Fractal Design Core 500 SFF Chassis Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2016-02-09 read/post comments()

Fractal is expanding their lineup continuously: small form chassis are becoming more and more popular as even the latest high end hardware is also available in reduced size. Thus small form doesn't mean the end-user is limited to just entry or mainstream components. With the right hardware choices one has the ability to build a true gaming powerhouse. The Core 500 is one of them chassis models that looks very intriguing on paper, allowing high end cooling, normal sized ATX PSUs, a discrete GPU and last but not least plenty of storage options including Optical Disk Drive support. All this in a 60 euro bundle, now that sounds too good to be true! Time to find out if there is… read more

QNAP TS-453A 4-bay QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-02-05 read/post comments()

TS-453A is one of the newest NASes from QNAP and has quite a bit of functions like a complex QTS web interface, dual HDMI for output on HDTVs or 4K displays, HD Station HDMI GUI with more applications than before, Linux Station which allows us to run Ubuntu and control it with keyboard/mouse and without the need of a PC, plenty of media center applications (Plex, KODI and so on), 4x Gigabit LAN interfaces with Port Trunking support, separate hardware interfaces for Karaoke and more. The server is built inside a proven solid chassis which we have seen with other models and has at its heard the Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor which is accompanied by dual-channel 4GB DDR3 memory. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-02-02 read/post comments()

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro was designed to be fanless, quiet, reliable for a 24/7 operation and it is not focused on high performance. The N3050 Intel Celeron processor also features Intels’ 8th Gen HD Graphics which supports Full HD video encoding/decoding so the manufacturer is recommending this machine for Office work, media playback (Full HD content) but we would also like to add that the product handles well browsing too if we do not have a big number of tabs open and we do also have at least 4GB of DDR3L SODIMM memory installed inside the supplied slot. Besides the location where we can install the HDD/SSD, we also have the option to mount an internal USB Flash Drive… read more

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-01-27 read/post comments()

The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is performing as promised by the manufacturer, being able to playback 4K content without any issues at all and at the same time it is able to output at this resolution with a frequency of 60Hz. We do get plenty of possibilities to connect extra storage to it via the included USB 2.0 ports, the SATA Data/Power interface but also via LAN, Wi-Fi or even the SD Card reader. The 3D performance of the product is also quite decent so considering that we do actually have a fully-functional Android 5.1.1 mini-PC on our hands, we can install plenty of other applications on it via Play Store. read more

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2016-01-24 read/post comments()

S.T.R.I.K.E. M is a cool looking mobile keyboard which features smaller than usual keys, meaning that some time is needed to get accustomed with. While the product connects to the devices via Bluetooth technology, we do have one device cycle button for jumping from one device to another in just a couple of seconds, without the need of additional configurations of software. Multimedia keys are fitted on the top left side and quite a bit of functions like ESC and F-keys are accessible while working with the Fn key. For even better flexibility, we can see one OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) button on the top right side, which is accompanied by the mouse left/right buttons; an extra set of mouse… read more

HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB Review

Mobile/Laptops & Netbooks by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-20 read/post comments()

HP notebooks are known to many users as daily or as business products, this as they didn't have any or that many notebooks specifically targeted at the gamer community. From the press release in October we at MadShrimps were intrigued by the direction HP took, so it was worthwhile to test the new gaming notebook and see what it is made off. Best of all HP told us that this new announced product would be very competitive in price too; now I'm an avid gamer too and have never been so found of notebooks being able to replace a high end desktop. Maybe the HP Pavilion Gaming notebook could make me change my mind? read more
Motherboards/IntegratedCPU BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2016-01-19
Audio/Speakers&Amps OVEVO Fantasy Pro Z1 LED Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2016-01-16
Others/Mice & Keyboards G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2016-01-15
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK RE580D AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review by stefan @ 2016-01-12
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Snapdragon Wear 2100 is the new smartwatch SoC

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30 per cent smaller, 25 per cent better battery After years of the Snapdragon 400 being Qualcomm's only SoC for wearable devices, the company has announced a successor – Snapdragon Wear 2100. The new… Go To Full Article

How to Calibrate Your Gaming Controller in Windows 10

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Most PC gamers would rather die than let you take away their mouse and keyboard. But for third-person action games, racing, or emulated retro games, gamepads may still be worth using. If your controller isn’t quite working properly, you can… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy S7 could go up for pre-order on launch day

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Samsung will also be bundling a free Gear VR for early pre-orders. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are expected to go on sale on March 11, a little over two weeks after they are unveiled on February 21.… Go To Full Article

UK IP Bill needs 'significant changes,' says joint committee

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A new surveillance bill proposed by the UK government has been scrutinised and, in many ways, criticised by a joint committee in its long-awaited report today. Since November the group has been gathering evidence, through written submissions and face...… Go To Full Article

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 Laptop Review

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The PC gaming market has been pretty strong market over the last couple of years, and recent developments have pushed the boundaries again. With launches of virtual reality headsets, we’ve seen even notebook manufacturers getting prepared to drive these new… Go To Full Article

You Should Upgrade to 64-bit Chrome. It’s More Secure, Stable, and Speedy

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Using Chrome on Windows? There’s a good chance you’re still using the 32-bit version. You should upgrade to the 64-bit version. It’s more secure–not to mention faster and more stable. Go To Full Article

LG G5 with touch cover benchmarked

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The LG G5 is shipping with a Snapdragon 820 CPU and an "always on" feature that will give you a glimpse into the most important information.Now its benchmark scores have been leaked and it is looking rather good. Go To Full Article

Xiaomi Mi 5 camera samples posted online

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The Xiaomi Mi 5 has been in the rumor mill far longer than any other smartphone in recent memory, thanks to the fact the company has delayed its launch for more than a year after the Mi 4 was released.… Go To Full Article

Samsung to launch Public Safety LTE in Korea

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Samsung's plans of using its strong LTE technology for emergency services are taking shape. The Korean company has revealed that it's providing the infrastructure and devices for the country's Public Safety LTE network. People will be able to use the... Go To Full Article

Microsoft pre-installs apps into Acer's gear

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Software king of the world Microsoft will bundle its mobile productivity suite of apps onto Acer’s Android-based smartphones and tablets. ST Liew, Acer Smart Products Business Group said that Acer was pleased to partner with Microsoft to… Go To Full Article

Chrome on Android communicates with smart devices around you

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Folks running Chrome on iOS have had a chance to tap into the Physical Web devices around them since last July, but Google's finally opened that functionality up to its own ecosystem. To that end, Chrome 49 on Android will… Go To Full Article

'Top Gear' gets its cast as Clarkson begins filming for Amazon

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At last, we know who will be standing alongside Chris Evans for the highly anticipated Top Gear reboot. Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc had already been confirmed, but now we've got another four faces to divulge. Motorsport pundit Eddie Jordan… Go To Full Article

Russians revolt against Windows

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German Klimenko, Putin’s new Internet and technology Tsar has started a new campaign which is looking to increase taxes that will affect American tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Companies would have to pay up to… Go To Full Article

Nokia does well but frets about China

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Former rubber wear maker Nokia reported better than expected profits for its telecom network equipment business but warned that its Chinese business might be a bit slow this year. Nokia’s network gear business, which accounts for more… Go To Full Article

IT industry bellwether Cisco is ok

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The tech industry breathed a sigh of relief after Cisco reported a bigger than expected quarterly profit. Cisco is one of those companies that shows the general state of the technology industry as it always tends to… Go To Full Article

Serato's DJ tech is ready to mix playlists on your iPhone

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Creating a great playlist is tough. It's more than just throwing a bunch of songs together and hoping for the best. You have to make sure the music melds together smoothly, with no jarring transitions. It's time-consuming, and if you… Go To Full Article

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 MX Keyboard Review @ Hardware Asylum

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Packed with features and a futuristic look, the KM780 shows that G.Skill has done the research on what gamers and enthusiasts are looking for in a keyboard. Go To Full Article

Facebook makes it harder to ignore video ads

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As often as Facebook likes to push video ads, they've been relatively easy to ignore. The sound is usually off until you click, so you can scroll by to whatever you really meant to look at. However, it might be… Go To Full Article

Ford will launch an on-demand shuttle service in Kansas City

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Ford's Transit vans, which are typically used to haul equipment and supplies, will soon be shuttling people around in Kansas City. The automaker's teaming up with ride provider Bridj and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to boost public t... Go To Full Article

BIOSTAR Announces H110MD PRO Motherboard

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Expanding its new PRO series line of motherboards, BIOSTAR is proud to announce the availability of its latest addition to the PRO family of motherboards with the announcement of the BIOSTAR H110MD PRO. As part of the PRO series motherboard… Go To Full Article

LG G5 already has a touch-enabled Quick Cover

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There's still over a week left before LG launches its newest flagship phone, but we know two things for certain: First, the G5 has an "Always On" display, and second, you will be able to get a Quick Cover case… Go To Full Article

Vatican uses Telegram to guide Catholics during Lent

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When Pope Francis says he sees the internet as a blessing, he's not just talking a big game. As part of a broader "Keep Lent" campaign beginning Wednesday, the Vatican is sending its daily readings of Gospel verses through a… Go To Full Article

Hiker with head-mounted cameras taught drones to fly through forests

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Researchers in Switzerland have developed a drone that can navigate forest trails in search of missing hikers. According to EPFL, around 1,000 people get lost in Swiss forests every year and often need to be rescued. Rather than enlisting a… Go To Full Article

EVGA GTX 980 Ti VR Edition puts 5.25" drive bays to use

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EVGA has added to its extensive collection of GeForce GTX 980 Ti offerings with its GTX 980 Ti VR Edition. What sets this beast apart is the inclusion of a 5.25" breakout box that's meant to reduce cable clutter between… Go To Full Article

Facebook roasts board member's attack on 'anti-colonialism'

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Venture capitalist (and Facebook board member) Marc Andreessen is known for being outspoken on tech issues, but he's learning the hard way that he went one step too far. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has chastised Andreessen for claiming that India's va... Go To Full Article

Google will make it easier to be 'forgotten' online in Europe

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Google has been complying with the European Union's "right to be forgotten" laws for nearly two years now, but it hasn't always been easy. Up until this point, Google has been reviewing and potentially removing information related to a search… Go To Full Article

Fractal Design Core 500 Case Video Review

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"The Fractal Design Core 500 Case would be perfect if you're looking to build a hardcore mini-ITX rig. It looks awesome, has excellent build quality, there's lots of drive and fan options, plus water cooling support and it fits long… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 gets new Release Preview ring and detailed change logs

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Most users are aware that Microsoft regularly publishes updates to Windows 10 called "cumulative updates." Although that name has a nice ring to it, it doesn't describe exactly what those updates contain. The vast majority of software developers out there… Go To Full Article

Twitter is going to 'fix' how you @

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Earlier today, Twitter announced that it would be implementing an optional algorithmic feed that would put the most "important" tweets that you missed at the top of your timeline. Now it seems there are more changes in the works. According… Go To Full Article

Twitter Isn't Attracting Enough New Users

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Twitter is worried about not attracting new users? If I was the head of a company that has lost money every single year since it went public, I'd be focused on making money first. What are they doing with all… Go To Full Article

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