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Comments (1) | February 3, 2016 05:13PM PST | CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Kicks Off Modding Fighting Championship

Thermaltake is holding a new modding competition starting this month and running through the middle of June called the Thermaltake 2016 Modding Fighting Championship. Thermaltake has invited Suchao Prowphong, winner of the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Season 1, and Jesse Palacio, winner of the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Season 2, to compete for glory ...

Comments (1) | February 3, 2016 05:02PM PST | CheeseMan42

Toshiba has added the Trion 150 series of SSDs to the OCZ brand, described as "an affordable performance upgrade for mainstream notebooks and desktops." The drives have read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and 91,000 Input/Output Operations per Second. Storage capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB will be availab...

Comments (0) | February 3, 2016 01:38PM PST | Onion

SwiftKey, maker of the iconic predictive smartphone keyboard, has been acquired by Microsoft for $250 million. According to Microsoft, there are no plans to halt development for iOS and Android platforms, but it will be pushing for "integration of the core technology aross the breadth of our product and services portfolio."

SwiftKey can be fo...

Comments (0) | February 3, 2016 10:35AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with a few items along the way to help get you over the hump. We have a look at the AMD Wraith cooler to see how this redesigned model keeps AMD CPUs and APUs running cooler than the typical stock model. There's also a guide on what parts to look for when you're buying a gaming laptop, letting you get something th...

Comments (0) | February 3, 2016 08:51AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips are a somewhat common security tool that is used on credit cards, key cards, and on palettes of goods to easily track their use with little overhead as only a special reader is needed. Among their advantages are that the radio frequencies used can penetrate various materials and that the chips themselv...

Comments (1) | February 2, 2016 04:06PM PST | CheeseMan42

Comcast announced a 2Gbps fiber to the home Internet offering in multiple major markets in April of last year. The company delivered on its promise to have the service available to 18 million homes by the end of the year. Comcast won't be rolling out the fiber service to its entire network, but hopes that a 1Gbps cable offering will help fill th...

Comments (3) | February 2, 2016 03:54PM PST | CheeseMan42

The January edition of the Steam hardware survey shows that Windows 10 continues to gain on Windows 7 as the operating system of choice for gamers using the platform. When combining the 32 and 64-bit versions of the OS, Windows 10 accounts for 34% of Steam users, up 1.6% from the previous month, compared to just over 42% for Windows 7. The gain ...

Comments (0) | February 2, 2016 11:40AM PST | bp9801

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has skyrocketed to the top of the charts since its debut late last year, and now it has a new market to cover: LEGO. That's right, the latest Star Wars movie is getting the LEGO treatment in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with TT Games once again bringing its style and humor to the new game. A tease...

Comments (0) | February 2, 2016 10:40AM PST | bp9801

Groundhog Day has arrived, but nothing will keep repeating here when you check out these items for today. We have a review of the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact, a Mini-ITX offering that doesn't skimp on the features and capabilities. There's a look at AMD's plans in the first quarter of 2016, with new CPUs, APUs, and coolers on the horizon. Speak...

Comments (0) | February 2, 2016 08:01AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Batteries are an integral part of many modern technologies, especially those that use lithium ions for storing energy. Typically these batteries use a graphite anode but for some time researchers have been trying to build silicon anodes, which offer greater energy storage, but they have significant resiliency problems. Now researchers at SLAC Na...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 04:28PM PST | CheeseMan42

Project Skybender is the latest experiment from Google looking to bring innovations to the world. Testing is currently underway at Spaceport America in New Mexico using a commercial aircraft known as the "Centaur" and unmanned drones from Project Titan. The 5G networking will be provided using millimeter wave transceivers, which the FCC believes...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 04:15PM PST | CheeseMan42

Microsoft has detailed the prototype of one of its latest research projects, a data center designed to be submerged in the ocean for up to five years at a time. Named after a town in Massachusetts, Project Natick packs servers cooled by pressurized nitrogen into a custom submarine capsule. The capsule can be used for up to twenty years with the ...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 12:10PM PST | bp9801
Details Emerge on XCOM 2 Launch Mods From Long War Studios

Welcome, Commander. The other day, some information came to light that Firaxis and Long War Studios were partnering up for some launch mods for the upcoming XCOM 2. At the time nothing was shared on what the mods would be, but now we finally have word. The first of the three mods is an SMG-series Weapon Mod, which adds three new submachine gun w...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 11:56AM PST | gebraset
UltraSharp U2717D Introduced by Dell

Dell has officially introduced the UltraSharp U2717D, which is the company's latest monitor that features an incredibly thin bezel. The thin bezel on the 27-inch IPS display, which is known as InfinityEdge, allows consumers to build multi-display setups that feature minimal bezel seams. The UltraSharp U2717D by Dell features a resolution of 2560...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 11:36AM PST | gebraset
MSI is Bundling Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India with Select GPUs

MSI has revealed that for a limited time, or until stocks last, it will be bundling Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India with select GPU purchases. The latest video game in the Assassin's Creed Chronicles series will come with Radeon R9 380, Radeon R7 370, and Radeon R7 360 graphics cards manufactured by MSI. Consumers will be able to receive a UP...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 10:52AM PST | bp9801

A new week and a new month is here, with the shortest month of the year extended by one day. We have some ways to welcome it, including a review of the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W power supply with its 80 PLUS Platinum certification. For some storage needs, the Samsung 950 PRO M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs get tested in a 3X PCIe RAID setup on an Inte...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 09:37AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Thermaltake Reveals Four New Cases

Thermaltake has unveiled four new Power Cover Edition cases, the Core V71, Core V51, Suppressor F51, and Suppressor F31. The Core V71 and Suppressor F51 are both full towers while the Core V51 and Suppressor F31 are mid towers. Both Core chassis support micro ATX to E-ATX motherboards and can take up to a 420 mm radiator for liquid cooling, or 2...

Comments (0) | February 1, 2016 08:15AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

On all scales of Nature, it is possible to find vortices in some form, and some can be more useful than others. Researchers at Berkeley Lab have discovered polar vortices in a ferroelectric material for the first time, after being predicted over a decade ago. These vortices could be similar to so-called skyrmions and could be used to create some...

Comments (0) | January 29, 2016 03:40PM PST | CheeseMan42

Google Fiber offerings are currently limited to Gigabit Internet and television services, falling one component short of being able to compete with the "Triple Play" bundles offered by most cable and Internet providers. That could be changing in the near future as Google is beginning to send out "invitations to an experimental telephone service ...

Comments (0) | January 29, 2016 10:41AM PST | bp9801

The end of the week is here, with just a couple of items to help welcome in the weekend. We have a case mod that takes the In Win S-Frame chassis and changes it up to really set it apart, with brushed aluminum panels, rigid water cooling tubes, and more. It's quite a sight, really. Our other item for the day is a new podcast covering the latest ...

Comments (1) | January 29, 2016 07:32AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Modern fabrication methods for computer chips rely on stacking layers of different materials and etching them as needed. These materials have to be compatible with each other though, because their crystalline structures must align for this to work. Researchers at MIT have developed a new fabrication method without that requirement as it allows v...

Comments (0) | January 29, 2016 05:39AM PST | gebraset
G.SKILL Unveils DDR4-3200MHz 128GB Memory Kit

G.SKILL, the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, has officially unveiled a new DDR4-3200MHz 128GB memory kit that falls within its Ripjaws V series. The latest kit from G.SKILL is a breakthrough in not only DDR4 memory capacity, but also in speed. The new DDR4-3200MHz 128GB memory kit comes in a 16x...

Comments (2) | January 28, 2016 05:16PM PST | CheeseMan42

Oracle has announced a farewell tour for the Java browser plugin set to kick off on September 22 with the release of the Java Development Kit 9. The plugin will first be deprecated and then removed entirely in an unknown future release. Oracle described the move stating, "With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support ...

Comments (0) | January 28, 2016 05:08PM PST | CheeseMan42

Valve has announced that a long awaited feature for Team Fortress 2, a competitive matchmaking mode, will soon be added to the game. The team made the announcement on Reddit and has setup a Steam Community group "to send out announcements related to the competitive beta as well as seed beta invites for the expansion of the closed beta." No word ...

Comments (0) | January 28, 2016 10:29AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

This weekend Ubisoft will be holding the closed beta for the upcoming Tom Clancy's The Dvision, which releases March 8 for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Today some details about the post-launch plans have been revealed, and it includes several free updates along with three major expansions.

The free updates will naturally be for all players ...

Comments (0) | January 28, 2016 09:38AM PST | CheeseMan42

We begin our roundup today with a look at some mobile technology. TechSpot describes the "ideal" smartphone that it wants to see this year, creating a wishlist of features based on what should be possible. Wearables are becoming an increasingly popular accessory, tracking everything from steps taken to sleep patterns. LanOC takes a look at one o...

Comments (0) | January 28, 2016 08:15AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

GOG, a popular store for DRM-free games, has today started selling games in development, which would be this store's name for early access titles. Starting today you can purchase Starbound, Ashes of the Singularity, Project Zomboid, TerraTech, and The Curious Expedition from GOG, and to celebrate them coming to the store, they are all on sale fo...

Comments (1) | January 28, 2016 03:36AM PST | gebraset

Thermaltake has officially launched its TT Premium website, which is the most comprehensive and professional liquid cooling and modding online shop available, according to the company. The website boasts four categories of items, which include products, liquid cooling kits, chassis, and digital power supplies. Consumers who visit the website wil...

Comments (0) | January 27, 2016 03:52PM PST | CheeseMan42

GIGABYTE is hosting its latest overclocking contest, the Z170-Winter OC Challenge, with the help of HWBOT. The contest begins January 31 and runs until the end of February. Four categories will be available for entries, two for two core systems and two for four core systems. The categories are further divided into enthusiast, rookie, and novice ...

Comments (1) | January 27, 2016 03:02PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

This week we are seeing both Rise of the Tomb Raider release to the PC and the Tom Clancy's The Division beta test begin, so to get the best performance out of both, NVIDIA has released new GeForce Game Ready drivers. The 361.75 WHQL drivers are available right now so you can prepare yourselves by downloading and manually installer the driver pa...






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