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Computer manufacturers were in full force at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, showing off different machines utilizing the new Haswell Extreme Edition processors and X99 chipset that Intel announced at the beginning of the show. One such manufacturer was iBuyPower, bringing one of the machines to the show to power an Oculus Rift demo.
One hardware manufacturer has confirmed it is preparing to offer its own take on Valve Software's Steam Machine game console. iBuyPower has unveiled a prototype Steam Machine device that it hopes to launch sometime in 2014, one that for all intents and purposes is a high-specification home theater PC in a consumer-friendly case.
iBuyPower has just unveiled a new mid-tier gaming PC in the Gamer Paladin HS11. It gets a quad 3.3GHz Core i5 and a 1.2GB NVIDIA GTX 570 graphics card, along with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB, 7,200RPM hard drive. There is also a Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 mainboard and a 120mm liquid cooling system that keeps it quiet and potentially gives headroom for overclocking.
iBuyPower has introduced its latest gaming PC, the fourth iteration of the company's Chimera series. The mid-tower system is differentiated by the Chimera Inferno 4 case emblazoned with a "mythical fire-breathing beast," with room for three external drives, eight internal drives and a liquid cooling system helps dissipate heat from the 10- or 20-percent overclocking.
iBuyPower has launched a new Professional Series of desktop workstation PCs for creative professionals, all offering Intel's second-generation Core i7 processors. While all can be customized, they also share RAID cards and NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards. The Z68 is at the bottom of the range, with a 3.4GHz Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520. It touts a 1TB hard drive, a DVD burner, and a 650W power supply. All systems get Windows 7 Professional in 64-bit form.
iBuyPower has introduced its latest flagship gaming system, the Erebus. The new desktop computer is available in several configurations, each designed for overclocking. Customers can choose from various liquid cooling options for heat dissipation, with up to four radiators and 13mm tubing capable of pumping 4.5 gallons per minute.
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower has entered into a deal with Walmart that will let users build custom PCs from the superstore chain's online store. While there are just five processor choices and five cases on offer, the choice of three hard drives and three RAM options as well as eight different graphics cards means there are more than 10,000 system permutations available. The two Intel chips include a 3.3GHz Core i5 and 3.4GHz Core i7, while AMD's offerings include a 3.1GHz Athlon or either a 3.2GHz or 3.0GHz Phenom II.
iBuyPower on Friday released its third-generation flagship, the Chimera XLC. The company is touting the gaming PC's cooling capabilities as the most powerful in the industry, with a 240mm radiator, a 200mm main fan and five 120mm fans. The most basic Chimera XLCs include a quad 3.06GHz Core i7 and a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450. A 2GB GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card is optional.
iBuyPower wrapped up the week with an AMD version of one of its more aggressive liquid-cooled PCs. The Mage XLC M1 uses a hands-off Asetek cooling system combined with AMD's six-core Phenom II X6. Moving to the system gives gamers a very parallel system that should still be quiet and carry built-in headroom for overclocking.
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower on Thursday announced the release of its latest high-end gaming tower, the Paladin XLC. It's powered by a choice of Intel Core i7 processors, all cooled by Asetek's 240mm radiator-based liquid cooling system. The NXZT Phantom Red case it ships in has room for as many as seven fans, including 200mm, single 230mm/200mm, triple 120mm and front 140mm fans.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE