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Thursday October 08, 2015

[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Streacom F12C @ techPowerUP!

Cooling: Reeven Ouranos CPU Cooler @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: EVGA Z170 Stinger @ HardwareSlave

Storage: ADATA XPG 240GB SSDs @ PureOC

QNAP TS-453mini 4-Bay Vertical NAS CDRLabs

Video: Samsung S32D850T WQHD Monitor @ OCInside

Gamer Sent To Prison For School Swattings

A year in prison, three years of supervised release and three hundred hours of community service seems like it could be a deterrent. What do you guys think of this guy's punishment?

A 22-year-old Connecticut man who took part in bomb threats made against two Monmouth County schools last year was Tuesday sentenced to a year in prison. The prison term for Matthew Tollis takes into account his role in the New Jersey "swatting" incidents as well as similar threats in Texas, Massachusetts and his home state, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut said in a news release.


Lyft Behind Uber Data Breach?

This just got interesting. eek!

Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. That address, two sources familiar with the matter say, can be traced to the chief of technology at its main U.S. rival, Lyft.


Amazon Launches Handmade Marketplace

Amazon has finally launched Handmade at Amazon, a marketplace for handcrafted goods. The site says it has over eighty thousand items from almost five thousand sellers.


Adobe Showcases Monument Mode At MAX 2015

Last night at MAX 2015, Adobe showed off its Monument Mode feature that removes people from the frame of your picture in real time. Here's a video of it in action:


Silverstone ML06-E Mini-ITX HTPC Case

If you are building a HTPC, Steam Box or the likes, you might want to check out this review of the Silverstone ML06-E at Benchmark Reviews today.

Not content to rest with their niche ML05 HTPC enclosure, they dressed up the exterior with a full aluminum panel and released the ML06. That isn’t the case Benchmark Reviews is reviewing here – SilverStone decided they weren’t done, and evolved the internals of the ML06 into the product we see here today: the ML06-E. Featuring re-worked internals but the same exterior dimensions, the ML06-E is poised to be the best of the series so far.


The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment Kickstarter

How is this not funded already? The campaign only has seven days left and they still need to raise about $18k.


MIT Prof Spurs Students to Build Robotic Racecars

The students’ challenge: Build a self-driving mini-robot car that can zip around a tunnel maze track while navigating its twists and turns. To give the cars their autonomous abilities, students design and program algorithms using a Jetson TK1 embedded computer. Jetson TK1 helps the 1:10-scale cars deploy the open-source Robot Operating System, assess their environment and develop a language to help them race the fastest while careening around the course. The course was so popular, its creator, Sertac Karaman, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, is designing a bigger version for next year with Jetson at the core.


New Intel Education Visionaries Program Aspires to Transform Education Worldwide

Intel Education today launched the Intel® Education Visionaries program, an elite group of approximately 40 education leaders who will be exemplars for global education transformation; inspire and share best practices with educators, administrators and parents worldwide; and help Intel design the future of education technology. The Visionaries come from all over the world and represent a diverse mix of cultures, but share Intel's passion for empowering student success through the integration of technology and curriculum.


Wednesday October 07, 2015

Video Game Voice Actors Authorize Strike

It must be that time of year again. wink

"It is important to note that the referendum result does not mean that members are on strike, rather, it gives the National Board the authority to declare a strike," the union said. "A 75% ‘yes’ vote was required to give the National Board that authority. With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games."


Amazon Considering Online TV Service?

What do you guys think about the possibility of Amazon starting its own TV service?

Amazon.com Inc is considering the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to networks such as CBS Corp and Comcast's NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels, Bloomberg reported.


Apple Removing Games From People's Purchase History

Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. - The Book of Jobs 10:11

An Apple representative told PocketGamer, "if [developers] remove their apps from the store, they cannot be redownloaded until the app has been resubmitted to the App Store". Until then, games like The Walking Dead, Ghost Trick and BioShock can't be reclaimed by the people who have purchased them.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Cooler Master Mastercase 5 Pro @ ocaholic

ETC.: AMD FX 8320E CPU @ Neoseeker

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum @ Legit Reviews

Razer Tartarus Chroma Ergonomic Keypad @ Vortez

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170x-Gaming 7 @ Hardware Secrets

Video: Sapphire R9 390 Nitro @ Hexus

G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 Review

The review staff at ThinkComputers have a couple sticks of G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 on the test bench today.

Now that we have DDR4 on the mainstream Z170 chipset G.SKILL comes back with Ripjaws V, which are available in quite a few different offerings and offer a more subtle look. G.SKILL is offering their Ripjaws V memory in speeds all the way up to 3600 MHz in both 8GB and 16GB dual channel kits.


Best Buy Testing Robot Customer Service Employees

Wait a minute! You mean to tell me that Best Buy's current customer service employees aren't robots? You could have fooled me.

In an era where retail is increasingly moving online, some shoppers still prefer to deal with actual human beings when they go to the store. But the folks at Best Buy believe that some in-store customer service tasks may be best done by automatons.


Google: An Update On How We Tackle Hacked Spam

Google announced today that it is aggressively targeting hacked spam in its search results in order to protect you from malicious content on hacked websites.

Recently we have started rolling out a series of algorithmic changes that aim to tackle hacked spam in our search results. A huge amount of legitimate sites are hacked by spammers and used to engage in abusive behavior, such as malware download, promotion of traffic to low quality sites, porn, and marketing of counterfeit goods or illegal pharmaceutical drugs, etc.


Female Linux Dev Calls It Quits Over 'Toxic' Community

My favorite part about this blog post? The owner of the blog is replacing negative / off-topic comments about her with "fart fart fart fart." big grin

Here’s the deal: I’m not a Linux kernel developer any more. I quietly transferred the maintainership of the USB 3.0 host controller driver in May 2014. In January 2015, I stepped down from being the Linux kernel coordinator for the FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW), and moved up to help coordinate the overall Outreachy program. As of December 6 2014, I gave what I hope is my last presentation on Linux kernel development. I was asked to help coordinate the Linux Plumbers Conference in Seattle in August 2015, and I said no. My Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board (TAB) term is soon over, and I will not be running for re-election.


How Video Games Are Becoming University-Approved Sports

I don't see what the big deal is about video games being an official club sport. It's like a big LAN party that is partially supported by your university.

The tournament, which cost just under $30,000 to stage, was funded mostly by sponsors and entry fees. The retail value of the prizes and merchandise — lanyards, keychains, special glasses that make lengthy screen time easier on the eyes — topped $160,000. But a small portion of the funds came from the club’s budget, which is provided by the university. And that signals a shift in college administrators’ thinking: They’re starting to see video-game clubs as valuable.


The Law Student Who Took On Facebook

I'll bet this guy never thought this would happen when he started this case two years ago.

The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling on Tuesday, knocking down the Safe Harbour data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by more than 4,000 companies, including Google, Facebook and IBM.


Fallout 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Video Series - Intelligence

There has been another installment in the Fallout 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series. This time around the video is an introduction to Intelligence.


Gaming [H]eadlines

80% of PS4 Owners Never Played Uncharted @ GameSpot

Ceres Coming Next Week @ Blue's News

Halo 5: Guardians Goes Gold @ Shacknews

Second Street Fighter 5 Beta Dated @ VG24/7

Motorcyclist Texts With Both Hands During A Police Chase

Texting while driving is pretty damn stupid. This guy takes it one step further by using both hands to text...on a motorcycle while being chased by the police.


RIAA And MPAA Reporting Piracy Sites To U.S. Government

I like kicking the RIAA and the MPAA in the nuts as much as the next guy but isn't this their job?

The RIAA and MPAA have submitted their lists of most "notorious" pirate sites to the U.S. Government. The groups target torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, as well as various linking and streaming portals. Uncooperative domain registrars and other third-party service providers are called out as well.


Custom Desk Case Build of the Day

I wish I had the necessary skills required to build an awesome custom desk case like this. The best part is that this guy built this for his girlfriend. cool

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Graphics: GeForce GTX 980 Ti Round-Up @ HotHardware

MISC.: ASUS RT-AC87U & RT-AC3200 Routers @ HwC

Element Gaming Beryllium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix

Storage: Centon C-380 480GB SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

DataTraveler microDuo 3C @ Real Hardware Reviews

KingFast 256GB F9 SSD @ MadShrimps

Pandora Buys Ticketfly For $450M

Whoa. I had no idea that Pandora had this kind of cash in its "in case I want to buy something" account. eek!

What’s especially exciting about Pandora’s acquisition, however, is the fact that it might mean that Ticketfly can really give the evil Ticketmaster a run for its money. Ticketmaster is owned by the multi-billion dollar conglomerate Live Nation and controls ticket sales for the vast majority of concert venues in the country.


GeForce Game Ready 358.50 WHQL Certified Driver

NVIDIA sends word that the brand new GeForce Game Ready 358.50 WHQL certified driver is available for download. All you GeForce owners out there that are playing Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta should probably grab these drivers and give them a go.

The new GeForce Game Ready 358.50 WHQL drivers for the Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta are now available to download from GeForce Experience and GeForce.com. With Game Ready optimizations for EA and DICE's highly-anticipated Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta, our new drivers will give up the best possible experience when blasting Rebel scum.


The FAA Hits Company With $1.9M Fine For Illegal Drone Flights

In case you were planning on flying unmanned aircraft in violation of the FAA regulations, you should probably know that can net you a whopping $1.9 million fine. eek!

The FAA proposes a $1.9 million civil penalty against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago. Between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan conducted 65 unauthorized operations in some of our most congested airspace and heavily populated cities, violating airspace regulations and various operating rules, the FAA alleges. These operations were illegal and not without risk.


ASUS Strix R9 Fury DC3 Review

There is a review of the ASUS Strix R9 Fury DC3 posted today at pcGameware. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Asus Strix R9 Fury that we have here today boasts a Custom Direct CU III cooler equipped with backplate and sports not only three 0dB fans but also (an industry-first) dual 10mm heatpipes! The card itself has a Core clock of 1020MHz and is still equipped with 4GB of HBM RAM running at 1000MHz effective. The card also has native support for the latest Graphics APIs such as DirectX 12, Mantle and Vulkan.


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