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Tuesday October 13, 2015

SilverStone Fortress FTZ01 Mini-ITX Case

Another review of the SilverStone Fortress FTZ01 Mini-ITX case has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at Benchmark Reviews doing the reviewing.

When SilverStone released their first ITX Raven case – the RVZ01 – it was only a matter of time before the Fortress variant emerged. The RVZ01 was a unique chassis even by Raven standards; how would the FTZ01 manage to maintain that premium Fortress look and feel? Well, wrap it in a unibody aluminum exterior for starters. Follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we see what else has changed in the SilverStone Fortress FTZ01.


New Adobe Flash Zero-Day Used in Pawn Storm Campaign

Security researchers at Trend Micro put out a warning today that attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in fully patched versions of Adobe Flash Player. So far only government agencies are being targeted.

Trend Micro researchers have discovered that the attackers behind Pawn Storm, the long-running cyber-espionage campaign, are using an Adobe Flash zero-day exploit code for their attacks. The particular affected vulnerability is still unpatched, making Flash users vulnerable to attacks.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Raijintek Styx mATX @ ocaholic

Streacom F12C HTPC @ Technic3D

Cooling: SilverStone Tundra TD02-Lite @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router Round-Up @ HotHardware

Power Supply: FSP Hyper M 700 @ CowcotLand

Video: ViewSonic VP2780-4K @ Hexus

MSI Launches Next Generation Gaming Machines

As the leading gaming hardware brand, MSI is excited to launch a new generation of gaming desktop barebone PC’s: the MSI Nightblade X2 and MI2. The Nightblade series embody what every gamer craves for: victory. The MSI Nightblade barebone PCs stand out – or better said; do not stand out - because of their size. The Nightblade X2 has a volume of only 16 liters and its smaller brother, the Nightblade MI, comes in an astonishing 10 liter sized shell. Despite their nifty dimensions, the Nightblade X2 & MI2 both house a full sized MSI graphics card. Coupled with support for Intel® Core™ technology and smart cooling solutions, the MSI Nightblade barebone series are an excellent choice for gaming enthusiasts around the world.

With support for a full sized graphics card, the Nightblade X2 & MI2 both bring grand graphics for gamers in a small case. While the MI2 can equip up to a GTX 970 with 4GB GDDR5 memory, the X2 can support everything up to a GeForce GTX 980 TI. These graphics cards provide plenty of FPS while playing games in Full HD and in ultra-high settings.

To top it off, the Nightblade series come with more features such as support for 6th generation Intel® Core™ i3 i5 or i7 CPU, the latest Nahimic Sound Technology, M.2 SSD and Super RAID compatibility, and MSI Gaming Center software. The next generation MSI Nightblade series are premium barebone systems and will be available in the US from the middle of October.


Intel Beats Earnings And Sales Estimates

Even with weak PC sales, Intel still managed to beat Wall Street expectations with revenue of $14.5 billion and earnings of $0.64 per share.

Intel Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as strong performance in its data center and Internet-of-Things businesses more than made up for continued weak demand for its chips used in personal computers. Shares of the world's largest chipmaker rose marginally in after-market trading on Tuesday.


Sandisk In Buyout Talks With Micron And Western Digital

According to the rumor mill, Western Digital and Micron are interested in buying Sandisk.

Micron and Western Digital Corp are in talks with chipmaker Sandisk Corp (SNDK.O) about a possible acquisition, Bloomberg reported. Sandisk has hired a bank to explore a potential sale, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.


Dude Makes High Tech Replica Of Thor's Hammer

This guy went through a lot of trouble to make a replica of Thor's hammer only he can lift. You have to admit, the end result is pretty cool though. cool


Uber Updates Driver App

The first Uber news item of the week and it is NOT about sexual assault, lawsuits or being banned from entire countries. Yay!

Through feedback sessions, research and testing, we collaborated with drivers to understand how our team of engineers, designers, and data scientists could build features that would best meet their needs. The result is an app that puts personalized insights at drivers’ fingertips.


Compulsive Texting Takes Toll on Teenagers

If you have a teenager, none of this will come as a surprise.

The study of more than 400 eighth and 11th graders found that many teenage texters had a lot in common with compulsive gamblers, including losing sleep because of texting, problems cutting back on texting and lying to cover up the amount of time they spent texting.


Jeff Bezos Plummets Down Corporate Leader Rankings

While NVIDIA's CEO worked his way up the list this year, it would seem Amazon's CEO was busy heading the other direction.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, has slipped from first to 87th in a ranking of the world’s best chief executives, after the technology company’s performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors was taken into account. Mr Bezos would have led the Harvard Business Review ranking of best-performing corporate leaders judged on purely financial measures, as he did in 2014.


Gaming [H]eadlines

9M Played Star Wars Battlefront Beta @ Blue's News

Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition Announced @ Shacknews

Destiny Silver Prices Revealed 500 = $5 @ VG24/7

Destiny Update 2.0.1 Details GameSpot

Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W Review

We have just published our evaluation of the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W this afternoon. Those of you in the market for a new PSU should definitely take a moment today and read this review.

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The Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 650W is a new PSU that heralds monitoring electricity cost, recording the status of your PC, and sharing that data in the cloud as its main features. All of that is great if that is what you are into, but as usual we first want to know how good of a PSU is it?


Next Big Windows 10 Release Will Ease Activation Hassles

Those of us that reinstall operating systems a lot and change hardware frequently will no doubt appreciate this change. Your thoughts?

The latest preview release of Windows 10 includes the first glimpse of a new feature designed to eliminate one specific activation headache. When this change rolls out to the general public next month, you'll be able to use your Windows 7 or 8.1 product key to complete a Windows 10 upgrade.


Twitter's Layoffs With 'Utmost Respect' Have Begun

I guess this is what Jack Dorsey meant when he said layoffs would be handled "with the utmost respect." Hopefully those affected will all find work soon.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Silverstone Raven RVZ02B-W @ Legion Hardware

ETC.: Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 @ Vortez

Memory: Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 @ MadShrimps

Motherboards: ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme @ Guru3D

Storage: QNAP TurboNAS TS-453Mini-8G @ NikKTech

Video: Samsung S32D850T WQHD Monitor @ OCInside

Playboy To Drop Nudity As Internet Fills Demand

Damn you internet. Damn you to hell!

Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude.


Improving YouTube Video Thumbnails With Deep Neural Nets

YouTube is using neural nets to improve video thumbnails? Whatever happened to just using misleading bikini / cleavage pictures of girls that aren't even in the video?

While a video is being uploaded to YouTube, we first sample frames from the video at one frame per second. Each sampled frame is evaluated by a quality model and assigned a single quality score. The frames with the highest scores are selected, enhanced and rendered as thumbnails with different sizes and aspect ratios.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Hearts of Stone Released; Discs Delayed

The good news: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Hearts of Stone is out today. The bad news: If you are waiting on a physical copy of the game, you are going to have to wait a few days. Head on over to Blue's for the complete rundown.

"However, it has come to our attention that, due to logistical problems, customers will be unable to obtain the physical edition of the game for several days after launch. We are working with GameStop to fix this situation as soon as possible and deeply apologize for the inconvenience."


Phil Rogers AMD Fellow Jumps Ship to NVIDIA

AMD promoted Phil Rogers to Corporate Fellow back in 2007. This is what AMD had to say back then. He was with AMD for 21 years.

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 26, 2007--AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the appointment of Phil Rogers to AMD Corporate Fellow. In this role, Rogers will continue developing advanced architectures and extend AMD's software capabilities. Rogers' emphasis on enhancing graphics processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU) interoperability through software and hardware innovations plays a central role in delivering performance optimization and power reduction advances for graphics and computing. Corporate Fellow is the highest level of technical recognition at AMD, and is reserved for those who impact AMD's business opportunities and technical breadth by providing a high degree of expertise, knowledge, creativity, and tactical and strategic direction.

Rogers will play a key role in software development for AMD's "Fusion" technology initiative, where CPUs and GPUs are combined and integrated to improve energy efficiency and performance capability. Rogers will focus on the software requirements necessary to bring together the GPU and CPU in a way that optimizes system power and performance, while maintaining software and application flexibility.

We have confirmed this morning that Mr. Rogers is now with NVIDIA, and not in a minuscule role. His new title at NVIDIA is Chief Software Architect - Compute Server. Congratulations Mr. Rogers! While this is not on our usual radar, this is certainly a good move for NVIDIA and not such a good one for AMD. It makes us question what is going on over at AMD nowadays.


Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler Review

The review staff at Modders Inc. put the Noctua NH-D15S CPU cooler to the test today. Overall a very positive review. Here's a quote to get you started:

Slim is in but large air coolers refuse to be fat-shamed out of relevance, adapting smarter implementations to ease their installation to match the convenience of smaller heatsinks. The Noctua NH-D15 released last year is one such cooler, fighting back against the trend of All-in-One liquid cooling systems and winning the hearts of many who prefer a more silent solution. Still, in their wisdom and relentlessness in pursuit of air cooling excellence, Austrian manufacturer Noctua still believed there are more improvements to be made. Thus, the Noctua NH-D15S was announced.


Treyarch 'Shocked' by Reaction to CoD: BlOps 3 Twitter Marketing Stunt

The developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops III have apologized for that Twitter marketing stunt earlier this month.

"Here’s my view – and again, I’m a simple director and not involved in the marketing at all," he began by stressing. "However, it was absolutely not done for any kind of attention in any way. It was not done maliciously, or as any kind of scare tactic. I personally am very sorry for anyone who looked at it and got the wrong idea because it genuinely wasn’t meant that way.


NVIDIA’s Huang Named One of World’s Best-Performing CEOs

NVIDIA’s Jen-Hsun Huang has been named the 29th best-performing CEO in the world, in a new study in the November issue of Harvard Business Review. The top three CEOs in the study — which is based on an 80-20 weighting between the company’s financial performance and its performance on environmental, social and governance criteria — are Lars Rebien Sorensen, of Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk; John Chambers, of Cisco; and Pablo Isla, of Spanish retailer Inditex. Rounding out the top five are Elmar Degenhart, of German autoparts-maker Continental, and Martin Sorrell, of WPP, the UK consumer-services group.

Huang ranks as the fourth-highest Information Technology CEO — behind Chambers, Seagate Technology’s Stephen Luczo (#5) and Canon’s Fujio Mitarai (#10). Five other IT CEOs also made the top 100 list, among them Terry Gou, of Hon Hai Precision Industry (#33) and Marc Benioff, of (#46).


ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG G752 Gaming Laptop

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced G752, a powerful gaming laptop powered by a 6th-generation Intel® Core® i7 (‘Skylake’ ) processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 980M discrete graphics. ROG G752 has an aggressive design and sports the new ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme. It features the ROG-exclusive mobile 3D Vapor Chamber thermal system for more efficient cooling and increased stability, along with a backlit anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with 30-key rollover for precise input. ROG G752 can be upgraded to up to 64GB DDR4 RAM for faster, more energy-efficient performance.


Monday October 12, 2015

Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler Review

If you need a new CPU cooler, you might want to give this review of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate a read. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

So this could be a case of trying to give the mainstream a bloody nose, having worked with some of the big names and been unsatisfied? Well maybe, they have stated that on their website too, their initial offerings will be the judge of that, and usually are a statement of intent for any new company. Today’s review is for the Cryorig R1 Ultimate, the flagship and what Cryorig are stating as "nothing else but pure cooling performance".


[H]ardware Round-Up II

BIOS: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

ETC.: D-Link AC3200 Ultra @ Vortez

MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G @ PCPer

Memory: HyperX Fury 2666MHz DDR4 @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Centon C-380 480GB SSD @ BmR

Humble Bundle Cuts 20% Of Its Workforce

Citing a recent expansion that was "too ambitious," the folks at Humble Bundle announced today that they are cutting twelve jobs to save money.

"Unfortunately, last week Humble Bundle was forced to let go of some of our employees," confirmed co-founder John Graham, in an email to Polygon. "Despite strong revenue, and our community surpassing $65 million raised for charity to date, our past hiring was too ambitious and we had to make a hard call last week."


Electric Vehicle Owners Turning Against Each Other

I know it's kind of a dick-ish thing to say, but I would drive my fossil fuel powered dinosaur of a car 100 miles just to watch these guys go at it. big grin

Charging stations aren’t as numerous as gas stations yet, leading electric-vehicle owners to exhibit some rude behavior — unplugging each other’s cars, fights at the plug and secret alliances to trade spots in corporate parking lots.


G.Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz C16 DDR4

The crew at techPowerUP spent the weekend rubbing a few sticks of G.Skill's Trident Z 3200 MHz C16 DDR4 together to see what would happen.

With DDR4 prices taking a dive recently, there's no time like the present to get yourself a new Z170 system, or perhaps you want to move from 8 GB to 16 GB. G.Skill's Trident Z kits and their sweet new looks and affordable pricing just might make you click that buy button.


These Tech Giants Are the Walking Dead

According to Wired, tech giants like Dell, EMC, Cisco and HP are the walking dead.

HP. Cisco. Dell. EMC. IBM. Oracle. Think of them as the walking dead. Oh, sure, they’ll shuffle along for some time. They’ll sell some stuff. They’ll make some money. They’ll command some headlines. They may even do some new things. But as tech giants, they’re dead.


EU Court To Decide If Streaming Pirated Movies Is Legal

I'm going to go with my gut instinct here and say the courts will side with the anti-piracy groups on this one.

Seeking clarification, a Dutch court has referred several streaming related questions to the EU Court of Justice. The questions relate to a case between local anti-piracy group BREIN and a seller of so-called "pirate boxes" that come pre-loaded with streaming plugins. It is currently unclear whether streaming pirated movies is permitted under EU law.


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