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June 28, 2017

Toshiba Sues Western Digital Over TMC Sale Interference, Improper Trade Secret Acquisition

Things are getting heated between Toshiba and Western Digital as Toshiba has recently filed a lawsuit against Western Digital over alleged violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and Civil Code, and is seeking $120 billion yen ($1.07 billion USD) in compensation along with a permanent injunction. In their recent press release, Toshiba accused Western Digital of intentionally delaying the sale of TMC (Toshiba Memory Company) and improperly obtaining trade secrets through their joint venture partnership.

Toshiba claims that Western Digital delayed the sale of TMC by publicly and privately exaggerating its “consent right”, a clause in Western [...]

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June 27, 2017

Intel Coffee Lake CPU Benchmarks Spotted in GeekBench Database

After early performance numbers were spotted on Intel’s upcoming 6-Core Coffee Lake CPUs on the SiSoft Sandra benchmark database, new Coffee Lake benchmarks are now appearing in the GeekBench database.

While GeekBench results page shows the CPU as Kaby Lake, the specs show a 3.19GHz, 6-core/12-thread processor with 1.5MB of L2 and 12MB of L3. This is consistent with the specs from the previously leaked SiSoft Sandra benchmarks.

According to the benchmark page, the CPU scored 4619 single core score and 20828 multi-core score.

As expected, this puts single core performance higher than AMD Ryzen and multi-core score somewhere in line [...]

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June 27, 2017

OpenIV Mod Tool is Back: GTA V Modding Community Scores Major Win

Last week, the GTA V modding community was in an major uproar after popular modding tool OpenIV was shut down by GTA V publishers Take-Two and Rockstar Games.

Shortly following the shutdown, the GTA V modding community voiced their feedback on GTA V through multiple outlets, chief among them GTA V’s review page on Steam which went from positive to mixed within a matter of hours with tens of thousands of recent reviews showing overwhelmingly negative.

Realizing the monumental screw-up that had occurred, Rockstar and Take-Two reversed their decision on banning mods and updated their online knowledge-base to say, “Rockstar Games believes in reasonable [...]

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June 27, 2017

Synology Releases Surveillance Station 8.1 Beta

Synology has recently announced the release of Surveillance Station 8.1 Beta, a new upgrade to the Surveillance Station software included in their popular NAS systems.

The new update brings some much needed improvements and some new features to surveillance station including HTML5 support, a new home mode feature, intercom camera integration, GPU acceleration, remote recording archiving, and POS integration.

Those with a newer Synology NAS with support for Surveillance Station 8 can now download and test the beta. More information about the update as well as instructions on accessing the beta is available at the Synology website here.

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June 27, 2017

AMD Vega Frontier Edition vs Titan Xp Previewed: Faster than Titan Xp in Compute, Strong Gaming Performance

PC World was recently given the opportunity to preview AMD’s upcoming Vega Frontier Edition graphics card ahead of its release date and revealed some interesting findings about the highly anticipated graphics card.

The first is that the AMD Vega FE is significantly faster than Nvidia’s Titan Xp in compute. This was tested using SPECViewPerf 12.1 and Cinebench R15 (OpenGL). In the Catia and Creo benchmark, the Vega FE performed 28% faster, Solidworks, the Vega FE performed 50% faster, and in Cinebench, the Vega FE performed 14% faster. Considering the Vega Frontier Edition is designed to be a workstation graphics card, this isn’t surprising as Nvidia [...]

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June 27, 2017

Flaw Discovered in Skylake and Kaby Lake Hyper-Threading: Microcode Updates Advised

Own an Skylake or Kaby Lake processor with Hyper-Threading? It may be a good time to update your system UEFI/BIOS and CPU microcode. A critical flaw in Intel’s implementation of Hyper-Threading was recently revealed by the Debian Linux mailing list.

The critical flaw, which exists on all Intel 6th Generation “Skylake” and 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” processors with Hyper-Threading may cause “unpredictable system behavior” under a specific set of circumstances.

According to the Intel’s official documentation:

Errata: SKZ7/SKW144/SKL150/SKX150/SKZ7/KBL095/KBW095 Short Loops Which Use AH/BH/CH/DH Registers May [...]

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June 26, 2017

Nintendo Announces SNES Classic, Confirms September Release

For retro gamers who loved Nintendo’s re-release of the NES Classic last year, Nintendo is back again, this time with a re-release of the SNES Classic. Earlier this morning Nintendo of America’s Twitter let this bombshell out!

Super Mario World, Earthbound, Star Fox 2 + 18 more games? Now you’re playing with super power! #SNESClassic launches 9/29. pic.twitter.com/BPPGjpskPT

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 26, 2017

According to Nintendo, the SNES Classic will retail on September 29th for a retail price of $79.99 and it includes such classic games like:

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June 25, 2017

Review: APC Smart-UPS 1500VA Battery Backup (SMT1500)

Business Class Power Protection

For mission critical business systems, UPSes are a critical necessity as a single brown out, power surge or power outage could easily cost thousands of dollars worth of lost time, lost data and damaged equipment. Despite the fact that UPSes are an obvious necessity, it’s always a surprise to find many businesses that rely on nothing more than a simple surge protector or PDU to power their servers and workstations.

Today we’ll be reviewing a business class UPS, the APC Smart-UPS 1500 (SMT1500). Unlike typical consumer grade UPSes, business class UPSes offer longer run-times and typically also offer pure sine-wave power output to [...]

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June 24, 2017

Guide: How to Download YouTube Videos on PC, Mac, Android, iOS Free

YouTube is amazing. There’s no question about it. In fact, according to YouTube’s metrics as of 2016, we watch as much as 1 billion hours of YouTube per day. However, there’s just one really annoying thing about YouTube. You can’t watch YouTube without an internet connection, which really sucks if you’re stuck on a 12 hour flight, have a really restrictive data plan, or simply want to make sure your professionally made wedding video doesn’t buffer when you’re showing it to your in-laws.

However, there is a solution. Today, we’ll be showing you how to download and save YouTube videos so you can watch them offline on your [...]

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June 24, 2017

Review: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X – 3 Months Later

The AMD Ryzen Flagships

AMD launched their newest Ryzen CPUs to great fanfare back in March and while we found performance to be good in our launch review of the Ryzen 1700, we noted that there were quite a few growing pains that needed to be fixed before Ryzen could really shine against Intel. As such, rather than publishing another review of Ryzen on motherboards using incomplete BIOS firmware and badly optimized Windows, we decided to wait it out until AMD and its motherboard partners roll out the badly needed updates to allow Ryzen to really shine in all its glory.

As such, today we’ll be finally reviewing the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X, the flagship AMD [...]

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