IN WIN H-Tower Now Available From Overclockers UK

IN WIN manufacturers some of the most unusual and wacky PC chassis designs the industry has ever seen. Many of their products seem like prototypes which you wouldn’t expect to see grace the enthusiast market. However, the company always tries to innovate and offer something truly unique instead of mass producing lower priced cases. Granted, they do make some budget options, but the majority of their clientèle comes from spectacular chassis designs. For instance, the D-Frame and S-Frame caused a great deal of media attention and discussion from hardware enthusiasts. The S-Frame in particular is a major talking point due to the open air design and premium construction. This incredible piece of technology isn’t cheap and costs upwards of £600. This makes it a very niche product and caters to the 0.001% of PC builders with a very high budget.

The company’s latest chassis takes this one step further with the release of the IN WIN H-Tower. This behemoth is capable of transforming the case’s structure wirelessly. When the H-Tower is in motion, the side panels unfold outwards to reveal a spacious interior with the motherboard main plate rotating 90 degrees to showcase your hardware.

Here we can see a detailed look at the model’s specification:

– Material: Aluminium, SECC
– Colour: Black/Red
– Internal Drive Bay: 3.5” x 1, 2.5” x 4
– M/B Form Factor: E-ATX (12” x 13”), ATX, Micro-ATX
– Power Supply: ATX12V, PSII and EPS
– Power Supply Mounting Area: Length up to 230mm
– I/O Port: USB3.1 Type C (19-pin) Connector x 1, USB3.0 Type A Connector x 3, HD Audio
– I/O Expansion Slot: PCI-E Slot x 8
– Supports High-end Graphic Card (Length up to 340mm, Height up to 200mm)
– Thermal Solution: Supports 120mm Top Fan x 3, 360mm Radiator (Height up to 35mm), Supports at Least 200mm Height CPU Heatsink Based on Different Mounting Position
– Dimension (HxWxD): Closed: 617 x 322 x 502mm (24.3″ x 12.7″ x 19.8″), Open: 620 x 680 x 785mm (24.4″ x 26.8″ x 30.9″)
– Net Weight: 23.03kg
– Gross Weight: 32.1kg

Overclockers UK is now stocking the H-Tower, but it’s limited to around 50 units worldwide. This means, it’s very expensive and Overclockers UK has a limited number for sale. When it comes to pricing, the H-Tower costs an astronomical £1889.95, and around $2400 in the USA.

Let us know in the comments section what you think of this case.

Here’s How to Get $200 off Your Newly Bought Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It’s been a while since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4. Even so, people do enjoy it and proof stands in the number of people owning such an Android device. Samsung did pay attention to this and is still interested in getting people to buy the Note 4 with a new rebate promotion in the US.

According to the rules, everyone who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 handset at full price from a retailer or carrier is eligible to get $200 back. In order to get your hands on the cash, Samsung needs your contact information, the handset’s IMEI and the Wi-Fi MAC address, along with a photo of the receipt that has the purchase date clearly visible.

Once all the above have been submitted, it is said that it usually takes up to two working weeks to receive the money. One thing to take into account is that wireless carriers such as US Cellular or Sprint are not eligible. Also, the offer is only available between the 7th and 26th of July, so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss this chance!

More information on the terms and conditions can be found here and you can start your rebate application here.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

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Qualcomm Looks to Acquire AMD

We all know that AMD is struggling in the current market place, NVIDIA keeps crushing every graphics card they release and Intel are so efficient with releasing more powerful processors that AMD are just running in circles. Intel release on a Tick Tock schedule, while AMD seem to produce on a Tick….tick….tick broken clock schedule. They used to be the top company in both fields; however things have changed, badly.

Another of AMDs sub-divisions is the server sector, probably not what AMD is most well known for, but they are there and a formidable force. Well it seems that Qualcomm wants a slice of the action and are poised to go into talks to buy out the struggling technology giant.

It’s currently unknown whether Qualcomm is looking to purchase just the server side to help itself or if it is looking to purchase the whole company. If Qualcomm was looking at a complete buy-out, it would only need a relatively small $3billion, a fifth of Qualcomms cash position.

With the buy out, we could see more powerful mobile phones to play games on thanks to the integrated graphics of the APU range, or better and high turn over processors thanks to Qualcomms Snapdragon division.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this buy-out would benefit everyone involved or could this be the end of AMD? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Seeking Alpha for providing us with this information

Steam Is Now Able to Give You Refunds for Your Digital Purchases

I know you had at least one game that you didn’t like playing after you bought it or is just simply full of bugs and glitches. Valve surprisingly started to understand the frustrations and is now offering refunds for any Steam purchases. But you want to know the best part? Well, you can get a refund for almost any given reason!

Of course, this does not mean you will be able to abuse the system, but it does really seem like a nice way of not having any regrets for buying a crap game. You can now just ask for your money back. However, there are certain conditions, but they don’t seem too much from my point of view.

Valve said that you can receive refunds within 14 days of purchasing a game which you did not play for more than 2 hours. This of course makes sense since you can’t really say you haven’t enjoyed a game you played for 24 hours straight after you bought it. But this also does not mean you can ask for refunds over and over again.

Also, if you pre-ordered a game months before it gets a release, don’t worry. Valve said it will apply the 14 days and 2 hours game time conditions after the title is released, not from the moment you pre-ordered it. The company has more details about how its refund system works over here.

Why Use Online Stores When You Can Buy Directly Through Google!

Earlier this month I wrote about a new project Google is going to try testing out in which you will be able to quickly order food through Google and a list of authorised fast food retailers near where you are. Seems that food isn’t all Google wants to sink their teeth into, with them looking to help you buy things quicker without even leaving the google search page.

The “buy buttons” will live inside the ads that are placed at the top of your search results, you know the ones which are sponsored and are paid for by companies?  When clicked, unlike the Google Store Pages, you’ll be taken to yet another page within Google from which you can order the product, all while still being on the Google website. You could even save your card details to make this an easy purchase with one touch buying (similar to what the Android store and Amazon store offer).

Apparently due to the success of the mobile site the new feature will start with testing on their mobile site and not on their desktop site. With an initial launch area of a “small percentage”, the chances are that unless you are looking for it, you might not even notice the new feature being tested out.

With the ability to search for products from a variety of online retailers with Google Shopping, and now potentially allowing direct access to the shops with easy buying, is Google looking to move its name onto online retailing as a distributor, similar to how amazon helps small time retailers by letting them list their wares on their site?

With “google it” already synonymous with ‘search for it online’, how long before it comes to mean ‘to order online’ as well?

Thanks to The Verge for providing us with this information.

Portable USB Wall Charger Roundup

Introduction


Quite often you’ll find yourself traveling to another city, state or country and be met with the all-too-common sinking feeling when presented with your hotel room power point options – only one or two annoyingly placed ports. If you’re like me, not only have you forgotten a power board, but you’ve got multiple devices to charge via USB ports. Furthermore, if you’re heading on a holiday or business trip – it’s likely that you’re carrying a myriad of battery-powered devices: a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch and GoPro being just the beginning of a very long list.

Being left with your standard issue 1-port USB smartphone charger won’t do you much justice, pulling out your bulky laptop isn’t always the best solution due to them being heavy and slow to charge – this is where USB power hubs come into their element. They’re also suitable for a home environment, offering between two and five handy USB ports to charge your devices overnight or while you’re sitting on the couch.

Thankfully for us, we’ve had a couple of wall USB chargers provided to us for testing. Read on for a quick round-up on these life-saving devices and what conditions we think they suit best.

The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

Now You Can Buy Your Diamonds with Bitcoins

By now there really isn’t any question anymore whether Bitcoins are here to stay or not, with big companies and organisations such as Microsoft, NewEgg, Greenpeace, and Mozilla already accepting the virtual currency. The eRetailer iDIAMONDS has now announced that they’ll follow and accept Bitcoins for all diamonds and diamond jewelries in their shop.

Most of us know a little about diamonds from our Hollywood exposure, but when it comes down to everything, we don’t know much. There are millions of pages to read if you want to know everything, and that’s virtually impossible for most people. That is the reason iDIAMONDS was founded, to make it easier for the every-man to both shop diamonds as well as get just what they’re looking for. To further built on this, iDIAMONDS is now one of the first jewelry stores worldwide, if not the first, to accept Bitcoins and move the thousands of year old diamond market into the future.

Turn your untraceable virtual currency into virtually untraceable diamonds, yes I think this will be a both a hit and success for iDIAMONDS.

Thanks to iDIAMONDS for providing us with this information

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Best Buy Gift Cards Offer 10% Saving in Google Play Store

Large-scale retail chain Best buy are offering up discounted gift cards, seeing a 10% saving through selected company offerings. This means that you’ll pay only $45 for a $50 gift card – meaning that the regular app-purchaser in your family, or yourself, will be able to reap the future benefits of cheaper purchases.

This voucher is valid for all Google Play services, including things such as: Apps, music, movies, books or magazines. If you’re looking for a smaller purchase, the $10 gift card isn’t on offer, however you can pick up a $25 of $50 iteration for the 10% off sale.

We’ve been told that these purchases cannot include anything physical – meaning hardware. Only software/application services can be purchased with these cards – for those who were looking to purchase a Nexus or smartphone via this 10% discount will be left bitterly disappointed.

If you’re wanting to take advantage of this sale, you can do so via their online portal.

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Razer CEO Warns of Fake Nabu eBay offerings

As announced on his Public Facebook page yesterday, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan warns of fake Razer Nabu smart bands becoming available on eBay.

His official statement reads:

I’ve been informed that there have been eBay, Craigslist, etc listings of the Razer Nabu and some of the prices listed have the Nabu for over US$400 or more with many customers already pre-ordering the unit at that price.

We have NOT shipped any Nabus to third parties at this time and that we strongly advise against purchasing at any unauthorized third party resellers.

Further – the retail price at the start will be under US$100 – and although you will definitely find scalpers that will resell the launch units for much higher prices (as with any Razer product that we launch) – we highly discourage you from purchasing from them. We know of companies that specialize in buying up Razer products at to resell them for a huge profit at launch and we’re doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t happen at the detriment of our customers.

The launch units will be exclusively for our Insider members with mass availability to follow after.

If you’re keen to be the first few to get your hands on the Nabu, do check out Insider here at: http://insider.razerzone.com/

PS: Do share this if you can – I’d hate to have anyone scammed because they want to get a Nabu. As with all Razer products – demand always far outstrips the supply but we’ll do whatever we can to keep up with the production for demand.

Please feel free to share this article or click the link above to directly share this status to your friends and family. Although, if you’re going to fall for a triple-priced pre-release offering – maybe you deserve it? We’ve been reporting on Razer’s Nabu offering for a while now, waiting for a release with baited breath. We’ve seen Android app updates be released alongside copious amounts of product information, so please Razer if you’re reading this, stop teasing and give it to us already!

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Best-Buy Releases New Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Information Early

With the information originally set for public release on September the 4th, Motorolla’s new Moto 360 smartwatch has already been listed on Best-Buy that has revealed the price and many of the specifications.

Set to have a circular 1.5-inch LCD supporting a 320 x 290 resolution, the Moto is also said to contain a heart rate sensor and a pedometer which will certainly suit an active user base.

There is no shipping date set for the product, but the price has been published at $249.99. Motorola reported back in June however, that pricing wasn’t set in stone – so be sure to not hold your breath until the official release date to the public. Taking this price into comparison with its competitors however, it’s a viable alternative to LG’s G Watch or Samsung’s Gear Live device.

Since writing this article, Best-Buy has seemingly taken down the product information and price – stating that the product is no longer available and out of stock. But unfortunately for them, the ‘damage is already done’. Given the price point and information already released, we’re now waiting with heightened anticipation for Motorola’s launch in September.

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Buy My Barina – Well Made Ad for a 1999 Holden Barina

David Johns is presented with a problem – who wants to buy my crappy second-hand 1999 Holden Barina? Luckily for him, he’s the digital director for Chimney.

What’s his solution? Make an amazing, factory production quality advertisement, set up a social hub (#buymybarina) and a witty accompanying website. Unfortunately for those interested in viewing this platform, thanks to the popularity of Johns’ promotion, it seems that his website has currently been ‘hugged to death’ due to an onslaught of traffic.

[youtube width=”1280″ height=”720″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJj7Km7Raks[/youtube]

Currently sitting at 20,000 views, the above video seems to have done its job – even if it does portray this Australian timeless classic as a top of the range luxury sedan. The promotion goes on to list the obvious luxury items contained in the Barina, including its futuristic tape player, AM/FM radio and cool fan all included with an amazing 10 months of registration.

All of these points are tied in by the website, with it claiming:

“This Holden Barina will make any other journey seem uneventful” BuyMyBarina

When Johns was asked why he decided to make this video, he replied:

“Why would I spend $8,000 doing work to sell a car worth $1,000 to $2,000? Honestly, because I had the time and I just wanted to show off my skills.” 

“There’s so much competition for selling used cars, I wanted to do something clever.” News.com.au

A quick search on twitter for #buymybarina proves that this advertisement is a raging success and a solid marketing experience for his company.

We haven’t found any reports claiming if this fine piece of machinery has changed hands as of yet, but we’re on standby for the announcement. Will someone buy this Barina out of pure novelty? Let’s wait and see.

High-Tech Vending Machines To Support Wi-Fi and Bitcoin Payments

Vending machines have always been as a good friend to some people. Whether at work, in train station platforms or just passing by one in the most unexpected places, they are a sight for sore eyes when in need of a drink or just something to eat.

While time passes by, improvements are likely to be made. It seems that the old vending machine is next in line will be upgraded, at least in the United States. The news reports say that vending machines will not only be upgraded, but their product offerings will diversify. This means that instead of selling cheap candy and soda, customers should expect to buy everything from beauty products to electronics or even higher quality food from these new and improved vending machines.

A good example of such a high-tech machine comes from Denis Koci, having to roll out his Burritobox vending machines via his Box Brands companies. The vending machines are said to offer hand-rolled burritos which can be customized with sour cream, guacamole and other options. The company is also said to be interested in rolling out Pizzaboxes and other niche food vending machines, having them placed in shopping malls, near parks, or other locations where people are likely to buy something to eat.

From a techy point of view, some machines are said to also include Wi-Fi, touchscreens and even accept a variety of payments spanning from cash, credit cards and all the way to bitcoins. Some companies are said to even show some interest into releasing models with built-in webcams, allowing customers to take a picture and share it on their social media websites.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information
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Titanfall Currently Free on Origin for 48 Hours

Steam Summer Sale has started and the craze has begun, drawing gamers and ‘wallets’ alike towards Steam’s Store for opportunities to buy everyone’s favourite game(s) or at least get a great deal for game(s). However, Electronic Arts has something up its sleeve to draw gamers away from Steam’s hypnotizing sale event.

The company has apparently added the Game Time, a feature which allows users to play game titles for a limited period time. Along with its latest addition, EA has made Titanfall free for everyone for a 48 hour timeframe. It is said that once the timer starts, it will start counting down even though you are not playing. Comparing the new promotion offer from EA with Steam, it looks and sounds somewhat similar to Steam’s Free Weekend offer.

“We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon,” Electronic Arts stated on Origin’s blog. “Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download.”

Electronic Arts has also stated that this is just the beginning of Game Time, having more game titles in mind to add with Game Time. Also, achievements and progress for users who choose to play the 48h version can be carried over should users choose to buy the game at the end of the ‘preview’.

In addition to the new feature, the timing is also interesting, having Electronic Arts release the Game Time at the same time as the Steam Summer Sale. This move is without question an ‘offensive’ towards Steam’s deals and an attempt to ‘steal’ potential Steam clients and draw them towards EA’s Origin platform.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

Graphics Card Sales Reported to have Dropped Significantly in Q2 2014

Graphics cards are apparently not on the list of shopping items for gamers or even cryptocurrency miners. Studies show that a decline in sales has been noticeable in Q2 this year. While graphics card sales have been going down for a long time, the aforementioned quarter seems to be the worst.

The reports show that sales in Q2 have dropped by 30-40% compared to the previous quarter and according to Jon Peddie Research, the Q1 total shipments of graphics cards dropped to 14 million units, it being a decline of 0.8% compared to the same quarter last year. The drop in sales is said to be the worst in recent years.

Sources from Taiwan have apparently noted that the drop in sales could be due to cryptocurrency miners who have previously used AMD Radeon cards to mine in recent years and have now turned to more advanced ASIC chips or gave up the mining business completely.

The consequences are then reflected in graphics card sales, having the previous users not purchasing new graphics cards and selling their old ones on eBay or similar auction websites.

In the meantime, graphics card manufacturers are said to have asked both AMD and NVIDIA to cut Radeon and GeForce GPU prices in order to make current graphics cards more competitive. However, the response gained from the GPU manufacturers consisted of simply reducing their shipments.

No confirmed figure of graphics cards is known to be on the market. If the figures prove to be high, local retailers are said to be expected to cut graphics card costs eventually. However, people who are thinking of buying a new graphics card in the near future should not rely on a price drop since retailers have a high chance of not cutting prices if the figures turn out to be in the supply demand balance range.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

Twitter Hiring Marketing Specialists, Twitter Commerce Platform Confirmed?

Recent rumors point to a new ‘Buy’ button and Twitter Commerce feature, but lack of confirmation did not have a huge impact on its credibility. We now learn that the marketplace-style project might become a reality with new positions surfacing at the social media company.

Twitter posted job ads for people with experience in commerce services, marking it as one of the rare moments that the social media giant reveals what is planning to do according to recent rumors. The roles available are for a commerce product manager, a commerce product marketing manager and a senior manager for commerce partnership, as Tech Crunch specifies in an article.

“We’re hiring an experienced marketer for a PMM, Commerce role: https://twitter.com/jobs/positions?jvi=osOcYfwa,Job … Help build Twitter as a shopping discovery platform!” Twitter marketing official, Bryan Sise, posted in a tweet.

There is no clear information regarding a payment method, though Stripe and PayPal were mentioned as ‘to be considered’. Twitter seems to also focus on a link between the advertising sold on the Twitter platform and the goods which will be sold on Twitter, according to the product marketing manager role posted.

There is also more questions unanswered as to what products will be sold on Twitter. Though, we can expect to see third-party associates as well as Twitter specific content being available as per the description of the jobs recently posted.

Thank you Tech Crunch for providing us with this information

Leaked Image of ‘Twitter Commerce’ Show ‘Buy’ Button Next To ‘Retweet’ and ‘Favourite’

Every Twitter account (for those who use one) is inevitably working as a waterfall, bringing you sponsored ads, breaking news and other tweets you may or may not want to see. However, leaked images from Twitter’s Commerce User Flow plans on adding a new feature to your already ‘busy’ stream.

Documents found on Fancy.com’s website propose a method of selling goods directly to Twitter followers by embedding miniature product pages directly in Tweets. The images, uncovered by Re/Code, show expandable, sponsored tweets that feature a sales blurb and product image underlined by a price tag and “Buy with Fancy” button. The mockup also demonstrates that purchases and package tracking could be handled completely within Twitter’s own app.

The images found by Fancy point to the project being named ‘Twitter Commerce’, but it’s unclear if the documents are merely a proposal to the microblogging service or something that’s actually in production. The setup is interesting, and it could be useful if treated right, however we need to know more about it before we can start judging. A Re/Code source, however, claims that Twitter is actively working with several companies to build a working commerce solution.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
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Amazon Throwing In 50GB Cloud Storage With Some Android Phone Deals

Amazon is offering Cloud Drive storage space for selected Android smartphone deals. Specifically, it is offering 50GB of free Cloud Drive. We have seen similar freebies out there, and now it seems Amazon decided to do the same with its offers.

At present the Amazon site is showing 106 smartphones as being included in the offer. The handsets include everything from the Moto X to the LG G2 and even quite a few from Samsung. Perhaps a bit more important for those loyal to a particular carrier, the offer includes handsets from Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T.

Also, the offer is limited to the first 50,000 customers or until the end of the year, meaning whoever comes first until 11:59PM PST December 31, 2013. Those making the purchase will receive their free storage within 10 days time. Another restriction from Amazon places eligibility only to US customers it seems.

There is some good news in all of this, having the offer be combined with an existing 5GB free account, which means you could end up with 55GB of total Amazon cloud storage space. The other bit worth considering here, this offer will only give you free storage for one year. After the given time has passed, you can either drop the storage space or continue with it for a monthly fee.

Thank you Android Community for providing us with this information

Snapchat Owners Turns Down A $3B Offer From Facebook

Since its release just over two years ago, Snapchat has been going from strength to strength and more recently the simple photo messaging app which was developed by a group of university students at Stanford has seen upwards of 350 million images passing through its servers each day to well over 100 million users worldwide. Due to its huge success and popularity, Facebook have made a huge offer to the app’s CEO – Evan Spiegel of $3B, only to be turned down as the 23-year old owner deems the company to be worth much more.

This offer has astonished a number of people worldwide as it is excessively more than the $1B purchase that Facebook made earlier in the year when they acquired the similarly popular imaging application – Instagram.

It seems that Facebook are keen to get their hands on the application as their own attempts to produce a similar app known as Facebook Poke saw little attention in the field when compared to Snapchat. With Facebook so keen to get hold of the service, especially due to the high offer, we may see another bid being placed next year when the company has an evaluation remade – with a substantial growth expected.

Source: The Verge