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Tuesday November 25, 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool DS 200 @ Technic3D

Raidmax Vortex V3 @ ocaholic

Cooling: NZXT Kraken X31 @ HT4U

Motherboards: Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi @ eTeknix

PSU: EVGA SuperNova 1600 P2 @ HiTech Legion

Video: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 @ Vortez

Google Predicts What You Are Getting for Christmas

Could you imagine what you'd get for Christmas if your search results determined your present? Yikes!

To get a sense of the hottest gifts likely to sell out this season, we used Google Trends to identify the top trending toys, devices and apparel searches on Google Shopping. Game consoles and tablets continue to be the top gifts trending on Google Shopping, but wearable technology such as the "fitbit" is also on the rise this month. Certain retro toys are making a comeback this season. Thanks to the new movie "Ouija," searches for "Ouija boards" are up 300% since October. And queries for "Barbie Dream House" and "My Little Pony" are up as well compared to last month.

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Blu-ray Discs Make Solar Cells More Efficient

Here's a really good use for that Blu-ray version of Maleficent you bought because your significant other forced you to. wink

Researchers at Northwestern University have hit upon a way to give Blu-ray discs a second chance at usefulness: They make excellent molds for imprinting solar cells with quasi-random nanostructures. Even the ones with terrible movies on them.

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To Save Google Glass You Must Kill It

To save Google Glass you must kill it? Hell, I guess all we have to do is wait then because Google is doing a great job killing Glass all by itself. wink

To be fair, we the media are still paying a certain kind of attention to Glass, much as The National Enquirer pays attention to aging celebrities who may not be long for this world. A recent Reuters piece catalogs the many ways developers are defecting from Glass. To which we say: stick a fork in Glass already, Google. It’s done.

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Popular Security Suites Open To Attack

This is kinda scary.

Among the consumer products AV-Test checked, only Eset Smart Security 8 marked 100 percent of executables for both DEP and ASLR, although both Avira Antivirus Pro and Norton Security were over 99 percent and eight more products were above 90 percent. Among the eight business endpoint security solutions examined by AV-Test, only Symantec Endpoint Protection was at 100 percent, with G Data AntiVirus Business close behind. Many products have a shockingly low percentage of protected executables, such as Trend Micro OfficeScan's 18.7 percent and eScan IS's 17.5 percent.

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Senator Uses Piracy Report to Pressure Credit Card Companies

I thought credit card companies had already cut off services to websites that facilitated piracy. confused

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has sent letters to Visa and MasterCard on the topic of online piracy. Citing a report from Netnames detailing the activities of the world's top cyberlockers, Leahy urges the services to stop doing business with all 'pirate' sites.

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Kickstarter Cancels Game That Requires Your Blood To Play

Gee, I wonder why a game that literally requires your blood to play was removed from Kickstarter? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Now, with Blood Sport, we’re taking the consequences of the gaming world and having them affect you in real life. So every time you get hit in the game, blood will be intravenously drawn from your arm.

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Ubisoft Withholding The Crew Review Copies Until Launch Day

I looks like Ubisoft hasn't learned its lesson. The company is withholding review copies of The Crew until the game goes on sale. I don't know what Ubisoft has to hide but the last time they pulled this we ended up with Assassin's Creed: Unity. frown

For this very reason, The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2. There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale. While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

DoA 5 Last Round for PC Revealed? @ Blue's News

FTC / Sony Vita Settlement Detailed @ Joystiq

Sunset Overdrive Weapon Pack @ Shacknews

WildStar Releases Voyage Of The Nomad @ Massively

Corsair Obsidian 250D Review

Head on over to techPowerUP today and check out their review of the Corsair Obsidian 250D. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

We have reviewed most of the Obsidian series; that is, with a few exceptions. One such exception is the tiny but capable 250D, the smallest variant in its family of enclosures. This review of the Corsair Obsidian 250D will reveal whether Corsair managed to shrink the size of the chassis by as much as possible without compromising on any of the aspects that make Obsidian enclosures so appealing.

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Home Depot Facing At Least 44 Lawsuits Over Breach

I am actually surprised the number of lawsuits isn't higher than this.

There’s no ifs ands or buts about it the fallout from the recent massive data breach at Home Depot is far from over. The company wrote in a filing today that it’s got the specter of state and federal investigations looming over it as well as at least 44 civil lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada.

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Samsung Seeks Broad US Ban On NVIDIA Products

The patent lawsuits between NVIDIA and Samsung just got kicked into high gear. eek!

Samsung Electronics is attempting to bar a huge swath of Nvidia products from entering the United States, as part of an escalating legal battle between the two tech companies. In a complaint filed Friday with the US International Trade Commission, Samsung called on the federal agency to investigate Nvidia for what it says are violations of Samsung patents.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: BitFenix Pandora Core @ Legit Reviews

Fractal Design Define R5 @ BmR

ETC.: ASUS Strix Pro Headset @ ocaholic

PSU: Antec EDGE 650W @ Hexus

Storage: OCZ ARC 100 240GB @ Bjorn3D

Western Digital 2TB My Passport @ CDRLabs

Steam Makes Gift Trade Policy Changes

Valve has made changes to gift tradability on Steam. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

All new games purchased as a gift and placed in the purchaser's inventory will be untradable for 30 days. The gift may still be gifted at any time. The only change is to trading. We've made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts. We're hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser's payment method.

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Playing Snake On A Hacked Back-lit Keyboard

Some guy modded his Coolermaster Rapid-I keyboard so he could play Snake on it. cool

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Using The Oculus Rift For VR Car Demos

This is a teaser video of Chrysler's ‘Beneath the Surface’ experiment that uses the Oculus Rift DK2 headset to give potential customers a virtual demo of the Chrysler 200. Pretty neat stuff.

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Photographers Upset That Flickr Is Selling Their Photos

Honestly, you would think that Yahoo would steer clear of selling photos that were intended to be free. Then again, being hard up for cash makes you do strange things.

The crux of their complaints has to do with Yahoo's use of photos contributed to Creative Commons -- a collection of photos and writing that creators have deemed free to use, with various restrictions. For Creative Commons photos, Yahoo will keep all of the profits of the sales of those canvas prints. But for prints of photos not on Creative Commons, photographers will get a 51 percent cut.

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What Your Face Looks Like To Facebook

This is pretty creepy looking. eek!

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"Facebook actually makes masks out of everyone’s faces," the artist explains. The social network analyzes every face that appears in photos on its servers and renders them into three-dimensional models. "It’s happening whether you get tagged in the photo or not," Crispin says.

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Far Cry 4 1.4 Patch Released

For those of you that were experiencing issues with the game, the Far Cry 4 1.4 PC patch is available on Steam. Here are the patch notes:

  • Fixed the "black screen" issue PC players were experiencing when certain USB peripherals were plugged in.

  • Fixed the "grey screen" issue some PC players were may have encountered after the Outpost Master Mission.

If you are still experiencing a black screen on launch, please contact Customer Support. This is a PC only patch, and you should be seeing Version 1.4.0 in the bottom left of the Main Menu if it's been successfully installed. If you are playing Far Cry 4 on a different platform, your version number will be different.

If you haven't done so already, make sure you read our Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview.

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NVIDIA Foundation Awards $400,000 To Two Teams Pioneering Cancer Research

Our employee-led philanthropic arm is awarding $400,000 in grants to two teams of researchers who are using innovative computing methods to turn old ideas about cancer research inside out. Each group will receive $200,000 from the NVIDIA Foundation for its work in using Big Data to collect, analyze and distribute ever larger quantities of information in ways that are reshaping their investigative fields.

nvidiafoundationOne team, led by John Quackenbush, professor of biostatistics and computational biology at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is crunching genomic data obtained from thousands of cancer patients to uncover genomic patterns that could lead to new cancer treatments. The other, led by Vijay Pande, professor of chemistry, structural biology and computer science at Stanford University, has invited people to contribute their unused home-computing power to aid in the team’s search for new breast cancer treatments.

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Monday November 24, 2014

Sony Paralyzed By Computer Hacker Attack

I have no idea if this story is true or not but, if it is, Sony is going to have its hands full for a while. eek!

Things have come to a standstill at Sony today, after the computers in New York and around the world were infiltrated by a hacker. As a precaution, computers in Los Angeles were shut down while the corporation deals with the breach. It has basically brought the whole global corporation to an electronic standstill.

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Gaming Rig of the Day

I have no idea who this guy is but I like the way he has his system set up. Kinda reminds me of this.cool

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Our Savior, The Supervillain

Leave it to Popular Science to come up with a title like this for an article about Elon Musk.

This is not how executives speak. Tech luminaries are a measured and media-trained lot, fully cognizant of the public eye and the of the power and peril in everything they say or write. It's hard to blame them for being bland, when a single off-message gaffe can send ripples through the stock market. There's every incentive to stick to talking points.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ Cowcotland

Fractal Design Define R5 @ eTeknix

Fractal Design Define R5 @ Tweak.dk

Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 @ APH Networks

Motherboards: ASUS RAMPAGE V Extreme @ Bjorn3D

Video: Dragon Age: Inquisition Benchmarks @ TechSpot

EVGA GTX 980 Classified @ Hardware Asylum

Craigslist Explains Last Night's Hack

The Official Craigslist Blog has posted an explanation as to why you couldn't reach the site last night.

At approximately 5pm PST Sunday evening the craigslist domain name service (DNS) records maintained at one of our domain registrars were compromised, diverting users to various non-craigslist sites.

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NSA: Fears Of Government Spying Are Unwarranted

The NSA would never spy on you! You can believe what they say because, after all, they are from the government. big grin

"NSA is a foreign intelligence agency," she explained. "Our mission is to collect critical intelligence on foreign powers or their agents necessary to defend the country." The response is almost dismissive, but technically correct: the NSA isn't supposed to keep tabs on domestic threats, that's the FBI's job.

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Activision Using Take Down Notices On CoD Glitch Videos

Activision just being Activision. Anyone actually surprised?

Some YouTube video creators have found themselves on the unhappy side of copyright law recently as they say that Activision has been issuing copyright strikes on videos showing glitches and exploits in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Shortage of qualified American workers my ass. Businessweek breaks it all down for you.

"There’s no evidence of any way, shape, or form that there’s a shortage in the conventional sense," says Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. "They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I’m not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV."

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[H] Reader Rig of the Day

I spotted this bad ass black and white beauty in the Post Pics Of Your Rig forum thread. Props to blade52x on this very nice build.

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SilverStone Tundra TD02

The fellas over at NikKTech have published a review of the SilverStone Tundra TD02 this afternoon. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Still we also can't deny that AIO solutions appeal more to people who're after serious performance with low noise levels and zero clearance issues with mainboard components and memory modules. SilverStone has been in the AIO market for quite some time now but we were just now able to get their Tundra TD02 liquid CPU cooling solution and as expected we wasted no time strapping it on our primary test rig to test its performance.

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