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[H] Enthusiast Archives: December 2014Archive Listing

Tuesday December 30, 2014

Gaming [H]eadlines

Halo 5 Pre-Orders Available Today @ Shacknews

Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight @ Blue's News

PlayStation Store Sale Extended @ Joystiq

Registration Opens for Ubisoft Graduate Program @ Ubisoft

MicroCool Banchetto 101 Chassis

If you are a fan of open air cases, this review of the MicroCool Banchetto 101 should be right up your alley.

The Banchetto 101 is branded an open chassis and this type of chassis is often used for custom builds, such as desk integrations or the core of a custom design. It is also used as a test rig, which is the context in which we are going to try and understand and test it. It will reflect the nature and intended use of the chassis but examine another aspect of an open chassis.


Lying On Facebook Can Implant False Memories

Not only is it hard to keep track of all the lies people tell on Facebook, psychologist now say it can also implant false memories. eek!

Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned. A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and that their recollection of past events has been distorted by their own fabrications.


Sony Hacked By Ex-Employee?

Now, before you laugh at this, I want to remind you that this is just as good as any other theory out there. wink

FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator — another example of the continuing whodunnit blame game around the devastating attack.


[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: CM Storm Octane Gaming Gear @ ThinkComputers

Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard @ eTeknix

Ducky Shine 4 Keyboard @ Technic3D

FUNC MS-2 Gaming Mouse @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Drobo USB 3.0 4-Bay Storage Array @ PCPer

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Thermaltake Announces New BLACK V2 Laser Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional eSports gaming peripherals is releasing the BLACK V2 laser gaming mouse. The BLACK V2 brings new life to Tt eSPORTS’ most time honored gaming mouse, the BLACK. Throughout its design, the BLACK V2 sees upgrades from the original BLACK. The laser sensor, surface finish, grips, buttons, and even mouse software has been sent back to the drawing board to come up with new improvements.

The BLACK V2 has now been fitted with an Avago ADNS-9500 laser sensor with up to 5700 DPI, offering superior tracking over a wide variety of surfaces. 4 programmable DPI levels per profile, adjustable by increments of 100 DPI at a time offers users the precision to win. An additional thumb button has been added, bringing the total to 2; and the overall programmable buttons to 7 which amounts to a total of 35 programmable macros across 5 profiles. Dedicated DPI indicator light relays the current DPI setting to the user, and the mouse wheel flashes when changing profiles to indicate the profile setting the BLACK V2 is on. The BLACK V2 features a new surface coating finish, that brings an even "softer" soft to touch (matte finish) that gamers are used to. The new finish in addition with the new hexagonal patterened thumb grip will offers gamers the perfect grip with the BLACK V2. Red LED illumination furthers the gaming styling.


Sony Offering Help Connecting To PlayStation Network

If you are still having problems connecting to the PlayStation Network (assuming you haven't tried this already) the PlayStation Knowledge Center has some advice that might help.

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China Blocking Google Search Too

Why just block Gmail when you can block Google Search too?

It isn't just Gmail. The government of China, which this weekend launched a tweak to its Great Firewall filtering regime that blocked much of mainland China's access to Google's e-mail service, has on Monday cut off access nationwide to Google Search as well, reports one Internet intelligence expert.


Consumer Satisfaction Hits Three Year Low

According to this report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, customer satisfaction in this country is at its lowest level since 2011.

"The US economy needs more consumer demand to shake off these seemingly persistent doldrums," says Claes Fornell, ACSI Chairman and founder. "Low interest rates, some inflation and wage growth would all help, but consumers also need a reason to buy. Their satisfaction matters not only to them as individuals, but for the economy as a whole."


Crazy Phone Case Concept Is Puzzling

Cool concept or crazy contraption?


Why Teaching Everyone To Code Is Delusional

This guy says teaching everyone to code is delusional. Is he on to something or just on something?

Through the years, I’ve watched program directors demand young people focus on foolish content because it lined up with something trending in the public discourse—units on climate change; modules about using social media to share stories; lessons on agricultural policy; and so forth. What have I learned? The attention of a young person is tremendously valuable. We should stop teaching them whatever makes us feel good and get honest about the next fifteen years.


Apple Offers EU Customers 14-Day Refunds On E-Purchases

Apple now offers 14-day no questions asked refunds for App Store and iTunes purchases. The catch? It's only for EU customers and that's only because the law forced them to do it.

Right of cancellation: If you choose to cancel your order, you may do so within 14 days from when you received your receipt without giving any reason, except iTunes Gifts which cannot be refunded once you have redeemed the code. Apple states it will refund users within two weeks of receiving notice of cancellation either through its Report a Problem feature (pictured above) or a written statement.