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AMD to launch new Never Settle Forever bundle next week April 17, 2014 - 11:57
MSI 9-series GAMING motherboards revealed April 17, 2014 - 11:23
MSI overclocking motherboards to come with Delid Die Guard April 17, 2014 - 10:59
NVIDIA issues GeForce 337.61 beta hotfix April 17, 2014 - 10:21
TRENDnet reveals new Powerline 500 Wireless Kit April 17, 2014 - 09:20
Eurocom delivers 15.6-inch Electra 2 with GeForce GTX 850M April 16, 2014 - 22:54
Google Project Ara modular smartphone to arrive in January 2015 April 16, 2014 - 13:23
Study finds your gaming skills peak at age 24 April 16, 2014 - 11:17
Microsoft to make Xbox 360 emulator for Xbox One April 16, 2014 - 11:12
Intel posts first quarter profit of $1.9 billion April 15, 2014 - 22:55
Lian Li teases the PC-V2130 super tower April 15, 2014 - 14:56
Intel Haswell Refresh started shipping April 15, 2014 - 14:40
15 minutes of Star Citizen gameplay! April 15, 2014 - 14:27
Facebook to get into mobile payments April 15, 2014 - 13:14
Is this the 2014 Apple roadmap? April 15, 2014 - 12:45
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Posted on Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 11:57:05 CEST by
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VideoCardz delivers news that AMD is planning to release a new Never Settle Forever game bundle promotion on April 21st. The action is split into three tiers: buyers of the R9 280/290/295X2 series get three free games, the R7 260 and R9 270 series get two games and the R5 250 and R7 240 get one game.
Now the important part is that AMD will let you use your keys till August 2014. This bundle will change as new titles will be added, so even if you reclaim two of your game now, you will still be able to reclaim the game that is not even on the list yet. At this point it is unknown which games will be added later. AMD has also added 4 indie game, which will be available in a pack of two, so one choice equals two indie games (see below for the list).
AMD Never Settle Forever April 2014 bundle
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Posted on Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 11:23:12 CEST by
MSI showed off its upcoming 9-series GAMING motherboards for Intel's Haswell Refresh. The lineup includes four LGA1150 motherboards; the 9-series Gaming 9 AC, 9-series Gaming 7, and 9-series Gaming 3, all three with ATX form factor, and the Mini-ITX 9-series Gaming. Availability is slated for around mid-May. You can check out more pictures at TPU.
The 9-series Gaming 9 AC is loaded with features, including a 12-phase CPU VRM, four DDR3 DIMM slots, three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4), eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, a PCI-Express x2 M.2 slot, Killer E2200 NIC, 802.11 ac WLAN, and more.

Next up, is the 9-series Gaming 7, which offers the same 12-phase CPU VRM as the 9-series Gaming 9 AC, same three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, four PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and an identical storage connectivity.

The 9-series Gaming 3 is the most affordable of the lot, with a 6-phase CPU VRM, one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and three PCI; six SATA 6 Gb/s, one M.2, and Killer E2200 NIC.

Lastly, there's the 9-series Gaming ITX, which offers a decent 6-phase VRM, single PCI-Express 3.0 x16, 802.11 ac networking, Killer E2200 NIC, and AudioBoost audio.
MSI GAMING 9 mobo
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Posted on Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 10:59:18 CEST by
TPU picked up news that MSI's upcoming OC series motherboards will introduce a new feature called the "Delid Die Guard". This new component is a replacement for the standard LGA socket that runs its way around the die, and not the edges of the package. The accessory will prevent heavy coolers from pressing too hard against the die of delidded processors. MSI's M-Power Z97 motherboard may be the first to feature it.
Called the "Delid Die Guard," the accessory is a replacement LGA socket brace that runs its way around the die, and not the edges of the package. The thickness of the brace puts it at the exact level of the surface of the chip (much like the support braces GPUs come with), and so it prevents heavy coolers (think chunky LN2 pots) from pressing too hard against the die, potentially breaking it.
MSI OC Delid Die Guard
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Posted on Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 10:21:27 CEST by
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Even NVIDIA's drivers aren't always perfect, yesterday the company rolled out the GeForce 337.61 beta hotfix to resolve a critical issue with certain Dell displays as well as an error message on systems with Hyper-V enabled. You can download the driver over here.
The GeForce R337.61 Hotfix Display Driver is available for download. This driver is being released by NVIDIA as a hotfix driver to resolve the following issues:

  • Half display or no display on Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q/UP2414Q LCD monitor - [1453685]
  • Code 43 error message after installing driver 337.50 on a PC with Hyper-V enabled - [1495541]

    All performance optimizations, profile updates, 3D Vision enhancements and more introduced with GeForce R337.50 BETA Performance Driver are also part of this driver release.

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    Posted on Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 09:20:58 CEST by
    TRENDnet introduces the TPL-410APK for wireless networking via a powerline network:
    TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the Powerline 500 Wireless Kit, model TPL-410APK, which extends a home wireless network using existing electrical lines.

    The included TRENDnet Powerline adapters (TPL-406E + TPL-410AP) auto-connect out of the box over a pre-encrypted Powerline signal. Network the standard Powerline 500 adapter, model TPL-406E, to a router and plug in the Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point, model TPL-410AP, into an outlet on the same electrical system to extend a high performance wireless network.

    "The TPL-410APK is well suited to extend a wireless network in large homes or homes built with concrete or masonry construction which degrades wireless signals," stated Zak Wood, director of global marketing for TRENDnet. "Installation couldn't be easier. Simply plug in the adapters and you're up and running."

    Adapter 1: TPL-406E Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter:
  • 500 Mbps networking from an electrical outlet
  • Compact form factor saves space
  • Up to 80% power savings
  • Advanced AES data encryption

    Adapter 2: TPL-410AP Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point:
  • Extend your wireless network with this Powerline adapter
  • 500 Mbps Powerline - pre-encrypted for your convenience
  • 300 Mbps Wireless N (2.4 GHz) - pre-encrypted for your convenience
  • TRENDnet Powerline adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Two convenient Ethernet ports
  • No CD installation: adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Connects over electrical lines, for houses up to 5000 square feet (465 sq. m)

    TPL-410APK Warranty: 3 year limited
    TPL-410APK Availability: Currently available from retailers and other TRENDnet partners
    TPL-410APK MSRP: USD 124.99
  • TrendNET Powerline 500 wireless kit
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    Posted on Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 22:54:20 CEST by
    Eurocom rolls out its 15.6" Electra 2 laptop with Intel's Haswell and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 850M:
    Eurocom is now launching the thin and light, 15.6” Electra 2 notebook computer with TPM 1.2 hardware data encryption, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics, 4th generation Intel Core i7 and i7 Extreme processors and 5 hours of battery life.

    “At Eurocom we consider both performance and security as something that goes hand in hand. Both of these requirements are critical even in entry level systems. Users must be provided a means to secure their hardware by encrypting all the files and personal information they have.” Mark Bialic Eurocom President.

    The supported NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics card has 640 CUDA cores running at 936 MHz+boost with 2 GB GDDR3 memory running at 1000 MHz with NVIDIA Battery Boost, GPU Boost 2.0 and Optimus Technology for graphics performance when you want it and long battery life when you don’t.

    Get swept away by the beauty of the exquisite 15.6” IPS, matte display, which offers wide viewing angles, beautiful colour reproduction, great contrast and black levels.

    For users who require substantial amount of storage, the Electra 2 has support for three storage drives, with one mSATA, one 9.5mm standard drive bay and the third taking the place of the optical drive. A total of 4 TB of storage is currently offered.

    The increased security brought on by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 can save organizations and individuals in IT management and security costs. The integrate TPM 1.2 from Infineon Technologies ensures that digital certificates, passwords and keys are made more secure from software attacks and physical theft. TPM provides the ability for a computing system to run applications more secure and allows secured remote access to perform electronic transactions and communication more safely.

    The Electra 2 is fully configurable and upgradable, prices start at $825 usd and due to the customizable nature of the Electra 2 it can be configured with an Intel Core i7-4940MX processor, 16 GB DDR3-1866 memory, 1 TB Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD, two 800 GB Intel DC S3700 SSD, Windows 8.1 Professional and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for $7035.

    Powered by a full line of 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processors utilizing the Intel HM87 Express Chipset including the Intel Core i7-4940MX Processor Extreme with 4 cores and 8 threads running at 3.1 GHz (up to 4 GHz max turbo frequency) with 8 MB L3 cache. Up to 16 GB DDR3-1600 memory is supported via two slots.

    EUROCOM Electra 2 Specifications:
  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD 1920-by-1080; IPS; Backlight LED
  • VGA Technology: on-board NVIDIA GTX 850M (Maxwell); 2GB of DDR3 VRAM; with NVIDIA Battery Boost and GPU Boost 2.0
  • Chipset: High Performance Intel Mobile HM87 Express (Haswell)
  • Processor: up to Intel® Core™ i7-4940MX Processor Extreme Edition with HD Graphics 4600
  • Memory: up to 16GB DDR3L-1600/1866; two SODIMM sockets; Dual Channel
  • Storage: up to 3.5TB of storage; 3 physical SATA3 (6Gb/s) drives; 2x mSATA3 + 1x HDD/SSD (via ODD bay)
  • Optical Drive: internal Blu Ray Burner or DVD-RW
  • Audio System: Sound Blaster Cinema; High Definition Audio; 2 built-in speakers and microphone
  • Ports: USB 2.0; 2x USB 3.0 (1x powered AC/DC); eSATA (USB 3.0 combo); HDMI 1.4a out; VGA/CRT port for external display; Headphone; Mic-in; RJ45/LAN Communication: 1Gigabit LAN; WLAN; Bluetooth
  • Weight: 2.4kg / 5.28lbs
  • Dimensions: 374 x 252 x 14-26.8mm / 14.96 x 10.2 x 0.56-1.07inch
  • Battery Life: up to 300 minutes; 62.16WH battery
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 1.2 (optional)
  • Eurocom Electra 2

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    Posted on Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 13:23:46 CEST by
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    Google announces that the first version of its Project Ara smartphone is expected to hit the market in January 2015. The unique thing about Project Ara is that it will be world's first smartphone with interchangeable hardware modules, the base device will be offered for around $50 and users will then be able to upgrade the device in a modular fashion, with bigger screens, a faster processor, and more.

    Project Ara will focus greatly on customization. According to project leader Paul Eremenko, the phone will ship in a dull grey color to encourage people to personalize the device.
    Project Ara will run on a version of Android and Eremenko said that the OS will be updated to support the smartphone's modules sometime in December, just before the first product is released. The physical skeleton that it will use to hold each module is supposed to last from five to six years, and each module is attached via electro-permanent magnets. Third party developers will be able to create their own modules and then manufacture them by using a 3D printer.
    Google Project Ara

    Source: Neowin
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    Posted on Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 11:17:19 CEST by
    Slashdot points out that a new study discovered that your ability to keep up with the frantic pace of games like StarCraft II may peak at age 24. The study is based on the behaviour of 3,305 StarCraft II players aged 16 to 44, but only 20 of the participants were female.
    This is relevant to more than just StarCraft II players: 'While many high-performance athletes start to show age-related declines at a young age, those are often attributed to physical as opposed to brain aging. ... While previous lab tests have shown faster reaction times for simple individual tasks, it was never clear how much relevance those had to complex, real-world tasks such as driving. Thompson noted that Starcraft is complex and quite similar to real-life tasks such as managing 911 calls at an emergency dispatch centre, so the findings may be directly relevant.

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    Posted on Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 11:12:46 CEST by
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    X-bit Labs reports Xbox One gamers will be able to play old Xbox 360 games via emulator software. Microsoft confirmed it's working on such a project, but made no promises as to when we may see the release of this emulator.
    When asked whether Microsoft has plans to make an emulator of Xbox 360 for Xbox One, Microsoft’s partner development lead Frank Savage indicated that there were such plans, but there were challenges. The two video game consoles are based on custom microprocessors that are powered by completely different micro-architectures. It is hard to emulate behavior of IBM PowerPC processor on AMD Jaguar x86 cores.

    “There are [plans to develop X360 emulator for XB1], but we are not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately,” said Mr. Savage during a session at Build conference last week, reports Kotaku. “It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there is nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 15 2014 @ 22:55:17 CEST by
    Intel logo
    Intel announced a first quarter profit of $1.9 billion on revenue of $12.8 billion. PC client group revenue is down 1 percent year-over-year while data center group sales were up 11 percent. Net income is down 5 percent year-over-year. For the current quarter, Intel anticipates a revenue of $13.0 billion, plus or minus $500 million.
    Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and EPS of 38 cents. The company generated approximately $3.5 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.1 billion, and used $545 million to repurchase 22 million shares of stock.

    "In the first quarter we saw solid growth in the data center, signs of improvement in the PC business, and we shipped 5 million tablet processors, making strong progress on our goal of 40 million tablets for 2014," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "Additionally, we demonstrated our further commitment to grow in the enterprise with a strategic technology and business collaboration with Cloudera, we introduced our second-generation LTE platform with CAT6 and other advanced features, and we shipped our first Quark products for the Internet of Things."

    Q1 Key Business Unit Trends
  • PC Client Group revenue of $7.9 billion, down 8 percent sequentially and down 1 percent year-over-year.
  • Data Center Group revenue of $3.1 billion, down 5 percent sequentially and up 11 percent year-over-year.
  • Internet of Things Group revenue of $482 million, down 10 percent sequentially and up 32 percent year-over-year.
  • Mobile and Communications Group revenue of $156 million, down 52 percent sequentially and down 61 percent year-over-year.
  • Software and services operating segments revenue of $553 million, down 6 percent sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year.

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