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Wednesday April 16, 2014

SilverStone PS10 Case

Aside from a few minor issues, it looks like the crew at PureOverclock really liked the SilverStone PS10 case they just reviewed.

Are you in the market for a budget priced chassis that looks like you spent more? Introducing the PS10 case from SilverStone, a mid tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configurations and cooling support. SilverStone frequently leans toward a more budget build of case, yet their cases don’t lack for interesting character which appeals to many builders.


Android Pirate Agrees To Work Undercover For the Feds

I believe the expression "no honor among thieves" is fitting in this situation.

Getting busted by the FBI can hardly be a pleasurable experience but for one former Android software pirate his debt to the authorities won't be over anytime soon. As part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice, a former member of the SnappzMarket group has just agreed to work undercover for the FBI.


Microsoft Delivers Data Platform For The Era Of Ambient Intelligence

At a customer event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showcased innovations available today with the launch of SQL Server 2014, the newest version of the world’s most widely deployed database, and outlined the company’s path to deliver a platform for ambient intelligence. Nadella stressed the importance of a data culture — one that encourages curiosity, action and experimentation — for everyone and every organization. Microsoft also shared the results of new IDC research that shows companies that take a comprehensive approach to data stand to realize an additional 60 percent return on their data assets — a worldwide opportunity of $1.6 trillion.


Intel Reports First-Quarter Revenue of $12.8 Billion

Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and EPS of 38 cents. The company generated approximately $3.5 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.1 billion, and used $545 million to repurchase 22 million shares of stock.

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Tuesday April 15, 2014

Enermax ETS-N30 Budget CPU Air Cooler

If you need a new heatsink and you are on a budget, make sure you don't miss our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-N30 CPU cooler.

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We tend to focus on "high end" CPU cooling when we do reviews, but today we have something a bit different. Enermax, known world wide for its overall excellent power supplies, steps foot in the CPU cooling ring with a contender that is very easy on your wallet, weighing in at less than $25. We still have high expectations though!


85,000 Oculus Rift Dev Kits Sold

Oculus Rift has sold a total of 85,000 dev kits. That means they only need to sell about six million more kits before Facebook makes their money back off the company. eek!

The company revealed the figures to TechCrunch and broke them down into 60,000 sales or the original DK1 and 25,000 sales of the DK2 that went on sale on March 19. The kit currently costs $350. In February Oculus VR was forced to halt production of the headsets after it struggled to source some of the key components.


be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

Need a new cooler? The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 is on the test bench today at Hexus for a little review action. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The good news for be quiet! fans is that the German manufacturer hasn't been resting on its laurels and has this year followed-up with the eagerly-anticipated Dark Rock Pro 3. This third-generation cooler, currently priced at a lofty £65, is said to have been "significantly upgraded" to deliver "the perfect balance between cooling and serenity."


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Cooler Master Silencio 652S @ Technic3D

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler @ Modders Inc.

ETC.: Diamond Wireless Range Extender @ ThinkComputers

Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon @ Phoronix

Video: Powercolor R7 250X 1GB @ eTeknix

XFX R7 240 Core Edition @ Hardware Secrets

Winklevoss: Bitcoin Payment System Worth $400B

Hey, did you guys know that the bitcoin payment system is worth $400 billion? Who told me that? Why, the Winklevoss twins did! That would make bitcoins worth about $32,000 each. big grin

The most widely known estimate of its intrinsic value is $400 billion, made November 2013, by the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler at the "New York Times" Dealbook Conference. At that valuation, Bitcoin would be worth 70 times its current value of $5.7 billion. That’s based on an April 8, 2014 price of $453 per coin for the 12,620,475 bitcoins in circulation. Clearly, there’s a long way to go to reach $400 billion.


Wireless Router Round-Up

Hardware.Info has posted a wireless router round-up featuring twenty routers from ASUS, Apple, Belkin, D-Link, Buffalo, Linksys and more.

The market for routers is dynamic, and given that it has been a while since we have last published an overview covering the state of affairs surrounding 802.11ac routers on Hardware.Info, it's high time for an update. We've tested 20 different models, including a number of the already third generation 802.11ac routers.


T-Mobile CEO: Overage Fees Are Greedy, Predatory

I sure like T-Mobile's CEO. Sure he's still a corporate fat cat but I sure do like the changes he's made recently and how he challenges other companies to do the same.

"Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go," continued Legere. "Starting in May for bills arriving in June - regardless of whether you're on Simple Choice, Simple Starter or an older plan, we're abolishing overages for good. Period."


Corsair H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

PC Perspective has a short but sweet review of the Corsair H105 Extreme Performance liquid CPU cooler posted today that is certainly worth checking out.

Initially, the H105 might leave you scratching your head. It's listed on Corsair’s site with the same $119.99 MSRP as the H100i, and both are 240mm designs featuring the same high performance fans. The similarities end there, however, as the design of the H105 is more akin to Corsair's new 120mm H75 than to the existing 240mm H100/H100i.


Samsung Galaxy S5 vs .50 Cal

We know these videos barely qualify as "tech news" but we really don't care. Shooting gadgets in super slow motion is awesome!


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Smaller Than Borderlands 2?

According to the folks at CVG, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be smaller than Borderlands 2 but bigger than the original Borderlands.

"It's pretty big. I don't think it's going to be as big as Borderlands 2," Pitchford said. "It might be as big, or a little bigger, than Borderlands 1. It might be kind of in between the two."


Gaming [H]eadlines

Blood Bowl 2 Gameplay Footage @ Blue's News

Hands On With Evolve At PAX @ Kotaku

That Trivia Game Hits PS4 Today @ Shacknews

Xbox One April Update Rolling Out @ Joystiq

Georgia Passes Law Giving $25M In Video Game Tax Breaks

It's a wonder more states don't do stuff like this to lure game studios into their area. Then again, after that whole 38 Studios mess, the video game industry is probably thrilled this is even happening at all.

Georgia state governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law this morning that will provide $25 million in tax credits for video game developers in the region, according to a report published to the website of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Half-Life Done In 20 Minutes

Got a few minutes to spare? Watch this guy beat Half-Life in twenty minutes. cool


Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

It slices, it dices, it's an amazing thermal conductor, it is bendable and now it generates electricity using saltwater. Is there anything graphene can't do?

Here, we show that a voltage of a few millivolts can be produced by moving a droplet of sea water or ionic solution over a strip of monolayer graphene under ambient conditions. Through experiments and density functional theory calculations, we find that a pseudocapacitor is formed at the droplet/graphene interface, which is driven forward by the moving droplet, charging and discharging at the front and rear of the droplet.

Here's a neat video of graphene slicing and dicing ice. cool


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ APH Networks

ETC.: Mad Catz R.A.T. TE Gaming Mouse @ Legit Reviews

Storage: ASUSTOR AS-202TE @ TEXT

ASUSTOR AS-204TE @ techPowerUP!

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD @ eTeknix

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD @ Vortez

Video: GeForce 337.50 Beta Driver Comparison @ Neoseeker

3D Printing: Revolution or Hype?

Is 3D printing a revolution or just hype? Hell, I don't know. I voted for the redhead.

3D printing is going to change the world. 3D printing will change us: the way we prepare food, how we replace broken objects, how we exchange gifts, how we play with our children. It will affect our power consumption, our time management, our imagination. It will also radically change every industry we interact with: automotive, food, medical, aerospace, manufacturing, and shipping.


After Google Glass, Google Developing Contact Lens Camera

Instead of having people randomly attack you (here) and take your Google Glass, now they'll have to gouge your eyes out instead.

Google has a patent pending for a contact lens with a micro camera and sensors embedded on the surface controlled by blinking, enabling you to take hands-free pictures and helping the blind navigate the everyday obstacles of the world.


Detecting Criminal Gangs Using Mobile Phone Data

You have to hand it to the researchers at Indiana University, using call records to map hierarchies and connections within gangs is a pretty damn good idea.

Criminal networks are just as social as friendship or business networks. So the same techniques that can tease apart the links between our friends and colleagues should also work for thieves, drug dealers, and organized crime in general. The new platform, called LogAnalysis, gives a unique insight into the make up a criminal organization. "It allows forensic investigators to deeply understand hierarchies within criminal organizations, discovering members who play central role and provide connection among sub-groups," they say.


SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 CPU Cooler

According to MadShrimps, the SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 is a budget friendly cooling solution that can even handle a little overclocking.

SilentiumPC send us their latest budget friendly heatsinks. Compatible with all of the major Intel and AMD platforms out there we take for a test run on a hot running setup to see how it stacks up to the reference cooling from Intel.


Mt. Gox Founder 'Not Willing to Travel to US' For Bankruptcy Trial

Must be nice to be able to just decide you don't have to attend court for your own bankruptcy trial. roll eyes (sarcastic)

US Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan earlier ordered Karpeles to appear in a Dallas bankruptcy court on 17 April to answer questions about the collapse of the Tokyo-based exchange. However, MtGox attorneys wrote to the judge that he is "not willing to travel to the US".


Intel Haswell Refresh Price List?

The crew at ComputerBase have posted what they claim is the official price list for Intel's upcoming Haswell refresh processors. The desktop processors are listed below, hit the link for the mobile processor line-up.

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Mantle Takes To The Stars With Civilization: Beyond Earth

AMD announced a new technology partnership with 2K Games that will enable support for the Mantle graphics API in Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™, to accelerate performance and improve image quality for customers of AMD Radeon™ graphics . Mantle is a "low-overhead" graphics API that can help improve performance for gamers by: making better use of multi-core CPUs, streamlining game code execution, virtually eliminating software bottlenecks and utilizing GPU resources with incredible efficiency.


Monday April 14, 2014

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL CPU Cooler

Anyone shopping for an all-in-one liquid cooler should definitely give this review of the Cooler Master Nepton 140XL the once over. This could be just the cooler you are looking for.

The Cooler Master Nepton 140XL is a real high-end liquid cooling system, beating systems with 240 mm radiators. It is also very easy to install and very flexible, thanks to the holes that allow to install it with 120 mm fans. It means you can install it in a case with no support for 140 mm fans.


Canadians' Tax Data Stolen In Heartbleed Breach

Something tells me we are going to see a wave of companies and government agencies blaming the Heartbleed bug now for any and all breaches.

Andrew Treusch, Commissioner of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), said government security agencies notified his office "of a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period" last week. Treusch said approximately 900 social insurance numbers -- nine-digit codes required for working or accessing government benefits in Canada -- "were removed from CRA systems by someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability."


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Urban T81 @ NikKTech

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ APH Networks

Thermalright High Riser HR-22 @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: HyperX Cloud Headset @ pcGameware

Storage: Synology DS414 4-Bay NAS @ MadShrimps

Video: Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Passive 1GB eTeknix

Hollywood-Style Surveillance Technology Inches Closer To Reality

Surveillance technology that allows you monitor an entire city and has rewind and playback capabilities? This sounds an awful lot like that Will Smith movie from the late nineties.


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