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November 21, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 03:12PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

With Black Friday approaching, there is a good chance many of us will be searching through sales for "amazing deals." What influences us to actually purchase one item or another is of interest to many, and researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Technische Universität have found that customer recommendations can play a significant role in the decision.

To do this study, the researchers looked at purchases for a toy and game mail order company for a nearly four week period. The test group was shown social network endorsements, such as 'Like' and '+1', while the control group was not. The result was a 13% increase in sales by the test group, which is a significant difference. The researchers also found that this impact is felt mostly with more hedonistic buying behavior, such as impulse buying, as opposed to targeted purchases. More investigation showed an increase in purchases of 18% when people shopped online during their free time, with an almost 26% increase in spending.

The researchers suggest that the customer recommendations may be triggering a kind of herd behavior amongst consumers. They also found that, like with targeted purchases, purchases made when consumers have little time to browse were not affected by recommendations that much.

Source: Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainx

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:39PM PST by gebraset

Back in October, it was reported that Dish customers lost access seven channels due to a contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting. The channels that have been unavailable to Dish customers since the incident include Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Today, Turner Broadcasting has announced that both companies have mutually decided to restore service of these channels, allowing subscribers of Dish Network to be able to watch their favorite television channels once more. Turner Broadcasting also revealed within its announcement that coverage of TBS and TNT has been extended due to the mutual agreement.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:17AM PST by bp9801

The end of the week is finally here, and we have a couple of items for you to consider today. There is a review on the be quiet! Silent Base 800 case, which is the company's first-ever case. It was designed to offer the best possible cooling experience while also providing quiet operation and plenty of interior space for whatever gear you want to include. Our other item is a podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews from the past week.

be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ TechSpot

Podcast #327 @ PC Perspective

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:09AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

They say one should not judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the cover is the most interesting part. Topological insulators (TIs) are a curious class of materials that conduct electricity on their surfaces, but not through their bulk. Researchers at Purdue University have recently found that they also possess another property that should prove useful in future applications of TIs.

Due to the different properties between a topological insulator's bulk and surface, electrons can have some odd behaviors. Among these is that electrons on the surface are always spin polarized, unlike in other materials where the spins can be random and cancel each other out. This is one of multiple special properties that could see TIs used for spintronics and quantum computers. What the Purdue researchers have found is that the electrical resistance of the material is not dependent on its thickness. This is not normally the case with other three-dimensional materials, but here it is. They also found that the conduction seemed to be topologically protected, which would help it maintain conductance as thickness decreases.

It is because of this protection and the ability to conduct electrons without disrupting their spin states that could allow TIs to be made into spintronic and quantum computers. Such computers would operate very differently from modern computers and potentially allow for much more complicated operations to be performed very quickly.

Source: Purdue University

Comments (1) | Posted at 07:36AM PST by gebraset

Intel is teasing its upcoming Haswell-EX processor, which will feature a wealth of various features and technologies aimed directly at server environments. The Intel Xeon E7 v3 microprocessor, codenamed Haswell-EX, is set to offer up to 18 cores with the Hyper-Threading technology, 45MB of last-level cache, PCI Express 3.0 links, a quad-channel DDR4 memory controller, and more. The processor will be made using 22nm tri-gate technology and will feature 5.56 billion transistors, making it one of the most complex x86-based processors ever manufactured. New reliability, availability, and scalability capabilities are expected to be introduced thanks to the new Xeon E7 platform, making Xeon platforms as a whole more comparable with Itanium-based servers in terms of included features.

Intel is set to reveal technical details about its Xeon E7 v3 microprocessor at the 2015 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference, which will take place in February, 2015.

Source: KitGuru

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:16AM PST by gebraset

Google is currently experimenting with a new service called Contributor, which provides websites with funding in a new way while also eliminating annoying advertisements for viewers. Google Contributor is partly a subscription service, as users have to pay $1 to $3 per month in order to get rid of advertisements on participating websites. That money is well spent, however, as Google Contributor promises to split up a portion of the funds with websites that are integrated with the service, allowing users to see a thank you message where an advertisement would normally be while websites continue to generate income. Even with advertisement blocking software installed, users can still support their favorite websites with Google Contributor for a small monthly fee, as long as the websites they visit are signed up for the service.

Interested website owners can apply for the program on the service’s website through a waitlist application, since Google Contributor is currently invitation only.

Source: PCWorld

November 20, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:39PM PST by gebraset

The United States Postal Service is the latest victim in a long line of companies to have suffered a data breach during this year. At this point in time, it is believed that approximately 100 servers and their workstations were compromised after a sophisticated adversary was able to gain access to the network used by the United States Postal Service. Data that was stolen includes names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, dates of employment, and other information associated with more than 800,000 Postal Service employees. It is also believed that 2.9 million customer complaints were compromised in the attack, which include names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of those who filed the complaints. United States Postal Service cyber-security official, Randy Meskanic, stated that "At this time, we do not believe that Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices, as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards, were affected by this incident."

Employees of the Postal Service who have possibly been affected by the data breach are being provided with credit monitoring services.

Source: ABC News

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:25PM PST by gebraset

Netflix, one of the largest video streaming subscription services currently available across the world, streamed a total of 19.5 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of this year. Broken down, this equates to 6.5 million terabytes of video per month, which certainly exceeds the 4 million terabytes of video streamed per month during the first quarter of 2013. Assuming that the same amount of data continues to be used for high-definition video streaming and that previous growth remains constant, Netflix will stream 27 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of 2015, which comes out to 9 terabytes if video per month. This amount will likely be larger however, as 4K content continues to make its way onto Netflix.

Source: Cord Cutters News

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:23PM PST by CheeseMan42
Two All-In-One Liquid Coolers Available From Enermax

Enermax has announced a pair of all-in-one liquid cooling solutions as part of the LIQMAX II Series, the LIQMAX II 120S and LIQMAX II 240. The number in the product name indicates the size of the radiator, which will be cooled by one or two 2nd generation batwing fans with Adjustable Peak Speed RPM range setting. The cooling block uses patented Enermax Shunt Channel Technology which "boosts heat exchange efficiency by eliminating the boundary layers and increases the coolant exchange ratio." The LIQMAX II Series will be compatible with LGA1150, LGA2011, AM3+, and FM2+ CPU sockets.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:08PM PST by CheeseMan42

OCZ has announced its latest line of solid state drives, the Saber 1000 Series, designed for "read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments." The drives are built with 19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Powered by the OCZ Barefoot 3 controller the Saber 1000 Series is capable of read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s, respectively. OCZ CTO Daryl Lang described the drives saying, "In designing the new Saber 1000 Series we listened to our customers to meet their growing needs for a server-class SSD that is optimized with the right balance of features, performance and cost. With the Saber 1000 Series, customers now have an ideal storage solution in which to build an all-flash datacenter, one that is able to efficiently process high volume enterprise and hyperscale workloads."

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:32PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

It is not uncommon for academics at universities to form spinout companies based on their research. One example is QD Vision, which is an MIT spinout that works with quantum dot displays. Thanks to partnerships with other companies, QD Vision's technology may soon be coming to the world.

Quantum dots are semiconductor nanocrystals that can be tuned to react to and emit specific colors of light. This ability to directly emit light is part of why many want to see them used in televisions, and thanks to Sony and TCL, some televisions are already using the spinout's Color IQ technology. Traditional LCD TVs place a white LED backlight behind red, green, and blue filters to produce colors on the screen. The problem is that the LED backlight is not actually white but blue; a phosphor is used to create the white light, which causes some of the light to be lost. Color IQ has a different approach as it uses the blue backlight, without a phosphor, to energize quantum dots to produce red and green. The result is a display that covers 50% of the NTSC color gamut while being 20% more efficient.

Compared to OLED displays, the Color IQ displays are just as colorful, but significantly cheaper to produce. Currently the quantum dot displays using QD Vision's technology are only available in Chine, but they are expected to come to the rest of the world in mere months.

Source: MIT

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:01AM PST by bp9801

A new day is upon us, with plenty of items for you to check out. We have a review on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition video card, with its factory overclock and custom cooler. There is also the MSI X99S MPOWER motherboard, which is a high end model that can help get your Haswell-E system to the performance levels you desire. The In Win D-Frame Mini chassis gets reviewed, which is a Mini-ITX model that has an extremely unique appearance. Plexor's M6e 256GB SSD gets tested to see how well this PCIe SSD compares to the competition. Finally there's a performance test of Far Cry 4 and how well it runs on various setups.

Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition @ Bjorn3D

MSI X99S MPOWER @ LanOC Reviews

In Win D-Frame Mini @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Plexor M6e 256GB SSD @ PC Perspective

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked: Graphics and CPU Performance @ TechSpot

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:53AM PST by gebraset
STEAM CASTLE Computer Chassis Announced by DEEPCOOL

DEEPCOOL, a manufacturer of computer chassis, cooling solutions, power supply units, and electronic accessories, has announced a new simple vision of STEAM CASTLE. The latest microATX computer chassis from DEEPCOOL, which is a mid-tower, comes with a side window, blue LED lighting, and four turbo-style fan ports. STEAM CASTLE supports microATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and also can accommodate graphics cards up to 320mm in length. The case includes one preinstalled 120mm LED case fan, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, configurable drive bays, and HD audio connections.

The DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE will be available in black and white color options in December, and will feature an MSRP of $79.99.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:14AM PST by gebraset

Gorilla Glass has been around for quite some time, with many manufactures using the Corning product in flagship phones, tablets, and a variety of other devices. While Corning touted how previous versions of Gorilla Glass were resistant to minor cracks and scratches, they generally failed to provide adequate protection against shattering when dropped on hard surfaces. Gorilla Glass 4 is marketed as having increased shattering resistance, as Corning has just revealed that the latest version of its glass is comprised of a new formula that is engineered to make the product stronger than ever. Gorilla Glass 4 will apparently remain intact 80 percent of the time when dropped from one meter above the ground, compared to conventional soda-lime glass that shatters every time when dropped from the same height.

Source: Engadget

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:47AM PST by gebraset

While HBO GO has been available on the Xbox 360 for months, the cable network's streaming service has continued to be absent from the Xbox One ever since the application was released roughly a year ago. Microsoft today has revealed that HBO GO is now available to Xbox One users, allowing them to access HBO's entire library, including titles such as The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. The HBO Go application even supports voice and gesture controls through Kinect.

The availability of HBO GO on the Xbox One comes five months after Microsoft announced that the streaming service, which requires a subscription to a cable or satellite provider, would be coming to its latest gaming console.

Source: CNET

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:02AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Because of their efficiency, many want to see white LEDs used to light our homes, but while they do use less power, they are also less warm. White LEDs do not actually produce white light but instead emit blue light that energizes a phosphor, which then produces the white light. The resulting light has a cooler, blue tint to it, but researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, as reported in Optics Express have found a way to create a warmer tone, when LEDs are dimmed.

Others have created LED systems that produce a warm color when dimmed by using multiple LEDs that mix their colors. These systems are rather complicated though, as control circuitry has to be used to make sure the many components work correctly together. The Eindhoven researchers' approach however is simpler as it just changes the phosphor used. This new phosphor is a composite of a liquid crystal and polymeric material, which makes it sensitive to temperature. At higher temperatures it is transparent, allowing the cooler, blue light of the LED to come through, but at lower temperatures, when the LED is dimmed, it scatters light. This causes more of the blue light to stay in the phosphor, creating a warmer glow.

Generally, humans prefer warmer, redder light in low-light situations and that may have to do with the color of the Sunrise and Sunset. By having LEDs produce a warmer light when dimmed, the technology could become more acceptable in homes. The researchers predict that products using their design could reach the market in just two years, if they are proven reliable.

Source: The Optical Society

November 19, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:30PM PST by ClayMeow
Titanfall Deluxe Edition Now Available on PC; XBO November 25

As a pure action FPS, I thoroughly enjoyed Titanfall when it first came out. Titanfall falls somewhere between a realistic military shooter and a run-n-gun arcade shooter, with arguably the best mobility of any shooter. And of course, what's not to love about jumping into or onto a giant mech? If you passed on the game at launch, now's your chance to hop into the action at a fraction of the cost with all content.

Respawn Entertainment has revealed the Titanfall Deluxe Edition, which is now available for PC via Origin for just $39.99. The Xbox One version will be available digitally on November 25 for $49.99. The Deluxe Edition not only contains the base game and the eight major updates along the way, but also all three DLC packs: Expedition, Frontier's Edge, and IMC Rising. With Respawn adding a co-op wave defense mode called Frontier Defense last month, now's a great time to get into the fray. Check out the "New Gameplay Updates and Features" video to learn more:

Source: Press Release and Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:44PM PST by ClayMeow
Colorful Platform Adventure Game JUJU Arriving December 9

Flying Wild Hog, the studio behind hardcore first-person shooters Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior, is back with a ... kid-friendly, side-scrolling platformer. Say what?! JUJU is an extremely vibrant and colorful 2.5D platformer featuring a pink shaman panda named Juju and his lizard sidekick named Peyo. Watching gameplay, I'm immediately reminded of the recent Rayman games, but JUJU seems a lot more accessible for younger gamers, making it the perfect parent-and-child co-op game, especially with the drop-in/drop-out nature.

JUJU will feature 40 beautiful stages and nine massive, multi-stage boss battles. Single-player and co-op play are both supported, with the second player taking control of Peyo, who was specifically designed to be an easier entry point for new gamers. "Armed with an extra tongue attack and reduced chance to be targeted by bosses, Peyo has been created specifically for new players to get their feet wet in gaming." There are also time challenges, hardcore modes, secret areas, achievements, and leaderboards. It certainly seems like a game any age can enjoy.

JUJU is coming to PC (Steam), PlayStation 3 (PSN), and Xbox 360 (XBLA) on December 9.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:37PM PST by CheeseMan42

Mozilla has announced that it will drop Google as the default search engine for the Firefox web browser in favor of Yahoo. The move comes as part of a five year partnership that will also include changes to the search engine. Yahoo will roll out an upgrade in December that includes an enhanced search function and Do Not Track functionality. The change comes after a ten year run by Google and was described by Mozilla CEO Chris Beard who said, "We believe it will empower more people, in more places with more choice and opportunity to innovate and ultimately put even more people in control over their lives online." Firefox currently holds 17% of web browser market share while Yahoo only makes up 10% of Internet searches, and perhaps this move could benefit both parties going forward.

Source: The Verge

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:25PM PST by CheeseMan42

Corsair has been a major player in the CPU liquid cooling market for a while now, but its latest product takes aim at graphics cards. The Hydro Series HG10 A1 is a liquid cooling bracket for AMD Radeon 290X and 290 graphics cards. The unit contains a bracket and heatsink and will allow users to cool the GPU in addition to important surrounding components. The HG10 is designed to be compatible with the cooling fan included with the Radeon cards to ensure "improved compatibility with the card’s fan speed and temperature monitoring features." When paired with an all-in-one liquid cooler from Corsair the HG10 will be able to provide a simple and effective liquid cooling solution. The HG10 is available now at an MSRP of $39.99 and will be available for other GPU lines such the NVIDIA GeForce Titan and AMD 7 Series early next year.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:16PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

They say the family that plays together, stays together as a result of the interactions between family members. Researchers at Concordia University have found that this remains true for social networking games, as it did for traditional board games.

With many families spread across countries and even continents, staying connected can be difficult, which is why many have turned to social networks and some to social networking games (SNGs). To examine the impacts SNGs have had on families, the Concordia researchers gave questionnaires to a group of social network gamers and followed them up with interviews. They found that the games actually improved quality of time family members spent together, even if the games lack direct communication or had asymmetrical multiplayer. The reason for this is that the games gave a common topic to discuss. The researchers also found that this was not limited to younger generations, as grandparents were playing with grandchildren.

Naturally the researchers see this as a means for families to stay connected, but they also recognize that this is something game designers could take advantage of. Families connecting through a game are more likely to keep playing, and extend the life of the games more than playing with strangers or even friends.

Source: Concordia University

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:07AM PST by bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with a few items for your consideration. We have another take on the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G video card, which offers a custom cooler and a factory overclock to get your games running their best right away. There is also a look at the Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3-2400 16GB kit, with a pretty stunning red and black theme to fit in well if you're trying to match that particular color scheme. Our final item for the day is a review on the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower, which has plenty of watercooling potential, even all the way up to 420mm radiators.

Video Cards
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D

Thermaltake Core V51 @ Benchmark Reviews

Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3-2400 16GB @ ThinkComputers

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:17AM PST by gebraset

Most mobile users are constantly looking for ways to save money on their wireless bills by reducing their usage. Opera Max, which offers the ability for data to be compressed on various servers operated by Opera in order to reduce mobile data consumption by up to 50 percent, is capable of doing just that. The application has gained quite a following since its initial offering, and Opera has just announced that it is now available in 16 more regions. Opera Max can now be downloaded and used by mobile users in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

Source: Engadget

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:50AM PST by gebraset
Thermaltake Releases Core V21 Chassis

Thermaltake, a leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has just released its latest chassis within the company’s unique Core series, the V21. This microATX chassis, which is stackable, offers owners with the option to mount their motherboard vertically or horizontally, allowing for the best presentation possible. Although the case is quite compact it features remarkable expansion, as the modular drive racks allow gamers to easily install up to six data storage devices, a dual expansion slot VGA up to 350mm in length, a tower CPU cooler up to 185mm in height, and a PSU of up to 200mm in length. Various mounting points within the Core V21 allow for all types of cooling solutions, and the case is also Tt LCS Certified, which lets computer enthusiasts know that the case has been tested to be most compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations. One of the most intriguing features of the Core V21 is that it is 

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:17AM PST by gebraset

Netflix has officially announced that it will soon be available to consumers in Australia and New Zealand. While details remain very limited at this point, with content availability and pricing information not yet revealed, the movie and television streaming service is expecting to launch in both markets in March of 2015. High-definition content will be available to residents located in Australia and New Zealand, and 4K content is even expected to be an option for entertainment enthusiasts.

Source: Gizmodo

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:03AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

It is always nice when a tool has multiple uses as it can simplify work and even make new things possible. This is no less true in medicine but in that field, it can be more difficult to achieve than adding a saw blade to a knife. Researchers at MIT though have developed a nanoparticle that works for both MRI and fluorescent imaging, and could give new insight into a patient's cancerous and healthy tissue.

The nanoparticles are made from polymer chains that have either an MRI contrast agent or fluorescent molecule attached. The contrast agent is a nitroxide and 99% of the polymer chains have this attached to it, while the fluorescent molecule is called Cy5.5 and is attached to the remaining one percent. Normally, the nitroxide will hide the Cv5.5 but can be deactivated by grabbing electrons from other molecules. For the researchers' tests in mice, this other molecule was vitamin C and as that is produced in the liver, that organ would fluorescence but had no MRI signal. The brain also had some fluorescence, as that is a destination of the vitamin C, but the blood and kidneys had maximal MRI contrast, due to the low concentrations of vitamin C present there.

The researchers also created nanoparticles that can carry up to three separate drugs, allowing them to monitor if the drugs are reaching their intended target. These nanoparticles have tremendous diagnostic capability by enabling doctors to follow disease progression in a patient, in real-time.

Source: MIT

November 18, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 10:36PM PST by ClayMeow
EA Shares Some Unique Dragon Age: Inquisition Artwork

Dragon Age: Inquisition officially launched today, but with the official Launch Trailer unveiled yesterday, I guess Electronic Arts wanted to do something a bit different for launch day. Enter some wonderful pieces of artwork. The ten pieces of "inquisitive artwork", as EA calls it, is indescribable... in a good way. They're the kind of artwork that fans probably wish had super high-res versions to print out and hang on their walls. Check them out below for yourself and see if you agree!

Source: Press Release

Comments (4) | Posted at 10:07PM PST by ClayMeow
The Resident Evil Re-remaster Gets Some 'Next Gen Screens'

Capcom has released 19 new screenshots for the Resident Evil re-remaster that was announced back in August. The screenshots are apparently from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, so expect the same or (hopefully) better visuals on PC. Check them out below!

Resident Evil is planned for Early 2015 release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:44PM PST by ClayMeow
New Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Dev Diary Explores Puzzles

Isometric puzzle platforming action game Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is three weeks from release, so Square Enix has published a new developer diary video discussing the puzzle design. Entitled "Puzzles 101", the trailer features developer commentary by Executive Producer Scot Amos and Lead Level Designer Jeff Wajcs, who discuss how puzzles are designed to challenge players in both single-player and co-op.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will be arriving December 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $19.99, with Steam featuring a 10% discount, dropping the price to $17.99. A Season Pass is also available, along with a four-pack.

Source: Press Release and Steam

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:28PM PST by ClayMeow
Far Cry 4 Celebrates Launch Day with Two New Trailers

Yet another major launch is upon us. Far Cry 4 released today for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. While we got a Season Pass Trailer yesterday, and technically already got a Launch Trailer last week, Ubisoft decided to grace us with not one, but two new trailers: a CGI Launch Trailer and a Story Trailer.

Source: Press Release

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