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What is PTFE, and what is it used for?

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Most gamers have heard the acronym PTFE when referring to mouse feet. PTFE feet have the lowest friction resistance and allow gaming mice to glide smoothly on various surfaces. What may not be common knowledge is that PTFE is a common material used in many household and industrial applications.

PTFE stands for polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a type of polymer comprised of carbon and fluorine. It was discovered accidentally by a DuPont employee named Roy J. Plunkett in 1938 while he was conducting an experiment to develop a new refrigerant. During the experiment, the tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) gas escaped the bottle he was using, but the bottle still had some extra weight in it. When he sawed the bottle open to discover the source of the extra weight, he found a slippery white substance. That substance was PTFE, and it was found to have properties such as heat and chemical resistance. Another major characteristic was its low-friction coefficient, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. PTFE was trademarked as Teflon in 1945 and became popular worldwide.

Characteristics of PTFE

  • Very low friction
  • Resistant to chemicals and solvents
  • Resistant to high and low temperatures
  • Resistant to water
  • High melting point
  • Flexible
  • Resistant to UV light

Common PTFE uses

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Thanks to the many favorable characteristics of PTFE, it’s used in many different industries and on many everyday products. One of the most popular uses of PTFE is for coating non-stick cookware. The PTFE coating ensures that food doesn’t stick to pots and pans when cooking. PTFE is also used to coat electrical cables and printed circuit boards (PCBs) because of its electrical insulation. Being heat resistant also means it’s ideal for making gaskets and thread seal tape used for plumbing. Another use for PTFE is for making corrosion-resistant containers and pipes. PTFE can also be used as a lubricant to reduce friction in machinery, and it can coat tools and automotive parts.

PTFE mouse feet

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Mouse feet, also known as mouse skates, sit at the bottom of the mouse and make contact with the desk or mouse pad. Since gamers rely on quick movements when playing, the mouse feet must offer the least resistance possible and glide smoothly over most surfaces. 

The best mouse feet use virgin-grade PTFE because it isn’t mixed with any additives and offers the least friction. Virgin-grade PTFE mouse feet, like Hyperglides, are always white because of the lack of dyes and other additives.

Apart from the material, the shape of the mouse feet can also impact their gaming performance. Thicker mouse feet last longer, but they can interfere with tracking if the mouse has a low lift-off distance that is unadjustable. On the other hand, thinner mouse feet might not last as long, but they are compatible with more mice. 

Another factor to consider when choosing PTFE mouse feet are the edges. Mouse feet with rounded edges offer smoother tracking and less resistance than alternatives with straight edges. 

Most mouse feet are designed for specific models of gaming mice. Companies like Hyperglide and Corepad make PTFE mouse feet for most major brands, including Logitech, Razer, SteelSeries, and Corsair.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/hardware/news/what-is-ptfe-and-what-is-it-used-for

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New World team share details of upcoming server transfers in Q&A

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New World players have been eagerly awaiting news on the promised server transfers that Amazon Game Studios announced to remedy long server queues on launch. While they have been delayed, many questions were answered regarding the subject during a Q&A on the New World forum earlier today.

The Q&A took the most popular questions from the community regarding the server transfer service and provided some insight into its limitations, what players can expect, but sadly, no official date for it to join the game.

When server transfers are added to the game, all players will receive a single transfer token that is tied to the account, not character. This means that if you have multiple characters, you’ll only be able to transfer one. These tokens will be permanent so they can be used any time after distribution.

Amazon also confirmed that players will only be able to transfer between servers in the same region, but cross-region transfers are something the team is looking into for the future.

Something that players were worried about was not being able to transfer into servers that are currently marked ‘full,’ but the team attempted to ease fears of this by sharing that many servers will have the ‘full’ tag removed over the coming days.

“We monitor full status on a daily basis with changes as recently as today,” the spokesperson wrote. “’Full’ doesn’t indicate a server that always has queues, it indicates a server that during typical peak usage has a substantial queue. We will be relaxing Full status on many worlds when transfers start, to allow the most flexibility possible. After transfers have slowed down we will re-evaluate which worlds might still need the designation.”

If server transfers overwork a server, the team said they will re-evaluate and hand out new transfer tokens to players where necessary.

There were plenty of other questions answered so if you’d like to know what was said in detail you can check out the Q&A here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mmo/news/new-world-team-share-details-of-upcoming-server-transfers-in-qa

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NoPing releases its Dota 2 roster, will reform for next DPC season

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NoPing e-sports and its Dota 2 rosters have agreed to part ways ahead of the next Dota Pro Circuit season. In a statement, NoPing said it will be fielding a new roster for the next season, but the organization has no news to share at the moment. 

This is the second top-level South American roster to split with its sponsor organization in order to pursue other opportunities, following Thunder Predator doing the same following The International 10. 

“By decision of all players in the team, we will not continue with the current lineup,” NoPing said. “We respect the decision and wish success to the players that took the NoPing VPN name to various achievements in Dota 2.” 

Neither NoPing nor the players—William “hFn” Medeiros, Gonzalo “Darkmago” Herrera, Oscar Chavez, Farith “Matthew” Puente, and Jose “Panda” Padilla Hernandez—specified why the decision was made, but it is likely due to the team failing to qualify for TI10. Even though they were one of three teams from SA to make it to a Major, finishing ninth at the WePlay AniMajor, they flamed out in the regional qualifiers, losing to Infinity and Team Unknown. 

Related: Lelis officially leaves Quincy Crew, hints at further major changes

It is also unclear if the players wish to continue playing together or if they will disband entirely and look to find teams elsewhere rather than pursuing a new sponsor together. Here are the players that are now looking for a new home. 

With this announcement, only beastcoast and SG esports remain untouched among the top four teams in SA, meaning they have an edge heading into the next DPC season if their squads remain together. The ex-TP players did note that they would continue playing together, so even if they don’t find a new sponsor they will likely still be a force in the region.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/dota-2/news/noping-releases-its-dota-2-roster-will-reform-for-next-dpc-season

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Call of Duty: Mobile season 9 is called Nightmare

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Call of Duty: Mobile’s season nine is almost here. The new season will be called Nightmare, Activision revealed today, as Halloween is right around the corner.

As usual, a lot of new content is dropping with the season. This includes a Battle Pass (BP) which contains a new operator, weapon, blueprints, calling cards, charms, and more.

At tier 14 of the free BP, players will be able to get the Tak-5 Operator Skill. This skill gives players the ability to heal their team in battle. Besides this, players will be able to get the Swordfish at tier 21. This tactical rifle was first seen in Black Ops 4 and is now making its way to CoD: Mobile as well.

Modern Warfare’s Havoc Sawmill will be the new map for season nine. Additionally, the Halloween Standoff is returning to the game for a limited time as well to mark the festival.

Later in the season, players will also be able to unlock a new weapon, tactical equipment, and battle royale class through seasonal challenges. The weapon is called Thumper, which is a grenade launcher with just one ammunition. Flash Drone is the new tactical equipment that blinds enemies. Finally, the Pumped BR Class gives players a jetpack to take to the skies.

The season will last for about a month. The new content will be available gradually throughout season nine, Nightmare.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/call-of-duty-mobile-season-9-is-called-nightmare

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All teams qualified for the Wild Rift Horizon Cup

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The League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup will happen from Nov. 13 to 21 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center. Ten teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $500,000 prize pool. 

Wild Rift is still in its regional open beta stage, but this hasn’t stopped Riot Games from launching an esports scene this year. The Horizon Cup will be the first global esports event for the MOBA game. Riot has said that a full-fledged esports scene will be introduced in 2022. The exact format for the Horizon Cup hasn’t been revealed yet. 

Related: Wild Rift: Horizon Cup 2021 will not be the “first Wild Rift Worlds”

Here are all the teams that have qualified for the event.

  • Da Kung Gaming
  • ThunderTalk Gaming
  • KT Rolster
  • SBTC Esports
  • Team Secret
  • Team Queso

Summoner Series (North America)

  • Tribe Gaming

Japan Cup

  • Sengoku Gaming

Wild Tour (Brazil)

  • eBRO Gaming

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/all-teams-qualified-for-the-wild-rift-horizon-cup

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