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Friday September 30, 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 MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G, followed by our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Sword Master VR article. Finally, we wrapped up the week with our Enermax ETS-T50 Axe CPU air cooler review.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Aurora @ pcGameware

Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

CM MasterBox 5 & Zalman Z9 Neo@ Tech Report

Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX Case @ ocaholic

Cooling: Creative Sound Blaster X7 @ Hardware Asylum

ETC.: Roccat Skeltr Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix

Storage: Crucial MX300 1050GB SSD @ Play3r

Seven Nation Army Song Played Using Only Battlefield One Sounds

It doesn't matter whether or not you like the original Seven Nation Army song, what this guy did is pretty damn impressive. Hell, if you ask me, I like this version of the song better than the original. big grin


Twitch Offering Ad-Free Streaming To Amazon Prime Members

I'm not sure if I would sign up for Amazon Prime just for this, but add it to the list of cool things you get as a Prime member and it just makes it an even better value.

Here it is: Twitch Prime is a new premium experience on Twitch that is included with Amazon Prime. As a Twitch Prime member, you get free game loot every month, like instant access to the newest Hearthstone hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, or the new indie game, Streamline. You also receive discounts on new-release box games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after launch. And on Twitch, once you link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account, you get an ad-free viewing experience, exclusive emotes and chat badge, and one free channel subscription every 30 days.


Man Smashes iPhones & iPads In Apple Store

This guy is my new hero. I have no idea why he is smashing all those phones, iPads and laptops with a steel ball but I couldn't help but laugh as everyone just stood there watching him.


Movie Piracy and Displaced Sales in Europe

A new study published by the European Commission shows that online movie piracy hurts sales....except where it doesn't. This is also assuming the 30,000 respondents in six countries answered a survey about piracy honestly. Seriously, who takes surveys?

This paper presents estimates of lost movie sales due to unpaid movie consumption. We are the first to provide estimates that are recent, representative of the internet-using population, and cover multiple countries. implications for copyright policy.


Star Trek Axanar Fan Film Lawsuit Continues

Well this sucks. It looks as though, not only is this lawsuit moving forward, J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin might be getting dragged into this whole thing as well. frown For those of you not familiar with the Star Trek Axanar fan film:

The defendants not only want Abrams and Lin communications to help support its arguments on this topic, but they aim to compel the studios to hand over everything from financial documents related to Star Trek to internal discussions about fan films and fan film guidelines. They surely hope that CBS and Paramount's long acquiescence to fan films is further supportive of their position. In response, the studios argue that some of the information is protected by attorney-client privilege or constitutes confidential information and trade secrets.


More Drone's-Eye Footage Of Apple's Spaceship Campus

There is more drone's-eye footage of Apple's spaceship campus...and it's glowing now. All in all, the contruction seems to be coming along nicely. And, just in case you are wondering, this is not the same guy we showed you before that uses a drone to record construction progress.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Breakaway Announced @ Blue's News

Destiny: Rise of Iron Guide @ VG24/7

Dishonored 2 Trailer @ Shacknews

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Trailer @ GameSpot

States Sue To Block White House Plan For Internet Transition

Grab the popcorn and pull up a seat, this just got interesting. Attorneys general from four states have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the upcoming internet transition saying the move requires congressional authorization.

If you thought the battle over whether or not the "keys" to the internet would be handed over to an international governing body might be over quickly, we've got some bad news. Attorneys general from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada filed a lawsuit this week in an attempt to block the Obama Administration's plan to cede control of the internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in October. The group argues that President Obama must get Congressional approval before "giving away government property."


Cord-Cutting Could Cost Pay TV Industry $1 Billion in a Year

If cord cutting is costing the cable industry this much money, why aren't they doing anything about it? You would think that cable companies would be scrambling to make people want to keep cable versus cord-cutting.

Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord during the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg42. The results, which are based on an online survey of 1,119 U.S. customers, estimates that pay-TV providers could lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually. That’s because the average cord-cutter saves $104 a month—about 56% of their bill—from dropping cable TV.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: EKWB EK-XLC Predator 280 @ techPowerUP!

Phononic HEX 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU Cooler @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: FIIL Wireless Headset @ MadShrimps

Memory: ADATA XPG Dazzle 2800MHz DDR4 @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Crucial MX300 2TB 2.5" SSD @ eTeknix

Gearbox Slams "Reckless Story" About Battleborn Going F2P

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford denied what he called a "reckless" story about Battleborn going free-to-play. The original story cited anonymous sources that claimed to be "familiar with the plans" for the game. Pitchford went on to say that there will be a free trial of the game in the future but that it was months away.

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iPhone 7 Plus Can Explode Too

I have no idea how this happened but, from the looks of the pictures, the iPhone 7 Plus exploded inside the packaging. Imagine if that would have been in your pocket where you normally carry your phone. Yikes!

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Man Who Leaked The Revenant Online Fined $1.1M

You know what would be fun? Losing your job, paying $1.12 million in restitution, home detention for eight months and two years of probation just so you can be "cool" and upload a movie to the internet. roll eyes (sarcastic)

A man who leaked The Revenant online in advance of its theatrical release has been fined $1.1m. Former studio employee William Kyle Morarity stole copies of the movies while working on a studio lot and uploaded them to private tracker Pass The Popcorn. He also faces eight months’ home detention and 24 months’ probation.


Melinda Gates Has A New Mission: Women in Tech

Instead of just sitting around bitching and moaning about there not being enough women in tech, Melinda Gates is actually doing something about it. It's kinda nice to see someone putting their money where their mouth is and doing something besides complaining.

It’s personal. Gates got her start in tech. After graduating from Duke with a computer science degree (and an MBA), she spent a decade working at Microsoft. That was back in 1987, when just over a third of undergraduate computer science degrees went to women. Nearly 30 years later, fewer than one in five CS degrees are earned by women. That, according to Gates, constitutes a crisis. "This has got to change," she told me when we met to discuss her efforts last week.


Volvo Planning To Sell A Fully Self-Driving Car In 5 Years

Volvo has announced that it will have a fully self-driving car on the market in just 5 years. Raise your hand if, like me, you are predicting a wave of lawsuits soon after the car goes on sale.

The feature will allow occupants to completely disengage from driving but there will still be a steering wheel for when the owner feels like using it, according to Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson, speaking to reporters at the Global Mobility Leadership Forum near Detroit on Thursday. "To make a car even more premium, one of the most interesting things is a full autopilot," he said. "Not a supervised version, but really the one that you can sit back and watch a movie or whatever. That will make the premium car even more premium."


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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

GPU-Accelerated Cloud Computing Gets A Boost With New Amazon AWS Instances

GPU-accelerated computing has fueled recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, scientific discovery and high performance computing. It now has a cloud computing pipeline to match. We’ve worked with Amazon Web Services to create their newest and most powerful GPU-accelerated cloud offering: the AWS EC2 P2 instance. Researchers and data scientists can use the instance, which is powered by up to eight NVIDIA Tesla K80 data center GPUs, to accelerate a wide range of compute-intensive applications.


Microsoft Expands AI Efforts With Creation Of New Microsoft AI And Research Group

Microsoft Corp. announced on Thursday it has formed the Microsoft AI and Research Group, bringing together Microsoft’s world-class research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company’s AI product efforts. The new group will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, a 20-year Microsoft veteran whose career has spanned leadership roles across Microsoft Research and Bing engineering.

Microsoft is dedicated to democratizing AI for every person and organization, making it more accessible and valuable to everyone and ultimately enabling new ways to solve some of society’s toughest challenges. Today’s announcement builds on the company’s deep focus on AI and will accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to customers across agents, apps, services and infrastructure.


Thursday September 29, 2016

Enermax ETS-T50 Axe CPU Air Cooler Review

Those of you out there that are currently in the market for a new CPU cooler will definitely want to read our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-T50 Axe before you head out shopping.

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Enermax keeps up its onslaught of CPU air cooler designs today with a tower cooler that uses five direct touch heatpipes to move all those BTUs. It has LED lighted fans along with a stealthy black exterior. Interestingly, Enermax has included a ducting system on the back in order to hopefully help better exhaust all that hot air from your CPU.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Zalman Z11 NEO @ Overclockers Club

Cooling: Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 @ OCInside

ETC.: ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard @ Vortez

Memory: ADATA XPG Dazzle DDR4-2400 @ FunkyKit

Video: ASUS RX 460 STRIX OC 4GB @ Play3r

AMD RX 480 CrossFire Performance @ TechARP

California Tightens Background Checks On Uber, Lyft Drivers

Hmmm, I didn't know background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers in California didn't go back more than seven years. Well, thanks to the recent rash of assaults on passengers by drivers, the law has been changed to allow background checks that go all the way back to the day you were born. eek!

Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies will now be required to give their drivers stricter background checks in California. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday forbidding ride-hailing companies from hiring drivers with any violent felony convictions; previously background checks went back just seven years.


Tesla On Autopilot Crashes Into Bus

I'm not saying this guy is lying his ass off but his story sounds pretty damn fishy. The man says his Tesla was "returning to the inside lane after overtaking" another vehicle when it rear ended the bus. I knew Tesla had Insane and Ludicrous modes but I didn't know it had an Aggressive Asshat mode as well.

"The car driver said he had used the car's Autopilot. It now has to be investigated why this did not work," police said in a statement, adding that the Tesla driver was slightly injured and none of the 29 bus passengers was hurt. The police statement said the 50-year-old Tesla driver from Brandenburg drove into the back of the Danish tour bus as it was returning to the inside lane after overtaking.


J.J. Abrams: Portal Movie Announcement Coming 'Fairly Soon'

It's been a few years since these rumors started so I'm not getting too excited just yet. Besides, J.J. Abrams never said it would be a positive announcement, he just said he would be talking to Gabe Newell and that an announcement was coming "fairly soon." wink

"We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we’re very active, I’m hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon," Abrams told IGN. "We are having some really interesting discussions with writers, many of whom...once you said you’re doing a movie or show about a specific thing that is a known quantity you start to find people who are rabid about these things."


Amazing Computer Deal of the Day!

Look what I stumbled upon in our For Sale & Trade forum! This thing is a beauty! Luckily for you, everything you see in the pictures below is for sale. Serious buyers only! big grin

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VR App Will Let You Draw in Mid-Air

Gravity Sketch is a mixed reality 3D creation tool that allows you to draw in 3D and then export your drawing to a 3D printer or a program like SolidWorks. Here's the video from the company's Kickstarter page:


How Organizations Enshrine Collective Stupidity

If you only read one article today, make it this one. Each and every one of you know exactly what this guy is talking about because either you've been there or you are currently in that situation. Seriously, this article is well worth the time to read.

Smart young things joining the workforce soon discover that, although they have been selected for their intelligence, they are not expected to use it. They will be assigned routine tasks that they will consider stupid. If they happen to make the mistake of actually using their intelligence, they will be met with pained groans from colleagues and polite warnings from their bosses. After a few years of experience, they will find that the people who get ahead are the stellar practitioners of corporate mindlessness.


Steam Controller On Sale For $35 Again

Those of you that missed out on this deal earlier this summer will be happy to know the Steam Controller is on sale again for the budget price of $34.99 with free 2 day Prime shipping. Get in on the deal before it is gone again.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny: Rise of Iron Hotfix Now Out @ VG24/7

Driveclub VR Launching With PSVR @ Shacknews

Hearthstone Balance Change Plans @ Blue's News

Titanfall 2 New Cinematic Trailer @ GameSpot

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