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Thursday July 28, 2016

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.


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.


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.


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.


Wednesday July 27, 2016


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?


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.


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.


[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."


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


Gaming [H]eadlines

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Ports Criticized @ Blue's News

Street Fighter 5: Juri Moves List @ VG24/7

Titanfall 2 Server Architecture Detailed @ Shacknews

Xbox Design Lab Custom Controller Unboxing @ GameSpot

Robotic Onesie Assists Babies at Risk for Cerebral Palsy

The University of Oklahoma has developed a robotic exoskeleton for babies that helps prevent cerebral palsy. Not to be all creepy, but you can't help but be reminded of the Matrix as you watch the baby in this video crawling around attached to the "robotic onesie."


Comcast Excited To Have Lost 4,000 TV Subscribers This Spring

You know things are looking grim when the best thing you can say about your TV subscriber base is that you "only lost 4,000." Then again, I guess Comcast actually does have a reason to celebrate considering that was the lowest springtime subscriber loss in over 10 years.

Why are they so psyched to have to record a loss? Well, it’s a heck of a lot better than the loss of 69,000 they had to report at the same time last year… or all the other springtime losses they’ve been reporting for a very, very long time. Comcast’s specific language about it, in their statement to investors, is that "video customers net losses improved to 4,000, the best second quarter result in over 10 years."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: In Win 805 Infinity @ FunkyKit

Cooling: Reeven Six Eyes II @ Modders Inc.

CPU: AMD FX-8320 vs Core i5-6600K @ ocaholic

ETC.: ASUS RT-AC3200 Router @ Techgage

Tesoro Gram Spectrum Keyboard @ Technology X

Video: Palit GameRock Premium GTX 1070 @ eTeknix

World’s First Real-Time 3D Oil Painting Simulator

NVIDIA has collaborated with Adobe to develop the world’s first real-time 3D oil painting simulator called Project Wetbrush. I know that doesn't sound very cool at first but, take my word for it, this is actually pretty neat. Sure this is waaay more expensive than some oil paints and a $10 canvas, but it isn't as messy and you can do it anywhere. Watch the video below:


Man Blames Developer For Game Addiction, Crashes Car Into HQ

Again, how is it that a game can make you so mad that you do something like this? And what the hell did the brother do to deserve the guy using his car to crash it into the game developers headquarters? Damn. eek!

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Lee is in Korea on a three-month visitor permit. The car he drove belonged to his older brother, who lives here. Lee admitted to the wrongdoing and told the police that he had been angry that he had become addicted to games created by the company. He said he had committed the act on impulse, after drinking.


Molten Copper Versus Hard Drive

Here's another good way to erase a hard drive. Just pour a couple pounds of 2,000°F molten copper on your hard drive, wait a few minutes and there you have it, crispy platters.


Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Apple's stock is up today as its earnings beat analysts' expectations yesterday. The company's quarterly profit fell from $10.68 billion a year ago to $7.8 billion, down a total of 27%. Quarterly revenue was $42.36 billion, down 14.6% from $49.60 billion compared to the same quarter last year.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.


New Watch Dogs 2 Trailer

Ubisoft has released the first episode of a series of The Watch Dogs 2 videos that are meant to highlight different aspects of the game. Hopefully this game runs and plays better than the last one.


ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG G20CB with GTX 10-Series Graphics Cards

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG G20CB gaming desktop is now available with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 10-Series graphics cards. This includes the top-spec NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, which delivers up to three times (3X) the performance of previous-generation NVIDIA graphics cards. ROG G20CB features a small-form-factor 9.5-liter chassis and is designed for gamers looking for incredibly-realistic visuals and immersive VR gaming experiences.

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The flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card is designed around the new NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture, and is the most advanced gaming graphics card ever created. In product development tests, the GeForce GTX 1080-equipped ROG G20CB delivered up to 3X the performance of previous generation graphics cards, and was able to run DOOM at its ‘Ultra’ settings in 4K UHD. In addition, ROG G20CB gives gamers low latency and plug-and-play compatibility with leading VR headsets driven by NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies for even more immersive gaming worlds.


Western Digital Announces World's First 64 Layer 3D NAND Technology

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has successfully developed its next generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS3, with 64 layers of vertical storage capability. Pilot production of the new technology has commenced in the Yokkaichi, Japan joint venture facilities and initial output is expected later this year. Western Digital expects meaningful commercial volumes of BiCS3 in the first half of calendar 2017. BiCS3, which has been developed jointly with Western Digital's technology and manufacturing partner Toshiba, will be initially deployed in 256 gigabit capacity and will be available in a range of capacities up to half a terabit on a single chip. Western Digital expects volume shipments of BiCS3 for the retail market in the fourth calendar quarter of 2016 and to begin OEM sampling this quarter. Shipments of the company's previous generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS2, continue to customers in retail and OEM.


Global Study Reveals Businesses and Countries Vulnerable Due to Shortage of Cybersecurity Talent

Intel Security, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has just released Hacking the Skills Shortage, a global report outlining the talent shortage crisis impacting the cybersecurity industry across both companies and nations. A majority of respondents (82 percent) admit to a shortage of cybersecurity skills, with 71 percent of respondents citing this shortage as responsible for direct and measurable damage to organizations whose lack of talent makes them more desirable hacking targets.

In 2015, 209,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled1 in the United States alone. Despite 1 in 4 respondents confirming their organizations have lost proprietary data as a result of their cybersecurity skills gap, there are no signs of this workforce shortage abating in the near-term. Respondents surveyed estimate an average of 15 percent of cybersecurity positions in their company will go unfilled by 2020. With the increase in cloud, mobile computing and the Internet of Things, as well as advanced targeted cyberattacks and cyberterrorism across the globe, the need for a stronger cybersecurity workforce is critical.


Tuesday July 26, 2016

China's LeEco Acquires VIZIO For $2B

This deal could be good and it could be bad, I guess it all depends on how you look at the situation. My immediate thought is that a Chinese company buying an American privately held company kinda sucks. What are your thoughts?

Based in Irvine, CA and founded in 2002, VIZIO is a leading consumer electronics brand in North America, with #1 unit share in Smart TVs1 and #1 unit share in Sound Bars2. The company is focused on delivering the ultimate home entertainment experience through its ecosystem of hardware, software and services. The acquisition benefits both companies with VIZIO offering LeEco a steady install base of users and a brand that is both popular and successfully distributed throughout major North American retail channels. LeEco provides VIZIO immediate global scale to bring its innovations to consumers worldwide. Like LeEco, VIZIO shares a similar vision of creating premium products with the latest innovations and making them accessible for everyone – from budget-minded students to custom home theater cinephiles – without sacrificing quality or performance.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 @ Hardware Asylum

ETC.: Creative Sound BlasterX H7 @ eTeknix

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse @ NikKTech

Tesoro Excalibur V2 Mechanical Keyboard @ Play3r

Memory: G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 RGB @ FunkyKit

Network: Tenda AC15 AC1900 Router @ HotHardware

Video: Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 GAMING @ Guru3D

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