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Monday August 29, 2016

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Aerocool X-Predator II @ Hardware Slave

SilverStone RL 05 Gaming @ Modders Inc.

ETC.: ASUS ROG Strix Wireless @ Vortez

Kennerton Audio Laguz In-Ears @ techPowerUP!

Power Supply: Silverstone SX700-LPT @ LanOC

Storage: Seagate Innov8 8TB USB 3.1 Type-C @ NikKTech

Grumpy Cat Wants $600k From ‘Pirating’ Coffee Maker

Sure this is a pretty blatant rip-off but, given the fact that the coffee company didn't even bother to respond to the initial lawsuit, I doubt they are going to pay a $600,000 judgment. Anyone think Grumpy Cat is going to see a penny of that money?

Grumpy Cat is not pleased, yet. Her owners have asked a California federal court to issue a $600,000 judgment against a coffee maker which allegedly exploited their copyrights. In addition, they want damages for trademark and contract breach, and a ban on the company in question from selling any associated Grumpy Cat merchandise.

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Facebook Is Working On User-Activated Safety Checks

Like user-activated Safety Checks aren't going to be immediately abused. Just think of all the ways Facebook users would use a feature like this that doesn't involve a real disaster.

"If we're building a community product, this is one of the moments of truth for us," Zuckerberg explained. "When Safety Check got started a couple of years ago, it was only for natural disasters. Unfortunately since then we've had to expand it to terrorist attacks too, because that's just been too common over the last few years. The next thing we need to do is make it so that communities can trigger it themselves when there is some disaster."

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Google Announces Its Indie Games Festival Finalists

Google has announced the thirty finalists for its first indie gaming festival slated for September 24th, 2016. Hit the link to see a complete list of all thirty games.

To celebrate the art of the latest innovative indie games, we’re hosting the first Google Play Indie Games Festival in North America on September 24th in San Francisco. At the festival, Android fans and gamers will have a unique opportunity to play new and unreleased indie games from some of the most innovative developers in the US and Canada, as well as vote for their favorite ones.

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I Got Scammed By A Silicon Valley Startup

While this is a very interesting story, you can't help but count every single time this person should have know she was getting screwed over. Also, there are a dozen listed "red flags" in the article. Would it take twelve red flags for you to walk away from a scam job? Especially after THIS one:

Around this time, Bruce and I were sharing personal concerns and he confided in me that he had let Michael borrow $50,000 from his personal savings. Did you read that? A startup employee gave his life savings to our CEO. He wasn’t the only one. Another biz dev team bro who was crashing on the CEO’s couch, Bobby, apparently lent Michael five figures too. In disbelief, I asked why he needed money when he has $2M already committed in the company. Bruce said that Michael had his offshore money tied up with the IRS because of unpaid taxes and essentially his assets were frozen until he went to court.

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Neighbor Shoots Down Drone Near Robert Duvall’s Property

Who are these guys trying to kid? Anyone that has ever seen a Robert DuVall movie knows it was probably him that shot the drone down. big grin

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Blowing Up Beer With Dynamite

I have no idea how much beer was wasted in the making of this video but I would like to personally head up a campaign to have this man charged with crimes against humanity. Oh yeah, I'll be just fine if I never hear someone say "this was a great beer blow" ever again.

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Apple Sued Over Unresponsive iPhone 6 Touchscreens

Apparently a class action lawsuit is brewing over that iPhone 6 screen defect we told you about last week (here). Since the design defect affects all iPhone 6 Plus owners, I can't even begin to imagine how much a lawsuit like this could end up costing Apple.

Apple Inc has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones' touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable. According to a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit filed on Saturday, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Europa Universalis IV Rights of Man in October @ Blue's News

Japan Getting A Special Metal Gear Bundle @ Shacknews

New Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay Video @ GameSpot

The Witcher 3 Getting Patched Tomorrow @ VG24/7

Facebook Highlights False News Story In Its Trending Topics

We all knew that something like this was going to happen the minute Facebook announced that it was going to use algorithms to select trending news topics. Facebook will no doubt respond with a statement blaming the algorithm, promise it won't happen again (until next week) and bury the subject. Rinse. Repeat.

Today, Facebook is getting a bit more egg on its face: its trending topics area promoted a story about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly being fired for supporting Hillary Clinton. As of this writing, that has not happened -- but the false story was still trending for hours on Facebook before finally getting pulled.

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FBI: Foreign Hackers Penetrated State Election Systems

It looks like the elections in November could end up being even more interesting than they already are. I think it will be easy to tell if your local voting station has been hacked by the Russians if your list of candidates is A.) Vladimir B.) Vladimir C.) Vladimir D.) All of the above. wink

But three days after that call, the FBI Cyber Division issued a potentially more disturbing warning, entitled "Targeting Activity Against State Board of Election Systems." The alert, labeled as restricted for "NEED TO KNOW recipients," disclosed that the bureau was investigating cyberintrusions against two state election websites this summer, including one that resulted in the "exfiltration," or theft, of voter registration data.

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NVIDIA and VMware Virtualize VR at VMworld 2016

Delivering VR is a complex challenge since immersive VR requires seven times the graphics processing power compared to traditional 3D applications and games. Delivering VR virtually — streaming it from a data center to any device — is an even bigger challenge. NVIDIA and VMware are working to make it a reality. At VMworld 2016 we’ll show, for the first time, photo-realistic, immersive VR in a VMware virtual environment. See it for yourself at the VMvillage by taking a spin through the following technologies:

  • Iray VR — Iray physically based rendering produces dynamic panoramas and fully immersive light fields with stunningly realistic virtual environments. Strap on a headset and explore photorealistic virtual environments in VR.

  • Point Cloud — Check out time-lapse rendering created with point cloud showing the building of NVIDIA’s spectacular new building in Silicon Valley.

  • VRED VR — Participate in a collaborative VR design review of a Formula 1 race car created with Autodesk VRED 3D visualization software.

  • Virtualizing VR: How It Works

The server powering these demos has four high-end NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and VMware ESXi running on top. This set-up allows us to run four simultaneous virtual machines with VR content. Using NVIDIA GRID, we’re passing through an entire GPU and delivering a native NVIDIA driver to each VM. This provides amazing performance to multiple VR instances running on the same server.

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The ASUS X99-E-10G WS Brings 10 Gigabit Ethernet To X99

In an industry full of ostentatious claims, every product stack needs a reserved, understated statesman. Not the type that stays quiet in board meetings out of fear, nor the type that needs to raise their voice to make a point. Nope, we’re talking about the type that sits back and observes the young upstarts as they clamber over each other to get into the limelight and then makes one careful, reassuring statement in a deep, soothing voice that stops everyone in their tracks. In the ASUS motherboard family, that role is gracefully played by the new X99-E-10G WS.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Lian-Li Pitstop T60 Test Bench @ FunkyKit

ETC.: Tesoro Gram Spectrum @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: ASUS Strix X99 Gaming @ PCPer

Video: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming Z @ Guru3D

Windows 10 vs. Linux Radeon Software Performance @ Phoronix

Internet Giants 'Consciously Failing' To Tackle Extremism On The Web

The UK parliament claims that Google, Facebook and Twitter are all "consciously failing" on terrorism. The Home Affairs Committee points out that even though Facebook claims a billion users, it only has a team of a few hundred handling terrorist reports and that Twitter "does not even proactively report extremist content to law enforcement agencies."

The Home Affairs Committee says that social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are "consciously failing" to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings, in its report published following an inquiry that has lasted 12 months, and included visits to Glasgow, Bradford and Europol. The Committee says these networks have become "the vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism".

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When Dudes Play Dead or Alive In VR

I wish I could say that I am surprised by this but, if we were all being honest, you know you would do the same thing this guy did (in the name of science of course). I swear I was just testing game physics. This might be NSFW.

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Uber, Careem Suspend Services In UAE Capital

Here we go again. Unless Uber is claiming that the UAE is arresting drivers for no reason at all, it's pretty sad that you have to start arresting drivers by the dozens in order to get Uber's attention. frown

Ride-hailing companies Uber [UBER.UL] and Careem have suspended services in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, since Saturday and do not know when they can resume operations, they said on Sunday. The National, a UAE newspaper, quoted unnamed sources as saying that as many as 50 drivers for Uber and Careem had been arrested.

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Gamescom 2016 Coverage

The crew at OCInside have posted hundreds of pictures from Gamescom 2016. Today's coverage includes games coming in 2016 - 2017, virtual reality games, retro games, hardware, case mods, cosplay and more. I snagged a few pictures for those of you that can't visit the link from work or school.

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AMD CTO Mark Papermaster and VP of Alliances Roy Taylor Detail Future of VR at IFA 2016

AMD announced today that Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster, will deliver a keynote address " Race to Reality – The Next Billion-People Market Opportunity," on Saturday September 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Central European Time (7:00 AM Eastern Time) in CityCube Berlin at IFA consumer electronic shows in Berlin.

"Today’s examples of virtual reality are just starting to show us what is possible. Key improvements in computing hardware, displays and sensors will occur over the next two to five years that will deliver improvements in performance, affordability, mobility of virtual reality solutions and form the foundation for a breadth of exciting new applications of the technology" said Papermaster. "Virtual and augmented reality have the potential to radically change many industries – from entertainment to education to healthcare - as it ushers us into a new era of innovation. The building blocks are all there, now the industry just needs to focus on improving hardware, visualization and software."

The market potential is substantial. A new report from research firm IDC states that the total revenue for virtual reality and augmented reality is projected to increase from $5.2 billion in 2016 to over $162 billion in 2020. Joining Papermaster on stage to discuss VR will be Roy Taylor, AMD Corporate Vice President of Alliances. Taylor was recently appointed chairman of the new virtual reality advisory group within the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The independent advisory group will be tasked with exploring the impact that VR will have on the current landscape of the film, television and games industries, and the opportunities for the next generation of storytellers to work within a new medium. Several VR industry leaders will also be joining on stage to discuss virtual reality developments in vertical areas including entertainment, broadcasting, journalism and education.

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Intel Signs White House Equal Pay Pledge

Today, Intel has the pleasure of joining 28 other companies in signing the White House Equal Pay Pledge, a pledge signed by over 50 companies to date. Launched at the 2015 United States of Women Summit on Women’s Equality Day, the pledge encourages U.S. companies to take action to advance equal pay and affirms the key role businesses play in reducing the pay gap. For Intel, signing the pledge is a natural extension of its longstanding commitment to pay employees fairly and equitably at all levels of the organization.

Intel’s leaders believe in driving accountability through data. Driving real progress requires looking at the hard facts and developing strategies to close any gaps. On the issue of pay parity, Intel holds itself accountable with an annual, comprehensive audit in the U.S. that analyzes employees’ pay by gender and ethnicity. In our 2015 Annual Report, Intel disclosed that it achieved 100 percent gender pay parity. And in 2016, the company extended the analysis to look at pay data across race and ethnicities. Intel achieved 99 percent pay equity for underrepresented minorities, a gap company leaders are committed to closing by the end of the year. Intel’s commitment to equal pay, and to diversity and inclusion, comes from its conviction that reaching a critical mass of women and underrepresented minorities in our industry brings ample benefits to many, including increased innovation and a more diverse set of thoughts and perspectives.

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Sunday August 28, 2016

Jason Bourne 3D Causes Nausea, Protest In China

Why would anyone convert a Paul Greengrass film to 3D? It’s a good thing that this "special edition" was never released in the States.

...many Chinese moviegoers alleged that the 3D version of Jason Bourne had left them feeling dizzy and nauseous. Others soon joined the chorus to complain that it was too difficult to see the original 2D version, as cinemas were overwhelmingly screening the 3D option. "I really felt sick during the fight scenes when I watched it in 3D," posted a user name azooombie on Weibo, a Chinese social media service, adding: "It was like a low-budget movie. I need to watch again in 2D." 3D is a dominant cinema format in China. The vast majority of China's estimated 37,000-39,000 movie screens were built over the past decade, and some 80 percent are equipped with 3D projection technology.

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Tomb Raider's New Director Comes From Battlefield Hardline, Dead Space

Does this mean Lara will die in even more horrific ways in the next Tomb Raider title? The franchise’s new leader served as the creative director for Battlefield Hardline and as the art director for the Dead Space games.

No sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider has been announced yet, but on Oct. 11, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20-Year Celebration launches on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, which includes the game and all of its previously released DLC, plus a new story chapter and other in-game content. Milham's title with Crystal Dynamics is game director. ""Adventure games have always been my first love," Milham said in a statement. "I've admired Crystal's work for a while now, as they continue to deliver top notch narrative and spectacle, coupled with deep systems and player choice."

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Princeton University Researchers Unveil 25-Core Piton Processor

This guy was built specifically for data centers. What is most commendable about this chip is how scalable it is—designs can be built that go from a dozen to several thousand cores, and the architecture enables thousands of chips to be connected into a single system containing millions of cores.

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It's called "Piton," named after the metal spikes rock climbers hammer into cracks or seams of mountainsides to anchor their position, and it's built after a scalable architecture that could boost processing speed while cutting back energy use. Piton represents several years of research and development by David Wentzlaff, a Princeton assistant professor of electrical engineering and associated faculty in the Department of Computer Science, and his students. It's also a rare thing—Wentzlaff says it's not often that a physical piece of hardware is created in an academic setting.

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ZeniMax Lawsuit Against Oculus Directly Accuses John Carmack Of Theft

ZeniMax is now accusing Carmack of stealing (copying) thousands of VR-related documents and a customized development tool from their offices shortly before and after he stopped working for them. The company also insists that Palmer Luckey is a liar and that he didn’t invent Rift’s VR technology.

"For many years, ZeniMax invested tens of millions of dollars in research and development, including research into virtual reality and immersive technologies. In 2011 and 2012, John Carmack, a singularly experienced and highly proficient ZeniMax programmer who was at that time Technical Director for ZeniMax’s Texas-based subsidiary, id Software, conducted research to address technological issues associated with virtual reality," the complaint reads. "Carmack and other ZeniMax employees conducted that research at ZeniMax offices, on ZeniMax computers, and using ZeniMax resources."

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U.S. Government Wants To Electronically Limit Truck Speeds

If the administration has its way, trucks and buses would be capped at 60, 65, or 68 mph. All of the horrendous standstill traffic jams I’ve recently dealt with involved turned-over trucks, but it’s hard to say whether the trucker was reckless or some jackass cut him off.

…all newly manufactured trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds would be required to come equipped with devices limiting their speeds to 60–68 mph. That would cover big rigs, dump trucks, refuse haulers, many buses, and other large work trucks. The new rule is being touted by the feds as an important step toward fighting the rise in traffic fatalities across the country, as well as a key ingredient in lowering CO2 emissions.

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HBM3: Cheaper, Up To 64GB On-Package, And Terabytes-Per-Second Bandwidth

Here is some talk about the next iteration of High Bandwidth Memory, which Samsung and Hynix are working on. HBM is basically a stacked RAM configuration, meaning space savings and bandwidth improvements. The third generation is expected to not only increase the density of memory dies but have more stacked on a single chip.

HBM1, as used in AMD's Fury graphics cards, was limited to 4GB stacks. HBM2, as used in Nvidia's workstation-only P100 graphics card, features higher density stacks up to 16GB, but is prohibitively expensive for consumer cards. HBM3 will double density of the individual memory dies from 8Gb to 16Gb (~2GB), and will allow for more than eight dies to be stacked together in a single chip. Graphics cards with up to 64GB of memory are possible. HBM3 will feature a lower core voltage than the 1.2V of HBM2, as well as more than two times the peak bandwidth: HBM2 offers 256GB/s of bandwidth per layer of DRAM, while HBM3 doubles that to 512GB/s. The total amount of memory bandwidth available could well be terabytes per second.

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Ramin Djawadi Is Scoring Gears Of War 4

Mr. Djawadi should be a familiar name to anyone who has even a minor interest in film scores, as he has provided the music for movies such as Iron Man and Pacific Rim, as well as shows that include Game of Thrones and Prison Break. As an aside, I don’t mind suffering through a bad game or movie as long as it has a good soundtrack.

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Price Of Solar Declining To Unprecedented Lows

Solar installations are rising while prices have been steadily declining since 2010. The article points out that lower costs are due to factors ranging from less costly inverters to cheaper installation and permitting.

…the latest data show that the continued decrease in solar prices is unlikely to slow down anytime soon, with total installed prices dropping by 5 percent for rooftop residential systems, and 12 percent for larger utility-scale solar farms. With solar already achieving record-low prices, the cost decline observed in 2015 indicates that the coming years will likely see utility-scale solar become cost competitive with conventional forms of electricity generation.

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Sony And Panasonic Partner To Sell 8K TVs By 2020

Technically, the article is more about Japan wanting to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K, but it does allude to that year as a potential springboard for 4K’s successor. I feel like 4K just came out yesterday; this may play out similarly to the initial switch to HDTV and the mingling of 720p/1080p sets.

Nikkei reports that Sony plans to start selling its own 8K TVs in 2020, while Panasonic did not disclose a date. The two companies are reportedly happy to work together for the time being to develop the technology, simply because there is no existing market for them to compete over. NHK meanwhile reportedly wants to start full-scale broadcasting of 8K TV in 2018. But even if Japan is ready for 8K by 2020, it's unlikely the rest of the world will be entirely caught up.

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