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Friday September 19, 2014

Newspapers Want To Charge Extra For Black Friday Ads

And newspapers wonder why they are going the way of the dinosaur.

Still, that probably isn’t what papers like the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press had in mind when they announced that they’ll be charging subscribers an extra dollar or two for the privilege of receiving a bunch of ads.


iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

The folks over at iFixit have posted a teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus for those of you interested.


The Portable Pop-Up Gaming Room Is Here

Riiiight. You and I both know there ain't no gaming going on in this thing...this is a portable porn pup tent if I ever saw one. big grin

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First iPhone 6 Sold In Australia Dropped On Live TV

I didn't want to laugh at this poor guy...but I did. A lot. Thanks to HardUp4HardWare for the link.


Chin Strap That Harvests Energy From Chewing

Technology gone wrong or brilliant idea of the day? Your call.

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All you have to do is chew and talk and grind your jaw as per your usual doses of coffee and 5-Hour Energy, and the device provides tiny bits of juice that might be used to power hearing aids, wearable electronics, or some so-far unrealized implantable device of the cyborg future.


Apple's New U2-Removal Service

I like the part at the end when the guy says "But seriously, eff you. It was a free album, get over it." big grin


Bungie Leaving Disconnected Destiny Players Stranded

This is just ridiculous.You'd think Bungie would shell out some of that $325 million it made already to go towards tech support. frown

There's a reason for that: Bungie launched its "shared world shooter" without much of a customer support structure in place. Eight days after launch, users who haven't been able to connect—including one of Ars Technica's own contributors, who still can't get online with an Xbox 360 copy of the game—have exhausted all of the suggestions listed at help.bungie.net. At that point, those users are directed to visit Bungie's forums, "staffed by community mentors who are here to help you."


Where To Find The GTX 980 & GTX 970 For Sale

After reading our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 980, a bunch of you guys wanted to know where you could find one for sale. The answer? This forum thread has a TON of links to several brands of the GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX 970 video cards from various retailers. Hit the link to find what you are looking for. cool

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980

The wait is finally over! Our evaluation of the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 is here! Head on over and take a look at how the next-generation GPUs from NVIDIA perform when pit head to head with the competition.

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Today NVIDIA launches its newest Maxwell GPU. There will be two new GPUs, the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. These next generation GPUs usher in new features and performance that move the gaming industry forward. We discuss new features, architecture, and evaluate the gameplay performance against the competition.


NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 Review Round-Up

The NDA has expired and the review embargo has been lifted on the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980. Reviews are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.


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ASUS Announces STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970

ASUS today announced the STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II and GPU Tweak for cooler, quieter and faster performance. The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 are factory-overclocked at 1279MHz and 1253MHz respectively and are fitted with 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory operating at speeds up to 7010MHz for the best gameplay experience.

The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 both come with the ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology. With a 10mm a heatpipe to transport heat away from the GPU core, operating temperatures are 30% cooler and 3X quieter than reference designs. Efficient cooling and lower operating temperatures allow STRIX graphics cards to incorporate an intelligent fan-stop mode that can handle games such as League of Legends1 and StarCraft1 passively, making both cards ideal for gamers that prefer high-performance, low-noise PCs.

STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 graphics cards include Digi+ VRM technology. This 10-phase power design in the STRIX GTX 980 and 6-phase design in the STRIX GTX 970 uses a digital voltage regulator to reduce power noise by 30% and enhance energy efficiency by 15% – increasing long term stability and reliability. The STRIX GTX 970 is designed to use a single 8-pin power connecter for clean and easy cable management.

The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 come with GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that enables users to squeeze the very best performance from their graphics card. GPU Tweak provides the ability to finely control GPU speeds, voltages and video memory clock speeds in real time, so overclocking is easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

GPU Tweak also includes a streaming tool that lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, meaning others can watch live as games are played. It is even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.


ZOTAC Innovates Beyond Thermal Design with Next-Generation NVIDIA Maxwell Architecture

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the powerful and very efficient ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series next generation graphics card. The NVIDIA Maxwell architecture powered ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series arrives with customized versions including the elite AMP! Extreme Edition and premium

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 AMP! Extreme Edition targets the most demanding gamers and overclockers and holds nothing back. Utilizing new technologies that adds a triple fan IceStorm enhanced cooling system with carbon ExoArmor, enhanced OC Plus power regulation controller and LIGHT.id for an extreme enthusiast graphics card for those that want great looks and precise tuning capabilities.


Thursday September 18, 2014

Battlefield Hardline: Hotwire Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

If vehicle combat is your thing, you'll definitely want to check out the new Battlefield Hardline trailer.


Heavy Bullets Is Out Now

Heavy Bullets launched today. What's that you say? You don't know anything about the game? Watch the launch trailer below:


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Pro @ XtremeHardware

Competitions: be quiet! Straight Power 10 Giveaway @ eTeknix

Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Giveaway @ BigBruin

ETC.: Roccat Ryos MK Pro @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VII Formula @ Bjorn3D

Storage: Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB @ OCC

Video: Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 4GB @ Tweak.dk

Twitpic Is Not Shutting Down

Instead of shutting down next week, Twitpic is being acquired. I wonder if Twitter is the company buying them out?

After a shocking announcement by Twitpic that it would close its doors as a result of action by Twitter, now the company has announced that's not shutting down after all. There are no specific details, but in a tweet, it says "We're happy to announce we've been acquired and Twitpic will live on! We will post more details as we can disclose them."


Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle CEO

Larry Ellison has stepped down as Oracle's CEO. While Ellison didn't give any specific reasons for the move, we can only assume it's to spend more time with the girls in hula skirts on his Hawaiian island. Hell, isn't that what you'd do if you had his money. big grin

Oracle's sometimes bombastic frontman, CEO Larry Ellison, is stepping down from leading the company and handing off to now co-CEOs Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison will become chief technology officer and executive chairman of the board. Jeff Henley, Oracle's chairman for the last decade will be vice chairman of the board.


Does Silicon Valley Have A Contract-Worker Problem?

How does a company that raised $40 million in venture-capital funding pay homeless people $19 per house to clean them? Maybe we should ask Uber, Washio, Shyp and others.

To explain why it's possible for a cash-flush tech start-up to have homeless workers, it helps to know that the man I hired through Homejoy wasn't a Homejoy employee at all. That's because Homejoy doesn't employ any cleaners — like many of its peer start-ups, it uses an army of contract workers to do its customers' bidding. To hear Homejoy tell it, it's simply the digital middleman that allows people seeking home-cleaning services to find people willing to do it.


Industry’s Biggest Vendors Pledge Support for AMD’s Project FreeSync

​Today, AMD announced collaborations with scaler vendors MStar, Novatek and Realtek to build scaler units ready with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync and AMD’s Project FreeSync by year end. Under the technology partnerships, MStar, Novatek and Realtek each will develop a range of DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync-ready scalers to complement the new monitor product cycle in 1Q15. Monitors equipped with such DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync-aware scalers will allow contemporary AMD Radeon™ graphics cards to synchronize display refresh rates and GPU framerates via Project FreeSync to enable tearing and stutter-free gaming along with low input latency.


Corsair Graphite 780T Full-Tower Case

There is a review of the Corsair Graphite 780T full-tower case posted at Benchmark Reviews today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

When it comes to the Corsair Graphite 780T I think its really going to boil down to price vs. needs. The 600T had a similar drawback vs. its competition as well. Basically your’re paying the price to get a case that will likely be suitable for all the building needs you’ll ever need and will last a long while, not for something that has special features you like or because it fits your build needs.


The Importance Of Net Neutrality For The Connected Car

If you think net neutrality is important to every day people, think about how important it is to the future of connected cars. eek!

Connected cars raise a few questions, not least around the safety of vehicles that rely on a permanent high-quality internet connection. In particular, the connected car opens up the debate of net neutrality, which is the principle that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet equally.


Researchers Say Search Engines Can Diminish Online Piracy

Researchers from Carnegie Melon have found that search engine results actually do diminish online piracy.

Our data show that relative to the non-manipulated (control) condition, the presence of pirate or legal links in search results strongly influences the behavior of both the general and college-aged populations: users are more likely to choose a legal option to acquire the movie when legal sites are promoted, and users are more likely to choose a pirate option when piracy links are promoted.


Sony Warns Of $2.15B Net Loss

Sony is warning of a massive $2.15 billion loss for the year ending March 31. This is the sixth downward revision under CEO Kazuo Hirai after taking the helm in 2012.

The Japanese consumer electronics company is now predicting a 230 billion yen ($2.15 billion) net loss for the year ending March 31, versus its previous forecast for a 50 billion yen loss. It expects an operating loss of 40 billion yen instead of a 140 billion yen profit flagged in July.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Bloodborne 30 Minute Gameplay Video @ YouTube

HELL Announced @ Blue's News

New Battlefield: Hardline Trailer @ Shacknews

Silent Hills TGS Trailer @ Joystiq

Amazon Buys .Buy For $4.6M

It looks like Amazon beat out everyone, including Google, for the top level domain .buy. The company plopped down $4.6 million for the TLD.

Amazon.com paid $4.6 million to win rights to .buy top level domain name, but that wasn’t the most expensive TLD auction on Wednesday. You might think new top level domain names aren’t meeting early expectations, but applicants still apparently value the opportunity very high.


New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer

There is a new Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trailer out today. If this doesn't make you want to pre-order the game, I don't know what will. smile


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Cooltek UMX2 Case @ Technic3D

Cooling: Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 @ pcGameware

ETC.: Humble Indie Bundle 12 @ OCC

Tt eSports Ventus Gaming Mouse @ Modders Inc.

ZOWIE FK1 Competitive Gaming Mouse @ NikKTech

Motherboards: Gigabyte X99 UD4 @ eTeknix

Storage: Seagate EC 3.5″ v4 6TB @ Real Hardware Reviews

News Corp. And Google In A War of Words

The funny thing about the quote below is that it could apply to either company. big grin

"The company has evolved from a wonderfully feisty, creative Silicon Valley start-up to a vast, powerful, often unaccountable bureaucracy," Robert Thomson, News Corporation’s chief executive, said in a letter to the European Commission. "This development reflects the exponential evolution from a company that is open to one that is selectively closed and willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition."


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