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Friday May 29, 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 Grand Theft Auto V Image Quality Comparison - Part 5 article, followed by our SilverStone Tundra TD03-E AIO liquid CPU cooler review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the MSI X99A MPower LGA 2011-v3 motherboard.

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20 Of The Worst PC Setups

It's time once again for Think Computer's monthly Worst PC Setups feature. If you've ever moved into a new apartment, house or dorm room, you can totally relate to this one. wink

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GIGABYTE Readies FM2+ Series Motherboards For AMD's Godavari APUs

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce that its lineup of FM2+ motherboards is now compatible with the newly launched Godavari APU from AMD. Featuring 12 CPU and GPU compute cores (4+8), the latest AMD A-Series APU brings great support for exciting new technology such as AMD FreeSync™, DirectX™ 12 and also Windows 10 64-bit support. Paired with the connectivity featured on GIGABYTE FM2+ motherboards, the combo offers the best platform capable of delivering great processing performance, smooth high framerates in the most popular online game and a path to easy upgrades with many of the latest technologies available for today’s desktop PCs.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 @ pcGameware

Thermaltake Poseidon Z Forged @ LanOC

Motherboards: Intel Z97 OC On LN2 @ Hardware.Info

Storage: Asustor AS-7004T @ ocaholic

Crucial MX200 500GB SSD @ APH Networks

MSI X99A MPower LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard

If you are planning a motherboard upgrade in the near future, make sure read our evaluation of the MSI X99A MPower LGA 2011-v3 motherboard.

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MSI’s X99A MPower promises to deliver a ton of features at a reasonable price. SATA Express, full speed M.2 support, and USB 3.1 compatibility are all examples of what this motherboard has to offer. The MSI MPower series has never disappointed us before, so we have high hopes for this motherboard.


Silk Road Drug Kingpin Sentenced to Life in Prison

I knew they were going to throw the book at this guy but life in prison? Whoa. eek!

Ross Ulbricht, the hiking, yoga-loving libertarian convicted of masterminding and running the online black market bazaar known as Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison. At the hearing on Friday, Judge Katherine Forrest, who has presided over the gnarled case that has revealed many twisted plots and shadowy secrets since it began in January, delivered her verdict in front of a packed courtroom.


MIT Cheetah Robot Running And Jumping

MIT, home to some of the greatest minds on the planet, has created a running, jumping robot. Next up, a better recording method than "get in this basket, hold the camera and I'll push you down a hill" system. big grin Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.


IRS Believes Massive Data Theft Originated In Russia

Feel free to chime in with your best "In Russia, taxes pay you" jokes.

The Internal Revenue Service believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, Rep. Peter Roskam confirmed to CNN on Thursday.


3 White Collar Jobs Robots Are Already Mastering

Three more jobs lost to robots. Next step, total annihilation of the human race.

We asked Ford to give us three examples of white collar jobs that are ripe for automation. Pharmacists, attorneys and one close to our hearts — journalists. All three of these professions have already been transformed in profound ways most of us may not even realize.


Corsair: What Is Bulldog?

Corsair has a teaser video out called "What is Bulldog?" So, are we taking any bets on what this will be?


AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta Driver for Windows

All you Radeon owners out there should download the new AMD Catalyst 15.5 beta driver, especially if you are playing The Witcher 3 or Project Cars. Let us know how they work on your system in the comments.

This driver release is recommended for The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt and Project Cars. This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 15.5 Beta. This particular software suite updates the AMD Catalyst Display Driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center. This unified driver has been updated, and is designed to provide enhanced performance and reliability.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny: Xur Location And Inventory @ VG24/7

Halo 5 Coming To The PC? @ Shacknews

Heroes of the Storm Launch Event @ Blue's News

New Xbox One Controller In June @ Eurogamer

Corsair Graphite Series 780T

The crew at PC Perspective has published a review of the Corsair Graphite Series 780T today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Corsair’s Graphite Series 780T Full-Tower case is a large, good-looking enclosure with great storage and cooling options! We have really enjoyed our time exploring the 760T’s wealth of features. It’s always a pleasure installing a system in a full-tower enclosure because there is so much room to work with!


Need For Speed Reboot Requires Online Connection

It looks like the next Need For Speed game is going to require an internet connection to play. frown

The publisher broke the news on Twitter last night in response to a fan's question on the subject, but reassured that "the benefits are nice" for requiring the restriction. NFS will require an online connection, but the benefits are nice. More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Thermalright Archon IB-EX2 @ ocaholic

ETC.: Amped Wireless TAP-R2 @ Legit Reviews

Ozone Neon Precision Laser Mouse @ OCC

Storage: Patriot Memory Ignite 480GB @ NikKTech

VisionTek 120GB Pocket SSD @ HiTech Legion

Why Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Complete Disaster

I know this may come as a shock to may of you, but the music streaming biz ain't easy, even if you are Jay Z.

Tidal’s detractors weren’t just the predictably vexatious music bloggers, who described the service as little more than a vehicle for musical plutocrats to line their pockets. The haters also included some of Jay Z’s peers. "They totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid."


Police Seize Pigeon Over Spying Fears

Using pigeons to spy on people? That's some old school spying right there. eek!

Indian police said Friday they have detained a pigeon that flew into a village near the heavily militarised border with Pakistan on suspicion it was being used for espionage. Kaushal said police had alerted intelligence services over the discovery of the pigeon in the northern state of Punjab.


Wi-Fi Access Point Scans Can Betray A Person's Location

While this may sound like something that would happen in a low-budget movie, researchers say that, not only is it possible, it is happening.

Many Android applications collect information on Wi-Fi access points, which researchers contend can be used to figure out where a person is more than 90 percent of the time. The privacy implications of Wi-Fi access point scanning is often overlooked but presents a risk if the information is abused, according to the study, written by the Technical University of Denmark, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Copenhagen.


Google Intensifies Focus On Its Cardboard VR Device

Remember when everyone thought Google Cardboard was some kind of joke? Who's laughing now?

At this year’s I/O, Google is doubling down on Cardboard with initiatives meant to expand virtual reality to as many phones as possible. First of these is a new software kit that will make it easier for developers to build Cardboard apps for iPhones. The company also redesigned the cardboard hardware so that it is easier to fold and can now accommodate any smartphone, including popular, larger-screen, so-called phablets.


The Female Programmer Behind Atari’s Centipede

This video sure brings back some memories.


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NVIDIA: The Battle For Your Living Room Has Begun

At its annual developer conference Thursday, Google described how it’s bringing Android — and its 1.3 million apps and Google-powered cloud services — to your living room with Android TV. Ten days later, industry watchers expect Apple to introduce a new version of Apple TV at its annual developer conference. This isn’t the first time that tech giants have tried to reinvent TV. But it is the first time all the pieces have been in place. For one, the content’s already here — Netflix, YouTube and Twitch.tv are thriving on smartphones, PCs and connected streaming boxes. So are the apps — with mobile game developers showing how content and community can be bound together in powerful new ways. The last piece is the power to put all this at your command. That’s NVIDIA SHIELD, Android TV’s flagship device.

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ASUS Announces Support for AMD A-Series ‘Godavari’ APUs

ASUS AMD FM2+ motherboards paired with the new AMD A-series APUs offer excellent-value and performance for its class. If you are a proud owner of an ASUS AMD FM2+-based motherboard, you will be happy to know that they are now ready for the latest AMD ‘Godavari’ APUs after a new BIOS update. ASUS FM2+ A88X, A78, A68H, A58 and A55-series motherboards all support AMD A-series APUs for accelerated performance all the way up to 4K/UHD resolution. A simple update using USB Flashback or EZ Update utilities and you’re good to go, an improved integrated-graphics driver can also be downloaded now for existing ASUS FM2+ motherboard owners.


Thursday May 28, 2015

Apple Fails To Disqualify E-Book Antitrust Monitor

Despite the company's repeated attempts to disqualify the antitrust compliance monitor appointed by the courts in 2013, a federal appeals court rejected Apple's appeal today, bringing the case to a close.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote installed Bromwich through a permanent injunction in October 2013, three months after she ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice by finding that Apple had played a "central role" in conspiring to raise e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.


Inbox By Gmail Is Now Open To Everyone

Google announced today that Inbox by Gmail is now open to everyone, invitations are no longer required.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ HighTech Legion

ETC.: MSI AG240 AIO PC @ Tweak.dk

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

PSU: LEPA MaxPlatinum Series 1700W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD @ Neoseeker

ASUS H81M-A Motherboard

Hardware Secrets has the ASUS H81M-A motherboard on the test bench today. Certainly worth checking out if you are looking for an Intel based mATX motherboard for your next build.

Today, we are going to take a look at the ASUS H81M-A, a value socket LGA1150 motherboard based on the Intel H81 chipset. It has only two memory sockets, one PCI Express x16 slot, two USB 3.0 ports, and two SATA-600 ports. Let's see whether it is a good pick.


Second Series Of DARPA-Sponsored Web Games Released

The initial phase of a DARPA program that used publicly accessible online games to accelerate the verification of software has helped produce hundreds of thousands of program annotations in common software programming languages, adding credence to the idea that digital games can be an effective means of crowdsourcing solutions to software problems. The results have inspired DARPA to launch a new round of games with the goal of extending the successes to date and learning more about the approach’s potential.


PC Market To Stall Ahead Of Windows 10

According to industry analysts using a custom "glocal" research model, it has been determined that PC shipments will decline 6.2% ahead of the launch of Windows 10. Our very own in-house analyst verified these findings.

According to the latest figures from IDC's Quarterly PC Tracker, PC shipments are expected to decline 6.2 percent in 2015, due in part to a slower-than-expected consumer transition to Microsoft's new OS, which is set to launch later this year. IDC says the free Windows 10 upgrade will reduce the need for consumers to rush out to buy a new computer.


Twitter CEO: We Need To Show Wall Street We Can Deliver

I don't think it is a very good sign that, at this point in the game, Twitter's biggest concern is that it hasn't proved to Wall Street that it can deliver.

"People believe the strategy," he said. "They buy it. But we have to show that, ‘It’s great you reached a billion people on and off your site — help me understand how you’re going to monetize that. Show me how you’re going to monetize that.’ Those are things we know and we need to show them how we do it."


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