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Apple's new MacBook Air features 12-inch 2304x1440 display, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 9:56 pm

Apple has finished its 'Spring Forward' media event, where we've been introduced to a handful of exciting new products. One of which is the new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, which has a resolution of 2304x1440.




The new 12-inch MBA features a thinner bezel around its display, with the keyboard reaching both edges of the base. Apple has used a new Taptic engine for the trackpad, something that provides touch feedback on the Apple Watch, is doing the same thing on the new MacBook Air - it simulates the sensation of clicking. You can push harder than a traditional tap, and it will act as a separate gesture, just like the new Watch.




Apple has removed most of the ports on the new MacBook Air, where we only have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a reversible USB-C connector. This port can charge the laptop, send video to an external display and of course, throw data around at USB 3.0 speeds. This port has allowed Apple to make its thinnest laptop yet, at just 13.1mm thick - 24% thinner than the already-thin 11-inch MacBook Air. It also weighs just 2 pounds.


Inside, the new MacBook Air is powered by Intel's Core M processor, and the promise of "all-day battery" with around 9 hours of web surfing, or up to 10 hours of HD video playback. The new MacBook will launch on April 10 starting at $1299, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Driverless Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury spotted on in San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 8:39 am

Someone has snapped pictures of the totally gorgeous Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle, which is a driverless luxury vehicle. The company explains that it has "interdisciplinary team of experts from Mercedes-Benz has devised a future scenario that incorporates many different aspects of day-to-day mobility".



It looks like something out of a futuristic movie, but it is right-here-right-now technology. For those who don't know, the cabin of the car is absolutely beautiful, where it looks like it has been ripped right out of a science fiction movie or TV show. Mercedes-Benz explains the F 105 Luxury in Motion research car as "Sensual, flowing transitions and warm, organic materials such as open-pore walnut wood, which has been shaped to a three-dimensional veneer, and extremely soft ice-white nappa leather contrast with clearly-defined metal and glass surfaces with a cool and technical feel".


The Mercedes-Benz F 105 Luxury in Motion can travel up to 1100 kilometers (683.5 miles) to a single 'tank', which consists of an "electric hybrid system" that uses 200km on its battery, while 900km comes courtesy of the electricity of its fuel cell.

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Samsung sees record-breaking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 7:38 am

Samsung announced and showed off its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets at its Samsung Unpacked 2015 event not too long ago now, but the South Korean giant has reportedly received a huge 20 million pre-orders for their new handsets.




The news is coming from a "top executive at a leading mobile carrier in Europe" according to The Korea Times. This executive remained anonymous, but they did say: "Samsung received some 20 million pre-orders for the S6 and S6 Edge _ 15 million of S6 and five million of the S6 Edge from mobile carriers, worldwide. This is the record".


The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets will be available next month in select markets.

From gamer to dealer, drug bust sees professional gamer arrested

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 6:22 am

Currently believed to be former Quake champion and current Shootmania player Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski, news has been published of a high-profile drug bust and arrest taking place recently.




Spread across three apartments in Ostróda, northern Poland, police seized 3.3lb of amphetamines, 23lb of marijuana and thousands of ecstasy tablets alongside PLN 70,000 ($18,300 US) total in cash. This operation also saw the collection of two revolvers, 100 rounds of ammunition and two suspects.


Aged 24 and 30, the accused are facing prison sentences of up to 12 years if found guilty.

GGF LAN party shows off Avexir's amazing Raiden Series DDR3 RAM

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 5:49 am

Showing off their new sponsor, Avexir Memory, GGF LAN Party has shared this amazing white and blue color scheme RAM which looks especially beautiful when paired with the white-themed ASUS Sabertooth motherboard.




"Each stick comes with functioning lighting/tesla style tube," says GGF LAN admin Stuart Tonks, "this is just sheer beauty. Meet the Raiden Series DDR3."


With the full information available here, we've learned that this DDR3 RAM can be tailored for Dual or Quad channel builds alongside speeds ranging from 1866 MHz to 2400 MHz being available.


Unfortunately there's no DDR4 available to the public just yet, but we've been told it's coming.

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Facebook hiring 1200+ people ramping up to the Oculus Rift launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 4:33 am

It looks like Facebook is ramping up to the hopefully absolutely gigantic launch of the Oculus Rift CV1 (Consumer Version 1), with the social network reportedly going on a huge hiring spree. Facebook is hiring over 1200 new employees, which would see its global workforce increase by a large 14%.




Facebook acquired Oculus VR this time last year for $2 billion and has since collaborated with the company on its VR HMDs, but until now it hasn't made Oculus change anything at its core. Even to this day, Oculus still operates virtually separately to Facebook, but enjoying Facebook's deep pockets for acquiring talent, companies and I'm sure, getting contracts signed for displays, and other parts that will go into the first consumer version of the Rift.


This huge hiring spree is great news for the Oculus Rift, as Facebook is looking to secure logistics managers that will work their magic on the global supply chain. Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has said: "We are an ambitious company run by an ambitious CEO. Our users are growing and our business is growing and we want to support that".

The damage system in Star Citizen is fully next-gen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 3:23 am

We're three months into 2015 so it's about time that we get a deeper look at Star Citizen, with Cloud Imperium Games showing off the super impressive damage system, which you can check out in the YouTube clip below.



As you can see from the minigun shooting the spaceship, little parts of the ship become damaged. Once a heavier, or stronger weapon is shooting or blasting at the ship, the hull is breached and you can see parts of the ship underneath. It was something I didn't expect, and I actually raised an eyebrow when watching it. Impressive stuff to see happen in a game made for the PC only.

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GIGABYTE unveils its new X99 Champion series of motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 2:07 am

GIGABYTE has just unveiled four new motherboards in its growing line of motherboards, with the new X99 Champion series. The new X99-powered motherboards will arrive as the X99-Gaming 5P, X99-UD4P, X99-UD3P and the already famous X99-SOC Champion.




The new GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards have support for RDIMM memory, which comes in up to 16GB per DIMM for some serious RAM setups. They also have GIGABYTE's Amp-Up audio technology, Killer E2200 or Intel's gigabit Ethernet controller. There's the usual all-digital CPU power design, IR Digital PWM, IR PowIRstage ICs, and server level chokes which ensure "server level reliability".




The new lineup of GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards should be available at e-tailers and retailers near you soon.

Did you know that Steam chat now blocks most email addresses?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 1:37 am

It's been causing some major confusion recently, did you know that Steam now blocks most major email address' in their chat program?




After talking to a friend of mine and asking for his email, I received a message from him saying "" At first I thought he was trying to troll me so I went along with it, later on after some more frustration we realized that Steam chat was actually blocking what we were sending to each other.


As you can see above, on the left I sent him a few different test emails to check exactly what is blocked. His result is on the right, showing that all of these email address' have been effectively turned into URL's. For those who don't keep up with Steam updates and patch notes, this little bit of news may cause you some headaches in the future.

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Battlefield Hardline will run at 720p on Xbox One, 900p on the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 12:47 am

Battlefield Hardline launches on March 17 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC but we're just hearing about what resolution it will be rendered at on the Xbox One and PS4.



The Xbox One version of Battlefield Hardline will run at 720p, while the PS4 version will run at 900p, according to Visceral Games and their recent tweet. The PC version will be able to play at 1080p, 1440p, 4K and beyond - but you didn't expect anything less, did you? "Next-gen" consoles and we're seeing games in 2015 run at 720p, resolutions that PC gamers used in the 90s.

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