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Saturday December 03, 2016

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer

Kurt Russel, Sylvester Stallone, and Nathan Fillion are in this? I’m sure the movie will be fun, but talk about a colossal waste of acting talent.

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Samsung To Release 4TB 850 Pro At CES 2017

Any bets on how much it will cost? The EVO version would suffice for me, although that already costs $1,499.

Samsung is planning to introduce a 4TB version of its 850 Pro SSD at the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas. If you thought that US $1,499 priced 4TB 850 EVO SSD was cool, you will be impressed to know that Samsung plans to introduce a 4TB version of its flagship 2.5-inch SATA 850 Pro SSD at CES 2017 show in Las Vegas which kicks off on January 5th. This will also be the first 4TB MLC (2-bits per cell) SSD on the market, which will bring both better performance and more reliability.

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Hisense A2: Dual-Screen Phone With AMOLED And E-Ink Displays

This is not the first device to do this, but an e-ink display seems like a pretty smart way to conserve battery life when you realize it is suitable for a lot of content you would normally be perusing on your mobile.

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The TENAA filing describes the phone as a handset with a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display on one side and a 5.2 inch, 960 x 540 pixel E Ink screen on the other. Advantages of the E Ink screen include sunlight visibility, low power consumption, and the ability to display a static image without using any power — so you can load up a shopping list, directions, boarding pass, or other notes and it’ll stay on the screen indefinitely even if your battery dies. You could also use that screen to read eBooks or other documents. The phone’s other features include a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card reader, a 3,000 mAh battery, a 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and Android 6.0 software.

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Hulu Is Now Streaming In 4K

The service now supports 4K streaming, but I am still looking for a reason to subscribe. As far as I know, its catalog is looking pretty pathetic in comparison to the competition.

…you can stream 4K content from Hulu on Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro. But the selection of shows and movies available at launch is pretty underwhelming compared to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video, who’ve both been offering 4K for some time now. Hulu’s first batch of 4K includes the company’s lineup original shows and 20 James Bond films. So while that’s pretty good news for 007 fanatics, well, it doesn’t do much for everyone else. Hulu Originals (11.22.63, The Path, Chance, etc.) aren’t exactly the same award-winning critical darlings we’ve seen from the service’s competitors.

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"F**k Konami," Guillermo Del Toro Says

Apparently, the director is still angry about Silent Hills being cancelled. I have no idea what he’s doing in Kojima’s new game, though. Is movie directors starring in games going to be the new thing, now?

Film director Guillermo del Toro, who was working with Hideo Kojima on a new Silent Hill game before it got canceled, has lashed out at publisher Konami. Writing on Twitter today, the Pan's Labyrinth director did not hold back. "F**k Konami," he said. This was the caption for a tweet that included a link to the newest trailer for Kojima's nex game, Death Stranding. The very weird trailer aired during The Game Awards last night, and it featured none other than del Toro himself alongside Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen.

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Some New MacBook Pros Suffer From Major Graphics Issues

It seems that plenty of new MacBook Pros are acting up when they are being pushed with intensive tasks, and Apple isn’t sure whether it is a software or hardware issue. Makes for a pretty decent screensaver, though.

...an increasing number of early adopters have reported serious graphics issues on Apple's latest notebooks. The glitches and other problems appear to be most prevalent on built-to-order 15-inch models, but standard 13-inch and 15-inch configurations are also affected. MacRumors reader Jan Becker, for example, said the graphics began to glitch on his new high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with built-to-order AMD Radeon Pro 460 graphics, while transcoding video with Adobe Media Encoder in Premiere Pro. The notebook subsequently crashed.

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The Slow Death Of The Manual Transmission

How sad will you guys be to see manual transmissions go? Or do some of you think shifting gears is overrated?

By the end of the next decade, my beloved manual transmission may no longer be an option. In the United States, gas-powered vehicles have been moving away from clutches for years. The perpetually growing SUV (which are almost exclusively fitted with automatic transmissions) market is accelerating that trend. But the real death of the stick shift will be electric vehicles. Because of the nature of electric motors, a gear box is unnecessary. These cars are capable of accessing their torque at all times. You don't have to downshift to fourth to access the extra power needed to pass a slow-moving car; you just stomp on the accelerator, and there it is.

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PlayStation Experience 2016 Live Stream

The event has just kicked off in Anaheim. I heard rumors that we may be seeing a new PaRappa or Marvel vs. Capcom game…

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EA Says No Battlefield Next Year, New Star Wars Battlefront Instead

You’ll have to wait for a new Battlefield, but the next Battlefront is expected to come out in the Fall. Expect much more content, including source material that goes beyond the original trilogy—will I finally be able to play as Jar Jar?

EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen stated that a new Battlefield title wouldn’t be releasing for a "couple of years." Instead EA will be pushing Star Wars Battlefront‘s sequel (Star Wars Battlefront III 2, maybe) as their big fall shooter. The latest title in EA’s bread-and-butter Battlefield franchise came out last month to excellent reviews and high sales. However, for now, EA hasn’t announced any future plans for the series aside from the four expansion packs that will be coming to Battlefield 1 over the next year.

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Friday December 02, 2016

[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 evaluation of the In Win Classic Series 750W power supply, followed by our Serious Sam VR mGPU NVIDIA GTX Pascal Follow Up article. Finally, we wrapped things up with part one of our Watch Dogs 2 Video Card Performance Review.

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Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds

As crazy as this may sound, people actually chose free streaming content over paying for it. In other news, water is wet, sky is blue, wasting money on studies like this is nothing new.

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Contest: ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer 3.1 Giveaway @ OCInside

ETC.: Creative iRoar Go Speaker @ Vortez

D-Link Performace Series Enthusiast Router @ eTeknix

TP-Link Archer Tri-Band Router @ FunkyKit

Motherboards: GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming @ TechGage

Storage: WD My Passport 4TB @ Legit Reviews

Facebook Exec: We Resisted Having Standards On Fake News

Blah, blah, blah, more lip service, blah, blah, blah, making stuff up as we go along, blah, blah, blah, pulling stuff out of our ass, blah, blah, saying what you want to hear, blah, blah. -Facebook

"For so long, we had resisted having standards about whether something’s newsworthy because we did not consider ourselves a service that was predominantly for the distribution of news. And that was wrong!" Schrage said during a panel on the media’s role in the election. He added: "We have a responsibility here. I think we recognize that. This has been a learning for us."

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‘Avalanche’ Network Dismantled In International Cyber Operation

Europol, along with a number of other international agencies, says that it has brought down the Avalanche botnet platform. The four year investigation resulted in five arrests, 37 premises searched and 39 servers were seized while an additional 221 servers were taken offline.

The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, 5 individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. Also, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing[1] to combat botnet[2] infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked.

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Atlas Robot Getting Better At Chasing Sarah Connor

Sure, this video doesn't specifically mention Sarah Connor by name but you and I both know that's where this is heading.

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FCC: AT&T's DirecTV Plan Violates Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has written a letter to AT&T warning the company that its DirecTV plan violates net neutrality rules. The company has two weeks to respond. Again, if there were no data caps, this wouldn't be an issue. frown

"We have therefore reached the preliminary conclusion that these practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet," FCC wireless bureau chief Jon Wilkins writes in the letter, which requests a response from the company by December 15th. "These are incredibly popular free services available to millions of customers," AT&T said in a statement. "Once again, we will provide the FCC with additional information on why the government should not take away a service that saves consumers money."

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ZeniMax Threatens Fan-Made DOOM Rougelike With Takedown Notice

It's kind of odd that these guys got a takedown notice but the crew behind Brutal DOOM has Zenimax's full support. I guess it doesn't matter, a "spiritual successor" has already been launched and, thanks to the free publicity, the Kickstarter for the renamed project is almost certain to hit its goal.

Zenimax Media, parent company of Bethesda, has threatened legal action against DoomRL, a free browser-based Doom roguelike inspired by the popular FPS. The email states that DoomRL is intentionally seeking to attract users using a Zenimax trademark, and asks that all such trademarks and references to the IP be pulled immediately.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced @ Blue's News

Dead Rising 4 Official Launch Trailer @ Shacknews

GTA 5 Online's Next Update Announced @ GameSpot

New Andromeda Initiative Video @ VG24/7

Watch Dogs 2 Video Card Performance Review Part 1

Part 1 of our Watch Dogs 2 Video Card Performance Review is now online. What does it take to run this game at 1080p? What about 1440p? 4K? Hit the link for the answer to those questions and more.

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Watch Dogs 2 has been released on the PC. We will have a three part evaluation of performance and image quality starting today with performance comparisons. We will also find the highest playable settings for each graphics card and the gameplay experience delivered. Finally, a graphically demanding game.

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Seagate Skyhawk 10TB Review

There is a review of the Seagate Skyhawk 10TB hard drive posted today at Overclockers Club. I like how this review points out all the things you could use the extra storage space for...without mentioning porn. wink

You'll now probably be asking... what's all this cost me? Amazingly, this 10 TB monster of a drive will set you back just barely over four cents per GB stored! That's right, for essentially $400, you can have 10 TB of reasonably fast and reliable storage for your DVR, surveillance system, NAS, or gaming rig. Even compared to its immediate predecessors, that's a step up in storage capacity per dollar.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: Cougar Immersa Headset @ ocaholic

Cougar Immersa Headset @ pcGameware

Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED Keyboard @ Tech Report

Storage: Seagate IronWolf 10TB HDD @ APH Networks

Video: ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4GB @ techPowerUP

Foxconn Manager Stole 5,700 iPhones

This guy definitely qualifies for Stupid Criminal of the Day. Aside from the fact that those stolen phones have to be activated to be used, how in the hell do you think you aren't going to be caught when you have eight employees helping you steal that many phones?

A former senior manager at Taiwan's technology giant Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China to pocket around US$1.56 million (S$2.2 million), Taiwanese prosecutors said Friday. Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics maker and assembles products for international brands such as Apple and Sony. It employs about one million workers at its factories across China.

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How Video Games Change Us

I'm not trying to be a dick but (uh oh, here it comes), to avoid criticism about my lack of knowledge on the subject, I don't write articles about Narnia books. I also believe that people that write Narnia books probably shouldn't write articles about video game violence unless you are an expert on the subject.

It often seems that the more thoughtfully or seriously someone writes about video games, the less they end up wanting to go on writing about them. This can result not only from the toxic, defensive raging of a substantial part of gaming’s fan base but also from a dawning realization that many of the most popular and sophisticated games—perhaps especially those games—remove their players from their humanity in some immeasurable way.

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8 Minutes of Prey Gameplay Footage

Bethesda has just posted a new eight minute Prey gameplay video that is certainly worth the time to watch. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled with this title only being "Prey" in name but, the more I see of it, the more I am warming up to it.

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Danish Prosecutor Indicts Uber Over Driver Violations

Damn! We were so close to making through a whole week without Uber being sued or indicted. For its part, Uber says that it welcomes the opportunity to clarify its legal position to the prosecutor.

Ride-hailing group Uber Technologies' [UBER.UL] European business has been indicted in Denmark on charges of assisting two drivers in violating taxi laws, the Copenhagen police's head of public prosecutions said on Friday. The indictment of Uber BV is a test case seeking judicial assessment of possible complicity by the company in illegal acts by its drivers, Copenhagen police's top prosecutor Vibeke Thorkil-Jensen's said in a news release.

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Oculus: Over 50 Rift Titles Will Support Touch Controllers At Launch

Oculus announced yesterday that over 50 Rift titles will support Touch controllers at launch. You know the folks over at HTC have to be thinking "that's cute." wink

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Video Game Awards Muted By Google After Copyright Complaint

If you missed the live 4K stream of the Video Game Awards last night and wanted to watch it today on YouTube, you are out of luck. It seems the audio track has been muted due to a copyright complaint. How funny is that? YouTube totally advertised this as one of it's premiere 4K streams...and then it instantly muted the video once it played. Good job YouTube. frown

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NVIDIA Launching An AI Podcast

Few things are more interesting than good conversation. And, right now, few things are more worthy of a good conversation than AI. Driven by deep learning — a technology that’s mysterious even to some of the people who have conjured it — AI is remaking everything in the world around us. That’s why we’re launching the AI Podcast today. Its host is longtime technology journalist Michael Copeland, whose elegant prose once made its home at Wired and Fortune magazines (and now graces our blog). Our goal: To help everyone who knows they need to get smart about AI get their heads around the topic. And use it as a new way to look at the world it’s changing.

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