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Tuesday November 24, 2015

Radeon R9 Nano Small Form Factor Competition Review

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys take a moment to check out our Radeon R9 Nano Small Form Factor Competition Review. If you are considering the Radeon R9 Nano for your next SFF build, this article definitely is a must read.

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Our second installment covering our AMD Radeon R9 Nano in a Small Form Factor chassis is finally done. We will upgrade the case to a Corsair Obsidian Series 250D Mini ITX PC Case and compare the R9 Nano to price competitive video cards that can be installed. We game at 1440p and 4K for the ultimate small form factor experience.


Li-Fi Is 100x Faster Than Wi-Fi?

Wow, it's been a few years since we've heard anything about Li-Fi. I didn't realize they were still working on this.

Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, is finally moving from research labs to the real world after an Estonian startup implemented the technology within a commercial context. Velmenni, a recent finalist at the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki, revealed that it has begun trialling the technology within offices and industrial environments in Tallinn.


Microsoft's Female Workforce Shrank 2% Last Year

Men are to blame for this. I don't know how or why, but men are to blame.

The decline was due to layoffs from the restructuring of the phone businesses Microsoft acquired from Nokia last year, Gwen Houston, Microsoft's general manager of global diversity and inclusion, wrote in the report. As part of the restructuring, the company eliminated many manufacturing jobs at factories outside the US. Those jobs were held by a high percentage of women, she said.


Mysterious Cargo Operation In Ohio Might Belong To Amazon

As long as my packages get here in two days, I wouldn't care if Amazon was operating a base out of Guantanamo. big grin

In 2008, DHL abandoned its domestic shipping operations in the United States, putting thousands of employees out of work and leaving behind a very nice air cargo facility at a decommissioned air base in Ohio. A company started using the base recently, shipping unspecified "consumer goods," but no one will identify who it is. One likely suspect is Amazon.


AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux

The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix put AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the test and came away disappointed.

While leaked slides indicate AMD was planning better gaming on Linux for Crimson, in the end they really didn't deliver. Even for their mentioned games, when testing various Linux OpenGL games on three different systems the performance was largely unchanged.


EPIC Star Wars Battlefront Duel

You don't need to have ever played a video game in your life to know what happened in this video. I'm not sure why I laughed so hard...but I did. big grin


Three Judges Hold The Fate Of The Internet In Their Hands

You guys might want to read up on the three judges that hold the fate of the internet in their hands. It's kind of scary when you think about it.

Three judges from the D.C. Circuit have been named to hear the oral argument on Dec. 4. Much like the Supreme Court, the very makeup of this panel could subtly shape the course of events. What do we know about the judges? Are they familiar with the issues? How might they vote? Below, get briefly acquainted with each one ahead of the big day.


Amazon Force-Resets Some Account Passwords After Password Leak

Now might be a good time to check to see if your Amazon account password has been reset. Mine wasn't but, just to be cautious, I reset mine anyway.

In the email, Amazon said it "recently discovered that your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party." It adds: "We have corrected the issue to prevent this exposure." The email said it has "no reason" to believe passwords were improperly disclosed to a third party but issued a temporary password out of an "abundance of caution."


Gaming [H]eadlines

40-Player Star Wars Battlefront Mode Announced @ GameSpot

Destiny Refer-a-Friend Details @ VG24/7

Firefall Developer Layoffs @ Blue's News

Xbox Games With Gold December Line-Up @ Shacknews

Doctors Don't Care About Your Fitness-Tracker Data

According to a recent study, doctors do not care about your stupid fitness-tracker data...and they probably don't like you either. wink

Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: CRYORIG C7 @ techPowerUP!

ETC.: Holiday Gift Guide 2015 @ HotHardware

Gaming: Star Wars Battlefront: Benchmarks @ TechSpot

Storage: HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe @ HardwareAsylum

Video: Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming @ ocaholic

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Extreme Gaming WaterForce @ Guru3D

Circuit Board Temporary Tattoos

What do you get for that "hard to shop for" wanna-be cyborg in your life? A temporary circuit board tattoo might do the trick.


Blue Origin: Amazon Successfully Launches, Returns Rocket

With the Space X team getting a bit of bad the press lately over failed landing attempts, it has to chap Elon Musk's ass that Bezos beat him to the punch like this.

Launching from Texas on Monday, Bezos' New Shepard crew capsule and propulsion module blasted into space with no passengers on board. After reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet, the vessel returned to Earth, landing upright just four and a half feet from its launch pad, according to Blue Origin.


SilverStone ML08 Mini-ITX Slim Case

If you are building a LAN rig, I would definitely check out this review of the SilverStone ML08 Mini-ITX Slim case at Benchmark Reviews.

SilverStone sent over their latest iteration of the mini-ITX "Z" chassis. Based off of the Raven RVZ02, today we have a chance to look at the Milo version: the ML08B-H. Following the same internal layout the Milo ML08 squeezes the same component clearances into an even slimmer chassis with some new tricks. New tool-less drive trays, a more accessible interior and two completely thermally isolated compartments identify this HTPC-oriented "Z2" case.


Uber Creates Safety Advisory Board

As far as public perception goes, I think creating a safety advisory board is a smart move for Uber. Whether or not it will make an actual difference remains to be seen.

The six-member board is made up of outsiders such as former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis; former deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation John Barton; and National Network to End Domestic Violence executive vice president Cindy Southworth. They will advise Uber’s internal safety and security teams.


Apple's iPad Pro Is A Big Fat Enterprise Failure

Ouch, that's not a very nice thing to say. wink

While I enjoy using the device, and it's an impressive piece of technology, I have come to the conclusion that like all other iPads that have come before it, the unit is totally inappropriate and undesirable for enterprise use.


Judge Rules Cox Not Absolved From User Piracy

It looks as though Cox might have suffered a bit of a setback in its case against Rightscorp. frown This is what Cox had to say to the judge about the ruling:

"Rightscorp and Plaintiffs tried to abuse Cox’s system," Cox told the judge. "Rightscorp sells shady services to copyright holders. It shakes down ISP customers for money without regard to actual liability, and it tries to enlist ISPs in its scheme. Cox explained it would not accept Rightscorp’s wrongful notices and asked Rightscorp to fix its notices. Rightscorp refused, instead dumping thousands of notices per day on Cox. As a result, Cox blocked Rightscorp’s notices. This suit is Rightscorp’s retribution, with Plaintiffs’ complicity, for Cox’s refusal to participate in Rightscorp’s scheme."


Just Cause 3 Dev Diary: Engine

Avalanche Studios put out a new Just Cause 3 dev diary that covers the actual game engine. As always, if you are looking forward to the game, this is interesting stuff.


AMD Launches New Graphics Software, Radeon Software Crimson Edition

AMD today released its completely reimagined graphics software suite, Radeon Software Crimson Edition, giving users an exceptional new user experience, 12 new or enhanced features, up to 20 percent more graphics performance1, adjustability that can nearly double generational energy efficiency2, and rock-solid stability across the full spectrum of AMD graphics products. The release is the first from the Radeon Technologies Group, which recently announced a renewed focus on software placing it on par with hardware initiatives.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition includes:

  • Radeon Settings – A new, streamlined user interface: Engineered to get the best performance on AMD graphics hardware, the user-friendly and feature-rich Radeon Settings is lightning fast, starting up 10 times faster3 and initializing displays 3 times faster4 than the AMD Catalyst™ driver. It also offers a more intuitive navigation, a new game manager, new overdrive, and new video, display and AMD Eyefinity technology sections letting users easily apply game settings, adjust performance settings, and apply various features and configurations to their computing experience.

  • 12 new or enhanced features: A wide range of new and augmented capabilities help ensure that users enjoy the best experience possible across gaming, video and productivity applications.

  • Supercharged performance and energy efficiency: Radeon Software Crimson Edition enables up to 33 percent faster game load times5, up to 20 percent more game performance1, and up to 1.8 times more energy efficiency capability2 than its predecessor which can increasing system performance-per-watt by as much as 23 percent.6

  • First public support of AMD LiquidVR™ technology: GCN’s Asynchronous Compute Engine helps to dramatically improve frames per second (FPS), responsiveness and latency in Virtual Reality applications for an exceptionally smooth gaming experience on all GCN-based hardware.

  • Seamless stability: With twice the number of test cases across 15 percent more system configurations than AMD Catalyst™ Omega, and the implementation of a huge number of community-driven requests, Radeon Software Crimson Edition delivers exceptional stability across a range of experiences.

Download HERE.


Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Games for Good at Intel Extreme Masters

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich played a charity League of Legends match against Texas technology billionaire Mark Cuban at the Intel Extreme Masters eSports tournament in San Jose, California on Nov. 21, 2015. The match between Krzanich and Cuban raised $38K for The Cybersmile Foundation. Watch the highlight video from the match to see some of the exciting action.

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Monday November 23, 2015

Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

If you are looking for a new mid-tower ATX case that is easy on the eyes, ears and wallet, make sure you read our evaluation of the Thermaltake Suppressor F31.

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Thermaltake is upping its computer case game with the new Suppressor F31 chassis. It is nice and wide at 250mm and has plenty of features. "Leading-edge sound reduction panels on all sides, expand your cooling options with removable panels for the perfect balance in silent operation and cooling performance."


Fallout 4 Console Commands Can Break Your Saves?

Bethesda's VP of marketing, responding to questions on Twitter, says that console commands are not supported on the PC version of the game and that the company has already seen save files that have been corrupted up by use of console commands.

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Dell Acknowledges Security Hole In New Laptops

What? You didn't order a security hole with your new laptop? That's okay, Dell gave you one anyway. wink

A pre-installed program on some newly purchased Dell laptops that can only be removed manually by consumers makes them vulnerable to cyber intrusions that may allow hackers to read encrypted messages and redirect browser traffic to spoofs of real websites such as Google or those belonging to a bank, among other attacks.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li PC-O8 @ Vortez

Cooling: CRYORIG C7 Compact Cooler @ FunkyKit

Water Cooling 101: Part II @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Steelseries Siberia 200 Headset @ HwC

Mobile: Best Laptops of 2015 @ TechSpot

Mobo: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact @ Tweak.dk

Storage: QNAP TS-563 NAS @ Modders Inc.

What Should Yahoo Get Rid Of?

What was the first thing that popped into your head when you read that headline? CEO? That's what I thought too.

The Sunnyvale, California-based Web giant lists roughly 60 products and services in the US, but the portfolio is in such disarray that Yahoo itself can't keep track of it. Clicking on some services, like Contacts, yields a broken link. And there are links to other services, like Profiles and Directory, that have already been shut down.


LifeLock Used To Electronically Track Woman

At first I was like "who uses LifeLock for anything?" Then I read this. eek!

Imagine you found out that your former spouse had opened a fake LifeLock credit monitoring account in your name, and then used it to follow your every financial move for two years? Then imagine that no one at LifeLock will take your query seriously, even after the police get involved.


Cool Video of the Day

This isn't really tech related but it is pretty damn neat to watch it in slow motion. cool


Facebook Blocks Man Named Phuc Dat Bich

Hang on a second! I thought Facebook was all about forcing people use their real names? Phuc Dat!

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Windows 10 Adoption Will Be Faster Than Windows 7

Hey, did you guys know that the professional guessers out there seem to believe the adoption rate of Windows Free will be faster than all those other version of Windows you had to pay for. ASTOUNDING! big grin

Half of all organisations will have commenced their Windows 10 rollout by January 2017, putting it on track to be the most widely installed version of Windows ever, according to Gartner. "For businesses, we expect that implementation will be significantly more rapid than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago."


SilverStone Tundra TD02-Lite

The review crew at NikKTech have the SilverStone Tundra TD02-Lite all-in-one cooler on the test bench today.

Nowadays it almost feels that wherever I look I see manufacturers doing their best to cover even the last person in the market with their products. Take AIO liquid CPU coolers for example. As I type these lines in the market there are numerous such models from a large number of manufacturers not only with different length (120/140/240/280/360mm) and thickness (25/27/30/32/38/43/45/49mm) radiators but also with different type of tubes (rubber/FEP) and various performance pumps (2400/2500/2600/2800/2900/3600/3800RPM).


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