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Friday May 22, 2015

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #350 @ PCPer

Input: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex @ pcGameware

Motherboards: ECS Z97I-Drone LEET Gaming @ eTeknix

Power Supply: Corsair CS850M @ Guru3D

Video: EVGA GTX 980 HYBRID @ HwC

App Turns Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

There's an amazing, magical $1 app out there now that turns your $600 Apple Watch into a $20 Casio calculator watch. smile

Alas, it costs a $1. On the upside, there are myriad goodies to unlock if you poke it in the right way. Remember trying to spell words upside down to pass the time in class as a kid? That’s a good place to start.


ONR Tests New Glasses For Augmented Reality System

Marines were able to turn a lush golf course into a hostile battleground complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke at a demonstration on May 21 using an augmented reality training system from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). At Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) moved one step closer to its ultimate goal of giving warfighters glasses that can be worn to enhance augmented reality training scenarios.

The term "augmented reality" refers to a live environment onto which virtual images are superimposed. Think of watching a football game on television and seeing the yellow first-down line added to the screen you’re watching. This is different from "virtual reality," which is a wholly computer-generated environment in which users immerse themselves. The system, which can support a wide array of live, virtual and constructive training scenarios, is "only limited by the imaginations of those using it," said Dr. Peter Squire, a program officer with ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department.


Woman Accidentally Shoots Herself While Taking Selfie

How does the saying go? Something about removing yourself from the gene pool or thinning the herd.

The 21-year-old found a 9mm handgun left behind by a security guard at her Moscow office and decided to pose for a photograph holding it, a police spokesman told Interfax news agency. While taking a selfie with one hand, she accidentally pressed the gun's trigger, shooting herself in the temple at close range.


AT&T Trying To Make First Amendment Case Against Net Neutrality

Seriously? A violation of the First Amendment? I am going to just crap if this works. roll eyes (sarcastic)

And right there under item #1 is: "Whether the FCC’s reclassification of broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to common carrier regulation under Title II violates the terms of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution."


Developer Shows Off Upcoming Radeon Graphics Card

Johan Andersson of Paradox Interactive tweeted this picture today with the following caption "This new island is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. wow & thanks @AMDRadeon ! They will be put to good use."

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Playing Mario Kart With A Live Sound Track

Wait for it....wait for it...


Adult Dating Site Hack Exposes Millions Of Users

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you! Not because this site was hacked. I'm more surprised that that many people actually use Adult FriendFinder. eek!

The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Desura Explains Missed Payments @ Blue's News

Video: Batman: Arkham Knight characters Unmasked @ Shacknews

Witcher 3 Bug Corrupts Saves On Xbox One @ GameInformer

Xur Location And Inventory @ VG24/7

Uber Seeking $1B Line Of Credit

Uber is shopping around for a $1 billion line of credit? That's craziness. Imagine what you could do with a line of credit a tenth of that size. big grin

Car-hailing service Uber is taking a step toward an initial public offering, a new report claims. Uber has been meeting with banks to raise a $1 billion line of credit, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans.


Stealing Toyota Prius Batteries Is Now A Thing

How is this not the easiest crime in the world to solve? Cops check to see who is selling Prius batteries (Craigslist, etc.), which shops are buying them, follow up leads, dig around a bit and make a few arrests.

A quick search of the SF-Bay Area Craigslist shows battery packs going for anywhere between $700 and $1,300, but that’s just for the hardware repair shops are charging between $3,000 and up to $7,000 depending on the damage and the source of the parts.


Google Is Very Sorry for Its Racist Maps Bug

Google sure is having a hell of a time with Google Maps lately.

Certain offensive search terms were triggering unexpected maps results, typically because people had used the offensive term in online discussions of the place. This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren’t looking for.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Core 2500 @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Cryorig R1 Ultimate @ BmR

Motherboards: GIGABYTE Champion Series X99-Gaming 5P @ PCPer

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB @ techPowerUP!

OCZ ARC 100 SSD @ MadShrimps

Video: PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro @ Gamers Nexus

Bluetooth Is The Most Annoying Automotive Feature In Existence

While I don't know about it being "the most annoying automotive feature in existence," using Bluetooth built into cars does suck pretty bad.

What will happen is, the phone will ring, and I will press some button on the steering wheel to answer it, and suddenly my automobile has turned into a giant rolling telephone. Then you will speak to me, and I will speak to you, and you will respond by saying "WHAT?" so often that you sound like a World War II veteran at an international conference for whispering enthusiasts.


Teenager Admits To 23 Charges Related To Swatting

This kid is off to a great start. It will be interesting to see what the courts slap him with at his June 29th sentencing hearing.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified under a publication ban because of his age, has now admitted to a total of 23 offences of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment. In a day-long sentencing hearing at Port Coquitlam provincial court last Friday, Crown prosecutor Michael Bauer outlined how the teen had terrorized mostly young, female gamers and their parents, in B.C., Minnesota, Utah, Arizona, Ohio and California.


Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT Review

The crew at Vortez have the Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT in-house for a little review action today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Hydro Series H80i GT is a closed loop cooler which adheres to the 120mm specification. This CPU cooler is supplied with two SP120L fans and is configured to offer digital functionality via Corsair LINK software allowing the user to modify performance, noise and LED lighting.


Google Tops List Of Companies Trying To Kill Passwords

Real nice Google, what did the password ever do to you? Won't somebody please think about the passwords?

People don't put enough thought into passwords because it's a pain, but that creates security problems for the whole internet. Google, Microsoft and others in the FIDO Alliance want to replace passwords with fingerprint scanning and other techniques, and just unveiled 31 products from 16 companies that conform to the new standard.


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.

Microsoft Recognizes Outstanding Contributions By Suppliers

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced the recipients of the 2015 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. The MSP Excellence Awards recognize superior performance, exemplary service and innovation by suppliers that demonstrate what it means to be a preferred supplier at Microsoft. The purpose of the MSP is to build long-term relationships with a select group of strategic suppliers that create long-term value for Microsoft.

Winners of the 2015 MSP Excellence Awards were nominated by employees of Microsoft in various business units, MSP suppliers and Microsoft Procurement Professionals. An extensive panel of Microsoft employees and external judges selects all final awardees. Award winners were based on excellence in a number of areas, including quality, value, service and innovation. Winners were announced during the 13th Annual MSP Summit on Microsoft’s main corporate campus in Redmond, Wash.


Intel Reports on Progress and Milestones in Corporate Responsibility

Doing the right things the right way it’s who Intel is. Building on two decades of reporting, Intel released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report, an assessment of its performance in areas including supply chain responsibility, environmental sustainability and more. From working to validate all of its products as conflict-free by 2016 to making a $300 million commitment to achieve a more diverse workforce, Intel remains committed to transparency, leadership in corporate responsibility and impacting the lives of people around the world.


Thursday May 21, 2015

Millions Of Routers Vulnerable To Attacks Due To NetUSB Bug

Is it just me or is it getting harder and harder to keep track of all these router vulnerabilities?

A serious vulnerability affecting the NetUSB kernel driver developed by Taiwan-based tech company KCodes exposes millions of routers to hack attacks, researchers have warned. According to its website, KCodes is one of the leading developers and suppliers of USB over IP solutions. The company says over 20% of world’s networking devices include KCodes technology.


Random [H] Sighting

Apparently these Surface Pro 3 bundles are so [H]ard, they actually arranged themselves like this when no one was looking. Thanks to [H]ard|Forum member Shmee for the picture!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec VSP5000 @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Dell Precision M3800 @ HotHardware

Sentey Lumenata Pro SP Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z97-HD3 @ Tech Report

Storage: HyperX 480GB SSD Giveaway @ HardwareSlave

Video: PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro @ Gamers Nexus

Case Mod of the Day

You have to watch the video below to truly appreciate the phenomenal lighting job in this case mod. eek! Our hats are definitely off to longtime [H]'er "Tricky" for a very impressive mod.

Russia Warns Google, Twitter And Facebook On Law Violations

Dear Russia,

If you don't like it, don't use it. Problem solved.


The rest of the planet

To comply with the law, the three firms must hand over data on Russian bloggers with more than 3,000 readers per day, and take down websites that Roskomnadzor sees as containing calls for "unsanctioned protests and unrest", Ampelonsky said.


Cool Video of the Day

This is probably the only way anyone could ever get me to sit through this whole song. cool


The Summit 3 By GIGABYTE Finals Comes To An End

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards would like to congratulate The Summit 3 champions Team Secret for taking away the 1st place in an incredible DOTA 2 tournament. As the exclusive sponsor of this year The Summit 3, GIGABYTE is proud to be able to provide the participants with high performance GIGABYTE gaming systems and to support such an enthusiastic community that has a true passion for eSports. Held at the Beyond The Summit Studio in LA, USA, The Summit 3 final closes this year biggest international DOTA 2 tournament which took part in 2 phases.

Phase 1 was comprised of worldwide online qualifiers to determine which teams were to be invited in LA for phase 2, a LAN face off. During 5 days, the qualified 6 teams fought against last year’s champion and a community voted team to win the champion it all. Through an amazing display of skills and a great team work effort, Team Secret made it to the top and walked away with a big share of the $260,000+ prize. Because eSports would be nothing without its fans, GIGABYTE had something to reward them too. During the LAN phase of the tournament, GIGABYTE G1 gave away a GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 motherboard, GeForce GTX 960 graphics card and Swag Bag to one lucky winner every day. Winners were selected through the live twitch chat; by typing "gigaway" into the BTS Twitch Chatroom when prompted by the casters! Additionally, GIGABYTE ran through its Facebook page a lucky draw for those who predicted the lucky winning team! The two randomly selected winners walked away with a GIGABYTE Z97MX-Gaming 5 motherboard. Congrats to all!


NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store

Like most of you, I just assumed that the NSA was already doing this. Bonus points for codenaming the top secret project IRRITANT HORN.

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.


Pro Gaming Doesn't Need Balls To Be Considered A 'Sport'

Call me juvenile, but I had to laugh when she said pro gaming doesn't need balls to considered a sport. big grin

The excitement I feel while watching League of Legends is new, different and infinitely more visceral than anything I've felt while spectating hockey or football. Perhaps I relate more to a warrior princess or an eternally sad mummy than I do to Wayne Gretzky or Tom Brady.


Google Developing OS For Internet Of Things

According to this article, Google is working on a new Android-based operating system specifically for the Internet of Things.

Google wants its software to power any electronic device that connects to the Internet, whether or not it has a digital screen. To that end, Google is working on technology that could run on low-powered devices, possibly with as few as 64 or 32 megabytes of random-access memory, according to people who have been briefed about the project.


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