FIIL Wireless Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2016-09-29 read/post comments()

This headset comes with quite a bit of new technologies like Bluetooth V4.1 support, ANC, capacitive controls right on the headset cups but also integrates NFC, can operate in both wired and wireless modes, while the necessary cables are offered for both Android and iOS platforms. The headset is ready for taking calls, navigating through music players, can be connected to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, while the integrated 570mAh battery allows quite a bit of usage during a single charge. The supplied FIIL+ application completes the product by offering easy switch for ANC mode, different EQ presets but also simulated 3D surround effects for different environments. read more

Be Quiet Silent Loop 240 AIO Water Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2016-09-27 read/post comments()

At Computex, Be Quiet introduced to the press an upcoming addition to their current cooling lineup: The Silent Loop AIO series. Featuring three different radiator models, a 120, a 240 and the monster 280 model, this to satisfy the demands of the PC community.  Be Quiet has received many awards over the last decade and has established itself as one of the market leaders in quiet, yet powerful power supplies and processor cooling gear, especially their Silent Wings fan series are loved by watercooling purists as these Fans feature an excellent combination between airflow/pressure and silent operation. Time to open the box Be Quiet send to the MadShrimps lab. We requested the 240 model as it will be the most… read more

TP-LINK Neffos Y5L Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2016-09-27 read/post comments()

The 4.5’’ Neffos Y5L smartphone from TP-LINK is reaching the low-end segment by incorporating a Snapdragon 210 32-bit SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory (which can be further expanded via MicroSD cards). The back 5MP shooter is quite average, while the screen choice for this model is TN, which lowers the viewing angles, while the screen is harder to read during day light. read more

Crucial MX300 525GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2016-09-25 read/post comments()

The MX300 525GB SSD from Crucial is marketed as a mainstream product and unlike the regular TLC drives where we have experienced high write performance drops (to about 90MB/s) when transferring large files, the 3D TLC NAND is able to deliver higher writes even after the cache is filled. This is Crucial’s first 3D NAND generation in cooperation with Intel and we expect further to see improvements with firmware upgrades. read more

Creative Aurvana ANC Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2016-09-22 read/post comments()

Right after installing the battery inside the Aurvana ANC, we wanted to check out the noise cancelling feature, so without having it connected to any audio source, we put the headset on; with the feature turned off, we could hear a low level of background noise coming in both ears but with the noise cancelling on, that noise was completely gone, which is quite impressive. read more

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 EX OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2016-09-20 read/post comments()

The GeForce GTX 1070 EX OC board from KFA2 impressed us positively regarding the overall build quality, factory overclocking levels, while the dual 100mm fans keep the board cool while keeping minimum noise levels. The manufacturer has also thought of enthusiasts who like to keep their systems hardware visible during operation via case windows, so the fans along with the GeForce GTX logo are LED lighted; the logo can be further customized via the supplied Xtreme Tuner Plus utility. One other important aspect to point out is that the KFA GeForce GTX 1070 EX OC 8GB video card is one of the most affordable cards on the market with custom cooling, with the same GPU. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Melinda Gates' initiative is about getting more women into tech

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Melinda Gates has been supporting the global fight against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS with her husband since 2000. And she'll continue to do so, but now she's also building her own office and dedicating resources to tackle gender inequality in… Go To Full Article

Striiv Fusion Bio 2 Fitness Tracker Review

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Striiv has managed to carve a name out for itself in the fitness industry over the years by producing reliable and solid fitness trackers. The Striiv Fusion Bio 2, is no exception. This nifty upgrade from the old Fusion Bio… Go To Full Article

Logitech's newest webcam is for the livestreamers

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With eSports shaping up to be a half-a-billion dollar industry this year, now would be a good time to step up your livestreaming game if you're hoping to get noticed among the packs of Twitch streamers and YouTubers. Enter Logitech's… Go To Full Article

Sony shows off everything inside the PS VR core bundle box

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We're a couple of weeks away from the debut of the PlayStation VR, but you can prepare with this new unboxing video from Sony. The hardware inside the $400 core bundle box (headset, processing unit, headphones and demo disc --… Go To Full Article

Nintendo's Famicom Mini is Japan's NES Classic

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Nintendo fans in its home country are getting their own teensy retro console, as well. Today, Mario's creator has revealed the mini Famicom, a shrunken version of the original NES the company released in Japan. Just like the mini NES… Go To Full Article

Google opens up its machine learning tricks to all

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There may now be an easier way to implement advanced machine learning models in your projects. Google has opened up its Cloud Machine Learning to all businesses in a public beta, after a few months of testing it in private… Go To Full Article

Google's ride-sharing platform is now live in San Francisco

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Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area. After several months in private beta, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is ready to open up… Go To Full Article

J.J. Abrams: Portal Movie Announcement Coming 'Fairly Soon'

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It's been a few years since these rumors started so I'm not getting too excited just yet. Besides, J.J. Abrams never said it would be a positive announcement, he just said he would be talking to Gabe Newell and that… Go To Full Article

Dr. Oz wants to sell you a heart-monitoring smartwatch

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Perennial snake oil salesman Dr. Oz has found a new way to take your make money: a wearable. The press release promises the iBeat Life Monitor is "lifesaving" smartwatch that "empowers people to live longer lives." The big difference here… Go To Full Article

Adata XPG SX8000 SSD has game libraries in mind

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Adata announced today the SX8000, a new M.2 SSD in its XPG lineup of performance drives aimed at gamers looking for a fast storage solution. The SX8000 is a NVMe 1.2-certified drive based on a Silicon Motion SMI2260 controller coupled… Go To Full Article

Google makes Docs, Drive and Calendar more productive

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If you spend your work days toiling in Google's productivity apps, the first thing you might notice today is that Google for Work is now called "G Suite". Once you get past the new label, you might also notice a… Go To Full Article

Jasco Enbrighten Café LED Lights @ Bigbruin.com

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Overall I am ecstatic with these Jasco Enbrighten Café Lights. They are a little pricey at $60 for a 24 foot strand, but I think the end result is worth it. They really have a high end look and are… Go To Full Article

Microsoft reorganizes to create a dedicated AI division

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Microsoft has reorganized several disparate projects and programs into an entirely new Artificial Intelligence group. It will be the fourth major division after Windows, Office and cloud, reallocating over 5,000 computer scientists and engineers unde... Go To Full Article

HP says it should've better explained blocking third-party ink

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Following a recent update that blocked some third-party ink cartridges fore its printers, HP formally apologized to customers this week for how it communicated about the change. Earlier this month, the company updated its firmware making cartridges m... Go To Full Article

Google for Work has a new name: G Suite

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As predicted, Google for Work has a new name. Calendar, Drive, Docs, Gmail, Maps for Work, Search for Work, Sheets and Slides all fall under "G Suite" now. A few of those items might jump out at you as being… Go To Full Article

Trump still thinks Google suppresses negative Clinton searches

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has never let the truth get in the way of an angry rant. So it goes with this week's conspiracy theory of choice. At a rally in Wisconsin last night, Trump boasted that a "Google… Go To Full Article

FCC needs more time to make its set-top box rules a reality

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Earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler floated a plan to get cable companies to drop locked-down set-top boxes in favor of apps that customers could download to their device of choice. The proposed rules also included a much needed… Go To Full Article

Amazon powers up Fire TV Stick with quad-core SoC

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E-retailer and cloud hosting juggernaut Amazon has refreshed its Fire TV Stick streaming media player with a new quad-core SoC and support for latest-and-greatest 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi. The remote in the new version brings voice activation as a standard feature,… Go To Full Article

ADATA rolls out XPG SX8000 M.2 high-performance SSD for gamers

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ADATA has come up with a new high performance M.2 SSD targeted at gamers and other demanding users who demand extremely high storage performance. The new XPG SX8000 supports the NVMe 1.2 specifications and connects directly to motherboards via PCI… Go To Full Article

Watch HBO and Cinemax on PlayStation Vue starting today

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PlayStation is beefing up the premium offerings on its PS Vue streaming TV service. As of today, HBO and Cinemax will be available either a la carte or as part of the new Ultra ($64.99 to $74.99 per month based… Go To Full Article

Download Android Wear apps right from your wrist

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Android Wear smartwatches aren't yet completely independent of your phone, but they just took one giant step in that direction. Google is releasing a third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 that offers Google Play Store access on your watch,… Go To Full Article

Stream performances from the Austin City Limits Festival this weekend

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Planning on a weekend at home? Allow us to provide an entertainment suggestion. Like it does with Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, Red Bull TV is providing music fans who aren't making the trip a way to watch live performances from this… Go To Full Article

PlayStation Will Lead Premium VR Market

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Let's hope this doesn't come true. Those of you that have been following our GPU VR performance reviews know that doing VR right takes a good deal of GPU horsepower. This means that, in order for Sony's PlayStation VR to… Go To Full Article

Restauranteur hopes the Apple Watch will improve fine dining

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Danny Meyer is considered to be quite the progressive restauranteur. His employees don't rely on tips to make ends meet (the practice is outlawed at his establishments, in fact), and they get various benefits including a share of profits. Aside… Go To Full Article

Surgeons could use these fake elastic bones to fix injuries

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A team of American scientists have developed a 3D-printed bone biomaterial that can coax your own skeleton to grow and fix injuries on its own. They haven't tested it on humans just yet, but they were able to use their… Go To Full Article

Ask, and Siri will make Skype calls for you

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When Skype updates on desktop and gives the "improving your experience" message it's usually pretty easy to dismiss that as a bald-faced lie. But the latest iOS update actually sounds really useful. The VoIP service will now tap into Siri… Go To Full Article

Sierra Nevada is taking the United Nations to space in 2021

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Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser might not have won NASA's space taxi contract, but at least it's taking the United Nations to orbit. The spacecraft, which resembles NASA's old Space Shuttles, will launch the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs' first… Go To Full Article

Simple unveils a smarter spin on shared bank accounts

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Simple's online-first approach to banking has been a breath of fresh air for a typically conservative industry. Now, it's hoping to shake things up again with Simple Shared, it's own take on joint bank accounts. Just as usual, it allows… Go To Full Article

Time-bending shooter 'Quantum Break' arrives on Steam

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Quantum Break is a strange video game. Not for its time-bending story, or the way it combines a live-action TV show (although both are pretty interesting) but how Microsoft and developer Remedy have decided to release it. The game started… Go To Full Article

'Game Fnatic' unveils the realities of being an eSports pro

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Fnatic is a big name in professional League of Legends lore. Just four teams have claimed victory in the World Championship since the circuit began in 2011, and Fnatic was the first team to ever lift up the Summoner's Cup.… Go To Full Article

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