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Tuesday May 31, 2016

Computex 2016: Day 1 Event Coverage

The crew over at FunkyKit has boots on the ground at Computex 2016. As you might imagine, they say that the event is very VR focused this year with almost every booth having something to do with virtual reality on display.

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Hidden Easter Egg In DOOM's Soundtrack?

I don't know how legit this is, but I want to believe it's true. I guess if you have time you can try this out for yourself. I just want to know how this was found in the first place. wink

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No Warrant Needed For Cellphone Location Data

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling from 2015 requiring a warrant for cellphone location data. The court said that obtaining cell-site information did not violate the Fourth Amendment because cellphone users know they are being tracked by their carriers.

Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person's cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to privacy advocates. The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, voted 12-3 that the government can get the information under a decades-old legal theory that it had already been disclosed to a third party, in this case a telephone company.

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Slow Mo Guys Make Rainbow Flames

Why would you need rainbow colored flames? Who cares!?!? It's multi-colored flames filmed in slow motion! Besides, fire is always cool in slow motion. What else do you need? big grin

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Awesome MSI GAMING Rigs And Breathtaking VR Experiences Wow COMPUTEX 2016 Visitors

For MSI, a world leader in high-end gaming hardware, a lot of effort has gone into the creation of its marvelous VR experience zones at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2016. Each VR experience zone features a variety of captivating VR experiences powered by top-rated MSI VR-ready products, HTC VIVE, VR content providers and more. Here we have a quick glimpse into MSI's VR-optimized gaming hardware and some of the most riveting VR experiences that MSI has to offer.

MSI's revolutionary Vortex gaming desktop perfectly powers HTC Vive and theBlu: Luminous Abyss, taking visitos on a venture into the deepest region of the ocean to discover the iridescent abyss. In a truly immersive VR world where the real world seems to vanish, audiences get to experience a close encounter with various types of luminous marine creatures. Soaking their ears in the ocean's roar, audiences are free to move around, picture themselves diving underwater and enjoy the sheer audio-visual sensation brought on by the ocean.

More highlights at the VR expreience zones include MSI’s high-end gaming laptops and desktops that pack unprecedented gaming power and innovative design. Visitors get a chance to see COMPUTEX Best Choice Golden Award 2016 winner MSI GS63 Stealth Pro gaming laptop, super high-end MSI GT83/GT73 Titan SLI gaming laptops, COMPUTEX d&i awards 2016 winner GS73 gaming laptop and more. Among the most revolutionary products of MSI, the Backpack PC delivers more than enough power to run The Lab: Xortex. Come experience the immersive thrills of navigating and avoiding incoming fire while shooting at a multitude of different spacecraft!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Doom Sells Over 500k On PC Alone @ Shacknews

Just Cause 3 Expansion Next Week @ Blue's News

Microsoft Cuts Xbox One Price By $50 VG24/7

Minecraft Bans In-Game Advertising @ GameSpot

MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Broadwell-E Motherboard

If you are looking for a motherboard to drop one of Intel’s new Broadwell-E processors into, make sure you read our evaluation of the MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Broadwell-E motherboard today before you head out shopping.

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MSI’s X99 refresh is here in time for Intel’s new Broadwell-E processors! We put the new processor through its paces and our MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon was the lucky winner that we chose to torture in order to determine it’s "Broadwell-E readiness." Our time with the X99A Gaming Pro Carbon was filled with many surprises.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: CPU Cooler Comparison 2016 @ OCInside

CPU.: Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition @ OCC

Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition @ HotHardware

Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition @ PC Perspective

Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition @ Hardware Canucks

Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition @ Vortez

Video: GeForce GTX 1070 FE @ Legit Reviews

Working LEGO Chainsaw

Have you guys seen this working LEGO chainsaw yet? The stuff people can make with these things is astounding. I don't remember anyone making anything as cool as this when I was a kid. eek!

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Ballistic Gel Vs Electricity

The first three quarters of this video are kind of boring but, trust me when I say that the end of this video is definitely worth waiting for. Or, if you want, you can just skip right to the eleven minute mark to see all the fireworks. smile

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AMD Athlon X4 845 CPU Review

With all the Intel processor reviews out there today, Neoseeker thought they would be different and post a review of the AMD Athlon X4 845 CPU. According to the review, the cooler is near silent and the price is right. So if those are things you are looking for, this review is right up your alley.

Today I am going to test the Athlon X4 845 CPU, on an Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 motherboard, against two other new CPUs – the Athlon X4 880K and the A10-7890K APU with a set of DDR3 RAM at 2133 MHz. The comparison CPUs are both multiplier unlocked and have higher base and turbo speeds as default, plus they both leverage a 125 W cooler. All of these factors will give the newer CPUs a definitive advantage so I don’t expect the Athlon X4 845 to perform better, just consistent with its speed and design.

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Caltech Accuses Apple of Violating its Patented Wi-Fi Technologies

It's a good thing the folks at Caltech are pretty damn smart because they are going to need every advantage they can get if they intend on taking Apple to court. If there is one place Apple truly excels, it's in a courtroom. eek!

Apple manufactures, uses, imports, offers for sale, and/or sells Wi-Fi products that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents. Apple products that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents include, but are not limited to, the following: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, MacBook Air [and] Apple Watch.

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Apple Store Worker Says Customers Are Awful

Low pay, long hours and routine death threats? It's just another day working at an Apple store. I've heard from various former employees how bad it is to work at an Apple store but this seems a bit extreme. Death threats over iProducts? Damn.

Q: So you’re being paid £7 an hour, and a customer comes in looking for, say, a cable, and you’ve upsold them into a sale over £100,000. And there was no bonus or recognition for this whatsoever?

A: We got recognition — it’s a story that’s told throughout quite a few retail stores. [The salesperson] got a handshake for it [laughs].

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Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition Broadwell-E CPU

The crew at Overclockers Club have published a review of Intel's brand new Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition Broadwell-E processor. It looks as though, with the exception of pricing, they really liked this new CPU. Hit the link for the complete run down. Here's a quote from the full review to get you started.

While you have a bit of financial pain moving to the latest and greatest Extreme Edition processors, you are guaranteed a specific performance window for doing so. In my testing, I found there were very few scenarios where the Core i7 6950X did not exceed the performance of the previous generation Haswell-E Core i7 5960X. In just about every test, the additional core count and Turbo Boost speeds helped out performance. From rendering tasks to gaming, the Core i7 6950X does a great job leveraging the core count of the processor.

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Intel Announcens New Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition Processors

Designed for the extreme performance needs of enthusiasts, the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition delivers with up to 10 cores and 20 threads, 40 PCIe* lanes, and a new Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 to tame the most demanding workloads. When game and content creators need incredible performance, they turn to Extreme Edition. Gamers today do more than just gameplay; they’re playing in 4K, they live-stream, record, edit and upload their highlights online, and communicate in real time with their eSports team or competitors. We call this mega-tasking, when simultaneous, compute-intensive, multithreaded workloads are needed. The Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition has up to 35 percent better 3D rendering performance for vivid 4K gameplay while accomplishing other compute-intensive tasks in the background. A new era in virtual reality has also begun and achieving the premium VR experiences delivered by the leading head- mounted displays on the market requires powerful PCs for both consuming and creating VR content.

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Content creators also mega-task: They are editing, creating visual effects and composing music simultaneously. Creators also want to see the end result as they’re in the process of creating it, so with the ability to support multiple 4K displays along with the threads and performance to handle all of the simultaneous applications, Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition helps people spend more of their time creating and less time waiting. Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition opens up new levels of performance and capability enthusiasts never thought possible. Forty PCIe lanes connected directly into the CPU allow for system expansion with fast SSDs, up to four discrete GFX cards and ultra-fast Thunderbolt™ 3.0 technology. Massive Intel® Smart Cache of up to 25MB and quad-channel memory improves responsiveness and decreases startup time when working with large files and applications. The new Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 steers applications to the highest-performing core, improving single-threaded performance by up to 15 percent. The Intel® Core™ i7-69xx/68xx processor family is also unlocked, an important feature for enthusiasts who want the extra headroom and tools to push their system to the limit.

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CRYORIG And NZXT Create World's First Software Controlled RGB Heatsink

PC cooling and peripherals innovator CRYORIG announces their collaboration project with NZXT to deliver the world’s first software controlled RGB LED lighted heatsink, the H7 Quad Lumi. Based on CRYORIG’s award winning H7, the H7 Quad Lumi features an additional 6 mm high-end copper heatpipe, game changing Lumi lighting system as well as a new QF120 Balanced LED fan. Co-developed with NZXT, CRYORIG has managed to add a built-in RGB LED controller directly into the H7 Quad Lumi. Running on NZXT’s CAM, the H7 Quad Lumi is capable of adjusting dual channel LED lighting on the logo and base of the heatsink through CAM software and mobile phone app.

Working extensively with NZXT, CRYORIG has managed to develop something truly unique with the H7 Quad Lumi and Lumi lighting system. The Lumi lighting system is built upon NZXT’s Hue+ controller board, with nine different special lighting effects available at launch and more to come with future firmware updates. The Lumi system is capable of dual channel LED configurations, meaning the top and base LED’s can be set to different colors and even separate special effects. Feel free to mix and match almost limitless combinations for your heatsink! Powered and controlled through NZXT CAM software, not only LED control but CPU temp monitoring, fan RPM control and profile settings are all available on CAM. Making the H7 Quad Lumi the first CAM Powered peripheral and a true innovated approach towards PC cooling solutions.

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Patriot Announces New Spark SSD

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of high performance computer memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, consumer flash storage solutions and mobile accessories, today announced its latest budget solid state drive (SSD), the Spark, aimed at offering consumers reliable performance at a price that won’t break the bank. The Spark SSD will be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB to fulfill the needs of serious PC gamers storing large capacity games, content creators and everyday computer users. Utilizing the Phison S11 controller and TLC NAND, for a more budget friendly price, the Spark delivers on performance. With impressive read and write speeds for such an affordable drive, the Spark will reach sequential speeds of up to 555MB/s read and 500MB/s write to meet the standards of consumers looking to optimize screen time.

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Monday May 30, 2016

ASUS ROG Announced the Latest and Greatest in Gaming Tech

ASUS Republic of Gamers today hosted the Join the Republic press event at Computex 2016, marking its first full decade of premium gaming innovation and market leadership — and unveiling a new line-up of elite gaming gear. Unveiled today for the first time was ROG Avalon, a proof-of-concept build that envisions the future of gaming PCs beyond the standard form-factors.

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Product reveals included Rampage V Edition 10, a celebratory refresh of ROG’s flagship gaming motherboard, and G31 and GX800 — respectively the world’s most-powerful compact gaming desktop and gaming laptop. Also shown for the first time were Swift PG248Q, a super-narrow-bezel gaming monitor with an overclockable 180Hz refresh rate, the Centurion gaming headset that delivers true 7.1-channel surround sound, and XG Station 2, an innovative external graphics dock. Strix was also introduced as the newest recruit to Join the Republic, with ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 revealed as the first gaming graphics card to carry the ROG Strix branding. Commenting on ROG’s decade at the top, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, said: "I’m incredibly proud of ROG’s achievements over its first 10 years, and today’s announcement demonstrates that our commitment to extreme performance and gaming superiority is undiminished. I guarantee that ROG’s second decade will be every bit as exhilarating. Today is a celebration of our success — and proof that ROG’s epic innovation and dominance continues at full strength."

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Homebrew DIY Physical Pong Game

Could you imagine having something like this in your game room next to the pool table and foos ball table? These guys seriously need to start making these things professionally.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Red DDR4

Real Hardware Reviews, the site that features real bullets in all its reviews, has posted a review of Crucial's Ballistix Sport LT Red DDR4 memory. From the sounds of it, this kit is quite the bargain (bullet not included).

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If all that was not enough, the fact that this 32 Gigabyte kit only costs $25 more than ‘extreme performance’ DDR4-3400 16GB kits really will seals the deal for many. When consumers go through the arithmetic (ease of use + ease of installation + custom good looks but not at custom prices) the end result is going to be rather tempting for a lot of consumers.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Blizzard Cracking Down On Overwatch Porn @ Shacknews

The Division Lone Star Gear Set Review @ VG24/7

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Patch @ Blue's News

This Uncharted 4 Bug Removes Drake @ GameSpot

Your Friends Are More Popular Than You Online

Do you ever get that feeling that everyone on Facebook and Twitter have more friends that you do? According to a new study, that's probably because everyone does have more friends than you. The good news is that not giving crap about stupid studies like this still makes you cooler than everyone else. cool

No, it's not just in your head — new research says that your friends probably are more popular than you. It's one in a series of findings supporting what sociologists call "the friendship paradox." Basically: on average, you are likely to have fewer friends than your friends do.

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CORSAIR Debuts "Build It Better" at Computex 2016

CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC hardware and high-performance gaming peripherals kicked off this year’s Computex today by offering press and industry partners an exclusive tour of its "Build it Better" showcase at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei. A host of new technologies and soon-to-be-released CORSAIR products will be shown, alongside some of the most amazing custom modded PCs on display anywhere. Whether Enthusiasts want to build their system faster, quieter or brighter, with CORSAIR they can always Build It Better.

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Silverstone Tundra TD02-E CPU Cooler Review

Head on over to Modders Inc. this afternoon and give their review of the Silverstone Tundra TD02-E CPU cooler a look. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Silverstone Technologies has made quite a career making cooling solutions for the PC DIY market. Their solutions are also quite often a unique alternative with out-of-the-box oriented ideas and far from having a "me too" design philosophy. With the all-in-one liquid cooling solution’s popularity, Silverstone also has thrown their hat in the ring with alternatives from the typical Asetek OEM solutions. An alternative that goes beyond just bundling a different high-RPM fan but having an end-user experience focused approach instead with a lineup that can find a home in ITX or ATX builds.

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[H]ardware Round-Up Memorial Day Edition

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ OCInside

Zalman Z9 NEO Mid-Tower Case @ techPowerUP!

Cooling: Noctua Industrial PPC Fans @ Modders Inc.

PSU: SilverStone Strider Titanium Series 800W @ NikKTech

Storage: ASUSTOR AS3202T NAS @ APH Networks

Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB @ Tech Report

Iran Orders Social Media Sites To Store Data Inside Country

Why in the world would any social media site comply with these demands? I'm not saying Iran is extreme but you know they probably keep their social media servers in a prison cell.

Iran has given foreign messaging apps a year to move data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside the country, prompting privacy and security concerns on social media. Iran has some of the strictest controls on internet access in the world and blocks access to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, although many users are able to access them through widely available software.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Preview

The review embargo has lifted and our preview of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is now live. If you want to know if all those performance claims are true, hit the link to find out. We think you might be pleasantly surprised.

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The second video card in the NVIDIA next generation Pascal GPU architecture is finally here, we will explore the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video card. In this limited preview today we will look at performance in comparison to GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X as well as some preview overclocking.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Review Round-Up

Reviews of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

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Phanteks Glacier G1080 Water Block

Phanteks a leader in thermal cooling, is excited to launch their very first water block designed for the new Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition. The G1080 is made from premium materials and finest standards of craftsmanship from Phanteks. From military standard Viton O-ring to the RGB LED lighting, all of our exceptionally high-quality materials are carefully selected. The water block features a nickel-plated copper cold plate, acrylic top and sandblasted cover plates for an elegant look. The G1080 uses military class Viton O-ring compared to silicone O-rings used by other manufacturers, well known for its excellent heat resistance and its durability. The G1080 also features RGB LED lighting that can sync with Phanteks cases that supports RGB lighting or motherboards’ RGB software by using our Phanteks RGB adapter.

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