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Wednesday August 27, 2014

L.A. School District Halts Contract For iPads

That controversial iPad program in Los Angeles has been scrapped. Did anyone think that this was a good idea in the fist place?

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.

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GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard

Techgage has posted a review of the GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK motherboard today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Our last two Z97 reviews involved some petite motherboards, so it’s time to go all-out – something GIGABYTE’s Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK helps us pull off. Its name implies that gamers are the target here, and as you’d expect from its $350 price tag, it’s packed with features. What more reason do you need to read? Come on in.

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Why So Many People Are Watching Twitch

This is probably the best explanation of why so many people are watching Twitch.

"Why do people spend so much time watching other people play a game they could just as easily play themselves?" "Why do so many people watch the NFL when they could just as easily play a game of football in their yard?" I reply.

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Why Government Researchers Think We May Be Living in a 2D Hologram

Government researchers believe we are living in a 2D hologram? What? Is this guy on to something or just on something?

It sounds completely off-the-walls insane, but the incongruities between Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and some of Max Planck's discoveries about the nature of matter can only be explained if we're living in a Matrix-style holographic illusion, according to Craig Hogan, director of the Department of Energy's Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD

The gang at Overclockers Club have taken the SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD out for a spin today to see how it performs. Overall they seem impressed with this solid state drive...and the chocolate.

One could argue that any SSD will seem like a big step up in performance over a HDD, and I cannot disagree with that fact. There are, however, a few more features that bring the Extreme PRO upwards in the rankings, despite its semi-premium price compared to bottom-barrel value SSDs.

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Electronic Art's $1 Billion DLC Goal

Holy (cash) cow, did he just say EA was planning on making "stadiums full of money" off DLC this year? eek!

A story on Bloomberg about the stadiums full of money EA expects to earn from the new Madden game describes the publisher's lofty general goals for add-on content, saying they hope to reach the one billion dollar mark in DLC sales this year.

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Intel Enhances Parallel Programming Tools with Explicit Vectorization Programming

Today, Intel launched Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015, the latest release of its developer toolkit for high performance computing (HPC) and technical computing applications. The latest version includes first-to-market explicit vector programming capabilities which enable developers to optimize processing cycles through concurrent operations on Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015 also supports new standards including OpenMP 4.0 that delivers unprecedented vectorization support to developers. The updated release also gives developers comprehensive optimization reports that provide deep insights on code performance. For more information or to download Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015, visit the Intel® Developer Zone.

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Tuesday August 26, 2014

Google Was Afraid Of Antitrust Investigation If It Acquired Twitch

Google has never shied away from antitrust investigations before, seems odd they would now. Personally, I like the conspiracy theory that Twitch was behind the Google rumor to get Amazon to pony up more cash. wink

Google walked away from the deal because it was deeply "concerned that about potential antitrust issues that could have come with the acquisition." Management apparently felt that buying Twitch might trigger an anti-trust investigation because they own YouTube - a competitor to Twitch (thanks to the integration of Google Plus streaming).

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Streacom FC08 Evo @ ocaholic

Cooling: Scythe Tatsumi CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

ETC.: i7-4790K vs. i7-4770K Comparison @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Plextor M6 Pro SSD @ Hardware Heaven

QNAP HS-251 N Silent & Fanless NAS @ XtremeHardware

Seagate Ships World’s First 8TB Hard Drives

Seagate, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. An important step forward in storage, the 8TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage. A cornerstone for growing capacities in multiple applications, the 8TB hard drive delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD. Providing up to 8TB in a single drive slot, the drive delivers maximum rack density, within an existing footprint, for the most efficient data center floor space usage possible.

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Metro Redux Launch Trailer

The new Metro Redux launch trailer is out today. I don't know about you guys, but these are definitely on my "buy" list.

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Tech Glitch of the Day

This crazy tech glitch is awesome....except for that whole "got arrested" thing at the end. big grin

"The system should have been the person who owns the card pays money in advance, then spends money on the card," the prosecutor said. "In this case, it was the reverse. When they bought something, they were credited rather than debited so the amount on the card was increasing and that went on for nine months."

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AMD R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers

The alternative OS gurus at Phoronix have pit Gallium3D drivers versus AMD's Catalyst drivers using a Radeon R9 290.

After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.

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How To Build a Raspberry Pi Arcade Machine

There is a pretty good tutorial on building a Raspberry Pi Arcade cabinet. Heck. it looks like the hardest part about building one of these systems is probably putting the cabinet together. cool

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13 Year Old Kid: Linus Torvalds Is My Hero

How many 6th graders even know what Linux is let alone idolize Linus Torvalds? This kid is going to go far. cool

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Google Fixes Image Search After 'Car Crash' Bug

Calm down everyone, Google Images hasn't been hacked. The search giant says a bug caused the bizarre "car crash" image incident.

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VMware, NVIDIA and Google Collaborate On Cloud Computing

Today at VMworld 2014, VMware, NVIDIA and Google announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. Showcased as a technology preview, the solution demonstrates the next generation of VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ technology to satisfy customers' most demanding visual computing needs. The joint effort is expected to expand the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops, enabling customers to select their system of choice without compromise.

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Android App Takes Down National Weather Service

Want to take down the National Weather Service? There's an app for that. big grin

The National Weather Service (NWS) website was severely hobbled after an "abusing Android app" interfered with its national digital forecast system, through which tens of millions get their weather forecasts each day.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Capcom Suing Tecmo For Copyright Infringement @ @ Shacknews

Early Access Explained By Devs @ Joystiq

Heavenly Sword Movie Footage @ YouTube

Metro Redux Now Shipping @ Blue's News

SilverStone SFX SX600-G 600W PSU

Our evaluation of the SilverStone SFX SX600-G PSU is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you are in need of a SFX power supply for your next small form factor system build, this review is right up your alley.

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With many people looking for a smaller enthusiast computer system footprint, the size of a power supply gets very important. With SFF motherboards getting better for overclocking, many folks are looking for higher PSU powers for overclocking. SilverStone brings an SFX form factor 600 watt capable pint-sized PSU.

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PSN Knocked Down Again

It sure has been a rough week for the people that maintain the PlayStation Network servers. Following an attack over the weekend that took the service down, the company has taken to Twitter to let customers know the service is down again today.

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iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

Good news for all of you that own an iPhone 5 with a defective battery, Apple has a new battery replacement program. It's as easy as entering your serial number to see if your phone is eligible for replacement.

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.

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Canadian Cable Giants Launch A Netflix Rival

It looks like Netflix has some competition north of the border. Thanks to PixelNinja for the heads up.

Cable giants Rogers and Shaw think they have a better option for some viewers -- they've just unveiled Shomi, a mostly TV-focused service that might have a few aces up its sleeve. The offering blends automatic recommendations with handpicked selections; if you're looking for nothing but comic book adaptations or movies with dating disasters, you may have an easier time finding what you want. Shomi is also leaning heavily on exclusive deals for past seasons of big TV shows like Modern Family, New Girl and Sons of Anarchy, so it may be your best bet if you're looking for a Hulu Plus equivalent.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Digital Storm Bolt II SFF PC @ Legit Reviews

Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset Preview @ ThinkComputers

Memory: Adata XPG 2933MHz DDR3 @ Guru3D

Storage: Synology DiskStation DS415play @ Legion Hardware

Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD @ PureOC

I Owe My Career To Halo 2

The next time someone tells you that playing video games will never lead to anything, show them this article. cool

How'd you get into that?" This is the first question people ask when I tell them I’m in video production. My default response has become to explain that it was just a hobby, and then it turned into something serious. I don’t tell people the truth until I’ve known them a while. A video game got me started.

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10 Things Scam Artists Won’t Tell You

Hold on for a second, why would a scam artist tell you anything useful in the first place?

Scarier still: The institutions that are supposed to keep your information secure are the same ones fraudsters can sneak past. More than 867 million records have been stolen from businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, medical providers and educational institutions since 2005 — and 30% of those were leaked in the last year and a half, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

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Confused Comcast Rep Thinks Steam Download Is A Virus

As crazy as this may sound, some people still don't know what Steam is. The guy is lucky the Comcast rep didn't tell him it's impossible to get Steam in your computer through the internet. wink

That's when the rep replied that "it's probably a virus" or "too heavy," apparently saying the download was taking up too much space. "It’s not a virus because over 50 million people use it," the customer responded. "It’s a service, it’s almost like Netflix or Amazon." Steam has 75 million users worldwide. Eventually, the rep offered to set up an appointment with a technician.

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CM HAF Stacker 935 Mod-Tower Case

The staff at PC Perspective has posted the second part of their CM HAF Stacker 935 mod-tower case article.

The Stacker Series cases are all water-cooling friendly with numerous options to meet your personal taste. While a giant Modular-Tower case may not appeal to everyone, if you are looking for an extra large case with virtually unlimited expansion and storage room, then the HAF Stacker Series deserves a close look.

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Driverless Car Hits The Streets Of Washington D.C.

How well did this driverless car do on the streets of Washington D.C.? Let's just say we're not quite there yet, but close.

Swing a stick on the Mall this summer and you’ll hit a dozen skeptics who doubt that the streets of Washington — or any city — will ever be filled with cars that drive themselves. But the doubters may well witness that transformation in their lifetimes, and very likely sooner than they think.

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AMD Announces Heterogeneous C++ AMP Language for Developers

AMD in collaboration with Microsoft® today announced the release of C++ AMP version 1.2 – an open source C++ compiler which implements version 1.2 of the open specification for C++ AMP, available on both Linux and Windows for the first time. The release represents another step forward toward AMD’s goal of supporting cross-platform solutions, multiple programming languages and continued contributions to the open source community. The tool, which leverages Clang and LLVM, accelerates productivity and ease of use for developers wishing to harness the full power of modern heterogeneous platforms spanning servers, PCs and handheld devices.

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