OCC TECH NEWS
August 18, 2014
A product listing page over the weekend on the Best Buy website appears to have revealed the price and specifications of the upcoming Moto 360 Smart Watch. The watch was listed at $249, slightly above "less-fashionable square" offerings from Samsung and LG with prices of $199 and $229, respectively. According to the listing, Texas Instruments is making a return to mobile devices by providing the SoC that will power the Android based device. The listing also revealed that the watch will have a 1.5" 320x290 LCD, 512MB of RAM, a pedometer, and a heart rate sensor. Nothing more has been revealed, but a September 4 Motorola event could shed some more light on the device.
Source: Ars Technica
When it was announced that Facebook was purchasing Oculus VR, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson decided that he was no longer interested in developing a version of the game for the virtual reality headset. Using the reasoning of "Facebook creeps me out," Notch decided to move on, but fans of the Oculus Rift and Minecraft could be in for some good news. A Twitter post by Notch has renewed speculation that the game could be on its way to the Oculus Rift and has even drawn a response from Oculus CTO John Carmack who said, "say the word, ship the source, and i'll make sure It runs well on you-know-what..."
Source: PC Gamer
It's 2014, so a Season Pass for a major AAA title was to be expected. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions unveiled the Season Pass for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, though curiously failed to mention a price. But most surprising is that it contains exclusive content that seemingly won't be available outside of the Season Pass – a "Guardians of the Flaming Eye" Orc Warband mission, where "players will face Sauron's elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune." In addition to that exclusive mission, the Season Pass also includes: early access to the "Trials of War" challenge series; two new story missions, "Lord of the Hunt" and "The Bright Lord"; and additional future content, such as runes and skins.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Source: Press Release
Symantec has been a part of the security sector for quite some time, and it goes without saying that number of offerings have continued to grow as technology changes have occurred over time. Although it currently has 50 million people that currently pay for a consumer version of Norton security, the company is looking to severely trim down its current lineup of products. Norton has revealed that it will replace Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton 360 Multi-Device, and Norton 360 Premier Edition with the new Norton Security, which is set to debut on September 23, 2014. The new suite is set to offer antivirus and anti-malware protection, botnet detection and blocking, intelligent cloud-based detection, and browser security without an add-on. Gerry Egan, the senior director of product management for Norton at Symantec, noted that the new Norton Security will even offer a virus-free guarantee if the company runs into something that it simply cannot handle.
No pricing information is currently available for the new Norton Security, but there will be two levels of service. The cheaper version will be known simply as Norton Security and will provide customers with protection for up to five devices, including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. The more expensive version will be known as Norton Security with Backup and will not only cover up to 10 devices, bit will also include cloud-based storage.
Guacamelee! is one of my favorite Metroidvania side-scrollers of all-time; so much so that I played it to completion again on Steam after having already attained the Platinum Trophy on PS Vita. In July, developer DrinkBox Studios released Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (STCE) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U, which added new levels, enemies, and more. Today, out of nowhere, DrinkBox announced that Guacamelee! STCE will be coming to Steam on August 21, complete with everything from the console version, along with Steam workshop integration, a Costume shop, Steam trading cards, and a tease of "some cool future updates."
Guacamelee! STCE will be priced at $14.99, with a temporary launch discount of 10% off during the first week. Owners of Guacamelee! Gold Edition on Steam will receive a 66% off loyalty discount, dropping the price to just $4.99. Now if only DrinkBox would provide us an update on Severed!
Source: Press Release and Steam
Many people likely associate the image of a table covered with beakers, flasks, burners, and at least one microscope with a chemistry laboratory, but that is likely to change in the future. Many groups around the world are working on creating lab-on-a-chip systems that will condense chemical testing equipment onto something the size of a computer chip. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz have recently created a chip with the ability to identify single molecules by combining electrical and optical measurement techniques.
The chip utilizes a nanopore that acts as a smart gate, to control the flow of molecules into a channel. The nanopore also allows the researchers to make electrical measurements as the molecules crosses it. For DNA passing through the nanopore, the electrical measurements would actually be able to determine the genetic sequence of the DNA, by fluctuations of the current. Once in the channel, the molecule is also exposed to a beam of light, and changes to the light's intensity indicates the size and optical properties of the molecule, as well as the flow speed through the channel.
When the researchers tested their chip with a mixture of influenza viruses and nanobeads of similar diameter, tagged with fluorescent labels, they found that they were able to distinguish between the two particle types using their electrical and flow properties with perfect accuracy. They were even able to count the number of virus particles, which would be very useful for analyzing samples.
Source: University of California, Santa Cruz
Community Health Systems is one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals in the United States, with a total of 206 hospitals in 29 states. As such, the hospital operator holds and maintains millions of records, and unfortunately has just announced that some of those records have been compromised by a group based in China. According to Community Health Systems, patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers of 4.5 million people were compromised in an attack that centered itself on attacking systems through highly sophisticated malware. Although the attack occurred in April and June of this year, Community Health Systems failed to realize that the theft had taken place until just last month.
While a computer security company was able to figure out that the attacks were performed by a group located in China, the name of the group has not been disclosed despite federal law enforcement authorities within the United States reportedly being aware of the group’s identity.
BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and industrial computing systems, has just announced its latest all-in-one board that features a system-on-a-chip, the J1800TH. The J1800TH makes use of the mini-ITX form factor as well as Intel’s Bay Trail chipset, allowing it to provide optimized performance through a low power consumption and fan-less design. Value is one of the main components of the BIOSTAR J1800TH, as it supports many innovations such as a moisture proof PCB, ESD protection, eXtreme Durable Capacitors, and USB 3.0, just to name a few. With the BIOSTAR J1800TH being as efficient and compact as it is, it is suitable in a variety of business applications including digital signage, kiosks, point of sales units, and thin clients.
Source: Press Release
SiSoftware has recently released the third service pack for Sandra 2014, an award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking, and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. The latest service pack incorporates many updates and fixes that target various aspects of the program, including the built-in scheduler, video shader compute, processor benchmarks, and a graphics processor benchmark. The CUDA SDK has also been updated to version 6.5, due to recent WHQL video drivers now supporting it as well as Visual Studio 2013.
Service pack 3 for Sandra 2014 comes just under three months after service pack 2 was released for the utility by SiSoftware.
Source: Press Release
Google has officially acquired Jetpac, a company that provides and maintains a mobile application known as City Guides that recommends destinations based off of analyzed Instagram photographs. The technology offered by Jetpac extracts information from photos that are publically available, and is able to provide customized geographic information through its application. Although Google did not mention exactly how it plans to incorporate the technology offered by Jetpac, the search engine giant will more than likely mesh the analytical technology into its current suite services, as the Jetpac team is set to join Google’s Knowledge team shortly. Jetpac noted on its website that it is excited to work on its existing projects with various team members at Google.
Since the Jetpac team will soon join Google, all applications currently available from the company will be taken off of the App Store on September 15, 2014.
Some people may not always think about it, but impurities are important to our way of life. The changes impurities can cause in many materials has enabled and improved many technologies we have come to rely on. Now researchers at Rice and Osaka universities have found how much impurities can disrupt graphene, a material many hope will be central to future technologies.
Graphene is an atom-thick sheet of carbon with special electrical properties, including great electron mobility. Of course for those properties to be useful in future technologies, they must persist, but the researchers have found that they can be greatly affected by impurities from the environment. The researchers grew a sheet of graphene and transferred it to an indium phosphide substrate for this research. When femtosecond laser pulses struck the graphene, the indium phosphide reacted by emitting terahertz radiation that passed through the graphene. Using a spectrometer, the researchers were able to detect imperfections as small as an oxygen molecule, as they affect the electric field of the graphene, and disrupted the terahertz radiation.
Of course the knowledge of how much graphene can be affected by imperfections is going to impact the development of technologies that may use it. One potential technology may be to actually adapt this experiment's design as a highly sensitive gas sensor.
Source: Rice University
A new week is starting, and with it comes a few items for your viewing pleasure. We have a review on the Corsair Carbide Air 240 case, the company's newest member of the uniquely designed series that uses with a micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboard. There's also an overview of the recent Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Competition held at the Helibronn Tech University in Germany. Wrapping things up for today is a look at six popular Linux desktop environments so you have a better idea of what to use if you're thinking of switching to the open-source OS.
Video Perspective: Corsair Carbide Air 240 @ PC Perspective
The Linux Desktop: 6 Popular Linux Desktop Environments @ TechSpot
Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Competition 2014 @ Madshrimps
Graphene is an amazing material with its special mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, making it of key interest to many. The hope is to one day use it in a variety of devices such as advanced sensors and higher speed and efficiency electronics. Now researchers at the National Physical Laboratory have discovered that the edge of graphene has some interesting properties that could influence some future applications.
One of the main reasons graphene is studied so much is that electrons can move along it at great speed and with little resistance. Such electron conduction would be very useful for many devices, but the NPL researchers have discovered that the edge of graphene conducts differently. While the bulk of the plane conducts electrons, the edges instead conduct the positively charged holes left behind by excited electrons. Effectively this makes the interior of a graphene sheet n-doped with the edge p-doped, and while both can conduct electricity, the differences are important for designing devices.
With side-gates the researchers were able to tune the conduction of the edges without affecting the center. The researchers also discovered that the differences in conduction were most pronounced after the graphene had been cleaned, but faded over time, suggesting it is the result of defects that were filled by airborne molecules.
Source: National Physical Laboratory
August 16, 2014
There have certainly been games with a rodent protagonist, but they tend to be side-scrolling platformers. How many games let you embody a mouse in a third-person action-adventure game? Ghost of a Tale does just that. And did I mention that protagonist Tilo is as adorable as it gets? He's bipedal while walking, but when he sprints, he gets down on all fours and scampers just like a real mouse. He can also wear armor; some ridiculously big armor that clearly slows him down. Again, adorable.
Built using the Unity engine, Ghost of a Tale is already looking quite good, especially with Tilo's animations. However, developer Seith is quick to point out that gamers should temper their expectations:
People expecting the scale of Skyrim or the action of Dark Souls are not going to find it. Instead they’ll find a small game with elements of exploration, action, stealth, adventure, and I hope the charm and heart which I think so many bombastic AAA games lack nowadays.
Ghost of a Tale will be releasing for PC and Xbox One sometime in 2015, but Seith makes one thing clear: "Ghost of a Tale is primarily a PC game."
Source: Official Site via PC Gamer
It's never easy going from 2D, 640x480 pixel art to full-blown 3D, but Phoenix Online Studios has seemingly done a pretty good job at it with Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition. Some fans of the original may be a little upset that all the voice acting was redone, but it's hard to deny that visually, this remake is stunning, especially with the highly detailed environments. Check out the Gamescom Trailer below:
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition is scheduled for a August/September release on PC and Mac, with an iPad version coming at a later date.
Source: Phoenix Online Studios via PC Gamer
EVERCOOL, a professional and well-known cooler and fan brand, has just released its latest product known as the BT-100. The BT-100 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that incorporates plenty of technology into a relatively small, but certainly well designed, black capsule. Besides delivering crisp audio through its two 40mm driver units, the BT-100 is capable of taking incoming phone calls while music is playing, as it features NFC function support along with a built-in omnidirectional microphone. The BT-100 features up to eight hours of music playback time with its included 450mAh lithium battery, and can be charged via a microUSB cable in approximately three hours.
Source: Press Release
August 15, 2014
Clockwork Empires is a steampunk colony-building sandbox game from Dungeons of Dredmor developer Gaslamp Games. If it sounds familiar, that's because it was first announced nearly two years ago! While the game has been in "Earliest Access" for a little while now, Clockwork Empires has finally arrived on Steam Early Access today. If you're not familiar with the game, Gaslamp has released a trailer entitled "Staving Off Starvation", which happens to be "Part 11 of The Prudent Bureaucrat's Guide to Colonization," providing a glimpse at the game and what it'll take to survive. Now if only the studio released the first ten parts...
To go along with the "Starvation Avoidance" theme, there's also a quickstart guide available on the official site to get you rolling. Do keep in mind that, while it has been updated from "Earliest" to "Early" Access, it truly is just that – there's not even saving. That's scheduled to be added early next week, if everything goes according to plan.
Clockwork Empires is exclusive to PC and available on Steam for $29.99. Gaslamp has stated that the price will neither raise nor lower once the game is out of Early Access (not counting sales, of course).
Source: Steam and Official Site
If you've been keeping your eye on Far Cry 4, you're probably already familiar with the lush greens of Kyrat and snowy white mountains of the Himalayas. But there's another region in Far Cry 4 that's quite different. Shangri-La is a spiritual world where the "rules of reality don't apply, but the consequences are very real." With the terrain painted red and a sky of yellow, Shangri-La is a mythical land accessible through "one of the thangkas (traditional weavings depicting the history of Kyrat) found throughout the country." Oh, and a white tiger fights alongside you, while you're armed with just a bow and a blade; though the bow can slow time.
While Shangri-La is its own entity, as you complete missions in that land, you unlock new skills in the main areas. The UbiBlog post linked below provides an in-depth description of the area and the encounters players will come across, including enemies that can teleport mid-attack. While Shangri-La may seem a bit out of place in a games that strives for semi-realism – lending itself more to a standalone experience a la Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – Ubisoft's decision to include it in the base game was not made lightly.
"Shangri-La is one of the founding myths of Kyrat," [Creative Director Alex] Hutchinson explains. "While we were developing the game, we thought: We're going to invent this country. A country isn't just the land. It's also the history of the place and what its inhabitants believe in."
Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Normally one would expect that an object can be described as the sum of its parts, depending on what specific property you are describing. For protons, many believed that their spin was the combination of the spins of the particles that make it up, but in the 1980s experiments showed this was not the case. Since then researchers have been working to solve the proton spin crisis, and those at MIT have some new evidence.
According to the standard model, protons are made of two up quarks and one down quark, which do add up to the positive charge of the larger particle. Adding the spins of the quarks up does not result in the spin of the proton though, so researchers have been searching for where the additional spin must come from. One theory is that the bonds between the quarks occasionally break, and this allows pairs of quarks and antiquarks to briefly appear and annihilate, contributing to the proton's spin while they exist. To test this, the researchers collided a number of protons, which produced some W bosons. These bosons would have the spin of any antiquarks that were present when the proton collided, thereby allowing the researchers to determine how great an influence the quark-antiquark pairs have on proton spin.
As it turns out, the spin of the antiquarks is only marginal and not enough to solve the crisis. All is not lost though, in a larger sense, as the information collected gives a much better understanding of how up-flavored antiquarks behave and come to exist. This will aid future studies into the crisis as well.
Ubisoft has published an 11-minute uncut gameplay video of Assassin's Creed Unity, showing off a single player assassination mission from start to finish, narrated by Creative Director Alex Amancio. In the interest of full disclosure, I was going to simply watch just enough of it to be able to post about it...but wound up being completely sucked in. To say this will likely wind up the best Assassin's Creed game to date is no huge stretch. I know graphics aren't everything, but ditching last-gen has truly resulted in a beautiful, dense, immersive game like none before it. And the "Free-run Down" mechanic is a huge improvement.
Assassin's Creed Unity will release on October 28, 2014, for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. I've also attached nine new screenshots below.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Noctua has long been providing its customers with SecuFirm2 mounting kits for novel platforms free of charge. The company has announced that it will continue this tradition, as consumers who own older Noctua heatsink models can upgrade their product with the NM-I2011 kit at no additional cost. The NM-12011 kit, which is compatible with most Noctua retail coolers since 2005, allows older Noctua heatsink models to support Haswell-E's LGA2011-3 socket. The Noctua CEO, Mag. Roland Mossig, noted that the company is pleased to extend its offer of providing its customers with NM-12011 kits free of charge, so that they can upgrade to the Intel Haswell-E platform.
In order to receive the NM-IPS2 spacers, which are only required for the NH-L12, or NM-I2011 kit, consumers must request the free mounting upgrade from Noctua and provide the company with a proof of purchase of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA2011-3 mainboard or LGA2011-3 CPU.
Source: Press Release
COUGAR, a leading brand in eSports and computer peripherals, has just launched two new gaming mouse pads, the CONTROL and SPEED. The company has engineer both gaming mouse pads in such a way that they can be used with regular mice or high-performance mice, making them perfect for casual and professional users alike. Both CONTROL and SPEED mouse pads are available in three different sizes and feature an optimized 4mm thickness, a right angle wave structure and anti-slip natural rubber base, and durable surfaces. The CONTROL mouse pad incorporates a three-dimensional textured surface that provides a smooth and precise mouse targeting experience. Meanwhile, the SPEED mouse pad comes with a high-definition textured surface that allows for fast and extra smooth mouse sliding movements.
Source: Press Release
Several years ago, NASA's Stardust mission took to space to collect particles from a comet's tail and possibly interstellar dust, before sending them back to Earth. There have already been many studies published about the particles from the comet's tail, but we are only starting to see analyses done of the much more special interstellar dust grains. Among those institutions studying the dust is Berkeley Lab.
While on its way to the comet, Wild 2 the Stardust spacecraft exposed its collector to space, with the hope of catching some dust particles that may be from outside the Solar System. As you can guess, such particles would be very rare and would provide unique insight into our little corner of the galaxy. To that end, the researchers have examined seven grains that may be interstellar dust using non-destructive techniques. Three of these were found in the aerogel while the other four left pits and residue on the aluminum foil. The two larger grains found in the aerogel surprised the researchers as they had a fluffy composition, like a snowflake, which is counter to the expectation of interstellar particles being dense. They also contained the mineral olivine, which would suggest they came from the disks or outflows of other stars. Three of the particles found in the foil contained sulfur compounds, which are not believed to exist in interstellar dust. Further study will be needed to explain the presence of these compounds.
While the current analyses of these grains will prove very informative, the most important examinations are still in the future. Those are to determine if these grains are indeed from outside the Solar System, but as the experiments would destroy the precious grains, tests are being done on analogs first.
Source: Berkeley Lab
Crytek's free-to-play MOBA Arena of Fate is playable at Gamescom, but for those that can't make it to Cologne, Germany, Crytek released an official Gameplay Trailer. Red Riding Hood narrates the trailer, explaining the rules of the game as she battles alongside teammates Achilles, Robin Hood, Lionheart, and Alice. They battle against Fenrir, Jack the Ripper, Frankenstein, some witch, and I'm not sure who or what the fifth character is.
Arena of Fate is currently in Closed Beta, which you can sign up for at the Official Site.
Paradox Interactive has announced a new shooter from Scotish developer Ruffian Games (Crackdown 2) called Hollowpoint, which combines 2D side-scrolling action with 3D targeting. In the near-future world of Hollowpoint, Mega Corporations hire Organizations made up of skilled Operatives to do their dirty work in all-out corporate warfare. Players build and control their own Organization, taking on missions alone or with up to three friends.
Destroying enemies earns experience for each Operative, which in turn awards skill points that can be used to upgrade abilities via a Tech Tree. Since there is a cap to the number of skill points an Operative can earn, you'll have to choose wisely to create a squad with varying abilities. Destroying enemies also earns you Credits, as does completing missions. Credits can then be spent on Asset Packs from the Market, which can contain new Operatives, weapons, equipment, powerups, and upgrades. "Asset Packs come in various different forms, with some focused entirely on one type of Asset, with others being a mix. The more Credits you spend on a Pack the more likely you are to get more valuable Assets to apply to your Organization."
All that is certain to keep players engaged and coming back for more, but it wouldn't mean anything if the gameplay wasn't solid. As I said earlier, Hollowpoint takes a rather unique approach, combining 2D side-scrolling with 3D targeting. And if you think that simply means 2D traversal interspersed with 3D combat, think again. Combat will actually take place all around you; you'll need to deal with enemies directly in front of you on the 2D plane, while other enemies attack you from the "background". To increase replayability even further, the environments are procedurally generated and the missions are chosen dynamically as you play.
Hollowpoint will be arriving on PC (via Steam) and PlayStation 4 (via PSN) sometime in 2015.
Source: Press Release and Official Site and PS Blog
One of the many interesting phenomena in Nature is swarming, whereby individual organisms, like ants, cells, and fish, will act together to achieve something no single individual could. This behavior is something many have been trying to replicate with robots, as a means to improve their effectiveness and to test their AI. Researchers at Harvard University have recently created the first thousand-robot swarm and gotten it to form human-specified shapes.
The swarm consists of 1024 robots called Kilobots, for obvious reasons, and each of these devices are just a few centimeters wide and stand on three thin, rigid legs. Two vibrating motors are used to get the robots sliding over a surface while infrared light is used for communication. This simple design kept the robots cheap, but also increased the chance of errors, but fortunately the algorithm driving them is smart enough to detect and actually correct the errors. In fact the algorithm has been proven to allow the robots to complete the task given to it. To get the robots started, they are given the image to recreate and four are then used to designate the origin of the image. Next the arbitrary mass of Kilobots starts moving one by one along the edge, until they reach the next point to fill in the image.
This is the first time a swarm consisting of a thousand robots has been tested and is an important milestone for distributed robotics. In the future we may see robots swarms being used for cleanup, rescue efforts, and even as chauffeurs as self-driving cars would be an example of distributed robotics.
Source: Harvard University
Another week is drawing to a close, but you can check out some reviews before it does. We have a look at the Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION video card, which features a custom dual-fan cooler and factory overclock to keep you gaming long into the night. There's also a review on the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD that is aimed at the gamer and enthusiast crowds, and can even go toe-to-toe with some of the big names in the market. If better control is what you are after, then perhaps the ROCCAT Isku FX gaming keyboard, with its multicolor backlighting and macro keys, is the one for you. Lastly there's a new podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews from the past week.
Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION @ Madshrimps
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD @ TechSpot
ROCCAT Isku FX Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Podcast #313 @ PC Perspective
August 14, 2014
Corsair has announced the availability of two new product lines of high-speed DDR4 memory: Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum. Both lines use the new XMP 2.0 profile with support for the upcoming next-generation Intel X99 platforms and Intel Core i7 Haswell-E processors. DDR4 memory delivers twice the bandwidth as DDR3 with 2133 MT/s speeds while using a lot less power (1.2 volts compared to 1.5 and 1.65 volts), which in turn generates less heat. For now, DDR4 is limited to 8GB modules with a maximum of 32GB on standard four-slot motherboards, but by 2015, DDR4 will support 16GB modules with a maximum of 128GB on eight-slot motherboards.
The specifications for both the Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 lines are as follows:
- Unbuffered DDR4 SDRAM in 288-pin DIMM
- Capacities at launch: 8GB (2x4GB), 16GB (4x4GB), 32GB (4x8GB) and 64GB (8x8GB)
- Speeds at launch: 2666MHz, 2800MHz, and 3000MHz
- Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) support
The Vengeance LPX line is "designed for high-performance overclocking with a low-profile heatspreader made of pure aluminum for faster heat dissipation" along with an eight-layer PCB to help manage heat. Kits are available in black, red, white, and blue.
The Dominator Platinum line, like its DDR3 brethren, "have a striking industrial design for good looks, patented DHX technology for cooler operation, user-swappable colored 'light pipes' for customizable downwash lighting, and Corsair Link compatibility for real-time temperature monitoring."
Both lines will be available worldwide at the end of August, and of course come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Source: Press Release
Tesoro, a company that I had previously associated with gaming keyboards, has announced its next gaming accessory, the Kuven.pro 5.1 gaming headset. The headset uses four drivers in each ear to deliver a true 5.1 experience that "immerses the player into the battlefield by providing realistic, directional audio." The Kuven.pro was named after Kuven, the helmet of Greek god of the underworld Hades, which granted the wearer invisibility. Tesoro described the rationale behind the name as it "allows its wearers to gain the advantage over their enemies by letting gamers pinpoint enemy movements, such as footsteps, before the enemy sees them." Users can customize each of the four drivers on each side of the headset and also presents the option of virtual 7.1 surround sound. A unidirectional noise cancelling microphone and purple LED illumination round out the headset. It will be available sometime this month at an MSRP of $109.
Source: Press Release
Overkill Software, the team behind team based first person shooters Payday and Payday 2, have announced that the next game in development from the company will be an FPS based on the comic book turned TV show The Walking Dead. A three minute trailer was released, but doesn't reveal much about the game though it does feature some words from creator Robert Kirkman. Overkill has teased a tie-in with the Payday series saying, "When Washington falls, what will Dallas do? If you own PAYDAY 2, you can answer this question in OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead." The game has been given a 2016 release date so you will have to get your Walking Dead fix from other mediums until then.
Source: PC Gamer