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Saturday February 13, 2016

Shape-Shifting Polymer Straightens Out From Body Heat

One potential use could be fabrics, which means it’d be useful for those of you who can’t seem to find clothes that fit. The material can also reportedly pull something many times its weight and remain intact, so I guess it’s time to make Spider-Man web fluid.

The University of Rochester has created a polymer that returns to its original shape when subjected to body heat -- touch a curled mess of the stuff and it straightens out. The solution was to attach polymer strands using molecular links that inhibit crystallization, which prevents the polymer from returning back to its original shape. When you tweak the number and substances of the links, you can customize the temperature where that reversion happens (in this case, just below normal body temperature).


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Specs Leak

It seems that the upcoming Tab will be similar to the S2, aside from the Snapdragon 652 chipset. The original Tab S was exciting because it was the only tablet with an AMOLED panel—now that OLED laptops are coming, maybe Samsung should do more to make the product line more appealing.

The Galaxy Tab S3 recently appeared at GFXBench with model number SM-T819. The previous tablet in the series, Galaxy Tab S2 is known as SM-T810, which makes us believe this is indeed the Galaxy Tab S3. The main difference between the Galaxy S2 Tab and the upcoming model is the chipset inside. While the former is powered by an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 might come equipped with a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor.


Biggest Rubik’s Cube In The World

Now we just need a life-sized version of the Lament Configuration.

We've seen the record-setting Rubik's Cube puzzle-solving by human and machine, but a new version of the cube hopes to set a different kind of record: the biggest, fully functional Rubik's Cube ever. That was Tony Fisher's goal when he set about creating his massive Rubik's Cube, which you have to walk around and push to move the colored squares into place. The cube is about five feet wide, weighs about 220 pounds and has an overall volume that's about 20,000 times larger than a normal Rubik's Cube.


New Technique Makes GPS Accurate Down To The Centimeter

This should prove useful for particular applications, such as autonomous vehicles.

Achieving centimeter accuracy requires "GPS carrier phase integer ambiguity resolution." Until now, combining GPS and IMU data to solve for the integers has been computationally expensive, limiting its use in real-world applications. The UCR team has changed that, developing a new approach that results in highly accurate positioning information with several orders of magnitude fewer computations.


FBI Wants $38 Million In Funding To Break Encryption

"The budget request will not be used to hire any new staffers on top of the 39 staffers (including 11 agents)." Wait, the feds only have 50 people working against encryption?

…the feds want access to your encrypted communications, and it's willing to throw money at doing exactly that. According to the document, the additional funding will "counter the threat of Going Dark, which includes the inability to access data because of challenges related to encryption, mobility, anonymization, and more." The FBI refers to "going dark" as a metaphor for not being able to read the communications and messages of suspected criminals and terrorists.


Dying Light: The Following Special Edition Costs $10 Million

I hope someone actually buys this just so we can hear about the inevitable lawsuit; this seems like a marketing stunt the company can’t deliver on.

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The big money gets spent on the Dying Light movie, which is a thing that exists, apparently. A worrying indictment of its potential quality, the Spotlight Edition buys you a supporting role with lines and an action scene. Assuming you're not a trained actor already with that sort of cash kicking around, Roger Craig Smith will give you acting lessons to accompany your stunt training, or you can delegate to a stunt double. There's a press tour, VIP opening night tickets, and, if that's not enough, a signed copy of the script.


iPhone 5se And iPad Air 3 To Go On Sale In March

The new iPhone should be interesting for those who have decided they want to switch back to a smaller phone, and the iPad Air 3 will supposedly allow for better photography.

Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the "iPhone 5se" and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, then put the products up for sale online and in retail stores as early as Friday, March 18th, according to sources. Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for the new devices, according to sources who cautioned that the plans could still change.


Scientists Discover How To Delete Unwanted Memories

It is only through the process of loss that you may discover what you had to begin with…

"For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays it intact," say the film's makers. "But now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories."


Google Banning Adobe Flash-Based Ads

This is great news, but the true death knell for Flash will be when porn sites convert to HTML5.

Over the last few years, we’ve rolled out tools to encourage advertisers to use HTML5, so you can reach the widest possible audience across screens. To enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5.


Windows 3.1 Programs Brought Back To Life By Internet Archive

Will we get an archive of Windows 10 apps in about 25 years, or are those not worth remembering?

Windows 3.1x (codenamed Janus) is a series of 16-bit operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers. The series began with Windows 3.1, which was first sold during April 1992 as a successor to Windows 3.0. Subsequent versions were released between 1992 and 1994 until the series was superseded by Windows 95. During its lifespan, Windows 3.1 introduced several enhancements to the still MS-DOS-based platform, including improved system stability, expanded support for multimedia, TrueType fonts, and workgroup networking.


Scientists Find Gravitational Waves First Predicted By Einstein

For $1.5 billion, you too can detect a distortion in space that is just 1/1,000 the diameter of a proton.

The idea of gravitational waves started 100 years ago, when Albert Einstein revolutionized physics with a theory of gravity called general relativity — which reimagined the force of gravity as a warping of dimensions of space and time. The theory made a lot of startling predictions. One of them was that very heavy objects such as black holes should produce ripples in space-time itself.


Cable, Phone Industry Urge FCC To Limit Internet Privacy Protections

Some are suggesting that this is "an attempt by the phone and cable giants to stop the FCC from protecting the privacy of broadband consumers."

Broadband providers currently collect significant amounts of consumer data and some use data for targeted advertising, drawing criticism from privacy advocates. The American Cable Association, U.S. Telecom Association, Consumer Technology Association, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and other groups wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to propose limited broadband privacy protections consistent with the Federal Trade Commission's rules that bar "unfair or deceptive" practices.


Semiconductor Industry To Officially Abandon Moore’s Law

Heat death and other fundamental limits have made Moore’s law impossible to sustain.

A rule of thumb that has come to dominate computing, Moore's law states that the number of transistors on a microprocessor chip will double every two years or so — which has generally meant that the chip's performance will, too. The exponential improvement that the law describes transformed the first crude home computers of the 1970s into the sophisticated machines of the 1980s and 1990s, and from there gave rise to high-speed Internet, smartphones and the wired-up cars, refrigerators and thermostats that are becoming prevalent today.


Friday February 12, 2016

[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 evaluation of the Thermaltake Core P5 wall-mounted ATX chassis, followed by our review of the SilverStone Tundra TD-02 Slim AIO CPU cooler. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU cooler.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: CRYORIG A80 Hybrid @ NikKTech

Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fan @ FunkyKit

NZXT Grid+ V2 Fan Controller @ Play3r

Storage: OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD @ Legit Reviews

Study Suggest Women Write Better Code

Wait just a damn minute, I thought there were no women in STEM careers? That means this is obviously a fake study.

The US researchers analysed nearly 1.4 million users of the open source program-sharing service Github. They found that pull requests - or suggested code changes - made on the service by women were more likely to be accepted than those by men. The paper is awaiting peer review. This means the results have yet to be critically appraised by other experts.


DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program Takes Flight

Just how fast are these fully loaded quadcopters used in DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program? They can hit speeds of up to 20 meters per second or 45 miles per hour. eek!


Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Review

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case is on the test bench at APH Networks today. If you are looking for a mid-tower case with a big side panel window, this might be the case for you.

While there are many factors to consider when marketing or even buying a product, if a company packs best in-class features into the product tagged at a competitive price, consumers would make their purchasing decisions at the snap of a finger, and companies would be happy making lots of money. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M, in my opinion, is one of those great products that fit into this scenario.


Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB

The crew at LanOC took the Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB around the block a few times to see what it was made of. If you need a new GPU and lack the space for a full sized card, you might want to give this review the once over.

It’s kind of hard to believe but it’s been almost two years from our R9 285 ITX review to now. In that time Asus and MSI seem to have dropped from the ITX market and Gigabyte jumped in. On top of that AMD turned things upside down and introduced the Fury Nano. Even still the Sapphire R9 380 4GB ITX is still the go to card.


Changing The Date To 1/1/1970 Will Brick Your iPhone, iPad Or iPod Touch

How does stuff like this get overlooked? The fact that a hacker could brick every 64-bit iDevice connected to a public wi-fi network makes this situation even worse.

The bug within Apple’s date and time settings within iOS causes such an issue that users are reporting that the fail-safe restore techniques using iTunes are not able to repair the problem. The date bug affects iPhones, iPads and iPod touches with 64-bit processors running iOS 8 or iOS 9, including the iPhone 5S or newer, the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 or the 2015 sixth generation iPod touch or newer.


AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap Including Trials In 2016

AT&T announced today that it plans to start testing 5G wireless connectivity in 2016 as part of a plan to roll out 5G connectivity across its network over the next couple years. 5G trials will start by the end of the year in Austin, TX.

We expect 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny: Xur Location And Inventory @ VG24/7

Hitman PS4 Beta Starts Today @ GameSpot

New Halo Toys Coming From Mattel This Fall @ Shacknews

Star Citizen's Discount Package for Backers @ Blue's News

Introducing Cerberus, The SFF mATX Chassis From Kimera Industries

What started out as sketches and mockups in our forums almost two years ago, has blossomed into a fully functional mATX small form factor chassis. The crew at Kimera Industries just announced Cerberus, an 18L mATX enclosure designed for the enthusiast crowd. Follow the link for a complete list of specifications and features as well as information on the upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

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Originating in a thread on HardForum, Cerberus was at first a build log and project created by a frustrated enthusiast, who found existing cases on the market to be bulky and poorly designed. Although Cerberus's humble beginnings included little more than sketches and mockups, the enclosure would eventually transform into a collaboration between designer and audience, as more and more people began following and contributing to the project. Eventually, the collection of comments and feedback from an engaged enthusiast community would yield Cerberus's final design: a mATX enclosure that was portable, yet remarkably flexible; beautiful, yet completely functional.


Teenager Arrested Over Recent US Government Hacks

Remember the teenage hacker going by the alias "cracka" that somehow got into the e-mail account of the head of the CIA? Well, as we predicted, the kid has been arrested and all his friends have turned on him.

A 15-year-old boy who goes by the name "cracka" was arrested earlier this week for his part in a number of security breaches. He's part of the group "Crackas with Attitude" who made news back in October for breaking into the personal email of CIA head John Brennan. The group went on to access several accounts owned by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last month.


Uber To Pay $28.5M For Misleading Customers On Safety Practices

Damn, we almost made it through an entire week without more bad Uber news. The company has agreed to cough up $28.5 million to 25 million customers to settle lawsuits claiming the company misled customers about safety practices.

Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees. The company told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made U.S. trips between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2016.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Corsair Carbide 400C @ Overclockers Club

Cooling: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 @ HwC

ETC.: NZXT HUE+ RGB LED Controller @ BmR

Storage: Mushkin Striker 480GB SSD @ eTeknix

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Ti Matrix 6GB @ techPowerUP!

Actor Gets Permission To Sue His Twitter Abuser For $10M

Think your tweets are protected by the First Amendment? Think again. Actor James Woods just got a green light to sue an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million for calling him a "cocaine addict."

James Woods has reportedly been given the go-ahead to launch a $10 million anti-defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user that suggested the actor used drugs. The case was expected to be thrown out by Judge Mel Recana at a hearing on February 2nd, but chose not to at the last minute.


Facebook Steps Up Efforts Against Terrorism

Even though it looks like Facebook is taking terrorism seriously, the quote below cracked me up:

Facebook takes a hard line toward terrorism and terrorists, she said. "If it's the leader of Boko Haram and he wants to post pictures of his two-year-old and some kittens, that would not be allowed," said Ms. Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management. Facebook has strengthened the process over the past year.


Microsoft Has No Plans To Change Windows 10 Privacy Settings

For all of you that thought this sounded too good to be true, apparently it was. frown

My sources tell me there are no such plans and that there is no such statement. Executives believe that existing privacy controls are reasonable for consumers and there's no need for a drastic change. All of my sources declined to speak on the record, but based on their comments I found the most likely explanation for Mr. Kelly's confusion.


82 Year Old Great-Grandmother Accused Of Piracy

Although it's obvious she didn't, I honestly wouldn't care if this woman DID illegally download something, she doesn't deserve to be hassled like this over a crappy Shia LeBeouf movie.

The letter, received last month, accused Mrs Drew of infringing copyright. It stated she could avoid legal action by accepting liability and paying a settlement of £600. It is the second letter the company has sent to her following initial correspondence in November 2015. Mrs Drew said: "I'm upset to have been accused of something I didn't do... how many other people has this happened to?"


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