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Thursday May 28, 2015

Apple Fails To Disqualify E-Book Antitrust Monitor

Despite the company's repeated attempts to disqualify the antitrust compliance monitor appointed by the courts in 2013, a federal appeals court rejected Apple's appeal today, bringing the case to a close.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote installed Bromwich through a permanent injunction in October 2013, three months after she ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice by finding that Apple had played a "central role" in conspiring to raise e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.

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Inbox By Gmail Is Now Open To Everyone

Google announced today that Inbox by Gmail is now open to everyone, invitations are no longer required.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ HighTech Legion

ETC.: MSI AG240 AIO PC @ Tweak.dk

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

PSU: LEPA MaxPlatinum Series 1700W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD @ Neoseeker

ASUS H81M-A Motherboard

Hardware Secrets has the ASUS H81M-A motherboard on the test bench today. Certainly worth checking out if you are looking for an Intel based mATX motherboard for your next build.

Today, we are going to take a look at the ASUS H81M-A, a value socket LGA1150 motherboard based on the Intel H81 chipset. It has only two memory sockets, one PCI Express x16 slot, two USB 3.0 ports, and two SATA-600 ports. Let's see whether it is a good pick.

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Second Series Of DARPA-Sponsored Web Games Released

The initial phase of a DARPA program that used publicly accessible online games to accelerate the verification of software has helped produce hundreds of thousands of program annotations in common software programming languages, adding credence to the idea that digital games can be an effective means of crowdsourcing solutions to software problems. The results have inspired DARPA to launch a new round of games with the goal of extending the successes to date and learning more about the approach’s potential.

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PC Market To Stall Ahead Of Windows 10

According to industry analysts using a custom "glocal" research model, it has been determined that PC shipments will decline 6.2% ahead of the launch of Windows 10. Our very own in-house analyst verified these findings.

According to the latest figures from IDC's Quarterly PC Tracker, PC shipments are expected to decline 6.2 percent in 2015, due in part to a slower-than-expected consumer transition to Microsoft's new OS, which is set to launch later this year. IDC says the free Windows 10 upgrade will reduce the need for consumers to rush out to buy a new computer.

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Twitter CEO: We Need To Show Wall Street We Can Deliver

I don't think it is a very good sign that, at this point in the game, Twitter's biggest concern is that it hasn't proved to Wall Street that it can deliver.

"People believe the strategy," he said. "They buy it. But we have to show that, ‘It’s great you reached a billion people on and off your site — help me understand how you’re going to monetize that. Show me how you’re going to monetize that.’ Those are things we know and we need to show them how we do it."

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Reviews

NVIDIA SHIELD with Android TV has just been announced and the folks at Legit Reviews and PC Perspective have posted reviews.

NVIDIA announcing a device the day Google I/O 2015 kicks off is no coincidence as NVIDIA wants the software developer community to know that they have one of the premier devices for Android TV. The Android TV enabled device that we are talking about would be the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV.

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Google Photos Now Offers Unlimited Storage

Google Photos now offers unlimited storage. The free service also automatically organizes your pictures in to preselected categories as well.

With Google Photos, you can now backup and store unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free. We maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for videos, and store compressed versions of the photos and videos in beautiful, print-quality resolution.

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New AMD A-Series Delivers Best-In-Class Experience for eSports and Online Gaming

AMD today introduced the latest addition to its line of desktop A-Series processors, the A10-7870K APU, a refresh to the existing line of processors codenamed "Kaveri". The A10-7870K delivers a best-in-class experience for eSports and online gaming with superior performance, best-in-class efficiency in DirectX® 12, and unique features. The new processor also delivers exceptional performance in modern workloads and is designed for the future with Microsoft Windows® 10.

The latest iteration of the popular and powerful AMD A-Series APU family provides premium performance and multitasking powered by up to 12 compute cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU). The responsiveness and processing power of the A10-7870K APU enables an immersive user experience on Windows® 10 PCs while offering an easy path for PC builders looking to upgrade to discrete-level graphics and faster processing at an afforadable price. The A10-7870K APU is available at e-tail now at a suggested price (SEP) of US $137, and through participating system builders.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Games With Gold For June @ Xbox Wire

New Xbox One Controller Coming? @ Shacknews

Oculus Rift Price Discussed @ Blue's News

The Witcher 3 Has XP Bug @ VG24/7

Streaming Video Is More Than Half Of All Prime-Time Internet Traffic

The fact that Netflix and YouTube are responsible for more than half of all prime-time internet traffic isn't really surprising. Finding out that Amazon Video and Hulu are both below the 2% mark is a bit of a shock though.

That’s in the latest report (PDF) from internet analytics company Sandvine, which has been tracking trends in national and international data use for several years. Netflix by itself, the research finds, accounts for about 36.5% of all downstream internet traffic at that time of day. YouTube comes in second place, at about 15.5% of downstream prime-time traffic. That means, between those two services alone, streaming video accounts for over half of all prime-time internet traffic.

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Windows 10 May Head To PC Makers In July

Some Russian guy on the internet says Windows 10 release to manufacturing has been confirmed for July. Who are his sources? No one knows. Yay for internet rumors!!

In a tweet on Wednesday, known Russian leaker Wzor said that the release of Windows 10 RTM has been confirmed for July 2015. RTM, or release to manufacturing, is the version of operating system software sent to PC makers and other manufacturers to test and install on their devices before it officially rolls out.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Zalman ZM-T3 @ Hardware Secrets

Cooling: beQuiet! Dark Rock TF @ Hardware Asylum

Fractal Design Kelvin S24 @ pcGameware

ETC.: Logitech G600 @ XtremeHardware

Thrustmaster T500RS @ Overclocked Inside

Motherboards: ASRock X99 Extreme 11 @ HotHardware

LEGO Appears To Be Building A 'Minecraft' Competitor

LEGO is trying to build a Minecraft competitor? Ummm, good luck with that. eek!

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The world's biggest toy brand has begun including small flyers inside some of its sets advertising a new game called Lego Worlds, inviting players to "Explore. Discover. Create." Sounds exactly like the premise of Mojang's popular sandbox game, doesn't it?

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Google I/O Keynote Liveblog

For those of you interested, Gizmodo will be liveblogging the Google I/O keynote at 9am PDT today.

Google I/O is the annual event all you Droid lovers and Chromies and Moonshooters have been waiting for. Today we’re going to hear what Google has in store for the next year — from Android M to Cardboard and more. Tune in live right here, at 12:00 PM eastern time.

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OCZ to Unveil New TLC-based SSD Series at Computex 2015

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company and the most awarded solid state drive (SSD) brand of all time, today announced plans to showcase the all-new Trion 100 series, a new SSD based on Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash, at this year’s Computex in Taipei, Taiwan held June 2 - 6. As OCZ’s new value-oriented option, Trion 100 SSDs are built to provide an easy and affordable way for entry-level users to optimize their mobile or desktop systems.

Leveraging Toshiba’s Alishan SSD controller and premium A19 TLC flash memory technology, the Trion 100 series was designed to deliver a superior balance of performance, reliability, and value and will be available this summer. Running live in OCZ’s Computex booth, Trion 100’s preliminary performance ratings include up to 550MB/s of bandwidth and up to 91,000 random read IOPS, making the Trion 100 series a competitive upgrade solution that will transform any notebook or PC.

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SanDisk Introduces New SSD Optimized for Mobile Computing

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the new SanDisk Z400s SSD, a cost effective solid-state drive (SSD) designed to replace hard-disk drives (HDDs) in computing platforms and embedded applications. PCs and embedded systems need consistent, reliable access to storage in order to meet business demands. The Z400s outperforms HDDs by 20x, while providing 5x the reliability with 20x lower average power consumption, all at a price point on par with HDDs. The SanDisk Z400s SSD joins the company’s existing portfolio of flash-based solutions that are designed to deliver a delightful user experience and reliability at an affordable price point.

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Twitch Bans 'Adults Only' Game Streams

First they banned the cleavage girls, now Twitch is banning AO game streaming? Damn, what's left to watch on Twitch? wink

If a game’s US version is rated Adults Only by the ESRB, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch. However, ESRB rated Mature versions of Adults Only titles are permitted for streaming, such as Mature versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy.

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Amazon Offers Free Same-Day Prime Shipping On Orders Over $35

If you are a Prime member living in one of the areas that gets same-day deliveries, Amazon wants you to know that shipping on those deliveries is now free on orders over $35.

Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 per order and non-members for $8.99 plus 99 cents per unit. It will now allow Prime members free same-day shipping on orders over $35, Greg Greeley, head of Prime, told Reuters.

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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD

The crew at Overclockers Club has posted a review of the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD today that is certainly worth checking out.

Over performing or right on target in most and under performing, specifically in the PCMark 8 storage bandwidth test, much like I saw with the other Phison-based drive in my testing. CPU usage was consistent with the previous Phison results, so that seems to be a trend in the IO Meter testing. Outside of those two hiccups, Kingston's HyperX Savage felt responsive during the tests, much like you should expect with a solid state drive.

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Another Overwatch Gameplay Trailer

There is a another Overwatch gameplay trailer out today featuring the Tracer character. Again, according to the video description, this was recorded from a match on an early version of Overwatch and captured at 60fps on PC.

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AMD Lights Up Broadway With Times Square’s Largest High Definition Display

AMD today announced details behind one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced display walls, located in New York’s Times Square at 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets. The stunning visuals that drive the digital sign’s massive size – 25,000 square feet of Ultra-High Definition digital signage incorporating nearly 24 million pixels – are powered by AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards.

The sign, with playback system designed and managed by Diversified Media Group, is a single surface covering a city block in length and stands eight stories high. Driving the visual display are three AMD FirePro professional graphics cards using AMD Eyefinity Technology, with each card powering six sections of the display for a combined resolution of 10,048 x 2,368 pixels. The individual display sections are synchronized across graphics cards and zones using the FirePro™ S400 synchronization module.

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Wednesday May 27, 2015

What Bill Gates Is Afraid Of

If you have the time, you should check out this interview with Bill Gates at Vox today. The video is embedded below:

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White House Finally Stands Up To Google

Can someone explain to me why the White House is even involved in this case? I don't care one way or the other about this case, I just think the US Supreme Court should be able to make its own decision based on the merits of the case without outside influence from the White House.

The Department of Justice filed a brief Wednesday recommending that the US Supreme Court reject Google’s appeal in Oracle’s lawsuit against the company over its use of elements of the Java programming language. This doesn’t mean that the Supreme Court won’t hear the case. But the White House’s opposition does cast doubt on whether it will wind up on the docket.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua NH-L9x65 @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse @ HiTech Legion

Motherboards: ASRock X99 Extreme 11 @ HotHardware

Video: GeForce GTX 980 SLI Testing @ LanOC

Sapphire R9 285 ITX OC @ PC Perspective

3D Printing 3D Printers With 3D Printers

Yo dog, I heard you like 3D printers, so I 3D printed a 3D printer with a 3D printer.

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Stalking Your Friends With Facebook Messenger

I guess it was only a matter of time before Chrome extensions like this started popping up.

As you may know, when you send a message from the Messenger app there is an option to send your location with it. What I realized was that almost every other message in my chats had a location attached to it, so I decided to have some fun with this data. I wrote a Chrome extension for the Facebook Messenger page that scrapes all this location data and plots it on a map. You can get this extension here and play around with it on your message data.

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Noctua NH-L9x65 Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Another review of the Noctua NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler has popped up on the net today. This time around it is BigBruin doing the reviewing.

While the NH-L9x65 is much more compact than the typical CPU cooler, it isn't as small as many others. The key benefit of coolers like the ITX30 and NH-L9i comes from their height... I would not be able to fit the NH-L9x65 in to the Mini-ITX cases that I use (Minibox M350), but the other two (as well as the Titan cooler) do fit.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC 3

Hey, isn't that Bruce Campbell in the new CoD: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC 3 trailer?

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