ROCCAT Horde AIMO Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-07-12 read/post comments()

In order to try out the new Membranical switches of the Horde AIMO keyboard, we first wrote some articles in Word and afterwards we continued gaming in titles such as AION and Quake Champions: the main keys feel less rubbery when actuated versus a standard membrane switch and ROCCAT has managed to keep the sound levels to a minimum as well. The plastic casing of the keyboard does assist further with noise dampening, while the actuation point does allow the user to type without the need of bottoming out. read more

Creative iRoar Wireless Intelligent Speaker Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-07-07 read/post comments(0)

After fully charging the iRoar as soon as it arrived, we have connected the speaker via USB to our computer, in order to try out the Dashboard but also to check for the latest firmware updates. The software has updated the speaker firmware in about a minute and we were ready to rock! After listening plenty of clips on YouTube, some TV shows and the Death Wish movie with Bruce Willis, we were quite surprised how loud the speaker can get. After enabling Roar mode, everything got boosted, including the bass effects, which is a treat during action scenes. The speaker can deliver when playing games as well, thanks to the multitude of drivers (active (subwoofer driver and the two… read more

CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-06-30 read/post comments(0)

In order to try out the STRAFE RGB MK.2, we did first write a full article and besides the good responsiveness of the keys we did also enjoy the silence. To be frank with you, our daily keyboard for work is the K70 LUX RGB that does feature the same type of switches so moving on to the new STRAFE version was pretty straight-forward. Afterwards, we did run some Quake Champions matches, but also AION that does require lots of key combinations: thanks to the powerful iCUE configuration options, it was a breeze to access the spells, while the Volume wheel is quite handy when you do not have an easy to reach Volume modifier on your headset or speakers. read more

Toshiba TransMemory U365 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-06-22 read/post comments(0)

The TransMemory U365 drive comes with fast read speeds, even higher than the advertised “up to 150 MB/s” and is quite easy to operate thanks to the sliding retractable design. Depending on the capacity we do choose to go with (32GB, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB), we can fit quite a bit of content on it, in order to transfer to other PCs/Laptops. This model is also backed by a 5-year warranty from the date of purchase, which says a lot of the quality components inside the unit. read more

Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-06-17 read/post comments(0)

After finalizing the hardware installation of the the AE-5 Pure Edition card to our test system, we did proceed further with the Sound Blaster Connect 2 installer, which did also contain the necessary drivers; in order to have the Aurora RGB setup functional, we also have to supply extra power via Molex., After adjusting the EQ with our preferences, together with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings, we did start the listening experience by connecting the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset and watched various movies and TV shows. The audio output was clear, with plenty of bass and clear highs and loud enough as well after modifying the amplification, thanks to the Xamp build. We also ran multiple rounds of Quake Champions… read more

Silicon Power PCIe Gen3x2 P32A80 256GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-06-12 read/post comments(0)

The NVMe P32A80 SSD solution from Silicon Power is able to provide good performance values for an entry-level solution and is available with capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB. The product comes with a 3-year warranty and for avoiding data transfer slowdowns, it is recommended to have it installed inside a well-ventilated chassis. read more
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Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR DARK CORE RGB SE Mouse + MM1000 Qi Wireless Mouse Pad Review by stefan @ 2018-05-25
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Chinese car giants team up on a ridesharing platform

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It's not just Western automakers jumping head-first into transportation services. Three of China's largest car brands (Chongqing Changan, Dongfeng and FAW Group) have launched a venture that will create a ridesharing platform. T3 Mobile Travel Serv... Go To Full Article

Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240 RGB Review @ Vortez

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The Castle 240 promises efficient cooling and high performance thanks to large heat contact areas under the large RGB pump alongside high RPM RGB fans. We also see compatibility with AMDs TR4 socket as well as the mainstream sockets from… Go To Full Article

Ultra-sensitive radio telescope debuts in South Africa

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Another piece of the Square Kilometer Array's puzzle just fell into place. South Africa has officially switched on MeerKAT, billed as the most sensitive radio telescope of its type on the planet. Some parts of the array have been gathering… Go To Full Article

No Next-Gen Radeon until February 2019?

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Based on information gleaned from roadmap slides posted at XFastest, VideoCardz predicts that a new Radeon series (i.e., 600) will not appear (from ASRock, at least) until February or March, at earliest. Optimists say there could be an NDA in… Go To Full Article

Pininfarina's $2 million electric hypercar boasts a 250MPH top speed

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When Pininfarina teased its PF0 electric hypercar in March, it didn't do more than promise a massive amount of power and a 2020 launch. It's starting to dribble out details, however, and it now looks like the PF0 may deliver… Go To Full Article

Rolls-Royce is the latest to develop a flying taxi

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The flying taxis from Airbus and Uber may have some fresh competition, albeit not quite in the way they might have expected. Rolls-Royce has unveiled an EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) concept that could carry four to five… Go To Full Article

Sandberg Bluetooth Earbuds + Powerbank Review

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With the Bluetooth Earbuds + Powerbank Sandberg has once again released a very balanced product and although there’s plenty of room for improvement we do recommend giving it a chance. Go To Full Article

Frustration over 'Splatoon 2' cheating leads to leaderboard hack

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Splatoon 2 has had a cheating problem for a while, with unscrupulous players quickly wiping out entire teams in what's supposed to be an accessible, kid-friendly shooter. And now, frustration over the cheating is reaching a fever pitch. Nintendo has...… Go To Full Article

Intel's Spectre 'Variant 4' Performance Tested: Speculative Store Bypass

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Today we're taking a look at the impact addressing the Spectre 'Variant 4' CPU flaw has on Intel's 8th-gen Core CPUs. The initial Meltdown and Spectre patches didn't take care of everything and just recently Intel and Microsoft have rolled… Go To Full Article

HTC hints at multi-room VR using Steam

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You may know that VR in large rooms is becoming a reality, but what about venturing between rooms? It might happen sooner than you think, albeit with a few caveats. HTC has shown off an experience that used a SteamVR… Go To Full Article

Disney reduces the chances of CG hair disasters

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Movie studios often want computer-generated hair to have a specific effect, whether it's a seductive toss or a careless flick that knocks something over. But there's a problem: most rough-cut simulations don't realistically simulate hair, leading to... Go To Full Article

Tesla speeds up delivery times for new Model 3 orders

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When Tesla opened up Model 3 orders to everyone, it was easy to be jaded when delivery would take at least three months. Wouldn't the situation only get worse? Apparently, just the opposite is true: Tesla has dramatically shortened delivery… Go To Full Article

Honda will use electric bikes to test swappable batteries

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Honda has teamed up with Panasonic to start testing the swappable rechargeable batteries it debuted at CES this year. The partners are bringing Honda's Mobile Power Packs to Indonesia, where they'll be used to power electric mobility products, partic... Go To Full Article

Twitter bans Russia-linked accounts following indictments

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The US' indictment of Russian officers over the DNC hacks is having an effect... at least, on Twitter. The social network has banned accounts for both DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 in response to the indictment. In a statement explaining the… Go To Full Article

Opener is the latest startup to reveal plans for a personal aircraft

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The race to build a "flying car" has just become more crowded. This week, the Canadian company Opener revealed its new vehicle, called BlackFly. The one-person aircraft can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 miles per… Go To Full Article

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' beta tests begin August 3rd

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You don't have too long to wait to see how Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fares as a multiplayer-only game. Activision and Treyarch have outlined the schedule for beta tests, and it's clear that some gamers will have better… Go To Full Article

Even the World Cup couldn't escape the 'Fortnite' fever

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Now that England is out of the 2018 World Cup, there's one thing we're really going to miss about its team: The goal celebrations from midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard. While professional athletes creatively expressing themselves after scoring... Go To Full Article

Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development

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Google snapped up a few Apple chip design talents over the past year to create its own processors, but now it has lost one of its own to another rival. According to Bloomberg, Facebook has hired Shahriar Rabii to head… Go To Full Article

Did a single typo screw up the AI in 'Aliens: Colonial Marines'?

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In case you need help selecting an old game to spend the weekend with, it might be a good time to revisit 2013's Aliens: Colonial Marines. In a one-star review written when it was released, Xav de Matos called out… Go To Full Article

iFixit finds a 'cover-up' inside new MacBook Pro keyboards

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While we've been all over the outside of Apple's newest MacBook Pro lineup, iFixit has, as usual, decided to look underneath the hood and find out what's changed from previous models. While it has not published a full teardown report… Go To Full Article

Joss Wheedon returns to TV with HBO’s sci-fi drama, 'The Nevers'

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Joss Whedon's next show has been ordered by HBO, which reportedly beat out other bidders including Netflix, per The Hollywood Reporter. The Nevers is a science fiction drama about a group of Victorian women with unusual abilities who have to… Go To Full Article

GamerGate’s subreddit temporarily shuts down because toxicity

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GamerGate was a huge deal, mostly because the internet becomes incredibly volatile at perceived slights against white men. But, it turns out, that even the founder of one of the movement's most potent social channels has had enough. Business Insider...… Go To Full Article

Facebook’s approach to fighting fake news is half-hearted

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Earlier this week, Facebook hosted a group of reporters (myself included) at its NYC office for a Q&A session about its efforts to fight fake news. The event, led by Head of News Feed John Hegeman and News Feed product… Go To Full Article

This USB-C dongle adds Bluetooth audio to the Nintendo Switch

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Want another option for using wireless headphones with your Nintendo Switch? Maybe take a look at the Kickstarter for Genki, then. It's a $39 USB-C Bluetooth dongle for Nintendo's hybrid console. You can pair two headsets to it, if you'd… Go To Full Article

Major League Baseball is going crypto

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Major League Baseball digital collectibles are coming to the Ethereum blockchain. Lucid Sight, a blockchain gaming company, is launching MLB Crypto Baseball, through a licensing deal with MLB. Baseball fans migh... Go To Full Article

Radeon RX 580 4GB Below MSRP

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One more sign that all this crypto-garbage-crap is coming to an end. Witness a Radeon GPU for less than MSRP! Here is a fairly comprehensive list of RX 580 reviews from all over the web...if you don't remember these from… Go To Full Article

MacBook Pro 2018 hands-on: Quieter keyboard, 'Hey Siri' and True Tone

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Apple unveiled some refreshed MacBook Pros this week, and I promised we'd be getting a unit to review ASAP. Sure enough, look what arrived in the mail today: a shiny, new 13-inch Mac. As you can see, the exterior design… Go To Full Article

Defending InfoWars, Facebook declines to stop fake news

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This week, we learned in concrete terms that Facebook, like the Trump administration, has no bottom when it comes to hypocrisy and catering to neo-fascist conservatives. The hole has since been dug so deep by the company that its usual… Go To Full Article

Uber is reportedly testing continuous background checks for drivers

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Background checks have been a problem for ride sharing companies for quite some time. Colorado fined Uber $8.9 million for hiring drivers with criminal records, while more than 8,000 Lyft and Uber drivers failed a Massachusetts background check last... Go To Full Article

Audi’s latest infotainment system is a smarter driving companion

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"Does the glass move or is the haptic feedback tricking my brain?" Sometimes you have to ask dumb questions. I was 99 percent sure Audi's updated MMI infotainment system was creating the illusion that the display moved when I pressed… Go To Full Article

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