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Tuesday August 30, 2016

Ugliest Tesla You Will Ever See

It could very well just be me, but I can't believe someone would do this to a Tesla. I know, I know, it belongs to a celebrity so we should expect this kind of stuff but damn man, that thing is fugly.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 @ FunkyKit

Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 @ Modders Inc.

Lian Li PC-09 Dual Compartment Case @ Technic3D

Silverstone Milo ML08 mini-ITX @ techPowerUP!

Gaming: Witcher 3 Blood and Wine @ Real Hardware Reviews

Video: ASUS Radeon RX 480 STRIX @ Play3r

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 372.70 WHQL Drivers

The folks at NVIDIA send word that the brand new GeForce Game Ready 372.70 WHQL drivers are out now. According to the release notes, these drivers provide an optimal experience for World of Warcraft: Legion, Battlefield 1: Open Beta, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Quantum Break on STEAM. Hit the link above for the new drivers and this link for release notes.

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Dotcom’s Extradition Hearing Will Be Live Streamed

It looks like Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing will be live streamed on YouTube with a few caveats. The video will have a 20 minute delay, it will not stay online after the hearing and comments will be disabled.

Kim Dotcom's request for his extradition hearing to be live streamed on the Internet has been granted by a New Zealand High Court judge. Beginning tomorrow, proceedings will be broadcast live on YouTube, despite protests from the United States that the stream could prejudice Dotcom's criminal trial in the U.S. should he be extradited.

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EU Demands Apple Pay Ireland $14.6B In Taxes

It's going to be pretty damn interesting to watch Apple try to squirm its way out of this one. According to the article, Apple paid tax at 1% on profits attributed to its subsidiaries in Ireland, well below Ireland's 12.5% rate and the 35% corporate tax rate in the US.

"Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years," said Competition Commission Margrethe Vestager, whose crackdown on mainly U.S. multinationals has angered Washington which accuses Brussels of protectionism.

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Intel’s Unveils 7th Gen Intel Core Processor

Intel has unveiled its 7th generation Intel Core family of processors today. The company is launching three Kaby Lake-Y parts on the 14nm+ process technology for high-end tablets, notebooks and 2-in-1 devices. With desktop CPUs coming in January, the focus today is on the new mobile processors that, according to Intel, deliver "richer experiences, incredible performance and responsiveness, and true ultra HD 4K."

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7th Generation Intel Core is the newest family of processors for 2 in 1s and laptops. 7th Gen Intel Core extends the benefits of Intel’s industry leading 14nm process technology, delivering even more performance. It also introduces a new media engine that opens up a new world of premium 4K UHD content – for viewing, streaming, creating and sharing. The result is new PCs that have incredible performance and responsiveness, richer visuals with better integrated graphics, more refined and expanded user experiences, longer battery life, and the ability to take full advantage of the immersive internet.

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Pegatron Exploiting Apple iPhone Workers In China

It's that time of year again where we all act like we care that Apple works people to death for pennies but, as long as we get a new iPhone, we totally ignore that people are working 80 hours of overtime per week making those shiny iDevices. That's 80 hours of overtime per week, not an 80 hour week. frown

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Media coverage led to pay rises and improved working conditions at Foxconn. Apple responded by moving some manufacturing to Pegatron, which offered Apple lower prices based on lower wages. It's not as though Apple really needs to screw its Chinese workers, since the company has more than $200 billion in cash. According to China Labor Watch, in 2105, Apple made twice as much profit in China ($13.4 billion) as it paid its 1.6 million Chinese workers ($6.2 billion).

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Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay Walkthrough

Ubisoft has posted a twenty minute gameplay walkthrough video of Watch Dogs 2 today. To be honest, after the last Watch Dogs game, I'm on the fence about this one. I think I'm going to wait until the game ships to see if it is worth picking up or not.

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ADATA Launches XPG Flame DDR4 Memory Modules

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched XPG Flame DDR4 memory modules. Featuring a sleek heatsink emblazoned with a flame design, XPG Flame DDR4 is available in 288-pin U-DIMM and 260-pin SO-DIMM. This marks the first XPG memory for notebooks, and makes XPG Flame an appealing choice for gamers, overclocking, and competitive benchmarkers on desktops, notebooks, and small form factor (SFF) PCs. XPG Flame uses the most carefully-sorted and assembled boards and chips for assured quality and stability. Customers can choose modules in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB densities, with speeds up to 3000MHz on U-DIMM and 2800MHz on SO-DIMM. All XPG Flame modules support Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) specifications and ship with a lifetime ADATA product warranty.

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WD Broadens Portfolio of Solutions for VMware Storage Environments

Western Digital Corp. today announced that its popular HGST-branded Ultrastar® SN150 PCI Express (PCIe) NVMe solid state drive (SSD) is now certified for use with VMware® Virtual SAN and vSphere. Optimized for easy set-up, the Ultrastar SN150 SSD for VMWare environments reduces latency, and brings hyperscale-level performance and enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) time to virtualized servers and cloud storage. This can significantly lower the total cost of ownership of VMware storage environments over traditional storage architectures by reducing performance tuning and field support costs. In server-side environments where VMware virtualization management is utilized, the Ultrastar SN150 is an ideal option for data center managers building or deploying systems on VMware Virtual SAN or vSphere.

Part of Western Digital’s HGST-branded Ultrastar data center storage solutions family, the certified Ultrastar SN150 is available in a low-profile, half-height, half-length (HHHL), add-in card form factor and is one of the first NVMe SSDs in the industry to utilize VMware’s in-box NVMe driver. For data center administrators, this helps eliminate the hassle of time-consuming downloads and configurations, and allows faster deployment. The Ultrastar SN150 drive is available in capacities ranging from 1120GB1 to 3820GB and offers speeds which exceed Virtual SAN’s highest performance class (Class F) specifications, enabling it to easily address the heaviest data workloads in a variety of virtualized server and storage configurations, including all-flash and hybrid configurations utilizing flash for caching and hard disk drives for storage capacity.

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Monday August 29, 2016

GIGABYTE Z170X Designare LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Those of you in the market for a new motherboard with excellent overclocking capabilities and an impressive array of features, should read our evaluation of the GIGABYTE Z170X Designare LGA1151 motherboard.

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GIGABYTE has continually impressed us with its offerings as of late. GIGABYTE’s Z170X Designare is poised to continue that trend and add another motherboard to the budding Designare legacy. We are still not fully sure of what exactly "Designare" actually is, but at this point, we see it as GIGABYTE building a solid new brand.

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[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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