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News Archives for September 2015

Battlefield 4 Night Operations is Now Available

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 01:29AM
Author: gebraset

According to danmotoxx, a Community Manager for Battlefield at Electronic Arts, Battlefield 4 Night Operations is now available virtually worldwide for platforms that include PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation3, and PlayStation 4. European gamers on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will have to wait until September 8 to receive the map, unfortunately. The launch of Night Operations comes alongside the release of the Battlefield 4 Summer Patch, which features the nighttime map that is based on vanilla BF4’s Zavod level as well as gameplay tweaks and fixes. Battlefield 4 Night Operations supports Conquest, Rush, Team Deathmatch, Obliteration, Domination, and Gun Master game modes, and should provide plenty of fun for those still playing Battlefield 4.

Source: Battlelog and PlayStationLifeStyle.net


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Google Actively Working on VP10 Video Compression Codec

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 01:37AM
Author: gebraset

In an interview with CNET, Google has revealed that it is looking to make 4K video available to even more consumers, as its new VP10 video compression codec is shaping up to be highly efficient. According to James Bankoski, a Google product manager, VP9 currently utilizes half the bandwidth of the most popular format currently, the H.264 format, and VP10 will likely utilize half the bandwidth needed with VP9. The VP10 video compression codec, which happens to be open source, will also offer desktop and mobile content viewers with better dynamic range between lights and darks, improve the overall color range of video, and increase image sharpness.

Although VP10 sounds incredibly promising, the H.264 format successor known as HEVC/H.265 may find itself more widely utilized for content delivery. Google is hoping that with the popularity of YouTube, combined with the open source development of VP10 and the patent fee issues surrounding the HEVC/H.265 format, it will hit its performance targets for the latest video compression codec by the end of this year.

Source: CNET


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Thinnest Diffraction Grating Made for Matter Wave Optics

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 06:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

One of the classic quantum mechanical experiments is the double slit experiment, where single quanta are fired at two open slits, and despite being a single entity, an interference pattern will be created as though there were many. This experiment has been done with photons and with small molecules in the past, and has gotten an important tweak recently, thanks to researchers at the University of Vienna.

One of the challenges with doing the double slit experiment with molecules is that the molecules could stick to the grating, instead of passing through its slits. They stick due to the same van der Waals force that allows geckos to climb on smooth surfaces. To reduce the strength of this force, the researchers made their new grating out of a single layer of graphene, which is only one atom thick. This so shortens the interaction time between the molecules and the grating that they will not stick to the graphene.

As this research brings us the thinnest possible diffraction masks, it will likely make new kinds of research possible with matter wave optics. It has also again confirmed an old thought experiment, which asks if the particles flying through the diffraction grating and cause the grating to vibrate, like strings on a harp. If this were to happen then one would be able to determine the position of the particle, destroying the quantum interference central to the experiment. Even with the graphene grating though, the induced vibrations are so small that they are impossible to discern from uncertainty in the grating's position to begin with.

Source: University of Vienna


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 09:13AM
Author: bp9801

Another month of 2015 is in the books, and to welcome in September, we have several items for you to check out. There is a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case, a mid-tower version of the company's Enthoo Pro, and has an affordable price tag along for the ride. AMD's new R7 370 video card gets thrown into a CrossFire test to see how two of them compare to a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950s in SLI. If you're looking at a way to expand your wireless network, perhaps the EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point, which uses 802.11ac, is for you. Finally we have a look back at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of August.

Video Cards
AMD R7 370 Crossfire Testing @ LanOC Reviews

Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M @ PC Perspective

Networking
EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - August 2015 @ ThinkComputers


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Corsair Shows Off Latest Bulldog at PAX Prime

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 03:30PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Corsair first announced the Bulldog DIY 4K PC Gaming Kit in June of this year, with the full reveal of the production ready device made over the weekend at PAX Prime. The system uses the latest Intel Z170 chipset paired with a sixth generation Core processor in a Mini ITX form factor. The system is cooled by a Hydro Series H5SF small form factor liquid cooler with the ability to add a liquid GPU cooler as well. The Bulldog doesn't come with a GPU installed, but a GeForce GTX 980 Ti developed by MSI will be available. A 600W SFX PSU is included in the Bulldog chassis which was designed with "a builder-friendly layout and tool-free features." The Bulldog will be available at the end of 2015 with an MSRP of $399.

Source: Press Release


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Kingston Adds to HyperX FURY and Impact DDR Lines

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 03:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston has added memory kits to two of the lines under its HyperX brand, FURY DDR3L and Impact DDR4 SO-DIMMs. The additions to the FURY line are described as a low-voltage option requiring only 1.35V. The FURY modules will be available at frequencies of 1600MHz and 1866MHz in dual channel kits of 8GB or 16GB and single sticks of 4GB or 8GB. The HyperX Impact is an entirely new line of memory utilizing the DDR4 standard and is described as "a great high-performance upgrade for notebooks, small form-factor systems, mini PCs, All-in-One PCs and Steam Machines." Impact memory will be available in frequencies ranging from 2133MHz to 2666MHz in dual channel configurations of 8GB or 16GB and 4GB or 8GB single modules. HyperX business manager Lawrence Yang described the new memory stating, "We are happy to have these new HyperX offerings for early adopters and enthusiasts of all levels who want to take advantage of the latest technology."

Source: Press Release


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New Viper 4 3400MHz Dual Kit Announced by Patriot

Posted: September 1, 2015 @ time: 10:47PM
Author: gebraset

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, SSDs, mobile accessories, and USB and flash memory, has announced a new 3400MHz dual kit that falls within the Viper 4 DDR4 product line. The latest product from Patriot, which is designed for the latest Intel Skylake core processor and Z170 motherboards and comes in a 2x4GB configuration, consumes just 1.35V, features a custom heat shield, and offers 16-18-18-36 timings. Patriot’s Viper 4 offerings are compatible with XMP 2.0, which allows users to utilize the predetermined memory profile while still being able to manually modify settings, if they should choose to do so. The Vice President of Engineering at Patriot, Les Henry, noted that the Viper 4 3400MHz dual kit is the fastest Viper kit yet, and that "In order to hit these speeds, Patriot will prescreen each IC prior to building the modules to ensure stability."

Patriot is expected to make the Viper 4 dual kits, which are available in speeds ranging from 2400MHz to 3400MHz, available to consumers on September 4. The kits will feature an MSRP of $64.99 through $169.99 and will be offered in stores and at online locations to include Fry’s Electronics, Newegg, and Amazon.

Source: Press Release


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Making Embedded Systems More Efficient

Posted: September 2, 2015 @ time: 06:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

More and more of the devices around us contain specialized embedded systems, including our cars and thermostats. Like many other technologies, they are a target for improving energy efficiency, especially those systems that may be difficult to provide power to. Researchers at North Carolina State University have recently found a way to improve the efficiency of embedded systems, while also reducing their cost.

To achieve the best efficiency for an embedded system, it is important to optimize the voltage it is receiving. Batteries tend to put out a higher voltage than this though, so a power converter is needed. The most efficient power converters are switch-mode converters and are made of two parts. One part is the power stage that controls the storage and flow of power while the other part is the controller. What the North Carolina researchers have done is pull the software for the controller into the embedded system's processor. This makes it possible for developers to precisely control how the controller reacts when different system functions are activated, as it is all going through the same chip.

The researchers built a pair of prototype converters and one had 90% efficiency and the other had 95% efficiency, and both only cost around 50 cents. This combination beats out all other converters as they are either more expensive, less efficient, or both.

Source: North Carolina State University


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 2, 2015 @ time: 09:52AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with several items for your viewing consideration. We have a look at Intel's Skylake line, with the 46 processors available getting a preview so you know what to expect in a new build or laptop. Their availability at (r)etailers is fast approaching, so this is a perfect way to have an idea ahead of time of what to get if you aren't going for the 6700K or 6600K. There is a review of the Noctua NH-C14S CPU cooler, a horizontal-style cooler that should be perfect for those without a lot of space in their case. For some storage needs, the Crucial BX100 250GB SSD gets tested to see how the new SSD stands up to the competition. Wrapping things up is a review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, a tough smartphone that can withstand some punishment.

CPUs
Intel Launches Skylake: 6th Generation Core Processors @ PC Perspective

CPU Cooling
Noctua NH-C14S @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
Crucial BX100 250GB SSD @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active @ TechSpot


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ASUS Announces New Tri-Band Wireless Router

Posted: September 2, 2015 @ time: 04:07PM
Author: CheeseMan42

ASUS has announced a new wireless router, the RT-AC5300U, a Tri-Band 802.11ac device with total throughput of 5.3Gb/s. The speed will be divided with 2.167Gb/s on each 5GHz band and 1Gb/s on 2.4GHz, making it "the fastest Tri-band router on the market." The router will provide ample coverage and in all directions with the use of eight external antennas. The RT-AC5300U is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year though no pricing information is available at this time.

Source: Legit Reviews


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Acer Reveals Aspire Nitro V Gaming Laptops

Posted: September 2, 2015 @ time: 04:39PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Acer has revealed a new line of gaming laptops, the Aspire V Nitro, that look smaller than the gaming laptops I'm used to. The Nitros are powered by sixth generation Intel Skylake Core i7 and i5 processors, an NVIDIA GTX960M, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage comes in the form of a 512GB M.2 SSD or up to 2TB of hard drives with expandability available through USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3. Users will be able to choose screen resolution up to 4K. The 15" model starts at $999 while the 17" model starts at $1,099. The Aspire V Nitro laptops will be available in October.

Source: Engadget


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Seagate Unveils New Portfolio of 8TB Hard Drives

Posted: September 2, 2015 @ time: 08:17PM
Author: gebraset

While Seagate, a world leader in storage solutions, has been offering 8TB hard drives for just over a year now, the company has decided to make a new announcement concerning its storage solution offerings. Seagate has officially announced the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD, and Seagate Kinetic HDD, all of which make up the company’s new portfolio of 8TB high capacity drives. The 8TB version of the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is tailored towards large enterprise environments that demand excellent performance, capacity, and reliability. Seagate claims that this hard drive features a 100 percent improvement in random read/write performance when compared with previous generations. The 8TB version of the Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD is being marketed to small and medium sized businesses, which require value and scalability in their products. Lastly, the 8TB version of the Seagate Kinetic HDD focuses on reducing the total cost of ownership for various entities by "redefining and greatly simplifying storage architectures for today’s use-case scenarios."

Select customers have been provided with samples of Seagate’s new portfolio of 8TB hard drives, and the company expects wide scale availability of the drives sometime later this year.

Source: Press Release


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Squid Teeth Inspire Self-Healing Plastic

Posted: September 3, 2015 @ time: 06:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There will likely never be a time that there is nothing left to learn from Nature. In this case researchers at Penn State and from around the world have taken a lesson from squid teeth to create a plastic that heals itself when water is added. This has potential biomedical applications and could even be used for repairing breaks in the fiber optic cables under the ocean.

The researchers found that all squid around the world share a similar protein that gives their ring teeth a self-healing property, though there are variations to the protein depending on the species. To keep from depleting the squid population, the researchers used biotechnology to make bacteria create the proteins for them. The resulting copolymer consists of two parts. One part is strands of amino acids that serve to give the polymer its strength. The other part is an amorphous segment, and this is what provides the self-healing capability.

As you can see in the video below, the researchers were able to cut the polymer in half and heal it by applying warm water and pressure. After it healed, the polymer returned to its original strength, demonstrating the effectiveness of its healing properties.

 

 

Source: Penn State


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, September 3, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 3, 2015 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is upon us, with a few items for you to check out. The MSI 990FXA-Gaming motherboard gets reviewed to see how this feature packed, yet affordable, AMD motherboard performs when packed with a 200W TDP or lower CPU. It does include the likes of SLI and CrossFire, as well as USB 3.1, so it certainly doesn't skimp on what it can do. There is also a look at the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Special Edition case, which sports a unique color scheme to set it apart from the crowd while still delivering everything the EVOLV cases are known for. Wrapping things up for today is a review of the ADATA Premier SP550 SSD, featuring Hynix TLC NAND and a Sillicon Motion controller for its 240GB capacity.

Motherboards
MSI 990FXA-Gaming @ PC Perspective

Cases
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Special Edition @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
ADTA Premier SP550 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews


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Details of Upcoming Patch for Batman: Arkham Knight Revealed

Posted: September 3, 2015 @ time: 03:28PM
Author: gebraset

While gamers have been expecting a patch from Rocksteady Studios that improves the game itself, AMD released a new Catalyst beta driver just a few days ago that brought along some much needed performance and quality/stability improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Now, thanks to a brief appearance made by the beta version of the upcoming game patch, details surrounding the upcoming update to Batman: Arkham Knight are now available. The next major patch for the game will bring along a variety of fixes, such as reduced frame rate hitches, improved performance across all GPUs, optimized system memory and VRAM utilization, and low resolution texture bug fixes. The Batman: Arkham Knight patch will also add in a wealth of in-game settings to include the ability to limit the game’s FPS to 30, 60, or 90, high texture resolution selection, texture filtering options, Adaptive V-Sync capabilities, a VRAM usage meter, mouse sensitivity and mouse smoothing controls, and motion blur, chromatic aberration, and film grain toggles.

Rocksteady Studios has not provided any release date for the upcoming patch for Batman: Arkham Knight, but gamers should expect to see it available for download in the coming weeks.

Source: WCCFtech


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Unigine Heaven Xtreme Record Broken by K|NGP|N

Posted: September 3, 2015 @ time: 04:25PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Renowned overclocker K|NGP|N has set his latest world record benchmark, this time taking down the Unigine Heaven Xtreme score for single card systems. The record was set using an Intel Skylake Core i7-6700K on an EVGA Z170 Classified motherboard with 16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws and an EVGA GTX 980 K|NGP|N GPU. With the aid of plenty of liquid nitrogen K|NGP|N was able to overclock the CPU to 5.6GHz and the GPU to more than 2GHz, achieving a final score of 7,893.7.

Source: HWBot via Fudzilla


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Apple TV Specs Leak Ahead of Reveal Event

Posted: September 3, 2015 @ time: 04:45PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The fourth generation Apple TV is expected to be officially unveiled at the Apple event being held on September 9, with a release of October expected to follow. The new model will receive an upgraded processor and some cosmetic changes but won't support 4K video and will have the same ports as the current model. Apple is planning to release either an 8GB model at $149 and a 16GB model at $199 or just a 16GB at $149, the notable news here is that Apple will release a $149 Apple TV. The new model will be powered by the same chip found in the iPhone 6, the A8, and will use iOS 9.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac


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New Particle Accelerator Design Developed

Posted: September 4, 2015 @ time: 05:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The Large Hardon Collider at CERN is a massive achievement for humanity, in more than one way, but in the future it could be replaced with accelerators that could almost fit on a table. The research to build such accelerators is going on right now, and an important step has been made recently at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. There, researchers have successfully found a way to use plasma to accelerate positrons.

Positrons are the antimatter counterpart of electrons, and in the future we want to have electron-positron linear accelerators. Both particles are elementary, meaning they are not made up of smaller particles like the protons being collided in the LHC. This will simplify the collisions and thus make studying them easier. One way to efficiently accelerator electrons is with plasma wakefield acceleration, which uses one bundle of electrons to distort plasma, creating a wake for a second batch of electrons to follow. Positrons are more difficult to work with though, but the SLAC researchers discovered that not only is it possible to accelerate the antimatter this way, but that it can be done with a single bunch, instead of two. It turns out that the interactions between one bunch of positrons and the plasma will actually generate a wake to accelerate and focus the positrons.

This discovery is a significant step towards electron-positron colliders in the future, and some improved techniques today. Even though the new accelerators may be awhile, this method could be applied to modern accelerators much sooner.

Source: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


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Pwn2Own Loses HP as Sponsor

Posted: September 4, 2015 @ time: 09:27AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Pwn2Own hacking contest to be held at the PacSec West conference in Japan has lost its primary sponsor, Hewlett-Packard, due to changes in the Wassenaar Arrangement, an "international treaty that governs software exploits." Conference organizer Dragos Ruiu explained that the issue is primarily due to the "vague and cumbersome" nature of the implementation of the Agreement by Japan while "Canada's implementation of Wassenaar was much more clear and simpler to comply with." This is cited as HP was able to sponsor the Pwn2Own contest at CanSecWest held in Vancouver. In an effort to still be able to sponsor the event, HP spent more than $1 million on lawyers to analyze the Agreement, money that Ruiu said "should have been spent on researchers and bugs."

Source: Ars Technica


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, September 4, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 4, 2015 @ time: 10:11AM
Author: bp9801

The first week of September is nearly in the books, but not before there are some items for you to check out. We have a look at how the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 does in SLI, and if it's anything like our initial testing, should give the GTX 980 a run for its money while keeping well below its cost. There is also a graphics and performance test of the new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the last hurrah of Hideo Kojima before he was unceremoniously ousted from Konami. Finishing things off today is a new case mod based on the BitFenix Prodigy. Custom fan grilles, side window, paint job, and beyond set this mod apart for one stylish and clean build you just need to check out.

Video Cards
GTX 950 SLI @ LanOC Reviews

Gaming
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Benchmarked, Performance @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Prodigy Sensation @ ThinkComputers


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New Device Made for Putting Carbon Dioxide to Use

Posted: September 4, 2015 @ time: 03:40PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are two ways to deal with waste products you want to get rid of; one is to reduce the amount produced and the other is to make it into something useful. Carbon dioxide is no exception to this, though getting the job done can be difficult because of the chemistry required. Researchers at Berkeley Lab have recently created a device that can both capture and reduce carbon dioxide into the more useful carbon monoxide.

This new device is made of covalent organic frameworks, which is a kind very porous of crystal. They are so porous in fact that a sugar-cube size COF has as much surface area inside of it as a football field. On its own, this is just a sponge-like material already used to capture CO2, but by coating the inside with the catalyst porphyrin, the combination becomes a very fast and efficient means of converting CO2 into CO. When tested, it was able to convert 290,000 molecules of the gas every second, which is 26 times better than porphyrin achieves on its own.

Once converted, carbon monoxide can be used as a feed stock to produce many materials including fuels, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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PowerColor Announces the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390

Posted: September 4, 2015 @ time: 08:50PM
Author: gebraset

PowerColor, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphics cards since 1997, has officially announced the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390. The latest graphics card from PowerColor is the most powerful graphics card in the world among the AMD Radeon R9 390 series, as it features a dual GRENADA core, a core clock speed of 1000MHz, 16GB of GDDR5 memory that is clocked at 1350MHz, and a high speed 512-bit X2 memory interface. Cooling for the PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 comes in the form of three double blade fans that push hair along a wealth of aluminum fins, which are attached to 10 heat pipes that are part of two large die-cast panels. Since the card utilizes a good amount of energy due to its incredible performance, PowerColor has included four 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, 15-phase power delivery, PowerIRstage, Super Cap, and Ferrite Core Choke. A plethora of gaming technologies are supported by the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390, such as AMD LiquidVR, GCN Architecture, Mantle, Exploit DirectX 12, AMD CorssFire, Virtual Super Resolution, HD3D technology, Frame Rate Target Control, and AMD FreeSync.

Pricing for the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 has not yet been announced, but PowerColor does provide consumers with a free Razer Ouroboros within the box, as a thank you for being a Devil 13 user.

Source: Press Release


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Big Changes Coming to Windows 10 in November

Posted: September 5, 2015 @ time: 05:22PM
Author: gebraset

Rumor has it that Microsoft will be publically releasing a massive update to Windows 10 this November that will usher in a wealth of changes to the latest Windows operating system. Windows 10 has made its way to more than 75 million devices since its release, despite usage share dropping recently. The November update is expected to include a range of new features, with the most notable ones at the moment surrounding the Edge browser. The Microsoft Internet browser is expected to receive support for the WebM open source HTML5 standard and feature extensions, a universal messaging application for desktop users, and performance enhancements. 

Windows Insiders have had access to the Windows 10 November update since mid-August.

Source: Fudzilla


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EA Warns Against Fake Beta Signups for Star Wars Battlefront

Posted: September 7, 2015 @ time: 07:01AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The official beta for Star Wars Battlefront will begin next month but that hasn't stopped some intrepid scammers from trying to take advantage of "foaming-at-the-mouth gamers" with fake beta sites. Electronic Arts Community Manager Matthew Everett reminded gamers in a Reddit post that "Registration has not been made available yet. Do not be fooled by fake beta sign-up sites," and added that "Our beta registration will live on our official site here: starwars.ea.com. I will also be sure to post a link once it is available."

Source: Tweak Town


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Amazon Planning Smaller, Cheaper Tablet

Posted: September 7, 2015 @ time: 02:17PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Amazon is planning to release a new tablet targeted at budget conscious consumers with a release "in time for this year’s holidays." The tablet will likely have a 6" screen with an expected price of just $50 which would "make it one of the least-expensive tablets on the market and half the price of the company’s current Fire HD 6-inch tablet." Further rumors indicate that Amazon will also release tablets with 8" and 10" screens, though pricing figures aren't speculated yet. The new tablet will be less feature packed than those currently available in the Fire line, though it remains unclear just what areas have been cut most to hit the $50 price target. In order to help cut costs, Amazon decided to outsource much of the work to "overseas firms including Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology Co. and Taiwan’s Compal Communications Inc." rather than using its Lab126 unit.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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ROG G11 Gaming Desktop Announced by ASUS

Posted: September 7, 2015 @ time: 07:50PM
Author: gebraset

ASUS has officially announced its latest gaming desktop known as the ROG G11. The Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company has ensured that the ROG G11 packs quite a punch, with its included Intel Core i7-6700 quad-core processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB graphics, and up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory. The ROG G11, which comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, also features other premium components, such as a Blu-ray disc writer drive, an Intel H170 chipset motherboard, an M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 solid-state drive, and 10Gbit per second USB 3.1 Gen 2. ASUS has built the ROG G11 inside of an aesthetically pleasing case, which boasts a futuristic spacecraft-inspired design, a red and black color scheme, and a customizable 8-million-color LED effects panel.

Although specifications of the ROG G11 are known at this time, ASUS has yet to unveil pricing for its latest gaming desktop.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Magnetic Wormhole Created for First Time

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The idea of wormholes has existed for several decades now, but as yet these structures for connecting remote regions of space have only existed in science fiction. None are known to exist in the Universe and there is no known way to manipulate the gravitational energy necessary to create one. However, we do know how to manipulate electromagnetic fields and now researchers at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have successfully created a magnetic wormhole.

Using metamaterials and metasurfaces, the researchers created a special tunnel that a magnetic field could enter on one side, travel through, and exit on the other side without being detected along the way. While the device itself is visible to us, to a magnetic field it is undetectable. This causes the exit for it to look like a magnetic monopole as a single pole, North or South, seems to be alone there, because the other end of the magnet or electromagnet is on the other side of the device.

This discovery could prove very valuable in medicine and other sciences that use MRI or NMR machines. By allowing a magnetic field to be displaced from its source like this, a patient could be at a more comfortable distance from an MRI machine's detectors, and multiple parts of the body could be imaged at the same time as well.

Source: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 08:37AM
Author: bp9801

The first full week of September is here, and with the holiday weekend over in the US, it's time to check out some reviews. There is a look at the HIS R7 360 iCooler OC 2GB video card that has a custom cooler and factory overclock to get a bit of a boost to gamers on a budget. The Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 3000C15 memory kit could be the perfect RAM for those on or thinking of switching to the Intel X99 platform. We have a look at the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB mechanical keyboard, which uses Kailh switches and 512KB of onboard memory to store all your settings and macros. If you need a way to keep your case fans at a certan speed, perhaps the NZXT GRID+ V2 fan controller is the one. The Motorola Moto G (2015) model gets tested to see if it can keep up the company's hold on the best budget smartphone. Lastly, the Vertagear SL2000 gaming chair offers a racing style and comfort for your long gaming sessions.

Video Cards
HIS R7 360 iCooler OC 2GB @ Madshrimps

Memory
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 3000C15 @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard @ Neoseeker

Cooling
NZXT GRID+ V2 Fan Controller @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Motorola Moto G (2015) @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair @ Benchmark Reviews


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Geralt's Tale Continues in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone Expansion Teaser Trailer

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 08:54AM
Author: bp9801

If you thought you were done with Geralt of Rivia once The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ended, think again. The first of two expansions is nearly here, and today we have a teaser trailer of what to expect from CD Projekt RED in Hearts of Stone. This expansion sees Geralt hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain known as Olgierd von Everec, a man cursed with immortality. Things don't start off too great for our intrepid monster hunter, with Geralt apparently being captured, imprisoned, and marked by some kind of magic on his face by the Merchant of Mirrors. Perhaps his task of defeating this bandit captain is forced upon up and the only way for Geralt to get free. Hearts of Stone adds more than ten hours of new content, with new quests, characters, a unique romance to experience, and a storyline shaped by our choices.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone arrives on October 13 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is available by itself for $9.99 or in an Expansion Pass for $24.99 with the other expansion, which is due to arrive early next year. You can save 15% if you pre-order Hearts of Stone through GOG, bringing the price down to $8.49, and it's also available in a limited edition box set with the Monsters and Scoia'tiel Gwent decks, plus a guide and tokens for Gwent.

Source: YouTube and GOG


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Making Water Droplets Mobile

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 02:40PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Water is an interesting material with how it can behave so differently depending on the situation. In some cases it will slip and slide over a surface (taking people with it) and in other cases it will cling to wherever it is. Making it slide around when it wants to stick can be tricky, but researchers at Penn State have managed to achieve this by creating a surface that droplets will easily move around on.

When water droplets are on a rough surface it can either partially float on a layer of air, or it can be in full contact with the surface, sticking in one place. The former state is called Cassie and the latter is named Wenzel, for the physicists that first described both states. Typically droplets in the Wenzel state will not move, but the Penn State researchers figured out how to free the droplets to move around. They did this by etching a silicon surface to have micrometer scale pillars, and then etched nanotextures into the pillars. These nanotextures then had a layer of lubricant infused into them, making the surface very slippery to the droplets.

This discovery could prove useful for any system that uses water condensation for heat transfer, and could outperform superhydrophobic materials that repel water. While the surface was made of silicon, this approach should be applicable to other materials, including metals, glass, ceramics, and even plastics.

Source: Penn State


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be quiet! Expands the Dark Power Pro 11 PSU Series

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 02:46PM
Author: gebraset

be quiet!, a leading manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions, has officially released three additional models that add to the Dark Power Pro 11 series. The new versions of the power supply series, which boasts 80PLUS Platinum certification and modular cable management, are 550W, 650W, and 750W variants, which join the previously released 850W, 1000W, and 1200W models. All models that make up the Dark Power Pro 11 power supply unit series feature premium components, such as high-quality Japanese electrolytic capacitors on the output side and a SilentWings 3 fan in 135-milimeter format, as well as a five-year warranty. be quiet! ensures that the Dark Power Pro 11 series is amazingly quiet during operation, thanks to the power supply housing being equipped with rubber linings that help to reduce vibrations. Performance and features are not lacking either, with fan connectors controlled by a temperature sensor and the Overclocking Key being included, the latter of which allows the four separate 12V rails to switch from multi-rail operation to single-rail.

The 550W, 650W, and 750W models of the Dark Power Pro 11 PSU series are available for immediate purchase, and feature an MSRP of $149, $164, and $179, respectively.

Source: Press Release


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Seagate Patches Multiple Wireless NAS Vulnerabilities

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 03:30PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Seagate has issued a patch for several models of wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to address multiple vulnerabilities that granted undesired access to the drives. The exploits were "confirmed to exist with firmware versions 2.2.0.005 to 2.3.0.014," and impacted drives from the Seagate and LaCie product lines. The vulnerabilities were reported by Tangible Security in March and Seagate has recommended users to upgrade to patch 3.4.1.105 to address the issues. A total of three exploits were discovered that gave unauthorized access to download files from the device, upload malicious files to the device, or gain root access using a default user name and hard coded password.

Source: Beta News


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Intel Broadwell-E CPUs Rumored for Early 2016

Posted: September 8, 2015 @ time: 03:50PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Previous rumors indicated that Intel was planning to start production on its next generation Broadwell-E based CPUs in Q1 2016, but Chinese website BenchLife is now reporting that the new chips will be available for purchase in the same quarter. Final software optimization is expected to complete by early January with ES sampling in Q4 2015 and QS sampling shortly thereafter. The source expects an announcement at CeBIT 2016 in March with the possibility of a same day release. Broadwell-E will be the latest entry into the High-End Desktop (HEDT) lineup with six and eight core models available for the X99 platform. Prices are currently estimated at $400 for an entry level CPU up to $999 for the flagship model.

Source: BenchLife via WCCF Tech


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New Techniques Developed for Rendering Granular Materials

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 06:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some things are harder to for computers to render than others, because of the physics involved with making the resulting image realistic. Granular materials are an example of this because the light can be affected by each grain it hits, which adds up when there are millions of grains. To accelerate the process, researchers at Karlsruher Institut für Technologie have developed a new process that chooses the right technique based on scale involved.

For smaller scales, when only a few grains are involved, the classical approach of using path tracing for the light can be used. At larger scales this method would require hundreds to thousands of processor hours. Instead, the process changes to use volumetric path tracing, like that used to render clouds or fog. It turns out these methods can accurately represent light passing through granular materials, and can be quite efficient at doing so. Diffusion approximation can also be applied for when the grains are bright and strongly reflective, like with snow.

Compared to current methods, this new approach can be ten to several hundreds of times faster, depending on the material, without compromising image quality.

Source: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 10:00AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of another week is upon us, with several items to help get you through the day. There is another look at the ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC, a potentially perfect candidate for those wanting a small yet robust HTPC. The ADATA XPG SX930 240GB SSD gets tested to see how this JMicron controller-equipped, 560MB/s read and 460MB/s write speeds drive works in a system. We have a review on the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 Memory Airflow Kit, which features the Vengeance LPX heatspreaders and two Vengeance Airflow fans to keep things from getting toasty when overclocking. Wrapping things up is a look at the Grado SR225e headphones, a simple looking model that delivers some exceptional sound.

Small Form Factor
ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC @ Madshrimps

Memory
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 Memory Airflow Kit @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
ADATA XPG SX930 240GB SSD @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
Grado SR225e @ PC Perspective


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Bethesda Reveals Plans for Fallout 4 Free Updates, Creation Kit, and Season Pass

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 11:07AM
Author: bp9801

Just about two months remain for us to get our hands on Fallout 4, with many people no doubt planning how they'll spend their time in the wasteland around Boston. Bethesda is keeping plenty of information about the game under wraps, but did reveal some of it today. For starters, a whole bunch of free updates are planned for Fallout 4 to expand what's already in the game. Bethesda mentioned how Skyrim received free updates adding in more kill cams, mounted combat, legendary mode, and others, and plans to do the same types of things for Fallout 4. Those are all in addition to patches, bug fixes, and tweaks, which is just good to have.

The new Creation Kit is expected to arrive early next year on PC, allowing modders to really delve the depths of Fallout 4 with new content. Given the sheer variety of content created for past Bethesda games, expect everything you can possibly think of and beyond with mods. The mods will transistion into the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 after PC, with the PlayStation 4 receiving them after that.

In addition to the free ways to expand your game, Bethesda is planning its first ever Season Pass for Fallout 4. The Season Pass is priced at $30, much like others, and will include all the DLC Bethesda has planned for the game. Right now there's no information on what to expect for Fallout 4, but Bethesda did say the DLC will arrive sometime early next year. Presumably after the Creation Kit, so hopefully that information is known not long after launch.

Fallout 4 arrives November 10 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Bethesda.net


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Lian Li Announces PC-Q21 Case

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 03:50PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Lian Li has announced the PC-Q21 chassis, a mini tower designed for small form factor systems using a Mini-ITX motherboard. The PC-Q21 provides plenty of options for installing components despite its small stature. A slot loaded optical drive can be installed, providing disk support without the full size of a 5.25" drive. A bottom hard drive rack can hold two 2.5" drives or be swapped out for a single 3.5" drive, 120mm fan, or additional space for a lengthy graphics card. The PC-Q21 will be available sometime this month at an MSRP of $74.99.

Source: Press Release


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CRYORIG Announces C7 CPU Cooler

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 04:08PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Originally revealed at Computex 2015, the C7 is the latest CPU cooler from CRYORIG. The C7 measures just 47mm tall, "2mm taller than the Intel Stock Heatsink," while offering better cooling and lower noise than stock coolers. The cooler has four heatpipes with an included 92mm PWM fan and CRYORIG's proprietary Quad Inlet System. It was designed to comply with the Intel/AMD CPU Keep Out Zone, making it a zero interference cooler and a good choice for small form factor systems.

Source: CRYORIG


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AMD Athlon X4 880K Details Leak

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 06:25PM
Author: gebraset

Details surrounding the Athlon X4 880K from AMD, which has yet to be officially announced by the chipmaker, have been leaked by motherboard manufacturer Biostar as part of a compatibility listing. The AMD Athlon X4 880K is based on the Kaveri architecture, boasts a 4.0GHz base clock, offers 4MB of cache, and features two cores with four threads. At this point in time, the turbo clock of the Athlon X4 880K is unknown, but with a TDP of 95W, hopefully it will be something that can impress consumers enough to purchase the chip that is simply an APU with the graphics portion disabled.

Pricing and release date data concerning the Athlon X4 880K have not yet been revealed by AMD.

Source: Fudzilla


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AMD and the Missing R9 Nano Reviews

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 11:42PM
Author: bp9801

If you have been patiently waiting for the OverclockersClub AMD Radeon R9 Nano review, well, we have some bad news for you. There won't be one. Neither will there be a Nano review for our sister site Neoseeker, or affiliate site HardOCP, or even to places like Tech Report and TechPowerUp. The reasoning behind this is rather curious, especially when all these sites, including OCC and Neoseeker, were invited to the paper launch for the Nano video card. It appears that AMD wants to send the new card to review sites that will give it a "fair review," whatever that means, and implies AMD is heavily cherry picking which sites it even wants to deal with. That isn't exactly good business as it heavily skews opinion of the card, because after all, if a product can only be seen in a positive light, how can you know it's truly all that it seems?

A big picture of this problem has been highlighted by HardOCP's editor-in-chief Kyle Bennett in an editorial, and the main thing to take away from it is how AMD PR is handling the situation. AMD's Corporate Vice President of Alliances Roy Taylor replied on Twitter to several people about certain sites not receiving Nano review samples with the line, "reviews need to be fair." When Kyle reached out to the PR, as well as Roy Taylor, the reply was less than great and pretty much backed up what Roy had said on Twitter. HardOCP received a sample of the Fury and Fury X, which apparently fits with the website, but the Nano did not. And that is with AMD sending one of the HardOCP forum users a Nano to use in a build log. Roy's response was again a little damning, "I stand by the statement that the world needs fair reviews, I am sure you agree, pretty strongly I’d have thought!"

When pressed a little further, Roy's next response pretty much shut the door on the matter: "My position is that we need fair reviews. I doubt there is anyone in our entire industry who would disagree. That's the beginning and the end of this."

That's pretty much the end of things. AMD is choosing what review sites are receiving a sample of the Nano to test in order to guarantee a fair review of its product. It may just be a ploy to drive up demand for sales, but the Nano cannot be purchased. Neither can the Fury X. Newegg has two Fury cards to purchase, but the Fury X cards are all on auto-notify. Both OCC and Neoseeker have yet to receive a review sample of the Fury or Fury X, and given the lack of supply of those cards, odds are slim we'll ever get one of those, too.

No Nano, no Fury X, and no Fury. Just what exactly is the end game of AMD here? Its PR seems poised to alienate and piss off review sites that attended the paper launch of the Nano, or were invited to attend it, by withholding review samples for "fairness." Add in how Roy Taylor is negatively affecting the PR by publicly stating AMD wants review sites that will produce a fair review, and things aren't looking too great. Maybe at some point we'll all get some clarification on this, but given this situation and the dire financial straits AMD is facing, there may be bigger problems at foot the company isn't saying. At any rate, OCC will not have an AMD Radeon R9 Nano review, nor a Fury X or Fury review, because of a lack of response and AMD's apparent desire to avoid sites that can test a card without any bias.

Source: HardOCP


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Radeon Technologies Group Formed by AMD

Posted: September 9, 2015 @ time: 11:59PM
Author: gebraset

AMD ended up acquiring ATI roughly nine years ago for a whopping $5.6 billion, and since then has successfully offered a wealth of products in the graphics card realm by utilizing various company technologies. The company unfortunately has been failing to capture market share, as it was recently reported that AMD controls just 18 percent of the total GPU market, with NVIDIA obviously leading. Now, AMD has decided in a strategic decision to split off its GPU business from its CPU business and has formed the Radeon Technologies Group. President and CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, publically noted that "With the creation of the Radeon Technologies Group we are putting in place a more agile, vertically-integrated graphics organization focused on solidifying our position as the graphics industry leader, recapturing profitable share across traditional graphics markets, and staking leadership positions in new markets such as virtual and augmented reality."

The latest group formed by AMD is being led by Raja Koduri, who will oversee all of the aspects of various graphics technologies used in the company’s APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom, and GPU compute products. Koduri, who will report directly to Dr. Su, has more than 20 years of experience in developing solutions for visual computing on personal computers and has been directly involved in development of the industry’s first graphics chip with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory as well as AMD’s LiquidVR initiative.

Source: Press Release


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Encapsulating Nanotubes for Integrated Circuits

Posted: September 10, 2015 @ time: 06:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are several technologies we want to use in certain applications, but several hurdles still exist preventing us from doing so. One example of this is carbon nanotubes being used in integrated circuits, because when exposed to air, the nanotubes quickly degrade. Researchers at Northwestern University though, have developed a solution, similar to that found for OLEDs that suffered a similar problem.

Carbon nanotubes have practically all of their atoms on their surface, so anything that interacts with the surface can dramatically affect their properties. Water and dust from the air are two things that can damage the nanotubes, resulting in them only surviving for hours instead of years or decades. To solve this problem the researchers developed a material to encapsulate the nanotubes. Organic LEDs have a similar problem and encapsulation layers had to be developed for them as well, which inspired this work, but the encapsulating material has been tailored for nanotubes.

To test their encapsulation method, the researchers built static random-access memory circuits (SRAM), which can make up 85% of modern some CPUs. The encapsulated nanotubes not only survived longer than their exposed counterparts, but also showed improved spatial uniformity. As the method for applying the encapsulation layer can be done easily and cheaply, we could see many interesting applications for nanotube-based circuits, such as being integrated into credit cards to store additional security information.

Source: Northwestern University


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, September 10, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 10, 2015 @ time: 09:04AM
Author: bp9801

The first full week of September is drawing to a close, but not before we have some items for you to look over. There is a review of the AMD Radeon R9 Nano to see how this tiny video card handles the task of running a full Fiji core in something close to half the size of the larger Fury cards. We also have the Mionix Castor optical gaming mouse, a comfortable option with a 10,000DPI optical sensor for some truly fast movements. Lastly, we have an article looking at what the Apple iPhone 6s does different than the past model, and what all its specifications look like.

Video Cards
AMD Radeon R9 Nano @ TechSpot

Keyboards/Mice
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 6s @ ThinkComputers


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PowerColor Announces R9 NANO Video Card

Posted: September 10, 2015 @ time: 03:41PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Amid the controversy regarding the lack of reviews of AMD R9 NANO video cards, PowerColor has announced its take on the card, the R9 NANO 4GB HBM. The card is just 6" in length but it "is the first GPU with on-chip High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) delivering extreme 4K gaming performance." The HBM uses a 4096-bit memory interface while running at 500MHz with a core speed of 1000MHz. The card features support for DirectX 12, CrossFire multi-GPU setups, three DisplayPort and one HDMI outputs.

Source: Press Release


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Study Examines How Free Products May Influence Bloggers

Posted: September 11, 2015 @ time: 06:06AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Researchers at Penn State have recently examined how compensation and free products can influence reviews by bloggers. Some fear that when compensation is provided by companies to bloggers who review their products, the bloggers are more likely to give these products more favorable reviews. According to the study this is not the case, and the reviewers will tend to believe they have more control over the organization providing the compensation.

For the study the researchers sent a questionnaire to 173 technology bloggers, as these bloggers tend to receive more compensation and review items than others. The results showed that the bloggers recognized that giving positive reviews for bad products would damage their credibility, and therefore their readership. Also the bloggers view PR representatives as sources for stories, and not income sources, while PR professionals view their relationships with bloggers as a way to spread the word, and not as a form of advertising. Further, requesting a positive review for compensation would kill the relationship with the blogger.

As the researchers point out, the compensation, such as receiving a product to review, is to balance the needs of both parties, as one needs the product to review it and the company wants to see their products talked about.

Source: Penn State


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, September 11, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 11, 2015 @ time: 10:22AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is upon us, with a few things to get you into the weekend. There is a review of the Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn mechanical keyboard, a tenkeyless model featuring the company's Romer-G switches. It is a paired down version of the bigger G910 keyboard, so be sure to read on to see how this second Romer-G keyboard performs. A new case mod uses the Corsair Graphite 780T and a black, white, and lime green theme for a truly unique look. Wrapping things up today is a new podcast covering the latest reviews and news from the past week.

Keyboards/Mice
Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Green Carnage @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #366 @ PC Perspective


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Tristellar S Mod ITX Chassis Debuted by DEEPCOOL

Posted: September 11, 2015 @ time: 07:39PM
Author: gebraset

Back in May of this year, DEEPCOOL announced that its Tristellar case was the first to join its impressive GAMER STORM product line. The case was available to purchase this last June for roughly $400, and now DEEPCOOL has announced that it has teamed up with one of the most distinguished modders, Bill Owen, to debut the Tristellar S Mod. This latest offering from DEEPCOOL is an ITX chassis that is based on a spaceship and Star Wars design. The Tristellar S Mod features an intriguing paint job, custom air ducts, side windows that show off GPUs and SSDs, and the signature of Bill Owen. All of the baseline features found within the original Tristellar case are present, but with DEEPCOOL manufacturing only 50 units of the Tristellar S Mod, the latest case may prove even more popular than the first.

The DEEPCOOL Tristellar S Mod chassis will be available globally sometime this month, and features a hefty MSRP of $599.99. More information on the case can be found on the official product page.

Source: Press Release


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Gels With Tunable Light Emission Could Act as Advanced Sensors

Posted: September 14, 2015 @ time: 05:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Nature still has many tricks we can learn from. One more example of this comes from MIT where researchers are applying knowledge concerning the crosslinking seen in the threads used by mussels to anchor themselves to rocks. These bonds are used elsewhere in Nature, but can also be used to create a material that will change color based on its environment.

The material is a combination of rare-earth metals with the widely used polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG). This material can have its light emission tuned to produce a variety of colors, and even multiple colors resulting in white light. The crosslinking though is very sensitive to external parameters, so when something in the environment changes, the bonds and thus the color emission will change. The material could be designed such that pollutants, toxins, pathogens, mechanical pressures, and more will cause the color emission to immediately change, alerting people.

Increasing this material's potential is that it can be made into a gel, thin film, or a coating for application on structures. It also helps that the hydrogel scaffold used in this research is also commonly used in biological and polymer physics studies, so it is already well understood by many.

Source: MIT


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, September 14, 2015, Edition

Posted: September 14, 2015 @ time: 09:06AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with a couple of items to help you get it started. There is a review of the Mionix Castor optical gaming mouse, featuring a 10,000DPI optical sensor and 128KB of onboard memory, along with a 32MHz, 32-bit ARM processor, for storing macros and up to five different profiles. It sounds promising, so be sure to check out the review to see if it's all that. Our other item for the day is a tour of Logitech's audio HQ to check out the new Artemis Spectrum headset, something Logitech believes is the best headset ever.

Keyboards/Mice
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
Touring Logitech's Audio HQ: Making of the Artemis Spectrum @ TechSpot


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Kingston Announces HyperX Savage DDR4

Posted: September 14, 2015 @ time: 03:36PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston has announced its latest memory kit, the HyperX Savage DDR4 line, which boasts "fast speeds and aggressive timings." The memory is capable of reaching speeds up to 3000MHz with dual stick capacities reaching 64GB. Built in XMP profiles pair with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors using the latest Z170 chipset back to older X99 motherboards. HyperX business manager Lawrence Yang described the release stating, "We are excited to present this new high speed, yet power efficient memory for those gamers and enthusiasts looking to maximize system performance. HyperX Savage DDR4 offers consumers standout performance and with its asymmetrical die-cast aluminum, low-profile heat spreader and matching black PCB a standout look to upgrade any system."

Source: Press Release


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