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Friday November 30, 2012

[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 Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance & IQ review, followed by our evaluation of the OCZ Vector 256GB SSD article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our review of the MSI Z77 MPower LGA1155 motherboard.

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Ouya Dev Consoles Shipping Soon

According to the Ouya Kickstarter page, dev consoles are expected to ship December 28th. Anyone have a dev kit on the way?

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Developer kits for the Ouya were given a ship date of December 28th today, alongside news that the system's software development kit ("ODK") will be available that same day. In case it wasn't already clear how small the Android-powered console is, the folks at Ouya included the picture you see above to further illustrate that point -- the thing is really small.

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Yahoo Ordered To Pay $2.7B In Mexican Lawsuit

Ha ha, the jokes on those guys! Like Yahoo actually has 2.7 billion dollars to pay anyone. Hell, I don't think Yahoo has 2.7 billion pesos. big grin

A Mexican court walloped Yahoo with a huge judgment today, ordering it to pay $2.7 billion to a couple companies accusing it of breaching contract related to a yellow pages listings service.

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Bank Agrees to Reimburse Hacking Victim $300K

A bank forced to reimburse a customer for money lost to hackers? Wow, this has to be a first. eek!

"This case says to banks and to commercial customers that there are circumstances in which the bank cannot shift the risk of loss back to the customer, and we’re not going to assume that security procedures are commercially reasonable just because the bank has a system that they say is state of the art," says attorney Dan Mitchell, who represented Patco.

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Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene

There is a review of the Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene posted at Neoseeker today for those of you interested. If you are on the hunt for a new enclosure, you'll definitely want to read this review.

Thermaltake's Armor Revo Gene is their mid-tower entry in the Armor Revo case series. The initial Armor offerings were fully-featured full-tower cases, so the Armor Revo Gene dials things down a bit in size (and price) to accommodate for the mid-tower market that is no less contested between competitors.

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Newspaper Slams Assassin's Creed 3 for Distorting History

I know you aren't going to believe this but, did you guys know that Assassin's Creed 3 is NOT historically accurate? I am shocked! roll eyes (sarcastic)

Assassin’s Creed III is just a video game. But given the dearth of history instruction in our schools, it might be the only place that Canadian young people are learning about the Revolutionary War. At very least, they need to be equipped to separate the Ameriphilia from the facts.

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BitTorrent Piracy Group Leader Jailed

Is illegal file sharing really worth doing more than three years in prison, followed by three years probation and a $15,000 fine?

Following a tip from the MPAA the feds arrested four members of the prominent BitTorrent release group IMAGiNE in 2011. All pleaded guilty earlier this year and yesterday one of the group’s leaders was sentenced to a 40 month prison term, the largest file-sharing punishment in U.S. history. A fifth member of the IMAGiNE group, not included in the indictment, pleaded guilty on the same day and will be sentenced next year.

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Cyber Monday Biggest Web Shopping Day in History

Online spending on Cyber Monday in the U.S. was up 17% from a year ago, for a grand total of almost $1.5 billion in sales. eek!

Breaking the total down, ComScore said that the top category for sales was digital content and subscriptions (up 28 percent), followed by consumer electronics (up 24 percent and "buoyed by gains in smartphone sales"), computer hardware (up 22 percent, boosted by tablet sales), video games, consoles and accessories (up 18 percent) and jewelry and watches (up 17 percent).

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battle for Graxia Open Beta @ Blue's News

Del Toro’s Horror Game Rises From The Grave @ Kotaku

Sony Patents Break-Apart Controller @ Shacknews

Steam Greenlight Advances 13 Games @ Joystiq

Silverstone Heligon HE02 Passive Heatsink

FrostyTech has published a review of the Silverstone Heligon HE02 passive heatsink. Our evaluation from October can be seen here for comparison purposes.

The Silverstone Heligon HE02 is being sold as a passive heatsink for sub-95W TDP processors, so today on Frostytech we'll put this big, boxy, silent heatsink through its passive paces. No fans will be used in the testing, just good old noise-less convection cooling. We should note that wire fan clips are supplied for users who wish to add two 120mm fans

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Amazing Bionic Hand

This bionic hand is very impressive. Scary as hell, but impressive none the less. eek!

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Ubisoft Apologizes For Far Cry 3 Server Issues

Ubisoft is apologizing for the server issues preventing people from playing the PC version of Far Cry 3. The quick workaround is to play in offline mode but this is still a huge mess.

We’re very sorry for the server issues affecting Far Cry 3 on PC and are working as fast as possible to restore the service.

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