CORSAIR iCUE NEXUS Companion Touch Screen Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2020-07-31 read/post comments(0)

iCUE NEXUS is a quite unique and useful accessory which takes very little space and can be mounted as well right onto compatible CORSAIR keyboards. It packs a 5‘‘ 640x48 resolution screen which has a decent color reproduction (6 bit), while additional functionality is offered via the touch capabilities. The touch interface is quite responsive and we can easily create custom buttons for accessing various game/software functions and for eye candy we are also able to set custom backgrounds for it. The buttons can be mixed with hardware monitoring widgets or we can use it exclusively for hardware monitoring as well. By simply swiping in both directions (left/right), we can access more than 200 programmable screens, which can be customized… read more

Silicon Power Superior Pro microSDXC UHS-I Colorful U3 256GB Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2020-07-23 read/post comments(0)

The Superior Pro microSDXC UHS-I Colorful card performs well and exceeds the rated write speed in some cases; this is good news regarding 4K recording at high bitrates, but also when using the card for program installs or other types of backups. The card can be bought with capacities of up to 512GB, so we should not worry about recording very long footage with our action cameras while on vacation or during workouts. read more

CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers Starter Kit Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2020-07-16 read/post comments(0)

The iCUE LT100 can be used in a multitude of environments thanks to the ability to run as a standalone product and offers quite a bit of lighting effects. The included LEDs do support 16.8M colors and the update rate of 25 times per second does make everything move seamlessly. If you think that the standard setup is too much “in your face”, too bright, you can always rotate the poles for it to face the wall, for a more subtle effect. read more

Crucial P2 500GB PCIe M.2 2280 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2020-07-10 read/post comments(0)

The P2 offers performance improvements over the entry-level P1 regarding both reads and writes. At 50% fill, we could see a bit of performance drop due to less SLC cache left but will remain at very acceptable values for a TLC 3D NAND drive. Given the fact that the drive is also paired with a 5-year warranty, it is a good replacement product for the older SATA M.2 or 2.5’’ SSD in your laptop or desktop and comes at a very affordable price point. read more

Silicon Power Blaze B03 USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2020-07-03 read/post comments()

The Blaze B03 comes with a very stylish plastic chassis and offers an easy-to-use slider design, for protecting the USB connector. The transfer rates are good for a mainstream product and can be found with capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB. Thanks to the chosen material for the chassis, it weights only 13 grams and the product is also backed up by a 5-year limited warranty. read more

Dream Machines DM2 Supreme Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2020-06-26 read/post comments()

After customizing the DPI steps for a bit and adjusting the report rate to 1000Hz, we have started some sessions in Final Fantasy XIV, Smite but also Mafia II Definitive Edition. The sensor did track flawlessly, and we did really enjoy the comfortable shape of the DM2 Supreme. The mouse uses a rubberized, grippy coating on the whole surface but this one also picks up quite a bit of skin oils and dust, which are quite difficult to clean up. read more
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle XPC nano NC10U3 Barebone Review by stefan @ 2020-06-21
Audio/Others CORSAIR Elgato WAVE:3 Microphone Review by stefan @ 2020-06-18
Storage/Other Silicon Power Blaze B32 64GB USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2020-06-12
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Viper Mini Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2020-06-05
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Google's PIN-encrypted Android 'Safe Folder' protects crucial documents

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Google has introduced a new way for Android users to protect crucial files like ID documents, particularly in developing countries where devices are often shared. Called “Safe Folder” and located in the Files by Google app, it lets you protect… Go To Full Article

Activision Blizzard reports a record second quarter

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Riot Games gives its employees a week off to recharge

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Riot Games will largely be inactive on the week of August 10th: In an announcement posted on its website, it said the company is taking that week off to “disconnect, recharge and reboot.” The developer released Valorant, a first-person shooter… Go To Full Article

ASRock B550 PG Velocita Motherboard

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... The B550 PG Velocita from ASRock is a top pick for gamers who wants good performance at a reasonable price. It offers the best of everything within its price range, and many of the high-end features you'll find on… Go To Full Article

SpaceX's Starship prototype flies hundreds of feet for the first time

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Almost a year after we saw SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ test vehicle make a short trip into the air, the company has successfully flown and landed a full-size Starship prototype. The SN5 vehicle is missing its nose cone, so it’s a bit… Go To Full Article

OCC Reviews Skully

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"Finally, after the preview a month ago I have gotten to return to Skully for the full review. For anyone that does not remember, the preview contained the first two chapters in this physics-based action-adventure, platformer, and introduced me to… Go To Full Article

Asus rolls out new PN50 mini-PC with Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs

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Coming in September Asus has unveiled its latest PN50 Mini-PC series which will be equipped with AMD's Ryzen Mobile 4000 series Renoir APUs, offering impressive performance in a small form factor chassis. Since AMD… Go To Full Article

'Mulan' will premiere on Disney+ September 4th for $30

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With theaters closed, Disney has decided to try a “premiere access” release strategy for its live-action Mulan movie. While it still plans to attempt a theatrical release in some parts of the world, on September 4th subscribers will be able… Go To Full Article

Disney now has over 100 million streaming video subscribers

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Disney has reached a new milestone. The company revealed in its third quarter earnings report that it now has over 100 million streaming video subscribers. That figure includes 57.5 million customers from Disney+, 8.5 million from ESPN (up from 2.5… Go To Full Article

The NSA tells military personnel to avoid using location services

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The National Security Agency (NSA) has shared new guidance with US military and intelligence personnel, suggesting they take additional precautions to safeguard their location data. The agency argues the information devices and apps collect can pose... Go To Full Article

Phil Schiller is ending his long reign as Apple's marketing chief

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Phil Schiller, the longtime face of the iPhone, has a new job. He’s now an Apple Fellow, acting as a top-level adviser after 33 years at the company, where he was a leader in hardware and product marketing. Schiller remains… Go To Full Article

AirPods with wireless charging case drop to $140 at Amazon

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If you missed the last time Apple’s AirPods with wireless charging case were on sale (early last month), you have another chance to grab them. Amazon has these AirPods for $140 right now, which is roughly $30 lower than the… Go To Full Article

'CoD: Warzone' season five brings big map changes and a mini royale mode

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Some details about season five of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone emerged yesterday when Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward released an all-action trailer, but there’s so much more in store once you’ve installed the update. Warzone’s Verd... Go To Full Article

Motorola’s $399 One Fusion+ lands in North America tomorrow

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Motorola is bringing its One Fusion+ to North America tomorrow. The $399 phone was previously only available in India and Latin America, and the company hadn’t announced plans to introduce it elsewhere.A few things make the One Fusion+ standout. Not...… Go To Full Article

Pepper the robot can politely suggest you wear a damn mask

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We’ve seen Pepper, the cutesy robotic butler, provide customer service, offer info at train stations, sell smartphones and take your Pizza Hut order. Now, Pepper has a new public health mission. The humanoid is scanning faces to determine whether peo...… Go To Full Article

Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with new chips, finally makes SSDs standard

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Apple today announced a new addition to its Mac line. No, it’s not one of those newfangled ARM machines you’ve heard so much about. It’s a refreshed 27-inch iMac, bringing slightly more than the usual CPU upgrades. No, the exterior… Go To Full Article

Google Play Music will start shutting down in September

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It’s been a long time coming, but Google is in the final stages of shutting down its longstanding Google Play Music app and service in favor of YouTube Music. The shutdown will start in September in Australia and New Zealand,… Go To Full Article

Google's Family Bell brings a familiar feature of school back home

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If you’re a parent who’s missed being able to give your kids a semblance of school-like schedule while they’ve been holed up at home, Google’s latest features may be able to help. The company today announced a new tool called… Go To Full Article

EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google's Fitbit purchase

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European Commission antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of wearables company Fitbit. They’re “concerned” that the acquisition would bolster Google’s already-dominant position in online ads by... Go To Full Article

WhatsApp makes it easier to fact-check forwarded messages

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WhatsApp has been clamping down forwarded messages for years, but its work still isn’t complete. Today, the platform announced a new feature that lets users search the web for more info about frequently forwarded messages.Already, messages forwarded... Go To Full Article

The Z490 Mini-ITX Showdown

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The mini-ITX form factor is as popular as ever, with a handful of options already available for Intel's new LGA1200 socket. Over the years motherboard vendors have been perfecting their small form factor models designed to offer all of the… Go To Full Article

AMD Zen now at 6W TDP: Dual Core for Education

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At the low-end of AMD’s portfolio, the company uses Athlon Gold and Silver naming for parts that offer fewer cores and lower power consumption. These parts are still based on Zen or Zen+ microarchitecture, paired with a small amount of… Go To Full Article

Amazon launches a full season of 'Starfinder' RPG episodes on Alexa

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If there’s one thing Amazon deserves praise for, it’s the willingness to experiment with how Alexa can be used as a storytelling tool. One such experiment from late last year has paved the way for a new series of voice-only… Go To Full Article

MPK Mini mk3 is solid but iterative upgrade to a classic MIDI controller

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Akai’s MPK Mini mkII is one of the best-selling MIDI controllers out there. It’s small, affordable, and has a solid arpeggiator plus the best pads on any budget or midrange controller. But, it’s also over five years old. The portable… Go To Full Article

Microsoft wants to operate with 'zero waste' by 2030

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Microsoft has set some big environmentally focused goals for itself, and it plans to achieve them over the next 10 years. In addition to reaching carbon negative status by 2030, the tech giant has revealed that it also aims to… Go To Full Article

The UK finally clears Amazon's investment in Deliveroo

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Amazon's long slog to become a major investor in Deliveroo, one of the UK's largest food delivery services, is finally over. Today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirmed that the company could proceed as the lead investor in a… Go To Full Article

Arctic Freezer 13 X Review

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Shortly after the launch, we are today testing the Arctic Freezer 13 X, a very compact tower cooler from Arctic, which would like to offer an inexpensive alternative to the boxed cooler. To be more precise, we take a look… Go To Full Article

China won't accept 'theft' of TikTok, according to state newspaper

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China won’t accept the “theft” of TikTok, and that it has “plenty of ways to respond” if the US government tries to force a sale through, according to an editorial in the state-run China Daily (via Reuters). That follows news… Go To Full Article

Netgear Launches WAX610 AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point for SMBs

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Wi-Fi 6 deployment in the consumer market has achieved critical mass, with almost all modern smartphones and notebooks equipped with support for 802.11ax technology. As expected, we are starting to see the small-business and enterprise access points (APs) moving to… Go To Full Article

Google Assistant recommends your YouTube Music on Nest speakers

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Over the last couple of years, Google has gradually improved YouTube Music with features like playback screen lyrics and an Explore tab. Now, it has unveiled integration with some of its other products, including Android TV, Google Maps and and… Go To Full Article

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