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Wednesday July 23, 2014

YouTube Star Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

Lawsuits asking for $150k per song are just dumb. The morons that think they aren't going to get sued for making YouTube videos that feature other people music without permission are dumber.

Ultra Records, which has musicians Kaskade, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris on its books, is suing Michelle Phan. The label and its publishing arm claim she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Deepcool Steam Castle @ ocaholic

In Win 901 @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Lexar JumpDrive P10 @ FunkyKit

Power Supply: FSP Aurum 92+ 650W @ Cowcotland

Video: Gigabyte GTX 770 vs. ASUS Matrix Platinum @ HWS

StubHub Was Victim Of Cyber Fraud Ring

It took more than a year to catch these guys? Damn, that's kind of embarrassing. eek!

eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

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Most Broadband Users Shun UK Porn Filters

A new report out today says that most people in the UK are deciding against installing government backed porn filters. Shocking! eek!

The vast majority of new broadband customers in the UK are opting out of "child friendly" filters when prompted to install them by service providers. The industry watchdog Ofcom found fewer than one in seven households installed the feature, which is offered by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

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ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Motherboard

The crew at ThinkComputers have the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer motherboard on the test bench today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Of course being Fatal1ty-branded we know that this board is going to cater to gamers. With that said it does offer gaming features like the Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform, ASRock’s Gaming Armor which has loads of features, Purity Sound 2 audio, ASRock Key Master software and you even get a 3 month premium license of XSplit to stream and broadcast your gaming skills. Is this the next motherboard for you?

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Video Game Addicts May Be Exempt From Military Service

Hang on for a second. Wouldn't these be the people you'd actually want to have in the military? You know, the spawn camping chairborne rangers that are tactical experts at everything except talking to the opposite sex? big grin

Local media recently highlighted a policy amendment made by South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration in 2010 exempting video game addicts their mandatory military service. South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 are required to perform military service.

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NVIDIA: Why We’re Rolling Out the SHIELD Family of Devices

Quicker than most anyone had thought possible, Android is becoming the largest computing platform in history. There are more than a billion active Android users. And it’s being built into all types of devices. Smartphones, tablets, TVs and cars are just a start. It’s clear that folks love to play games on Android. The Google Play Android market generated roughly $250 million in revenue in the first quarter, up 2.5 times from a year earlier. And 90% of those revenues came from games. So far, Android gaming has largely been confined to casual games. But that’s going to change. We see a different future for Android gaming. We’re committed to turning Android into a vibrant platform that can excite gamers and provide the foundation for a vibrant industry. That’s why we’re introducing the SHIELD tablet and SHIELD controller to a family of SHIELD devices that includes our fantastic SHIELD portable, which we continue to sell, support, and update. Each of these devices is built to offer an incredible Android and PC gaming experience, and each product is purpose built to give individual gamers exactly what they need.

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Microsoft Cloud Growth Drives Strong Fourth-Quarter Results

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $23.38 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the quarter were $15.79 billion, $6.48 billion, and $0.55 per share, respectively. Microsoft completed the acquisition of substantially all of the Nokia Devices and Services ("NDS") business on April 25, 2014. Revenue and cost of revenue from the acquired business, including amortization of intangible assets, are reported in the new Phone Hardware segment. For the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014, the results of NDS contributed revenue, gross margin, operating income, and diluted EPS of $1.99 billion, $54 million, $(692) million, and $(0.08), respectively.

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Intel Announces The Solid-State Drive Pro 2500 Series

Intel Corporation today announced an addition to the Intel® Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family: the Intel® SSD Pro 2500 Series. This new business-class SSD delivers lower total cost of ownership, security and manageability features, and blazing-fast SSD performance demanded by today's business users. Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series offers IT departments peace of mind with advanced security features and capabilities designed for businesses ranging from small companies through large IT-managed enterprises. Security and remote manageability features, combined with lower annual failure rates than hard disk drives (HDDs), help to reduce the need for resource-intensive deskside visits.

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Tuesday July 22, 2014

be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler

If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, you might want to check out this review of the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 at NikKTech today.

be quiet! is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. be quiet! products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany for five consecutive years *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: SilverStone Raven RV05 @ Hexus

ETC.: Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z @ XtremeHardware

Motherboards: MSI Z97M Gaming @ ocaholic

PSU: BitFenix Fury 550G Alchemy-Sleeved @ BmR

Storage: Intel SSD 2500 Pro 240GB @ HotHardware

Battlefield Hardline Delayed Until 2015

The Battlefield Official Blog announced today that Battlefield Hardline has been pushed back to 2015.

Obviously, this is big news, so I’d like to address why we’re making this change. Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We’ve been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you. This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better.

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Scumbag Move of the Day

So you win a contest that gives you early access to a game, what's the first thing you do? If you are a total scumbag, you crack the game and release it to pirate sites. frown

"As you can imagine I am really pissed off," wrote Gameloft community manager Florian Weber on the Modern Combat 4 Hub Facebook group. "To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them?

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Kids Kill Over 100k People In Video Games By 18

And the award for statistic mostly likely to be "pulled straight from my ass" goes to this guy.

"The perceived anonymity of digital existence makes it much easier to sort of distance yourself for your own morality," said O’Mara on July 16, 2014 on CNN Tonight. "It’s just what happens because it’s so much easier to be somebody you want to be but know you shouldn't be when you’re online. Literally, by the time a child is 18 years of age, they‘ve killed over 100,000 people in video games and other online things."

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GIGABYTE OC Contest Winner Breaks World Record

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the winners of the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest hosted on HWBOT.org. With $1,000 and two GIGABYTE Z97 series motherboards up for grabs, the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest invited the overclocking community to push their hardware to the limit by running the custom made CATZILLA benchmark skin on their GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboard.

On top of winning $500 and a very limited edition GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard, overclocker DANCOP can also add to his winnings a gold cup for the World Record on CATZILLA - 720P benchmark with a 43121 mark using a GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE. This great performance adds to the long list of performance achievements accomplished on GIGABYTE Z97 motherboards, making it clear that GIGABYTE is a true leader in overclocking.

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World's Largest Fart Machine

I like this guy. He's always coming up with cool stuff like this.

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Apple Denies Having Included A Backdoor In iOS

So many Apple "backdoor" jokes, so little time. big grin

An extensive research paper from a security specialist revealed earlier this week that governments and other third-parties with malicious intentions would be able to use certain tools in iOS to extract information from iPhones and other iOS devices, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Apple has already issued a response on the matter, denying the existence of backdoors in its products, and further emphasizing the security and privacy features of iOS.

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Silverstone Raven 5 ATX Case

TechSpot has published a review of the Silverstone Raven 5 ATX case today for those of you interested. You can see our evaluation here.

Silverstone's Raven RV01 caught our attention back in 2008 with a unique chassis layout that turned the motherboard upward so its I/O panel was on top of the enclosure instead of behind. Called the "stack effect," the design was highly original and more importantly, extremely effective for cooling.

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What Do Game Developers Make In Salary?

Other than that pesky "laid off after every new game ships" thing, it looks like you can make a pretty damn good living being a game developer.

Overall, game developers within the U.S. managed to make $83,060 on average over the course of 2013, and while that's a high number, it's actually a lower one than 2012, down 2 percent. The business and management salaries seem to rule overall, averaging $101,572, while audio professionals ($95,682) and programmers ($93,521) follow closely behind. As to who makes the least amount of money, quality assurance professionals sit at the bottom with $54,833. Still not too shabby, tho.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Areal Kickstarter Suspended @ Blue's News

First 100 Cars Of Forza Horizon 2 @ Shacknews

League of Legends New Trailer @ Polygon

New Mighty No. 9 Footage @ Joystiq

SilverStone Raven RV05 Rotated Computer Case

If you like your computer cases with a twist (90º to be exact), make sure you read our evaluation of the SilverStone Raven RV05 rotated computer case.

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The SilverStone Raven series of cases long ago broke the mold when it comes to "normal" computer chassis. Its design execution has always been good and the Ravens' airflow characteristics are excellent. Today SilverStone pushes the new Raven RV05 out there a little bit further in terms of design and function.

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Real Life Holodeck With An Oculus Rift

The work these guys are doing with the Oculus Rift and large scale real-time tracking is rather impressive. Holodeck anyone?

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Cases: In Win S-Frame @ Cowcotland

ETC.: Intel Core i7 4790K @ Bjorn3D

Kingston HyperX Cloud @ XtremeHardware

Motherboards: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 @ Tweak.dk

Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE @ MadShrimps

Storage: Plextor M6S PX-256M6S 256GB SSD @ NikKTech

Apple Scores Patent For 'Wrist-Worn Electronic Device'

Dear U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you do not have to rubber stamp everything Apple submits. Oh yeah, Dick Tracy would also like to have a word with you guys about this patent. roll eyes (sarcastic)

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ASUS Launches RT-AC87 Dual-Band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit Router

Following its preview at CES 2014, ASUS is excited to launch the ASUS RT-AC87, the world’s first Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router and the fastest 5 GHz with speeds up to 1.73Gbps. Powered by Quantenna’s award-winning QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset, the ASUS RT-AC87 offers unparalleled speed and range for a superior wireless experience.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review Round-Up

Reviews are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

PC Perspective

Hardware Canucks

Techgage

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Halo Composer Wins Legal Battle Against Bungie

While it is too bad that this had to be settled by the courts, at least it is over now and everything worked out for the best.

Despite initially denying that O'Donnell was due remuneration, Bungie is now required to pay over $38,385 in unpaid work and vacation time, in addition to double damages amounting to $38,385. Counting attorney's fees and interest, the total payable amount reaches $95,019.13.

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The Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

There is a new tracking tool out there that researchers claim is virtually impossible to block. The creator claims to have been "looking for a cookie alternative." Riiiight.

First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.

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What Happened To Episodic Games?

The folks at Shacknews want to know what happened to episodic games.

Since episodes were so front-loaded, it meant the first episode had to cover both the upfront rendering costs and help fund the development of future episodes. If the first episode failed to bring in enough to cover both of those aspects, the game could fizzle altogether. Sin Episodes notably suffered this fate, leaving customers who were invested in the early episodes out in the cold.

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