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Tuesday March 03, 2015

Apple Pay: A New Frontier For Scammers

What makes detecting crimes like this so hard is that the average Apple customer is so used to getting ripped off that they don't notice when someone else is doing it to them. wink

Banks have been caught by surprise by the level of fraud, and the Guardian understands that some are scrambling to ensure that better verification and checking systems are put in place to prevent the problem running out of control, with around two million Americans already using the system.

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China Wants Silicon Valley's Encryption Keys

As part of a new counter-terrorism law, China is demanding that tech companies hand over encryption keys or get out. I guess we better start packing. wink

The Chinese government has introduced plans for a far-reaching counter-terrorism law that would require tech companies to hand over encryption keys and source code -- even "backdoors" to give Chinese authorities surveillance access.

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TIE Interceptor Drone

If you thought that Millennium Falcon drone we showed you (here) was cool, you'll love this TIE Interceptor drone.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Audio: Creative Sound Blaster ROAR @ Vortez

Cases: Phanteks EVOLV ITX @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Intel Core i5 4690K @ 5GHz @ Hardware Overclock

ROCCAT Tyon Gaming Mouse @ Hardware Asylum

Motherboards: ECS Z97I-Drone @ Guru3D

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP

Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Markus Persson

Every time I read one of these articles about how Markus Persson made $2.5 billion off Minecraft, the only thing that comes to mind is "good for him." smile

But there are also a slew of younger Markus Perssons who are hungrier and more attuned to what the next generation of kids wants. Asked about this, the Minecraft creator responds that he’s completely comfortable being a one-hit wonder. Being insanely rich and prematurely washed up apparently trumps the stresses of responsibility over a virtual nation that alternately reveres and despises you.

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Telecom Chief Calls For Google/Facebook Regulation

Should Google and Facebook be regulated just like telecoms? This guy thinks so.

The CEO of Deutsche Telekom has made a call for internet search/services giants Google and Facebook to be regulated in the same way as telecoms companies, arguing that the California-based digital goliath offers the same type of communications services which require telcos to submit to regulation.

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The First Ever Photograph Of Light As Both A Particle And Wave

Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have captured the first-ever snapshot of light as a particle and as a wave.

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WD My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS

Need a storage solution for your small business or home office? Head on over to Legit Reviews to see what they had to say about the WD My Cloud DL4100 business NAS.

These new business models were designed from the ground up to be a high-performance NAS solution designed for small businesses, so you’ll find business class hardware features like a high-performance Intel Atom C2338 dual-core processor, 2 GB of expandable DDR3 memory, dual NICs and dual power ports. Read on to see how the WD My Cloud DL4100 performs when we put it to the test!

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Foxconn Expects Robots To Take Over More Factory Work

On one hand, this is good news because more robots means less people jumping off roofs in China. On the other hand, once the robots get fed up with slave labor...THEY WILL KILL US ALL!!!

In three years, Foxconn will probably use robots and automation to complete 70 percent of its assembly line work, said company CEO Terry Gou on Thursday in news footage circulated online.

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Google Street View Adds Amazon Jungle Zip-Line Feature

The latest edition to Google Street View is the ability to zip-line through the Amazon jungle. cool

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GRID vGPU Explained

PC and workstation users have long relied on NVIDIA graphics. It’s thanks to their ability to do many tasks at once—or in parallel—that people can use complex video and graphics applications. Now, as tablets and smartphones let workers get stuff done away from their desks, a new technology is emerging—our GRID vGPU technology. NVIDIA GRID virtualization technology gives people access to graphics-intensive applications on any connected device. Engineers in the head office can connect with those on a job site, sharing large files with detailed plans for a big construction project. Doctors can get patient medical information on a tablet from any room in a hospital. Architects can share design ideas in the homes of clients, with no loss of fidelity or detail.

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Intel And Industry Leaders Transform Network Infrastructure

At Mobile World Congress this week, Intel announced new efforts with several industry leaders to transform network infrastructure with standardized hardware and software, and help accelerate the industry’s move toward a flexible, agile software defined infrastructure. This enables both telecommunications and cloud service providers to improve network efficiencies and more quickly deliver new services and capabilities for consumers and businesses. Intel is working with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, SK Telecom and others to address demand for new services and improve network efficiencies using Intel® architecture. These new developments and products help enable telecommunications and cloud service providers meet consumers demand for more connectivity and delivery of real-time data.

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Monday March 02, 2015

SilverStone Raven RV05 Enclosure

You guys should head on over to PC Perspective today and read this review of the SilverStone Raven RV05 enclosure. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The 90° motherboard orientation with the Raven RV05 provides what would seem to be an ideal situation for air cooling. Anchoring the thermal solution are the large 180mm fans at the bottom of the case, which are directed upward to pull air up through the bottom vents and out the top of the enclosure.

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ISIS Threatens Twitter Employees Over Blocked Accounts

What's the point of threatening Twitter employees when you can't use your Twitter account to brag about it? big grin

Isis supporters have threatened Twitter employees, including co-founder Jack Dorsey specifically, with death over the social network’s practice of blocking accounts associated with the group.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Corsair Carbide 100R @ eTeknix

Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 240M @ PCPer

CRYORIG H5 CPU Cooler @ NikKTech

ETC.: CM Storm NovaTouch TKL @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD @ Vortez

The World's Richest Tech Billionaires

Somehow all of us keep getting left off this list every damn year. That Bill guy keeps stealing my spot. big grin

Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he's held for 16 out of the last 21 years. He recaptured the top spot in March 2014 after a four-year run by Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu as No. 1. Early on, the stellar performance of Microsoft, which he cofounded in 1975, boosted his net worth but he's been steadily selling his shares in the software company for at least 15 years.

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10 Technologies Our Cars Should Have By Now

Jalopnik's list of the "10 Technologies Our Cars Should Have By Now has everything from self-tinting windows to projected driving lines. What tech do you think should be in cars already?

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Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI Review

Modders Inc. has published a review of the Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI kit. If you are contemplating an upgrade to a tri-SLI set up, you might want to check out this review.

There comes a time when you have to do something outrageous in order to advance yourself. The companies that are always in the forefront are continuously on this edge, pushing and striving for better products. As a consumer we might ask: Why in the world would they make this and who will buy it?

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Facebook Is The Leading Cause Of....

The bad news is that Facebook makes you depressed. The good news is that Facebook offers counseling....that is if you live long enough to use the service. eek!

The researchers surveyed 736 college students and found that, basically, if you quietly stalk your friends on Facebook and then realize that your life doesn’t measure up to theirs, you feel bad about yourself.

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FCC Chief Scheduled For Marathon Week Of Testimony On Internet Rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is going to have his hands full this month.

Wheeler has agreed to cap off a marathon week of hearings next month with testimony in front of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology on March 19. The hearing, announced by panel Chairman Greg Walden, will be his third of the week. He will also testify at the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Oversight Committee.

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Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

We just wanted to let all you aspiring game developers out there know that Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Here's the official announcement from Tim Sweeney:

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Sonic CEO: I Welcome Being Regulated As A Common Carrier

Apparently not all ISPs are worried about being regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. Sonic CEO Dane Jasper says he is actually "supportive of being regulated as a common carrier."

It is important to draw the distinction between regulation of the Internet, and regulation of carriers. The FCC’s order will disallow carriers from discriminating against sources of traffic that their customers choose to access via the Internet. This is common carriage at its core, and as a carrier, I am supportive of being regulated as a common carrier by the FCC.

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Yahoo Turns 20

Yahoo co-founder David Filo made a blog post today announcing that Yahoo has turned 20 years old.

In 1995, Jerry and I started Yahoo to help people more easily navigate the web. We wanted to build a guide. When we came up with the idea, it wasn’t designed to be a business, it was simply something we found useful. When we realized other people found it useful, we were motivated to work on it even more. Twenty years later, the core of Yahoo is still the same. We are driven by the same purpose - to be your guide around the web. You may not know how much you motivate us every day by using our products and sharing your ideas, but you do. Thank you.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Hardline Premium Announced @ Blue's News

Trailer For Amplitude's Multiplayer Mode @ Shacknews

World of Warcraft's New Super-Rare Mount @ Kotaku

Xbox One Bundle Gets £100 UK Price Cut @ VG24/7

Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

We have just posted our Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review. If you want to know how this all-in-one cooler handles today's hardware, this review is for you.

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We today have our final installment of "re-reviewing" the older Corsair Hydro Series AIO coolers on our modern testing platform. Two years ago the Corsair H110 proved itself to be a good value when it comes to sealed liquid All-In-One CPU coolers, but how does it perform a couple of years later? What does the H110 get you with today's hardware.

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Google+ Officially Splits Into Photos And Streams

It would seem that Google+ has a new boss and has been officially split into Photos and Streams.

That's not to say that Google+ is dead yet—at least not officially. But it does suggest that Google is moving away from the pure Plus branding, which suggests an overhaul may be not too far off. Indeed, last week, speaking to Forbes, Google's senior vice president of products Sundar Pichai, said that "I think increasingly you'll see us focus on communications, photos and the Google+ Stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area." Clearly, this news separates out Photos and Stream, with the communications element—presumably Hangouts—already a separate entity.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Raijintek Themis Evo @ pcGameware

ETC.: TR Podcast # 171 @ Tech Report

Input: CM Novatouch TKL Gaming Keyboard @ MadShrimps

Rapoo E6700 HTPC Keyboard OCinside.de

Mobile: Dell Venue 8 7000 @ TechSpot

HP Omen 15 Gaming Notebook @ HotHardware

Motherboards: MSI X99S MPower @ Tweak.dk

Lava Lamp That Uses Ferrofluid

This is a pretty damn neat idea and the goal for this Kickstarter is only $7,000 (no backers yet).

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MSI Z97 MPower AC Review

There is a review of the MSI Z97 MPower AC posted today at ocaholic. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Z97 MPower AC is MSI's flagship offer when it comes to Z97 Express based motherboards. This board not only comes with a massive 20 phase digital power design but also lots of additional overclocking and gaming related features. Other than that MSI provided this board with their unique and good looking color scheme, where basically almost anything is black apart from a few yellow spots.

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Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?

I don't know about you but I am pretty excited about this news. I've always been a fan of the franchise. cool

This has been the subject of speculation since Bethesda recently announced its first-ever E3 conference. As noted on PSU, shinobi602 is known to be the source of accurate insider information in the past, so while this is completely unconfirmed., it is being taken pretty seriously. When asked to rate how likely this is to happen on a scale of one to 10, he replied "11."

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