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Amazon BYOC Gold Box DotD - 11/20

Amazon has some very good prices on different DIY parts for PC builders today.

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New Steam Early Access Guidelines

According to this report, Valve is updating its Steam Early Access guidelines to properly "align expectations" for pre-release games.

Valve is presenting developers to help properly align expectations for pre-release games. They say they've confirmed the validity of these with "several developers," and most of these offer ways to accurately describe early access games, while other guidelines look to ensure this is the proper program for them to be using in the first place. Giant Bomb does note, however, that these are guidelines, rather than rules.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ eTeknix

be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ HT4U

Cooling: Noctua NF-S12A Series Fan @ Hardwareslave

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #327 @ PCPer

Motherboards: MSI B85M ECO @ PureOC

Video: Far Cry 4 PC Benchmarks @ TechSpot

Google Internet Balloon Crashes On Farm

"My internet just crashed" just took on a whole new meaning.

According to a report Thursday in the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper, Urbanus Botha, who farms in the arid landscape of the Karoo south of Bloemfontein and Lesotho in the center of South Africa, came across the crashed balloon and initially thought it a weather balloon from the nearby weather station at De Aar.

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Researchers Climb Glass Walls With New Invention

I think I'm going to keep my big ass on the ground and leave this one to those of you with a Spider-Man fetish. big grin

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A team of researchers working at Stanford University has used prior research involving the means by which gecko's climb walls to create pads that allow a human to do very nearly the same thing.

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Amazon Deploys Robot Army To Assemble Your Orders

ROBOTS ARE GOING TO KILL US A....wait, they are putting together my Amazon order? Carry on. wink

While government regulations are keeping Amazon’s delivery drones out of American skies for now, the company is still looking for ways to remove slow, error-prone humans from the fulfillment process in order to save time and money. One cool piece of machinery that will help the company with the holiday rush are robots that don’t pick items off the shelves: they bring the shelves to the human order-pickers.

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Cooler Master Mizar Gaming Mouse

The review editors at Overclockers Club have good things to say about the Cooler Master Mizar gaming mouse. This review should be right up your alley if you are shopping for a new mouse.

In the end the CM Mizar is still ruling the roost of my desktop. My past favorite has taken a backseat for a bit to allow the new top dog to settle in. Although with my small hands I tend to prefer mice a little smaller than this one, I'm very happy with the fit and most happy with the feel of the mouse itself. The flat paint has a nice dry texture that remains dry even with long hours of use.

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Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit

In a nutshell, this is what is wrong with the whole social media thing. Well, there's lots of stuff wrong with social media, but you know what I mean. wink

We’ve known about bots for some time (I wrote about them earlier this year, and how anyone can buy a few thousand "friends" for $5). But making these fake accounts used to be difficult, requiring lots of programming deft. Now, even I can make my own — and trust me, my programming skills are minimal.

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The Sound Of The First Comet Landing

For those of you interested, you can now hear the sound of the Philae lander as it touched down on the comet.

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Google News Has A "Suggested For You" Section

It looks as though Google has decided to add a "suggested for you" section to Google news. What do you think?

Google News now has a "Suggested for you" section with stories likely to match your interests. See my section today. The goal is to surface narrow and local topics specific to you. You can tweak by saying 'Not interested' until it's more to your liking. The topics and stories shown here will change with the news, to keep things fresh and serendipitous. Nice work Google News team!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Call of Duty Franchise Tops $10B Blue's News

Far Cry 4 PS3 Fix: Delete Everything @ Joystiq

Final Fantasy 14 Servers DDoS Attacks @ Shacknews

New Bloodborne Screenshots @ VG24/7

Cool Video of the Day

This video uses a Kinect to produce some pretty damn cool audio / visual effects. The team behind the video describe it as "MOMENTUM, our trippy realtime, sound-generating, particle-emitting baby."

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Poseidon GTX 980

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with an exclusive hybrid thermal solution that enables extremely efficient cooling by either air or water. The new card is powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 980 graphics-processing unit (GPU). With DirectCU H2O on board offering users the unique ability to cool either by air or water, ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves running temperatures that are up to 27°C lower than reference designs — that’s up to 2X cooler for gaming performance that’s up to 10% faster in Watch Dogs™ and 7% faster in Battlefield 4™.

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ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dual dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors for incredible stability and up to a 5X-longer lifespan than reference. ROG Poseidon GTX 980 comes equipped with three native DisplayPort connections that support NVIDIA G-SYNC™ surround to let gamers combine up to 3 G-SYNC monitors and create an incredibly immersive gaming environment. The new card also comes with GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software utility that squeezes maximum performance from the GPUs — real-time graphics tuning and live streaming has never been this easy.

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Global Internet Phenomena Report: Netflix 9.5% Of All Upstream Traffic

Everyone knows that Netflix accounts for roughly 35% of all download traffic in North America but did you know that its upstream traffic is close to ten percent as well? eek!

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Cooltek W2 Case @ Technic3D

ETC.: Corsair Gaming M65 @ Legit Reviews

Mionix Avior 7200 @ pcGameware

Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ OCC

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VII Impact @ Vortez

Video: MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D

Brands Are Wasting Time And Money On Facebook And Twitter

I'm not sure why it took a study to figure this out, most of us have known this for years.

The crux of the research suggests that brands are wasting their time, effort, and money on Facebook and Twitter to diminishing returns. A study conducted by the firm from earlier this year found that posts from top brands on Twitter and Facebook reach just 2% of their followers. Engagement is even more measly: A mere 0.07% of followers actually interact with those posts.

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Corsair Announces Carbide 330R Titanium Edition

Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the immediate availability of the Corsair Carbide Series™ 330R Titanium Edition, which brings a new attractive dark gunmetal anodized aluminum front panel and a convenient 3-speed fan controller to the already popular and stylish Carbide Series 330R quiet mid-tower case making it a great choice for media rooms, bedrooms, dorm rooms, or any place where both silence and performance are essential.

The Carbide Series 330R cases are designed with features that make it easy for users to build extremely quiet PCs. The Direct Airflow Path layout provides a unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU, providing cold air directly to the hottest components with less restriction and less noise. Sound damped doors and panels and clever intake fan design are combine to further minimize noise. The Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition adds a three-speed fan controller on the front panel, making it easy to adjust the speed of two included cooling fans to optimize cooling and sound levels. The case has generous expansion room with tool-free drive mounts and cable routing that make building or upgrading a PC a snap.

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In Win D-Frame Mini Review

There is a review of the In Win D-Frame Mini posted today at Benchmark Reviews today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary for your mITX build, the Taiwanese company IN WIN has some products you’ll want to check out. They offer a variety of uniquely-designed computer cases ranging from the weird to the…well, OK, actually, they’re all pretty weird, from the all-glass Tóu to today’s subject, the IN WIN D-FRAME MINI.

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Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy

If you are one of the backers of Elite: Dangerous looking for a refund, Blue's News has all the info you are looking for.

The Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #50 outlines a refund policy for backers of Elite: Dangerous, following firestorm that resulted from the announcement in their previous newsletter that there will be no offline mode in the upcoming space combat game.

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FTC Temporarily Shuts Down Massive Tech Support Scams

It's nice to see the Federal Trade Commission shut these guys down.

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida, a federal court has temporarily shut down two massive telemarketing operations that conned tens of thousands of consumers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services. The orders also temporarily freeze the defendants’ assets and place the businesses under the control of a court-appointed receiver.

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Beats Music Will Become A Default iOS App In 2015

After spending $3 billion on Beats, you'd think Apple would have made it a default app immediately. eek!

If true, this move would be the first major Apple-branded action involving Beats, Inc. after acquiring both its hardware and software divisions in a $3 billion deal this past May. A forced app install will not replace or remove existing iTunes and iTunes Radio services, but the report didn't clarify whether iOS users would be given any promotional offer to sample the paid Beats service as new users.

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World’s Largest GPU In-situ Visualization System Models Formation of Milky Way

Simulating the formation of an entire galaxy is no easy task. It takes precise calculations and massive amounts of computational horsepower. It’s even harder to run a simulation of this size while simultaneously rendering the results interactively on the same system. Yet researchers at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) have done just that. For the first time, they used the ultra-powerful Tesla GPU-accelerated Piz Daint supercomputer to run a massive in-situ visualization – simultaneously computing and generating a visualization of the formation of the Milky Way galaxy (for more on in-situ visualization see "Interactive Supercomputing with In-Situ Visualization on Tesla CPUs").

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AMD Announces Major Technology Partnerships at Future of Compute Event

​AMD today at its Future of Compute event announced the introduction of the consumer electronic industry’s first-ever ultra high-definition (UHD) monitors to feature its innovative, open-standards based FreeSync technology. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., plans to launch the screen synching technology around the world in March 2015, starting with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models), and eventually across all of Samsung’s UHD lineups. FreeSync will enable dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon™ graphics cards and APUs to maximally reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback.​

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Intel Earns Perfect Score in 2015 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index

Intel earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Intel was also honored by HRC as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The report evaluated non-discrimination workplace protections, benefits and public engagement with the LGBT community.

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Wednesday November 19, 2014

Mozilla Ends Relationship With Google, Starts One With Yahoo

I'm not sure how to break it to you guys but Mozilla and Google are no longer an item.

  • •Under a new five-year strategic partnership announced today, Yahoo Search will become the default search experience for Firefox in the U.S.

  • •Starting in December, Firefox users will be introduced to a new enhanced Yahoo Search experience that features a clean, modern interface that brings the best of the Web front and center.

  • •Under this partnership, Yahoo will also support Do Not Track (DNT) in Firefox.

  • •Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.

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Courts Say $30K Fine For Pirated Movie is Excessive Punishment

I think we can all agree that there should be punishment for pirating movies but common sense says a $30,000 fine is just stupid. Thankfully the courts agree.

A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and said the requested amount would be "excessive punishment."

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec ISK600M @ Tweak.dk

NZXT Phantom 240 @ XtremeHardware

Memory: Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3-2400 @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: MSI X99S MPower @ LanOC

Storage: Plextor M6e 256GB SSD @ PCPer

Video: ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Extreme @ Bjorn3D

Wal-Mart Scammed Into Selling PS4s For $90

Something tells me there is going to be some changes with Walmart's price match promotion real quick. eek!

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Customers have misused Wal-Mart's price match promotion to obtain $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for less than a quarter of the retail price using third-party sellers on Amazon.

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FREE: Guardians Of The Galaxy (Awesome Mix Vol. 1)

If you hit up Google Play right now, you can get the Guardians Of The Galaxy (Awesome Mix Vol. 1) for free. Thanks to everyone for the heads up!

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U.S. Gov Insists It Doesn’t Stockpile Zero-Day Exploits

Our government swears it isn't stockpiling zero-day exploits to hack our enemies. You know, because they have their hands full exploiting average citizens. wink

For years the government has refused to talk about or even acknowledge its secret use of zero-day software vulnerabilities to hack into the computers of adversaries and criminal suspects. This year, however, the Obama administration finally acknowledged in a roundabout way what everyone already knew—that the National Security Agency and law enforcement agencies sometimes keep information about software vulnerabilities secret so the government can exploit them for purposes of surveillance and sabotage.

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