Xigmatek presents the new housing of the Spirit family

Xigmatek, a well-known manufacturer of computer accessories, has presented its latest products at Computex for the PC. Of course there are enclosures belonging to the Spirit family, in this case two new ATX and micro-ATX models.

Both products have a minimalist design that does not disturb any unnecessary elements. Everything is elegant, neat and designed for maximum functionality, exactly as we like it.

Model Spirit is the larger of the two new products, whose dimensions are 500 mm x 513 mm x 195 mm. Designed specifically for high-performance gaming and liquid-cooled computers, the spatial interior is capable of accommodating not only all elements of the cooling system, but also 320mm graphics cards and a 160mm high-end processor cooler.

If we do not choose to cool the liquid, we can limit ourselves to air cooling and use the entire fan battery consisting of two 120mm front mounted fans, 120mm rear of the enclosure, two 140mm on the top panel, and two also 140 mm installed on the side panel. The casing also features three 5.25 “bays as well as four 3.5 / 2.5-inch bays, while the front panel features two USB 3.0 ports and audio output.

The Spirit-M model is smaller in size than the micro-ATX brothers, which are 410 mm x 362 mm x 180 mm. Due to the more limited space, we can count only one 5.25 “pocket as well as three 3.5 / 2.5” pockets. Interestingly, though, although the housing is smaller, we will install a graphics card length of 370 mm.…


New noise standard for hybrids and electric cars

The American National Road Safety Council has announced a new safety standard for electric and hybrid car noise. They must be much louder when moving at low speed.

Electric cars and hybrid cars have many advantages, and the biggest one is the cheaper use of such cars with much lower power costs. Unfortunately, these vehicles also have a significant disadvantage, namely they are very quiet.

Cars moving by electric motors are virtually silent. This is extremely dangerous for pedestrians crossing the street who simply do not hear the approaching car. Contrary to appearances, this is a very serious problem. According to official statistics, in the United States, where such vehicles are very popular, for this reason, the injury is 2400 people per year.

The National Road Safety Council has announced the creation of new safety standards that will force manufacturers of these types of vehicles to equip them with additional systems that will alert pedestrians with a speed of up to 30 km / h. At higher speeds, these systems no longer need to work, as officials are convinced that wind noise and rolling tires should be sufficiently audible for pedestrians.…


Standby devices consume a lot of power

British households use far more electricity than estimated, partly because of their standby equipment, according to a report by the Energy Saving Trust, which describes BBC News.

It turns out that 16% Energy bills are the result of the power supply in standby mode. It is estimated that home energy consumption translates into more than a quarter of British carbon dioxide emissions.

The power consumption of standby devices is twice that of previous models. Earlier it was said 8 percent, “explained report author Dr. Paul Owen. This is not just a traditional red LED on standby TVs. “We speak of equipment that is in a state of alertness, but also those that are idle because they do not do what they are designed for,” Owen emphasized.

In modern homes there are an average of 41 devices, compared to a dozen in the 70s of last century.

In the annual survey commissioned by EST, the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Energy and climate change took part in 250 households.

One of the surprising discoveries was the level of energy consumption in homes inhabited by individuals – it is the same and sometimes higher than for whole families, “said Dr. Owen.

The report also identifies the different habits of the respondents, such as the use of washing machines. “Usually washing machines are used 300 times a year, but there are also those who wash three times a day,” the researcher said.

Environment Minister Lord Taylor pointed out that neither the British government nor the British were able to control the rising costs of energy but could make it more efficient. “Our study shows that you can save up to £ 85 off appliances without leaving them in standby mode. Some savings can be made by yourself, being more sensitive to energy consumption, “he explained.

Dr. Owen also pointed out that in the future, it may be important to increase the popularity of electric vehicles and that they will need to find room for home energy consumption.…


NSA has a new way of surveillance

As reported by the media, Richard Ledgett, one of the agency’s directors, during a conference last week, suggested that the NSA is interested in a new method of surveillance by citizens using medical equipment. These include devices such as cardiac pacemakers and other implants with wireless connectivity for remote monitoring of patient health.

The world’s largest spy agency is looking for ways to obtain information from any device connected to the Internet, but this does not necessarily mean medical equipment but many other devices. And it’s not just a loose idea, as similar plans were made in February, says James Clapper, director of intelligence at The Guardian. He would like to use the Internet stuff, to identify, monitor, monitor, track, or access the network. Or user credentials.…


Sony movie service increases availability

About a year ago Sony launched its online TV called PlayStation Vue. Service for a long time was limited territorially to several American cities. But now the Japanese concern has decided to increase its availability.

Consumers are increasingly turning away from cable and satellite television to Internet television, which is streaming services of popular channels through the global network. In the future, this form of television viewing will become even more popular, so more companies start their own services of this type.

They also include Sony, which launched PlayStation Vue in the United States about a year ago. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami are now available, but can now be viewed by residents of all US cities.

PlayStation Vue is the only online streaming service that offers live local TV stations such as CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC. Subscribers to the service also have access to all content broadcast by the stations mentioned on the site 24 hours after the broadcast.…


WiFi Assist has acquired a $ 2,000 bill

Apple has already filed two collective processes for WiFi Assist, introduced in the latest iOS 9, and may soon be coming up next. Contrary to the assurances of the concern, the new feature can be very dangerous, however, and a family of San Francisco, who had to pay $ 2,000 bills, was convinced.

IOS 9 has brought many new features, and one of them is WiFi Assist. This is a system that takes care of the user’s best connection to the Internet, whether it’s using Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Therefore, if the Wi-Fi signal suddenly weakens, the function without the user’s knowledge switches it to a cellular connection, consuming the purchased data packet. The problem is that it does this even when we are using a home Wi-Fi network.

Apple has argued that WiFi Assist data consumption is minimal, but users have a slightly different opinion on this and have already filed two collective processes. Soon there will be more of them, because WiFi Assist can expose you to huge financial losses.…


The NASA telescope has made an important discovery

One of NASA’s instruments discovered a new galaxy that was born just 1.4 billion years after the birth of the universe. The discovery may widen the current knowledge of the formation of black holes.

In 2008, NASA launched Fermi, the new gamma-ray detection telescope. The instrument proved to be very useful, as he was able to detect an unusual astronomical phenomenon at the far end of the universe.

The telescope discovered a blaze, or galaxy, in which the center found a massive black hole a million times the mass of the Sun. It is so big that it emits intense light in almost every spectrum and also gamma. The initial age of the galaxy is estimated at 1.4 billion years, so it is the youngest of the discovered objects. Previous discovery of scientists appeared 2.1 billion years after the birth of the universe.

With Fermi, one more discovery was made. The instrument has allowed us to establish that our Sun also generates gamma rays. Earlier, strange flares had been recorded, but only a new instrument allowed them to be sure that they were linked to high-energy gamma rays whose particles travel at 1600 km / s.

Both discoveries can extend the knowledge of humanity around us, and above all, the ways in which black holes are formed. It is interesting to see how supermassive black holes could appear so soon after the rise of the universe.

So scientists will have what they have to study over the next few years.…