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Saturday April 19, 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order Pre-Order Now on Steam

Looking forward to the release of Wolfstein: The New Order? That time is here and Steam is now taking pre-orders. And for those of you who order early, Bethesda is throwing in some righteous goodies to sweeten the pot. cool

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RockYou Buys Three Playdom Games from Disney

RockYou, the social game publisher, is becoming something of a recycler of late. The recycling consists of purchasing games that are about to be shut down for being past their prime or not as profitable as the parent company requires. Latest acquisition: Three games from the Disney Playdom Division.

Gaming has been plagued by companies that are one-hit wonders. We are picking up games that are past their apex and can still be operated profitably with users who play every day."

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British Newsreel Collection Free to Watch on YouTube

If you have a thing for old newsreels covering just about every topic on Earth, you are about to be entertained from here until the cows come home, or however long it may take you to view 85K newsreels from British Pathé, dating back to the 1930’s.

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' Hit With First Major Bug

The Elder Scrolls Online is facing a dilemma of ballooning proportions: Inflation. Something you rarely see in online gaming, but ‘The Infinite Dupe’ as it is being dubbed, is making the stockpiles of ‘gold’ relatively worthless. It just goes to prove gaming can be just like real life. big grin

Obviously, this is wreaking havoc on the game as now money and items are relatively worthless with so much gold flooding the economy.

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Trend Micro Releases Free Heartbleed Scanners for Android, Chrome

Trend Micro, a well-known global security software company, has announced the release of Heartbleed bug scanners for both Android and Google Chrome. If you are still concerned about Heartbleed (and rightfully so), give these free scanners a run and ease your mind. cool

Trend Micro’s Chrome and Android apps are easy to use, and appear accurate on our first tests, though, and if you need a "second opinion" test then we'd give them a try.

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Dozens of Games Available for 99 Cents Each on PSN

Looking for some games for your PS3? Sony may just make your weekend by providing many of the company’s most popular games for sale at .99 cents. Interested? Better hurry, sale ends on Monday morning.

Sony has unveiled a giant, weekend-long sale that includes some of its biggest hits for the stupidly cheap price of 99 cents.

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Microsoft Extends Windows 8.1 Update Migration Deadline

Microsoft has extended the migration deadline for business users of Windows 8.1 for an additional three months. End using consumers however, are still warned to make the move within the next month.

If users of Windows 8.1 do not upgrade to Win8.1U within the limited time frame, they will not receive further security fixes.

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Chromecast Now Live Streams MLB.tv

Are you ready for live major league baseball action straight from MLB.tv? Well, Chromecast has now added support for MLB.tv to stream live broadcasts to your TV from your personal handheld device. Batter up! big grin

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That’s No Spaceship Over Area 51, It’s a Google Balloon

The desert of Nevada has been invaded by what some may describe as a UFO given their close proximity to the infamous Area 51, but you can relax, there are no little gray men, no UFO and no invasion, it’s only Google and their Project Loon high altitude technology platforms doing a little testing. cool

In addition, it filed a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September, seeking permission to test its aerial balloons with swathes of radio spectrum usually used for 4G LTE services.

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Microsoft Corrects Windows XP/Security Essentials Bug

In what many claim a deliberate action by Microsoft to emphasize the vulnerability of Windows XP, a bad update bug has now been corrected.

Microsoft continues to supply antimalware engine and signature updates for Windows XP systems which is supported through July 14, 2015.

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A Simple Guide to the Aereo Supreme Court Case

One of the least publicized, but possibly one of the most important media industry copyright cases of the last decade goes to court next week. The Supreme Court decision not only will affect Aereo’s future, but also the possible futures of all rebroadcasting services.

Aereo’s argument is that it does not transmit to many people at once. It transmits to you, individually, from your antenna, through your cloud service, into your computer for your viewing only.

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Oculus Rift Game Will Scare the Crap Out of You

If you are a fan of macabre games or really pulled for Jack Nicholson in The Shining, a new made-for-Oculus Rift game Alone in the Rift might just be up your dark scary alley.

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Michaels Confirms 3 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen

Michael’s Crafts stores has confirmed what we reported on back in January: the security breach that Michaels discovered ultimately proved to be much worse than initially thought, possibly exposing upwards of three Million customer credit card accounts.

Michaels is giving affected customers 12 months of identify protection, credit monitoring, and fraud assistance service.

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Square Enix Is Bringing Final Fantasy III to PC

After 24 years, Square Enix is finally bringing Final Fantasy 3 to the PC platform according to a news leak from USK, Germany’s age rating organization. The game was originally released in 1990 in Japan and has been re-released on various platforms over years, mainly for Japanese gamers.

While Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII already had PC ports, Final Fantasy III for PC is a new version of the game.

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Microsoft Drops $1.1B for Iowa Data Center

Microsoft will be investing over one Billion dollars over the next the next 5 years for a 154 acre tract of land in Iowa to build a new mega data center for Microsoft’s Azure Cloud.

The company has been gradually improving the feature set and lowering prices of its Azure public cloud service. Such moves could attract more customers.

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Nike Folding Up Wearable Tech Efforts

It was learned on Friday that Nike has decided to get out of the hardware end of the wearable tech market handing out pink slips to the majority of the FuelBand project’s staff.

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Friday April 18, 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our GIGABYTE R9 290X OC and ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCUII review, followed by our Enermax ETS-N30 budget CPU air cooler article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the ASUS Maximus VI Impact LGA 1150 motherboard.

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Facebook To Share Ads Based On Location History With Advertisers

I know people want to make a big deal out of this, but this is hardly shocking (this is Facebook after all). Our recommendation about anything Facebook related? Don't like it, don't use it. wink

With Nearby Friends, your location history is private to you and only you -- until the social network decides otherwise. Surprised? Don't be. Facebook is in the advertising business.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim @ NikKTech

XSPC RX360 V3 Radiator @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: AMD A10-7850K Kaveri @ LanOC

Logitech G230 Headset @ pcGameware

SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player @ Legit Reviews

Storage: Western Digital Black² Dual Drive @ TechARP

The Console Wars Won’t Be Anything Like You Expect

So this guy says that, among other things, Steam Machines will be too expensive, FireTV is just another OUYA, GameStop will never go away and hardcore gamers won't embrace free-to-play games. Is he onto something or just on something?

"The console is dead" idea is proven false if Xbox and PlayStation don’t immediately die tomorrow. For the time being, you will continue to plug something into your television that puts videogames on it. There is nothing saying that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo could not provide those sorts of devices far into the future. But the console as we have always known it since the days of Atari is a dead paradigm walking.

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GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up

The crew at HotHardware have rounded up a handful of GeForce GTX 780 Ti video cards and pit them against one another. The round-up features cards from MSI, Gigabyte and more.

Do you know what gets our juices flowing even more than high-end hardware? It's having the opportunity to wrangle and evaluate multiple versions of a top-tier product. In this case, we've gone out and collected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards from three different enthusiast brands: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.

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Battlefield 1942 Free

Following up last month's Dead Space freebie, Origin is now offering Battlefield 1942 for free. There is no catch so grab it if you want it.

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13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison

The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix have posted a 13-way low-end GPU comparison on Linux. Why? probably because no one else has. wink

For our latest AM1 platform testing with the Athlon 5350 Kabini APU is comparing its Radeon R3 Graphics against an assortment of discrete NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards while running Ubuntu 14.04 Linux. For this comparison there's thirteen graphics processors being compared with the latest Linux GPU drivers.

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Samsung Compares iPhone Features To Cup Holders

Oh how I love it when Samsung and Apple go at it. We are always guaranteed to get name calling, one liners and zingers like this. big grin

An Apple study to determine whether people would buy phones to get certain Apple patented features is similar to asking people to choose a car based on its cup holders, an expert hired by Samsung testified Friday.

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Digital Public Library of America Turns One

Digital Public Library of America celebrated its first birthday yesterday.

It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by since our launch last April. It’s been a whirlwind here in the Boston headquarters of DPLA, and across DPLA’s ever-expanding national network of libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites. The surging numbers in our collection—over 7 million items from 1300 contributing institutions, up from 2.4 million and 500 a year ago—attest to the tremendous momentum we’ve achieved.

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How Many Peeps Can A .50 Cal Go Through?

If a .50 cal can go through 18 hard drives, just imagine how many peeps a single round can go through. eek! Damn, now that the guys at RatedRR did this, what are we going to do on Easter Sunday?

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Human Head Resumes Development On Minimum @ Joystiq

Major Duping Bug Hits The Elder Scrolls Online @ Kotaku

PC Final Fantasy III Revealed @ Blue's News

Xbox One Hits 5 Million Shipped @ Shacknews

BitFenix Comrade Mid-Tower Case

If you are on a budget and you need a mid-tower chassis, the crew at Benchmark Reviews recommend the BitFenix Comrade case.

The Comrade is BitFenix’s attempt to enter the budget case market, with a reasonably priced case that has many features that are normally expected in more pricey designs, such as removable dust filters. The Comrade accommodates both Mini-ITX / ATX and standard ATX boards, and has numerous features designed to make constructing a system a breeze for first-time builders, including tool-less 3.5″, and 5.25″ drive bays.

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Cool Video of the Day

Two of these would make your next patio party complete!

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Pirate Bay User Hit With 5 Year Sentence

A five year suspended jail sentence for uploading a single movie to Pirate Bay? Seems fair. roll eyes (sarcastic)

A man who uploaded a single movie to The Pirate Bay kickstarting South Africa's first online piracy case has been sentenced today. After striking a plea bargain with the state over what was unusually framed as a criminal rather than civil offense, the 29-year-old was handed an unprecedented five-year suspended jail sentence.

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