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Friday November 18, 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 Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 600W Power Supply, followed by our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance - Google Earth VR article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX12 Performance Review.

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Play3r

Cooling: AeroCool Dead Silence 120mm @ HardwareOverclock


SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Headset @ MadShrimps

Gaming: Hitman First Season Review @ Overclockers Club

Motherboards: ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional @ techPowerUP!

Power Supply: Corsair HX850i 850W PSU @ LanOC

Manned Spaceflight Is A Waste Of Resources

This guy seems to think that, just because we have VR and robots, manned spaceflight is just a waste of resources. So what do you think? Is he on to something or just on something?

Virtual reality goggles are also getting very good at giving people the sense of being outside their bodies. The right equipment mounted on a robot on another planet could allow every human on earth with Internet access a chance at feeling like they are on another planet. So why go the expensive, manned spaceflight route? What often goes unstated is the role of business in lobbying for the most expensive space program possible.


TV Anchor Fails Hilariously At Google Quick Draw

There are "fails" and then there are "fails" that are so bad, they are almost NSFW on TV. You have to admit, the minute she started drawing a canon we all know where it was going from there. big grin


Apple Charging $149 To Fix 'Touch Disease'

Remember that iPhone 6 Plus design defect story we told you about back in August (here)? Well, it seems that Apple is blaming the "touch disease" issue on consumers and, to top that off, the company is charging $149 for the repair. frown

Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device. If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149.


Conan Visits YouTube's VR Lab

Conan took a trip to YouTube's VR lab and it went about as well as you would expect. I agree with Conan, the future of VR is porn. big grin


Gaming [H]eadlines

Best Gaming Keyboards @ GameSpot

Dishonored 2 free DLC Details @ Shacknews

Fallout 4 Finally Gets Mods On PS4 @ VG24/7

System Shock Remake Next Year @ Blue's News

Xbox Live Black Friday 2016 Sale @ Microsoft Store

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.4

Just a couple days since its last driver release, AMD has released brand new Crimson Edition 16.11.4 drivers for all you Radeon owners out there. According to AMD, these drivers offer support for Sid Meier's Civilization VI. Here's a list of fixed and known issues:

Fixed Issues

  • H.264 content playback may experience playback issues on internet browsers with hardware acceleration when also running gaming applications or content.

  • Radeon R9 Fury Series products may experience minor graphical corruption in Titanfall™2 when inside a titan.

Known Issues

  • A few game titles may fail to launch, experience performance issues or crash if the third party application "Raptr" has its game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is experienced.

  • DOOM™ may experience a crash when launched using the Vulkan™ API on some Graphics Core Next products.

  • DOTA™2 may experience a crash when launched using the Vulkan™ API on some Graphics Core Next products.

  • Flickering may be experience while playing Overwatch™ in the main menu or viewing character models using AMD CrossFire mode.

  • FIFA 17™ may experience an application hang or black screen on launch for some select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress mobile configurations.

  • H.264 content may experience blocky corruption when streaming using P2P content players on some Radeon RX 400 series graphics products.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX12 Performance Review

Make sure you guys take a moment today to read our Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX12 Performance Review. We tested a range of video cards to find out what kind of performance improvements you can expect, if any, and which card is the best choice for you.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has received official DX12 support in the retail release. We will take the newest AMD and NVIDIA video cards and compare DX12 versus DX11 performance. We will also pit AMD versus NVIDIA in DX11 and DX12 and find out how it all compares in the latest version of this game.


iOS Flaw Allows You To Bypass The iPhone Lock Screen

I wonder how the hell people figure out stuff like this. The next time the FBI needs an iPhone's lock screen bypassed they can save a few million bucks and call this guy instead.


Humans Will Not Survive Another 1,000 Years

I have some bad news for you guys. Are you sitting down? Stephen Hawking says that humans will not survive another 1,000 years. The good news? Who cares? None of us are going to be here anyway. wink

The renowned theoretical physicist believes that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or the rising threat of artificial intelligence. He urged people to take more interest in space travel, and said that we must continue to go into space for the future of humanity.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Play3r

ETC.: Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard @ Guru3D

HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard @ BigBruin

Storage: Apacer ARMOR+ 250GB SSD @ eTeknix

Video: XFX Hard Swap Quick Change Fan @ OCC

Study: Smart People Need More Time Alone

A new study conducted by evolutionary psychologists from Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics and Political Science found that smart people need more time alone. I guess that means that, while all the smart people are off being hermits, all of us dumb bastards should get busy partying! big grin

Smarter people can more easily adapt to their surroundings in the modern world, so they don’t need close relationships to help them with food and shelter, like our ancestors did. Or, in the modern equivalent, the Wi-Fi password and a spare phone charger. Their other theory is that smarter people are more aspirational, and want to spend more time working towards their goals, rather than socialising.


Overwatch On Sale For $35

Overwatch is on sale for $34.99 on Amazon right now. This is the lowest price I've ever seen for this game, must be a little early Black Friday pricing. At this price, I'm definitely in for one.


New Apple Book Lampooned By The Late Show

You knew it was only a matter of time before someone ripped Apple a new one for that stupid $300 coffee table book it just came out with. The folks at The Late Show made this advertisement for your viewing pleasure.


Musk: Solar Shingles Will Cost Less Than A Dumb Roof

Elon Musk is now saying that those tempered glass solar shingles he announced earlier this month will actually cost less to manufacture and install than a traditional roof. And, at least according to Musk, that's even before factoring in the savings from the power bill.

Make no mistake: The new shingles will still be a premium product, at least when they first roll out. The terra cotta and slate roofs Tesla mimicked are among the most expensive roofing materials on the market—costing as much as 20 times more than cheap asphalt shingles. Much of the cost savings Musk is anticipating comes from shipping the materials. Traditional roofing materials are brittle, heavy, and bulky. Shipping costs are high, as is the quantity lost to breakage. The new tempered-glass roof tiles, engineered in Tesla’s new automotive and solar glass division, weigh as little as a fifth of current products and are considerably easier to ship, Musk said.


Amazon Discounting Prime Down To $79 Today

Just a reminder to those of you that have been waiting for a discount to jump on the Amazon Prime bandwagon or just looking to get a subscription for someone else, you can get $20 off the regular $99 price tag today.

Amazon will send your gift recipient an email on the day you choose, along with redemption instructions. The gift recipient can start their Prime membership right away. If the recipient is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Gift Card. The one-year gift membership does not automatically renew, and is not eligible for promotional offers.

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Western Digital Expands Next-generation Data Center Storage Family

Delivering the possibilities of data, Western Digital Corporation today announced the introduction of a new entry-level storage system focused on addressing cloud-scale challenges. Expanding its existing systems, solutions and platforms portfolio, the new plug-and-play object storage system, the ActiveScale™ P100 system, provides the foundation for the future of petabyte (PB) scale storage infrastructure. The ActiveScale P100 is the company’s latest integrated storage system, which disrupts the economics of scaling capacity into petabytes, and enables the creation of massive data storage repositories across both on-premise and hosted cloud architectures.


‘Upstreaming’ Artificial Intelligence: Making AI Available for All

Artificial intelligence (AI) — machines that can learn from their results to improve their programming for better results. This is how humans operate. We try something, we judge the result and modify our behavior. What some considered to be science fiction only a few years ago, AI is edging closer to reality as decades of research — combined with advances in compute power, memory, storage, network connectivity, sensors and the software that unites them all — is poised to enable new classes of intelligent predictive analytics. These innovations will bring benefits to multiple industries, and to society as a whole in the way we lead our everyday lives. Al is going to change our lives for the better as machines learn, reason, act and adapt — transforming industries by amplifying human capabilities, automating tedious or dangerous tasks, and solving some of our most challenging societal problems. Intel can offer crucial technologies to drive the AI evolution, but ultimately we must work together as an industry — and as a society — to achieve the ultimate potential of AI.


LEPA Launches NEOllusion, The World's Leading RGB CPU Cooler

LEPA presented the working prototype of NEOllusion at Computex 2016; this unique RGB cooler instantly became a fascinating eye-catcher for its vivid luminance and impeccable RGB lighting effects. After 6 months of product improvement, LEPA now announces the launch of NEOllusion, the world’s 1st* remote controlled RGB air cooler. Unlike most of the peers using LED fans to light up coolers, NEOllusion is designed with LED lighting strips on both sides of the heatsink to create one-of-a-kind illumination effects. On top of that, NEOllusion features a remote control, which allows users to control and adjust the color, brightness and lighting modes. The remote control (effective range up to 3 meters) is included and the operation is very simple and intuitive. No app or software is required; therefore no need to bother with complicated documentation and cumbersome installation any more.


Thursday November 17, 2016

Germany: Facebook Should Be Treated As A Media Company

Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas is pushing hard to have Facebook classified as a media company, instead of a technology company, so that it can be held accountable for the content it publishes.

Germany's Justice Minister says he believes Facebook Inc. should be treated like a media company rather than a technology platform, suggesting he favors moves to make social media groups criminally liable for failing to remove hate speech. Under a program that runs until March, German authorities are monitoring how many racist posts reported by Facebook users are deleted within 24 hours. Justice Minister Heiko Maas has pledged to take legislative measures if the results are still unsatisfactory by then.


Stupid Tech Product of the Day

Apparently the powers that be at Coca Cola thought this was a good idea. How long do you think it will take before some dirty minded person compares this selfie-bottle to POV porn. Wait, I guess I just did. eek!

Fitted with an in-built camera at its base, the gimmicky product comes with a sensor to detect when it experiences a 70-degree drinking tilt, at which point the camera fires up to take a snap of its owner mid-drink. Gefen have a long association with Coca-Cola, masterminding a number of stunts including a 'social robot' to give teenagers the chance to remotely attend the festival.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: AeroCool P7-C1 Tempered Glass Edition @ OCInside

Memory: Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 @ Hardware Secrets

Network: D-Link DIR-885L AC3150 Ultra @ BigBruin

Video: Acer Predator 32" 4K G-SYNC Monitor @ HwC

HIS Radeon RX 460 iCooler OC @ Hardware Overclock

SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games

Because picketing Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Games worked out so well, SAG-AFTRA decided picketing Insomniac Games was the next logical step. roll eyes (sarcastic) Also, is it just me, or is picketing getting pretty damn wimpy? Seriously, when did picketing turn into a one day, two hour affair that is held when everyone is at lunch?

SAG-AFTRA announces they will be picketing Insomniac Games in Burbank, CA today. They are currently striking for better royalties for video game voice actors, and this this their third formal picketing session. The site has directions and details in case you want to picket, cross a picket line, or however you wish to experience this. The union's message to its membership is: "Our greatest strength is our unity and we look forward to you joining us on the picket line."


XFX Radeon RX 470 Video Card Review

Another review of the XFX Radeon RX 470 video card has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the folks at Hardware Secrets doing the reviewing.

The only problem with the Radeon RX 470 is that it is also competing with the Radeon RX 480. Actually, both cards have similar specs, and also similar prices. There are even Radeon RX 480 models that are cheaper than some Radeon RX 470 cards. Unfortunately, we were unable to compare both cards directly, but it is logical to conclude that the RX 480 is a little faster.


Mega Compromised By Hackers

Wait a minute, I thought Mega said it was "faster and more secure" than any of it's competitors on the market. I guess that's now been proven otherwise.

Mega, the cloud storage site originally founded by Kim Dotcom, was hacked this week. Outsiders gained access to part of the site's infrastructure and released source code, and later possibly user details as well. Mega confirmed the hack but says that no user data was compromised.


All Call Records Sent To Apple When iCloud On

How is it legal for a phone manufacturer, not your cellular service provider, to log this kind of information on consumers without them knowing?

The Intercept reports today that a digital security firm has discovered that Apple devices automatically send call history data — phone metadata — to Apple’s servers when iCloud is enabled. Phone metadata is basically everything you think of as "phone records" from watching detective procedurals on TV. It’s a record of what numbers you called (or that called you), when, from where (for mobile phones), and for how long.


GeForce Hot Fix Driver 375.95

NVIDIA has just released a new hot fix driver 375.95 that addresses an issue with low memory clocks on some factory overclocked Pascal cards caused by the GeForce Game Ready 375.86 WHQL drivers released earlier this week. NVIDIA says that this driver has been submitted to Microsoft for WHQL-certification and will replace the 375.86 version online and in GeForce Experience ASAP. Thanks to arestavo for the heads up.


Apple Could Be Make iPhones In US?

With Apple's profit margins being the lowest in fifteen years, I can't see them moving iPhone production to the U.S., but what do I know? According to the anonymous sources cited in the article, Foxconn might even be willing to make some phones here.

Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," a source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns."


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