CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-12-09 read/post comments(0)

After connecting the HS50 Stereo to the ST100 CORSAIR headset stand, we went on testing and checked out some TV shows, movies and also plenty of YouTube clips; the sound rendered by the headset was clear, with no over-the-top bass and the quality did remain steady even at higher volumes. Thanks to the 50mm drivers, the low frequencies do sound great in action games such as Wolfenstein, Quake Champions and we were able to conduct really lengthy conferences via Skype, where the person on the other side was able to hear us loud and clear. The included memory foam for both headband and earcups and low weight do also add to the overall headset comfort during lengthy gaming sessions. read more

SteelSeries Apex M750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-12-05 read/post comments(0)

The Apex M750 was primarily thought for gaming purposes, so SteelSeries has integrated the QX2 mechanical switches, which were built in cooperation with Gateron. These linear switches have an actuation point of 2mm with an overall travel of 4mm; with the 45cN actuation force, these do bring a similar feel to the Cherry MX Reds but at the same time they produce quite a bit of noise. This aspect may be a non-issue during gaming sessions, but when doing productivity work these could become annoying. Also, it is good to mention that because of the shorter than usual travel distance, users may need some time to get used to when typing documents, because in the first week of usage, we… read more

Silicon Power A55 256GB 3D NAND SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2017-11-25 read/post comments(0)

As we have seen before with TLC NAND SSDs, the SLC cache is used first for gaining a respectable speed boost and once this one gets filled up, the write speed will start dropping gradually, sometimes under 100MB/s. This particular aspect does not recommend the drive if our workload does imply writing large files frequently onto the drive, but even when we are writing straight to TLC, the access times do remain smaller versus mechanical drives. For a better compatibility, A55 256GB does ship with a 7mm form factor, while the integrated DRAMless Silicon Motion SM2258XT controller does come with support for TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology. read more

Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-11-19 read/post comments(0)

The Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz kit from Patriot Memory is not as flashy as other RGB offerings we have tested from other manufacturers, but comes with a good quality aluminum heat spreader for fast heat dissipation, while using the airflow inside the computer case. 32GB of RAM should be enough for most todays’ games and productivity applications, while most systems should be able to run this kit at the stock speeds without issues, thanks to the pre-programmed XMP 2.0 profile. read more

CORSAIR ST100 Premium Headset Stand with 7.1 Surround Sound Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-11-15 read/post comments()

CORSAIR has created the ST100 not only for their VOID series of headsets, but works with any other models from different manufacturers. This is possible thanks to the dual USB 3.1 ports which can be used for charging your wireless headset, connecting the dongle, using other peripherals with it such as storage devices, smartphones and more! The analog jack output is possible thanks to the integrated sound card and its software allows 7.1 Surround Headphone mode, but also a customizable 10-band EQ. read more

Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Special Edition Torque DDR4 Memory Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2017-11-06 read/post comments()

Corsair is still one of the dominant forces in the PC market, however they have widely diversified their product range over the years. From initially being just focused on memory kits they expanded their range to gaming peripherals, cooling solutions and enclosures. At Computex 2017 we even saw some early samples of upcoming "Do It Yourself" water cooling products. However, the showstopper for many of the press was the new DDR4 limited Edition memory flagship, the Dominator Special Edition Torque kits. Quite a mouthful isn't it? Two 32GB versions were introduced, both based on the Samsung B-Die ICs, With one kit being a Dual Channel version sporting two 16GB modules and the second version is a quad channel version. Thus… read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Facebook adds a sound and music library you can use for video

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Facebook has a bunch of new tools for video creators. First up, it has launched a community hub for 360 degree video (which isn't live for everyone just yet) that gathers educational bits like how to use 360 degree cameras,… Go To Full Article

Apple is reportedly buying Shazam and its music identification tech

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In a bit of Friday afternoon news, TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to buy Shazam, the company behind the popular audio identification software and app. Apparently, the site's sources indicate the deal could be announced Monday, but it's quick to... Go To Full Article

Apple’s Jony Ive will return to his design management role

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Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, is picking his old management duties back up again, 9to5Mac reports. Back in 2015, Ive was upgraded to chief design officer from senior VP and day-to-day management was taken over by Alan Dye and… Go To Full Article

All the cool gifts are made for spying on you

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It's the gift-giving season, and high-tech gadgets are more exciting than ever. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and even "Okay Google" are ready to come over for holiday ham, ready to help you turn on a light or play you some Spotify.… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm has a new 4K HDR feature, but which devices support it?

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There was a moment of confusion after Qualcomm announced that the new Snapdragon 845 chipset would enable mobile cameras to record videos in 4K HDR. The promise of smartphone videos with more colors, depth and greater dynamic range was tantalizing,… Go To Full Article

Lite-On Announces Enterprise EPX M.2 NVMe SSDs

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Lite-On has added its new EPX-series enterprise-class SSDs to its lineup. Based around 3D TLC NAND memory and in the uncommon M.2-22110 form-factor, the new drives are aimed at read-intensive applications and come with a host of enterprise-class features to… Go To Full Article

Destroying net neutrality will hurt artists and small businesses the most

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The internet as we know it could change come December 14th. FCC chairman and former Verizon attorney Ajit Pai is expected to undo net neutrality, and with it the Title 2 regulations that prevent the likes of Comcast and Verizon… Go To Full Article

How Snapdragon 845 snaps 25 to 30 percent faster

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From the horse's mouth We know that Qualcomm has officially released the Snapdragon 845 but our key question is how the company managed to get a 30 percent performance increase using the same manufacturing process. Go To Full Article

Patreon’s fee change punishes supporters who make small pledges

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This week, the popular patronage system Patreon made an announcement that has shaken its user base to the core: It's implementing a fee change that will gut the current pledge system and is already devastating people who rely on it… Go To Full Article

Plex on Android now works more like a 'real' DVR

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Plex recently turned your devices into virtual DVRs through its live TV update, but there have been limitations: you couldn't timeshift to replay an important moment, and watching a show while it recorded required a second TV tuner. Not much… Go To Full Article

Zalman Z-Machine X7 Full Tower Case Review

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The days of the giant ATX gaming system are behind us, surely. A single-slot mITX system is smaller and less expensive than a full-sized ATX system, and modern video card performance precludes the need for SLI or Crossfire X for… Go To Full Article

Facebook reveals how it handles harassment inside US offices

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Facebook has been publicly searching for a solution to harassment, hate speech and bullying on the site for years -- and at the same time, less publicly, the company has been honing its internal approach to these subjects. Today, Facebook… Go To Full Article

Manli All-in-One Mining System, P104-100

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11 December, 2017 – Manli Technology Group Limited, one of the major Graphics Cards, Mining Systems, Mining Cards and other components manufacturer, today announced the latest mining system, P104-100. Follow of the immense response on previous…

[M] CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review

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After connecting the HS50 Stereo to the ST100 CORSAIR headset stand, we went on testing and checked out some TV shows, movies and also plenty of YouTube clips; the sound rendered by the headset was clear, with no over-the-top bass… Go To Full Article

Facebook's new messaging app aimed at those 13 and under

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On Monday, Facebook announced Messenger Kids, a stand-alone mobile app that allows children age 13 and under to use the service. The point of the new app, the company said, was to provide a more controlled environment for the types… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp

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Cooler Master wants to join the $150 keyboard market with the MasterKeys MK750. It is a full-size keyboard featuring genuine Cherry MX RGB switches, and to sweeten the deal Cooler Master have thrown in nearly every feature possible including a… Go To Full Article

'Mega Man 11' will arrive on consoles and PC in late 2018

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This month marks the 30th anniversary of the original Mega Man, which came out for NES on December 17th, 1987. In a stream celebrating the milestone, Capcom had a couple announcements -- most importantly, that Mega Man 11 will be… Go To Full Article

FCC will help New York investigate fake net neutrality comments

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To say the FCC has been reluctant to look into the millions of fake comments supporting its decision to kill net neutrality would be an understatement. The Commission did nothing to tackle the issue for months, and repeatedly stonewalled New… Go To Full Article

Import your Instagram contacts to Facebook Messenger

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Facebook started testing a way to cross-post Instagram Stories to your Facebook timeline this past September, and finally released the feature to everyone in early October. You can also launch Instagram directly from the Facebook app, making for an e... Go To Full Article

Fisker unveils self-driving shuttle built for smart cities

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Believe it or not, Fisker isn't just focused on upscale electric cars. The automaker has teamed up with China's Hakim Unique Group on the Orbit, a self-driving electric shuttle tailor-made for smart cities. There aren't many details, but it's clear... Go To Full Article

Philips Brilliance 328P6AU QHD Display Launched

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Philips has formally announced its 328P6AUBREB monitor it demonstrated earlier this year. The 31.5” QHD display supports the AdobeRGB color gamut and has a built-in USB-C dock that features USB ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, and conforms to USB Power… Go To Full Article

Aorus GeForce GTX 1070 Ti muscles up its clock rates

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti cards all run pretty much the same clock rates out of the box. Whether this is due to a mandate from Nvidia or some other factor, we can't say for sure. Aorus' pragmatically-named GeForce GTX 1070… Go To Full Article

LiDAR strips landscapes down to their bare glory

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LiDAR is having a moment right now helping self-driving cars and robots not hit things, but don't forget about what else it can do. In a study called The Bare Earth, scientists from the Washington Geological Survey used it to… Go To Full Article

Spacesuit 'take me home' feature could save lost astronauts

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The greatest fear for many astronauts is to get lost or disoriented during a spacewalk, especially if it's untethered. How do you get back to safety with no sense of direction, little to no help and a limited supply of… Go To Full Article

The best VR headsets and games to give as gifts

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Virtual reality headsets were once so expensive that they would have only made suitable gifts for early adopters and serious gamers. By now, though, prices have dropped across the board, and there are enough compatible games that we're willing to… Go To Full Article

Toshiba puts 3D NAND in mobile devices with UFS 2.1 BGA SSDs

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Toshiba's BiCS3 flash is showing up everywhere. The latest place where the high-density flash will be showing its face is in smartphones, tablets, and other space-constrained spots. The company has announced that it's started sampling new UFS 2.1-compliant BGA SSDs… Go To Full Article

UK plans crackdown on criminals using Bitcoin to launder money

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The UK government wants to increase regulation around Bitcoin by expanding financial regulations imposed by the European Union. It follows growing concerns that the cryptocurrency is being used to facilitate crime, including drug dealers, brothels an... Go To Full Article

Life may be easier to find on planets outside the ‘habitable zone’

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When scientists are looking for worlds that might harbor life on other planets, they tend to look for worlds that have features similar to Earth's. It makes sense; after all, our dominant theories on how life evolved on the planet… Go To Full Article

How to stream a paid UFC fight: pretend it’s a video game

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Here's a fun one to start your week: On Saturday night, a Twitch streamer broadcasted the entirety of UFC 218 and, to skirt DMCA takedowns, he pantomimed like he was playing the UFC 3 video game. Yup, he streamed the… Go To Full Article

Apple to start paying Ireland the billions it owes in back taxes

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Last year, the European Commission ruled that Apple's sweetheart tax deal with Ireland was illegal and that the company owed around $14.5 billion in back taxes. But Ireland was rather slow to start collecting that cash, which led the Commission… Go To Full Article

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