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Tuesday December 01, 2015

NVIDIA Working On GeForce 860M Hotfix

It would seem that GeForce 860M owners, after months of complaining, are finally be getting a hotfix driver. This is the post from the GeForce forums addressing the issue:

Just a quick update. We believe we have identified the root cause and are in the process of creating a hotfix driver. As soon as the hotfix driver is available for download, we will make an announcement on this forum.


Western Digital Corp. Demonstrates Affordable, Cloud-Scale HGST Object Storage System

Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation, will demonstrate its HGST (@HGSTstorage) Active Archive System at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conferences in London, UK and Las Vegas, NV. For data centers battling massive data growth, flat budgets and limited IT resources, the HGST Active Archive System is a fully integrated, ready to use object storage system that transforms data storage silos into cloud-scale active archive data lakes—making it simpler to extract value from enterprise data.


Microsoft Announces Solutions To Help Businesses Modernize In The Digital World

Monday, at its annual Convergence EMEA conference, Microsoft Corp. introduced new innovations that will enable companies to succeed in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela detailed new capabilities in Microsoft Office 365, including meetings and voice services in Skype for Business; announced the worldwide availability of its customer engagement solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016; and introduced Microsoft PowerApps, a new enterprise service empowering employees to create the apps they need, connect to business systems in a secure way and easily share their apps with coworkers.

In a new commissioned study of European business and IT leaders, Forrester Consulting found widespread recognition of the importance of digital transformation in their organizations, and the need to dramatically reshape their business around customer outcomes and desires. The innovations Microsoft announced Monday are aimed at helping businesses achieve this by igniting entirely new ways to collaborate and intelligently engage with customers. Through comprehensive first-party solutions such as Office 365 and Dynamics CRM, along with innovations that empower businesses to rapidly create new business apps and easily share them on any device, organizations can control and drive their own transformation.


AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 Update

AMD has released the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 update that addresses the overheating issues we told you about this weekend. Reading the patch notes, in addition to the overheating issue, this update contains a laundry list of UI and game fixes as well.

Resolved Issues with AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 Update

  • Star Wars™: Battlefront - Snow flickers in a few locations in the game

  • Star Wars™: Battlefront - Sky rendering may be broken in some game locations

  • Fallout 4 - The compass may flicker during gameplay on AMD Radeon R9 390 series products. We continue to investigate the issue with AMD Radeon R9 290 and AMD Radeon R9 295X2 series products

  • Star Wars™: Battlefront - Shadowy textures are visible around hills/structures/caves

  • Just Cause 3 - Texture corruption may be experienced during gameplay

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Poor AMD Crossfire™ performance may be experienced

  • The driver installation may fail while installing the ACP component

  • The font size in Chinese language installations may be too small

  • The label range values in some AMD Freesync™ installations may be incorrect

  • The Radeon Settings dropbox does not close when it is clicked on a second time

  • The AMD Overdrive™ fan settings is always set to ON after first edit on reboot

  • Language shows up as Chinese Simplified when Chinese Traditional is selected in Windows® 7

  • Radeon Settings crashes on the Display tab when cloning a display via HDMI on some notebooks

  • Overdrive™ fan speed is reset to Manual on exiting from a 3D game or application

  • Radeon Settings does not get upgraded in some install scenarios

  • AMD Overdrive™ cannot revert to default settings in some situations


AMD Promotes Renowned Graphics Architect Michael Mantor to Corporate Fellow

AMD announced the appointment of graphics and parallel compute architect Michael Mantor to AMD Corporate Fellow for his demonstrated leadership in graphics engineering. At AMD, Corporate Fellow is the highest possible level of technical recognition with only four employees currently holding the title. Mantor has made key contributions to a diverse set of AMD graphics products, including those that power the Microsoft Xbox One™, Sony PlayStation® PS4™, and multiple generations of AMD Radeon™ graphics. As Corporate Fellow, he will lead graphics and compute architecture teams in the development of next generation architectures to be used in PCs, game consoles, virtual reality devices, workstations, and super computers.


Monday November 30, 2015

Google Hires Tesla’s Autopilot Engineering Manager

It's funny how people just shuffle from company to company in Silicon Valley.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Rose left Tesla right after the release of the Autopilot in October and a month later, we learn that he joined Google. It’s not clear if Rose joined Google to work on the company’s self-driving car project, since unlike for his other positions, he didn’t include a description of his role with the company other than "Software Engineer" at "Google Robotics".


AT&T Really Wants You Off That Unlimited-Data Plan

While price hikes like this suck, at least it wasn't as bad as the one Verizon customers got hit with.

The nation's second-largest wireless carrier confirmed Monday that it is raising the price of its unlimited-data plan by $5, to $35 a month. The change, the first in seven years, will take effect in February. Earlier this month, Verizon raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited-data plan by $20. T-Mobile and Sprint, which each still offer unlimited data as an option, raised their prices in the last few months.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Scythe Fuma CPU Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Corsair Katar Gaming Mouse @ HwC

CM Storm NovaTouch TKL @ APH Networks

ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC @ Legit Reviews

Mobile: Lenovo Yoga 900 @ HotHardware

Motherboards: Asus Maximus VIII Ranger @ pcGameware

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Cyber Monday Deals At Amazon

If you are looking for some of the best Cyber Monday deals you can find, we have forum threads full of great deals on mobile accessory and cables, computer component and accessories, console games, TVs and projectors, cameras, audio / video deals and more. Get some while the getting is good!

Algorithms Make Better Hiring Decisions Than Humans

Guess what else algorithms can do better than humans? Everything. I guess we all better get used to a future full of middle management AI overlords.

An online test evaluated roughly one third (94,000) of the employees, who were asked questions about their technical skills, personality, cognitive skills, and fit for the job. Based on the results, an algorithm rated each applicant green (for high potential), yellow (for medium potential), or red (for low potential). On average, the employees who were evaluated by a machine stayed in the job 15% longer than those who were hired without being rated by an algorithm.


Internet-Speak Is Destroying The Planet

Internet-speak is literally destroying the planet.

"Omg literally dying," she typed back, not missing a beat. She turned back to her computer. But Jordana wasn’t literally dying. She wasn’t figuratively dying, either. In fact, she didn’t even crack a smile. "It’s almost like ‘dying’ has become a filler for anytime anyone says anything remotely entertaining," she said. "Like, if what you’re saying won’t legitimately put me to sleep, I respond with, ‘OMG dying.’"


Guy Straps Video Camera To A Boomerang

The sound the boomerang makes when it is flying through the air is pretty damn neat.


Using Technology To Lend A Hand

Do any of you guys use apps to do your charitable giving?

Many of us would probably do more if philanthropy weren't so inconvenient. That's the thinking, at least, of established charitable organizations as well as new apps and websites that make giving as affordable as buying a cup of coffee and as simple as using a smartphone.


Online Retail Passes In-Store Shopping For Black Friday Weekend

It looks like online shopping is kicking in-store shopping's ass this year. Given the option, why would anyone stand in line for hours and put up with unruly crowds when you can just order what you want from the comfort of your couch?

The survey says that 72.8% of respondents did in-store shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, a hair shy of the 73.1% who shopped online. That was by far the narrowest margin between the two shopping methods. Online also beat out bricks-and-mortar on Thanksgiving (39.8% vs. 34%), and on Saturday (49% vs. 45.9%) and Sunday (32.9% vs. 19.1%).


FBI Can Demand Consumer Data Without A Warrant

Remember this guy? It's scary to think that it took him a decade in court to get the information we are seeing here today. eek!

In a statement on Monday, Merrill revealed the FBI has used its authority to force companies and individuals to turn over complete web browsing history; the IP addresses of everyone a person has corresponded with; online purchase information, and also cell-site location information, which he said can be used to turn a person's phone into a "location tracking device."


Gaming [H]eadlines

FINAL FANTASY VI PC Listing @ Blue's News

PlayStation Plus December Free Games @ Shacknews

The Best Fallout 4 Mods – So Far @ VG24/7

Xenoblade Chronicles X Review Roundup @ GameSpot

U.S. Cyber Monday Sales Up 14 Percent

It looks like today might be a record breaking Cyber Monday. I've already done my part, how about you? wink

Sales on Cyber Monday, the busiest day of the year for internet shopping, were up 14 percent from a year earlier, totaling $490 million between midnight and 10 a.m. ET, according to estimates by Adobe Digital Index. Adobe tracked 80 percent of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers and said sales were on track to meet its expectation of a record $3 billion by the end of the day.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 Pump @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

Intel Pentium G4400 Linux Benchmarks @ Phoronix

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VIII Impact @ ocaholic

Storage: Patriot Blast 240GB SSD @ NikKTech

Video: Inno3D iChill GTX 980 Ti X3 Ultra @ Hardware-Mag

1 Year Of Amazon Unlimited Online Storage For $5

I don't know about you, but I think a full year of Amazon's unlimited online storage for only $5 could be the Cyber Monday deal of the day! Thanks to ccmfreak2 for the heads up.

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Cyber Monday [H]ardOCP Commissioned Buying Links

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Just Cause 3 On Xbox One Has Memory Leak Issues?

According to this review of the Xbox One version of Just Cause 3, frame rates can dip into the teens and loading times can be as long as 15 minutes. eek!


ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard Review

Building a new system? Legit Reviews says that, if you have the cash, the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme is a great foundation for your next build.

ASUS is one of the top motherboard manufactures with product lines ranging from the very basic consumer to the high end enthusiast gamer. Their Republic of Gamer’s line builds in the best features that ASUS has to offer. Today, we will be taking a look at their flagship motherboard the Maximus VIII Extreme. It is designed to support the latest Intel Skylake processors, based on the Intel Z170 chipset. Currently the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme can be found online for $493.37 with free shipping.


20 Of The Worst PC Setups

It's time once again for Think Computer's monthly Worst PC Setups feature. I like this one because, at some point in your career as a dad, the kid's computer will be the only one working and you have to get on the internet for something:

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Will MySpace Ever Make A Comeback?


"We were trying to be everything to everybody, and we just stopped innovating," Linh Chung, who joined MySpace in 2007 as senior vice president of tech operations, told VICE of the site's downward slide. "That was the main reason we fell from grace."


Must See Pictures of the Day

Matthew Callahan, a US Marine Corps combat correspondent, has been working on a toy photography project called Galactic Warfighters that depicts the "wars" in Star Wars. cool

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Cox Not Allowed To Call Copyright Troll A Copyright Troll in Court

This doesn't seem fair. If you can't call a copyright troll a copyright troll in court, what else can you call them?

Internet provider Cox Communications is not allowed to use derogatory terms to describe Rightscorp during their upcoming trial. Terms such as "copyright troll," "blackmailer," and "extortionist" are off-limits and the same is true for Rightscorp's dire financial position.


DOOM MP Closed Alpha Coming Thursday

It looks as though id Software has updated the DOOM FAQ with a date for the multiplayer closed alpha.

  • When is the DOOM® MP Closed Alpha?

  • Start: Thursday, December 3, 2015 @ 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC - 5)

  • Burst test: Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC - 5)

  • End: Sunday, December 6, 2015 @ 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC - 5)

Closed Alpha participants will be chosen from the people who have redeemed their DOOM Beta codes included with some physical retail copies of Wolfenstein: The New Order, and to those who pre-purchased or purchased the game digitally through May 26, 2014.


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Sunday November 29, 2015

Jeremy Clarkson Introduces Amazon's New Delivery Drones

Some say it looks like a flying bed.


Hackers Can Hijack Wi-Fi Hello Barbie

The Hello Barbie, a doll that transmits what you say so it can be analyzed on cloud servers, has surprisingly been found to be a security and privacy risk

It was the ease with which the doll was compromise that was most concerning. The information stored by the doll could allow hackers to take over a home Wi-Fi network and from there gain access to other internet connected devices, steal personal information and cause other problems for the owners, potentially without their knowledge.


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