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Wednesday June 29, 2016

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available Aug. 2

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to all Windows 10 devices — for free — on Aug. 2. Windows 10 continues to be the fastest-growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; new gaming experiences; and new tools for the modern classroom. To help protect businesses from today’s modern threats, Microsoft also announced two new security features for enterprise customers: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection.


Tuesday June 28, 2016

Corsair Lapdog - Gaming Without A Desk

In our Corsair Lapdog - Gaming Without A Desk write-up, we put Corsair's claims of "Living room gaming with zero compromise" to the test. If you want to game on your big screen TV, or anywhere else besides a desk, without sacrificing the use of a keyboard and mouse, you'll definitely want to check this out.

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Corsair recently launched its new Lapdog product and to put it simply it let's you game without a desktop. Its focus is "living room gaming" with the new Corsair Bulldog living room gaming system. While this out of our usual scope, and there are not data points to be collected, we like using it.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Guru3D

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Technic3D

Raidmax Narwhal Mid-Tower Chassis @ NikKTech

Cooling: Alphacool Eisbaer 240 @ NikKTech

ETC.: Steelseries Siberia 350 Headset @ Play3r

Video: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8GB @ techPowerUP!

EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 @ Legit Reviews

WTHDIJS Video of the Day

Totally not tech related but I couldn't pass up posting this "what the hell did I just see" video of the day. I've seen this over land before but have any of you ever seen something like this over a lake? Regardless, it's just kinda neat to see this in action.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 In The Wild

Sharp-eyed [H]ardForum reader 'Tainted Squirrel' spotted what appears to be a GeForce GTX 1060 in the wild. From the looks of the bag the card is sitting on, I'm going to take a guess and say this picture probably originated in China.

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Meet The Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You’ve Ever Seen

The inventor of this adorable robot says that his company would like to get to a point where his mini-murderbots do new things every day. You know, like kill you in your sleep. I don't care how cute they are, robots will KILL US ALL!

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"We’d like to get it to the point where it literally does new things every day," Andreessen says. "We want it to be programmable." They hope that other companies will build robots like Cozmo, maybe even robots that are aware of Cozmo and want to be friends. This real-world video game might just take over the world. Or maybe it won’t. And then Cozmo will be all alone, and sad—at least, it’ll appear that way.


AI Fighter Pilot Wins In Combat Simulation

Does anyone remember who the game developer was that said, and I'm paraphrasing, "developing AI that can beat you every time is easy, dumbing AI down so that it misses sometimes is what makes it more realistic." I think that applies in this situation.

An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft - and did not suffer any losses. Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also triumphed in simulation against a retired human fighter pilot.


NASA Test Fires Solid Rocket Booster for Megarocket

Why couldn't NASA wait another six days to test fire this bad boy? Think of all the money they could have saved on fireworks in that town by cranking the angle up a bit and letting it rip at sundown. wink Also, those of you not interested in really long countdowns should skip to the one minute mark or so.


Google Updates Maps And Earth NASA Satellite Imagery

Google announced today that it has updated Google Maps and Google Earth using tons of data from NASA's newest Landsat satellite. You should be seeing the updated imagery in both apps soon. I snagged the example image below from the announcement page to give you an idea of the difference in quality:

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Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often cloudy, but not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.


New NVIDIA Game Ready Driver Fixes Crashing

For those of you experiencing crashes after installing the 364.47 drivers, there are new drivers out today that fix the problem. It seems the bug affected people running Windows 10 and multi-monitor set-ups but, it wouldn't hurt to update to this latest driver anyway in the mean time.

We have received reports of some users having issues installing today’s Game Ready Driver. Initial investigation suggests the issue is isolated to multiple-monitor configurations. Should you experience issues, you can either disconnect one monitor during the driver installation (and reconnect once completed) or you can uninstall the driver through Windows Safe-Mode and revert to a previous version.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Doom's Next Update Includes Photo Mode @ Shacknews

GTA 5 Update Adds New Sports Car @ VG24/7

The Division Expansion & Patch Released @ Blue's News

Why Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Yet @ GameSpot

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

More companies need to do stuff like this. The best part about using this service is that the whole thing is operated just like you are shopping for something on Amazon, complete with a search bar, star ratings and user reviews. cool

Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon plans to make a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out. Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers in late August or early September.


78% Of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Data

I like how they make it seem like people leave data on old computers and drives on accident. If you are like me, I leave naked pictures on all the stuff I sell just for funsies. Consider it bonus content. wink

A new study (PDF), conducted by the Blancco Technology Group, finds that a staggering amount of personal and confidential information is retrievable from used, resold, or refurbished devices that have supposedly been wiped. Of the 200 devices they tested, 78% — more than three-quarters — had some kind of residual data on them that should not have been there.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 @ Vortez

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 @ CowcotLand

ETC.: Bloody B188 Light Strike @ BmR

Fallout 4: Automatron DLC @ Real Hardware Reviews

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse @ FunkyKit

US Customs Wants To Collect Social Media Account Names At The Border

What good would this information be when so many people have their accounts set to private? Customs officials wouldn't be able to see much anyway unless they send you a friends request. wink

The proposal focuses on arrival / departure forms commonly collected from non-citizens at the US border, as well as the electronic form used for anyone entering the country under a visa waiver. Under the proposed changes, those forms would include a new optional data field prompting visitors to "please enter information associated with your online presence," followed by open fields for specific platforms and screen names.


System Shock System Requirements

If you are planning on playing System Shock when it comes out, you should probably make sure your system is up to snuff first. Oh, who am I kidding? Damn near all of you have specs better than what is recommended:


  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 2 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better

  • Memory: 16 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 2 GB available space


Tesla Settles Model X Case Over Alleged Design Flaws

This guy doesn't seem too impressed with his Tesla Model X. In fact, he was so upset over the "numerous" quality issues that he sued the company. Tesla settled the lawsuit and the man returned the Model X but, oddly enough, the man still owns a Roadster and a Model S.

It’s unclear how many people are seeking refunds over the Model X. But in the course of reporting on the Lyon case, Fortune obtained examples of other Tesla Model owners expressing frustrations with the process of returning one. Part of this frustration appear to stem from what one owner, who returned a Model X and described Tesla’s request for "an onerous NDA/release" and "information lockdown."


Cool Video of the Day

I had no idea Polyethylene Oxide would do this. The color of the fluid is pretty bad ass too. I just wouldn't want to spill that stuff on accident (like this guy does at the end of the video). big grin


Facebook Uses Your Location Data to Suggest Friends

Holy cow, this is freaky. What can you do about this? As this article suggests, go to "location services" for Facebook in your phone settings and turn that crap off. Trust me, there is no reason Facebook needs to track your movements.

Last week, I met a man who suspected Facebook had tracked his location to figure out who he was meeting with. He was a dad who had recently attended a gathering for suicidal teens. The next morning, he told me, he opened Facebook to find that one of the anonymous parents at the gathering popped up as a "person you may know." The only connection the two appeared to have was being in the same place at the same time, and thus their smartphones being in the same room.


HyperX Announced As Official Headset Sponsor of ELEAGUE

HyperX®, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a marketing partnership with ELEAGUE. HyperX will be the official headset sponsor for ELEAGUE, the eSports competition airing both online and on cable TV in the United States, from Turner Sports and WME | IMG. HyperX has been dedicated to sponsoring eSports teams across many platforms for over a decade. ELEAGUE is bringing together the world’s elite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams to provide both their passionate fan base and new eSports fans an adrenaline-pumping spectator experience, with live regular season coverage presented live Tuesday-Thursday on Twitch, with a Friday night showcase on TBS. The first season launched on May 24 with 24 teams, spanning 10 weeks of coverage, including a six-week regular season that culminates with playoffs and a global championship to be held Saturday, July 30. ELEAGUE is available globally on Twitch, and in over 80 countries and territories worldwide. Click here for a list of international broadcast networks.


WS Expands Storage Capacity Of Several Drives In The My Passport Line Up To 4TB

Western Digital Corporation today announced the launch of its My Passport® Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity, filling the need for people to physically carry massive personal collections of videos, photos and other content with them, in a device roughly the size of a smartphone. The perfect blend of style and functionality, these My Passport® portable hard drives meet the needs of today’s consumers with features people love like easy-to-use backup software, password protection and portable style in multiple colors, coupled with USB 3.0 connectivity.

Perfect for students, business people and general consumers on-the-go who prefer to carry their device with them, these My Passport portable hard drives are dependable, with easy-to-use WD Backup™ automatic backup software with cloud-ready Dropbox™ integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. With these My Passport drives, it's now easier than ever to have a content protection plan that fits everyone’s busy life.


IoT’s Role in Future of Transportation is at Center of Senate Hearings

Transportation is among the most promising sectors for the Internet of Things (IoT). By converting vast amounts of data into meaningful and actionable intelligence, IoT can help solve many of modern society’s automotive safety, transportation efficiency, mobility and infrastructure challenges. IoT is rapidly enabling innovations like connected cars, smart fleet management, intelligent transportation infrastructure and self-driving (autonomous) cars. In fact, almost half of Americans aspire to live in a driver-less city where cars, buses and trains operate intelligently and automatically without people driving them, and more than one-third expect a driver-less city by 2024.

In order to advance more quickly, greater public-private collaboration is needed. To bring this message to Washington, Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the IoT Group at Intel Corporation, testified at a Senate subcommittee hearing on "How the Internet of Things (IoT) Can Bring U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure into the 21st Century." Together with a group of leading industry experts, Davis shed light on how businesses and government can work together to enhance transportation technology and infrastructure to keep the U.S. at the forefront of global innovation.


Monday June 27, 2016

ASUS ROG GTX 1080 STRIX GAMING Video Card Review

Our in-house graphics card gurus have published an evaluation of the ASUS ROG GTX 1080 STRIX GAMING video card today. If you are looking for an ultra fast GTX 1080 that is decked out with a host of incredible features, this is the review you are looking for.

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Today we review in full detail our first custom GeForce GTX 1080 video card. ASUS has decked the ROG GTX 1080 STRIX GAMING out with a factory overclock, the STRIX cooling system, and a fully customizable lighting system. Let's see this beast overclock and compare it to the previous gen's GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Anidees AI7 @ HardwarSlave

Raidmax Narwhal Mid-Tower @ NikKTech

Cooling: Alphacool Eisbaer 240mm @ Legit Reviews

Cryorig A40 AIO Water Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Bloody B188 Light Strike @ BmR

Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 @ Techgage

Secretive Alphabet Division Taking Control Of Public Transit?

This article claims that Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is offering its cloud software to cities to upgrade bus and parking services and bring them under Google’s management.

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls "new superpowers to extend access and mobility", could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.


Researchers Steal Data Using Noise From Your PC's Fans

I'd have to see this in action to believe it. Maybe I'm just dumb but it doesn't seem like a very practical way of hacking a system. This seems like some James Bond BS researchers tell people to stir up investments. Personally, I prefer the ol' stealing data via Morse code using your hard drive LED.

The researchers in Israel came up with another way to target these isolated systems. Their malware can secretly send the data over audio waves generated by the computer’s fans, according to a paper they released on Wednesday. The malware, called Fansmitter, works by controlling the speed at which the fans run. This can create varying acoustic tones that can be used to transmit the data.


Ford Dealership Steals Game Art To Advertise Sale

You know someone at this Ford dealership is going to get fired over this. Personally, I don't understand why people do this, they know they are going to get busted for snagging someone else's artwork but they do it anyway. At least the game developer had a good sense of humor about it.

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Half of The U.S. Subscribes To VoD Services

According to this Nielsen report, roughly half of all households in the United States have Netflix, Amazon Video or Hulu. Interestingly, compared to televisions, computers and tablets, digital media consumption via smartphone is way up as well.

In the first quarter of 2016, daily time spent using smartphones to consume media among U.S. adults (18+) shot up 60% — from 62 minutes a year earlier to 99 minutes per day. At the same time live TV dropped 1%, declining about 3 minutes on average, from 4 hours 34 minutes in Q1 2015 to 4 hours 31 minutes, and compared with 4 hours 51 minutes in the first quarter of 2014, per Nielsen’s quarterly Total Audience Report, released Monday.


Google Beats Children's Web Privacy Appeal

Oh, come on you guys! What's the big deal about putting cookies on children's computers so you can track kids under the age of 13? If the courts say it's okay then you should be okay with it too. Besides, how are kids supposed to know what they like unless they receive targeted ads telling them what to like? Duh.

Monday's decision is a fresh setback for computer users, after the same appeals court last November 10 said Google was not liable under federal privacy laws for bypassing cookie blockers on Apple Inc's Safari browser and Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer browser.


Brazil's Top Supercomputer Turned Off Due To Lack Of Cash

At first, I was like "what a bunch of tight asses" for not wanting to pay the electric bill to keep this supercomputer on. Then I saw that it was $150,000 a month and totally understood why they flipped the switch. eek!

Brazil's largest supercomputing complex is largely inactive since May due to lack of cash to pay for the electricity bills at the institute where it is based. Electricity costs to maintain the resource up and running surpass R$500,000 ($147,986) a month and funding from the Rio de Janeiro state government, currently at the brink of default, has not been readjusted to meet these demands, according to a report from Brazilian radio CBN.


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