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SilverStone unveils the Kublai KL05 tower case

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 12:38 am

SilverStone has added to its Kublai series of PC cases, introducing the Kublai KL05 ATX tower case for PC enthusiasts. The case has been designed to fit liquid cooling systems, and should provide ample room for 240mm and 280mm radiators.

 

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The case can support up to 8 drives, or 11 with the purchase of an additional drive cage. In addition, there is quick access filters so the case can be cleaned faster, a motherboard back plane slot for a CPU cooler, mesh front panel intake, and front-side intake vents. SilverStone is throwing in a 120mm fan to help get the cooling efforts started.

 

The SilverStone KL05B-Q and KL05B-W will be available starting on June 16, with a $69.97 MSRP.

HTC shares at their lowest since May 2005, even after M9 announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 12:01 am

HTC is in trouble once again, with the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer cutting its sales forecast by as much as 35%, with plans to write off $94 million of "impaired assets", writes Bloomberg.

 

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HTC shares have dropped by 9.9%, the lowest they've been since May 2005. Slowing demand and weaker sales in China have reportedly been to blame, with HTC set to record a loss for the current quarter. Jasmine Lu, an analyst with Morgan Stanley said: "The magnitude and timing should disappoint the market and deepen investors' concerns over rapidly deteriorating fundamentals and management credibility".

 

It seems that even the One M9 smartphone wasn't enough to help HTC out of its slump, but with the Vive VR headset coming out this year, will it be enough to help HTC?

NPD: PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in May

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:48 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 has retaken its console sales lead over the Microsoft Xbox One after a strong month of May, according to The NPD Group.

 

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"As we head into E3, we would like to thank gamers for making PS4 the top-selling console and the leader in software sales in the U.S. in May," a Sony spokesperson told GamesBeat. "We are truly humbled by this success and we look forward to sharing what's next for PS4 at our E3 press conference on June 15."

 

The PS4 has dominated the Xbox One so far in 2015, outselling the American manufacturer every but April - and Sony has continued to solidify its strong lead. In addition, the PS4 versions of the top 10 game titles in May outsold their Xbox One counterparts - well, except for Minecraft.

'Celebgate' hacking scandal actually much bigger than believed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:35 pm

Unsealed federal court documents revealed almost 600 storage accounts may have been compromised as part of the infamous 'Celebgate' hacking scandal. Stolen images from Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Hope Solo and other actresses and models were posted on 4chan, and then spread elsewhere on the Internet.

 

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Apple iCloud accounts belonging to 572 unique accounts were accessed, some of the accounts visited six times.

 

In other news, the FBI has traced the hacker to the South Side of Chicago, in the Brighton Park neighborhood. FBI agents seized computers and other documents from the house, but no one has been arrested. Two email addresses allegedly belonging to 30-year-old Emilio Herrera are tied to the investigation, but he hasn't been named as a suspect.

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Phiaton introduces BT 100 NC earphones, Bluetooth 4.0 audio product

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:15 pm

Audio company Phiaton has launched the BT 100 NC earphones, a Bluetooth 4.0 headset that features active noise cancellation. The product is geared towards athletes with water- and sweat-resistance functionality for athletes, commuters and people enjoying the outdoors.

 

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The BT 100 NC use an "around the neck" design with inline controls that allow wearers to manage music and calls. The earphones are available for $119.

 

"In today's market, there are few options that balance superior audio performance with the need for a durable headphone that can withstand the rigors of exercise and other daily activities," said James Baik, president of Phiaton. "The BT 100 NC is designed to fill this need and provide an all-around superb experience for users."

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AMD Radeon Fury X rumored to be limited to just 30,000 units for 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 6:08 pm

Exclusive: According to our industry sources, AMD is going to have just 30,000 units of its HBM-based Radeon Fury and Fury X video cards. This is not many at all, considering that the only other cards that AMD will be releasing will be rebrands of its Hawaii-based Radeon 200 series cards.

 

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The HBM-based cards will have short supply thanks to the limited supply of High Bandwidth Memory itself, which isn't AMD's fault exactly, but it's going to hurt them. Limited stock of a super hot new, next-gen card is going to look quite bad, if our source is correct. The Radeon R9 390X is going to be rocking 8GB of GDDR5, but is just a rebrand and slight overclock of the Radeon R9 290X that launched in late 2013.

 

AMD could have more than 30,000 units of its HBM-based cards, but with yield issues popping their head up this early, we could be in for some trouble if the rumors are true. The issues could subside moving into 2016, as the yields of HBM improve, but with HBM2 right around the corner... well, things could get messy.

Oculus VR announces Oculus Touch, delivers 'hand presence'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 5:55 pm

Oculus VR has just announced the first controller for a VR headset in the form of the Oculus Touch, which gives users not just hand presence, but manipulation in the VR world.

 

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On top of that, it still has the old school buttons and analog sticks so you don't feel like you're using a controller that isn't too familiar. The Oculus Touch is wireless, so you're not going to be tripping over cables.

 

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The Oculus Rift will let you play Xbox One games in a virtual cinema

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 5:38 pm

Oculus VR might have just announced the Oculus Rift CV1, but it is the partnership with Microsoft that has me interested the most. This partnership is a huge direction shift for Oculus, as it means that it isn't the balls-to-the-wall VR headset that we had hoped for.

 

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Xbox One owners will be able to play their games in a 'virtual cinema' within the Rift, using the Xbox One controller that comes in the box. This is thanks to Microsoft and DirectX 12 with Windows 10, so we should see some massive collaborations between Microsoft, the PC, Xbox One and the Oculus Rift moving into 2016.

Survey: Millennial men like the idea of autonomous vehicle technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 5:30 pm

Men seem to like the idea of autonomous vehicles more than women, with 37 percent of men saying they are concerned about safety. The survey, conducted by Nerdwallet, found that 55 percent of women noted they had safety concerns.

 

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However, it looks like some auto insurance companies are jumping onboard with autonomous vehicles, such as State Farm. At least 9 out of 10 fatal car accidents stem from driver error - an issue that autonomous vehicles could greatly reduce.

 

"It's a can of worms," said Amy Danise, insurance editor of Nerdwallet, in a statement published by MoneyWatch. "It can benefit some drivers and not others. It's like usage-based insurance on steroids. If you're a driver who brakes hard, drives a lot and drives at night, you should not be on user-based insurance."

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The Oculus Rift will include an Xbox One controller in the box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 5:24 pm

Oculus VR has just unveiled the Oculus Rift CV1, but strangely, the company has just announced it has teamed up with Microsoft... yes, Microsoft.

 

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Microsoft will be providing wireless Xbox One controllers for the Oculus Rift, with each Rift including an Xbox One controller. Microsoft is proud to announce that it will be right there with Oculus, where you can play games like Halo, Forza and more with the virtual cinema inside of the Rift to play your Xbox One games.

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