Elon Musk’s Supersonic Hyperloop Opening Time Revealed

The future of tomorrow, today. Well not entirely, but it is getting closer and we know have an official time frame for the Supersonic Hyperloop train by Elon Musk and his team. The plans have long existed and they’ve come closer to reality every day. 2016 will be the year where it all starts, but it won’t be the year that we get to ride this hyperspeed train yet.

The construction of the 760mph (about 1220 km/h) Supersonic Hyperloop is set to begin within weeks where a five-mile long test track will be built around Quay Valley in Kings County, California. Elon Musk first revealed the train in a whitepaper three years ago, which isn’t that long ago. He himself won’t be actively involved in these steps of the process for the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) company, as he’s already CEO of Tesla and SpaceX that surely keeps him more than busy.

The new Hyperloop won’t just be built around an existing town as Elon Musk is a man that thinks big. Quay Valley is a proposed 75,000-resident community that will be solar powered and placed halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The land will be surveyed in the coming few weeks over February and March while the actual construction set to begin in the middle of 2016. So when will the public be able to ride this new supersonic train? That date is a bit further down the road, but not too far either as it will open to the public in 2018. At least that is the plan according to HTT.

Now we just need to cross our fingers and hope that it doesn’t turn into a Simpon’s styled Monorail and that it can stop better than the Falcon 9 can land. The only really sad part thing around the hyperloop is, that it is being built so far away for most of us that we don’t really have the biggest of chances to ride it.

HP Reveals 9GB/s Capable Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro PCIe Storage Solution

HP’s Z Turbo Drive G2 was an impressive storage solution in itself thanks to the use of a proper NVMe drive, but it is no match for the recently revealed HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro. The Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro is a PCIe storage solution with up to 2TB total storage and transfer speeds of up to 9GB/s. To put that speed into perspective, it is 16 times the speed of an SATA SSD and that on a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot.

HP’s Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro is essentially a hardware RAID controller for M.2 NVMe SSDs and supports up to four of these drives, but is shipped with only two 256GB or two 512GB modules. The specifications and details are limited, but we can see that the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs on their own have a performance rating of 2150 MB/s reading and 1260 MB/s writing for the 256GB model while the 512GB model can perform up to 1550MB/s writing. The random IOPS performance is rated to 300K read and 100K write. Going from there, we can use normal RAID speed calculation depending on whether we set the card to RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10. Each NVMe SSD is rated for a 292TB total bytes written endurance.

The HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro is planned for availability in November with a price starting at $779 for a card with two 256GB modules. A fully loaded card with 256GB modules will cost $1376 while individual modules start at $299.

Anonymous to Start OpKKK

The internet is a place where lots can happen. People can have their details exposed, like those that were taken in the latest breaches at TalkTalk or they could have them misused in SWAT’ings. Some people believe though that this means that not only can the internet be misused, it can also be used for good. To represent and defend the common people, one such group is Anonymous.

Famous for their operations against governments and controversial groups, Anonymous are already acting on their next operation, titled Operation KKK. Designed to target the Klu Klux Klan, who are listed as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation league and is said to have anywhere between 5,000 and 8,000 members. Anonymous wants to unmask around 1,000 of these in the next phase of their operation, an action called Hoods Off on November 5th.

Not one to shy away from the public, Anonymous have been updating their twitter reporting already that many sites related to the KKK have already been taken offline, and that more will come.

A hacker going by the name of Amped Attacks has already helped out with this by taking down the Westboro Baptist Church’s website as well as several KKK websites. In doing so they have apparently also gained access to a list of identifying information for a range of people including Mayors and Senators.

Pricing and New Name Revealed for SteamOS Powered Handheld

Valve made a great choice when they allowed third party manufacturers to create SteamOS powered hardware, the same strategy behind Android and what most likely contributed to its huge market share. If Valve can pull off the same with SteamOS, that is something that only time will tell, but it looks great up until now.

We’ve previously seen a lot of known vendors presenting their SteamOS powered devices and we’ve also had a glimpse of the SteamBoy handheld gaming device. The SteamBoy is now officially unveiled under its new name, the portable Smach Zero Steam machine and it is going to start shipping by Q4 2016 with pre-orders starting November 10th, 2015.

The specifications aren’t anything that will blow us away, but it’s decent. You get a 5-inch touch screen with a 720p resolution, 4GB RAM, and 32GB storage space. It is also possible to expand the storage with the use of SD cards. It features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE connectivity and also an HDMI output for gaming on a bigger screen. There wasn’t any word on what CPU it will use.

Smach, the company behind the device, is confident that it is enough to deliver a great experience in popular games such as Dota2, Half-Life 2, and Civilization V. I question the last one, especially in a late-game on a huge map full of cities and land improvements.

The good news is the price and the Smach Zero can be pre-ordered through the company’s website for $299, but not until November 10th. That is about the price of a “normal” smartphone – and it’s pretty much just that, except that it’s loaded with SteamOS and has the added controls on each side.

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BBC Micro Bit Computer’s Finalized Design Revealed

The BBC has revealed the final design of the Micro Bit computer and it brings along a few changes over the earlier shown prototypes. The Micro Bit is a pocket-sized computer and that even goes for child-sized pockets and there is a reason for that.

The Micro Bit is not only designed for children, it will also be given away for free to them. It will be given away to every 11 and 12-year-old child in Year 7 or equivalent at school. This isn’t the first time BBC dipped their feet into the hardware learning pool, but the BBC Microcomputer System released in the 80s costs hundreds of pounds.

The Micro Bit features a programmable array of 25 LEDs, has two buttons and a variety of sensors and connection options. It has a built-in motion sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. Earlier models had a thin battery attached, but this one will require an add-on power pack fitted with AA batteries to be mobile.

You can program the Micro Bit from any system you’ll want, may it be Android, iOS, or PC based. It is also compatible with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Galileo to carry out more complex tasks.

The idea is to teach children at an early age what technology can do and get them started on the right path for a technological future. The possibilities are almost endless.

Thank You BBC for providing us with this information

Random Swag Box Competition Winners Revealed!

It’s time to have a clear out at eTeknix HQ and on our adventures, we’re finding all kinds of cool stuff and there’s no knowing what else we may find as we dig deeper into our cupboards, boxes, storage areas, behind the fridge… all the usual places that interesting things hide themselves over time.

We’ve found all kinds of little bits and bobs lurking in the office and after firing up the random bean machine, we’ve picked two lucky winners!

Don’t forget, if you didn’t win this time, we’ve still got even more great competition for you to enter right here.

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Cryorig Unveils H7 CPU Cooler

Cryorig is a relative new player on the cooling market only being around for a little over a year, but it’s a company built by seasoned people. Now Cryorig has presented their second model in the H series after presenting us with the Cryorig H5 a couple of months ago. Now it’s time to make room for the Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler.

When we say make room, that’s of course a figure of speech as the H7 comes with zero ram interference and a total height of 145mm that should make it fit most mid-towers. As the H5, the H7 is also built upon the HiveFin technology, a design that allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction while strengthening the structural strength of the fin stacks at the same time.

At the same time, the H7 introduces the new line of 120 mm QF120 PWM fans built with Cryorig’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet that is a system of four aerodynamic intake holes strategically placed on the four corners of the frame to increase the total air output. The new QF120 fans will also be released separately shortly after the H7 as Silent, Balanced, and Performance models. The Balanced version with the maximum fan speed of 1.600 rpm is the one included with the H7.

A really cool thing Cryorig is providing for their current models is the compatibility tester that you can download and fold origami style. Hold it onto your motherboard or into your chassis and instantly see if the clearance is enough for your components.

Thanks to Cryorig for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Cryorig

BenQ Announces New 27-Inch XL2730T Monitor for FPS Gamers

Continuing presenting the CES 2015 lineup, BenQ has shown off their newest 27-inch monitor aimed directly at First-Person Shooter players. The BenQ XL2730T monitor. The new 27-inch monitor continues what was started with the 24-inch version XL2430T.

The FPS Gaming monitor features Motion Blur Reduction 2.0 technology and Black eQualizer 2.0 to give the smoothest and clearest images for these fast paced shooter games. The monitor is able to automatically adjust the amount of brightness within a range selected by the user that in returns allows players to easier identify targets. The XL2730T also includes the Auto Game Mode that automatically detects and adjusts to the genre being played and a new Game to Go Mode that allows you to save your profiles onto a USB flash drive for the go.

That was what was presented on official information so far, but we do get some more information from both the predecessor and the images supplied. The XL2730 has built-in USB 3.0 and audio hub and a retractable headphone rest on the side. There is a long list of connections available spanning the entire width of the monitor, but we can’t spot which ones they are.

It also comes with the carrying handle at the top and the round S Switch Arc for easy configuration changes on the fly. We can also assume that it will be a 144Hz monitor with 1ms grey to grey response time. The 24-inch model had a 1080p resolution, but it’s currently unknown if the 27-inch model will increase that to 1444p or stay the same; CES 2015 will tell us more.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

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Dell U3415W Appears on Dell Website with Full Specifications

We had to be patient since we saw the gorgeous Dell U3415W unveiled about 3 months ago considering there weren’t that many details given at that time. The monitor has now finally been listed on Dell’s page, at least fully on the Hong Kong version with the rest looking to be in the update progress.

“Enter a new dimension of multitasking with a curved monitor that delivers an immersive, panoramic screen that surrounds your senses with amazingly detailed edge-to-edge WQHD (3440×1440) imagery and crystal-clear sound.”

The monitor allows for both Picture-by-picture as well as Picture-in-picture and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub and KVM switch for 2 computers. This way you can attach the monitor to two different systems and control both with the same keyboard and mouse combo.

The display can perform a resolution of 3440 x 1440 with 60Hz support. The IPS panel inside has a native grey to grey response time of 8ms with a boost mode to 5ms. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth. The screen has a standard gamut of 99% sRGB coverage.

You could also connect your smartphone or tablet to these monitors using the mini-DisplayPort. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments, but due to the shape of the screen there isn’t any rotation.

The full connectivities are 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x MHL, 1x mini-DisplayPort, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DisplayPort out and 4x USB 3.0 ports with 2x USB 3.0 upstream ports. It also has integrated speakers with 9W output. The expected MSRP is less than $1200 and release date is expected within the next couple of month, maybe already in December.

Thanks to Dell for providing us with this information

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Logitech Unveils World’s Fastest Gaming Mouse

Logitech, a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, introduced the fastest gaming mouse ever made, the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse. That is one long name, so lets just call it the G402.

The G402 mouse features Logitech’s Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second (IPS) as well as the Delta Zero sensor technology for extreme accuracy and a response time of 1 ms.

“We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!”

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The Fusion Engine solves a problem many FPS players have; their mouse can’t track as fast as they can move it. By combining state-of-the-art optical sensor technology with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Fusion Engine is said to provide unmatched tracking speed. A 32-ARM processor is the power behind the Fusion Engine.

The Delta Zero technology ensures pinpoint accuracy. Four DPI settings can be accessed in an instant to shift into sniping mode or back up to high-speed action. Using the Logitech Gaming Software a fifth DPI setting can be added and customized to the liking. With DPI shifting, the G402 can go from 4000 DPI to 240 DPI in the blink of an eye, “giving you the flexibility to thrive in the chaos of battle”.

Using the familiar Logitech Gaming software, all 8 programmable buttons that can assigned to anything from complex macros to single keystrokes. You can then store all your gaming profiles in the on-board memory.

The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe starting August 2014 at a suggested retail price of €59.99 / £49.99.

Thank you Logitech for providing us with this information

Image and Video courtesy of Logitech