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Tuesday October 30, 2012

MPAA Against Giving Megaupload Users Access To Data

I don't know how any former Megaupload customer can expect access to their data while the case is ongoing. Does it suck having to wait until the case is over? Yeah. Is this standard operating procedure? Yes.

The MPAA said today that while it takes no position on Goodwin's request to have his own copyrighted videos returned, it wants to participate in the hearing to describe "the overwhelming amount of infringement of the MPAA members' copyrighted work on Megaupload."

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Has Microsoft Pulled Off Its Biggest Reinvention Ever?

With the launch of Windows 8, followed closely by Surface RT and Windows Phone 8, I guess a case can be made that Microsoft has indeed pulled off its biggest reinvention ever. Now, whether you like what has come from that reinvention is a different story altogether.

It's been a (re)defining few days for Microsoft, with the unveiling of three key products in less than a week — all aiming to deliver one message: that Microsoft is not only relevant but central to the post-PC world. The near-simultaneous launches of Microsoft Surface, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 show Microsoft is mustering its armies for the battle of ecosystems with Apple and Google.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 @ Hardware Secrets

Xigmatek VENUS XP-SD1266 CPU Cooler @ NikKTek

ETC.: CMSTORM Recon, Skorpion, & Speed RX @ Neoseeker

Epic Gear Medusa Gaming Mouse @ XtremeComputing

SteelSeries Diablo 3 Peripherals @ LanOC

Storage: Mach Xtreme MX-ES 16GB USB 3.0 @ PureOC

Motherboards: MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Motherboard @ T-Break

Google Updates Gmail Compose and Reply Functions

The next time you fire up Gmail you will be prompted to try out the new compose and reply functions. Here's what the Official Gmail Blog says:

How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message? Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes. The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger). This makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close your draft. You can even do a search or keep an eye on new mail as it comes in. And because the compose window works the same way as chats, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later.

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Tech News No One Cares About

We are starting off today's installment of TNNOCA with news that Disney bought LucasArts for over $4B. Say hello to more Star Wars movies and Mickey - Yoda crossovers. Next up, the devastating news that Apple is delaying iTunes 11. Oh no, what will we do now? Also, while we are talking about Apple, it seems that the lack of an apology will get you forced out of the company after 15 years. No worries, no one liked that guy anyway. Speaking of not being liked, Activision is laying off more people. Hey, did you know Wikipedia is almost done? Wait. Done with what? Finally, the science behind how much caffeine it takes to kill you. Come to think of it, some of you might actually care about that last one. big grin

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Greatest Plane Crash Rescue Ever

This is the greatest plane crash rescue I've ever seen. There is some mild NSFW language in the video but this is definitely worth watching.

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Corsair Hydro H100 Liquid CPU Cooler

FrostyTech has the Corsair Hydro H100 liquid CPU cooler on the test bench today for a little review action. You can see our review here.

Corsair's Hydro H100 is a no fuss, self contained CPU liquid cooling solution for use on Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors. The system consists of two parts; a 12v DC pump head with skived copper waterblock and a large aluminum liquid-to-air heat exchanger.

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Google Employee Loses Prototype Phone In A Bar

Phone lost in a bar? Better send in the secret Google police...oh wait, they did. Just wait until Apple hears that Google is infringing on its patent to lose phones in bars. eek!

"Dave sort of freaked out. [He said] ‘Google lost a phone. You just got a guy fired…The Google police are coming,’" Barton recalled to the tech magazine. "I probably shouldn’t have shown it to him. But I did. He didn’t work for Google, but Google had him pretty worked up. They told him he could be an accessory or something."

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ASUS GTX 680 & GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition

Legit Reviews has a double-header video card review posted today featuring the ASUS GTX 680 and GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition . For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluations here (GTX 670) and here (GTX 680).

ASUS GTX 680 and GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition graphics cards are examples of the best NVIDIA based graphics cards that money can buy. ASUS designed these cards to be over the top and we feel that they have done just that. The custom designed PCBs, high-end components and DirectCU II GPU coolers are topped of with binned GPUs that are overclocked well beyond the factory specifications set by NVIDIA. It doesn't get better than this!

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Four Million Windows 8 Upgrades Since Friday

The numbers are in and, according to Microsoft, the company has sold four million Windows 8 upgrades over the weekend. I guess Ballmer wasn't lying when he said Windows 8 is selling better than Windows 7 up to this point.

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday the company has sold 4 million upgrades to Windows 8, signaling a strong start for its new operating system which launched on Friday. Ballmer, speaking at a meeting for software developers at Microsoft's headquarters near Seattle, said hundreds of millions of Windows systems would be sold over the next year, and the company was seeing strong interest from business users.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed 3 Day-One Patch @ Joystiq

Dead Island Riptide Coming April 2013 @ Shacknews

Ghost Recon: Commander Cancelled @ Facebook Fanpage

Grand Theft Auto V Coming Spring 2013 @ Official Site

XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition

If you are in the market for an easily overclockable Radeon HD 7970 based video card with a custom cooling solution, make sure you read our evaluation of the XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition.

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With continuous AMD price drops the XFX Double D HD 7970 GHz Edition video card has dropped into line with many of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670 video cards. Find out if the XFX's Double Dissipation technology will excel this video cards overclocking potential when we put it head to head with a GeForce GTX 680 and an overclocked GeForce GTX 670.

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