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Monday May 02, 2016

[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: AMD A10-7860K @ techPowerUP!

Corsair M65 PRO RGB Mouse @ Vortez

Fnatic Gear Flick G1 Optical Mouse @ APH Networks

GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Keyboard @ Techgage

Storage: Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers

Video: ASUS MG24UQ IPS 4K FreeSync Monitor @ eTeknix

Comcast "Cares" On Twitter. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

I thought this was a joke when I first saw the hashtag. Why would the winner of the 2014 Worst Company in America knowingly open itself up to the hate train like this? Obviously Comcast didn't expect this to blow up in its face like it did but I think they'll know better next time.

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If there is one lesson that large corporations really, really need to take to heart about the 21st century, it is this: unless you are universally beloved (and maybe even then), probably don’t self-promote with Twitter hashtags. It will not end well for you. And who would be the latest business to fall for this trap? It’s Comcast, the cable company America loves to hate.


How Gaming Is Shaping The Future Of Work

Is gaming really setting the pace in the workplace? I can see how virtual and augmented reality could be great for conferences and such but what other ways do you think the gaming world has influenced the work environment?

Imagine joining a meeting that exists in virtual space a conference room rendered in 3-D, complete with chairs, a table, a whiteboard, and coffee. As your colleagues join, you see their avatars enter the room and sit around the table. The meeting is an immersive simulation of an in-person meeting, created with the help of motion sensors that track physical movement or gloves equipped to capture hand movements and body language. Audio is a live feed from each participant. In this scenario, it’s difficult for team members to slip off to do their laundry, or multitask on other projects, because their attention is fully committed to the virtual environment of the meeting.


ASUS ROG Spatha Review

If you want a mouse that not only looks good but performs great as well, the crew at Vortez say the ASUS ROG Spatha might be the mouse for you.

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The Spatha has been turning heads since it was unveiled at Computex last year and it is easy to see why. It is a large, wired/wireless mouse based on a magnesium alloy frame that features a total of 12 programmable buttons, of which the 6 side buttons are arranged in a way that represents the ROG eye logo. To finish of the final aesthetic, there is a 3 zone customisable RGB lighting system.


Uber Drivers In New York Form Labor Association

Am I the only person that heard this in their head when I read this article? I really shouldn't make jokes about this situation because, if you hear the drivers tell it, they are getting the short end of the stick. Honestly, this could be the start of a trend that I don't think Uber is going to like.

"Since Uber management controls the fares charged for the service, drivers want and need security and protection," the association said in a statement. "Uber financiers are forcing drivers to work long hours without any benefits or labor law protections." Drivers are struggling to make car payments, maintain their vehicles and still have enough money left over to support their families, said Kevin Lynch, co-chair of the association. "It shows that people are really hurting," he said.


Chrome Is The Most Popular Web Browser

I'm not saying these stats aren't accurate but isn't this like the millionth time it's been reported that Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer? Unless there is some serious back and forth going on, how many times can you overtake Internet Explorer? Also, where is Microsoft's Edge in these stats? Anyway, enough of me blabbing, here's the latest set of numbers saying Chrome has overtaken IE:

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Utah Theater Asks For Restraining Order Against State Over Showing ‘Deadpool’

I want all of you to stop right here and read the quote below before proceeding. Are you done? Good. Now, with that quote fresh in your mind, this case is about showing Deadpool in a theater that serves alcohol. Wow, the things you have to go through so that people of legal drinking age can see a little nudity in a movie. eek!

"This Court should grant Brewvies’s request for a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction, and a permanent injunction to prevent the chilling effect on free speech and the unconstitutional fine, or threat of a fine, and possible suspension or revocation of Brewvies’s liquor license that will follow if the defendants are allowed to continue to punish and threaten to punish Brewvies for showing films protected under the First Amendment and the Utah Constitution," he wrote.


Two Students Invent Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech

Two students from the University of Washington have invented a pair of gloves that will help the deaf and mute communicate by translating sign language into speech. This reminds me of those gloves that made music from hand gestures only better because these actually help people with disabilities.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Announced @ Blue's News

Epic's Gears of War 4 Would Have Cost $100M? @ GameSpot

Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Detailed @ VG24/7

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Announcement Coming @ Shacknews

Forget The Cloud, Fog Computing Is The Next Big Thing

First there was "the cloud," now we have "fog computing." What's next? Steam? Wait, that's already taken. Quick, we need to come up with another buzz word for the next big thing before someone else does!

Turns out, the cloud is not all it’s been hyped to be. Enterprise CIOs are coming to realize that many of the services and apps and much of the data their users rely on for critical decision-making are better suited closer to the edge on-premise or in smaller enterprise data centers. Say hello to the next big thing: fog computing.


Woman Ordered To Unlock iPhone With Her Fingerprint

It looks like some people are questioning whether or not it is legal to order someone to unlock an iPhone with their fingerprint. Although the Supreme Court has ruled that police can search a phone as long as they have a warrant and make a person in custody produce fingerprints without a judge's approval, some are saying it is a breach of the 5th Amendment's protection against self-incrimination.

Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work.


NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 365.10 WHQL

The folks at NVIDIA send word that the brand new GeForce Game Ready 365.10 WHQL is out now. These drivers bring full support for Battleborn and also beta games like Forza Motorsport 6: APEX beta, Paragon beta, and the Overwatch beta. Grab them if you need them.


[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Anonabox Pro Tor And VPN Router @ HotHardware

BIOS Optimization Guide: Direct Frame Buffer @ TechARP

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2666 @ Real Hardware Reviews

Power Supply: Chieftec Navitas 1000W GPM-1000C @ ocaholic

Storage: Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 2 256GB @ NikKTech

Uber Settles Lawsuit Over Service Animals For The Blind

It's good to see that this has finally been settled. While I can see some Uber drivers not wanting to have dogs in their vehicles, most smart drivers know that a cheap queen sized sheet easily keeps hair / dirt off you seats when you have service dogs in your vehicle, is reusable and keeps your customers happy. Simply pull up, put the sheet on, put passengers in vehicle, take the sheet off when trip is over and everyone is happy and no one is in violation of the law.

Uber has agreed to take affirmative steps to prevent discrimination against blind riders who have guide dogs with them across the U.S. According to a press release from the Federation, this is the first nationwide class-action settlement of its kind against an app-based transportation network company. Under the settlement, Uber is promising to end that kind of discrimination: the company says it will take steps to inform drivers about their obligations to transport riders with service animals, and will require new drivers to expressly confirm that they understand their legal obligations to do so.


This Guy Claims He Is The Creator Of Bitcoin

Remember the guy that popped up awhile back claiming to be the creator of bitcoin? Well, he's in the news again...claiming to be the creator of bitcoin. I'm not sure what is different from the last time he claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto but, for some reason, people are taking him a little more seriously now.


Computer Graphics From 1968

No, this is not a Windows XP screensaver. This educational video was made by John Whitney, an early pioneer of computer graphics, all the way back in 1968 when he worked for IBM. Watch the video, even if it is almost 50 years old, it is actually very interesting.


Radiohead Erased Itself From the Internet

Deleting every bit of your online presence is a brilliant way to get the media talking about you. Everyone is wondering whether this is a strange form of protest or just some album promotion gimmick. I guess it worked either way because here we are talking about it.

Radiohead’s internet presence has essentially disappeared and the band have sent out cryptic leaflets in the mail, fueling speculation over when and how the band will release its ninth album. A visit to Radiohead.com on Sunday offered viewers only a blank page, while the band’s six-year-old Twitter feed was also empty, featuring only a message saying: "@Radiohead hasn’t tweeted yet." On Facebook, nearly 12 million users "like" a page with nothing on it.


Swedish Police Want to Block The Pirate Bay And Seize Domains

Sweden's national coordinator for IP enforcement wants to block The Pirate Bay and seize its domains. That's a brilliant idea! How come nobody has thought of this before? Oh yea, that's right....they have....about a million times. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Sweden's national coordinator for IP enforcement has advised the government that sites like The Pirate Bay should be blocked by ISPs without need for lengthy court battles. Furthermore, since their domains are effectively tools for committing crimes, they should be seized while preliminary investigations are underway.


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AMD and Fujitsu Microelectronics Close On Semiconductor Assembly and Test Joint Venture

AMD and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co., Ltd. today announced that they have closed the transaction to create a joint venture offering differentiated assembly, test, mark, and pack capabilities to both AMD and a broader range of customers.

"Combining AMD’s world-class teams and facilities in Penang and Suzhou with NFME’s expertise in the growing assembly and test market will create a new outsource assembly and test leader with the scale and capabilities to help us deliver our upcoming high-performance technologies and products that can re-shape the industry," said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. "The creation of this joint venture marks another step in building a more focused AMD as we complete our transition to a fabless business model, enhance our supply chain operations, and further strengthen our financial position."

"AMD is a world class semiconductor provider with advanced flip chip packaging and test technologies. These capabilities are complementary with NFME’s advanced packaging and test technologies, such as its flip chip and bump technology for the computing, communication and consumer market. The establishment of this joint venture will elevate the competitiveness of NFME’s flip chip packaging and test technologies to a world-class level. With this joint venture, NFME’s advanced packaging and test capabilities will account for 70 percent of its total revenue, leading the entire industry and ranking among the top packaging and test companies in the world," said Chairman of Nantong Fujitsu Mr. Shi Mingda.


Sunday May 01, 2016

Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K Specifications Leaked

Here is what to expect for 14nm’s last hurrah. I imagine we will be seeing these in upcoming devices like the Surface 5.

The flagship Intel desktop processor will be the Core i7-7700K processor. Intel will stick with the quad core and hyper threaded design which they have been using on the mainstream Core i7 processors since launch. The chip is currently clocked at 3.60 GHz with boost clocks of 4.2 GHz. The currently flagship Core i7-6700K features 4.00 GHz base and 4.20 GHz boost clocks. As mentioned before, these are early samples so clock speeds can increase by the time these chips launch.


Microsoft Spent $1 Billion On The 360’s "Red Ring Of Death"

The Xbox One may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at least it didn’t end up with an exceptional fumble like the RROD.

"It was the biggest decision I made in my 22 years at Microsoft, no question," Bach told Tech Insider in an interview. It was Bach and his team at Microsoft's Xbox division that were ultimately culpable for a huge defect with the Xbox 360 game console, known as the "Red Ring of Death." The "Red Ring of Death" problem was a massive hardware issue that caused a huge number of Xbox 360 consoles to stop working. The system would flash a ring of three red lights around its power button on the front face (seen above). Thus the nickname.


Man Shoots Laser At Ferry, Slapped With $100,000 Fine

What’s the appeal of pointing a laser at airplanes and boats again?

A man who pointed a high-powered blue laser at a Washington State Ferry last year has been ordered to pay a $100,000 civil penalty by the US Coast Guard in Seattle. The civil penalty was issued to Mark Raden of Freeland, Washington, who was determined by Coast Guard investigators to have shot a high-powered blue laser at the ferry Tokitae while it was on a run from Mukilteo to Clinton in October. Raden pointed the laser from the deck of another ship, the Kitsap, which was passing by the Tokitae. The laser hit the ferry master and first mate of the Tokitae, and the incident resulted in eye injuries to both men. The chief mate's vision still hadn't recovered fully a week after the laser strike, according to statements by Washington State Ferry officials at the time.


Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sells Entire Stake In Apple

Is it just my imagination, or has there been a steady rise of negative Apple articles over the last few weeks? I never thought I’d see the day when Apple would cease being tech media’s darling.

After years of high growth, reaching triple-digit percentage points in 2015, Apple now sells more in China than it does in the whole of Europe. But sales in the country are now shrinking, with revenue dropping 26% year-on-year in the company’s latest quarterly earnings. Icahn’s concerns aren’t related to the China slowdown, however. Instead, the investor is concerned with the barriers to trade that China’s authoritarian regime might put in place. "You can’t go into that business unless you’re like Samsung which is really like a country backing it," Icahn told US cable television network CNBC.


President Backs Smart Gun Technology In New Policy Blueprint

Who will be first to make Judge Dredd’s Lawgiver? Don’t blow your hand off.

For the first time, the Administration is presenting guidelines for Federal, state and local law enforcement to define smart guns an umbrella term for tech enabling only authorized people to shoot weapons, to curb violence. The White House said the Department of Defense will begin testing this tech and implement a cash prize for manufacturers. Additionally, the Federal government and Department of Justice will move to catalyze the production of guns with this safety tech.


Jean-Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden Present "Exit"

Today I learned that Snowden can make music. But is it any good?


Sony Wants To Put A Camera In Your Eye

Well, now I have to wonder just how many Sony engineers are secretly voyeurs.

According to the patent, Sony wants to develop a contact lens that on paper stands to be the best of the three designs. It’ll feature a built-in camera with storage, a transmission unit, autofocus, zoom, aperture control and even image stabilization. The camera’s shutter would be controlled by consciously blinking your eye, a process Sony says it’d be able to differentiate from a normal blink. What’s not clear is how you’d control things like zoom, aperture and recovery, but since this is just a patent application and not an actual product, we’re willing to forgive the lack of specifics.


Ghostbusters Has Most Disliked Trailer In YouTube History

Actually, I’m pretty confident that everyone simply thought the movie looked terrible.

The Ghostbusters trailer currently has 507,610 dislikes on YouTube. To put that in perspective, the Fantastic Four trailer from last year has only 20,175 dislikes. The Ridiculous Six trailer, which has an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, has only 5,803 dislikes. Could Ghostbusters be that much worse than either of those two movies? It’s seems unlikely knowing what we know about both Fantastic Four and Ridiculous Six. What is actually happening is that a certain subset of people on the internet have an unhealthy fixation with hating on the Ghostbusters remake and are teaming up to downvote it into oblivion.


Has Mankind Gone Too Far With Drone Fishing?

No boat? No problem. Apparently, people are now fishing with thousand-dollar drone setups.

The concept is simple. Buy one of those drones every upper middle class teenager seems to get for Christmas. Attach a streaming camera set-up to it. Next, rig it up so that it can fly the fishing line from the rod out, but when the fish bites the line can easily detach. Finally, attach a friend to the controls of the fishing rod. After that it’s like shooting fish in an ocean. Fly the drone around, pulling the line behind you, until you see a school of fish. Next, dangle the bait in the center of the school. Inevitably one will strike, the line will detach, and it’s up to your friend to reel in your catch. Either that or a bunch of tuna will wreck your drone and you’ll get to watch a livestream of a thousand dollars sink to the ocean floor.


Inmate Posts Selfies From Prison Van

Jail officials are investigating how an inmate of the Western Regional Jail in West Virginia managed to shoot selfies of himself and post them on Facebook.

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Holbrook said he got hold of a cell phone and started snapping selfies. He posted them to Facebook and people are now wondering how he got his hands on a phone in the first place. "We were just trying to have a good time in jail. We're already here, why be miserable?" Holbrook said in an interview with Eyewitness News Reporter Jessi Starkey. "I said hi to a couple of people to let everyone know I was doing all right -- family and friends." Holbrook is keeping tight-lipped about where he found the cell phone. "It was within my reach, and I just got my hands on it," he said.


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