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News Archives for June 2013

Hardware Roundup: Intel Core i7 4770K Edition

Posted: June 1, 2013 @ time: 10:42AM
Author: bp9801

Intel's Haswell line of processors is finally here, with the Core i7 4770K launching first. This is the flagship of the line, with four cores, eight threads, and an unlocked multiplier ensuring performance is right where you need it. The 4770K features a 3.5GHz base clock and a 3.9GHz Turbo clock, plus it supports dual channel DDR3 RAM up to 1600MHz. We have a variety of reviews on it for you to check out, in addition to OCC's own review. There's even a look at a few Z87 motherboards to give you an idea of where your new processor is going to be. Intel created the new 1150 socket for the Haswell parts, so you'll definitely need a new motherboard for your new processor.

Intel Core i7 4770K @ OCC
Haswell Debuts: Intel Core i7-4770K @ TechSpot
Intel i7-4770 Haswell @ LanOC Reviews
The Haswell Review - Intel Core i7-4770K Performance and Architecture @ PC Perspective
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
Intel Haswell i7-4770K IPC and Overclocking @ [H]ardOCP

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Extreme Motherboard @ PC Perspective
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motehrboard @ PC Perspective
ASUS Gryphon Z87 TUF Micro-ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective


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Intel Haswell i7 4770K Released

Posted: June 2, 2013 @ time: 02:02AM
Author: EuroFight

The NDA has recently been lifted on Intel's upcoming Haswell lineup. The Haswell chips will use a new socket, LGA 1150, instead of the current LGA 1155 package, and will feature a wide range of processors aimed at enthusiasts and the budget market alike. They will follow Intel's familiar naming pattern, being the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 4XXX series, with the higher numbers indicating higher end models. You can read our review on the Intel Core i7 4770K, which features a stock clock speed of 3.5GHz and a turbo clock speed of 3.9GHz. The full specs of a number of the chips can be found in the table below,

Summary of Intel's Lineup of Haswell Processors
Processor

Unlocked Version

Available?

Cores Threads TDP (W) Clock Speed
Core i7 4770 Y 4 8 84 3.5GHz - 3.9GHz
Core i7 4770S N 4 4 65 3.5GHz - 3.9GHz
Core i7 4770T N 4 4 45 3.1GHz - 3.7GHz
Core i7 4765T N 4 4 35 2.6GHz - 3.0GHz
Core i5 4670 Y 4 4 84 3.6GHz - 3.8GHz
Core i5 4670S N 4 4 65 3.4GHz - 3.8GHz
Core i5 4670T N 4 4 45 2.9GHz - 3.3GHz
Core i5 4570 N 4 4 84 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz
Core i5 4570S N 4 4 65 3.2GHz - 3.6GHz
Core i5 4570T N 2 4 35 3.3GHz - 3.6GHz
Core i5 4430 N 4 4 84 3.0GHz - 3.2GHz
Core i5 4430S N 4 4 65 2.8GHz - 3.2GHz

 

As you can see from the table, most of the mid-high end Intel processors feature four cores and a clock speed of around 3GHz+, which is fairly similar to the current Ivy Bridge chips. All of these chips, however, integrate a 16-lane PCIe 3.0 controller, and support for dual-channel DDR3 memory. There will also be some other low-end Core i3 models that will be introduced later in the year, as well as a BGA package, which is to support Intel's hugely anticipated GT3 graphics package. 

In CPU benchmarks, the Core i7 4770K beats the current 3770K by a reasonable amount, some tests with the 4770K run at almost twice the speed of the 3770K which is fairly impressive. On the GPU side, the performance increase from Haswell is somewhat disappointing, despite a performance gain over Ivy Bridge - most games must be running on the 'Low' graphics preset for any chance of a reasonable frame rate at a 1366x768 resolution.

When compared to the Sandy Bridge E series of processors, the Haswell chip begins to show signs of weakness, with the performance gains from the 4770K still falling behind its Sandy Bridge counterpart, now two generations old. Haswell still manages a 7-13% performance increase over Ivy Bridge in its current state, which is unlikely to give any particularly noticeable performance boost in real-life applications. With the release of the i7 4770K this weekend, we expect to see more Haswell processors to be released in the near future.

Source: CNET


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PowerColor Announces Low Profile Graphics Card

Posted: June 2, 2013 @ time: 06:31AM
Author: CheeseMan42

PowerColor is now offering a low profile version of the HD7750 GPU, the HD7750 Eyefinity 4 LP Edition. The small form factor of this card isn't an indication that it isn't powerful as it offers the ability to use four monitors in an Eyefinity setup, though the size does limit users to four mini DisplayPort connections. The GPU has a clock speed of 800MHz with 2GB of GDDR5 at 1125MHz. In addition to Eyefinity, the card also supports AMD HD3D and PowerPlay technologies.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair to Host Overclocking Contest at Computex

Posted: June 2, 2013 @ time: 07:03AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Corsair will be hosting the Computex OC Main Event at Computex on June 3 in collaboration with Intel. Top overclockers from around the world will use Intel fourth generation Core processors and a line of not yet announced Corsair memory. The competitors will be fighting for $20,000 in prizes and the competition will be broadcast live from 13:00 – 18:00 GMT +8. Senior VP and GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair Thi La said, “Together we’ll be unleashing the world’s top overclockers for the first time on the latest Intel processors and our new line of Corsair memory. With the sheer level of overclocking talent and the capabilities of the new hardware, I anticipate seeing groundbreaking levels of performance.”

Source: Press Release


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Steam Greenlight Spotlight: Reprisal

Posted: June 2, 2013 @ time: 07:32PM
Author: ClayMeow

Reprisal is a real-time strategy god game that pays homage to the 1989 classic Populous. Like Populous, Reprisal does not grant you direct control over its people, but rather allows you to manipulate terrain and call forth divine powers to indirectly control your followers and wipe out enemy factions. Populous is widely considered as the very first god game, and while many god games have come since, Reprisal is the first to really capture the essence of the genre. Reprisal is not like Black & White or the recent Reus, where you have large creature under your command to help you do your bidding – this is just you and the elements: earth, wind, fire.

Keeping in line with the nostalgia aspect, Reprisal uses a tilt-shift pixel art style. "Tilt-shift" is a technique you commonly see with those images of "faked miniatures" – in real world application, it's literally tilting and shifting the camera as to shoot from an off-angle. Doing so affects what is in focus and the depth of field blur. Reprisal uses an isometric view with blurred edges to capture this tilt-shift look. Though many people feel pixel art is overdone in indie games these days, it really lends itself quite well to this game and the tiled nature of the terrain works perfectly with the terraforming (though it can be a bit finicky). This is a good thing since terraforming will be your predominant power throughout the game, flattening land for your followers to build and expand or eventually connecting your settlements to neighboring islands to further expand and/or conquer neighboring tribes.

Reprisal features 30 campaign islands compared to Populous' 500 levels. But to make up for that disparity, Reprisal also features a Skirmish Mode, providing you with an endless supply of battles against up to three AI opponents. There are five terrain types and fifteen different totem powers to unlock (five per element). My only real issue with the game is its locked resolution. While keeping in line with the nostalgia feel, it's quite annoying to be playing on full screen and have to scroll around a small viewing area when the full map could have easily been displayed. Once you start playing on the bigger maps, it gets rather frustrating having to scroll all over the place and makes it harder to manage everything than it has to be. I am not a fan of games that are artificially harder because of (what I perceive as) poor or lazy game design decisions. That being said, the game isn't actually that hard – in fact, it may be a bit too easy. So far I have been able to simply employ the same strategy every match, though I haven't finished all the missions.

Despite my disappointment with the size of the viewable playing area, Reprisal is a fun and engaging game. As with any good god game, it's fun seeing your decisions indirectly affect the game and it's arguably even more fun when your plans inevitably go wrong and you have to scramble to regroup, fix, or work around some newly formed obstacle. In the audio department, Reprisal features a fitting chip tune soundtrack by Eric Skiff. And apart from the music, Reprisal was surprisingly and impressively created by just one man – Jon Caplin.

If you are on the fence about the game, a demo is available on its official website or even on Kongregate, if you would like to earn a few badges in the process. Check it out and then go vote Yes!

Previous Spotlight: Ethan: Meteor Hunter. Favorite the OCC Steam Greenlight Spotlight Collection. And don't forget to visit the forum thread.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 08:29AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is beginning, and we have plenty of reviews for you to check out. Intel officially took the wraps off its Haswell line of processors with the Core i7 4770K this past weekend, and today we have another look at it and the Core i5 4670K. A new socket and motherboard line is introduced alongside the Haswell series, and there's reviews on multiple Z87 boards from ASUS and MSI. If you need a new video card, then perhaps the Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC 3GB could be the solution. For the console gamers out there, we have a replay of Microsoft's Xbox One launch event so you can see what to expect when the system arrives later this year.

CPUs
Intel Haswell 4th Generation CPU: i5-4670K and i7-4770K @ Madshrimps

Motherboards
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming @ LanOC Reviews
ASUS Z87 Pro and ASUS Z87 Plus @ LanOC Reviews
MSI Z87 MPower MAX @ Benchmark Reviews

Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC 3GB @ Madshrimps

Gaming
Microsoft's Xbox One Launch Event Replay @ NGOHQ.com


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More Efficient Machine Learning Algorithm Developed

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 08:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the plethora of artificially intelligent machines in science fiction, and the general lack of robot companions in reality, many people think that AIs are purely fictional. While we may not have machines able to understand and tell a joke (though those are being worked on) multiple institutions have computers capable of machine learning; a form of AI. Now researchers at MIT have developed a new machine learning framework for reinforcement learning that can complete experiments in a fifth the time of other algorithms.

Reinforcement learning requires two components; an agent and the reward function. The agent is the machine learning what it needs to complete a task and the reward function scores its policies on how effective they are. This kind of algorithm works well for scenarios such as network administration, but can become cumbersome as millions of combinations of actions may have to be considered. The researchers have gotten around that though with their reinforcement learning and Python, or RLPy, framework. This software allows the computer to construct a tree of every possible combination and work its way from the simplest to most complex combinations. What makes it more efficient though is that once the computer realizes that the descendants of a specific combination always return the same result, because of that combination, it will stop testing descendants of that combination.

The RLPy software has already be released online along with its source code, so anyone can use and develop it further. For the time being the researchers are using it to teach an autonomous vehicle how to drive.

Source: MIT


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Microsoft May Cut Windows RT Pricing to OEMs

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 09:30AM
Author: EuroFight

According to a recent report published on CNET, Microsoft may be considering cutting the price it charges tablet manufacturers for its Windows RT operating system. Windows RT is essentially a version of Windows 8 which is capable of running on ARM-powered devices such as tablets.

The initiative behind this is that the lower cost of the operating system will encourage more manufacturers to begin offering Windows RT devices. The actual pricing of the operating system is confidential, however any price drop is likely to lead to a drop in device cost to the end-user, as well as an increase in profit for the manufacturer.

Source: CNET


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ZOTAC Announces New ZBOX ID90 Mini PC

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 10:01AM
Author: EuroFight

ZOTAC has released a new prebuilt mini PC, the ZOTAC ZBOX ID90. The new system boasts double the processing power of previous ZBOX mini PCs, utilizing a quad-core Intel Core i7 chip and integrated HD4000 graphics. The system also incorporates Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, as well as both HDMI and DVI outputs.

Network connectivity is achieved with an integrated 11N wireless adapter, as well as dual Gigabit ethernet ports. Standard peripheral connectivity is achieved via 2 USB 2.0 ports on the rear, as well as 2 USB 3.0 ports on the top and front of the case. ZOTAC offers a ID90 Plus model, which comes preinstalled with 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 500GB hard drive for storage. 

Source: Press Release


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NZXT Introduces H230 Silent Mid Tower Case

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: bp9801

Computex is officially underway this week, which means more new computer products are going to be announced than you'll know what to do with. NZXT is at the show and wants to introduce the world to its new H230 case that is sure to be of interest to anyone wanting a silent system. The H230 features an enclosed, sound dampening design like the H2 and H630, just in a smaller package. It features tool-free latches on the three 5.25" bays, a removable HDD cage, support for six 2.5/3.5" hard drives, seven PCI slots, and room for four 120mm fans. The top of the case has two USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out, while the entire case presents a minimalistic look that should fit right in with any décor.

The NZXT H230 comes in white or black, and is available soon for $69.99.

Source: Press Release


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Hybrid Material for Flexible and Transparent Electronics

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 10:17AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Displays are everywhere around us as entertain us, provide information, and let us know who is calling, and many of these displays rely on indium tin oxide (ITO). The reason this material is so common is that it is transparent and conductive; an uncommon combination. Researchers at Purdue University decided to produce a combination of their own that looks to possibly replace ITO, while also bringing the valuable property of flexibility.

For our displays to be thin, they need transparent electrodes to conduct electrons to the pixels we see, but not just any transparent conductor will work. The reason ITO is predominately used is because it is highly conductive while also being very transparent; the winning combination. Other materials, such as silver nanowires and even graphene, are transparent and conductive, but have faults that make them unusable in displays. The chaotic alignment of the nanowires and boundaries between cells in graphene increase the materials' resistances too much to be useful on their own. The researchers decided to combine the two and found that together, they overcome these issues.

Actually, the hybrid material does more than just overcome its components individual issues as it has a fraction of the electrical resistance of ITO. Also important is that the hybrid material would likely be cheaper than ITO to use, as indium is a rather rare element.

Source: Purdue University


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G.Skill Launches 32GB DDR3 3000MHz RAM Kit for Intel Haswell Processors

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 12:44PM
Author: bp9801

Intel's new Haswell line is starting to roll out to the masses, and G.Skill wants to make sure the overclocking crowd is taken care of on the RAM side. The memory giant has announced a new addition to its TridentX series of RAM with a 32GB DDR3 3000MHz kit. Featuring four 8GB sticks, this new kit is designed for the Intel Haswell line and Z87 motherboards. There are a variety of other kits available too, with capacities ranging between 8 and 32GB, but it's that 32GB 3000MHz kit that G.Skill is most proud of. The entire line features timings of either 12-13-13-35 or 12-14-14-35, with voltage at 1.65v for each kit. If high capacity and insane speed are what you're after, odds are the G.Skill TridentX 32GB DDR3 3000MHz kit is on your radar.

All G.Skill TridentX RAM comes with the latest Intel XMP profiles for the Intel Haswell processors and Z87 motherboards. Each kit also includes a lifetime warranty and free technical support from G.Skill. No word on price or availability was mentioned, but expect that soon.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Announces New Keyboards and Mice at Computex

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 08:36PM
Author: bp9801

Corsair, one of the leaders in many things computer related, has annouced a slew of new products at Computex. Keyboards, mice, cases, and RAM are all included, with something for everyone to drool over. First up are the keyboards and mice, with Corsair introducing some new switches for the Vengeance K70 keyboard, the brand-new Vengeance K65 keyboard, the Raptor K50 gaming keyboard, and the Raptor M40 and M30 gaming mice. The K70, introduced a few months ago with Cherry MX Red switches, has now been decked out with both Cherry MX Blue and Brown switches to give users more of a tactile feel (along with a distinctive 'click' on the Blues).

The Vengeance K65, meanwhile, is Corsair's first compact mechanical keyboard. Eschewing the number pad yet keeping the key spacing of a full-size keyboard, Corsair is able to offer a more portable version of its popular mechanical keyboard line. The K65 features a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full key rollover, and a detachable cable for easy transport to LAN parties.

Corsair's Raptor K50 gaming keyboard is of the membrane variety, and it features customizable backlighting of 16.8 million colors. It also includes 18 fully programmable macro keys, with three profiles to enable up to 54 macros in total stored in the onboard memory. There's also six dedicated multimedia keys, a Windows lock key to disable it, and 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB. The Raptor M40 and M30 gaming mice both feature an Avago ADNS-3090 4000DPI optical sensor, large PTFE pads for smooth gliding, DPI switching, and a right-handed design. The M40 resembles the Corsair M60/65, while the M30 is all smooth contours.

The Vengeance K70, K65, and Raptor K50 keyboards are going to be available in July for $129.99, $89.99, and $99.99, respectively, with the Raptor M40 and M30 mice available this month for $49.99 and $39.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


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Two New Cases Unveiled by Corsair at Computex

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 08:41PM
Author: bp9801

In addition to the keyboards and mice shown at Computex, two new cases are on the way from Corsair: the Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow and Carbide Series 330R. The Air 540 is a unique wide form factor with two "side-by-side" chambers and a Direct AirFlow Path design. It offers supreme cooling capabilities and a silent build for the best of both worlds. The main part of the Air 540 is where the motherboard and hot swap 3.5" bays reside, while the other part contains the power supply, 2.5" drives, and 5.25" devices. Its design means a much easier build time, improved cable management, and, of course, superior cooling. It can hold everything from Mini-ITX to Extended ATX motherboards, video cards up to 12.5" in length, six 120mm fans or five 140mm fans (or a 240/280 radiator on the side and a 360/280/240 radiator in front), and four 2.5" drives.

The Carbide Series 330R is also designed for quiet computing and high airflow, as it features the Direct AirFlow Path, but in a more conventional shape. The Direct AirFlow Path begins with the front 140mm fans to provide cool air over the hottest components, and continues with up to three extra fans (two 120/140mm up top and one 120mm in the rear). Noise dampening material is included on the top and side panels, as well as the front door. Its top panel can even be removed so a 240mm radiator can be installed. Internally it can fit the same sizes of motherboards as the Air 540, plus four 2.5/3.5" hard drives, and even includes built-in cable routing.

The Carbide Air 540 and 330R are available now for $139.99 and $89.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Reveals Vengeance Pro Series DDR3 RAM

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 09:05PM
Author: bp9801

Corsair has taken the wraps off its newest RAM at Computex: the Vengeance Pro DDR3 line. It's available at up to 64GB capacities and speeds up to 2933MHz, making it ideal for Intel's new Haswell processor line. Corsair has designed the Vengeance Pro line to be the perfect component for gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts, with eight-layer PCBs and RAM ICs specifically selected for the highest speed and greatest overclocking potential. Each kit also includes XMP 1.3 profiles for quick and easy overclocking, provided your system supports XMP. If you're aiming to reach new overclocking heights and are worried about temperatures, you can purchase a Vengeance Pro Airflow fan to keep things running cool. It includes a 60mm ball-bearing fan and adjustable mounting brackets for precise fitment on various sockets.

The Vengeance Pro RAM is available now, although no prices were mentioned. Each kit does come with a lifetime warranty and Corsair technical support.

Source: Press Release


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OCZ Showcasing New Hardware at Computex

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 09:09PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

OCZ Technology Group, makers of high quality computer hardware, is at Computex showing off a new series of power supplies and SSDs for consumer and enterprise use.

The power supplies, part of the new Fatal1ty Gaming Series, are fully modular 550 W and 750 W models with 80-Plus Bronze rating (85% efficiency at typical loads). They use specialized DC-to-DC converters for best compatibility with the new Haswell platform from Intel. They also have a single +12V rail and their 135 MM load-controlled fans have red LEDs; a trademark of the Fatal1ty Series.

On the storage side, OCZ is going to be demoing the upcoming Vector PCIe SSD, with its high IOPS, bandwidth, and capacities. The current lineup of consumer SSDs will also be shown off, including the new Vertex 450 SATA III SSD. For enterprise storage solutions, the SATA Deneva 2, Talos 2 SAS, and Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs series will be displayed.

Source: OCZ Technology


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New MSI Gaming Laptops with Haswell and GeForce GTX 700M Series Graphics

Posted: June 3, 2013 @ time: 09:09PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the recent releases of NVIDIA's GeForce 700 series of GPUs and Intel's Haswell platform, gamers have some new, powerful hardware to start playing with. MSI has recently updated its GT and GE models of gaming laptops with the newer hardware, to give gamers the best experience currently available.

Intel's 4th Generation Core processors were designed for graphics and are able to push 4K video, while still doubling battery life. Of course sometimes you will need more graphics power than Intel can offer, so the G Series of laptops will also include a GTX 765M, 770M, or 780M GPU. These GPUs currently represent some of the most powerful mobile graphics solutions available.

Rounding it out, the some of the laptops feature MSI's Killer DoubleShot technology for lag-less wired and wireless gaming and up to 32 GB of DDR3 RAM. Also the RAID storage system for some models has grown to include three SSDs, to deliver over 1500 MB/s of speed.

Source: Press Release


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New World Record for Storage Performance Set

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 06:36AM
Author: EuroFight

Hardware site TweakTown yesterday broke a world record for storage performance at Computex 2013 in Taipei. The system in question utilised a new Intel Haswell Core i5 processor and an AsRock Z87 Motherboard, in conjunction with 16GB of Corsair memory.

The record was set using 16 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSDs and an Areca RAID card to give the computer a storage capacity of 3.8TB. The system acheived a HDD score of 592,754 in 3DMark Vantage, with a peak data rate of 468MB/s while gaming. You can view the full 3DMark result here.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 08:27AM
Author: bp9801

Laptops and tablets are incredibly popular these days, and today we have a look at two different models. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 is an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet convertible, which means it can do double duty as both a tablet and a laptop. Powered by Windows RT, see what this unique design can accomplish in the review below. The other laptop is a more traditional design, with Gigabyte's U2442F Ultrabook running an Intel Core i7 3517U and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650M. It's loaded with Windows 8, but lacks a touchscreen like most other laptops running the latest OS. Our final review focus on the game Prison Architect, perhaps one of 2013's most interesting titles. See what to make of it and the laptops below.

Laptops/Tablets
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 @ ThinkComputers
Gigabyte U2442F Ultrabook @ XSReviews

Gaming
Prison Architect: One of 2013's Most Interesting Games @ TechSpot


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New Tank Design for More Efficient Beer Brewing

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 08:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Beer is an ancient drink and since it was first discovered, people have been trying to find better ways to make it. One of the current standard technologies used are the cylindroconical, stainless steel tanks (CCTs) which house the fermentation process, and while the design works well, it slows the brewing process for cleaning. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen however have developed a new design which should greatly speed up production, while reducing lost beer and cutting cleaning costs.

The reason why current CCTs slow the process is that they have a single pipe for pumping fluids in and out. Once the fermentation is complete, the tanks have to be emptied and then cleaned, which takes time. What the researchers have done is added a central pipe to the center of the CCT, with an open bottom. This central pipe can be used to move the liquid from one CCT to another, allowing the fermentation process to continue in the second CCT. Such a design enables the fermentation process to be distributed across multiple tanks, and the yeast to be reused.

This continuous fermentation design will greatly increase a brewery's efficiency as less time will be needed to clean, and it will reduce energy peaks. The researchers have already filed for a patent and a small pilot plant is current running at the Research Center Weihenstephan.

Source: Technische Universitaet Muenchen


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ROCCAT Announces Kone Pure Optical at Computex

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 01:40PM
Author: bp9801

The other day ROCCAT introduced some new colors for the Kone Pure mouse, and today it's bringing an optical version to the lineup. Dubbed the Kone Pure Optical Core Performance Gaming Mouse, it features a 4000DPI Pro-Optic (R3) sensor that is users can set to 400, 800, 1600, or 4000DPI. It includes much of the other Kone Pure features, like seven buttons, Omron switches, onboard memory to store macros, a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor, and East-Shift[+]. Plus there's the customizable lighting and effects that make use of the 16.8 million color lighting system and a soft-touch surface to keep your hand comfortable during long gaming sessions.

No release date or price was given for the Kone Pure Optical mouse. ROCCAT also wants everyone to know the release candidate for its Power-Grid software is being unveiled at Computex, and the Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is very nearly ready to launch. Mac owners are also being taken care of, as the Kone XTD mouse now has a Mac OSX driver.

Source: Press Release


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DuckTales: Remastered Coming to PC this Summer!

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 01:40PM
Author: ClayMeow

I'm an 80s kid, so the animated television series DuckTales holds a special place in my heart. It also means I was an NES kid and I have fond memories of the DuckTales video game as well; a 2D action-platformer that was both a commercial and critical success. At PAX East 2013, Capcom announced that it was bringing back the classic with a high-definition remake entitled DuckTales: Remastered. At the time, the game was only announced for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. I am happy to report that a Capcom employee has confirmed DuckTales: Remastered is coming to the PC via digital download!

Priced at $14.99, the PC version is expected to arrive around the same time as the console versions, which was originally "this Summer" and hasn't seemed to change. In addition to the reveal trailer below, IGN published a video providing a side-by-side comparison of the Amazon level, which is not only great for seeing the improved 2.5D visuals, but also provides you young'ns with a taste of the original. DuckTales, woo-oo!

Source: Capcom


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Testing Defects in Topological Insulators

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 02:59PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Within our lifetimes we may see the end of the electronic computers we know and love as new technologies are created to replace them. These technologies include spintronics and quantum computers, which can both rely on the spin state of electrons. Researchers at the University of York and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee have recently been studying an important material for the development of these technologies: ultra-thin film topological insulators.

All electrons have a spin state, whether they are just providing power to a light bulb or carrying data in a spintronic system. Those electrons powering a light bulb though have their spin states constantly scattered by imperfections in the wiring, which is unacceptable within a spintronic or quantum computer. This is why researchers are looking at topological insulators, as they have special quantum properties to protect spin states. Now the researchers have confirmed that imperfections in ultra-thin film topological insulators do not scatter the spin states enough to destroy a signal.

Studying how defects within a topological insulator can affect a spintronic signal is very important as those defects would be changing the material's electronic properties. This is similar to how dopants can be sued to change the properties of semiconductors used in modern computers.

Source: University of York


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Phanteks Previews Enthoo Primo Case

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 03:12PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Phanteks is a company that I had previously associated with the cooling sector of PC components, but the new Enthoo Primo shows that the company can also make other components. At first glance, the case looks to be rather large with a spacious interior. Several hard drive bays are hidden behind a side panel and numerous routing holes are available to keep cables out of the way. Up to 14 120mm fans can be installed along with several options for water cooling, and a thermally isolated power supply will keep heat away from the rest of your system. The case will be released next week.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Announces the FUEL+ Line of Mobile Rechargeable Batteries

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 03:29PM
Author: bp9801

Patriot Memory is perhaps best known for its line of RAM and storage options, but today it's announcing a new addition to its line of mobile products. The Patriot FUEL+ series consists of a variety of mobile rechargeable batteries for a range of devices. Each FUEL+ battery is designed to provide the best and easiest way to keep your mobile devices powered up. They even work when the FUEL+ itself is being charged. The FUEL+ 1500mAh is fully MFI certified and includes a Lightning adapter for use with the Apple iPhone 5, iPad Mini, Fifth Generation iPod Touch, and Seventh Generation iPod Nano. For those needing a bit more juice, there's the FUEL+ 2200mAh and 3000mAh that's perfect for smartphone and smaller tablets (think 7-8.9" range). If you need as much power as possible, there's the FUEL+ 5200, 6000, 7800, and 9000mAH batteries, which include two USB ports (with one able to provide 2.5 amps of power). That last batch is for anyone with a larger tablet or a mobile device that just needs to be charged as quick as possible.

All of Patriot's FUEL+ mobile rechargeable batteries launch later this month, although no prices were mentioned. Each one comes with a two-year warranty.

Source: Press Release


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Thermaltake Unveils Level 10 M Headset at Computex

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 03:41PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake is showing off the latest fruits of its collaboration with BMW DesignworksUSA at Computex in the form of the Level 10 M Gaming Headset. The new headset features an interesting visual design and "outstanding acoustic engineering as the frequency and the pitch of the sound driver are tuned specifically to meet most game genres' environment." An Axis-Movement microphone rounds out the headset and provides a method for gamers to communicate. Thermaltake also took the opportunity to show off a number of other products for the first time including the new Urban and Chaser PC cases and the Water 3.0 all-in-one cooling solution. Members of the Tt eSPORTS team were also on hand to meet the fans.

Source: Press Release


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Stay Up-to-Date with All the Latest OCC News on Google Currents

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 06:48PM
Author: bp9801

If you need a quick and easy way to stay updated on all the latest computer news from your favorite website, then check out OCC on Google Currents. Anyone with a tablet or smartphone can download Google Currents from the device's appropriate store or just navigate to the OCC Google Currents page and click the download link.. Then you simply subscribe to our page and get all the technology, gaming, and science news directly on your device. Everything is presented in a format that's easy to read on your tablet or smartphone, and yes, it's really that simple to stay in the loop with OCC no matter where you are at.


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Enermax Announces New CPU Coolers

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 07:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Enermax, producers of multiple computer components, is launching two new CPU coolers next month, following the its successful ETS-T40 series. The new coolers at the ETS-T40-Black Twister and ETS-T40-White Cluster, which are midnight black and artic white respectively. The fans also have different LED colors, with the Twister sporting blue LEDs and the Cluster white. Distinguishing the fans, the White Cluster fan has an adjustable peak speed, so you can control high fast your system can spin it at.

This launch is about more than just color options though as Enermax has also added a new feature to them; a thermal conductive coating to improve heat transfer and to reduce oxidation. The coolers also feature Vortex Generator Flow, to increase air convection between the radiator fins, Stack Effect for improved heat flow from the bottom up, and Vacuum Effect to optimize airflow within the cooler. Both coolers use heat pipes that directly touch the CPU.

The ETS-T40-Black Twister and ETS-T40-White Cluster launch in July at a suggested price of $49.99.

Source: Press Release


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U2 Plus Laptop Cooler Unveiled by Cooler Master

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 08:00PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

One useful aspect of desktops is that as hot as they get, you do not need to touch them, but this luxury does not always exist with laptops. To protect you from a hot laptop, many companies build laptop coolers, including Cooler Master, which has just revealed its NotePal U2 Plus, a new version of its U2 design.

The new cooler has several useful features including the ability to quickly reposition its two fans, to put air where it needs to be. It also has legs to elevate your laptop to a more ergonomic angle, while improving airflow. On both legs are cable management loops too, so you can get you cables out of your way. If you have to get and go, an elastic safety belt can hold your laptop to the U2 Plus's underside, protecting it from scuffs and scratches.

Source: Cooler Master


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NZXT Unveils its Phantom Successor with the Phantom 530

Posted: June 4, 2013 @ time: 09:38PM
Author: bp9801

Yesterday NZXT introduced the H230 case at Computex, and today it has a new case getting its due. NZXT has just unveiled the direct successor to the Phantom case with the Phantom 530; a continuation of the legacy in a brand new design with no compromises. The Phantom 530 features 70% more cable management space than its predecessor, which means more airflow and better water cooling support (radiators up to 360mm) for your next build. There's also fully modular hard drive cages, an SSD mount behind the motherboard for a discrete look, and a 30W fan controller with a ten port hub. The Phantom 530 has steel tool-less latches on the 5.25" bays, support for six 2.5/3.5" drives (seven for the 2.5" counting the discrete mount), eight PCI slots, and LEDs on the rear I/O so you can see the connections in a dark room. Two USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out are included on the front panel.

NZXT's Phantom 530 will be available soon in white, black, or red for $129.99.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 08:41AM
Author: bp9801

We have a little bit of everything for you in the middle of the week, including some reviews on AMD's newly released Richland APUs (OCC review on the A10-6800K and A10-6700 here). The A10-6800K is the new flagship part and gets its share of the reviews, as does the A10-6700, but even the low end A4-4000 gets in on the action. On the Intel side we have a look at the MSI Z87 MPower motherboard for the new Intel Haswell processorsThere's a review on a 2GB AMD HD 7790 from Gigabyte if you need a new video card instead of an APU. We also have another look at the Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus cooling pad so your laptop doesn't melt during an intense gaming session. Desktop cooling is covered with a review on the AeroCool Touch-2100 fan controller, complete with a multi-colored display and five channels. If you want a bit of a history lesson, well how about a look at the history of the hard drive from its beginning way back in 1953 to today.

CPUs
AMD A10-6800K and A4-4000 Richland APU @ TechSpot
AMD A10-6800K APU Richland Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
AMD A10-6800K and A10-6700 Review: Richland Finally Lands @ PC Perspective

Motherboards
MSI Z87 MPower @ LanOC Reviews

Video Cards
Gigabyte HD 7790 2GB (GV-R779OC-2GD) @ Bjorn3D

Cooling
Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus @ LanOC Reviews
AeroCool Touch-2100 Fan Controller @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
The History Of The Hard Drive @ ThinkComputers


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Why are Some LEDs More Efficient than Others?

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 09:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

More and more LEDs are being incorporated into technologies for their high energy efficiency, long life, and pure color, but they are not all created equal. It has been found that LEDs using the semiconductor, indium gallium nitride (InGaN), are more efficient than others. This discovery has stirred up a fair amount of debate in the scientific community, but researchers at MIT have recently settled it.

To understand why InGaN LEDs are more efficient, some scientists have put the material under an electron microscope. There they discovered indium-rich clusters, a defect, and so many believe they are responsible for it, but not every is convinced. Some researchers have suggested that it was the high-energy electron beam of the microscope that created those clusters, and that is what the MIT researchers have confirmed. Using a different kind of electron microscope with lower energy beams, the researchers were able to capture sub-nanometer details without damaging the InGaN sample, and no indium clusters were found.

While this is definitely a blow to those hoping it was the indium clusters that led to the high efficiency, this research is truly a benefit to the science as everyone can refocus on what the cause actually is. Helping that new research will be the microscopy method used for this study, as it does not disturb InGaN samples.

Source: MIT


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Spelunky Coming to the PC This Summer

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 02:18PM
Author: ClayMeow

Roguelike platformer Spelunky originated on the PC as freeware, but its HD reboot has previously only been available on the Xbox 360 as an XBLA title. That is, until this Summer. Back in March, it was unveiled that Spelunky would arrive on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita via PSN. Today, a new page on the Spelunky website, entitled "Coming Home", has announced that Spelunky is coming back home to where it all began – the PC. According to the page, "Spelunky will launch on Steam and GOG, followed shortly by the Humble Store."

So if you've been itching to spelunk randomly generated levels, but do not own an Xbox 360, you'll soon be able to choose among three other platforms this Summer, including our beloved PC!

Source: Spelunky World


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Haswell Won't Eliminate the Need for GPUs

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 02:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The latest CPU family from Intel, Haswell, has improved graphics performance relative to previous generations of Intel CPUs. A recent interview with VP and GM of computing products at NVIDIA Rene Haas has pointed out that the integrated graphics are still far from the performance of discrete GPUs. The area where the most glaring differences can be seen is when gaming, where integrated graphics are still well short of the power required to play the latest games. Haas feels that the improved performance of Haswell will even help NVIDIA in the notebook market segment.

Source: NVIDIA


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Kingston Releases HyperX Memory for Intel Haswell CPU

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 03:33PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston has unveiled its latest set of HyperX memory to support Intel Haswell fourth generation Core processors. The new i7, i5, and i3 CPUs are built on the Z87 chipset, and the memory from Kingston has been Intel XMP-validated. The new HyperX modules range in frequency from 1600MHz to 2666MHz and are available in sets of two or four. The new kits will be available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB.

Source: Press Release


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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition Coming to PC on August 27

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 06:12PM
Author: ClayMeow

Though it had technically been confirmed last year, a Konami press release today has officially announced that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition will be released for Windows PC via Steam on August 27, with physical copies arriving on shelves August 30. While the press release only mentions "across Europe," I can confirm that the game has already appeared on Steam in the United States with the same release date, so I would imagine that's just an oversight. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a critical and commercial success on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so it's about time the game makes its way to the PC. In fact, it's the best-selling Castlevania game of all-time and a sequel is already in the works, also supposedly coming to PC.

The Ultimate Edition coming to PC includes the full base game along with the two DLC add-on chapters, Reverie and Resurrection. The press release also goes on to state that it "boasts enhanced 1080p HD graphics, runs at a solid 60 frames per second via recommended spec, and offers trophy integration through Steam with Cloud saving." The recommended spec, according to the Steam page, is Windows 7 or higher, a quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, and a DirectX 11 compatible video card with 1024MB RAM. So most PC gamers should have no problem running it maxed. And while the press release doesn't state "and above" after 1080p, the Steam page does say it supports multi-screen displays, so higher resolutions should indeed be supported. If you're not interested in maxing it out, you'll be able to get away with Windows XP, a dual-core processor, and a DirectX 9 512MB video card.

Source: Press Release


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Working to Bring Hybrid Quantum Dot LEDs to Consumers

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 07:10PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

What to do when you have two promising technologies that are just not promising enough at the moment? One thing you can try to do is combining them to unlock their potential. That is what researchers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky have done with quantum dots and OLEDs, as reported by the Optical Society.

Organic LEDs, or OLEDS, are a special kind of LED made from polymers, which can be produced cheaply and are flexible. Quantum dots on the other hand are inorganic nanoscale, semiconductor crystals, which can also be produced cheaply. Both technologies can emit light at specific frequencies, but are not very efficient at the moment, so researchers have combined them to create hybrid OLEDs or quantum dot LEDS (QD-LEDs). This has the effect of increasing efficiency and the range of colors they can emit. To create the combined material, the researchers used inkjet printing to precisely spray the quantum dots on the OLEDs. While they are currently working on the scale of a single inch, the researchers state it should be possible to scale it up to 6 inches by 6 inches, or larger.

This combination of technologies could one day offer cheap and efficient light sources to consumers, but more research is required to better optimize the materials. When ready though, the lights will be useable in more places than current bulbs, as hybrid OLEDs can be applied to flexible surfaces.

Source: The Optical Society


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MSI Announces Line of Intel 8 Series Motherboards at Computex

Posted: June 5, 2013 @ time: 08:10PM
Author: bp9801

Computex is beginning to wind down, but there's still plenty of information as MSI is announcing its new line of motherboards based on Intel's 8 Series chipset. The "GAMING" series includes a wealth of features for that particularly crowd, with motherboards like the Z87-GD65 GAMING. That board features a Killer network chip to ensure your online games are as smooth as possible, and an Audio Boost to deliver killer sound. The Z87-GD65 GAMING even won a Computex 2013 Best Choice Golden Award, which is a first for any motherboard (and something MSI is very proud to share).

Overclockers are taken care of too, with MSI's "Overclock" series of motherboards. Those ones have passed OC certified tests, and include the likes of the Z87 XPOWER, Z87 MPOWER, and Z87 MPOWER MAX. The first one has a 32-phase digital power design and support for 4-Way SLI/Crossfire, while the latter two are designed for heavy-duty overclocking. MSI's MPOWER and MPOWER MAX both include the Extreme Tuning Utility adjustment software, developed in cooperation with Intel, to help you get to that next level of overclocking, and maybe even a world record.

All the MSI motherboards are equipped with the brand new Military Class IV components, which have passed all seven MIL-STD-810G tests, to keep everything nice and stable for a long time. Every motherboard also includes new technologies like OC Genie 4, which is capable of one-second overclocking, Click BIOS 4 graphical interface, Control Center software that combines monitoring, tuning, and remote controlling, plus plenty of others. Look for all these MSI Z87 motherboards to get reviewed soon, as one of them may just be the heart of your new computer.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 08:32AM
Author: bp9801

We have just a couple of items for your consideration today, but both are definitely worth a look. There's another review on AMD's A10-6800K and A10-6700 APUs to see just what the new Richland parts can bring to the table. The performance is certainly impressive, so head on over to the review to get the full scoop. If you just need more storage, well there's the SanDisk 240GB Extreme II SSD to check out. It uses a Marvell 9187 controller and 19nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND, which could provide the perfect speed boost to your computer.

CPUs
AMD A10-6800K & A10-6700 APU @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
SanDisk 240 GB Extreme II SSD @ [H]ardOCP


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Wireless Gesture Control for the Entire Home

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 08:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Wireless devices are so common today that if you were to try to count juts how many signals are passing through and reflecting off of your body, I suspect you will miss at least one. Phones, laptops, routers, tablets, some media players and more use Wi-Fi to communicate, flooding the areas around them with microwaves. Researchers at the University of Washington decided to see what functions the sea of waves could be used for and discovered that gesture recognition is one of them.

Even though Wi-Fi signals are able to pass through walls and people, the waves do not travel without impediment. As you move your body slightly alters the signal, and while the frequency shift is not enough to affect a data connection, it can be detected with a proper receiver. By analyzing the changes, the researchers discovered it is possible to detect a person's gestures using Wi-Fi in separate rooms from the source and receiver. You could control electronics anywhere within your home, with simple gestures, as could anyone else as the system has the potential to track multiple people.

This may sound like something too close to science fiction to be commercially available, but some off-the-shelf routers could be used after a software update, and the signal sources could be any of the myriad of Wi-Fi enabled devices already available.

 

 

Source: University of Washington


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AMD Announces Support for Both Android and Chrome OS

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 09:43AM
Author: bp9801

The technology landscape is rapidly changing, with computers being available pretty much anywhere and OSes being composed of more than just one or two big names. AMD has supported Microsoft Windows for the longest time, but now it's opening its doors to other operating systems, namely Google's Android and Chrome OS. AMD is still committed to Windows 8, but sees a huge market with Android and Chrome that it doesn't want to miss. Chips will be designed based on x86 and ARM for the two Google OSes, and will work in both laptops and tablets. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD, did not say when we can expect AMD-powered Android tablets and Chrome laptops, but that the company is working with Android developers to get apps running on AMD parts.

Windows 8 tablets aren't exactly flying off the shelves, so AMD's move to support Android should open up a larger market to help drive sales. Its previous tablet chips, Z-01 and Z-60, didn't sell well in the Windows devices it was used in, but AMD hopes its new Temash chips will change that. Those chips offer as little as 3.9W of power consumption and up to eight hours of battery life while browsing the Web. Temash is a 64-bit part and designed with Windows 8 in mind , and also are meant to deliver PC-like performance on tablets thanks to its support of DirectX 11. Hopefully those parts can be reworked to take advantage of Android tablets and Chrome laptops, especially since Temash is expected to arrive later this year. It's good to see AMD branching out, and with any luck the move to Google's OSes is a beneficial one.

Source: PC World


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Cloaking Optical Data Signals

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 12:10PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Information is an ever import resource, making any technologies for protecting it invaluable. While encryption methods and codes can impair someone's ability to read a message not meant for them, what may be the best way to protect a signal is to make it appear to not be there. Researchers at Purdue University have achieved this, to a degree, by temporally cloaking an optical data signal.

Like better known invisibility cloaks, temporal cloaks prevent something from being detected, but instead of preventing light from reflecting off of a surface, temporal cloaking hides a signal from time. This has been achieved before, but the previous system quite complicated and limited in its applications. What the Purdue researchers have created can be accomplished using common optical communication equipment. Using phase modulators, the researchers are able to create holes in an optical signal to hide the data being transmitted. As the transmitted signal appears to be a flat line, eavesdroppers would not know when something is being sent.

Though the technology has already been tested for sending signals, more work still needs to be done. Currently the technique is only able to hide 46% of a signal, which is impressive, but not perfect.

Source: Purdue University


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Neverwinter Going Live June 20; First Free Content Expansion Due This Summer

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 12:31PM
Author: ClayMeow

Neverwinter, the free-to-play MMO from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World, has been in Open Beta since April 30, but on June 20, it will see its official launch. The switch is essentially just cosmetic, as there will be no character wipe, but it is still quite the milestone. Craig Zinkievich, Cryptic Studios Executive Producer and COO, explains that, "With [players'] help during our Beta Test periods and our accumulated experience from having launched five MMOs, we're confident we've worked out all the major kinks and can sustain the world of Neverwinter without the Beta safety net."

In addition, June 20 will see the release of the ancient Dwarven city Gauntlgrym, a massive PvE and PvP battleground set for Level 60 players (see the official trailer below). If that upcoming end-game content wasn't enough, not to mention the infinite supply of player-made Foundry quests, the first free content expansion module, entitled Fury of the Feywild, is due out this Summer. It "chronicles an attempt by Fomorian Giants to seize the Elven city of Sharandar." Lastly, a new public test shard will be coming where "select players" will be able to preview upcoming content and changes.

Visit the official Neverwinter thread on our forums to find out how you can play with other OCCers!

Source: Perfect World


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Fractal Design Shows Pair of Cases at Computex

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 02:33PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Fractal Design was on hand at Computex to show off a pair of new case designs, the ARC XL and ARC Mini R2. The ARC XL is a black full tower case with immense interior space. The case was designed with water cooling in mind and has several spots to mount radiators, pumps, and reservoirs. The case also has enough space for eight 3.5" drives and an additional two 2.5" drives that can be placed behind the motherboard. A windowed side panel and dust filters round out the features of this case. The ARC Mini R2 is a black micro ATX case that is designed to do more with less. The Mini also offers options for water cooling, a windowed side panel, and dust filters. Up to six 3.5" drives can be installed with an additional two 2.5" drives available behind the motherboard. Both cases have three Silent Series R2 fans included to start your cooling off on the right foot. The ARC XL will be available in late July at an MSRP of $129.95 and the ARC Mini R2 will be available in late August at an MSRP of $89.95.

Source: Press Release


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Respawn's Titanfall Leaked Ahead of Likely E3 Reveal; Arriving Spring 2014

Posted: June 6, 2013 @ time: 03:08PM
Author: bp9801

It looks like Respawn Entertainment's big title got revealed a little early, as Game Informer jumped the gun when its July digital issue arrived ahead of E3. Called Titanfall, it's a first-person shooter coming next spring for the PC and Xbox One. An Xbox 360 version is also planned, however that isn't being developed at Respawn. The game is multiplayer-based, with a campaign multiplayer mode, a "traditional" multiplayer mode, and then a "one-player mode." Titanfall sees players controlling 24-foot tall mechs (the Titans) that are powerful killing machines, with speeds matching player movement in most other FPS titles. If you don't feel like using a Titan, then your character, aptly called Pilots, can fight on foot with their Titan following along behind under AI control.

The Pilots can be either male or female, and are kind of like superheroes in the sense they are very agile and can run along walls or multi jump. Pilots can take down Titans on their own by shooting the brain, however Pilots need to be cunning in order to survive. They can use a variety of weapons like a pistol, assault rifle, an Anti-Titan rocket launcher, and even a data knife to hack AI players to fight on your side. Yes, there are going to be AI players on each map that you'll be facing off against, most likely in the campaign multiplayer portion (and maybe the one-player mode). Its story sounds like it could be told more through background events, like Left 4 Dead, and there will be memorable single player moments mixed into the multiplayer side.

Titanfall is built on Valve's Source Engine, which enables 60FPS even on the Xbox One. Respawn is heavily modifying the Source Engine to better suit the needs of the game, and that should make for a visually stunning experience. I have high hopes for the game's multiplayer experience too, as Respawn (created by the Infinity Ward founders before being ousted by Activision) is planning to make it more welcoming than the likes of Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo. Average lifetime of a player is going to be a lot longer than those aforementioned titles, and the "gameplay loop" is going to be more accomodating for new players. That's certainly welcome news, especially if you're more of a casual multiplayer FPS fan.

Respawn offered a little insight into why Titanfall is coming out on the Xbox One and not the PS4, at least initially. The cloud computing aspect is apparently a big deal, with an unlimited number of dedicated servers for Respawn to offload "a few dozen AI" and physics calculations. At this stage, the developer isn't even making use of the Xbox One's 5GB allocation of its 8GB total for gaming. Given more time Respawn could use the 5GB total, but for now it isn't.

Expect more information on Titanfall to be revealed at Microsoft's E3 conference next week. For a little bit more info now, you can head over to the source below.

Source: NeoGAF


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: June 7, 2013 @ time: 08:24AM
Author: bp9801

The end of another week brings a few items for your viewing pleasure, starting with an overclocking review on the MSI N770 Lightning video card. It's a way to see just how high this already factory overclocked GTX 770 can go, and then compared to two other highly overclocked cards to test which one offers the best bang for the buck. We have an article describing various parts that would work out well in a Hackintosh build, so it's definitely something to check out and see how it's done. There's also a new podcast from the PC Perspective crew covering reviews and news from the week.

Video Cards
MSI N770 Lightning Overclocking @ [H]ardOCP

Miscellany
Hackintosh Performance Hardware Options @ Benchmark Reviews
Podcast #254 @ PC Perspective


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Learning How Magnetism and Superconductivity Behave in Iron-Based Superconductors

Posted: June 7, 2013 @ time: 10:09AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At some point in the future, everything may be supplied power with cables that have no electrical resistance. Such a use of superconductors is still a ways off though as even high temperature superconductors still require subzero temperatures. To one day achieve room temperature superconductivity, researchers are studying the different superconducting materials, and researchers at Ames Laboratory have recently discovered an interesting property of one class of materials.

For a long time, researchers believed that magnetism and superconductivity could not coexist in a material, but then some iron-based superconductors were found that could be magnetic and superconducting. Now these materials are studied carefully in part because magnetism allows for unique measurements to be made of the material. The Ames researchers, after finding a way to prevent the superconductor crystals from splitting, experimented with different compositions of the material by substituting some atoms. This caused the number of conducting electrons to increase or decrease, and the researchers were surprised to find that this would actually switch the directionality of the superconductivity.

This discovery strongly indicates that the magnetic properties of this type of superconductor do impact its superconducting properties. Such knowledge is necessary if it is ever to see use outside of a laboratory.

Source: Ames Laboratory


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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Coming to PC as Digital Download

Posted: June 7, 2013 @ time: 12:41PM
Author: ClayMeow

Today, Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH announced that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be released for Windows PC via digital download only. Though the PC port was technically confirmed last month by Hideo Kojima, the series creator, today's press release was the first official statement.

Not much else was stated that we don't already know about the game, but there was this tidbit concerning the PC's capabilities: "The in-game technology will push the boundaries of graphics, style and lightning-speed action at a blistering 60fps on most modern PCs." Sadly, unlike Wednesday's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition PC reveal, no Steam page exists for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance yet, so who knows what Konami's definition of "modern PC" actually is. There's also no mention of a release date, only saying that it will be "released digitally soon." Hopefully we'll learn more next week at E3. Revengeance was already released for PS3 and Xbox 360 earlier this year.

Source: Press Release


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G.Skill Shows Overclocking Prowess at Computex

Posted: June 8, 2013 @ time: 11:10AM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.Skill demonstrated the overclocking capability of its TridentX DDR3 memory at the recent Computex show in Taiwan. The 16GB kit used in the test is rated at 3000MHz, and the overclocking team managed to take it up to 3252MHz at a live demonstration. In addition to the live demonstration, G.Skill also showed off the latest memory kits in support of the Intel Haswell processors.

Source: Press Release


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Mushkin Launches New PCIe SSD

Posted: June 9, 2013 @ time: 01:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Mushkin has announced its latest PCIe solid state drive, the Scorpion Deluxe, and in celebration has decided to run a contest tying in with the upcoming movie Pacific Rim. The contest runs until August 17, 2013 and prizes include a home theater system, Razer Blade Pro gaming laptop, and Mushkin prize packs. The Scorpion Deluxe will cater to power users such as multimedia designers, with up to 21,000MB/s of throughput and 100,000 Input/Output Operations per Second. The drive will be available with capacities of 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB. Director of Global Marketing Nicolas Villalobos said, "Our customers can now manage data faster, safer and more efficiently. Whether for digital content creation, virtualization, database acceleration, motion picture visual effects or your own application, the Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is always ready."

Source: Press Release


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