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Das Keyboard wants to help you transport your precious keyboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week ago

There has been some similar products hit the shelves thanks to Razer and Tt eSPORTS in the recent past and now it seems Das Keyboard has hit the scene and turned it up a notch with an announcement of the Das Keyboard Gaming Sling.

 

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This product isn't anything too new, but the re-announcement comes about due to a large 65% discount being run online right now. This product, explained by Das to be "your number one defense against damage on the go," will fit within your keyboard and other peripherals alongside accessories, cables and even Windows backup CD's - just in case!

 

Sitting at $75, this protective case is made out of weather-resistant ballistic nylon and certainly isn't a suit-everyone design. However, if you're constantly heading to LANs and are looking for an alternative to something like Tt eSPORTS' dragon bag - it isn't a bad investment.

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Dell, Samsung led slipping PC monitor market during Q1 of 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week ago

There were more than 29 million monitors shipped during Q1 2015, a 12 percent drop year-over-year, according to the IDC research group. To make things worse, IDC expects a year-over-year drop of 3.4 percent for the entire market, and it looks like things will only get bleaker for companies trying to get consumers to upgrade.

 

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During Q1, Dell (15.8 percent), Samsung (12.7 percent), HP (11.5 percent), LG (9.7 percent), and Lenovo (9.1 percent) controlled the market. However, Lenovo was the only company in the top five that actually grew when compared to Q1 2014 - with Samsung, HP, and LG all seeing double-digit drops.

 

"Although there were a few bright spots - Japan experienced a gain of 2.0% over the previous quarter after four consecutive quarters of decline - IDC expects the trend of declining monitor shipments to continue for the near term," said Phuong Hang, director of worldwide trackers at IDC. "Some improvements may come later in the forecast as new product campaigns spark a modest recovery in the consumer segment, aided by contributions from the SMB and SOHO segments."

US officials think China is behind massive OPM data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

Political tensions between the United States and China have been strained for a number of reasons in recent months, and things won't suddenly get better. US intelligence chief James Clapper believes China is the leading suspect in the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, which left millions of government workers at risk of identity theft.

 

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Here is what Clapper said while speaking at a recent Washington intelligence conference: "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," based on the sophistication of the data theft. The first two attacks stole more than 4 million records, and it's been reported that up to 18 million files could have been affected.

 

"It's something that we agreed needs to be addressed and hopefully it can be addressed soon," said John Kirby, US State Department spokesman, during a recent press conference.

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Nintendo: Sony and Microsoft will steal ideas from its new console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week ago

We've been hearing about Nintendo's next generation 'NX console' for a while now, but the company hasn't laid out any details on NX at all. It has been a secret, known only as NX.

 

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The Japanese gaming giant is being secretive about it as it doesn't want its competitors in Sony and Microsoft to steal any of its ideas. In a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata said: "We can't talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won't be surprised. This would not be beneficial for the company or its shareholders. The NX is new hardware, and will start from 0. However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient. We will continue making 3DS and Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U".

 

We know to not expect anything from Nintendo on NX until 2016, but it looks like whatever the company is working on, we could hopefully be in for one of the most unique consoles released.

UC Berkeley developing robot cockroach able to navigate itself

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

The US Army is helping fund a research project at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on developing intelligent robots that don't require extra sensors or software. The robot, which physically looks like a cockroach, is able to overcome obstacles on its own.

 

 

The ability to teach robots and AI to identify - and successfully navigate obstacles without human guidance - is a difficult task.

 

"The majority of robotics studies have been solving the problem of obstacles by avoiding them, which largely depends on using sensors to map out the environment and algorithms that plan a path to go around obstacles... however, when the terrain becomes densely cluttered, especially as gaps between obstacles become comparable or even smaller than robot size, this approach starts to run into problems as a clear path cannot be mapped," said Chen Li, lead author of the UC Berkeley research, in the Bioinspiration & Biomimetics journal.

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NVIDIA rumored to unveil new Maxwell-powered Quadro cards at SIGGRAPH

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

It looks like we can expect NVIDIA to unveil a few new professional-grade video cards in the coming months, with their latest drivers adding support for three new video cards.

 

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These cards are the NVIDIA Quadro M5000, Quadro M4000 and Tesla M60. The Quadro M cards will most likely be unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2015 which kicks off on August 9, with both the M5000 and M4000 cards based on the GM204GL graphics processor. This will see NVIDIA shift from the Kepler-based GPUs to Maxwell-based GPUs, which should see a drastic drop in temperatures and power consumption.

Miyamoto: Virtual reality isn't currently a good fit for Nintendo

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week ago

Virtual reality was one of the most popular topics during E3 2015 earlier this month, but Nintendo isn't quite on the VR bandwagon. Although the company is paying attention to VR developments, it's seen as a technology that doesn't fall in line with Nintendo's current game production philosophy: be fun and social.

 

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Microsoft and Sony appear to be fully onboard VR hardware support - and game development - hoping consumers are okay with wearables designed to enhance the gaming experience.

 

"The current types of virtual reality aren't really a good fit for Nintendo's philosophy of trying to create entertainment that people can play together in the living room," said Shigeru Miyamoto, game design legend behind Mario, told Yahoo Games during E3. "We're constantly looking at different technology and experimenting with different elements of it, but we're not feeling virtual reality is currently in a place where it's ready to be released - as a product that fits with our philosophy of fitting in the living room."

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Valve updates the Steam for Android app with a new UI and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week ago

Valve has finally updated the Steam for Android app, which has leaped from v1.1 right up to v2.0. The new Steam for Android app includes a totally revamped UI, something that Valve is calling "material".

 

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The navigation drawer, according to Android Police, has "been completely rearranged in this update, and now includes links to your intentory, library, and additional app settings like disconnecting from the chat". Valve adds that it has fixed up background battery drain and the weird spontaneous login issues that many gamers were used to. The changelog for the app includes:

 

  • Changing from one screen to another is faster
  • Will not use battery when it is inactive
  • Will not log in unexpectedly
  • If possible, when resumed, the application will return to the screen it was on
  • Startup screen can be set
  • Chat history from other devices is available
  • Chat history for offline friends is available
  • Navigation menu has links to Inventory, Library, going offline for chat and logging out
  • Material design, higher res images, simplified settings, faster on older devices
  • Other fixes

 

You can grab Steam for Android from the Google Play store, or grab it from APK Mirror.

Rocksteady is now in charge of 'significant' patch work Batman on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Most gamers might not know, but Rocksteady Studios didn't work on the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight, where instead the studio had Iron Galaxy Studios port the game over to PC. You might remember that Warner Bros. pulled the PC game from being sold last week.

 

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Rocksteady is now in control of the game, with the studio posting on their official website saying: "Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering. The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place". The first patch, which should've already hit owners of Batman: Arkham Knight, has some interim fixes:

 

  • Fixed a crash that was happening for some users when exiting the game
  • Fixed a bug which disabled rain effects and ambient occlusion. We are actively looking into fixing other bugs to improve this further
  • Corrected an issue that was causing Steam to re-download the game when verifying the integrity of the game cache through the Steam client
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash when turning off Motion Blur in BmSystemSettings.ini. A future patch will enable this in the graphics settings menu

 

But you know what? Rocksteady would've seen the game before they, or Warner Bros. would've greenlit its release on PC. Obviously Rocksteady was too busy at work on the console version of Batman: Arkham Knight that the PC version wasn't just receiving as much love, it was thrown to the side without a second thought. It was released completely unready, and thus untested, and Rocksteady should be ashamed of themselves ending the Batman trilogy of games on this note.

Malwarebytes offers amnesty program to help pirates go legit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

Cybersecurity software company Malwarebytes has launched a new amnesty program that offers a free replacement key for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium customers - people using pirated copies or customers tricked into purchasing a counterfeit copy.

 

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To help keep your PCs and systems secure, Malwarebytes has a variety of different anti-virus and anti-malware software solutions. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium costs $24.95 for one year and can be installed on three different PCs.

 

"The Internet is full of pioneers and cowboys. It's also got its fair share of pirates and trolls," Malwarebytes said in a public statement. "Some of those bad guys may have duped you into purchasing a counterfeit version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Or perhaps we've simply detected a problem with your key. Not to worry. We're here to help."

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