Toshiba TransMemory U365 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-06-22 read/post comments(0)

The TransMemory U365 drive comes with fast read speeds, even higher than the advertised “up to 150 MB/s” and is quite easy to operate thanks to the sliding retractable design. Depending on the capacity we do choose to go with (32GB, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB), we can fit quite a bit of content on it, in order to transfer to other PCs/Laptops. This model is also backed by a 5-year warranty from the date of purchase, which says a lot of the quality components inside the unit. read more

Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-06-17 read/post comments(0)

After finalizing the hardware installation of the the AE-5 Pure Edition card to our test system, we did proceed further with the Sound Blaster Connect 2 installer, which did also contain the necessary drivers; in order to have the Aurora RGB setup functional, we also have to supply extra power via Molex., After adjusting the EQ with our preferences, together with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings, we did start the listening experience by connecting the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset and watched various movies and TV shows. The audio output was clear, with plenty of bass and clear highs and loud enough as well after modifying the amplification, thanks to the Xamp build. We also ran multiple rounds of Quake Champions… read more

Silicon Power PCIe Gen3x2 P32A80 256GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-06-12 read/post comments(0)

The NVMe P32A80 SSD solution from Silicon Power is able to provide good performance values for an entry-level solution and is available with capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB. The product comes with a 3-year warranty and for avoiding data transfer slowdowns, it is recommended to have it installed inside a well-ventilated chassis. read more

ROCCAT Khan AIMO 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-06-06 read/post comments(0)

After trying the Khan AIMO headset with multiple games such as DOOM, The Crew 2 Beta, Frostpunk and No One Lives Forever, we were quite impressed by the audio quality and bass representation, thanks to the large, 50mm Neodymium drivers. The headset is quite light and easy to use controls are available on the exterior of the right cup as well (Stereo to virtual 7.1 switch, Volume rocker). The built-in AMP/DAC does allow playback up to 24-bit 96 KHz, making it Hi-Res Audio compatible and great for other multimedia content as well, such as music and movies. We can switch between sampling rates from the ROCCAT Swarm interface or the Windows GUI, but after each modification we would also require… read more

CORSAIR HS70 Wireless Surround Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-05-31 read/post comments(0)

As you might have suspected, since we are dealing with the exact same drivers and software drivers/application as the HS60, the same sound signature is present when talking about the wireless HS70. With this model, CORSAIR has managed to offer a low-cost variant to the VOID PRO model, which is good for both PC and console gamers. The microphone can be easily detached from the HS70 chassis, is Discord Certified, noise-cancelling and is able to offer clear and accurate communication, as we have noted during our Skype test conference. read more

CORSAIR DARK CORE RGB SE Mouse + MM1000 Qi Wireless Mouse Pad Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-05-25 read/post comments(0)

Thanks to the included PixArt PMW3367 sensor, there were absolutely no issues during intense action scenes and paired with the MM1000 pad, you can also enjoy excellent precision. When using the mouse on 2.4GHz wireless, we did plug the adapter as instructed by the manufacturer (in the spare USB 3.0 port of the pad); after the mouse is powered on, it will attempt to connect and during this process, the mouse cursor will be a bit non-responsive (1-2 seconds). After the connection has been finalized, we did notice the same amount of responsiveness as we would have been using it in wired mode. read more
Audio/Others Creative Outlier Black Bluetooth Headset Review by stefan @ 2018-05-20
Storage/HDD Silicon Power Armor A75 2TB USB 3.1 HDD Review by stefan @ 2018-05-15
Others/Mice & Keyboards ROCCAT Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-05-09
Audio/Speakers&Amps Creative Metallix Plus Portable Water-resistant Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2018-05-06
Audio/Others SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Hi-Res Gaming Audio System Review by stefan @ 2018-05-04

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Google adds anti-tampering DRM to Android apps in the Play Store

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Google has made a small change to Play Store apps that could prove a significant help to the security of your Android phone. The company is now adding a "small amount" of security metadata to Android APKs to be sure… Go To Full Article

Cell-sized 'microlasers' could regulate brain activity

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Scientists have spent years creating ever-smaller lasers. Berkeley Lab's latest invention, however, is something special -- and could lead to a significant change in medicine. An international team at the school has developed "microlasers" that are s... Go To Full Article

'Snapdragon 1000' chip may be designed for PCs from the ground up

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 processor may be intended for PCs, but it's still a half step -- it's really a higher-clocked version of the same processor you'd find in your phone. The company may be more adventurous the next time, though.… Go To Full Article

Scientists are building a DNA database to fight illegal logging

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DNA evidence could put criminals behind bars, but only if there's something to compare it to. That's why a project that aims to combat illegal logging is now building a DNA database of trees, which could help authorities determine if… Go To Full Article

World's tiniest 'computer' makes a grain of rice seem massive

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You didn't think scientists would let IBM's "world's smallest computer" boast go unchallenged, did you? Sure enough, University of Michigan has produced a temperature sensing 'computer' measuring 0.04 cubic millimeters, or about a tenth the size of I... Go To Full Article

Microsoft Quietly Cuts Off Windows 7 Support for Older Intel Computers

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Despite Microsoft's promise of support until 2020, Windows 7 users running older hardware are getting the shaft: those with a Pentium III, for instance, will no longer be able to install monthly rollups or security-only patches. This is related to… Go To Full Article

Mercedes pulls its plug-in hybrids to prepare for new models

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We hope you weren't dead set on buying one of Mercedes' existing plug-in hybrids, as they won't be long for this world. Autocar has learned that Mercedes has stopped producing PHEV versions of the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class and GLE. This… Go To Full Article

Your 1440p Monitor Could Be Using a 4K Panel

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The antics of the computer monitor industry continues with a new report claiming that certain panel manufacturers are using 4K panels for QHD displays because they are cheaper to produce. The native resolution is limited via firmware, and image quality… Go To Full Article

Apple quietly kills Modern Buckle Watch band in the US

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Apple regularly kills off products in silence, simply yanking it from stores without so much as a notice. That's how its super expensive gold Edition watches and even something as big as the iPod Classic went the way of the… Go To Full Article

Snapdragon-based Chromebook could rival always-connected PCs

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You don't have great choices for non-Intel processors on Chromebooks at the moment -- the Rockchip-made parts you often see in low-end systems keep costs down, but they struggle with intensive tasks. That might not be an issue in the… Go To Full Article

Valve's Knuckles EV2 controller will let you squeeze things in VR

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Valve originally introduced its vertical-grip "Knuckles" controllers for VR in 2016, and shipped working models to developers last year. Now the company sending game makers another version, the EV2, that has revamped buttons, straps and a slew of sen...… Go To Full Article

Facebook accidentally sent developer reports to app testers

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While Facebook is still reeling from it's Cambridge Analytica scandal, it has been trying to clean up its image as a company that plays fast and loose with your privacy. Unfortunately, there's yet another issue. According to TechCrunch, Facebook acci... Go To Full Article

DuckDuckGo Examining Google's Search Tailoring

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DuckDuckGo, most well known for its privacy focused, non-tracking search engine, has announced on their Twitter that they are looking for volunteers on Sunday PM to "examine the extent of Google's filter bubble, i.e. how much results are tailored." It… Go To Full Article

xFyro xS2 Wireless Earbuds Review

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The luxurious brushed aluminum charging case of the xS2 Wireless Earbuds by xFyro may help them stand out from the crowd but it's their IP67 certification (dust and water proof) that makes them worth checking out. Go To Full Article

Ducky Shine 6 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp

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Ducky as a brand has been synonymous with their Shine series of keyboards, and today, we take a look at the latest iteration - the Shine 6. It is an interesting blend of past and present with some hints towards… Go To Full Article

Apple will repair 'sticky' MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards

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Apple launched a new keyboard service program today, acknowledging that the keyboards on certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models are prone to issues. If users of particular models find that letters or characters repeat unexpectedly or don't appear at...… Go To Full Article

'Machina' brings support for running Linux on top of Fuchsia

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One of the greatest struggles of creating an entirely new OS, especially today, is the chicken-and-egg problem. Without good apps, why would consumers buy a product? And conversely, with no consumers, why would developers make apps? We've looked, time and… Go To Full Article

Reddit is testing a news tab in its iOS app

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Reddit is making it simpler to find news on the platform with a beta test of a news tab in its iOS app. You might not always want to sift through personal essays and cat photos to find news from… Go To Full Article

Tesla closes solar installation centers as part of layoffs

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Tesla's recently announced layoffs may hurt its solar panel business particularly hard. Reuters sources and leaked documents have revealed that Tesla is closing roughly a dozen solar installation centers in nine states as part of the job cuts. There...… Go To Full Article

WD Black NVMe SSD 1TB @ LanOC Reviews

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Western Digital might bring to mind spinning disks but they have been dabbling in the SSD market for a while now, especially with their pickup of SanDisk. I've ever had the chance to check out their portable SSD. But this… Go To Full Article

Amazon brings its kid-friendly FreeTime Unlimited app to iOS

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Amazon's kid-friendly FreeTime Unlimited first launched onto Fire devices in 2012. The curated video and book service made the jump to Android last year and has just landed on iOS. It brings with it the same features as on other… Go To Full Article

Microsoft’s ICE involvement illustrates tech’s denial problem

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Nearly a decade ago, I had the good fortune of being one of the last people to interview the founder of Commodore International, Jack Tramiel (famous for Commodore computers and the popular C64), before he passed away. At 83, he… Go To Full Article

'Arena of Valor' beta registration for Nintendo Switch is live

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Arena of Valor was one of the biggest games at E3 this year, you just didn't know it. Like Super Smash Bros Ultimate it was featured in the Nintendo Direct broadcast, and, like Smash there was also a giant tournament… Go To Full Article

MSI Optix MAG491C Hands-On: A 49-Inch 32:9 LCD with FreeSync

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Earlier this month MSI demonstrated its ultrawide curved 49-inch gaming display at Computex. The unit uses a mass-produced panel and already has a model number, so its launch is imminent. Apparently, just like ASUS and Samsung, MSI believes that ultrawide… Go To Full Article

Adobe is using AI to catch Photoshopped images

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While picture editors have tweaked images for decades, modern tools like Adobe Photoshop let them alter photos to the point of complete fabrication. Think of sharks swimming in the streets of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, or someone flying a… Go To Full Article

Bethesda lawsuit claims ‘Westworld’ game is ‘Fallout Shelter’ rip-off

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Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit this week against Behavior Interactive and Warner Bros., alleging that the new Westworld mobile game is a "blatant rip-off" of its Fallout Shelter, Polygon reports. The company cites a number of reviews of Westworld...… Go To Full Article

'Semblance' is proof of Nintendo's new indie hustle

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I found Semblance on the second floor of the Fuego Lounge, squeezed into a booth beside a dance floor and a small stage. It was early afternoon, and waitstaff were restocking the long, rectangular bar in the center of the… Go To Full Article

Facebook will soon let you know how much time you spend 'socializing'

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Facebook is developing a feature that will let you know how much time you spend on it. Developer Jane Manchun Wong found an unreleased tool deep in the code for the platform's Android app called "Your Time On Facebook" which… Go To Full Article

Bitcoin Approaches Year Low as Japan Cracks Down on Venues

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Bitcoin's value took a big hit today when Japan told six of the trading venues in the country to improve their business operations to help cut down on money laundering and other criminal activity. As a result some of the… Go To Full Article

Tinder tests a 'Picks' feature to save you from endless swiping

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Today, Tinder announced that it is testing a new feature called Picks, which highlights matches who fit your particular interests based on career, hobbies, activities and more. It's currently being tested on iOS in the UK, Germany, Brazil, France, Ca... Go To Full Article

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