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Monday April 27, 2015

Grand Theft Auto V Single GPU Performance Review Part 1

We have published part one of our Grand Theft Auto V Single GPU Performance Review this afternoon. If you want to know which single-GPU video card is right for you, make sure you take a few moments to read this review.

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This is Part 1 of our full evaluation of Grand Theft Auto V's video card gaming performance. In this part we look at single-GPU performance on eight video cards at 1440p and 1080p. We discuss what settings are playable, architecture performance differences, and what settings have the biggest impact on your gaming performance.


Bethesda: Why We’re Trying Paid Skyrim Mods On Steam

It looks as though Bethesda has finally chimed in on the whole paid mods on Steam brouhaha.

We believe most mods should be free. But we also believe our community wants to reward the very best creators, and that they deserve to be rewarded. We believe the best should be paid for their work and treated like the game developers they are. But again, we don’t think it’s right for us to decide who those creators are or what they create.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: In Win 904 Plus @ XtremeHardware

Gaming: Witcher 2 @ Real Hardware Reviews

Motherboards: Asrock X99E-ITX/ac @ TechSpot

Asus Z97-P Motheboard @ Tech Report

Power Supply: Antec Strictly Power 550W @ NikKTech

SilverStone 500W SFX-L Series @ PCPer

ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Router

The crew at Legit Reviews had a lot of nice things to say about the ASUS RT-AC3200 they just reviewed. If you are wireless router shopping, this review should be of interest to you.

As part of their Extreme Series, ASUS has released their RT-AC3200 Tri-Band 802.11ac router that features one of the fastest data rate combinations of any router on the market today. With a theoretical top speed of 3200 Mbps, the ASUS RT-AC3200 uses two 802.11ac networks (5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz) with three transmitters a piece for a 3x3 antenna configuration.


Netflix Biggest Cause of TV Ratings Drop

Truthfully, I think the only people surprised by this are the big wigs at the TV networks that have ignored the writing on the wall for years.

While cord cutting has been a small but meaningful trickle, TV ratings have also taken a major hit over the last year -- in particularly children's programming. With Netflix now accounting for around 6$ of all TV viewing in the United States, Wall Street analysts estimate that Netflix was responsible for around 43% of the ratings decline networks witnessed last quarter.


Time Warner Cable Not Seeking Rebound Romance With Cox

Don't let them try to fool you, everyone knows Time Warner Cable loves Cox.

First there was news that Charter, who was originally rejected in favor of Comcast’s bigger, sexier proposal, was once again standing outside TWC’s window with a boombox over its head. Now come rumors that TWC may be trying to make some merger magic happen with Cox.


Steam Allowing Paid Mods Is Awesome

While the average gamer may be against Steam allowing people to charge for mods, at least one person is for it. I'll leave it up to you to determine whether or not he's just trolling.

Many Steam users feel that there is a difference between "real" games and DLC as opposed to mods, which they see as something that should always be free. They’re wrong. This change is awesome, and ultimately it will be great for Steam, developers and especially players.


HyperX Launches New Savage SATA-Based SSD

HyperX®, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced HyperX Savage, its next-generation SATA Rev. 3 (6Gb/s) SSD. HyperX Savage is powered by the Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller delivering incredible read/write speeds for both compressible and incompressible data, as well as high IOPS. It replaces the highly successful HyperX 3K SSD.

HyperX Savage is the fastest SATA-based SSD in the HyperX family. With sequential speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, and IOPS of up to 100,000 read and 89,000 write, HyperX Savage offers higher performance, ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system. It features an eye-catching red steel and aluminum case with a low profile to fit most notebooks, desktops and small-form factor PC builds. This new design continues the HyperX trend as a leader in stylish gaming products.


Judge: Microsoft Phones Infringe Patents

It looks like Microsoft might have a little patent trouble on its hands again.

The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital, a patent licensor, and said it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from import into the United States. The judge's decision must be reviewed by the full commission before any import ban is enacted.


Report: Only 20% Of U.S. Apple Watches Have Shipped

This isn't meant to be a dig at Apple, but isn't this the way it always goes when the company launches a new product?

How many buyers have actually got their hands on an Apple Watch at this point? According to U.S. online commerce market research firm, Slice Intelligence, the launch weekend saw only around a fifth (22 per cent) of U.S. buyers get a delivery from Cupertino. Or 376,000 out of a total of 1.7 million early U.S. orders.


Overstock Wants To Offer Stock That Works Like Bitcoin

Overstock filed a prospectus with the SEC indicating its intention to issue up to $500 million in stock that is controlled by a bitcoin-like network. eek!

"We may decide to offer securities as digital securities…the ownership and transfer of which are recorded on a cryptographically-secured distributed ledger system using technology similar to (or the same as) the distributed ledger technology used for trading digital currencies," the filing reads.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Broken Age: Act 2 Release Plans @ Blue's News

Halo 5 Xbox One Coming @ VG24/7

Kerbal Space Program 1.0 Launched @ Shacknews

Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms @ GameSpot

Google Announces A Patent Purchase Promotion

Google has announced a patent purchase promotion that, according to the company, is designed to "remove friction from the patent market." Essentially the company is offering to buy up everyone's patents to keep them from patent trolls. In theory that's all peachy, but what happens when Google has all the patents?

So today we’re announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion as an experiment to remove friction from the patent market. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015. If we contact you about purchasing your patent, we’ll work through some additional diligence with you and look to close a transaction in short order. We anticipate everyone we transact with getting paid by late August.


ESPN Sues Verizon Over Customizable FiOS TV Plans

It's not like we didn't see this coming, we just didn't expect it to be ESPN.

ESPN is at the forefront of embracing innovative ways to deliver high-quality content and value to consumers on multiple platforms, but that must be done in compliance with our agreements. We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts.


New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

There is a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer out today. I'm a fan of the franchise so far but I'm not too sure about this installment. Your thoughts?


Streaming Music ‘War’ Looming Between Jay Z And Apple

Jay Z is a tough customer but Apple knows how to fight dirty so this battle could go either way.

Last week it emerged that Tidal, following its March 30 launch, has fallen out of the iPhone top 700 apps. But positioning in the app charts is driven by downloads, and according to our source, Apple "deliberately took a long time to approve Tidal iOS app updates. Tidal had a new app on Android on April 15, but still hasn’t received approval for Apple’s iOS app store."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: BitFenix AEGIS mATX Case @ HwC

Cooltek W2 Compact ATX Case @ Cowcotland

ETC.: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

Ozone Rage ST Headset @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ BmR

Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ ThinkComputers

When Google Errs: A Cautionary Tale Of Great Power

You'd think something like this would be easy to clear up with a phone call or two. Apparently that isn't the case. frown

Everything was great until I purchased the domain cxotalk.com at an auction. Without the hyphen, I hoped the new web address would make the site just a bit easier for users to find. Little did I know that this change would serve as a catalyst for Google to incorrectly take a "manual action" and classify the entire cxotalk.com domain as "pure spam."


AT&T Claims Buying DirecTV Will Somehow Expand Gigabit Fiber

Does anyone know how AT&T plans to expand gigabit fiber to its customers by buying DirecTV?

"Based on the expected content cost savings alone, AT&T concluded that it will have an economically viable business case to justify expanding FTTP GigaPower's reach to at least two million additional customer locations that would not meet investment thresholds absent the merger, and AT&T has committed to do exactly that within four years of the closing of the merger," AT&T wrote in the filing.


Interactive Exhibit Features Two Decades Of Female Game Developers

This is crazy talk! How can there be an interactive exhibit featuring two decades of female game developers when there are no women in gaming?

"Women created this industry," Alex Handy, founder and director of a California digital art museum, told me via email. "From the imagination and creativity of Roberta Williams, to the technical skill of Carol Shaw, to the leadership skills of Amy Henning, women are an integral part of the history of video games."


Phanteks Enthoo Primo

If you are shopping for a full-tower case, you might want to check out this review of the Phanteks Enthoo Primo at APH Networks. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Although relatively young as a company, Phanteks is able to pack all these features in a large case to satisfy a niche market. Out of the box, we are presented with clean and classy looks. In addition, the Enthoo Primo features a large tinted window alongside a smaller window to showcase its name tag to enhance its classy theme.


Grooveshark Faces $736 Million In Copyright Damages

These guys better hope they can live up to their name and "escape" that $736 million that the record companies are trying to get out of them. eek!

As Grooveshark parent company Escape Media prepares to face off against the world's largest record labels in New York later today, the company is bracing for the worst. In a pre-hearing ruling a judge described Grooveshark's copyright violations on 4,907 tracks as "willful", potentially putting the company on the hook for $736 million in damages.


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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

NVIDIA Wins Two Edison Awards For Innovation

The awards – named for fabled U.S. inventor Thomas Edison – recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Prizes were handed out in a wide range of categories by an independent team of judges from industry and academia. Other winners this year include GE, LG, Dow Chemicals, Logitech, Lenovo, Hyundai and 3M. Our VCM won a Gold award in the Automotive Computing category. The VCM is a modular computer that gives automakers a fast, easy way to update their systems with the latest mobile technology. This has helped Audi reduce its infotainment development cycle to two years, from the industry standard five to seven years. And Tesla Motors uses two VCMs to drive the screens in the Model S.


Sunday April 26, 2015

Italian Eyewear Maker Luxottica Working on New Version of Google Glass

If the only reason you didn’t care much for Google Glass was because of the signature nerdy look, you might still be a candidate for the next generation of Google Glass. According to the WSJ, Google has teamed with Luxottica, maker of the very popular Ray-Ban and Oakley brand sunglasses, to improve the look and image of Glass and the results will be on the market in the near future.

He said that "version two" of Glass is "in preparation," but he didn’t stop there. Vian also hinted at the next, next wave of Google’s smart eyeglasses, telling shareholders, "In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version three [of the eyewear]."


Swiss Post Set to Test Mail Delivery by Drone

A test project between the Swiss Postal Service and Matternet will test the feasibility of mail delivery by drone on Swiss postal routes. It could be pretty soon when the sound of a drone coming through the valleys signal the delivery of mail, replacing the familiar postman. cool

Swiss Post is working with drone outfit Matternet for the duration of the tests. The company’s first drone can transport packages up to 1 kg (2.2 pounds) a distance of 20 km (12.4 miles) on a single charge.


Debian Team Announces the Release of Debian 8

After two years of development, Debian 8 has finally been released to the public. With the code name of Jessie, the new operating system has many new features and will be supported for at least the next five years. If you are interested in the new distro of Linux, the download link is included. cool

True, many of the available packages are not the most up-to-date, but this operating system does not focus on the bleeding edge. Instead, Debian is a good distro if you want reliability and dependability.


Credit Card Terminals Have Used Same Password Since 1990s

If this doesn’t make you want to use cash, nothing will. Researchers have found that a major ATM vendor has been shipping out units with the same unchanged password since the mid-nineties. If you are interested, the password is still 166816. eek!

The researchers said that the password remains in use on nine out of 10 terminals they see from the vendor, in part because customers mistakenly assume it is unique to them.


Comcast-TWC Merger Dead: Charter Waiting in the Wings

The Time-Warner Cable deal is dead with Comcast, but TWC is still up for grabs. According to the WSJ, Charter Communications is purported to be gearing up for a new run at Time Warner now that Comcast is totally out of the picture.

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus declined to comment directly on any other potential acquisitions, but noted that his company would remain open to any possibilities that could result in future growth and success.


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