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  1. Grabbed an i7-6700K. Will be following this up soon with a motherboard, RAM, and a M.2 SSD
  2. RIOTORO has announced a new case targeted at users that are looking to fit a full size ATX motherboard into a small form factor. The CR1080 has dimensions of 9.625" x 14.125" x 15.5" with a dual compartment design, separating the motherboard and GPU from the power supply and hard drives. A single 120mm fan with blue LEDs is included and the case has space for a total of four 120mm fans and one 80mm fan. The case has a translucent side window with space for full size GPUs, two 3.5" or 2.5" drives, and an additional 2.5" drive. VP of Sales Nelson De Moraes described the case stating, "The style and size of the CR1080 was designed to fit into any environment while delivering the expandability and cooling efficiency of a full-size gaming PC." The CR1080 has an MSRP of $79.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  3. Bethesda has announced an open beta for the next iteration in the Doom series that will run from April 15-17. The open beta follows on the heels of a closed beta last week and will feature the same content, which includes team deathmatch and Warpath modes with Heatwave and Infernal maps. The company also announced that it will create free and paid DLC for the game with free content provided for the SnapMap mode and paid content in the form of maps, weapons, and in game customization items. Three DLC packs have been preemptively announced with a price of $14.99 each, or $39.99 for the set, with the first becoming available in the summer. Source: Polygon Back to original news post
  4. DEEPCOOL has added a trio of new liquid coolers as part of the CAPTAIN EX series under its GAMER STORM product line. The coolers will be available with radiator sizes of 120mm, 240mm, and 360mm with patented Separate Section design, visible liquid flow, and LED lighting. DEEPCOOL has utilized high-density water micro channels and silent TF 120 double blade fans to ensure high performance cooling and designed the CAPTAIN EX series for tool free installation. All three units will be available this month at an MSRP of $79.99 for the 120mm, $109.99 for the 240mm, and $139.99 for the 360mm. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  5. HP has revealed its thinnest laptop yet, which it claims is also the thinnest laptop available when counting "laptops that have shipped over 1 million units as of Feb. 10." The Spectre has a 13.3" 1080p screen, weighs 2.45 pounds, and is just 0.4 inches thick. The low weight can be attributed to being constructed from aluminum and carbon fiber. The Spectre is powered by a sixth generation Core i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of PCIe connected SSD storage. The Spectre has an MSRP of $1,249.99 and will be available online starting April 25 and at Best Buy retail locations on May 29. Source: Mashable Back to original news post
  6. Roku is one of the biggest names in the home streaming market, and the company has now updated its lineup with the third generation of the Roku Streaming Stick. As the "lower-cost streaming service," the Streaming Stick is priced at $49.99 and has a similar form factor to the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The latest iteration features a quad core processor that provides "8 times the processing power of the prior version" and puts it ahead of the previously mentioned competitors. After an update to the mobile app, users will be able to listen to their content through the app and a pair of headphones. The device is powered by the latest version of Roku OS, version 7.1, and gives access to more than 3,000 streaming channels and 300,000 movies and TV episodes. Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  7. The Chromebase is the answer for users that are looking for a desktop system running the Chrome OS. The latest offering from Acer is being referred to as the Chromebase for meetings and "has been fine-tuned to support video conferencing." The system is built around a 24" 1080p touchscreen and integrated HD webcam, with support for hosting meetings for up to 25 people through Google Hangouts. The system is rounded out with a dual core Celeron 3215U, 4GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0. The Chromebase has an MSRP of $799 and includes a year of management and support. Source: ZDNet Back to original news post
  8. G.SKILL has announced the latest addition to its Ripjaws DDR4-3000MHz line of memory with a 32GB set comprised of two 16GB sticks. Designed for high-end laptops and small form factor systems using the SO-DIMM form factor, this line of memory runs at CL16 latency with a voltage of 1.2V, helping in situations where lower power consumption is needed most. This kit features XMP 2.0 support for the latest Intel Core processors. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  9. Microsoft had been working on a Linux subsystem for running Android apps on Windows 10 mobile known as Project Astoria. The company decided to abandon the project in February but it appears that some of the features developed as part of the program will see the light of day in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Users will gain access to the bash shell, which was built for Windows using Linux kernel APIs implemented using the Windows NT API. Microsoft received some help from Canonical, which provided a system image of Ubuntu command line tools to run from the bash shell. As someone that prefers bash to the Windows Command Prompt, I feel this is an interesting development but I doubt it will cause me to use command line tools any more frequently on Windows. Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  10. With the increasing popularity of live streaming video games and services like Twitch, many companies are releasing products aimed at the growing market. Razer is the latest to throw its hat into the ring with the Ripsaw capture card. Capture cards help to streamline the process of broadcasting your stream by "capturing the media in real time and broadcasting it via services like Twitch and YouTube before passing it on to your screen and speakers." The Ripsaw allows users to operate at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, giving some of the best streaming performance available. The Ripsaw will be available with an MSRP of $180. Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  11. Kingston has announced the latest addition to its HyperX line of gaming products with the Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset. The headset was developed with 50mm directional sound drivers "to deliver wider depth and width for improved audio precision in first-person shooter and open environment games." Red memory foam earcups and a leather headband provide users with a comfortable wearing experience while a steel frame provides durability and stability. A detachable noise cancelling microphone is included for all of your communication needs. Pre-orders for the Cloud Revolver will start on April 1 at the MLG Columbus CS:GO Major Championship, where HyperX is the official headset, memory, and SSD sponsor, with an expected ship date of May 9. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  12. Researchers at Oxford University using the Google DeepMind artificial intelligence are planning to use it to analyze Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering card games. In the current state of the project the team isn't setting out to teach a computer to play the games, but rather is using it to "analyse card data and transform it into code." Using DeepMind allows them to translate the information on the cards including description text and resource costs into code that may be able to take on top players in those games at some point. Source: Kotaku Back to original news post
  13. NVIDIA has added the third person action game Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine to its GeForce NOW streaming service, for use with NVIDIA SHIELD devices. Subscribers to GeForce NOW and owners of a SHIELD tablet, portable gaming device, or Android TV will have access to the game. For anyone unfamiliar with GeForce NOW, it is "the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second." Membership is free for three months and $7.99 per month after that. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  14. When we last checked in on the saga of Apple vs. the FBI in regards to the former being compelled to help break iOS encryption to access the iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorists, some Apple employees said they would rather quit than break the encryption. The government has informed Apple that it will no longer require its assistance as it has successfully accessed the iPhone in question. This was revealed today in a court filing that stated "The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook's iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court's Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016." The announcement can be considered a victory for Apple and its many supporters who felt that giving the government access to the phone could set a dangerous precedent and compromise the security of iOS. Source: Apple Insider Back to original news post
  15. Valve has decided to to open source the mechanical computer aided design (CAD) files for the Steam Controller under the Creative Commons License. This gives users that would like to modify the controller an easier means to do so. Under the Creative Commons License, you are free to do whatever you want with the design with the caveat that any attempt to sell your designs requires approval from Valve. The design files have been made available for several different tools with formats "including Creo Express, Native Modelling, neutral exchange and 3D print files." Source: PC Gamer Back to original news post
  16. With the introduction of the new BlackWidow X line of mechanical keyboards, Razer has tripled its offerings. Razer has decided to remove the top cover of the keyboard, opting to mount the switches directly to the backplate. The font has also been changed to match that of the Razer Blade Stealth making it "more mature, with thinner, smaller text." The company has also reintroduced Cherry MX switches as an option for those that don't want the Razer brand switches. Prices for the new keyboards range from $59.99 for Cherry switches, tenkeyless layout, and no backlighting to $169.99 for Razer switches, full keyboard, and RGB backlighting. Source: Toms Hardware Back to original news post
  17. At the Google Cloud Platform Next conference in San Francisco earlier today, Google announced a private beta for a Cloud Machine Learning service based on its TensorFlow product. The service will utilize data collected in other Google services to create a custom machine learning model that "handles data ingestion and training and then uses the resulting machine learning model to make predictions." Google hopes that this new service and its ability to export to other products will help set it apart from competitors like Amazon and Microsoft. Source: PCWorld Back to original news post
  18. Intel has followed a tick-tock release strategy for as long as I can remember, wherein the company released a "new lithographic process note in one product cycle (a ‘tick’) and then an upgraded microarchitecture the next product cycle (a ‘tock’)." It was revealed about a week ago that the upcoming Kaby Lake architecture would be a second "tock" in the current release cycle rather than the "tick" in the next cycle. Decreasing transistor size has forced Intel to reevaluate this strategy, which is now being referred to as the Process-Architecture-Optimization cycle. It looks like Intel will be utilizing this strategy going forward rather than treating it as more of a one-off occurrence. From a consumer perspective this means that we will have to wait longer between brand new architectures and smaller transistors. Hopefully the optimization stage of the cycle will offer enough of an improvement to keep us upgrading. Source: Anandtech Back to original news post
  19. be quiet! launched the original Pure Power 9 power supply line in January of this year, and the company has now improved upon the initial design with the Pure Power 9 CM. In developing the updated model, the company was able to achieve "both the efficiency and the signal strength are improved when compared to its predecessor while reducing noise to a minimum." The PSU is 80 PLUS Silver certified with up to 91% efficiency, a result of the inclusion of Active Clamp + SR topology and two 12V rails. The company has also optimized the design of internal components to reduce the negative effects of power supply noise caused by GPUs, and a new fan provides for a reduction in noise coming from the PSU. The Pure Power 9 CM is rounded out by the use of flat modular ribbon cables. It will be available in capacities from 400-700W at prices ranging from $54.90 to $84.90. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  20. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have discovered a flaw in the encryption used by iMessage that could allow attackers "to decrypt photos and videos sent as secure messages." Professor Matthew Green alerted Apple to the suspected flaw but after the company didn't fix the problem, the team decided to exploit the flaw to prove it. The team created a server to act as an Apple server and then intercepted encrypted photos which included a 64-digit key that could be used to decrypt it. After thousands of attempts to brute force the key, they were able to view the photo. Apple has fixed the exploit in the most recent version of iOS, version 9.3, which released today. The researchers are holding off on releasing more in depth details about the exploit until after users have had some time to update their systems, which Apple is recommending you do as soon as possible. Source: Computer World Back to original news post
  21. Tt eSPORTS has announced its latest entry into the keyboard market with the Poseidon Z Touch, featuring new SmartBar technology. This technology adds capacitive touch sensors to the spacebar that allow it to be swiped, touched, and programmed. Thermaltake envisions a number of potential uses for the SmartBar including "horizontal/vertical scrolling, zoom in/out, certain swipes can bring up right click menus or text editor, or you can have macro keys on any zone." The mechanical keyboard uses blue switches with USB N-Key Rollover to ensure that you don't miss any key presses. The Poseidon Z Touch will have an MSRP of $109.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  22. According to reports from "developer sources," Sony is planning to release a PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolution, which some are referring to as the PlayStation 4.5. The new version of the console will have increased GPU power to handle the higher resolution as well as the increased workload expected to handle PlayStation VR. It is unclear when the console might be available or how much it would cost, and a Sony spokesperson predictably addressed the rumors stating "We can’t comment on rumors or speculation." Is is also unknown if existing games would benefit from the increased resolution. Source: Kotaku Back to original news post
  23. ProtonMail was created by people who were "motivated by demand for email that could not be monitored in the wake of Edward Snowden’s charges of U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropping on citizens (and other governments.)" For the past two years it has been in an invite only beta phase, with more than one million users utilizing the service. As of yesterday it is now available to anyone that wants access, with apps available for both Android and iOS. Source: Fortune Back to original news post
  24. In the ongoing saga of Apple vs. the United States government over breaking iOS encryption to access the personal data of the San Bernardino shooters there is a new twist coming from the Apple side. According to "more than a half-dozen" statements from current and former employees, the engineers that might be tasked with the work "may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created." Apple lawyers have argued that forcing employees to break the encryption "is fundamentally offensive to Apple’s core principles and would pose a severe threat to the autonomy of Apple and its engineers." It is believed that it would take six to ten engineers up to a month to complete the work, though it was noted that any push back from those chosen would further delay the work. While no team has been put together, employees talked to for the article have suspicions that "include an engineer who developed software for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. That engineer previously worked at an aerospace company. Another is a senior quality-assurance engineer who is described as an expert “bug catcher” with experience testing Apple products all the way back to the iPod. A third likely employee specializes in security architecture for the operating systems powering the iPhone, Mac and Apple TV." Source: NY Times Back to original news post
  25. Intel has confirmed its plans to release 10nm Cannonlake based processors in the second half of 2017 to investing site The Motley Fool. This has been the rumored time frame for a few months, but a job posting discovered by the Fool led to some speculation that Intel would have difficulty meeting the deadline, pushing the release back to 2018. For some time Intel has been releasing CPUs in a Tick-Tock format, wherein the company "would release a Tick, a new (smaller) process node which will be using an existing architecture with minor updates and that would be followed by a Tock, a brand new microarchitecture built upon an existing process node." The constant push for smaller transistors has altered this schedule, causing Intel to add a third Tock with a minor update to a current microarchitecture. The upcoming 14nm Kaby Lake CPUs represent the third Tock and Cannonlake opening the next cycle as the Tick. Source: The Motley Fool via WCCF Tech Back to original news post
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