Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine DDR4 Gaming Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2019-02-17 read/post comments()

If you are a mainstream user and do not care for RGB lighting effects, Silicon Power has a solid solution with their XPOWER Turbine kits, that also feature Samsung ICs. Despite the XMP rating of 2666MHz C16 of our kit, it still has some overclocking potential, if you take your time and do proper testing. The module heatspreaders height is quite low at about 38.2mm, so it should be no issue when installing large air coolers as well. read more

SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2019-02-10 read/post comments(0)

SuperMicro have quite impressed us with their latest C9Z390-PGW board, that features server-quality hardware components for the VRMs, a Broadcom ExpressLane PLX PEX 8747 that is able to take x16 lanes from the CPU and outputs no less than x32 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, that helps when using dual-VGA configurations, no less than two LAN interfaces, one being 10Gbit (Aquantia® AQC107 10G Ethernet Controller) and a good Realtek ALC1220 implementation. Wi-Fi is also available via the pre-installed Intel AC 9560 module, that also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility. read more

DOOGEE Y7 Plus Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2019-02-05 read/post comments(0)

The DOOGEE Y7 Plus smartphone offers a good overall experience for everyday use thanks to its mainstream SoC, the enough RAM quantity (6GB) and the 64GB of included storage for taking quite a bit of photos. At the time of the review, the latest software version was 8.0 and did pack the Android security patch level from 5th of October. The 6.18’’ screen packs a 2246x1080 resolution, is enough bright during use outside, while the included bottom speaker can deliver decent, enough loud audio. The back shooter offers 2x optical zoom thanks to the wide set of lens, but when using it we must make sure that we will keep the smartphone on a steady surface, otherwise the result will… read more

CHERRY MW8 Advanced Wireless Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-02-01 read/post comments(0)

The MW8 Advanced mouse is a good choice to be picked up while on trips along with your favorite laptop thanks to its long lasting battery and premium build. If you have all USB ports occupied, you can always use the product on wireless since all laptops now do incorporate BT interfaces as well. Compared to the previously tested CHERRY mice, this one houses a much better PixArt sensor that is able to track on all surfaces, including glass and its DPI can be adjusted in four different steps, in order to cover more usage environments: 600, 1000, 1600 and 3200 DPI. read more

Creative Outlier ONE Plus In-ear Headphones with Built-in MP3 Player Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2019-01-24 read/post comments(0)

Creative made sure to make this product customizable so accessories were offered in order to offer plenty of comfort during your activities; in terms of Bluetooth supported codecs, this one comes with SBC only that is a bit lossy, so it is possible you will notice a bit of audio stream degradation during some tracks. This small issue will not be however present when you load up your tracks on the 4GB internal storage and the Outlier ONE Plus does support MP3 and WMA files up to 320kbps, including FLAC up to 1.3Mbps bitrate. read more

CORSAIR M65 RGB ELITE Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-01-18 read/post comments(0)

Being built with the same high-end sensor as we have seen with the IRONCLAW RGB, with a resolution up to 18000 DPI, adjustable in 1 DPI increments, the M65 RGB Elite tracks wonderfully, especially after it has passed the calibration stage. While it feels about the same in hand as the previous M65 iteration, the fact that the Sniper and the thumb side buttons are brought closer together was a good design choice, since you can access these faster. CORSAIR has also made sure to optimize in order to make the chassis lighter, while the customizable weighting system has been retained. read more
Audio/Speakers&Amps Creative Stage Air Compact under-monitor Soundbar Review by stefan @ 2019-01-14
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR IRONCLAW RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-01-08
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR HARPOON RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-01-07
Others/Mice & Keyboards Mad Catz R.A.T. 6+ Optical Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-01-03
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

LG won't release a foldable smartphone anytime soon

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
As Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola rush to release their foldable smartphones, one notable company is sitting out the trend. LG says it's scrapping plans to release a bendy handset, reports The Korea Times, and will instead launch a 5G version… Go To Full Article

Germany to extend electric company car tax incentives

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
The technology needs Lebensraum to grow German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz plans to extend tax incentives for electric company cars the government’s latest attempt to boost demand for clean vehicles. … Go To Full Article

Kiwis backtrack on American assurances of Huawei perils

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
New Zealand will carry out its own security research After initially saying that it believed the US smears on Huawei 5G equipment, the New Zealand government is going to investigate the claims itself. … Go To Full Article

Snapdragon 855 is the only AP for 5G

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
From the house of Qualcomm Next week will be a great leap forward in the 5G journey for the whole industry and we just wanted to set one thing straight. It turns out that Snapdragon 855 will… Go To Full Article

iStorage Disk Ashur Pro2 Review @ Vortez

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
The iStorage Disk Ashur Pro2 is a safe, secure, encrypted portable HDD featuring the latest in cybersecurity. The Disk Ashur Pro2 offers incredible levels of data integrity in the event of the drive being lost or misplaced, or even stolen… Go To Full Article

Facebook Terragraph – Everything You Need To Know

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Facebook first announced Terragraph in 2016, introducing it in downtown San Jose. They have now launched two worldwide trials – in Hungary and Malaysia, delivering low-cost gigabit broadband wirelessly. Go To Full Article

Apple may unveil a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 31-inch 6K monitor this year

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
If you're in the market for a new MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad or virtually any other Apple product, gather 'round for Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's freshest rumors. To start, he told 9to5Mac that Apple will release a 16-inch MacBook Pro… Go To Full Article

Hitler meets his downfall

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
The end of a mem Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77, his agent announced. The actor became internationally… Go To Full Article

'Apex Legends' will make it easier to report cheaters

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Apex Legends already has cheaters just two weeks into its existence, and Respawn wants to be sure they don't become too much of a problem. The studio has dropped not-so-subtle hints that it's incorporating a cheat reporting tool in its… Go To Full Article

NBA smart jersey switches your player allegiances on the fly

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Sports jerseys are big commitments for fans -- you're betting that your favorite player won't switch teams, take a nose dive or otherwise prove embarrassing. In the future, though, you might just have to pull out your phone to change… Go To Full Article

OCC Launches the How-To Flash RTX Video Card BIOS To A Different Series

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
"For a few generations now, NVIDIA has been slowly changing how traditional overclocking has been achieved. It used to be a simple process of increasing the video card's clock speed and that was it. With NVIDIA's Turing generation of GPUs,… Go To Full Article

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme (11GB GDDR6)

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
" ... The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme is truly a beast of a graphics card, and is more than worthy of our Editor's Choice award based on its phenomenal performance. If you have really deep pockets,… Go To Full Article

Game streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
You can't usually show support for a game streamer in the real world outside of t-shirt and stickers, but Wicked Cool Toys is kicking things up a notch. It's introducing a line of toys themed around streamers, starting with Twitch… Go To Full Article

'Selfie harm' and the damage done by social media

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With a new project called Selfie Harm, photographer John Rankin Waddell, better known as Rankin, wanted to see the role social media played on self image in young people. He took photos of a group of teens aged 13 to… Go To Full Article

'Overwatch' action figures and Monopoly are coming this spring

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Hasbro is about to give you many, many ways to flaunt your Overwatch fandom beyond the occasional Nerf gun. It's launching a series of toys and games themed around the character-driven shooter, including Monopoly Overwatch Collector's Edition. The $5... Go To Full Article

Congress oversight body recommends GDPR-style privacy laws

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Tim Cook and the Senators pushing for US version of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules have found an ally in the Government Accountability Office. In a report publishing its findings for a study commissioned by the House… Go To Full Article

UK will track thousands of criminals with GPS tags

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
It's not a novel idea to make criminals wear GPS bracelets, but they could soon be relatively commonplace in the UK. The country's government plans to use them for around-the-clock monitoring of criminals across England and Wales by the summer,… Go To Full Article

TCL's folding phone projects include a watch-like bracelet

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Multiple companies have ideas as to how they'll develop folding smartphones. TCL, however, isn't content to settle on one -- it's seemingly tackling them all. CNET has obtained images and patent filings that show TCL exploring five foldable designs... Go To Full Article

Razer closes its game store after 10 months

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Razer is learning a hard lesson about the challenges of launching a game store. The hardware giant is closing the Razer Game Store on February 28th at 4AM Eastern as part of "realignment plans." It'll still honor pre-orders and notes… Go To Full Article

LG's first 5G phone will likely be the V50 ThinQ for Sprint

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LG and Sprint haven't been shy about their plans to launch a 5G smartphone in 2019. Now, though, you might be looking at the device in question. Well-known scoop provider Evan Blass has obtained an image of the V50 ThinQ,… Go To Full Article

DREVO Tyrfing V2 RGB Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard Review

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
The Tyrfing V2 RGB Backlit TKL Mechanical Keyboard by DREVO may not be as eye catching as their latest model the Blademaster TE but still it combines good quality with plenty of features at a very affordable price. Go To Full Article

Owleez is the mutant offspring of a cuddly pet and a helicopter

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Ask any parent of a school-aged child and they'll probably tell you nurturing toys are big now. Those are the ones where petting and feeding it are not optional activities, thanks to a series of sensors embedded under the plaything's… Go To Full Article

Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Apple has acquired PullString, the startup behind the voice technology powering the interactive "Hello Barbie" doll Mattel released in 2015. PullString, previously known as ToyTalk, was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees. Its AI platform... Go To Full Article

Air Hogs' new racer is the Spider-Man of remote-controlled cars

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Spin Master's AirHogs brand is, like it says in the name, primarily a toy aircraft line today. Remote-controlled planes, helicopters and, of course, drones. But occasionally it will hit the ground with some cool land vehicles like race cars, tank...… Go To Full Article

Facebook suspends Pages from Russia-linked viral video company

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Facebook's crackdown on Russia-linked accounts has usually taken down outlets with a relatively small presence, but its latest move is more substantial. The social network has suspended three Pages from Maffick Media, a viral video outlet that has r... Go To Full Article

Samsung stops releasing Blu-ray players in the US

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Did you notice that Samsung hasn't made a peep about Blu-ray players at CES or other recent trade shows? There's a good reason for it: the company is exiting the category in the US. Samsung told Forbes and CNET that… Go To Full Article

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme In-Depth Review

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a high-end mobile workstation designed to be the ultimate expression of Lenovo engineering prowess. Let's take an in-depth look at the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and find out what sets it apart… Go To Full Article

BioWare: "We're Definitely Not Done with Mass Effect"

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
Mass Effect: Andromeda may have dealt the franchise a damaging blow, but BioWare general manager Casey Hudson is confident the series is far from finished. Speaking with Polygon in a studio profile, Hudson, who directed the originals, said Mass Effect… Go To Full Article

Intel Details New 9th Gen CPUs for Notebooks: i9-9980HK to i5-9300H

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Intel is yet has to announce its 9th Gen Core processors for laptops officially, but because the company needs to sort out all the things with authorities and regulators well in advance of actual product launches, CPU model numbers and… Go To Full Article

Newegg Lists ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Motherboard, More Xeon CPUs Supported

@ 2019/02/18 read/post comments(0)
One of the interesting elements to Intel’s unlocked 28-core Xeon W-3175 processor launch was that the motherboard options to support this processor were minimal. At present only ASUS and GIGABYTE have shown designs for it, and the GIGABYTE model is… Go To Full Article

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