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Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler

NH-L12We have just taken a look at the Noctua NH-L12 Low-Profile CPU Cooler.  This cooler has a pretty low profile and can even operate without the large top fan for an even lower profile.  Performance is pretty good all around, but if you want the best performance, you'll have to turn it up.  Please check our review for all the details.

At the end of the day I can quite easily declare the Noctua NH-L12 low-profile cooler a winner. For a cooler that sports a low profile even with both fans installed (and an even lower profile if you remove the top fan), the NH-L12 doesn't sacrifice performance like most other low-profile coolers we've tested in the past have.


Android Sales are Up

Apple only has product releases every few months, but Android devices are always hitting the shelves.  According to the latest stats, Android is not up to 900,000 activations a day! That includes tablets as well as phones according to Engadget.  Still, this is pretty amazing and it means I'll have more writing to do for App Pick of the Week!

It's been awhile since we learned how many unique Android devices were switching on every day; the last time was at Mobile World Congress, when Google's senior mobile VP Andy Rubin confirmed 850,000 activations a day just as we were fruitlessly practicing our Catalan. He's now chiming in with word that the daily rate is up to 900,000 cellular-enabled phones and tablets as of June.

 

It wouldn't surprise me if they make the Guinness Book for the most devices sold or activated in 2012. 


Odds and Ends

Bayan Audio 7 iPod Speaker Dock - eTeknix --=-- Microlab SOLO7C Speakers - Vortez --=-- NewerTech NuGreen Flexible Neck LED Desk Lamp - NikKTech --=-- NewerTech Power2U (USB Wall Power) - TweakTown --=-- Microlab FC330 2.1 Speaker Kit - XtremeComputing --=-- Pioneer Elite X-SMC4-K Music Tap Network Audio Player - TweakTown


Lenovo Ditches Dongles

Lenovo feels your pain when it comes to signing up for long-term contracts or fussing with USB 3G sticks, MiFi devices and the like and is now offering a contract-free solution called Lenovo Mobile Access.  There a few options that include quick email checking, day passes and monthly passes as well.  It's worth a look if you've got a 3G equipped Lenovo laptop.

Designed to fit the needs of both individual and "prosumer" customers, Lenovo Mobile Access delivers broadband connectivity that's available anytime, anywhere yet users pay only for the access they need. Flexible, no-contract payment options let casual users buy a "Time Pass" for as little as USD 1.95 for 30 minutes or USD 8.95 for one day1-perfect to quickly sync email or ensure online access during travel. Users with more frequent connectivity requirements, or who work with large media files can purchase monthly plans with 2GB or 6GB of data access, along with the option for automatic monthly renewal.


Video Game Action

As is typical of a Monday morning here at BCCHardware, we have a link to the latest video game releases for the week.  ShackNews has all the info, but we have snagged their basic list below.

PC

  • Krater (download - $15)
  • The Adventures of Shuggy (Steam)
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (download)
  • Splice (download - $10)


360

  • Babel Rising (XBLA)
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Lollipop Chainsaw


PS3

  • Babel Rising (PSN)
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Lollipop Chainsaw


PSV

  • Gravity Rush
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • PulzAR (PSN)


PSP

  • Gungnir


NDS

  • 7 Wonders II (DSiWare - $8)
  • Devil Band: Rock the Underworld (DSiWare - $2)
  • iCarly: Groovy Foodie!

 

If you want to check out a few new games, take a look at Mad Riders for the XBLA at HardwareHeaven.  They also take a look at Sorcery for the PS3 and Game of Thrones for the PC.  To round up the game reviews, Techgage shares their thoughts on Max Payne 3 for the PC.


Storage Stack

As we finish up the news for this fine Monday morning, we've got a few storage bits to share.



Unreal Engine 4 Action

Get your first look at a real time in-engine tech demo of Unreal 4 in this GT.TV walk-through with Epic's Sr. Technical Artist Alan Willard!

Thanks @jaymorrison


 

Apple seeks to block Samsung Galaxy S3

It was really only a matter of time before the next round of Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits came around, this time Apple is asking that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 be blocked from selling in the U.S. This of course isn't the first time Apple has tried to stop Samsung and chances are good won't be the last. SFGate has the full story on this lawsuit as well as some of the previous Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits.

Apple Inc. sought to block sales of Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest Galaxy smartphones in the U.S., deepening their worldwide patent dispute and raising pressure on the maker of the biggest iPhone competitor.

Apple asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to include the Galaxy S III in its request to block sales of Samsung products in the U.S., according to a June 5 filing by the Cupertino, California-based company. The Samsung phone will go on sale in the U.S. this month after the U.K. release in May, Apple said.


Megaupload users can have their files back

After being shutdown for almost half a year, Megaupload users might finally be able to get their legitimate files back with a couple stipulations. Obviously this is good news for the people who used Megaupload for legitimate purposes, however, one still has to ask wonder how someone could upload everything to a site a keep no backups, especially if it was important enough to file a lawsuit over. TorrentFreak has the story.

Almost half a year has passed since Megaupload’s servers were raided by the U.S. Government, and still there is no agreement on how former users can retrieve their files. Previously the authorities and MPAA have objected against such a mass retrieval, but in a filing at the court today the movie industry changed its tone. The MPAA states that users can have their files back as long as access to copyrighted files is blocked.


Change your last.fm password

Following in the steps of Linkedin and eHarmony this week who both had major security issues, Last.fm is the latest to have issues and is recommending you change your password. Of all the sites that have been hacked Last.fm is the only one who actually warned users and didn't deny the rumors until it was glaringly obvious that they'd been hacked. The Verge has the details.

Following in the ignominious footsteps of LinkedIn and eHarmony, Last.fm is today disclosing that it too has suffered a security breach that has led to "the leak of some Last.fm user passwords." The note from the company doesn't go into any more depth than that, with a related tweet adding that a security issue is being investigated and advising that, as a precaution, all users should log in and change their passwords.


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