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Titanfall now available for download on PC and Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 4:42 pm

This morning, Microsoft released one of the most anticipated games of 2014 to the world. Titanfall has been described as Halo for the next generation of gamers, as well as Call of Duty evolved, and Microsoft is billing it as the best FPS to hit the Xbox One since launch. Everything did not go smoothly though, and the Electronic Arts distributed game experienced connection issues which prompted EA to issue a patch just hours after the the game launched.

 

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Just minutes after the game went live, both PC players and Xbox One owners who had pre-loaded the game began to experience connection issues which saw them stuck on the "initializing screen." This issue is quite similar to what Diablo 3, Sim City and Battlefield 4 users experienced on launch day as well. Fortunately, EA issued a 380MB patch around 2AM that has seemed to fix the issue.

 

The issue is not related to EA's servers though as the game is the first to be hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud servers, which is able to scale up based on the amount of load the system is experiencing. EA says that some of the issues stemmed from a network issue with those using Belkin routers, which is fixed by players opening some ports in the routers admin panel. Titanfall is available on Origin and Xbox Live for $59.99.

Origin Chronos micro-tower gaming desktop is small and powerful

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 4:29 pm

Origin has announced another new gaming machine and this time out the little PC is very compact and can still be fitted with powerful hardware. The machine is a micro-tower PC that measures 4" w x 15" h x 13.75" d. The PC can be placed on a desk in vertical or horizontal orientations.

 

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Like most of the highly customizable PCs that Origin offers, the Chronos micro-tower rig has many options. It can be had with up to an ASUS Mini-ITX Maximus VI Impact mainboard. Despite the small size of the PC, it can be fitted with a big and powerful NVIDIA video card.

 

Origin offers up to an NVIDIA GeForce Titan GTX Black video card. If you like the idea of overclocking, but don't want to mess with the settings yourself, Origin will also overclock the CPU and GPU for you.

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Original Kindle Paperwhite update adds new features

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 3:54 pm

Amazon has been peddling the Kindle Paperwhite reader for a longtime now. If you are using one of the original first generation units, your device lacks some of the features of the second-generation units. Amazon is fixing that with an OTA software update for the first gen Paperwhite.

 

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One of the big features that the update adds is Goodreads integration. After the update is applied, the "g" icon turns up on the Paperwhite menu bar as it does on newer devices. With Goodreads integration, the user is able to put their books into lists, share digital bookshelves, and post book excerpts among other things.

 

Goodreads integration isn't all the update brings. Parents get the FreeTime function to be able to track their kids reading habits. Users can also now skim a book without losing their place thanks to Page Flip.

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Audi traffic light recognition system looks to save fuel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 3:22 pm

Audi unveiled a system during CES 2014 that is able to connect with compatible traffic lights and give the driver a countdown on the dash showing when the light will turn green. Audi has offered some more information about the system, and the carmaker says that the system will save fuel as well.

 

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The way the traffic light recognition tool will help save fuel is by connecting with the start stop technology inside the car. The start stop system will leave the engine off until five seconds before the light turns green. Audi figures that the system could save about 240 million gallons of fuel if it was in wide use.

 

The system could also cut emissions by 15%. If you are wondering why the engine starts five seconds before the light turns green when most start-stop systems can start an engine in less than a second, the 5 seconds is meant as a reminder to the driver to get ready to drive.

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Awesome dad creates electric batpod replica for his kids

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 2:50 pm

If you gauge a childhood on how many awesome things your dad built you, mine was horrible. My dad was unable to sit still long enough to help with Legos before he had to go watch football. This dad is definitely doing it right when it comes to awesome creations.

 

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The dude built his ten and 12 year old boys a small replica Batpod. It doesn't look much like the one from the flick, but it is awesome nonetheless. We will have to look around the fact that the kid appears to be riding it in shorts and Crocs; at least he has a helmet.

 

The bike was a custom build and is powered by four car batteries that use lead-acid. Those batteries hook to a Mars ME0709 electric motor and the powertrain uses an Alltrax AXE 4844 controller. None of that will mean much to most of us.

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Samsung starts manufacturing industry's most advanced 20nm 4Gb DDR3

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 12:38 pm

Samsung Electronics made an announcement today that it has started the mass production of 20 nanometer based DDR3 memory modules. The company is using the immersion ArF lithography to roll out 20nm based 4Gb for its most advance DDR3 memory.

 

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Young-Hyun Jun, the executive VP of memory sales and marketing for Samsung Electronics said,"Samsung's new energy-efficient 20-nanometer DDR3 DRAM will rapidly expand its market base throughout the IT industry including the PC and mobile markets, quickly moving to mainstream status. Samsung will continue to deliver next-generation DRAM and green memory solutions ahead of the competition, while contributing to the growth of the global IT market in close cooperation with our major customers."

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We go hands-on with the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook at CeBIT 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 12:07 pm

CeBIT 2014 - Our man on the ground, Johannes Knapp, is doing the leg work for us in Germany right now as CeBIT 2014 is currently under way. He stopped by the Samsung booth and took a look at its new ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook.

 

 

What makes Samsung's ATIV Book 9 stand out from the growing crowd of Ultrabooks is that it features a leather design, similar to that of the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The ATIV Book 9 is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook, and inside we have 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD which should satisfy most users' needs. The Ultrabook is powered by Intel's fourth-generation "Haswell" Core i5 processor, with the 15.6-inch display featuring a 1920x1080 - or Full HD - resolution.

 

The ATIV Book 9 weighs 1.95kg (or 4.2 pounds) and 17.5mm thin. We also have two 2w speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, and a 3-in-1 card reader. As for battery life, Samsung claims up to 12 hours - so shave off a few hours and you'll find your normal, everyday battery life expectancy.

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MSI's Nightblade gaming barebone PC is even sexier in person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:49 am

CeBIT 2014 - We have had some hands-on time with MSI's unique Nightblade gaming barebones PC at CeBIT 2014 in Germany. Take a look at our hands-on video below.

 

 

Inside of the Nightblade we have a unique OC Genie button, which is capable of overclocking the Nightblade with just a press of a button. Better yet, the overclock is represented by a red light emitting from the Nightblade. Inside of the MSI Nightblade is a case fan that was custom-made for the chassis. The fan speed is dynamically adjusted depending on what you're doing at the time, with the fan capable of driving up to 3600RPM.

 

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As for GPU support, the Nightblade is capable of housing a full-size GPU, with a maximum length of 290mm and 35mm thick. Even something as powerful as AMD's Radeon R9 290X can be installed into the Nightblade. MSI has installed its own MSI GAMING motherboard inside of the Nightblade, as well as a 600W PSU that should be capable of driving any combination of hardware you desire.

 

There's 7.1-channel HD audio, a Killer NIC E2200 GbE LAN port, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM is supported, 1 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2 x 2.5-inch HDDs can be installed into the MSI Nightblade to complete your storage setup. Finally, we have a carrying handle, which I think is a genius move by MSI, which allows LAN gamers to buy the perfect LAN PC with the Nightblade.

The Witcher 3 developer slams other studios for talking performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:24 am

Michał Krzemiński, the Senior Art Producer at CD Projekt RED, the studio behind The Witcher 3, has some interesting things to say when it comes to next-gen consoles and games.

 

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He was asked about next-gen tech and RPG titles, where he talked about the on-going 'resolution war' that we are seeing roll out in front of our eyes thanks to the Xbox One and PS4. Krzemiński said: "If you're asking me to throw a rock in the PS4 vs. Xbox One resolution war, I won't. The game is not finished and talking about resolutions, framerates and min. specs (for PC) is, I think, pointless. Everything can change during the optimization process at the end of development. Rest assured, we're working our butts off make The Witcher 3 run and feel equally awesome on every platform."

 

Krzemiński was asked if there's anything that the next-gen hardware has allowed CD Projekt RED to do that might not have been possible on the previous generation consoles, to which he said: "There's no one specific thing that next-gens allowed us to do. There's a whole ton of them. Essentially, the game can look mind-blowing, we've got seamless gameplay with no loading screens (almost everything is streamed during gameplay, cutscenes etc.), we can add visual effects unavailable to us before because of performance issues and so on, the list is huge. All this constitutes a giant, lush open world with a myriad of things to do, quests, adventures, monster hunts, events and so on."

Intel's new cable design can move data at a whopping speed of 800Gbps

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:45 am

Intel's latest cable with green coloured housing has the ability to carry data at 800Gbps. This cable is based on the company's Photonics technology.

 

The cable uses 64 fibers, out of which 32 is dedicated for transmitting and 32 for receiving. Each fiber has a capability to move 25Gbps of data. The cable uses MXC (NOTE: Not an acronym) connectors. These connectors are significantly smaller than the Ethernet cable connector.

 

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To develop Silicon Photonics transmission, Intel partnered with Corning to developed new fibers to support the new technology. The chipmaker also worked with US Conec. This helps to convert electric signals into optical signals- and vice versa.

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