The Wireless iPhone Microphone $69.95

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2013 - 12:45 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

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The post-CES news hangover

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2013 - 12:39 PM |
Tagged: ces 2013, CES

As Ryan and the CES contingent recover from Las Vegas, along with the other tech sites, the news continues to flow with those items from CES that there just wasn't enough time to cover.  The Tech Report has quite a few new posts this morning, such as Western Digital's reinvention of the HDD with SSD cache called SSHD which uses software tools in addition to the firmware caching that the first generation of cached drives had.  They talked with someone in the know who confirmed that Broadwell will indeed be soldered onto boards and that Haswell can compete with NVIDIA's mobile GPUs.  From AMD they had a peek at the 15W Kabini APU as well as Richland,  while Micron, Crucial and OCZ all showed off new flash based storage devices.


"Another day, another fresh batch of CES coverage. Today's stories include the scoop on Crucial's next-generation M500 SSD, new details about AMD's Kabini APU, and a look at Intel's Haswell graphics demo. We also have some inside information on Intel's plans for soldered-on Broadwell CPUs, plus more from AMD, Nvidia, Western Digital, OCZ, and Cooler Master."

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CES: 2013 TCL Shows Off Massive 110" 4K China Star 3D LCD Television

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2013 - 10:48 AM |
Tagged: ultra hdtv, UHD, tcl, ces 2013, CES, 4k

Ultra HD televisions were a popular item at CES 2013, and Chinese manufacturer TCL was not about to be left out of the party. It showed off a massive 110” China Star 3D 4K LCD television that will be featured in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3 film. The 110” Ultra HD TV features a 4K resolution LED backlit-LCD display, active 3D technology, dynamic backlighting, and an 800 nits brightness rating. Reportedly, the TV also has mutli-touch input which likely means that it has support for applications.

TCL 110-inch China Star 4K LCD TV.jpg

Engadget managed to snap a photo of this massive 4K television

At 110” the China Star TV would be impressive for a 1080p panel, but with its 4K resolution it is sure to make explosions and car chases look amazing! Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing, or if it will ever come to the United States. This seems to be more of a proof-of-concept TV where the experience and technologies used to develop it will be rolled out into future generations of TVs that will actually be available to consumers. It is one stepping stone on the way to affordable 4K (eventually), and that's a good thing. You can find TCL's full press release here.

Read more about Ultra HDTVs including NHK's 145" 8K plasma TV at PC Perspective.

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Source: Engadget

CD Projekt RED Cyberpunk 2077 RPG Game Trailer

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 08:42 PM |
Tagged: Mike Pondsmith, game, cyberpunk, CD Projekt RED


Courtesy of CD Projekt RED

The gaming studio responsible for the award winning Witcher RPG series, CD Projekt RED, unveiled a trailer for their soon to be released game - Cyberpunk 2077.

Set in the year 2077 and based on the Cyberpunk pen and paper RPG universe created by Mike Pondsmith, Cyberpunk 2077 puts you in the shoes of one of the good guys in this darkly fascinating game. The game itself will be based on the REDEngine gaming engine, also used in CD Projekt RED's Witcher 2 game. If you are a fan of William Gibson and Neuromancer, the Deus Ex series, or just the cyberpunk genre in general, you don't want to miss this one. Cyberpunk 2077 has the promise to be a killer game. sums the game up pretty well:

"Cyberpunk 2077 will be an awesome game about a hero from the streets, from very dangerous streets. Raised from the gutter, he uses ultra-modern technology to stand against large corporations and others who exploit the underprivileged. The lonely rider takes his chopper, tech and the slaughter begins (laughter). Awesomeness in pure form with an engrossing, non-linear story – like an epic movie."

At this point, CD Projekt RED has not released what platforms Cyberpunk 2077 will be released to or when the game will be available for mass consumption.
However, you can get more information on the game from the following sites:

  • GameTrailers Cyberpunk 2077 design team interview - here
  • Cyberpunk 2077 main site - here
  • Cyberpunk 2077 Facebook page - here

2012; the year of the mouse?

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 07:03 PM |
Tagged: gaming mouse, CMStorm, steelseries, roccat, logitech, razer, madcatz

Gaming peripherals were a very large market in 2012, with Cherry switches suddenly becoming a household name and with gamers actually arguing over the best type of switch for keyboards.  That was not the only big change for gaming peripherals as this year has seen many companies make a serious effort to make a name as a provider of gaming mice and established companies adding new features to their existing products.  If you have had trouble deciding which mouse best fits your needs, this roundup at MadShrimps might be of help.  They've included the CMStorm Sentinel Advance II, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7, SteelSeries' Sensei RAW, the Roccat Kone XTD, Razer's Imperator 2012 and the Logitech G300; one of which should suit your gaming needs.


"In this group test I will focus on a specific feature and gaming goal to reduce the variables as we go on a quest to find some of the best First-Person-Shooter wired mouse out there. To properly gauge the performance of my new gaming rodents I spend several weeks with each to get to know the ins and outs, their features and deliver a good dose of my personal opinions on these mice."

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Source: MadShrimps

Hauppauge Launches HD PVR 2 With HDMI and TV STB Capture

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 05:53 PM |
Tagged: video recorder, tv pvr, hd pvr 2, Hauppauge

Hauppauge recently introduced a new HD PVR 2 TV recording and video capture box. The HD PVR 2 Model 1512 will record analog component or unprotected HDMI inputs. Videos are stored on a USB-connected computer in H.264 files with resolutions up to 1080p and up to 30 frames per second.

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512.jpg

The video recorder features a DC power jack, USB port, HMDI and S/PDIF input, and HDMI output on the rear of the box. It also features a component input port (breakout cable) and a connector for the included IR blaster. The IR blaster along with Hauppauge’s WinTV v7.2 software allows the HD PVR2 Model 1512 to change the TV set top box channel at predetermined times to record TV shows via the HD PVR2’s component input. Users can alternatively use Microsoft’s included Windows Media Center software to record TV.

The personal video recorder is slated for an official release in North America and Europe on February 1, 2013. Pricing on the box has not yet been released.

Source: Hauppauge

CES 2013: Monoprice Launches Cheap 2560x1440 IPS Monitor

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 04:50 PM |
Tagged: monoprice, LG, korean monitor, display, ces 2013, CES, 1440p

Monoprice is now selling 1440p monitors with LED-backlit IPS displays for $390. They are proving a hot item though as they are already back-ordered to March 2nd!

Last year, many enthusiasts and tech writers learned of high resolution monitors with IPS displays available from Korea for a relative pittance compared to the usual $700+ price tag placed on IPS monitors sold in the US. The Korean panels were manufactured by LG and were panels that did not quite make the cut to be used in Apple’s Cinema displays. Instead of letting the panels go to waste, various Korean companies used the still-high quality panels in their own rebranded monitors. Crossover, Achieva, and Yamakasi (and others) all produce IPS monitors with 2560 x 1440 resolution and LED backlighting. The panels are still of good quality and while the monitors generally lack on screen controls and scaling hardware (and analog inputs), the price more than makes up for those shortcomings.

In order to get the cheap monitors though enthusiasts have traditionally had to turn to ebay and deal with third parties in Korea who purchase the monitors there and ship them to the US. Some US companies have since started offering cheap 1440p rebranded monitors of their own, but ebay remained the cheapest way to grab a Korean monitor.


Monoprice 1440p LED IPS monitor (2).jpg

It seems that Monoprice is looking to change that by introducing a new high resolution monitor of its own with the 27” IPS LED CrystalPro. It offers a LED-backlit IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 for $390.60. It has a 6ms response time and 178-degree viewing angle (horizontal and vertical). The monitor supports dual link DVI inputs and uses an external AC power supply. The CrystalPro montior reportedly uses 65W while in use and 1W in standby mode. Further, the 1440p monitor comes with a VESA mount and included table stand that can tilt.

Monoprice 1440p LED IPS monitor (1).jpg

The real value here comes from the fact that it is sold by a US retailer and ships within the US. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty and 30 day money back guarantee. Monoprice will replace your monitor if it has more than 5 dead pixels--a policy that is not spectacular (though all monitor manufactures have similar policies) but within reason considering the price. Monoprice has stated that it is using the same LG panels as the Achieva Shimian and other popular Korean imports.

Unfortunately, the Monoprice CrystalPro is currently on back order, and new units are not expected to be available until at least March 2, 2013. However, if you have been wary about ordering one off of ebay and are currently using a 1080p TN panel the Monoprice offering might just be worth the wait!

Interested in 1440p IPS monitors? Check out our full review of the Achieva Shimian monitor at PC Perspective.

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Source: Monoprice

NVIDIA to rip the ARMs off of Surface?

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 03:20 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, surface, winRT, tegra 4, nvidia, arm

NVIDIA's new Shield gaming device might have distracted your attention from another new product they demonstrated which could be even more important to their success, a fully functional WinRT tablet.  The tablet is powered by a Tegra 4 chip and apparently runs smoothly even on this OS which was theoretically designed for ARM hardware.  DigiTimes feels that this is a sign that NVIDIA, who have had a long if somewhat troubled relationship with Microsoft, could become a chip supplier for new Surface devices and tablets.  Hopefully in the near future we will get to see a head to head review of two devices powered by different chips so that we can see which provides the best experience.


"Nvidia unveiled a pilot tablet based on its new Tegra 4 processor and Microsoft's Windows RT operating system at CES 2013, and since the device is already operating smoothly, Nvidia will have a chance of becoming the CPU supplier for next-generation Surface tablets or Windows RT-based tablets from other IT players, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Eric Lin."

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Source: DigiTimes

Alienware TactX Gaming Keyboard $67.99

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 03:03 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

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Amazon AutoRip Service Gives Free MP3s For Every AutoRip CD Purchased Since 1998

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 10:38 AM |
Tagged: music, mp3, autorip, amazon

Today, Amazon rolled out a new feature for users of its Cloud Player music service called AutoRip. The new feature will provide free MP3 files to users that purchase CDs from Amazon with the AutoRip logo. The MP3 files will automatically be made available for streaming or download in your Cloud Player application (or the web browser-based music library) upon purchase of an eligible album.

The MP3s are 256kbps files and can be played on Kindle Fire, Android and iOS devices as well as Samsung Smart TV, Roku, and Sonos boxes. You will also be able to stream them from the Cloud Player website. The free music files from AutoRip are stored in your Amazon Cloud Player library, but they will not count against your storage quota.

Amazon AutoRip.jpg

Currently, the AutoRip program extends to 50,000+ physical CDs available on the Amazon website. Amazon has stated that it is working to add additional albums to the program. Interestingly, the AutoRip program applies to all future purchases as well as any AutoRip eligible CD purchase from Amazon since 1998(!). Albums that are eligible for the free MP3 copies can be identified by the AutoRip logo, which is a double blue and green arrow.

Considering older CDs were likely ripped with inferior codecs and/or bitrates (like RealMedia...), the AutoRip service may be a great deal if you purchased your discs from Amazon! Personally, I’m surprised Amazon did not restrict the value add to Prime subscribers only (not that I’m complaining), but it should help to bolster physical CD sales if you are getting the MP3s anyway along with a physical disc.

The full press release is available below the break.

Source: Engadget

CES 2013: Thermaltake Shows Off Volos Mouse With Xbox-Style Side Buttons

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 08:17 AM |
Tagged: xbox, volos, thermaltake, gaming mouse, gaming

Peripherals are not usually items that I pay much attention to at CES, but the Volos mouse from Thermaltake managed to pique my interest. The prototype mouse was spotted at the company’s CES booth amidst several new Level 10 GT mice in various colors. 

Thermaltake Volos Gaming Mouse.jpg

The Tech Report spotted the prototype Volos mouse at the Thermaltake booth.

The Volos is a right-handed laser gaming mouse clad in matte gray with glossy black accents. The interesting bit though, lies on the left side the mouse: four colored blue, yellow, red, green Xbox-controller-style buttons and one A and B button. There is a seventh thumb button on the top-left edge of the mouse, two DPI selection buttons in the middle beneath the scroll wheel, and three additional buttons on the right side in reach of your little finger. LMB, RMB, and a white scroll wheel complete the package.

Reportedly, the mouse is not yet ready for retail, but it does suggest some interesting possibilities for gamers. Many modern games available on the PC are ports of console games, and that means that a number of games retain the Xbox controller tool tips and suggested controls. While it is possible to simply plug in an Xbox controller to pay such games, Thermaltake’s Volos mouse opens the door to a possible compromise. PC gamers would be able to keep the mouse look ad precision of their gaming mice while also being able to use Xbox-style button controls. At present, the buttons are likely used for macro activation, but it would be neat to see games auto-detect the other buttons and assign them the Xbox controls like the games do when an actual Xbox controller is recognized.

I think that I would have to actually try it out in person to determine how viable it is as a Xbox controller stand-in (ergonomically), but it at least appears to be a good idea! Tech Report has the full scoop on Thermaltake's new peripherals at CES if you are interested.

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Source: Tech Report

CES 2013 Podcast Day 4 - AMD's upcoming APUs, 4K displays, WD Hybrid Drives and more!

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 01:16 AM |
Tagged: WD, video, sshd, podcast, nvidia, gigabyte, ces 2013, CES, APU, amd, 4k

CES 2013 Podcast Day 4 - 01/09/2013

Ready for even more podcast fun at CES?  Join us as we talk about our final of the show including more details on AMD's upcoming APUs, 4K displays, WD Hybrid Drives and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano and Ken Addison

Program length: 53:31

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CES 2013: WonderMedia Dualcore PRIZM SoC

Subject: General Tech, Mobile, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2013 - 07:35 PM |
Tagged: WonderMedia, ces 2013, CES

WonderMedia, a subsidiary of VIA Technologies, designs low-cost ARM processors. Like many chip designers such as NVIDIA, they do not have their own fabrication capabilities. Still, companies such as TSMC are almost always happy to fulfill orders for interested parties.

PRIZM Logo 2WM8980_medium.jpg


While the majority of CES hype is about the devices, they would literally be pretty dumb without logic behind them. WonderMedia is hoping to power your cheap tablets and set top boxes and in the process bring them up to Android 4.2. The System on a Chip (SoC) also supports Miracast in hopes to bring wireless display technologies down to an even cheaper price point.

The PRIZM WM8980 is currently available for sampling with mass production shipments in Q1 2013.

Check in after the break for the press release.

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Source: WonderMedia

Ignore the Numenera part, Planescape is coming back!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2013 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: planescape, torment, gaming, kick ass

Monte Cook worked for Wizards of the Coast and one of the major contributors to the Planescape: Torment game, way back in the ancient days of brilliant RPGs on the PC.  He recently succeeded in a Kickstarter project to create a new universe called Numenera in which to base future RPGs and he has announced that the first game in this universe will be a spiritual successor to Torment.  Part of the reason for that is the continued idiocy of what was once TSR, they not only declined Monte's attempts to license Planescape but also declined his request about Baldur's Gate 3.  Instead he is going to design a game with the same features which made Torment such wonderful game, like a story more focused on your characters personal journey as opposed to making you feel like a cog in a much bigger story as well as offering NPCs who are more than just a body to absorb damage and cast spells.  Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN has two stories up today, a discussion specifically about Torment as well as a more general discussion about Numenera.


"Rumours have been swirling for years about a possible sequel to Black Isle’s legendary and powerful roleplaying game Planescape: Torment, but the closure of the original studio and the jealous guarding of the Planescape rights by owners Wizards of the Coast seemed to have put paid to any comeback. But with original Interplay boss Brian Fargo very much back in the RPG business with current studio inXile’s wildly successful Wasteland 2 crowdfunding, everything changes. He and his team have come up with a way to make a new Torment game: this is really happening.

And there was much rejoicing."

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CES 2013: Valve Announces Steam Box Not Announced in '13

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2013 - 02:44 PM |
Tagged: CES, ces 2013, valve, Steam Box

CES opened with excitement from Xi3 Corporation and their announcement of the Piston. When Gabe Newell spoke with Kotaku at the VGAs he said that we would see Big Picture PCs this year. With word that Xi3 received funding from Valve some of us, including myself, wondered if this Piston was Valve’s “Nexus” Steam Box.

Ben Krasnow, hardware engineer at Valve, comments in the video below about whether we have seen Valve’s canonical Steam Box or if there are any planned announcements for 2013.

Thank you Ben.

There seems to be some discrepancies between statements from Krasnow and Valve Managing Director, Gabe Newell. The major deviation concerns whether the official Steam Box will be based on Linux or another operating system. When interviewed by The Verge, Gabe Newell claimed the official box will be based on Linux with no unclear terms:

We’ll come out with our own and we’ll sell it to consumers by ourselves. That’ll be a Linux box, [and] if you want to install Windows you can. We’re not going to make it hard. This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination.

Krasnow in an email discussion with Engadget was somewhat more timid in future plans. The Engadget article was published on the same day as the The Verge interview which makes neither position particularly out of date. His statement:

"The box might be linux-based, but it might not," he continued. "It's true that we are beta-testing Left for Dead 2 on Linux, and have also been public about Steam Big Picture Mode. We are also working on virtual and augmented reality hardware, and also have other hardware projects that have not been disclosed yet, but probably will be in 2013."

At the same point this might all become irrelevant very quickly. As reported yesterday, Gabe Newell in the very same interview seemed to strongly suggest that post-Kepler GPUs will bring virtualization to the consumer market. If that is the case, then the only barrier between Linux and Windows would be for a company to provide a user-friendly virtual machine. Having your host operating system as one or the other would not particularly matter if the user could run gaming applications from the other platform.

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Source: Engadget

Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 Ultrabook w/8GB RAM, 32GB SSD & 1GB Radeon HD 7570M $799.99

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2013 - 12:50 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

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NVIDIA's 310.90 Driver - more performance, less vulnerabilities

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2013 - 12:46 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, geforce, graphics drivers, fud

Say what you will about AMD's driver team but they don't tend to release drivers that allow some to elevate their privileges on their PCs.  That was unfortunately the Christmas present NVIDIA offered Windows users who installed 310.70, similar to the gift they offered Linux users last summer.  According to The Register, the new driver no longer contains that security hole, which makes upgrading to the newest driver more important than usual.  That is not the only reason to grab the new driver, NVIDIA reports that 310.90 provides 26% faster performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and up to 18% faster performance in Assassin’s Creed III as well as improvements to 400, 500 and 600 series cards in most other games. 


"The vulnerability allows a remote attacker with a valid domain account to gain super-user access to any desktop or laptop running the vulnerable service," HD Moore, the developer of Metasploit and chief security officer at Rapid7, told SecurityWeek.

"This flaw also allows an attacker (or rogue user) with a low-privileged account to gain super-access to their own system, but the real risk to enterprises is the remote vector," he added."

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Source: The Register

Also Not CES 2013: RIP Messenger, 7/22/1999 - 3/15/2013

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | January 9, 2013 - 04:08 AM |
Tagged: MSN, MSN Messenger

Windows Live Messenger, formerly MSN Messenger, almost lived to see its fourteenth birthday.

The messaging service will continue to live on in our hearts, minds, and China. A butterfly flapped its wings and stirred up a storm of trouble for AOL with its superior webcam capabilities. The purchase of a competing service by Microsoft should have come as a well Timed Warner of an impending fate similar to which AIM suffered.


We should remember Messenger as a fighter who swam against the Windows Live Waves. While it now looks down on us from the Skype I imagine it is at peace. It knows that it did all that it could. It knows that Skype fairly beat it at its own game.

Getting progressively worse with each and every version.

So long MSN! My Trillian contact list will feel emptier without you! But please do not be offended by my eulogy, as I say this in the utmost respect: Yahoo!

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Source: Forbes

Not CES 2013: Railing on Ruby on Rails Security

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2013 - 03:38 AM |
Tagged: Ruby on Rails

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas except diseases -- and these infections do not even need to happen in Vegas.


Until someone's fingers gets broken because you don't keep your server up to date!

Ruby on Rails is a framework run on web servers to making programming interactive websites easy. The framework picked up quite a following over several years but lost its new and hip factor. For its time it was the face of learning web authoring books. It was simple. It was quick to learn. It was quick to use.

If you are a Ruby on Rails developer and you have used Rails software from the last six-or-so years then you should strongly consider updating. Due to how Rails maintains legacy branches: if your server runs 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, or 2.3 version of Rails then you will need to update to 3.2.11, 3.1.10, 3.0.19, or 2.3.15 respectively or follow the workaround posted on Google Groups. But seriously, update your software. Gem install rails or fingers might get broken. Do it!

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Source: Ars Technica

CES 2013: Razer Edge Back Again. Fiona Always Was Edgy.

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2013 - 02:58 AM |
Tagged: CES, ces 2013, razer

Last year Project Fiona was presented by Razer and we felt as awkward about it as it looked.

This is a new year and it looks like Razer took a bit of feedback from critics of yester-CES. The design itself looks quite similar than it did except that the controller-handles are now detachable. The Edge can operate in four different modes: tablet, keyboard, the controller-handles, and “home console” mode.

The Home Console mode allows you to dock your tablet and access it using 3 USB ports, HDMI, and 3.5mm audio in/out. You can use it as a desktop or as a home theatre PC. Also with Steam’s Big Picture Mode it sees the big picture as a potential Steam Box.

The technical specifications are slightly more solid than last year:

  • Intel Core i7 (2 core, 4 threads) @ 1.9GHz Turbo to 3.0GHz
  • Intel HD 4000/NVIDIA GT 640M LE
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 126/256GB SSD
  • Intel WLAN (B/G/N + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • 10.1” IPS 1366x768 10-point touchscreen
  • Windows 8

So what do you think? While I expect it will be out of my budget and I would probably just barely survive on 256GB due to recent 20-25GB games -- I think it looks pretty good.

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Source: Razer