Man Left With Amnesia After Hoverboard Accident

A man was left hospitalised after testing out the ‘hoverboard’ he bought for his son as a Christmas present, and when he woke up he thought the year was 2010. Mark Tamlin of Surrey, UK, was disappointed to find that the ‘hoverboard’ – a misnomer adopted by the popular-yet-controversial style of lateral two-wheeled electric scooters – he gifted to his eldest son didn’t work.

His son left disappointed, Tamlin mounted the vehicle to try it on 27th December, but soon after was launched to the ground, his head colliding with the ground. When Tamlin awoke in a hospital bed, he was unable to remember Christmas Day, and told one of his doctors that he thought the year was 2010.

“When I was thrown off it, both my sons were apparently screaming and crying. They were terrified, Tamlin told the Daily Mail. “It’s lucky I was on it and not one of my sons – one of them could have been seriously hurt.”

“I tried to work out what was going on with it so jumped on and had a go myself. The next thing I knew I was in hospital,” Tamlin said. “I don’t know what happened, but my sons told me it started vibrating really fast. Then it threw me up in the air and I hit the back of my head on the ground.”

After an initial boom in popularity, following celebrity endorsements from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Jessica Alba, and Kendall Jenner, many ‘hoverboards’ were withdrawn from sale after reports of exploding batteries.

“I remember none of the day it happened, parts of Boxing Day and some of Christmas Day are also a bit of a blur,” he added. “The doctor said when I first come in he asked me what year it was and I apparently said 2010.”

Following a recovery period, and despite recurrent headaches, Tamlin has now regained much of his memory.

9-Year-Old Finds Christmas PS4 Replaced by a Block of Wood

9-year-old Scott Lundy was left deft devastated when, upon opening the box for the PlayStation 4 he received for Christmas, found that instead of the console there was a similarly sized block of wood, with a crude message written on it.

“He got a PS4 and he says ‘this is the best present ever this is the best Christmas ever,'” Brian Lundy, the boy’s father, told Boston’s Fox 25 News. After bellowing, “Can we set this up now?”, Lundy’s son opened the box to find his PS4 absent, replaced the wooden slab. The thief responsible for the cruel switcheroo, to add insult to injury, wrote the message, “From c*** and balls with love,” on the plank.

“He’s crying and he’s upset and he’s in the playroom by himself and he just wants to be alone so at that point. I was crushed,” said Kristin Lundy, Scott’s step-mother, added.

Thankfully, the Target store that Scott’s parents bought the PS4 from were happy to exchange the fraudulent contents of the box for a real console.

“They not only gave us a new game system but they also gave us a $100 gift card as well as an additional game that the original game that was supposed to be in the box. Couldn’t have been any kinder,” Kristin said.

“We never like to disappoint our guests and are thankful for our store team’s quick response to make things right,” Lee Henderson of Target Communication added.

Swapping out PlayStation 4 consoles for low-value items has become a sad Christmas tradition, with last year’s victims finding bibles and rocks in their PS4 boxes.

The GOG Christmas Gaming Sale is Here!

Another season, another sale. Every holiday we are greeted by an onslaught of sales with Steam’s beginning on the 23rd, but it is no way the first with GOG already starting their Christmas sale.

First up is their free game, Bio Menace. Featuring a CIA agent he battles mutants and monsters in a 2D scrolling shooter with clear influence from Duke Nukem, what with big guns and over the top violence, or is that just a few signs of a good game?

In case that isn’t enough for you then why not have a look at the 75% off the entire Bethesda catalog? Relieve some of the classics such as Quake or the original Fallout for as little as £1.69, of course, these are all DRM free as is everything from the GOG store. Feel like something a tiny bit more modern? Why not try the precursor to Oblivion and Skyrim, with the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for only £5.09 for the game of the year edition.

Feel like something a little less fantasy, why not try Return to Castle Wolfenstein for £1.69. If this isn’t enough, get a free copy of The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls Chapter II: Daggerfall with any purchase from the Bethesda catalog.

Time for that early Christmas treat, but hurry the sale ends on December 29th!

Best Gaming Mice of 2015 – Which One Will You be Buying?

Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?

We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.

As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!

  • CM Storm Xornet II
  • Zowie FK1
  • Ozone Argon Ocelote World
  • CM Storm Sentinel III
  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core
  • Corsair Scimitar RGB
  • TteSports Ventus X
  • G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
  • Roccat Tyon

CM Storm Xornet II

A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.

With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3320 Optical
  • Min DPI: 250
  • Max DPI: 3500
  • Macro Engine:
  • Built-in Storage:
  • Weight: 132g
  • Grip: Claw and Fingertip
  • Price: £19.99

Check out our full review here


Zowie FK1

Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.

The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.

There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3310 Optical
  • Min DPI: 450
  • Max DPI: 2300
  • Macro Engine: No
  • Built-in Storage: No
  • Weight: 90g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £49.99

Check out our full review here


Ozone Argon Ocelote World

Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.

The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.

  • Buttons: 9
  • Sensor: ADNS 9800
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 125g + optional 4 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £42.32

Check out our full review here


CM Storm Sentinel III

Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.

The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago 3988
  • Min DPI: 400
  • Max DPI: 6400
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 115g + optional 22.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £39.99

Check out our full review here


Logitech G502 Proteus Core

There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.

Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.

It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.

  • Buttons: 11
  • Sensor: Exclusive Delta Zero 12,000DPI
  • Min DPI: 200
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes / 3 Profiles
  • Weight: 121g + optional 5 x 3.6g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £54.99

Check out our full review here


Corsair Scimitar RGB

The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.

On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.

  • Buttons: 17
  • Sensor: Optical
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 147g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £69.99

Check out our full review here


TteSports Ventus X

One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.

A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.

  • Buttons: 6
  • Sensor: Avago 9500 Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 5700
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB
  • Weight: 155g + Optional 3 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £30.65

Check out our full review here


G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.

All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB
  • Weight: 111g + optional 2 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £59.62

Check out our full review here


Roccat Tyon

The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.

Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.

  • Buttons: 16
  • Sensor: Pro-AM R3 Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 576kb
  • Weight:
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £72.62

Check out our full review here


Razer Mamba 2015 – 16,000 DPI

Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.

Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.

  • Buttons: 9 + tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Sensor: Razer 5G Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 16,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 125g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £134.99

Check out our full review here

GCHQ Releases Christmas Card Brainteaser

GCHQ is the UK’s intelligence monitoring agency which collects data in the interests of national security. In recent times, the organization has come under a great deal of scrutiny for abusing their powers via the Tempora computer system. This system was used to buffer internet communication extracted for fibre-optic cables. As as result, the system can access individual’s data without any trace being left or making service providers suspicious. The UK’s obsession with surveillance is a worrying trend and some critics argue GCHQ isn’t acting in a democratic manner.

In the run up to festive season, GCHQ has decided to release a Christmas card designed to test people’s cryptography skills:

From the offset, you can see how baffling this brainteaser is and GCHQ has set a very difficult challenge. For those of you struggling, (most of us), here’s some advice from the organization:

“In this type of grid-shading puzzle, each square is either black or white. Some of the black squares have already been filled in for you.”

“Each row or column is labelled with a string of numbers. The numbers indicate the length of all consecutive runs of black squares, and are displayed in the order that the runs appear in that line. For example, a label “2 1 6” indicates sets of two, one and six black squares, each of which will have at least one white square separating them.”

This is certainly an interesting way to gauge the reasoning skills of the general population and I wouldn’t be surprised if a member of the public managed to solve the entirety of GCHQ’s challenges. Perhaps, this is seen as a recruitment drive, and successful entries could be offered a role at the organization.

Have you managed to work out the first puzzle yet?

eTeknix 2015 Christmas Buying Guide – Treat Yourself or Someone Else!

The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!

We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!


Rock Band 4 Band in a Box

Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.

Check out the full review here.


Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Chassis

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.

Check out the full review here.


Raijintek Styx Micro-ATX Aluminium Chassis

What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.

Check out the full review here.


be quiet! Silent Base 800 Chassis

Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard

Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.

Check out the full review here.


Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo

The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.

Check out the full review here.


CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Keyboard

RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.

Check out the full review here.


Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.

Check out the full review here.


G.Skill MX780

A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Void Headset

We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.

Check out the reviews for the USB 7.1, Wireless 7.1 and 2.0 headsets here.


Astro A40 TR + Mix Amp Pro

Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.

Check out the full review here.


Crucial BX200 SSD

SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.

Check out the full review here.


QNAP TS-251 2-Bay NAS

Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.

Check out the full review here.


Sapphire Nitro R9 380X 4GB Graphics Card

AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.

Check out the full review here.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card

Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.

Check out the full review here.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 980ti 6GB Graphics Card

It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!

Check out the full review here.


DDR4

Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!

Check out our latest memory reviews here.


Shield Android TV

Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.

Check out the full review here.


Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S

Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.

Check out the full review here.


Alpenfohn Atlas

The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.

Check out the full review here.


be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim

Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.

Check out the full review here.


Inateck Mercury Box Bluetooth Speaker

Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.

Check out the full review here.


OnePlus 10,000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank

The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.

Check out the full review here.


Gaming Systems

Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.

Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.

A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.

Got a little more budget to play around with this Christmas? The super fast gaming systems from PC Specialist that feature ASUS Maximus VIII hardware also come with the gorgeous Gladius mouse! Systems in this category start at £890 for the i5 and GTX 960 model, all the way up to £1670 for the i7 and GTX 980 Ti.

Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.

Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.

Overclockers UK offer a range of gaming systems, and general day-to-day PC’s just like another other, but with the big advantage that they’re also a normal PC component retailer. If you want to build your own system, customise a build or pick a pre-built system, you’ll find lots to play around with here.

Check out our full range of system reviews here.

Asda Avoiding Black Friday Sales Chaos Due to ‘Shopper Fatigue’

Black Friday is a US tradition which involves heavily discounted items and has slowly become an integral shopping event around the world. Two years ago, UK supermarket Asda decided to launch their own Black Friday event which ended in absolute anarchy. When the doors opened, shoppers began scuffling, and desperately trying to pick up items at a discounted price. The nation’s behavior was appalling and went against the civilized British stereotype.

With Black Friday once again approaching, Asda’s chief executive, Andy Clarke told the BBC that the company will not offer any discount events:

“The decision to step away from Black Friday is not about the event itself,”

“Over the last two years we’ve developed an organised, well-executed plan, but this year customers have told us loud and clear that they don’t want to be held hostage to a day or two of sales.”

This seems like a PR way of saying they don’t want to deal with customers fighting between themselves, and tearing the store apart. It’s important to remember, staff had to call the police during Asda’s original Black Friday promotion. I applaud Asda for doing this and setting an example, but I highly doubt other stores will follow suit. Clearly, Black Friday is a massive earner for supermarkets, and retail chains.

Rumors Point to Star Wars 1313 Ressurection

Star Wars 1313 was first announced back in 2012 and was cancelled a year later. The game was intended to be an open-world adventure set in Level 1313, an underground den found in Coruscant, having confirmed after the cancellation that the lead character was indeed Boba Fett.

Star Wars 1313 will feature epic action adventure game play including exotic weaponry and gadgets that bounty hunters depend on for survival. In addition, the game will feature a combination of agile cover-based combat, epic platforming and seamless playable cinematic game play. Players will experience awe-inspiring and action-packed cinematic sequences, constantly staying engaged through the threat, pressure and tension of this criminal underworld.

StarWarsHQ and GameInformer state that Amy Henning, the lead writer of the Uncharted series, is currently working on a new Star Wars game, which they believe is actually Star Wars 1313. It would make sense since a large buzz was made when the game was first announced in 2012.

Disney and EA could profit a lot out of this, given the fact that the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be released this Christmas as well. However, rumours could turn out to be just rumors too; let’s hope that they’re true!

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information

Another Arrested Over Lizard Squad Attacks

Police have arrested another person believed to be connected to the DDoS attacks upon Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over Christmas. The UK South East Regional Organised Crime Unit arrested an 18-year-old on Boundary Street in Southport this morning (Friday).

Gizmodo says that the individual was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in connection with “unauthorised access to computer material, unauthorised access with intent to commit further offences and threats to kill”. The individual has also been linked to “swatting” – the practice of falsely informing the police about a supposed suspect or incident, leading to the deployment of oftentimes armed police officers to the victim’s property.

This news follows the late December arrest of Vinnie Omari – another Lizard Squad suspect liked to similar charges. Omari was however later released with no charges placed against him.

Lizard Squad hit the headlines over Christmas after a series of debilitating DDoS attacks upon Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Both networks were down for most of Christmas Day, with PSN down for a couple of days following that.

Source: Gizmodo

GTA V Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN, XBL Outages

Rockstar Games has announced that its “Christmas gifts” will be available for a longer period due to the PSN and Xbox Live outages.

The new cars, outfits, weapons and snowball fights were meant to be available only up until January 5th, but will now be available for longer. The developer has not yet declared when they will actually stop allowing users to get their GTA Christmas fix, but the news will be welcome for players.

Both console networks have experienced long periods of downtime over the Christmas period thanks to suspected denial of service attacks by ‘Lizard Squad’. Both services have come back online, although PSN is still experiencing some issues.

Source: Polygon

Watch: Ad Campaign Completely Shot With iPhone 6 Plus

Luxury skincare brand Erno Laszlo had their entire Christmas ad campaign filmed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Ad agency Truth NYC produced the ad exclusively with Apple’s biggest handset.

“iPhone 6 Plus was instrumental in helping us achieve our creative vision for this project—and do it in a brilliantly fast and effective way,” said Kenan Aktulun, founder of Truth NYC. “It opened up possibilities by allowing us to explore the life and energy of the holiday season in New York, in a truly mobile way.”

The ads were all shot with the phone’s slo-mo feature, utilising its optical image stabilisation and all-round brilliant camera. The camera on the device is actually capable of shooting 4k video, something that can be enabled with a few apps (disabled by default because of the enormous size of 4k video).

Source: Truth NYC Via: The Loop 

Apple Releases Annual Christmas Ad

Apple has released its annual Christmas ad – and you guessed it, it’s a pull on your heartstrings, soppy, seasonal, family-fest.

Apple seems to have made a habit of releasing big Christmas ads in the last few years, starting with its Siri Santa ad in 2011. This new ad, ‘The Song’, focuses on a young girl that just so happens to come across a recording from her grandmother when she was younger. The record was presumably for her husband who couldn’t make it for Christmas.

The girl then goes and edits her own version of the recording, mixing in her grandmother’s voice with her own, along with an instrumental accompaniment. All of this is obviously produced on her MacBook Air and is left as a surprise to her grandmother on an iPad.

It’s a warm and fuzzy ad that should make even the most cynical of Christmas scrooges feel somewhat more seasonal.

Source: The Verge

GOG.com DRM-Free Games Big Winter Sale Ends Tomorrow

GOG.com, a website famous for its DRM-Free content, has its big winter sale on at the moment, with only 20 hours before it’s over. There are some massive savings on bundles covering a whole host of popular titles.

For instance, you can get “The Ultimate D&D Collection” for just £13.70 instead of £67.80 – that’s 80% off! Prince of Persia 1-4 is going for a mere £6.36 – 75% off. You can get the Rayman series for £6.16 and a collection of some of the best flight sims for £4.16.

There’s also some offers on individual games too – there’s 80% off Wargame: European Escalation – £1.29, along with 80% off the popular Terraria.

Be sure to get over there quick! There is just 20 hours left on the bundles and even less on the individual games!

GOG.com

Plextor Teamed up with Gigabyte to Hand out Some Extra Christmas Presents

Plextor has had a great year and released a bunch of amazing Solid State Drives. We’ve seen the Plextor M6e 512GB PCI-E SSD get the Performance Award, the Plextor M6S 256GB and Plextor M6M 128GB mSATA drives got the Editor’s Choice from us while the Plextor M6 PRO 256GB got the Innovation Award. Each of these drives has excelled and Plextor wants to celebrate this by giving away 2 of the M.2 PCIe drives and an external enclosure.  It might not be everyone that has a M.2 slot on their motherboard, so Plextor joined up with Gigabyte to provide two motherboards for the prize pool.

The M.2 Christmas Contest starts today December 12 and will run to December 25. The winner will be announced on December 30 on Plextor’s Facebook page and the winners will then have 2 weeks to claim their prize. While the giveaway runs through Facebook, you don’t have to like the page to enter, it’s only optional in this case. But it’s worth to do so. All you have to do is answer a couple of simple questions and you’re in the pool.

Prize Pool

  1. Plextor M6e M.2 PCIe 256 GB SSD + Gigabyte X99-UD3 Motherboard
  2. Plextor M6e M.2 PCIe 128 GB SSD + Gigabyte G1.Sniper B6 Motherboard
  3. Plextor 2.5“ External Enclosure

The event URL to enter is http://woobox.com/9hgfhs

Thanks to Plextor for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Plextor

eTeknix 2014 Christmas Tech Buying Guide

Christmas time is almost here and as we wrap up warm over winter, we’re also wrapping up on a year of incredible products here at eTeknix HQ. We’ve had hundred of reviews this year, but no doubt many of you are eagerly writing your letters to Santa, or at least dropping hints to your parents, partner or friends for what you want for Christmas. Of course, there’s no doubt a fair few of you who are eager to treat themselves to something cool this Christmas. We’ve scratched our heads and had a really good think about what some of our favourite bits of technology are from this last year, and if you’ve still got some money left after the manic Black Friday sales, perhaps some of these products will be perfect for you.

While I admit that I couldn’t fit all of our favourites onto this list, its certainly a killer list of great products and they’ve all won awards from us here at eTeknix for one reason or another. If you’re after a headset, a chassis, a new keyboard, graphics card, or other cool gadget, you’ll find something that’s right for you in our guide.


Astro A38 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Astro A38 headset really stood out for me, not only is it one of the more stylish looking headsets I’ve ever reviewed, but the sound quality is nothing short of incredible. They’re a little expensive, but you certainly get what you pay for and Astro have yet to create a product that was anything less than stunning. They’re a perfect gift for yourself or someone else and ideal for those who love to listen to music and play games on the go, and the wireless technology and NFC pairing makes them very user friendly.

Check out our full review here – £144 from Astro Gaming


NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis

A great PC deserves a great chassis and the H440 is certainly one of my all-time favourites. It’s not the biggest, and it may not even be the best chassis ever, that much is subjective, but it’s certainly got a lot of great features.  From the PSU shroud that helps keep cable management looking neat and tidy, to the comprehensive set of dust filters, thick sound dampening material lined panels and the large side panel window; you’ll find a lot to love about this chassis.

Check out our full review here – £89.99 from Overclockers


Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower Chassis

Not all chassis’ are created equally, the Core V71 packs an incredible range of features that make it an ideal choice for high-end systems. The Thermaltake Core V71 looks great, but the real magic comes from its extreme flexibility. It has class leading radiator and fan mounting support and there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to build a stunning air-cooled system thanks to its array of 200mm pre-installed fans, or an incredible custom water cooling loop thanks to its modular interior. If you need extreme performance without spending crazy amounts of money, this chassis needs to be at the top of your list.

Check out our full review here – £131.34 from CCL Computers


Cooler Master Novatouch TKL Keyboard

Treating yourself to a high-quality mechanical keyboard is a solid investment for anyone who uses their computer a lot. Mechanical keyboards are expensive, but their overall build quality and performance goes a long way to justifying the cost. The NovaTouch TKL isn’t your average mechanical and features something called Hybrid Capacitive Switches that offer a truly premium and luxurious typing experience. If you want to treat your fingers to a more enjoyable typing experience, try out this keyboard!

Check out our full review here – £149.99 from Overclockers


Zowie FK1 Gaming Mouse

I have yet to use a Zowie mouse that wasn’t impressive and the FK1 is by far one of their best. While this mouse only offers minor revisions over its previous model, such as a slightly larger body and an improved sensor, it’s performance is second to none. It’s ambidextrous, has one of the best performing sensors available, great ergonomics and a stylish design. If you’re serious about your gaming and want something that offers eSports levels of performance, then you’ll love what the Zowie FK1 has to offer.

Check out our full review here – £49.99 from Overclockers


Nvidia Shield Android 5.0 Gaming Tablet

Mobile gaming is something that never really excited me, but Nvidia have really pulled out all the stops with their Shield Tablet. It’s powered by the incredibly powerful Tegra K1 graphics chip and it’s one of the fastest tablets on the market. It recently received an update that added the latest Android 5.0 operating system, as well as enabling Nvidia’s GRID cloud gaming service and all this comes on top of features like in-home game streaming, 4K video output, wireless controller support and a whole lot more. The Shield Tablet is easily one of the most versatile portable on the market.

Check out our full review here – from £239.99 at Overclockers


Nvidia GeForce “Maxwell” GTX 970 Graphics Card

Nvidia are on our list once again, first they dominate the mobile gaming market, now they’re showing their worth once again in the desktop GPU market. While we admit that the GeForce GTX 980 is an incredible graphics card, you’ll not be disappointed by their GTX 970 as it offers most of the performance of its bigger brother at a much more affordable price tag. This card is packed with the latest features, it looks fantastic and for gaming, it’s one of the best cards you can buy right now. If you want to welcome your computer into the world of high-end PC gaming, this is a great place to start.

Check out our full review here (Asus Strix GTX 970) – from £247.99 at Overclockers


Asus Rampage V Extreme LGA 2011-3 Motherboard

Intel really set a new standard for PC performance this year with the launch of their consumer X99 chipsets. It’s not a cheap upgrade right now, but a new support for the latest high-end CPUs, DDR4 memory and a wave of new features make this motherboard perfect for the enthusiast and professional markets. The Asus Rampage motherboard series has long been a popular choice and the V Extreme is certainly one of the best available right now.

Check out our full review here – £329.99 from Overclockers


Gigabyte Z97X Gaming5 1150 Motherboard

Extreme motherboards are one thing, but they’re a little out of the reach of your average consumer. The Gigabyte X97X Gaming 5 series of motherboards offers a lot of exciting features that make them a great choice for high-end gaming PCs, without the colossal price tags that you’ll find with enthusiast grade products. We loved this motherboard when we review it and while the black and red colour scheme is getting a little bit repetitive in the gaming market, it’s still a great looking board that is perfect for a wide range of systems.

Check out our full review here – £109.99 from Overclockers


Gigabyte Brix Ultra Compact System

A lot of the fame and glory goes to big gaming rigs with multiple graphics cards, loads of hard drives, water cooling and all that other crazy stuff, but this system turns all that on its head. The Brix may be small, but it packs enough power to be worthy of our Extreme Performance award! When space is limited, this little rig will fit on the back of your monitors VESA mount and it packs enough performance to get through a heavy workflow with ease. It’s a little expensive, but for a full-fledged PC that’s small enough to fit in a backpack, it’s a bargain!

Check out our full review here – £503.96 from Scan


PC Specialist Vortex 440 System

If you’re looking to upgrade to an X99 equipped system, then it’s likely that you’ll also be investing in DDR4 memory, a new CPU and a whole host of other components, so why not take all the fuss out of the process and invest in one of the best systems we’ve reviewed this year, the PC Specialist Vortex 440. We loved this system, partly because it was packed full of high-end hardware, but also because it was incredible value for money. Despite what the high price tag may suggest, the Vortex 440 actually worked out cheaper to buy than it would to build it yourself; now that’s a deal we can get behind!

Check out our full review here – around £1500 (customisable) from PC Specialist


OCZ Arc 100 240GB SSD

There’s a lot of SSD hard drives on the market right now and there are so many great ones that it’s now very easy to find one suitable for your system. The OCZ ARC 100 really stood out for us as it offers excellent performance, solid reliability, lots of features and it’s also competitively priced (per GB). Upgrading to an SSD is a great way to give your system a new lease of life, your system will boot faster and all of your games will benefit greatly from the speed boost. There is a cheaper 120GB model available, but the 240GB is the best balance of storage and value, making it a great choice for a boot drive.

Check out our full review here – £94.99 from Overclockers


Asus RT AC68U Dual Band Wireless Router

A really great router is something a lot of people overlook, it can be daunting spending a lot of money on tech like this, but the rewards soon pay for themselves. With more and more devices becoming internet connected, it’s likely that you’re not reaching the full potential of your devices networking capabilities. If you’re wanting to stream movies around your house from a NAS, play games online, while browsing the web from smartphones, tablets, consoles and other devices, then you’re going to see huge benefits from a router that can handle the most demanding workloads without sacrificing performance. The Asus RT AC68U looks great and offers a simple way to improve your home network. It’s expensive, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Check out our full review here – £166.98 from Overclockers


Crucial 32GB 2133MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit

DDR4 memory marks the first major update to RAM memory formats in desktop systems in years, but it comes with a steep price tag. However, should you choose to make the leap for your high-end X99 platform build, then you should really consider the Crucial 32GB 2133MHZ kit. If you’re not too bothered about the aesthetics, this memory really does impress in terms of performance and offers excellent value for money vs many of the other DDR4 products on the market.

Check out our full review here – £319.99 from Overclockers


So, what will you be asking Santa for this year?

292 Domain Names Seized Over Counterfeit Goods

Europol and US authorities have seized 292 domains linked to selling counterfeit goods. Those domains no longer link to the sites in question and now display a page educating visitors about counterfeit goods. The operation, for which no arrests have yet been made, was done in an attempt to avoid consumers inadvertently purchasing fake and sometimes dangerous rip offs of famous brands in the run up to Christmas. The sites behind the domains are still up and running, but it’s believed the seizure of the domains will serious hamper traffic to them.

“The infringements of intellectual property rights is a growing problem in our economies and for millions of producers and consumers.  Europol is committed to crack down on the criminal networks responsible.” – Rob Wainwright, director of Europol.

1,829 domains have been seized as part of the “In our Sites” operation which has been running since 2012.

Source: BBC News

3D Printed Toys Made Their Way To 4,000 Disadvantaged Children This Christmas

3D printing has been one of the biggest trends of last year. Just about anything could be printed out, from guns to smartphone motherboards. It has been one of the most favourable tech discoveries form all times, and very useful indeed. Although the full extent of its usefulness cannot be measured at the moment, it did however made a big difference for 2013’s Christmas.

According to a BBC News article, the charity Kids Company made use of the 3D printing technology to print out toys for disadvantaged children. They had their doors opened for everyone to come and see how toys are made live, and maybe donate if they were generous enough, in Soho, London. The duration of the fund raising event spanned from December 13th up until December 18th, where people visiting the event could donate via text message and even choose the next toy design afterwards from six toy design templates.

World-famous animators Aardman, the people behind the nation’s much-loved Wallace and Gromit characters, have lent their support to the cause and have created two exclusive and limited edition toy designs for the event. The other toy designs have been made by companies Tado, Triclops, and Ultimaker.

After the fund-raising event, all toys were taken to the Kids Company Christmas party event by Santa, where 4,000 children enjoyed Christmas and opened up presents.

Thank you BBC UK and 3D Printing Insider for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of BBC UK

Amazon To Compensate Customers For Late Deliveries

Amazon has offered gift cards of $20 and offered to pay the shipping cost of customers who have been affected by problems at UPS and FedEx. Amazon looks to be setting their cross-hairs on UPS and FedEx blaming them for the delays that customers have been receiving. Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako released a statement saying;

‘The Amazon fulfillment center processed and tendered customer orders to delivery carriers on time for holiday delivery. We are currently reviewing the performance of the delivery carriers”

Although not all is bad for Amazon with their “Amazon Prime service signing up more than 1 million customers at the back end of December. “Amazon Prime” offers customers a free two day shipping service and streaming of television shows and movies for a flat rate of $79 a year.

Walmart is also offering gift cards to customers who did not receive their gifts on time. Walmart did not immediately release a statement, however a direction to the UPS website was given to customers. The website statement from UPS was “UPS experienced heavy holiday volume and is making every effort to get packages to their destinations as quickly as possible”.

Many have seen this latest hit of delays in delivery come down to the fact that more and more people and finding it easier to just do their holiday shopping online, with analysts expecting online shopping to jump up between 13-14% this year. These delays could be due to the fact that retailers are still adjusting to the shift in customer behavior with more and more people feeling comfortable just doing their shopping online.

Thanks to The Australian for the information provided

Image courtesy of GottaBeMobile

Holidays Ruined For Some Xbox One Gamers

Xbox users reported having problems with their consoles over the holidays. The issue described consists of an error message: “”Sorry we can’t play this disk.” when attempting to read the data off DVDs or Blue-Ray Disks. And to think Christmas Holiday was about enjoying and playing your favourite games at home. Nice one Microsoft!

A Reddit user shared his experiences via the Xbox One sub-Reddit, interacting with community members on the situation. The user reports that resets did not work and described the problem in more detail.

“Hard reset that bad boy. Hold down the power button for 15 seconds until the system reboots. If that doesn’t work then restore system to factory defaults. If that doesn’t work you’re going to have to setup a repair or head back down to the retailer you bought it in.”
“Tried and none worked, place I bought it from (where I work) isn’t open until the 27th, xbox support website won’t work. Gutted.”

But Christmas is all about sharing and presents, right? So is Xbox Support, giving the user a free code for a digital game to play while he waits. However the problems don’t stop here. Another Reddit user who purchased a Launch Day Xbox One also noticed the error just now, having played only digital purchased games. What a Christmas surprise indeed!

I got Madden 25 and Dead Rising 3 on disk, popped Madden in, and wa-la! Disc drive doesn’t work! I’m going to go straight to Microsoft for this one, seeing as I purchased my Xbox One over a month ago. any tips?

Microsoft will handle all faulty consoles by giving a shipping label as well as a return box to users experiencing the issue in order to send back their faulty Xbox consoles. But it is also best to just return the broken consoles to the retail shop or online store purchased from, since they will give you another brand new one on the spot.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of VR-Zone

Reddit User Receives A Big Bundle From “Secret Santa” EA Employee

A Reddit user who was participating in a secret Santa received an amazing gaming bundle when paired with an EA Games worker. The Reddit user, Sinister-meow, had asked for a new game in the gift exchange, and by pure coincidence and sheer luck was paired with a worker at EA Games, who sent a huge bundle including 29 PS3 titles.

In a letter from ‘Santa’, the EA worker explained that he, his co-workers at EA, and his ‘friends at PlayStation’ had put together a collection of games and merchandise for the Reddit user, and put their fortunate pairing down to the ‘Internet spirits’. This is quite a wonderful gift and a real example of the Christmas spirit. And who would have known that so many people from a variety of companies would reunite in the ‘Christmas Spirit’ to give such a generous gift!

‘I assumed it was a marketing move and I could appreciate that, they gave me a lot of stuff, so I figured it was on me to post it and give EA credit where its due,’ Sinister-meow explained. Rather than the work of ‘Internet spirits’, the Reddit user said the whole thing was ‘Just good luck I guess’.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of VR-Zone

Sprout Powered Christmas Tree Created By Team Of Designers

Not everyone loves their Brussel sprouts at Christmas, but don’t dismiss them so quickly because a team have managed to find yet another use for the little green veggies. As part of the Big Bang UK Scientists & Engineer Fair a Christmas tree now gets its lights powered by a huge Brussels sprout battery.

Using five power cells that each feature 200 Brussel sprouts, the full 1000 Brussel sprouts provide enough power to keep the lights going for a few weeks! It works by mounting them on zinc and copper electrodes which causes a chemical reaction, this generates a small current of electricity, and the power for all 1000 of them is collected in a capacitor that can then power the lights.

Thank you Geeky Gadgets for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Geeky Gadgets.

Love Drone Is Lifting Spirits In San Francisco

Drones are not usually associated with Christmas and Love, however artists George Zisiadis and Mustafa Khan are doing just that. They are using the drones every couple of minutes in San Francisco’s Union square to fly tinsel and mistletoe over unsuspecting couples urging them to embrace to Christmas spirt and share a kiss.

Zisiadis is hoping to bring out the inner child in us all. He is an interactive artist who has already taken San Francisco by storm with his visual art involving balloons, bubbles and beating hearts. Zisiadis has gone onto say;

“I devote my work to drawing out the curiosity and endless fun that lie within us. These qualities often get lost somewhere on the road to adulthood. By manipulating environments, I help people reimagine their relationships with reality. My goal is to engineer situations that induce you into playfulness, to use surprise and delight as a way of inspiring you to not take the status quo for granted. It is in those precious moments of childlike wonder that your imagination is free to soar. And this is the key. Because in order to create a better world, we must first be able to imagine it. Play seems to be the this thing that only children are allowed to do in designated, fenced-in areas. I think play is a creative necessity for all adults, or par with exercise. Sure, you can go a month without visiting the gym. But think about how gross you’d feel by then. As daily life gets busier and more stressful, we need to reengage with our inner children now more than ever.”

It seems that whatever these artist do they are capturing the attention of the public and bringing joy to those all round us, by creating real life art for all to enjoy.

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Thank you News.com.au for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of fastcoexist.

[Christmas Buying Guide] What Gaming Tech Will You Buy This Year?

Christmas Buying Guide


The festive season is almost upon us and while many of us will be thankful and enjoying a tasty dinner with our families, there will also be a lot of people, your friends and your family who are eager to open their presents on Christmas morning.

I thought I would pick through some of my favourite reviews from this year and pick out three great gift ideas for each section with a gaming theme to them. Now these may not really be the “best” things I’ve reviewed, but I have looked at items that I think offer a nice mixture of budgets and great performance, not to mention things that will put a smile on someone’s face when they unwrap them.

So let’s get to it, if you have any great deals or suggestions for people please leave a comment below, I’m sure the rest of the eTeknix community will be happy to hear your ideas, as we all know how hard it can be picking gifts for people.

All prices are correct at time of writing, this is not a sponsored post and all links are to the best price from any respectable retailer that I could find.

Headsets


PX4 Wireless Headset from Turtle Beach – I only tested this headset recently and haven’t stopped using it on my PlayStation 4 since, it’s not cheap at £150, but if your after the perfect gift to go with a PlayStation 3 or 4 this holiday season then there really is no better choice on the market. £145.99 from Base.com

Ceres 500 Multi-format PC, PlayStation & Xbox headset from CM Storm – This is one of the best value for money headset on the market today, it works on several major games consoles and PC, looks stunning and it’s super comfortable. It is also the first console ready headset that CM Storm have ever made! £49.68 from CCLOnline.com

Level 10 M PC Headset from TteSports – If style is your thing then you’ll love the mixture of high quality materials and finishes on this headset, it’s designed by both Thermaltake and BMW, giving it a truly unique and very cool look. It is also one of the best performing headsets we’ve ever tested thanks to its well balanced and powerful sound. £109.99 from Overclockers.co.uk

Keyboards


Alu Series Mech from Cooler Master – This is one of the best looking keyboards ever made, features mechanical keys, gorgeous backlight effects and a top panel of cast aluminium that can be removed and customised. It’s a little on the large side, but if you have the desk space for it, there really is nothing finer. £129.95 from Overclockers.co.uk

Derandal from Tesoro – Named after the sword of Charlemagne’s paladin Roland this one seriously cool keyboard, packed with features and macro settings it will make a great weapon for anyone who wants the joys of mechanical switch keys and gaming prowess that will make your friend jealous. £72.72 from CCLOnline.com

Force K7 from Gigabyte – Low cost doesn’t have to mean cheap, this may not be the most feature packed keyboard on the market, but at this price you really can’t argue with the style, funky backlight and great build quality, a worth upgrade for anyone looking for a great keyboard for work and play. £31.19 from Lambda-tek.com

Mice


Kone Pure Optical from Roccat – This mouse is a little small for my liking, but it is a great choice for those who don’t have giants hands like myself, perfect for younger games and it features (literally) one of the greatest optical sensors we have ever tested, plus Roccat have some of the best software in the business, making this a divine weapon for any serious gamer. £59.81 from CCLOnline.com

Theron from TteSports – Another great mouse here and easily one of my all time favourite gaming mice, it’s not too packed with features, but what it does offer is precision gaming at an affordable price tag. £44.99 from Overclockers.co.uk

Ballista MK1 from Shogun Bros – When I first tested this mouse I expected it to be terrible, oh how wrong I was! This is the true diamond in the rough and I dare you to find a more feature packed, high performance product in this price range. £47.94 from Amazon.co.uk

Chassis


Dead Silence Cube Chassis from Aerocool – With the popularity of larger small form factor chassis increasing after the release of chassis like the Prodigy from BitFenix, there has been a battle for who can create the next best thing, the Dead Silence is the answer and there is simply nothing else that compares to the quality and features that Aerocool have packed into this product, effectively the greatest chassis Aerocool have ever made. £72.59 from Scan.co.uk

Cosmos SE from Cooler Master – Many will no doubt want the Cosmos II this Christmas, but if you want many of the thrills with the added benefit of a much lower price tag and a chassis that’s not as big as a house, then the SE edition it the perfect cure to those Cosmos II blues. £138.60 from Scan.co.uk

Prodigy M from BitFenix – In many ways, I don’t like the Prodigy M that much, but the fact that BitFenix have managed to cram in a larger motherboard space, room for multiple GPU’s and more cooling, all without compromising on the exterior size and design of the original Prodigy makes this one epic chassis overall, a worth upgrade for many Prodigy users. £64.99 from Overclockers.co.uk

This isn’t the last you’ll here from us before Christmas and we have many more great suggestions for you in many other different areas other than gaming peripherals and chassis. Stay tuned for more and of course if you have a few ideas of your own, feel free to post your suggestions in the comments section.

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What I want for Christmas…

This Christmas looks set to be one of the most financially ruinous and terrifying ever to be experienced by the friends and family members of technology fans, man, woman and child alike…

Christmas 2013 sees a bumper line-up of freshly released technology offerings jostling for position beneath the Christmas trees of the world. Here are a few of our absolute favourites which we sincerely hope Santa (or any mystery benefactors that might just so happen to be reading this article) will be stuffing down our chimneys this December 25th:

The Xbox One

Ahh the Xbox One… Could this be the games console that finally brings Microsoft’s home entertainment vision beautifully to fruition…? The early evidence would suggest that it really could be! The new Xbox includes a range of different capabilities including the multitasking of applications using split screen, the ability to overlay live TV broadcasting using an existing set-top box and enhanced second screen support – all of which enhance the console as an all-round entertainment system.

Microsoft have taken a leaf out of Nintendo’s book, giving heightened precedence to the Kinect motion sensing peripheral, which can be used with Skype videoconferencing, motion sensing and system navigation. Also, with Microsoft ploughing ever more time, effort and money into Xbox Live, you just know the gaming options on offer along the line for this console are gonna be good.

The iPad Air

True to form, Apple have released another corker in the form of the iPad Air. With stunning graphics that are displayed at literally twice the resolution offered by the 2nd generation iPad, this tablet is ideal for users who like their browsing beautiful and their entertainment experiences immersive. Users can dash, leap and slide their way to heroic feats as a certain blue hedgehog from the early nineties in Sonic Dash, or they can brush up on their Blackjack strategy and aim to win big at the online casino – the options available to iPad users are pretty much unlimited, with literally hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from.

The Oculus Rift

The say what now!? The Oculus Rift is our wild card Christmas list choice this year, but we’d hate to bet against it being one of the biggest things to happen to technology in the near future. So what is it?

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset display, currently at an advanced stage of development and widely tipped to be the next big thing. Offering life-like 3D gaming, this device looks set to change the face of the way we play. To find out more, click here.

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PlayStation 4 / Vita Ultimate Bundle Due For Release This Year

Sony haven’t run out of tricks just yet, with the PlayStation 4 only just released in America and just days away here in Europe. With Christmas a few weeks away, it is expected that Sony will be launching their PlayStation 4 and Vita ultimate bundle before the end of the year, and given the benefits of owning both consoles include remote play, extra interactive features, cross play, and extra content from PlayStation Plus, I can see this deal proving extremely popular, if they get the price right.

With Sony throwing £2.5 million behind the Vita for TV advertising campaigns entitled ‘the best way to play, there is no doubt that they’re going full force this Christmas. The new adverts will promote the benefits of owning the two consoles together.

“We’re really excited for Vita as we move into Christmas,” said senior product manager Ben Law.

“We’ve got a great campaign with key messaging around new releases like Tearaway, the ever-growing game catalogue and the Remote Play service.”

 Personally, I’m just ordering the PlayStation 4 right now, a new console is a big investment and buying two at the same time can be a rather daunting investment. However, if Sony do price this competitively, or find a way to sweeten the deal, that could change rather quickly.
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Bandai Re-Releases Tamagotchi After 17 Years!

I have these things at the best of time, although admittedly I did actually own one 17 years ago and it was a fun distraction from the daily rigours of life… ok no it wasn’t, it was garbage, but it was a trend and everyone had one.

The little egg shaped key ring toy was a big deal back in the mid 90’s, using just three buttons and a questionable black and white pixelated display, you would feed, play and generally care for your digital pet. This involved cleaning up when it poops, throwing it a toy, telling it that it has been good / bad and so on. In short, it is a little bit stupid, but this is from a time when smartphones weren’t even a thing and Snake wasn’t released on a Nokia phone until the following year!

Now the little digital time wasters have turned 17 (did that make you feel old too?) and Bandai have resurrected them from the dead by revamping the brand. Tamagotchi Friends will be out for Christmas and would make a great stocking filler over the holiday season. American fans will even get the colour screen edition early next year, but us Brits will have to stick with the old school screens for now.

The whole thing is still pretty much the same, with the addition of an NFC style feature allows you to send your pet off to play on someone else egg by bumping them together, the only downside being you’ll need to ask someone if they also have one.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

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Apple’s Retina iPad Minis Rumored To Have Limited Stock Availability

It seems Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed another rumor when asked about the availability of the iPad mini with Retina display. Cook said that the new model will start shipping “later in November,” but that it’s “unclear whether we’ll have enough for the quarter or not”. Cook quickly pointed out that “we know how many we’ll have,” but that it’s difficult to predict demand for a product until it starts shipping. He seemed to be confirming persistent rumors that the Retina mini would be in short supply during the holiday shopping season.

Although Cook insisted that “we’ll do fairly well with iPad,” and that Apple will have a “really great holiday season,” the company may have reason to be concerned about not being able to meet demand for the new model. As reported earlier, iPad sales were flat compared to the same period last year, even while competitors are seeing major growth in tablet sales. Apple has seen its share of the total tablet market drop from 60 percent a year ago to just 32 percent today.

Apple is hoping, according to Cook, for “an iPad Christmas,” but it may be one that many customers will have to celebrate without the company’s most notable new model.

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