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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the service, sacrifice and honor of the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. So while you enjoy the rest of your three day weekend with friends, family, BBQ and big department store sales, please take a moment to honor our fallen heroes lest we forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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Over the years the meaning of Memorial Day has faded too much from the public consciousness. From a solemn day of mourning, remembrance, and honor to our departed loved ones, it has degenerated into a weekend of Bar B Q's, shopping bargains and beaches where only token nods toward our honored dead is given, if at all. Too many don't know what the day stands for.

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Charter Nears Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55.1B

Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, claims that Charter might be ready to take another crack at buying Time Warner Cable.

Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $55.1 billion in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter. Charter will pay about $195 a share -- 14 percent above Time Warner Cable’s closing price on May 22 -- with $100 in cash and the rest in its own stock.

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The Witcher 3 PC Patch 1.04 Is Out Now

The Witcher 3 PC patch 1.04 is now available for download. Here is the list of changes:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.

  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.

  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.

  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.

  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.

  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.

  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.

  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.

  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.

  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.

  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.

  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.

  • Updates the game icon.

  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.

  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.

  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.

  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.

  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Blizzard Removed Tychus' Cigar @ Kotaku

Bloodborne 1.04 Patch Is Live @ VG24/7

New Destiny Lighthouse Social Space @ YouTube

Star Citizen Asset Leak @ Blue's News

Tweets Send Man To Prison For 10 Years

Just be thankful that we live in a country where brave men and women have laid down their lives just so we could make fun of politicians in our tweets without going to jail.

This is far from the first time someone has landed in jail over their politically dissident Twitter activity, but it’s a stark reminder of how some regimes can hand out over-the-top sentences for what amounts to a Jimmy Kimmel bit in the US.

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European Regulators Tackle Facebook Over Privacy

It looks like Facebook is the latest in a long line of American companies that have caught the eye of European regulators.

At least five data protection watchdogs across the region are questioning Facebook's privacy settings. And in a case that could have broad implications for many tech companies, the region's top court will issue a preliminary decision next month on whether Facebook can continue transferring user data between Europe and the United States.

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Crucial MX200 Review

The crew at Vortez has posted a review of the Crucial MX200 SSD today for those of you interested. Here's a quote from the review:

The MX200 comes in a variety of storage sizes along with 3 form factors (2.5", mSATA and M.2) but only the standard 2.5" variant is currently available with the full 1TB of storage space. All of the drives come with Extreme Energy Efficiency technology, Adaptive Thermal Protection and Exclusive Data Defence along with a useful 3 year warranty.

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Windows App Store Still A 'Cesspool' Of Copyright Infringement

C|Net is calling Microsoft's Windows app store a "cesspool of copyright infringement."

Microsoft has a copyright issue, and it's not a new one. Its software storefronts have long been plagued by scams in the form of misleading apps and products that blatantly steal from well-known, popular and copyrighted TV shows, movies, music and games.

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Uber's Self-Driving Car Spotted In Pittsburgh

I'm going to take the high road by not making the obvious "at least you can't be sexually assaulted, beat up or discriminated against by a self-driving car" jokes.

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It's likely you'll be seeing more on the road in Pittsburgh as the company builds out its local operations. Uber announced in February it would be opening an advanced technologies center in Pittsburgh to focus primarily on the areas of mapping, vehicle safety and driverless vehicle technology.

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[H]ardware Round-Up Memorial Day Edition

Cooling: Fractal Design Kelvin S24 @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: Intel Compute Stick @ TechARP

Ozone Strike Battle Keyboard @ HT4U

SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard @ Tweak.dk

SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse @ NikKTech

Storage: Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD @ APH Networks

Things To Do For Memorial Day

There is a good article about Memorial Day posted at Forbes that we highly recommend reading.

Beyond that one moment at 3pm, how can we honor the true significance of Memorial Day? The Memorial Day Foundation, an organization formed to increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day, recommends a few gestures of respect:

  • Wear a Memorial Day Button from the first of May until Memorial Day.

  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of "National Mourning."

  • Attend religious services of your choice.

  • Visit memorials.

  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

It’s also important that we impart the true meaning of this holiday to our children, so that they grow up understanding that Memorial Day is not about our own pleasure but about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

Joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you cash or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

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.

Intel Headquarters Building Topped with Wind Turbines

Visible from Mission College Blvd. in the heart of Silicon Valley, Intel has installed one of the world's largest operating rooftop arrays of wind micro-turbines on the roof of Intel's worldwide headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Intel's micro-turbines are a proof-of-concept project, in which Intel hopes to collect data that will help the company better understand green power and identify ways to continue evolving its sustainability programs. This is just the latest milestone in Intel's longstanding commitment to innovation and environmental sustainability.

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Sunday May 24, 2015

The Void Will Use Reality to Transport You to a Virtual World

We brought you this story of a virtual reality park called The Void that uses real life props to add to the VR experience earlier in the month. The skeptical responses we received mirrored those in the article, so we bring you the in-depth follow-up article to clarify the real-deal facts and data of what will be a true virtual reality park that looks to be shaping up as a real world-class act.

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Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle

If you are ready for the Master Chief White Box edition, the special edition is available for pre-order now in the US from the usual retailers. The bundle will retail for $349 and includes four Halo games, wireless controller and the white Xbox One console

Later this month, this Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle will be available in limited quantities for a limited time at participating U.S. retailers while supplies last so once they’re gone, they’re all gone!

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RadioShack, U.S. States Reach Agreement on Sale of Customer Data

RadioShack is back in the news this week, reaching an agreement with 38 states over the sale of RadioShack’s customer database information. The states’ agreement averted the sale of prior customers’ most relevant personal data.

RadioShack's databases contained about 117 million customer records, including those of consumer and commercial customers.

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First Software Update for Apple Watch Includes Security Fixes

For those of you who are Apple Watch early adopters, you are bound to have notice some small and some not so small problems with your new watch. Apple has been quick to address these problems and security flaws and has released Watch OS 1.01 earlier this week to improve performance and patch vulnerabilities.

Watch OS 1.0.1, released Tuesday, brings several performance improvements and support for additional languages, but it also fixes 13 vulnerabilities that could enable arbitrary code execution, information disclosure, denial of service, traffic hijacking, privilege escalation and other attacks.

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Firefox for iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

Like to live on the edge and take chances? Sounds like you are ready to be a beta tester for Firefox on your iOS device.big grin Firefox is presently recruiting for its Beta testing program for testers with devices using iOS 8 and above.

A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work.

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What's New on Netflix and Amazon for June 2015

We are heading into the summer TV season and June is going to be a busy time for both Netflix and Amazon Prime. Both streaming services use a rotating schedule of content additions and removal for each month. A complete listing is included in the article. Check it out. cool

The big news for June is the return of "Orange Is The New Black" on Netflix with its third season. All 14 episodes hit on the same day, June 12. Binge watchers will also enjoy getting "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." which arrives June 11.

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This Week Marks the 25th Anniversary of Windows 3.0

We would be remiss in our duties if we didn’t mention the 25th anniversary release of Microsoft’s revolutionary Windows 3.0 on May 22nd, 1990. Windows 3.0 interface brought Microsoft up to an even par with the Mackintosh system and came preinstalled on new personal computers. Happy Anniversary 3.0! cool

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Windows 10 Build 10122 Upgrade Failure Work Around

Have you tried several times to install Windows 10 Build 10122 on your device, go all the way through the motions and just when you think you are home free, you get this somewhere around the 18% mark: Couldn’t update to Windows 10? Gabe Aul has just the fix for you.

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Prototype Hoverboard Breaks Guinness World Record

Marty McFly would certainly approve of this version of the hoverboard, Griff wouldn’t stand a chance. big grin A new Guinness World Record for longest distance covered on a hoverboard was made last August and this video was recently added to Guinness World Records YouTube channel. The flight and invention both belong to Canadian Catalin Alexandru Duru, but any other information is scarce on future plans for his invention.

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Need for Speed 2015 Reboot Trailer Revealed

To coin a phrase from Top Gun: I feel the need, the need for speed. Your wish for speed will be fulfilled in the new reboot of Need for Speed 2015. Ghost Games and EA provided a teaser trailer as a promotion prior to E3 2015 and the release of the first full gameplay trailer. The Need for Speed is expected to be released this fall.

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Oculus and Founder Sued by Total Recall Technologies

Palmer Luckey and Oculus are being sued by Total Recall Technologies, a head-mounted display startup group, for violation of a non-disclosure agreement back in 2011 when Luckey was building a prototype for TRT.

"Throughout the latter half of 2011 and into 2012, Seidl provided confidential feedback and information to Luckey in order to improve the design of the head-mounted display," TRT asserts.

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Microsoft Making Outlook.Com Prettier and More Useful

If you use and like Microsoft Outlook, but feel it could use a bit of sprucing up and modernization? Microsoft has heard your feedback and has updated and upgraded Outlook.com to be more functional and pleasing to the eye. cool

We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you -- featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more.

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Analysts Claim AMD Will Be Bankrupt by 2020

A report from Kerrisdale Capital Investment sees doom and gloom in the future of AMD. In fact, the report specifically points to the year 2020 that AMD finally succumbs to the failure to successfully diversify into other growth markets.

It notes that the ongoing corporate refresh cycle has boosted many companies' revenues but not really AMD's, as it is too dependent on the volatile consumer PC segment.

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Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues BBC Over Film

We posted a while back about the Grand Theft Auto movie starring Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe. The original news item has drawn the attention of Rockstar Games and the gaming company wasn’t too thrilled about the movie. Rockstar has made the decision to sue the BBC for trademark infringement.

A Rockstar spokesperson said: "Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.

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Saturday May 23, 2015

US Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Reform Bill

Unless the US Senate can get its act together on the 31st and work at the speed of light, (something the Senate is not well known for), the NSA Surveillance Reform Bill will be dead in the water.

The House of Representatives voted 338-88 last week to approve the USA Freedom Act. The legislation would leave telephone records in the hands of carriers, while allowing the NSA to continue to collect telephone and business records in a more targeted manner.

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Kitchen Table Uses No Electricity to Regulate Room Temperature

No, it’s not the infamous 10K desk, but it is a functional heating and cooling apparatus in the form of a desk. It’s called a Zero Energy Furniture table and its capable of reducing heating requirements by 60% and cooling by 30% without the use of electricity. I guess that makes this table a hot item while still being cool. big grin Thanks to Forum member Germanium for the linkage.

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Want JRPGs on Xbox One? Just Keep on Asking

If you are a fan of Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPG’s) and would like to see them make a transition to Xbox One, all you have to do is keep on asking. According to a statement by Microsoft Xbox One boss Phil Spencer, it seems like a good bet that JRPG’s will eventually make a debut on Xbox One.

"It's a good and fair question. Keep asking until we show you something you like," Spencer replied. "I can't share specific plans now, sorry."

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