Thursday, October 29, 2015

IT News Head Lines (Overclockers Club) 30/10/2015

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Corsair Unleashes Katar Gaming Mouse and MM300 Gaming Mouse Pad
Corsair Unleashes Katar Gaming Mouse and MM300 Gaming Mouse Pad
Corsair, a proven leader in high-performance gaming hardware, has officially released the Katar gaming mouse and MM300 gaming mouse pad. Both products are geared towards gamers who want to make the most of every experience in single player and multiplayer situations. The Corsair Katar weighs in at just 85 grams, offers an 8,000 DPI optical sensor, boasts a 1,000Hz polling rate, and is equipped with on-the-fly DPI tuning. The latest gaming mouse from Corsair, which features four programmable buttons and an ambidextrous design, also includes preconfigured performance and tuning settings customized by the world’s top players. The MM300 gaming mouse pad by Corsair is the perfect companion to the Katar, as it incorporates stitched edges that protect against surface peeling, a textile-weave surface for precise tracking, and an anti-skid rubber base for secure placement.
The Corsair Katar features an MSRP of $39.99 and is available for immediate purchase from authorized retailers and distributors. The Corsair MM300 will be available to purchase sometime next month, and comes in small, medium, and extended sizes that feature an MSRP of $14.99, $19.99, and $29.99, respectively.
Source: Press Release

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be quiet! Upgrades Pure Wings 2 Case Fans
be quiet! Upgrades Pure Wings 2 Case Fans
be quiet! has announced an updated version of the Pure Wings 2 line of case fans with the addition of PWM functionality. With the addition of PWM, the power connector was changed from three pins to four, but adds the ability to automatically or manually control fan speed. The fan uses a durable rifle bearing in conjunction with quality motor control to provide for a lifespan up to 80,000 hours. The fan blades have been optimized for airflow to help further reduce the noise level, which ranges from 19.2 to 20.2 decibels. The fans are available in sizes of 80mm, 92mm, 120mm, and 140mm with an RPM ranging from 1900 for the two smaller fans down to 1000 for the two larger fans. The new Pure Wings 2 PWM fans are available immediately at prices ranging from $9.90 to $12.90.
Source: Press Release

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Whet Your Appetite with Some Newly Revealed Fallout 4 Artwork
Whet Your Appetite with Some Newly Revealed Fallout 4 Artwork
There are now less than two weeks to go before Fallout 4 arrives and gamers everywhere lose themselves in The Commonwealth. Before that happens, and to give us all a little tease of things to come, Bethesda has revealed some of the artwork featured in the upcoming The Art of Fallout 4 book. This art book is Bethesda's biggest ever for a game, as it has 368 pages of concept art, character art, weapons, environments, never-before-seen designs, commentary from the Bethesda Game Studios team, and so much more. Bethesda also shared the foreword of the book from Lead Artist Istvan Pely, although due to the length of it, it's best to hop over to the source and read it. Pely does mention how the designs and concepts come to be, what the art room (lovingly called the "Art Pit") is like, and how even though the book is about art, there's so much more to get the game working than just that. Animators, programmers, designers, audio engineers, and producers all contribute to the creation of a game, and Pely gives them all a bit of love.
Now, onto the art. A little bit of everything is shown by Bethesda, with a look at the new Pip-Boy, the ruins of Boston, the surrounding landscape, and even building interiors. Some of the art is a 3D model, others are full color concepts, and others are just sketches. The new Nuka Cola bottle design shows up, and so does a Nuka Cola blaster of some type, too. A variety of characters with a range of clothing styles appear, so many junk items and cars to see in the game, and even The House of Tomorrow. We also get the inner workings of a Mr. Handy, Protectron, and Sentry Bot, so I guess we really can shoot a robot and see parts of its insides. Super mutants and raiders, complete with body and armor designs, show off the range of those enemies we can encounter. A ton of weapons in order to kill those said enemies, plus a bunch of the mods and customizations we can do. Oh, and then we get some shots of Power Armor, namely the heads of the T-51, T-45, and new T-60 designs, plus the full frame we can customize however we want in Fallout 4. There's a lot to look over in this extremely small preview, so be sure to hit them all up below and try not to salivate the entire time.
The Art of Fallout 4 book arrives on December 22, with pre-orders still available. It'll set you back $50, but if you're an art book collector or just a fan of Fallout, this is one not to miss. As for Fallout 4 itself, well we have until November 10 to dive into that.

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New Electric Thruster Developed for Possible Deep Space Missions
Rocket fuel is immensely important for space missions, not only because it allows these missions to escape the Earth and maneuver in space, but also because it can limit how much a spacecraft can carry. More fuel for longer missions means less room for other items, so finding ways to more efficiently use less fuel could dramatically affect future missions. The Hall thruster is an already used and efficient engine design with a limited lifespan, but researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research have come up with an improved design.
Hall thrusters work by creating a stream of plasma within a cavity that is then ejected from the spacecraft at speeds around 45,000 miles per hour. The cavity walls direct the plasma and thus determine the discharge's properties and the engine's performance. These thrusters are already used in different satellites for attitude control and maintaining orbit, but have a lifespan of about 10,000 operation hours. For space exploration purposes they would need a lifespan of at least 50,000 operation hours. To improve the lifespan of the thruster, the researchers have moved the ionization and plasma acceleration regions out of the cavity, creating a Wall-Less Hall Thruster.
Already Hall thrusters are able to consume one hundred million times less fuel than conventional chemical rockets, hence the interest in them, but this work could see several advances to the technology. Despite having been researched for a long time, we still lack a strong understanding of Hall thrusters, but this design could change that by making it easier to directly study how they operate.
Source: EurekAlert!

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Edition
The middle of the week has arrived, and with it comes some items to get you through the day. We have a review of the XFX R9 380 4G Double Dissipation Black Edition video card, a factory overclocked and custom cooled model that's sure to give a boost to your games. We also have the ASUS Strix GTX 950 DC2OC video card, a more budget friendly option that can still power through games. The OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD gets tested to see what kind of performance it can bring to your PC. For even more storage, the ASUSTOR AS6202NT NAS, with its up to 16TB capacity, could be the one for you. If you need a sharp way to carry and protect your Meizu M2 Note smartphone, the Full Body PU Leather Case is one such option. Ending things for today is a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen throughout the month.
Video Cards

XFX R9 380 4G Double Dissipation Black Edition @ Bjorn3D

ASUS Strix GTX 950 DC2OC @ Bjorn3D
Storage/Hard Drives

OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD @ LanOC Reviews


Meizu M2 Note Full Body PU Leather Case @ Madshrimps

20 of the Worst PC Setups - October 2015 @ ThinkComputers

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Sonic Tractor Beam Created for Holding and Manipulating Objects
There is a host of science fiction stories that feature tractor beams as a somewhat common technology. In reality these device are hardly common and often utilize light to hold small objects, like cells. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Bristol have changed the formula some by developing a sonic tractor beam using an array of miniature loudspeakers.
The tractor beam works by creating an acoustic hologram that actually holds the object. The researchers were able to create three different holograms capable of holding objects: something similar to a pair of fingers or tweezers; a vortex; and a cage that actually traps the object. Beyond holding an object, the researchers have precise enough control that they can move and even rotate the object. Previous work has been done before, but typically surrounded the object with loudspeakers, which limits what you can do, whereas the array here is just a flat surface with plenty of room to move an object around.
The potential applications for this technology are numerous and include sonic production lines for moving or assembling delicate objects and small devices for manipulating drug capsules and microsurgical instruments.

Source: University of Sussex

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