Synology DiskStation DS416 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-02-12 read/post comments()

By employing the low-power Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 32-bit CPU along with 1GB of DDR3 RAM memory, the DS416 was not designed to break any records, but supply enough performance and reliability for both home and SMB users. The product does feature dual LAN interfaces which support Link Aggregation (mostly used in larger enterprise environments), but the second link can be used for failover as well. DS416 is built on a proven chassis model but does not come with a HDMI interface too in order to use the NAS as a standalone Media Center while connected on our TV. read more

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
Mobile/Laptops & Netbooks HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB Review by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-20
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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Watch DARPA's tiny drone do 45 MPH indoors, autonomously

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It's been a bit since we last saw DARPA's bird-of-prey inspired drone system, but the government's mad science wing hasn't been sitting idle. The Fast Lightweight Autonomy program recently took one of its drones on an indoor test flight where… Go To Full Article

Shape-shifting polymer straightens out from body heat

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There have been plenty of tries at shape-changing materials, but this one might be the most practical yet. The University of Rochester has created a polymer that returns to its original shape when subjected to body heat -- touch a… Go To Full Article

Apple is replacing USB-C cables that shipped with early MacBooks

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If you were an early adopter of Apple's slimmed-down MacBook, then this may apply to you. According to the company, a "limited number" of laptops sold between its launch in April of 2015 and June 2015 have USB-C cables that… Go To Full Article

Apple Offering Replacement USB Type-C Cables For 2015 MacBook Owners

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After last month’s “duckhead” power adapter recall, Apple has started another charger-related replacement program. Beginning today, Apple will be replacing early runs of their USB Type-C charging cable for the 2015 MacBook, covering both the included cable and any additional… Go To Full Article

Android app turns your phone into an earthquake detector

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Your smartphone can already warn you about earthquakes. UC Berkeley, however, is going one step further: it wants your phone to help detect those quakes. The school has released an Android app, MyShake, that uses your phone's motion sensors to… Go To Full Article

Apple urges judge to make up mind about unlocking phones for Feds

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Today, Apple tried to prod New York Magistrate Judge James Orenstein into settling a months-old debate about unlocking an iPhone at the heart of a criminal investigation. A letter submitted by one of the company's attorneys maintains these sorts of… Go To Full Article

Fractal Design Node 202 Case Video Review

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"If you're considering a small Mini-ITX case, the Fractal Design Node 202 is an excellent option. It's slim, sexy, can be orientated vertically or horizontally, fits long videos cards, there are 120mm fan options and two 2.5" drives can be… Go To Full Article

SyFy's futuristic cop show 'Halcyon' will have 5 VR episodes

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In the year 2058, virtual reality is so commonplace that big-city police have established a Virtual Reality Crimes Unit. In this branch, detective Julie Dover ends up investigating an incident that shouldn't even be possible -- a real-life murder tha... Go To Full Article

Study links North Korea to Sony hack and malware campaign

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Cyber-security firms Kaspersky and Alienvault Labs announced at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit that they had uncovered new evidence linking the massive Sony Pictures hack of 2014 with an ongoing malware attack directed at South Korea. The secu... Go To Full Article

YouTube acquires BandPage to help drive Red subscriptions

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YouTube announced on Friday that it is acquiring BandPage, a platform that acts as a homepage of sorts for musicians. BandPage originally designed landing tabs on Facebook for musicians but lost most of its traffic after the social site redesigned… Go To Full Article

Apple's new 4-inch iPhone and iPad Air 3 are rumored to arrive on March 18th

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The Apple rumor mill has been in full swing over the last month or so, with as-yet-unconfirmed March 15th event that's said to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone and the iPad Air 3. Those rumors are getting a little more… Go To Full Article

Google is shutting down Picasa in favor of Photos

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Google has been steadily migrating its resources towards the Photos ecosystem since the company first announced it at last year's I/O developers conference. It's already shut down Google+ photos in lieu of the newer service and linked Photos to your... Go To Full Article

Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB @ LanOC Reviews

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It's crazy that it was all the way back in 2014 when Sapphire first introduced their R9 285 ITX Compact. That that time we were excited because Ed from Sapphire had been taking a lot of notes at our LANs… Go To Full Article

Mitsubishi uses sound and WiFi to locate you indoors

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There have been many attempts at locating you indoors when GPS fails, but they usually come with catches. WiFi alone isn't very accurate, for example, while a ton of beacons isn't always practical. Mitsubishi may have a good answer to… Go To Full Article

uTorrent offers ad-free option for $5 a year

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uTorrent recently opted to monetize with ads, but it turns out that pirates hate those as much as paying for content. Now, parent BitTorrent is trying something else -- offering a subscription to eliminate ads for $5 per year. That… Go To Full Article

HP’s first Windows 10 Mobile smartphone to debut as the Elite x3

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Well known leakster @evleaks today revealed in a tweet that HP’s first Windows 10 Mobile-powered smartphone will be named the HP Elite x3. The smartphone has been the subject of multiple leaks already, referred to by its “Falcon” codename. The… Go To Full Article

Google gives My Maps for Android a much-needed revamp

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Google's My Maps for Android hasn't received a lot of affection lately, but the company is making up for that in style. It quietly released a big upgrade to the custom mapping app that, on top of a "new look… Go To Full Article

Galaxy Note 6 specs rumored to include 6GB of RAM

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The rumors have begun before even the Galaxy S7 has gone official. We recently heard the Galaxy Note 6 would mark the return of Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup to Europe, and the rumor mill is once again churning out some… Go To Full Article

Philae mission team says goodbye to the comet lander

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The mostly quiet Philae comet lander appears to be silent for good. German space agency DLR announced today that it would no longer attempt to send commands to the unit. "Unfortunately, the probability of Philae re-establishing contact with our team... Go To Full Article

AMD teams up with IO Interactive for Hitman

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AMD has partnered up with IO Interactive and its upcoming Hitman game which will be the newest member of the AMD Gaming Evolved program and feature performance optimizations as well as unique DirectX 12 hardware features. According… Go To Full Article

UK police arrest teenager over recent US government hacks

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UK authorities believe they've caught a teenage hacker who was part of the recent wave of attacks on US government officials. A 15-year-old boy who goes by the name "cracka" was arrested earlier this week for his part in a… Go To Full Article

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Matrix 6 GB @ techPowerUp

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GTX 980 Ti Matrix is the ASUS flagship card for the company's current GPU lineup. It is priced at $720 and comes with tons of enthusiast tuning options, a huge triple-slot cooler and a large overclock. Out of the box… Go To Full Article

Visa buys a stake in rival Square

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Visa has purchased a 10 percent piece of Square, according to documents seen by the WSJ. Square is best known for its smartphone-attached readers that make it easy for merchants (and even panhandlers) to accept credit cards. The company was… Go To Full Article

O2 tracks and sells what customers are doing on the Tube

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If you're with O2 and regularly use the London Underground, you should know that the network is trying to track your phone and pass that information on to advertisers. If that sounds like a huge invasion of privacy, well, in… Go To Full Article

Aweek USB Hub and Card Reader Review @ Technogog

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"Today I've got a review of product I really wanted to like, well one that I wanted to work correctly and it didn't sadly. It's a USB hub and card reader in one for your desk and it's very nice… Go To Full Article

I left my Nexus 7 for a younger model

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Dear Nexus 7, We need to talk. We've been together for nearly four years now and have had some good times, haven't we? I mean, you were my first tablet. I'd never met any device like you before. You were… Go To Full Article

Gionee Elife S8 Helio P10 launches at MWC

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Gionee Elife S8 will launch at the Mobile World Congress 2016 and the company has sent invitations. The phone will launch on Monday February 22, but it will ship at a later date. GeekBench and GFXbench have… Go To Full Article

Doogee F7 is affordable Helio X20

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The Meizu MX6 and MX6 Mini might be the biggest design wins that the Helio X20 might get but Doogee F7 might be the most affordable one. The company is expected to launch its Doogee F7 in Q2 2016 and… Go To Full Article

NASA maps part of Pluto's complex terrain

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Pluto's surface looks pretty textured even from afar, but you may still be surprised by how complex its terrain actually is. This new color-coded geological map illustrates that complexity more clearly. It covers 1,290 miles of the dwarf planet, incl... Go To Full Article

Microsoft Has No Plans To Change Windows 10 Privacy Settings

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For all of you that thought this sounded too good to be true, apparently it was. My sources tell me there are no such plans and that there is no such statement. Executives believe that existing privacy controls are reasonable… Go To Full Article

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