Intel dropped us a line today to let us know that tickets for the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose e-sports event are now available. The tournament will play out in the SAP Center (home of the San Jose Sharks NHL team) from December 6-7 and will feature white-knuckle action from League of Legends and StarCraft II. Ahead of the event, members of the community will be allowed to vote for the League of Legends LCS teams they want to see compete.
The development of the Oculus Rift has helped to create a focus on virtual reality. While there are many new VR devices being developed, new controllers and input methods are being created to work in conjunction with VR machines. One of these devices, which will enable consumers to use their hands in virtual reality, is the Nimble Sense which has just launched on Kickstarter.
Boutique system builder Maingear today announced a new look and upgraded components for its X-Cube, a small form factor gaming PC with a micro ATX foundation. The chassis features expanded customizable storage and lighting options while maintaining a low-profile design that's portable for traveling, and on the inside, you'll find the latest CPU options from Intel and AMD, along with support for for up to two top-shelf graphics cards, such as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 or AMD's Radeon R9 290X.
We don't know if Alienware and Roccat go together like peanut butter and jelly or rum and Coke, but we're going to find out in relatively short order. How so? Peripheral maker Roccat Studios announced an exclusive partnership with Dell's Alienware gaming PC brand, and to kick off the new relationship, the two plan to incorporate support for Alienware's AlienFX lightning into Roccat's Kone XTD and Tyon gaming mice, and its Isku FX keyboard.
There are those who believe in the rule of threes and many PC gamers, with money to spare, look like they are in for a treat with three new products from Alienware. Alienware has launched the new Area-51 Desktop, Alienware 13 laptop, and Alienware Graphics Amplifier.
Your Office 365 subscription just became a better deal than it was yesterday. That's because Microsoft just announced that all Office 365 subscribers are being upgraded from 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage to unlimited space. The unlimited upgrade started rolling out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers, and will continue over the coming months and into 2015 to include Business customers as well.
Working on a laptop might seem like it's a daunting task if you've never done it before, and depending on how much of it you have to rip apart, it sometimes can be, However, in many cases, swapping out common parts -- think of items like the hard drive, RAM, and Wi-Fi card -- is incredibly simple. To make upgrades and repairs even easier, Asus ROG has gone and posted upgrade guides for its G551 and G771 laptops, complete with lots of pics.
EPA welcomes Acer America as a Green Power Partner
Every so often, you hear about a major tech company making strides in going green and/or leaving a smaller carbon footprint. This time it's Acer America, which today announced an initiative to provide clean energy for its U.S.-based operations. Acer claims it purchased enough green power to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions from electricity at all U.S. facilities -- more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) in all.
Having climbed its way to being king of the mountain in the PC sector, Lenovo is now setting its sights on mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and yes, even wearables. Speaking of the latter, Lenovo now has a product page for its forthcoming Smartband SW-B100. Lenovo's targeting "young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products" with this one.