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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.

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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.

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[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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Apple Said to Target 200 Job Cuts at Beats After Deal

According to this report, Apple will be telling two hundred employees to "beat it" after the company finalizes its acquisition of Beats.

The iPhone maker has extended temporary offers to about 200 Beats workers who aren’t guaranteed a long-term role with Apple, said a person with knowledge of the plans, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. Those who may be out are in finance, human resources and other roles where there’s overlap, the person said. Beats has about 700 workers.

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43Tbps Over A Single Fiber

The only thing faster than 43Tbps on a single fiber, is the speed at which the "downloading porn" jokes will start in the comments section. big grin

In a more user-friendly unit, 43Tbps is equivalent to a transfer rate of around 5.4 terabytes per second — or 5,375 gigabytes to be exact. Yes, if you had your hands on DTU’s new fiber-optic network, you could transfer the entire contents of your 1TB hard drive in a fifth of a second — or, to put it another way, a 1GB DVD rip in 0.2 milliseconds.

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Dotcom’s Assets Attacked From Multiple Directions

I'll be amazed if this guy makes it out of this mess with a single penny.

Kim Dotcom is dealing with a multi-pronged attack on his assets. While the governments of both the U.S. and New Zealand work to keep already seized assets frozen, a High Court judge has just ordered the millionaire to reveal where all of his remaining assets are. Meanwhile, all U.S. civil action has been frozen until 2015.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

PlayStation Outselling Xbox More Than 3:1 @ GI.biz

Shadow of Mordor Gameplay Trailer @ Joystiq

Timesplitters: Rewind Still Ticking @ Blue's News

Titanfall Frontier's Edge Available Now @ Shacknews

Tekzilla Reviews Hover Hound

I just noticed that the folks over at Tekzilla have posted a video review of Hover Hound. If you aren't familiar with Hover Hound yet, Shannon does a great job explaining how our price comparison browser add-on works. Check out the video below:

Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Teardown

The folks at iFixit have posted a video of the second generation Oculus Rift dev kit being taken apart and examined.

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C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers

I like how the C.I.A. had "acted inappropriately" when they snooped on Senate Intelligence Committee computers but it's okay when they do it to ordinary citizens. Well, at least we aren't the only ones being penetrated by the government.

An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.

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Why The Security Of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

Two security researchers say that they have "exploited the very way that USB is designed" and there is no way this security problem can be patched. eek!

But the two hackers didn’t merely copy their own custom-coded infections into USB devices’ memory. They spent months reverse engineering the firmware that runs the basic communication functions of USB devices—the controller chips that allow the devices to communicate with a PC and let users move files on and off of them. Their central finding is that USB firmware, which exists in varying forms in all USB devices, can be reprogrammed to hide attack code.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Raijintek Themis Evo Pro & Nemesis @ eTeknix

Noctua PPC2000 and Redux Series @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: Kingston HyperX Cloud ocaholic

Motherboards: Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE @ Technic3D

MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC @ XtremeHardware

Power Supply: Seasonic X-Series XM2-1250 @ PCPer

Video Game Documentary As Vacuous As Games Themselves

This video game documentary is as vacuous as games themselves? If calling video games "mindless" doesn't get your blood boiling, I'm sure this quote will:

We are led down a rabbit hole of mendacity about how video games are good, how they have a unique and fundamental role in society (that will never dissolve, only change form), and how we’re only now beginning to understand and explore how they can improve human existence. Pardon me for being a naysayer, but bah humbug! What a colossal load of tripe!

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PC Code Stripping - Is It Legal Or Not?

Apparently "PC code stripping" is a big issue in the EU. Who knew?

"Whilst re-selling game keys may well amount to a breach of contract – as such re-selling is almost invariably prohibited by the terms of the corresponding game’s End User Licence Agreement – whether such re-selling is illegal has been unclear for some time," says Harbottle and Lewis associate Nicolas Murfett.

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Thermaltake Urban T81 Case

There is a review of the Thermaltake Urban T81 full-tower case posted at PureOverclock today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Urban series of chassis is a reset of Thermaltake’s design team. The days of boisterous designs are being replaced with sleeker lines and more modern curves. This is an effort to attract gamers, water cooling and overclocking enthusiasts with this new Urban series of chassis. The flagship model, the Urban T81, will be put to the test in this review. We will attempt a build that should please all three segments.

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AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review Round-Up

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.

TechSpot

Hexus

Guru3D

HwC

eTeknix

Legit Reviews

AMD Introduces New APUs For System Builder And DIY Market

AMD today introduced the new AMD A10-7800 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) to the component channel. This 4th generation A-Series APU with 12 Compute Cores (4CPU + 8 GPU) unlocks the APU potential with Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, and boasts powerful AMD Radeon™ R7 Series graphics for outstanding performance across applications. Combined with AMD’s acclaimed Mantle API, the AMD A10-7800 APU can enable accelerated performance across select AMD Gaming Evolved partner titles.

Revolutionary Architecture

  • Up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) deliver amazing performance and responsiveness, that leverages the capability of the APU on various workloads, applications and top gaming titles

  • The breakthrough new Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) allows the CPU and GPU to work together in harmony by quickly dividing and directing tasks to the appropriate cores for new levels of performance and efficiency for desktop and notebook PCs, enabling a new era of compute capabilities with compute cores

  • Award-winning Graphics Core Next Architecture with AMD Radeon™ R7 series graphics and compute capability makes it a top choice for gamers who expect the best

  • Support for UltraHD (4K) resolutions and new video post-processing enhancements that make 1080p videos look amazing when upscaled on an UltraHD-enabled monitor or TV

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Microsoft Adds New Board Member

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced that John W. Stanton, a pioneer and innovator in the U.S. and global wireless industry, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, increasing the board’s size to 11 members. Stanton currently serves as chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners, a private equity fund that invests in early-stage growth opportunities in the wireless ecosystem, and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand.

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NVIDIA Interns Build Bikes for Low-Income Kids

Smartphones. Remote controlled cars. Digital music players. Every kid loves electronics. Ask kids what they want most, however, and the answer is almost always the same. They want bicycles, Robyn Bartkowski, a program manager with TurningWheels For Kids, a non-profit that distributes bikes to low-income kids in the San Francisco Bay Area, told a group of NVIDIA interns gathered at our Santa Clara campus Thursday. "A bike can change the trajectory of a young person’s life," Bartkowski said.

So, 80 members of our latest crop of interns got to work, cracking open boxes and building 20 bikes for local children with the help of a team of volunteers from TurningWheels. Giving is a big part of NVIDIA’s culture. So involving interns in giving is an important part of exposing them to life at NVIDIA.

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Wednesday July 30, 2014

MSI Z97S SLI Plus LGA 1150 Motherboard

If you are planning on building an enthusiast overclocking system, you'll definitely want to check out our evaluation of the MSI Z97S SLI Plus.

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MSI once again brings us a solid, stable, and reliable motherboard with some great overclocking and positions it in the multi-GPU category. Usually when we see marketing moves like this we think of $200, $300, or even $400 motherboards. This MSI platform rings in at the $138 mark, which spikes this motherboard in the value category as well.

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AMD Announces the Availability of 64-bit ARM Opteron Developer Kits

AMD today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Opteron™ A1100-Series developer kit, which features AMD’s first 64-bit ARM®-based processor, codenamed "Seattle." AMD is the first company to provide a standard ARM Cortex®-A57- based server platform for software developers and integrators. Software and hardware developers as well as early adopters in large datacenters are eligible and can apply on AMD’s website.

With this announcement, AMD becomes the only provider of 64-bit ARM server hardware with complete ARMv8 instruction set support to foster the development of the ecosystem for efficient storage, Web applications and hosting. AMD is the only provider to offer the standard ARM Cortex-A57 technology.

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Crytek Shares Plans For The Future

After the announcement was made earlier today that the Homefront IP has been sold to Deep Silver, Crytek made this blog post sharing the company's plans for the future.

Firstly, Crytek has been in extensive discussions with leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, Koch Media, regarding the acquisition of rights for the "Homefront" IP. On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, "Homefront: The Revolution". Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon.

The internal restructuring will also see the development of Crytek IP, "HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age", transferred from their studio in Austin, USA to Frankfurt. Crytek will retain a presence in Austin, with several staff members maintaining the CRYENGINE support team to assist North American licensees. Employees who are not set to be part of that support team will be invited to apply for new positions at Crytek in Germany.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Bitfenix Neos Mid-Tower Case @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse @ HiTech Legion

CM Storm Resonar Gaming Earphones @ eTeknix

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse @ PCPer

Nixeus MODA Mechanical Keyboard @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards: Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE @ techPowerUP!

Sony: EA Access Doesn't Represent Good Value

Apparently Sony doesn't think $30 a year is a good deal for EA's Access program.

"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," a Sony representative told us via email. "PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price. We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."

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BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX NVIDIA Edition

If you are the proud owner of a NVIDIA based video card, and you are shopping for a micro-ATX case, you'll no doubt want to read this review of the BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX.

The case once again features Bitfenix’s SofTouch™ Surface Treatment at the front and the top. This being the Nvidia Edition also means that it features subtle green accents and embossed side panels with Nvidia logos. There’s also support for long graphics cards, tall CPU Coolers and even water cooling support for up to x1 140mm radiator and x1 240mm radiator, impressive for such a small case.

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Tor Warns Users It Was Attacked

If you are a Tor user, you might want to read this.

On July 4 2014 we found a group of relays that we assume were trying to deanonymize users. They appear to have been targeting people who operate or access Tor hidden services. The attack involved modifying Tor protocol headers to do traffic confirmation attacks.

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