Creative Omni Portable Multi-Room Wi-Fi/BT Voice-enabled Speaker Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2018-01-17 read/post comments(0)

This particular model impressed us regarding its ease of use on all interfaces (wireless, Bluetooth, SD Card/Aux); it is loud enough for most applications but we would have liked to have smoother volume steps from the hardware buttons in order to adjust it properly for any occasion. While with the previously tested Creative Halo we have noticed a lack of bass, this model, even if it does not have active drivers for this particular reason, it can deliver decent lows, which is impressive for a unit of its size! read more

ECS Z370-LIGHTSABER LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2018-01-13 read/post comments(0)

The Z370-LIGHTSABER motherboard from ECS is an improvement in terms of functionality and overclocking versus the previous generations; we have been able to overclock our 8600K i5 to about 4.8GHz by setting a VCore of 1.35V inside the UEFI interface, but because of the missing VDroop compensation levels, the voltage did drop quite a bit to about 1.243V at maximum load. With our G.SKILL TridentZ 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 kit, we were unable to run the pre-programmed XMP profile, so we needed to downclock a bit to about 3100MHz in order to get a fully stable, bootable system. read more

CORSAIR K70 LUX RGB with PBT Double-shot Keycaps Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-01-08 read/post comments(0)

We have tested the CORSAIR K70 LUX RGB keyboard with games such as The Crew, Wolfenstein: The New Order, MU Legend but also Quake Champions; since the MX Silent switch does have the same actuation force as the CHERRY MX Red, they did feel very responsive in-game, but all this at considerably lower noise levels. The noise on the MX Silent has been lowered thanks to the integrated TPE dampener built into the switch stem, that helps reduce the top out noise as well as the bottom out noise. This switch also feels great when typing so if you are used to writing office documents or other type of productivity work at home or even at your workplace, people around… read more

Silicon Power Diamond D30S 2TB USB 3.1 HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2017-12-31 read/post comments(0)

Instead of going with a Toshiba or Seagate branded HDD as we have seen with the previous models, this time Silicon Power has included a Western Digital WDC WD20NPVZ-00WFZT0 (WD Blue Mobile) drive, which features an 8MB cache and a 5400 rotational speed. This particular model does feature NoTouch Ramp Load Technology, so the recording head never touches the disk media, ensuring less wear to the recording head but also better protection during transit. Additionally, Silicon Power has included a slim and elegant chassis with it that is IPX4 waterproof and scratch resistant thanks to the rhombus surface pattern on the top cover; on the top we do also have a LED included which signals the transfer mode along with… read more

Be Quiet Silent Loop 360 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2017-12-29 read/post comments(0)

At Computex 2017, Be Quiet introduced to the press an upcoming addition to their Silent Loop AIO series, the 360 model, featuring as you could have guessed a massive 360 radiator. The new flagship should top the cooling performance of the 240 and even the 280 model. Be Quiet has received many awards over the last decade and has established itself as one of the market leaders in quiet, yet powerful power supplies and processor cooling gear. Especially their Silent Wings fan series are loved by watercooling purists as these fans feature an excellent combination between airflow/pressure and silent operation. Time to open the box Be Quiet send to the MadShrimps lab. We were keen to test the new 360… read more

Toshiba TransMemory U363 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-12-25 read/post comments(0)

The 64GB USB 3.0 TransMemory U363 Flash Drive from Toshiba does offer good read speeds of about 90MB/s, but falls a bit short on the writes, which do hover at around 18MB/s. The product does come with an overall solid aluminum build that does not need a protective USB port cover and can be easily attached to our keychain for fast access to data. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Basilisk Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2017-12-24
Audio/Speakers&Amps Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2017-12-14
Audio/Others CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2017-12-09
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Apex M750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-12-05
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[M] Creative Omni Portable Multi-Room Wi-Fi/BT Voice-enabled Speaker Review

@ 2018/01/17 read/post comments(0)
This particular model impressed us regarding its ease of use on all interfaces (wireless, Bluetooth, SD Card/Aux); it is loud enough for most applications but we would have liked to have smoother volume steps from the hardware buttons in order… Go To Full Article

Contraceptive app under fire for causing unwanted pregnancies

@ 2018/01/15 read/post comments(0)
A contraceptive app used by more than 500,000 women has come under fire after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies. Stockholm's Södersjukhuset hospital has now reported the Natural Cycles app to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (the gov... Go To Full Article

Nissan's Xmotion concept swaps key fobs for fingerprints

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Infiniti's eye toward the future has manifested itself with the Xmotion (pronounced "Crossmotion;" it's a crossover SUV). The suicide-door clad ride boasts hand and eye motion sensors for the generous door-to-door digital dashboard, climate controls... Go To Full Article

Acura puts its 'True Touchpad' Android OS in the 2019 RDX

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In 2016 Acura showed off its "Precision Cockpit" concept that included a touchpad with 1:1 mapping to a central display. It's supposed to improve on both touchscreens, which can require an awkward reach from the driver to somewhere out of… Go To Full Article

The totally normal, completely unsurprising lack of women at CES

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There's a spot on the corner of Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas where you can stand, facing the convention center, and see ads for Huawei, Hisense, Bosch and naked women. The tech-branded tents and billboards have now… Go To Full Article

The best mobile photo-editing apps

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There's no shortage of photo-editing apps for mobile devices. But if you want to graduate beyond Instagram filters, the sheer number of listings on the App Store or Google Play can be overwhelming. We've sifted through dozens to find the… Go To Full Article

Lexus LF-1 concept looks toward an electrified, autonomous future

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A few months ago Toyota and Lexus announced that by 2025, all of their car models would either be electric or have an electric powertrain option. Today at the NAIAS event, Lexus showed off a slick concept crossover that could… Go To Full Article

BMW's latest hybrid is the i8 Coupe

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BMW's newest hybrid i8 Coupe is the 2+2 answer to your "What if I don't want a convertible?" question. Like its Roadster sibling that debuted at the LA Auto Show last November, the Coupe hits 369 horsepower and 184 pound-feet… Go To Full Article

Boeing shows its vision for a hypersonic spy aircraft

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Lockheed isn't the only one hoping to make a hypersonic spy aircraft. Boeing has provided early details on its own design for a hypersonic tech demonstrator that would lead to a spiritual successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. In some ways,… Go To Full Article

Google freezes addiction center ads after word of sketchy referrals

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Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services... Go To Full Article

Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable in 2017

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Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year... although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent… Go To Full Article

Google's museum app finds your fine art doppelgänger

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If you've ever wondered if there's a museum portrait somewhere that looks like you and you're ready to have your ego crushed, there's now an app for that. Google Arts & Culture's latest update now lets you take a selfie,… Go To Full Article

Surprise memory price drop

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Chip boom might not last After an 18 month boom, there has been a sudden drop in some memory prices, which is causing jitters among investors who had thought the chip boom would last at least another… Go To Full Article

Intel has more firmware problems

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This time with Active Management Technology Chipzilla is having a rough time of it, Meltdown and Spectre is causing a PR nightmare, it can’t get trouble-free patches to install and now a new long-term bug has been… Go To Full Article

Apple gives US data to the Chinese

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All part of the service for our Chinese overlords Fruity cargo-cult Apple has handed over US user data to its Chinese government-run business partners. The Chinese authorities insisted that Apple run its iCloud services… Go To Full Article

Intel shows off 49 Qbit computer

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Development increasing but still a long way from quantum counterstrike Boffins at D-Wave, IBM, and Intel have all been releasing quantum computers, and all of them are showing a rapid development. Go To Full Article

Open sourcer admits the movement failed to live up to billing

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20 years later and it is still not the year of desktop Linux Top open sourcer Matt Asay admits that while Open Source software has been around for nearly 20 years, it has failed to… Go To Full Article

HTC U11 Eyes' dual cameras bring bokeh to your selfies

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Well, that was quick: HTC's promised return to a dual-camera smartphone is already here. Meet the U11 Eyes which, as the name implies, is a selfie-centric smartphone featuring a pair of cameras on the front. These deliver live bokeh effect… Go To Full Article

Nanoleaf wants you to control your smart home with a dodecahedron

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A few months ago, Nanoleaf revealed a "Rhythm Starter Kit" that let you synchronize its colorful Aurora light panels with music. At CES, the company released a product designed to control it and more: the Nanoleaf Remote. But instead of… Go To Full Article

Apple seeing global backlash against phone throttling

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This is going to get expensive Apple’s undisclosed throttling of old iPhones for the “users own good” is unleashing a stream of hurt to the fruity cargo-cult. For those who came in late, Apple… Go To Full Article

Army base pulls Chinese security cameras over 'negative perception'

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If it wasn't already clear that concerns over the security of Chinese equipment are reaching a fever pitch, it is now. The US Army has pulled five of Hikvision's surveillance cameras from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri not because they… Go To Full Article

Tribit XFree Move Bluetooth Headset

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"... they sound absolutely amazing with bass that is way more powerful than I expected while still maintaining the clear mids and highs and for the price they are a major steal coming in at $30." Go To Full Article

Why Building a Gaming PC Right Now Is a Bad Idea

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There was plenty to be excited about PC hardware in 2017, but there's a lot to be upset about as well. Part one of this series will be dedicated discuss DDR4 memory pricing and why it's so high. RAM pricing… Go To Full Article

AI helps Dutch emergency dispatchers diagnose heart attacks

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Emergency dispatchers have a tough job assuring callers while trying to ask questions that could save the patient's life. But soon they could get backup from AI. Starting in 2016, dispatchers in Copenhagen began getting help from an artificial intell... Go To Full Article

Performance Analysis of SAS/SATA and NVMe SSDs

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Vendors like to tell us how the transition to NVMe-based storage will dramatically improve performance. In fact, I’ve talked at length myself about the benefits of NVMe technology. However, it helps to have empirical (and independent) evidence to back up… Go To Full Article

NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to Netflix

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You won't have to stay glued to NBC to watch all of its Winter Olympics coverage -- although it won't necessarily be the coverage you want. The network is offering a two-part PyeongChang preview series, Go For the Gold and… Go To Full Article

Mercedes CEO: 'Stay tuned' for an electric G Wagon SUV

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Mercedes-Benz's G-Class Wagon isn't changing for the future in the ways you might expect. Yet. From a preview event at Detroit's crumbling, historic Michigan Theater for the North American International Auto Show, chairman Dieter Zetche was joined on... Go To Full Article

Pi Weather Lamp Puts Lava Lamps To Shame

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Representing the weather on an LED lamp in a manner that’s easy to interpret can be difficult, but [Gosse Adema]’s weather/matrix lamp makes it not only obvious what the weather is but also offers a very attractive display. For rain,… Go To Full Article

Retro-bit brought brand-new Sega accessories to CES

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While Nintendo's 'classic' consoles have soaked up much of the retro love lately, Sega fans do have something to look forward to. The last booth I stopped by at CES 2018 was one of my favorites, as Retro-bit showed off… Go To Full Article

One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according to study

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There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16… Go To Full Article

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