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Thursday February 26, 2015

NASA Finds 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet Ceres

I'm not saying this is aliens....but it's aliens. big grin

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Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.

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Senate Panel Votes For Ex-Googler To Head US Patent Office

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted today to make Google's former patent chief the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

USPTO directors have come from the tech sector before—the last director, David Kappos, was a top lawyer at IBM. But Lee's appointment marks the first time someone with a background from an Internet-focused company will take the helm at USPTO. While she was at Google, Lee became one of the most outspoken corporate lawyers on the problem of "patent trolls" plaguing the system with their lawsuits.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Phenom @ pcGameware

ETC.: GAMDIAS HADES Gaming Mouse @ TechARP

Storage: OCZ ARC 100 480GB SSD @ NikKTech

WD My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS @ Techgage

Video: Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming @ Legit Reviews

Spyware Violates Human Rights Guidelines

I think we can all agree that spyware blows ass but does it really violate human rights guidelines?

If you think that commercial software designed to spy on computers is problematic, you're not alone. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's UK contact has determined that Gamma International's approach to selling its FinFisher spyware violates human rights guidelines.

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How Facebook Is Helping Suicidal People

If you are suffering from thoughts of suicide, do you call A.) a family member or friend B.) suicide prevention line C.) 911 or D.) Facebook. roll eyes (sarcastic)

According to a Facebook post written by Product Manager Rob Boyle and Safety Specialist Nicole Staubli, a trained team will review reports of posts that appear to be suicidal and if necessary send the poster notifications with suicide prevention resources, such as a connection to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline.

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Internet Slang Meets American Sign Language

This is one of those things that you never really think about until someone points it out to you. Bonus: Some of the faces these guys make are hilarious.

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Google: It's 'Irresponsible' Of Apple To Make Everything Expensive

While I agree with what this guy is saying, as long as people keep paying high prices, why should Apple charge less?

Of course, providing a service for free doesn't mean you don't profit from it in myriad ways. But still, Pichai wanted to underline that there's something creepily elitist about Apple. He said: "It's a bit irresponsible to say everything should be many hundreds of dollars [as most Apple products are]."

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Verizon Responds To Net Neutrality Vote

I have to admit, I laughed at this. Yes folks, that is Morse code. wink

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First Selfie In Space Sells For $7,400

First self-portrait in space, taken by Buzz Aldrin in November 1966, sold for almost $7,400 at auction.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Cities: Skylines Modding Video @ Shacknews

Fable Legends To Be Free-2-Play @ VG24/7

Far Cry 4 Valley of the Yetis Dated @ Blue's News

Games With Gold For March Revealed @ GamePolitics

FCC Votes To Protect Net Neutrality, Reclassify Broadband

Well, it looks like it's a done deal. Let's see where this takes us from here...well, beside courtrooms. wink

In a landmark decision today, the FCC voted 3-2 to create enforceable, bright-line rules protecting the open internet using their Title II authority to reclassify broadband internet as a telecommunications service. The commission’s order creates three bright-line rules:

  • Broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.

  • They may not impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, application, services, or any classes thereof.

  • They may not favor some internet traffic over other internet traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind — no paid prioritization or fast lanes.

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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand Platinum 1200W Review

We have just posted our evaluation of the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand Platinum 1200W power supply. If you are looking for a PSU that is a solid value, you'll definitely want to read this review.

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We have used Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 watt power supplies for many years here on our test benches at HardOCP. Those have been extremely reliable units. How does its brand new Grand Platinum 1200W stand up to our testing in today's market? The high end power PSU market is much more competitive than it used to be.

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Battlefield Hardline On PC

All you have to do is read the intro to this article to know this guy is one of us. cool For those of you that might have missed it, make sure you check out our Battlefield Hardline Video Card Performance Preview as well.

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Hi, my name is Mike Glosecki and I am the gameplay systems producer for Battlefield Hardline. I’m also a hard core PC gamer that builds his own systems and subscribes to the theory that the PC is by far the best gaming platform around. I wanted to take a few moments to give you my perspective on Battlefield Hardline and what makes it a great PC game.

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FCC Just Overruled State Laws That Were Blocking Municipal Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission says that municipal broadband networks can no longer be blocked by state legislatures.

In a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission just voted to overrule laws limiting municipal broadband growth in two states. Similar laws blocking cities from building out their own broadband networks exist in 19 other states, and the FCC just set an important precedent.

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Twitter CEO Says It’s O.K. To Never Tweet

The New York Times sat down with the CEO of Twitter and asked him a handful of questions.

Do you ever meet people who don’t use it or don’t know why they would use it? What is your pitch to them?

I meet people who say, "Oh, I don’t tweet." I think there’s still a misconception that the reason they’d sign up is to tweet. When I meet them, I tell them, "No, you don’t have to."

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Raijintek Metis Classic @ BmR

ETC.: Core i7-5960X Processor @ Hardware Secrets

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition @ ocaholic

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Round-Up @ Hardware.Info

Asus STRIX GTX 750 Ti

PC Perspective published a review of the Asus STRIX GTX 750 Ti today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti have proven to be popular cards due to their overall price, performance, and extremely low power consumption. They also tend to produce a relatively low amount of heat, due to solid cooling combined with that low power consumption.

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Car Tech Edition

Today's Car Tech Edition asks "why can't automakers get Bluetooth to work?" The answer isn't as simple as it might seem. An Apple car doesn't seem to be the answer either, even though more people are buying cars based on the tech inside them.

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Want Fiber? Do More To Get It, Google Exec Tells Cities

Want Google Fiber to come to your area? Google says your town should "do more to get it." That little TW jab was pretty funny too. wink

"If you make it easy, we will come. If you make it hard, enjoy your Time Warner Cable," Milo Medin, VP of Access Services at Google Fiber told a Washington D.C. audience on Tuesday.

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Introducing Apple Car 'Leaked Ad'

Could all those "Apple car" rumors be true after all? Here is Jony Ive telling you all about it:

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WD Adds High Performance Network Attached Storage Solutions

WD®, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.

The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. Powered by the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA™ processor, these two new additions to the Expert Series offer top of their class read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity.

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Innovative AMD FirePro Server GPU Supports Intense Compute Workloads

AMD today announced that the AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) built for High Performance Computing is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server1. AMD FirePro™ server GPUs combine with HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers for a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government clusters, Oil and Gas research, and Deep Neural Networks. The AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU is supported by a powerful software ecosystem, enabling developers to better harness its compute performance including support for OpenCL™ 2.0.

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Intel to Support Android for Work

Intel today announced that devices powered by its latest Intel® Atom™ processors and running Android 5.0, Lollipop will be Android for Work compliant for the enterprise. Google's effort to bring more security and manageability features to Android in the enterprise is in line with Intel's efforts to strengthen its enterprise security management platform. Intel continues to deliver differentiated security for Android with McAfee Mobile Security and Intel® Device Protection Technology.

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Wednesday February 25, 2015

New PC Hound Features Added Today!

PC Hound has been listening to your feedback intently and adding many of the features that you have asked for. PC Hound is a PC system builder that links in with the Hover Hound PC shopping extension that uses anonymous data from its over 50,000 users to find out what PC parts are the most popular.

New features and additions are listed below.

  • Product depth has been greatly increased by over 9X

  • Hundreds of search filtering options have been added across multiple part categories

  • The item selection pages now allow you to sort by columns specific to each part category (i.e. $/GB for RAM and $/GB for SSD)

  • New part categories have been added including optical drives, case fans, thermal compounds, sound cards, and networking cards

  • PC Hound now provides wattage estimates for your build and checks power supply wattage compatibility

  • A detail page per product with a direct link that provides quick reference for item specs, price comparison, and price history has been added

  • Many search filters now use sliders for easier input

  • Merchant dropdown list is now sorted by price

  • PCIe slots on the motherboard are now being checked for compatibility with the number of video cards in your build

  • Descriptive mouseover tooltips have been added to many icons

  • Search filters window now stays open as you select your filters and will apply each selection immediately

  • When adding more than one item in a part category, a new menu appears that allows you to replace an existing build items or add a second or third without moving in and out of the build sheet

  • OutletPC has been added as a merchant option however it is NOT turned on by default

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Oculus Offers $1M Prize Pool For Gear VR Developers

You guys better get cracking if you want to get your hands on some of this money. Pitches for your game or app are due by April 20th. cool

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The Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 kicks off on April 13 and ends on May 11, with sign-ups open now at Challenge Post. The Jam -- and the cash -- is split between two tracks, "Games" and "Apps or Experiences," with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each segment. The top Platinum Game gets $200,000, while the Platinum App or Experience snags $100,000. There are multiple winners for each of the remaining ranks, and prizes bottom out at $10,000 for each Bronze victor.

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Anthem: At Least 8.8M Non-Customers Could Be Affected By Hack

According to this report, at least 8.8 million non-customers could be victims of the Anthem hack earlier this month.

Anthem, the country's second-largest health insurer, is part of a national network of independently run Blue Cross Blue Shield plans through which BCBS customers can receive medical services when they are in an area where BCBS is operated by a different company. It is those Blue Cross Blue Shield customers who were potentially affected because their records may be included in the database that was hacked, the company said.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Core 2300 @ techPowerUP!

ETC.: Cougar 600M Gaming Mouse @ pcGameware

Intel NUC5i5RYK Broadwell-U Mini-PC @ HotHardware

Power Supply: Enermax DigiFanless 550W @ ocaholic

Storage: Crucial BX100 And MX200 SSDs @ Tech Report

Video: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 @ LanOC

FedEx Refuses To Ship Machine That Can Make Untraceable Guns

Refusing to ship a 3D printer? I guess FedEx is being a little more cautious these days after coughing up $40M to the feds last year for knowingly delivering drugs from illegal online pharmacies.

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When the machine was revealed last October, Defense Distributed’s pre-orders sold out in 36 hours. But now FedEx tells WIRED it’s too wary of the legal issues around homemade gunsmithing to ship the machine to customers. "This device is capable of manufacturing firearms, and potentially by private individuals," FedEx spokesperson Scott Fiedler wrote in a statement.

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New PC Hound Features Added Today!

PC Hound has been listening to your feedback intently and adding many of the features that you have asked for. PC Hound is a PC system builder that links in with the Hover Hound PC shopping extension that uses anonymous data from its over 50,000 users to find out what PC parts are the most popular.

New features and additions are listed below.

  • Product depth has been greatly increased by over 9X

  • Hundreds of search filtering options have been added across multiple part categories

  • The item selection pages now allow you to sort by columns specific to each part category (i.e. $/GB for RAM and $/GB for SSD)

  • New part categories have been added including optical drives, case fans, thermal compounds, sound cards, and networking cards

  • PC Hound now provides wattage estimates for your build and checks power supply wattage compatibility

  • A detail page per product with a direct link that provides quick reference for item specs, price comparison, and price history has been added

  • Many search filters now use sliders for easier input

  • Merchant dropdown list is now sorted by price

  • PCIe slots on the motherboard are now being checked for compatibility with the number of video cards in your build

  • Descriptive mouseover tooltips have been added to many icons

  • Search filters window now stays open as you select your filters and will apply each selection immediately

  • When adding more than one item in a part category, a new menu appears that allows you to replace an existing build items or add a second or third without moving in and out of the build sheet

  • OutletPC has been added as a merchant option however it is NOT turned on by default

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If Apple Made Light Sabers

3D artist Martin Hajek used his considerable skills (Jedi powers?) to come up with the iSaber. I snagged a few images before he is sued by Apple and Disney. wink

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