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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Wandercraft's latest exoskeleton lets paraplegics walk with a more natural gait

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Paris-based Wandercraft has announced that it's latest "Atalante" exoskeleton has been updated to give paraplegic and other patients a more natural gait during rehabilitation exercises. It also received a Medical Device Regulation (MDR) certificate in Europe, allowing patients and medical… Go To Full Article

Consumer Reports now rewards driver monitoring, but only Ford and GM pass muster

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With more automakers including driver assistance systems in their cars, Consumer Reports is changing how it grades those vehicles. Starting this year, the outlet will add an additional two points to a car’s overall score if its included driver assistance… Go To Full Article

Google Play Games are available on Windows in a three-country beta

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You can now play Google Play Games on Windows — if you live in the right country. Google has launched a registration-based beta offering access to "popular" Play Games titles on Windows PCs in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.… Go To Full Article

Video reviews will be used in 2022 North and Central American soccer tourneys

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Soccer's Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is seemingly here to stay, at least in some parts of the world. CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) has revealed it will use VAR to help refs in numerous 2022… Go To Full Article

'Splitgate' is getting a map builder and new modes on January 27th

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Splitgate, the sci-fi portal shooter that transported me back to carefree Quake 3 Arena days, is getting a slew of updates on January 27th with its Beta Season One update. There's a map builder for constructing and sharing stages with… Go To Full Article

Twitter Communities hits Android four months after its debut

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Twitter Communities, a topic-based groups feature that landed on iOS and the web last year, has arrived on Android. In the latest version of Twitter's Android app, you'll be able to find groups related to your interests and chat with… Go To Full Article

Airstream's concept electric camping trailer propels itself

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Even Airstream is getting in on electric vehicles. According to Autoblog, the Thor brand has introduced a pair of EV concepts that include the eStream, a self-propelled camper. The dual-motor trailer not only reduces the burden on the towing vehicle,… Go To Full Article

GM aims to use hydrogen fuel cells for mobile power generators

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Automakers have been pursuing the dream of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for decades — who wouldn't want a car that runs on renewable hydrogen and only emits water vapor? But many challenges, from designing cars that can easily hold the… Go To Full Article

Instagram starts testing creator subscriptions

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Instagram creators are getting another way to create income from the platform: subscriptions. A very small number of influencers in the US have access to the feature for now as Instagram tests the feature. Go To Full Article

Google is discontinuing its legacy free G Suite tier on July 31st

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Over the years, Google’s productivity suite has had many names. What started as Google Apps became G Suite and is now known as Workspace. Over that same timeframe, the company has offered just as many ways to access that software,… Go To Full Article

Silicon Power Launches XPower XS70 M.2 Gen4 x4 NVMe SSD

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Silicon Power has just launched the XPower XS70 M.2 NVMe SSD. The XS70 is Silicon Power's latest addition to an already impressive lineup of high-speed storage devices. With a PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and NVMe 1.4 support, the XS70 is… Go To Full Article

AT&T and Verizon finally switch on their C-Band 5G networks

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Verizon and AT&T have at last switched on their C-Band 5G services after a six-weekdelay. While the networks won't be available near many airports for the time being after the companies' tussle with the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines, people… Go To Full Article

The Weather Channel is coming to YouTube TV later this year

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The Weather Channel will come to YouTube TV sometime in 2022. Google and Allen Media Group, the network’s owner, announced the move as part of a broader multi-year partnership that sees the media company becoming a Google Cloud client. AMG… Go To Full Article

'Horizon Forbidden West' story trailer teases new characters and machines

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Horizon Forbidden West is just under a month away from hitting PlayStation 4 and PS5, and Sony is ramping up its marketing push with a trailer that sheds some light on the sequel's story. The video is, unsurprisingly, packed with… Go To Full Article

Cheeky hack-and-slash RPG ‘Nobody Saves the World’ is available now

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After being pushed back from its original 2021 release date, Drinkbox Studios’ playful shape-shifting RPG is available at last on Xbox and PC. From the makers of Guacamelee and Severed, Nobody Saves the World is crammed with… Go To Full Article

Apple's WeWork drama 'WeCrashed' premieres March 18th

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Apple is nearly ready to release its tale of WeWork's tragic fall. The company has announced that its Apple TV+ limited series WeCrashed will premiere March 18th. The eight-episode drama stars Jared Leto as former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann, who… Go To Full Article

Amazon gives its ‘Lord of the Rings’ series a redundant name

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Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in September, which might just be far enough away to get used to the unwieldy title. The company revealed the full name of the show —… Go To Full Article

Opera Just Launched a Crypto Browser for Some Reason

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Opera has just released a beta version of a new browser dedicated to all things cryptocurrency. It’s not something anyone was asking for, but it does seem to have some useful features for people heavily invested in the crypto scene. Go To Full Article

Tonga's internet may be cut off for weeks following eruption

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The southern Pacific nation of Tonga is struggling following the eruption of a volcano, and that includes challenges getting online. According to Reuters and The Verge, the Tonga government has warned internet access is "down" following damage to the lone… Go To Full Article

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT PCI-Express Scaling @ TechPowerUp

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AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT comes with only a narrow PCI-Express x4 interface. In this article we took a closer look at how performance is affected when running at PCI-Express 3.0, also included is a full set of data for… Go To Full Article

ASUS Radeon RX 6500 XT TUF Gaming @ TechPowerUp

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The new AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT that we review today is the world's first graphics card using a 6 nanometer GPU. With just 100 W during gaming, the RX 6500 XT is very gentle in its power requirements, but… Go To Full Article

Amazon sued by family of employee killed in Illinois tornado warehouse collapse

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Amazon is being sued by the family of delivery driver Austin McEwan who died in the Edwardsville, Illinois warehouse struck by a tornado last month, CNET has reported. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon was negligent, citing the fact that it… Go To Full Article

Tesla driver in fatal California crash first to face felony charges involving Autopil

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A Tesla owner is facing the first felony charges filed against someone using a partially automated driving system in the US, according to AP. The defendant, Kevin George Aziz Riad, was driving a Model S when he ran a red… Go To Full Article

Sharkoon SilentStorm Cool Zero 850W PSU

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" ... The Sharkoon SilentStorm Cool Zero 850W PSU is clearly worth our recommendation, especially for all those users who really care about using high-quality components in their PSUs. It's a great PSU for gaming. It's inexpensive, it's fully modular… Go To Full Article

Lyft is spending millions to stop its Massachusetts drivers from becoming employees

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Lyft has already splashed out $14.4 million towards a likely November ballot measure in Massachusetts which would cement its drivers as contractors, rather than employees — and the vast majority of those funds were paid in a single, $13 million… Go To Full Article

Reddit 'revamped' its block feature so blocking actually works

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Reddit is “revamping” its block feature so that blocking on Reddit functions more like other social platforms. With the change, blocking a user on Reddit will not just block that person’s posts from your view, but will also prevent them… Go To Full Article

Microsoft consolidating the video game industry is bad for everyone

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It was cute at first. When Xbox head Phil Spencer took the stage at E3 2018 and announced the acquisition of five notable studios – Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games and The Initiative – the air inside… Go To Full Article

Apple and Google oppose Senate antitrust efforts, claiming they'd hurt consumer secur

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With the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to discuss the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act this week, Apple and Google are stepping up their opposition to both bills. According to CNBC, Apple recently told… Go To Full Article

Intel Core i5-12400F @ TechPowerUp

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The Intel Core i5-12400F comes at an extremely attractive price point, yet offers performance comparable to AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X. While Intel introduced a Hybrid core design with Alder Lake, the 12400F is a P-Core only design, which helps avoid… Go To Full Article

Microsoft set to purchase Activision Blizzard in $68.7 billion deal

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Microsoft announced plans on Tuesday morning to purchase gaming mega-publisher Activision Blizzard for a record-setting $68.7 billion. When finalized, the acquisition would bring franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and many more under the umbrella… Go To Full Article

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