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Wednesday May 27, 2015

What Bill Gates Is Afraid Of

If you have the time, you should check out this interview with Bill Gates at Vox today. The video is embedded below:

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White House Finally Stands Up To Google

Can someone explain to me why the White House is even involved in this case? I don't care one way or the other about this case, I just think the US Supreme Court should be able to make its own decision based on the merits of the case without outside influence from the White House.

The Department of Justice filed a brief Wednesday recommending that the US Supreme Court reject Google’s appeal in Oracle’s lawsuit against the company over its use of elements of the Java programming language. This doesn’t mean that the Supreme Court won’t hear the case. But the White House’s opposition does cast doubt on whether it will wind up on the docket.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua NH-L9x65 @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse @ HiTech Legion

Motherboards: ASRock X99 Extreme 11 @ HotHardware

Video: GeForce GTX 980 SLI Testing @ LanOC

Sapphire R9 285 ITX OC @ PC Perspective

3D Printing 3D Printers With 3D Printers

Yo dog, I heard you like 3D printers, so I 3D printed a 3D printer with a 3D printer.

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Stalking Your Friends With Facebook Messenger

I guess it was only a matter of time before Chrome extensions like this started popping up.

As you may know, when you send a message from the Messenger app there is an option to send your location with it. What I realized was that almost every other message in my chats had a location attached to it, so I decided to have some fun with this data. I wrote a Chrome extension for the Facebook Messenger page that scrapes all this location data and plots it on a map. You can get this extension here and play around with it on your message data.

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Noctua NH-L9x65 Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Another review of the Noctua NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler has popped up on the net today. This time around it is BigBruin doing the reviewing.

While the NH-L9x65 is much more compact than the typical CPU cooler, it isn't as small as many others. The key benefit of coolers like the ITX30 and NH-L9i comes from their height... I would not be able to fit the NH-L9x65 in to the Mini-ITX cases that I use (Minibox M350), but the other two (as well as the Titan cooler) do fit.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC 3

Hey, isn't that Bruce Campbell in the new CoD: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC 3 trailer?

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Chevrolet To Use Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

I think this is a smart move by Chevrolet. In fact, I think all car manufacturers should follow suit.

By giving car buyers the choice between these rival phone-projection systems, Chevrolet hopes to quell concerns from prospective customers worried about the compatibility of their smartphones and vehicles. "It's about providing choice," said Alicia Boler-Davis, GM's senior vice president for global connected car consumer experience. "No two customers are alike, and we cannot expect a single solution that works for every driver in every situation."

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Rightscorp Offered Cox A Cut Of Piracy Settlements

It's nice to know that Cox wouldn't allow Rightscorp to threaten and extort its customers, even for a cut of the "settlements."

Rightscorp, the piracy monetization company that works with Warner Bros. and other prominent copyright holders, goes to great lengths to reach allegedly pirating subscribers. The company offered Cox Communications a cut of the piracy settlements if they agreed to forward their notices, the ISP revealed in court.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Online Honest Game Trailer

This honest game trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5 Online is hilarious. NSFW, but hilarious just the same. You've been warned. big grin

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Borderlands Drop Rate Increases @ Blue's News

Dirty Bomb Entering Open Beta @ Shacknews

MGS Ground Zeroes Free On PS4 @ PC Blog

Screentendo For The Mac @ Official Site

The Battlefield 4 Spring Patch Is Live @ VG24/7

SilverStone Tundra TD03-E AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

If you are in the market for a new all-in-one liquid CPU cooler, I suggest reading our evaluation of the SilverStone Tundra TD03-E before you head out shopping.

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SilverStone is no stranger to us when it comes to All-In-One liquid CPU coolers as it has produced those for a good time now. The new Tundra Series TD03-E AIO is SilverStone's updated version of its TD03 120mm dual fan cooler. Again we are not sure as what to exactly expect from this unit as it is a bit lean on its description.

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Black Box Lures Hackers Into Honeypots

This little black box looks promising. Too bad it doesn't work like devices in the movies do. Once a hack is detected, a jolt of electricity immediately disables the hacker's PC, stuns the crook and alerts the authorities to their location. wink

South African security firm Thinkst is hoping to give new life to an old idea—the honeypot—in a bid to help organizations detect security breaches and intruders in their private networks. Thinkst's Canary is a simple network appliance and corresponding online monitoring service that makes it easy to set up juicy-looking targets on the corporate LAN that will sound the alarm if any attempt is made to access them.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Aerocool Aero 1000 @ ocaholic

Cooling: Raijintek Triton A-I-O Cooler @ OCInside.de

Storage: Corsair Force LS SSD @ Hardware Secrets

Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD RAID @ SSD Review

Video: Mobile GPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP

A Robotic Cockroach That Launches A Robotic Bird

Watching these tiny robots in action is terrifying. Watching them in slow motion is even worse. Robots are going to KILL US ALL!

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Richard Stallman Says Windows Is Malware

In an op-ed piece written for The Guardian, Richard Stallman said that he believes operating systems like Windows are essentially just malware.

What kinds of programs constitute malware? Operating systems, first of all. Windows snoops on users, shackles users and, on mobiles, censors apps; it also has a universal back door that allows Microsoft to remotely impose software changes. Apple systems are malware too: MacOS snoops and shackles; iOS snoops, shackles, censors apps and has a back door. Even Android contains malware in a nonfree component: a back door for remote forcible installation or deinstallation of any app.

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Android Auto Is Here, But It’s Only Built Into One Car

The good news is that Android Auto is here. The bad news is that it is only built into one car.

A year after Android Auto was announced with 30 automakers committed to bring it to market, Hyundai has become the first automaker to integrate Google’s smartphone-connected infotainment takeover into its cars. Well, car. Singular.

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iPhone Crashes Simply by Receiving A Text Message

You have to wonder how this was discovered?

Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it. If it was opened to the conversation where you received the message, the app will open, but attempting to go to another conversation causes Messages to crash.

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Amazon Targets Etsy With ‘Handmade’ Marketplace

Pretty soon, Amazon will have a marketplace for everything...with one hour delivery...by drones.

Having vanquished scores of brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon.com Inc. has a new target: Etsy Inc. The Seattle Web retailer is prepping a marketplace for artisan goods it is calling Handmade. Etsy sellers received invites reviewed by The Wall Street Journal over the past few days to sign up for the new section of the Amazon site.

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GOG Refusing To Distribute Hatred?

I don't see what the big deal is with this game. Either people are going to buy it or they aren't. Refusing to sell it only makes people want to buy it more. Am I right?

Digital download service GOG has decided not to sell controversial shooter Hatred, according to the developers at Destructive Creations. "Hatred will not be available on GOG.com, even though gamers widely expected this to happen, because of GOG’s refusal to distribute the game," the developer said in a press release.

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Using GPUs To Get An Interactive, 3D View Inside the Human Body

Virtual reality technology has made a big splash in gaming. But VR is serious business, as well. As serious as brain surgery. Anytime you open up the body, there are risks involved. So, wouldn’t it be great to give surgeons a clear look inside a patient’s torso or skull before they make the first incision? EchoPixel 3D colon With EchoPixel imaging technology, that vision is becoming reality.

Using stereo glasses, a stylus and a zSpace monitor, physicians can see and manipulate imagery obtained from CT, MR or ultrasound scans. It’s as if the objects were on a table in front of them. Measure the diameter of an artery. Check for cysts in an organ. See exactly where tissue and a tumor intersect. Grab, spin and zoom in on the imagery in real time. You can even identify and separate an object from the rest of the image — to get a distinct 3D view of a tumor, for example. With the True 3D Viewer, medical professionals can expand their diagnostic and surgical planning. So patients get better, more reliable results. Getting EchoPixel’s incredible results require some serious computing power. That’s where the Quadro K4200 graphics card comes in. We designed this card for professional use, with all the reliability, optimization and performance that entails.

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WD Redesigns World's #1 Selling Portable Hard Drive

WD®, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport® Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB and in four stylish colors - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. WD is also introducing a new optional accessory – WD Grip Pack – a soft band, available in a variety of colors, which encircles the drive, offering consumers an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.

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Tuesday May 26, 2015

DRAM Prices Lowest In 26 Months

According to DigiTimes, DRAM prices have dropped 9%, bringing prices down to a twenty six month low.

DRAM spot prices continue to fall in the second quarter of 2015, with prices for 4Gb DDR3 chips having fallen about 9%, Taiwan's Central News Agency quoted DRAMeXchange as saying in a recent report. Spot prices for 4Gb DDR3 have gone down to US$2.92, the lowest in about 26 months.

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365 Gigapixel Panoramic Photograph

I'm not saying this 365 gigapixel panoramic photograph isn't cool. I'm just saying I've been searching this damn thing for over an hour and not one abominable snowman or yeti sighting.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Deepcool Tristellar Mid-Tower @ echPowerUP!

Cooling: be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Guru3D

be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Technic3D

be quiet! Dark Rock TF @ Tweak.dk

Noctua NH-D9L D-Type @ NikKTech

ETC.: Dell Precision M3800 @ HotHardware

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds WTF, Clickbait and NSFW

Merriam-Webster just announced that it is adding a host of new internet related terms to it's dictionary. Entries include words like click fraud, emoji, WTF, NSFW, meme, photobomb and more.

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be quiet Dark Rock TF Heatsink

If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, you might want to check out this review of the be quiet Dark Rock TF at FrostyTech this afternoon.

The Dark Rock TF heatsink is built around six 6mm diameter heatpipes which link a large primary aluminum fin stack and smaller secondary set of aluminum cooling fins to a chunky copper heatspreader below. The 135mm PWM fans are arranged in a push-pull configuration, exhausting downwards so related motherboard CPU VRM components benefit from the cooling air flow.

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IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

Isn't this just lovely, the IRS has been hacked. The agency is saying that thieves were able to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers. frown

Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Cisco in Patent Infringement Fight

More bad news for Cicso. It looks like there will be a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court voted six to two against in its ongoing patent infringement case with Commil.

The case concerns a patent held by Commil USA on a way to improve the implementation of a wireless network where multiple access points are needed. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced patent infringement based on the network equipment maker’s use of similar technology. In April 2011, a jury awarded Commil almost $63.8 million in damages. A judge subsequently added $10.3 million in interest.

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[H]ot Deal of the Day

The [H]ot Deal of the Day gives all you [H] readers an extra $15 off the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower gaming chassis. In case you missed it, our review of the Tt Core V51 can be found here.

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