Navy Looking to Deploy Railgun on Destroyer

Railguns used to a work of fiction, propelling weapons on mecha suits and spaceships to fight aliens and space pirates. This changed several years ago now when BAE systems revealed a working railgun, and even more recently people started working on handheld railguns. With the original plan to mount a test railgun on the joint high-speed vessels (JHSV) this year, it comes as a surprise that there may be a rail gun in operational use before even that.

The Lyndon B Johnson, the last of three Zumwalt-class destroyers that are looking at deployment in 2018, is rumoured to be the first ship that will carry a functional railgun. The concept of a rail gun is to use magnetic charges to propel objects at high speeds without the need for explosive charges. This reduces the cost and the size of projectiles while also reducing the risk of transporting explosive materials everywhere.

The Zumwalt class of destroyers are designed for attacking land-based targets, so firing giant blocks of metal at supersonic speeds sounds like a starting point for them. The U.S. Navy’s director of surface warfare, Pete Fanta, even mused that “it’s engineering at this point, it’s no longer science”.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, catch the minute long clip of a rail gun below and realise just how far we’ve come in making those mecha-suits a reality.

ASUS Created Safer CPU Installation for Their Z170 Boards

Not every user that builds PC systems is equally skilled and bent pins have been a problem on Intel motherboards for quite some time thanks to that. The research and development department at ASUS also noticed that and the amount of warranty cases they have in this regards and as a result they came up with the new CPU installation tool.

The new CPU mounting system will be available on the companies Z170 motherboard and are due to be launched very soon and that I’m sure some of our readers already have their eyes on and wallets in their hands – they do look amazing.

The new system works by placing the CPU bottom side up and sliding it into a CPU bracket first. Then that bracket is placed onto the socket before finally being secured with the ledge. With the new bracket, it’s only possible to put the CPU in the way it also fits and it should help reduce the amount of warranty cases that come in with bent pins.

ASUS Hong Kong shared this on their Facebook page without much more information, but I think we can safely assume that this new mounting system will make its way onto their entire range and not just the flagship boards.I b

Antec ISK 110 90w Mini-ITX VESA Compatible Chassis Review

Introduction


The Antec ISK series has long been a favorite of mine. Sure we sometimes need high-end full towers, capable of housing epic gaming systems, but there’s a high demand for compact and efficient systems in the home and the office; something the ISK series is well suited to. The model we’re looking at today certainly is targeted more at the professional market, with many applications from digital signage and office systems, but there’s certainly no reason why you wouldn’t find a use for a chassis like this as a HTPC, space-saving system or more.

As you can see, the ISK110 comes equipped with a nice little bundle of screws, but more importantly, an external power supply adaptor. The ISK110 is capable of powering a system of up to 90w, which may not sound a lot, but given the low power requirements of 2.5″ drives and modern processors such as Haswell, it’s a lot more than it sounds; this is especially true given that this chassis will not house a graphics card.

Given the compact nature of the chassis, this is all the power cables you’ll need on the interior. A single cable attached to the PSU PCB on the interior of the chassis, as has your standard motherboard and CPU power cables, as well as a couple of SATA connectors and a single MOLEX.

Also included in the box, you’ll find this metal VESA mount, giving you the option to fit the entire chassis onto the back of a VESA-compatible display; this could save you a lot of space on your desktop.

Further mounting options are provided via this lovely vertical mount, which provides a stable base for the chassis should you want to stand it upright on its side.

It’s got a few rubber grips on the base and just like the VESA mount, it simply clips onto the base of the chassis.

The chassis its self is nice and compact. Overall, it’s not much bigger than a mini-ITX motherboard and not that much thicker either; there should be just enough room for a low-profile CPU cooler in here.

There’s loads of ventilation in the top section and a little extra on the base to help keep things cool.

The front panel is nicely equipped with four USB 2.0 ports, HD audio jacks, two LED indicators and, of course, the power button.

Around the back, there’s a snap-off mini-ITX cover and a small power port. You’ll also notice two screws in the top panel and two more in the bottom, these are all that is needed to remove either panel.

The base and top section of the chassis, or the left and right side depending on your chosen orientation, has a little more ventilation. There’s also some holes to mount the VESA or vertical mount on the left/bottom side.

Essential Road Trip Gadgets: CES 2015

CES 2015 is always an incredible show, bringing many, if not all, of the world’s major technology companies into one place, ready to show off their latest and greatest products. This year was a little different for us here at eTeknix. After the show, we took to the roads to visit San Francisco and Los Angeles. On our trip, we stopped by the offices of Thermaltake, Patriot, Corsair, NZXT and more! A trip like CES is a big undertaking, for me personally it requires a four-hour train journey, a ten-hour flight and we clocked up over 20 hours driving over 1500 miles. All that is before the return journey of another ten-hour flight and another four-hour train journey home. All this traveling is enough to make you tired. Fortunately, there were a few luxuries that helped make the journey just that little bit easier for us; without which, we would have struggled.

LUXA2 Phone Dock

First up we have one of the simplest gadgets of them all, but by far the one that helped us out the most on our journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco, then again on our journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the LUXA2 Mobile Phone Mount.

The car we used, a Ford Mustang, has a cigarette lighter high up on the dashboard, perfect for keeping your Sat Nav or mobile phone charged when mounted in a cradle or dock of some format. Even better is how the LUXA2 mount works, as the mount fits directly into the cigarette lighter, giving you a powered USB port directly from the mount to connect your phone, while also providing a sturdy mount that doesn’t have to stick onto your windscreen, or hang from the air conditioning vents. The mount was universal and proved more than capable of housing our iPhone 6 Plus.

Ultra Short Patriot iPhone Lightning Cable

The only downside with this kind of mount is that the normal iPhone cable trails all over the place. Given the phone mount we had, we found the standard cable got caught on the dashboard controls, wrapped around the gear stick and more; not what I would call ideal. Patriot, perhaps better known for their high-end memory products, also make mobile products and quickly came to our rescue. Their new Lightning USB cable is just 6 inches long, perfect for going from dock to phone. This is the perfect cable to keep in the car and it saves you having to bring your full cable with you.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Sitting on a plane for hours on end is a tedious and often boring affair. Sure you’ve got some in-flight entertainment (on some flights), but the easiest solution is to bring your own entertainment with you. Bringing your smartphone is one solution, but the small screens aren’t really ideal for watching movies and TV shows, and battery life isn’t always enough for a long haul flight; especially so if you’re gaming on it. The Shield Tablet solves a lot of these problems, not only did the battery life hold up for the full ten-hour flight, it also provided us with a unique experience that made us the envy of other passengers; Playing Mario Kart 64 on an emulator with two controllers was by far the most fun I’ve ever had on a flight! As an added bonus, the Nvidia Shield Cover provided the perfect viewing angle for gaming, watching movies and reading articles during the flight.

MEElectronics Wireless Headphones

No journey would be survivable without my music with me, but when I’m carrying around a heavy backpack full of camera and a laptop equipment, as well as pulling along a 25KG suitcase, the last thing I need is a cable getting wrapped around my neck. I love my wired headphones, but the strap from my backpack pulls them out of my ears and it’s simply impractical unless I’m sitting still. A set of high-quality Bluetooth headphones was the perfect fix and while they were excellent to wear while walking around, leaving my tablet in my backpack to stream my music, I found them to be even better on the long flight. Being able to fall asleep on a plane is no easy task, but a light set of headphones and some music certainly helped block out the engine noise; plus I didn’t have a headphone wire getting tangled up in my arms, so that’s always a bonus. MEElectronics promised a 14-hour battery life, so our 10-hour flight proved to be easy work for them on a single charge.

GAMDIAS Aegis Multi-Function Gaming Set Review

Introduction


GAMDIAS may be relatively new to the gaming market, but they’ve quickly made a name for themselves with a range of award-winning products, such as their Hephaestus gaming headset, the Hermes keyboard and the Hades Laser Extension gaming mouse which we recently reviewed. The product we’ve got at our disposal today is a little bit different, rather than a gaming peripheral, it’s a peripheral accessory, but it’s a product that is none the less important in today’s desktop gaming environment.

Your typical desktop gaming PC will use a wide range of USB compatible devices; a mouse, keyboard, headset, flash drive, camera, controller and a whole other range of external devices; you may even use your desktop PC’s front USB ports to charge your mobile devices such as your phone or tablet. Motherboard’s typically provide a good number of USB ports around the back of the computer which are fine for the keyboard, mouse and headset; but they’re often too tricky to access for those things you need to quickly connect to your rig. Your chassis likely has a few ports on the front too, which are great for things like flash drives, but can often result in cables trailing around the front of your case or on the floor when using controllers and other peripherals on these ports.

The Aegis looks to solve this problem; it’s a powered USB hub that fixes onto the side of your monitor, with the added bonus of being a mouse cable bungee and a headset stand all in one. Can this simple device solve so many desktop problems all at once? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

In the box you get (almost) everything you need to get you started. The Aegis, a high quality braided USB to Mini-USB cable, a quick installation guide, some stickers and some spare 3M sticky strips.

The 105-inch Samsung Curved Ultra HD TV Will Shrink Your Budget by $120,000

Anyone with the space and budget, of course, looking to buy themselves a new TV should consider saving up for Samsung’s 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV. Though this is not your ordinary living room apartment TV, it does fit very well in a spacious estate or mansion. People owning such a property and are movie marathon enthusiasts should know that Samsung just made the TV available for pre-order at about the same price as us common folks would loan from a bank to buy a car, namely $120,000.

For anyone that missed its reveal back at CES, the TV is one of the largest in the world and boasts both Ultra HD resolution and curved OLED technology. The resolution on the TV is said to be 5,120 x 2,160, with about 11 million pixels and a 21:9 aspect ratio. Though many 4K videos have some black bars on the side, given the small resolution compared to the humongous screen, it is said that many blockbusters are shot in 21:9.

It is said that besides the TV that will amaze all your friends, family and even dog, owners of the Samsung UN105S9W are also provided with the “Samsung Elite Service”. What the service does is send a Samsung engineer to your home, estate mansion, etc, to help you install it, optimize it for the room your want to put it in and show you all the features it bears. Samsung is said to also provide an optional wall mount for the TV for those who want to have the giant on their “Berlin wall”. The ‘optional’ feature does state that the mount has to be paid for separately, but if you are willing to give this much for a TV, it surely means you can afford a wall mount as well.

Proud owners of such a TV should also be relieved to know that Samsung has added its Evolution Kit support to it, meaning that you can upgrade its hardware (such as connectors) as soon as new technologies appear on the market.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Mashable

Luxa2 H5 Premium Car Phone Mount Review

Introduction


When it comes to premium mobile accessories, one of the most upcoming brands to look towards has got to be Luxa2; a sub-division of Thermaltake. Luxa2’s aim is to offer the consumer a product that not only has a premium ‘feel’ to it, but quality that is actually premium – all with a modest price tag. Recently we took a look at the H1 premium desktop mobile holder and what’s clear about the design and build is that it’s rock solid and flawless, meaning you get a product that is very much worth the extra price. At this point make a note of our old saying of ‘buy cheap; buy twice’.

Whilst the H1 is great for keeping your phone nice and tidy on your desk, there is an even more common place where we could all do with having somewhere to place our phones. This is of course in the car. Most of us connect our phones to our in-car hands free kits, stream audio from our handsets and use them for sat-nav, but the problem is that there is not really anywhere to place it whilst you’re driving. In the UK especially, it is illegal to use your phone whilst driving without using a hands-free kit, but even if you are using one, the moment you pick up the phone to call someone, your attention is diverted from the road as you glance down. Another problem is being able to see what your navigation app is trying to show you and this is where the H5 mount comes into play.

Like the H1, the H5 offers a fully adjustable grip to hold virtually all handsets on the market and there is the full flexibility to rotate and pivot the mount to suit your individual needs and preferences.

The H5 packaging follows the same Luxa2 colour scheme that we have seen from a number of their other products and alongside a snapshot photo of the mount itself there are a number of product features highlighted around the box.

Peerless AV LCT420A LCD Desktop Mount Review

Introduction


When it comes to increasing the flow of work in the office, increasing the monitor real estate that I have to work with is one simple yet effective way of doing just that. The advantage of going from a single to a dual screen setup and from dual to triple screen is extremely beneficial and it means that I can do far more in one workspace as opposed to constantly using ALT-TAB to switch back and forth between windows. There is a catch though with adding extra screens on to my desk and this obviously is going to be the space. More display real-estate consequently means that more space is going to be needed and when you’ve got a desk crammed full of bits of hardware, notepads, keyboards and mice etc, you soon start running out of places to place another screen.

After mulling over a number of options, the idea came about using a set of monitor arms to suspend the screens above my desk area giving me the space that I need on the desk, whilst still allowing me to have the much needed space that I need on screen when writing reviews. Further more, having an arm means that I can rotate the screen through 90° to have it held up in a portrait orientation. Normally this wouldn’t be the way I would have a screen, but with the editor that we use at eTeknix, having the screen in portrait is far more beneficial as we can see more of the written content at one as opposed to scrolling up and down all the time.

After a bit of searching around, the guys at Overclockers UK came up with a set of arms from Peerless AV, which they regard as having an easy setup, whilst being strong and light to use. Peerless AV are a well established brand that make mounting solutions for a whole host of needs and environments, ranging from desktop mounted screens to wall or ceiling mounted, be it for a computer screen, TV, projector, Advertising board plus more. It’s clear with a product catalogue that is packed with products that they have something to cover virtually every situation we can think of that might arise.

The arms that Overclockers have sent across are designed for 12-30″ screens with VESA 75 or VESA 100 mounting points on the rear and with a weight of no more than 9kg. this consequently gives us a huge range of compatibility with many monitors on the market, however my Asus 24″ VS247 panels are well within this range and are the ones that I’ll be using on my desk with these arms in place.

Peerless include a concise yet well equipped kit along with the to mains parts of the arms. For fitting the VESA mount to the back of a compatible screen there is a section of four different screw types which have slightly different threads for use on different panels. A set of four plastic stand-offs are also included for fitting the bracket to monitors with a curved back to them – allowing the plate to sit back from the panel without bending or damaging either part. Rubber feet are also included for attaching to the bottom of the base plate to protect a desk or table top whilst a plastic cable tidy and cable ties keep all the cables secure and out of the way.

[Guide] Go Custom With The Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige!

Today I am going to show you how to go completely custom with your new Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige we reviewed here. This guide should certainly help you if you are new to water cooling and even more so if you have just purchased the Eisberg as a single unit and need ideas.

When I first got my hands on a Eisberg 240l unit a while ago I loved it. The 400 litres per hour specification made me jump for joy and the 5v,7v and 12v usage made me think it could be used with a pump controller such as the amazing Lamptron CW611. I looked at the compression fittings and the ribbed tubing thats so common now with AIO coolers and couldn’t help myself to start asking questions. Maybe replacing the fittings and tubes would be nice? Perhaps even a bigger radiator? Maybe add a large reservoir for much more liquid volume and give me a decent fill/drain? All these questions needed answering so today I took action and you guys can have a front row seat.

The parts I will be using come from very well known and respected manufacturers of liquid cooling parts. EK Water Blocks, Mayhems fluids and Primochill. Obviously there are many more manufacturers out there so what I will do is list the correct sizes and explain the function of these parts so it will help you in your purchasing decisions. If there are alternatives to the parts I’m using I will also give you a list of alternatives.

The skill level for doing this is moderate. If you have built your own air cooled system this will be a small learning curve. If you have built a liquid cooled system previously there may be a couple of tips and tricks here for you.

Since we are toying with liquid and electrical components here Eteknix in no way holds responsibility if you spill a litre of fluid on your mobo or poke yourself in the eye with tubing.

With this said Let us move on to the next page so we can get cracking!

Virtually Climb Mount Fuji Using Google Street View

Sightseeing is fun for just about anyone, lots of people can’t afford to go on elaborate vacations. What if you could see the hottest sites without needing to leave the comfort of your own home, or office?

Google’s Maps with Street View have been ever expanding, allowing us to view the streets of our most desired places to visit.

Google has several different cameras that they use to bring us Street View, primarily using the car, other cameras are the trolley, and snowmobile. Today they are using the Trekker, a wearable backpack, a portable camera system that is able to gather images while the wearer travels on foot through harsh terrain and to locations difficult to get to. The Trekker has a total of 15 cameras angled around to give a 360-degree panoramic view. Taking a photo every two and a half seconds.

We learn from Mashable that today Google Japan uploaded a video to their YouTube page showing us that there is now a Street View of Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, which reaches a height of 12,389 feet into the sky.

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Mount Fuji is an active volcano, only accessible by foot making it a perfect candidate for the trekker, the 3,776 meter hike has already been uploaded to Google Map servers and is viewable here.

This street view is not only great to see the scenery but also to be used as a guide if you are planning to climb Mount Fuji anytime soon.

Photo from engadget