Tuesday, February 16, 2016

IT News Head Lines (Overclockers Club) 17/02/2016

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Vertagear Launches the Racing Series P-Line PL6000 Gaming Chair
Vertagear Launches the Racing Series P-Line PL6000 Gaming Chair
Vertagear, a company that aims to enrich the lifestyle of gamers with products expressed through experience and offers a greater appreciation of gaming products through excellent design, has officially launched its P-Line PL6000 gaming chair. The chair, which falls within the company's Racing Series lineup, features perforated PVC leather, a new heavy duty base frame, soft glide PU wheels, and a wealth of padding on the seat as well as the included headrest. The Vertagear P-Line PL6000 also supports individuals up to 440 pounds and boasts a new tilt locking mechanism that is quite easy to reach, which ensures that gamers are able to find the best tilted position for intense gaming or relaxing.
The P-Line PL6000 gaming chair from Vertagear comes in five different color combinations that include blue, carbon black, green, red, and white, and is expected to be available for purchase later this month for $439.99.
Source: Press Release

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Simpler Optical Receiver Developed for Cheaper Fiber-to-the-Home Connections
Today several companies are offering fiber connections to homes in more and more areas, with speeds far surpassing traditional copper lines. With those increased speeds come increased costs though, as each home requires an optical receiver. Typically these receivers are quite expensive because of the advanced technology they use, but researchers at University College London have designed a new receiver that is much simpler, making it much cheaper to mass produce.
For some time now fiber networks have been deployed in many areas, because the increased bandwidth they allow for makes them future-proof, while copper lines are approaching their limits. Still, the fiber optic cables will stop at a cabinet and from there copper lines connect to houses because of how expensive the fiber-based 'last-mile' is. What the UCL researchers have done is simplified the optical receiver design so much that the new version contains only 20-25% of the components traditional receivers hold. This also allows them to be much smaller and cheaper to mass produce, but does not sacrifice the advantages of an optical receiver. To achieve this, the researchers are using a wireless communications method to be insensitive to the polarization of signals and offset the receiver and transmitter lasers, so that the same fiber can be used for upstream and downstream data.
Before we can see a commercial prototype of this receiver, the researchers have to investigate its laser stability. After that it will be possible to begin field tests and eventually commercialization. Many believe it will be necessary to transition to fiber to the home (FTTH) technologies as the demand for bandwidth reaches the limits of current copper networks.
Source: University College London

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, February 15, 2016, Edition
A new week is here, with February rolling right along past its halfway mark. We have a review of the Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB video card, a tiny model perfect for small builds that don't want to skimp out on power. For those needing a way to keep their processor cool, the SilverStone TD03-Slim Liquid CPU Cooler gets tested to see how this thin model performs. Wrapping things up today is a review of the Synology DiskStation DS416 4-bay NAS, which can help boost your home server storage potential or even for business owners.
Video Cards

Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB @ LanOC Reviews
CPU Cooling

SilverStone TD03-Slim Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
Storage/Hard Drives

Synology DiskStation DS416 4-bay NAS @ Madshrimps

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Easier Means of Producing Flat Optics Developed
Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Engineering have developed a new, easier fabrication method for flat optics that allows for table-top production. Many traditional optical components can be large and difficult to produce, even requiring a cleanroom environment. This method removes the need for the cleanroom but only sacrifices a little quality to do so.
Flat optics utilize the way light will interact with nanoscale objects to reproduce an affect that would normally require a much larger optical device. This means that instead of requiring a large glass lens, a small plate can be used instead. Normally to etch the nanoscale patterns onto a material requires visiting a clean room, but the Illinois researchers they could use plasmon assisted etching to craft flat optics using a laser-scanning optical microscope. It uses a 2D array of bowtie nanoantennas that are being supported by gold pillars on top of a glass substrate. This much has to be produced in a cleanroom, but then it can be submerged in water and have a laser trace out the desired pattern onto it. The light from the laser will interact with the nanoantennas, causing them to heat up and this makes the gold expand. With enough thermal expansion, the gold will separate from the substrate, etching the metal.
By removing the need to return to the cleanroom, this makes fabricating flat optics practically do-it-yourself, at least for researchers needing to work with specialized optics. Thus far the researchers have created a flat focusing lens, a diffraction grating, and a holographic converter but it should also be able to produce components for optical nanotweezers and heterogeneous nanoantennas as well.
Source: University of Illinois

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Adobe Creative Cloud Bug Deletes Mac User Data
After a recent update, the Mac version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud could potentially delete user data with no warning. A script created by the update deletes the first directory in the root directory once the user signs in after updating. The users at the highest risk are BackBlaze customers. BackBlaze is a data backup service that stores user data in a directory named .bzvol, which is typically the first directory in the root directory. Due to this, BackBlaze was the first to report the issue and include it in its FAQ. After a storm of complaints from upset users, Adobe has released a fix for the update, which you can download below.
Source: TechRampage and Adobe

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Photos Leaked
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge photos were leaked on Twitter yesterday, just a week before the phone’s unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The photos reveal a silver, black, and gold handset, which represents a reduced choice in colors from the emerald green, black, white, and gold options that were available with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The Galaxy S7 Edge is expected to be shipped with Android 6.0, 4GB of RAM, an Exynos 8890 octa-core chipset clocking in 2.3 GHz, and a 3600mAh battery. The screen size is to remain the same as the previous Samsung flagship models, at 5.1-inches for the Edge and 5.7-inches for the Edge+.
Source: TechRadar

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