For Those Of You On Budget: Digital Storm’s Vanquish II Eases The Gaming PC Pain

VANQUISH-IILet’s face it: not everyone has the multitude of monetary funds to dump on the purchase of a new, high-spec desktop computer capable of playing the latest games at the greatest settings. I might have one or more systems on hand that are more than capable, but you may not be, and that just isn’t fair in 2014.

So, Digital Storm seeks to rectify that by introducing the Vanquish II, a gaming desktop that begins at $699 and gets you an Intel Core i3 4330 processor, 8GB of RAM and GTX 750 graphics card with 1GB of memory — more than enough to squeeze out some gaming.

However, if you go over a grand, and do yourself a favor by going for the “Ultimate” $1,189 setup, you’ll find yourself with all the same specs, with the exception of an Intel Core i5 4570 processor and GTX 770 graphics card with 2GB of memory.

Good on DS, I might add: all systems ship 72 hours after the order is placed, so a would-be PC gamer could join the fold as quickly as possible.

Via: Digital Storm

The New HTC One Was Sold On eBay For A Steady $500

verizon_htc_one_ebay_leak_1-820x420Complete with Verizon retail packaging, someone very anonymous sold a new Verizon HTC One on eBday, to the tune of $500. On the back of the box, a list confirms most of the specifications speculated for the new HTC One, including: a new 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 5-inch 1080p display, microSD slot for expandable memory and 32GB internal storage, a 5MP front-facing camera, UltraPixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, a Nano-SIM slot and 2GB of RAM —  and of course, LTE which in this instance, is on Verizon Wireless.

So, HTC. You have to impress us on that March 25th press event — most of your secrets are out already.

Via: Droid-Life

Arma 3 “Win” Campaign Episode Debuting March 20th, Bring New Jets

to-199-csatThe Arma 3 main campaign series is drawing to an explosive conclusion. “The East Wind” campaign saw three distinct parts: “Survive”, “Adapt”, and finally, “Win”, with the latter being the current episode releasing on the 20th of March. Players will conclude the story where a NATO peacekeeping operation in the Mediterranean islands of Altis and Stratis go terribly wrong, and the local government, called the AAF, turns on the allies, with support from a major Eastern power, CSAT.

Following the story of of the U.S. infrantryman Ben Kerry, players will not only play missions that decide the outcome of the war, but also the arrival of three new vehicles, two of which are warplanes: the fictional A-164 Wipeout, successor to the legendary A-10 Warthog, the CSAT To-199 Neophron fixed-wing aircraft, and finally a variable transport vehicle, the Tempest.

This should be an exciting mission arc.

Via: Arma

Instagram For Android Gets Updated To Version 5.1, Full Redesign And Speed Improvements

instagram-5-1The new Instagram for Android is totally different from what users have been accustomed to: the size of the app has been cut in half, profile pages load faster, the entire user interface has been redesigned, and overall simplified visuals (basically, minimalist design traits), as well as the Lux Slider seen on iOS.

Otherwise, no new features have been added to the app; think of this as cleaning host. Instagram 5.1 launches on the Google Play stores today for all devices that have previously support it.

Via: Google Play Store , Instagram Blog 

Origin PC Unveils The Chronos Micro-Tower PC Line, With Support For GTX Titan Black

origin-820The style seen above is called the Silverstone RVZ01, but it’s only one of seven different cases that Origin is making available to customers in its new Chronos micro-tower PC line. With support for Nvidia GTX Titan Black graphics cards (the best you can get you hands on, basically), Origin PC gives you a compelling reason to start your budget at $1199, and begin to customize and thus, add more value, to a gaming computer all your own.

Motherboard options are diverse, with the best being an ASUS Maximus VI Impact mini ITX board, and a variety of Intel Core i7 processors. Meanwhile, the GPU and CPU are overclocked by Origin, right out-of-the-box. Cooling management is performed by Frostbyte 120 sealed liquid cooling and with a positive air pressure design to keep dust out of the case.

Very high-tech, very enthusiast, and if fully-upgraded, very expensive.  But so satisfying when in use. That’s the crux of a gaming PC.

Via: Origin PC

Raspberry Pi’s Wolfson Is An Audio Card, So Now You Can Capture Just That

pi-sound-1-820x420Element14 has announced that the Raspberry Pi, a favorite of DIYers, will finally have its own audio card called Wolfson. The card supports newer Pis that use the P5 pins, which results in high-res audio up to 24-bit / 192KHz, which can be played via a direct connection to an amp over 3.5mm line-out or alternatively via a digital S/PDIF output. Meanwhile, there’s two onboards MEMS microphones, so voice control functions are a possibility.

The price? A decent $33, which reminds you that the Raspberry Pi is truly a computer-on-a-board that costs less than $50.

ViaElement14

Audi Makes In-Car 4G LTE Possible With AT&T, $99 For Six Months Of Service With 5GB Data

2015-audi-a3In case you didn’t think it would be feasible, Audi is here to prove you wrong. In-care LTE is a trend that occurs only remotely, but Audi seems to be bringing it mainstream with the carrier partner being AT&T: six-month plan with 5GB of data will cost $99, while a 30-month plan with 30GB runs $499. But, you can also get half-a-year of service for free, if you drive off the lot with one of the new 2015 A3 sedans that have Audi Connect on board.

Meanwhile, Audi plans to release the LTE option to all of its cars later, but for now, the A3 gets it first.

Via: Audi

Apple Outs iOS 7.1 With CarPlay, UI Improvements, And Fixes

iOS 7.1It is March 10th, when you’re getting used to the second day of Daylight Savings Time. Meanwhile, Apple has been working, on iOS 7.1, which is now available as an over-the-air update, which is including CarPlay, UI tweaks in the phone dialer, keyboard, and power off screen, and a numerous bug fixes.

So, while the majority of the update is in bug fixes and design tweaks, CarPlay remains the biggest feature: the ability to interface with a car, to provide not only navigation and entertainment, but a hands-free experience that includes voice, but also touch and knobs and/or dials.