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Friday December 19, 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 The Crew Performance Video Card Review, followed by our Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the ASUS Maximus VII Impact LGA 1150 motherboard.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li PC-O5S TechSpot

Thermaltake Core V71 @ Technic3D

ETC.: Cougar 700K @ BmR

Intel Core i7-5960X @ HT4U

Pivos XIOS XS @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: GIGABYTE X99 Gaming G1 WIFI @ PCPer

Storage: Silicon Power Marvel M70 @ MadShrimps

Tesla's First Battery Swap Station Opens Next Week

Just in time for Christmas, Tesla is opening its first Model S battery swap station.

The company announced today that it's ready to start a pilot program for invited Model S owners along the San Francisco to LA route, at a facility across the street from its Supercharger station in Harris Ranch, CA. Right now Tesla says the whole process can be done in under three minutes, but with changes to the vehicle design, it says cars could be ready to go in less than a minute.


Killing Floor 2 Developer Diary

Tripwire Interactive's latest developer diary focuses on the weapons of Killing Floor 2.


Sony Pictures CEO Claims 'We Have Not Caved'

Ladies and gentlemen, could I have your attention, please? I would like to announce that Sony's CEO has taken the position of Information Minister. big grin

While President Obama has joined the voices criticizing Sony Pictures for its decision to pull The Interview, its CEO claims he " In an interview with CNN set to air tonight during Anderson Cooper 360, Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria that "We have not caved. We have not given in." In the pieces CNN has teased, he even says the company would still like for people to see this movie.


Flaw Discovered That Let's Anyone Listen To Your Cell Calls

Pretty soon we are all going to have to wrap ourselves completely in tinfoil to avoid being spied on. Well, that is if you aren't doing that already. big grin

German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.


Judge Concerned Google Antitrust Lawsuit Too Vague

Remember that thing we talked about a while back that involved some stuff that people were suing that one company over? I guess the lawsuit was too vague.

A judge on Thursday said she would require consumers suing Google over its Android smartphone operating system to submit more factual details in order for an antitrust lawsuit to proceed, at a time when the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure.


ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Motherboard

The LanOC crew has the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard on the test bench today for a little review action.

Due to Intel releasing new chipsets often a lot of people might think that the motherboard market has a big focus on Intel boards. As I have seen in the past on our forums, our Facebook, and even at our events there is still a large AMD following that is hungry for the latest and greatest to support their preferred vender as well. Well when looking to lock in a board for future AM3+ testing I ended up with the Asus Crosshair V Formula in my hands.


Instagram Deletes Millions Of Accounts In Spam Purge

But....but...but....what about all those followers I paid for?

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users. People who lost a lot of followers criticised the action, dubbing it the "Instagram Rapture". Like its parent company Facebook, Instagram routinely removes accounts to limit spam and prevent users buying followers to appear more popular. Rapper Akon reportedly lost 56% of his followers in the cull.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed: Unity Apology Games Now Available @ VG24/7

GTA 5 PC In 'Final Stages' @ Shacknews

Larian's "Leaked" RPG Plans @ Blue's News

PS4 Demand Is Challenging European Supply @ Joystiq

Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

It's nice to see Microsoft taking action against these scumbags but I have a feeling this is going to be a game of whack-a-mole. Every time they smack one, another pops up in its place. frown

In its first big strike against technical support scamming companies, today Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit will file a civil lawsuit in federal court in the Central District of California against Omnitech Support and related entities for unfair and deceptive business practices and trademark infringement.


An App That Uses AI To Pick Your Outfits

Seriously? You need to be kicked straight in your little hipster nuts if you need an app to tell you what to wear.

The app is part of a much larger movement towards mobile shopping. According to one report study, 70 percent of consumers have bought something using their smartphone in the last six months, up from 59 percent in 2013. And like many other tools, StyleIt aims to make this mobile shopping more, well, personal.


48K Federal Employees Affected By Background Check Hack

It looks like a bunch of federal employees are about to get a free month of credit monitoring from their employer. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The Office of Personnel Management is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances.


Uber Suspend Service In Portland After Lawsuit

Uber has agreed to suspend service in Portland for three months while the city hammers out new taxi regulations.

Uber has agreed to suspend its operations in Portland, Ore., for three months while city officials revise rules governing taxis and the use of ride-sharing apps, the company announced Thursday.


Apple 'Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers'

It's a sad fact that, regardless how many of these articles are written, most people couldn't care less about working conditions as long as we get our shiny new tech gadget. frown

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken.


The MPAA’s Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General

Google is accusing the Motion Picture Association of America of "trying to censor the internet."

According to The Verge, "at the beginning of this year, the MPAA and six studios … joined together to begin a new campaign" to figure how it could secretly revive SOPA. It "joined together to begin a new campaign" to achieve wholesale site-blocking by "[convincing] state prosecutors to take up the fight against [Google]." The movie studios "budgeted $500,000 a year towards providing legal support"—and the MPAA later sought up to $1.175 million for this campaign.


Are you A Digital Hoarder?

I think there is a bit of digital hoarder in all of us. Don't you?

Was I becoming a ones-and-zeros, bits-and-bytes version of my mother? Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as "infomania." Infomania, they say, is more subtly crippling than physical hoarding. With access to the web’s infinite amount of information and limitless supply of storage, digital hoarders are less inclined to think they have a problem.


ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review

There is a review of the ASUS X99-A motherboard posted at Hexus today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Asus has chosen deliberately not to harvest its X99 boards' DNA in order to create a super-cheap offering. Rather, with the X99-A, the company plays on the premium nature of the chipset by implementing quality components alongside thoughtful integration.


12M Routers Vulnerable To Critical Hijacking Hack

You know, with this many vulnerable routers out there, chances are we all know someone using one.

The vulnerability resides in "RomPager" software, embedded into the residential gateway devices, made by a company known as AllegroSoft. Versions of RomPager prior to 4.34 contain a critical bug that allows attackers to send simple HTTP cookie files that corrupt device memory and hand over administrative control.


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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.

Tesla Platform Shatters Record on Risk-Management Benchmark

STAC, an industry benchmarking organization that includes major financial institutions, just released results showing that the Tesla platform and K80 achieved a rare milestone. Tesla swept performance records across the board in one of the industry’s most closely watched benchmark suites, STAC-A2.

Developed with leading banks, STAC-A2 measures the performance of various platforms for pricing and market risk analytics. Financial institutions can use these benchmarks to help decide which computing solutions will best manage market risk – a task that has taken on greater importance since the 2008 financial crisis.


Thursday December 18, 2014

ASUS Maximus VII Impact LGA 1150 Motherboard

If you are building a LAN box, Steam Machine, HTPC or any system that requires a no compromises mini-ITX motherboard, make sure you read our evaluation of the ASUS Maximus VII Impact. This could be the one you are looking for.

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With ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboards it’s all about the sequels. You have to wonder just how long ASUS can keep its momentum pumping out sequel after motherboard sequel. ASUS’ Maximus VII Impact shows us that there is seemingly no end in sight, and very likely with good measure as well.


Notch Buys $70M Beverly Hills Mansion

Hell, if I sold my business to Microsoft for $2.5B, I'd buy a mansion too. Maybe not a $70M dollar mansion though. eek!

This press release announces the record $70 million sale of a 23,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion to a "Swedish billionaire and game developer," who turns out to be Minecraft creator Marcus "Notch" Persson. Persson famously came out a couple of billion dollars in the black after selling Mojang to Microsoft in September, and this helps answer the question of what someone does with that kind of money.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

CPU: AMD FX-8350 & FX-6300 @ TechSpot

ETC.: MSI AG270 2QE-037US Gaming AIO @ PCPer

Roccat Tyon Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards: ASUS Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi ac) @ HotHardware

Gigabyte X99-UD7 WiFi @ Technic3D

Storage: Lexar Workflow DD512 SSD @ eTeknix

ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review

Legit Reviews published a review of the ASUS X99-A motherboard today that I think many of you will find interesting. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Today Legit Reviews has the opportunity to look at a top tier board that isn't going to break the bank! The ASUS X99-A Intel X99 motherboard is currently going for only $246.99. At only $246.99 it's a board that's packed with features, but not one that is going to break the bank.


Author Wants To Give The Interview Away On BitTorrent

While this is never going to happen, I like the way the guy thinks.

Sony may have withdrawn The Interview but not everyone is scared of releasing the movie. Author Paulo Coelho, whose book The Alchemist has sold in excess of 165 million copies, has just offered to buy the rights to the movie from Sony. He informs TorrentFreak that it would go straight on BitTorrent, for free.


Some Guy Beat Crota's End...Solo

Whether or not you are a fan of the game, you have to admit, beating Crota's End solo is a rather impressive feat.


Device Records Your Shows After You Fall Asleep

Leave it to a couple teenagers to come up with something like this. cool

Wouldn't it be helpful, say, if a wristband could tell if you doze off while watching the TV, then automatically record the rest of the show? As it happens, two young tech prodigies have created exactly that. KipstR was developed by teenagers Ryan Oliver, 15, and Jonathan Kingsley, 14, students at Manchester Creative Studio, in conjunction with TV and broadband provider Virgin Media.


Best AIO CPU Coolers of 2014

ThinkComputers has put together a list of what they believe are the best AIO CPU coolers of 2014. Comparing that list to the AIO coolers we reviewed in 2014, I'd say they have a pretty solid list.

ThinkComputers is excited to bring you our own twist on the yearly list. It was just a few years ago that the all in one liquid cooling solution really hit the market, but in that short time the AIO has now become a must have for the serious computer enthusiast.


Bots Now Outnumber Humans On The Web

I guess it's better to have bots overtake us on the internet than it would be in the real world. wink All joking aside, I thought this happened years ago

Today, bots account for 56 percent of all of website visits, says Marc Gaffan, CEO of Incapsula, a company that sells online security services. Incapsula recently an an analysis of 20,000 websites to get a snapshot of part of the web, and on smaller websites, it found that bot traffic can run as high as 80 percent.


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