[H]ard News

Destiny Getting Paid Cosmetic DLC

Activision and Bungie have announced Skyrim Horse Armor 2.0 DLC. Odd that they are going this route to raise money, I could have sworn they were just bragging about selling tons of The Taken King.

This coming Tuesday, October 13th, Tess Everis will return to The Tower with a new look, a new storefront, and some new items to sell, courtesy of Eververse Trading Company. Initially, Tess will offer eighteen brand new emotes. Like the trio of emotes offered via The Taken King Collector’s Edition, these emotes are completely optional, and won’t impact the action game in any way. To acquire these items, you’ll first need to pick up some "Silver," a new in-game currency that will be available for purchase through the store associated with your console.


$5 Service That Cancels Your Comcast In 5 Minutes

Hold it right there, so you're saying there's no waiting on hold for an hour? No repeated transfers and "accidental" disconnects? No retention specialist doing everything but what you ask them to do? This sounds almost too good to be true.

A new service is hoping to expedite that harrowing process for you, among many other aggravating ordeals that could tie you up on the phone for hours and leave you exhausted, or incensed, afterward. AirPaper will handle all the nastiness of nixing your Comcast plan for a mere $5. $5 for peace of mind and a bit of sanity feels like a steal.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Cougar MX200 @ Hardware Secrets

Fractal Design CORE 500 @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Best Routers of 2015 @ TechSpot

Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5" HDD Enclosure @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170X UD5 @ Hardware Asylum

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 @ techPowerUP!

GameStop Stores to Carry Steam Machines in Dedicated Steam Sections

GameStop, GAME UK, EB Games, and Valve today announced dedicated Steam Sections launching this fall in GameStop (USA), GAME UK, and EB Games (Canada) stores. The section will feature the Steam Hardware devices launching November 10 (Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Steam Machines) as well as a variety of Steam prepaid cards. Through the holiday season, GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games will be the exclusive non-digital retailer for the Steam Hardware products in their respective territories. Steam prepaid cards launched in stores three years ago, and sales performance for those offerings has been increasing each year. "GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games are leading retail destinations for core gamers and early adopters," said Gabe Newell of Valve. "Creating a 'store within a store' across North America and the UK is a significant win for getting the first generation of Steam Hardware products into gamers' hands."


Legal Troubles, Market Realities Threaten Uber's Global Push

Why is everyone just now realizing this?

Just last week, the company faced a police raid on its European headquarters in the Netherlands, a criminal trial of two top executives in France, a ban on its services in Rio de Janeiro and proposed new regulations in London and Toronto that could cripple its services in those cities. The Uber Pop service, known as Uber X in the U.S., which enables people to offer rides in private cars, is now banned outright in most of Western Europe. In Australia, Uber is popular but mostly illegal, with several big court challenges looming.


BitFenix AEGIS mATX Case

The crew at Neoseeker just published a review of the BitFenix AEGIS today. Hit the link and give this review a read if you need a new mATX case.

Although designed for small form factor motherboards, the AEGIS case is still able to hold seven 120mm case fans (one rear fan included) and liquid coolant radiator setups up to 360mm (and even configurations with two slim style 360mm radiators.


Megaupload Accuses U.S. Of Unfair Tactics

I could be wrong, but something tells me this whole "unfair tactics" strategy is falling on deaf ears. After all the time and money New Zealand has spent on these guys, I think the country just wants to get rid of them all.

After the United States were given several days to state their case against Kim Dotcom and his former business associates, this morning lawyers for the Megaupload four stated why their clients should not be extradited to the United States. The U.S. has used unfair tactics to gain an advantage so the hearing should be brought to an end, the Court heard.


Nissan Concept Car Designed For The Selfie Generation

Dear lord, someone please tell me this hideous vehicle is a joke. eek!

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Facebook Outages Caused By Failed Software Updates

Get this, all those Facebook outages last month were supposedly caused by software updates, not hackers or terrorists. I think Facebook might want to work on its update department.

Facebook has declined to explain what happened. Pedro Canahuati, Facebook's director of production engineering and site reliability, did finally tell the Wall Street Journal, "Each unrelated issue began as a planned code change that had unintended consequences in our ability to respond to server requests."


Steve Jobs' Widow Reportedly Tried To Block New Film

It is strange that none of these people had a problem with all those flattering movies about Steve Jobs.

One famed Apple personality who doesn't share the anger about the new film is Wozniak, who was reportedly paid $200,000 to consult on the film, the Journal noted. He said that though the film doesn't exactly portray real events, "it's about Jobs and his personality. I feel that it did a great job."


PayPal Experiencing An Outage?

A number of our forum members noticed a strange PayPal outage starting yesterday that seems to be affecting a number of people. Apparently if you try to send money using PayPal, your account is charged but the reciever does not recieve funds and there is no transaction history or notification email of paid funds. While some people are not affected, sites like isitdownrightnow are filled with complaints. Thanks to Calavaro for the heads up.

I just spoke to PayPal and they have a WORLD WIDE outage right now. No transaction records are showing up for sent funds or received funds. If you send money using PayPal funds, your balance is reduced, but no transaction history is recorded nor are you receiving any notification email of paid funds. Same for receiving funds. No notification of received funds, and no increase in your PayPal balance. They said it will be solved in the next day or 2. So we all would have to wait for a day or 2 until PayPal fixes their issues and all transaction records are updated.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Star Wars Battlefront Luke Skywalker Killstreak @ VG24/7

The Crew Acquired By Ubisoft @ Shacknews

Trine 3 OS X & Linux Beta @ Blue's News

Ubisoft Teases New Game @ GameSpot

Enermax ETS-T40Fit White Cluster CPU Air Cooler Review

If you are building an air cooled system with an arctic white color scheme, make sure you read our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-T40Fit White Cluster CPU air cooler today. This could be just what you are looking for.

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Enermax comes to us with its new compact size model, the ETS-T40F-W CPU air cooler also referred to as the "Fit" series cooler. This model is decked out in its best Storm Trooper white garb which is actually what Enermax calls its "Thermal Conductive Coating." Do the Fit's dual 12cm fans have what it takes to make a good CPU air cooler?


Drone vs. Moose = Tie

After all the videos we've seen of drones getting taken out by a ram, hawk, kangaroo and a chimpanzee, it's nice to know that no drones were hurt during the making of this cute and cuddly encounter between a drone and a moose. cool


[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Corsair VOID Gaming Headset @ MadShrimps

E-Blue Mazer K727 Mechanical Keyboard @ Modders Inc.

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Mouse @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING G1 @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 @ HardwareSlave

Video: MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning @ Tweak.dk

VW Evasion Likely Led To Dozens Of Deaths

Ladies and gentlemen, Volkswagen is proud to announce that, thanks to technology and software hacks, all TDI Clean Diesels come with 75% more murder.

The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to cause somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years, with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. The total cost has been well over $100 million.


Twitter Names Jack Dorsey Permanent CEO

So this guy is going to be CEO of Twitter and Square at the same time? I find it hard to believe that there are so few qualified CEOs out there that one man has to do both jobs.

Twitter Inc named co-founder and interim Chief Executive Jack Dorsey as its permanent CEO, ending months of speculation about who would take the reins at the company. Dorsey will remain head of fast-growing mobile payments company Square, which he also co-founded, potentially setting up conflicts of interest.


Minecraft Player Live Streams House Fire

We interrupt your normally scheduled Minecraft live stream to bring you this house fire started by your host.


CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit

Apparently Cloud Imperium Games has raised so much money from crowdfunding that it has funds o' plenty for lawyers that write scary letters.

An update to the Chairman's Response to The Escapist on the Roberts Space Industries website has the latest on Cloud Imperium Games' response to a recent Escapist article alleging troubles at the developer of Star Citizen, the upcoming crowd-funded space game. The post has been updated to demand a retraction of the assertions in the article, threatening legal action if this doesn't happen by the end of today.


EKWB EK-XLC Predator 240

EKWB has jumped into the all-in-one CPU cooler market with its new EK-XLC Predator 240. Head on over to NikKTech for the full review.

The EK-XLC Predator line of pre-filled CPU expandable liquid coolers consists of two models (at least currently), the 240mm dual-fan model which we have here with us today and is already available by EK Waterblocks and the 360mm tri-fan one which will become available soon. Both models follow the standard configuration as most AIO models so once again we see a radiator with 2/3 fans connected to a pump and a waterblock via two long tubes.


No Man's Sky Developer On The Late Show

Props to Stephen Colbert for having a game developer on the show. I have to admit, I couldn't help but laugh every time the developer renamed an animal, object or planets.


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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Acer And WD Bring BYOC To WD’S My Cloud NAS Series

Acer, the world’s fourth largest personal computer company and a private cloud solution provider, and WD®, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that WD’s My Cloud™ NAS is now part of Acer’s BYOC™ (Build Your Own Cloud) ecosystem. Available immediately, Acer BYOC™ users can seamlessly access files on their My Cloud NAS from their PC or mobile device anywhere – using Acer’s abFiles app.

"We are excited to welcome WD to the BYOC ecosystem," said Maverick Shih, President, BYOC Business Group, Acer. "The availability of abFiles for the My Cloud platform allows our joint customers to enjoy seamless file management across their personal devices, with all of their files always at their fingertips, regardless of whether the file is on their PC or their NAS drive."


Intel Engineers Collaborate with Microsoft To Enhance Key Windows 10 Features

Last month, Intel debuted 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, its best ever. Engineered to run best on Windows* 10, 6th Gen Intel Core and Microsoft's* newest operating system mark a major milestone for the computing industry and will make people's "personal computing" experience significantly more personal. Doug Fisher, senior VP and general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group explains the behind the scenes collaboration between Intel and Microsoft engineers that resulted in key enhancements in Windows 10.


Sunday October 04, 2015

Fallout Anthology Mini-Nuke Now Available

Who’s picking this up? I don’t know how a nuke will fit into my living room décor, though.

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…the standout feature of the Fallout Anthology is that the storage case looks like a mini-nuke, with what Bethesda describes as an "audible bomb sound" (Department of Redundancy Department?.) . Here are the games you get in the box: Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition.


BioWare Announces Mass Effect Theme Park Attraction

I can die happy if they have a partial recreation of the SSV Normandy you can step into.

Though the Normandy isn't mentioned by name, it does make reference to "Commander Shepard’s favorite ride", so it's likely you'll be boarding the famous vessel, perhaps with Shepherd guiding you through your adventure. With 2016 also when we're expecting to see Mass Effect Andromeda, it's sounding like next year could be a big year for sci-fi fans.


Valve Employee Turns Tech Demo Into VR Marriage Proposal

I prefer the traditional marriage proposal, but I guess that won’t get you as many likes on Facebook.

The clever (and delightfully nerdy) wedding proposal was conjured up by her boyfriend Chandler Murch. He just so happens to work at Valve, so getting his hands on the HTC Vive headset probably wasn't too difficult. But it was the virtual reality system's inventive controllers that allowed the proposal to go off without a hitch: by holding the controller out in front of his girlfriend, Murch was able to line up the virtual ring and the engagement ring.


LinkedIn Might Have To Pay You Money For Spamming Your Email Contacts

LinkedIn has been ordered to pay $13 million for their email debacle. Did any of you get the, um, e-mail? You might be getting some money out of this.

In 2013, a class-action lawsuit accused LinkedIn of accessing users' email accounts without their permission and unwittingly using their names to send email invitations to people in their address books.


Scientists Suggest New Twist On The Demise Of The Dinosaurs

Scientists still cling to the popular idea that dinosaurs went extinct because of something big hitting the earth, but recent findings allude to more than one catastrophe having been in play.

New research suggests that the asteroid or comet that slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago rocked the planet so violently that it accelerated a massive volcanic eruption in India, a double catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs and 70 percent of the Earth's species.


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