Upgraded Tesla Model S Expected Next Week

It is the Model 3 that has been getting all the attention towards Tesla lately with its remarkable preorder figures continuing to balloon. It isn’t the only car that the California-based EV firm have been working on lately, with rumours beginning to show that they have also been looking to upgrade their existing sporty saloon, the Model S.

Tim Stevens of CNET has reported that an updated version of the Model S could be making its debut as soon as next week according to sources at Tesla. The changes made to the Model S are said to include a number of new features to make it more “luxury” in order to compete with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The changes will also bring the Model S up to date with some of the features included in the Model X and Model 3, including new seats, ventilation and adjustments to the nose both aesthetically and functionally with the headlights employing LEDs. Of course, with all of these positive changes, the price is set to reflect the higher quality of the car, but the sources were unable to state exactly how much the price would be raised for this new Model S.

Tesla themselves have remained tight-lipped about the revision, issuing the following statement regarding it:

We don’t comment on rumor or speculation about future releases. Tesla is constantly innovating and adding new features to our vehicles to perpetually improve Tesla vehicles for our existing and future customers. We price our vehicles consistently throughout the world which requires us to adjust pricing to foreign currency exchange rates. We have let customers know that some price changes will take effect in early April. We always encourage those interested in purchasing Model S to place their order so they can start enjoying the many benefits of Model S today.

More news regarding this updated Model S will be covered as it becomes available.

EKWB Warns of Combatibility Issues With EVGA’s GTX 980 K|NGP|N Edition

EKWB has come out and warned users that there are compatibility issues between their EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE full-cover water block and EVGA’s 980 GTX Classified K|NGP|N Edition graphics card.

According to the post, EVGA made last-minute changes to their PCB design that in return makes the full-cover water block designed for the card incompatible. The EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE full-cover water block was designed for Revision 1.0 of the card and EVGA has since changed the layout not once, but twice. The revision 1.1 and 1.2 are not compatible with the current EKWB full cover water block and users should be careful to get products that match.

EKWB are working on a new version of the water block to match the new EVGA revisions and they are expected to be ready shortly.

While this news comes from EKWB, other full-cover water blocks from other manufacturers will face the same issue and K|NGP|N Edition graphics card owners that want to water cool their setup should pay extra close attention to the revision number on their cards. It isn’t any fun to order all the components you need to build the high-end system of your dreams, only to find out that the ordered parts don’t match.

HDMI Forum Releases HDMI 2.0a Specifications

HDMI Forum Inc, the non-profit corporation behind the HDMI standard, announced the latest specifications that now have reached version 2.0a. The new upgraded specification enables transmission of HDR formats which provide enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image.

“We recognized that HDR would be a critical feature as the industry evolves. Our support for HDR enables our 800+ HDMI 2.0 Adopters to develop market-leading products that include HDR and will maintain interoperability across the entire HDMI ecosystem,” said Robert Blanchard, President of the HDMI Forum, Inc. “Along with the publication of the CEA extensions, the HDMI Forum continues to update the HDMI Specification and remain closely aligned with leading CE standards organizations.”

The news had barely arrived on the scene before the critics arrived too, claiming that it’s just to little to late. And in a way, they’re right. HDMI is one of the oldest of our current display transport technologies and it lacks the adoption of the newer revisions by manufacturers. There’s also those who have trouble with devices not working well together between the last two revisions, which could be why so many manufacturers still stick to 1.4a though 2.0 was released in 2013. Looks like more and more people would like their devices to have DisplayPort instead of HDMI.

Thermalright Announces True Spirit 140 BW Rev A CPU Cooler

Thermalright has launched an updated version of their popular True Spirit tower CPU cooler. The new True Spirit 140 BW Rev A has been improved on several areas over its predecessor, where the first is a height that has been decreased by 5mm. This was achieved by thinning the base a little bit as well as compacting the fin stack without reducing the amount.

The True Spirit 140 BW Rev A CPU cooler retains the matte-black top plate that covers the top of the fins, has six 6mm nickel-plated copper heat pipes, a nickel-plated copper base and can hold two 140mm fans. Thermalright has included a TY-142 fan that has a maximum noise generation of 21dBA.

The total setup with one fan measures 80 x 155 x 165 mm and weighs 770 grams and there is support for all modern CPU sockets ranging from AMD to Intel’s LGA2011v3 socket. It’s reasonable to assume that the new version will take over price-wise where the current old version is located: $55 area.

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Wavemaster Moody 2.1 Rev 2 Speaker Review

Introduction


It was just over a year ago that we reviewed the Wavemaster Moody 2.1 speakers and I absolutely loved them. For their price range, I thought they looked great, sounded superb and offered great value for money, which is why I awarded them with our Bang for Buck award, as a reflection on them being a great return on investment.

Now the team at Wavemaster have taken their speakers and made a few minor, but potentially important tweaks to their design and performance, and while they’re being launched under the same name as the old model, this is officially the revision 2 model of the Moody 2.1 speakers which I’ll be reviewing today.

Specifications Rev 2

  • Speaker drivers: subwoofer 16,5 cm bass driver, satellites 7 cm wide range drivers with phase-plug
  • Amplifier: integrated with 3 separate channels
  • Output power (RMS): subwoofer 35 Watt, satellites 2 x 15 Watt
  • Frequency response: subwoofer 30 – 150 Hz, satellites 150 Hz – 20.000 Hz
  • Input sensitivity: subwoofer line-in 500 mV, remote line-in 250 mV
  • Cable remote: with on/standby function, volume control, headphone jack (amplified) and line-in
  • Satellite speakers: with compact design (wall mountable), detachable front covers and 3m connection cable
  • Subwoofer: wooden cabinet with bass reflex technology, bass control, treble control and main power switch
  • Power supply: internal, 100-240 Volt ~ 50/60 Hz, 0.7A max., Standby Power <0.5 W (230V)
  • Connection: 3,5 mm mini stereo plug or RCA
  • Dimensions (WHD): Satellites =  90 x 145 x 103 mm, Subwoofer = 245 x 248 x 275 mm

The speakers come in a nicely designed box with a bunch of high quality images of the speakers on each side, great for those who are shopping for them in a retail store as it gives you a clear indication of what you’re buying.

In the box you’ll find two satellite speakers, a sub woofer, cabled controller, owners manual, RCA to 3.5mm cable and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable.

Wikipedia Entry Regarding MH17 Crash Reportedly Edited by the Russian Government

Changes spotted by a Twitter bot which monitors Wikipedia edits from Russian government IP addresses indicate that an Internet user revised a Wikipedia entry regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Since the bot monitors government IPs, the only conclusion drawn is that someone within the Russian government wanted to make some modifications to the ‘truth’ out there.

It is said that the anonymous user changed one sentence in a Russian-language page that lists ‘aircraft accidents in civil aviation’. The original sentence stated that “the plane was shot down by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation.”

However, the revised entry (modified in less than an hour after the original was posted) stated that “the plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers.” The Telegraph received information that a user from the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company made the changes, but nothing is for certain.

The aircraft is said to have carried 298 people when it crashed, with no known survivors. US officials have said that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists, having Russian authorities helping them destroy evidence at the crash site. However, separatist leader, Alexsander Borodai, denied that pro-Russian rebels touched the crash site, accusing the Ukrainian government of preventing experts from accessing the site.

The Wikipedia bot monitoring revisions from US Congressional IP has signalled 13 Wikipedia article changes to a variety of topics on Monday as well. It is said that in at least once case, an anonymous user edited an article on Crimea, the region annexed by Russia from Ukraine in March.

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