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Wednesday October 01, 2014

Google Offering Students, Schools Unlimited Storage For Free

Google has announced Drive for Education, an upgrade from Google Apps for Education service.

Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.

  • Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.

  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 @ ocaholic

ETC.: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism @ LanOC

Tesoro Kuven Gaming Headset @ Vortez

PSU: Be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W @ Tweak.dk

Enermax Revolution X't 430W @ techPowerUP!

Video: GeForce GTX 980 2 and 3-way SLI @ Guru3D

Projection Mapping Gone Wrong

Remember when projection mapping was cool? Well, that's a thing of the past now that Disney got its hands on it. frown


ASUS X99 DELUXE Motherboard

The ASUS X99 DELUXE motherboard is on the test bench at techPowerUP today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

We take our first look at ASUS's LGA 2011-3 products, starting with the ASUS X99 DELUXE. Wrapped in new clothing, the ASUS X99 DELUXE not only has DELUXE looks and DELUXE features, it also has a DELUXE socket for you to place your new Haswell-E CPU into, with an additional 48 pins.


Main Ingredient In Beer Can Help Improve Memory

Beer can help improve your memory? Whoa. Think about that the next time you knock back a cold one. cool

Beer is better for the brain than you might believe. A new study finds the frothy beverage can improve memory. A researcher at Oregon State University points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice


Why Oculus Rift Is Bound To Fail

The Oculus Rift is bound to fail? Is this guy onto something or just on something?

Despite the soaring plaudits from professional technophiles, despite the growing support from the video game industry, the latest run at mainstreaming wearable virtual reality is doomed to be a commercial failure. Yes, the Oculus Rift has reignited an interest in virtual reality goggles not seen in decades. And yes, the company behind the technology was purchased by Facebook for billions.


Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Case

Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps have published a review of the Corsair Carbide 240 AIR case today that is certainly worth checking out. Here's a que from the full review:

Corsair has been bombarding the MadShrimps reviewers with loads of new stuff since Computex 2014. Since motherboard brands are including mATX and even mITX boards in their lineup we see more and more of these tiny form factors appear at LAN parties. Portability is a big added bonus if you are a frequent LAN party visitor. Enclosure manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon and are including more frequently mITX cases.


AMD Demonstrates First Network Function Virtualization Solution on 64-bit AMD and ARM Technology

AMD today demonstrated the first network function virtualization (NFV) solution on AMD’s 64-bit ARM-based SoC and announced that it is now sampling to AMD’s embedded customers. The NFV demonstration is powered by a 64-bit ARM-based AMD Embedded R-Series SoC, codenamed "Hierofalcon," supported with technology from two key ecosystem partners – Aricent for the networking software stack and Mentor Graphics for embedded Linux® and tools. NFV is an innovative solution that simplifies deployment and management for network and telecommunications service providers with a fully virtualized communications infrastructure that helps maximize performance, while working to reduce costs.


Intel Discusses How Megabits Per Second Won't Define 5G

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager for standards and advanced technology at Intel’s Mobile Communication Group, recently penned a blog post on how 5G will be different from previous networks. Keddy shares her thoughts on the need for 5G to support the billions of smart ‘things’ by 2020 and how 5G will be unlike from any other wireless standards before it. In particular, bits per second is the standard way of measuring network performance, but measuring 5G will involve bits per joule, bits per Hertz, bits per square meter of coverage and bits per dollar because 5G will address a variety of challenges, including energy efficiency, spectrum performance, reliability and cost.


Tuesday September 30, 2014

Microsoft CEO: EQ Trumps IQ In the Long Run

According to Microsoft's CEO, emotional quotient trumps IQ. I'm sure you guys will remember this quote when someone with an IQ of 68 gets turned down for an engineering job in Redmond.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella quoted Mahatma Gandhi to tell students today, "Live everyday as if it is your last day but learn as if you are going to live forever." He also said that, "In the long run, EQ (emotional quotient) trumps IQ (intelligence quotient). Without being a source of energy for others very little can be accomplished."


Fear And Anxiety Accompany Forced Internet Unplugging

Fear and anxiety? Yeah, that sounds like me every time the internet goes out. wink

It's fairly common knowledge that Americans have a serious dependency on the Internet. But according to a new report released today by Tata Communications, that dependency is accompanied by some intense psychological and physical repercussions.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool Dead Silence Cube @ ocaholic

Cooling: Alphacool NexXxoS Cool H20 Kit @ NikKTech

CPU: AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370e @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset @ Techgage

Storage: Micron M600 SSD @ PCPer

Video: XFX R7 250E Core Edition @ Neoseeker

Dead Rising Movie Will Be Like Indiana Jones With Zombies

Indiana Jones with Zombies could be the worst idea I've ever heard...or pure genius. big grin

"It's definitely got its dark scary beats, but ultimately it's an adventure film," Lipovsky said. "Every time I get scared or laugh while playing, I make a note to add it to the script. Tonally it will be like 'Indiana Jones with Zombies'. Fun, scary, dramatic action."


Four Hackers Stole $100M In Army And Xbox Technology

Oh come on, $100 million? It's not like they were illegally downloading movies or music. wink

According to prosecutors, the defendants stole intellectual property and other proprietary data related to the Xbox One gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming system, and pre-release copies of popular video games. The Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed the technology was worth between $100m and $200m, a figure hotly disputed by one of those facing charges.


iOS 8 Bug Can Delete iCloud Drive Documents

I can hear the Apple representative now..."You're resetting it wrong." big grin

Tapping the option to Reset All Settings vaporizes some iCloud Drive files, say a handful of iOS users. An alleged bug in iOS 8 appears to be deleting documents stored in iCloud Drive without the user's permission.


XFX R7 250E Video Card

If you need a budget video card, check out this review of the XFX R7 250E at Overclockers Club today.

When you go to play in the wheel house it fits in, you can get performance up and over the commonly recognized 30 FPS threshold for playable performance at 1920x1080, or even higher at 1680x1050. When you get down to its DNA, this card has its roots in the 2012 release of AMD's Cape Verde Pro GCN architecture and is comparable to the HD 7750 seen at that time.


Large Hadron Collider Chamber Music

This is the cool video of the day. Enjoy.


Reporter Goes To Apple Store To Bend An iPhone

This is kind of a dick move if you ask me. Seriously people, don't be a jackass, if you want to bend an iPhone 6, buy one.

At this point I thought it best to leave the store. Did I feel bad about bending it a bit? Not really — others were trying, and I walked past a person attempting the same thing on the way to the exit. If they made me buy the phone, there would have been worse tragedies.


Microsoft Unveils First Look At Windows 10

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on.

"Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead."


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 4 Fall Patch Arrives @ Blue's News

Track Destiny Public Events Online @ Joystiq

Watch Dogs DLC Now Available @ Shacknews

Xbox One Outsold PS4 In UK @ VG24/7

ASUS X99 DELUXE Motherboard

Head on over to Hardware Secrets and check out their review of the ASUS X99 DELUXE motherboard. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The ASUS X99-DELUXE is a top mid-range motherboard for the new Intel high-end "Haswell-E" processors, based on the new LGA2011-v3 socket. It includes five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, 12 SATA-600 ports (with two SATA Express connectors), 14 USB 3.0 ports, a high-end audio controller, and an integrated Wi-Fi 802.11ac interface. Let's take a good look at this board.


Britons Sign Away First-Born Children For Free Wi-Fi

This story reminds me of that HUMANCENTiPAD South Park episode where no one would read the terms and conditions on anything. big grin

Several Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free wifi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday. In the short period the terms and conditions were live, six people signed up.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Raijintek Agos Mid-Tower @ eTeknix

SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Pure Black @ techPowerUP!

PSU: Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W & 1200W @ PCPer

Storage: Synology DiskStation DS115j NAS @ Tweak.dk

Video: GeForce GTX 980 On Linux @ Phoronix

Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC Edition @ ocaholic

Why Destiny's Loot System Isn't As Broken As You Think

This guy seems to think that Destiny's loot system might not be as bad as you think. Not as bad? Hell, it's worse. Then again, what would most of us know anyway, we're still too busy grinding for gear. frown

In Destiny, loot comes from "engrams" which are essentially goody bags of various quality that can be opened by an NPC in the game’s main town called the Cryptarch. The quality of the engrams dropped by enemies and the quality of the loot contained in them is a function of the level of the player’s character rather than the enemy dropping the loot, and nearly any enemy in the game can drop engrams.


Professor Of New Media Bans Technology Use In Class

I graduated from college long before this was an issue so I want to know what do you guys think of a professor that bans the use of tech in his class?

I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class.


Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler

After putting the Cooler Master Hyper D92 to the test, the crew at Modders Inc. gave the cooler the thumbs up. If you are shopping for a new heatsink, this review should be of interest.

Design-wise, the Cooler Master Hyper D92ooler Master Hyper D92 is a re-engineered Hyper N520, improving upon its design based on current system building concerns such as better RAM heatspreader clearance compatibility, better looks and improved efficiency.


Twitter Troll Jailed For 18 Weeks

Wouldn't it be nice if they just did this to trolls everywhere?

A man was jailed for 18 weeks on Monday for a campaign of rape threats and other abuse on Twitter against a female MP. Peter Nunn, 33, targeted opposition Labour MP Stella Creasy in July and August 2013 after she backed a campaign to put author Jane Austen on the £10 banknote.


eBay, PayPal Splitting Into Separate Companies In 2015

It looks like eBay and PayPal are going all 2001 on us.

Online auction house eBay said Tuesday it plans to split its PayPal unit into a separately traded company next year. The separation will bring in two new leaders. Devin Wenig, eBay Marketplaces president, will become the new CEO of eBay. Dan Schulman, president of the American Express Enterprise Growth Group, will serve as the new CEO of PayPal.


The Evil Within: Every Last Bullet Trailer

There is a new The Evil Within trailer out today. The blood and gore will probably make this NSFW. Well, I guess that depends on where you work. wink


First ARM Cortex- A57-Based Hadoop Demonstration Achieved On AMD Opteron A-Series Platform

AMD today will make the first public demonstration of Apache™ Hadoop® running on an ARM® Cortex®-A57-based AMD Opteron™ A-Series processor. In a technical session at the JavaOne™ conference to be delivered this afternoon by AMD corporate fellow Leendert van Doorn, the company will show how the expanding AMD Opteron A-Series server software ecosystem now includes Hadoop, the Java-based framework for storage and large-scale data processing. In addition, Henrik Stahl, vice president, Java product management and Internet of Things at Oracle, will join van Doorn on stage to discuss Oracle’s support for AMD’s 64-bit ARM server architecture.


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