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Friday September 19, 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the ASUS STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition, followed by our ASUS Maximus VII Formula motherboard review. Finally, we wrapped up the week with an in-depth look at the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980.

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Judge OKs Serving Legal Papers Via Facebook

You'd better be on the lookout for suspicious friends requests because a judge in NY just approved serving legal papers via Facebook. eek!

In a groundbreaking court ruling, a Staten Island man got permission to use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice that he doesn’t want to pay any more child support. A Family Court official ruled that Noel Biscocho could use Facebook to serve Anna Maria Antigua because other, more traditional methods to slap her with papers have not worked.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro @ XtremeHardware

Contests: 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest @ TechARP

ETC.: PCPer Podcast #318 @ PC Perspective

V-MODA XS Headphones @ APH Networks

Motherboards: ASRock D1800B-ITX @ Hardware Secrets

ASUS Z97-A @ techPowerUP!

New GeForce 344.11 WHQL Drivers

All you GeForce owners out there should head on over to the NVIDIA website and grab the new GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers.

The new GeForce Game Ready driver, release 344.11 WHQL, allows GeForce owners to continue to have the ultimate gaming experience. This driver is aligned with today’s launch of the world’s most advanced GPUs—the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. With support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround displays, gaming has never been more realistic and immersive. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for the latest new blockbuster titles including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation.


World Wide Web Inventor Says Internet Fast Lanes Are Bribery

Internet "fast lanes" are bribery? Yeah, that sums it up nicely.

"We need rules," said Berners-Lee. "If businesses are to move here and start here rather than start in Europe or Brazil or Australia — they're going to look around and make sure, 'Oh, does the power stay up?' And they'll look for other things. 'Is the Internet open?' Will they have to effectively bribe their ISPs to start a new service? That's what it looks like from the outside. It's bribery."


Batmobile Found On The Millennium Falcon

Considering the fact that this video comes straight from Bad Robot Productions, I doubt this little Easter egg is fake.


Marriot Hotels Has Virtual Reality 'Teleporter' Booths

It seems kind of odd that Marriot Hotels has virtual reality teleporter booths. Why go to Hawaii and stay in one of their hotels when you can just use the booth?

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Journalistic Ethics Explained By An Expert

As a follow up to some of the recent events that called gaming journalists ethics into question, this guy took it upon himself to go to an expert.


[H]ot Deals

Today's [H]ot Deals forum thread is full of exclusive deals just for [H] readers. The best part is, some of these deals even come with free shipping! 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 while the getting is good.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013) Android Tablet w/Free Shipping = $199.99

MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost Pro i7 Gaming Notebook = $1699.15

HP 250 G2 15.6" LED Notebook w/Free Shipping = $399.99

Antec Sonata III 500 Black w/ 500W PSU = $99.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black w/ USB 3.0 = $69.99

Google Encrypting Data On Next Version Of Android By Default

According to this report, the next version of Android will encrypt data by default. Doing it by default will be good for people that don't know you can already encrypt your data on Android. wink

The next version of Android will for the first time encrypt data by default, Google confirmed Thursday, preventing both thieves and law enforcement officials from gaining access to personal information on the devices running the web giant's mobile operating system.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battleborn Gameplay Footage @ Shacknews

Clang Officially Cancelled @ Joystiq

Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 This Month @ Blue's News

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Xbox One Pre-Orders @ Major Nelson

Newspapers Want To Charge Extra For Black Friday Ads

And newspapers wonder why they are going the way of the dinosaur.

Still, that probably isn’t what papers like the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press had in mind when they announced that they’ll be charging subscribers an extra dollar or two for the privilege of receiving a bunch of ads.


iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

The folks over at iFixit have posted a teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus for those of you interested.


The Portable Pop-Up Gaming Room Is Here

Riiiight. You and I both know there ain't no gaming going on in this thing...this is a portable porn pup tent if I ever saw one. big grin

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First iPhone 6 Sold In Australia Dropped On Live TV

I didn't want to laugh at this poor guy...but I did. A lot. Thanks to HardUp4HardWare for the link.


Chin Strap That Harvests Energy From Chewing

Technology gone wrong or brilliant idea of the day? Your call.

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All you have to do is chew and talk and grind your jaw as per your usual doses of coffee and 5-Hour Energy, and the device provides tiny bits of juice that might be used to power hearing aids, wearable electronics, or some so-far unrealized implantable device of the cyborg future.


Apple's New U2-Removal Service

I like the part at the end when the guy says "But seriously, eff you. It was a free album, get over it." big grin


Bungie Leaving Disconnected Destiny Players Stranded

This is just ridiculous.You'd think Bungie would shell out some of that $325 million it made already to go towards tech support. frown

There's a reason for that: Bungie launched its "shared world shooter" without much of a customer support structure in place. Eight days after launch, users who haven't been able to connect—including one of Ars Technica's own contributors, who still can't get online with an Xbox 360 copy of the game—have exhausted all of the suggestions listed at help.bungie.net. At that point, those users are directed to visit Bungie's forums, "staffed by community mentors who are here to help you."


Where To Find The GTX 980 & GTX 970 For Sale

After reading our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 980, a bunch of you guys wanted to know where you could find one for sale. The answer? This forum thread has a TON of links to several brands of the GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX 970 video cards from various retailers. Hit the link to find what you are looking for. cool

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980

The wait is finally over! Our evaluation of the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 is here! Head on over and take a look at how the next-generation GPUs from NVIDIA perform when pit head to head with the competition.

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Today NVIDIA launches its newest Maxwell GPU. There will be two new GPUs, the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. These next generation GPUs usher in new features and performance that move the gaming industry forward. We discuss new features, architecture, and evaluate the gameplay performance against the competition.


NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 Review Round-Up

The NDA has expired and the review embargo has been lifted on the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980. 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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ASUS Announces STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970

ASUS today announced the STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II and GPU Tweak for cooler, quieter and faster performance. The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 are factory-overclocked at 1279MHz and 1253MHz respectively and are fitted with 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory operating at speeds up to 7010MHz for the best gameplay experience.

The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 both come with the ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology. With a 10mm a heatpipe to transport heat away from the GPU core, operating temperatures are 30% cooler and 3X quieter than reference designs. Efficient cooling and lower operating temperatures allow STRIX graphics cards to incorporate an intelligent fan-stop mode that can handle games such as League of Legends1 and StarCraft1 passively, making both cards ideal for gamers that prefer high-performance, low-noise PCs.

STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 graphics cards include Digi+ VRM technology. This 10-phase power design in the STRIX GTX 980 and 6-phase design in the STRIX GTX 970 uses a digital voltage regulator to reduce power noise by 30% and enhance energy efficiency by 15% – increasing long term stability and reliability. The STRIX GTX 970 is designed to use a single 8-pin power connecter for clean and easy cable management.

The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 come with GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that enables users to squeeze the very best performance from their graphics card. GPU Tweak provides the ability to finely control GPU speeds, voltages and video memory clock speeds in real time, so overclocking is easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

GPU Tweak also includes a streaming tool that lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, meaning others can watch live as games are played. It is even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.


ZOTAC Innovates Beyond Thermal Design with Next-Generation NVIDIA Maxwell Architecture

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the powerful and very efficient ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series next generation graphics card. The NVIDIA Maxwell architecture powered ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series arrives with customized versions including the elite AMP! Extreme Edition and premium

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 AMP! Extreme Edition targets the most demanding gamers and overclockers and holds nothing back. Utilizing new technologies that adds a triple fan IceStorm enhanced cooling system with carbon ExoArmor, enhanced OC Plus power regulation controller and LIGHT.id for an extreme enthusiast graphics card for those that want great looks and precise tuning capabilities.


Thursday September 18, 2014

Battlefield Hardline: Hotwire Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

If vehicle combat is your thing, you'll definitely want to check out the new Battlefield Hardline trailer.


Heavy Bullets Is Out Now

Heavy Bullets launched today. What's that you say? You don't know anything about the game? Watch the launch trailer below:


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro @ XtremeHardware

Competitions: be quiet! Straight Power 10 Giveaway @ eTeknix

Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Giveaway @ BigBruin

ETC.: Roccat Ryos MK Pro @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VII Formula @ Bjorn3D

Storage: Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB @ OCC

Video: Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 4GB @ Tweak.dk

Twitpic Is Not Shutting Down

Instead of shutting down next week, Twitpic is being acquired. I wonder if Twitter is the company buying them out?

After a shocking announcement by Twitpic that it would close its doors as a result of action by Twitter, now the company has announced that's not shutting down after all. There are no specific details, but in a tweet, it says "We're happy to announce we've been acquired and Twitpic will live on! We will post more details as we can disclose them."


Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle CEO

Larry Ellison has stepped down as Oracle's CEO. While Ellison didn't give any specific reasons for the move, we can only assume it's to spend more time with the girls in hula skirts on his Hawaiian island. Hell, isn't that what you'd do if you had his money. big grin

Oracle's sometimes bombastic frontman, CEO Larry Ellison, is stepping down from leading the company and handing off to now co-CEOs Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison will become chief technology officer and executive chairman of the board. Jeff Henley, Oracle's chairman for the last decade will be vice chairman of the board.


Does Silicon Valley Have A Contract-Worker Problem?

How does a company that raised $40 million in venture-capital funding pay homeless people $19 per house to clean them? Maybe we should ask Uber, Washio, Shyp and others.

To explain why it's possible for a cash-flush tech start-up to have homeless workers, it helps to know that the man I hired through Homejoy wasn't a Homejoy employee at all. That's because Homejoy doesn't employ any cleaners — like many of its peer start-ups, it uses an army of contract workers to do its customers' bidding. To hear Homejoy tell it, it's simply the digital middleman that allows people seeking home-cleaning services to find people willing to do it.


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