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Saturday September 20, 2014

Saturday [H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Lian Li PC-V359 mATX Case @ Legit Reviews

Contests: Tt eSPORTS Worldwide Giveaway @ NikKTech

Memory: Crucial DDR4-2133 32GB Memory Kit @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: 7-Way Z97 Motherboard Roundup @ TechSpot

Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 @ OCC

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 @ Neoseeker

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 @ Vortez

A War Photographer Embeds Himself Inside a Video Game

How in the hell do you embed yourself in a video game? The seriously paid this guy to pay games and take screenshots? I guess this whole time we've all been "embedded" in video games. Here's my most recent assignments:

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny Servers Are Down @ Joystiq

Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Plans @ Blue's News

LizardSquad Responsible For Destiny DDoS? @ Twitter

Ryse: Son of Rome PC Impressions @ Shacknews

FAA Grounds University Of Michigan's Football Delivery Drone

*Referee whistle* The FAA threw a flag on the play for grandstanding. The drone has been ejected from the game.

"The FAA promotes voluntary compliance by educating UAS operators about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws," the agency said today in an e-mailed statement. After explaining its rules on drones -- and pointing out that the agency had also approved a temporary flight restriction over the stadium during the game -- the school backed down, FAA said in the statement.

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Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Hit With $40.7M Penalty

Am I reading this wrong? You raise $290 million in bitcoin illegally but you only have to pay a $40M penalty? Gee, no wonder why these people keep committing this type of crime.

According to the complaint, Shaver managed to raise around 732,000 Bitcoin (which is worth around $290 million today, though the exchange rate changes wildly) between Feb. 2011 and Aug. 2012, by convincing people in Bitcoin forums that he was some sort of hotshot investor in the virtual currency who sold to individuals looking to buy Bitcoin "off the radar" quickly and/or large quantities.

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Saddest iPhone 6 Story Ever

If you think the guy dropping the very first iPhone 6 story was sad, you'd better grab your hanky before listening to this guy's story. For his sake, let's hope that iPhones really are "magical."

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Crescent Bay: The New Oculus Rift Prototype

Get the lowdown on the new Oculus Rift prototype dubbed "Crescent Bay," straight from the official company blog. Here's a few pics to pique your interest:

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Mandatory Google+ Gmail Integration Quietly Shelved

Finally! Now, what about all those Google+ accounts that people were forced to create to make YouTube comments?

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Your Daily Dose Of #GamersGate From Both Sides

Continuing the trend of gaming sites trashing their readers, this editorial wants you to know "you're just plain wrong" if you don't agree with the author's opinion. The flip side of the coin tries to explain what is driving all this hate towards gamers in the first place.

Alexander is editor-at-large for Gamasutra. She also writes for VICE, Edge, Kotaku, Polygon, Boing Boing and regularly contributes to many other publications. In other words, she’s a relatively big deal. Over the past five years or so, she has spearheaded a wave of journalists who have tried to refocus games journalism. Followers of the scandal now known as #GamerGate will note that Alexander has had her professional ethics called into question. This is liable to happen if you run a public relations consulting firm and sell your services to the same people you write about as a journalist. (Yes, you read that right.)

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Violent Video Games Can Improve Teamwork, Reduce Bias

A new study finds that violent video games can improve teamwork, reduce bias and have positive effects on player's attitudes toward others. Take that Jack Thompson!

Canadian researchers, whose earlier work challenged assumptions about violent video games’ links to aggression, have come out with a new study that suggests when people from different social groups cooperate in a video game — even a super violent one — their impressions of one another improve and prejudices diminish.

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Fractal Design Core 3300 Computer Case

If you are in the market for a new chassis to put all you hardware in, APH Networks says the Fractal Design Core 3300 is a decent choice.

If the Fractal Design Define R4 and the Core 3300 were brothers, you will definitely see the family resemblance. This makes for a lot to like about the case. Fractal Design follows the same path of simple design, and it really works for me. Build quality, despite a front plastic panel, is still top notch. Opening up the case, and one will find even more to love.

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Wasteland 2 Is On Steam Now

For those of you interested, Wasteland 2 is finally here. Watch the launch trailer below:

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NVIDIA Debunks Lunar Landing Conspiracies Using Maxwell

While I am sure this will do nothing to sway the beliefs of the conspiracy theorists, the time and effort put into this project is impressive.

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Kickstarter Updates Its Terms Of Use

Kickstarter has updated its terms of use page to outline what creators must do to satisfy backers in the event that they are unable to complete their project.

If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, they’ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

  • they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;

  • they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe that’s communicated to backers;

  • they’re able to demonstrate that they’ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;

  • they’ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and

  • they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.

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Friday September 19, 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 evaluation of the ASUS STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition, followed by our ASUS Maximus VII Formula motherboard review. Finally, we wrapped up the week with an in-depth look at the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980.

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Judge OKs Serving Legal Papers Via Facebook

You'd better be on the lookout for suspicious friends requests because a judge in NY just approved serving legal papers via Facebook. eek!

In a groundbreaking court ruling, a Staten Island man got permission to use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice that he doesn’t want to pay any more child support. A Family Court official ruled that Noel Biscocho could use Facebook to serve Anna Maria Antigua because other, more traditional methods to slap her with papers have not worked.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro @ XtremeHardware

Contests: 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest @ TechARP

ETC.: PCPer Podcast #318 @ PC Perspective

V-MODA XS Headphones @ APH Networks

Motherboards: ASRock D1800B-ITX @ Hardware Secrets

ASUS Z97-A @ techPowerUP!

New GeForce 344.11 WHQL Drivers

All you GeForce owners out there should head on over to the NVIDIA website and grab the new GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers.

The new GeForce Game Ready driver, release 344.11 WHQL, allows GeForce owners to continue to have the ultimate gaming experience. This driver is aligned with today’s launch of the world’s most advanced GPUs—the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. With support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround displays, gaming has never been more realistic and immersive. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for the latest new blockbuster titles including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation.

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World Wide Web Inventor Says Internet Fast Lanes Are Bribery

Internet "fast lanes" are bribery? Yeah, that sums it up nicely.

"We need rules," said Berners-Lee. "If businesses are to move here and start here rather than start in Europe or Brazil or Australia — they're going to look around and make sure, 'Oh, does the power stay up?' And they'll look for other things. 'Is the Internet open?' Will they have to effectively bribe their ISPs to start a new service? That's what it looks like from the outside. It's bribery."

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Batmobile Found On The Millennium Falcon

Considering the fact that this video comes straight from Bad Robot Productions, I doubt this little Easter egg is fake.

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Marriot Hotels Has Virtual Reality 'Teleporter' Booths

It seems kind of odd that Marriot Hotels has virtual reality teleporter booths. Why go to Hawaii and stay in one of their hotels when you can just use the booth?

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Journalistic Ethics Explained By An Expert

As a follow up to some of the recent events that called gaming journalists ethics into question, this guy took it upon himself to go to an expert.

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[H]ot Deals

Today's [H]ot Deals forum thread is full of exclusive deals just for [H] readers. The best part is, some of these deals even come with free shipping! 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 while the getting is good.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013) Android Tablet w/Free Shipping = $199.99

MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost Pro i7 Gaming Notebook = $1699.15

HP 250 G2 15.6" LED Notebook w/Free Shipping = $399.99

Antec Sonata III 500 Black w/ 500W PSU = $99.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black w/ USB 3.0 = $69.99

Google Encrypting Data On Next Version Of Android By Default

According to this report, the next version of Android will encrypt data by default. Doing it by default will be good for people that don't know you can already encrypt your data on Android. wink

The next version of Android will for the first time encrypt data by default, Google confirmed Thursday, preventing both thieves and law enforcement officials from gaining access to personal information on the devices running the web giant's mobile operating system.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battleborn Gameplay Footage @ Shacknews

Clang Officially Cancelled @ Joystiq

Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 This Month @ Blue's News

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Xbox One Pre-Orders @ Major Nelson

Newspapers Want To Charge Extra For Black Friday Ads

And newspapers wonder why they are going the way of the dinosaur.

Still, that probably isn’t what papers like the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press had in mind when they announced that they’ll be charging subscribers an extra dollar or two for the privilege of receiving a bunch of ads.

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iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

The folks over at iFixit have posted a teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus for those of you interested.

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The Portable Pop-Up Gaming Room Is Here

Riiiight. You and I both know there ain't no gaming going on in this thing...this is a portable porn pup tent if I ever saw one. big grin

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First iPhone 6 Sold In Australia Dropped On Live TV

I didn't want to laugh at this poor guy...but I did. A lot. Thanks to HardUp4HardWare for the link.

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Chin Strap That Harvests Energy From Chewing

Technology gone wrong or brilliant idea of the day? Your call.

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All you have to do is chew and talk and grind your jaw as per your usual doses of coffee and 5-Hour Energy, and the device provides tiny bits of juice that might be used to power hearing aids, wearable electronics, or some so-far unrealized implantable device of the cyborg future.

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