Shuttle DS57U Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2015-08-04 read/post comments()

Shuttle has built the DS57U inside a proven chassis, which takes quite little space and succeeds to cool the internal components without the need of extra fans; one of the case laterals is acting like a huge heatsink and in this case it only remains warm even when the system is stressed to the max. Besides the Intel Celeron 3205U, we will also find models on the same platform with the Intel i3-5005U CPU (DS57U3), the Intel i5-5200U CPU (DS57U5) or the Intel i7-5500U CPU (DS57U7). For extra value we are also offered a VESA mount and screws, in order to easily install the unit behind our office monitor (when applicable). read more

Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2015-08-01 read/post comments()

As the previous FlashAir 32GB card we have tested, its latest version comes with about the same features, but we have improvements on the transfer rates, while we have seen that the wireless speeds have remained the same. Regarding the wireless interface, we can obtain similar speeds as with the previous version, but keep in mind that multiple factors can affect the wireless transfer speeds like the number of available 2.4GHz networks in the area, shielding inside the camera we are using FlashAir on, performance of the Wi-FI adapter from our desktop/laptop/tablet and so on. read more

QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-07-28 read/post comments()

Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also sporting a unique-shaped chassis design. Speaking about the chassis, now it looks more stylish, ideal to be installed in our living-room and the discrete LEDs help us find out the system status at all times; the memory is now very easy upgradable up to 8GB of RAM by simply removing a small plastic cover on the bottom area of the unit. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-25 read/post comments()

The technology incorporated inside the R9 390 GPU is not new but is based on the Hawaii (now baptized Grenada), with the same shader count, texture units, ROPs and so on. The manufacturing process is also still 28nm but there are minor improvements which allow running the card at higher speeds and the memory quantity has been doubled, from 4GB to 8GB. Since the HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 is marketed as a pre-overclocked card, the GPU clocked has been raised to 1020MHz instead of 1000MHz stock, while the memory clock remains the same as the OEM AMD cards. read more

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-07-22 read/post comments()

VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC. read more

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-07-19 read/post comments()

The Vector 180 from OCZ takes part from their high-end offerings and besides the useful Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) addition, we do also benefit from the ShieldPlus warranty which implies no shipping costs and no extra hassles. Thanks to the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the performances of the drive are top-notch and succeeds to stay in top for both read and write operations which is great for gamers or the usual workstation activities. read more
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2015-07-17
Motherboards/Intel S1150 BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2015-07-13
Storage/NAS ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-08
Cooling/Water Cooling Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review by stefan @ 2015-07-03
Mobile/Smart Phones Mlais M7 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-28

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Xilence Introduces New CPU Cooler Series

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Xilence, specialist in cooling, power supply and noise reduction for PCs and laptops, presents the Performance C series, a new line-up of coolers. The three new models are clearly positioned in the market's value segment. In addition to an affordable… Go To Full Article

YouTube makes new desktop player available to everyone

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YouTube just got a facelift -- it's not a complete reconstruction, but it's definitely more than just fillers to smooth out wrinkles. The Google-owned video sharing service has rolled out its new HTML5 desktop player to everyone after a few… Go To Full Article

Apple pushes display trends

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Every tech analyst in the known universe understands that global demand for smartphones is declining. But it’s an ill wind that blows no-one any good, and it appears that manufacturers of high end displays are benefiting from… Go To Full Article

Acer furnishes $170 and up Cloudbooks with full Windows 10

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The cheapest Microsoft-powered Chromebook antagonists yet are no pushovers, and best of all, they’re manufactured by a household name in the industry instead of Haier or Hisense. Well, that sure didn’t take long. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook was previewed… Go To Full Article

PowerColor PCS+ R9 390X Graphic

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"The PowerColor PCS+ R9 390X Graphic Card arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will check the PCS+ in the following Review with a Resolution from 2560x1600, 1920x1200, 1680x1050, the real Power Consumption, loudness, temperature, Overclocking and many more against other Graphic Cards."… Go To Full Article

Finally, a $9,000 watch that attaches to your Apple Watch

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California-based (where else?) watch-maker Nico Gerard has announced a timepiece that has an Apple Watch lodged within a pretty typical analog watch strap. Yep: a watch for your Apple Watch. Oh and preorders start at $9,300 — although that in... Go To Full Article

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook gives you a full Windows laptop for $169

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Hey, HP: you're far from the only one who can play the ridiculously low-cost Windows laptop game. Acer has unveiled the Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14, a pair of thin-and-light Windows 10 portables that promise a 'real' PC experience… Go To Full Article

KitGuru visit Cooler Master HQ in Eindhoven

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Cooler Master held a Press briefing at their European HQ in Eindhoven. In part they wanted to show off their new building but mainly they wanted to talk some more about their ‘Master’ concept. Go To Full Article

People stop taking the tablets

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Every market research company known to the world plus her or his dog is pointing to the inevitable. There’s no compelling reason to buy another tablet once you’ve got one or two and a smartphone as well. … Go To Full Article

OS X flaw leaves Macs vulnerable to attacks, no password required

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The latest version of OS X contains a serious flaw that hackers can use to attack your computer without ever needing your password. The issue is around a hidden document -- Sudoers -- which is effectively a list of permissions… Go To Full Article

Samsung dissed by America

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Some American commentators seem to believe that Samsung’s glory days are over but really it’s hard to put a vertically integrated company like the Korean giant down. According to Reuters, Samsung faces some “sombre” years ahead, beset… Go To Full Article

Apple Readies New iMac Desktops for Q3-2015

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Apple is readying a new generation of iMac desktops, which it plans to launch in Q3-2015, likely at its September press event. The new Macs are expected to come with faster processors (likely Intel "Skylake,") faster DDR4 memory, and an… Go To Full Article

Unigen Announces 1TB SATA III 2.5-inch SSD Solutions

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Unigen Corporation has announced an MLC NAND flash based 2.5" SATA III SSD solution in densities up to 1TB. This SSD solution is intended for high density storage, cloud storage, industrial, and networking applications. The products are designed around a… Go To Full Article

Unigen Announces DDR4 Modules

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Unigen Corporation, a Leading Integrated Solutions Provider and Manufacturer of Enterprise Class Flash Storage SSDs and DRAM Modules, today announced the availability of its latest lineup of DDR4 memory modules for embedded, networking, and enterprise applications. Using… Go To Full Article

'Gunjack,' a VR space shooter that puts you in the cockpit

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You're sitting in the pilot seat of a cutting-edge spacecraft outfitted with two heavy-duty turrets. The inky universe expands around you and begins to populate with enemy ships: You pull the triggers and shoot them down, gathering new ammunition f... Go To Full Article

Toshiba Unveils 256 Gigabit 48-layer 3D TLC NAND Chip

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Toshiba Corporation today unveiled the new generation of BiCS FLASH, a three-dimensional (3D) stacked cell structure flash memory. The new device is the world's first 256-gigabit (32gigabytes) 48-layer BiCS device and also deploys industry-leading 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology. Sample… Go To Full Article

Lollipop now on 18.1 percent of Android devices

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After skipping the month of July, Google is back in August with the latest distribution numbers for each version of Android. The numbers show that Android Lollipop is now on 18.1 percent of devices, making the jump from 12.4 percent… Go To Full Article

Matchstick's Firefox OS-based TV dongle is dead

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Bad news if you backed Matchstick's crowdfunded, Firefox OS-powered TV adapter: it's not going to happen. The team has cancelled its would-be Chromecast rival after realizing that implementing copyright protection will require "significantly more"... Go To Full Article

Twitter tries out a dedicated News tab

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If you're noticing a new tab at the bottom of your Twitter app for iOS and Android, you're not alone. The social network is experimenting with a "Featured News" tab that surfaces trending news items in its mobile apps to… Go To Full Article

HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review @ PureOverclock

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“Finding a sweet spot for a gaming graphics card in around the $200 range is key for consumers. Today we’re looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, for… Go To Full Article

Final zombies pack for 'CoD: Advanced Warfare' hits tomorrow

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The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's "Exo Zombies" mode might not feature a megalodon-esque sea-borne monstrosity, but it does have John Malkovich doing his best Werner Herzog impression for the voice over. So there's that. This...… Go To Full Article

'Star Trek's' Uhura will join a NASA mission (but not to space)

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Making geek dreams come true, Star Trek's original Lt. Uhura, Michelle Nichols, announced a few days ago that she's going on a mission for NASA. But don't get your hopes up Nichols getting into space -- she's actually flying on… Go To Full Article

PlayStation Now game streaming officially arrives on Vita and PS TV

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If you've been itchin' to give PlayStation Now's streaming a go on your gaming handheld, the wait is over. The subscription service officially arrived on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, delivering access to over 125 games on those two… Go To Full Article

Researchers inject oil into cells and create little lasers

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The Massachusetts General Hospital research team that lit up human cells with the help of jellyfish genes a few years ago are back with a more advanced version of the technology. This new version forgoes the complicated external mirror setup… Go To Full Article

$18 million up for grabs in this week's 'Dota 2' championships

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The International is back and bigger than ever. The 2015 championships for Dota 2, Valve's massively popular MOBA, take off today in the "main event" stage, beginning with three matches between LGD Gaming and Team Empire. In total, 16 teams… Go To Full Article

Strontium Nitro Plus Nano USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

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Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and most of them carry uninteresting specifications. In particular, flash drives advertising smaller physical footprints have tended to carry disappointing performance numbers. We were surprised when Strontium sent us their announcement… Go To Full Article

'Plasmonics' could lead to super-fast optic communications

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new kind of material that could improve the speed of optical communications by as much as 5000 times the current state of the art. The material is made of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)… Go To Full Article

The US wants you to track endangered wildlife with your phone

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The next time you go fishing, make sure to bring your smartphone... it might just help you protect an endangered species. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the developers of mobile app FishBrain to crowdsource conversation data.... Go To Full Article

World's first braille smartwatch is an ebook reader and more

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On the surface, Dot sounds like a fairly standard smartwatch: It resembles a Fitbit and features a messaging system, navigation functions, Bluetooth 4.0, an alarm and, of course, a timepiece. Dot is remarkable because it's a braille smartwatch -- t... Go To Full Article

Sony announces the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5

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Both devices feature 13-megapixel front cameras. Sony has unleashed two new Xperia phones today, the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. These phones cover both ends of the screen size spectrum with 6-inch and 5-inch displays respectively. Sony is… Go To Full Article

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