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Intel is dropping DirectX 9 hardware support on Xe and Arc GPUs. It will be replaced by an emulator that will work with DirectX 12

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Developers from Intel abandoned hardware support for the DirectX 9 graphics API in integrated GPUs based on the Xe architecture. We are talking about solutions that are part of the 12th generation Core processors. It was also abandoned in discrete graphics cards of the Arc line. However, support will still be implemented – through an emulator based on DirectX 12.

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The system uses the open source Microsoft D3D9On12 library. It will communicate directly with the Intel graphics driver. At the same time, Microsoft claims that performance will be almost at the level of DirectX 9, and sometimes it will not be inferior to it at all.

This will allow you to run old games on systems with such video cards without fear of lack of backward compatibility and slow operation. After all, all the tasks of optimizing drivers will then be limited to working with DirectX 11 and DirectX 12. At the same time, you need to understand that D3D9On12 works at the software level, which will increase the load on the CPU and may lead to crashes in the games themselves.

It is not yet known whether Nvidia and AMD are planning to follow this path, but if it does, it could seriously affect fans of old games.

Previously, possible prices for A-series video cards were reported.

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Hyundai showed the concept of the K808 armored personnel carrier with a hydrogen power plant. The prototype is expected to be released in 2026.

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Hyundai showed the concept of the K808 armored personnel carrier

Hyundai Rotem, Hyundai’s military vehicle division, has announced a new generation of armored personnel carriers and tanks at DX Korea 2022. Their feature will be the use of hydrogen power plants and artificial intelligence systems.

Hyundai showed the concept of the K808 armored personnel carrier with a hydrogen power plant.  The prototype is expected to be released in 2026.

The new armored personnel carrier bears the symbol NGWAV (Next-generation Wheeled Armored Vehicle, new generation armored personnel carrier), the tank – NGMBT (Next-generation Main Battle Tank, main battle tank of the new generation). They will replace, respectively, the K808 armored personnel carrier and the K2 MBT tank, which are in service with the army of the Republic of Korea.

Hyundai showed the concept of the K808 armored personnel carrier with a hydrogen power plant.  The prototype is expected to be released in 2026.

Hyundai Rotem notes that the novelties are being developed taking into account modern technologies – they will use AI, a fuel (hydrogen) cell power plant, an autonomous driving system, and next-generation weapons.

NGWAV will be based on the current K808 platform with a hydrogen power plant. The project started this year, the prototype should appear in 2026.

The company takes ten years to create NGWAV and NGMBT, while some characteristics of the promising armored personnel carrier are already known. Its weight will not exceed 30 tons, the maximum speed will be 100 km/h, the cruising range is 600 km. However, there may be some changes in terms of power reserve, since it all depends on how many fuel cells will be placed on board. Also, NGWAV will receive an uninhabited tower, a 40-mm cannon and a rocket launcher.

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The Redmi smartphone costs just over $100. Redmi A1+ render and specs

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The Redmi smartphone costs just over 100 Redmi A1 render

The source published details about the Redmi A1 + smartphone. As the name suggests, this model will be an improved version of the previously released Redmi A1. And there will only be one improvement.

The Redmi smartphone costs just over $100.  Redmi A1+ render and specs

This is a fingerprint scanner. Redmi A1 does not have it, while Redmi A1+ has the corresponding sensor on the back panel. There will be no more differences between Redmi A1 and Redmi A1 +.

The Redmi smartphone costs just over $100.  Redmi A1+ render and specs

Redmi A1 + will receive a screen with a diagonal of 6.52 inches and HD + resolution, SoC MediaTek Helio A22, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory (in the basic version), a 5-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel main camera (there will be a second image sensor , but its resolution is not reported), a 5000 mAh battery with support for 10 W charging. The device will run pure Android version 12. Other features include a standard headphone jack and a microUSB port.

The Redmi smartphone costs just over $100.  Redmi A1+ render and specs

The exact cost of Redmi A1 + is not called, but the source logically explains that the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner in the design will have a minimal impact on the price. If Redmi A1 is priced at 100 euros, then Redmi A1 + will be slightly more expensive than 100 euros (or $ 100).

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Is there a meteorite? Chinese scientists believe that dinosaurs began to die out before the meteorite fell

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Is there a meteorite Chinese scientists believe that dinosaurs began

Researchers from the China University of Geosciences, after examining more than 1,000 eggshell remains, suggested that dinosaurs were on the path to extinction millions of years before the meteorite fell.

Is there a meteorite?  Chinese scientists believe that dinosaurs began to die out before the meteorite fell

Fossilized eggshells and whole eggs of dinosaurs that lived two million years before the meteorite hit have been discovered in central China. Despite the huge number of remains, they belonged to only two different taxa – hadrosaurids and oviraptors. At the same time, the number of species has been constantly decreasing for all two million years. This may indicate that biodiversity was already extremely low then.

The decline in biodiversity has weakened the collective ability of dinosaurs to adapt after the impact of the asteroid Chicxulub that fell in Mexico. This means that the prerequisites for the mass extinction of dinosaurs were formed millions of years before the meteorite fell.

Low species diversity in the same period was also characteristic of North America, i.e., the decrease in diversity took place globally. Causes could be volcanic eruptions and climate change. Some studies suggest that dinosaur diversity may have begun to decline 10 million years before the meteorite impact. Opponents of this hypothesis believe that less than 20% of the dinosaurs were in decline before the meteorite fell, so it is impossible to explain their extinction only by “earthly” reasons. The authors emphasize that further research is needed on this topic.

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