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Friday July 22, 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 Reeven Justice 120mm CPU air cooler review, followed by our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Seasonic Flagship PRIME 750W PSU.

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Comcast Unveils Plans To Roll Out Prepaid Xfinity Services

According to this announcement, Comcast plans to roll out prepaid cable TV and internet services in five states later this year. I've heard of pre-paid phones and internet but pre-paid cable TV? Prices aren't too hot either.

"We want to create an easy, pay-as-you-go option for people who want more flexibility and predictability when buying our services," said Marcien Jenckes, Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, Comcast Cable. "And our partnership with Boost Mobile will give Xfinity Prepaid customers even more places where they can conveniently sign-up and pay-as-they-go."

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The Apple Car Release Pushed Back To 2021

How does a car that doesn't even exist, has never been announced, everyone denies is in development and no one has ever confirmed the "Project Titan" name, end up being pushed back to 2021? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Tucked inside a report today from The Information about a trio of brothers working on Apple's Project Titan car initiative are claims that the project is having trouble with leadership and computing power and so has pushed back the car's delivery date to 2021 from 2020. The report says Apple is busy buying lots of in-house servers to cope with the massive amounts of data needed to direct autonomous or semi-autonomous cars on the road. Tesla has offloaded some of its data to Amazon Web Services. Apple is unlikely to do so.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: BOXX APEXX 4 Overclocked PC @ Techgage

Logitech MX Master Laser Mouse @ LanOC

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE @ MadShrimps

Storage: Samsung Portable SSD T3 @ Tech Report

Video: MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X @ eTeknix

ASUS STRIX X99 Gaming Motherboard Review

The ASUS STRIX X99 Gaming motherboard is on the test bench over at eTeknix today. Overall this was a very positive review with the motherboard earning an Editor's Choice award. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The X99 platform was recently refreshed with Intel’s Broadwell-E range of processors designed to offer content creators and professionals working with multi-threaded workloads the absolute best performance. Those with deep pockets now have the opportunity to deploy the world’s first 10-core processor outside of the Xeon family. From what I’ve seen so far, the new architecture hasn’t enticed existing users to upgrade due to the hefty pricing and value of the 5280K on the second-hand market. Nevertheless, it’s encouraged motherboard vendors to unleash new products which contain more gaming-orientated features.

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WTHDIJS Video of the Day

Even though I read the description of this video (twice), I still don't know what the hell I just saw...but it sure is cool. It looks like a video that someone ran through a dozen Photoshop filters all at once. cool

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Your Brain Without Oxygen

You know when the flight attendant tells you that, in case of emergency, you need to put your mask on before trying to help someone else? This is why. Even though we've all heard about it, it's strange to actually watch someone suffer from the effects of Hypoxia, even if it is in a controlled environment.

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Man Arrested For Threatening Blizzard HQ With An AK-47

You can file this case under "things you should never say online when you are mad." Which makes me wonder what in the hell Blizzard did to make this guy so mad? World of Warcraft's newest expansion not coming out fast enough? Still mad over Diablo III? Always getting his ass handed to him in Overwatch? Inquiring minds want to know. wink

According to court documents, between July 2, 2016, and July 3, 2016, Cebula transmitted messages over the internet to Blizzard Entertainment, in which he stated that he "may or may not pay [Blizzard] a visit with an AK47 amongst some other ‘fun’ tools," and "might be inclined to ‘cause a disturbance’ at [Blizzard’s] headquarters in California with an AK47 and a few other ‘opportunistic tools.’" Cebula was arrested on July 12, 2016, and is in custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 26, 2016.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

New CoD: Infinite Warfare Video @ VG24/7

Pokemon Go launches in Japan @ Shacknews

Pro Pinball Ultra Released @ Blue's News

Witcher 3 Gets A First Person Mod @ GameSpot

EFF Sues US Government To Void 'Onerous' Copyright Rules

The folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation are taking on the government in an effort to overturn the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on circumventing digital anti-piracy protections. I'm not sure how this case will come out but, if anyone can get it overturned, it's the EFF.

Section 1201 was originally enacted to combat piracy, but has instead has "served to restrict people's ability to access, use and even speak about copyrighted materials," the EFF says. It can inhibit, for example, a buyer's ability to repair their own device, remix music or video and study software installed in cars, computers and other devices. Firms often sue users even when they make "fair use" of content for things like satire or criticism, a practice that's full protected by free speech laws.

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Verizon Close To Finalizing $5B Deal To Buy Yahoo?

According to rumblings from the rumor mill, Verizon is close to plopping down $5 billion to buy Yahoo. The anonymous sources claim that the deal could be announced in the next few days or, as things go with anonymous sources, the deal might never materialize. Both companies refused to comment on the story.

Following three rounds of bidding from suitors across the board, Yahoo is reportedly ready to crown a victor in the auction of its core internet business. And rumor has it the winner is Verizon. Bloomberg, citing sources close to the matter, reports that Verizon is in talks to complete the purchase of Yahoo’s search, mail, and news sites to the tune of a $5 billion deal.

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Update Your Apple Devices Now To Fix A Terrifying Security Bug

If you own an iPhone, you need to read this article now and then promptly update your phone. According to this article, hackers can access every stored password on your phone. All it takes is receiving an infected iMessage or e-mail that contains a bad image file and iMessage or Safari will automatically render it. eek!

There are gaping security holes in Apple’s operating systems that can be exploited through its default messaging, web browsing, or email software. For instance, hackers could grab your passwords just by sending you an infected iMessage—and all they’d need is your phone number.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Anidees AI-Crystal @ Guru3D

Cooling: Raijintek Atlantis Water Cooling Kit @ eTeknix

ETC.: Patriot Viper V560 @ FunkyKit

Vortex Pok3r RGB Keyboard @ LanOC

Video: Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming @ Legit Reviews

MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G @ Overclockers Club

Search Engine That Automatically Face-Swaps You Into Your Image Results

Computer vision researcher Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman at the University of Washington has developed a face-swapping search engine that allows you to put your face into your image results. There is a beta out now for those of you interested. Personally, after looking at the results in the image below, I think I'll just stick to Photoshop. wink

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The system analyzes the picture of your face and determines how to intelligently crop it to leave nothing but your face. It then searches for images matching your search term — curly hair, for example — and looks for "doppelganger sets," images where the subject’s face is in a similar position to your own.

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Cool 3D Printed Object of the Day

If you have a 3D printer, you can download the instructions to build this cool three-axis tourbillon made by Adam Wrigley. Once it's done, you can send it to me. smile

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Worldwide Smartwatch Market Experiences Its First Decline as Shipments Fall 32%

According to this report from the International Data Corporation, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline of 32%. Apple, the leader of the smartwatch pack, had year-over-year growth of -55% but the report notes that is because this quarter is being compared to the initial launch quarter of the Apple Watch.

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DDoS Attack Takes Down US Congress Website for Three Days

Normally this kind of thing isn't funny but you have to laugh when a DDoS attack takes down the website for the U.S. Congress and no one really noticed. The good news is that, as of this morning, everything seemed to be back up and running.

The attack started on Sunday evening, July 17, and initially targeted the Library of Congress website, affecting the same server infrastructure on which the other two websites were also hosted. Despite initial defensive measures, the attack slowly escalated in the following days and continued to cause trouble for government officials and site visitors until five hours before this article's publishing date.

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NVIDIA Announces The New Titan X

It began with a bet. Brian Kelleher, our top hardware engineer, bet our CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, we could get more than 10 teraflops of computing performance from a single chip. Jen-Hsun thought that was crazy. Well, we did it. The result is crazy. And, as of today, Jen-Hsun now owes Brian a dollar. The new NVIDIA TITAN X, introduced today, based on our new Pascal GPU architecture, is the biggest GPU ever built. It has a record-breaking 3,584 CUDA cores. We said our GTX 1080 delivers an "irresponsible amount of performance." It was a bit reckless. But this is even more reckless. So forget words. Here are its numbers:

  • 11 TFLOPS FP32

  • 44 TOPS INT8 (new deep learning inferencing instruction)

  • 12B transistors

  • 3,584 CUDA cores at 1.53GHz (versus 3,072 cores at 1.08GHz in previous TITAN X)

  • Up to 60% faster performance than previous TITAN X

  • High performance engineering for maximum overclocking

  • 12 GB of GDDR5X memory (480 GB/s)

Did we go too far? Your call. Just don’t call us crazy, or you might owe Brian a dollar, too. TITAN X will be available Aug. 2 for $1,200 direct from nvidia.com in North America and Europe, and select system builders. It is coming soon to Asia.

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Ryussi Technologies And Microsoft Announce New Partnership

On Thursday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Ryussi Technologies Private Ltd. announced a new partnership in business and technology solutions covering Microsoft’s File Access Server Protocols for the enterprise data storage market. The agreement comes as Ryussi Technologies releases to the data storage market MoSMB V 1.0, an ANSI C implementation of the SMB 2/3 protocol on Linux, which contains customer interfaces to integrate into diverse storage stacks.

"Microsoft’s patent collaboration with Ryussi Technologies will offer enhanced interoperability between Windows and non-Windows computers worldwide," said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. "This SMB file-sharing relationship provides consumers with even better business solutions across products around the globe, continuing Microsoft’s legacy of supporting innovation, mobility and productivity for businesses."

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AMD Reports 2016 Second Quarter Results

AMD today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2016 of $1,027 million, operating loss of $8 million, and net income of $69 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. Non-GAAP(1) operating income was $3 million and non-GAAP(1) net loss was $40 million, or $0.05 per share. "In the second quarter we accomplished a significant milestone as we returned to non-GAAP operating profitability based on solid execution and strong demand for our semi-custom and graphics products," said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "Based on the strength of our semi-custom products and demand for our latest Radeon RX GPUs and 7th Generation A-Series APUs, we are well positioned to drive growth and market share gains in the second half of the year."

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Thursday July 21, 2016

Verizon To Disconnect Data Hogs On Unlimited Data Plans

Are you one of those people that believe "unlimited" actually means "unlimited?" Well, if you are, and you are a Verizon customer, you'd better read this article. Apparently Verizon will be completely disconnecting users that consume more than 100GB of data a month unless they switch over to The Verizon Plan by August 31.

Come August 31, if Verizon deems your account as using "an extraordinary amount of data" each month, you could see your line completely disconnected. In other words, Verizon may shut you down by the end of August. According to sources of ours, Verizon is working on an Unlimited Data Plan Migration for the highest unlimited data users on their network. Starting tomorrow, July 21, Verizon will begin notifying users who have been flagged as using that "extraordinary" amount via mailer and through bill messages and explain to them their options to stay with Big Red.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 @ NikKTech

ETC.: Razer ManO'War Headset @ Vortez

Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z Gamins Mouse @ BmR

Turtle Beach Elite Pro Gaming Headset @ eTeknix

Video: GeForce GTX 1070 @ Tech Report

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X @ Guru3D

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X @ HiTech Legion

Elon Musk Details Second Part Of Master Plan

Elon Musk has laid out the second part of his master plan and it involves a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck. That's right folks, a pickup for all you electric cowboys out there. Get it? Because it's an electric truck? big grin

The reason we had to start off with step 1 was that it was all I could afford to do with what I made from PayPal. I thought our chances of success were so low that I didn't want to risk anyone's funds in the beginning but my own. The list of successful car company startups is short. As of 2016, the number of American car companies that haven't gone bankrupt is a grand total of two: Ford and Tesla. Starting a car company is idiotic and an electric car company is idiocy squared.

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Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Alleged Owner

I wanted to make a "owner of KickassTorrents arrested, heading to PoundassPrison" joke but the article does say he is the "alleged" owner and I don't want to make fun of the wrong guy. I also noticed that Apple and Facebook had a hand in helping catch the guy.

The U.S. Government has arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the world's largest torrent site. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland today and is charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. In addition, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of several KAT domain names.

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How Well Do You Know Your Fictional Tech Companies?

How well do you know your fictional tech companies? Take this quiz! I thought I did pretty good but ended up only getting seven out of the ten questions right. How'd you do?

Sure, we all know that George Costanza worked, however briefly, at Kruger Industrial Smoothing, and that Laverne and Shirley toiled away at Shotz Brewery (before they randomly picked up and moved to California in Season 6), but have you really been paying attention to all those fake companies? Take a few minutes out of your workday — we won’t tell your boss — to test your mental mettle with our not-exactly-easy quiz about fictional tech companies from film, TV, and literature.

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Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 Memory Review

The crew at Benchmark Reviews rubbed a couple sticks of Crucial's Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 memory together to see what would happen. Not only did the reviewer give the memory a 9.2 out of 10, he also said testing it was "fun and educational."

Crucial sent us a sample of their DDR4-2666MHz 16GB Ballistix Elite RAM. Crucial Ballistix Elite is their premium memory line, with speeds ranging from 2666MHz to 3200MHz, and memory capacities from 4GB to 32GB in single to quad channel kits. Crucial is pushing the speed envelope with their line of Ballistix Elite memory kits well past the DDR4 standard of 2133MHz. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’m going to see if higher bandwidth memory makes a difference.

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Drones Used As Lifeguards

The next time you pretend to be drowning so that some hot chick / dude lifeguard comes to the rescue, you might just end up with a life preserver dropped on your head by a drone. I guess this means anyone that can pilot a drone can now be considered a lifeguard. wink

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The "Breeze Bird" development team is working on a concept the could see automatic drones launch over shorelines and coastal areas, identify people in danger of drowning, and drop flotation devices — all with the push of a button. "Drones can fly much faster than people can swim," said developer Amir Taheri. "So our idea to get to people who need help as soon as possible."

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MSI Announces Custom GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Cards

As the world’s most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce brand new graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal GPU with fierce new looks and supreme performance to match. Featuring the same high build quality as its bigger brothers, the MSI GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G is kept cool by 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 6-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 8-pin power connector 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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Wells Fargo and Amazon Team Together for New Student Loan Offerings

When you think of student loan providers, what is the first name that comes to mind? I'll bet it wasn't Amazon. Get this, if you are an Amazon Prime Student member, in addition to your free two day shipping, movie and music streaming, and photo storage, Wells Fargo will give you a 0.50 percent interest rate discount on your student loan.

"We are focused on innovation and meeting our customers where they are – and increasingly that is in the digital space," said John Rasmussen, Wells Fargo’s head of Personal Lending Group. "This is a tremendous opportunity to bring together two great brands. At Amazon and Wells Fargo, delivering exceptional customer service and helping customers are at the center of everything we do." The 0.50 percent interest rate discount being offered by Wells Fargo to Amazon Prime Student customers can also be added to a 0.25 percent interest rate reduction for enrolling in an automatic monthly loan repayment plan from Wells Fargo and any interest rate discount tied to a Wells Fargo global promotion.

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