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Parvum impresses again - This Project Orange Horizon build is amazing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:51 am

Following our report on Daniel Woods and his amazingly simplistic Arctic Gold Parvum case build, we've stumbled across another beauty in the form of Max NB's Project Orange Horizon. This project was spotted on the Watercooled PC Facebook group.


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Also utilizing a Parvum case, this modded system has set him back around $3,700 in total and must be seen in its entirety to be appreciated properly. Including SLI-GTX 780 Ti Superclocked video cards, an Intel Core i5 4690K Unlocked Quad Core and a handy 500GB Samsung 840 Evo series SSD, Max has made sure his stunning system also packs a powerful punch for any gaming he may want to take place.


What's even more impressive is the list of water cooling components on display, exceeding $800 in retail value. We understand that not all of our readers are watercooling experts (nor am I), but the sheer length of this list should at least impress you - even if you have no idea what's going on. Let's just say that he's put many hours and a lot of elbow grease into building and maintaining this beast.

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Twitter is launching a video service soon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:32 am

Twitter is planning to roll out their native video feature in just a few short weeks, reports claim. This service is said to not be a competitor to YouTube, but to help promote a positive experience for users and keep them coming back to the social media platform - don't forget that Twitter own Vine, so this is certainly possible.


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Rumors claim that 20 seconds is the possible video length to be available, which is a vast improvement on Vine's six seconds or the fact that every other Twitter-linked video would have to have been from an alternative source. However this 20-second limit isn't set in stone, Twitter are reportedly going to be 'testing the waters' over the next few weeks, months or years.


This feature will be coming to the browser and the app versions, seeing users gain the ability to record their video through the app itself or upload any pre-existing clip.

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GM set to unleash new electric vehicle concept - The Chevy Bolt

By: Chris Smith | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:21 am

General Motors teased us in late 2014 with a 200-mile range electric car, with media outlets reporting that it was going to be something similar to the Chevrolet Sonic - a car which saw its debut in 2011.


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The Wall Street Journal has unleashed information on GM's new market offering - the Chevrolet Bolt, pinned for a 2017 release. The report outlines that this car is styled to look like a crossover and the concept will be featured this coming Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.


Claimed to be released to the public for only $30,000, it's not clear if this price is inclusive or excluding the $7,500 federal tax credit. Comparing the Spark to the Bolt, its older brother only costs $26,820 excluding the tax, meaning that if GM are releasing their Bolt for $30,000 including tax - you're getting double the range for only $3,000 more.

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Liam Neeson would like to return in 'Star Wars' sequels

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:57 pm

On the publicity trail for 'Taken 3', Liam Neeson, who played the lead role in 1999's 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' says he'd be keen to reprise his role as venerable Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn, despite the character dying in the film's final battle with the evil Darth Maul.


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When asked by Yahoo! News if he would like to return to the role he answered "Yeah, I'd say so. Yeah, that would be terrific." before continuing "I certainly loved shooting the prequel but that was many years ago now". However, Neeson famously (and briefly) quit acting in 1999, with many attributing his outburst to the process of filming predominantly against green screens.


"I'm getting out, I'm retiring from movies next year. Honest to God, I'm not happy doing it - I don't want to do it anymore... film is a director's medium, it has nothing to do with actors. We are basically puppets, walking around, hitting marks, saying lines. Producers earn all the money, and you get the sense that they hate actors. The crews are treated like slaves."

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Visceral Games pleased with decision to push back Battlefield Hardline

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:48 pm

Instead of rushing Battlefield Hardline out as scheduled on October 21, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games decided to take their time and ensure a pleasant gamer experience at launch. The new cops-and-robbers style video game will be released on March 17, providing even more details and features to be added to the game.


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"We got some pretty pointed feedback after our early beta that you wanted more," said Steve Papoutsis, executive producer and GM of Visceral Games, in a statement to fans. "And we listened. There's no doubt moving the game back was the right call."


When the game is released, there will be 51 weapons, 27 new vehicles, 28 gadgets, nine maps and seven modes immediately available - and EA is preparing to release new game details and in-play trailers every Wednesday.

Facebook doubles closest competitor - 58% of Americans are still on

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:46 pm

There's been a bit of talk over the past couple of years that people are getting annoyed with the advertising and intrusive spying that Facebook has been reported on by various news outlets, with many user claiming to ditch this social media platform for good - looking to utilize other media entities or simply put down their smartphone.


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In a recent data analysis released by Pew Internet, 58 percent of American adults are still on board with Facebook - with their closest competitor, Linked In, sitting at 23 percent and Pintrest bringing up third place at 22 percent.


Even more surprising is the fact that both Twitter and Instagram don't make the top three placements. With Instagram ranking fourth at 21 percent and Twitter straggling in fifth place, with 19 percent. All of these results are, once again, only of the adult population - meaning 18 years and older.

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Valve will show off final design of Steam Controller at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:31 pm

It wasn't long ago that we reported on the last version of the Steam Controller from Valve, but it looks like the company is ready to unveil the final design of its upcoming controller at GDC 2015.


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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off in March, but it has been Origin PC's CEO, Kevin Wasielewski, that has teased the Steam Controller for GDC. He said "So now they're going to production and at GDC is when they're going to announce more stuff". We should expect Valve to be showing off the final Steam Controller, but I'm personally hoping to see much more than that.


Half-Life 3 confirmed?!

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been modded into an FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 10:27 pm

You've got to love modders, and the big reason that the #pcmasterrace is the one and only thing that Lord Gaben has praised and touched. These modders have tweaked Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, turning it into a first-person shooter.



The first-person mod for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is an impressive change to the change, and while it's still in its early stages, it's a cool twist to the third-person game that MGS normally is. The mod is available right here, so if you do end up trying it, let us know what you think.

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Panasonic intros all-in-one mobile POS tablet running Windows 8.1

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 10:19 pm

Panasonic has announced the Toughpad FZ-R1 7" all-in-one mobile point-of-sale tablet, powered by Microsoft Windows 8. Announced during the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, the device has a PIN pad, mag stripe reader and NFC compatibility, a Toshiba statement notes.


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The Toughpad FZ-R1 runs an Intel Celeron N2807, 10-finger touch display on a 7" screen, 2 or 4GB SDRAM, 64GB eMMC storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and Windows 8.1


"The retail world is changing dramatically," said Dan Diliberti, senior product development manager of the tablet and payment systems at Panasonic System Communications of North America. "Fraud liability is shifting from credit card companies to retailers in the US this fall if they don't adopt EMV, and the widespread adoption of smartphones has upended brick and mortar retail strategies."

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Elite: Dangerous revenue goes to infinity, and beyond

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 9:27 pm

It looks like Elite: Dangerous is doing quite well, with Frontier Developments making some nice revenue on the just-released space game. While it's doing well, their expectations for 2016 and beyond see the developer making some serious dosh.


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The company made an announcement last week outlining the success of the game, with $26.1 million in revenue from 300,000 sales. The developer had a few possible scenarios for its sales, but they could be revised, the developer explains "Since late 2013 the Group has been using three scenarios to model performance of the game, created based on the growth of other non-subscription online games in their first three years, a "base" scenario, a "mid" scenario, and a "bull" scenario ... In terms of revenue Elite: Dangerous is tracking above the "bull" scenario; and on units sold, between the "mid" and "bull" scenarios."


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Elite: Dangerous is coming to OS X, but it could arrive on Linux too - and hopefully Steam OS. As for profits, we can see that the developer is hoping to sell 30 million units in 2017, securing itself a huge $453 million.

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