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Tuesday May 31, 2016

Apple Store Worker Says Customers Are Awful

Low pay, long hours and routine death threats? It's just another day working at an Apple store. I've heard from various former employees how bad it is to work at an Apple store but this seems a bit extreme. Death threats over iProducts? Damn.

Q: So you’re being paid £7 an hour, and a customer comes in looking for, say, a cable, and you’ve upsold them into a sale over £100,000. And there was no bonus or recognition for this whatsoever?

A: We got recognition — it’s a story that’s told throughout quite a few retail stores. [The salesperson] got a handshake for it [laughs].

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Intel Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition Broadwell-E CPU

The crew at Overclockers Club have published a review of Intel's brand new Core I7 6950X Extreme Edition Broadwell-E processor. It looks as though, with the exception of pricing, they really liked this new CPU. Hit the link for the complete run down. Here's a quote from the full review to get you started.

While you have a bit of financial pain moving to the latest and greatest Extreme Edition processors, you are guaranteed a specific performance window for doing so. In my testing, I found there were very few scenarios where the Core i7 6950X did not exceed the performance of the previous generation Haswell-E Core i7 5960X. In just about every test, the additional core count and Turbo Boost speeds helped out performance. From rendering tasks to gaming, the Core i7 6950X does a great job leveraging the core count of the processor.

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Intel Announcens New Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition Processors

Designed for the extreme performance needs of enthusiasts, the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition delivers with up to 10 cores and 20 threads, 40 PCIe* lanes, and a new Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 to tame the most demanding workloads. When game and content creators need incredible performance, they turn to Extreme Edition. Gamers today do more than just gameplay; they’re playing in 4K, they live-stream, record, edit and upload their highlights online, and communicate in real time with their eSports team or competitors. We call this mega-tasking, when simultaneous, compute-intensive, multithreaded workloads are needed. The Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition has up to 35 percent better 3D rendering performance for vivid 4K gameplay while accomplishing other compute-intensive tasks in the background. A new era in virtual reality has also begun and achieving the premium VR experiences delivered by the leading head- mounted displays on the market requires powerful PCs for both consuming and creating VR content.

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Content creators also mega-task: They are editing, creating visual effects and composing music simultaneously. Creators also want to see the end result as they’re in the process of creating it, so with the ability to support multiple 4K displays along with the threads and performance to handle all of the simultaneous applications, Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition helps people spend more of their time creating and less time waiting. Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition opens up new levels of performance and capability enthusiasts never thought possible. Forty PCIe lanes connected directly into the CPU allow for system expansion with fast SSDs, up to four discrete GFX cards and ultra-fast Thunderbolt™ 3.0 technology. Massive Intel® Smart Cache of up to 25MB and quad-channel memory improves responsiveness and decreases startup time when working with large files and applications. The new Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 steers applications to the highest-performing core, improving single-threaded performance by up to 15 percent. The Intel® Core™ i7-69xx/68xx processor family is also unlocked, an important feature for enthusiasts who want the extra headroom and tools to push their system to the limit.

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CRYORIG And NZXT Create World's First Software Controlled RGB Heatsink

PC cooling and peripherals innovator CRYORIG announces their collaboration project with NZXT to deliver the world’s first software controlled RGB LED lighted heatsink, the H7 Quad Lumi. Based on CRYORIG’s award winning H7, the H7 Quad Lumi features an additional 6 mm high-end copper heatpipe, game changing Lumi lighting system as well as a new QF120 Balanced LED fan. Co-developed with NZXT, CRYORIG has managed to add a built-in RGB LED controller directly into the H7 Quad Lumi. Running on NZXT’s CAM, the H7 Quad Lumi is capable of adjusting dual channel LED lighting on the logo and base of the heatsink through CAM software and mobile phone app.

Working extensively with NZXT, CRYORIG has managed to develop something truly unique with the H7 Quad Lumi and Lumi lighting system. The Lumi lighting system is built upon NZXT’s Hue+ controller board, with nine different special lighting effects available at launch and more to come with future firmware updates. The Lumi system is capable of dual channel LED configurations, meaning the top and base LED’s can be set to different colors and even separate special effects. Feel free to mix and match almost limitless combinations for your heatsink! Powered and controlled through NZXT CAM software, not only LED control but CPU temp monitoring, fan RPM control and profile settings are all available on CAM. Making the H7 Quad Lumi the first CAM Powered peripheral and a true innovated approach towards PC cooling solutions.

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Patriot Announces New Spark SSD

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of high performance computer memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, consumer flash storage solutions and mobile accessories, today announced its latest budget solid state drive (SSD), the Spark, aimed at offering consumers reliable performance at a price that won’t break the bank. The Spark SSD will be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB to fulfill the needs of serious PC gamers storing large capacity games, content creators and everyday computer users. Utilizing the Phison S11 controller and TLC NAND, for a more budget friendly price, the Spark delivers on performance. With impressive read and write speeds for such an affordable drive, the Spark will reach sequential speeds of up to 555MB/s read and 500MB/s write to meet the standards of consumers looking to optimize screen time.

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Monday May 30, 2016

ASUS ROG Announced the Latest and Greatest in Gaming Tech

ASUS Republic of Gamers today hosted the Join the Republic press event at Computex 2016, marking its first full decade of premium gaming innovation and market leadership — and unveiling a new line-up of elite gaming gear. Unveiled today for the first time was ROG Avalon, a proof-of-concept build that envisions the future of gaming PCs beyond the standard form-factors.

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Product reveals included Rampage V Edition 10, a celebratory refresh of ROG’s flagship gaming motherboard, and G31 and GX800 — respectively the world’s most-powerful compact gaming desktop and gaming laptop. Also shown for the first time were Swift PG248Q, a super-narrow-bezel gaming monitor with an overclockable 180Hz refresh rate, the Centurion gaming headset that delivers true 7.1-channel surround sound, and XG Station 2, an innovative external graphics dock. Strix was also introduced as the newest recruit to Join the Republic, with ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 revealed as the first gaming graphics card to carry the ROG Strix branding. Commenting on ROG’s decade at the top, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, said: "I’m incredibly proud of ROG’s achievements over its first 10 years, and today’s announcement demonstrates that our commitment to extreme performance and gaming superiority is undiminished. I guarantee that ROG’s second decade will be every bit as exhilarating. Today is a celebration of our success — and proof that ROG’s epic innovation and dominance continues at full strength."

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Homebrew DIY Physical Pong Game

Could you imagine having something like this in your game room next to the pool table and foos ball table? These guys seriously need to start making these things professionally.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Red DDR4

Real Hardware Reviews, the site that features real bullets in all its reviews, has posted a review of Crucial's Ballistix Sport LT Red DDR4 memory. From the sounds of it, this kit is quite the bargain (bullet not included).

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If all that was not enough, the fact that this 32 Gigabyte kit only costs $25 more than ‘extreme performance’ DDR4-3400 16GB kits really will seals the deal for many. When consumers go through the arithmetic (ease of use + ease of installation + custom good looks but not at custom prices) the end result is going to be rather tempting for a lot of consumers.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Blizzard Cracking Down On Overwatch Porn @ Shacknews

The Division Lone Star Gear Set Review @ VG24/7

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Patch @ Blue's News

This Uncharted 4 Bug Removes Drake @ GameSpot

Your Friends Are More Popular Than You Online

Do you ever get that feeling that everyone on Facebook and Twitter have more friends that you do? According to a new study, that's probably because everyone does have more friends than you. The good news is that not giving crap about stupid studies like this still makes you cooler than everyone else. cool

No, it's not just in your head — new research says that your friends probably are more popular than you. It's one in a series of findings supporting what sociologists call "the friendship paradox." Basically: on average, you are likely to have fewer friends than your friends do.

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CORSAIR Debuts "Build It Better" at Computex 2016

CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC hardware and high-performance gaming peripherals kicked off this year’s Computex today by offering press and industry partners an exclusive tour of its "Build it Better" showcase at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei. A host of new technologies and soon-to-be-released CORSAIR products will be shown, alongside some of the most amazing custom modded PCs on display anywhere. Whether Enthusiasts want to build their system faster, quieter or brighter, with CORSAIR they can always Build It Better.

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Silverstone Tundra TD02-E CPU Cooler Review

Head on over to Modders Inc. this afternoon and give their review of the Silverstone Tundra TD02-E CPU cooler a look. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Silverstone Technologies has made quite a career making cooling solutions for the PC DIY market. Their solutions are also quite often a unique alternative with out-of-the-box oriented ideas and far from having a "me too" design philosophy. With the all-in-one liquid cooling solution’s popularity, Silverstone also has thrown their hat in the ring with alternatives from the typical Asetek OEM solutions. An alternative that goes beyond just bundling a different high-RPM fan but having an end-user experience focused approach instead with a lineup that can find a home in ITX or ATX builds.

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[H]ardware Round-Up Memorial Day Edition

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ OCInside

Zalman Z9 NEO Mid-Tower Case @ techPowerUP!

Cooling: Noctua Industrial PPC Fans @ Modders Inc.

PSU: SilverStone Strider Titanium Series 800W @ NikKTech

Storage: ASUSTOR AS3202T NAS @ APH Networks

Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB @ Tech Report

Iran Orders Social Media Sites To Store Data Inside Country

Why in the world would any social media site comply with these demands? I'm not saying Iran is extreme but you know they probably keep their social media servers in a prison cell.

Iran has given foreign messaging apps a year to move data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside the country, prompting privacy and security concerns on social media. Iran has some of the strictest controls on internet access in the world and blocks access to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, although many users are able to access them through widely available software.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Preview

The review embargo has lifted and our preview of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is now live. If you want to know if all those performance claims are true, hit the link to find out. We think you might be pleasantly surprised.

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The second video card in the NVIDIA next generation Pascal GPU architecture is finally here, we will explore the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition video card. In this limited preview today we will look at performance in comparison to GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X as well as some preview overclocking.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Review Round-Up

Reviews of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition 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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Phanteks Glacier G1080 Water Block

Phanteks a leader in thermal cooling, is excited to launch their very first water block designed for the new Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition. The G1080 is made from premium materials and finest standards of craftsmanship from Phanteks. From military standard Viton O-ring to the RGB LED lighting, all of our exceptionally high-quality materials are carefully selected. The water block features a nickel-plated copper cold plate, acrylic top and sandblasted cover plates for an elegant look. The G1080 uses military class Viton O-ring compared to silicone O-rings used by other manufacturers, well known for its excellent heat resistance and its durability. The G1080 also features RGB LED lighting that can sync with Phanteks cases that supports RGB lighting or motherboards’ RGB software by using our Phanteks RGB adapter.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Sunday May 29, 2016

DTS:X Finally Ready To Take On Dolby Atmos

I feel like I’ve already got my hands full with five, six, or seven channels of audio and LFE, but now you’ve got the option of height channels and speakers that fire upward for a more enveloping experience.

The idea is to create a bubble of sound around by using dedicated height channels -- in essence, speakers aimed straight up at the ceiling, not horizontally toward the listener. Both DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks are available on standard Blu-ray discs, as well as the newer 4K versions. Rather than requiring cinemas and home users to install a set number of channels, object-based soundtracks are more akin to a globe as opposed to the "five points on a map" of a traditional 5.1 mix. Object-based soundtracks consist of a rendering in 3D space made of up to 128 channels, which are designed to adapt to whatever speakers are in a cinema in real time.

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Petition For Blizzard To Remove Guns From Overwatch Nears 14,000 Supporters

"I would like Tracer to be my daughter's role model and I am concerned that she will think playing with guns is fine."

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…we in the gaming community still have many concerns about the upcoming Overwatch game, including the use of guns to violently kill other players, sometimes even going as far as shooting each other in the head. We, the gaming community, would like to put a stop to this brutality. Please sign this petition if you agree. If we can cleanse Overwatch of all of it's problematic guns and sexuality, we will finally have a first person shooter that we can play with our entire family.

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Pirate Bay Founder Calls Mark Zuckerberg A Dictator

Is the owner of the "biggest nation" in the world a dictator? Maybe. In related news, Facebook will track you across the web—so much for just not having an account.

He denounced Facebook's policy requiring people to use their real name, as in some countries, this can get people persecuted and makes it hard to organize political movements. "Mark Zuckerberg is a rich white dude from a really privileged background," Sunde said, explaining why he thinks the Facebook boss doesn't understand cultural differences. "The reason for the real name policy is Mark Zuckerberg wants to make another dollar."

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Mirror’s Edge To Be Adapted As TV Series

Live action? Animation? I have no idea, but you can look forward to more of the franchise beyond the gaming box.

"We clearly see Mirror’s Edge as a franchise for the global TV audience," said Sharon Hall, President of Endemol Shine Studios. "It has a strong female protagonist, a wildly rabid fan base and a worldwide brand that Electronic Arts and EA DICE have done an amazing job establishing." Mirror’s Edge was well received when introduced in 2007. The game property is being rebooted with the upcoming Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, which will be released on June 7.

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Delta Helps TSA Fix Security Checkpoints

…it took over a million bucks for them to come up with the revolutionary idea of adding additional stations and automated conveyors?

Delta has been working on something it calls "innovation lines," a slightly modified version of the normal TSA checkpoints that already bog down every airport. After spending over a million dollars in an attempt to fix the system, it seems like they've arrived at a solution. Even if it's not the best possible option, it's got to be better than what we've got. Delta's innovation lines rely on a couple of tweaks. Instead of having passengers bin-up their stuff one at a time, the innovation lines have five designated stations so that the whole line isn't held up by one person who can't fish their keys out of their pocket.

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How The Internet Works: Submarine Fiber, Brains In Jars, And Coaxial Cables

If you saw the "Microsoft and Facebook are laying a cable across the Atlantic" stories this week and want to learn more about the relevance of such feats, this may be the article for you.

Have you ever thought about how that cat picture actually gets from a server in Oregon to your PC in London? We’re not simply talking about the wonders of TCP/IP or pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots, though those are vitally important as well. No, we’re talking about the big infrastructure: the huge submarine cables, the vast landing sites and data centres with their massively redundant power systems, and the elephantine, labyrinthine last-mile networks that actually hook billions of us to the Internet. And perhaps even more importantly, as our reliance on omnipresent connectivity continues to blossom, our connected device numbers swell, and our thirst for bandwidth knows no bounds, how do we keep the Internet running?

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Gillian Anderson Up For Being The Next James Bond

A female Bond may actually not be a bad idea, but that might just be the X-Files fan in me talking.

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Actor Daniel Craig has inhabited the character of James Bond for four films, but has hinted he might leave the role. That means speculation is running rampant about who could step into the superspy's shiny shoes. Names like Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston have floated around, but one of the wilder ideas is to cast Anderson of "X-Files" fame as the next superspy. Anderson is on Tumblr under the name Chewie's Girlfriend (a reference to Chewbacca from Star Wars). She recently answered a series of questions on the platform, one of which was "What's the best rumour you've ever heard about yourself?" Her answer: "That I might be the next Bond."

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Father, Son Caught By Surprise As Drone Shot Out Of Sky

Lawyer: "…if you see something you think is improper, the best approach is to call the police or the FAA, not to take your shotgun and take matters into your own hands."

A Rutherford County man flying a new drone with his 7-year-old son was caught by surprise when someone shot it down. Gary Sammons told News 2 he was flying the DJ I Phantom 4 Drone near his Rutherford County home last Saturday when the incident occurred. Sammons said his son was watching the drone’s path on an iPad and asked him who people on the ground were. As he moved the drone closer and hovered, that’s when someone at a neighbor’s home fired several shots.

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Tesla To Hold Gigafactory Grand Opening On July 29

One of the key elements to producing the Model 3 and other Tesla vehicles will be opening in about two months. The factory was reportedly only 14% complete at the beginning of this month.

Electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to hold a "grand opening" celebration for its massive battery factory under construction outside of Reno, Nev. on the night of July 29. The company disclosed that date in an email to customers who had won tickets to the event by referring more than five other customers in Tesla’s car referral program. The email was posted to Reddit and Tesla confirmed with Fortune that a customer-focused launch event will occur that night.

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Asus Announcing 24-inch Windows 10 Gaming Laptop At Computex 2016?

24 inches? Are you sure that’s big enough? I can’t even imagine how much this thing weighs, but it could be the most powerful laptop ever.

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ASUS's Republic of Gamer blog posted a couple of images from this monster laptop. While the 24-inch size was not mentioned in the post itself, one of the tags at the bottom of the blog does state 24" laptop. The blog has also posted up some 3DMark 11 benchmark results for the laptop, showing that it outperforms a PC using an NVIDIA GTX Titan X. Could this notebook have a NVIDIA GTX 1070 or 1080 card inside?

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10 Legendary Computers Photographed

I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the name of a single one of these if it weren’t for the captions, but these old-school computers are pretty interesting to look at.

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…Ball began to research, locating the computers that changed the course of technology, and found that most of them were sitting in museums. In his formal request to photograph them, Ball made it clear he would be photographing the machines in a way in which they'd never been seen. "I think [that] piqued [the museums'] interest and helped start a basis for the project," he said. Working with the production studio INK, Ball created 10 gorgeous photos and pulled historic information on each of the computers.

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Google Steps Up Pressure On Partners Tardy In Updating Android

Google is supposedly "getting serious" about tackling fragmentation with Android, which is definitely one of the OS’s biggest problems. The company is taking steps to shame vendors that lag behind, but there’s also those pesky carriers to worry about.

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Google is using more forceful tactics. It has drawn up lists that rank top phone makers by how up-to-date their handsets are, based on security patches and operating system versions, according to people familiar with the matter. Google shared this list with Android partners earlier this year. It has discussed making it public to highlight proactive manufacturers and shame tardy vendors through omission from the list, two of the people said. The people didn’t want to be identified to maintain their relationships with Google.

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