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Cases: Silverstone RVZ01 MiniITX @ ocaholic

Cooling: Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 @ OCC

ETC.: CM Storm NovaTouch @ eTeknix

Cougar 700K Keyboard @ Modders Inc.

Creative Sound Blaster ROAR SR20A @ NikKTech

BlackBerry Will Give You $550 For Your iPhone

The good news: BlackBerry will give you $550 for your iPhone. The bad news: You have to buy a BlackBerry phone with the money. wink

Tired of your iPhone? Sentimental for BlackBerry's gold old days? BlackBerry, in its latest aggressive attempt to turn itself around and regain share in the smartphone market, is now offering up to $550 for people to trade in their iPhones.


Hackers Spread Pop-Ups Across News Sites

Can you really call redirecting internet traffic being "hacked"?

"You've been hacked" messages appear at CNBC, the Boston Globe and UK newspapers. The attack comes through an Internet address hijacking involving startup Gigya.


Uber Suspends Operations In Nevada

It seems Uber has to pull out of Nevada until it complies with the same rules taxis must abide by in that state.

It was the usual roll of objections that have stopped the service, since Uber vehicles aren't subject to the same safety, insurance and licensing rules that taxis are. The company, for its part, has pledged not to abandon the state, saying that it'll work with Nevada's leadership to come to a useful solution. Maybe at the same time it'll try to clean up its reputation after a series of blunders, gaffes and PR disasters.


NZXT H440 Razer Edition Case

Benchmark Reviews spent a little quality time with the NZXT H440 Razer Edition case over the holidays. Looking for a black and green themed H440? This might be the case you are looking for.

Razer, creator of all things peripheral, has finally released their hotly anticipated entry into the chassis market. This is the NZXT H440 – Designed by Razer. With a completely new appearance featuring a matte black exterior and interior, four black NZXT fans, a large tinted window, and plenty of LED lighting, this chassis will be sure to make every Razer fan’s wish list, especially given that it retains the original H440 quality and simplicity.


France Wages War Against US Tech Companies

The French waging war against tech companies? Wouldn't France have surrendered by now?

France is a country that has been a continual stone in the shoe of American companies expanding into Europe. The country has been vocal opponent of the dominance of US Internet services and this week it has escalated its attacks.


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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.

ASUS Announces Strix 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset

ASUS today announced Strix 7.1 True 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset, a top-of-the-line gaming headset that boasts a premium design with 10 discrete drivers for incredibly-immersive surround sound and precise positioning, as well as stunning lighting effects to let gamers express their own unique gaming style. Strix 7.1 comes with a plug-and-play USB audio station that features a headphone amplifier, 90% environmental noise cancellation performance for clear voice capture, and four game-audio spectrum profiles that enable gamers to tailor their audio experience to the type of game being played.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek work for owl, Strix is the name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight, and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers’ blood, just as it is in ours.


Thursday November 27, 2014

Rumored AMD R9 3xxx Series Benchmarks?

Sharp-eyed [H] reader seanclayton spotted these benchmarks of what is supposed to be an upcoming card from AMD. Who knows if these are real or not but it is always fun to speculate. cool

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Obvious Study Is Obviously Obvious

Hey everyone, did you know that kids watch less TV than adults? Why? Because they are spending all their free time online. This study was brought to you by researchers that have been in a coma for the past decade.

The average child watched 1 hour and 32 minutes of live TV, almost exactly half that of the average adult. Instead they are turning to internet video sites, like YouTube and Vimeo, as well as video hosted on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.


Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review

There is a review of the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB posted today at Vortez. If you need a new mouse, you'll definitely want to hit the link and check out this review.

The Corsair M65 is a mouse on the heavier side of things that is dedicated to FPS gamers, we see the oversized sniper button returns that can drop your DPI from up to 8200 down to 50 (the Sniper button is at 400 default), this allows you to get that extra control and precision just when you need it.


Microsoft Planning Windows 10 Event For January

According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning a Windows 10 event for January.

Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at an event in January. While Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft will hold a separate press event in late January to unveil the consumer preview of Windows 10. Microsoft previously promised "early 2015" for a discussion on consumer features, and it appears the company is on track.


[H]ardware Round-Up Thanksgiving Edition

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ PCPer

Cooling: NZXT Kraken X31 @ HT4U

ETC.: Far Cry 4 Review @ Overclockers Club

Input: Ozone Strike Pro Gaming Keyboard pcGameware

Motherboards: ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer @ ocaholic

PSU: Antec EDGE 650W @ Hexus

Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB @ Hardware-Mag

WD My Passport Pro 2TB @ TechARP

The Biggest Tech Turkeys Of 2014

C|Net has posted its annual list of the biggest tech turkeys of the year. Overall a decent list, but I am sure you guys can come up with a list of things they missed. wink

Speaking of security issues, the most high-profile snafu was the theft of nude photos of celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, which were said to have been taken from the celebrities' private iCloud accounts. Apple denied that poor security architecture led to the image leak but conceded it could have done more to warn customers of the danger of hackers. It bolstered iCloud's security alerts toward that end.


Wednesday November 26, 2014

FCC Gets AT&T to Back Off Its Fiber Freeze Bluff

I guess that is what AT&T gets for talking out its AS&S. big grin

Earlier this month AT&T responded to the President's clear support of Title II by bluffing and claiming they were freezing all fiber investment to "up to" 100 cities. If you've been around here for a while you know that AT&T's plans to deploy fiber to 100 cities was always a heavy dose of smoke and mirrors to begin with. In their heavily-redacted response letter to the FCC this week, AT&T basically walks back their bluff, insisting that the FCC misunderstood what they said.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Enermax LIQMAX 120S @ techPowerUP!

ETC.: Asrock M8 Z97-600W @ Legion Hardware

Memory: DDR3 Memory Round-Up @ Hardware.Info

Storage: Silicon Power S80 60GB @ XtremeHardware

Synology Diskstation DS115J NAS @ eTeknix

Turkey Running On A Treadmill

This video fills your "slow-motion turkey trotting on a treadmill" quota for the month. This will also be the first thing that pops into your head tomorrow when Thanksgiving dinner is served. big grin


Steam Exploration Sale Starts Today!

If you are looking for a good deal on games, you might want to check out Steam's Exploration Sale. You'd better hurry, these deals end on December 2nd!

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More Uber Craziness

I didn't even know there was such a thing as "ghost texting" someone. eek!

UberMSG: "Congratulations! Your friend [George] wants you to be an Uber partner! Both of you can make money when you APPLY HERE: [URL with referral code]. George told Newsweek that he neither gave Uber permission to contact his girlfriend, nor manually referred her. And the referral code in the text wasn’t his, either.


Early Black Friday [H]ot Deals

If you are wanting to get the jump on Black Friday, there are a lot of good deals in this forum thread. Hit the link for great gaming deals, 50% off deals, hardware for under a hundred and more.

EU Wants 'Right To Be Forgotten' Applied Globally

Are we taking bets? Will Google knuckle under to the EU or fight them on this one?

Google Inc. (GOOG) will have to change how it applies the right to be forgotten to its websites beyond the European Union under rules drafted by the EU’s privacy chiefs. The guidelines also rebuke the owner of the world’s most-used search engine for routinely notifying news outlets about story links it has removed -- a process that has thrown some people who’d sought extra privacy back into the media spotlight.


US-CERT Regin Malware Alert

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning today about the Regin malware that, according to reports last month, was created by our government. confused

Regin is a multi-staged, modular threat—meaning it has a number of components, each dependent on others to perform an attack. Each of the five stages is hidden and encrypted, with the exception of the first stage. The modular design poses difficulties to analysis, as all components must be available in order to fully understand the Trojan.


Assassin's Creed: Unity CEO Apologizes With Free DLC

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has extended a bit of an olive branch to those of you that bought Assassin's Creed: Unity in the form of free DLC.

To show our appreciation for your continued support, we’re making the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone. For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free. More details on the offer for Season Pass holders can be found here: AC Unity FAQ


Gaming [H]eadlines

DayZ PC Beta Due In 2015 @ Joystiq

Free Torchlight @ Blue's News

Humble Sega Bundle Detailed @ Shacknews

PSN Black Friday Sale @ VG24/7

BitFenix Pandora Core mATX Case

The Legit Reviews team seems pretty impressed with the BitFenix Pandora Core mATX case they just reviewed. Here's a quote to get you started:

If you pick your components wisely with the space limitations of the Pandora in mind, then the Pandora will make an excellent mATX or mini-ITX system. It has a very stylish exterior and provides many of the features enthusiasts demand in their cases.


Kim Dotcom Declares He Is 'Broke'

Hmmm, I had no idea that renting mansions, running for office and spending millions on attorneys when you have no income could make you go broke. roll eyes (sarcastic) On a related note, I could have sworn Dotcom bragged about Mega being worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Whatever happened to that?

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke". The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy.


Keyboard Waffle Iron Kickstarter

Oh yeah, I'm definitely in for one! cool


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: NZXT Phantom 820 @ Technic3D

Cooling: Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 @ OCC

ETC.: AMD A4-5000 Processor @ Hardware Secrets

Corsair H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset @ BmR

Motherboards: MSI 970 Gaming @ Guru3D

Storage: Crucial MX100 SSD @ Vortez

ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

There is a review of the ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard posted at PureOC today that is certainly worth checking out. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Over the last decade, ASUS’ Rampage Extreme Series motherboards have been very popular, with the reputation of great overclocking stability, while being among the top performing motherboards in the industry. Today, we have a chance to put its newest edition to the test and see if ASUS can remain at the top of the list. Let’s take a look at a full in depth view of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme paired with our Intel 5930K.


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