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

Silicon Power Blaze B21 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2016-09-19 read/post comments()

Sporting similar performance levels as the Jewel J20 model, the product is offered in a larger but also durable chassis, which permits larger storage space, while the retractable USB connector can prevent the frequent cap-loss problem. read more

Synology DS416play 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-09-15 read/post comments()

DS416play 4-bay NAS from Synology is another multimedia-oriented model, which is able to transcode 4K videos in order to play them back on many other portable devices linked to the network and this is possible thanks to the hardware transcoding engine present within the included Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core CPU. This one is paired with 1GB of DDR3 memory, which should be enough for a home server and the four bays do support HDDs with capacities up to 10TB (for a maximum of 40TB): that is a lot of storage for many 4K videos and other stuff! read more

Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB High Endurance SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2016-09-13 read/post comments()

The mainstream OCZ VX500 SSD from Toshiba falls between the RD400 and the value-oriented TR150; with 15nm MLC Flash and capacities up to 1TB, the VX500 does also come with 5 years of warranty and an endurance between 74 and 592 TBW (Terabytes Written, based on JEDEC standard). This particular model incorporates the Toshiba TC358790XBG, which is known as very reliable and was used before with Toshibas’ Enterprise SSD HK3R series. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Hubble study helps explain the heyday of galaxy formation

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The Hubble Space Telescope still isn't done giving up secrets of the early universe. Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that a patch of 10 billion-year-old galaxies in Hubble's Ultra Deep Field... Go To Full Article

'Minecraft' October updates are big deals for tweakers and VR

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Minecraft is close to some updates that could seriously alter how you play if you like to mess with game mechanics... or simply immerse yourself in a virtual world. An upgrade arriving October 18th for Minecraft's Windows 10, Pocket and… Go To Full Article

Google internet balloon uses AI to stay in place for weeks

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When Google first introduced Project Loon, its internet balloons used static algorithms to change altitude and stay in position. While clever, they were limited -- Google couldn't do much to adapt to unexpected weather patterns, which are quite comm...… Go To Full Article

Fender's FXA2 in-ear monitors sound great onstage and off

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When you think "Fender," your brain conjures up images of guitars, of long-haired tattooed musicians exploding into ear-piercing solos. It's an appropriate assessment -- the Stratocaster (or one of its many clones) is usually the first instrument of... Go To Full Article

Valve Outlines Changes To Address Increasingly Unwieldy Steam Store

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Changes are coming to the Steam Store, per notifications delivered to SteamWorks developers. It seems that we will now have the option of filtering out things like Early Access games and non-gaming stuffs like software applications and movies. A new… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy On5 (2016) and Galaxy On7 (2016) launched in China

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Samsung is bolstering its smartphone lineup in the Chinese market with two new devices, the Galaxy On5 (2016) and Galaxy On7 (2016). Rumors and leaks have been pointing at the existence of these phones for quite some time, and the… Go To Full Article

Clinton tech says he warned of email server violations in 2009

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The FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server continues to turn up important new details. Reuters has found interview summaries showing that Bryan Pagliano, a technician who joined Clinton's team when she became Secretary of St... Go To Full Article

iTunes 'Spoken Editions' podcasts will read you written news

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It looks like Apple is getting ready to launch a new iTunes offering, and someone pulled the trigger a bit too early. TechCrunch has spotted podcasts branded "Spoken Editions" on the service, which seem to be short programs reading written… Go To Full Article

Many recovered Clinton emails won't go public before election

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Hope you aren't waiting for the State Department to publish every last document from Hillary Clinton's private email server before making a voting decision -- you're going to be disappointed. A federal judge has set a schedule that will only… Go To Full Article

Google's self-driving car is the victim in a serious crash

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Google's self-driving cars don't have a flawless safety record, but it's clearer than ever that careless human drivers remain the greater threat. A commercial van running a red light struck one of Google's autonomous Lexus SUVs as it crossed a… Go To Full Article

Intel Kaby Lake 7700K and 7600K CPU Clock Speeds

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If you are making bets on what the Kaby Lake processors will run at, you should probably go with 4.2GHz and 3.8GHz, which is what a retail site had accidentally revealed. I wonder how many of you who wanted to… Go To Full Article

New Chrome OS Update Enables Google Play on Acer’s and ASUS Chromebooks

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Google has released an update for its Chrome OS that enables select Chromebooks to run apps designed for Google Android and access Google Play Store. Right now, only two mobile PCs, one from Acer and another from ASUS, are compatible… Go To Full Article

Six sun-powered ships

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The vast majority of boats rely on fossil fuels that tax the environment. Fortunately, alternative energy is on the rise in the marine world, and solar-powered ships are prepared to sail into a much cleaner future. It's been a few… Go To Full Article

Kingston SSDnow UV400 480GB SSD Review

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Although certainly not made for professional use due to its rather low IOPS performance the brand new Kingston UV400 480GB offers surprisingly good read & write speeds and an excellent price/capacity ratio making it an ideal storage upgrade for consumers. Go To Full Article

A love letter to my Philips Wake-up Light

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You know what's easier than getting me to wake up? Raising the dead and the Titanic at the same damn time. You'd have thought that going to bed earlier each night, quitting bacon and using tech to adopt a healthier… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to be powered by the Exynos 8895 SoC

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According to a new report from SamMobile, the Galaxy S8 could be powered by the next-gen Exynos 8895 SoC, which will integrate ARM’s Mali-G71 GPU. The ARM Mali-G71 GPU will succeed the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU that does duty in the… Go To Full Article

Galaxy S8 May Feature ARM Mali-G71 GPU And 4K Display

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If this was a couple of months ago, I'd be whining about why a smartphone would even need a 4K display, but now that I've tried VR, I will just say that the next Galaxy should be very interesting for… Go To Full Article

Street Fighter V Installs Hidden Rootkit On PCs

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It's times like these where I'm glad to have waited before buying a newish title. An update to the newest Street Fighter game allows any application to have kernel-level privileges. While the driver was intended to prevent players from hacking… Go To Full Article

Smart's diminutive vehicles will all have EV options in 2017

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Smart's teeny-tiny and highly parkable vehicles aren't exactly known for their highway speeds, but they do make sensible grocery-getters for city folk with limited space. So it makes sense that the next model year from Mercedes-Benz's pint-sized line... Go To Full Article

iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones, Photos

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Even if you've already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable app extensions have ben… Go To Full Article

Google Hangouts adds emoticon shortcuts for easy table-flipping

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The latest version of Google Hangouts for Android adds something clever to your chatting experience: 20 new hidden emoticon shortcuts so you can properly express all those shruggie feelings and table-flipping rage moments. Less exciting than a quick... Go To Full Article

Google Home is rumored to cost $130

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Google Home, the latest entrant in the voice-activated-assistant race, will cost $130 and include the colorful base options shown off at the company's I/O conference in May, according to Android Police. Home is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo, tho... Go To Full Article

'Spectacles by Snapchat' leak shows camera-equipped sunglasses

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As if a report that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel had been spotted wearing a pair of camera-packing sunglasses wasn't enough, now Business Insider says it has an ad or demo video showing the product. Apparently posted to YouTube until it… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi's Android TV box showed up at a Walmart for $69

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It looks like you may be able to check out Google's Android TV soon. Since Xiaomi's Mi Box was announced at Google I/O this year, multiple reports have speculated that the company's set top box will be available for a… Go To Full Article

Jawbone dropped by customer service provider for failure to pay

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It's been a rough year for Jawbone. A few months back, the company had reportedly halted production on new fitness trackers, and was said to be selling itself off after missing a payment to a creditor. Today, the Jawbone rumor… Go To Full Article

The Verge editor secretly joins Apple, doesn't inform The Verge

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Well, file this in the "what the hell is going on" section. Chris Ziegler, long-time The Verge editor (and Engadget before that - he was part of the crew that started both Engadget and The Verge, if I'm not mistaken),… Go To Full Article

Google might introduce another WiFi router on October 4th

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We're less than two weeks away from Google's big fall event in San Francisco, and we already have a good idea of what to expect -- Pixel-branded smartphones, maybe Google Home, maybe a 4K-capable Chromecast. Android Police is offering up… Go To Full Article

The FBI recommends you cover your laptop's webcam, for good reason

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FBI director James Comey recently recommended that we all cover our webcams with tape for security reasons. Comey believes that doing so is a simple step for people to "take responsibility for their own safety and security." Go To Full Article

A tech accelerator grows in Brooklyn

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At its peak, the Brooklyn Navy Yard employed as many as 70,000 people, building maritime vessels like the USS Maine, Missouri and Monitor. Military shipbuilding isn't coming back to Brooklyn anytime soon, and neither are those particular jobs. But in... Go To Full Article

Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s can be charged to 80 percent

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If you've failed to heed the warnings of Samsung and government regulators, it looks like you can now charge those recalled Note 7 batteries to 80 percent. The phones were recalled globally earlier this month following reports of exploding batteries,... Go To Full Article

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