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Wednesday June 29, 2016

Gaming [H]eadlines

BioShock The Collection Announced @ GameSpot

Halo 5 Free To Play For A Week @ VG24/7

PlayStation Plus Games For July @ Shacknews

The Technomancer Released @ Blue's News

Alphacool Eisbaer 240 Liquid CPU Cooler

There is a review of the Alphacool Eisbaer 240 liquid CPU cooler posted today at NikKTech. If you are all-in-one cooler shopping this review should be of interest to you.

The brand new Eisbaer (polar bear) AIO liquid CPU cooler by Alphacool aims to further improve both on the performance and features of its predecessor the award winning Eisberg (iceberg). To that end Alphacool has equipped the Eisbaer with a quick-lock mechanism which can be used to quickly add another radiator and even an GPU waterblock in the loop (it's also fully compatible with their GPX-Pro AIO liquid cooler which Alphacool will release later this year).


How Sony, Microsoft, Apple And Others Violate Federal Warranty Law

How many of you guys knew this? I think most people have no idea what their rights are when it comes to warranties and that's why they let themselves be pushed around by manufacturers on stuff like this.

In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties—which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective—are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional. What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.


Florida Man Sues Apple for $10 Billion

I don't know if this guy will be successful in his suit against Apple but it's kind of a shame that the guy didn't get his device built back in 1992 because that thing would've kicked ass back then. wink

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Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.


Stephen Hawking: Pollution And 'Stupidity' Biggest Threats To Mankind

You have to admit, it's hard to argue Stephen Hawking's point when he says pollution and human "stupidity" remain the biggest threats to mankind. Hell, if we just focused on a cure for stupidity we could easily fix most of our other problems. wink

Professor Stephen Hawking says he believes pollution and human "stupidity" remain the biggest threats to mankind, while also expressing his concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. The world’s leading theoretical physicist argued "we have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid" in our treatment of the environment over the past decade, during an interview on Larry King Now, which is hosted on Ora TV.


Cool Video of the Day

Other than the fact that this was an entry in this year's Spiral Independent Creators Festival, I have no idea what this is, how it was made, or why, but it is definitely cool as hell to watch. big grin


Several Major Flaws Found In Symantec Antivirus Software

How bad are the flaws found in Symantec antivirus? The Google security researcher that discovered the fatal flaws say they are "as bad as it gets." If you use Symantec antivirus software, make sure you read this Project Zero blog post.

Today we’re publishing details of multiple critical vulnerabilities that we discovered, including many wormable remote code execution flaws. These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets. They don’t require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting in remote kernel memory corruption.


AMD Acquires Software Company HiAlgo, Laying Groundwork for Future Gaming Innovation in Radeon Software

AMD today announced the acquisition of software company HiAlgo Inc., a developer of unique PC gaming technologies designed to help Radeon™ RX Series GPUs transform gaming experience, increase GPU efficiency and improve the overall consistency of gaming experiences. The acquisition lays the groundwork for future gaming innovation in Radeon Software that will benefit owners of Radeon™ RX Series GPUs.

"Software is an integral part of advancing the science of graphics, enabling us to best harness the silicon of the GPU to maximize performance and deliver outstanding experiences in games and applications," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "HiAlgo embodies our spirit of passion, persistence and play by delivering a number of creative approaches to software that improve gamers’ experiences, and helps future-proof the GPU."

Radeon Software enables the ultimate in performance, features and stability of Radeon™ graphics to ensure an exceptional user experience. Today, launching alongside the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card are nine new features of Radeon Software Crimson Edition designed to give users more control over their computing experience, including multi-GPU, display, and power efficiency settings, and a redefined overclocking tool in Radeon WattMan.


AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card Review

Today is the day! We are finally able to share our evaluation of the AMD Radeon RX 480 with the world! If you are looking for a new GPU at an affordable price point, you definitely do not want to miss this review.

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AMD's next generation GCN GPU is here! We review the AMD Radeon RX 480 and find out what kind of gaming experience it provides at 1080p and 1440p. We compare apples-to-apples with four other video cards to find out how it compares at both resolutions. We even find out how high it will overclock! Waited for benchmarks, right?


AMD Radeon RX 480 Review Round-Up

Reviews of the AMD Radeon RX 480 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.

Microsoft’s CEO Explores How Humans And AI Can Work Together

Look, we don't need Microsoft's CEO to tell us how humans and AI can work together because we already know what is going to happen. Humans develop AI, artificial intelligence eventually takes over, humanity is enslaved to the machines...running the latest version of Windows. Thanks Satya Nadella. Thanks a lot. frown

Advanced machine learning, also known as artificial intelligence or just A.I., holds far greater promise than unsettling headlines about computers beating humans at games like Jeopardy!, chess, checkers, and Go. Ultimately, humans and machines will work together—not against one another. Computers may win at games, but imagine what’s possible when human and machine work together to solve society’s greatest challenges like beating disease, ignorance, and poverty.


Uber, Lyft Settle Litigation Involving Top Executives

It looks as though Uber and Lyft have decided to stop suing each other. Under terms of the deal, Uber will quit poaching Lyft employees and Lyft will quit hacking Uber. Or something like that.

Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden ended litigation in a California state court in which Lyft accused VanderZanden of breaking his confidentiality pledges when he went to work for Uber. Uber also withdrew a subpoena on Monday in separate litigation over a data breach at Uber, which had targeted an Internet address assigned to Lyft's chief technology officer (CTO), according to a court filing.


Student Supercomputing Teams Break Records With NVIDIA GPUs

The NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform has, once again, spurred student teams to wins and new heights of performance at last week’s ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Teams from South Africa and China both used Tesla GPU accelerators to earn top marks in the fifth annual competition. Indeed, 10 of the 12 competing high school and undergraduate teams — from as far afield as Estonia, Singapore and Spain — deployed GPUs.

South Africa Team Wins Real-Time Challenge

South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing team, which has a long string of victories at such events, won ISC’s real-time challenge. They used powerful, power-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators. Each team builds a small cluster of its own design on the show’s exhibit floor. They then race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

China Team Sets New World Record

Also at ISC, the team from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, in China, set a new world record of 12.56 teraflops on the LINPACK benchmark, while staying within a 3-kw power consumption limit. The team used Tesla K80 GPU accelerators to power its work. This is the third straight time the Tesla K80 has been used to break this record since the GPU was launched a year and a half ago.


Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available Aug. 2

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to all Windows 10 devices — for free — on Aug. 2. Windows 10 continues to be the fastest-growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; new gaming experiences; and new tools for the modern classroom. To help protect businesses from today’s modern threats, Microsoft also announced two new security features for enterprise customers: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection.


Tuesday June 28, 2016

Corsair Lapdog - Gaming Without A Desk

In our Corsair Lapdog - Gaming Without A Desk write-up, we put Corsair's claims of "Living room gaming with zero compromise" to the test. If you want to game on your big screen TV, or anywhere else besides a desk, without sacrificing the use of a keyboard and mouse, you'll definitely want to check this out.

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Corsair recently launched its new Lapdog product and to put it simply it let's you game without a desktop. Its focus is "living room gaming" with the new Corsair Bulldog living room gaming system. While this out of our usual scope, and there are not data points to be collected, we like using it.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Guru3D

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Technic3D

Raidmax Narwhal Mid-Tower Chassis @ NikKTech

Cooling: Alphacool Eisbaer 240 @ NikKTech

ETC.: Steelseries Siberia 350 Headset @ Play3r

Video: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8GB @ techPowerUP!

EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 @ Legit Reviews

WTHDIJS Video of the Day

Totally not tech related but I couldn't pass up posting this "what the hell did I just see" video of the day. I've seen this over land before but have any of you ever seen something like this over a lake? Regardless, it's just kinda neat to see this in action.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 In The Wild

Sharp-eyed [H]ardForum reader 'Tainted Squirrel' spotted what appears to be a GeForce GTX 1060 in the wild. From the looks of the bag the card is sitting on, I'm going to take a guess and say this picture probably originated in China.

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Ongoing Discussion

Meet The Smartest, Cutest AI-Powered Robot You’ve Ever Seen

The inventor of this adorable robot says that his company would like to get to a point where his mini-murderbots do new things every day. You know, like kill you in your sleep. I don't care how cute they are, robots will KILL US ALL!

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"We’d like to get it to the point where it literally does new things every day," Andreessen says. "We want it to be programmable." They hope that other companies will build robots like Cozmo, maybe even robots that are aware of Cozmo and want to be friends. This real-world video game might just take over the world. Or maybe it won’t. And then Cozmo will be all alone, and sad—at least, it’ll appear that way.


AI Fighter Pilot Wins In Combat Simulation

Does anyone remember who the game developer was that said, and I'm paraphrasing, "developing AI that can beat you every time is easy, dumbing AI down so that it misses sometimes is what makes it more realistic." I think that applies in this situation.

An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft - and did not suffer any losses. Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also triumphed in simulation against a retired human fighter pilot.


NASA Test Fires Solid Rocket Booster for Megarocket

Why couldn't NASA wait another six days to test fire this bad boy? Think of all the money they could have saved on fireworks in that town by cranking the angle up a bit and letting it rip at sundown. wink Also, those of you not interested in really long countdowns should skip to the one minute mark or so.


Google Updates Maps And Earth NASA Satellite Imagery

Google announced today that it has updated Google Maps and Google Earth using tons of data from NASA's newest Landsat satellite. You should be seeing the updated imagery in both apps soon. I snagged the example image below from the announcement page to give you an idea of the difference in quality:

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Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often cloudy, but not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.


New NVIDIA Game Ready Driver Fixes Crashing

For those of you experiencing crashes after installing the 364.47 drivers, there are new drivers out today that fix the problem. It seems the bug affected people running Windows 10 and multi-monitor set-ups but, it wouldn't hurt to update to this latest driver anyway in the mean time.

We have received reports of some users having issues installing today’s Game Ready Driver. Initial investigation suggests the issue is isolated to multiple-monitor configurations. Should you experience issues, you can either disconnect one monitor during the driver installation (and reconnect once completed) or you can uninstall the driver through Windows Safe-Mode and revert to a previous version.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Doom's Next Update Includes Photo Mode @ Shacknews

GTA 5 Update Adds New Sports Car @ VG24/7

The Division Expansion & Patch Released @ Blue's News

Why Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Yet @ GameSpot

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

More companies need to do stuff like this. The best part about using this service is that the whole thing is operated just like you are shopping for something on Amazon, complete with a search bar, star ratings and user reviews. cool

Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon plans to make a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out. Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers in late August or early September.


78% Of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Data

I like how they make it seem like people leave data on old computers and drives on accident. If you are like me, I leave naked pictures on all the stuff I sell just for funsies. Consider it bonus content. wink

A new study (PDF), conducted by the Blancco Technology Group, finds that a staggering amount of personal and confidential information is retrievable from used, resold, or refurbished devices that have supposedly been wiped. Of the 200 devices they tested, 78% — more than three-quarters — had some kind of residual data on them that should not have been there.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 @ Vortez

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 @ CowcotLand

ETC.: Bloody B188 Light Strike @ BmR

Fallout 4: Automatron DLC @ Real Hardware Reviews

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse @ FunkyKit

US Customs Wants To Collect Social Media Account Names At The Border

What good would this information be when so many people have their accounts set to private? Customs officials wouldn't be able to see much anyway unless they send you a friends request. wink

The proposal focuses on arrival / departure forms commonly collected from non-citizens at the US border, as well as the electronic form used for anyone entering the country under a visa waiver. Under the proposed changes, those forms would include a new optional data field prompting visitors to "please enter information associated with your online presence," followed by open fields for specific platforms and screen names.


System Shock System Requirements

If you are planning on playing System Shock when it comes out, you should probably make sure your system is up to snuff first. Oh, who am I kidding? Damn near all of you have specs better than what is recommended:


  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 2 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better

  • Memory: 16 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 2 GB available space


Tesla Settles Model X Case Over Alleged Design Flaws

This guy doesn't seem too impressed with his Tesla Model X. In fact, he was so upset over the "numerous" quality issues that he sued the company. Tesla settled the lawsuit and the man returned the Model X but, oddly enough, the man still owns a Roadster and a Model S.

It’s unclear how many people are seeking refunds over the Model X. But in the course of reporting on the Lyon case, Fortune obtained examples of other Tesla Model owners expressing frustrations with the process of returning one. Part of this frustration appear to stem from what one owner, who returned a Model X and described Tesla’s request for "an onerous NDA/release" and "information lockdown."


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