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Only 34% of Steam users play games at 1080p, says Valve

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 10:48 am

Every month Valve conducts in-depth surveys to determine the most popular hardware and software solutions used by Steam gamers and compares them on a month-by-month basis. Last month's survey report reveals that most gamers are using stock hardware rather than high-performance rigs.




According to July 2015's hardware survey, only 34% of Steam users play at 1920x1080 resolution, with 26% running games at the laptop standard resolution of 1366x768. Out of the gamers that opt in for multi-display gaming, a full ~29% of these users run at 3840 x 1080 resolution.


When it comes to CPU's ~48% of Steam users run dual-core CPU's, with quad-core CPU's close behind at ~45%. The bulk of CPU clock speeds are between 2.3 GHz and 2.6Ghz, but the 3.3-3.69Ghz clock bracket is on the rise accounting for approximately ~16% of users. Intel CPU's predictably dominate with an inclusion rate of 75% versus AMD APU's at just a quarter of users.

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Thecus expands its business NAS lineup with the new N8900PRO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 9:45 am

Thecus has just announced its expanding its rackmount NAS lineup by introducing the N8900PRO, which packs an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable by up to 32GB), and an AES-NI hardware encryption engine.




Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus, explains: "For businesses in need of a powerful, all-purpose NAS server, the N8900PRO provides a robust hardware platform to handle the rigorous day-to-day operations in the workplace. With the 8-bay, N8900PRO, users are able to deploy a high capacity, cost effective storage solution with ensured data protection and security".




The new N8900PRO from Thecus has eight bays that can take either SAS or SATA drives, 10GbE support for ultra-fast network transfers, and oodles of features that will have business users happy for years. There's also VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions, and much more included. Better yet, the N8900PRO takes use of Thecus' Daisy Chaining technology and iCSCI Thin Provisioning, which allows users to hit an insane 576TB of storage. Multiple file systems are supported, including ext3, ext4, Btrfs, and XFS.

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Gamer finds new ghost scare in P.T. demo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 9:15 am

Although the acclaimed P.T. demo will turn a year old tomorrow, the game continues to spellbind players across the globe who continue to search for secrets buried in the hallowed depths.



One gamer shares his find on Reddit, saying that P.T.'s terrifying ghost Lisa will appear as a mini jump-scare in the starting basement.


"After you get trapped in the bathroom and are forced to be possessed on the next loop, get killed by Lisa to get back to the room you start in," says metatronicsauce, the finder of the new scare. "If you exit the room backwards, you will see Lisa very briefly before you enter the hallway. You might also sometimes hear her moaning in the basement room, as if you were possessed."

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StumbleUpon fails to secure funding, will cut 70% of its workforce

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 8:10 am

StumbleUpon has failed to secure itself additional funding, which will see the company laying off 70% of its workforce, cutting numbers from 100 to around 30 employees.




Employees were reportedly made aware of the changes last week, with those that are looking at the door to be finishing up this week. The ones that are sticking around, are mostly sales and engineering, according to VentureBeat. Their source has said that it's hard for StumbleUpon to compete against the onslaught of social networks.

'Mighty Morphin Power Ranger' film reboot on the way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 7:03 am

The development of Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment's reboot of the mid 90's TV/movie/action figure franchise 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' feature film series is well on the way, with the studio providing details to Collider on the main characters that will make an appearance.




Your favourite Power Rangers characters including Jason, Kimberley, Trini, Billy and Zack are all here.. but missing is the Green ranger Tommy - I guess we gotta wait for the sequel for him to turn up. Lionsgate haven't made any comment on casting, but with a release date set for January 2017, the studio will be looking to lock these down soon.


Dean Israelite, who directed this summer's teen-oriented 'Project Almanac' is behind the camera, with a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz who've previously collaborated on 'Thor' and 'X-Men: First Class'.

Nintendo favorites Star Fox and Donkey Kong teased in Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 6:46 am

Unreal Engine 4 has been getting some serious love from CryZENx, who has now delivered two more Nintendo favorites into Epic Games' impressive graphics engine.




Star Fox and Donkey Kong have now reached Unreal Engine 4 in the open-world "A Boy and his Kite" demo. We've got both of the videos embedded above, but which is your favorite? I've got to say, the more I see of Unreal Engine 4 and some of my favorite characters from Nintendo's awesome library of memories, the more I want Nintendo to use Unreal Engine 4 and deliver some next-gen Donkey Kong, Mario, and Star Fox games.

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Verizon is testing out new fiber system that scales to 80Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 5:18 am

Verizon has teased that it has successfully tested out its new, insanely fast fiber-optic technology that goes by the name of next-generation passive optical network, or NG-PON2.



This new technology is capable of blasting speeds to users at anywhere between 10Gbps and 80Gbps, enough to download many Blu-ray movies in just a few seconds. The new technology uses an optical line terminal (OLT) which is capable of generating four wavelengths of light, each capable of transmitting data at 10Gbps down, and 2.5Gbps up.


Verizon's impressive new technology is capable of transmitting both the current GPON (or Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network) as well as the new, insanely quick NG-PON2, simultaneously. The system is even capable of switching between the four wavelengths in the case of something going wrong, where it can quickly restore the 10Gbps connection.

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Samsung unveils a new 6.4TB PCIe SSD that can read at 5.5GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 3:39 am

Samsung has just announced three TCO-optimized, high-performance SSDs based on its incredibly exciting 3D V-NAND technology. These new products will be solely aimed at the enterprise and data center markets.




Kicking off with its latest SAS-based SSD, the new PM1633 is "designed to meet all requirements of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface based systems". The PM1633 is based on the 2.5-inch form factor and the 12Gbps SAS standard, and will arrive in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB versions. Samsung's PM1633 is capable of random read and write speeds of up to 160,000 and 18,000 IOPS, respectively. When it comes to sequential read and writes, we can expect 1.1GB/sec and 1GB/sec, respectively.




Moving onto the new half-height, half-length (HHHL) card-type, NVMe-based SSD - the new PM1725 - offers huge speeds, and massive capacities of 3.2TB and 6.4TB. The PM1725 is capable of random read speeds of up to 1 million IOPS, while writes hit 120,000. It can read at a huge 5.5GB/sec while it writes at 1.8GB/sec, with Samsung teasing that it can enable "users to save a 5GB video in less than three seconds".

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Check out this drool-worthy custom Minecraft PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 2:43 am

Minecraft is an interesting beast, with some of the most dedicated fans playing the game for countless hours, but what about a custom-built Minecraft PC? Yeah, it's been done, and holy hell does it look glorious.






Spencer Kern is the man behind the build, with a Minecraft-themed 'Redstone PC'. Spencer went as far as fully customizing the peripherals too, with an awesome-looking keyboard, mouse, headphones, and an Xbox 360 controller with a built-in chatpad.





Seagate announces new Nytro Flash products at Flash Memory Summit 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 1:32 am

At the Flash Memory Summit, Seagate has announced its new Nytro XF1440 2.5-inch, Nytro XM1440 M.2-based NVMe SSDs, and the new Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card. These new products, as Seagate puts it: "extend Seagate's portfolio of flash-based solutions, which are designed to work in conjunction with Seagate storage products to meet nearly any data storage need".




The new Seagate Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 are industry-leading power efficient, high-performance NVMe SSDs that are available in both ultra-small 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors. On the other hand, the Nytro XP6500 is a PCIe-based flash accelerator card that offers incredibly low write latency, all the while improving response time in application that require high IOPS and bandwidth.


Seagate's Vice President of Flash Products, Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions, Brett Pemble, said: "These new flash products greatly expand the range of our total product portfolio and demonstrate how Seagate's acquisition of the LSI flash technologies is paying off. With these products, Seagate's commitment to the modern datacenter is clear. The Nytro XF1440/XM1440 SSDs deliver the highest performance in the smallest power envelope. The XP6500 flash accelerator card provides ultra-low latency capability for applications that require fast logging and produce significantly higher transactions per second, something today's applications demand".

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