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  1. Plex is a popular piece of software used to turn your computer into a media server for streaming "music, photos, movies and TV shows." Users need to have an always-on device such as a PC or NAS, but an update from Plex has changed that. Support is now being added for the Android based NVIDIA Shield TV, marking the "first time Plex has worked without the need for a standalone media server running 24/7." The Shield TV is a sufficiently powerful system and with 500GB on-board storage and the ability to expand through USB, it should be a nice alternative for users that don't want to dedicate a system to the task. Plex is working with NVIDIA to iron out the details with a firmware and software update expected later this month. Plex addressed the move stating, "The SHIELD offers the perfect mix of capabilities for us to be able to enable this functionality. In the future we’d like to expand to support accelerated transcoding on other platforms, as well." Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  2. G.SKILL hosted its fifth annual OC World Record Stage at Computex this year with help from event sponsors Samsung, Intel, and NVIDIA. The five day event saw a dozen records broken by some of the top overclockers in the world using the latest Intel processors, motherboards from top manufacturers like MSI and ASUS, and the latest GPUs from NVIDIA. Among the records achieved were the world record for highest DDR4 memory frequency at 5189.2MHz. For information on all of the broken records, see the attached image. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  3. Some marketing material appeared on IGN regarding the upcoming sequel to Watch Dogs 2 earlier today, featuring a premature reveal of some important information ahead of the official announcement, which is expected tomorrow. The imagery depicts the Golden Gate Bridge, located in San Francisco, CA, and a release date of November 15, 2016. This follows the release of a teaser trailer from Ubisoft yesterday, which has since been removed from the official Ubisoft Youtube channel. Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 5PM if you are interested in seeing a more in-depth preview of the game. Source: Eurogamer Back to original news post
  4. be quiet! was on hand at Computex last week with products in the case, water cooling, CPU cooling, case fan, and power supply categories. The focus for the show was on the Dark Base 900 and 900 PRO, a case with "high flexibility through high modularity." The motherboard tray is removable for test bench setups and can also be inverted or slid up and down to make room for other system components. The maximum drive capacity is two optical drives, seven 3.5" drives, or 15 SSDs. Three SilentWings 3 PWM 140mm fans are pre-installed with support for a maximum of 12 case fans ranging in size from 120mm to 200mm, with larger fans accommodating less total fans. The PRO model adds a tempered glass side panel, five color LED strip, and mobile device charger. Both models will launch on June 28 at an MSRP of $199 for the base model and $249 for the 900 PRO. The Silent Loop is an all-in-one liquid cooling solution in configurations of 120mm for $109.99, 240mm for $129.90, and 280mm for $149.90. The Pure Rock Slim is a tower cooler with support for both Intel and AMD CPUs with a 92mm fan and a cost of $27.90. The Silent Wings 3 case fan uses PWM and is available in sizes of 120mm or 140mm with prices ranging from $20.90 to $23.90. The Pure Power 9 is an 80 PLUS Silver certified PSU available in capacities of 500W for $55.90 and 600W for $65.90. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  5. Facebook and Blizzard have reached an agreement to integrate the Facebook Live API into Blizzard games, allowing for users to link their Facebook accounts to their Battle.net accounts. The simplest use case for this partnership is to allow logging in with your linked Facebook account, but long term goals include adding "even more social functionality to its games." Perhaps the most exciting possibility here is that Blizzard is working on adding a "Go Live" feature to its games which will stream your gameplay to your Facebook timeline. Blizzard executive VP of corporate operations Gio Hunt has revealed that, unsurprisingly, the company is "working closely with Facebook on this integration for Overwatch," it's most recent offering, adding that it is working on its other games as well. Source: Polygon Back to original news post
  6. A leaked Intel CPU roadmap obtained by Benchlife indicates that Intel will release a pair of "enthusiast" CPU families in the second quarter of 2017, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. Both will use the 14nm manufacturing process with Skylake-X utilizing current architecture and Kaby Lake-X using one that has been optimized. Skylake-X was formerly known as Skylake-E and is expected to offer options of six, eight, and ten cores, similar to the current HEDT Broadwell-E CPUs. Kaby Lake-X CPUs will be the unlocked offering for this CPU family, with all Kaby Lake chips utilizing the Z270 chipset on the LGA 1151 socket. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  7. Apple has offered some of the highest quality displays for some time, perhaps spurred by the number of people that use its systems for various types of design work. The current offering utilizes a Thunderbolt connection to provide a 27" display with resolution of 2560x1440. Rumors are beginning to circulate about the next iteration, which is expected to offer 5K resolution to match current Retina displays offered by the company. In order to power the displays, the rumors are also indicating that Apple plans to include an external GPU in the display, helping to ensure compatibility with systems that may not have a powerful GPU. Systems that have a powerful GPU won't utilize the built-in GPU. I imagine that the added GPU has the potential to significantly increase the cost of the display, and it will be interesting to see if Apple will offer a display without the GPU for users that already have one that is powerful enough. Source: 9 to 5 Mac Back to original news post
  8. When DEEPCOOL launched the GENOME in 2015, the company sought to combine its expertise in cooling and case design into a single product by creating a case with an integrated all-in-one liquid cooling solution. It has now improved upon the design and in doing so has obtained Republic of Gamers certification. The New Ark furthers the innovations first presented in the GENOME, utilizing a 100% aluminum design, integrated RGB lighting, a side air channel, support for 420mm radiators, and vertical GPU installation. The all-in-one liquid cooling is provided by a CAPTAIN block/pump, 360mm radiator, and three PWM fans. The Neptwin RGB is a new air cooler which features "patented wrap–around appearance design and optimized fins and heat pipes." The MF360 is a new case fan with all-metal frame and an RGB lighting controller that offers multiple configurations that are easy to change. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  9. As the popularity and reach of eSports continues to grow, companies are always looking for a way to expand the market for their products. Kingston has made the latest attempt to expand mainstream appeal by signing NBA player Gordon Hayward to an endorsement deal. As the newest member of the HyperX family, Hayward "will exclusively use HyperX gaming headsets, will be featured in marketing campaigns, regularly stream gaming sessions, conduct giveaways and make appearances for the brand starting today." I remember him competing in a StarCraft II tournament in the early days of the game, with him managing to make it a few rounds into the bracket. Hayward described the move stating, "As an avid gamer and professional athlete, I know how important it is to have the best equipment to compete and I’m excited to have joined the HyperX team to represent their gaming gear and build upon their reputation of having the most comfortable and best sounding headsets on the market." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  10. BitFenix is known for its unique case designs, and the four models that it brought to Computex continue that tradition. The Aurora is "inspired by the northern lights" and encloses the case with smoked glass on both sides to show off the components on the inside. The modular case also includes an RGB SSD shield and support for motherboards up to eATX in size. The Cape is the latest addition to the Prodigy line, built using aluminum and glass panels and adding support for motherboards up to eATX in size with liquid cooling. The Prodigy Pillow has a glass top panel with support for ITX systems and has enough space for an all-in-one liquid cooling solution making it the "perfect chassis to host that high performance system in living room or office." The Trident has glass side panels and was designed to "provide sufficient airflow even to the most extreme systems." BitFenix has also partnered with Avexir, Casking, EKWB, MSI, and Noblechairs to create BitFenix ModTime a modding competition and opportunity to auction off your custom designs. ModTime begins during Computex and will run to the end of July. For full details about rules, prizes, and auction information head over to the official site. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  11. RIOTORO used Computex 2016 as the platform to announce that it will be expanding its product offerings to an additional three categories, keyboards, power supplies, and liquid coolers. The Ghostwriter keyboard will be available with either Kailh brown mechanical switches or membrane keys. The mechanical offering will have full RGB backlighting while the membrane version will support eight colors. Both will be available in the second half of this year at a currently unannounced price. The Onyx PSU carries an 80 PLUS Bronze rating with capacities of 450, 650, and 750 watts. The Enigma PSU has an 80 PLUS Gold rating with capacity of 750 watts. Both utilize a semi-modular cable system and will be available in the third quarter of this year. The Bifröst is an all-in-one CPU liquid cooling solution with a 120mm or 240mm radiator. The 120mm version has an MSRP of $84.99 and the 240mm has an MSRP of $99.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  12. Users that have small form factor or notebook systems often find themselves lacking when it comes to graphical horsepower. PowerColor is hoping to address this issue with the release of the DEVIL BOX, an external graphics card chassis powered by AMD XConnect Technology. XConnect was created with the help of the Thunderbolt group at Intel, utilizing the high throughput interface connection to provide external access to PCIe x16 graphics cards. The DEVIL BOX supports both AMD and NVIDIA cards with maximum GPU power of 375 watts and additional connections for four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 TypeC, Gigabit Ethernet, and a single 2.5" SATA III drive. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  13. G.SKILL continues to set the bar higher in all areas of the memory market with its latest DDR4 SO-DIMM set, which is part of the Ripjaws line. The newest addition to the series has a frequency of 3200MHz, Cas Latency of 16, and operating voltage of 1.35V. The kit will be available in dual channel sets with total capacity of 16GB or 32GB. The new modules were tested and verified using the latest sixth generation Core processors from Intel, ensuring that it will be compatible with all of the latest systems. These new modules will be available sometime next month. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  14. The yearly Google I/O developer conference was held today and the company unveiled a pair of interesting projects, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) and Google Home. The TPU is a custom chip developed by Google with "an order of magnitude higher performance per watt than all commercially available GPUs and FPGA" according to CEO Sundar Pichai. Google has been testing the TPUs in its data centers for over a year and even used some to create the AlphaGo computer that defeated Lee Sedol at Go. Pichai expanded on the TPU in a blog post, describing it as a great platform for machine learning, which is "more tolerant of reduced computational precision, which means it requires fewer transistors per operation," going as far as comparing it to an ASIC. The TPU may not be able to compete with traditional CPUs for everyday use but the early results from Google indicate that in the right hands it could be a tremendous tool. Google Home is the company's answer to devices such as the Amazon Echo that target a connected home. The device is smaller than the Amazon Echo and includes the ability to specify what speakers you want to play sounds through. Aside from that, the feature set appears to be similar to that of the Echo. It is expected that the Home will be available sometime this year, but no price was given at the conference. It will be interesting to see how the Home is able to distinguish itself from competitors, and if it will be enough to convince users to switch devices. I bought the Echo at launch and have found it be rather useful, and I can't see the Home going far enough above the Echo for me to make the switch. Source: PCWorld and Fortune Back to original news post
  15. Well I did something I rarely do and pre-ordered the game. I should finally be able to tax the 980 Ti when I crank everything up to Ultra on this.
  16. Research conducted by Check Point as part of its April 2016 Threat Index indicates that the Conficker worm continues to be responsible for one in six malware attacks, despite first being discovered in 2008. Joining it at the top of the rankings are the Sality virus and the Zeroaccess worm, which have been around since 2003 and 2011, respectively. As malware continues to advance in its complexity and reach, it is quite alarming that malware first introduced nearly a decade ago remains the most prevalent. Numbers like this should help to further emphasize how important it is to be mindful of your actions when using a computer, and continue to keep your system up to date to protect yourself as best as you can. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  17. G.SKILL has announced the addition of a trio of new memory sets to the DDR4 Trident Z line. The new kits target both low latency, with 3200MHz CL13 and 3466MHz CL14 options, and high speed with a 4266MHz CL19 set. G.SKILL utilized ultra high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb ICs to create the new sets which operate at 1.35V in sticks of 8GB or 16GB, with total capacity up to 64GB. These new sets will be available sometime next month. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  18. The Raspberry Pi Zero was released in November 2015 as the smallest and cheapest iteration of the popular computer, at a cost of just $5. Customers eager to get their hands on the device have faced some difficulties as the Pi Zero sold out almost immediately and continues to do so with all new stock that becomes available. Users now have something else to get excited about as the Raspberry Pi Foundation has discovered that "the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right hand side of the board." This allows the standard Raspberry Pi camera module to be attached through the use of a custom cable, adding even more utility to the tiny device. Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation Back to original news post
  19. I would have taken the same if these were available a month ago.
  20. G.SKILL has added five color options to its Trident Z series of DDR4 memory. The expanded color options now include "a black brushed aluminum body paired with orange, yellow, or white top-bar or a silver brushed aluminum body with white or black top-bar." The increased number of colors provide builders more options if they want to try to stick to a particular color scheme. The new colors will be available in a range of frequencies at capacities from 16GB to 128GB, with an expected availability of the end of the month. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  21. Kingston showed off the latest addition to its HyperX line at MLG Columbus with the Cloud Revolver headset. At the time of the announcement, the headset was given an expected ship date of May 9, and the company has now started to ship the headset. The steel frame suspension design utilizes 50mm directional drivers for "wider depth and sound for improved audio precision in first-person shooter and open environment games." The Cloud Revolver can be purchased at retailers everywhere at an MSRP of $149.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  22. Rumors began to swirl in early March that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, based on the Pascal GPU, would launch on May 27. As we continue to close in on that date and with the special event on the NVIDIA Twitch stream tonight, VideoCardz has obtained what it claims are the first benchmarks of the new card. In addition to speculation that the card will have 8GB of GDDR5X memory running at 5GHz with an unknown number of CUDA cores, we now have scores from 3DMark Firestrike Extreme. The test results show a card with a clock speed of 1860MHz running at 2560x1440 obtaining a test score of 8,959. This score measures higher than GTX 980 Ti cards, and with the expectation that the GTX 1080 will cost less than the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 1080 becomes an even more attractive option for those looking to upgrade in the near future. Source: VideoCardz via Legit Reviews Back to original news post
  23. Before Siri was a staple on all of the latest iOS devices, it was created at the Stanford Research Institute by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber, who sold the company to Apple in 2010. The team then started to work on its next endeavor, another Artificial Intelligence project named Viv. Viv aims to "take things one step further than Siri," allowing users to complete actions from start to finish without any physical interaction with their devices. This advanced functionality is made possible through partnerships with popular applications such as Uber and Grubhub. The team plans to show off the software at an industry conference on Monday, providing an excellent platform to bring attention to the new platform. Source: Mashable Back to original news post
  24. Back in March, Opera announced that it was releasing a development version of its web browser that had built-in ad blocking. The company has now moved this version to the official release channel for all to utilize. CEO Lars Boilesen reiterated the companies stance on the issue stating, "We do this because we want to provide people with the fastest browsers in the market. Our speed test shows that online ads slow down the browsing experience." Opera only controls a very small share of the Internet browser market, with recent estimates at around 2% according to Net Applications, and users of other browsers will still have to rely on third party software. It will be interesting to see if this will increase the usage of Opera and, perhaps more interesting, if it will spur other companies to adopt a similar policy for their browsers. Source: Computer World Back to original news post
  25. In honor of Star Wars Day, which occurs yearly on May 4, Respawn Entertainment has announced that it has been developing an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe for the past two years. Respawn is best known for its work on Titanfall, and the upcoming sequel. The studio hasn't released any other substantial information about the game, but has said it will bring "a whole new adventure to the galaxy." I would love to see something similar to Knights of the Old Republic, especially if it expands on the Star Wars universe instead of focusing on areas covered by the existing movie and television properties. Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
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