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[H]ard News

XSPC RayStorm Neo Threadripper Waterblock Installed in Loop

Now to just get another X399 motherboard on the test bench! I sent the Zenith Extreme to Dan to finish off the review.

Thought you guys might like to see how I go about changing blocks since I am too cheap to invest in a thousand bucks worth of dry-lock fittings (which actually work very well). One of the reasons we have stuck with Koolance system over the years is that the are easy to haul to the garage where you can make a mess and not get in trouble, or be around sensitive electronics. I use a clamp to pinch off the tubing, this way you lose very little fluid out of the system. Pull your block off. I use Teflon grease on the o-rings on the fittings and all the threads. Not a lot, just enough to put a sheen on the surfaces. Prefill the block you are installing till it overflows. Then you can bring your block and tubing back together quickly and get hardly any air in the system. The XSPC RayStorm Neo looks pretty good from what I am seeing.

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I have been doing it this way for years, and the less air you let in the better. And besides, that damn watercooling fluid is not cheap.

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Atari Suing Nestle for Breakout Game Kit Kat Ad

Nestle is facing a lawsuit filed by Atari accusing the company of copying Breakout in one of its ads. The suit claims that the chocolate maker is infringing on its copyright by exploiting the nostalgia factor of mostly Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. The advert aired last year on UK TV, which had the Breakout blocks replaced with Kit Kat bars -- yes, I know ingenuous idea.

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Created as a successor to "Pong" by Steve Wozniak with help from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, "Breakout" requires a player to knock down rows of colored bricks with a paddle

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Amazon's 1-Click Patent Expires Next Month

On Sept. 12th, Amazon will lose the patent to its 1-Click feature it filed almost 20 years ago. According to thirtybees, it will be a game changer in e-commerce as any vendor will have access to the feature and will shape the future of e-commerce in the coming years . Amazon applied for the patent back 1997, but was granted the rights in 1999. The company has gone to court defending the validity of patent over the years. Plenty of web retailers are preparing for the expiration. My advice hide your wallets.

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It is serious enough that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has started writing a draft proposal for one click buying methods. They have recruited some of the top companies in the industry like Google, Apple, and Facebook to help come up with a set of specifications. Google has already implemented some of the standards in its Chrome and Chrome Mobile browsers, with more likely to come in the future. They have proposed ways of storing cards and address data in the browser and letting the browser communicate directly with your payment gateway to send the card or bank information. Sounds pretty useful doesn't it?

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Rise of Nations on Windows Store Will Have Cross-Play With Steam

Good news for Windows Store fans, Microsoft is bringing over Rise of the Nations: Extended Edition to the Windows Store with cross-play between players on Steam. A welcome addition as it's been a pain before when customers who bought the recent Call of Duty titles and were confined to only playing with a small pool of players. I believe this will be a first between the two platforms. The game will be released on Sept. 14th on the Windows Store for only $5 before increasing to $15.

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When Rise of Nations: Extended Edition arrives on the Windows Store in September, it will pack the game's full lineup of 24 nations, allowing you to control one on its journey through 6,000 years of history. The expansion, Thrones and Patriots, will also be included. Xbox Live integration is here, including achievements and cloud saves, as well.

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Another Million People Cut the TV Cord Last Quarter

In the last quarter another million customers have decided to cut the cord, reports SNL Kagan, a marketing and communications firm. At this rate, pretty soon there will be no more TV viewers and everyone will tell you how much they don't watch it or don't own one. Please think of the cable TV providers, won't ya?

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The biggest reason for these ongoing defections? Customers are tired of paying an arm and a leg for bloated cable TV bundles and historically-atrocious customer service, and despite a lot of lip service toward competing more seriously on channel flexibility and price, most cable operators continue to think that raising rates anyway is the best path forward.

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The Ultimate Ryzen Hackintosh

As most of you may know, we love us some Apple (sometimes), but the stuff under the hood is always severely lacking for the price you pay. Check out this beefy Hackintosh build running on some Ryzen hardware that'll grow some arm hair or even arm sleeve tatoos on you Apple fans. It's about time to upgrade your old Hackintosh build. Thanks Peter. A!

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Google Researchers Made an Algorithm to Delete Watermarks From Photos

Researchers at Google have found a way to get rid of those nasty watermarks on the pictures plaguing the internet. Apparently, there is a vulnerability in the way watermarks are placed on the images. Pretty neat, as the algorithm will recognize and remove the watermarks automatically. Take that Getty Images.

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Changing the position or opacity of a watermark does not impact the algorithm's ability to remove the watermark from images. Randomization, the researchers say, is required to keep images from being stolen.

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THQ Nordic Announces Black Mirror

THQ Nordic has a new game coming out. Set in Scotland during 1926, a man by the name of David Gordon visits his ancestral homeland and all kinds of kooky things happen. I thought it was from the awesome anthology series from the BBC, but still gives off a similar vibe.

On 28. November 2017, immerse yourself in a modern re-imagining of the acclaimed gothic-horror adventure series, on PS4, XONE, PC, Mac and Linu

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Blow Me Up - Not Terrorist Related

This looks to be one of those things that would be great to have on hand when you needed to get some extra light to places that you truly need it. A balloon with a reflective backing on one side and a strip of LEDs down the middle. Form certainly following function, the way it should be in terms of utility. The "Blow Me Up" light looks to not be in production as I cannot find the pricing on these, but I am betting these are fairly expensive. I am sure that will be remedied quickly however as intellectual property is hard to control on a global basis nowadays.

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[H]ardware Roundup

Motherboard:

ASRock X370 Taichi (AM4) Motherboard Review @ Funky Kit

GPU:

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 versus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 @ Legit Reviews

Cooling:

Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers

Cases:

Thermaltake View 71 TG Full Tower Review @ Nikk Tech

RAM:

Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3000C15 32GB Review @ OCaHolic

Team T-Force Delta RGB Review @ Vortez

Audio:

Tesoro Tuned In-Ear Pro @ Tech Power Up

Mice & Keyboard:

Tt eSports Level 10M Hybrid Advanced Gaming Mouse Review @ Funky Kit

ETC.

Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop Review @ Tech Spot

Nielsen Jumping on the Esports Bandwagon

Nielsen Entertainment, the research company that decides if your favorite show will live or die on the major networks is planning to monitor the eSports market. The firm has created a new eSports unit, Nielsen Esports will consult in the valuation of sponsorship in the expanding market. Within the past few years, the audience is ever increasing especially among the younger enthusiasts. The public is becoming more enamored with the idea of e-athletes showcasing their "skillz." Better late than sorry.

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ESports is hot -- and growing on a hockey-stick trajectory. In 2017, sector revenue is expected to increase 41%, to $696 million, hitting $1.5 billion by 2020, according to estimates by Amsterdam-based research firm Newzoo. The global audience of core eSports fans will hit 191 million in 2017, growing 50% by 2020 to 286 million, Netzoo predicts.

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Reddit Launches Video Platform for Site

Reddit officially launched its own video hosting. Starting way back in June certain communities were able to upload videos to its page. The platform is expanding for a majority of the communities with moderators given the ability to opt-out. The company's intentions are to provide a more seamless experience for its users. Off the heels of launching its own image hosting, uploads are limited to 1 GB and videos of 15 minutes supporting multiple formats.

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During its beta, Reddit says that the most engaging videos weren't coming from the most popular users - as you'd see on YouTube, for example - but were being leveraged by regular community members as an extension of the conversations they were already having there.

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Thursday August 17, 2017

tacos4me Builds Out Threadripper Done Right

Our very own tacos4me is getting his AMD Threadripper system up and running as shown in the picture below. What you are seeing there is a new Threadripper 1950X, ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard, 64GB of HyperX Predator 3000 CL15, 1TB Samsung 960 Pro, FOUR X GTX 1080 Ti FE video cards, all powered by a Corsair AX 1500 PSU.

He has already found that he is limited with simple Corsair H105 AIO cooling and is waiting for a Threadripper waterblock to show so he can build a proper loop as far as overclocking goes, which is no surprise to us at all.

Certainly a system that would very possibly even make the Intel fanboys jealous! Congratulations tacos4me, you are the official winner of the award for biggest epeen today!

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You can check out the full HardOCP Threadripper CPU review here. tacos4me is using the same motherboard we used in that review and had a very good experience with it. The full thread is here for your perusal.

Bionik Labs' ARKE Exoskeleton with Amazon Echo Integration

If this is not the coolest thing you have seen all day long, please hit up the discussion so I can see what was cooler.

The ARKE is a prototype exoskeleton from Bionik Labs intended for paraplegic people and others with mobility problems. The robotic exoskeleton enables users to stand up from their wheelchairs and walk on their own legs. Bionik Labs integrated the hardware with the Amazon Echo system, allowing uses to issue commands and check parameters by addressing Amazon Alexa, the virtual assistant used for home automation.

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Nvidia Now 3rd Largest IC Design Company

NVIDIA has displaced MediaTek for the number 3 spot in the list of world's largest IC design company. Broadcom remains number one, and Qualcomm number two on the world's largest fabless list.

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GPU specialist Nvidia enjoyed strong demand for data centers and professional visualization applications in the second quarter of 2017, when the company saw its revenues surge 56.7% from a year ago to US$1.91 billion, TRI noted. Nvidia entered the top-3 fabless IC vendors and had the largest revenue increase among the top 10 in the second quarter, TRI said.

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[H]ardware Roundup

Motherboard:

MSI X299 SLI Plus @ MSI X299 SLI PLUS Review @ LAN OC Reviews

ASRock X370 Taichi (AM4) Motherboard Review @ Funky Kit

Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7 @ Guru 3D

CPU:

Athlon II X3 vs. Ryzen 3: How AMD's Performance Has Evolved & Performance-Per-Watt @ phoronix

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 AM4 CPU Review @ Modders Inc.

GPU:

Nvidia Quadro vDWS brings greater flexibility to virtualized pro graphics @ Tech Report

Cooling:

Enermax LIQMAX II 240 Liquid CPU AIO CPU Cooler @ HardOCP

bequiet! Shadow Rock TF2 CPU Cooler Review @ Play3r

CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Nikk Tech

Audio:

Sound BlasterX AE-5 Review: An Uncompromising Gaming Sound Card For Audiophiles @ Hot Hardware

Mice & Keyboard:

Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Tech Power Up

ASUS ROG Evolve Gaming Mouse Review @ Play3r

ETC.

ARCTIC SUMMAIR LIGHT REVIEW @ Overclocked Inside

How To: Taking Pictures of PCBs @ Tech Spot

The Worst Cities in America for Cell Service

RootMetric has published their latest mobile network performance report, revealing the best and worst places for cell service: 125 major metropolitan areas have been tested and ranked based on categories ranging from reliability and speed to data and call quality. Overall, Lansing, MI has come out on top while Hudson Valley, NY sits at the bottom of the list.

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Among the largest 125 metropolitan areas in the United States, Lansing, MI, topped our overall mobile performance rankings during first-half 2017 testing, moving up from 20th in the previous round. Lansing also finished the first half of 2017 ranked #1 in network speed and data performance, #3 in call performance, and #4 in network reliability. The only category in which Lansing failed to make a top 5 showing was in text performance, where it was still a top 10 finisher, ranking #7.

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Bitcoin Is Forking Again

Ready for a third version of bitcoin? A group of bitcoiners, which includes Bitmain (the largest bitcoin infrastructure company in the world) and legendary bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik, has scheduled yet another split for the network in November: the new fork is dubbed Segwit2x and allows for two-megabyte blocks with segregated witness (data, or more specifically, data related to signatures, are removed from bitcoin transactions making them smaller in size).

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According to an announcement posted to the Segwit2x GitHub repository, a bitcoin block between one and two megabytes will be created at block 494,784. After that, anybody who wants to join the New York Agreement signatories on the Segwit2x chain can create bitcoin blocks on top of that one. Thus, a new blockchain with its own set of rules will be created. Bitcoin's timing works via blocks, which can come at unpredictable intervals (although usually around one every ten minutes), and so the exact timing of the hard fork isn't known, but it should occur in November.

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72% of Consumers Don’t Know What Net Neutrality Is

Streaming services fan site Exstreamist conducted a survey of 768 US citizens to get a general sense of the public’s awareness about the recent Net Neutrality decision and found that 72% of respondents have no idea what Net Neutrality even is. Additionally, 81% did not know that the FCC voted to roll back Net Neutrality.

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Maybe it’s a busy political news cycle, perhaps fatigue, or even worse, it might just be a lack of understanding, but the FCC voted this year to roll back Net Neutrality to much less resistance seen in previous efforts. Despite a fervent tech community voicing concern, very few people seemed able to muster up enough concern to protest this decision. And of course, there is also always the possibility that no matter how many people fought back, once enough Net Neutrality opponents were in power, they would have too much control over the decision, and were going to eventually vote for the rollbacks no matter how much resistance they encountered, even with recent congressional concern being voiced earlier this week.

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Xbox One X Pre-Orders Reportedly Launch This Weekend

Tweets are going out suggesting that Xbox One X pre-orders will begin this Sunday, August 20, following Microsoft’s Gamescom press conference/livestream event: it doesn’t seem that farfetched, being that the console will launch in just a couple of months. We will supposedly hear more about Xbox One X game support this weekend.

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The Xbox One X will cost US $500 / آ£449 / AU $649. It launches on November 7 worldwide, though it will do so without Crackdown 3 alongside it. Microsoft has delayed the open-world action game once again, this time until next spring. Xbox One X is a more powerful version of the Xbox One. It's capable of powering 4K games and is a step above other console hardware already on the market (including the PS4 Pro). Despite the horsepower, it's Microsoft's smallest console to date.

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The Essential Phone Is Now Available

Following a number of delays, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is finally available to order at Sprint, Best Buy, and direct from the company: the unlocked model will run you $699, and you can get the 360-degree camera add-on for an additional $50 if you purchase the phone through Essential. In his latest blog post, Rubin explains why his handset is special, noting premium materials and long-lasting support (it’ll get two years of Android software updates and three years of security patches). I love the design, but I’m still not sure about that camera notch up top.

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At Essential, we believe that phones are at their best when they serve you, not a company. Our phone comes standard with 128GB of storage, because it’s a small cost for us to absorb and unlike most players in the market, we’re not out to charge customers for incremental upgrades. We’ve made a 360آ؛ camera because we want to unleash the creativity of our customers. And we’ve built in future-proof technology because we want Essential Phone to evolve with our customers’ needs. This is the phone we always wanted, but we didn’t just make it for ourselves. We designed it around you.

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Deep Silver to Publish Shenmue III

Ys Net’s long-awaited sequel has found its publisher: Metro and Saints Row’s Deep Silver will be releasing Shenmue III for PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in the second half of 2018, both in physical and digital formats. The news follows a crowdfunding campaign that ended at the highest-ever figure for a video game; early 70,000 backers pledged $6,333,295.

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Yu Suzuki, the director of Shenmue III and CEO of Ys Net added, "I am very pleased to secure this global partnership with Deep Silver, which is comprised of incredible men and women who have a deep passion for bringing Japanese titles to the rest of the world. Throughout this process, Deep Silver has expressed a deep passion for Japanese games, the Shenmue franchise and its fans—this gives me further confidence in Shenmue III and that we have found the best partner possible."

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Samsung, Foxconn Back High-Speed Wireless Transfer Tech

Keyssa, a startup backed by one of the fathers of the Apple iPod, has developed a technology dubbed "kiss" that allows large files such as movies to be transferred in seconds just by holding two computing devices near one another. The standard has already garnered the attention of Foxconn, Intel, Samsung, and other industry giants who wish to implement it in future laptops and mobile devices.

The goal is to remove the need for cumbersome and bulky cable connectors inside devices like phones and laptops, which are growing ever-lighter and thinner. If Keyssa is successful, the wireless data transfer technique could eventually be available in a wide range of devices. Keyssa announced last October, together with Intel Corp (INTC.O), that it had come up with a design that could be embedded in so-called two-in-one laptops which feature detachable touch-screens. The alliance with Samsung and Foxconn is aimed at creating a design for mobile phones.

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