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News Archives for February 2014

Microsoft Cuts Prices of Windows 8 Tablets

Posted: February 1, 2014 @ time: 09:57AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft is hoping to boost sales of tablets featuring the Windows 8.1 operating system by offering discounts on models from multiple manufacturers. The tablets are available from the Microsoft store and the sale makes them cheaper than the iPad Mini and puts them in the price range of popular Android devices. "Microsoft is offering the 32-GB Dell Venue 8 Pro for $229, down from $299; the 32-GB Lenovo Miix 2 for $249, discounted from $299; and the 32-GB Toshiba Encore, also reduced to $249 from $299. The 64-GB model of the Venue 8 Pro is also available for $50 off, at $299." The specs on the tablets cover a wide range and offer anyone in the market for a tablet a number of choices.

Source: Information Week


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LocoCycle Coming to Steam and Xbox 360 on Valentine's Day

Posted: February 1, 2014 @ time: 01:53PM
Author: ClayMeow

The Xbox One launch title LocoCycle is losing its exclusivity tag. Developer Twisted Pixel Games (TPG) announced that the game will be hitting Steam and Xbox 360 this Valentine's Day (Feb 14), coming in at a discounted price of $10 – half the price of the Xbox One version. No further details were provided and the Steam store page doesn't exist yet, so no telling if it's just a straight port or whether TPG took the time to perfect the PC version. Guess we'll find out in a couple weeks.

In addition to the announcement, TPG also announced a contest to win a limited edition custom Xbox 360 console and controller inspired by I.R.I.S., the motorcycle. Unfortunately, in order to enter you need to actually purchase the Xbox One or Xbox 360 version of the game, unless you're willing to mail in an entry – Steam purchases do not qualify.

Source: Press Release


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OCC Staff Let's Play in Left 4 Dead 2

Posted: February 1, 2014 @ time: 08:28PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

We're back with another Let's Play featuring some of the OCC Staff! Returning from the previous video are Guest_Jim_* and hornybluecow, News Editor and Reviewer, respectively. Joining them is Aaron6581230, a Review Editor, and together they played the Parish campaign from Left 4 Dead 2. (For anyone concerned, it appears a recent update to the recording software has addressed the audio issue that affected the first video.)

(With Left 4 Dead 2 being an M-rated game and with the video containing some of that mature content, it has been age restricted.)

Please post comments, questions, suggestions, etc., in the forum thread.


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Dell to Offer 3D Printers and Scanners

Posted: February 1, 2014 @ time: 10:32PM
Author: tpsreport

Dell acknowledges that 3D printing is increasingly being used regularly in businesses and that engineers, architects, and designers would benefit from an "end-to-end solution, from concept through to print." So Dell has partnered with MakerBot, a leading manufacturer and supplier of 3D printers and scanners. This partnership allows 3D design solutions to be faster and more affordable for individuals, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell Precision workstations, said, "At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed." Therefore, starting February 20, six MakerBot 3D printers and scanners ranging from $949 up to $6,449 will be available for purchase from Dell's website (US only). In the line-up are the MakerBot's Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator Z18 3D Printer, and lastly, a Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

For those unfamiliar with 3D printing, it's the ability to print solid objects from a device that was designed on a computer. Anything from jet parts, prosthetic limbs, food, to even synthetic living tissue. With Dell's announcement, 3D printing will be more publicly available to consumers. It'll be very interesting to see the variety of things being printed in the near future. What would you make?

Source: Press Release


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Next Car Game Earned Over $1 Million in First Week of Steam Early Access

Posted: February 1, 2014 @ time: 10:51PM
Author: ClayMeow

Bugbear Entertainment's Next Car Game arrived on Steam Early Access on January 15, 2014, after numerous publishers turned it down and after a failed Kickstarter campaign. Yet in just its first week on Steam, the game earned over $1 million in combined sales between Steam and Bugbear's own site. In comparison, the failed Kickstarter campaign was seeking $350,000 and reached just $81,772.

There's been a lot of debate about the validity of Steam Early Access, with some people wondering why gamers should now have to essentially pay to beta test when such things used to be free. But Next Car Game is just one game in a string of Steam Early Access success stories over the past two months, following Rust and DayZ, both of which had reported great sales numbers in its opening weeks. So whether you are for or against Steam Early Access, get used to it – it seems Early Access is now the future of PC game development, for better or worse.

Source: Press Release via Joystiq


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AMD Releases the Catalyst 14.1 Mantle Beta Driver

Posted: February 2, 2014 @ time: 12:33AM
Author: bp9801

AMD's Mantle driver, Catalyst 14.1 beta, has had a bit of a curious path to release. It was supposed to have launched earlier this week to coincide with Battlefield 4's Mantle-ready patch, except it never materialized. Now, however, it is finally here, so certain AMD video card users can grab the Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers to take full advantage of Mantle in BF4 and the Star Swarm benchmark. I say "certain AMD video card users," because only people with Radeon R7/R9 and HD7000/8000 series cards (plus A8-7000 and A10-7000 APUs) can experience Mantle. That doesn't mean only those people can download the drivers, as there are various improvements to cards and games across the full spectrum. There are a ton of fixes and improvements, so for the full list be sure to check out the source.

If you own one of the aforementioned AMD products and have grabbed these drivers, feel free to share your experience with Mantle below or in the forums.

Source: AMD


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OCZ Provides Warranty Information Following Acquisition by Toshiba

Posted: February 2, 2014 @ time: 01:14AM
Author: bp9801

Toshiba's acquisition of OCZ Technology went through recently, which leaves the latter operating pretty much as it is, just with the new OCZ Storage Solutions name. The acquisition is good news as it helps keep one of the more popular SSD companies around, but you may be wondering what exactly that means for all its existing products, especially the warranties. Luckily information has come out on that matter, and the news is mostly good. All of OCZ's latest SSDs will continue with normal warranty support, so that means all the Vertex products (including the new 460 series), RevoDrives (but not the Hybrid), and Vector series are covered. However, the Agility series will only be covered until January 22, 2015. That means some warranties for the Agility 3 and 4 (like what I'm using) are going to be shortened a little.

Now to the bad news: all SSD series not listed above are not covered by a warranty. Also any non-SSD product made by OCZ won't be covered anymore, so that means power supplies, RAM, flash drives, and any peripherals. Speaking of power supplies, OCZ has found a buyer and will be announcing details in the next couple of weeks.

So there you have it. If you have an OCZ product still covered by warranty, it's business as usual. If you have one that will no longer carry a warranty and something happens to the product within reason, OCZ will try to replace it with the same model or a similar one (or even reimburse you the current market value).

Source: AnandTech and OCZ


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Thanks to Greenlight Success of Ikaruga, Developer Treasure May Make an Original Game for Steam

Posted: February 2, 2014 @ time: 04:15PM
Author: ClayMeow

Steam Greenlight has been highly controversial since launch, certainly not helped by the fact that some developers have resorted to bribery just to get votes. But to developer Treasure, Steam Greenlight has been a blessing in more way than one. Late last year, Treasure's Ikaruga was greenlit a mere two weeks after appearing on Steam Greenlight.

Ikaruga is an old school arcade shoot'em-up, originally released in Japan arcades in 2001. The Steam edition of Ikaruga won't simply be a straight port though, with Treasure adding HD support, new game modes, and several Steam features. While that is all well and good, Treasure doesn't plan on stopping there. Speaking to Famitsu, Treasure president Masato Maegawa stated that the company not only plans on releasing ports of its other games, but that the studio is thinking about making "a new original title for the platform, Steam." Ikaruga getting greenlit essentially showed the small indie developer that there was a market on PC for its games. This was a game voted in by fans simply because of word of mouth and because of that, PC gamers may soon get to enjoy more of Treasure's games.

Chalk one up for Steam Greenlight!

Source: Siliconera


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 08:13AM
Author: bp9801

February began over the weekend, and to welcome it in we have some reviews for you to check out. There's a look at the SilverStone PT13 Mini-ITX case and the AR04 ultra low profile heat sink. Both should be an interesting combo for those wanting a small HTPC build, so be sure to read the review to see just how well it works. We also have a review on the Func KB-460 mechanical gaming keyboard to see how well it handles a variety of games. There's the be quiet! Power Zone 850W PSU that's more of a mainstream model from the company, yet it still features a fully modular design and a single 12V rail. We finish today with a review on the Creative T4 2.1 wireless speaker system to hear if it can become your new setup.

Cases & CPU Cooling
SilverStone PT13 and AR04 @ LanOC Reviews

Power Supplies
be quiet! Power Zone 850W @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Func KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Creative T4 2.1 Wireless Speaker System with NFC @ Madshrimps


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Possibly Improving Solar Cells with New Theory

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 09:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

To convert sunlight into electricity is not necessarily hard to do, but doing it efficiently can be very difficult. This is why researchers have been working to understand all of the mechanics involved in photovoltaics, especially those of organic semiconductors. Researchers at the University of Houston and University of Montreal have recently devised a new theory for what happens within organic solar cells, and it could potentially lead to breaking the SQ limit.

This new theory considers the quantum mechanical effects associated with the vibrational motion of molecule chains in a polymer and the electronic structure of the material. The vibrational-electron coupling could lead to some interesting effects, and if properly understood could even be exploited to optimize a solar cell's efficiency. It may even enable the SQ or Shockley-Queisser limit to be broken, and it is the theoretical limit on the efficiency of semiconductor-based solar cells.

The researchers next plan on working with those more familiar with producing polymers and solar cells, to put the theory to the test.

Source: University of Houston


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PS4 Update Adds Support for Sony Wireless Headsets

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 09:59AM
Author: gebraset

A new system update will be available to download tonight for PlayStation 4 owners, labeled as firmware version 1.60. The update brings support for Sony’s wireless headsets, such as the Pulse and Pulse Elite, as well as to the newly announced Gold Wireless Headset that launches early next month. The Sony Gold Wireless Headset offers custom audio modes for specific PlayStation games, customizable faceplates, and a microphone that features noise cancelling technology. Just like the Pulse headsets from Sony, the Gold Wireless Headset offers 7.1 virtual surround sound. The wireless headsets that are being supported on the PlayStation 4 due to the new firmware update connect via USB and plug directly into the console.

No other information has been provided surrounding the PlayStation 4 version 1.60 update, such as if the console will now play CDs or allow for 3D Blu-ray playback.

Source: CNET


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AV-Test Announces Top Android Security Suites

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 11:01AM
Author: gebraset

AV-Test, an independent information technology security institute, has released its new test results for 30 Android 4.3 security suites. The institute tests various security suites for protection, performance, and usability and ranks the different suites accordingly. Multiple security applications scored perfect in both protection and usability, and include Avira: Free Android Security 3.0, Bitdefender: Mobile Security 2.6, G Data: Internet Security 25.0, Kingsoft: Mobile Security 3.3, KSMobile: Clean Master 4.0, KSMobile: CM Security 1.0, McAfee: Mobile Security 3.1, Qihoo: 360 Mobile Security 1.5, Trend Micro: Mobile Security 3.5, and TrustGo: Mobile Security 1.3.

Although many companies, such as Google, argue the need for security software on Android, security vendors are continually improving protection capabilities and marketing their applications to users.

Source: CNET


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27 Million Gamers Daily on League of Legends

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 12:54PM
Author: tpsreport

Those reading this probably play League of Legends or know someone that does, which would not be surprising. Riot Games reports that its free-to-play League of Legends video game has an estimated 27 million gamers daily. That is not a typo.

The surge in numbers is double that of the 12 million user base reported back in October 2012. The community is roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Nepal, the 45th largest country in the world. The company also states that the game has a peak of 7.5 million concurrent users. These players have helped League of Legends earn over $624 million to become the second-largest game of its kind in 2013 (according to SuperData).

Its popularity has even led the U.S. government to recognize League of Legends players as professional athletes. And with popular streaming services like Twitch.TV, it is possible to watch them play in eSport tournaments such as the LCS, which is currently going on until April. If you're interested in learning more about the game, watching professional matches is a good place to start.

Source: Digital Trends


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Using Drone-Sourced Mapping of the Entire Planet, ReROLL Promises to be the Ultimate Open-World Playground

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 01:20PM
Author: ClayMeow

Last last year, Ubisoft's Julien Cuny and Louis-Pierre Pharand left Ubisoft Montreal to found their own independent studio called PIXYUL. Julien was Head of Content for Assassin's Creed, while Louis-Pierre was Creative Director and Head of UbiWorkshop. Today, PIXYUL announced its first game, the highly ambitious ReROLL.

According to PIXYUL, ReROLL is a "Crowdfunded Persistent Online Open World Survival Action RPG" – or as the announcement trailer puts it, "The Ultimate Open World Playground." What sets ReROLL apart from other games is that its environment is going to be sculpted based on real-world data. PIXYUL plans on drone-sourcing and mapping the entire planet, one square kilometer at a time. The drones are equipped with digital HD cameras and their data will be processed with 3D software to render into in-game terrain. If that sounds overly ambitious, it is. And that's why it won't be happening all at once and will be combined with procedural generation for certain parts of the world, such as the major oceans and restricted areas that will never be accessible to drones.

PIXYUL plans on starting with what its referring to as BRICK 1, though what region that entails hasn't been decided yet. What we do know is that BRICK 1 will not be in the United States because commercial drone use is not yet legal and won't be until sometime in 2015 when the FAA plans on establishing rules.

While the first stage of the game may be rather small in area, there are still two aspects of the game that are quite intriguing. The first is a system PIXYUL is calling Reality System Sync (RSS), which not only synchronizes the in-game time with the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), but also pulls actual weather and temperature data and "injects" it into the game. For example, if your character decided to visit New York City right now, you'd be struggling to survive in the middle of a snow storm. I know because I have to shovel after writing this.

The second unique feature of the game is tied to the RSS. Because the in-game time is a direct 1:1 relation to real-world time, time is actually "a very important resource in the game." Even when you're not connected, your character remains "active" in the world. PIXYUL will be creating an Activity Tracker that you can access from a browser or smartphone, allowing you "to manage your character's schedule like you would manage your own agenda." As previously stated, ReROLL is a survival game, so a key strategy for survival will be "making sure your character is doing relevant things when you're not playing in front of your computer."

BRICK 1 is planned for mid-2015, but game packages are currently available for purchase on the official site, which will grant you lifetime access to ReROLL, starting with BRICK 1 when it's ready. Game packages range in price from $19.99 all the way up to $274.99. The way it works is that you are essentially buying a character (or multiple) to play as in the game world, each of which come with their own unique skills and starting gear. Depending on the amount of money you spend, you also get extra bonuses from "Gamers Angel Status" tiers. It's essentially PIXYUL's own version of crowd-funding, though the studio hasn't ruled out a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign in the future.

While buying different characters with different skills and gear may sound like a Pay2Win situation, PIXYUL ensures that that's not the case. For one, the game is not a free-to-play game. In addition, the game will feature no PvP, so there is technically no such thing as an "unfair advantage" – this is not like Rust or DayZ where you have to worry about other player characters. Lastly, and perhaps the most important part, is that nothing will be locked in the game – "You can start with a Basic Character and learn any skills and become whoever you want."

ReROLL is certainly an ambitious project and for all intents and purposes is just a pipe dream right now, but if PIXYUL can pull it off, it sounds like it could be a hell of a game. Be sure to watch the announcement video below to learn a little bit more and even see some early game footage.

Source: Press Release and Official Site


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'Edison' Supercomputer to be Dedicated Soon

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 02:33PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Supercomputers are cool, so when there is news about one, it is fun to share it. The National Energy Researcher Scientific Computer (NERSC) Center at Berkeley Lab will soon be dedicating its new, flagship supercomputer named 'Edison.' The ceremony is to be held during the celebration of NERSC 40th anniversary.

Edison is a Cray XC30 computer and unlike several other, recently built supercomputers, it will not feature any accelerators, such as GPUs. This is for the specific reason of allowing researchers to just move their code from the older Cray XE6, Grace Hopper supercomputer to Edison, without having to rewrite it. Even without any accelerators though, Edison has a theoretical peak of 2.4 petaflops, or quadrillion floating-point operations per second. So Edison can serve researchers performing data analysis and simulation and modeling, it has been designed with a large number of processors for running simulations as well as lots of memory at each node to store large amounts of data. It has also been optimized to move data rapidly between nodes and storage, which is important as NERSC can see as much as a petabyte of data coming in each month.

As well as being NERSC's new flagship, Edison is also its first supercomputer to rely on free cooling. This cooling method does not use mechanical chillers but instead cools water in outdoor cooling towers, and then cools the air that pass through the supercomputer, as opposed to directly pulling the heat away. This is a more energy efficient method than those typical of most systems.

Source: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center


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Paick Launches Sleek Portable Power Bank

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 02:34PM
Author: gebraset

Paick International has introduced a new portable battery to its current line of power banks, known as Sleek. The new device offers a whopping 6000mAh battery that charges devices via an attached micro USB cable that also works as a carrying handle. The battery can be charged over 500 times and takes a total of eight hours to completely charge to maximum capacity. Sleek also features a glossy coating that is UV processed and scratch resistant, adding to the quality of the device. Additionally, the Paick Sleek resembles a smartphone in regards to its dimensions, and only weighs five ounces.

Sleek is available for immediate purchase from Amazon, and is priced at $49.99 MSRP.

Source: Press Release


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Gmail Incorporates Additional Calendar Holidays

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 02:51PM
Author: gebraset

In a minor update to the popular Gmail service, Google has integrated additional country holiday calendars into Google Calendar. Users of Gmail are now able to choose from over 30 different countries, not including the ones already available, and add the holidays for the additional countries within Google Calendar. The update also ensures that holidays further in the future are displayed, allowing users that rely on the calendar feature plenty of time to make adequate travel preparations. The additional country holiday calendars will roll out over the next couple of days to all Gmail users, according to Ronnie Falcon, an Associate Product Manager Intern at Google.

Source: Official Gmail Blog


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HighPoint Offering new PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Options

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 04:46PM
Author: CheeseMan42

HighPoint has announced a pair of new solutions to provide systems with a Thunderbolt connection with powerful expansion capabilities. Systems will be able to connect full size PCIe cards to portable systems that normally wouldn't be able to take advantage of the cards. The NA211TB can house up to three Thunderbolt Aware PCIe cards and connect them to your Macbook or other system through a single cable. Example uses of the aluminum housed expansion station include adding storage or video capture cards. The NA211TB and NA211TB-LD are both available immediately.

Source: Press Release


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Google Offers Cast SDK for Chromecast

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 04:59PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google is making the Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) available to developers to allow integration with the streaming device in more software applications. Google is hoping that this will help to expand the pool of apps that currently work with the device to bring more of your favorite media to your television. Chromecast Product Manager Ambarish Kenghe said, "Just be on the lookout for the cast button in your favorite apps and websites across Android, iOS and Chrome."

Source: Google


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BioWare Releasing Dragon Age: Inquisition Character Kits, Starting with Morrigan

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 05:56PM
Author: ClayMeow

Jessica Merizan is a popular cosplayer and costume designer, but she also happens to be Lead Community Manager at BioWare Edmonton-Montreal. On behalf of BioWare, Jessica posted a blog entry today announcing something quite unique - Dragon Age: Inquisition Character Kits. "We want to give fan artists–cosplayers, illustrators, painters, writers, cake decorators, everyone–access to detailed, descriptive, high resolution character designs before the game is released. These will be distributed so you can have them available online or print them out and keep in your garage, workshop, sewing room, or creative space to reference."

Alongside the announcement is the release of the first character, Morrigan. Those familiar with the series will remember her as a playable character in Dragon Age: Origins, and she will be returning to the series in Dragon Age: Inquisition in a non-playable role. The character kit is of Morrigan in her ball gown and comes with a PDF that even includes RGB values for the color palette used so artists and designers can be as exact as possible.

New Character Kits will be released "in the coming weeks and months," but no set timeline has been disclosed. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in Q3 2014.

Source: BioWare Blog


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Gunpoint Creator Tom Francis Unveils His New Game, Heat Signature

Posted: February 3, 2014 @ time: 09:41PM
Author: ClayMeow

Tom Francis, the developer behind the stealth puzzle platformer Gunpoint, has finally unveiled one of the new projects he's working on, called Heat Signature. Heat Signature is "a game about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships." You control a little ship with no weapons, trying to avoid detection by larger, randomly generated ships. As the name of the game suggests, those NPC ships contain heat sensors, so you need to stay cool enough to avoid them by using your engines sparingly when near. If you're able to get close to the ship, you can latch onto its airlock, breach it, climb aboard, and then subdue the captain to disable the ship.

Tom plans on having professions and assignments randomly assigned every time you start a new game, which will increase the replayability even further. Examples he provides are: "'You are an assassin. Your target is Tom Francis.' or 'You are a shipjacker. Steal the Dreadnaught Incisor.'" In order to locate your target, when you board a ship you can hack its server and gather information about your target's location or the types of ships that are likely to contain such data. He also plans on adding "ship systems like guns and thrusters [that] will be in specific rooms of the ship," which you'll be able to sabotage or control if you can get to them, even to the point of being able to fly the enemy ship.

Heat Signature is being made with Game Maker, just as Gunpoint was, so expect another PC-only release. No release date or pricing has been stated.

Source: Tom Francis' Site


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Steam Music Announced

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 05:53AM
Author: Prunes

Steam is ever expanding, and now the company has announced yet another feature, the Steam Music. This feature will integrate a music player into the Steam client, so users can more easily control their music, while playing a game on Steam.

The way it will work is that users move MP3 files, which is currently the only supported format, into a music library, and they will then be able to sort the files by directory, album, artist, or track. They will also be able to create playlists, which I am sure will become shareable through Steam community. What makes this smart is that users can manage the music they want to hear without having to alt+tab out of the game every time they want to change artist or have to stop the music to hear a specific dialogue or whatever other problem might arise. 

To gain beta acces to the Steam Music feature, users can join the Steam Music community group, which Steam uses to select beta testers from, and it is also a place to share thoughts and ideas for the new feature. Some of the requested features already requested are more supported file formats, such as lossless FLAC and OGG, and integration of Spotify, last.fm and Google Music.

Source: Ars Technica


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NHTSA to Implement V2V Communication

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 08:39AM
Author: gebraset

After years of research and development conducted by the United States Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has announced that the administration will implement vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The technology will enable vehicles to communicate with one another and share information such as speed, direction, and relative position. The technology will initially be introduced in light vehicles, according to NHTSA. The statistical information will be shared between automobiles 10 times per second, allowing vehicles to theoretically sense the probability of a crash and warn drivers in order to avoid an accident. Research completed by the United States Department of Transportation estimates that vehicle-to-vehicle technology helps drivers mitigate 70 to 80 percent of automobile accidents that involve unimpaired operators.

Although the technology will be implemented in the future and will begin with light vehicles, no timeframe regarding the integration has been announced by DOT or NHTSA.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation


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Microsoft Appoints New CEO

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 09:03AM
Author: gebraset

In a recent announcement made by Microsoft, Satya Nadella is now the new chief executive officer for the company, replacing Steve Ballmer as he enters retirement. Nadella has been at Microsoft for some time, being employed within miscellaneous roles at the technology giant ever since 1992. Before assuming the position the chief executive officer, Nadella worked at Microsoft as the executive vice president of the company’s cloud and enterprise group. Bill Gates has agreed to work closely and directly with Nadella, stepping down from his previous chairman role and identifying himself as the founder of Microsoft and the technology advisor for the company.

Satya Nadella is attempting to bring the company to a blank slate before any future changes are made under his leadership, overhauling the company into a devices and services as company as well as structuring the organization into a one team entity.

Source: PCWorld


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Inexpensive Chromebox Announced by ASUS

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 09:26AM
Author: gebraset

ASUS has announced its new Chromebox desktop computer, priced at $179 and aimed at non-mobile markets such as businesses, homes, and schools. The ASUS Chromebox runs the Google Chrome operating system, offering speed, security, and ultimate simplicity. ASUS has included decent hardware with the desktop system, offering an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, integrated Intel HD graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, 16GB of SSD local storage, 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. A more expensive version of the ASUS Chromebox will be available, offering upgrades such as an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of DRR3 memory. Both versions include HDMI, DisplayPort, audio, four USB 3.0 ports, and a Kensington lock port. All of this technology has been incorporated into a box measuring 4.88-inches square and 1.65-inches thick, and provides quite operation due to a fan-less design.

The ASUS Chromebox priced at $179 will be available in March of this year, with pricing information for the upgraded version available sometime closer to March.

Source: PC Magazine


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Generating Polarized Light with Quantum Dots

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 09:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Polarized light is extremely common in our world today, with displays and communication systems producing it, and sunglasses using it to protect our eyes. Polarizing filters work by absorbing the light that aligns in a specific direction, and the first filter light passes through absorb half of that light. Unfortunately that also means half of the energy is absorbed and wasted this way, but researchers at Linköping University have developed a way to directly produced polarized photons.

Quantum dots are semiconductive, nanoscale crystals that can be engineered to have specific properties. In this case the crystal is shaped like a pyramid and is mostly made of gallium nitride, a semiconductor. At its top though, some thin layers of indium are added, and it is from this indium that the polarized photons are released. When tested the researchers were able to produce photons with an average degree of linear polarization of 84%; a high value that could go higher.

As this system produces polarized photons directly, without the use of a filter, it could potentially lead to much more efficient devices than what we have now, including more efficient LCD monitors. The researchers also point out that because the quantum dots can produce a single photon at a time, it could be used in some quantum systems, such as those for quantum encryption.

Source: Linköping University


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 10:42AM
Author: bp9801

We have some different things in store for you today, including a couple of systems. One is the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook, which could be the ideal laptop to have for business travelers or those who value portability over pure power. The other system is the ASRock Vision HT 420D HTPC, which has been updated with Intel Haswell parts and various other improvements compared to past models. We also have a review on the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow mechanical keyboard to see if it can be your new gaming weapon of choice. Ending today is a look at the ToughArmor 6x2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack that can fit six 2.5" drives into a single 5.25" bay for the ultimate storage solution.

Laptops/Tablets
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook: The Ultimate Business Ultraportable? @ PC Perspective

Prebuilts
ASRock Vision HT 420D @ TechSpot

Keyboards/Mice
ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Mechanical Keyboard @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
ToughArmor 6x2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack @ LanOC Reviews


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Ozone Releases Neon Laser Mouse

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 12:34PM
Author: gebraset

Ozone has launched its new laser mouse, known as the Ozone Neon. The new product by Ozone incorporates features that make the mouse competitive in its market, to include an anti-slip surface material, precise 6400 DPI laser sensor that features an on the fly toggle, eight programmable buttons, and an ambidextrous design.  The DPI is able to be adjusted to 6400, 3500, 1800, and 800 and is easily readable thanks to an LED level indicator. Customizability is another aspect of the mouse, as it can store various polling and response rates and settings for the eight included buttons, all within five independent profiles that can be accessed through the included configuration software.

The Ozone Neon laser mouse is available in February of this year for 49,90€ MSRP and is available in black, blue, red, and white.

Source: Press Release


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The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition Will Not Bestow Unfair Advantages

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 01:10PM
Author: ClayMeow

It's a problem that faces any MMO that features limited edition in-game bonuses – do said bonuses confer an unfair advantage to those that receive them? In the case of The Elder Scrolls Online, this was particularly worrisome to many people because the limited edition Imperial Edition actually contains a full race that cannot be chosen by Standard Edition owners.

In an "Ask Us Anything", developer Zenimax assured potential customers that the Imperial Edition does not bestow "an overall gameplay advantage." While the Imperial race does include "a racial skill line that offers unique gameplay opportunities," Zenimax says that choosing Imperial is essentially just an aesthetic decision – there's no significant gameplay impact when compared to other races' unique racial skill lines. For those that have played an Elder Scrolls game previously, that should make sense. In addition, Imperials do not have their own unique starting location, but instead are essentially "un-aligned outcasts" of the alliance they choose.

The other major in-game bonus Imperial Edition owners will enjoy is an Imperial Horse mount. However, the mount travels at the same speed as other horses in the game, so it's really just saving owners in-game gold, not actually providing a clear advantage. Lastly, while Imperials automatically attain the ability to "craft items into the Imperial style," that ability can be learned by all other races.

So while it seems a bit - shall we say, rude? – that there will be a completely developed race upon release that the majority of players will be unable to choose, at least it seems there will be no advantage to those that do choose to roll an Imperial...if Zenimax is to be believed.

Source: PCGamesN


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Predicting Membership-Sites' Success

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 01:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Why do some websites succeed and others fail? This question has been plaguing many people, especially those who build the websites and invest in them. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have recently developed a new model for predicting the success of membership-based sites, such as Facebook.

Modelling membership sites is a different undertaking than modelling other systems as instead of possessing a limited amount of information, there is an overabundance and attention is what is limited. This creates a "marketplace of attention," as the large Nobel laureate Herbert Simon called it. From Simon's writings, the Carnegie Mellon researchers were inspired to consider the many dynamics involved in a site's success, such as active users becoming inactive, and users getting friends involved.

Data on daily active users for the past six years were obtained for twenty-two sites from the Web analytics company, Alexa. Facebook was among these sites, and according to the data and the new model, it should be sustainable for the foreseeable future, but of course the model cannot predict an upstart site.

Source: Carnegie Mellon University


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Facebook Turns Ten; Sends Everyone a Personalized Video

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 01:32PM
Author: ClayMeow

That social media giant known as Facebook turned ten years old today, and while it has certainly matured over the years, there's no sign of aging any time soon. To celebrate Facebook's tenth birthday, a personalized video has been created for every Facebook user, highlighting key events, photos, and status updates during your life on Facebook. To access your personal video, simply go to www.facebook.com/lookback. Your video can only be seen by you unless you decide to share it on your wall. Below is Facebook's birthday video, not my own personal one:

 

Source: Facebook


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Minimum Specs Revealed for Titanfall

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 04:37PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Titanfall is one of the most anticipated games to be released this year, and we are finally getting some details on what sort of PC will be necessary to play the game. Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella detailed the minimum requirements in a post on Twitter. Gamers will need a 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, an AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a GPU with 512MB of RAM with a recommendation for a Radeon 4770 or GeForce 8800GT. Most of the components are fairly old and gamers shouldn't have to worry about meeting the minimum requirements, though there has been no mention of recommended components. Titanfall will be available on PC on March 11.

Source: IGN


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Doodle 4 Google Accepting new Entries

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 04:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google is holding the seventh annual Doodle 4 Google contest which is open to students in the United States in grades K-12. The theme of the contest this year is "If you could invent one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be?" The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for their school, and an appearance on the Google homepage for their drawing. Entries must be sent in by March 20, with a winner from each state revealed on April 29. Google will then open the vote to the public to determine the grand prize winner.

Source: PC Magazine


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Eidos Releases "Thief - 101 Trailer" as Thief Goes Gold

Posted: February 4, 2014 @ time: 08:23PM
Author: ClayMeow

Thief, the upcoming stealth-action game that reboots the classic series, has gone Gold today, just three weeks before its February 25th launch. Along with that announcement, developer Eidos-Montreal has released a six-minute video entitled "Thief - 101 Trailer". The video "provides key insights on the game's story, its key characters, key gameplay and key feature set." It's a great introduction to anyone new to the series, but also a great watch for any Thief fan that simply wants to learn more about this reboot. Whatever group you fall into, the video shows a lot of great gameplay variety.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 08:13AM
Author: bp9801

There are some good reviews to help get you through the middle of the week, including two on smartphones. The Motorola Moto G is aimed directly at the entry-level market, and it's certainly an affordable option for those who may not need the biggest and best. The other phone is the LG G2, which has some rather unique placements for the volume and power buttons. We also have a couple of cases today too, like the Raidmax Cobra mid-tower that packs in a ton of features into its budget-friendly price. There's also the Thermaltake Urban S71 full tower case, which has a more subdued design than other cases on the market.

Cases
Raidmax Cobra Mid-Tower @ Benchmark Reviews
Thermaltake Urban S71 Full Tower @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Motorola Moto G @ TechSpot
Verizon Wireless LG G2 @ LanOC Reviews


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Self-Healing Polymer Made from Available Materials

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 08:44AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I have a feeling that all of us have wished our different devices could heal themselves of those scratches we give them. While self-healing materials do exist, they are not particularly common, but that may change soon. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have recently created a self-healing polymer from commercially available materials.

When a material is broken or cut, some molecular bonds are broken. A self-healing material is able to recreate those bonds by some process. For this new material that process can be as simple as letting it alone for a day as it will heal at room-temperature. Making the polyuria-based polymer is as simple as properly mixing the correct materials, pouring it into a mold, and letting it cure for a day. After that you have a soft, elastic material.

With the ability to produce this new material almost anywhere, at any scale, and with available materials, the researchers are now searching for applications for it. One potential use could be a polyurethane paint or coating that could be easily removed when no longer needed.

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Celebrate Valentine's Day in Borderlands 2 with Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 02:02PM
Author: ClayMeow

2K has announced the newest Borderlands 2 DLC and fourth in the Headhunter series, Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre. Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre continues the trend of Headhunter DLC, bringing a Borderlands 2 twist to a real-world holiday – in this case, Valentine's Day. Because, as you know, nothing says love like murder and mayhem.

Buxom beauty Mad Moxxi obviously makes a return in this DLC, but she's not alone – Innuendo Bot 5000 and Ellie will also return. The main storyline of the DLC involves Mad Moxxi and Innuendo Bot 5000 trying to bring together the two rival clans of Hodunks and Zafords in the name of love and peace. You will also play match-maker to "a couple of new robot characters in love with each other," but who are too shy to confess their love on their own.

As with all the previous Headhunter DLC, beating the final enemy earns you a new head and skin for each character class. The heads provide "an inside look at the Vault Hunters," though 2K is quick to state that Zer0's new head "is named 'N0t C4n0n' for a reason" (see the attached preview image below).

Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre will arrive on February 11th for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 for $2.99 USD. The fifth and final Headunter DLC will be arriving in April and is entitled Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax, "featuring the offspring of a fan-favorite enemy from the first Borderlands."

Enjoy this preview video, courtesy of IGN:

Source: 2K Blog and IGN


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EVE: Valkyrie will be Exclusive to the Oculus Rift

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 02:39PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The developer behind the popular space based MMO EVE: Online, CCP, has announced a partnership with the Oculus Rift that will make the game EVE: Valkyrie exclusive to the virtual reality device. Consumers won't be able to get their hands on the device until later this year or early next year and we probably won't know much more about the partnership until the release gets closer. EVE: Valkyrie is the first announced co-publishing project for the Oculus Rift and the developer has said, "We strongly believe the best VR experiences are going to be the ones built from the ground up for VR, and we’ve kept that in mind whilst developing Valkyrie."

Source: TIME


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ASUS Launches New Small Form Factor PC

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 04:09PM
Author: Prunes

Sometimes you do not need your PC to be able to run the newest game or crunch large number; all you need is a small PC that can get through the basics such as Office or surfing the internet, and this is where ASUS' new Eee Box EB1037 fits in. It is a small form factor PC that looks quite a bit like a router.

The Eee Box EB1037 is build on Intel's Bay Trail platform with a Celeron J1900 quad-core CPU clocked at 2 GHz, which has a TDP of only 10 W allowing for fanless cooling. As for RAM, it starts at 2 GB, but can be upgraded up to a maximum of 8 GB. For the graphics part it has an NVIDIA 820M graphics card with 512 MB dedicated memory. Storage can be either an SSD or an HDD. The SSD comes in a 64 GB or a 128 GB version, while the HDD can range from 320 GB to 1 TB. The PC also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and headphone and microphone jacks. The entire thing measures only 219x172.5x29 mm (8.6x6.8x1.1 inches), and weighs just 0.690 kg (1.5 lbs).

Source: ASUS


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Adobe Flash Receives Critical Security Update

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 05:25PM
Author: gebraset

Adobe released new versions of its Flash player software for Internet browsers today, due to vulnerabilities that were recently discovered by the software developer. The various vulnerabilities could possibly allow a hacker exploit an individual system and take control of the computer remotely, according to the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team. Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems are affected, though the priority rating assigned for Linux is lower than the both Windows and Macintosh, which received the highest rating possible for vulnerability exploitation. Additionally, users of Google Chrome and Internet Explorer are most at risk, with the version updates being pushed heavily to the two Internet browsers.

Source: CNET


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Newegg Introduces New Shipping Program

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 05:43PM
Author: gebraset

Although not quite like Amazon Prime in the sense that books and movies are not available, Newegg is marketing it new shipping service, dubbed Newegg Premier, as a competitor. The new service offered by Newegg will cost customers $50 per year, which is cheaper than Amazon currently as it sells its Prime membership for $79 annually. Members of Newegg Premier can expect some benefits, to include free shipping of packages that are guaranteed to arrive in three days or less, discounts on two day and one day deliveries, free returns, no restocking fee, exclusive deals, dedicated customer service, and special alerts. While the program is currently in beta status, customers are able to sign up for the service now.

The package that Newegg Premier offers is enticing, especially to those who frequent Newegg often for computer parts and other items that the online retailer now sells. It is worth noting that Super Eggsaver shipping is still available for customers who do not subscribe to Newegg Premier.

Source: Engadget, Newegg


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New Electrolyte Developed for Safer Lithium Ion Batteries

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 06:09PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Lithium ion batteries are a popular rechargeable power source, thanks to their impressive energy density. With that density however, comes safety risks as the acidic electrolyte used can catch on fire and cause chemical burns. Researchers at Washington State University however have developed a new electrolyte that resembles chewing gum, which may make the batteries safer.

For some time, researchers have been looking into solid electrolytes as way to make batteries safer, but these are generally poor conductors. The new electrolyte is instead gummy and is actually comprised of the liquid electrolyte material and wax or similar particles, for the electrolyte to bind to. Under normal operation, an electrical current can easily travel through those liquid parts, but if the battery starts to overheat, the solid particles will melt. This stops the current and thus removes the potential fire hazard.

Though twice as sticky as chewing gum, this gummy electrolyte is also flexible and lightweight, which will be very useful for applications in flexible electronics. Now the researchers are hoping to test this technology in real batteries.

Source: Washington State University


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Toshiba Releases New Chromebook

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 06:12PM
Author: gebraset

Scheduled to be released on February 16, 2014, the new Chromebook offering from Toshiba is now available early within the United States and United Kingdom. The new laptop by Toshiba features a 13.3-inch screen, which Toshiba notes is unavailable on another other Chromebook currently for sale. Customers will be disappointed by the price however, with the Chromebook selling for $299.99 instead of $279, the latter being the price that Toshiba announced at CES earlier this year. Luckily, retailers such as Amazon are offering the Toshiba Chromebook for roughly $280 in the United States, while United Kingdom customers can purchase the device from Amazon for £249.

Source: Engadget


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HAWKEN Transitioning to Steam Exclusivity

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 06:16PM
Author: ClayMeow

When free-to-play mech combat game HAWKEN entered open beta at the end of 2012, the only way to access the game was through its launcher, acquired from the official site. As developer Adhesive Games gets ready for the full launch later this month, the studio will also be moving HAWKEN over to Steam. "From this point forward, a Steam account will be required to play HAWKEN. HAWKEN will no longer be playable using the existing launcher and the game will only be accessible through Steam."

Adhesive has disabled new account creation until the full release later this month in order to make the transition to Steam easier. Current pilots will be sent Steam keys over the next seven days so they can get into the game prior to the full release, and no progress will be lost. Meteor Credits, the in-game credits purchased with real money, will only be available using Steam Wallet from now on.

Moving HAWKEN over to the most popular digital platform will surely increase visibility, so it definitely seems like a great strategic move.

Source: Official Site


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MSI Refreshes GX Series Gaming Laptops

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 06:38PM
Author: gebraset

In a move to incorporate the latest technology offered by AMD, MSI has refreshed its GX series gaming laptops. The refreshed laptops incorporate exceptional hardware that is compiled specifically for gamers and computer enthusiasts alike. Both the MSI GX60 Destroyer-280 and the MSI GX70 Destroyer -099 feature an AMD A10-5750, an AMD Radeon R9-M290X with 2GB of GDDR5, a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive, a Killer E220 gaming NIC,  two THX speakers with one subwoofer, a SteelSeries keyboard with  backlit keys, and a multi-touch touchpad. The MSI GX60 Destroyer-280 is the smaller of the two, featuring a 15.6-inch screen and weighing 7.7 pounds, while the GX70 Destroyer -099 incorporates a 17.3-inch screen and weighs 8.6 pounds. Extra performance and additional multimedia compatibility is included with the GX70, as it does feature additional hardware that is not present in the GX60.

MSI is retailing the GX60 Destroyer-280 for $1,299.99 and the MSI GX70 Destroyer -099 for $1,399.99.

Source: Press Release


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SOE Abandoning 32-bit Support in PlanetSide 2

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 07:29PM
Author: ClayMeow

If you play PlanetSide 2 on PC, hopefully you're running a 64-bit operating system. After it was revealed that Titanfall would require a 64-bit operating system, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley tweeted that 32-bit gaming is dead, before stating that all of SOE's stuff will be 64-bit in the future and that PlanetSide 2 will be moved to 64-bit.

Smedley later tweeted that the most common PlanetSide 2 crash is "Out of Memory", so moving to 64-bit should help fix it since 64-bit applications can access more memory. According to another tweet, apparently there were 6% of users last month that were running a 32-bit operating system, so the impact on the user base will be minimal.

Source: Twitter


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Invention Stops Bleeding in 15 Seconds

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 09:07PM
Author: tpsreport

RevMedx, an Oregon-based startup of veterans, scientists, and engineers have asked the FDA to approve a device called XStat that could save numerous lives. It's a pocket-sized 30 millimeter diameter syringe that injects sponges into wounds. These sponges are created from wood pulp and coated with Chitosan, a blood-clotting antimicrobial substance, and work by creating enough pressure to stop even heavy bleeding quickly in as little as 15 seconds. There are X-shaped markers on every sponge so that they are visible on x-ray images to ensure that none would be left inside the body.

The idea was inspired by Fix-a-Flat foam which plugs holes in tires that are in need of repair. "That's what we pictured as the perfect solution: something you could spray in, it would expand and bleeding stops [...] I spent the whole war on terror in the Middle East, so I know what a medic needs when someone has been shot." says John Steinbaugh, a former U.S. Army Special Operations medic who joined the company in April 2012.

A medic must fill gauze into a cavity of a wounded soldier and apply direct pressure to stop bleeding from an artery. These wounds can be as deep as five inches and if bleeding hasn't stopped in three minutes, the medic has to pull out all the gauze and repeat the process. Very painful to the soldier and a time wasting procedure to the medic when minutes or mere seconds could lead to hemorrhage, a leading cause of death on the battlefield. Steinbaugh, who has been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan has tended injuries and states, "Gauze bandages just don't work for anything serious" despite being the standard for gunshot and shrapnel injuries.

The U.S. Army believes so too as they contracted a $5 million deal for a finished product and attached a letter requesting expedited approval from the FDA for the XStat device. If approved, it would be the first dressing specifically created to treat deep, narrow wounds. This life saving medical device would likely be available for $100.

Source: Popular Science


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SSL Encryption Added to Tumblr, But You Enable It

Posted: February 5, 2014 @ time: 09:08PM
Author: tpsreport

Tumblr, a very popular Yahoo-owned blogging platform, has finally implemented Secure Sockets Layer security. SSL, as the name implies, allows for data to be sent from a Tumblr server to your device using encryption. Think of it as "extra protection against hackers and snoops."

If enabled, it decreases the chances of being eavesdropped. This feature is turned off by default (for the time being) and the company suggests that you enable it by going to your Dashboard under Account Settings. It'll take a moment of your time and you'll feel safer knowing that your account is less likely to get hijacked or hacked.

Source: Tumblr Staff Blog


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Measuring Hot Electrons

Posted: February 6, 2014 @ time: 08:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but it can be transferred and transformed. Sadly it can be pretty difficult to change one kind of energy into another, and then move it to where you can use it. Researchers at Rice University however have successfully made some measurements that may help with that in one kind of system.

Light is a very abundant energy source, but efficiently converting it into electricity, or another more useful energy type is not easy. Plasmonic nanoparticles may be able to help with that, as they can capture the energy of a photon and couple it to an electron. Previously Rice researchers have demonstrated using such nanoparticles to instantly boil ice-cold water into steam. Instead of converting the optical energy into heat, the researchers would like to make it into electricity using hot electrons. These electrons have been disturbed by the plasmons and absorb some of its energy, but their behavior is not well understood. The researchers decided to change that and got to work measuring how quickly hot electrons can transfer from one material to another.

While this research is still far away from a practical use, it could lead to such applications as photodetectors and catalysts. As more work is done, more potential uses will likely be imagined.

Source: Rice University


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Double Helix Games Acquired by Amazon

Posted: February 6, 2014 @ time: 01:36PM
Author: gebraset

Known for its development of Killer Instinct for the Xbox One, Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon. In a statement released by Amazon, the company noted that it purchased Double Helix Games as part of its plan to build and provide games that are innovative for customers. Double Helix Games is located in Irvine, California, and Amazon also has its own video game department, known as Amazon Game Studios, located in Irvine. No information was provided regarding if Amazon purchased the game studio for its employee talent, or for the games that the developer is currently working on. The Double Helix Games website does state that the company is currently working on amazing projects that it cannot publically disclose. Additionally, neither entity released any information concerning the financial terms of the acquisition.

Source: TechHive


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