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Tuesday October 28, 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton Roundup @ Tweak.dk

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

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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.

Thanks,

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 it...men 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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YouTube CEO Confirms Music Subscription Service Is Coming Soon

I could swear that one of the biggest attractions of YouTube, especially for teens, is that you can listen to music for free. Who is going to pay to listen to music on YouTube?

In an interview at Code/Mobile, the executive said that her team was indeed "working on it" and that this is a near-term goal. While she didn't get into specifics on the program, which may or may not be called Music Key (according to rumors, that is), she stated that one of the obstacles is figuring out "how to give people options" -- likely a way of saying that YouTube is still working out the pricing tiers and what features would be available for each individual plan.

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Ex-PlayStation Boss: Xbox On The Right Path

Am I the only one that was surprised that Microsoft or Nintendo didn't hire Jack Tretton after he quit Sony over a salary dispute?

As for Microsoft, he said the company has come around to what customers want after flubbing the device's launch with a high price tag ($499 when it launched, compared to $399 for the PS4) and unpopular policies around sharing and reselling used games. Microsoft reversed its unpopular policies and introduced a $399 version of its console in June to more directly compete with the PS4 on price, and it has instituted various promotions to drive the price even lower.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: SilverStone SST-AR06 Low-Profile HSF @ eTeknix

Motherboards: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC @ Modders Inc.

PSU: Chieftec APS-850CB @ ocaholic

DeepCool Aurora DA500 @ Cowcotland

Storage: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD @ Guru3D

Video: HIS R9 290X Hybrid IceQ 4GB @ Legion Hardware

Violent Video Games In 3-D Can Lead To higher Levels Of Anger

Wait, so if we believe what these guys are saying, we need a ban on 3-D televisions ASAP!

"Violent video games increase angry feelings and aggressive impulses when played on an ordinary desktop computer," Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at OSU, said in an email. "Our research shows that the effects are much larger when the same game is played on a large screen in 3-D."

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Silverstone Fortress FT05 Case Review

There is a review of the Silverstone Fortress FT05 case posted today at Benchmark Reviews. You can see our recent evaluation here for comparison purposes.

While the Raven and Fortress series appear to be very different, they often use the same interior design. This is certainly the case with the RV05 and the FT05 cases. With this in mind, how can consumers decide which chassis suits their needs? In this Benchmark Reviews article, I will discuss the differences between the RV05 and FT05 and potential reasons to pick one over the other before delivering my final rating of the FT05.

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Cisco Fixes 3-Year-Old Vulnerability Affecting Security Appliances

When it comes to security fixes, I guess the old saying "better late than never" applies.

Cisco has released software updates to address a three-year-old vulnerability in the Telnet code of Cisco AsyncOS, the operating systems used in some of the company's security appliances. The flaw affecting the telnetd daemon (CVE-2011-4862) was disclosed by the FreeBSD Project back in December 2011. However, earlier this year, researcher Glafkos Charalambous noticed that some Cisco security appliances are still impacted by the vulnerability.

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How An Autistic Boy Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

Not only is this your feel good story of the day, it is probably the best use of Siri we have ever heard of.

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s "intelligent personal assistant" on the iPhone, is currently his BFF.

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Intel Pentium 4 Settlement

If you bought a computer with a Pentium 4 in it between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002, you may be entitled to a cash settlement! How much money will you receive? Brace yourselves, we are talking about a one-time lump sum cash payment of up to fifteen dollars!

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that Intel manipulated the performance benchmark scores for its first-generation Pentium 4 processors and that HP aided and abetted Intel’s allegedly unlawful conduct. Intel and HP deny any liability and all claims of misconduct and Intel contends that the performance benchmarks challenged by Plaintiffs fairly measured the performance of the Pentium 4 processor.

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Forrest Norrod Joins AMD as Senior Vice President

​AMD today announced that Forrest Norrod (49) has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom (EESC) business group, reporting to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. Norrod will be responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering, and sales for AMD’s EESC business. He replaces Dr. Su, who has held the position on an interim basis since July.

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Microsoft Delivers Wave Of Innovation At TechEd Europe

Tuesday at TechEd Europe, Microsoft Corp. announced new cloud services, mobility solutions, APIs, tools and an expanded ecosystem of partner solutions, all designed to help IT professionals and developers compete and thrive in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. "Today’s enterprise is always on, and IT professionals and developers are under constant pressure to keep up with the demands of the business," said Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. "We are using the power of our cloud platform — Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics — to deliver technology solutions that empower IT professionals, developers and end users to do more."

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Countdown to Intel Capital Global Summit

The 15th annual Intel Capital Global Summit will kick off next week in Huntington Beach, California. From Nov. 3-5, this invite-only event will bring together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, global CEOs, Fortune 1000 executives and industry influencers from more than 15 countries. This year’s list of speakers includes former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Stanford President John L. Hennessy ("godfather of Silicon Valley"), and former FCC chairman Reed Hundt. A press conference with Intel Capital president Arvind Sodhani will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at 12:20pm Pacific Time, and will be webcast in our online newsroom. Follow #icapsummit and @intelcapital for updates throughout the conference.

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Monday October 27, 2014

Office 365 Subscribers Now Get Unlimited Cloud Storage

Microsoft has added unlimited One Drive cloud storage for Office 365 subscribers. Not a bad deal if you were on the fence or planning to get Office 365 anyway.

Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365. Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We’ve started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. The roll out will continue over the coming months, so if you want to be one of the very first to get more storage, go here to put yourself at the front of the line.

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Twitch Bans Sexually Suggestive Clothing

Alright you guys, no more sexy tops, pasties, or bare chests while you are streaming. I guess this is going to put a cramp on all the cleavage being shown on certain Twitch channels. eek!

Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we? Wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing - including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments - is prohibited, as well as any full nude torsos*, which applies to both male and female broadcasters. * If it's unbearably hot where you are, and you happen to have your shirt off (guys) or a bikini top (grills), then just crop the webcam to your face. Problem solved.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Shadow @ eTeknix

DeepCool Steam Castle @ NikKTech

ETC.: ECS LIVA Windows Based Mini PC @ PCPer

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Gaming Headset @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards: ASUS X99-A Motherboard @ Tweak.dk

Storage: QNAP HS-251 Fanless NAS @ techPowerUP!

Twitter Earnings In Line With Estimates, Shares Fall

Like most of you, I'm actually surprised Twitter even did this good.

Twitter reported revenue of $361 million in the third quarter, beating Wall Street estimates. It came in right on target on earnings per share, recording its first profit of 1 cent. Fourth-quarter guidance was also on the money. Twitter raised its financial projections to a range of $440 million to $450 million. Analysts had estimated $448 million. But that wasn't good enough. Shares plunged as much as 12% in after-hours trading

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Apple And Amazon Have A Problem: People Don’t Want to Buy Stuff Anymore

People don't want to buy stuff anymore? Really?

The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest online retailer. The core of Amazon’s business—its original reason for being: selling books and other media—has grown wobbly. The problem: many people no longer want to buy stuff. They’d rather rent.

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[H] Reader Rig of the Day

I was rummaging through the Post Pics Of Your Rig thread when I came across this beast of a box belonging to AdamK47. There is a "green with envy" joke just dying to be made here. cool

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Targeted Attacks Against Businesses On The Rise

I don't think it is any surprise that attacks against businesses are on the rise, they seem to be easy prey these days.

According to the latest study from security vendor Kaspersky Labs, targeted attacks against businesses have risen substantially over the last year. The survey notes that 94 percent of organizations have experienced at least one cybersecurity incident in the past year. Of those incidents, 12 percent of respondents reported at least one targeted attack – up from the 9 percent reported by organizations in 2012 and 2013.

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Verizon Is Offering Netflix In New Cable Bundle

So what do you guys think of Verizon bundling Netflix? Genius or desperate?

Verizon FiOS has a new offer that shows how the bundle isn't dead yet, and that the changing media economy is set to create some uneasy alliances. Analysts at BTIG Research (free registration required) noticed over the weekend that Verizon was offering a year of Netflix as part of its "triple play" package for Internet, television and phone.

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Call of Duty Pre-Order Declining Year Over Year

While I personally think the latest installment in the franchise looks interesting, the fact that they are releasing a new CoD game every year probably isn't helping sales very much.

Advanced Warfare is now pacing almost 40 percent behind last year's Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012's Black Ops 2," the analysts note. "We continue to believe CoD will be down meaningfully vs. last year. With the franchise facing two consecutive significant year on year declines in sales, we think it is prudent to assume it has peaked.

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