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Wednesday April 16, 2014

XFX R9 290 CrossFire At 4K Ultra HD

Legit Reviews has decided to put a XFX R9 290 CrossFire set-up to the test today to see how well these cards handle 4K Ultra HD resolutions. Here's a quote from the full review:

We recently reviewed the XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation and had the opportunity to get a second card in for additional thermal testing. Since we had two identical cards sitting on the test bench we figured that we’d flash the BIOS in order for the cards to be identical and run some CrossFire tests with AMD’s latest Catalyst 14.4 Beta drivers.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua NH-D12 @ LanOC

Noctua NH-D15 @ ChipLoco

Noctua NH-D15 @ HardCoreWare

Raijintek Pallas Low Profile HSF @ FrostyTech

ETC.: Gigabyte CDRomland OC Workshop @ MadShrimps

Video: NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Analysis @ PCPer

Sapphire R7 265 Dual-X 2GB @ eTeknix

LaCie Admits To Year Long Data Breach

If you are a LaCie customer and you made any transactions with the company between March 2013 to March 2014, you might want to read this. frown

On March 19, 2014, the FBI informed LaCie that it found indications that an unauthorized person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions that were made through LaCie’s website. We have hired a leading forensic investigation firm, who is conducting a thorough investigation, and assisting us in implementing additional security measures. As a precaution, we have temporarily disabled the e-commerce portion of the LaCie website while we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services. We will resume accepting online orders once we have completed the transition.

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[H]ot Deals

Today's [H]ot Deals forum thread is full of exclusive deals just for [H] readers. The best part is, all of these deals come with free shipping! The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while the getting is good.

Corsair CX750 CX Series 750W ATX Power Supply = $69.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

XFX RADEON DOUBLE D R9 290X 4GB DDR5 = $539.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case = $29.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

Corsair Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler = $69.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

AMD A10-5800K Black Edition 3.8Ghz APU = $99.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA Hard Drive = $49.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

AMD High Performance Barebones = $569.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

Teen Charged In 'Heartbleed' Attack On Tax Agency

Authorities in Canada caught the guy that stole taxpayer data by exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug.

Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday.

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Companies Agree to Add ‘Kill Switches’ To Smartphones

About damn time.

CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the companies including Apple, Samsung, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to provide a free preloaded or downloadable anti-theft tool on smartphones sold in the U.S. after July 2015.

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Gearbox Recommends Updating Your SHiFT Passwords

At Gearbox, we value our community and strive to protect the information provided to us by our fans. Recently, a security issue known as Heartbleed was discovered. This issue impacted Amazon Web Services, the service that powers Gearbox’s SHiFT system. Gearbox has taken steps to correct systems exposed to the issue by patching affected software and rotating potentially compromised SSL certificates.

As a result of Heartbleed, many of our fans have already changed their passwords. If you have not already done so, please continue reading. While it doesn’t appear that any user passwords were compromised, we nonetheless recommend that all community members reset their SHiFT account passwords as a precautionary measure.

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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis

The NZXT H440 mid-tower chassis is on the test bench at techPowerUP today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The NZXT H440 aims to make the new and revamped H series part of the mid-tower market. Offering no external drive bay is either gutsy or naïve, but let us take a closer look to figure out whether NZXT managed to gun for the glory among silent mid-tower cases this time around.

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MSI's New Next Generation Naming Scheme - GAMING 3, GAMING 5, and GAMING 7

MSI are revealing upcoming line of "GAMING" mainboards, designed primarily for enthusiast gamers seeking to get the very most from their hardware to software. They are coming in three distinct flavors: GAMING 3, GAMING 5 and GAMING 7.

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MSI USB Audio Power. Our next generation GAMING motherboards all feature USB Audio Power, similar to the latest ITX GAMING models. USB Audio Power ensures stable 5V power delivery no matter what. Delivering perfect audio quality for USB headsets and USB DAC devices.

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For our next generation of GAMING motherboards we spend a lot of attention to small details. They will come with a complete black I/O panel without the shiny silver edge you are used to.

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37% Of Steam Games Have Never Been Loaded

While this statistic may seem a bit high, if you are a fan of Steam sales, you are probably surprised the number isn't higher. I buy lots of stuff on sale that I know I won't have a chance to play but, like most of you, I'll be damned if I'm going to miss out on a deal. big grin

The "owned but unplayed" phenomenon is an extremely widespread issue across Steam according to our data. It shows up most frequently in games included in bundles, offered at heavily reduced prices, or simply given away to players who have yet to actually play them. It’s not limited to those games, though; in fact, out of the roughly 781 million games registered to Steam accounts, our data shows only 493 million, or 63 percent, have been played even once.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

GAME Closing Xbox Store @ Joystiq

Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack @ Blue's News

Infamous: Second Son Update Tomorrow @ Kotaku

Sony Sell Its Square Enix Shares @ Polygon

Samsung: Steve Jobs' Death 'Best Opportunity To Attack iPhone'

Whether this guy is right or wrong is beside the point, it is never a good thing to have e-mails like this go public in the middle of a trial.

"Unfortunately, Steve Job's [sic] passing has led to a huge wave of press coverage of Apple's and iPhone's 'superiority,' all created by the 'passionate, tireless, perfectionist...' The point here is that there is an unintended benefit for Apple.

Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPhone. If there is no consensus on the approach I initially proposed, I will stop pushing, but I would like to better understand our strategy so I can align with that.

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AMD Demos Its Next-Gen x86 APU Running Fedora Linux

Red Hat Summit 2014 – AMD today announced another major milestone in the development of its enterprise software ecosystem with the first public demonstration of its second-generation AMD Opteron™ X-Series APU, codenamed "Berlin," running a Linux environment based on the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is a Red Hat-sponsored, community-driven Linux distribution, providing a familiar, enterprise class operating environment to developers and IT administrators worldwide. This is important to companies looking to transition to x86 APU servers but who are reluctant to introduce new tools and software platforms to their IT environments. This demonstration also represents a significant step forward in expanding the footprint of x86 APU accelerated performance within the data center.

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'Some Idiot On The Internet' Story of the Day

Heartbleed bug or not, I don't think posting your passwords on the internet has ever been a good idea. big grin

Unfortunately, one of The Switch's readers learned that the hard way. On a story explaining how the Heartbleed bug could slow down the Internet, a commenter scoffed at the "Heartbleed thingamajig," arguing that the Internet's handwringing over security was mostly overwrought. The reader went on to post the two passwords he uses on a regular basis across all of his main accounts.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers

CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse @ ocaholic

Humble Bundle: PC Review @ Overclockers Club

Motherboards: ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard @ BmR

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: How An SSD Works @ SSD Review

'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear More Friendly

Yeah, these wearable eyes make you look totally friendly. roll eyes (sarcastic)

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Halo, Destiny Composer Marty O'Donnell Fired By Bungie

As talented as this guy is, I'd imagine 323 Studios (or any other developer for that matter) would snatch him up in a heartbeat.

Bungie's composer Marty O'Donnell, who wrote Halo's iconic theme and had been working on the upcoming Destiny, has been fired from Bungie. O'Donnell's involvement with the company predates Microsoft buying the company in 1999. He was one of the few original staff members still with the company.

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Infants 'Unable To Use Toy Blocks' Due To iPad Addiction

Good job Apple, not only are you turning adults into mental midgets, now you are ruining our children too! Damn you Apple!

Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an "addiction" to tablet computers and smartphones, according to teachers. Many children aged just three or four can "swipe a screen" but have little or no dexterity in their fingers after spending hours glued to iPads, it was claimed.

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IRS Could Be Watching Your Social Media

I know the headline says "could be watching" but let's just go ahead and assume they already are and avoid the headache altogether. cool

In its quest to find and audit tax dodgers, the IRS is said to use online activity trackers to sift through the mass amounts of data available on the Internet, according to Marketplace. This data is then added to the information the agency already has on people, such as Social Security numbers, health records, banking statements, and property.

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SilverStone PS10 Case

Aside from a few minor issues, it looks like the crew at PureOverclock really liked the SilverStone PS10 case they just reviewed.

Are you in the market for a budget priced chassis that looks like you spent more? Introducing the PS10 case from SilverStone, a mid tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configurations and cooling support. SilverStone frequently leans toward a more budget build of case, yet their cases don’t lack for interesting character which appeals to many builders.

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Android Pirate Agrees To Work Undercover For the Feds

I believe the expression "no honor among thieves" is fitting in this situation.

Getting busted by the FBI can hardly be a pleasurable experience but for one former Android software pirate his debt to the authorities won't be over anytime soon. As part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice, a former member of the SnappzMarket group has just agreed to work undercover for the FBI.

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Microsoft Delivers Data Platform For The Era Of Ambient Intelligence

At a customer event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showcased innovations available today with the launch of SQL Server 2014, the newest version of the world’s most widely deployed database, and outlined the company’s path to deliver a platform for ambient intelligence. Nadella stressed the importance of a data culture — one that encourages curiosity, action and experimentation — for everyone and every organization. Microsoft also shared the results of new IDC research that shows companies that take a comprehensive approach to data stand to realize an additional 60 percent return on their data assets — a worldwide opportunity of $1.6 trillion.

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Intel Reports First-Quarter Revenue of $12.8 Billion

Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and EPS of 38 cents. The company generated approximately $3.5 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.1 billion, and used $545 million to repurchase 22 million shares of stock.

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Tuesday April 15, 2014

Enermax ETS-N30 Budget CPU Air Cooler

If you need a new heatsink and you are on a budget, make sure you don't miss our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-N30 CPU cooler.

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We tend to focus on "high end" CPU cooling when we do reviews, but today we have something a bit different. Enermax, known world wide for its overall excellent power supplies, steps foot in the CPU cooling ring with a contender that is very easy on your wallet, weighing in at less than $25. We still have high expectations though!

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85,000 Oculus Rift Dev Kits Sold

Oculus Rift has sold a total of 85,000 dev kits. That means they only need to sell about six million more kits before Facebook makes their money back off the company. eek!

The company revealed the figures to TechCrunch and broke them down into 60,000 sales or the original DK1 and 25,000 sales of the DK2 that went on sale on March 19. The kit currently costs $350. In February Oculus VR was forced to halt production of the headsets after it struggled to source some of the key components.

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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

Need a new cooler? The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 is on the test bench today at Hexus for a little review action. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The good news for be quiet! fans is that the German manufacturer hasn't been resting on its laurels and has this year followed-up with the eagerly-anticipated Dark Rock Pro 3. This third-generation cooler, currently priced at a lofty £65, is said to have been "significantly upgraded" to deliver "the perfect balance between cooling and serenity."

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Cooler Master Silencio 652S @ Technic3D

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler @ Modders Inc.

ETC.: Diamond Wireless Range Extender @ ThinkComputers

Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon @ Phoronix

Video: Powercolor R7 250X 1GB @ eTeknix

XFX R7 240 Core Edition @ Hardware Secrets

Winklevoss: Bitcoin Payment System Worth $400B

Hey, did you guys know that the bitcoin payment system is worth $400 billion? Who told me that? Why, the Winklevoss twins did! That would make bitcoins worth about $32,000 each. big grin

The most widely known estimate of its intrinsic value is $400 billion, made November 2013, by the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler at the "New York Times" Dealbook Conference. At that valuation, Bitcoin would be worth 70 times its current value of $5.7 billion. That’s based on an April 8, 2014 price of $453 per coin for the 12,620,475 bitcoins in circulation. Clearly, there’s a long way to go to reach $400 billion.

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Wireless Router Round-Up

Hardware.Info has posted a wireless router round-up featuring twenty routers from ASUS, Apple, Belkin, D-Link, Buffalo, Linksys and more.

The market for routers is dynamic, and given that it has been a while since we have last published an overview covering the state of affairs surrounding 802.11ac routers on Hardware.Info, it's high time for an update. We've tested 20 different models, including a number of the already third generation 802.11ac routers.

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T-Mobile CEO: Overage Fees Are Greedy, Predatory

I sure like T-Mobile's CEO. Sure he's still a corporate fat cat but I sure do like the changes he's made recently and how he challenges other companies to do the same.

"Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go," continued Legere. "Starting in May for bills arriving in June - regardless of whether you're on Simple Choice, Simple Starter or an older plan, we're abolishing overages for good. Period."

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