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Smartwatch maker Pebble rumored to be in financial troubles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 52 mins ago

Even though Pebble raised $1 million just 49 minutes for its new smartwatch, breaking Kickstarter records, the smartwatch maker is reportedly experiencing financial troubles, reports TechCrunch.

 

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Sources close to the site have said that Pebble is "trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company's requests for new capital". Pebble currently employs 150 employees, and is still on the look out for more. But even after one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever, Pebble is still chasing additional funds from VCs in order to continue its growth, with the company even applying for a bank loan "in order to stay afloat".

 

Many employees are reportedly unhappy with the direction of Pebble, as it has moved away from its original intentions, and now looking to compete against the likes of Apple and its Watch, Google with its various Android Wear-powered devices, and more. A current employee of Pebble said: "We're a young company. The outlook for Pebble is very positive. It's been a remarkable journey thus far".

ZOTAC intros two new ZBOX R Series mini PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 hour, 53 mins ago

Leading up to Computex 2015 early next month, ZOTAC has just unveiled their new ZBOX R Series of mini PCs, where RAID is a big feature. The two new models are the ZBOX RI531 series, and the ZBOX RI323.

 

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Starting with the new ZBOX RI323, we have RAID support thanks to its two storage bays, while the RI531 has three storage bays. The ZOTAC ZBOX RI531 packs Intel's fifth-generation "Broadwell" processor in the form of the Core i3 CPU, with ZOTAC offering up a "PLUS" version of the ZBOX RI531 which features 4GB of RAM and a 64GB mSATA SSD. Below, we have the full specs of the new ZOTAC ZBOX mini PCs:

 

ZOTAC ZBOX RI323

  • CPU: Intel 2961Y processor
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Display Output: HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.2 (2560 x 1600 @60Hz)
  • Connectivity: Dual gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage: 2 x SATA HDD/SSD bays (RAID 0, 1 ready)

 

ZOTAC ZBOX RI531

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-5010U processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Display Output: HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.2 (3840 x 2160 @60Hz)
  • Connectivity: Dual gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage: 1 x mSATA slot, 2 x SATA HDD/SSD bays (RAID 0, 1 ready)

Jeremy Clarkson in first post Top Gear interview accepts some blame

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 hours, 47 mins ago

Everyone learned a new word recently and that was 'fracas'. There was a lot of discussion, speculation, anger, sadness and disbelief around Jeremy Clarksons removal and the termination of the world's most popular TV show Top gear.

 

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To summarize what happened for you, Clarskon got into a fight (fracas) with his producer which resulted in his termination from the show. In his first (brief) interview since this sacking took place, Clarkson stated that "it was my own silly fault so I can hardly complain" and also that he "didn't actually anticipate not doing it anymore at the time."

 

Sadness aside, Clarkson reflected on his ex-co workers, lamenting "I like the BBC" adding "there are some dreadful people in it, but there are also some really talented people and I'll thank them for it, for some time now."

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Artist leaves Naughty Dog for Ubisoft, comes back to Naughty Dog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 56 mins ago

Environment Artist David Ballard used to work with Naughty Dog on games like Uncharted and The Last of Us, but left the studio last September to join Ubisoft's San Francisco office. After nine months with the Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed developer, he left and walked back through the doors of Naughty Dog.

 

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Ballard was working on a "AAA next-gen title" over at Ubisoft, but there's no other information available on that title. But now that he is back at Naughty Dog, Ballard has a new position: Multiplayer Level Layout Artist.

 

Naughty Dog should be showing off Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for the PlayStation 4 at E3 2015 next month.

MSI boasts world's first Microsoft Windows 10 certification

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 3 hours, 56 mins ago

With the H81M-P33 motherboard leading the charge, MSI has just issued a press release boasting official Microsoft WHQL certification and is the first motherboard company to do so.

 

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Claiming that the MSI Click BIOS 4 is optimized for Windows 10 users, this will help end users with advanced stability when in use.

 

You can view the official certification here.

Japan submits a solid entry to the Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 5 hours, 6 mins ago

Here at TweakTown we recently covered Stuart Tonks' dual Intel Xeon addition to the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD invitational, but we noticed that one of the seven modders was being a little left out - Japan's Fabio Moma.

 

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Sponsored by Thermaltake, Avexir, ASUS ROG and Kingston HyperX, this blue-lit build of Thermaltake's Core series chassis is adeptly named 'Colossus X' and features some neat LED work to help produce a cool-feeling futuristic build - said to be "based on the comic book heroes" as pointed out in Moma's build log.

 

Complete with an extremely polished front panel, the components within can be viewed in the full story.

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EK pushes new Supremacy EVO X99 LGA2011v3 water block to the market

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 5 hours, 55 mins ago

Watercooling is well and truly back into the mainstream market, with EK riding the wave through some high quality products. In a recent press release, the new Supremacy EVO X99 LGA2011v3 water block was announced as ready and available.

 

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Modelled here on an ASRock and GIGABYTE board, this water block is designed as the "highest performance CPU water block for Intel X99 / LGA-2011-3 platform" as pointed out by EK, adding that the total package "comes with pre-assembled, error-preventing mounting mechanism."

 

Designed with a copper base, EK claims this product to be so effective due to advanced heat dissipation through the use of thin liquid channels for your coolant to navigate through.

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Another underdog chassis company continuing the minimalism trend

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 7 hours, 3 mins ago

We've started covering a few different brands here recently on TweakTown in order to give everyone a feel for what is happening on the technology market from end to end. In recent news, Anidees has released its new AI6 v2 chassis, further perpetuating the minimalistic trend as seen in recent years.

 

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Featuring a brushed metal and mainly black look, this case is an expansion on the original AI6 design, boasting an added SD card reader and fan controller to the original 2x USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports originally on offer.

 

Coupled with this is improved watercooling support for three 240mm radiators placed in the top, front and bottom of the chassis.

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The new Need for Speed is coming coupled with wild feature claims

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 1 min ago

After we reported on the new New for Speed release information said to be coming on May 21st - we were certainly correct.

 

 

As seen in a recent press release, Ghost Games, an EA studio, has announced the return of Need for Speed and a "full reboot of this storied franchise." Featuring advanced customization, urban car culture, a nocturnal open world and intense narrative this upcoming title is making big claims from the get-go.

 

Said to be involving car culture from past, present and future, we're interested to see how much research Ghost Games and EA have done into exactly what is to be included. For those interested in cars, I'm wondering if we're going to see a great tribute to Paul Walker (think: World of Warcraft's tribute to Robin Williams) alongside an abundance of Toyota/Subaru/Scion FT86 cars everywhere 'modded' with coilovers and rims.

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The US has released the al-Qaeda application form for digital reading

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 8 hours, 13 mins ago

Alongside asking for the name of your grandfather and what occupation your father holds, al-Qaeda's application form is a quite extensive piece of writing as seen on Vox and released by the US Government recently as it has now been declassified.

 

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This form was found as part of Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and is now available for public reading. Alongside in-depth religious questions, the applicant is asked about previous military experience, personal hobbies and investigations on if the prospective al-Qaeda employee has any relations to Pakistan.

 

Written quite well, it's certainly an interesting insight into what helps back al-Qaeda. It may look basic to you on the news, but there is some form of administration that must keep the whole thing afloat and this form helps portray that. Another interesting point is that it asks the applicant if they "wish to execute a suicide operation".

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