Breaking News: One Dead after Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash!

Reports are flooding in that at least one person is dead, and another is reported as injured after the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed in the California desert earlier today. The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo was taking part in a manned test flight, when it was hit with “a serious anomaly”.

The craft is currently in a test phase before beginning tourist flights to the edge of space. It does this by launching attached to a jet, where it is then launched into a sub-orbit above the earth. This gives passengers a journey that takes them to a zero gravity environment and is pegged as the future of space tourism by Virgin Galactic.

In a statement, Virgin Galactic said the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo”

The co-pilot was killed in the crash, while the pilot managed to eject, but was seriously injured in the process. Photographer Ken Brown reports that he saw the craft explode shortly after it was released from the plane that carried it to a higher altitude. The aircraft, known as White Knight 2 landed safely shortly afterwards.

Around 200 people have already paid £125,000 for a place on SpaceShipTwo flights, it is unclear what effect this will have on Virgin Galactic’s plans for tourist flights. Hopefully Virgin Galactic will have a statement about what happened.

Our thoughts go out to the families of those involved in the crash.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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Smart Keyboard Cover for Jolla Coming to Kickstarter

The Jolla smartphone still isn’t widely known, but it’s loved by everyone who has one, such as myself. The innovative operating system called Sailfish OS has the most natural input feeling and makes the rivals look like Windows 3.1 compared to XP on the usability factor, at least when you ask me.

Ever since the Jolla smartphone launched about a year ago, we were teased with a slide-out keyboard using The Other Half to connect. The Other Half is an NFC-based system that is integrated into the smartphone and covers, effectively turning the cover into something with a function instead of a visual-only feature. There are a long list of Other Halfs available, but so far the slide-out keyboard has been missing.

This is about to change in the very near future when the project that so far only is known as TOHKBD is set to hit Kickstarter. There have been teasers on Facebook and Twitter with the words “We’re almost there” and the progress log on Maemo also looks promising.

There isn’t that much solid information yet, but the keyboard will be produced in various layouts to suit an international market. Using the NFC and direct contact functions of the cover eliminates the need for Bluetooth and also gives the keyboard backlight ability.

Even with the various layouts, it’s still a very limited customer circle as the keyboard cover only appeals to Jolla owners. This is something that could make it difficult for the Kickstarter to get the funding it needs. Price is estimated at around €120.00 which might be another problem for the Kickstarter. A high price for a very specialized gadget.

Personally I can’t wait for this to hit Kickstarter to get started so I can pledge my donation. I don’t mind touchscreens for navigating, but typing on them is a real pain.

Thanks to DigitalTrends for providing us with this information

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ARM Unwraps Mali-T800 Series with H.265 Support on One Core

ARM has introduced their next generation Midgard architecture that consists of three new designs in the Mali-T800 series. It’s been about a year since ARM introduced the T700 series based on the third generation of the Midgard architecture, and this fourth generation looks even more impressive.

The T600 is the dominant ARM series at the moment while the T700 series, that was introduced about a year ago, is just starting to hit the market inside of consumer products. Since ARM only develops the intellectual property (IP) and doesn’t build the silicon themselves, we have to wait for partners to create the actual chips. ARM expects initial consumer devices based on the T800 series in late 2015 and early 2016.

The new series support OpenGL ES 3.1, DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2, and RenderScript Compute as well as ARM’s frame-buffer compression mojo and Smart Composition. The T860 will be the new flagship for maximum performance, the shrunk T830 is the balanced model on a smaller silicon area where the T820 is the entry-level that isn’t just the smallest in product number, but also silicon size.

The Mali-T860 GPU is designed for the most demanding consumers that want nothing but the best visual experience on their mobile devices. It provides an even higher performance at a 45 percent better energy-efficiency compared to the Mali-T628 GPU. The Mali-T860 features a total of 16 shader cores.

The Mali-T830 GPU strikes the perfect balance of performance and efficiency, delivering up to 55 percent more performance than the Mali-T622 and the entry-level Mali-T820 achieves up to 40 percent more performance compared to the predecessor, Mali-T622. Both of these have four shader cores and that is just half of what the T720 has.

ARM also introduced us to the Mali-V550 video accelerator and Mali-DP550 display processor, both of which implement 10-bit YUV support in order to handle 4K content. The Mali-V550 has eight cores that can be used to encode and decode 4K video at 120 Hz. ARM says this is the first video encoder that can both encode and decode H.265 video on a single core. This is very impressive on its own.

The Mali-DP550 display processor is designed to offload composition from the GPU in order to save power. It can composite up to seven layers and of course also supports up to 4K resolutions.

Thanks to ARM for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ARM

New LCD Screen Innovation Can Display Pictures for Years

The University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong has successfully developed an LCD screen with the same characteristics as an E-Ink screen, to keep the displayed picture present for several years without any power.

E-ink screens, such as those on the Amazon Kindle e-reader, don’t need a constant flow of power to display the last loaded content such as LCD screens currently do; a thing that is about to be changed.

Based on this new technology, the research team successfully created a rewritable optical LCD screen (ORWLCD), a phrase to remember. The traditional LCD requires a constant flow of electron beam to display images where the ORWLCD only requires electricity to update the image. No power will be drawn and the connection will be cut until a new image needs to be loaded.

While this technology doesn’t directly help high fps gaming, it’s a great step in the right direction. It will allow much better digital photo frames and similar functions as well as create a base for future LCD display technologies.

The technology behind this is somewhat special to the average person. So I’ll just attach the slides below for those with the knowledge to enjoy and the rest to wonder about.

Thanks to CNbeta for providing us with this information

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Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet Review

Introduction


The Nvidia Shield was and still is one of the coolest gadgets I have ever reviewed and owned; I still use it regularly when I want to break away from my desk and it has also become my vital travel buddy for long journeys. Gaming on the go is a great way to pass the time and mobile phones and tablets now take up a massive part of that market, but most phones and tablets come with one major drawback; touch screen displays. The original Shield solved this touch screen gaming problem by integrating a controller into the Android device; in a way that’s not all that dissimilar to other dedicated hand-held games consoles such as the 3DS and the PlayStation Vita.

The new Shield Tablet drops the integrated controller to turn the Shield into an Android tablet, this worries me somewhat as I love the integrated controller of the Shield console as it’s perfect for holding when you’re on the bus, train, plane, or anywhere else for that matter. Of course there will be pros and cons to dropping the integrated controller and that’s what I aim to find out; is the Shield better or worse for the new design choices?

A separate controller isn’t the only thing Nvidia have changed, in fact pretty much everything has been tweaked, revised or created from scratch for the Shield Tablet. The screen size and resolution has been increased, the device now features two 5MP HDR cameras, a stylus and more. The biggest feature change of all is the CPU/GPU upgrade; the Tegra 4 in the Shield was impressive, but it’s no match for the new Tegra K1 GPU and ARM Cortex A15 CPU combo.

The packaging is very nicely designed, there is a clear image of the tablet on the front and the major features and specifications are dotted around the other sides.

On the back of the box you can see an image of the Shield Tablet Cover and the Shield Controller; these are not included as standard and have to be purchased separately.

In the box you’ll find everything you need to get you started; the tablet (obviously), some safety information, and a universal USB mains power adaptor with a good quality USB cable.

The Shield Controller is also nicely packaged, with a clear image of the wireless  controller on the front of the box.

The back of the box touts the major features, such as the headset jack (with chat), built-in microphone and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Tablet Cover comes in another similarly styled box.

On the back of the box you’ll find a quick run down of how the cover can be used as a stand for the Shield Tablet.

The Steam Halloween Sale Brings Discounts to Spooky Games

It may not be anywhere near the same scale as the Steam Summer Sale, but the Steam Halloween sale is here! It brings with it a wave of discounts and deals to satisfy your horror, gore, spooky and general Halloween vibes with a range of cool games. Most of the games are a little old now, but discounts like these can’t be ignored with some games being taken down to just a few dollars for the sale.

There is a total of 437 games on sale, but a few of the popular ones are listed below. It’s easily best to sift through Steam yourself, but brace yourself for 18 pages worth of deals! The discounts will stay in place until November 3rd at 10am (PT).

  • Crypt of the NecroDancer for $11.21
  • Hotline Miami for $2.74
  • The Wolf Among Us for $13.99
  • Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition for $2.49
  • Super House of Dead Ninjas for $1.55
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for $5.49
  • The Binding of Isaac Collection for $1.75
  • Don’t Starve + Reign of Giants DLC for $11.54
  • Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition for $7.47
  • and The Walking Dead for $6.99

Will you be picking up any of the games in this Halloween sale? If you spot a particularly cool deal, be sure to let everyone know in the comments.

Thank you TechReport for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechReport.

Roccat Ryos TKL Pro Gaming Keyboard Revealed

Roccat has just revealed the latest entry to their popular Ryos range; the Ryos TKL Pro gaming keyboard. The new keyboard has been designed with a focus on the eSports and pro gaming communities. It comes equipped with a tenkeyless design that makes it LAN friendly, as this is easier to transport and it also allows a lot more space on your desk to maneuver your mouse.

“I’m in it to win it, so you’ll never see us put gear in our eSports team’s hands that don’t give them an edge. Team ROCCAT uses the Ryos TKL in competition because it optimizes their play. They have to demonstrate the talent, we have to provide the quality tested gear to help them show that talent. From HyuN to our League of Legends Jungler Jankos and the rest of our amazing team, the Ryos TKL gives them that tool, and now our fans can have it too.” – Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT Studios.

Equipped with Cherry MX switches, Roccat Talk, a 32-Bit ARM Cortex processors, 2MB of flash memory, per-key illuminations and Lighting Engine 2.0; the Ryos TKL Pro is incredibly well equipped.

The new Ryos TKL Pro is launching immediately and will already be in most major retailers both online and offline from today. Prices should be in the region of 139.90 EUR.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Lian Li Unleashes Hell With The PC-D666

Ready to get into the Halloween spirit? Lian-Li is about to unleash hell on the chassis market with their incredible PC-D666; the number of the beast.

The chassis is a dual chamber, double wide aluminium monster, with black brushed aluminium on the exterior and red detailing on the interior. It comes with support for a full EATX/ATX system on the left side and a Micro-ATX/mini-ITX system on the other. This is perfect for combining your workstation and gaming rig into one chassis.

The chassis features oversized windows on each side to show off both builds, comes with support for extensive water and air cooling configurations. There is room for thick 480mm and 360mm in the left side and another 360mm in the right side!

There are six 3.5″ bays in two removable HDD cages with hot-swap backplanes, as well as four 2.5″ mounts. There’s a further two 2.5″ drives in the base of the left side of the chassis.

The chassis is well equipped with clip-in dust filters, tool free panels and drive installation, easily removable drive bays, four USB 3.0 ports, HD-Audio and a whole lot more. There isn’t much of anything on the market this chassis can’t handle.

“The PC- D666 was developed in cooperation with IDG’s PC Welt (PC World) German edition for the “Hell Machine 6” ultimate dual-system PC project.” – Lian Li

Product Features of PC-D666

  • Fully aluminum construction
  • Dual System Support
    • System 1: EATX / ATX
    • System 2: Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX
  • Double wide body
  • Oversized side panel windows
  • Supports radiators up to 480mm
  • Hot-Swap backplanes
  • Multiple Tool-less features
  • Availability: Mid-November at Caseking

MSRP: GBP 369

It’s big, it’s pretty crazy and it’s also incredibly good-looking. If you’ve been saving up for a completely bonkers enthusiast grade chassis that costs a lot of money, the PC-D666 is here for you.

Thank you Lian-Li for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Lian-Li.

Corsair Introduces Ultralight Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice

Corsair has introduced us to their latest Gaming mouse, the Sabre RGB. Well, actually it’s two mice as it comes in two versions, one with an optical sensor and one with a laser sensor.

Designed with input from veteran pro gamers, the new mice are engineered with a sleek and ergonomic shape. They are built with an ultralight chassis weighing just 100 grams for quick, fluid, and precise movements over extended gaming sessions.

“As a competitive Counter-Strike GO player, I need an agile and accurate mouse to allow me to get consistent head shots with minimal effort and maximum efficiency,” said Jason Christian, Product Manager for gaming peripherals at Corsair Gaming. “To this end, I designed the Sabre RGB mice from the ground up to be lean and ultralight with the same level of precision of our M65 and M45 mice.”

The first version comes with a 6400 DPI optical sensor with multi-colour for smooth and accurate tracking while the second model comes with an 8200 DPI laser sensor for ultra-precise tracking on nearly any surface.

The DPI is adjustable all the way down to 50 DPI on both models. The Sabre RGB also has a great 1000 Hz report rate that can be user-adjusted all the way down to 25Hz.

A sturdy USB connector and a 1.8 meter easy-flex braided cable connect the Corsair Sabre RGB mouse to the computer. It has eight programmable buttons based on high-capacity Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks. The buttons can of course be customized through the software.

The advanced CUE software further lets you fine-tune performance characteristics such as DPI, acceleration, and smoothing to customize button assignments and macros for optimal gameplay.

The mice also feature four-zone illumination with up to 16.8 million customizable colors, making them the ideal companion for Corsair Gaming RGB mechanical keyboards, as well as the new Corsair Gaming headsets.

The new Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB mice should become available soon. The MSRP is set to $69.99 for the laser version and $59.99 for the optical version.

Thanks to Corsair for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Corsair

MSI Unleashes the X99S MPower Motherboard

MSI announced the release of the MSI X99S MPOWER motherboard today. After MSI launched its X99S XPOWER AC motherboard at the end of August it is time for the little brother to make its appearance and assist in dominating the benchmarks.

The MSI X99S MPOWER is a custom designed overclocking motherboard, specifically for enthusiasts demanding the highest performance and the best stability while still getting a ton of OC features. The quality and efficiency of this series of motherboards really showed during the latest MOA event where they broke 26 records during the finals.

Where the previous model was an EATX form factor motherboard, this might appeal somewhat more to the average user with the standard ATX form factor.

The X99S MPOWER is ready to take on the new six and eight core Intel CPUs on the LGA2011-3 socket. It supports up to 128GB DDR4 quad-channel memory with speeds up to 2133MHz standard and 3333MHz OC speeds.

Storage can be connected to the Turbo M.2 32 Gb/s, SATA Express or ten SATA3 ports. It also has other notable features such as Audio Boost and Intel Gigabit LAN.

 

Using Military Class 4 components helps this motherboard to stay stable, even under the most tasking overclocking actions. Together with the OC Certification and OC Engine, the motherboard helps you to push your system to its limits with more flexible bClk overclocking than normal.

There are a lot of similarities to the bigger brother and Quad Multi-GPU is supported on this motherboard as well. The motherboard is ready to climb the overclocking-ladders!

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of MSI

Samsung’s Basic 840 SSDs Also Affected by Slow-down Bug

We have previously reported on the slow-down bug happening on the Samsung EVO 840 drives and also about the fix that Samsung released a couple of weeks later. Back then, Samsung assured everyone that the bug didn’t affect the Basic or Pro models of the drive.

There were still users who claimed that it also happened on their Samsung 840 Basic drives and didn’t let off on the subject. Specially the forum-users at Computer Base, a German computer site, kept investigating and posting their results. The German division of Samsung picked up on it through the media and feedback and now it seems that there is an investigation running on the matter.

While the result of the error is the same as on the EVO 840, slow-motion speeds when reading old data, the bug doesn’t seem to originate in the same place. A new fix has to be created, so please don’t try to use the EVO 840 tool to fix your Basic model.

Samsung still says that the Pro models aren’t affected and there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest otherwise. We will keep you up updated on the 840 Basic matter for when Samsung releases a fix for these drives as well. My guess on a timeframe for the fix would be two to four weeks.

Thanks to ComputerBase for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of ComputerBase

Good Bye Plasma TVs, LG Stops Production

Good bye and rest in peace Plasma TV, it was a great ride. The last company to make plasma TV screens for the international market, LG, said this week that it would stop the production of plasma sets in November. This move was widely expected and their rivals Samsung and Panasonic have already stopped their plasma production.

There are still a couple chinese manufacturers that make Plasma screens, but they aren’t available outside of China and the tech consultancy IHS expects them to stop their production by 2016.

Instead of purchasing plasma TVs, customers have opted for the less expensive LCD TVs that have a higher resolution at a lower power consumption. Plasma TVs offer what most considered to be the best picture quality on the market, but it also came at a higher price. They still gain favor thanks to their black level performance, warmer tones and wider viewing angles.

The difference between the two types of screens is that Plasma TVs use pixels filled with gas that light up in different colors when hit with an electrical current, LCD screens use liquid crystals that are lit up from behind to create images.

IHS expects stock to be sold out after the 2014 holiday sales, so this might be one of the last chances to get a new Plasma TV. If lucky, one might even make a great deal due to the shops wanting to clear out the old stock and make room for the next generation of TVs instead.

Thanks to CNN for providing us with this information

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Tesoro Gandiva H1L Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Tesoro may not be the biggest name in the gaming peripherals market, but their past efforts have proven to us time and time again that they’re quickly working their way up the popularity ladder. They’ve already made some of the best looking and performing gaming products on the market; with the added bonus of offering some truly unique aesthetics that sets them apart from the rest of the market.

Today I’m very happy to have their latest laser gaming mouse, the Gandiva H1L, which promises ultra high-end performance, stunning aesthetics and a whole lot more. Will it keep up with the high standards set by previous Tesoro products? I certainly hope so.

Tesoro love to put a little more thought into their product names than most and the Gandiva is no exception; just take a look at the official product description below to get an idea of what I mean. It’s clear that Tesoro see their gaming peripherals on the same level as mythical weapons of great power.

“Gandiva, the bow of Arjuna, the great warrior of Mahabharat war, was also one of the rarest bows of its time. The bow was decorated with hundreds of gold bosses, and had radiant ends. Arjuna used it in Kurukshetra war and he was invincible. It is said that beside Lord Krishna no one except Arjuna could wield the bow in the mortal world. The bow, when twanged made the sound of thunder.”

The Gandiva comes equipped with full colour customisable lighting, multiple profiles, macros, a customisable laser sensor, built-in memory, a weight tuning system and a whole lot more.

  • 8200 DPI Gaming Laser Sensor with high-speed motion detection and acceleration
  • 8 independent programmable buttons
  • Adjustable 5 levels dpi control. 800/1800(Default)/4000/6400/8200
  • Adjustable polling rate control from user AP up to 1000Hz ultra-polling rate
  • Adjustable liftoff distance tracking technology
  • User friendly UI for easy setup
  • 5 programmable mapping sets, with full color LED indication
  • 40 macro keys, up to 1600 actions recordable
  • 128Kb onboard memory
  • Human ergonomic design with tuning weight-in system
  • Adjustable full color LED control
  • PP. braided cable with gold-plated USB connector
  • Compatible with Windows® XP/Vista/7/8

The packaging is really nicely designed, with a bright and colourful box and a stylish image of the mouse on the front.

Around the back we have a multi language breakdown of the main features and specifications.

The front panel of the box folds out to give us a sneaky look at the mouse design and there are details about the lighting and software features on the inside of the cover.

In the box you’ll find the mouse, a quick start guide, a CD-ROM with the software (newer versions available to download from the website), and you’ll also find an extra set of Teflon slipmats for the underside of the mouse; everything you need to get you started.

Samsung Smart Phones Have Security Flaw in Security Function

Modern smartphones have advanced security features in one form or another, and it is no different with Samsung’s smartphones. Samsung employs a feature called Find My Phone that allows users to track, lock and even ring their phone in case it is stolen or otherwise lost. What sounds like a great security feature is actually a great security flaw, at least at the current time.

The Find My Phone feature has a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely lock and change the password on your phone, effectively rendering it useless to you. According to the reports that have surfaced, Find My Mobile doesn’t actually validate the lock code information it receives. Using the good old flooding techniques, hackers are able to flood this service with network traffic to gain access to a target device.

Since this service is turned on by default, you might not even know that you have it running. When you sign in to your Samsung account for the first time, it will be set up at the same time. For now, it might be a smart move to disable the feature until Samsung has released a patch for this security flaw. It is very easy to turn off if you wish to do so, just head to Settings -> More -> Find My Mobile -> Remote Controls.

Samsung hasn’t issued any public statement yet, but said they take security very serious and are investigating. I’m sure the wheels are turning and the hamsters are doing overtime to get this fixed as soon as possible.

Thanks to TechTimes for providing us with this information

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Headless Ghost Fixes a Problem You Didn’t Know You Had

Don’t you just love it when someone fixes a problem that you didn’t even know you had, or at least most likely didn’t know about. A new Kickstarter campaign is set out to fix this problem with a very simple and cheap solution, the Headless Ghost display dummy.

The display-dummy plug simply emulates a high-resolution display so the system thinks that it is present, and thereby releasing the full potential of the hardware.

By using the Headless Ghost and simulating the presence of an attached display, you can use all of the power and available resolutions locked away inside your graphics hardware, which might otherwise be disabled when there is no screen available.

Just plug the dummy into your system in an available HDMI port and it will simulate a 4K display. The dummy will also work with DisplayPort and DVI adapters.

Many computer systems do not enable their GPU hardware when there isn’t any display attached; a well-documented issue amongst the Mac Mini and Intel HD graphics user bases.

Having a dummy plug like the Headless Ghost attached fully enables the GPU which allows for hardware-accelerated remote desktop access at high resolutions as well as fully utilizing the GPU hardware for GPGPU tasks such as crypto currency mining, rendering and simulations.

The thing I like most about this new dummy-adapter, next to its function of course, is the fact that it is manufactured in the UK. This isn’t some pride or fear thing, but with most Kickstarter campaigns I run into the trouble with shipping, import taxes and fees that in return makes the final-price two to three times bigger. With me being located in the EU, this won’t be an issue this time.

The Headless Ghost GPU dummy won’t cost you much to begin with as you can have one for just £10.00, that includes world-wide shipping. Early birds can get it for £8.00, but I doubt the £2 will make any difference for anyone who sees the benefit in this device.

There are multiple other pledges available where you get more units at discounted prices. The funding has almost reached its goal of £2.500 at the time of writing. Just £90 missing and there are 26 days to go.

I’ll do mine to help this project with my pledge as soon as I’m done writing this. This is just too cool a tool to not have.

Specification

  • Supports resolutions from 800×600 all the way up to 4096×2160 (4K!)
  • Operating system and software agnostic – works with Windows, OSX, Linux and just about anything else
  • Requires no drivers, configuration or power supply – just set it and forget it
  • Manufactured on black PCBs, with a gold corrosion resistant finish, in the UK
  • Appears as a headless ghost display in the OS graphics properties window for easy identification amongst other displays
  • Programming port – exposed programming pins on the board allow for new EDID data to be easily downloaded into the Ghost’s memory
  • Open source – design files for the Headless Ghost will be available after the Kickstarter has ended

Reward Tiers

  • £1 – Thank you! Every pledge counts and your name will go on the supporters list on the website
  • £8 – Early bird special! 1x Headless Ghost, free shipping worldwide at a reduced cost for the first 20 backers!
  • £10 – 1x Headless Ghost, free shipping worldwide
  • £15 – 1x Headless Ghost with a custom display identifier, free shipping worldwide (limited 50)
  • £17 – 1x Headless Ghost with limited edition Kickstarter case, free shipping worldwide (limited 20)
  • £19 – 2x Headless Ghosts, free shipping worldwide
  • £48 – GPGPU pack – 5x Headless Ghosts. Great for rigs with multiple GPUs being used for high-performance computing, free shipping worldwide
  • £97 – Server farm pack – 10x Headless Ghosts. Great for taking care of lots of machines e.g. a rack of Mac Mini Servers, free shipping worldwide

After this initial run of the Headless Ghost, they will sell for £12 a unit plus shipping. Campaign backers will also have access to two special editions of the Headless Ghost. 50 will be made with custom display identifiers, so they will show up as whatever you like in the operating system and 20 Headless Ghosts will be made with a limited edition Kickstarter case.

Thanks to Kickstarter for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Kickstarter

Asustor Announces AS7004T 4-Bay HTNAS

Asustor is in the progress of launching their newest NAS models across the entire range and today they’ve introduced the newest member to the AS70T series, the AS7004T NAS. This high-capacity NAS is designed for the prosumer as Asustor calls them, those consumers who want just the best; this is also the most compact model in the AS70T series.

The AS7004T is a tower based model with 4 HDD bays and a storage capacity of up to 24TB with 6TB drives. It supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 with hot swapping and further expansion via the two eSATA ports. It is powered by an Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processor and has 2GB SO-DIMM RAM. The memory can be expanded up to 16GB.

Asustor is also following the trend of adding direct multimedia support to their NAS devices. The hardware inside is powerful enough to handle this and the new AS7004T can even handle HDMI output 4K support and also has an HD 5.1 and 7.1 channel audio feature for the best sound.

With speeds up to and over 112MB/s, the AS7004T ensures speedy file transfer to the two Gigabit Ethernet ports. USB devices can be attached to the NAS by the two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports on the back as well as the one USB 3.0 port on the front.

Asustor has designed a great cooling system for these units that feature a single extra-large fan and a dedicated heat pipe system, effectively cooling all parts including the drive drays. The fan is controlled by the ADM smart fan control mechanism to provide the most silent operation possible.

The AS7004T comes built-in with the latest ADM 2.3 (ASUSTOR Data Master) operating system which features newly refreshed graphics and a significantly smoother browsing experience. ADM’s support for Windows AD and ACL permissions allows for efficient management and quick integration into business environments. Furthermore, support for SMB 2.0 increases Windows networking performance by 30%-50%. With regards to multimedia, users can install the latest version of the XBMC multimedia player (XBMC 13) from App Central to enjoy ultra high-resolution 4K and 10-bit movies.

Key Features for the AS7004T

  • Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM (Expandable to 16GB)
  • 3 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Ports & 2 x eSATA Ports
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4a Ports
  • 1 x S/PDIF Port
  • LCD Display (That nicely tells you to Enjoy Your Life)
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supported Volume Types: Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
  • Supports Hard Disk Hot Swapping and Online RAID Migration
  • Maximum Supported Capacity of Hard Disks: 24TB
  • Disk Tray Locks

Thanks to Asustor for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Asustor

HP Seek 3D Printing Future With ‘Multi Jet Fusion’ Technology

HP are eager to be a big player in the 3D printing business, maybe so they can overcharge for the inks… just kidding. They’re eager to show the world their “Multi Jet Fusion” technology, which it believes can “change entire industries.”

The goal for HP, as is the goal for many 3D printing companies, is to make the process of 3D printing quicker, more accurate and more reliable. The new HP tech seems to do just that and HP have said they can make complex products such as gears at least 10x faster than conventional manufacturing techniques.

To show off the reliability and accuracy of their products, HP printed a product strong enough to life a car! Then they printed a part for their 3D printer, printed from the 3D printer the part was for just to show off the resolution; it worked. Maybe Stargate were right to fear the Replicators.

No word on pricing or if and when this technology will make its way to the consumer market, but manufacturers should start taking shipments in 2016.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

Reddit Launches Their Own CrowdFunding Service

Redditmade, a new crowd funding website from Reddit is finally here! Taking inspiration from sites like Kickstarter, the new service was designed primarily to give support to Subreddits, giving them an easy way to offer official merchandise for their respective communities.

In a similar fashion to Kickstarter, each campaign has a limit of 30 days. If the funding goal isn’t met, then no money is exchanged and the campaign ends.

If the campaign is successful, then Reddit will help project creators almost every step of the way. They’ll help with finding quality manufacturing partners, campaign promotion and those that do particularly well will even get free ads on Reddit. Campaign creators can also donate profits from their project to a charity of their choice.

Campaigns are already sparking into life, with T-shirts, headphones, stickers and more filling up the ranks. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find some /r/PCMasterRace attire.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechSpot.

EverCool Introduces HPS 810CP Low-Profile CPU Cooler

EverCool has launched their latest CPU cooler designed for mITX, SFF and 1U enclosures, the HPS-810CP. The new cooler looks a bit more like a GPU cooler to some but should give effective performance in the intended area of use.

The HPS-810CP is built on a set of dense aluminium fins in combination with two 6mm thick copper heat pipes and a Heat Direct Transfer core (HDT). The fan draws the heat away from the motherboard and CPU with the included 80mm slim-profile fan that has a rotation speed between 1500 to 4000 RPM. This produces an airflow of 12.99 to 34.65 CFM and the static pressure generated is 0.02 to 0.143 inch-H2O. The generated noise is rated between 16.2 and 37.5 dBa depending on the RPM.

At a weight of 260 gram and measuring 87.5 x 92.3 x 27.4 mm, the tiny HPS-810CP can cool processors with a TDP up to 95W. It is compatible with all AMD AM2 or newer sockets as well as Intel LGA 1366 / 1165X and 775. It’s not compatible with LGA2011. No word on pricing or availability yet.

This new HPS-810CP CPU cooler from EverCool might not be a beauty to look at, but you can’t argue with the specifications. Used on a low TDP processor in a home or office environment should produce a silent operation on low rotation speeds while tight spaces and high TDP server environments should be suited equally well; a situation where noise is rarely an issue.

Thanks to EverCool for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EverCool

Tidal Offering Audiophile Quality Music Streaming for $20 a Month

There is a big community out there that really care about their audio performance; I am one of those people. On my desktop I have a dedicated headphone AMP a digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) and a whole range of other audio devices to get the best from my music collection. Streaming from sites such as Spotify and Last.fm is great for convenience, but it’s not really the best way to enjoying music.

A Swedish company named Aspiro has just launched their new service “Tidal”. Tital claims to offer CD quality streaming using the “free lossless audio codec” or FLAC. This is a great format for music in terms of quality, with the downside being that the file sizes are much larger than that of MP3. A typical high-quality MP3 may be 5-8mb in size, but a file FLAC will be more like 40-50MB.

High quality audio is tempting, but with a catalogue of 25 million songs, 70,000 ad-free HD music videos, editorial content and more available there’s certainly lots to enjoy. The site can stream at 44.1kHz 16-bit FLAC and ALAC music files at 1411 kbps; that’s almost four times the bit rate of rival music streaming services.

The service is $20 a month, which is roughly double that of Spotify, but this isn’t for your typical day-to-day listener. This service is for those who strive for that extra quality and acoustic performance from their music collection. It’s also incredible value for money, given that buying two albums from HDTracks per month would easily work out more expensive than streaming HD audio.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Tidal.

Razer Reveal “The Leviathan” Sound Bar

Razer may get a lot of fame for their high-end gaming mice and keyboards, but they’re also a big player in the desktop audio market. Their Kraken headsets are some of my favourite headsets, but what about when you just want to crank up the volume and share your music with the room? You use The Leviathan!

I’m not normally a fan of sound bars, but the technology has improved in recent years, so I’m eager to hear what this one can do. With the promise of Dolby Virtual Speakers for 5.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II multichannel audio support, the new Razer offering seems to be one of the better equipped sounds bars available.

There are two 2.5″ full range and two 0.74″ tweeter drivers, which are powered by a 30 watt RMS amplifier. The unit has a frequency response of 180 Hz to 20 KHz on the sound bar. There is also a 30 watt RMS subwoofer, which features a 5.25″ driver and a 20 Hz to 180 Hz  range.

The bar supports analog, optical and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and NFC support.

Prices are expected to be $199 in the US and €199 in Europe. It’s available for pre-order now and will be available worldwide from November.

Thank you Anandtech for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Anandtech.

LG Introduces 31-inch Digital Cinema 4K Monitor

LG has introduced their latest UHD monitor, the 31MU97 31-inch 4K Digital Cinema Monitor. The monitor was previously spotted at IFA Berlin this year, but now the release is official. This new monitor is targeted at content creators rather than consumers, meaning photographers, video editors and graphics artists.

The Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution of 4096×2160 keeps the right aspect ratio for people with this line of work, preventing distortion and misalignment due to the usual used 3840 x 2160 resolution that isn’t a true 4K2K as defined by the standard. Colour accuracy is crucial to content creators and this monitor has a 99.5 percent Adobe RGB colour space. This IPS panel further features the Dual Colour Space that lets the monitor display two different color modes to help in comparing images.

The viewing angle is 178 degrees and the new LG monitor consumes 49W during normal use and 1.2w during sleep. The higher sleep consumption is due to the USB3 hub and charging features. It does however feature a real power button next to the power connection to turn it off. The two built-in 5W speakers are powered by the MAXXAUDIO functions to deliver the best sound at the same time as displaying the best images.

The connectivity to most things should be ensured with two HDMI, three USB 3.0, one Display Port and one mini DisplayPort. There are actually two models of this monitor and the specifications listed here are from the 31MU97-B model found on  LG’s North American site. There is also a version without the B that is listed on the Australian site, and this one also features Thunderbolt connectivity and Mac support.

The new LG 31MU97 should start to become available next week in the US, South Korea, Germany, Australia and UK. The rest of Europe and Japan should follow shortly after. There is no official word on the MSRP yet, but the Thunderbolt model was listed to $2499,99 AUD and the B model without was listed for $1399,99 USD.

Thanks to LG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of LG

Stunning Next-Gen Grand Theft Auto Screenshots Revealed

The new and improved edition of Grand Theft Auto V is soon to be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, then again on PC a few months later. To get some hype going, RockStar have released a few incredible screenshots that show off just how much extra polish they’ve put on their open world crime-sim; although it’s unclear at this time if the new screenshots are from the X1/PS4 release, or the PC.

It’s unclear why RockStar is delaying the PC release. They have stated that it’s to allow for a better port and if that means a smoother transition than the GTAIV port, then I’m happy to wait. However, I still suspect it’s got more do to with console game sales over Christmas than any extra graphical polish as things are looking pretty good already.

If the screenshots below get you excited for the re-release of this game; nothing will. GTAV is set for release on November 18th for PS4 and Xbox One  and January 27th for PC.

Thank you Toms Hardware for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Toms Hardware.

60FPS YouTube Support Now Available!

Earlier this year we had news that YouTube would be introducing 60 frames-per-second (FPS) video. This is a very big deal for many channels on YouTube, especially those who love to stream gaming content.

There are a few requirements to be able to use the new features. First you will need Google Chrome to watch 60FPS YouTube videos and you need enough speed to watch them in HD; such as 720p or 1080p. Keep in mind that doubling the FPS from 30 to 60 is more demanding on your bandwidth.

The difference is absolutely staggering, just look at the difference on the video below for a nice demonstration. Be sure to watch it at normal and then switch to 60FPS to see the difference.

I wonder if anyone at Ubisoft has seen this feature yet…

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Raijintek Aeneas Micro ATX Chassis Revealed

Raijintek have done nothing but impress us since they first hit the market. They’ve released one impressive product after another, while maintaining prices that make them incredible value for money. Now it looks like they’re about to add another great product to their range with their new Micro-ATX chassis; the Aeneas.

The chassis features a dual-chamber design and supports a range of high-end components. There’s room for 180mm tall CPU coolers, 210mm long graphics cards, a 280mm radiator in the top and a 240mm radiator in the front; more than enough for a high-performance gaming rig.

There are two 120mm fans pre-installed in the front, with room for an extra two 120mm fans or a single 200mm fan. There are two 140mm fans pre-installed in the back and there’s room for two more in the top. The chassis measures in at 288x380x430mm and weighs 8KG.

The Aeneas is available in black and white, pricing and availability will be revealed very soon.

Thank you Modders-Inc for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Modder-Inc.

Seagate Reported a Great Fiscal Quarter with Increased Shipments

Seagate has reported their financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 ending October 3, 2014. They presented some eye-catching results with a quarterly revenue of $3.785 billion, that’s an increase of 8.5%. The gross margin is down 0.2 points to 27.8% while the operating profit was $456 million and the net profit was $381 million, down 10.8%.

The company generated a cash flow of $602 million while paying dividends of $140 million to stockholders. At the same time, they repurchased approximately 3 million ordinary shares for $183 million. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.2 billion at the end of the quarter.

“We achieved strong financial results in the first fiscal quarter, driven by consistent execution and better-than-anticipated market demand for our PC and Cloud storage products,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We continue to improve our position in the evolving storage market by leveraging and investing in our core storage technology and expanding our product portfolio with Cloud systems and solutions and integrated flash technology. We remain confident in our cash flow generation and the opportunities ahead for Seagate as evidenced by our recently announced target annual dividend increase of 26% to $2.16.”

So it’s going very well for Seagate, we also have to remember that they now own LSI too. Seagate shipped a total of 59.5 million mechanical hard drives, an increase of 6.8% and a growth of 13.3% over two years. The 2.5-inch laptop hard drives are doing particularly well with 20% of the sales. SSHDs aren’t so popular among enthusiasts, but they are also doing very well with over 12 million drives sold so far.

Seagate didn’t announce any numbers regarding LSI/Sandforce, and it will be interesting to see where the traditional mechanical drive company takes this new acquisition.

Thanks to Seagate for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Seagate and MyDrivers

Cyberpower FANG III Black Mamba Gaming PC Competition Winner!

It’s that incredible time of the week once again where we get to pick a lucky winner of yet another competition. This one is certainly a major event for all of us here at eTeknix and for those at CyberPowerUK. We’re giving away one of the most powerful systems ever seen in a competition of this type. I believe it’s actually the most powerful system ever given away in Europe!

The Fang III Black Mamba has enough power to max out any game you can think of and it’s more than capable of pushing UHD resolution, 3D gaming a whole lot more. This is thanks to its mighty specifications; an Intel i7 5930K 6-core CPU, water cooling, an X99 UD4 motherboard,  4 x 1TB Raid 0+1, 512GB SSD and an AMD R9 295X2 graphics card; all of which comes housed in the stunning Cooler Master HAF Stacker chassis.

“Cyberpower are pleased to offer one lucky fan the chance to win the biggest giveaway Cyberpower UK have ever done. The FANG III Black Mamba is a gaming PC colossus and a media streaming server to boot. Play and record your gaming with an AMD XFX R9 295X 8GB GPU and Six cores of CPU power with the all new Intel Core i7 5390K overclocked to 4.3GHZ. This is a must win for any serious gamer.” – CyberPowerUK

Of course, we’d love to give one of these systems to everyone who entered, I’d also love on for myself now that I think about it! However, there can be only one winner.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the team at CyberPowerUK for providing this system, as well as a big thank you to all our fans who have taken part in the draw. And the winner is…

ANTHONY COCHRAN

Congratulations Anthony, I’m sure you’re going to love this new rig! For everyone else who didn’t win, try not to be too jealous and keep in mind that we’re always running a range of new competitions which you can enter here.