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Steel Series Announces The Rival 700 – A Mouse With A Headshot Counter

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Steel Series Gaming Mouse

Hardware manufacturer Steel Series has announced the Rival 700 Smart Gaming Mouse, a pretty neat piece of kit that is being marketed to the hard-core Counter Strike: Global Offensive crowd. What makes this mouse worthy of your headshots over say a rival mouse? Aside from a number of pretty neat inclusions, which I’ll get to in a moment, the Rival 700 Smart Gaming Mouse has a build in OLED screen that will act as a headshot counter when using StatTrak weapons in Global Offensive.

Aside from the customizable OLED screen (which can be tweaked using the Steel Series Engine) the Rival 700 Smart Gaming Mouse is modular allowing owners to swap out their cables as well as sensors made from a variety of different materials.

Steel Series  also hopes that player’s wont just use the Rival 700 for input but also for receiving new forms of feedback.  Included in the body of the mouse are small vibration motors near the palm rest that can be customized to make distinct patterns depending on the alerts you are receiving in game.

If you want more information on the Rival 700 Steel Series has an entire marketing website dedicated to all of the fine details about their latest high-end input device. This 7 button highly customizable mouse will retail  for approximately $99.99 USD according to Steel Series’ press release and will be available later this Spring.


Steel Series Gaming Mouse


NVIDIA Opens Up CES Keynote With Self Driving Car Announcements

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Today at their CES press event NVIDIA opened up their discussion of upcoming technologies with their recent investments in self driving cars. A special computer developed by NVIDIA called the NVIDIA Drive PX2 is powered by a 12 CPU-core system that is liquid cooled and contains the companies upcoming Pascal GPU.

NVIDIA is billing their self driving car initiative as something that will revolutionize society by spurring urban re-design, more accessibility to transportation and reduced number of fatalities. Jim-Hsun Huang called humans the weakest link in the driving equation. NVIDIA is trying to position themselves as a provider of the systems that will power the future of self-driving car.

According to Mr.Huang there will be two different theories behind self-driving car concepts:

  • The car as a virtual driver – The car is equipped with sensors and offers advice to the human operator
  • Driver-less car: On board computer handles all of the driving, no human operator needed.

During the presentation Mr.Huang also discussed the recent development with artificial intelligence and the concept of “deep learning” – the ability for software to find details on its own based upon past “experiences”. NVIDIA’s GPUs powered by the CUDA core is used in a number of A.I Neuro-Net projects like IBM’s Watson. By using GPU technology the processing of deep learning has leaped 20% – 40%.Read More


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