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Monday July 27, 2015

Google-Backed Company Partners With Ancestry To Beat Aging

This plan to come up with a pill that will help us all live longer seems a bit far fetched. Then again, the company in question is backed by Google so who knows? wink

On Tuesday, Calico, the medical research company Google incubated in 2013, announced it had cut a deal for access to genetic information from Ancestry, the largest family tree website. It’s among the first public moves from Calico, the secretive division born to (gasp!) extend human life. With its new DNA data — properly anonymized — Calico will look for genetic patterns in people who have lived exceptionally long lives, then make drugs to help more of us do that.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Core V21 @ NikKTech

Cooling: be quiet! Shadow Rock LP @ Technic3D

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ HotHardware

Mobile: MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G @ PC Perspective

Video: PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB @ Bjorn3D

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! @ ThinkComputers

ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition @ CowcotLand

eBay Shutting Down Its On-Demand Delivery Service

Something tells me that no one is really going to notice when eBay's on-demand delivery service is actually gone. Do you know anyone that has ever used the service?

It was only a matter of time before eBay Now would be put out to pasture once and for all. But that's official as of today, eBay revealed in a statement about how it plans to simplify shopping for users. The company introduced its same-day, on-demand delivery service in 2012, but struggled to capture valuable attention from consumers.

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BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series

Another review of the BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series micro-ATX chassis has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at eTeknix doing the reviewing.

Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.

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OUYA CEO Leaves The Company

It looks as though OUYA's CEO was the first casualty of the Razer buyout.

Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, has announced that she'll be leaving the Android gaming company that she co-founded. The executive took to Twitter to make the statement, spending the better part of an hour thanking employees, developers and backers.

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Steam Security Hole Closed

For those of you that missed this earlier, Valve has closed that Steam security hole that was allowing anyone to hijack another person's account in minutes.

As this video demonstrates, this involved simply entering a blank in place of a required security response code, making it a trivial matter to hijack any account only by knowing a user's name. Valve says this resulted from a bug which was active between July 21-25 which has now been fixed.

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Microsoft Releases Tool To Block Unwanted Windows 10 Updates

It looks as though Microsoft is backtracking a bit on forcing updates on Windows 10 users.

Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand. The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.

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Google Removing Google+ Requirement For YouTube

Finally! It's about damn time Google did this. I think we can all agree that this was a bonehead idea from the start.

So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.

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Cool Photo of the Day

This picture of the Nile, taken at night from the International Space Station, is pure awesomeness.

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95% Of Android Phones Open To Attack

Security researchers are saying these six vulnerabilities are the worst Android flaws ever uncovered. Yikes!

Six critical vulnerabilities have left 95 per cent of Google GOOGL +0.64% Android phones open to an attack delivered by a simple multimedia text, a mobile security expert warned today. In some cases, where phones parse the attack code prior to the message being opened, the exploits are silent and the user would have little chance of defending their data.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

DOOM Has No Campaign Co-Op @ VG24/7

Razer Acquires Ouya @ Shacknews

Steam Security Hole Closed @ Blue's News

Valve Made $730M Last Year @ PCGamer

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4K Video Card Review

Our AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4K video card review is now online for your viewing pleasure. Hit the link to find out just what type of 4K gameplay experience you can expect from this card.

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We take the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and evaluate the 4K gaming experience. We will also compare against the price competitive GeForce GTX 980 Ti as well as a GeForce GTX TITAN X. Which video card provides the best experience and performance when gaming at glorious 4K resolution. Can the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X rise up to the occasion?

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Researchers Call For A Ban On Autonomous Weapons

Should robots ever be able to engage targets without human intervention? Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak don't think it is a good idea at all and I agree with them. smile

In summary, we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Antec ISK110 VESA Micro @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: AMD A10-7870K APU @ Legit Reviews

BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

Storage: Western Digital My Passport X 2TB @ XtremeHardware

Video: Inno3D iChill HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra @ HO

Georgia Sues Man For Posting Annotated State Laws Online

I honestly do not understand how the government works anymore at all. Thanks to cageymaru for the link.

You might think that legislation should be freely accessible as a matter of course, but the state of Georgia begs to differ. It's suing Public.Resource.Org owner Carl Malamud for allegedly violating copyright by publishing the annotated versions of Georgia's laws (that is, the ones that truly reflect the legislative process) online. While it's fine to publish the basic, note-free laws, the state argues that you should pay Lexis Nexis up to $378 to read the context-laden versions.

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Apple Watch To Be Sold At Best Buy

This is a match made in heaven. I wonder how long it will be before they are sold at Walmart?

The Apple Watch will be available at stores of Best Buy Co Inc., the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, starting August 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc said.

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Twitter Jokes Can Be Deleted On Copyright Grounds

This is just stupid. Having jokes pulled from Twitter using copyright claims? roll eyes (sarcastic)

"I simply explained to Twitter that as a freelance writer I make my living writing jokes (and I use some of my tweets to test out jokes in my other writing)," she wrote on her private Twitter account. "I then explained that as such, the jokes are my intellectual property, and that the users in question did not have my permission to repost them without giving me credit."

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MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard

Hardware Asylum has published a review of the MSI X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard today. According to the review, this motherboard has everything and the kitchen sink.

This is a new X99 motherboard I saw during Computex and was very impressed with how far MSI went to create a great looking motherboard. Much like the X99A Gaming 7 the Godlike is another perfect example of what a high-end gaming motherboard should look like with the added benefit of more cowbell.

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The Army Plans To Obliterate Drones With A Huge Chain Gun

We all know you can use other stuff to shoot down drones but using a massive chain gun just makes you feel better about doing it. Am I right?

Originally expected to just shoot down incoming rockets or mortar bombs, killing small aircraft is now a key part of the project. Drones have "exploded," Manfredi Luciano, an EAPS project officer, explained to Army Technology magazine. "It has kind of almost sneaked up on people."

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HP Bans T-Shirts At Work

How bad do you have to be dressing before the higher-ups at your job decide you need a dress code? eek!

For a lot of programmers, especially in Silicon Valley, the trusted T-shirt-and-hoodie combo makes up the only work uniform they need. It's considered by many to be a perk of the job: Nobody cares how you dress for work, so long as you deliver.

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Buy Select ASUS GeForce GTX Get METAL GEAR SOLID V Free

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Sunday July 26, 2015

Websites, Please Stop Blocking Password Managers

Don't you hate when you've generated a nice, lengthy 256-bit password for a website but it won't let you paste it in?

Here's the problem: Some sites won't let you paste passwords into login screens, forcing you, instead, to type the passwords out. This makes it impossible to use certain kinds of password managers that are one of the best lines of defense for keeping accounts locked down.

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The TSA's Instagram Account Contains Swords, Bazookas, and Batarangs

If you guys have ever wondered what kind of stuff the TSA uncovers during security screenings, take a gander at their Instagram account, which is chock full of crazy things like anti-tank shells and batarangs.

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Xbox Live Is Experiencing Issues

Oh great, here we go again. There currently seems to be sign-in issues with Xbox Live. What is it this time, another DDoS? Sorry to those who wanted to knock out a game of Halo or Batman before the end of the weekend.

Reports have been rolling in of various Xbox Live problems, including sign-in issues and an inability to see which of your friends are online.

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Nintendo Is Working On Some Kind Of Emotion Sensor

A Nintendo patent that was recently found alludes to some kind of experimental device that could potentially read your emotions. Wouldn't it be funny if a future Zelda game had a sword that had different powers depending on your mood? A lot of reports actually insist that it's going to be some kind of sleep monitor, but I am hoping there is more to it.

...the patent gives the impression of some sort of mobile device paired with a docking station. It looks roughly like a smartphone that plugs into a speaker terminal, but the description makes it sound like something far from a music player.

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Solar-Powered Treehouse Has 360-Degree View, Wi-Fi, And Beer

This seems like a great place to get away from it all. Heck, it even has mood lighting and fingerprint entry. Unfortunately, it's missing a bathroom---but that's what the surrounding woods are for, right?

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His creation, appropriately dubbed "The Skysphere," is a circular single room accessible by a ladder in its base. The structure is located in Linton, New Zealand, and provides its guests with endless views of the surrounding countryside. Besides the sleek design and pretty views, the room is completely powered by solar panels, which is necessary for all of its gadgets.

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The Internet Of Sound

Sound could be the next big network. The basic idea seems to be that devices with speakers could be repurposed to send data.

We arrive at the digital age in modern systems encoding URLs as sequences of notes for over-the-air transmission as tiny audio clips that can now be decoded in real-time on mobile devices. In the weightless world of digital, it's easy to forget that information is a thing, it's stuff---so why not sound?

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Man Takes Selfie With Rattlesnake And Ends Up With $150,000 Medical Bill

Would you believe that taking selfies with dangerous animals could end up very badly? Maybe he should have used a selfie stick.

While you might rail against the iniquities of the US medical system, I will continue to focus on the nonsense of taking selfies with animals who have a clear disinterest in having their picture taken.

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