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ASUSTOR Will Showcase Professional Surveillance Solution at Upcoming Axis Solution Conference

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 05:29AM
Author: gebraset

ASUSTOR, a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has revealed that it will be showcasing a cost-effective yet high quality surveillance solution at Axis Solution Conference 2015. The surveillance solution is marketed towards homes and small businesses, and will be exhibited alongside of the company’s Surveillance Center 2.4 application. Version 2.4 of the Surveillance Center add-on application by ASUSTOR offers consumers with a variety of additional functions, such as automated event action rules, role-based access control, missing object detection, RTSP streaming server functionality, multiple modes for streaming camera management, and simple and intuitive on-screen controls. The Product Manager at ASUSTOR, James Su, noted that "ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center is compatible with all Axis brand cameras as well as with over 600 other models from world renowned brands, in addition to providing users with the ability to simultaneously view up to 49 surveillance feeds in 1080p HD."

All interested parties are welcome to attend the ASUSTOR event at Axis Solution Conference 2015, which is scheduled to begin at 10AM on July 9, 2015.

Source: Press Release


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Nanowaveguides Brought Closer Together for Future Photonic Chips

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 07:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some day we will have to leave many electronics behind us and go to a new technology, possibly photonics. There are still many hurdles to overcome before that can happen, and among them is the packing photonic waveguides close together. Researchers at Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley have achieved that by applying adiabatic elimination.

If you place two nanowaveguides too close together, crosstalk between them will destroy any useful information. This is a significant problem if we want to achieve chip-scale quantum computing with photons and high-performance optical communications. The solution the Berkeley researchers have is to actually add an additional waveguide to the mix, between to two that would normally interfere with each other. This third, middle waveguide mediates the light passing between the two outer guides, preventing crosstalk, but does so without collecting any light within it, causing it to be effectively dark. This allowed the waveguides to be placed just 200 nm apart from each other, which is well within the destructive crosstalk proximity.

The control of light this discovery allows will enable the nanowaveguides, which are similar to the circuitry in current electronics, will allow for much denser designs, which in turn allows for more advanced and powerful devices. It may still be a long time before we see the devices that will take advantage of this research, but what comes of it should be very interesting to see.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 09:09AM
Author: bp9801

The first day of July is upon us, with 2015 already halfway over. We have a couple of items for you to get the month started, including a review of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card. The company's latest and greatest has plenty of potential, so be sure to see if that ends up being the case or not. Our other item for the day is a look back at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of June, with some sure to make you laugh or just simply shake your head.

Video Cards
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X @ TechSpot

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups – June 2015 @ ThinkComputers


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Program Developed for Fixing Software Bugs by Analyzing Other Programs

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 02:05PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In general, it is a bad thing when a program crashes, which is why so much effort is invested to make sure it does not happen, but even then, things may be missed. To catch those remaining bugs, automated tools have been developed to identify problem spots in code, but now researchers at MIT have developed a system that will actually repair the problems. It does this by analyzing other programs and learning how they operate, without accessing their source code.

This new system, named CodePhage, works by first identifying inputs that cause crashes with the DIODE system the researchers previously developed, as well as safe inputs. CodePhage then feeds both the safe and crash-inducing inputs for one program, into another program that performs similar operations, but does not crash from these inputs, and generates the symbolic expressions for both inputs. Symbolic expressions are strings of symbols describing the logical constraints applied by operations. When the expression for the crash-inducing input deviates from the safe input, CodePhage stops the process and then looks at the original, crashing program to find locations where an input would meet most, but not all of the constraints described. It then inserts code into the original program to add the constraints for the donor program, and tests it with the crash-inducing input. If the program still crashes, CodePhage will move on to another location to add the constraints, until the bug is fixed.

The researchers tested CodePhage on seven open-source programs DIODE had previously found bugs in, and was able to fix all of those bugs, taking just two to ten minutes for each repair. Believe it or not, but even the researchers were surprised by how well it functions.

Source: MIT


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Latest Windows 10 Build Fixes More Than 300 Bugs

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 03:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The official release date of Windows 10 is July 29, but Microsoft continues to put out preview builds of its next OS. Build 10159 is the latest and carries with it more than 300 new bug fixes. Build 10158 was released a day earlier to the Windows Insider program and "was heavy on new features." Also included was a new background image which is reported to be the new default background.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Cisco Acquires OpenDNS For $635 Million

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 03:39PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Cisco has announced that it plans to acquire cloud-based security firm OpenDNS for $635 million. Cisco had previously invested $35 million in the company and as a result obtained "defensive rights that give it an edge to acquire companies it has invested in ahead of competitors." Cisco has traditionally focused on security from a firewall perspective, though it branched into intrusion detection and prevention with the acquisition of Sourcefire in 2013. The purchase of OpenDNS enhances this ability as it "uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss."

Source: NDTV


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NVIDIA Working on GeForce GTX 950 Series Graphics Cards

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 03:56PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA is reportedly developing replacements for the GeForce GTX 750 series cards based around the GM206-250 GPU. The two cards will be the GeForce GTX 950 and 950 Ti and are predicted to be on par with the GeForce GTX 960 series. The cards will support all of the latest graphics technology including DirectX 12.1, OpenGL 4.3, H.265 encoding and decoding, and HDCP 2.2 compliance. Based on the cards that are being replaced, Kit Guru expects the cards to have a price tag in the $150 range.

Source: Kit Guru


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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut Announced, Free to Existing Owners of the Trilogy

Posted: July 1, 2015 @ time: 07:18PM
Author: ClayMeow

With Van Helsing III releasing back in May, concluding the trilogy, you would think that developer NeocoreGames would be done with the series, but not so fast. Today, NeocoreGames announced The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut, which the studio says is its way of giving back something to the loyal community.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut is a standalone product that combines the campaign content of all three games with modified or additional content. Players get to choose from the six playable classes featured in Van Helsing III from the very beginning and play through all the campaign content with a campaign level cap of 80, which can be increased to 100 in additional game modes. Players will be able to create a new character or start right at level 80 so they can fully enjoy the endgame content, which will include 20 randomly generated scenario maps, daily quests, challenges, and weekly events, all the tower defense game modes, and four refined multiplayer modes (4-player co-op, touchdown, arena, and battle royal).

The best part is, if you have been a loyal Van Helsing fan and own all three games of the trilogy on Steam, you'll receive the Final Cut for free! If not, it'll cost $44.99. The Final Cut is planned for a September 2015 release via Steam. Non-Steam Windows and Mac versions are planned for a later date.

With "remastering" and "HD remakes" all the rage these days, milking consumers for more money, it's always nice when a developer truly rewards its loyal fans and shows appreciation. NeocoreGames could have simply offered a discount to existing owners and most fans would have been completely satisfied with that, but the studio decided to go the extra mile, and it should be applauded for that.

Source: Press Release


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Revised Water Pump Design Eliminates Radeon R9 Fury X Noise Issues

Posted: July 2, 2015 @ time: 05:17AM
Author: gebraset

Just days ago, it was reported that owners of AMD’s latest flagship card, the Radeon R9 Fury X, were experiencing frustrating noise issues. The cause of the noise turned out to be the Cooler Master all-in-one water pump that comes bundled with the Radeon R9 Fury X. Antal Tungler, an AMD representative, noted that a fix for the water pump noise was being applied by Cooler Master, and it now looks as if the fix has made its way to consumers. According to the latest owners of the Radeon R9 Fury X, the revised water pump runs much quieter than previous versions of the AMD card. From early photographs and reports, it seems that the only way to tell if the revised water pump is included with the Radeon R9 Fury X is by the Cooler Master logo featured atop the pump-block. The revised water pump features a chrome Cooler Master logo, while the old pump that exhibits the high pitch whine features a multi-color company logo.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Improving Optical Quantum Communication with Hyperentanglement

Posted: July 2, 2015 @ time: 07:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For some time now, communication technologies have been trending towards using quantum mechanical phenomena for improved performance and security, with some networks already using quantum encryption. One of the phenomena used is entanglement, which allows multiple particles to be coupled so strongly that by knowing the state of one particle, you know the state of the others. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have recently taken this to a new level with photons by achieving hyperentanglement (which is actually a word).

Normally the entangled dimension for a pair of photons is their polarization, but the researchers have succeeded in entangling more dimensions. They accomplished this by turning the photons into a biphoton frequency comb, which effectively breaks the photons up into smaller parts. Each of these parts can then be entangled, and thanks to how this works, each new dimension of entanglement doubles how much information can be encoded onto the pair, meaning it exponentially increases.

This discovery has obvious applications for sending large amounts of data securely and quickly. It may even help distributed quantum computing and quantum cloud communications take form in the future.

Source: University of California, Los Angeles


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, July 2, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 2, 2015 @ time: 09:36AM
Author: bp9801

The second day of July is here, and with it comes a few items to help you get through the day. We have an examination of the water pump noise from AMD's initial run of Radeon R9 Fury X video cards. Keeping with the liquid cooler, but switching to the CPU side, there is a review of the NZXT Kraken X41 CPU cooler, which features a a thicker radiator and longer tubing than its X40 predecessor. Finally we have the Corsair HX1200i power supply, a 1200W model with 80 PLUS Platinum certification and a Zero RPM fan that doesn't spin until a certain threshold is reached.

Video Cards
Retail AMD Fury X Sound Testing - Pump Whine Investigation @ PC Perspective

CPU Cooling
NZXT Kraken X41 @ Benchmark Reviews

Power Supplies
Corsair HX1200i @ ThinkComputers


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Microsoft Details the Upgrade Plans for Windows 10

Posted: July 2, 2015 @ time: 10:19AM
Author: bp9801

Windows 10, the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, is due to arrive at the end of this month. It is a free upgrade for the first year for anyone who wants to take advantage of the offer, which is a fantastic gesture from the folks in Redmond. OEMs and retailers will be receiving their versions of the OS before long to ensure new and recent PC purchases are ready to go. If you're curious exactly how and when you can get your free copy of Windows 10 Home or Pro, wonder no more, as Microsoft has provided the details on when we can begin the download. Starting on July 29, all Windows Insiders will be the first to get the official version of Windows 10. So if you've already been testing it out through the Insiders program, you'll get it first. After that, Windows 10 will roll out in waves to everyone who has reserved a copy on their Windows 7 or 8 machine. All reservations will receive a notice once Windows 10 has been downloaded and is ready to go, so just hold tight once we get to July 29.

The waves should be rather large, but some people may not get Windows 10 as soon as others. It isn't an entirely bad idea, since those still waiting for the new OS can hear from others exactly how it is working. If a system is not yet ready to receive Windows 10, Microsoft will provide solutions on how to make it compatible, and it is up to you whether or not to download Windows 10 before then. For businesses and schools that have purchased Windows 10 Enterprise or Education keys in bulk, those will be sent out on August 1.

Source: Windows Blog


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Broforce Receives New Content for Fourth of July

Posted: July 2, 2015 @ time: 12:20PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In time for the Fourth of July, Broforce is receiving the Freedom Update that adds two new bros, new melee attacks, and a new flexing feature to the fight against "rampant un-Americanism." The new bros are the Brocketeer, wearing a jet-pack and armed with a dive bomb move, and the Scottish-American hero of legend. The new melee attacks include the 'organ punch' and roundhouse kick, but naturally the combat flexing feature is the most important addition, as you will stop attacking to flex your biceps for your enemies to see.

To further celebrate the holiday, Broforce is also 33% off on Steam.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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ASUS Begins Selling the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Graphics Card

Posted: July 3, 2015 @ time: 04:55AM
Author: gebraset

ASUS, a Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company, has officially began selling its GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix graphics card. The latest video card by ASUS aims to impress, as it offers gamers with boost clock speeds of up to 1291MHz in gaming mode and 1317MHz in OC mode, a DirectCU III cooler that features zero fan noise while under light loads and is 30 percent cooler compared to reference designs, as well as Super Alloy Power II components which increase efficiency and decrease overall buzzing noise. The Strix GTX 980 Ti also features a 12+2-phase power design, a GPU-fortifier and strengthened backplate that together prevent bending of the PCB over time, and a Strix LED that comes with pulsating lighting effects.

ASUS is quick to point out that the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix graphics card is built utilizing Auto-Extreme technology, an exclusive to ASUS that is the industry’s first completely automated manufacturing process that eliminates human intervention. According to ASUS, Auto-Extreme technology allows the Strix GTX 980 Ti to feature amazing reliability and a smooth rear printed circuit board. ASUS’ Auto-Extreme technology eliminates harsh chemicals and reduces power consumption by 50 percent, making the new manufacturing process more environmentally friendly as well.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Graphics Card by ASUS will be available worldwide sometime during this month.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor for Smartphones Developed

Posted: July 3, 2015 @ time: 07:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some phones today feature fingerprint sensors that can be used to unlock the device. While this is a neat idea, the sensors can be fooled with just a picture of the correct print. As reported by the American Institute of Physics, researchers have created a superior fingerprint sensor for phones that uses more secure 3D images instead.

The new sensor is actually ultrasonic, and operates in a similar manner to medical ultrasound machines. The ultrasonic waves bounce off of the surface of the finger, and the flesh within, creating echoes that can be captured and processed to generate a 3D image. This 3D image will be much harder to fake than the current fingerprint sensors found on phones, which rely on 2D images instead. Beyond this security application, the researchers believe we may also see this technology adapted as a low-cost medical tool.

The ultrasound is generated by piezoelectric transducers, which have the application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for processing directly beneath them. This two-wafer design is actually fairly easy to produce, because the methods needed to do so are already used to create other components for our phones.

Source: EurekAlert!


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, July 3, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 3, 2015 @ time: 09:40AM
Author: bp9801

The last day of the week is here, and before the weekend festivities for those in the US begin, why not kick it off with some reviews and articles. There is a look at the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD, which uses a Phison S10 controller and offers plenty of space for those needing an upgrade or a new primary drive in their computer. If you have a new video card and want a way to keep it running cooler for longer, perhaps the Corsair HG10 A1 bracket and H80i GT liquid cooler is the one for you. We also have a custom made leather wrist rest for TKL keyboards from Noko, as its Leatherworks TKL Wrist Rest gets inspected to see if it should be in front of your keyboard. Lastly we have a new case mod using a Bitfenix Prodigy to turn it into something any Fallout fan would be proud to have as their own.

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD @ Neoseeker

VGA Cooling
Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Noko Leatherworks TKL Wrist Rest @ LanOC Reviews
Case Mod Friday: Vault Boy @ ThinkComputers


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Prototype Nintendo Play Station Surfaces From Failed Nintendo-Sony Collaboration

Posted: July 3, 2015 @ time: 08:26PM
Author: bp9801

Back in the late 1980s, Nintendo and Sony were collaborating on a game console that would merge cartridge and CD-based systems into one. This Play Station could play SNES-CD games, SNES cartridge games, and would make use of Sony's SPC 700 chip for eight-channel sound. The partnership would also result in the SNES-CD, an attachment for current SNES consoles that could play CDs. However, the initial deal gave Sony control over any SNES-CD games developed, since the discs were a Sony design, and this didn't sit well with the folks at Nintendo. When CES 1991 rolled around, Nintendo's then-chairman Howard Lincoln announced a partnership between Nintendo and Philips to develop a CD-ROM-based console. This was a major shock to Sony, and a deal that Nintendo pulled off at the last minute in order to try and retain control of its games. That deal didn't work either, but it did lead Philips to creating and releasing its ill-fated CD-i.

This was not the end for Sony, as it would later take the work done by Ken Kutaragi to develop its own game console, the PlayStation. Kutaragi, who had been working on the SPC 700 in secret, was in danger of losing his job before Sony's then-CEO Norio Ohaga recognized the potential in the chip and the partnership with Nintendo. When that partnership collapsed, Sony went to Sega for another collaboration, but after that rejection, decided on its own console and the rest is history.

As for that initial Play Station from the Nintendo collaboration, well, about 200 prototypes were made, but were presumed lost as the years went on. Strangely, one of these prototype systems has recently turned up, and man, is it a sight. It apparently used to belong to a former Nintendo employee who gave it, along with assorted other items, to a friend, whose son has now shared it on reddit. The top part of it looks like a Super Famicom/SNES typically would, except for a small LCD display and audio playback controls. The front has the familiar controller connections, but also a CD tray. The controllers resemble the SNES ones, but have Sony branding on the front and Nintendo Super Famicom on the back. The rear has plenty of connections, and is actually quite similar to what the PlayStation would eventually have in 1994, minus the parallel port.

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It's strange to think what could have been with Sony and Nintendo working together on the SNES-CD and Play Station, and where the state of console gaming may now be if Nintendo didn't jump to Philips. Sony's current PlayStation 4 has sold more than 22 million units since its launch in 2013, while Nintendo's Wii U is at about 10 million since its 2012 launch (and the company's slowest selling console yet).

Source: reddit [1] & [2], YouTube, and Ars Technica


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Minecraft: Story Mode is the Next Offering From Telltale Games

Posted: July 5, 2015 @ time: 12:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Telltale Games is the developer behind popular point and click adventure games based on franchises like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The company has just announced at Minecon over the weekend that Minecraft will be the next property to be adapted. In Minecraft: Story Mode, gamers will follow Jesse as he and his friends "set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion." The game will be released on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, and iOS later this year following the episodic format of other Telltale games. Mojang Chief World Officer Owen Hill described the game stating, "They've crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It's actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We're super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year." Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner added "We've worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love."

Source: Telltale Games


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Energy Recovered from Tires Rolling on Pavement

Posted: July 6, 2015 @ time: 06:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For many systems, a lot of energy can be lost to the environment, and cars are a prime example of this, largely for the heat lost from combustion. Cars also lose a fair amount of energy due to the friction between their tires and the road; as much as 10% of the vehicle's fuel goes to this. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison have developed a way to recover this energy, and ultimately improve the efficiency of cars and more.

When two dissimilar surfaces contact or move against each other, like tires do to pavement, an electrical charge is created. This is called the triboelectric effect, and working with a toy car, the researchers were able to exploit it to create a current. The wheels of the car had electrodes attached to them, so as they touched the ground, they would pick up the moving electrons and send them through some LEDs. This way, as the toy car moved, the lights flashed, demonstrating the potential for this system.

A toy car is a long way for the cars and other vehicles we drive every day, but this could potentially improve gas mileage by 10%, if 50% energy conversion efficiency can be achieved. The exact amount of energy recovered this way, the researchers found, is dependent on the weight and speed of the vehicle, so it is possible it could be better or worse, depending on what and how a vehicle is driven.

Source: University of Wisconsin, Madison


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, July 6, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 6, 2015 @ time: 10:36AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with plenty of items on the docket for the day. We have a review on the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked, as well as the XFX R9 380 4G DD and XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation to cover both video card camps. The SilverStone Fortress FT05 case gets put to the test to see if it can house your rig. On the storage side, the Samsung 850 EVO and Pro 2TB SSDs, Crucial BX100 256GB SSD, OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD, and VisionTek 240GB Go Drive all get tested to see which one(s) you should use. An article examines the kind of horsepower in various quad-core CPUs and which one you really need for gaming. For those needing CPU cooling, the DeepCool Captain 240 Liquid CPU cooler has a unique style and perhaps the cooling performance you need. Lastly the review of the Microsoft Surface 3 tablet shows off everything it can do.

Video Cards
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked @ Bjorn3D
XFX R9 380 4G DD @ Bjorn3D
XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation @ Bjorn3D

CPUs
Quad-Core Gaming Roundup: How Much CPU Do You Really Need? @ PC Perspective

Cases
SilverStone Fortress FT05 @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung 850 EVO and Pro 2TB SSD @ PC Perspective
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
VisionTek 240GB Go Drive @ Bjorn3D

CPU Cooling
DeepCool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Laptops/Tablets
Microsoft Surface 3 @ TechSpot


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Breaking Nanoscale Adhesion with Lasers

Posted: July 6, 2015 @ time: 02:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Chances are we are all familiar with the staying power of glitter, as it somehow manages to cling to us long after we thought we removed it. As frustrating as glitter may be, imagine if you were working with nanostructures and had to separate them from whatever they are attached to. Some separation methods do exist, but they often require specific materials be used, but now researchers, supported by the National Science Foundation, have discovered that lasers could do the job without restrictions.

One method to create nanostructures is akin to using a rubber stamp on paper, but the ink is a semiconductor. To remove the nanostructures from the stamp, a sticky receiving surface can be used, or a sturdy material that can survive touching the surface, but either method requires the material is not fragile. This new laser method however can allow for more fragile materials to be used by separating the nanostructure from the stamp without damaging it. This will then allow for more advanced device to be created, using those new materials.

Source: National Science Foundation


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Intel Skylake Processors Get August 5 Release Date

Posted: July 6, 2015 @ time: 04:23PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Previous rumors surrounding the upcoming Intel Skylake-S Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K unlocked CPUs pointed to a reveal at Gamescom 2015 from August 5-9. The latest news is a roadmap obtained by Chinese website Benchlife that confirms the August 5 end of embargo date. The two "enthusiast" CPUs will launch with the latest Z170 chipset motherboards with "mainstream" and "low TDP" chips to follow later in August and early September. The enthusiast chips have four cores with eight threads with base clock speeds of 3.5GHz for the i5 and 4GHz for the i7. The mainstream CPUs remove the overclocking support found in K series models and also lowers the clock speeds while reducing the TDP from 95W to 65W. The low TDP series has four quad core models that range in speed from 2.2GHz to 2.8GHz.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Security Researcher Uses RF to Improve Anonymity

Posted: July 6, 2015 @ time: 05:11PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Ben Caudill, a security researcher at Rhino Security Labs, is planning to show off a "hardware proxy" that he created called ProxyHam at the DefCon hacking conference next month. With this device Caudill hopes to make it more difficult to find Internet users that wish to remain anonymous through the use of proxies. The ProxyHam works by connecting over Wi-Fi then relaying the signal using a 900MHz radio connection over a "range of between one and 2.5 miles depending on interference from the landscape and buildings." The device can be plugged in anywhere with access to the Internet with "a dark corner of a public library" recommended by Caudill. A ProxyHam can be built for $200 with a Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi card, and 900MHz antenna and Caudill plans to offer it to DefCon attendees at cost. The original vision for ProxyHam was to "protect sensitive Internet users, such as dissidents and whistleblowers, for whom tools like VPNs and even the anonymity software Tor may not provide sufficient security." Caudill plans to make further improvements to enhance the security offered with technology such as accelerometers. Security technologist from The Intercept Micah Lee commented on the ProxyHam stating "It seems like a thing to augment your Tor usage rather than replace it. In that sense, it seems like a good idea."

Source: Wired


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Realtek Hopes to Regain Market Share with New Dragon Onboard LAN Solution

Posted: July 6, 2015 @ time: 07:25PM
Author: gebraset

Motherboard manufacturers for years have been utilizing Intel and Killer Ethernet chips on a variety of enthusiast products, mainly due to the lower latency, lower driver overhead, and other advantages that the chips offer. This move by motherboard manufacturers has placed Realtek on the back burner, but the company is hoping that it can regain some of its lost market share with a new onboard LAN solution known as the Realtek Dragon. Making up the latest onboard LAN product from Realtek is the new RTL8118AS, a PCIe gigabit Ethernet PHY that apparently has been refined to offer lower driver overhead for traffic with small UDP packets, something that should improve network performance with multiplayer games. Additionally, the Realtek Dragon boasts lower power consumption when compared with competing solutions, such as the Killer E2200 from Qualcomm.

The new Realtek Dragon will make its debut to the market on various GA1151 motherboards by ECS, which should feature the latest branding for the Ethernet chip.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Microsoft Expected to Deliver New Windows 10 Build This Week

Posted: July 7, 2015 @ time: 05:28AM
Author: gebraset

Just last week, it was reported that Microsoft released build 10159 of Windows 10 to its testing audience, with the company successfully eliminating over 300 bugs from the upcoming operating system. The next day, Microsoft revealed just how the upgrade path for Windows 10 would work and also released build 10162 of Windows 10, showing just how dedicated the technology giant is to perfecting its upcoming product. Now, reports have surfaced that while Microsoft is expected to finish the RTM build of Windows 10 on July 9, a new build is expected to be delivered sometime this week that will provide Windows 10 users with even more features and tweaks. Some of the explicitly noted changes will come in the form of the Xbox Music application now being called Groove and Xbox Video being titled Movies & TV.

It is unknown at this point in time if the new build of Windows 10 that Microsoft is expected to deliver amidst RTM preparation will come before RTM of after it.

Source: Neowin


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New Gel to Stop Bleeding and Promote Healing

Posted: July 7, 2015 @ time: 06:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If there is one field research will always continue in, it is medicine where new materials and techniques are constantly being developed. This work could eventually lead to new cures and treatments for accelerating healing. One example of this is advanced hydrogels that can promote the healing of tissues, and now researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have created one with the important property of being able to survive the flow of blood through it.

The hydrogel is a photocrosslinkable elastin-like polypeptide-based hydrogel, and as 'photocrosslinkable' suggests, the material reacts to light, forming strong, molecular bonds, which is important as it does not require any extra chemicals that could be toxic. It will then be digested by the body, and apparently without releasing any toxic chemicals, based on lab tests with living cells. Some other gels that are strong enough will become toxic as they degrade, and some biodegradable gels are too weak to endure blood flowing through them. The researchers also found that the light can be used to tune the hydrogel's strength and how much it swelled. It further was shown to be useable as a scaffold for cells to grow on and could contain silica nanoparticles, which can stop bleeding.

This one material could potentially help many lives, so the researchers are naturally looking forward to when it enters clinical trials, but much testing must be completed before then, to ensure it is safe to use in humans.

Source: Brigham and Women's Hospital


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Mushkin Announces ECO2 Memory

Posted: July 7, 2015 @ time: 04:18PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Mushkin has announced the launch of its newest memory line, the ECO2 Series, targeted towards "value-minded gamers and enthusiasts." The memory utilizes a low profile design for its high-grade aluminum silver and black heatsink. The memory runs at DDR3-1600 speeds with CAS Latency of CL9 or CL11 and an operating voltage of 1.35V. It will be available as single sticks of 4GB or 8GB and kits ranging from 8GB to 32GB. Director of Product Development Brian Flood described the new line stating, "The success of our ECO2 SSDs proved to us that users are not just looking for another run-of-the-mill SSD or memory module, which is why we developed something more efficient and cost-effective, and the new ECO2 memory line of modules where born."

Source: Press Release


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AMD Lowers Q2 Guidance Due to Poor Sales Performance

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 03:53AM
Author: gebraset

AMD just cannot seem to catch a break when it comes to its own financial wellbeing. According to a press release recently published, AMD noted that investors should expect revenue to be down eight percent sequentially, which is two percent lower than its worst case scenario financial situation the chipmaker described in a conference call with financial analysts last April. As of right now, it is expected that AMD’s Q2 revenue will be roughly 34 percent lower than the same quarter last year. Additionally, AMD is now expecting its gross margin to be 28 percent, down from its 32 percent expectation that it previously set this year. Most of the blame regarding AMD’s poor results come from "weaker than expected consumer PC demand." While its enterprise, embedded, and semi-custom segment met company expectations, the computing and graphics reporting segment will take the largest losses. The Intel rival will also take a on a onetime charge of $33 million to transition some of its chip designs from the 20nm process to the latest FinFET node.

The lowered Q2 guidance announced by AMD pushed investors to sell a wealth of shares, and as a result, AMD’s share price dropped over 15 percent. AMD is expected to announce its Q2 2015 results on July 16.

Source: NASDAQ.com and The Register


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Nanowire Yarns Could Make Useful Supercapacitors

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 06:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Currently batteries dominate for energy storage, but they are not always the ideal choice. Batteries work well for storing large amount of energy, but are not able to deliver powerful bursts of energy on demand, without being larger than desirable. One solution is to add supercapacitors to the mix, and researchers at MIT have discovered a new approach to making these supercapacitors that may be viable.

This new approach is to use yarns of niobium nanowires to make the supercapacitors. Similar supercapacitors of carbon materials, such as nanotubes, have been made before, but these niobium yarns are stronger, far more conductive, and can also store more power. As niobium is abundant and already used a lot, these yarns could be cheaply and easily made, completing a fairly promising picture. It is not quite the ideal combination of high power density, high energy density, and low cost, but it is pretty close.

The next step, which work has already begun on, is to bring production up from lab-scale on a version useable for electronics. Once it hits commercial production levels, we could see these yarns used in mobile and wearable electronics to deliver the bursts needed for sending wireless signals, and subsequently shrink the devices' sizes. As the niobium yarns are flexible, it could also be woven into fabrics, opening up new technological possibilities.

Source: MIT


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Rockstar Editor Contest Winner Announced

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 07:51AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in May, Rockstar launched a contest for people to create the official music video for "Leave" by Wavves, which is featured on The Lab radio station in Grand Theft Auto V. As the title suggests, the song is about leaving a bad situation, so the winning video, by Social Club member TeahMAP, features an action-packed, daytime prison break.

All entries had to be made completely within the Rockstar Editor and without any third-party tools. You can check out the two runner-up entries, by Dorian92 and Vergessene at the source link.

 

 

Source: Rockstar Newswire


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 09:41AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with several items to help get you through the day. We have a review of the Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell processor, the company's tick in its tick-tock release pattern, with Broadwell being a die shrink instead of a new microarchitecture. There is a look at the Lian Li PC-T80 Test Bench, an open air model that can support XL-ATX motherboards and 360mm radiators. For storage needs, we have the ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-Bay NAS that can be connected to a PC or used remotely over HDMI. If you want a new way to control your PC, maybe the Azio MGK1 mechanical keyboard is for you. The Logitech G230 and G35 headsets get put through a battery of tests to see if they should be your new way to get audio. Lastly the ASRock Beebox N3000 gets tested to see how the low-budget mini PC can perform daily tasks.

CPUs
Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell @ ThinkComputers

Cases
Lian Li PC-T80 Test Bench @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-Bay NAS @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Logitech G230 and G35 Headsets @ PC Perspective

Prebuilts
ASRock Beebox N3000 @ TechSpot


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Intel Pushes Back Launch of Kaby Lake Processors

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 04:32PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Intel is planning to push back the release of its 14nm Kaby Lake processors from early 2016 to September 2016 due to the delays associated with the upcoming Skylake series of processors. Kaby Lake has been inserted as a "buffer" between Skylake and the 10nm Cannonlake processors, "which were originally planned to directly succeed Skylake in 2016." Other details about the chips are non-existent to sparse at best and we will have to wait until release gets closer to hear more.

Source: Digi Times


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Logitech Plans to Rebrand as Logi

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 04:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The decision makers at Logitech have been working "behind the scenes to reinvent the company, shaking things up culturally and through its product innovation" since 2013. The most apparent change initially will be the new name of the company, switching from Logitech to Logi, a move to signify "a shift to a more design-centric attitude." The current name and logo will remain in use for a while before new and existing products will get the new logo. Logi will begin "crafting a portfolio of products that go beyond PC peripherals, to products that have a place in every aspect of your daily life," though it remains unclear what those products might be. As long as the company continues to put out quality products and doesn't abandon its gaming mouse line, I don't care what the name is and I'm sure most others feel the same.

Source: CNET


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Microsoft Plans to Cut 7,800 Jobs From Phone Business

Posted: July 8, 2015 @ time: 04:55PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The acquisition of the Nokia devices and services business initiated by Steve Ballmer before he left Microsoft has not turned out as planned, and the company is planning to take several steps to address the under performance. Up to 7,800 jobs will be cut from Microsoft's phone business in addition to a $7.6 billion impairment charge and a restructuring cost between $750 and $850 million. Restructuring costs will go towards the layoffs while the impairment charge "has to do with how the company accounts for the worth of Nokia from an accounting perspective and does not mean that Microsoft will lose $7.6 billion from its balance sheet." The July 21 10K filing will reveal more details about the moves while a company issued statement said "Based on the new plans, the future prospects for the Phone Hardware segment are below original expectations. Accordingly, the company concluded that an impairment adjustment of its Phone Hardware segment assets and goodwill of approximately $7.6 billion is required."

Source: Fortune


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AMD Releases Catalyst 15.7 WHQL Driver

Posted: July 9, 2015 @ time: 03:43AM
Author: gebraset

Just weeks before Windows 10 is expected to be released to the public in its final form, AMD has just made available its Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver. The latest graphics card driver brings important features to AMD users, such as full DirectX 12 support, which enables increased performance in various scenarios, as well as expanded support for Frame Rate Target Control, which provides decreased noise and heat output by GPUs by allowing users to set a target frame rate level when running an application in full screen exclusive mode. The AMD Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver brings support for the Radeon 300 series and other Radeon products under one driver package, and also introduces FreeSync compatibility with computer configurations that include graphics cards running in Crossfire. Additionally, Virtual Super Resolution support, which allows games to be rendered at a higher resolution and then displayed at a lower resolution for improved visuals, has been expanded to include all Radeon R7 260 and above GPUs as well as desktop A-Series 7400K and above APUs.

The Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver offers quite a bit of what Radeon owners have been requesting for some time and represents the largest driver update for AMD since the Omega driver was released late last year. The latest driver is available for immediate download from the official AMD website.

Source: WCCFtech


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Single Atoms Chilled with Microwaves

Posted: July 9, 2015 @ time: 06:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For quantum technologies to be realized, we need means to bring out quantum phenomena, which usually requires very extreme circumstances, like ultra-low temperatures. Typically those temperatures are acquired with lasers that will trap and pull away vibrational energy from a particle. Now researchers at the University of Sussex have successfully brought an atom to within a millionth of a degree above absolute zero, using microwaves.

Microwave radiation is already very well understood, as we use it to heat food and wirelessly transmit data every day. Compared to lasers, it is also much simpler to work with, so by using it instead of lasers, the designs for quantum technologies could become much simpler, and easier to build. Therefore, this discovery could bring us much closer to realizing quantum technologies, such as quantum computers, sensors, and clocks.

Source: University of Sussex


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, July 9, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 9, 2015 @ time: 09:52AM
Author: bp9801

The week is drawing to its close, but not before we have some items for you to check out. There is a review of the ASUS Sabertooth X99 motherboard, the newest entrry in ASUS' TUF line of products. We also have the Razer Seiren Pro microphone, a desktop model designed for podcasters, streamers, and anyone who needs their voice recorded cleanly. If you're on the road a bunch and would like to record the actions of those around you, perhaps the PAPAGO! GoSafe 520 Dashcam is the perfect item for you. For those wanting to better track and control their power usage, the D-Link WiFi Smart Plug can help you get the job done.

Motherboards
ASUS Sabertooth X99 @ Bjorn3D

Microphones
Razer Seiren Pro @ LanOC Reviews

Gadgets
PAPAGO! GoSafe 520 Dashcam @ Bjorn3D
D-Link WiFi Smart Plug @ ThinkComputers


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Galactic Civilizations III Gets Steam Workshop Support and Map Pack DLC

Posted: July 9, 2015 @ time: 10:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For any Galactic Civilization III players out there, or those interested in joining them, it is receiving a new update and DLC today. The DLC adds eight new maps of various sizes, as well as a new Milky Way scenario. With the DLC comes a new custom map editor, so you can design your own galaxies to play in. Unless you have the Elite Founders pack, the DLC will cost $4.99.

The game is also receiving Steam Workshop support, which means that every ship and race you create in the game can be easily shared with other players. Throughout the game's development, Stardock was supportive of use created content, so this is the "next logical evolution." The update also brings with it two new difficulty levels and UI improvements.

Source: Stardock


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Phanteks Announces Enthoo Pro M Case

Posted: July 9, 2015 @ time: 03:42PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Enthoo Pro M is the latest case from manufacturer Phanteks, combining elements from the Enthoo Pro and EVOLV cases. The Pro M exterior and look is based on the PRO while the interior features resemble the EVOLV. The case design uses aluminum and brushed plastic in color choices of black or titanium green. The case features support for full size ATX motherboards as well as a top mounted radiator. Multiple mounting points for water cooling reservoirs and pumps are also included. Boon Tuoh Knor of Phanteks commented on the case stating, "being very versatile, having a spacious and clean interior and of course making it very easy to build water-cooling systems is what the Enthoo Series is all about."

Source: Press Release


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Team Led by IBM Unveils 7nm Test Chip

Posted: July 9, 2015 @ time: 04:14PM
Author: CheeseMan42

IBM has been working as part of a collaborative effort with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, SONY, and the State University of New York (SUNY) at the 300mm research facility at SUNY Polytechnic. The team announced today that is has developed "the world's first 7nm chip with functional transistors." Current CPUs have reached the 14nm level with 10nm CPUs planned for release from Intel late next year. Consumers likely won't be able to get their hands on the technology for about two years but it is still a significant development for multiple reasons including that "it's the first commercially viable sub-10nm FinFET logic chip that uses silicon-germanium as the channel material; and it appears to be the first commercially viable design produced with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography." The group is targeting vastly increased performance numbers in relation to power, predicting "at least a 50 percent power/performance improvement for the next generation of systems."

Source: Ars Technica


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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10166

Posted: July 10, 2015 @ time: 05:08AM
Author: gebraset

Days ago, it was reported that Microsoft was expected to deliver another updated build of its Windows 10 operating system before the end of this week, and it seems to have successfully done just that. Yesterday morning, the company officially released build 10166 of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders. While an RTM build of the latest Microsoft operating system was supposedly wrapped up yesterday as well, build 10166 offers various bug fixes as well as fit-and-finish improvements that further improve the overall user experience. Build 10166 of Windows 10 also allows those within the Seattle region to utilize the Microsoft Wi-Fi application to purchase paid Wi-Fi through the Windows Store. When a Windows 10 user is around a network that supports the transaction, they can simply choose to purchase Wi-Fi access with their credit or debit card, a Microsoft gift card, or their PayPal account. According to Microsoft, the ability to utilize this feature of Windows 10 is expected to roll out to the rest of the United States in the near future.

Source: Windows Blog


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Making Wakes of Light

Posted: July 10, 2015 @ time: 06:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

We are all familiar with wakes in one form or another, likes those made in a body of water, or the sonic booms of supersonic aircraft. Cherenkov radiation you are probably less familiar with, but is also a kind of wake, but involves light instead of water or sound. Now researchers at Harvard University have gone a made the interesting and impressive step of creating and manipulating wakes of light on the surface of a metal.

Cherenkov radiation is created when a charged particles travels faster than the phase velocity of light in a medium. The speed of light in a vacuum may be the Universe's speed limit, but when light is in a medium, like air or water, it propagates slower, leaving room for particles to travel faster, without breaking the ultimate limit. The researchers managed to recreate this with plasmons on the surface of a metal, with the charge moving along a one-dimensional metamaterial. The researchers found they could manipulate the wake, making it go in different directions, and even go backwards, by controlling the angle the light was shining on the metamaterial.

This research could potentially be used to study wake physics in new ways, and from that discover new means of controlling light and plasmons. Plasmons are already seen as a path to advanced nano-optics that will allow for technologies not currently possible.

Source: Harvard University


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, July 10, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 10, 2015 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: bp9801

The end of another week is upon us, with July approaching its midway point. We have several items for you to consider today, including a review of AMD's new R9 Fury video card courtesy of Sapphire. This is the air cooled version of its Fiji chip, so be sure to see what that does for temperature and noise. Plus it has some CrossFire results, too. There is also a comparison between the AMD R9 Fury X and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti in 2-Way and 3-Way video card tests to see which multi-card setup produces the best results. For storage needs, we have the OCZ Trion 100 SSD, with 240, 480, and 960GB models tested. Ending things off for today is a case mod that uses a modifed test bench to deliver a unique setup, complete with water cooling reservoirs, blocks, tubing, and more.

Video Cards
Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury 4GB with CrossFire Results @ PC Perspective
AMD Fury X vs. NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti: 2- and 3-Way Multi-GPU Performance @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Trion 100 240GB 480GB 960GB SATA SSD @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Mid-Lif Cry-Sys @ ThinkComputers


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Bringing One Example of Quantum Mechanics to the Larger World

Posted: July 10, 2015 @ time: 03:04PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Quantum mechanics allows for some odd things to happen, like materials that block the flow of electrons within their volume, but are conductors over their surfaces. These topological insulators could have a variety of uses in future technologies, especially as we come to better understand them. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have succeeded in recreating this effect in the classical realm with an array of pendulums, and it too could have uses, including sound and vibration insulation.

Normally one would expect the math beyond quantum systems to be only relevant in quantum mechanics. The Zurich researchers realized, however, that by rearranging the formulae for topological insulators, they would resemble those for an array of swinging pendulums, which is a well-understood system. From this, the researchers got to work constructing an array of 270 pendulums in a rectangular lattice, connected by springs, coupling them all together. Only two of these pendulums were powered, and thus could have their frequency and strength controlled. With the correct frequency, the researchers discovered what they were hoping for; the outer pendulums could be made to swing in rhythm while the inner pendulums hung still. This is like a topological insulator, where electrons will flow over the surface, but will not pass through the center.

Not only were the researchers able to recreate this quantum mechanical phenomenon, but it also turned out to be very robust, as it could survive the array being disordered and some even being removed. Now the researchers are working to shrink the system from the half-meter long, half kilogram pendulums to something without pendulums, and just centimeters in size.

Source: ETH Zurich


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NVIDIA GameWorks Powers Heroes Reborn VR Experience at Comic-Con

Posted: July 10, 2015 @ time: 06:09PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA worked with V Squared Labs to create a virtual reality experience at Comic-Con to promote the upcoming Heroes: Reborn TV show from NBC. The FlameWorks special effects library was used to create "two side-by-side portals where fans entered into the Renautas Corporation Evolved Human research facility found in the “Heroes Reborn” universe." Guests were scanned using a Microsoft Kinect to create images of them wielding fire and using their newfound pyro-kinetic abilities to battle a series of villains. V Squared Executive VP Alex Theory stated, "This type of augmented reality, interactive, kinetic experience has never been done before. Anywhere. It’s V Squared Labs’ first time at Comic-Con and we’re loving every minute of it. Especially seeing people’s reaction to our work."

Source: NVIDIA


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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

Posted: July 13, 2015 @ time: 02:21AM
Author: bp9801

Some rather sad news to start your week off, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away over the weekend. Iwata succumbed to a bile duct growth, which he had been treated for in the past, but unfortunately was unable to overcome this time. In June of 2014, Iwata underwent treatment to remove the growth, which they believed was all of it, but as can be the case with cancer, it came back. Iwata joined HAL Laboratory after completing his university coursework, and then become HAL's president in 1993. He then joined Nintendo in 2000 and took over as its president two years later. He was appointed CEO of Nintendo of America in 2013, and it was his decision to pull Nintendo away from large E3 press conferences and instead hold smaller events.

Iwata most recently appeared in this past E3's Nintendo video, both in human and puppet form, and over the years has personally hosted the Nintendo Direct events to let fans know what the company had in store during the year. He also hosted the Iwata Asks segment on Nintendo's website, where he interviewed various game developers about their upcoming products. You can read his most recent post about Fire Emblem at the website still.

During Iwata's time at Nintendo, he oversaw the change from the Game Boy handhelds to the DS, with the massive success that brought to the company. The Wii was another success of his, which helped push Nintendo back to profitability in 2011. As recently as this year, Iwata helped bring about a partnership with DeNA for mobile games based on Nintendo characters and IP. He was also involved in the development of various games, including ones in the Legend of Zelda, Mario, Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon, and Metroid series, among countless others.

Satoru Iwata was 55 years old at the time of his passing. Numerous figures from throughout the technology and gaming world expressed their sympathies at his passing, with E3, Sony, and more offering their condolences over Twitter.

Sources: Nintendo (PDF) and NBC News


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Better Cooling with Graphene Films

Posted: July 13, 2015 @ time: 06:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Heat is a big problem for our electronics that only increases as you scale things up, to the point that half the power used by some server farms is just for cooling. Naturally then, many efforts are being made to more efficiently cool electronics, including some involving graphene. The issue graphene though has been that thicker films, which conduct heat better, will detach from chips more easily, but researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have found a solution.

Graphene is considered a wonder material and has many special properties, including great conductivity and a single layer being two dimensional. The issue with graphene here is that thicker films are better at conducting heat away, but only the ultrathin films will adhere to the silicon chips using van der Waals forces, a relatively weak force. Making the film thicker causes the bonds to break, making the film useless for conducting heat away. The Chalmers solution though is to functionalize the graphene surface by adding a molecule to it that will create stronger, covalent bonds with the silicon. These bonds can easily support the weight of a thicker graphene film.

A graphene film just 20 micrometers thick can have four times the thermal conductivity of copper, so imagine the possibilities of that interface between a chip and larger cooling system. Integrating graphene onto the chip could also open the doors to other uses, like adding LEDs, lasers, and other components to improve cooling even more.

Source: Chalmers University of Technology


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, July 13, 2015, Edition

Posted: July 13, 2015 @ time: 09:37AM
Author: bp9801

The start of a new week is here, with a few items to help get things rolling. We have a look at the BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X motherboard, which features USB 3.1 support, a redesigned UEFI interface, and the potential for some high overclocks. Switching over to a much smaller motherboard, we have the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac that may be little, but packs in plenty of features, like USB 3.1 and 802.11ac+ WiFi, to go along with Intel's Haswell-E line of processors. Finally there's a look at the best wireless gaming headset between Corsair, Logitech, SteelSeries, Astro, and Turtle Beach.

Motherboards
BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X @ Madshrimps
ASRock X99E-ITX/ac @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
The Best Wireless Gaming Headset @ TechSpot


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Using Flash Memory Instead of RAM to Reduce Energy Use

Posted: July 13, 2015 @ time: 02:32PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For someone using a PC, RAM is an essential component that significantly impacts performance and stability. For data centers with numerous servers or supercomputers though, RAM can also be a huge use of power. Now researchers at MIT have found a way to potentially remove that cost by using Flash memory in a rather novel way.

Because RAM is a volatile memory technology, it has to constantly rewrite data to itself, which takes a lot of power over long periods of time. Flash memory however, is nonvolatile so no rewriting is needed, and thus it uses far less energy, but it is also slower. What the MIT researchers have done is design a network of servers that are based on Flash memory that can still match servers based on the faster RAM. This is accomplished by leveraging the computational power of the chips controlling the Flash memory. The researchers have these chips preprocessing data before passing it to the servers, creating a more efficient, distributed computation system.

For their prototype system, the researchers connected 20 servers to an array of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), which can have their circuits reprogrammed, and the FPGAs connected to half-terabyte Flash chips. Though FPGAs are a bit too expensive to be used on a large scale, their ability to be made into specialized accelerators for running various algorithms could make them invaluable for this system.

Source: MIT


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Price Cuts are Coming for High-End Maxwell Cards

Posted: July 13, 2015 @ time: 04:00PM
Author: gebraset

AMD has definitely made a splash in the GPU market with the release of its latest graphics cards, causing some consumers to reconsider their purchase of an NVIDIA product altogether. While NVIDIA has appropriately responded to this by reducing the price of the GeForce GTX 980 from $549 to $499, thereby making it more competitive against the Radeon R9 390X, it looks like add-in-board partners are further reducing the price of high-end Maxwell cards to increase sales. Over the coming weeks, gamers and computer enthusiasts should expect the GeForce GTX 980 to come down to $479.99 and the GTX 980 Ti to feature a new price of $629. Furthermore, overclocked GTX 980 Ti models are expected to come down to the new price of $679.

All of the aforementioned video cards come bundled with Batman: Arkham Knight, making the price reductions that are coming in the near future even a better deal for those itching to buy one of the latest GPUs that NVIDIA offers.

Source: WCCFtech


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