Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-07-19 read/post comments()

With the xDrive Z50, Silicon Power is proposing a simple solution for backup and file transfer between PC and Mac computers but also with iOS portable devices. The product includes the latest technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen 1 but also Lightning. It comes with Apple MFi certification and can be purchased in three different capacities: 32GB, 64GB but also 128GB. Its chassis is made of zinc alloy (thanks to the metallic casing, xDrive Z50 is dustproof, shock and scratch resistant), while the Lightning connector is protected by a durable plastic cap that was tested in-house to withstand over 10000 open/close actions. read more

Cooler Master MasterMouse S Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-07-18 read/post comments()

We have spent some time with the MasterMouse S while testing it in productivity work but also games, which did include Black Desert Online, Mafia III, Kritika Online and Secret World Legends. The mouse did feel very comfortable during use but regarding the grip modes Cooler Master is mentioning (Palm & Claw), we have only seen the Claw grip usable given the size of the mouse. The Palm grip should only work if you have small hands, but in most cases, it is out of the question. The cable solution coming with this particular model is very sturdy but this fact also implies that it is a little bit rigid so we needed some time to get accustomed with it. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim DS77U Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-07-14 read/post comments()

Shuttle has updated just recently its XPC Slim and XPC Nano series with the new Kaby Lake generation from Intel, which does not only have an increased IPC versus the previous Skylake but also higher clocks. The DS77U series does pack a durable 1.3L metallic chassis, is approved for 24/7 operation and can be purchased in four different variants (DS77U with Celeron 3865U, DS77U3 with Core i3-7100U, DS77U5 with Core i5-7200U but also DS77U7 with Core i7-7500U). This configuration scheme gives more flexibility, so the companies/end users can go for the model that is able to run their desired applications optimally. read more

DOOGEE Y6 Moonlight Blue Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2017-07-11 read/post comments(0)

The Y6 smartphone from DOOGEE comes with a really solid build construction and is also quite heavy versus other products in the same category (about 200 grams). For just 115 Euros, you are getting decent low-end to mainstream performance, a bright 5.5’’ HD display manufactured by Sharp, a responsive touch screen but also a big 3200mAh battery. For easy and more secure screen unlock you can take advantage of the fingerprint reader in the back which does work decently, increase the smartphone storage with a large microSDHC/microSHXC card or simply benefit from the Dual-SIM capabilities of the terminal. read more

ROCCAT Leadr Wireless Multi-Button RGB Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-07-06 read/post comments()

While the multitude of button placement may discourage some mainstream users but also entry-level gamers and would state they will never use these or are somewhat hard accessible, this is not the case! ROCCAT made sure that the button placement is optimal and we have had absolutely no problems accessing the ones placed on the left panel with games such as Kritika Online or Black Deset Online. The sets of buttons on the left and right side of the usual left/right click buttons need some time to get used to, while the Easy-Shift[+] function button can be accessed very conveniently. read more

QNAP TS-653B 6-bay QTS-Linux Combo Quad-core NAS with PCIe Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-07-04 read/post comments(0)

The TS-653B is another interesting NAS from the well-known QNAP brand, with great flexibility in terms of add-on cards, does feature upgradable RAM, an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core SoC for low power consumption and dual-channel 4K H.265/H.265 hardware decoding via hardware support or offline transcoding. Virtualization is supported via the Container and Virtualization station, while for the HDMI output we can choose to run either the QTS HybridDesk Station or a fully-fledged Ubuntu distribution. read more
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Cooling/Water Cooling Deepcool Captain 240 EX RGB Liquid Cooler Review by stefan @ 2017-06-27
Storage/Other Silicon Power Mobile C31 Dual Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2017-06-22
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Extreme Networks completes Avaya sale

@ 2017/07/21 read/post comments(0)
Networking intergration Extreme Networks, has completed its acquisition of Avaya's networking business. The acquisition is part of a the company’s push to take control of the enterprise networking market… Go To Full Article

Police body cams will soon use AI to find missing people

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Motorola is adding machine learning to its surveillance equipment used by law enforcement personnel. Cops in Chicago's Waukegan police department are already suiting up with the company's Si500 body cams. But those same cameras could soon pack AI tha...… Go To Full Article

Escalators of tomorrow will have self-sterilizing handrails

@ 2017/07/21 read/post comments(0)
You know what's a real cesspit of sickness, disease and transmittable maladies? The moving handrails that you find on escalators and moving walkways. It's why LG's electronics arm, Innotek, has spent time and money building a device that can banish… Go To Full Article

LG Aristo – Smart and Innovative

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LG Aristo innovates the selfie with its “Gesture Interval Shot “ technique. Go To Full Article

Essential’s first smartphone is coming to the UK

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The first phone from Android creator Andy Rubin's new company, Essential, is coming to the UK. As the Financial Times reports, the startup is holding talks with a number of British carriers, including EE, about a potential exclusivity deal. It… Go To Full Article

Intel Core X in short supply

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Demand outstripping supply Chipzilla seems to have made a mistake over the demand for its eight- and 10-core Core X processors for the high-end desktop market. Word on the street is that you can’t… Go To Full Article

How to Reverse Look Up a Phone Number

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You get a call from a phone number you don’t recognize. There’s a good chance it’s just a scammer, but it could also be a legitimate business or a person you know. Rather than answering the phone or calling the… Go To Full Article

The Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Keyboard Review

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A few months ago, Kingston made their move into the mechanical keyboards market with the Alloy FPS, a compact, portable mechanical keyboard. Today we are having a look at their second mechanical keyboard, the HyperX Alloy Elite, a product that… Go To Full Article

Meet the International Space Station’s adorable camera drone

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Astronauts on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion to play around with. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the "Int-Ball," a spherical camera that floats around alongside... Go To Full Article

UAE alliance hacked Qatar

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Cyber Jihad planted fake news so it could create embargo Qatar's government news and social media sites in May was orchestrated by the UAE so they could have a pretext for isolating the country, according to… Go To Full Article

US and Australia finish a key round of hypersonic missile tests

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The US and its allies are determined to be first out of the gate with hypersonic weapons, and they've just taken a big stride forward in that regard... not that they're saying much about it. Both the US and Australia… Go To Full Article

[M] Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review

@ 2017/07/19 read/post comments(0)
With the xDrive Z50, Silicon Power is proposing a simple solution for backup and file transfer between PC and Mac computers but also with iOS portable devices. The product includes the latest technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen 1 but… Go To Full Article

[M] Cooler Master MasterMouse S Gaming Mouse Review

@ 2017/07/18 read/post comments(0)
We have spent some time with the MasterMouse S while testing it in productivity work but also games, which did include Black Desert Online, Mafia III, Kritika Online and Secret World Legends. The mouse did feel very comfortable during use… Go To Full Article

Facebook rebuffs Pakistan request to link accounts to phone numbers

@ 2017/07/17 read/post comments(0)
Pakistan has gone to great lengths to track technology users in the name of censorship and security, but it's not going to get very far with Facebook. The social network has turned down a government request to link phone numbers… Go To Full Article

Google wins fight with Labor Department over pay gap data

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Google appears to have emerged mostly triumphant in its fight with the Department of Labor over supplying pay gap data. An administrative law judge has ruled that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs overstepped its boundaries by askin...… Go To Full Article

Flat microscope for the brain could help restore lost eyesight

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You'd probably prefer that doctors restore lost sight or hearing by directly repairing your eyes and ears, but Rice University is one step closer to the next best thing: transmitting info directly to your brain. It's developing a flat microscope… Go To Full Article

Porsche installs its first high-speed electric car chargers

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Porsche knows that electric vehicles are the future, and it just took a big step to prepare for that future. The performance car brand just opened a new office in Berlin, and the new facility includes the company's first two… Go To Full Article

MPC-HC Is Officially Dead

@ 2017/07/17 read/post comments(0)
Version 1.7.13 of MPC-HC (Media Player Classic Home Cinema) released today, but it comes with depressing news: the announcement reveals that the number of active developers has dried up, so the project is over and finished. MPC-HC, when coupled with… Go To Full Article

HTC's phone keyboard is pestering users with ads

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It's one thing to voluntarily put up with ads on your phone in return for a lower price or free apps, but it's another to have ads delivered without warning... and unfortunately, HTC owners are dealing with that right now.… Go To Full Article

VW Says Its Tesla Model 3-Fighter Will Be $7,000 to $8,000 Cheaper

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VW seems hell bent on beating the Tesla Model 3 in every aspect: the automaker initially made claims that their first all-electric vehicle, "I.D. concept," would beat both the Model 3 and Model X in range, and now they suggest… Go To Full Article

The frantic swordfighting of 'Nidhogg 2' arrives on August 15th

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If you're a fan of in-person two-player games, there's a good chance you've heard of Nidhogg. Its frenetic swordfighting is easy to pick up, difficult to master and oozing with Atari 2600-style visual charm. There's only been so much you… Go To Full Article

LG Launches A7 OLED with HD Resolution

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This comes as a surprise to me because I thought LG was focusing all of their OLED efforts on 4K sets: the new A7 is, in fact, a Full HD display, and without an annoying curved screen to boot. While… Go To Full Article

Elon Musk: AI Is Society's "Biggest Risk"

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The Tesla and SpaceX CEO spoke to a panel of governors yesterday to explore how state leaders can prepare for and benefit from innovative technologies. Among other interesting tidbits, such as additional Gigafactories coming to the US and the prediction… Go To Full Article

Google Is Releasing 20 Million Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes in Fresno

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Verily, the life sciences arm of Google's parent company Alphabet, will release about 1 million mosquitoes a week over a 20-week period in two 300-acre neighborhoods in Fresno as a means of exterminating the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is… Go To Full Article

Tesla will open '2 or 3' more Gigafactories in the US

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It's no secret that Tesla wants to open Gigafactories around the world to keep up with demand for electric cars and storage batteries, but how many of those will open in the US? Now we know: Elon Musk has confirmed… Go To Full Article

Disney's immersive 'Star Wars' hotel is a Jedi dream come true

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No, you're not dreaming: Walt Disney World plans to open an insanely ambitious immersive Star Wars hotel that sounds like something out of Westworld. Every guest will experience a completely unique story throughout their stay, which will "touch every...… Go To Full Article

GM is renting cars to Uber drivers in Australia

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GM is expanding the presence of its Zipcar-style service Maven in Australia. The company has begun testing Maven Gig in Sydney through a pilot program with Uber a few months after it started trialing the main Maven service in Melbourne.… Go To Full Article

Amazon may unveil its own messaging app

@ 2017/07/17 read/post comments(0)
The messaging app field is as hot as ever with Apple, Facebook and Google (among others) slugging it out... and Amazon appears to want in on the action. AFTVnews claims to have customer survey info revealing that Amazon is working… Go To Full Article

Sprint hopes smartphone leases will woo new subscribers

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Sprint has revealed yet another two new programs in an effort to lure subscribers away from other carriers. Back in June, it introduced a promo offering other carriers' customers a year of free data. Now, it has launched Sprint Flex… Go To Full Article

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' behind the scenes footage is here

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After offering up a quick look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi in April, Disney gave us a further taste at its D23 Expo today with a new behind the scenes reel. More than anything, it sets the mood for… Go To Full Article

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