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November 24, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:05AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Polarization is important for many technologies, including displays and cameras. For cameras polarized filters are used to eliminate glare and in displays they are used to control the light that ultimately reaches our eyes. In both cases though, the polarizers can take out 60% to 70% of the light, dimming the result, which is why researchers at the University of Utah have designed a new filter.

Sunlight and ambient light is unpolarized, which means the light oscillates in all directions. When a single polarizer is used, such as to only let horizontally polarized light through, half of the light will be either absorbed by the filter or reflected. For cameras this is a problem for low-light pictures and for displays it means more energy is needed to create a bright image. What the Utah researchers have designed addresses the problem by actually altering the polarization of the light coming in, so more of it will pass through.

So far the researchers have achieved 74% transmission, but their goal is to let all the light through. They expect it may be five to ten years before we see this technology enter the market.

Source: University of Utah



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:23AM PST by gebraset

Battlefield Hardline, which is slated to launch on March 17, 2015, is more of a cops-and-robbers title that falls away from its military roots that the franchise is known for. According to Blake Jorgensen, the CFO at EA, the Battlefield title that will be released in 2016 is expected to be more of a military-style game, with more details to be released in the future. Jorgensen also noted that after seeing the game, the new Battlefield that will launch over a year after Battlefield Hardline is made available to the public is already shaping up to be both fun and new.

Source: GameSpot



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:08AM PST by gebraset

Although Full Disk Encryption, or FDE, has been available on Android devices since version 3.0, Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first Android version to enable the security feature by default on new devices. While this would normally be a welcomed decision on the grounds of improved security for mobile devices, it turns out that FDE is greatly hindering the performance of devices that it is enabled on. In a recent test performed by AnandTech, it was found that the Nexus 6 suffered massive performance loss when FDE was enabled. The results show that FDE reduced sequential read speeds by 80.7 percent, random read speeds by 62.9 percent, and random write speeds by 50.5 percent, when compared to a Nexus 6 that has FDE turned off.

With performance hindered so greatly due to FDE, many users are hoping that Google is able to come up with a solution in the near future. The good news is that devices that were upgraded to Android Lollipop do not feature FDE enabled by default, and the encryption feature can be turned off on devices that come with it enabled.

Source: AnandTech


Comments (0) | Posted at 05:50AM PST by gebraset

Although Valve has yet to officially announce its Steam Fall Sale for this year, it looks like it will be kicking off in just two days, according to a PayPal email that was sent to various PayPal members. The Steam Fall Sale is expected to begin on November 26 and last until December 1, allowing gamers to pick up various products for Windows, Mac, and Linux for incredibly low prices. Some of the best deals will likely take place on Black Friday, but no matter the day gamers have the opportunity to save on thousands of video game titles during the Steam Fall Sale. PayPal customers can even order Steam Wallet Codes through its online gift store in preparation for the sale.

Source: VG247



November 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 05:45PM PST by ClayMeow
Turtle Rock Will Release All Evolve DLC Maps For Free

In an interview with IGN, Turtle Rock Studios' Creative Director Phil Robb revealed that all DLC maps for Evolve will be free for all players. The reasoning is actually rather simple – Turtle Rock doesn't want to fracture its community. Robb explained that the studio "never want[s] anyone to get booted off a server because they haven't bought something." This reasoning trickles down to the planned monster and hunter DLC as well. Players who choose to not purchase those DLC packs will still be able to join games with those DLC monsters and hunters, they just won't be able to play as them.

Evolve is scheduled to arrive on February 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: IGN



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:54PM PST by ClayMeow

While it didn't leave Steam Early Access until a week after originally scheduled, Book I of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is now officially available as a complete product. The release version adds in Chapter III, along with two new playable characters: Wood Elemental and Thorn Wasp. Of course, now that the game is officially launched, we get to enjoy this new Release Trailer:

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is available for purchase on Steam with a 20% discount dropping the price down to $23.99 until November 27. Purchasing the game entitles you to Book II free of charge when it becomes available for release.

Source: Press Release and Steam



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:32PM PST by ClayMeow
Ori and the Blind Forest Pushed Back to Early 2015

Originally scheduled to arrive Holiday 2014 for PC and Xbox One, the gorgeous 2.5D Metroidvania platformer Ori and the Blind Forest has been pushed back "to add a final layer of polish." The new release window for those two platforms is Early 2015. No mention of whether the Xbox 360 version is still planned for Early 2015, or even if it's still planned at all. The exact wording of Moon Studios' statement is that the studio will "be releasing Ori and the Blind Forest Early 2015 exclusively for Xbox One and PC."

Source: Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:15PM PST by ClayMeow
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PC Specs and Details Revealed

Roughly a month ahead of its PC debut, the PC specs and details for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes have been unveiled. Unsurprisingly, the PC version will be the definitive version of the game, featuring a slew of graphical enhancements:

  • 60 FPS frame rate
  • Additional deferred lights per scene
  • Additional shadows per scene
  • Higher-resolution render targets
  • Higher-resolution shadows
  • Increased detail over distances
  • NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU support
  • Options to adjust seven graphics features (Effects, Lighting, Screen Filtering, Shadows, Texture Filtering, Textures)
  • Resolution support up to and including 3840x2160 (4K)
  • Screen Space Reflections

While that's an impressive list on paper, it's equally impressive in action. NVIDIA has posted two exclusive screenshots along with a handy comparison tool, allowing you to directly compare the PC and PlayStation 4 versions. The first screenshot shows improved lighting, enhanced shadows, higher textures, and greater draw distance. The second screenshot highlights the Screen Space Reflections. As for what you'll need to actually run all this extra eye-candy, check out the official system requirements:

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
  • Processor: Core i5 Sandy Bridge 4 Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above

Recommended Specifications

  • Processor: Core i5 Sandy Bridge 4 Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be arriving via Steam on December 18.

Source: NVIDIA



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:08PM PST by ClayMeow
Giant Mechs Invade Zombies Monsters Robots in 'Steel Corps' Update

Free-to-play, third-person shooter Zombies Monsters Robots has been invaded by giant mechs. The "Steel Corps" update has added three classes of playable mechs (Light, Medium, and Heavy) alongside nine new maps. Each class includes two base models and two Limited Edition variants. Players can pilot the mechs in an all-new PvP mode creatively entitled Team Mech Match, but the nine new maps are also playable in PvE and other PvP modes.

Zombies Monsters Robots can be downloaded for free via Steam.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:37AM PST by bp9801

Samsung and NVIDIA haven't seen eye to eye on some things of late, with NVIDIA filing a patent lawsuit against both Samsung and Qualcomm over GPU licensing fees. Now Samsung is firing back with a lawsuit of its own, and this one is a little interesting. While NVIDIA wants to block Samsung Galaxy phones with its lawsuit, Samsung wants to block NVIDIA GPUs in the U.S. market. Both GeForce and Tegra products would be blocked, which would not only affect NVIDIA but any third-party company that ships its products. The exact reasoning for Samsung's desire to block the GPUs is not known at this time, but it's probably based on some technology that Samsung feels it is owed money for in order for NVIDIA to use it.

There is a long way to go before anything concrete comes of this lawsuit, so don't fret just yet. Hopefully NVIDIA and Samsung can come to some kind of an agreement for both cases, otherwise some of the most popular smartphones and GPUs won't be available in the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg



November 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 03:22PM PST by ClayMeow
Nearly 20 Minutes of Lost Ark Gameplay

South Korea's SmileGate took the Internet by storm when it unveiled its isometric, hack-and-slash MMORPG Lost Ark last week, with its high production values, amazing skill effects, and a whopping 18 playable characters. While the eight-minute Debut Trailer was quite impressive, now we get a new 19-minute "G-star Trailer", showing off even more of the game and its characters. Sadly, the narration is in Korean, but it's still a visual treat to watch.

Lost Ark is expected to enter Closed Beta next year, but a Western release is still up in the air.

Source: Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:19PM PST by ClayMeow
Warlords of Draenor Helps World of Warcraft Once Again Top Ten Million Subscribers

At its peak, World of Warcraft had a whopping 12 million subscribers, making it the most popular MMORPG in history. While Blizzard has still enjoyed great success with the game, its subscriber base has unsurprisingly declined over the years, dropping to a still respectable, roughly 7.5 million last year. But with the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, World of Warcraft has once again surpassed the 10-million mark as of November 13, the date of the launch. More than 3.3 million copies of the expansion were sold within the first 24 hours.

Blizzard qualifies active subscribers as the following:

World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet game room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees' territories are defined along the same rules.

Source: Press Release



Comments (1) | Posted at 03:15PM PST by ClayMeow
World's Largest HD Display Now Lit Up in Times Square

This Tuesday saw a record-breaking event, and it happened right in the heart of Manhattan – a 24-million-pixel LED display longer than a football field and eight stories high lit up Times Square for the first time. The world's largest display debuted with an exhibition of digital art by Universal Everything Studio, but will the home of some Google advertising next week through the New Year. While the screen's advertising firm Clear Channel Outdoor wouldn't divulge details of the Google deal, the New York Times reports that "the rate for a four-week advertising blitz is $2.5 million."

The gigantic billboard hovers over the Marriott Marquis Hotel and was commissioned by the Vornado Realty Trust in 2012 "as part of a $140 million project to expand and redevelop the Marriott Marquis' retail space." The exact cost of the screen itself is unknown. The heart of Times Square where this billboard is located is passed by an average of 300,000 pedestrians every day and 115,000 drivers and passengers. According to Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins, "This is the one place on the planet where people seek out, take pictures of and then transmit advertisement."

Source: Reuters



November 21, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 10:18PM PST by ClayMeow
New The Crew

Ubisoft has released another "101 Trailer", this time for its MMO-CarPG The Crew. The trailer is broken up into nine parts: Intro, World, Crew Up, Factions, Skills, Missions, Rewards, Customization, and Outro. You can skip around to whatever section you'd like, or just sit back and watch the full eight-minute video. While the whole video is certainly worth a watch, Factions is particularly interesting, as I don't recall Ubisoft touching upon that much in the past.

The Crew is set to arrive on December 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. An Open Beta will be available from November 25 to November 27 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:06PM PST by ClayMeow
With the Map Editor, Far Cry 4 is Your Anecdote Factory

Far Cry 4 launched on Tuesday to fairly high critical acclaim. While the launch was accompanied by two trailers – a CGI Launch Trailer and a Story Trailer – Ubisoft has a new trailer for us to enjoy. This time around it's all about the Map Editor. "Using assets from the world of Far Cry 4, you’ll be able to add everything from vehicles to elephants to AI soldiers to weapons – even a golden effigy of Pagan Min."

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:48PM PST by ClayMeow

Well now we know where those leaked Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series screenshots came from – it came from the Teaser Trailer. Check out the first official look at the six-part episodic game series based on HBO's mega-hit Game of Thrones:

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is coming soon to PC (Windows & Mac), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:12PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

With Black Friday approaching, there is a good chance many of us will be searching through sales for "amazing deals." What influences us to actually purchase one item or another is of interest to many, and researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Technische Universität have found that customer recommendations can play a significant role in the decision.

To do this study, the researchers looked at purchases for a toy and game mail order company for a nearly four week period. The test group was shown social network endorsements, such as 'Like' and '+1', while the control group was not. The result was a 13% increase in sales by the test group, which is a significant difference. The researchers also found that this impact is felt mostly with more hedonistic buying behavior, such as impulse buying, as opposed to targeted purchases. More investigation showed an increase in purchases of 18% when people shopped online during their free time, with an almost 26% increase in spending.

The researchers suggest that the customer recommendations may be triggering a kind of herd behavior amongst consumers. They also found that, like with targeted purchases, purchases made when consumers have little time to browse were not affected by recommendations that much.

Source: Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainx



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:39PM PST by gebraset

Back in October, it was reported that Dish customers lost access seven channels due to a contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting. The channels that have been unavailable to Dish customers since the incident include Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Today, Turner Broadcasting has announced that both companies have mutually decided to restore service of these channels, allowing subscribers of Dish Network to be able to watch their favorite television channels once more. Turner Broadcasting also revealed within its announcement that coverage of TBS and TNT has been extended due to the mutual agreement.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:17AM PST by bp9801

The end of the week is finally here, and we have a couple of items for you to consider today. There is a review on the be quiet! Silent Base 800 case, which is the company's first-ever case. It was designed to offer the best possible cooling experience while also providing quiet operation and plenty of interior space for whatever gear you want to include. Our other item is a podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Cases
be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Podcast #327 @ PC Perspective



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:09AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

They say one should not judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the cover is the most interesting part. Topological insulators (TIs) are a curious class of materials that conduct electricity on their surfaces, but not through their bulk. Researchers at Purdue University have recently found that they also possess another property that should prove useful in future applications of TIs.

Due to the different properties between a topological insulator's bulk and surface, electrons can have some odd behaviors. Among these is that electrons on the surface are always spin polarized, unlike in other materials where the spins can be random and cancel each other out. This is one of multiple special properties that could see TIs used for spintronics and quantum computers. What the Purdue researchers have found is that the electrical resistance of the material is not dependent on its thickness. This is not normally the case with other three-dimensional materials, but here it is. They also found that the conduction seemed to be topologically protected, which would help it maintain conductance as thickness decreases.

It is because of this protection and the ability to conduct electrons without disrupting their spin states that could allow TIs to be made into spintronic and quantum computers. Such computers would operate very differently from modern computers and potentially allow for much more complicated operations to be performed very quickly.

Source: Purdue University



Comments (2) | Posted at 07:36AM PST by gebraset

Intel is teasing its upcoming Haswell-EX processor, which will feature a wealth of various features and technologies aimed directly at server environments. The Intel Xeon E7 v3 microprocessor, codenamed Haswell-EX, is set to offer up to 18 cores with the Hyper-Threading technology, 45MB of last-level cache, PCI Express 3.0 links, a quad-channel DDR4 memory controller, and more. The processor will be made using 22nm tri-gate technology and will feature 5.56 billion transistors, making it one of the most complex x86-based processors ever manufactured. New reliability, availability, and scalability capabilities are expected to be introduced thanks to the new Xeon E7 platform, making Xeon platforms as a whole more comparable with Itanium-based servers in terms of included features.

Intel is set to reveal technical details about its Xeon E7 v3 microprocessor at the 2015 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference, which will take place in February, 2015.

Source: KitGuru


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

Google is currently experimenting with a new service called Contributor, which provides websites with funding in a new way while also eliminating annoying advertisements for viewers. Google Contributor is partly a subscription service, as users have to pay $1 to $3 per month in order to get rid of advertisements on participating websites. That money is well spent, however, as Google Contributor promises to split up a portion of the funds with websites that are integrated with the service, allowing users to see a thank you message where an advertisement would normally be while websites continue to generate income. Even with advertisement blocking software installed, users can still support their favorite websites with Google Contributor for a small monthly fee, as long as the websites they visit are signed up for the service.

Interested website owners can apply for the program on the service’s website through a waitlist application, since Google Contributor is currently invitation only.

Source: PCWorld



November 20, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:39PM PST by gebraset

The United States Postal Service is the latest victim in a long line of companies to have suffered a data breach during this year. At this point in time, it is believed that approximately 100 servers and their workstations were compromised after a sophisticated adversary was able to gain access to the network used by the United States Postal Service. Data that was stolen includes names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, dates of employment, and other information associated with more than 800,000 Postal Service employees. It is also believed that 2.9 million customer complaints were compromised in the attack, which include names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of those who filed the complaints. United States Postal Service cyber-security official, Randy Meskanic, stated that "At this time, we do not believe that Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices, as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards, were affected by this incident."

Employees of the Postal Service who have possibly been affected by the data breach are being provided with credit monitoring services.

Source: ABC News


Comments (0) | Posted at 07:25PM PST by gebraset

Netflix, one of the largest video streaming subscription services currently available across the world, streamed a total of 19.5 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of this year. Broken down, this equates to 6.5 million terabytes of video per month, which certainly exceeds the 4 million terabytes of video streamed per month during the first quarter of 2013. Assuming that the same amount of data continues to be used for high-definition video streaming and that previous growth remains constant, Netflix will stream 27 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of 2015, which comes out to 9 terabytes if video per month. This amount will likely be larger however, as 4K content continues to make its way onto Netflix.

Source: Cord Cutters News



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:23PM PST by CheeseMan42
Two All-In-One Liquid Coolers Available From Enermax

Enermax has announced a pair of all-in-one liquid cooling solutions as part of the LIQMAX II Series, the LIQMAX II 120S and LIQMAX II 240. The number in the product name indicates the size of the radiator, which will be cooled by one or two 2nd generation batwing fans with Adjustable Peak Speed RPM range setting. The cooling block uses patented Enermax Shunt Channel Technology which "boosts heat exchange efficiency by eliminating the boundary layers and increases the coolant exchange ratio." The LIQMAX II Series will be compatible with LGA1150, LGA2011, AM3+, and FM2+ CPU sockets.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:08PM PST by CheeseMan42

OCZ has announced its latest line of solid state drives, the Saber 1000 Series, designed for "read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments." The drives are built with 19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Powered by the OCZ Barefoot 3 controller the Saber 1000 Series is capable of read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s, respectively. OCZ CTO Daryl Lang described the drives saying, "In designing the new Saber 1000 Series we listened to our customers to meet their growing needs for a server-class SSD that is optimized with the right balance of features, performance and cost. With the Saber 1000 Series, customers now have an ideal storage solution in which to build an all-flash datacenter, one that is able to efficiently process high volume enterprise and hyperscale workloads."

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:32PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

It is not uncommon for academics at universities to form spinout companies based on their research. One example is QD Vision, which is an MIT spinout that works with quantum dot displays. Thanks to partnerships with other companies, QD Vision's technology may soon be coming to the world.

Quantum dots are semiconductor nanocrystals that can be tuned to react to and emit specific colors of light. This ability to directly emit light is part of why many want to see them used in televisions, and thanks to Sony and TCL, some televisions are already using the spinout's Color IQ technology. Traditional LCD TVs place a white LED backlight behind red, green, and blue filters to produce colors on the screen. The problem is that the LED backlight is not actually white but blue; a phosphor is used to create the white light, which causes some of the light to be lost. Color IQ has a different approach as it uses the blue backlight, without a phosphor, to energize quantum dots to produce red and green. The result is a display that covers 50% of the NTSC color gamut while being 20% more efficient.

Compared to OLED displays, the Color IQ displays are just as colorful, but significantly cheaper to produce. Currently the quantum dot displays using QD Vision's technology are only available in Chine, but they are expected to come to the rest of the world in mere months.

Source: MIT



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:01AM PST by bp9801

A new day is upon us, with plenty of items for you to check out. We have a review on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition video card, with its factory overclock and custom cooler. There is also the MSI X99S MPOWER motherboard, which is a high end model that can help get your Haswell-E system to the performance levels you desire. The In Win D-Frame Mini chassis gets reviewed, which is a Mini-ITX model that has an extremely unique appearance. Plexor's M6e 256GB SSD gets tested to see how well this PCIe SSD compares to the competition. Finally there's a performance test of Far Cry 4 and how well it runs on various setups.

Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
MSI X99S MPOWER @ LanOC Reviews

Cases
In Win D-Frame Mini @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Plexor M6e 256GB SSD @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Far Cry 4 Benchmarked: Graphics and CPU Performance @ TechSpot



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:53AM PST by gebraset
STEAM CASTLE Computer Chassis Announced by DEEPCOOL

DEEPCOOL, a manufacturer of computer chassis, cooling solutions, power supply units, and electronic accessories, has announced a new simple vision of STEAM CASTLE. The latest microATX computer chassis from DEEPCOOL, which is a mid-tower, comes with a side window, blue LED lighting, and four turbo-style fan ports. STEAM CASTLE supports microATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and also can accommodate graphics cards up to 320mm in length. The case includes one preinstalled 120mm LED case fan, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, configurable drive bays, and HD audio connections.

The DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE will be available in black and white color options in December, and will feature an MSRP of $79.99.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:14AM PST by gebraset

Gorilla Glass has been around for quite some time, with many manufactures using the Corning product in flagship phones, tablets, and a variety of other devices. While Corning touted how previous versions of Gorilla Glass were resistant to minor cracks and scratches, they generally failed to provide adequate protection against shattering when dropped on hard surfaces. Gorilla Glass 4 is marketed as having increased shattering resistance, as Corning has just revealed that the latest version of its glass is comprised of a new formula that is engineered to make the product stronger than ever. Gorilla Glass 4 will apparently remain intact 80 percent of the time when dropped from one meter above the ground, compared to conventional soda-lime glass that shatters every time when dropped from the same height.

Source: Engadget


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