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Friday July 01, 2016

Microsoft Prepares A Final 'Get Windows 10' Nag Screen

While this is great and all, why couldn't they have done this from the beginning? It was as simple as putting a "do not notify me again" option on the bottom of the nag screen.

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This notification is a reminder that the Window 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016. Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to Windows 10 before the offer expires. You can choose to upgrade directly from the notification, dismiss the notification permanently, or choose to be reminded later. For more information about the Windows 10 upgrade and how to manage notifications, see the "More Information" section.


UN Rights Council Condemns Internet Blocking

Earlier today the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning countries that prevent or restrict access to the internet. Countries that continue to block access to the internet will receive a sharply worded letter condemning their actions. At that time, the UNHRC would convene a meeting to discuss passing another resolution to condemn the earlier actions. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The resolution passed by consensus "Condemns unequivocally measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online in violation of international human rights law and calls on all States to refrain from and cease such measure." The digital rights group Access Now has counted at least 15 internet shutdowns around the globe in 2015, and 20 in the first half of this year. That includes the recent reported throttling of social media sites in Turkey following the terror attack on an Istanbul airport. Others have recently been reported in Bahrain and Algeria.


More Than 11,000 Bots Live On Facebook Messenger

Facebook is happy to announce that over 11,000 bots have launched on Messenger since the platform launched earlier this year. Anyone else excited about this? Anyone? Hello!?!

Just three months since the launch of Messenger, Facebook on Friday said that more than 11,000 bots have launched on the platform. The social media company also announced several new features for the platform, such as "quick replies," which prompts users to select one of a few specific messages to send, and "persistent menu," which shows users available commands.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 1 Beta Tease @ Blue's News

Blizzard Hiring For Unannounced Diablo Project @ VG24/7

Rock Band 4 DLC For July 5 @ Shacknews

The Division: Underground DLC @ GameSpot

Brazil Freezes Facebook Funds Over WhatsApp Evidence Spat

I would say this is a big deal but let's be honest, six million dollars is like couch cushion money to Facebook. I'll bet there had to be a bunch of legal wrangling on the part of the Brazilian courts to get their mitts on Facebook's money after realizing WhatsApp didn't have any financial operations in the country.

A Brazilian court has frozen 19.5-million reals ($6-million) of Facebook's cash after the social network's messaging service, WhatsApp, failed to hand over data as part of a criminal investigation. Reuters reports that Brazilian law enforcement sought access to messages that could link drug smugglers from a number of recent raids. The court targeted Facebook Inc, as WhatsApp doesn't have any financial operations in the country.


Facebook Wins Appeal On Belgian Tracking

Well, unless the Belgium privacy commission pursues an appeal, it looks like it is open season on anyone in Belgium that visits a publicly available Facebook page. Facebook says that it is looking forward to bringing all services back to Belgium.

Willem Debeuckelaere, president of the Belgium privacy commission said: "Today's decision means simply that the Belgian citizen cannot obtain privacy protection when it concerns foreign players. The citizen is thus exposed to massive violations of privacy." It said that it would look into launching a final appeal with the Court of Cassation, which can throw out previous judgements, but not deliver new ones.


Jury Awards HP $3B In Damages From Oracle

Now that a jury has awarded HP $3 billion in damages from Oracle, the whole appeals process will get underway. Are we taking bets on who will win on appeal?

A California jury on Thursday ordered Oracle to pay the former Hewlett Packard $3 billion in damages over HP's claim that Oracle reneged on a deal to support HP computer servers running on Itanium chips from Intel. HP's legal team had argued that evidence showed Oracle "breached a clear contractual obligation to HP and acted in bad faith, with the intention of driving hardware sales from HP's Itanium to Oracle's Sun servers."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Cryorig A40 AIO Water Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Fnatic Gear Rush G1 @ Cowcotland

Motherboards: MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon @ Play3r

Storage: Synology Diskstation DS416j @ Overclockers Club

Video: MSI GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X @ Guru3D

Best Anti-Piracy PSA Ever

I'm a fan of Ricky Gervais and stuff like this anti-piracy PSA is just one of the reasons why. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact such a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to piracy will have.


AMD RX 480 Killing Motherboards?

Apparently there has been numerous reports claiming that the AMD RX 480 video card fails PCI-E specification and is damaging motherboards. The guys in the video below even went as far as to build a tool to capture the exact wattages on the PCIe bus. Are any of you experiencing issues with your recently purchased AMD RX 480 cards?

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McDonald's In Singapore Has VR And Kinect-Powered Kiosk

You know what would be great? A virtual reality kiosk in a McDonald's that gives you a VR tour of the McDonald building you are already in. Wait. What? I can't wait to try out Google Cardboard with my greasy french fry fingers. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The store has kiosks installed with custom Google Cardboard headsets for customers to use. Unfortunately these allow only for a 360-degree VR tour of the outlet you're already sitting in -- hardly a terribly exciting use of VR technology. To keep kids entertained, there's an interactive shadow wall powered by Microsoft Kinect. Children, and adults for that matter, stand in front of a wall and control various shadow characters from McDonald's advertising lore, including Grimiss and The Hamburglar.


Google's Diversity Efforts Show Scant Progress

If you see white vans pulling up to people on the street and violently dragging them inside, don't worry, it's not a kidnapping...it's Google trying to meet its diversity quota. Apparently great pay, amazing bonuses and a work environment that is mimicked in Hollywood movies isn't enough to entice people to come work for them.

Google's overall percentage of non-white, non-Asian employees in the United States did not move at all in 2015 from the year before, remaining at 2 percent for African Americans, 3 percent for Hispanics, 3 percent for multiracial individuals and less than 1 percent for Native American and Pacific Islanders, according to the company. Women made up 31 percent of Google's overall workforce in 2015, up 1 percent from 2014, and 21 percent of technical hires for the year, up from 19 percent in 2014.


WTHDIJS Video of the Day

This is definitely the "what the hell did I just see" video of the day. The worst part about it? It doesn't show you how the illusion is created at the end. Is it two set of hands and a window? Magic? Aliens?


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Phanteks Announces Extension Cables Combo Set

Phanteks announced the immediate release of the Phanteks Extension Cable Combo Set. Phanteks’ Extension Cable Combo Set is made from premium materials and designed to be compatible with all power supply on the market. The kit includes 1x 24pin ATX cable extension, 1x 8pin (4x4) CPU extension, 2x 8pin (6+2) extension and cable combs. The extension cables are 500mm and individually sleeved to enhance the look of your build. The Combo Set will be available in Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White, Black/Red, and Black/White.

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Thursday June 30, 2016

Some Guy Owns 5,000 Games On Steam

If you thought you had an impressive collection of games on Steam, you've got to see this guy's collection. With 5,019 games owned (and 3,372 DLC), that means he owns over half of all the games on Steam. The cherry on top of the cake? He just hit level 1,049 as well. eek!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Enermax Ostrog ADV LED Tower @ Hardware Overclock

Storage: Toshiba HK4R Enterprise SSD @ SSD Review

Plextor M7V 512GB SSD @ CDRLabs

Video: AMD Radeon RX 480 @ HT4U

AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB vs. 8GB @ Legit Reviews

EVGA GTX 1070 SuperClocked @ MadShrimps

AMD Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card Review

The crew over at TechARP has posted a review of the AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The AMD Radeon RX 480 is no beauty, with its slab-sided cooler. Neither is it the fastest kid on the block. But if you are a gamer on a budget, you are going to thank AMD for creating the Radeon RX 480. Yes, while AMD may tout 1440p gaming as the Radeon RX 480’s sweet spot, our preliminary results show that it is best used for 1080p gaming. You can use it for 1440p gaming if you are not fussy about achieving 60 fps.


U.S. Opens Investigation Into Fatal Tesla Crash

It was only a matter of time before something like this happened. Even though you should know better than to use the beta "autopilot" feature on the Tesla, someone didn't listen and now they are dead and the safety of the vehicles is being called into question. frown

The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." It is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it believed the vehicles were unsafe.


The World's First Robot Lawyer

Joshua Browder, a student at Stanford University, has created the world's first robot lawyer. Well, it's actually a chatbot that has successfully challenged parking tickets in New York City and London. Here's a video of it in action:


Spotify Says Apple Is Blocking Its App

You know, this sounds like something Apple would pull, even if it was at the expense of its own customers. The sad thing is, if you want to have access to Apple's App store, you have to play by their rules.

Spotify says Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app. In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app. The letter says Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if "Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions."


How Deep Learning Plays Critical Role in Military Problem-Solving

The GPU is the engine of modern AI, NVIDIA solution architect Jon Barker Barker told a broad audience from the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities at the recent annual GEOINT Symposium. (See "Accelerating AI with GPUs: A New Computing Model") The event is hosted by the U.S Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, a nonprofit group promoting geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) work, such as mapping and charting.

Barker described how deep learning on embedded GPU systems can detect, classify and track objects in high-resolution aerial imagery with speeds and accuracy surpassing human ability. Enhancing military target recognition, infrastructure mapping, search-and-rescue missions and aid delivery during humanitarian crises gives the technology broad applicability, he said.


New Robot Mimics Vertebrate Motion

Don't let this cute salamander robot fool you into thinking it's not dangerous. Let that thing off the chain and it would go on a murderous robot rampage.


Gaming [H]eadlines

BioShock: The Collection Announced @ Blue's News

Destiny: Rise of Iron Interview @ VG24/7

Little Big Planet Server Shutdowns Coming @ GameSpot

Street Fighter V update hits July 1 @ Shacknews

Amazon's Prime Day Returns July 12th

In case you haven't heard, Amazon is going to give that whole Amazon Prime Day a shot again this year. Last year was a bit of a cluster with all those $100 40" HDTVs selling out in a matter of seconds so you should probably get ready ahead of time this year if you want to get in on the really good deals. wink

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Apple Wins Patent On Technology That Blocks Your Phone Camera

Apple was just granted a patent on technology that disables the photo and video recording capabilities of your iPhone using an infrared signal. Oddly enough, the patent image below shows a diagram of how your phone would be blocked from "illegally" recording at a concert. Since when was that illegal? Thanks to Graeme Thomson for the link.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass @ BmR

Cooling: Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: Fnatic Gear Rush G1 @ CowcotLand

Storage: ADATA Premier Pro SP900 @ FunkyKit

Toshiba OCZ TR150 480GB @ Hardware-Mag

Video: AMD Radeon RX 480 @ Techgage

Google’s Offices In Spain Raided By Tax Authorities

I'm noticing a strange trend in the news lately and it's starting to bug me. In the past few years, there has been more raids on technology companies than on drug cartels and international crime syndicates. I'm not saying Google, Apple, Facebook and others didn't do anything wrong, I just think maybe some of these countries might want to reexamine their priorities. Just a thought. confused

Spanish officials raided Google's Madrid offices on Thursday in a tax probe, authorities said, barely a month after the internet company had its headquarters in France searched on suspicion of tax evasion. A spokeswoman for Google said in a statement the company complied with fiscal legislation in Spain just as it did in all countries where it operated. The company was working with authorities to answer all questions, the spokeswoman added.


Beer Pong + Roomba = Technology FTW!!

Holy crap, this looks like fun. The person that came up with this idea is a genius. I know what I'm doing this weekend! Now all I need to do is find a friend that also owns a Roomba and we'll be all set!


Now You Can Broadcast Yourself Eating On Twitch

This is already a big thing in Japan and South Korea. I guess it was just a matter of time before people on Twitch started doing it. Personally, I just don't get it. Would you watch a live stream of someone eating?

Twitch launched its social eating category officially last night, following the successful roll-out of other non-gaming sections such as music, art and crafts. Already this morning we've seen a British ex-pat living in Australia chomp down 10 Chicken McNuggets and a French Texan pretend to be a hamburger. What a world we live in.


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