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Friday May 06, 2016

India To Use Drones To Transfer Human Organs

Why stop at using drones to transfer human organs? Why not weaponize the damn things and use them to autonomously acquire and harvest the human organs all on their own?

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), popularly called drone, may soon be used by the doctors in India to save lives by ferrying organs. India's top scientists are working on a project that aims to transport liver, heart and other vital organs to their recipients faster than the traditional road route. Father of India's indigenous fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Kota Harinarayan, who is the brain behind the idea, was quoted by the Times of India as saying that the main aim of the project would be to transport hearts since the other organs can be preserved for longer hours after harvesting.

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DIY Chainsaw Blender

I would seriously make one of these chainsaw blender things! You could cut fresh fruit for your daiquiris on the chainsaw part too!

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Amazon Expanding Same-Day Delivery

Amazon is expanding same-day delivery to every zip-code in all the markets where the service is offered. Amazon says that it is still working out the details but it should have one hundred percent coverage "shortly."

Amazon, which recently promised to expand same-day delivery coverage to areas of the New York City and Boston markets that had been ignored, has told the Congressional Black Caucus that it will expand Prime Same-Day to "every ZIP code of the 27 cities" where the service is currently available. Amazon also says it won’t offer same-day service in any new markets unless it knows it will be able to deliver in every ZIP code of that market.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 5 Title Revealed? @ Blue's News

Fallout 4 Console Update 1.5 @ Shacknews

New Heroes of the Storm Characters @ GameSpot

You Can Now Play Forza 6 On PC @ VG24/7

Windows 8 Users Must Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

Having a Mac user explain why Windows 8.1 users must upgrade to Windows 10 now is like having me tell Mac users to do...well...anything. Any of you guys BootCamp users running Windows 8.1? What's your take on the upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 8 and 8.1 don't bring anything to the table that Windows 10 doesn't. They're much-maligned systems, fraught with controversy. They need hacks and add-ons to be able to use comfortably. Plus, given both my experience recently and Adrian's discussion of older environments, Windows 10 seems to outperform Windows 8 and 8.1 installations hands down.

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Louis C.K. Quit The Internet

Louis C.K., one of the funniest people in comedy today, says he has quit the internet. Well, at least for now. Although he jokes around in the clip from Conan's show below, a lot of the stuff he says about the internet is spot on.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: CPU Cooler Comparison @ OCInside

Fractal Design Kelvin AIO Coolers @ Play3r

ETC.: Corsair M65 PRO RGB Mouse @ OCC

Fnatic FLICK G1 Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Tesoro Sagitta Spectrum Gaming Mouse @ BigBruin

Boaty McBoatface Name Beaten By Sir David Attenborough

Damn. Despite being the clear winner by popular vote, that $200 million polar research vessel in the UK will not be named Boaty McBoatface. Instead, the ship will be named the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Sir David said he was "truly honored" by the decision.

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The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" previously topping a public vote. A website inviting name suggestions had attracted huge interest, with Boaty McBoatface the runaway favourite. But Science Minister Jo Johnson said there were "more suitable" names. On Friday, days before Sir David turns 90, it was announced that the £200m vessel will be named after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster.

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Activision CEO Responds To Infinite Warfare Mass-Dislike Campaign

What do you do when everyone seems to be hating on the trailer for the next installment in the CoD franchise? Just roll with the punches like Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg did. The trailer in question has almost 9.2M views, 200k likes and an astonishing 453k dislikes. eek!

On the second part of your question related to Infinite Warfare, first of all you got to love the passion of gamers. This is an industry like no other, and a fan base like no other and we love that our fans treat this franchise like it’s their own and have such strong points of view about it. There just aren’t many entertainment franchises on Earth that can generate the kind of passion that Call of Duty can and that’s a good thing.

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Company Behind E-Ink Watch Kickstarter Goes Bankrupt

Another high-profile Kickstarter has gone bust leaving backers hung out to dry. Listing only $30k in assets and almost $900k in liabilities, no one seems to know where all the money went. frown

Central Standard Timing first showed off its "world's thinnest" E-ink watch back in 2013, raising more than $1 million on Kickstarter to mass-produce the device. The company ran into manufacturing problems in 2015, though, and last June told backers they could no longer see a way to ship the watch. Now, the product's Kickstarter blog has been updated for what might be the final time, with legal documents officially declaring the company's bankruptcy and telling backers they're unlikely to get their money back.

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SpaceX Landed Another Rocket On An Ocean Barge

I think it is safe to say that SpaceX is getting pretty good at this whole landing a rocket on an ocean barge thing. We've embedded the hour long video below for those of you that didn't catch the live webcast.

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The [H] In Austin, Texas With NVIDIA

The [H] team is on hand at the W Hotel in Austin, TX getting some hands on time with NVIDIA's latest and greatest. The picture below is not one of the actual cards being launched today, but we were told that it is a fairly accurate representation. wink

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Couple Sued For $1M For Negative Yelp Review

Remember the couple that were sued over a negative Yelp review back in February (link)? Well, that lawsuit was dropped but, just as we predicted back then, the company is now suing for up to $1 million because of all the negative press it received over the initial lawsuit.

A couple months back, we told you of the Texas couple that was being sued for a few thousand dollars by a petsitter over a negative Yelp review that allegedly violated a "non-disparagement" clause in the petsitter’s contract. That suit was quickly dropped, but a new complaint filed by the petsitting business has ramped up the allegations and the dollar amount, now seeking between $200,000 to $1 million in damages.

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Facebook Loses First Round In Biometric Data Suit

It looks as though Facebook's motion seeking to dismiss that lawsuit over the collection of biometric data has been denied by the judge presiding over the case. The article states that Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

Facebook Inc (FB.O) lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it "unlawfully" collected and stored users' biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. The judge presiding over the case in a California federal court on Thursday turned down Facebook's motion seeking dismissal of the suit.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Patriot Becomes First Studio Sponsor of ESL Brazil Premier League

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, SSDs, PC gaming peripherals, flash storage solutions and mobile accessories, today announced its sponsorship of ESL Brazil Premier League. As one of the first major sponsors of ESL Brazil Premier League, Patriot is dedicated to the elevation and increased awareness of professional PC Gaming in Brazil. Patriot’s 2016 gold sponsorship of ESL Brazil Premier League consists of supporting more than 200 tournament broadcasts to an expected four million Brazilians online, as well as six physical finals events. All ESL in-studio PCs will be outfitted with Patriot Viper Memory, Ignite SSDs and its new gaming peripherals, the Viper V760 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, V560 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse and the V360 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset. Patriot will also participate in event giveaways for players and participants in order to support and give back to the gaming community within Brazil. As an invested partner within Brazil’s PC enthusiast and gaming community Patriot will actively participate in live stream events, provide interviews and social media interactions in tandem with ESL Brazil Premier League.

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Thursday May 05, 2016

2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Museum of Play has announced the 2016 inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Of the fifteen finalists, only six made the final cut, including Grand Theft Auto III, Space Invaders, and The Sims.

The games in the second class of The Strong’s World Video Gamed Hall of Fame® span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general. Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders have been selected from a field of 15 finalists that also included Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, Minecraft, Nürburgring, Pokémon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Zalman Z9 Neo White @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Noctua NF-A14 PWM Fans @ MadShrimps

ETC.: G.Skill Ripjaws KM780R @ Tech Report

Power Supply: Corsair SF600 PSU @ LanOC

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Expert Helped LA Police Hack Apple iPhone

Last month it was supposedly "impossible" to hack an iPhone, this month they are getting hacked by every police department on the planet.

The successful hack of the iPhone 5s in the Los Angeles case is another sign U.S. authorities are turning to third-party contractors to unlock smartphones rather than relying on manufacturers like Apple Inc (AAPL.O), which helped in the past. The third-party hacks have Apple racing to strengthen its encryption technology. Los Angeles police gained access to the iPhone of April Jace, the wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, who is accused of shooting her to death, at their home in May 2014.

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YouTube Planning Paid Streaming TV Service?

It must be that time of year again, the YouTube paid streaming TV rumors are popping up all over the internet again. Maybe this time the rumors or true?

Now YouTube is reportedly in talks with those same networks to stream TV through a paid service called Unplugged that could serve as a Web-based alternative to the cable box. The news, first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday, comes on the same day that Hulu said it would soon offer a so-called skinny bundle of broadcast and cable TV channels.

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It's World Password Day!

It's World Password Day! Share with a friend or family member (the news, not your passwords)! You don't celebrate World Password Day? Good news! It's also Cinco de Mayo! So go have a couple cold ones after work and come up with new passwords while you are drunk.

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How To Find Out Everything Google Knows About You

Since now we all know what Facebook thinks we are interested in, I guess it's time to find out everything Google knows about you. It's actually kinda creepy to know what these two companies know about you and what they do with that info.

Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. There's the stuff you tell Google outright when you sign up for its Gmail or to use your Android phone. This includes your name, phone number, location, and so on. But Google also watches you as you scamper around the internet, deducing your interests from your internet searches — what do you search for? click on? — from your use of Google's other services and from other websites you visit.

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Verizon’s Mail Server Crashed By Piracy Notices

Can someone please explain to me how these guys can get away with this? Seriously, two million invalid notices in a single day? I hope these guys end up squashed like a cockroach.

Verizon is taking a stand against the millions of invalid DMCA notices it receives for allegedly pirating subscribers. At one point the ISP received two million piracy warnings in one day from anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, which effectively crashed one of Verizon's mail servers.

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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

This is one of those stories where, at least to PC owners, seems completely unbelievable. How can Apple just delete or replace your music on your hard drive? Thankfully this guy had a recent backup of all is music or he would have been totally screwed.

What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn’t recognize—which came up often, since I’m a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself—it would then download it to Apple’s database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted.

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DOOM PC System Requirements

Bethesda has posted the PC system requirements for DOOM along with the launch date and times for the game. Here's the rundown:

Minimum:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better;

  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better

  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.

  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

Recommended:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better;

  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better

  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.

  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Announcement Teaser Video @ Shacknews

DOOM Launch Trailer @ GameSpot

Overwatch Open Beta Opens @ Blue's News

Uncharted 4 Review Round-Up @ VG24/7

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.1

AMD has released brand new Crimson Edition 16.5.1 drivers for all you Radeon owners out there. These drivers add support for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. Here's a list of known issues as well as resolved issues:

  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".

  • HDMI™ Scaling options may not be available in Radeon Settings on some system configurations or some applications may ignore the HDMI™ Scaling options setting.

  • The option to enable/disable AMD Crossfire™ technology logo may be missing on some system configurations from the Gaming, Global Options tab in Radeon Settings.

  • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt inventory and character pages may exhibit flickering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.

  • Radeon Settings game manager does not display icons for Origin Games.

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Rosewill VALENS-700 700W Power Supply Review

Those of you in the market for a new power supply should read our evaluation of the Rosewill VALENS-700 700W PSU before you head out shopping. We've had good experiences in the past with Rosewill power supplies, will it be the same this time around? Read the review to find out.

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While Rosewill is likely not a go-to computer power supply brand to most people, we have been surprised with Rosewill's quality on two of its PSUs over the last couple of years. Today we review an $80 700 watt Rosewill unit that is rated for Gold efficiency, and well ... that is about all that marketing has to say about its Valens-700.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Cooltek UMX3 mATX Case @ Technic3D

Cooling: Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 @ BmR

ETC.: Creative iRoar @ Legion Hardware

Shuttle XPC Cube SZ170R8 Barebones @ Play3r

Storage: Intel 540s 480GB @ SSD Review

Cupertino's Mayor: Apple 'Abuses Us' By Not Paying Taxes

You kinda have to feel bad for this guy. He's the mayor of Cupertino and, in the short time he has held office, Apple's security blocked him from entering its headquarters, he couldn't get a single "yes" vote from city council members against Apple and no one would attend his protest. The flip side of the coin is that the tax Apple currently pays is 18% of the city’s general fund budget.

Apple pays a 2.3% effective tax rate on its $181bn in cash held offshore, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a not-for-profit research group focusing on tax policy. Through a series of well-documented offshore manipulations with saucy-sounding names such as the Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich, the industry giants shield themselves off from the theoretically 35% federal corporate tax rate. Citizens for Tax Justice estimates that Apple would owe $59.2bn in US taxes if the money weren’t funneled into offshore shell accounts.

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