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News Archives for May 2014

Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: May 1, 2014 @ time: 05:45AM
Author: bp9801

May is upon us, and we have some reviews to welcome the new month. There's a look at the CyberPower Zeus Mini-I 780 gaming PC, which packs an Intel i7 4770K, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, and 16GB of DDR3 RAM into a fairly small case. Speaking of small cases, we have a review on the Cooler Master Elite 130 mini-ITX case. Despite its small size, it certainly doesn't seem to be lacking in features, so be sure to hit up the review to see what all it can bring. Lastly there's a look at the Sentey Phoenix gaming keyboard, with its seven dedicated macro keys and blue LED backlighting to hopefully offer something enticing for gamers.

Cases
Cooler Master Elite 130 @ LanOC Reviews

Prebuilts
CyberPower Zeus Mini-I 780 Gaming System @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Sentey Phoenix Gaming Keyboard @ Neoseeker


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New Means for Building Lab-On-a-Chip Devices

Posted: May 1, 2014 @ time: 06:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

According to movies and televisions, laboratories are filled with beakers, test tubes, and Bunsen burners, connected by a maze of tubing. In the future though, labs may be the size of a chip and capable of running specialized experiments very quickly. Researchers at the University of New South Wales have recently found a way to build lab-on-a-chips (LOCs) that overcomes some important challenges.

One form an LOC can take is for the channels on it to be comprised of a liquid solvent, placed on the chip in a specific pattern. While printing tiny droplets of a solvent into a pattern is not too difficult, there is the problem of the solvents evaporating. The New South Wales researchers found a way to overcome this by using ionic liquids. These are actually salts that are liquid at room temperature, which removes the evaporation risk. They are also designer materials, so they can be given the special properties an application requires.

The most obvious use of lab-on-a-chips is to perform chemical tests with them, especially medical tests, quickly and cheaply, but this ionic liquid design could have some other uses as well. These include fabricating integrated circuits as metal salts dissolved in the ionic liquids can electrically triggered to deposit onto a substrate.

Source: University of New South Wales


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Combining Research to Improve Understanding of Thermal Conductivity

Posted: May 1, 2014 @ time: 02:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Whether it is our cars or computers, we are all familiar with systems that waste energy as heat. Depending on the specific system, the amount of energy lost can be significant so researchers are working on thermoelectric materials to capture some of that energy. There has been a mystery about some of these materials, and other materials that researchers at MIT may have finally solved.

One would expect that similar materials would have similar properties, but in reality, this may not be the case. For some time researchers have been vexed about why one material may be a good thermal insulator, while a similar material is not. The answer the MIT researchers have found has not come from thermoelectric research though, but from research into phase-change materials. These materials can significantly change their properties in response to a change in temperature because of resonant bonding. Resonant bonds have electrons that flip between several adjacent atoms and while their impacts on electrical and optical properties have been studied, thermal properties have not been. The researchers have found that it is in fact long-range interactions of these flipping bonds that causes the varying thermal conductivity in similar materials.

Thermoelectric devices work by producing a voltage across a material, when there is a heat differential, so a low thermal conductivity is needed to maintain the differential. By better understanding what affects a material's thermal conductivity, we can better predict and design materials for specific applications.

Source: MIT


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Razer Taipan Now Available in White

Posted: May 1, 2014 @ time: 03:52PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Razer has announced that its ambidextrous mouse, the Taipan, is now available in a bright white finish. In addition to the white finish, white lighting is included in the scroll wheel and logo. The Taipan joins the Kraken Pro gaming headset as the two Razer products available in white. The Taipan is compatible with PC and Mac and is configurable using the Razer Synapse software.

Source: Press Release


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NVIDIA Sponsoring Charity Auction

Posted: May 1, 2014 @ time: 04:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA has partnered with Falcon Northwest to create a one-of-a-kind gaming PC to auction with proceeds going to benefit the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation. The Foundation was created in honor of an NVIDIA employee that was killed when saving someone from train tracks and "provides scholarships to needs-based youth and promotes outdoor physical activities involving his favorite pastime, baseball." The PC is loaded with all of the latest technology including the GeForce GTX Titan Black, Intel i7 4770k, ASUS Z87 Maximus motherboard, and two 1TB Corsair M50 solid state drives. People interested in bidding can do so through eBay.

Source: Press Release


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Cox Will Soon Provide Gigabit Internet to Residential Customers

Posted: May 1, 2014 @ time: 06:15PM
Author: gebraset

While Google has recently announced its plans to bring fiber to more cities across the United States, Cox Communications is now laying out its own roadmap in direct competition. Pat Esser, the president and chief executive officer of Cox, noted in an interview that the company plans to bring gigabit cable Internet to residential customers by the end of this year. Eventually, the company plans to be able to offer every subscriber gigabit Internet, and Esser even remarked on how the availability of gigabit Internet to residential customers is a natural extension of the services it already provides to businesses.

Cox will begin announcing which markets the rollout will be coming to within the next two to three weeks.

Source: PCWorld


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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Arriving November 4, Starring Kevin Spacey

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 07:55AM
Author: ClayMeow

A new Call of Duty game released within the first two weeks of November each year has become an inevitability for almost a decade now, so why would 2014 be any different? It has been known for awhile that Sledgehammer Games was working on the next Call of Duty game, but the official announcement and title was unveiled today via a reveal trailer, starring none other than Kevin Spacey! The trailer, captured on Xbox One, shows cloaked airships, hoverbikes, spider-tanks, heavily armored suits, drones, deployable cover, wall-climbing via special gloves, and of course, lots of gun play.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to release on November 4. While the platforms haven't been officially announced, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One are all but guaranteed, with Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 still a possibility.

Source: Press Release


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Five Companions Detailed in New Bound by Flame Screenshots

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 08:20AM
Author: ClayMeow

Two weeks ago, publisher Focus Home Interactive released five screenshots for Spiders' fantasy RPG Bound by Flame that focused on the game's hero. But you're not alone in your quest against the seven Ice Lords and their undead army. As the official Combat Trailer showed us, Bound by Flame also features various companions for you to take along with you. Today, Focus released five new screenshots featuring five different companions. In order of their appearance in the images below and in Focus' own words:

  • Sybil, the young mage, provides excellent long-distance back-up and uses a special skill that enables her to heal you during combat.
  • Randval the warrior excels at hand-to-hand combat and will divert the attention of your opponents, leaving you free to attack safely and to cast your devastating fire spells!
  • Rhelmar the elf is an expert in ranged combat and will rain arrows down on your enemies while you charge into the heat of the melee.
  • The witch, Edwen, has mastered certain hitherto unknown dark and mystical arts. She is able to devastate adversaries at long range with powerful magic spells, and can temporarily take control of an enemy's mind and turn it against their allies.
  • Last, but not least, Mathras is no ordinary undead... more ancient than the Ice Lords themselves, Mathras has perfected the art of swordsmanship and melee combat over the last several thousand years. Like Edwen, he can also reverse the allegiance of an opponent for a short period using his willpower alone!

It's certainly nice to see such diverse companions, which should make replayability even more appealing. Bound by Flame will be launching May 9, 2014, on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. You can currently pre-order the game on Steam for a nice 15% savings, dropping the price to $33.99. Last week, Focus published a Music Trailer for the game.

Source: Press Release


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Record Cold Star Discovered Nearby

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 08:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Typically when one pictures a star, they imagine a large and very hot ball of gas. Stars come in many varieties though, and some do not fit that description. Researchers at Penn State University have recently found one such star using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope.

The Sun is a fairly middle-of-the-road star, with many stars coming in heavier and hotter, and many being lighter and cooler. Brown dwarfs definitely fall into the latter category as it has to be decided if each example is indeed a star or just a large gas giant. They are so lacking in mass that when the gas collapsed to form them, the gravity was not intense enough to initiate nuclear fusion, which makes them very cold. The recently discovered WISE J085510.83-071442.5 brown dwarf is actually as cold as Earth's North Pole, with temperatures between -48 and -13 ºC. The researchers do believe it is a star though, and not just a gas giant, like Jupiter, but three to ten times larger.

As the researchers analyzed it, they determined it is only 7.2 light years away, which puts it at the fourth-nearest system to our own. Even though it is very close, its cold temperatures mean we will likely never try to send anything to it, or any planets that may be orbiting it.

Source: EurekAlert!


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 09:09AM
Author: bp9801

Another Friday has arrived, with plenty of items for your consideration before the weekend arrives in earnest. We have a look at the Thermaltake Urban SD1 case, which is a MicroATX update of the classic Lanbox Lite designed to hold as much hardware as you can possibly fit inside. For an even smaller PC, there's also a review on the Gigabyte BRIX Projector Ultra Compact PC Kit, with a projector built right into it so you won't have to worry about external displays. If you need some on-the-go storage, then perhaps the Corsair Flash Voyager GO 64GB drive is the one for you, as it can work on both computers and mobile devices. We have a look at a rather interesting item from IOGEAR, as it's a product called the KeyMander that can emulate console controllers on a keyboard and mouse. Lastly the Seidio Surface Reveal iPhone 5/5s case gets reviewed to see just how well it can keep your new phone safe.

Cases
Thermaltake Urban SD1 MicroATX @ Benchmark Reviews

Prebuilts
Gigabyte BRIX Project Ultra Compact PC Kit @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair Flash Voyager GO 64GB PC/Mobile Flash Storage Drive @ Madshrimps

Gadgets
IOGEAR KeyMander Controller Emulator @ Neoseeker

Mobile
Seidio Surface Reveal iPhone 5/5s Case @ ThinkComputers


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CCP Unveils Project Legion, a Re-imagining of PS3 Shooter Dust 514 for PC

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 09:16AM
Author: ClayMeow

Icelandic video game developer and publisher CCP Games announced last month that it canceled production of vampire MMO World of Darkness, instead turning all its focus on "developing games within the Eve universe." One such game is Dust 514, which is a free-to-play first-person shooter on the PlayStation 3 where player actions can impact Eve Online and vice versa. It always seemed a bit odd that Dust 514 was only available on PS3, despite Eve Online being only available on PC, but that finally seems to be changing.

CCP is currently holding its annual FanFest, and today, executive producer Jean-Charles Gaudechon presented a world-exclusive live demo of the studio's newest project, a re-imagining of Dust 514 for PC. Entitled Project Legion, CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson told Eurogamer that it's "a new approach to being a mercenary on the ground" and that "it's almost more a revolution than an evolution, and that's why wer're calling it Project Legion, because it's, frankly, more like a new game." Pétursson said it's the same team that worked on Dust 514, so they're very experienced now, which has allowed them to work much quicker on the game than they did on Dust, helped by the fact that "much of the world already exists on PC, in Eve."

The live demo started in a player's hub with a view of a nearby planet and spaceships buzzing around. From the hub, players access a star map, which zooms down to a planet view where you can select tournaments, missions, and scavenging grounds. Scavenging grounds apparently mixes PvE and PvP, where the lines become "blurrier the deeper into space you get." Like Eve, players will be able to betray each other, which apparently got a cheer from the audience. The planet shown in the demo was a volcanic one, with top notch lighting and particle effects thanks to the power PC exclusivity provides.

According to Eurogamer, the fighting was sporadic due to the massive size of the map, encouraging more of a sandbox experience rather than the intense combat you'd typically expect from an online shooter. At this time it's hard to tell how appealing that would be for a shooter, but it does seem right up the alley for Eve Online fans. That being said, Gaudechon told the crowd that "it's early stuff" so not to get their expectations up. No estimated release date was given, nor was it stated whether it'll be free-to-play like Dust 514 is. Sadly, there's no trailer yet, but Eurogamer did manage to gather three environmental screenshots.

Source: Eurogamer


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NZXT Hosting Case Design Competition

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 11:49AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Shortly after announcing a trio of new color combinations for the H440 case series, NZXT has announced a competition to create new color combinations for the Phantom 240 case line. Five different areas of the case can be customized on the NZXT website and a total of three designs will be chosen to be made into real cases. The three winners will receive a prize pack including a laser etched Phantom 240 in their color scheme, an NZXT Kraken CPU cooler, a Shine 3 mechanical keyboard, a HALE82 V2 700W PSU, and one Sentry 3 fan controller. The contest runs until June 1, 2014.

Source: Press Release


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Google Now Provides Offline Compatibility

Posted: May 2, 2014 @ time: 05:15PM
Author: gebraset

Google Now has been displayed as a remarkable tool for Android users since its initial release. The service, which is a part of Google Search, provides various personalized information such as weather, sports scores, and drive times directly to users. One issue that has plagued Google Now for quite some time however has been that it was unable to deliver the aforementioned information through Google Now cards if no data was available. Google has pushed an update to the service which remedies this issue, and now, users of the service provided by Google can read information from Google Now cards while their smartphone is offline.

To receive the new offline capability, users simply need to ensure that the Google Search application successfully updates.

Source: Google+


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New Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Details Emerge; Separate Studio Working on Last-Gen Version

Posted: May 3, 2014 @ time: 08:14AM
Author: ClayMeow

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was officially announced yesterday with a reveal trailer featuring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, and now details on the game are slowly trickling in. According to a press release from publisher Activision, "this is the first iteration of [its] expanded three-year development cycle allowing the debut lead title from Sledgehammer Games an added year of studio development." The extra development time has allowed Sledgehammer to "create a near photorealistic world unlike any Call of Duty before," and employ new performance capture and facial animation techniques. It also helps that Advanced Warfare is being developed specifically for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while GameSpot is reporting that a separate unnamed studio is handling the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.

According to Activision, Advanced Warfare is set in the year 2054, where "a private military corporation (PMC) has emerged with the power to rescue humanity from a devastated world struggling to rebuild after a global attack on its military and infrastructure." Players take on the role of an advanced soldier empowered by cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities, technological advancements, and high-tech gear. The aforementioned exoskeleton abilities include such things as boost jumps, cloaking, and enhanced strength or speed – in other words, Sledgehammer is borrowing heavily from Crysis. Players will also have access to directed-energy weapons, which would presumably disable such abilities and/or vehicles.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is scheduled to release on November 4 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is unclear at this time whether the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will release on that same date.

Source: Press Release and GameSpot


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 05:45AM
Author: bp9801

It's the start of the first full week of May, and we have a few items to help welcome it. There is a review on the Fractal Arc Mini R2 case, which is a smaller version of the Fractal Arc XL that still manages to pack in plenty of features. We also have a look at the Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB card to see how well this rather little device can deliver 5.1 surround sound. If you happen to need a new way to control your games, then perhaps the Sentey Crimson Pro gaming keyboard is for you, with its Cherry MX Black mechanical switches and four levels of backlighting.

Cases
Fractal Arc Mini R2 @ LanOC Reviews

Sound Cards
Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Card @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Sentey Crimson Pro Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews


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Element 117 Coming Closer to Receiving a Name

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 08:13AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

No doubt everyone who has attended a chemistry class is familiar with the Periodic Table and learned about its shape and the different elements that are listed on it. Quite likely you also learned that not all of the elements on it exist in Nature, and thus some require humans create them. One of these man-made elements, which was first discovered by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers, has come closer to being given more than a temporary name.

The information on the Periodic Table is important for many applications, so it is essential that whatever is on it is accurate. For this reason the process of officially naming and adding an element to the table is not a simple one. Element 117 was first discovered in 2010 and at the time it quickly decayed into elements 113 and 115. Now researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research have repeated the experiment and observed the previously reported decaying. If that is accepted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as confirmation that 117 was found, the process of naming it can begin.

As superheavy elements like element 117 are extremely short lived, it is unlikely we will see any direct benefits from this discovery. However it does still increase our knowledge of the Universe, and it is still pretty exciting to discover a new element.

Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


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Tales from the Borderlands Gets Its First Official Screenshots

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 10:31AM
Author: ClayMeow

The PS Vita version of Borderlands 2 arrives tomorrow and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel arrives later this year, but the biggest departure for the franchise, Tales from the Borderlands, will be arriving this Summer. As we learned during at SXSW 2014, the collaboration between Gearbox Software and Telltale Games takes place on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2 and all its DLC, featuring two protagonists, Rhys and Fiona. Today, Telltale released the game's first official screenshots, which not only give us a look at those two characters, but also Zer0, the first confirmed vault hunter from the previous games (there will be more, but nobody else has been officially unveiled).

Tales from the Borderlands will arrive this Summer with PC and Mac versions confirmed and simply "home consoles and mobile devices" listed, but not specified. The number of episodes is also unknown at this time.

Source: Press Release


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Bound by Flame Gets a Launch Trailer Featuring Brand New Footage

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: ClayMeow

After watching combat videos and a music trailer, and enjoying screenshots of heroes and companions, the release of Spiders' fantasy RPG Bound by Flame is fast approaching. As such, publisher Focus Home Interactive released the official Launch Trailer today, which shows some all new footage, along with further explanation of the background story.

Bound by Flame will be launching May 9, 2014, on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. You can currently pre-order the game on Steam for a nice 15% savings, dropping the price to $33.99.

Source: Press Release


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Teaching Computers to Solve Word Problems

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 02:04PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For many people, the word problem was the dread of their mathematical career. Converting language to algebraic equations is just not something everyone is comfortable doing, and computers have an even harder time than people. Researchers at MIT though have successfully created a new computer system that actually can read and solve word problems on its own.

Computers may be far superior to humans when it comes to performing mathematical operations, but computers lack the ability to understand and interpret language well enough to parse paragraphs. A person can read a word problem and correctly isolate the important pieces of information, because we understand the words being used. Even with natural language processing, a computer can struggle to do this, especially as semantic parsing has typically focused on single sentences. This new work however had the system actually examining multiple sentences at a time, and creating a graph from it. That graph is then mapped to a template for the algebra system the software uses. Using machine learning, the software created the templates itself, though the researchers did supply it with examples to study.

The researchers used two different methods to teach the system. One had the researchers feed it four hundred example word problems with their algebraic translations, and the other only gave it a few examples with their translations, with more examples only including their final solutions. As you can expect, the former method improved the system's performance as it solved 70% of its problems, while the latter method left it at 46% solved. That may be a failing grade for a student, but for a computer system that is quite impressive and demonstrates that this approach could be generalized for more complex problems.

Source: MIT


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Drones Banned at Yosemite National Park

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 05:35PM
Author: gebraset

The National Park Service has recently announced that the use of unmanned aircraft systems, including drones, is banned under all circumstances within Yosemite National Park boundaries. This means that any individual looking to film overhead videos of the park, rock climbing, and other aerial based footage is prohibited from doing so. According to the National Park Service, drones in general are extremely noisy and not only affect wildlife within Yosemite National Park, but also impact the overall natural soundscape. More importantly, the use of drones of all shapes and sizes are banned due to the unmanned aircraft systems interfering with emergency rescue operations.

Source: National Park Service


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AOC Releases Android AIO Series

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: gebraset

While Windows may be the mainstream choice for consumer computers today, Android is making strong headway in the market in the form of phablets and tablets. The Google operating system is going even further now, with AOC launching its new mySmart AIO series that features Android 4.2. The new AIO series incorporates 22 or 24-inch LED touchscreen monitors with a 1,920 x 1080 resolution, an NVIDIA 1.6GHz T33 quad-core processor, and 8GB of expandable storage. AOC has also included a 720p front facing camera, HDMI, VGA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, dual speakers, an SDHC slot, and four USB ports.

AOC is selling the 22-inch A2272PW4T for $300 and the 24-inch A2472PW4T for $400, which represents a terrific value for the machines especially when taking the monitors into account.

Source: CNET


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Galaxy Announces the GeForce GTX 780 V2

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 07:35PM
Author: bp9801

Galaxy, one of the leaders in the video card segment, has announced the GeForce GTX 780 V2, a new variation of the much loved NVIDIA GTX 780. The card retains the same PCB and layout as the original GTX 780, however Galaxy's V2 model features a revamped blower-style cooler. It's a custom Galaxy creation that allows for lower operating temperatures than a stock GTX 780, while still delivering quiet computing. Users are still going to get the same clock speeds and 3GB of GDDR5 RAM as other GTX 780s, along with all the killer NVIDIA features like GPU Boost 2.0, 3D Vision, Adaptive Vsync, and PhysX. Overclocking and monitoring the GTX 780 V2 can be easily accomplished by downloading Galaxy's Xtreme Tuner software from its website.

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 V2 is now available for $499.99 from the Galaxy Online Store.

Source: Press Release


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Phanteks Launches the Budget-Friendly Enthoo Pro Case

Posted: May 5, 2014 @ time: 08:41PM
Author: bp9801

Prospective shoppers in need of a new case have a budget-friendly option to consider from Phanteks, as the company has just announced its Enthoo Pro full tower case. Even though Phanteks is aiming this case at those on a budget, it certainly isn't skimping on the features. The entire case is assembled with screws instead of rivets, so users can strip it apart and mod to their hearts content. It also means easy access for whatever hardware you're planning to pack inside. Speaking of inside, the Enthoo Pro has a rather large CPU backplate cutout for quick setup of CPU coolers, grommeted wire routing holes, support for multiple radiators (up to four installation areas), and even a power supply cover to keep things extra tidy. There is also a closed HDD panel to help improve frame rigidity, and a removable SSD bracket that can be installed in two different locations. Cooling is provided by a 200mm fan in the front and a 140mm one in the rear, with options for 120, 140, and 200mm in more spots. Front I/O support includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and audio in/out.

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro comes in window and windowless models, with that power supply cover only available on the windowless case. Both will be available later this month for $89.99 (windowless) and $99.99 (window).

Source: Press Release


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Building Bilayer Graphene for Future Electronics

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 08:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It can be quite frustrating when you have two points you want to connect, but lack the path between them. One example of this is having two technologies you want to combine, but need to first develop a third. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Rice University have recently discovered a technology that may connect bilayer graphene with ultra-low power electronics.

Graphene is an atom thick sheet of carbon with many special properties, including extraordinary electrical conductivity. For this reason, many would like to see it used in electronics, but it lacks a band-gap, making it useless as a semiconductor. Bilayer graphene however, which is, as the name suggests, two layers of graphene stacked together can be made to have a band gap by creating a potential difference between the layers. The researchers developed a way to quickly synthesis bilayer graphene to form double-gate field-effect transistors. The double gate is crucial as it is what allows the two graphene layers to have a band gap.

The researchers grew the bilayer graphene on an alloy surface, covering almost all of the nine square-inch area in a matter of minutes. When tested the transistors demonstrated great electron mobility, indicating that what was grown was of high quality, making it potential ideal for future electronics.

Source: EurekAlert!


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Activision CEO Says Destiny is a '$500 Million Bet'

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 08:32AM
Author: ClayMeow

According to Reuters, during the Milken conference in Los Angeles last week, Activision CEO called Bungie's upcoming shooter-RPG hybrid Destiny a "$500 million bet." That number raised a few eyebrows, but a company spokesperson confirmed the number, though clarifying that it "included marketing, packaging, infrastructure support, royalties and other costs." Still, analysts say that the amount would likely be a record spent on a single game, which is even more surprising considering it's a brand new IP. According to several analysts, Activision would have to sell about 15 million to 16 million units of a $60 game just to break even.

Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 32.5 million units as of February this year, but that was the fifth major installment of a highly popular franchise. While Destiny could indeed be a big success, Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia is expecting it to sell "only" 8 million units. While Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive reportedly only spent around $260 million on GTAV, the costs may not be directly comparable since Activision's number may take into account the entire 10-year deal it signed with Bungie, or at least a large portion of that. For example, it seems part of that "infrastructure" cost is associated with the new next-generation engine, which will surely be used in future titles. Nevertheless, no matter which way you slice it, $500 million spent on an unproven IP is a huge risk.

Destiny is expected to launch September 9, 2014, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. A PC version has not been ruled out, but if it does come, it certainly wouldn't be until after the console launch.

Source: Reuters
 


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 08:34AM
Author: bp9801

We have several cases on the slate today, which is good news if you are looking for a new home for your PC. The Corsair Carbide Air 540 and Obsidian 450D get put to the test, with each offering a very different style to appeal to pretty much anyone. We also have the BitFenix Ronin case, which is a mid-tower model that should hopefully be able to store whatever hardware you desire. Our last case for today is the SilverStone Raven RVZ01 Mini-ITX model that could be the perfect small case for a killer gaming rig. For something different, we have the ioSafe 214 Fire and Waterproof NAS, based on the Synology DS214. Finally there's the Corsair Raptor K50 gaming keyboard, a non-mechanical version of its popular Vengeance K95.

Cases
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D & Carbide Series Air 540 @ TechSpot
BitFenix Ronin @ Bjorn3D
SilverStone Raven RVZ01 @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
ioSafe 214 Fire and Waterproof NAS @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair Raptor K50 Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers


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MSI Now Shipping Two New Gaming Laptops

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: ClayMeow

Two of MSI's more recent laptops, the GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost, are getting the "Pro" treatment beginning today. Both the GS70 Stealth Pro and GS60 Ghost Pro 3K come equipped with a Core i7-4700HQ processor, 16GB DDR3L, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M GPU, with the Stealth getting 6GB GDDR5 and the Ghost getting 3GB DDR5. Both also feature the Killer E2200 Game Networking LAN technology, a Steel Series full-color backlit keyboard with Anti-Ghost key, and MSI's Super RAID Technology.

The GS70 Stealth Pro is a 17.3" notebook featuring a 1920x1080 resolution and weighing in at 5.73 lbs, while the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K is a 15.6" WQHD+ 3K notebook featuring a 2880x1620 resolution and weighing in at 4.36 lbs. Both are available at an MSRP of $1,999.99 or $2,099.99, depending on the hard drive configuration.

Source: Press Release


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Valve Removes Controversial Game Earth: Year 2066 From Steam and Issues Refunds

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 09:12AM
Author: ClayMeow

In a rather rare move, Valve has removed Earth: Year 2066 from Steam, stating that "Steam does require honesty from developers in the marketing of their games." The game launched as a Steam Early Access title on April 17 for $19.99 after being greenlit by the community, but right from the onset, customers not only called the game "broken," but accused the developer of misleading them with inaccurate claims. While this may be seen as a black eye on Steam Greenlight, the bigger issue is Steam Early Access, which some people believe too many game developers are taking advantage of to push out incomplete projects just to collect money, with no intention on fulfilling promises. Of course, maybe Steam users should be a little more diligent in which games they decide to back on Early Access.

The good news is that Valve is issuing full refunds on the store page until May 19, so if you were suckered into buying Earth: Year 2066, be sure to get your refund within the next week or so.

Source: Steam via Eurogamer


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Seagate Upgrades Wireless Plus Mobile Storage Expander

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 04:31PM
Author: gebraset

Although the Seagate Wireless Plus product line has been around since early 2013, Seagate has just announced that it has made multiple upgrades to its mobile storage expander solution for smartphones, which is a battery operated Wi-Fi portable hard drive that smartphones and tablets can connect to for additional storage. The Seagate Media mobile application has been updated to be compatible with major mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows, and Windows RT. Additionally, the smartphone application now features integration with cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive. The largest upgrade to the Wireless Plus product line is that the hard drives are now available in 500GB and 2TB capacities, complimenting the already available 1TB version.

Consumers can purchase a Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive immediately, with the 1TB model costing $180 and the 2TB model costing $200. The 500GB version of the Seagate Wireless Plus will be available for purchase starting May 9, 2014, with a price of $150.

Source: CNET


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ASUS Introduces New Chromebooks

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 04:52PM
Author: gebraset

Two new Chromebooks have just been unveiled by ASUS, known as the C200 and C300. Both models feature some impressive specifications, with each including an Intel Bay Trail N2830 running at 2.42GHz, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac2, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam, an audio port, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, and an SD slot. The main difference between the C200 and C300 comes in the form of screen size and RAM, with the former featuring an 11.6-inch screen and 2GB of RAM, and the latter boasting a 13.3-inch screen and 4GB of RAM. Other differences between the models include 16GB or 32GB storage options being available for the C200, while the C300 only comes with a configuration of 32GB of storage.

ASUS will make both of its new Chromebooks available in June of this year, with a price point starting at $249.99. No additional pricing or release information has been revealed.

Source: ZDNet


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Genetic Algorithm Used to Develop Broadband Metamaterial

Posted: May 6, 2014 @ time: 04:58PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Designing something to be as efficient as possible can be very tricky, depending on what it is, but clever algorithms do exist to help the process. One system that is tricky to optimize is metamaterials, which possess properties not found in Nature. Researchers at Penn State recently designed a broadband metamaterial with a genetic algorithm to achieve the best performance possible.

The laws of physics can be described mathematically, and this truth has some interesting consequences as it means we can bend the laws with math to create some otherwise impossible materials. Metamaterials are materials that have been carefully engineered with properties that cannot exist in Nature, such as negative indices of refraction. To create their new metamaterial, the Penn State researchers used a genetic algorithm, which operates by testing multiple candidates. The most successful candidates are preserved and randomly combined to produce a new generation of candidates, which are then tested to determine the best candidates again. After so many generations, you arrive at what should be a very successful result.

In this case the result is a metamaterial that uses a special pattern of palladium to absorb a broad range of wavelengths and could be used to shield objects form infrared sensors and to protect instruments. While the metamaterial itself may have some interesting uses, it is the use a genetic algorithm that may be the most important aspect of this research, by demonstrating that they can be used to design metamaterials

Source: Penn State


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 05:48AM
Author: bp9801

We have a couple items for you to check out during the middle of the week today, with both being a motherboard. First up is the Intel-based ASUS Z97-DELUXE, which has a pretty sweet color scheme and plenty of advanced features to separate it from other models. If you need a new motherboard to build your high-performance computer around, it could just be the one for you. Our other motherboard for the day is the AMD-based Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI, which is a Mini-ITX model running an FM2+ socket. It can support the likes of the new AMD Kaveri APUs and 802.11ac, so it may just be the missing piece for a compact yet powerful machine.

Motherboards
ASUS Z97-DELUXE @ Benchmark Reviews
Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI @ Bjorn3D


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Air Force Grant for Cognitive Wireless Radio

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 08:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I would rather not think about how many bits of data are passing through my body at this moment, as multiple electronics around me broadcast and receive information wirelessly. Though there is plenty of spectrum for all of these devices to communicate, often they will populate a limited range of channels, which causes congestion. Researchers at the University at Buffalo have received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the Air Force to develop a new radio system to address this problem.

According to agencies responsible for monitoring the use of the air waves across the planet, even though large a large range of radio frequencies are available for wireless devices, devices are often crowded into a few bands. This would be akin to rush-hour traffic driving exclusively in one lane, causing gridlock, despite the other being lanes empty. The researchers plan is develop cognitive radios that have the ability to identify unused frequencies and shift communication to them as needed. Potentially this could lead to wireless communication an order of magnitude faster than what is currently available.

As the grant has only recently been awarded, it will take some time before the algorithms to model, simulate, and optimize the system are developed. The researchers already have partners in ANDRO Computational Solutions for testing the system, when the time comes.

Source: University at Buffalo


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New Sniper Elite 3 Gameplay Trailer Released

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 09:55AM
Author: ClayMeow

We've already seen a lot of Rebellion's Sniper Elite 3, but today the developer released an all new gameplay trailer entitled "101" that not only shows never-before-seen footage, but also explains the game's backstory and various features. The year is 1942 and you're tasked to defeat Germany's Afrika Korps using whatever means you want, from sniping to melee to explosions. The environments you'll encounter are quite varied and it seems like the game will offer the freedom and emergent gameplay fans have hoped for from the series.

Sniper Elite 3 will release in North America on July 1 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and worldwide on July 27 for PC and the aforementioned consoles. Pre-ordering any version gets you the "Hunt the Grey Wolf" DLC mission, with the PC version getting a pre-order discount of 20%, knocking the price down to $39.99 instead of its normal $49.99. There is also a $69.99 Collector's Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Press Release


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Risen 3: Titan Lords Teaser Trailer Expanded in New Official CGI Trailer

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 10:11AM
Author: ClayMeow

After Risen 3: Titan Lords was officially announced back in February, Deep Silver and Piranha Bytes released a rather short cinematic teaser trailer in April. Well it turns out that teaser trailer was just a piece of a larger one, released today. Not surprising, it's completely cinematic, but it still shows a sharp contrast from the previous entry in the series. Forget Risen 2; this is the Risen sequel you've been waiting for!

Risen 3: Titan Lords is set to release in August 2014 for Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

UPDATE: Packshots for all three versions have been provided and are shown below.

Source: Deep Silver


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Humanity Can Shine in Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Coming June 25

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 10:53AM
Author: ClayMeow

Ubisoft has announced that its next game built on the UbiArt Framework will be arriving June 25. Entitled Valiant Hearts: The Great War, the game is a "side-scrolling 2D adventure puzzle game" that follows four people "and one very loyal dog" through the first World War. It's "a story about normal people brought together in a dark situation" and is brought to us by Ubisoft Montepelier, the team behind the Rayman series and Beyond Good & Evil. The game promises a different perspective of the war than we typically get in games. Along with the release date announcement comes an official trailer and eight new screenshots.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War will be available digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on June 25 for $14.99. Ubisoft's most recent game to use the UbiArt Framework was Child of Light.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog


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The Internet Nearing 3 Billion Users

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 05:03PM
Author: gebraset

According to new statistics released by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, the Internet will reach nearly three billion users by the end of this year. Around two billion individuals present online when this milestone is reached will be from developing countries, with the remaining one billion users will come from developed countries. Mobile broadband will be a major factor in how these three billion people connect to the Internet by the end of this year, as the segment itself continues to be ranked first in market growth. Globally, mobile subscriptions are set to achieve 2.3 billion globally, with 55 percent of them expected to originate from developing countries. Mobile cellular connections are also growing at an astounding rate, with the number of subscriptions reaching seven billion by the end of this year. Users within developing countries are expected to hold roughly 75 percent of all users of mobile cellular connections.

Meanwhile, fixed broadband connections are growing at a slow rate, with the United Nations International Telecommunications Union expecting its penetration to reach 10 percent by the end of this year. Fixed telephone connections are also steadily decreasing around the world, as users of the information and communications technology have declined for the past five years.

Source: United Nations News Center


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Don't Starve Adding Multiplayer This Summer with "Don't Starve Together" DLC, Free to Existing Owners

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 05:18PM
Author: ClayMeow

Klei Entertainment's top-down, Roguelike, survival game Don't Starve received its first paid DLC (Reign of Giants) in March, but its next DLC will be completely free to current owners. It will also completely change the way the game is played for many fans. Entitled Don't Starve Together, multiplayer is heading to Don't Starve this Summer! Multiplayer has probably been the most requested feature for the game, yet Klei repeatedly dismissed the idea, even officially stating that "we have concluded that we can make a better game, and better support the community, if it remains single player." So now, over a year since the game officially launched on Steam, why the change of heart?

"Over the past few months, we’ve quietly smuggled in some new people onto our team who immediately said “Heck yeah, this can be a thing!” and actually threw together a proof of concept. After a couple months and an office-wide session of multiplayer Don’t Starve, we were convinced it was worth exploring and bringing it to our community."

Don't Starve Together will support 2-4 players simultaneously at the minimum, though Klei will experiment with allowing even more players. The goal is to release it on Steam Early Access this Summer with the lovely price of FREE for all current owners (even Standalone owners will get it for free once it's fully released). That being said, the price of Don't Starve will actually increase from the current $14.99 to $19.99 "around the time Alpha becomes available," so if you've been holding off for some multiplayer, it'd behoove you to buy the game beforehand. As for whether this DLC will come to the PlayStation 4 version, Klei says "it's too early to tell."

If multiplayer doesn't appeal to you, the single player portion of the game will remain unaffected, "except for content or features not specifically related to multiplayer gameplay." According to Klei, this means that "balance changes and content aimed at creating an interesting multiplayer experience will not be added to the single player game." Changing the game to support multiplayer while not affecting the single player game, and offering it all up for free? No wonder Klei waited a full year before tackling that hurdle.

Source: Official Site and Forums Post


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Bing Now Searches Xbox Music

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 05:30PM
Author: gebraset

Microsoft today confirmed that it has reinstated Xbox Music as a search target for Bing, including both the web form of the search engine as well as Bing Smart Search on Windows. Users of Bing will notice that search results for music actually include Xbox Music integration, allowing users of the Microsoft search engine to legally play songs. While other services allow music to be search and played, such as Pandora and Spotify, Google does not currently provide this capability that Microsoft has just reintegrated into Bing. However, music that is played through Xbox Music on Bing is only available for a few hours each month before listeners will have to pay $10 per month for an Xbox Music Pass, thereby granting unlimited access to 18 million tracks.

Microsoft reportedly sees the integration between Bing and Xbox Music as another stepping stone to its approach of migrating services and making them available across various products.

Source: PCWorld


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Tool Developed for Identifying Bots on Twitter

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 05:31PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the prevalence of social media systems and people's growing reliance on them for information, it is not surprising that programs have been created to automatically share information. While these bots can be useful in some situations, they could also be deployed with malicious intent and spread misinformation. Researchers funded by the NSF and Department of Defense at Indiana University have created the program, BotOrNot to analyze and report on if a Twitter account is human or not.

You may be wondering why the Department of Defense is interested in whether Twitter accounts being run by people or bots. It is directly because of the potential deception social networks could rapidly spread during times of emergency, the effects misinformation can have on stock markets, and more. To identify when an account is a bot or not, the system considers over 1000 features of an account, including its friendship network, content, and temporal information. It then applies these data to predict what the account is, and according to one evaluation method BotOrNot scores 0.95 out of a perfect score of 1.0.

Another interesting aspect of this research is applying it to determine just how many bots there are. We do know a great many exist and that most are benign, but exactly how many are out there and how many may have malicious purposes is unknown.

Source: Indiana University


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BitFenix Introduces the Fury Power Supply Line

Posted: May 7, 2014 @ time: 09:29PM
Author: bp9801

BitFenix has been offering a wide variety of cases to suit pretty much any style or size requirement, and now the company has recently introduced a power supply line, Fury. The Fury PSUs are aimed at gamers and enthusiasts who want something reliable to power their systems, while also looking pretty good. Each one includes BitFenix's signature styling and individually sleeved cables, even the 24-pin ATX. The Fury PSUs only have that 24-pin cable permantently attached, with every other cable modular, so you only need to plug in what your system requires. A single 12v rail provides the power to your components, with power efficiency rated at 80PLUS Gold. Active PF Correction helps to deliver clean and stable power, while BitShield Six-Point Protection keeps everything safe in the event of power surges or outtages. A 135mm fan provides the cooling for the power supply.

The BitFenix Fury PSU comes in 550, 650, and 750W models, with a five-year warranty for each. Prices were not mentioned, but expect the Fury PSUs to be available this month.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 05:46AM
Author: bp9801

We have a few items for you to check out to help get through the day, including a couple different CPU cooling methods. There's the Cooler Master Nepton 280L self-contained liquid cooler, which should go a long way towards keeping your CPU cool while also providing quiet operation. We also have the X2 Products Eclipse IV CPU cooler, an air-based model that resembles the Prolimatech Megahalems in appearance. Hopefully it also resembles it in terms of performance, too, so check out the review to see if that's the case. Our other review for the day is on the OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD, which uses 19nm Toshiba NAND flash and a Barefoot 3 M10 controller.

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master Nepton 280L @ Madshrimps
X2 Products Eclipse IV @ Frostytech

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SATA III 2.5" SSD @ Madshrimps


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Finding the Distribution of Dopants in Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 07:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As important as the use of semiconductors in modern technology, has been the use of dopants to modify the properties of the semiconductors. Sometimes the semiconductor lacks the specific characteristics needed, such as conductivity or transparency, but by replacing a few atoms, this can be changed. Researchers at Berkeley Lab have delved into doped semiconductor nanocrystals to analyze how the distribution of dopants contributes to their impact on the larger material.

Normally when a material is doped, one is concerned with how much of the dopant is present, and not where the doping atoms are located. While this has been working well for some time, the Berkeley researchers wanted to look deeper and started with ITO. Indium tin oxide is a transparent semiconductor found in many technologies, including displays, solar cells, and smart windows that can selectively block certain frequencies of light. Tuning the amount of tin, the dopant, enables control of what frequency of light is absorbed, but the researchers wanted to see if the distribution of tin mattered, so they turned to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to study some samples. By collecting electrons emitted by the samples under X-ray beams of different energies, the researchers could determine the dopant distribution through the material.

The researchers found that indeed the position of the dopants does impact how the material interacts with light. This knowledge could be applied to achieve the same tuning we have now but with less doping, or to design materials with new properties and new applications in mind.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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Killing Floor 2 Coming to Steam Early Access with Massive Evisceration and Trauma

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 08:22AM
Author: ClayMeow

Back in January, a mishap with the Steam Stats page lead to behind-the-scenes look at several non-public games being played by developers and testers. Many of them wound up being legit, such as Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate HD and BattleBlock Theater; and now you can add Killing Floor 2 to the list. Today, PC Gamer announced that Killing Floor 2 is indeed real, providing an exclusive first look at the co-op FPS, zed-slaying gorefest.

The original Killing Floor started as mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 in 2005, eventually getting a retail release in 2009. As of 2014, Killing Floor has sold nearly 2.5 million copies. Tripwire Interactive president and co-founder John Gibson explains that "[Killing Floor 2] is the first time we've been able to develop a game from start to finish with what I would call a reasonable size staff and a reasonable size budget." A lot of that budget has been put toward developing the most complicated gore system in gaming, which Tripwire calls MEAT, for Massive Evisceration and Trauma. Each zed has 95 death animations divided between five kill zones: head, neck, chest, stomach, and limbs. Tripwire is also "using some really clever tricks to modify textures in the level in real time," allowing the studio to literally paint textures with blood at almost no additional rendering cost and leaving it for the entire match. In addition, Tripwire hired a mocap expert to capture "3,000 motion capture clips for the zeds, and melee attacks, and gun reloads."

KF2 Blood

Of course, it wouldn't be a Killing Floor game if there weren't perks (KF's version of classes), and the sequel is expanding upon that in a big way. Whereas the first game had a level cap of six, the sequel's level cap is a whopping 25. Raising the cap has allowed Tripwire to provide players with more variety, choices, and reasons to keep playing. Two skills unlock every five levels, of which only one can be equipped from each pair. Not surprisingly, there's a tradeoff to every selection, with PC Gamer listing one such example: "The Commando has to choose between a damage boost and a skill that shows his entire team the zeds' health bars." The number of perks has also increased from seven to ten, at least for the time being. Each perk has four primary weapons that can be purchased, along with "backup melee weapons and 'sidegrades' that won't ruin game balance."

If the new level cap, perks, and skills weren't enough, Tripwire has also reworked how difficulty settings work. In the first game, higher difficulties simply meant zeds moved faster and could soak up more damage. In the sequel, "zeds become more aggressive and gain new abilities." Perhaps best of all, Tripwire hasn't forgotten its roots: the mod community. Art director David Hensley explains that, "Every system that we make we're looking at how to make it extensible to modders." This means that not only will Killing Floor 2 support Steam Workshop for mods, but Tripwire will also release a mod SDK. Everything from gore effects to new attacks will be moddable.

A release date has not been stated, but Tripwire has made it clear that it wants the feedback of the fans still playing Killing Floor so many years after release, so it will be coming to Steam Early Access first. PC Gamer also announced that the US print edition #254 (July 2014) will include a free Steam code for a Killing Floor 2 "Dosh" character skin, which will be immediately redeemable, but obviously not available until the game releases.

Source: PC Gamer [1] and [2]


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Watch Dogs Gets a 'Character Trailer' and New Screenshots

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 10:51AM
Author: ClayMeow

With the Watch Dogs launch quickly approaching, Ubisoft has released a "Character Trailer" that highlights just some of the people we'll come across in the game. "Some are friends. Some are enemies. Sometimes you won't even know." In order of their appearance in the trailer, we're shown hacker Clara Lille, "T-Bone" Grady (who you can eventually play as via DLC), fixer Jordi Chin, former soldier Anthony "Iraq" Wade, and Chicago's crime boss Dermot "Lucky" Quinn.

Along with the video, we also get some impressive, brand new screenshots to enjoy, shown below. Watch Dogs is launching May 27, 2014, on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, with the Wii U version coming at an undisclosed later date. PC gamers can get the game free with the purchase of select NVIDIA GPUs, which may be necessary for some of you, considering the game's steep PC requirements.

Source: Press Release


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The Next Unreal Tournament Will Be Free and Community-developed

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: ClayMeow

"Work on the future of Unreal Tournament begins today, and we’re happy to announce that we’re going to do this together, with you. We know that fans of the game are as passionate about Unreal Tournament as we are. We know that you have great ideas and strong opinions about where the game should go and what it should be. So let’s do something radical and make this game together, in the open, and for all of us. "

That's how today's Unreal Tournament blog post began and it speaks volumes to the direction Epic Games is taking the franchise. During a live Twitch stream and the Unreal Blog, the highly anticipated return of Unreal Tournament was unveiled today, and for better or worse, it's probably not what you expected. UT will be developed using Unreal Engine 4 by a "small team of UT veterans" first starting work on the project today. All development and every design decision will be done in the open, "as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans, and UE4 developers," via forum discussions and Twitch streams.

Not only can fans participate in the public forums, but all the code and content for the game will be available to UE4 developers on GitHub, allowing them to eventually contribute toward the game via mods. After the game goes live, Epic will eventually launch "a marketplace where developers, modders, artists and gamers can give away, buy and sell mods and content," with proceeds split between the content developer and Epic. In fact, that will be Epic's sole means of income from the game, as the game will be completely free. "Not free to play, just free." While UE4 supports other platforms, development will be focused on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

As the game is being developed from scratch beginning today, "it will take many months until the game is playable by gamers," but if you'd like to check out previous UT games while you wait, they will be discounted 50% on Steam starting tomorrow!

Source: Unreal Blog


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New Camera System Developed for Smartphones

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 02:09PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and today just about everyone has a camera with them, built into their phones and media players. The pictures those devices take may not be a full thousand words though, due to the components used and their inferiority to actual cameras. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a camera system to close the gap though, without adding too much weight.

Traditionally a camera requires a rather large lens in order to zoom in on a scene, but large lenses are too heavy for smartphones. The Tel Aviv researchers overcame this issue by using two, smaller lenses in the camera with two fields of vision. One lens is broad and close while the other is narrow and distant. The images from these two lenses are combined to create a picture with sharper definition than the digital zoom of modern smartphone cameras. This combining process does require some system resources to accomplish of course, but the researchers have already demonstrated that current high-end smartphones are capable of running it. The system can achieve three a times better zoom factor and has improved low-light performance, without being too large.

To help bring the camera system to consumer products, the researchers formed Corephotonics, which has already sold its blueprint to at least one device manufacturer. The current expectation is that the first phone to feature this technology will be available 2015 Q1.

Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University


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Amazon Expands Sunday Deliveries to Additional Cities

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 04:54PM
Author: gebraset

Amazon has been delivering packages on Sundays to customers located in Los Angeles and New York ever since November of last year with the help of the United States Postal Service. Since then, millions of packages have been delivered on Sundays to Amazon customers, primarily consisting of newborn apparel, books, and toys. Amazon has just announced that it is expanding its availability of Sunday package deliveries to 15 more cities around the United States. These cities include Austin, College Station, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.; New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.; Indianapolis, Indiana.; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Vice President of North America Operations at Amazon stated that the company is quite excited to be able to offer Sunday deliveries to more cities across the United States, as customers enjoy the convenience that everyday deliveries offer.

The online retail giant also revealed that it plans to offer Sunday deliveries to even more customers across the country later this year, continuing its partnership with the United State Postal Service.

Source: PC Magazine


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LG Chromebase AIO Information Revealed

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 05:03PM
Author: gebraset

While LG revealed its Chromebase AIO earlier this year at CES 2014, the company has not provided many details since then. That has all changed today however, with LG providing specification, release, and pricing information for its new Chrome Operating System personal computer. The new LG Chromebase AIO will include an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor, a 21.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD. Although storage space is relatively limited, Google is providing customers of the new LG Chromebase AIO with 100GB of free cloud storage for two years. Connectivity wise, the new LG computer will feature 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and HDMI-in.

The LG Chromebase AIO will be available at retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect for an MSRP of $349.99.

Source: Digital Trends


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Tt eSPORTS Launches the DRACONEM Aluminum Mouse Pad

Posted: May 8, 2014 @ time: 08:17PM
Author: bp9801

Thermaltake is well known for a variety cases, cooling and power supplies, with its Tt eSPORTS division handling peripherals. It recently introduced a new member to that family: the Tt eSPORTS DRACONEM aluminum mouse pad. This dual-sided mouse pad is one of the larger aluminum models on the market, as it comes in at 360x300x5mm. The aluminum frame features a brushed anodized finish for a clean style and long life no matter how much you game. Speaking of gaming, one side of the DRACONEM is low-friction for the quickest movements possible, while the other is high-control for when you need utmost precision. An attachable mouse bungee is provided to keep your mouse cord out of the way, and Tt eSPORTS has designed it to fit on any side of the DRACONEM. Four rubber grips adorn the corners to keep the mouse pad in place.

The Tt eSPORTS DRACONEM aluminum mouse pad should be available soon for $39.99.

Source: Press Release


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