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Has science gone too far? Introducing Arctic's semi-passive cooling

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 10:28 am

For a newcomer to the PC DIY market, things must be pretty confusing with liquid cooling, all-in-one cooling, active cooling and passive cooling. But wait, there's more! Introducing the Arctic i32 and A32 coolers, the first foray into semi-passive cooling by this company.




Claiming in a recent press release to "make the computer quieter most of the time" while increasing "the service life at the same time," these coolers are designed for users who never turn off their computers. The fan controller within allows your CPU to be passively cooled under normal operating circumstances, with the fan kicking in under load.


This is nothing revolutionary or too new unfortunately, it's something we've seen in video cards for quite some time. However, it's great to see it become a more normal thing in the general consumer field, helping to reduce power and noise costs for Facebook fanatics.

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Lian Li launches its $119 mini-ITX chassis for full-size video cards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 9:31 am

With support for full-sized video cards up to 270mm in length, the compact Lian Li PC-Q10WX mini-ITX chassis weighs in at a small 2.3kg and measures up at only 207mm x 277mm x 335mm as pointed out in a recent press release.




Set for release to the US market very soon for $119, this chassis comes packed with two USB 3,0 ports, HD audio, 240mm top radiator and 120mm rear radiator support, space for 140mm tall CPU coolers and is able to accommodate an ATX PSU.


Known for never going easy on quality, Lian Li has constructed this case out of acrylic and brushed aluminum, ensuing a robust look, feel and design.

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Heroes of the Storm skins free with an EVGA GeForce GTX 950, GTX 960

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 8:25 am

Announced in a recently issued press release, EVGA has teamed up with Blizzard to offer gamers this special 'Storm Kaijo Diable Bundle', free with the purchase of any EVGA-branded NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 or GTX 960 video card.




Coming complete with the Diablo hero, Jaijo skin and a seven day stim pack, this bundle offers a little extra punch with the HD-gaming ready GTX 950 or 960 card. Designed for 1080p gaming, these video cards have been heavily marketed towards those who enjoy MOBA style games like Heroes of the Storm, offering decent FPS on higher graphics settings.


Claimed to offer three times the performance of a GTX 650, the GTX 950 package is available today, alongside the GTX 960.

Google's upcoming 'Nexus 5X' and 'Nexus 6P' detailed in new images

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 7:08 am

Google is hosting an event on September 29 where we should be greeted by two new smartphones, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Before this event, we're seeing more and more leaks of what to expect, with the closest look yet of the new handsets.




The Nexus 5X will be a 5.2-inch smartphone made by LG, while Huawei is making the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P. Android Police have gotten their hands on some renders of the Nexus 6P, which is shaping up to be another great looking device from Google and Huawei. The Nexus 6P should include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, with its 5.7-inch display rocking the 2560x1440 'QHD' resolution.


The smaller 5.2-inch Nexus 5X should sport a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, USB Type-C, a 2700mAh battery and a 1080p display. Both handsets will include Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

'Spectre' featurette teases epic 007 action

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 5:46 am

The eagerly awaited 24th film in the long running 007 franchise; 'Spectre' is nearly upon us, and Sony Pictures are beginning to amp up the promotional efforts in an effort to get fans to turn up and recoup the mammoth $300 million budget. Today the studio has released a new behind the scenes featurette focusing on the films explosive action.



Starring Daniel Craig reprising his role as secret agent James Bond for the fourth time, 'Spectre' also stars 'Guardians of the Galaxy's David Bautista, Christoph Waltz as mysterious bad guy Oberhauser and Italian siren Monica Belucci as femme fatale Lucia Sciarra. Earlier in the month, Grammy award winning artist Sam Smith was announced as the voice of the 'Spectre' theme song 'Writing's On The Wall' which follows up from Adele's Oscar winning 'Skyfall' in 2012.


The 'Spectre' world premiere on October 26th will kick off the film's worldwide release schedule, hitting Australia a few weeks later on November 12th.

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Xbox boss doesn't have high hopes for VR gaming, hates the console war

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 5:33 am

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, has had some interesting things to say in his latest interview with GameSpot. Spencer talked about his thoughts on VR, and of the console wars between Sony and Nintendo.




Spencer was asked his thoughts on VR and AR, and whether it was the future of gaming. He said: "Well, now it's just my opinion. I'll say, obviously we have relationships with Valve, we have a relationship with Oculus around the VR work that they're doing, but I'm going to say I kind of hope not. It doesn't mean I don't think VR has great experiences to offer".


He moved on to talk about the console wars, which have been going on for what feels like, forever. Spencer said: "the one thing that I probably find a little distasteful in the discourse around games is the divisiveness that people try to build between platforms. It becomes more about what piece of plastic I own than what games I'm playing. It becomes more about somebody else failing than the things I love succeeding". He added: "I'm going to actively push against that. People sometimes will make fun of me that I mentioned Sony or I mentioned Nintendo. It's not to placate anybody or make them think I'm some kind of good guy. My job isn't really to keep you from buying something else. My job is to make you proud of what we offer, and to give you an enjoyable experience with the product we have".

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Verizon Wireless sends out a $2.1 million bill, should've been $120

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 5:04 am

If you've ever received a bill with the wrong 'amount owing' amount, you will never again complain after reading this story. One couple received a $2.1 million bill from Verizon Wireless, after Ken Slusher from Damascus, Oregon received his bill for $2,156,593.64. Slusher said: "Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least".




While FOX 12 was with him, Slusher called Verizon Wireless' automated phone line to check his account balance, where a voice recording said "Your total amount due is $2,156,593.64". Slusher and his girlfriend opened the Verizon account last November, where they purchased two smartphones. The couple only kept the service going for one month after they kept getting incorrect bills.


Slusher added that their first bill should've been $120, where instead he received a bill of $698 plus a previous balance of $451. The next statement? Just $9. Slusher continued: "The number of errors and the comedy of which they happened is astounding to me". In January, the couple returned the smartphones they had, and thought it was all over and done with. That is, until they received notices from multiple collection agencies demanding up to $2000 each.

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Roku rumored to be working on a new 4K-capable streaming box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 3:32 am

In a world where '4K' is the new buzzword, it looks like Roku is working on a new 4K-capable streaming box. It should come as no surprise, but the Roku 4 should be announced soon, rocking 4K support.




The news is coming from UKRokuChannels, which found a 4K Showcase on the platform's channel store, which was quickly pulled by Roku. Back in January, Roku teased that it was working on a 4K reference design, and with Amazon unveiling its new Fire TV, it was only a matter of time before Roku stopped all over that fun.


Then there's the other side of the rumor, which would see Roku releasing a spruced up Roku 3 with 4K support. We should find out in the coming weeks, hopefully.

Instagram surpasses 400 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 1:37 am

Instagram hit their 300 million user milestone late last year, but they've added a huge 100 million users in the last 9 months to reach 400 million users in total now.




The photo-focused social network is an interesting beast, especially under the wing of Facebook. Instagram has noted that 75% of these active users are coming from outside of the United States, but can it continue this huge growth? Facebook acquired Instagram back in 2012 for $1 billion, but that deal feels like nothing when you consider the social network slapped down $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp in 2013.

'The Angry Birds Movie' gets first teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 24, 2015 12:48 am

While Rovio continues to struggle with the contraction of going from a small to a large and then back a small company, it doesn't mean that they aren't trying to wring every last dollar from the 'Angry Birds' franchise. Today, in conjunction with Sony Pictures, they've unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming CG animated 'Angry Birds Movie'.



Featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph, the upcoming feature will be released in summer 2016 - arguably about 4 years too late. Still, if the movie has as much charm as the two minute teaser, it could be something special which rejuvenates interest in the brand. Time will tell.

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