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Friday October 28, 2016

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 375.70 WHQL Drivers

The folks at NVIDIA send word that the brand new GeForce Game Ready 375.70 WHQL drivers are out now. According to the release notes, these drivers provide an optimal experience for Titanfall 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Obduction, and Dishonored 2. Hit the link above for the new drivers and this link for release notes.


Amazon Contractor Agrees To Pay Drivers $100K In Phantom Lunch Breaks

How bad would it suck to have to work through your lunch hour every day, without being paid....while you deliver FOOD. Damn, that's just brutal. No word on whether Amazon has cut ties with this company after this incident.

What if your employer deducted lunch breaks from your time sheet, but you weren’t allowed to actually take any time for lunch? That’s what New York’s attorney general says happened to employees of Cornucopia Logistics, a contractor that handles deliveries for Amazon and for its grocery delivery service in New York City. The company has settled with the state, and will pay affected workers and former workers $100,000 in back wages for the practice.


Meet The Scariest Tech of the Year

With Halloween just a couple days away, ZDNet has put together a list of the scariest tech of the year. The list covers this year's big scary hacks, evil DDoS attacks, self-crashing cars and exploding phones. Heh, I guess this has been a pretty scary year for tech.

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Scary? I'll tell you what's scary. The Internet is under attack by Russians, criminals, and Joe Random Hacker like never before. The internet -- yes the whole blasted thing -- is in danger of going down. Can't happen you say? Oh my friend, you're living in a dream world.


Gaming Deal of the Century!

This 14.5 foot tall arcade cabinet is powered by a 3.0GHz processor, has 4GB of RAM, an amazingly powerful 1GB video card. The price? This beast will set you back a mere $99,000.00. Definitely the deal of the century.


Facebook Executives Feel The Heat Of Content Controversies

A group of executives at Facebook, speaking on the condition of anonymity, say that they were trained to identify objectionable content by company leadership, only to catch hell later when content that was removed sparks a debate or public outcry.

Facebook has long resisted calls to publicly detail its policies and practices on censoring postings. That approach has drawn criticism from users who have had content removed and free-speech advocates, who cite a lack of transparency and a lack of an appeals process for many content decisions. At the same time, some governments and anti-terror groups are pressuring the company to remove more posts they consider offensive or dangerous.


'Hacker' That Stole Celebrity Nudes Gets Prison Time

It looks as though the guy behind "The Fappening" has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for that phishing scam that resulted in nude photos of various celebrities ending up all over the internet.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, United States District Court Judge William W. Caldwell sentenced Ryan Collins, 36, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to 18 months in federal prison for a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He was taken into custody immediately after sentencing. Collins pled guilty in May to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.


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ENERMAX Wins German Design Award Special Mention 2017

ENERMAX announces that the DIGIFANLESS power supply is honored with German Design Award 2017 by the German Design Council. The DIGIFANLESS is the only PC hardware component that was nominated and has won the recognition this year; the DIGIFANLESS is also the 1st switching power supply to win this award. Since its premiere in 2012, the German Design Award has been one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world. To be eligible for nomination, products or design services must either be recommended by members of the award screening committee or previously receive an international design award, such as Red Dot, iF, Computex d&i awards, etc.

DIGIFANLESS 550W, the 2015 Computex d&i awards winner, is the world’s 1st digital fan-less power supply. Its extended surface heat sink design with mesh exterior on three sides provides great cooling efficiency. Without a fan, it presents a silent PC operation (0 dBA) which is perfect for silent enthusiasts. The digital ZDPMS software allows the user to monitor the main power status and to make control of it: to switch between single and multi-rail output; to adjust the +12V voltage, to setup circuit protections’ warning tolerance; as well as the calculation of electricity consumption. The award ceremony will take place next February at the Ambiente 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


NVIDIA Sets Conference Call for Third-Quarter Financial Results

NVIDIA will host a conference call on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) to discuss its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, ending Oct. 30, 2016. The call will be webcast live (in listen-only mode) at the following websites: nvidia.comand streetevents.com. The company's prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session, which will be limited to questions from financial analysts and institutional investors.

Ahead of the call, NVIDIA will provide written commentary on its third-quarter results from its CFO. This material will be posted to nvidia.com/ir immediately after the company's results are publicly announced at approximately 1:20 p.m. PT. To listen to the conference call, dial (877) 223-3864 or, for those outside the United States, (574) 990-1377, conference ID 94545989. A replay of the conference call will be available until Nov. 17, 2016, at (855) 859-2056, conference ID 94545989. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until the company's conference call to discuss financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017.


Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics: AMD’s Most Powerful Ultrathin Graphics Processors

Today AMD unveiled a new family of power-efficient graphics processors, Radeon™ Pro 400 Series Graphics. Available first in the all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro, select Radeon Pro 400 Series graphics deliver extraordinary performance and efficiency gains over the prior generation to fuel modern creative efforts from anywhere inspiration strikes. Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics are designed specifically for today’s makers – the artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, visualizers and engineers that shape the modern content creation era. Harnessing AMD’s acclaimed Polaris architecture, Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics are built on the industry’s most advanced process technology for graphics processors in production today, 14nm FinFET, resulting in incredibly small transistors. To enable the thinnest graphics processor possible, AMD also employs a complex process known as ‘die thinning’ to reduce the thickness of each wafer of silicon used in the processor from 780 microns to just 380 microns, or slightly less than the thickness of four pieces of paper. Operating in a power envelope under 35W, the Radeon Pro 450, 455, and 460 Series graphics processors deliver spectacular energy efficiency and cool, quiet operation to speed through the most demanding tasks in popular creative applications.


Thursday October 27, 2016

Yahoo Releases Transparency Report In Wake Of Spying Revelations

Why does Yahoo even bother with transparency reports at this point? Between the massive e-mail hack and the company installing software that scanned e-mail accounts for the authorities, who cares about how many times you turned over data during legal requests.

Yahoo released its semiannual transparency report today, the first issued by the company since Reuters revealed earlier this month that Yahoo scanned its users’ email accounts at the behest of the U.S. government. In an effort to inform consumers about how frequently the government snoops on their information, and how often companies are able to narrow or refuse the requests, Yahoo and many other technology companies make public on a regular basis data about requests from law enforcement agencies for user data.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: SilentiumPC Grandis 2 XE1436 @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: AZIO MGK1 RGB Keyboard @ Techgage

noblechairs EPIC High-End Gaming Chair @ Play3r

Storage: ADATA Ultimate SU800 SSD @ SSD Review

Synology RackStation RS816 4-Bay NAS @ techPowerUP!

Video: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC @ Legit Reviews

This Guy Has the Fastest Home Internet In The US

What would you do with a 10 Gbps residential internet connection? Come on, you can tell the truth (porn). Hell, with 10 Gbps download speed, you could download all the porn on the internet in no time.

I met with James Busch—a radiologist and the proud owner of what I am almost certain is the first 10 Gbps residential connection in the United States—at a coffee shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I told him about my trials and tribulations with Time Warner Cable in New York City, and he tried to drum up some empathy from a distant past in which he used to send medical imaging studies on a T1 line in Boston. I reminded him that most of us were still on dialup at the time. And then I raised the point that his family alone is living in our blazing fast future.


Amazon Announces Third Quarter Sales Up 29% To $32.7 Billion

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 49% to $14.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $8.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow less lease principal repayments increased to $4.9 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.1 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow less finance lease principal repayments and assets acquired under capital leases increased to $3.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $637 million for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 496 million on September 30, 2016, compared with 489 million one year ago. Net sales increased 29% to $32.7 billion in the third quarter, compared with $25.4 billion in third quarter 2015. The favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter on net sales was $52 million. Operating income was $575 million in the third quarter, compared with $406 million in third quarter 2015.


Amazon To Eventually Open As Many As 2,000 Grocery Stores

I'm going to make a prediction. I am going to say that, after the twenty store pilot program fails miserably, Amazon will scrap this whole plan. That may not be a popular opinion, but that's what I think is going to happen. How do you think this is all going to go down?

Earlier this month, all-powerful "sources familiar with the matter" claimed that Amazon was on the verge of opening bricks-and-mortar convenience stores and offering curbside pickup. Now, a new report indicates that the e-tailer plans to start small, opening 20 physical grocery stores over the next two years, but ultimately expects to have thousands of stores nationwide. Business Insider, citing documents from Amazon, reports that the e-commerce giant will open up to 2,000 grocery store locations over the next decade as part of its plan to enter the physical grocery market.


Judge Okays Tax Probe Settlement With Head Of Apple's Irish Unit

What happened to all that "we pay every tax we are supposed to" bullcrap Tim Cook has been spewing for months? Now all the sudden they are taking a deal for a six month jail sentence for one of the managers (that is NOT an admission of guilt) that has conveniently been converted to a cash fine.

A Milan judge has accepted a settlement agreement with the head of Apple's Irish-based unit Apple Sales International as part of a probe into allegations the U.S. tech giant failed to pay corporate taxes in Italy to the tune of 879 million euros ($959.43 million), a judicial source said. Under the settlement agreement, a six-month jail sentence for the executive has been converted into the payment of a 45,000 euro ($49,126) fine, the source said. Under Italian law, a settlement agreement does not imply an admission of guilt.


FCC Passes Sweeping Rules Protecting Your Online Privacy

At this point, anything is better than the way it was before. That's not saying much, and there are still a ton of ways companies will get around the new rules, but every little bit helps.

The rules, passed Thursday in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, require Internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, to obtain their customers' explicit consent before using or sharing that behavioral data with third parties, such as marketing firms. Also covered by that requirement are health data, financial information, Social Security numbers and the content of emails and other digital messages. The measure allows the FCC to impose the opt-in rule on other types of information in the future, but certain types of data, such as a customer's IP address and device identifier, are not subject to the opt-in requirement. The rules also force service providers to tell consumers clearly what data they collect and why, as well as to take steps to notify customers of data breaches.


MPAA and RIAA’s Anti-Piracy Plans Harm The Internet

Ummm, duh. No one disagrees with the fact that artists have the right to protect their copyrighted works. It's the way the MPAA and RIAA go about it that people object to.

The Internet Infrastructure Coalition is urging the U.S. Government not to blindly follow the RIAA and MPAA's input regarding online piracy threats. The group, which represents tech firms including Google, Amazon and Verisign, warns that the future of the Internet is at stake.


Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro With OLED 'Touch Bar'

Apple has unveiled a new MacBook Pro that has what the company is calling a "TouchBar." Oviously this isn't very exciting considering everyone has known for months about this but it still gives Apple's faithful following a reason to upgrade.

While the overall design of both laptops looks similar to what came before, there's some significant refinement here. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is 14.9mm thin (17 percent skinnier than before), has 23 percent less volume and comes in at just 3 pounds. The 15-inch model is 15.5mm thin (14 percent less than before) and has reduced its volume by 20 percent. Overall, that bigger version is just four pounds.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Fractured Space Celebrates 1M Players @ Blue's News

Gears of War 4 Is Celebrating Halloween @ VG24/7

Final Fantasy 15 DLC Includes Online Co-Op @ GameSpot

Minecraft Is Coming To Apple TV @ Shacknews

AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance - theBlu: Encounter

All you virtual reality fans out there need to take a moment today to read our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance - theBlu: Encounter article. If you think that a casual VR experience can't be taxing on your hardware, you'd better think again.

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We are changing gears a bit from Virtual Reality gaming today and are going to focus on a VR experience. theBlu has been around since the inception of the recent VR consumer market. You don't play theBlu, but rather experience it. That said, it can be punishing to lesser GPUs, and this time we see very different performance results from AMD.


Twitter Has Killed Off Vine

I can't say this is surprising. Twitter bought Vine four years ago for $30 million, made no money off it, closing it down. Seems about par for the course with all things Twitter. Here's a quote from the obituary:

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app. Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass @ APH Networks

ETC.: Aimpad R5 Analog Keyboard @ Tech Report

Patriot Viper V360 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset @ NikKTech

Gaming: Acer Predator Z850 UltraWide Gaming Projector @ PCPer

Video: GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti @ HotHardware

GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti Performance Comparison @ TechARP

Twitter Promises 'Meaningful' Safety Updates Next Month

Twitter is promising meaningful safety updates next month. You know, unlike all those meaningless ones they did in the past. It will be interesting to see what Twitter defines as "meaningful," why they have to wait until next month to reveal them and how Twitter users will react to the changes.

The prevalence of Twitter trolls is often blamed for the site's slow user growth and difficulty with advertisers. It's hoped that this new strategy will give people "more control over their Twitter experience" and offer the "most important safety features" to users. That may not be enough, however, given that how easy it is to find accounts spreading racism, targeted harassment of women and minorities or threats of violence.


Emoji Have Been Added To The Museum of Modern Art

Part of me totally understands this, the other part of me died a little inside when I heard the news. I guess as long as it is just this set, the original set of emoji, it's okay.

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How Not To Fly A Wing Suit

You know all those really cool wing suit videos you see all over the internet? This isn't one of them. Everything starts our great (if you consider jumping off a perfectly good cliff "great") but things turn bad when dude decides to do some stunt flying through the trees.


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Minimum PC Specs

The minimum PC specs for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare have been posted on the game's Steam page and, from the looks of it, the required specs are tame enough that just about anyone should be able to run the game.


  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3225 @ 3.30GHz or equivalent

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

  • Storage: 70 GB available space

  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 Compatible

  • Additional Notes: Disk space requirement may change over time.


NVIDIA GPUs Power New Surface Studio

Microsoft Wednesday introduced the radical new Surface Studio, aimed at content creators, as well as a new top-end version of its acclaimed Surface Book. Both are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs. The new Surface Studio, powered by either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M or a GeForce GTX 980M, is built around a stunning 28-inch touch display with 13.5 million pixels that can tilt down to immerse creatives in their work. Paired with a radical new input device — Surface Dial — it promises to pull creative professionals into their work like never before. Microsoft also introduced a new high-end Surface Book — also powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU — that delivers up to 16 hours of battery life and up to two times the 3D graphics performance versus current Surface Book models, while maintaining the slim, lightweight characteristics of its predecessor. Like the Surface Book launched last year, the device gives users the ability to detach the screen and use it as a tablet or use it like a traditional notebook.


Western Digital Announces Financial Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2017

Western Digital Corp. today reported revenue of $4.7 billion, operating income of $232 million and a net loss of $366 million, or $1.28 per share, for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016. The GAAP net loss for the period includes charges associated with the company's recent acquisitions and debt extinguishment charges related to its repricing and repayment of outstanding debt. Excluding these charges and other non-GAAP adjustments, first quarter non-GAAP operating income was $632 million and non-GAAP net income was $341 million, or $1.18 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.4 billion, operating income of $322 million and net income of $283 million, or $1.21 per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was $405 million and non-GAAP net income was $366 million, or $1.56 per share. The company generated $440 million in cash from operations during the first fiscal quarter of 2017, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $4.1 billion. On Aug. 3, 2016, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on Oct.17, 2016.


Microsoft introduces Surface Studio and the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a broad vision to empower a new wave of creativity with a major update coming to more than 400 million Windows 10 devices and the introduction of Surface Studio, Surface Dial and a more powerful Surface Book. Expanding the Surface family, Surface Studio is a new class of device that transforms from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create on the thinnest LCD monitor ever built.1 With a stunning ultra-HD 4.5K screen, Surface Studio delivers 63 percent more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV. Surface Studio works beautifully with pen, touch and Surface Dial — a new input device designed for the creative process that lets you use two hands on the screen to compose and create in all new ways. Launching as a free update in early 2017, the Windows 10 Creators Update will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3-D and mixed reality, connect people faster to those they care about most, and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster. And with the Creators Update, Microsoft Edge will be the first browser to fully embrace 3-D.


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