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Thursday August 28, 2014

Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

There is an article at The Atlantic today detailing Google's drone delivery program. There is even a bit of test footage demonstrating a drone delivery in action.

After two years of development, the Silicon Valley company reveals to The Atlantic that it has substantial research effort into building flying robots than can deliver products across a city in a minute or two.

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JPMorgan Hackers Altered, Deleted Bank Records

Banks should be thanking hackers for altering and deleting records. Now, the next time they are audited for "irregularities," they can blame it on the hackers. big grin

In addition to possibly affecting seven financial organizations, instead of two as originally reported, some bank records at JPMorgan were altered and possibly deleted, reported CNN, citing unnamed sources. The source of the attacks is not yet known.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool DS200 @ Vortez

Corsair Carbide Air 240 @ Techgage

ETC.: Digital Storm Bolt II SFF @ Legit Reviews

PC Perspective Podcast #315 @ PCPer

Motherboards: MSI Z97 MPOWER @ Cowcotland

Storage: AMD R7 Series SSD 240GB @ Tweak.dk

'Gamers' Are Over

Someone has to explain this editorial to me. Maybe one of my fellow "gamers" has more of a clue than I do.

‘Games culture’ is a petri dish of people who know so little about how human social interaction and professional life works that they can concoct online ‘wars’ about social justice or ‘game journalism ethics,’ straight-faced, and cause genuine human consequences. Because of video games. Lately, I often find myself wondering what I’m even doing here. And I know I’m not alone.

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Titanfall Game Mode With No Titans?

What do you guys thing of the new Pilot Skirmish mode being added to Titanfall?

Pilot Skirmish is the New Featured Game Mode - Pilot Skirmish is an 8v8 mode with no AI and no Titans. Due to the difference in player sizes with the rest of the game modes, Pilot Skirmish will not be among the game modes played when choosing Variety Pack playlist.

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How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained

How do movies manipulate your brain to keep you entertained? Wizardry, magic, explosions and boobies. Not necessarily in that order. big grin

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The University of London, presented eye tracking data collected from 75 people as they watched the clip on a flatscreen. A camera tracked their eye movements, and software created a frame-by-frame heat map. When Smith played the clip with the eye-tracking heat map overlaid, the red hot spot tightly followed the action—people focused on the dueling superheroes, especially their weapons and faces, and on the car parts bouncing around.

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Video Game Makers: Lohan Sued Us For Attention

Ya think?

In Manhattan court papers made public Tuesday, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and subsidiary Rockstar Games call the case frivolous and maintain it was "filed for publicity purposes." They want it dismissed and want the "Mean Girls" star to pay their legal fees.

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MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard

There is a review of the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard at Overclockers Club today that is certainly worth checking out. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

At $379, the Z97 XPOWER AC is at the top of MSI's Z97 overclocking product stack and rightly deserves its place there. The feature set of this board compares favorably with the ROG offerings from ASUS in terms of functionality and just raw potential.

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Valve Supports In-Home Streaming on Latest GeForce Cards

Valve and NVIDIA have just made game streaming better than ever. Last week, Valve officially released support for hardware encoding on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in the Steam client. Pair this support with one of our latest GeForce GTX GPUs and you can play remotely from your PC connected to any Steam-enabled system in your home at resolutions up to 1080p at 60 fps. "We’ve worked closely with NVIDIA to support hardware encoding on GeForce cards with our Steam In-Home Streaming technology, and the result is nothing short of amazing," said Sam Lantinga, at Valve.

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Leaked Draft Reveals Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Plans

Suing individuals is a bust. Going after overseas websites doesn't work. I have an idea, why not go after ISPs instead! roll eyes (sarcastic)

A leaked draft prepared for government submission has revealed Hollywood's Australian anti-piracy strategy. Among other things, the paper says that providers should be held liable for infringing customers even when they only "reasonably suspect" that infringement is taking place.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed @ Joystiq

CCP Closing SF Office @ Blue's News

InFamous: First Light Review Round-Up @ VG24/7

The Walking Dead Pinball Review @ Shacknews

Amazon Buys Twitch…Is Valve Next?

While this is pure speculation on the part of the author, I could totally see Amazon buying Valve. Thanks to TwistedAegis for the link.

With a game distribution platform, Amazon becomes the place where people buy and sell games, play games, stream games, and talk about games to each other. With that infrastructure in place, Amazon can become synonymous with gaming just as it once was synonymous with books and is trying to become synonymous with movies and TV shows.

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Library Of Congress Racing To Preserve Vast CD Collection

The Library Of Congress plans to test its CD collection every three to five years? I think they would be better off ripping CDs now while the data can still be salvaged. eek!

"We'd love to be able to say, 'These particular discs, or this specific time period, these are the absolute ones at risk,'" France said. "We don't know how people have stored or used them over time. So all of those factors, the use, the handling, the environment, all come into play in terms of the longevity."

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 @ OCInside

ETC.: Aorus Thunder M7 @ Hardware Heaven

AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3 @ Hardware Secrets

Kone XTD Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Shogun Bros Ensense Headset @ pcGameware

Storage: Western Digital My Cloud EX2 @ TechwareLabs

Gamer Gets Swatted On Live Stream

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to get "swatted," watch this video.

It seems schools were put on lock-down and local businesses were evacuated because the police believed there was a shooter in the building with hostages. Here's actual news coverage of the incident:

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Almost 70% Of IT Professionals Suffer Weekly Phishing Attacks

Whoa, seventy percent? The work of an IT professional is never done.

It reveals that 69 percent of IT professionals have to deal with phishing attacks at least once a week, with customer and financial data the main targets. The survey also finds that seven out of 10 attacks originating from inside the network come from a malware infected machine.

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Robots To Teach In Abu Dhabi School

What will these robots be teaching the kids? How to get used to taking commands from our new robot overlords.

Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence. Humanoid AISOY Raspberry Pi robot will teach basic addition and subtraction while Nao, the 57-cm tall Evolution Humanoid robot from France, will help special needs children.

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Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis

Techgage has published a review of the Corsair Obsidian 450D case today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Corsair’s Obsidian series of PC chassis represents the apex of the company’s offerings in the market. Innovative and user-friendly, they’ve also been overkill for most users. Now, though, the 450D has come onto the scene, intent on proving that the Obsidians shouldn’t be the exclusive preserve of users with deep pockets. Does it live up to its pedigree?

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Google To Collect $1.3M From Patent Troll

Google will collect $1.3 million from patent troll caught suing its customers. The trick now is getting paid.

The money isn't a significant amount to a company as big as Google, but beating a patent troll on what is sometimes seen as their "home turf" in East Texas is still significant. It will be a kind of trophy case that Google can use to show other trolls that it's willing to fight back hard if they overstep—and that it may be the troll, not a big tech defendant, writing a check at the end of the day.

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NVIDIA, Cancer Institute Distributing Up to $2M To Cancer Researchers

It’s time for big data to get into the fight against cancer. We’re working with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium to fund researchers using data-intensive computational tools to find new ways to treat cancer. Up for grabs is a $200,000 grant from the NVIDIA Foundation through its Compute the Cure initiative. At the same time, the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium will make up to three awards for a total of as much as $1.8 million.

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Timothy Leyden Retires As Western Digital CFO

Western Digital Corp. today announced that chief financial officer Tim Leyden, 62, is retiring after 24 years of distinguished service at the company. He is being succeeded by Olivier Leonetti, 50, who has served as vice president, finance at Amgen Inc. from 2011, after having previously spent 14 years in global finance leadership positions at Dell Inc. Leyden will remain with the company through January 2015 in a transition role and advisory capacity to president and chief executive officer Steve Milligan and to Leonetti for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition. The changes are effective as of September 8, 2014.

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Intel Announces New Packaging and Test Technologies for Foundry Customers

Intel Corporation today announced two new technologies for Intel Custom Foundry customers that need cost-effective advanced packaging and test technologies. Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), available to 14nm foundry customers, is a breakthrough that enables a lower cost and simpler 2.5D packaging approach for very high density interconnects between heterogeneous dies on a single package. Instead of an expensive silicon interposer with TSV (through silicon via), a small silicon bridge chip is embedded in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate. EMIB eliminates the need for TSVs and specialized interposer silicon that add complexity and cost.

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Wednesday August 27, 2014

Microsoft Reissues Flawed Windows Security Update With New Flaws

Yo dog, I heard you liked security updates with flaws so we put more flaws in our reissued security update. cool

The security bulletin says that "Microsoft strongly recommends that customers who have not uninstalled the 2982791 update [i.e., the old version, released on Patch Tuesday] do so prior to applying the 2993651 update [the new version]." This recommendation applies to users whether they are having problems with the old update or not. Note that Windows Update and Automatic Updates do not remove the old version.

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Germany Mulls Ban On After-Hours Work Emails And Calls

Germany wants to ban after-hours e-mail and calls. Still perfectly fine with spam and telemarketers. stick out tongue

Now a ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law. German labor minister Andrea Nahles said in a Tuesday interview that the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) was consulting on how such a law could be made – what thresholds would need to be mandated, and so on. She said the first results were expected in 2015.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: CM Storm Mizar @ Cowcotland

CM Storm Sirus-C Headset @ pcGameware

Tt eSPORTS Meka G1 Keyboard @ XtremeHardware

Mobile: MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Notebook @ TechSpot

Storage: Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD @ NikKTech

Video: 20-Way Open-Source Radeon Comparison @ Phoronix

Mystery Of The "Sailing Stones" Solved

Damn, I was really hoping it was going to be aliens moving the rocks. frown

During winter 2013-2014, members of our group were present while the playa was flooded and frozen. A steady wind drag moved the thin ice sheets covering the playa’s south end, and these sheets pushed the rocks along, creating the characteristic furrows in the playa’s muddy surface.

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Windows 9 Will Offer Desktop Or Start Screen

According to this article Windows 9 will offer you the desktop or the modern UI, not both.

There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have the desktop. You either have the desktop or you have the Modern UI, you cannot have both. As reported around a month ago, the Start Menu for desktop users in Windows Threshold can 'act' like a full screen Start Menu however, meaning if you want that functionality you can have it on the desktop.

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Corsair RM Series 1000W PSU

If you need a big watt power supply, the crew at techPowerUP! have the Corsair RM Series 1000W in-house for a little review action today. Here's a quote from the full review:

The RM1000 is Gold certified and has a fully modular cabling design, two features common to all RM units. Corsair also says it to be optimized for silence as its high efficiency and low-noise capacitors and transformers will eliminate coil-whine issues, a problem many modern high-performance platforms suffer from. Its fan also operates semi-passively and Corsair promises this PSU to be whisper-quiet even while being pushed hard.

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This Gas May Erase Bad Memories

A gas that erases ALL memories? Sure, I'd believe that. A gas that erases only bad memories? I'm not buying it.

"In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events," Edward G. Meloni, an assistant psychologist at the hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said in a release. "It's an exciting breakthrough, as this has the potential to be a new treatment for individuals suffering from PTSD."

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Snapchat Fetches $10 Billion Valuation

Someone please tell me how Snapchat, a company with no revenue, is worth $10 billion?

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in the fast-growing ephemeral message service Snapchat Inc. at a valuation of close to $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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