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[H] Enthusiast Archives: April 2015Archive Listing


Thursday April 30, 2015

Ford CEO: We Won’t Take A Back Seat to Google And Apple

I guess this falls into the ol' "if you want something done right, you better do it yourself" category.

"We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone," Nair said. Ford, like the other car makers, also sees its infotainment system, known as SYNC, as a key selling point. "The data shows SYNC has been a significant draw in the showroom," Nair said.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix AEGIS @ HwC

Antec Three Hundred Two @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: ASUS ROG Gladius @ ThinkComputers

Memory: Crucial DDR4 2133MHz 32GB @ techPowerUP!

Motherboards: Asus Z97-P Motheboard @ Tech Report

Microsoft Can Guess Your Age Using Facial Recognition

While this may be a work in progress, it isn't impressing me so far. When I tried, nine times out of ten, it couldn't tell I even had a face at all. frown Try it out and see if it can guess your age.

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Square Enix, Microsoft, NVIDIA Show DX12 Demo At Microsoft BUILD

During the keynote address at Microsoft BUILD 2015 earlier today, Square Enix gave a demonstration of the power of DirectX 12 on a system running four NVIDIA GeForce TITAN X video cards. Take a look:

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The Age of Drone Vandalism Begins

I would laugh at this but you and I both know this was probably just a publicity stunt.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the age of robotic graffiti was born. KATSU, a well-known graffiti artist and vandal, used a hacked Phantom drone to paint a giant red scribble across Kendall Jenner’s face on one of New York City’s largest and most viewed billboards. By all accounts, it is the first time that a drone has been deployed for a major act of public vandalism.

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Apple Watch Costs Under $85 To Make

It only costs $85 to make an Apple Watch? Makes you wonder how much those $250 watch bands cost to make. eek!

According to a teardown carried out by IHS Technology the actual hardware costs of the 38mm Apple Watch Sport are only about 24 percent of the manufacturer's suggested retail price, giving it the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product.

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E3 Will Have A Press Conference For PCs

A press conference for PCs at E3? Surely this must be a mistake! wink

Here’s a bit of strange-yet-interesting news to make the wait for E3 feel that much longer: in addition to the usual press conferences (and a few showings from newcomers, like Bethesda and Square Enix), this year’s E3 will have a presser dedicated to the most powerful gaming platform in existence: the PC.

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Acoustic Levitation in Ultra Slow Motion

The water droplets exploding in slow motion actually look like tiny little fireworks going off. cool

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Leaked AMD Roadmap Schedules?

What appear to be leaked AMD roadmap slides have hit the internet a week ahead of AMD's analyst day event.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Dead Island 2 Delayed To 2016 @ Shacknews

New The Witcher 3 Screenshots @ VG24/7

Play Wolfenstein Directly Through Twitter @ GameSpot

Watch Dogs 2 Clue? @ Blue's News

GIGABYTE Enables Support For Upcoming 5th Gen Intel Core Processors

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce their entire line-up of Z97 and H97 motherboards now support the soon-to-launch 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. GIGABYTE engineers have tested and validated all GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards including Z97 and H97 chipset-based motherboards to ensure optimal performance for 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Users wanting to take advantage of all the features of 5th Gen Intel® Core™ processors have to offer at launch, simply need to download the latest UEFI BIOS from the GIGABYTE website.

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GTA V PC Patch 350.1 Notes

Rockstar has posted GTA V PC patch 350.1 notes today and the list is rather lengthy:

  • Vehicles in your garage can no longer be accidentally replaced with vehicles from the street. For details, see this page.

  • Improved stability and fixed several crashes and hangs while transitioning between Jobs in GTA Online.

  • Fixed an issue where certain players were unable to exit their garages while inside of a personal vehicle.

  • Fixed an issue where the game could freeze if you were robbing a store while someone else was attempting to buy snacks there.

  • A rare issue has been fixed where some players received a "Purchase Failed" error when attempting to buy apartments.

  • Fixed an issue where players would be asked to quit the game while using text chat in Golf and pressing the "E" key.

  • GTA Online characters can now be added to your shortlist in the Rockstar Editor.

  • Fixed several clipping issues that occurred when taking Snapmatic selfies.

  • One-on-One Vehicle Deathmatches in Free Roam will now properly spawn all participants in vehicles.

  • Fixed a Steam-only issue where you could not alt-tab back into GTAV if you alt-tabbed out while the Steam overlay was active.

  • Various fixes to bring improved patch download speeds.

  • Improvements to matchmaking so players that have good connections to each other are matched together more frequently.

  • Fixed a Steam-only issue where players could not use Mexican Spanish as a subtitle language.

  • General stability fixes for director mode and video editor.

  • Various crash fixes.

  • Fixes for issues caused by launching the game in offline mode.

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