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Tuesday April 28, 2015

Technology Gone Seriously Wrong

If you thought selfie sticks were bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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Congress Introduces New Bills To End Bulk NSA Surveillance

It's funny that we have to go through all this to stop bulk NSA surveillance. I mean, no permission was needed at all to start spying on people, so why is it so difficult to make them stop?

The bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), aims to kneecap key provisions of the Patriot Act, which sunset on June 1, according to reports. The bill aims to balance the need to protect the country from terrorism, while protecting its citizens from invasive breaches of their privacy.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Hardline Patch Info @ Blue's News

Deep Silver Delays Mighty No. 9 @ Shacknews

Hatred Has A Release Date @ VG24/7

New Just Cause 3 Trailer @ GameSpot

IN WIN 707 Gaming Version Full-Tower Case Review

If you are looking for a new case for your next computer build, make sure you read our evaluation of the IN WIN 707 Gaming Version full-tower case before you spend your hard earned money.

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The IN WIN 707 Gaming Version Full Tower case comes with a long list of features that reads to make it one of the best enthusiast hardware chassis you can buy. Tool-less design, spots for multiple radiators, E-ATX motherboard support, excellent CPU heatsink clearance, and designed for 10 fans. Does it measure up?


Sex With Robots Is The Future

Sex with robots? I guess that wouldn't be so bad. At least you'd have a little fun before the robots KILL US ALL!

Futurists are predicting that—in just 10 to 15 years—there will be robots that will look and feel incredibly lifelike, robots with which you can cuddle and have sex. You will be able to design your perfect mate, complete with the right voice and the artificial intelligence to whisper those sweet nothings at exactly the right time.


CoD: Black Ops III Dedicated Servers Confirmed

Good news for all you Call of Duty fans out there, the next installment in the franchise will have "100% dedicated servers."

Treyarch director of development on the PC edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Along the way he expresses his dislike for FPS caps on PC, that the upcoming military shooter sequel will ship with an adjustable FOV slider, and that they will use "100% dedicated servers for all ranked matches," noting this is just like the prior Black Ops games, saying "This is how we do it."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP @ Guru3D

Motherboards: ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer @ OCInside

ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ @ Hardware Secrets

Power Supply: COUGAR 600K @ Vortez

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ HwC

Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ Bjorn3D

Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection Knows Exactly Who's in Your Car

I had no idea so much effort was put into catching people improperly using the car pool lane. If only they had a system like this that caught politicians wasting tax payer money on stupid programs like this.

For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley researchers noted in a 2011 report. Now, an agency in San Diego, Calif. believes it may have found the answer: the Automated Vehicle Passenger Detection system developed by Xerox.


DARPA's Magic Bullets Change Course To Hit Moving Targets

Whoa! This is just mind (and bullet) bending. eek!


Pandora Is Now Paying Out $0.0001 More Per Stream

I know $0.0001 doesn't sound like much but it really does add up...after a few billion streams. wink

The news was confirmed in a call with investors following Pandora’s Q1 fiscal results announcement on Thursday, in which it posted a three-month net loss of $48.3m. In what Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews called a "scheduled annual step-up", Pandora has from January 1 been paying out an average $0.0014 per ad-funded stream and $0.0024 per premium stream to SoundExchange.


Corsair H80i GT Liquid CPU Cooler

There is a review of the Corsair H80i GT liquid CPU cooler posted today at Benchmark Reviews that is certainly worth checking out today.

The majority of all-in-one CPU cooling systems are designed with a radiator that is based on the dimensions of a single or dual fan. It’s common sense that, for a given fan size, a dual-width radiator has more surface area and better cooling capability than a single-width unit. The new Corsair Hydro series H80i GT challenges this assumption with an extra thick single-width radiator and two fans for out of the box push-pull operation.


Autonomous Multi-Robot System Used To Move Vehicles

Just great, now they have robots that can steal your car. Thanks science, this is all your fault. frown


Pro Gamer Retires Because Of Repetitive Strain Injury

Who knew being a professional gamer could be hazardous to your health? Then again, at 22, I think most of us were in danger of repetitive strain injury too....not just from gaming either. big grin

My wrist injury is something that I simply cannot ignore. It limits my ability to play as much as I need to and my ability to improve. I cannot keep up with the amount of Solo Queue games my teammates play and it’s not fair to them. At best, my wrist injury would have only allowed me to play for another split and that wasn’t even certain.


Steam Ending Paid Mods; Providing Refunds

Well that didn't last long, now did it?

We're going to remove the payment feature from the Skyrim workshop. For anyone who spent money on a mod, we'll be refunding you the complete amount. We talked to the team at Bethesda and they agree. We've done this because it's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing. We've been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they've been received well. It's obvious now that this case is different.


Monday April 27, 2015

Grand Theft Auto V Single GPU Performance Review Part 1

We have published part one of our Grand Theft Auto V Single GPU Performance Review this afternoon. If you want to know which single-GPU video card is right for you, make sure you take a few moments to read this review.

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This is Part 1 of our full evaluation of Grand Theft Auto V's video card gaming performance. In this part we look at single-GPU performance on eight video cards at 1440p and 1080p. We discuss what settings are playable, architecture performance differences, and what settings have the biggest impact on your gaming performance.


Bethesda: Why We’re Trying Paid Skyrim Mods On Steam

It looks as though Bethesda has finally chimed in on the whole paid mods on Steam brouhaha.

We believe most mods should be free. But we also believe our community wants to reward the very best creators, and that they deserve to be rewarded. We believe the best should be paid for their work and treated like the game developers they are. But again, we don’t think it’s right for us to decide who those creators are or what they create.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: In Win 904 Plus @ XtremeHardware

Gaming: Witcher 2 @ Real Hardware Reviews

Motherboards: Asrock X99E-ITX/ac @ TechSpot

Asus Z97-P Motheboard @ Tech Report

Power Supply: Antec Strictly Power 550W @ NikKTech

SilverStone 500W SFX-L Series @ PCPer

ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Router

The crew at Legit Reviews had a lot of nice things to say about the ASUS RT-AC3200 they just reviewed. If you are wireless router shopping, this review should be of interest to you.

As part of their Extreme Series, ASUS has released their RT-AC3200 Tri-Band 802.11ac router that features one of the fastest data rate combinations of any router on the market today. With a theoretical top speed of 3200 Mbps, the ASUS RT-AC3200 uses two 802.11ac networks (5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz) with three transmitters a piece for a 3x3 antenna configuration.


Netflix Biggest Cause of TV Ratings Drop

Truthfully, I think the only people surprised by this are the big wigs at the TV networks that have ignored the writing on the wall for years.

While cord cutting has been a small but meaningful trickle, TV ratings have also taken a major hit over the last year -- in particularly children's programming. With Netflix now accounting for around 6$ of all TV viewing in the United States, Wall Street analysts estimate that Netflix was responsible for around 43% of the ratings decline networks witnessed last quarter.


Time Warner Cable Not Seeking Rebound Romance With Cox

Don't let them try to fool you, everyone knows Time Warner Cable loves Cox.

First there was news that Charter, who was originally rejected in favor of Comcast’s bigger, sexier proposal, was once again standing outside TWC’s window with a boombox over its head. Now come rumors that TWC may be trying to make some merger magic happen with Cox.


Steam Allowing Paid Mods Is Awesome

While the average gamer may be against Steam allowing people to charge for mods, at least one person is for it. I'll leave it up to you to determine whether or not he's just trolling.

Many Steam users feel that there is a difference between "real" games and DLC as opposed to mods, which they see as something that should always be free. They’re wrong. This change is awesome, and ultimately it will be great for Steam, developers and especially players.


HyperX Launches New Savage SATA-Based SSD

HyperX®, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced HyperX Savage, its next-generation SATA Rev. 3 (6Gb/s) SSD. HyperX Savage is powered by the Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller delivering incredible read/write speeds for both compressible and incompressible data, as well as high IOPS. It replaces the highly successful HyperX 3K SSD.

HyperX Savage is the fastest SATA-based SSD in the HyperX family. With sequential speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, and IOPS of up to 100,000 read and 89,000 write, HyperX Savage offers higher performance, ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system. It features an eye-catching red steel and aluminum case with a low profile to fit most notebooks, desktops and small-form factor PC builds. This new design continues the HyperX trend as a leader in stylish gaming products.


Judge: Microsoft Phones Infringe Patents

It looks like Microsoft might have a little patent trouble on its hands again.

The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital, a patent licensor, and said it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from import into the United States. The judge's decision must be reviewed by the full commission before any import ban is enacted.


Report: Only 20% Of U.S. Apple Watches Have Shipped

This isn't meant to be a dig at Apple, but isn't this the way it always goes when the company launches a new product?

How many buyers have actually got their hands on an Apple Watch at this point? According to U.S. online commerce market research firm, Slice Intelligence, the launch weekend saw only around a fifth (22 per cent) of U.S. buyers get a delivery from Cupertino. Or 376,000 out of a total of 1.7 million early U.S. orders.


Overstock Wants To Offer Stock That Works Like Bitcoin

Overstock filed a prospectus with the SEC indicating its intention to issue up to $500 million in stock that is controlled by a bitcoin-like network. eek!

"We may decide to offer securities as digital securities…the ownership and transfer of which are recorded on a cryptographically-secured distributed ledger system using technology similar to (or the same as) the distributed ledger technology used for trading digital currencies," the filing reads.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Broken Age: Act 2 Release Plans @ Blue's News

Halo 5 Xbox One Coming @ VG24/7

Kerbal Space Program 1.0 Launched @ Shacknews

Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms @ GameSpot

Google Announces A Patent Purchase Promotion

Google has announced a patent purchase promotion that, according to the company, is designed to "remove friction from the patent market." Essentially the company is offering to buy up everyone's patents to keep them from patent trolls. In theory that's all peachy, but what happens when Google has all the patents?

So today we’re announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion as an experiment to remove friction from the patent market. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015. If we contact you about purchasing your patent, we’ll work through some additional diligence with you and look to close a transaction in short order. We anticipate everyone we transact with getting paid by late August.


ESPN Sues Verizon Over Customizable FiOS TV Plans

It's not like we didn't see this coming, we just didn't expect it to be ESPN.

ESPN is at the forefront of embracing innovative ways to deliver high-quality content and value to consumers on multiple platforms, but that must be done in compliance with our agreements. We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts.


New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

There is a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer out today. I'm a fan of the franchise so far but I'm not too sure about this installment. Your thoughts?


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