RadioShack created a popular Super Bowl ad in which its stores were being taken apart and rebuilt, and just a few days later, the company announced that the company will close around 500 retail stores. RadioShack has struggled with executive fallout, increased competition, and a glaring image problem that leads shoppers to choose online e-tailers or other local brick and mortar stores.
RadioShack currently has 4,300 retail stores, and it's still unsure which specific stores will be closed. The company is expected to shutter the struggling stores over the next few months, with analysts unsure if that will still be enough.
RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca, who was given reigns to the struggling company in February 2013, expects additional reshuffling will be necessary before trying to turn around the company. Moving forward, RadioShack still wants its image to evolve from a traditional electronics store more towards a popular location for consumers to purchase headphones, smartphones, and other consumer electronics.
Scythe has released a new all-in-one panel for PC enthusiasts who want to greatly extend their cases front panel I/O offerings. The new Kama Panel 3.1 houses a plethora of additional ports, controls, and even a power and reset button.
The Kama Panel 3.1 is based on previous Kama Panel designs with some modern upgrades. Two USB 3.0 ports along with a 2.5" SATA port for HDD / SSD use are the most prevalent features, while a two channel fan controller with a backlit LCD screen is positioned to the right.
Also featured on the panel are several memory card reader ports, audio jacks and even a set of power buttons. This panel looks like it would be an excellent addition to modders who are building a custom chassis, and could be fit as is into any 5.25" bay or scavenged for parts to be custom fit by the skilled modder.
For the past two years Cooler Master has run an annual Case modding competition which has produced some of the most stunning examples of both professional and amateur PC builds from around the globe.
This year's Modding competition was no different with the usual mixture of drama, trolling and some friendly rivalries setting the stage for some mind blowing creations. The Competition itself is divided into three categories: Scratch Mod, Tower Mod and Cooler Mod, each with a plethora of modders fighting for a place as the best of the best in their individual classes.
Well after Months of hard work from all the hopeful participants the dust has settled in the workshops, votes have been tallied and winners announced. Cooler Master must have experienced a larger than expected turn out for this years event as we can see multiple second and third places have been added to the tower and scratch mod sections of the competition. Results are as follows.
- Titanium PC by Paul Tan
- ATCS 840 PoLoMoD by PoLoMoD
- Coolermaster Cosmos II MbK by kier
- CM Test Bench V2 by Ace_finland
- Starscr3am by tantric
- Ducati Trooper by Raiden73
Computex 2012 - This is not the first time I've been impressed by case mods on display at Thermaltake booths at trade shows around the world. However, I think today, I was the most impressed by what I saw. I guess being a big fan of Iron Man helps.
Out at the Computex Nangang hall Thermaltake were showing off a highly modified Armor Revo Snow Edition by a gentleman called Ron Lee Christianson. The amount of dedication and detail that has gone into the Iron Man Mod is just amazing.
What I want to do right now is suggest that you hit the play button on the video embedded above and take a close look for yourself.
When Mark Zuckerberg announced his intentions for a "Space Hackathon" to customize Facebook's new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, I'm sure he didn't expect this. Employees took him at his word and at 8PM the night of the Hackathon, 5 employees climbed to the roof with tar paint and set off painting a giant 42-foot QR code on the roof that could be used to rick-roll viewers of satellite imagery.
By midnight, about a total of 30 people had joined in, but they would be unable to see if it worked until daylight. The next day, they flew "frankencopter" over the roof to gain aerial imagery of the hack. When it returned, they were excited to see that it worked. This just goes to show that the huge corporation is still young at heart. You can scan the picture above to see. I promise, it won't rick-roll you!
Earlier on today we visited the folks over at BitFenix who continually have new goodies for us to take a look.
This time we got a hands-on demonstration of their colored mesh strips as well as front logo badge and how easy and quick it is to perform a little DIY case modding to the Shinobi computer case. Check out the video below, it's rather humorous at times. We still like you David, it's okay.
We'll have some more BitFenix video coverage later in the week of a brand new case they are bringing out soon. We cannot tell you about it till later in the week.