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Saturday May 28, 2016

OLED Unlikely To Replace LED

Is he right? I hope not because there is only so much backlight bleed and relatively poor black levels that I can take.

While OLED panels are seeing increasing use in smartphones and have been adopted for TVs, the technology is unlikely to replace TFT-LCD panels and therefore makers of light guide plates for LCD panels will not see major impacts, said chairman Lee Man-hsiang of light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) at a May 26 investors conference. Production cost for OLED panels is relatively high due to low yield rates, Lee said, adding OLED TVs will take up less than 10% of global demand for TVs. In addition to light guide plates used in IT and TV panels, GLT has developed light guide plates for use in smart wearable devices' displays, automotive displays and lighting products, Lee indicated.


Samsung Showcases 4K UHD Display For VR

Samsung’s got a new prototype 4K 5.5" screen that offers a 44.7% increase in pixel density from 2K. Let’s hope the resolution doesn’t also mean a 44% decrease in battery life.

Tucked among the televisions, cellphones and monitors Samsung quietly was showing off a "high resolution for VR" 5.5" display boasting a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and a 44.7% increase in pixel density (806ppi). Shown outside of a headset, display itself was pretty gorgeous, bright with excellent contrast and color – however it seemed to be running at a lower frame rate, so it may currently have a less than optimal refresh rate for VR, though we were unable to verify this.


4K Xbox Scorpio Targeting 6TFLOPS, 1.5 Times Faster Than PS4K

The Xbox One is getting a slim version this year, but more exciting is what’s in store for 2017: a revision with a new GPU that will make it even more powerful than the PS4K. Remind me to not buy a launch console ever again.

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Current plans have the smaller Xbox One scheduled for release this August. Pricing for the system has not been finalized. The other console, codenamed Scorpio, is unlikely to be released until late 2017, according to Polygon's sources. It will likely be announced in the next month, though plans are somewhat in flux. Like the all-but-confirmed PS4 "Neo," Scorpio represents an evolution of console generations, one that straddles the line somewhat between an entirely new installment of the Xbox platform and a continuation of the existing Xbox One.


Vivendi Begins Hostile Takeover Of Gameloft, Ubisoft Next

Vivendi, which once owned Activision Blizzard, has reportedly won over enough shareholders to take over Gameloft. If that happens, Ubisoft, with its much higher market value, is presumed to be next.

A resolution of the fight at Gameloft, maker of "Order & Chaos" and "Dungeon Hunter," would clear the way for a bigger battle over Ubisoft Entertainment, the creator of "Assassin’s Creed," also run by the Guillemots. Vivendi owns 17.7 percent of the capital and is seeking board representation there. "A first door has been unlocked with Gameloft," said Antoine Bonduelle, fund manager at Alma Capital & Associes in Paris. "The focus and the battle are now clearly on Ubisoft." As of Tuesday, Ubisoft had a market value of 3.57 billion euros, more than five times that of Gameloft.


62% Of Americans Get News On Social Media

Out of that percentage, 66% get their news from Facebook. Well, at least everyone knows that Amber Heard has filed a restraining order against Johnny Depp and that it took a competitive eater nearly half an hour to eat a 7700-calorie bowl of cinnamon toast crunch.

News plays a varying role across the social networking sites studied. Two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get news on the site, nearly six-in-ten Twitter users (59%) get news on Twitter, and seven-in-ten Reddit users get news on that platform. On Tumblr, the figure sits at 31%, while for the other five social networking sites it is true of only about one-fifth or less of their user bases. It is also useful to see how, when combined with the sites’ total reach, the proportion of users who gets news on each site translates to U.S. adults overall. Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S. adults.


Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition

I’m almost positive that Bruce uses some kind of Lumia phone in Batman v. Superman, but this Samsung Galaxy S7 variant might be a better fit.


Content-Aware Crop Coming To Photoshop CC

I think content-aware debuted way back in 2010, but I am still blown away by its magic. Now Adobe is integrating it with the crop function.


Apple Store Worker Tells Us What It's Really Like Working For Apple

What’s it like to wear the blue t-shirt? An Apple Store employee tells it all in this lengthy interview, where he claims it’s easier to get into Harvard than work at Apple retail.

There’s generally an uncomfortable customer interaction for an employee at least once a day, which will need the manager to intervene. For the Genius Bar it’s higher. I had a friend who was working on the accessories wall and a customer literally pushed her. I have had death threats before. I had someone, I can’t even remember why — it may have been an out-of-warranty fix — who told me that because we wouldn’t repair it for free that they would wait outside until I finished work to run me down with their car.


Google Photos To Give Free Unlimited Original Quality Backup To Nexus Devices

There are already a bunch of great reasons to own a Nexus device, and now Google has given you one more. In a future update, Nexus owners will be able to upload as many photos as they want to Google Photos without quality loss.

…the free unlimited 'original quality' storage won't apply to just photos, but video as well. Like photos, the high quality option scales videos down too. The difference is that the cap is set at 1080p. The Nexus 6P and 5X are both capable of shooting 4K video (2160p). Once this new policy is in effect for Nexus devices, full-resolution 4k video will be free to back up. Another thing many people aren't aware of with the 'high quality' setting is photos and video uploaded through that method are processed to further reduce file size, even if they are already at or below 16 MP. The resolution isn't changed, but some extra magic is performed to cut out even more data. The results are very good, usually looking identical to the naked eye, but there's often some small adjustment to colors or clarity that will be lost in the process, and artifacts may become more visible after zooming in.


HP, MSI, And Zotac Are Making Backpack PCs

I could be completely wrong and this niche could actually take off, but I think strapping a PC (which could weigh close to 10 pounds) to your back with batteries that only last an hour is pretty nuts.

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HP says it wants this backpack to be accessible, but it will almost certainly be more expensive than your average VR-ready desktop, which already runs around $1,000. Given how much hardware needs to be shrunk and rearranged, it may be more like a VR-ready laptop, which can cost two or three times as much. And it doesn't actually let you travel farther than a tethered system, since it's limited by the headset's tracking capabilities. It's just (theoretically) better-feeling and more convenient.


Windows 10 Books Big Growth Spurt

The OS has posted its largest growth since August 2015. Many, however, are questioning how many new users are consumers who were "duped" into upgrading.

...consumers may have reacted to Microsoft's May 5 notice that it will end the free upgrade offer on July 29. By restating the deadline, Microsoft may have prompted large numbers of laggards to grab Windows 10 while the grabbing was gratis. Second, Microsoft has changed how users interact with a notification that their Windows 10 upgrade, already downloaded to their machine, has been scheduled for execution. Rather than interpret the clicking of the red "X" in the upper-right corner of the pop-up window as canceling the slated upgrade, Microsoft has taken to assuming that the action actually approves the upgrade.


No Man's Sky Delayed Until August

Originally set to debut next month, No Man’s Sky will now be available for the PS4—assuming there are no more "short" delays—in August.

After a short delay, No Man’s Sky will launch in North America on August 9, in Europe August 10, and in the UK August 12. We understand that this news is disappointing. Making this game is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but we are so close now, and we’re prepared to make the tough choices to get it right. The universe of No Man’s Sky is incredibly vast. More than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn’t been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation.


Friday May 27, 2016

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation video card, followed by our FSP Hydro X 650W Power Supply review Finally, we wrapped things up with our editorial From ATI to AMD back to ATI? A Journey in Futility.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Motherboards: ASUS X99-Deluxe II @ Vortez

Storage: ASUSTOR AS3202T NAS @ APH Networks

Video: 12-Way NVIDIA GeForce Linux Comparison @ Phoronix

MSI AfterBurner 4.3.0 Beta 3 Guide @ Guru3D

Overwatch Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance @ TechSpot

Destiny Recreated In Minecraft

I am astounded at some of the things people build using Minecraft. It's mind numbing to think about how much time must have went into this.


Health Providers Spill Patient Secrets On Yelp

If you write a negative review about a doctor or dentist on Yelp, you better watch out, they could respond by spilling your secrets on the internet. Who cares if they aren't supposed to? Breaking the law, libelous statements and lawsuits are all fair game in a Yelp review. wink

Health professionals are adapting to a harsh reality in which consumers rate them on sites like Yelp, Vitals and RateMDs much as they do restaurants, hotels and spas. The vast majority of reviews are positive. But in trying to respond to negative ones, some providers appear to be violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA. The law forbids them from disclosing any patient health information without permission.


North Korea Linked To Digital Attacks On Global Banks

What do they mean they "think" North Korea is behind a string of attempted cyber-bank robberies? How hard is it to find out? North Korea only has one internet connection in the whole country. wink

In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and media companies in South Korea in 2013. Government officials in the United States and South Korea have blamed those attacks on North Korea, though they have not provided independent verification.


Apple's Echo Rival Has Built-In Camera

Does anyone know why you would need a camera in one of these things? Maybe use it as home security or a nanny cam? Nah, that sounds too useful for Apple, the camera will probably be used to tell you when you look like crap and suggest a diet or new clothes.

Thanks to the Echo and its built-in voice assistant called Alexa, Amazon is already playing a central role in that transition in people's homes. Apple finds itself behind the pack even though it launched Siri before digital assistants came into vogue. Neither the Echo nor Google's recently announced device, Google Home, currently have cameras. They're both voice-activated speakers that let you control your home appliances by speaking commands aloud. Apple's device also will obey voice commands through Siri, The Information reported earlier this week.


Zalman Z9 NEO Review

The crew at techPowerUP published a review today of the Zalman Z9 NEO ATX case. The positives include five fans from the factory, the not-so-positive is that four of the five included fans have molex connectors instead of three pin.

The Zalman Z9 NEO aims to offer a diverse and useful feature set and good looks and liquid-cooling compatibility, all at an affordable price. Add the fact that it comes equipped with a whooping 5 (!!) fans and it just got even more interesting, while the choice between a black or white version does not help curb the expectations we have diving into this review.


Google Tracks The Most Misspelled Words By State

Other than getting a laugh at how many states can't spell diarrhea, I have no idea why Google keeps track of this kind of stuff. I can see spelling leprechaun wrong but who can't spell gray? The best one on the map in my opinion? Massachusetts can't spell Massachusetts. big grin

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Fractured Space Goes Free-to-Play @ Blue's News

GTA 5's Next Weekly Event Detailed @ GameSpot

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.20 Coming Soon @ Shacknews

Total War: Warhammer Sells 500k Copies @ VG24/7

From ATI To AMD Back To ATI? A Journey In Futility

What's going on with AMD? AMD becoming ATI again? What's with all the tension and turmoil behind the scenes? Take a moment to read our From ATI to AMD back to ATI? A Journey in Futility editorial and we'll tell you exactly what we think is going on.

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Trouble is brewing for AMD, Radeon Technologies Group, and Lisa Su, CEO and President. While on the surface it may just seem as though AMD engineers have once again missed the mark when it comes to building a new high-end graphics technology, but there is a lot more to the story.


MSI Unveils New GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Cards

As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce its full line up of graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal GPU with fierce new looks and supreme performance to match. Building on the monumental success of MSI's award winning GTX 900 GAMING series, the MSI GeForce® GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G premieres the impressive TWIN FROZR VI thermal design allowing for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. The famous shapes of the eye-catching TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED on the side can be set to any of 16.8 million colors to match your mood or build. A completely new custom 12-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 8+ 6-pin power connectors enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max. The classy matte black solid metal backplate gives the card more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch.

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Adam Savage Steps Into NVIDIA’s VR Funhouse

NVIDIA has posted a video today of Adam Savage trying out VR Funhouse. You'll remember that these were the same demos that NVIDIA showed off in Austin when the company announced the GeForce GTX 1080. The PCs running the demos at the event were running three GeForce GTX 1080 cards, two in SLI and one for physics.


Uber Testing 'Upfront Pricing' In Some Cities

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Uber app is now displaying UberPool prices alongside UberX fares in certain markets. The company says this "upfront pricing" feature is being tested in Seattle, New Jersey, San Diego, Miami, and Philadelphia.

Termed "upfront pricing," the tech-driven transportation giant’s tweaked pricing screen now shows the total cost for the cheaper carpool option, called UberPool, alongside the slightly more expensive UberX fare, during the booking process. The test is running in a handful of markets where Uber’s carpool option is available, including San Diego, Miami, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Seattle.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ OCInside

Cooling: Noctua NH-U14S @ Technology X

ETC.: Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 @ OCC

QPAD MK-90 Pro Mechanical Keyboard @ NikKTech

Storage: OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe 512GB @ ocaholic

Video: Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Redux @ Phoronix

Microsoft Banning Crappy Passwords

Want to use your favorite password "123456" on OneDrive, Outlook, or Xbox Live? Good luck with that. Microsoft is putting a tool in place that will block you from using crappy passwords. It's for your own good.

When it comes to big breach lists, cybercriminals and the Azure AD Identity Protection team have something in common – we both analyze the passwords that are being used most commonly. Bad guys use this data to inform their attacks – whether building a rainbow table or trying to brute force accounts by trying popular passwords against them. What *we* do with the data is prevent you from having a password anywhere near the current attack list, so those attacks won’t work.


ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Revealed

After our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition (here) many of you were excited to see what AIB partners would do with the GTX 1080. Well, wonder no more because we now have a peek at the ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080. The company has boosted the GPU clock and, in true Strix fashion, has strapped a very impressive looking DirectCU III cooler on it. Hit the link for all the info.

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Nitrogen Cooled Mini Cannon

I was kind of surprised at the results of this nitrogen cooled mini cannon test. I'm not exactly sure what I thought was going to happen, but that definitely wasn't it. The gallium bullet test was pretty interesting though.


The Division Down For A Third Time This Week

It seems like the more they try to fix The Division, the more stuff ends up getting broken. Some of these issues, like broken daily assignments, are reoccurring issues. Hopefully this latest round of updates fixes more than stuff than it breaks.

Yet again this week, Massive Entertainment is bringing down the servers for maintenance and to apply a new hot fix to the game. The patch is aiming to fix a recent bug that allowed players to obtain the reward for killing a high value target even though they failed the mission. In addition, some blueprints at the Dark Zone vendor had their rank requirements set incorrectly and have been bumped back up to Rank 80.


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