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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 1, 2016 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is upon us, as is the start of November, with a few items to keep you busy today. We have a look at the Deepcool GamerStorm Genome case, a mid-tower model that features a built-in AIO liquid cooling system to give you a fantastic start in the world of better cooling. If you're after a new keyboard, maybe the SteelSeries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, featuring Cherry MX Red switches per-key LED backlighting, is for you. We finish off with a look at the best monitors you can get to fit whatever you might be with it, from 4K to Ultrawide and beyond.

Cases
Deepcool GamerStorm Genome @ Neoseeker

Keyboards/Mice
SteelSeries Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Monitors
The Best Monitors @ TechSpot


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THQ Nordic Acquires NovaLogic Assets and IPs

Posted: November 1, 2016 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Nordic Games likely came to your attention after it acquired a number of THQ properties following that company's bankruptcy. Back in August it then changed its name to THQ Nordic, reflecting its intent to actively work on those IPs. Now it has acquired the assets and IPs of another company: NovaLogic. This is the company behind many military simulators, such as the F-22 series, Delta Force series, and more. Like the THQ properties, there is a desire to continue some of these franchises and THQ Nordic is open to talks with developers that have a concept of potential sequels.

Source: THQ Nordic


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Kingston Announces 256GB microSDXC Card

Posted: November 1, 2016 @ time: 03:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston has announced the addition of a microSDXC card with 256GB capacity to its line of Class 10 UHS-I cards. The increased capacity will give users the ability to store up to 64,000 12MP images or 976 minutes of 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The Class 10 cards are popular in applications including smartphones, tablets, and action cameras and offer reduced buffering times when compared to Class 4 cards. The cards are also waterproof, temperature proof, shock and vibration proof, and X-ray proof making them the perfect choice for a variety of operating environments. Flash memory business manager Annette Chan described the increased capacity offering, stating "As image quality and 4K content continues to rise, we strive to push storage densities higher to match our customers’ needs for larger capacity and stable products."

Source: Press Release


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Google Reveals Windows Exploit Before Microsoft Issues Patch to Fix It

Posted: November 1, 2016 @ time: 03:32PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google has revealed a critical security exploit that impacts Windows systems, ten days after informing Microsoft of the exploit. However, Microsoft has not yet issued a patch for the vulnerability which is described as "a local privilege escalation in the Windows kernel that can be used as a security sandbox escape." The vulnerability is being actively exploited which "means attackers have already written code for this specific security hole and are using it to break into Windows systems." Microsoft is not happy that Google revealed the exploit before it had a chance to fix it, with a spokesperson stating "We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk." Executive VP of the Windows and Devices group Terry Myerson added that the vulnerability doesn't impact Windows 10 Anniversary Update users and that a fix is expected on November 8.

Source: Venture Beat


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 2, 2016 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items along the way to help you out. We have a review on the Gigabyte RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB video card, sporting a custom cooler and factory overclock to get your games running at their best from the start. For those after a new case, there's a look at the NZXT S340 Elite, which has extra USB ports to help those with a VR headset easily connect it. If you want to upgrade your mouse, maybe the Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse is for you. We have an article with a ton of wallpapers for you to use on your computer or phone to keep things nice and new. Ending things for the day is a tour of Zotac's factory in Dongguan, China.

Video Cards
Gigabyte RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB @ LanOC Reviews

Cases
NZXT S340 Elite @ Benchmark Reviews

Mice/Keyboards
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Wallpaper resources to keep your desktop and phone home screen fresh @ TechSpot
Zotac Factory Tour In Dongguan, China @ ThinkComputers


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Watch_Dogs 2 Season Pass Revealed and Priced

Posted: November 2, 2016 @ time: 01:56PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Later this month Watch_Dogs 2 will be releasing, so naturally we are getting more details about it, including what the Season Pass will include. The pass includes three larger DLCs, the Psychedelic Pack with more customizations options for Marcus's outfit, weapons, drone, and car, and the Root Access Bundle, that contains full sets of outfits, new cars, a drone skin, a new weapon, and the Zodiac Killer mission. The Psychedelic Pack will be available day one, but all post-launch downloadable content is going to be available first on the PS4 with a 30-day exclusivity period. The Root Access Bundle is to be available this Winter.

The first of the larger DLC is the T-Bone Content Bundle that gives the player Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney's truck and outfit along with a new co-op difficulty level named Mayhem. On Mayhem there will be a new enemy archetype with advanced weaponry. It will be available on the PS4 on December 13.

The second DLC is Human Conditions and adds three new world stories for players to spend hours completing. You will be uncovering some of the biggest scandals in San Francisco that exist on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and misuse. It will also add a new enemy type for the new elite co-op missions called the Jammer, and it has what it needs to hunt down players. Human Conditions should be available Spring 2017.

No Compromise is the name of the third DLC and will pit Marcus against the Russian mafia as the player enters into the seedy underbelly of San Francisco. The Showd0wn co-op mode will also come with this DLC that should be available in Spring 2017.

Watch_Dogs 2 launches November 15 for consoles but has been delayed on PC until November 29. The Season Pass is included with the game's Gold Edition but can also be purchased separately for $39.99.

 

 

Source: UbiBlog


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Russian Hackers Exploiting Recent Windows Vulnerability

Posted: November 2, 2016 @ time: 04:02PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft is reporting that the hacking group known as Strontium is among those actively exploiting the vulnerability recently disclosed by Google, with security researchers FireEye going as far as stating that the group is "most likely sponsored by the Russian government." Microsoft has reiterated that users of the latest version of Windows 10 and the Edge browser are safe, adding that users must have Adobe Flash installed to be vulnerable. It is believed that Strontium began exploiting this flaw with spearphishing, "a technique that involves targeting specific individuals with emails and other messages that seek to fool them into revealing their logins." The involvement of the Russian government cannot be proven at this time, and the country continues to deny any involvement though researchers claim that "the amount of circumstantial evidence is certainly mounting."

Source: BBC


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, November 3, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 3, 2016 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, but we still have some items for you to check out. There is a review on the Fractal Design Define C case, which features a much more open interior and hidden hard drive bays. The Logitech Prodigy G231 gaming headset gets put to the test to see how this budget-friendly model performs in the world of audio. Ending things for the day is the QNAP TS-451A 4-bay Dual-core NAS with QuickAccess, giving you a ton of storage on your network while even connected via USB 3.0 thanks to QuickAccess.

Cases
Fractal Design Define C @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
Logitech Prodigy G231 Gaming Headset @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
QNAP TS-451A 4-bay Dual-core NAS with QuickAccess @ Madshrimps


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Futuremark Releases VRMark: Are You Ready?

Posted: November 3, 2016 @ time: 07:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today Futuremark has finally released its new VR benchmark, VRMark. It contains two benchmark tests that can be run without a head mounted display and an Experience mode that you can use to free-roam in the tests' environments.

The first test is the Orange Room and is meant to show what can be achieved with the recommended hardware for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. You may recognize a number of its scenes from previous benchmarks. The Blue Room however almost exclusively features scenes from the game Shattered Horizon, which I at least have fond memories of. This is a much more demanding test for comparing systems that already surpass the Vive and Rift recommended hardware. Passing this test indicates you are ready for the latest VR games at the highest settings, and perhaps future VR headsets.

VRMark Basic Edition is available as a free download at the Futuremark website and on Steam while the Advanced Edition has a price of $19.99. For this first week though, the Advanced Edition is 25% off.

 

 

Source: Futuremark


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Thermaltake Gives a New Look to Three Power Supply Series

Posted: November 3, 2016 @ time: 04:14PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake has unveiled a new enclosure design for the Toughpower Gold, Smart M Bronze, and Smart Bronze series of power supplies. The Toughpower Gold is 80 PLUS Gold certified while the Smart M Bronze and Smart Bronze are 80 PLUS Bronze certified. All three series have an ultra-quiet 140mm cooling fan, low-profile flat cables with the Smart Bronze series being the only one that doesn't have modular cables, and high quality Japanese capacitors. All three utilize a single +12V rail to provide stable power.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, November 4, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 4, 2016 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is here, with several items for you to check out to enjoy before the weekend begins. We have a review on the In Win 303 case, a mid-tower model that has a tempered glass side panel and a minimal design to look good next to almost any setup. If you need more USB ports, and like the idea of winning the option, there's a giveaway to enter so you can win the Energen 5-Port USB Charging Station. A new case mod is highlighted that should appeal to comic fans, as it is named the Green Lantern, with one look confirming why. Wrapping things up is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the week.

Cases
In Win 303 @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Energen 5-Port USB Charging Station Giveaway @ ThinkComputer
Case Mod Friday: Green Lantern @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #423 @ PC Perspective


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Glasses-Free 3D Could Be Coming to Small Screens

Posted: November 4, 2016 @ time: 11:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Along with VR, 3D displays is a current trend in media industries as a means to more immerse and impress consumers, but the special hardware required can make it undesirable or unusable in some situations. To alleviate the need for at least 3D glasses, displays have been made that do not need them, but the approach used requires the viewer be far enough away that it cannot be deployed in small screens. As published in the Optics Express journal, researchers at the Seoul National University have developed a solution to this problem, and it will work with both liquid crystal and OLED based displays.

The way these glasses-free displays work is similar to the lenticular images and such we have seen on things like movie posters and toys. Multiple images are interlaced together and a parallax barrier with grooves matching the interlacing is placed on top of it, so that the image will be different, depending on the angle you look at it from. The problem with small displays is that the distance normally required to enjoy the 3D effect is around one meter, and this distance is based on the gap between the images and the parallax barrier.

What the South Korean researchers have done is develop a way to practically remove the gap between the image and the barrier, bringing that viewing distance much closer to the screen itself. This is achieved by using a monolithic structure that sandwiches a polarizing layer directly between the active parallax barrier layer and the image layer, making 2D/3D convertible mobile displays viable, while keeping cost and weight low.

Source: The Optical Society


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 7, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 7, 2016 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with several items to kick it off, especially if you're waiting for N7 Day festivities. We have a look at the CHERRY MX Board 6.0 Mechanical Keyboard, offering MX Red switches and a low-profile design to fit in wherever you need it. If you're after a mechanical keyboard and don't have a lot to spend, we have you covered, as a $40 model gets reviewed to see just what it offers. For those wanting a budget smartphone, the Motorola Moto G4 Play gets reviewed to check out what the fourth version of the company's budget model brings to the table. We wrap things up with 20 of the worst PC setups seen during October.

Keyboards/Mice
CHERRY MX Board 6.0 Mechanical Keyboard @ Madshrimps
The $40 Mechanical Keyboard: Is It Any Good? @ TechSpot

Mobile
Motorola Moto G4 Play @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - October 2016 @ ThinkComputers


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Microsoft Securing Chess Champion Data Ahead of World Championship

Posted: November 7, 2016 @ time: 11:01AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In various sports it is not surprising to hear about the different methods a team may employ to protect game plans and practice routines. This is no less true of chess, where every preparatory measure can be closely guarded from any kind of leak. To that end, Magnus Carlsen has turned to Microsoft Norway to secure the computers, communications, and tools he is using to prepare for the approaching the World Championship against Sergey Karjakin. This preparation includes using powerful chess computers and a team of advisors who examine previous matches to find anything that might help or even a new move. Any of this information leaking could cost the chess master a victory as surprise is that important in the game.

Source: The Telegraph


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G.SKILL Announces Fastest 64GB DDR4 Memory Kit

Posted: November 7, 2016 @ time: 04:23PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has announced an addition to its product line that also happens to be the fastest 64GB set of Trident Z DDR4 memory with a frequency of 3600MHz. The set is composed of four 16GB sticks with 8Gb Samsung memory chips that operate at timings of CL17-19-19-39 at 1.35V. The kit features support for XMP 2.0 and will make an excellent choice for systems that run memory intensive applications including "heavy content creation workloads and the complexity of modern PC games." The 64GB Trident Z DDR4 memory will be available for purchase in December at a currently unspecified price.

Source: Press Release


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DeepMind Looks to Conquer StarCraft II

Posted: November 7, 2016 @ time: 04:40PM
Author: CheeseMan42

DeepMind is the artificial intelligence (AI) project from Google company DeepMind Technologies and it has been used in the past to take on human competition in the board game Go. It is about to embark on its next adventure through a partnership with Blizzard that will pit DeepMind against real-time strategy game StarCraft II. This should present a great challenge to researchers as StarCraft II requires many steps for success including resource management, battle planning, and reacting to the moves of your opponents. DeepMind addressed the challenge presented by StarCraft II, stating "StarCraft is an interesting testing environment for current AI research because it provides a useful bridge to the messiness of the real-world. The skills required for an agent to progress through the environment and play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks." DeepMind will start with the same tutorial given to new players and will progress from there as it tries to learn the game and conquer its' many complex interactions.

Source: Tech Times


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Strap in for the Journey to a New Galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda; N7 Day Trailer Debuts

Posted: November 7, 2016 @ time: 07:27PM
Author: bp9801

N7 Day is here, where we'd finally get some more information on Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare's newest entry in the space RPG saga. Sure, we had some bits and pieces since the reveal trailer last year, but this is the N7 Day closest to the game's launch, so we'd have to get something. Well, BioWare delivered, as it revealed a cinematic trailer that helps set the stage of ME:A a little more than what we've known before. We get glimpses of the villain, or possible villain, as well as some of the exploration, armor, weapons, vehicles, and more. Really, you just need to watch it to get the whole picture of what we're getting in ME:A. Or at least, as much of the picture as BioWare is letting loose at this time. I'm all for the rather small amount of hype for the game, as the less that's revealed means the more we get to see for ourselves first-hand.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is, of course, set in the Andromeda Galaxy. In 2185, the Andromeda Initiative was started as a civilian, multi-species project to send life far away to the Andromeda Galaxy. For context, 2185 is when the bulk of Mass Effect 2 take place, so while the galaxy has experienced the Eden Prime War and Sovereign's attack on the Citadel, it is before the Collectors emerge and the Reapers invade. The trip to Andromeda is one way, with ark ships for each species set to arrive at a specific destination in the galaxy, the Nexus (a massive ship that arrives early to serve as a forward command post), for seeding and the restart of galactic life. The goal is to eventually form enough of a civilization and get a link back to the Milky Way Galaxy for easier travel. However, something goes wrong with the human ark ship and it arrives at the wrong destination in Andromeda, where your story now begins.

You play as either Scott or Sara Ryder, the children of Alec Ryder, the Pathfinder for the human ark ship. You can customize your character to your heart's content, while your sibling and father can get some customization options, too. An interesting element of ME:A is that whichever sibling you don't play as is still with you on your adventures, just not able to engage in combat due to some issues waking up from cryosleep. You can still interact with them, and they can likely help you out as you scan and explore the planets in Andromeda, but that's likely it. It's all optional, of course, as is the ability to discover more about the Ryder family, possibly things your father has kept secret.

There are also a range of new characters and companions for you to encounter, with the ability to form relationships with all of them. BioWare states the smallest companion in ME:A has more lines than the largest companion in Mass Effect 3, which is quite a feat. Loyalty missions return for your companions, however the missions are not critical to the completion of the main story. You can actually do the loyalty missions after beating the main story of ME:A, which is a nice change from past BioWare games. Conversations and dialogue in general are getting a massive revamp, with the Paragon/Renegade system getting cut and decisions being more about what you feel is best, rather than locking to a specific set. Agreements and disagreements can happen without forcing you down a path, with options such as head, heart, professional, and casual making up your choices. It all sounds like something I can get behind.

Classes are gone in ME:A, with you instead playing however you like to play. If you want to focus on combat, biotics, or tech, you can choose one or all of them to do just that. You can eventually choose a specialization based on your playstyle, where you can choose the more familiar Vanguard, Infiltrator, and other classes. You can also invest in multiple categories to get the Explorer profile, although the exact details of that aren't known. It sounds like we can freely switch between playstyles and classes, meaning we won't have to create a new character just to try out a different class. Armor customization returns, with more options available to us than in ME3. Plenty of familiar weapons return, too, although there are some new ones we can find, including new melee weapons like swords and hammers. Crafting can play a large part in ME:A, with ammo types, weapon mods, weapons, and armor all being possible. Some should be quite interesting, thanks to being in a different galaxy with new tech at our disposal.

Multiplayer returns in Andromeda, too, with BioWare evolving what we got in ME3. There's a card-based economy for earning XP and credits, with everything unlocked normally if you want to avoid paying for microtransactions. You still choose the map and enemy type, as before, but can toss in some modifiers for better rewards (or for fewer rewards, if you want). BioWare also plans to release custom missions with specific parameters, where completing it gives you "mission funds" to purchase cards and packs instead of waiting for them to drop. If you choose to play multiplayer, you take on the role of the Apex Force, a strike force composed of different species from the Nexus. Single player advantages can be gained through multiplayer, but it is not required for the ending of ME:A (we can only hope).

So much and more awaits us with Mass Effect: Andromeda. We'll be getting more information soon, including a gameplay trailer during the Video Game Awards in December. If you want to find out more soon (or now), you can pick up the newest Game Informer when it hits shelves, or navigate to the source below for an in-depth breakdown. And if you want to find out more about the Andromeda Initiative, you're covered below.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is due to arrive in Spring 2017 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Deluxe Edition is available on PC and console, which includes a casual outfit to wear aboard the Tempest (your ship in ME:A), unique Scavenger armor, some Pathfinder weapons, a pet pyjak, digital soundtrack, and multiplayer pack. There's a Super Deluxe Edition available on PC, which adds everything from the Deluxe Edition, as well as a multiplayer pack and a super deluxe pack every week for 20 weeks. The Collector's Edition for ME:A includes a diecast model of the Nomad, your new six-wheel Mako-esque vehicle for exploring planets, or a deluxe Collector's Edition that includes an RC Nomad. You can also buy the diecast and RC models of the Nomad separately.

Sources: YouTube, Game Informer (digital magazine), NeoGAF, and BioWare Store


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 8, 2016 @ time: 07:41AM
Author: bp9801

Election Day has arrived in the U.S., and if you need to just soak up some computer info instead, we have you covered. There's a review of the Corsair Carbide Air 740 High Airflow Cube case, which has a large shape and a dual-chamber design to allow for nearly limitless options in your build. We have another look at the Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset, the newest entry from CM that might just be your new headset. We wrap up with a look at the new AMD Radeon Pro Workstation cards, with Polaris 10 cores that could be a fantastic option for those in need of a workstation upgrade.

Cases
Corsair Carbide Air 740 High Airflow ATX Cube Case @ PC Perspective

Video Cards
AMD Releases New Generation of Radeon Pro Workstation Cards @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers


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Unified Update Platform Revealed for Windows 10 Devices

Posted: November 8, 2016 @ time: 04:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Whether you love them, hate them, or are ambivalent to them, chances are you have had to deal with Windows updates before. Like any part of a piece of software, Microsoft has been receiving feedback about how Windows updates and are preparing a rather significant response to this. It is called the Unified Update Platform (UUP) and will bring several improvements some of you are probably going to appreciate.

Going on a brief tangent, I suspect many of you have hated how large some game updates can be, despite the changes not apparently needing so much stuff. In some cases this is because a patch cannot be compiled with only the changes as other assets also have to be included, even if they do not differ from what you already have. With the current system, this has also been true with Windows updates, but under the UUP users will be able to receive differential downloads with just the changes, instead of a full build. The estimate is that users could see download sizes decrease by about 35%, between major updates. This features is targeted for after the Windows 10 Creators Update, so it will be some time before we receive the benefits.

With UUP the means of checking for updates is also being tweaked to make it more efficient for the end user. For PC users this might not be too important, but for those running the Mobile OS, the reduction in data sent and local processing should help your battery life. This is thanks to having the service take on more of the responsibility. Also, the requirement to use two hops to complete an update is being addressed, allowing UUP to use a "canonical" build that only takes one installation.

While the roll out for UUP is going to take time, it has already started for mobile devices. Insiders on PC should see it later this year though, but the Windows Update behavior should not change for us. The improvements and optimizations the Unified Update Platform brings with it exist in the background so the end user should not notice anything on the surface.

Source: Windows Blog


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 9, 2016 @ time: 07:41AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with just a couple of items to help you get over the hump. We have a review of the Archeer Foldable Solar Charger, an affordable charger that can easily stow away in a pocket and yet charge two USB devices at the same time. Our other item is a look at the best storage available, covering everything from HDDs and SSDs to NAS units and more.

Storage/Hard Drives
The Best Storage: SSD, HDD, NAS & More @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Archeer Foldable Solar Charger @ Benchmark Reviews


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New Game in Metro Series Apparently Coming Next Year

Posted: November 9, 2016 @ time: 08:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is not too unusual today to see information on games leak out early and from unusual places, such as job listings or resumes, but this time it comes from a website for a book. More specifically, the site for Metro 2035, the final novel in the post-apocalyptic trilogy that started with Metro 2033. Many of us likely would not have been aware of this series of books if not for the release of the Metro 2033 video game or its sequel Metro: Last Light, but now this book has apparently revealed the next game is coming in 2017. The website features a timeline showing the releases of the books and video games, with "The next Metro video game" listed for 2017.

Except for this release year and a promise of an "era of great discoveries" after the story from the books end, we have no additional information. Perhaps we will see an official announcement about the game soon with more information. Until then, you can check out the website if you are interested in the trilogy of books.

Source: Metro 2035 Website


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Next Metro Game Not Coming in 2017

Posted: November 9, 2016 @ time: 10:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was only fair to expect an official comment from Deep Silver about the apparent leak of an upcoming game in the Metro series, and the news is less positive than some may have hoped, but not bad news either. While the statement does make it clear the next Metro game will not be coming next year, it also acknowledges having ambitious plans for the series. To live up to those plans, and the fans' expectations, the game will not be releasing in 2017. On the bright side, the language clearly indicates another game is coming, it is just a matter of when.

Source: MetroVideoGame Twitter Account and TwitLonger


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Genome ROG Certified Edition Case Launched by Deepcool

Posted: November 9, 2016 @ time: 11:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those looking for a computer case that works with the Aura RGB Lighting system from ASUS, Deepcool has just launched a new entry in its Genome series of cases with exactly that support. This ATX case still has the pre-installed liquid cooling system with helix reservoir and large radiator, but now the LEDs in the case can work with the Aura system and integrated remote control. The water block, reservoir, PSU shroud, and LED strip can all have their lighting controlled this way, so you can freely customize to fit your personal taste.

For those of you interested in showing off your GPU as well as your favorite colors, the Genome series comes with a PCIe extension cable so you can mount your graphics card vertically. The Genome ROG Certified Edition has an MSRP of $299.99.

Source: Deepcool


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, November 10, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 10, 2016 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, but not before a few items can pull you in. We have a review of the Azio MK Retro, a mechanical keyboard that takes the key design back to when typewriters reigned supreme. There's a video review of the various MSI gaming laptops and how to pick the best one for your needs. We end things with a look at the Google Daydream and Daydream View, which is a new VR ecosystem from Google that carries an affordable price for nearly everyone to step into, if they choose.

Keyboards/Mice
Azio MK Retro @ LanOC Reviews

Laptops/Tablets
Video: MSI Gaming Notebook Overview - How to pick the best for you @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Hands-On with Google Daydream and Daydream View @ TechSpot


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Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Stand-Alone Expansion Releases

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

Today Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, the stand-alone expansion to Ashes of the Singularity has released. Escalation is targeted at more experienced RTS players by increasing the depth and sophistication of the original game. To achieve this, the expansion has doubled the largest map size, added new units and defenses, a highly-requested strategic zoom, and has new world environments. For those interested in multiplayer, the maximum number of players has been increased, and for those who prefer solo-play Escalation has two new campaigns. Of course it still uses the Nitrous game engine that leverages 64-bit, multicore processors and DirectX 12 to enable the player to command tens of thousands of units against a very capable AI.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation has a price of $39.99, unless you own the original game, then it costs $19.99. Early adopters of the base game however, are eligible to receive a free season pass to the Escalation DLC.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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Latest Mafia 3 Patch Improves Performance, Adds Character Skins

Posted: November 10, 2016 @ time: 04:22PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A new patch has been released for Mafia 3, with the focus on "UI Improvements, improved car reflections and performance optimizations." The official changelog also includes "fixed audio issues, fixed some cases of savegame corruption, fixed various issues for Cassandra's Contraband mission, and more." Players will be able to change the appearance of their character with six outfits worn by Lincoln during the game and five new outfits.

Source: Dark Side of Gaming


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, November 11, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 11, 2016 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is here, with Veterans Day in full swing today in the U.S. We have plenty of articles for you to check out today, too, such as a review of the Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB video card to see what it brings to the table. There's a look at the Shuttle XPC Nano NC02U Barebone kit, offering a fairly affordable way to get an HTPC ready to go for your setup. The Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset gets another look to hear if it's one you should go for to get more involved in your games. If you're after a new way to control your PC, then maybe the Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse is for you. We wrap things up with a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Video Cards
Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB @ ThinkComputers

Prebuilts
Shuttle XPC Nano NC02U Barebone @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
Podcast #423 @ PC Perspective


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HARPOON RGB Mouse and K55 RGB Keyboard Launched by Corsair

Posted: November 11, 2016 @ time: 01:37PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those looking for a new mouse or keyboard with configurable RGB backlights, Corsair has just launched some products you may be interested in. The HARPOON RGB is a new gaming mouse while the K55 RGB is a gaming keyboard, and both work with the Corsair Utility Engine for configuring their backlight visual effects. The K55 RGB has three-zone RGB backlights and ten preconfigured profiles and colors that can be activated directly on the keyboard without requiring any software.

Separate from the backlighting features, the HARPOON RGB has a 6000 DPI sensor, a contoured design with textured rubber grips for a comfortable and confident hold. The six fully programmable buttons can be customized to your needs, and the DPI can also be switched on the fly. The K55 RGB comes has six dedicate macro buttons on its side, multimedia controls, multi-key anti-ghosting, a Windows Key Lock, and a detachable wrist rest. You can purchase the HARPOON RGB immediately and the K55 RGB will be available on November 22.

Source: Corsair


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 14, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 14, 2016 @ time: 07:40AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with a couple of items to kick things off. We have a look at the best smartphones you can get right now, with consideration towards specs, what you want, and budget to meet any need for the mobile world. There's also a giveaway of the Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard, featuring mechanical switches and RGB LED backlighting. If you want a chance to win one, be sure to enter it at the link below!

Mobile
The Best Smartphones @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard Giveaway! @ ThinkComputers


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RIPJAWS KM570 RGB Announced by G.SKILL

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

G.SKILL has recently revealed its new RIPJAWS KM570 RGB mechanical keyboard, and as you can guess by the RGB in the name, it features LEDs that allow you to create lighting effects in 16.8 million colors for individual keys and across its lighting zones. The KM570 also sports Cherry MX switches and you will get to pick between the Red, Brown, and Blue types, so whether you want linear action or a responsive click, there is a version for you.

The keyboard also supports on-the-fly macro recording, which you can then tune through software to make the most of these automated actions. The media hotkeys also mean you will be able to control media playback and volume without having to leave whatever you are doing. Internally it has a 32-bit ARM processor that is combined with a 1000 Hz polling rate, full n-key rollover, and anti-ghosting so you can trust every keypress will register quickly.

The RIPJAWS KM570 RGB keyboard will be available in early December with Cherry MX Red and Brown switches on Newegg. If you want the Blue switches, that version will be out in January.

Source: G.SKILL


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Zeptosecond Measurement Achieved

Posted: November 14, 2016 @ time: 12:45PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Albert Einstein is remembered for many contributions he made to physics, but the one he earned the Nobel Prize for was the Photoelectric Effect. This phenomenon converts optical energy to electrical energy and back, and is at the core of many modern technologies, including LEDs and solar panels. More than one hundred years after Einstein's paper was published, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology and Technical University of Munich have made unprecedented measurements of photoionization in progress, a process the photoelectric effect explains.

For this study, the researchers worked with a helium atom, as it is the simplest and best understood multi-electron system. By firing a short, high energy laser pulse at it, one of the atom's two electrons can absorb enough energy to leave the atom, and thanks to quantum mechanics it is possible for the second electron to also absorb some energy, but this does not always happen. This means there are actually two different photoionization processes that can occur. In either case though, one electron is ejected from the atom and the researchers caught this with another infrared laser pulse, and it turns out the process that excites this second electron is faster than the process that does not.

Both photoionization processes occur over attoseconds, which are 10-18 or 0.000000000000000001 seconds, so to make this measurement the researchers had to be even more precise, reaching into zeptoseconds (10-21 or 0.000000000000000000001 seconds). The way the researchers measured with such precision was by catching how the infrared laser pulse affected the speed of the emitted electron. Depending on the electromagnetic field of that pulse, the electron would either speed up or slow down, and that change allowed the researchers to measure events at a rate of 850 zs. The difference between the two processes was about 5 as, which agrees with the theoretical simulations run by the Vienna Scientific Cluster supercomputer.

Beyond setting new records, this discovery will allow for the derivation of a complete wave mechanic description of the interconnected system of an emitted electron and its mother helium ion. It also shows the effects believed to be instantaneous decades ago can actually be measured and even controlled.

Source: Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University of Munich


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 15, 2016 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is upon us, with several items for you to consider today. We have a look at the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition video card, offering a custom cooler and factory overclock to help get that little bit extra out of games. If you want to keep your CPU cool, then maybe the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 CPU cooler is the solution. For storage needs, the QNAP TS-853A NAS offers plenty of space and the ability to use it with any machine in your house. Gaming has moved into the virtual reality realm, with a look at how well Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope scales with multiple GPUs in the mix. Wrapping things up is a review on the new Apple iPhone 7 and what kind of improvements you can expect with it.

Video Cards
XFX Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition @ Madshrimps

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
QNAP TS-853A NAS @ TechSpot

Gaming
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope scales with multi-GPU @ PC Perspective

Mobile
iPhone 7 @ LanOC Reviews


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NVIDIA Ansel Support Added to Unreal Engine 4

Posted: November 15, 2016 @ time: 05:05PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Epic Games has added support for NVIDIA Ansel photography to Unreal Engine 4.14, providing users with "amazing new ways to capture in-game photographs." With Ansel, users can capture in-game photographs by altering camera angles, applying filters, capturing in 360 degrees, and using super resolution. Developers can easily enable support by upgrading to the latest Unreal Engine version, granting gamers the ability to use the feature and also providing developers a tool to capture "imagery for the promotion of your work in UE4." Epic is working on adding Ansel support to the free-to-play MOBA Paragon.

Source: NVIDIA


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 16, 2016 @ time: 07:40AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a few items for your viewing pleasure. We have a look at the Samsung 960 EVO 250GB and 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs, offering plenty of speed and size in the smallest form factor possible. If you're after a ton of storage across multiple devices, then maybe the Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS is the solution for you. Ending things for today is a look at the best laptops you can get right now for gaming, business, ultraportable, and more.

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung 960 EVO 250GB and 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ PC Perspective
Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS @ ThinkComputers

Laptops/Tablets
The Best Laptops @ TechSpot


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NVIDIA GeForce 375.86 Drivers Released for Steep Open Beta and More

Posted: November 16, 2016 @ time: 11:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Stable and smooth performance is something that is almost required for a game to be as enjoyable as it can be. To help make your experience as positive as possible, NVIDIA has released its GeForce Game Ready 375.86 WHQL drivers for the upcoming Steep Open Beta and incoming updates for Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, and Tom Clancy's The Division.

The Steep Open Beta starts November 18 and will let players enter a virtual recreations of the Alps and Alaska for a variety of winter sports. You will be able to ski and snowboard down these pristine slopes without leaving your house. The game releases next month on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: NVIDIA


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2K and Fitbit Partner for NBA 2K17 Integration

Posted: November 16, 2016 @ time: 11:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There is a stereotype out there that gamers are not active people who just spend their entire day sitting in front of a computer screen or television. For those of you who defy that image, and for those of you who define it, you will soon have a reason to track your real-life activity. 2K and Fitbit have announced a partnership to bring activity tracking into NBA 2K17, supporting active gamers with a temporary in-game boost. When you reach 10,000 steps in a day, you will be given a temporary attribute boost to your MyPLAYER. The boost can be invested into categories like agility, layups, dunks, and more, lasting for your next five games that day.

This marks the first time Fitbit activity tracking has been incorporated into a video game through the company's Works with Fitbit program. The integration will be enabled for all NBA 2K17 players on November 25.

Source: Press Release


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Darksiders Warmastered Edition Coming to PC and Console

Posted: November 16, 2016 @ time: 12:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

War is returning later this month as Darksiders Warmastered Edition releases for the PC and current crop of consoles. This will be THQ Nordic's first 4K console game with its PS4 Pro version, and naturally we on PC will also be able to enjoy the UHD goodness of doubled texture resolutions and improvements to rendering. For those with a regular PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you will still see some improvements as this edition will render at 1080p natively on these platforms and provide 60 FPS in moment to moment gameplay, except for the Wii U version that will be at 30 FPS. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will get to enjoy the game starting November 22 while PC players will see it released one week later, on November 29. The Wii U version will launch at a later date.

In Darksiders you play as War, one of the Four the Horsemen of the Apocalypse who has been tricked into starting the end of the world. With many of his powers stripped from him, War is allowed to return to Earth, now conquered by demons, so he can reveal the conspiracy that led to the untimely apocalypse.

 

 

Source: THQ Nordic


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NVIDIA Gains GPU Market Share

Posted: November 16, 2016 @ time: 05:16PM
Author: CheeseMan42

According to a report by Jon Peddie Research, the GPU market is on an upswing with NVIDIA reaping the most rewards. Total GPU shipments in the third quarter of 2016 were up 20.4% from the second quarter of 2016, but were just 0.3% higher than the third quarter of 2015. GPU sales were up for all of the major players with NVIDIA increasing by 39%, AMD increasing by 20%, and Intel increasing by 18%. Despite the improved sales for AMD and Intel, NVIDIA was still able to increase its total market share by 2.2%. PC graphics cards were responsible for about two-thirds of all sales, with the remaining percentage attributed to console graphics cards.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Google Plans to Add GPUs to Cloud Computing Services

Posted: November 16, 2016 @ time: 05:40PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google is planning to match other popular cloud computing services by making GPUs available to Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users next year. Google will differentiate its offering from competitors by making the GPUs available on a per minute basis, rather than the hourly model used by others. Users will have access to the AMD FirePro S9300 x2, NVIDIA Tesla K80, and NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, each of which offers advantages in different applications.

Source: Info World


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, November 17, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 17, 2016 @ time: 07:28AM
Author: bp9801

Thursday is here, with a couple of items for your viewing pleasure today. There is a look at the NZXT Source S340 Elite Tempered Glass case, which has a large tempered glass side panel and support for a VR headset, like with an easy-to-reach HDMI port and a storage puck for a headset. Our other item for today is the Gamdias Hermes P1 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard, featuring RGB backlighting and highly customizable software to get the keyboard just how you prefer.

Cases
NZXT Source S340 Elite Tempered Glass @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Gamdias Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, November 18, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 18, 2016 @ time: 07:26AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is here, with several items along the way to help welcome in the weekend. There is a review on the Samsung 960 EVO 500GB SSD, offering plenty of performance for not as much cash as the top dog in the company's lineup. If you're after a way to power your small PC, the SilverStone ST30SF and ST45SF power supplies get put to the test to see what they bring to the table. For those after some audio bliss, perhaps the SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Gaming Headset, which features a lag-free connection, is the one for you. We wrap things up with a podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung 960 EVO 500GB SSD @ TechSpot

Power Supplies
SilverStone ST30SF & ST45SF SFX @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Podcast #425 @ PC Perspective


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Civilization VI Receives Fall Update with DirectX 12 Support

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

The Fall 2016 Update has been released for Sid Meier's Civilization VI, and along with new content, fixes, tweaks, and tuning, it also adds DirectX 12 support to the game. If you have an AMD GPU or a Maxwell-or-newer NVIDIA GPU, just make sure you are running the latest drivers and see what kind of difference the low-level API makes for you.

Among the other changes with the update is a new multiplayer scenario called "Cavalry and Cannonades" and two new map types; "Four-Leaf Clover" and "Six-Armed Snowflake." The design of these maps is to encourage more conflict between players by forcing them to advance to the center. You can read the complete release notes at the source link.

Source: Civilization Website


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Makers of Outlast Kickstarting Outlast 2 Companion Diaper - Underscares

Posted: November 18, 2016 @ time: 02:13PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

You cannot say Red Barrels Games does not respond to its fans. Red Barrels is the developer behind the Outlast series of horror games, and following the release of the Outlast 2 Demo (OCC Stream), they saw the people describing the newly soiled state of their underwear. In response, Red Barrels has launched a Kickstarter for Underscares, the Companion Diaper for Outlast 2.

There are tiers to this Kickstarter as well, with the lowest tier that gives more than a "thank you" gets you an Outlast 2 sewable patch and the pattern so you can have some DIY Underscares. At the next level you get a pair of Basic Underscares and a Steam key for Outlast 2, while the next tier has the Deluxe Underscares with a Steam key. The Deluxe pair feature a side drink pocket and a wearable night light. The highest tier, which only one person can purchase, comes with six sewable patches, six Deluxe Underscares, six Steam key, and the Outlast Chapel from PAX East.

For anyone concerned, the Underscares are a completely separate product from Outlast 2 and is only being funded by the Kickstarter project. Success or failure in the diaper business will not impact the game's development.

Source: Kickstarter


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 21, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 21, 2016 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

The last full week of November is upon us, with several items to kick it off right. We have a review of the GIGABYTE Z170X-Ultra Gaming motherboard, offering a ton of features (like Thunderbolt and USB 3.1) for not a lot of cash. If you're after a way to house a build, then maybe the Corsair Crystal Series 570X Tempered Glass case is the one for you, with tempered glass panels all over and customizable RGB lighting. For those just wanting to power more gear, the Corsair HX850i power supply, featuring an 80 Plus Platinum rating, might be the answer. There's a look at the Lexar Professional 1800x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB card, offering a bunch of storage for your digital cameras, drones, or other gear. We wrap up with a review on the ASUS ZenBook 3, which has an Apple MacBook-like exterior, but a ton more power inside.

Motherboards
GIGABYTE Z170X-Ultra Gaming @ PC Perspective

Cases
Corsair Crystal Series 570X Tempered Glass @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
Corsair HX850i @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Lexar Professional 1800x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
ASUS ZenBook 3 @ TechSpot


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Three New Cases Launched by Corsair

Posted: November 21, 2016 @ time: 12:04PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While some people only want a computer case that will hold all of their components in place, others want something to show off. Corsair has launched some new cases that could satisfy either desire. The Crystal Series 570X RGB features four tempered glass panels, letting everyone look see your rig, and with the included SP120 RGB LED fans you can select the color you feel best matches your build. Cable routing channels will let the focus be on your computer and not your cable management skills, or lack thereof. It also has room for 120 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm radiators for those of us that turn to liquid cooling and removable fan trays for easy installation.

The Crystal Series 460X RGB only sports two tempered glass panels but still has three SP120 RGB 120 mm fans so you can customize your case's lighting. It has a Direct Airflow design so components and fans can be close, while drives are out of the way. It can hold 240 mm, 280 mm, or 360 mm radiators in the front or a 240 mm radiator on top.

The Carbide Series 270R has a sleeker, minimalistic design with either a transparent window or solid side panel. With cable routing channels, plenty of tie-down points and conveniently located drive bays, your build can be as sleek inside as out. The case comes with a black AF120 120 mm exhaust fan, and if you get the version with the windowed side panel, it also comes with a red-LED lit AF120 intake fan.

All three cases are available immediately and are backed by a two-year warranty.

Source: Press Release


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Windows 10 Now Supports 4K Netflix Streaming on Some Systems

Posted: November 21, 2016 @ time: 04:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Netflix has been available to stream at 4K resolution through set-top boxes and televisions for a while now, and some Windows 10 systems are getting ready to join the party. Users will need a seventh generation Intel Core processor and will also need to use the Microsoft Edge browser. Content producers are hesitant to make the 4K streams available on computers due to piracy fears and the Intel Kaby Lake chips are the first to have the requisite support for the 10-bit HEVC video codec. Users that don't wish to shell out for the costs associated with a new system still have plenty of low cost options for enjoying the latest 4K content.

Source: The Verge


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Microsoft Bringing x86 Emulation to ARM64 Systems in Fall 2017

Posted: November 21, 2016 @ time: 04:27PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A number of signs are pointing to Microsoft working on x86 emulation for ARM64 based systems, a feature that would allow native x86 applications to run on ARM64 systems. Indications are pointing to the feature being included in Redstone 3 for Windows 10 in Fall 2017. Windows 10 currently offers Continuum, which only allows users to run the Universal Windows Platform. A new bit of code was discovered that indicates that the feature has a new codename, CHPE, with the meaning of the full acronym remaining unknown. Sources indicate that the C stands for Cobalt, while speculation points to Hewlett Packard and E indicates emulation. HP was been "working increasingly closely with Microsoft on its Windows 10 PCs and the HP Elite x3 Windows Phone," and users of HP devices would likely benefit from running needed business applications on device rather than through remote software such as Citrix.

Source: ZDNet


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Ubisoft VP Describes Change to DLC Plans for Publisher

Posted: November 22, 2016 @ time: 01:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Like it or not, downloadable content is here to stay in the game industry as it is a means to rejuvenate and grow player bases with the additions, and in turn bring in more revenue. There are different kinds of DLC though, with some potentially fragmenting the community between those with it and those who lack access to the additional content. According to a GamesIndustry.biz interview with Ubisoft's VP of Live Operations, the publisher has decided it will no longer sell DLC that is required for gamers to get the whole experience.

The VP uses an analogy of an amusement park, where you are able to enjoy all the rides and then purchase food or various merchandise if you want. If all you want is to ride the rides, they are all accessible to you. This approach to DLC is already being used in Rainbow Six: Siege where extra maps are available for free, while character customization and new characters are what can be purchased.

According to this interview, Ubisoft intends to support its games for five to ten years, which will require keeping players engaged for that entire time. Achieving this will require the right balance of monetization methods, but will not include any DLC that needs to be purchased for the full experience.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz


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ECS Announces New LIVA Z Mini PC

Posted: November 22, 2016 @ time: 04:40PM
Author: CheeseMan42

ECS has announced the next addition to its LIVA line of mini PCs with the LIVA Z, designed to "simplify the complicated." It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, making it an "easy to carry, lightweight, and power-saving computing solution." It is powered by a 14nm Intel Apollo Lake quad core CPU, up to 16GB of dual channel DDR3L memory, dual 2.5" SSD slots, and M.2 support. Users will benefit from hardware accelerated playback of the latest HEVC/H.265 and VP9 video codecs, making it a great choice for an HTPC.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, Edition

Posted: November 23, 2016 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items to help you out during the day. We have a look at the performance offered by Intel Kaby Lake parts and what kind of a boost, if any, there is over the Skylake products. There's a review of the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset, one of the latest additions in the company's line that works on PCs, consoles, and even mobile devices. For a different headset, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 gets put to the test to see how this headset for gamers on all platforms handles the duties. Wrapping things up is a look at the best mice you can buy right now, regardless of what you're after in the market.

CPUs
Intel Kaby Lake Performance @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers
SteelSeries Arctis 5 @ LanOC Reviews

Mice/Keyboards
The Best Mice @ TechSpot


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