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Wednesday May 04, 2016

Someone Just Invented Parachutes For Drones

This is one of those inventions that is so obvious that it is astounding that no one came up with this idea before. At least now when your drone malfunctions, gets out of range or is shot down, it won't hurt anyone on the ground. Hat tip to Railhaus for the heads up on this one.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: ASUS Zenbook UX305CA @ Vortez

HAVIT HV-KB366L RGB Mechanical Keyboard @ NikKTech

Ultra High End Gaming Notebook Roundup @ HwC

Gaming: Dark Souls 3 Video Review @ HT4U

Motherboards: ASRock Z170 Extreme4 @ TechARP

Video: AMD Radeon Pro Duo @ HotHardware

This Is What Happens On The Internet In 60 Seconds

Were you aware that 150 million emails are sent every minute on the internet? Do you know what else happens in the same amount of time? 2.4 million searches are performed on Google. Do you know how much porn is consumed...wait...where the hell is porn on this stupid infographic?

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Corsair RMi Series 650W Power Supply

The Corsair RMi Series 650W power supply scored high marks in this review at techPowerUP today. While there were a few things the reviewer wasn't too thrilled with, the positives far outweighed the negatives, resulting in the PSU getting a "highly recommended" award.

Corsair hit the competition really hard with the new RMi and RMx units. The RM650i, which I evaluated today, performed amazingly in almost all the tests I conducted. Its overall performance is among the highest in its category, well over its main competitor, EVGA's SuperNOVA 650 G2. So far, EVGA was the only company brave enough to provide a ten-year warranty with its high-end offerings, a clear advantage to anyone looking for some peace of mind, but Corsair decided to match EVGA's offer, and from now on, all all AXi, HXi, RMi, and RMx units will also feature a ten-year warranty.


Windows 10 Updates Ruin Everything

Windows 10 updates ruin everything, including pro-gaming streams. The look on this guy's face when the update started in the middle of his match was hilarious. Thanks to Jeff Tank for sending this one in.

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Google's Self-Driving Car In GTA V

This is greatness! You guys better hurry up and watch this video before the powers that be at Google see it and use a copyright notice to get the video taken down (not that they would ever do something like that). wink


Broadcasting Concerts In Virtual Reality?

Depending on the pricing and how this is done, I think a virtual reality concert could be the next best thing to actually being there. It would definitely be better than just watching it on television.

There are no details yet on which musical acts you'll be able to see via NextVR, but the company promises a "regular supply of world-class live music shows." As with NextVR's previous broadcasts, these will be available via Samsung's Gear VR via the Oculus Home app, with other platforms coming soon. The company says the first of its musical VR events will take place this summer, with a full schedule for the following year to come. NextVR has previously partnered with Coldplay to produce a small demo clip for its app, but this is major step up for the company.


Hackers Selling 272M Gmail, Yahoo, And Outlook Accounts

I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that hackers are selling user names and passwords for 272 million email accounts or the fact that it's being sold for less than a dollar. We're not talking less than a dollar for each account, it's less than a buck for all 272 million user names and passwords. eek!

Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru (MAILRq.L), Russia's most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google (GOOGL.O), Yahoo (YHOO.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) email users, said Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security.


Half of American Teenagers Feel Addicted To Their Phones

Only half of the teens in the U.S. feel addicted to the phones? That number seems low. The other half were probably too busy using their phones to respond to the poll. wink

Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found. Its survey is the latest indication of American families struggling to balance mobile devices in an age of ever-evolving technology. It also underscores the ongoing debate over Internet addiction and its consequences.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline Free DLC @ Blue's News

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer @ GameSpot

Overwatch: Open Beta Beginner’s Guide @ VG24/7

Respawn Working On A Star Wars Game @ Shacknews

Fallout 4 - Far Harbor Official Trailer

Bethesda just released a new trailer for the upcoming Fallout 4 - Far Harbor DLC and it looks pretty interesting. According to the trailer notes, Far Harbor will be available for current generation consoles and the PC on Thursday, May 19th. Thanks to acegoober for the heads up!


Tim Cook's Failed Apple Pitch

Tim Cook is being taken to task in this Bloomberg article on the current state of Apple. The author of the article feels that Apple has been misjudging its own business, which has led to a $250 billion decline in Apple's market value over the last thirteen months.

Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted last week that everything was great with his company despite its first quarterly revenue decline since 2003. He and Apple's chief financial officer used the word "optimistic" 10 times during a conference call with analysts. Then the company's share price pessimistically fell for eight consecutive market days -- something that hasn't happened to Apple in nearly 18 years.


[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: CM Storm Quick Fire XTi @ techPowerUP!

Intel NUC Skylake Mini PC @ Legit Reviews

SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse @ Technic3D

PSU: Enermax Revolution X't II 750W @ HiTech Legion

Storage: Synology DiskStation DS216+ 2-Bay NAS @ Techgage

Video: Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! @ HardwareSlave

Teens React To The Original DOOM

It's hilarious watching teenagers playing the original DOOM. There is some mild NSFW language in this video but, if you are a fan of the original game, you have to see how these kids react to a game that is a half decade older than they are. cool


IBM Offering Access To Its Quantum Computer

Interested in quantum computing? IBM is offering access to a five-qubit quantum processor to anyone that is interested. Simply sign up here, and then use the web service called "Composer" to create an algorithm by dragging and dropping different quantum logic gates. What are you waiting for? Sign up and give it a try.

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Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha Case Review

The crew at TechSpot has published a review of Corsair's Carbide Spec-Alpha ATX case. Overall, this is a very positive review with the chassis getting high marks for build quality, price and looks.

The ATX Mid-Tower has always been a favorite of PC builders. It can be transported with relative ease, while still managing to hold a respectable amount of very high-end hardware. The Spec-Alpha is Corsair's latest entry to the market and has gamers squarely in its sights. Priced at $80, this is a case that we very much expect to be a dominant force for a few reasons.


What Facebook Really Thinks Of Journalists

This is a bizarre (but believable) story. Sure, these could all be disgruntled employees that were all fired from this Facebook project but, even if partially true, think about a Facebook controlled algorithm that determines the "primary news experience" for 600 million people every week. Pretty soon, they won't even need journalists any more. eek!

According to five former members of Facebook’s trending news team—"news curators" as they’re known internally—Zuckerberg & Co. take a downright dim view of the industry and its talent. In interviews with Gizmodo, these former curators described grueling work conditions, humiliating treatment, and a secretive, imperious culture in which they were treated as disposable outsiders. After doing a tour in Facebook’s news trenches, almost all of them came to believe that they were there not to work, but to serve as training modules for Facebook’s algorithm.


Happy Star Wars Day

Happy Star Wars Day! In case you didn't know it, May the 4th is Star Wars Day. Be prepared for a bunch of nerdy "May the Fourth be with you" jokes and friends and family wanting you to do a movie marathon today.

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Star Wars Day, May 4, celebrates Star Wars created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the films. Observance of the holiday spread quickly due to Internet, social media, and grassroots celebrations. The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you"— "May the Fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not actually created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world choose to celebrate the holiday.


Google Lets You Paint In 3D Space Using VR

While this Tilt Brush commercial showing people painting in 3D space with virtual reality is kinda neat, you know this isn't how people would really use Tilt Brush. It's like when the Wii came out, all the commercials showed people jumping around and so on, when in reality everyone eventually just sat on their asses flicking their wrist to "bowl." wink


Steam Customer Review System Updated

Steam has announced changes to its customer review system to show recent reviews, a new summary tab, an "all languages" option as well as a handful of other options. The idea behind the update is to show the current reviews of a game that might have changed dramatically since it was released *cough*TheDivision*cough*.

While there are plenty of new reviews posted every day, we saw that it was often difficult for newer reviews to be seen and voted on enough to become listed as most helpful. As a result, the most helpful reviews presented on a store page would often describe an outdated view of a game that might have changed dramatically over the course of Early Access or post-release development. By listing recently posted reviews more prominently and by defaulting to recent helpful reviews, Steam can now show a more current idea of what it's like to play the game now.


Western Digital Board Declares Dividend for Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2016

Western Digital® Corp. today announced that the board of directors declared a cash dividend for the quarter ending July 1, 2016, of $0.50 per share of common stock (the "cash dividend"). The cash dividend will be paid on July 15, 2016, to the company's stockholders of record as of July 1, 2016. The amount of future dividends under the company's dividend policy, and the declaration and payment thereof, will be based upon all relevant factors, including the company's financial position, results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements and restrictions under the company's existing financing documents, and shall be in compliance with applicable law. The board retains the power to modify, suspend or cancel the company's dividend policy in any manner and at any time as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future.


Tuesday May 03, 2016

GIGABYTE X99P-SLI LGA 2011v3 Motherboard Review

If you have plans to build a monster Intel based system with up to four GPUs, I would suggest that you read our evaluation of the GIGABYTE X99P-SLI LGA 2011v3 motherboard. It has all the slots you are looking for and a comes in at a decent price point as well.

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GIGABYTE has put out a refreshed X99 motherboard offering an updated USB 3.1 controller and Thunderbolt compatibility. While Skylake is the new hotness and comprises the bulk of Intel’s current mainstream lineup, the HEDT segment remains popular and many consider a 5820K and X99 build a viable alternative to Skylake and Z170.


Software Update Destroys $286M Japanese Satellite

I'm sure that, at some point in our lives, we've all bricked something. Maybe a BIOS update that toasted a motherboard, processor, memory, maybe a video video card, you name it. With that said, I don't think all the hardware we have collectively fried even comes close to borking a $286 million satellite update. Somebody is getting fired. eek!

The Japanese X-ray telescope Hitomi has been declared lost after it disintegrated in orbit, torn apart when spinning out of control. The cause is still under investigation but early analysis points to bad data in a software package pushed shortly after an instrument probe was extended from the rear of the satellite. JAXA, the Japanese space agency, lost $286 million, three years of planned observations, and a possible additional 10 years of science research.


Move Over Wearables, Here Comes Swallowables

I guess "swallowables" is now a thing. Do these things analyze and diagnose you from the inside out? Do they take samples and send the data back to the doctors? Nope! All these "swallowables" do is keep track of when you took your medicine. Ummm, okay?

"We have a small, food-particle-sized piece of silicon, an integrated circuit, and on one side of that circuit is a film of copper, on the other side a very thin film of magnesium," explained Proteus Digital Health co-founder Dr. George Savage. "When you swallow, these minerals get wet and two dissimilar metals in aqueous contact define a battery, so you become a battery." From there, the powered pill sensor sends a signal to a patch worn on the body, which sends data via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet and on to the cloud for a doctor or caregiver.


Google Self-Driving Car Teams With Chrysler

Google has teamed up with Chrysler to make one hundred autonomous 2017 Pacifica hybrid minivans to use in its test cities like around the country. The minivans should be on the road by the end of the year. While the Pacifica may not be the sexiest car on the planet, it beats the hell out of that ugly egg-looking thing Google currently uses.

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In the coming months, our team will collaborate closely with FCA engineers. This experience will help both teams better understand how to create a fully self-driving car that can take you from A to B with the touch of a button. Collaborations like these are an important part of realizing the potential of self-driving technology to improve road safety and make transportation more accessible for millions of people.


A 10-Year-Old Hacked Instagram

This 10 year old Finnish kid has just become the youngest person ever to receive a cash award from the Facebook bug bounty program. The kid earned a cool $10,000 for finding a way to hack into Instagram and delete comments made by users.

The Finnish tabloid Iltalehti reports that Jani found a means to infiltrate Instagam’s servers and delete text that any user has posted to accompany their photos. This is especially remarkable since Jani is three years shy of being able to make his own Instagram account. Also, he’s a 10-year-old hacker who found a bug that even Facebook’s mighty engineering team missed.


Adblock Plus And Flattr Allow Users To Donate Money To Websites

Adblock and Flattr seem to think this is a great idea. The question is, do YOU like the idea? I can totally see this working for people that would rather spend a few bucks a month not to see ads while supporting their favorite websites in the process.

Instead of manually funding individual pieces of content (Flattr requires manually hitting a button to contribute money for an article, podcast, song, video, game, and so on), you simply set a monthly budget for all the content you consume. Flattr Plus then uses an algorithm to automatically apportion your budget based on which websites you engaged with the most during that month (you can override this if you want to decrease or increase your budget, give a specific site a larger percentage, and so on).


WhatsApp Founder Slams Brazil Shut-Down

I don't know why these guys like grandstanding like this (both sides). Since the Brazilian government doesn't give a crap about you "condemning" their actions, stick to your guns and don't compromise the security of your other customers. There you have it, no need for drama. Case closed.

The co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp has spoken out against the ruling of a single Brazilian judge that blocked the app in Brazil for 100 million people for the second time in six months, saying he wouldn’t back down on keeping messages on the network encrypted. On Monday WhatsApp was made inaccessible for its roughly 100 million users in Brazil — around half the country’s population — after cellular providers blocked access for the second time this year.


Twitter Shares Hit Lowest Level Ever

Now that Twitter's shares are at an all time low, we should start taking bets on just how low the stock will go. Wall Street seems to think shares will rebound but, in my total non-professional opinion, I think more hurting is on the horizon for Twitter's stock if the company can't get its poop in a group.

Twitter is down 40% this year. It is nearly 50% below its IPO price of $26 and more than 80% lower than the peak of $74.73 it hit way back in December 2013 -- one month after it went public. (Those were the days!) There wasn't any news to explain the stock's slide on Tuesday. But Twitter has continued to slip since it reported earnings last week. Sales missed forecasts and investors were also disappointed by the company's outlook.


Man Dressed As Jesus Arrested In Apple Store

What is wrong with the world today when it's okay for smelly hipsters to camp out all day in the Apple store but Jesus gets arrested. You have to ask yourself, what would Steve Jobs do?

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The incident took place around 6:15 p.m. at the Apple Store at 16th and Walnut streets. Police tell Action News they received a call from the store manager about a man who would not leave the store when asked. Officers arrived to find Philly Jesus, a former drug addict whose real name is Michael Grant, and who is known to Center City residents for dressing like Jesus and quoting Bible verses.


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