Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2017-02-19 read/post comments()

Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 is an entry-level 2.1 speaker system from Creative, which is marketed mostly at gamers, but can be also used on a wide range of devices thanks to the analog audio interface. It comes with two 2.75’’ satellites and one 5.25’’ down-firing subwoofer for a RMS total power of 46W. This should be more than enough for small apartments or for users that do not want to spend a fortune on a more advanced system, while providing easy switching with headphones, thanks to the included headphone jack located on the right satellite. read more

Fnatic Gear Duel Modular Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-02-15 read/post comments()

The Fnatic Gear Duel is hands-down the most interesting headset we have tested so far in our labs in terms of modularity. Thanks to the innovative design from AIAIAI, the product can be disassembled to the last bit, in order to obtain a configuration which will better suit our current needs. read more

Razer Gigantus - Black Edition Mouse Pad Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-02-14 read/post comments()

After the initial inspection, we put the mouse pad to work by using a Cougar Revenger mouse and running games such as Mafia III, ELOA, Black Desert Online, Ghost in The Shell but also Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: by designing the Gigantus as a control pad, we did not need a long learning curve in fast-paced titles. At different DPI levels, the Pixart PMW 3360 tracked flawlessly while the large surface of the mat meant that we did not need to lift up the mouse and reposition it during longer gaming sessions. read more

ECS Liva Z Mini-PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-02-10 read/post comments()

The LIVA Z Mini-PC from ECS is shipped in multiple hardware configurations when referring to the processor (with Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SoC (as our sample), the Celeron N3450 SoC or the Pentium N4200 SoC) but also regarding the onboard eMMC, which can be 32GB or 64GB. You get the opportunity of installing extra storage via a M.2 SSD, benefit from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity thanks to the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3165 adapter, while keeping the power consumption at very low levels for 24/7 operation. read more

Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-02-08 read/post comments()

Since the most recent Cooler Master product series is all about customization (as we have also seen with the MasterKeys Pro L or the MasterNotepal Maker), the MasterMouse Pro L allows the user to switch the top covers in order to match their grip preference, while the side panels can be switched on-the-fly since they are kept fixed with magnetic force. The proven Avago PMW3360 optical sensor allows DPI setup up to 12000 DPI in increments of 100, while the RGB lighting adds another layer of customization. read more

Silicon Power S57 240GB TLC SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2017-02-05 read/post comments()

Silicon Power is continuing the line of affordable SSDs by releasing the S57 model that is available in both 120GB and 240GB variants; the product is aimed towards mainstream computers, which still pack slow 5400RPM hard drives as boot drives in order to boost the read speeds and access times considerably. read more
Videocards/VGA Reviews KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2017-02-03
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2017-01-30
Audio/Others Razer ManO'War 7.1 Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2017-01-27
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cougar ATTACK X3 RGB Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-01-23
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[M] Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System Review

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Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 is an entry-level 2.1 speaker system from Creative, which is marketed mostly at gamers, but can be also used on a wide range of devices thanks to the analog audio interface. It comes with two 2.75’’… Go To Full Article

BlackBerry's share of the smartphone market is virtually zero

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BlackBerry may be hoping for a recovery in its smartphone business, but it's hitting rock bottom right now. Gartner analysts estimate that BlackBerry's once-dominant platform hit 0.0 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2016. Yes, zilch.... Go To Full Article

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review

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The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is an eye-catching hulking phablet that doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s heavy metal body and huge screen, however, isn’t what makes it special. Lenovo s Phab smartphones are the first smartphones to be Google Tango-ready. These… Go To Full Article

Republicans hope to overturn internet privacy rules

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai isn't the only one bent on rolling back internet regulations. Republican Senator Jeff Flake is planning to submit a resolution that would eliminate the FCC's recently instituted broadband privacy rules through a vote. It's not...… Go To Full Article

More Ryzen Spy Pics

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Ryzen motherboard images are all over the web now. Here is a couple from Hardware Battle that shows a Biostar motherboard and Ryzen chip about to undergo some LN2 treatments. It's all rumor mill spy pictures which is always fun… Go To Full Article

Ryzen Spy Pics

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Ryzen motherboard images are all over the web now. Here is a couple from Hardware Battle that shows a Ryzen motherboard and CPU about to undergo some LN2 treatments. The admins there have shutdown the thread already. It's all rumor… Go To Full Article

Facebook now lets companies post job listings

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You might not have to visit LinkedIn or a dedicated job site to climb up the career ladder. Facebook has started rolling out support for job listings on company pages, starting with the US and Canada in the next few… Go To Full Article

Meizu's mid-range 5.2-inch M5s now official

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Octa-core SoC, 3GB of RAM and 16-megapixel camera As expected, Meizu has now officially launched its newest mid-range M5s smartphone, featuring a 5.2-inch screen, Mediatek octa-core SoC with 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear camera.… Go To Full Article

Microsoft drone simulator helps you prevent real-world crashes

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It's relatively easy to develop a drone that can fly on its own, but it's another matter developing one that can navigate the many obstacles of real life. That's where Microsoft thinks it can help. It just published an open… Go To Full Article

'Street Fighter' on Nintendo Switch flings first-person hadokens

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News keeps trickling in for the Switch as we await its public release next month. Befitting a Nintendo console, they range from exciting to bizarre, often taking the system's novel points and running into unpredictable territory. Such is the case… Go To Full Article

ROG Strix Impact is a simple mouse for serious gamers

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We're coming up on 45 years of the video game in 2017. A lot of older folks, even ones who played games in their young adulthood, have trouble with modern game controllers. All those sticks and buttons and levers and… Go To Full Article

HTC to exit entry-level smartphone market in 2017

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Will focus on "high-margin" devices, not just high-end market During its fourth quarter earnings call, HTC announced that it plans to exit the entry-level smartphone business this year as it begins to focus on high-margin, high-profit devices. Go To Full Article

Amazon simplifies self-published paperback printing

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Amazon has a program in place allowing people to self-publish both printed and electronic books, but until now the workflow has been clunky as authors were forced to use a different tool for each format. The company is now streamlining… Go To Full Article

Siri's latest Easter egg lets you become 'Lego Batman'

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Apple's personal assistant Siri is known for its Easter eggs and its oddball answers to questions like, "What is the meaning of life?" Now, its latest trick will help you get in touch with your inner Dark Knight. Go To Full Article

Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be your new house phone

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Right now, you can order a pizza, manage your to-do list and call an Uber on Amazon Echo and Google Home. The latest development from the smart speakers would give us yet another reason to leave our phones in our… Go To Full Article

Sony plans to make PlayStation Now exclusive to PC and PS4

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If you're a PlayStation Now user that doesn't actually own a PS4, get ready to cancel your subscription -- Sony just announced that its cloud gaming service is going to drop support for everything but its flagship console and Windows… Go To Full Article

Why is Verizon offering unlimited data again?

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As soon as Verizon dropped the unexpected news that it was bringing back unlimited data plans, I immediately started searching for the catch. The company has a rightfully earned reputation for nickel-and-diming its customers to death, even though som...… Go To Full Article

Dutch town adds 'Lightlines' to alert distracted pedestrians

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A city in the Netherlands is the latest to give distracted smartphone users an extra heads-up in the crosswalk. A pilot project in the city of Bodegraven called +Lightlines (or +Lichtlijn in Dutch) is the latest take on in-ground sidewalk… Go To Full Article

Super Flower Platinum King 650 W @ techPowerUp

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The Super Flower Platinum King is a highly efficient, very affordable mid-capacity PSU, priced at €89. This 80PLUS Platinum rated unit delivered good overall performance in our testing and features a single +12V rail and non-modular cable design. Go To Full Article

Microsoft will unveil Xbox Project Scorpio on June 11th

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If you're an Xbox fan who's been anxiously awaiting more news on Microsoft's Project Scorpio ever since it was unveiled at E3 last year, you now know exactly when you'll get the full scoop. Microsoft has revealed that its customary… Go To Full Article

India sets record launching 104 satellites aboard a single rocket

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The Indian Space Research Organisation, India's version of NASA, set a record on Valentine's Day when one of its PSLV rockets successfully launched 104 satellites into orbit. Riding onboard were 88 "Dove" mini-satellites from Planet, a US-based priva... Go To Full Article

Republicans call for investigation into EPA use of encrypted chats

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Earlier in February, Politico reported that US government workers (particularly at the EPA) were using encrypted chat apps like Signal to express dissent against President Trump's policies without the threat of retaliation. Well, House Republicans Da... Go To Full Article

How to Enable Developer Mode and Sideload Roku Apps

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Maybe you’re curious about building your own Roku channels. Maybe you’ve found a Roku channel that you want to use, but there’s no officially supported way to install it. Either way, you need to know how to enable developer mode… Go To Full Article

AMD Capsaicin event to be held on February 28 at GDC 2017

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AMD has confirmed that it will be holding its second Capsaicin event at the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California. The “Capsaicin & Cream” event will be live-streamed from Ruby Skye, a theater turned club. It is… Go To Full Article

Nvidia says its GDC party is not one to be missed

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If you've been holding out hope for a Pascal-powered version of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, you might want to skip your afternoon coffee. Nvidia sent out invitations today to a "GeForce GTX Gaming Celebration" event in San Francisco on… Go To Full Article

Your brain always has a backup plan

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You may not always be consciously considering a Plan B when you're making a decision, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Queen's University researchers have discovered that the human brain's motor neurons will prepare for multiple actions befor...… Go To Full Article

Verizon reportedly reduces its Yahoo offer by $250 million

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Verizon's $4.83 billion Yahoo acquisition could end up costing closer to $4.6 billion, Bloomberg reports. The discount comes after two high-profile Yahoo hacks came to light last year, which affected more than a billion user accounts. Earlier reports... Go To Full Article

Yahoo can scan your emails to tell you who's calling

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Yahoo has added two new features to its Mail app, helping users both easily identify phone numbers linked to email contacts and instantly sync photos from their camera roll to their desktop mailbox. The first new addition to Mail --… Go To Full Article

HTC's mobile VR headset won't be a copycat

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HTC is quickly establishing itself as a virtual reality-focused company, and that's evident with its plans to enter the mobile VR arena. In an interview with CNET, company CFO Chia-lin Chang has revealed that it's launching a mobile VR headset… Go To Full Article

Russia-backed malware can now target Macs

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The state-backed Russian group accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee appears to be expanding its repertoire. Bitdefender Labs researchers have obtained a sample of a Mac-native variant of Xagent, the backdoor malware linked to Russia'... Go To Full Article

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