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Friday July 25, 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Corsair Carbide Series Spec-01 @ eTeknix

ETC.: CM Storm Resonar Headphones @ Vortez

Motherboards: Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE @ Overclockers Club

Storage: Crucial M550 SSD Round-Up @ PCPer

Video: HIS R7 260X and R7 250X @ PureOC

Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X 4GB @ techPowerUP!

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard

The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK motherboard is on the test bench today at HiTech Legion. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

It is nice to see that Gigabyte has gotten away from some of that with their current G1 series boards. This particular board, the Gaming G1 Black Edition, doesn’t have any gun shaped heatsinks on it or colors that would not match any other components on the market. Instead they have gone with a classic black, red, and grey theme.


Homeland Security Gets Into Software Security

The Department of Homeland Security now does software security? Say what?

Because Patrick Beyer, SWAMP's Project Manager at Morgridge Institute for Research, the project's prime contractor, explained, "With open source's popularity, more and more government branches are using open-source code. Some are grabbing code from here, there, and everywhere." Understandably, "there's more and more concern about the safety and quality of this code. We're the one place you can go to check into the code"


University Sets Punishments For Pirating Students

Damn, if only there were some way to avoid these punishments like...you know...not pirating stuff. big grin

There are many ways to tackle the issue of online piracy and Louisiana State University has decided on its approach. At the bottom end, offenders will experience a temporary Internet disconnection, with repeat offenders receiving fines and potentially career-damaging notes on their education records.


Silverstone Raven RV05 Case

Benchmark Reviews has published a review of the Silverstone Raven RV05 case today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Drawing it’s design straight from the RV01, the Raven RV05 continues a trend started by the NZXT H440 with the removal of all 5.25″ drive bays. Without the bays, the RV05 is smaller than many mid-towers while still retaining compatibility for a full range of standard features such as ATX motherboards and power supplies, bays for dual 3.5″ drives and 2.5″ drives, and even water cooling support.


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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.

NVIDIA Sets Conference Call for Second-Quarter Financial Results

NVIDIA will host a conference call on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, ending July 27, 2014. The call will be webcast live (in listen-only mode). The company's prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session, which will be limited to questions from financial analysts and institutional investors.

Ahead of the call, NVIDIA will provide written commentary on its second-quarter results from its CFO. This material will be posted immediately after the company's results are publicly announced at approximately 1:20p.m. PT. A replay of the conference call will be available until Aug. 14, 2014, at (402) 977-9140, conference ID 21719923. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until the company's conference call to discuss financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2015.


Intel Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 22.5 cents per share (90 cents per share on an annual basis) on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on Sept. 1, 2014, to stockholders of record on Aug. 7, 2014. Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors.


Thursday July 24, 2014

Cooler Master V650S 650W Power Supply

Make sure you guys take a moment today to read our evaluation of the Cooler Master V650S 650W power supply. If you are in the market for a mid-range PSU, this could be the one for you.

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Cooler Master has been off the enthusiast radar in terms of computer power supplies for a while now. It simply walked a different line than much of the rest of the field. Today however we have one of Cooler Master's second foray back into the high end with a mid-level PSU rated for operation at 650 watts.


Amazon Posts Bigger Than Expected Q2 Loss

It looks like the strain of multiple product launches took a toll on Amazon this quarter.

The company, which launched its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire phone, a few weeks ago, posted a loss of 27 cents per share on revenue of $19.34 billion in the second quarter. Analysts had been expecting on average a loss of 15 cents per share on $19.34 billion in revenue.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Node 804 @ Cowcotland

Cooling: CRYORIG C1 Top-Down Cooler @ NikKTech

Motherboards: ASUS Z97-PRO @ Hardware Secrets

ASUS Z97I-PLUS Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Techgage

Storage: SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB @ Vortez

Western Digital Red 6TB & Red Pro 4TB @ PCPer

Video: Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 3GB OC @ Legit Reviews

50 Minute Unreal Tournament Sequel Preview

The Epic Games development team are giving you guys a fifty minute preview of the upcoming Unreal Tournament sequel.


Google Buying Twitch For $1B?

Is another billion dollar tech deal about to go down?

Earlier this year, Variety and the Wall Street Journal reported that Google was in talks to acquire Twitch, but conceded that the two companies were only just starting negotiations. Now, sources familiar with the deal say an agreement has been reached, though its unclear when the reported acquisition will be officially announced.


NZXT Kraken AIO Water Cooler Round-Up

The crew at PureOverclock have rounded up a handful of NZXT Kraken AIO water coolers today and put them to the test. You can see our recent evaluation of the Kraken X61 here.

Today we find a lot of AIO units flooding the market, and selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many different styles and types readily available. We are putting three new water cooling units on the test bench from NZXT: the KRAKEN X31, X41 and, X61 AIO coolers, setup for 120mm, 140mm, and 280mm designs.


Halo: Nightfall First Look

Honestly, this Halo: Nightfall trailer looks way better than I thought it was going to. I am actually looking forward to the series.


Comic-Con Bans Google Glass From Screenings

Attention Google Glass owners! Comic-Con hates you too. big grin

On its official website, Comic-Con states that Glass is held in the same regard as smartphones and video cameras, noting that attendees "cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room." If you're a trendy Explorer who has a prescription Glass, let's hope you've brought a backup pair of specs because you're getting no special treatment.


Kickstarter-Funded Game Dev Is The Airbnb Squatter

We saw this story the other day but, aside from it being a squatter story, it wasn't really tech related....until now.

Confronted with an eviction notice, Pashanin reportedly threatened to press charges against condominium owner Cory Tschogl for "blackmail and damages caused by your negligence and malicious misconduct, including $3,800 PID Espresso machine as well as medical bills for my brother's hospital visit after he got sick here drinking unfiltered tap water."


Can NBC Use Your YouTube Videos Without Permission?

Can NBC just use your YouTube video without your permission? Apparently they think they can.

In the above video, YouTube user TAOFLEDERMAUS shows how a number of his popular YouTube clips were used on the NBC show, and how he received no on-screen credit. Additionally, in almost all instances, the video has been cropped in such a way that his identifiable mark is no longer visible in the corner of the screen.


Microsoft Explains Quantum Computing

Microsoft put out a video today that is an easy to understand explanation of quantum computing.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny Is The Real Next-Gen @ VG24/7

PS4 3D Blu-ray Support Next Week @ Joystiq

Shadowgate Reboot Coming To PC 8/21 @ Shacknews

Titanfall Adding Marketplace, Not Microtransactions @ Blue's News

Facebook Reports 138% Surge In Profits

I think a 138% surge in profits should make Facebook investors happy.

Revenue from advertising, which makes up most of Facebook's income, was $2.68bn, up 67% compared with the second quarter of 2013. Adverts on mobile devices now account for 62% of advertising revenue, which is a spectacular rise as mobile ads accounted for almost nothing in 2012.


Thermaltake Urban T81 Full-Tower

If you are chassis shopping, you might want to check out this review of the Thermaltake Urban T81 full-tower at Think Computers. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Thermaltake has designed what it calls a, "creation of modernism." The Urban T81 chassis looks to support excellent air cooling, excellent water cooling, with a fully modular interior design. While Thermaltake has produced some wacky looking cases in the past, the Urban T81 is not of that realm, but rather sports a very sleek and clean exterior look.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: DeepCool STEAM CASTLE @ Vortez

Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid-Tower @ Neoseeker

ETC.: "Devil's Canyon" Overclocking Revisited @ Tech Report

Motherboards: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC @ eTeknix

Video: Gigabyte GTX Titan Black WindForce @ Guru3D

Smartphone Apps Claim To Repel Mosquitoes

I'm not sure if using this app in public really keeps mosquitoes away. Unless by "mosquitoes" you mean "the ladies," then it probably works like a charm. big grin

One app, called the Anti Mosquito Sonic Repeller, emits a high frequency sound, which the makers claim mosquitoes will avoid. The description says by keeping the app close, mosquitos will stay away. The makers say it is not 100% effective, but will ease the pain of the biting pests


Sony Agrees To Settle PSN Hack Lawsuit With Freebies

Good news! If you were one of the seventy seven million people that were affected by the PSN hack back in 2011, your compensation is a free PS3 theme, or a game or some SOE Station cash. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Today's settlement, which has yet to be approved by the judge, offers plaintiffs benefits such as free PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable games, free PS3 themes, free subscriptions to PlayStation Plus, free subscriptions to the Music Unlimited service and free SOE Station cash.


Quote of the Day

Normally we don't cover stuff like this but this is just "tech related" enough (and funny as hell) to post.

One example: As the investigation puts it, "a large blue and gold penis was painted on the roof of the center point trailer at the Blue Angels’ winter training facilities in El Centro." It was so large, it was "visible from satellite imagery," including those used on Google Maps.


Teen Creates App That Exposes Sellout Politicians

Not to take anything away from this kid but this would be an easy app to make because all politicians are sellouts. wink

But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto "Some are red. Some are blue. All are green." The plugin aims "to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress."


Raidmax Scorpio V Mid-Tower Case

There is a review of the Raidmax Scorpio V mid-tower ATX case posted today at Overclockers Club. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Scorpio has a few redeemable features that save it from being completely forgettable. The first two are standard for a decent gaming chassis: having support for graphic cards over 280mm (11") gives the ability to provide a future-proof chassis, while many high graphic cards on the market sit just under 11". There isn't a set amount of space companies have to follow, so higher is always welcome.


Steam Controller Redesign?

Steam Database tweeted a picture of a redesigned Steam controller that now features an analog thumbstick. Your thoughts?

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ADATA Launches XPG V3 DDR3 Overclocking Memory

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the latest XPG V3 series overclocking memory, running at a stellar 3100 megahertz. Its dual channel is designed to bring gamers and PC enthusiasts ultimate performance by Intel® Core™ fourth and fifth-generation processors and the latest Z97 platform.

With speed up to 3100MHz and transfer bandwidth reaching 24.8GB/s, the XPG V3 series once again pushes gaming to the next level. It supports Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) version 1.3 and utilizes the Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), which reduces the system temperature effectively. It enables every chip have contact with the heat sinks directly, ensuring IC and PCB operate in an environment of equal temperature for the best stability, even in full-speed operation.


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