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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2014Archive Listing

Thursday February 27, 2014

Robot Garden Lamps

It's official, robots are taking over everything...even garden lamps.


What's New In Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1?

Want to know what to expect from Microsoft Office 2013 SP1? Hit this link for the rundown.

Microsoft has unveiled the first Service Pack update for Microsoft Office 2013 with the release of Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (32-bit) and Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (64-bit). As expected, the SP1 is primarily a collection of previously released security patches and bug fixes, but does include some compatibility improvements as well as new apps for Office capabilities and APIs for third-party developers.


Amazon Adding Music Streaming To Prime?

Hmmm, adding music streaming to Prime would go a long way towards making members feel better about that rumored price increase.

Amazon gives away movies and TV shows to people who join its Amazon Prime subscription service. When will it start giving away music, too? Maybe this year. People have been predicting that Amazon would offer a Spotify-like music subscription service, most likely bundled with its Prime delivery option, for some time. But industry sources say Amazon is now engaged in more serious talks with big music labels about making that happen.


Steam Developers Can Now Set Their Own Discounts

According to this article, Steam developers can now set their own discounts for custom sale periods.


BlackBerry CEO: I Would Take $19B For BBM

This is kind of a dumb thing to say ... OF COURSE you would take $19B for BBM. He'd be an idiot not to take that kind of cash.

With regards to BBM - which has around 85 million active users, compared to WhatsApp's 450 million-plus - Chen said: "I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it."


eBay Founder Not Happy With Carl Icahn

Say what you want about Carl Icahn, but that guy sure has a way of stirring up crap wherever he goes.

I am eBay Inc.'s founder, board chairman and largest shareholder. A new eBay shareholder, Carl Icahn, is making unsubstantiated claims about our company -- and deliberately impugning the integrity of our directors


Google Barge Moving To Stockton

Google is moving its barge to Stockton, California. I hear it's because there are less protesters there. Heck, you never know, Stockton might even appreciate the revenue Google and its employees bring to town. wink

Mirian Saez, head of Island operations for the Treasure Island Development Authority -- which manages leases on Treasure Island -- confirmed that the Google Barge may take to the water for its new home as early as next week, weather permitting.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Croteam Teases New IP @ Blue's News

Dark Souls 2 Collector's Edition Trailer @ Joystiq

Vin Diesel Playing WoW With Paul Walker @ Kotaku

World of Tanks Dev Diary @ Shacknews

Intel SSD 730 480GB Review Round-Up

Intel SSD 730 480GB reviews are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more to the list as they come in.

PC Perspective


The SSD Review

Tech Report


Intel today unveiled the Intel Solid-State Drive 730 Series, a powerful performance SSD perfect for gamers and workstation users alike. Both the NAND and the third-generation Intel controller have been infused with data center DNA for quality and reliability, and factory tuned for extreme performance. Delivering low latency and consistently high throughput, the 730 Series helps PCs respond quickly. The drive is protected by a 5-year warranty, ensuring peace of mind with stunning performance. The Intel SSD 730 Series is available today for pre-order, and will be available for purchase starting on March 18

Facebook Discontinuing Its Messenger For Windows App

This must be "get rid of dead weight week" at Facebook. Don't get too excited, we're talking about apps, not people. wink

It looks like Facebook is getting a jump on spring cleaning. Three days after shuttering its email service, the company said it's killing off Messenger for Windows. Though the Windows desktop app won't be discontinued until March 3rd, Facebook has already removed it from the downloads page.


G[H]etto Mod of the Day

If you are looking for inexpensive solutions to everyday computer problems, I recommend our g[H]etto mods thread, you won't believe some of the stuff you'll find in there. Need to see what you are doing but you can't afford a desk lamp? [H] forum member starhawk has a solution for you. cool

[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Antec P100 Case @ Technic3D

Cooling: Antec Kühler H2O 650 @ Cowcotland

Motherboards: MSI A88X-G45 Gaming @ Hexus

Storage: Synology DiskStation Manager 5.0 @ Legion Hardware

Video: AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU @ Guru3D