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Friday October 31, 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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI 4K video card review, followed by our evaluation of the ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 motherboard. Finally, we wrapped things up with our 4 Weeks with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI article.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: DimasTech Bench/Test Easy V3.0 @ Modders Inc.

ETC.: Asus G751 @ HotHardware

GIGABYTE Force H3X @ Vortez

Tesoro Lobera Full Color @ LanOC

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Strix @ HT4U

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q @ Legit Reviews

GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUP!

NBA 2K15 Face Scans As Halloween Masks

Remember those horrible face scans from NBA 2K15? It looks like someone has a good sense of humor about the whole thing because you can actually print a Halloween mask using some of those awful scans. big grin

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Court Says Fingerprint-Locked Smartphones Are Fair Game

I guess the lesson here is that you should use a plain old password for your phone instead of fingerprint scanning.

Here's some trivia for your next trip to the pub. Did you know that, in Virginia, you don't have to tell the cops your phone's unlock code, but you're obliged to open it if you use a fingerprint based passcode? It's a quirky piece of legal precedent that's just been established in the state after a key piece of legal evidence was believed to be trapped on the defendant's smartphone.

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Best Dad Ever [H]alloween 2014 Edition

And the award for "Best Dad Ever 2014" goes to this guy.

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Broadband In U.S. Still Slower, More Expensive Than Everywhere Else

When it comes to broadband, no one pays more for less than we do. Hey, I guess that means WE'RE #1!

American consumers have gotten a mixed bag of broadband news this year. Between mergers and net neutrality it’s been a rough twelve months, even while some consumers have seen better connections and dropping prices. But the news for most of us is the same as ever: on the whole, Americans pay more, for worse broadband service, than our peers in the rest of the world.

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Amazon Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction With Tablet Devices

How can this be? Apple's "magical" iPad losing out to Amazon's plain ol' tablets? Some form of trickery must be involved. wink

As more value-priced tablet brands enter the marketplace and the average purchase price of tablets declines, satisfaction with cost continues to rise, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction StudySM—Volume 2 released today. The study, now in its third year, measures customer satisfaction with tablets across five factors (in order of importance): performance (28%); ease of operation (22%); features (22%); styling and design (17%); and cost (11%). Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

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Amazon Exec: Fire Phone Was Overpriced

Ya think?

David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices, has acknowledged that the Fire smartphone didn't match Amazon's lofty ideas and says the price of the device was "wrong." In other words, sales of the Fire flop have been poor, and about $83 million in smartphone stock remains unsold -- despite an eventual price drop to 99 cents in the United States.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Testing

According to the Los Angeles Times, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during testing today.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed after it had an "in-flight anomaly" during testing Friday, according to a Mojave Air and Space Port spokesperson. The status of its pilots is unknown. A statement from Virgin Galactic said its partner Scaled Composites conducted the test flight Friday, during which a "serious anomaly" led to the "loss of the vehicle."

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The Invisible Global Army Hot On The Trail Of Trolls

This article should probably be titled "how mods will ban your troll ass if you start any crap here." big grin

From a sunlit room in a small village in Devon, a 65-year-old woman is watching you. Patrolling the internet, she admonishes cyberbullies, trolls and spammers. Jennifer Paine is an online moderator for Emoderation, a company that manages social media for companies in sectors ranging from banks to children’s online games, from HSBC to Moshi Monsters. Described as the "granny of community moderation", her first foray into the industry was as far back as 1997, when she managed chat rooms and forums in the dark days of dial-up.

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Facebook Wants You To Vote On Tuesday

If you are the kind of person that can be swayed by Facebook to vote...you probably shouldn't be voting in the first place. Just sayin'.

On Election Day, political campaigns, candidates, consultants, and pollsters pay close attention to who votes and why—and so does Facebook. For the past six years, on every national Election Day, the social-networking behemoth has pushed out a tool—a high-profile button that proclaims "I'm Voting" or "I'm a Voter"—designed to encourage Facebook users to vote.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Blizzard Perma-Bans Hearthstone Win-Traders @ Blue's News

Cheaper, Slimmer Xbox One Coming? @ VG24/7

Evolve 'Big Alpha' Postponed On PS4 @ Shacknews

Possible Fix For PS4 Rest Mode Issue @ Joystiq

4 Weeks With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI

If you are thinking about upgrading to a multi-GPU set up, make sure you read our 4 Weeks With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI article before you plop down your hard earned money.

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What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards.

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Sony Posts $1.2 Billion Loss

A $1.2 billion loss? Something seriously has to change at Sony, the company just can't seem to post a profit no matter what it does. eek!

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 video game machines, Spider-Man movies and Xperia smartphones had reported a 19.6 billion yen loss for the same July-September period a year earlier.

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Corsair Introduces Ultralight Gaming Sabre RGB Mice

Corsair Gaming, a division of PC gaming hardware leader Corsair® dedicated to the elevation of PC gaming, today introduced the Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB gaming mice, which come with one of two types of sensors: optical and laser. Designed with input from veteran pro gamers, the new mice are engineered with a new sleek, ergonomic shape and are built with an ultralight chassis for quick, fluid, and precise movements over extended gaming sessions.

The Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice are available in two models, enabling gamers to further customize their battle stations with either optical or laser sensors.

Advanced CUE software lets gamers fine-tune performance characteristics such as DPI, acceleration, and smoothing to customize button assignments and macros for optimal gameplay. The mice also feature four-zone illumination with up to 16.8 million customizable colors, making them the ideal companion for Corsair Gaming K70, K95, or K65 RGB mechanical keyboards, and the Corsair Gaming H1500 and H2100 gaming headsets.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Raijintek Arcadia Mid-Tower @ eTeknix

Cooling: Deep Cool Gamer Storm Maelstrom @ HiTech Legion

Motherboards: Asus X99-A @ Tech Report

PSU: Seasonic Platinum 1050W @ Tweak.dk

Video: Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X @ OCC

Hungary's Internet Tax Axed After Public Protests

All this protesting over internet taxes is making me feel Hungary.

Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets last weekend to protest the tax, which would have seen internet use charged per gigabyte transferred. The plan was expected to rake in around $80 million per year, mostly from companies, but following the protests Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it "cannot be introduced in its current form," explaining that it was intended as a "telecommunications tax," but was perceived as an "internet tax."

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FCC To Propose New "Hybrid" Approach To Net Neutrality

You have to wonder how much time the FCC wastes coming up with proposals like this that try to appease both sides of the net neutrality debate.

Instead, the new plan would split broadband into two service categories. One would cover retail broadband, and be defined as the internet access services that consumers buy. The other would cover "back-end" broadband, as the WSJ puts it, "in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content."

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Bethesda Confirms Prey 2 Cancelled

Prey 2 has been cancelled? Why is Bethesda "confirming" this now? Isn't this old news?

"It was game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be - we never saw a path to success if we finished it," Hines said. "It wasn't up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. It's no longer in development. That wasn't an easy decision, but it's one that won't surprise many folks given that we hadn't been talking about it.

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Ubisoft Financials - Watch Dogs Sells 9M

Watch Dogs sold nine million units? Holy cow! I guess that's the power of marketing because the game was definitely not that great.

Gross margin represented a record 78.1% of sales (€378.1 million) in the first half of 2014-15, up from 68.9% (€202.2 million) for the first six months of 2013-14. This sharp improvement reflects the positive impact of the success of Ubisoft's games and the increasing importance of the digital segment. Ubisoft ended the first half of 2014-15 with non-IFRS operating income of €24.2 million, a significant improvement on the €98.0 million operating loss reported for the same period of 2013-14.

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Microsoft Convergence 2014 Europe

Microsoft Corp. announced the details of the live webcast for Convergence 2014 Europe, Microsoft’s premier conference for the business community, from Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 4 through 6. Microsoft will kick off Convergence 2014 Europe with an opening keynote highlighting the uniqueness of Microsoft Cloud for business as well as announcing new versions and updates to key Microsoft Dynamics business solutions. Microsoft customers will share the stage with Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, and discuss how their businesses are thriving. Tatarinov will also use the keynote to share a vision of how organizations can grow and succeed by connecting in new ways with their customers.

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Young Innovators Showcase Top Business Plans in Silicon Valley

Innovative business plans from young entrepreneurs around the world will be on display next week as part of the Intel® Global Challenge. This competition is designed to motivate young entrepreneurs to develop promising technologies that solve real-world challenges, build viable business models, and move that technology out of university labs and into the market. The finalists consist of 26 teams, who are presenting business plans in areas such as computer science, wearable technology and 3-D printing.

As part of this competition, finalists will have the opportunity to meet with successful venture capitalists and hear from experts in entrepreneurship. In addition, the Intel Foundation will award $100,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize winning team will receive $50,000, three first prize winning teams will each receive $15,000, and a $5,000 social media prize will be awarded.

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Thursday October 30, 2014

The Evil Within Demo

There is a three chapter demo for The Evil Within on Steam today. If you like the game enough to buy it, you get to keep all the progress you made in the demo. cool

Starting October 30th, you’ll be able to enjoy the first three chapters for free. If you choose to purchase the game after the first three chapters, you’ll be able to continue your save progress, and as an added bonus, we’ll throw more evil your way with a free copy of Call of Cthulhu. Finally, and for a limited time only, we are offering 50% off The Evil Within’s Season Pass!

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[H]ot Deals

Make sure you guys check out this [H]ot Deals forum thread for exclusive deals on hardware just for [H] readers. The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals before November 5th!

CANADA:

EVGA Supernova 850w 80 Plus Gold G2 Power Supply - $109.99

G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 - $83.49

Seagate 3TB Expansion Drive - $104.99

Gigabyte R9 270x 2GB - $149.99

USA:

Kingston HyperX Fury Black 2x4gb DDR3-1600 RAM - $76.99

Logitech G700s Wireless Gaming Mouse - $66.99

MSI Z87M Gaming mATX Motherboard - $87.99

Corsair 350D mATX Case - $79.99

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Core 3300 @ techPowerUP!

Fractal Design Core 3300 @ eTeknix

ETC.: Corsair Gaming H1500 @ HardwareHeaven

PC Perspective Podcast #324 @ PCPer

Motherboards: ASUS ROG Maximus VII Impact @ Tweak.dk

Storage: Corsair Voyager Air 2 @ MadShrimps

Introducing Microsoft Health & Microsoft Band

Seriously, who wears this kind of stuff? These remind me of smart watches...everyone talks about them...nobody wears them. Do any of you wear a fitness tracker of some sort?

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Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard

Hardware Asylum has published a review of the Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking motherboard today that is certainly worth checking out.

In this review we will be looking at a new motherboard from Gigabyte called the X99 SOC Force. The SOC stands for Super OverClock and is designed for hardware enthusiasts who like to tweak and tune their systems for the best performance.

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IBM Teams Up With Twitter

IBM and Twitter are teaming up? This ought to be interesting. eek!

But their partnership, announced on Wednesday, makes a lot of sense. It is intended to give IBM’s data-analysis business, including its Watson artificial-intelligence technology, broad access to one of the world’s richest data sources — billions of people expressing their interests, wants and worries about every imaginable topic.

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Google Must Pay Woman For Showing Her Cleavage in Street View

How DARE Google show a picture of a lady sitting on her porch, in plain view of the public, with her cleavage showing! I'm glad those misogynistic bastards had to pay up!

Google invaded the privacy of a Montreal woman by showing her sitting outside of her house with "part of her breast exposed," and must pay her compensation, a judge ruled this month. According to a 17-page decision, Maria Pia Grillo suffered shock and embarrassment when she looked up her house using Google Maps’ Street View feature in 2009 and discovered an image that shows her leaning forward and exposing cleavage.

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