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Saturday December 03, 2016

EA Says No Battlefield Next Year, New Star Wars Battlefront Instead

You’ll have to wait for a new Battlefield, but the next Battlefront is expected to come out in the Fall. Expect much more content, including source material that goes beyond the original trilogy—will I finally be able to play as Jar Jar?

EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen stated that a new Battlefield title wouldn’t be releasing for a "couple of years." Instead EA will be pushing Star Wars Battlefront‘s [official site] sequel (Star Wars Battlefront III 2?wink as their big fall shooter. The latest title in EA’s bread-and-butter Battlefield franchise came out last month to excellent reviews and high sales. However, for now, EA hasn’t announced any future plans for the series aside from the four expansion packs that will be coming to Battlefield 1 over the next year.

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Friday December 02, 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 In Win Classic Series 750W power supply, followed by our Serious Sam VR mGPU NVIDIA GTX Pascal Follow Up article. Finally, we wrapped things up with part one of our Watch Dogs 2 Video Card Performance Review.

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Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds

As crazy as this may sound, people actually chose free streaming content over paying for it. In other news, water is wet, sky is blue, wasting money on studies like this is nothing new.

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Contest: ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer 3.1 Giveaway @ OCInside

ETC.: Creative iRoar Go Speaker @ Vortez

D-Link Performace Series Enthusiast Router @ eTeknix

TP-Link Archer Tri-Band Router @ FunkyKit

Motherboards: GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming @ TechGage

Storage: WD My Passport 4TB @ Legit Reviews

Facebook Exec: We Resisted Having Standards On Fake News

Blah, blah, blah, more lip service, blah, blah, blah, making stuff up as we go along, blah, blah, blah, pulling stuff out of our ass, blah, blah, saying what you want to hear, blah, blah. -Facebook

"For so long, we had resisted having standards about whether something’s newsworthy because we did not consider ourselves a service that was predominantly for the distribution of news. And that was wrong!" Schrage said during a panel on the media’s role in the election. He added: "We have a responsibility here. I think we recognize that. This has been a learning for us."

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‘Avalanche’ Network Dismantled In International Cyber Operation

Europol, along with a number of other international agencies, says that it has brought down the Avalanche botnet platform. The four year investigation resulted in five arrests, 37 premises searched and 39 servers were seized while an additional 221 servers were taken offline.

The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, 5 individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. Also, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing[1] to combat botnet[2] infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked.

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Atlas Robot Getting Better At Chasing Sarah Connor

Sure, this video doesn't specifically mention Sarah Connor by name but you and I both know that's where this is heading.

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FCC: AT&T's DirecTV Plan Violates Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has written a letter to AT&T warning the company that its DirecTV plan violates net neutrality rules. The company has two weeks to respond. Again, if there were no data caps, this wouldn't be an issue. frown

"We have therefore reached the preliminary conclusion that these practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet," FCC wireless bureau chief Jon Wilkins writes in the letter, which requests a response from the company by December 15th. "These are incredibly popular free services available to millions of customers," AT&T said in a statement. "Once again, we will provide the FCC with additional information on why the government should not take away a service that saves consumers money."

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ZeniMax Threatens Fan-Made DOOM Rougelike With Takedown Notice

It's kind of odd that these guys got a takedown notice but the crew behind Brutal DOOM has Zenimax's full support. I guess it doesn't matter, a "spiritual successor" has already been launched and, thanks to the free publicity, the Kickstarter for the renamed project is almost certain to hit its goal.

Zenimax Media, parent company of Bethesda, has threatened legal action against DoomRL, a free browser-based Doom roguelike inspired by the popular FPS. The email states that DoomRL is intentionally seeking to attract users using a Zenimax trademark, and asks that all such trademarks and references to the IP be pulled immediately.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced @ Blue's News

Dead Rising 4 Official Launch Trailer @ Shacknews

GTA 5 Online's Next Update Announced @ GameSpot

New Andromeda Initiative Video @ VG24/7

Watch Dogs 2 Video Card Performance Review Part 1

Part 1 of our Watch Dogs 2 Video Card Performance Review is now online. What does it take to run this game at 1080p? What about 1440p? 4K? Hit the link for the answer to those questions and more.

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Watch Dogs 2 has been released on the PC. We will have a three part evaluation of performance and image quality starting today with performance comparisons. We will also find the highest playable settings for each graphics card and the gameplay experience delivered. Finally, a graphically demanding game.

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Seagate Skyhawk 10TB Review

There is a review of the Seagate Skyhawk 10TB hard drive posted today at Overclockers Club. I like how this review points out all the things you could use the extra storage space for...without mentioning porn. wink

You'll now probably be asking... what's all this cost me? Amazingly, this 10 TB monster of a drive will set you back just barely over four cents per GB stored! That's right, for essentially $400, you can have 10 TB of reasonably fast and reliable storage for your DVR, surveillance system, NAS, or gaming rig. Even compared to its immediate predecessors, that's a step up in storage capacity per dollar.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Cougar Immersa Headset @ ocaholic

Cougar Immersa Headset @ pcGameware

Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED Keyboard @ Tech Report

Storage: Seagate IronWolf 10TB HDD @ APH Networks

Video: ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4GB @ techPowerUP

Foxconn Manager Stole 5,700 iPhones

This guy definitely qualifies for Stupid Criminal of the Day. Aside from the fact that those stolen phones have to be activated to be used, how in the hell do you think you aren't going to be caught when you have eight employees helping you steal that many phones?

A former senior manager at Taiwan's technology giant Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China to pocket around US$1.56 million (S$2.2 million), Taiwanese prosecutors said Friday. Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics maker and assembles products for international brands such as Apple and Sony. It employs about one million workers at its factories across China.

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How Video Games Change Us

I'm not trying to be a dick but (uh oh, here it comes), to avoid criticism about my lack of knowledge on the subject, I don't write articles about Narnia books. I also believe that people that write Narnia books probably shouldn't write articles about video game violence unless you are an expert on the subject.

It often seems that the more thoughtfully or seriously someone writes about video games, the less they end up wanting to go on writing about them. This can result not only from the toxic, defensive raging of a substantial part of gaming’s fan base but also from a dawning realization that many of the most popular and sophisticated games—perhaps especially those games—remove their players from their humanity in some immeasurable way.

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8 Minutes of Prey Gameplay Footage

Bethesda has just posted a new eight minute Prey gameplay video that is certainly worth the time to watch. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled with this title only being "Prey" in name but, the more I see of it, the more I am warming up to it.

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Danish Prosecutor Indicts Uber Over Driver Violations

Damn! We were so close to making through a whole week without Uber being sued or indicted. For its part, Uber says that it welcomes the opportunity to clarify its legal position to the prosecutor.

Ride-hailing group Uber Technologies' [UBER.UL] European business has been indicted in Denmark on charges of assisting two drivers in violating taxi laws, the Copenhagen police's head of public prosecutions said on Friday. The indictment of Uber BV is a test case seeking judicial assessment of possible complicity by the company in illegal acts by its drivers, Copenhagen police's top prosecutor Vibeke Thorkil-Jensen's said in a news release.

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Oculus: Over 50 Rift Titles Will Support Touch Controllers At Launch

Oculus announced yesterday that over 50 Rift titles will support Touch controllers at launch. You know the folks over at HTC have to be thinking "that's cute." wink

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Video Game Awards Muted By Google After Copyright Complaint

If you missed the live 4K stream of the Video Game Awards last night and wanted to watch it today on YouTube, you are out of luck. It seems the audio track has been muted due to a copyright complaint. How funny is that? YouTube totally advertised this as one of it's premiere 4K streams...and then it instantly muted the video once it played. Good job YouTube. frown

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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NVIDIA Launching An AI Podcast

Few things are more interesting than good conversation. And, right now, few things are more worthy of a good conversation than AI. Driven by deep learning — a technology that’s mysterious even to some of the people who have conjured it — AI is remaking everything in the world around us. That’s why we’re launching the AI Podcast today. Its host is longtime technology journalist Michael Copeland, whose elegant prose once made its home at Wired and Fortune magazines (and now graces our blog). Our goal: To help everyone who knows they need to get smart about AI get their heads around the topic. And use it as a new way to look at the world it’s changing.

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Microsoft Offers Grants To Improve Affordable Internet Access

Microsoft Corp. has renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application process is now open for a new set of partners. "The social enterprises we support have inspired us with practical, high-impact and scalable approaches to help close the digital divide," said Microsoft Affordable Access Initiatives Director Paul Garnett, writing in NextBillion. "It’s a privilege to see these solutions take shape, and to play a role in helping local entrepreneurs spur job creation and economic growth." In the fund’s first round of investments, Microsoft awarded grants to 12 businesses offering affordable internet access or cloud-based services in fields such as power generation, health, education, finance and agriculture.

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Intel and Amazon Unveil Smart Home Technology

Earlier this week, Intel outlined a vision for what the Smart Home can be today, and where it is headed in the near future. In support of that strategic vision, on Wednesday at Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference, Intel joined Amazon to unveil two technology initiatives to advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere. The first is enabling Alexa Skills to remotely control and coordinate device actions with an Intel-based Smart Home Hub. The second is an Intel-based smart speaker reference design with Amazon Alexa. It is intended to help hardware manufacturers accelerate their development of voice-enabled devices with the Intel platform and Alexa Voice Services. The reference design will be available to developers and manufacturers in the first quarter of 2017. For those of attending Amazon re:Invent, you may visit the Intel TINY Smart Home to see some of these Intel-Alexa collaborations in action. For more on Intel and Alexa, visit the Amazon Developer blog.

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Thursday December 01, 2016

Stupid Criminal of the Day

The award for Stupid Criminal of the Day goes to this woman. Yes, you heard me right, I said woman. Apparently even people of the female variety can end up in the slammer for creating a fake Facebook account to stalk and harass someone. On a serious note, prosecutors said they spent the summer trying to get information from Facebook and T-Mobile but the companies kept "kicking back" the warrants. eek!

"The T-Mobile records showed that Lawson disguised herself as Parkervest with a similar Facebook account," Dawson said. "Lawson sent herself numerous criminal threats from the phony ‘Tyler Parker’ Facebook account and reported to law enforcement that Parkervest sent her the messages. Lawson had Parkervest arrested four times for crimes that he did not commit."

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Dead Rising 4 Giveaway

If you head on over to Major Nelson's site you can enter to win a bunch of goodies like an Xbox One S console, Dead Rising 4 game codes, gaming headsets, Xbox Design Lab digital codes and more. You have until Tuesday, 06 December to enter.

Dead Rising 4, the latest installment in the Dead Rising series, is scheduled to release on Tuesday, 06 December. And to celebrate the return of Frank West and one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time, I am giving away an Xbox One S console, accessories including the Xbox Design Lab controllers, Astro A50 headsets, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD, and of course, digital Xbox One codes for copies of the game.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: AeroCool Project7 P7-C1 @ HardwareOverclock

Cooling: Antec KUHLER H2O H1200 Pro @ NikKTech

MSI Core Frozr L CPU Cooler @ Hexus

ETC.: Genius HS-930BT Headset @ FunkyKit

Video: ASUS STRIX GAMING RX 480 OC @ eTeknix

Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming OC @ Guru3D

GeoHotz Giving Away Code To His Self-Driving Car Project

Let me see if I got this straight. In April, Hotz gets and investment of over $3 million to fund his self-driving car kit. Six months later refuses to answer questions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how his product works and cancels his product. Fast forward to today where he is now giving away the code for free. Yikes, it sure seems like this guy is just a glutton for punishment.

People who want to tinker with Comma Neo and Open Pilot will need much more than the Github code, though. First, it only works with specific Hondas and Acuras. The Neo side of the project also requires a special OS (called NeOS), and the only Android phone that can run it is the OnePlus 3. Hotz says that this is because it’s the only phone that’s open enough (it’s bootloader unlockable) and that has the specs (particularly the Snapdragon 820 processor) and cameras capable of running Comma.ai’s software. They’ll also need to 3D-print the Comma Neo housing. "We’re not shipping a product," Hotz said. "We’re shipping alpha software really for research purposes only. We do not provide any guarantees."

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Facebook Developing AI To Flag Offensive Live Videos

Facebook, a company that isn't capable of identifying fake news and removes its own CEO's posts "on accident," is developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos. Holy crap, this is going to be hilarious! Pass the popcorn please. big grin

Facebook Inc (FB.O) is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning.

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HBO and Cinemax Now Available for Amazon Prime Members

Amazon today announced the launch of HBO and Cinemax on Amazon Channels. Prime members can now sign up for a monthly HBO subscription to get HBO’s award-winning content for just $14.99 per month. Available today, Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of HBO’s newest hits including Westworld, The Night Of, and Divorce, catch up on all seasons of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, watch hit movies including Deadpool, Straight Outta Compton, and Steve Jobs, and tune in to VICE News Tonight. The HBO subscription on Amazon Channels lets Prime members stream HBO whenever they want – without the need for a cable subscription. Prime members receive a 30-day free trial and then pay $14.99 per month thereafter. HBO – including series, original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, specials and a wide selection of blockbuster movies – is available to stream today.

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