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Saturday April 30, 2016

PC Gaming Remains More Profitable Than Console Gaming, Mobile Gaming Surpasses Everything

PC gaming will generate almost $32 billion while PC gaming will grow to $29.0 billion. On the other hand, mobile gaming (smartphones and tablets) is expected to generate $36.9 billion.

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Newzoo has released the latest quarterly update of its Global Games Market Report, revealing some interesting sales figures about mobile, PC and console gaming. According to the stats, PC gaming remains more profitable than console gaming in 2016. However, mobile gaming has now surpassed everything, and is expected to grow even further in the next couple of years.


Seagate Begins Shipping Helium-Filled HDDs, Reveals Final Specs

According to Seagate, helium has allowed the company to substantially increase hard drive capacity and lower power consumption while using current magnetic recording technologies.

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 helium-filled hard drive is based on the company’s brand-new hermetically-sealed platform feature fourteen heads and seven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) platters with up to 1.43 TB capacity each. Seagate claims that the new HDD platform is based on a special wide-weld hermetically sealed drive enclosure with a design based on a multi-step forging process. Besides, it uses a motor attached to both top and bottom covers, in order to better handle vibrations and maximize reliability. Sensors for humidity, temperature and helium pressure ensure that the helium-filled drive is always being monitored for reliable operation.


Friday April 29, 2016

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Corsair H80i v2 high performance liquid CPU cooler, followed by our coverage of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo announcement. Finally, we wrapped things up with a review of the EVGA 600B entry level power supply.

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Battleborn Launch Trailer

Gearbox Entertainment put out a new Battleborn launch trailer today for those of you interested. Speaking of interest, by a show of hands, how many of you plan on picking this one up next week? I'm still on the fence with this one.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li PC-J60 @ ocaholic

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition @ Hardware Asylum

ETC.: Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station @ OCInside

PSU: SilverStone Strider Titanium ST80F-TI @ APH Networks

Video: AOC C3583FQ 35" Curved Monitor @ pcGameware

Sapphire Radeon R9 390 Nitro 8GB @ Hardware-Mag

The Mass Effect Theme Park Attraction Opens Next Month

As announced on the California Great America Twitter page, the Mass Effect theme park attraction opens in just three short weeks. You can finally pretend that, instead of going to California, you are actually travelling to a distant planet. Thanks to Darunion for the heads up!

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Ubisoft Says They’re Cracking Down On The Division Cheaters

Tom Clancy’s The Division is plagued with cheaters and, until now, no one new exactly what Ubisoft planned to do about the rampant cheating. The company finally made a post on the game's official blog today stating that they are taking the matter seriously and have already implemented some fixed to help detect and ban cheaters.

First, we have implemented new cheat detection methods that have allowed us to identify many more players currently using cheat engines in the game. We have already caught more cheaters in the last few days than we had in total during the previous weeks. As a result, we will be handing out the biggest wave of suspensions and bans to date over the course of the next few days. Second, when cheaters are caught, we will now apply a suspension of 14 days on first offense (instead of the previous 3 day initial suspension). Second offense will always be a permanent ban. We anticipate these two changes will noticeably improve your experience. New upgrades on cheat detection are underway.


Canadian Movie Pirates Targeted in Reverse Class Action

Leave it to the folks north of the border to come up with this idea. Who knows if that will even work (I don't know Canadian law), but you have to admit that it's kinda funny.

U.S.-based movie company Voltage Pictures has initiated fresh legal action in Canada aimed at forcing settlements from alleged pirates. Unusually, Voltage is seeking remedy via a reverse class action, demanding an injunction, damages and costs against an unspecified number of Internet users.


Noctua NH-C14S Review

The crew at Overclockers Club just published a review of the Noctua NH-C14S low-profile CPU cooler today. If you need a short cooler that is long on performance and short on noise, this could be the cooler for you.

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The NH-C14S takes the already great design of the NH-C14 and refines it to a new level. What does the NH-C14S bring to the table? It gets the job done with a single, more powerful fan, and the new offset of the fin stack provides clearance for the first PCIe slot on your motherboard. It really needs to be an industry standard in my opinion.


Coffee Delivery By Drone For $3

Coffee delivery by drone for only $3 is coming. Hell, I think the $3 delivery fee is worth it just have the drone show up at my house everyday and freak out my neighbors. smile

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Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a flying cappuccino! A new UAV service wants to give local vendors, such as restaurants, minimarts, and coffee shops, the ability to deliver products locally by drone. The deliveries will cost $3 each and the drones will travel to doorsteps up to six miles from participating vendor locations.


Cool Video of the Day

Bored? Nothing to do? Grab a blowtorch and melt a rock. I was kinda hoping for lava but the end result was pretty good anyway.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Arma 3 Reconnaissance Guide @ Shacknews

Battlefield Reveal Next Week? @ Blue's News

New GTA 5 Online Mode Announced @ GameSpot

Xbox One Hardware Announcement At E3? @ VG24/7

Large Hadron Collider Shut Down By A Weasel

Seriously folks, you can't make stuff like this up. The Large Hadron Collider has been shut down because a weasel chewed through a power cable. Power should be back online in a few days. Services for the mighty little mustelid will be held out back behind the tool shack. RIP weasel.

According to internal documents placed online, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva has suffered a power outage after the critter chewed on a 66-kilovolt electrical transformer. The unfortunate animal was fried and caused a CERN-wide power cut. "I can confirm that we had some issues overnight with electrical trouble," says CERN spokesperson Arnaud Marsollier. "We suspect it might be due to a small animal." It will likely take a few days to bring the collider back online, says Marsollier, but the equipment is fine and should be easily fixed.


Romero Delays Blackroom Kickstarter To Finish Off Gameplay Demo

It looks as though that Kickstarter for Blackroom has been put on hold until John Romero and Adrian Carmack can get a demo of the game ready. I don't know about you but I think it is a smart move to delay fundraising until they can show some actual gameplay.

"All the comments we’ve heard from people say that they want to see some gameplay," Romero told Develop. "They like the idea, they think it’s really cool but they want to see some of it." A demo is already in the works, but isn’t due to be finished before the Kickstarter campaign ends. While Romero acknowledged that the team could "work around the clock" to do so, entering such levels of crunch is "not what we do".


Supreme Court Approves Rule Change That Expands FBI's Hacking Abilities

Yesterday the US Supreme Court approved a rule change that makes it easier for the Department of Justice to obtain warrants for computers and electronic devices. Congress has until December 1st to reject or change the rule. If no action is taken by then, the rule immediately goes into effect.

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress, which will have until Dec. 1 to reject or modify the changes to the federal rules of criminal procedure. If Congress does not act, the rules would take effect automatically.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Silverstone Argon AR06 @ Modders Inc.

ETC.: Corsair M65 PRO RGB Mouse @ Tweak.dk

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE @ Legit Reviews

GameSir 3G Wireless Game Controller @ FunkyKit

Video: ASUS GTX 950 2GB @ techPowerUP!

Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler Review

The Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU cooler is on the test bench at NikKTech today. Does this cooler live up to the "macho" name? Hit the link to find out.

With already 14 models in the Macho line one would think that Thermalright has covered every consumer out there but they obviously don't seem to think that so the Macho 120 SBM is placed right after the Macho 90 in terms of size (slightly thinner yet wider compared to the original Macho 120 Rev.A model) and is aimed primarily towards users with small ATX/Micro-ATX cases. A 130mm low-noise PWM fan (TY-TR127 model) completes the package and as with most Macho models (if allowed by the case itself) it can be used in push & pull configuration with another fan.


Google Filed Patent For Injecting A Device Directly Into Your Eyeball

I'm not saying Google totally wants to place ads directly onto your eyeball, but Google totally wants to place ads directly onto your eyeball. How does this tiny eyeball computer get its power? From an "energy harvesting antenna." eek!

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The planned device injected into the eye contains a number of tiny components: storage, sensors, radio, battery and an electronic lens. The eyeball device gets power wirelessly from an "energy harvesting antenna." The patent describes what looks like an external device to interface with the eyeball computer. The two will communicate through a radio and the "interface device" contains the processor to do the necessary computing. According to the patent, the electronic lens would assist in the process of focusing light onto the eye’s retina.


PayPal’s Venmo Payment Service Under Federal Investigation

It would seem that Venmo, PayPal's peer-to-peer payment service, is currently under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. PayPal says it received the notice back in March and that it is cooperating with federal regulators.

In its quarterly earnings report PayPal discloses that it received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Federal Trade Commission on March 28 as part of the FTC’s "investigation to determine whether we, through our Venmo service, have been or are engaged in deceptive or unfair practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act."


Amazon Profit Crushes Estimates As Cloud-Service Revenue Soars

While everyone else seems to be turning in disappointing earnings, Amazon seems to be doing just fine. In fact, the company did so well that its shares were up almost thirteen percent after the closing bell on Wall Street yesterday.

The results draw a sharp contrast to the disappointing fourth quarter Amazon reported in January, which renewed worries among some shareholders about the company's comparatively thin profit margins. Shares of the world's biggest online retailer jumped nearly 13 percent to $679 in extended trading on Thursday. Amazon's performance also assuaged concerns about a broader slowdown among tech and internet companies after Apple (AAPL.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Intel (INTC.O) all reported disappointing earnings.


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GPU Technology Conference Coming to Europe

Deep learning, virtual reality, autonomous driving and supercomputing are some of the biggest trends sweeping through the tech industry. There’s no better way to dive into them than our first GPU Technology Conference in Europe, taking place Sept. 28 and 29, in Amsterdam. Our GTC events give developers an unparalleled chance to share, network and discover how GPU technologies are pioneering breakthroughs in computing’s mega-trends.

At GTC Europe, the continent’s only conference dedicated to GPU-accelerated computing, we’re providing more than 1,000 square meters of space for exhibitors and sponsors to present their work. We’ll be showcasing some of the region’s most exciting startups, as well as 50-plus demo stations with the latest tech from NVIDIA and our partners. Registration is now open and we’re also looking for speakers and workshop hosts to share their discoveries, insights and expertise.


Western Digital Announces Financial Results For Third Fiscal Quarter 2016

Western Digital« Corp. today reported revenue of $2.8 billion and net income of $74 million, or $0.32 per share, for its third fiscal quarter ended Apr. 1, 2016. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $283 million, or $1.21 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.5 billion and net income of $384 million, or $1.63 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $441 million, or $1.87 per share. The company generated $485 million in cash from operations during the third fiscal quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $5.9 billion. On Feb. 10, 2016, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid on Apr. 15, 2016.


Intel Announces Executive Promotion

Intel Corporation today announced that Diane Bryant has been promoted to executive vice president. Bryant has been leading Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG) as general manager and senior vice president since 2012. The appointment reflects Bryant’s record of leadership and results throughout her tenure at Intel, and the elevated role of the cloud and data center businesses as growth drivers for the company as Intel executes its strategic transformation. Prior to assuming leadership of DCG, Bryant was an Intel vice president and chief information officer of Intel. In that role she was responsible for the corporate-wide information technology solutions and services that enabled Intel’s business strategies for growth and efficiency. Bryant joined Intel in 1985.


Thursday April 28, 2016

One Hour DOOM Single Player Video

For those of you that didn't see the livestream, the folks at Bethesda posted this video showing off almost an hour of single player DOOM gameplay. It should be noted that, even though there is a PC version of DOOM coming out, this was taken from the PS4 version of the game.


YouTube: We Are Improving Content ID For Creators

YouTube has announced some pretty big changes to Content ID. According to this blog post, any video that has been flagged by a Content ID claim will continue to earn revenue while the dispute is being settled with the money to eventually going to whomever actually owns the video.

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Today, we’re announcing a major step to help fix that frustrating experience. We’re developing a new solution that will allow videos to earn revenue while a Content ID claim is being disputed. Here’s how it will work: when both a creator and someone making a claim choose to monetize a video, we will continue to run ads on that video and hold the resulting revenue separately. Once the Content ID claim or dispute is resolved, we’ll pay out that revenue to the appropriate party.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Versa N21 @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Thermalright Macho 120 SBM @ NikKTech


Gigabyte XM300 Gaming Mouse @ CowcotLand

Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH @ Missing Remote

Facebook Handed Over Your Data To The Feds Over 81% Of The Time

According to Facebook's most recent Global Government Requests Report, the search giant has complied with over eighty one percent of all demands for user data by U.S. law enforcement agencies. The scariest part? There were almost twice as many requests in 2016 compared to the previous year. eek!

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Do You Earn Less Than a Silicon Valley Intern?

In case you didn't feel bad enough already, let's talk about how much money Silicon Valley interns make. I'll give you a hint, it's pretty close to double the average national wage. Here's a handy list of all the actual salaries made by interns by company:

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The median monthly base salary for an engineering-focused summer intern at some of the big technology companies is $6,800. Annualized, that's $81,600 a year, according to data collected by Rodney Folz, a former University of California Berkeley student and soon-to-be Yelp intern. The national wage index is $46,481.52, according to data last compiled by the Social Security Administration in 2014.


Comcast Officially Acquires DreamWorks For $3.8B

Comcast, the company everyone loves to hate, has finally acquired DreamWorks. I guess this is only a problem for folks that despise Comcast but love How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek. wink Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

The move brings family-friendly franchises like Shrek, Madagascar, and How To Train Your Dragon under the NBCU umbrella, as well as classics like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeerů and positions Universal Studios, with all its subsidiaries, in prime position to compete with Disney/Pixar for those lucrative movie and merch dollars.


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