January 18, 2015

Get a OnePlus One Without an Invite on January 20


In light of the new year, OnePlus is giving you another chance to pick up a OnePlus One without an invite through their "new year new gear" sale if you haven't picked on up already. On January 20th, 2015, just visit their website between 7pm-9pm EST to pick one up for yourself. The prices remain the same; $299 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 64GB model.

January 13, 2015

NZXT Unveils DOKO PC Streaming Service






DOKO is a PC streaming device that connects to your network and allows you to easily use your PC in the comfort of your living room. Run office software, stream limitless media content and play PC exclusive titles - do anything and everything your PC can do, anywhere in your home.

The current problem with modern PC streaming technologies and set-top boxes is that they all come with their own pre-defined limitations. TV boxes are restricted to their own set of media channels, file formats and limited applications. PC game streaming and screen mirroring devices are all restricted by their own platforms, proprietary technologies or latency issues.

Utilizing a gigabit connection to your network, DOKO offers low latency (50-80ms) high definition (1080p, 30fps) streaming with unparalleled compatibility. And unlike current streaming devices and set-top boxes, DOKO offers four USB ports with USBoverIP technology. With this technology, plugging a USB device into DOKO is just like plugging that USB device into the PC that is being streamed, no matter how far away. This gives you the freedom to use the input devices you already own and are used to.

Freeing you from the restrictions of current PC game streaming technologies, DOKO lets you play any game your PC can, all in the comfort of your living room. No proprietary software or hardware necessary. Whether you want to play a browser game, emulated ROM, Origin title, Steam title, Ubisoft title - the options are unrestricted. It's a great way to experience local multiplayer PC titles in the living room with your friends!

DOKO brings you the same exact browsing and desktop experience as your PC so you'll never have to deal with a lackluster internet browsing experience in the livingroom again. With DOKO, you can have the perfect multimedia experience with absolutely no need for another "HTPC" system or media device. View web-exclusive content, stream peer-to-peer files, view high definition media files and more without any channel, application or compatibility restrictions. If your PC can do it, so can DOKO.

DOKO is available now for just $99.99 at the NZXT Armory Store.

January 8, 2015

Mushkin Announces the STRIKER Line of Solid State Drives

Mushkin Enhanced MFG, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer storage products, today announced at CES 2015 its new STRIKER series of solid state drives. Boasting top-tier performance specifications, the STRIKER 2.5" SSD is an important step forward for Mushkin to offer the most well-rounded SSD lineup - producing solutions for high value, performance, and capacity.

The STRIKER SSD provides sequential read and write throughput of up to 565 and 550MB/s respectively, with random performance of up to 90,000 4K IOPS. Launching in 240-960GB capacities, the new STRIKER SSD series will be available at retail channels in Q1 2015.


"Mushkin is committed to giving our customers the best performing and most reliable SSDs and our new STRIKER family of drives delivers," said Brian Flood, Director of Product Management at Mushkin. "With an ever-increasing demand for greater performance, the new STRIKER drives provides the ultimate combination of speed and reliability for today's demanding applications."

Features of the STRIKER line of SSDs include:
  • Phison PS3110-S10 controllero Quad core, 8-channel
  •  256-bit AES encryption support, Opal 2.0
  • oEnd-to-End data path protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, SmartFlush, GuaranteedFlush

SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
  • Top-tier performance specifications
  • TRIM/SMART support (OS/driver support required)
  • DEVSLP support for ultra-low power consumption
  • 120 bit per 2KB ECC strength
  • High-speed MLC NAND
  • 2.5" 7mm form factor
  • User-upgradeable firmware

January 6, 2015

Shure MOTIV Digital Microphones



Today Shure introduced MOTIV™ digital products, a new plug-and-play microphone line suited for individuals looking to capture high-quality audio for vocal/acoustic recording, podcasts, YouTube videos, field recording, and more. The easy to use MOTIV products include four new Apple MFi (made for iPhone, iPod, iPad) Certified devices, including three condenser microphones and a sleek digital audio interface that can connect directly to any iOS device without additional adapters or connection kits. The MOTIV line features the MOTIV MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone, MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone, MOTIV MV51 Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, MOTIV MVi Digital Audio Interface, and the Company’s newest iOS app, ShurePlus™ MOTIV Mobile Recording App.

All Shure MOTIV microphones, as well as the digital interface, come with assorted DSP modes to ensure great sound. Designed to support entry-level users seeking better audio quality, MOTIV’s user-selectable DSP modes—speech, singing, flat, acoustic instrument, and loud— set audio parameters behind the scenes. By using DSP modes to specify what is being recorded, select models automatically adjust the audio processing by setting gain, EQ, and compression for the best recordings, every time.

“MOTIV tips its hat to the look and feel of Shure legendary products while offering the latest in modern technology and connectivity,” said Matt Engstrom, Category Director for Wired Products at Shure. “We created MOTIV products to be an easy way for anyone to record high-quality sound directly onto many mobile and USB devices. With high-quality microphones and advanced DSP, they are great sounding and flexible products that live up to the quality standards for which Shure is known.”

About MOTIV Digital Products

  • MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone:The MV5 is ideal for recording vocals and acoustic instruments, or for use with Skype, and comes equipped with three DSP modes and a Micro-B to USB cable. Engineered for quick and easy portable use, the MOTIV MV5 has a built-in headphone output for real-time monitoring and the custom tuned microphone capsule provides best-in-class audio. The MV5 is available in green, gray, blue, red, and black (region dependent) and ships complete with a detachable desktop stand and integrated thread mount compatible with any 1/4 inch standard camera tripod. The MV5 can be purchased with Micro-B to Lightning and Micro-B to USB cables.
  • MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone: The MOTIV MV88 connects directly to any Apple iPhone, iPod, or iPad equipped with a Lightning connector to capture high-quality field recordings on the go. The mid-side microphone element is mounted to a 90-degree hinge with built-in rotation that allows for highly flexible microphone position, even in video applications. Five built-in DSP preset modes, plus 5-band EQ, stereo width control, and other advanced features are easily accessed through the free ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App.
  • MV51 Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:Specifically engineered for high-quality digital audio capture, the all-digital MOTIV MV51 large-diaphragm condenser microphone seamlessly connects to any iOS, Mac, or PC. Equipped with five onboard DSP preset modes to provide optimal recording results, the MV51 includes the industry’s first touch panel control for quick access to gain, mute, and headphone volume adjustments. The one-inch capsule element provides unmatched audio results, which are easily monitored in real-time through the built-in headphone output. The striking vintage design includes an integrated kickstand for desktop use and quickly adapts for use with any standard mic stand.
  • MVi Digital Audio Interface:The MVi connects any XLR microphone or 1/4 instrument (guitar, bass, or keyboard) to an iOS device, Mac, or PC for seamless, high-quality audio capture. Equipped with the five built-in DSP preset modes, the MVi includes Shure’s unique onboard touch panel control for quick access to gain, phantom power, mute, and headphone volume adjustments. The MVi is portable with a low profile footprint and durable construction. The MVi can be purchased with Micro-B to Lightning and Micro-B to USB cables.
  • ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App (Free):Designed for use with MOTIV Digital Condenser Microphones, the ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App for iOS devices allows real-time adjustments for the best performance. The easy-to-use interface includes selectable DSP preset modes, microphone gain adjustment, and an intuitive stereo width control that adjusts the microphone pick-up pattern for optimal results, depending on the sound source and surrounding environment.
MOTIV products record studio quality sound at 24-bit/48 kHz for clear audio in virtually any environment. Additionally, each product has passed Shure’s rigorous product testing to ensure durability.

MOTIV products will be available in summer 2015. For more information, please visit www.shure.com/motiv.

Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Virtual Reality Gaming


A group of industry leaders, alongside with Razer™, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Sensics™, a leader in high-performance VR, today announced the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem, a new standard in VR gaming to push the VR gaming experience forward. Razer will support the venture with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology.

OSVR provides both hardware and software support at every level of virtual reality gaming. Starting with some of the most popular game engines, including Unity 3D and Unreal 4 Engine, OSVR also works with device plugins from hardware market leaders like Bosch and Razer and the latest from Sixense and LeapMotion. Moreover, OSVR is designed to support all VR devices, including the Oculus DK 2 and Vrvana’s Totem headset.


Engineering teams from all over the world developed a standardized interface for virtual reality gaming. The open platform will allow third parties to design and build their own apps and hardware across any operating systems, including Windows, Android and Linux.

“Gaming is moving towards the virtual reality platform and this poses huge benefits and challenges to gamers at every level,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “OSVR brings game developers, gamers and hardware manufacturers together to solve those challenges and make virtual reality gaming a reality for the masses.”

“OSVR’s open-platform approach accelerates innovation and provides consumers the freedom of choosing the best combination of hardware and software components”, says Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics. “We are excited to partner with Razer and other industry leaders to build OSVR together”.

In line with the OSVR vision, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit hardware design is both affordable and open source to encourage developers to take advantage of the program. To make software development even easier, the OSVR HDK includes high-quality, low-distortion optics that practically eliminate the need for color and distortion correction, thus minimizing the amount of additional development work required for OSVR compared to other VR devices. Anyone can download 3D files and create their own set of VR-Glasses. For more information on how that works, visit www.osvr.com.


"The OGA is committed to an open ecosystem for the gaming industry, and is pleased to support the efforts of the OSVR," said Drew Johnston, president of the Open Gaming Alliance. “A free, open source VR development solution supporting multiple headset manufacturers, diverse game engines, and multiple platforms is exactly what game developers and publishers need to accelerate VR gaming adoption.”

OSVR is inviting additional partners to join the cause. Interested parties can contact us at contact@osvr.com.



About OSVR:

OSVR™ is an ecosystem designed from the ground up to set an open standard for Virtual Reality input devices, games and output with the sole goal of providing the best possible game experience in the Virtual Reality space. Supported by Industry Leaders and focused on gaming, the OSVR framework rallies gamers worldwide together to push the boundaries of VR-Gaming.

In addition to the aforementioned VR-Glasses, OSVR provides a plugin to work with the Oculus DK2.

For the purpose of game development, the following game engine plugins are planned for:

- Unreal Engine 4

- Unity 3D Engine

- HeroEngine

- More to come

Price: No charge

OSVR SDK Availability:
Limited Developer Access – Now
Public Release – Q2 2015

About OSVR Hacker Development Kit

Price: $199.99

Availability: June 2015

Product features:

HMD Module
Sensor hub with integrated accelerometer, Gyroscope and compass
External USB 3.0 connection for additional accessories
Additional 2x USB 3.0 connections for internal expansion

Display
5.5 in. FHD Display with flat cables and display board interface for interchangeable panels
1080x1920 FHD resolution with 60 fps and 401ppi
Additional Display board allows for interchangeable displays

Optics Module
Near-Eye-display system with Dual-element aspheric optics for excellent image quality and low distortion throughout the image
Panoramic Field Of View 100° diagonal (90°H x 90°V)
Independent adjustment for inter Pupillary Distance (IPD) and Diopter for use without glasses and maximum comfort

HMD Mechanical Module
Removable face mask
Bamboo charcoal microfiber foam layer for additional comfort

Belt Box Module
Additional USB 3.0 connectivity
Surround Sound Audio codec integrated
Easier cable management and ergonomics
Signal boosters