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    Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case

    The multiple choices in the different areas for mounting HDD’s or SSD drives is a welcome addition and makes it so much easier to configure your build for not just looks but performance and water cooling options as well. This makes it a no brainer for anyone and ev...
  • New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations

    New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations By Richard Moss November 12, 2014 Natural vibrations caused by two surfaces with different work functions repelling and attracting each other can be used to generate electricity (Image: VTT) Electric...
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    IN WIN iEar Headset Hanger

    Introduction They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep; unless your an octopus, then it starts with a single suction cup. That may not seem relevant but when you consider this is my first time to review here at PureOC, and the product is ...
  • Nvidia quarterly revenue tops Wall Street expectations

    (Reuters) – Nvidia (NVDA.O) on Thursday posted higher fiscal third-quarter revenue that was above Wall Street’s expectations, fueled by the company’s latest graphics chips for personal computers as well as processors for data centers and cars. Reven...
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SpotCam Wi-Fi Home Monitoring Service Comes With 24 Hours of Cloud-Based Video Playback

SpotCam Wi-Fi Home Monitoring Service Comes With 24 Hours of Cloud-Based Video Playback Easily View and Record High Definition Footage of Your Home or Office November 20, 2014, Taipei Taiwan – Cloud based video startup SpotCam announces today the first home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution that offers free 24 hour cloud-based HD video playback – SpotCam. Cloud-Based Video Playback for Free With SpotCam, users can view live or recorded video of their home or office directly from their smartphone, tablet, or computer, and have the peace of mind that in the event of an incident there is 24 hours of cloud stored video evidence. The real-time alert system allows users to stay aware of motion or audio activity with instant notifications sent via email or the mobile app. Longer loop recording is available at reasonable monthly/annual fees. High Definition Recording and Clear Night Vision The 720p High Definition resolution and 110° wide angle view ensures a detailed view of the entire intended area. In low-light conditions 12 automatically-activated IR LEDs provide clear night vision. Social Networking Users are able to share SpotCam videos and streams to specific people or even to the general public through the easy to use included software and app. Easy Setup SpotCam can be set up in a couple of steps on the Android / iOS app or through the SpotCam website. Family members of all technological levels can quickly get SpotCam up and going. Only a Wi-Fi connection is needed...


MSI B85M ECO Board – Review

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Those of us in a position to build PCs for businesses and everyday people should consider using a board like we will see today when the opportunity warrants it. The MSI B85M ECO is aimed at trimming power usage down to a minimum level without costing performance as a trade off.


 

Game on: AOC offers extensive monitor range for ambitious gamers

Game on: AOC offers extensive monitor range for ambitious gamers Amsterdam, 19 November 2014 G2460PG: This monitor with integrated NVIDIA G-SYNC technology synchronises the display’s refresh rates to the graphic card’s GPU. G2460PQU/BR: With a refresh rate of 144 Hz this monitor takes gaming performance to the max — at an affordable price. G2770PQU: A display which adds extra space to the gaming experience and boasts excellent refresh rates as well as speedy response times. G2460FQ: Non-stop action for thrill-seeking gamers at an affordable price. The next level in gaming performance: the G2460PQU/BR and the G2460PG A new level of gaming with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology; the G2460PG With its NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology, the 24″ (61 cm) G2460PG from AOC’s Style Line immerses the player right into the gaming action. The integrated G-SYNC module synchronises the display refresh rates to the graphics card’s GPU so nothing comes between the player and the game. The extremely short response time of just 1 ms effectively eliminates ghosting effects, delivering crisp and clear images even in the most intense in-game situations. Thanks to the outstanding refresh rate of the G2460PG, enemy movement is displayed in ultra-smooth motion and competitors can be easily targeted. Not only do the in-game environments come to life in one super-smooth movement, but also at a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. Thanks to a luminosity of 350 cd/cm² colours are vibrant and bright. In...


TRENDnet® Switches Listed as Recommended Networking Products by Control4

TRENDnet® Switches Listed as Recommended Networking Products by Control4 TORRANCE, Calif. – November 17, 2014 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand today announces Control4, a leading provider of personalized automation and control solutions, has published TRENDnet switch solutions on their Recommended Networking Products list. Control4 completed rigorous testing of TRENDnet switches and approved sourcing the published products for future Control4 projects. Control4 allows users to automatically control devices in a home or business. Founded in 2003, Control4′s mission is to deliver an elegant and simple way to control and automate lighting, music, video, security, and energy throughout the entire home. Control4 solutions are available through more than 3,000 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 80 countries. Switches are a key component of a home automation solution. Over 20 TRENDnet switches were tested and approved for sourcing by Control4 integrators. TRENDnet solutions listed on the Control4 Recommended Networking Products list include Gigabit unmanaged, 10/100 PoE, Gigabit PoE, and Web Smart PoE switches. TRENDnet switches are available through IT distribution, security distribution, online, and retail partners-visit www.TRENDnet.com for a complete partner list. “TRENDnet switches have a reputation for reliability and energy efficiency,” said Rod Finney director of sales, North ...


Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case

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The multiple choices in the different areas for mounting HDD’s or SSD drives is a welcome addition and makes it so much easier to configure your build for not just looks but performance and water cooling options as well. This makes it a no brainer for anyone and everyone who is looking for a top notch full tower chassis with all the bells and whistles to go with it.


 

New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations

New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations By Richard Moss November 12, 2014 Natural vibrations caused by two surfaces with different work functions repelling and attracting each other can be used to generate electricity (Image: VTT) Electrical energy is normally generated through heat, motion, nuclear transformation, or chemical reactions, but now scientists at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have devised a new method that involves mechanical vibrations. They figured out how to “harvest” the vibrational energy that occurs naturally when two surfaces with different work functions are connected via electrodes, and this energy could potentially be used to power wearables and other low-power electronics. A work function is a property of the surface of a material that is defined as the difference between the energy of an electron at rest and the minimum thermodynamic work (another form of energy) that is required to remove said electron from the material. It’s often applied in photoelectric devices and cathode-ray tubes, and is sometimes guarded against in electronic circuits involving different metals, but it had not before been used in vibration energy harvesting. The VTT scientists created a parallel-plate capacitor with copper and aluminum that was hooked up to an external circuit. The plates’ respective work functions provided the initial one volt charge as electrons fled from one surface to the other. Different el...


Noctua presents three new 92mm premium coolers

Noctua presents three new 92mm premium coolers Vienna, November 12th 2014 – Noctua today announced three new 92mm class CPU coolers. Whereas the NH-U9S and NH-D9L are retail models that suceed the popular NH-U9B SE2, the NH-D9DX i4 3U targets Intel Xeon LGA2011 based workstations and servers. All three models use the recently announced NF-A9 PWM 92mm premium fan to achieve class-leading quiet cooling performance. “Providing a great balance between high efficiency and compact size, the NH-U9B SE2 is still one of our most popular models”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “The NH-U9S and NH-D9L stay true to this proven formula but now offer even better performance, better compatibility and PWM support for automatic fan speed control.” Continuing the renowned legacy of Noctua’s award-winning NH-U9 series, the NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes not only provides even better cooling performance than the previous generation but also improves compatibility: Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX. The NH-D9L features 4 heatpipes and is 15mm lower than classic 9cm coolers such as the NH-U9 series (110mm vs. 125mm), which doesn’t only guarantee full 3U compliance but also makes the NH-D9L ideal for compact HTPC and Small Form Factor cases that have airflow paths par...


ROCCAT Joins eSports Juggernaut Intel Extreme Masters As Major Event Sponsor

ROCCAT Joins eSports Juggernaut Intel Extreme Masters As Major Event Sponsor Hamburg, November 11, 2014 – With the world of eSports proliferating rapidly across the globe and true superstars being made every day, it is with great excitement that ROCCAT announces a four event sponsorship collaboration with eSports powerhouse Intel Extreme Masters, for their Season 9 tournament series featuring StarCraft II and League of Legends. René Korte, CEO and Founder of ROCCAT Studios details, “Our dedication to the eSports community is well-established, with our own Team ROCCAT League of Legends team, and world champion StarCraft II player HyuN representing us proudly. We are heavily invested in the success of the eSporting ecosystem, and are extremely proud to join one of its most lauded representatives in Intel Extreme Masters for these exciting events. We can’t wait to show up in Northern California to be a part of the madness.” ROCCAT will make their first appearance as exclusive peripheral sponsors at IEM’s San Jose event December 6-7, hosted at the SAP Center, home of NHL professional hockey team the San Jose Sharks. “Our gaming keyboards and mice will be available in all public gaming areas, where gamers can get their hands on some of our best gear,” René continues. “These include the brand new Tyon gaming mouse, and our exciting Ryos TKL Pro keyboard. San Jose is going to get an incredible event, with some of the greatest competitive gamers in the world and ...


TRENDnet® Expands Outdoor Network Camera Portfolio

TRENDnet® Expands Outdoor Network Camera Portfolio TRENDnet makes available two high performance outdoor HD Power over Ethernet network cameras TORRANCE, Calif. – November 10, 2014 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, announces the availability of the Outdoor 1.3 MP HD PoE IR Network Camera, model TV-IP320PI, and Outdoor 1.3 MP HD PoE Dome IR Network Camera, model TV-IP321PI. “This pair of rugged outdoor PoE cameras is well suited for a broad range of applications,” stated Sonny Su, technology director for TRENDnet. “We now offer over 20 unique PoE and wireless network camera solutions which are all supported by our industry leading free pro-grade management software.” TV-IP320PI Outdoor 1.3 MP HD PoE IR Network Camera 1.3 Megapixel HD resolution Night vision up to 30 meters (100 ft.) Outdoor IP66 weather rated and an operating temperature range of -30 – 60 °C (-22 – 140 °F) Save installation costs with Power over Ethernet (PoE) Program motion detection recording and email alerts Digital WDR optimizes high contrast lighting environments Fully adjustable integrated mounting bracket ONVIF compliant IPv6 support Sample TV-IP320PI video: Free pro-grade camera management software: TV-IP320PI page: http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=185_TV-IP320PI TV-IP320PI warranty: 3 year limited TV-IP320PI availability: Available from online and retail partners TV-IP320PI MSRP: USD $194....


AMD R9 390X Possible Specs Spotted!

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Maxwell did an amazing job of bringing the graphics card industry to a whole new level. Honestly, the architecture involved is quite amazing and we haven’t even seen the “Big Daddy” Maxwell card yet. (The 980 is by no means the top dog coming from Nvidia.) This put AMD under a lot of pressure to deliver something that could compare. The good news is that not only does AMD have a response, but if the leaked specs combined with HBM is true, the R9 390X could be as big of a game changer as Maxwell was a month ago. First, let’s take a quick peek at some of the more prevalent specs. The 390X is slated to sport 4096 GCN Cores. When compared to the 2816 Cores of the 290X, that leap seems pretty massive. It looks like we’re still showing 4GB of memory with a 1Ghz boost clock speed, but the next interesting fact about the Fiji architecture is the Manufacturing Process. These will be the first chips to feature the TSMC 20nm node which should help with efficiency and performance. The tiny taste of Tonga last month showed that AMD was heading down the path of better efficiency with better performance. However, outside of major architectural advantages that while extremely possible have not been seen yet, the improvements here may not seem out of this world. That is until we take a closer look at the memory being used. Some of you may have heard of HBM before but others may be scratching your heads. HBM stands for High Bandwidth Memory and sounds very much...





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