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Monday October 20, 2014

Corsair HX1000i 1000W Power Supply

If you are shopping for a big-watt modular power supply, make sure you take a moment today to read our evaluation of the Corsair HX1000i 1000W PSU.

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Corsair's HX series represents its "second tier" line of enthusiast computer power supplies, but its new HX1000i does take the top spot when it comes to its ~1000 watt power supplies that are Platinum certified and fully modular. Let's see if this latest addition from Corsair represents its quality pedigree of days gone by.

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Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

What happens when you spill coffee on this portable cardboard desk? And why would your desk need to be portable?

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$5 Per Month For Beats Music?

Would you pay $5 per month for Beats Music?

The iPhone maker is sounding out the music labels on the possibility of offering its Beats Music streaming service for $5 per month, Recode is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Beats Music is currently offered at $10 per month.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua IndustrialPPC & Redux Fan Roundup @ OCC

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 @ Hardware Heaven

PSU: Corsair HX1000i 1000W @ Technic3D

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W @ eTeknix

Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB @ Myce

Apple's iPhone Soars While The iPad Languishes

Apple has just reported its fourth quarter results and things are looking good for the iPhone. The iPad...not so much.

Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit -- more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes.

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GeForce GTX 970 Double Header Review

The gang over at Tech Report have a GeForce GTX 970 double header posted today featuring cards from ASUS and MSI.

THERE COMES A TIME IN the life of every PC gamer when you say to yourself: "Self, I'd like to buy a graphics card with more than twice the shader power of a PlayStation 4 for less money." Then you fire up a web browser, read our review of the GeForce GTX 970, and realize you can have what you want. Because that's how life as a PC gamer works.

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343 Industries Explains 20GB Day One Patch

Half the game on disc, half the game is a download? Welcome to the world of current-gen consoles.

According to O'Connor, that 20GB of data is not a fix for in-game issues, but is instead game content that would have otherwise required that the game ship on multiple Blu-ray discs. "The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs," O'Connor told one irate fan.

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Facebook 'Dislike' Button 'Too Complex' To Introduce

A company that manages hundreds of millions of profiles a day and has a trillion ways to monitize every aspect of your personal information says a adding a dislike button is too complex. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"[The dislike button] came up a lot. In fact even the language of the word like was something we discussed a lot as well," said Taylor. "But regarding the dislike button, the main reason is that in the context of the social network, the negativity of that button has a lot of unfortunate consequences.

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A Microsoft Smartwatch Coming Within Weeks?

I was under the impression that the smartwatch market just isn't taking off like manufacturers had hoped. Now we have Apple and Microsoft trowing their hats in the ring?

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

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Picture Frame That Follows You Around

It's funny how it is art when this device follows girls around the office with a recording device. When you and I do it we get fired for stalking. wink

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Microsoft CEO Speaks About Women And Raises

Microsoft's CEO is still on the apology tour.

And you're going to have to go tackle it one step at a time. Like any other thing where you're trying to make progress in business, what do you do? You set goals, you achieve them, you set higher goals, you achieve them, and keep it front and center.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

AitD Creator Crowdfunding 2Dark @ Blue's News

Guild Wars 2 Teases Upcoming Festivals @ Joystiq

Rockstar Responds To GTA 5 Beta Scams @ Shacknews

Star Wars: Battlefront 3 Footage @ VG24/7

I Am Bread Trailer

Who knows how the actual game will be but, I have to admit, I laughed when the little slice of bread started to hump everything.

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Kickstarter Pulls Tor-Enabled Router That Raised $585K

The crowd giveth and Kickstarter taketh away.

The Anonabox, which was created by August Germar, of Chico, California, aimed to be an "open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor." Its fundraising goal was $7,500, and in five days, it raised $585,549 from nearly 9,000 backers—including three Ars editors.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: ECS LIVA Mini PC @ MadShrimps

Windows 10 Technical Preview @ Tech Report

PSU: be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W @ PureOC

Storage: Thecus N2560 Dual-Bay NAS @ Techgage

Video: ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB @ eTeknix

Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact OC @ HardwareXtreme

Why Marissa Mayer Is Still the Right CEO for Yahoo

The people complaining about Marissa Mayer obviously forgot about Ross Levinsohn, Scott Thompson, Tim Morse, Carol Bartz, and Jerry Yang.

Everyone loves to hate on Marissa Mayer. She’s an easy target. A celebrity long before she arrived at Yahoo, she’s a first-time CEO who has chosen to pose for fashion magazines, but has rarely opened up about Yahoo’s strategy to the business press. She’s a computer scientist by training and her engineer’s personality is not always well received by Yahoo’s Madison Avenue customers. And let’s face it: she took on the hardest challenge in Silicon Valley.

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Acquire IBM's Microelectronics Business

IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will also become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer (nm), 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.

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Never Download "Codecs" or "Players" To Watch Videos Online

While this is obvious to you and I, this is a good link to send to your less-than-tech-savvy family members that repeatedly fall for this stuff.

If a website asks you to download a "codec," "player," or "browser update" to play a video, run the other way. You don’t actually need to download this sort of thing — the website is trying to infect your computer with malware.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Minimum System Requirements

Blue's News has posted the minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this morning. Aside from the 55GB install size and the 64bit Windows requirement, the rest of the specs are pretty tame.

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD PhenomTM II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better

  • Memory: 6 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 @ 1GB or better

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

  • Hard Drive: 55 GB available space

  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate

The folks at PureOverclock have posted a review of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The first and most notable performance change here is the larger radiator with support of 3x 120mm fans essentially making this the largest radiator of 360mm with a first triple 120mm CLC system. As we continue forward, we are going to give you the full details and we we are excited to see a change and can’t wait to see how it does.

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Kim Dotcom Must Reveal Everything He Owns to Hollywood

Kim Dotcom has once again been smacked down by the New Zealand Court of Appeals. What's the old saying? Something along the lines of "if it wasn't for bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all."

Kim Dotcom has failed in a bid to keep his personal finances a secret from Hollywood. They will now be revealed to the studios, but the public will remain in the dark. In a separate High Court ruling, Dotcom was refused a judicial review after being denied access to documents to assist with his extradition battle.

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Facebook Unfriends Federal Drug Agency

Honestly, this smells like a PR move. Does anyone actually think the DEA gives a crap what Facebook wants?

Facebook's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, said in a letter Friday to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart that law enforcement agencies need to follow the same rules about being truthful on Facebook as civilian users. Those rules include a ban on lying about who you are.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Google’s Nexus 9 Tablet Brings First 64-bit Computing to Android

Google made history again this week, bringing 64-bit capabilities to Android for the first time with its Nexus 9 tablet. Powered by our 192-core Tegra K1 superchip, the device is also the first tablet to feature the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. It starts at $399 and is up for pre-order today. Our first tablet with Google, the Nexus 7, set new standards for its Tegra-powered multimedia prowess and friendly price when it launched two years ago. The Nexus 9 also breaks new ground. At the heart of the Nexus 9 is Tegra K1, the first ARM processor for Android to take advantage of Lollipop support for 64-bit CPU architectures.

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Sunday October 19, 2014

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

We ran a review from Wired several weeks ago that gave Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor an almost unreal positive review. To be certain it was just that good of a game, we’re running a second review from Stuff and it seems by their review, it might be just that good of a game. cool

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Passage Replaces Your Passwords with Images

Disrupt Europe Hackathon 2014 held in London this weekend produced some really good ideas on security issues and one memorable one was called Passage. A combination of password and image, it perfectly describes the concept of a new, secure and simple type of password.

You can use a different image for every account and even multiple images so you have a fallback for when you lose your driver’s license, for example.

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Microsoft: Surface Pro 3 Is the Most Productive Tablet on the Planet

Microsoft has announced to the world that the Surface Pro 3 is the most productive tablet on the planet and if you don't believe them, they have released a spiffy new video that proves it. big grin

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2014 'League of Legends' World Championship

Riots annual League of Legends Championship was held last night in Seoul, Korea in front of a sellout crowd of 40K fans watching the finals of the 11 Million dollar competition between Korean favorite Samsung White and Starhorn Royal Club from China. eSports is finally beginning to come into its own. cool

The tournament as a whole saw better performance from North American teams than in previous years, though in the end it was still the top Asian teams who made it all the way to the final this time.

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$45K Sun Lounger That Follows the Sun

Looking to do some early Christmas shopping for that millionaire on your list? Check out the luxury sun lounger by Remmus Ltd. It follows the sun's path for that all over tan, mists you when you get too hot, built-in Bose stereo for entertainment and just about anything you can think of to make a rich person more comfortable. Conveniently priced this week at the bargain price of $45,000 dollars. eek!

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer Released Early

Looks like Activision has a ‘why wait until the last minute’ attitude regarding its upcoming release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer. The company decided sooner is better than later and released the gameplay trailer two weeks early. Enjoy. cool

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