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Thursday July 30, 2015

Random [H] Sighting

A big thanks goes out to long time forum member ZenMaster for today's Random [H] Sighting!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li DK-01X Desk Case @ Hardware.Info

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ HotHardware

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB @ NikKTech

Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyA Wireless Speaker @ OCC

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX Gaming 6GB @ Vortez

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! @ ThinkComputers

Google Refuses French Order To Apply 'Right To Be Forgotten' Globally

Google says it believes no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access. Only Google has that right. wink

Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines.


Uber Is Recruiting Old People As Drivers

When this organization says it "helps people rediscover what truly matters," apparently that means becoming an Uber driver. wink

We are excited to announce a collaboration with Life Reimagined, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of AARP, to offer millions of members the opportunity to earn income as a driver-partner with Uber in a way that is flexible, convenient, and highly adaptable to their lifestyle.


FBI Understaffed To Tackle Cyber Threats

Well this is comforting to know. frown

The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats.


OnStar Hack Remotely Starts GM Cars

Not wanting to be upstaged by Chrysler, GM has announced that its cars are hackable too. Wow, the competition in the auto industry really is fierce. big grin

Simply place the box somewhere in an OnStar-connected car and wait for the driver to start up the RemoteLink app within range of the vehicle. The driver's smartphone should automatically connect to OwnStar's network and, voila, the hacker now has all of the car owner's information (email, home address, final four digits on a credit card plus expiration date), and control of the car.


RIAA Accuses CNET Of Hosting ‘Pirate’ Software

The RIAA accusing CBS of aiding piracy? This should be interesting. Pass the popcorn please. wink

Several prominent music groups including the RIAA, A2IM and ASCAP have accused CNET of hosting infringing apps on Download.com. In a letter sent to the CEO of parent company CBS, the groups urge the company to reconsider whether it's wise to offer "ripping" software.


The US Wants To Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Why do we have to wait on the creation of new supercomputing research initiative? Just build the damn thing already. By the time a fact finding committee is done doing whatever it needs to do, we'll be behind again. frown

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order authorizing the creation of new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative, or NSCI. Its goal: pave the way for the first exaflop supercomputer—something that’s about 30 times faster than today’s fastest machines.


Microsoft Launches 90-Day Windows 10 Free Trial

Still don't know if you want to migrate to Windows 10 yet? Microsoft is offering a free 90 day trial to convince you to switch.

Microsoft has rolled out a free evaluation version of Windows 10 Enterprise edition so you can play with it for 90 days if you're still on the fence about upgrading.


XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition

The LanOC crew has the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition video card on the test bench today. Here's a quote from the full review:

So today I’m going to run the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition through all of our in-game, compute, and synthetic performance tests as well as the more specific per card tests like noise and cooling performance. In the past the XFX cards have performed well, but it might have its hand full with the triple fan cooler on the Sapphire.


Gaming [H]eadlines

New Star Wars Battlefront Game Mode @ VG24/7

Prison Architect Breaks Out in October @ Blue's News

Total War: Warhammer In Action @ Shacknews

Wasteland 2 Xbox One/PS4 Release Date @ GameSpot

Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Series Review

Make sure you guys check out our evaluation of the Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Series chassis today. If you need added airflow to cool the red hot components in your system, this could be the case you are looking for.

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It's big. It's black. In fact it's "Obsidian!" Corsair's new 750D computer case is actually all steel and brushed aluminum, not volcanic rock. Corsair's take on the 750D Airflow Series is that it is easy to build in and has all the features you need rather than a plethora of bells and whistles that only look good on a spec sheet.


AT&T Rejects $100M Fine From FCC

It must be nice to be a huge company that can just "reject" $100 million fines because you don't agree with it. The next time I get a speeding ticket, I'm going to "reject" the fine and see what happens. roll eyes (sarcastic)

AT&T refuses to pay the FCC the $100 million fine it got slapped with, claiming that it didn't keep data throttling a secret from its subscribers at all. Ma Bell was given with such a hefty penalty, because the agency determined that it slowed down subscribers' "unlimited" internet connections after they've used a particular amount of data without letting them know.


20 Of The Worst PC Setups

It's time once again for Think Computer's monthly Worst PC Setups feature. Not only is this one the worst I've ever seen, I think this dude is gonna end up on that TV show about hoarders:

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: AMD A10-7870K APU @ Legit Reviews

Rig of the Month @ Guru3D

Tt eSports Shock Console Gaming Headset @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: ASRock N3150 Braswell Round-Up @ eTeknix

Storage: Western Digital My Passport X 2TB @ XtremeHardware

Video: Wasabi Mango UHD420 42-in 4K @ PCPer

How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows 10

It sure seems like doing a clean install gets more complicated with each new version of Windows.

Windows 10 is an unusual release for Microsoft: if you have a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8/8.1, it will very easily upgrade to Windows 10—you don't even need to enter a licence key. Clean installations, however, are a bit trickier: you do need to enter a licence key, and your Windows 7/8 key probably won't work.


Windows 10 Solitaire Requires A Subscription To Remove Ads

If you want to play solitaire on Windows 10 without ads, you'd better be prepared to cough up some cash.

You can make the ads go away, but, as you may have guessed, it'll cost you, and not just once: The Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition is effectively a subscription service that goes for $1.50 a month, or $10 for a year. The Premium version of the game does away with ads, and also offers more coins for completing "Daily Challenges," and a boost when you play TriPeaks or Pyramid.


Jeremy Clarkson And The Top Gear Gang Are Coming To Amazon Video

I know this announcement is going to make a lot of people happy. The cool part is that the gang is all here! You can sign up for Prime right here.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are reuniting to create an all-new car show, exclusively for Amazon Prime. The show will be produced by the trio’s long time executive producer Andy Wilman. On working with Amazon, Jeremy Clarkson said "I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship." The first show will go into production shortly and arrive exclusively on Amazon Prime in 2016.


Five Nights At Freddy's Developer Responds To "Hate"

Dear Mr. Game Developer,

We love you / hate you. Welcome to the internet.


Random People on the Internets

Did you know that last year I was working at Dollar General? I worked as a cashier. I had three bosses who were all still in high school. Before that I worked at Target in the backroom freezer, unloading frozen foods. I haven’t had a successful life; and now that God has blessed me with some success, I’m doing my best to be responsible with that success. I don’t party on weekends, I don’t get drunk or sip martinis. I spend my evenings playing Megaman 3, buster only, with my kids. And I try to good with what's been given to me. I guess the reason I’m telling you all of this is to make sure you know that I’m human. I have a lot of flaws, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. My games aren’t perfect, and they never will be.


ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light Monitors Receive Most Number Of Certifications

ASUS today announced that 26 ASUS monitors have been certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light — more than any other monitor brand. The latest ultra-low blue light monitors feature four filter settings to reduce blue light emissions by up to 70%. In addition, 28 monitors have also been certified flicker-free by TÜV Rheinland[1]. This full range of ultra-low blue light monitors is designed to reduce blue light emissions and onscreen flicker for a comfortable viewing experience. TÜV Rheinland is a professional certification organization and the world’s leading authority on display testing. The company has developed a display-specific standard (2PfG) for low blue light and flicker-free testing and measurement.


Windows 10 Available In 190 Countries As A Free Upgrade

Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade1 or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana,2 an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience. The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates. Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.


Graphics On Intel-Powered Devices Get Optimized For Windows 10

In order to further optimize Intel® processors for Windows* 10, Intel today released new graphics drivers for 4th and 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® HD Graphics, Intel® Iris™ Graphics and Iris™ Pro Graphics, N series Intel® Pentium® and Intel® Celeron® processors with Intel® HD graphics (formerly codenamed Braswell). The drivers also support several new features, including Microsoft DirectX* 12, Microsoft PlayReady* and Miracast*. Users can download the drivers from Intel’s website or check with their device’s manufacturer to get the latest drivers for their specific machine.


Wednesday July 29, 2015

Just Cause 3 Dev Diary

I don't know about you guys, but I am really looking forward to this game.


Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU Cooler

If you are shopping for a low profile CPU cooler, head on over to Neoseeker and check out their review of the Noctua NH-L9x65.

Noctua's NH-L9x65 is the "taller" low profile CPU cooler designed for improved thermal performance compared to its predecessor, the NH-L9 series. Measuring 65mm in height, it's still compact enough to work in smaller form factor setups like HTPCs which typically have low clearance for CPU coolers. The NH-L9x65 promises "100 percent" compatibility with RAM and PCIe cards in Intel-based ITX motherboards.


Vulnerability That Renders Android Devices Silent Discovered

Android sure is having a crappy week when it comes to security. frown

We have discovered a vulnerability in Android that can render a phone apparently dead – silent, unable to make calls, with a lifeless screen. This vulnerability is present from Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) up to the current version, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop). Combined, these versions account for more than half of Android devices in use today. No patch has been issued in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code by the Android Engineering Team to fix this vulnerability since we reported it in late May.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Define S @ OCInside

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Case @ ocaholic

Cooling: Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: COUGAR 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ OCC

Mobile: Acer Aspire S7-393 @ HotHardware

Video: Sapphire R9 290X 8Go Tri-X @ CowcotLand

Windows 10 Downloads Bend, But Don't Break, The Internet

Everyone that expected Windows 10 to break the internet today can calm down, everything is going just fine. wink

Some people feared that Windows 10 download traffic could break the Internet with traffic peaks of up to 40 Terabits per second (TBps). That doesn't seem to be happening. While Microsoft declined to say exactly how they're handling the demand, we do know some things about how Microsoft is delivering Windows 10's bits to your computer.


$75,000 Reward To Catch Wild Fire Drone Operators

Want to make an easy $75,000? Turn in the people that were flying those drones over the wild fires in California earlier this month.

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to offer $75,000 in rewards for help in tracking down drone operators who interfered with firefighters during three major wildfires this summer.


College President Moonlights As Uber Driver

Wait a second. I thought students were supposed to be Uber drivers, not the president of the university. eek!

My biggest one-day take thus far has been $29. Even with my limited schedule, I thought I’d do a bit better than that. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t leave my day job. But if I hadn’t started this little experiment, my path would probably never have crossed the lives of any of these people whose life stories continuously surprise me. After three weeks, my earnings are approaching $100, but I sure feel richer for the experience.


GeForce GTX 980 Ti Cards Compared

The Tech Report has rounded up a handful of GeForce GTX 980 Ti video cards and put them to the test. This comparison review features cards from the Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and more.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is arguably the best video card you can buy right now, by most standards. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X has arrived and shown itself to be competitive but not quite dominant. In most games, the 980 Ti is faster. The custom GTX 980 Ti cards we've assembled all cost about 10 to 20 bucks more than the reference version, and they all aim to improve upon the vanilla card in multiple ways.


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