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Corsair Races Into Gaming Chairs

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PC accessory maker Corsair takes on furniture with the T1 Race-- a gaming chair with a design reminiscent of racing chairs, as is typical of gaming chairs of its ilk.

Corsair T1 RaceThe T1 Race is covered in polyurethane (aka synthetic) leather, with PU leather pillows adding neck and lumbar support. The arm rests can be raised, lowered, shifted and swiveled, while the seat tilts by up to 10 degrees and reclines completely, meaning one can sleep in it.

The Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition Torque Memory Kits

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Corsair adds to the Dominator Platinum memory series with a pair of 32GB DDR 4kits featuring quite the mouthful of a name-- the Dominator Platinum Special Edition Torque.

Dominator TorqueEssentially a fancy version of the previous Dominator Platinum RAM, the Torque model features a top bar heat-treated to look similar to the exhaust manifolds of high-performance engines. It also carries integrated white LEDs for a bit of extra flair. The black aluminium heatsinks get a brushed metal finish, while the cooling fins are in a fetching shade of orange.

AOC Presents Portable I1659FWUX Monitor

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The AOC I1659FWUX is a portable 16-inch monitor featuring 1920 x 1080 resolution, USB 3.0 connectivity and a stand allowing customers to use it in either landscape or portrait mode.

AOC Portable monitorThe monitor features a glossy piano black plastic case, and carries an IPS panel with 60Hz refresh rate, 700:1 contrast ratio and 160-degree viewing angles. As mentioned earlier the stand allows either landscape or portrait use, and an auto-rotation feature is built-in.

AMD Unveils Threadripper CPU

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AMD reveals its near-future compute product roadmap at its Financial Analyst Day, with upcoming offerings including the high-end Ryzen Threadripper CPU and Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs.

AMD ThreadripperAimed at the high-end desktop segment, the Threadripper is a Zen-based CPU carrying up to 16 cores and 32 threads. It is to feature a new platform with expanded memory and I/O bandwidth, and promises to "fulfill the insatiable desire for more cores and threads that permeates the extreme desktop market" once it launches on Summer 2017. More details should be available soon at Computex 2017.

Also announced is the Q3 2017 availability of Ryzen 3 CPUs, while more PCs from "top 5" OEMs running on Ryzen 7 and 5 CPUs should hit the market on Q2 2017.

Rest in Peace, MP3

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MP3, the much loved audio compression algorithm, is dead-- or so its creator, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, insists as it terminates licencing for a number of related patents.

MP3 PlayerInstead, the institute suggests, customers should switch to Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which it describes as a "de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones." AAC is definitely superior to MP3, since it allows for streaming TV and radio broadcasting with higher-quality audio at lower bitrates.

The story of the MP3 format started in the late 1980s, when Fraunhofer and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg joined forces to work on a means to send audio over telephone lines. The eventual result was the MP3, a technology the Fraunhofer failed to capitalise on due to a combination of industrial sabotage, piracy and, at one unfortunate point, the German government refusing to give a patent for a music streaming service due to its being technologically absurd at the time.

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