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MSI's Nightblade gaming barebone PC is even sexier in person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:49 am

CeBIT 2014 - We have had some hands-on time with MSI's unique Nightblade gaming barebones PC at CeBIT 2014 in Germany. Take a look at our hands-on video below.

 

 

Inside of the Nightblade we have a unique OC Genie button, which is capable of overclocking the Nightblade with just a press of a button. Better yet, the overclock is represented by a red light emitting from the Nightblade. Inside of the MSI Nightblade is a case fan that was custom-made for the chassis. The fan speed is dynamically adjusted depending on what you're doing at the time, with the fan capable of driving up to 3600RPM.

 

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As for GPU support, the Nightblade is capable of housing a full-size GPU, with a maximum length of 290mm and 35mm thick. Even something as powerful as AMD's Radeon R9 290X can be installed into the Nightblade. MSI has installed its own MSI GAMING motherboard inside of the Nightblade, as well as a 600W PSU that should be capable of driving any combination of hardware you desire.

 

There's 7.1-channel HD audio, a Killer NIC E2200 GbE LAN port, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM is supported, 1 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2 x 2.5-inch HDDs can be installed into the MSI Nightblade to complete your storage setup. Finally, we have a carrying handle, which I think is a genius move by MSI, which allows LAN gamers to buy the perfect LAN PC with the Nightblade.

The Witcher 3 developer slams other studios for talking performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:24 am

Michał Krzemiński, the Senior Art Producer at CD Projekt RED, the studio behind The Witcher 3, has some interesting things to say when it comes to next-gen consoles and games.

 

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He was asked about next-gen tech and RPG titles, where he talked about the on-going 'resolution war' that we are seeing roll out in front of our eyes thanks to the Xbox One and PS4. Krzemiński said: "If you're asking me to throw a rock in the PS4 vs. Xbox One resolution war, I won't. The game is not finished and talking about resolutions, framerates and min. specs (for PC) is, I think, pointless. Everything can change during the optimization process at the end of development. Rest assured, we're working our butts off make The Witcher 3 run and feel equally awesome on every platform."

 

Krzemiński was asked if there's anything that the next-gen hardware has allowed CD Projekt RED to do that might not have been possible on the previous generation consoles, to which he said: "There's no one specific thing that next-gens allowed us to do. There's a whole ton of them. Essentially, the game can look mind-blowing, we've got seamless gameplay with no loading screens (almost everything is streamed during gameplay, cutscenes etc.), we can add visual effects unavailable to us before because of performance issues and so on, the list is huge. All this constitutes a giant, lush open world with a myriad of things to do, quests, adventures, monster hunts, events and so on."

Intel's new cable design can move data at a whopping speed of 800Gbps

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:45 am

Intel's latest cable with green coloured housing has the ability to carry data at 800Gbps. This cable is based on the company's Photonics technology.

 

The cable uses 64 fibers, out of which 32 is dedicated for transmitting and 32 for receiving. Each fiber has a capability to move 25Gbps of data. The cable uses MXC (NOTE: Not an acronym) connectors. These connectors are significantly smaller than the Ethernet cable connector.

 

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To develop Silicon Photonics transmission, Intel partnered with Corning to developed new fibers to support the new technology. The chipmaker also worked with US Conec. This helps to convert electric signals into optical signals- and vice versa.

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Microsoft rumored to launch Xbox One without Kinect next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:31 am

As it stands right now in the next-gen console wars, Sony is beating Microsoft. One of the reasons, according to some, is that Microsoft's Xbox One is more expensive - priced at $100 more than the PS4 - because of its included, and mandatory Kinect 2 sensor.

 

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Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pacther, has said: "Sure they are going to unbundle [Kinect 2 from the Xbox One]. Not in 2014. They will not change the SKU that dramatically in the first full year. It is a 2015 event." Doing this would allow Microsoft to better compete with the cheaper, and better-selling PlayStation 4, too.

 

Pacther continues: "I think they'll actually pick the [Xbox One] core model and put a 2TB hard drive in it, and then the dumbed down one will have a 500GB hard drive and no Kinect for $400. That's the easiest way to do the price cut." He finished with: "The problem is that if they cut the price to $400 by spring 2015, Sony goes $349 for ours! Sony right now is in a position to stay ahead of them, and this is what happened with the PS2. PS2 kept taking share by cutting price."

Fire at a PCB plant could delay Samsung Galaxy S5's release date

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 9:24 am

A major fire at a manufacturing plant that makes PCB for Samsung could either delay its launch of Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone or have the units available in limited quantity.

 

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The PCB factory in Anseon, South Korea could be facing as high as 1 Billion in equipments, and it was last reported that up to 287 firefighters are working to control the fire. The fire was noticed on Sunday at around 7 in the morning. Firefighters immediately responded, but it took over 6 hours to keep the fire under control. There was no report that given any information about any injuries or casualties during this accident, or how did the fire take place.

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Microsoft prepares the Power Cover for its Surface 2 slates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 9:23 am

When Microsoft unveiled its refreshed Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro tablets late last year, the Power Cover was missing from its launch. Well, the Redmond-based giant is now preparing the launch of the Power Cover for March 19.

 

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The new Power Cover keyboard is a Type Cover variant, priced at $200, but didn't get launched with the new Surface slates last year. Microsoft is promising a huge 70% extra battery life with the Power Cover for its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and RT-based Surface 2 tablets. It might seem expensive, but it does have dual abilities: being a physical keyboard, and extra battery life.

Nexus 8 tablet rumored to run Intel's 64-bit quad-core Atom processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 8:30 am

The current reports floating around the Internet is that Google will retire its 7-inch Google in favor of a slightly bigger 8-inch tablet, that would arrive as the Nexus 8.

 

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But, what is more interesting, is that AndroidPit speculates we could see Google partnering up with Intel for this new Nexus slate. During MWC 2014, Intel announced its new 64-bit capable Atom "Moorefield" processor, that the company said would be baked into smartphones and tablets "expected to be available in the second half of the year."

 

As for the graphics side of things, the Nexus 5 could feature the PowerVR G6430 GPU, which is some 20x faster than the Series 5 models, and up to 5x more efficient. Google is expected to unveil Android 4.5 alongside the new Nexus 8 slate, which should be another interesting part of the new tablet's release and announcement.

ASUS smartwatch to use voice commands and customized gesture controls

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 7:01 am

New information regarding a new smartwatch from ASUS has surfaced. The company is working on providing a smartwatch where the user can customize hand gestures and voice commands. ASUS CEO Jonney Shih said during an event at the National Taiwan University,"There would be more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls, although more breakthroughs are needed in these areas."

 

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Mr. Shih also mentioned that the new smartphone will be launched with 'attractive pricing'.

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Comcast gets sneaky, will soon stream House of Cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 6:27 am

Netflix dumped around $100 million on its award-winning House of Cards series, but it looks like Comcast subscribers will soon have access to the Kevin Spacey-starring political drama.

 

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Comcast will reportedly be offering House of Cards through its Xfinity Store, because Netflix didn't cover the rights of allowing competitors of streaming its series. Media Rights Capital is the studio who paid the other part of the costs associated with House of Cards, and is handling distribution through Sony.

 

House of Cards is currently available on DVD, but is not available through any other streaming services. With the deal struck with Sony, Comcast will also receive a bunch of other movies and TV shows to offer its subscribers through Xfinity, which include Breaking Bad and American Hustle. Orange is the New Black will also be on offer for Xfinity subscribers on May 13.

Machinima receives $18 million investment from Warner Bros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 am

Gaming-focused YouTube network, Machinima, just received an injection of $18 million from Warner Bros. Entertainment in another round of funding. Warner Bros. wasn't alone in funding, with participation from Machinima's existing investors jumping in, too.

 

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These companies include MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Google Capital. Chairman and CEO of Machinima, Allen DeBevoise said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros., the leading producer of exactly the type of content that resonates with our global audience of video gamers and millennial males. There are myriad opportunities to connect Warner Bros.' content to our audience across YouTube and our highly successful apps, and similarly to maximize the value of our content by utilizing Warner Bros.' expertise in global distribution beyond YouTube."

 

The new funding from Warner Bros. extends its relationship with Machinima, with the two companies working on the live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy together.

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