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Thursday January 29, 2015

Angry Birds And 'Leaky' Phone Apps Targeted By NSA

Angry Birds? Really? I guess this just goes to show you that the NSA will do just about anything to spy on you.

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.


NZXT S340 Mid-Tower Case

The fellas over at ocaholic took the NZXT S340 mid-tower ATX case out for a spin today to see what it was made of. Overall a very positive review. Here's a quote to get you started:

At a first glance the S340 from NZXT is one good looking case. The design is very elegant and apart from that this particular case is available in different color combinations. It's quite clear that while developing this case, NZXT have had a strong focus on the design aspect and they wanted to come up with something beautiful. For us this is certainly already reason enough to have a thorough look at this case.


Technology Gone Wrong Invention of the Day

Holy crap! I can't believe this thing even exists. eek!


FCC: Wi-Fi Blocking Is Illegal

In case you didn't know it already, the Federal Communications Commission put out a press release today saying it is illegal to block wi-fi hot spots.

Personal Wi-Fi networks, or "hot spots," are an important way that consumers connect to the Internet. Willful or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hot spots is illegal. Wi-Fi blocking violates Section 333 of the Communications Act, as amended. The Enforcement Bureau has seen a disturbing trend in which hotels and other commercial establishments block wireless consumers from using their own personal Wi-Fi hot spots on the commercial establishment’s premises. As a result, the Bureau is protecting consumers by aggressively investigating and acting against such unlawful intentional interference.


[H]ot Deals

[H]ot Deals! Get your [H]ot Deals here! If you want to save money, make sure you check out this [H]ot Deals forum thread for exclusive deals on hardware just for [H] readers. The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while they are hot. New customers from the US also get $10 off or $20 gift card coupon code.


Corsair Hydro H60 CPU cooler for $49

ASUS Strix GTX 980 for $549 after $10 MIR

LG 25UM55-P 25IN Ultrawide monitor for $184


Sony KDL60R510A 60IN 1080p 120Hz Smart TV for $998 + Free Energy Power Center ($170 value!)

LG UN60H6203 60IN 120Hz Smart TV for $1198 + Free Energy Power Center ($170 value!)

LG LAP340 120W 4.1 Bluetooth Sound Plate with built in subwoofer for $148

LG NB5540 320w 4.1 Bluetooth Sound Plate with wireless subwoofer for $448

Audio Technica ATH-IM01 Sonicpro In ear monitors for $169.99

Why Sex Matters In Witcher 3

I guess they couldn't let all that motion capture data go to waste, now could they?

But the development team behind forthcoming fantasy adventure title The Witcher: Wild Hunt seems unfazed by either moral or technical concerns. The game, due for release in May, contains sex scenes constructed from over 16 hours of motion capture data.


NVIDIA Sets Conference Call for 4Q Financial Results

NVIDIA will host a conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015, ending Jan. 25, 2015. The call will be webcast live (in listen-only mode). The company's prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session, which will be limited to questions from financial analysts and institutional investors. Ahead of the call, NVIDIA will provide written commentary on its fourth-quarter results from its CFO.


Intel Expands Data Center Grade Storage Offerings

Intel announced today the availability of the Intel SSD DC S3710 Series and the Intel SSD DC S3610 Series. The new Intel SSD DC S3710 Series delivers up to 25 percent more write performance than the previous generation SSD. This results in faster processing of write data at a lower total cost of ownership for applications such as high performance computing, high data rate analytics and operational databases and large scale virtualization. The Intel SSD DC S3610 Series is a new mid-level SSD delivering up to two times greater write performance than entry level data center SSDs. For IT managers this provides an ideal balance of endurance, performance and cost for workloads such as operational and analytical databases, virtualization, e-commerce and cloud infrastructures.


Wednesday January 28, 2015

YouTube's Video Pick Spells Doom For Adobe Flash

Let's all bid a fond farewell to Adobe Flash. This has been a long time coming but we can't say we are sad to see you go. big grin

"We're now defaulting to the HTML5 player on the Web," said YouTube engineering manager Richard Leider in a blog post Tuesday. It took four years for Google to make the HTML5 change, which is a major victory for Web standards fans who've strived to eject proprietary plug-ins from the Web.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Primochill Wet Bench Test Bench @ PCPer

ETC.: BitFenix Flo PC Gaming Headset @ Techgage

Sound Blaster E5 Portable Headphone Amplifier@ LanOC

Storage: Asustor AS5104T NAS @ Legion Hardware

Thecus N4310 4-Bay NAS @ eTeknix

Xbox Live Currently Down

It looks as though Xbox Live is currently down. The XBL status page says the company is aware of the issue and is working on it. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

Are you having connection issues with Xbox Live? Our team is already engaged and investigating right now and we are trying to get it fixed ASAP! Thanks for your patience while we work. We'll update you again in 30 minutes.


Comcast Bill Calls Customer An A**hole

At least we know now what Comcast thinks of its customers. eek!

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Bill Gates: Robots Will KILL US ALL!

See, even Bill Gates knows that the machines will one day rule over us all if we aren't careful.

I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned.


Product of the Day: Fart Insects Laptop Speakers

I have a hunch that something was lost in translation here. Thanks to railhaus for the link to the sweet, sweet sounds of Fart Insects laptop speakers. big grin

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The Complete Guide To Building Or Buying A Standing Desk

This guide to the perfect standing desk has a bunch of good links to projects and products for anyone looking to build or buy a standing desk.

Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your budget, and how to choose what's best for your needs.


80% of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn

Leave it to the Department of Justice to get this statistic wrong. frown

"Tor obviously was created with good intentions, but it’s a huge problem for law enforcement," Caldwell said in comments reported by Motherboard and confirmed to me by others who attended the conference. "We understand 80 percent of traffic on the Tor network involves child pornography."


Tesla P85D Insane Mode Launch Reactions

Even if you own a high horsepower vehicle, watching passengers react to the Tesla P85D launching off the line is still pretty damn funny.


Virtual Tour Of Paris Using Unreal Engine 4

This virtual tour of an apartment in Paris using the Unreal 4 engine is extremely impressive.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Hotfix @ Blue's News

Destiny Loot Cave Easter Egg In Dying Light @ CG24/7

Microsoft: Shipped 6.6M Xbox Consoles In Q2 2015 @ Joystiq

PSN Welcomes Spotify As It Closes Music Unlimited @ Shacknews

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING High Resolution Review

Make sure you guys take a moment today to read our MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING High Resolution Review. If you are looking for a great card that wont break your budget, this review is definitely for you.

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We take the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 GPU based MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G and push it to its limits at 1440p. We also include a GeForce GTX 770 and AMD Radeon R9 280X into this evaluation for some unexpected results. How does the GeForce GTX 960 really compare to a wide range of cards?


Netflix's Viewing Data: How We Know What You Are Watching

How does Netflix know what you are watching? This blog post explains everything and it even has a diagram to help you understand how it works all (sorta).

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Our system needs to know each member’s entire viewing history for as long as they are subscribed. This data feeds the recommendation algorithms so that a member can find a title for whatever mood they’re in. It also feeds the "recent titles you’ve watched" row in the UI. What gets watched provides key metrics for the business to measure member engagement and make informed product and content decisions.


France: Social Media Giants Are Accomplices To Hate Speech

You know Facebook, Twitter and Google all have to be just thrilled about this.

"The big operators, and we know who they are, can no longer close their eyes if they are considered accomplices of what they host," Hollande said. "We must act at the European and international level to define a legal framework so that Internet platforms which manage social media be considered responsible, and that sanctions can be taken."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: BitFenix Pandora @ pcGameware

Cooling: Fractal Design Kelvin S24 @ eTeknix

ETC.: Antec Sugarcube @ ThinkComputers

Shuttle Barebone XH97V @ MadShrimps

Video: MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G @ HT4U

Canadian Spy Agency Tracks Millions Of Downloads Daily

Wait, Canada actually has a spy agency? eek!

Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned.


The Malware Threat To Online Games Is Growing

We've been fighting off scumbag malware makers at every turn for years and now we have to worry about them targeting our games? frown

Gaming accounts are one of the hottest targets for black hats as we roll into 2015. Any form of financial investment in gaming from paid memberships to rare in-game items make consumers a prime target for hackers and scammers. Even if they’re locked down tight, criminals can still make use of personal information by going after platform holders and developers and stealing from the source.


Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups

Blue's News has posted a follow-up to that whole Far Cry 4 Key revocation mess that has left many gamers out in the cold with a deactivated game.

These keys were purchased illegally through Origin: "In this case, we confirmed activation keys were recently purchased from EA's Origin store using fraudulent credit card information and then resold online. These keys may have been deactivated. Customers who may have been impacted should contact the vendor where they purchased the key for a refund."


ASUS Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

Overclockers Club has published a review of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard this morning for your viewing pleasure. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

When it came to overclocking, I am now convinced that my Core i7 5960X is a 4.6GHz stable chip using roughly 1.32V to 1.33V. For long term stability, that's it, even with the abilities of this board to tweak down to the finest detail it will not go any higher except when running benchmarks. For that, it will go up to 4.95GHz when the test is easy enough to pass.


Apple Announces Record iPhone Sales Over Holiday

Even with iPad sales falling, Apple managed to set records this holiday season thanks to strong iPhone sales in the US, Europe, and China.

Apple shares rose as much as 6.7 percent in extended trading Tuesday after the company reported that sales of iPhones during the quarter ended Dec. 27 rose 46 percent to 74.5 million units, topping analysts’ average estimate of 64.9 million. The sales helped push Apple’s fiscal first-quarter profit to a record $18 billion, or $3.06 a share, on sales of $74.6 billion. Analysts had predicted profit of $2.60 a share, and revenue of $67.5 billion.


Electronic Arts Reports Q3 FY15 Financial Results

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced preliminary financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2014. "Electronic Arts delivered amazing experiences to our players in Q3, from the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition to SimCity BuildIt to our live services for FIFA, Madden NFL and more," said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. "Great execution with our leading IP, new mobile hits and continued strength in our catalogue of top games and services were the foundation for an excellent performance in Q3."

"EA has driven another quarter of record-breaking financials," said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "Our ongoing digital transformation, including live services like EA SPORTS Ultimate Team, coupled with ongoing cost discipline, enables us to deliver consistent cash flow and earnings growth."


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