MSI Unveils Cubi N Mini-PC

Modern PCs come in many sizes from huge full size ATX towers to tiny cases which can fit into the palm of your hand. In the last few years, ITX motherboards and efficient low power processors have helped to make downsize HTPCs and LAN rigs. As a result, companies are moving towards smaller solutions to try to enter the living room space.

MSI has just announced the Cubi N which is the smallest mini PC of its kind. The system supports Intel’s Braswell family of CPUs and utilizes a fanless design. In terms of dimensions, the chassis measures 112mm x 116mm x 45mm (HxLxD).

The Braswell architecture is built on a 14nm manufacturing process and consumes less than 15W, a 30% reduction compared to the previous generation. On another note, the system is capable of outputting 4K video content and utilizes a modular design to house an optional 2.5″ disk drive; in the default setup, there is an integrated mSATA drive.

Other notable mentions include a 3 in 1 card reader, Intel® 3165 802.11AC, optional BT 4.0, four USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI output, and D-Sub out. The basic setup contains 4GB DDR3L which can be upgraded to a maximum of 8GB, and an Intel® Celeron N3150 Processor.

The MSI Cubi N will be globally available by the of October 2015.

This Phone Charger Aims to Bring K.I.T.T. From Knight Rider Into Your Car

Take your car back to the ’80s, in K.I.T.T. style! ThinkGeek, the popular retailer that sells all kinds of cool geeky stuff, has added this cool USB phone charger to its list.

The phone charger is said to speak similar to K.I.T.T. from the popular ’80s TV show, Knight Rider, and it actually looks like the real thing. If you’ve seen the TV show, then you know straight away what I’m talking about.

From a technical perspective, the USB phone charger connects to any 12V power socket inside your car and comes with 2 USB ports. The manual also says that it can charge almost any electronic device, so you’re not restricted to use it only to charge your phone.

To add the K.I.T.T. flavor, its designers made the box play 11 different phrases from the TV show, including “If it weren’t for me you’d be walking” and “If you’ll permit me, I have a solution”. In addition to the latter, the phone charger lights up in different volumes, depending on the responses.

The K.I.T.T. style USB charger is said to cost you $29.99 and if you like to see more details, head on over to ThinkGeek’s website. So are you thinking of buying it? Let us know!

Thank you Daily News for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Cemetery Games

What Comes in the Project Fi Welcome Box

Google has done some neat packaging over time for their gadgets and accessories, not cutting back on the presentation. Project Fi is no different and Google sends out a very large box when you sign up for the new carrier to help make sure you have a good first experience with the invite-only service.

Android Central managed to get their hands on the new kit and posted the below:

The welcome box, which is about the size of a Nexus 9, matches the look of Nexus device boxes with white cardboard and bright primary colors inside. And when you open it up, you’re greeted with a great stash of accessories for you Nexus 6. Check ’em out.

The box is divided into three sections with plastic containers holding a set of headphones, a mobile battery pack and a white case for your Nexus 6. Each one is neatly wrapped in plastic with a cheeky saying on the front, and will definitely have you feeling giddy if you’re a Google fan.

The headphones are white with blue ear tips (there are three pairs) and a green/white/blue volume rocker along the right wire with a nice “Fi” logo on it. The headphones end with a gigantic 3.5mm headphone jack that has a splitter coming off of it so you can plug in a second set of headphones “fora friend” … I don’t really need to share my music all that often, and with how big the headphone jack is I can guarantee I won’t be using the headphones at all. Shame, they’re actually quite cool other than that.

The battery pack carries the Google colors and a Project Fi logo on the front, and has a 6000 mAh capacity. It has dual USB outputs — one at 2.1A and another at 1A. The design of the battery is decidedly more practical than the headphones.

The case is a very standard white Case Mate model that’s a hard shell with a small rubber bumper that goes on it to give it more grip around the phone. Another “Fi” logo adorns the bottom-left corner of the back, and the button covers on the side are fun blue and green colors.

The new service was announced last month to American users and google are now sending out invites to their project. If you want to get involved then you should request an invite here.

Thank you to Android Central for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Google

 

Pizza And A Big Screen Movie! Just What You Need Any Day Of The Week!

So it’s Friday night and you want to watch a movie, so you order in a pizza and decide on your film. Suddenly out of the blue your computer stops working, everything starts breaking and you’re left with a pizza that’s getting cold. When you open up your pizza you realise all is not lost, because you ordered from Pizza Hut (in Hong Kong) and have a brand new Projector Box.

From an age when people would meet up in town for pizza before going to the cinema Pizza Hut has slipped from many people’s weekly routines, but in Hong Kong their trying something new. The new box comes with a simple ready to pop-out hole in the front while the pizza table that holds your pizza in place for delivery slides in to become a lens. With a smart phone rested against it, your pizza box suddenly becomes a projector!

With pizza and a movie it couldn’t get much better, bar the punny (yes that’s a pun on funny) bad selection of free movies to go with one of the four box designs. Slice Night for the horror fans sounds like my favourite, while Anchovy’s Armaggedon sits atop the science fiction fan lists, with Hot & Ready spices up the romance fans leaving only the action packed Fully loaded film ready to be downloaded at a scan of a QR code.

A funny film, good food and friends. Sounds like a great night in (or out) for anybody!

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive’s Well-Known Bug Gets Acknowledged by Valve

If you are a Counter Strike: Global Offensive player, then you probably know about the bug. However, let’s outline it again for those of you who might not have experienced it, though it is highly unlikely if you have played the title by now.

In a shooter video game, there are two main coding aspects to take into account when firing a weapon at a character. First, the actual bullet/ray, or whatever you want to call it, is triggered once you fire the gun to check the direction and objects it hits in that direction.

The second most important aspect is once a character is hit by the bullet, it needs to find out what part of the body is hit to appropriately reflect the player’s damage/health.

This is where things go nasty in CS:GO. The hitbox that needs to determine what body is hit is actually a bit quirky, leading to a lot of moments where you want to smash your keyboard because you now you shot him in the head, but he acts like you barely grazed him.

After a couple of videos that clearly emphasise the issue went hot on Reddit, Valve finally acknowledged the bug that has been present in the title since it first launched. However, they were unable to provide an ‘eta’ on the fix. The videos can be viewed below. So how long do you think it will take Valve to solve it?

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of enemyesports.com and videos courtesy of Reddit

Amazon’s Mysterious Big Box is Out Again

Remember early this year when people started seeing massive Amazon packages in parts of the US (like the one above)?

Well now they’re back, except not for promotional purposes this time. According to Re/code they’re part of a new programme the company will be unveiling next week.

“We’re excited to be making 15 special deliveries next week as part of the holiday season,”

While the previous boxes contained Nissan cars, these boxes appear to be a bit smaller, albeit still requiring a truck, so it’s intriguing as to what this could be for.

As Amazon says, there are 15 dotted around the US, so if any of you see one, send us a link to your picture in the comments.

Source: Re/code

Win a Cube Raptor Gaming PC Worth £669.99!

Want a chance to win a stunning Cube Raptor gaming PC? I bet you do! Equipped with an Intel Core i5 4590 Haswell Refresh CPU, 8GB of Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz RAM, an MSI R7 265 OC 2GB graphics card and a whole lot more. The Raptor is a great all-round gaming system for those who need an upgrade and with an RRP of £669.99 it will certainly feel like Christmas come early for one lucky winner.

Specifications

  • Name: Cube Raptor Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win GT1 Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 “Haswell Refresh” Quad Core (3.3GHz Base 3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Intel Heatsink
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz (Blue)
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: MSI R7 265 OC 2GB GDDR5
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 500W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCIe 150mbps 2.4GHz WiFi card
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year collect and return, 2nd Year Return to Base)
  • Price: £669.99 including VAT (accurate at the time of writing)

If you would like to know more about the Cube Raptor, then you can always check out our full review right here.

All you have to do is follow the instructions below, it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!

Rules and regulations:

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  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 28th July 2014 and winner(s) will be notified by Friday 1st August 2014
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Cube Raptor Gaming PC Review

Introduction


It is no secret that there are a lot of people who are interested in gaming PCs but do not have the time or the experience to build their own. It is also no secret that PCs made by gimmicky system builders like Alienware are over-priced and are not good value for money, you are mainly paying for the brand name and reputation and get very little hardware for your money. So what other options do you have? Buying from a system integrator is rapidly becoming a popular alternative, with the constant year-on-year growth in the PC gaming industry it is no wonder that there are more system integrators to choose from than ever before.

Today we are taking a look at a gaming system made by the system integrator called Cube. We are checking out their Cube Raptor Gaming PC which offers up a sweet-spot balance of components at a fairly attractive sub-£700 price point. The Raptor boasts the latest Core i5 Haswell Refresh CPU from Intel with the flagship Z97 chipset as well as a 2GB AMD R7 265 overclocked graphics card and 8GB of DDR3. Interestingly, there’s no either/or rubbish going on with the storage – Cube have equipped a hybrid drive so it can bring the benefits of an SSD and large capacity HDD to an attractive price point. All in all this system has an interesting mix of components and is finished off nicely with In Win’s GT1 gaming mid tower case. Check out the full specifications of this system below:

Specifications

  • Name: Cube Raptor Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win GT1 Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 “Haswell Refresh” Quad Core (3.3GHz Base 3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Intel Heatsink
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz (Blue)
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: MSI R7 265 OC 2GB GDDR5
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 500W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCIe 150mbps 2.4GHz WiFi card
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year collect and return, 2nd Year Return to Base)
  • Price: £669.99 including VAT (accurate at the time of writing)

Packaging & Accessories

We received the Cube Raptor Gaming PC in the usual format: a large cardboard outer box within which we find the system in the box that the In Win case came in. There’s some additional protective polystyrene to protect the inner box from bumps and on top of it all is the motherboard box which contains all the manuals, documentation, cables and adapters that came with components in the system that you might need.

As we can see the inner box is in perfect condition and has sustained no damage in transit, this means it was packaged well.

Inside the motherboard box we find lots of documentation for the system components, a power cable for the system, various CDs, a VGA to DVI adapter and the wireless antenna for the WiFi PCI express card.

Before we get stuck in to looking at the product let’s just take a minute to familiarise ourselves with the stars of the show; the Intel Core i5 4590 and the AMD R7 265 OC.

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Asus Revealed Their Haswell-powered Chrome OS Desktop mini-PC

Asus has revealed a long-teased machine based on Google’s Chrome OS under the name of Chromebox. The specs for Asus’s ChromeOS-powered box-shaped PC are just enough for a tiny, web-surfing PC, and just about it.

The Asus Chromebox is said to feature a choice of CPUs from the Intel Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, and Core i7-4600U processors. There is apparently room for just 2GB of RAM. DDR3 at a maximum frequency of 1600 MHz. There is also a 64 GB SSD included having the latest M.2, also known as NGFF, spec. Along with the SSD, Asus has strapped in a 100GB Google Drive subscription free for two years ( it being $4.99 per month when it ends, or the price currently available after two years if it changes ).

Moving on to the other features, the Asus Chromebox comes with a 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity card, having v4.0 of Bluetooth if you want to sync your smartphone or use any peripheral gadget with it, such as headset, mouse or keyboard. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet port to support ultra-fast interenet speeds.

When talking about display compatibility, the Chromebox comes with a HDMI port, DisplayPort and four 3.0 ports. Looking on the front of the ‘box’, we see a card reader for quickly accessing your camera’s memory drive and downloading your pictures fast and easy.

Asus has said that the Chromebox will start to ship somewhere around mid-March and will cost around $179 for the basic model, meaning the one that comes with the Intel Celeron 2955U. There will also be an option to add a wireless keyboard and mouse to your purchase, bumping the price up if choosing to do so.

Thank you Tech Report for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Tech Report

CyberpowerPC Show Off The Fang Battle Box At CES 2014

CyberpowerPC are taking this years show by the horns and are giving us a whole heap of toys to look at and play around with. We’ve already seen their Steam Box offering but there is yet another system in their suite that has caught my eye. Tucked away to the side of the room is a system that looks somewhat like a took box or flight case, but with LEDs inside. This is the coveted Fang Battle Box.

Packed inside this mighty little box is a whole LAN gaming system with more than enough grunt to pwn those n00bs with ease. After going to many LAN events, it’s apparent that some people could do with a more robust system to carry from home to the gaming halls and this is exactly the design path that CyberpowerPC have gone down with the Battle Box.

Obviously with a system of this sort, having an easy way to transport it is paramount and on the top a chunky handle is provided – as one would expect with a flight case design and next to this we find two USB3.0 ports, power and reset buttons and the case latch to open the system up,

The underside of the case features some large rubber feet on one end of the system is a full arrray of I/O ports so as soon as you arrive at LAN, all you need to do is plug it in and play!

Opening the case up we find that this is more than just a LAN ready chassis, Alongside a GTX 780 Ti and a 4770k topped with a Corsair closed loop water cooling unit is a 120GB SSD paired with a 1TB mechanical drive, 16GB Dual-Channel memory, cooler master fans and a 500W power supply from Corsair.

The Fang Battle Box is due for release around now and I am certainly looking forward to getting this rather unique system in for review, after all it’s not everyday you see a system in a flight case available to buy off the shelf.

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Google Might Be Working On A Nexus TV Box

The Nexus family could extend to smart TV next year, according to an article by The Information via Tech Report. A Nexus-branded set-top box is in the works, but unfortunately very little is known about it.

We can expect the Nexus set-top-box to be an Android device capable of running both games and video streaming services. Users will be able to control it with their smartphones or tablets, and Engadget states that it will be “aggressively priced” and intended as a “gaming box.”

There are rumors that say Google could be planning the launch for Q1 2014. Details of how the Nexus set-top box would be different from the standalone Google TV devices are not clear at the moment, give the fact that current smart TVs from Asus and Netgear for example are capable of running Android games. I haven’t seen those marketed very aggressively, though, and according to Gigaom, Google plans to get rid of the Google TV brand and push Android for the living room.

Thank you Tech Report for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Google

4th Generation Intel Core Technology Added To ZOTAC ZBOX Mini PCs

ZOTAC International has upgraded the ZBOX mini-PC lineup with 4th Generation Intel Core technology. All three newly released ZBOXes deliver improved CPU performance paired with supercharged integrated graphics for an excellent experience for everyday computing tasks.

“The latest 4th Generation Intel Core powered ZBOX delivers the power of Intel’s Haswell architecture into our compact ZBOX mini-PC platform. With the latest generation architecture, we’re able to fine tune these ZBOXes for greater CPU and GPU performance while maintaining the excellent energy efficiency our mini-PCs are renowned for,” says Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.

The entry-level ZBOX ID91 comes with an Intel Core i3 4130T CPU and features Intel HD Graphics 4400, delivering a classic ZBOX computing experience with plenty of power and connectivity perfect for everyday computing tasks such as web browsing, office productivity and image editing.

The ZBOX ID92 comes with an Intel Core i5 4570T and the IQ01 features an Intel Core i7 4770T. Both BOXes upgrades the integrated graphics to Intel HD Graphics 4600 with triple display compatibility via dual DisplayPort and a single DVI-I outputs for enhanced productivity. When the ZBOX ID92 or IQ01 is combined with the ZOTAC DisplayPort to Dual HDMI adapter, the ZBOXes can drive a single 4K display that requires four independent HDMI inputs via Intel Collage Display technology for stunning pixel-perfect details.

All three 4th Generation Intel Core ZOTAC ZBOX include 802.11ac wireless networking technology for lightning-fast network connectivity that’s free of wires. Dual Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies are also available on the ZBOX trio for additional network connectivity options.

More details can be seen below and for anyone interested in the ZBOXes can go to ZOTAC’s official website for more information.

Specs:

  • ZOTAC Upgrades ZBOX with 4th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • New ZBOX ID91, ID92 and IQ01 series
  • Desktop Intel Core processors (Haswell)(LGA1150)
  • ZBOX ID91 series
  • Intel Core i3 4130T (dual-core, 2.9 GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • HDMI & DVI-I outputs
  • ZBOX ID92 series
  • Intel Core i5 4570T (dual-core, 2.9 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Dual DisplayPort + DVI-I outputs
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x mSATA 6.0 Gb/s
  • ZBOX IQ01 series
  • Intel Core i7 4770T (quad-core, 2.5 GHz, up to 3.7 GHz Turbo) Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Dual DisplayPort + DVI-I outputs
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x mSATA 6.0 Gb/s
  • PLUS models available with preinstalled memory and hard drive
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 500 GB HDD
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • High-amperage USB charging capable (yellow ports)
  • Bundled VESA75/100 mount
  • Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
    Image courtesy of ZOTAC