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    • Guardian
      An Asus ROG Phone 5 model with 16 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 888 processor briefly appeared on Geekbench’s Android Benchmarks and overtook the current champion after surpassing the ROG Phone 3 in both single and mutli-core.  The ROG Phone 5 is expected to launch sometime in the spring of 2021 and is rumored have multiple configurations being available for the phone’s hardware.
      NotebookCheck stated they have discovered an 8 GB model and the 16 GB model to have both listed well above 1000 points on Geekbench but those listings have been pulled as the product is not released.  These scores are not unexpected as the ROG Phone line has a history of launching as the most powerful phone at that time and the 5 will have a more processor and overall a better hardware then the current ROG 3 phone.
      Granted these scores are a single phone and the scoreboard on Geekbench is supposed to be an average of many user’s devices.  So, it is not a true placement but with the listed specs, but it is safe to assume that the ROG Phone 5 will be the leader come launch day.  For those curious, we did not get an official reason why Asus is skipping the ROG Phone 4, but it is commonly known that 4 is an unlucky number in several Asian cultures and that may have been the reason.

    • Guardian
      NVIDIA announced the RTX 3060 GPU quite awhile ago but we now have a MSRP and a release date.  The card is going to drop on February 25th (one week from today) and will be suggested to be listed at $329.  This card is designed to be a “budget” card in the 3000 series along side the more expensive, and more powerful, 3070, 3080, and 3090 cards.  If you did not know, NVIDIA GPUs currently uses the first two numbers (30) for the series and the last two numbers (60) as essentially a performance mark with the higher number being more powerful.  Also the Ti versions are more capable than the non-Ti versions although are also more expense and the RTX 3060 Ti is already released for $399+ if you can find one.
      While this is great news for gamers who are looking for an exceptionally good budget card, it is not all good news as the GPU shortage has already shown its head for these new cards.  Many stores offering preorders have already raised the prices over 50% of the MSRP and multiple sites have already reported that miners and scalpers are eyeing up the new cards.
      Overall, we are excited to hear about the new cards and truly hope they find themselves in the hands of gamers.  However, it seems like these cards are already destined to fall into the GPU nonsense pit and be a hard to find in the overpriced GPU nightmare like the rest of the 3000 series.  We would recommend preordering a card if you can in order to avoid the nightmare restocking process that is likely to follow.

    • Uncrowned Bot
      President’s Day, or more appropriately called George Washington’s Birthday, is a federal holiday in the United States in honor of first president of the United States.  George Washington was born on February 11th, 1731 using the calendar of his time or on February 22nd, 1732 according to the modern calendar, with the later considered his official birthday in most references.
      The United States Congress implemented February 22 as a day to honor the former president in 1879 and in 1971 the date of the holiday was changed to the third Monday of February via the Uniform Monday Holiday Act by Congress.  Oddly, the new date will always fall between February 15th and February 21st, which will never include Washington’s original or updated birthdays.  

    • Guardian
      The latest Bloomberg Innovation Index report lists South Korea as the world’s leader in innovation after suppressing Germany, which was the last leader and has now fallen to 4th place.  South Korea leading in innovation is not uncommon as they have led seven out of the nine years that Bloomberg has published the index.
      Much of the data used in the index was obtained before the COVID-19 pandemic, although the chart does seem to indicate that the top innovators have done the best at handling the pandemic.  The Index does note that China received a large boost due to Wuhan’s impressive ability to test 10 million residents of a city for coronavirus, which was a massive public health innovation.
      South Korea is a notable leader of the group as they are often not considered as developed as many over nations and are battling a losing technology battle against China’s low-cost labor.  However, the nation, and more importantly the people, have a mindset focused on research and development and much of the country’s policies are focused on that concept. 
      The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies and neither has made the top ten on the list.  One of the largest declines in the U.S. is due to an extremely poor ranking higher education system that has underperformed in numerous areas.  President Biden has made a push to focus on manufacturing R&D, but so far has not stated any plans to deal with the education problems.
      The ranking process begins with over 200 nations which are scored on a zero to ten scale in seven categories.  Many nations do not properly report their data in these categories and are automatically eliminated and Bloomberg only publishes the top 60.  You can view a summary of the report here, although is does require a special subscription.

    • Uncrowned Bot
      Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a Western Christian holiday honoring the early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine.  Numerous martyrdom stories connect multiple Saint Valentines to the holiday with the early adaptations referring the saint to the miracle of sight in a blind daughter of his own jailer and later adaptations focused on romance and the addition of “Your Valentine” letters.
      Officially the holiday stated as the Feast of Saint Valentine by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD to honor the passing of Saint Valentine who died February 14th 269 AD.  It is estimated that the event became associated with romance and love in the 14th and 15th centuries when the notions of “courtly love” became a basic concept within the event.   The event started to become fully associated with love in 18th century England as couples started presenting gifts and flowers to each other and started a tradition of giving cards to their loves known as “valentines”.
      Since the 19th century, mass produced valentine’s day cards have become the standard and many now consider the event a “hallmark holiday” as couples spend small fortunes on exchanging gifts.  The holiday is celebrated every February 14th but is not a public holiday in any nation.

    • Guardian
      During the current pandemic in-person press conferences and major release events, not to mention major tech events, have all but come to a halt. Microsoft is planning to deal with these hurdles by separating their large events, that often have numerous types of product launches and announcements, into smaller focused virtual events.   Microsoft plans to separate it's events into individually focused virtual announcements with more individualized categories such as cloud computing, gaming, or Windows. It also sounds like the company might be having more corporate based events that focus on security and such mixed in with these other events.
      This is notably exciting as Microsoft seems to have a very rich supply of announcements to make this year including the new Windows 10X operating system coming into more and more end users' hands and the gaming events are sure to be full of Game Pass announcements along with the upcoming xCloud gaming projects that are sure to be running wild this year with features and game releases.  Of course we expect a Surface focused event to be somewhere in the mix as well.
      This is certainly an exciting announcement and we cannot wait to hear more details about how many or how detailed each event will be. These events are definitely a benefit during the pandemic and at a time when more people are working remotely or even studying abroad were making in person events such as Microsoft's Build are simply impractical even before the COVID-19 outbreak.  There is currently no timeline or schedule of these events although we will let you know when more is known.

    • Guardian
      Plex, one of (if not the most popular) home media streaming systems, has announced the release of Plex Arcade which will allow users to stream games via their Plex account and applications. The streaming app provider has stated that it will utilize Parsec to let users stream retro titles from a host computer to a variety of different platforms. This is very similar to Plex’s standard home theater streaming for movies and TV shows but will require a subscription cost due to the utilization of Parsec and cloud partnerships.
      So far it has been reported that Amazon Fire TV, Android and Android TV, Apple products, Chromebooks, and Windows products will be able to utilize the service. Plex has partnered with Atari to offer 27 retro titles at launch that you can find at the bottom of this article. Plex has also confirmed that users will be able to stream games from their own computer library however has not released any details about the limitation of the service beyond saying it is designed for retro games.
      The current cost of the service is $4.99 USD a month or $2.99 a month if you are a Plex pass subscriber. While there are plenty of sources at this point able to stream games via the cloud or even play retro games directly on mobile devices and smart TVs, it is very intriguing with Plex’s ability to utilize a Home Server and the limitations of the service may be endless.
      Included Atari game list at launch:
      3D Tic-Tac-Toe Adventure Aquaventure Avalanche Basketbrawl Centipede Combat Dark Chambers Desert Falcon Fatal Run Food Fight Gravitar Haunted House Human Canonball Lunar Lander Major Havoc Milipede Missile Command Motor Psycho Ninja Golf Outlaw Gunslinger Planet Smashers Radar Lock Sky Diver Sky Raider Solaris Super Breakout

    • Uncrowned Bot
      Uncrowned Empire has entered the last phase of our beta as things start to come to a completion.  Check below for notes on the changes and a list of new features.  Feel free to report any bugs you find here or via our support system.  Thank you for all of the support!
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    • Anime Queen
      Until recently, drones have only been allowed to fly over people using the drone or directly involved with the drone's operations per the FAA rules.  However, a new set of rules have been set that focus on larger drones (55lbs or more) to come equipped with Remote ID that will allow persons on the ground to identify the drone above them.  These rules will also affect drones of smaller size in special circumstances.
      Drones flown at night will also be required to have special lighting to prevent collisions when flying and flying over moving vehicles has been allowed in certain situations.  These rules have been pushed considering the recent push by multiple companies and the USPS to provide drone-based package delivery to customers.  
      The rules will take effect 60 days after the rules are added (sometime in January) and Remote ID will be required within a year on drones being used.  Remote ID itself is a non-internet-based ID system that allows the drone to broadcast an ID card of sorts to tell other who is belongs to.  This is a major rule change as all current drones on this group require an internet connection to broadcast their ID and that greatly limits long range abilities.
      Some smaller rule changes include small drones being banned from having exposed rotation devices that could lacerate a human.

    • Guardian

      Happy New Year!

      By Guardian, in Home,

      2021 is finally upon us and we certainly hope it is a better year than 2020!  However you might as well make a New Years Resolution that you can keep, like signing up for our Uncrowned Legion for free!

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