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Expansion cards are back in force, meet the SilverStone ECM20

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Do you remember when expansion cards were used for what is now a basic motherboard feature? I do and the nostalgia is strong with all of the current expansion cards now hitting the market.

 

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Meet the SilverStone ECM20, a "Dual M.2 to PCI-E x4 and SATA 6G adapter card," announced recently in a press release. Supporting up to two M.2 SSD's simultaneously, this device converts one M.2 port into a PCI-E x4 interface and a second M.2 port into a SATA interface.

 

Currently on the market for $17.87 (15.5 Euro), this card includes in optional low-profile expansion slot and required no drivers to function.

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StarCraft II launches Archon Mode with Red Bull tournament support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Described as "two players, one army - two armies, one game" in a recently issued press release, Red Bull has announced that StarCraft II's new Archon Mode will be featured in its next Red Bull battle Grounds playoffs.

 

 

Set to be featured in Blizzard's standalone expansion, Legacy of the Void, Archon Mode sees two players take over a single army, controlling it in unison against a same-structured opposing team.

 

Said to be even more intense and exciting than the common 1v1 mode as seen over the many years of StarCraft II and Brood War tournaments, this mode will see air time on September 19 in Washingson D.C, at the next live Red Bull event.

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84% of users want to throw away passwords, survey states

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Text passwords are a thing of the past, or at least they should be, according to recently released findings from a LaunchKey survey. whil 46% of users stated that they had more then 10 passwords to keep track of, a massive 84% further claimed that they would rather remove passwords all together.

 

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Obviously some form of protection must be added, with experts pointing towards authentication-style security being the way to go. This will help eliminate user-centered issues such as 77% of the surveyed population stating they often forget passwords, followed by a common trend of constantly changing passwords being a serious annoyance.

 

LaunchKey CEO Geoff Sanders agrees, stating in a recently issued press release that "the future of authentication is free from traditional passwords," adding "We must remove the vulnerability and liability that passwords have created while implementing more secure authentication methods that account for an evolving and diversified landscape of use cases, end users and threats."

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Avalance Studios makes the Mad Max game's car a reality

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Ever wanted to drive your favorite gaming car in real life? Forget Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed, Avalanche Studios went out and created the 'Magnum Opus' from its upcoming Max Mad game, thanks to the help of West Coast Customs.

 

 

Set for release on September 1 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mad Max will be centered around a new vehicle called the 'Magnum Opus', setting out to provide players with a trusty vehicle to last a literal life-time.

 

This short documentary covers some backstory on the title itself, the creation of the vehicle and also an annual wasteland gathering which takes in the Mojave Desert - looking like Borderlands meets Mad Max, but in real life.

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CM Storm launches the Pitch Pro in-ear headset with aluminum body

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

For those looking at a set of earphones that will last just a bit longer, CM Storm has announced and released its Pitch Pro series of earphones - sporting 10mm neodymium drivers and an aluminum headset body.

 

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Further featuring a myriad of accessories including three different sizes rubber ear grommets in total, a snap-lock carry pouch, a splitter cable (turns one 3-ring 3.5mm into two 2-ring 3.5mm plugs) and even an airplane adapter, CM Storm's $40 (34,9 Euro) release price certainly doesn't skimp on optional extras.

 

Targeted towards all users looking to game and listen to music on the go, check out our own pre-release review of the Pitch Pro here.

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GOG Galaxy now lets gamers roll back, or completely skip game updates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

GOG Galaxy has just unveiled a very awesome new feature, letting gamers rollback patches and updates to their games. This is a useful addition to GOG Galaxy, as some patches or updates can break games or remove features that gamers loved before the update came along.

 

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The company is quite know with gamers as DRM-free with anti-Steam features, but with this new feature they are ahead of the curve. GOG Galaxy's Technology Vice President, Piotr Karwowski said: "We know that patches can occasionally break a game or affect your mods". GOG Galaxy also now provides you with an option to opt-out of automatic updates, with the ability of buying games directly from its store without the platform. This is a nice change from the likes of Steam or Origin.

 

But the problem that we have here, is that GOG Galaxy doesn't offer the latest games, with one of the most bleeding edge games being The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. So while GOG Galaxy might now feature some of the best features for patch and update rollbacks, now the company just needs to get games into its library, quicker.

Uber kicks off bus-like 'Smart Routes' in San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

Uber is now testing out bus-like "Smart Routes" throughout San Francisco, with the ridesharing giant offering discounts on rides if passengers don't mind being picked and dropped off along popular roads.

 

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The new feature is for UberPool users, with Smart Routes showing up on Uber's app as green lines. UberPool users who want to use these new Smart Routes will have to walk to meet an UberPool driver that is driving along those specific routes, and will be offered $1 or more off of the cost of the journey.

 

Uber adds that these new Smart Routes are part of the company's "ongoing efforts to increase the efficiency of driver-partners' time spent on the road while helping riders save time and money". As for the drivers, they will be operating along these Smart Routes acting like a more personal, but smaller bus service. UberPool kicked off last year offering Uber customers the change of splitting costs by driving with strangers, but these discounts might it a very viable alternative to public transport.

NVIDIA and Intel dominate #pcmasterrace 2015 survey

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

The /r/pcmasterrace subreddit is an interesting place, where over 12,000 gamers responded to the PCMR survey in July and August with some interesting results.

 

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First, 67.7% of respondents said they use an NVIDIA GeForce video card, while 28.9% use an AMD Radeon video card of some sort, leaving 3.4% saying they use the integrated GPU on their Intel CPU. Speaking of CPUs, 80% of PCMR use an Intel CPU while 20% use an AMD chip. Full HD is the resolution of choice with PCMR respondents, with 66% using 1080p. Just 6% of PCMR uses 1440p, while 1.9% use a 4K monitor.

 

Multi-monitor setups are gaining traction with 43.2% using two monitors, 9.8% using a triple-monitor setup but 45.4% are still using a single monitor. Interestingly, 15.8% of PCMR uses a 144Hz monitor of some sort, which is the second largest outside of the huge 69.3% that use a 60Hz panel. 51.3% have 8GB of RAM in their system, while 33.7% reported using 16GB - as for DDR3, it's used by 87.8%, while just 9% are using DDR4.

LG reportedly preparing next-gen handset rocking its NUCLUN 2 chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

With the release of the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. LG doesn't want Samsung to steal all of the thunder, so the South Korean giant is reportedly preparing a new smartphone to combat Samsung.

 

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LG is reportedly looking to power this new smartphone with its impressive NUCLUN 2 processor which is said to blow the Exynos 7420 that Samsung makes and puts into the Galaxy Note 5 away. Qualcomm is preparing its Snapdragon 820 processor, which is rumored to be finding a new home inside of the upcoming Galaxy S7, but LG could pounce first with a NUCLUN 2-powered smartphone sometime in Q4 2015 according to the latest rumors.

 

LG's impressive NUCLUN 2 processor is built on the 16nm FinFET process, where it has a decent jump in performance over the Exynos 7420 from Samsung. Based on benchmarks from the NUCLUN 2 on AnTuTu, the NUCLUN 2 is capable of 5392 on the multi-core test, versus the 4970 that the Exynos 7420 is capable of.

AMD Radeon R9 Nano caught on camera, rocks full Fiji GPU and HBM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

It looks like we're just weeks away from the official release of AMD's Radeon R9 Nano, with DGLee from IYD.kr posting up some of the best shots of the Radeon R9 Nano yet.

 

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Thanks to the tear down on the card, we get a better look at the small PCB that the Radeon R9 Nano features, with its single 8-pin PCIe power connector powering the card. We have a full Fiji GPU inside, the same chip that powers the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X. The entire card measures in at just 15cm, sitting just over the PCIe connector itself.

 

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As for the price, we are expecting it to fall under $499. AMD's Radeon R9 Nano has a TDP of 175W, and should offer performance similar to that of the Radeon R9 290X (so around 5-10% less than the rebadged R9 390X and less than the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X, obviously. But for its size, this is one of the more exciting cards in AMD's Fiji-powered line up.

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