be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm AIO Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by stefan @ 2022-01-17 read/post comments(0)

Pure Loop 240mm is built from high-quality materials, is easy to install thanks to the provided instructions and provides an innovative pump design for eliminating noise and vibrations inside the case. While this version of the Pure Loop is indicated as recommended for i3/i5 processors from Intel, it could handle the power-hungry i7-12700K CPU as well, by keeping the temperatures under TjMAX, while the noise levels remained at low levels due to the use of two Pure Wings 2 120mm fans. read more

Silicon Power Armor A66 5TB Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2022-01-09 read/post comments(0)

The Armor A66 5TB portable drive is not only rugged enough to withstand rough environments but can also offer quite a bit of performance thanks to the included WD Blue 2.5’’. The drive comes with 128MB of cache and 5 platters of 1TB each, increasing the drive chassis height to 15mm. The Armor A55 does also come with IPX4 water resistance and to help with this feature, the USB port does come with a rubber cover as well. read more

Silicon Power QS28 20000mAh Power Bank Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2022-01-02 read/post comments(0)

The QS28 20000mAh power bank from Silicon Power is quite helpful when going in longer trips in order to handle multiple charges for your smartphone, quite a bit of recording hours with the action camera and you can also top up multiple devices at the same time (maximum of three). In our tests, the charging indicator has dropped to just about 73% when charging our trusty Galaxy S21 from zero to full, while keeping the smartphone on so lots of power left! read more

SteelSeries Aerox 3 2022 Edition Wired Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2021-12-27 read/post comments(0)

At just 59g, the Aerox 3 2022 edition feels great in hand and if the paracord cabling is placed correctly you won’t feel any difference as when using a wireless variant. It packs a mainstream TrueMove Core sensor with a maximum CPI of 8500 and should be enough for most usage environments. Durability is right at home thanks to the advertised AquaBarrier protection of the PCB, while the incorporated IP54 Golden Micro switches are very durable and feature a pleasant click response.   read more

Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DL20N6 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2021-12-20 read/post comments(0)

The DL20N series from Shuttle is an impressive jump in performance versus the older DL10J, while the choice to have installed a Pentium N6005 4-core SKU while retaining the 10W TDP is great! The whole system is passively cooled, so it is virtually noiseless if we do install only SSDs as storage devices. We have found that using the chassis horizontally is not stellar for the nearby M.2 SSD, because it tends to share a bit of heat from the Intel SoC heatsink, but in vertical position the issue is fully solved so purchasing the vertical stand is a must in our book! read more

Patriot Burst Elite 2TB 2.5'' SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2021-12-13 read/post comments(0)

The Patriot Burst Elite 2TB is an entry-level but high-capacity 2.5’’ SSD, utilizing 64-layer 3D TLC NAND from Micron. Versus the P210, we found it as a better performer, succeeding to deliver sustained write rates for much longer, while the overall speeds were notably higher as well. This particular aspect does recommend the drive also as the bootable storage for older mainstream systems such as laptops, which do not support installation of NVMe models or as a secondary drive in the place of the pre-installed mechanical drive. read more
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Intel is spending $20 billion to build a massive chip-making facility in Ohio

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Intel has revealed its plans to build a massive semiconductor facility in Ohio to Time — one that company CEO Pat Gelsinger is expecting to become "the largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet." The company is earmarking $20 billion… Go To Full Article

ADATA XPG LEVANTE 240 Addressable RGB CPU AIO Cooler

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"... The ADATA XPG Levante 240 cooler is a great choice for gamers, as well as demanding users who are searching for a quiet, and well-performing AIO cooler for their new processor. It's high build quality and multiple unique features… Go To Full Article

Instagram will now reduce the visibility of 'potentially harmful' content

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Instagram is taking new steps to make “potentially harmful” content less visible in its app. The company says that the algorithm powering the way posts are ordered in users’ feeds and in Stories will now de-prioritize content that “may contain… Go To Full Article

Sapphire Radeon RX 6500 XT Pulse @ TechPowerUp

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The Sapphire Radeon RX 6500 XT Pulse comes with super impressive noise levels. Even when fully loaded it runs whisper quiet—in an already quiet room. If you put it into a case it'll be inaudible. Unfortunately the card is held… Go To Full Article

Samsung will unveil its next Galaxy S flagship in February

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After introducing S Pen support to the Galaxy S21 Ultra and not launching a new version of the Note series last year, Samsung's next Unpacked event would be a timely opportunity to address concerned fans. Though the company has yet… Go To Full Article

New Android game uses a smart vibrator as a controller

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In October, roboticist and software engineer Allison Liemhetcharat announced that she had been working on a game that would use a smart vibrator as a controller. Specifically, the Lioness smart vibrator, which gathers bio-data like body temperature and pelvic pressure.… Go To Full Article

NASA's Swift Observatory may have suffered an attitude control failure

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NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory has run into difficulties after 17 years of largely smooth service. The orbiting explorer has entered safe mode after detecting a "possible failure" in one of the six reaction wheels used to change attitude. While… Go To Full Article

All-in-one diabetes devices could take the hassle out of insulin injections

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People with diabetes have more than a few hassles, particularly at meals. They not only have to measure their blood glucose levels and inject the right amount of insulin, but carry all the relevant equipment with them. MIT and Brigham… Go To Full Article

Neat Bumblebee II Computer Microphone Review @ APH Networks

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The Neat Bumblebee II is a compact, all-purpose microphone that offers great recording quality and a solid construction in an easy to setup solution. Go To Full Article

APC SMT1500IC Smart-UPS Review

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Description: The Smart-UPS SMT1500IC by APC is among their most popular and award winning models to date, not only due to its impressive runtime but also thanks to its many crucial and useful features. Go To Full Article

TikTok joins Instagram in testing creator subscriptions

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Soon after Instagram started rolling out paid subscriptions for creators, TikTok says it may be following suit. The service is exploring a feature that would allow influencers to paywall at least some of the content they share on the app,… Go To Full Article

Airbnb will offer travel insurance this spring

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Airbnb knows you might be reluctant to book a stay while the COVID-19 pandemic makes trips risky, so it's planning to offer some protection of its own. The rental service has revealed it will introduce custom travel insurance for guests… Go To Full Article

Peloton is reportedly pausing Bike and Tread production amid lower demand (update)

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Peloton is reportedly pumping the brakes on Bike and Tread production as demand for the home fitness equipment is said to be slowing. It's said to be putting production of its standard Bike and Tread (treadmill) products… Go To Full Article

Facebook takes down fake Iranian accounts that posed as Scottish locals

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Facebook disabled a network of fake accounts that posed as English and Scottish locals, but were actually an Iran-based influence operation. The company detailed the takedowns in its latest report on coordinated inauthentic behavior on its platform. … Go To Full Article

Senator Klobuchar's major tech reform bill advances out of committee

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A major tech reform bill that would prevent the industry's biggest players — Apple, Amazon, Google, and their ilk — from discriminating against smaller businesses that rely on the big platforms' services is one step closer to passage on Thursday… Go To Full Article

New 'Wallace & Gromit' and 'Chicken Run' movies are coming to Netflix

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After a hiatus of more than a decade, the world’s favorite fictitious British inventor (or possibly second after Q from James Bond) and his lovable canine sidekick are making a comeback. Today as part of its ongoing partnership with Aardman… Go To Full Article

Casio made a super fun singing keyboard

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Casio hasn’t been a serious player in the world of synthesizers for some time. Gone are the days of the beloved CZ series, while the current lineup lacks the lo-fi charm of classic keyboards like the SK-1 and VL-1. But… Go To Full Article

AR and VR hardware sales more than doubled in the US this holiday

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Virtual (and augmented) reality appear poised to take off after years of modest demand. The NPD Group reports unit sales for AR and VR hardware more than doubled in the US during the 2021 holiday season (between Thanksgiving week and… Go To Full Article

The first movie studio in space could be attached to the ISS in 2024

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A module that hosts a film studio and sports arena could be connected to the International Space Station by December 2024. Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE), which is co-producing a Tom Cruise movie that will partly be shot in space, is… Go To Full Article

Google reportedly plans to release an AR headset in 2024

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Google might have ditched its Daydream VR headset years ago, but that doesn't mean it gave up on headsets altogether. The Vergesources claim Google is developing an augmented reality headset, nicknamed Project Iris, that it wants to release in 2024.… Go To Full Article

INNOCN 27C1U 4K Monitor @ TechPowerUp

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The INNOCN 27C1U is a sleek 27-inch 4K IPS monitor offering excellent ergonomics and versatile connectivity options. It is equipped with a Gravity Sensor that rotates the image when the screen is pivoted, and has a 65-watt USB-C PD port.… Go To Full Article

PlayStation's Wrap-Up is back to break down your PS4 and PS5 stats for 2021

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Sony has at last flipped the switch on its PlayStation 2021 Wrap-Up, allowing players to delve into their PlayStation 4 and PS5 stats for 2021. After you log into your PSN account, you'll be able to see how many hours… Go To Full Article

Peacock adds live local news channels to its streaming lineup

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NBCUniversal's Peacock isn't going to let the live news from rivals like CBS go unanswered. The streaming service has added free, around-the-clock local news from NBC stations for all users. The broadcasts are initially available from stations in Boston (including… Go To Full Article

Instagram now lets you create TikTok-like remixes using any video

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You no longer need to dive into Reels to create TikTok-style collaborative videos on Instagram. The social network has expanded its remix feature to let you make collaborations and similar reworks from any video on Instagram. So long as the… Go To Full Article

'Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga' will arrive on April 5th

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Two years after the game was initially supposed to debut, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will finally arrive on April 5th. The long-awaited title from TT Games adapts all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga, and you'll be able… Go To Full Article

Oura’s third-generation Ring is more powerful, but not for everybody

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The wearables business is hard, especially if you’re a small startup with a device you could, perhaps uncharitably, call “niche.” Oura, which makes activity-tracking rings worn endorsed by a numberof celebrities, recently released its third-generation model. This new hardware is… Go To Full Article

Why airlines and telecoms are fighting over the 5G rollout

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Rollouts of new wireless technologies and standards have not always gone well. When the GSM system debuted, it caused hearing aids to buzz and pop with static while early cell phone signals would occasionally disrupt pacemakers. Today, as carriers expand… Go To Full Article

Facebook and Instagram may help you create and sell NFTs

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Meta might be the next to hop on the NFT bandwagon. The Financial Timessources claim Meta is developing ways to create, display and sell NFTs on Facebook and Instagram. The company's Novi wallet technology would power much of the "supporting… Go To Full Article

MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL Keyboard @ TechPowerUp

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MSI adds to its ever-growing keyboard lineup with a new low-profile entry. The new Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL complements the previously released full-size version by using Kailh Choc low-profile switches and a thin case design, and doubles up on… Go To Full Article

'Zero Trust' is the guiding principle of Sikur's latest security-focused smartphone

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Security-focused smartphone maker Sikur is back with its latest handset. The Android 11-powered Sikur One, which was developed with the help of Brazilian manufacturer Multilaser, follows the Zero Trust approach to security. Go To Full Article

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