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COUGAR's new 450K hybrid mechanical keyboard looks quite promosing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 46 mins ago

Announced in a recently issued press release, COUGAR's new 450K keyboard sits alongside the freshly-promoted 450M mouse and is compatible with the COUGAR UIX software system.




Set for release early in 2016, this hybrid mechanical switch board aims to offer users a splash-proof design and tactile feedback. While not a true mechanical, this board is released with three LED backlighting options, macros and function remapping capabilities as per all top-tier products.


The main reason this looks quite promising is because of the chunky nature of the design. Reminding us of the 'keyboards of old', COUGAR has done a good job here making a keyboard look chunky without looking like a space abomination - unlike some others. There's no massive flaps and chunks hanging off the side, there's no fake metal bolts and there's no slew of 90 macro keys. For those who like something study, simple and yet a little fancy, I'm quite interested in seeing the reviews that come out of this product, especially looking at how the keys perform when under pressure.

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SilverStone releases case designed specifically for Intel NUC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 hour, 47 mins ago

As announced in a recently issued press release, SilverStone is looking to help any reference Intel NUC product shine, releasing this chassis that will mount on the rear of any VESA enabled monitor.




The PTS01 supports a 9mm thick 2.5" HDD or SSD for storage, while being compatible with any SATA III or USB 3.0 interface. This SATA III inclusion is a move by SilverStone in order to help the consumer, with the press release citing limitations due to mSATA storage costs as being a major factor throughout its chassis design process.


Constructed out of an aluminium and steel frame, the PTS01 will be available from December 2 and will cost around $29.

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Riot Games will be punishing 'toxic behavior' in League of Legends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 3 mins ago

Riot Games isn't happy with the "toxic behavior" found in League of Legends, so for the first time ever the developer will be locking players out of the new crafting and loot system. Lead Game Designer of Social Systems for Riot, Jeffrey Lin, said to Polygon in an interview: "If you're a player who is punished for toxicity or intentional feeding or so on, you can't get loot".




The new crafting and loot system for League of Legends will roll out next year, with the loot system featuring chests and key drops when the game is finished. The keys will unlock the chests (duh) with a loot system including seven-day rentals for new characters, up to and including full character and skin unlocks. This is the first time League of legends has rewarded new character skins for free.


Lin added that Riot is still working on the "details on the point at which a player's account will be cut off, he confirmed that players who are consistently tagged for negative behavior will not get any drops. Likewise, they will not be able to use crafting, where undesired drops can be traded in for something else", reports Polygon.


"We really want the system to be a reward", Lin continued, adding: "It's a new carrot for playing with friends and for being a positive player in the game. We've never been able to give skins for free before in League of Legends, so this is our way of saying, 'Hey, if you're a positive player in the game, here's your way of earning something just for playing the game and being awesome".

Amazon password leak sees some user accounts reset

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 hours, 49 mins ago

After users had their Amazon account passwords force-reset by the company itself, it has become apparent that a leak was possibly afoot.




In an email to customers, Amazon stated that it "recently discovered that your password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party." While this email assured users that the issue was fixed "to prevent this exposure," Amazon also made sure to point out that no third party will have had access to your private password information.


ZDNet reported that these warning emails were coming from both and While had implemented two-factor authentication for users recently, it's UK counterpart has not yet installed this safety mechanism.

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Electronic Arts releases Star Wars RPG game for smartphones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 3 hours, 50 mins ago

Released alongside a short press release, Electronic Arts has announced its latest app venture in the form of an Apple and Android compatible smartphone game called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.




This game urges users to "collect iconic characters from every corner of the Star Wars universe, build powerful teams, and craft cunning strategies to battle through memorable locations," being released as a free-to-play game through Google Play and the Apple App Store. With squads available for both light and dark sides of the force, Galaxy of Heroes has been produced by Capital Games. There's also a seemingly strong focus on strategy, with the press release further mentioning that each custom team can be constantly upgraded with new gear and loot won through battles.


As this is a free-to-play game, there must be some way for the companies involved to make a return, but that hasn't been highlighted just yet.

Disney downplaying opening numbers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 1 min ago

While $50 million in pre-sale tickets have been sold for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney is downplaying some of the estimates of the domestic opening of the movie - with some estimates seeing the movie hitting $300 million.




Disney is predicting around $170 million for the opening weekend, with other estimates having it open to somewhere between $185 million and $210 million. The biggest December opener in the United States until now is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which pulled in $85 million, less than half of the lower estimates for The Force Awakens.


But, The Force Awakens is now going to be fighting huge openings like Jurassic World, which stomped away with $208.8 million.

The first DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront drops on December 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 56 mins ago

We've previously reported that the first DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront would arrive next year, but it looks like it'll be here earlier than we thought - with EA preparing the first DLC for the game for next week. If you haven't already checked out the 'Toddyhancer' graphics mod for Battlefront, you really need to, it looks awesome.




EA has teased new artwork for the new map, which will drop on December 1 for anyone who pre-ordered Battlefront, for everyone else it will be released one week later on December 8. The free Star Wars: The Force Awakens back story is called 'The Battle of Jakku', which takes place 29 years before the events in the movie. EA has reiterated that the two new maps that will be arriving in the DLC will help set the stage for The Force Awakens.


The DLC will also include a new gameplay mode dubbed Turning Point, where 40 players can duke it out in the Rebel Alliance as you fight against the Empire. Rebels will need to clear various checkpoints on the way to securing the Empire's base.

Intel sub-contractor had friend make hoax bomb call to avoid work

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 55 mins ago

Most people have had those days when they just don't want to go to work, but Aaron O'Neill took it a step too far by asking his friend to call in a bomb threat at his work, so he wouldn't have to slump into his job as a sub-contractor at Intel after a big night of drinking and recreational drugs.




O'Neill paid his friend Colin Hammond to call in a hoax bomb threat to Intel, which ended up with a motorway being shut down, disrupting air traffic control and stopped some 4000 employees at Intel from having to go to work. Intel reportedly lost around 6000 hours of production in a "conservative estimate" according to Garda Eamonn McFadden.


Hammond called the authorities, saying that there were bombs located at Intel that would explode in 12 hours. Hammond told emergency services: "You will not find them. This is a warning, we're everywhere now". When asked who was making the call, Hammond stepped over a big line by saying he was a part of the terror cell "Islamic State".

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First 'Captain America: Civil War' trailer hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 8 hours, 48 mins ago

With Disney looking beyond the eagerly awaited Star Wars sequel 'The Force Awakens', they've just dropped the new trailer for the first Marvel release of 2016 - 'Captain America: Civil War'.



Returning Chris Evans as Captain America as well as 'Avengers' cast members Robert Downey, Jr, Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Mackie, the plot of the film has Cap going head to head with Iron Man.


'Captain America: Civil War' hits 3D and 2D cinemas worldwide in May 2016.

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BIOSTAR announces DirectX 12 ready GTX 950 for $199

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 9 hours, 20 mins ago

Brandishing 768 CUDA cores and 2GB of GDDR5 memory, BIOSTAR's GeForce GAMING GTX 950 is set up for DirectX 12 and 1080p gaming. With further support for NVIDIA PhysX and DSR technology, this new card will set users back only $199 off the shelf.




Outputs on this new product include four monitor support through dual-DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI, with NVIDIA-exclusive features on offer to improve user experience, including GeForce Experience, Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), Multi-Frame SuperSampling, native PhysX acceleration and more.


Branded as DirectX 12 ready, this video card features an LED illuminated BIOSTAR logo with it's own 'Warship design'. More information can be found on BIOSTAR's GeForce GTX 950 here.

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