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Friday November 27, 2015

Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Motherboard

The crew at Modders Inc. spent a little quality time with the Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 motherboard and feel that it is a solid bang-for-buck option.

In fighting game circles, there is an interesting technique called "option select" which is essentially a combination of moves that guarantee the maximum possible best-case coverage depending on the scenario. While performing the exact same button or joystick combination, the result changes and switches in reaction to the opponent just by virtue of how the game engine works.


Black Friday Sales Numbers Are Useless And Wrong

Wait, does this mean all those other Black Friday stories were useless and wrong?

Unfortunately, preliminary Black Friday reports contain almost no useful information about the state of the economy. The first round of stories — the ones on Thursday evening or Friday — are driven almost entirely by anecdote: How many people showed up at the mall where a TV crew happened to set up its cameras? How long do the lines seem to be compared to last year, according to a mall manager with a vested interest in making sales look good? How much was spent by the handful of families willing to talk to journalists on their way back to the car? These stories help fill airtime on what is typically a slow news weekend, but they aren’t good for much else.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Antec Signature S10 @ Technic3D

ETC.: CM Storm Xornet II @ OCInside

SteelSeries Rival 100 Gaming Mouse @ HwC

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger @ ocaholic

Video: Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Gaming @ techPowerUP!

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 AMP! @ TechnologyX

No Cure For Fallout 4's Blurry-Vision Bug?

Anyone run into this problem playing Fallout 4?

I have no idea how I picked it up. It must have happened last night on the walk back from The Memory Den in my second playthrough (where I am not using fast travel). Google "blurred Fallout 4" and you'll kick up panicked threads such as this one at GameFAQs. Others have reported glitches where their vision is in black-and-white (also an effect of taking a critical hit). There appears to be no cure for this.


NZXT H440 New 2015 Edition

The crew at Vortez has published a review of the NZXT H440 New 2015 Edition today. We reviewed the standard version of the NZXT 440 here last year.

The H440 2015 Edition slipped onto the market in a rather subtle way in October but hopes to make a lasting impression. NZXT has built on the success of the popular H440 by refining the cosmetics – furnishing this 2015 Edition with an all-black matt finish which contains anti-scratch properties. The height and depth of the chassis has increased and a PWM fan hub makes an appearance too.


Windows 10 Usage Climbing As Windows 7 Share Drops Sharply

According to this data, Windows 10 market share is up at the expense of Windows 7.

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The latest data from the massive United States Digital Analytics program shows that Windows 10 usage has climbed sharply, with older versions, including Windows 7 and Windows XP, dropping steeply. The only other desktop platform showing signs of growth is Chrome OS.


Rainbow Six: Siege Open Beta Begins...Again

Apparently the Rainbow Six: Siege open beta hit a few snags right out of the gate but, according to this forum post, everything is back on track and should be good to go now.

We’re currently seeing issues with matchmaking times and disconnection on all platforms. As such we’re postponing the Open Beta until a later time and keeping the game under Closed Beta status. We apologize for the delay and can assure you this is our top priority. We will keep everyone updated regularly as we continue to deploy improvements.


Here's The Tech You Shouldn't Buy On Black Friday

The guy that runs The Cheapskate blog at C|Net has made a list of tech things you shouldn't buy on Black Friday.

It's widely regarded that the best tech deals of the year happen on Black Friday. It's also woefully inaccurate. Yes, there will be some bargains worth considering -- if not standing in overnight lines for -- but as you've probably discovered, stores large and small have turned a single day into an entire season of sales.


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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.

How GPU-Accelerated Computing Is Putting A Crimp On Counterfeiting

Black Friday is upon us, kicking off the holiday shopping season. While millions are scouring shopping malls for the best deals, GPU-powered technology from a promising startup, Cypheme, could be used to scrutinize the items in our carts to ensure they’re the genuine article. Cypheme’s quest began when the mother of one of its four cofounders nearly died from taking counterfeit medicine. He and three friends — who had been working together on a different project in Silicon Valley — decided to start a crusade against counterfeit goods.

Counterfeiting is a worldwide problem, particularly affecting three major categories of products: drugs and medicines, luxury goods (including alcoholic beverages) and consumer electronics. Each can pose risks to consumer and worker safety, from dangerous side effects to toxic components. Yet the counterfeit industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars a year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.


Western Digital To Participate In Investor Event

Western Digital® Corp. today announced that it will participate in the following investor event:

Event: Nasdaq 33rd Investor Program

When: Tuesday, December 1 at 3:45AM Pacific / 6:45AM Eastern / 11:45AM London

The live and archived webcast of this presentation can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com. Founded in 1970, Western Digital Corp., Irvine, Calif., is an industry-leading developer and manufacturer of storage solutions that enable people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. It is a long-time innovator in the storage industry. Western Digital Corporation is responding to changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage products with effective technology deployment, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Its products are marketed under the HGST and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. Financial and investor information is available on the company’s Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.


Thursday November 26, 2015

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 Review

There is a review of the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 motherboard posted today at Tech Report. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

So, what do you do if you want an abundance of PCIe lanes, but you also want your system to sport the latest Skylake cores? Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard just so happens to tick those two boxes. Selling for $473 at Newegg right now, the Gaming G1 sits right at the top of Gigabyte's Z170 lineup.


Three Goldman Bankers Leave For Uber

It looks like Uber is stocking up on Wall Street Bankers. Any guesses as to what the company is up to?

The bankers are the latest to leave Wall Street banks for Silicon Valley startups, where the lure of more flexible hours - and in some cases stock options and share grants - can be hard to resist. For tech companies, having bankers on staff can help smooth the path to an initial public offering and other capital raisings.


More Thefts Happen on Black Friday Than on Any Other Day

Just a heads up for those of you planning on doing a little Black Friday shopping this year. It would seem that thieves work overtime stealing stuff on that day. eek!

Clothing and apparel, he said, are 40% more likely to be stolen on Black Friday when compared to any other Friday. Toys are three times more likely to be taken on Black Friday in comparison to the average Friday. When Travelers took a closer look inside this category, they found video games thefts are 42% higher on Black Friday when compared to the average Friday. Curiously, theft claims related to electronic items – often the product category that is most splurged upon by Black Friday shoppers – do not significantly differ on Black Friday when put side-by-side with other days.


Thanksgiving [H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Mid-Tower TechnologyX

ETC.: Lenovo Yoga 900 @ HotHardware

MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB @ NikKTech

Motherboards: ASRock Z170 Extreme6 @XtremeHardware

Gigabyte H170N-WIFI @ Hardware Secrets

Power Supply: Cooler Master V550S @ techPowerUP!

Storage: ADATA XPG SX930 @ HiTech Legion

Video: Acer Predator XR341CK @ HardwareCanucks

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming WaterForce @ Hexus

Hilton Says Some Payment Systems Hit By Malware

This would have been nice to know before everyone hit the road this week to be with family and friends for the holiday. frown

Hotel chain operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it identified unauthorized malware in some payment systems that targeted payment card information. A third-party investigation found that the malware targeted specific payment card information, that included cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, Hilton said.


ASUS Announces 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti

ASUS is releasing the GTX 980 Ti version for the 20th Anniversary Golden Edition to celebrate 20 years of making graphics cards. This will be the last chance to get the limited edition gold card. It is not just a GTX 980 Ti in gold, this is the fastest GTX 980 Ti on the planet - even without liquid cooling! Yes, you can buy it, with the GPU base clock set to a whopping 1,266MHz, and 1,367Mhz for GPU boosted clock! To put that in perspective, that is even higher than the mighty ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti with a base clock of of 1,216 MHz and boosted clock of 1,317Mhz! This translates to 22.1% more performance in Grand Theft Auto V and 20.8% more frames per second in Witcher 3 when compared to reference!

Advanced features such as Memory Defroster for LN2 overclocking, color-coded Load Indicator to display GPU load level, and Safe Mode for instant VBIOS reload are all onboard. DirectCU II with 0dB fan technology provides complete silence for general use, while being 30% cooler and three times quieter than reference during more intensive gaming. Each card is produced using the new environmentally-friendly ASUS AUTO-EXTREME technology, which also makes every card consistently better in quality while increasing overclocking headroom.


University of Toronto Receives $200K NVIDIA Foundation Award for Cancer Research

A team at the University of Toronto, led by Dr. Brendan Frey, is advancing computational cancer research by developing a "genetic interpretation engine" – a GPU-powered, deep learning method for identifying cancer-causing mutations. Today the NVIDIA Foundation, our employee-driven philanthropy arm, awarded Frey and his team a US$200,000 grant to further that work — and help them usher in an era of personal and effective cancer care.

Cancer kills almost 600,000 people each year in the U.S. alone. It can be caused by any one of an endless variety of mutations, across many different genes. This can make it hard to identify quickly and treat in a highly targeted way. As computers grow more powerful, scientists are delving into giant datasets and deploying computer simulations to research how cancer develops. Part of our "Compute the Cure" initiative, the NVIDIA Foundation’s grant will help Frey’s team scale up their GPU-powered methods so they can be applied to a large number of personal genomes in clinical settings, ultimately involving hundreds of thousands of genomes.


Wednesday November 25, 2015

Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 Too Sexist For Europe And US

A rep for Koei Tecmo says that he’s aware of how the industry wishes to portray women in video games but that the company did not want to talk about such issues.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the voyeuristic beach volleyball game, will not be released in the US or Europe due to its publisher's apparent concerns over how Western audiences will respond to its depictions of women. The game, which features a sun-tanning system and options to dress its full-figured characters in various costumes, is currently set for launch in Japan on PS Vita and PlayStation 4 in February 2016.


iPhone 8 May Sport OLED Display

Well, this is definitely one way to get me to switch from Android to Apple. I also hope it happens so I can make fun of Apple for bashing the technology not too long ago.

"Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized OLED displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018," an anonymous industry executive told The Korea Times.


Wu-Tang Clan Sells Single-Copy Album For Millions

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin: Six years in the making, only one copy in existence, and housed in an epic package of materials ranging from silver to black cow leather. But is it better than Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers?

According to a release by Paddle8, the upstart auction house that sold the double-album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has been sold to a "private American collector" for a price "in the millions." The sale was agreed upon in May, but it took months to finalize contracts and legal protections for the unusual record.


$10 Tool Can Guess (And Steal) Your AMEX Credit Card Number

AMEX claims this is a non-issue while others claim the number generated is obvious, but this seems like a substantial security issue to me.

His watch-sized gadget, which he calls MagSpoof, can store more than a hundred credit card numbers and emit an electromagnetic field that’s strong enough to hit a credit card reader’s sensor from close proximity, sending a signal that imitates a credit card being swiped. Kamkar’s device also includes a button that implements his prediction algorithm; if a criminal using MagSpoof were to find that a credit card they tried to spoof had been cancelled, the device could immediately generate the victim’s next card number.


Google Lets You Awaken The Force Within

Google has set up a fun Star Wars tie-in that lets you skin Gmail and other apps with light side or dark side stuff with the click of a button. The lightsaber noises on YouTube drove me nuts so I ended up turning it off, but some of you may find it interesting. Also search "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" for something neat.


FBI Has Lead In Probe Of 1.2 Billion Stolen Web Credentials

Well, look on the bright side; it could have been two or three billion credentials that were stolen.

The FBI investigation was prompted by last year's announcement by Milwaukee-based cybersecurity firm Hold Security that it obtained information that a Russian hacker group it dubbed CyberVor had stolen the 1.2 billion credentials and more than 500 million email addresses.


Mars May Become A Ringed Planet Someday

Looks like the Red Planet may be joining Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the esteemed ring club.

In a few tens of millions of years, the Red Planet may completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos, and form a ring of rocky debris, according to the new work. Phobos is moving closer to Mars every year, meaning the planet's gravitational pull on the satellite is increasing. Some scientists have theorized that Phobos will eventually collide with Mars, but the new research suggests that the small moon may not last that long.


Neural Network Describes Video In Real Time

This is obviously nowhere near perfect, but it’s accurate enough to freak me out.

The text in the video by U.S. artist and coder Kyle McDonald was generated in real time by a neural network. McDonald's network -- which was based off a system called NeuralTalk developed by Stanford Ph.D. student Andrej Karpathy -- analyzes live webcam footage from the laptop and then transcribes what it's seeing in text form.


Steam Autumn Sale Is On

Just a heads up that Steam’s Exploration Sale is now active. I see that a "highlighted deals" section now takes the place of the daily sales and flash sales slot of previous iterations.

Why is it called the Exploration Sale? Because you can "discover thousands of great deals". Much like a giant baleen whale sifting the ocean for krill. Only in this instance the krill are actually surprisingly affordable games. And the water is the internet. Or Gaben's secret bank account. I might be reading to much into the accompanying promotional image, honestly.


Future Smartphone Screens May Hardly Need Any Power

I don’t know if this is it, but I have a hunch that we’ll solve that pesky issue of a display using so much power sooner or later.

The innovation, based on the technology that is used for rewritable DVDs, uses electrical pulses to create vivid, hi-tech displays that require no power and can be viewed clearly, even in direct sunlight.


Smartphones Overtake Desktops For Holiday Shopping

Apparently I’m the only one who wants to blow his brains out when he has to browse a site on a smartphone, particularly retail ones with tons of bloat.

Mobile traffic during the five-day start to what is typically the busiest shopping period of the year is expected to reach 56.9 percent of total traffic, up from 48.5 percent last year, according to IBM Watson. And even though everyone who "window shops" on their phones isn't going to buy, mobile sales are jumping too. Mobile sales are expected to account for 36.1 percent of online sales, up from 27 percent last year, according to IBM Watson Trend.


Woman Missing Since 2005 And Feared Dead Was Living In Internet Cafes For A Decade

I guess this one will serve as the strange headline of the day.

Yun said she had lived in several places over the last ten years, including Jinhua, Jiangxi, and Hangzhou, and had survived through donations from fellow internet café users. A decade of playing CrossFire had made Yun so good at the game other users would pay her to teach them the best tactics. She had also occasionally worked as a cashier in some of the cafes to earn extra money.


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