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News Archives for October 2016

Hardware Roundup: Monday, October 3, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 3, 2016 @ time: 10:46AM
Author: bp9801

The first Monday of October is upon us, with weather fully changing in most areas and the return of pumpkin everything in the US. We have some items for you to check out, including a review on the SilverStone Strider Platinum 550W power supply, which has a full modular design and a compact frame. There is another look at the Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset, the company's newest model that offers an affordable price point and potentially stellar audio bliss. For those needing a new keyboard, maybe the Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro L RGB mechanical keyboard, sporting Cherry MX switches and a host of other features to let you set up the keyboard how you like. We also have a PC buying guide featuring an update with new products that have come out recently, helping you get the best parts for whatever budget you have in mind.

Power Supplies
SilverStone Strider Platinum 550W @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro L RGB Mechanical Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
TechSpot PC Buying Guide: 2016 Update @ TechSpot


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Possible Intel i7-7700K Benchmarks Leak

Posted: October 3, 2016 @ time: 11:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is definitely something to take as a rumor, but that does not keep it from being interesting. It would seem that benchmarks of Intel's upcoming Cote i7-7700K, based on the company's 7th generation Kaby Lake architecture have leaked. According to the leak, this new CPU has made significant improvements in both single and multi-threaded performance compared to the current i7-6700K processor. The benchmark the data is from is Geekbench 4, and can be viewed here. In single-threaded performance, the 7700K scored 6131, and while scores for the 6700K vary, this puts it at around a 20% improvement for what I am seeing at the same benchmark database. Multi-threaded performance has also increased with the 6700K coming in around 16,000-17,000 points while the 7700K hit 20243, another roughly 20% improvement.

Of course these numbers are just rumors, so we will have to wait and see if they hold true. The i7-7700K CPU is a 4-core processor (8 threads, thanks to Hyperthreading) and for these tests was clocked at 4.2 GHz. It was also combined with a Gigabyte motherboard and 32 GB of RAM. It will be interesting to see how well the i7-7700K and all of the Kaby Lake processors perform, as they are to feature Intel's new 14 nm+ process technology, which is supposed to be an improvement over the company's current 14 nm process.

Source: WCCFtech


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AMD Announces New CPUs for Business Computers

Posted: October 3, 2016 @ time: 03:50PM
Author: CheeseMan42

AMD has announced the seventh generation of its AMD Pro CPU for business computers. The AMD Pro combines a CPU and GPU into a single accelerated processing unit (APU), and was previously known as Bristol Ridge. If the name sounds familiar, that is because AMD has already used Bristol Ridge chips on the AM4 platform in laptop computers. The chips have support for up to four x86 Excavator cores, HSA compute acceleration, and DDR4. All of that translates into a CPU and GPU that are 17% and 88% faster, respectively, than an equivalent Intel i5. The AMD Pro will be available with speeds ranging from 3.8GHz to 4.2GHz with power consumption ranging from 35W to 65W.

Source: Venture Beat


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 4, 2016 @ time: 10:49AM
Author: bp9801

A new day is here, with several items for you to check out. We have a review on the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB video card, sporting a custom cooler and a price tag that is quite affordable for what you're getting. There is another look at the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset, which has plenty of features for the gamer on a budget. For those needing some wireless control, the CHERRY MW 2310 Wireless mouse gets put to the test to see what it offers. If you need more storage for your action camera (think GoPro), then perhaps the Kingston Action Camera 64GB microSD card is for you. We wrap things up today with 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of September.

Video Cards
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset @ Neoseeker

Keyboards/Mice
CHERRY MW 2310 Wireless Mouse @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingston Action Camera microSD Card @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups – September 2016 @ ThinkComputers


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Borophene Has Potential in Flexible Electronics

Posted: October 4, 2016 @ time: 01:00PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When it comes to two-dimensional materials, a lot of attention is given to graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon with several amazing properties. There are other 2D materials though, with their own special characteristics, and researchers at Rice University, Argonne National Laboratory, and Northwestern University have determined one could be particularly useful for flexible electronics.

This other 2D material is made of boron, called borophene, and has a triangular lattice structure with periodic hexagonal vacancies. What gives it potential in flexible electronics is its wavy, corrugated pattern, allowing it to be flexible. While graphene does have very desirable electronic properties, it is too stiff for use in devices that need to stretch. Borophene actually does prefer to be flat and stiff, like graphene, as this form has the lowest energy value, but not when grown on silver. The silver substrate causes the borophene to take on this wavy form, and even causes the silver to change its shape to match. This form can be preserved when the borophene is re-glued to a different substrate.

Both borophene and graphene possess a rich band structure that includes Dirac cones, which allow electrons to travel at relativistic speeds. Borophene also exhibits strong electron-phonon coupling that supports possible superconductivity.

Source: Rice University


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Thermaltake Announces First Gaming Chairs

Posted: October 4, 2016 @ time: 04:12PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake has announced its first set of entries into the growing gaming chair market with four products released under the Tt eSPORTS brand. The four chairs are the GT FIT, GT COMFORT, X FIT, and X COMFORT and are available in a range of color options. The chairs were designed with an anti-fatigue design, high quality materials, and a "stunning streamlined gaming aesthetic." Ergonomic features for proper posture include a backrest with lumbar support, seat with dense foam padding, adjustable armrest, seat height adjustment, and recline and tilt capability. The chairs have an MSRP of $329.99 for the GT FIT, $399.99 for the GT COMFORT, $349.99 for the X FIT, and $419.99 for the X COMFORT.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 5, 2016 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a couple of items to check out today. We have a review on the Intel SSD 600p Series 512GB, an NVMe model that is pretty affordable, even in the smaller format. Our other item for the day is the EpicGear Defiant Keyboard and Assassin Case Bundle, giving us an LED backlit, mechanical keyboard (using the company's own switches) and a pretty solid case to transport it around in for LAN parties and the like.

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel SSD 600p Series 512GB @ TechSpot

Keyboards/Mice
EpicGear Defiant Keyboard and Assassin Case Bundle @ ThinkComputers


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Brave the Cold in Wasteland 3; Fig Campaign Launches to Support Its Development

Posted: October 5, 2016 @ time: 12:23PM
Author: bp9801

The first game I ever backed on Kickstarter was inXile Entertainment's Wasteland 2, a return to the series that would be the inspiration for the Fallout games, one of my favorite series of all time. Wasteland 2 was fully funded inside a day of its Kickstarter launch, with a total of $3 million in funding reached by the end. We eventually got the game a little over two years after the Kickstarter's end, and then we received a Director's Cut of it a year later that modifed the engine, added in more companion behaviors, and a host more to make it an even better post-apocalyptic experience. Well, now it's nearly time to journey back to that time, as inXile has announced Wasteland 3 and a backing campaign.

Wasteland 3 continues where Wasteland 2 left off, except we're in a different area of the American West. We're instead in the frozen lands of Colorado instead of the warm Arizona and California deserts. Survival in this cold and unforgiving land is pretty much exactly like that, where the choices you make aren't morally easy and some will impact the fate of things for a much larger landscape. You'll even have to make sacrifices that affect the game world, which makes me think we might have to sacrifice a settlement to save even more, or something similar. InXile isn't telling us everything with Wasteland 3 just yet, but there is plenty to go on.

The game will still feature party-based roleplay, with even more of a focus on the complex, reactive storytelling and strategic combat we love from past titles. Wasteland 3 includes vehicles (finally!), environmental dangers (please no giant bugs that pop out of the ground), and a more fluid action system to change and evolve the combat from Wasteland 2 in a way that sounds even better that it already was. Combat is still turn-based and encounters are still unique, just it's getting an evolution. One part that's brand new is how Wasteland 3 has multiplayer! It can be either synchronous or asynchronous, so you and a friend can play at the same time or not, with story choices opening up (or sealing off) based on your choices. So you might see some areas, missions, or story arcs based on one decision, but not another, something that brilliantly carries over from the older games, ensuring no two playthroughs are ever the same. It's still very much a single player game, just now you have the option to play with a friend.

Your Ranger Base returns in Wasteland 3, however, it seems like you're actually going to be in charge of it this time around. You see, you're the only survivor of Ranger Team November, a squad that was dispatched to Colorado since no one there had ever heard of the Desert Rangers. Something goes wrong and it's up to you to get the Rangers built there, which includes starting and running a Ranger Base. InXile says it plays an integral role in Colorado, since as you help the people and establish a reputation, the quests and narrative choices forces you to make a decision on how to lead. The story of Wasteland 3 is said to be deep and engaging, but not many details on it just yet. However, it features a revamped dialogue tree system from InXile's Torment: Tides of Numenera, giving us a more pleasing time making choices.

Wasteland 3 will simulatenously release on Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One when it's done, tentatively scheduled for 2019. It'll be DRM-free on PC, as well as on Steam and GOG, while other stores are in consideration. Its backing campaign is on Fig instead of Kickstarter (inXile CEO Brian Fargo is on the Advisory Board for Fig, as is Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart), but despite the change and the $2.75 million goal, it's already more than halfway there. So, Wasteland 3 is going to be a thing almost as fast as Wasteland 2 was, and then we have to wait for it to be in our hands. That just means plenty of time for another Wasteland 2 campaign. The Wasteland 3 Fig campaign ends on November 3, so you have a bit under a month to support it and get your copy of the game, as well as whatever rewards you might want to get at higher tiers!

Source: Fig


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New and Unexpected Means of Producing Light Discovered

Posted: October 5, 2016 @ time: 01:12PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Luminescence is something we can find many examples of in the world, so we have a pretty good understanding of it. When we find something giving off light then, we expect it to follow the rules we have discovered, so when it does not, we know something interesting has been found. Researchers at the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College have discovered just such a molecule that luminesces unlike anything found before, and could be used for many new lights and devices in the future.

Just about every child, and even a healthy number of adults I know enjoy glow-in-the-dark materials and toys. These work by absorbing the energy of the light that strikes them and then re-emitting that energy as light at a certain wavelength. If more energy than they can emit as light falls on them, the extra is given off as heat in the form of vibrations, which was discovered by 1950 by chemist Michael Kasha. This new discovery is being called Suppression of Kasha's Rule, or SOKR (pronounced soccer) because the molecule is being prevented from vibrating the energy away as heat, forcing it to emit higher-frequency light. The molecule the researchers were working is actually a molecular rotor with a paddle on it, and when the researchers had them in water, they gave off a reddish glow. When put into a thick liquid, more like maple syrup, the molecules produced a bright, green light. The reason for is change is because the viscosity of the liquid was stopping the paddle on the molecule from rotating, and that blocked the pathway for the molecule to release energy as heat. Still needing to release the energy, the molecule increased the frequency, and therefore energy, of the light it emitted.

Naturally this discovery is important because no one expected it was possible, but it also has some potentially interesting and valuable applications. This could be used to make new kinds of LEDs and biomedical diagnostic tools, as the molecules can be used to measure the viscosity of a liquid.

 

 

Source: University of Vermont


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Microsoft Aware of Issue with Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10

Posted: October 5, 2016 @ time: 03:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft released KB3194496 to members of the Windows Insiders program last week. This fix is a Cumulative Update for Windows 10, and it appears that it has caused a significant issue for a "subset of users." These users have found themselves stuck in an install loop since the upgrade with no easy way out. The issue was apparently reported by some users before it was made publicly available, but Microsoft did not heed those warnings. The company has now acknowledged the problem and stated that it is working on a "clean-up script that will fix the underlying issue preventing the install."

Source: Neowin


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AT&T Fiber Internet on the Way to 11 More Cities

Posted: October 5, 2016 @ time: 03:50PM
Author: CheeseMan42

AT&T Fiber Internet is already bringing gigabit speeds to 29 metro areas around the country including Atlanta, Austin, and Orlando. The company has added 11 more cities to the list that will be getting the service soon, bringing that number to 38. These new areas are concentrated in the Southeastern United States and a single location in Texas. AT&T made no indication of when these areas can expect the service to be completed, but plans to be fully rolled out to 45 cities by the end of the year. AT&T needs to offer fiber Internet to at least 12.5 million customers by mid-2019, a condition of its purchase of DirecTV. The monthly cost for the service is $70 in areas where AT&T faces competition from Google Fiber and $90 where it does not.

Source: Ars Technica


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New Bordeaux Awaits You in the Mafia III Launch Trailer

Posted: October 6, 2016 @ time: 10:58AM
Author: bp9801

The long wait is nearly over, as Mafia III arrives tomorrow. Technically it's really tonight, since it unlocks on Steam in a little over 10 hours from this post, but still. Mafia III is almost here, bringing us all to the city of New Bordeaux, Louisiana, in the turbulent 1960s. You step into the shoes of Lincoln Clay, a soldier recently returned home who's had his entire world, and family, the black mob, taken from him. It's up to you to rebuild and start anew, craft connections, get your family back, and go after the ones who tried to kill you and everyone you cared about. It should be one hell of a ride, and to help get you ready for it, the Mafia III launch trailer is fortunately here to scratch that itch. Or make you wish the game was already unlocked so we can start on it.

The sights, the sounds, the people, the cars, the guns, the music; everything in Mafia III just screams 1960s. The story itself seems riveting and should pull in everyone playing it, but you can also take a step back, drive a muscle car, explore around the city, and maybe just feed an alligator or two to get rid of some evidence. You know, typical stuff. Gators clean all, just be careful and don't get too close.

Mafia III launches tomorrow on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-load is available now, so be sure to get that started if you haven't already in order to play right when it unlocks. If you're wondering if you can run Mafia III, you can check out the system requirements to know what you need.

Source: YouTube


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Quantum Photonic Circuit Made with Its Own Light Source

Posted: October 6, 2016 @ time: 12:19PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Since it was first discovered, quantum mechanics has been an intriguing field and for some time now, people have been trying to envision how it can be used. One possible application is a quantum computer that leverages the unusual and counterintuitive phenomena of quantum mechanics to process data with algorithms traditional computers cannot perform quickly. There are several avenues that can be used to build a quantum computer, and recently researchers at KIT have created something that should dramatically simplify the designs of optical quantum computers.

At the heart of any computer is the medium used to carry information. In modern electronic computers, the charge of electrons is used to store data, but quantum computers have more options available to them. Among these options is photons, the quantum for light, but the catch is that the photons need to be made for a photonic chip to operate on them. Previously this required external laser sources that could take up entire laboratory spaces, but the KIT researchers have succeeded in building a single-photon source into a chip. This is the first time a complete quantum optical structure has been built on a chip. The source is a carbon nanotube, which have been used before because they emit single photons when struck by external lasers. This new design, however, is completely electrical, so the external laser is no longer needed, making it possible to miniaturize the circuit significantly.

For those hoping this means optical quantum computers are just around the corner, sadly, that is not the case. This is a piece of fundamental research showing this is possible, so it will take time to see what, if any practical applications come from it. It is still an important step, but just how large a step and how long until the next one is still to be seen.

Source: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie


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1 nm Gate Transistor Created

Posted: October 7, 2016 @ time: 11:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

They say all good things must come to an end, and for a while we have been approaching the physical limits for modern electronics. According to Moore's law the density of transistors in an integrated circuit will double every two years, but silicon structures can only be made so small before physics starts interfering with how they operate. This size limit is at about 5 nm, but researchers at Berkeley Lab and other institutions have successfully built a transistor with a gate-length of just 1 nm.

The reason for the 5 nm limit with silicon is that quantum mechanics will start to play a larger role on that scale, and the transistor's gate will not be able to block the flow of electrons. This is because the electrons will simply tunnel through the gate as though it were not there. While silicon may not be useful at this scale, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) can be viable. This material can be made a single layer thick, which comes in at just 0.65 nm, and because of its resistance to electrical currents, smaller gates can be used. In this case a 1 nm gate made from a carbon nanotube is employed. Carbon nanotubes are hollow structures made of pure carbon that are grown, as opposed to silicon structures that are etched with lithography techniques that cannot yet reach 1 nm sizes.

When tested the researchers found the transistor was able to control the flow of electrons, showing that even though it is only 1 nm in size, it is still functional. This is only a proof of concept though, so you cannot expect these transistors to pop up in any devices soon. Several more discoveries will be needed before that can happen, such as developing self-aligning fabrication methods, scaling these up to produce billions of transistors, and finally packing all of them into a chip.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, October 7, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 7, 2016 @ time: 11:28AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is here, with several items to help you welcome in the weekend. We have a review of two AMD RX 480 cards in CrossFire to see what kind of performance they bring to the table. There is a look at the Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD, a mid-range model in terms of price, and maybe budget, with plenty of capacities to fit whatever need you might have for it. The SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse has a ton of features with it, with a review to see just how they help you out in games and other programs. If you need a gaming laptop, then perhaps the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro, with its GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, is the one for you. Wrapping things up for the week is a new case mod that takes a unique approach to computer cases, as it looks like a Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle, just it's used for playing games.

Video Cards
RX 480 CrossFire @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

Keyboards/Mice
SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro Gaming Laptop @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Point Blank Barret @ ThinkComputers


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Yahoo Allowed the Government to Read All of Your Incoming Emails

Posted: October 7, 2016 @ time: 12:05PM
Author: bp9801

Recently, Yahoo revealed evidence of a hack that affected around 500 million people, making it the largest hack so far. However, there's something else that has recently come to light that is even more shocking and disturbing. Yahoo has been revealed as the first US company to allow US Intelligence officials to read every single incoming email from all of its customers. This isn't some of the emails, but every single incoming email for all Yahoo Mail users. It was part of a classified government demand to allow the access, with either the FBI or National Security Agency pushing for it. It is not known exactly what either agency was looking for, other than certain characters in an email or attachment, but the fact they were able to view all incoming emails and not stored emails is highly alarming.

This is the first time a US Internet company has agreed to such a demand, with it being unprecedented and possibly unconstitutional. It isn't known what Yahoo handed over either in terms of data, or if the NSA or FBI approached any other companies to scan incoming emails. Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook have all pushed out statements saying they didn't receive or comply with any government demands, and if they did it would be met with a, "no way."

It appears Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer complied with the demand, which prompted the company's Chief Information Security Officer, Alex Stamos, to resign in 2015 when he found out about it. Stamos now works at Facebook and did not say the reason for his departure at the time, but now it's quite clear he and other executives disagreed with Mayer's decision, but were powerless to do anything about it.

Yahoo issued a statement saying it abides by government laws, since it's a law abiding company, but did not say anything further. Like why exactly it allowed the government to scan all incoming emails, denied it had done so, or addressed any security and privacy concerns that are a direct result of this blatant disregard for customer trust. It's a major issue, and one I feel is only going to get worse for Yahoo as a result, especially with the upcoming sale to Verizon, which complies with the NSA, too, on information gathering. The massive hack and now this email scanning raises serious questions about Yahoo's security level and whether it actually cares to implement something to protect its customers. We'll have to see if anything changes, or if there's a mass exodus to other services. There probably should be a departure from Yahoo anyway, but that's up to you to make.

If you're interested in deleting your Yahoo account, first you should transfer or back up all your data, and then head here to begin the deletion process.

Sources: Reuters and Fight for the Future


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NVIDIA is Giving Away Dead by Daylight Codes Just for Using GeForce Experience

Posted: October 7, 2016 @ time: 12:58PM
Author: bp9801

New games are always great to get, especially when they're free and you win them. NVIDIA knows this and is taking care of its GeForce Experience users with a game giveaway! What game, you ask? Well, Dead by Daylight, a multiplayer horror game where one person is the Killer and four others are Survivors. Or hopeful Survivors, if they can escape the Killer. Sounds fun, right? Dead by Daylight is also part of NVIDIA's Indie Spotlight Program, with the company extending support to small and indie devs by way of its marketing network. It means more people can know about games they might have ottherwise missed, like Dead by Daylight.

One way to do that is to give out keys at random to registered users of GeForce Experience 3.0. NVIDIA has $200,000 worth of keys for Dead by Daylight to hand out, so be sure to register (if you aren't) with GeForce Experience and have the chance to win the game!

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, October 10, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 10, 2016 @ time: 11:34AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with new items for you to check out. We have a review on the Drobo 5C 5-bay USB Type-C DAS, providing a ton of extra storage to directly attach to your computer that won't set you back much in the budget. There is a look at the Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Advanced Gaming Mouse, featuring a 16000 DPI sensor to get you the best control possible in games, while the RGB lighting can make it look good. If you're after a new laptop, maybe the Lenovo Yoga Book, which replaces the typical keyboard on a laptop with a touchscreen slate, can give you all the benefits of a tablet with the ease of a laptop. We wrap things up with a review on Mafia III, which looks to see if the newest entry in the series can pull you in or have it sleep with the fishes (or gators, in this case).

Storage/Hard Drives
Drobo 5C 5-bay USB Type-C DAS @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Advanced Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
Mafia III @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
Lenovo Yoga Book @ TechSpot


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Rumored Performance Leaks for GTX 1050 Ti

Posted: October 10, 2016 @ time: 11:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Not everyone can afford or even want the most powerful GPUs you can find today. To target that market segment, NVIDIA is expected to launch its GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti GPUs later this month, so naturally we are seeing some performance numbers leak out. Obviously until actual reviews start appearing, these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, or several.

Today what we have are performance numbers for the GTX 1050 Ti, which is expected to have 768 CUDA cores, a 1318 MHz base clock and 1392 MHz boost, but the leaker supposedly hit 1797 MHz without touching the GPU's voltage. This particular card also had a dual-slot cooling solution and came with a factory overclock of 1354 MHz base and 1468 MHz. The GPU is connected to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus. The card also has a TDP of 75 W and a 6-pin power connector.

The GTX 1050 Ti was also benchmarked using 3DMark Time Spy and Firestrike Ultra. In the latter the card reached 1895 while it achieved 2513 in the former. The expected MSRP is around $150.

Source: WCCFtech


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Kingston Announces Two Encrypted Flash Drives

Posted: October 10, 2016 @ time: 02:05PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston has announced a pair of new encrypted flash drives with the IronKey D300 and D300 Managed edition. The drives use 256-bit AES encryption in XTS mode that has been FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certified. The zinc enclosure is waterproof to four feet and includes an epoxy seal to make it clear when the drive has been tampered with. The drives require a complex password protocol that will reformat the drive after 10 incorrect password attempts. Digitally signed firmware helps to protect against the BadUSB malware. Kingston flash business manager Ken Campbell described the new drives, stating "We leveraged Kingston’s history of delivering high-quality Flash memory products with IronKey’s trusted reputation in the encrypted storage industry to create a strong, reliable USB Flash drive that will last for years to come." DataLocker CEO Jay Kim added "The IronKey D300 and D300 Managed Encrypted USB Flash Drives are two more tools that allow us to safeguard our customers' sensitive data with the most advanced level of security." The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB.

Source: Press Release


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Release Date Set for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Posted: October 11, 2016 @ time: 08:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Earlier this year we saw the release of Ashes of the Singularity, a new RTS from Stardock that leveraged the power of DirectX 12 to fill the map with battling units. Now we know that on November 3 its first expansion, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is going to be released. This standalone expansion has the goal of addressing some of the base game's prime criticisms by adding a better story-driven campaign, new environment classes, an art pass, and a strategic zoom.

For its campaign, Escalation is going to make more use of the universe's lore, which can be found in the Dawn of the Singularity book by David Simpson. The original campaign has also been updated and enhanced to flow into the Escalation campaign as though they are a single experience. The new environment classes for the expansion are Crystalline and Volcanic world, but all of the game has also received a "top to bottom" art pass. For those of you with the base game, you will not be left out on this as the updated visuals will be coming out as a free update after November 3.

Escalation will also have almost double the number of units and buildings than the base game, including defensive structures that can be upgraded. Perhaps the most important addition for some though is that of the strategic zoom. It works in a similar manner to the one you find in Sins of a Solar Empire, another Stardock RTS, and will hopefully make it easier for all of us to manage our massive armies across the map. This might be something that makes its way to base game after Escalation releases. It was not in the base game originally because the developers thought that "people would be turned off by an abstracted zoomed out view of the world." Now even designer of Ashes of the Singularity and CEO of Stardock, Brad Wardell admits this assumption was wrong.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation releases on November 3 at 1 PM EST. For new users it will cost $39.99 but for those who own the base game already, it will be 50% off or $19.99, whichever is cheaper.

Source: Press Release


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Automatic Email Forwarding Disabled by Yahoo

Posted: October 11, 2016 @ time: 03:39PM
Author: CheeseMan42

In the wake of the recent Yahoo email scandal, an increasing number of users are looking to change providers. However, these users are finding that difficult as Yahoo disabled the automatic email forwarding option earlier this month. The feature appears to be working for users that had set it up prior to the disable date, and Yahoo says that the "automatic email forwarding feature is under development and has been temporarily disabled."

Source: Reuters


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 12, 2016 @ time: 11:58AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items for you to check out in order to get through the day. We have a review on the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD, a mid-range model that uses 15nm MLC NAND to set itself apart from other affordable options. There's an article looking at the best PC speakers you can buy right now, so if you're in the market for one, this article is for you. For those in need of a new computer chair, the Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair just might be at your desk in the future. We have a couple of reviews on the new Apple iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a look at the non-Plus model. If all you want is a cover for your Samsung Galaxy S6, then maybe the review on the Noreve Leather Cover is for you.

Storage/Hard Drives
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
The Best PC Speakers @ TechSpot

Mobile
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus @ PC Perspective
Apple iPhone 7 Plus @ TechSpot
Noreve Samsung Galaxy S6 Leather Cover (Tradition E - 21172TE) @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair @ Neoseeker


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RX 470 May See a Price Drop to Combat GTX 1050 Ti Launch

Posted: October 12, 2016 @ time: 12:18PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

According to industry sources for Tweak Town (which classifies this as a rumor) AMD will be dropping the price of the RX 470 to $169 to combat the upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA is expected to launch at $159. As the RX 470 is expected to be a better performing card than the GTX 1050 Ti, this could be a significant win for AMD in the 1080p market both companies are targeting with these cards. Of course, as this price drop and performance numbers for the GTX 1050 Ti are all technically rumor at this point, we cannot know what will happen until it actually does.

Source: Tweak Town


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Tamriel Awaits You in the Skyrim Special Edition Launch Trailer; System Requirements Revealed

Posted: October 12, 2016 @ time: 12:35PM
Author: bp9801

After five years, it's nearly time to head back to Tamriel and the cold north of Skyrim, as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition arrives in two weeks. This remaster of Skyrim bumps the game up to the same engine enhancements as seen in Fallout 4, meaning a 64-bit engine with volumetric lighting, dynamic depth of field, and screen-space reflections. It also has new water and snow shaders, as well as remastered art and effects to give us a stunning sight in the land of the Nords (and dragons). It gives the game a quality boost normally obtained with mods on PC, which probably means modders can give the PC version an even larger boost over the console versions. Only thing I'm not looking forward to are any updates to the mods I normally run, especially since it's been about two years since I last loaded up Skyrim. However, both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners get the benefit of mods in their Skyrim Special Edition, bringing a nice form of parity to both systems. All of it is on display in the launch trailer below (well, not all the mods, but you get the idea).

It's quite a sight to see how Skyrim looked back in 2011 and how it looks now in 2016. It's truly something to see, especially with even more mods tossed its way. If you're planning to pick up a PlayStation 4 Pro when it arrives next month, you'll be happy to know Skyrim Special Edition supports 4K gaming on it. For those getting it on PC, Bethesda has revealed the system requirements, which are just a bit more than what Skyrim required five years ago.

Minimum
Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
8GB of RAM
12 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB

Recommended
Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320
8GB of RAM
12 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB

Yup, just a bit more involved than Skyrim back in the day. You'll need a 64-bit OS to run this, since, as I said, the redone Creation Engine is now a 64-bit engine. Hard drive space is minimal, but that's before any mods are installed. Console storage is a little bigger, as PS4 needs 20GB in North America (33GB in Europe), and XBO needs 17GB in North America (25GB in Europe). All in all, nothing too terrible is required, but if you're putting off any upgrades, now might be a good time to get them ready.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition arrives October 28 on PC, PS4, and XBO. Your time as the Dragonborn starts anew then. Any Steam users that own Skyrim and all its DLC get the Special Edition for free. Not bad at all.

Source: Bethesda.net and YouTube


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Tt eSPORTS Announces Black FP Security Gaming Mouse with Fingerprint Sensor

Posted: October 12, 2016 @ time: 12:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Over at Tt eSPORTS, security is being put into your hand, quite literally, with the new Black FP Security Gaming Mouse. Along with some of the features one would expect in a gaming mouse is a fingerprint reader that can be used to automatically log in to Windows, websites, and even encrypted folders. Backing this reader is 256-bit AES and the Fast Identify Online (FIDO) UAF standard to ensure your password-less experience is fast and secure. The sensor itself uses Synaptics Iron Veil technology and takes just one fifth of a second to read the sensor and match it against the stored fingerprint.

While these security features are certainly interesting, this is also a gaming mouse. The Black FP Security uses an AVAGO 9500 sensor to reach up to 5700 DPI, but its sensitivity can be adjusted by 100 DPI increments, so you can dial it in to what you want. The 7 buttons can be programmed across five profile, giving you up to 35 different macros for whatever your user style is, and with it OMRON switches having a 5-million click lifecycle, this mouse should last you for a long time.

The Black FP Security Gaming Mouse has an MSRP of $59.99.

 

 

Source: Thermaltake


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PS4 Controller Support Coming to Steam

Posted: October 13, 2016 @ time: 08:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Valve is holding its Steam Dev Days conference, where several new things are being shown off, including some plans for the Steam Controller API, such as adding support for other controllers. While a lot of what is being talked about does not seem to have made it out of the conference yet, a complete transcript of this talk has. Most of the talk is about implementing the API, and is an interesting read for anyone curious, but that support for other controllers might be what most of you are looking for.

The first controller that will be supported by the Steam API will be the PS4 Controller. Other controllers will be added in the future, but they are starting with this one because of its quality and it possessing a gyro and touchpad, much like the Steam Controller. Also it does not have the best support on PC currently, but because of how the Steam Controller API works, with it being what any game sees and not the controller itself, it should become much more reliable. This abstraction with the API comes in part from it passing actions to the game instead of the direct inputs, so instead of sending the input 'A' that is translated to 'Jump,' the game is sent the action 'Jump' and does so regardless of the input being used. This use of the API means that once it gains PS4 Controller support, all games that fully support the API will be able to use this controller, and all of those added in the future.

Source: Gamasutra


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, October 13, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 13, 2016 @ time: 09:54AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with a couple of items for you to check out today. There is a review on the Kworld S25 Earphones, a gaming set that has earbuds resembling 9mm bullet casings and the potential for enhanced bass to hear every explosion in your games. Our other item for the day is the Energen 5-Port USB Charging Station, providing four 2.4A powered ports and a quick charge USB 3.0 port to get your devices ready to go in no time at all.

Speakers/Headphones
Kworld S25 Earphones @ Benchmark Reviews

Gadgets
Energen 5-Port USB Charging Station @ ThinkComputers


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Lucky NVIDIA GeForce Experience Users Getting Shadow Warrior 2 Codes

Posted: October 13, 2016 @ time: 11:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Earlier this month NVIDIA was giving away $200,000 worth of Dead by Daylight keys but they have more in store for GeForce Experience users than that. If you have registered GeForce Experience you have a chance to win one of the $50,000 worth of codes for Shadow Warrior 2, which only released today.

Shadow Warrior 2 has been developed by Flying Wild Hog, and NVIDIA has worked with the company to bring Multi-Res Shading to the game; the first non-VR title to use it. Multi-Res Shading (MRS) can increase a game's performance by reducing the resolution at the periphery of the screen, where users are less likely to notice details anyway. According to NVIDIA this can increase performance by as much as 30%, and it also recommends it is used at higher resolutions, such as 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 (4K) This is because the resolution of the MRS border is dependent on the screen resolution, and at these higher resolutions the loss of detail is less noticeable. With the fast paced action of the game, the loss should be even harder to spot.

If you want your chance to win a copy of Shadow Warrior 2 from NVIDIA, be sure to install and register GeForce Experience, which you can download by following the link below.

Source: Press Release and GeForce.com


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AMD Discontinues Support for Gaming Evolved App

Posted: October 13, 2016 @ time: 04:06PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The AMD Gaming Evolved app was the result of a collaboration with Raptr and was "AMD’s counter to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience offering similar features as game optimization made easy and the ability to record gameplay." The decision to stop bundling it with Radeon video drivers went into effect on September 12, but there wasn't a lot of fanfare around the decision. The move was confirmed by AMD in response to WCCFTech, with the company stating "Starting September 12th 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the “AMD Gaming Evolved App” by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software. The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the “AMD Gaming Evolved App” dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected." It is worth noting that the app can still be obtained from Raptr, but AMD will not continue development of any new features or improvements.

Source: WCCFTech


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, October 14, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 14, 2016 @ time: 11:13AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, with a few items for you to check out to welcome in the weekend. If you're a racing game fan and want the absolute best setup to feel like you're actually driving these cars, you might want to invest in something like the Fanatec ClubSpot V2 Ecosystem. It includes everything possible you need to replicate that driving experience, just be prepared to spend quite a bit, since my "invest" comment wasn't far off the mark. Our second item for today is a new case mod, taking the Phanteks Primo SE case and turning it into a thing of beauty. Wrapping things up for the week is a new podcast, covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Miscellany
Fanatec ClubSpot V2 Ecosystem @ PC Perspective
Case Mod Friday: Phanteks Primo SE @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #421 @ PC Perspective


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Civilization VI AI Will Fight It Out on Twitch on 10/19

Posted: October 14, 2016 @ time: 11:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On October 21, the much-anticipated Civilization VI will be released and players will be able to lead multiple civilizations through history to become the leader of the world. A natural question then is which of the game's civilization is the greatest? On Wednesday, October 19, starting at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT, that question may be at least partly answered as eight of the civs battle it out in a completely AI-controlled game, streamed live on 2K's Twitch account. Civilization VI developers will be providing live commentary during the stream, so there will be more than just a computer-controlled game to pay attention to. You do not need to worry about missing the stream, because the entire match will be uploaded on the Civilization YouTube channel after it finishes.

The eights civs in this battle royale are:

  • Aztecs
  • Brazil
  • England
  • Greece (Gorgo)
  • Japan
  • Rome
  • Russia
  • Spain

Source: Civilization Website


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Steam Link Coming to Samsung Televisions

Posted: October 14, 2016 @ time: 04:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Two sources are reporting that upcoming televisions from manufacturer Samsung will have Steam Link functionality built in. The reports come from developers that were in attendance for a Steam Dev Days presentation earlier this week. This will replicate the functionality of the small $50 device from Valve without the need for another device. There isn't any information regarding when the new TVs will be available, what models will include the new functionality, or how it may impact the cost of the TVs.

Source: Polygon


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, October 17, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 17, 2016 @ time: 11:38AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with a few items to help kick it off. We have a review of the Tesoro Gram Spectrum, an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that changes things up by being offered in an all-white design that should look quite stunning sitting on your desk. For a little bit more of a traditional mechanical keyboard, there's a look at the Zalman ZM-K900M, which also has RGB backlighting, but with a range of effects you can set it to use. We wrap things up with a benchmark of the new Gears of War 4 and what kind of performance you can expect regardless of video card you're using, since 41 total video cards are used to figure things out.

Keyboards/Mice
Tesoro Gram Spectrum @ LanOC Reviews
Zalman ZM-K900M Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
Gears of War 4 Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance @ TechSpot


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Flexible, Full-Color Electronic Paper Display Developed

Posted: October 17, 2016 @ time: 11:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of us inclined to read a great deal, devices with e-ink displays have been a wonderful medium for enjoying our favorite tomes. These displays, though, are monochromatic and rigid, so while they consume less powerful and can be read in direct sunlight, there are still uses they are not fit for. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, however, have discovered a means to create a full-color electronic display that is also flexible.

The researchers were actually working on placing conductive polymers onto nanostructures when they realized this technology would lend itself well to making electronic displays. The researchers built a prototype then that comes is less than a micrometer thick and can reproduce all of the colors of an LED display, while also using a tenth the energy e-ink displays in a Kindle require. This work however is only on a fundamental level, and that prototype only had a few RGB pixels in it, so there is still quite a lot of work to do before it can be deployed in a product.

Among the issues to address is the use of gold and silver in the display. While very little gold is actually used in the display, a lot of the precious metal is wasted in the current manufacturing process. A means to reduce the waste or decrease the cost will need to be discovered before commercial manufacturing is possible.

Source: Chalmers University of Technology


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Withstand the Test of Time in the Civilization VI Launch Trailer

Posted: October 17, 2016 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: bp9801

The week might just be starting, but many are looking forward to something coming up at the end of it. No, not the weekend, although that will be quite nice. I mean the launch of Sid Meier's Civilization VI, the latest entry in the long-running series that arrives on Friday. Technically it's late night on Thursday for the Steam unlock, but still technically has a launch date of Friday, October 21. That is when we can strap in and see what Civilization VI has in store for us, as it features new civs, new leaders, a revamped city style, a new graphics engine, and much, much more we have yet to discover. It'll be up to you to lead your chosen civilization and advance it through the ages, hoping it can survive against whatever threats might be just outside its borders. To give us a taste at what to expect, Firaxis and 2K have unveiled the launch trailer to whet our appetite.

It's a wonderful take on some of the different civs awaiting us in Civilization VI, as well as how the times change throughout a game. This could likely be the opening cinematic for the game itself, which I'd be perfectly alright with if that's the case. Plus it's nice to have Sean Bean narrating things and giving us a change of pace throughout the many matches awaiting us.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI arrives on October 21 for the PC. If you want a sneak peak at things, be sure to watch the AI duel it out on Wednesday. And if you just want to be sure your computer can run the game, check out the system requirements here.

Source: YouTube


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Hybrid Chromebook on the Way From Samsung

Posted: October 17, 2016 @ time: 03:14PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Information about a new Chromebook from Samsung, the Chromebook Pro, has been revealed by Chrome Unboxed. The new device will be a hybrid laptop and tablet with a 12.3" touch screen with a resolution of 2400x1600. It will be powered by a 2GHz hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage with up to ten hours of battery life. The Chromebook Pro will have an MSRP of $499 and, according to a now taken down listing, will be available for purchase on October 24.

Source: Tech Times


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti Get Official Prices

Posted: October 17, 2016 @ time: 03:52PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Earlier this month, performance information about the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was revealed, including a suspected price tag of $150. A leaked slide now indicates that the price will be slightly less at $139 while the price of the GTX 1050 will be $109. Both cards use the GP107 GPU at 75W TDP with the GTX 1050 Ti boasting 768 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR5 compared to the 640 CUDA cores and 2GB GDDR5 of the GTX 1050. The cards will be available on October 25 with models expected to be available from third parties including ASUS, EVGA, and MSI.

Source: Videocardz


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Red Dead Redemption 2 Announced and Coming Fall 2017

Posted: October 18, 2016 @ time: 06:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently, Rockstar Games has been putting out a number of images that appeared to tease a future Red Dead game coming soon. Now it is official and Red Dead Redemption 2 will be releasing in Fall 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Nothing has been said about a PC version, but perhaps it will be like GTA V and release later (but hopefully not too much later). The game will tell a story of life in America's unforgiving heartland and feature a new online multiplayer experience.

For now all we have is the press release up on Rockstar's website, but on Thursday the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer will be available to watch at 11 AM ET.

Source: Rockstar Newswire


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THX Purchased by Razer

Posted: October 18, 2016 @ time: 08:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I can remember seeing and hearing the THX logo and sound at the beginning of movies since I was a young child, and I have to admit, I would not have expected then that I would be writing news like this. THX has been purchased by Razer. The company will operate independently from its new parent, but both companies are going to take advantage of the other to enter into new product categories. This means Razer will be able to reach out into other areas of entertainment besides gaming and THX intends to expand its certification program to include several new technologies, including immersive audio, HDR, headphones, and eventually even augmented reality and virtual reality. The financial details of this transaction have not been disclosed.

Source: THX


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Star Control: Origins Announced

Posted: October 18, 2016 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you that remember the original Star Control games with fondness, you may be happy to hear that Stardock has announced a new entry in the franchise is coming: Star Control: Origins. It is an action/adventure game set in 2086 when Earth has received a distress signal from somewhere without our solar system. This leads the first united space exploration force, Star Control, and you will play as The Captain tasked with investigating the transmission and the galactic exploration that follows.

Many of the original gameplay elements will be returning for this release, though updated and expanded in ways modern hardware allows for. You will be able to land on and explore planets, which are now spherical entities, and the lander can jump over obstacles and rotate its cannon to deal with hostile environment and creatures. Player interactions with alien races remains a focus for the game, and to that end a new cast of aliens will be introduced and with a dynamic rendering engine, the aliens and their speech will be rendered in real-time. To make sure the music is appropriate, Stardock has been reuniting musicians that worked on the original game. Chris Bucholz, a Cracked.com columnist, will be leading the story and writing effort.

There is a great interest in properly recreating what made the original games the classics they without copying them, and Stardock is hoping those who join the Founder's Program will help them with that. For $35, fans can pre-order the game, gaining early access to the first playable version, as well as mod tools and access to the Founders Vault. For $99.99 you will also get the soundtrack and the Lifetime Pass to all future DLC and expansions for Star Control: Origins. You can find this and more information at the Star Control website. The game has a release target of 2H 2017 for PC and a later console release.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 18, 2016 @ time: 11:24AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, with several items for you to check out today. There are two different takes on the Samsung 960 PRO SSD, with the 1TB and 2TB M.2 NVMe models reviewed to see what your money gets you, such as a 3.3GB/s read speed. If you maybe want a chance to win a more traditional SSD, then you can enter the giveaway to snag a Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD and maybe use it in your rig. Wrapping things up is a review on the new Google Pixel XL smartphone, the company's attempt to compete with other flagship models while packing in more features than the Nexus line.

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB @ TechSpot
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ PC Perspective

Mobile
Google Pixel XL @ TechSpot

Miscellany
OCZ VX500 512GB Solid State Giveaway @ ThinkComputers


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 19, 2016 @ time: 11:40AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with some items for you to check out. We have a review on the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB, a slightly reduced version of the GTX 1060 that is still fairly powerful in its own right. If you're after a new means of control for your PC, then maybe the Corsair M65 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse and MM800 RGB Polaris Mouse Pad will get the job done for you. We have a look at the recent HWBOT TeamCUP 2016, as well as some of the biggest rivalries in computing history to close things out.

Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB Graphics Card @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair M65 Pro RGB Mouse and MM800 RGB Polaris Mouse Pad @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Biggest Rivalries in Computing History @ TechSpot
MadShrimps OC Win HWBOT's TeamCUP 2016 @ Madshrimps


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Watch_Dogs 2 PC Delayed Two Weeks for PC Polish

Posted: October 19, 2016 @ time: 12:12PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone who was looking forward to booting up Watch_Dogs 2 on their PC come November 15, it has been delayed for that platform by two weeks. According to Ubisoft, that extra two weeks is being spent polishing and optimizing the PC-specific enhancements we want. These include Ultra Textures and Extra Details options for those of us pushing 4K, uncapped framerate, SLI/Crossfire support at launch, and multi-monitor support. Beyond the graphics enhancements, PC players will also have multiple save file support to cover three playthroughs, FOV sliders, hardware mouse input (so no smoothing or acceleration), and other useful improvements.

In addition to this information, we also got the minimum and recommended specs for the game. All players will need to be running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 SP1 or newer, have 50 GB of storage, and if you want to play multiplayer you need a 256 Kbps or better connection. Now for everything else:

Minimum:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX 6120 @ 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB) or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2 GB)

Recommended:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2 GHz or AMD FX 8120 @ 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB), GTX 970 (4 GB), GTX 1060 (3 GB) or AMD R9 290 (4 GB)

Hopefully that two weeks will be well spent. We will find out on November 29, the new PC release date for Watch_Dogs 2.

Source: Ubiblog [1] and [2]


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NVIDIA Shows Off Titanfall 2 Single Player Trailer

Posted: October 19, 2016 @ time: 02:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Titanfall 2 will release on October 28, and NVIDIA has created a new trailer focusing on the single player aspect of the game. The trailer gives users a preview of the game with all of the graphical bells and whistles turned on running at 4K resolution. A GeForce GTX 1080 is recommended for maxing out the graphical settings.

Source: NVIDIA


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New Record Set in 3DMark Fire Mark Extreme

Posted: October 19, 2016 @ time: 03:07PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A new record has been set in the 3DMark Fire Mark Extreme benchmark by K|ngp|n, who became the first person to break the 40,000 point mark. In order to hit the mark, four GeForce Titan X cards were overclocked to 2200MHz with an Intel Core i7-6950X running at 5227MHz. Other components of note were an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard, 32GB G.Skill DDR4, and an EVGA SuperNova NEX 1600W PSU. The use of a custom liquid nitrogen cooling setup was required to keep everything running while pushed so far above the stock speeds.

Source: PC Gamer


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Nintendo Announces New Nintendo Switch Console (Formerly NX)

Posted: October 20, 2016 @ time: 09:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Yesterday, Nintendo of America teased on Twitter that a preview trailer for the company's next console, widely known as the Nintendo NX, would be released today. That trailer is indeed out now and shows off the Nintendo Switch, the official name for the NX, and Switch is an appropriate moniker for this hybrid device. If you watch the trailer, embedded below, you will see it goes between being a traditional console form factor and a mobile tablet design by pulling the tablet portion out of the console dock.

The Joy-Con controller also sports a modular design, with the controls being housed on two parts that can attach to the side of the tablet. If you want a more traditional feel to the controller you can get the Switch Pro Controller or attach them to the Joy-Con Grip accessory. You can also hold the two separate parts in your hands, or even hand one off to a friend, as both feature a joystick and four-button layout. Multiple systems can be connected for some local multiplayer, too.

As had been rumored about before, the system uses game cards, instead of the optical disks consoles have been using for so many years now. Given the portable capabilities of the Switch's design, this makes sense. I did look closely at the video and could not see any other card slots on the device, but that does not have to mean anything. When you watch the video, you will see something that should come as good news to those hoping to see Nintendo re-enter the 'hardcore' game market. A good portion of the Switch gameplay is of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In the linked-to press release, Bethesda and many other companies are listed among the publishers, developers, and middleware partners supporting the console. Along with Bethesda are Activision; Bandai Namco; Capcom; EA; Epic Games; Konami; Square Enix; Take-Two Interactive, which owns 2K; Ubisoft; and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

The Nintendo Switch is currently slated to launch in March 2017, so we can expect more information, including price, specifications, and launch window titles to be announced between now and then.

Source: Nintendo


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, October 20, 2016, Edition

Posted: October 20, 2016 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, but not before we have a few items for you to check out. There is a review on the Rosewill Cullinan case, a tempered glass model that looks quite stunning in its appearance. If you're after a new computer mouse, then maybe the SteelSeries Rival 500 gaming mouse, with its 16000DPI optical sensor and RGB lighting, is for you. Or maybe you want something different, such as the Tt eSPORTS Ventus R gaming mouse, which has a 5000DPI sensor and an ambidextrous design.

Cases
Rosewill Cullinan @ LanOC Reviews

Keyboards/Mice
SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers
Tt eSPORTS Ventus R Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews


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Head to America's Heartland in the Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

Posted: October 20, 2016 @ time: 11:25AM
Author: bp9801

The Old West beckons to us once more, with Rockstar Games delivering its vision to us in the form of Red Dead Redemption 2. Yes, we're finally heading back to the American West in the days of cowboys and lawlessness, with an absolutely stunning take on the time. It was just a couple days ago when Rockstar announced we'd be getting a Red Dead Redemption 2, the long awaited sequel to the second game in the Red Dead series, and while it eschews the naming conventions of the past two games, it still should deliver on what the series is known for. Today was the day we'd getting our first look at RDR 2, and Rockstar delivered on that. The game itself, even if it's a year out, looks positively gorgeous, with stunning vistas, snowcapped mountains, rolling plains, and more. You should just see for yourself below.

What's interesting is that we look to be in the heartland during the turn of the century, with oil rigs, buffalo, and vast grasslands showcased. This would seem to fit more in line with Wyoming or Montana than somewhere further south, like we got in Red Dead Redemption. It looks like the sequel is closer to Canada than Mexico, which is good to give us a different experience. It all still looks stunning, from the landscapes to the people, towns, and animals, both wild and domestic. We also get a brief look at a posse heading out, more than likely our own posse, but I'm afraid the makeup of it and who exactly we're controlling is a mystery.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to arrive in Fall 2017 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No PC version is announced at this time, but hopefully we actually get RDR 2 on PC at some point instead of waiting forever for the Red Dead Redemption 1.

Source: Rockstar Newswire


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GTA V YouTube Video Taken Down by Samsung

Posted: October 20, 2016 @ time: 03:58PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. The devices have been catching fire for the past few weeks with Samsung initially issuing a recall and then stopping sales altogether as even some of the repaired phones were catching fire. The Note 7 has recently made an appearance in Grand Theft Auto V thanks to modders who have turned the phone into a bomb in game. A number of videos have sprung up on YouTube showcasing the mod and Samsung was able to get one of the highest viewed clips taken down through a copyright claim. At this point it feels like Samsung is just doing whatever it can to try to reduce the negative press it is getting from the phone.

Source: Kotaku


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