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
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cooler Master Devastator 3 Keyboard and Mouse Combo Review by stefan @ 2017-07-03
Others/Networking Gear Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router Review by stefan @ 2017-06-29
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
Audio/Others Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2017-06-21

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Google Duo adds video chats to your regular call history

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Google's standalone video chat app, Duo, came out last August. Since then, the company has added some nifty features, like voice-only calling to help avoid awkward bedhead conversations. Google has just added a call-log feature to Duo, making it poss... Go To Full Article

GE's $99 'Talking Laundry' box was built for the blind

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Doing laundry might be dead simple for most people, but the visually impaired don't have it so easy. To make that easier, GE Appliance's skunkworks division FirstBuild -- along with the help of a 14 year-old -- has designed a… Go To Full Article

Netflix drops the full trailer for David Ayer's 'Bright'

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Netflix has some 40 original movies due for release this year, but the highest profile release will likely be Bright. Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch), it stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as a pair of… Go To Full Article

Apple CarPlay now supports Google Play Music

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If for some reason you're an iOS and CarPlay user that also manages your tunes with Google Play Music, you're in luck. Google's music service is now compatible with Apple's in-car system, which means you can control things from the… Go To Full Article

Mozilla's new Firefox features improve browsing on iOS and Android

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Firefox is adding a few quality-of-life features to its mobile browsers. To celebrate hitting one million downloads in the month since it launched, the minimalistic, privacy-intensive Firefox Focus for Android now lets users download files, supports... Go To Full Article

Alexa helps Android users shop in the Amazon app

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iPhone users have been enjoying Amazon's Alexa digital assistant within the retailer's main shopping app for some time. Now, however, Android owners can finally ask Alexa about package shipping, to watch a show on Netflix, or even to pay their… Go To Full Article

Samsung will reveal the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd

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Samsung's next large-screened phone is on its way, as invites have just gone out for the company's Unpacked event on August 23rd. The invite promises to "Do bigger things," which is about what we'd expect from the followup to last… Go To Full Article

Surface, LinkedIn, and cloud revenues are bright spots for Microsoft

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Good news for Microsoft: Its Surface revenues have rebounded from last quarter's slump, when sales fell 26 percent over the previous year. For the fourth quarter, Microsoft says Surface sales only fell 2 percent year-over-year. Sure, decreases aren't... Go To Full Article

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 'approval' seems to be from the White House

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Earlier today, we reported that Elon Musk and The Boring Company had reportedly been given verbal government approval to build a Hyperloop that would connect New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, according to a tweet posted by Musk.… Go To Full Article

Classic motorcycle adventure game 'Full Throttle' hits iOS

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It's been a few months since Tim Schafer's classic LucasArts adventure game Full Throttle got an HD remastered release on PS4, PS Vita and PC. Today, it comes out on iOS: For $5, you can take a rowdy ride into… Go To Full Article

Toshiba's XG5 1TB NVMe SSD reviewed

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The Toshiba conglomerate isn't having its brightest days ever. An accounting scandal, massive layoffs, and most importantly, Westinghouse's recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing have left the company's finances in an unenviable state. In response, Toshiba made preparations to sell off… Go To Full Article

PayPal taps into your Chase and Citibank accounts

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Paypal-owned mobile payment app Venmo opened up third-party app support last year in an attempt to capture more money via more merchant transactions, including those from Poshmark, Parking Panda, and Delivery.com. The service has a competitor, of cou... Go To Full Article

John Romero Claims He's the Doomguy

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Alfonso has a new blog post up detailing the origins of the DOOM cover and main character, Doomguy: apparently, the male body model they hired to pose for that image had no clue what he was doing, so Romero "threw… Go To Full Article

Moto Z2 Force reportedly has smaller battery than its predecessor

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In April, some spec leaks gave us a look at what Motorola's Moto Z Force follow up had in store. We learned that the Moto Z2 Force would have a 5.5 inch display, a Snapdragon 835 chip upgrade, a dual… Go To Full Article

ADATA Launches ISSS314 and IM2P3388 Industrial SSDs

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ADATA has introduced two new families of 3D NAND-based SSDs aimed at industrial applications. Dubbed the ISSS314 and the IM2P3388, these drives are designed to handle extreme temperatures as well as humidity levels, allowing them to work reliably in very… Go To Full Article

Microsoft and Johnson Controls put Cortana in a thermostat

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Google bought its way into home thermostats by snapping up Nest Labs for a whopping $3.2 billion back in 2014. Microsoft is taking a different approach to home temperature regulation by partnering with Johnson Controls on the GLAS smart thermostat.… Go To Full Article

1MORE Triple Driver In-ears @ techPowerUp

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1MORE is one of the few companies that focuses on creating affordable quality in-ears. Even though the company is new, it has gained quite the following because they deliver in-ears with more drivers and accessories at a given price point… Go To Full Article

'Call of Duty: WWII' takes zombies back to the front lines

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Of course zombie mode is back for Call of Duty: WWII, and developer Sledgehammer Games just dropped a trailer for the undead nightmare mode. Of course, you and pals are tasked with eradicating the Nazi zombie scourge. The trailer's YouTube… Go To Full Article

IBM's AI can predict schizophrenia by looking at the brain's blood flow

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Schizophrenia is not a particularly common mental health disorder in America, affecting just 1.2 percent of the population or around 3.2 million people, but its effects can be debilitating. However, pioneering research conducted by IBM and the Univer... Go To Full Article

Facebook Pages can now build their own communities

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Today, Facebook is rolling out a new feature called "Groups for Pages," which will let artists, brands, businesses and newspapers create their own fan clubs. The company says the idea stems from two reporters at The Washington Post who started… Go To Full Article

Google brings its fancy Motion Stills GIF-making app to Android

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Motion Stills has existed in a strange space for the past year. It's a Google-made app but it's been available only on iOS, piggybacking off Apple's Live Photos function to create dramatic, stabilized GIFs and short videos. Android owners, Google's… Go To Full Article

Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discovery

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Tidal's been in the news recently, as Jay-Z debuted his new album 4:44 as a Tidal-Sprint exclusive (which wasn't without some controversy, as last-minute subscribers to the streaming music service weren't allowed access to the album). Then, just a we... Go To Full Article

Google Street View takes you aboard the ISS

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station just got an adorable floating camera, but what do we get? While nobody's handing out free rides to the ISS, you can digitally explore it now that it's up on Google Street View.… Go To Full Article

Alphacool Releases Two New SSD Coolers

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This week Alphacool announced the availability of their new M.2 SSD Coolers, the HDX-2 and HDX-3. Some may recall the original HDX M.2 cooler was a simple, passive, clip on heatsink for M.2 SSDs, and was designed to help prevent… Go To Full Article

Intel puts Movidius AI tech on a $79 USB stick

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Last year, Movidius announced its Fathom Neural Compute Stick — a USB thumb drive that makes its image-based deep learning capabilities super accessible. But then in September of last year, Intel bought Movidius, delaying the expected winter ro... Go To Full Article

Apple wants you to gussy up your Clips videos with Disney art

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Apple's Clips is a neat experiment in video creation, and it seems pretty popular, too -- the company says "millions" of people use it each month. For Apple's sake, here's hoping a lot of them are Disney fans. The company… Go To Full Article

Sears will sell appliances on Amazon as its retail stores dwindle

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Sears announced today that its Kenmore branded products will now be sold on Amazon, meaning it's now joining forces with the company that contributed to its downfall. It's no secret that Sears has been struggling — the company has lost… Go To Full Article

Elon Musk says he has approval to build NYC-to-DC hyperloop

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Elon Musk's latest venture, The Boring Company, has certainly been a source of amusement. Now, the billionaire visionary has tweeted that he's received verbal government approval to build an New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC Hyperloop, which will ge... Go To Full Article

Lucid Motors is struggling to produce its luxury EV

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While EVs might be making headlines left and right, producing them is not as easy -- or as much of a slam dunk -- as it might seem. Take the case of Lucid Motors, a struggling electric car startup. It… Go To Full Article

Twitter says everyone, even Trump, has to follow the rules

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Earlier this week, journalists asked Twitter's VP of Trust and Safety, Del Harvey, whether the company could really treat President Trump's Twitter account the same way it does everyone else's. After first saying that she couldn't discuss individual... Go To Full Article

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