QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-07-28 read/post comments()

Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also sporting a unique-shaped chassis design. Speaking about the chassis, now it looks more stylish, ideal to be installed in our living-room and the discrete LEDs help us find out the system status at all times; the memory is now very easy upgradable up to 8GB of RAM by simply removing a small plastic cover on the bottom area of the unit. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-25 read/post comments()

The technology incorporated inside the R9 390 GPU is not new but is based on the Hawaii (now baptized Grenada), with the same shader count, texture units, ROPs and so on. The manufacturing process is also still 28nm but there are minor improvements which allow running the card at higher speeds and the memory quantity has been doubled, from 4GB to 8GB. Since the HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 is marketed as a pre-overclocked card, the GPU clocked has been raised to 1020MHz instead of 1000MHz stock, while the memory clock remains the same as the OEM AMD cards. read more

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-07-22 read/post comments()

VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC. read more

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-07-19 read/post comments()

The Vector 180 from OCZ takes part from their high-end offerings and besides the useful Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) addition, we do also benefit from the ShieldPlus warranty which implies no shipping costs and no extra hassles. Thanks to the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the performances of the drive are top-notch and succeeds to stay in top for both read and write operations which is great for gamers or the usual workstation activities. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-17 read/post comments()

We are indeed dealing with a refresh of the previous Hawaii XT GPU now baptized Grenada XT, featuring GCN 1.1, 6200 million transistors, 2816 shading units, 176 TMUs, 64ROPs and 44 Compute Units. The available VRAM is now 8GB instead of 4GB GDDR5 and now runs at higher frequencies than on 290X cards by default (1500MHz, 6000MHz effective); this surely helps when running multiple cards for a CrossFireX setup and using multiple monitors. Speaking of the frequencies, the defaults of the GPU on OEM cards have been raised to 1050MHz and with its pre-overclocked card HIS has added extra 20MHz. read more

BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2015-07-13 read/post comments()

BIOSTAR has arrived to the market with their high-end board a little bit later but not without a lot of improvements like a revamped design, a bonus Gaming Commander box, a solid VRM, USB 3.1 capabilities, a redesigned and easier to use UEFI and more. Through the board features we cannot help but to remind of the superior audio implementation, SATA Express and M.2 support (slot which is hidden under the plastic shroud for a stylish appearance) and good overclocking results. read more
Storage/NAS ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-08
Cooling/Water Cooling Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review by stefan @ 2015-07-03
Mobile/Smart Phones Mlais M7 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-28
Others/Mice & Keyboards Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2015-06-23
Mobile/Smart Phones Blackview Zeta Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-19

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Sorry, Bethesda can't make any more 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boys

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The special edition of Fallout 4 comes with a pretty spectacular piece of swag: a real-life Pip-Boy that works with your smartphone. Understandably, the $120 bundle sold out almost as soon as it went on sale, but as much as… Go To Full Article

AOC Unveils U3277PQU and Q3277PQU 32-inch Monitors

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AOC unveiled the U3277PQU and the Q3277PQU 32-inch monitors. Both models look identical, but differ with resolutions. The U3277PQU offers 4K Ultra (3840 x 2160 pixels), whereas the Q3277PQU offers WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels). The Q3277PQU features an AMVA… Go To Full Article

Microsoft releases tool to block Windows 10 updates

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Microsoft has been releasing updates to build 10240 on an almost daily basis since it hit RTM. Most of the patches are important security or bug fixes and rather useful but some have reported crashes occurring as a result of… Go To Full Article

Moto X Style packs a 21-MP camera, Snapdragon 808 power

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Motorola has just unveiled two new Moto X phones: the Moto X Style, and the Moto X Play. The former is meant to be Motorola's new flagship phone, so let's start with that one. The Style features… Go To Full Article

Mionix Unveils the CASTOR Gaming Mouse

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Setting a new standard in ergonomic comfort and gaming performance, Mionix today announced the CASTOR, the latest entry in their stellar lineup of premium gaming mice. Named for one of the brightest stars in the night sky, the 6-button, multi-color… Go To Full Article

AMD preparing Radeon R7 370X

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While Nvidia is looking for a way to replace the GTX 750 Ti by launching the GTX 950, and have a graphics card that will be faster than the Radeon R7 370, AMD is not sitting idly and is apparently… Go To Full Article

This year's Moto G feels like another cheap champion

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It's a little hard not to look at the Moto G as one of the less interesting devices we saw today -- after all, it got unveiled in India well while plenty of us were sleeping and it was quickly… Go To Full Article

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash was due to co-pilot error

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After nearly 9 months of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has an official explanation for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash. As suspected, the accident happened when the co-pilot triggered the "feathering" system (moving the... Go To Full Article

The Moto X Style Pure Edition hands-on

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So if you've ever wished you could get a Nexus 6 but with all the Moto Maker customizations, you're in luck, cause that's pretty much what the Moto X Style Pure Edition is. It's got the same basic shape and… Go To Full Article

The Moto X Play is the Style's more affordable cousin

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While we've been expecting Motorola to refresh the Moto X and revise its bestselling Moto G, we didn't expect a big-screened handset for those on a budget. The waterproof Moto X Play is designed to be exactly that: it's powered… Go To Full Article

Workstation sales fall

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Sales of workstations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region fell by 3.4 percent in the first quarter of this year. And market research company IDC said the fall will be as much as 5.2… Go To Full Article

The Moto X Style is big, gorgeous and (of course) highly customizable

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The Moto X is alive and well in 2015. The latest iteration of the highly customizable flagship, dubbed the Moto X Style, has a giant 5.7-inch quad HD screen with the tiniest of bezels. It also has front facing stereo… Go To Full Article

Fractal Design Node 202

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Fractal Design offers its new Mini-ITX Node 202 either as a bare case or paired with its Integra SFX 450W PSU. When you consider how few SFX PSUs there are on the market it probably makes sense to go for… Go To Full Article

OnePlus 2 is a new generation of flagship killer

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Smartphone maker OnePlus has pulled back the curtain on its second smartphone, the OnePlus 2. The sequel to last year's OnePlus One brings both upgraded specs and an upgraded body in an affordable package. The company unveiled the phone in… Go To Full Article

The Rosewill Hive 850W PSU Review

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Most of our US and Canada based readers are likely familiar with Rosewill. The company started as a subsidiary of Newegg and they were initially focused on producing simple bits and hardware at competitive prices. As the company grew larger… Go To Full Article

Motorola's next Moto G gets early reveal in India

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Motorola is set to reveal its third-generation Moto G in the US, but it let the cat out of the bag a bit early by launching it early in India. As rumored, there's nothing dramatically new, but it's gotten a… Go To Full Article

UK's Visualisation Lab uses VR to solve transportation issues

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The UK's Transport Systems Catapult has launched its new "Visualisation Laboratory." It's called that because it depends on virtual reality to, in the agency's own words, "help generate innovation and overcome problems in the UK's transport network."... Go To Full Article

You can't help but feel cool in Nike's new face mask

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When Olympic athlete Ashton Eaton finishes an event, he feels better after dousing himself with a bottle of water, but that's not a very elegant way of keeping his head cool. That's why the decathlete teamed up with Nike to… Go To Full Article

How to Reset Your Forgotten Password in Windows 10

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Thankfully, the process of recovering your password in Windows 10 is much the same as it has been in Windows 8 and above, albeit with a few slight tweaks. Here’s how you can recover both your Microsoft Live 10 login,… Go To Full Article

[M] QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

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Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also… Go To Full Article

Hands-on with the new Doom: The detail of Doom 3, the speed of Doom 2

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Cyberdemons aside, the two Doom matches I tried quickly congealed into a slick six minutes of explosions and emancipated body parts. The only other negative bits were a few unfortunate solitary periods when my teammates resorted to asking, "Where is… Go To Full Article

Xbox One screenshots are coming to SmartGlass on Android and iOS

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Xbox One users who also own a Win 10 phone have long been able to share their gaming screenshots using Microsoft's Smartglass app. Now that ability is coming to both Android and iOS devices. Users will be able to view,… Go To Full Article

For OnePlus, China is no longer its biggest market

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OnePlus, a 900-strong company that's sold 1.5 million smartphones since its debut 15 months ago, is doing surprisingly well outside its home country, China. As we sat in OnePlus' funky recreational room, CEO Pete Lau revealed that about 60 to… Go To Full Article

OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera

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Almost exactly 15 months ago, the OnePlus One made its debut as a $299 flagship smartphone to wow the geeks; and it's even been lowered to $249 as of last month. That, of course, is to make way for the… Go To Full Article

Google reportedly tried to buy a veggie burger company

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Google has explored at least a few fields that have precious little to do with internet searches, but sources for The Information claim that it nearly went in a very unusual direction: the fast food business. The folks in Mountain… Go To Full Article

Israeli researchers compromise isolated network with dumbphones

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Without a doubt, storing highly sensitive data on an internet-disconnected, "air-gapped" computer network is one of the best security measures an orga... Go To Full Article

NASA shows off the International Space Station in glorious 4K

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NASA's International Space Station team recently got a big camera upgrade in the form of RED's Epic Dragon, and it's more than a little eager to show off what this high-resolution gear can do. The agency has started posting 4K… Go To Full Article

Samsung teases an August 13th event with a big, curvy Galaxy

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That rumor of Samsung holding a phone event in August to beat Apple to the punch? At least some of it is true. The Korean tech giant has announced a second Galaxy Unpacked event that will take place in New… Go To Full Article

Rhapsody for Android gets prettier, more powerful music controls

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Don't worry, Rhapsody isn't sitting idly by as it faces both fresh competition and renewed rivals. The streaming music service has rolled out a redesigned Android app (as well as a Napster counterpart) that brings some needed boosts to both… Go To Full Article

eBay is shutting down its on-demand delivery service

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It was only a matter of time before eBay Now would be put out to pasture once and for all. But that's official as of today, eBay revealed in a statement about how it plans to simplify shopping for users.… Go To Full Article

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