Tuesday December 10, 2013
Every time you snap a picture so that you have a permanent record of the event, you might actually be damaging your ability to remember it instead.
Taking a picture for posterity at a birthday, wedding or concert may harm our ability to remember the event fully, researchers believe in a phenomenon known as 'photo-taking impairment effect'
Team #33 (aka The [H]orde) has done it! The number one folding team on the planet has just overtaken the Folding@Home "default" team! Thanks to everyone on Team #33 for all the hard work and dedication, this is truly a monumental milestone! Want to join Team #33, you can find all the info right here.
The gang over at HardCoreWare has the AMD A10-6790K APU strapped to the test bench today for a few round of benchmarks.
Today we’re looking at the newest entry to AMD’s APU lineup – the A10 6790K. This is based on "Richland" architecture, which is a slightly updated version of Trinity. When Richland was first introduced, the top chip was the A10 6800K running at 4.1/4.4 GHz. The A10 6790K we’re looking at today runs 100 MHz lower, at 4.0/4.3 GHz and more importantly, is $10 cheaper. Since it is an unlocked CPU, getting that 100 MHz back is all but guaranteed.
Making the start menu available as an option? Is there a reason we are all still talking about this? Just do it, be done with it, and move on to more important stuff already.
Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It's possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.
Julia is a normal 12-year-old. She’s on her school’s basketball and volleyball teams. She’s into swimming. Now and then spends a little time with Minecraft. She also happens to be learning how to tap into the kind of computing power once reserved for elite scientists wielding vast government budgets and exotic supercomputers. Her goal: use NVIDIA Tesla GPUs — and our CUDA parallel programming platform — to build the ultimate Minecraft server.
Tapping into the power of the graphics chips powering PlayStations and PCs used to be considered a little fringy. Now, it couldn’t be much more mainstream. Two million people have downloaded our CUDA tool kit. More than 18,000 professionals boast about knowing CUDA on their LinkedIn profiles. Parallel programming is increasingly among the core skills programmers are expected to learn. CUDA whet Julia’s appetite for more. "I used to want to be an architect," says Julia. "Now I want to be a computer programmer."
Most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, are willing to participate in virtual healthcare visits with their doctor, and would use health sensors in their bodies and even their toilets, according to a new study commissioned by Intel Corporation. The "Intel Healthcare Innovation Barometer," conducted across eight countries by Penn Schoen Berland, found the majority of people also believe that technology innovation holds the best promise for curing fatal diseases – more than increasing the number of physicians or additional funding for research.
Monday December 09, 2013
Hey, maybe this new issue is like when the company decided to reset your passwords for *cough* precautionary measures.
Sony says it's investigating a growing number of cases of PS4 players being locked out of online games in titles including Killzone Shadow Fall, Call of Duty Ghosts and Battlefield 4. Affected users receive an error message warning them that they require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online.
There is a review of the SteelSeries 9H headset posted today at LanOC. Although the reviewer had a few minor complaints about the headset, it was a very positive review overall.
SteelSeries has been busy introducing a few different products including a full rework of their H series of headsets, the new Siberia Elite, and even a new mouse. To start off our coverage I wanted to check out the new H series headsets, but with the size of my head I was limited to the new 9H that is larger than the 7H that we took a look at it years ago. With a new look, new drivers, and a new size I couldn’t wait to put my Siberia v2’s aside and try them out.
The Battlefield 4 blog has a list of fixes contained in the latest patch being pushed out today. Fixed in the PC version:
Sometimes the character stance could get into a multiple frame desync and be part of the problem where you got shot even though your character was actually behind cover. This would mostly affect players doing transitions into crouch and prone as well as moving when crouched. The impact was smaller in a standing stance. This bug fix eliminates this particular desync issue.
We have also increased the camera height when crouching and moving to more accurately reflect the actual height of your soldier in that stance (the first person camera was too low when crouching and moving, resulting in that you had a poor representation of how much of your soldier that was actually out of cover.)
Fixed one of the most frequently occurring client crashes
Fixed broken collision on containers with open doors. The bug previously made grenades bounce back even though the doors were open.
Fixed a bug in Defuse mode where defenders could win the round by killing all the attackers without disarming the bomb, if the bomb was disarmed in the previous round.
Miscellaneous stability fixes further reducing the number of client crashes
Fixed side gunner jitter when aiming in attack boats & transport helicopters
Fixed some instances of frame rate drops when shooting at large Levolution objects after they have been destroyed (like the radar dish on Rogue Transmission)
Fixed broken aiming for passengers on the China Rising dirt bike
Fixed a bug where the sound when capturing a flag was not playing correctly
Removed a bug that would double save during MP round transition and SP level transition. This fix will reduce the occurrence of corrupted save files.
Legit Reviews has posted the second part of its 120mm watercooler round-up today. Definitely good stuff, head on over and check it out.
Last week we looked at of four all-in-one water coolers and found the performance results were quite similar, as were the coolers. With this thought, and some comments made, we started to wonder how similar the coolers really were. Remember, mom always said it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Screw getting a "sympathize" button, Facebook needs a damn "dislike" button first.
Facebook is developing a 'sympathize' button as an alternative to the 'like' button. If a user tags their status with a negative emotion, then his or her friends will be able to 'sympathize' with the post rather than press the 'like' button. Until now the ‘like’ button has proved to be unsuitable for use on gloomy occasions such as the death of a pet.
Illegal file-sharing is dumb. Illegal file-sharing while you are in the military, stationed in a foreign country, is really dumb. Knock it off and you won't have to worry about copyright notices.
In Germany legal threats against file-sharers have been put on the radar of the U.S. Military. In a letter of advice prepared by the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, soldiers and civilians stationed in Germany are warned about the consequences of unauthorized file-sharing. The corps advises those who are affected not to ignore the threat but to seek further legal assistance.
The crew over at TechSpot tackle the age old question: Should you buy a sound card?
The equation for buying most desktop parts is pretty straightforward: a video card can handle your games or it can't, a hard drive has enough storage for your data or it doesn't, memory is compatible with your platform or it isn't, and a chassis can accommodate your hardware or it can't. Audio gear is trickier.
You know that text you sent me yesterday? I didn't read it or respond because I am trying to be a better person.
Happiness is resisting answering your mobile: People who can ignore texts or calls are likely to be more contented. New study revealed phone addicts are less likely to be happy. Those who can't resist a ring are also more likely to suffer anxiety. Social network sites also listed as sources of stress.
If you are looking for a computer case that goes well with winter, check out this review of the white Fractal Node 304 at MadShrimps.
One must admit that a white version is a far bigger eye catcher then the more common black ones. This tiny cube packs some killer looks Just because its mini in size doesn't mean the attention to detail is less pronounced. With the Node 304 Fractal opted to ditch the optical drive; for some maybe a miss, however this decision creates ample free space on the inside.
Blackbeard Joins Assassin's Creed 4 Tomorrow @ Joystiq
GOG.com's Money Back Guarantee @ Blue's News
The 12 Best Games on PC @ Kotaku
Thief Gets A Companion App @ Shacknews
We have just posted our evaluation of the PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W power supply. Make sure you take a moment to give it a read, you'll be glad you did.
PC Power & Cooling is back on our test bench today and it has been a while. Today it is promising "industrial-grade performance and stability," with "ultimate efficiency," and "ultra-quiet operation" with its Silencer Mk III 750 watt PSU. We put it to the test to see if OCZ has done anything to return its PSUs to your next build.
The Shark Tank absolutely shredded the Virtuix Omni saying, among other things, gamers are fat, lazy and don't want to exercise.
It looks like Microsoft actually listed the date for the end of Windows 7 retail sales on its website but then changed it to "to be determined." A story we posted over the weekend claimed 10-30-14 would be the end of retail sales.
The company's policies for shutting off sales to retailers and shipping licenses to OEMS are posted on its site, which was recently updated to show that Windows 7's "retail end of sales" date was Oct. 30. The next deadline, marked as "End of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled," will be Oct. 30, 2014, less than a year away.
I can see a bunch of NSA agents sitting around playing World of Warcraft claiming to be "working." You know, because most Level 60 Tauren Tanks are terrorists.
The agencies, the documents show, have built mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players. Real-life agents have been deployed into virtual realms, from those Orc hordes in World of Warcraft to the human avatars of Second Life. There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games' tech-friendly users.
If you are looking forward to Titanfall, you'll definitely want to watch this video.
Well, it's not like we didn't see this coming a mile away.
(1) Tesla's statements about the Model S's highest safety rating and its lack of prior fire incidents were materially misleading, due to undisclosed puncture and fire risks in its undercarriage and lithium ion battery pack; (2) the Model S suffered from material defects which caused the battery pack to ignite and erupt in flames under certain driving conditions; (3) Tesla's future sales, its next generation Model X introduction, and its stock price were extremely vulnerable to the inherent risk posed by the Model S's undercarriage and battery pack design flaws; (4) Tesla was unable to maintain a level of automobile deliveries sufficient to satisfy analyst concerns and compensate for other declining revenue streams; and, (5) as a result of the foregoing, Tesla's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
AT&T says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers' data. Don't like it? Tough.
"AT&T has not made it clear to investors or customers what data it shares or with whom. Customers should not be the last to know how their personal information is being used by governmental agencies," said New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. "Customer trust is critical for any business, but nowhere is it more so than for those corporations that handle our personal data and communications," DiNapoli said.
eTeknix has a review of the MSI GTX 780 Lightning video card posted today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
MSI’s GTX 780 Lightning was a graphics card that was hotly anticipated by the graphics card enthusiasts of a green persuasion. Announced about 3 months ago the MSI GTX 780 Lighting is a feature packed Nvidia graphics card with seven 8mm heat pipes, three fans and a mammoth heatsink. Two of the fans are 90mm while the middle one is 80mm.
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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.
Today AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo joined together to propose principles for reforming government surveillance laws and practices. The companies also urged the President and the United States Congress to take the lead on reform with an open letter that reads:
Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,
We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individualrights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for change.
For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data securedeploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks, and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.
We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit reformgovernmentsurveillance.com.
Sunday December 08, 2013
If you were trying out Windows 8.1 Preview before you either reverted back to your prior operating system or you are ready to install the commercial version on your computer, it’s time to start making your plans for the transition. The Preview version of W8.1 is set to expire in January.
Plans should be made to move to the released version of Windows 8.1 or return to the prior OS version as soon as possible to avoid interruption in use of the device on which the Windows 8.1 Preview was installed.
Tom Clancy’s upcoming game release The Division, was featured last night at VGX 2013, sporting the Snowdrop Engine and showing off what effects the engine has to offer in one of the most anticipated games of 2014.