MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2018-10-21 read/post comments(0)

With the X470 Gaming M7 AC AM4 board, MSI is offering full support for the latest Ryzen 2000 series and also comes with improvements regarding PCB design. It does support the latest technologies, status LEDs are available all around the board for troubleshooting, while the excellent onboard audio implementation makes you wonder if you should really purchase a separate sound card. While it is not mandatory for desktop computers, MSI have also included a WiFi AC interface (Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 card) with dual antennas; the card also supports up to BT 4.2 for connecting other devices such as portable speakers, peripherals while the LAN connection is fully optimized for low latencies thanks to the Killer E2500 Gigabit controller.… read more

Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SD Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-10-14 read/post comments(0)

The Exceria Pro N502 has easily got to the first place in terms of performance versus the previously tested cards; the latest UHS-II standard does make possible up to 8K video recording and the safe operating conditions vary from -20 to 85 degrees Celsius (without condensation). As we have seen with other Toshiba products, the N502 is x-ray proof, so you do not have to worry about scans at the airport security checkpoints. read more

HTC U12+ Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2018-10-05 read/post comments(0)

The new HTC flagship does incorporate a unique interaction mode with the aluminum frame and instead of using regular buttons, it comes with pressure-sensitive sensors instead. It comes with a 6 inch Super LCD 6 screen that sports a resolution of 2880x1440 and an aspect ratio of 18:9; the pixel density is 537 and two color gamut presets are preloaded into the software distribution (DCI-P3 and sRGB). The included BoomSound speakers sound loud and clear, while the USonic earbuds audio signature can be fine-tuned on our liking and are the ideal companion when commuting to work. read more

CORSAIR Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2018-10-02 read/post comments()

The new Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock is very easy to operate and requires no drivers on the Windows 10 platform, while on Macs we do have the software solution supplied on the web. Thanks to the 40Gb/s interface, the devices we connect to it will be not slowed down and is great for using it along large displays at presentations or for viewing multimedia content, while on-the-go. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DH310 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2018-09-28 read/post comments(0)

By having compatibility with the latest, non-ULV Coffee Lake processors from Intel, the Shuttle DH310 can deliver quite a bit of performance. Even if the i5 8600K is a 95W SKU, the TDP is automatically driven down to 65W maximum, this also meaning that the performance has been lowered a bit when all cores are at maximum load; in many other non-stressful usage patterns, the cores can reach the maximum Turbo Frequency without no issues at all. The unit can be used for many purposes, such as digital signage, POI, POS, office, healthcare, industry, media center and more given its multitude of interfaces. read more

Patriot Memory Viper RGB Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200MHz Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2018-09-21 read/post comments(0)

Even if Patriot Memory has arrived a little bit late to the table with their Viper RGB series, these do not disappoint and come with a unique appearance; depending on your system setup appearance and the desired XMP 2.0 speeds, you can choose to go either with black or white heatsinks, while the RGB 5-segment setup will surely bring a lot of eye candy to your machine. The product does feature compatibility in terms of RGB lighting with the most-known motherboard brands and for the others we do have the ability to use Patriot’s own software, supplied on the website. read more
Audio/Others Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 HD Gaming DAC and External USB Sound Card Review by stefan @ 2018-09-15
Others/All-in-one PC ECS LIVA Q2 Pocket PC Review by stefan @ 2018-09-07
Storage/SSD Crucial MX500 250GB M.2 Type 2280 SSD Review by stefan @ 2018-08-27
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DL10J Review by stefan @ 2018-08-20
Motherboards/AMD AM4 BIOSTAR Racing X470GT8 AM4 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2018-08-13

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Oculus stops offering movies on Rift headsets due to low demand

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
It's a lousy time to be a fan of PC-based VR, apparently. Oculus told both customers and Variety that it's shutting down its movie store for Rift headset owners, leaving you to use third-party services (or watch on a regular… Go To Full Article

OnePlus will release one of the first 5G smartphones

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Shortly after Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon told us to expect at least two 5G flagship smartphones next year, you kind of know what to expect when OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei joined him on stage. Nope, they weren't here to talk… Go To Full Article

Google will fix its Camera bug that fails to save photos

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Now that Google's Pixel 3 phones have arrived people are finding the good and bad of the various software-enhanced features. One issue some have noticed -- across a range of devices including some non-Pixel or Nexus phones -- is a… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 675 - 11nm Mid-Range Cortex A76-Based

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Today we’re seeing a very interesting announcement from Qualcomm: The new Snapdragon 675 chipset is a direct successor to the current generation Snapdragon 670 which was only announced back in August. The Snapdragon 675 iterates on the current design, bringing… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm is expecting at least two 5G flagship smartphones in 2019

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
If you've been wondering when to expect the first 5G smartphone on the market, there's now a somewhat official answer from none other than Qualcomm. Speaking at the 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that based… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm wants to help build more Alexa-powered Bluetooth earbuds

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
When it comes to adding a voice assistant to a speaker or a pair of headphones, Amazon's Alexa has become the default choice for many OEMs, likely due to the openness and high adoption rate of the platform. Never one… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 rides the multi-camera and gaming trend

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
It's only been almost a quarter since Qualcomm launched its Snapdragon 670 mid-range chipset, but today, the company is already bringing out a slightly beefier Snapdragon 675, which is clearly designed with three smartphone trends in mind: Gaming opt... Go To Full Article

Qualcomm: Google Chrome is coming to Windows on ARM

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
One of the downsides of Windows on ARM is the lack of third-party browser - Edge is one of the few choices you have. Sure, you can run x86 browsers through emulation, but preferably, you'd have native options. Go To Full Article

RISC OS goes open source with Apache 2.0 license

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) are hugely proud to announce that we will be working with RISC OS Developments (ROD), following their recent acquisition of the RISC OS intellectual property through the purchase of Castle Technology Ltd (Castle), in the… Go To Full Article

NBC Sports adds ‘Snow Pass’ to its hyper-specific streaming options

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
NBC Sports announced "Snow Pass" today, which is the latest in hyper-specific sports streaming packages on NBC Sports Gold. Snow Pass includes over 700 hours of live coverage for seven winter sports: alpine skiing, nordic combined, ski jumping, cross... Go To Full Article

Cougar Surpassion @ TechPowerUp

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Top optical sensor, Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks, an LCD display, and, of course, RGB lighting. All of these fit into a relatively small mouse shell that is mainly meant for palm gripping. This is the Surpassion, one… Go To Full Article

Richard Branson steps down as Virgin Hyperloop One chairman

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Richard Branson is stepping down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One. He confirmed the decision to Reuters, claiming that the company needs a more heavily involved leader on its mission to build a fully functional hyperloop transportation system. … Go To Full Article

‘Devil May Cry 5’ fans in Japan get insane $8,000 bundle

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
If you plan on dressing up as Dante for Halloween, this is the jacket to get. Capcom has announced a new Devil May Cry 5 "Ultra Limited Edition" bundle via its E-Capcom website. The bundle includes a copy of the… Go To Full Article

YouTube CEO says proposed EU copyright law threatens creators

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Europe is currently considering new legislation that would require companies like Google and Facebook to scan all uploaded content and remove any copyrighted material. Known as Article 13, the move has faced a lot of pushback, and YouTube CEO Susan… Go To Full Article

Discovery and PGA Tour team up on GOLFTV streaming service

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Discovery and the PGA Tour have announced a new OTT service called GOLFTV, which will be a hub for golf coverage outside of the US. GOLFTV will offer more than 2,000 hours of live content each year and will cover… Go To Full Article

Google Pixel 3 Clear Glass Mod Looks Magnificent

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
JerryRigEverything on YouTube has decided to modify his Google Pixel 3 to have a clear, transparent back. To make the look completely clear, he removed the black adhesive that made the phone water resistant so this mod isn't for everyone.… Go To Full Article

Vivaldi 2.0 review: browsers do not have to be so bland

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Roughly a year and a half later, Vivaldi has recently hit the 2.0 milestone. You can download the latest version from the Vivaldi site or install it through the app store or package manager of your OS. And at first… Go To Full Article

Mars may have enough oxygen underneath its surface for life

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The possibility of life on Mars has been a tantalizing possibility for years, and recent discoveries have only increased excitement about whether we'll find life on the red planet. Now, a new study in Nature Geoscience posits that it's possible… Go To Full Article

Micron’s Control of 3D XPoint Fab Will Not Disrupt Optane Roadmap

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Intel late on Friday said that Micron’s intention to gain full control of the IMFT joint venture will not interrupt its plans concerning products based on 3D XPoint memory. The company is confident that it will have enough time to… Go To Full Article

Drive.ai launches second autonomous ride-hailing pilot in Texas

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Drive.ai's autonomous ride-hailing pilot is now available beyond one town, if only just. The startup has launched its promised second pilot in Arlington, Texas, a short distance away from Frisco. If you're in the downtown area, you can hop in… Go To Full Article

Samsung's updated mixed-reality headset goes on sale October 22nd

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
It's official: Samsung is updating its mixed-reality headset, the Odyssey. The new version, the Samsung HMD Odyssey+, promises to bring lifelike experiences through the Windows Mixed Reality platform. You can buy the headset in the US starting on Oct... Go To Full Article

Intel Kills off the 10nm Process

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Charlie Demerjian of Semiaccurate has dropped a bombshell article in which he reports that Intel insiders have proclaimed the current 10nm process is dead. He says that this is a good thing for the company as it was the right… Go To Full Article

Netflix will raise $2 billion to pay for more original content

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
It's hard to deny that Netflix is a powerhouse when it comes to original content. The company wants to ensure it remains on top, though, and to do that it's willing to go into debt. Netflix announced today that it… Go To Full Article

Honor Magic 2's sliding screen unveiled a week before launch

@ 2018/10/23 read/post comments(0)
While the notch has become an unfortunate trend in the smartphone market, Vivo and Oppo have shown the world how a proper all-screen design should be done -- by stuffing the front cameras into a motorized pop-up module. About two… Go To Full Article

With the iPhone XR, Apple broadens its 'best'

@ 2018/10/22 read/post comments(0)
The iPhone XR might be the most interesting phone Apple has made in years. Think about it: Apple just released its flagship XS and XS Max to a chorus of positive reviews, and now here it is, a month later,… Go To Full Article

Samsung's case for buying an 8K TV: Why wait?

@ 2018/10/22 read/post comments(0)
Samsung and LG will forever be locked in a perpetual tug-of-war, and display tech is just one of the many fronts on which they tussle. Conference halls are their battleground, and at IFA this year, 8K TVs were their weapons.… Go To Full Article

New Winamp 5.8 Media Player released

@ 2018/10/22 read/post comments(0)
Still looks and feels like the old one The world's most famous media player - Winamp – has returned and now has changes which play nice with more modern versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.… Go To Full Article

Google Home Hub review: A more personal smart display

@ 2018/10/22 read/post comments(0)
Google debuted its take on the smart display earlier this year with a slew of Echo Show rivals. This is, after all, the Google way. As it did with Android, Google created the ecosystem and then partnered with third-party companies… Go To Full Article

Pixii is a smartphone-centric rangefinder camera with a Leica mount

@ 2018/10/22 read/post comments(0)
If you were thinking "I really want a rangefinder camera with a Leica M mount and no rear display or memory card," then a new French startup called Pixii has read your mind. It unveiled a digital rangefinder, also called… Go To Full Article

VW starts work on its first large-scale EV factory

@ 2018/10/22 read/post comments(0)
VW's grandiose electric car plans just became more tangible. The automaker has started building its first group-wide, large-scale EV production factory in Anting, about 19 miles west of Shanghai. When it's up and running in 2020, the plant will bui...… Go To Full Article

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