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October 9, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 12:39PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Sustainable nuclear fusion has been a target for researchers for decades, as it could potentially provide immense power from seawater and have produce little waste. Now there are many different groups working on different reactor designs and technologies across the planet, all with the goals stability and efficiency. Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a new reactor concept that could achieve both goals.

Critical to all fusion reactor designs is a mechanism that uses magnetic fields to control the superheated plasma fuel. While some designs call for superconductors to produce these fields, this design instead passes an electrical current through the plasma. The result is a dramatic reduction in size, required materials, and thereby cost. The researchers predict that a fusion power plant using this kind of reactor could provide a gigawatt of power and cost $2.7 billion. A similarly powerful coal plant costs approximately $2.8 billion, so the fusion plant would be in direct economic competition.

So far the prototype has demonstrated its ability to sustain the plasma efficiently. The final design, which will be ten times larger and more powerful, is still years into the future.

Source: University of Washington



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:31AM PST by ClayMeow
Fight for Life in The Evil Within

Bethesda Softworks has published a new trailer and blog post for its survival horror The Evil Within, which provide yet another in-depth look at the gruesome, creepy game. While a lot is shown in the video, the highlight is clearly The Keeper. The Keeper wields a hammer and the harvested brains of its victims, able to kill Sebastian with a single blow, while he withstands death.

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



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:52AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Lasers are a technology many television shows, movies, books, and games like to use in possible and impossible ways. Among the possible ways is using a laser system to scan a room or object, to create a 3D map of it, potentially for forensic use. Now researchers at NIST have developed a new mapping system that offers great accuracy, range, and speed

Laser detection and ranging (LADAR) is not a new technology as it bounces lasers off of objects, and analyzes the reflected light to determine distance. What is novel about the NIST system is its use of a frequency comb, which is able to precisely measure different frequencies of light. Here it is used to constantly calibrate the laser as it sweeps through a range of frequencies, increasing the system's accuracy and speed. It is actually able to resolve distances to within 10 micrometers, in half a millisecond, from as far away as 10.5 meters. In just 8.5 minutes, a 3D image of one million pixels can be generated.

The system is roughly the size of a desktop, but it should be possible to shrink it down to a chip-scale device. No doubt that will be useful for mapping crime scenes, but it could also find use with precision machining and assembly.

Source: NIST



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:50AM PST by bp9801

The week is drawing to a close, and we have a few items to help make the time go by. There is a review on the ASUS Maximus VII Formula Z97 motherboard, which features many new features and enhancements for those needing a top-of-the-line motherboard. For those wanting to build a new computer and not have it take up a lot of room, we have a look at the AZZA Z Mini-ITX cas. Finishing off today's items is the Kogan Agora 4G smartphone; a budget model that doesn't skimp on the features.

Motherboards
ASUS Maximus VII Formula Z97 @ PC Perspective

Cases
AZZA Z Mini-ITX @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Kogan Agora 4G Budget Smartphone @ TechSpot



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:20AM PST by gebraset

Sprint has confirmed that it will shut down its WiMax network on November 6, 2015. The wireless giant first introduced its WiMax network in 2008 in an effort to provide a mobile data network that would be faster than the 3G networks offered by itself and other national carriers. Although the network for WiMax was built and operated by Clearwire, which Sprint acquired in 2013 thanks to the Softbank takeover, LTE soon surpassed the Sprint data network and became the standard technology for 4G. Sprint has recognized this for some time, as both it and Clearwire revealed in 2010 that it would conform to the LTE standard, thereby leaving WiMax behind. Today, Sprint focuses all of its energy on its Spark network, an enhanced 4G LTE service that is currently available in 29 cities.

Source: PCWorld



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:44AM PST by gebraset

TRENDnet, a leading global networking hardware brand, has just announced availability of two new high performance outdoor full HD Power over Ethernet network cameras, the TV-IP342PI and TV-IP343PI. Both TRENDnet cameras feature an outdoor IP66 weather rating, a MircoSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB of on-board storage, Power over Ethernet, programmable motion detection recording and email alerts, ONVIF compliancy, IPv6 support, and full 1080p HD resolution. While both the TV-IP342PI and TV-IP343PI support 30FPS video as well, they differ in that the former is a dome network camera that features manual 3x optical zoom and night vision up to 50 feet, compared to the latter which is a standard network camera that features manual 3.5x optical zoom and night vision up to 82 feet.

The TRENDnet TV-IP342PI and TV-IP343PI come with a three year limited warranty and are available immediately from online and retail partners with an MSRP of $554.99.

Source: Press Release


October 8, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:08PM PST by ClayMeow
First Look at Killing Floor 2 Gameplay

Tripwire Interactive announced Killing Floor 2 back in May, promising more guns, more perks, more skills, more guns, a higher level cap, and enhanced gore. The latter is a major emphasis, with Tripwire creating the most complicated gore system in gaming called MEAT (Massive Evisceration and Trauma). We've seen a lot of great screenshots, but now we finally get the first look at some actual gameplay thanks to a new Dev Diary video, entitled "The Gore Part 1".

Killing Floor 2 has no ETA, but will be making its way to Steam Early Access eventually.

Source: IGN via Facebook



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:28PM PST by ClayMeow
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Gets a Prologue, New Character, and Much More

Back in July, Games Farm and bitComposer decided it would be best to release action-RPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms in two parts: Book I: Devourer of Souls and Book II: Age of Demons. In advance of Book I's November 13 release, Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms received a massive Early Access update yesterday. The update includes the following features and changes:

  • Introduction of prologue and tutorial
  • New playable character - Carissa Cantrecht
  • New abilities and effects
  • Improved, challenging combat
  • Configurable controls
  • Improved menus and user interface
  • New recipes and a menu book for crafting added
  • Enemies now respawn on most maps
  • RPG system has been balanced
  • Additional graphical effects
  • Improved performance
  • Numerous bug fixes and improvements

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is currently available at the reduced price of $27.99, granting immediate access to the Early Access version, and providing both Books when they become available, along with the port of predecessor Kult: Heretic Kingdoms when its released on Steam.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:28PM PST by gebraset

Lisa Su, who has been within AMD since 2012 and is currently acting as the chief operating officer, has been named the new CEO of the company, immediately replacing Rory Read. Read, who joined AMD in 2011, which is just one year before Su starting working for the technology giant, has stepped down as chief executive officer and board member. AMD is currently negotiating a transition and separation agreement with Read, who will stay at the company for the remainder of the year to work as an adviser during the transition. According to Bruce Claflin, AMD's chairman, "Leadership succession planning has been a joint effort between Rory and the board and we felt that Lisa's expertise and proven leadership in the global semiconductor industry make this an ideal time for her to lead the company."

Source: CNET


Comments (0) | Posted at 05:49PM PST by ClayMeow
Halloween Has Come Early; Costume Quest 2 Now Available for PC

While October 31 would have been the logical release date choice, Midnight City and Double Fine Productions decided they didn't want to make Costume Quest fans wait any longer than necessary. So yes, Costume Quest 2 is now available, with new costumes, new abilities, and an updated and streamlined battle system.

Costume Quest 2 can be purchased on Steam for $14.99, with support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:04PM PST by gebraset

Google Play Movies has been updated to version 3.3, which incorporates the usual bug fixes but also introduces support for pre-ordering. Google Play users can now find select films through the desktop website or the mobile platform that are available for pre-order and select whether to purchase the films in standard or high definition. Films that are pre-ordered through Google Play Movies will be added to the user's library and will be available to stream on the day that they are released. The following movies are the only titles currently available for pre-order through Google Play Movies: 22 Jump Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Into the Storm, Jersey Boys, Lucy, Maleficent, Planes: Fire and Rescue, Sex Tape, Tammy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Equalizer, and The Maze Runner.

Source: TechHive



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:55PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google has implemented a number of features, "specifically focused on improving identity, manageability, virtualization, performance and pricing," for the Chromebook that it believes will help to make the devices more appealing for business use cases. Single sign-on has been implemented with support for all major identity and credentials providers as well as multiple sign-in to allow for easy switching between personal and work accounts. Improved certificate management adds support for 802.1X EAP-TLS wireless and improved control for IT admins. Google has worked with Citrix and VMWare to help improve virtualization options and Citrix has already released a Citrix Receiver version optimized for Chromebooks. All of this and more will be available to customers at a cost of $50 per device per year.

Source: Google



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:44PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google has enlisted the help of 10 year old camel Raffia and a guide to create a Street View representation of the Liwa Desert. The 100 kilometer desert is located to the south west of the city of Abu Dhabi and marks the first location to be mapped with the assistance of an animal. A spokeswoman for Google described the motivation behind the decision stating that the company "used a camel for authenticity, using the desert’s ancient mode of transport."

Source: Forbes



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:05PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Chances are, most people are familiar with medical ultrasounds that use sound waves to peer into a patient, without doing any harm to the body. Ultrasounds are also used to image metal structures, in an effort to find cracks that could cause critical failures. The technology has been limited to just large problems for some time though, but researchers at the University of Bristol have finally developed a nonlinear technique that is much more sensitive.

Acoustic nonlinearity is an old idea, but no imaging method has been developed before now. It works by looking at the differences between acoustic fields generated from parallel elements in an ultrasonic array, as they are fired sequentially. The results are sound waves that are more sensitive to changes in the material, including microstructure changes, before they develop into macroscopic problems.

By catching cracks before they begin, it will be easier to predict the life of a structure, which could lead to thinner and lighter structures, including future aircraft. As the technique works with modern inspection equipment, it could be quickly adopted and put to use for its many applications.

Source: University of Bristol



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:01AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Some days, things just do not seem to go right and put you in a bad mood. When this happens, what do you do? According to researchers at the Ohio State University, many of us will look at social media profiles of those in worse situations than us.

The social networks many people use online are very special in that people are able to manage their use of them, whereas offline you do not always have a choice of who you encounter. Normally people look for positive news, but the researchers decided to investigate if this changes when the user is in a bad mood. To put their subjects in a bad mood, the researchers gave 168 college students a test on facial emotion recognition and randomly reported their performance as terrible or excellent. Now primed with a positive or negative mood, the participants were asked to review a new social networking site. On the site were eight profiles that had very similar, mundane postings, with the only real differences being with the profile rankings of career success and attractiveness. Those rankings were either very low or very high.

Everybody still focused on the profile of the more successful and attractive people, but those participants in a bad mood spent significantly more time looking at the other profiles. The researchers believe this shows that when we are in a bad mood, we will try to manage it by seeking out people in worse situations for a self-esteem boost, as we compare ourselves to them.

Source: Ohio State University



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:53AM PST by bp9801

The middle of the week has arrived, and with it comes some items for your viewing pleasure. We have a look at a couple of Intel X99 motherboards, with both the EVGA X99 Classified and MSI X99S XPOWER AC being put to the test. Both motherboards are at the upper end of the spectrum, and both should allow for some big overclocking potential. There are also some storage options to look at today, as the OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCIe SSD gets reviewed. For those desiring more storage, the QNAP TS-451 Turbo NAS Server may be the solution, as it offers four bays and a low cost to appeal to most people. Wrapping things up for today is another look at the history of the computer, covering the rise of Intel.

Motherboards
EVGA X99 Classified @ Bjorn3D
MSI X99S XPOWER AC @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCI-E Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers
QNAP TS-451 Turbo NAS Server @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
History of the Personal Computer, Part 4 @ TechSpot



October 7, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:23PM PST by ClayMeow

After a few looks at multiplayer, Ubisoft has published a new Assassin's Creed Unity Story Trailer, providing a deeper look at the game's backstory. And let's face it – most Assassin's Creed fans likely care more about the single-player story than multiplayer. So without further ado, watch the video to learn more about Unity, Arno, Elise, and the French Revolution:

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Season Pass is also available with eight hours of additional content, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, a unique 2.5D reimagining of the franchise.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:14PM PST by ClayMeow

Back in July, Toki Tori developer Two Tribes unveiled RIVE, "the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter." While the studio has been demoing the game at various trade shows, it's been rather silent publicly until now. Earlier today, Two Tribes released the first official gameplay trailer for its 2D shooter:

RIVE is scheduled to arrive Q1 2015 for PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux) via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:39PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google Voice has finally received the long awaited support for Multimedia Message Service, MMS. The upgrade was officially revealed by senior software engineer Alex Wiesen who said that Google has worked with "nearly 100 different North American carriers to enable this feature — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Rogers, Telus, and many more,"  to bring the service to their networks. Unfortunately for a large number of users, including myself, Verizon still refuses to support the service. Users were previously given a link to the message that was sent if supported by their carrier, or weren't notified of the message at all.

Source: Ars Technica



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:08PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Something many people are likely not aware of is the amount of fraud and cherry-picking in the sciences, including life sciences. This comes in part from a great pressure to publish, being overwhelmed by data, and from the people creating the hypothesis also being the ones to test it. To combat these issues, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University suggest using massive online labs that use video games to essentially crowd source the work.

Online labs have been used before as some of the researchers involved with this work recently reported the success of their own lab, EteRNA. Some 150,000 participants all registered to help develop and test hypotheses, and process the results of the experiments. With so many people involved, many sets of eyes are on every detail, so any mistake will likely be caught, and biases will be removed as those testing a hypothesis are not necessarily those who developed it. This also makes otherwise overwhelming amounts of data manageable as many thousands of people will look at the data, instead of the handful in a lab. It also keeps the entire process open and transparent.

The researchers making this suggestion do note two challenges that have to be overcome for this approach to work. One is the cost to create a massive online lab, which is still within the budge of the usual life science grant, but more importantly the view that video games do not align with serious or rigorous research.

Source: Carnegie Mellon University



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:01PM PST by CheeseMan42

Mushkin has announced the latest addition to its popular Chronos SSD line, the Chronos G2. The drives boast maximum transfer speeds of 555MB/s and up to 90,000 Input/Output Operations Per Second. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 60GB to 480GB, providing for a wide range of applications. Director of Global Marketing Nicolas Villalobos described the new drive saying, "A reincarnation of the legendary Chronos, the Chronos G2 Series was born to stand out from the crowd. Its competition-surpassing value give Mushkin’s Value SSD an oversized attitude."

Source: Press Release



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

Privacy is a great concern for a great many people, and it is can also be tricky to achieve with how much technology today relies on sharing data. Such sharing opens up the possibility of data being illegitimately accessed without the consent or even the knowledge of the user. Researchers at the University College London, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers, and Mozilla Research however, have recently created a new privacy system that might just be able to keep our data private, without breaking web applications.

The new system is call Confinement with Origin Web Labels (COWL) and works by confining data to only the party it was originally shared with. So, with COWL if a web app requests information from a website, it will receive that information, but will be prevented from sending it anywhere else. This way the site sharing the data maintains control, even after its transmission. This is in contrast to Same Origin Policy, which prevents programs from reading data from other websites and thus prevents mashup applications, or Cross-Origin Resource Sharing, which can easily be made to expose information.

Prototypes of COWL have already been tested for Chrome and Firefox and showed no perceptible impact on page-loading. For those interested in using COWL, it will be made freely available on the 15th of this month at http://cowl.ws/.

Source: University College London



Comments (4) | Posted at 10:41AM PST by ClayMeow
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Has Officially Launched

While free-to-play Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies entered open beta on September 23, today marks its official release. "To celebrate the launch and welcome players, Nexon Europe is planning five different in-game events in which a wide array of items and weapons can be won. In the coming weeks, these events will be updated and expanded according to player feedback, to form whole new elements of online free-to-play gameplay, allowing Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies to continue evolving."

You can install and play Counter-Strike Nexon Zombies for free via Steam, across North America, Europe, Oceania, and the CIS region.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:03AM PST by ClayMeow
Styx: Master of Shadows Has Launched

The time has finally come for infiltration RPG Styx: Master of Shadows, the prequel to 2012's Of Orcs and Men. While it may not have the same hype around it as last week's launch, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, nor yesterday's launch, Alien: Isolation, at half the price ($23.99 via Steam after a week one 20% discount), it's certainly more accommodating on the wallet. Of course, no release would be complete without an official Launch Trailer:

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:01AM PST by gebraset

AIDA64, a popular PC diagnostic utility that provides detailed information about the hardware and software of individual or networked computers, has just been updated to version 4.70. The latest version brings numerous improvements, such as support for new LCD and VFD devices, support for Razer SwitchBlade UI LCD, support for LGA2011-v3 motherboards, and support for a variety of SSDs. Support for CUDA 6.5 and OpenGL 4.5, as well as support for Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview and Windows Server 2015 Technical Preview come with AIDA64 4.70 too. Version 4.70 also provides GPU details for the AMD Radeon R9 285 and the NVIDIA GeForce 900 series.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:51AM PST by gebraset

NVIDIA has just launched the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics processing units, bringing its latest Maxwell architecture improvements to a plethora of gaming laptops. The latest laptop graphics cards bring lower power consumption, a downsampling feature that enables 4K content to be displayed on any monitor, and Multi-Frame Sample Anti-Aliasing which promises to boost performance by as much as 30 percent with no visual impact. All of these features, combined with amazing performance improvements contained within the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX mobile GPUs, provide gamers with an excellent visual experience.

Laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M are available immediately for purchase. Examples of laptops that come equipped with the new NVIDIA GPUs include the MSI GT72 and GS60, the ASUS G751, the Gigabyte Aorus X7, and the Clevo P150.

Source: Engadget



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:31AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

In recent years we have seen an explosion of unmanned vehicles and vehicles capable of directing themselves, such as small drones and self-driving cars. Such vehicles are not limited to the land and air though, as the Office of Naval Research has been developing Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) that could be used to protect manned ships. Now ONR researchers have successfully completed tests on a system giving these USVs swarm capability.

Swarming has long been a focus of robotics and artificial intelligence research, as it allows groups of individual actors to act as one, more powerful force. By bringing it to USVs, the vehicles are able to quickly respond to threats and work together, such as plotting out routes to interdict other vessels. The technology for automating the boats, called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing), can fit into transportable kits and can be installed into most boats. It was also recently demonstrated in the James River in Virginia by as many as 13 boats acting to escort a Navy ship, and swarm a threatening ship.

The future of these boats and system is to deploy them to protect larger, manned ships, and to send them into dangerous situations, instead of Sailors or Marines. The boats would have offensive capabilities for deterring or destroying adversaries, but weapons fire could only be initiated by a supervising Sailor.

 

 

Source: Office of Naval Research



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:47AM PST by bp9801

A new day has arrived, and with it comes a few items for your viewing pleasure. There is a review on the ASUS GTX 750 Ti Strix OC Edition, which features a custom cooler, factory overclock, and the same power requirements as the reference card, so anyone should be able to load it into their system with ease. We also have the Giada D2308U Mini-PC that features an Intel Core i7 4500U, 8GB of DDR3, and a GeForce GTX 750; not bad for something that can fit in the palm of your hand. Finishing up today's items is a wish list for Windows 10 and what features the site would like to see added.

Video Cards
ASUS GTX 750 Ti Strix OC Edition @ LanOC Reviews

Prebuilts
Giada D2308U Mini-PC @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
What TechSpot writers want in Windows 10 @ TechSpot



October 6, 2014
Comments (4) | Posted at 09:15PM PST by ClayMeow
Disney Interactive Has Added 21 Games to Steam with a 10% Launch Sale Discount

Disney Interactive has decided to embrace the #1 gaming platform in the world, adding 21 games to Steam earlier today. The games include: Disney Alice in Wonderland, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell's Adventure, Disney G-Force, Disney Planes, Disney Princess: My Fairytail Adventure, Disney Tangled, Disney The Princess and the Frog, Disney TRON: Evolution, Disney Universe, Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Animated Storybook, Disney-Pixar Brave: The Video Game, Disney-Pixar Cars 2: The Video Game, Disney-Pixar Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales, Disney-Pixar Toy Story 3: The Video Game, Disney-Pixar Toy Story Mania!, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pure, Split/Second, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

During the first week (until October 12), all games have a 10% discount as part of the Disney Launch Sale. There are also five packs available that allow you to enjoy further discounts: Disney Extreme Racing Pack, Disney Toy Story, Planes, and Cars Pack, Disney Other-Worldly Adventure Pack, Disney Princess and Fairy Pack, and Disney Mega Pack.

Source: Steam
 



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:38PM PST by ClayMeow

One of the most highly anticipated survival horror games of the year officially went live on Steam earlier today. Yes, the PC version of Alien: Isolation has launched a day early, possibly influenced by the generally high critical acclaim the game has already received, with the PC version unsurprisingly receiving the highest praise. Console gamers will have to wait until tomorrow though, which was the original release date. But in the meantime, everyone can enjoy the official Launch Trailer:

Source: Press Release







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