Thursday December 12, 2013
Apple's doctors say that the 15 year old worker that died in one of its factories was not due to working conditions. The company sent its own doctors from the U.S. to investigate and found that it was a case of the flu. Apple also states that the teen lied to gain employment.
Apple last month sent medical experts to the Pegatron facility in Shanghai to determine whether the worker's death had anything to do with the working conditions at the factory where iPhones and iPad Minis are built. The pneumonia, the medical experts determined, did not relate to work in the factory or the production of Apple products.
If you are in the market for a new full-tower case, make sure you give this review of the NZXT Phantom 530 a look.
The Phantom 530 has been redesigned from the ground up. While creating the Phantom 530, the NZXT design team painstakingly took every beloved aspect of the original design and revamped it to make it even better. With a host of new features and priced at $129, it’s a compelling option for someone who wants lots of space in a case. Let’s take a closer look at the NZXT Phantom 530.
On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. introduced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide consortium of more than 25 cloud service providers delivering services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform: Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. These organizations support Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision of a consistent platform that spans customer datacenters, Windows Azure and service provider clouds. Service providers in the Cloud OS Network offer Microsoft-validated, cloud-based infrastructure and application solutions designed to meet customer needs.
Lung cancer. Colon cancer. Breast cancer. More than 40 years into the "War on Cancer," the deadliest forms of the disease are still killing hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. each year. While the fight against cancer sometimes seems to have reached a stalemate, researchers using powerful computer simulations have achieved a string of breakthroughs over the past few years. The result: models that reveal the mechanisms that allow some of the deadliest forms of cancer to develop in molecule-by-molecule detail.
Dr. Rommie Amaro, at the University of California, San Diego, hopes to use that new understanding to help unlock new cancer treatments. To further that work, the NVIDIA Foundation, as part of our "Compute the Cure" initiative, has awarded Amaro and her team a grant of $200,000. They’ll use it to focus on developing a computer-aided drug design platform to help researchers take advantage of computer simulations to find promising cancer treatment drugs.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Well, at least these five scumbags did something good for the world...even if it was unintentional.
The courtroom challenges they brought resulted in rulings that dramatically expanded your rights, from helping to keep your email and whereabouts private to reducing gadget searches at the U.S. border and limiting the legal definition of unlawful hacking.
The crew at techPowerUP! have mixed feelings about the BitFenix Shadow mid-tower case they just reviewed. Hit the link to get the lowdown on what they did and didn't like.
The market for €65 cases is huge, and there are a ton of options out there, which makes it hard to recommend the Shadow for anything else but its LED looks. There are, in other words, loads of options that are built better, feature better tool-less mechanisms, proper water-cooling support, and better cable management, but none of those have the LED strip in the front.
BitFenix Shadow @ techPowerUP!
Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ BmR
ETC.: Func KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard @ Hexus
Gigabyte Brix Projector i3-4010 @ Hardware.Info
Tt DRACCO Captain Gaming Headset @ FunkyKit
Motherboards: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 @ TweakPC
Video: GeForce GTX 670 vs GTX 770 @ ocaholic
It looks like policy changes could make it hard for folks to make a buck off YouTube "let's play" videos.
YouTube has confirmed it's taking a fresher, steely approach to videos flagged by its "Content ID Match" system, which will have an impact on monetization of Let's Play content. Prominent accounts such as TheRadBrad, TetraNinja and GhostRobo have received claims, which seem to be targeting music specifically. A YouTube representative told Game Informer that these claims are part of some policy updates to better help content networks be more transparent.
According to this Yahoo blog post, hardware problems are behind the company's recent e-mail outages. The good news is that the normal flood of daily spam from Yahoo accounts is down this week as well.
We are very sorry for recent difficulties with Yahoo Mail. Some of our users have not been able to access their mail since 10:27 PM PST on Monday night, due to a hardware problem in one of our mail data centers. The issue has been harder to fix than we originally expected. We have dozens of people working around the clock to bring it to a resolution. We believe our current efforts will restore our users’ access to their inboxes by 3 pm PST today.
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a version of its SSDNow KC300 that allows corporations and organizations the ability to manage the drive. The custom Kingston® KC300 SSD is fully compliant with the Opal specification of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).
The TCG Opal 1.0 compliant KC300 is ideal for companies implementing centralized management software to manage security policies, password recovery, compliance logging, automatic updates and user creation/deletion. The self-encrypting drive provides organizations with strong, easy-to-use and high performance built-in security. The custom KC300 SSD is designed to work with popular enterprise management applications including WinMagic SecureDoc, Wave Embassy and McAfee Endpoint Encryption for PC (EEPC).
It's pretty bad that Anonymous makes more headlines for the jail sentences, probation, massive fines and snitching than any of the hacks the group has attempted. Time for these guys to find a new hobby.
A 38-year-old man from the US state of Wisconsin has been sentenced to two years of federal probation and will pay a $183,000 fine for taking part in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack organized under the Anonymous hacktivist brand.
Does anyone (besides pirate site operators) really care about this?
The decision, which may have come after pressure from the entertainment industry, is a peculiar one since the extensions are no more infringing than Google’s own search bar. "This is really a sad day for web freedom as Google has now taken the stance of guilty until proven innocent," a disappointed site operator comments.
This video would actually be funny if Groupon wasn't such a try-hard train wreck. Hell, actual catapults would be a step up for Groupon.
Valve announced today that it will notify the 300 selected beta testers at 2pm PT today that they will receive Steam hardware and SteamOS for testing. For everyone else, here's an image of lots of Steam boxes being built in Santa Newell's workshop:
The 300 selected beta testers are being notified today (at about 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) that they’ll soon receive Steam hardware and SteamOS for testing. Each selected user is also being awarded a special badge on their Steam Community profile, indicating that they’re a beta participant. In addition, a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library.
Battlefield 4 Bug Tracker @ Blue's News
Battlefield 4 Patched On PS4 @ Joystiq
Elder Scrolls Online Arrives April 4 @ Kotaku
Xbox One System Update Tweaks Dashboard Performance @ Shacknews
Ever wonder what impact, if any, a SSD upgrade would have on your overall gaming experience? If you answered "yes" to that question, I highly recommend reading our HDD vs. SSD Real World Gaming Performance article.
We've upgraded all our video card test systems to SSDs recently. But does it actually make a difference in real world gaming performance? Today we are going to test the claim that an SSD will improve your gameplay experience compared to a spinning hard drive. We test several games apples-to-apples on our video card test system.
Just great, once politicians see this, kids will be banned from playing with LEGOs. This gun would be even cooler if it was gas powered and fired little LEGO bricks.
I like how the politicians have twisted this issue into making the Entertainment Software Association the bad guys.
The Entertainment Software Association fought such bills in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey this year and in Oklahoma last year, records and interviews show. The measures either died or are locked in legislative committees.
Legit Reviews has published a review of the XFX R7950 Double Dissipation. Overall, it seems they had a very positive experience with the card, here's a quote to get you started:
With everybody’s attention on the latest AMD Radeon releases, the R9 series, it often makes people forget the previous generation video cards, which are still relevant and frequently drop in price making them a good buy.
Damn, I knew those Google cookies tasted too good to be true.
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
As predicted, one week after Sony announced hitting the 2M mark, Microsoft has announced that it too has topped the 2 million consoles sold mark.
Microsoft says it has crossed sales of two million units for its latest videogame console, claiming continued strong demand as the end of the holiday shopping season draws near. The Redmond, Wash., tech giant said it reached the sales milestone within 18 days on the market, a new record for the company. Rival Sony said its new PlayStation 4 had hit 2.1 million units within its first 16 days on the market.
Yesterday it was curved displays, today it is the Oculus Rift. The US Patent and Trademark Office sure does like granting Apple patents on things that already exist.
Guru3D has the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming in house today for a few rounds of benchmarks. You might want to pack a lunch, the review weighs in at just under 30 pages.
This all customized graphics card has been mounted with MSI's popular TwinFrozr IV cooler armed two fans. It remains to be quiet and keeps temperatures under the 70 Degrees C marker as well. Next to that MSI factory overclocked this product for you towards a very nice 1020 MHz on the GPU core, that means it can boost towards 1085 MHz on all of the unlocked 2880 Shader processors available.
ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will showcase its innovative series of NAS devices at CES 2014 in Las Vegas from January 6th – 9th. At the show, ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its 6, 3, and 2 series NAS devices along with debuting its highly anticipated 7 Series models which consist of enterprise-class rackmount devices. Furthermore, ASUSTOR will be shinning the spotlight on ASUSTOR Portal, a brand new high-definition platform that integrates multimedia playback, web browsing and surveillance feeds.
Intel Capital congratulates V-cube on its initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, becoming the sixth Intel Capital portfolio company to list in 2013. Based in Japan, V-cube provides visual communication support to enterprise customers via cloud and on-premises licensed web-based video conferencing services. Its intuitive browser interface is system and device agnostic and delivers video, audio, chat, document sharing and telephone conferencing capabilities in multiple languages through a web-delivered framework that provides users easy connectivity and seamless engagement. V-cube was founded in 1998 and received funding from Intel Capital in 2009.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Insanely stupid statements like this are why we refer to analysts around here as "professional guessers."
"This is one of those unthinkable but absolutely possible deals," Fitz-Gerald told "Varney & Co." host Stuart Varney. "I think that Apple and Microsoft may not only have to work together for the next few years but may even see a merger in the next five to ten years from now because they're going to have to take on the Google/Android/Facebooks of the world."
Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 @ OCIA
Cooling: Tt Commander F5 Multi-Fan Controller @ Neoseeker
ETC.: Func KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard @ PureOC
Motherboards: Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X @ Technic3D
Video: Palit GTX 780 Ti Jetstream @ Guru3D
The third installment of the Corsair Overclocking Guide has been posted on the company's official blog. Make sure you head on over and give this guide a look, there is definitely some good info there.
The last thing we’re going to talk about overclocking may theoretically be the least exciting, but if you want to extract a little more juice from your system without too much effort, this is a way to go. On older systems or systems with quad-channel memory, it may not mean much, but under certain circumstances it can help tremendously. More modern processors can actually find themselves bandwidth limited, especially if you’re using the integrated graphics. So while the best and safest way to go is still to buy faster memory, if you have an existing system and want a bit of a performance boost, or you’re on a tighter budget, overclocking is an option.
NASA has a new superhero robot named Valkyrie. It even has an Iron Man like chest light (needs a little hot rod red though ) .