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Tuesday August 19, 2014

Time Warner Cable Also Charging Netflix For Direct Connection

Is there anyone left that isn't charging Netflix for a direct connection to their network? frown

Comcast, then Verizon, AT&T and now Time Warner Cable. That's the list of ISPs that have less-than-politely declined Netflix's free OpenConnect setup, and instead decided they'll take a payment from the streaming service in exchange for connecting its network directly to theirs.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Corsair Carbide SPEC 01 @ MadShrimps

ETC.: Nerdytec Couchmaster @ Cowcotland

PSU: Corsair HX750i 750W @ HiTech Legion

XFX PRO 450W Core Edition @ eTeknix

Storage: Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB @ CPCR

Kingston HyperX FURY 240GB @ Hardware Secrets

Video: HIS Multi View Display Adapters @ PureOC

Google Street View Runs Over Puppy?

The bad part about doing ANYTHING in a Street View car? The camera catches everything. eek!

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Chromecast Extension Makes All YouTube Videos AutoPlay

Are embedded YouTube videos automatically playing on every site you visit? Are you are a Chrome user with the Chromecast extension installed? You'd better read this for a rundown on what's going on.

The YouTube team confirmed that there was a bad push yesterday which caused this issue to be triggered. There is a fix being qualified and that is scheduled to be pushed today that will correct this issue. Closing this issue for now, since there's not a Chrome issue here in any event. Thanks to everyone for reporting this issue.


The Real Value Of $100 In Each State

The Tax Foundation has put out a map of the U.S. that shows you the real value of $100 in each state. While not tech related, this is something I think most of you will find interesting.

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Google Eyes Kid-Friendly Accounts For YouTube, Gmail

I don't know, kid-friendly accounts for YouTube and Gmail seems like a pretty good idea. What do you think?

The Web giant is reportedly working on versions of YouTube and Gmail that are specifically geared towards children. If Google goes through with the plan, it would be the first time the company has offered accounts to children under 13 years old, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed people familiar with Google's plans.


Gun vs. iPhone Case + Slow Motion = Awesome

Skip to the two minute mark if you just want to see this thing get blown to bits. cool


U.S. Court Grants Order to Wipe Pirate Sites from the Internet

Exactly how do you go about "wiping pirate sites from the internet?"

A U.S. federal court in Oregon has granted a broad injunction against several streaming sites that offer pirated content. Among other things, the copyright holder may order hosting companies to shut down the sites' servers, ask registrars to take away domain names, and have all search results removed from Google and other search engines.


Steve Ballmer Steps Down As Board Member At Microsoft

I don't care what anyone says, if I was Steve Ballmer, I'd take my bag o' billions and split too. big grin

Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off. The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately.


Game Developer Harassment As Bad As Ever?

Is game developer harassment as bad as this article makes it seem or does the game industry just need to grow thicker skin?

So what difference has a year made? Not much, it seems. Developers are still harassed, the IGDA decided against support groups but are creating a special interest group to investigate mental health. It is also looking at ways to train gamers to be more polite in their interactions with developers.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Arena: Cyber Evolution Early Access @ Blue's News

Gamescom 2014 Sees 335,000 Attendees @ Shacknews

New Enemy Starfighter Trailer @ Polygon

Ubisoft Continues Shift Away From Wii U @ Joystiq

Cooler Master GXII 650W Power Supply

Our evaluation of the Cooler Master GXII 650W PSU is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you are shopping for a new power supply, make sure you read this before spending your hard earned money.

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Cooler Master is a name synonymous with enthusiast computer desktop builds. You have likely purchased one if not more of its products in the past if you build your own boxes. The GXII line popped up on our radar recently, as we were seeing it on many brick and mortar computer store shelves, so we bought one to see what it is made of.


Delaware Has A New Digital Inheritance Law

Every state needs to follow Delaware's lead on this one.

Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families’ rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death. Last week, Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act," which gives heirs and executors the same authority to take legal control of a digital account or device, just as they would take control of a physical asset or document.


Streaming Breaking Bad Over LTE Costs Over $2,000

The folks over at Consumerist broke down the cost of streaming Breaking Bad over wireless broadband and found that it can set you back well over $2,000. eek!

Using traditional home, wired broadband — cable or DSL — to watch all of Breaking Bad in one billing cycle would cost the average user between $30 and $100. Using most wireless broadband — satellite or mobile — to watch all of Breaking Bad in one billing cycle would cost the average user between $1200 and $2200.


When The Police Can Brick Your Phone

While I want to make a tinfoil hat joke here, we all know this is definitely possible.

If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple. Google and Apple have already demonstrated their ability to remove software from all devices using their respective operating systems. If the designers of a phone’s operating system can brick a phone, guess who else can do the same? Everybody from the NSA to your friendly neighborhood police force, that’s who. At most, all they’ll need is a convincing argument that they’re acting in the interest of "public safety."


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Anidees AI6 Black Window @ XtremeHardware

Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro-ATX @ eTeknix

ETC.: EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse @ Techgage

Logitech Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse @ Legit Reviews

SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse @ Vortez

Video: Mobile GPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink

If your next build requires a low profile heatsink, the crew at Hardware Asylum recommend the Raijintek Pallas CPU cooler.

Overall performance was better than we had expected. During our tests the heatsink performed quite well and offered very little fan noise. The performance extended into our overclocking tests which allowed us to push our 2600K up to 4.7Ghz and still had thermal headroom to grow.


Indie Game Studio Discovers Trolls

It's kinda sad when you see someone discover trolls for the first time. frown

When a troll starts to spout shit on some high-profile and influential site on the internet, you have a problem. It’s a very thorny problem because even discussion about the fact that it is a problem is license for the rest of the internet to start trolling you. It has been said that the best way to deal with trolls is of course, not to bait them, but unfortunately they can leave some fairly high-profile bullshit lying around on the internet referring to you, and that’s pretty difficult to deal with when it’s attached to your permanent and public facing persona as an individual and/or a business.


AMD Radeon R7 Series SSD Review Round-Up

Reviews are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.



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SSD Review

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EFF Urges Senator to 'End Secret Copyright Trade Deals'

I'm not saying it is impossible for a politician to quit doing secret backroom deals but that saying "a leopard can't change its spots" does come to mind. smile

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on Senate Finance Committee Chair Senator Ron Wyden (D-ORE.) to not allow trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be fast tracked and to bring the details of these trade deals into the public eye for further scrutiny.


Corsair Commander Mini Provides Ultimate Control of PC Cooling, Lighting, and Performance

Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware components, today announced the availability of the Corsair Commander Mini control unit. The compact Commander Mini gives users the ability to connect and control multiple lights, fans, and other Corsair devices with an intuitive software interface. The Corsair Commander Mini is a centralized control unit for Corsair Link PC control and monitoring system. Equipped with four Corsair Link Digital ports, six fan control connectors, four temperature probe inputs, and a port for connecting Corsair Link LED lighting strips, Corsair Commander Mini lets users take complete control of their PC’s lighting and cooling. The unit is easy to install with an included mounting kit and connects to your PC via a standard SATA connector for power and an included cable to connect it to a USB 2.0 header on the PC’s motherboard.


WD Celebrates 10th Anniversary of My Passport Drives

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD®, a Western Digital company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world’s most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of content protection for consumers worldwide. The My Passport Ultra™ - Metal Edition™ drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD’s enduring portable drive line. They feature elegant metal exteriors, up to 2 TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.


AMD Expands Gaming Portfolio with New Radeon R7 Series SSDs

AMD today announced a new technology partnership with OCZ Storage Solutions – A Toshiba Group Company, for AMD Radeon™-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Starting today, users can purchase the AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities from their favorite online retailers. The AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs are an excellent choice for gamers looking to upgrade their system’s overall responsiveness with an economical solution that puts performance and reliability front and center.


Intel Ultimate MakerSpace at IDF14

This year at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) will be the company’s first Intel® Ultimate MakerSpace. This IDF experience includes a showcase area with maker demos and simple hands-on activities, including the ConnectAnyThing lab. Attendees will also have an opportunity to work with on-site instructors to build new ideas on Intel® Galileo boards and Intel software. At the end of each day, the Ultimate MakerSpace "Orbit Lounge" will be the place to check out the day’s maker projects and prize winners. Creators and makers can sign up for free day passes here.


Monday August 18, 2014

Apple Addresses Labor Violations At Chinese Factories

I'm not sure why anyone even reports on this stuff anymore. Apple is repeatedly in news for this stuff but, other than people squawking about it, nothing ever gets done. frown

The report found that both factories fell short of local requirements for indoor air quality testing, and that 80 percent of workers interviewed in Shanghai claimed to have been charged a hiring fee by a broker or agent. Moreover, workers were not paid due wages for sick leave, and during the busiest periods of the year, facilities regularly exceeded legal limits on working hours.


Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus

Hot on the heels of the Destiny Mars trailer we showed you yesterday (here) comes the official Destiny Venus gameplay trailer.


Intel Core i7-5960X Spotted In The Wild?

You'll need a translator to read this page but, according to a rough translation and the photos below, this is a 3GHz Intel Core i7-5960X with 8 cores and 20MB of L3 cache. Supposedly we will see these in retail at the end of this month.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Cooltek Antiphon Mid-Tower @ ocaholic

Storage: Angelbird WRK SSD @ Legit Reviews

Angelbird WRK SSD @ PC Perspective

Angelbird WRK SSD @ HiTech Legion

Kingston HyperX FURY 240GB SSD @ NikKTech

Video: ASUS STRIX GTX 750Ti OC Edition @ Tweak.dk

Violent Games Can Cause Mental Problems

Oh look, it's another "violent video games are evil" article! roll eyes (sarcastic)

Allowing children to play video games with violent fighting could affect their mental state and spur boys in particular to become violent, psychologists have warned. Dr Nilar Kyu, a professor who heads the Psychology Department at Yangon University, said: "As an effect of media, children usually follow what they see through TV channels. For example, suicide cases could happen if they see two friends commit suicide because they love each other so much.


Octopus-Inspired Adaptive Camouflage

This octopus-inspired adaptive camouflage is pretty bad ass.


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