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Thursday April 17, 2014

Microsoft's New All-in-One Media Keyboard

What do you guys think of Microsoft's new all-in-one media keyboard? I am currently using a Logitech K400 with my HTPC but this looks like it might be a worthy replacement.

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Barbed Wire Industry Protests Bethesda's Latest Game

Even though this video is a parody, it's funny because that's how critics of video games usually react to everything. wink

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ APH Networks

Motherboards: Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X @ Bjorn3D

Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 550W @ NikKTech

Storage: OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD @ Vortez

Video: MSI R9 270 Gaming OC Edition 2GB @ Tweak.dk

XFX R7 240 Core Edition @ Hardware Secrets

All Flights Required To Have GPS Tracking System By 2020

Why wait until 2020 to enforce this rule? Why not require airlines to comply by next week and fine them for every day they are not in compliance. That would set a fire under their asses.

The FAA is accelerating the implementation of the next generation of aviation tracking following the disappearance of the Malaysian Airline Boeing 777. The agency has been working on a system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast, or ADS-B, radio network. It allows controllers to monitor an aircraft from the time it takes off to the time it lands, using GPS satellite tracking, rather than ground-based radar.

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Watch Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots Build Stuff

Aghhhh! Micro-robots are going to kill us all! Or just build a bunch of stuff. Either way, we should all be panicking!

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3D Printing A Cancerous Tumor

I thought we were supposed to be coming up with ways to cure cancer, not 3D print it. eek! As strange as it may sound, this method is both.

Cancer is one of the most serious diseases, with over 10 million new cases diagnosed worldwide each year. Despite many efforts, an inadequate understanding of tumorigenesis still hinders the development of cancer therapy [1]. Although the most effective way of studying tumors and testing anti-tumor drugs is in clinical trials, ethical and safety limitations prevent this method from being widely used. To overcome this hurdle, preclinical tumor models are often used to mimic physiological environments of tumors for tumorgenesis study and anti-cancer drug screening.

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Facebook Announces Optional 'Nearby Friends' Feature

Facebook has just announced an optional feature called Nearby Friends. Raise your hands if you have plans to use this feature. Put your hands back down if you're just going to use it for stalking. big grin

Today we are beginning to roll out a new feature called Nearby Friends that you can choose to turn on. Nearby Friends helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go. If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.

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be quiet! Dark Rock 3

Another review of the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 has hit the internet today. You can see our recent evaluation here.

be quiet!'s Dark Rock 3 is a great single-tower cooler as it offers up stylish looks with the performance to back it up. Take into consideration its exceptional build quality and warranty and you have a cooler that might just be best in class.

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Sentey Vibros Gaming Headset

Don't let the "Vibros" part of the name scare you off, the crew at Modders Inc. say the Sentey Vibros gaming headset is definitely worthy of your consideration.

Before this review, I had not heard nor did I have any experience with any of Sentey’s products. At 79.99 the Sentey Vibros Gaming Headset can easily out class and out perform more expensive headsets. After listening to the Sentey Vibros Gaming Headset it will make my short list of recommended headsets.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

MLB: The Show PS4 Trailer @ Shacknews

PlayStation 4 Sales Pass 7 Million @ Joystiq

Starbound Update Pace Explained @ Blue's News

Twelve Minutes Of Hitman Go Gameplay @ Kotaku

ASUS Maximus VI Impact LGA 1150 Motherboard

We have posted an evaluation of the ASUS Maximus VI Impact mini-ITX LGA 1150 motherboard today for your viewing pleasure. If you have plans to build an itty-bitty bad ass box, this could be just the motherboard you've been looking for.

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ASUS combines the mini-ITX form factor with Republic of Gamers innovation, style and performance giving rise to the Maximus VI Impact. The tiny motherboards have moved from a tiny computer builder niche to a subset that many true overclocking enthusiasts consider as options now days due to flourishing features sets.

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Steam Guard Scam Warning

Steam users should watch out for this scam. Head on over to Blue's for all the info, links and a screenshot of the scam in action.

Malwarebytes sends along a warning for Steam users they say they will soon publish on the Malwarebytes blog about a way scammers can bypass Steam Guard security in trying to gain unauthorized access to user accounts. This involves falling for a phising scheme along the way, but this is apparently easy to do as the technique uses screens and prompts that mimic the behavior of the actual Valve safeguards being exploited.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: AMD Athlon 5350 APU @ Legit Reviews

Tt eSPORTS Challenger Illuminated Gaming Keyboard @ TechnologX

Storage: Kingston DataTraveler microDuo @ ThinkComputers

Video: ASUS GTX 760 Striker @ Cowcotland

ASUS GTX 760 Striker Platinum @ Guru3D

HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X 2GB @ eTeknix

It’s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet

Security experts are saying that it is time to encrypt the entire internet. eek!

Only a few sites like Facebook and Gmail actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details. Many security experts including Google’s in-house search guru, Matt Cutts think it’s time to bring this style of encryption to the entire web. That means secure connections to everything from your bank site to Wired.com to the online menu at your local pizza parlor.

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Pirate Video Streaming Sites Exploit Google’s Servers

You gotta hand it to the pirates, using Google's servers to distribute pirated movies is pretty funny.

Several large "pirate" movie streaming portals are using Google's servers to distribute copyrighted material. More than 18,000 videos are currently publicly available, and requests to Google to remove the files have reportedly gone unanswered.

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The Low-Fi Sci-Fi Of Alien: Isolation

After being let down by the last couple Alien games, I guess you can say I am cautiously optimistic about this one.

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Sapphire Radeon Dual-X 280 3GB

If you are shopping for a new GPU, make sure you give this review of the Sapphire Radeon Dual-X 280 the once over.

The Sapphire R9 280 is a great graphics card that offers exceptional performance up to 1440p, but it is in a tight spot when it comes to pricing. Currently you can find models of the GTX 770 and R9 280x for just $30 more than this model, which currently retails for $299. If you have the extra cash both of those models offer better performance. However, if you are really locked into buying a graphics card at $300 the Sapphire R9 280 Dual-X is an outstanding product for gaming at high resolutions of up to 25601440.

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Ubuntu Is Not "Unprotected Against the Heartbleed Exploit"

It seems as though there might be a little bad information going around about Ubuntu and the Heartbleed exploit and it is pissing off the Ubuntu community.

The Heartbleed vulnerability that was discovered just last week took the world by surprise, but most of the affected services and operating systems have been patched. Unfortunately, some of the Ubuntu users haven't understood how the patching process works and have started to flood the forums and other social media with the message that Ubuntu is vulnerable.

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Yahoo’s Ousted COO Walks With $58M

Can someone please fire me after fifteen months on the job so I can get $58 million?

Confirming all rumors, De Castro left the company with a $57.96 million severance, according to the filing, which was made public on Wednesday. The filing breaks down the million-dollar figure into cash, restricted stock units that grow over time, stock options, and "make-whole" compensation payments.

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Silverstone Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX Case

The fellas over at TechSpot have published a review of the Silverstone Raven Z RVZ01 mini-ITX case and, from what I can tell, it looks as though they really liked it.

Unveiled at CES this year, the latest member to Silverstone's Raven family quickly gained recognition for being the ultimate Steam Machine enclosure. Called the Raven Z RVZ01, this gaming chassis is among the best compact designs we've seen for cramming a fully-fledged enthusiast PC into an impressively small space.

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GTC 2014 Turned Focus to Developer Education

We’re always looking for new ways to make parallel programming easier and more accessible. In addition to enhancing the CUDA Toolkit with new performance and usability features, we also look for opportunities to give developers in-depth info and training. Preparing for today’s release of the production version of CUDA 6 available now as a free download on the CUDA website we recently offered a sprawling collection of sessions and tutorials at our 2014 GPU Technology Conference. Our goal: to help developers get the most out of programming on GPUs. Here’s a sampling of some of the best CUDA sessions from last month’s GTC. Click through to replay of each session to review all of the material:

  • CUDA 6 and Beyond

  • An Introduction to CUDA Programming

  • Fast, Parallel Algorithms for Computer Vision and Machine Learning with GPUs

  • Mobile GPU Compute with Tegra K1

This is just a taste of the range of informative CUDA-related sessions at GTC. If you missed them the first time around, click on the links above for full session replays. Or, log in with your GTC 2014 credentials at www.gputechconf.con and view these and many other sessions here. If you’d like a deeper tech dive into the new features of CUDA 6, check out, "5 Powerful New Features in CUDA 6," on our Parallel Forall blog.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014

XFX R9 290 CrossFire At 4K Ultra HD

Legit Reviews has decided to put a XFX R9 290 CrossFire set-up to the test today to see how well these cards handle 4K Ultra HD resolutions. Here's a quote from the full review:

We recently reviewed the XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation and had the opportunity to get a second card in for additional thermal testing. Since we had two identical cards sitting on the test bench we figured that we’d flash the BIOS in order for the cards to be identical and run some CrossFire tests with AMD’s latest Catalyst 14.4 Beta drivers.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua NH-D12 @ LanOC

Noctua NH-D15 @ ChipLoco

Noctua NH-D15 @ HardCoreWare

Raijintek Pallas Low Profile HSF @ FrostyTech

ETC.: Gigabyte CDRomland OC Workshop @ MadShrimps

Video: NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Analysis @ PCPer

Sapphire R7 265 Dual-X 2GB @ eTeknix

LaCie Admits To Year Long Data Breach

If you are a LaCie customer and you made any transactions with the company between March 2013 to March 2014, you might want to read this. frown

On March 19, 2014, the FBI informed LaCie that it found indications that an unauthorized person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions that were made through LaCie’s website. We have hired a leading forensic investigation firm, who is conducting a thorough investigation, and assisting us in implementing additional security measures. As a precaution, we have temporarily disabled the e-commerce portion of the LaCie website while we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services. We will resume accepting online orders once we have completed the transition.

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[H]ot Deals

Today's [H]ot Deals forum thread is full of exclusive deals just for [H] readers. The best part is, all of these deals come with free shipping! The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while the getting is good.

Corsair CX750 CX Series 750W ATX Power Supply = $69.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

XFX RADEON DOUBLE D R9 290X 4GB DDR5 = $539.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case = $29.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

Corsair Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler = $69.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

AMD A10-5800K Black Edition 3.8Ghz APU = $99.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA Hard Drive = $49.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

AMD High Performance Barebones = $569.99 + FREE SHIPPING!

Teen Charged In 'Heartbleed' Attack On Tax Agency

Authorities in Canada caught the guy that stole taxpayer data by exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug.

Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday.

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Companies Agree to Add ‘Kill Switches’ To Smartphones

About damn time.

CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the companies including Apple, Samsung, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to provide a free preloaded or downloadable anti-theft tool on smartphones sold in the U.S. after July 2015.

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Gearbox Recommends Updating Your SHiFT Passwords

At Gearbox, we value our community and strive to protect the information provided to us by our fans. Recently, a security issue known as Heartbleed was discovered. This issue impacted Amazon Web Services, the service that powers Gearbox’s SHiFT system. Gearbox has taken steps to correct systems exposed to the issue by patching affected software and rotating potentially compromised SSL certificates.

As a result of Heartbleed, many of our fans have already changed their passwords. If you have not already done so, please continue reading. While it doesn’t appear that any user passwords were compromised, we nonetheless recommend that all community members reset their SHiFT account passwords as a precautionary measure.

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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis

The NZXT H440 mid-tower chassis is on the test bench at techPowerUP today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The NZXT H440 aims to make the new and revamped H series part of the mid-tower market. Offering no external drive bay is either gutsy or nave, but let us take a closer look to figure out whether NZXT managed to gun for the glory among silent mid-tower cases this time around.

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MSI's New Next Generation Naming Scheme - GAMING 3, GAMING 5, and GAMING 7

MSI are revealing upcoming line of "GAMING" mainboards, designed primarily for enthusiast gamers seeking to get the very most from their hardware to software. They are coming in three distinct flavors: GAMING 3, GAMING 5 and GAMING 7.

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MSI USB Audio Power. Our next generation GAMING motherboards all feature USB Audio Power, similar to the latest ITX GAMING models. USB Audio Power ensures stable 5V power delivery no matter what. Delivering perfect audio quality for USB headsets and USB DAC devices.

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For our next generation of GAMING motherboards we spend a lot of attention to small details. They will come with a complete black I/O panel without the shiny silver edge you are used to.

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