Bluetooth 4.2 SmartReady
Operating system: Windows 10
Weight: 6.9 pounds
Size: 13.63 x 2.83 x 9.15 inches (W x D x H)

Price and availability

With everything you see above, the MSI Trident 3 as configured runs for $1,499 (about £1,160, AU$2,040). This particular unit MSI sent us is a limited-edition Arctic version of the Trident 3, which comes with a special white paint job and a Nvidia GTX 1070 you’ll only find on this model. 

Users can get the normal black Trident 3 with the same processor and other specs, but it only maxes out with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics at $1,299 (£1,299, AU$1,899).

Either way, it’s a much more affordable deal than other compact gaming PCs out there. The equivalent Corsair One model starts at $1,799 (£1,799, AU$2,639) with nearly identical specs, save for a 16GB smaller SSD and liquid-cooling solution for the processor.

Meanwhile, the Zotac Magnus EN1080 is another limited edition run mini gaming PC that runs for $1,999 (£1,999, AU$3,849). And that price doesn’t account for the storage and memory you’ll need to purchase separately for this largely barebones package.

Design

Maybe it’s the white paint job or the silver base, but the MSI Trident 3 Arctic looks like the Nintendo Wii’s bigger, more extreme brother. Not that we’re complaining. The compact PC is handsome with a look that walks the line between futuristic and modern without being too ostentatious.

Thankfully, MSI hasn’t gone overboard with the RGB lighting here. Rather you’ll only find one tasteful lighting element on a corner in the shape of, well, a trident to keep in line with the PC’s namesake. We also love the prismatic aesthetic of the gaming desktop. All the asymmetric angles helped keep the Trident 3 from becoming just another boring box.

Speaking of size, the Trident 3 is one of the smallest gaming PCs we’ve reviewed. Measuring in at 13.63 x 2.83 x 9.15 inches, it won’t stick out like a sore thumb from the rest of your home entertainment setup. We can’t say the same for the Corsair One, which looks like a modern fridge pack of soda, or the overzealous Asus ROG GR8 II.

Upgradability and performance

Good looks are one thing, but what’s even more impressive is what MSI has done with the internal layout within the Trident 3. Despite the desktop’s compact size, you get a full fat desktop processor and graphics card.

What’s more, the Trident 3’s accessible layout makes it easy enough to replace most of the components including the GPU, memory, storage drives – basically everything but the processor.

The only thing we don’t love is that the power supply is essentially the fat brick you get with any of MSI’s gaming laptops. It’s an inconvenient trade off that comes with the compact nature of mini-desktops like this and the Acer Predator G1. This non-upgradeable 330W capacity PSU also makes it difficult to really overclock the system, and you’ll have to pay particular attention to the power draw of the parts you’re itching to replace.

Whether these are actual concerns to the console gaming audience this gaming PC aims to serve will depend on the individual user. Most Trident 3 buyers will be content with a system that just works out of the box and can play games at high-to-ultra quality settings.

Benchmarks

Here’s how the MSI Trident 3 Arctic performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark: Sky Diver: 33,467; Fire Strike: 14,861; Time Spy: 5,706
Cinebench CPU: 873 points; Graphics: 138.24 fps
GeekBench: 5,059 (single-core); 16,748 (multi-core)
PCMark 8 (Home Test): 4,039 points
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (1080p, Ultra): 16 fps; (1080p, Low): 123 fps
GTA V (1080p, Ultra): 58 fps; (1080p, Low): 177 fps 

Despite lacking a top-shelf Nvidia GTX 1080, like the Corsair One and Zotac Magnus EN1080, the MSI Trident 3 is only a few steps behind its competitors. The compact gaming desktop delivers a playable experience across multiple titles, including GTA V and Mass Effect Andromeda, with Ultra-quality settings. The Trident also produced nearly identical results as the equally-equipped (and larger) MSI Aegis 3.

More impressively, the Trident 3 stays whisper quiet and cool even while under full load. Fan noise is practically inaudible even while sitting within a foot and a half of the PC. Users should be able to introduce this silent gaming PC into their home entertainment setup without fear of adding unwanted noise to their gaming and movie audio.

Final verdict

The MSI Trident 3 is a handsome and compact gaming PC we would gladly add to our home entertainment setup. Between the styling of the case and its size, MSI’s mini desktop isn’t all that different than an Xbox One or PS4. It’s not the most powerful desktop rig in the world, but it’s got more than enough gusto to play games at higher graphics settings than the PS4 Pro can push.

The notebook-style power supply limits the upgradability of this system, but with what comes in the box, you can go far with gaming at Ultra quality. The most delightful thing about the Trident 3 is how cool and silently it runs. This is by far one of the best gaming PCs you can have sit alongside your TV or on a small computer desk. 

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MSI Announces X370 Gaming M7 Motherboard, Shares No Images

As Computex draws closer, MSI has added yet another Ryzen-ready motherboard to its ever expanding line of X370 chipset-based offerings. The MSI X370 Gaming M7 is a high-end motherboard targeting overclockers and gaming enthusiasts alike.  

Although details are scarce at the moment, we can surmise that because this motherboard is based on AMD’s X370 chipset, it supports overclocking, DDR4 2667MHz, RAID 0/1/10, two PCI-E 3.0 lanes dedicated to NVMe storage devices, and multi-GPU setups. Those of you interested can learn more about AM4 chipsets as well as the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors in our articles on the subjects.

The X370 Gaming M7 utilizes a dedicated clock generator, DDR4 BOOST, and Game Boost, which the company proclaimed “allows for the best overclocking and stability at higher CPU and memory speeds.” Storage connectivity options include U.2, Twin Turbo M.2 with a patented M.2 shield, USB 3.1 gen2, and front USB Type-C.  

All MSI motherboards feature military class MIL-STD-810G certified components that the company claimed enables higher stability and reliability. This particular motherboard is built with Military Class 6 components and uses an enhanced 13-phase power design.

Moving on to the topic of aesthetics, MSI described the X370 Gaming M7 as having “the contours of a spaceship with strong armor, the design features sharp and strong heatsinks.” We reached out to MSI for photos and further specifications. Unfortunately none are available at this time, so we can’t even peer at pictures to glean any additional information.

Pricing and availability were also not available at press time.

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Samsung Reveals 4nm Process Generation, Full Foundry Roadmap

Kinam Kim, President of Samsung Electronics’ Semiconductor BusinessKinam Kim, President of Samsung Electronics’ Semiconductor BusinessAt the annual Samsung Foundry Forum, Samsung announced its foundry’s roadmap for the next few years, which includes an 18nm FD-SOI generation targeting low-cost IoT chips as well as 8nm, 7nm, 6nm, 5nm, and even 4nm process generations.

18nm Fully Depleted – Silicon on Insulator (FD-SOI)

Samsung will expand its 28FDS process into a broader platform that will also offer Radio Frequency (RF) and embedded Magnetic Random Access Memory (eMRAM) options to its foundry customers.

The company will also launch the 18FDS process, which is the next-generation process that targets low-cost IoT chips.

8nm Low Power Plus (8LPP)

The 8nm process generation seems to be Samsung’s last generation before the company plans to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The company said that the 8LPP process combines key process innovations from its 10LPP process, as well as further improvements in performance and gate density compared to 10LPP.

7nm Low Power Plus (7LPP)

The 7LPP process will be Samsung’s first generation to use EUV lithography. According to the company, EUV lithography is what will allow Moore’s Law to continue and foundries to keep shrinking transistors down to 1nm.

6nm Low Power Plus (6LPP)

The 6LPP generation will improve on 7LPP, primarily by allowing greater area scalability and making chips more efficient.

5nm Low Power Plus (5LPP)

The 5LPP process will be Samsung’s last one to use a “FinFET” structure, as that type of architecture reaches its physical limits. This generation will also focus on area reduction and lower power consumption for chips.

4nm Low Power Plus (4LPP)

The 4LPP process generation will be Samsung’s first to use a “Gate All Around FET” (GAAFET) transistor structure, with Samsung’s own implementation dubbed “Multi Bridge Channel FET” (MBCFET). The technology uses a “Nanosheet” device to overcome the physical limitations of the FinFET architecture.

Pushing Moore’s Law Forward

Even though process generations may not accurately describe how small the transistors actually are these days, all major chip fabrication companies, including Intel, Samsung, Global Foundries, and TSMC, seem to be pushing Moore’s Law to its very limits and making steady progress with each process generation.

Samsung’s transition to EUV lithography and GAA FETs in the near future should lead to faster and more efficient chips in our devices for the foreseeable future. The competition is likely not far behind, or may even be ahead, but they may also be less willing to share information years ahead of production.

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Microsoft Renames Beam To 'Mixer,' Adds New Features To Streaming Service

Microsoft began its push into the livestream space in March with the launch of Beam, the company’s own service that could rival Twitch due to its focus on low latency and interaction between player and viewers. Today more features are coming to Beam, along with a new name for the service.

From now on, the service will be known as “Mixer,” and the name change was made to emphasize the need to share content across Microsoft’s multiple platforms, which include the Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs, and even mobile devices. If you already use Mixer, you can try out some new features today, including co-streaming, which will allow you to broadcast four different streams on one channel. If you’re playing a game with three friends, this feature will let you show the perspective of each player simultaneously. However, co-streaming also works when you and your friends are playing different games. 

If you’re looking for new content to watch, you can check out the new “Channel One.” The moderated channel serves as a starting point for newcomers to see the many broadcasts on Mixer at any given point in the day. If that’s enough, you can go to the new dedicated Mixer page on the Xbox dashboard and find the content you want based on a specific broadcaster or game.

Introducing “Mixer”

Most streaming content today is through a console or PC, but Mixer will also let you stream from your phone with the beta version of its Mixer Create app. For now, you can only self-broadcast, or in other words, stream what you’re seeing through the phone’s camera. However, the Mixer team plans to implement a feature sometime in the future that will allow you to stream your mobile gameplay onto Mixer. The mobile gaming stream will also work with co-streaming so that you can continue to share your content on mobile while your friends play on PC or on the Xbox One. 

To celebrate the new name and features, Microsoft will also hold multiple events on its Mixer channel starting at 11am PDT today that includes multiple game tournaments, highlights from the esports world, and a fireworks show at 9 pm PDT to conclude. The fireworks show will be different in that users can determine which rockets to launch into the sky. In order to provide your own input on the show, you’ll need to use Sparks, which you can earn by watching (you gain two Sparks per minute that you watch a Mixer stream) and by participating in interactive sessions throughout a livestream.

If you haven’t tried Mixer yet, you can check out our preview of its earlier version (when it was called Beam) at GDC.

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