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Tuesday May 26, 2015

DRAM Prices Lowest In 26 Months

According to DigiTimes, DRAM prices have dropped 9%, bringing prices down to a twenty six month low.

DRAM spot prices continue to fall in the second quarter of 2015, with prices for 4Gb DDR3 chips having fallen about 9%, Taiwan's Central News Agency quoted DRAMeXchange as saying in a recent report. Spot prices for 4Gb DDR3 have gone down to US$2.92, the lowest in about 26 months.

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365 Gigapixel Panoramic Photograph

I'm not saying this 365 gigapixel panoramic photograph isn't cool. I'm just saying I've been searching this damn thing for over an hour and not one abominable snowman or yeti sighting.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Deepcool Tristellar Mid-Tower @ echPowerUP!

Cooling: be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Guru3D

be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Technic3D

be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Tweak.dk

Noctua NH-D9L D-Type @ NikKTech

ETC.: Dell Precision M3800 @ HotHardware

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds WTF, Clickbait and NSFW

Merriam-Webster just announced that it is adding a host of new internet related terms to it's dictionary. Entries include words like click fraud, emoji, WTF, NSFW, meme, photobomb and more.

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be quiet Dark Rock TF Heatsink

If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, you might want to check out this review of the be quiet Dark Rock TF at FrostyTech this afternoon.

The Dark Rock TF heatsink is built around six 6mm diameter heatpipes which link a large primary aluminum fin stack and smaller secondary set of aluminum cooling fins to a chunky copper heatspreader below. The 135mm PWM fans are arranged in a push-pull configuration, exhausting downwards so related motherboard CPU VRM components benefit from the cooling air flow.

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IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

Isn't this just lovely, the IRS has been hacked. The agency is saying that thieves were able to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers. frown

Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Cisco in Patent Infringement Fight

More bad news for Cicso. It looks like there will be a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court voted six to two against in its ongoing patent infringement case with Commil.

The case concerns a patent held by Commil USA on a way to improve the implementation of a wireless network where multiple access points are needed. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced patent infringement based on the network equipment maker’s use of similar technology. In April 2011, a jury awarded Commil almost $63.8 million in damages. A judge subsequently added $10.3 million in interest.

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[H]ot Deal of the Day

The [H]ot Deal of the Day gives all you [H] readers an extra $15 off the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower gaming chassis. In case you missed it, our review of the Tt Core V51 can be found here.

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Deactivation Of Fraudulently Obtained ESO Game Keys

Due to an increase in the sale of fraudulently obtained digital game keys for The Elder Scrolls Online, Zenimax is deactivating all accounts created with fraudulent keys. Thanks to cageymaru for the heads up.

We want to remind gamers to shop wisely and only purchase online keys from a reputable source. Fraudulently obtained keys obtained via Steam and then re-sold via third-party websites is a violation of both our and Steam’s Terms of Service. We will be deactivating all game accounts created with such stolen keys starting on Tuesday, May 26th. Affected users will receive an email with instructions on how to regain access to their game account via a valid game purchase.

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Robot Tongue Identifies The Correct Beer Every Time

On top of being cold blooded killers, hell bent on destroying the human race, our new robotic overlords will also be beer connoisseurs.

However it looks, Méndez and colleagues developed an electronic tongue that accurately distinguished between four styles of lager beer 100 percent of the time. A variety of screen-printed sensors "taste" electrochemical compounds in the beer to predict the brews' color index and alcoholic strength 76 percent and 86 percent of the time.

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Lost Explorers: The Unrealized Vision Of Google Glass

Apparently paying $1,500 to be part of a big beta program isn't sitting well with some. Being constantly called a glasshole probably didn't help either. wink

But Scoble's photo added another dimension: His nerd exuberance created a G-rated, consumer-tech version of a dick pic -- the kind of unsavory anatomical photo that's ruined politicians and private citizens -- that was shared around the world. The damage was done: He had helped make Glass uncool.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

2K Games Teases ADVENT @ Blue's News

Battlefield 4 Spring Patch @ Shacknews

New Bloodborne Patch Out Now @ GameSpot

Perception Is A New First Person Horror Game @ VG24/7

Grand Theft Auto V Image Quality Comparison - Part 5

For those of you that have been following along, make sure you read our Grand Theft Auto V Image Quality Comparison - Part 5 today. If you haven't been following along, now is as good of a time as any to get started. cool

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In our final look at Grand Theft Auto V we will look at image quality comparisons in this game. We will focus on the main graphics options that affect performance the most and we will get to the bottom of which soft shadow option is best to use. We will also find out if FXAA and TXAA affect texture quality.

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UN: Half The World's Population Will Be Online In 6 Months

The UN says that almost half the world's population will be online by the end of this year. eek!

A new report from the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) predicts that an estimated 3.2 billion people of the world's 7.2 billion people will be online by the end of 2015. About 2 billion of those people using the Internet will be in the developing world, but only 89 million will be in countries such as Somalia and Nepal.

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Official Mad Max "Savage Road" Story Trailer

The official trailer for Mad Max "Savage Road" is out today. The first trailer set the hook, this trailer reeled me in. What do you guys think?

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Vortez

Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: Cougar 500K Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Storage: HyperX Savage 240GB SSD @ pcGameware

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Court Order Forbids ‘Poor Pirate’ To Use BitTorrent

I don't know what the problem is here. Pay the $7,500 or quit using BitTorrent. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

A federal court in Oregon has signed off on a highly peculiar judgment against a Dallas Buyers Club pirate. Citing "financial hardship," the woman doesn't have to pay the $7,500 in costs and fees as long as she promises not to download any infringing material in the future, and removes any and all BitTorrent clients.

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Robot Learns To Put Things Together On His Own

BRETT stands for Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks. The sad part is, eventually humans will become the "tedious task" and be eliminated by BRETT.

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Show Your [H] Pride At The iRacing Indy 500

For those of you that want to fly the [H] colors during the iRacing Indy 500 this weekend, you can get the paint job you see below right here courtesy of MrMitch, a long time forum member and [H] racer extraordinaire. Anyone just wanting to show their support and watch the event can get more information from the iRacing Indy 500 website.

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Social Media Blamed For Spike In STDs

Thanks Mark Zuckerberg, thanks a lot. mad

New cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV are on the rise in Rhode Island, a trend that the state health department attributed in part to social media as people increasingly turn to their phones to arrange "casual and often anonymous sexual encounters." Better testing has also contributed to the rising number of infections, the department said.

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NSA Testing Smartphones That Recognize Handwriting Motion

If this works as described, I could see tons of people locked out of their own phones. Think about it, how consistent is your signature?

The mobile device feature, created by Lockheed Martin, verifies a user's identity based on the swiftness and shape of the individual’s finger strokes on a touch screen. The technology is but one incarnation of handwriting-motion recognition, sometimes called "dynamic signature" biometrics, that has roots in the Air Force.

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Hi-Tech Car Thieves Use Cheap Jamming Devices To Steal Cars

This kind of stuff is getting pretty damn scary. Less than $50 and you can walk off with someone's car? frown

Hi-tech car thieves use £30 jamming devices in car parks, the devices allow them to bypass car coding and reprogramme vehicles before driving off in them. Investigators discovered that the incident was caused by a criminal gang operating in that area.

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Thermaltake POSEIDON Z FORGED Keyboard

The crew at Benchmark Reviews have their grubby little mitts all over Thermaltake's POSEIDON Z FORGED keyboard this morning.

The Thermaltake Poseidon Z Forged is the newest edition to the Poseidon Z family. It comes in with a lot of new features that can be appealing to most gamers. This is the first mechanical keyboard in the Poseidon series to offer programmable macro buttons. In addition to that, Thermaltake is confident that the Poseidon Z Forged will become a long lasting keyboard, so they are offering the same five year warranty as they did with their previous Poseidon mechanical keyboards.

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Monday May 25, 2015

Charter Nears Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55.1B

Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, claims that Charter might be ready to take another crack at buying Time Warner Cable.

Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $55.1 billion in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter. Charter will pay about $195 a share -- 14 percent above Time Warner Cable’s closing price on May 22 -- with $100 in cash and the rest in its own stock.

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The Witcher 3 PC Patch 1.04 Is Out Now

The Witcher 3 PC patch 1.04 is now available for download. Here is the list of changes:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.

  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.

  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.

  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.

  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.

  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.

  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.

  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.

  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.

  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.

  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.

  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.

  • Updates the game icon.

  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.

  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.

  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.

  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.

  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Blizzard Removed Tychus' Cigar @ Kotaku

Bloodborne 1.04 Patch Is Live @ VG24/7

New Destiny Lighthouse Social Space @ YouTube

Star Citizen Asset Leak @ Blue's News

Tweets Send Man To Prison For 10 Years

Just be thankful that we live in a country where brave men and women have laid down their lives just so we could make fun of politicians in our tweets without going to jail.

This is far from the first time someone has landed in jail over their politically dissident Twitter activity, but it’s a stark reminder of how some regimes can hand out over-the-top sentences for what amounts to a Jimmy Kimmel bit in the US.

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European Regulators Tackle Facebook Over Privacy

It looks like Facebook is the latest in a long line of American companies that have caught the eye of European regulators.

At least five data protection watchdogs across the region are questioning Facebook's privacy settings. And in a case that could have broad implications for many tech companies, the region's top court will issue a preliminary decision next month on whether Facebook can continue transferring user data between Europe and the United States.

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Crucial MX200 Review

The crew at Vortez has posted a review of the Crucial MX200 SSD today for those of you interested. Here's a quote from the review:

The MX200 comes in a variety of storage sizes along with 3 form factors (2.5", mSATA and M.2) but only the standard 2.5" variant is currently available with the full 1TB of storage space. All of the drives come with Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, Adaptive Thermal Protection and Exclusive Data Defence along with a useful 3 year warranty.

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Windows App Store Still A 'Cesspool' Of Copyright Infringement

C|Net is calling Microsoft's Windows app store a "cesspool of copyright infringement."

Microsoft has a copyright issue, and it's not a new one. Its software storefronts have long been plagued by scams in the form of misleading apps and products that blatantly steal from well-known, popular and copyrighted TV shows, movies, music and games.

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