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Tt eSports shows off THERON infrared gaming mouse at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:15 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports is showing off its THERON infrared gaming mouse this week at Computex 2013, The mouse is targeted at RTS and FPS gamers who want a basic five button mouse with which to implement their fragging skills.




The THERON infrared gaming mouse features an advanced infrared optical sensor which is capable of 4000 DPI resolution for impeccable precision. The mouse also includes a function lock button that disables the side buttons to prevent any mishaps while gaming.


The ability to store up to 40 macro keys within five game profiles is a really nice feature as is the high-quality OMRON button switches that are durable up to 5 million clicks. The THERON Infrared implements a five weight system that allows the gamer to adjust the feel of the mouse to fit their style of gaming.


Tt eSports says the THERON Infrared retails for an MSRP of $59.99.

LSI ranked number 1 in the world for SSD controller revenues

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:02 pm

LSI, the company behind the popular SandForce SSD controllers, has been ranked number one in the world for SSD controller revenues. This ranking is based upon data released by Forward Insights and is for revenues from 2012. The data showed that SLI increased its revenue share to 38 percent, or almost double that of the closest competitor.




SSDs continue to take the world by storm, showing up in more and more systems as the default device. Prices continue to drop and demand responds accordingly. The fact that LSI has moved into the number one position goes to show just how popular their SSD controllers are.


Phil Brace, executive vice president, Storage Solutions Group, LSI Corporation:


Our leadership in SSD controllers reflects our comprehensive solutions portfolio and the multiple ways we can engage with customers to help them rapidly gain the benefits of flash for their applications. FSPs with LSI DuraClass technology provide best-in-class endurance, performance and power efficiency and are seeing wide adoption as customers in enterprise, cloud and client computing increasingly turn to flash.

InWin debuts new GR-3 full-tower chassis aimed at serious gamers who want serious audio

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:00 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - InWin has just unveiled a new full-tower chassis that will revolutionize the way in-system audio is handled. The GR-3 chassis features the company's Dynamic Sound System (DSS) technology which incorporates a "stimulating" 5.1 channel headphone amplifier into the case.




The GR-3 features support for ATX motherboards, eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, three 5.25-inch drives, and a top mounted 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch "EZ Swap" bay. Eight PCI expansion ports are available with support for 330mm long video cards.


Also featured is an optional built-in Wireless Charger for devices compatible with wireless charging, but not much else is known in regards to device compatibility. A VGA support bracket is included to help prevent video card sagging.


Support for two sets of liquid cooling radiators is built-in (240mm or 360mm), with one radiator being placed in the top and one being placed in the bottom. An electroluminescent touch panel is also featured for power and reset duties.

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Tt eSports debuts new MEKA G-Unit Red Switch Edition mechanical keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 7:45 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports has just unveiled the latest edition to its MEKA G-UNIT line of mechanical keyboards. The G-Unit Red Switch edition gets its name from the Cherry MX Red mechanical switches used in its construction.




Cherry MX Red switches are a light, linear, non-clicky mechanical keyboard switch that is often preferred by gaming enthusiast over tactile switches. As such, Tt eSports is targeting this new keyboard at the MMORPG, FPS, and RTS gaming genres.


The MEKA G-Unit Red Switch Edition features a 1000Hz polling rate which is eight times quicker than regular gaming keyboards. Additionally, it features Tt eSports' advanced anti-ghosting function which allows up to 46 keys pressed anywhere on the keyboard simultaneously to register.


The keyboard also features two USB 2.0 hubs to aid in the connectivity of other USB gaming devices. The G-Unit Red Switch Edition includes three individual white illuminated sections, 20 macro keys, the ability to disable the Windows key, savable profiles, audio jacks for microphone-in and speaker-out, multimedia hotkeys, and a detachable palm rest.


The keyboard will be available at major retailers for an MSRP of $129.99

Researchers say iPhones can be hacked via malicious charger

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 7:31 pm

According to researchers, your iPhone is vulnerable to a malicious charger. You might consider being careful the next time you plug your iPhone into some unknown USB charger a stranger offers you. These researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology will show off a proof-of-concept charger at the Black Hat security conference in late July.




The researchers say that this malicious charger easily hacks the latest iPhone running the latest iOS software, regardless of whether or not the device is jailbroken. It also requires no user interaction, meaning your device could be hacked simply by plugging it into one of these hacked chargers.


Their proof-of-concept device makes use of a $45 BeagleBoard, The BeagleBoard is quite a bit bigger than a normal charger, so it might look a bit suspicious, however, the researchers note they were working on a limited budget and limited time. The researchers have contacted Apple, but they haven't heard back yet.

Tt eSports shows off new MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition mechanical keyboard at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 7:30 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports has just unveiled another new addition to its MEKA mechanical keyboard lineup. The MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition features Cherry Brown mechanical switches that are light to the touch while remaining tactile and non-clicky.




Featuring a red body with a combination of black and red keys, the somewhat compact MEKA G1 is built to target enthusiasts in the FPS and RTS gaming arenas. The keyboard is endorsed by Korea's famous SCII team, Prime Team, who is one of the world's premier StarCraft II gaming teams.


The MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition features a 1000Hz polling rate that is eight times quicker than regular gaming keyboards for a never-lagged, always-responsive gaming experience. The Cherry Brown mechanical switches provide the keyboard with a 50-million-keystroke life expectancy.


Like the other keyboards in the MEKA lineup, the G1 features a two-port USB hub as well as microphone-in and audio-out jacks for an even more enhanced gaming experience. The MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition will retail for an MSRP of $139.99 at major online retailers.

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NZXT unveils new 550w V2 addition to its Hale82 series of power supplies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 7:15 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - NZXT has just unveiled two new additions to its Hale82 line of power supplies. Dubbed the Hale82 V2 550W, this new power supply features 135mm sleeve-bearing fan accompanied by a white exterior finish.




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.


The Hale82 V2 550W incorporates 100 percent Japanese capacitors and dual eight-pin connectors designed for high-end motherboards with extreme overclocking in mind. The 550W also features a single 12-volt rail to ensure your video cards and CPU get all the power they need.

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Samsung launches three new Galaxy Tab devices: 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 7:04 pm

This morning, Samsung announced a trio of Galaxy Tab 3 devices ranging from the 7-inch class, to an 8.1-inch device, all the way up to a 10.1-inch variant. The new tablets have long been expected but not much was known about any of them until now.




The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 1280x800 display with a 1.6GHz dual-core processor. It also features 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a 6800mAh battery. Photo capture is handled by a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera which is accompanied by 1.3-megapixel front camera.


The Galaxy Tab 8.0 feature the same resolution cameras and storage options, but packs half a gigabyte more RAM. Both devices are available in three different versions which include Wi-Fi only, 3G, and LTE. The 7-inch version features a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and a 1024x600 Display. All three devices run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will be available sometime this month.

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Lian Li unveils massive PC-D600 PC chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 7:00 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Lian Li has just unveiled a new massive case to its PC-D lineup. The PC-D600 is the little brother to the company's PC-D800 and is designed to house E-ATX motherboards.




Featuring enough room for nine 5.25-inch optical drives, seven 3.5-inch hard drives, and an additional six 2.5-inch solid state drives, the D600 is a formidable contender and anyone needing a chassis for a small home server or just massive amounts of storage.




The chassis has room up front for two 120mm fans, while the back has support for up to three 140mm cooling fans. As for water cooling provisions, the top of the case can fit a 120mm or 180mm radiator while the left back side of the case has room for a 360mm radiator. No word has been released on when the case will be available or what MSRP pricing will be.

Fractal Design shows off ARC XL PC chassis at Computex

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:45 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Fractal Design has unveiled yet another new chassis in its ARC line of PC cases. The new ARC XL brings all of the minimalistic yet elegant design queues to the full size chassis arena while still including the features that make the ARC series so wonderful.




Fractal says that the ARC XL delivers the maximum airflow possible while still maintaining the minimalistic body design. The chassis comes with three Silent Series R2 fans installed and room for many more. Also included is a built-in three-speed fan controller on the front panel for easy access.


The ARC XL was designed with the serious liquid cooling enthusiast in mind and has provisions for multiple thick style 240mm and 360mm radiators with space to spare for reservoirs and pumps. This gives consumers ample room for multiple cooling loops for maximum cooling potential.


The chassis includes several "easy clean" dust filters and a side panel window to show off your hardware. With room for up to nine PCI expansion slots, and accommodations for up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives and two 2.5-inch solid state drives, this is one serious chassis.