ROG Introduces The First AMD FM2+ Motherboard – Crossblade Ranger

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Crossblade Ranger, the first AMD FM2+ motherboard to carry the revered ROG brand and packed with exclusive ROG technologies and game-boosting features for an AMD-based gaming powerhouse that’s beyond compare.

Crossblade Ranger
Crossblade Ranger

Crossblade Ranger’s core benefits deliver the best gaming networking, with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst III and LANGuard, the best gaming audio from SupremeFX 2014, the best gaming interface with KeyBot and the best gaming performance with exclusive Auto Tuning technology to unleash the true power of AMD accelerated-processing units (APUs).

Best gaming networking

Crossblade Ranger is fitted with state-of-the-art Intel Gigabit Ethernet that delivers better throughput with lower processing power for superior speed and increased efficiency.

The new motherboard’s networking capabilities additionally benefit from ROG-exclusive GameFirst III technology for no-delay gameplay. This advanced network-optimization software assigns top priority to game-data packets, allocating them more bandwidth to ensure the best online-gaming experience and clear, stutter-free online team-chat – all controlled with ROG’s usual intuitive flair.

ROG has even reinvented the RJ45 socket, with LANGuard technology. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect against lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges.

Best gaming audio

Flawless audio is essential for immersive gaming, so Crossblade Ranger is engineered with SupremeFX 2014. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI), while premium ELNA audio capacitors and eight-channel gold-plated audio outputs provide precision-engineered audio that’s as great as a dedicated soundcard.

SupremeFX 2014 also features exclusive Sonic SenseAmp and Sonic SoundStage technologies. Sonic SenseAmp automatically detects analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) headphone impedance and adjusts the built-in amp accordingly, while Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres – just one click is all it takes to generate the perfect sound for first-person shooter (FPS), racing, combat and sports games.

Crossblade Ranger’s gaming-audio credentials include Sonic Radar II technology. Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. Players see the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, enabling them to hone enemy-pinpointing skills. Exclusive audio enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness, and the all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list.

Best gaming interface

Crossblade Ranger includes KeyBot, a clever tool that lets users instantly ‘upgrade’ an existing keyboard simply by attaching it to the dedicated USB socket.

Once connected, the KeyBot microprocessor is activated and the user is able to use their current keyboard to control multimedia playback, launch favorite applications or assign macros to specific keys – just perfect for automating complicated in-game key sequences.

Best gaming performance

ROG’s Auto Tuning technology enables Crossblade Ranger to unleash the true power of AMD APUs with just few clicks. Enabled by the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), Auto Tuning adjusts the CPU frequencies and ratios to offer precise voltage control and advanced CPU-performance monitoring, efficiently enhancing system performance with the most stable overclocking profile – so gamers enjoy superb stability and high speeds while playing.

Crossblade Ranger is also compatible with ROG’s brilliant Front Base dual-bay gaming panel. When added to Crossblade Ranger, Front Base enables one-click performance boosting and real-time system monitoring to make gaming experiences even more enjoyable.

Crossblade Ranger even comes with a ROG mouse mat completely free of charge. The plush feel and stylish design enables gamers to flaunt the awesome power of Crossblade Ranger.

ZOTAC Announces Shipping Of ZBOX Plus Windows 8.1 with Bing mini-PCs

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today ships select ZBOX Plus Windows 8.1 with Bing mini-PCs for an instant out-of-box computing experience. Microsoft Windows 8.1 brings versatility, performance and an outstanding web experience to the award winning ZBOX mini-PCs.

ZBOX Plus Windows 8.1“Users requested we include Microsoft Windows with the ZBOX mini-PCs so the system is ready to use right off the shelf,” says Tony Wong, CEO of ZOTAC International. “We’ve been listening and thanks to Microsoft’s introduction of Windows 8.1 with Bing, we’re able to give buyers the full Windows experience in a mini-PC form factor at an excellent value.”

A quartet of ZOTAC ZBOX Plus mini-PCs will ship with Windows 8.1 with Bing x64 preinstalled. ZOTAC ZBOX Plus Windows 8.1 with Bing mini-PCs include 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 64GB SSD for lightning-fast responsiveness.

The included language packs and power plug compatibility varies by region but ZOTAC supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Korean in appropriate regions. Users can download additional languages packs if their native language pack isn’t preinstalled.

The ZOTAC ZBOX C-series nano Plus mini-PCs provide silent PC aficionados with snappy performance and noiseless passive cooling in Intel and AMD flavors. The ZBOX CI320 nano combines the performance and energy efficiency of a quad-core Intel Celeron N2930 processor and Intel HD Graphics while the ZBOX CA320 nano takes advantage of a quad-core AMD A6-1450 APU with stunning Radeon HD 8250 graphics processing for an excellent computing experience.

ZOTAC ZBOX BI320 and ID18 mini-PCs deliver a good computing experience for daily web browsing and productivity tasks with dual-core Intel Celeron processors and Intel HD Graphics. A classic ZOTAC ZBOX chassis provides the ZBOX BI320 and ID18 with vast external expansion and flexible placement capabilities too.

It’s time to experience the ZOTAC ZBOX Plus Windows 8.1 with Bing mini-PCs.

Mad Catz Announces Shipping Of S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc announced today the shipping of the S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard. Designed around a compact tablet sized footprint, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M is designed for home or mobile use and can pair with up to four devices simultaneously.

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard

The key feature of the S.T.R.I.K.E. M that sets it apart from all other Bluetooth keyboards is that it has an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) Mouse Sensor that allows the user to navigate on an Android device or connected TV with the familiarity of controlling a mouse cursor on a computer screen. The OFN feature makes navigation and game play immediately familiar to mouse and keyboard gamers and anybody who has ever surfed the web. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery with up to 45 hours of battery life, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M features illuminated backlighting, dedicated media buttons, and on board memory used for storing multiple macro commands.

Whether browsing the web on your Smart TV, working with mobile office on your tablet, navigating your Home Theater PC, or gaming on your M.O.J.O., the S.T.R.I.K.E. M features universal Bluetooth compatibility that allows it to operate with practically any device that allows keyboard input.

“The recent addition of support for controllers and other gaming peripherals on Android devices established the infrastructure to support a mouse and keyboard gaming experience on mobile”  said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are also excited by the progress made by cloud gaming services, like OnLive, that allow gamers to play hundreds of PC games from AAA publishers streamed from the cloud to a smart device. There’s no doubt controller-supported games and cloud gaming on mobile devices are emerging categories, but we believe the market for products like the S.T.R.I.K.E. M and the entire ecosystem of GameSmart peripherals that enable a core gaming experience on mobile devices will emerge this year.”

The S.T.R.I.K.E. M is available in gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red.

New MAN Efficiency Technologies For Trucks And Buses At The IAA

As the second largest exhibitor at the IAA, MAN Truck and Bus presents new vehicle and engine technologies, with the top-of-the-range TGX D38 truck with up to 640 HP as its centrepiece.

With its new 15.2 litre six-cylinder engine which boasts 520, 560, or 640 HP, the flagship TGX D38, is proudly displayed as a world first at the IAA 2014. A leading light on the innovation stage is the 640 HP heavy-duty prime mover. The 19 trucks on the stand and in the outdoor areas represent the product and sector variety achieved by the TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX series.

MAN TGX D38 Truck
MAN TGX D38 Truck

Consumption efficiency – this central theme goes hand in hand with our goal of reducing CO2 emissions. The new TGX EfficientLine has all of the efficiency technologies on board, most notably the EfficientCruise GPS Tempomat and the TopTorque torque enhancer for fuel economy. In the TGX EfficientLine, designed with consistent fuel economy in mind, MAN has the most successful model on the market. Since its market launch in 2010, more than 27,000 customers have chosen the EfficientLine models and packages.

MAN has reworked the complete D26 engine portfolio for trucks of 400 to 480 HP and provides the TopTorque function throughout that gives an extra 200 Nm torque in the two highest gears. This puts the new engines on a parallel with long-design drive trains, thus achieving sustainable fuel economy. MAN is also giving viewers a glimpse into the future of natural-gas trucks with a MAN TGM with a 280 HP CNG engine.

MAN is integrating the progressive Efficient Cruise GPS Tempomat into TGX and TGS series, and into buses, thereby making a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in commercial vehicles. In the buses sector, MAN is exhibiting a Lion’s Coach as well as three MAN Lion’s City coaches with CNG, hybrid and Euro 6 diesel drives. The NEOPLAN coach brand is represented by the Skyliner, Cityliner and Jetliner models. MAN Latin America will also attend the trade fair, exhibiting two VW Constellations and a VW Volksbus for international markets.

MAN Solutions focuses on the interweaving of services that provide the customer with valuable opportunities to reduce costs, and MAN will present a whole host of innovations in this field at the IAA.

New ŠKODA Fabia Boasts Up To 17 Per cent Better Mileage

The new ŠKODA Fabia sets new benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. Slated to debut in Paris in October 2014, the new Fabia will use up to 17 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, making it the most environment-friendly and fuel-efficient Fabia of all time. Its all-new engine lineup (four petrol and three diesel engines) complies with the EU6 emissions standard.

ŠKODA Fabia
ŠKODA Fabia

The new ŠKODA Fabia will feature all-new, latest generation fuel-efficient engines. Counting the GreenLine variant, customers in EU countries will have a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, all of them compliant with the new EU6 emissions regulation and featuring a start-stop system and kinetic energy recuperation as standards. Transmissions will be either a manual or a DSG double-clutch gearbox.

The petrol engines available are new three- and four-cylinder series based on MQB technology. The 1.0 MPI three-cylinders have indirect injection, while the four-cylinders are turbocharged with stratified injection (TSI) and engine size of 1.2 litres. Power output begins at 44 kW (60 hp) and ranges up to 81 kW (110 hp).

Diesel engines available for the new ŠKODA Fabia comprise three performance levels of the new turbocharged direct-injection 1.4 litre common-rail design with three cylinders. Its engine block is made of aluminium alloy. At 55 kW to 77 kW, power output is unchanged from the second generation of the Fabia, though engine size is now 1.4 litres, not 1.6 litres as it was.

Late 2015 will see the launch of the most fuel-efficient ŠKODA Fabia, the GreenLine version with a 55 kW 1.4 TDI engine. A start-stop system, kinetic energy recuperation and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance combined with improvements to the car’s aerodynamics result in fuel consumption of just 3.1 l/100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of a mere 82 g/km.

From 2015, this will make the ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine the most environment-friendly ŠKODA with a conventional power plant, surpassed only by the CNG-powered ŠKODA Citigo G-TEC .

The new ŠKODA Fabia’s weight will be up to 65 kg lower than hitherto (adjusted for equipment), with the 1.0 MPI three cylinder baseline model weighing in dry (without driver) at just 980 kg.

The third generation of the Fabia underscores ŠKODA’s claim to fame when it comes to environment-friendly cars, embodying the company’s clear commitment that environment-conscious mobility must be affordable now and in the future, for the benefit of both customers and the planet. ŠKODA’s GreenLine, Green tec and G-TEC models, which are available for the ŠKODA model range, are cases in point.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Confirms Development Of New Model

The manufacturer of the world’s pinnacle super-luxury automobiles today confirmed the development programme for a new Rolls-Royce. The new car will reach the market by mid-2016.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The car will build on the success of Phantom, Ghost and Wraith by continuing to boldly shape the future of the marque with contemporary, graceful and sensuous styling. It will deliver effortless, open-top touring through the perfect marriage of modern Rolls-Royce luxury, style and elegance with an engaging and exhilarating driving experience.

Speaking from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am truly delighted to confirm today the development of our new model which will open an exciting new chapter in the great story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Chairman of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, welcomed the announcement saying, “The announcement of a new Rolls-Royce model is always a seminal moment in the automobile industry. When it arrives in 2016, this elegant and sensuous new car will build on the success of our current models and will play a key part in fulfilling Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s commitment to long-term sustainable growth.”

The new car is currently undergoing a rigorous process of prototype testing as it enters its next stage of development.