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Wednesday November 19, 2014

Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Case

There is a review of the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower case posted a Benchmark Reviews this morning for those of you interested. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Thermaltake Core V51 is an enthusiast case, featuring a wide array of compatibility with all-in-one liquid cooling systems, ranging from 120mm to 420mm radiators, or complete custom loops. Fan compatibility is no slouch either, supporting 120mm, 140mm, and 200mm fans in various configurations. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will be putting the Thermaltake Core V51 to the test.


Man Fired For Posting Pictures Of DHS Vans To Facebook

Although this was a stupid move, this sure seems like a bit of an overreaction, doesn't it? It's not like they were undercover vehicles or something.

Mark Paffrath, a Navy veteran who worked as a housekeeper for the Drury hotel chain, claims he was fired from his job on Saturday after posting photos and video on Facebook of dozens of vehicles from the Department of Homeland Security massed in a Missouri hotel garage. Paffrath told CNN that Drury’s head of security "called me a terrorist, saying that I dishonorably served my country for posting those pictures and videos on Facebook."


Microsoft Announces 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Microsoft Corp. and Certiport Inc., on Monday announced the dates for the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, the most popular technology skills competition for Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002. The popular Microsoft Office competition is the only one endorsed by Microsoft, providing a platform for students to showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Office tools and gain the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace. The 2015 contest marks the introduction of Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 exams to the competition. Certiport will award higher scholarship prizes for 2013 exam competition tracks. In all, students will compete in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint tracks for Office 2010 and 2013.


Intel Science Talent Search Triples Top Awards for 2015

Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public, will now offer three top awards of $150,000 in 2015. The Intel Foundation has increased funding to the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition to more than $1.6 million and will award "Medals of Distinction" to students who show exceptional scientific potential in three areas: Basic Research, Global Good, and Innovation.


Tuesday November 18, 2014

AMD Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta Driver for Windows

AMD has released a new Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta driver for Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4. If you are a Radeon owner looking for the best performance in either one of these games, you might want to give these drivers a try.

AMD Catalyst™ 14.11.2 Beta Driver for Windows® - Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4! This release enables peak driver performance optimization for AMD Radeon™ graphics users in Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4. Please make sure to uninstall all previous versions of AMD Catalyst™ drivers before installing the AMD Catalyst™ 14.11.2 Beta.


Fighting Pirates With Free Steam Codes?

What do you guys think of this approach to combating piracy?

"If because of some reasons you can’t buy the game, its ok," Zajaczkowski wrote in the comment section to the most popular torrent of This War of Mine. "We know life, and we know that sometimes it’s just not possible. "Here are some codes for the steam copy of the game, so some of you can take a look at it. And if you like the game after spending few hours in, then just spread the word, and you’ll help us a lot."


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Urban T81 @ Technic3D

Cooling: Koolance 120mm DIY Water Cooling @

ETC.: Steelseries Siberia V3 @ ocaholic

Storage: Corsair Neutron XT @ Legit Reviews

Crucial MX100 256Gb SSD @ Hardwareslave

Video: AMD Radeon Gallium3D Testing @ Phoronix

In Win D-Frame Mini

You guys should head on over to LanOC and check out their review of the In Win D-Frame Mini. You can see our recent evaluation here for comparison purposes.

In Win has really stepped up over the past few years with a whole series of cases that fill in that gap. They are unique and well built in a variety of designs. We use their H-Frame Mini for our event router and for the past half a year I have used a 901 for my PC at events. Well In Win recently introduced the D-Frame Mini, just in time for me to start on a new event PC. Some of you have seen it, today I will take a closer look at the pro’s and con’s of the D-Frame Mini.


Super Time Waster of the Day

Try as I might, I seriously can't stop messing around with this thing. big grin

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Oxford Dictionaries Names 'Vape' As Word of the Year

Since Oxford Dictionaries obviously picked the wrong word, I guess it's going to be up to us to find a suitable replacement.

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look back and see which words have been significant throughout the past twelve months, and to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Without further ado, we can exclusively reveal that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is….vape


Snapchat Now Lets You Send Money Too

By a show of hands, how many of you would use Snapchat to send money?

Messaging services are an obvious way to handle peer-to-peer payments, though Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel told Recode that he doesn’t see his company competing with the likes of PayPal or Venmo in the suddenly red-hot payments market. At least for the moment, it doesn’t look like Snapchat is charging a fee to use what it calls Snapcash.


Linux Still Owns Supercomputing

I knew that most of the world's supercomputers ran Linux but I had no idea it was this many. eek!

Once more the best of the best supercomputer experts came together to decide which are the fastest of the fast computers. Number one with a bullet continues to be Tianhe-2, aka Milky Way-2, a Chinese supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology. Its operating system? Linux of course.


Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

Uber continues its campaign of kindness and compassion...just kidding, they want to track down and harass reporters. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Michael, one of Kalanick’s closest lieutenants at the San Francisco transportation service, had suggested in a conversation reported by BuzzFeed that Uber should start a million-dollar campaign to malign the personal lives of reporters. His rant was aimed specifically at PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy, who has been a tough critic of Uber.


Facebook Launched A Tech Blog

Why in the world would anyone get news, tech related or otherwise, from Facebook?

We're excited to announce the launch of FB Techwire, powered by Storyful. With every breaking tech story, debate, launch or event we will find, verify and share the most relevant and high-value content to the tech community on Facebook in real time.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny's Iron Banner 2.0 Goes Live @ Joystiq

Forza Horizon 2 Listed for PC? @ Blue's News

GTA V PS4 vs Xbox One Comparison Video @ VG24/7

Halo: MCC Matchmaking Patch Delayed @ Shacknews

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2800C16 DDR4

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps have a couple sticks of Corsair's Vengeance LPX 2800C16 on the test bench today.

Today we have a look at CORSAIR's mainstream kit: the Vengeance LPX series, however mainstream doesn't necessarily imply low speeds. The kit we are reviewing today runs out of the box at 2800MHz; not uber high end speeds though more than suitable to satisfy both the tweakers and the die-hard enthusiasts.


Automated Killer Robots Come With Enormous Risks

The UN thinks automated killer robots are too risky. The CEO of Cyberdyne Systems was unavailable for comment. cool

Discussions are under way at the UN to discuss if and how such robots should be regulated. The talks are likely to be fraught. Killer robots do have redeeming features. And because they can replace human combatants, some argue they are a moral imperative. The risks, however, seem enormous.


Most Motorists Think Self-Driving Cars Are 'Dangerous'

Most people think self-driving cars are dangerous but have no problem riding around with a texting teen behind the wheel. wink

A new poll reveals that car owners are still leery of self-driving vehicles, even if they do want the safest bits of the technology installed on their new rides. In the online poll of over a thousand people, conducted by Harris on behalf of, 65 percent of respondents expressed that they felt autonomous vehicles are "a dangerous idea."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ techPowerUP!

Cooling: Xigmatek Gaia II CPU Cooler @ eTeknix

ETC.: ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse @ BmR

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VII Hero @ Hardwareoverclock

Gigabyte-Z97X-UD3H Motherboard @ ocaholic

PSU: Fractal Design Tesla R2 650W @

People Trust Social Media Less Than Any Other Form of Communication

The sad part about this is that we don't trust social media sites at all but we all still continue to use them. eek!

Last week, Pew Research Center released a report on privacy in the "post-Snowden era" and how Americans see government surveillance, social media sites and advertisers. Unsurprisingly, 91 percent of everyone surveyed believe "consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies."


Funnny Video of the Day

This "Mech Suit Wearhouse" spoof is pretty funny. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.


Second Auction Planned For Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

The US Marshals Service is auctioning off $20 million worth of bitcoin seized from that Silk Road guy.

50,000 bitcoins, worth about $20 million, were seized from digital wallets on computers belonging to Ross Ulbricht, the online drug market's alleged mastermind.


What The U.S. Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

At this point, I think most people don't care who we have to "learn it from," as long as we get on the ball when it comes to net neutrality.

Canada has had such strong net neutrality rules—that is, a framework prohibiting ISPs from unduly discriminating between different types of traffic and which bars paid prioritization or so-called "fast lanes"—since 2009.


MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Review

Overclockers Club just published a review of the MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Thanks to the Twin Frozr V cooling solution, 6+2 phase VRM, and Military Class components, MSI's GTX 970 Gaming 4G delivers excellent overclocking results all the way around. This card is the highest clocking card I have tested to date, reaching boost clock speeds on the core over 1600MHz and over 2050MHz on the 4GB of GDDR5 memory. What this can do for you is generate an increased level of FPS that drives performance to a level close to if not equal to the results of the GTX 980 Gaming 4G.


New NVIDIA GeForce 344.75 WHQL Drivers

NVIDIA sends word that the new GeForce 344.75 WHQL drivers are now available.

The latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 344.75 WHQL, provides support for Maxwell’s new Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) mode. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.


Police Change How They Seek Permission To Use Cellphone Tracker

Apparently judges don't like being in the news for authorizing stuff they didn't know they were authorizing. Whoops!

From 2009 to earlier this year, the county’s Superior Court judges unwittingly signed more than 170 orders that Tacoma police and other local law enforcement agencies say authorized them to use a device that allows investigators to track a suspect’s cellphone but also sweeps cellphone data from innocent people nearby.


How Microsoft Is Using GPUs to Help Machines Learn Faster

The brightest minds at Microsoft Research are making products smarter with NVIDIA GPUs. Microsoft Research has more than 1,000 world-class scientists and engineers working across research areas in labs worldwide. Their job: make significant product contributions and address some of society’s toughest challenges. Increasingly, Microsoft engineers and researchers are turning to GPUs to help with their tasks. A growing percentage of their work is focused on machine-learning projects – one of the hottest fields in computer science. The goal of machine learning is to let computers make better predictions by capturing the wisdom of historical data. But history shows that promise is far easier to describe than to achieve.

Three trends are driving a resurgence in machine learning. First, data of all kinds is growing exponentially. Second, researchers have made big improvements in the mathematical models used for machine learning. Finally, GPUs have emerged as a critical computational platform for machine learning research. These drivers are resulting in game-changing improvements in the accuracy of these models. That’s because GPUs allow researchers to train these models with more data – much more data – than was possible before.


Intel Takes Wraps off Capabilities for My Intelligent Communication Accessory

Opening Ceremony and Intel today took the wraps off the complete features of MICA, My Intelligent Communication Accessory, the smart and fashionable luxury accessory that truly redefines the concept of wearable technology. MICA is a beautiful and intelligent bracelet that provides today's highly connected woman with access to text messages, Yelp, Gmail** notifications, Facebook events and Google Calendar** through discreet notifications delivered directly to the wrist. The feminine communications accessory will be available by early December in the United States and will retail exclusively at Opening Ceremony New York and Los Angeles, select Barneys New York locations, and online at and


Monday November 17, 2014

In Win D-Frame Mini

Thinking about building a LAN box, Steam Machine or HTPC? Well then, stop what you are doing right now and go read our evaluation of the In Win D-Frame Mini mini-ITX chassis.

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Design and utility are two totally different things. IN WIN delivers to us today a mini-ITX computer "case" that will draw the interests of many enthusiasts simply based on its design alone. But many enthusiasts are all about utility first! Does the D-Frame Mini bridge the gap from eye catching design into the realm of a great performer?


Woman Sues Cox After Tripping Over Coax

A pregnant woman is suing Cox after tripping over a cable? Soooo many Cox jokes, so little time.

A Louisiana woman is suing Cox Communications because she tripped over a coaxial cable left draped across her mothers' yard. The plaintiff claims Cox repeatedly failed to bury the cable despite repeated requests, and is now suing for unspecified damages after the pregnant woman "injured her arm, right side and received soreness and other bodily injuries" in the incident.


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