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We here at OverclockersClub love to give things away to our members, and today we have a new contest for you. Noctua, purveyors of exceptional CPU coolers, has three heat sinks to give away. If you want a chance to win either the NH-D15, the NH-U14S, or the NH-U12S, then you are in luck! Any one of these CPU coolers can help keep your system from going thermal, and just may help you get to that next level of overclocking. The rules for this contest are fairly simple: take a picture of your current heat sink in your computer and post it in the contest thread. As these are all desktop coolers, only users with desktop computers are able to enter. However, the contest is open world wide, so there are no restrictions other than the type of computer you have.

The Noctua giveaway will last for two weeks (until November 2), so there is plenty of time to enter. All entrants can have the picture either attached in their post or hosted on a file sharing website (like Imgur). If you are one of the lucky winners, you have 48 hours to respond, or else it will go to someone else. Good luck to all who enter!

October 25, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:41PM PST by ClayMeow
Amazon Sitting on $83 Million of Unsold Fire Phones

If you've yet to see someone using an Amazon Fire Phone, you're not alone. Even after Amazon slashed the price to $0.99 with a two-year contract less than two months after launch, sales have not been good. Now, with Amazon revealing its third quarter results, we have learned just how big of a failure the Fire Phone has been. Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the quarter, recording a $170 million charge, "primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs." According to CFO Thomas Szkutak, Amazon currently has $83 million worth of unsold Fire phones sitting in inventory. Ouch!

With the recent releases of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 – three phones from the two biggest smartphone players – it doesn't look like it'll get better for Amazon's Fire Phone anytime soon.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:50PM PST by ClayMeow
Action-MMO TERA Getting First Official Expansion, Fate of Arun

More than two years after its initial launch, MMORPG TERA is getting its first expansion, entitled Fate of Arun. TERA has received several updates over the years, as expected for an MMO, but Fate of Arun is by far the biggest update yet and certainly worthy of the "expansion" classification. Fate of Arun increases the level cap to 65, adds in the lands of Northern Arun with a brand-new storyline, and brings new quests, zones, dungeons, skills, gear, and a new PvP battleground.

TERA is available to download and play for free via the official site and will be coming to Steam later this year. There is no North American release date for Fate of Arun just yet, but it will also be free for everyone.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:03AM PST by gebraset

Sundar Pichai, who has been at Google since 2004 and took on overseeing Google Apps in 2012 and Android in 2013, has been promoted by Larry Page, Google’s CEO, to oversee some of the company’s most important products and services. Pichai will now have direct oversight on a plethora of core offerings by Google, which include advertisements, Android, Chrome, Docs, Gmail, Google+, maps, search, and research. Page implemented the promotion for Pichai due to his desire to offload some of his own management duties, allowing him to focus more heavily on overall business strategies for the technology giant as it continues to expand. Despite the shift in management Pichai still falls under Page, who remains the top product guru at Google.

Source: Re/code

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:38AM PST by gebraset

Revolv, a company that prides itself on its self-titled smart hub that helps actively manage smart homes through a smartphone application, has been officially acquired by Nest. Revolv noted on its website shortly after the acquisition that "Together, we’re going to create some amazing products and continue to unify the connected home as part of the Works with Nest program." Financial details regarding the acquisition were not released by either company, but sales of the Revolv smart hub have been halted by Nest due to the takeover. While new customers are not be able to purchase the smart hub from Revolv, existing customers will be provided with continued service and customer support. The device’s one-year warranty will still be honored as well, and data gathered from the smart hub will continue to follow the privacy statement by Revolv, staying separate from Google.

Source: PCWorld and Revolv

October 24, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:10PM PST by ClayMeow
Codemasters Announces Toybox Turbos, Coming November 11

Depending on your age, you may remember the Micro Machines series of racing video games based on the toy line of miniature vehicles of the same name. Today, developer Codemasters announced that its returning to its miniature racing titles of the 1990s with Toybox Turbos. "Toybox Turbos features 35 vehicles to collect and customise, ranging from sports cars and dragsters to emergency vehicles, taxis, ice cream vans, construction vehicles, milk float, moon buggies and more!  Each can be raced in six super-charged game modes; players sprint for the line in Classic Races, set their best time in Time Trial, pass as many turbocharged toys as possible in Overtake, avoid getting wiped out by the tide in Escape, beat the clock in Countdown and take down bosses in Elimination mode. To gain the advantage, gamers can collect and use a range of power-ups spread liberally around each circuit, including, but not limited to, machine guns, mines, electronic pulses and, of course, giant hammers!"

The game contains 18 circuits inspired by childhood locations filled with obstacles and short-cuts. Best of all, not only is there four-player local and online multiplayer, but you can also mix and match the two. Toybox Turbos is coming to Windows PC via Steam, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 11 for $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99.

Source: Press Release

Comments (1) | Posted at 07:01PM PST by ClayMeow

Ubisoft has revealed the PC specs for Assassin's Creed Unity and they're fairly beefy. At a minimum, you'll need an Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz, 6GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM). Recommended specs are an Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM). No matter what your specs, the game only supports 64-bit versions of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8/8.1, and you'll need 50GB of hard drive space.

Along with the PC specs, Ubisoft released a new video that delves into the immersive, open-world gameplay. Narrated by Creative Director Alex Amancio, the video shows off Paris and the various side quests Unity provides.

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Season Pass is also available with eight hours of additional content, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, a unique 2.5D reimagining of the franchise.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog [1] & [2]

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:29PM PST by ClayMeow
Explore the Midlands and Himalayas of Far Cry 4's Kyrat

Two weeks ago, Ubisoft released the first in a series of Far Cry 4 videos that introduces us to the various regions of Kyrat. While that first video focused on the Lowlands, the second video focuses on the Midlands and Himalayas. The Midlands are home to lush forests, exotic animals, and Kyrat's drug trade. The region is under the control of Dr. Noore Najjar, Vice Lord of Kyrat, who not only supervises the aforementioned drug trade, but also manages the brutal Shanath Arena, where gladiators face off against wolves and tigers to the death.

While the Midlands are certainly a dangerous place, they're nothing compared to the "wicked windswept peaks" of the Himalayas. Not only must you deal with the Royal Army's elite, ravenous wolves and show leopards, and frequent avalanches, but it's also home to the Sky Prison, a craggy gulag carved into the side of a mountain. The prison's warden is Yuma, a former triad gangster and commander of the Elite Royal Guard.

Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18. A Season Pass is also available, featuring a co-op escape from the aforementioned prison.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:58PM PST by ClayMeow
Feast Your Eyes on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

As promised, CD Projekt RED debuted the opening cinematic for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt earlier today during the Golden Joystick Awards. Entitled "The Trail", it shows protagonist Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursuing Geralt's long lost love, a powerful sorceress named Yennefer of Vengerberg. The trailer is both beautiful and gruesome.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 24, 2015.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:23PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

As though holograms were not cool enough already, now quantum holograms may have a potential use for storing quantum information. As published in the European Physical Journal's EPJD, researchers at St. Petersburg State University have successfully retrieved information from a quantum hologram.

Holograms are a well understood means for storing optical information but have not been used before to store quantum information. Normally they store information using light intensity, but for a quantum hologram the medium that holds the information has to be able to store a quantum superposition. Superposition is a quantum phenomenon whereby quantum objects can exist in mutually exclusive states at the same time. To actually write the information onto the medium, the researchers had to be able to shape the control field in both space and time. The control field is the reference light used to write and later read information from a hologram medium.

Eventually the researchers would like to see quantum holograms used to store quantum signals but also to transform their quantum states. This ability would be useful for quantum communication and computation.

Source: European Physical Journal

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:55PM PST by CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Announces Versa H34 and H35 Mid Tower Cases

Thermaltake has announced the addition of a pair of mid tower cases to its lineup, the Versa H34 and H35, designed "specifically designed for gamers and home-computer builders." The cases feature a transparent side window, dust filters, and stress-free cable management. Up to two 5.25" drives can be installed along with three 3.5" or 2.5" drives in modular bays, with an additional two spaces for 2.5" drives behind the motherboard tray. Two 120mm fans are included with the case and the case has enough mount points to support eight 120mm or 140mm fans.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:42AM PST by gebraset
GIGABYTE Releases GA-H81M-Gaming 3 Motherboard

GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry, has reworked the H81M-WW micro-ATX motherboard and has officially released the GA-H81M-Gaming 3. The latest gaming motherboard from GIGABYTE is very similar to the H81M-WW, with the only notable differences being a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot, an improved PCH heatsink, and an Intel-made gigabit Ethernet controller. The board is being marketed at entry-level builders who are looking for a motherboard that can support inexpensive and value driven gaming components while stiff offering plenty of features.

According to the GIGABYTE website the GA-H81M-Gaming 3 motherboard is currently available for purchase, but searches on Amazon.com and Newegg fail to yield any results at the time of this writing.

Source: GIGABYTE and techPowerUp

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:17AM PST by gebraset

RiteAid, one of the largest drug store chains in the United States, is currently not accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments across 4,600 stores. While Apple Pay was fully functional at RiteAid when the Apple payment system launched on Monday, it was disabled shortly afterwards for reasons that are unknown. The customer service department confirmed that payment systems that utilize tapping are currently not welcome, and a representative for the company stated that "We just can’t take it at this time." It is not known if the drug store chain has disabled all NFC payment abilities on its terminals, or if transactions from Apple Pay and Google Wallet are the only payments being blocked.

Source: TechHive

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:06AM PST by gebraset

Google has revealed that the next update to Android Wear, which is available today for compatible devices, includes support for GPS sensors and music playback. Smartwatches that have a built-in GPS sensor can now be used to track routes, distance, and speed, all without the need of a smartphone. The Android Wear update also adds music playback capabilities, allowing smartwatch users to store music on their watch and listen to it via Bluetooth headphones.

Currently, the Sony SmartWatch 3, which is available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless and will soon be on sale through Google Play, is the only Android Wear watch to feature a built-in GPS sensor. All other Android Wear smartwatches currently on the market will be able updated to include the new music playback functionality.

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:03AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

There are many chemical reactions we would like to be able to do, such as converting hydrocarbons into fuels, but the processes tend to require prohibitive amounts of energy. To overcome this issue, catalysts are used, which reduce the amount of energy needed at any one time, by adding intermediate steps. Researchers at Ames Laboratory have recently modelled the movement of particles through narrow channels, which these catalyzed reactions may someday occur in.

One way to improve catalytic reactions is to increase the surface area of the catalyst, as that provides more reaction sites. To that end, researchers are investigating using porous nanoparticles, as the channels within them have a great deal of surface area. The size of these channels is important though, because the narrower they are, the more of them can exist, but if they are too narrow, molecules will not be able to pass through them. This is why the Ames researchers have created a model of mesoporous nanoparticles to simulate how molecules will behave when passing each other, in a narrow channel.

Due to the complexity of the processes involved, the researchers called upon those experienced in theoretical chemistry and applied mathematics. The hope is to optimized the size of the pores in mesoporous nanoparticles, and thereby their performance.

Source: Ames Laboratory

Comments (2) | Posted at 08:40AM PST by gebraset

AMD has significantly reduced the cost for the majority of its APU lineup, making the CPU and GPU combination more attractive than ever for value orientated consumers. Newegg previously sold the A6-7400K for $85, the A8-6600K for $99, the A8-7600 for $110, the A10-6800K for $140, the A10-7700K for $159, and the A10-7800 for $165, but is now selling the AMD APUs for $58, $92, $92, $112, $123, and $133, respectively. The top of the line Kaveri APU from AMD, the A10-7850K, is now retailing for $143, a notable decrease from its previous $189 price tag.

Along with reduced pricing, AMD is offering APU customers a coupon code for one of three games for the rest of the month. Consumers who purchase an APU between now and the end of October will qualify Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, or Sniper Elite 3, with Thief and Sniper Elite 3 supporting the Mantle API from AMD.

Source: ExtremeTech

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:16AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many of the solar cells you can find today are made of ultra-pure silicon, which is a slight problem as such silicon is energy intensive and expensive to make. It is necessary though, for solar panels to efficiently generate electricity. However, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed a way to create solar cells of a different geometry, made of less-pure silicon.

The new design borrows from fiber optic fabrication by coating silicon fibers in glass, and heating them both up. Once heated, the silicon will melt and the glass will soften enough that they can be stretched, forming a long, thin glass fiber with a silicon core. This process naturally purifies the silicon, be melting and re-solidifying it within the glass. These fibers can then be made into vertical rod radial-junction solar cells, with electrons in the silicon absorbing the energy from the light and being captured at the junction on the surface of the silicon. Planar solar cells, for contrast, must be made of ultra-pure silicon because of the distance the electrons must travel to reach a junction or electrode.

As this manufacturing approach is based on the technique for creating bulk silicon-core fibers, producing solar cells from dirty silicon this way would be rather cheap. The catch is that prototype has only achieved 3.6% efficiency, which is far below commercially available solar panels. Of course, that will change as the technology is further developed.

Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:55AM PST by bp9801

The end of another week is upon us, with plenty of reviews to help get you to the weekend. There is a look at the MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G video card, which offers a custom cooler and factory overclock to keep you gaming longer. We have a review on the In Win D-Frame Mini case, a shrunken version of the unique D-Frame case that is catered to the Mini-ITX crowd. The Dark Power Pro 10 850W power supply from be quiet! gets put to the test to see how well the SeaSonic-built model stacks up. There's plenty more to check out too, including Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM, a mouse from Gamdias, and  performance of the new Civilization: Beyond Earth, so be sure to hit up all the links below.

Video Cards
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D

In Win D-Frame Mini @ TechSpot

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz 16GB Quad Channel @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W @ ThinkComputers

Gamdias APOLLO Extension Optical Gaming Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Civilization: Beyond Earth Performance: Maxwell vs. Hawaii, DX11 vs. Mantle @ PC Perspective

Podcast #323 @ PC Perspective

October 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:13PM PST by CheeseMan42

The latest offering from Lian Li is the PC-Q26 case designed for Mini-ITX motherboards. The brushed aluminum case has plenty of room in the interior with space for up to ten 3.5" drives and a single 2.5" drive. The side panels are easy to pop off and thumb screws make for easy assembly and maintenance. Up to three 120mm fans can be installed in the front panel with a top 120mm fan and an 80mm rear fan. Magnetic dust filters help to ensure the inside is kept nice and tidy. Graphics cards up to 190mm in length can be installed alongside CPU coolers up to 150mm in height. The PC-Q26 is available now at an MSRP of $189.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:12PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Traditionally a camera's zoom works by changing the distance between lenses. While this does work, it is not particularly ideal, given the size of the necessary mechanics. Adaptive zoom however uses a different approach that requires a less-bulky system, and now researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have successfully brought this technology to riflescopes.

For our eyes to focus on an object, muscles must flex a lens, causing its focal length to change. Adaptive zoom works in the same way, though the lenses are now polymers and the muscles are, in this case, piezoelectric materials. More accurately the muscles are an ultrasonic piezo motor that move a rotor and lead screw, which flex the lenses. The use of an ultrasonic motor is important as it allows the focus and zoom to be maintained, even when power is lost. When tested, this new system showed it could complete 10,000 actuations on just the power of two AA batteries.

Adaptive zoom is not a new technology, but this is the first time it has been built into a riflescope for the military with the Rapid Adaptive Zoom for Assault Rifles (RAZAR), which can change from high to low magnifications at the push of a button. The change in magnification happens quickly and does not require the user to move their hands or eyes, which could save their life in a firefight. This technology could also see use in other optical devices, such as binoculars and cell phone cameras.



Source: Sandia National Laboratories

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:23PM PST by gebraset

Microsoft has revealed that on December 1, 2014, it will be discontinuing the free Xbox Music streaming feature that is currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet. According to Microsoft, the company is focusing its efforts on making Xbox Music the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience customers, and as a result, free music streaming over Xbox Music is being retired. Users of Xbox Music who want to continue using the service will have to purchase an Xbox Music Pass, which provides access to millions of songs on a PC, phone, tablet, Xbox, and the web.

Source: Xbox Music

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:24AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

What would science fiction be without guns going pew pew with laser bullets? The question can also be, what would reality be with those bolts of energy, and researchers at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences decided to find out. The researchers filmed the laser pulses traveling down a hallway, watching for how they illuminate the area.

Of course a normal camera cannot actually film a light pulse, as light travels too quickly. To overcome this issue, the camera was connected to the laser and recorded consecutive frames for different pulses, combining them into a single film. As the physics involved does not change with each pulse, the film provides all of the information as though the camera recorded just one pulse. Those pulses, by the way, were femtosecond long and 10 terawatts in power. That high power is especially important as it allowed the pulse to create a plasma fiber in the air, as it traveled. This caused the laser to self-focus, allowing it to travel much farther without degrading.

The laser itself had a frequency in the near infrared, but as it traveled through the air, it produced a white light, which is important for potential uses of the laser. White light contains many frequencies, and if this laser were used in a LIDAR system, those frequencies could be used to measure certain elements and compounds in the atmosphere.



Source: EurekAlert!

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:29AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

A device's LCD display can easily be one of its greatest power drains, thanks to the backlight needed to actually show the image. This is not the only power draw though, as the pixels themselves require energy to maintain an image. Bi-stable displays however, can eliminate this requirement, and now researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have created a bi-stable display that can also show 3D images, as reported in The Optical Society's Optics Letters journal.

Liquid crystal displays operate by twisting the liquid crystals within each pixel, causing different amounts of polarized light to escape. Normally the twisting is controlled by an electric field, but in bi-stable displays the crystals are set in place using a flash of light. This removes the constant power draw and the electrodes to deliver the energy, allowing the displays to be thinner and more efficient. The Hong Kong researchers went a step further with their design though, by building three zones into the display with different polarizations. With the proper glasses and filters, the displayed image will be 3D to the viewer.

Before you prepare to throw out your current monitor or television, the display is far from commercially viable. Currently it is only greyscale and has a refresh rate too low to show video. The technology could still see use with ereaders and possibly in credit cards, as an added security measure.

Source: The Optical Society

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:49AM PST by bp9801

The week is winding down, but not before there are some items for you to check out. We have a review on the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ motherboard, which is focused on getting you the most out of your games. There is also a look at the Tt eSPORTS Captain Dracco gaming headset, with its rather nice style, large ear cups with 50mm drivers, and a flexible microphone. Wrapping up today's assortment is an article looking at small form factor PCs and how they, and specifically Intel's NUC platform, can take over the world.

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ @ Benchmark Reviews

Tt eSPORTS Captain Dracco Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers

Small Form Factor the new world order @ LanOC Reviews

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:53AM PST by gebraset
ID-COOLING Launches the SE-214X CPU Cooler

ID-COOLING, a cooling solution provider focusing on thermal dissipation and fan technology research and production, has released its SE-214X CPU cooler. The latest product from ID-COOLING features a massive heatsink that incorporates four direct contact copper heatpipes, massive aluminum heatsink fins, and a unique aluminum stick, which helps support the firmness of the heatsink while ensuring continuous contact between the SE-214X and the processor. Concerning the 120mm fan attached to the heatsink, it features rubber pads within the fan frame, specially designed blades that provide massive amounts of airflow, and PWM. The SE-214X is compatible with high profile memory and includes a full set of universal mounting brackets, making it ideal for any mainstream Intel or AMD application. 

Source: Press Release

October 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:55PM PST by ClayMeow

Respawn is about to unleash its biggest update ever for Titanfall, with the highlight being an all-new four-player co-op game mode called Frontier Defense. Playable on every map, including DLC maps, Frontier Defense sees you and your team battling increasingly intense waves of AI combatants, including: "hordes of Grunts and Spectres, stealthy Sniper Spectres and Cloak Drones, explosive Suicide Spectres and Nuclear Titans, ranged Mortar Titans, and even melee-resistant Arc Titans!" You can earn and deploy stationary turrets, as well as switch loadouts at new Loadout Crates.

While Frontier Defense is the only new game mode that will be available tomorrow when Game Update Eight goes live, it's not the only new game mode that will be coming to the game over the coming weeks. Deadly Ground will arrive November 5, which sees the ground covered in deadly, electrified fog in either Hardpoint, Capture the Flag, or Marked For Death. Meanwhile, Marked for Death Pro will arrive November 26, bringing "classic round-based intensity" to Marked for Death.

While new game modes are always the most exciting additions, there's a whole lot more being added in this free update. Ranked Play will enter beta tomorrow and last at least through the month, allowing Respawn to gather metrics needed to finalize details. All Gen 10 players receive beta access along with five invites to hand out to friends, earning an additional three invites each day. Capture the Flag is getting Sudden Death, where respawning is disabled. Each primary game mode of each map now have three stars to earn, providing additional challenges. There's now a full-screen map you can pull up if the mini-map is too small for you to coordinate with your team. And much more.

Lastly, there are also a bunch of improvements and optimizations, including new graphics settings for high-end PCs: HBAO and TXAA (2x or 4x). The latter requires an NVIDIA GPU.

Source: Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:05PM PST by ClayMeow
CD Projekt RED Teases The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Opening CGI Trailer

CD Projekt RED will be debuting the opening cinematic for the highly anticipated open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this Friday during the Golden Joystick Awards. Entitled "The Trail", the trailer will be made available at thewitcher.com/thetrail following the Awards, but today, the studio released a ten-second teaser if you just can't wait that long.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 24, 2015.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:52PM PST by CheeseMan42

As we near the end of October and Halloween draws closer, Valve has enabled the past five Scream Fortress events in Team Fortress 2 in anticipation of this years all new event. Valve has done this in the best interest of gamers as rushing right into this years event would be equivalent to "going from an idle state of terrorlessness to a shrieking nightmare of solid 100% terror almost instantly." It's time to load up the game and take on Merasmus and the Horseless Headless Horseman while you wait to see what tricks and treats Valve has planned.

Source: Team Fortress 2 Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:45PM PST by CheeseMan42
G.Skill Launches Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD

The Phoenix Blade Series is the latest solid state drive offering from G.Skill, this time built into a PCIe form factor. The drive uses four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 configuration to create a 480GB array of MLC NAND flash capable of bandwidth "up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs." The PCIe x8 interface allows for read and write speeds up to 2,000MB/s and up to 245K IOPS.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:17PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Batteries are a big deal and we keep creating more technologies that rely on them. Naturally we also want the batteries to last longer than they currently do. One way to potentially achieve this is with lithium anode batteries, and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that could help bring those batteries out of the lab.

In theory a lithium anode battery would offer the highest known theoretical capacity, when used with an aqueous electrolyte. The problem here is that lithium and water react violently together, so something must keep them separated in the battery. What the ORNL researchers have done is identified a new separator called LLZO, which is a cubic garnet material. Unlike some other separators, LLZO is able to withstand very extreme alkaline environments, even staying stable at a pH value over 14.

This great stability can indirectly increase some battery's energy density, as some have turned to diluting the aqueous solution to keep other separators from failing. By removing the need to dilute, the battery can be smaller, bumping its energy density up.

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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