[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2016 Archive Listing

Friday September 30, 2016

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

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 MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G, followed by our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Sword Master VR article. Finally, we wrapped up the week with our Enermax ETS-T50 Axe CPU air cooler review.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Aurora @ pcGameware

Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

CM MasterBox 5 & Zalman Z9 Neo@ Tech Report

Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX Case @ ocaholic

Cooling: Creative Sound Blaster X7 @ Hardware Asylum

ETC.: Roccat Skeltr Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix

Storage: Crucial MX300 1050GB SSD @ Play3r

Seven Nation Army Song Played Using Only Battlefield One Sounds

It doesn't matter whether or not you like the original Seven Nation Army song, what this guy did is pretty damn impressive. Hell, if you ask me, I like this version of the song better than the original. big grin

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Twitch Offering Ad-Free Streaming To Amazon Prime Members

I'm not sure if I would sign up for Amazon Prime just for this, but add it to the list of cool things you get as a Prime member and it just makes it an even better value.

Here it is: Twitch Prime is a new premium experience on Twitch that is included with Amazon Prime. As a Twitch Prime member, you get free game loot every month, like instant access to the newest Hearthstone hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, or the new indie game, Streamline. You also receive discounts on new-release box games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after launch. And on Twitch, once you link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account, you get an ad-free viewing experience, exclusive emotes and chat badge, and one free channel subscription every 30 days.

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Man Smashes iPhones & iPads In Apple Store

This guy is my new hero. I have no idea why he is smashing all those phones, iPads and laptops with a steel ball but I couldn't help but laugh as everyone just stood there watching him.

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Movie Piracy and Displaced Sales in Europe

A new study published by the European Commission shows that online movie piracy hurts sales....except where it doesn't. This is also assuming the 30,000 respondents in six countries answered a survey about piracy honestly. Seriously, who takes surveys?

This paper presents estimates of lost movie sales due to unpaid movie consumption. We are the first to provide estimates that are recent, representative of the internet-using population, and cover multiple countries. implications for copyright policy.

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Star Trek Axanar Fan Film Lawsuit Continues

Well this sucks. It looks as though, not only is this lawsuit moving forward, J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin might be getting dragged into this whole thing as well. frown For those of you not familiar with the Star Trek Axanar fan film:

The defendants not only want Abrams and Lin communications to help support its arguments on this topic, but they aim to compel the studios to hand over everything from financial documents related to Star Trek to internal discussions about fan films and fan film guidelines. They surely hope that CBS and Paramount's long acquiescence to fan films is further supportive of their position. In response, the studios argue that some of the information is protected by attorney-client privilege or constitutes confidential information and trade secrets.

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More Drone's-Eye Footage Of Apple's Spaceship Campus

There is more drone's-eye footage of Apple's spaceship campus...and it's glowing now. All in all, the contruction seems to be coming along nicely. And, just in case you are wondering, this is not the same guy we showed you before that uses a drone to record construction progress.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Breakaway Announced @ Blue's News

Destiny: Rise of Iron Guide @ VG24/7

Dishonored 2 Trailer @ Shacknews

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Trailer @ GameSpot

States Sue To Block White House Plan For Internet Transition

Grab the popcorn and pull up a seat, this just got interesting. Attorneys general from four states have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the upcoming internet transition saying the move requires congressional authorization.

If you thought the battle over whether or not the "keys" to the internet would be handed over to an international governing body might be over quickly, we've got some bad news. Attorneys general from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada filed a lawsuit this week in an attempt to block the Obama Administration's plan to cede control of the internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in October. The group argues that President Obama must get Congressional approval before "giving away government property."

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Cord-Cutting Could Cost Pay TV Industry $1 Billion in a Year

If cord cutting is costing the cable industry this much money, why aren't they doing anything about it? You would think that cable companies would be scrambling to make people want to keep cable versus cord-cutting.

Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord during the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg42. The results, which are based on an online survey of 1,119 U.S. customers, estimates that pay-TV providers could lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually. That’s because the average cord-cutter saves $104 a monthآ—about 56% of their billآ—from dropping cable TV.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: EKWB EK-XLC Predator 280 @ techPowerUP!

Phononic HEX 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU Cooler @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: FIIL Wireless Headset @ MadShrimps

Memory: ADATA XPG Dazzle 2800MHz DDR4 @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Crucial MX300 2TB 2.5" SSD @ eTeknix