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Friday April 17, 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 Moving to Real World Benchmarks in SSD Reviews editorial, followed by our evaluation of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X article. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the SilverStone Argon AR-05 Low Profile CPU cooler.

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Noctua NH-U9S CPU Cooler

Another review of the Noctua NH-U9S CPU cooler has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at Overclockers Club doing the reviewing.

While All-In-One (AIO) coolers are great, it doesn't always fit within the users build preference or budget. It's also true that not every consumer wants to overclock, but do like the idea of lower temperatures compared to stock coolers. The NH-U9S fits perfectly within the socket specifications for Intel or AMD. This is great for small form factors like ITX or M-ATX motherboards.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ HardwareOverclock

Cooling: Raijintek Triton A-I-O Cooler @ BmR

Storage: Crucial BX100 500GB SSD @ APH Networks

Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD @ techPowerUP!

Video: Grand Theft Auto V Benchmarked @ TechSpot

GTA V for PC - How Does It Run? @ TechnologyX

GTA V On The PC Is So Realistic

Why is GTA V for the PC the best version ever? Because it's so realistic. big grin

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Verizon Breaks Pay-TV Bundle As Competition Mounts

It looks as though Verizon is finally starting to listen to its customers when it comes to cable bundles. Could cable companies finally be on the verge of true la carte TV packages?

Verizon (VZ) is breaking the TV Cable Bundle as competition mounts and cable cutters grow. A new FIOS TV package from Verizon lets customers pick groups of channels they want to watch. This, Verizon says, will give customers flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch. This is the latest sign of how Pay TV providers are adapting to stepped up competition and the growing number of "cord cutters".

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Regional Robot Battles Set Scene of FIRST Competition

High school students from around the world are gearing up to showcase their innovative builds for the FIRST Robotics Competition, held in St. Louis, Mo., April 22-25. But the work that went into their robots started many, many months ago. Students and their engineer mentors brainstorm efficient building methods throughout the year. By the time the kits from For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, arrive in January, everyone is buzzing with ideas.

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PCIe SSD Roundup

The crew at PC Perspective have rounded up a handful of PCIe SSDs and put them to the test today.

While it may not be faster than the ultimate top end speed of the Intel SSD 750, I believe it to be faster where it matters most. The better handling of IO's less than 4K in size helps with responsiveness in small file manipulations and other operations that are more likely to be encountered in consumer setups. We know the NVMe SM951 is coming to OEMs, but we would *really* like to see it in retail as well.

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U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said Leaning Against Comcast Deal

I don't think Comcast and Time Warner will be too happy to hear about this. eek!

Attorneys who are investigating Comcast’s $45.2 billion proposal to create a nationwide cable giant are leaning against the merger out of concerns that consumers would be harmed and could submit their review as soon as next week, said the people. The final decision about the deal will be made by the division’s senior officials.

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Must Watch Star Wars Teaser Trailer

Star Wars fans know what I'm talking about. big grin

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The 2015 PDC Hypothetical Asteroid Impact Scenario

This simulator is cool but it lacks two very important things...Bruce Willis and a soundtrack by Aerosmith.

This webpage does not describe a real potential asteroid impact. The information on this page is fictional and provided only to support an emergency response exercise conducted during the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) 2015 Planetary Defense Conference in Frascati, Italy, April 13-17, 2015. This is only an exercise.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Blizzard Killing Diablo III Trial Rifts @ Blue's News

GTA 5 Hacked To Allow Modding @ Shacknews

GTA 5 PC Windows Install Bug Coming @ VG24/7

No Campaign Mode for Star Wars: Battlefront @ GameSpot

Dutch Launch Criminal Investigation Into Uber

Holy cow, the list of countries going after Uber just keeps growing and growing. eek!

Dutch prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Uber for providing an illegal taxi service in violation of a court order, a statement said on Friday. It was the latest setback for the taxi service, which has been banned in several European countries in recent months.

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Funny Video of the Day

I have no doubt that most of you have been in this situation at some point in your career.

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Apple Stores To Offer Watch Workshops

What is wrong with this picture?

Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering "Apple Watch Basics" workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Xigmatek Aquila @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Ozone Argon @ pcGameware

ROCCAT Tyon @ ThinkComputers

Podcast: PC Perspective Podcast #345 @ PCPer

Storage: Crucial BX100 500GB SSD @ OCInside

Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD @ HotHardware

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Denied Nintendo Games In Prison

This is an outrage! A human rights violation! How can you deny Nintendo to people in prison? This is cruel and unusual punishment! roll eyes (sarcastic)

Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play games on his Nintendo 8-bit console in prison. The prison denied the request because there's no way to open the box to check it for concealed items, a decision the Pirate Bay operator is now appealing before the administrative court.

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WikiLeaks Republishes Hacked Sony Data In Searchable Database

Other than a desperate attempt at staying relevant, I have no idea why WikiLeaks would put thousands of Sony employees personal information in a searchable database. frown

"The attackers used the dissemination of stolen information to try to harm SPE and its employees, and now WikiLeaks regrettably is assisting them in that effort," Sony Pictures said in a statement. "We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks' assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security, and privacy of our company and its more than 6,000 employees."

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NASA: Nobody's Going To Mars Without Our Help

Honestly, If I am going to be shot out into space on a one way trip to Mars, I'd definitely want NASA's help.

NASA's top priority is still taking humans to Mars, and it says private companies who want to do the same don't stand a chance without its support. Administrator Charles Bolden told a US House budget committee, "our ultimate focus is the journey to Mars and everything comes back to that," adding that the agency still plans to land there by the 2030s.

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Google Fixes 45 Security Flaws With Release of Chrome 42

With the release of Chrome 42 for Windows, Mac and Linux, Google has fixed 45 security flaws and removed NPAPI support.

Judging by the bug bounties paid out by Google, the most serious vulnerability fixed in Chrome 42 is a cross-origin bypass flaw in the HTML parser (CVE-2015-1235). The discovery of this high severity bug earned an anonymous researcher $7,500.

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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.

More Developments In NVIDIA's Patent Dispute With Samsung

NVIDIA's case in the ITC is scheduled for hearing in late June 2015, and we got a positive sign earlier this month in a pretrial decision known as a Markman ruling in which the presiding judge ruled in favor of NVIDIA’s preferred construction of nearly all of the disputed language in our claims. Two things have happened in recent days that are worth being aware of.

First, we have now countersued Samsung in the U.S. District Court in Virginia, citing four graphics patents beyond the seven cited in the ITC and Delaware cases. (The four patents are described in our latest filing here.) These newly asserted patents in our countersuit are scheduled to be decided at the same time as Samsung’s case against us.

And, second, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne has set a date of Jan. 11, 2016, for the trial to begin in Virginia. This will focus on Samsung’s asserted six patents against NVIDIA, and two patents against our customer Velocity Micro, as well as on our four patents asserted against Samsung.

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AMD Reports 2015 First Quarter Results

AMD today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2015 of $1.03 billion, operating loss of $137 million and net loss of $180 million, or $0.23 per share. Non-GAAP(1) operating loss was $30 million and non-GAAP(1) net loss was $73 million, or $0.09 per share.

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Intel Announces Closing of Lantiq Acquisition

Today Intel announced the completion of its purchase of Lantiq, a leading supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. The acquisition will enable Intel to extend its success in cable home gateways into DSL and fiber markets, giving it expanded coverage of broadband access methods around the world. The teams have already begun developing innovative ways to use their combined IP to create new products to benefit customers.

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Thursday April 16, 2015

Battlefield Hardline Community Most Wanted List Is Back

A post on the official Battlefield Hardline blog announced the return of the Battlefield Hardline Community Most Wanted List. In addition to a host of new fixes, including ones for NVIDIA drivers, Punkbuster, TDM spawns and weapon balancing, EA also added Rent-A-Server functionality for all console platforms as well.

As you know, we’re always listening to player feedback. You guys helped us shape Battlefield Hardline into what it is today - and that will continue, even with the game out in stores. We’ve been surveying a lot of the feedback by you, the players, and below are the top fixes you can expect when the first patch is released on all platforms. We’ll share that date with you soon.

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Apple Fixes Vulnerability In Safari On Billions of Devices

But...but...but...there is no such thing as a "vulnerability" on Apple devices. This is obviously a smear campaign against the most technologically advanced company on the planet.

When Apple pushed out its most recent round of patches last week it fixed a cookie vulnerability that existed in all versions of Safari, including those that run on iOS, OS X, and Windows. According to researchers who dug it up, the number of affected devices may total one billion.

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The Roomba For Lawns Is Really Pissing Off Astronomers

How in the hell do you go about pissing off astronomers? The folks at iRobot found a way.

But one group is really, really unhappy about this boon to the slothful: Astronomers. Some of them are so upset, in fact, that their objections might put the kibosh on the whole thing. How could this be? In a scenario that sounds straight out of the Golden Age of sci-fi, it all comes down to robots versus telescopes, and how they all communicate.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: SilverStone Kublai KL05-W @ PCPer

Cooling: 17 CPU Water Coolers @ Hardware.Info

X2 Eclipse Advanced CPU Cooler @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Laptop @ Techgage

X99 mATX Gaming Rig How-To @ ocaholic

Storage: Thecus N4310 NAS Server @ NikKTech

WD My Passport Ultra Metal @ TechARP

GoPro's CEO Is Highest Paid Executive In America

The CEO of GoPro is now the highest paid executive in the United States.

The 39-year-old was granted 4.5 million restricted stock units that were valued at $284.5 million at the end of 2014, which would give him the No. 1 spot on the Bloomberg Pay Index, the first daily ranking of the highest-paid U.S. executives. He received the grant in June 2014, three weeks before the San Mateo, California-based company first sold shares to the public, according to its prospectus in November.

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GameStop To Start Selling Retro Games And Consoles Again

Sure, they will probably give you $5 store credit for something and turn around and sell it for twenty times as much but I am actually kind of excited about this.

The video game retailer is about to start accepting old games and systems (going back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System) as trade-ins at about 250 test locations in New York City and Birmingham -- sorry, fellow Texans. They're going to start collecting them and shipping them off to their Refurbishment Operations Center (which is here in Texas) so they can be prepped for new ownership.

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