The US Snowfall Captured Through a Lense

The recent US snowfall has absolutely hammered the East Coast of America in terms of size and ferocity which has led to the cancellations of thousands of flights as well as leaving tens of thousands without power, below is a selection of stats which conveys the extent of this force of nature.

  • 40 inches of snow – Has been recorded in Glengary, West Virginia; 39 inches fell in Philomont, Virginia; and Redhouse, Maryland, received 38 inches.
  • 11 states declared states of emergency – Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a “snow emergency.
  • 8,569 flights – Have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday
  • More than 74,000 people – Without power.

Below is a selection of beautiful, fantastic yet thought-provoking images that conveys just how disruptive this storm has been for residents as well as the country as a whole.

Below is the first image of “Henry Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood of New York”, as you can see, this bustling street has rather ground to a halt.

Next Image below is of a “snowball fight at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC”, this image has been captured in pretty good detail.

The next image below conveys a gentleman by the name of “John Mexner who tries to make headway by shoveling  his vehicle out in Washington”. The morning commute looks rather in vain after the size of disruption from the storm.  

The next image below certainly conveys the amount of snow that has been dumped on the US, the gentleman within the photo is “Ben Osborn who walks with a shovel past a line of snowed-in cars in northeast Washington”, each car looks similar to a giant snowball.

The next image below is beautifully shot and conveys an individual who is producing a “snow angel in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C”, the blueness of the sky is a striking contrast to both the memorial and also the snow.

The last image is certainly thought-provoking and shows “Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia”  being almost completely hidden from snow.

The last image may not be relevant to the US, but it is certainly stunning, it conveys a frozen mast within Fujian Jiuxian China, wow.

Image courtesy of BBC

Overclockers UK Expand Systems with Storm Range

 

Overclockers UK already released some pretty impressive pre-built systems this year and it doesn’t look like they have any plans to stop that. They have expanded once more and added the Storm range of system that are designed to be able to handle gaming as well as graphic design and video rendering.

The range includes five PCs, the Titan Riptide, Wave, Thunder, Tornado, and Typhoon, and all are based around the X99 platform and come with an Intel Core i7 processor that has been overclocked to 4.40GHz from its 4GHz default clock. The range is naturally available with Windows 10, but Windows 7 and OS-less are options as well.

You can customize the system far beyond the default specifications and select between a variety of cases, power graphics cards, and just the storage option you need. Mechanical HDDs, hybrid SSHDs, and regular SSDs are all available to choose from and you have the option to choose the LED lighting you would prefer, giving the system that final touch our of the box.

These systems are built with high-quality components and all systems are powered by Super Flower power
supply units to ensure quality and stability. The case manufacturers that you can choose from include Aerocool, BitFenix, Corsair, Fractal Design, Lian Li, NZXT, Phanteks. For storage, there are options of Samsung or Seagate, and you also decide whether you want to use AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards.

The systems are suitable for gamers they are probably aimed more at the more demanding enthusiast and professionals, providing an all-rounder with good performance for gaming, graphic design and video rendering.

Overclockers UK Storm Range is backed by a 3-year warranty and labour-free upgrade service for total peace of mind. A perfect system for those who want an out of the box solution that isn’t average. The fun starts at £1143.94 and how high it goes depends on your customization in the order.

 

Overkill Gives 2 More Years of Support for Payday 2

Overkill, Payday 2’s developer, announced that it will continue support for the tittle until 2017. The studio apparently has reached a deal with publisher 505 Games that will allow it to deliver content for two more years. The current model for Payday 2 mixes free updates, optional paid DLCs and new campaigns.

“We’ve seen many of your comments already. At Overkill, we are still celebrating,” producer Almir Listo explained in a new blog post. “We are very excited about this. On behalf of the rest of the crew, thank you everyone for your support through the years! We wouldn’t be where we are without you guys! We will honor your support by continue supporting Payday 2 for two more years. Alright! We have a lot in store for the rest of the year and have no time to rest.”

Overkill stated that it is currently getting ready to release the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the title with all DLCs up to date this June. Also, the developer has a detailed roadmap of paid and free content updates laid out and with a database of over 9 million users, it would only make sense for them to continue support for the title and keep its fans happy.

“We could [make Payday 3],” Listo stated. “But it would just bite us back in the end.”We want to build a long-term relationship with the community. Five years ago we barely existed. We’ve always respected them and their devotion to the Payday universe.”

Overkill is said to also be working on a new The Walking Dead title and a mysterious sci-fi project called Storm, which is due in 2016.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

Play Snake with no Monitor on CoolerMaster’s QuickFire Rapid-i

Feeling a bit bored and looking for something extra to do? Work or school computers have locked down every game and Reddit links are all purple, even on the 120th page? It’s time to get yourself a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard which will give you the ability to play snake – without any monitor involved.

Jeroen Domburg has hacked CM’s new device, allowing you to play a classic game of snake as seen on the old Nokia phones – utilizing the back-light and arrow keys for all operation. Designed as a little side-project and something to make you look like you’re working, Domburgs hack see’s your snake travel across the whole keyboard face, picking up the tittle extenders along the way, making the game harder and your snake longer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to games on your smartphone and the possibility of looking like you’re working whilst at work, look no further than this handy crack.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

“Storm” Available Now On Xbox Live & PlayStation Network

It is with zen-like happiness that indiePub Entertainment and Namco Bandai Games Europe announces the official release of Storm for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Take a deep breath and prepare for a tranquil journey through the seasons with Storm, an ambient, ethereal experience where you use natural phenomena to guide a simple seed to fertile soil so it can take root and spring to life.

The game has already received rave reviews from the gaming community and offers a mix of gaming hits such as Braid and Flower, if that’s not enough to temp your indie loving mind then nothing is!

In Storm you use the subtleties and strengths of nature to move a broken branch, fill a small pond or make snow fall to solve puzzles and create natural paths. Take your time and explore nature’s nooks or simply enjoy the ambiance as you float, blow and bounce a seed to the perfect place to take root. Relax and enjoy Adventure, Challenge or Spirit modes, each set in gorgeous environments and enhanced by soothing, nature-inspired soundscapes.

Storm will be available for Xbox Live on June 14, 2014 (worldwide) and for PlayStation Network on June 18, 2013 (US) for 80 MP/$9.99/€9.99. Storm is also available for PC (Windows) through the Storm web site at  for $9.99.

Thankyou IndiePub for providing us with this information

Computex: Tesoro Technology And Nadeo Announce Shootmania Partnership

Tesoro Technology and Nadeo have announced a partnership to bring the best gaming experience to Shootmania. Tesoro Technology USA Inc. are a manufacturer of premium gaming products and they’ve joined joins Nadeo, a Paris based video game developer and creator of global hits such as Shootmania, TrackMania, QuestMania and even the Virtual Skipper series. The cooperation promises to bring to fans Tesoro sponsored tournaments for Shootmania, special promotions and potential future new series of features and products.

The first combined collaboration will be seen during Computex 2013 exhibition in Taiwan, where fans can experience new Tesoro premium gaming gear while competing in newest Nadeo title – Shootmania: Storm. Further, partnership promises to bring contests and promotions for gamers to win Tesoro products through Tesoro and Shootmania’s Facebook and social media pages.

“Tesoro Technology USA Inc is a team of multi-nationals gaming enthusiasts, with an objective to design unique products specially catered to the gamers. Tesoro focus on PC gaming and its mission is to create products with better design, reaching for peak performances and extreme high quality.” – Tesoro

Thank you Tesoro and Nadeo for providing us with this information

 

World of Tanks Blitz to Storm Tablets and Smartphones

Wargaming announced World of Tanks Blitz, a free-to-play mobile MMO action game built specifically for tablet and smartphones. Inspired by the PC version of World of Tanks, World of Tanks Blitz delivers all of the action, team-work and strategic gameplay the series is known for, all in a portable and instantly accessible experience.

World of Tanks Blitz will feature several nations, including the USA, Germany, and the USSR, and an impressive roster of vehicles that include medium tanks, heavy tanks and tank destroyers, each with their own unique qualities. Taking advantage of the platforms’ touch-screen technology, players will need little more than their thumbs and skills to head into battle. But, just as in World of Tanks, success will take more than just an itchy trigger finger, with true tank commander success being dependent on mastery of the game’s incredibly deep tactical elements and team-based gameplay.

Playable on a wide array of Android and iOS devices, World of Tanks Blitz delivers console-quality visuals and realistic physics that ensure every enemy confrontation and shell hits with true-to-life impact. Whether commuting to work or resting at home, players can experience short, intense 7 versus 7 PVP battles almost instantly.

“With World of Tanks Blitz we’re doing our best to give players a gaming experience that would rival anything they could find on a console,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “We’ve always been committed to bringing World of Tanks to new platforms and we’re excited to give players a chance to experience the game in a whole new way.”

World of Tanks Blitz joins the recently announced World of Tanks Generals, a browser based TCG set in the World of Tanks universe, as the latest example of the company’s expanded multiplatform growth strategy into the mobile space. Both games will also fit into the soon to be launched Wargaming.net Service, which sees all Wargaming titles unified under a single unified login system.