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Sunday May 01, 2016

Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K Specifications Leaked

Here is what to expect for 14nm’s last hurrah. I imagine we will be seeing these in upcoming devices like the Surface 5.

The flagship Intel desktop processor will be the Core i7-7700K processor. Intel will stick with the quad core and hyper threaded design which they have been using on the mainstream Core i7 processors since launch. The chip is currently clocked at 3.60 GHz with boost clocks of 4.2 GHz. The currently flagship Core i7-6700K features 4.00 GHz base and 4.20 GHz boost clocks. As mentioned before, these are early samples so clock speeds can increase by the time these chips launch.


Microsoft Spent $1 Billion On The 360’s "Red Ring Of Death"

The Xbox One may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at least it didn’t end up with an exceptional fumble like the RROD.

"It was the biggest decision I made in my 22 years at Microsoft, no question," Bach told Tech Insider in an interview. It was Bach and his team at Microsoft's Xbox division that were ultimately culpable for a huge defect with the Xbox 360 game console, known as the "Red Ring of Death." The "Red Ring of Death" problem was a massive hardware issue that caused a huge number of Xbox 360 consoles to stop working. The system would flash a ring of three red lights around its power button on the front face (seen above). Thus the nickname.


Man Shoots Laser At Ferry, Slapped With $100,000 Fine

What’s the appeal of pointing a laser at airplanes and boats again?

A man who pointed a high-powered blue laser at a Washington State Ferry last year has been ordered to pay a $100,000 civil penalty by the US Coast Guard in Seattle. The civil penalty was issued to Mark Raden of Freeland, Washington, who was determined by Coast Guard investigators to have shot a high-powered blue laser at the ferry Tokitae while it was on a run from Mukilteo to Clinton in October. Raden pointed the laser from the deck of another ship, the Kitsap, which was passing by the Tokitae. The laser hit the ferry master and first mate of the Tokitae, and the incident resulted in eye injuries to both men. The chief mate's vision still hadn't recovered fully a week after the laser strike, according to statements by Washington State Ferry officials at the time.


Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sells Entire Stake In Apple

Is it just my imagination, or has there been a steady rise of negative Apple articles over the last few weeks? I never thought I’d see the day when Apple would cease being tech media’s darling.

After years of high growth, reaching triple-digit percentage points in 2015, Apple now sells more in China than it does in the whole of Europe. But sales in the country are now shrinking, with revenue dropping 26% year-on-year in the company’s latest quarterly earnings. Icahn’s concerns aren’t related to the China slowdown, however. Instead, the investor is concerned with the barriers to trade that China’s authoritarian regime might put in place. "You can’t go into that business unless you’re like Samsung which is really like a country backing it," Icahn told US cable television network CNBC.


President Backs Smart Gun Technology In New Policy Blueprint

Who will be first to make Judge Dredd’s Lawgiver? Don’t blow your hand off.

For the first time, the Administration is presenting guidelines for Federal, state and local law enforcement to define smart guns — an umbrella term for tech enabling only authorized people to shoot weapons, to curb violence. The White House said the Department of Defense will begin testing this tech and implement a cash prize for manufacturers. Additionally, the Federal government and Department of Justice will move to catalyze the production of guns with this safety tech.


Jean-Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden Present "Exit"

Today I learned that Snowden can make music. But is it any good?


Sony Wants To Put A Camera In Your Eye

Well, now I have to wonder just how many Sony engineers are secretly voyeurs.

According to the patent, Sony wants to develop a contact lens that — on paper — stands to be the best of the three designs. It’ll feature a built-in camera with storage, a transmission unit, autofocus, zoom, aperture control and even image stabilization. The camera’s shutter would be controlled by consciously blinking your eye, a process Sony says it’d be able to differentiate from a normal blink. What’s not clear is how you’d control things like zoom, aperture and recovery, but since this is just a patent application and not an actual product, we’re willing to forgive the lack of specifics.


Ghostbusters Has Most Disliked Trailer In YouTube History

Actually, I’m pretty confident that everyone simply thought the movie looked terrible.

The Ghostbusters trailer currently has 507,610 dislikes on YouTube. To put that in perspective, the Fantastic Four trailer from last year has only 20,175 dislikes. The Ridiculous Six trailer, which has an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, has only 5,803 dislikes. Could Ghostbusters be that much worse than either of those two movies? It’s seems unlikely knowing what we know about both Fantastic Four and Ridiculous Six. What is actually happening is that a certain subset of people on the internet have an unhealthy fixation with hating on the Ghostbusters remake and are teaming up to downvote it into oblivion.


Has Mankind Gone Too Far With Drone Fishing?

No boat? No problem. Apparently, people are now fishing with thousand-dollar drone setups.

The concept is simple. Buy one of those drones every upper middle class teenager seems to get for Christmas. Attach a streaming camera set-up to it. Next, rig it up so that it can fly the fishing line from the rod out, but when the fish bites the line can easily detach. Finally, attach a friend to the controls of the fishing rod. After that it’s like shooting fish in an ocean. Fly the drone around, pulling the line behind you, until you see a school of fish. Next, dangle the bait in the center of the school. Inevitably one will strike, the line will detach, and it’s up to your friend to reel in your catch. Either that or a bunch of tuna will wreck your drone and you’ll get to watch a livestream of a thousand dollars sink to the ocean floor.


Inmate Posts Selfies From Prison Van

Jail officials are investigating how an inmate of the Western Regional Jail in West Virginia managed to shoot selfies of himself and post them on Facebook.

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Holbrook said he got hold of a cell phone and started snapping selfies. He posted them to Facebook and people are now wondering how he got his hands on a phone in the first place. "We were just trying to have a good time in jail. We're already here, why be miserable?" Holbrook said in an interview with Eyewitness News Reporter Jessi Starkey. "I said hi to a couple of people to let everyone know I was doing all right -- family and friends." Holbrook is keeping tight-lipped about where he found the cell phone. "It was within my reach, and I just got my hands on it," he said.


Nioh On PS4 Lets You Decide Between 1080p30 Or 720p60

While neither is worth writing home about, it’s nice to see console peasants given more graphics options.

Team Ninja titles have always aimed to deliver smooth 60 frames per second experiences but Nioh throws a curveball in the mix with user-adjustable performance options. The options menu presents players with a choice between movie mode - which focuses GPU resources on image quality - or action mode, where frame-rate takes point. The choice is clear-cut: the former serves up a 1080p resolution, while the latter sees a drop to 720p, along with reduced texture filtering quality.


Quantum Break PC Update Weighs In At 27GB

Want to know how your game is broken? When it requires a 27GB patch.

Quantum Break has been Quantum Broken on the PC since it launched, with Remedy Entertainment pushing out a new 'title update' for Windows 10 version of the game. Remedy's PR boss Thomas Puha said that Title Update 2 for Quantum Break on Windows 10 is now available, with the new patch weighing an insane 27GB. Seriously, that's more than what full games weigh in at, with the new patch giving you the ability to turn on/off the film grain, upscaling, and fixes the niggly frame pacing problems.


Windows 10's PC Market Share Rose In April 2016, Windows 7 Drops Below 50%

New data suggests that Windows 10 was used by 14.35% of all PCs worldwide in April 2016, while the share held by Windows 7 dropped below the 50% mark.

The newly posted market share numbers showed that while Windows 7 remains at the top of the OS chain, it's share dropped to 48.79% in April, well below its 51.89% share in March. Windows 10 is in second place, but only made a slight gain in April with 14.35%, compared to 14.15% in March. Windows XP, which Microsoft no longer supports, remains in third place with 9.66% in April, compared to 10.90% in March. Windows 8.1 is in fourth place with 9.16%, down from 9.56% in March.


Saturday April 30, 2016

Microsoft Is Storing Data In 10 Million Strands of DNA

First I have to worry about corruption, and now I have to worry about mutation.

Microsoft has partnered with the San Francisco-based biotech startup Twist to investigate DNA data storage. It’s purchased the rights to ten million strings of DNA on which it will encode data, to assess the technique as a long-term, secure storage system. Microsoft simply hands over the data as a digital DNA sequence, then Twist creates it in physical form using synthetic biology techniques. Then it hands the DNA back to Microsoft to play around with. It’s not clear how much data Microsoft is trying to store, but IEEE Spectrum points out that a single gram of the long-chain molecules can store a zettabyte of data—which is 1 million gigabytes.


Apple Will Analyze iPhone Of Teen Missing At Sea

I don’t quite understand why there was any courtroom drama to begin with, assuming that evidence of the boat being intentionally disabled is legit.

The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July. The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical miles. The boys' bodies were never found. But Austin's iPhone was on board when the boys' boat was recovered last month about 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission gave the recovered iPhone to Austin’s father, Blu Stephanos, but Perry's mother, Pam Cohen, took the issue to court, fighting to hand the phone over to experts.


Puma BeatBot Robotic Running Companion

Getting beaten by a shoebox can’t be good for your self-esteem as an athlete, can it?


Alicia Vikander To Star As Lara Croft In "Tomb Raider"

While Vikander is an Oscar winner, I really don’t see her as the Tomb Raider.

Lara Croft has been found. Alicia Vikander has signed on to star in Tomb Raider for MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The movie project, which has Roar Uthaug (The Wave) on board to direct, will tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. They acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is serving as producer.


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Teaser

Is it just me, or are they trying to make Doom 3 again?


Samsung Working On Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

The current sets aren’t the best option for someone like me who just wants to lay down and watch a movie without being tethered to my PC, so this has my attention.

Samsung’s plans for virtual reality go beyond the company’s current Gear VR headset: The company is working on a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that will incorporate positional tracking similar to the technologies now available on higher-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, revealed the company’s head of R&D for software and services Injong Rhee during the company’s developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday. "We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone," Rhee said.


I Installed Windows 95 On My Apple Watch

Great, but everything is so damn tiny. Maybe Deadpool’s baby hand could be useful here.

With a 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, the Apple Watch packs a lot of computing horsepower into a very small package. On paper, its processor alone is about twenty-five times faster than the average 386, and 512 MB was the size of a hard drive in the mid nineties, not memory. As a result, I was feeling confident that the Apple Watch had the ability to run one of the most revered desktop operating systems Redmond has ever produced.


Nobody Has Beaten Doom’s Hardest Difficulty Level

I don’t see what the appeal is about permadeath, but those who do are going to love Doom’s "Ultra Nightmare" mode.

Speaking with Doom Executive Producer Marty Stratton and Creative Director Hugo Martin, IGN has learned that no one at developer id Software has yet managed to complete Doom’s hardest difficulty mode. The new Ultra-Nightmare setting is Doom’s punishing Nightmare mode with a permadeath twist. Screw up once, and you’re dead and back at the beginning of the game, leaving only your helmet as a marker of your progress.


How The Chinese Make Smartphones

If you thought smartphone manufacturing was a trivial process, this video should change your mind.


Cortana Will Now Only Work With Edge And Bing On Windows 10

Want to tap into Google using Cortana? Well, now you can’t.

As Microsoft has frequently pointed out in the past, one of Cortana's key advantages is the assistant's ability to 'get to know you', providing a more personalized experience in its OS. This only really works as a result of Cortana's integration with Microsoft's apps and services, providing an "end-to-end personal search experience" that improves the more you use it. Cortana is powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine, and the company's ability to provide that personalization depends upon that integration. But Microsoft said today that that experience is being undermined by third parties replacing Bing as the search provider, and Edge as the web browser that works with Cortana.


PC Gaming Remains More Profitable Than Console Gaming, Mobile Gaming Surpasses Everything

PC gaming will generate almost $32 billion while console gaming will grow to $29.0 billion. On the other hand, mobile gaming (smartphones and tablets) is expected to generate $36.9 billion.

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Newzoo has released the latest quarterly update of its Global Games Market Report, revealing some interesting sales figures about mobile, PC and console gaming. According to the stats, PC gaming remains more profitable than console gaming in 2016. However, mobile gaming has now surpassed everything, and is expected to grow even further in the next couple of years.


Seagate Begins Shipping Helium-Filled HDDs, Reveals Final Specs

According to Seagate, helium has allowed the company to substantially increase hard drive capacity and lower power consumption while using current magnetic recording technologies.

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 helium-filled hard drive is based on the company’s brand-new hermetically-sealed platform feature fourteen heads and seven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) platters with up to 1.43 TB capacity each. Seagate claims that the new HDD platform is based on a special wide-weld hermetically sealed drive enclosure with a design based on a multi-step forging process. Besides, it uses a motor attached to both top and bottom covers, in order to better handle vibrations and maximize reliability. Sensors for humidity, temperature and helium pressure ensure that the helium-filled drive is always being monitored for reliable operation.


Friday April 29, 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 Corsair H80i v2 high performance liquid CPU cooler, followed by our coverage of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo announcement. Finally, we wrapped things up with a review of the EVGA 600B entry level power supply.

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Battleborn Launch Trailer

Gearbox Entertainment put out a new Battleborn launch trailer today for those of you interested. Speaking of interest, by a show of hands, how many of you plan on picking this one up next week? I'm still on the fence with this one.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li PC-J60 @ ocaholic

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition @ Hardware Asylum

ETC.: Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station @ OCInside

PSU: SilverStone Strider Titanium ST80F-TI @ APH Networks

Video: AOC C3583FQ 35" Curved Monitor @ pcGameware

Sapphire Radeon R9 390 Nitro 8GB @ Hardware-Mag

The Mass Effect Theme Park Attraction Opens Next Month

As announced on the California Great America Twitter page, the Mass Effect theme park attraction opens in just three short weeks. You can finally pretend that, instead of going to California, you are actually travelling to a distant planet. Thanks to Darunion for the heads up!

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Ubisoft Says They’re Cracking Down On The Division Cheaters

Tom Clancy’s The Division is plagued with cheaters and, until now, no one new exactly what Ubisoft planned to do about the rampant cheating. The company finally made a post on the game's official blog today stating that they are taking the matter seriously and have already implemented some fixed to help detect and ban cheaters.

First, we have implemented new cheat detection methods that have allowed us to identify many more players currently using cheat engines in the game. We have already caught more cheaters in the last few days than we had in total during the previous weeks. As a result, we will be handing out the biggest wave of suspensions and bans to date over the course of the next few days. Second, when cheaters are caught, we will now apply a suspension of 14 days on first offense (instead of the previous 3 day initial suspension). Second offense will always be a permanent ban. We anticipate these two changes will noticeably improve your experience. New upgrades on cheat detection are underway.


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