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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2013Archive Listing

Thursday May 30, 2013

List of Keywords Used By DHS to Monitor Social Networking Sites

Unless you want a visit from the feds, I would avoid talking about the pork clouds in Mexico on Facebook. Thanks to Jon S. for the link.

The DHS has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor various social networking sites. The list provides a glimpse into what DHS describes as "signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S."


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: Steelseries Sensei Frost Blue Gaming Mouse @ FunkyKit

Storage: QNAP TS-269L 2-Bay Turbo NAS @ CDRLabs

Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 @ LanOC

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 @ PureOC

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 @ Cowcotland

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 @ Bjorn3D

Best Kickstarter Ever

Damn, why didn't any of us think of this? $500 million in ninety days seems doable. wink


Xbox One Pre-Orders Are Extremely High

While die-hard PS4 / XBO fanboys are still going at it in forums across the internet, everyone else seems to be pre-ordering their consoles.

And away from the forums, wider consumer reaction has been generally positive too, retailers claim. The console has topped pre-orders lists, with Blockbuster announcing that Xbox One is its fastest pre-ordered product in its 24 year history.


Computex OC Main Event Sponsored By Corsair & Intel

Corsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, is teaming up with Intel to host the Computex OC Main Event on June 3rd in Taipei, Taiwan. The event will bring the world’s best overclockers together to compete in setting the first speed records with 4th generation Intel Core processors and Corsair’s soon-to-be-announced new line of highly overclockable memory.

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At this year’s Computex OC Main Event, elite overclockers from around the world will be vying for $20,000 USD in cash prizes. Competitors at the event will include some of the finest overclockers in the world including 8-Pack, Andre, Coldest, Coolice, Der8auer, Dinos22, Elmor, Hazzan, HiCookie, Lin222, lucky_n00b, Mad222, Nick Shih, Pt1t, Slamms, Smoke, Splave, tor_za, ZoLKoRn, and Zzolio. The live event broadcast by Overclocking-TV will be available at on June 3rd from 13:00 18:00 GMT +8.

In addition to the overclocking competition, the event will feature presentations by Intel and Corsair, including a PC building master class and a demonstration of the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility. Attendees will also be among the first to see Corsair’s new line of products that are designed for use with the 4th Generation Intel Core processor. "We are excited to be hosting the premier overclocking event of Computex 2013 with our friends at Intel," said Thi La, Senior VP and GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. "Together we’ll be unleashing the world’s top overclockers for the first time on the latest Intel processors and our new line of Corsair memory. With the sheer level of overclocking talent and the capabilities of the new hardware, I anticipate seeing groundbreaking levels of performance."


Pigeons Are Capable Of Using Touchscreens

After watching this video, I am fairly confident this pigeon could operate an iPad / tablet / Windows 8. wink


Universal Music Demands $42k For Gangnam Parody Video

Universal music wants four mayors in Denmark to cough up $42,000 by tomorrow for a license to use Gangnam Style in their parody videos. eek!

"It is clear that we have in mind that there are local elections in a minute," said Universal’s Dennis Ploug in a statement. "We have given them a payment deadline of Friday, but if they do not pay before then it becomes a real action for infringement, and so the amount will be completely different," Ploug concludes.


Men in Their Twenties Are Weak, Unmarriable Gamers

That's right, all you twenty something men out there are weak, unmarriable gamers. MSNBC said it so it must be true. roll eyes (sarcastic)


Sony Still Not Answering DRM and Used Games Questions

Months after the PS4 announcement, Sony is still ducking questions about DRM and used game sales. I guess we'll just have to wait until E3 to know what Sony and Microsoft have up their sleeves. In the mean time, feel free to upgrade your PC, your games (used or not) will work just fine on it. big grin

Microsoft has already revealed plans to restrict used games in some way for Xbox One, and Sony has been murky about how the PS4 will handle them. Tons and tons of gamers are still campaigning for pro-consumer policies on the PS4, and at least a few Sony execs are paying attention. But the company has yet to say anything official.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Crysis 3: Lost Island Next Week @ Blue's News

Double Fine Kickstarts Massive Chalice @ Joystiq

Older EA Online Passes Going Free @ Shacknews

Wii U Premium Now in White @ Kotaku

Microsoft Office 365 Hits 1M Users In 100 Days

According to the official Office blog, Microsoft Office 365 has hit the one million users mark in just 100 days.

Today, thanks to you, the new Office is officially the best-selling Office edition yet, with more than one sold every second on average since it launched. And if that wasn't enough, in just over 100 days, you've made Office 365 Home Premium a hit with more than 1 million subscribers, putting it on pace with some of the most popular services around.


Galaxy Launches The GeForce GTX 770 GC

Galaxy Microsystems, a leading graphics card manufacturer, today announced the all new GeForce GTX 770 GC 2GB factory overclocked, custom cooled graphics card. The GC edition cooling features a twin fan design and quad nickel plated heat pipes housed in a sleek, dark finished aluminum cover.

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The GTX 770 GC is fine tuned for even greater performance than the previous generation. Memory speed has been boosted to an unprecedented 7 GHz for increased frame rates at high resolutions, and a new highly optimized fan control algorithm helps to keep noise levels low during intense, unpredictable gameplay.

The latest graphics technologies are supported by the GTX 770 GC, including GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vsync, DirectX 11.1, and PhysX. Like the flagship GTX 780, the new card also allows users to connect up to 4 displays simultaneously across its flexible array of outputs, which includes dual DVI, DP, HDMI, and VGA (by way of an included adapter.)