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Sunday April 26, 2015

Most 2-Years-Olds Use Mobile Media Devices

When you talk about a connected generation, I don’t think the connection was supposed to begin at such an early age. A new survey shows that toddlers as young as one year of age are immersed in mobile device use for an hour or more a day.

By age 2, most kids were using mobile devices in some way. Their usage increased as they aged, with 26 percent of 2-year-olds and 38 percent of 4-year-olds using devices for at least an hour a day.


Valve's Paid Skyrim Mods Are a Legal, Ethical and Creative Disaster

Valve and Bethesda have jointly opened an online Skyrim mod store. Should be good for the community, right? Well according to the comments from a large number of fans and game modders alike, not so much. eek! Thanks to Forum member lcpiper for the linkage.

Skyrim mod store is an absolutely terrible idea for reasons that are already becoming clear even in the first day after launch.


Bloodborne Finally Has the Patch It's Needed Since Launch

If you are a Bloodborne gamer, or at least trying to play Bloodborne despite its level of difficulty and some inherent technology problems, a patch has finally been issued to make your gaming more seamless and enjoyable.

According to the patch notes, they’ve fixed a bug that results in bosses becoming "immobilized," which I believe is a reference to the memory leak where if your system was left on too long (in rest mode or otherwise) bosses would lose IQ points and get stuck doing a singular attack on repeat.


The Witcher 3 Gets Precious Cargo 60fps PC Video

If you are thinking of buying The Witcher 3 from CD Projekt Red based on the gameplay video, please be aware that it may not be as good as it looks, at least on the Xbox. An Xbox One promotion for the game is showing the PC version running at 60 fps, while the Xbox version of the game runs at 30 fps. Microsoft has since apologized for not adding a disclaimer earlier.


Google Loses Executive in Nepal Earthquake

A longtime Google executive was among the causalities in the Nepal earthquake. Dan Fredinburg, who was in Nepal attempting a climb of Mt Everest, was killed when an avalanche triggered by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit his base camp.

An experienced climber, Fredinburg co-founded in his spare time Google Adventure, a company team that "translate[d] the Google Street View concept into extreme, exotic locations like the summit of Mount Everest or the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.


Galactic Civilizations III Now Set for May 14 Release

This week, Stardock Games announced that its latest game, Galactic Civilization III will be released on May 14th. By the title, this is obviously the third in the franchise from Stardock, bringing with it a host of new updates to the series.

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Netflix’s Library to Get Shakeup on May 1st

It's that time again when Netflix rolls out its new monthly programming, bringing a ton of new and original content to the streaming channel while dropping some of the aging movies and TV series' in the Netflix lineup for May.

Subscribers will be getting a bunch of new content scattered throughout the month, including things like A Madea Christmas, Inglorious Basterds, The Boxtrolls, and a bunch of other relatively new content. Interspersed into it all are some Netflix Originals.


Saturday April 25, 2015

How to Set Up the Apple Watch in 16 Steps

The Apple Watch is now out and you were able to score one early, that’s great, but now what? You can probably tell the time and several other basic maneuvers but little else. The guys over at The Verge have an exhaustive 16 step detailed guide on how to set up and use your new Apple Watch.

We’re here to help. This article explains the major steps you will need to go through to set up and understand your new Apple Watch. It is virtually identical for all versions of the watch, from the least-expensive Sport on up to the Edition.


Microsoft Is Bringing Solitaire Back to Windows 10

Is it just me, or does it feel like Microsoft is throwing everything good and nostalgic back into Windows 10? It seems like all of the major complaints are being handled well and Microsoft is padding its account with good will to make the transition to Windows 10 feel like you are going home again. Case in point is the addition of one of Windows’ favorite games, Solitaire.

It’s a similar decision to the return of the Start Menu, bringing back features Windows users are familiar with. Only Solitaire is back as a built-in app so far, and that may even change by the time Windows 10 ships in the summer.


Jony Ive Is the New Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a well-known control freak at Apple, where he was also known as The Decider on all details, great and small. Since Steve Jobs’ passing, this niche title role largely went wanting, deferring to committee-type decisions until Jony Ive came into the power position at Apple.

Ive’s power and responsibilities within Apple increased dramatically. No longer relegated to industrial design exclusively, Ive’s new role at Apple now included heading up and providing direction for Apple’s Human Interface group.


D&D Now on Steam, Complete with Dice and a Dungeon Master

Heads up for all of you D&D freakoids. big grin If you are still one of the many faithful D&D players, you can now satisfy your jonesing for a quick fix on Steam. You can now recreate the official licensed 5th Edition tabletop experience, complete with maps, dungeon master and rolling the dice with Steam content from Wizards of the Coast.


Master Microsoft Office with Seven Courses

If you are like most of us, you have Microsoft’s Office Suite installed, but only use several of the programs and the rest go to waste because of lack of knowledge on your part. How about a 15 hour professional level course covering all aspects of Office for a ridiculous low price? Check it out. cool

Businesses the world over use Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and all of the programs featured in Microsoft Office, and if you want to move up in your current job or get a new one, having a high skill level in Office will help a great deal.


Most of AMD's Next-Gen Radeon Cards Rumored to Be Rebrands

Our friends over at TweakTown are giving us an update on the on-going rumor of rebrands with the release of AMD’s Radeon 300 Series cards. The rumor news broke as early as February. Just a heads up for any of you planning on jumping on the next gen bandwagon release early.

This isn't new information as we've previously reported that AMD's Radeon 300 series would be filled with rebrands, but this information is much newer and closer to the actual release than the previous rumors.


Eleven Most Overrated Games of All Time

Every gamer out there has his or her pet peeve list about which games are most overrated after spending good money on them, so the guys over at Geek made up their own list of the eleven of the most overrated games in their experience. Give it a look and see if you agree with Geek’s list.

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Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

We’ve all heard it before, fracking is bad for the environment, but in our overpowering thirst for new sources of energy, fracking is now becoming commonplace, with possible disastrous consequences.

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The Pirate Bay’s Domain Name May Be Seized Next Week

Just when The Pirate Bay thought it was safe to go back in the water……a court in Sweden will decide next week on whether or not to take away the torrent site’s Top Level Domain name.

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German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

If you are using Adblock Plus and live in Germany, you are good to go. The German courts have ruled after a four-month long trial that individuals have the right to block ads on visited websites.

While the decision is undoubtedly a big win for users today, it could also set a precedent for future lawsuits against Adblock Plus and any other tool that offers similar functions. The German court has essentially declared that users are legally allowed to control what happens on their screens and on their computers while they browse the Web.


Grand Theft Auto TV Show to Star Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe

What was rumor has now been confirmed: Yes, there will be a Grand Theft Auto movie and also confirmed, it will star Harry Potter’s own Daniel Radcliffe and Twister’s Bill Paxton. The good news is that it is going to be a made-for-TV movie on BBC. big grin

According the BBC’s synopsis, the 90-minute drama will focus on the game's origins under Houser, which it describes as "the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park," while also delving into the intense controversy surrounding GTA’s violent content and its impressive commercial success.


Windows 10 Build 10061 Hands-On: Fresh Apps and Features

With the looming annual Build Conference literally right around the corner, Microsoft released another new build of Windows 10 on Wednesday. Build 10061 is full of new tweaks, features and apps, with some working flawlessly and others, not so much, but that’s why they call this a beta. big grin

Windows 10 build 10061 is easily my favorite Technical Preview build thus far. It’s been far less buggy than past Preview builds, and the whole picture’s really starting to coalesce into a smart, satisfying experience that successfully blends Microsoft’s Modern-era ideas with the traditional desktop interface that users love for damn fine reason.


Halo 3: ODST Expansion Set for Release Next Month

According to an update by 343 Industries, a free copy of Halo 3: ODST will be available to gamers who played The Master Chief Collection within a month of release. The exact date of release has not been announced yet, with more information to come next month.

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Drug-Buying Robot Cleared of All Charges

You may have heard this story earlier, so you’ll be relieved to know the robot in question has been released by authorities and cleared of all drug charges. Mediengruppe Bitnik, owners of the drug buying robot, secured the best representation they could find: Bender, who was on hiatus from Futurama. big grin

Like the name suggests, the robot's job was mystery shopper -- a true mystery shopper. It went on a weekly shopping spree, purchasing a variety of random, mystery items on the deep web with a budget of 100 bitcoins a week.


Apple's U.S. Facilities: 100% of Their Power from Renewables

Apple is not only talking the talk, but the company is walking the walk as well when it comes to being energy efficient. Presently all of Apple’s US concerns are using renewable energy as well as 97% worldwide. I guess they are world class tree huggers after all. cool

Our goal is to power all of them with 100 percent renewable energy. So we're tapping into energy from solar, wind, micro-hydro, biogas fuel cells, and geothermal sources," the company said. "We're designing new buildings and updating existing ones to use as little electricity as possible.


Friday April 24, 2015

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our Grand Theft Auto V Video Card Performance Preview, followed by our evaluation of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-WIFI LGA 1150 motherboard. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the Enermax Digifanless 550W power supply.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: MSI Cubi Mini PC Kit @ Hardware Asylum

Topre Type Heaven Keyboard @ LanOC

Gaming: GTA V PC Review @ TechnologyX

Motherboards: Asus Z97-Pro Gamer @ pcGameware

Video: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960 4GB @ APH Networks

Tiny Robots Climb Walls Carrying 100x Their Weight

Mark my words, these tiny robots will be used to dispose of our bodies after the machines take over the world.


The E-mail Comcast Execs Sent Employees

Dear Comcast Employees;

Even though we lost our chance to become a huge monopoly, the good news is that we now have $45 billion left over for other evil empire aspirations. By the way, don't talk to the media or we'll fire you.


While we and TWC believed our combination was a great next step for our companies, we knew from the beginning there would be regulatory hurdles to approval. And even though we were hoping for a different outcome, we have elected to terminate this transaction. There will be a lot of press coverage over the next couple of days. Just as we’ve done over the past year, the best thing we can all do is stay focused on our customers and our business.


Apple Watch Teardown

The gang over at iFixit have posted a teardown of the Apple Watch. We've embedded the video below for your convenience:


BitTorrent Reportedly Laid Off Dozens Of Employees

According to anonymous sources on the internet, about 40 people have been laid off from BitTorrent.

Multiple anonymous sources reportedly confirmed that about 40 of the company's 150 domestic employees were sacked yesterday morning. BitTorrent has struggled to turn a profit over the last couple of years.


Awesome Google Maps Find of the Day

Somebody at Google Maps has an odd sense of humor. big grin

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