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Saturday August 30, 2014

Looks Like Lizard Squad was Busted Today

The group that claimed they were behind the DDoS attacks on several gaming platforms and networks appears to have been taken down. Just in time for you to work on your Season 1 Leapquake Crusader build in Diablo 3!

The DDoS attacks started back on 23 August and the situation got more serious when SOE’s John Smedley’s flight was diverted after a bomb threat. Attacks continued for a few more days with both Twitch and League of Legends being hit. There was also a threat of an attack of some kind during PAX during an AMA session.


What are Hackers Thinking?

Seems like a week doesn't go by without news of a data breach, denial of service, or other "cyber-related" crime (yes, I hate the cyber moniker too). Security Watch anaylzes a survey conducted at Black Hat USA 2014 and shares an infographic that breaks down the responses.

Despite the advancement of cyber-attacks, over 99 percent of the hackers confirmed that simple hacking tactics like phishing are still effective. Just because an attack wreaks massive damage doesn't necessarily mean that it's advanced, or that the hacker has very sophisticated skills.


Time Warner Cable Outage Caused by Human Error

Earlier this week, 11.4 million users of Time Warner Cable broadband service were knocked offline for a few hours. MIT Technology Review took a look at the incident and highlights the risk of monopolies and duopolies in the broadband market.

When just one or two companies own all the information networks in a region, the impact of any outage is increased, says James Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn, a company that provides Internet traffic management and performance assurance. "Right now, last-mile monopolies and duopolies are a significant source of risk in the American Internet, and it’s not yet clear how to build around that," he says.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Observations from Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer @ Gamespot

Tales from the Borderlands storytelling interview @ Polygon

Coolest cosplay from PAX Prime Day 1 @ Kotaku

Firewatch trailer excites people @ IGN

Weekend PC download deals @ Shacknews

Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 live, Season 1 open @ Battle.net

Windows Live Messenger Signing Out After 15 Years

As a former MSN Messenger user, I'm pouring one out for the venerable service. The last bastion for the chat service was China and is finally being replaced there by Skype at the end of October.

A number of Chinese Windows Live users received emails from Microsoft on Thursday, Chinese newspapers reported, informing them of the planned closure. The emails told users they would get free Skype credit when they migrated over to the new service, the newspaper said.


See How a Bugatti Veyron is Delivered

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse costs around $3 million USD so you should expect that delivery would be more than signing a handful of docs and driving off the lot. Someone captured the delivery process in a video so you know what you could expect when you take delivery of yours.

With 1,200 horsepower, a top-speed of 255 mph, and a 0-60 time of less than 2.6 seconds, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is fantastic machine, and Bugatti and its dealers do everything they can to keep it that way en route from the factory to the owner’s garage.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Motherboards: MSI X99 Gaming 9 @ Bjorn3D

ASUS X99 Deluxe @ Guru3D

Cases: Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 @ Play3r

Mobile: HTC One M8 @ NextPowerUp

Storage: Crucial MX100 SSD @ X-bit Labs

AMD Radeon R7 SSD @ AnandTech

Video Cards: Sapphire Radeon R9 285 for SFF @ KitGuru

Cooling: LEPA LV12 Direct-Touch HSF @ Silent PC Review

Flickr Hosting Millions of Historic Images

The Internet Archive organization has been busy since the late 90's digitally preserving not only websites (the Wayback Machine is powered by this org), but also texts, audio, moving images, and software. The book images they've scanned over the years are being uploaded into Flickr as we speak, with over 2.6 million available and tagged for your browsing pleasure. Share some of your favorites via the Comments link, won't cha?

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added. The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation. "Most of the images that are in the books are not in any of the art galleries of the world - the original copies have long ago been lost." The pictures range from 1500 to 1922, when copyright restrictions kick in.


HP Recalling 6 Million Power Cords

If you have or know someone with an HP or Compaq notebook or mini notebook computer, heads up. HP is recalling the LS-15 power cord due to fire concerns. They say there are about 5.6 million of the cords in the US and another 446K in Canada. Hit up HP's support site to get a replacement before you get burned.

The Palo Alto, California-based company has received 29 reports of cords overheating and melting or charring. There have been two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage, the statement said. The computers and accessories were sold with the AC power cords at electronics stores, dealers, and online from September 2010 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500, the statement said.


PAX Prime Kicks Off in Seattle

Penny Arcade Expo, aka PAX Prime, started Friday in Seattle. I'll be posting larger than normal Gaming [H]eadline roundups this weekend to keep up with the deluge of news. Here are a few things that happened yesterday:

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and mature themes explored @ IGN

Dragon Age Keep official reveal @ YouTube

Super Meat Boy Forever announced @ CVG


Haptic Feedback Gloves Teach Typing

Paging Mavis Beacon. An enterprising dad made some gloves using motors, transistors, and an Arduino Nano board to develop muscle memory and improve his son's touch typing. I prefer 'The Typing of the Dead' myself.

Far more difficult was convincing my son to practice with the new gizmo. He would do it for a while, and he reported that spending a few minutes getting his fingers vibrated indeed helped him to get the sequence of keystrokes right. But he was more inclined to play with the slider, trying to challenge himself to keep up with rapid-fire bursts of letters. Clearly, I had missed a critical concept in modern pedagogy: gamification.


Nintendo unveils updated 3DS, 3DS XL Models

New 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds were announced by Nintendo on Friday. More than just a simple refresh, they have larger screens, more buttons, better battery life, and NFC tech built-in. Alas, it appears they won't hit US shores this year.

The new models launch in Japan on October 11, with the new 3DS priced 16,000 yen (around $154) and the new 3DS XL 18,800 yen ($181). The new 3DS XL will be available in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black, and the new 3DS in White and Black. A Nintendo press release notes: "As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year."


Sony & Sprint to Bring Xperia Flagship Phone to US

In what appears to be epically bad timing, Sony is releasing the Xperia Z3 flagship phone on the Sprint network soon. However, this announcement will be at Berlin's IFA next week and will likely be lost in the Samsung announcement hoopla (Galaxy Note 4 anyone? ) . Also looming is a fruity phone announcement on 9/9.

"I can't see this making much of a difference," said Deutsche Bank analyst Yasuo Nakane of the Sprint deal, stressing the importance of a deal with a major carrier such as Verizon Communications Inc - along with AT&T Inc one of the top two U.S. carriers - to get critical mass in that market. Sony offers an Xperia tablet through Verizon. "Even if they put out a phone on Sprint, Verizon is the priority any way you think about it," Nakane said.


JPMorgan Hack Spans Three Months

I've found Bloomberg to have very good sources related to security incidents and now they have detail on the unfolding JPMorgan Chase & Co breach. This hack reportedly spans three months and exposed gigabytes of information, including customer account data.

The intruders used multiple zero-day strategies -- so named because they let hackers take control of target computers by previously unknown methods, giving programmers zero time to develop a patch -- and placed layers of custom malware into the network, according to the people familiar with the probe. To JPMorgan's security staff, that suggested something more than than ordinary cybercrime, these people said.


Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector --a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine -- with design features that took advantage of 3-D printing. To make the parts, the design was entered into the 3-D printer's computer. The printer then built each part by layering metal powder and fusing it together with a laser, a process known as selective laser melting.


New Media Player App and More in Xbox One Update

We will begin rolling out new features and updates to Xbox One for fans all over the world. These updates include new ways to bring your personal media to your Xbox, updates to the party system, more ways to interact with your Xbox, and new social features for Xbox SmartGlass.


Friday August 29, 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 PNY GeForce GTX 760 XLR8 OC video card, followed by our SilverStone SFX SX600-G 600W PSU review. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X CPU & X99 chipset.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Corsair Graphite Series 380T @ Vortez

Corsair Graphite Series 380T @ Tech Report

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition @ BmR

Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition @ Legit Reviews

Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition @ Vortez

Motherboards: ASRock X99 WS @ ocaholic

Asus X99-Deluxe Motherboard @ Hexus

MSI X99S GAMING 7 @ techPowerUP!

Peripherals: SteelSeries Sensei @ APH Networks

Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Headset @ NikKTech

Computer Games Give A Boost To English

Researchers have discovered that computer games can help you develop a larger English vocabulary. And we're not just talking about the cuss words either. big grin

If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. This is revealed by a study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University, Sweden.


Scientist Tripping Senior Citizens On Purpose

I can just hear kids on career day saying "I want to be a scientist so I can push old people down stairs."

Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability.


The Online Careers You Never Knew Existed

Wait a minute, people don't really have jobs on the internet, do they? Who would pay someone to sit around all day doing "stuff" on the internet? wink

Next time you ask, ‘And what do you do?’, you might be surprised by the response. Ethical hackers, Pinterest consultants and troll hunters are all stepping out from behind the screens and into the mainstream world of work.


Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body

Didn't a bunch of people do this back in the 80s?

Some bitcoin enthusiasts have used their cryptocurrency to travel around the world. Others have spent it on a trip to space. But the very earliest user of bitcoin (after its inventor Satoshi Nakamoto himself) has now spent his crypto coins on the most ambitious mission yet: to visit the future.


Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Gameplay Trailer

I thought I'd share the new Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell gameplay trailer with you guys. Language might not be safe for work (one f-bomb), everything else should be okay.


Student Expelled For Mother's Facebook Rant?

When it comes to Facebook postings and schools, we've heard some pretty crazy stuff but this takes the cake. eek!

A Florida preschool is facing backlash from a mother of a 4-year-old after her son was expelled because they were mad about a post she made on Facebook.


Rovio CEO Steps Down

While no reason was given for his sudden departure, we heard he might be having a fling with one of the birds. Get it? Fling with one of the..awww, never mind. wink

Rovio Entertainment -- After more than five years of leading Rovio and successfully turning Angry Birds into a global entertainment phenomenon, Mikael Hed will be succeeded as Chief Executive Officer by Pekka Rantala on January 1, 2015.


Mozilla Reports User Data Leak From Bugzilla Project

Two times in one month? Good job Mozilla, good job. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Email addresses and encrypted passwords of around 97,000 users who tested early builds of the Bugzilla bug tracking software were left exposed for three months following a server migration. This is the second accidental data disclosure incident reported this month that affects one of the projects supported by the Mozilla Foundation.


MSI Launches 5 New Mighty X99 Motherboards

MSIŽ, world leading in motherboard technology, is pleased to announce the launch of the new MSI X99 motherboards line-up. Featuring 5 models, the X99S GAMING 9 AC, X99S GAMING 7, X99S XPOWER AC, X99S MPOWER and X99S SLI PLUS, MSI caters to everyone’s needs. With a long history of unique high performance motherboards under any condition, MSI X99 motherboards are based on Military Class 4 components and come packed with a freight train of features. All MSI X99 motherboards feature Turbo M.2 to maximize M.2 performance up to 32 Gb/s and SATA Express for the latest technology in data storage. MSI X99 also offers full support for Quad SLI and CrossFire configurations, whether you demand the highest performance when GAMING, Overclocking or rendering graphics.

Inheriting true GAMING DNA, years of building the best motherboards, closely working with world’s best gamers and collecting over 300 awards from worldwide media, MSI proudly presents the next generation of GAMING motherboards. MSI X99 GAMING motherboard comes equipped with the evolution of the best on-board audio solution called Audio Boost 2, Killer networking and support for Turbo M.2 32 Gb/s and SATA Express devices together with other key gaming features. Its masterpiece is Streaming Engine, featured on MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC, which is a dedicated onboard hardware streaming solution for streaming gaming activities at 1080p 60Mbps without impacting FPS. Time for hi-end GAMING with MSI.

The Overclocking Champion returns. After generations of proven world class overclocking performance, MSI is proud to add the X99S XPOWER AC motherboard to this glorious family. Top overclockers around the world relying on nothing but the best were involved in its birth. With each model built with Military Class 4 components and specifically tuned for an overclocking segment, MSI’s OC Certified models deliver stability and top overclocking performance with the latest Intel HEDT CPUs.


Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Ghosts Free Multiplayer Weekend @ Blue's News

Destiny Community Manager Interview @ Shacknews

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Details @ Joystiq

State Of Decay Coming To Xbox One 2015 @ Xbox Wire

Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X CPU & X99 Chipset

The wait is finally over, our evaluation of the Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X CPU & X99 chipset is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you only read one review today, trust me, this is the one.

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There are many members of the "1366 X58 Enthusiast Overclockers Club" that have been waiting with bated breath for Intel's launch of the new X99 Express Chipset and new family of Core i7 Haswell-E processors. All this new hardware comes bundled with brand new DDR4 RAM technology packing huge bandwidth as well.


Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition Review Round-Up

The NDA has expired and the review embargo has been lifted on the . Reviews are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.


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