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Researchers learning from fish and bats to inspire robot development

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Researchers from Northwestern University have monitored the swimming styles of the black ghost knifefish, cuttlefish and Persian carpet flatworm to create custom computer simulations. Using collected data, a "Ghostbot" has been created, in an effort to hopefully design next-generation underwater robots.

 

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Following a study published in PLOS Biology, researchers are now studying 22 different animls that move around using undulation-oscillation.

 

"There is a real need for underwater vehicles that are more maneuverable than the current things we use for disaster recovery or inspection of structures underwater," said Malcolm MacIver, one of the contributing senior authors of the study, said in a statement published by CBS News. "They are non-maneuverable, which results in things like with the BP oil disaster, the robots banging into oil well heads or what have you."

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DEEPCOOL shows off its TRISTELLAR ITX case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you're looking for something a little different, it seems that DEEPCOOL has you covered with its new TRISTELLAR case as part of the GAMER STORM ITX chassis series.

 

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Caps lock aside, this case is seriously something unique in the way that it looks and accommodates your internals. Utilizing three of what it calls 'cabins', your technology is stored within a video card cabin, motherboard cabin and finally the power supply section.

 

With the ability to support mini-ITX motherboards, CPU coolers up to 80mm in height, 120mm AIO liquid coolers, a power supply up to 160mm long and full length video cards, DEEPCOOL has designed this case with the enthusiast in mind.

 

Love it or hate it, the DEEPCOOL TRISTELLAR is currently available globally.

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Fixstars unveils its new 6TB SSD, the world's largest 2.5-inch SSD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: May 8, 2015 5:35 pm

Gone are the days of a 120GB SSD serving all of your needs, Fixstars has just announced their development of a new record-breaking 2.5-inch SSD in the form of a 6TB 15nm MLC NAND drive named Fixstars SSD-6000M.

 

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Boasting transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write, this SSD features your normal inclusions of NCQ, TRIM and SMART and measures in at 9.5mm thick - which means some laptops may be left out.

 

Set for launch in July 2015 with a 3-year warranty, there is no current mention of price. If the 6TB model is too large or expensive for your tastes, they also have a 3TB model on offer - more information can be found on their official website.

Intel announces its new DC S3510 SSDs, aimed at the data center market

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: May 8, 2015 4:24 pm

Featuring standard-endurance technology (SET) MLC NAND flash constructed by IMFlash Technology, Intel has released its new DC S3510 SSDs to the OEM market.

 

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Designed with data centers in mind, these 2.5-inch drives are build on a 16 nanometer node, allowing up to 880 TBW (high levels of endurance). The controller offers native 256-bit AES encryption and is available in sizes ranging from 80GB to 1.6TB.

 

Complete with a 5-year warranty and available through OEM channels, these drives are aimed at dedicated hosting providers. We have been supplied with a table thanks to TechPowerUp (below) which offers information on sequential and 4K random access performance levels.

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Drive Smart and Save 33% on the ExoMount Touch Universal Car Mount

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 8, 2015 4:00 pm

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You already know you should go hands-free to use your phone while driving. And now you also know the best way to do it-ExoMount's Touch Universal Car Mount, now $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.

Secure your phone to the mount with a single touch. The mount stays put using using the world's best suction cup technology and allows you to rotate and swivel your phone 360 degrees. Use it on almost any surface-including smooth, textured, flat, and curved dashboards and windshields-and with almost any smartphone, with or without a case.

 

Stay safe on the road with ExoMount's Touch Universal Car Mount. Pick it up for $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.

AMD follows Intel in branding its processors per 'Generation'

By: Chris Smith | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 8, 2015 3:21 pm

As pointed out by TechPowerUp, "AMD is planning to play a neat branding game with Intel."

 

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You may have noticed with the upcoming series of CPUs and APUs to be released in 2016 by AMD that there has been a branding focus switch towards naming them as the "6th Generation," just as you commonly see with Intel's new processor releases.

 

This change is said to be due to ease of consumer clarity and the reported fact that retail channels much prefer this method. Keeping track of which generation of processor you own, sell or build into a system is generally much easier then remembering how old your 'Piledriver' chip may be.

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ZOTAC teases GeForce GTX 960 Force TOP-X for China, Taiwan

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 8, 2015 2:32 pm

The region of 'Greater China' is becoming known for being flooded with over the top mid-range video cards, this is said to be in order to entice buyers to invest in something greater than just the base model.

 

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ZOTAC has just come to the party, offering its new GTX 960 Gamer Force TOP-X video card which incorporates a triple-fan cooling setup and a metal back plate with another two 60mm fans attached.

 

This card is said to run a core clock of 1500MHz and this is helped along by the three 90mm cooling fans held over an aluminum split fin-stack heat sink. Unfortunately this card is said to be only available in countries such as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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NVIDIA opens up GeForce Garage competition

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 8, 2015 1:34 pm

NVIDIA has pushed its GeForce Garage competition live in Poland with other countries soon to follow suit.

 

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The overall task is quite simple - build a complete gaming PC, video yourself throughout the whole process, provide interesting commentary and try out something a little different while you're completing the project. Once your entry has been completed, publish it on YouTube and send it in to NVIDIA for judging.

 

The winner of this competition will receive an NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 alongside a Shield Tablet, with second place taking home a GTX 970 and third receiving a GTX960. For more information you can head here.

Extremely high demand for skilled artificial intelligence researchers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 8, 2015 12:30 pm

There is a major demand for skilled engineers and researchers with a background in artificial intelligence, with Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other companies recruiting. There currently aren't very many commercial uses for AI, but no one wants to be caught out as machines are expected to play a larger role in the future.

 

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"There's a massive battle under way for talent," said Oren Etzioni, head of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, in a statement published by the WSJ. "Virtually every professor at the UW computer-science department has been called many times to work at these companies, and frankly it's a very compelling pitch."

 

To help foster tomorrow's talent, companies are helping invest in - and create - research labs for universities with strong engineering programs. Even with concerns related to AI one day possibly spiraling out of control, lucrative partnerships and working relationships are being nurtured.

Cute robot toy aims to teach children electronics and robotics

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2015 12:25 pm

Kay Yang has asked the Kickstarter community to help her raise $100,000 in order to fund 'Tinker the Robot', described in the page title as "An Interactive Robot for Kids."

 

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Not to be confused with the Dota2 hero, Tinker sets out to solve a problem that Yang feels is common in children today - a lack of circuitry knowledge. Driven by personal experience, Yang shared that as a child she "loved taking things apart and figuring out how things worked. . .except electronics. I [She] would just stare at the circuit board. To me, electronic circuits were black boxes that didn't make sense."

 

This small toy robot combines electronics, coding and physical accessories together. The basic pack involves three LEDs and a light sensor with future plans for accessories to be developed such as a motorized track for movement purposes.

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