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Apple's new Retina MacBook Air will be fanless, with a thinner design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 3:33 am

According to a new report from Jack March, the upcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook Air will offer a slew of improvements. It seems like it's close to being reworked in every department, from its display, processor, speakers, charging technology, and more.


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First off, the report states that the upcoming Retina MBA will offer a "noticeably thinner design", where it will be completely fanless. Fanless, you say? This is thanks to Apple adopting to Intel's new Core M processor, which offers performance improvements, as well as lowered thermals and power requirement. OEMs can bake these into their devices, offering up fanless tablets and laptops.


Next up, the source said that "the display bezels are noticeably thinner, quite similar to the current MacBook Pro Retina lineup" with next to no space between the keyboard and the edge of the upcoming 12-inch MBA. Additionally, the speaker has been moved above the keyboard, and is still "visible". The source continues with a juicy rumor, stating that Apple will get rid of the already impressive MagSafe connector, replacing it with a new charging technology that has never been used on any Mac to date. I'm hoping we see wireless charging, but I won't be holding my breath. Lastly, Apple will reportedly replace the standard USB ports on the new 2015 Retina MacBook Air with the new reversible USB Type C ports. The company should offer the new MBA in various color options, sometime in mid 2015.

Toxikk's first gameplay trailer is here, smack talks military shooters

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 2:56 am

Ah, the days of arena shooters have a special spot in my gaming history, with more hours pumped into games like Unreal and Quake than I have ever spent playing Call of Duty or Battlefield. Well, if you're never heard of Toxikk, maybe you need to check out the video below.



Reakktor Studios, who definitely loves the use of the letter 'k', has finally shown off a gameplay trailer of their upcoming game, Toxikk. Toxikk takes the hard path, offering no regenerating health, no loadouts, no free-to-play, no classes, and much more. There will be two separate types of maps on offer, with "Classic Maps" that will be smaller and not include vehicles, and then "Massive Maps" which will, you guessed it: feature vehicles.


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Toxikk is being funded with pre-orders, with packages that range between $5 and $90. Reakktor Studios plans on offering a closed beta through Steam Early Access before 2014 is wrapped up.

BIOSTAR launches the new Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:50 am

BIOSTAR has announced that it has launched its new Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard, which features "cutting-edge features and innovative durability enhancements". As you can probably tell, the new motherboard is based on Intel's new Z97 chipset, which provides the usual PCI-Express 3.0, PCIe M.2 support, and more. What makes this board stand out from the rest, though, is BIOSTAR's exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology.


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The motherboard itself is an ATX board, with four DDR3 slots, HDMI out, SATA Express, and of course: the Super Hi-Fi Audio which provides power regulation upgrades like Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP. The HDMI output offers HDCP, paving the way for full video and Hi-Fi 7.1-channel Blu-ray audio support, even through the standard DVI port.


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BIOSTAR has driven its durability and stability even higher, offering Super Durable Solid Caps, which the company explains "are the best quality solid state capacitors with ultra low ESR design, which doubles the lifespan. Another feature is 8-phase power design which gives unparalleled overclocking ability and the lowest temperature to reach maximum performance levels". The new BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7 also features the new Super Durable Ferrite Choke, which provides higher current capacity, lower energy loss, and better power stability to the electric current across the board.


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BIOSTAR is pricing the new motherboard with an MSRP of $119.99.

Corsair announces Corsair Gaming, a new division for PC hardware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:38 am

Corsair, mostly known for its rock solid power supplies, RAM and coolers, has announced a new division of the company: Corsair Gaming. Corsair Gaming has one goal in mind: "the elevation of PC gaming and the development of high-performance PC peripherals".


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Andy Paul, President and CEO of Corsair explains it best: "For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play. We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play". But what's the good of a new division, without a slew of new products?


Starting with the new Gaming RGB Keyboards, Corsair has three new button-mashing devices ready for disposal. The K95 RGB, K70 RGB and K65 RGB. The new RGB Gaming Keyboards all feature color-customizable designs, with 16.8 million color backlighting, are the "headliners of the Corsair Gaming brand". All three of the new keyboards feature German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical keys, which is an exclusive-to-launch partnership with Cherry.

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VIA installs two new interactive digital signs into Taiwan bus stops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:23 am

VIA has installed two interactive digital signs for advertising use into two busy bus stops in Taipei, Taiwan. Toyota teamed up with VIA to advertise their latest Yaris vehicle, using an augmented reality advertisement, shown below.



The interactive signage works by using two video cameras streaming live footage of the intersection in front of it, onto the screens, and once someone walks past it within range of the built-in motion detector, the Yaris advertisement is played over the top of the live stream. The two ads are now live in Taiwan, with the first at the Dunhua-Nanjing bus stop in front of Asia World, and down the street at the Bade-Nanjing stop.

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GTA V will offer first-person mode on foot, and in vehicles on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 11:52 pm

Rockstar Games had a support article on their website, which has since been ripped away, teasing some new features for the new version of Grand Theft Auto V coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. One of these features was something never-before-seen, a first-person mode for both on foot and vehicles.


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The full list included: "a brand new first person mode for vehicles" something that "shows off the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights and more". This is a big, big change, as GTA V has countless vehicles that the developer would need to re-work the internals of. Better yet, Rockstar teased that there would be "a brand new first person mode while on foot" which changes the game, completely. A first-person mode on foot would propel Grand Theft Auto V to completely new heights, especially with the precision offered on a mouse for the PC.


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The news was confirmed just today, with the RockstarGTAV account on Twitter teasing "First person #GTA V #PS4 #XBOXONE #PC". Other new features for the upcoming re-release include "a wealth of new easter eggs and random events for Story Mode", possible animals roaming Los Santos, player transfers from the Xbox 360 and PS3 releases of GTA V offering free new weapons and a free garage in GTA Online, and a "newly overhauled character selection screen".

HTC should soon unveil the NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 11:33 pm

We've already heard it was coming, but now The Wall Street Journal is reporting from its sources that Google and HTC will soon unveil the Nexus 9, which is the first time the companies have worked together since the original Nexus One.


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WSJ is reporting that HTC engineers have been flying to and from Google and their base in Taiwan as the companies work together on the upcoming slate. The Nexus 9 should arrive with NVIDIA's very impressive Tegra K1 processor, which should give the performance side of things a massive boost. I'm hoping that we see Android L unveiled with the tablet, with the announcement to be very soon.

Sony says PlayStation TV to launch in October for US customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 10:00 pm

The Sony PlayStation TV set-top box will launch in the United States on October 14 with a $99.99 price tag. Dubbed the PS Vita TV internationally, users can also pay $140 for a bundle that includes a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, and a copy of The Lego Movie Videogame with their purchase.


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Expect the PS TV lineup to "continue to expand" moving forward, with Minecraft and other popular game titles being added into the catalog. A special Wal-Mart exclusive PS TV bundle will cost $140 and include a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, along with a copy of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.


Both Sony and Microsoft are not only fighting for game console supremacy, but want to try to dominate living room entertainment. For the time being, Sony's PlayStation 4 game console has dominated the Xbox One, but there could be a fierce fight for complementary products like the PS TV.

Some iOS 8 users complaining of slower Wi-Fi, battery issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 8:21 pm

As servers are slammed by Apple users upgrading to iOS 8, some users are complaining of slow download speeds, sluggish Wi-Fi, performance problems, and issues with the native keyboard. It seems Apple 5S owners are struggling the most, as they cannot send text messages, pictures or videos, along with movie playback and buffering problems.


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It's not a surprise to hear Apple is having some problems, but this isn't the first time the company launched a major OS update to its customers. Problems using iMessage, which has been designed to make it easier to send photos, audio and video to contacts, has led to users sending accidental selfies to friends.


Even though Google Android smartphone owners shrugged off the announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 and iOS 8 - Apple fans have been eager to upgrade their devices and purchase new phones.

Gartner: Android-based smartwatches could drop to $30 in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 6:46 pm

The rush of companies into the smartwatch market will provide consumers with a wide selection of product choices, with affordable entry-level devices to pricier products with enhanced features. By 2016 smartwatches will make up around 40 percent of wristworn consumer products, according to the Gartner research group.


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The push by Chinese OEMs using Google Android on smartwatches could drop prices as low as $30 in 2015, however, many U.S. and western Europe consumers will want to snap up products from Samsung, Apple, and other vendors. Despite much criticism during recent Apple's recent press conference, the three introduced Apple Watch models will help set a higher bar in the smartwatch market.


"We are currently seeing two opposing trends in the market with regards to form factor evolution," said Annette Zimmerman, Gartner research director, in a press statement. "On the one hand there are vendors offering smart wrist-wearables in a familiar watch-like form factor. On the other hand in the past six to nine months, we have seen vendors launching products that resemble the early fitness wristbands, but come with displays that add significant functionality, including message and call alerts."

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