Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2013 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp U2412M is a 16:10 format 1920x1200 24" IPS display with a response time of 6ms which makes it quite acceptable for gaming duties. The colour gamut is good enough for some professional work and is quite good for the asking price. It also comes with a 3 year warranty which might make it more attractive than ordering a display from Korea for anyone worried about dead pixels or other possible issues.
- Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit IPS LCD Monitor for $249.99 with Free Shipping (normally $369.99 - use coupon code: VRK785QMF?V1T4).
- Creative Fatal1ty Circumaural Gaming Headset for$24.99 with Free Shipping(normally $49.99).
- Western Digital 4TB Red IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $179.99 with Free Shipping(normally $219.99 - use coupon code: EMCWVWX49).
- Acer G226HQLBbd 21.5" LED-backlight LCD Monitor for $99.99(normally $219.99 - use coupon code: EMCWVXP87).
- Pinnacle MB10000+ 1000-Watt Audiophile 5.1 Speaker System for $299.99 with free shipping(normally $1,299.99).
- Samsung UN46EH5000 46" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $597.99 with free shipping(normally $699.99).
- ThinkGeek Coupon: 50% off 12 Best-Selling Items(use coupon code: 10ONSALE).
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2013 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: win 8.1, touchscreen, notebook, fail
It is going to be hard for Microsoft to flog its new OS when notebook manufactures are not interested in selling touchscreen notebooks. Apparently the idea of greasy fingers obscuring your view of Metro just hasn't caught on as was predicted by the GUI geniuses behind Win8. Though DigiTimes does not specify which vendors are abandoning touchscreens, first tier vendors include all of the names you are familiar with. The decision is financial, not spiteful, as a touchscreen does add around 10% to the cost of producing a notebook and as no one is buying them it is foolish to continue to produce them.
"Some first-tier notebook brand vendors have recently adjusted their notebook roadmaps for 2014 and will delay the releases of touchscreen conventional notebooks to focus on non-touchscreen models, which have a pricing advantage, according to sources from the upstream supply chain."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The TR Podcast 147: Amazon airlifts, 4K goes mainstream, and 290X goes wobbly @ The Tech Report
- Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER @ The Register
- Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7 @ The Register
- TSSDR Holiday Giveaway – Win Crucial M500 240GB, 480 and 1TB SSDs
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2013 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: flying car, e-volo, octadecacopter
You may remember a video featuring an unholy combination of an excercise ball and a quadrocopter from a company called e-volo. Over the past two years they have made a lot of progress towards creating a real electric flying car by teaming up with a variety of companies each with their own technical specialties. The carbon fibre composite frame and props were developed by an established sail plane company while the fail safe ballistic parachute was designed by a German aviation company. Many other companies have tried developing everything in house which is likely why you don't see M400X's everywhere by now. As you can see by the design the VC200 is similar to a scaled up quadrocopter with brushless electric motors powering the 18 props; far more than are actually needed so that you will remain in the air even if some fail. Other safety features include a backup battery which can only be used to land and the aforementioned parachute which does not have to worry about rotor placements like on a traditional helicopter. You can see some of the development history at Hack a Day.
"The e-volo VC200 has made it’s maiden unmanned flight. Does the craft above look a bit familiar? We first reported on the e-volo team back in 2011. Things have been going great for the team since then. They’ve created an 18 motor (Octadecacopter?) prototype dubbed the VC200."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel Labs cooperates with Asustek to improve cloud computing storage @ DigiTimes
- Xbox One Headset 2.5 mm Plug Adapter @ Hack a Day
- Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default @ The Register
- How's it going, Microsoft users? Patching your PCs? You SHOULD be @ The Register
- Nvidia ShadowPlay Gameplay Recording Software @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2013 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just look at that elegant flip-hinge design on the new Dell XPS 12 with it's 1080p touchscreen for use with Windows 8. It is powered by an i5-3317U, 4GB DDR3-1600 and a 128GB SSD which will be perfect for mobile usage. Plenty of wireless connectivity is available and if you wish you can upgrade to a more powerful model.
- Dell XPS 12 Core i5 Convertible 1080p Touchscreen Tablet w/ Windows 8 for $849.99 with Free Shipping (normally $1,199.99 - use coupon code: WD0RTDJWM4QC1F).
- Corsair Raptor M40 Wired Optical 4000 DPI Gaming Mouse for $35.99 with Free Shipping(normally $59.99).
- Symantec Norton 360 Version 2013 (3-PC DL) for $28.00 with Free Shipping(normally $59.99).
- Samsung S27C390H 27-Inch LED-Backlight LCD Monitor for $179.99(normally $219.99 - use coupon code: MASTERPASS).
- Kingston HyperX 3K 2.5" 240GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $143.99 with free shipping(normally $204.99 - use coupon code: MASTERPASS).
- VIZIO E320I-A0 32" 720p Smart LED HDTV for $288.00 with free shipping(normally $328.00).
- Star Wars Darth Vader USB Hub for $23.99 with free shipping(normally $34.99).
Subject: Storage | December 12, 2013 - 04:44 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ssd, ocz, intrepid, 3800, 3600, 3000
OCZ hasn't exactly been having a smooth run lately. Despite, or perhaps in spite of talks of bankruptcy and buyouts, they have launched an update to their enterprise lineup:
The new Intrepid 3000 Series is built on a Marvell 88SS9187 controller running custom firmware developed in-house by OCZ. This combination achieves a claimed 91,000 random 4K read IOPS and a steady 40,000 random 4K write IOPS. These specs are significantly higher than OCZ's previous generation enterprise SSD, the SandForce-driven Deveva 2. This combination has also enabled greater data endurance and protection via BCH error correction of up to 85 bits per 2Kb. The controller and new firmware also treat the flash as a RAID to further increase redundancy.
The Intrepid will be available in two models, segmented by the endurance rating of the installed 19nm Toshiba flash:
- Intrepid 3600:
- 19nm MLC
- Rated for 5 years at 1 full drive write per day
- Intrepid 3800:
- 19nm eMLC
- Rated for 5 years at 5 full drive writes per day
Both models will be available in 100, 200, 400, and 800GB capacities beginning Q1 2014.
Full press release after the break:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2013 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, 750w, silencer mk III, pc power & cooling
PC Power & Cooling have been providers of high quality PSUs for a long time and are keeping up the pace, recently with the updated 750W Silencer Mk III. They have a unique style, black and white colouring and a proprietary connector for their modular cabling that both looks and connects better than some of the recessed plastic connectors seen on other models. Unfortunately since OCZ purchased the company they have gone from being the PSU all other companies try to match to a mid-range supplier that provides decent PSUs but lack the incredible quality they once possessed, as you can see by [H]ard|OCP's Pass marking without an award. This may well be one of the last models you see labelled PC Power & Cooling, with OCZ's bankruptcy the continuation of the PSU business is in doubt.
"PC Power & Cooling is back on our test bench today and it has been a while. Today it is promising "industrial-grade performance and stability," with "ultimate efficiency," and "ultra-quiet operation" with its Silencer Mk III 750 watt PSU. We put it to the test to see if OCZ has done anything to return its PSUs to your next build."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Integra R2 750W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master G550M 550 W @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master GXII 550W Power Supply Review @HiTech Legion
- Fractal Design Tesla R2 650W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Antec High Current Gamer 750W Semi-Modular Power Supply @ eTeknix
- Corsair RM Series 650 W @ techPowerUp
- NZXT Hale82 V2 550W White PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
- Fractal Design Integra R2 750W @ Kitguru
- Be Quiet! Power Zone 650W / 750W @ Hardware.info
- Corsair CS650M @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2013 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: arm, mobile gaming, geomerics
Geomerics may not be a name that springs immediately to mind when you think of gaming but they are the ones behind the lighting effects in the last two Battlefield games as well as Medal of Honour. Today we hear that ARM has just bought that company lock, stock and barrel which could mean very good things for gaming on mobile devices using ARM processors. The company should be able to optimize high end tricks like global illumination and reflections for ARM processors to give the next generation of games impressive visuals without too much of a hit on performance. As The Inquirer points out, the most popular mobile game remains Angry Birds; maybe the next update will feature god rays.
"ARM bought Geomerics, which specialises in lighting for the games development industry, for an undisclosed sum with a view to adding further to its mobile development capabilities."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Valve releases its Steam operating system (sort of) @ The Inquirer
- Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars @ Slashdo
- TSMC moves 16nm FinFET to risk production @ DigiTimes
- Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear @ The Register
- A Look at Mac Hypervisors: Parallels Desktop 9 & VMware Fusion 6 @ Techgage
- SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure @ The Register
- Win a LSI Nytro™ MegaRAID® 8120-4i PCIe 3.0 800GB Card @ SSD Review
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2013 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's deal is a Dell XPS 15 running Win7 and featuring a Core i5-3230M, 6GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with a 32GB mSATA SSD and a 1GB GeForce GT 630M. The screen is a full 1080p and the aluminium machine weighs a mere 5.8lbs for extra portability.
- Dell XPS 15 Core i5 1080p Ultrabook w/ GeForce GT 630M & Windows 7 for $749.99 with Free Shipping (normally $1,369.99 - use coupon code: WD0RTDJWM4QC1F).
- Today Only! Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) for $34.99 with Free Shipping(normally $59.99).
- LG 23.6" LED-Backlit Monitor (24EN33TW-B) for $121.49 with Free Shipping(normally $189.99 - use coupon code: MASTERPASS).
- Sharp Aquos LC-50LE442U 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $598.00(normally $748.00).
- Dell Inspiron One 2330 23" Dual-core 1080p All-in-one PC for $549.99 with free shipping(normally $699.99).
- Fab Boombox Mugs (Set of 2) for $12.00 with free shipping(normally $20.00).
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | December 13, 2013 - 05:43 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: webgl, ue4, UE3, asm.js
Its shortcoming is the difficulty and annoyance when hand coding (without compiling it from another language). The browser is used more by encouraging the adoption of web standards through discouraging the usage of web standards. You can see where the politics can enter.
Still, it makes for great demos such as the cloth physics applet from James Long of Mozilla or, more amazingly, Unreal Engine 3. The upcoming UE4 is expected to be officially supported by Epic Games on asm.js (and obviously WebGL will be necessary too) but, of course, Epic will not prevent UE3 licensees from doing their own leg-work.
NomNom Games, a group within Trendy Entertainment (Trendy is known for Dungeon Defenders), became the first company to release a commercial 3D title on these standards. Monster Madness, powered by Unreal Engine 3, runs in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without plugins (although it will fail-down to Flash 11.6 if your browser is unsupported for the web-native version). Monster Madness is a top-down cell shaded shoot'em-up.
You can play, for free, with an anonymous token here. You can also visit their website to learn more about the closed beta for registered accounts. It is natively supported on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. I am not entirely sure why IE11 is not supported, now that Microsoft supports WebGL, but there is probably a customer support or performance reason for it.
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