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NZXT unveiles the new Kraken G10 GPU mounting kit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Cooling your CPU use to be the most important part of your PC if you wanted to extract any extra performance from the machine, but now CPU cooling is easy and very efficient. The hardest component to cool in a modern PC is the discrete GPU. There are aftermarket air coolers available, but they are few and far in between.

 

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Liquid cooling your GPU is another option, but is expensive and something only advanced users should tackle, until now that is. Today NZXT unveiled a new mounting bracket kit for its Kraken G10 liquid All-in-One CPU Cooler that allows the G10 to easily mount to many of the popular discrete GPUs on the market today. The mount allows the Kraken G10 to directly attach to the GPU chip while a built-in fan keeps the rest of the card cool.

 

I feel that this is a great idea and wonder why no one has thought of it before now. Many PC enthusiast have at least one All-in-One cooler laying around from previous machines and they could be put to use quite easily if mounts were available. The mounting kit is available in red, white, and black finishes, and retails for just $29.99 at NZXT's armory store. For a list of compatible video cards, head over to the NZXT source link below.

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ZTE to unleash a cheap smartwatch mid next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:35 pm

ZTE's marketing boss has confirmed the Chinese company will release its own smartphone mid next year, but the details on this wearable device are non-existent, unfortunately.

 

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One big point we do know is: that it will be much cheaper than the smartwatches on the market now, like Samsung's Galaxy Gear. The device will be aimed at the mainstream market, and will begin by only working with ZTE handsets, a nail in its unreleased coffin. But, to keep it fair, Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is limited to just a few of Samsung's handsets, but for a smaller company to come in and try to make waves in the smartwatch market, I would make it work with all devices.

 

ZTE is also working on other wearable devices, such as a augmented reality device, like Google Glass. It should be an interesting year for wearable devices next year.

Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition also receives Android 4.4 update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 9:30 am

I've been running my Nexus 5 for around a week now, and I love it - Android 4.4 KitKat is a very nice upgrade to the Android ecosystem, and now Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition owners can get some of that KitKat lovin'.

 

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It's good timing, as the HTC One Google Play Edition received its update a few hours ago, and now the second Google Play Edition handset, and premium smartphone has received it. If you haven't received your update yet, it should roll through in the next couple of hours hopefully. Do comment and let us know what you think about the new deliciously-named OS!

RAW file support, native burst mode camera mode coming to Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 8:37 am

Google has confirmed it will be providing RAW file support for Android, as well as native burst shot for the Camera application on Android, too. These functions have been rumored, but now confirmed.

 

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The news has been announced by Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano, who said: "Android's latest camera HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography. We will expose a developer API in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality." RAW support will allow users to create professional-style photos by using photo editors, just like people who snap photos with a DSLR can.

 

Sure, it won't be as good as using a DSLR camera, but RAW support will only be embraced, not pushed away.

Valve announces Steam Reviews, a crowd-sourced review system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 7:34 am

I can see it now: countless keyboard warriors attacking a game because "it has lag" or the "graphics are crap", but Valve has just announced Steam Reviews, a crowd-sourced review system on Steam.

 

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Gamers can review any game on Steam, where Steam Reviews will show ratings from those reviews, and is in beta right now. Better yet, you'll be able to do some Review Inception, where you can rate other gamers' reviews. This could work well, but it could also open Pandora's box, too.

This Steam Machine prototype has me excited, what do you think?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 6:32 am

Next year, there are two companies that have me the most excited: Valve and Oculus VR. The latter, for its awesome virtual reality device, Rift, and the former, for its multiple product releases, and software releases.

 

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One of these, is the Steam Machine. The latest Steam Machine prototype has been teased by Engadget, which has had the first look at iBuyPower's prototype for a Steam Machine. It looks awesome, and looks nothing like a PC - which is exactly what Valve, and PC makers, need right now. There's a gorgeous light bar through the center of it, which looks like it changes color, an awesome touch.

 

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There's a gigantic Steam logo on top, which is nice to see on a console. Better yet, it'll be just $499 and include a decent GPU in the AMD Radeon R9 270 - which is an $180 GPU on its own. One top of this, there'll be a multi-core AMD processor inside, and a Steam Controller. We're talking about specs that beat the next-gen consoles, with a price that matches them. This is what I know: I want one, and I want one now.

More Fallout 4 teases, now we hear 'nuclear winter is coming' soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 5:39 am

It looks like we really could expect Bethesda to unveil Fallout 4 very soon, right on the Thanksgiving holidays and Black Friday sales - perfect for consumers to get all excited for a new Fallout title.

 

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A teaser site has popped up, dubbed "Survivor 2299" and it teases the game big time. There's a countdown timer included, stating that nuclear winter is coming in 5 days and counting. Are you excited about Fallout 4? I'd love to see a next-gen Fallout game released, I'd better start putting time aside to it now, I guess.

Xbox 360 to lose AT&T U-verse receiver support after December 1st

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 5:06 am

Unfortunately for Xbox 360 users who use their console as a U-verse TV receiver, you will no longer be able to use that service. AT&T is informing their customers that they will no longer have the IPTV support for the Xbox 360. AT&T says this will come in affect after December 31st.

 

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Users will have to order a traditional U-verse receiver but 360 U-verse users will at least get a $99 credit in return of their troubles, according to AT&T it was originally going to be a $60 credit but they decided to make it $99. It doesn't look like they will be transferring the service to Xbox One either.

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Free games for those with problematic Xbox One Blu-ray drives!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 4:29 am

We reported about the issues with some Xbox One consoles and their Blu-ray issues, but Microsoft is quickly jumping into damage control mode, offering anyone with a broken Xbox One free games.

 

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If you're one of these people, you can ring up Microsoft customer support, and get a free game through the Xbox One exchange program. You'll receive a digital code for one of 4 games: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, or Zoo Tycoon. Not too bad at all, isn't it? If you're experiencing issues with the Blu-ray drive on your Xbox One, get onto that free game deal, now!

Rocki hits Kickstarter, wants to free your music to all devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 3:41 am

I've been waiting for Rocki to hit Kickstarter, but now is the time to back this awesome looking device. You might not know what Rocki is, so let's give you the quick once over: it's a Wi-Fi Music Sound System, easy, isn't it?

 

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You just plug your Rocki "Play" device into your sound system, which it then turns into a wireless sound system - awesome. It's like putting a Wi-Fi USB dongle on your PC, turning it into a wireless receiving device. This way, you can access the Rocki device from your smartphone or tablet, and send music to it, playing it through your sound system, in amazing quality.

 

It's on Kickstarter for $45, which lands you the Rocki exclusive beta, and the Play device with the beta app and firmware. For just $45, Rocki is going to change the way you consume music in your house, for $45, it's a no-brainer.

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