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News Archives for June 2014

Unreal Tournament Developers Show Off Prototype

Posted: June 1, 2014 @ time: 07:09AM
Author: gebraset

Despite the next Unreal Tournament being announced roughly a month ago, Epic Games is already showing off a prototype of the free title that includes basic character movements and basic weapon systems. Using the prototype, Epic Games developers played through a round of deathmatch in order to show off the work that has been completed on the game since its announcement. By playing through the prototype, developers were able to address issues within the early build of the game, such as the minigun being overpowered which made it nearly unstoppable against other weapons. Gamers who have a subscription to Unreal Engine 4 can download and play the provided prototype, and also make their own for other gamers to play and experience.

Besides the prototype being shown off, developers at Epic Games revealed that they are also working on a new logo for Unreal Tournament and are setting up social media channels for communication and marketing purposes.

Source: Epic Games Community


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Next Two Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cosplay Character Guides Released: Wilhelm and Claptrap

Posted: June 1, 2014 @ time: 04:56PM
Author: ClayMeow

Every week in May, Gearbox Software has released "Cosplay Character Guides" for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Gearbox started with Athena and Nisha, and has now added Wilhelm and Claptrap. Borderlands Franchise Director Matt Armstrong describes Wilhelm as: "Galaxy famous mercenary. Undefeated warrior. After an injury forced him to get a replacement mechanical eye, he becomes obsessed with the idea of upgrading through technology. When Jack offers him access to the greatest augmentation technology Hyperion has to offer, he joins without hesitation, oblivious to the loss of humanity he has doomed himself to." For Claptrap, Armstrong was a bit more terse: "Claptrap is Claptrap. For better or worse ...mostly worse."

You can view all the images for both characters below, but be sure to check the source news posts for hi-res images and the PDF files, which contain all the details like the color palette.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in Fall 2014.

Source: Borderlands News [1] and [2]


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Self-Assembling Printed Robots with Heat

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 05:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It would be really cool if one day you could use a 3D printer to build a robot in your house, to complete whatever task you have for it. To help reach that goal, researchers have been working out how to actually construct a robot that way, as some robots may not be something you can just print directly. Researchers at MIT though have recently written two papers that could help bring that future to the present with self-assembling components.

One of the papers describes a system capable of analyzing a 3D shape in a CAD file and creating the 2D patterns that, if made into plastic, could recreate the 3D shape through self-folding when heated. Having an automated approach for creating these 2D patterns is amazing, as it would greatly simplify the work needed to design self-assembling robots, as only the end-shape would have to be designed, or asked for by a consumer.

Of course the body of a robot is not much more than a toy without the electronic components needed for it to act, which is what the second paper explored. Specifically it describes how components like resistors, inductors, capacitors, sensors, and actuators could be built of self-folding materials that had been laser cut. Instead of using a computer to design the patterns, the researchers did the designing by handing, to ensure the necessary shape and electrical properties were achieved.

 

 

Source: MIT


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Crytek and Deep Silver Joining Forces to Bring Homefront: The Revolution to PC, PS4, and XBO in 2015

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 10:27AM
Author: ClayMeow

After having already started development on the sequel as far back as 2011, Crytek purchased the Homefront IP in January of last year for over $500,000 during the THQ auction. Today, Crytek officially unveiled the sequel, Homefront: The Revolution, announcing that it will be co-published with Deep Silver and coming to PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2015.

Homefront: The Revolution will be a free-roam first-person shooter set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Catastrophic events have brought the United States to its knees and enabled the Korean People's Army forces to impose a brutal military occupation. Trapped in this American nightmare, Philadelphia has become a police state, where surveillance drones and armored patrols keep her once-proud citizens at heel, crushing any dissent with totalitarian force." The game will feature a "sprawling open-world city" with unscripted firefights, the ability to recruit revolutionaries, and a crafting system to create "improvised homebrew weapons." In addition, the game will feature online co-op for up to four players, allowing you to form your own resistance cell with a few friends.

Homefront: The Revolution is obviously being developed with Crytek's own CRYENGINE, and as seen in the trailer above and screenshots below, it makes for one hell of a beautiful (but ruined) city. The game will feature such technologies as a day/night cycle, dynamic weather, and lifelike expressions, skin, and clothing. It's very rare that two powerhouse AAA publishers join forces, so I'm certainly excited to see the final product. The original Homefront received decidedly mixed reviews from critics and players alike, but the concept was certainly there.

Crytek will unveil the first gameplay demo next week at E3.

Source: Press Release


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Quantum Dots Found to Blink

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 02:13PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Have you ever been annoyed by a fluorescent light flickering on and off? I know I have and, when possible will try to fix the problem. Researchers at NIST and the Naval Research Laboratory have recently discovered that another kind of light source can blink on and off, but unlike ceiling lights, these quantum dot light sources could have a major impact on future technologies.

Quantum dots are specialized semiconductor crystals we are able to produce with whatever optical properties we desire. For this reason, many would like to integrate them into computer chips as photon sources, for use in and between quantum computers. Unfortunately the quantum dots that looked to be the best fit for these applications may not be suitable after all. For the dots to work, they must produce high quality, single photons reliably. The NIST researchers have found that indium arsenide and gallium arsenide quantum dots will blink on and off, over timescales of tens of nanoseconds to hundreds of milliseconds. This effectively cuts the efficiency of the dots from the requisite 100% to 50%-80%.

The reason this serious issue had never been noticed before was because the quantum dots were typically examined after being fabricated but before the surrounding devices were installed. Apparently the process of adding the materials creates defects, but the researchers hope to find ways to minimize them and the blinking in the future, to make them useable as originally hoped.

Source: NIST


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ARM Continues Pushing the Size Limits of Processors

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 03:19PM
Author: gebraset

As wearable technology continues to advance at an alarming rate, ARM is looking to push the limits of its processors in terms of size. More specifically, ARM is pursuing the development of processors that are so small in wearable devices that they are actually unnoticed due to their size, becoming virtually invisible. ARM processors are already used in some fitness technology, smartwatches, and other wearable devices, but the company is looking to make drastic reductions in the amount of power used by its processors going forward. As an overall goal, ARM is attempting to reduce the power consumption of processors within wearable technology to just nanowatts. By using smaller and more efficient processors in wearable technology, batteries can continue to be reduced in size which would also reduce the total weight of the device. Noel Hurley, the deputy general manager for CPUs at ARM, compared the ARM-based Freescale KL03 microcontroller used in thermostats and bulbs to where the company wants to go in terms of its smaller processor design for wearable technology.

Source: TechHive


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Spotify Makes Downloading Playlists Easier

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 03:22PM
Author: gebraset

Although users of Spotify have long been able to download their songs for offline use, the process required to do so was mundane and time consuming to say the least. Spotify has taken note however, and has released a new feature within its Android and iOS application to reduce the time and effort it takes to downloads songs for offline playback. Spotify Premium subscribers can find within the "Songs" tab a toggle labeled "Available Offline," which allows tracks within "Your Music" to be instantly downloaded to the device. Users will face a per device offline download limit of 3,333 songs that can be stored for a maximum of 30 days.

Source: Engadget


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Papago! Announces New Dashcams

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 05:02PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Papago! has announced that it will be showing off the two newest additions to the GoSafe line of dashcams at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan from June 3-7. The GoSafe 200 clips on the back of your rear view mirror and features a hide-away 2" LCD screen for viewing. The camera records video at 1080p with a 140 degree viewing angle. The GoSafe 260 replaces the rear view mirror entirely and records in 1080p while giving the user the ability to zoom in or out for snapping photos. A 2.7" LCD screen gives the driver a clear picture of what is currently being recorded. The two cameras will be available for purchase starting June 6.

Source: Press Release


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NetherRealm Studios Bringing Mortal Kombat X to PC and Consoles in 2015

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 05:05PM
Author: ClayMeow

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has officially announced the next entry in the critically acclaimed fighting series Mortal Kombat, unsurprisingly entitled Mortal Kombat X. NetherRealm Studios is once again performing the development duties following the success of Mortal Kombat (9) in 2011 and last year's Injustice: Gods Among Us.

"Mortal Kombat X combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.  For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together."

Mortal Kombat X will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in 2015. While the actual gameplay hasn't been discussed or shown, there is one instance in the cinematic trailer above that implies the interactive environmental objects featured in Injustice will be coming to Mortal Kombat X. But I'm sure we'll find out for sure next week during E3. It'll also be interesting to see if one (or more) of the new characters is a DC character from Injustice, as Scorpion crossed over into that.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Offering New Wireless Charging Products

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 05:29PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The FUEL iON line of products is the latest innovation from Patriot in the wireless charging market. FUEL iON has improved upon the wireless charging concept by increasing charging speed to match that of corded charging. Patriot has provided options for the iPhone 5 and 5s as well s the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the form of a protective carrying case that interacts with a magnetic power transfer pad. The case is secured to the charging pad and allows for full access to buttons and ports while providing flexibility in phone orientation. A car charger attaches to a windshield or smooth dash surface for charging on the go. Product Manager Mike Chang said, "FUEL iON succeeds where induction charging falls short. With an ecosystem that meets every lifestyle while perfectly blending performance and affordability, FUEL iON truly is wireless charging reinvented."

Source: Press Release


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be quiet! Unveils its First Case at Computex, Coming This September

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 06:38PM
Author: ClayMeow

German company be quiet! has been manufacturing power supplies and cooling solutions for years, but now it is ready to venture into the realm of cases. At Computex this week, be quiet! is lifting the veil on its first case, and if I can speak subjectively for a moment, it looks damn sweet.

The case supports ATX, µATX, and mini ITX motherboards. While dimensions were not provided, it seems fairly large, featuring three 5.25" bays and seven 3.5" bays, with support for two SSDs behind the motherboard and another two inside the hard drive tray. It comes with pre-installed with two 140mm Pure Wings 2 fans in the front and one 120mm Pure Wings 2 fan in the back, with the option of two more 120/140mm at top, one 120/140mm on the bottom, and one 120mm on the side panel. All air intakes have filters. If you're into water cooling, be quiet! certainly has you covered, with room for a 120/140mm radiator in the front, a 120mm at the back, and a 120/140mm or 240/280mm at the top. The case has room for a CPU cooler up to 170mm tall, PSU up to 290mm long, and a GPU up to 290mm with all the hard drive cages installed or 400mm without one of the cages. Lastly, I/O is provided at the top in the form of two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and mic and headphone.

The 0.7mm SECC steel case will be launching in September with an MSRP of US$129 (€119) and will only be available in black, but with the choice of three colors for the inserts and accents: orange (shown), silver, and black.

In addition to the case, be quiet! announced that its Straight Power family of PSUs will finally be making its way to North America with the new Straight Power 10, also launching in September. The SP10 line will feature the new SilentWings 3 for ultra quiet operation and come in 400W, 500W, 600W, and 700W for a fixed cable variation, and 500W, 600W, 700W, and 800W for a modular variation.

If that wasn't enough, be quiet! also announced a new entry-level CPU cooler called Pure Rock. The Pure Rock features four 6mm heatpipes and comes equipped with a 120mm Pure Wings 2 PWM fan with 26db(A) at full load and 130W TDP. Priced at a mere US$34.90 (€29.90), I'm really curious to see how it holds up once one of our reviewers gets a hold of it.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Announces the HXi Power Supply Series

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 07:13PM
Author: bp9801

Corsair is a name associated with a wide variety of computer hardware, from memory to cooling and cases. It's also a big name in power supplies, and earlier today announced the newest member in its power supply line: the HXi Series. These power supplies are the next evolution of the HX Series, and feature 80 PLUS Platinum certification, which means its efficiency is 92% or greater. The HXi Series also include fully modular cables, Japanese electrolytic capacitors, a nearly-silent 140mm fluid dynamic bearing fan, and integration with Corsair Link software monitoring. Users can monitor their power usage, efficiency, and temperature, and can also select single or multi-rail mode while in the desktop.

The Corsair HXi Series comes in 750, 850, and 1000 watt models, with availability slated for this August. The 750W model is priced at $169.99, the 850W at $189.99, and the 1000W at $229.99. All come with a seven-year warranty and Corsair's great tech support.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Introduces the Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 Flash Drive and Voyager Air 2 Wireless Drive

Posted: June 2, 2014 @ time: 08:59PM
Author: bp9801

If you are in need of storage, Corsair has a couple new solutions that may be perfect for you. One of them is the Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive, and the other is the Voyager Air 2 Wireless Drive. The Flash Voyager GTX comes in 128 and 256GB capacities, with read speeds of 450MB/s and write speeds of 350MB/s, which effectively gives you a portable solid state drive. That speed and capacity aren't the only SSD-like elements, as each Flash Voyager GTX boasts USB Attached SCSI and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring to ensure error-free transfers of files. It also has TRIM support to help keep degradation away during long and heavy usage.

Flash drives are one thing, but for those needing a lot more storage, that's where the Voyager Air 2 Wireless Drive comes into play. This palm-sized, wireless hard drive features a 1TB capacity that can work with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Wirelessly connectivity is covered by 802.11b/g/n at ranges up to 90 feet, but it can also be plugged in via USB 3.0. You can even use the Voyager Air 2 as a WiFi hotspot. Corsair includes each Voyager Air 2 Wireless Drive with its new Voyager Air 2.0 software, which allows for easier media browsing, Dropbox and Google Drive cloud sync, and Airplay streaming for Apple TV. Users can browse their TV shows by name, season, or episode; and music by artist, album, genre, or song title. Each drive can also be connected wirelessly to home networks and stream to DLNA-enabled devices like smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles.

The Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive launches this July, with the 128GB priced at $119.99 and the 256GB at $199.99. Corsair's Voyager Air 2 Wireless Drive arrives this month and will set you back $179.99.

Source: Press Releases


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 05:53AM
Author: bp9801

We have a lot of items for you to check out today, so let's get started seeing what all is available. There are a couple of looks at Intel's new Devils Canyon processors, which are designed squarely for gamers and overclockers. We have some looks at new products from Computex, including items from Corsair and Gigabyte. Crucial's MX100 solid state drive with its 16nm NAND flash gets put to the test to see how it compares to other models. Ubisoft's new IP Watch Dogs gets another review to show off everything you can do in a digital version of Chicago. There are several other items to check out too, so be sure to hit them all up below.

CPUs
Intel Devils Canyon Processors Preview @ ThinkComputers
Intel Devils Canyon receives support on ASUS Z87 @ Madshrimps

Gaming
Watch_Dogs @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Crucial MX100 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
Thecus N4560 SOHO/Home NAS Server @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Sony Xperia Z2 @ TechSpot

Gadgets
Genius Widecam F100 @ LanOC Reviews

Tradeshows/Conventions
COMPUTEX 2014: Corsair shows new Cases, DDR4 and GPU Cooling System @ Madshrimps
COMPUTEX 2014: Gigabyte shatters DDR3 WR at Press Event to 4500MHz on LN2 @ Madshrimps


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Not All Nanotubes are Similar

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 06:10AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Carbon has been proving itself to be a very interesting element, thanks to the fantastic properties it can have, just by changing its structure. As molecular structure dictates many properties of a material, it is believed that other materials with near-identical structures, if different components, would have similar properties. Researchers at MIT though have recently tested one of these similar materials and found that its properties are not only different from the carbon version, but practically opposite.

Carbon nanotubes are cylinders made of carbon just nanometers wide, making them a thousand times smaller than a human hair. Amongst other properties, they are well-known for superlubricity, which is an extreme form of frictionlessness. To measure this property, the MIT researchers built a device that can pull on the ends of nested nanotubes, so as the force grows, the nanotubes will slide along each other to stretch. Along with the nest carbon nanotubes (CNTs), the researchers also tested nested boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). They found that the BNNTs suffer significantly more friction than CNTs, which was very surprising. Especially as bulk BNNTs are actually used as a lubricant.

Exactly why there is such a difference between the two kinds of nanotubes is unknown, but it could be related to their electrical properties, as CNTs can be conducting or semiconducting, while BNNTs are insulating. This discovery could have many interesting implications and applications, such as shock absorbers and new nanoelectromechanical devices.

Source: MIT


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Batmobile Battle Mode Revealed as Batman: Arkham Knight Pushed Back to 2015

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 08:12AM
Author: ClayMeow

The inevitable has occurred: Batman: Arkham Knight will not meet its originally announced release date of October 14, 2014, instead being pushed back to an undisclosed date in 2015. While no reason for the delay was stated, with all the other AAA games planned to drop in October, the delay is probably a good thing from both a consumer and business perspective. If there's an additional silver lining, it's that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment decided to release a new trailer that shows off the Batmobile's "Battle Mode", which transforms the Batmobile into a fully weaponized beast:

Aside from the Battle Mode reveal, the video also features rain, which is also shown in three of the four new screenshots published today (see below). Hopefully this means the game will feature a dynamic weather system!

Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering grants you the ability to play as the lovely Harley Quinn, though most likely only in Challenge Maps.

Source: Press Release


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Energy Transmission and Storage in One Cable

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 10:13AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For decades we have been finding ways to make electronics smaller and smaller, but many of our devices have not shrunk accordingly. A primary reason for this is that batteries have not gotten smaller with the electronics, and in some case actually represent the bulk of the volume and mass. Researchers at the University of Central Florida however have developed a hybrid wire and supercapacitor that could shrink energy storage systems, by storing the energy in the line.

At the core of the cable is a copper wire, like those found in many electrical systems. On the wire the researchers grew nanowhiskers, which they then treated with a special alloy to create an electrode. As it takes two electrodes to store energy, the researchers had to find a way to add another, along with an insulating layer between them. Their solution was to add a thin sheet of plastic around the wire and whiskers, with more nanowhiskers, facing out, attached to the plastic. With two electrodes and an insulator between them, the researchers successfully created a supercapacitor on a transmission wire, enabling it to store the energy it will also carry when needed.

The potential for this technology is immense as the hybrid cable could drastically reduce the size and weight of many devices, such as launch vehicles, by removing the batteries. The research could also be applied to other materials and enable new technologies, such as clothing and fabrics capable of powering devices.

Source: University of Central Florida


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Junglecat iOS Gaming Controller Revealed by Razer

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 11:27AM
Author: gebraset

Razer has just revealed its first interface for mobile phones, the Junglecat iOS Gaming Controller. Designed for use with the iPhone 5 and 5s, the Razer Junglecat iOS Gaming Controller has been engineered to fit compatible iPhones just like a protective case would, while still allowing access to all buttons and ports. The controller allows gamers to play mobile video games with precision by offering AXBY pressure sensitive buttons, a D-pad, and bumpers, all through a sliding mechanism. Razer has even provided a downloadable iOS application that works with the game controller by offering the ability to adjust pressure sensitivity of buttons and the option to remap all button functions. Additionally, the application that works as a companion with the Junglecat iOS Gaming Controller can store up to 20 personalized profiles for different mobile video game titles.

The Razer Junglecat iOS Gaming Controller is set to be available in July of this year, with a price of $99.99.

Source: Press Release


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Kingston HyperX Sets Overclocking Record

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 03:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston has announced that overclocker Hicookie of Gigabyte has achieved a new record for highest memory frequency using a single 4GB stick of HyperX memory. The frequency of 4500MHz was achieved using a currently unavailable set of DDR3 that operates at 2933MHz and the new Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard. Kingston has also become the newest partner for overclocking website HWBOT and will be holding the HyperX OC Takeover competition at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan this week. Competitors will vie for $10,000 in prizes in maximum memory frequency, SuperPi 32M, and XTU.

Source: Press Release


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Three New PC Cases Unveiled by Corsair

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 03:36PM
Author: bp9801

Corsair is no stranger to the world of computer computers, and has recently introduced three new ones to its lineup. Two of them are in the Graphite Series, while the third is part of its Carbide Series. The Graphite Series 780T is a full tower case with a uniquely designed exterior that should help set it apart from others. It has a large side window panel featuring an easy-open latch, so accessing the interior shouldn't be a problem. Inside are nine expansion slots for any number of add-in cards, as well as enough room to fit two 360mm radiators for an extreme watercooling setup, plus nine hard drives. A built-in three-mode fan controller lets you pinpoint the cooling potential of the three included AF-140 140mm fans, with quick access on the top I/O panel. That I/O panel also includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, and a power button in the vein of a Start/Stop ignition button like you'd find on certain cars.

The other Graphite Series member is the 380T, which is a portable mini-ITX case. It honestly looks like the 780T got chopped in half, as the styling of the smaller case echoes the big brother. There's a windowed side panel with an easy-open latch, and inside is room for four 3.5/2.5-inch hard drives and a full-length graphics card. Five fans can also fit inside, or a 240mm radiator for the watercooling crowd. A Corsair AF-140 140mm fan and AF-120 120mm fan are included by default, which can be controlled by that three-mode fan controller also seen on the 780T. Two USB 3.0 ports, audio in/out, and that same Start/Stop power button adorn the top I/O panel.

The Carbide Series case is the Air 240, which can fit either micro ATX or mini-ITX setups. It's a cube-shaped case, much like the Air 540, so the hottest running components will benefit from the best possible airflow. Hard drives and the power supply can remain out of sight from the side panel window, and also not block any airflow. Three AF-120 120mm fans are included in the Air 240, and users can even add a 240mm radiator (or two) if they desire. Two USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out reside on the front I/O panel.

All three Corsair cases are available black or white colors, with the Graphite Series 380T and Carbide Series Air 240 launching this August. The Graphite Series 780T follows in September. Pricing on the Graphite Series 380T comes in at $129.99, the Graphite Series 780T between $179.99 and $189.99, and the Carbide Series Air 240 between $89.99 and $99.99.

Source: Press Release


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Fractal Design Announces its Newest Line of Cases, the Core X3 Series

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 04:50PM
Author: ClayMeow

Last month, Fractal Design announced a new line of cases called the Core x5 Series. Today, the manufacturer announced that its expanding the Core family with the addition of the new x3 Series. The main distinguishing feature of the x3 Series cases is a vertical hard drive bracket, which can hold up to three 3.5" drives and three 2.5" drives simultaneously. According to Fractal Design, the unique vertical design allows for superior airflow.

The x3 Series comes in four flavors, all at an aggressive price point. The Core 3300 (MSRP US$69.99/€59.99/£54.99) is a wide-body ATX mid-tower with support for CPU coolers as tall as 185mm. It comes with two pre-installed Silent Series R2 140mm fans, and can support one 240/280mm radiator in the front and a 240mm radiator in the top. Aside from the vertical HDD bracket that supports six drives, two additional SSDs can be placed behind the motherboard tray. The Core 2300 (MSRP US$49.99/€44.99/£39.99) is a compact full-ATX case with similar specs to its bigger brother, but its compactness means it can only support CPU coolers up to 162mm tall, includes two 120mm fans instead of 140mm, and only has room for one additional SSD outside of the vertical bracket, which happens to be behind the PSU area this time around.

The Core 1300 (MSRP US$49.99/€44.99/£39.99) is a compact micro ATX mini-tower that still supports seven total fans with two 120mm fans included, but only has room for two 240mm radiators. In addition, the vertical bracket has been shrunk to support only two 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives, but like the Core 2300, there's room for an additional SSD behind the PSU area. Lastly, there's the Core 1100 (MSRP US$39.99/€34.99/£29.99), which is also a compact micro ATX case, but on an even smaller scale. The vertical bracket can only support two 3.5" drives or three 2.5" drives, or one of each size. It also only comes with one 120mm fan, with no mention on whether additional fans are supported.

If you're in the market for a sleek, low-cost case with support for most of your liquid cooling needs, the Fractal Design Core x3 Series certainly has you covered.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Announces Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 05:54PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Patriot has added a new accessory to its product lineup, the keylite Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad Air and iPad mini. The keylite has a dual purpose, acting as both a screen protector and lightweight mobile keyboard. A magnetic hinge keeps it in place to protect the screen from scratches and easily deploys into a keyboard with backlit keys in seven different colors and brightness settings. Product Manager Mike Chang said, "Consumers are looking for tablets to be lighter, more portable computers and the keylite helps them do that. We engineered it to be thin, light, and protective; the perfect complement to your iPad."

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Launches New FUEL Station Mini USB Charging Unit

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 07:36PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If I were to just rely on my memory for the number of devices I own that charge by USB, I would probably forget some, and I doubt this is unique to me. To help make sure you can always find a plug to charge from, Patriot has released its new FUEL Station mini charge base. With four USB ports it is able to charge up to four phones or two phones and two tablets at a time, from one wall outlet. To prevent your devices from being damaged while charging, the compact device has protection against over voltage, over current, over temperature, leakage, and short circuit. As the name implies, the FUEL Station mini is small enough to be thrown into a bag, so you can take it with you when you travel.

If this sounds like something you could use, you can get one right away. The MSRP is $29.99.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Introduces Two New Keyboards Powered by Cherry MX RGB Switches

Posted: June 3, 2014 @ time: 09:38PM
Author: bp9801

Back at the tail end of last year, Cherry unveiled its new MX RGB switches that feature per-key backlighting of 16.8 million colors. This January Corsair showed off its MX RGB Project, which was a joint effort between the two companies to develop products using those new switches. Now, during Computex, we see the fruit of that labor, as Corsair has officially announced the K95 and K70 RGB gaming keyboards. Both feature those MX RGB switches for a fully custom lighting experience, along with plenty of Corsair quality. The star of the show are those new switches, and when combined with some editing software, allows for any combination of lights and colors. You can highlight certain groupings in one color and another group in a different color, or apply a gradient or ripple pattern, set the lights to come on whenever you type, or pretty much anything your heart desires.

The K95 RGB keyboard features red mechanical switches and 18 dedicated G-Keys for a staggering 108 macro combinations or custom mapped keys, with onboard memory keeping everything stored. There are also dedicated media keys, a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full key rollover, and a 1000Hz polling rate for accurate response during games. The K70 RGB does not include any of those G-Keys, but has everything else that the K95 RGB features. Both also have a black brushed aluminum anodized frame for some good looks even without the backlighting.

Corsair also introduced the new M65 RGB gaming mouse, which features three zones capable of displaying 16.8 million colors, just like the keyboards. It also has an 8200DPI gaming-grade laser sensor, an adjustable weight tuning system, and a dedicated sniper button for those precision control moments. DPI switching is handled on-the-fly, so you should always be able to find a perfect setting to match your game.

The K70 RGB keyboard with red mechanical switches will be available in late July for $169.99, while blue and brown switch models arrive in August. The K95 RGB keyboard and M65 RGB mouse both arrive in August, with the K95 RGB at $189.99 and the M65 RGB at $69.99.

Source: Press Release


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Stacking Materials Gain Interesting Properties

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

You cannot always get what you want the way you want it, but sometimes by doing some more work, you can arrive at what you desire. This is the situation with graphene, a material with amazing electrical properties, making it ideal for electronics, but for its lack of a band gap. One way to potentially add a band gap to graphene is to build a multi-layer stack of graphene and other materials, which, as researchers at the University of Manchester have recently discovered, adds even more properties than expected.

Graphene is an atom-thick sheet of carbon that has amazing electron mobility, but because it lacks a band gap, it is very difficult to switch off a current with it. By placing a layer of boron nitride, which has a similar structure but different electrical properties, on top of it though, the graphene's properties can be modified. The Manchester researchers decided to analyze just how these properties change by measuring capacitance. They found that when a magnetic field is present, the original graphene spectrum will be recreated in small areas; an effect known as Hofstadter butterflies. Though the effect has been theorized before, the observations are much more contorted than theory predicts. This is because the electrons are not just affected by the material's landscape but by other electrons.

The researchers also discovered that at very low temperatures, the graphene will start acting as a ferromagnet, and this phenomenon occurs and disappears with the butterflies. As the researchers do not yet understand all of what is happening, they will suggest any possible applications for this new electronic system, but do expect more surprises.

Source: University of Manchester


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Gauntlet's E3 Trailer Highlights the Relics System

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 07:47AM
Author: ClayMeow

Back in March, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) announced that a reboot of the 1985 co-op, hack-and-slash classic Gauntlet would be coming exclusively to Steam. In advance of E3, WBIE has released a new trailer that highlights one of the unique features of the game, the Relics system. In lieu of leveling, the Relics system is how players acquire deadly new abilities and ancient powers.

Gauntlet is arriving September 3, 2014, on Steam for $19.99, with a four-pack available for $59.99. Pre-ordering nets you two in-game items (Azkog the Demon Slayer Weapon and Reaper's Visage Helm) and the new Gauntlet: Darkness Calls digital comic. The game will be playable with four-player co-op at E3 this year within the WBIE Booth (South Hall, #2023).

Source: Press Release


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Tt eSPORTS Introduces Several New Products at Computex, Highlighted by the New THERON Plus Smart Mouse

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 08:51AM
Author: ClayMeow

Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS brand has really made a name for itself in the gaming community and the company is pulling out all the stops at Computex this week, which should really be no surprise since its headquarters are in Taipei. The centerpiece of the Tt eSPORTS booth is the new THERON Plus Smart Mouse with e-Sports App software. It's a wired laser mouse with up to 8200 DPI with built-in Bluetooth for reporting stats to the mobile app, where you can manage logs of mouse usage stats or even share your usage information to social media sites.

While the THERON Plus is shaped for right-handed users, Tt eSPORTS is also introducing two new ambidextrous mice, the VENTUS and the TALON. The VENTUS is a laser mouse with up to 5700 DPI and contains "air-through ventilation" to help keep your hands cool. The TALON is an optical mouse with DPI settings from 500 up to 3000, and features a "fixed color cycling effect throughout the body," along with removable side panels for grip customization. And of course the highly popular Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse is on display as well, winner of a Computex 2014 "Best Choice Award."

In the keyboard arena, the POSEIDON Z mechanical keyboard series has two new members in the tenkeyless POSEIDON ZX and the aluminum styling POSEIDON Z Forged; both with an impressive five-year warranty. Meanwhile, if you prefer membrane keys, the CHALLENGER series has been updated with the CHALLENGER Go and CHALLENGER PRIME. Tt eSPORTS is also introducing a few accessories to go alongside its keyboards in the form of the Gaming Wrist Rest and MetalCaps. MetalCaps are anodized and UV-coated durable metal keycaps that fit Tt eSPORTS Certified mechanical switches and come in four varieties: WASD+ESC, QWER+ESC, ↑↓←→ +ESC, and 38 keys pack (letters, punctuation + ESC key).

In the headset category, the CRONOS series has two new members in the CRONOS AD and CRONOS GO, while the SHOCK series gets a new addition in the SHOCK 3D 7.1 USB surround sound headset. There's also a brand new entry called the VERTO headset, with the Level 10 M Gaming Headset and SYBARIS hybrid wired/wireless headset also on display; all three winning a Computex 2014 "Best Choice Award."

Lastly, if that wasn't enough, Tt eSPORTS has collaborated with the #1 ranked Dota2 team in the world, Team DK, to bring a full lineup of gaming peripherals to the market. There's the Team DK SAPHIRA mouse with Team DK PYRRHUS mouse pad, the Team DK KNUCKER keyboard (plunger switches) with Team DK edition Gaming Wrist Rest, and the Team DK CRONOS headset.

Check out all the images below or the official site for more information.

Source: Press Release and Official Site


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Sniper Elite V2 Free on Steam for 24 Hours

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 10:55AM
Author: ClayMeow

With Sniper Elite 3 launching in just over three weeks, Rebellion is doing its best to entice PC gamers by offering the previous entry in the series for free, no strings attached. Simply log into Steam by 10AM PST on June 5, claim your copy of Sniper Elite V2, and it's yours forever for absolutely nothing. And if you enjoy the game, go ahead and show Rebellion your appreciation by pre-ordering Sniper Elite 3.

Sniper Elite 3 will release on June 27 for PC worldwide, but console gamers in North America will have to wait until July 1 to grab it for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. 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: Steam


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New Coolers and Fan Shown by CRYORIG

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 11:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Keeping our computers cool is a priority for overclockers, and to that end many manufacturers do their best to innovate new solutions. At Computex, CRYORIG has shown off its new CRYORIG H Series of coolers. These coolers use the company's new Jet Fin acceleration technology to move air out of a system faster and more efficiently and a beehive shaped front air intake to reduce turbulence, amongst other proprietary features. The H5 cooler will be available first and is 160 mm tall, with the 145 mm tall H7 coming later.

The company also showed off a new concept for case fans called the RIMS series. This series of fans is designed so that the consumer can take it apart and replace the bearings, without having to completely replace the unit. The blades could also be detached to make cleaning easier.

Some specs on the H Series coolers:

CRYORIG H5 Specifications

  • 4x 6 mm Pure Copper Heatpipes.
  • 1x XT140 140 mm Slim Profile PWM Fan With HPLN™ Bearing.
  • Patent Pending Solderless Environmental Friendly Manufacturing.
  • Maximum 6-Year Warranty Upon Product Registration.

CRYORIG H7 Specifications

  • 3x 6 mm Pure Copper Heatpipes.
  • 1x SF120 120 mm PWM Fan With HPLN™ Bearing.
  • Patent Pending Solderless Environmental Friendly Manufacturing.
  • Maximum 6-Year Warranty Upon Product Registration.

Source: Press Release


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Keep Your Video Card Cool with the Corsair Hydro Series HG10 GPU Cooling Bracket

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 12:40PM
Author: bp9801

Corsair's Hydro Series CPU coolers are a popular choice to keep any number of processors from going up in flames, and now it can add video cards to the mix. The company recently introduced the Hydro Series HG10 GPU cooling bracket, which allows for one of the Hydro coolers to be adapted for a video card. The HG10 replaces the stock cooler on reference video cards, and it covers not just the GPU, but also the VRM and VRAM. Corsair says the new HG10 can help reduce noise by a significant amount, and drop temperatures as much as 50 °C on the GPU and 25 °C on the VRM/VRAM. Installation is promised to be painless, as all that's required is a screwdriver to swap the stock cooler for the HG10. The stock cooler's radial fan gets reused in the HG10, so there won't be any concern about lack of airflow over the memory and power circuitry.

Introduced alongside the HG10 are the new Air Series LED SP120 and SP140 static pressure fans. These fans come with either red, blue, green, purple, or white LED lighting; and feature ultra-wide, custom-molded fan blades to generate high static pressure that is perfect for heat sinks and watercooling radiators.

The Corsair Hydro Series HG10 GPU cooling bracket arrives this month for $39.99, and will fit the AMD R9 290/290X video cards. An NVIDIA model for the GeForce GTX Titan, 780 Ti, 780, and 770, is set to arrive later this year, as well as one for more AMD cards. The Air Series LED SP120 and SP140 fans are priced at $12.99 for the SP120 and $15.99 for the SP140, and should now be available.

Source: Press Release


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Cooler Master Shows Off Various New Products

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 01:02PM
Author: gebraset

Computex is bringing out the best of products from manufactures of computer components and accessories. Cooler Master has just shown off some new and renewed products for consumers, to include a water cooling series, a keyboard, and a power supply unit. The water cooling series is renewed and is known as the Nepton Series Water Cooling. The series features an advanced silent driver and a low noise fan for minimum noise levels while in operation. Cooler Master is offering the low noise Nepton Series Water Cooling with 120mm, 140mm, 240mm and 280mm radiators in order to ensure maximum case compatibility.

In regards to the keyboard revealed by Cooler Master, the Novatouch TKL is a premium offering that features hybrid capacitive switches that are designed for gaming and heavy-duty typing. According to Cooler Master, the keyboard is built for precision and offers smooth but tactile feedback while maintaining low noise levels. Lastly, Cooler Master showed off a power supply unit that provides Bluetooth connectivity with a smartphone application and 1200W of power while maintaining 80PLUS Titanium certification

Source: Press Release


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ROCCAT Announces Tyon Gaming Mouse

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 03:23PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Tyon is the latest gaming mouse from German company ROCCAT and it features a large number of configurations and customization options. With 16 assignable buttons, the Tyon offers up to 31 different functions configurable with the Easy-Shift[+] Button. The Tyon comes with 576KB of onboard memory to save your settings, an 8200 DPI laser sensor, and programmable lighting choices. ROCCAT has also included two new technologies, the X-Celerator and Dorsal Fin. The X-Celerator is a "two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more directly from their mice," while the Dorsal Fin is a "two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel that provides comfortable mid-finger gaming action and increases mouse functionality."

Source: Press Release


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SanDisk Announces Gamer and Professional Focused SSD

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 03:47PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those looking to squeeze more performance out of an older machine, or making a new build as fast as possible, we know to look to SSDs. The higher speeds of a solid state drive can make a difference in many applications, and in others reduce annoying load times. Giving us another option to choose from, SanDisk has announced the Extreme PRO SSD, which can achieve 550 MB/s sequential read speed and 520 MB/s write speed.

Helping achieve those speeds is SanDisk's nCache Pro Technology, which leverages a two-tiered caching system to optimize speed and endurance. The company is so confident in the drive's endurance that it has an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty. When it is made available for sale this month, the MSRP for the 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB versions will be $189, $369, and $599 respectively.

Source: SanDisk


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ASUS Reveals Several New Products at Computex

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 03:47PM
Author: CheeseMan42

ASUS is on hand at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan this week to show off a number of new products from the Republic of Gamers line. The ROG G20 is a small form factor gaming desktop with near silent operation, an Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics. The G20 has received the Best Choice of the Year and Best Choice Golden Awards at Computex 2014. The ROG GR8 is the ASUS take on the SteamOS powered gaming PCs and features SupremeFX audio, 4K/UHD video output, an Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics. The ROG GX500 is a gaming laptop that measures just 0.75" in thickness and weighs 4.85 pounds. A 15.6" screen is powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics and is capable of 4K/UHD resolutions. The ROG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor operates at resolutions up to 2560x1440 at a 144Hz refresh rate with a 27" screen size and is the first monitor of its size to support NVIDIA G-SYNC.

ASUS also has a number of internal components including a trio of motherboards and a graphics card. The ROG Maximus VII is a Z97 based motherboard with a CrossChill copper design to aid in heat dissipation and the ASUS SupremeFX Formula 2014 audio technology. The Maximus VII Impact is a Z97 based mini-ITX motherboard with SupremeFX Impact II dedicated sound and a full-scale power card for overclocking. The Crossblade Ranger is an FM2+ based motherboard that includes a number of the ROG core game-boosting features. The ROG ARES III is a water-cooled graphics card with dual Radeon Hawaii XT GPUs at 25% better cooling performance than R9 295X reference designs with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. ASUS will release a limited number of the cards, with just 500 being available initially.

Source: Press Release


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Thermaltake Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in Style at Computex

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 04:21PM
Author: ClayMeow

Earlier today I discussed Thermaltake's new Tt eSPORTS offerings being shown off at Computex this week, and now it's the core brand's turn. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, Thermaltake is presenting a new "HARDCORE" image at Computex with the slogan, "Pure Performance, Built for Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts." On display at the company's booth are a range of cases, coolers, power supplies, and a storage solution, with the highlight being the world premiere of the new Level 10 Gaming Station Titanium Limited Edition chassis.

Restricted to just 500 builds worldwide, the new special edition Level 10 case is not only built with Titanium for extreme durability, light weight, and dent and corrosion resistance, but has also been upgraded to feature six EasySwap hard drive bays (up from five) and four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports (up from two). Pricing has not been provided, but with the Level 10 GT having an MSRP north of $200, expect this limited edition version to be well over that.

In addition to the Level 10, the other cases on display include: the new Core Series introduced earlier this year, featuring five flavors: V1, V31, V41, V51, and V71; the Ubran T81; and the Versa Series, featuring four flavors: H24, H25, H34, and H35. For coolers, Thermaltake is showing off the new Frio Silent Series of CPU air coolers, along with the Water 3.0 Ultimate liquid cooling solution, which comes with a whopping 360mm radiator. The company is also showing off a variety of do-it-yourself liquid cooling components, including radiators, reservoirs, a waterblock, a pump, tubing, and coolant.

For power supplies, Thermaltake is showing off the new Toughpower DPS 1250W Platinum along with other, slightly lesser, members of the Toughpower DPS Series: the 80 PLUS Gold 750W, 850W, and 1050W. The company has also added the new Toughpower G Series, which includes a variety of 80 PLUS Gold PSUs ranging from 450W up to 1050W.

Lastly, in the storage department, Thermaltake is debuting the BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Edition Docking Station. It features hot-swap capability, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data transfer for a maximum transfer rate of up to 5.0 Gbps, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with support for WEP/WPA/WPA2 security protocols. Thermaltake has also provided a mobile app called "TtCloud", available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Market, allowing quick access to your data on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Source: Press Release and Official Site


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Dying Light's E3 2014 Gameplay Trailer is All About Murder

Posted: June 4, 2014 @ time: 05:44PM
Author: ClayMeow

WB Games and Techland have released an E3 2014 Gameplay Trailer for upcoming first-person survival horror game Dying Light, and it's brutal. As the trailer states, "in the right circumstances, anyone is a murderer"; in this instance, the circumstance is a mysterious epidemic.

Dying Light is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in February 2015.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: bp9801

We have a good amount of items for you to consider today, so let's get right to it. There is a look at the XFX Type 01 Bravo case, which is the company's first entry into the computer case market. We also have the BitFenix Shadow case, a slim and stylish case that is capable of holding up to seven hard drives for all your storage needs. Speaking of storage, Intel's 800GB SSD DC P3700 gets put to the test to see how fast this PCIe model truly is. There is a preview on the AMD Kaveri Mobile chips, including how the FX-7600P will perform during various tasks. Kingston's HyperX Fury White DDR3-1866 2x4GB RAM kit gets another look, while the Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid gaming mouse shows what a wired/wireless mouse can do. There are some other items for you to check out too, so be sure to hit up everything below.

CPUs
AMD Kaveri Mobile Preview - AMD FX-7600P Performance @ PC Perspective

Cases
XFX Type 01 Bravo @ LanOC Reviews
BitFenix Shadow @ Benchmark Reviews

Memory
Kingston HyperX Fury White DDR3-1866 2x4GB @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel SSD DC P3700 800GB @ PC Perspective
Building Your Own NAS: SilverStone DS380 Chassis @ TechSpot

Keyboards/Mice
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

Monitors
Philips Brilliance 239C4QHWAB Miracast-enabled Monitor @ Bjorn3D


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Protecting Semiconductors for Artificial Photosynthesis

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 07:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For far longer than humans have existed, plants and many microbes have been using photosynthesis to convert the energy of sunlight into something more useful. We would like to do the same and create systems that release hydrogen and oxygen from water, for use as fuel. Achieving this has proven very difficult, and one reason why has to do with semiconductors corroding in water, but researchers at Caltech have found a coating that may solve that problem.

Two semiconductors used fairly often for their light absorbing properties are silicon and gallium arsenide. These properties would make them ideal for artificial photosynthesis systems, except that they will both corrode in water, and ultimately become useless. For some time researchers have been looking for ways to protect them, and now the Caltech researchers have turned to leaky titanium dioxide (TiO2). Leaky oxides were first developed in the 1990s for potential use in computer chips, but they leaked too much charge to be useful. That leaking is exactly what the researchers are going for though. The researchers found that they could put a thin layer of TiO2 onto the semiconductors, without disrupting the light coming in or the electrons going out, while still blocking the water.

This is definitely promising research but is also very early research. The leaky TiO2 layer has not been tested enough to determine how it will behave over long periods of time. The relatively short-term tests though have demonstrated the material's great potential for this application though, by setting some new records in the field.

Source: California Institute of Technology


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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Bringing the Wub Wub on October 14

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 07:47AM
Author: ClayMeow

In advance of E3, Gearbox Software and 2K Australia have announced that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be launching on October 14, 2014, in North America and on October 17, 2014, worldwide. While it may not be the new-gen Borderlands 3 everyone wanted, it's still more Borderlands, which is never a bad thing. In fact, today's new "Moon Dance Trailer" perfectly illustrates why Borderlands is one of modern gaming's greatest franchises.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 for $59.99. Pre-ordering nets you the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit hosted by TR4-NU, allowing you to battle against the moon's toughest enemies for awesome loot.

Source: Official Site


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Xbox One Controller Now Officially Supported on PC

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: ClayMeow

While Microsoft confirmed PC compatibility for the Xbox One controller in the past, the company is finally making good on its promise with brand new PC drivers. The drivers will be included as part of a Windows update in the near future, but those that want to get a head start can already download them on MajorNelson.com in both x64 and x86 flavors (see link below). "Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable [and] the new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller."

Source: Major Nelson via IGN


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Dead Rising 3 Coming to Steam This Summer with Upgraded Graphics

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 09:54AM
Author: ClayMeow

Let's be honest, Dead Rising 3 coming to PC was inevitable. Despite the Xbox One exclusivity at launch, I repeatedly said there was no way it wouldn't eventually come to PC, and finally, more than half a year later, that is coming to fruition. After the Steam Database entry leaked yesterday before being pulled, Capcom officially announced today that Dead Rising 3 will be coming to PC worldwide via Steam this Summer, with Europe also getting a retail version.

According to Capcom, this thankfully is not a mere port. Dead Rising 3 has been updated and optimized to run at the high resolutions PC gamers demand, "with upgraded textures on characters, backgrounds and in-game objects." Be sure to check out all the screenshots below, which are reportedly from the PC version. In addition, Steamworks has been fully integrated, bringing Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Steam Trading Cards, and global leaderboards. The game is fully compatible with both game controllers and keyboard-and-mouse, with players able to toggle back and forth between the two in real-time.

While the Steam page has not been launched yet as of the time of this writing (UPDATE: Steam page now available), here are the system requirements word-for-word from the press release:

Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows 7 64-bit edition, Windows 8 64-bit edition
Processor: Intel Core i3-3220 @ 3.30GHz (or Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz) / AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.00 GHz or higher
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 30 GB free
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 570 / AMD Radeon 7870 or higher
DirectX: Version 11
Controller: Keyboard (international and standard), Mouse (up to 4 buttons), Xbox 360 PC compatible controller or compatible gamepad
Connection: Broadband internet connection and Steam account required

Recommended System Requirements:
OS: Windows 7 64-bit edition, Windows 8 64-bit edition
Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz or AMD equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 30 GB free
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon 7970 2GB
DirectX: Version 11.1 or greater

Source: Press Release


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Kingston Digital Announces the MobileLite Wireless G2

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 01:03PM
Author: gebraset

Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Corporation, has just announced the MobileLite Wireless G2, which is the second generation of the company's MobileLite Wireless. The device provides users with easy additional storage for their mobile devices by allowing them to wirelessly transfer files such as movies, music, and photos to a supported flash card or USB drive. Photos and videos can even be sent directly to various social media platforms without the need to connect the MobileLite Wireless G2 to a personal computer. Since the device contains a 4640 mAh battery, it serves as a backup power source to mobile phones and is generally able to charge most smartphones twice. According to Andrew Ewing, the flash memory business manager at Kingston, the device can sustain itself for 13 hours of continuous use. Additionally, the Kingston Digital MobileLite Wireless G2 supports a connection from a 3G wireless Internet dongle and contains a direct Ethernet connection port, allowing the device to serve as a portable router or a network attached storage drive.

The MobileLite Wireless G2 will be available later this month and will come with a two year warranty with free technical support.

Source: Press Release


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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Pre-Order Detailed and E3 2014 Trailer Released

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 02:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

CD Projekt RED has released pre-order details for its next game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the highly anticipated finale to the Witcher franchise. We also finally know when The Witcher 3 will arrive: February 24, 2015. By pre-ordering the game from GOG.com, you will receive the digital comic book The Witcher: House of Glass immediately; an extended soundtrack for the game with four exclusive tracks available today; a high quality digital artbook; additional artworks; wallpapers; avatars; closed beta access to The Witcher Adventure Game for two people; and a copy of Dungeon & Dragons Neverwinter Nights to hold you over. All of that is exclusive to GOG.com pre-orders. The non-exclusive bonus items include bonus videos about the game (available today) and a world map.

You can place your pre-order today and save 10% from the $59.99 price at GOG.com. If you already have either of the two previous Witcher games with GOG, the pre-order will be 15% off, and having both games will bring it down to 20% off. Have copies of the games but not on GOG.com? Follow the link on the pre-order page to redeem your free backup copy(ies).

Also released today was the E3 2014 trailer The Sword of Destiny for The Witcher 3.

Source: GOG.com Pre-Order Page and The Witcher.com


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Kingston HyperX Announces Several New Products at Computex

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 02:53PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston is showing off the latest additions to the high performance HyperX line of products at Computex in Taipei this week. HyperX Impact is a new line of SO-DIMM memory modules that operate at frequencies ranging from 1600MHz to 2400MHz at voltages starting at 1.35V. The Impact memory will be available in single stick kits of 4GB or 8GB and dual channel kits of 8GB and 16GB. The FURY SSD is powered by an LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller and offers read and write speeds up to 500MB/s. The FURY will be available in capacities of 120GB and 240GB. Kingston also showed off an upcoming white version of the HyperX Cloud headset and the HyperX Skyn, a hard mouse pad that is very thin and uses adhesive to stick to your desk.

Source: Press Release


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Fractal Design Unveils its New Kelvin Series Water Cooling System

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 02:55PM
Author: ClayMeow

Earlier in the week, Fractal Design announced a new addition to its Core family of cases, the x3 Series. Today, the Swedish company announced a new expandable all-in-one water cooling system, the Kelvin Series. The Kelvin Series system comes in three flavors depending on your needs: T12 (120mm radiator), S24 (240mm radiator), and S36 (360mm radiator). The system comes with both a CPU block and radiator made from pure copper, which should result in some great cooling performance. What sets the Kelvin series apart from many all-in-one solutions is that it not only contains a dedicated fill port, but also allows for easy expansion with the ability to add any additional parts to the loop just as you would with a custom water cooling solution. All the parts have fully standard G 1/4" thread fittings, so users should have no issues finding compatible parts. All modern CPU sockets are supported.

The Kelvin T12 has an MSRP of US$99.99 / €74.99 / £89.99, the Kelvin S24 has an MSRP of US$119.99 / €85.99 / £104.99, and the Kelvin S36 has an MSRP of US$139.99 / €99.99 / £119.99.

Source: Press Release


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The EA SPORTS IGNITE Engine Adds PC Support; Featured in FIFA 15

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 05:02PM
Author: ClayMeow

Electronic Arts announced its proprietary IGNITE engine in May of last year and has used it to power the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, and the upcoming EA Sports UFC. The engine features a slew of technologies to improve EA's sports games, including the Human Intelligence framework, the True Player Motion framework, and the Living Worlds framework. All the technologies are designed to bring sports video games to life. Today, EA SPORTS announced that the IGNITE engine will be powering FIFA 15 on PC, marking the first time the engine will be used outside the aforementioned new-gen consoles.

FIFA 15 will be officially revealed during EA's E3 Press Conference on June 9. Check out the link below for the PC system requirements.

Source: Official Site


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Kingston Digital Launches M.2 SATA SSDs

Posted: June 5, 2014 @ time: 07:39PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those times when you need small storage drives, Kingston Digital has released its new M.2 2280 SATA SSD. At only 22 mm x 80 mm, this tiny drive is perfect for small and thin devices, like ultrabooks, embedded systems, and motherboards, like those based on Intel's recently released Z97 chipset. The drives include multiple features to ensure longevity including TRIM support, wear leveling, and advanced garbage collection, as well as firmware-based solutions to protect data integrity from sudden power loss. For improved power management and battery life, the drives also use SATA DevSleep.

The 120 GB version of these standalone drives is available now with the 240 GB and 480 GB versions coming later in Q3. All of them have a three-year warranty and a life expectancy of one million hours MTBF.

Source: Kingston Technology


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What Happens when Pushing Light Past its Speed

Posted: June 6, 2014 @ time: 09:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

One of the more famous consequences of the Theories of Relativity is that the speed of light is a universal constant and impossible to exceed. While the former has been proven many times over, the latter has some loopholes to it. NIST researchers decided to test the loopholes by pushing part of a light wave past the fastest speed possible.

To say that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light is actually not a completely accurate interpretation of physics. The real limit is on how fast information can move, and as it turns out there are certain properties of light waves that do not carry information. Researchers discovered two years ago that it is possible to exploit that and nudge the leading edge of a light pulse ahead of the wave, causing it to arrive nanoseconds earlier. As it does not contain information in a traditional sense, this does not violate any physical laws, but what about quantum mechanical information? This is the question the NIST researchers decided to investigate and they did so by entangling two photons, and only nudging one of them. Because the photons are entangled, their states are strongly correlated and measuring one will reveal information about the other.

When the researchers measured the photons they found that the entanglement weakened as the nudging increased the amount of noise present, which means that even quantum information obeys the speed limit. This work should prove very useful as researchers develop the systems to transfer information within the systems of quantum computers.

Source: NIST


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New Sniper Elite 3 Trailer Highlights Competitive and Co-operative Multiplayer

Posted: June 6, 2014 @ time: 12:09PM
Author: ClayMeow

Whether you're a long time fan of the Sniper Elite series or you were one of the 2.2 million people who grabbed Sniper Elite V2 when it was free on Wednesday, there's a lot to be excited about in Sniper Elite 3. While it looks like the single-player campaign will provide the freedom and emergent gameplay fans have been yearning for, the multiplayer should certainly not be overlooked. Rebellion has released a new Multiplayer Trailer that shows off just some of what we can expect from its plethora of multiplayer modes. Sniper Elite 3 includes five unique modes of competitive multiplayer for up to twelve players, along with two-player online co-op support for the entire campaign and two dedicated co-op modes, Overwatch and Survival.

Sniper Elite 3 will release on June 27 for PC worldwide, but console gamers in North America will have to wait until July 1 to grab it for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. 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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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: June 6, 2014 @ time: 02:22PM
Author: bp9801

We have a lot of items to keep you occupied before the weekend arrives, so let's get to it. There is a review on the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning video card, which offers a custom PCB and cooler to help you reach new levels in overclocking. We also have a look at the MSI Z97I Gaming AC motherboard, a Mini-ITX motherboard with plenty of features, like a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot and 802.11ac WiFi. Crucial's MX100 SSD gets put to the test to see how it performs from a price/performance standpoint. For your cooling needs, be quiet!'s Dark Rock 3 and Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU coolers get tested to see how these two impressive looking entries handle the heat. There's plenty more to cover as well, so be sure to hit up all the links below.

Video Cards
MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning @ PC Perspective

Motherboards
MSI Z97I Gaming AC @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Crucial MX100 SSD @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
be quiet! Dark Rock 3 & Dark Rock Pro 3 @ Neoseeker

Speakers/Headphones
Genius Zabius HS-G850 Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Tradeshows/Conventions
COMPUTEX 2014: Intel unleashed the Beast OC Event @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
HyperX again claims new DDR3 frequency WR at 2282.8MHz @ Madshrimps
Podcast #303 @ PC Perspective


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