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Foremay releases ultra-secure SED SSD with remote erase and auto lock

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Foremay has announced its full disk encryption SED SSD, bundled with Crypto Erase for user security.

 

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Crypto Erase has been added due to "its lightning speed," said the recent press release, informing possible customers that they can initiate a software or hardware wipe of the whole drive locally or remotely, with all data being erased within a single second.

 

These drives are also self-encrypting, ensuring that a stolen drive will completely lock out access to unauthorized users, with Foremay further providing "optional OPAL 2.0 features harnessed with an enhanced authorization key and encryption key authentication and verification process." This further OPAL 2.0 addition means that a thief's computer will be completely unable to recognize the stolen drive, even when the correct authentication key is provided.

Unlocked PS4, Xbox One cores add 'nice reserve of CPU power', says dev

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft and Sony have both opened up 7 out of the 8 CPU cores that power their respective consoles, giving devs a bit more processing power to play with. Now that developers are starting to harness the extra CPU power, it's time to put the extra boost into perspective to see if the added core will make a difference or not.

 

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According to the devs at Techland, who used the extra cores while developing The Following DLC for Dying Light, the 7th core adds a "good reserve of CPU power" for demanding situations. Given the limited nature of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, devs are keen to use any extra power they have access to.

 

"Dying Light was made and optimized to work on six cores since that's what was available when we made the game. So the opening up of the 7th core CPUs on both platforms simply gave us a good reserve of processing power. It essentially gave us a helping hand in dealing with more processor intensive situations, but given when Dying Light was developed, it simply means we use the additional CPU power as a nice to have and not something we need have to rely on," Techland dev Tymon Smektala told Gamingbolt.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

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Did someone say Stormtrooper? The X2 SPITZER 20 and 22 cases look so

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Released in a recently issued press release, X2 announced its new SPITZER 20 and 22 cases as part of a futuristic series of products.

 

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Reminding myself of old NZXT cases, the quoted "futuristic modern" design looks somewhat Stormtrooper-esque and provides users with space for video cards up to 470mm in length while giving room for four 120mm and three 80mm fans.

 

Further features include a two-year manufacturer warranty, included blue LED fans and tinted acrylic side windows. Available for purchase at $74.95 and $52.95 respectively, the SPITZER 20 and 22 are constructed with 0.5mm SPCC steel, backed up with reinforced EMI shielding.

Latest Star Wars Battlefront patch nerfs heroes and weapons

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Star Wars Battlefront just received it's January update and it brings a lot of changes to weapon and hero stats, finally bringing about the nerf we've been waiting for.

 

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EA has also started to bring new content into the game with this update, keeping inline with their promise to add something each month. Private matches and daily challenges are added along with Hoth-themed skins for Luke and Han.

 

Also, no longer are Han Solo or Boba Fett quite as OP as they used to be. If you played smart, you could last for nearly half the match as either, even one-shotting people from a distance. But EA and DICE of made some much needed changes, lowering the damage they put out. The re-balancing of weapon stats has also commenced, something that has been requested for some time.

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Thermaltake launches another chassis and ads Riing fans

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Thermaltake has added yet another chassis to its Core range, releasing the standard Core X5 cube chassis and Core x5 Riing edition.

 

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Both cases are stackable and come packed with 230mm CPU cooler clearance, the ability to fit video cards up to 480mm in length and space for 220mm long power supplies. Designed with water cooling in mind, Thermaltake has also optioned to provide space for two 360mm radiators mounted to the top of the chassis, with the Riing edition offering a 140mm green fan on the side and rear of this product.

 

Providing users with a two-chamber design, the Core X5 once again allows the upper chamber to handle cooling and your major components, with the lower chamber assigned to house the power supply and drive bays, helping your overall system run quieter and cooler.

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ASUS tackles the AM3+ market with its quad-GPU Aura board

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Featuring support for quad-SLI NVIDIA cards or a quad-Crossfire AMD video card setup, ASUS' new 970 Pro Aura motherboard comes with an AM3+ socket and plenty of other features.

 

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Rocking out the feature list are some other cool things such as ASUS-exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies in order to smooth out online gameplay, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, software-controlled LED lighting, a supreme-FX audio setup which pumps out 115dB signal-to-noise ratio and connection options such as USB 3.1, M.2 SATA.

 

More information on this product can be found on the official ASUS website or you can check out the press release for a quick summary. This motherboard is set up with dual-channel DDR3 gaming rigs in mind and wasn't announced with a retail price.

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After 48 hours in the HTC Vive, one man experiences no nausea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

One of the first things people think about when VR is talked about; would be the fact that people will eventually 'live' in the virtual world - which is no different to spending 12-18 hours a day playing any form of games (mobile/PC/console).

 

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Well, one artist has spent 48 hours inside of the HTC Vive, reporting a nausea-free VR experience. Thorsten Wiedemann, the founder and artistic director of the A MAZE Festival, told VICE: "I had no physical problems, no burning eyes, killing headaches or nausea". This was after 48 hours inside of the HTC Vive, for an art project called 'Disconnected' earlier this month. In the 25th hour, Wiedemann had a panic attack which nearly caused him to drop out, but he powered through - and all went well.

 

Wiedemann said that spending considerable time in VR will be common in 2026, where he said: "normal that you jump into VR to meet your international friends in Social VR Rooms and go on crazy adventures together. But a long trip will be still special and could be understood as a controlled drug experience".

League of Legends made $1.6 billion in digital revenue in 2015 alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

We only just reported that the Call of Duty franchise generated $570 million in digital revenue throughout 2015, but League of Legends made nearly 3x that money in the same period of time.

 

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Riot Games and Tencent (the latter company purchased the former company late last year) made an insane $1.62 billion in digital revenue from League of Legends in 2015, eclipsing every other game on PC. The closest to League's $1.6 billion was CrossFire from SmileGate, which made $1.1 billion while Dungeon Fighter Online made $1.05 billion, according to digital games industry analyst firm Superdata.

 

Superdata CEO Joost van Dreunan said: "The top 10 PC games earn more than the top 10 mobile games. Despite a heavy industry focus on mobile gaming, the combined earnings of digital PC games for the top titles came in higher, totaling $6.3B in sales compared to $6.18B for mobile. PC-based gaming - consisting of free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games like World of Warcraft, social games and PC downloadable games - earns over $32 billion annually, well above the $25.1 billion generated by mobile games. Three of the year's top five digital PC games (Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3) were released in 2015, indicating that PC gamers have made significant progress transitioning to purchasing games digitally".

Activision made $570m in digital revenue from Call of Duty in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

With the Call of Duty franchise making $1.6 billion in revenue over 2015, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Activision made an insane $570 million in digital revenue for the year, just from COD.

 

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Thanks to digital games industry analyst firm Superdata, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pulled in $355 million in digital revenue while Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 made $224 million - a total of $579 million for the Call of Duty franchise in digital revenue, for 2015. FIFA 15 didn't do too bad, pulling in $332 million in digital revenue for EA, while Grand Theft Auto V made $322 million for Take-Two Interactive.

 

With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare making $355 million in digital revenue for 2015 - you probably think that's a lot. Wrong. League of Legends made a whopping $1.6 billion in digital revenue for 2015, which overshadows anything COD did by a long shot. Even CrossFire made $1.1 billion, Dungeon Fighter Online pulled in $1.05 billion, World of Warcraft made $814 million and World of Tanks commanded $446 million in 2015.

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