QNAP TVS-882 High-Performance 8-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-07-28 read/post comments()

The TVS-882 High-Performance 8-bay NAS from QNAP delivers very good performances all across the board, beginning with transfer speeds throughout the network and ending with virtual machines which can be run in much better conditions than what we have seen with previous offerings. The Intel Core i3-6100 CPU seems to help a lot the overall build and the fact that we can install up to 32GB of DDR4 memory allows the user to run many more processes at once. The NAS administrator is able to install a mix of M.2, 2.5’’ and 3.5’’ drives and it really does not stop here because in the remaining expansion slots we can install devices to support 10GbE cards, PCIe NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1… read more

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2016-07-22 read/post comments()

The Z170X-SOC Force is one of the most advanced motherboards which have passed through our labs and is packed with a ton of features, hardware and software wise. Besides the 4-way SLI, the three M.2 32Gb/s slots, a beefy VRM, USB 3.1 support via Intel controller we do also have multiple options to overclock the system (via Wi-Fi, via the HW-OC tethering function, via the BIOS or via the Windows software), a well-optimized BIOS to handle overclocked memory without the need of tinkering with each and every timing or we could also remind that we can power up the board without the CPU installed. read more

GELID Silent Pro 14 PWM Case Fans Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by stefan @ 2016-07-18 read/post comments()

The new Silent Pro 14 case fans from Gelid did impress us positively because they are able to drive plenty of airflow while staying silent enough. The PWM feature means that it is not mandatory to have them connected to a fan controller in order to regulate the speed, but the fan RPM will be modified continuously based on the load of the system, when plugged in to the motherboard; PWM profiles can be also altered via the system BIOS in order to have a perfect balance between noise and cooling performance. read more

Mach Xtreme MX-Barium USB 3.1 Gen1 / USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2016-07-14 read/post comments()

The MX-Barium 64GB from Mach Xtreme is a future-proof USB Flash Drive supporting both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interfaces, has high read/write performances and comes with a sturdy aluminum housing. read more

BIOSTAR J3160MD Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2016-07-13 read/post comments()

The new Braswell stepping comes with a tad higher CPU Burst frequency, the same amount of cache and HD 400 graphics from Intel; in the performed results, we can see it trading punches with the Celeron N3150 and the performance gain is quite minimal. With the J3160MD board, the manufacturer proposes a fanless design, which seems to perform well thanks to the large heatsink and low TDP of the Intel SoC. Enhancements to the build can be always performed thanks to the PCI-E x16 and dual PCI-E x1 slots, for installing extra storage and use the product as an entry-level NAS, but also for installation of a low-end to mainstream video card and a standalone soundcard in order to transform… read more

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-07-09 read/post comments()

The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router looks massive when compared to regular home routers and via its eight high-power Wi-Fi antennas it can deliver up to 5.3Gbps speeds on a tri-band configuration (1000 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps). The LAN ports are also a total of eight for connecting a larger number of devices on the wired interface and also comes with two USB ports for connecting additional storage or printers. Since we are dealing with a Wave 2 802.11ac standard implementation, the router fully supports 4x4 AC, MU-MIMO, while the Band Steering feature balances the load between the two 5GHz bands so each device does get a better data transfer performance. read more
Storage/SSD Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2016-07-07
Mobile/Smart Phones TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2016-07-05
Videocards/VGA Reviews EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SuperClocked Video Card Review by stefan @ 2016-06-30
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router Review by stefan @ 2016-06-29
Audio/Others Razer ManO'War Wireless PC Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2016-06-28

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Apple turns to made up products as cash cow gets stuck

@ 2016/07/30 read/post comments(0)
Yesterday Apple had a go at peddling a fantasy to reassure the world that its iPhone Cash cow was not on its way out due to mad cow’s disease. For those who came in late, Apple was… Go To Full Article

Sky Sports will share Premier League goals on Twitter as they happen

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After spending a record £4.2 billion on securing the rights to 126 live games over the next next three Premier League seasons, Sky wants more people tuning into coverage regardless of where they are (as long as it's not on… Go To Full Article

Vertagear PL6000 Gaming Chair Review

@ 2016/07/29 read/post comments(0)
Late last year we took a look at the Vertagear SL4000 gaming chair and while we were impressed by its comfort, we did run into some quality control issues with the build. Vertagear has since taken feedback from its early… Go To Full Article

Motorola will not bother with monthly security updates

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Motorola has dubbed Android's monthly security updates "difficult" and says it cannot commit to them. Motorola has not made the information on updates officially available anywhere, but Ars Technica cornered Motorola reps at the Moto Z launch… Go To Full Article

Russians behind Democratic party hack

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It is starting to look like Tsar Putin is deploying his hacker army in a bid to get Donald Trump elected. The hacker , Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian. But… Go To Full Article

AMD releases Radeon Pro WX 4100

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AMD has released its business end GPUs. Dubbed the Radeon Pro, the WX 4100 is the entry-level model with a half-height design for use in small form-factor workstations. The Radeon Pro WX 5100 is the mid-range model… Go To Full Article

Apple patents stylus that doubles as a joystick, air mouse

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A simple, high-quality pressure-sensitive stylus is all well and good for tablets, but can such a device really meet the needs of a desktop user? That seems to be the question Apple's asking with its latest patent. The company's latest… Go To Full Article

Amazon launches one-hour Prime Now deliveries in Scotland

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After spending the past year expanding its super-fast delivery service across England, Amazon's finally taking Prime Now north of the border. The online retail giant announced today that it has begun offering one-hour deliveries on over 15,000 produc... Go To Full Article

Google Play gives Android app developers more categories

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Two months after giving VR its own category, Google Play will soon expand the list of Android app subcategories with additional general interest ones, allowing developers to more accurately slot theirs. Here's the full list of new ones: Art &… Go To Full Article

In Win 805 Infinity Mid-Tower Chassis

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"It's sleek and looks aesthetically pleasing. The build quality is very good. Smooth edges all round and everything feels solid. The body frame of the chassis is made from Aluminum which makes it pretty light-weight, while the top of the… Go To Full Article

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse Review

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Featuring Logitech's Delta Zero Optical-IR sensor and full RGB color illumination the brand new G502 Proteus Spectrum Tunable Gaming Mouse is a worthy replacement to the award winning Proteus Core model. Go To Full Article

Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook Air

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It wouldn't be a Xiaomi event if it was just announcing one product. In addition to the new Redmi Pro smartphone, the Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, running… Go To Full Article

Nintendo's lack of hit games hits profits hard

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Despite Nintendo's attempts to lower expectations ahead of announcing its financial results, because it doesn't really own Pokemon Go, its latest quarterly earnings aren't good. Net sales are down 31 percent compared to the same quarter last year, do...… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi's Redmi Pro does OLED and dual camera on a budget

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Just because Xiaomi is selling Segways, drones, bicycles and rice cookers these days doesn't mean that it's forgotten what it started off with years ago: mobile phones. Today, the Chinese company announced the Redmi Pro which is the latest smartphone... Go To Full Article

Check out Lockheed Martin's robotic blimp inspector

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Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships are as big as a football field, and it's a huge challenge making sure their surfaces are don't have tiny pinholes in them. That's why the company developed a robot called Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluati... Go To Full Article

LG Display invests $1.75 billion for flexible OLED demand

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The South Korean-based LG Display announced it will be investing $1.75 billion in an attempt to meet the growing demand for flexible OLED displays, which are expected to replace LCDs for smartphones and other similar tech in the future.… Go To Full Article

'Destiny' splits off from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 today

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If you're still playing Destiny on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, today's update is the last you'll see. That's aside from any emergency fixes, according to a post on Bungie.net. The patch also addresses a number of minor glitches involving… Go To Full Article

Samsung Gear IconX: Fitness Earbuds With a Twist

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With everyone getting a foot into the fitness wearable game, so is Samsung with its new and pretty impressive wireless earplugs, the Gear IconX. Think carefree music enjoyment, through intuitive controls while tracking your exercise statistics, minus the weight and… Go To Full Article

Porsche will hire over 1,400 employees to build its electric cars

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Porsche first unveiled its electric car, the Model E, last December as a luxury model fit to compete with Tesla's Model S. 1,000 new jobs would be created to bring the concept vehicle to life, but today they increased the… Go To Full Article

Venmo opens up third-party app support to all

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After allowing a limited number of customers to try out a special beta offering Venmo support with third-party apps in January, Venmo is now allowing all its users to pay for things in the same manner. In fact, starting tomorrow,… Go To Full Article

Runkeeper's Running Groups keep you motivated

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If you have running buddies, you know the advantages they bring -- they'll encourage you to run when you'd otherwise slack off, or when you just have to one-up a friend. And Runkeeper knows it. The Asics-owned developer has updated… Go To Full Article

'Second Life' removes support for Oculus Rift

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When Second Life patched in support for the Oculus Rift, Linden Lab was cautious to pitch its online world as a haven for virtual reality. "We're trying not to make too big of a deal out of it," Linden Lab… Go To Full Article

10nm Snapdragon is taped out

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Last week Qualcomm’s CEO confirmed to its investors that the company has taped out its 10nm system on a chip (SoC). This news kind of went unnoticed and we have decided to revisit this. A few months… Go To Full Article

Tesla parts ways with chipmaker behind its Autopilot system

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In the wake of a fatal Tesla Model S Autopilot accident in Florida, the all-electric automaker has announced it is parting ways with Mobileye, the company behind the image recognition hardware that powers the semi-autonomous system. As Recode reports...… Go To Full Article

Milky Way's spinning 'halo' helps reveal how galaxy formed

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Out beyond our solar system are billions of other planets, starts, moon rocks and solar systems. Beyond that, however is an enormous, hot, gaseous halo of matter. It stretches for hundreds of thousands of light years, and could be the… Go To Full Article

The Apple goes mushy: OS X's interface decline

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Nicholas W. Howard: Wander into almost any online forum or article comment section about a controversial announcement from Apple Inc. and you will almost certainly hear a variation of this sentence: "Apple has gone downhill since Steve Jobs died." The… Go To Full Article

PlayStation's Adam Boyes now runs the 'Killer Instinct' studio

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Key PlayStation exec Adam Boyes already said he was leaving Sony to return to game development, but it's now clear that he's making this switch in style. Iron Galaxy Studios has confirmed that Boyes will become its CEO as of… Go To Full Article

Zagat's new iPhone app is like the best of Yelp and Foursquare

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After buying the restaurant review company Zagat back in 2011, Google helped to modernize it with a new website, mobile apps and integration within Google Maps. Today, Zagat is getting its biggest upgrade yet on the iPhone, and it's good… Go To Full Article

Apple's iPhone sales are still down, but Wall Street is happy anyway

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After seeing Apple struggle through 2016, Wall Street set its sights pretty low for the company's Q3 earnings report. Those financial results just dropped, and while they're still not amazing for the folks in Cupertino, Apple did well enough to… Go To Full Article

Twitter's growth remains flat as its profit continues to dip

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Twitter's Q2 2016 earnings report tells a story we've heard many times before: namely, flat growth and a net loss in terms of profit. For the quarter ending June 30th, Twitter saw revenue of $602 million but a net loss… Go To Full Article

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