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Creative come out blasting with new Sound Blaster products at PAX AU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 9:37 am

PAX Australia 2015 - One of my oldest memories of Creative is using the Sound Blaster AWE 64 sound card back in the days of Wing Commander, but the company walked us through their booth at PAX Australia 2015 this year in Melbourne, impressing us with their latest headsets and audio products.







The company has launched its new Sound BlasterX range, with the highest end model in the H7. We tested out both the H7 and the more mid-range H5 model with some impressive results. The audio range and sound were great, with more than impressive bass levels. CS:GO was being played on the headset, and the explosions and gun fire sounded quite good for a pair of headsets priced at under $200.

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MSI teases custom gaming PCs, and Heroes of the Swarm gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 8:00 am

PAX Australia 2015 - Not only were InWin showing off some great looking PCs, but MSI were in action at PAX Australia this year with some slick looking custom PCs.





The second image below, if you look in the top right, has an awesome looking dragon that really adds to the entire look of the PC.





A few different angles of the dragon PC.

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InWin show off some awesome looking cases at PAX AU 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 6:49 am

PAX Australia 2015 - One of our first stops at InWin, where we checked out a bunch of their cases that always impress. Stuart Tonks spent a huge amount of time on every build for InWin, but the end result is great.







If I had to have a favorite, it would definitely be the 909 case from InWin, which was powered by Bitspower, ASUS and Avexir - and it looks freakin' incredible.

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'Alien 5' on indefinite hold, director moving on

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3:28 am

Sad news today, with Director Neil Blomkamp taking to Twitter to reveal that his eagerly awaited 'Alien 5' is on indefinite hold at 20th Century Fox.



With Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' sequel unexpectedly inching closer to the 'Alien' franchise, the studio has decided to put a halt to the competing project, with Blomkamp moving onto a yet-unannounced project.




Whilst it might not be game over for 'Alien 5', it's now most definitely in stasis.

Biostar Z170Z5 motherboard supports DDR3 and DDR4, launching soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 8:55 pm

Biostar is about to launch its Z170Z5 motherboard.


As you can tell from the name, it's based on the Intel Z170 chipset. What you can't tell from the name is it supports both DDR3 and DDR4 (2-DIMM DDR3L-1866(OC)/1600/1333 for 16GB maximum capacity and 2-DIMM DDR4-2133/1866 for 32GB maximum capacity), so if you want the benefits of Z170 without giving up your DDR3 for some reason, this could be the board for you.




Other selling points include allegedly quicker charging of smartphones and tablets, "Super Durable Solid Caps" for a doubled lifespan, and built in overcurrent protection, among others.


The board will launch "soon" at an MSRP of $129.90.

Office gets Skype voice and video support, Chrome integration

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 8:04 pm

Microsoft is beefing up its Office functionality starting today.


You may have noticed Skype's integration with Office on desktop last month. Well, it's going beyond just messaging functionality: video and voice support are on the way, too, first for Office Online users next month (and, then desktop later on.




If you're a Chrome user (and statistically, you probably are), there's some love for you, too: a new extension (available here) lets you create and open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway documents directly in the browser. As with Office Online, OneDrive is integrated, should you choose to use it.

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Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10581 fixes upgrade bug

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 7:01 pm

Build 10581 of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview rolls out today. While it doesn't contain big new features, it does fix that dreadful upgrade bug plaguing the last couple releases, so if you skipped those, you do get to finally enjoy the features they introduced (text from PC, Skype integration, Uber/Cortana integration, Cortana background power usage optimization, and improved texting, among others). Microsoft says it's "very happy" to have the bug behind them.




New changes include photo sharing through third party apps, better battery life, and improved video recording, to name the bigger ticket items.


Be aware you may see a black screen upon installing this update for approximately five minutes. This is normal, so don't be alarmed.

Batman: Arkham Knight needs 12GB RAM on Windows 10 PC's

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 6:00 pm

Although Batman: Arkham Knight has finally made its way back onto Steam, it looks like Warner Bros. hasn't made any actual progress in the last fourth months of tweaking--the game is still very much a mess on PC platforms, so much so that gamers will need a minimum of 12GB of system RAM in order to counteract Arkham Knight's huge performance issues.




As soon as Arkham Knight was re-released on Steam, gamers started to realize that little to no actual improvements had been made. The latest Batman game still doesn't support multi-GPU Crossfire or SLI setups, meaning enhanced graphics performance is off the table. The game still doesn't play very well on Windows 7, leading to hard-drive paging issues during extended periods of play. But the biggest let down is that you won't even be able to play the game if you don't have at least 12GB of RAM.


"For Windows 10 users, we've found that having at least 12GB of system RAM on a PC allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience," reads an update from Warner Bros.

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Google exploring bringing Fiber to Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Tampa

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 5:33 pm

Google has begun the process of bringing Fiber to three more US cities: Oklahoma City, OK, Jacksonville, FL, and Tampa, FL. Whether it will actually happen is another story (there is a lot of evaluation on the viability of construction to be done first), but they did have plenty of nice things to say about each location.




"These growing tech-hubs have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth," writes Jill Szuchmacher, Director of Google Fiber Expansion. "Their list of accolades is long-from Jacksonville's title as a top 10 city for tech jobs, to Tampa Bay's #2 spot on the list of best cities for young entrepreneurs, to Oklahoma City's recognition as the #1 city to launch a business. One of our goals is to make sure speed isn't an accidental ceiling for how people and businesses use the Web, and these cities are the perfect places to show what's possible with gigabit Internet."


The tally of cities equipped with or exploring Fiber right now is 15.

Get 2 Powerful, High-Capacity Flash Drives for $24.99

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 3:22 pm



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