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Friday March 27, 2015

Apple CEO Plans To Donate His Fortune To Charity

Why not donate your money to charity? I mean, it's not like you can take it with you.

Tim Cook has big plans for his vast wealth: It's all going to philanthropy, he revealed in a Fortune interview. The Apple CEO -- who's currently worth around $112 million, and holds restricted stock that could be worth up to $665 million -- said he's already been making donations quietly, but he's also looking forward to taking a deeper approach to the whole endeavor.

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Safari Users Win Right To Sue Google Over Privacy

The United Kingdom's Court of Appeals has dismissed a request by Google that would have prevented people from suing the company over privacy violations.

A group of users claim that Google bypassed security settings on the Safari browser to install tracking cookies on their computers in order to target them with advertising. Google said it was "disappointed with the court's decision".

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X On Linux

All you alternative OS users out there should head on over to Phoronix to read their review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X.

Last week NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN X during their annual GPU Tech Conference. Of course, all of the major reviews at launch were under Windows and thus largely focused on the Direct3D performance. Now that our review sample arrived this week, I've spent the past few days hitting the TITAN X hard under Linux with various OpenGL and OpenCL workloads compared to other NVIDIA and AMD hardware on the binary Linux drivers.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Bloodborne Progression Bug Hotfix Coming @ Shacknews

GTA 5 PC Official Trailer Coming @ VG24/7

Ryan Reynolds In Deadpool Costume @ Twitter

Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers @ Blue's News

Watch Team [H] Compete In iRacing's 12 Hours Of Sebring

Make sure you guys watch iRacing's 12 hours of Sebring tomorrow at 9am EST to see Team [H] race. Good luck to OEM and MrMitch, we are all rooting for you!

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Swatting Incidents Lead To Teen’s Arrest

You know how you've always suspected that people that pull this kind of crap are prepubescent teens? Well, it looks like you were right. Thanks to cageymaru for the link.

The most recent incident occurred on Jan. 20 in which, police said, someone called the local dispatch center to tell them he was holding 10 people hostage in the 1600 block of Bridgeport Lane in Camarillo— the home of one of the boy’s female classmates.

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Nintendo Is Still Taking Money From YouTube Stars

Nintendo is being a dick to this girl.

There’s just one problem: Based on YouTube’s rules, if you use even a moment’s footage from a videogame, the owner of that game could claim all of the advertising revenue from that video, or have it removed. This process unfolds through an automated system that presumes you are guilty until you prove your innocence.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX @ BmR

Cooling: Corsair H100i GTX @ Legit Reviews

ETC.: GTC 2015 In-depth Recap @ Techgage

MSI GT80 Titan SLI Gaming Laptop @ Tweak.dk

Storage: OCZ Vector 180 960GB SSD @ eTeknix

Video: PowerColor R9 285 2GB Turbo Duo @ Modders Inc.

Ford Car That Prevents You From Speeding

Oh Ford, you make "I didn't know any of their cars could go faster than the speed limit" jokes so easy. wink

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My Experience With Cutting The Cord

I'm not a cable cutter just yet, but articles like this sure make me wish I was.

It’s been a little over a month since I disconnected my AT&T U-verse TV service. I’ve never been a huge television or movie buff and although I occasionally get sucked into a good series, most current shows can be found online. What has kept me coming back to cable is college football. Last February, however, Sling TV launched the first over-the-top service to deliver live sports from the ESPN family of networks. I’m now an official cord cutter and this is my experience.

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Apple Is Hitler, Says Chinese CEO

Hmmm, what's a good way to get attention? I know, I'll compare Apple to Hitler! That should do the trick. roll eyes (sarcastic)

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Jia Yueting, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV (LeTV), has compared Apple to the Nazis in a poster teasing the launch of LeTV's new smartphone. The image was posted to Yueting's verified Weibo page (with more than 5 million followers) and shows a cartoon Adolf Hitler wearing a red armband with the Apple logo in place of the Nazi swastika.

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Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion

Hardware Asylum has published a review of the Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

In this review we will be looking at the flagship product in the exciting X99 Champion Series re-launch the Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion. This is a second generation X99 Super Overclock motherboard that follows in the footsteps of the original X99 SOC Force and appears to be based on the early X99 SOC LN2 design.

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Tops Spin Better In A Vacuum Chamber

How have I never seen this before? For a minute, I felt like I was watching the end of Inception.

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Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak

I know this may be hard to believe, but researchers say that most password strength meters suck.

Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear. That’s the finding from researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, who examined the usefulness of those pesky and ubiquitous red-yellow-green password strength testers on websites run by big names such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Microsoft/Skype.

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The Wargaming.net League Grand Finals 2015

After months of action-packed competition and explosive tank battles, the time has come for the Wargaming.net League Grand Finals! Set to be held in Warsaw, Poland at the EXPO XXI center, the Grand Finals festivities will run from early on Saturday 25 April and finish late afternoon on Sunday 26. The world’s twelve best World of Tanks teams will be meeting on the field to see if they can wrest the title from the 2014 World Champions, Natus Vincere, and take all the glory for themselves. The Wargaming.net League Grand Finals certainly promises to be an eSports spectacle like no other!

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Thursday March 26, 2015

PayPal To Pay $7.7M Fine Over US Sanctions

It would've been hilarious if, in addition to the fine, the US Treasury Department froze all of PayPal's accounts and then refused to answer any of the company's complaints for 180 days. big grin

On Wednesday, the online payment service agreed to pay the fine after reaching a settlement with the US Treasury Department. The fine was levied against PayPal based on nearly 500 transactions totaling about $44,000 that potentially violated US sanctions, the Treasury Department said. As part of the settlement, PayPal did not admit to wrongdoing.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua NH-U9SCPU Cooler @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A Card @ Legit Reviews

CM Storm Octane Mouse & Keyboard @ eTeknix

Storage: Synology DiskStation DS1815+ @ techPowerUP!

Synology DiskStation DS3615xs @ Legion Hardware

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Obedience School Sues Yelper For $65K Over Negative Review

You'd think all the negative feedback this story is going to generate would be way worse than a single Yelp review.

A few months ago, a Virginia woman began taking her dog to obedience class, and when the training wasn’t what she expected, she requested a pro-rated refund and wrote a negative review of the school on Yelp. Now she’s facing a $65,000 defamation lawsuit.

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Amazon Workers Must Sign 18-Month Non-Compete Agreements

I can see requiring a non-compete agreement for corporate executives, engineers or people with access to trade secrets...but warehouse workers?

The job doesn’t pay very much and is grueling, and also has high turnover. Oh, and employees are asked to sign 18-month non-compete contracts that ban them from working for any competitor of Amazon.

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Facebook Developing Solar Drones To Deliver Global Web Access

What is with all these companies that are obsessed with making drones and balloons that deliver web access to remote locations?

The Menlo Park-based company has recently announced plans to deliver global connectivity on the backs of enormous, solar-powered UAV, dubbed project Aquila. The plan is still very much in its initial planning stages but Facebook appears to be dedicated to making it a reality.

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8-Bit Instant Camera Gun

This 8-bit instant camera gun is pretty cool. I don't know what purpose it serves, but it is still pretty cool.

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RSA Conference Bans Booth Babes

If you are attending RSA Conference 2015, be prepared for a distinct lack of both babes this year, thanks to a new set rues for the security event. Please note that this is in no way sexist as the wardrobe restriction also applies to men, especially if they were ever in an 80's metal hair band.

All Expo staff are expected to dress in business and/or business casual attire. Exhibitors should ensure that the attire of al staff they deploy at their booth (whether the exhibitor’s direct employees or their contractors) be considered appropriate in a professional environment. Attire of an overly revealing or suggestive nature is not permitted. Examples of such attire may include but are not restricted to:

  • Tops displaying excessive cleavage

  • Tank tops, halter tops, camisole tops or tube tops

  • Miniskirts or minidresses

  • Shorts

  • Lycra (or other Second-Skin) bodysuits

  • Objectionable or offensive costumes.

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Facebook's AI Can See Inside Your Videos And Posts

Ever wonder how and why your Facebook newsfeed looks the way it does?

Today at F8, its annual developer's conference, the network's CTO Mike Schroepfer talked about a specific AI prototype that can identify content in videos and the context of words. While AI for video can identify 487 types of sport activities, another reads sentences to pinpoint possessives from the grammar used. This allows the company to sift through an overwhelming load of information so it can arrive at a newsfeed that's most appropriate for the user.

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Micron and Intel Unveil New 3D NAND Flash Memory

Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel today revealed the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory. Flash is the storage technology used inside the lightest laptops, fastest data centers, and nearly every cellphone, tablet and mobile device. This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with extraordinary precision to create storage devices with three times higher capacity1 than competing NAND technologies. This enables more storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings, low power usage and high performance to a range of mobile consumer devices as well as the most demanding enterprise deployments.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Half-Life 2 Remastered Free @ Steam

Pillars of Eternity Released @ Blue's News

Rainbow Six Siege Release Date Set? @ VG24/7

Star Wars: Battlefront Teaser Video @ Shacknews

Halo Online PC Trailer

Honestly, I can't believe there are currently no plans to bring Halo Online for the PC to North America. frown

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NSA Doesn’t Need To Spy On Your Calls To Learn Your Secrets

Hey, it's "only metadata," what could they possibly learn about you from that? wink

GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives. Often this is without our knowledge, and typically without our consent. Based on this data, they draw conclusions about us that we might disagree with or object to, and that can impact our lives in profound ways. We may not like to admit it, but we are under mass surveillance.

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U.S. Government Wins Millions From Kim Dotcom

The hits just keep rolling in for Kim Dotcom. If it weren't for bad luck, this guy wouldn't have any at all. eek!

The U.S. Government has won its civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom. As a result, the U.S. now owns Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property worth dozens of millions of dollars. Megaupload's founder describes the ruling as unjust and says his team will file an appeal at a higher court.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Dell XPS 13 @ PCPer

Gigabyte Brix S BXi7H-5500 @ HotHardware

Steelseries Kinzu V3 @ ocaholic

Storage: OCZ Vector 180 SSD @ HwC

Video: Battlefield Hardline Benchmarked @ TechSpot

Battlefield Hardline Graphics Performance @ Guru3D

Amazon Cloud Drive Launches Unlimited Cloud Storage

Amazon today announced unlimited cloud storage with Amazon Cloud Drive—two new storage plans for customers to securely store their existing content collections and automatically upload endless amounts of new content, including photos, videos, movies, music, and files. With the unlimited plans, customers no longer need to worry about how much storage is needed to keep their content safe and secure—they can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan or Unlimited Everything Plan and only pay one flat fee per year. A free 3-month trial is available for customers to try either plan:

  • Unlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.

  • Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.

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