Patriot Memory Viper RGB Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200MHz Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2018-09-21 read/post comments(0)

Even if Patriot Memory has arrived a little bit late to the table with their Viper RGB series, these do not disappoint and come with a unique appearance; depending on your system setup appearance and the desired XMP 2.0 speeds, you can choose to go either with black or white heatsinks, while the RGB 5-segment setup will surely bring a lot of eye candy to your machine. The product does feature compatibility in terms of RGB lighting with the most-known motherboard brands and for the others we do have the ability to use Patriot’s own software, supplied on the website. read more

Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 HD Gaming DAC and External USB Sound Card Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-09-15 read/post comments(0)

The latest Sound BlasterX G6 DAC and external sound card is very flexible in terms of supported platforms, but also features important upgrades over the G5. We do have now a future-proof 32-bit/384kHz, 130dB DAC that is combined with separate amplification for each channel, marketed as Xamp. The amplifier supports up to 600 ohm headphones and with the G6 we also have now Dolby Digital Decoding. Scout Mode was been introduced quite some time ago and applies certain filters in-game, for hearing more clearly footsteps, weapons and should give you an advantage. For easy operation, we do also have a hardware button for Scout Mode, but also for switching between different preset profiles or for choosing the amplification. read more

ECS LIVA Q2 Pocket PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2018-09-07 read/post comments(0)

The tiny ECS LIVA Q2 did really impress us on how much performance it can deliver, judging by its small size. Even if the manufacturer did opt-in for an active cooling system, the internal fan barely makes any noise: in IDLE we have recorded about 28.1 dBA, while when running the AIDA64 stress test the noise level did get up to 30.9 dBA, which is barely noticeable (27.8 dBA ambient). The unit does feature two USB ports in front for connecting peripherals, extra storage and besides the LAN interface we can connect it wirelessly thanks to the included internal 802.11ac adapter (Bluetooth 4.1 compatible). read more

Crucial MX500 250GB M.2 Type 2280 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-08-27 read/post comments(0)

The M.2 Type 2280 Crucial MX500 250GB does have about the same performance as its 500GB version and the installation process is pretty straight-forward. With a MTTF of 1.8 million hours, an endurance of 100TB (TBW) and a limited five-year warranty, we can consider it an ideal upgrade as a boot drive for many mainstream systems. MX500 does come with hardware-based encryption, while the integrated power loss immunity does avoid unwanted data corruption if the system would suddenly freeze or shut down. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DL10J Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2018-08-20 read/post comments(0)

With the DL10J, Shuttle is offering a solid upgrade option from the Apollo Lake DX30, thanks to the upgrade to the latest generation Gemini Lake Intel Celeron J4005 SoC. Even if we are talking about the same TDP, IPC has been increased along with the maximum clock speeds and on the graphics side, the new processor does feature Intel UHD Graphics 600, being able to drive up to three monitors. The chassis is compact and solid and preserves the outside appearance as the previous model; the VESA mount is included in the package by default, so you can mount the mini-PC in the back of the display right away. read more

BIOSTAR Racing X470GT8 AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2018-08-13 read/post comments(0)

With the Racing X470GT8, BIOSTAR has built a solid mainstream platform for the AMD Ryzen 2000 series and packs quite a bit of features. The UEFI interface is easy to navigate and within it we can fine-tune the system performance or adapt the settings depending on the installed hardware. Thanks to the total of four memory slots, we can install up to 64GB of RAM and theoretically up to 3200MHz RAM is supported; in our tests, the GEIL PC4 25600 3200MHz CL16 8GBx2 Samsung B-die based kit did run well until 2933MHz, but considering that we were running the latest BETA BIOS, things may improve in the future. read more
Storage/Other Toshiba High Speed M203 MicroSDXC Card Review by stefan @ 2018-08-03
Storage/Other Toshiba EXCERIA M303 MicroSDXC Card Review by stefan @ 2018-07-29
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY KC 6000 Slim Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2018-07-24
Cooling/Water Cooling CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review by stefan @ 2018-07-19
Others/Mice & Keyboards ROCCAT Horde AIMO Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2018-07-12

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Leica's new app lets you control your camera with a smartphone

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We know Leica is planning to announce some cameras at Photokina 2018, but before it gets to that, the company has revealed a new app for owners of its current shooters. The application, which will work for iOS and Android… Go To Full Article

Sony is working on 12 new lenses for its Alpha mirrorless cameras

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Now that Canon and Nikon are eager to get a piece of the mirrorless camera market, Sony is letting it be known that it isn't slowing down its efforts in the space anytime soon. The company announced at Photokina 2018… Go To Full Article

Sikur launches high-security phones based on Sony hardware

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Sikur garnered attention with its reportedly hack-resistant GranitePhone back in 2015, but the follow-up has been a long time in coming -- it only just announced a follow-up in February. The sequels are here, however, and they'll look more than… Go To Full Article

Yubico's YubiKey 5 series attempts to kill the password

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Adds FIDO2, WebAuthn support. Go To Full Article

Microsoft expands Nvidia GPU capabilities

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Tweaked for AI and Cloud At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced an expansion of its NVIDIA GPU capabilities, offering for the first time a powerful addition to its lineup that features 8 Nvidia Tesla V100 Tensor core GPUs… Go To Full Article

New iPhones have poor reception

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Feature supplied by shunning Qualcomm Apple fanboys are starting to moan that their new super expensive iPhones have a pretty terrible signal and noticeably slower speeds when comparing their new phones to their older models. Go To Full Article

iPhone XS and XS Max are fragile

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But good if you drop them in the loo If you want to destroy an Apple fanboy's phone it is probably not a good idea to drop it down the loo. All you need to do is… Go To Full Article

Google gives another reason to uninstall Chrome

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Chrome now uploads all your browser history In previous versions of Chrome, you could visit Gmail, YouTube or other Google websites and log into them without Chrome automatically uploading all of your browsing histories to Google but… Go To Full Article

SoundCloud’s web series shines a spotlight on its creators

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You only rarely hear SoundCloud positively associated with the words "internet superstar," but the music sharing platform helps a lot of creators get their work out there. To shine a spotlight on its community, the company has launched a series… Go To Full Article

We're live from Photokina 2018!

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While Canon and Nikon have already unveiled their long-awaited full-frame mirrorless cameras, there are other big players that may be looking to enter the category next. We're in Cologne, Germany for Photokina 2018, where rumor has it Panasonic is se...… Go To Full Article

Ricoh adds a new lens and sensor to its lightweight GR III

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Richoh's GR series is notable for combining its small, lightweight frame with a large APS-C sensor that the company claims makes it "the ultimate street photography camera." However, after a GR II refresh in 2015 to add WiFi and NFC,… Go To Full Article

Instagram founders resign from Facebook

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Just about six years after Facebook closed its $1 billion purchase of Instagram, both of the company's founders are resigning, according to a report from The New York Times and confirmed by a post on the company's blog. Kevin Systrom… Go To Full Article

Activision rolls out COD: Black Ops 4 launch trailer

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Ahead of the October 12th launch Activision has rolled out the official launch trailer for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game, launching officially on the October 12th. Activision has previously announced that… Go To Full Article

K|NGP|N pushed the RTX 2080 Ti to over 2.4GHz on LN2

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Enough for 9,275 score in Time Spy Extreme While most reviews have focused on the automated way to scan for the maximum stable overclock, Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido was quite keen to pour some LN2 on the GTX… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti PCI-Express Scaling @ TechPowerUp

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It takes a lot of bandwidth to support the fastest graphics card, especially one that can play anything at 4K 60 Hz, with an eye on 120 Hz. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti could be the most bandwidth-heavy non-storage PCIe… Go To Full Article

Try macOS Mojave's Dark Mode on these apps

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It's been a few weeks since Apple announced that macOS Mojave would launch today -- in that time, many app developers have been at work getting their creations ready for the new OS. Probably one of the changes Mac users… Go To Full Article

'Alto's Adventure' arrives on Mac for $10

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If you're a fan of Alto's Adventure, you might be pleased to know you can at long last play the revered endless runner on Mac. It's available on the redesigned Mac App Store for $10. Alto's Adventure debuted on iOS… Go To Full Article

The $12 "Gongkai" Phone

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Recently, I paid $12 at Mingtong Digital Mall for a complete phone, featuring quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an OLED display plus keypad for the UI. Simple, but functional; nothing compared to a smartphone, but useful if you're going… Go To Full Article

Apple Watch Series 4 teardown exposes all the big changes

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Apple Watch Series 4 brings a lot of changes, but how much has it changed on the inside? Quite a bit, actually -- iFixit has torn down the new smartwatch, and it's clear that this was Apple's opportunity to rethink… Go To Full Article

Waze navigation is now available on Apple CarPlay

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If you're an iPhone owner in need of driving directions, you've probably had one thing on your mind since June: when will that version of Waze with CarPlay support show up? Thankfully, you don't have to wait any more --… Go To Full Article

Microsoft releases Office 2019 for Mac and Windows

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Just because Microsoft is bent on moving everyone to cloud-based subscriptions doesn't mean it has forgotten about those who want a one-and-done purchase. The company is rolling out Office 2019 for Mac and Windows, giving you a "subset" of the… Go To Full Article

Ancestry hopes you'll share your DNA for a custom Spotify playlist

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What would your music selection sound like if it reflected every last bit of your genealogy? Ancestry can tell you... if you're willing to shed some control. The company has partnered with Spotify to offer custom playlists based on your… Go To Full Article

Google Feed gets renamed Discover, will appear on mobile homepage

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Last year, Google announced Feed, a personalized news feed that lives under the Google search box in the mobile app. Today, however, the company is rebranding Feed to Discover. You'll still get the same listing of current topics and upcoming… Go To Full Article

Chrome 69 Automatically Signs Into Google Accounts

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Chrome is the most popular browser on Earth, but many worry about the extent that Google uses it to track users and promote their own services. It seems Google took things one step further, automatically signing you into your Google… Go To Full Article

macOS Mojave is now available for download

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If you've been waiting (im)patiently for MacOS 10.14, better known as Mojave, then this is your day. You can now download and install the new operating system on your compatible Mac system. Go To Full Article

Creative Launches Super X-Fi Amp

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Creative says they dumped about $100 million in R&D developing a new surround virtualization technology. Yesterday, they announced the culmination of all those efforts: a headphone amplifier and a pair of Bluetooth headphones with "Super X-Fi Holography Technology." Creative claims… Go To Full Article

Microsoft merges search across Windows 10, Office, Edge and Bing

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Amid hardware updates and other announcements at Ignite 2018 Monday, Microsoft said it's releasing a string of new features to boost productivity, including one major change that will affect how you find what you're looking for. The company is unifyi...… Go To Full Article

What will Android look like in the next ten years?

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A decade ago, Android launched... to a world of challenges. But back in 2008, Google wasn't worried about artificial intelligence, it was just trying to make a stable mobile operating system. One that stood out in a very crowded playing… Go To Full Article

Microsoft’s AI tech will aid humanitarian efforts

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Microsoft is offering up its AI technology to those working on humanitarian efforts around the world. Over the next five years, its AI for Humanitarian Action program will put $40 million towards initiatives focused on four priorities -- disaster res...… Go To Full Article

Kingston HyperX Fury RGB SSD Review

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HyperX Fury RGB lights up that dark space in your case with customizable lighting effects, and is fully compatible with all modern RGB controllers. Utilizing the economical Marvell 88SS1074 storage controller with Toshiba 3D TLC NAND flash components, the Kingston… Go To Full Article

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