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EA brings all-you-can-play Origin Access service to PC for $5 a month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 12:37 pm

In a bid to challenge Steam's long-standing reign, EA has introduced its acclaimed all-you-can-play games service to the PC market.

 

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The PC flavor of EA Access is called Origin Access, and comes with the same benefits as the Xbox One service: unlimited access to a smattering of games in the EA Vault, exclusive trials and beta tests to upcoming EA games, and 10% off purchases on Origin.While the two services look quite similar, the PC version actually has an edge: Origin Access isn't just limited to EA's Xbox One games, so you can expect a ton of third-party games to fill out the PC Vault's library.

 

Origin Access on PC will cost $4.99 a month, which equates to $60 a year--double that of the Xbox One's $30 annual membership rate. Obviously, you can expect to see more games on Origin Access, so the value is still there. Plus, you're not locked into a commitment on the PC version, so you can cancel anytime.

 

Remember that EA/Origin Access isn't a games streaming service like PlayStation Now. You'll need to fully download each game--and on consoles, this can be extremely tedious with the 500GB stock hard drives--in order to play them. If your subscription expires, you'll lose access to the downloaded games just like PlayStation Plus. If you're wondering which games are included in the Vault, we have a handy list of the 15 games you'll get access to with your $4.99/month membership:

 

  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield 3
  • SimCity
  • FIFA 15
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
  • Dead Space 1-3
  • Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Age II
  • The SIms 3 - Start Pack
  • This War of Mine

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EVGA announces new trio of 1000W, 850W and 750W 80 Plus Titanium PSUs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 11:46 am

EVGA has expanded its flagship SuperNOVA T2 lineup of premium power supplies with a trio of enthusiast-grade PSUs stamped with the covered 80 Plus Titanium rating.

 

 

EVGA has brought us a ton of high-performance hardware in the past, including a fleet of ultra-fast OC NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti video cards, but now the hardware-maker aims to make its mark in the field of power supplies with its new triumvirate of ultra-efficient PSUs. Today the company's SuperNOVA T2 line gets three new contenders: a titanic 1000W flavor followed up with 850W and 750W variants for less-extreme rigs.

 

As the company says, "nothing beats titanium", and all three power supplies boast an amazing 90% efficiency under full workloads and 94% under half loads. Although the T2 1000W, T2 850W and T2 750W all feature extremely reliable Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con Solid State Capcitors, EVGA backs each PSU with a 10 year warranty.

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The tempered glass Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX belongs in an art gallery

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 10:08 am

CES 2016 - Phanteks has teased its Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition case recently, showing that a change in material can take a case from seeming mainstream and shoot it into looking spectacular.

 

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Featuring an extremely reflective glass surface, Phanteks' new case features tinted and tempered glass side panels on both sides of the chassis, as reported by Tech Power Up recently. The spectacular side panels are secured through the help of thumb screws and feature this glass material from top to bottom.

 

With the rest of the chassis being identical to the regular Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX spec sheet, expect this new model to hit the shelves in March, priced at $190.

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This speaker is designed better than your house, get in quick!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:04 am

Currently on Kickstarter with under three days remaining, Hult Design has presented its Pavilion wireless speaker and D-spiral acoustic system.

 

Pavilion Sound System Test from Hult Design on Vimeo.

 

Sitting at $64,613 raised of the $70,000 goal and 65 hours to go at the time of writing this article, this speaker features some amazing design characteristics and has been based on architectural influences from around the globe. Featuring three-dimensional audio, a D-spiral acoustic bass booster, a 20W peerless driver, APTX + AAC codec and touch controls, this product has had its internal speakers provided by Tymphany, a company with over 85 years of experience.

 

However, style and class comes at a price, with an investment of $279 earning you a black of white Pavilion Q speaker, marked at $110 off retail. If you're looking for more sound, two units are the maximum per person and will set you back $449.

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LG invests $435m in solar cells, set to power 1 million homes by 2020

By: Chris Smith | More News: Energy | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 8:03 am

As announced in a recent press release, LG Electronics has invested a massive $435 million into solar cell production, set to increase facilities in the Korean city of Gumi.

 

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With this investment placed in order to increase capacity from 1GW to 1.8GW by 2018, LG is looking to further increase this to a massive 3GW by 2020, enough to power one million homes in total. This investment is part of a wider plan, with LG executive Lee Sang-bong stating that "LG has been actively involved in the solar energy business for two decades, and we believe that mainstream consumers are more than ready to give solar more serious consideration."

 

This massive commitment has come off the back of its NeON 2 solar energy technology advancement, with LG proudly stating that it has now been practicing in the solar field since 1995, seemingly with no plans to slow down anytime soon.

Sea Sonic launches Titanium, Platinum power supplies up to 1200W

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 7:01 am

If you're looking for some highly efficient power supplies ranging from 550W to 1200W, Sea Sonic has just announced its PRIME Titanium flagship series of products, offering 80 PLUS Platinum or Titanium certifications.

 

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Featuring zero PCB cabling, self-claimed "Premium Hybrid Fan Control" which is "fanless up to 45 % system load," a massive ten-year warranty and an extended hold-up time of over 30ms, this product range was announced recently through a press release.

 

The 80 PLUS Titanium units will be released in 650W to 1000W models, with the Platinum products set for a power range of 550W to 1200W. The massive warranty is backed up by fully modular cabling and a promise to provide "the quietest active cooling power supplies."

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Protect your smartphone privacy with this blocking device

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 6:02 am

CES 2016 - Privoro has designed a privacy guard product for smartphones and desktops, vying to protect user privacy from anyone who wishes to spy on them by providing a list of protective features.

 

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The smartphone product features security measures like three types of protection against intrusion and location tracking while also blocking all unwanted microphone and camera activity. Made up of a case and cover, the privacy guard is designed to fit over your phone, blocking 100% of radio frequency signals while sending confusing signals to your phone's microphone, "making eavesdropping nearly impossible" as explained in a recent press release. This case is designed to fit the iPhone 6 and 6S only.

 

The desktop privacy guard aims to cover an inbuilt webcam and microphone, once again blocking the camera from viewing anything and sending confusing sound to the microphone. Charged through a micro-USB connection, this product is designed for iMac monitors from 21.5-inch to 27-inch.

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Force Awakens' character Rey's parentage

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 5:15 am

Despite what the movie posters star billing says, Rey played by newcomer Daisy Ridley was the real star of 'The Force Awakens'. But despite following her substantial character arc, there's still a lot we don't know about her. Why does she seem to have such mastery of the Force? Could it perhaps be down to a strong Jedi bloodline? If you haven't had the chance to see the film yet - be aware of a POTENTIAL SPOILER:

 

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Speaking to the Television Critics Association via SlashFilm, one plucky reporter directly asked if Obi-Wan Kenobi might just be Rey's father. Abrams answered coyly, saying: "I know quite a bit, but obviously it's not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian's story to continue now. The last thing I'm going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy he showed me."

 

Rian Johnson serves as director of the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' which will be released in May 2017.

Mozilla's Persona login service is unpopular, will be shut down

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 5:05 am

Login service Persona will be shut down as of November 2016. Launched by Mozilla five years ago, it has proven unpopular, with no signs of that changing anytime soon, so the company has decided to give it the boot.

 

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Persona works much like OpenID and Facebook Connect, utilizing the BrowserID protocol to let you log in to websites without the hassle of site-specific passwords, while remaining secure; all that's needed is an email. Unfortunately for Mozilla and perhaps its users, the project has failed for unknown reasons.

 

November 30 is the shutdown date. At this time, support will end, and user data will be destroyed for security reasons.

PSA - Periscope videos now autoplay in your iOS app Twitter feed

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 3:57 am

As if it wasn't bad enough as it is with autoplay for all media set to on by default, now even Periscope live feeds will start playing as you scroll through your Twitter feed.

 

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Twitter's own real-time video streaming app has been a very successful venture once it was acquired early on in 2015. It's used for a variety of entertaining things, from pre-show interaction with fans to simply showing the world a small part of your life. It's interesting and can potentially be a tremendous creative outlet. The possibilities are endless, and what would happen if they integrated live 3D video streaming (with an external camera, of course). The world would nearly end.

 

But before it does, Twitter has naturally turned on autoplay in the iOS app, much to the behest of many social media moguls. This follows a trend set by Facebook that plays videos in as you scroll. In Twitter, only on the iOS app for now, you'll be able to watch, though tapping it will prompt you to open the actual Periscope app in order to actually interact with people.

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