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Friday January 30, 2015

3D Is Dead. Will 4k And 8k TV Make It?

Are we taking bets? Will 4k and 8K TVs make it or will they go the way of 3D TVs?

There's just one problem: the content. As it stands now, you can get HD programming via cable but the bulk of it isn't even true HD, it's 720p resolution. That's not really a factor in many cases, it's just a reality that cable wires simply cannot handle the bandwidth of a true 1080p image. For example, AT&T U-Verse's DVRs cannot handle more than 4 simultaneous streams.

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Crooks Stole DVDs By Mailing Them From The Store

I'm not sure if this is a stupid criminal of the day story or if these guys are brilliant. I'll let you decide.

Thieves at a Walmart-owned ASDA supermarket in Cheshire, England managed to evade security after they began packing movies and other stolen goods into envelopes. Instead of walking out with the goods, where they'd be instantly apprehended, they came up with the clever idea to send the packages to themselves using the in-store Post Office.

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Bungie Finally Addressing Heavy Ammo Glitch

After months of ignoring players complaints about this bug (and many others), it seems Bungie might be finally getting the message that fixing the actual game is more important than patching loot caves and cheese spots.

If you’ve spent any time reading about Destiny on a forum where Guardians congregate, you know this is far from hypothetical. It happens to us all. It makes Raids harder to clear. It deprives you of precious Glimmer, and patience. Frankly, it sucks. For some time now, we’ve been tracking this one. To date, the best we’ve been able to do is to admit that we were aware of the issue. This week, we can give you some additional information.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: NZXT DOKO @ Vortez

NZXT DOKO ocaholic

Input: Cougar 600K Mechanical Keyboard @ BmR

Power Supply: SilverStone Nightjar 520W Fanless @ Tweak.dk

Video: Gigabyte GTX 960 WindForce 2X OC @ Guru3D

Corsair Graphite 780T Case

There is a review of the Corsair Graphite 780T posted at Techgage today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

All too often, design and style exist in conflict with each other. Form follows function, as the saying goes. But sometimes, we see products which are as beautifully-styled as they are well-designed. Corsair’s Graphite 780T full-tower becomes a perfect example of this – it’s great looking and functional.

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20 Of The Worst PC Setups

It's time once again for Think Computer's monthly Worst PC Setups feature. This one has to be my favorite:

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Reddit Gives User Data To The Feds 58% Of The Time

Reddit's first transparency report reveals that the company gives up user data to the authorities 58% of the time. Hey, at least it's not 100%.

In 2014, we decided not to provide user information in response to 42% of all government and civil requests for private information. We pushed back and did not remove content in 69% of requests to remove content.

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Amazon Surprises Investors With A Gift Of Profit

It looks like the holidays were good to Amazon this year. The company posted a $214 million profit on revenue of almost $30 billion.

The company on Thursday reported a profit of $214 million, or 45 cents a share, on revenue of $29.33 billion, exceeding some analysts' estimates of 17 cents a share on $29.68 billion in revenue. The results show that Amazon learned from the mistakes it made last year when its delivery partners FedEx and UPS ended up with a backlog of packages that caused some shipments to arrive at customers' doorsteps after Christmas.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

This is your end of the week reminder that joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you prizes or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces OC Showdown 2015

Starting on January 30th at 12pm GMT, ASUS ROG launches its OC Showdown 2015 overclocking competition! The aim of OC Showdown 2015 is to engage and support the entire OC community; whether you’re the very top of the game or just enthusiastic about joining in for some benchmarking fun. A total of six online competitions are planned for 2015 on the HWBOT (oc-esports.io) website, with three rounds per series, through to the third quarter this year. Those who join throughout the three events will be able to accumulate points for the entire series!

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The competition is separated in two series, supporting all levels of overclocking enthusiasts:

  • Extreme Series for extreme cooling overclockers (sub-zero ºC; suitable for HWBot Elite and Extreme leagues)

  • Formula Series for air and water cooling overclockers (above 20ºC; suitable for HWBot Rookie, Novice and Enthusiast leagues)

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The first event of the Extreme series starts today through to March 2nd with the Formula series kicking off on March 6th.

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Intel Aims To Transform Today's Workplace

Responding to the needs of a more mobile and distributed workforce, the 14 nm 5th Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, featuring Intel® Pro Wireless Display and Intel® Wireless Docking technologies, along with security capabilities, will allow small, medium and large companies to enable a better way to work by encouraging more creativity and collaboration among workers, improving employee and organizational productivity in a secure way.

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Thursday January 29, 2015

Wikipedia Banning Editors Over Gamergate Controversy

Apparently Wikipedia is having a rough time keeping its editors from getting involved in all the Gamergate controversy so they had to dish out some bans. eek!

A group of trusted, long-term volunteer English Wikipedia editors (known as the Arbitration Committee) is now reviewing the conduct of the editors who participated on the Gamergate controversy article discussions. Their mandate is to review editor conduct, and address disruptions so that Wikipedia can remain a civil, productive place for all editors. They may do so through issuing warnings, bans, or other means. The Committee does not consider the identity or beliefs of contributors, nor do they make editorial decisions on the content or quality of Wikipedia articles.

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Serious Vulnerability in Blackphone Exposed Messages, Location

I thought this phone was supposed to protect you from this kind of stuff.

According to Mark Dowd, director and founder of Australia-based Azimuth Security, the vulnerability existed in Silent Text, the Blackphone messaging application developed by Silent Circle. The app, which allows users to send text messages and files securely, is also available for other types of smartphones running Android and iOS.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: BeQuiet Pure Rock Heatsink @ FrostyTech

ETC.: Cougar 600M Gaming Mouse @ Modders Inc.

MSI Nightblade PC @ ocaholic

The TR Podcast 169 @ Tech Report

Motherboards: G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4 2800 @ Technic3D

Video: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960 @ eTeknix

AMD Kaveri-Refresh Coming Summer 2015?

If I am reading this right (via translator), the folks at Sweclockers claim that AMD will be launching a new APU this summer.

Kaveri "Godavari" is generally identical today and uses the same infrastructure, ie socket FM2 + and support for DDR3 memory at 2133 MHz. This includes four cores Steamroller and up to eight GCN cores, ie 512 stream processors. Again becomes instead retained TDP values with higher frequencies, anything that is said to bring in 10-15 percent higher performance against the current 7000 series.

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Google Announces 4th Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014 Results

Google Inc. today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. "Google’s full year revenue for 2014 was $66 billion, up 19% year on year," said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google, "and this quarter, our revenue was $18.1 billion, despite strong currency headwinds."

Google Inc. reported consolidated revenues of $18.10 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 15% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Google Inc. reports advertising revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the fourth quarter of 2014, TAC totaled $3.62 billion, or 22% of advertising revenues. Operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share (EPS) are reported on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures, as well as free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release.

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WoW Adding A Selfie Camera

What has the world come to when a game as big as World of Warcraft adds a selfie camera. frown

The World of Warcraft public test realms (PTR) went down earlier today to prepare for a new build. Beyond adding some new character models, class tweaks, and UI improvements, that build will include some new social media integrations. And let no one say that Blizzard isn't on the cutting edge of what's "in" these days, because your World of Warcraft character will soon be able to take a selfie.

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Game Sued For Featuring General Patton

This case seems pretty straightforward. Simply delay your game for a year or pay the royalties. Problem solved.

In the latest video game right of publicity lawsuit, CMG Worldwide Inc. has filed a complaint against California based Maximum Games LLC, on behalf of General George Patton’s estate. [1] Maximum’s History, Legends of War: Patton is a turn-based game featuring the legendary World War II commander of the American Third and Seventh Armies. Interestingly, Patton has been dead for sixty-nine years, one year shy of California’s seventy-year statutory limit for right of publicity lawsuits.

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Alibaba Invests $10M In OUYA

Whoa, a $10 million investment? I didn't even realize OUYA was still around, let alone bringing in investors with this kind of cash. eek!

That's because Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reportedly dropped $10 million into OUYA's coffers within the last month, according to The Wall Street Journal -- an investment in trade for bringing OUYA's platform to Alibaba's set-top box.

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Broadband Internet Definition Changed

A new era of peace and prosperity is upon us! Remember how great things were after they changed the broadband definition last time? There was dancing in the streets, streaming content everywhere and unlimited access to porn. Wait....

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to change the definition of broadband internet in the United States. This change, passed by FCC commissioners by a 3-2 vote, raises the minimum download speeds for broadband from 4 Mbps to 25 Mbps and minimum upload speeds from 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps. If the speeds they provide don’t reach this standard then internet service providers cannot call those connections "broadband."

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Facebook Adds Location-Based Tips To Your News Feed

Facebook announced today that it is adding another feature to your news feed that you will turn off immediately. wink

The social network announced a new feature Thursday that uses your phone's location services to surface more information about the places you visit. The feature, called Place Tips, draws on posts created from a place's page and from your friends. Now when you visit a location your friends have been before, Facebook will bring up their related posts and photos.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Hardline Open Beta Next Week @ Blue's News

Dying Light Unlimited Money Exploit Found @ VG24/7

PlayStation Plus February Free Games @ Shacknews

Xbox Games With Gold For Feb @ Joystiq

Content Creators Earn Over $50M Through Steam Workshop

Valve announced today that it has paid out over fifty seven million dollars to the people who create content for its games (hats cool ).

When we launched the Workshop late in 2011, we expected that it would grow, but not that it would grow this much, this quickly. So far, the total payments made to individuals for the creation of in-game items sold in Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have passed $57 million. This money was earned by over 1,500 contributors spread out across 75 countries.

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Android Shipments Exceed 1B For First Time

Worldwide shipments of over one billion? Wow! That is a lot of Android phones. eek!

For the first time ever, worldwide shipments of smartphones packing Android exceeded 1 billion units in 2014, a significant gain from the 780.8 million units that shipped around the world in 2013, researcher Strategy Analytics announced Thursday. Android dwarfed its second-place competitor, Apple's iOS, which mustered 192.7 million worldwide shipments in 2014.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ HT4U

Cooling: Noctua NH-U9S CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Corsair Gaming Sabre @ eTeknix

Kingston HyperX Cloud II @ TechnologyX

Kingston HyperX Cloud II @ Bjorn3D

The App Economy Is Now 'Bigger Than Hollywood'

According to this article, the web might be the most important medium in American culture. eek!

Although the totals for Domestic (U.S.) Box Office are not the complete Hollywood revenues picture, Apple’s App Store billings is not the complete App revenue picture either. The Apps economy includes Android and ads and service businesses and custom development. Including all revenues, apps are still likely to be bigger than Hollywood.

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Angry Birds And 'Leaky' Phone Apps Targeted By NSA

Angry Birds? Really? I guess this just goes to show you that the NSA will do just about anything to spy on you.

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

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NZXT S340 Mid-Tower Case

The fellas over at ocaholic took the NZXT S340 mid-tower ATX case out for a spin today to see what it was made of. Overall a very positive review. Here's a quote to get you started:

At a first glance the S340 from NZXT is one good looking case. The design is very elegant and apart from that this particular case is available in different color combinations. It's quite clear that while developing this case, NZXT have had a strong focus on the design aspect and they wanted to come up with something beautiful. For us this is certainly already reason enough to have a thorough look at this case.

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Technology Gone Wrong Invention of the Day

Holy crap! I can't believe this thing even exists. eek!

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