Toshiba MG04ACA400A 4TB Enterprise HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2015-03-21 read/post comments()

The new MG04ACA series from Toshiba is composed from drives which are meant for enterprise, mission-critical applications, while sporting higher transfer rates and capacities. The tested sample comes with 128MB of cache and comes in two versions, depending on the applications it is needed for: with 512 sector emulation or strictly with 4K sector. Make sure to choose wisely which drive is for you and your setups in order to bypass any incompatibilities which may arise. read more

ASUSTOR AS5104T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-03-17 read/post comments()

The AS5104T NAS from ASUSTOR is built upon the proven chassis solution we have found on their previous generations, with an easy readable LCD display and additional buttons for performing the initial configuration without the need of a PC or extra software. The Celeron J1900 quad-core processor at its core delivers very good transfer rates when moving data; this is paired with a 2GB SODIMM module but the memory can be upgraded up to 8GB if needed, when we are running multiple services at once. read more

KingSing T8 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-03-10 read/post comments()

Along with the Elephone G3, this is the second low-cost smartphone we are testing on MadShrimps.be and we can consider ourselves impressed that for only $99 we are receiving a product with an exterior design similar to one of the Xiaomi flagships, is equipped MTKs last year octa-core processor and is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM. read more

Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2015-03-09 read/post comments()

The H1500 headset takes part of the latest Corsair Gaming series, packs dual 50mm drives and is able to emulate 7.1 surround sound thanks to the Dolby Pro Logic IIx certification. The product comes with a 3-meter cable and on it we will also find a tiny remote which allows working with the volume control or for muting the microphone. read more

Thecus N4310 Soho/Home Linux NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-03-06 read/post comments(0)

The latest N4310 SOHO/Home NAS from Thecus is a visible upgrade over their low-cost N2310, both outside and inside; the hardware has been beefed up regarding the number of USB 3.0 ports, we’ve got more internal RAM and the SoC frequency (AMCC APM86491RDK) is now 1GHz instead of only 800MHz. read more

Cooler Master Novatouch TKL Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-03-02 read/post comments()

The latest NovaTouch TKL keyboard from Cooler Master is featuring revised switches made in cooperation with Topre which can accommodate regular Cherry MX keycaps and the manufacturer has also included O-rings In order to prevent bottoming out and this way some of the noise is eliminated. read more
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 F4-3000C15Q-GRR 16GB Memory Kit Review by leeghoofd @ 2015-03-02
Mobile/Smart Phones Xiaomi Mi4 64GB Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-02-24
Storage/Other Toshiba TransMemory-EX II USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2015-02-22
Others/Miscelleneous NZXT DOKO PC Streaming Device Review by stefan @ 2015-02-16
Storage/Other Silicon Power Mobile X31 OTG USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2015-02-13

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Motorola found guilty of infringing on a patent from infamous troll

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There was good news and bad news for Motorola in its second round in court with the patent holding firm Intellectual Ventures. A Delaware jury cleared Motorola of infringing on one of IV's wireless patents, but it also said that… Go To Full Article

'Blade Runner' tech gives 'Borderlands' its signature sound

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"The Commodore 64 is like my Bible; that's when [game] music began because that's when they put an analog chip into a computer," composer Jesper Kyd says of the nearly 33-year-old home computer. "Before that it was PC or Atari… Go To Full Article

Beats Music relaunch reportedly being headed by Trent Reznor

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He’s the frontman for the Nine Inch Nails. There have been many reports over the past few months that Apple is working on a major relaunch of Beats Music, the music streaming service it inherited when it acquired Beats. Some… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Announces 48-layer 128Gbit 3D NAND

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The 3D NAND race is heating up. Samsung has been shipping its 3D NAND products for over six months now, but so far we have known very little about the others' 3D NAND technology. With today's announcement, Toshiba is shedding… Go To Full Article

Lyft's answer to rideshare safety is befriending your driver

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While Uber is doing its best to make sure passengers feel safe with its drivers, Lyft just wants us all to be friends. Next week a new "Lyft profiles" feature is coming to the app that the company hopes will… Go To Full Article

HTC One M9 kicks off US online sales March 27, stores will get it April 10

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Only available in Taiwan thus far, the “dual-toned” full-metal flagship manages to steal Samsung Galaxy S6’s thunder after all. Aluminum unibody vs metallic frames and Gorilla Glass back cover. Full HD screen resolution prudence vs unapologetic Quad HD beauty. Sheer… Go To Full Article

Razer's handing open-source VR kits to more than 20 education labs

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Razer's entry into virtual reality may not be as ballsy as HTC's or Samsung's, but it could be just as important. Back in January the gaming manufacturer revealed Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a project that offers a hardware design… Go To Full Article

Philips turns out the lights

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Dutch giant Philips had already said it would split its existing business into two companies – automotive lighting and LED and its healthcare business. But now it looks like it’s exiting its core business – lighting – completely. Go To Full Article

PayPal's failure to spot sanctioned accounts just cost it $7.7 millon

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PayPal has has agreed to pay the US Department of the Treasury $7.7-million, after the financial giant processed transactions for a number of companies and individuals on the US sanctions list. A total of 486 violations of US regulations had… Go To Full Article

Trio of iPhones speculated for 2015 launch, including compact new 4-inch model

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Referenced on the inside as iPhone 6C, the entry-level Apple handheld should be joined to market by a 6S and 6S Plus with upgraded A9 chips under the hood. Trust them or not, consider them a reputable source of tech… Go To Full Article

SPEEDLINK Now Available in North America

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Jöllenbeck GmbH is continuing to expand. Selected SPEEDLINK products are now available in North America through the wholly-owned subsidiary SPEEDLINK USA, INC. The products are available from Amazon and the electronics retail chain Fry's, among others. Owner-run Jöllenbeck GmbH from… Go To Full Article

MSI Launches Plethora of New Gaming All-in-One PCs

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MSI, world leading manufacturer of gaming hardware, launches a whole pack of new Gaming All-in-One PCs, featuring the latest Intel Core i7 and i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M and GTX970M graphics. The MSI AG270 3K, MSI Gaming 24GE IPS… Go To Full Article

Futuremark Releases 3DMark Update with API Overhead Feature-set

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Futuremark is excited to introduce our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test - the world's first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It's also the very first public application to use DirectX… Go To Full Article

The Z+ Pro sets ARCTIC's monitor arm series one above it

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Only recently ARCTIC has equipped the workplace for all needs with the new Z Pro monitor arm series. The Z + Pro sets now one above on it. For the extra overview the extension kit enables to…

Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge: Preview

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Yesterday, we finally received our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge review units. We’re still working on the final review but I wanted to share some early results from both devices. For those that are unfamiliar with these two phones, the… Go To Full Article

HTC’s next flagship to offer wireless charging out of the box

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Samsung’s decision to do the same with the Galaxy S6 lineup might be one reason for HTC’s decision. Wireless charging is the most convenient way of charging a smartphone out there. Users can simply drop their phone on a wireless… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active rumors: bigger battery, microSD slot, no HR monitor

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It sounds like the standard S6 and its semi-rugged cousin will be divergent in respect to not only the exterior, but some of the internals as well. Now that the initial buzz is starting to settle, and the commercial launch… Go To Full Article

LG's Watch Urbane LTE will soon be available in South Korea for $590

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LG is releasing the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea within the next few days, which means we now have an idea how much one will cost. Turns out the fancy mobile internet-connected smartwatch is priced at 650,000 won or… Go To Full Article

ZTE announces the Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini

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ZTE’s newest phones look somewhat similar to Sony’s Xperia Z line of flagships, at least from the back. ZTE has unleashed two new smartphones for the Chinese market, dubbed the Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 mini. As the names… Go To Full Article

How a handless gamer dominates 'League of Legends'

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Gamer Massimiliano Sechi has achieved "diamond" status at League of Legends, reserved for just a fraction of the game's estimated 67 million regular players. The kicker is that Sechi (aka MacsHG) was born without hands and one leg, putting him… Go To Full Article

Apple creates old lamps for new scheme in China

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Fruity cargo cult Apple thinks that the best way for punters behind the bamboo curtain to keep buying its expensive products is if they can trade them in like a car. Jobs’ Mob plans to introduce a… Go To Full Article

ASRock Unveils Fatal1ty 970 Performance Socket AM3+ Motherboard

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ASRock unveiled its newest socket AM3+ motherboard for gamers with on a budget, the Fatal1ty 970 Performance. Based on the AMD 970 chipset with SB950 southbridge, this board offers a slick feature-set for its potentially two-figure price. Built in the… Go To Full Article

Google makes it easier for Android users to view custom maps

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A custom map you've created for a trip is only useful if you can access it when you need it. Thankfully, Google's bringing back My Maps integration with Android, so it's now easier to view your personalized files on mobile.… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Develops World's First 48-Layer BiCS

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Toshiba Corporation today announced development of the world's first 48-layer three dimensional stacked cell structure flash memory called BiCS, a 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) device. Sample shipments of products using the new process technology start today. The BiCS is based… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Announces 48-Layer 3D NAND

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that it has successfully developed its 48 layer second generation 3D NAND, also referred to as BiCS2. Pilot production will commence as planned in the second half of 2015… Go To Full Article

Icy Dock Announces ExpressCage MB324SP-B

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As one of our most exciting releases to date, the ExpressCage MB324SP-B brings to you our highly consumer-friendly enclosure made for anyone that requires affordable storage density. Fit up to 4 x 2.5" SATA/SAS HDD/SSD (7mm-12.5mm) into a single 5.25"… Go To Full Article

Dragon Age II 4-Years Later Review @ OCC

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"So, is it worth going to Kirkwall and becoming its Champion, or should the city be left to its crisis? As a single game, I give Dragon Age II a weak recommendation. It is not a bad game, although it… Go To Full Article

Apple will let Foxconn buy and resell used iPhones in China

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Thanks to the consistently high local demand, the iPhone resell business is rather lucrative in China, to the point where even the company who actually manufactures the devices wants in as well. According to Bloomberg, Apple is about to launch… Go To Full Article

Amazon hosts a robot competition to automate its warehouses

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Amazon leans heavily on warehouse robots to assist workers and fulfill your orders on time, but these machines still can't pack items quickly enough to replace humans. However, the internet giant is determined to make these mechanical helpers more us... Go To Full Article

Federal law enforcement is wasting a lot of money on drones

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The US' national law enforcement has been using drones to help nab crooks for almost nine years, but it's still making plenty of rookie mistakes. The Department of Justice's Inspector General has published an audit that shows its agencies not… Go To Full Article

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