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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Sony may have withdrawn The Interview but not everyone is scared of releasing the movie.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.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Adopted Announced @ Blue's News

Evolve Unveils The Wraith @ Shacknews

Microsoft Building Game-Streaming Tech @ Joytiq

Snowball Fights Coming To GTA Online @ VG24/7

Steam Holiday Sale Is Live @ Steam

How Much Your Inbox Is Worth to Cybercriminals

Brian Krebs breaks down just how much your inbox is worth to cybercrooks. The answer? More than you think. eek!

The true value of your email account to crooks is not merely in its ability to pump spam or even forward malicious software and viruses to your entire contact list. Depending on what you do with your account and how long you've had it, your inbox could be worth far more than you imagine.


Forensic Software Gets Around Apple's iCloud Security Features

Good thing this tool can't be used by people with bad intentions.

A Russian software company has updated its forensic software to work-around the security features Apple recently added to iCloud and increased what information can be extracted from the cloud storage service.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Lian Li PC-O5SX @ techPowerUP!

Cooling: Swiftech Komodo NV @ XtremeHardware

Thermalright Macho 90 CPU Cooler @ NikKTech

Motherboards: ASRock X99 OC Formula @ TechnologyX

Video: Catalyst Omega - A Closer Look @ Vortez

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller - $25.99

Gigabyte GTX980 G1 OC - $597.99


Gigabyte GTX980 G1 OC - $689.99

Crucial M500 480GB SSD - $199.99

Samsung Dual LCD Bundle 2x S24D390HL 23.6" - $299.99

Last-Gen Gamers Are Being Left Behind

No one is catering to last-gen gamers anymore? How can this be? It's not like current-gen console have been out for more than a year now. Wait...never mind. wink

New-gen consoles have barely been out for a year, but there's already a familiar story: a game launches and runs great on the PS4 and Xbox One, much less so on the PS3 and 360. Shadow of Mordor was an egregious example of this performance gap, but it's not the only one. Is there any hope for last-gen gamers?


Amazon's New Prime Now Service Promises One-Hour Delivery

One-hour delivery is an awesome idea! Too bad this is currently limited to just "parts" of Manhattan.

Known as Prime Now, the service is available only for subscribers of Amazon's $99-per-year Prime subscription program. With the new Prime Now mobile app in the iOS, Android and Amazon app stores, Prime members can order items from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free. To get an order in one hour or less, you'll have to pony up $7.99.


Tech Giants Back Microsoft's Fight Against The Government

When is the last time any of these companies worked together on anything? The government better watch out. wink

Microsoft is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the US government, and the fight has led to an unlikely alliance between several rival companies. Microsoft was handed a government order requesting access to emails stored at a datacenter in Ireland. The company has been battling the order for several months, and now Apple, Amazon, Verizon, and HP are among the big names lending their support to the fight.


Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX Review

If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, you might want to check out this review of the Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX at ocaholic today.

With the Silver Arrow ITX, Thermalright has an impressive cooler for miniITX motherboards in its portfolio. Equipped with six heatpipes and one 150 millimeter fan, this heatsink means some serious business. Apart from that Thermalright decided to provide this cooler with a black nickel plating, which makes it look very nice.


Grand Theft Auto V PC Transfers Clarified

Blue's News has the rundown on Grand Theft Auto V PC transfers, how it works and when we'll see PC system specs.

A couple of specific questions about the upcoming PC edition are answered, including a reassurance that players who have exported a GTA Online character from a last-gen console to a current one will still also be able to transfer their progress to the PC edition. They also say they will reveal PC system specifications next week.


Intel Easy Migration App Makes File Transfers A Breeze

Intel today launched Intel® Easy Migration, an app for first time Chromebook users that allows for seamless transfer of data and files onto Intel-based Chromebooks. The app, available on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, helps transfers contacts, documents, photos, videos and audio files from a Windows PC as well as Android and iOS-based smartphones to Intel-based Chromebooks. The app also allows a user to hand pick files for custom migration. Learn more about Intel® Easy Migration.


AMD Continues Its Legacy of Software Development Innovation

AMD today announced a significant update to its CodeXL unified tool suite for developers designed to accelerate applications running on AMD processors. CodeXL is AMD’s primary developer tool for generating detailed information about the real-world performance of AMD Central Processing Units (CPUs), Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). AMD CodeXL version 1.6 provides GPU profiling capabilities and API-level debugging for OpenCL™ 2.0 applications. CodeXL 1.6 also introduces a new advanced tool for profiling APU power consumption, which enables developers to reduce the power requirements of their application. These features significantly bolster the tools available to developers for creating applications on either Windows® or Linux® that take advantage of the inherent processing capability of heterogeneous system architecture (HSA).


Wednesday December 17, 2014

Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review

Our Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you want to know how this all-in-one cooler handles today's hardware, this review is for you.

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As we continue to move up the Corsair All-In-One CPU cooler matrix, today we get to the mid-range Hydro Series™ H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. This is another cooler that has been on the market for quite a while and we give it another look and see how it compares against today's market in term of cooling and value.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower @ Techgage

ETC.: Code Keyboard 104 Key & TKL @ LanOC

Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 External Enclosure @ PCPer

Motherboards: Asus Z97 Pro Wi-Fi AC @ HotHardware

PSU: Enermax NAXN ADV 550W @

Navy Drone Looks And Swims Like A Shark

You'd think that people would notice a shark way faster than they would anything else in the water. I know I would. eek!

The US Navy might just have a stealthier option with its experimental GhostSwimmer drone, which recently finished tests. The five-foot-long robot looks and swims much like a shark, letting it spy on enemies (or inspect friendly ships) without being conspicuous -- as long as curious foes don't get too close, anyway.


Sprint Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal 'Cramming'

Oh look, it's finally Sprints turn to be on the receiving end of some cramming for a change. big grin

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been working with the Federal Communications Commission, announced Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the wireless carrier, alleging it illegally billed wireless customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The suit also alleges that Sprint ignored complaints about the charges. The agency is seeking refunds to affected consumers as well as penalties to deter future unauthorized third-party charges.


MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB

Another review of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB has hit the internet today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing cooler that is noise-free during light gaming, and extremely quiet in even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970.


Sony Gives In To Hackers

Now that Sony has given in to the hackers, we can expect a lot more of this in the future. frown

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of "The Interview." In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.


North Korea Suspected In Sony Hack

The FBI says *shakes the Magic 8 Ball* North Korea may be involved in the Sony hack after all. Tune in tomorrow when a Ouija board tells the FBI something completely different. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The primary suspects are members of an elite North Korean cyber-security unit known as "Bureau 121," the sources also confirmed today. But authorities have not ruled out that it could be an insider cooperating with some groups with a grudge against Sony, or an insider who helped the North Koreans.


Life-Threatening Conditions Triggered By Your Console

This is what you get for playing games on a console. Just so you know, the PC Master Race is immune to all of the ailments mentioned in this article. wink

Is a Nintendo a safe Christmas present? From epilepsy to stroke, incontinence to Wii-itis, several life-threatening conditions can be triggered by your console. The findings, published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, include early reports of seizures, dubbed 'Nintendo epilepsy'.


We Must Recognize Video Games Place In Society And History

This article is definitely good reading. Make sure you forward it to all your non-gaming friends and family. wink

The UK’s video games industry body Tiga has called for the products to be treated like other creative industries such as television or film, rather than mere "software". There is a good argument for this. Games have been part of human civilisation for thousands of years.


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