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Happy Independence Day

Be safe out there guys. We want to see 10 fingers (if you started with that many) Monday morning.

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Sunday July 05, 2015

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced

Mojang has just announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The game will be free for those of you that already own the PC version, everyone will have to pay to play.

We have exciting news to share! A whole new version of Minecraft is on its way. This time, it’s for Windows 10 Microsoft’s new swanky operating system that’s due for release on July 29th. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you’re one of the 20 million(!) players who have the PC edition of Minecraft (referred to by techy people as the Java version) you’ll be able to download Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows 10 store for free. Other players can get it for the paltry price of $10 during the beta period (the length of which is still being decided).


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Node 202 @ ocaholic

ETC.: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex @ Legit Reviews

Gaming: Batman Arkham Knight Gameplay And Performance @ HotHardware

Saitek X-55 Rhino HOTAS System @ NikKTech

Video: XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation @ Bjorn3D

Who Owns Your Face?

This is an insteresting question. The government and most companies believe that using facial recognition in public is fine but what about you? Do you think it is okay to be scanned in public without giving consent?

In June, government talks about how best to regulate facial-recognition algorithms fell apart. But should a company need your permission before scanning your face? And does the technology really work?


Canadian Judge Rejects Request For Injunction Against Uber

Uber just dodged a bullet in Canada. After all the protests, bans, burnings and arrests, it's nice to have some good Uber news for a change.

Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the application and said there was no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to a copy of the ruling provided by Uber. "We are pleased with today’s ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.


Russian Parliament Approves Internet Privacy Bill

It looks as though the Russians will soon have the right to be forgotten too. Where does the U.S. stand on this again?

Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten", under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name.


Saturday July 04, 2015

MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB

The MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB video card is on the test bench at techPowerUP! today.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti was released just a few weeks ago. It is built on the same GM200 GPU as the GeForce Titan X, but has fewer shaders (2816 vs 3072). While the GTX 980 Ti's GPU is still produced on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC in Taiwan, it comes with the fantastic power efficiency optimizations of the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, which promises lower power draw, higher performance, and reduced fan noise all at the same time.


How Much Does Security Software Slow Down Your PC?

The sad part is that slowing down your PC isn't even the worst part about some of the security software on this list.

One of the main complaints that people express about security software is that it harms the performance of their PC. But how much of an effect does it really have? Independent testing organization AV-Comparatives has conducted a test of 20 leading security products for Windows to assess their impact. Tests were performed on a 64-bit Intel Core i5 machine with Windows 8.1.


Scientist Claims Immortality Within Reach

Just great, if the government sees this, the retirement age will be bumped from 65 to 145. wink

Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE's SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn't have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured. The 63-year-old American believes that he could live till he's 150.


Minecraft: Story Mode Trailer

What do you guys think of this? Normally Telltale Games' stuff is pretty solid so I'm optimistic.


Astronomers Predict Fireworks From Rare Stellar Encounter in 2018

According to NASA, the real fireworks aren't going to start until 2018.


SilverStone Fortress FT05 Review

There is a review of the SilverStone Fortress FT05 posted today at Bjorn3D. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Revolutionary SilverStone FT05 is the fifth generation Fortress computer chassis SilverStone has offered. This one offers the same 90 rotated motherboard that the Raven series offers but SIlverStone has completely removed the 5 1/4 inch drive bays that clutter so many chassis.


Filming Fireworks With A Drone

Set this video to 1080p, hit the full screen button and enjoy. cool


The Awesome Physics In A Simple Sparkler

Who knew sparklers were this cool? I guess in this case "hot" would be the more accurate description.

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These sparks from the sparkler are HOT. I mean super hot. It depends on the kind of sparkler, but the temperature of these sparks can be anywhere from 1800F to 3000F (1000C 1600C). How hot is that? Here are some temperatures of some other things you might have seen.


How Fireworks Work

It is the 4th of July once again and the fireworks will be out in force tonight. How do those things work? Let the let the chemistry experts explain!

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Today fireworks displays are seen on most holidays. Have you ever wondered how they work? There are different types of fireworks. Firecrackers, sparklers, and aerial shells are all examples of fireworks. Though they share some common characteristics, each type works a little differently.


What Kind Of Fireworks Are Legal In Your State

Before celebrating the 4th of July, check the Directory of State Laws to make sure you aren't committing a fireworks felony. cool

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Friday July 03, 2015

[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 XFX R9 290X Black OC Edition CrossFire video card review, followed by our ASUS SABERTOOTH X99 LGA 2011-v3 motherboard review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX mid-tower chassis.

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Windows 10 Editions Compared

Microsoft has finally released charts today showing which features each version of the Windows 10 will have.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

CPU: AMD vs. Intel Price Comparison @ Hardware Secrets

ETC.: CHERRY MX Board 6.0 @ Techgage

Logitech G910 Orion Spark @ CowcotLand

SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard @ pcGameware

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB @ APHNetworks

Video: MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB @ techPowerUP!

XFX Radeon R9 Fury X @ HardwareSlave

XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation Review

The XFX R9 390X Double Dissipation video card is on the test bench at Vortez today.

Today we’ll be looking at XFX’s take on the 390X to see what benefits they can bring to the table. The 390X Double Dissipation graphics card utilises the Ghost 3.0+ thermal design with an all new-GPU heatsink, VRM heatsink and dual-90mm cooling fans.


How Many iPhones Does It Take To Stop An AK-74 Bullet?

It's funny that the iPhone that actually stopped the bullet wasn't really an iPhone, it was a clone. They should have used a .50 cal. big grin


PlayStation Network Down Again

If you are a PS3/PS4 owner with plans to get a little gaming done over the holiday weekend, I have bad news for you. Then again, if you are a PS3/PS4 owner, you are used to this by now. frown

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This Video Shows You What NOT To Do With Fireworks

A big thank you to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for this horrifyingly awesome video demonstrating all the ways you can be maimed or killed by fireworks.


The Nintendo PlayStation That Almost Was

Assuming this isn't an elaborate fake, you have to wonder how much a super rare prototype like this would be worth. eek!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl Expansion @ VG24/7

Broforce July Update Details @ Shacknews

Heroes of the Storm Map Hack Allegations @ Blue's News

Xbox is Coming to SDCC 2015 @ Major Nelson

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower Chassis

For those of you that haven't read our evaluation of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX mid-tower case yet, take some time now to do so. Trust us, if you are shopping for a premium chassis, you do not want to miss this review.

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Today we review the new computer case from Phanteks, the Enthoo EVOLV Mid Tower Chassis. It brings with it full aluminum construction and promises features such as quick release side panels, top mount radiator brackets, a new data drive mounting system, and lots of pretty LEDs in four different colors.


Expert Says Aliens Will Look Like Humans

Wait, if aliens will look like humans, how do we know they aren't here already?

They are often portrayed on screen as little green men with elongated limbs and saucer-like eyes. From E.T to the X-Files, aliens from outer space have captured our imagination for decades. Yet a new book from a leading evolutionary biologist argues that if they exist and we ever encountered them, they would look very similar to us.


Petition Asking For Reddit CEO Firing Tops 16k

It looks like everyone is pissed at Pao again. Even though this is Reddit we are talking about, when nearly 400 subreddits go dark in protest, you know you did something wrong. eek!

A petition on Change.org seeking the resignation of Reddit Inc. interim CEO Ellen Pao seems to have gathered steam today in the wake of the firing of popular Ask Me Anything coordinator Victoria Taylor.The petition, which was started three weeks ago, calls for Pao to step down because the "the Reddit community believes that Pao ... has overstepped her boundaries and fears that she will run Reddit into the ground."


FBI Investigating 11 Internet Cable-Cutting Attacks In California

What's with all these internet cable-cutting incidents in California lately? As a crook, how do you even know which lines to cut?

The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday morning. Agents confirm the latest attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in and around Sacramento, the state's capital.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Ozone Strike Pro Backlit @ OCC

Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD @ PureOverclock

Storage: Netgear ReadyNAS 202 @ techPowerUP!

Video: AMD R9 390X CrossFire Scaling @ ocaholic

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G @ HiTech Legion

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