Gaming, Hardware, VR World

BSN 5th Anniversary Nvidia Giveaway Winners Selected!

As promised, we’ve selected the winners for our Nvidia 5th Anniversary Giveaway. This giveaway was the second massive giveaway of our multi-week-long giveaway to commemorate our 5th anniversary as a site. It followed our Thermaltake and Titanfall giveaways. We had over 876 entries in the giveaway and we’ve selected the winners based on their comments, tweets, FB shares and Google+ +1’s. Some contestants did not follow the rules and attempted to leave multiple comments under the same user name or under different user names using different IP addresses. So, please, do not try to cheat the system. You end up cheating yourself out of a

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Gaming, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Netgear's R7000 Nighthawk Takes 5GHz Performance to New Distances

R7000 Nighthawk

Up for consideration today is the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router. Advertised as being built for gaming, media streaming, and mobile devices, this device was an honoree at the 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering awards. Of course for all of you who are already familiar with the lines and reputation of Netgear, this quality product should come as no surprise. The R7000 touts the new 802.11AC wireless standard along with a number of features designed to improve the user experience: AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps speeds 1GHz Dual Core Processor Beamforming+ improves range & performance High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your WiFi coverage Advanced

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Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

BSN* and Nvidia Partner Up for Massive 5th Anniversary Giveaway

As we had promised, we said would be launching giveaways to commemorate our 5 year anniversary. Because of our partners’ overwhelming response to our 5th anniversary and their overwhelming support, we have decided that a single giveaway would simply be too big and complicated to accomplish. As such, we will be running multiple giveaways instead in order to make the process less confusing and give more people more chances to win. This week’s giveaways are being kicked off by Nvidia with a hefty giveaway of their tech. In this giveaway we’ll be giving away a graphics card, a gaming console and some tablets. All that you have

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Entertainment, Gaming, Software Programs, VR World

BSN* and EA Partner for 5th Anniversary BSN* Titanfall Giveaway!

So, you guys deserved it and I’m sure that many of you asked for it. So, we’re bringing it to our global audience. Now, since we have a global audience we wanted to make sure that this giveaway was available to all of our readers across the world. However, we cannot guarantee that Origin’s services will work in all countries since Origin is required in order to be able to run Titanfall. If you can install and run Origin in your country, you should be fine. Now, getting to the requirements for the contest and how to enter. All you have to do is make

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Gaming, Hardware, VR World

BSN* and Thermaltake Kick Off BSN's 5 Year Anniversary Giveaways

As we had promised, we said would be launching a giveaway this week to commemorate our 5 year anniversary. Because of our partners’ overwhelming response to our 5th anniversary and their overwhelming support, we have decided that a single giveaway would simply be too big and complicated to accomplish. As such, we will be running multiple giveaways instead in order to make the process less confusing and give more people more chances to win. So, thanks to the people over at Thermaltake we have a pretty hefty giveaway to kick off our series of giveaways this and next month. This giveaway will consist of cases,

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Gaming, Hardware, Software Programs

MWC14: HTC Talks The Next One and Distributed Computing

In addition to announcing the HTC Desire 816, which we’ve had a chance to get our hands on, HTC also made two major announcements in regards to the company’s programs and future products. The first major announcement came in the form of HTC’s Power to Give program, which finally helps people utilize their incredibly powerful smartphone SoCs for the greater benefit of mankind. Anyone that has been a gamer within the past 10 years or so is familiar with such distributed computing programs through WCG. Now that smartphone SoCs have reached the levels of where computer were but only a few years ago, it makes

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Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Gaming, Software Programs

Numecent Launches NaaS – Native as a Service

Numecent is one of the companies that is quietly changing the way that we use the cloud. We’ve talked about them a lot in the past, and we still believe that they are the future of how most users will interact with the cloud, without ever knowing it. Even the mobile operators appear to be in agreement with us. What Numecent is launching today is their Native as a Service, which allows their customers, ISVs, to be able to deliver native desktop applications via Numecent’s Cloud Paging. This would, in theory, enable an ISV to be able to strictly control how their application is downloaded, installed,

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Entertainment, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: NVIDIA Brings GRID to Hollywood

We’ve seen the GRID at many events since CES 2013, and how it will change the gaming industry. Now NVIDIA wants to tailor this architecture towards another industry: film post-production. The NVIDIA GRID was designed for putting GPU’s into the cloud, handling loads of computing tasks off of these TESLA-fueled datacenters.  NVIDIA saw that this platform could gear resources towards graphics generation tasks, which led to the birth of the VCA (Visual Computing Appliance) platform.  The GRID VCA contains dual CPU’s, RAM, and storage units like any other server, but can also hold up to 16 GRID K2 boards (K5000 class GPU’s) all inside one

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E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, VR World

THQ Rekindles the Horror with Metro: Last Light

At E3 2012, THQ gave us a glimpse of what could be the most anticipated action horror sequel of early 2013, Metro: Last Light. Continuing from the events of Metro: 2033, players will struggle for survival through Artyom?s eyes again, across the endless backdrop of a post-nuclear apocalyptic Moscow. The developers worked closely again with Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the original Metro: 2033 novel, to create new plot lines for this continuation of Artyom?s experience. Huw Beynon, Head of Communications at THQ Inc., believes that Metro: Last Light will be the end of FPS single-player campaigns feeling like a mere shooting gallery: In what Beynon

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Gaming, Reviews

Corsair's Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset May Be 7.1, But Not Surround

Following the success of their new line of gaming hardware, Corsair recently added the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset to the family, with a bunch of new features packed in – so we put it to the test! I already reviewed the Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 Surround Headset earlier this year, and since then it has been quite the performer. Corsair took what they learned from the 1500, made some tweaks, cut the cord, and ended up with this new successor. Light, durable, and full of promise, will the Vengeance 2000 be the next best way to enjoy PC entertainment wirelessly? First Look The

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Business, Gaming, Hardware

Qualcomm Shows Halo, Their Wireless Vehicle Charging Technology

Qualcomm Halo is one of qualcomms newest technologies that they are working on bringing to the wireless industry. Qualcomm Halo is Qualcomm’s wireless charging technology which they are implementing in vehicles. Currently they are being tested in vehicles ranging from high-end electric sports cars to itty bitty Citroen cars. They even have been tested in some Rolls Royces. Qualcomm Halo is known as WEVC or Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging and enables your vehicle to wirelessly be charged from the grid without any wires. This by all means is not a new technology, but Qualcomm’s Halo technology is an improvement on that technology in a few

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Entertainment, Gaming

10 Billion Year Old Galaxies Come to Life

Infrared wavelengths are providing images of galaxies long dead. The Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red Exploration (MOSFIRE) is allowing scientists to study galaxies far, far away. It was developed for the Cassegrain focus of the 10 m Keck 1 telescope and. has been installed at the observatory atop Mauna Kea which stands 13,796 feet above sea level on Big Island Hawaii. Light that has been "redshifted" or stretched to the infrared spectrum by the expansion of the universe is providing information to scientists. Ian S. McLean, director of UCLA?s Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, and co project leader with Caltech?s Charles Steidel, said: "We are looking back

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Gaming, Hardware, VR World

PAX East: Corsair Unveils the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Headset

At the PAX East gaming event in Boston, Massachusetts, Corsair Memory decided to raise their flagship gaming headset to the next level, by introducing their new Vengeance 2000 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset. This headset will offer all the features heard on their Vengeance 1500 model, but with a 2.4GHz connectivity for up to 40 feet (12 m), and a battery life for up to 10 hours. The Vengeance 2000 will sport the same 50mm drivers as its predecessor, as well as the high-sensitivity, noise-cancelling microphone beneath it. The volume control and mute functions are built directly onto the left ear cup. The internal battery is

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Reviews

Roccat Kave Roars into the US

Roccat Studios of Germany will be blitzkreig?ing both our desks and our ears soon this February, with the introduction of their new line of gaming peripherals to North America – starting with this Roccat Kave 5.1 Surround Headset. Their US debut at CES 2012 generated quite the buzz, and they offered me to test drive this product, as well as their upcoming keyboard and mouse, which will also soon be reviewed here at BSN*. Overview and Setup Compared to other gaming headsets, the Kave is unique in that it will offer a literal approach to a private surround sound experience, by featuring three (3) drivers

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Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Reviews

Review: The Sound of Vengeance

With playing a great new action shooter game comes great responsibility. This is especially if the responsibility comes in the form of 3 other roommates who absolutely despise witnessing the audial carnage of anti-tank RPGs ramming against steel panels of a tank at full force. While it may have been true that they could hear it from the floor below, and while it may have been true that it was 3 o?clock in the morning, I couldn?t understand why they were complaining about my 5.1 system being ?a bit too loud?. So it was time to find a new pair of headphones for these late-night

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Gaming, Software Programs

Fossils Unearthed Using Artificial Neural Network Software

Computer networks that imitate how the human brain works have been pinpointing fossil locations. An artificial neural network (ANN) developed by a research team was tested in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming, a 4,000 square mile of rocky desert. The goal: to make anthropologists’ scrutiny of large areas less time consuming and more productive. Dr. Glenn Conroy, paleoanthropologist, reknown for discovering the first known Miocene hominoid (Otavipithecus namibiensis) ever found in southern Africa, was joined by Western Michigan University PhD colleagues Robert Anemone, a biological anthropologist, and geography professor Charles Emerson who has an extensive knowledge of satellite imagery. The software takes into account

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Gaming, Hardware

Confirming the Bible: Using Computer Technology to Part the Red Sea

A research team from the National Center for Atmospheric Research [NCAR] and the University of Colorado [CU] at Boulder is parting the Biblical Red Sea using computer modeling. Wind movement is blamed for letting Moses and his crew escape the clutches of the Pharaoh?s minions. A bend in an ancient river might have been the escape route. The team reconstructed likely locations and depths of Nile delta waterways which have shifted quite a bit since the miraculous phenomena took place. A strong east wind blowing all night could have pushed water into the river and a coastal lagoon along the Mediterranean Sea leaving exposed mud

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Gaming, Graphics, Hardware

Researchers battle H1N1 Flu virus using GPGPU technology

While all the mainstream media is spreading around the panic about Influenza A type, i.e. H1N1 – researchers are desperate to accelerate the cell structure visualization. Thanks to a post on nTersect blog, we found out about the presentation made by researches Klaus Schulten and John Stone from the University of Illinois demonstrated how they use nVidia’s GPGPU boards for their NAMD/VMD research software. Klaus Schulten is the Swanlund Professor of Physics [also serves as the Director at NIH Resource for Biomolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics; Director at Center for the Physics and Living Cells] at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schulten states "When we

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Enterprise, Gaming, Graphics

GPGPU start to take over the HPC sector: 5120 ATI GPUs deployed in China

During the recently held nVidia GPU Technology Conference, we spoke with a lot of supercomputer vendors and learned quite an interesting number. It turns out that roughly 90% of supercomputer orders now come with at least a single GPU order [to evaluate GPU in HPC environment]. In a lot of cases, supercomputer order would contain both ATI and nVidia GPUs for a fair evaluation. When it came to creation of Tianhe [translated into Milky Way], this supercomputer currently carries the unofficial title of world’s most powerful supercomputer. Chinese National University of Defense Technology recently unveiled first PFLOPS computer outside United States of America. Working on

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Enterprise, Gaming, Graphics

GPU Computing shows superior efficiency in Australian Outback

During our preparation for recently held nVidia GPU Technology Conference, we encountered a session named "Diesel-powered GPU Computing: Enabling a Real-Time Radio Telescope in the Australian Outback." The title intrigued us and after seeing a keynote by Hanspeter Fister from Harvard University – we are quite encouraged with what we saw. All the talk about supercomputers and thousands of central or graphics processors is nice, but what if you need TFLOPS of compute power for analyzing data 500 miles from civilization. Yes, with no power in sight, the only power is a good old trusty diesel engine that is capable of outputting 20 KiloWatts of

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