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Tuesday March 03, 2015

ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum Video Card Review

If you are the kind of person that enjoys only the best of the best, make sure you read our evaluation of the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

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The highest overclocked GeForce GTX 980 based video card just landed. If the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Platinum video card with a hybrid air and liquid cooling system doesn't impress you, we are not sure what will when it comes to GPU. We push the Poseidon clocks and pit it against the AMD Radeon R9 290X for an ultimate showdown.

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AMD Takes Aim At Exceptional Content With New LiquidVR Technologies

​Today, at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, AMD announced an initiative to deliver the best possible VR experience for developers and users through new AMD technologies and partnerships. The first output of AMD’s initiative is LiquidVR™, a set of innovative technologies focused on enabling exceptional VR content development for AMD hardware, improved comfort in VR applications by facilitating performance, and plug-and-play compatibility with VR headsets. The upcoming LiquidVR SDK makes a number of technologies available which help address obstacles in content, comfort and compatibility that together take the industry a major step closer to true, life-like presence across all VR games, applications, and experiences.

In virtual reality, the concept of ‘presence’ is described as the perception of being physically present in a simulated, nonphysical world in a way that fully immerses the user. A key obstacle to achieving presence is addressing motion-to-photon latency, the time between when a user moves their head and when his or her eye sees an updated image reflecting that new position. Minimizing motion-to-photon latency is critical to achieving both presence and comfort, two key elements of great VR.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec Nineteen Hundred @ techPowerUP!

In Win 703 and 707 Cases @ XtremeHardware

Cooling: Reeven Hans CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

ETC.: Netgear D6300 AC1600 @ NikKTech

Motherboards: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC @ ocaholic

Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders

I'm not saying that this IS the reason you always have bad cell reception....I'm just saying it COULD be the reason. eek!

But a court filing recently uncovered by the ACLU suggests another reason for the secrecy: the fact that stingrays can disrupt cellular service for any phone in their vicinity—not just targeted phones—as well as any other mobile devices that use the same cellular network for connectivity as the targeted phone.

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Firefox Developer Edition 38

A 64-bit build of Firefox Developer Edition is now available for Windows. Thanks to cageymaru for the heads up!

A 64-bit build is a major step toward giving users rich, desktop-quality app experiences in the browser. Let’s also take a look at some of the other features that make this a release worth noting. If you haven’t downloaded the Developer Edition browser yet, it’s a fine time to give it a try.

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Ghetto Mod of the Day

Today's Ghetto Mod of the Day was submitted by yours truly. In case you are interested, that is a mini-DP adapter connected to a DisplayPort active adapter connected to a DVI cable with a HDMI adapter on the end of it. Got ghetto? Feel free to share your ghetto mods with the world. cool

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NBC Developing A Streaming Service For Comedy?

How many of you guys would pay for something like this?

Much like Disney’s recent revelation that it now owns a bunch of Star Wars and Marvel stuff might justify standalone streaming services, NBC has reportedly awoken to the notion that it might be able to make some money selling access to its comedy library.

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A Guide To The Worst Hoaxers And Liars On Facebook

Ever wonder who is behind all those fake news stories on Facebook? Well, wonder no more, this list of the biggest offenders should help you from getting duped in the future. wink

Ever since Facebook completed its evolution from a Friendster ripoff to an internet-transforming Elder God that can send millions of people to a single website at the twitch of an algorithm, a parasitic sub-genre of "satirical" news sources has latched onto the News Feed and thrived. Some of them lie to readers outright, with believable headlines that are only revealed as fabrications if you click through and read their disclaimers.

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Windows 10: Cortana Integration In Spartan

WinBeta has a quick overview of how Cortana integrates with Spartan. The video below isn't very long but it does give you an idea of what you can expect.

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FCC: Net Neutrality Critics Are Flat-Out Wrong

And you guys thought the net neutrality debate was over. wink

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, today defended his agency's move to regulate the Internet, ensuring that broadband players would be unaffected by his "light touch" approach to the rules. "This is no more regulating the Internet than the First Amendment regulates free speech in our country," Wheeler said in a fireside chat Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress trade show.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Alien: Isolation The Trigger Released @ Blue's New

Battlefield 4 Winter Patch Is Here @ VG24/7

HBO Go On PS4 Today @ Shacknews

'Skyrim' PC Beta Update @ GamePolitics

Apple Pay: A New Frontier For Scammers

What makes detecting crimes like this so hard is that the average Apple customer is so used to getting ripped off that they don't notice when someone else is doing it to them. wink

Banks have been caught by surprise by the level of fraud, and the Guardian understands that some are scrambling to ensure that better verification and checking systems are put in place to prevent the problem running out of control, with around two million Americans already using the system.

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China Wants Silicon Valley's Encryption Keys

As part of a new counter-terrorism law, China is demanding that tech companies hand over encryption keys or get out. I guess we better start packing. wink

The Chinese government has introduced plans for a far-reaching counter-terrorism law that would require tech companies to hand over encryption keys and source code -- even "backdoors" to give Chinese authorities surveillance access.

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TIE Interceptor Drone

If you thought that Millennium Falcon drone we showed you (here) was cool, you'll love this TIE Interceptor drone.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Audio: Creative Sound Blaster ROAR @ Vortez

Cases: Phanteks EVOLV ITX @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Intel Core i5 4690K @ 5GHz @ Hardware Overclock

ROCCAT Tyon Gaming Mouse @ Hardware Asylum

Motherboards: ECS Z97I-Drone @ Guru3D

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Markus Persson

Every time I read one of these articles about how Markus Persson made $2.5 billion off Minecraft, the only thing that comes to mind is "good for him." smile

But there are also a slew of younger Markus Perssons who are hungrier and more attuned to what the next generation of kids wants. Asked about this, the Minecraft creator responds that he’s completely comfortable being a one-hit wonder. Being insanely rich and prematurely washed up apparently trumps the stresses of responsibility over a virtual nation that alternately reveres and despises you.

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Telecom Chief Calls For Google/Facebook Regulation

Should Google and Facebook be regulated just like telecoms? This guy thinks so.

The CEO of Deutsche Telekom has made a call for internet search/services giants Google and Facebook to be regulated in the same way as telecoms companies, arguing that the California-based digital goliath offers the same type of communications services which require telcos to submit to regulation.

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The First Ever Photograph Of Light As Both A Particle And Wave

Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have captured the first-ever snapshot of light as a particle and as a wave.

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WD My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS

Need a storage solution for your small business or home office? Head on over to Legit Reviews to see what they had to say about the WD My Cloud DL4100 business NAS.

These new business models were designed from the ground up to be a high-performance NAS solution designed for small businesses, so you’ll find business class hardware features like a high-performance Intel Atom C2338 dual-core processor, 2 GB of expandable DDR3 memory, dual NICs and dual power ports. Read on to see how the WD My Cloud DL4100 performs when we put it to the test!

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Foxconn Expects Robots To Take Over More Factory Work

On one hand, this is good news because more robots means less people jumping off roofs in China. On the other hand, once the robots get fed up with slave labor...THEY WILL KILL US ALL!!!

In three years, Foxconn will probably use robots and automation to complete 70 percent of its assembly line work, said company CEO Terry Gou on Thursday in news footage circulated online.

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Google Street View Adds Amazon Jungle Zip-Line Feature

The latest edition to Google Street View is the ability to zip-line through the Amazon jungle. cool

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GRID vGPU Explained

PC and workstation users have long relied on NVIDIA graphics. It’s thanks to their ability to do many tasks at once—or in parallel—that people can use complex video and graphics applications. Now, as tablets and smartphones let workers get stuff done away from their desks, a new technology is emerging—our GRID vGPU technology. NVIDIA GRID virtualization technology gives people access to graphics-intensive applications on any connected device. Engineers in the head office can connect with those on a job site, sharing large files with detailed plans for a big construction project. Doctors can get patient medical information on a tablet from any room in a hospital. Architects can share design ideas in the homes of clients, with no loss of fidelity or detail.

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Intel And Industry Leaders Transform Network Infrastructure

At Mobile World Congress this week, Intel announced new efforts with several industry leaders to transform network infrastructure with standardized hardware and software, and help accelerate the industry’s move toward a flexible, agile software defined infrastructure. This enables both telecommunications and cloud service providers to improve network efficiencies and more quickly deliver new services and capabilities for consumers and businesses. Intel is working with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, SK Telecom and others to address demand for new services and improve network efficiencies using Intel® architecture. These new developments and products help enable telecommunications and cloud service providers meet consumers demand for more connectivity and delivery of real-time data.

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Monday March 02, 2015

SilverStone Raven RV05 Enclosure

You guys should head on over to PC Perspective today and read this review of the SilverStone Raven RV05 enclosure. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The 90° motherboard orientation with the Raven RV05 provides what would seem to be an ideal situation for air cooling. Anchoring the thermal solution are the large 180mm fans at the bottom of the case, which are directed upward to pull air up through the bottom vents and out the top of the enclosure.

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ISIS Threatens Twitter Employees Over Blocked Accounts

What's the point of threatening Twitter employees when you can't use your Twitter account to brag about it? big grin

Isis supporters have threatened Twitter employees, including co-founder Jack Dorsey specifically, with death over the social network’s practice of blocking accounts associated with the group.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Corsair Carbide 100R @ eTeknix

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ PCPer

CRYORIG H5 CPU Cooler @ NikKTech

ETC.: CM Storm NovaTouch TKL @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD @ Vortez

The World's Richest Tech Billionaires

Somehow all of us keep getting left off this list every damn year. That Bill guy keeps stealing my spot. big grin

Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he's held for 16 out of the last 21 years. He recaptured the top spot in March 2014 after a four-year run by Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu as No. 1. Early on, the stellar performance of Microsoft, which he cofounded in 1975, boosted his net worth but he's been steadily selling his shares in the software company for at least 15 years.

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10 Technologies Our Cars Should Have By Now

Jalopnik's list of the "10 Technologies Our Cars Should Have By Now has everything from self-tinting windows to projected driving lines. What tech do you think should be in cars already?

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Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI Review

Modders Inc. has published a review of the Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI kit. If you are contemplating an upgrade to a tri-SLI set up, you might want to check out this review.

There comes a time when you have to do something outrageous in order to advance yourself. The companies that are always in the forefront are continuously on this edge, pushing and striving for better products. As a consumer we might ask: Why in the world would they make this and who will buy it?

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Facebook Is The Leading Cause Of....

The bad news is that Facebook makes you depressed. The good news is that Facebook offers counseling....that is if you live long enough to use the service. eek!

The researchers surveyed 736 college students and found that, basically, if you quietly stalk your friends on Facebook and then realize that your life doesn’t measure up to theirs, you feel bad about yourself.

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