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Thursday July 02, 2015

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower Chassis

We have just published our evaluation of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX mid-tower case. If you are shopping for a premium chassis, you do not want to miss this review.

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Today we review the new computer case from Phanteks, the Enthoo EVOLV Mid Tower Chassis. It brings with it full aluminum construction and promises features such as quick release side panels, top mount radiator brackets, a new data drive mounting system, and lots of pretty LEDs in four different colors.

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People Are Scamming Destiny's Red Bull DLC

If you were planning on buying some Red Bull to get the promotional Destiny DLC, you should probably hold off on that for a bit. eek!

Somehow, people figured out how these codes work—and now others can compose their very own Red Bull Destiny codes without actually having to buy anything. Alarmingly, it’s as simple as putting together certain letters and numbers together in specific patterns, and it actually works.

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Ford Recalls 432K Cars Over Software Problem

If you are a Ford owner you probably want to read this. Thanks to cageymaru for the heads up!

Ford is recalling 432,000 Focus, C-Max and Escape vehicles because of a software problem that could keep their engines running after drivers try to shut them down. Ford Motor Co. says there is a flaw in the body control module software in the vehicles. As a result of the problem, the engine could keep running after the key is turned to "off" and removed, or after the start/stop button is pressed to turn the engine off.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Cooltek W2 Compact ATX @ pcGameware

ETC.: Noko Leatherworks TKL Wrist Rest @ LanOC

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 240GB @ Neoseeker

Video: ASUS Strix R7 370 DirectCU II 4GB @ Tweak.dk

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ @ Techgage

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980 Ti @ HiTech Legion

Team Fortress 2 Update Released

Valve has released an update for Team Fortress 2 today through Steam. There is a boatload of fixes, updates, class changes, weapon changes and the Gun Mettle campaign.

The Gun Mettle Update has arrived!

  • Comic and additional information available on the website

  • 3 featured community maps: Borneo, Snowplow and Suijin

  • New Control Point map: Powerhouse

  • 4 new weapon collections with new decorated weapons

  • 2 new weapon cases

  • New weapon-inspect animations

  • Added featured items to the main menu

  • 2 new community taunts: The Proletariat Posedown and The Box Trot

  • New group taunt: The Kazotsky Kick

  • 5 new Powerhouse achievements

  • Pick-up dropped weapons in-game (if usable by your class)

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Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Hah! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. He talked all that crap about violent video games at the same time he was secretly brokering gun deals with undercover cops pretending to be the mob.

Former state Sen. Leland Yee entered a packed federal courtroom here Wednesday looking relaxed. Unable to find a seat, he squeezed in next to reporters who had once covered the child psychologist’s legislative work as an advocate for youth and the mentally ill, and were now here to watch him plead guilty in a sweeping public corruption case.

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NASA Captures The Two Faces Of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back new color images that show two different faces of Pluto.

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New color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. Each of the spots is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) in diameter, with a surface area that’s roughly the size of the state of Missouri.

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YouTube Doesn’t Have To Proactively Police Piracy

In other words, Google can just carry on doing business as usual. Nothing to see here folks, move on.

A court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that YouTube is not required to actively monitor user uploads for pirated content. The court found that YouTube is not liable for what users upload, but did stress that Google's video platform has to do more to combat copyright infringement.

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Bitfenix Aegis Case Review

If you are shopping around for a mATX case, head on over to Modders Inc. and read their review of the Bitfenix Aegis.

Since the Bitfenix Aegis leans more towards the liquid-cooling crowd, its internals are designed in a way that can accommodate these components. Despite the increased popularity, custom liquid cooling remains a small niche activity in PC DIY relative to standard air-cooled systems hence it is not a risk-free move trying to appeal to this crowd.

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Random Guy Sneaks Into Game Studio, Steals Lunch

While this story is super creepy (who does this kind of stuff? ), the response from the company is pretty cool.

No one asked me if I worked there, I just sat in the chairs and moved around every now and then. at 12:01pm the lunch lady says that food is ready over the overcom and I join up the line. Theres a bunch of plates stacked and then you just grab the food buffet style. I sat down and enjoyed my free lunch and started talking to some people. They told me they were working on a new game called Keystone.

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Star Wars Battlefront Alpha PC Footage

For those of you interested, a bunch of footage from the Star Wars Battlefront alpha has popped up on YouTube today.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare Supremacy Released @ Blue's News

Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max Trailer @ Shacknews

Uncharted 4 Is 30fps In Single Player @ VG24/7

Xbox Live Sign In Issues Fixed @ Official Site

MasterCard Will Approve Purchases By Scanning Your Face

And the countdown to someone creating an animated GIF of your face from a photo and playing it on a separate device to trick MasterCard's app starts now.

If you choose fingerprint, all it takes is a touch. If you go with facial recognition, you stare at the phone -- blink once -- and you're done. MasterCard's security researchers decided blinking is the best way to prevent a thief from just holding up a picture of you and fooling the system.

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Sprint CEO Trash Talks T-Mobile On Twitter

It looks like T-Mobile's CEO is getting under somebody's skin. big grin

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Do You Suffer From Digital Amnesia?

Acccording to this article, connected devices are causing digital amnesia. At least that's what I think it said, I can't remember now. wink

A new report from Kaspersky Lab calls this phenomenon 'digital amnesia'. It surveyed over 1,000 consumers across the US and finds that 91 percent of them say they use the Internet as an online extension of their brain.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition @ Legit Reviews

Power Supply: Corsair HX1200i @ ThinkComputers

XFX Pro 1000 1000W PSU @ CowcotLand

Video: AMD Fury X Sound Testing @ PCPer

Zotac NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti 6GB @ HardwareSlave

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme @ Guru3D

Amazing 3D Printed Toy Tank

You guys really need to watch this video! Seriously, stop what you are doing and watch this. eek!

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Intel Announces Leadership Changes

Today Intel Corporation's CEO, Brian Krzanich, announced a series of leadership and organizational changes in a message to employees. Intel President Renée James informed the board that she will be stepping down as President of Intel to pursue an external CEO role. She has agreed to stay at Intel until January in order to transition the Executive Office. In connection with today's news, James today distributed an employee message about her plans.

In addition, other leadership and organizational changes that are being made to streamline operations and better position Intel for growth include:

  • Arvind Sodhani, President of Intel Capital, will retire in January after a distinguished 35-year career with the company. President of Mergers and Acquisitions Wendell Brooks will take an expanded role to also become President of Intel Capital. Merging these teams under one leader will allow clear focus across all investment opportunities for Intel.

  • On July 1, the Intel Security organization – formerly the independent McAfee division – was formally integrated into Intel operations under the leadership of General Manager Chris Young. This integration will deliver better technologies for our customers and more effective operations that enable Intel Security to advance the state of security across the industry.

  • Intel Communication and Devices Group General Manager Aicha Evans has been elevated to the company's Management Committee, reflecting the leadership role she plays across Intel's business and the importance of communication and mobility to the company's growth strategy and product portfolio.

  • Josh Walden, General Manager of Intel's New Technology Group, now leads all product and research teams that create and deploy new technology categories, such as interactive computing devices, perceptual computing and wearable devices. He is responsible for expanding the power of Moore's Law into entirely new categories.

  • Associated with these changes, Intel executives Hermann Eul and Mike Bell will leave the company after a transition period.

"We are aligning our leadership structure to continue to become more efficient in order to deliver the benefits of our strategy even faster than before," said Krzanich.

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NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Cooler

Benchmark Reviews has published a review of the NZXT Kraken X41 CPU cooler today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Aside from the inclusion of a variable speed pump, the NZXT Kraken X41 improves from it’s predecessor, the Kraken X40, by adding a thicker radiator with a more dense fin array which accounts for 36% more surface area. NZXT has also given the Kraken X41 extended tubing to ensure compatibility with all installation environments.

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Chicago Now Taxes Netflix And Other Cloud-Based Services

Chicago is taxing cloud-based services now? Seriously? Is nothing sacred?

Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently to expand its taxing power.

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Plex TV Hacked

Plex sent out an e-mail today warning users that its forum servers have been hacked. According to this article, the hacker is demanding ransom or he will release the user data to the public. frown

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Robot Kills Man At Volkswagen Plant

Everyone laughs when I say "robots are going to KILL US ALL!" It's not so funny now, is it? Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

A 22-year-old man was helping to put together the stationary robot that grabs and configures auto parts Monday when the machine grabbed and pushed him against a metal plate, the Associated Press reported. He later died from the injuries. Volkswagen did not release the man’s name.

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4 New Games Arrive For NVIDIA SHIELD

We’re expanding our library of SHIELD games with four new titles today: Half-Life 2, Episode Two; Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut; Never Alone; and Funk of Titans. And more’s on the way. Powered by our Tegra X1 processor, SHIELD Android TV delivers a great gaming experience. Already, there are more than 100 high-quality games available in our curated SHIELD Hub app and 200-plus games available on Google Play.

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CoolIT Systems Reaches 50th Patent Milestone

CoolIT Systems, Inc., the world leader in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology, today announced that the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company three new patents in the space of liquid cooling. These patents bring CoolIT’s patent portfolio to 50 issued patents and represent the company’s continued commitment to innovation in data center cooling.

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Wednesday July 01, 2015

ASUS SABERTOOTH X99 LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard

If you are thinking about making the jump to a LGA 2011-v3 motherboard, make sure read our evaluation of the ASUS SABERTOOTH X99.

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ASUS’ SABERTOOTH X99 promises premium quality and unmatched stability alongside industry leading fan control. Saberooth motherboards have in the past all been universally excellent and this motherboard is one of the newest in the TUF series. Can ASUS keep that streak going? It's going to be TUF.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 @ NikKTech

ETC.: Souris Ozone Argon RGB @ CowcotLand

Storage: Corsair Neutron XT 240GB @ Hardware Secrets

Video: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 PCS+ 8GB @ Guru3D

PowerColor Radeon R9 390 PCS+ 8GB @ techPowerUP!

Silverstone Tundra TD02-E & TD03-E Review

There is a double header review featuring the Silverstone Tundra TD02-E & TD03-E posted today at HardwareCanucks. You can see our evaluations here for comparison purposes.

Silverstone's two newest all in one water coolers -the Tundra TD02-E & TD03-E- are meant to go head to head against some of today's biggest players. But can these two AiO's manage to achieve the high performance and low acoustics necessary for domination?

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Kim Dotcom Appeals To Reclaim $67M From U.S.

Kim Dotcom wants his millions back from the U.S.? Good luck with that. If there is one thing the U.S. is good at, it is keeping your money once they have it.

In an effort to reclaim an estimated $67 million in assets, Megaupload's legal team has appealed the forfeiture the U.S. Government won earlier this year. The filing refutes the claim that Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues are fugitives, and warns of the dangerous precedent the District Court ruling will set.

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Mad Max Vehicle Gameplay Video

The more gameplay I see, the more I want to play this game. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't suck. wink

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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Review

TechSpot posted a review of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

On the heels of delivering its latest round of rebadges with the Radeon 300 series, AMD has launched what may be its most hyped product of 2015. The R9 Fury X employs the GCN 1.2 architecture as the R9 380 but doubles the SPU count, and touts a massive memory bandwidth of 512GB/s thanks to an exciting new memory technology known as HBM.

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