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The Boxfish Could Lead To Better Body Armor And Flexible Electronics

Boxfish are insanely cool marine fish that are not only eye catching but have unique defensive capabilities, such as poison secretion through the skin and armor-like scales. Researchers believe that replicating the complex structure of the latter could lead to flexible yet very strong materials for armor, robots, and even electronics.

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The boxfish’s hard frame and flexible body make it an ideal animal to study for inspiration for armor materials. The hexagon-shaped scales are called scutes. They are connected by sutures, similar to the connections in a baby’s skull, which grow and fuse together as the baby grows.


Google Is Advertising Their Photos App With A Food Truck

Google is literally rolling out their Google Photos promotion this week in the form of food trucks that will give you free food after completing a challenge. They are in NYC now but will deploy in Portland, LA, and Austin next.

Basically, you'll be given a challenge to find a photo based on a keyword search, and if you can do it fast enough, you get a free waffle.


Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Is Ready For Combat

It's been a long journey, but the advanced stealth multirole has achieved operational capability. The original prototype took off nearly a decade ago in 2006, and more than half a trillion dollars later, the marines officially have something new and deadly to play with. Now someone just needs to call up Kenny Loggins and give it a rocking tune.

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The Marines plan on buying 420 total jets, a mix of 340 B and 80 C models. The first F-35B deployment is scheduled to take place in 2017, with the unit known as VMFA-121 moving to Iwakuni, Japan.


Apple Music Is A Mess

Whelp. I couldn't have imagined that Apple would have another Maps-level disaster on their hands.

Longtime Apple watcher Jim Dalrymple wrote about his experiences last week, saying that the Apple Music app on his phone deleted more than 4,000 songs after presenting a bunch of confusing options that were hard to override.


Take A Virtual Tour Of The International Space Station

Hate the idea of traveling 250 miles above earth or floating aimlessly in microgravity? Then check out this virtual tour of the ISS, which lets you inspect its complexities in the comfort of your pajamas.

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World Population Expected To Reach 9.7 Billion By 2050

If only we could beam people to Kepler-452b, eh? Projections like these aren't necessarily reliable, but they at least serve as a reminder to just how populated our planet is.

It's not an increase in fertility that's driving the growth. It's longer lifespans. Globally, people born today are expected to live to age 70, but people born in 2050 will live to age 77. Their grandkids born in 2100 will live even longer: 83 years.


The NYC Subway Runs On Technology That Is Nearly 100 Years Old

Hey, it may be severely old and outdated, but the equipment that runs the NYC subway manages to exude a certain beauty. Still, a massive undertaking is required to deal with an increasing ridership and safety issues.

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As anyone who lives in New York City knows, the subway is far from perfect, but it's frankly incredible it works at all with this ancient equipment.


Company To Deliver Weed Via Drone

I wonder what the FAA will think about this? What if someone shoots down the drone and smokes all of your product?

Trees is a Bay-area startup that combines the novelty of selling box kits with the functionality of California's medical marijuana industry and the enduring gimmick of drone delivery.


Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Include Dramatic Changes

As a big fan of the original, I was hoping that the Final Fantasy VII remake would mostly be a graphical upgrade that would faithfully recreate the experience of the original and, at most, add a few locales and items here and there. But Director Tetsuya Nomura seems to have much bigger plans.

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Dramatic changes, but still recognizable? Well, what could it be? Active Time Battle is probably out, and Nomura hinted that he plans to take hints from...ugh, the 2005 movie, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.


People Sleep, Shower, Use Toilet With Their Phones

Most folks seem addicted to their smartphones, and Motorola's new survey shows how far people have gone. Who the heck showers with their phone?

One in six smartphone users said they used their phones while showering, and more than half---54 percent---said they would reach for the smartphone before saving their cat in the event of a fire.


Real-Life Mission: Impossible Tech

Tom Cruise is back on the big screen this week in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Per franchise tradition, there is a bit of radical tech used in the film---but did you know that a lot of them actually exist?

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While much of that is just Hollywood running wild with its imagination, the truth is, some Mission: Impossible tech has actually become reality. Google, BMW, and even crafty thieves have taken concepts from the film and made them happen in real life.


The History Of The Windows Start Button

The Start menu is pretty much synonymous with Windows nowadays, but do you know how it became the operating system's defining feature?

Oran only worked at Microsoft from 1992 to 1994, but he arguably had a massive influence on the Windows team when he was charged with coming up with a better way to interact with the OS. His solution was to create one button that led Windows 95 users to everything.


Friday July 31, 2015

[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 AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4K video card review, followed by our Intel / Micron Live Reporting - 3D XPoint Memory article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Series.

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Team [H]ardOCP iRacing 24 Hours of Spa

Listen up guys! Team [H]ardOCP iRacing will be racing the 24 Hours of Spa tomorrow at 9am Eastern. The Twitch stream will be live HERE and there will be a play by play in this forum thread.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ CowcotLand

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pink @ APH Networks

Logitech G29 Driving Force @ PC Perspective

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB @ Technogog

Making The Jump To Windows 10

The crew at HotHardware has put together a guide to migrating to Windows 10. Definitely worth a look if you haven't made the jump yet.

The upgrade cycle begins, with Microsoft’s latest operating system--the highly anticipated Windows 10--rolling out over Windows Update for free, for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. For those that are ready to take the plunge over the weekend, there are some things to note. While this guide is by no means exhaustive, there are some useful reminders here as well as some potential pitfalls that may rear their ugly head during the upgrade process.


Car Versus Drones

This video would have been way better if it featured a car with some balls but the concept is kinda cool anyway.


Uranus-Sized Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

You couldn't come up with a better "Headline of the Day" if you tried.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing.


What You Sound Like To A Sysadmin

You don't even have to be a Sysadmin to appreciate this article. Hell, most of us hear this stuff just because we are the only tech savvy person among our family and friends.

"I think the firewall is blocking me."

I don't know what a firewall does but I like the word so I just threw it in there as a sort of garnish. You can probably rule out the firewall.


Firefox Mad At Microsoft Over Win 10 Default Browser Settings

Twice the number of mouse clicks has seriously pissed this guy off. big grin

We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.


Building A Slinky Escalator

This guy has waaaay too much time on his hands. cool


Kim Dotcom Doesn't Trust Mega: 'Your Data Isn't Safe Anymore'

I know I shouldn't laugh at stuff like this, but watching these guys turn on each other is hilarious.

"As a result of this and a number of other confidential issues I don’t trust Mega anymore. I don’t think your data is safe on Mega anymore. But my non-compete clause is running out at the end of the year and I will create a Mega competitor that is completely open source and non-profit, similar to the Wikipedia model," Dotcom says. "I want to give everyone free, unlimited and encrypted cloud storage with the help of donations from the community to keep things going."


Gaming [H]eadlines

Endless Space 2 Announced @ Blue's News

Sony Posts Favourable Q1 Results @ VG24/7

SteamOS Weekend Deals @ Official Website

The Witcher 3 1.08 Patch Notes @ Shacknews

Google Loses Bid to Overturn Low-Cost Patent Licenses To Microsoft

Google originally asked for $4 billion. Courts only give them $1.8 million. Google appeals. In the process, Microsoft is awarded $14.5 million for breach of contract. Appeals court rules against Google. Considering we haven't even calculated attorney fees yest, Google probably should have just taken a pass on this one.

After a 2012 trial, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle said the appropriate royalty rate was $1.8 million, far less than Motorola’s demand for as much as $4 billion a year. A jury later found Motorola in breach of contract. Google appealed the verdict and the royalty rate to the 9th Circuit.


FCC Already Getting Thousands Of Net Neutrality Complaints

Of course they are. Did anyone think this was going to go smoothly? wink

Net Neutrality. The internet as a public utility. Hooray? The FCC is already receiving a lot of complaints from customers that are sick of data caps, slow speeds and possibly uncompetitive prices. According to the National Journal, a lot of the ire has been directed at a predictable list of offenders: AT&T, Comcast and Verizon -- a company that now owns AOL.


ASUS Announces The X99-M WS

Today ASUS announced the X99-M WS, bringing workstation features to a compact microATX motherboard that's perfect for powerful small-form-factor builds.  The X99-M WS combines the reliable performance and extensive validation required by professionals with the overclocking prowess and fine-grained control expected by power users.

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Based on the Intel X99 chipset, the X99-M WS is the first ASUS microATX motherboard that can run two dual-slot graphics cards at full PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 x16 speeds.  Two-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX configurations can tap into a staggering 32GB/s of bandwidth direct from the CPU, enabling peak performance for demanding graphics workloads. ASUS’ X99-M WS is priced at $279.99 and available at ASUS authorized resellers now.


Spain’s "Google tax" Has Been A Disaster For Publishers

We told you this would happen when Spain passed this law last year. frown

A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new intellectual property law passed in Spain last year, which charges news aggregators like Google for showing snippets and linking to news stories, has done substantial damage to the Spanish news industry.


Corsair Memory, PSUs, And CPU Coolers Pave The Way For Next Gen PC Processors

Corsair®, a leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the availability of a comprehensive product line-up supporting the upcoming 6th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors and motherboards based on the Intel® Z170 chipsets. All of Corsair’s current liquid CPU coolers and PC power supplies will be compatible with the new Intel desktop platform, along with a full line of validated DDR4 and DDR3L memory kits.

  • Corsair DDR4/DDR3L Memory:Corsair has long been a leader in high-performance PC memory, playing a decisive part in dozens of current overclocking world records. Now the company brings this expertise and experience to support Intel’s upcoming new enthusiast desktop platform, delivering higher clock frequencies, increased memory bandwidth and lower power usage with Dominator® Platinum and Vengeance® LPX DDR4, and Vengeance LP and Vengeance Pro DDR3L memory lines. All memory kits are extensively validated with leading motherboard manufacturers to ensure maximum compatibility and easy configuration and overclocking with XMP 2.0 profiles. All of the Corsair memory kits are supplied with a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Corsair Hydro Series Liquid CPU coolers: All of Corsair’s award-winning Hydro Series™ liquid CPU coolers support the new and improved the 6th Gen Intel Core processors, as well as AMD and previous generation Intel CPUs, with no additional modifications, brackets, shims or adapters. From the affordable and reliable Hydro Series H55, to the dual-fan powered cooling of the H110i GTX, all Corsair Hydro Series liquid coolers are ready to deliver superior cooling, enabling higher overclocking speeds and quieter operation.

  • Corsair PC Power Supplies: As the most awarded and recommended PC power supply brand in the world1, Corsair is proud to announce that all of the company’s current range of power supplies will be compatible with 6th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z170 chipset based motherboards. With a wide range of efficiencies and features available, customers can select any PSU from the Corsair range, from the no-compromise 80 Plus Titanium AX1500i, to the affordable 80 Plus Bronze CX550 with the knowledge that their PSU is extensively tested for compatibility and ready to fuel the next generation of enthusiast PCs with stable, efficient power.



NVIDIA is voluntarily recalling SHIELD tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 because of battery fire concerns.

NVIDIA has announced a recall of its SHIELD tablets, sold between July 2014 and July 2015. NVIDIA has determined the battery in these tablets can overheat and pose a fire hazard. As part of this recall, NVIDIA will be replacing the tablet. NVIDIA is also asking consumers to stop using the recalled tablet, except as needed to participate in the recall and back up data.


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