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Thursday December 18, 2014

Amazon's New Prime Now Service Promises One-Hour Delivery

One-hour delivery is an awesome idea! Too bad this is currently limited to just "parts" of Manhattan.

Known as Prime Now, the service is available only for subscribers of Amazon's $99-per-year Prime subscription program. With the new Prime Now mobile app in the iOS, Android and Amazon app stores, Prime members can order items from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free. To get an order in one hour or less, you'll have to pony up $7.99.

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Tech Giants Back Microsoft's Fight Against The Government

When is the last time any of these companies worked together on anything? The government better watch out. wink

Microsoft is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the US government, and the fight has led to an unlikely alliance between several rival companies. Microsoft was handed a government order requesting access to emails stored at a datacenter in Ireland. The company has been battling the order for several months, and now Apple, Amazon, Verizon, and HP are among the big names lending their support to the fight.

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Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX Review

If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, you might want to check out this review of the Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX at ocaholic today.

With the Silver Arrow ITX, Thermalright has an impressive cooler for miniITX motherboards in its portfolio. Equipped with six heatpipes and one 150 millimeter fan, this heatsink means some serious business. Apart from that Thermalright decided to provide this cooler with a black nickel plating, which makes it look very nice.

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Grand Theft Auto V PC Transfers Clarified

Blue's News has the rundown on Grand Theft Auto V PC transfers, how it works and when we'll see PC system specs.

A couple of specific questions about the upcoming PC edition are answered, including a reassurance that players who have exported a GTA Online character from a last-gen console to a current one will still also be able to transfer their progress to the PC edition. They also say they will reveal PC system specifications next week.

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Intel Easy Migration App Makes File Transfers A Breeze

Intel today launched Intel® Easy Migration, an app for first time Chromebook users that allows for seamless transfer of data and files onto Intel-based Chromebooks. The app, available on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, helps transfers contacts, documents, photos, videos and audio files from a Windows PC as well as Android and iOS-based smartphones to Intel-based Chromebooks. The app also allows a user to hand pick files for custom migration. Learn more about Intel® Easy Migration.

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AMD Continues Its Legacy of Software Development Innovation

AMD today announced a significant update to its CodeXL unified tool suite for developers designed to accelerate applications running on AMD processors. CodeXL is AMD’s primary developer tool for generating detailed information about the real-world performance of AMD Central Processing Units (CPUs), Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). AMD CodeXL version 1.6 provides GPU profiling capabilities and API-level debugging for OpenCL™ 2.0 applications. CodeXL 1.6 also introduces a new advanced tool for profiling APU power consumption, which enables developers to reduce the power requirements of their application. These features significantly bolster the tools available to developers for creating applications on either Windows® or Linux® that take advantage of the inherent processing capability of heterogeneous system architecture (HSA).

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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review

Our Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid AIO CPU Cooler Update Review is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you want to know how this all-in-one cooler handles today's hardware, this review is for you.

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As we continue to move up the Corsair All-In-One CPU cooler matrix, today we get to the mid-range Hydro Series™ H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. This is another cooler that has been on the market for quite a while and we give it another look and see how it compares against today's market in term of cooling and value.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower @ Techgage

ETC.: Code Keyboard 104 Key & TKL @ LanOC

Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 External Enclosure @ PCPer

Motherboards: Asus Z97 Pro Wi-Fi AC @ HotHardware

PSU: Enermax NAXN ADV 550W @ Tweak.dk

Navy Drone Looks And Swims Like A Shark

You'd think that people would notice a shark way faster than they would anything else in the water. I know I would. eek!

The US Navy might just have a stealthier option with its experimental GhostSwimmer drone, which recently finished tests. The five-foot-long robot looks and swims much like a shark, letting it spy on enemies (or inspect friendly ships) without being conspicuous -- as long as curious foes don't get too close, anyway.

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Sprint Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal 'Cramming'

Oh look, it's finally Sprints turn to be on the receiving end of some cramming for a change. big grin

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been working with the Federal Communications Commission, announced Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the wireless carrier, alleging it illegally billed wireless customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The suit also alleges that Sprint ignored complaints about the charges. The agency is seeking refunds to affected consumers as well as penalties to deter future unauthorized third-party charges.

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MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB

Another review of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB has hit the internet today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing cooler that is noise-free during light gaming, and extremely quiet in even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970.

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Sony Gives In To Hackers

Now that Sony has given in to the hackers, we can expect a lot more of this in the future. frown

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of "The Interview." In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.

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North Korea Suspected In Sony Hack

The FBI says *shakes the Magic 8 Ball* North Korea may be involved in the Sony hack after all. Tune in tomorrow when a Ouija board tells the FBI something completely different. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The primary suspects are members of an elite North Korean cyber-security unit known as "Bureau 121," the sources also confirmed today. But authorities have not ruled out that it could be an insider cooperating with some groups with a grudge against Sony, or an insider who helped the North Koreans.

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Life-Threatening Conditions Triggered By Your Console

This is what you get for playing games on a console. Just so you know, the PC Master Race is immune to all of the ailments mentioned in this article. wink

Is a Nintendo a safe Christmas present? From epilepsy to stroke, incontinence to Wii-itis, several life-threatening conditions can be triggered by your console. The findings, published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, include early reports of seizures, dubbed 'Nintendo epilepsy'.

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We Must Recognize Video Games Place In Society And History

This article is definitely good reading. Make sure you forward it to all your non-gaming friends and family. wink

The UK’s video games industry body Tiga has called for the products to be treated like other creative industries such as television or film, rather than mere "software". There is a good argument for this. Games have been part of human civilisation for thousands of years.

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Netflix: Offline Viewing Is "Never Going To Happen"

I guess that settles that. frown

For some time now, services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD have offered the ability to download shows for offline viewing, yet Netflix hasn't. And despite the pleas of the masses (or maybe it's just us) it doesn't sound like it's going to happen any time soon - or ever. Speaking to TechRadar, Cliff Edwards, Netflix's director of corporate communications and technology, said "It's never going to happen".

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Tech Crime of the Century

What kind of deranged bastard would do something like this? I hope this criminal is swiftly brought to justice.

A resident on West Lake Cowdery Road reported he believes someone came into his house and changed the settings on his PlayStation 4.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare Gets DLC @ VG24/7

Dragon Age Inquisition Free & Paid DLC @ Blue's News

Get 50% Off Destiny Today @ Shacknews

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Coming In 2016 @ Joystiq

PC Hound in Public Beta

PC Hound is the latest and greatest PC building and specification system with focus on the hardware enthusiast. PC Hound checks compatibility, prices, shipping, rebates, even tax, and gives you a nice tidy and extremely quick format when doing so. PC Hound gives you several code-out options so you can easily post your build in forums you frequent. Save your build-outs for later as well.

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ICANN Falls For Spear Phishing Attack

You'd think that the people at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers would be smart enough to avoid spear phishing attacks. frown

ICANN believes that the attack was committed in late November using emails sent to staff members that were designed to look like they came from within ICANN. As a result of the attack, the email credentials of several ICANN staff members were compromised. Those credentials were then used to compromise other ICANN systems, including the CZDS.

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You Can See Our Holiday Lights From Space

I can actually hear the Team America song in my head as I read this. big grin

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People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity Patch Is 40GB?

The Assassin's Creed Unity patch is a 40GB download? Why would a patch require you to re-download the entire game? Oh wait, this is Ubisoft we are talking about, that explains it. frown

We have received and confirmed reports that some Xbox One players who have previously applied Patch 3 are seeing a 40GB download instead of the expected 6.7GB download. Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe @ Technic3D

Cooling: Thermalright Macho Zero @ HiTech Legion

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 3000c12 @ Cowcotland

Storage: Asustor AS7004T 4-Bay NAS @ Legion Hardware

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Poseidon Platinum @ ocaholic

How to Fool a Computer With Optical Illusions

Fooling computers with optical illusions? Whatever happened to the days when you fooled WOPR by running a nuclear war simulation?

And computer brains have become really, really good at being able to identify all kinds of things. Machines can recognize faces, read handwriting, interpret EKGs, even describe what's happening in a photograph. But that doesn't mean that computers see all those things the same way that people do.

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Your Linux PC Isn't As Secure As You Think It Is

Even if your Linux box isn't as secure as you think, it is still way better than the alternatives when it comes to security.

It’s been an apocalyptic year for Linux security, with a sophisticated Trojan and security holes over 20 years old. The Shellshock bug left Linux desktops and servers wide open for anyone to own. Security updates fixed these problems—but you may not even be getting those patches.

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Valve Apologizes As Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns

Apparently Gabe Newell has decided to step in and reverse an earlier decision to remove Hatred from Greenlight.

The Steam Greenlight campaign for Hatred has returned, not long after it was ended by Valve, who said at the time: "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down." Polish developer Destructive Creations' announcement of this isometric shooter admitted its themes are "disturbing," and this sparked controversy from the start.

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Jury Finds Apple Not Guilty Of Antitrust

It looks as though Apple has walked away with a unanimous "not guilty" verdict from the jury yesterday. The plaintiff has promised to appeal but, at least for now, this case is finally over.

The plaintiffs represented a group of digital music consumers who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009 and alleged that Apple unfairly locked users into iTunes software on iPods, and in turn, locked out competitors. They sought damages of close to $350 million, which could have gone to $1 billion had Apple been found in violation of antitrust laws.

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The Crew Review

Overclockers Club has a review of The Crew posted today that is certainly worth checking out. While we are on the subject, make sure you read our The Crew Performance Video Card Review if you haven't done so already.

It is a fun game and if you have an itch for a racing game, but not necessarily one limited to racetracks, this is a game to consider. The graphics are not the best, but considering how much there is to the game world, and the importance of strong, solid performance, this is forgivable. The story is nothing much to talk about as all it does is connect the various campaign missions, and nothing more. The gameplay has some issues, but is largely solid and fun. Those issues can also be avoided fairly comfortably.

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Facebook Now Automatically Enhancing Your Mobile Photos

Whatever happened to the concept of just uploading my damn picture like I asked? No filters or adjustments, just upload the picture.

Photos uploaded to Facebook on an iPhone will now be gently enhanced by default, with the app adjusting lighting, shadows, and general clarity. You'll be able to remove the changes entirely, or you can enhance the photo further.

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Lessons You Can Learn from Top Universities When Considering the Cloud

From Roger Williams University, with its renowned architecture program, to Villanova University, a leading regional school outside Philadelphia, to La Cité, one of Ontario, Canada’s top-ranked schools, universities are offering lessons in adopting virtualization that any business can learn from. And they’re doing it with NVIDIA GRID technology, which virtualizes the GPU to deliver true PC-quality graphics from the cloud to any device. So, break out your notepad. Here are three lessons universities can teach us regarding virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

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