Wednesday December 11, 2013
I like how the politicians have twisted this issue into making the Entertainment Software Association the bad guys.
The Entertainment Software Association fought such bills in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey this year and in Oklahoma last year, records and interviews show. The measures either died or are locked in legislative committees.
Legit Reviews has published a review of the XFX R7950 Double Dissipation. Overall, it seems they had a very positive experience with the card, here's a quote to get you started:
With everybody’s attention on the latest AMD Radeon releases, the R9 series, it often makes people forget the previous generation video cards, which are still relevant and frequently drop in price making them a good buy.
Damn, I knew those Google cookies tasted too good to be true.
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
As predicted, one week after Sony announced hitting the 2M mark, Microsoft has announced that it too has topped the 2 million consoles sold mark.
Microsoft says it has crossed sales of two million units for its latest videogame console, claiming continued strong demand as the end of the holiday shopping season draws near. The Redmond, Wash., tech giant said it reached the sales milestone within 18 days on the market, a new record for the company. Rival Sony said its new PlayStation 4 had hit 2.1 million units within its first 16 days on the market.
Yesterday it was curved displays, today it is the Oculus Rift. The US Patent and Trademark Office sure does like granting Apple patents on things that already exist.
Guru3D has the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming in house today for a few rounds of benchmarks. You might want to pack a lunch, the review weighs in at just under 30 pages.
This all customized graphics card has been mounted with MSI's popular TwinFrozr IV cooler armed two fans. It remains to be quiet and keeps temperatures under the 70 Degrees C marker as well. Next to that MSI factory overclocked this product for you towards a very nice 1020 MHz on the GPU core, that means it can boost towards 1085 MHz on all of the unlocked 2880 Shader processors available.
ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will showcase its innovative series of NAS devices at CES 2014 in Las Vegas from January 6th – 9th. At the show, ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its 6, 3, and 2 series NAS devices along with debuting its highly anticipated 7 Series models which consist of enterprise-class rackmount devices. Furthermore, ASUSTOR will be shinning the spotlight on ASUSTOR Portal, a brand new high-definition platform that integrates multimedia playback, web browsing and surveillance feeds.
Intel Capital congratulates V-cube on its initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, becoming the sixth Intel Capital portfolio company to list in 2013. Based in Japan, V-cube provides visual communication support to enterprise customers via cloud and on-premises licensed web-based video conferencing services. Its intuitive browser interface is system and device agnostic and delivers video, audio, chat, document sharing and telephone conferencing capabilities in multiple languages through a web-delivered framework that provides users easy connectivity and seamless engagement. V-cube was founded in 1998 and received funding from Intel Capital in 2009.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Insanely stupid statements like this are why we refer to analysts around here as "professional guessers."
"This is one of those unthinkable but absolutely possible deals," Fitz-Gerald told "Varney & Co." host Stuart Varney. "I think that Apple and Microsoft may not only have to work together for the next few years but may even see a merger in the next five to ten years from now because they're going to have to take on the Google/Android/Facebooks of the world."
Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 @ OCIA
Cooling: Tt Commander F5 Multi-Fan Controller @ Neoseeker
ETC.: Func KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard @ PureOC
Motherboards: Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X @ Technic3D
Video: Palit GTX 780 Ti Jetstream @ Guru3D
The third installment of the Corsair Overclocking Guide has been posted on the company's official blog. Make sure you head on over and give this guide a look, there is definitely some good info there.
The last thing we’re going to talk about overclocking may theoretically be the least exciting, but if you want to extract a little more juice from your system without too much effort, this is a way to go. On older systems or systems with quad-channel memory, it may not mean much, but under certain circumstances it can help tremendously. More modern processors can actually find themselves bandwidth limited, especially if you’re using the integrated graphics. So while the best and safest way to go is still to buy faster memory, if you have an existing system and want a bit of a performance boost, or you’re on a tighter budget, overclocking is an option.
NASA has a new superhero robot named Valkyrie. It even has an Iron Man like chest light (needs a little hot rod red though ) .
If you are looking for an all-in-one cooling solution for that burning hot processor in your box, check out this review of the Corsair H75 at ocaholic.
Today, we are looking at the latest Corsair Hydro H75 series AIO water cooler which stands out with its impressive manufacturing quality as well as new Asetek design. We will certainly try to find out if it has what it takes to compete in the quite crowded AIO water cooling market.
Those of you still waiting to get an Xbox One (with FREE shipping) should hit this Amazon link and get one before they are all gone again. As always, we'll keep you posted when we get word on available stock on both the Xbox One and PS4.
Our friends at Blue's News have rounded up a bunch of info on "Blizzard's next awesome game." The company is looking for a Lead Producer and a 3D Weapons Artist for the upcoming game. Hit the link for all the info.
He links to this job listing which calls this an "unannounced game title," and states it's in the works with a small development team, similar to their upcoming Hearthstone. Blizzplanet notes that another help wanted for the same project seeks a 3D weapons artist, so we know there will be combat. Here's all they say about the game for now: "We can’t tell you exactly what the game is yet, but trust us, it’s awesome."
This actually looks kinda cool. Sure it's big and only Google Glass owners will get any use out of it, but it is a pretty neat idea none the less.
Apple has been awarded another patent for something that is already on the market, even though it doesn't employ the technology in its own devices. The countdown to Apple suing Samsung and HTC begins now.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Doom. For a little nostalgia, you can play the browser based version of Doom right here.
Fighter Within Review Round-Up @ Joystiq
Pirate Penguins Expected in 2014 @ Kotaku
Pure Pool Announced For PS4 @ Shacknews
Shadowrun Returns Now With No DRM @ Blue's News
We have just posted our evaluation of the Enermax iVektor mid-tower ATX case. If you are in the market for a new case, make sure you read this review before spending your hard earned money.
Enermax has long been an enthusiast brand associated with some of the best computer power supplies made in the industry. Over the last couple of years it has also developed a very strong following in computer case arena with DIYers. Today we look at the iVektor case designed by Enermax and it looks to be a strong contender for your next build.
A handful of enterprising modders have gotten a number of peripherals, including a keyboard and mouse, working on the Xbox One.
It is hard to believe that the computer mouse is 45 years old already. Where does the time go?
Yes, it was on December 9th, 1968, long before Windows was even a twinkle in Bill Gates' eye, that the little product made its first appearance. Years earlier, Douglas Engelbart filed a patent for a device he developed in 1963 at Stanford University. However, it took until 1966 for Patent number 3,541,541 to be granted -- fast by today's standards.
Every year there is the same uproar over customer tracking, and every year some retailer apologizes for doing it, only to have more stores do the same thing the following year.
New technologies for tracking shoppers in-store, in real time, make this possible. Some rely on signals emitted by customers' smart phones. Another uses images from store security cameras. Prism Skylabs' technology analyzes security camera images to give retailers "heat maps," on which hot colors such as red or orange denote the items customers are finding most desirable.
Every time you snap a picture so that you have a permanent record of the event, you might actually be damaging your ability to remember it instead.
Taking a picture for posterity at a birthday, wedding or concert may harm our ability to remember the event fully, researchers believe in a phenomenon known as 'photo-taking impairment effect'
Team #33 (aka The [H]orde) has done it! The number one folding team on the planet has just overtaken the Folding@Home "default" team! Thanks to everyone on Team #33 for all the hard work and dedication, this is truly a monumental milestone! Want to join Team #33, you can find all the info right here.
The gang over at HardCoreWare has the AMD A10-6790K APU strapped to the test bench today for a few round of benchmarks.
Today we’re looking at the newest entry to AMD’s APU lineup – the A10 6790K. This is based on "Richland" architecture, which is a slightly updated version of Trinity. When Richland was first introduced, the top chip was the A10 6800K running at 4.1/4.4 GHz. The A10 6790K we’re looking at today runs 100 MHz lower, at 4.0/4.3 GHz and more importantly, is $10 cheaper. Since it is an unlocked CPU, getting that 100 MHz back is all but guaranteed.
Making the start menu available as an option? Is there a reason we are all still talking about this? Just do it, be done with it, and move on to more important stuff already.
Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It's possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.
Julia is a normal 12-year-old. She’s on her school’s basketball and volleyball teams. She’s into swimming. Now and then spends a little time with Minecraft. She also happens to be learning how to tap into the kind of computing power once reserved for elite scientists wielding vast government budgets and exotic supercomputers. Her goal: use NVIDIA Tesla GPUs — and our CUDA parallel programming platform — to build the ultimate Minecraft server.
Tapping into the power of the graphics chips powering PlayStations and PCs used to be considered a little fringy. Now, it couldn’t be much more mainstream. Two million people have downloaded our CUDA tool kit. More than 18,000 professionals boast about knowing CUDA on their LinkedIn profiles. Parallel programming is increasingly among the core skills programmers are expected to learn. CUDA whet Julia’s appetite for more. "I used to want to be an architect," says Julia. "Now I want to be a computer programmer."