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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2015Archive Listing

Sunday July 19, 2015

Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts

Blue's News has word from Electronic Arts that Origin accounts will soon become EA accounts.

"Your account identity, preferences, and order history will remain unchanged. You will continue to use this account and the same login credentials to access all EA games, web sites, and services, including Origin." This is not the first time they've done this, as there are many of us with Origin announces that began as EA Download Manager accounts, so in some ways this process has come full circle.


Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell Linux Performance

The alternative OS gurus at Phoronix put an Intel Celeron N3050 powered NUC to the test today running Ubuntu 15.04.

This week has been fun testing out the Braswell-powered NUC5CPYH. This NUC features the Celeron N3050 SoC and in this article are some of the first benchmarks of this new Intel design when testing under Linux. In this article are our first benchmarks of the Celeron N3050 in a hardware comparison against other systems in our lab.


Saturday July 18, 2015

Apple Music Tracks Don't Work On iPod Shuffle Or Nano

If you bought a new iPod Shuffle or Nano, good luck trying to use the Apple Music offline listening feature.

In an attempt to curb piracy, tracks downloaded for offline listening in Apple Music will not work on the new iPod Shuffle or Nano, reports 9to5 Mac. Apple Music tracks will work on an iPod Touch because Apple will be able to remove the locally stored tracks if the user cancels their subscription.


New Seaweed Strain Tastes Like Bacon

Anyone up for bacon-flavored sushi? While seaweed is a nutritious superfood, not everyone enjoys the taste---but apparently, that problem has now been solved.

Some happy news out of Oregon State University this week promises to help with the issue. Researchers at the university's Hatfield Marine Science Center have developed a new strain of seaweed that has the twice the nutritional heft of kale---but tastes like bacon.


Now You Can Fly Over Pluto's Towering Mountains And Icy Plains

You ready to fly over the surface of Pluto?

The new surface images are 400 meter/pixel shots that present an incredible landscape. While some areas of Pluto are "peppered with impact craters" and therefore ancient in age, others, like Tombaugh Reggio, are young, meaning there are active geological events. There's even evidence of tectonics, the most obvious of which is mountains.


The Next iPhone Won't Be Using Traditional SIM Cards

Reports are coming in that the iPhone 7 will utilize an "e-SIM" instead of a physical SIM card. The e-SIM is an embedded, rewritable SIM card that won't need to be swapped.

The plans would mean a standardised version of an 'e-Sim' being built into handsets, instead of a physical Sim card that needs to be inserted by the user. This would allow users to easily change carrier, without going through the rigmarole of switching-out sim cards and potentially having to unlock the device.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Technic3D

ETC.: Element Gaming Beryllium @ Vortez

PC Perspective Podcast #358 @ PCPer

Gaming: Sorcerer King @ Overclockers Club

Storage: Thecus W4000+ NAS @ Guru3D

Video: AMD R9 Fury X CrossfireX 12K Eyefinity @ eTeknix

Americans Can’t Seem To Stop Pointing Lasers At Planes

If you want to drive your cat nuts, that's fine. But pointing a laser at an aircraft is a horrible idea.

"When aimed at an aircraft from the ground, the powerful beam of light from a handheld laser can travel more than a mile and illuminate a cockpit, disorienting and temporarily blinding pilots," the Transportation Security Administration's Web site says.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Activision Stock Hits All-Time High @ GameSpot

Fallout 4 Gets A Website @ Blue's News

Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Ends At $6.3M @ Shacknews

The Witcher 3 1.07 Patch Is Out @ VG24/7

Ant-Man In Real Life: Blind, Deaf, and Stupid Sounding

Your dream of shrinking yourself to a tiny size and impressing your friends as you fly by on a carpenter ant is effectively dead.

The last time we talked, Kakalios went over the real-life physics behind Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield. So when a movie about a guy who shrinks and can talk to ants came out, I figured there was no earthly way it could be science’d away.


Windows 10 Home Vs Windows 10 Pro: The Key Differences Explained

Windows 10 is right around the corner, which version is catching your eye?

When you count all the different ways Windows 10 will be available, there are actually seven different editions: Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Mobile and Mobile Enterprise, plus several versions designed for Internet of Things devices and embedded systems.


Mulder And Scully Are Back In New X-Files Teaser

Thirteen years after their original series run, Mulder and Scully are back and better than ever.