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Wednesday December 17, 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower @ Techgage

ETC.: Code Keyboard 104 Key & TKL @ LanOC

Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 External Enclosure @ PCPer

Motherboards: Asus Z97 Pro Wi-Fi AC @ HotHardware

PSU: Enermax NAXN ADV 550W @ Tweak.dk

Navy Drone Looks And Swims Like A Shark

You'd think that people would notice a shark way faster than they would anything else in the water. I know I would. eek!

The US Navy might just have a stealthier option with its experimental GhostSwimmer drone, which recently finished tests. The five-foot-long robot looks and swims much like a shark, letting it spy on enemies (or inspect friendly ships) without being conspicuous -- as long as curious foes don't get too close, anyway.


Sprint Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal 'Cramming'

Oh look, it's finally Sprints turn to be on the receiving end of some cramming for a change. big grin

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been working with the Federal Communications Commission, announced Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the wireless carrier, alleging it illegally billed wireless customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The suit also alleges that Sprint ignored complaints about the charges. The agency is seeking refunds to affected consumers as well as penalties to deter future unauthorized third-party charges.


MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB

Another review of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB has hit the internet today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing cooler that is noise-free during light gaming, and extremely quiet in even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970.


Sony Gives In To Hackers

Now that Sony has given in to the hackers, we can expect a lot more of this in the future. frown

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of "The Interview." In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.


North Korea Suspected In Sony Hack

The FBI says *shakes the Magic 8 Ball* North Korea may be involved in the Sony hack after all. Tune in tomorrow when a Ouija board tells the FBI something completely different. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The primary suspects are members of an elite North Korean cyber-security unit known as "Bureau 121," the sources also confirmed today. But authorities have not ruled out that it could be an insider cooperating with some groups with a grudge against Sony, or an insider who helped the North Koreans.


Life-Threatening Conditions Triggered By Your Console

This is what you get for playing games on a console. Just so you know, the PC Master Race is immune to all of the ailments mentioned in this article. wink

Is a Nintendo a safe Christmas present? From epilepsy to stroke, incontinence to Wii-itis, several life-threatening conditions can be triggered by your console. The findings, published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, include early reports of seizures, dubbed 'Nintendo epilepsy'.


We Must Recognize Video Games Place In Society And History

This article is definitely good reading. Make sure you forward it to all your non-gaming friends and family. wink

The UK’s video games industry body Tiga has called for the products to be treated like other creative industries such as television or film, rather than mere "software". There is a good argument for this. Games have been part of human civilisation for thousands of years.


Netflix: Offline Viewing Is "Never Going To Happen"

I guess that settles that. frown

For some time now, services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD have offered the ability to download shows for offline viewing, yet Netflix hasn't. And despite the pleas of the masses (or maybe it's just us) it doesn't sound like it's going to happen any time soon - or ever. Speaking to TechRadar, Cliff Edwards, Netflix's director of corporate communications and technology, said "It's never going to happen".


Tech Crime of the Century

What kind of deranged bastard would do something like this? I hope this criminal is swiftly brought to justice.

A resident on West Lake Cowdery Road reported he believes someone came into his house and changed the settings on his PlayStation 4.


Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare Gets DLC @ VG24/7

Dragon Age Inquisition Free & Paid DLC @ Blue's News

Get 50% Off Destiny Today @ Shacknews

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Coming In 2016 @ Joystiq

PC Hound in Public Beta

PC Hound is the latest and greatest PC building and specification system with focus on the hardware enthusiast. PC Hound checks compatibility, prices, shipping, rebates, even tax, and gives you a nice tidy and extremely quick format when doing so. PC Hound gives you several code-out options so you can easily post your build in forums you frequent. Save your build-outs for later as well.

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ICANN Falls For Spear Phishing Attack

You'd think that the people at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers would be smart enough to avoid spear phishing attacks. frown

ICANN believes that the attack was committed in late November using emails sent to staff members that were designed to look like they came from within ICANN. As a result of the attack, the email credentials of several ICANN staff members were compromised. Those credentials were then used to compromise other ICANN systems, including the CZDS.


You Can See Our Holiday Lights From Space

I can actually hear the Team America song in my head as I read this. big grin

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People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.


Assassin's Creed: Unity Patch Is 40GB?

The Assassin's Creed Unity patch is a 40GB download? Why would a patch require you to re-download the entire game? Oh wait, this is Ubisoft we are talking about, that explains it. frown

We have received and confirmed reports that some Xbox One players who have previously applied Patch 3 are seeing a 40GB download instead of the expected 6.7GB download. Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe @ Technic3D

Cooling: Thermalright Macho Zero @ HiTech Legion

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 3000c12 @ Cowcotland

Storage: Asustor AS7004T 4-Bay NAS @ Legion Hardware

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Poseidon Platinum @ ocaholic

How to Fool a Computer With Optical Illusions

Fooling computers with optical illusions? Whatever happened to the days when you fooled WOPR by running a nuclear war simulation?

And computer brains have become really, really good at being able to identify all kinds of things. Machines can recognize faces, read handwriting, interpret EKGs, even describe what's happening in a photograph. But that doesn't mean that computers see all those things the same way that people do.


Your Linux PC Isn't As Secure As You Think It Is

Even if your Linux box isn't as secure as you think, it is still way better than the alternatives when it comes to security.

It’s been an apocalyptic year for Linux security, with a sophisticated Trojan and security holes over 20 years old. The Shellshock bug left Linux desktops and servers wide open for anyone to own. Security updates fixed these problems—but you may not even be getting those patches.


Valve Apologizes As Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns

Apparently Gabe Newell has decided to step in and reverse an earlier decision to remove Hatred from Greenlight.

The Steam Greenlight campaign for Hatred has returned, not long after it was ended by Valve, who said at the time: "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down." Polish developer Destructive Creations' announcement of this isometric shooter admitted its themes are "disturbing," and this sparked controversy from the start.


Jury Finds Apple Not Guilty Of Antitrust

It looks as though Apple has walked away with a unanimous "not guilty" verdict from the jury yesterday. The plaintiff has promised to appeal but, at least for now, this case is finally over.

The plaintiffs represented a group of digital music consumers who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009 and alleged that Apple unfairly locked users into iTunes software on iPods, and in turn, locked out competitors. They sought damages of close to $350 million, which could have gone to $1 billion had Apple been found in violation of antitrust laws.


The Crew Review

Overclockers Club has a review of The Crew posted today that is certainly worth checking out. While we are on the subject, make sure you read our The Crew Performance Video Card Review if you haven't done so already.

It is a fun game and if you have an itch for a racing game, but not necessarily one limited to racetracks, this is a game to consider. The graphics are not the best, but considering how much there is to the game world, and the importance of strong, solid performance, this is forgivable. The story is nothing much to talk about as all it does is connect the various campaign missions, and nothing more. The gameplay has some issues, but is largely solid and fun. Those issues can also be avoided fairly comfortably.


Facebook Now Automatically Enhancing Your Mobile Photos

Whatever happened to the concept of just uploading my damn picture like I asked? No filters or adjustments, just upload the picture.

Photos uploaded to Facebook on an iPhone will now be gently enhanced by default, with the app adjusting lighting, shadows, and general clarity. You'll be able to remove the changes entirely, or you can enhance the photo further.


Lessons You Can Learn from Top Universities When Considering the Cloud

From Roger Williams University, with its renowned architecture program, to Villanova University, a leading regional school outside Philadelphia, to La Cité, one of Ontario, Canada’s top-ranked schools, universities are offering lessons in adopting virtualization that any business can learn from. And they’re doing it with NVIDIA GRID technology, which virtualizes the GPU to deliver true PC-quality graphics from the cloud to any device. So, break out your notepad. Here are three lessons universities can teach us regarding virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).


Tuesday December 16, 2014

Amazon Sellers Threatening Customers With Collections Over Pricing Error

I'm not sure what the laws are in the UK but is this even legal over there or just a lame scare tactic?

We understand that you think you may have grabbed a great bargain, but we have instructed amazon to revert the prices to our usual prices and recharge your card with the correct amount owed. We would like to offer customers a grace period of 7 days to create a return request and return any stock incorrect priced and dispatched. If this action isn’t carried out, we will seek to recover sums owed 1. By recharging your credit/debit card 2. If funds are not available, passing to a debt collection agency 3. Informing experian and getting your address added to the mail order black list


The 14 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2015

While it isn't a surprise to discover Google, NVIDIA, Apple, and Facebook top this list, I am a bit shocked by the big name tech companies that didn't make this list.

A number of notable tech companies included in the 2014 list didn’t make the top 50 for 2015, including Twitter, Intel, Citrix, eBay and Salesforce. Overall, fewer tech companies (14) made this year’s top 50 than last year (22). But tech companies as a group still make a good showing when it comes to employee satisfaction.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: NZXT H440 Special Edition @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Gamdias Hermes Ultimate @ PureOC

Gigabyte Raptor Mouse @ pcGameware

Motherboards: ASRock Z97 Anniversary @ Hardware Secrets

Network.: Linksys EA9200 AC3200 @ Legit Reviews

PSU: SilverStone SX600-G SFX 600W @ PCPer

Amazon Echo Teardown

iFixit has posted a teardown of the Amazon Echo this afternoon. What's the verdict? Like most things, it's easy to take a part but hard to put back together.

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AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps have published a review of the AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD today for those of you interested.

The R7 240 AMD-Branded SSD succeeds to perform really well and positions itself along with the latest Vertex 460 and Vector 150 drives from OCZ; the product succeeds to render very good write speeds and it comes in 7mm format, which makes it compatible with the latest ultrabooks. AMD has extended the warranty to 4 years and for added value we are also getting the Acronis proven drive cloning software for easy migration.


New Features Proposed For Fedora 22

The crew at Phoronix have the lowdown on what new features are being proposed for Fedora 22.

Fedora 22 will be released no earlier than next May while the full schedule has yet to be set in stone. As more Fedora 22 features are proposed and other changes talked about, you can expect to find them mentioned on Phoronix. The work mentioned here is just the start with Fedora 21 having been (finally) released just this past week.


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