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Razer Will Pay What Ouya Owes To Indie Devs

Apparently there is going to be a happy ending to this story.

Tan said that while he was aware of various marketing initiatives, including the Free the Games Fund, he didn't realize there was an outstanding debt. "We only acquired the team, the platform and the assets of Ouya," he said. "We didn't look at the debts because that's not how the deal was structured for us."


Get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta For Free!

Mojang has posted instructions on how to get your free copy of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Windows 10 – Microsoft’s shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a few weeks ago it features a brand-new Edition of Minecraft. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you’re one of the 20 million(ish) players who already own Minecraft for PC/Mac, you get the new version for free. Completely free!

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To download your copy, first log into your Mojang account (My password is significantly more complex than those dots so don’t bother trying, criminal person). Next, click the "Redeem" button on your account page, sign into your Microsoft account, and follow the instructions that follow. That’s it! You’ll be playing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta in a jiffy.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li DK-01X Desk Case @ Hardware.Info

Cooling: Raijintek Triton AIO Water Cooler @ OCInside

ETC.: Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 @ Vortez

Games.: Wolfenstein: The New Order @ RHR

Storage: OCZ Trion 100 240GB @ CowcotLand

Synology DS1515 5-Bay NAS @ XtremeHardware

Video: Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6GB @ techPowerUP!

Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX Case

If a full-tower case just isn't big enough for you, the crew at eTeknix have a review of the Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX that will certainly be of interest.

Enermax have created some truly stunning products over the years, from stunning CPU coolers, loads of amazing chassis’, great power supplies and much more! So I’m very happy to see one of their flagship chassis in the office today, the Thormax Giant, the E-ATX edition of their ever-popular Thormax. Of course, as the ‘Giant’ part of the name would suggest, this chassis isn’t small, and it’s not especially cheap either, clocking in at around Ł120 here in the UK.


Reeven Four Eyes Touch Fan Controller

If you need a new fan controller you might want to give this review of the Reeven Four Eyes Touch at Modders Inc. a quick look.

With the optical drive phased out in most modern PCs, the 5.25" external drive bay is feeling a bit of an "empty nest" syndrome. This space however, can be put to good use by adopting a fan controller that serves to provide thermal management much better than any built-in chassis fan controller could.


MSI Ships Gaming Notebooks With Windows 10

MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, proudly announces the availability of gaming notebooks with Windows 10, including the ultra-powerful GT72 Dominator with G-Sync technology and the performance focused GE72 Apache and GE62 Apache. Designed to deliver an amazing user experience, Windows 10 re-imagines a classic by incorporating an array of new features that enhances gaming performance, including more realistic visuals using DirectX 12. Windows 10 also enables PC and console gamers to battle in multiplayer games at the same time; stream games from a console to a PC; and easily record, edit and share videos with GameDVR.


Tegra X1 Delivers Stunning Performance On Ubuntu Linux

The crew at Phoronix has put NVIDIA's Tegra X1 to the test running Ubuntu Linux. I don't want to spoil the review but they used words like "exciting" and "stunning" when talking about performance.

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 64-bit ARM SoC running (non-Android) Linux is a beast! I was given access to a SHIELD Android TV that was configured to run Ubuntu Linux, which has led for some exciting benchmarks. In some workloads, the Tegra X1 comes up just shy of an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" system. The Tegra X1 has me very excited about the future of ARMv8 hardware on Linux and NVIDIA's continued Tegra advancements.


White House Responds To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Petition

It looks like the White House has shot down that petition asking for a full pardon for Edward Snowden.

If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and -- importantly -- accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers -- not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions.


Amazon Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Startups with Amazon Launchpad

Amazon today announced Amazon Launchpad, a new program that makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe. The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network, all geared toward helping startups successfully launch their innovations and share their stories. With Amazon Launchpad, startups can overcome many of the challenges associated with launching new products by using Amazon’s retail expertise and infrastructure to create awareness and drive sales.


Hackers Break Into Brinks Ultra Secure Safe

All it took for hackers to break into a Brinks "ultra secure" electronic safe 100 lines of code on a USB thumb drive. eek!

Yet this – opening a Brinks CompuSafe Galileo using its standard USB port, a keyboard and 100 lines of code – was most definitely possible for a pair of security researchers, Daniel Petro and Oscar Salazar, who work for the IT security consulting company Bishop Fox.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Fallout 4 "Basically Done" @ Blue's News

Free Games With Gold For August @ GameSpot

Mafia 3 Confirmed, Reveal Coming At Gamecom @ VG24/7

The Witcher 3 New Game + Mode Details @ Shacknews

OUYA Reportedly Backing Out Of Promised $1M Fund

Now that OUYA has been bought by Razer, indie developers are claiming that the company is refusing to pay out money that is owed to them, citing a clause in the contract on restructuring. frown

"Claiming OUYA no longer exists as a company to get out of funding commitments, while continuing to use the name in the announcements today as if they still are a company that exists, just stinks," one developer told Polygon. "I think Razer will have trouble ahead if this is the level of respect they continue to show indie devs."


Reddit's Head Of Community Leaves Company

What's that expression about rats and a sinking ship? That might apply in this situation. eek!

Moreno said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday that she plans to spend more time with her family in Salt Lake City and that her decision to go was a "difficult" one, with Reddit in the midst of major changes to how it handles content on the site.


German Regulator Orders Facebook To Allow Pseudonyms

The Hamburg data protection authority in Germany has ruled that Facebook can no longer block people from using fake names, nor could it ask them for ID either.

Facebook may not prevent its users from using fake names, a German privacy watchdog said on Tuesday, in the latest privacy setback for the U.S. company in Europe. The Hamburg data protection authority, which is responsible for policing Facebook in Germany, said the social network firm could not unilaterally change users' chosen usernames to their real names, nor could it ask them for official ID.


[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU @ Guru3D

Memory: KLEVV NEO 16GB 2133 @ Technic3D

PSU: SilverStone Strider Gold S Series ST65F-G @ XtremeHardware

Storage: Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2.5 HDD V3 2TB @ NikKTech

Video: HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB @ MadShrimps

Attorney General Orders Non-Delivering Kickstarter Campaign To Pay Up

While the backers of this campaign probably won't see a dime of this money, at least the Washington state attorney general took action against this deadbeat Kickstarter.

Justice moves slowly, but that case has finally been settled, with the company that failed to send Asylum horror-themed playing cards, being ordered to pay a total of $54,851 in restitution, civil penalties, and the attorney general’s costs and fees.


SilverStone TD02-E Liquid CPU Cooler

ThinkComputers has posted a review of the SilverStone TD02-E liquid CPU cooler today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Today we’ll be taking a look at the Silverstone TD02-E. While Silverstone is far from being a one-off boutique brand, their products in general carry a certain feeling of quality and pride in the design. Follow along as we find out if the TD02-E has the genes of its counterparts or if it’s simply a generic design with a logo slapped on as an after thought.


Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight

It looks as though Spain is making positive strides in its fight against piracy.

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely.


Thermaltake Poseidon Z Plus Smart Keyboard

If you are tired of your old "dumb" keyboard, you might want to check out this review of the Thermaltake Poseidon Z Plus at Benchmark Reviews.

Thermaltake’s "Tt eSPORTS" division has a new idea for a feature: a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled smart keyboard that, in conjunction with an iOS or Android applet on your phone or tablet, tracks and compiles statistics on how you use your keyboard (and your enabled mouse, if you have one) for posting to social media.


Former DHS Head Makes Case Against Back Doors

The quote of the day is brought to you by the former head of the Department of Homeland Security.

I think that it’s a mistake to require companies that are making hardware and software to build a duplicate key or a back door even if you hedge it with the notion that there’s going to be a court order. And I say that for a number of reasons and I’ve given it quite a bit of thought and I’m working with some companies in this area too.


Firewalls Can't Protect Today's Connected Cars

Focusing on stopping an attack after hackers are already in your system? That seems a bit risky. I just wonder why mission critical stuff like brakes, acceleration, steering etc. aren't on an isolated non-connected system in the first place.

The automobile industry needs to follow Sun Tzu's advice to secure increasingly connected vehicles from hackers, according to experts. Instead of building firewalls to keep cyber attacks out, which industry watchers say is ultimately a futile endeavor, build systems that recognize what a security breach looks like in order to stop it before any real damage is done.


Scientists Use Oil To Turn Cells Into Working Lasers

Researchers at Harvard Medical School has developed ways to turn human cells into functioning lasers by injecting oil into them.

Individual cells have been turned into tiny lasers. "It’s actually super-easy," says Matjaž Humar of Harvard Medical School. The feat allows cells to be labelled and monitored more accurately, which could boost our ability to track the spread of diseases such as cancer.


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Google-Backed Company Partners With Ancestry To Beat Aging

This plan to come up with a pill that will help us all live longer seems a bit far fetched. Then again, the company in question is backed by Google so who knows? wink

On Tuesday, Calico, the medical research company Google incubated in 2013, announced it had cut a deal for access to genetic information from Ancestry, the largest family tree website. It’s among the first public moves from Calico, the secretive division born to (gasp!) extend human life. With its new DNA data — properly anonymized — Calico will look for genetic patterns in people who have lived exceptionally long lives, then make drugs to help more of us do that.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Thermaltake Core V21 @ NikKTech

Cooling: be quiet! Shadow Rock LP @ Technic3D

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ HotHardware

Mobile: MSI GT72 Dominator Pro G @ PC Perspective

Video: PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB @ Bjorn3D

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! @ ThinkComputers

ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition @ CowcotLand

eBay Shutting Down Its On-Demand Delivery Service

Something tells me that no one is really going to notice when eBay's on-demand delivery service is actually gone. Do you know anyone that has ever used the service?

It was only a matter of time before eBay Now would be put out to pasture once and for all. But that's official as of today, eBay revealed in a statement about how it plans to simplify shopping for users. The company introduced its same-day, on-demand delivery service in 2012, but struggled to capture valuable attention from consumers.


BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series

Another review of the BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series micro-ATX chassis has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at eTeknix doing the reviewing.

Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.


OUYA CEO Leaves The Company

It looks as though OUYA's CEO was the first casualty of the Razer buyout.

Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, has announced that she'll be leaving the Android gaming company that she co-founded. The executive took to Twitter to make the statement, spending the better part of an hour thanking employees, developers and backers.


Steam Security Hole Closed

For those of you that missed this earlier, Valve has closed that Steam security hole that was allowing anyone to hijack another person's account in minutes.

As this video demonstrates, this involved simply entering a blank in place of a required security response code, making it a trivial matter to hijack any account only by knowing a user's name. Valve says this resulted from a bug which was active between July 21-25 which has now been fixed.


Microsoft Releases Tool To Block Unwanted Windows 10 Updates

It looks as though Microsoft is backtracking a bit on forcing updates on Windows 10 users.

Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand. The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.


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