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Thursday July 28, 2016

DOOM Demo Now With Vulkan!

Long time [H] reader cageymaru sends word that the DOOM demo now supports Vulkan. According to the DOOM Steam community page, when you fire up the game on Steam you will be prompted with a new menu to choose either OpenGL or Vulkan. If you haven't done so already, you can download the DOOM demo here.

We've updated the DOOM Demo on Steam to support Vulkan! When launching DOOM from Steam, you’ll be prompted with a new menu to choose either OpenGL or Vulkan. To play with Vulkan, select the second menu option. You can also switch between OpenGL and Vulkan in game via the Advanced Settings options menu. The game will restart whenever you switch between OpenGL and Vulkan.

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System Shock Kickstarter Reached $1.35 Million

Congrats to the guys at Nightdive Studios on raising more than $1.35 million for the complete remake of System Shock. The developers original sought only $900,000 but the additional cash now allows the team to make a version for the Xbox One and PS4 in addition to the PC version.

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Silicon Valley Elites Get Home Loans With No Money Down

According to this Bloomberg article, banks in the Silicon Valley are using 0% down-payment tailored loans to attract tech workers into buying homes. Some banks have even went as far as putting branches the headquarters of Facebook and Twitter.

It turns out that even the well-off need help in a housing market as crazy as the one in the San Francisco Bay area, and lenders are elbowing each other in a rush to provide it. They’re courting Silicon Valley workers with tailored loans, guaranteed 24-hour approval and financial-planning services. Social Finance Inc. has deals with Google and other top technology companies that allow it to market to new hires. First Republic Bank -- which gave Facebook Inc. billionaire Mark Zuckerberg a 1.05 percent interest-rate mortgage -- has opened branches in Facebook and Twitter Inc. headquarters. San Francisco Federal Credit Union will finance 100 percent of houses costing up to $2 million.

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Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Review

If you are building a new system or just upgrading from an old case to a new one, you'll want to check out this review of the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 posted today at Neoseeker. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Late last year I had the pleasure of reviewing Thermaltake’s Suppressor F51 mid-tower case. The Suppressor F51 came with two external accessible drive bays and two internal 3 HDD/SSD cages that could be removed, making for a highly customable configuration and great air flow when set up with a variety of fan or liquid cooling options. Now I have the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 mid-tower case for review which shares many attributes with the Suppressor F51, though the Suppressor F31 does have some major differences.

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Uber Punishing Drivers Who Refuse To Use UberPool

I don't understand tactics like this. If a driver turns down ride requests, that's his loss. There is always another car that will happily pick up the slack. Giving drivers "time outs" just seems childish.

Uber has adopted a tactic with its drivers that parents use on misbehaving children: timeouts. Uber drivers who turn down ride requests risk having their workday paused as Uber locks them out of its system for up to 15 minutes. Some drivers wait patiently for the timeout to end. Others just call it quits for the day.

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You Can't Turn Off Cortana In The Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Like many of you, the very first thing I did when I upgraded to Windows 10 was turn off Cortana. Apparently, that's not an option with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The good news, if you can call it that, is you can at least set limits on Cortana. Thanks to OEM for the heads up.

Microsoft made an interesting decision with Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, which is now in its final stages of development before it rolls out on August 2. Cortana, the personal digital assistant that replaced Windows 10’s search function and taps into Bing’s servers to answer your queries with contextual awareness, no longer has an off switch.

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Thermaltake New Toughpower SFX Gold PSU Series with Universal Compact Design for All Mainstream PC Cases

Thermaltake, a leading brand in power supply units, releases the new Toughpower SFX Gold Series (450W/600W) with 80 PLUS Gold certified Power Supply Unit. Incorporating various high-quality components, the Toughpower SFX Gold Series is the best choice for those who are looking for an excellent balance between cost and performance. The Toughpower SFX Gold Series is especially designed with a matte black SFX to ATX adapter bracket for users to easily install the PSU into any ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX chassis. Additionally, an embedded 80mm temperature controlled Zero RPM Smart Fan is optimized to deliver superior cooling performance. The fully modular flat cable design is convenient for cable management and the high quality Japanese brand capacitors and powerful single +12V rail provides the highest stability and reliability for all systems. Most importantly, Thermaltake offers a 7 year warranty, ensuring the best power supply quality. The new Thermaltake Toughpower SFX Gold Series (450W/600W) is a compact and powerful power supply unit that can always accommodate any mainstream build under any circumstance!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battleborn's Next Character Revealed @ GameSpot

Doom Update 2 Tomorrow @ Shacknews

Dota 2 VR Hub Released @ Blue's News

Rift Support Coming To Minecraft @ VG24/7

James Cameron's Thoughts On Containing Piracy

James Cameron says that providing a better theater experience is one of the keys to containing piracy. While I agree that currently the movie-going experience kinda sucks and definitely needs improvement, I also think pirates will be pirates regardless how great you make the movie-going experience.

The biggest hedge against piracy is still the sanctity of the viewing experience in a movie theater — when it comes to movies. With "The Walking Dead" or something like that, that’s not what you’re selling, but if we’re talking about movies and theatrical exhibition, keeping it great, making it a special experience, is still the biggest hedge against that. Because even if piracy was totally legal and download rates were much faster, you’re still watching it on a small platform, and it’s not that social experience.

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MSI Adds Supreme Gaming Desktop To Aegis Family

MSI, world leader in high-end gaming hardware, is excited to launch a new addition to the Aegis Series, MSI Aegis Ti. This supreme gaming PC is built for extreme gamers that seek for maximum performance. Aegis Ti uses the crème de la crème of hardware, including an unlocked Intel® Core™ K-series processor to give gamers great overclocking abilities. On top of that, the MSI Aegis Ti houses two of MSI’s recently released MSI GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics cards in a 2-way SLI setup, doubling up its GPU power for amazing visual details and the best possible graphical performance for a 4K or VR gaming experience. Besides all extreme of its hardware goodness on the inside, the Aegis Ti harnesses the Aegis Series’ characteristic, breathtaking case design which is conveniently built so that it can be upgraded at any time. Coupled with its own Silent Storm Cooling 3 solution, not only its performance, but also its cooling efficiency is unmatched, making the Aegis Ti a true dream PC for gamers that simply want it all. The MSI Aegis Ti is a complete and ready-to-go gaming system and will be available worldwide at the beginning of August 2016.

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Using Technology To Turn Urine Into Beer

While most of us spend our free time turning beer into urine, scientists at a Belgian university are doing the opposite. The solar powered machine actually turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer, which could then be used to make beer. Think about that for a minute, that would turn you into a perpetual beer making machine. big grin

That's because scientists at a Belgian university have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer. A machine like this could bring drinkable water to rural areas of the world that don't already have access to clean water, or could be installed in public places like airports, researcher Sebastiaan Derese told Reuters.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Mobo: Gigabyte Z170X Ultra Gaming @ Hardware Asylum

Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming @ ThinkComputers

Storage: QNAP TVS-882 8-Bay NAS @ MadShrimps

Video: Inno3D iChill GTX 1070 X3 @ OCInside

Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 OC 8GB @ eTeknix

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8Gb @ HardwareSlave

How To Temporarily Delay The Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Not quite ready for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? You can actually delay the update for up to four months simply by changing a single setting. Hopefully this works better than trying to opt out of the free Windows 10 offer.

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If you're running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can delay the upgrade by at least four months. In version 1511, go to Settings > Update and Security > Advanced Options and click the Defer Upgrades check box. That option moves your PC from the Current Branch (which gets feature updates as soon as they're released to the public) to the Current Branch for Business. With that option turned on, you will continue to get regular security updates but won't have to deal with that big upgrade for at least four months -- until Microsoft declares that it's ready for the Current Branch for Business.

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Copyright Infringement Lawsuit of the Day

If you are unlawfully using someone else's photographs to make money, it's probably a good idea not to try to sue the actual owner of the images for copyright infringement. The best part about this story is that now Getty finds itself on the receiving end of a $1 billion lawsuit as a result of its shenanigans.

She says in her lawsuit that she learned of Getty’s use of her images when she received a letter from the agency in December 2015, charging her with copyright infringement for the display of one of her own images on her website. Getty demanded that she pay for the use. She subsequently discovered that Getty was sending such demand letters to other users of her images, according to her lawsuit.

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FTC Asked To Investigate Mercedes Drive Pilot Ads

According to Jalopnik, multiple consumer and automotive safety groups are upset about Mercedes' claims of having the "first self-driving car" and have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company.

Earlier this month, a print advertisement was discovered displaying the new 2017 E-Class as a "self-driving car from a very self-driven company." Mercedes later reached out to Jalopnik to clarify that the car is not, in fact, "self-operating," and that the print ad would be part of a new campaign for the E-Class using "industry vernacular," despite not actually being a self-driving car.

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Facebook Trounces Wall Street Estimates

Good news! Not everyone in the tech sector is posting losses these days. Facebook and company are bucking the trend by beating Wall Street estimates and making money in the process.

Facebook Inc provided more evidence on Wednesday that it can turn eyeballs into profit as the maker of the world's most popular app and social website trounced Wall Street's estimates, sending its shares to an all-time high. The leading social media company's mobile app and push into video attracted new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend more. It now has more than 1.7 billion monthly users, well ahead of any rivals.

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Nintendo Posts Biggest Q1 Loss In Five Years

Things just keep getting worse for Nintendo. After that bizarre Pokemon Go stock spike and the subsequent decline earlier this week, the company just turned in the biggest first quarter losses in five years. frown

Nintendo made a net loss of ‎¥24.5 billion ($232m/£177.3m/€211m) in the first quarter of the fiscal year, its largest Q1 loss since 2011. The company made a ‎¥8.3 billion ($78.7m/£60m/€73m) profit in the same quarter last year, but collapsing sales revenue from its current hardware and software - and, it's reasonable to assume, rising costs associated with its forthcoming NX console - drove a swing in a negative direction. Nintendo earned ‎¥61.7 billion ($585 million) in revenue during the quarter, down 31% from the previous year.

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ASUS Announces Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura

ASUS today announced Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura, the world’s first 3D-printing-friendly motherboard with a patent-pending mounting design, plus Aura RGB LED lighting to enable the creation of exciting color-matched custom builds with ease. Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura is packed with many exclusive features optimized for the best gaming experience and incorporating multiple performance-boosting overclocking technologies. Features include flawless gaming audio with SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II, plus superior gaming networking and speed with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, GameFirst IV and RAMCache technologies. The new motherboard even protects itself and the gamer with Gamer’s Guardian components, multiple smart DIY features and the all-new, reinforced SafeSlot PCIe®. Based on the Intel® Z170 chipset, Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura’s ASUS-exclusive performance-enhancing features include 5-Way Optimization auto-tuning technology for instant speed boosts, second-generation T-Topology for next-level DDR4 memory overclocking, and Pro Clock technology for turbo-charged base-clock (BCLK) frequencies.

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How GPUs Power ‘Hack Rod’, World’s First AI-Generated Car

The team at Hack Rod aims to create the world’s first car engineered with artificial intelligence and designed in a virtual environment — and may well reinvent the manufacturing supply chain in the process. And because the Los Angeles-based startup will need a ton of computational horsepower they turned to design software leader Autodesk and NVIDIA GPU technology.

Computers that use AI to creatively come up with design ideas on their own are at the heart of what’s known as generative design. Driving the trend: advancements in AI and powerful GPUs that can quickly simulate complex phenomena. These have enabled software to play an active, participatory role in the invention of form.

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Wednesday July 27, 2016

MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM LGA2011-v3 Review

Anyone in the market for a new LGA 2011-v3 motherboard should definitely check out our evaluation of the MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM LGA2011-v3. This review will especially be of interest to those of you looking for a silver and black motherboard for your next system build or mod project.

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MSI’s X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is a mouthful, but the XPOWER series has been a favorite of ours here at HardOCP for years now. The latest X99 iteration has much to prove. Is the X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM another pretty face, or is it a fitting addition to the venerable XPOWER line?

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Fallout: Revelation Fan Made TV Series Part 1

I have no idea how I didn't see this yet but, thankfully long time forum member WheresWaldo brought it to my attention. If you have fifteen minutes to spare, you need to watch this. Seriously, this is better than most the stuff that is on TV today.

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Ford, MIT Project Uses LiDAR, Cameras, to Measure Pedestrian Traffic

According to this press release, Ford and MIT are collaborating on a new project that will shuttle students around campus on point-to-point shuttles all the while measuring how pedestrians move in urban areas using LiDAR, cameras and other onboard sensors.

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The project will introduce a fleet of on-demand electric vehicle shuttles that operate on both city roads and campus walkways on the university’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus. The vehicles use LiDAR sensors and cameras to measure pedestrian flow, which ultimately helps predict demand for the shuttles. This, in turn, helps researchers and drivers route shuttles toward areas with the highest demand to better accommodate riders.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Best Computer Cases of 2016 @ TechSpot

Cooling: REEVEN Steropes Low-Profile CPU Cooler @ NikKTech

ETC.: Nitro Concepts C80 Gaming Chair @ eTeknix

Storage: Apacer AS720 Dual Interface SSD @ LanOC

Video: AMD RX 480 vs GTX 1060 @ Guru3D

Gainward GeForce GTX 1060 Phoenix GS @ Vortez

Tor Project Confirms Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Employee

Something tells me that it is going to be rather difficult for Jacob Appelbaum in this industry after this internal investigation confirmed allegations of sexual misconduct against him. A source close to Appelbaum says he's preparing a response.

On Wednesday, the group said that a seven-week investigation into the allegations involving Mr. Appelbaum determined they were accurate. Mr. Appelbaum, who is also the only American member of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, has denied the allegations and has said they are "entirely false."

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3D Printed Metal Gun Suppressor

This is a great example of what the selective laser sintering 3D printing process is capable of. Not only is it functional, it looks pretty bad ass too. I got $5 that says we see this in an upcoming CoD game. cool

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A circumferentially welded titanium can will stand up to an insane level of stress before it finally bursts or wears out. But with a 3D printed suppressor I have no idea about how short the barrel can be on a rifle or how many rounds it can go before it starts to fail," explained Leghorn in his review. "If this were to be commercially available, I’d want to see some serious testing before I bought one, and even then I might hold off for a couple years to see how things went."

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How To Get Your Photos Out Of Flickr

Whether or not this guy's prediction comes true or not, it's just a pretty good idea to know how to get all your images out of Flickr. Like most of you, the only thing I use Flickr for is to save all my goofy images I use in forum posts and the likes but its still a good idea to snag them...you know, just in case.

Given that Yahoo has been losing money and Verizon (seriously, Verizon) picked up the company at a low-ball price, something has got to go. It could be Flickr. I doubt Verizon will dump your images, but you never know. None of us expected Google Reader to go away, but it did. As for Verizon and Flickr, here's my prediction: Flickr is an actively used brand, and Verizon is spending more and more of its energy selling phones that take pictures. So I would honestly be very surprised if you woke up one morning and found all your pictures gone.

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Facebook Must Refund Purchases Made By Children

This case is such a no-brainer that I have no idea how it took over four years to reach this decision. Sure there could be adults that claim the purchases were made by a minor when they weren't but I don't think that is the case in the majority of these claims.

It’s the culmination of a class action lawsuit brought against the social network in February 2012 by two children and their parents over purchases of the discontinued virtual currency Facebook Credits, now known as Facebook Payments, made using the parents’ credit cards. The currency was designed as a site-wide form of payment for virtual goods within games like Farmville and Bejeweled.

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Kickstarter Products Added To Amazon Launchpad Store

This press release from Amazon says that the company is partnering with Kickstarter to bring more than 300 products to the Launchpad store.

Amazon Launchpad announced today the creation of a Kickstarter Collection, featuring more than 300 Kickstarter products available for purchase on Amazon.com. Startups featured in the Kickstarter Collection include Piper, Zivix, Prynt, and MudWatt, among others. Customers shopping the Kickstarter Collection can browse a variety of categories, including Electronics, Wireless Accessories, Home & Kitchen, Books, Movies & TV, and Toys & Games, as well as themes such as STEM Products, Always Be Learning, Exquisite Objects, Inventing The Future, and Public Benefit.

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Prey Developer Diary: What Is Prey?

Although I have to admit, the E3 trailer looked good, I am left wondering why they even bothered calling this game Prey if it isn't a sequel and has nothing to do with the first game.

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Cool Video of the Day

The Cool Video of the Day is brought to you by Japan's Sakurajima volcano. Be honest now, am I the only one that expected Godzilla to come walking out of that?

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