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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2016Archive Listing

Monday February 29, 2016

EA And Ubisoft Bury The Hatchet Over Trademark 'Ghost'

Electronics Arts has decided to give up trying to trademark the word Ghost. EA now says that it has an "agreement with Ubisoft to carry on with our respective trademarks," whatever that means.

Electronic Arts has given up on trying to trademark "Ghost" in the face of formal opposition from Ghost Recon owner Ubisoft. The pair seem to have settled their differences amicably, as an EA representative told PC Gamer today that "we now have an agreement with Ubisoft to carry on with our respective trademarks."


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL @ XtremeHardware

Cooling: Antec Kühler H2O 1200 Pro CowcotLand

ETC.: Corsair Void Surround Gaming Headset @ Neoseeker

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse @ Technic3D

Storage: OCZ Trion150 240GB @ eTeknix

Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS @ TechSpot

Video: XFX AMD R9 Fury X 4GB @ PLay3r

Attorney General Hopes Apple Will Comply With Court Order

Again, for the record, I am not taking sides in this matter. I'm just commenting on how absurd it is that the Attorney General of the United States "hopes" Apple with comply with a court order. The average person would be in jail .5 seconds after refusing the very same court order. wink

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday that she hopes Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) will still comply with the court order by a federal judge in California to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.


In Emergencies, Should You Trust a Robot?

Should you trust a robot in an emergency? No. If you are in a building that is on fire? Definitely not. Should you trust a robot under any circumstances? Hell no! Any questions? Watch the video below.


ISS Recommends Western Digital Shareholders Vote "FOR" Acquisition of SanDisk

Western Digital Corporation today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has issued a report recommending that Western Digital shareholders vote to approve the issuance of Western Digital stock (the NASDAQ Stock Issuance Proposal) in the proposed acquisition of SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) and all other proposals described in Western Digital’s proxy statement/prospectus relating to the company’s special meeting of shareholders to be held on March 15, 2016.


Raspberry Pi 3 Now Available At $35

The brand new Raspberry Pi 3 is now available for only $35. The new units are now powered by a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and comes with built in 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth 4.1. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

For Raspberry Pi 3, Broadcom have supported us with a new SoC, BCM2837. This retains the same basic architecture as its predecessors BCM2835 and BCM2836, so all those projects and tutorials which rely on the precise details of the Raspberry Pi hardware will continue to work. The 900MHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU complex has been replaced by a custom-hardened 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. Combining a 33% increase in clock speed with various architectural enhancements, this provides a 50-60% increase in performance in 32-bit mode versus Raspberry Pi 2, or roughly a factor of ten over the original Raspberry Pi.


24 Hour Store Has No Staff, Requires Only A Phone

I could see stores like these everywhere in the not-so-distant future. It seems like a neat idea for the most part.

Customers simply use their cellphones to unlock the door with a swipe of the finger and scan their purchases. All they need to do is to register for the service and download an app. They get charged for their purchases in a monthly invoice. The shop has basics like milk, bread, sugar, canned food, diapers and other products that you expect to find in a small convenience store.


Snapchat's Payroll Department Falls For Phishing Scam

It's kinda scary that, in this day and age. anyone would fall for something like this. No user data was compromised but a "number of employees" have had their identities compromised. frown

We’re a company that takes privacy and security seriously. So it’s with real remorse–and embarrassment–that one of our employees fell for a phishing scam and revealed some payroll information about our employees. The good news is that our servers were not breached, and our users’ data was totally unaffected by this. The bad news is that a number of our employees have now had their identity compromised. And for that, we’re just impossibly sorry.


Google Self-Driving Car Hits Municipal Bus

Hmmm, a self-driving car swerves to miss some sand bags, ends up hitting a bus instead. The explanation claiming "the vehicle and the test driver believed the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue" is pretty sketchy. Just wait until it swerves to miss some sand bags and you go off a cliff. eek!

Alphabet Inc's Google self-driving car struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month, a recent filing showed, in what may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle. In a Feb. 23 report filed with California regulators, Google said the crash took place in Mountain View, California on Feb. 14 when a self-driving Lexus RX450h sought to get around some sandbags in a wide lane.


Gaming [H]eadlines

All of Alien's Fatalities and Brutalities @ GameSpot

Green Man Gaming Top Five @ Blue's News

Minecraft 1.9 Update Now Available @ Shacknews

Uncharted 4 Open Beta Leaked @ VG24/7

Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics Features Performance

For those of you interested, we have published our Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics Features Performance article today. If you want to know what it takes to run this game with all the bells and whistles turned on, make sure you read this.

We will take the new game Rise of the Tomb Raider and deep-dive into specific graphics features performance. We will find out how each one affects performance and if AMD or NVIDIA GPUs are better at certain features. We will also evaluate VRAM utilization of features. We are using the latest patch v1.0 build 623.2.


HTC Vive Preorders This Morning

HTC Vive preorders are now live and Blue's News has rounded up all the info on date, pricing, and what you get for your money. Are any of you preordering?

Credit card purchases will put a hold on the required funds, but Paypal transactions will be processed immediately. Shipping will commence on April 5th, and they believe preorders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis, and that purchases will be limited to one per customer. They also have regional pricing details for perspective on how the North American $799 MSRP will translate to other regions, and an outline of what all that money gets you.