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

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'Jurassic World Revealed' exposes the limits of Alexa games

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Turns out, I'm quite terrible at running away from dinosaurs. This is a thing I learned after playing all six chapters of the Jurassic World Revealed game on Alexa, which launches today in tandem with the movie. The first chapter… Go To Full Article

Google's Measure app comes to all ARCore-compatible Android phones

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Google Measure, the digital substitute app for anyone who don't own a physical tape measure, has just received a much needed update. In contrast to the earlier version -- which was limited to Google's augmented reality (AR) platform Tango --… Go To Full Article

New York Knicks top pick wears a 'Fortnite' suit to the draft

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Last night the (real, not 2K League) NBA Draft took over the Barclays Center in New York, and once again, Fortnite was on display. Considering the age of most top picks it's not surprising the game has fans among players,… Go To Full Article

Nintendo can quickly ban Switch pirates from online play

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Nintendo has implemented some pretty stringent anti-piracy measures for the Switch, and according to one console hacker, it has already started banning game cart certificates. In a lengthy PSA on the SwitchHacks subreddit, "SciresM" said Nintendo can... Go To Full Article

California Rep. requests 23andMe to help reunite children with families

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California Representative Jackie Speier reportedly asked DNA-testing company 23andMe to help reunite children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border due to Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policies. She told Buzzfeed that she was co... Go To Full Article

GarageBand lessons are now free for aspiring musicians

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GarageBand has long been a useful tool to record music, podcasts and more. Even better, the app is free to download and use on your Mac or iOS devices, making it easy to try. Recent updates have brought enhancements like… Go To Full Article

YouTube creators can hype prerecorded videos with 'Premieres'

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While YouTube users have been able to schedule prerecorded videos for years, until now there hasn't been a seamless way to build anticipation for those videos. But there's a feature being launched at VidCon 2018 called YouTube Premieres that's going...… Go To Full Article

Bing can use your phone camera to search the web

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Microsoft isn't about to let Google's visual search features go uncontested. The tech giant has introduced a Visual Search feature to Bing that uses your phone's camera (either a fresh shot or from your camera roll) to identify objects and… Go To Full Article

Algeria shuts down internet during exams to curb cheating

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Algeria is not kidding around when it comes to exam cheats this year. The country is shutting off internet access for both mobile and fixed line connections for an hour after each high school diploma exam starts. Officials hope the… Go To Full Article

ASUS’s ROG Strix Gaming Laptops Refreshed with Hero II and Scar II

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ASUS’s impressive lineup of ROG Strix gaming laptops gets an update that emphasises absolute performance and heat management while throwing in a few proprietary innovations. The Strix Scar II is targetted at FPS gamers who demand the highest in graphics… Go To Full Article

Synology DS718+ 2-Bay NAS @ TechPowerUp

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The Synology DS718+ is a high-end 2-bay NAS with good performance, silent operation, and low power consumption. Its strong advantage is that its storage capacity can easily be expanded with five additional drives (seven in total) since it is compatible… Go To Full Article

Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK @ LanOC Reviews

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From time to time in the hardware market, there are weird and interesting products that come out that seem to break the norm. In the past, you used to see them all the time. For example All in One video… Go To Full Article

Musk emails alleged Tesla saboteur, 'You're a horrible human being'

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The story of Tesla suing a former employee for alleged theft and sabotage has taken another odd turn. While the company increased security at its battery producing Gigafactory after claiming a friend of Martin Tripp said he'd threatened to "shoot… Go To Full Article

Instagram’s IGTV could soon challenge YouTube’s dominance

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Instagram was born as a simple photo-sharing app in 2010, but it began moving into video in 2013, when it started letting users upload short clips. Now, five years after making that initial push into the space, the company plans… Go To Full Article

A vertical case makes arcade games easier on Nintendo Switch

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A big part of the Nintendo Switch's appeal is its portability, but select games -- typically older titles that originally debuted in arcade machines -- are formatted vertically. Playing them horizontally leads to giant black bars on the sides, which...… Go To Full Article

Mojang card game 'Scrolls' reborn as 'Caller's Bane'

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When Scrolls was hit by a Bethesda lawsuit and its online servers died an ugly death, the future of Mojang's collectible card game was looking rather grim. But Scrolls is still alive, and it's just been rebranded as 'Caller's Bane'.… Go To Full Article

IBM launches PowerAI Enterprise

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One software pack to rule them all AI - Artificial Intelligence - is certainly the IT business word of the year as almost every company is working on it, or at least thinking about working on it.… Go To Full Article

Shuttle Shows Off Coffee Lake-Powered Barebones Mini PCs

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Shuttle is largely considered to be the farther of the modern barebones mini PC market, as the company was the first to mass produce such products in the early 2000s. Nowadays Shuttle has numerous rivals and its positions are not… Go To Full Article

Surprise! Some PC games have ad-tracking software installed

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A smattering of PC games are tracking where you go and what you do on the internet when you aren't playing. Reddit sleuths have discovered that games including Civilization VI, Elder Scrolls Online, Kerbal Space Program (above), Hunt: Showdown and… Go To Full Article

Steam's Summer Sale offers discounts on 'Fallout,' 'Sonic' and more

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Steam holds seasonal sales throughout the year, offering decent discounts during certain dates in Autumn, Winter and Summer. It's definitely time for the most recent sale, just a day after PUBG got its first deal ever on the game distribution… Go To Full Article

'Minecraft' cross-play is here for mobile, PC, Switch and Xbox

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Announced at E3 last year, Minecraft's cross-play update is finally here to unite players on mobile, PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox hardware. More than just proving to Sony that cross-platform multiplayer is safe and that it works, the "Bedrock" update...… Go To Full Article

ASRock Z270 Pro4 Motherboard Review

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The ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard is a familiar site. ASRock is a familiar brand and since the birth of the ASRock company, it has secured a healthy and immediately identifiable place in the component market. With the recent launch of… Go To Full Article

SilverStone Preps IP68 Water- and Dust- Proof Enclosure for 2.5-Inch Drives

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Rugged as well as water/dust-proof hardware usually comes in specially designed factory-sealed enclosures and is sold at a premium. SilverStone believes that if an enclosure is made right, it is good enough not only for factory assembly, but also for… Go To Full Article

Facebook Messenger will translate Spanish messages for you

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Facebook Messenger can now translate messages from Spanish to English (and vice versa) for you, whatever it is you and your friend are talking about. The feature, called M's translation suggestions, debuted at F8 in May as one of Facebook's… Go To Full Article

Volvo's new self-driving tech could let you sleep during your commute

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Volvo has a new goal with its popular XC90 crossover SUV: to make commuting a semi-automatic process thanks to level 4 self-driving technology. The Senior Vice President of Volvo, Henrik Green, told The Car Connection that the XC90 would be… Go To Full Article

Google staff reportedly refused to work on government security tool

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Bloomberg reports today that earlier this year, a group of Google employees refused to work on a security tool that would have opened up more military contracts to the company. The tool in question is air gap technology that would… Go To Full Article

Supreme Court ruling lets states collect sales tax from online purchases

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It's not unheard of for internet retailers to collect sales tax regardless of where their customers are located, but they might not have much choice before long. The US Supreme Court has ruled that states can force online stores to… Go To Full Article

The new Ronin S gimbal is essential YouTube gear

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If you're reading this you're probably a filmmaker or someone who might like to become a filmmaker. If so, you already know that the Ronin S is a gimbal: a robotic stick that stabilizes your camera. The reason your YouTube… Go To Full Article

Battle royale title 'Darwin Project' will soon be free on Xbox

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Scavengers Studio made its battle royale brawler Darwin Project free-to-play for PC in April, leaving Xbox players wondering if they have no choice but to pay $15 for it. Turns out they won't have to pay a cent either: starting… Go To Full Article

How to optimize your online gaming setup

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Whether you play Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or Overwatch, you're going to want as little latency as possible between your hands and the game's servers. While you can't really account for how reliable your ISP is, by making a few smart… Go To Full Article

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