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September 26, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:03PM PST by gebraset

Yahoo, a company that is currently focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining, has announced that it is shutting down three of its offerings. One of the offerings that is being shut down is Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content. Another offering that Yahoo is shutting down is Qwiki, which automatically creates short movies based on photographs that users take. While the service and application are shutting down, the Qwiki team will remain integrated within Yahoo and will focus all of its efforts on other digital media experiences for Yahoo users. Yahoo Directory, the offering that Yahoo was launched upon nearly 20 years ago, is also being shut down. Yahoo’s business has changed substantially from the time Yahoo Directory was initially brought to early adopters of the Internet, and the shutdown of the offering boldly displays this.

Source: Press Release


Comments (0) | Posted at 12:43PM PST by ClayMeow
Focus Home Publishes Four

Infiltraton RPG Styx: Master of Shadows is inching closer to release, so publisher Focus Home Interactive has decided to release not one, not two, but four(!) "Making-of" videos. The videos include: The Gameplay, The Sound Design, The Music, and The Team. You can use the links I've just provided to access each respective video, but I've embedded "Making-of: The Gameplay" below for your viewing pleasure, with English sub-titles forced on; because unless you know French, you won't be able to understand a word they're saying otherwise.

Styx: Master of Shadows will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 7 with a very reasonable price tag of $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. Pre-purchasing the game on Steam provides a 20% discount, and the offer is actually good until October 13, meaning you could actually wait for reviews if you're on the fence! Kudos to Focus Home for offering a week one discount instead of just a pure pre-order discount!

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:20PM PST by ClayMeow

Taking a break from the #HowWillYouSurvive series of videos for a moment, Sega has released the 60-second extended cut of the Alien: Isolation television ad:

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:49AM PST by CheeseMan42

DEEPCOOL has announced its newest CPU coolers, a trio of liquid coolers in the CAPTAIN series, released under the GAMING STORM sub-brand. The CAPTAIN series are all-in-one liquid cooling solutions in 120mm, 240mm, and 360mm configurations. The patented Separated Section design keeps the pump and cold plate in separate blocks and connects them with a "unique transparent connection system." The base is made of pure copper and contains precision-machined 0.2mm micro channels to help with the heat transfer. Also included are 120mm PWM fans that operate between 600 and 2200 RPM. The coolers will be available next month at an MSRP of $79.99 for the 120mm version, $109.99 for the 240mm, and $139.99 for the 360mm.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:48AM PST by ClayMeow

A couple weeks ago, we got a glimpse as to why Assassin's Creed Rogue protagonist Shay Patrick Cormac turns his back on the Assassin Brotherhood and joins the Templars. But what does it actually mean to be a Templar? How does playing as a Templar differ from playing as an Assassin? In a new video cleverly titled "Templar vs Assassin", Producer Ivan Balabanov explains how playing as a Templar is a completely different gameplay perspective than playing as an Assassin. Not only do you get access to the most advanced weaponry, but your former Assassin Brotherhood buddies can implement tactics you used to employ in previous games, such as getting the drop on you from above when you least expect it.

Assassin's Creed Rogue will be arriving November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before a remastered version arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering nets you the Ultimate Hunter pack and the Siege of Fort de Sable mission.

Source: Ubisoft



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:35AM PST by ClayMeow
Meet Far Cry 4's Pagan Min, the Self-appointed King of Kyrat

Last week, I claimed that the real stars of Far Cry 4 are the elephants. While I still stand by that claim, I must say that Pagan Min is shaping up to be one of the best antagonists in video game history. "Sadistic dictator. Psychopath. Best dressed man in Kyrat." Those are just some of the ways to describe the self-appointed King of Kyrat. It also helps that he's perfecly voiced by veteran voice actor Troy Baker. If you'd like to learn how Pagan Min rose to power, check out the description after the video, pulled straight from the press release.

Pagan Min was born in Hong Kong, the son of a mid-level drug boss in the Golden Triangle. His father was a small fish in a big pond and even as a young man, Pagan was as ambitious as he was flamboyant. This peacocking drove a wedge between them. Pagan worked for his father, hated him, and was frustrated as a lieutenant, seeing his father as a dinosaur. Nobody knows how his father died, but it wasn't natural causes. After his father's unfortunate passing Pagan inherited his small piece of the pie. He then left his old identity behind and adopted the moniker "Pagan," naming himself after an old Burmese king who murdered his family to take control. Of course, he changed the pronunciation to be western so that he'd be more unique. Pagan quickly started carving himself more of the pie he believed that he deserved. He built considerable assets, a small private army, and started angering his allies in the heroin trade. He didn't fit in and he knew he couldn't kill them all; it was only a matter of time before the old guard decided to have him killed.

This is when his eyes fell upon Kyrat, a small failed state with multiple warring factions in the wake of the collapse of its monarchy. He allied himself with the Royalists, propping up a distant heir to the throne who he used to swell his ranks and to remove all opposing faction in the country. After a few bloody months, Pagan and the united Royalists took the palace by storm, but Pagan betrayed the Royalists by murdering the heir and seizing the throne for himself. He then started a purge of anyone who didn't fall in line, executing his opposition. The betrayal led to the formation of the Golden Path, a small resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing Pagan.

Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.

Source: Press Release



Comments (2) | Posted at 06:38AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Water is one of the most important materials on Earth for the role it plays in supporting life. For this reason we try to look for it when searching for other planets that potentially also have life on them. To help with the search, knowing where the Solar System's water originated would be useful, and now researchers at the Carnegie Institution think they know the source.

There are only two options for where the water could have come from and those are the planetary nebula that the Solar System developed from, or chemical processes the Sun triggered, after it came to life. To determine which is correct, the researchers had to find out the ratio of hydrogen isotopes in water on Earth and in comets and asteroids. Unlike the dynamic Earth, the water (as ice) held by comets and asteroids has been in unchanged since the beginning of the Solar System, and is, in effect, a time capsule of that earlier time. The researchers also created a model to see if a newly formed star could produce the ratios observed today.

The results of the model do not match what has been found in the Solar System, which indicates that much of the water in the Solar System actually predates it. This conclusion is of immense importance as this option would put more water on other planets than if the local stars had to produce it all. Also the water and ices contained in planetary nebulae have organic molecules with them, which could impact life forming.

Source: Carnegie Institution



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:48AM PST by bp9801

It is the end of the week at last, with some reviews to help you welcome in the weekend. There is a review on the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard, which is jam-packed with features (like the wireless AC module) to help you get the most out of your Haswell CPU. We also have a look at the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the 5.5-inch variety of Apple's popular smartphone line. Wrapping things up for the week is a review on Kingwin's EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter, which helps make the process of moving to a new hard drive incredibly easy.

Motherboards
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingwin EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Apple iPhone 6 Plus @ TechSpot



September 25, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:09PM PST by CheeseMan42

The Apple iCloud service has been in the news recently due to the reveal of a brute force exploit that was patched with the implementation of two factor authentication. It is now being reported that software developer Ibrahim Balic reported the vulnerability to Apple on March 26 and Balic claimed he was able to brute force a single account with up to 20,000 passwords. Balic also notified Apple of the bug using the official bug submission platform. Apple responded on May 6 and Balic believed that the issue was still in place and the company appeared to have discounted his findings as being a threat, stating "Based on the information you provided, it appears that it would take an extraordinarily long time to find a valid authentication token for an account."

Source: Daily Dot



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

Nanoparticles are interesting materials with many applications from energy storage to medical uses, but can be a little tricky to make. Chemical reactions must be used and they are not always the fast or efficient. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory have recently discovered a new process for synthesizing oxide nanoparticles that can produce very large quantities, very quickly.

Traditionally the synthesis of oxide nanoparticles relies on an oxidizing agent like hydrogen peroxide. While these agents work, they are somewhat weak and slow at reaction with solutions of metal salts. What the NRL researchers have done though is demonstrated that potassium superoxide (KO2) could be used instead. Its use results in a rapid exothermic reaction that produces insoluble oxide or hydroxide nanoparticles. The researchers have already managed to produce over 10 grams in a single step, which is 10,000 times more than many other methods after four steps.

One catch to this KO2 method is that the concentration of metal in the solution cannot be too great, or else large clusters of the nanoparticles will be made. It is able to create more complex materials though, including a cathode used in lithium batteries, a multiferroic material, and even a superconductor.

Source: Naval Research Laboratory



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:46PM PST by CheeseMan42

Major League Gaming is planning to open the first eSports arena in the United States in late October in Columbus, Ohio. MLG has hosted a number of events in Columbus over the years and Adam Apicella of MLG described the location choice saying, "With 62 colleges in the Columbus region, hundreds of thousands of university and high school students in the 11-county area, and close proximity to our audience on the East Coast, Columbus is a great location for our MLG.tv Arena." Katie Goldberg of MLG gave a description of the planned layout of the arena which will have, "a main stage set up, sound proof booths, lights, video screens, bleachers, monitors, IT and video equipment to broadcast via MLG.tv." The first event to be hosted will be the Call of Duty: Ghosts pro league playoffs and according to Adam's Twitter account, there will be roughly 200 seats for spectators at the event.

Source: SB Nation and Twitter



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:26PM PST by ClayMeow
Prepare for the Hunnic Invasion in Total War: ATTILA

The Dark Ages approach. A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequalled.

The Scourge of God, the very herald of the apocalypse, Attila the Hun.

That is how the press release for Creative Assembly's next game in the venerable Total War series begins, and it paints quite the picture. Total War: ATTILA starts in 395 AD, 367 years after the official end of Total War: Rome II's campaign. The Roman Empire has been split into two, with the Western Roman Empire on its last legs and the Eastern Roman Empire (or Byzantine Empire) rising to power. The unique landscape of the time allows Creative Assembly to introduce what it's calling a "legendary start position": "Playing as the Western Roman Empire you will begin with vast territories under your control, but weakened by political in-fighting and threatened on all sides by enemies, your dominance will quickly become a struggle to survive."

Aside from an all new play-style, some fan favorite features absent in Rome II will be returning. According to project lead Janos Gaspar, "We're reintroducing some features that fans have been asking for, such as family trees and skill trees, and improving many of the core aspects of Total War we know are important to them. But to really bring the period to life, we're building on these foundations with many new strategic features for them to consider, such as advanced street-fighting, civilians, complete settlement destruction and dynamic fire that can rage across a city as armies class."

Total War: ATTILA is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2015 for Windows PC and Mac, and will be running on a modified version of Rome II's Warscape engine; hopefully without all the technical issues that continue to plague that game.

Source: Press Release and Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:36PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

I am not actually sure about how many LEDs there are around me presently, but there are definitely many. While these light sources are all fairly efficient, compact, and have a long lifespan, they do have an emission problem. Most of the light an LED actually produces can be trapped inside of it, but researchers at Princeton University have recently developed a new LED design that lets the light out.

Believe it or not, but some simple LEDs only emit 2-4% of the light they create. The remainder of the light stays trapped within the LED, producing heat that will actually shorten the light's lifespan. By adding reflectors, lenses, and other structures, more of the light will be emitted, but a display using such LEDs could then reflect ambient light, reducing its contrast. The solution to that has been to add a light-absorbing material to the display, which cuts the brightness by as much as half. The Princeton researchers have a new design in mind though that uses a nanotechnology structure called plasmonic cavity with subwavelength hole-array (PlaCSH). This puts a metal mesh on top of the LED that guides photons out of the LED and to a viewer.

The researchers predict that this system, which will work with both organic and inorganic LEDs, could increase efficiency by 58% and display contrast by 400%, while also being flexible. Producing organic LEDs with the PlaCSH is also a simple affair with nanoimprint technology, which allows the structures to be produced like printing newspapers.

Source: Princeton University



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:12AM PST by ClayMeow
Learn All About Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition in New

While Triad Wars is getting all the buzz this week, it's not the only thing Square Enix and developer United Front Games have brewing. Back in August, the two announced Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; a remastering of 2012's critically acclaimed third-person, open-world action game Sleeping Dogs. Besides new high resolution textures, increased traffic and pedestrian density, new lighting, ambient fog, and improved gameplay, the Definitive Edition also includes all 24 pieces of DLC integrated right into the game. Today, Square Enix and United Front released a brand new "101 Trailer" that details everything you need to know:

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will be arriving October 10 in Europe and October 14 in North America. While the game is priced at $59.99 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the price for the PC version is a mere $29.99. No word on whether Steam will feature a loyalty discount like Square Enix did for Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:49AM PST by ClayMeow

As we inch closer to Alien: Isolation's release date, it seems Creative Assembly is ramping up its #HowWillYouSurvive video series. If you haven't been paying attention, we've already had four such videos: "No Escape", "Don't Shoot", "In The Vents", and "Hear You Scream". Now we get two new entries in the series: "Misdirection" and "Nowhere is Safe". In the first video, we learn how to use a noisemaker, while in the second video, we learn that that Xenomorph is a lot smarter than your average enemy.

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:57AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

For a handful of years or so, consumers have had access to OLED displays in some devices, and every year the number of devices grows. Now we can even find some OLED displays large enough to monitors and televisions that can be rolled up. As reported by the American Chemical Society, a new method of creating transistors has been developed that may help bring flexible electronics to more consumers in the coming years.

Traditionally transistors are produced using a multi-step photolithography process that etches a pattern into a wafer using light and some rather toxic materials. Metal oxide semiconductors have been attracting attention of late, but do lack certain properties, such as flexibility. The new method described in ACS Nano however uses new inks that can create patterns on ultrathin, transparent devices using light. This avoids the use of the toxic materials and high temperatures with the direct light sensitivity. It also allows for a simpler manufacturing process, and that could drastically help with bringing flexible electronics to more people.

Source: American Chemical Society



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:55AM PST by bp9801

This week is drawing to a close, but not before some more reviews find their way in. We have a look at the MSI Nightblade Z97, a barebones system that features the Z97i Gaming AC motherboard, a slim DVD drive, and a 600 watt power supply. The rest of the parts are up to you, so be sure to check it out to see how it holds up. There's also a review on the Thermaltake Water 3.0 UIltimate Water Cooling System, which has a triple 120 radiator to hopefully offer some impressive cooling potential. For those needing a new monitor, the Acer XB280HK 28-inch 4K monitor could be the one, as it not only features a 4K resolution, but NVIDIA G-SYNC. Finally there's a look at using Gmail to unify your email inboxes and fight spam.

Prebuilts
MSI Nightblade Z97 @ LanOC Reviews

CPU Cooling
Thermaltake Water 3.0 UIltimate Water Cooling System @ ThinkComputers

Monitors
Acer XB280HK 28-inch 4K G-SYNC @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Switching Away from Outlook or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Gmail @ TechSpot



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:29AM PST by gebraset
Tt eSPORTS Announces the CHALLENGER Prime Gaming Keyboard

Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals, has announced the latest device to enter the CHALLENGER series of membrane gaming keyboards, the CHALLENGER Prime. The latest gaming keyboard from Tt eSPORTS offers gamers with not only aggressive styling but also maximum customizability. Some of the features that are integrated into the CHALLENGER Prime include an adjustable repeat rate, adjustable polling rate, key mapping, macros, multimedia keys, onboard memory for profiles storage, and shortcut keys. The dial, which is found out the top of the CHALLENGER Prime, allows for the brightness of the blue, red, and purple backlighting colors to be adjusted, while the built-in onboard memory is capable of storing macros, lighting mode, and lighting color for each of the three profiles. Anti-spill technology is found on the CHALLENGER Prime as well, with spills able to pass through drainage holes found in the keyboard frame.

The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER Prime gaming keyboard represents quite a value, as it carries an MSRP of $29.99. While the keyboard is set to be released on October 20, 2014, consumers can preorder it from Newegg immediately.

Source: Press Release


September 24, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:30PM PST by ClayMeow
Van Helsing II: Complete Pack Now Available, Alongside Pigasus DLC and Mac Support

Action-RPG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II hit Steam on May 22, and now roughly four months later, a Complete Pack has been released. The Van Helsing II: Complete Pack contains the base game, the original soundtrack, the Ink Hunt DLC, and just-released Pigasus DLC, all for $19.99 compared to $14.99 for just the base game. With the new DLC, "you can summon a new creature by spending Essence and you can purchase powerful items in your Lair from the Pigasus."

Along with the Pigasus DLC and Complete Pack, Van Helsing II now also supports Mac as of today.

Source: Press Release and Neocore Dev Blog



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

Inno3D has announced a new cooler targeted at the latest high powered GPUs, the iChill Herculez X4 Air Boss. The cooler is based on a large copper base with two high heat flux heatpipes on each side. A total of three fans with 15 fins each provide the cooling power with a 50mm fan helping to provide some additional heat dissipation. The metal casing that holds everything together can be detached for easy cleaning. In addition to the standalone cooler, Inno3D is also offering custom versions of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and 980. The cards should provide improved cooling over stock cards due to the improved heatsink design.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:45PM PST by CheeseMan42

The flagship mouse from Razer, the DeathAdder, will now join the BlackWidow and Kraken as products to use the new Chroma feature. Chroma allows devices to "sync lighting colors and patterns and comes with an open SDK that enables game developers to integrate advanced lighting effects based on in-game events such as a base being under attack and much more." The mouse itself uses the same ergonomic design as previous iterations of the DeathAdder and also boasts a 10,000 DPI optical sensor that can be adjusted on the fly. Also included are five programmable buttons and 1000 Hz Ultrapolling. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said, "Our Synapse software continues to add value to our hardware products, and this is the latest example of that. Validated by professional eSports athletes, the iconic ergonomic design and the ability for gamers to hone their accuracy make the Razer DeathAdder Chroma the perfect mouse for any play style." The DeathAdder Chroma is available immediately at an MSRP of $69.99, and the Chroma SDK will be available later this year.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:00PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

The Sun can pour an unbelievable amount of energy onto Earth, which is why so many systems exist to capture and use that energy. The catch is that our energy use patters do not always align with production times. Storage systems help with this, and researchers at the University of Basque Country have recently developed an improved version of one system, that could lead to its increased use.

As their name suggests, solar thermal panels can collect the thermal energy of Sunlight. Often those panels are connected to tanks of water, which store the heat. For optimal performance, these tanks are tall and thin cylinders, but optimal performance is not necessarily optimal convenience. The Basque Country researchers have changed that though by adding a phase change material to the design. Specifically a commercial paraffin was added by encapsulating it in aluminum plates, and arranging the plates to have channels water can flow through. The paraffin will melt at 60 ºC, absorbing heat from the water in the process, and when the water is colder, the paraffin will solidify and transfer heat back to the water.

This design is more compact and even modular, unlike water tanks, which opens up the possibility of it being used in a variety of new places. The researchers are now working on a full-scale prototype to be tested in an experimental facility.

Source: University of the Basque Country



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:40AM PST by ClayMeow
Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC Now Available for Season Pass Holders

The one piece of DLC fans of Watch Dogs have been waiting for most of all has finally arrived. Watch Dogs Bad Blood is currently available to Season Pass owners for all available platforms, while those without the Season Pass will have to wait until September 30 to grab it. Bad Blood puts players in control of Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney, the brilliant and eccentric hacker who played a large role in the main game. And not only can you play as him through ten new story missions, but also in the online modes "Hacking" and "Tailing", along with the new "Street Sweep" contracts.

For those that do not own the Season Pass and want to purchase this separately on September 30, it is unclear what its price will be. My guess is $9.99, but that's just an educated guess based on the pricing of the other Season Pass components; pricing has not been confirmed.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:22AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Carbon has long since been considered one of the more amazing elements, but over the past few decades it has been proving this in new ways. One of those ways is graphene, which is exceptionally hard and conductive, yet still flexible and transparent. Graphene also opened up a door to a new realm of materials that can compete with it, and now researchers at the University of Southampton have reached a milestone for one of them.

Molybdenum disuphide (MoS2) is highly conductive and mechanically strong, like graphene, but it and other transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have properties graphene does not. These include the ability to emit light, so we could see them one day used for LEDs. The methods for producing MoS2 however, result in small flakes and that limits its potential. The Southampton researchers though have managed to fabricate a piece of MoS2 over 1000 mm2 in size, and then transfer it to another substrate.

The ability to create such large pieces will go a long way in finding applications for MoS2. Now the researchers are welcoming enquires from other universities and industry, for potential collaborations.

Source: University of Southampton



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:57AM PST by ClayMeow
Tripwire Releases Free Armored Assault Content Pack for Rising Storm

It's always nice when developers continue to support games post-launch; it's even better when that support comes in the form of free DLC. Tripwire Interactive has just released a free content pack called Armored Assault for Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2, including new vehicles, weapons, and contest-winning maps:

  • German MG 42 Light Machinegun
  • Soviet T-70 Light Tank
  • German Panzer IIIM Light/Medium Tank
  • Contest Map: Kobura - Americans defending a jungle airstrip in Burma against ferocious Japanese assault
  • Contest Map: Tula Outskirts - a remake of an old favorite from RO1, with Germans attacking dug-in Russians
  • Updated map for new tanks: Arad 2 now updated to showcase the new T-70 and Pz III

In addition, Red Orchestra 2 is no longer sold separately. As of yesterday, any purchase of RO2 through Steam includes Rising Storm content. Previous owners of older RO2 packages, whether through Steam or elsewhere, will have rifle-only access to Rising Storm, and thus need to purchase Rising Storm to get full access to all content. Thankfully, in honor of the new content update and changeover, Rising Storm is part of the Midweek Madness sale, offering up a 75% discount until Friday. That drops the price to $4.99 for the base game, $7.49 for the Digital Deluxe edition, $14.99 for the four-pack, $14.99 for the Red Orchestra Franchise Pack, and $24.99 for the Tripwire Bundle (updated March 2014). A Digital Deluxe Upgrade is also available at $2.50 for those who already own the game.

Source: Steam and Official Site



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:19AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

We all know that when two people get on a seesaw, the side with the heavier person on it will tip down, until that person pushes up. What if the 'people' were massless? That is like what researchers at the University of Minnesota have investigated when they built a nanoscale seesaw and put photons on either side.

The device itself is just 0.7 microns by 50 microns in size and consists of a seesaw with arrays of holes at both ends. These holes are photonic crystal cavities and will actually hold onto photons from a nearby source. When photons, or a single photon, are in the cavities, their optical force will actually move the seesaw, even though that force is equivalent to one third of a quadrillionth of a pound, and that movement can be measured. The researchers also found that when one side of the cavities had photons and the other side had none, the seesaw would start to oscillate. When that oscillation was strong enough, photons would actually start to be shuttled from one side to the other, and the team was able to achieve about 1000 photons being shuttled with each cycle. A 10 W light bulb produces about 1020 photons every second.

Eventually the researchers would like to see this system used to transport a single photon with each cycle, which would make it useful for quantum mechanical devices. The ability to mechanically control photon movement could lead to other advances as well, including sensitive micromechanical accelerometers and be used in navigational gyroscopes.

Source: University of Minnesota



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

The middle of the week is here, with a few reviews to help get you through it. We have another look at the Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL keyboard, which relies on Topre switches instead of Cherry MX mechanical switches for a different feel. For those desiring a new tablet, there's a review on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10+ HD. It features a 1920x1080 screen, a more powerful processor than its predecessor, and a unique cylindrical edge on the bottom that doubles as a kickstand. We also have a look at the DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 smartphone, an entry-level smartphone that offers plenty of features without breaking the bank. Rounding out today's items is the second part of a look back at the history of the personal computer.

Keyboards/Mice
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL @ Benchmark Reviews

Laptops/Tablets
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10+ HD @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 Smartphone @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
History of the Personal Computer, Part 2: Intel & Motorola's Duopoly Come to an End @ TechSpot



Comments (1) | Posted at 05:13AM PST by gebraset
BIOSTAR Releases the Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard

BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and industrial computing systems, has launched its Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard, which was reported as coming soon just last month. The new motherboard from BIOSTAR is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support, four memory slots for up to 32GB of 2800(OC) RAM, on-board HDMI, and SATA Express. The Hi-Fi Z97Z7 comes with special components that ensure its performance and reliability, such as Super Durable Solid Caps that feature doubled lifespan thanks to an ultra-low ESR design, Super Durable Ferrite Choke that provides reduced energy loss and better power stability, and Super Conductive Heatsink Design that ensures super-fast heat dissipation for extreme performance. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7 also comes with Super Rapid Debug 3, which provides critical POST code information on a digital LED display that is located directly on the motherboard. Additional technology and connectivity options include a PCI Express 3.0x16 slot, PCIe M.2 support, and BIOSTAR exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97Z7 from BIOSTAR is available immediately and carries an MSRP of $119.

Source: Press Release


Comments (0) | Posted at 04:51AM PST by gebraset

Thecus, a company that specializes in Network Attached Storage and Network Video Recorder solutions, has announced that it is adopting a new slogan to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The new slogan, “Empowering Professionals,” is meant to highlight the core strengths of the company in the commercial landscape. Thecus came into the limelight in 2005 at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, and each year since its initial offering, the company has provided unmatched innovation by brining world firsts to consumers across the globe. Some of these world firsts include a NAS with 10GBASE-T support which was released in 2011, and an Intel Atom SoC CE5315 embedded NAS that was released last year. As technology continues to improve and consumer needs change overtime, Thecus plans to remain relevant and has vowed with its new slogan to continue to do what it always has, empower professionals.

Source: Press Release



September 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:32PM PST by ClayMeow

It seems a lot of publishers decided to compete for your wallet today. Unveiled last month, real-time strategy game Ancient Space has officially launched today for PC via Steam. Ancient Space is a single-player, story-driven space RTS developed by CreativeForge Games and published by Paradox Interactive. The game features deep space exploration with full 3D movement, ship and fleet customization, several unique crew members to recruit, upgradeable units, and a stellar voice cast.

Ancient Space is priced to move at a mere $19.99 and comes with both the original soundtrack and a digital art book. As of now, only the Windows version is available, with the Mac version scheduled to arrive on October 23.

Source: Press Release







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