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Tuesday September 16, 2014

Technology Gone Wrong

Want a pair of $950 custom ultra-limited PS4 Air Jordan shoes? No? Did I mention they have built in HDMI?

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Corsair Graphite 780T

The fellas over at techPowerUP! just put the finishing touches on their review of the Corsair Graphite 780T today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Corsair advertises the Graphite 780T as the direct successor to the 600T. When looking at the interior, it becomes apparent that the chassis is an evolution of its predecessor, with an identical price tag at release. With the internal evolution come numerous advantages. These include the greater liquid-cooling capability, even more space behind the motherboard tray, and its dust filters on all sides.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Thermaltake Water 3.0 @ HiTech Legion

Motherboards: 7-Way Z97 Motherboard Roundup @ TechSpot

PSU: Seasonic Platinum Series SS-1050W XP3 @ ocaholic

Storage: Adata Premier SP610 SSD @ Tech Report

Video: Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX @ Guru3D

Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact-Edition @ HT4U

China Has ‘No Cell Phone’ Pedestrian Lanes

We could definitely use some no cell phone pedestrian lanes here in the U.S., and I'm not just talking about sidewalks either. We should put them in stores, malls, and schools, just to name a few.

Chongqing, a vast municipality of 28 million in southwest China, has come up with a lighthearted strategy to remind pedestrians of the dangers of looking down at a smartphone while walking — separate lanes for people using or not using their devices.

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Logitech Gold Box Deal of the Day

Logitech Gold Box Deal of the Day features up to 60% off select Logitech PC accessories and peripherals. Here's a list of just a few of the items on sale:

Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard k400r with Built-in Multi-Touch Touchpad - White

Logitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800 Illuminated Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Logitech Wireless Headset H800 for PC, Tablets and Smartphones

Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker, Copper Black

Logitech Wireless Mouse M560 for Windows 7/8 - Black

Logitech Surround Sound Speaker System Z906

Logitech Speaker System Z523 with Subwoofer

Logitech Corded Mouse (M500)

Sony Admits PS4 Hardware Is No Longer 'Top of the Line'

I'm going to give this guy the benefit of the doubt and assume he was talking about console hardware only when he said "top of the line."

"The hardware is no longer top of the line, sure," he wrote in a conversation with a fan on Twitter. "That’s how consoles have always worked, and has very little to do with game quality. For example: the PlayStation 3 is 2005 era hardware, roughly; compare The Last of Us (2013) to AAA PC games from 2005. Squeezing five to ten years of performance improvements out of a fixed hardware platform is what console programmers do best."

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Micron SSD Advances the Portable Computing Experience

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced a next-generation, client-class solid state drive (SSD) that sets a new bar for low-power, high-performance storage for personal computers. The M600 SATA SSD—specifically designed to take advantage of Micron's leading-edge NAND Flash technology—addresses the storage demands of modern mobile computing applications, including Ultrabook™ platforms and tablets, as well as performance-oriented PC desktops and video capture systems.

To help meet consumers' ever-increasing expectations for longer battery life, the M600 offers class-leading SSD power efficiency. It draws less than 2 milliwatts (mW)i in sleep mode and averages 150mW during active use. Typical laptop hard drives require exponentially more power when idle (130mW) and ten times as much power while they spin their platters to access data during active use (1400mW to 2000mW).

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Liquid Metal Flows Into Different Forms, T-1000-Style

Watch the video below and then feel free to add the obligatory "Terminator 2" reference in the comments.

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Round 2 Of Microsoft Layoffs Coming September 18th

Another round of layoffs starts this Thursday because, you know, buying Minecraft wasn't cheap.

Microsoft officials said in July that the company would be realigning its worldwide workforce by cutting 18,000 jobs, with 12,500 of those cuts coming from employees Microsoft acquired as part of its acquisition of Nokia's handset and services business. Microsoft officials said the layoffs would happen over the course of several waves. Microsoft officials said 1,351 of the first round of employees cut would be based in the Redmond area.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Borderlands Replaces GameSpy With Steamworks @ Blue's News

Forza Horizon 2 Has Free DLC Vehicle Pack @ Shacknews

Killzone Dev's New Game Has Robot Dinosaurs? @ Joystiq

Low Review Scores May Cost Bungie A $2.5M Bonus @ Kotaku

Funny Microsoft Minecraft Image of the Day

Regardless how you feel about Microsoft buying Minecraft, you have to admit this image is pretty damn funny.

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Comcast: Rumor That It Disconnects Tor Users "Wildly Inaccurate"

Comcast says that they do not monitor users’ browser software or web surfing and has no policy against Tor.

But the latest accusation leveled against Comcast—that it is threatening to disconnect customers who use the anonymity-providing Tor browser—hasn't been backed by convincing evidence that it's happening. And Comcast dismisses the rumor as "wildly inaccurate."

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Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer

While most games like to talk about multiplayer, weapons, and game modes, Far Cry 4 wants you to know about its elephants. smile

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