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Wednesday March 04, 2015

NVIDIA Unveils The Titan X At GDC 2015

It looks like NVIDIA had another trick up its sleeved for GDC 2015. During Tim Sweeney's State of Unreal talk this morning, Jen-Hsun Huang strolled onto the stage with a Titan X claiming it is the "most advanced GPU the world's ever seen," 8B transistors and 12GB of memory. We'll bring you more info as it comes available.


Apple Watch Wins Prestigious Design Award

How does a product win a "prestigious design award" before it even comes out?

The upcoming smartwatch has been lauded by winning gold in the 2015 iF Design Awards. Given out every year since 1954 by the Germany-based iF International Forum Design, the awards -- gold in particular -- are considered prestigious honors in the design community as judges must pick the top products from among 2,000 entries and a variety of categories.


Should Journalists Expose Trolls?

That Troll Hunters show seems pretty damn popular overseas. I think it would be interesting to see a US version.

So while it’s easy to disregard Troll Hunters as nothing more than a ratings ploy, it could actually serve the public’s interest as a wakeup call to start taking the issue seriously and acknowledging that online actions should have consequences too.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Cryorig C1 CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

ETC.: ASUS Strix Tactic Pro @ BmR

HP Spectre X360 Ultrabook @ HotHardware

Logitech Daedalus Prime G302 @

PSU: SilverStone Strider Gold S 1500W @ XtremeHardware

Video: Sapphire Tri-x Radeon R9 290x 8GB @ eTeknix

Old Security Flaw Leaves Apple And Android Users Vulnerable

How does stuff like this happen? Seriously, a security flaw from the 1990s? eek!

A team of cryptographers have discovered that a security flaw from way back in the '90s still leaves users today vulnerable to cyberattacks. They've dubbed it "Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Key" or FREAK, and it renders everyone who uses Safari on Mac and iOS devices or Android's stock browser susceptible to hacking when they visit certain "secure" websites.


Enermax iVektor Mid-Tower Chassis

The Enermax iVektor mid-tower chassis is on the test bench today at eTeknix. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Enermax is one of the best names in the business, having designed many successful chassis, power supplies and cooling products over years. They’ve proven to us here at eTeknix time and time again that they can make some great products, with some very competitive price tags and that’s a trend I hope to see repeated here today with the iVektor.


Tesla To Owners: Please Don't Pimp Your Rides

Tesla isn't too thrilled with the idea of people modding their cars. No performance mods, no seat swaps, no wheels and tire upgrades or aftermarket stereos. At least there are no rules about painting your Tesla...yet. eek!

If our vehicle owners customize our vehicles or change the charging infrastructure with aftermarket products, the vehicle may not operate properly, which could harm our business. Automobile enthusiasts may seek to "hack" our vehicles to modify its performance which could compromise vehicle safety systems. Also, we are aware of customers who have customized their vehicles with after-market parts that may compromise driver safety. For example, some customers have installed seats that elevate the driver such that airbag and other safety systems could be compromised. Other customers have changed wheels and tires, while others have installed large speaker systems that may impact the electrical systems of the vehicle. We have not tested, nor do we endorse, such changes or products. In addition, customer use of improper external cabling or unsafe charging outlets can expose our customers to injury from high voltage electricity. Such unauthorized modifications could reduce the safety of our vehicles and any injuries resulting from such modifications could result in adverse publicity which would negatively affect our brand and harm our business, prospects, financial condition and operating results.


NVIDIA To Offer Steam Keys With GRID Game Purchases

One of the things that went under the radar during NVIDIA's Made to Game Event last night was the fact that games purchased on GRID will also come with a Steam key so you can use that game on your PC as well.

In an interesting twist, if you buy a game on GRID you will also get a Steam key for that same game to use on your PC, a benefit that other players like OnLive were never able to offer.

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Air Traffic Control Computers Vulnerable To Terrorist Hackers

Air traffic control computer systems are vulnerable to hackers? Well, at least it wasn't an important computer network like...oh, wait. roll eyes (sarcastic)

While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken steps to protect its air traffic control systems from cyber-based and other threats, significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system (NAS). These include weaknesses in controls intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computer resources, such as controls for protecting system boundaries, identifying and authenticating users, authorizing users to access systems, encrypting sensitive data, and auditing and monitoring activity on FAA's systems.


Steam Link Announced

According to this post over at SteamDB, Valve will be releasing a handful of products at GDC including the Source 2 engine as well as a streaming device called Steam Link.

Steam Machines, Windows PCs, Macs, and Linux PCs will be able to take advantage of a new product announced at GDC called Steam Link. Designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house, Steam Link allows you to stream all your Steam content from any PC or Steam Machine on the same home network. Supporting 1080p at 60Hz with low latency, Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and available with a Steam Controller for an additional $49.99 in the US (worldwide pricing to be released closer to launch).


Microsoft And Deutsche Telekom Announce Strategic Partnership

Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft Corp. announced a broad, strategic partnership to expand and market Microsoft Lumia smartphones and online services such as Office 365 and OneDrive across sales and marketing channels in all 12 European countries* that Deutsche Telekom is in presently. Through this partnership, both Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft aim to expand the Microsoft ecosystem to new consumer and business customers, enabling people to do and achieve more. The agreement includes a joint international marketing campaign spanning advertising, sales support and training, custom application development, and experiential activities, tailored by market.


Intel Extends Wireless Portfolio, Highlights Wireless Demos At MWC 2015

Intel extended Its Intel® Wireless portfolio with the addition of three new products for mobile platforms: Intel® Wireless-AC 8x70, Intel® Wireless-GNSS 2x00 and Intel® Wireless-NFC 4000. The new mobile connectivity technologies accommodate a range of tablet, phablet and smartphone form factors across various market segments. Also at Mobile World Congress 2015, Intel is also showcasing the latest wireless technologies. Demos at the Intel Wireless Technology Zone include new technologies to power location-based services and mobile payments, LTE broadcast, a Pre-5G Anchor-Booster Concept, Open Interconnect Consortium demos and more. The Wireless Technology Zone is located in Intel’s main stand at the Fira Gran Via, Hall 3, Booth #3D30.


Tuesday March 03, 2015

Highlights From NVIDIA's Made to Game Event

For those of you that missed NVIDIA's Made to Game Event, we've compiled a few of the highlights of the event for you along with some screenshots and video.

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The big announcement of today's event was the company's new SHIELD set-top-box which the NVIDIA described as the "world's first 4K Android TV console." The Tegra X1 powered device supports 4K video playback at 60 Hz. There is also 7.1 surround sound support, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and an IR receiver. You can also use the microSD card slot to expand the 16GB of internal storage. The SHIELD will retail for $199 and comes with a controller that is capable of running up to forty hours on a single charge.

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For gamers, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says there will be more than fifty titles at launch on its GRID game streaming service and over one hundred titles by the end of the year. Jen-Hsun went on to say that the device is capable of playing games over NVIDIA's GRID game streaming platform at 1080p resolution and 60fps...but there is a catch. Much like Microsoft's Xbox Live service, the GRID game streaming service will come in two flavors. The basic GRID service allows you to stream games at a 720p definition at 30 frames per second while GRID Plus offers games at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second.

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The SHIELD set-top-box and GRID game streaming service will be available in May. You can watch the complete presentation below:

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NVIDIA's Made to Game Event Live

NVIDIA's "Made to Game" event is streaming live right now on Twitch.

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ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum Video Card Review

If you are the kind of person that enjoys only the best of the best, make sure you read our evaluation of the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

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The highest overclocked GeForce GTX 980 based video card just landed. If the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum video card with a hybrid air and liquid cooling system doesn't impress you, we are not sure what will when it comes to GPU. We push the Poseidon clocks and pit it against the AMD Radeon R9 290X for an ultimate showdown.


AMD Takes Aim At Exceptional Content With New LiquidVR Technologies

​Today, at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, AMD announced an initiative to deliver the best possible VR experience for developers and users through new AMD technologies and partnerships. The first output of AMD’s initiative is LiquidVR™, a set of innovative technologies focused on enabling exceptional VR content development for AMD hardware, improved comfort in VR applications by facilitating performance, and plug-and-play compatibility with VR headsets. The upcoming LiquidVR SDK makes a number of technologies available which help address obstacles in content, comfort and compatibility that together take the industry a major step closer to true, life-like presence across all VR games, applications, and experiences.

In virtual reality, the concept of ‘presence’ is described as the perception of being physically present in a simulated, nonphysical world in a way that fully immerses the user. A key obstacle to achieving presence is addressing motion-to-photon latency, the time between when a user moves their head and when his or her eye sees an updated image reflecting that new position. Minimizing motion-to-photon latency is critical to achieving both presence and comfort, two key elements of great VR.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec Nineteen Hundred @ techPowerUP!

In Win 703 and 707 Cases @ XtremeHardware

Cooling: Reeven Hans CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

ETC.: Netgear D6300 AC1600 @ NikKTech

Motherboards: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC @ ocaholic

Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders

I'm not saying that this IS the reason you always have bad cell reception....I'm just saying it COULD be the reason. eek!

But a court filing recently uncovered by the ACLU suggests another reason for the secrecy: the fact that stingrays can disrupt cellular service for any phone in their vicinity—not just targeted phones—as well as any other mobile devices that use the same cellular network for connectivity as the targeted phone.


Firefox Developer Edition 38

A 64-bit build of Firefox Developer Edition is now available for Windows. Thanks to cageymaru for the heads up!

A 64-bit build is a major step toward giving users rich, desktop-quality app experiences in the browser. Let’s also take a look at some of the other features that make this a release worth noting. If you haven’t downloaded the Developer Edition browser yet, it’s a fine time to give it a try.


Ghetto Mod of the Day

Today's Ghetto Mod of the Day was submitted by yours truly. In case you are interested, that is a mini-DP adapter connected to a DisplayPort active adapter connected to a DVI cable with a HDMI adapter on the end of it. Got ghetto? Feel free to share your ghetto mods with the world. cool

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NBC Developing A Streaming Service For Comedy?

How many of you guys would pay for something like this?

Much like Disney’s recent revelation that it now owns a bunch of Star Wars and Marvel stuff might justify standalone streaming services, NBC has reportedly awoken to the notion that it might be able to make some money selling access to its comedy library.


A Guide To The Worst Hoaxers And Liars On Facebook

Ever wonder who is behind all those fake news stories on Facebook? Well, wonder no more, this list of the biggest offenders should help you from getting duped in the future. wink

Ever since Facebook completed its evolution from a Friendster ripoff to an internet-transforming Elder God that can send millions of people to a single website at the twitch of an algorithm, a parasitic sub-genre of "satirical" news sources has latched onto the News Feed and thrived. Some of them lie to readers outright, with believable headlines that are only revealed as fabrications if you click through and read their disclaimers.


Windows 10: Cortana Integration In Spartan

WinBeta has a quick overview of how Cortana integrates with Spartan. The video below isn't very long but it does give you an idea of what you can expect.


FCC: Net Neutrality Critics Are Flat-Out Wrong

And you guys thought the net neutrality debate was over. wink

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, today defended his agency's move to regulate the Internet, ensuring that broadband players would be unaffected by his "light touch" approach to the rules. "This is no more regulating the Internet than the First Amendment regulates free speech in our country," Wheeler said in a fireside chat Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress trade show.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Alien: Isolation The Trigger Released @ Blue's New

Battlefield 4 Winter Patch Is Here @ VG24/7

HBO Go On PS4 Today @ Shacknews

'Skyrim' PC Beta Update @ GamePolitics

Apple Pay: A New Frontier For Scammers

What makes detecting crimes like this so hard is that the average Apple customer is so used to getting ripped off that they don't notice when someone else is doing it to them. wink

Banks have been caught by surprise by the level of fraud, and the Guardian understands that some are scrambling to ensure that better verification and checking systems are put in place to prevent the problem running out of control, with around two million Americans already using the system.


China Wants Silicon Valley's Encryption Keys

As part of a new counter-terrorism law, China is demanding that tech companies hand over encryption keys or get out. I guess we better start packing. wink

The Chinese government has introduced plans for a far-reaching counter-terrorism law that would require tech companies to hand over encryption keys and source code -- even "backdoors" to give Chinese authorities surveillance access.


TIE Interceptor Drone

If you thought that Millennium Falcon drone we showed you (here) was cool, you'll love this TIE Interceptor drone.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Audio: Creative Sound Blaster ROAR @ Vortez

Cases: Phanteks EVOLV ITX @

ETC.: Intel Core i5 4690K @ 5GHz @ Hardware Overclock

ROCCAT Tyon Gaming Mouse @ Hardware Asylum

Motherboards: ECS Z97I-Drone @ Guru3D

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Markus Persson

Every time I read one of these articles about how Markus Persson made $2.5 billion off Minecraft, the only thing that comes to mind is "good for him." smile

But there are also a slew of younger Markus Perssons who are hungrier and more attuned to what the next generation of kids wants. Asked about this, the Minecraft creator responds that he’s completely comfortable being a one-hit wonder. Being insanely rich and prematurely washed up apparently trumps the stresses of responsibility over a virtual nation that alternately reveres and despises you.


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