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Facebook to outfit 50% its data centers with renewable energy by 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 5:38 am

Facebook hasn't just announced its new Fort Worth, Texas-based data center, but it has also said that it plans to power 50% of its data centers with renewable energy by 2018.

 

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The new Fort Worth-based data center is 100% powered by wind energy, but the new plan of 50% of its data centers being green is good to see, especially when we think that the social networking giant wants to see 25% of its data centers powered by renewable energy by the end of the year.

 

In the end, Facebook wants to see all of its data centers powered by renewable energy, so it has quite the task ahead of them. The company has worked with Citi Energy, Starwood Energy, and Alterra Power in order to deliver a 17,000 acre wind farm online for its new Fort Worth data center, which will see 200MW of energy pumped into Texas.

Han Solo standalone 'Star Wars' film announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 5:23 am

Ahead of the annual San Diego Comic Con which will be the epicenter of all things geeky for the next week, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they given the greenlight to a second 'Star Wars' anthology film, which will revolve around the legendary "stuck up, half-witted scruffy-looking nerf-herder" (not to mention all round cool guy) Han Solo.

 

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To be directed by '22 Jump Street' and 'Lego Movie' directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the upcoming film will feature a much younger Han Solo and thus won't see the return of 72 year-old Harrison Ford in his much loved role. The as-yet unnamed film is the fourth Star Wars film in production. The first anthology film 'Rogue One' will be released in December 2016.

Samsung profits expected to fall short, even with Galaxy S6 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 4:39 am

Even with the release of two flagship smartphones, Samsung is expecting its operating profits to be down this quarter. The company expected to make $6.3 billion for the three-month period, but will most likely end up wrapping up the quarter with $6.1 billion instead.

 

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This is a 4.2% drop to the same period of 2014, but it represents the seventh straight quarter in a row that Samsung has had profit drops, where it is finding it hard to compete against Apple in the high-end market, and Chinese rival Xiaomi in the low and mid-range markets. The Galaxy S6 was meant to represent a big change for Samsung, and while the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were received well by reviewers and consumers, it doesn't look like it was enough to pull Samsung's profits up.

 

Samsung expected the normal Galaxy S6 to sell four-to-one units compared to the S6 edge, but the S6 edge ended up being the most-wanted out of the two, leading Samsung into shortages. Before it could produce more handsets, stock shortages started happening, which led to Samsung losing many more sales than it could've had. Now the company has more S6 units on hand than it wanted, and can't get them out of the door quick enough, leading the company with the possibility of reducing the price on the S6 to boost sales.

No Man's Sky shown off in a new 18-minute gameplay video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 3:29 am

No Man's Sky from Hello Games is one of the most ambitious games I've ever seen, where it features an unlimited amount of exploration. You can land on a planet and go exploring, or you can float through the sea of stars that makes up many universes.

 

 

IGN has posted an 18-minute gameplay video of No Man's Sky, which was powered by a PS4. IGN sat down with the founder of Hello Games, Sean Murray, which you can check out above.

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F1 2015 gameplay captured on PC at 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 1:41 am

The first footage of F1 2015 running on the PC is here, with Codemasters' latest racing title pumping out 1080p at 60FPS. Take that, consoles.

 

 

There are two videos to enjoy, the one above which is 'Spa in the Rain with Hamilton' and the one below, 'Silverstone with Hamilton'. Both videos are a great example of how good F1 2015 is shaping up to be, but which racing title looks better so far? Project CARS, or F1 2015?

 

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Realtek has produced a new onboard LAN chip aimed at gamers

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 7, 2015 1:02 pm

Said to be targeting motherboards to be placed in online gaming PC builds, Realtek is looking to win back some lost market share in the DIY motherboard scene - taken by Intel and Killer over the past few years. The new Realtek Dragon is said to offer lower latencies for those wanting to play games online.

 

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This chip features the new Realtek RTL8118AS, showcasing gigabit Ethernet speeds. Said to offer better performance for small packet traffic and lower power consumption than competitors, Realtek has released a fancy new logo for this model as seen above - asking motherboard manufacturers to print it onto the PCB.

 

Set for debut in LGA1151 motherboards through the help of ECS, there has been no other mentioned manufacturers taking this new Realtek design on board just yet.

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Meet the low-profile GELID Polar 1U air cooler for Intel LGA115x

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 7, 2015 11:35 am

Air cooling is certainly still a thing, even though the plethora of mods seen in the current market sometimes make us think it is not. One of the latest releases is Polar's 1U low-profile CPU cooler, designed for Intel LGA115x processors.

 

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As part of its SILENT product line, this cooler is designed with HTPC, Panel PC, Car PC and 1U server applications in mind - all thanks to its 27mm tall heat sink. Claiming an improved heat sink fin design, this product weighs in at a tiny 127g.

 

Including a frameless 75mm spinner complete with GELID PWM controls, also on offer is pre-installed GC-2 thermal compound and a design suited for Intel Celeron, Pentium Dual-Core, Core i3 and Core i5 chips - expect a TDP of 65W to be your maximum.

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Storage is no sweat for the Transcend StoreJet 8TB USB 3.0 drive

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 7, 2015 10:01 am

Offering transfer speeds if up to 200 MB/s, Transcend's new 35T3 8TB USB 3.0 external HDD sets out to solve all of your portable storage needs. Housing more data than many home NAS setups, this 3.5" external hard drive boasts the ability to transfer a 4.7GB DVD movie in 24 seconds flat.

 

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Including "One Touch auto-backup" integration for instantaneous backup and synchronization of your personal data, also on offer is Transcend's data management software which also assists in backup processes and securing private information.

 

If 8TB isn't what you're after, the 35T3 can also be found in 3TB and 4TB models, with this whole range being coupled with a three-year limited manufacturer warranty.

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XIGMATEK pushes its a bright red power supply to market, the S550

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 7, 2015 8:29 am

It's not often you see a power supply as brightly colored as this and that isn't always a bad thing. For those looking at a bright color-schemed build, XIGMATEK has offered up its 550W 80 Plus Silver power supply to the market.

 

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Featuring a single +12V rail, Core C6/C7 states support, a modular design and cooling through the utilization of a 135mm LED fan, this power supply is designed with single video card consumer systems in mind.

 

The XIGMATEK Vector S550 offers connections including a 24-pin ATX plug, an 8+8 pin EPS, two 6+2 pin PCIe plugs, six SATA power options, three Molex and one Berg plug.

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