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Microsoft now offers per-minute billing on Windows Azure

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 10:03 pm

Microsoft has debuted new per-minute billing for its Windows Azure cloud computing network. This new rate is just one of several billing-related changes implemented by Microsoft and detailed in a blog post earlier this morning. Other changes include not charging for stopped virtual machines.

 

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  • No charge for stopped VMs
  • Pay by the minute billing
  • MSDN use rights now supported on Windows Azure
  • Discounted MSDN dev/test rates
  • MSDN monetary credits
  • Added portal support for tracking MSDN monetary credit usage

 

Starting with the headlining change, Microsoft has introduced per-minute billing, a feature that Google already offers on its Google Compute Engine. Amazon Web Services charges by the hour, which is how Microsoft previously billed. This meant that a user would have to pay for the full hour, even if they used the system for just a few minutes.

 

Another change is Microsoft will no longer charge for stopped VMs, allowing developers to power off a VM over the weekend to save cash. Previously, developers would have been required to pay as Microsoft kept a reserved instance running, unless the deployment was explicitly deleted.

InWin unveils Tou, a radically designed new ATX full-tower chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 10:00 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - InWin has just unveiled a new radically designed full-tower PC chassis dubbed the Tòu that is skinned in transparent 3M Safety Glass. That's right, an aluminum-framed, glass-skinned full-tower!

 

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The Tòu features a full aluminum frame that is covered in 3mm thick safety glass that is skinned in a Specular film that leaves the surface mirror-like when powered down and clear as crystal when the machine is powered on.

 

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Other features include support for a 360mm liquid cooling radiator and four sets of 120mm fans for optimal cooling performance. There is room for three 3.5-inch hard drives and two 2.5-inch solid state drives as well as enough room to fit GPUs up to 380mm long.

 

[Editor's note: The entire TweakTown team agrees: "Shut up and take our money!"]

InWin shows off Serenity 900W PSU at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:45 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - InWin has just shown off its latest PSU, the Serenity 900W, at Computex 2013. The new 80+ Platinum certified PSU is Intel Haswell compatible and is said to deliver at least 92 percent efficiency at 50 percent load.

 

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The brushed metal Serenity 900W features a modular design and supports the latest ATX12V V2.4 & EPS12V V2.92 standards. A single 12-volt rail is present to provide maximum power to the CPU and GPU output lines.

 

Equipped with high quality, long-life Japanese capacitors and a Super Ferrite Choke, hte PSU's DC-DC design ensure this PSU will have a long and stable life even for the extreme overclocker. The Serenity 900W also features a double ball bearing Super Silent 120mm fan with active fan speed control.

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NZXT unveils yet another addition to its Hale82 V2 series of power supplies, this time in 700W form

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:30 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - NZXT has just unveiled another new addition to its Hale82 line of power supplies. The Hale82 V2 700W, features the same exterior and cooling fan as its smaller brother, the 550W V2 Hale82.

 

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NZXT's Hale82 V2 series is 80+ Bronze certified which operates at a high level of efficiency and is Intel Haswell compatible. This means the units are powerful and reliable enough for the most demanding gaming PC needs.

 

Like its little brother, the Hale82 V2 700W incorporates 100 percent Japanese capacitors and dual eight-pin connectors designed for high-end motherboards with extreme overclocking in mind. The Hale82 V2 700W also features a single 12-volt rail to ensure your GPUs and CPU get all the power they need.

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Dell debuts convertible XPS 11, looks and acts like Lenovo's Yoga

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:28 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Dell has debuted a new XPS 11 notebook/tablet convertible that functions just like Lenovo's Yoga. The new notebook has debuted at this year's Computex in Taipei, which is currently taking place if you hadn't noticed from all of the news. The XPS 11 features an 11.6-inch screen that folds all the way around to turn into a tablet.

 

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When the screen goes beyond 180 degrees, the system disables the built-in keyboard. Simply flip it over and you have a functional tablet. Dell has said that the convertible won't be available until this holiday season, meaning you still have a few months to wait to get your hands on one.

 

Dell hasn't specified the exact processor, RAM, or other features as it is still early on. However, Dell has confirmed that this 11.6-inch device will be packing a 2,560x1,440 IPS display. We'll have more information closer to its launch.

VANTEC debuts NexStar Wi-Fi Hard Drive Dock at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:15 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - VANTEC has just unveiled the latest product in their NexStar line of hard drive docks. The NexStar Wi-Fi Hard Drive Dock is a complete and easy way to add Wi-Fi-based storage to your home network.

 

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The Wi-Fi Hard Drive Dock will fit both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard drives and is able to connect to your 802.11 B/G/N wireless home network. It will allow you to access it from any Wi-Fi connected device including iOS and Android devices. This is possible through the use of VANTEC's NexStar Wi-Fi App that is available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Unfortunately, the NexStar will only allow simultaneous connections of up to three devices.

 

Additionally, the NexStar Wi-Fi Hard Drive Dock contains a USB 3.0 port for those times when you need a higher data transfer rate than what is available over Wi-Fi. The dock is capable of transfer speeds of up to 150MB/s, supports WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryption, and can handle hard drives up to 3TB in capacity.

Sky Broadband blocking access to torrent site proxies

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:02 pm

Sky Broadband, one of the largest ISPs in the United Kingdom, has started blocking access to torrent proxy sites. Back in April 2012, the High Court ruled that the UK's largest ISPs had to filter access to The Pirate Bay. Numerous workarounds popped up almost immediately, but these could soon be shut down.

 

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Without so much as a peep, Sky Broadband has blocked access to various services that allow access to The Pirate Bay and Kick Ass Torrents. The blocking appears to have started over the weekend. Customers reported being unable to access these sites. These sites could have been added to the required block list, but it's hard to say as that list isn't public knowledge.

 

If they are part of the block list, users of the other major ISPs in the UK will soon be unable to access these sites as well.

Tt eSports DRACCO CAPTAIN Gaming headset spotted at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 9:00 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports is known for their professional gamer-inspired gear and one of their most prevalent designs is the DRACCO CAPTAIN gaming headset which is targeted at the casual-to-professional gaming demographic.

 

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Featuring an exceptionally low bass response, the DRACCO CAPTAIN headset comes tuned for the highs, mids, and lows that the serious gamer requires to be effective on the battlefield. The headset's drivers feature high-output neodymium magnets that provide powerful sound effects with crystal-clear position definitions.

 

Additionally, the oversize microphone boom with a rigid body structure ensures that you will always have the proper microphone-to-mouth placement. The full-size ear cups ensures fatigue-free use over extended gaming sessions and the ultra-soft airbag covers block out excessive ambient noise.

 

The DRACCO CAPTAIN features a removable 3.5mm audio cable that can be locked into the headset to prevent in-game mishaps. This headset was co-designed and is endorsed by famous StarCraft II player AlekSey "White-Ra" Krupnyk. Tt eSports says that the DRACCO CAPTAIN headset retails at an MSRP of $89.99 at major online retailers.

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Tt eSports shows off Combat White CRONOS gaming headset at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:45 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports, a division of Thermaltake, is demoing their mid-level CRONOS gaming headset that is aimed at PC and mobile users.

 

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The CRONOS is able to function as a PC gaming headset in addition to working with your mobile device via swappable audio cables. The headset features a LYCRA head-pad that reduces pressure on the users head to allow for a longer fatigue-free gaming session. Additionally, the CRONOS features a bendable and pivotable microphone as well as LED-lit Battle Dragon Logos.

 

Gold-plated 3.5mm connections and an in-line user-friendly control box is present on each of the audio cables. The CRONOS is responsive in the 20Hz to 20kHz audio range and feature 40mm neodymium magnets for the drivers. The CRONOS retails at an MSRP of $69.99 at all major online retailers.

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LAPD get into standoff with Call of Duty 'Ghost' statue

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:33 pm

Time for a Monday pick-me-up: The Los Angeles offices of game studio Robotoki received a visit from the Los Angeles Police Department last night after someone hit their newly installed panic button. The panic button was to be used in case of an armed threat and was installed because game teams often receive death threats.

 

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Boys will be boys and one of the designers decided to try out the freshly installed button as everyone was leaving work for the day. The only person left was studio founder Robert Bowling. The LAPD saw the statue of Ghost standing with his gun at the ready, so they perceived there was a threat.

 

They entered into the building. "I was in my office when they arrived and saw them coming up our stairs, guns drawn," Bowling said. "They yelled for me to put my hands up and walk towards them slowly, then took me into custody and out of the studio until they cleared the rest of the rooms and floors."

 

They finally realized that the statue was just that: a statue. The night ended with a friendly chat and round of video games.

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