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News Archives for January 2015

Thermaltake Announces New THERON PLUS Smart Mouse and POSEIDON Z PLUS Smart Keyboard

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 09:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At CES, Thermaltake has announced a new mouse and keyboard pair with an interesting twist. Both the THERON PLUS mouse and POSEIDON Z PLUS keyboard have, along with a myriad of gamer-focused features, Bluetooth capability. This allows them to connect to the Tt eSPORTS+ app for iOS and Android for recording usage information. Want to know your actions per minute or top ten hotkeys? The app can tell you and even help you brag about it on social media.

The THERON PLUS mouse features an 8200 DPI laser that can be adjusted down to 50 DPI as needed, 8 buttons and 5 profiles, for up to 40 macros, on board memory, RGB lighting for up to 16.8 million colors, a glossy surface, and a gold-plated USB connector. The POSEIDON Z PLUS keyboard uses mechanical blue switches, features N-key rollover, has blue LED backlighting, and, for the first time for a mechanical gaming keyboard, a 5 year warranty.

The THERON PLUS Smart Mouse is available now at Newegg.

Source: Press Release


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Thermaltake Unveils RL240 Water Cooling Kit

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 10:28AM
Author: gebraset

Thermaltake, a leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has unveiled a new DIY liquid cooling solution known as the Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit. The latest cooling kit from Thermaltake, which was revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Show, features a CPU water block, D5 pump and reservoir, 240mm radiator, fittings, Luna 12 LED red fan, tube, coolant, and other accessories. The Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit is a limited-edition LCS combo unit, and Thermaltake has announced that it will even release a full collection of LCS components to allow computer enthusiasts to build an aesthetically appealing water cooling system that provides amazing performance. According to Thermaltake, the Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit and collection of LCS components provides users with exceptional performance, unrivalled reliability, and styling.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Introduces Viper 4 Series Memory

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 10:40AM
Author: gebraset

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, USB storage, flash memory, SSDs, and mobile accessories, has introduced its latest addition to its Viper line of extreme performance memory, the Viper 4. The Viper 4 series is built specifically for the latest Intel X99 DDR4 platform and Haswell-E processor and will be offered in quad channel kits of 16GB and 32GB, running at speeds ranging from 2400MHz to 3000MHz and starting at 1.2 to 1.35 volts. The latest addition to the Viper series memory comes with a custom heat shield and is compatible with XMP 2.0. According to Les Henry, the Vice President of Engineering at Patriot, "The new Viper 4 line benchmarks are crushing the older DDR3 scores from just about every hardware benchmark: memory bandwidth, SSD and USB just to name a few."

The Viper 4 series memory from Patriot, which features an MSRP of $250 to $700 and comes with a lifetime warranty, will be available to purchase in the first quarter of this year at select retailers and online storefronts such as Fry’s Electronics, Newegg, and Amazon.

Source: Press Release


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LIVA X Mini PC Unveiled by ECS

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 11:13AM
Author: gebraset

ECS, a motherboard manufacturing company based out of Taiwan, has utilized CES to unveil the latest addition to its LIVA family of Mini PCs, the LIVA X. The LIVA X continues the trend of the previously released LIVA Mini PCs by packing a wealth of hardware into an incredibly small and efficient package. The latest addition to the LIVA series from ECS, which is roughly the size of a pop can and consumes less than 15 watts, includes an embedded 22nm Intel Bay Trail-M SoC CPU, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual monitor capabilities, and an mSATA slot for extra internal storage. The LIVA X features a 0dB thermal design, an incorporated VESA mount, and is capable of running the latest operating systems such as Ubuntu and Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: bp9801

The start of a new week is here, and hopefully the new year is off to a good start for you all. We have a lot to get to today, so let's dive right in. There is a review of the ASUS X99-E WS motherboard, which brings some of that Workstation quality to the Intel Haswell-E platform. We also have the Thermaltake Core X1 Mini-ITX case, with plenty of room and features in a rather small enclosure. For those needing some powerful cooling, there's a look at the Noctua NH-D15 to see just what it is capable of. SteelSeries' Siberia Elite Prism gaming headset gets put to the test to both see and hear how well it would work to get you into your games. We have a whole lot more to go over to, from power supplies and hard drive enclosures, to best of lists and a look at the start of CES 2015, which kicks off this week.

Motherboards
ASUS X99-E WS @ Bjorn3D

Cases
Thermaltake Core X1 Mini-ITX @ ThinkComputers

CPU Cooling
Noctua NH-D15 @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
be quiet! Straight Power 10 800W @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Mobile Trends: 10 Predictions for 2015 @ TechSpot
Kolina K100 + V6 Smartphone @ Madshrimps

Gadgets
Google Chromecast @ ThinkComputers

Trade Shows/Conventions
CES 2015 - CES Unveiled @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
A look back at 2014's top picks @ LanOC Reviews
20 of the Worst PC Setups - December 2014 @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #331 @ PC Perspective
Our 20 Most Popular Posts of 2014 @ ThinkComputers


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Patriot Announces the EP PRO-II UHS-II SDXC Card

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 11:33AM
Author: bp9801

CES kicks off tomorrow, but you can bet that plenty of companies are getting their products announced today. Patriot Memory has a new product it is showing off called the EP PRO-II SDXC memory card, which is a UHS-II card for devices in need of speed. The Patriot EP PRO-II SDXC card is perfect for devices capable of taking high-definition (HD) and ultra high-definition (UHD) pictures and/or videos, with between 16 and 64GB of storage to hold it all. It features read speeds of 280MB/s and write speeds of 250MB/s, so there should be no dropoff in performance when you're shooting at those UHD resolutions. Patriot designed the EP PRO-II to meet the new SD 4.0 specifications on all the latest devices, but is backwards compatible with SD 3.0 and 2.0 for those still using older hardware.

The Patriot EP PRO-II SDXC card will be available in the first quarter of this year, with prices ranging between $119.99 and $199.99 depending on capacity.

Source: Press Release


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First Test of a Parallel Hybrid-Electric Airplane

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 01:04PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For years we have seen hybrid cars on the roads, but a look to sky only shows us airplanes with more conventional, combustion engines. There has been interest in electric planes for some time, but the technology is not there yet. Hybrid-electric planes however could come much sooner, and recently researchers at the University of Cambridge, with Boeing, have built and successfully tested just such a demonstrator plane.

One of the reasons it has taken until now for hybrid aircraft to be developed is weight. Batteries have been prohibitively heavy, but with new lithium-polymer batteries, which can be found in some laptops, the concept is becoming possible. In this case the plane's power system uses a 4-stroke piston engine and electric motor/generator. Both were attached to the propeller using the same drive pulley, allowing the engine and motor to work together at take-off and when climbing, which are the times you need the most power. When cruising though, the motor can be switched off while the engine runs at its most efficient speed, or assist the engine. It could also send some power back to the batteries, recharging them like in a hybrid car.

Compared to a similar, but combustion-only plane, the demonstrator the researchers built could use up to 30% less fuel. There is still a lot of work to do before we see more hybrid aircraft, but this opens up the possibilities, in part by allowing for new experimentation. For example, new fuels could be tested in the engine since the motor could serve as a backup, if something went wrong.

 

 

Source: University of Cambridge


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Thermaltake Shows Off Core X Series Cases at CES

Posted: January 5, 2015 @ time: 03:58PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake is planning to show off its new Core X Series of cases at CES in Las Vegas this week along with the THERON+ Smart Mouse and RL240 Water Cooling Kit. The Core X Series features a trio of cube shaped cases, the X1, X2, and X9, that all carry the new Tt LCS badge, indicating that the cases are Liquid Cooling Supported. The stackable design of the cases gives users the ability to combine multiple cases into a tower for housing multiple or single systems. The X1 is designed for ITX systems, the X2 for mATX, and the X9 for systems with motherboards up to E-ATX in size. All of the cases have ample places for mounting fans and hard drives and also offer the option of windowed or solid side panels. The cases will be available for purchase later this month with an MSRP of $99.99 for the X1, $129.99 for the X2, and $169.99 for the X9.

Source: Press Release


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NVIDIA Adds GRID 2 As Part of GRID Tuesday

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 09:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last week NVIDIA added Overlord 2 to GRID as part of GRIDTuesday. Today NVIDIA has added the racing game GRID 2 by CodeMasters to the gaming service, which already offers Race Driver: GRID. Owners of the SHIELD Tab and SHIELD devices are able to play both games for free, until June 30, 2015.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 10:31AM
Author: bp9801

A new day is upon us, with some new items for your viewing pleasure. We have a review of the AMD FX-8320E, which is the lowest member of the company's latest eight-core processors, yet should still be plenty enough for a gaming rig. There is also a look at the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD, which could be the best option for that price/performance ratio. Finishing off today's list is the CyberPowerPC Fang Trinity, a new prebuilt rig coming to the market with an extremely unique look.

CPUs
AMD FX-8320E @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Bang for the Buck: Samsung SSD 850 Evo 500GB @ TechSpot

Prebuilts
CyberPowerPC Shows Off Radical Fang Trinity System @ ThinkComputers


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Thermaltake Launches Several New LUXA2 Products Aimed at Mobile Users

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 11:03AM
Author: bp9801

CES is just starting off, but Thermaltake is hitting it hard and fast with a plethora of new gear. Its LUXA2 mobile division is getting in on the action too, with several new items to help users out for whatever they need. First up is the EnerG Slim mobile power banks, which come in both 5000mAh and 10000mAh varieties. Either one would be ideal for those needing that extra juice on the go to keep their mobile devices charged. There is also the TX-100 ultra slim portable wireless charging pad that charges your Qi-compatible device without any extra hassle.

On the audio side there is the Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speaker that connects via Bluetooth to two devices for mono-to-mono sound, or one device for stereo sound. The last items LUXA2 has to introduce is the Clip Series Universal Car Mount Holder, which come in Smart, Tab, and Cigar options. The Smart Clip fits smartphones between 3.5" and 6", and the Tab Clip fits tablets and smartphones between 6" and 10", with both models also capable of working on a desk or suction mounted to the car windshield. The last model is the Cigar Clip, which holds smartphones between 3.5" and 6", and plugs into your car's 12V socket to provide a USB 2.0 port for charging.

All of these LUXA2 items can be seen at CES 2015, and will be available for purchase from the Thermaltake store today. The EnerG Slim 5000mAh is priced at $24.99, with the 10000mAh model coming in at $34.99. The TX-100 is $29.99, the Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speaker is at $99.99, and the Smart, Tab, and Cigar Clips are $14.99, $19.99, and $16.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Introduces New Flash Voyager Flash Drives and Neutron Series XT SSDs

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 11:38AM
Author: bp9801

Corsair is no stranger to computer enthusiasts, with products covering a range of hardware lines. Today the company has several new USB 3.0 flash drives and a new high capacity SSD line that should make plenty of people happy. The flash drives start with the Flash Voyager Slider X1 and X2, which offer a sleek exterior and a sliding USB 3.0 connector to eliminate the need for a cap. The Slider X1 comes in capacities of 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB with read speeds of 130MB/s, while the Slider X2 bumps the read speed to 200MB/s.

If performance is what you need in a flash drive, then the Flash Voyager GS and GTX models are for you. Both connect via USB 3.0 and feature a rugged yet stylish exterior, along with some impressive speeds and capacities. The Flash Voyager GS comes in 64, 128, 256, and 512GB sizes, with read speeds of 260MB/s and write speeds of 105MB/s. The Flash Voyager GTX only comes in 128 and 256GB capacities, but features read speeds of 450MB/s and write speeds of 200MB/s thanks to its onboard SSD data controller.

Switching over to the SSD side of things is the Neutron Series XT. These SSDs come in 240, 480, and 960GB sizes, and feature a quad-core Phison SSD controller to offer read speeds of 560MB/s and write speeds of 540MB/s. Let that sink in for a moment. These drives still connect with the SATA 6Gbps interface and offer incredibly fast speeds to put your PCs on a whole new level. The Neutron XT SSDs also come with SmartFlush and SmartRefresh technologies for "enterprise-level data management and retention in the event of power failure and advanced wear-leveling and garbage collection" to keep these drives working long into the night.

All of these drives come with Corsair's five-year warranty and are available to buy now. The Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X1 is priced at $14.99 for the 16GB, $19.99 for the 32GB, $39.99 for the 64GB, $64.99 for the 128GB, and $149.99 for the 256GB. The Flash Voyager Slider X2 is $19.99 for the 16GB, $29.99 for the 32GB, $54.99 for the 64GB, $99.99 for the 128GB, and $189.99 for the 256GB. The Flash Voyager GS comes in at $89.99 for the 64GB, $109.99 for the 128GB, $199.99 for the 256GB, and $399.99 for the 512GB. The Flash Voyager GTX is $129.99 for the 128GB and $249.99 for the 256GB. The Neutron Series XT SSDs are $149.99 for the 256GB, $269.99 for the 512GB, and $539.99 for the 960GB.

Source: Press Releases


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First Internet of Things PSUs Coming from Thermaltake

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 12:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As we all know, power supplies are critical to the healthy operation of our computers, but how many of us monitor their performance? For those that do and for those that are interested in doing so, Thermaltake may have some products for you as it is launching the world's first Internet of Things PSUs and associated software. The DPS G App 2.0 allows the user to monitor the power being used by the PC, the graphics card(s), and the CPU while the system is in use. It can also calculate electricity cost, record personal usage patterns, and adjust the power supply's fan speed. If you want to share the usage information with your friends, DPS G App 2.0 allows you to do that too.

Naturally you need to be using a PSU that supports this, and that would be the Toughpower DPS G Power series. The power supplies are available now and are available at 450 W, 550 W, 650 W, 750 W, 850 W, and 1080 W capacities, and all with 80 Plus Gold certification.

Source: Press Release


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New PCIe SSD, USB 3.0 Flash Drive, and microSD Card All Announced by Kingston

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 01:04PM
Author: bp9801

One of the leaders in all things memory-related is Kingston, and today has several new products to introduce at CES. Kingston has a new PCIe SSD, a secure USB flash drive, and a microSD card suitable for 4K and HD videos. The PCIe SSD is the HyperX Predator, and when it arrives next month will be the fastest PCIe drive in the company's lineup. The HyperX Predator will come in 240 or 480GB capacities when it arrives, with a 960GB model expected a bit later on. As for the speed, well it is capable of read speeds of 1400MB/s and write speeds of 1000MB/s thanks to the Marvell 88SS9293 controller. The HyperX Predator works in an M.2 PCIe slot, but also comes in a half-height, half-length adapter for motherboards without that slot.

On the flash drive side is the DataTraveler Locker+ G3, which offers hardware encryption and password protection to keep your data safe no matter what happens. The DataTraveler Locker+ G3 offers a USB 3.0 connector for read speeds of up to 135MB/s and write speeds of up to 40MB/s, with capacities of 8, 16, 32, and 64GB available. Along with the hardware encryption and password protection, the Locker+ G3 can backup data to the likes of Google Drive, Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box using the included ClevX software. This way your data is always available if your drive is ever lost or stolen.

Lastly there's the microSD UHS-I Speed Class 3 (SDCA3) card, with its 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds to offer fast performance when recording 4K or HD video. It can also play back recorded video without stuttering, even if it is in 4K resolution. This card comes in 16, 32, and 64GB capacities, and is water, shock/vibration, X-ray, and temperature-proof. The SDCA3 works with any device capable of reading microSDHC or microSDXC cards, and can even be used with an SD adapter to work as a full-size card.

The Kingston HyperX Predator, DataTraveler Locker+ G3, and SDCA3 did not have any prices mentioned at this time, but you can expect that information before long.

Source: Press Releases


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Patriot Introduces the BeatStreet Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 02:32PM
Author: gebraset

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, USB storage, flash memory, SSDs, and mobile accessories, has just introduced the BeatStreet Bluetooth speaker. The BeatStreet, which is marketed as the perfect Bluetooth speaker due to its portability, versatility, and included features, comes with Bluetooth connectivity, NFC capabilities, a 3.5mm auxiliary port, a microphone, an integrated rechargeable battery, and various buttons for volume and track playback control. The latest Bluetooth speaker from Patriot also features an integrated white display that shows users information such as the time, battery life, and song choice.

The Patriot BeatStreet will be available to purchase in the United States sometime during this month, with the product featuring an MSRP of $34.99.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Announces the Carbide 100R Case

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 03:08PM
Author: gebraset

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware components, has officially announced its latest case, the Carbide 100R. Although the case is tailored towards budget applications, it includes a wealth of premium features found on other Corsair cases, such as built-in SSD mounts, front-panel USB 3.0 ports, intelligent cable routing, tool-free drive mounts, support for long graphics cards, and five fan mounting locations. George Makris, the Product Manager for Cases and Cooling at Corsair, noted that "The Carbide 100R shatters the stereotype that budget-friendly cases have to be gaudy and poorly designed." The Carbide 100R is available in two versions, a standard model that includes a side panel window and top cooling vents, and a silent version that is sound dampened with a solid top and non-window side panel.

The Carbide Series 100R and Carbide Series 100R Silent cases, which are backed with a two-year warranty, will be available to purchase in the second quarter of this year and will feature an MSRP of $49.99 and $59.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Announces the HX1200i Power Supply Unit

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 03:23PM
Author: gebraset

Corsair, the most awarded PC power supply brand in the world according to reviews featured on TechPowerUp and RealHardTechX, has officially announced the HX1200i, the latest addition to its HXi series of power supply units that the company revealed last June. The 1200 watt includes virtually all of the same features found on the other models within the HXi series, such as 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency, fully modular cables, Japanese electrolytic capacitors, Corsair Link support, and a 140mm fluid dynamic bearing fan. The main difference with the HX1200i is its power rating, with the power supply unit able to power demanding three and four card NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire multi-GPU systems.

The Corsair HX1200i comes with a seven-year warranty, features an MSRP of $269.99, and will be available to purchase from various retailers sometime next month.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Announces New Supersonic Flash Drives

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 04:18PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Patriot has announced the addition of two new flash drives under the Supersonic line, the Supersonic Magnum 2 and Supersonic Rage 2. The Magnum 2 will be available in capacities of 256GB and 512GB giving you as much space in your pocket as many people have in their entire system. The drive is housed in a matte black casing that can withstand shock up to 15Gs to prevent data loss as a result of drops. The Rage 2 is smaller in size and capacity than the Magnum 2 with capacities of 128GB and 256GB. A rubberized housing is accompanied by a retractable connector to minimize space. Both drives use USB 3.0 and have maximum read and write speeds of 400MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively. The drives will be available in February of this year.

Source: Press Release


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DEEPCOOL Launches PENTOWER and Tristellar Cases

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 04:20PM
Author: gebraset

DEEPCOOL, a manufacturer of computer chassis, cooling solutions, power supply units, and electronic accessories, has launched its latest computer cases, the PENTOWER and the Tristellar. Both cases feature incredibly unique designs that make them quite artistic, with the PENTOWER representing a pentagonal prism structure and the Tristellar offering three independent cabins for hardware. 

The PENTOWER comes with a cable management channel within the center of the case, features two 2.5-inch hard drive bays, one 3.5-inch hard drive bay, one slot-load optical drive, and even manages to place the motherboard and graphics card nearly parallel to each other. Users can even manage various hardware components within the PENTOWER quite easily by simply removing the shell.

The Tristellar case offers a motherboard cabin, which supports ITX motherboards and features two 3.5-inch drive bays; a graphics cabin, which supports VGA cards up to 320mm and includes three tool-free 2.5-inch drive bays; and a power supply cabin that supports an ATX PSU, two 3.5-inch drive bays, and offers supports for a slot-load optical drive. All three cabins are connected by a centrally located aluminum tube.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Reveals H110i CPU Cooler and NG10 GPU Cooling Bracket at CES

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 04:34PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Corsair is showing off a pair of new additions to its water cooling product lineup at CES this year with the unveiling of the Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler and Hydro Series HG10 N780 GPU Cooling Bracket. The H110i uses a pair of 140mm fans in conjunction with a 140x322mm radiator to dissipate heat transferred from a "new generation, high-efficiency cooling block." It is compatible with Corsair Link to provide monitoring and customization support for lighting, fan speed, and pump speed. The H110i will support LGA 115x, 1366, and 2011 Intel sockets along with AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, and FM2. The HG10 gives users the ability to quickly add liquid cooling support to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770, 780, 780Ti, Titan, and Titan Black cards. The bracket installs with just eight screws and offers a decrease in temperature of up to 45° C. Both coolers will be available next month at an MSRP of $129.99 for the H110i and $39.99 for the HG10.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Unveils High Capacity Ignite SSDs

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 04:43PM
Author: bp9801

With CES in full swing, new product announcements are coming fast and hard. We have another one from Patriot today, and this time it focuses on a large capacity solid state drive. The Patriot Ignite SSD comes in 480 and 960GB capacities, and runs with a Phison S10 controller for blistering fast read/write speeds of 560/545MB/s. Those are some impressive speeds for any SSD, let alone ones that offer that much storage space. Patriot even said it could reach scores over 1000 in the AS SSD benchmark test, which shows off the speeds these are capable of. Each Ignite SSD features end-to-end data protection, advanced wear-leveling, smartECC, and Smart Refresh, among others, so users can feel protected with these high capacity models.

The Patriot Ignite SSDs will be available to buy later this month, with the 480GB model priced at $214.99 and the 960GB at $404.99. Each offers a three-year warranty and Patriot's award winning customer service.

Source: Press Release


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be quiet! Announces Two CPU Coolers at CES

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 04:48PM
Author: CheeseMan42

be quiet! has announced a pair of CPU coolers that it will be showing off at CES, the Dark Rock Topflow and Shadow Rock LP. Both coolers were designed with keeping a low profile in mind, making them a great potential choice for a small form factor system. The Dark Rock Topflow gives users the option to have one or two fans, with one above and the other below the heatsink fins, with a maximum height of 130mm with the top fan installed. Two SilentWings PWM 135mm fans are included and the cooler offers up to 70mm of memory clearance without the lower fan installed. The Shadow Rock LP has a maximum height of 110mm with the included Pure Wings 2 PWM 120mm fan and has up to 32mm of memory clearance. The coolers have an estimated availability of April at an MSRP of $79.90 for the Dark Rock Topflow and $39.90 for the Shadow Rock LP.

Source: Press Release


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Mushkin Launches Redline and Blackline DDR4 Kits with New Ridgeback Heat Sink Design

Posted: January 6, 2015 @ time: 11:17PM
Author: bp9801

One of the leaders in memory products, Mushkin, is diving into the DDR4 world with new modules and a new heat sink. The Redline and Blackline DDR4 kits benefit from the new Ridgeback heat sink, which offers a stylish design cut from aircraft-grade aluminum. Each kit features XMP 2.0 profiles for quick and easy overclocking on Intel's new X99 platform and whatever else may follow for DDR4 support. The Redline and Blackline Ridgeback models feature hand-selected and tested DDR4 DRAM modules, so every kit is guaranteed to work. Of course, each kit can also handle whatever overclocking you may decide to do, with that sweet Ridgeback heat sink design handling whatever load you throw at it.

The Mushkin Redline and Blackine Ridgeback DDR4 kits will be available in the first quarter of this year, although prices and capacities/speeds were not announced at this time.

Source: Press Release


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Acer Announces Two New 27-Inch Monitors, Including One with G-SYNC

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 01:43AM
Author: bp9801

Over the weekend, Acer announced two new 27-inch monitors that seem pretty similar at first glance, but are quite different when you get down to it. The Acer XB270HU and XG270HU both feature 27" screens, a 2560x1440 resolution, and 144Hz refresh rate, but that's about where the similarities end. The XB270HU features an IPS panel and NVIDIA G-Sync, which makes it one of the only IPS monitors with G-SYNC. That piece of NVIDIA tech allows for frame rates to sync with the monitor's refresh rate to present far smoother gameplay than what was possible before, so even a frame rate in the 30s will look buttery smooth. And because the XB270HU supports a 144Hz refresh rate, gamers capable of hitting that should be in for quite a treat. No connections were mentioned for the XB270HU, but most likely it will have DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and DVI; just don't hold me to that.

The XG270HU lacks G-SYNC and is most likely a TN panel, but it also has a world's first claim: an edge-to-edge display. This should be welcome news for anyone wanting to run multiple monitors in a row, as the XG270HU's frameless design should be ideal for that setup. It also has an HDMI 2.0 port, which supports high refresh rates and enables 4K gaming at 60Hz. There's also DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 on the XG270HU, so pretty much everyone should find a compatible connector with their video card.

Sadly we'll have to wait until March to get our hands on either (or both of) the Acer XB270HU and XG270HU. We also don't know the exact price for each one, but expect that information before long.

Source: MaximumPC and PCWorld


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Counting Atoms for Quantum Networks

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 10:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In the future, potentially quite far into the future, quantum technologies may come to dominate, much like how electronics are now. Before that can happen though, many things have to be discovered, such as ways of manipulating and counting atoms. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have recently found a way to do just that, without scattering the atoms being worked on.

Normally counting atoms would require shooting them with light the atoms will absorb, and seeing how the photons than scatter. This also results in the atoms being kicked out and scattered. The new method however only kicks out 14% of the atoms, which is quite an improvement. It works by trapping the atoms along an ultra-thin glass fiber by chilling them to near absolute zero. Two laser beams of different frequencies are then shot through the fiber. Because the fiber is thinner than the wavelength of the light, they also travel along the fiber's surface, allowing for strong interactions with the trapped atoms. If those atoms were not present, the beams would continue on, quite normally, but with the atoms there, the speeds of the two beams are affected, and measuring the difference between the speeds allows the atoms to be counted.

The researchers found that this method has very impressive accuracy, with an uncertainty of eight atoms, when 2500 are being held on the fiber. The method's resolution is limited by the natural quantum noise of the light, which is actually useful as it could allow for entangled states that could be used in quantum computer networks.

Source: Niels Bohr Institute


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 10:52AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, and we have a couple of items from CES to go along with the usual reviews. There is a review on the Cooler Master Nepton 240M all-in-one liquid cooling system, which could be a solid entry in the world of watercooling for those ready to take the dive. We also have the DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer heat sink for those not quite ready to leave air cooling behind. If you need a way to better connect, then perhaps the TP-LINK Archer C8 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router is the solution. Now for those CES articles, there's an in-depth look at Intels' new Compute Stick, which is basically an entire PC that can plug into a TV via an HDMI port. Oh, and there's also a look at all the booth babes from this year's CES, because what trade show is complete without them?

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master Nepton 240M Liquid Cooling System @ Frostytech
DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer @ Frostytech

Networking
TP-LINK Archer C8 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router @ Madshrimps

Trade Shows/Conventions
Intel Reveals HDMI Compute Stick @ ThinkComputers
CES 2015: The Booth Babes @ ThinkComputers


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Intel Unveils the Compute Stick, Powered by an Atom Quad-core CPU

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 11:24AM
Author: bp9801

Devices that plug into a TV are becoming more and more popular, with items like the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick leading the way. At CES, Intel showed off its version of a TV stick, but it is a little different than the Google and Amazon offerings. The size is still the same as those (think a large stick of gum), but the Intel Compute Stick is effectively a computer that plugs into your TV's HDMI port. One version runs Windows 8.1 and another runs Linux, with both being powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor. Down the road, newer processors like the Intel Broadwell Core M series could find their way into the Compute Stick.

The Windows 8.1 version comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, while the Linux versions just has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM because of the OS' smaller operating footprint. A microSD slot can expand the storage on either one, so you aren't limited to the stock amount. It connects to the TV via an HDMI 1.4a port, can stream media over 802.11b/g/n WiFi or Bluetooth 4.0, and includes both a full-size and micro USB port for even further connectivity. The Compute Stick does require a micro USB cable for charging, since it can't run entirely off the HDMI port alone.

Intel's Compute Stick will arrive this March, with the Windows 8.1 version priced at $149 and the Linux at $89.

Source: ZDNet and Intel


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System Requirements for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Detailed

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 12:57PM
Author: bp9801

CD Projekt's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may have been delayed into May, but it is only to give the team more time to get any bugs squashed and make sure the game is as good as possible. Judging by all the gameplay footage and trailers released, CDP is making good on that promise. One thing that has been missing is what exactly we'll need to run The Witcher 3. Luckily we now have that information, and it isn't as severe as you may think to get it up and running.

Minimum System Requirements:

Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
NVIDIA GPU GeForce GTX 660
AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
RAM 6GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements:

Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
NVIDIA GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
RAM 8GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

The hard drive size is a little high, but it is nice to see the game be just for DirectX 11 and nothing lower. Most people should be able to run The Witcher 3 right away, but if you do need an upgrade, you have until May 19 to get it squared away.

Source: TheWitcher.com


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Microsoft Announces Expansion of the Office for Android Tablet Preview

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 01:08PM
Author: gebraset

Last November, Microsoft released new versions of its Office suite for various mobile devices along with a preview program for Android tablets, which allowed owners to take advantage of specific Office applications after registering for access. Microsoft has now announced that it is expanding the Office for Android tablet preview by releasing the preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Google Play. Owners of Android tablets can simply go to Google Play and download the preview versions of these Office applications as long as their tablet is ARM-based, is running KitKat or Lollipop, and has a screen size between 7-inches and 10.1-inches. The expansion of the Office for Android tablet preview will allow Microsoft to receive more feedback than ever for the mobile applications, which allows the company to efficiently plan and prioritize future feature updates.

Source: Office Blog


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AT&T Introduces Shareable Rollover Data

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 01:32PM
Author: gebraset

AT&T has revealed that it is bringing back its popular rollover concept in the form of Rollover Data. The newly announced feature, which will be enabled automatically starting on January 25, 2015 at no cost to customers, is only available to those subscribed to an AT&T Mobile Share Value plan. Customers that subscribe a Mobile Share Value plan are able to rollover unused data from one billing cycle into the next. Rollover Data is able to benefit all devices that are a part of the same Mobile Share Value plan, and the feature itself can be easily tracked through the myAT&T mobile application or through the AT&T website. According to Glenn Lurie, the President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, “Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers.”

While Rollover Data is certainly exciting for AT&T Mobile Share Value customers, it is worth noting that unused Rollover Data does not carry over.

Source: Press Release


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Neil Young’s Pono Player is Launching on January 12

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 01:55PM
Author: gebraset

Neil Young, who has for years complained about how MP3 audio lacks authentic quality due to compression, has revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Show that his high-quality music player, the Pono Player, will be launching this Monday. The player is being marketed towards individuals who truly appreciate audio files that feature no compression, allowing music to be heard with every intended detail. Although a dedicated music player is likely to be difficult to sell in a market so convoluted by music streaming services, Neil Young firmly believes that a market does exist for the Pono Player, which is meant to play songs from the recently launched Pono music store which sells high-quality audio files.

The Pono Player will be available in just 80 retail locations across the United States, including Fry's Electronics, and will cost consumers $399.

Source: The Verge


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Mushkin Announces STRIKER Line of Solid State Drives

Posted: January 7, 2015 @ time: 06:20PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Mushkin has revealed its latest line of SSDs at CES, the STRIKER series. The drives use a Phison PS3110-S10 controller and have maximum read and write speeds up to 565MB/s and 550MB/s, respectively, and can reach 90,000 4K Input/Output Operations per Second. The controller also offers 256-bit AES encryption support, end-to-end data path protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, and SmartFlush. The STRIKER series will be available in capacities ranging from 240-960GB in the first quarter of this year. Director of Product Management Brian Flood said, "With an ever-increasing demand for greater performance, the new STRIKER drives provides the ultimate combination of speed and reliability for today’s demanding applications."

Source: Press Release


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Nanowires for Keeping People Warm

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 08:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Depending on where you live, it could be quite cold outside currently, so naturally you are doing what you can to keep warm. A fairly common solution is to heat homes and buildings more, even when no one is there, so it will be warm when someone enters the space. While this solution works, one group of researchers has developed a new approach that looks to keep people warm, instead of places.

As reported in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters, the researchers have created breathable mesh materials that do a better job at trapping body heat than normal clothing does. Luckily these materials are flexible enough that they could be coated onto clothes, and there is another plus from them being made of nanowires. If connected to an electricity source, the mesh can actively warm the person wearing them.

The researchers say this could make a significant dent in energy consumption, potentially saving 1000 kilowatt hours per person each year.

Source: American Chemical Society


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Cricket Replaces Muve Music with Deezer

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 10:34AM
Author: gebraset

Cricket has publically revealed that it is discontinuing its Muve Music service in favor of Deezer, an incredibly popular music streaming service that currently features 16 million global listeners. Starting on January 31, 2015, Cricket customers will be able to utilize Deezer to access 35 million songs and more than 30,000 Internet radio stations from around the world. An extended free trial of Deezer will be offered to current Muve Music customers who switch to Cricket's new GSM network, and for those that take advantage of the offer, existing music libraries and playlists can even be transferred. New and existing Cricket customers on the new LTE network are eligible for a minimum 15-day free trial of Deezer, and will only be charged $6 per month for the service after the trial ends. The President of Cricket Wireless, Jennifer Van Buskirk, noted that "This agreement illustrates our ongoing commitment to deliver the best value in prepaid wireless and satisfy our customers' growing need for an unparalleled premium music experience."

Source: Press Release


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Technology & Engineering Emmy Awarded to Twitter

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 10:54AM
Author: gebraset

Twitter, one of the largest and most popular online social networking services currently available, has officially been awarded its first Emmy. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has revealed that Twitter has been awarded an Emmy after being chosen for "Innovation in Improving Engagement Around Television in Social media," an award given to companies that present engineering developments that change the way audiences interact with television. The award shows just how effective Twitter has been in changing the landscape of television as a whole, with various broadcast companies, press release teams, and even celebrities using the service to generate interest in events, television shows, movies, and more.

Source: Gigaom and Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 11:05AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is fast approaching, but we do have some items for your reading pleasure today. There is a review of the AMD FX-8320E, an affordable option of the company's newest CPUs that is aimed at gamers. We also have the Cooler Master Silencio 652S case, which is the same as the Silencio 652 except for the addition of some Silencio 120mm fans. There is a preview of a new mechanical keyboard from Cherry called the MX Board 6.0, which makes use of a technology called RealKey. Wrapping up today's items is the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, where a curved AMOLED screen is added to the popular Note 4.

CPUs
AMD FX-8320E @ LanOC Reviews

Cases
Cooler Master Silencio 652S @ Benchmark Reviews

Keyboards/Mice
Cherry Announces Ground Breaking Mechanical Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge @ TechSpot


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Making Graphene Oxide a Viable Battery Electrode

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 11:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A great deal of research is currently being done into a variety of battery technologies, with the goal of making batteries for electric cars and even the power grid. Central to this work is finding the best materials for use as electrodes, and one material, graphite, has already been ruled out. However, Kansas State University researchers have discovered that graphene oxide, which graphite can be turned into, could be a very viable electrode.

Graphene oxide is effectively a defective version of graphene, as it is an insulator, but heating it can turn it into a conductor or a semiconductor. The Kansas researchers have found that heating it in the presence of the right gas can also make it a very good electrode for sodium- or lithium-ion batteries. The heating will turn graphene oxide into reduced graphene oxide (rGO), and by controlling the temperature the distance between the layers can be manipulated. It turns out that heating it to 500 ºC results in the maximum capacity of sodium-ions, while heating it to 900 ºC gives the greatest lithium-ion capacity. When tested with sodium-ions, it survived for over 1000 cycles.

Obviously this discovery could lead to more powerful batteries, but it will also lead to more research. There may be other discounted materials that could work as battery electrodes, if prepared differently or converted into something similar.

Source: Kansas State University


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Google Now Updated with Refreshed Look and Additional Options

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 11:43AM
Author: gebraset

Google has pushed an update for Google Now, a service that works as a personal assistance for Android device owners. The updated version of Google Now includes a refreshed look for Google Now cards as well as additional settings for them, including the ability to scroll through previous cards and even toggle them on and off. Thanks to the update, options for various reminders and cards that used to be available at the bottom of Google Now have been relocated to the hamburger menu, which is accessible through the search bar. Additionally, Google Now users now have the ability to specify how they would like to treat urgent reminders such as appointment notifications and traffic alerts.

Source: PCWorld


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NVIDIA Shows Off DRIVE Computers for Automobiles

Posted: January 8, 2015 @ time: 04:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA brought a pair of new computers targeted at the automotive market to CES, the DRIVE PX and DRIVE CX. The computers are "equipped with powerful capabilities for computer vision, deep learning and advanced cockpit visualization." The DRIVE PX is targeted at the development of auto-pilot capabilities through the use of computer vision. Powered by a pair of Tegra X1 chips, the DRIVE PX is capable of processing up to 1.3 gigapixels per second from up to 12 high resolution cameras. One feature of the DRIVE PX is Auto-Valet, which enables a car to park itself in a crowded garage and later return to the driver. It also has the ability to learn the differences between different types of cars such as police cars, ambulances, and regular vehicles. The DRIVE CX is targeted at "navigation, infotainment, digital instrument clusters and driver monitoring," and also carries the ability to give a full 360 degree view of the car, eliminating blind spots. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said, "Whether finding their way back to you from a parking spot or using situational awareness to keep out of harm's way, future cars will do many amazing, seemingly intelligent things." The computers have an expected availability of the second quarter of this year.

Source: Tweak Town


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Creating Uniform Quantum Dots for Solar Power

Posted: January 9, 2015 @ time: 07:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Order can be very useful, especially when trying to build things, but achieving it is not always easy. Quantum dots are nanoscopic crystals that have properties that would make them exceptional for solar panels, but making them the same size is somewhat difficult. At least it was as researchers at MIT have now found a way to make lead sulfide quantum dots of uniform size.

In the nanocrystals, the lead and sulfur atoms are roughly one-to-one, but the researchers found that it is best to start with a 24 to 1 mixture. This leads to the uniform size, which is useful for creating films of the quantum dots, as dots of the same size will self-assemble into an ordered lattice. Also better control of the size of the quantum dots can improve their performance, as the researchers found that the distance between the centers of the nanoparticles impact the amount of time electrons remain excited. The shorter the distance the greater the diffusion length, and that means more time to put the electron to use.

The researchers also found that while uniformity improves diffusion length, an amount of disorder can improve energy diffusion. Small variations in the quantum dots’ sizes can also cause energy variations, and higher energy electrons will try to move to areas of lower energy. This gets them going sooner than if the energy plane were flat, speeding up the process.

Source: MIT


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Leap Second Could Cause Computer Troubles

Posted: January 9, 2015 @ time: 01:20PM
Author: CheeseMan42

This year will have a leap second, an extra second that will be recorded at 11:59 pm on June 30 to allow the spin of the Earth to sync with atomic clocks. Atomic time is constant while the Earth is slowing down at a rate of two thousandths of a second per day. A leap second last occurred in 2012 and negatively impacted a large part of the Internet, taking down a number a large websites such as Reddit and Yelp, and also hit the Linux Operating System. As more computers are being synced to atomic clocks to maintain accurate time, the number of potentially affected systems increases. Google managed to avert the leap second last time around by updating its servers to anticipate the event and will take the same action this year. If you are worried then it may be best to avoid your computer during that time frame.

Source: USA Today


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Google May Soon Offer an Auto Insurance Comparison Service in the United States

Posted: January 9, 2015 @ time: 01:46PM
Author: gebraset

According to a research analyst, Google may soon offer automotive drivers located in the United States with an auto insurance comparison tool. Google is already providing drivers within the United Kingdom with an auto insurance comparison service called Google Compare, thanks to the acquisition of BeatThatQuote.com in 2011. Ellen Carney, an analyst with Forrester Research that is responsible for the speculation, notes that the United States version of Google Compare was expected to launch last month in California but has been delayed. Carney backs up her claims of Google Compare coming to the United States with an entity known as Google Compare Auto Insurance Services, which is already licensed to do business in over half of the United States. Additionally, Carney notes that Google is already authorized to do business with a variety of insurers, including Dairyland, MetLife, Mercury, Permanent General Assurance, Viking Insurance of Wisconsin and Workmen’s, further promoting the idea.

Source: PCWorld


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Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks

Posted: January 9, 2015 @ time: 02:07PM
Author: gebraset

Facebook has officially acquired QuickFire Networks, a technology startup based out of San Diego that employs proprietary technology to decrease the overall size of video files without degrading video quality. QuickFire Networks firmly believes that the current network infrastructure is incapable of supporting the growing demand for online videos. Facebook for example is currently seeing more than one billion video views on average every day, with that number likely to grow even larger in the near future. The social media giant plans to utilize the technology developed by QuickFire Networks to reduce the overall size of videos posted to Facebook, thereby reducing the amount of bandwidth needed.

QuickFire Networks, which currently employees roughly 20 individuals, will wind down its business operations as some of its key team members join Facebook to deliver high-quality videos to its massive user base.


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Understanding How to Trap Light with a Twist

Posted: January 9, 2015 @ time: 05:52PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If someone needs to trap light, often they will turn to mirrors or photonic crystals that will hold the photons in place. Last year though, researchers at MIT found a way to stop light by having it cancel out its own radiation fields. Now the team has figured out how this happens and what it could mean.

Central to this new method is the polarization of the light involved, as the light-trapping photonic crystals used actually change the direction of the polarization. The change is dependent on the direction of the light beam, which causes a vortex to form, similar to tornadoes and water swirling down a drain. This forms a singularity, or topological defect, at the center of the vortex, which traps the light at that point. To the researchers' surprise, this trapped state is actually rather robust, which makes it easier to create than many expected.

From this research it may be possible to create vector beams, which are a kind of laser that could be used for small-scale particle accelerators. It could also lead to ways of transmitting more channels through an optical fiber and super-resolution imaging.

Source: MIT


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President Obama to Announce New Initiatives Surrounding Cybersecurity and Internet Access

Posted: January 12, 2015 @ time: 07:28AM
Author: gebraset

According to White House officials, President Obama is set to announce a variety of new initiatives next week that will address online security as well as increased access to broadband Internet across the United States. The announcement will take place over a series of speeches, where President Obama will outline the need for increased identity theft protection, better privacy protection, more robust cybersecurity, and increased access to high-speed Internet. The news of the announcement comes roughly one week before the President is set to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and just months after the recent hack on Sony Pictures. As more and more companies experience data breaches due to increased cybersecurity attacks, the soon to be announced initiatives will address not only governmental cybersecurity but private sector as well.

Source: The New York Times


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Pushing Quantum Data Storage to New Limits

Posted: January 12, 2015 @ time: 07:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It may be many years before we fully realize quantum computers, but some quantum technologies may be here much sooner, including quantum networks. In theory these networks would be able to send quantum information across the globe with unbreakable security. That data has to be stored though and quantum information tends not to survive long, but researchers at the Australian National University have set a record of six hours.

One of the ways currently used to store quantum information is with laser beams in optical fibers, and works with networks around one hundred kilometers long. This new method instead stores the information in the spins of europium atom nuclei, and preserves it by applying fixed and oscillating magnetic fields to the crystal. These fields isolate the europium spins so that the information cannot leak away, which is how the new storage time record is 100 times the previous one. Compared to the laser method, someone could walk with the crystal and have it suffer less loss, for a given distance.

While this quantum optical hard drive could have a serious impact on quantum networks, it could also affect our understanding of quantum mechanics. The phenomenon at work for the networks, quantum entanglement, has never been tested at as great of distances as this method allows.

Source: Australian National University


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Twitter Reveals Interest in Generating Advertisement Revenue from Other Companies

Posted: January 12, 2015 @ time: 07:47AM
Author: gebraset

Twitter, who five months ago implemented video advertisements into the timelines of its own users, has recently revealed to media buyers through a presentation at CES that it is interested generating advertisement revenue through external sources. According to individuals familiar with the matter, Twitter is planning to capitalize on people who see tweets across the Internet but who do not actually use the social media service. In order to do this, Twitter is planning to sell advertisements within streams of tweets on mobile applications and websites of other companies. While it is not known which publishers Twitter is currently attempting to make agreements with, the presentation that outlined the idea made references to the SportsCenter application offered by ESPN, as well as Flipboard. According to those familiar with the matter, revenue generating from the advertisements would be shared between Twitter and the publisher, thereby benefitting both entities.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


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Cherry Announces MX Board 6.0

Posted: January 12, 2015 @ time: 08:08AM
Author: gebraset

Cherry has officially announced its latest keyboard offering, the MX Board 6.0. The MX Board 6.0, which is being marketed to gamers, professional typists, and software developers, includes a standard 102-keyset, macros, complete N-key rollover, an ingot-shaped metal body, and a palm-rest that can be magnetically attached. The latest keyboard from Cherry also includes RealKey technology, which provides reduced latency thanks to the bandwidth capabilities offered by USB 3.0.

The Cherry MX Board 6.0 comes with a three-year warranty and will be available to purchase this spring for $219.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 12, 2015 @ time: 11:52AM
Author: bp9801

It is the start of a new week, with several items for you to check out to get things started. We have a review of the GIGABYTE R9 280 video card, which comes with the company's Windforce cooler to keep things from getting too toasty while gaming. There is also a look at the ECS Z97-Machine motherboard, an enthusiast-quality product that won't break the bank. The Cougar 600M gaming mouse gets put to the test to see how capable it is at controlling your in-game characters. If you need some storage, then perhaps the Synology DS415play NAS is the one for you. On the mobile side there is a look at the UleFone Be One smartphone. Wrapping things up is a look back at some of the best case mods from CES 2015.

Video Cards
GIGABYTE R9 280 @ LanOC Reviews

Motherboards
ECS Z97-Machine @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Cougar 600M Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS415play NAS @ Madshrimps

Mobile
UleFone Be One @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
The Best Case Mods of CES 2015 @ ThinkComputers


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Specifications Revealed for Co-op Shooter Evolve

Posted: January 12, 2015 @ time: 12:36PM
Author: bp9801

Turtle Rock's upcoming co-op shooter Evolve has a little under a month remaining before we can dive in, and if you're curious about what kind of computer you need to play it, wonder no more. The specifications for Evolve have been released, and the good news is most people will be able to run it without major issue. It only requires something like an Intel Core2Duo E6600 or an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5770, so it certainly won't be breaking the bank for many gamers. The rest of the specs can be viewed below, with both the minimum and recommended accounted for.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

INTEL CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD CPU: Athlon 64 X2 6400
SYSTEM RAM: 4GB
NVIDIA VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 560
ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon HD 5770
VIDEO MEMORY: 1GB
HARD DRIVE: 50GB
OS: Windows 7 64-bit

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS:

INTEL CPU: Core i7-920
AMD CPU: A8-3870K
SYSTEM RAM: 6GB
NVIDIA VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 670 or GTX 760
ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon R9 280
VIDEO MEMORY: 2GB
HARD DRIVE: 50GB

Like I said, these requirements won't be breaking the bank for many gamers, as I am sure many people will be able to play it right away. It is nice to see yet another game require a 64-bit version of at least Windows 7, but not so nice seeing that 50GB hard drive requirement. The folks at Turtle Rock also had some other questions to address concerning Evolve, with a screenshot of the graphics settings answering the one about what we can tweak. It covers everything from texture, shader, and model detail to shadow quality and anti-aliasing, among others. Turtle Rock also said the game supports resolutions up to 4K, but at launch will not support either SLI or CrossFire. The team is working on support for multiple video cards, but nothing is definitive just yet.

Evolve arrives on February 10 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Evolve Blog


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