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Thursday September 18, 2014

Battlefield Hardline: Hotwire Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

If vehicle combat is your thing, you'll definitely want to check out the new Battlefield Hardline trailer.


Heavy Bullets Is Out Now

Heavy Bullets launched today. What's that you say? You don't know anything about the game? Watch the launch trailer below:


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro @ XtremeHardware

Competitions: be quiet! Straight Power 10 Giveaway @ eTeknix

Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Giveaway @ BigBruin

ETC.: Roccat Ryos MK Pro @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VII Formula @ Bjorn3D

Storage: Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB @ OCC

Video: Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 4GB @ Tweak.dk

Twitpic Is Not Shutting Down

Instead of shutting down next week, Twitpic is being acquired. I wonder if Twitter is the company buying them out?

After a shocking announcement by Twitpic that it would close its doors as a result of action by Twitter, now the company has announced that's not shutting down after all. There are no specific details, but in a tweet, it says "We're happy to announce we've been acquired and Twitpic will live on! We will post more details as we can disclose them."


Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle CEO

Larry Ellison has stepped down as Oracle's CEO. While Ellison didn't give any specific reasons for the move, we can only assume it's to spend more time with the girls in hula skirts on his Hawaiian island. Hell, isn't that what you'd do if you had his money. big grin

Oracle's sometimes bombastic frontman, CEO Larry Ellison, is stepping down from leading the company and handing off to now co-CEOs Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison will become chief technology officer and executive chairman of the board. Jeff Henley, Oracle's chairman for the last decade will be vice chairman of the board.


Does Silicon Valley Have A Contract-Worker Problem?

How does a company that raised $40 million in venture-capital funding pay homeless people $19 per house to clean them? Maybe we should ask Uber, Washio, Shyp and others.

To explain why it's possible for a cash-flush tech start-up to have homeless workers, it helps to know that the man I hired through Homejoy wasn't a Homejoy employee at all. That's because Homejoy doesn't employ any cleaners — like many of its peer start-ups, it uses an army of contract workers to do its customers' bidding. To hear Homejoy tell it, it's simply the digital middleman that allows people seeking home-cleaning services to find people willing to do it.


Industry’s Biggest Vendors Pledge Support for AMD’s Project FreeSync

​Today, AMD announced collaborations with scaler vendors MStar, Novatek and Realtek to build scaler units ready with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync and AMD’s Project FreeSync by year end. Under the technology partnerships, MStar, Novatek and Realtek each will develop a range of DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync-ready scalers to complement the new monitor product cycle in 1Q15. Monitors equipped with such DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync-aware scalers will allow contemporary AMD Radeon™ graphics cards to synchronize display refresh rates and GPU framerates via Project FreeSync to enable tearing and stutter-free gaming along with low input latency.


Corsair Graphite 780T Full-Tower Case

There is a review of the Corsair Graphite 780T full-tower case posted at Benchmark Reviews today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

When it comes to the Corsair Graphite 780T I think its really going to boil down to price vs. needs. The 600T had a similar drawback vs. its competition as well. Basically your’re paying the price to get a case that will likely be suitable for all the building needs you’ll ever need and will last a long while, not for something that has special features you like or because it fits your build needs.


The Importance Of Net Neutrality For The Connected Car

If you think net neutrality is important to every day people, think about how important it is to the future of connected cars. eek!

Connected cars raise a few questions, not least around the safety of vehicles that rely on a permanent high-quality internet connection. In particular, the connected car opens up the debate of net neutrality, which is the principle that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet equally.


Researchers Say Search Engines Can Diminish Online Piracy

Researchers from Carnegie Melon have found that search engine results actually do diminish online piracy.

Our data show that relative to the non-manipulated (control) condition, the presence of pirate or legal links in search results strongly influences the behavior of both the general and college-aged populations: users are more likely to choose a legal option to acquire the movie when legal sites are promoted, and users are more likely to choose a pirate option when piracy links are promoted.


Sony Warns Of $2.15B Net Loss

Sony is warning of a massive $2.15 billion loss for the year ending March 31. This is the sixth downward revision under CEO Kazuo Hirai after taking the helm in 2012.

The Japanese consumer electronics company is now predicting a 230 billion yen ($2.15 billion) net loss for the year ending March 31, versus its previous forecast for a 50 billion yen loss. It expects an operating loss of 40 billion yen instead of a 140 billion yen profit flagged in July.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Bloodborne 30 Minute Gameplay Video @ YouTube

HELL Announced @ Blue's News

New Battlefield: Hardline Trailer @ Shacknews

Silent Hills TGS Trailer @ Joystiq

Amazon Buys .Buy For $4.6M

It looks like Amazon beat out everyone, including Google, for the top level domain .buy. The company plopped down $4.6 million for the TLD.

Amazon.com paid $4.6 million to win rights to .buy top level domain name, but that wasn’t the most expensive TLD auction on Wednesday. You might think new top level domain names aren’t meeting early expectations, but applicants still apparently value the opportunity very high.


New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer

There is a new Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trailer out today. If this doesn't make you want to pre-order the game, I don't know what will. smile


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Cooltek UMX2 Case @ Technic3D

Cooling: Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 @ pcGameware

ETC.: Humble Indie Bundle 12 @ OCC

Tt eSports Ventus Gaming Mouse @ Modders Inc.

ZOWIE FK1 Competitive Gaming Mouse @ NikKTech

Motherboards: Gigabyte X99 UD4 @ eTeknix

Storage: Seagate EC 3.5″ v4 6TB @ Real Hardware Reviews

News Corp. And Google In A War of Words

The funny thing about the quote below is that it could apply to either company. big grin

"The company has evolved from a wonderfully feisty, creative Silicon Valley start-up to a vast, powerful, often unaccountable bureaucracy," Robert Thomson, News Corporation’s chief executive, said in a letter to the European Commission. "This development reflects the exponential evolution from a company that is open to one that is selectively closed and willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition."


Apple No Longer Unlocking iPhones For Police, Search Warrant Or Not

For a second there, it sounded like Apple was saying it can't figure out how to bypass your passcode. I'm sure that's not the case. wink

"Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data," Apple said on its Web site. "So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."


Developer Kickstarting Game He Made With His Feet

A game developer in Poland, born without arms, is Kickstarting a game he made with his feet. There is even a playable demo that let's you try before you buy. cool


Tim Cook Interview

Businessweek has published an interview with Tim Cook today that is rather interesting.

Almost everything else on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., is different. The executive wing once radiated nervous energy, with handlers scurrying to anticipate the whims of Apple’s temperamental co-founder. Now there’s tranquility in the hallways, a reflection of the new boss’s calm Southern demeanor. Downstairs, the cafeterias are packed—the workforce has almost doubled.


Play With The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Skill Trees

GearBox has put together an interactive page with skill trees for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel so you can see which character best suits your playing style.

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Exposed: The Secret Mailing List of the Gaming Journalism Elite

After weeks of #GamerGate, cover-ups, and gaming sites attacking their own audience (gamers), I sincerely hope this isn't real. frown

Several prominent gaming journalists across America are part of a secret mailing list on which they discuss what to cover, what to ignore, and what approach their coverage should take to breaking news, Breitbart can reveal. The sight of journalists not only engaging in activism on behalf of their reporting subjects but also discouraging other reporters and editors from covering stories of interest to their readers will be disturbing to many in the industry, who have long suspected a persistent bias and unusual levels of co-operation and co-ordination from senior journalists.


NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Gets 32GB Storage And 4G LTE

More storage. More connectivity. More fun. The new 32GB SHIELD tablet with 4G LTE gives you even more ways to game. And it can be yours for only $100 more than the basic version of SHIELD tablet, or the equivalent of the same price when you sign up for a qualifying LTE data plan. In July, we introduced the SHIELD tablet, the ultimate tablet for gamers, with 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi. The result was a tremendous response from gamers, consumers and the media alike. Now we’re offering twice the storage, so you’ll be able to enjoy more games, more movies, music and photos, and more of your favorite apps.


Intel Brings World-Class Supercomputing Power to UNLV Researchers

Switch SUPERNAP and Intel today announced they are working with UNLV to make the Intel "Cherry Creek" supercomputer available to UNLV researchers. The Cherry Creek supercomputer is among the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers. It is housed in Switch’s Las Vegas SUPERNAP data center and is available to UNLV researchers through SUPERNAP’s connectivity network. Cherry Creek uses a combination of Intel® Xeon® processors, Xeon Phi™ coprocessors and Intel® True Scale Fabric to process data roughly seven times faster than UNLV’s supercomputing center currently allows. It will act as a catalyst for scientific discovery, the modernization of applications and regional economic development efforts.


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