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BitFenix launches the all new Flo Headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 5:00 pm

Today BitFenix took a step into an entirely new realm of PC peripherals by launching its first high-end headset. The new Flow headset is designed to be extremely comfortable at and away from the PC. An included mobile audio cable, makes this headset perfect for use on-the-go as well as during intense gaming sessions.

 

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The Flow Headset features the same sleek, modern, and minimalist design theaming that BitFenix is known for, while powerful 40mm drivers deliver clear, crisps audio that is sure to please. The SoftFeel ear cups will cushion your ears while a steel frame will keep everything rigid. No pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.

Corsair releases a white version of its Carbide Air Series 540 case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 4:40 pm

Corsair's Carbide Series 540 is one of the hottest PC chassis to be released this year, and it seems like everyone wants to add one to their collection. Today Corsair has sweetened the pot and has began offering the popular chassis in white alongside its traditional black color.

 

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The new White edition of the Carbide Series 540 features dual side-by-side chambers for excellent cooling, and supports Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX and Extended ATX motherboards. The case boast handy tool-free mounting, and has room for up to six 120mm cooling fans. Six HDDs and two Optical drives can be installed while enough room is provided for extensive liquid cooling setups. The Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 White Edition has an MSRP of $149.99 and is available at Corsair retail partners everywhere.

Nintendo sends Ganon Statue to Video Game Pirate it previously sued

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 4:20 pm

Some of you may recall a lawsuit that Nintendo filed and won against an Australian citizen named James Burt. Burt was successfully sued by Nintendo back in 2010 for pirating games for the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo won $1.5 million AUD in the suit, and today it appears that the company has decided to put that in their past.

 

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Burt has just received a statue of Ganon, the evil villain from The Legend of Zelda series. The Statue was given to Burt for being a "Good Customer of Nintendo," something they obviously did not think three years ago. Burt took to Reddit to thank Nintendo, and tell the world that despite the lawsuit, he still loves Nintendo.

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UK Court of Appeals suspends ban on HTC One Mini

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 4:00 pm

It was just a few days ago that a UK court banned the sale of HTC One Mini smartphones after the court ruled that HTC was infringing on patents held by Nokia. Today a UK Court of Appeals has ruled to suspend the injunction banning the sales of the device.

 

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HTC says that it plans to "aggressively appeal the [patent] validity decision," and that it will be be "engaging with chip suppliers on alternative solutions." While the future is not clear on UK imports of the HTC One Mini, it is clear that HTC will fight the previous ruling until the bitter end.

 

HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products. We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family. Similarly, our customers should feel confident in their ability to promote and sell all HTC devices. Even though we plan to aggressively appeal the validity decision of Nokia's EP 0 998 024 patent, we will continue to work with our chip suppliers on alternative solutions to ensure minimal disruption to our business in the future.

Kik Messenger hits 100 million users, adds over 200k new per day

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 3:40 pm

WhatsApp finally has some substantial competition for its bid as the biggest text messaging service in existence. Today Kik messenger announced that it has surpassed the 100 million user milestone and has been adding new subscribers at a rate of 200,000 per day.

 

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"For us, growth gets a really big bump over Thanksgiving, which is a combination of new devices and people being in a new social sphere and sharing their passion for Kik," he explained, pointing to factors that have helped them reach this milestone. "It's hard to know what exactly is prompting growth. I wouldn't say there's anyone coming to Kik just for Cards and not for the messaging platform, but what it does do is provide a way for people to look at it and say 'Look at all the fun things I can do with Kik that I can't do with any other messaging apps."

Google adds Chrome Desktop Apps to Apple Mac devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 3:20 pm

Earlier this year, Google unveiled Chrome Apps for the PC desktop environment, and today the company has finally released a version for Apple's Mac devices. The apps are different from Chrome OS apps and Chrome browser apps, and feel more like native apps to the device and can even be accessed offline.

 

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The apps are designed to resemble their web-counterparts and function exactly the same, the difference is that they have access to local storage naively and do not need an interlink such as the internet. They will however fully sync up to your Google account to ensure that all changes made are present across all Google services. Users must run the Chrome browser on their Mac for the new desktop apps to appear though.

OCZ unveils its fastest and largest enterprise SATA III SSD to date

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 3:00 pm

Today OCZ announced the launch of its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series Enterprise Class Solid State Drives. OCZ says that the new line of SSD's provide the industry's best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses available. Supporting storage capacities up to 800GB, Intrepid 3 represents OCZ's highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date.

 

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The new line of SSD's feature the Everest 2 Platform, a mash-up of Marvell's 88SS9187 controller, and OCZ's proprietary firmware, the Intrepid 3000 series is capable of sequential read speeds of 520MB/s and sequential write speeds of 470MB/s. Input/Output operations per second equate to 91,000 for random reads of 4K blocks, and 40,000 IOPS for random writes of 4K blocks.

 

"Our new Intrepid 3000 Series leverages in-house firmware with an impressive enterprise feature-set to enable customers with unprecedented performance, data management, endurance and reliability, and cost flexibility resulting in an optimal storage environment," said Daryl Lang, SVP of Product Management for OCZ Technology. "Delivering exceptional SSD responsiveness in even the most demanding and compute-intensive applications, the Intrepid 3000 Series achieves unsurpassed performance under any workload, regardless of data type and I/O pattern for the complete spectrum of applications including online archiving, media streaming and web browsing OLTP, VDI, email and analytics."

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Ex-Google exec becomes new deputy director of USPTO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 12:11 pm

Michelle Lee, was an executive with Google, but is now the new Deputy Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Lee was previously in charge of patents and patent strategy at the search giant, so this new job isn't too far from her previous position.

 

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Lee will be in the position at the USPTO in an interim position, with the former director of the USPTO, David Kappos, stepping down in February to pursue interests in the private sector, with Teresa Stanek Rea as the acting director since. Lee will now be the Deputy Director until the USPTO finds a permanent replacement, but there's no word on when this might happen.

Cover for Android, an interesting new take on your lock screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 11:41 am

Google didn't do too much to change the lock screen with Android 4.4 KitKat, but thanks to the openness of Android, developers across the world can just make their own apps, such as Cover for Android. The video below shows it off perfectly.

 

 

Cover for Android, which is still in beta at the moment, is a feature-rich lock screen application. You can tell it your home and work addresses, and when at a particular place, it will come up with specific apps. At work, you might use a select few apps, which Cover handles without a problem. At home, you might use other apps - such as Gmail, Facebook and Chrome - so it will have shortcuts ready for you.

 

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Cover for Android currently works on Android 4.1 and above, and for users in the US, Canada and Europe - although, I'm based in Australia and I've just installed it without a problem. You can grab Cover for Android (beta) from the Google Play Store.oidcentral%26utm_medium%3Dblog%26utm_campaign%3Dbloglink

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Razer releases Comms for Android, game chatting now leaves your desk

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 11:18 am

Razer has released its Comms for Android app, which is a free app for gamers. You can use Razer's Comms for Android to keep in touch with your gaming friends, which supports both voice and text chat on-the-go.

 

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Private messages also make an appearance, which is yet another nice addition to the app. Comms for Android will also let you respond to SMS at your desk, as well as turn down calls through its Windows version, too. You can grab Razer Comms for Android from the Google Play Store, but if you're on an iOS device, you'll have to wait until early 2014 to get your mitts on Razer's mobile app.

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