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Maingear unleashes liquid-chilled EPIC series of custom PCs that use EKWB water cooling hardware

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:29 pm

This morning, MAINGEAR announced the launch of an entirely new series of custom liquid cooled PCs. Knowing that hard-core enthusiast preferred custom liquid cooling over all-in-one solutions, MAINGEAR teamed up with EKWB to create the new EPIC series of custom liquid cooled desktop PCs.

 

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The EPIC series is comprised of the full-tower Force and mid-sized Rush models that both feature a "BiTurbo" pump design that ensures your system stays cool in the event one pump should fail. Also present are Intel's fourth-generation Core i7 or AMD's FX processors. On the graphics side, the force model can be packed with up to four NVIDIA GTX Titans or four Radeon HD 7970, with the Rush model only featuring a maximum of two GPUs.

 

As with all other MAINGEAR offerings, a plethora of memory, storage, fans, lighting, and paint combinations are available. At the moment, no information has been released on pricing or availability, but you can expect the prices to be fairly stout based on the hardware specifications listed above as well as the attention to detail MAINGEAR puts into every PC it builds. On a side note, how sexy is that Corsair 900D in lime green?

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LeakedTT: Motorola X Phone spotted in the wild while being tested on Sprint's LTE network

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:01 pm

Motorola's X phone just might be the most anticipated phone of the year; after all, we've been talking about it since before January. We have posted more than half a dozen leaks on the mystified X Phone and it appears that this morning we're getting our first real glimpse of what it will actually look like.

 

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Mobile device website, Phone Arena, has reportedly received the above photo from a source who is said to be testing the X Phone on Sprint's LTE network. This leak comes hot on the heels of the official FCC documents (source #2) pointing to the phone's application for approval on Sprint's LTE network.

 

Surprisingly, it appears that the phone might arrive with a 4.7-inch 720p screen which is a really big letdown if true. Hardware-wise we expect a 1.7GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of system memory. The phone does appear to be running Android 4.2.2 and there is still no official word on a release date or pricing.

 

Unfortunately, I have been sort of holding out for the X Phone since it was announced. I have been a loyal Motorola phone customer since the early 2000s and currently use a very worn out and glitchy Photon 4G. When Google blasted Motorola for not being innovative enough and producing boring phones, I thought that the X Phone would appear as something new, innovative and awesome. Sadly, it appears that none of that is true and the Motorola X Phone is just another Atrix, Photon, or Razr in the same boring plastic case with the same boring colors.

Digital Storm unveil the Aventum II - a 'steel and copper dream machine'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:00 pm

Digital Storm are back once again with a new gaming PC that will send your credit card bill through the roof, introducing the Aventum II. The Aventum II steps it up considerably, as it was built by Digital Storm's in-house team of engineers, taking ten years worth of customer requests to build the dream machine.

 

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No off-the-shelf components chassis or cooling was used, it all had to be custom built from the ground up. Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development says: "We (Digital Storm) unveiled an Aventum II prototype at CES 2013 and have been working to prefect the design since. The final product is a unique system, completely designed from the ground up featuring a bold look and packing enough power to go toe to toe with any PC on the planet."

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Twitch.tv app for Android gets major update, now allows users log in, still no chat or search

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 3:03 pm

This morning, Twitch.tv is pushing out an update to their Android app that will finally allow users to log into their accounts which will give them much easier access to their personal favorite streams. Unfortunately, the list is still limited to the top 300 live streaming channels.

 

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A search feature and a chat function are both still missing from the app, but community manager Jared Rea has mentioned that chat and search features for the app are in the works and will be released at some point in the future. While that sounds promising, you need to keep in mind that until three months ago, the app went an entire year without an update. However, the recent launch of the OUYA is being seen as "another incentive" to push development forward on the app.

Huawei's Ascend W2 makes an official appearance at Mobile Asia Expo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 2:05 pm

Huawei has started showing off its second-ever Windows Phone at the Mobile Asia Expo. Known as the Ascend W2, the device was first spotted back in May when the official product shots were leaked, but we were left wondering when it would become official.

 

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According to the posted information in the booth, the Ascend W2 sports a 4.3-inch 800 x 400 IPS display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core QUALCOMM MSM8230 processor and 512MB of RAM. Inside is 8GB of onboard storage that is expandable via a microSD slot. A 1700mAh battery alongside a full-size SIM slot round out the hardware specs.

 

The phone appears to feature a yellow or orange rear shell as well as three backlit soft keys that will match your Windows Phone 8 color scheme. The display is said to be glove friendly which will be nice for those very cold winter days. Pricing and availability have yet to be disclosed but we will be sure to keep you informed when the phone officially launches.

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Intel and the National Taiwan University are working on 'talking' tail lights for vehicles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 12:25 pm

There's a collaboration project between chipmaker Intel and the National Taiwan University, which could lead to smarter headlights for vehicles that could guide you out of a rainstorm, or communicate between vehicles.

 

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The technology would be capable of knowing what other vehicles around you are up to, whether they're speeding or about to take a turn, or brake, by receiving data from their tail lights. When certain data is received - such as a vehicle ahead of you braking heavily - your car will automatically slow down or accelerate automatically, without you doing a thing.

 

There's always the option to manually override this, for those who like to stay in control. Engadget went hands-on with a concept event at a Research @ Intel event in San Francisco where a couple of scooters were used for an example. Read more at the source if you're interested in checking out the video, too.

Check out the Xbox One and PS4 controllers side-by-side

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 11:25 am

The next-gen console war is upon us, but which side (or console) are you going to take? An important factor of this is the controller itself, something we have a side-by-side comparison of, below.

 

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As you can see, the PS4 controller actually looks quite big sitting next to the Xbox One controller. From what I've read, the Xbox One controller 'feels' better, but everyone has different sized hands and expectations. I'm hoping to get some hands-on time with both controllers at PAX AU, which happens next month in Melbourne, Australia.

During GDC Europe, Far Cry 3's Creative Director will unveil 'Child of Light'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 10:30 am

During GDC 2013 in August, Far Cry 3's Creative Director Patrick Plourde will unveil his current work-in-progress, Child of Light. During his talk, he will discuss "the unique challenges and opportunities of producing a small title within the walls of Ubisoft Montreal."

 

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Plourde has worked on previous games, such as Rainbow Six and the Assassin's Creed franchise, where he has compared those bigger games to Child of Light by saying his latest title has an "intimate scope" and is designed with an indie mentality and produced with Ubisoft's support. More details of Child of Light should arrive in the future, such as platforms and a release date.

The Xbox One will not include the 'must-have' wired headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:28 am

When Microsoft launches their next-generation Xbox One console later this year, it won't be including the 'must-have' wired headset in the box. Microsoft have gone as far as describing this headset as "a must have for fans of online gaming."

 

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Considering the Xbox One is built around online gaming, going as far as previously having to 'check-in' every 24 hours to stay valid, not including a 'must have for fans of online gaming' accessory is weird. Also consider this, most versions of the current-generation Xbox 360 include a wired headset, yet the next-generation $499 console will not.

 

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement: "Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences."

 

The $100 cheaper PlayStation 4 will include a headset in the box, if that helps your decision making process.

Sony unleashes the Xperia Z Ultra, features 6.4-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:14 am

As a huge fan of Sony's Xperia Z, I'm loving the look of their new Xperia Z Ultra, Sony's new 'phablet'. Samsung may be pushing the boundaries with a 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, but Sony have gone for the home stretch with a 6.4-inch smartphone.

 

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The 6.4-inch display is greeted with a beautiful 1920x1080-pixel display, which provides us with 344 PPI. Sony have jam-packed the device with multiple input methods, where you can use a regular pencil or a pen as a stylus, as well as it being a capacitive stylus. Not only is the display gorgeous, but it is running the latest and greatest System on a Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 800.

 

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This means we have a quad-core processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, making it the Xperia Z Ultra the first official device with the Snapdragon 800 SoC as its heart. We have Android 4.2.2 as the OS, with a revamped Sony software that will make better use of the 6.4-inch 1080p display. The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, like its sibling, and has 4G LTE connectivity, HD Voice as well as NFC.

 

You can read more on Sony's 6.4-inch 'phablet' right here.

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