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Sunday May 24, 2015

Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues BBC Over Film

We posted a while back about the Grand Theft Auto movie starring Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe. The original news item has drawn the attention of Rockstar Games and the gaming company wasn’t too thrilled about the movie. Rockstar has made the decision to sue the BBC for trademark infringement.

A Rockstar spokesperson said: "Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.

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Saturday May 23, 2015

US Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Reform Bill

Unless the US Senate can get its act together on the 31st and work at the speed of light, (something the Senate is not well known for), the NSA Surveillance Reform Bill will be dead in the water.

The House of Representatives voted 338-88 last week to approve the USA Freedom Act. The legislation would leave telephone records in the hands of carriers, while allowing the NSA to continue to collect telephone and business records in a more targeted manner.

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Kitchen Table Uses No Electricity to Regulate Room Temperature

No, it’s not the infamous 10K desk, but it is a functional heating and cooling apparatus in the form of a desk. It’s called a Zero Energy Furniture table and its capable of reducing heating requirements by 60% and cooling by 30% without the use of electricity. I guess that makes this table a hot item while still being cool. big grin Thanks to Forum member Germanium for the linkage.

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Want JRPGs on Xbox One? Just Keep on Asking

If you are a fan of Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPG’s) and would like to see them make a transition to Xbox One, all you have to do is keep on asking. According to a statement by Microsoft Xbox One boss Phil Spencer, it seems like a good bet that JRPG’s will eventually make a debut on Xbox One.

"It's a good and fair question. Keep asking until we show you something you like," Spencer replied. "I can't share specific plans now, sorry."

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Details of Free Windows 10 Update Become a Little Clearer

Confused about what Microsoft is going about the distribution of the ‘free’ editions of Windows 10? You are not alone in the confusion. Check out this article to add a little clarity to the upcoming distribution of Microsoft’s new operating system. cool

Windows XP and Windows Vista users will have to buy a full copy of Windows 10. System builders likewise; build a new machine and you'll need to buy a license. Windows 10 isn't free; only some upgrades to Windows 10 are free.

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A Third of a Billion People Will Use Streaming Video by 2019

If you think the Internet is crowded now, just wait until 2019. A new Juniper Research report predicts that video streaming, one of the highest user of bandwidth on the Internet, is set to explode over 350% within the next four years.

The report expects a massive 332.2 million global streaming video subscribers by 2019, up from 92.1 million in 2014.

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The New Wave: 20 Indie Games to Watch

Indie games; the last great bastion of individual entrepreneurship in the gaming business is still alive and well and working in garages, attics and in their mother’s basements all around the globe. big grin The guys over at Ars recognize the work of the Indie game publishers and are highlighting their efforts with 20 Indie games to watch.

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TWC May Have Found a Buyer in French Telecom Altice

Time Warner Cable has been generating a lot of interest lately, ever since the merger with Comcast fell apart. The latest in a long line of potential buyers is French Telecom giant, Altice. The company is presently in serious talks with Time Warner and is seeking financing to make a serious bid for the cable company.

The French group has "held talks" with the service provider about a potential buyout, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters confirm.

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200-Trillion Watt Laser Produces Plasma Hotter Than the Sun

That’s all well and good, but can it reheat your coffee? big grin Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have built the Trident Laser, a 200-Trillion Watt Laser that attains temperatures hotter than the core of our Sun. These guys have way too much time on their hands. big grin

During this time some electrons from the foil are accelerated to virtually the speed of light, and some ions are accelerated to energies of tens of millions of volts.

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Screenshots from Scrapped Version of Doom 4

After almost a 10 year wait, it looks like Doom 4 is ready to be rolled out to the gaming public on June 14th. In that 10 year period, Id Software has shelved many versions of its next incarnation of Doom and we can now show you screenshots of one of the cancelled versions you will never get to play.

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KFC Launches a Meal Tray That Is Also a Bluetooth Keyboard

Kentucky Fried Chicken is really good, but it is also very greasy, one of the good/bad things about fried chicken. Customers of German KFC’s no longer have to worry about getting their greasy fingers all over their smartphones or portable devices. KFC provides a tray insert that is actually a Bluetooth keyboard, keeping your expensive smartphone grease-free and as an added bonus, the Bluetooth keyboard gets to go home with you. cool

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The US Is Testing a Storm Surge Warning System for Hurricanes

For all of you that live on the East and Gulf coasts, the National Weather Service is about to test a new system that will warn coast dwellers of an impending hurricane storm surge. If all tests are successful, the new warning system will be in place for the 2017 hurricane season.

The prototype watch and warning map will be available on the National Hurricane Center’s website, where it will be accessible to the public, media, and local weather forecasters.

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China to Spend $182 Billion to Boost Internet by End of 2017

You have to hand it to the Chinese, the government of China will be investing $182 Billion dollars over the next three years to build new Internet infrastructure; a bold move even by the Chinese philosophy of build it bigger and better standard.

The State Council said the government will invest more than 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) this year on network construction, with at least another 700 billion yuan ($112.8 billion) spent over the following two years.

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Pirate Bay Loses New Domain Name, Hydra Lives On

No matter what your feelings are about The Pirate Bay, you have to admit the torrent site is resilient if nothing else. Recently, The Pirate Bay lost its domain names to Sweden in a District Court decision and earlier this week, regrouped and re-emerged with six new domain names under the Hydra Bay banner. The victory was short lived although, when The Pirate/Hydra Bay lost one of its new domains, .gs, almost immediately.

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New God of War III Remastered Trailer in 1080p/60fps

You are about to receive another bite of the God of War 3 apple on July 15th in the US and this time around it will be an apple full of 1080p and 60 fps goodness. There is also a hint of an upcoming announcement for a brand new God of War title at E3 on June 16th. cool

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Adblock Plus Launches an Android Browser

What used to be an App has now evolved into its own browser. Adblock Plus has merged itself with Firefox 37 for Android to block ads on mobile platforms.

Adblock Browser for Android looks and feels about the same as Firefox’s mobile browser, but it doesn’t support other add-ons or Firefox’s Sync feature. ABP claims that users will enjoy increased battery life, save on data usage and avoid malware injected into ads.

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Nerdy Nostalgia: 8 Classic Games That Need Sequels

Retro anything is hot right now and that trend is spilling over into gaming. The MakeUseOf crew has listed eight of their favorite classic games that should have, but never received a much needed sequel.

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Friday May 22, 2015

[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 Grand Theft Auto V Shadow Features Performance - Part 4 article, followed by our write up on AMD's HBM High Bandwidth Memory Technology. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Antec P70 mid-tower chassis.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #350 @ PCPer

Input: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex @ pcGameware

Motherboards: ECS Z97I-Drone LEET Gaming @ eTeknix

Power Supply: Corsair CS850M @ Guru3D

Video: EVGA GTX 980 HYBRID @ HwC

App Turns Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

There's an amazing, magical $1 app out there now that turns your $600 Apple Watch into a $20 Casio calculator watch. smile

Alas, it costs a $1. On the upside, there are myriad goodies to unlock if you poke it in the right way. Remember trying to spell words upside down to pass the time in class as a kid? That’s a good place to start.

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ONR Tests New Glasses For Augmented Reality System

Marines were able to turn a lush golf course into a hostile battleground complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke at a demonstration on May 21 using an augmented reality training system from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). At Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) moved one step closer to its ultimate goal of giving warfighters glasses that can be worn to enhance augmented reality training scenarios.

The term "augmented reality" refers to a live environment onto which virtual images are superimposed. Think of watching a football game on television and seeing the yellow first-down line added to the screen you’re watching. This is different from "virtual reality," which is a wholly computer-generated environment in which users immerse themselves. The system, which can support a wide array of live, virtual and constructive training scenarios, is "only limited by the imaginations of those using it," said Dr. Peter Squire, a program officer with ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department.

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Woman Accidentally Shoots Herself While Taking Selfie

How does the saying go? Something about removing yourself from the gene pool or thinning the herd.

The 21-year-old found a 9mm handgun left behind by a security guard at her Moscow office and decided to pose for a photograph holding it, a police spokesman told Interfax news agency. While taking a selfie with one hand, she accidentally pressed the gun's trigger, shooting herself in the temple at close range.

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AT&T Trying To Make First Amendment Case Against Net Neutrality

Seriously? A violation of the First Amendment? I am going to just crap if this works. roll eyes (sarcastic)

And right there under item #1 is: "Whether the FCC’s reclassification of broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to common carrier regulation under Title II violates the terms of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution."

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Developer Shows Off Upcoming Radeon Graphics Card

Johan Andersson of Paradox Interactive tweeted this picture today with the following caption "This new island is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. wow & thanks @AMDRadeon ! They will be put to good use."

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Playing Mario Kart With A Live Sound Track

Wait for it....wait for it...

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Adult Dating Site Hack Exposes Millions Of Users

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you! Not because this site was hacked. I'm more surprised that that many people actually use Adult FriendFinder. eek!

The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Desura Explains Missed Payments @ Blue's News

Video: Batman: Arkham Knight characters Unmasked @ Shacknews

Witcher 3 Bug Corrupts Saves On Xbox One @ GameInformer

Xur Location And Inventory @ VG24/7

Uber Seeking $1B Line Of Credit

Uber is shopping around for a $1 billion line of credit? That's craziness. Imagine what you could do with a line of credit a tenth of that size. big grin

Car-hailing service Uber is taking a step toward an initial public offering, a new report claims. Uber has been meeting with banks to raise a $1 billion line of credit, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans.

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Stealing Toyota Prius Batteries Is Now A Thing

How is this not the easiest crime in the world to solve? Cops check to see who is selling Prius batteries (Craigslist, etc.), which shops are buying them, follow up leads, dig around a bit and make a few arrests.

A quick search of the SF-Bay Area Craigslist shows battery packs going for anywhere between $700 and $1,300, but that’s just for the hardware repair shops are charging between $3,000 and up to $7,000 depending on the damage and the source of the parts.

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Google Is Very Sorry for Its Racist Maps Bug

Google sure is having a hell of a time with Google Maps lately.

Certain offensive search terms were triggering unexpected maps results, typically because people had used the offensive term in online discussions of the place. This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren’t looking for.

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