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September 19, 2014
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

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:28AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Lithium-ion batteries are something of a standard technology now, with them being used in everything from electric cars to cellphones. While the technology has been serving us well for some time, we are approaching its limits and have to look for a replacement. As reported by the American Chemical society, one of these replacements got a big boost recently.

One of the ways to improve a battery is to use better electrodes in it, and for a while it has been known that sulfur would be better for lithium batteries than the current metal oxides. The problem is that lithium sulfur compounds have a tendency to escape, and take what energy they have with them. To address this, researchers have made small, hollow shells of carbon to hold the lithium sulfur compounds, and coated the shells with a polymer.

When tested, the energy storage capacity was 630 milliampere hours per gram, compared to the 200 mAh/g of modern lithium-ion batteries, and that capacity persisted over 600 charging cycles. Theoretically a lithium-sulfur battery could store five to eight times more energy than modern batteries.

Source: American Chemical Society

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:11AM PST by gebraset
COUGAR Releases the 700K Gaming Keyboard

COUGAR, a leading brand in eSports and computer peripherals, has just launched the 700K gaming keyboard. The 700K is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard that is aimed at professional PC gamers and has already received the 2014 iF International Design Award. Ensuring its premium feel and reliability, the COUGAR 700K features Cherry MX mechanical key switches mounted on an exposed aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments. The gaming keyboard also integrates a 32-bit ARM processor and onboard memory that allows for quick access to three full configuration profiles. Rounding out its impressive features, the 700K boasts LED backlights, N-key rollover, six programmable G-keys, audio jacks, a soft touch palm rest, a 1000HZ polling rate, and a repeat rate of 1X, 2X, 4X, and 8X.

More information on the COUGAR 700K can be found on its product page.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:40AM PST by gebraset

NVIDIA has revealed that its SHIELD tablet that features 32GB of storage and 4G LTE connectivity is now available for pre-order. The tablet contains a wealth of features and components, which were revealed earlier this year, that are sure to impress virtually any gamer who is interested in gaming on a mobile platform. With twice the storage of the basic version along with certification for the AT&T 4G LTE network, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet with 32GB and 4G LTE is equipped for the ultimate experience in entertainment.

According to the NVIDIA website, Amazon and Newegg are currently the only etailers within the Unites States that are accepting pre-orders for the 32GB, 4G LTE version of the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. The device is available for just $299 with a qualifying LTE data plan, or $399 without.

Source: NVIDIA Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:44AM PST by bp9801

NVIDIA is gearing up for a massive 24-hour event called GAME24, which is a celebration of PC gamers and the hobby we all love. Everything kicks off later today, September 18, at 6PM Pacific time, with events scheduled in Chicago, Mission Viejo, Los Angeles, London, Indianapolis, Shanghai, and Stockholm. The best part is that if you cannot make it to one of the cities, you can watch everything online at the GAME24 website. A variety of guests, from Jason Mewes and Grant Imahara to Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and cosplay queen Chloe Dykstra, will be on hand at various locales, along with many other guest hosts to keep things rolling throughout the 24-hour event.

So, what kinds of things can we expect from GAME24? Well there is a Dota 2 International tournament featuring Cloud 9, Evil Geniuses, Team Tinker, and Alliance competing for $15,000 in prizes, plus a 24-hour modding competition called Mod24. That particular competition features modders Team Mongoose, BSMODS, and Team Kill Ninja at NVIDIA's Santa Clara headquarters trying to make the best possible gaming rig. Viewers of the livestream will be able to vote on the hottest design, plus three lucky viewers will win these incredible rigs. Two world records will also be broken during GAME24, while various game publishers have some surprises to unveil. Oh, and NVIDIA is planning to announce some new products, too. Maybe the upcoming GeForce GTX 900 cards?

Be sure to hit up one of the GAME24 events if they're happening anywhere close to where you live, but if not then visit the GAME24 website for all the highlights.

Source: Press Release

September 17, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 10:12PM PST by bp9801

If you are looking for a way to showcase your creative side and maybe win a prize along the way, ECS USA is still accepting entries for the "Design Your Own LIVA" competition. It runs until the end of September, so you have just a little under two weeks remaining to get your entry in. Participants must design artwork for the ECS LIVA Mini PC, with entries showcasing how it will look from a variety of angles (front and back side view, a left and right side view, a 45 degree view, and a 3D view, plus the best angle that shows off the art).

All entries for the opening round must be in by September 30, and then after that the top ten with the most "likes" on Facebook move onto the second round. That round consists of actually putting your artwork onto a white ECS LIVA, and then snapping pictures of it to send off to ECS by October 31. Once those are in, ECS judges will choose the winners by November 7. The grand prize winner receives $1,000, second place gets $500, and third place $300, with the remaining seven getting some nice consolation prizes.

Time is running out to get your entries in to ECS! Don't delay, as this is a perfect opportunity to highlight your artistic side!

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:33PM PST by ClayMeow
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Interactive Skill Trees Now Live

I don't know about you, but I love me some browser-based interactive skill trees. The only thing better than playing an RPG is planning out the intricacies of your character, and interactive skill trees make that easy. Bookmark your builds and pull them up in-game via the Steam Overlay, share them with friends, or just mess around with the multitude of possibilities. Just as Gearbox has done for past Borderlands games, the developer has now released interactive skill trees for the four characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: Claptrap the Fragtrap, Wilhelm the Enforcer, Athena the Gladiator, and Nisha the Lawbringer. You can access the skill trees here.

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

Source: Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:15PM PST by gebraset
Thermaltake Introduces the Luna Series LED Case Fan

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer components such as thermal solutions and power supplies, has just unveiled its latest cooling product known as the Luna Series LED case fan. The new cooling product by Thermaltake is perfect for any chassis, working as an effective radiator, heatsink, and case cooling solution that features an anti-vibration mounting system that covers all four corners. The Luna Series LED case fan comes in 120mm, 140mm, and 200mm sizes, and the seven, nine, and eleven-blade fan design provides ultimate airflow and low noise. Red, white, and blue LED color options are available to accent any case, and the incorporated long-life sleeve bearing ensures enhanced reliability.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:07PM PST by CheeseMan42
Apacer Announces Two Solid State Drives

Apacer has announced a pair of new solid state drives, one using the mPDM+ form factor and one using the M.2 form factor. The mPDM+ drive is similar in size to other mSATA devices with read speeds up to 385MB/s. Embedded Application Business Unit Director Jeff Lin described the capabilities of the M.2 offering, "The newly launched M.2, i.e. the NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor), adopts PCIe 2.0 interface which has a broadband speed up to 10Gb/s compared to PCIe 1.0. In addition, the additive transmission efficiency of Gen2x2 enables the sequential read speed up to 780MB/sec, far more efficient than the theoretical 600MB/sec transmission performance of SATAIII. High-end applications such as network storage or enterprise servers are thus capable of faster transmission." Both drives will be available in capacities up to 128GB.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:06PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Quantum mechanics allows for some odd things, such as particles being so strongly coupled, that information about one determines the information about the others. This phenomenon, entanglement, is one that many hope to exploit for quantum computers, but is not particularly easy to work with. Researchers at the University of Waterloo, using single-photon detectors developed by NIST, have recently succeeded in creating entangled photon triplets, which could prove especially useful in future quantum technologies.

To create the triplets the researchers started with a blue photon that was polarized both vertically and horizontally, thanks to superposition, another quantum mechanical phenomenon, and sent it through a special crystal. This crystal converted the single blue photon into two red photons that have the same polarization. One of these daughter photons then entered another special crystal that converted it into two infrared granddaughter photons, which just happen to be at a frequency commonly used in telecommunications. Thus they could actually be transmitted along a fiber optic cable.

As all of these photons have the same polarization, they form an entangled triplet, but this process, called cascaded down-conversion, is hardly efficient. The first stage only works one in a billion times, and the second is one in a million. That is where the NIST single-photon detectors came into play, as they drastically simplified the work of finding the number of triplets, confirming that the system worked at all. Eventually, as the process is improved, the researchers hope to go past triplets and generate four or more entangled photons at a time.

Source: NIST

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:03PM PST by ClayMeow
Ubisoft Takes Us Backstage with The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria; Now in Closed Beta

Last month, The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria was playable for the first time at Gamescom. Today, Ubisoft has posted a new video that takes us backstage with its developer Blue Byte Software, where Lead Game Designer Guido Schmidt walks us through various aspects of the game and what makes it different from previous The Settlers games. Some of the new features discussed in the video include one persistent city, new economy and production chains, and Adventure Mode. Be sure to also check out the new screenshots below.

The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria is scheduled to arrive later this year for PC. If you'd like to get your hands on the game earlier, the Closed Beta just began yesterday, so head on over to the official site to sign up for your chance at an invite. "In the Closed Beta players will be able to dive into the untamed lands of Anteria to experiment with gameplay mechanics including the persistent kingdom, the extensive trading system and the adventure gameplay, a new addition to The Settlers. The Closed Beta will serve as an opportunity for the studio to test in-game features and balance the game as needed."

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:51PM PST by CheeseMan42

Thecus has announced that it will soon be offering Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials to its NAS users, the first product on the market to do so. Thecus will release three models in October using the software, the two bay W2000, four bay W4000, and five bay W5000. The solutions were designed with small businesses in mind with goals of "advanced data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access." Microsoft VP of Worldwide OEM Marketing Peter Han said, "We believe offering our software on Thecus NAS devices will provide an excellent solution for those small businesses looking to protect their data while optimizing their resources with a hybrid, on premise, and cloud-connected offering." The Thecus NAS devices are built around the Intel Atom processor and feature dual LAN, 2GB or more RAM, and media connections such as HDMI or VGA.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:11AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Ice can be quite a problem, even when it is not causing us to slip and fall. When it builds up on radar domes, for example, it can actually interfere with their performance, which is why researchers at Rice University developed a new deicing system. Now they have refined the technology and succeeded in making it optically and radio-frequency transparent.

Originally the researchers created a paint containing graphene nanoribbons, made by splitting carbon nanotubes, mixed with polyurethane. By applying a voltage to the paint, the nanoribbons heat up and melt the ice that may have collected on the paint. What the researchers originally created though had the problem of heating up when exposed to extremely high RF, to the point that it burned up. To correct that, the researchers have made the films in the paint more consistent and coated the nanoribbons in the polyurethane, to prevent them from forming active networks. These changes preserved the films' transparency, so the researchers tried coating a glass slides with it, and then iced them. Even at temperatures of -20 ºC, the ice melted when a voltage was applied.

Naturally this deicing system will still be of use with radar systems, which would otherwise rely on larger, less efficient metal oxide systems, but thanks to being optically transparent, it could also be integrated into windshields and even skyscraper windows. In these situations the RF transparency could also prove useful, as cell transmissions and Wi-Fi would not be blocked.

Source: Rice University

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:41AM PST by bp9801

It is the middle of the week, and more than halfway through the month, which means we have a few items for you to check out today. There is a review on the Corsair Graphite 780T computer case, a full tower case that sports an interesting design and plenty of watercooling support. We also have a look at the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit that packs an Intel Bay Trail-M processor and all the trimmings for a powerful little rig. Finishing things off today is a look back at the history of the personal computer and where it all began.

Corsair Graphite 780T @ Benchmark Reviews

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit @ ThinkComputers

History of the Personal Computer, Part 1: Foundations @ TechSpot

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:01AM PST by ClayMeow
The Evil Within TGS 2014 Trailer May Start Serene, But Eventually

Bethesda Softworks has released a new trailer for survival-horror The Evil Within in honor of the Tokyo Game Show, taking place September 18-21. While the trailer starts our fairly serene, it should be no surprise that it quickly turns south. After all, this is from the disturbing mind of Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. The trailer is narrated by the game's primary antagonist Ruvik, voiced by Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley.

The Evil Within will be available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 14. Pre-ordering nets you "The Fighting Chance Pack", which includes five in-game items: medical kit, double barrel shotgun, incendiary agony bolt, poison agony bolt, and green gel. A Season Pass is also available, which will contain three content packs featuring new characters and stories.

Source: Press Release and Bethesda Blog

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