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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2013Archive Listing

Friday August 30, 2013

Microsoft, Google Suing The Government Over NSA Spying

It's about time someone stepped up to the plate and sued the government. The good thing is that these two companies actually have enough money to get some action.

It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s always nice to see two tech giants set aside their differences for a greater cause. This time, Microsoft and Google have come together to file a lawsuit against the federal government to let them speak more freely about the data they collect from their users relating to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).


Nintendo Talks Smack On Next-Gen Consoles

Click this link to hear last place Nintendo comment on Sony and Microsoft's upcoming systems. roll eyes (sarcastic) I'm not saying that Nintendo needs to shut its pie-hole...wait, I guess that's exactly what I'm saying.

"I don't think consumers buy hardware just because it's sexy and new," he told me during a phone interview earlier this week. Fils-Aime: "Systems that generate pretty pictures by themselves aren't selling propositions," he said, "and all you need to do is look at the last generation to see the evidence.


Dad Hacks Wheelchair For 2 Year Old Son

Awesome Dad is awesome. Pardon me, I think I have something in my eye.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Borderlands 2 Level Caps Explained @ Blue's News

Five-Acre Plants Vs. Zombies Corn Maze @ Kotaku

SimCity Mac Has Tech Problems @ Shacknews

Xbox Live Marketplace Rebranded @ Joystiq

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Core i7-4960X IPC and OCing Review

If you want the lowdown on Intel's Ivy-Bridge-E processor, make sure you guys take a moment today to read our Intel Ivy Bridge-E Core i7-4960X IPC and OCing review. Trust us, you'll be glad you did. cool

We debut Intel's next $1000 Extreme Desktop processor, the Core i7-4960X, this time with Ivy Bridge architecture and a couple of extra cores thrown in for good measure. It is a beast of a CPU for those that can actually harness its power and bandwidth, but how much better is it than Sandy Bridge-E and Haswell at the same clocks?


Mercedes Getting Night Vision That Spots Animals

While this is kinda neat, am I the only one that noticed that embedding this system in the dash means you will need to be looking away from the road to "see" the animals? eek!


ASUS Z87-Deluxe Review

There is a review of the ASUS Z87-Deluxe motherboard posted at ocaholic today that is worth checking out. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Z87-Deluxe from ASUS belongs to the best equipped Z87 motherboards available. Therefore it's almost obvious, that there are plenty of features as well as a high quality power design. Like discussed before the actual Haswell launch, ASUS switched the color scheme with their latest classic series motherboards from black/blue to black/gold/yellow, which really was a brave move.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Enermax ETS-T40 White Cluster @ Hexus

SilverStone SST-AR01 Heatsink @ BmR

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo @ Overclockers Club

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #266 @ PCPer

Motherboards: ASUS Z87-Deluxe and Z87 Gryphon @ Bits & Chips

Microsoft Makes Surface Sale Prices Permanent

It looks like Microsoft is making those Surface price cuts permanent. Honestly, I think they should just donate the remaining stock of Surface RTs to schools for the tax write-off and drop the price of the Surface Pro down to $699 with a touch cover included.

Microsoft has made previously temporary price-cut promotions for its Surface devices permanent. Starting August 29, Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT bundle price adjustments will begin to roll out all markets where Surface and Surface accessories are currently sold.


ASUS Z87-EXPERT Motherboard

Techgage has the ASUS Z87-EXPERT motherboard in-house for a little review action today.

ASUS' golden Z87 mainstream lineup suggests that the company means to set the standard for motherboards, and we aim to find out how close it gets to doing so with a look at its Z87-EXPERT. It features a robust configuration even including Thunderbolt and of course, has seen a number of EFI and AiSuite III enhancements.


Journalists Face Charges For Mentioning Name of Pirate Site

We are against copyright infringement as much as anyone else but this crap is ridiculous.

This week journalists faced an attack on their right to report following their publication of an article on piracy. The piece, an interview with the operator of an unauthorized ebook site, angered publishers when the reporters named the site in question. The editors of two publications were subsequently hit with a criminal complaint in which they were accused of assisting copyright infringement.


Why Steve Ballmer Is Not a Failure

Someone needs to ask Tim Cook if this is true or not. He's taking the blame at Apple just the same as Ballmer did after Gates left. wink

Ballmer did not cause the stock to do poorly. Had Bill Gates stayed on as CEO, the stock still would have crashed. No one could have stopped the stock from falling because the valuation had become completely ridiculous. The dot-com boom had pushed the share price up so high that a correction was inevitable. Shareholders were lucky the stock didn't fall even further.