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September 21, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 02:58PM PST by ClayMeow
Dragon Ball Xenoverse Officially Coming to PC via Steam

Namco Bandai Games has released a TGS 2014 Trailer for Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and in doing so confirmed that the game will now be coming to PC via Steam, alongside the previously announced console versions. While this is the 15th Dragon Ball fighting game released on home consoles (and thus why it's abbreviated Dragon Ball XV), Xenoverse marks the first time a Dragon Ball game will be released on PC. The announcement comes less than a week after NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution launched on Steam; another popular manga fighter published by Namco Bandai.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is planned for a March 2015 release on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Namco Bandai



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:57AM PST by gebraset

iBUYPOWER, a company that boasts superior performance, reliability, cutting edge technology, and timely production, has announced that a full range of gaming systems that carry the newly released NVIDIA GTX 980 GPU are now available. With the latest high-performance video card from NVIDIA, which features the impressive Maxwell architecture, gamers can expect an unparalleled gaming experience with PC titles that are currently available, as well as titles that will be released in the future. The Senior Vice President of iBUYPOWER, Darren Su, stated that "iBUYPOWER always guarantees its customers that we carry and support the latest technology and NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 are no exception."

Information about the technology and performance that the NVIDIA GTX 980 offers, as well as a selection of systems that feature the latest graphics card from NVIDIA, can be found on the iBUYPOWER website.

Source: techPowerUp


September 20, 2014
Comments (5) | Posted at 02:42PM PST by ClayMeow

Since OverclockersClub is predominantly a computer site, we tend to only post gaming news that involve or affect the PC gaming landscape. I mention this because right now Final Fantasy XV is only confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But with the new-gen consoles basically (watered-down) PCs, the recent announcement of all three Final Fantasy XIII games coming to Steam, the high likelihood of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD coming to PC, and all the other Final Fantasy games that have been brought to PC (and well received, I might add), it seems almost guaranteed that Final Fantasy XV will be making its way to PC eventually.

While people argue back and forth regarding Western RPGs versus JRPGs, the one thing that is almost universally accepted is that, when it comes to graphical fidelity, Western RPGs have always been far superior. Western RPGs like the Elder Scrolls, Witcher, and Dragon Age franchises have been leading the charge for quite awhile now, but Square Enix is about to change that with Final Fantasy XV. While it still has the Japanese styling, particularly for its characters, everything else about FF XV looks more akin to those aforementioned Western RPGs than JRPGs of the past.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:25AM PST by gebraset

Apple recently announced the next generation of the iPhone, the iPhone 6, which was able to set a sales record for the company after four million phones were preordered by eager customers. Although iPhone 6 pre-orders were set to ship out yesterday, it has come to light that the iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing massive shipping delays. According to Verizon Wireless, iPhone 6 Plus orders will not ship out until October 24, 2014. AT&T has noted that it could not promise iPhone 6 Plus orders until November, while Sprint failed to provide a shipping timeline and T-Mobile simply stated that it would honor all preorders. Even the Apple retail store is currently listing a three to four week shipping timeframe, which seems to be the shortest of all delays announced.

As more orders come in for the iPhone 6 Plus, which seems to be the more popular model when compared to the iPhone 6, the delays will likely continue until additional units can be manufactured.

Source: PCWorld


Comments (0) | Posted at 08:15AM PST by ClayMeow
NVIDIA Uses Maxwell GPU Architecture to Prove Apollo 11 Moon Landing Was Legit

NVIDIA's debut of the GTX 900 Series graphics cards issued in the first wave of Maxwell-based GPUs; an architecture that is pretty damn impressive. Among its many features (such as Dynamic Super Resolution), NVIDIA "designed Maxwell to solve some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing." NVIDIA's game demo team decided to test the capabilities of its new technology in a rather unique way, recreating the moon landing scene in Unreal Engine 4 using one of Maxwell's key technologies – Voxel-Based Global Illumination, or VXGI.

VXGI is a new and improved representation of the way light bounces from one object to another in real time, by breaking a scene's geometry into many thousands of tiny boxes called voxels (essentially a pixel in 3D). Maxwell accelerates the creation of these voxels using a technology called "multi-projection", which lets the GPU process the geometry just once for each box's six sides. So how did the demo team use this technology to prove the legitimacy of the moon landing?

Conspiracy theorists have argued for decades that Buzz Aldrin's suit must have been lit from something other than the sun, since the sun was behind the lunar module. The only explanation was that it was an auxiliary light source... in a studio. The photo was just too perfect. After NVIDIA's demo team "researched the rivets on the lunar lander, identified the properties of the dust coating the moon's surface, and measured the reflectivity of the material used in the astronauts' space suits," NVIDIA got to work on recreating the scene. Not only was the demo team able to reproduce how the light illuminated Aldrin, proving there was no artificial light source, it was also able to prove that the reason there were no stars in the photo was simply due to the exposure level of the camera.

NVIDIA's demonstration is quite the fascinating and unique use of a technology we typically think as only applicable to gaming or rendering. So now that one of the top conspiracy theories has been debunked, what's next for the green team? The Kennedy Assassination?

Source: Press Release and NVIDIA Blog



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:56AM PST by gebraset

Sony has recently revealed that users of the Sony Entertainment Network online store can now watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters and hit TV episodes from the newly launched Video Unlimited web player. The new web player eliminates the need to download content through a separate application, and boasts support for Windows and Mac machines. Easy to use playback controls have been integrated into the Video Unlimited web player, and full screen mode is supported as well. Owned and previously rented content is also available for immediate viewing. In order to access the Video Unlimited web player, users simply need to navigate to the Sony Entertainment Network online store, rent or purchase an available video, and then select the “Watch Now” button.

The new web player is currently available to all Video Unlimited countries, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:30AM PST by gebraset

Google Maps, which provides Android and iOS users with free driving, walking, and bicycling directions, has announced that it has expanded to support 20 additional countries. The countries that are now able to use the navigation feature found within Google Maps, which still happens to be in beta, include Angola, Bahamas, Bolivia, Botswana, Fiji, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tobago, and Trinidad. While those residing in these countries will benefit the most from this announcement, travelers who visit these countries will also benefit from being able to find their way through areas that are unknown to them.

Source: Android Central



September 19, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:21PM PST by ClayMeow
Sleeping Dogs Sequel Triad Wars is a

We have known that a sequel to Sleeping Dogs has been in the works for quite some time now, but until now all we had was a name: Triad Wars. Most people assumed, reasonably so, that Triad Wars would be like its predecessor – a third-person, open-world action game for PC and consoles. Well, not so fast. According to developer United Front Games, Triad Wars is an "upcoming PC online game." Nothing else was divulged, but the studio did post an interesting Vine video:

According to Triad Wars Community Manager James Baldwin, more will be unveiled on Tuesday, September 23 at 12PM PST via a reddit AMA.

Source: United Front Games and Twitter



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:07PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

They say great things can come in small packages, and it appears that may be true, if you can think of a dwarf galaxy as 'small.' Researchers at the University of Utah have discovered that a dwarf galaxy may have at its center a supermassive black hole many times larger than the one at the center of our own Milky Way.

M60-UCD1 is a so-called ultracompact dwarf galaxy orbiting M60, which is one of the larger galaxies in our area. The researchers had previously examined the dwarf galaxy, noting the rate at which it was emitting X-rays. The rate matches that of gas falling into the supermassive black holes of other, much larger galaxies. Using the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, the researchers determined that M60-UCD1 may have at its core a supermassive black hole weighing it at 21 million solar masses. With a total mass of 140 million solar masses, that black hole would make up 15% of the galaxy's mass. For comparison, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way comes in at 4 million solar masses, but our galaxy weighs 50 billion solar masses (50,000 million, to be clear).

The obvious question is how could a dwarf galaxy have such a large black hole at its core? The researchers suggest that the dwarf galaxy is possibly what remains of a once larger galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is more expected. When it passed by another galaxy, likely M60, most of the gas and stars were stripped off, leaving what looks like a dwarf galaxy behind. If this is accurate, then other dwarf galaxies may also house similarly large supermassive black holes.

Source: University of Utah



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:52PM PST by ClayMeow
Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy Coming to PC via Steam; First Game Arrives October 9

Earlier in the month, I posted that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD would likely arrive on PC via Steam following the console release. Many Final Fantasy games have been released on Steam over the past year or so, including the most recent release on Tuesday: Final Fantasy IV. But now perhaps the biggest piece of evidence that Square Enix is embracing PC gaming JRPG fans – the full Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is coming to Steam.

The first game, Final Fantasy XIII, will be arriving on Steam October 9 for a mere $15.99. Pre-ordering earns you a 10% discount, dropping the price to $14.39. Its sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and the sequel to that, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, will also be coming to Steam next Spring. I'm sure once all three are released, there will be some sort of trilogy pack for purchase, but no word on that.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:05PM PST by CheeseMan42

Netflix users have been able to use a variety of devices to view the popular video streaming service, and Ubuntu users will soon find themselves on that list as well. Support for Ubuntu can be enabled with a series of modifications, but this new update will enable native support. An update will be rolled out for the Network Security Services library to users of the current Long Term Support release, 14.04, within the next two weeks, while version 14.10 will have a compatible version from the start. Paul Adolph of Netflix recently posted to the Ubuntu Developer mailing list to explain the process, "Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed. If this version is generally installed across 14.02, Netflix would be able to make a change so users would no longer have to hack their User-Agent to play."

Source: OMG Ubuntu



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:30AM PST by bp9801

NVIDIA has launched its newest king of the hill video card, with the GeForce GTX 980 offering some truly impressive numbers across the board. It runs on the GM204 Maxwell core, which has a maximum TDP of 165W. That is a crazy low wattage for a high-end video card, especially one that is rocking 2048 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, 128 texture units, 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and 5.2 billion transistors. Core clock speed comes in at 1126MHz, while that 4GB of memory is running at 7000MHz. The cooler is the same style as NVIDIA's recent ones from the GTX 700 cards, yet should still have the same effectiveness as it is a pretty standout model. Enough talking, onward to the reviews!

NVIDIA GTX 980 @ OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 @ Neoseeker
Maxwell Makes Its Debut: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 & GTX 980 @ TechSpot
Maxwell is Here! GTX 980 is Now Revealed! @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA GTX 980 @ LanOC Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 @ Benchmark Reviews



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:18AM PST by bp9801

The end of the week is upon us, and that means there are some reviews to help send you off right. We have a look at the ASUS Maximus VII Formula, which is the company's new ROG motherboard for the Intel Z97 chipset. There's also a review on the AMD Kabini APUs and how the company has brought back the Athlon nomenclature. The LUXA2 GroovyR 360° Micro Wireless Wall Mount Speaker gets put to the test to see how well it can handle all your tunes. Wrapping things up for the week is a new podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews.

CPUs
Return of the Athlon: AMD Brings Kabini to the Desktop @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
ASUS Maximus VII Formula @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
LUXA2 GroovyR 360° Micro Wireless Wall Mount Speaker @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
Podcast #318 @ PC Perspective



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:18AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many children once envisioned that when they grew up, their work attire would be a spacesuit. While it is easy to say that spacesuits are cool, future spacesuits may have a very different look to them in the future. Researchers at MIT are working on a design that could see modern bulky spacesuits replaced with suits that are effectively a second skin.

Spacesuits are really just small spacecraft with life support systems to keep the occupant warm and at a livable pressure. Modern designs achieve that pressure using gases, but the design the researchers are working on would rely on mechanical pressure instead. That pressure would be delivered by coils of a shape-memory alloy. These materials are special metals that can learn a specific shape that they will return to, when heated to a certain temperature. Below that temperature, the alloy is pliable like a paperclip. The idea is to incorporate these coils into the spacesuit, which will be flexible enough for an astronaut to put on, and once on the alloys will be heated to return to their learned shape, which will be smaller, pulling the suit onto the person.

While tests show that such a spacesuit would be able to apply the needed amount of pressure to a body, it does have the problem of requiring temperatures that would eventually cook the astronaut, unless a locking mechanism can be developed. Given the reduction in weight and potential increase in mobility though, you can bet that the flaws will be worked out eventually.

Source: MIT



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:17AM PST by ClayMeow
Wasteland 2 Has Officially Launched, 25+ Years After the Original

The 25+ year wait is finally over for fans of one of the most iconic and influential RPGs in video game history, Wasteland. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, followed by Steam Early Access, Wasteland 2 has now officially launched. With seven squad members to manage, 80+ hours of gameplay, 300+ characters to meet, and a total word count of 550,000+, I think it's safe to say inXile didn't pull any punches in making the sequel the very best it could; one deserving of the Wasteland name.

Wasteland 2 is currently available for purchase from most digital download retailers, including Steam and GOG, for a mere $39.99. A Digital Deluxe Edition is also available for $59.99, which not only includes a copy of the game, but also copies of both Wasteland 1 and The Bard's Tale, along with three digital novellas set in The Wasteland world, Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format, and an incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:53AM PST by ClayMeow

There was a slight reprieve two days ago to unveil Alien: Isolation's Survivor Mode and Season Pass, but now Creative Assembly is back with the fourth entry in the #HowWillYouSurvive video series. This time around, what plays out in the video is curiously not really tied into the title, "Hear You Scream" – but then again, "in space, no one can hear you scream."

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site.

Source: Creative Assembly



Comments (2) | Posted at 07:36AM PST by ClayMeow
NVIDIA Announces Dynamic Super Resolution, Providing 4K-Quality Graphics on Any HD Monitor

Downsampling has often been a trick by modders as an alternative to anti-aliasing. By running a game at a high resolution beyond what your monitor can support and then downsampling (rescaling) the image to your monitor's native resolution, you get some gorgeous, crisp visuals that is often much better than any form of anti-aliasing can accomplish. But downsampling always required hacks or external tools, and it was never flawless. NVIDIA decided to address that, with what it's calling Dynamic Super Resolution.

Introduced with the Maxwell cards, as seen in our NVIDIA GTX 980 Review, Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) is essentially that same downsampling, but at the driver level, which should in theory be more reliable and stable. "DSR improves upon this process by applying a high-quality Downsampling filter that significantly improves image quality, by making Downsampling compatible with all monitors, by removing the need for technical know-how, and by integrating DSR into GeForce Experience, enabling gamers to apply DSR Optimal Playable Settings with a single click." Within GeForce Experience, if your GPU has the capability to play a game at 4K, DSR will be recommended in the "Optimal Playable Settings" for that game. Best of all, if a game isn't optimized for 4K, and thus doesn't have a user interface that scales correctly, DSR will not be recommended. No guessing required!

As of today, DSR is only supported in the GTX 900 Series, but NVIDIA plans on rolling it out to "similarly powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards" in the future. That probably means the TITANS and high-end GTX 700 Series cards will get DSR support eventually, but time will tell.

Source: NVIDIA



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:50AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

According to quantum mechanics, the quanta that make up the Universe exist in a wave-particle duality. The interpretation that has been traditionally used of this is the Copenhagen interpretation, which treats all particles as waves, and that measuring the wave causes it to collapse down to a particle. This is not the only interpretation though, and one that some of the founders of quantum mechanics is getting new life breathed into it, thanks to a recent experiment at MIT.

Pilot-wave theory presents a very different interpretation of the quantum world as instead of treating particles as the result of observing waves, it keeps them as particles. These particles are on top of some kind of wave though, which influence the particle's trajectory and that explains the wavelike behavior of the particles. The experiment the researchers did involved vibrating a bath of fluid at a rate just below what would cause waves to appear on the surface. A drop of the fluid was then dropped onto the surface, causing waves to radiate from the impact. That droplet was then propelled by those waves, similar to how the pilot-waves would influence the movement of a particle.

As the researchers do point out, there are many quantitatively and qualitative differences between the quantum theory and fluid experiment, which prevent it from being actual evidence of the theory. However, they could be philosophically similar enough to suggest that pilot-wave theory be reexamined with the new tools of chaos theory and the results of this experiment. Perhaps in the future it or another interpretation may become the new standard.

Source: MIT



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:15AM PST by gebraset
TRENDnet Releases the N300 Outdoor Access Point and Two Antenna Kits

TRENDnet has announced the availability of the N300, its latest outdoor access point, as well as two antenna kits that pair with the device. The N300, model TEW-739APBO, includes support for access point, wireless distribution system, repeater, and CPE + AP modes, and features an IP67 rated aluminum housing. According to the TRENDnet Marketing Director, Zak Wood, the N300 is able to withstand extreme weather conditions while providing blanket wireless for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications. The latest outdoor access point from TRENDnet does requires antennas that are sold separately, which is why the company has also released the 4/6 dBi Surge Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit, model TEW-AO46S, and the 5/7 dBi Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit, model TEW-AO57. Both antenna kits enable the N300 to provide broad coverage, and are also compatible with 802.11ac/n/g/b/a routers and access points with N-Type female connectors.

The N300 carries an MSRP of $299.99 while the 4/6 dBi Surge Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit and 5/7 dBi Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit carry an MSRP of $84.99 and $44.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


Comments (0) | Posted at 04:48AM PST by gebraset
Lian-Li PC-V359 and PC-Q36 Now Available in Two New Color Options

Lian-Li, one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers of aluminum PC cases in Taiwan, has just revealed that their PC-V359 and PC-Q36 modular cases are now available in two new color options. Champagne gold as well as red and black make the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 even more intriguing to system builders who require unique color choices for their next case. Both products feature amazing modularity, as the side panels can be removed effortlessly after the acrylic top panel is removed with four thumbscrews, providing full access to hardware in a matter of seconds. The PC-V359 and PC-Q36 feature full aluminum construction, a see-through acrylic top panel and front window, and side 240mm radiator support.

The two new color options from Lian-Li will be available in the North American market next month. The PC-Q36 in red and black will retail for $164 while the gold version will be on sale for $179. The PC-V359 is a bit more expensive, with the red and black version selling for $199 and the gold version retailing for $219.

Source: Press Release


September 18, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 05:17PM PST by ClayMeow
The First Ten Minutes of Ori and The Blind Forest Shown Off in Prologue Video

Unveiled during Microsoft's E3 2014 Press Conference, Ori and The Blind Forest is a gorgeous 2.5D Metroidvania platformer featuring the titular Ori and his companion Sein. Developer Moon Studios has not only released some brand new screenshots for the game, but has also published the full Prologue, featuring the game's first ten minutes.

Ori and The Blind Forest is expected to arrive Holiday 2014 for Windows PC and Xbox One, with an Xbox 360 version to follow in 2015.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:34PM PST by CheeseMan42
Tesoro Updates Shrike Mouse

Tesoro is releasing an updated version of the Shrike Laser Gaming Mouse with new looks and capabilities. The Shrike is now available in orange, white, yellow, and brushed silver in addition to the initial offering of black. The maximum DPI of the mouse has been bumped to 8200 and still features 128kb of onboard memory, adjustable weights, and eight programmable buttons. The updates are rounded out with improved software and RGB lighting.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:57PM PST by CheeseMan42

The G910 Orion Spark RGB is the latest mechanical keyboard from Logitech and it features the exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, which offer "25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination." Each key has customizable LEDs that can be set to 16.8 million different colors with precision optics ensuring even illumination. Also included with the keyboard is Arx Control, a new app that sends information to your mobile device "including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls." Director of Logitech Gaming Vincent Tucker described the Orion Spark saying, "This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key."

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:19PM PST by ClayMeow
Atari Debuting Alone in the Dark: Illumination Gameplay During NVIDIA's GAME24 Event

When NVIDIA detailed its GAME24 event, it promised to have some "surprises" from various game publishers. One such publisher will be Atari, who will be showing off gameplay of survival horror Alone in the Dark: Illumination for the first time. Developed by Pure FPS, Illumination is the sixth installment of the Alone in the Dark franchise and is the first one to feature online and co-operative play. Atari will be taking the stage during GAME24 at 12AM PDT as part of the event's livestream.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination takes place in the abandoned town of Lorwich, Virgina, after a flood devastated the town and its once prosperous mines. Of course it wouldn't be much of a survival horror game if there wasn't a mystery surrounding the disaster... and some dark forces to contend with. Players can choose between four different characters and "fight their way through the darkness-infested town of Lorwhich, using weapons, magic and the power of illumination to beat back the monstrous hordes" with up to three other people.

The four heroes, along with their weapons and abilities, include: The Hunter, with an AK47, M4, P90, and Flamethrower; The Witch, with a Colt, Lightning Strike, Creature Control, and Lightning Crawler; The Priest, with Heaven and Hell, The Lord's Blinding Light, Cleansing of Sinners, and The Binding Word; and The Engineer, with a Beretta, Pump Shotgun, The Tesla, and Comet.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination features next-gen lighting design and effects thanks to Unreal Engine 4, bringing brand-new dynamic gameplay options and atmosphere. And with it coming exclusively to PC, expect no compromises on visual fidelity. The game is planned for a Fall release via Steam.

Source: Press Release and Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:00PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

In the quest for a superior battery, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have developed a new long-lasting battery. This battery design is a bit different from what you will find in your devices though, as it is a nuclear battery.

Nuclear materials have seen various energy uses over the years, from large-scale power plants to small thermoelectric systems, like those in some space missions. This battery operates in a different way though, by using betavoltaics instead of any use of thermal energy. In betavoltaics, the nuclear material, in this case strontium-90, emits beta particles into a water-based solution, which increases its electrochemical energy. A titanium dioxide electrode coated in platinum then collects and converts that energy into useable electricity.

With the battery's long life and efficiency, it could see use in automobiles and in space flight. It is likely worth noting that controlled nuclear technologies need not be dangerous, such as those that are used in fire detectors and emergency exit signs.

Source: University of Missouri-Columbia



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:41AM PST by gebraset

Amazon has pushed another update to its Fire operating system, which currently runs on a variety of devices such as the Amazon Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablets. The latest update that brings Fire OS to version 4 adds in the ability to have separate profiles on the same device, scan information from tablets with Firefly, and share paid applications, books, and Prime Instant Videos with family members located at the same billing address. Fire OS 4 aims to improve battery life with a new smart suspend mode that activates when a device is idle, and also contains the infamous ASAP technology that predicts and loads video content in advance. Other improvements that Fire OS 4 brings are a preloaded version of WPS Office, print support, and private browsing through the Silk browser.

Fire OS 4 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and will be pre-loaded on Amazon's latest tablets, come to the Fire Phone early next year, and be released for Kindle Fire HDX tablets sometime in the near future.

Source: PCWorld


Comments (0) | Posted at 10:15AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Some day we may see parts of our computer using photons instead of electrons to carry information. Photons can carry information faster and are more efficient at doing so, but the necessary components, especially emitters, are difficult to make. Researchers at MIT have recently found that one material that could work as a light source can be tuned to produce specific frequencies.

Monolayers of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) have very good optical properties that could be integrated into optoelectronic chips. These good properties come from, in part, the direct band gap of the material, which makes it easier for excited electrons to drop in energy, emitting a photon in the process. Normally MoS2 is used just as a single layer, but the MIT researchers worked with it in pairs of layers. The presence of the second layer did reduce the intensity of the emitted photons, but it also interfered with where the excited electrons would drop to. Instead of dropping back to the same MoS2 layer, the electrons could drop into the other layer, releasing a photon of a different frequency. The specific frequency could be tuned by controlling the relative angle between the two layers.

With the ability to tune the frequencies of the photons, optoelectronic chips could be designed to carry information along multiple frequencies, like what is done currently to increase bandwidth. Naturally MoS2 does have competition as a light source, but being a thin film keeps it simple and cheap to produce, unlike the 3D, complex systems also being investigated.

Source: MIT



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:29AM PST by ClayMeow
There is a New Badass 9-minute Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer, For Realsies

Nine-plus minutes of Borderlands humor, explosions, and insanity? Yes, please! Gearbox Software has released a new trailer for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel entitled "An Introduction by Sir Hammerlock AND TORGUE!", and sure, I can go ahead and list all the awesome stuff featured in the trailer, wasting my time and yours, or you can just go ahead and click the Play button and watch it yourself because... REASONS!

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launches October 14 in North America and October 17 elsewhere for Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Gearbox Software



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:25AM PST by gebraset
BitFenix Introduces the Pandora Chassis

BitFenix, a company that is focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, has just unveiled its new Pandora computer case. The latest chassis from BitFenix is designed specifically for home theaters environments, as the tool-free aluminum side panels provide a sleek and sophisticated look that integrates nicely in any home decor. BitFenix Pandora can fit into compact areas, even if not used within an entertainment environment, as the chassis measures just 160mm wide. Despite its compact size, BitFenix has incorporates a direct airflow design and has also ensured that modern components can still be used by system builders, as Pandora supports GPUs up to 350mm in length, PSUs up to 180mm in length, and water cooling radiators up to 240mm in length and 120mm in width. Although the case does support water cooling, owners who prefer air cooling can install two 120mm fans in front and one 120mm on top, with all intakes within the case being outfitted with removable dust filters. 

An interesting feature of the BitFenix Pandora is that it comes with a 2.4-inch TFT screen that is hidden behind the front panel. This feature, which is known as BitFenix ICON, displays the BitFenix logo by default, but is fully customizable. In order to display other icons or photos, owners of BitFenix Pandora simply download the required software from the company website and drag a picture into the software. Within seconds, the image that was dragged into the software is displayed onto the screen in full color, allowing for endless customizability.

BitFenix Pandora is available in black and silver, and can be purchased with optional window panels and without BitFenix ICON.

Source: Press Release


Comments (0) | Posted at 07:52AM PST by ClayMeow
Styx: Master of Shadows Launching October 7... with Many Ways to Die

It's rare for a publisher to release a video of a player failing over and over, but that's exactly what Focus Home Interactive did today for Styx: Master of Shadows. Staying true to its word, Focus Home has continued the trend it started two weeks ago of releasing a new gameplay trailer every week until the game's October release. The trailer this time around is entitled "Die Harder", and as you can surmise from the title and from what I said earlier, it basically shows the player dying over and over in a variety of ways. But it's not simply about the player dying, but how he's discovered that has me excited. Arguably the most important aspect in any stealth game is the AI, and in Styx, the AI seems more than competent. No matter where you hide, you're never completely safe from prying eyes.

After watching the trailer above, you may have noticed that a parry icon appears at times, implying that the player could have escaped death if he was quicker. This is what Focus Home had to say: "When cornered, you will be able to parry yourself out of a situation... however, this is definitely not a silent option, and if you find yourself facing even just a few enemies at once, you're goblin toast. Purists will even be able to select the Goblin Mode difficulty, which means that whenever Styx is caught, he has no chance to fight back. Instead, he'll be shot, strangled, hammered, or sliced into pieces the second he's in range and noticed..."

Styx: Master of Shadows will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 7 with a very reasonable price tag of $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. Pre-purchasing the game on Steam provides a 20% discount, and the offer is actually good until October 13, meaning you could actually wait for reviews if you're on the fence! Kudos to Focus Home for offering a week one discount instead of just a pure pre-order discount!

Source: Press Release


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