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Friday October 24, 2014

Proof That U.S. Broadband Speeds Are SUPERFANTASTIC!

The cable industry is trying hard to convince everyone that broadband speeds in the U.S. are just peachy and getting better every day. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Once again, the latest survey of the current state of broadband around the globe [PDF] shows that, while improving, the U.S. still lags behind other developed countries, like South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Latvia, and Romania in average broadband speeds and access to decent Internet. But leave it to the cable industry to try to convince America that everything is A-OK, and to try to do so without mentioning that this message is being brought to you by the cable industry.

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Amazon Losses Widen As It Braces For Rocky Holiday Quarter

Not only did Amazon post a larger than expected 3Q loss, the company says its fourth quarter earnings won't be much better.

The company on Thursday posted a third-quarter loss of $437 million, or 95 cents a share, and revenue of $20.58 billion, falling short of analysts' average forecast of a loss of 74 cents a share with $20.84 billion in revenue. More importantly, the company said it expects sales between $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion for the critical fourth quarter, which also misses Wall Street's forecast of $30.89 billion.

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Microsoft Cloud Strength And Hardware Progress Drive Record 1Q Revenue

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Gross margin, operating income and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the quarter were $14.93 billion, $5.84 billion and $0.54 per share, respectively. These financial results include $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses, or an $0.11 per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July 2014 and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services ("NDS") business.

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Intel Xeon Processors Power New HP Moonshot Offerings

HP today announced two new HP ProLiant Moonshot server cartridges featuring Intel processors. Powered by Intel’s 2nd generation 64-bit Intel® Atom® processor based SoCs, the HP ProLiant m350 underscores Intel’s 64-bit SoC market and technology leadership by delivering the highest density available in the Moonshot family. The new HP ProLiant m710 server features the Intel® Xeon® E3-1284L v3 processor with built-in Intel® Iris Pro Graphics P5200. The products are another example of Intel providing customized solutions for its partners to address specific workloads. Customers can choose from server options that have been optimized to deliver unmatched performance density for workloads ranging from video transcoding and virtual application delivery to static web hosting.

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Thursday October 23, 2014

Generating Sparks From Falling Water

If you've ever wondered how you can generate a 10,000 volt spark using metal tubes and falling water, this video is for you.

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Special Olympics Plans to Engage Video Game Industry

Special Olympics today announced plans for engaging the $100 billion global video game industry in an effort to expand Special Olympics’ global message of inclusion and acceptance for people who have intellectual disabilities. Force Multiply Gaming (forcemultiplygaming.com), a social impact movement and brand of WarpSpeed Innovations Inc. (warpspeedconnection.com), helped identify the opportunity and is assisting Special Olympics in thinking about ways to share its message within the video game industry. Earlier this year, Special Olympics launched a new global "Play Unified" marketing campaign that is inspiring and mobilizing youth around the world to connect on the playing field with people with intellectual disabilities and create more inclusive communities. The campaign is activating millions of Special Olympics athletes, volunteers, and supporters to participate in unified activities around the world including activities in eSports. eSports is a term for organized video competitions, especially between professionals. By engaging with the video game industry, Special Olympics will have an innovative opportunity to further its message of inclusion, diversity, and empowerment by promoting unified play with athletes, eradicating stereotypes, and putting a stop to bullying.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Pandora mATX @ Guru3D

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ HiTech Legion

NZXT Kraken X31 @ ocaholic

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #323 @ PCPer

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHZ @ Bjorn3D

PSU: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W @ ThinkComputers

Storage: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD @ CDRLabs

The Imminent Death Of The Internet Troll

Raise your hand if you think we will see the end of internet trolls in our life time. Anyone?

In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. Two out of five people said they'd been victims of some form of online harassment. And nearly three-quarters of responders said they'd witnessed harassment online.

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AAA Game-File Sizes Are Getting Out Of Hand

Oh come on, you know you secretly love games that require 50GB installs and come with a 40GB day one patch. wink

The file sizes of video games always seem to get bigger with the move to each new set of consoles, and recent times are no exception. The difference today is that customers are increasingly being asked to acquire entire games straight out of the air instead of from a disc, and the sizes of today’s full-retail games are outpacing some people’s internet connections.

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iPad Air 2 Teardown

The iFixit crew has posted a teardown of the iPad Air 2 this afternoon. What did they find? Tons of hot glue.

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Cool Video of the Day

Trust me guys, this is one of the coolest things you will see all day.

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Fake News Sites Spread Ebola Panic Via Facebook

Why would anyone believe "news" stories on Facebook? Do you know how many times Morgan Freeman has been declared dead on Facebook?

There’s a scary story bouncing around Facebook, accruing hundreds of thousands of likes: the small town of Purdon, Texas, has been quarantined after a family of five was diagnosed with Ebola. The story is a total hoax, put out by a deeply cynical site called the National Report. But to the 340,000 people who saw it pop up in their news feed, it looked real enough to share.

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Auto Industry Forming Consortium To Fight Hackers

I hate to break it to these guys but, as long as you have computers in cars, they can be hacked.

"The goal is to make it very, very hard" for hackers to breach a vehicle’s security system, said Strickland, who is doing some consulting work for one of the participants. "Can you make it a zero risk? No, but you want to make it so hard that you can foreclose most opportunities."

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Stupid Criminal of the Day

I am not an expert on the subject but I think it's a bad idea to text your probation officer asking "You have some weed?"

An Albany man is going back to prison, after he texted his probation officer while looking to buy marijuana. Alvin Cross Junior plead guilty Monday to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year in prison. He was also sentenced to serve another year for violating his probation.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs @ Blue's News

Driveclub Is PS4′s Biggest Liability @ VG24/7

Rob Riggle Cast As Frank West @ Joystiq

Titanfall's 3 New Game Modes @ Shacknews

GhostDash: Augmented Reality Ghost Car and HUD

If you back this Kickstarter campaign you should probably set aside a little money for all the tickets you are going to get while you are at it. wink

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Introducing The Full-Body Mouse

I'm not sure if it was intentional or not but this is one of the funniest things I've seen all week.

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Thermalright Macho Zero Passive CPU Cooler

The crew at NikKTech has just posted a review of the Thermalright Macho Zero Passive CPU cooler. If you want cool and quiet, this heatsink could be just what you need.

What happens however when a manufacturer aims to release a completely passive CPU cooler? Well we've seen quite a few attempts in that field by some manufacturers but it wasn't until the excellent HR-22 (HighRiser series) by Thermalright that we really felt that you can have a small HTPC beast in your living room without having to worry about noise.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Silverstone Grandia GD10 @ eTeknix

Cooling: Deepcool GF120 Cooling Fan @ APH Networks

ETC.: ASUS Echelon Keyboard @ Vortez

Storage: SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD @ Hardware Heaven

Video: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D

Flash Vulnerability Being Exploited In Large-Scale Attacks

Aside from Photoshop, exploits and vulnerabilities, is there anything Adobe is good at anymore?

Windows and Mac users should update to Flash Player 15.0.0.189, or 13.0.0.250 if they’re using the extended support release. Users of Flash Player on Linux should upgrade to version 11.2.202.411. The Flash Player plug-ins bundled with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 will receive patches though the update mechanisms of those browsers.

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Tech Company Caught Paying Workers $1.21 An Hour

You mean you can't fly workers in from India and work them 120 per week for $1.21 per hour? How do you expect us to make a profit?

The Labor Department said about eight employees of Fremont-based Electronics For Imaging were flown in from India and worked 120-hour weeks to help with the installation of computers at the company's headquarters. The employees were paid their regular hourly wage in Indian rupees, which translated to $1.21.

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Christian Bale Confirmed To Play Steve Jobs

Christian Bale is a great actor and, with his ability to get super skinny for roles, I think he would make a great Steve Jobs. Maybe this will help us forget that Ashton Kutcher movie.

Sorkin confirmed Bale's appointment on Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg, in which he revealed the Welsh-born, Oscar-winning actor didn't even have to audition. According to Sorkin, who wrote the screenplay for "Jobs" based on the officially endorsed autobiography by Walter Isaacson, every frame of the film will feature Bale.

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China Deploys Troops And Fighter Jets Over A Mapping Drone

Can you imagine the look on the drone operator's face when the Chinese army showed up with over 1,200 troops and a couple fighter jets? eek!

China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported on Thursday. Three men were being prosecuted over the incident, the China Daily said. It cited prosecutors as saying that 1,226 military personnel, 123 military vehicles, 26 radar technicians, two fighter jets and two helicopters were sent into action after the aircraft was spotted on radar screens.

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Police Agencies Sharing Seized Phone Data

Hang on a minute, does this even seem legal to you? This adds new meaning to a "shared data plan." wink

A newly publicized document shows that five local police departments in southeastern Virginia have been secretly and automatically sharing criminal suspects’ telephone metadata and compiling it into a large database for nearly two years.

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IBM And Microsoft To Offer Greater Choice In The Hybrid Cloud

IBM and Microsoft announced today that they are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. As adoption of hybrid cloud computing accelerates, this relationship will give clients, partners and developers more choice in the cloud, helping them drive new business opportunities, spur innovation and reduce costs. Specifically, the newly announced relationship provides the following client benefits:

  • IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure.

  • Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform.

  • To support hybrid cloud deployments, IBM will expand support of its software running on Windows Server Hyper-V, and the companies plan to make IBM Pure Application Service available on Azure.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to Keynote at 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association today announced that Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Krzanich’s keynote is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Jan. 6. During the keynote, Krzanich will address what’s next in computing innovation, the forces driving the next wave of consumer technology, and the company’s plans for bringing amazing experiences that redefine computing to life.

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Wednesday October 22, 2014

[H]ot Deals For [H]alloween

Make sure you guys check out this [H]ot Deals forum thread for exclusive deals on hardware just for [H] readers. The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals before the 29th!

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SanDisk Mobile Ultra 64gb UHS-1 MicroSDXC card

Beyerdynamic DTX 102IE in ear headphones

Western Digital 3TB Green HDD

Microsoft Lumia To Replace The Nokia Brand

According to this report, Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name on its Lumia phones sooner than expected.

Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt "Microsoft Lumia" for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks.

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