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Project CARS sees 7 minutes of gameplay video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 7:25 am

Team VVV has teased the world with a new 7-minute gameplay tease of its upcoming Project CARS, which includes some commentary from a team member that has been following, and playing the driving game since 2011.

 

 

The guy in the video uses a decent racing wheel, and uses a small picture-in-picture which shows off just how the game reacts to the steering wheel. The video shows off the newly released Brands Hatch track, and also includes shots from the first-person perspective, which can look hyper realistic at times.

 

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The game is being played on a high-end PC with all of the graphic bells and whistles cranked to maximum. Of course, this title is still in early development, so it should only get better from here. Project CARS should be released later this year on the Xbox One, PS4, Wii U and PC.

Burger-flipping robot makes 360 gourmet burgers per hour

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 6:31 am

Don't you hate it when you see an advertisement for a burger, but when you buy it, it looks nothing like it? Well, Momentum Machines has unveiled the 'Smart Restaurants' machine, a robot that is capable of making 360 gourmet burgers, per hour.

 

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These burgers can be customized, which is nothing for this robot. The robot is 24 square foot machine, which is pictured above. Momentum Machines has said: "Fast food doesn't have to have a negative connotation anymore. With our technology, a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. Our alpha machine replaces all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant. It does everything employees can do except better."

 

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Better yet, it will make custom orders like a pro. The robot will only slice the toppings seconds before it places them onto the burger, ensuring you get the freshest burger possible. It will slide up specific slices of meat and toppings, and is a more sanitary, cleaner way of making gourmet burgers. Momentum Machines says that because of these robots' efficiency, restaurants can cut down on labor costs, and spend more on better quality ingredients.

Klipsch enters the gaming headset market with two new headsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 6:27 am

I personally haven't used a Klipsch product before, but I've heard nothing but good things over the years. The speaker and headphone manufacturer has just unveiled two new gaming headsets, designed specifically, for gaming.

 

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Starting with the Klipsch KG-200, which is a wired headset featuring 40-millimeter drivers and four equalizer presets: Fidelity, Combat, Stealth and Sport, will cost you $129.99. Then we have the wireless KG-300 headset which will be $70 more at $199.99, will feature the same EQ settings, plus Dolby Digital decoding and Klipsch SphereSpace Surround Technology. The KG-300 will require three AAA batteries to run.

 

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Klipsch says its new gaming headsets will run on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and PC, and will be available through its website and authorized retailers starting next month.

Horror game 'Outlast' will be free on PlayStation Plus next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 5:37 am

Red Barrels' horror game, Outlast, will be free for PlayStation Plus users when the service debuts next month. It is locked to the PlayStation 4 only, and for PlayStation Plus subscribers obviously.

 

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But, considering there are already a slew of discounted games, and a free copy of BioShock Infinite on offer, how can you skip on this? On Outlast's Facebook page, the news is confirmed, with a post reading: "Outlast will be free in February for all PlayStation Plus users (PS4 only)."

NVIDIA's Tegra K1 smashes the competition in early becnhmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 4:48 am

I was pretty impressed what what I read about NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor at CES 2014, but it looks like the new SoC will be kicking some serious benchmark ass when it hits.

 

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Some leaked benchmarks involving Lenovo's ThinkVision 28, which is powered by the Tegra K1 SoC, have leaked. These leaked benchmarks are using Futuremark's 3DMark, where the Tegra K1 SoC just dominates the competition. Keep in mind that the ThinkVision 28 was actually clocked at just 2GHz, and not the 2.3GHz that NVIDIA claims the Tegra K1 can be operated at.

 

Other benchmarks suggest that NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor can also beat an Intel Haswell-powered notebook with integrated graphics. This is a big deal, as a Haswell-powered notebook will chew up much more power than an SoC. It looks like NVIDIA is onto a big, mobile winner here, folks.

Intel reportedly working on two new Broadwell-based NUCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 4:33 am

We only just reported that Intel is looking to release its Broadwell CPUs earlier than expected, but it looks like the chipmaker is working on two new NUC units based on the freshly shrunken CPU technology, codenamed Broadwell.

 

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Intel engineers are currently working on two new NUCs, the "Rock Canyon" and "Maple Canyon". Starting with what we know on the Rock Canyon, which is expected to be pushed toward the consumer market, where it will be marketed toward being in your living room, with technologies making it feel more at home. We should see USB 3.0, HDMI and DisplayPort technologies inside, as well as being ready to take an infrared receiver module. On top of that, it should feature an M.2 PCI Express-based slot for SSDs.

 

The Rock Canyon NUC will also reportedly feature NFC technology which will allow it to connect to your smartphone or tablet, as well as WiChrg technology. It looks like the most consumer-friendly NUC yet, improving on the already great NUCs on the market.

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VisionTek unveils CryoVenom liquid cooled Radeon R9 290

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 2:46 am

CES 2014 - VisionTek has just unveiled its latest high-end GPU and its features and price will surprise you. The new CryoVenom is based on a Radeon R9 290 and is fitted with a custom-built water cooling block that is said to offer a cooling performance increase of up to 38-percent.

 

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VisionTek says that the custom liquid cooling block allows the Radeon R9 290 to be overclocked by as much as 24-percent, something that is just not possible with air coolers which have trouble just keeping the card at operating temperatures at stock clocks. Sweetening the deal, the CryoVenom R9 290 emits under 10dB of noise, ensuring for the most quiet Radeon R9 290 experience available on the market today!

 

Not only is the VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 faster, cooler, and quieter, it's cheaper as well. With other R9 290 GPUs retailing for as much as $700, VisionTek has managed to offer the CryoVenom R9 290 for just $550. The card features a nickle plated block with acrylic top plate and fittings for standard G-1/4 fittings. For anyone looking for a liquid cooled R9 solution, this is the card for you!

President Obama will announce massive NSA reform this Friday

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 1:48 am

The White House has announced that President Obama will on Friday, announce plans for NSA reform. Obama is expected to leverage a mix of executive orders and actions that will fundamentally change the way the NSA can gather information. One of the biggest actions that will be put into motion is the extension of privacy rights to non American citizens.

 

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Other actions include the creation of a so-called "Privacy Advocate" which will argue on the peoples behalf in front of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which now only hears arguments for spying on behalf of the government. Obama is also expected to call for a complete restructuring of the phone-data program, and will state that data collected should be held by phone companies or a third party as to offer a barrier from unwarranted access to private files.

 

Personally, I caution everyone to remember that most of this is still smoke and mirrors, and true reform would involve ceasing any and all collection of information on American citizens without a court order. Furthermore, Obama would have never acted to reform these policies if it would not have been for Edward Snowden and his very loud whistle blowing. While this may seem like a small victory, more work will need to be done before the NSA can truly be given the title of "reformed."

Sprint shutters One Up early upgrade after just four months

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 12:48 am

2013 was the year cellular carriers attempted to change their business model and move away from two year contracts, and it appears that at least one of them will not follow suit into 2014. Today Sprint announced that it has canceled its One UP program that let users upgrade early by paying a monthly fee for their phone.

 

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One Up offered customers a new smartphone every 12 months without a two year commitment, and only required customers pay about $20 per month for the phone of their choice on top of their normal service fee. Apparently the service was either not popular, or was costing the company too much money as it was canceled on January 9th with out any prior announcement or notification.

iBUYPOWER announces new GPU coin mining systems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 12:35 am

During the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas, iBUYPOWER showed off some GPU coin mining systems that were powered by AMD's Radeon R9 290X GPUs. These systems are used purely to mine digital coins, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin.

 

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iBUYPOWER's Vice President and co-founder, Darren Su, talks about the new GPU coin mining PCs from his company: "iBUYPOWER prides itself for being on the edge of technology, and as the world changes, we want to be at the forefront. Coin mining and high-compute systems are one of the few new areas that we have interest in. We're thrilled to be part of revolutions, and crypto-currencies are definitely on the hot-list."

 

The new GPU coin mining systems from iBUYPOWER start from $999, and can be configured in many different ways, depending on what you want to spend. The new coin mining PCs can be configured with up to three AMD Radeon R9 290X for some serious compute power.

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