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Tuesday May 05, 2015

Grand Theft Auto V Multi-GPU Performance Review Part 2

For those of you that haven't seen it yet, make sure you read our Grand Theft Auto V Multi-GPU Performance Review Part 2 today. If you want to know which multi-GPU set-up is right for you, we have all the answers for you right here.

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This is Part 2 of our full evaluation of Grand Theft Auto V's video card gaming performance. In this part we dive into NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire highest playable gameplay settings and apples-to-apples at 1440p and 4K resolutions. We find out just what it takes to get the most out of GTA V at its highest settings.

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Two New Free Games With GeForce GTX 970 And GTX 980?

According to this post over at VideoCardz, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight will soon be bundled with GeForce GTX 970 And GTX 980.

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How The NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

You'd think that something like this would churn out a million false positives a day.

Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called "Google for Voice" nearly a decade ago.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Corsair H100i GTX @ ThinkComputers

Thermaltake Frio Silent 12 @ Technic3D

ETC.: Element Gaming Neon 250 @ Vortez

Pivos XIOS XS Media Player @ XtremeHardware

Motherboards: Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 @ Modders Inc.

Malware That Wipes Hard Drives To Prevent Detection

I guess this is one way of trying to avoid detection. eek!

The spyware is unusual, however, in how far the malicious code will go to prevent detection, analysis and debugging. According to Cisco, before the malware begins spying on a victim Rombertik runs a final check to detect if it is being analyzed in memory. If this check fails, it will destroy the master boot record (MBR) of a compromised computer -- rendering the PC inoperable.

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GTA In Real Life

This is definitely the must see video of the day. cool

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Lost Planet 3 Developer Shuts Its Doors

It looks as though Spark Unlimited, the studio behind Lost Planet 3, suddenly closed up shop.

A tweet from Spark Unlimited indicates the Lost Planet 3 developer has shut down, saying: "Elvis has left the building. Good night and drive safe." There were no previous indications they were in trouble, as their previous tweet is one from January saying they are hiring.

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Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

It will be interesting to see how companies like Comcast deal with this shift.

The Internet is taking over television. That shift is occurring at Comcast, where the number of people who subscribe to the company’s Internet service surpassed its total video subscribers for the first time during the second quarter this year.

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Creeps Embrace a New Tool: Peeping Drones

Do you own a drone? If you answered "yes," you are a creep and a peeping Tom.

"Drones have a lot of potentially useful and extremely innovative uses," said Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, the California Democrat who introduced the bill. "Invading our privacy and property without permission shouldn’t be among them. When we’re in our backyards, with our families, we have an expectation that we have a right to privacy."

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First All-Robot Manufacturing Plant Opens In China

This is just the first step. Soon, we will all be replaced by robots.

A total of 1,000 robots would be introduced at the factory initially, run by Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology Co, with the aim of reducing the current workforce of 1,800 by 90 per cent to only about 200, Chen Xingqi, the chairman of the company’s board, was quoted as saying in the report.

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Intel Expands Storage Offerings for Data Center

Intel announced today the availability of the Intel® SSD DC S3510 Series to meet the demands for high-performance, high- capacity data stores in the data center. The DC S3510 Series expands the Intel SSD Data Center Family – the #1 chosen SATA SSD product line according to Forward Insight - and offers cost and power advantages over hard disk drives while delivering proven performance and reliability. It is well-suited for read-intensive or virtualized applications in a cloud or data center environment, such as web servers, operational databases and analytics. Intel and VMware developed the industry’s first 32-node all-flash Virtual SAN with NVM Express technology to show how enterprise customers can cost effectively deploy this technology.

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Monday May 04, 2015

$200 'Case' Puts Your Bitcoins In Your Pocket

Why in the world would you need to carry around bitcoins in your pocket?

There's no such thing as being too crazy about security, especially when it comes to hoarding mountains and mountains of invisible, digital, volatile money. If that description hits just a little too close to home, you might just have a new friend in the $199 Case, a physical Bitcoin wallet the size of a credit card that secures your nebulous funds and lets you sign off on transactions with just a touch of a finger.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Zalman Z11 NEO @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Cougar 200K Gaming Keyboard @ LanOC

Diamond Wireless Video Stream HD @ eTeknix

Element Gaming Xenon 700 @ Vortez

Power Supply: Be quiet! PurePower L8 730W @ Tweak.dk

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Internet Censorship, Kill Switches Violate Human Rights Law

Any effort to restrict access to the internet "can never be justified" under human rights law. Apparently that doesn't apply here in the United States. Your internet access can be cut off for just about any ol' thing. wink

A coalition of rights experts, including the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye, said in a joint declaration released Monday that any effort to restrict access to the internet "can never be justified under human rights law." That includes forcing the shutdown of networks, filtering and censoring content, and the physical takeover of broadcast stations.

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Android Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

I knew there were a lot of apps out there that tracked Android users but I didn't think there were this many. eek!

But because Google Play is more open, the apps it offers span a much wider quality range. Many connect to ad-related sites and tracking sites while some connect to much more dubious sites that are associated with malware. But here’s the problem—this activity often takes place without the owner being aware of what is going on. That’s something that most smartphone users would be appalled to discover—if only they were able to.

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Twitch Updates Copyright Claims Appeals Process

Twitch has updated its content appeals process. If you are a streamer, you might want to hit the link and read the full blog post.

The new functionality will initially be available to all members of the Twitch Partner Program and non-partner broadcasters whose videos are in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format, which is roughly 25% of non-partner broadcasters. We are in the process of storing all newly created VODs in HLS format rather than Flash Video (FLV) format. (How can you tell if your videos are in HLS or FLV? Check the VOD URL. HLS VODs will have /v/ in the URL; FLV will have /b/.)

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Microsoft Announces New Solutions To Empower IT Professionals

Monday at its first-ever Ignite Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced a range of new products and services that help IT professionals lead their companies in the new era of enterprise computing, including the next generation of Windows management, Microsoft Office, hybrid cloud infrastructure and SQL Server. "No business can succeed and scale without IT innovating and transforming," said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. "Empowering IT professionals is a key part of Microsoft’s technology agenda spanning Windows 10, Office 365, Azure and other cloud technologies." Speaking to more than 23,000 conference attendees, as well as thousands of online viewers, Nadella showcased how Microsoft is fueling IT pro innovation and success. He was joined on stage by José Ángel Sánchez, CEO of Real Madrid C.F., winner of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Best Club of the 20th Century.

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Deaf And Blind Woman's Take On The Apple Watch

This story is actually pretty damn neat. Yeah, yeah, yeah...it's an iWatch but she seems to really dig it.

I was born deaf and registered blind when I was 14. The condition I have is Usher Syndrome Type 2a. I am severely deaf and have only a very small tunnel of vision in my right eye now so I was concerned not just about the face size but how busy it would appear to me and also if there would be an uncomfortable glare.

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FCC Chairman: Lawsuits Won't Beat Net Neutrality

I sure hope this guy is right.

While visiting TechCrunch Disrupt in New York this morning, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler reaffirmed his belief in a victory for the internet, saying he was "pretty confident" in the outcome of the cases and that his plan for now was simply "not to lose".

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Meet YouTube’s Gamer-in-Chief

What in the hell is a Gamer-in-Chief? Is it just me or are all these made up job titles getting hard a bit ridiculous?

In his first interview since assuming that role, Wyatt sat down with Re/code to discuss some of the big issues on his plate, including making it easier to make videos, competing with Twitch, and finding the middle ground between YouTube’s dual constituencies of game publishers and video creators.

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LEGO Super Star Destroyer Shattered at 1000 fps

Wired celebrated May the 4th by shattering a LEGO Super Star Destroyer and capturing the destruction at 1,000 frames per second.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

I Am Bread Star Wars Update @ Blue's News

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao In Punch-Out! @ YouTube

Rare Game Announce Expected At E3 2015 @ VG24/7

Rock Band 4 Gets Updated @ Shacknews

Office 2016 Public Preview Now Available

For those of you interested, the Office 2016 Public Preview is now available. Grab it if you want it and make sure you tell us what you think about it in the comments.

Office 2016 previewers will get an early look at the next release of Office on Windows desktop, but more importantly they’ll help to shape and improve the future of Office. Visit the Office 2016 Preview site to learn more about the Preview program and if it’s right for you.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Define S @ eTeknix

Cooling: SilverStone Tundra TD02-E @ XtremeHardware

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400Mhz @ Hardwareslave

PSU: Super Flower Leadex Platinum 2000W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Kingston SSDNow KC310 960GB SSD @ NikKTech

Thecus N4310 1Gb 4 Bay @ ocaholic

DOJ Has An Eye On Apple

The Department of Justice has its eye on Apple ahead of the company's upcoming release of its Beats Music service. Sources in the industry claim Apple is pushing major music labels to kill freemium music services.

Let’s be honest: It would be ideal for a business if it could somehow snap up every customer looking for a certain service. But because we (thankfully) live in a world filled with choices, companies instead must compete with rivals to get our hard-earned dollars. A new report says Apple is preparing to debut its new streaming music service by trying to put the squeeze on competitors like Spotify that offer content for free.

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AT&T, U.S. Telecom Groups Seek To Block New Internet Rules

I am a bit surprised that there isn't a petition out there asking AT&T and other telecoms to stop wasting tax payers money with all this legal maneuvering.

Instead, the groups and companies sought to block the agency's move to reclassify broadband Internet as a more heavily regulated telecommunications service, and a new broad general conduct standard that prohibits Internet providers from "unreasonably interfering" with consumers' access to the web. While the requests are expected to be rejected by the FCC, they pave the way for the industry to ask courts to pause the implementation of the rules while they are being litigated. The new regulations go into effect on June 12.

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XFX Radeon R9 280X TDFD 3GB

The review editors at Real Hardware Reviews have a pair of XFX R9 280X TDFD 3GB cards on the test bench today for a little review action.

Even with the latest rash of ultra-high end video cards, custom AMD R9 280X’ers are still a fan favorite for PC gaming enthusiasts. Put simply you get good performance and loads of overclocking headroom at a price that is damn reasonable. In fact the price is so reasonable that you can pick up two of these video cards for less than what a high end NVIDIA card will set you back.

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SurveyMonkey CEO, Husband Of Facebook's COO, Dies Suddenly

The CEO of SurveyMonkey, and husband of Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg, passed away suddenly on Friday. The news of his passing was made via Facebook.

Goldberg's brother, Robert Goldberg, announced the news in a post on Facebook, requesting that people share their memories of David via the site. "No words can express the depth of loss we feel, but we want his children to learn how much he meant to all of you," Robert Goldberg wrote.

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Hollywood Urged Prime Minister To Keep DVD Ripping Illegal

Would you expect anything different? If Hollywood had its way, you'd have to pay royalties every time you remembered a movie or song.

A few months ago the UK Government legalized copying of MP3s, CDs and DVDs for personal use, as that would be in the best interest of consumers. A common sense decision for many, but leaked emails now show that Hollywood fiercely protested the changes behind the scenes.

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GIGABYTE X99-UD4 Motherboard

The crew at Techgage has posted a review of the GIGABYTE X99-UD4 motherboard today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Building an X99-based machine and want a great "sweet-spot" motherboard? GIGABYTE’s X99-UD4 is well worth the consideration, as it delivers a lot of functionality for its <$250 price-tag, tosses in a couple of extras we might not "need" but do appreciate, and sports a solid design. Let’s check it out.

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