Friday March 07, 2014
Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU air cooler, followed by part one of our BF4 AMD Mantle Video Card Performance Review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our XFX XTR 750W PSU review.
AzzA XT 1B Full Tower Case @ OCIA
Silverstone RV04-B Raven Full Tower Case @ eTeknix
ETC.: Genius GX Gaming Cavimanus Headset @ FunkyKit
Video: EVGA GTX 780 ACX Double BIOS @ PCPer
MSI R9-290X Lightning @ Guru3D
Games.: Thief Review @ OCC
Thief Review @ Vortez
Those pictures floating around the intertubes of those "limited edition" Titanfall Xbox One console are the real thing. The bad news is that, when they said "limited edition," they meant employees only.
The fellas over at techPowerUP! have published a review of the Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1300W today that is certainly worth checking out. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
Antec, a major player when it comes to PSUs, recently reinforced its flagship High Current Pro series with a new unit, the HCP-1300. The Bitcoin mining craze probably contributed to the release of this 1300 W PSU that is Platinum certified, fully modular, and backed by a seven year warranty.
Getting stunned by a flying drone has to suck. The fact that the drone's name is CUPID (Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone) just makes it worse.
I could be wrong on this one but I'm not really seeing where this is a big deal. Do you?
When you watch Netflix videos in the Chrome browser, the service disables Chrome's developer console, a debugging and programming tool that gives you transparency and control over what your browser is doing.
Intel scientists are participating in two sessions at SXSW Interactive, a conference that features compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology. On Friday, March 7th at 4:00pm CT, Intel’s Tony Salvador will do a solo talk on the Internet of Things and implications of the world being too connected. Earlier in the day, at 12:30pm CT, Intel’s Maria Bezaitis will participate in a panel with Mashery’s Oren Michels, R/GA’s Chris Colborn and Google’s Dinkar Jain to discuss how human social relationships are being transformed by Big Data.
Get someone's phone number just by typing their IP address into your browser? What could possible go wrong with that?
Discovered by Norwegian site Dinside, this privacy disaster stems from the software installed on routers supplied by local ISP NextGenTel. By simply entering the IP address of another NextGenTel user into a standard web browser, users were presented with a webpage containing router status information. The page also revealed the telephone number of the user behind the entered IP address.
This is comedy gold. And the countdown to public outrage begins in 3...2...1. Thanks to Skripka for pointing this one out.
You guys have to check out this guy's custom built rig. This thing is pure awesomeness all the way around. Here are a few pictures from his forum thread and a video of it in action:
BioShock Infinite's Scrapped Multiplayer Detailed @ Shacknews
Dark Souls II PC Specs @ Kotaku
No Titanfall in South Africa @ Joystiq
Tomb Raider "Exceeded Profit Expectations" @ Blue's News
Vine has a new no porn policy. To be honest, it is pretty hard to argue with the company's reasoning behind its decision:
So we’re making an update to our Rules and Terms of Service to prohibit explicit sexual content. For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it.
Did they just say "after a brief car chase?" Even if this guy was the creator of bitcoin (he says he's not) how does that justify the media chasing the guy everywhere?
Earlier today, reporters camped out in front of Nakamoto’s home after Newsweek published its story saying that he was the creator of bitcoin. According to reports that spread rapidly across the web, Nakamoto was chased by a pack of journalists as he and an Associated Press reporter drove through downtown Los Angeles.
Seriously folks, you can't make this stuff up.
What if the National Security Agency had its own advice columnist? What would the eavesdroppers ask about? You don’t need to guess. An NSA official, writing under the pen name "Zelda," has actually served at the agency as a Dear Abby for spies. Her "Ask Zelda!" columns, distributed on the agency’s intranet and accessible only to those with the proper security clearance.
Cooler Master CM 690 III @ OcInside
ETC.: Intel Core i7-4960X vs Core i7-3960X @ ocaholic
Razer Kraken Forged Edition @ ChipLoco
Storage: ASUSTOR AS-202TE NAS Server @ NikKTech
Video: 30-Way Graphics Card Comparison On Ubuntu @ Phoronix
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB SC @ Legit Reviews
The crew at ocaholic have the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB on the test bench today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
With the M5Pro, Plextor have an SSD in their portfolio, which is based on a very well performing and well-known controller from Marvell. Other than that Plextor have optimized the firmware towards maximum performance as well as high endurance. With this drive up their sleeve Plextor wants to steal some market share from their competitors and we're certainly curious how well a job the company did.
Your tax dollars at work. Although this is funny, you'd think politicians would have better stuff to do than calling for bans on bitcoin and the dollar bill.
So, in response to a totally technologically clueless elected official, up steps Rep. Jared Polis, perhaps the most technologically knowledgeable elected official out there, with a counterproposal. He basically rewrote Manchin's letter, but replaced Bitcoin with the dollar bill, highlighting the sheer absurdity of Manchin's request.
I'm not sure what this guy is smoking but BF4's launch was a huge cluster and I think most normal people will be wary about buying the next installment in the franchise.
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen explained to investors that a buggy launch has not damaged the Battlefield brand, saying consumers have been "very responsive" to the patches and blaming the problems with the game's launch on complexities of working on the new console systems.
Another review of Western Digital's Black² Dual Drive has hit the internet today. This time around it is the folks at TechARP doing the reviewing.
At first glance, the Western Digital Black² looks like a hybrid drive but it's no hybrid drive. It is a unique combination of a solid state drive and a hard disk drive in a single package. Hence, the term "Dual Drive".
Somebody is probably going to be in trouble for this screw up. Calm down folks, it's just an update and it will be officially released next month.
While the update is available earlier than expected, Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to existing machines officially on April 8th, following the company’s Build developer conference in early April. Asked about the download, a Microsoft representative told The Verge: "We look forward to sharing details about the update soon."
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No mobile device has a grander history than the automobile. When you first walk into this week’s Geneva International Motor Show, you enter a gleaming showcase dedicated to the history of the storied 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. In this vast hall, the history of the race is chronicled, from the vintage race cars from the 1920s up to last year’s winner, the Audi e-Tron. For all the change in that near century, one thing remains the same: great cars have always been on the forefront of new technology. And the cars at this year’s event show how much our visual computing technology has become a part of the industry.
Among the highlights: the all-new 3rd generation Audi TT family. This sleek two-door, four-passenger sports car features LED Matrix and a fully virtual cockpit powered by NVIDIA Tegra. Another showstopper: the Lamborghini Huracán. The newly unveiled luxury super sports car does 0 to 60mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of more than 200mph; and it features a high-performance Tegra 3-powered instrument cluster using a 12.3-inch screen.
Thursday March 06, 2014
You know a deal isn't a "deal" when Google, a company that knows something about this subject, starts talking smack on your outrageously expensive acquisition.
Arora was skeptical. "$500 million per employee? Is that a good use of our money?" Arora said. "Are you recommending we buy some Asian messaging service?" WhatsApp has 55 employees, meaning Facebook’s acquisition works out to $345 million per employee. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.
A handful of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle team have gotten together to reminisce about the early days when the web was the wild west. The article has never-before-seen video footage and interviews with many of SDL's key players. Interesting stuff.
It was 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2001, when Microsoft’s then head of security response, Steve Lipner, awoke to a call from cybersecurity specialist Russ Cooper. Lipner was told a nasty piece of malware called "Code Red" was spreading at an astonishing rate. Code Red was a worm — a malicious computer program that spreads quickly by copying itself to other computers across the Internet. And it was vicious.
Move over Geek Squad, Dell is trying to muscle in on your territory! Thanks to Ocean for the link.
"Our trademark policy makes clear that this is not permitted and we are investigating this specific report," said Denelle Dixon-Thayer, vice-president of Mozilla's general counsel. "By not charging, we mean the Mozilla product must be without cost and its distribution (whether by download or other media) may not be subject to a fee, or tied to subscribing to or purchasing a service, or the collection of personal information."
What's the best way to reward the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America after 19 years and a successful PS4 launch? Give him the boot...errr, I meant "chose not to renew their contractual relationship."
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced that Jack Tretton will step down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) as of March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.
Hardware Secrets just posted a review of the Corsair Graphite Series 230T mid-tower ATX case. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
The Corsair Graphite Series 230T is a mid-tower case with three 5.25" bays, four 3.5" bays, four 2.5" bays, support for 280 mm radiators, and a transparent window at the left panel, coming with a very affordable USD 80 price tag.
It looks like these guys are going to need all those recurring subscription fees just to cover their legal bills.
File-hosting site UltraMegabit has settled a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office over allegations it engaged in deceptive business practices when it provided recurring subscription access to pirated content. It's a novel approach, but who stirred the matter up?
The Magical Kingdom™ has just poofed 700 employees.
Disney’s struggling video game and Internet division laid off roughly 700 employees on Thursday, or 26 percent of its global staff, in a major retrenchment that includes a shift in advertising strategy at Disney.com.