Shuttle Barebone XH97V Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2015-01-28 read/post comments(0)

By sporting one of the latest Intel chipsets, Shuttle has built another barebone from their Slim-PC series, which can accommodate processors from the latest Haswell or Haswell Refresh series, up to 16GB of SODIMM RAM, extra storage via the full-size Mini-PCIe slot, additional expansion thanks to the half-size Mini-PCIe slot (for example a WLAN card), no less than two 2.5’’ drives and also one slim optical drive; the tray which accommodates the slim optical drive can also accommodate one extra 2.5’’ drive if there is no need to use disks. read more

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Tower Air Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2015-01-27 read/post comments()

Austrian company NOCTUA, known for their silent yet efficient processor coolers, released last year their behemoth NH-D15 cooler. The successor of their successful NH-D14 had to have even more performance while keeping the noise level still comfortable for day to day living room operations. This cooler is designed to handle the heat output of the latest hexa and octa-core crunching processors without breaking a sweat, thus for people who don't overclock or for those that don't run high wattage setups this cooler is pure overkill. Time to pop the package and see what Noctua has in store for us with their flagship NH-D15 tower CPU cooler. read more

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-01-21 read/post comments()

Corsair have really outdone themselves with the release of the K70 RGB keyboard, by providing near unlimited possibilities regarding the LED lighting configuration thanks to the CUE software but also a large number of customizations are available per-key. read more

HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking Station Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-01-16 read/post comments(0)

For people constantly on-the go, the HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking station comes to help by providing an extra HDMI port, one VGA port but also one Ethernet gigabit port, all in a single adapter; potential customers will say that by plugging this device we will lose one available USB 3.0 port, but HIS had this in mind and has also provided one extra USB 3.0 to complement the lost one. read more

BAPCo TabletMark v3 Benchmark Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-01-15 read/post comments()

The new TabletMark benchmark from BAPCo is one interesting software each hardware enthusiast should check out, which is offered free of charge and thanks to the community the database will grow consistently in order to have comparisons between lots of tablet models which are now present on the market from different manufacturers. read more

UleFone Be One Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-01-12 read/post comments(1)

The Be One model from UleFone sports a newer Android version than Kolina K100+ V6, 4.4.2 and we have promises Android 5.0 will be also available for this model. Speaking of the device performances, we are dealing with the quite familiar octa-core MTK6592, which was released after the quad-core MTK6589, none of them sporting stellar performances regarding the GPS. The MTK6592 can be found in three different versions: 1.7GHz which was the first one and we have seen it at the iOCEAN X7S and X8, the later 2.0GHz Turbo version which we have seen with the ThL 5000 and Kolina K100+ V6, but also 1.4GHz which is the lowest clocked and also has only 600MHz 3D clock. Be One comes… read more
Storage/NAS Synology DS415play NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-01-11
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK Archer C8 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Review by stefan @ 2015-01-07
Audio/Others SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2015-01-05
Mobile/Smart Phones Kolína K100 + V6 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-01-02
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Chroma Set Review by stefan @ 2014-12-31

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Dropbox now reports when non-US governments want your data

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While Dropbox was quick to embrace transparency reports, it's been pretty opaque about data requests from outside the US. How do you know which countries want your info? You don't have to wonder any longer. The cloud storage outfit has… Go To Full Article

Samsung looks for a boost as its smartphone sales keep slipping

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Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in Q4, but for the… Go To Full Article

COUGAR 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCC

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All in all, the COUGAR 600K is quite a nice looking keyboard. It has improved my thoughts on COUGAR as a brand in its entirety. A while back, I saw COUGAR as a cheap (though expensive) peripheral maker. That thought… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm confirms loss of a 'large customer', probably Samsung

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Qualcomm's presence inside many of the world's most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was some bad news. In its Q4… Go To Full Article

SpaceX shows how its heavy-lifting rocket will (hopefully) work

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has yet to grace a launch pad, but that isn't stopping the company from extolling the reusable rocket's virtues. Elon Musk and crew have posted an animation (below) demonstrating how a typical mission with the heavy-duty reusabl...… Go To Full Article

Facebook continues to rake in money from mobile as video views increase

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While Facebook made waves last year with its investment in Oculus and WhatsApp, it continues to make most of its money from just plain ol' Facebook. And, in particular, from mobile. In the last quarter of 2014, the social networking… Go To Full Article

Bill Gates doesn't get why we're not worried about super intelligent AI

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Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have brought up the potential dangers of super intelligent AI several times over the past few years (Musk even donated $10 million toward cautious AI research), but now Bill Gates is also getting into the… Go To Full Article

Tiger Woods on how technology improved his signature shoe

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Nike's endorsement of Tiger Woods, the most prominent face in golf, dates back to when he first began his professional career in 1996. Since then, shoe technology has evolved tremendously, thanks to the development of new design materials that have… Go To Full Article

Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard Review

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Logitech is a well known manufacturer of both mouse and keyboards. The product we will review here is the new Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard - with Romer G switches and full RGB backlight. Go To Full Article

Tesla Model S P85D's 'Insane Mode' lives up to its name

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Apparently some people haven't heard that Tesla's dual-motor, all-wheel-drive P85D upgrade to its Model S turns the car into a performance monster. An aptly named "Insane Mode" turns up the power so owners can experience the promised 0 - 60mph… Go To Full Article

ZTE debuts $250 Blade S6 with Android Lollipop and 64-bit CPU

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ZTE today announced its latest smartphone aimed at the budget-conscious buyers out there. The new Blade S6 also happens to be one of the first mid-range smartphones to be announced with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The ZTE… Go To Full Article

Sound Blaster E5 @ LanOC Reviews

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A while back I had the chance to check out the E1 from Sound Blaster. This was a small portable headphone amp that also doubled as a portable USB sound card. You could hook it up to our phone or… Go To Full Article

AMD’s next-gen ‘Zen’ CPU architecture rumored to debut in Q3 2016

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New details on AMD’s next-generation desktop CPU architecture have arrived courtesy of new rumors from Sweoverclockers. The upcoming Zen architecture will succeed the Bulldozer architecture that AMD has been using from 2011. According to the report published on the website,… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA explains why GTX 970 cannot use its full 4GB VRAM

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Owners of the new NVIDIA GTX 970 graphics card have been complaining that it doesn’t seem to be using any more than 3.5GB of available memory when playing games at Quad-HD or 4K resolutions, which is lower than the 4GB… Go To Full Article

The phone designed to protect your information had a big hole

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Folks buy the highly secure Blackphone handset for the warm and fuzzy feeling that nobody can see their stuff, but that trust was misplaced until recently, according to security expert Mark Dowd. He found a vulnerability in the text message… Go To Full Article

GeForce GTX 960 Article Round Up @HiTech Legion

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"With its new architecture the GeForce GTX 960 consumes less power than any prior generation of GeForce graphics while still producing more power per watt. The GM 206 GPU is the most advanced mainstream processor on the market." … Go To Full Article

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptop

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CES has come and gone; the holidays are long past; and now all we're left with are a few months of dreary weather. No fun, right? Right. Except if you're a tech writer. Now that most major companies have revealed… Go To Full Article

Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro Review @ Vortez

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Straight off the back of the NVIDIA GTX 960 launch last week, Cyberpower has seized the opportunity and equipped their Infinity Hercules Pro system with this new exciting, mid-range GPU and today we’ll be exploring whether this build is worth… Go To Full Article

First 'Threes', now 'Monument Valley': knockoff developer strikes again

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Did you play Monument Valley (above left), the gorgeous perspective-based puzzler from last year? It costs $4 on Google Play / iTunes, and is one of 2014's best games. And now you can get it for free. Sort of. You… Go To Full Article

Galaxy Note 3 becomes second Samsung device to receive Android Lollipop

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The update is rolling out to Galaxy Note 3 owners in Russia starting today. Pushing out software updates to its devices quickly isn’t one of Samsung’s strong suits, but the company did manage to update the Galaxy S5, its current… Go To Full Article

How to Hide the Cortana Search Box on the Windows 10 Taskbar

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One of the most talked about features in the latest version of Windows 10 was the Cortana personal assistant that is integrated directly into the taskbar. But what if you don’t want to waste all that taskbar space? Go To Full Article

DJI no longer lets you fly its drones in Washington, DC

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' DJI really, really doesn't want to see its drones in the news for the wrong reasons. Just a day after the world learned that one of its robotic vehicles crash-landed at the White House, the company is pushing out… Go To Full Article

Testing USB 3.1

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Everyone wants more. Everyone wants more storage space, faster access, cheaper costs. It should have been here yesterday, but we are restrained at the current rate of development which sometimes moves in strides or sometimes does the 1-2 quickstep. For… Go To Full Article

Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups

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Blue's News has posted a follow-up to that whole Far Cry 4 Key revocation mess that has left many gamers out in the cold with a deactivated game. These keys were purchased illegally through Origin: "In this case, we confirmed… Go To Full Article

Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Monitor Review

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When it comes to gaming, 4K displays present a conundrum (beyond 4K being used incorrectly, but I’ll still use it). On the one hand, all the extra pixels allow for far more detail. On the other, that is a lot… Go To Full Article

ASUS C300M Chromebook User Review

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When we first thought about picking up a Chromebook, we were very weary. For one who is extremely familiar with Windows and Mac OS X, it was hard to imagine anything different. With the Internet of Things being the big… Go To Full Article

Uber works out how to insure its drivers between fares

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Uber has inked a deal with insurer Metromile that addresses a huge question mark: whether its drivers are sufficiently insured between fares. Until now, the ridesharing firm had been giving US drivers $1 million in commercial liability coverage when ...… Go To Full Article

MSI GT80 Titan Review (2x GTX980m) (023UK)

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Few products have generated as much hype and interest as the MSI GT80 Titan Gaming laptop. Kitguru was the first major publication to cover the new laptop when we flew over to Taipei last November. LEO then got his hands… Go To Full Article

Biostar Outs GeForce GTX 750 Ti Gaming OC Graphics Card

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Biostar made a comeback to graphics cards after a long sabbatical, with a new GeForce GTX 750 Ti based graphics card, the GTX 750 Ti Gaming OC. Based on a custom-design that we guess could be originally designed by either… Go To Full Article

Your PS Vita is about to get slightly less useful

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If you regularly use the Maps and YouTube apps on your PlayStation Vita, please raise a hand. If you'd be mightily disappointed if those were to disappear from the portable console, keep your hand up and someone will bring you… Go To Full Article

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