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Wednesday July 29, 2015

Just Cause 3 Dev Diary

I don't know about you guys, but I am really looking forward to this game.


Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU Cooler

If you are shopping for a low profile CPU cooler, head on over to Neoseeker and check out their review of the Noctua NH-L9x65.

Noctua's NH-L9x65 is the "taller" low profile CPU cooler designed for improved thermal performance compared to its predecessor, the NH-L9 series. Measuring 65mm in height, it's still compact enough to work in smaller form factor setups like HTPCs which typically have low clearance for CPU coolers. The NH-L9x65 promises "100 percent" compatibility with RAM and PCIe cards in Intel-based ITX motherboards.


Vulnerability That Renders Android Devices Silent Discovered

Android sure is having a crappy week when it comes to security. frown

We have discovered a vulnerability in Android that can render a phone apparently dead – silent, unable to make calls, with a lifeless screen. This vulnerability is present from Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) up to the current version, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop). Combined, these versions account for more than half of Android devices in use today. No patch has been issued in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code by the Android Engineering Team to fix this vulnerability since we reported it in late May.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Define S @ OCInside

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Case @ ocaholic

Cooling: Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: COUGAR 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ OCC

Mobile: Acer Aspire S7-393 @ HotHardware

Video: Sapphire R9 290X 8Go Tri-X @ CowcotLand

Windows 10 Downloads Bend, But Don't Break, The Internet

Everyone that expected Windows 10 to break the internet today can calm down, everything is going just fine. wink

Some people feared that Windows 10 download traffic could break the Internet with traffic peaks of up to 40 Terabits per second (TBps). That doesn't seem to be happening. While Microsoft declined to say exactly how they're handling the demand, we do know some things about how Microsoft is delivering Windows 10's bits to your computer.


$75,000 Reward To Catch Wild Fire Drone Operators

Want to make an easy $75,000? Turn in the people that were flying those drones over the wild fires in California earlier this month.

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to offer $75,000 in rewards for help in tracking down drone operators who interfered with firefighters during three major wildfires this summer.


College President Moonlights As Uber Driver

Wait a second. I thought students were supposed to be Uber drivers, not the president of the university. eek!

My biggest one-day take thus far has been $29. Even with my limited schedule, I thought I’d do a bit better than that. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t leave my day job. But if I hadn’t started this little experiment, my path would probably never have crossed the lives of any of these people whose life stories continuously surprise me. After three weeks, my earnings are approaching $100, but I sure feel richer for the experience.


GeForce GTX 980 Ti Cards Compared

The Tech Report has rounded up a handful of GeForce GTX 980 Ti video cards and put them to the test. This comparison review features cards from the Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and more.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is arguably the best video card you can buy right now, by most standards. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X has arrived and shown itself to be competitive but not quite dominant. In most games, the 980 Ti is faster. The custom GTX 980 Ti cards we've assembled all cost about 10 to 20 bucks more than the reference version, and they all aim to improve upon the vanilla card in multiple ways.


Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi With Contacts

Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts? What could possibly go wrong? eek!

For starters, despite years of advice to the contrary, many people tend to re-use the same password for everything. Also, lots of people write down their passwords. And, as The Reg notes, if you personally share your Wi-Fi password with a friend — by telling it to them or perhaps accidentally leaving it on a sticky note on your fridge — and your friend enters the password into his phone, the friends of your friend now have access to the network.


Microsoft Working On Streaming PC Games To Xbox One

I kinda like the idea of streaming PC games to the Xbox One but wouldn't it be easier to just make the Xbox One play PC games natively?

"Challenge is good." The real challenge of getting PC to Xbox game streaming working is encoding games and having the right amount of bandwidth to stream them to the Xbox One. Streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 PCs is a lot more predictable "because we know exactly what you have," says Spencer. "It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but challenge is good."


DirectX 12: Ushering In A New Era Of PC Gaming

Now that Windows 10 is rolling out, now would be a good time to watch this video if you haven't done so already.


Russians Hackers Using Twitter And Photos To Breach Computers

Good thing the State Department and the White House don't have computers with internet access that employees can use for Twitter. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign.


Gaming [H]eadlines

BATTLETECH Announced @ Blue's News

Dying Light Expansion Coming @ VG24/7

Free-to-Play Titanfall Coming To Asia @ IGN

LEGO Dimensions Story Trailer @ Shacknews

AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Windows 10 Driver

AMD has also released new Catalyst 15.7.1 Windows 10 drivers for Radeon owners that have migrated to Windows 10 already.

The AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.1 highlights:

  • This driver provides support for Windows® 10 as well as full WDDM 2.0 and DirectX® 12 support which is available on all AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) products, - AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 and newer graphics products.​

  • VSR provides image quality enhancements to games and Windows® desktop users by rendering images at a higher resolution and then down-scaling the same.

  • FRTC allows the user to set a maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen exclusive mode. This feature provides the following benefits:

    • Reduced GPU power consumption

    • Reduced system heat

    • Lower fan speeds and less noise

  • AMD FreeSync™ and AMD CrossFire™ can now be used together in applications using DirectX® 10 or DirectX ® 11. Please note, this feature is currently not supported on systems configured in AMD Dual Graphics mode.


NVIDIA GeForce Windows 10 Driver

NVIDIA has just put out new GeForce Windows 10 drivers for those of you that have already made the jump to Microsoft's latest OS.

NVIDIA has been working closely with Microsoft on the development of Windows 10 and DirectX 12. Coinciding with the arrival of Windows 10, this Game Ready driver includes the latest tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations to ensure you have the best possible gaming experience.


The AMD R9 Fury Is Currently A Disaster On Linux

The alternative OS gurus at Phoronix are saying that AMD's R9 Fury is a disaster on Linux. Ouch.

When AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury line-up powered by the "Fiji" GPU with High Bandwidth Memory, I was genuinely very excited to get my hands on this graphics card. The tech sounded great and offered up a lot of potential, and once finally finding an R9 Fury in stock, shelled out nearly $600 for this graphics card.


Hackers Can Disable A Sniper Rifle

What a great idea! Let's pit hackers against snipers and see who wins. Hell, we could make a game show out of that. big grin

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon, and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own—and a very different idea of the target.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Phobya Pure Performance Kit 240LT @ HardwareOverclock

ETC.: Windows 10 Review @ TechSpot

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2666MHz @ pcGameware

Storage: QNAP TS-453mini NAS @ MadShrimps

Video: AMD Fury X Voltage Scaling @ techPowerUP!

MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G @ HardwareCanucks

Behind The Wheel Of Ford’s Distracted Driving Simulator

Who needs a distracted driving simulator when you can just take a ride with a teenager? wink

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"The types of study we've been carrying out in VIRTTEX have been related to active safety, driver distraction, and drowsy drivers," Blommer said. "For example, alerts for different lane departure warnings and forward collision warnings—we've been evaluating some of the different systems that Ford was considering."


Twitter Sued for Failing to Remove Copyrighted Photo

Twitter sure seems to be getting a lot of these lately. The company might want to revamp its takedown response system.

Award-winning photographer Kristin Pierson has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the social network failed to remove one of her photos. In a complaint filed at a federal court in California, Pierson demands a restraining order and compensation for the damage she suffered.


How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed To Hackers?

Want to know how many times your personal information has been exposed to hackers? Take this quiz.

Answer the questions below to learn which parts of your identity may have been stolen in some of the major hacking attacks over the last two years and what you can do about it. Not all attacks are included here, and many attacks go undetected, so think of your results as a minimum level of exposure.


Japan Fires The World's Most Powerful Laser

Japan has just test fired the world's most powerful laser. No one is really sure what the laser was tested on but the article does include a handy animated GIF of the Death Star blowing up Alderaan for reference. wink

Researchers at Osaka University are claiming to have fired the most powerful laser in the world. The 2-petawatt (two quadrillion watt) pulse lasted just one picosecond (a trillionth of a second). For a rough comparison, in 2013, a 50 kilowatt (50,000 watt) laser shot down a drone two kilometers away.


AMD Working On A Radeon R9 370X Card?

The Chinese website EXPreview has published what they claim are specification for the AMD Radeon R9 370X video card. I snagged the image below for those of you that can't reach the site:

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NVIDIA Quadro M6000 Graphics Card Review

The crew at Techgage have the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 pro graphics card in house for a little review action today.

What NVIDIA’s GeForce TITAN X does for gaming, its Quadro M6000 does for workstations. As the company’s first Maxwell-based Quadro, the M6000 has a lot going for it: an impressive performance-per-watt rating, support for 4x 4K/60 displays, and despite its 7 TFLOPs performance, requires just a single 8-pin connector.


Download Windows 10 Here

If you want to download Windows 10 to install at a later date, Microsoft has provided a tool to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Use the media creation tool to download Windows. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. The tool includes:

  • File formats optimized for download speed.

  • Built-in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.

  • Optional conversion to ISO file format.


Slashdot And SourceForge To Be Sold

You would think these guys would have something more positive to say about Slashdot and SourceForge considering they are trying to sell both sites

The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized.


Tuesday July 28, 2015

Razer Will Pay What Ouya Owes To Indie Devs

Apparently there is going to be a happy ending to this story.

Tan said that while he was aware of various marketing initiatives, including the Free the Games Fund, he didn't realize there was an outstanding debt. "We only acquired the team, the platform and the assets of Ouya," he said. "We didn't look at the debts because that's not how the deal was structured for us."


Get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta For Free!

Mojang has posted instructions on how to get your free copy of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Windows 10 – Microsoft’s shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a few weeks ago it features a brand-new Edition of Minecraft. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you’re one of the 20 million(ish) players who already own Minecraft for PC/Mac, you get the new version for free. Completely free!

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To download your copy, first log into your Mojang account (My password is significantly more complex than those dots so don’t bother trying, criminal person). Next, click the "Redeem" button on your account page, sign into your Microsoft account, and follow the instructions that follow. That’s it! You’ll be playing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta in a jiffy.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li DK-01X Desk Case @ Hardware.Info

Cooling: Raijintek Triton AIO Water Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 @ Vortez

Games.: Wolfenstein: The New Order @ RHR

Storage: OCZ Trion 100 240GB @ CowcotLand

Synology DS1515 5-Bay NAS @ XtremeHardware

Video: Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6GB @ techPowerUP!

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