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MAINGEAR's new DRIFT Steam Machine available for 4K living room gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 9:29 am

MAINGEAR has just announced that its impressive DRIFT Steam Machine is now available, with the SteamOS-powered gaming PC built for 4K gaming anywhere - including your living room.




The company has provided the ability to customize the DRIFT all the way up to Intel's expensive, but super-fast Extreme Edition Haswell-E or new Skylake processors, as well as full-sized video cards like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X. Inside, you can configure the DRIFT with up to 16GB of DDR4 from Kingston, and various storage options with 3 x HDD bays that can be kitted out with 2 x Samsung 850 Pro SSDs, and a huge 6TB HDD for storage.




MAINGEAR's DRIFT PC can be placed both vertically and horizontally, thanks to it being cooled by the Epic 120 liquid cooling system - which is a "maintenance-free system that keeps the Steam Machine running incredibly cool at top speeds for extended periods of time". The DRIFT system includes Valve's new Steam Controller, and starts at $1,099 on MAINGEAR's website.

Corsair's new GPU cooler will liquid cool your Titan X or GTX 980 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 7:31 am

Corsair has just unveiled the availability of its new Hydro Series HG10 GPU N980 and HG10 N970 cooling brackets, which liquid cool your NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 or GTX 970 video cards.




The new GPU coolers are designed to work with any stock PCB layout from the GTX Titan X, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 and GTX 970 where it will replace the stock air cooling on the video card with a new liquid GPU cooler. The bracket allows for a CPU cooler to be used (as you can see in the image above), directly onto the GPU.


The Corsair Hydro Series HG10 is capable of handling up to 250W of heat, so you could drastically lower the temperatures of your GPU, as well as the noise - all while providing more overclocking headroom. The HG10's aluminum bracket and integrated 70mm low-noise blower fan will actively cool your GPUs other heat-producing components. Corsair's Hydro Series HG10 cools your video card's memory and VRM, and not just the GPU.

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Volkswagen offering gift cards and vouchers amid emissions scandals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 5:27 am

Volkwagen is kind of rolling around in its own spew after a big night out drinking, where it thinks it's okay but needs to lay down and sleep for maybe a week straight. Well, the latest news feels exactly like that.




The troubled automaker is in the middle of the biggest car-related scandal in history, with its emission cheating news making headlines in recent months. Now the company is offering $1,000 in gift cards and other financial incentives to its customers, with $500 in dealership credit to top it off. The 482,000 diesel-powered VW cards also take home a $500 Visa gift card that can be used anywhere, and free roadside assistance for three years.


Audi customers receive help too, where a "goodwill package" is being prepared. Owners will have to visit a specific website to request the items, where you'll need to enter your vehicle's VIN number, and mileage as well as your name and address. Volkswagen is also offering $2,000 trade-in credit and with the announcement from today, owners of affected vehicles will benefit to the tune of around $3,000.

Turn 'Inside Out' for our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 4:53 am

To celebrate this week's release of Pixar's latest animated hit 'Inside Out' on Blu-ray, DVD and digital we have eight Blu-ray prize packs to give away, thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.


Do you ever look at someone and wonder what's going on inside their head? Disney Pixar's 'Inside Out' takes a rollicking journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley's mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by light-hearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It's "an instant classic," raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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President Obama finally joins Facebook

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 3:57 am

Despite using Facebook to successfully raise millions in campaign funds which propelled him to The White House in 2008 and again in 2012, and having used Twitter for well over two years, U.S. President Barack Obama's army of media advisers has finally established a Facebook page for his administation, with less than a year to go of his eight year term.


Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real...

Posted by President Obama on Monday, November 9, 2015


Using his maiden post to preach about the dangers of climate change despite only recently putting his words into action, unveiling a clean power plan policy hailed by The White House as "the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change, but decried by some commentators as spending billions of dollars while "not helping the environment", Obama is keen to solidify his legacy in this contentious policy area.


Regardless, as the looming battle between the Democratic and Republican nominations make way for the full 2016 U.S. Presidential race, platforms such as Facebook will once again prove hugely powerful in swaying public opinion.

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Twitch secures its users with optional two-factor authentication

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 3:31 am

Twitch has just announced optional two-factor authentication on its user profiles, with the streaming giant offering it as "100 percent voluntary" to its user base.




The new security measure is meant to scale down the need for conventional, easily hackable passwords, all while improving the Twitch experience. The company is partnering with security firm Authy, with Authy running the new two-factor authentication system. While it's similar to Google's two-factor authentication, where Twitch is doing it different is that you'll receive push notifications through its app to confirm it's you that's logged into your Twitch account.


It was only a week ago that Twitch announced a new datacenter in Sydney, so we can't be more happy with the news of Twitch's increased presence and move to look after its users' privacy.

Google Hangouts video calls upgraded with better quality, start times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 1:31 am

As a heavy Hangouts user, these types of upgrades are always welcome: Google has just introduced an improved, redesigned web calling experience that has a simpler interface, and more.




Not only is it better to look at, but the other person on the other side of the webcam is better looking thanks to improvements Google has made on the video side of things. It has been noted that the new Hangouts "renders video more sharply, and streamlines the interface so you can focus less on where to click and more on what to say".


The post comes directly from Google Software Engineer Eduardo Fernández on his Google+ page. He also notced that calls will start faster, and stay more clearer with higher quality video than ever before.

Get Lean Project Management Certified for $50

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 12:14 am



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Gamer spends $30,000 on Star Citizen so far, says he'll spend more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 11:11 pm

With close to $100 million in funding so far, Roberts Space Industries is going to infinity and beyond with Star Citizen, but so is one gamer in particular, who has spend $30,000 on the unfinished game so far, with no signs of stopping.




Ozy311, or Chris spoke with PC Gamer, where he said that he has taken up second jobs to fund his Star Citizen adventure, where he calls Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts one of the most influential people of his life. Even after spending $30,000, Ozy311 says that he'll continue to spend more on the game. Ozy311, or Chris, spent $15,000 on highest package in the game 'The Completionist with the Million Mile High Club', and many ships after that.


Chris explains where his interest started when it comes to Star Citizen, where he said: "Well, we're all of the era growing up with Star Wars, Star Trek, just the fantasy of not being stuck to this planet. Through growing up with all the different flavors of Star Trek, and Star Wars, Battlestar: Galactica, and Starship Troopers, and Firefly. All these science fiction movies, and you just wish you could live that life. There's always been stabs and attempts at it and, it's not been done correctly yet. Chris Roberts came back after being gone for so long, and had a vision, saying that he felt the technology and the PC market was there now to try to create his ultimate dream. He put forth a Kickstarter and it's done amazingly well. He only asked for $2 million and here we are, over $94 million later, and it's going strong".

FCC dismisses Consumer Watchdog 'Do Not Track' petition

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 7:58 pm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reiterated its stance on 'Do Not Track' requests last week in response to a petition by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. That is to say, it supports regulation of privacy practices for Internet service providers, but not for websites, apps, or anything else.




The petition requested 'edge providers' such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, and so on honor Do Not Track requests from browsers. When honored now (rarely, given it's optional and tends to hurt revenue), the sites and services in question do not collect potentially very valuable and arguably intrusive browsing data.


In response, the FCC dismissed the petition, noting the request is "inconsistent with the Commission's [...] scope of the privacy practices it states that it intends to address."

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