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Saturday December 06, 2014

Anyone Can Now Use IBM's Watson to Crunch Data for Free

Have a bunch of numbers to crunch or a theory that needs proving and nowhere free to turn to? Say hello to your new best friend in the computing field; no other than that Jeopardy playing super-computer, IBM’s Watson. IBM has opened up access to Watson as part of a beta program. cool

Users of Watson Analytics feed in their own raw data, say, in the form of a spreadsheet, which the service then crunches with its own statistical analysis to highlight associations between different variables.


Windows 10 No 'Loss Leader' for Microsoft

For all of us who were hoping beyond all hope that Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be free, looks like you can get over that notion. You may actually get the shell for free, but the component parts will surely put the price right back in Microsoft’s ballpark. It’s definitely a Pay me now or Pay me later situation. Microsoft will get their due one way or another.

We’ve got to monetize it differently, he explained. There are services involved. There are additional opportunities for us to bring additional services to the product in a creative way.


Plan V Uses 9-Volt Batteries to Recharge Your Smartphone

If you are like the most of us who has a smartphone with all of the bells and whistles, you are constantly running out of power, usually just at the worst time. Maybe it’s time for you to pick up a ‘jumper cable’ for your smartphone called Plan V. cool

Flintu also took inspiration from cars, which use jumper cables rather than a spare battery in the trunk when they’re in need of some juice.


King’s Quest Trailer Goes Live

There’s a new King’s Quest game on the horizon and Sierra Entertainment is beginning to promo its release scheduled for the fall of 2015. Check it out. cool


Saints Row Gat out of Hell: The Musical

This week, the guys over at Deep Silver USA released yet another teaser trailer for the upcoming release of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, but this one has a bit of a twist: it’s a musical. The developers have put out so many trailers, you have to wonder what’s left in the total game. eek!


Train-Mounted Lasers Blast Tracks Clean

Laser equipped trains? That sounds like something straight from a bad sci-fi novel, but it’s a fact according to a newly released report from New Scientist. Dutch railways is currently testing out the laser equipped trains to determine the effectiveness of the lasers in clearing the tracks. Fear not for the stray cows, the lasers only go for the leaves. big grin

Dutch Railways is now conducting experiments with lasers mounted just in front of the wheels and angled down to zap away the leaves and leave the track dry, which helps with traction.


Angry Birds Publisher Rovio Laying off 14% of Work Force

Rovio has made good on an announcement back in October that the company would be laying off a substantial number of employees. It was announced this week that Rovio would be laying off a total of 110 employees and shutting down its studio in Tampere, Finland and consolidating operations at the Espoo, Finland studio.

This company was on top of the world with Angry Birds only a few years ago, with plenty of writers in the mobile game declaring stuff like "Angry Birds is the new Super Mario." How long did that last?


21 Video Games We Can't Wait To Play In 2015

Business insider is taking us on a peek into the future of games for 2015 with their picks for the best and most exciting games being released next year.

There are blockbusters, indie games, adventures, and even some horror games you'll need to play with the lights on. The next year in video games will have a little bit of everything.


CBS and Dish Reach Deal

Almost miraculously after Dish Network’s CBS programming went dark, CBS and Dish Network reached an accord that will ensure programming from CBS to continue in a multi-year contract.

Dish is also putting some significant restrictions on its controversial Hopper DVR, effectively disabling automatic ad skipping for the first week after a show aired on CBS. In return, CBS is dropping its lawsuit against the Hopper.


Hanger 13 Is New 2K Studio

It seems like all we hear about lately is studios closing down or severely cutting staff. It’s refreshing to get an announcement of the creation of a new studio. Take-Two Interactive is opening a new studio called Hangar 13, under the direction of LucasArts’ Haden Blackmon.

Though we hail from all over the world, and our backgrounds are wildly different, one thing binds us all together – the belief that "Every Player Story is Unique."


The PlayStation is 20 Years Old This Week

It’s time again to feel old with the 20th anniversary of PlayStation this week. It’s really hard to believe that 20 years has already passed since the first PlayStation was sold. Much has changed since its release, but to the serious player, not nearly enough has really changed.


Google Is Working On an 'Undo Send' Email Feature for Inbox

It’s a good bet that every one of us have at one time or another send off an email only to wish you could get it back and pretend it never happened. Google is taking this idea and running with it. The Google team forecasts the new undo send feature will be added into the next-generation Gmail.

The feature should save users a bit of embarrassment when it comes to sending an email to the wrong person, with the wrong information or something even worse.


Amazon Fire TV Firmware Update Bricks Rooted Devices

A built-in non-reversible addition to the Amazon Fire TV firmware update has been discovered by a group of Fire TV enthusiast that once the update is installed, cannot be removed once tweaked. This discovery probably won’t affect the masses who utilize automatic updates, but mostly the techies who live to get the most out of a product.

The message is clear: play within the walls of our garden or GTFO. With most users opting for automatic updates, the firmware has made the final decision for them.


Apple Betting Big on India with Plans for 500 Stores

Apple is going after one of the largest smartphone market in the world by planning to open a total of 500 new stores in mid-to-small-sized cities and towns all over India according to reports from The Times of India. Apple already has a presence in many of the larger cities across India.

These new stores will be smaller in size and could range from 300 to 600 square feet against over 2,000-square-foot size of existing stores in bigger cities.


Friday December 05, 2014

[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 evaluation of the MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card, followed by our SilverStone Strider Gold 1500W PSU review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our Corsair Hydro H75 Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review.

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Hacker Threatening Sony Employees' Families

You know, it's one thing to threaten a company but its employees' families? That's just low. frown

"Please sign your name to object the false of the company at the email address below if you don’t want to suffer damage. If you don’t, not only you but your family will be in danger." Employees were told to turn off their handheld devices after receiving the message, according to insiders at Sony.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Corsair Carbide Air 240 @ Tech Report

Raidmax Vampire Full-Tower Chassis @ ocaholic

Cooling: Alpenföhn Peter 2 @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #328 @ PCPer

Storage: Thecus N4310 NAS @ Hexus

Video: AOC U3477pqu 34" Monitor @ pcGameware

High-Tech Temporary Tattoos

Ewww! I'm not going to say it but I have a pretty good idea where Doctor Wang puts his "high-tech temporary tattoos." big grin

Dr. Joseph Wang, director of the center, showcased some of the lab’s work at the TSensors Summit last month, all focused on collecting data from the skin. In addition to the temporary tattoo sensors, other showcased wearable sensors included textiles and devices worn on the finger.


Smart Fabric That Permanently Smells Like Scotch

Hey, you know what would be fun to wear on a Friday night out on the town? Clothes that always smell like scotch. Imagine explaining to the police that you don't need to take a sobriety test, it's just your scarf! roll eyes (sarcastic)

A new fabric has been created using Harris Tweed that will permanently give off the smell of whisky. The cloth has been developed by Heriot Watt University's School of Textiles and Design in Edinburgh and Galashiels. The "smart fabric" has been developed for Johnnie Walker Black Label and Harris Tweed Hebrides.


Apple Asks For Dismissal Of iPod Class Action Suit

You know Apple pounced on this.

Apple filed for dismissal Friday of a long-standing antitrust case alleging it harmed digital music competitors and overcharged consumers for iPods. The reason? None of the plaintiffs in the case may have ever purchased any of those overpriced iPods.


Bungie Explains Destiny Changes

The Bungie Weekly Update explains what has been added (and taken away) to the game and the reasons behind those decisions. There is also word on fixes for the connection issues that have been persistent since launch.

During the most recent Destiny Update, players noticed an increase in WASP errors. Power-cycling your router and maintaining a secure, wired connection are the best remedies. We know that this won’t always resolve the issue, and our team is actively investigating a solution. We’ll keep players up to date on our WASP page.


Cooler Master Nepton 240M

Those of you in the market for a new all-in-one cooler should check out LanOC's review of the Cooler Master Nepton 240M.

Years later it feels like everyone has gotten into the market and those designs have improved year after year. Cooler Master for the last few years has been trying there hand at it. Today I have the chance to dig in check out their latest model, the Nepton 240M. They have had a few Nepton models before but this is the first 240mm model.


Terminated Employee Sues Zillow For Alleged Ageism

Terminated for alleged ageism at age 41? eek!

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, Jennifer Young, "a forty-one year-old single mother of two" hired as a saleswoman earlier this year, claims that Zillow unlawfully terminated her because of her age and an injury sustained in a car accident this past summer.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Dead Island: Epidemic Open Beta @ Shacknews

Halo 5 Beta Is Over 10GB @ VG24/7

Major CoD: Advanced Warfare Console Patch @ Joystiq

Street Fighter V PC/PS4 Exclusive? @ Blue's News

Corsair Hydro H75 Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review

We have just published our Corsair Hydro H75 Liquid AIO CPU Cooler update review for those of you interested. How well does this cooler perform on today's hardware? What about the price / performance ratio since launch? Hit the link for these answers and more.

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Corsair has been in the liquid CPU cooling game for over 10 years now. As sealed system liquid CPU coolers have become the norm among hardware enthusiasts, the competition has gotten stiff to say the least. Another thing that has changed over the years is that many DIYers are going to smaller cases for their systems.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: NZXT H440 Designed by Razer @ PCPer

ETC.: Corsair Gaming H1500 Headset @ eTeknix

The Crew Benchmarked CPU & GPU @ TechSpot

Memory: Kingston Savage HX321C11SRK2/16 @ XtremeHardware

Motherboards: ECS Z97I-DRONE @ MadShrimps

Video: ZOTAC GTX 980 AMP! Omega @ Cowcotland

Disney Research Creates Realistic CG Eyes

You have to admit, this is pretty damn impressive no matter how you look at it. Get it? No matter how you look at it? stick out tongue


AT&T; Is Still Throttling Your Unlimited Data

Even after being sued by the FTC for throttling its unlimited customers, AT&T; is still conducting business as usual. frown

Here’s how it works: Customers who have 3G or non-LTE 4G phones and "legacy unlimited data plans" are throttled for the remainder of the billing period after they exceed 3GB of data in a month, but only "at times and in areas that are experiencing network congestion." 4G and LTE are practically synonymous these days, but AT&T; also applies the 4G label to its HSPA+ network technology.


World’s Largest BitTorrent Tracker Goes Down

I wonder if this has something to do with the fact that Fredrik Neij was recently thrown in jail?

OpenBitTorrent, the largest BitTorrent tracker on the Internet, has been offline for more than a week. The tracker's domain name, which is registered to Pirate Bay's Fredrik Neij, has a missing DNS record which makes it impossible to reach.


Azza Z Mini-ITX Gaming Case

Hardware Asylum has published a review of the Azza Z mini-ITX gaming case today. Although component selection is seriously limited, the crew seemed to really like this chassis.

We may be looking at the future of enthusiast gaming PCs with the Azza Z case. A SFF case that can run most full sized components and look good doing it, yes and yes. The Z does a great job embracing the form factor while minimizing the compromise.


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