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Friday August 01, 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Enermax Liqtech 240 AIO CPU liquid cooler, followed by our MSI Z97S SLI Plus LGA 1150 motherboard review. Finally, we wrapped things up with an in-depth look at the SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290X TRI-X OC video card.

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We have posted our evaluation of the SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290X TRI-X OC for your viewing pleasure. If you want the fastest out-of-the-box factory overclocked R9 290X, that still has room for more overclocking, you definitely want to read this review.

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We take a look at the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X R9 290X TRI-X OC video card which has the highest factory overclock we've ever encountered on any AMD R9 290X video card. This video card is feature rich and very fast. We'll overclock it to the highest GPU clocks we've seen yet on R9 290X and compare it to the competition.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: AMD A10-7800 Kaveri @ LanOC

AMD A10-7800 Kaveri @ Tech Report

Diamond Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender @ OCC

PC Perspective Podcast #311 @ PC Perspective

Motherboards: ECS Z97 Machine @ MadShrimps

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200W @ techPowerUP!

XFX XTS 520W Passive PSU@ eTeknix

Video: Sapphire R7 250E Ultimate 1GB @ Hardware-Mag

Google Separating Photo Service From Google+?

Bloomberg, quoting anonymous sources, says that Google has plans to separate its photo service from Google+.

The move would enable the photo service to stand more independently and be accessible for consumers who aren’t part of Google+, potentially spurring more growth, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The service, called Google+ Photos, would still work with the social network’s users and may be rebranded as part of the move, one of the people said.


Microsoft Ordered To Turn Over Customer Data

It looks like Microsoft will be appealing this ruling. The company says it plans to continue advocating that "people's email deserves strong privacy protection in the U.S. and around the world."

In a decision that could have broad privacy implications, a federal court in New York Thursday ordered Microsoft to comply with a U.S. government demand for a customer's emails stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland. The decision upholds an earlier magistrate court decision.


Samsung 845DC PRO SSD

The fellas over at SSD Review say that, even though it is expensive, the Samsung 845DC PRO SSD is a great drive. If you are in the market for a new enterprise SATA SSD, this might be what you are looking for.

As an enterprise reviewer, I expected the normal 6-12 month wait before the 850 PRO would spawn an enterprise cousin, as we have seen with the Samsung SM843 and 845DC EVO. That 12 month wait was closer to 12 minutes as Samsung surprised all in attendance with their announcement of the 845DC PRO, alongside the 850 PRO.


President Signs Cellphone Unlocking Bill

It is once again legal for cell phone owners to unlock their phones.

What we saw in the end was a bipartisan commitment to solve a problem that affects millions of Americans. This month, the Senate and the House both unanimously passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act -- the first time a We the People petition has led to a legislative fix. The bill not only restores the rights of consumers to unlock their phones, but ensures that they can receive help doing so if they lack the technological savvy to unlock on their own.


New Shooter Taking It Old School

Have you guys seen this game yet? I like the way they are stripping away all the B.S. that has been added to games over the last decade or so. Your thoughts?


eBay Has More Women Employees Than Other Tech Giants

eBay finally released a diversity report of its own today. According to the numbers, eBay has more female employees than all the other tech giants.

While we are committed to fostering all types of diversity, increasing the number of women in leadership roles has been an early focus. About three years ago, eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe launched our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN). The mission of WIN is to attract and engage women to build lasting, successful careers in the company.


Nobody Wants To Sleep In A Driverless Car

You like it enough to ride in one but not enough to take a nap in it? What a bunch of pussies. big grin

8.3% of people say that they would probably read, 5.3% say that they would watch TV (that’s probably a gross underestimate) and only 7% of respondents say that they would sleep. Wouldn’t commute snoozing or being able to have your car chauffeur you overnight on road trips be one of the main advantages of a self-driving vehicle?


Gaming [H]eadlines

21 Mods We Want For GTA 5 PC @ VG24/7

Killer Instinct Retail Pack Hits 9/23 @ Shacknews

Maia Hits $1M In Early Access @ Joystiq

PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? @ Blue's News

PlayStation Now Is Still Way Too Expensive

Let's see here, you can rent a bunch of old games for $50 each for 90 days.....or you can buy five times that amount of games on Steam and you will own them forever. I'm not a mathematician but I think gaming on the PC is a better deal. wink

Right now, on your PlayStation 4, you can enjoy 90 days of the PS3 racing game F1 2013 for the low, low price of $49.99. Too rich for your blood? You could try 90 days of NASCAR 14 for $39.99, or 90 days of Dirt 3 for $26.99. Codemasters' Grid 2 comes in at the relatively affordable $22.99—also for 90 days.


Facebook Is Down

Facebook is down. Bummer, I guess we'll just have to spend the rest of our Friday working. Thanks to the 5,000 panicked people that sent this one in. wink

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*UPDATE* It's back online, please halt all workplace productivity and resume posting selfies on Facebook. smile


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Giveaway @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Cryorig R1 Ultimate Cooler @ Technic3D

Swiftech Open Loop 240mm CPU Cooler @ HiTech Legion

Power Supply: BitFenix FURY 750W @ Cowcotland

Storage: Thecus N7710-G NAS @ NikKTech

Video: Understanding Graphics Cards @ TechnologyX

Consumers Are Too Dumb To Understand Google Fiber

I are two dumberer too understand Google Fiber. Eye jest wants my porn faster.

Frontier, which has had a monopoly on residential fiber in Portland's suburbs since acquiring Verizon's FiOS service four years ago, says Google is pitching something consumers don't understand, and don't need. "We have to take the mystery and the technology out of the experience for the user because it's a bit disrespectful to speak a language our customers don't understand."


Mass Effect 4 Panel From Comic-Con

This seven minute video from Comic-Con gives you a sneak peek at the next installment in the Mass Effect franchise.


The Head Of Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange Should Be In Jail

Some of you may be shocked by this (most of you probably won't be).

A newly obtained French court document shows that Karpeles has a civil and non-civil judgment pending where, in addition to custody, he also owes €45,000 ($60,000). The document is being published jointly for the first time by Ars Technica and the French publication Le Monde.


Man Armed With Sickle Shot, Saved By Samsung Phablet

If you are asking yourself "Who takes a sickle and a Samsung phablet to a gunfight?" I would like to introduce you to this guy. big grin Thanks to Skripka for the link.

As you can imagine, the man with the gun won the fight, shooting Han in the chest from close range before fleeing the scene. Instinctively, Han put up his arm and the bullet passed cleanly through before hitting the Galaxy Mega in his pocket. Between the arm and the Mega, the bullet was slowed down enough that it didn’t go any further.


Cooler Master N600 Mid-Tower Case

Although the crew at Benchmark Reviews gave the Cooler Master N600 mid-tower case an 8.5 out of 10, the list of cons is actually longer than the list of pros.

With products such as the immensely popular Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler and the HAF 932 chassis, one can generally expect good things to come from Cooler Master. Last year Cooler Master released the N-series cases, which includes the N200, N400, and N600 models. The N600 is the premier model in the series, designed to bring enthusiast features at a more affordable price point.


Malicious Android Apps Can Impersonate Trusted Ones

If you were waiting for a compelling reason to upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, this would be it.

The flaw allows malicious apps to impersonate trusted ones behind the user’s back, and benefit from the same access permissions as the legitimate software. This presents the risk of attackers to reach financial information and even take full control of the Android device.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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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.

ADATA Launches Premier DDR4 2133 U-DIMM Memory

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the Premier DDR4 2133 Unbuffered DIMM memory, which supports the latest Intel® Haswell-E platform for extreme performance. Thanks to the benefits of DDR4 and rigorous production of ADATA, the DDR4 2133 U-DIMM memory module is the best upgrade solution for PC DIY users.

Faster Data Transfer, Higher Power Efficiency

With speeds of up to 2133MHz and a transfer bandwidth reaching 17GB/s, the Premier DDR4 2133 Unbuffered DIMM provides greater efficiency of data transfer than previous generations of DRAM. Compared to DDR3, DDR4 memory features faster clock frequencies and lower power consumption. Running at just 1.2 volts, the new DDR4 2133 Unbuffered DIMM can save 20% of the power making it an environmentally friendly component. In desktop PCs, the advantages of DDR4 will lead to lower costs and improved overall performance.


ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility For New WD Red NAS Hard Drives

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that it has verified compatibility of 5 new WD hard drives models with ASUSTOR NAS devices. These new hard drives consist of 3 new WD Red Pro models (WD4001FFSX, WD3001FFSX, WD2001FFSX) for SMB and 2 high capacities WD Red models are available in 6 TB and 5 TB models (WD60EFRX, WD50EFRX) for home and SOHO markets. ASUSTOR NAS users will now enjoy more flexibility and choice when selecting suitable hard drives for enterprise or personal cloud storage applications.

The ASUSTOR NAS product line consists of 2, 4, 6 and 8-bay tower models along with 4, 9 and 12-bay rackmount models. All devices are powered by high-performance Intel Atom dual-core processors which are suitable for personal, home and business use. Users are free to select a disk capacity suited to their storage needs to create a dedicated cloud storage server that centralizes their data and backups.


Thursday July 31, 2014

Gearbox Fights Back In Aliens Lawsuit

There is an update in the lawsuit over the false advertising claims made against Gearbox.

In the motion for partial summary judgment, filed with the Northern District of California court on Wednesday, attorneys for the developer argue that Gearbox shouldn't be included in the suit because it was a contractor and that Sega had final say on the game and its marketing. The filing also noted that Gearbox sunk millions of its own money into Aliens to finish the game.


Kickstarter Suspends Alleged AirBNB Squatter’s 2nd Campaign

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. No reason was given but, if I was Kickstarter, I would have listed "10/10 would suspend again." big grin

Kickstarter has now suspended the project, as of today. Why? Kickstarter isn’t saying, but the negative publicity surrounding the condo-squatting incident and the non-delivery of the other Kickstarter-funded title. Backers of the other projects may have also complained to Kickstarter after someone using the developer/squatter’s account left a comment saying "10/10 would squat again" on the project’s page.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: SilverStone PT13 Ultra Compact Chassis @ eTeknix

ETC.: AMD Kaveri A8-7600 & A10-7800 @ Legit Reviews

AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU @ HotHardware

Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse @ Hardware-Mag

PSU: CM V750 vs. Rosewill Capstone-750-M @ TechReport

Video: Palit GTX 750 Ti KalmX @ techPowerUP!

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! @ TechnologyX

Gamasutra Explains: The YouTuber Phenomenon

Are games developers seriously talking about making games that cater to YouTubers?

"I now believe there's a direct correlation between how good your game is and how many unique YouTube videos it can yield," Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski recently said. "The YouTubers have taken over, folks!" The way games look on video is now fundamentally affecting how Bleszinski makes them -- and he isn't an upstart, but someone who's already found massive success making games.


FCC Questions Verizon Over Throttling

The head of the FCC must be a Verizon customer with an unlimited data plan. wink

I am deeply troubled by your July 25, 2014 announcement that Verizon Wireless intends to slowdown some customers' data speeds on your 4G LTE network starting in October 20 14.1 Your website explained that this was an extension of your Network Optimization policy, which, according to your website, applies only to customers with unlimited data plans.


Everyone Hates Broadband Caps

Did we really need a study to tell us that everyone hates broadband caps? What's that you say? This was a government conducted study? Never mind, that explains it. roll eyes (sarcastic)

In all eight focus groups the GAO conducted, participants "expressed strong negative reactions" to the idea of metered or capped broadband at home. Consumers observed that the internet is increasingly important to all aspects of their lives and that having reduced access could be harmful, particularly to students, telecommuters, and lower-income households.


World's Greatest Dad Candidate

Seriously, this guy is definitely a candidate for "World's Greatest Dad!" He's got our vote. cool


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