IBM’s simulated molecule could lead to drug and energy advances

IBM's quantum computer has made a small advance that could ultimately lead to a major chemistry breakthrough. A team of IBM researchers has successfully used IBM Q to accurately simulate the molecular structure of beryllium hydride (BeH2), the larges...

This USB-C Adapter Has You Covered for Any Kind of Port You May Need

Struggling to keep track of all your adapters for your numerous devices? Now you only need one adapter that has you covered on any kind of port you need. The CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub is the perfect accessory for MacBooks and other systems with a USB-C port.

Maximize your multitasking with this aesthetically pleasing and comprehensive USB Type-C hub that will meet your every need. You can charge any device you need using two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, plus HDMI, ethernet, and an SD card reader. Since it’s compatible with so many devices, this is likely the only adapter you’ll ever need.

The CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub can be a great addition to your technology arsenal. It’s just $79.99(USD) in the Technabob Shop.

For an additional 15% off this great deal and more, use code BYESUMMER. And shop the rest of the sale here before it ends tonight (9/5/17).

These Steampunk Flash Drives are Insanely Awesome

Flash drives used to have some value, but these days, I’ve got boxes full of them – mostly handed to me by vendors presenting their products. To garner attention, companies have handed me USB drives that look like everything from a metal horse, to a twig, to a key fob from a $100,000 car. But all of those designs pale in comparison to these beautiful handcrafted flash drives from artist Magen Kening.

These one-of-a-kind steampunk flash drives are crafted from materials like copper, brass, and glass. They look kind of what Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver would look like if he lived in Victorian times.

Most of the drives have LED lighting built in, but the coolest one has to be the one with the spinning DNA double helix inside.

You can see the spinning helix in action in the video below…

Is that not the coolest flash drive you’ve ever seen? Incredible work, Magen. And check out this motorized gatling gun flash drive:

Amazing! They’ve also got one with a nixie tube that lights up:

If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of these amazing pocket-sized works of art, you can find them all over on Etsy. Prices start around $199 and go up to as much as $499 (USD).

With 28 Ports, This Is the Only USB Hub You’ll Ever Need

Are you always running out of USB ports? The 28-port MondoHub Master USB Hub gives your more ports than you’ll ever need. It’s perfect for loading up multiple flash drives, or connecting lots of devices to your PC or Mac.

We’ve all been in that situation when we have countless devices to plug in but only one free USB port. This hub includes 24 USB 2.0 ports, and an additional 4 USB 3.0 ports for lightning-fast data transfer. It also includes automatic overcurrent protection, so you’ll never have to worry about overworking the hub.

Get MondoHub Master USB Hub, the only USB hub you need on your desk. It’s just $54.99(USD) in the Technabob Shop.

Macinbot Classic: Think Different About Your Toy Collection

Apple fanboys and fangirls, here’s a chance to own a miniature Macintosh computer for your office. Okay, so the Macinbot Classic isn’t exactly an officially-licensed bit of Apple memorabilia, but it is pretty nifty nonetheless.

This little dude was inspired by the original 1984 Macintosh and early ’90s Macintosh Classic computers, and is the perfect desktop companion. While I’d rather that he had the original smiley face icon on his screen, Macinbot Classic’s face looks more like he’s about to play a game of Pong. Still, he’s pretty adorable.

His arms and legs are detachable and held on with magnets, and he comes with ADB mouse and font suitcase accessories. The collectible measures 10 cm (~3.9″ tall), and is made from injection-molded ABS plastic.

Macinbot Classic is available for pre-order now from PlaySomeToys, and is selling for just $25(USD). The first orders are expected to start shipping in August.

[via The Awesomer]

AOC AG352UCG 35″ Curved Gaming Monitor Review: The Wide, Wide World of eSports

If you’re serious about PC gaming, you can always use a bigger, wider display as far as I’m concerned. It just makes things more immersive than playing on a small screen, when the image takes up a big chunk of your field of vision. AOC has got gamers covered with their Agon AG352UCG, a 35″ ultra widescreen display optimized for gaming.

The display is designed to provide maximum screen real estate, while offering buttery-smooth performance for games that require a quick refresh rate. AOC’s display offers an approximately 21:9 display ratio with a 3440 x 1440 resolution. This means you can fit more than twice as many pixels on screen as a standard 1080p HD screen.

Of course, you’ll need a powerful display card to push around nearly 5 million pixels. In my case, I used a 6GB NVidia 980Ti card I have in my gaming rig, and it was more than capable of handling this resolution screen. I only tested the display with the DisplayPort 1.2 connection, but there’s also an HDMI 1.4 port as well. However, the HDMI connection only supports a 24-60Hz vertical refresh rate, while the DisplayPort connection supports 30-100Hz, which results in much smoother overall motion. It’s also got a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and one of them supports charging.

Once connected, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to tweak the display’s settings. It turns out the power button doubles as a nubby little joystick, kind of like the ones you might find on a ThinkPad computer. It’s a little twitchy to be honest, and I accidentally switched inputs on more than one occasion as I attempted to navigate the menus and fine-tune brightness, contrast, and other settings. Fortunately, this isn’t something you have to do often.

I didn’t use any professional calibration software, but merely adjusted things to my liking like most people do. I turned down the brightness a bit, increased contrast, and punched up the color to make things pleasing to my eye. For gaming, the punchy colors and curved screen contour are great, though video snobs may take issue with the somewhat cloudy backlight when viewing a completely black screen. However, while playing games, watching videos, and surfing the web, it was unnoticeable. Contrast definitely isn’t as good as it is on the full-array LED backlit or OLED TVs out there, but for a moderately priced gaming monitor, it’s totally acceptable.

One of the big reasons that this display is ideal for gamers is how smoothly it renders movement. The 100Hz refresh rate, combined with a speedy 4 ms response time keeps it snappy, and playing games that support NVidia’s G-Sync technology makes it really shine. For those of you unfamiliar with the tech, basically, it dynamically adjusts the sync rate to match the video cards render rate, eliminating that annoying “tearing” that can happen on some displays, and does it without the stuttering and framerate hit that can happen when turning on vertical sync. This feature is a godsend in FPSes and strategy games where there’s lots of scrolling.

While this screen is targeted at gamers, it’s also great for productivity. You can work on massively wide spreadsheets, or have multiple full-size windows open side by side. It doesn’t have the pixel density of similarly-sized 4K displays, but text is crisp enough to be legible without magnification using Windows 10’s system default sizes.

The display also has a pair of 2-watt speakers built in, and they sound quite good. They’re not crazy loud, but they’re nice to have if you don’t if you don’t want to have additional speakers on your desk. There’s also a good amount of adjustability here, with the ability to slide the display up and down on it stand, tilt it up to 5.5º forward, and up to 28º backwards, as well as swivel it side-to-side. The base is also nice and heavy, so you don’t have to worry about it wobbling around.

For those who want a little extra pizzazz with their displays, it also has colorful LEDs along the bottom edge of the display, as well as on the back. You don’t get fine-grained control over color – just red, green, or blue, brightness level, and the ability to turn them off. As cool as they look, I found the LEDs to be a bit distracting when playing in a darkened room.

Gamers will be quite happy with the AOC AGON AG352UCG monitor. It’s got a huge, immersive field of view, superbly smooth and fast motion capability, and a substantial build quality. It’s currently priced at $899.99(USD) over on Amazon, making it substantially better priced than its top competitors.

AOC i1659fwux USB Monitor Review: Add an Extra Full HD Screen Wherever You Go

When I’m in the home office, I get the benefit of a huge 27″ 5K display on my iMac, but whenever I’m on the road, I just get the 15″ screen that’s built into my laptop. Sure, it’s a nice sharp display, but I miss out on the extra screen real estate that big screen affords me at home base. Thanks to AOC’s i1659fwux display, I now have a way to regain much of that extra space wherever I roam.

This compact display is small enough to tote in a backpack, and gives you an extra 16″ diagonal (15.6″ viewable) LCD screen in seconds. The display offers a crystal clear 1920×1080 resolution, and works simply by plugging it into your computer’s USB 3.0 port. There’s full support for both mirroring and extending desktops using the standard Windows and Mac control panels once the drivers are installed.

The display measures just 9.21″ (H) x 14.76 mm (W) x 0.9″ (D), and weighs just 2.6 pounds, making it easy to carry. It’s just a bit bigger than the Dell XPS 15 laptop I carry with me everywhere I go.

It’s built primarily from plastic, so it’s not particularly rugged, and its back is covered in shiny piano black plastic which is sure to attract fingerprints, scratches, and dust quickly. You’ll definitely want to pack it in a padded compartment in your bag when traveling. On back of the display is a swivel stand, which allows you to easily stand it up alongside your laptop, and doesn’t add much in the way of thickness when folded.

The stand can be angled from about 15º to 30º, or swiveled 90º to use the display in portrait mode – which is great for working on web pages. The display does have a tilt sensor built in that’s supposed to offer automatic portrait/landscape sensing, but it turns out it only works with the Windows 7 and Windows 8 DisplayLink software. You’ll have to manually flip between modes using the display control panel on your computer otherwise.

Connecting the display to a PC or Mac is pretty straightforward, but it’s critical that your machine has a USB 3.0 port, and that you grab the latest DisplayLink drivers here before you plug it into your computer’s USB port. Apparently, some systems may not be able to provide enough power via a single USB port, so they include a dual-head USB cable just in case. I didn’t run into this issue with either of my computers.

Image quality is better than I expected for something that’s this portable, and requires no external outlet. Images are crisp and legible, though the LED backlight isn’t particularly bright compared to typical displays. I assume that this is a limitation of powering a display over USB. It’s totally usable, but if you work in a really bright location, it could be an issue. Fortunately, the screen has an anti-glare surface, which makes washouts less of a concern. I was also pleasantly surprised that even full HD video content was completely watchable without visible lag. Viewing video used to be a challenge on USB displays, but it isn’t here. With a 60Hz vertical refresh rate, I wouldn’t expect it to be fast enough for playing games where precision timing is critical, though.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the AOC i1659fwux. It’s a great way for road warriors to add screen space, and is reasonably priced for what it offers. I’d love to see it packaged in a more rugged housing, but that’s really my only concern for something you’ll be carrying around all the time.

The AOC i1659fwux display is available now, and sells for $149.99 (USD) over on Amazon.

Microsoft Maluuba AI Dominates Atari 2600 Ms. Pac-Man

I had an Atari 2600 back in the day, and one of the game I played a whole a lot of was Ms. Pac-Man. I sucked at it. I got devoured by ghosts constantly, and never racked up much of a high score. Microsoft’s Maluuba AI on the other hand is a dominating Ms. Pac-Man player.

Maluuba taught its AI how to play the Atari VCS version of the game using multiple reinforcement learning algorithms, and the system was able to get the highest score possible in the game of 999,990. I have no idea why that is the highest score possible in the game. You’d think you could keep going if you wanted to.

Ms. Pac-Man is much harder to play than original Pac-Man, and is apparently not as predictable as the original game, making paths to victory more complex. Watch the video for more details, this is one serious arcade gaming AI.

[via Hot Hardware]

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse Review: King of the Mouse Hill

I’ve used a number of computer mice over the years, from the rudimentary upside-down trackball types of days gone by, to high-tech wireless laser and multitouch mice. They each have had their time in the sun at my desk, but it’s time to say goodbye to all of them now that I’ve found the SteelSeries Rival 700. This top-of-the-line pointing device is better than any I’ve ever used before.

The Rival 700 is a 7-button corded gaming mouse, offering a high-precision PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor, capable of detecting movements at a level of up to 16,000 individual steps in an inch. That means it can be insanely precise, a must for anyone who uses their mouse for creative or gaming applications.

In addition, it can be set at speeds up to 300 inches per second, which means super fast tracking. Again, a necessity for gaming, but also very handy for working on larger, high resolution displays like the 27″ 5K iMac I use on a daily basis. The right-handed ergonomic grip feels great in my hand, and it glides even more smoothly when combined with the SteelSeries QcK prism mouse pad.

In addition to its accuracy and speed, the Rival 700 packs some nifty bells and whistles, including RGB LEDs under the scroll wheel and SteelSeries logo. These can be set to any color in the spectrum, and also programmed to display fading animations, or change colors based on integrations with games which support the SteelSeries Engine. Colors can also be coordinated with other SteelSeries accessories.

There’s also as a low-resolution black and white OLED screen which can be loaded up with a graphic or GIF of your choice – or display game stats in games that support it. It’s also a handy way to display which profile has been loaded if you want. There’s also a tactile feedback motor, which offers a number of programmable sensations, and is smartly designed to move up and down inside the mouse rather than side to side, eliminating any risk of vibration affecting tracking accuracy.

While I didn’t have cause to do so, several of the major components of the Rival 700 can be easily swapped out. The laser module, cover, and cable are all user-replaceable. They even provide an STL file so you can 3D print your own custom nameplate or custom colored insert for the toe of the mouse.

What makes the Rival 700 a great mouse is just how fast, smooth, and precise the hardware is. What elevates it to the upper echelon of mice is the sophistication, quality, and configurability of its software, which is available on both Windows and Mac systems.

With the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, you can program the exact behavior of each of the 7 buttons on the mouse, as well as its scroll wheel. Buttons can be programmed to emulate keys, perform various operating system tasks, or run a macro. In addition, you can fine-tune mouse sensitivity, its rate of acceleration and deceleration, how frequently the mouse is polled for inputs, and even set up angle snapping for situations where you want the mouse to prefer straight line movements to curves. All of these settings can be previewed in real time, and provide the ability to customize the mouse to your exacting preferences.

In addition, all of these settings can be saved together into a configuration template, which can be set to load when an application or game loads. Configs can be duplicated too, so if you have some minor changes you want to make for a specific app, it’s easy to do.

The SteelSeries Rival 700 is crazy good. It’s the smoothest, fastest, and most predictable mouse I’ve ever used, and well worth the $99.99 pricetag if you’re serious about PC gaming or design work.

Custom Star Trek USS Dragon-1 PC: To Boldly Game

I like it when people cram powerful gaming hardware inside a cool and custom built computer case. Fans of PC gaming and Star Trek will want to lust after this custom gaming rig. It’s made to look like a shuttle from Star Trek: Voyager.

This impressive build is completely custom and was made by Stefan Ulrich of Random Design. He spent over 200 hours building the system, most notably the case, which he hand-sculpted from styrofoam, body filler, and fiberglass.

The brightly-lit machine is liquid-cooled and has an Intel i7 6700K processor, 32GB of RAM, 240Gb SSd, and a GTX 980 Ti video card. The only thing I love as much as a cool custom PC is a build video that shows what went into the beast, so here you go:

[via MSI via PCGamer]