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Saturday December 20, 2014

Dell's Announces New SonicPoint AC Wireless Access Point

This week Dell announced that the company will be launching its new series SonicPoint AC access point. The SonicPoint series is aimed for the small to medium sizes businesses looking for a lower cost solution to a more secure ‘enterprise-class’ network.

Dell cites research that claims prevalence of technologically superior 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points have increased from 8% to 45% since 2013, and the company says its new WAPs represent an "essential solution" as that continues to increase.

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North Korea Wants Joint Probe into Sony Hack

The Sony hack left the corporation in shambles, the President of the US weighs in on not releasing the movie, the FBI declared North Korea is behind the hacks, and now North Korea wants to team up with the US to find the real culprit behind the hack…..or else. So where does that leave the US in options?

Moreover, Obama talked about a "proportional" response. What would that be in this case?

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FCC Moves to Clear the Way for Online TV Providers

It seems like the FCC is making room for startups and the little guys as well as the mega-corporations with TV streaming over the Internet by making a slight change in the current law. It seems like Aereo just didn’t hold their mouth just right in asking for acceptance, maybe they are due for another bite at the apple soon.

Analysts have said that this shift could mean an influx of competition into the TV industry, as well as rapid growth for television delivered over the Internet.

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Developers Warn of Plot to Cripple Tor Network

Just a heads up for any of you Tor Network users this weekend. Tor has received information that there may be a concentrated attack on the network in an attempt to bring it down over the weekend.

While the Tor Project has not said who could be behind the attack or what their motivation might be, some anonymous comments posted under the blog suggest a swoop could be related to the US government's investigation into the Sony Pictures mega-hack.

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Staples: Hack May Have Compromised One Million-Plus CC’s

Staples has announced that customer data at 115 Staples’ stores across the US have been compromised and could have affected over a Million customers. When the breach was first discovered, Staples played down the extent and grossly underestimated the scope of the compromise.

The malware may have allowed access to transaction data including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes, for purchases made between Aug. 10 and Sept. 16, Staples said Friday.

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Microsoft Apologizes for Broken Halo Multiplayer

When Microsoft is wrong, they know when are wrong and want to make things right with the fans. What better way to say you are sorry than to shower you Xbox Live perks and more cool stuff. cool

As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items, for free, to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection online since launch (11.11.14) through (12.19.14).

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Developers Making Progress Building Elon’s Hyperloop

If you thought the Hyperloop 800 MPH transit system announced by Elon Musk earlier was just a pipe dream, in fact, it’s not. While Musk himself handed off the project to a team of developers, progress is being made and plans are being drawn up for a nationwide system of transport tubes.

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Ubuntu Phone Launch Delayed Until Early 2015

If you were planning on getting or giving one of the new Ubuntu-powered smartphones for the holiday season, you’ll have to get creative and wrap up a picture of it to give as a gift. Canonical announced that there will be a slight last minute delay on the rollout and they emphasize the slight delay part since it looks like the first Ubuntu phones will be introduced 1Q2015.

Canonical clearly underestimated the difficulties of launching a product in the mobile market and needed more time. But, it could be worse: Ubuntu Phone should hopefully be good and stable when it’s released.

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Sims 4 to Get Game Pack in January

The developers of the Sims announced on their website Friday that the Sims 4 will getting its first game pack entitled The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat in January.

With a Game Pack, gamers will get new clothes, objects, and gameplay features that likewise revolve around a theme -- in this case, and outdoors-centric one.

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Microsoft Windows Browser Ballot Removed in Europe

When the European Commission ruled that Microsoft was unfairly promoting its own browser back in 2009, Microsoft complied with the ruling by offering a choice of browsers for new installations of Windows. Fast forward five years and Microsoft has removed all vestiges of the ruling as soon as the five year ruling expired.

The obligations imposed by the decision have now expired and Microsoft will no longer maintain this website. Microsoft encourages customers who want more information about web browsers or want to download another browser to do so by visiting the websites of web browser vendors directly.

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Friday December 19, 2014

[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 The Crew Performance Video Card Review, followed by our Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the ASUS Maximus VII Impact LGA 1150 motherboard.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li PC-O5S TechSpot

Thermaltake Core V71 @ Technic3D

ETC.: Cougar 700K @ BmR

Intel Core i7-5960X @ HT4U

Pivos XIOS XS @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: GIGABYTE X99 Gaming G1 WIFI @ PCPer

Storage: Silicon Power Marvel M70 @ MadShrimps

Tesla's First Battery Swap Station Opens Next Week

Just in time for Christmas, Tesla is opening its first Model S battery swap station.

The company announced today that it's ready to start a pilot program for invited Model S owners along the San Francisco to LA route, at a facility across the street from its Supercharger station in Harris Ranch, CA. Right now Tesla says the whole process can be done in under three minutes, but with changes to the vehicle design, it says cars could be ready to go in less than a minute.

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Killing Floor 2 Developer Diary

Tripwire Interactive's latest developer diary focuses on the weapons of Killing Floor 2.

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Sony Pictures CEO Claims 'We Have Not Caved'

Ladies and gentlemen, could I have your attention, please? I would like to announce that Sony's CEO has taken the position of Information Minister. big grin

While President Obama has joined the voices criticizing Sony Pictures for its decision to pull The Interview, its CEO claims he " In an interview with CNN set to air tonight during Anderson Cooper 360, Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria that "We have not caved. We have not given in." In the pieces CNN has teased, he even says the company would still like for people to see this movie.

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Flaw Discovered That Let's Anyone Listen To Your Cell Calls

Pretty soon we are all going to have to wrap ourselves completely in tinfoil to avoid being spied on. Well, that is if you aren't doing that already. big grin

German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.

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Judge Concerned Google Antitrust Lawsuit Too Vague

Remember that thing we talked about a while back that involved some stuff that people were suing that one company over? I guess the lawsuit was too vague.

A judge on Thursday said she would require consumers suing Google over its Android smartphone operating system to submit more factual details in order for an antitrust lawsuit to proceed, at a time when the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure.

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ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Motherboard

The LanOC crew has the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard on the test bench today for a little review action.

Due to Intel releasing new chipsets often a lot of people might think that the motherboard market has a big focus on Intel boards. As I have seen in the past on our forums, our Facebook, and even at our events there is still a large AMD following that is hungry for the latest and greatest to support their preferred vender as well. Well when looking to lock in a board for future AM3+ testing I ended up with the Asus Crosshair V Formula in my hands.

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Instagram Deletes Millions Of Accounts In Spam Purge

But....but...but....what about all those followers I paid for?

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users. People who lost a lot of followers criticised the action, dubbing it the "Instagram Rapture". Like its parent company Facebook, Instagram routinely removes accounts to limit spam and prevent users buying followers to appear more popular. Rapper Akon reportedly lost 56% of his followers in the cull.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed: Unity Apology Games Now Available @ VG24/7

GTA 5 PC In 'Final Stages' @ Shacknews

Larian's "Leaked" RPG Plans @ Blue's News

PS4 Demand Is Challenging European Supply @ Joystiq

Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

It's nice to see Microsoft taking action against these scumbags but I have a feeling this is going to be a game of whack-a-mole. Every time they smack one, another pops up in its place. frown

In its first big strike against technical support scamming companies, today Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit will file a civil lawsuit in federal court in the Central District of California against Omnitech Support and related entities for unfair and deceptive business practices and trademark infringement.

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An App That Uses AI To Pick Your Outfits

Seriously? You need to be kicked straight in your little hipster nuts if you need an app to tell you what to wear.

The app is part of a much larger movement towards mobile shopping. According to one report study, 70 percent of consumers have bought something using their smartphone in the last six months, up from 59 percent in 2013. And like many other tools, StyleIt aims to make this mobile shopping more, well, personal.

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48K Federal Employees Affected By Background Check Hack

It looks like a bunch of federal employees are about to get a free month of credit monitoring from their employer. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The Office of Personnel Management is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances.

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Uber Suspend Service In Portland After Lawsuit

Uber has agreed to suspend service in Portland for three months while the city hammers out new taxi regulations.

Uber has agreed to suspend its operations in Portland, Ore., for three months while city officials revise rules governing taxis and the use of ride-sharing apps, the company announced Thursday.

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Apple 'Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers'

It's a sad fact that, regardless how many of these articles are written, most people couldn't care less about working conditions as long as we get our shiny new tech gadget. frown

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken.

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The MPAA’s Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General

Google is accusing the Motion Picture Association of America of "trying to censor the internet."

According to The Verge, "at the beginning of this year, the MPAA and six studios … joined together to begin a new campaign" to figure how it could secretly revive SOPA. It "joined together to begin a new campaign" to achieve wholesale site-blocking by "[convincing] state prosecutors to take up the fight against [Google]." The movie studios "budgeted $500,000 a year towards providing legal support"—and the MPAA later sought up to $1.175 million for this campaign.

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Are you A Digital Hoarder?

I think there is a bit of digital hoarder in all of us. Don't you?

Was I becoming a ones-and-zeros, bits-and-bytes version of my mother? Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as "infomania." Infomania, they say, is more subtly crippling than physical hoarding. With access to the web’s infinite amount of information and limitless supply of storage, digital hoarders are less inclined to think they have a problem.

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ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review

There is a review of the ASUS X99-A motherboard posted at Hexus today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Asus has chosen deliberately not to harvest its X99 boards' DNA in order to create a super-cheap offering. Rather, with the X99-A, the company plays on the premium nature of the chipset by implementing quality components alongside thoughtful integration.

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12M Routers Vulnerable To Critical Hijacking Hack

You know, with this many vulnerable routers out there, chances are we all know someone using one.

The vulnerability resides in "RomPager" software, embedded into the residential gateway devices, made by a company known as AllegroSoft. Versions of RomPager prior to 4.34 contain a critical bug that allows attackers to send simple HTTP cookie files that corrupt device memory and hand over administrative control.

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