OCC TECH NEWS
July 29, 2014
Ubisoft released a new Assassin's Creed Unity trailer today that introduces us to a young noblewoman name Elise, "determined to secure her place in the Templar dynasty amidst the chaos of the French Revolution." The trailer shows protagonist Arno Dorian racing over the rooftops and through crowds to prevent the beheading of Elise, who is apparently a central character to the game's story.
Elise will also star in the next Assassin's Creed novel by Oliver Bowden, told from her point of view and creatively titled Assassin's Creed Unity. If you still can't get enough of Elise, Ubicollectibles has designed an "Elise: The Fiery Templar" figurine, which can be assembled into a diorama with the "Arno: The Fearless Assassin" figurine.
Assassin's Creed Unity will release on October 28, 2014, for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The "Elise: The Fiery Templar" figurine will be released on October 14, while the novel will be available in November.
Source: Press Release and Facebook
Biostar has announced a series of new mini ITX motherboards with CPUs already installed, otherwise known as System on a Chip. The new boards have offerings for both Intel Bay Trail and AMD Kabini architectures with multiple options for each. A budget system will use either an Intel J1800 or AMD E-2100 in combination with a fanless design. A quad core Intel J1900 or AMD E4-5000 is a great choice for an HTPC with full 1080p playback and an HDMI connector. Other applications envisioned by Biostar include digital signage, thin clients, and kiosks.
Source: Press Release
Magnets have quite a number of uses, from entertaining and educating students to storing data. Magnetism itself is the result of the magnetic moments, or spins of particles in a material aligning. Researchers at MIT have recently found a phenomenon to do with magnons that can be used to cool magnets, remotely by a magnetic field.
Magnons are quasiparticles representing the collective spins of particles within a magnet. These quasiparticles are able to move through a magnetic when exposed to a magnetic field gradient. What the MIT researchers realized is that when the magnons move, they take heat with them, cooling part of the magnet. From this idea they built a theoretical model based on the Boltzmann transport equation, which has to do with electron transport in thermoelectrics, and plugged in numbers found in previous research papers. The results suggest that though small, the effect does create a cooling effect from a moderate magnetic field gradient.
Currently this work is purely theoretical, so we cannot expect to be cooling our electronics with it any time soon. It will likely first find a use in cryogenic systems, as the effect is more pronounced at low temperatures.
Back in January, the indie studio Two Tribes, best known for the Toki Tori series, announced that the company was being rebooted. In short, Toki Tori 2+ took way longer to develop than expected and never achieved the sales the company needed to stay afloat. Parent company Two Tribes Publishing remained intact, but the development studio shut down and a new, smaller one was created. At the time, we were told that a "much smaller team" was working on the company's next game, " a 2D side scrolling shooter, which will be re-using the existing Toki Tori 2+ engine," thus decreasing development time. Today, Two Tribes finally unveiled what that new project is: RIVE.
RIVE is "the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter" – a 2D shooter/platformer where "players learn to alter the behavior of their robotic enemies by collecting and uploading hacks." And it's all being created by a "base team of just three people." Check out the Announcement Trailer:
RIVE will be coming to PC via Steam and "all current consoles." No release date has been stated, but the game will be playable at Gamescom next month.
Source: Press Release
Electronic Arts has just announced EA Access, a new offering to gamers that provides access to plenty of EA games as well as special perks. The new program, which is available immediately in beta form for a limited number of Xbox One players, is a subscription-based model that is specifically tailored to Xbox One owners. In the beta state four games are available, including FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4; more games are scheduled to be added in the near future. Besides unlimited and instant access to EA titles, subscribers to EA Access receive special benefits that include 10% off purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store, 10% off membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium, and trials of new EA games up to five days before their respective release date.
EA Access currently costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. The service can be purchased through Xbox Live as soon as it is out of beta, and GameStop will even carry EA Access membership cards in local retail stores for those looking to purchase a subscription at a physical location.
Source: EA News
CNBC and FOX NOW have just been added to the Apple TV lineup as of this morning, providing owners of the device with even more entertainment and news. CNBC supports live broadcasts as well as previously aired content, though an active television subscription to providers such as AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, DISH, or Verizon is needed. Video clips are available through the CNBC channel, however, for those without a television subscription. FOX NOW on the other hand provides access to popular shows such as American Idol, Glee, Family Guy, and The Following. FOX NOW even features full episodes of returning FOX series the day after they air, dependent on individual television provider subscriptions.
Chemical sensors are very valuable tools for many situations, including protecting against bombs at airports and other public areas. Sometimes the sensors are expensive, manmade devices, requiring well-trained users, and other times trained dogs are used. Researchers at Tel Aviv University though have developed a new sensor that is cheap and easy to operate, while being significantly better than the alternatives.
The device the researchers built is a tiny chip with clusters of transistors on it. These transistors have been designed so that when a single molecule contacts them, it binds to them and affects their conductance. This change makes it possible to detect and even identify the molecule caught from the air, all in real-time. The chip is so sensitive to the molecules, that it can detect some in concentrations approaching parts-per-quadrillion, which is orders of magnitude better than other chemical sensors, and even dogs noses.
Thus far the prototype sensor has been tested against commercial blasting and military explosives, as well as some improvised explosive materials. By being faster, cheaper, and giving users the ability to identify detected chemicals, this sensor could go a long way to keeping people safe.
Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University
BioWare plans on releasing a series of videos for Dragon Age: Inquisition that each focus on one particular gameplay feature. The first such video, released today, focuses on combat. Considering a lot of the backlash for Dragon Age 2 focused on the simplified combat and removal of the tactical view present in the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins, this seems like a good starting point for the "Gameplay Features" series. And indeed, if you played the PC version of DAO, you'll likely be very pleased by what's shown in this new video:
Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.
Source: Official Site
Today we have a little bit of everything concerning gadgets and gear for your computer. First up is a review on the new NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, a more powerful entry in the SHIELD family, and the SHIELD Wireless Controller, so you can control all your games on the tablet with ease. We also have a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Convertible laptop, which has a durable body and a touch panel that is not pure gloss. Moving along there is a review on the Icy Dock MB981U3-1S hard drive dock that connects via USB 3.0 and can support 2.5 or 3.5" drives. The Carbonic mouse pad from XTracGear gets put to the test to see how this affordable option can help improve your mouse's tracking. Wrapping things up is a guide to smartphone camera hardware, covering the key photography terms you should be aware of and how smartphones compare to traditional cameras.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and Controller @ PC Perspective
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Convertible @ PC Perspective
Icy Dock MB981U3-1S Hard Drive Dock @ ThinkComputers
XTracGear Carbonic @ Benchmark Reviews
A Guide to Smartphone Camera Hardware @ TechSpot
Information can be very overwhelming for humans, which is part of the reason computers were developed, but even they can struggle. Massive datasets can slow even the best computers, and when results of some analysis are needed urgently, that can be a problem. Researchers at MIT though have developed an algorithm that can intelligently predict what information in a dataset will be useful, without the slow task of directly analyzing it.
To achieve this, the researchers turned to a probabilistic graphical model, which abstracts data into nodes, with connecting edges representing relationships between the nodes. By knowing the strength of the connections, one can quickly target what data is most valuable, and focus on them. Determining the strength can be complicated if nodes are connected by more than one path, creating a loop. To address this, the algorithm creates a spanning tree that dispenses with the loops and turns to Gaussian distributions to avoid distortion. It turns out that the probabilities represented by the graph are Gaussian, which means they can be described by their average value and variance. The uncertainty of the problem can be determined from the variance, but that does not require actually processing the data.
What all of this adds up to is a way to identify the most important and useful information in a dataset, without having to analyze the dataset. This results in the process being significantly faster, which could be very important if, for example, it is weather data being used to predict a storm's path that is being analyzed.
July 28, 2014
NVIDIA has developed a technique that uses two display panels with slightly offset pixels to improve the picture quality of low resolution LCDs. The researchers combined two 1280x800 LCDs with a polarization filter and custom software to help the panels act as one. The result is a "cascaded display" that "quadrupled the spatial resolution of the original panels." The new display resulted in an improved picture when compared to the original panels but still fell short of the source image.
Microsoft has announced a partnership with Intel and CircuitCo to help design a low price hardware development board similar in concept to the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The $300 board will be called Sharks Cove and is powered by a quad core Intel Atom Z3735G, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and a MicroSD slot. The board is more expensive when compared to other products in the marketplace, but Microsoft may be targeting different users with it. The Sharks Cove website states, "The primary target usage of the Sharks Cove board is for development of subsystems for Intel Atom based Tablets and Mobile devices, but this development board can be used for any Windows or Android based system which uses the Atom processor."
Source: Ars Technica
Superconductivity is a phenomenon many in the world have been waiting anxiously for, but achieving it is difficult. Typically the materials that can become superconducting must be cooled to very low temperatures, but the hope is to one day find or design one that would work at room temperatures. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have recently discovered an artificial crystal structure that should support superconductivity, and the principle behind it.
The structure the researchers describe is comprised of alternating layers of atomically thick layers of semiconductor and insulator. Specifically they describe the molybdenum disulfide as the two-atom thick semiconductor, with boron nitride being the few-atom thick insulator separating and cladding the semiconductor. When an electric field is applied to this structure, electrons and holes, the positively charged areas left behind by electrons, collect in the different semiconductor layers. Despite the separation, the electrons and holes are still bounded, forming indirect excitons. At a certain temperature, these excitons will achieve the coherent state of superfluidity, meaning that they will form a gas lacking any viscosity. This will also cause the phenomenon known as counterflow superconductivity.
What this all translates to is a blueprint for creating structures that become superconducting at a specific temperature. Presently that temperature is predicted to rest near that of other high-temperature superconductors, which is still pretty cold. As the blueprint can be applied to other materials though, it could lead to new understanding of superconductivity and other quantum phenomena.
Source: University of California, San Diego
Amazon has just launched its own 3D printing store, which features over 200 products for purchase from various creators of 3D printed goods such as Mixee Labs, Sculpteo, and 3DLT. The Amazon 3D Printed Products Store offers a little bit of everything, with jewelry, toys, games, tech-related items, and more all being available for purchase. Some of the items that are offered through the online store can even be customized with text and images, making each item genuinely unique. Customizations made by customers can be previewed within a new Amazon window where they can view a 360-degree image of the product being purchased, allowing for true representation of the 3D-printed product itself.
Rust is still in Early Access, but developer Facepunch Studios is already working on other games, which has stirred up a bit of controversy – although doesn't everything on the Internet these days? Let's forget for a moment that money brought in from Rust Early Access sales is going to fund other games instead of only being used to improve Rust – Facepunch's new game, Riftlight, actually looks kind of cool.
Riftlight is an arcade twin-stick shooter with "light-RPG stuff" like loot, character levels, abilities, and talent trees. Developer Adam Woolridge created a developer blog entry for the game, explaining that he wants it to be "colorful and different" and that there will be three different ship classes to choose from: Ranged, Caster, and Melee. The Ranged class would play similarly to what we've come to expect from a traditional twin-stick shooter, while the Caster will be a glass cannon, equipped with "cool spells and area of effect damage." The one that truly goes against the norm is the Melee class, which will be equipped with a close-ranged energy beam (sword) and centered around getting in close.
Each class has its own unique talent tree, which allows you to choose new abilities every few character levels. Each ability uses energy, which regenerates quickly over time, and many have cooldown timers, but each ship also has a basic attack from the start that is free to use, though generally less effective. In addition, the game will feature plenty of loot with randomly generated stats (and names). Based on the "placeholder inventory and stats screen," there seem be slots for weapon, hull, engine, shields, and power, along with three unnamed slots – definitely a lot of room for customization. Not only are the items randomly generated, but so are the maps. The plan is it to not just be random layouts, but also include random missions.
If all that sounds cool, even cooler is that you'll be able to bring along a friend...or two...or three. Online co-op for up to four players "needs a lot of improvement and more work," but it's already playable in the current alpha build. There is no ETA for a release, but Woolridge "want[s] to get a super-early playable version out so people can try it out." That won't happen until he has some more levels and content to play, nor is it clear whether that would be a demo download for free or if it would be another Early Access program.
While there's been a lot of outrage about Facepunch diverting resources to a new project, founder Garry Newman released a statement, assuring fans that Rust's development will not be affected and that the studio continues to push out new content and updates frequently for Rust. He also added more fuel to the fire, explaining that the studio actualy has "three other prototypes being worked on by Facepunch staff." A lot of the community anger stems from the fact that money from Rust is being used on these new projects, but Newman says it's no different than Apple taking money made from iPhone sales and funding development of the iPad. I'm not sure that's the best analogy considering iPhones are complete, finalized products, while Rust is not, but nevertheless, it is what it is. For better or worse, this is why Steam Early Access is such a controversial program – but hey, nobody is forcing anyone to pay for these "unfinished" games.
Source: Riftlight Devblog via PC Gamer and Newman's Blog Post
In 1985 it was discovered that carbon atoms can be arranged into a ball-like structure, dubbed buckyballs. This started scientists looking for other special carbon structures, as well as a search to determine if other elements can form similar structures. Researchers at Brown University have recently found that boron, carbon's neighbor, can, but it does have some important differences.
Buckyballs, or fullerenes are comprised of 60 carbon atoms, bound together in pentagons and hexagons. As boron has one less electron to bound with, this structure cannot be duplicated, but theoretically a cluster of 40 boron atoms could take on a different structure. Exactly what structure that would be, required extensive modelling by supercomputers, which provided binding energies for the different possible structures. These energies can act as fingerprints for molecular structures, so once the researchers produced the 40 atom clusters, they could measure what the structure is. To make the clusters, the researchers hit bulk boron with lasers, releasing a boron vapor that they then cooled with a helium jet. After isolating the clusters consisting of just 40 atoms, the researchers used another laser burst to get the binding energy.
The results showed that the boron clusters took on one of two structures, with one being like a sphere. Instead of being made of pentagons and hexagons like buckyballs, borospherene is comprised of triangles with six and seven-sided rings, with some atoms sticking out, making the structure less-than spherical. As it has only just been discovered, applications for borospherene are still unknown, though it could have potential for storing hydrogen.
Source: Brown University
As I stated last week, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is shaping up to be the very best LEGO game yet. Part of that is no doubt helped by an amazing voice-over cast, which includes the return of Troy Baker and Travis Willingham as Batman and Superman, respectively. While their return surely pleases many fans, the one that has everyone buzzing is the addition of Adam West, voicing himself as well as 1960's Batman. To celebrate West's return to the iconic role that made him a household name, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and TT Games has released a new behind-the-scenes Cast Trailer, featuring Baker, Willingham, West, and more. One thing that is immediately noticeable is how much each cast member enjoys this job, which definitely comes out in their work.
In addition to the video above, WBIE also released a whopping 80 new images (73 screenshots and 7 voice-over side-by-sides), which show off several characters, including multiple suits for Batman, Robin, Cyborg, Joker, and Lex Luthor. All the images are attached below.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS.
Source: Press Release
Waste heat is a problem for many systems, including car engines, power plants, and even solar cells. With solar cells the problem is not just the loss of energy as heat, but that increased temperatures decrease performance. As reported in the Optical Society's new Optica journal, researchers have found a new way to significantly cool solar cells, passively.
Sunlight is comprised of much more than just the visible light we see, and that solar cells convert to electricity. It also contains infrared light, which efficiently carries heat, and it will dump that heat onto solar panels, causing them to heat up to as much as 55 ºC (130 ºF). As even a single degree Celsius can drop the efficiency of a solar cell by half a percent, and 18 ºF can double the aging rate of a cell, such high temperatures are a problem. To address this, the researchers turned to silica glass, which is transparent to visible light, but can be shaped to manipulate infrared light. They tested both a flat layer of silica on a solar panel and a surface covered in cones and pyramids just microns in size. The more complicated surface performed significantly better than the flat surface, and nearly as well as the ideal design would.
What the complex design does is refract and redirect the infrared radiation away from the solar cell, keeping it cool. The researchers are now doing more experiments on the design and will be demonstrating their cooling scheme in an outdoor environment next.
Source: The Optical Society
The final week of July has arrived, and with it comes several items for you to check out on this Monday. We have a look at the Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD, which comes in at a pretty friendly price that most people should be pleased with. There's also the Crucial M550 series of SSDs, with the entire lineup getting tested to see how performance scales across the various capacities. Sticking with storage, but going a little more portable, is a review on the Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB memory card. Wrapping things up today is the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Android tablet, featuring a unique design that sets it apart from the crowd.
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD @ Madshrimps
Crucial M550 2.5" SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup @ PC Perspective
Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB @ Madshrimps
Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Android Tablet @ Benchmark Reviews
The leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals, Tt eSPORTS, has just released its latest input device, the CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard. The keyboard is unique, offering plenty of features like a sleek profile coupled with a membrane switch design for short travel distance to actuation, a removable cable design, dedicated multimedia keys, and a two port USB hub. The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER GO also comes with blue LED backlighting, which features five adjustable brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, as well as two side panel lighting accents. Macro support has been included too, with the keyboard sporting five dedicated macros keys on each side along with four profiles, for a total of 40 programmable macros.
The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard carries an MSRP of $59.99 and will be available globally next month.
Source: Press Release
July 25, 2014
Back in April, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) released a Story Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that explained what happened to protagonist Talion and his motivation in the game, yet it kept the wraith that unites with his body a complete mystery. I thought for sure the identity of said wraith would remain a mystery until the game released, but clearly I thought wrong. Today, WBIE released a brand new Story Trailer, entitled "The Bright Lord", which provides the rather shocking revelation. The trailer below is completely badass, but it also provides a major spoiler – one that I kind of wish I didn't learn – so I'm warning you now, if you already have the game pre-ordered, just don't watch.
If you read The Silmarillion, or simply keep up on your Middle-earth lore, the identity of the wraith may be quite the revelation. To avoid spoilers, I'm going to write the next quote from the press release in blue on a blue background, so if you watched the trailer and thus learned the identity, highlight the following to read it:
After being slaughtered alongside his family at the Black Gate, Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor’s™ protagonist, Talion awakes as if from a long slumber and must put the pieces together as to why he has been denied the peace of death.
Talion realises he is inhabited by a mysterious Wraith, who is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the greatest Elven Smith of the Second Age. Celebrimbor was deceived by Sauron into working with him to forge the Rings of Power. After they made the Rings, Sauron betrayed and murdered Celebrimbor as well as his family in circumstances that mirror the death of Talion and his family. This connection unites the two heroes in their pursuit of the Dark Lord.
Who is Celebrimbor?
• One of the most powerful elves of the Second Age
• He was responsible for crafting the Rings of Power alongside Sauron
• Celebrimbor was murdered by Sauron. The spirits of the Elves are immortal within Middle-earth, so Celebrimbor chose not to return to the Undying Lands after he was killed
• Celebrimbor wants to destroy the Dark Lord; as Sauron does not have the One Ring, Celebrimbor can become powerful enough to challenge him within Mordor.
• The power of Celebrimbor, as the maker of the Rings, is very closely tied with the power of the Rings
As announced earlier today, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Source: Press Release
Optiboost, an iBUYPOWER customization program that provides customers with upgraded hardware specifications for gaming computers, is now being offered on ASUS desktops. The program will allow iBUYPOWER customers to purchase an ASUS desktop and personalize it in ways never before offered, increasing performance and overall value. Examples of customization options that are available through Optiboost include upgraded processors, larger storage, and additional memory. Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER, noted that both companies together will bring trusted engineering, incredible customization, and tuning options to customers.
Multiple ASUS desktops are available immediately that support iBUYPOWER Optiboost, including the M11, M51, and G10.
Verizon Wireless has revealed that it will soon be throttling a limited number of customers that are currently on an unlimited data plan through an effort known as "Network Optimization." Customers of the wireless carrier will be limited in terms of their data connection speeds only if certain criteria are met, which helps reduce the total number of people that will experience data speed reductions. This criteria includes being within the top five percent of data users, being enrolled in an unlimited data plan or feature, having fulfilled the minimum contract term, and attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.
Verizon Wireless customers who are apart of other tiered data plans are not affected.
Source: Droid Life
Scientific discoveries that enhance and augment another are not limited to being discovered after the technology they will improve. As reported by Springer, researchers have found a new way to couple quantum dot triples, resulting in improved performance. This could easily translate to faster quantum computers, when those are created, assuming they use quantum dots.
Quantum dots are man-made semiconductor crystals that can have their properties tuned to match many situations. In this case, the situation is to couple three of them together, but not as is normally done. The three quantum dots still have inner electrons entangled, which protect the electrons from interference, but one of them is coupled with electrodes. Though it is inner electrons that are entangled, the electrical resistance of the conducting electrons can also be affected. By measuring changes in electrical conductance, it is possible to observe when the quantum dot shifts between an entangled and disentangled quantum phase; a transition they can induce.
The result of this research is a faster means to measure the change in the quantum dots, as previous methods required looking for a jump in entropy and spin susceptibility. Before one has even been built, quantum computers are already getting an upgrade.
You may have heard reports over the past month or so that Crytek was in financial trouble, failing to pay employees on time and on the verge of bankruptcy. Crytek denied those rumors, and I'm not one to participate in unfounded rumors and speculations, so I didn't feel it was worth posting about. But today, Crytek released an official statement to GamesIndustry.biz that addressed those rumors and explained the company's current situation, which should, hopefully, put it to bed once and for all. According to the statement, Crytek has been in a "transitional phase" as it evolves from a pure development studio into an "Online-Publisher." It goes on to say how such a transition required a refocus of strategies and brought with it an increased demand for capital, which the studio has secured. It does acknowledge that it should have been more open with its employees in regards to the transition, but makes no apologies for keeping it relatively hush with the public.
In any case, the statement says that, "Ultimately, with our organization, capitalization, portfolio and technologies we have now laid the foundations for securing Crytek's future - not just in the short term, but also long term. [...] We remain committed to doing what we are best known for and trying to develop the best interactive experiences and technology possible for everyone who loves gaming. We are confident that we will be able to share more positive news on Crytek's progress soon."
So hopefully that's the end of the controversy; especially considering Crytek stated it will not communicate any further on the matter. With Arena of Fate, HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age, and Homefront: The Revolution all looking exceptionally promising, it's nice to see that the rumored financial trouble was essentially just a misunderstanding. Here's wishing Crytek much luck and a bright future!
Thermaltake has announced its latest water cooling solution, the Water 3.0 Ultimate, an all-in-one liquid cooling system. The new cooler utilizes a 360mm radiator design to provide maximum heat dissipation. Three 120mm PWM fans are included with speeds that range from 1000-2000 RPM. A copper CPU block is compatible with all major sockets from Intel and AMD. A low evaporation tube design helps to minimize coolant loss to remove the need to refill the liquid.
Source: Press Release
Whether you look at the LEGO series as a whole or LEGO Batman as its own series, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is shaping up to be the best one yet. Over 150 characters from across the DC universe, several characters with multiple suits (not just Batman and Robin this time around), and an all new setting – it's fun for all ages. With San Diego Comic-Con currently underway, it should be no surprise that a game steeped in comic tradition has received a brand new trailer:
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS. If you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, the game is actually playable at the LEGO booth, DC Comics booth, and the Microsoft Gaming Lounge.
Source: Press Release
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) announced that the highly anticipated open-world, action-RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be arriving one week earlier than originally planned. Announced back in April as launching October 7, the game will now arrive September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe. Sure it's only one week earlier, but in an industry full of delays upon delays, this is welcome news indeed.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Source: Press Release
It is Friday at long last, and we have a couple of items for you to check out today. There is a review on the SilverStone Raven RV05 case, the company's latest entry in the unique Raven series. This cases features absolutely no 5.25" bays, yet still has plenty of room inside for ATX motherboards, long video cards, and even water cooling. Our other item for the day is a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews of the past week.
SilverStone Raven RV05 @ Benchmark Reviews
Podcast #310 @ PC Perspective
Lasers are among the more important technological discoveries of the twentieth century, and are one technology that may never stop having a use. Of course for that to continue to be the case, advances must be made to improve lasers, such as how high-frequency lasers enable denser optical data storage systems. Thanks to researchers at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory spinout TeraDiode, we have a new laser system that could increase industrial use of the technology.
There are many avenues to produce laser light, with early lasers stimulating gases and more modern lasers using diodes. While the diode lasers can be significantly more efficient that gas-based lasers, diodes typically do not offer the power gases do. This has kept diode lasers from being used to cut and weld metals, but TeraDiode has found a solution with their TeraBlade system. By using a transform lens, a diffraction grating, and an output lens, the system is able to take the light from bars of diode lasers, and superimpose the light into a single beam.
The TeraBlade beam approximately matches the power of other industrial lasers at 2600 megawatts per square centimeter per steradian, but at 40% efficiency. Other industrial lasers are only 20-30% efficient, and can take up more room, so it is not surprising that TeraDiode is already finding customers in Japan and Europe.