Patriot High Endurance microSDXC 128GB Flash Memory Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2021-08-01 read/post comments(0)

The High Endurance microSD cards from Patriot Memory can be easily used in harsh operating conditions, while offering enough performance for recording quality 4K footage. Currently these are available with capacities of up to 128GB and include a microSD adapter to be compatible with even more products. read more

CORSAIR K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2021-07-26 read/post comments(0)

The K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES keyboard packs most features from CORSAIR’s high-end offerings, including the AXON Hyper-Processing technology to obtain a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. We have original CHERRY MX RGB SPEED switches which are linear as the REDs but activate faster and have a shorter travel distance, ideal for competitive tournaments, while the dedicated Tournament Switch disables the non-essential functions in order to be able to focus even more and score more points! read more

Razer Opus X Wireless ANC Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2021-07-19 read/post comments(0)

After connecting the Opus X to our Galaxy S21 smartphone, we went ahead and listened to different YouTube video clips but also podcasts. The sound delivered differs depending on the selected EQ preset but overall is of good quality on all frequencies; the voices are clear, while the bass delivery in the Enhanced Bass EQ setting is not overpowering and does not distort at higher volumes. The microphone is loud and clear enough in Skype conferences, even though the headset is not using HD codecs and the battery life of about 30 hours will help with use over multiple days from a single charge. read more

Silicon Power Blast Plug BP81 Earphones Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2021-07-16 read/post comments(0)

After effortlessly pairing the BP81 to our S21 Samsung smartphone, we went ahead and listened to multiple videoclips, but also some podcasts. The voices can be heard loud and clear, mids are decent but the earphones do fall a bit short on the lows; the bass is not as well represented as on recently TWS models from Creative or Razer, but those are in a completely different price segment as well. We have tested the microphone quality as well while doing some test calls in Skype, and the quality of the audio is manageable…we think that the average quality of audio is also due to lack of HD audio codec support. read more

Patriot Supersonic Rage Pro 512GB USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2021-07-13 read/post comments(0)

It is quite amazing to see how far USB Flash Drives have evolved and the Patriot Supersonic Rage Pro is a clear example of that. It comes with near-SATA SSD read/write speeds and is very compact to be easily carried in the pocket. Also, it is available with capacities of up to 512GB, to be able to carry large quantities of data at once. read more

Dream Machines DM6 Holey Duo Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2021-07-09 read/post comments(0)

After customizing the DM6 Holey Duo with our own DPI preferences, we went ahead and tried it in multiple game types such as Dark Alliance, The Evil Within, DOOM Eternal and Prodeus: the mouse felt responsive in both wired and wireless modes (used the wireless extender) and haven’t noted any erratic behavior from the sensor. At just 79 grams, the mouse feels very light and controllable during intense gaming sessions, while it’s shape and rubber coating retains a heightened level of comfort. read more
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Oppo's latest under-screen camera may finally be capable of good photos

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Until recently, there was only one smartphone on the market equipped with an under-screen camera: last year's ZTE Axon 20 5G. Other players such as Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi had also been testing this futuristic tech, but given the subpar… Go To Full Article

'Diablo Immortal' has been postponed until 2022

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Diablo Immortal may be a game for tiny screens, but that doesn't mean it's a small feat of development. For precisely this reason, Activision Blizzard has delayed the release of Diablo Immortal to early 2022. Go To Full Article

WhatsApp adds disappearing ‘view once’ photos to its app

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The Snapchat-like feature is similar to Instagram and Messenger’s disappearing photo features. When snapping a picture in WhatsApp, users can select the timer icon to set the photo to “view once.” Unlike regular photo or video messages, the “view once”… Go To Full Article

Facebook will host a paid movie premiere this month

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Users in any country where Facebook's paid online events are available (which now number more than 100) can watch the premiere of The Outsider, a behind-the-scenes documentary about the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. A virtual… Go To Full Article

Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without deciphering it

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This area of research is called "homomorphic encryption," which relies heavily on mathematics. Microsoft, Amazon and Google are also working on the approach. The aim of homomorphic encryption is to allow companies to read and analyze data while keeping it… Go To Full Article

Bipartisan infrastructure bill could require cars to include anti-drunk driving techn

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Nestled in President Biden’s sprawling 2,702-page Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a provision that could one day require vehicles sold in the US to come with a feature that detects when someone gets behind the wheel of their car… Go To Full Article

YouTube starts paying Shorts creators from its $100 million fund

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In the last few years, many of the biggest social media companies have been throwing money at creators, trying to get them to embrace their platforms and bring loyal audiences to their apps. Earlier this year, YouTube announced a $100… Go To Full Article

Google Maps for iOS gets dark mode and new location sharing features

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In the past year, Google Maps has received tons of new features to help you get around, pay for parking and keep abreast of new services in your vicinity. With its latest iOS update, Google is breaking out more of… Go To Full Article

Senate report warns of glaring cybersecurity holes at federal agencies

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Several US federal agencies are unprepared to protect the personal information of everyday Americans should they become the target of a cyberattack, according to a new report put together by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The panel found that out… Go To Full Article

Blizzard president 'steps down' amid sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit

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Blizzard Entertainment's leadership is in upheaval following a California lawsuit over sexual discrimination and harassment. Studio president J. Allen Brack, who was named in the lawsuit, is "stepping down" from his role. Executive development VP Jen Oneal and GM Mike… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G Review @ Vortez

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The eagle eyed among you will see very few differences between Ryzen 5000 X and G Series. Indeed, the 5600G we’ll be checking out today is almost identical – 6 cores, 12 threads, 65W TDP, 24 PCIe lanes. However, the… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G @ TechPowerUp

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With the Ryzen 7 5700G AMD is finally bringing their most powerful APU to the retail DIY channel. With 512 graphics cores, based on the Vega architecture, the IGP is over twice as fast as Intel's Rocket Lake graphics. The… Go To Full Article

MSI Spatium M480 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

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The MSI Spatium M480 is a flagship SSD based on the Phison E18 controller, featuring support for the fast PCI-Express 4.0 interface. Inside the box, you'll find a heatsink that looks fantastic and very sleek to provide cooling for this… Go To Full Article

MSI Spatium M470 1 TB @ TechPowerUp

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With the Spatium Series, MSI is entering the highly competitive SSD market. The Spatium M470 uses a Phison E16 controller paired with 96-layer TLC flash from Toshiba, which makes it one of the fastest drives we ever tested, also thanks… Go To Full Article

ASRock Rack Announces Two ATX Ice Lake SP Motherboards

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ASRock Rack has unveiled two new motherboards designed for Intel's Ice Lake SP platform, the SPC621D8 and the SPC621D8-2L2T. Both boards feature a single LGA4189 socket design on an ATX-sized PCB, with eight memory slots supporting up to 2 TB… Go To Full Article

Waze adds Halo's Master Chief as a navigation voice for a limited time

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Didn’t get an invite from Microsoft to the Halo Infinite technical preview? That’s okay. The company has a consolation prize for you. Microsoft and 343 Industries have partnered with Waze to bring the Master Chief and Escharum, his Banished foil… Go To Full Article

Intel's AI degree program expands to 18 additional community colleges in 11 states

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Following an online pilot in the fall of 2020 with Maricopa County Community College District, Intel is expanding its AI for Workforce Program to include 18 additional schools in 11 states, including California, New Mexico and Michigan. With the expansion,… Go To Full Article

JLab debuts $20 true wireless earbuds with 8-hour battery life and touch controls

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In 2020, I found out just how solid a pair of $29 true wireless earbuds could be. JLab's Go Air covers all the basics even though they lack the polish of more expensive sets. For its latest buds, the Go… Go To Full Article

Realme's 'MagDart' is an Android take on MagSafe, but faster

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Ever since Apple's MagSafe made its grand return by way of the iPhone 12 series, it was only a matter of time before other phone makers came up with similar — and maybe better — solutions. Realme, the sister brand… Go To Full Article

First-gen Echo Show 5 returns to an all-time low of $45 on Amazon

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You can now grab the first-gen Echo Show 5 for $45 on Amazon, if you didn't get the chance to do so on Prime Day in June and on Black Friday last year. The Alexa-powered smart display is also currently… Go To Full Article

Amazon is offering $10 in credit for your palm print

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Amazon is offering $10 in promotional credit to get people to sign up to its palm print payments system. Our sister site TechCrunch spotted the promotional offer and shared a screenshot of it, which you can peep below. The retailer… Go To Full Article

Chrome OS update adds a dedicated Google Meet app and eSIM support

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Google has rolled out a few updates for Chrome OS meant to make devices running the platform a more effective tool for communicating with friends and workmates. Chrome OS version 92 will make Google Meet a pre-installed Progressive Web App… Go To Full Article

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro officially out

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New design and processor Google has lifted the kimono on its Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro smartphones in a surprisingly low-key announcement. Announced via a press release and a series of… Go To Full Article

Spotify is testing whether free users will pay a dollar to skip tracks

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Streaming services are embracing cheaper subscription plans in a bid to turn free users into paying customers. Following news of a YouTube Premium Lite offering yesterday, Spotify is the latest streamer to confirm a cheaper tier. The world's biggest music… Go To Full Article

Intel's Xe HPG can manage 2.2 Ghz

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Going downhill with the wind behind it Chipzilla's upcoming enthusiast-level Xe HPG (DG2) discrete gaming graphics card is doing rather well in terms of clock speeds according to the latest leaked Geekbench 5 tests. … Go To Full Article

Microsoft spruces up Paint

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Unchanged since 1985 Software King of the World Microsoft is improving its Paint app for the first time since November 1985. The new aesthetic was revealed when Microsoft quietly posed images of the app… Go To Full Article

'Pokémon Unite' update levels the playing field ahead of mobile release

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Pokémon Unite is getting an update weeks after it landed on the Switch. The free-to-play battle arena game pits two teams of five players against each other in ten-minute brawls. Ahead of its arrival on mobiles in September, the Unite… Go To Full Article

G.Skill Z5i @ TechPowerUp

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G.Skill's entry into the ITX chassis market looks rather unique with the tapered front. While not the first to offer bent glass, the Z5i sports quite the tight bending radius with its panels being the core design element. Read on… Go To Full Article

AMD and Valve working on new Linux CPU performance scaling design

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It’s no secret that the ACPI CPUFreq driver code has at times been less than ideal on recent AMD processors with delivering less than expected performance/behavior with being slow to ramp up to a higher performance state or otherwise coming… Go To Full Article

Amazon made a $55 soap dispenser that reminds you to wash for 20 seconds

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Amazon has quietly introduced a new Smart Soap Dispenser that works with its Alexa voice-activated assistant. Spotted by AFTVnews, the gadget includes a set of 10 LED lights that will count down as you wash your hands for the 20… Go To Full Article

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