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KFA2 unveils its new GeForce GTX 780 HOF edition GPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 12:31 am

Today KFA2, Galaxy's premium brand of graphics cards, released its all new GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition GPU. The company says that each of the new GTX 780 HOF GPUs are hand-picked and then given an incredible factory overclock of 1058MHz. This makes the card as much as 20-percent faster than a standard GTX 780.

 

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The company has added a new Hybrid Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe Cooler that is said to transfer heat 30x more efficient than copper. Twin 90mm fans are specially designed with grooved blades to reduce noise while increasing cooling efficiency. In a press release, KFA2 said that the GTX 780 HOF edition has been completely redesigned and populated with the highest quality components possible.

 

Most notable of these are the CHiL CHL8318 top-of-the-line VR11.1 compliant digital PWM and IR3550 PowIRstage DrMOS 4.0 compliant chipset, which together create a powerful 8 + 2 phase circuit with 90-percent efficiency capable of delivering an awe inspiring 480 amps of current to the GPU. Other additions include high quality POSCAP capacitors with 2X longer lifespan and high current Coiltronics inductors. The PCB itself is a custom white substrate with 10 layers for optimum signal routing.

 

KFA2 has also added a new Hyper Boost button that acts as a hardware supercharger and increases core clock speeds by up to 8-percent. The company says that multiple world record benchmark scores have been broken already by just using this button. In my opinion, this is one of the best looking GPUs on the market aside from a GTX TITAN. The all white PCB combined with the mech-styled cooler creates a look that just screams power!

LeakedTT: Images of Amazon's new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD surface

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 12:00 am

Amazon's upcoming 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is not much of a secret, but today new images of surfaced on the web clue us in on exactly what it will look like. BGR.com has obtained leaked images of the device that show it to be skinned in plastic with a rather large volume rocker button on the upper right-hand chamfered edge. The power button is located in the same position on the opposite side.

 

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Additionally the device features a very prominent Amazon logo on the back, and what appeared to be a pair of speakers on the top chamfered edge. The device is said to feature a 1920x1200-pixel HD display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth handle connectivity, while cellular radios are available on upgraded models. The device will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions but no word on pricing has been released.

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OCZ Technology will expand its R&D facility in Orange County, CA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 11:29 pm

In a release earlier today, OCZ Technology announced that it would be expanding its Research and Development center in Orange County, California in an effort to expand its focus on enterprise development of the company's next-generation SSDs. Instead of building a new facility, the company will be moving its R&D division to a larger facility in Irvine, California.

 

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"Orange County, California has a rich base of engineering talent covering semiconductors and storage that makes it a viable location for us to expand our design center," said James Tout, SVP of Global Engineering for OCZ Technology. "With a leading and widely recognized portfolio of SATA, SAS and PCIe-based solid state solutions, we believe that the opening of our new OC-based design center will attract the professional resources and talent we need to create leading-edge, next-generation enterprise products for the storage industry."

Rockstar says GTA Online will feature over 500 mission at launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 11:09 pm

It's no doubt that GTA V is the most highly anticipated game of the year, maybe even the decade. With over $250 million in production, Rockstar has put a lot of effort into the games online mode. During an interview with website Game Informer, Rockstar Games CEO Leslie Benzies said that Grand Theft Auto Online would feature over 500 missions on launch day.

 

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Benzies went on to say that Rockstar plans to utilize GTA Online to create an entire Grand Theft Auto universe that will incorporate everything Rockstar has done, and will do in the future with the series, and then let players freely move between the different worlds. This means that as time progresses we could see other GTA maps pop-up such as Liberty City, Vice City, and even London could make an appearance.

 

"We've always wanted to create a world with the complexity of a single-player Grand Theft Auto game with the addition of real players. We wanted a world where people could spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over," said Benzies. "I think we've managed to achieve something very close to our dream."

Kim Dotcom challenges 100 CoD players to a match for charity

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 10:30 pm

Today Kim Dotcom announced that he would take on 100 Call of Duty gamers at the Digital Nationz Expo in 1v1 matches. Dotcom says that for every single player he beats he will donate $100 to charity. While this may seem a little backwards, Dotcom is one of the best call of duty players in the world and by pledging $100 for every player he beats the charity stands to receive more money.

 

 

The 100 open slots are filling up fast with some big names from the gaming industry. Naughty Dog's Benson Russel, Epic Game's Joy Hosfelt , and even Crytek's producer Michael Reid has signed up in an attempt to beat the infamous Kim Dotcom. Digital Nationz will be taking place between September 28th and 29th at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

 

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Motorola surpasses 100,000 Moto X per week milestone at US factory

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 9:40 pm

In and recent interview with Reuters, Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside, confirmed that the company is now shipping 100,000 units of its new Moto X Android-based smartphone every week. This is quite a challenge as the company took a unique approach with the Moto X by allowing customers to configure customized color combinations, pre-installed wallpapers, and even a custom welcome message that is seen when you first wake up the phone.

 

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"When you set up to ramp a factory you need a plan, and we have shipment targets we need to make with our carrier partners, and where we need to be right now is 100,000 units and that's where we are," Woodside said. What makes this number even more special is that Motorola produces the Moto X right here in America in a factory near Dallas Texas.

 

Companies like Samsung, HTC, and Apple may balk at shipments of less than 500,000 units a month, but with Motorola posting a $300 million loss last quarter, and the decision to manufacture the phones here in America, I feel that Motorola is off to a heck of a comeback. Hopefully we will see some truly innovative phones coming out Motorola now the Google appears to be fully steering the ship on its course.

Apple TV to get software update on September 18th alongside iOS7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 8:55 pm

On September 18th, Apple will be releasing a major software update for its Apple TV set-top box alongside its rollout of iOS 7. While not much is known about the update we do know that it will allow content purchased from the iTunes Store to be played on an Apple TV that does not own the content. At the moment users have to load the content onto a mobile device for playback on an Apple TV via airplay loosely similar to how Google's Chromecast works.

 

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While many Apple TV aficionados were let down yesterday when the Cupertino-based company did not release a new set-top box, this update, when combined with the addition of new apps for VeVo, The Weather Channel, The Disney Channel, and The Smithsonian Channel, Apple TV fans should be happy at least for a few more months. Personally I love my Android-based Pivos XIOS DS media center which does everything Apple TV does, but some much more as well. Toss the $45 Chromecast into the mix, and I see no need for an Apple TV.

GoPro releases Studio 2.0, makes editing video easier than ever

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 7:56 pm

GoPro recently released its second generation of video editing software for its Hero line of wearable action cameras. GoPro says that there Studio 2.0 software is designed to make it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos from the content captured on your Hero 1, Hero 2 or Hero 3 camera.

 

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The new software features templates that include music, edit points, slow-motion effects an additional features that allow users to create high quality edits of their action footage. Additional features include the ability to trim, edit and mix video clips, add titles, music, audio track, and can even adjust the level of fisheye you wish present in your video.

 

 

Additionally users can adjust playback in fast or slow motion, and the software allows users to export still frames from the video in full resolution. The software allows users to create videos from time-lapse photo sequences as well as edit immersive 3-D videos ever created on the company's 3D Hero system. The software supports GoPro, Canon and Nikon constant frame rate H.264 mp4 and .mov formats.

Acer unveils first Chromebook sporting an Intel Haswell processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 7:01 pm

IDF 2013 - Today Acer announced that it will be previewing its first Chromebook that features an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture platform at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. Acer says that this third-generation Chromebook is the result from close collaboration between Acer, Intel and Google, and combines the best technology with exciting new innovation to usher in a new era for the Chromebook market.

 

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"The value proposition of the Acer Chromebook line resonates with consumers, education and a growing number of businesses, as more work is done by teams that collaborate, create and connect using a wide and varied range of apps for learning, research, fun and work," said Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer, Acer America. "The new Acer Chromebook will inspire greater innovation for developers and in turn, for our customers in numerous markets."

 

"The latest Chromebooks with Intel processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture enable sleek new designs with amazing battery life and improved performance," said Navin Shenoy, Vice President, PC Client Group, General Manager, Mobile Client Platform Division, Intel.

 

With Chromebook's getting more powerful while remaining energy efficient with every new generation, they are becoming very attractive to users who need a light, portable solution for an on-the-go lifestyle. Personally I am considering picking up one myself to use at conferences, and as a photography companion on photo shoots.

Steam to begin allowing friends and family to share games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 6:27 pm

Steam has just announced a new service that will allow close friends and family members to share their libraries of games with each other. The service will not however be available to everyone in the beginning. Next week the company will launch Steam Family Sharing and limited beta form while they iron out the bugs.

 

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Steam Family Sharing is designed to allow close friends and family members the ability to play each others games while the earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves in the Steam Cloud. This new feature is enabled by authorizing a shared computer to your steam library, and Steam says that up to 10 devices may be shared per account at any given time.

 

Unfortunately not all steam games will be able to be shared such as some third-party games that require a separate key to play. Additionally subscription-based games will not be able to be shared either. Shared games can only be played by one user at a time, meaning you and your friend cannot use the same shared game to go head-to-head against each other.

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