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We've seen it all - there are now SSD water blocks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 10:17 pm

With the rebirth of custom liquid cooling taking the PC DIY world by storm, we've seen companies such as Bitspower and EK Water Blocks lead the charge by releasing quality components time and time again for the latest motherboards, video cards and processors alike. But what about a water cooling solution for the modder who has it all?




In a recent press release, EK Water Blocks announced the release of its Intel 750 series PCIe SSD water block. Listed as full coverage, this block covers the entire PCB and has been "designed in cooperation with Intel".


Currently available for purchase, the EK-FC I750 has been quoted as the "first solid-state drive water block" and it's quite possibly not the last. Useful or not, that's up to you - but we're sure that it will make some kick-ass looking systems.

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Black Ops 3 campaign lets you fast-forward right to the end

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 9:54 pm

In an effort to give Call of Duty players more freedom, Treyarch has revealed that all levels of the game's campaign will be accessible when the game ships this November.




"[This new feature] gives players the flexibility to consume the content how they want," Jason Blundell, the director and manage of Call of Duty campaigns at Treyarch, told Eurogamer. "The unlocking level system is an archaic mentality we've had since we did bedroom development back in the day - you do this, then go on to the next one. Consumers and game players in general are far more mature these days. There are so many things vying for our interests today. It's about, how do they want to consume it? Maybe they put it down on level two, and then they're in work the next day, and some guy says, 'dude, you've got to check out level four!' And he's like, 'okay, I'll have a quick look.' That's totally fine. I think it's their choice."ns what's happening in the franchise.

Considering Activision's blunder that led to Blops 3's campaign being nixed on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it looks like the publisher isn't concerned with singleplayer campaigns any more. That's a shame considering how good the trailers have been, especially the game's reveal trailer all those months ago.


The bottom line here is that campaigns are important, and they form a complete picture when complimented with multiplayer. Now that things are changing and publishers are intent on hitting it big time after time with sure-fire sales, it looks like campaign might eventually just be phased out. I mean really, you wouldn't skip to the last episode of a Netflix show would you? It's strange to see Treyarch make this move, and hopefully it's not an indicator that singleplayer is actually dead.

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Nexus 6P and 5X unboxing videos surface

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 9:25 pm

Google's new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Android handsets have already shipping in India, so naturally users like Intellect Digest are sharing their unboxing videos and early impressions on the new phones.



Both phones come in stylish cases, with the larger 6-inch Nexus 6P being the premium model at $499. As far as form factor and looks, the 6P has a nice flair to it thanks to the strong aluminum-grade metal shell, with accenting all around the edges. Performance-wise the 6P is described as fast and zippy thanks to its 3GB RAM and octacore processor, and just as Google said the new 13 MP camera seems to do exceedingly well in low-level conditions.





The Nexus 5X is the smaller 5-inch handset that starts at $379, and is described as a very "compact and handy phone". Although comparatively weaker in its specs with just 2GB of RAM and quad-core Snapdragon 808 processor at 1.8GHz, the Nexus 5X still is a strong contender that maintains most of the features of the 6P including low-light video and picture capturing.

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VR games will be quality over quantity, says Epic Games CEO

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 8:16 pm

With 2016 fast approaching, virtual reality integration is almost here, bringing a whole dimension in video game experiences. Rather than being huge narrative-driven games with open-worlds and AAA budgets, the first VR games are going to be high-quality bite-sized chunks that feel out the new tech.




"With the move to VR and AR, it's going to be a very competitive market. [VR] is going to lead to very high-quality game experiences, but that doesn't necessarily mean huge ones," Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney told VentureBeat at GamesBeat 2015.


Sweeney goes on to explain that VR is still very new and developers have yet to fully tap the potential of the new frontier. Devs are more like voyages fleshing out and experimenting with a new medium, so the First VR and AR games will be more flashy and gimmicky than meaningful.

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Capcom's Resident Evil 7 could be in VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 7:29 pm

Capcom's Resident Evil division is currently working on developing a game engine to power VR-ready games, which could pave the way for a terrifying undead shooter set in the landmark series.




The Resident Evil franchise is prime for a thrilling VR experience: imagine something like an immersive House of the Dead shooter with lightguns where you're exploring a creepy, dark atmosphere just riddled with surprises. VR is the next major platform for gaming, and Capcom's Division 1--the division that handles the development of new IP's that deliver fresh experiences--recognizes the importance of virtual reality to the future of video games.


"At present, we are focusing our energy on challenging the virtual reality (VR) game market," said Capcom's Division 1 manager Jun Takeuchi, who lent his talent to games like Resident Evil 5. "Currently, we are building a new game development engine able to support VR, which is the hottest market right now, while simultaneously developing titles for current game consoles. We have just set sail on our latest voyage."

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Windows 7, 8, 8.1 keys can now activate Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:44 pm

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 released yesterday with numerous functional improvements, but also a key change in the activation scheme: Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 product keys can be used to activate Windows 10. Previously, you could install these operating systems as normal and then upgrade to Windows 10 for free; Microsoft is mercifully making that step unnecessary by allowing you to simply enter in the product key of the previous OS to validate your new Windows 10 install.




There is a stipulation: if you're going through the upgrade process instead or clean installing, the key you use with the PC you've installed Windows 10 on must have been used to activate the previous installed version of Windows. So for example, if you installed Windows 7 on your PC and then want to upgrade to Windows 10, you can do so, but you can't install Windows 7 on your laptop and then use that key to upgrade to Windows 10 on your desktop and then activate it (you'd have to have installed it on your desktop first at some point).


To start the process, go to Settings > Update & security > Activation, and then select Change Product Key if upgrading, and if clean installing, simply use the key during setup.

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Xbox Wireless adapter lets you use Xbox One controller on Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:25 pm

The Xbox One controller has been compatible with all recent versions of Windows for awhile now, but you needed a micro USB cable to connect. That's no longer the case soon, when you'll be able to purchase the new Xbox One Wireless Adapater, which boasts Windows 10 compatibility.




Those who used the Xbox 360 wireless adapter with Windows know how this goes: simply plug it into a USB port, hit the Xbox button on your controller, and away you go.


This is great news for PC gamers who want to game from the couch, and for Xbox One owners who want to stream their console games to a Windows 10 device (yep, that's an option).


The adapter will cost you $25 and launches October 20.

Facebook testing new video features

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 5:35 pm

Facebook is currently working on four new video related functions, each of which is highly practical.


First up is suggested videos, which would help you find other videos to watch after you start watching a video from your Feed. This feature is available now on most iPhones around the world, and to some web users. Android users will see it within a few months.




Next is multitasking while watching videos. Facebook is now testing the ability to watch a video in a floating screen while you continue to use the site, which sounds much like what we see with Chromecast and YouTube.

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Six new images show off Surface Pro 4 from every angle

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 5:09 pm

Microsoft has published six new photographs of its upcoming Surface Pro 4 tablet, showing off the device from every angle you could need. See for yourself below.




The Surface Pro 4 is an impressively thin at 8.44mm and features a 12.3'' display. It launches October 26.

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