Glorious PC Gaming Race Now Available at Overclockers UK

Overclockers UK has brought quite a few brands to the UK and now they’ve added one more in the form of Glorious PC Gaming Race products. Behind the unusual brand name but well-known terminology, is a manufacturer of gaming surfaces and ergonomic wrist rests that so far has been taking on fans by storm. The brand has become a go-to for mechanical keyboard enthusiast communities and generally made a big impact in the USA. Now it is time for us on the other side of the pond to enjoy these products.

Glorious PC Gaming Race products are now exclusively available in the UK through Overclockers UK. The quality
of these surfaces is said to be fantastic with smooth cloth surfaces, high-quality anti-slip rubber bases, and stitched
edges on all products to avoid fraying.

All the wrist rests and mouse pads are black, except for one. There is a white full desk gaming surface available too. There are large and extra large surfaces as well keyboard wrist rests for both normal and compact sized keyboards. When considering the quality and size we get on the available Glorious PC Gaming Race products, the prices are more than fair. It starts at just £5.99 G-L Large Pro Gaming Surface and tops out at £19.99 for the G-XXL Tall Extended Full Desk Large Pro Gaming Surface.

Now, you might consider £19.99 a lot for a mouse pad, but it’s a lot more than that. The name already tells that it’s a full desk surface and it will cover about 92cm x 46cm (36″ x 18″ x 0.12″). That is a surface large enough to easily place both your mouse and a full sized keyboard with room to spare. I’ve long wanted a large surface for my entire desk, maybe this makes it the perfect time to get going with it and get myself some premium surfaces.

OnePlus Teases ‘a Welcome Bit of Luxury’

OnePlus has unveiled a rather cryptic Google+ post entitled, “a bit of welcome luxury”. Additionally, the caption says “something luxurious is coming to OnePlus” which could refer to a leather back cover.  According to the comments section, people are a little underwhelmed by the OnePlus 2 and feel it doesn’t live up to the “flagship killer” name. Perhaps, the lack of Near-Field-Communication and Cyanogen operating system has aggrieved OnePlus’ core customer base.

Also, there are valid alternatives in the current market including the Hauwei Honor 7. This is a beautifully crafted device featuring 3GB RAM, 3100mAh battery, 1920×1080 display and a 3-year warranty. The original OnePlus made a profound impact as other Chinese handsets under $300 couldn’t match the device’s specifications and build quality. This isn’t the case anymore, and OnePlus is under severe pressure to match the price to performance ratio of other devices. Also, the invite system has infuriated a lot of users and led to loss sales. Mobile phones are an essential everyday item, so expecting people to wait months to purchase the handset is extremely silly.

Hopefully, OnePlus has taken this feedback on board and trying to enhance the handset’s appeal. If they included a luxury leather back by default, it would make it feel similar to the LG G4.

What do you think of the OnePlus invite system?

Amazing Musician Reproduces Super Mario Bros. 3 Music and Sound Effects

Legendary Japanese composer Koji Kondo is responsible for some of the most memorable scores in video game history, scoring all major entries in Mario and Zelda franchises alongside a plethora of other Nintendo classics, a repertoire so flawless it belies improvement. But one Canadian multi-instrumentalist has achieved it, recreating one of the best video game soundtracks ever written and making it sound better than ever.

Steve Onotera, better known by his online pseudonym samuraiguitarist, used bass, keyboard, drums, ukulele, flute, tambourine, organ, harmonica, and shamisen to record a stunning interpretation of Super Mario Bros. 3’s wonderful score, including its signature sound effects.

Judging by his YouTube channel, Manitoba-born Onotera is a big pop culture fan, having covered the theme tune to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air via the Mississippi Delta and adapted the Game of Thrones theme as a bluegrass tune. He describes himself as “bred on rock, raised on the blues, [and] trained in jazz” and claims to have “honed his discipline under the study of the country’s most powerful musical sensei.” Despite having garnered over 1 million views on his YouTube channel, hopefully this musical maestro will get the attention and acclaim he deserves.

Thank you RocketNews24 for providing us with this information.

Electronic Arts Might Have a Woman on the Cover of FIFA 16 This Year

Electronic Arts is working on the latest FIFA 16 title, as it is every year, but this year should be different. EA has looked into adding female players in the FIFA titles, but this year the company will finally do it. But this comes with another question, which is who will be featured on the regional covers of FIFA 16?

The timing for the big change couldn’t be perfect too. The recent success of the World Cup in Canada and the US team’s victory has fans hyped up for the title. Also, to choose the regional top players, EA has devised a voting system. We see a lot of candidates being proposed in France, Latin America, Mexico and the UK. However, surprisingly, we see only women candidates being proposed for the Australian cover. The only options chosen for Australian are Kyah Simon, Steph Catley and Katrina Gorry.

Last year, FIFA’s cover consisted of two players from the specific region, alongside all-star Lionel Messi. However, this year might be extremely different, given that women’s teams will also be featured. Will we see regional covers consisting of top male and female players appearing alongside? That would be the best option to consider, however EA is said to reveal their plans in the near future. Until then, what do you think? How should EA display this year’s cover?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

Take a Break From Tech – Watch This Family Guy Rendition of Uptown Funk!

We love a great tech story here at eTeknix, such as the impressive news about the new Titan X graphics card! However, even we can’t resist yet another fun cover of Uptown Funk!

YouTuber and impressionist Mikey Bolts has used his talents to turn Bruno Mars into the cast of Family Guy, with the bonus addition of Hank Hill from King of the Hill and some American Dad characters for good measure.

There really isn’t much more to it, so crank the speakers, or plug-in your headphones if you’re at work and enjoy!

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Ikea Planning to Sell Wireless Charging Lamps and Tables

We live in an era where our smartphone and/or tablet battery is one of our top priority for the day. Often we forget to plug them into a charger while at home or at the office, only to notice we can barely unlock them to see a notification once we are outside.

Ikea seems to have been thinking about the same problem and appears to have a rather high-tech solution, offering its customers a range of lamps and tables that come with wireless charging technology. Floor, table and work lamps are just a few of what Ikea offers in terms of lighting solution, along with a pair of bedside tables that come with individual pads which would add more charging locations to homes.

It seems that the furniture supports the Qi wireless standard, which is the leader in the wireless charging standard around the world. Since one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers which sell their handsets with built-in Qi wireless charging technology is Microsoft and its Lumia series, Ikea is also offering to sell charging covers for Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S handsets in order to use them with its furniture.

Ikea is said to start selling the furniture in the US and UK in mid April, having a starting price of around £40 in the UK. Pricing in the US is still to be confirmed.

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Apple’s New Store Displays Are Weird

Apple has always had some pretty odd store displays. From floating MacBooks to giant iPhones, you’d think they couldn’t get anymore strange.

The video bellow was taken at Apple’s Regent Street store in London, and shows iPad Smart Covers opening all by themselves. Looking at the video, it’s easy to be puzzled as to how they’re doing this. Wires? Air? Tiny motors?

If you’re not familiar with the Smart Cover, they’re Apple’s clever solution to protecting iPad displays from scratches and other damage. They utilise magnets to stick to the display and form other shapes to allow the iPad to stand in different positions. The magnets also act as a way of switching the iPad display on and off, as can be seen in the video.

So what do you think is behind this trickery? Let us know in the comments.

Via: The Verge

Smart Keyboard Cover for Jolla Coming to Kickstarter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to DigitalTrends for providing us with this information

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Thermaltake Core V41 Chassis Revealed

Thermaltake continue to dedicate attention to the enthusiast DIY system builder market with their latest chassis, the Core V41 Window Mid-Tower. The new chassis comes equipped with the Tt LCS certification, which means it’s prepped and ready to go with a wide range of high-end cooling computers and water cooling equipment.

The new chassis joins the Core V71, V1, V51 and V31. It keeps the same style is its counterparts, but offers support for high-end hardware, water cooling support (up to 360mm radiator), ATX, Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and long graphics cards.

The chassis is targeted towards the gaming market, but it comes will all the features you would expect from a premium chassis to keep any system builder happy. There’s magnetic dust filters on all major intakes, a large side panel window to show off your system, tool free 5.25″/3.5″ drive bays, modular 2 + 3 + 3 drive bays and more.

No details on price or availability just yet, but expect it to be competitively priced and be available at most major retailers fairly soon.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

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A Cover Design Which Looks To Be The Oldest Superman Cover Sold For $286,800

Superman has been around since ’30s and has since then been one of the favourite characters which kids looked up to during their childhood. Comics, serials, movies, action figures and more have been released with the character, generating a large profit throughout the years.

It looks like one of the oldest cover design for what may be the oldest comic book cover featuring Superman has recently been auctioned. The auction ended eventually, and seen the item sell for more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Action Comics No. 15, which represents Superman holding up a U.S. Submarine codenamed ‘D-11’ from the bottom of the ocean, sold for $286,800 through Heritage Auctions. It was first valued and listed at a price of $30,000, a design made by Fred Guardineer.

As the reported who firs spotted the auction listing, the price is still less than half of an Amazing Spider-Man cover designed and drawn by Todd McFarlane, which sold for $675,250 as well as the Tintin in America cover by $ 1.6 million, both sold two years ago.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information
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Kick Back And Enjoy A Chorus Of Floppy Drives Playing Tainted Love

We’ve seen plenty of these before, with various sets of hard drives, optical drives, floppy drives and more playing everything from the Star Wars theme to music from Tetris, but this latest one is by far one of our favourites so far.

YouTuber Gigawipf has created his latest masterpiece, a rack of fourteen floppy disc drives blasting out in harmony a cover of Soft Cell’s 1981 cover of the 1964 Ed Cobb song Tainted Love, so yes, this is a cover of a cover of a cover, but who cares, it’s awesome!

The floppy drive may be long dead as a storage medium, but it’s great to see them getting dragged out of dusty cupboards and put to use for our entertainment. You’ll either love the tune or get a headache, but it’s still a fun start to the day none the less.

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Cover Lock Screen App Hits The Play Store

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lock-screen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1 or above firmwares in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at detecting if you’re in your car, at home or at work so it puts the right apps on your lock-screen.

“The big question I had personally was whether users would understand the concept of the lock-screen” Cover founder Todd Jackson tells me about what he’s learned from its thousands of beta testers since October. “Turns out they do. We were specifically focused on building a lock-screen rather than a launcher. They like the flexibility of being able to use Cover with other launchers.”

Steamrolling over a user’s existing customization was sticking point that hurt Facebook Home’s early adoption. By acting as an interaction layer that floats on top of a user’s Android homescreen, Cover has found people more willing to adapt to how it radically alters their lock-screen.

Cover can recognize when you’re at home, work, or in you car, and shows you the apps that fit that situation. The suggestions are based on crowdsourced data at first, like that people often use Dropbox at work and Netflix at home, but Cover learns what you use in these situations too and adapts its lock-screen shortcuts. Cover’s Peek feature lets you quickly look inside your apps, and its fast-app switching drop-down menu makes it a breeze to bounce back and forth between maps, messaging, or what have you.

It’s quite nice to have a clever little app like this working in your advantage every time you unlock your smartphone’s screen. But whether all people will cope with it or if it would have the ability to provide accurate needs based on the location you are, this remains to be seen.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information
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