Monday March 10, 2014
BitFenix Prodigy M @ ocaholic
Cooling: Cryorig R1 Ultimate @ XtremeHardware
ETC.: Zotac Zbox EI750 Plus @ Hexus
Zowie EC1 eVo CL Pro Gaming Mouse @ Technic3D
Memory: G.Skill TridentX 16GB DDR3-1866 @ FunkyKit
Motherboards: MSI Z87I Gaming AC Mini-ITX @ eTeknix
Just a bit of an update on our charity PC project. Other than a few miscellaneous items still needed, everything is just about ready to roll. With your help, we have put together twenty computers to donate to those in need. Look for a full write-up on the project soon.
I think this lady is totally on point here. What do you think?
Google Glass was all the rage at last year’s SXSW, so it makes sense that the novelty has worn off here. Now, we can look at the real question: Will it ever be normal and acceptable to interact with other humans while wearing a computer strapped to your face?
Holy moly! That is a crapload of cash to be forking over for patents.
Twitter Inc. (TWTR), the microblogging service that held an initial public offering last year, paid $36 million to acquire 900 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), according to a filing. The agreement, which was signed in December and announced in January without financial details, resolved a dispute that prompted IBM to write to Twitter about possible infringement of at least three patents.
We are currently experiencing login issues in the forums. We are looking into the matter as we speak and will hopefully have the issue resolved shortly. Thank you for your patience.
PC Perspective has posted a review of the SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU cooler today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation of the AR01 and AR02 here.
At first glance, the cooler does not look like much. It has three heat pipes that form the base and go up both side of the single radiator. However, the devil is in the details in this one. SilverStone uses 8mm diameter heat pipes to maximize the heat absorption and transfer capacity of the system. Additionally, the designed the internal channels of the radiator to increase surface area and redirect the airflow to a non-linear flow to increase the heat dissipation between the aluminum fins and the air medium.
Sony Corporation and Panasonic today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage. Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored.
They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.
I had to check twice to make sure it was actually Google that said this. This just makes way too much sense to be a Google quote.
In a recommendation to the Australian Government, Google warns that draconian anti-piracy measures could prove counterproductive. Instead, the Government should promote new business models. "There is significant, credible evidence emerging that online piracy is primarily an availability and pricing problem," Google states.
Grab your favorite translator and head on over to XtremeHardware to read their review of the INWIN G7 mid-tower case. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
In Win has managed to create a product with superior technical characteristics to the average thanks to the numerous ports, the possibility of installing a liquid cooling system, support for graphics cards up to 40cm, rounded edges, the bay quick release bulkhead and right side convex able to accommodate cables of the system.
Joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you cash or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.
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.
Sunday March 09, 2014
For all of those who thought the Mt. Gox hack and subsequent theft of millions of dollars’ worth of Bitcoins was an inside job, you weren't by yourself. Anonymous hackers plowed through mounds of data to find proof that points directly to the site’s CEO.
Despite the hack making noise around the Internet today, this leak is not yet guaranteed evidence of foul play. As Forbes notes, the balances could be a case of awful bookkeeping (it's not too far-fetched that MtGox was unaware of the hack for awhile),
We’ve been reporting on the sluggish conditions for the PC and the tablet markets, but now even the consoles are experiencing a slowdown from expected sales when compared to historical sales records of next-gen console units.
To spell it out using the developer’s words again: "If the platform holder is already canceling projects (and worse, laying off development staff), then people should be looking over their shoulders."
We reported back in January that Microsoft bought the rights of the Gears of War franchise and as of Monday, Epic Games will be shutting down the Gears of War forum and transferring the Facebook and Twitter accounts to Black Tusk Studios.
A relatively light Patch Tuesday for March with the most important of the critical updates addressing the Zero-Day vulnerability in Internet Explorer. There is also a patch specifically for Windows XP, one of the last to be published since next month will be the last of the XP updates.
It is bulletin 5 that specifically addresses Silverlight. Tyler Reguly, manager of security research at Tripwire suggests the best way to patch Silverlight would be for developers to stop using it.
Pretty soon we are all going to need some sort of App that keeps tabs on the ever shifting sands of unlimited data plans by the major carriers. Just this week alone, T-Mobile raised prices while AT&T lowered theirs, at least in theory. The hikes and cuts are subject to individual usage patterns and could be different than what a first look may tell.
The best carrier for you is the one that can provide you the best coverage in your town plus give you the amount of data you use at the most reasonable price.
Rovio has released a trailer of sorts for its next incarnation of the game that won’t die, won’t go away or leave us alone. Since the game isn’t named as yet, I guess you could call it Angry Birds in a Can or maybe Angry Canned Chicken.
If you live in or around the L.A. metro area and have your personal information stored in the L.A. County health services database, your personal data may be in jeopardy. Be on guard for any suspicious activity on any of your personal accounts.
There is a large black market for stolen personal information, and cybercriminals can generate even more revenue if health information is compromised.
If you want proof that you are old school, check out the video of kids’ reaction to a not-so-old-technology that is foreign to the new generation of techno-kiddies. It’s just a phone kids, don’t be so afraid to try something ‘new’.
If you had all but given up on ever playing the sequel to Dark Souls, Steam’s announcement this week will be music to your ears. Dark Souls II is now available for pre-order for release next month.
If you think that the Internet speeds here in the US are bad, you should give gaming a try in South Africa. After running online tests playing Titanfall, EA made the decision not to release Titanfall in South Africa, citing poor online performance. Looks like a no win situation for EA on this one. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Thanks to Forum member eth3ton for the linkage.
South African gamers are understandably upset by the last-minute cancellation of a highly anticipated game and are venting their anger on EA's Facebook page.
This whole Atari lost landfill story gets weirder each time it comes up. The hidden and forgotten whereabouts of the fabled Atari burial ground is purported to be located in or around Area 51….yeah, that Area 51. At least it makes for entertaining reading and possibly this time around, maybe an answer to the ongoing mystery.
Gaining access to the site required written permission from the city of Alamagordo, a process that took about a year and a half.
The Navy’s USS Ponce will be the first ship fitted with a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) designed primarily to blind and disorient a drone’s sensor array. The LaWS system is still officially in the final phase of testing aboard the USS Ponce.
With the end of support looming for Windows XP, we’re guessing it’s really a bad time to remind bank ATM customers that the majority of the world’s ATMs are still running XP; the same XP that will be losing all support, including security updates, in several weeks.
So why are banks sticking with XP with its demise so clearly imminent? Part of the problem can be attributed to the reluctance of bank executives to throw good money after old technology.
More gloom and doom predictions for the PC industry, this time from IDC, a marketing firm that makes industry trend predictions. Not only are sales from PC drawing down, but the tablet market is becoming saturated, slowing down its growth.
Although the tablet market's growth rate is slowing, PC sales are declining even more.
Saturday March 08, 2014
It’s a rare day when we spotlight a television series, but this is no mere series. Cosmos was a phenomenon when first released in the 80’s with Carl Sagan and the reboot with Neil deGrasse Tyson looks to prove it is up to the task to follow and surpass the original. The series is a science geek’s paradise, touching on aspects of quantum physics as well as the origins of life and space travel.
Respawn has released some additional information on the upcoming Titanfall Season Pass and the three DLC content packs that will be included.
The Titanfall content packs will of course contain new maps, but while Respawn knows that the packs will contain additional content, it is not yet known what additional content will make up the release.
Have you ever felt left out because you never actually took the time to ‘really learn’ Linux or simply didn’t have the money for a formal class? Well this summer you have run out of excuses why you aren’t certified.
This introductory class, which usually costs $2,400, will be the first from the Linux Foundation to run as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). There is no limit on enrollment through edX's platform.
If you have already pre-ordered the ASUS Chromebox or were going to wait until it was being shipped, your wait is over. ASUS has made it known that the computer will begin to ship next Friday.
A base system starts out modestly with a 1.4GHz Celeron and 2GB of RAM, although you can splurge for a Core i3 model.
If you could, would you want to know if you were going to die within the next five years or not? Scientists in Finland and Estonia have developed a test that identifies biomarkers in blood which indicate factors of serious diseases that could kill within five years.
Four biomarkers — albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, citrate and the size of low-density lipoprotein particles — indicated an overall weakness of the body.
This week Rocksteady Studios released its final Batman title in their series, Arkham Knight, due to be released sometime later in the year. Check out the trailer.