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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 Too Sexist For Europe And US

A rep for Koei Tecmo says that he’s aware of how the industry wishes to portray women in video games but that the company did not want to talk about such issues.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the voyeuristic beach volleyball game, will not be released in the US or Europe due to its publisher's apparent concerns over how Western audiences will respond to its depictions of women. The game, which features a sun-tanning system and options to dress its full-figured characters in various costumes, is currently set for launch in Japan on PS Vita and PlayStation 4 in February 2016.


iPhone 8 May Sport OLED Display

Well, this is definitely one way to get me to switch from Android to Apple. I also hope it happens so I can make fun of Apple for bashing the technology not too long ago.

"Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized OLED displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018," an anonymous industry executive told The Korea Times.


Wu-Tang Clan Sells Single-Copy Album For Millions

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin: Six years in the making, only one copy in existence, and housed in an epic package of materials ranging from silver to black cow leather. But is it better than Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers?

According to a release by Paddle8, the upstart auction house that sold the double-album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has been sold to a "private American collector" for a price "in the millions." The sale was agreed upon in May, but it took months to finalize contracts and legal protections for the unusual record.


$10 Tool Can Guess (And Steal) Your AMEX Credit Card Number

AMEX claims this is a non-issue while others claim the number generated is obvious, but this seems like a substantial security issue to me.

His watch-sized gadget, which he calls MagSpoof, can store more than a hundred credit card numbers and emit an electromagnetic field that’s strong enough to hit a credit card reader’s sensor from close proximity, sending a signal that imitates a credit card being swiped. Kamkar’s device also includes a button that implements his prediction algorithm; if a criminal using MagSpoof were to find that a credit card they tried to spoof had been cancelled, the device could immediately generate the victim’s next card number.


Google Lets You Awaken The Force Within

Google has set up a fun Star Wars tie-in that lets you skin Gmail and other apps with light side or dark side stuff with the click of a button. The lightsaber noises on YouTube drove me nuts so I ended up turning it off, but some of you may find it interesting. Also search "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" for something neat.


FBI Has Lead In Probe Of 1.2 Billion Stolen Web Credentials

Well, look on the bright side; it could have been two or three billion credentials that were stolen.

The FBI investigation was prompted by last year's announcement by Milwaukee-based cybersecurity firm Hold Security that it obtained information that a Russian hacker group it dubbed CyberVor had stolen the 1.2 billion credentials and more than 500 million email addresses.


Mars May Become A Ringed Planet Someday

Looks like the Red Planet may be joining Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the esteemed ring club.

In a few tens of millions of years, the Red Planet may completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos, and form a ring of rocky debris, according to the new work. Phobos is moving closer to Mars every year, meaning the planet's gravitational pull on the satellite is increasing. Some scientists have theorized that Phobos will eventually collide with Mars, but the new research suggests that the small moon may not last that long.


Neural Network Describes Video In Real Time

This is obviously nowhere near perfect, but it’s accurate enough to freak me out.

The text in the video by U.S. artist and coder Kyle McDonald was generated in real time by a neural network. McDonald's network -- which was based off a system called NeuralTalk developed by Stanford Ph.D. student Andrej Karpathy -- analyzes live webcam footage from the laptop and then transcribes what it's seeing in text form.


Steam Autumn Sale Is On

Just a heads up that Steam’s Exploration Sale is now active. I see that a "highlighted deals" section now takes the place of the daily sales and flash sales slot of previous iterations.

Why is it called the Exploration Sale? Because you can "discover thousands of great deals". Much like a giant baleen whale sifting the ocean for krill. Only in this instance the krill are actually surprisingly affordable games. And the water is the internet. Or Gaben's secret bank account. I might be reading to much into the accompanying promotional image, honestly.


Future Smartphone Screens May Hardly Need Any Power

I don’t know if this is it, but I have a hunch that we’ll solve that pesky issue of a display using so much power sooner or later.

The innovation, based on the technology that is used for rewritable DVDs, uses electrical pulses to create vivid, hi-tech displays that require no power and can be viewed clearly, even in direct sunlight.


Smartphones Overtake Desktops For Holiday Shopping

Apparently I’m the only one who wants to blow his brains out when he has to browse a site on a smartphone, particularly retail ones with tons of bloat.

Mobile traffic during the five-day start to what is typically the busiest shopping period of the year is expected to reach 56.9 percent of total traffic, up from 48.5 percent last year, according to IBM Watson. And even though everyone who "window shops" on their phones isn't going to buy, mobile sales are jumping too. Mobile sales are expected to account for 36.1 percent of online sales, up from 27 percent last year, according to IBM Watson Trend.


Woman Missing Since 2005 And Feared Dead Was Living In Internet Cafes For A Decade

I guess this one will serve as the strange headline of the day.

Yun said she had lived in several places over the last ten years, including Jinhua, Jiangxi, and Hangzhou, and had survived through donations from fellow internet café users. A decade of playing CrossFire had made Yun so good at the game other users would pay her to teach them the best tactics. She had also occasionally worked as a cashier in some of the cafes to earn extra money.


Teen Solves Rubik’s Cube In Under 5 Seconds

I thought the kid was using a mutant power or something for a second.

Lucas Etter, 14, solved a Rubik’s Cube in under five seconds — 4.90 to be exact — Saturday at the River Hill Fall 2015 competition in Clarksville, Maryland. The World Cube Association told TIME it is still in the process of verifying the record, but confirmed that the "speedcuber" Etter achieved a faster time than the current world record holder Collin Burns, who solved one in 5.25 seconds.


Windows-Based Tablet Adoption Expected To Nearly Double By 2019

I’ll be the first in line when someone, anyone, puts Windows on an AMOLED tablet.

…Analytics projects the growth of Windows-based tablets to jump to 18% by end-of-year 2019 - nearly double the current tablet marketshare for Windows. The success of Windows tablets can be mostly attributed to the success of the Surface line, which crowned the new Surface Pro 4 as the tablet flagship for Microsoft. On top of that, 2-in-1 devices from partners like ASUS, Acer and Lenovo offer great utility at low price points, making it cheaper for consumers to give Windows on tablets a try.


Wikipedia Founder: All Internet Traffic To Be Encrypted Soon

Mr. Wales thinks that most if not all of the web will have adopted SSL in the near future, which is probably a good thing. Thanks to those who sent this in.

According to data company Sandvine, 29.1% of data packets sent over the internet in April 2015 were encrypted. By 2016, this number is expected to jump to 64.7%, as Netflix switches completely to SSL. Wales believes that this will prompt a steady move across the web, until only the very smallest sites remain, as he calls it, ‘in the clear’.


Amazon Pulling Ads Suggesting Nazis From NYC Subways

Wait, you mean people weren’t comfortable with sitting on the flags of Nazi America and Imperial Japan?

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…New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio called the ads "irresponsible and offensive" in remarks provided to the New York Daily News. The Anti-Defamation League told the New York blog Gothamist that the ads appeared out of context; straphangers would not immediately recognize they were meant to re-create the atmosphere of the Amazon program, not put symbols once ascribed to Nazi Germany in front of riders’ eyes.


PS4 Sales Hit 30 Million Worldwide

Sony claims this is the "fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history," and I’m sure they are going to sell a lot more with all the $299 deals this holiday.

The 30 million sales milestone was achieved just weeks after a series of PS4 price cuts across North America, Australia, Japan, and Europe. Andrew House, the group chief executive at PlayStation said: "We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago."


Captain America: Civil War Trailer

Marvel has finally dropped the first trailer for what some are dubbing "Avengers 2.5." Highlights include our first glimpses of Black Panther, and Iron Man getting his butt handed to him.


Windows 10 November Update Pulled Due To Privacy Setting Bug

Bug, eh? I’ll take Microsoft’s word for it. But I hear that there is still that little issue of random programs being uninstalled for no reason, though…

Microsoft told WinBeta the update was pulled due to issues with privacy concerns. More specifically, upon installing the update, Windows would not remember the users had set privacy settings, meaning Windows would simply default them. While not a huge bug, it did raise a few privacy concerns amongst those upgrading.


Tuesday November 24, 2015

Radeon R9 Nano Small Form Factor Competition Review

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys take a moment to check out our Radeon R9 Nano Small Form Factor Competition Review. If you are considering the Radeon R9 Nano for your next SFF build, this article definitely is a must read.

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Our second installment covering our AMD Radeon R9 Nano in a Small Form Factor chassis is finally done. We will upgrade the case to a Corsair Obsidian Series 250D Mini ITX PC Case and compare the R9 Nano to price competitive video cards that can be installed. We game at 1440p and 4K for the ultimate small form factor experience.


Li-Fi Is 100x Faster Than Wi-Fi?

Wow, it's been a few years since we've heard anything about Li-Fi. I didn't realize they were still working on this.

Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, is finally moving from research labs to the real world after an Estonian startup implemented the technology within a commercial context. Velmenni, a recent finalist at the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki, revealed that it has begun trialling the technology within offices and industrial environments in Tallinn.


Microsoft's Female Workforce Shrank 2% Last Year

Men are to blame for this. I don't know how or why, but men are to blame.

The decline was due to layoffs from the restructuring of the phone businesses Microsoft acquired from Nokia last year, Gwen Houston, Microsoft's general manager of global diversity and inclusion, wrote in the report. As part of the restructuring, the company eliminated many manufacturing jobs at factories outside the US. Those jobs were held by a high percentage of women, she said.


Mysterious Cargo Operation In Ohio Might Belong To Amazon

As long as my packages get here in two days, I wouldn't care if Amazon was operating a base out of Guantanamo. big grin

In 2008, DHL abandoned its domestic shipping operations in the United States, putting thousands of employees out of work and leaving behind a very nice air cargo facility at a decommissioned air base in Ohio. A company started using the base recently, shipping unspecified "consumer goods," but no one will identify who it is. One likely suspect is Amazon.


AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux

The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix put AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the test and came away disappointed.

While leaked slides indicate AMD was planning better gaming on Linux for Crimson, in the end they really didn't deliver. Even for their mentioned games, when testing various Linux OpenGL games on three different systems the performance was largely unchanged.


EPIC Star Wars Battlefront Duel

You don't need to have ever played a video game in your life to know what happened in this video. I'm not sure why I laughed so hard...but I did. big grin


Three Judges Hold The Fate Of The Internet In Their Hands

You guys might want to read up on the three judges that hold the fate of the internet in their hands. It's kind of scary when you think about it.

Three judges from the D.C. Circuit have been named to hear the oral argument on Dec. 4. Much like the Supreme Court, the very makeup of this panel could subtly shape the course of events. What do we know about the judges? Are they familiar with the issues? How might they vote? Below, get briefly acquainted with each one ahead of the big day.


Amazon Force-Resets Some Account Passwords After Password Leak

Now might be a good time to check to see if your Amazon account password has been reset. Mine wasn't but, just to be cautious, I reset mine anyway.

In the email, Amazon said it "recently discovered that your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party." It adds: "We have corrected the issue to prevent this exposure." The email said it has "no reason" to believe passwords were improperly disclosed to a third party but issued a temporary password out of an "abundance of caution."


Gaming [H]eadlines

40-Player Star Wars Battlefront Mode Announced @ GameSpot

Destiny Refer-a-Friend Details @ VG24/7

Firefall Developer Layoffs @ Blue's News

Xbox Games With Gold December Line-Up @ Shacknews

Doctors Don't Care About Your Fitness-Tracker Data

According to a recent study, doctors do not care about your stupid fitness-tracker data...and they probably don't like you either. wink

Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: CRYORIG C7 @ techPowerUP!

ETC.: Holiday Gift Guide 2015 @ HotHardware

Gaming: Star Wars Battlefront: Benchmarks @ TechSpot

Storage: HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe @ HardwareAsylum

Video: Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming @ ocaholic

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Extreme Gaming WaterForce @ Guru3D

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