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Monday August 31, 2015

Animated Short Film of the Day

If you have ten minutes to spare, this animated short film about two mining robots on a faraway planet is definitely worth checking out.


Corsair Bulldog Hands-On Impressions

Corsair was showing off its upcoming Bulldog and Lapdog products at PAX this weekend. Personally, I am looking forward to getting my hands on a Bulldog, what do you guys think?


Gaming [H]eadlines

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Dated @ Blue's News

Evolve Free Weekend Welcomes Meteor Goliath @ Shacknews

GTA 5 War Machine Armor @ GTA Scripting

Uncharted 4 Is Coming To PS4 In March @ VG24/7

Supermicro Gaming S5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! Our evaluation of the Supermicro Gaming S5 is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you are in the market for a new mid-tower chassis, make sure you read this review before you spend your hard earned money.

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The Supermicro name is synonymous with mainstream enterprise servers and all sorts of rack and chassis equipment. Today however we see the desktop side of Supermicro in a product designed and marketed to PC gamers. The enthusiast PC case market is chock full of solid competition, so let' see if Supermicro can compete at the desktop level.


NVIDIA GeForce 355.82 WHQL Certified Windows Drivers

All you GeForce owners out there that have plans to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max should download the new NVIDIA GeForce 355.82 WHQL drivers.

The latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 355.82 WHQL, ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: NZXT Source S340 @ CowcotLand

Cooling: ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid III @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: Element Gaming Beryllium Keyboard @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 @ Tweak.dk

Storage: OCZ Trion 100 480GB @ ThinkComputers

Video: PowerColor Radeon R9 380 PCS+ @ Techgage

India Accuses Google Of Gaming Search Results

Google has 10 days to respond to allegations that its search results favor its own products and services over the ones users actually wanted.

As with the EU's investigation, the company is believed to be pushing its own products ahead of those actually wanted (or needed) by users. In one example, this means that CNBC's India-based investment site MoneyControl will get second-billing to Google Finance, even if the former is more popular.


US Plans 'Unprecedented' Sanctions Against China Over Hacks

According to this news report, the White House is on the verge of imposing "unprecedented" sanctions against Beijing in the coming weeks.

The Washington Post on Sunday, citing US officials who spoke anonymously, said the US would issue sanctions on the basis that Chinese companies have benefited from the cyber-theft of US trade secrets, such as "search engine source code" and other intellectual property, and private corporate and trade secrets.


T-Mobile Wants To Stop Network Abusers

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere made a blog post yesterday addressing the growing problem of customers, or "hackers" as he called them, that are "willfully stealing" data.

However, these violators are going out of their way with all kinds of workarounds to steal more LTE tethered data. They’re downloading apps that hide their tether usage, rooting their phones, writing code to mask their activity, etc. They are "hacking" the system to swipe high speed tethered data. These aren't naive amateurs; they are clever hackers who are willfully stealing for their own selfish gain.


Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Against NSA Bulk Collection Program

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today that the NSA’s bulk phone data collection program can continue until November of this year. As most of you will remember, the program will be shut down after that because Congress changed the law back in June.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that +public-interest lawyer Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, has not proved that his own phone records were collected by the NSA — and so has not met a condition of bringing the lawsuit. It sent the case back to a lower court for further deliberation on the issue. The panel’s ruling also reversed a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed — and temporarily stayed — by a district court judge in December 2013.


AMD R9 Fury Running AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver

All you alternative OS types out there that are interested in acquiring an AMD R9 Fury video card should head on over to Phoronix and read this article.

Now that Linux 4.2 is set to be released today, out on the horizon we have to look forward to Linux 4.3 kernel. Set to be merged into Linux 4.3 will be in the initial open-source AMD driver code for supporting the Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards. This open-source Fury support is the focus of our testing today with it being the first time powering up this Fiji GPU outside of Catalyst.


MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Review

The crew at Overclockers Club seem mighty impressed with the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning they just reviewed. If you are in the market for a NVIDIA based graphics card, this review is for you.

MSI does not always build a Lightning model card in each revision of its product stack. In fact, when the GTX 980 was released, the enthusiast crowd was patiently waiting for the card that never came. Patience is a virtue, they say, and the waiting is now over. Instead of being based on the GTX 980, MSI went all out and put together the GTX 980 Ti Lightning. A beast of a card that screams performance at each and every turn.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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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.

Introducing NVIDIA GRID 2.0

Bring the power of virtualization to the users who need it to be their most productive. NVIDIA's GRID technology ensures complete application compatibility, meaning any application that can run in a physical desktop can run in a virtual desktop. Organizations can now expand their virtualization footprint without compromise. Deliver accelerated virtual desktops, along with a superior user experience, on even the thinnest notebooks. Because data and applications are housed side by side in the data center, users are able to realize enhanced performance, productivity, and collaboration. IT now has a single console that allows graphics resources to be assigned in a more balanced way.

This makes it much easier to deploy and manage accelerated virtual desktops. With the GRID solution, the IT manager can now control user profiles to flexibly deliver the graphics performance each user needs. GRID technology helps you protect your most valuable data, keeping it secure in the data center while providing just the right level of access to users. Keep your corporate intellectual property safe while also boosting productivity across the enterprise.


Intel Security To Showcase Cloud Security Solutions At VMworld

Intel will be exhibiting at VMworld, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, in booth #1529. Intel Security will host two demo stations and two breakout sessions focused on its advanced security services for the software defined data center. The demos will highlight McAfee MOVE AV, McAfee vNSP and the Intel Security Controller showing how they integrate with VMware NSX. The breakout session titled "Data Center in Transition – A Journey to a Secure Hybrid Data Center" is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, from 11AM to 12PM PT. The second session, "Utilizing Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) to Enable Advanced Threat Protection in Cloud Environments" is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, from 12PM to 1PM PT and will feature Matt Ferrari, CTO of ClearDATA, discussing how he uses this solution to provide advanced security services to its healthcare application customers. To see Intel Security demos, stop by the Intel booth #1529 at VMworld, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.


Sunday August 30, 2015

Wes Craven, Hollywood Horror Master, Dead At 76

Sad news for the horror genre. The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director died today after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. What is your favorite Craven film? One of mine is New Nightmare because I thought it was a clever take on the mythology, and Craven himself returned to direct it.

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Craven, the artist behind "Nightmare on Elm Street," the "Scream" movie series and many other modern horror masterpieces, remade the genre in contemporary film. Craven reinvented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," a film he wrote and directed that starred a then-unknown Johnny Depp. He conceived and co-wrote "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors" as well.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Launch Trailer

The Phantom Pain will finally be available this Tuesday, and Kojima has personally directed and edited a trailer to celebrate its release. If you still haven’t seen it yet, check it out and take a small trip through Metal Gear history.


Apple Renting Out A 7,000-Person Arena For Its Upcoming iPhone Event

Apple's upcoming event will be held at a huge arena, which is kind of interesting because Apple tends to hold its events in more modest locales, such as the Yerba Buena Center, which holds 757 people. Could Dr. Dre be performing?

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium? It has a maximum capacity of 7,000 people. When President Obama comes to give a speech in San Francisco, he comes here. This arena is more suited for concerts for big named acts — not tech launches.


Student Faces 10 Years In Prison For Trying To Sell Android Malware

I’m a little confused here. This kid made what sounds like some pretty sophisticated malware that basically leaves someone’s Android phone wide open, but he only priced it at $300? And he didn’t get a single sale?

Your typical Android malware, once installed, Dendroid spies on text message conversations, takes photos, and even records phone conversations — all unbeknownst to the user (of course). Culbertson admits that he attempted to sell the source code online, but he reportedly didn’t receive any offers.


Star Wars Trading Card App Attracts Those With Disposable Income

Topps has a Star Wars trading card app, and it’s pretty neat—you can actually buy and trade cards. But are people seriously buying crumpled Han Solo cards for $225? I’ll sell you my pristine Greedo card for tree fiddy.

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…the Han Solo card is one of the highest prices seen yet for a single card. Except for this super limited edition Pink Yoda card. There were only ever 10 copies, and they were only available for one hour. It costs $900 — that's as much as a seven-night Caribbean cruise.


Chrome Will Automatically Pause Flash Content Starting Sept. 1

Just another step toward the inevitable demise of Adobe Flash. Users will be able to toggle the setting, but Chrome will no longer autoplay Flash content starting next month.

Beyond improving battery life and browser performance, the wider move away from Flash may also bolster security. In early July, for example, an Italian spyware firm Hacking Team found "the most beautiful Flash bug for the last four years."


Is Office The New Windows?

Satya Nadella seems to think so. I know that Microsoft and Windows are synonymous, but it’s quite obvious to see what is happening based on how the company is injecting Office into whatever it can. I do think Microsoft is doing a fine job with its apps on other platforms such as Android—but long live Windows, despite the decline.

Office workers and students both rely on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the rest of the suite. Google Apps (recently rebranded Google for Work) is providing some solid competition, particularly in smaller businesses and tech startups, but almost every big business in the world still has thousands of Office licenses. Rather than force Windows on users to make them use Office, Microsoft's new game plan is to make Office irresistible to anybody, no matter what device they're using.


PAX Prime 2015: Cosplay And Merchandise Galleries

Gaming mecca PAX Prime is currently on-going in Seattle, and its sights and sounds are rolling out. Take a look at some of the questionable cosplay and stuff nobody needs, like Fallout sneakers.

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Bourne 5 Will Be About "A Post-Snowden World"

I thought the last Bourne film was okay, but it was sorely missing Matt Damon’s titular character and Paul Greengrass’s direction. Luckily, the sequel will be reuniting the two, and the star teases what the film might be about and where it will take place.

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"Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world," Damon said. "It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy." Snowden has become a powerful figure in the debate over security versus privacy, from Washington to Europe to Asia to the Academy Awards. Sen. John McCain even said in 2013 that Snowden was seen by young Americans as "some kind of Jason Bourne."


In-Flight Wi-Fi Prices Jump As Demand Surges

While I find flying so boring that I probably wouldn’t think twice before buying expensive in-flight Wi-Fi, the pricing escalation is worth looking at. The trouble seems to be that there are many factors (location, saturation, etc.) involved that allow providers to really play around with pricing.

… on some flights — especially transcontinental routes crammed with business travelers who may have cushy expense accounts — prices have doubled from three years ago. Consider the following increases: Wi-Fi service on transcontinental flights — such as from San Francisco to New York, from Boston to Seattle or from Los Angeles to New York — now cost $28 to $40, up from roughly $18 in 2012, according to Gogo.


Do People Care About Physical Keyboards On Phones Anymore?

Shots of BlackBerry’s Android smartphone Venice are making the rounds, and one of its most obvious features is the physical QWERTY keyboard. Are you a fan of physical keyboards, or do you prefer the software kind?

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BlackBerry's Android-based Venice smartphone isn't just a figment of someone's imagination... at least, if you believe Vietnamese resident Ba Minh Duc. He claims to have photos of the slider in action, complete with its hideaway QWERTY keyboard, 18-megapixel camera and curvy screen.


Computers Can Easily Tell If You’re Psychotic

I don’t think this is necessarily a radical breakthrough. You can easily tell if someone is nuts based on how they communicate, so a computer could obviously be used to analyze an individual’s writing to determine their mental state. Or you could just check their browser history and see how much time they spend on sites like Facebook.

Researchers used an algorithm to root out such "jarring disruptions" in otherwise ordinary speech. Their semantic analysis measured coherence and two syntactic markers of speech complexity—including the length of a sentence and how many clauses it entailed.


Our Nearest Quasar Is Powered By A Double Black Hole

My understanding is that a quasar could be the center of, or the formation of, some distant galaxy. The hubble has found that the one closest to us involves a binary black hole. I wonder what that would even look like in motion—or what kind of juicy data TARS would get from it.

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If only one black hole were present in the center of the quasar, the whole accretion disk made of surrounding hot gas would glow in ultraviolet rays. Instead, the ultraviolet glow of the dusty disk abruptly drops off toward the center. This provides observational evidence that the disk has a big donut hole encircling the central black hole. The best explanation for the donut hole in the disk, based on dynamical models, is that the center of the disk is carved out by the action of two black holes orbiting each other. The second, smaller black hole orbits in the inner edge of the accretion disk, and has its own mini-disk with an ultraviolet glow.


Rocket Engine Lands In Guy’s Living Room

What is this, Donnie Darko? Apparently this kind of thing happens a little too often in China, as their rocket launch facilities are all inland.

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According to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, the three-stage rocket lifted off at 10:31 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Aug. 27. A few hours later, at 4:06 AM Eastern Time, UK-based news outlet SinoDefense tweeted these images and said, "CZ4 rocket debris fell into a house in Shaanxi after Yaogan27 launch yesterday. Possible 1st stage engine."


Netflix 4K Content Leaks To Torrent Sites

It’s possible that HDCP 2.2 has been cracked, as a 4K rip of the Breaking Bad pilot has made it off Netflix and into the wild.

At the time of writing the 4K leak is only available on private torrent trackers but it’s expected to eventually leak to public sites as well. It’s currently unknown if the release group broke HDCP 2.2 or if they found another way to capture the stream.


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