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iBUYPOWER & Computer Logic Gaming unveil competition gaming systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:33 pm

Today, iBUYPOWER and Computer Logic Gaming (CLG) have teamed up to launch several new custom-designed, high-performance gaming systems that are sure to give any gamer the advantage needed when competing in competition level events. iBUYPOWER says that the systems were designed from the ground up and built around the needs of a hardcore competition gamer and that all of the new systems have been tested by teams from iBUYPOWER and CLG to ensure that every aspect of the systems were tweaked to perfection.




The new systems come in three unique configurations and are encased in a "Custom Laser-Etched Chassis" which bears the CLG logo on the case's side panel window. "We've stayed true to our mission since day one of committing to the eSports scene. We want to support and give back to the community," said Darren Su, VP of iBUYPOWER. "CLG told us that fans demanded something competitive and we listened."


Available with up to an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, and sealed-loop liquid-cooling, each of the CLG systems will most definitely plow through any game you chose to throw at it. "I'm a computer enthusiast, and as the owner of CLG, I care a lot about what we put our brand on. The specs to price ratio on the CLG edition iBUYPOWER computers are great, which makes me happy to be working with them," said HotshotGG, Owner of CLG. "Plus, have you seen the custom case designs?"

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Mach Xtreme unveils LX USB 3.0 affordable flash drives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:05 pm

Today, Mach Xtreme announced the launch of its new LX series of USB 3.0 compatible flash drives. The MX-LX series is aimed at those who are looking for a fast USB 3.0 thumb drive but still want high-capacity and affordability. Mach Xtreme says that the new flash drives are based on a native USB 3.0 controller chip and implement advanced dual-channel technology.




There is a wide range of high-end USB 3.0 flash drives available on the market. These thumb drives typically carry a relatively high price tag compared to traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. MX-LX series utilizes the latest USB 3.0 specification and delivers blazing fast performance at an extremely competitive and affordable price. MX-LX USB 3.0 flash drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Its dual-chip design and compact size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The aluminum housing is also extremely durable, making it an ideal upgrade flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles.


Mach Xtreme says that the LX flash drives reach up to 190MB/s read and 85MB/s write performance and are available in capacities of 8GB all the way up to 64GB. No information on pricing or availability were given at the time of writing, but you can head over to the company's product page (Source #2) for more information on pricing as it becomes available.

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Yandex launches 1TB cloud storage service for $30 per month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:32 pm

Russian search giant Yandex announced today that it would be expanding its Google Drive-like cloud storage service to include more storage based on a new pricing structure. 20GB of space is currently free and users can now buy an additional 10GB for just $1 per month, or $10 per year. 100GB will cost you $5 per month or just $50 per year, and those who need a lot of cloud storage can purchase 1TB for $30 per month or $300 per year.




The company says that even though this cloud service is based in Russia, Yandex.Disk is available internationally and already has apps for Windows, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, and a browser-based UI. Yandex has also reported that the service has over 12 million unique users per month, with the majority of the traffic coming from within Russia and about 7 percent from the rest of the world.

Phanteks unveils PH-F140XP and PH-F140SP series PC cooling fans

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:04 pm

Today, Phanteks introduced two new lines of PC cooling fans, the PH-F140SP and PH-F140XP series of premium case and radiator fans. The PH-F140SP includes two models, the PH-F140SP_BK and the PH-F140SP_BK_LED, while the PH-F140XP series features a single unit that is designed to work with PWM control for those who want the most out of their system.




The PH-F140XP features a unique Maelstrom concept and PWM functionality for those who need fast speed for performance but wish to turn things down when a more silent approach is justified. This 140mm fan is designed to be used in both stand-alone PC case cooling setups as well as the primary radiator fans on PC liquid cooling setups. The fans are designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges.


The PH-F140SP series is also designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges, but does not feature the PWM functionality that the PH-F140XP series does. The PH-F140SP_BK_LED model features 4 LEDs to help illuminate your high performance machine. Both series feature UFB bearings, pre-installed rubber vibration dampening rubber pads, and the MVB 9-blade design. MSRP on the PH-F140XP is $17.99, while the PH-F140SP_BK and the PH-F140SP_BK_LED run $14.99 and $15.99, respectively. Each fan comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Ex-Mozilla Chief to head up antivirus giant AVG Technologies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 8:33 pm

Today, Gary Kovacs announced that he has been named the new CEO of AVG Technologies. The former CEO of Mozilla said that he wanted to join AVG and help them further their expansion into the mobile space. He will be taking on a company that has over 150 million users globally, which include the consumer and small business markets, and with 25 percent of its users already using the company's mobile solutions, Kovacs should have no problem kicking things into high gear.




"AVG currently has a big footprint on desktop, but it also wants to be leading in mobile," said Kovacs in an interview yesterday with All Things D. "As more and more people access the Internet via these devices, what AVG does in this area will become ever more important." Kovacs comes to AVG after about three years at Mozilla and Adobe before that. AVG says that Kovacs is a good fit because of his strong mobile background and that they also feel he will help them usher in a new open source era at the company.

Marvel shows ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC, the chip that powers Chromecast

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 8:03 pm

Today, Marvel unveiled the new ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC that Google used in its hugely popular Chromecast. Being billed as "Game-Changing," the ARMADA 1500 Mini has been optimized for low-power applications such as TV Dongles like the Google Chromecast. Marvel says that the new chip has been "designed to provide instantaneous and seamless access to applications such as YouTube, Netflix and other cloud-based content, and deliver a ground-breaking multi-screen experience across smart mobile devices, laptops and HDTVs transforming any big screen into a smart and immersive entertainment device."




Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell:


I am very excited to see the brilliance of the tiny and beautiful Chromecast. I believe this is truly a game-changing solution to drive the new era of the 'Connected Lifestyle' by enabling easy access to online entertainment for an immersive, interactive multi-screen experience across any smartphone, tablet, laptop and big screen. I am very proud of Google's leadership in driving the ecosystem partners to deliver more powerful and very affordable solutions to serve the world of consumers for better lives. 2013 has been a phenomenal year for bringing online entertainment to TV. I am so thankful for and proud of the joint hard work and innovation by the Marvell team, the Google team and other partners in the ecosystem.




Marvel said that the ARMADA 1500 Mini platform has been purpose built from the ground up to enable high-quality audio, video, and graphics, while still being extremely energy efficient. It was also designed to be featured in ultra small form-factor packages such as USB / HDMI dongles and it supports 1080p video decoding. The chip is also compatible with multiple DRM solutions such as Widevine and Playready. With this new SoC solution being released, we expect to see other companies releasing similar dongles in the future. Who would you like to see an HDMI dongle from? Samsung? Apple? What about a Windows 8 Solution from Nokia? Let us know in the comments.

Nintendo confirms Black 3DS XL American launch on August 11

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 7:05 pm

Last week, speculation arose that Nintendo would launch the black edition of its 3DS XL handheld console over this past weekend. The weekend came and went with no black 3DS XL showing up online or in retail stores, and we are sure this was a big letdown for some. Those who were bummed out about the no show will be excited to learn that Nintendo has officially released a launch date for the device.




Sunday, August 11, will be the magical day when we finally see the black 3DS XL arrive in stores and online for retail sales. Coincidentally, that is the same day that the new Mario & Luigi: Dream Team game arrives. No pricing info was released on the 3DS XL Black Edition, but with other colors retailing for around $200, we expect it to be priced in the same range.


In a statement, Nintendo said:


The system is launching on the same day as Nintendo 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, so fans that pick up a new black system or already own a Nintendo 3DS can also play the exciting new entry in the much-loved Mario & Luigi role-playing series. Aug. 11 will be a classy day to become a new Nintendo 3DS owner. Just make sure there is room in your tuxedo pocket or fancy purse!

Return to Rapture in the next BioShock Infinite DLC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 6:03 pm

Gamers who miss navigating their way through Rapture in BioShock Infinite will soon see a return to their favorite underwater utopian city. In the upcoming BioShock Infinite DLC, gamers will once again return to Rapture with the storyline set on New Year's Eve, 1958. This time frame takes place just before the bombing that lead to the events of the first BioShock game.




Both Booker and Elizabeth take on the roles of a private investigator and a femme fatale, with Elizabeth apparently tricking Booker into thinking that she has a way for him to leave Rapture. The DLC, titled Buried at Sea, will be split into two parts with the Booker storyline being released first at some point this fall, while Elizabeth's story will be told next year when part two is released.



Irrational Games, the developer of BioShock Infinite, says that Buried at Sea's gameplay has been adjusted to give gamers "an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. A combination that will involve new weapons, new Plasmids and Vigors, Tears, Sky-Lines, and Big Daddies."

Zynga sheds three top executives in less than a month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 5:05 pm

A new report from Bloomberg this morning is shedding some light on the state of Zynga, the once king of social gaming. According to the report, three of the company's top executives have left the company including: John Osvald, SVP of games; Jesse Janosov, a Zynga VP who ran Zynga's casino department; and Nathan Etter, Vice President of games.




These departures come hot on the heels of Zynga switching out CEO Mark Pincus with former president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment, Don Mattrick, at the beginning of July. It is still unclear if these departures are a direct result of the new CEO or if they decided to leave the sinking ship before anyone else did.

Intel axes facial recognition from upcoming set-top box

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:02 pm

A lot of discussions were sparked when Intel first announced that its upcoming set-top box would feature facial recognition technology. The company came under fire from privacy rights advocates, as well as those who fear that this would lead to a subscription-based model where each individual in the home would have to purchase a subscription just to watch content from the device.




This morning, a new report is suggesting that Intel has decided to drop this feature entirely and that the set-top box would be shipped without the imaging camera. Intel Media's Eric Huggers says that the decision to drop the facial recognition features is due to the camera's performance in low light situations, as well as the numerous privacy concerns voiced by prospective customers. The moral of the story here is that some companies will listen if enough of their customer base speaks out.

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