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Tuesday October 21, 2014

RAM Soldered Into New Mac Mini To Block Memory Upgrades

Why would a company do something like this to prevent end users from upgrading the memory in....whoops, this is Apple we are talking about...never mind. big grin

For anyone looking for a cheap way to get their hands on a Mac, it's a great starting point -- prices start at just $499. But you'd better make sure you select a model with enough RAM when you place your order -- Apple has taken steps that mean it is impossible for buyers to install more memory.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Antec ISK 600 @ techPowerUP!

Cooler Master Cosmos II @ pcGameware

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ Benchmark Reviews

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 3300MHz DDR4 @ Legit Reviews

Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1866-CL10 1.50V @ ocaholic

Video: ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4GB @ techPowerUP!

Phone Hackers Stealing Billions

While the hackers in this story are the obvious bad guys, phone companies trying to enforce these outrageous bills aren't much better. frown

It wasn’t. Hackers had broken into the phone network of the company, Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture, and routed $166,000 worth of calls from the firm to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. It would have taken 34 years for the firm to run up those charges legitimately, based on its typical phone bill, according to a complaint it filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

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More Consumers Are Ditching Online Shopping For Physical Retailers

Next thing you know, Amazon is going to start complaining about showrooming. big grin

Many of us are guilty of "showrooming" -- the act of using a brick and mortar store like Best Buy or Walmart as a showroom for products we end up buying online. While there is nothing morally wrong about such a practice, I do sometimes feel guilty doing it. In other words, I enjoy saving money by purchasing online, but I would be sad to see brick and mortar stores disappear; I like touching a product before buying.

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Stop Car Thieves With A Simple SMS

Hey, it's a "find my phone" app for your car. Thanks to cageymaru for the link.

What would you do if your car had just been stolen? Take out your phone and call the police? Sure, you could that, but what if instead of asking authorities for help you simply sent a text message? Moreover, what if that SMS went straight to a hidden device inside your car and immediately immobilized the vehicle's engine?

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Raspberry Pi Cassette Player Plays Spotify Music Using Tapes

This Raspberry Pi cassette player is awesome. Well, if you are old enough to remember cassette tape players. wink

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Game Dropped From Steam After Gabe Newell Death Threat

Anyone know a good way to get a game dropped from Steam? What is that you say? Threaten to kill Gabe Newell? That's a brilliant idea! roll eyes (sarcastic)

This was enough to set the developer on a Twitter rampage, labeling Steam "the most incompetent piece of f**king shit", claiming that the service is "f**king taking money out of my pocket" and "misinforming people that my game is in f**king early access". I am going to kill gabe newell.

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Ferrari Sued For Taking Over Facebook Fan Page

What do you guys think of this case? Are the people that created the Ferrari fan page entitled to the billions they are asking for?

In their lawsuit, the Wasems say Ferrari, aided and abetted by Facebook, breached a contract with the Wasems. The deal they struck in 2009 never included handing over control of the page, they argue. The page's value has increased, and the Ferrari Facebook page now has more than 16 million fans. "Ferrari wanted it," the Wasems state in their complaint. "So, with Facebook's knowledge and substantial assistance, Ferrari took it, and they have both profited from what the Wasems created."

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Microsoft Delivers The Industry’s Complete Cloud

Monday, at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella outlined how Microsoft is using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to deliver the industry’s most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography. Furthering this commitment, Microsoft announced several enhancements to its hyper-scale, enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud platform, including the new Azure G-series of virtual machines and Premium Storage; the general availability of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell; partnerships with Cloudera Inc. and CoreOS; and a new Azure Marketplace.

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Intel Xeon E5 v3 Server Processors Power New Microsoft Azure G-series

Today Microsoft announced the new Azure "G-series" – designed to deliver the most powerful VM sizes available in the public cloud. The G-series is powered by a high performance, customized SKU of the latest Intel® Xeon® E5 v3 processor. Customers will have access to up to 32 cores, 448GB RAM and over 6TB of local SSD storage, providing significant performance gains relative to existing VM sizes. The new G-series will benefit customers running large SQL, Oracle and MongoDB databases, big data workloads and enterprise applications that demand powerful processing along with large memory and fast disk performance.

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Monday October 20, 2014

Corsair HX1000i 1000W Power Supply

If you are shopping for a big-watt modular power supply, make sure you take a moment today to read our evaluation of the Corsair HX1000i 1000W PSU.

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Corsair's HX series represents its "second tier" line of enthusiast computer power supplies, but its new HX1000i does take the top spot when it comes to its ~1000 watt power supplies that are Platinum certified and fully modular. Let's see if this latest addition from Corsair represents its quality pedigree of days gone by.

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Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

What happens when you spill coffee on this portable cardboard desk? And why would your desk need to be portable?

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$5 Per Month For Beats Music?

Would you pay $5 per month for Beats Music?

The iPhone maker is sounding out the music labels on the possibility of offering its Beats Music streaming service for $5 per month, Recode is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Beats Music is currently offered at $10 per month.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua IndustrialPPC & Redux Fan Roundup @ OCC

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 @ Hardware Heaven

PSU: Corsair HX1000i 1000W @ Technic3D

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W @ eTeknix

Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB @ Myce

Apple's iPhone Soars While The iPad Languishes

Apple has just reported its fourth quarter results and things are looking good for the iPhone. The iPad...not so much.

Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit -- more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes.

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GeForce GTX 970 Double Header Review

The gang over at Tech Report have a GeForce GTX 970 double header posted today featuring cards from ASUS and MSI.

THERE COMES A TIME IN the life of every PC gamer when you say to yourself: "Self, I'd like to buy a graphics card with more than twice the shader power of a PlayStation 4 for less money." Then you fire up a web browser, read our review of the GeForce GTX 970, and realize you can have what you want. Because that's how life as a PC gamer works.

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343 Industries Explains 20GB Day One Patch

Half the game on disc, half the game is a download? Welcome to the world of current-gen consoles.

According to O'Connor, that 20GB of data is not a fix for in-game issues, but is instead game content that would have otherwise required that the game ship on multiple Blu-ray discs. "The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs," O'Connor told one irate fan.

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Facebook 'Dislike' Button 'Too Complex' To Introduce

A company that manages hundreds of millions of profiles a day and has a trillion ways to monitize every aspect of your personal information says a adding a dislike button is too complex. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"[The dislike button] came up a lot. In fact even the language of the word like was something we discussed a lot as well," said Taylor. "But regarding the dislike button, the main reason is that in the context of the social network, the negativity of that button has a lot of unfortunate consequences.

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A Microsoft Smartwatch Coming Within Weeks?

I was under the impression that the smartwatch market just isn't taking off like manufacturers had hoped. Now we have Apple and Microsoft trowing their hats in the ring?

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

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Picture Frame That Follows You Around

It's funny how it is art when this device follows girls around the office with a recording device. When you and I do it we get fired for stalking. wink

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Microsoft CEO Speaks About Women And Raises

Microsoft's CEO is still on the apology tour.

And you're going to have to go tackle it one step at a time. Like any other thing where you're trying to make progress in business, what do you do? You set goals, you achieve them, you set higher goals, you achieve them, and keep it front and center.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

AitD Creator Crowdfunding 2Dark @ Blue's News

Guild Wars 2 Teases Upcoming Festivals @ Joystiq

Rockstar Responds To GTA 5 Beta Scams @ Shacknews

Star Wars: Battlefront 3 Footage @ VG24/7

I Am Bread Trailer

Who knows how the actual game will be but, I have to admit, I laughed when the little slice of bread started to hump everything.

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Kickstarter Pulls Tor-Enabled Router That Raised $585K

The crowd giveth and Kickstarter taketh away.

The Anonabox, which was created by August Germar, of Chico, California, aimed to be an "open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor." Its fundraising goal was $7,500, and in five days, it raised $585,549 from nearly 9,000 backers—including three Ars editors.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: ECS LIVA Mini PC @ MadShrimps

Windows 10 Technical Preview @ Tech Report

PSU: be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W @ PureOC

Storage: Thecus N2560 Dual-Bay NAS @ Techgage

Video: ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB @ eTeknix

Sapphire R9 285 ITX Compact OC @ HardwareXtreme

Why Marissa Mayer Is Still the Right CEO for Yahoo

The people complaining about Marissa Mayer obviously forgot about Ross Levinsohn, Scott Thompson, Tim Morse, Carol Bartz, and Jerry Yang.

Everyone loves to hate on Marissa Mayer. She’s an easy target. A celebrity long before she arrived at Yahoo, she’s a first-time CEO who has chosen to pose for fashion magazines, but has rarely opened up about Yahoo’s strategy to the business press. She’s a computer scientist by training and her engineer’s personality is not always well received by Yahoo’s Madison Avenue customers. And let’s face it: she took on the hardest challenge in Silicon Valley.

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Acquire IBM's Microelectronics Business

IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will also become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer (nm), 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.

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Never Download "Codecs" or "Players" To Watch Videos Online

While this is obvious to you and I, this is a good link to send to your less-than-tech-savvy family members that repeatedly fall for this stuff.

If a website asks you to download a "codec," "player," or "browser update" to play a video, run the other way. You don’t actually need to download this sort of thing — the website is trying to infect your computer with malware.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Minimum System Requirements

Blue's News has posted the minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this morning. Aside from the 55GB install size and the 64bit Windows requirement, the rest of the specs are pretty tame.

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD PhenomTM II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better

  • Memory: 6 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 @ 1GB or better

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

  • Hard Drive: 55 GB available space

  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate

The folks at PureOverclock have posted a review of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The first and most notable performance change here is the larger radiator with support of 3x 120mm fans essentially making this the largest radiator of 360mm with a first triple 120mm CLC system. As we continue forward, we are going to give you the full details and we we are excited to see a change and can’t wait to see how it does.

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