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EK Water Blocks launches high-end EK Predator AIO cpu cooler

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 9:28 am

Moving away from a solely custom cooling lineup, EK has recently announced via a press release that it will be now fielding high-end AIO coolers. The first product off the production line is the EK Predator, an expandable AIO CPU cooler.




This cooler comes pre-filled and pre-assembled across both 240mm and 360mm versions. Utilizing "EK-Vardar high static pressure fans in combination with PWM," this inclusion is said to ensure quiet operation which has been pinpointed as an issue with competing brands.


Further featuring Quick Disconnects (QDC), this will allow for tool-less expansion of your cooling, enabling an addition of GPU water blocks, for example.

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Quantum Break and other Xbox One exclusives not coming to PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 8:12 am

Some of the best games coming out in the next few months are going to be exclusive to the Xbox One, but with Microsoft behind the Xbox One, some gamers hope that these titles would transition over to the PC. Unfortunately, they won't be - at least for the foreseeable future.




Xbox boss Phil Spencer has talked about it, where he said that these games might reach the PC, but we should expect them to be exclusive to the Xbox One. Spencer said: "In the case of things like Scalebound or Crackdown or Quantum Break, you know, just to be completely honest with you, we started those games before we really looked at expanding into Windows in the way that I wanted to bring as part of becoming head of Xbox".


He added: "Going to those teams mid-cycle and saying: 'Hey, by the way, I want to add a platform,' didn't really feel like necessarily the best way to end up with the best result for the game. They had a path that they were on. It's not to say those games could never come to Windows, but right now we're on the path to finish the great games that they've started, and I want that to be the case. These games are on a path, whereas with, like, Halo Wars 2 I had the opportunity from the beginning, when we're sitting down with the studio, to say, 'Here's the target. Here's what we wanna go do".

Star Citizen's dogfighting module is 26GB, available on August 19

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 6:53 am

Cloud Imperium Games is launching the dogfighting module to Star Citizen next week, with the space combat part of the ambitious game being released on August 19.




The dogfighting module to Star Citizen weighs in at 26GB, and in order to access the dogfighting module you'll need to follow a few steps:


Xbox boss says Nintendo has 'the best first-party' games on the planet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 6:00 am

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has nothing but praise for Nintendo it seems, where he recently talked with Eurogamer at Gamescom 2015 saying that Nintendo has "the best first-party on the planet".




Spencer was asked if console-exclusive games can still be system sellers, where he said that the Wii U has the best exclusive games. But, the Wii U sales haven't been too strong, even with those kick ass first-party games, where Spencer deflected criticism over Wii U sales. He reiterated that publishers still can't beat "the strength of IP that Nintendo has". He added: "On the Wii U, I think people downplay how many units they've sold".


He continued: "I've got a Wii U, I think there's some great games on there. I think Splatoon's a really nice game and I don't think there's a first-party out there that has the strength of IP that Nintendo has. They're always a beacon to me when I look at what it means to build a first-party portfolio of products, they've done a great job".

NVIDIA releases new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 5:26 am

NVIDIA has just released its new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers, which are the usual Game Ready drivers we've come to know and love from the company.




The new GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers include support for the preview of Ashes of the Singularity, but it also supports the new Beta version of the GameWorks VR SDK. With the GameWorks VR side of things, it includes support for VR SLI, Context Priority, Direct Mode, and Front Buffer Rendering.


You can grab the new NVIDIA GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers here.

Toshiba shows off new PCIe NVMe-based SSDs, and more at FMS 2015

By: Jon Coulter | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 4:04 am

Toshiba is one of the largest presences here at FMS 2015. Today, we got a chance to check out their newest gear.




First up are Toshiba's client-side SATA SSDs. Toshiba's HG6 Series SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications ranging from Ultrabook's, to low endurance data center deployments. These SATA-based SSDs employ cost effective and durable A19nm Toggle 2.0 MLC flash and Toshiba's proprietary QSBC ECC technology.




Next up we have Toshiba's XG3 Series client side high-performance PCIe NVMe SSDs for PCs and read intensive data center applications. The XG3 series is available in an M.2 Gen 3 x4 and the first of its kind SATA Express form factor. The drives will be available in capacities of up to 1024GB. Also announced is Toshiba's BG1 Series SSD on a chip. This tiny SSD is designed for ultra-thin mobile PCs and tablets. The drive is available as a single BGA package or an M.2-2230 removable module. The BG1 series is available in capacities up to 256GB.

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eSports league ESL bans pro gamers from smoking weed before games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 3:13 am

While eSports is being recognized by some high schools and pushed into their curriculum, eSports giant ESL has announced that it has banned the use of marijuana during competitions after it ushered in new anti-doping policies.




ESL said last month that it would be introducing the policy, promising that it would be "fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players". ESL's Head of Communications, Anna Rozwandowicz, said that ESL will be matching the list of prohibited substances that German agency Nationale Anti-Doping Agentur (Nada) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) have.


Rozwandowicz added: "Upon further investigation and consultation with the authorities, we came to the conclusion that saliva tests are better fit. Tests will be performed at our discretion at any time during tournament days, and will take place in a designated testing area. Naturally, players' privacy comes first". The new laws are coming into effect after the use of Adderall was found by pro-gamer Kory "SEMPHIS' Friesen, where Friesen freely admitted to using the drug during a competition.

HTC announces 15% reduction of its global workforce

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 1:35 am

It's not a secret that HTC is struggling right now, but the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has just announced that it will be culling 15% of its workforce after continued struggles with sales.




The company just released its Q2 results, with a forecast for Q3 that is even worse than the previous three months. Cher Wang, CEO of HTC, said: "Now, as we diversify beyond smartphones, we need a flexible and dynamic organization to ensure we can take advantage of all of the exciting opportunities in the connected lifestyle space".


Personally, I think HTC has a future in VR headsets if it can successfully launch and sell considerable units of its upcoming Vive headset, something it collaborated with Valve on. But, it's a risk, as anything is, and HTC isn't in the position for more continued losses.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 12:27 am

In a not-so-surprising move, Samsung has just made its Galaxy Note 5 smartphone official. The new Galaxy Note 5 features the same 5.7-inch display, with an identical 2560x1440 or QHD resolution, but with improved colors and sharpness.




Inside, the Galaxy Note 5 we have an 8-core Exynos 7420 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a non-removable 3000mAh battery, support for LTE category 9 and LoopPay's wireless credit card imitating MST technology, and much more. The Galaxy Note 5 includes the usual S Pen for your stylus action.




Moving over to the Galaxy S6 edge+, which is a spruced up Galaxy S6 edge with a larger dual-edge display, we have the same 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display which is more gorgeous than ever. Inside of the S6 edge+ we have the same Exynos 7420 processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3000mAh non-removable battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop powering both handsets. The two new smartphones come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options.


The main difference between the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ is that the latter features a dual-edge display, while the former includes an S Pen.

'Rick and Morty' third season ordered by Adult Swim

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 11:50 pm

Premiering last year and with only 13 episodes aired since, Adult Swim's 'Back to the Future' riffing 'Rick and Morty' has amassed a huge following, with envelope-pushin humour and smart storylines. So confident is the network in the future of the show they've now greenlit a third series, just as the second begins airing.




According to Deadline, the deal will ensure that the Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland created show will extend to at least 31 episodes and 11 hours of play time.


The next episode of episode 2; 'Total Rickall' airs in the United States in a few days time and the first season Blu-ray is now available to purchase.

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