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500 Million ASUS Motherboards. The Celebration Starts at [H]. - Lucky Draw

Enter to win a limited-edition Sabertooth Z97 Mark S motherboard and Strix GTX 980 graphics card!

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Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling AIO Kit

If you want an all-in-one cooler that has great performance without a ton of fan noise, you'll definitely want to read our evaluation of the Swiftech H240-X liquid cooling kit.

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Swiftech's H240-X is not your typical All-in-One, aka "AIO," CPU cooler. It is also a bit more expensive than your usual AIO. It does however deliver to you a tremendously upgradable equipment set that allows its buyers a economical ramp into a fully custom liquid cooling system for your entire computer.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Noctua NH-D9L CPU @ APH Networks

Noctua NH-U9S CPU Cooler @ Hardwareslave

ETC.: Kingston HyperX Cloud II @ Vortez

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2666MHz @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards: MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC @ techPowerUP!

Video: MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G @ Tweak.dk

WikiLeaks Furious At Google

So why is WikiLeaks mad at Google for handing over information about its employees to the FBI? I thought Assange and Co. were all about obtaining and releasing private info without consent. At least in this case Google was complying with a warrant.

In a letter written by one of the organization's lawyers, Michael Ratner of the Center For Constitutional Rights, WikiLeaks says that it is "astonished and disturbed" that it's just learning about this information request now. In particular its upset that the three staffers in question, Sarah Harrison, Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Farrell were not able to prepare a legal defense that may have prevented their information from being shared.

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Politician's Support Letters For Merger Actually Written By Comcast

Like this is a surprise. roll eyes (sarcastic)

For instance, a letter sent to the FCC by a town councilman from the small community of Jupiter, Florida, was in fact largely orchestrated by some of the biggest players in corporate telecom. Not only do records show that a Comcast official sent the councilman the exact wording of the letter he would submit to the FCC, but also that finishing touches were put on the letter by a former FCC official named Rosemary Harold.

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Using Games To Generate Empathy For Faraway Conflicts

For a second there I thought this was the plot for the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise. Whoops! wink

Wearing bulky virtual reality goggles and headphones, she can see a cart selling food, cars and trucks passing by, and a group of people circled around a singing little girl. But then "all of a sudden there's like a bomb that goes off," Begalman says as she navigates her way around the virtual street. "It's completely full of dust and dirt and ... I'm sort of walking back and forth." In this virtual world, Begalman has experienced a mortar shelling from Bashar Assad's regime.

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IBM Dismisses Report of Massive Layoffs

IBM doesn't seem very happy about the WSJ claiming that the tech giant planned on laying off more than 100,000 employees. An IBM company spokesman had this to say:

IBM does not comment on rumors, even ridiculous or baseless ones. If anyone had checked information readily available from our public earnings statements, or had simply asked us, they would know that IBM has already announced the company has just taken a $600 million charge for workforce rebalancing. This equates to several thousand people, a mere fraction of what’s been reported.

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Angry Tweeting Can Kill You

A new study has found that angry tweeting can increase your risk of dying of heart disease. eek!

Venting your anger on Twitter may feel therapeutic, but it could also increase your risk of dying of heart disease, a new study has found. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, there is a strong correlation between a community's use of negative emotional language on Twitter and heart disease mortality.

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Sony Auctions Special-Edition PS4 For $129,000

I thought about making a joke about Sony finally making a profit on something but the company is donating the proceeds from the auction to charity plus they are making a matching donation so I gave them a pass. wink

It happened in an auction held by Sony Corp. unit Sony Computer Entertainment. In celebrating the 20th anniversary of the popular machine, Sony last year sold 12,300 retro-themed PlayStation 4 consoles in the original PlayStation’s gray scheme as opposed to the fourth generation’s usual black or white. The 49,980 special-edition units were each individually numbered, and Sony held an auction over the last weekend on the No. 00001 unit.

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NFL Brings The Gridiron To YouTube

The NFL finally has it own YouTube channel. I'm not sure why it took so long but they finally have one now.

The league announced Monday that it's finally created its own channel on the world's biggest online video network, as part of a broader partnership with YouTube's parent Google, which includes NFL videos, news and other information available directly in Google searches.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Hardline Beta Date Leaked? @ VG24/7

DOOM On Mythbusters This Saturday @ Blue's News

Lady Hammerlock Joins Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel @ Shacknews

The Game Awards Will Return @ Joystiq

AMD FX-8320E Performance On Linux

All you alternative OS types out there should head on over to Phoronix and check out this AMD FX-8320E performance on Linux article.

Back in September AMD announced new FX CPUs that included the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E. Back then we reviewed the FX-8370/FX-8370E CPUs under Linux but at the time didn't have our hands on the more affordable FX-8320E processor. In December AMD sent over the FX-8320E and so for the past few weeks I've been happily using this new Vishera CPU.

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UPS Paid The Price For Preparing Too Well For Holiday Rush

Prepared "to well" for the holiday season? That doesn't even make sense. Oh well, I guess we know what is going to happen this holiday season. big grin

While they nailed on-time deliveries during the 2014 Christmas season, on less busy days many workers and trucks were left idle. The drop in productivity and the extra expenses for training and overtime dragged UPS’s 2014 preliminary earnings well below forecasts, the company said today, sending its stock down the most in more than eight years.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Corsair HG-10 GPU Bracket @ Hardwareoverclock

ETC.: Aorus Thunder K7 @ Modders Inc.

CM Storm Quickfire Ultimate @ eTeknix

Memory: RAM Disk Guide @ TechARP

Storage: Thecus N4560 4 Bay NAS @ LanOC

Video: MSI GTX 960 Gaming OC @ Guru3D

Gearbox Recruiting For Next Borderlands Game

According to this tweet, Gearbox is recruiting people to work on the next installment in the Borderlands franchise. If you think you got what it takes, send your resume to the e-mail listed below.

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Hands-On With Windows 10’s Preview Build 9926

The crew at Techgage have spent a little quality time with the Windows 10 preview build 9926 and they want to share their experiences with you.

Hot on the heels of its major Windows 10 event, Microsoft released a brand-new preview build to the public, versioned 9926. Given what we were told at the event, we knew that Cortana, a revamped Start menu, and updated Notifications pane would be featured. But is that all? As it happens, no. Not even close.

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More PC Hound System Builder Updates

Just a quick update to let you guys know that, based on your feedback, PC Hound System Builder has been updated once again. If you haven't used PC Hound yet, you don't know what you are missing. Go ahead, give it a try and let us know what you think.

  • Dynamic Part feature: Create a part that can change over time based on your search filters and sorting

  • You may now enter a custom price for each item, or mark it as "Owned"

  • You may now exclude certain merchants in "Control / Settings"

  • There is now "I Forgot My Password" functionality

  • Provided a link to [H]ard|Forum discussion on the homepage

  • Fixed a bug that caused certain product promotional text to prevent updating builds

  • "+Add Another Part" button has been moved to the right side of the build sheet

  • Numeric value search filters can now have either the min or max left blank and will function as expected

  • A buy button has been added with a shopping cart icon on both the build sheet and in search

  • Newegg promo code discounts (and percentage discounts) are now incorporated into the base price of the item

  • When opening the search window, the auto-advancing of parts now allows you to skip parts without returning to them

  • The search window now resizes and centers better than it did previously

  • Mwave and Best Buy have been added as merchants and will continue to fill out their selection over the next week

In Win D-Frame Mini

There is a review of the In Win D-Frame Mini posted today at TechnologyX. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Over the past few years In Win has established a reputation for making some of the most well built cases available. With entries such as the 904, the S-Frame and the original D-Frame, which like most In Win cases, was very well built! It had sharp lines and had craftsmanship that is unheard of from most other chassis manufacturers.

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Secret Service Recovers Drone At White House

Alright, which one of you guys thought it would be a good idea to fly your drone over the White House? big grin

A spokesman for President Barack Obama says a "device" has been found on the grounds of the White House but that it poses no threat. FOX 5 has listened to radio transmissions which indicate crews were called out because of a reported 'drone.'

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Samsung To Be Main Processor Supplier For Next iPhone

This report, citing anonymous sources in the semiconductor industry, claims that Samsung will be the main processor supplier for the next iPhone.

South Korea's Samsung Electronics will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple's next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry. Samsung will be responsible for around 75 per cent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

Joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you cash or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Intel Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 24 cents per share (96 cents per share on an annual basis) on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on March 1, 2015, to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2015. Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors.

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ASUS Celebrates 500M Motherboard Sales With Global Giveaway

ASUS, the world’s number-one motherboard brand, today celebrated that it has sold over 500-million motherboards since the company’s inception in 1989. This significant milestone will be celebrated with a global competition, giving ASUS fans and followers around the world the chance to learn more about the quarter-century history of ASUS and win some amazing prizes, including a Z97 PC in a unique ASUS TUF case mod.

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Announcing the milestone, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said: "I want to thank all of our customers for their support throughout the past 25 years. We share a common passion for technology and their inputs have enabled us to grow on this journey in search of incredible. We are committed to delivering more innovation to market and we aim to bring a seamless and joyful digital life for everyone to enjoy."

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Sunday January 25, 2015

Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' Heads to the Wall in 2nd Episode

If you haven’t gotten enough of your fix from Telltale’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Chapter One game adaption of the HBO series, then get ready for Chapter Two. It’s called ‘The Lost Lords’, featuring a brand new house, the Forresters of the North, coming at you on February third, fourth and fifth according to what gaming platform you use.

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Buy the Original 47-Year-Old Star Trek Phaser

Listen up Trekkers and Trekkies alike, now is your one shot at owning a real piece of Star Trek memorabilia. Up for auction at Los Angeles' Propworx is the hand phaser used personally by William Shatner in the 1968 season. It’s one of two still in existence, so the bidding will be high stakes.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see this trinket go for quite a bit more than the $60,000 expected price. Trek fans are serious business when it comes to prop auctions.

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Windows 10 Build 9926: Where's Windows Update?

Windows 10 is going to be different as are all new operation systems, but nothing on the scale of Windows 8. There will be a UI learning curve, but if you take in the new features in small bites, it will all fall into place long before the OS is released. This installment we are going to play Finding Windows Update and Where the hell is the Control Panel? big grin

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US Navy’s Railgun to be Displayed in Public in February

We’ve been seeing the test videos of the Navy’s super super sonic railgun, which is capable of firing projectiles 110 miles at six times the speed of sound for some time now. Now it’s going public and will be on display at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C. on February 4th and 5th The railgun will begin sea trials next year.

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Apple Readies Fix for Thunderstrike Bootkit Exploit

Apple is reported to be addressing the Thunderstrike bootkit exploit as reported by Google earlier this week. A patch has been spotted in the next version of Yosemite (OS X 10.10.2) as a beta, usually signaling that the fix is not too far behind.

"According to people with access to the latest beta of OS X 10.10.2 who are familiar with Thunderstrike and how it works, that's exactly the deep, layered process that's been completed."

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Ten of the Meanest Video Games Ever

It’s always fun to find these stories because of the discussions they provoke. Every time a list of the best, worst, easiest or hardest games is published, gamers always have more to add to the discussion. Check out Geek's list and see if you agree with their assessment of what’s mean or not. cool

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130K Pages of Declassified Air Force UFO Research Now Available Online

Tin Foil Hat Brigade, it’s time to don those hats once more in the quest for the truth about 12,600 UFO sightings collected by the US Air Force. You now have easy access to the entire archive on the Internet, roughly 130K pages that were declassified back in 1969. If you want the truth, it’s out there, you’ll just have to dig through a lot of material.

Now, the entire archive of UFO studies is available online, for free. The documents themselves were declassified shortly after Project Bluebook ended, but until now they have been available exclusively on physical micro-film which is to say, they have not been available.

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