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Wednesday October 29, 2014

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Driver Comparison

If you are an Ubuntu 14.10 user running a Radeon graphics card, make sure you check out this 6-way Radeon driver comparison over at Phoronix today.

As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10


Xbox 360 And Xbox One Built Into A Laptop Unit

Xbox One not backwards compatible? Do what this guy did and build a two-in-one laptop style console that has a Xbox 360 and a Xbox One built in. cool


Walmart's Answer To Apple Pay Has Already Been Compromised

According to this article, Walmart's NFC mobile payment system might have been compromised already. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

CurrentC is sending emails to people who signed up for the beta version of the app warning them "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you." It doesn't sound as if it's the worst breach in the world, but it's definitely not good for CurrentC, which is just getting started.


BlackBerry: We're Still Alive!

You know things are bad when you have to roll out your CEO every once in a while to remind people you are still around.

To our loyal (current and former) BlackBerry users:

BlackBerry is driven by an urgent, obsessive focus on what matters: you. When we lose sight of what you want and you need, we lose you. It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people. But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.


New College Class: 'Wasting Time on the Internet'

Where the hell were these "wasting time on the internet" classes when you and I went to school?

Next semester at the University of Pennsylvania, students will walk into a classroom, pull out their laptops, their smartphones, their tablets, and sit there, for three hours, doing what they no doubt do pretty often: Waste time on the internet.


Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare: Map Packs Named @ VG24/7

Destiny The Dark Below DLC 12/9 @ Joystiq

Star Citizen at $59M @ Blue's News

The Crew Closed Beta On 11/6 @ Shacknews

ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard

Our evaluation of the ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 motherboard has been posted today for your viewing pleasure. If you are in the market for a motherboard, make sure you read this review before you go shopping.

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ASRock comes to us with its "Work Station" version Haswell-E motherboard. This time our out-of-box experience with its X99 WS was as rock solid as it could be and did leave us with feelings of getting to work with a quality component. As you all know, we are much more interested in how it performs at high clocks while under stress.


The FCC Wants To Regulate Internet Video

This post on the Federal Communications Commission's official blog outlines a plan to regulate internet video. Good? Bad? Your thoughts?

Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch. The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs. Today the FCC takes the first step to open access to cable programs as well as local television. The result should be to give consumers more alternatives from which to choose so they can buy the programs they want.


$1.8M Kickstarter For Building Giant Fighting Robots

Giant fighting robots? Sounds awesome! Until they become self aware, revolt against their owners and kill us all.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Alphacool GPX-A 290 @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset @ PureOC

Tt eSport PoseidonZ Keyboard @ ocaholic

Motherboards: ECS Z97-PK Deluxe mATX @ Legit Reviews

Storage: Asustor AS-304T NAS @ Cowcotland

Video: HIS Liquid-Cooled R9 290X Hybrid IceQ @ TechSpot

Google Working On Pill That Searches For Illnesses

I guess it was just a matter of time before Google went from searching the web to searching you directly. It's not like the company doesn't know everything else about you already anyway. eek!

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device. As many as 2,000 of these microscopic "nanoparticles" could fit inside a single red blood cell to provide doctors with better insights about what is happening inside their patients.


Mobile Payments Pitting Apple Against Walmart

It looks like Apple Pay might have a hard time breaking into the world of NFC payments thanks to Walmart.

Not all retailers have NFC terminals and even a couple who do — namely CVS and Rite Aid — have opted to turn off Apple Pay functionality. That’s because a competitive payment platform called CurrentC is forcing retailers to make a choice to accept one or the other.


Apps That Tackle Addiction To Smartphones

Are you addicted to apps on your cell phone? There's an app for that. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"It's meant be ironic," Mr Offlime creator Nao Tokui, an interactive artist from Tokyo, told Fairfax Media. Ironic or not, Mr Offlime is one of a rash of apps that claim to address the growing problem of "nomophobia" – no mobile phone-phobia.


Dictator Manuel Noriega's Absurd Lawsuit Against CoD Creator Dismissed

Attention Lindsay Lohan, if this guy's lawsuit got thrown out, you can only imagine how well yours will fare.

"This ruling is an important victory and we thank the court for protecting free speech," said Rudy Giuliani. "This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we're gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn't win. This is not just a win for the makers of Call of Duty, but is a victory for works of art across the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the world."


NZXT Kraken X41 Liquid CPU Cooler

The crew at ThinkComputers spent a little quality time with the NZXT Kraken X41 liquid CPU cooler today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

So NZXT has amassed what is essentially an all-star team of products ranging from power supplies to cases to CPU coolers and pretty much everything in between save for the bits that do the number crunching. Fortunately for us they haven’t let up yet. Today we will be checking out their newest offering in the AIO cooler category the Kraken X41.


Walmart's Used Video Game Business Won't Kill GameStop

I don't think Walmart getting into the used game business is going to "kill" GameStop but, one thing is for sure, it sure isn't going to help them either.

For Walmart, which has been increasingly interested in used electronics of all kinds, the strategy is pretty simple. "Our goal is to buy used video games for more, and ultimately sell certified pre-owned video games for less," says Laura Phillips, the company’s senior vice president for entertainment. It is starting aggressively next week, with the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, one of the most anticipated games of the year.


Intel System Studio Upgraded for Embedded Application and System Software Developers

Today, Intel released Intel® System Studio 2015, a major upgrade for Intel® Architecture-based embedded application and system software development. This upgrade helps developers improve system reliability and time-to-market with low-overhead trace for Intel® Core™ M processors and low-cost OpenOCD-based JTAG debug for lntel® Quark processors. This version adds two new target operating systems – Windows and Android Lollipop, including 64-bit support. Developers can enhance their productivity by taking advantage of the expanded integration into Eclipse, Wind River Workbench and Microsoft Visual Studio. Additionally, enhanced energy analysis plus compiler and performance library optimizations available in Intel System Studio 2015 help developers achieve better power efficiency along with application and system performance.


WD My Cloud Software And App Downloads Reach 4 Million

WD®, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today announced that its WD My Cloud® mobile apps have been downloaded more than four million times, allowing users to remotely connect to their My Cloud® personal clouds to view photos, stream video and access their files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. To make that experience even better, WD today released WD My Cloud operating software (OS) version 1.5, delivering new versions of the WD My Cloud device firmware as well as the WD My Cloud mobile app. WD My Cloud OS 1.5 introduces new media navigation, viewing and search features. The free upgrade is available on the full suite of My Cloud products including My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4.


Tuesday October 28, 2014

Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Facebook generated a ton of money this quarter, growth is slowing and Zuckerberg has a ten year plan for Oculus Rift.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. "This has been a good quarter with strong results," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "We continue to focus on serving our community well and continue to invest in connecting the world over the next decade."


EA Reports Q2 Financial Results, Delays Battlefield Hardline

Electronic Arts today announced record high Q2 revenue today and, to celebrate, the company delayed Battlefield Hardline until March 2015. Oh come on, this is EA we are talking about. You can't have good news without someone getting screwed over. big grin

"By emphasizing player engagement and our digital live services, we’ve grown revenue, expanded gross margins and delivered EPS well above prior year and our guidance," said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "We are raising our annual non-GAAP net revenue guidance by $75 million to $4.175 billion and annual non-GAAP diluted EPS by $0.20 to $2.05." Battlefield Hardline™ will launch on March 17, 2015 in North America, and beginning on March 19, 2015 in Europe.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton Roundup @

Scythe Ashura Shadow CPU Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Bullet HD 1080 @ Vortez

D-Link AC1900 Gigabit Cloud Router @ Legit Reviews

SteelSeries Siberia V3 @ LanOC

Video: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming @ ThinkComputers

MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G @ pcGameware

Indie Developers Gaming Steam's Greenlight Projects?

I wonder what Valve will have to say about this?

  • Vote for others' projects, no questions asked

  • Comment on projects you have voted for

  • Post your Greenlight project for others to vote

  • Periodically post screenshots of your Greenlight stats progress

  • Respect other developers. We are here to help each other


MPAA Concerned Pirates Are Being Exposed To Malware

Dear Internet Pirate Person,

The reason we fine you $25,000 per movie is because we are worried about crooks getting a hold of your bank account...before we do.


Your Friends at the MPAA

"It is important to note that websites that traffic in infringing movies, television shows, and other copyrighted content do not harm only the rights holder. Malicious software or malware, which puts Internet users at risk of identity theft, fraud, and other ills, is increasingly becoming a source of revenue for pirate sites," the lobbying group told (PDF) US trade officials on Monday in its latest report about global "notorious markets" for illegal content.


Western Digital Announces Financial Results For First Quarter Fiscal 2015

Western Digital® Corp. today reported revenue of $3.9 billion and net income of $423 million, or $1.76 per share, for its first fiscal quarter ended Oct. 3, 2014. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $504 million or $2.10 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.8 billion and net income of $495 million, or $2.05 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $514 million, or $2.12 per share.

The company generated $827 million in cash from operations during the September quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $5.2 billion. During the September quarter, the company utilized $223 million to repurchase 2.2 million shares of common stock. On Aug. 5, the company declared a $0.40 per common-share dividend, which was paid on Oct. 15.


Lowe's Now Using Robots

When the robot apocalypse begins, I want you all to remember it was Lowe's, not Skynet, that brought on judgment day.

Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's Companies Inc. in San Jose, California.


FTC Sues AT&T; For Limiting Unlimited-Data Customers

This certainly has been a long time coming. Aside from the part where AT&T; will settle without admitting guilt, are we taking bets on the what the actual settlement will be?

The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T; Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for "unlimited" data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately disclose to its customers on unlimited data plans that, if they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T; reduces – or "throttles" – their data speeds to the point that many common mobile phone applications – like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video – become difficult or nearly impossible to use.


FBI Created Fake Web Page To Nab Bomb-Threat Suspect

Not only did the FBI make a fake web page to catch a bomb-threat suspect, they made the fake page look like the Seattle Times. For the full story, here's a link to the real Seattle Times website (trust us).

The FBI in Seattle created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Lacey’s Timberline High School in 2007, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in San Francisco.


Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

The folks at Solid Concepts have another 3D-printed gun coming out. Although there is no real information on the gun yet, it looks pretty bad ass.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Alien: Isolation - Corporate Lockdown Released @ Blue's News

Bungie Working On Destiny PS4 Sign-In Issues @ Joystiq

New Ship & Sparrow Shaders Coming For Destiny @ PD

Rockstar Details GTA V Exclusive Content @ Shacknews

Mind Blowing Statistics On Men and Women Gamers

I know this is going to be hard to believe but a recent study found that...wait for it...wait for play first person shooters while women prefer HayDay and Candy Crush. Whoa. eek!

Men and women enjoy video games, but some genres tend to attract one gender over the other, SuperData Research finds in a 2014 US study provided to Joystiq. Women compose 57.8 percent of the mobile market, 53.6 percent of the RPG market and 50.2 percent of the PC market (including social games), the report says. The study finds that men make up 66 percent of MMO players, 66 percent of FPS players and 63 percent of digital console players.


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