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App Pick - Star Wars Commander

Halo Collection Arrives with a 20GB Patch

If you've been eagerly waiting for the 343 Industries Halo Collection for your Xbox One, you may have heard that there is a 20GB Day 1 Patch. That sucks. Plain and simple. This patch was known before the disks were shipped so there is a bit of an outcry as to why gamers have to deal with this kind of issue. The reality is that because of this patch, the game collection fits on a single Blu-Ray disc. Without the patch, you'd need a couple of discs. If you are super chapped, you can at least pre-load the patch before the game arrives.

While we won't know for sure what's included in the update until it arrives, O'Connor's claim that the game was simply too large to fit on one disc has merit. As we've explained, Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes remastered versions of the first four Halo games, as well as over 100 multiplayer maps.

Source: Joystiq

One Plus One Gets Pre-Order - For an Hour

If you've been tired of all the hoops to jump through in order to get a One Plus One, things are looking up! You will be able to pre-order this device on October 27, 2014 - for one hour. That's right. One hour. Obviously they are either trying to stimulate demand by lack of supply or they simply can't make them fast enough with their current production. Either way, if you want to get in on the goodness, check out the link below.

The One Plus One has a 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 13MP camera, 3100mAh battery, and is available with 16GB or 64GB of storage. Unfortunately, each size does not come with a color option and instead the 16GB version will come in Silk White and the 64GB will come in Sandstone Black. The 16GB model will retail for $299, while the 64GB model is a mere $349 USD.

Source: OnePlus

Android App Pick - Mirror Photo

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting creative with Mirror Photo. This is a very cool app that turns your photos and your camera into a kaleidoscope of awesome. If you want to push your creative side a bit farther than with your normal camera, take a look at this nifty app!

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Intel Bay Trail-based USB Stick Runs WIndows 8

Intel has dabbled in the hardware business over the years and their latest device is a glorified USB stick that runs full-on Windows 8.1. This device is really the ultimate streaming stick and when it is priced at $100, it will sell like hotcakes at a cowboy festival. It won't be the fastest thing on the market, but it should be enough for an eMachine or streaming machine.

The USB stick is just under 100mm long and is packed with a quad core Intel Atom CPU running at 1.7 GHz. Other specifications of the device include 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 MicroUSB ports, 1 HDMI port, 16 GB and 32 GB storage options, a memory card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Source: Neowin, Alibaba

HBO's Standalone Streaming Service is Pricey

HBO is looking into the streaming content service and while Netflix has noticed that their subscribers have dropped because of a $1 price hike. Apparently HBO thinks that they have a super premium service as they are hoping to charge about twice as much as Netflix. The question is, does HBO have enough content to warrant the extra price? Sound off in the forum at the link below.

That price point is much higher than that of its competitors. Both Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions cost $7.99 per month, and Amazon Prime costs $99 per year, which equates to about $8.25 per month. That means HBO's streaming service could cost almost twice as much as its competitors - or $180 per year. 

Source: BusinessInsider

Another Call of Duty is Coming: Here is the Trailer

Enough said.

 

When (or Will) Your Device Get Android 5.0?

If you have a current device and are wondering when it will be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, there are some details as to what device and when it will be coming. The good news is that if you have a Nexus device, you'll be getting it very soon. HTC has already said that if you buy one of their devices, you'll be sure to get the update within 90 days.

Google has confirmed that many of its earlier Nexus devices will be getting the update first, but other manufacturers will be announcing their own Lollipop update plans separately. Of the leading global OEMs, some have already revealed details about which of their devices will get Android 5.0.

Source: Neowin

League of Legends World Championship

League of Legends and eSPORTS are really starting to take off and with the World Championships in Korea selling out to a 40,000 person crowd, things are picking up the pace. At this event $11 Million was up for grabs making it worth while to start gaming again. If this is an indication of the future, I really need to spend more time in the virtual world.

Last night, Riot’s final World Championship match series was held in Korea, where 40,000 fans sold out Seoul’s World Cup Stadium to watch Korean pros Samsung White and China’s Starhorn Royal Club compete for the honor of being the best team of the most popular game of the world, which boasts 67 million monthly players at last count.

Source: Forbes

Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup

We have just posted up our Fall 2014 Cooling Roundup. In this roundup we take a look at a few liquid coolers from NZXT and Thermaltake as well as heatsinks from Thermaltake and Noctua. We put them head-to-head in a maximum-performance shootout on a mildly overclocked Intel Core i7 4790K CPU.  If you are looking for a new cooler this fall, take a look as we've updated our cooling platform to reflect more current CPUs and have a total of nine coolers battling for top honors. Check our review for all the details.

We have coolers from Noctua, Thermaltake and NZXT represented here today and this round will cover HSF units as well as liquid cooling kits. We won't do a direct comparison of noise, but we will make some notes as to noise levels as we go. If you want some good kit-cooling and have a decent budget, make sure you follow along to see the candidates.

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Move over 4k, the Retina iMac hits 5k

I might not be an Apple evangalist, but I am a resolution junkie so I must give Apple props for announcing "the world's highest resolution display" on the new Apple iMac with Retina display. The new "5K" Retina display is sporting 5120x2880 on a 27" screen. For those of you keeping track at home, that is 67% more pixels than a 4k display. The new iMac is sporting a Radeon R9 M290x to drive all those pixels and the rest of the spes are pretty standard. All of this can be yours for a price starting st $2,499 and can be purchased today. The Verge has more details over here.

Apple has announced a new version of its iMac desktop computer complete with a high-resolution Retina display. The new model has what Apple says is the "world's highest resolution display", at 5120 x 2880 pixels on a 27-inch screen. Prior to this, the highest resolution iMac was the 27-inch version, which has a 2560 x 1440 pixel display. Apple notes that it has seven times as many pixels as an HD TV, with 14.7 million in total. It's also 67 percent more pixels than 4K displays, and Apple is calling it a Retina 5K display.

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