It's “Black November” again – presumably next year will be “Black 2015,” at the rate we're going. Regardless, there are legitimately worthwhile sales in the gaming hardware and software worlds. We've got full round-ups coming in short order, but for the meantime, we'll just highlight VisionTek's R9 290 “CryoVenom” sale.
F2P online games publisher Aeria Games today announced that F.E.A.R. Online has received a Steam release date of October 17. FEAR Online is a follow-up to the existing FEAR franchise – one of the best-known horror shooters (though not particularly scary when compared to the likes of Amnesia) – and ships in the free-to-play variety.
“Gaming glasses” have been in the industry for a number of years now. Anyone who's been to a convention or tournament has likely seen the yellow-tinted lenses in the wild, generally sourced from Gunnar Optiks, one of the only makers of gaming glasses in the market. The glasses are meant to reduce eye strain during extended computer use by acting as a simple filter – as a yellow lens would do, “gaming” or not – and reduce some of the more intense blue light. For users who do experience eye fatigue or strain, renowned (former) Penny Arcade journalist Ben Kuchera included, “gaming glasses” have reportedly worked in calming the eyes enough for longer use.
The problem is that Gunnar Optiks wants to make about $100 off of you.
For yellow lenses.
ZOTAC announced today the availability of a new GeForce GTX 750 video card in their graphics lineup. The new "GTX 750 ZONE Edition" video card is cooled entirely passively, strictly using an aluminum heatsink and copper coldplate (with copper heatpipes) for all dissipation. Fans are not outfitted on the GTX 750 ZONE card at all. Judging from the press shots, it looks like two ~6mm copper heatpipes and an aluminum sink are mounted to the board. The ZONE is a dual-slot 750.
Neowin has rooted-up what its sources allege is an early build screenshot of the Windows 9 desktop, containing evidence pointing toward the return and metro-izing of the start menu. The screenshot is of Windows build 9788 (still branded internally as Windows 8.1 Pro), an alleged new iteration of the Windows desktop OS.
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