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Saturday August 29, 2015

Apple Hopes To Charge $40 For TV Subscription Service

That sounds like a fair price for 25 to 30 channels, right? The problem is that cable providers want to charge more. Reportedly, Apple’s ideal price was $30, but media companies keep pushing the price up. Let’s hope that Apple’s clout keeps the monthly fee attractive and sane.

While we’re not exactly sure which content providers in particular are demanding a bigger cut, some of the cable channels already on board reportedly include ESPN and FX. Though it’s possible that the dynamics have changed, a report from this past March relayed that Apple was running into trouble trying to secure content deals with NBCUniversal, a Comcast subsidiary that owns quite a few popular cable channels, including USA, E!, and Bravo.

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Don’t Buy A 1TB PlayStation 4

It turns out that the recent hardware refresh for the PS4 doesn’t apply to the 1TB models. The revision, CUH-1200, can offer over 30% in power savings and also runs cooler and quieter, which is something I would imagine that any potential owner would want.

Before you lay down any cash, ask to check the packaging for the console. Around where it designates the storage capacity on the box it will also display the model number. If it says CUH-1200, or similar, then you're in luck, that's the new updated PS4. If it says CUH-1100 or the like, then you need to look elsewhere.

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In Case You Were Dumb Enough To Insert Your Note 5’s S Pen The Wrong Way…

…there is now an instructional video on how to get it out without damaging the sensor. All you need is, well, paper. I don’t think anyone with common sense is affected by "pengate," but it is really weird how Samsung’s engineers designed it so the pen could be inserted both ways—you couldn’t do this on previous Note models.

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Dad Builds The Ultimate Portal Bedroom

Wait, what happens when this kid gets sick of Portal? Is an Outer Heaven bedroom next?

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Portal, and its successor Portal 2, took the brilliantly simple concept of a portal gun, combined it with a fantastic storyline that included a sadistic but hilarious antagonist, and created a game that is just as replayable today as it was eight years ago. It was no surprise that my video game obsessed son took to it like a Cheep Cheep to water. Years after that first test chamber, he is still a huge fan and has amassed an impressive collection of t-shirts, toys, and collectibles based on the characters and story. So when it came time to remodel his room for his thirteenth birthday, and he asked for a Portal room, my wife and I wanted to make sure it was something worthy of one of Aperture Laboratories’ finest young test subjects.

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Windows 10 Business Users May Get Patch Notes

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get tired of hearing about the fallacies of Microsoft’s update policies and what may or may not improve. They should just make updates optional and add patch notes for everyone so we can move on to whatever Windows 10 annoys us with next.

Windows SuperSite's Rod Trent, who was attending the press briefing, tweeted "Change lists for Windows 10 updates are coming for businesses." And Ars Technica's Peter Bright tweeted from the event that "Microsoft is considering some kind of change lists for Enterprise users, but still not a hard commitment to provide proper patch notes."

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How To Spot A Potentially Violent Person In The Workplace

Well, I guess it’s nice to know that at least 70 or 80 percent of the people I have worked with in the past fit at least one of these profiles.

Experts on workplace violence offer a psychological profile of the typical perpetrator, and it’s worth the while of businesses to know the signs.

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The Highest-Paying Jobs At Google

Hold up. Are you telling me that I could make nearly $200,000 a year as a "Communications Manager"? If that job merely entails writing blog posts and yelling at interns for stupid social media posts, sign me up.

…Google is willing to pay top dollar for the best candidates, regardless of the field, according to annual salary data we pulled from Glassdoor. Salary data on Glassdoor is an average based on anonymous reports that were voluntarily shared by both current and recent employees.

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Captain America: Civil War Concept Art Reveals Warring Factions

The new Captain America film is almost like an Avengers film in disguise. We know that it’ll be based on the Civil War storyline from the comics, in which Stark and Rogers adopt opposing ideologies in regard to a superhero registration act. New concept art suggests that War Machine and Black Widow will ally with Iron Man, while Captain America will have Falcon and Hawkeye on his side. Am I the only one who thinks there is a serious power imbalance? I mean, Iron Man also has the Vision on his team, who was super powerful in Age of Ultron.

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The moral complexity of this conflict looks to produce some strange bedfellows. It’s odd to see Black Widow ally herself with Tony against her closest friend, Clint. It’s possible that Hulk’s absence here is the key to all that. With Hulk in self-imposed exile over the destruction he’s caused, his dearest friend (Tony) and best girl (Natasha) may be particularly invested in making sure no super-powered individual is ever able to cause that kind of damage again.

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YouTube Is About To Change Dramatically

I don’t watch YouTube enough for its ads to bother me, but will those who live on the video service actually pay to avoid them?

According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key, which has been in beta since last November, and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall.

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Minecraft Creator Is Unhappy Being A Billionaire

"The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance." Can someone please let Notch know that if his money is bothering him that much, my bank account is currently accepting very large transfers?

Persson certainly looked like he was having a blast, living the big life. He bought a $70 million mansion, completed with a massive wall of candy, and has been hosting wild parties ever since. But he's really bored and deeply lonely, he revealed in a series of tweets.

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Android Wear Is Coming To iOS

If you are one of the three Apple enthusiasts on the planet who want to pair their iPhone with an Android watch instead of an iWatch, you are in luck, as Huawei’s watch announcement suggests that Android Wear will get iOS support soon.

So far iPhone owners have had a limited amount of smartwatches to choose from, say just the Apple Watch and Pebble devices. Likewise, there are dozens of different Android Wear models available, each offering a slightly different look and feature set from each other. If Android Wear gains iOS compatibility, suddenly iPhone owners will have a huge selection of available smartwatches.

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South Korean Live-Fire Exercise Video

Planes, tanks, missiles, bombs, explosions, oh my! Check out this 10-minute vid of the South Korean military testing some toys out. Pretty cool soundtrack, too.

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Boeing's Portable Drone-Killing Laser Cannon

What do you do in the near future when you have a neighbor who won't stop ordering things via Prime Air? Boeing has the perfect solution. Their portable laser fits in just a couple of suitcase-sized boxes and can be set up in minutes. Leave one on your porch and watch those pesky drones drop like flies.

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Boeing thinks the best way to kill a drone is to zap it with a precision laser, burn a hole in it, and bring it down. So it created a weapon system to do just that—and the result could someday be installed everywhere from LaGuardia to the Pentagon.

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Nitrogen Triiodide Is A Substance That Detonates On The Slightest Touch

Looking for a new way to prank your friends? Try placing some nitrogen triiodide on their seat. It’s an incredibly unstable substance that blows up with minimal contact.

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Oxford University Press Adds Hundreds Of Useless Words To Its Dictionaries

Rage-quit. Hangry. Awesomesauce. These are just a few of the incredibly poetic and culturally relevant terms that have made it into Oxford’s latest update. Maybe Oxford should make a separate dictionary whenever they feel bored enough to add words like these. They can name it "Words you should never say out loud."

One reason you might rage-quit is because you are being pwned: that is, utterly defeated by an opponent. This informal term is used more often in video gaming, and supposedly resulted from a common mistyping of own with this sense, as a result of the proximity of p and o on a computer keyboard. Along with pwn comes pwnage (and ownage), being ‘the action or fact of utterly defeating an opponent or rival’.

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Razer Wants To Sell You A $150 Controller For Xbox One

If you are an Xbox One gamer who thinks one overpriced controller is not enough, you’re in luck, as Razer has just announced their own version of Microsoft’s Elite controller—the Razer Wildcat. Like the Elite, the Wildcat gives gamers additional input options, but it lacks the swappability of the thumbsticks and paddles that Microsoft's version allows.

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Every button on the controller can be bound to whatever input you choose, and the controller sports a "quick control panel" that allows you to quickly switch between different profiles. These can each have a different button configuration setup for various games.

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Friday August 28, 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 evaluation of the ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Skylake motherboard, followed by our The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Gameplay Performance Review article. Finally, we wrapped up the week with our AMD Radeon R9 Nano Video Card PAPER Launch article.

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Microsoft Responds To Xbox One Mini Rumors

The head of Microsoft's Xbox division just put the squash on those sketchy Xbox One "mini" rumors floating around on the internet all month.

Earlier this month, a report from a Chinese blog claimed that Microsoft was working on a slimmed-down Xbox One for release in October. Now, Microsoft's top gaming boss has responded, pouring cold water on this report. Asked by a fan about this rumored console, Phil Spencer bluntly said: "Not real."

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Contests: Tech ARP Mega Giveaway #5 @ TechARP

ETC.: Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 @ HotHardware

How To: AMD FX ATX Gaming Rig @ ocaholic

Nixeus MODA v2 Mechanical Keyboard @ Legit Reviews

Video: MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning @ Guru3D

Researchers That Hacked A Moving Jeep Hired By Uber

The researchers that hacked a moving Jeep are now working for Uber. I guess now we know why this guy quit his job at Twitter on Monday.

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek caused a stir last month when they found a way to remotely hijack Chrysler vehicles, using a Jeep Cherokee in an impressive, frightening demonstration. Now it looks like they'll be moving on to Uber, as Reuters reported today that the duo have accepted new positions at the company's Advanced Technology Center.

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Pentagon Teams Up With Apple To Develop Wearable Tech

If this isn't a match made in heaven, I don't know what is. Heck, I can't wait to see what they come up with. big grin

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter awarded $75 million on Friday to help a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane.

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Tripwire Interactive Showing Killing Floor 2 With NVIDIA FleX At PAX

Tripwire Interactive and NVIDIA have a special treat for PAX Prime attendees this year. They can stop by the NVIDIA booth (#252) to play the upcoming early access patch to Killing Floor 2. Killing Floor 2 is the first game to use NVIDIA FleX for soft tissue and fluid interaction. That’s geek speak for guts and blood splatter. Killing Floor 2 is an intense and fun survival co-op game that not only plays best on NVIDIA GPUs but is possibly the best example of how GameWorks can directly enhance gameplay. It’s organic to the gameplay, it’s constantly in view, and it looks astounding.

FleX is a particle based simulation technique for real-time visual effects. Traditionally, visual effects are made using a combination of elements created using specialized solvers for rigid bodies, fluids, clothing, etc. Because FleX uses a unified particle representation for all object types, it enables new effects where different simulated substances can interact with each other seamlessly. The goal for FleX is to enable effects in real-time that are similar to those rendered offline. This will help game developers achieve the creative freedom to bring gaming visual effects to a whole new level.

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Windows 10 Child Spying Feature Is Upsetting People

It seems to me that the biggest problem with this feature is that it is turned on by default.

Windows 10 sends a weekly "activity update" on childrens’ internet browsing and computer history to parents, by default and without telling anyone. The feature could be dangerous as well as embarrassing, users have pointed out, allowing parents to watch everything their children do on the computer.

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It's OK For Games To Be Mean To Players

So it's not okay to kill women, children and some small animals in a video game and then expect to be treated like a hero? Wait. Why not? I think that's how most of us roll. wink

"We decided that sounds psychotic. It doesn’t match our values, it doesn’t match the way the world works, it doesn’t match the way any other fiction—imagine a novel where a guy wakes up in the morning, kills everybody in the house, goes down the street, kills everybody on the way to work, kills everybody in the office, and then at the very end of the novel, there is a scene where he is given a medal and made some sort of hero and anointed in some way. It doesn’t make any sense.

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Six Teens Arrested For Using Rent-A-DDoS Service

Leave it to a teenager to pay good money to get arrested. Maybe it would help if they changed the name to Rent-A-Cell.

On Friday, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) announced Operation Vivarium, an ongoing project targeting those that have used hacking group Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool, a 'rent-a-DDoS' service which can be used to take websites offline.

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‘Borderlands’ Videogame Movie In Works At Lionsgate

Please, please, please don't screw this up. I'm a big fan of the Borderlands franchise but I'm not sure how this would work as a movie. Fingers crossed! Thanks to cageymaru and everyone else for the heads up.

"Lionsgate has emerged as a major creative force in the global marketplace with an incredible portfolio of brands; our partners at Gearbox have pioneered and cultivated an iconic property; and Avi and Ari Arad are two of the most successful producers of action franchises," Take-Two Interactive Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said. "This alliance is ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight ‘Borderlands" current legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world."

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Age Of Empires: Castle Siege Released @ Blue's News

Destiny: Xur Location And Inventory @ VG24/7

Minecraft: Story Mode Details @ Shacknews

Rocket League Sells 1M On Steam GameSpot

Pirate Bay Founder Released From Jail, Immediately Re-Arrested

You know the Pirate Bay guys really have to be hating life right about now. Aren't they all in jail right now or just two of the three?

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was released from a Danish prison yesterday, only to be immediately re-arrested by police. The Swede is now expected to be extradited back to his home country where he will be returned to prison, but not before appearing in court today to appeal the decision.

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Official LawBreakers Gameplay Reveal Trailer

What do you guys think of the official reveal trailer for LawBreakers? The game is a free-to-play title so, unless they really screw things up, there's no harm in giving it a go when it's released.

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