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Monday October 12, 2015

Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler Review

If you need a new CPU cooler, you might want to give this review of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate a read. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

So this could be a case of trying to give the mainstream a bloody nose, having worked with some of the big names and been unsatisfied? Well maybe, they have stated that on their website too, their initial offerings will be the judge of that, and usually are a statement of intent for any new company. Today’s review is for the Cryorig R1 Ultimate, the flagship and what Cryorig are stating as "nothing else but pure cooling performance".


[H]ardware Round-Up II

BIOS: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

ETC.: D-Link AC3200 Ultra @ Vortez

MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G @ PCPer

Memory: HyperX Fury 2666MHz DDR4 @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Centon C-380 480GB SSD @ BmR

Humble Bundle Cuts 20% Of Its Workforce

Citing a recent expansion that was "too ambitious," the folks at Humble Bundle announced today that they are cutting twelve jobs to save money.

"Unfortunately, last week Humble Bundle was forced to let go of some of our employees," confirmed co-founder John Graham, in an email to Polygon. "Despite strong revenue, and our community surpassing $65 million raised for charity to date, our past hiring was too ambitious and we had to make a hard call last week."


Electric Vehicle Owners Turning Against Each Other

I know it's kind of a dick-ish thing to say, but I would drive my fossil fuel powered dinosaur of a car 100 miles just to watch these guys go at it. big grin

Charging stations aren’t as numerous as gas stations yet, leading electric-vehicle owners to exhibit some rude behavior — unplugging each other’s cars, fights at the plug and secret alliances to trade spots in corporate parking lots.


G.Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz C16 DDR4

The crew at techPowerUP spent the weekend rubbing a few sticks of G.Skill's Trident Z 3200 MHz C16 DDR4 together to see what would happen.

With DDR4 prices taking a dive recently, there's no time like the present to get yourself a new Z170 system, or perhaps you want to move from 8 GB to 16 GB. G.Skill's Trident Z kits and their sweet new looks and affordable pricing just might make you click that buy button.


These Tech Giants Are the Walking Dead

According to Wired, tech giants like Dell, EMC, Cisco and HP are the walking dead.

HP. Cisco. Dell. EMC. IBM. Oracle. Think of them as the walking dead. Oh, sure, they’ll shuffle along for some time. They’ll sell some stuff. They’ll make some money. They’ll command some headlines. They may even do some new things. But as tech giants, they’re dead.


EU Court To Decide If Streaming Pirated Movies Is Legal

I'm going to go with my gut instinct here and say the courts will side with the anti-piracy groups on this one.

Seeking clarification, a Dutch court has referred several streaming related questions to the EU Court of Justice. The questions relate to a case between local anti-piracy group BREIN and a seller of so-called "pirate boxes" that come pre-loaded with streaming plugins. It is currently unclear whether streaming pirated movies is permitted under EU law.


Google Releases Updated Cardboard SDK

Google announced today that a new and improved version of its Cardboard VR app is now available in 100 countries for Android and iOS.

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The Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity have been updated to address your top two requests: drift correction and Unity performance. This update includes a major overhaul of the sensor fusion algorithms that integrate the signals from the gyroscope and accelerometer. These improvements substantially decrease drift, especially on phones with lower-quality sensors. The Cardboard SDK for Unity now supports a fully Unity-native distortion pass. This improves performance by avoiding all major plugin overhead, and enables Cardboard apps to work with Metal rendering on iOS and multi-threaded rendering on Android. All of this adds up to better VR experiences for your users.


Facebook Adds Dedicated Shopping Section

Because Facebook is the first website that comes to my mind when I think about shopping online. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The social network added two new e-commerce features Monday, including a dedicated shopping section offering users a way to find products outside of their News Feed. Only a "small group" of retailers will list products within this section, according to Matt Idema, head of monetization product marketing at Facebook. He added that the products will be customized for each user based on their interests.


Gaming [H]eadlines

343 Details Microtransaction Prices For Halo 5: Guardians @ VG24/7

Might & Magic Heroes VII Collector's Edition Refunds @ Blue's News

New Halo 5: Guardians Gameplay Trailer @ Shacknews

Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition Announced @ GameSpot

Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks

I guess this is to be expected. Hell, just this year alone there was Target, eBay, JP Morgan, Home Depot, Anthem, TJ Maxx, the U.S. military, Blizzard, Apple, the list goes on and on. eek!

A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms that are perceived to be a high risk scrambling for cover.


Cash Reward For Google.com Takeover Man

What's the best way to get a bug bounty from Google? Use Google's website buying service to buy Google.com. Whoops. big grin

A man who briefly bought and owned the Google.com web domain has been rewarded by the search giant. An administration oversight allowed US student Sanmay Ved to buy the right to control the domain on 29 September. The oversight left him in charge of Google.com for about a minute until Google caught on and cancelled the transaction.


Dell Buys EMC For $67B

It looks as though the rumors were true, Dell has bought EMC for $67 billion. While this isn't Time Warner - AOL huge, they are calling this the "biggest tech deal of all time."

In the biggest tech deal of all time, Dell announced Monday that it has agreed to buy corporate software, storage and security giant EMC for $67 billion. The deal completes Dell's transformation from a consumer PC business to an IT solutions provider for companies. That process began when Dell bought Perot Systems for $4 billion in 2009 and went full throttle in 2013 when company founder Michael Dell took the business private.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Enermax ETS-T40F-BK @ OCInside

Noctua NH-C14S @ Modders Inc.

ETC.: Corsair Void 7.1 Wireless @ CowcotLand

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger @ ocaholic

EVGA Z170 FTW Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

Video: Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 4GB @ eTeknix

UK Police Pull Assange Embassy Guards

I guess the UK government is sick of spending more than $16,000 a day on trying to arrest Assange so they are moving on to more "overt and covert tactics." Snipers and ninjas?

In a statement issued today, the Metropolitan Police said that "it is no longer proportionate to commit officers to a permanent presence" outside the embassy. After discussions with the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it will "deploy a number of overt and covert tactics" instead of continuing its very visual approach.


HL3 Clue in Dota 2?

There is a file named "hl3.txt" in the new Dota update? You know what that means....Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!

SteamDB notes the inclusion of a file called hl3.txt in the latest Dota 2 update (thanks VG247). This contains snippets of code, while the name of the file naturally inspires speculation that Valve is either hinting at something, or they've just taken to trolling us about their shooter series.


Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

There is a review of the Gigabyte X99-SLI motherboard posted at ThinkComputers today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The X99 platform is an expensive platform to go into. The processors are expensive, the quad channel DDR4 is expensive, and the motherboards are expensive as well. With Gigabyte’s second round of X99 motherboards they wanted to bring out a fully-featured board that could get you on the X99 platform at a reasonable cost. This is where the X99-SLI comes in.


Driverless Sports Car That Comes With A Drone

Unless it is a thrill ride at an amusement park, does anyone know what is the point of making a self-driving sports car? The decision to include a drone is strange too.

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NVIDIA to Ask ITC to Review Initial Determination on Samsung Patent Infringement Case

We said we would keep you informed of new developments in our cases with Samsung. In the latest step of our efforts to protect NVIDIA’s intellectual property, an administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled today that Samsung and Qualcomm did not violate U.S. law with respect to importing certain Samsung products into the U.S. Judge Thomas Pender issued an initial determination that Samsung and Qualcomm didn’t infringe two NVIDIA patents, and that both did infringe a third patent but that this patent wasn’t valid. This initial determination is one more step in a long legal process. We now intend to ask the full commission (which is made up of six commissioners) to review this initial determination and to confirm the previous judgment of the U.S. Patent Office — that the third patent is valid. If they agree, the ITC would issue an order that would preclude Samsung from importing into the U.S. infringing Samsung mobile devices and smart TVs. We are continuing this case by proceeding to the next step in the process because we believe our patents are valid and have been infringed.


Judge Rejects NVIDIA Claim Against Samsung & Qualcomm

Judge Thomas Pender issued an initial determination that Samsung and Qualcomm didn’t infringe two NVIDIA patents, and that both did infringe a third patent but that this patent wasn’t valid. This initial determination is one more step in a long legal process. We now intend to ask the full commission (which is made up of six commissioners) to review this initial determination and to confirm the previous judgment of the U.S. Patent Office – that the third patent is valid. If they agree, the ITC would issue an order that would preclude Samsung from importing into the U.S. infringing Samsung mobile devices and smart TVs.


Sunday October 11, 2015

Apple Deactivates Its News App In China

It looks like Apple has disabled their news app because they haven’t figured out how to deal with the censorship laws there. With China as their "second-largest source of revenue after the US," it’s odd that they bothered making it available at all without first addressing what was probably expected.

Those in China who look at the top of the Apple News feed, which would normally display a list of selected articles based on a user’s preferred media, instead see an error message: "Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region."


Daniel Craig Would Rather Kill Himself Than Play James Bond Again

I saw this headline earlier this week and thought it was funny until I realized he might be serious. Who do you think should play 007 next?

When asked who should be appointed his Bond successor, Craig replies, "Look, I don’t give a fuck. Good luck to them!"


What Really Keeps Women Out Of Tech

So basically, women aren’t in tech because they’re superficial?

Dr. Cheryan and her colleagues have found that female students are more interested in enrolling in a computer class if they are shown a classroom (whether virtual or real) decorated not with "Star Wars" posters, science-fiction books, computer parts and tech magazines, but with a more neutral décor — art and nature posters, coffee makers, plants and general-interest magazines.


L16 52-Megapixel Camera Features 16 Lenses And Fits In Your Pocket

If these new camera concepts work out, I’m going to miss the days of exotic equipment and the fact that you needed some level of artistic or technical expertise to take a good photo.

Shooting with multiple camera modules also enables you to adjust depth of field even after the picture has been taken. And because the final image is extremely high-resolution, the photo you took of your child on stage from the back of the auditorium is going going to be crisp and clear, even after aggressive cropping.


The White House Backs Down On Phone Encryption

The White House is backing away from legislation that would allow agencies access to encrypted information—officially, at least.

The decision comes after a year after encryption introduced on iPhones and some Android phones sparked a debate between law enforcement and tech companies over access to phone data. With iOS 8, most data stored on the phone and communications over services like iMessage were encrypted in a way that only users could access it — not even Apple could.


Antioxidants May Make Cancer Worse

New research suggests that supplements could actually increase cancer risk.

These molecular investigations shed light on the large human trials that have implicated antioxidants in cancer. It is possible that the supplements did not triggercancer but rather accelerated the progression of existing undiagnosed cancers, making later discovery of the disease likely.In other words, it "could be that while antioxidants might prevent DNA damage—and thus impede tumor initiation—once a tumor is established, antioxidants might facilitate the malignant behavior of cancer cells," Schafer says.


Twitter Planning Company-Wide Layoffs Next Week

Also on Twitter’s to-do list: Figuring out how to make money from a service a lot of people use.

Those close to the company have argued for years that Twitter has become too bloated. It reported roughly 4,100 employees last quarter, more than double the roughly 2,000 employees it had in Q2 2013 just before the IPO. Twitter’s user base has grown less than 50 percent in that time. Of course, some of the growth has come via acquisitions — Twitter has made plenty over the past two years. But still, the feeling from those close to the company is that Twitter’s engineering team is much larger than it needs to be.


Cosplay From The NYCC Comic-Con

Here’s a look at some of the contestants of the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay contest. I’m going to guess that the Hulkbuster has a good chance of winning.

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The contestants donned costumes from five different categories, Comic Books, Movies & Television, Video Games, Anime and Fantasy. They are judged on the authenticity, technique and fit of their costumes. The cash prize is $5,000 and the winner will also be automatically qualified for the final round of 2016 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, the final stop in the Quest for the Crown.


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