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Friday April 18, 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our GIGABYTE R9 290X OC and ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCUII review, followed by our Enermax ETS-N30 budget CPU air cooler article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the ASUS Maximus VI Impact LGA 1150 motherboard.

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Facebook To Share Ads Based On Location History With Advertisers

I know people want to make a big deal out of this, but this is hardly shocking (this is Facebook after all). Our recommendation about anything Facebook related? Don't like it, don't use it. wink

With Nearby Friends, your location history is private to you and only you -- until the social network decides otherwise. Surprised? Don't be. Facebook is in the advertising business.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim @ NikKTech

XSPC RX360 V3 Radiator @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: AMD A10-7850K Kaveri @ LanOC

Logitech G230 Headset @ pcGameware

SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player @ Legit Reviews

Storage: Western Digital Black˛ Dual Drive @ TechARP

The Console Wars Won’t Be Anything Like You Expect

So this guy says that, among other things, Steam Machines will be too expensive, FireTV is just another OUYA, GameStop will never go away and hardcore gamers won't embrace free-to-play games. Is he onto something or just on something?

"The console is dead" idea is proven false if Xbox and PlayStation don’t immediately die tomorrow. For the time being, you will continue to plug something into your television that puts videogames on it. There is nothing saying that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo could not provide those sorts of devices far into the future. But the console as we have always known it since the days of Atari is a dead paradigm walking.

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GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up

The crew at HotHardware have rounded up a handful of GeForce GTX 780 Ti video cards and pit them against one another. The round-up features cards from MSI, Gigabyte and more.

Do you know what gets our juices flowing even more than high-end hardware? It's having the opportunity to wrangle and evaluate multiple versions of a top-tier product. In this case, we've gone out and collected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards from three different enthusiast brands: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.

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Battlefield 1942 Free

Following up last month's Dead Space freebie, Origin is now offering Battlefield 1942 for free. There is no catch so grab it if you want it.

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13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison

The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix have posted a 13-way low-end GPU comparison on Linux. Why? probably because no one else has. wink

For our latest AM1 platform testing with the Athlon 5350 Kabini APU is comparing its Radeon R3 Graphics against an assortment of discrete NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards while running Ubuntu 14.04 Linux. For this comparison there's thirteen graphics processors being compared with the latest Linux GPU drivers.

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Samsung Compares iPhone Features To Cup Holders

Oh how I love it when Samsung and Apple go at it. We are always guaranteed to get name calling, one liners and zingers like this. big grin

An Apple study to determine whether people would buy phones to get certain Apple patented features is similar to asking people to choose a car based on its cup holders, an expert hired by Samsung testified Friday.

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Digital Public Library of America Turns One

Digital Public Library of America celebrated its first birthday yesterday.

It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by since our launch last April. It’s been a whirlwind here in the Boston headquarters of DPLA, and across DPLA’s ever-expanding national network of libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites. The surging numbers in our collection—over 7 million items from 1300 contributing institutions, up from 2.4 million and 500 a year ago—attest to the tremendous momentum we’ve achieved.

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How Many Peeps Can A .50 Cal Go Through?

If a .50 cal can go through 18 hard drives, just imagine how many peeps a single round can go through. eek! Damn, now that the guys at RatedRR did this, what are we going to do on Easter Sunday?

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Human Head Resumes Development On Minimum @ Joystiq

Major Duping Bug Hits The Elder Scrolls Online @ Kotaku

PC Final Fantasy III Revealed @ Blue's News

Xbox One Hits 5 Million Shipped @ Shacknews

BitFenix Comrade Mid-Tower Case

If you are on a budget and you need a mid-tower chassis, the crew at Benchmark Reviews recommend the BitFenix Comrade case.

The Comrade is BitFenix’s attempt to enter the budget case market, with a reasonably priced case that has many features that are normally expected in more pricey designs, such as removable dust filters. The Comrade accommodates both Mini-ITX / ATX and standard ATX boards, and has numerous features designed to make constructing a system a breeze for first-time builders, including tool-less 3.5″, and 5.25″ drive bays.

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Cool Video of the Day

Two of these would make your next patio party complete!

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Pirate Bay User Hit With 5 Year Sentence

A five year suspended jail sentence for uploading a single movie to Pirate Bay? Seems fair. roll eyes (sarcastic)

A man who uploaded a single movie to The Pirate Bay kickstarting South Africa's first online piracy case has been sentenced today. After striking a plea bargain with the state over what was unusually framed as a criminal rather than civil offense, the 29-year-old was handed an unprecedented five-year suspended jail sentence.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Corsair Obsidian 450D @ Hardware.Info

Cooling: Coolermaster Nepton 140XL & 280L @ eTeknix

Coolermaster Nepton 280L CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

Power Supply: Deepcool Quanta DQ-750 @ Cowcotland

Storage: ADATA AE800 DashDrive Air @ HiTech Legion

OCZ 240GB Vertex 460 SSD @ OCIA

Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB @ Tweak.dk

Pandora Sued By Record Labels For Copyright Infringement

I'm thinking of a term for this and it rhymes with leady rastereds.

The record labels claim they lose millions of dollars yearly from Pandora, other streaming music services, and satellite radio companies for playing older songs. Many of these songs are played on streaming stations like "Golden Oldies" and "50s Rock 'n' Roll," and the labels say they should get royalties for these pre-1972 songs.

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Twitter Parody Account Owner's Home Raided By Police

Thinking of making a parody Twitter account mocking the mayor of your town? You might want to read this first. I'm a little disappointed they didn't use a swat team though.

Police searched a West Bluff house Tuesday and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account that purported to be Mayor Jim Ardis. The account — known as @Peoriamayor already had been suspended for several weeks when up to seven plainclothes police officers executed a search warrant about 5:20 p.m. at 1220 N. University St.

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'Titanfall' Tops March Video Game Sales

March NPD numbers are in and things are looking pretty good for gaming in general. Both hardware and software sales are up and there is anecdotal evidence that digital games sale have surpassed physical sales.

According to NPD data for March of 2014, Titanfall was the number one selling game last month, beating out its biggest competitor, inFamous: Second Son.

  • Titanfall (XBO, PC)

  • inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (360, PS3, PC)

  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)

  • Dark Souls II (PS3, 360)

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360)

  • NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)

  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PSV)

  • The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)

  • Minecraft (360)

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Thermaltake Core V71

According to Overclockers Club, the Thermaltake Core V71 has just about everything you can ask for in a full-tower chassis. In fact, after all the dust settled, they couldn't find a single negative thing to say about this case.

Thermaltake has put a great amount of effort into making something that can stand out from the average chassis. The Core V71 is a prime example that you never know what's around the corner when you thought there was nothing new to bring to the market. Now I'm getting ahead of myself of the praises and if you looked down the page already you'll see I didn't list anything negative about the chassis. This is because I honestly couldn't find anything.

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AMD Reports 2014 First Quarter Results

AMD today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $1.40 billion, operating income of $49 million and net loss of $20 million, or $0.03 per share. The company reported non-GAAP operating income of $66 million and non-GAAP net income of $12 million, or $0.02 per share.

"AMD continued our momentum by building on the solid foundation we set in the second half of 2013, further transforming the company," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. "Backed by our powerful x86 processor cores and hands-down best graphics experiences, we achieved 28 percent revenue growth from the year-ago quarter. We are well positioned to continue to grow profitably as we diversify our business and enable our customers to drive change and win."

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Americans Are Stifling Creativity on Outdated Computing Devices

Americans are keeping their old technology devices long after they are useful, according to an Intel survey conducted by TNS to explore digital behavior. One in four Americans keep outdated technology devices because they contain important information they want to continue to access (such as photos, videos and music). While the majority of Americans consider themselves both digitally creative and tech-savvy, a disproportionate number of people are stifling their creativity by locking away their data on old technology and burdening themselves by continuing to use devices that are slow and bulky.

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Thursday April 17, 2014

Microsoft's New All-in-One Media Keyboard

What do you guys think of Microsoft's new all-in-one media keyboard? I am currently using a Logitech K400 with my HTPC but this looks like it might be a worthy replacement.

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Barbed Wire Industry Protests Bethesda's Latest Game

Even though this video is a parody, it's funny because that's how critics of video games usually react to everything. wink

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ APH Networks

Motherboards: Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X @ Bjorn3D

Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 550W @ NikKTech

Storage: OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD @ Vortez

Video: MSI R9 270 Gaming OC Edition 2GB @ Tweak.dk

XFX R7 240 Core Edition @ Hardware Secrets

All Flights Required To Have GPS Tracking System By 2020

Why wait until 2020 to enforce this rule? Why not require airlines to comply by next week and fine them for every day they are not in compliance. That would set a fire under their asses.

The FAA is accelerating the implementation of the next generation of aviation tracking following the disappearance of the Malaysian Airline Boeing 777. The agency has been working on a system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast, or ADS-B, radio network. It allows controllers to monitor an aircraft from the time it takes off to the time it lands, using GPS satellite tracking, rather than ground-based radar.

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Watch Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots Build Stuff

Aghhhh! Micro-robots are going to kill us all! Or just build a bunch of stuff. Either way, we should all be panicking!

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3D Printing A Cancerous Tumor

I thought we were supposed to be coming up with ways to cure cancer, not 3D print it. eek! As strange as it may sound, this method is both.

Cancer is one of the most serious diseases, with over 10 million new cases diagnosed worldwide each year. Despite many efforts, an inadequate understanding of tumorigenesis still hinders the development of cancer therapy [1]. Although the most effective way of studying tumors and testing anti-tumor drugs is in clinical trials, ethical and safety limitations prevent this method from being widely used. To overcome this hurdle, preclinical tumor models are often used to mimic physiological environments of tumors for tumorgenesis study and anti-cancer drug screening.

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Facebook Announces Optional 'Nearby Friends' Feature

Facebook has just announced an optional feature called Nearby Friends. Raise your hands if you have plans to use this feature. Put your hands back down if you're just going to use it for stalking. big grin

Today we are beginning to roll out a new feature called Nearby Friends that you can choose to turn on. Nearby Friends helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go. If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.

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be quiet! Dark Rock 3

Another review of the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 has hit the internet today. You can see our recent evaluation here.

be quiet!'s Dark Rock 3 is a great single-tower cooler as it offers up stylish looks with the performance to back it up. Take into consideration its exceptional build quality and warranty and you have a cooler that might just be best in class.

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