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Saturday March 05, 2016

Galaxy S7 Edge Teardown

Chipworks provides a look inside Samsung’s latest smartphone. While they didn’t photograph every part, there are some good close-ups of noteworthy components like the camera’s OIS system and Snapdragon chip.

So what is new with the S7’s camera system? Dual pixel phase detection autofocus (PDAF) technology! We first saw this concept in use in 2013 in a much different imaging application: the Canon EOS 70D DSLR. Canon committed 80% of the 70D’s active pixel array to dual pixel CMOS AF functionality. A similar concept has now been adapted to the world of small-pixel mobile camera chips, where 100% of the 12 MP active pixel array is committed to both sensing

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Quantum Computer Could Mean End Of Encryption

Researchers have built a computer that can tackle a fundamental challenge of cracking present-day encryption schemes: factoring large numbers.

The computer uses laser pulses to carry out Shor’s algorithm on each atom, to correctly factor the number 15. The system is designed in such a way that more atoms and lasers can be added to build a bigger and faster quantum computer, able to factor much larger numbers. The results, they say, represent the first scalable implementation of Shor’s algorithm.

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Is Amazon Prime Really Worth it?

I would imagine that Prime is totally worth it if Amazon is your primary go-to retailer, especially now that perks for non-members are steadily changing for the worse or dissolving altogether.

...it has since expanded quite a bit into a slew of varied services that run the gamut from books to movies to, yes, additional shipping perks. This gradually increasing range of services was precipitated by a price hike in 2014 from $79 per year to $99 per year. In response to this adjustment, many Prime users really started to wonder if it was worth keeping their membership. Now that question is even more difficult to answer, because Amazon Prime’s value hinges not only on how many items you order, but also how much use you get out of its other services. Here we’ll take a look at everything that Amazon Prime encompasses in 2016 and try to figure out if it’s really worth it.

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AMD, Razer Want To Standardize External GPUs

Following the announcement of the Razer Core earlier this year, AMD is throwing their hat into the ring by announcing their interest in developing a standardized external GPU interface.

Gamers today mostly have to choose between ultraportable systems with lower-end graphics or larger desktop-replacement class hardware. There are a handful of 15-inch laptops that attempt to straddle this divide, but reviews show that they tend to run hot and noisy — an unavoidable consequence of their configurations. AMD has a plan to solve this problem through the use of a standardized external GPU interface that would allow customers to attach a desktop graphics card via an external chassis.

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Portable And Cost-Effective Anti-Drone Launcher

This looks like something out of an FPS game, but unfortunately, no explosions are involved.

The Northumberland firm’s launcher looks like something out of a computer game, complete with a targeting computer and holographic scope to predict a drone’s flight, which the company says will help law enforcement take out potentially dangerous targets. The launcher weighs 10kg, uses compressed air and can fire almost silently at drones up to 100m away, reloading in 8 seconds, according to the company.

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DisplayPort 1.4 Can Drive 8K Monitors Over USB Type-C

I believe that HDMI 2.0, in comparison, tops out at 4K 60Hz. It remains to be seen just how well DSC’s compression is and whether image quality differences are truly imperceptible, however.

The new standard drives higher-resolution displays with better color support using Display Stream Compression (DSC), a "visually lossless" form of compression that VESA says "enables up to [a] 3:1 compression ratio." This data compression, among other things, allows DisplayPort 1.4 to drive 60Hz 8K displays and 120Hz 4K displays with HDR "deep color" over both DisplayPort and USB Type-C cables (note that DisplayPort 1.4 doesn't add USB Type-C support; the two have been compatible from the beginning thanks to the USB Alternate Mode spec). USB Type-C cables can provide a USB 3.0 data connection, too.

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Samsung Shipping 15TB SSD For Enterprises

I could eliminate so much weight and cable jungle from my 25TB system with just two of these.

The Samsung PM1633a SSDs utilize the company’s third-generation 256 Gb TLC 3D V-NAND memory chips. The 256 Gb dies are stacked in 16 layers and form a single 512 GB package. Samsung uses 32 of such packages to build its most spacious SSD, leaving around 1 TB of NAND for overprovisioning. The giant drive also features 16 GB of DRAM cache to ensure smooth performance. The Samsung PM1633a 15.36 TB will be the second product to use the company's 48-layer TLC 3D V-NAND after the Portable SSD T3. Eventually, Samsung will further expand usage of this flash memory.

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Friday March 04, 2016

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics Features Performance review, followed by our ASUS Maximus VIII Gene LGA 1151 motherboard review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Fractal Design Define S Window mid-tower case.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ Think Computers

ETC.: Patriot Viper V760 Mechanical Keyboard @ APH Networks

Motherboards: Supermicro X11SAE Workstation @ eTeknix

Power Supply: FSP Hydro X 650W @ CowcotLand

Storage: OCZ Trion 150 SSD @ SSD Review

Hitman: World of Assassination Free With Strix R9 390

ASUS has announced that both the Strix R9 390 and the R9 390X will come with a free copy of Hitman: World of Assassination. A nice little bonus if you were planning on buying the game or a new video card.

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Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force Review

The crew at Hardware Asylum just published a review of the Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force today. For comparison purposes, you can see our recent evaluation here.

Like always overclocking the Z170X SOC Force is extremely easy and supports a wide variety of scenarios from straight BCLK adjustments to CPU Multiplier and everything inbetween. Those looking to overclock memory will like all of the available memory options along with a few pre-defined defaults for some of the more popular kits.

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Google Adapting Its Approach To The Right To Be Forgotten

Google confirmed today that it is changing the way it handles the right to be forgotten requests. From now on, Google will delist right to be forgotten people from all of its domains when accessed from the country of the person requesting the removal.

Starting next week, in addition to our existing practice, we will also use geolocation signals (like IP addresses) to restrict access to the delisted URL on all Google Search domains, including google.com, when accessed from the country of the person requesting the removal. We’ll apply the change retrospectively, to all delistings that we have already done under the European Court ruling.

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New Bullet Train Plans Delayed

According to the Los Angeles Times, California’s $64 billion bullet train has been delayed by three years. Could this mean that Elon Musk's Hyperloop might end up beating the bullet train to market?

California will need to double down on support of the bullet train by digging deeper into the state's wallet and accepting a three-year delay in completing the project's initial leg, a new business plan for the 220-mph system shows. Rail planners have turned their construction plans upside down, attempting to fit the mega-project within the state's limited budget.

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The Super Bowl Of Drone Racing Offers $1M In Prize Money

Just a few short years ago drones were a novelty. Fast forward to today where a single drone racing event has a million dollars in prize money on the line. eek!

One million dollars is up for grabs at the world’s biggest drone racing competition. The inaugural World Drone Prix, which will take place on March 11 and 12 in Dubai, will feature 32 competitors who will try to navigate their aircraft through an obstacle as fast as possible. The $1 million will be divided across different categories including best track team, best lap time, best freestyle team, and best constructor (for these custom-built drones). Fans will vote on a Best Team award winner.

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Why Don't We Shoot Garbage Into The Sun?

It's funny how this question keeps coming up every few years. I remember my father giving me the short and dirty answer 25 years ago...."you know how much that would cost?"

But even then, the Sun is 93 million miles away, and you’d still need an enormous amount of (expensive) fuel to get the rocket to plummet into the Sun if you took the direct route. Pontzen reckons that, unless you plan the mission very carefully, you’d need about 10 times more energy for the trip between Earth and the Sun’s surface than you’d already spent getting into orbit.

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Is Paying For Antivirus A Waste Of Money?

Considering the fact that almost all of the good antivirus software out there is free, I'm going to go ahead and say yes. Are any of you paying for antivirus software?

I always run an anti-malware security suite on my PC. Over the years I've made a point of running a variety of products. At least for many years, perhaps more than ten, they've found no malware on my computers. None. Perhaps I'm a more sophisticated user and I'm less likely to be taken off guard, but that can't be the whole answer. By the same token of expertise I take certain risks with dangerous files and sites that I would urge others to avoid like the plague.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Dying Light: Enhanced Edition Map Pack @ Blue's News

ESL Gaming Strikes New Partnership Deals @ Shacknews

New Ad For The Division Skewers Destiny @ GameSpot

The Surge Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video @ VG24/7

Link On Google Maps Today

If you use Google Maps today you will notice that the little yellow pegman has been replaced by Link from The Legend Of Zelda. I'm not sure how long this will last but it's a neat little nod to fans of the franchise. Thanks to Mnx4 for the heads up.

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German Court Rules Facebook May Block Pseudonyms

If you want to use Facebook, you have to play by Facebook's rules. If you don't like Facebook's rules, you do not have to have a Facebook page. It really is as simple as that, no matter what country you live in.

The ruling is a coup for the social network firm which has long argued its real-name policy ensures people know who they are sharing and connecting with and protects them from the abuse of the wide-open Internet. A woman had complained to the Hamburg watchdog after Facebook blocked her account for using a pseudonym, requested a copy of some identification and unilaterally changed her username to her real name.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Thermaltake Core X9 @ NikKTech

ETC.: Plantronics RIG 500E Headphones @ Legit Reviews

Gaming: Rise Of The Tomb Raider PC @ HotHardware

Memory: HyperX Savage DDR4-3000 @ XtremeHardware

Storage: WD Red 6TB RAID 0 Performance @ Play3r

Zalman VE350 External HDD Case @ Technology X

Spintires Crash Issue Fix Is Now Released

The Spintires Steam page has been updated with word from the developer that a fix is now available. Hit the link for instructions on how to get your game patched.

First we apologize again for the recent issue causing crashing of spintires and the delay in resolving this. We are pleased to say we have now released a fix for the recent crash onto Steam. In the next few days we will release a full and frank statement regarding the cause of the problem and how we plan to avoid this happening again, as well as details of the next update we have been working on since the start of 2016 which we plan to start testing next week.

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Tim Sweeney: Microsoft Wants To Monopolize Game Development On PC

It looks as though Tim Sweeney isn't too happy with Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform. Aside from the Unreal Engine, when was the last time Epic put out anything for the PC?

With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem and monopolizing app distribution and commerce. This isn’t like that. Here, Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.

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be Quiet Dark Rock TF Review

If you are looking for a high performance CPU cooler for your next system build, the crew at Overclockers Club suggest taking a long hard look at the be Quiet Dark Rock TF.

The Dark Rock TF is perfect for your daily driver or an overclocked gaming rig. It easily tackled the heat generated from overclocking in my Phanteks Enthoo Primo test case, which is a very large case with plenty of airflow. I would expect to add a couple degrees for a small case with less airflow. Regardless, the Dark Rock TF proved that it is a worthy opponent in the battle against heat.

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IBM Sues Groupon Over Business Model

The oddball lawsuit of the day is brought to you by IBM and Groupon. A Groupon deal on Lawyers would be good right about now. wink

Just as Groupon was starting to win back investors, it’s facing another potential crisis. IBM is suing the daily deals website, alleging it infringed on IBM patents. In a complaint filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, IBM says it warned Groupon officials that the company’s business model was being built on patented technology, but those warnings went unheeded.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Proxy Advisory Firms Recommend WD Shareholders Vote "FOR" Acquisition Of SanDisk

Western Digital Corporation today announced that Glass Lewis & Co., LLC and Egan-Jones Proxy Services, leading independent proxy advisory firms, have both issued a report recommending that Western Digital shareholders vote to approve the issuance of Western Digital common stock (the NASDAQ Stock Issuance Proposal) in the proposed acquisition of SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) and all other proposals described in Western Digital’s proxy statement/prospectus relating to the company’s special meeting of shareholders to be held on March 15, 2016. Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS"), a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has also advised shareholders to vote "FOR" the combination with SanDisk in an earlier report.

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Doors Open to Intel Extreme Masters

The start of Season 10 IEM World Championship Finals opens its doors to over 100,000 fans this weekend. Intel and ESL have built a world class tournament for the best gamers in the world and will close the season in Katowice, Poland. Alongside anniversary celebrations, PC partners have released Limited Edition IEM PCs and the expo will also feature new initiatives like AnyKey Organization, to create fair and inclusive spaces in eSports for women and other underrepresented gamers. Record number of fans from all over the world will be able to watch the action live from the Intel Extreme Masters site all weekend.

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Microsoft And NCAA Team Up For NCAA March Madness

On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. and the NCAA announced a comprehensive partnership to provide college basketball fans with the ultimate March Madness bracket experience along with a new Windows 10 NCAA app. In partnership with the NCAA, Bing, which returns as an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will be the Official Bracketologist of the NCAA for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and will leverage over a decade of extensive NCAA statistical data to help inform an immersive bracket experience complete with Bing Predicts data and matchup analysis. The bracket will be made available online after Selection Sunday™, on Bing.com and NCAA.com.

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Thursday March 03, 2016

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Gameplay Videos

There are two new videos posted on the official Mirror's Edge: Catalyst website today. The first video shows off the game's movement system and the second, embedded below, shows off the combat system.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Eclipse P400 @ CowcotLand

Cooling: Cryorig A40 Ultimate @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 @ ocaholic

Corsair Void Surround Gaming Headset @ Neoseeker

Storage: Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 @ ThinkComputers

Video: XFX AMD R9 Fury X 4GB @ PLay3r


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