Lian Li Enters the Peripheral Market With a Giveaway


It isn’t often that we as the press get taken by surprise, but today is such a day as Lian Li revealed their entry into the peripheral market with their first ever mouse and keyboard. Usually, we already expected a launch, got hints, teasers, and heads-up notifications, but Lian Li chose to take us all with a surprise this time. To top it all off, Lian Li launched a giveaway for this at the same time.

Very little is known about the new Lian Li peripherals yet and there aren’t any official product pages online yet, but we do have eyes to spot some things based on the limited information. The new line of Mice and Keyboards is called the TerminAL series and comes in a total of 6 colour options: Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Green, and Red.

The keyboard is a brushed aluminium keyboard with a flat design, but that’s about the information that we get now. There is no mention of switch types, whether it’s mechanical or membrane, and whether it has some extra and unique features.

The TerminAL mouse features two thumb buttons beside the normal left and right mouse button and a scroll wheel. Anything else is up to anyone’s guess right now.

 

We shouldn’t forget about the promotion either, the one where you can be the first one to own one of these new sets in the colour of your choice. The giveaway can be found via Facebook or Lian Li’s blog site. All you have to do to participate is to cast a vote on which colour option you like best.

“We will be giving away three of each color for a total of eighteen combos. Cast your vote anytime from today, March 1st to Friday, March 25th for a chance to win your preferred color! Winners for each color – one per color, six total winners – will be announced every seven days until the end of the event.”

Town Bans Solar Panels For “Sucking Up All The Energy Of The Sun”

Solar panels are a great step in renewable energy. They are constantly being upgraded, from absorbing new areas of the light spectrum to being made see-through. Companies and governments are understanding their importance and role they could play in renewable energy, France has even made it a legal requirement to use them if your building a new office. MIT recently said that solar panels could power the planet’s energy requirements alone, and with the steps they are making that means fewer panels for the same amount of energy, doing away with things like nuclear or coal stations. The reason we don’t see more solar panels? Fear and recently Woodland, North Carolina, proved this by voting to not only stop development on a solar farm but also to ban all future solar farms.

Woodland Town Council recently voted to stop a rezoning application that would have allowed the development of a solar farm. Retired science Teacher Jane Mann told Roanoke-Chowan News Herald that she had witnessed plants around the solar panels going brown and dying because they didn’t get enough solar energy. She went on to question the number of cancer deaths in the area saying no one could tell that solar panels didn’t cause cancer.

Bobby Mann, a local, stated that he had watched communities dry up when the I-95 was built and that solar panels would do the same to Woodland. He continued to say that solar farms would “suck up all the energy from the sun”.

The development of a newly renamed “solar vacuums” are on hold as we wonder what education and scientific principle were used to ban solar farms, while not perfect they are environmentally friendly and to go so far as voting on a moratorium on future solar farms with these “facts”, we hope they rethink the issue through soon.

Do you have solar panels? How have you found them? Do you like the idea of a solar farm outside your local area to help power the community or are you afraid of the effects the new technology may have?

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Dream Gaming Machine Global Online Campaign

ASUS Republic of Gamers division recently invited a dozen world-class modders to build twelve dream gaming machines with very few conditions. The system should be based on either G20 and GR8 gaming desktops or the G57 gaming laptop and the modding should be completed in just 30 hours. The outcome and modded systems look amazing.

You can even vote on your favourite build out of the twelve and the best part of all, you can win a gaming system yourself by doing so. ROG are asking their fans to vote for their favorite Dream Gaming Machine in a global online poll, between 30th March to 27th April 2015, with voters able to win ROG G20 and GR8 gaming desktops with VG248QE and VG278HE ultra-fast 144Hz gaming monitors, and G751 gaming laptops.

 

You can vote once a day to increase your odds and bonus giveaways are triggered with each 10.000 global votes. The bonus prizes include the ROG Gladius mouse and Whetstone mouse pad.

The winners are picked randomly and announced on the global Facebook page. Sounds good to me, I’ll go vote for my favourite right now. You can watch build videos that include interviews as well as more photos on the same page, worth a checkout.



FCC Votes for Net Neutrality in Landmark Vote

The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to implement Title II regulation upon internet service providers, introducing a set of strict rules ensuring net neutrality. The Commission voted 3-to-2 in favour of the regulation as part of a historic vote in the history of the internet.

The vote was attended by a number of web and technology dignitaries, including the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Apple Co-Foudner, Steve Wozniak. Berners-Lee added his support before the vote, saying “We have to add net neutrality to a list of basic market conditions that we protect.” Well it appears that the FCC agreed, as a majority decided to align with Tom Wheeler, the head of the Commission, who lead an impassioned speech in support of the regulation.

The ruling now puts internet access alongside the provision of utilities, in that it should be provided equally and fairly to all, prohibiting companies from creating ‘fast lanes’ and other measures that could limit the openness of the web. That’s in the US at least.

Source: The Verge

EU Votes In Favor Of Breaking Up Google

The Euopean Parliament has voted in favour of ‘breaking up’ Google.

MEPs (Member of European Parliament) voted 384 to 174. The Parliament itself can’t break up Google directly, but the vote will place pressure on EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager to take action.

The motion, which was raised by Andreas Schwab, a German Christian Democrat, and Ramon Tremosa, a Spanish liberal, says that Google is operating unfairly, by using its estimated 90% share of the search engine market to promote its own products and services.

Select European countries, most notably Germany, have also shown displeasure with the way Google aggregates news content, without passing on revenues to the publisher.

While it’s believed the EU won’t exactly break up Google, they may receive a hefty fine. The BBC says that the previous EU competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, suggested that the only way to solve this problem, was to fine the company $5 Billion.

Source: The Telegraph, BBC News

European Parliament Votes To Scrap Roaming Fees In EU

Here in Europe we are struck with high mobile phone call charges, extortionate data rates and more while roaming. With smartphones churning through more data than ever thanks for high-speed connections such as 4G, not to mention our modern thirst for data consumption and communication things can get expensive quite quickly when you’re travelling outside of the country where your phone is registered.

Huge reforms are on the way for the telecoms industry here in Europe, and the biggest as that they’re now trying to push forward to make sure that the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in another EU country will remain the same as what you would expect to pay at home. The only downside is that this change isn’t due to take effect until around December 2015, and it still requires approval from EU governments.

The only people unhappy about this are telecoms giants, the local EU governments will be eager to push forward on this one as the flexibility it would give to citizens and the economy are absolutely huge. With 94% of travelling Europeans said to heavily limit their data use while travelling within Europe, there is obviously a huge barrier for the consumer, so as much as this could help businesses, it will also allow loved ones to stay in touch with their families while travelling.

The vote on the new pricing structure package was voted in by 534 vote to 25, ending with the EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes saying: “consumers are fed up with being ripped off”.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

2013 Indie Of The Year Has Begun

As another year comes to an end, it is time once again to begin our search for the Players’ Choice Independent Game of the Year. In 2013 Desura joins as the major sponsor, offering $15,000 in digital distribution prize money to the winning games.

After amassing a record 78,000 votes in 2012 which resulted in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare being crowned the eventual winner (Minecraft won in 2010, Terraria in 2011), voting booths have been added to all game profiles on IndieDB. With amazing indies such as Risk of Rain, The Stanley Parable, Rogue Legacy and so many more all releasing in 2013, it is now up to the players to click the “vote” button and help us crown 2013’s best.

Scott Reismanis, the Founder of IndieDB, commented, “Indie DB has grown massively this year, as indies continue their meteoric rise propelled by Sony, Microsoft and all publishers looking to score the next indie darling. Nominations have already started to pour in, and it is exciting to see the games jostling for a spot in the top 100 which will be announced on the 11th of December.”

Until January 1st join us in celebrating all that is great about our beloved independent game developers by participating and voting to decide the top 100, and the overall ultimate winner.

For information about how to vote and a live scoreboard head to the official site. Personally, my vote is going on Solarix, but let us know who gets your vote in the comments section below.

Thank you IndieDB for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of IndieDB.