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September 8, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 02:04PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Electrons and photons are two particles that are commonly used to transmit information, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Electrons are slower the photons, for example, but at small scales, electrons are decidedly easier to work with and manipulate. By using plasmons though, one could get the best of both worlds, and researchers at the University of Rochester have made a discovery that could have quite an impact.

The researchers discovered a curious interaction between a silver nanowire and the thin layer of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) it was placed on. When a laser was aimed at the nanowire, plasmons were created on the wire, which then travelled along the wire and caused the MoS2 to emit the absorbed photons at the far end of the wire. The researchers also found that excited electrons within the MoS2 were entering the nanowire, where they became plasmons that then traveled back along the wire, to emit light of the same wavelength.

Normally plasmons do not get very far before they lose a substantial amount of energy, but in this experiment they had enough energy to make a round-trip on the wire. Such an accomplishment could prove invaluable for integrating high-speed photonic circuits onto semiconductor chips, by enabling an efficiency means for guiding light through the circuit.

Source: University of Rochester

Comments (1) | Posted at 12:09PM PST by gebraset
TiVo Mega Introduced by TiVo

TiVo, a company known for its digital video recorders that support streaming media services, has officially introduced the TiVo Mega. The Mega features the same hardware as the current top-of-the-line TiVo Roamio Pro, but comes packed with 24TB of storage, which is eight times larger than the 3TB that the Roamio Pro comes with. With the TiVo Mega, the company is boasting that users can store 26,000 hours of standard definition programming as well as 4,000 hours of high-definition video, with the included 24TB of hard disk space. The newly introduced unit will also feature the infamous guide recommendation service and search features by TiVo for the life of the product. 

TiVo Mega is slated to ship in the first half of 2015, and is suggested to cost roughly $5,000, according to company officials. A prototype of the unit is expected to be shown this week at CEDIA in Denver, CO.

Source: TechHive

Comments (1) | Posted at 09:56AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Whenever there is a hotly anticipated piece of hardware coming, you can expect leaks about it. Of course such leaks may or may not be trustworthy, but they are always interesting to see. Over at VideoCardz.com, 3DMark performance numbers for the upcoming GeForce GTX 980, 970, and 980M have been compiled into a graph, against other GPUs.

As VideoCardz.com points out immediately in its post, it does not have final specifications for the GPUs yet, which is why the GTX 980 is actually listed three times in the graph, for three different clock speeds. These speeds are 1127 MHz, 1178 MHz, and 1190 MHz for the core clock. However, the site has concluded that the GTX 980 will have 4 GB GDDR5 memory on a 256 bit bus, and a 7 GHz memory clock. According to the graph, the GTX 980, even at the slowest of the three clocks, should beat out every single-GPU option available today. In SLI, a pair of GTX 980s beats every multi-GPU option except the Radeon R9 295X2, as it appears the two cards only had 59.5% scaling.

The GTX 970, according to the graph, comes in between the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN.

Just as interesting as the desktop GPUs are the mobile options, the GTX 970M and 980M. According to the graph both the 970M and 980M beat out other single-GPU mobile options, with the GTX 780M SLI only 8% ahead of the 980M. The 980M SLI though trounces everything with 95+% scaling.

Again, these numbers have been compiled from leaks, and so they may not be reliable, but they still are fun to hope for.

Source: VideoCardz.com

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:13AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Part of what makes social networks appealing to many people is their ability to connect people from various groups, who can then share opinions and information with each other. With so many people in a network though, an easy question to ask is how can they ever form a consensus? That is what researchers at the University of Miami have been wondering, so they developed a new model to describe the process.

For consensus to be reached, opinions will have to be changed to a degree, and the agents of these changes can be other people, sensors, databases, or abstract entities. While hard, empirical data can be easily analyzed and processed in a model, opinions or soft data are much trickier to interpret. To account for this, the new model uses a 'belief updating mechanism,' unlike previous studies that were dependent on how agents change their opinions, which would mean that different updating schemes would change a model's results. Instead this model considers how close an agent's opinion is to the consensus opinion, in order to judge credibility.

One advantage to this approach is that the model works even when the ground truth is not available to the network, attempting to reach a consensus concerning the truth. Next the researchers want to expand the model to consider the formation of opinion clusters, in which the agents share similar opinions.

Source: University of Miami

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:45AM PST by bp9801

A new week has arrived, and with it comes a couple of items for you to check out. We have another look at the Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition CPU, with its eight cores and sixteen threads for some truly impressive performance numbers. It does require one of the new X99 motherboards, but if performance is what you need, then the Core i7 5960X is the one to consider. Our other item for today is the Fractal Core 1100 computer case, which is a highly affordable option for those needing a no-frills case.

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E @ TechSpot

Fractal Core 1100 @ Madshrimps

September 6, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 12:25PM PST by ClayMeow
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Likely to Arrive on PC

During E3 2014, Square Enix surprised everyone when it announced that Final Fantasy Type-0, a PSP game that only ever released in Japan, would be give the HD treatment and brought to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now, in a lengthy interview with GameSpot, Final Fantasy director Hajime Tabata hinted at a PC release. Here's the exact quote:

First and foremost, with the Vita version, we wanted to quickly release the PS4 and Xbox One HD version overseas, so we really prioritized optimizing it for those platforms. In terms of the PC version, it’s still up for discussion. It is a possibility, but it’s up for discussion. And it's running it on the PC right now, so...

It sounds to me like that's pretty much an unofficial guarantee Type-0 HD will indeed be coming to PC. We know that developing for the new consoles is pretty much like developing for PC, plus a bunch of Final Fantasy games have been released on Steam over the past year or so, all of which seem to have been very well received. It seems that all Square Enix needs is a slight nudge from PC gamers, and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will most definitely make its way to PC via Steam.

Source: GameSpot

September 5, 2014
Comments (7) | Posted at 03:31PM PST by ClayMeow
NVIDIA Files Patent Lawsuits Against Samsung and Qualcomm

If you follow the tech industry, you're probably aware that NVIDIA has spent billions of dollars on R&D over the years; over $9 billion since its inception in 1993 apparently. Thanks to that R&D, NVIDIA has built up quite the patent portfolio over its 21-year span, and in turn, the company licenses out those patents, which is pretty common for the industry. But according to a recent post by NVIDIA, Samsung and Qualcomm have deployed its patented GPU technology without proper compensation, and now it seeks an injunction against the two companies.

Yesterday afternoon, NVIDIA filed patent infringement complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm with both the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court, in Delaware. NVIDIA is "asking the ITC to block shipments of Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and tablets containing Qualcomm's Adreno, ARM's Mali or Imagination's PowerVR graphics architectures [and] also asking the Delaware court to award damages." NVIDIA has chosen seven of its patents to assert in these cases, which you can read about at the source below.

This is apparently the first time NVIDIA has ever filed a patent lawsuit, so it's certainly not a company that is lawsuit-happy like some other companies :cough:Apple:cough:.

Source: NVIDIA Blog

Comments (1) | Posted at 02:37PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Thanks to our understanding of the bacteria E. coli, it has been given a tremendous number of uses, beyond food poisoning. It appears another ability can be added to the list, as researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Turku have successfully used the bacterium to create propane. Normally this hydrocarbon is acquired from oil and natural gas wells and could be used as a fuel.

Many processes are required for a cell to survive, and we have learned how to manipulate those processes well in E. coli. In this case the researchers interrupted the mechanism that converts fatty acids into cell membranes using a variant of a particular enzyme. This resulted in the butyric acid, which is a precursor for propane production. With another enzyme the acid was converted into butyraldehyde, and a final enzyme called ADO was then used to actually create the propane. Previous attempts to use ADO to create chemical fuels were disappointing, but the researchers found that stimulating it with electrons increased production.

Currently this research is just proof-of-concept, as little propane was actually produced. With additional work though, the researchers hope to refine their synthetic process and make it a commercially viable source of propane.

Source: Imperial College London

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:50PM PST by gebraset

As more and more devices make their way towards utilizing Android Wear, it is inevitable that the platform will improve overtime, showcasing new and exciting features as updates are released. One of the updates that brings forth a few changes has just been announced by Google. The latest Android Wear update, which will be available in the coming months for the Moto 360, Asus Zen Watch, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3, and smartwatches unveiled earlier this summer, brings offline music playback, GPS support, and the option of downloading customized watch faces. Smartwatch owners will be able to listen to music stored on their device via Bluetooth headphones, while devices with built-in GPS sensors will be able to track location, recording information such as distance and speed. With the downloadable watch faces, smartwatch owners can change what type of information is presented on the home screen.

Source: Google Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:37PM PST by gebraset

Although many Xperia owners were hoping that Sony would add a 2K display to the Z3, which is the successor to the Xperia Z2 that features a 1080p display, Sony decided that battery life is more important than screen resolution. According to Calum MacDougall, Sony’s Director of Xperia Marketing, a 1080p screen was used for the Xperia Z3 because Sony believes that battery life is key. Many of the latest smartphones fail to deliver decent battery life, but thanks to Sony maintaining a Full HD display, the battery within the Xperia Z3 is able to provide enough power for the phone to last two days. Besides battery life, MacDougall noted that Sony utilized a Full HD screen within the Xperia Z3 because humans seem to have a hard time discerning between a 2K display and a 1080p display on a device so small.

Source: Trusted Reviews

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:28PM PST by ClayMeow
Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition Now Available on Steam

Ever since Dead Rising 3 was announced as "exclusive" to Xbox One, the vast majority of gamers knew it would eventually make its way to PC. That inevitable day is now upon us. Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition is now available on Steam for $49.99/€39.99, and as previously unveiled, includes all four "Untold Stories of Los Perdidos" add-on packs, as well as Steamworks integration (Steam Achievements, Steam Leaderboards, Steam Cloud, and Steam Trading Cards). In honor of its release, Capcom has published a Launch Trailer along with a slew of new screenshots (shown below).

If you do happen to grab the game, it should be noted that by default the frame rate is capped at 30FPS, matching Xbox One. If you'd like to unlock the frame rate, Capcom posted very simple instructions to do so.

Source: Press Release

Comments (1) | Posted at 11:07AM PST by ClayMeow

After nearly two years, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is finally set to arrive! Developer Nicalis has unveiled that Rebirth will be arriving on Steam (Windows, Mac, & Linux), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on November 4. In fact, the game is already up on Steam to pre-purchase, and those that already own the first game gets to enjoy a 33% discount, dropping the price to $10.04 from its usual $14.99. Meanwhile, PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive the PS4/PSV versions for "free" as November IGC.

According to the Steam page, Rebirth includes: over 500 hours of gameplay; 4 billion seeded runs; 20 challenge runs; 450+ items, including 160 new unlockables; over 100 specialized seeds; two-player local co-op; over 100 co-op characters; dynamic lighting, visual effects, and art direction all at 60FPS; multiple save slots; poop physics!; ten playable characters; 100+ enemies, with new designs; over 50 bosses, including tons of new and rare bosses; mystic runes; and upgradeable shops. In addition, it has been confirmed that seeds can be shared across all three platforms, as they're simply text codes.

Warning: So very, very NSFW!

Source: PS Blog and Steam

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:38AM PST by Guest_Jim_*
New Supermassive Dinosaur Discovered

The largest land animal alive today is the African elephant and comes in at about 11 feet tall and 5.5 tons. While that is definitely quite big, there have been larger, especially when dinosaurs still dominated the planet. Researchers, including some from the National Science Foundation, have recently discovered and identified a gigantic dinosaur that would have weighed as much as 65 tons.

The bones of Dreadnoughtus schrani were discovered in Argentina across multiple expeditions from 2005 through 2009, and, surprisingly, constitute 70% of the full skeleton. Such complete skeletons are very rare to find and actually make this the largest land animal that we can accurately calculate body mass for. With such a complete specimen, a great deal can be learned about the anatomy and biomechanics of this and other large animals. One thing we know already about this 85-foot long behemoth is that this particular skeleton is from a dinosaur that was not full grown when it died. It is also a member of the titanosaurs, which is a group of large plant eaters.

Source: National Science Foundation

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:05AM PST by ClayMeow
Tesoro Reveals Virtus.Pro Gaming Mouse Pad

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products—and the company kind enough to sponsor our current giveaway—has just announced a brand new mouse pad designed for gamers in mind. To design the very best gaming mouse pad it could deliver, Tesoro teamed up with renowned professional e-sport organization Virtus.Pro and used the latest 3D fabric techniques. The result? The Tesoro Virtus.Pro, featuring a high-texture density and ultra smooth surface great for both optical and laser mice, a soft touch providing excellent wrist support and comfortable mousing, and an anti-slip design thanks to a rubber base.

The Tesoro Virtus.Pro measures in at a rather large 14.2" (L) x 11.8" (W) x 0.12" (H), and features the Virtus.Pro logo prominently displayed along with the Tesoro logo. The mouse pad will be available in the United States at the end of September via Tesoro Gaming USA, Newegg, Amazon, and NCIX, for an MSRP of US$24.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:43AM PST by ClayMeow
Mortal Kombat X Arriving April 14, 2015; Goro Revealed as Retail Pre-order Bonus

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has announced that the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat X will be releasing April 14, 2015, worldwide for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Along with the release date announcement comes a rather interesting reveal: Goro, the feral, four-armed Shokan warrior, will be making his first appearance in more than eight years as a retail pre-order exclusive, playable immediately at launch. There has been no trailer released for him, nor mention of his three variations, just a single image shown below.

The news that this is a retail pre-order exclusive is rather troublesome, particularly for fans planning on getting the PC version, as digital game sales accounted for a whopping 92% of all PC game sales in 2013; and that number is only expected to rise. Hopefully WBIE decides to expand the offer to Steam purchases.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:05AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Unless you recently moved, there is a good chance you know your street address pretty well, but how about your address in the Universe? We should all know we are in the Milky Way galaxy and some of us likely know we are the Local Group galaxy cluster. Until now though we have not been sure about which galactic supercluster we call home, but researchers using the NSF's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have recently completed a survey that answers the question.

Galactic clusters are often comprised of about a dozen galaxies that are gravitationally linked together. A supercluster can contain hundreds of these clusters, making them among the largest structures in the Universe. Due to their immense size, it is difficult to know their exact boundaries, but the researchers using the GBT came up with a new way to find them. This method involves measuring the velocities of galaxies, to determine how other structures impact their movement, and the supercluster with the greatest impact must be the galaxy's home.

The result of this work is the identification of the Laniakea supercluster, which is Hawaiian for "immense heaven." Our own galaxy is near the edge of this supercluster, which is 500 million light years across, and contains 100,000 galaxies totaling roughly one hundred quadrillion solar masses. Previously it was believed that we were a part of the Virgo supercluster, which is now just a part of the Laniakea supercluster.

Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:51AM PST by bp9801

The end of the week is here, and with it comes plenty of items to keep you satisfied until the weekend hits. We have another look at the AMD FX-8370 and 8370E, as well as the FX-9370 and 9590 CPUs. For the Intel side there is a review on the Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition, which packs eight cores and sixteen threads for some serious performance. A couple of different motherboards for that new Intel processor get reviewed, too, with the ASUS X99-Deluxe and EVGA X99 Micro being put to the test. On the storage front, the Corsair Force LX 256 and 512GB SSDs get reviewed to see how they stack up to the competition. We also have a look at a Shuttle Barebone PC, how Apple and Google tablets are moving into Microsoft territory, and a new podcast.

AMD FX Refresh FX-8370, FX-8370E, FX-9370, and FX-9590 @ LanOC Reviews
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme @ Benchmark Reviews

ASUS X99-Deluxe @ PC Perspective
EVGA X99 Micro @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair Force LX 256GB and 512GB @ PC Perspective

Shuttle Barebone XS35V4 @ Madshrimps

Apple and Google Tablets Moving to Microsoft Territory @ TechSpot

Podcast #316 @ PC Perspective

September 4, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 05:02PM PST by ClayMeow
Aksys Looking to Bring PlayStation Vita Dungeon Crawler RPG Mind Zero to Steam

It appears that publisher Aksys Games wants to bring the PlayStation Vita exclusive RPG Mind Zero to PC via Steam, as a Steam Greenlight page popped up earlier today out of nowhere along with a string of videos. The Vita version released in Japan in August 2013, while the North America and Europe release didn't occur until this past May. The game received some decidely mixed reviews, with many critics and users comparing it to the Persona series, of which the Vita has the highly acclaimed Persona 4 Golden. While the Vita may have a ton of JRPGs, Steam does not, so fans of the genre are already quite excited at the prospect of Mind Zero on Steam.

There's no doubt in my mind that the Steam Greenlight campaign for Mind Zero will be successful. The real question is, if the game sells well, will Aksys consider bringing additional games to Steam? BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, please!

Source: Steam Greenlight via Siliconera

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:24PM PST by ClayMeow
Ryse: Son of Rome Arriving on Steam October 10; System Requirements Revealed

Back in the beginning of August, Crytek revealed that former Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome would finally be coming to PC this Fall with all DLC included and 4K support. Today, the Steam store page appeared for Ryse, and with it came the reveal of the release date, price, and system requirements. Ryse will be launching on October 10 via Steam and is priced at $39.99. Pre-purchasing the game nets you the 25-track soundtrack for free (no word on whether it'll be available for purchase after launch).

Ryse requires 64-bit Windows (Vista or later) and 26GB of hard drive space, with minimum specs listed as: Intel Dual-Core 2.8GHz/AMD Dual-Core 3.2GHz or better; 4GB RAM; and DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB video RAM. Recommended specs are: Quad-Core or Six-Core CPU; 8GB RAM; and DirectX 11 graphics card with 2GB video RAM. For thoes that want to run 4K, Crytek unveiled the recommended 4K specs in the Steam forum as the following: Quad-Core or Eight-Core CPU (SSE1-3, 8+ logical processors); 8GB RAM; DirectX 11 graphics card with 4GB video RAM; and of course, a 4K monitor running 3840x2160 resolution.

Ryse: Son of Rome also includes full Steamworks integration, including Steam Achievements, Steam Leaderboards, Steam Cloud, and Steam Trading Cards.

Source: Steam [1] and [2]

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:40PM PST by ClayMeow
G.SKILL Releasing Fastest DDR4 Memory in the Market Tomorrow, Running at 3333MHz Stock

Last week, G.SKILL broke the DDR4 speed record, running a set of Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 modules at 4004MHz using LN2. It's unclear the stock speeds of the module used, but today the company unveiled the world's fastest stock DDR kit with speeds of 3333MHz. The new 3333MHz Ripjaws 4 series DDR modules come in a 16GB (4x4GB) kit with a latency of 16-16-16-36, and will be available beginning September 5. You can pre-order the modules on Newegg for $699.99. 3300MHz and 3200MHz 16GB (4x4GB) Ripjaws 4 series kits will also release that same day, priced at $579.99 and $469.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:35PM PST by gebraset

Monster, which is primarily known for creating the original Beats headphones, has just announced SoundStage, a wireless music system that combines innovative technology with sleek design. Monster SoundStage incorporates the AllPlay media-streaming platform from Qualcomm, enabling the speaker to be used with a SoundStage application that allows users to access media across their network. Besides Wi-Fi connectivity, Monster SoundStage features Bluetooth, digital optical, a USB charging port, and a 3.5mm stereo input.

Monster SoundStage, which uses software algorithms to make music sound like it is coming from a larger speaker than it actually is, is expected to be released on October 25, 2014. SoundStage will be available in three different models, which include the S1, S2, and S3, retailing for $200, $300, and $400, respectively.

Source: CNET

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:54AM PST by gebraset

Nest Labs has just released Protect 2.0 for its Nest Protect smoke alarm. Although Nest has not fixed the gesture issues that have plagued Nest Protect, causing it to be recalled and removed from store shelves last April, the updated software does provide additional features that improve the device. One of the main features that Protect 2.0 brings to the table is called Smoke Check, which utilizes a built-In humidity sensor that is able to distinguish between smoke and steam. According to Nest, Smoke Check is supposed to eliminate nearly half of all false alarms that are caused by steam. Protect 2.0 allows Nest Protect owners to tweak the brightness of the Pathlight motion-activated LED nightlight. The updated software also enables the device to work on hidden wireless networks. Additionally, the Nest Android and iOS application now shows CO levels, alarm history, and can even help families build an emergency escape route through What To Do 2.0.

Source: CNET

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:19AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

GOG.com, a marketplace of DRM-free games and now movies, is about to start streaming regular shows on Twitch.tv. The goal of the shows will be to connect with GOG games by entertaining them, spotlighting games, and occasionally provide some early looks. Each show will have a guest host and the first one is BaerTaffy who will be playing the newly released Hatoful Boyfriend. The stream starts at 8:00 PM GMT (4:00 PM EST), September 4 (today), and there will be new streams every Thursday, at that time.

Source: GOG.com

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:16AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

There are some places where power is not available, but where we need to place an energy-using device. In some cases the device can use solar power or even harvest energy from radio waves, but neither is possible in some locations, like inside structures. Researchers at the University of Washington however, have developed a new device that could operate in these places, by converting temperature changes to electricity.

The idea the researchers are using was developed centuries ago to power a clock and exploits pressure changes due to pressure. When gases are heated, they will expand and exert a force that can be converted into electricity. In version of the technology, the temperature sensitive gas is contained in a metal bellows, which expands and contracts with temperature changes around it. Small cantilevers capture this motion to generate enough electricity to power sensors and a wireless transmitter. Just a 0.25 ºC change is enough to send a signal five meters to a receiver.

The researchers see this device being used to monitor buildings for water leaks and weaknesses inside of walls. Changes in temperature from the building's air conditioning or from the course of the day, would be sufficient to power the sensor.



Source: University of Washington

Comments (3) | Posted at 09:03AM PST by ClayMeow
New Wasteland 2 Combat Trailer Shows That Tactics is the Key to Survival

With Wasteland 2 set to leave Early Access and officially launch on September 19, inXile Entertainment has released an official Combat Trailer that shows what it takes to succeed in battle and survive the harsh wasteland. Perhaps the most important part is composing the right squad, so inXile takes roughly the first two minutes to show us the character creation system, as the narrator creates a Heavy Weapons Guy. After that it's all about the turn-based combat tactics, from outfitting your squad to adapt to the situation at hand, using the terrain to your advantage, taking cover, and even recruiting denizens to temporarily join your squad and aid you in battle.

As previously stated, Wasteland 2 officially launches on September 19. While the Early Access version simply took place in Arizona, the full game will also include a second act in California.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:09AM PST by ClayMeow
Tropico 5 Getting Mac & Linux Support on September 19

If you're a Mac or Linux gamer and a fan of the Tropico series and/or city-building strategy simulations, you'll be pleased to know that Tropico 5 will be arriving on said platforms September 19 via Steam and the Mac App Store. If you already own the game on Steam, then you'll gain access to these versions for free. Best of all, Tropico 5 features cross-platform multiplayer via SteamPlay for up to four players, along with Big Picture Mode and controller support.

Tropico 5 was publisher Kalypso's most pre-ordered game in the history of the company.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:48AM PST by ClayMeow
New Styx: Master of Shadows Gameplay Video Illustrates Various Assassination Methods

It's been over a month since Focus Home Interactive published a video for the infiltration RPG Styx: Master of Shadows, but that changes today with a video entitled "Assassin's Green". Today's video is the first of a series of gameplay trailers Focus Home will be releasing over the coming weeks until the October release of the game. As the name implies, this new video shows various methods titular protagonist Styx can employ to assassinate his foes.

Styx: Master of Shadows will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this October, but no specific date has been announced.

Source: Press Release

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

Modern electronics are based on the charge of electrons, but in the future devices that operate on another property, called spin, could become the new standard. Spin is not as easy to work with though, as special materials and conditions can be required to do so. Researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz and others from around the world however have discovered how to create a spin-charge converter with gallium arsenide (GaAs) that operates at room temperature.

Part of what makes working with spin difficult is that magnetic fields are often required, as opposed to electric fields. A spin-charge converter is able to convert charge currents to spin currents and back, which would allow electric fields to be used. The catch is that previously only platinum, a rare heavy metal, had been identified as a viable material for creating a converter. By discovering that GaAs can also be used, spintronics are significantly closer to reality.

As it turns out, the advantages of GaAs are not limited to being cheaper and already widely used. The researchers found that it is possible to tune the efficiency of the converter and move the spin currents between different lanes, by varying the strength of the applied electric field.

Source: Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:49AM PST by bp9801

We have just a couple of items for you to look over on this Thursday, but both should be rather interesting. First up is a look at the ASUS X99-DELUXE motherboard, which is an ethusiast motherboard for those looking to run Intel's new Haswell-E chips. If things like 5-way optimization, Crystal Sound audio, 802.11ac wireless, and plenty more are what you desire, then perhaps this board will do the trick. Our other item for the day is a review on the Western Digital My Passport Wireless, a WiFi enabled portable hard drive that packs 2x2 N MIMO antennas for up to four simultaneous HD streams, plus an SD card offload, USB 3.0 fast charge, and a host of other features.

ASUS X99-DELUXE @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Western Digital My Passport Wireless @ PC Perspective

September 3, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:31PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google has announced a partnership with the University of California Santa Barbara with the goal of building "new quantum information processors." Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence team will be working with UCSB researchers led by physicist John Martinis, who recently won the London Prize for work in the field. The Google team is currently "studying the application of quantum optimization to difficult problems in Artificial Intelligence." Google director of engineering Hartmut Neven described the partnership saying, "With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture." Google hopes to develop an advanced artificial intelligence system that will be capable of solving advanced problems and analyzing complex patterns.

Source: PC Magazine

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