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Thursday April 24, 2014

Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Spotted

These aren't just any ol' black holes, they are supermassive black holes! Here's a picture of what two supermassive black holes might look like:

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Two supermassive black holes are the smoking gun that the galaxy has merged with another. That’s because most massive galaxies (including our own) are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Clockwork Empires Early Access Delayed @ Blue's News

FIFA's Weirdest Game-Breaking Glitches Kotaku

Hitman Go Review: The Game Of Death @ Joystiq

Skullgirls Joins PlayStation Plus In May @ Shacknews

Video Game Artist Spotlight: Izabela Zelmańska

Izabela Zelmańska, an extremely talented video game artist, used her own face to create the cool transformation you see in the video below. Izabela is currently working on The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Hit the link to see more examples of her work.

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The Great Stampede: The Heartbleed Bug’s ‘Password Change’

This is your must read Heartbleed story of the day.

Instead of rational approach about what is at the heart of the Heartbleed Bug, we are getting a bunch of Band-Aids thrown at the problem. It’s like a botched surgery taking place in the middle of a fish market. The public is getting scared into paying attention to their passwords once again, but we’re still leaving them vulnerable.

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Facebook Acquires Health And Fitness Tracking App

I believe the key word here is TRACKING. Sure Facebook says they aren't going to blend the data into its own service but you know they will eventually.

Facebook has bought Moves, an app that keeps track of your daily exercise and fitness routine as well as the places you visit. The news was revealed in a blog posted Thursday by ProtoGeo Oy, the company behind Moves. No details about the deal were revealed, simply that Facebook has acquired both the company and the app.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler @ Hardware 360

ETC.: CM Storm Havoc Mouse @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Gigabyte Next Generation Intel Motherboards @ PCPer

Gigabyte Next Generation Intel Motherboards @ Legit Reviews

Gigabyte Next Generation Intel Motherboards @ Tech Report

Video: VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 @ PureOC

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe Review Round-Up

Reviews of the OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD 480GB are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

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Chinese Children Used To Smuggle iPhones Over Border

I wonder if the children that get caught smuggling iPhones across the border will be sentenced to hard labor....at Foxconn....making iPhones.

Since the beginning of the year, China customs officials have uncovered over 30 cases of smuggling by schoolchildren, Guangzhou Daily, a China-based newspaper, reported this week. The children have had luxury goods, including iPhones, tablets, and other products, crammed into their bookbags as they travel from Hong Kong to China on their way back from school, the report claims.

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Quentin Tarantino's Gawker Lawsuit Dismissed

Are we taking bets on whether or not Tarantino will refile this lawsuit? I'm going to go with "yes" on this one. wink

A judge grants the website's motion to dismiss the suit over the leaked "Hateful Eight" script because the director "failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement" by people who clicked on the link.

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Governments 'Responsible For 87% Of Online Spying'

Most people know government spying is at an all time high but I don't think anyone thought the number would be this high. Something is seriously wrong when your government has organized crime beat 8 to 1. eek!

The latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon Communications reveals that there has been a three-fold increase in cyber espionage since the last report was published in April 2013. Of the 511 spying incidents recorded, 87 per cent were conducted by "state-affiliated actors" (governments), as opposed to 11 per cent by organized criminal groups.

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Now Is The Time To Switch Back To Firefox

This guy says that now is the time to switch back to Firefox. How many of you guys are still using Firefox? How many of you aren't using Firefox but plan to switch?

The main reason for switching to Firefox is that, overall, it's better than Chrome. But there are other reasons. The most important is that Firefox is the only major browser that is written to serve users and the open web. Other leading browsers may sometimes do that, but their primary function is to serve the needs of giant corporations -- Apple, Google and Microsoft -- none of which has any interest in preserving your privacy. Usually the reverse, in fact.

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Big Screen Gaming On The VIA Video Wall

The folks at VIA put together a video demonstrating the fact that you can indeed play Crysis on the VIA video wall.

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ASUS First in World to Unleash Full SATA Express Performance

Since the Z87 Deluxe/SATA Express ASUS has been working extensively with Intel and SATA Express SSD chipset manufacturers in developing compatibility and performance reliability for the new standard. As the only motherboard company to commit so early and positively, the fruits of this labor are now beginning to ripen. Today ASUS is announcing that the joint BIOS development teams have yielded a breakthrough in design, and will implement a technology that is critical for SATA Express to perform at its best the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture, or SRIS for short.

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Intel Tops In Green Power

For the seventh year in a row, Intel has topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100, a list of the nation’s leading users of renewable energy. Intel, which meets 100 percent of its electricity load with renewable resources, has been the nation’s largest voluntary purchaser of green power since 2008. Read more about Intel’s commitment to sustainability.

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Wednesday April 23, 2014

FCC To Propose New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is going to propose a new set of rules governing internet access some time tomorrow.

The proposed rules would prevent the service providers from blocking or discriminating against specific websites, but would allow broadband providers to give some traffic preferential treatment, so long as such arrangements are available on "commercially reasonable" terms for all interested content companies. Whether the terms are commercially reasonable would be decided by the FCC on a case-by-case basis.

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Funny Mac Pro vs. BOXX Commercial

The folks over at BOXX have taken a lighthearted jab at Apple's new Mac Pro. The cigarette butt gag at the end cracked me up.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX @ PureOC

ETC.: AMD Athlon 5350 & ASUS AM1I-A @ Neoseeker

Motherboards: EVGA Z87 Stinger ITX @ Hardware Canucks

Storage: Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA @ CPCR

Vantec NexStar 6G 2.5" HDD Enclosure @ HiTech Legion

Video: KFA2 GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB @ eTeknix

Mark Pincus Steps Down From Operational Role At Zynga

The only thing surprising about this news is that Pincus still has a job at Zynga.

Zynga also announced today that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to focus on serving in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors. "I would like to thank Mark for his dedicated service to Zynga players, employees and shareholders since the Company's founding in 2007." s

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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, almost all of these deals 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.

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Watch Dogs: 8 Minute Multiplayer Walkthrough

Ubisoft has released an eight minute video of the multiplayer portion of Watch Dogs. What do you guys think?

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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

This has to be the most nerdtastic thing I've heard all day. And I mean that in a good way. cool

Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking 'man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!' We got you covered. Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.

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CoD Player Calls SWAT After Losing Match

Wait, isn't calling in a SWAT team an option when you are playing Call of Duty? No? I guess we're lucky the kid didn't call in an air strike. Thanks to Peter Walsh for the link.

Long Island police dispatched helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday. They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war only to find out the call to cops was an act of revenge by a gamer whom the teen who lives inside had just beaten in an online Call of Duty battle.

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Facebook Gets U.S. Antitrust Approval To Buy Oculus

Well, it looks like it's a done deal. Facebook just got the okay from the U.S. Department of Justice and FTC to buy Oculus.

Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

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Free Red Orchestra 2 Today Only

The fine folks over at Tripwire Interactive send word that Red Orchestra 2 is free on Steam for 24 hours only. Grab it if you want it, try it if you haven't.

Today, Tripwire Interactive is pleased to announce a special fan promotion in which users can download Red Orchestra 2, PC Gamer's 2011 First-Person Shooter Game of the Year (Multiplayer) on Steam free of charge for a 24 hour period! And, so long as you install it during that 24 hour period, it is free to keep. Permanently!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Ghosts Adds 'Chaos Mode' For Extinction @ Shacknews

Kick Ass 2 Next Month @ Blue's News

Metal Gear Solid Trailer Recut @ Kotaku

Xbox One Hits Japan September 4th @ Joystiq

HBO Signs Up For Amazon Prime, Fire TV

I guess this is a good deal for Amazon Prime members and FireTV owners but it would have been even better had it included Game of Thrones though. frown

However, the deal excludes some of the network's most popular series, like "Game of Thrones." Amazon said it wouldn't disclose anything beyond what was in its release, which lists shows that are included. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, so it's unclear how much Amazon is coughing up for such a valuable privilege.

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Use Street View To Go Back In Time

Okay, you have to admit, this is pretty cool.

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Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Case

Modders-Inc just put the finishing touches on their review of the Cooler Master Elite 110 mini-ITX case. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Coolermaster Elite 110 is a small chassis with a big heart. It has the ability to be many things, but are they the things that you are wanting from the diminutive Mini-ITX sized case?

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Silverstone Raven RVZ01 Mini-ITX @ Hardware Asylum

Cooling: Cooler Master Blizzard T2 @ Hardware Secrets

Motherboards: ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer @ OCInside.de

Power Supply: SilentiumPC Supremo M1 700W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers

Destiny Website Showing Off Classes

The Destiny website has been updated with info on the three classes (Titan, Hunter and Warlock) you can play in the game. The video below shows each class in action.

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