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Monday February 08, 2016

Thermaltake Core P5 Wall-Mounted ATX Chassis Review

If you are looking for a new case that will really show off your system building skills, you do not want to miss our evaluation of the Thermaltake Core P5 wall-mounted ATX chassis.

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The main element that Thermaltake wants you to be able to accomplish with it new Core P5 Chassis, is for you to be able to show off your awesome PC system configuration that you have spent weeks working on so that it is near-perfect. While the P5 checks off more feature boxes than that, it surely does a good job of showing off your rig.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool Aero 800 @ HardwareOverclock

Phanteks Eclipse P400 @ APH Networks

Cooling: AMD Wraith Cooler @ Tech Report

ETC.: Patriot Viper V760 Keyboard @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB @ NikKTech

Video: GeForce GT 710 On Linux @ Phoronix

Verizon Said to Enlist AOL CEO Armstrong to Explore Yahoo Deal

I'm not an expert on the subject but I think it is safe to say your company is in trouble when AOL is interested in a buy out. eek!

Verizon Communications Inc. has given Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of its AOL unit, a leading role in exploring a possible bid for Yahoo! Inc. assets, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Late last week, and as far back as December, Verizon has said "yes" when asked whether it was interested in purchasing some or all of the struggling company.

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Apple Launches Repair Program For Late 2013 Mac Pro Video Issues

It looks as though Apple has finally gotten around to launching a repair program for all those faulty Mac Pros suffering from video issues. You have until May 30, 2018 to get your unit fixed for free.

Apple has determined that graphics cards in some late 2013 Mac Pros, manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015, may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair eligible Mac Pro models affected by the video issues free of charge until May 30, 2018. Apple lists a turnaround time of about 3-5 days.

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MSI Launches GT72S G Tobii With Eye-Tracking Technology

MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer gaming hardware and solutions, announces the availability of the GT72S G Tobii, the world’s first gaming notebook that unlocks the power of vision by harnessing and translating the eyes’ natural and intuitive movements into the game. The world’s most advanced gaming laptop, the GT72S G Tobii with eye-tracking technology immerses gamers into a hands-free dimension by allowing them to switch targets in a game, select objects on the floor or even automatically pause a game by simply focusing or looking away. Available immediately, MSI’s GT72S G Tobii will be bundled with Tom Clancy’s The Division and currently supports a variety of gaming titles, including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, ArmA III, Elite Dangerous and more.

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The Division Developer Q&A

There is a seventeen minute video interview with the developer of The Division that, if you are interested in the game at all, is definitely worth the time to watch.

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Hacker Posts Info On Thousands Of Homeland Security Employees

Hackers posted the Department of Homeland Security's staff directory that contains the title, name, email address, and phone number of more than nine thousand employees on Twitter yesterday. The group also posted the details on 20,000 FBI employees earlier today. frown

The US government has yet another security breach on its hands. Late yesterday, a Twitter account posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory containing names, titles, email addresses, phone numbers and more for over 9,000 employees. "This is for Palestine, Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza, This is for the child that is searching for an answer," the post read. What's more, the hacker claims they have details on 20,000 FBI employees and plan to leak those next.

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500mph Ping Pong Ball Cannon

It is pretty cool to see a ping pong ball hit the 500mph mark. All the action takes place at the 6 minute mark in the video so, if you are short on time, skip ahead.

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There Are Now More Drones Registered Than Piloted Aircraft

There has to be a "that escalated quickly" joke in there somewhere.

From small planes like the Cessna to the hulking mass of a Dreamliner, the FAA says there are 320,000 piloted aircraft registered with the agency right now, compared to 325,000 people who have registered their drones, FAA administrator Michael Huerta told media outlets at a press conference, including USA Today.

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Twitter Combating Violent Extremism

In an effort to help keep hate speech off its service, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015. The company says that eliminating those accounts propagating violence and hate is an important part of the fight against radicalism.

Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Hitman Beta Trailer @ Shacknews

Street Fighter 5's CG Trailer @ GameSpot

Unravel Reviews Round-Up @ V24/7

Unsung Story Development Halts @ Blue's News

Why The Market For Paid-For OS Upgrades No Longer Exists

Are paid OS upgrades a thing of the past? Considering Windows has been outselling every other OS on the planet (free or not) forever, I don't see any incentive for Microsoft to stop charging for its operating system.

There is no longer a market for paid-for upgrades for an OS. In fact, not only is there no longer a market, it's actually bad business for the OS vendors to increase the upgrade friction by charging for upgrades. It's far more advantageous for Microsoft to be competitive with the other OSs, which offer free upgrades, to have a predictable, homogeneous platform for developers, and be able to roll out the latest security innovations as broadly as possible.

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Phanteks Announces Eclipse Series P400 And P400S

Phanteks today introduces two variants of the Eclipse Series, the P400 and P400S (Silent Edition). The Eclipse P400 and P400S will be available in three colors: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White.

Eclipse P400

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are compact midtowers that are easy for beginning PC builders that wants to create a clean and beautiful build. The interior chassis design of the Eclipse P400 and P400S is based on the Enthoo Series and offers user-friendly features. This includes full metal exterior, RGB lighting system with color control and optional RGB interior lighting strips, equipped with dust filters, all-in-one radiator mounting location in front, power supply shroud, 2x 120mm fans, and cable management tools.

Eclipse P400S (Silent Edition)

The Eclipse P400S (Silent Edition) available in window version with soundproofing layers or closed panels with soundproofing layers. The P400S comes with all the included features of the P400 but with additional features for improved acoustical performance. The P400S includes top ventilation covers with soundproofing layer, front and side panels with soundproofing layers and an integrated 3-speed fan controller.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Aerocool DS Cube mATX @ FunkyKit

Cooling: Scythe Ninja 4 SCNH-4000 @ FrostyTech

Memory: Apacer PANTHER DDR4-2666MHz @ XtremeHardware

Motherboards: SuperMicro C7Z170-OCE @ eTeknix

Video: ASUS 970 PRO GAMING/AURA @ Vortez

Intel Skylake Overclocked To 7GHz

Apparently some guy in Hong Kong overclocked his Intel Core i7 6700K up to 7GHz, making it the highest overclock for a Skylake processor to date. Sure it was only a single core, it took liquid nitrogen, and AMD has had 8GHz+ overclocks forever, but it's still pretty cool. cool

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Creative Commons Torpedoes Copyright Industry Lies

This guy makes some very valid points about the current copyright monopoly and how artists are still being ripped off by the industry.

The first falsehood is that authors, makers, and inventors must be paid for anything to be created at all. This lie is actually rather obscene coming from an industry which has deliberately created structures that make sure 99.99% of musicians never see a single cent in royalties: 99% of good musicians are never signed by a label, and of those who are, 99% never see a cent in royalties. So it’s quite obscene arguing that culture must be paid for, when this very industry makes sure that less than one artist in ten thousand get any money for their art.

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Cell Phone + String = Better Than A Drone?

Don't have the extra cash laying around for a drone? Do what this guy did, tie a piece of string to your cell phone and go crazy. cool

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India Introduces Net Neutrality Rules Barring Facebook's Free Internet

India's Telecom Regulatory Authority has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service as part of a net neutrality ruling. I'm not sure what is up with countries banning and blocking free internet but you know this has to be pissing off the powers that be at Facebook.

India introduced new rules on Monday to prevent Internet service providers from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the web, in a setback to Facebook Inc's plan to roll out a pared-back free Internet service to the masses.

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The Talos Principle Will Support Vulkan – First Screenshot Released

The Talos Principle will support Vulkan? According to Croteam it does...sorta. See the screenshot below for proof.

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"Yes, it’s true. The Talos Principle will be our first game to support the Vulkan API. The game is already available on PC, PS4, OS X, Linux and even Android, so I thought – why not add Vulkan to Serious Engine? I mean, it was the easiest feature ever, it only took me five minutes or so to implement it. Here, take a look."

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Kingston Acquires USB Technology and Assets of IronKeyT from Imation

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey™ from Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN). Kingston® has been at the forefront of encrypted portable solutions for businesses since it launched its first DataTraveler encrypted USB Flash drive over 10 years ago. IronKey, one of the leading alternative brands in encrypted USB Flash drive solutions for many years, has been part of the Imation family since 2011. The acquisition provides customers with a more comprehensive portfolio of products and services, and demonstrates Kingston’s commitment as the global leader in trusted encrypted solutions for mobile data.

During this integration process, Kingston wants to assure all parties that there will be no immediate changes to the way business is transacted by channel partners currently supporting IronKey products. Kingston is known worldwide for its dedication and level of service to its partners, resellers and distributors, and our goal is to maintain strong communication and customer relationships during this time. IronKey customers with any questions or concerns are asked to contact their current distribution or reseller partners. In addition to Kingston’s acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker® Inc. has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services (EMS) platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. DataLocker previously acquired the SafeConsole® management system from BlockMaster, the solution that Kingston uses on its current management-ready encrypted USB Flash drives.

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GoPro And Microsoft Sign Licensing Agreement

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with GoPro Inc. for certain file storage and other system technologies. "This agreement with GoPro shows the incredible breadth of technology sharing enabled through patent transactions," said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. "Microsoft’s licensing of personal wearable technologies is seeing strong demand as we partner with companies from all industries to optimize solutions for their customers around the globe." The terms of the agreement are confidential.

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Intel to Outline Path to 5G at Mobile World Congress 2016

Billions of increasingly smart and connected devices, data-rich personalized services, and cloud applications are bringing amazing experiences to our daily lives. This places unprecedented demands on today’s wireless networks and connected devices and makes faster, smarter, more efficient 5G wireless networks and technology critical. At Mobile World Congress 2016, Intel will announce new developments that will accelerate the road to 5G and help make amazing experiences of the future possible.

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Sunday February 07, 2016

Windows 10 Subscriptions Aren’t Happening

This writer is convinced that Microsoft has no plans for introducing a subscription fee. If that did actually happen, what would your reaction be?

…large enterprises, including corporate customers and government agencies, actually have been paying for Windows subscriptions for many years, thanks to a volume licensing program called Software Assurance. That annual fee gives them a slew of enterprise features and usage rights that consumers and small businesses don't need and certainly won't pay for. I'm not even sure how a Windows 10 subscription for consumers and small businesses would work. What features in the operating system would Microsoft charge extra for?

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Quad-Core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 Laptop

The Eurocom Sky X9 lays claim to being the most powerful "desktop laptop" ever made. For the hell of it, I was able to get the configurator to go over $11,000.

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...the company's released the Sky X9W complete with a quad-core, eight-thread, Intel Core i7 6700K capable of operating at 4.2GHz and nestled amidst an Intel Z170 Express (Skylake) chipset. The NVIDIA Quadro M5000M dwarfs the CPU for core count: it's got 1,536 of its own. Pack in 64GB of DDR4-2133, 2400 or 2666 RAM, if you please, then throw in up to four NVME SSDs and give them the RAID 10 treatment for data protection. There's also a 17.3 inch 4K screen at 3840 x 2160.

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The Division SweetFX Mod

YouTube member Xenthor Xi has a couple of videos showing what The Division should actually look like. I assume that any dislikes came from Ubisoft.

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Google May Release Gear VR Competitor This Year

This is great news for Nexus fans who want a VR headset that doesn’t look like it was made by a homeless person.

In addition to a new plastic casing, it's said that the headset will support a far wider range of smartphones than the Gear VR. Sources also tell the paper that it will feature "better sensors" and "lenses," suggesting that it won't be wholly reliant on the equipment built into your smartphone. The report mentions that "most of its processing power" would come from the smartphone. Google Cardboard, which has been around for over a year and a half, provides two plastic lenses and just holds your smartphone in the right position to function as a VR device.

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Centriphone: An iPhone Video Experiment

Apparently, you can get over 1.5 million YouTube views just by waving an iPhone around your head.

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First Recorded Human Fatality Due To Meteorite

A meteorite has reportedly killed someone. I thought that getting hit by one was supposed to give you superpowers.

Indian officials say a meteorite struck the campus of a private engineering college on Saturday, killing one person. If scientists confirm the explosion was due to a meteorite, it would be the first recorded human fatality due to a falling space rock. According to local reports, a bus driver was killed on Saturday when a meteorite landed in the area where he was walking, damaging the window panes of nearby buses and buildings. Three other people were injured.

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Man Arrested After Drone Hits Empire State Building

I’m getting the impression that we're going to start seeing statutes specifically for drone-related incidents.

The police said that Mr. Riddle was flying his drone in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday when it crashed into the building’s 40th floor. The device fell from the sky after striking the building, landing on a ledge four floors down. Mr. Riddle then entered the building to ask security guards for help. The guards agreed to help, but called the police instead. The police said they did not know if the drone was ever retrieved from the ledge.

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Is The Price Of A Video Game Really Right?

Well, is it? My answer leans toward "no," based on all of the half-assed ports and DLC-prone titles out there.

…video games have no fixed running time; what takes one player an hour to complete may take another five…The conscientious fix a price that reflects the complicated cat’s cradle of costs that go into making a modern video game. Regardless, as any struggling artist will tell you, price and value don’t always correlate. Hopefully, however, as pricing becomes ever more flexible, the gap between the two will close.

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