Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M501 MicroSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-08-13 read/post comments()

The EXCERIA PRO M501 card from Toshiba has proven itself as being one of the speediest from the bunch we have tested so far, succeeding to even surpass the Lexar Professional 1800x read speeds in some usage environments. Write-wise however, the Lexar Professional distances itself quite a bit, offering speeds around 197MB/s, while the EXCERIA PRO M501 can go up to 130MB/s when writing large files, very close to the rated manufacturer speeds. read more

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-08-08 read/post comments(0)

Besides the small performance bump in the encoding/rendering productivity applications, we have also seen lower loading times in various memory hungry games such as Forza after the upgrade and the stuttering was gone. One other aspect is that by using a larger memory quantity, we will also decrease the wear from the boot drive (a usage example would be working with a larger project in Adobe Premiere). Even if the RAM did run at the same frequency as before, the speed bump is mainly due to the switch from a single-channel (stock) configuration to a dual-channel. read more

ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-08-03 read/post comments(0)

With the AS6404T 4-bay NAS from ASUSTOR we are seeing an update to the Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor, which is paired with no less than 8GB of DDR3L RAM in order to handle plenty of multimedia content types, but for also being able to use even more application modules at the same time. We do also see an USB 3.0 Type C port in the back for connecting modern storage devices, support up to 10TB drives (for a total of 40TB in a single NAS) and dual LAN that can be used for both Link Aggregation and Failover. The LCD panel is easy to operate via the hardware buttons, we get an IR receiver so the… read more

GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-08-02 read/post comments(0)

By having its hardware/software implementation based on C-Media audio, we do get quite a rich set of configuration inside the HERA software for the HEBE M1 RGB headset. The Virtual 7.1 speaker surround can be used when watching various multimedia content and we were happy to see that the positioning of the speakers in the simulated room can be altered on our preference, including their individual volume. As most gaming-oriented headsets, the punchy bass is noticeable even at the stock settings, but it is not over-the-top in order to cause headaches after prolonged use; we can adjust its intensity by using the 10-band Equalizer but we can as well enable the vibration unit for even more immersion. read more

DOOGEE Shoot 1 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2017-07-28 read/post comments(0)

With the Shoot 1, DOOGEE is proposing a low-cost dual back shooter solution for producing bokeh-like photos and at the same time we are getting a nice 5.5’’ FHD display manufactured by SHARP, a high capacity 3300mAh battery, a MT6737T quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC. The ARM Mali-T720 MP2 SoC runs at 600Mhz and is unable to provide a smooth 3D gaming experience in more complex games such as Asphalt 8, but simpler titles such as Angry Birds will work just fine. Current firmware versions do sport malware for an unknown reason (which can be removed), but also a weird issue regarding switching microphones after each OS reboot, a problem that should be addressed by DOOGEE… read more

AMD Ryzen 3 Series Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-07-27 read/post comments(0)

Based on their latest Zen architecture, AMD is proposing a low-end to mainstream segment with their Ryzen 3 SKUs; we are not discussing about a 2-core part but a real 4-core processor (SMT disabled) with dual CCXes, where each CCX module sports two active units. The processors do feature an 8MB L3 cache and are aimed to compete against the Pentium G4560, the Core i3-7100 but also the Core i3-7300 from Intel. Given the technical specifications and stock clocks, these CPUs are recommended to be paired with mainstream video cards in order to make smooth 1080P gaming possible. read more
Storage/Other Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2017-07-19
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cooler Master MasterMouse S Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2017-07-18
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle XPC Slim DS77U Barebone Review by stefan @ 2017-07-14
Mobile/Smart Phones DOOGEE Y6 Moonlight Blue Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2017-07-11
Others/Mice & Keyboards ROCCAT Leadr Wireless Multi-Button RGB Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2017-07-06

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

DJI drones are getting an offline mode for secret flights

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Chinese manufacturer DJI is adding a local data mode to its drones. Once enabled, the new feature will stop the company's apps from collecting user data (such as photos, videos, and flight logs). Although, DJI claims the update is in… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera is surprisingly effective

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Dual cameras are so passé. Qualcomm is getting ready to define the next generation of cameras for the Android ecosystem. It's adding three new camera modules to its Spectra Module Program, which lets device manufacturers select ready-made part... Go To Full Article

Intel gives up on Trump

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The future is not bright and it is not orange After a few months of trying to butter up Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump, Intel has decided to cut its loses. Intel’s CEO Brian… Go To Full Article

Server DRAM supply tight

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Cutting off the blood supply Server DRAM revenue from Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology rose by 30 percent sequentially in the second quarter as the tight supply of DRAM chips continued to lift average selling… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm details Apple modem issue

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Tells the watchdog Chipmaker Qualcomm showed further details about the impact of the fruity cargo-cult Apple refusing to pay up on its licences and its modem competition with Intel. Go To Full Article

MediaTek might get into price war with Qualcomm

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Pressure is high Now that Qualcomm is lowering prices for its Snapdragon 450 chips to less than US$10.50, MediaTek is under pressure to follow suit for its Helio P23 series. Digitimes claims that MediaTek… Go To Full Article

A drone landed on Britain's biggest warship and nobody cared

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The Pentagon has already approved a policy giving military bases the right to shoot down drones that get too close. A lot of other countries' governments and militaries, however, are still in the midst of figuring out how to deal… Go To Full Article

Google pays Apple billions to stay on iPhone

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That's a nice little search engine we would hate for it to be broken Google is shelling out billions of dollars in protection to the fruity tax-dodging cult Apple so that it can stay the default search… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 @ techPowerUp

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By releasing the MasterPulse MH320, their least-expensive gaming headset to date, Cooler Master tries to grab the attention of gamers on a very tight budget. Even though it costs a mere $40, it offers a dual-headband design, a foldable bi-directional… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE’s MA10-ST0 Features Unannounced 16-Core C3958

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Today GIGABYTE Server (the server arm of GIGABYTE, a different BU to the motherboard team) has lifted the lid on their new MA10-ST0 motherboard and SoC combination, aimed squarely at the cold storage or edge storage market. This includes base… Go To Full Article

Blizzard isn't ditching the Battle.net name after all

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Some fans got sad when they heard that Blizzard plans to ditch the Battle.net name after two decades online. Others shrugged it off: it's new name doesn't matter anyway. It's always going to be called B.net. After hearing its fans'… Go To Full Article

Peter Dinklage film ‘Rememory’ hits Google Play on August 24th

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If you're going to get sad once Game of Thrones ends its current short season at the end of August, there's a little glimmer of hope: The show's star Peter Dinklage has a movie coming out then. Rememory, a science… Go To Full Article

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich drops out of Trump council

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Intel chief Brian Krzanich condemned hate speech and white supremacy on Twitter following the horrific events in Charlottesville this weekend. For a while, though, it wasn't clear whether he'd continue backing President Trump's American Manufacturing... Go To Full Article

Target buys same-day delivery company to battle Amazon

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A couple of months ago, Target took on Amazon's Prime Pantry services with its own version: Restock. The retailer's new service undercut Amazon by a dollar for a 45-pound box full of goodies, and even offered next-day service to beat… Go To Full Article

DOJ demands info on 1.3M visitors to protest-organizing website

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A month ago, the Department of Justice served a warrant (PDF) to Dreamhost regarding one of its clients. This is routine for law enforcement to make such requests, the website hosting service said in a blog post -- except the… Go To Full Article

Google hires a legendary Apple engineer to tackle AI

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Legendary programmer Chris Lattner has had a roller coaster of a year. He left Apple (where he developed the Swift programming language) to help build Tesla's Autopilot technology, only to leave months later after realizing that he wasn't a good… Go To Full Article

Facebook adds a link to Trending News in the app's main menu

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The redesigned Trending Topics section of Facebook is now called Trending News and the updates to this feature -- which were announced in May -- are now available to most US users on both iOS and Android devices. For iPhone… Go To Full Article

Samsung's next Gear Fit will track your swimming

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We liked Samsung's Gear Fit 2, but it had its limits. You couldn't use it to track your swimming, for starters. It's a good thing, then, that well-known leaker Evan Blass claims to have a training deck detailing a sequel… Go To Full Article

Snapchat can stitch multiple Snaps into one concert video

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If you aren't able to see your favorite performer on stage, don't worry -- random Snapchat users will help you out. The app's newest feature, Crowd Surf, stitches together snaps of the same event to make a cohesive, seamless video… Go To Full Article

AMD RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 finally reviewed

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Review roundup: Matches GTX 1080/1070 but with a high TDP AMD has finally launched its first consumer-oriented graphics cards based on the new Vega GPU, the Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Radeon RX Vega 56. With… Go To Full Article

Pandora appoints Sling TV's Roger Lynch as CEO

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It's been a rough year for Pandora. The service followed its relaunch as an on-demand streaming service by looking to get bought, but soon closed shop in Australia and New Zealand and got sued by PayPal to boot. Finally, CEO… Go To Full Article

Sea lions are getting sick from toxic algae blooms

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Sea lions off of the coast of California are getting very sick and it's because of increased blooms of toxic algae. The algae release a chemical called domoic acid and when sea lions eat fish that feed on the algae,… Go To Full Article

Netflix snags an Alan Arkin, Michael Douglas comedy series

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Netflix may have lost Disney, but it has been bringing in a ton of big names the past couple of weeks. The latest project to be announced is a comedy series starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Entitled The Kominsky… Go To Full Article

LG's V30 will unlock when it recognizes your face or voice

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Until your phone or tablet is set up just the way you want it, a brand new device feels kind of foreign. With the V30, LG is giving you more options for making the phone your own. You can match… Go To Full Article

Alleged Microsoft memo says Surface reliability issues are fixed

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Last week, Consumer Reports removed its "recommended" rating from four of Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets, citing reliability concerns: 25 percent of the 90,000 users they surveyed reported freezing and shutdowns in the first couple years of... Go To Full Article

EVGA Launches SC17 1080 Laptop

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EVGA has launched its new flagship 17.3” laptop with a new CPU, a new GPU, and with Thunderbolt 3 support. The new SC17 1080 gaming notebook is thicker than its predecessors, but it features higher performance due to Intel’s latest… Go To Full Article

UK cybersecurity researcher pleads not guilty to malware charges

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Marcus Hutchins, the British cyber security researcher who won attention for helping to halt the spread of the WannaCry malware program earlier this year, has just entered a plea of not guilty for a set of unrelated charges. Hutchins was… Go To Full Article

Google cancels neo-Nazi site's registration in a matter of hours

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If the white supremacists at Daily Stormer thought they were going to get a warm reception from other web service providers after GoDaddy gave them the boot, they were clearly mistaken. Google says it's cancelling the neo-Nazi website's domain regist... Go To Full Article

Google is reportedly testing a long overdue UI update for Calendar

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Google Calendar might finally be getting a much needed update. The Next Web is reporting that some users' Calendars have a whole new user interface that's seemingly based on Google's Material Design language. Some of those with access to the… Go To Full Article

Softlab transforms 'empty' space with light and mirrors

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Recently, Engadget visited The Lab, HP's trippy art exhibition incongruously placed in the middle of the Panorama Music Festival in NYC. It proved surprisingly popular among festival-goers thanks to the visual and auditory sensory experiences (and po... Go To Full Article

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