Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2014-09-29 read/post comments()

For the mainstream segment, Gigabyte has prepared an interesting Z97 solution, the GA-Z97-UD5H. This board has a clean PCB design, with Dual LAN, decent spacing between the PCI-Express slots, a shielded RTL1150 solution but also M.2 and SATA Express for future proofing. read more

BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2014-09-28 read/post comments()

The BIOSTAR A68N-5000 board has a pretty small footprint and offers plenty of bang for the buck. We only need to fit one or two DDR3 modules, plug in the power supply, connect the SSD/HDD and off we go, we have a fully operating machine. We are welcome to install the desired operating system on it and for ease of access now BIOSTAR have went with a fully-fledged UEFI interface, no more Aptio here! In the following article we will try to get more in-depth with this board to see what is it capable of. read more

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-26 read/post comments(0)

MSI continues to update their range of Overclocking motherboards with each new major chipset release. When Intel released their brand new socket 1150 Z97 chipset MSI was ready with another three motherboards targeted at the OC crowd. The affordable Z97 MPOWER exists in two versions: the Z97 MPOWER and the Z97 MPOWER MAX AC and the ultimate flagship of all LGA1150 motherboards must be the Z97 XPOWER AC. The latter being the one and only Z97 based motherboard supporting out of the box 4-way SLI GPU setups. The included accessories are too numerous to list, most interesting for overclockers will be the inclusion of the Delid guard and the OC Fan stand. Time to unravel MSI's latest OC addition... read more

DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 Smartphone Review [GearBest]

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-09-24 read/post comments()

DAGGER DG550 is a low-cost but highly-acclaimed smartphone from DOOGEE, integrating a 5.5 inch (720P resolution) screen and an octa-core MTK6592, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. The terminal runs on Android 4.4.2 and has some bits and pieces customized by the manufacturer; the back camera is 8MP and the Selfie frontal one is 2MP. In the review we will carefully analyze the product and at the same we would like to announce the fact that for a limited time at GearBest this model can be acquired at a much lower price. read more

Team Group Micro SDHC UHS-1 U3 32GB Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2014-09-22 read/post comments()

Having one of the latest 3D or 4K video recorders or want to shoot RAW much faster? No problem since Team Group has you covered with their latest microSDHC UHS-1 U3 cards which come in both 16GB and 32GB variants and have rated speeds of 45MB/s writes and 90MB/s reads. read more

QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-09-21 read/post comments()

The new high-performance TS-251 NAS from QNAP is built upon the Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core processor at 2.4GHz and is able to support on-the-fly video transcoding (thanks to Intel Quick Sync Video Technology), while offering very good transfer rates. While the tested unit was equipped with only 1GB of RAM, there is a 4GB version available too, which also supports running virtual machines. read more
Storage/Other Brando Nexus 7 II Protective Accessories Presentation by stefan @ 2014-09-15
Mobile/Smart Phones UMI C1 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2014-09-11
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-08
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle Barebone XS35V4 Review by stefan @ 2014-09-05
Cases & PSU/Cases CORSAIR Graphite 380T Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-02

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Micron M600 (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) SSD Review

@ 2014/09/30 read/post comments(0)
Those that have been following the SSD industry for a couple of years are likely aware that Micron does not sell retail drives under its own brand (unlike, e.g. Samsung and Intel). Instead Micron has two subsidiaries, Crucial and Lexar,… Go To Full Article

Scientists make an invisibility cloak using off-the-shelf optical lenses

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Most invisibility cloaks require fairly exotic technology to work, such as fiber optics or light-altering metamaterials. That's not very practical, especially since the illusion still tends to break when you move. The University of Rochester may have... Go To Full Article

PiPO Unveils the W4: a Windows 8.1 Mini-Tablet for $81

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Thinking about investing in a small tablet, but not completely sold on the idea because of the price? PiPO, a Chinese tablet manufacturer, has announced a rock-bottom priced 8" LCD tablet running Windows 8.1, called the W4. At present, the… Go To Full Article

ASUS X99 Deluxe Review @ Vortez

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The X99-Deluxe differentiates itself from the rest of the mainstream range in a few subtle but important ways. The first and most obvious is the inclusion of an on-board 802.11ac wireless module, antenna and Bluetooth support, a rarity in the… Go To Full Article

Apple Aware of iCloud Flaw 6 Months Before Hacking

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According to a new report, Apple was informed of the iCloud security flaw six months in advance of the celebrity accounts hacking incidents. An independent security researcher informed Apple that he was able to bypass the security and even told… Go To Full Article

Synology DiskStation DS115j NAS Review

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The product we are looking at here, is the Synology DiskStation DS115j. It's a 1-bay NAS box with a 800MHz Marvell Armada 380 processor and 256MB RAM. Go To Full Article

ASRock X99 WS Motherboard Review

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When it comes to motherboards, ASRock is on of the top manufactures world wide. In this review we take a closer look at one of their latest X99 Motherboards, the ASRock X99 WS. It's packed with features and… Go To Full Article

SoftBank reportedly wants to break into movies by acquiring DreamWorks

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SoftBank may have already bought both a major mobile game studio and one of the US' largest carriers, but it apparently isn't done expanding its turf just yet. Both Hollywood Reporter and the Wall Street Journal claim that the Japanese… Go To Full Article

Final 'Titanfall' DLC Now Available for Xbox One, PC

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Respawn has announced that the final Titanfall DLC, IMC Rising, was released on Thursday for Xbox One and PC platforms. This DLC will be part of the season pass package, otherwise the cost will be $10 as a standalone purchase. Go To Full Article

Ozone Neon Gaming-Mouse

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"The Ozone Neon Gaming-Mouse arrived Technic3D. We will check the Laser-Mouse with up to 6.400 dpi and eight Buttons in the following Review on Technic3D." Go To Full Article

Science shows why real space battles would be more Asteroids than Star Wars

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You're probably aware that most sci-fi space battles aren't realistic. The original Star Wars' Death Star scene was based on a World War II movie, for example. But have you wondered what it would really be like to duke it… Go To Full Article

Your Devices Broadcast Unique Numbers, and They’re Being Used to Track You

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Your smartphone — and other devices that use Wi-Fi — broadcast a unique number when they search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. A device’s unique MAC address is sent along with “probe requests” that search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. Go To Full Article

One of the greatest pinball tables ever is going digital with your help

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Ask pinball fans about classic tables and they'll probably mention The Addams Family. It was widely available, well-designed and full of technological firsts, such as computer-controlled flippers. However, it hasn't been recreated in software in its... Go To Full Article

Microsoft’s only Window to be announced next week

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Various reports are suggesting Microsoft will officially announce an official name for the latest Windows product next week at the invite-only San Francisco event. As of right now, the next Windows label is anyone’s guess. Since Microsoft is in the… Go To Full Article

Vine now lets you use your Android phone's existing video clips

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Not too long ago Vine blessed iOS users with the ability to import pre-existing videos into the app, and now Google fans can get in on the action. Any clips in your Android camera roll are viable subjects to be… Go To Full Article

Angry Birds Transformers Set for October Launch

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The little game that just will not go away is back and has been transformed, literally. Rovio is introducing the world to Angry Birds Transformers in October. The birds have put away their slingshots in favor of more devastating firepower.… Go To Full Article

Secret's developers launch Ping, a simple app that keeps you up to date

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The creators of controversial app Secret have just launched a new product, but this time, it has nothing to do with airing your dirty laundry anonymously. They call their new application Ping, a simple software that displays a list of… Go To Full Article

The extended Nexus family: Google's golden Android standard

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Google's Nexus line has long stood as the company's ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware... Go To Full Article

Sony is shutting down PlayStation Home in North America, too

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It was only a matter of time. When word came down that Sony was shuttering the PlayStation 3 virtual space, PlayStation Home, in Japan earlier this year, the service's domestic days were likely numbered as well. Citing a "shifting landscape"… Go To Full Article

Nvidia: We will focus on G-Sync, not Adaptive-Sync

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Nvidia Corp. on Friday told KitGuru that it will focus solely on its proprietary G-Sync technology and not on a potentially competing Adaptive-Sync, which will become available sometimes in 2015. According to Nvidia, G-Sync-enabled graphics cards and monitors are available… Go To Full Article

Consumer Reports weighs in on iPhone 6 bending

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As much as Apple would like for this discussion to be over, controversy and conversation over whether the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus has a durability problem is continuing. Just as it tested out antenna reception for the iPhone 4,… Go To Full Article

Uber driver allegedly bashed passenger in the head with a hammer

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Uber rides just got a lot more dangerous. Patrick Karajah, a 26-year-old Uber X driver, has been accused of attacking a passenger with a hammer and leaving him by the side of the road in San Francisco's Bernal Heights district.… Go To Full Article

TomTom has a new watch designed specifically for golfers

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In perfect conjunction with the start of the Ryder Cup, TomTom couldn't have found a better time to introduce its new GPS-powered wearable. The watch, simply, and fittingly, named TomTom Golfer, is similar to Garmin's Approach line, featuring data... Go To Full Article

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI @ techPowerUp

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NVIDIA's $550 GeForce GTX 980 shook up the high-end graphics card market, today we are testing two of these cards in SLI. This killer combination will let you build an Ultra HD capable gaming system, or enjoy smooth fragging with… Go To Full Article

Radio in a jar plays your favorite station, and only your favorite station

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Despite all the proof that we basically live in a sci-fi future, there's still something a little magical about flipping a switch and hearing a story or a song wafting out of a box. Radio is sort of steadfast that… Go To Full Article

iOS 8's WiFi location privacy isn't as powerful as you might think

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If you were hoping that iOS 8's ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you'll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks' Bhupinder Misra has found… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE Announces the FORCE H Series Gaming Headsets

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GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium hardware brand, introduces its latest gaming headset line, the FORCE H Series. Crafted for music lovers and audio-savvy gamers having uncompromising enthusiasm for music and gaming audio, the new FORCE H Series consist of five… Go To Full Article

Noctua IndustrialPPC Fans Review @ Modders-Inc

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The Noctua Industrial PPC line packaging is similarly Spartan like the new Noctua Redux line, packed without extras such as adapters, splitters and alternate mounting options but comes with a 4-piece screw mounting kit. Go To Full Article

Silicon Power Debuts the Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive

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Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today releases the brand-new Super-speed USB 3.0 OTG flash drive-Mobile X31. Engineered with the dual-interface of a micro-USB and a USB 3.0 connector, Mobile X31 includes all the capabilities of… Go To Full Article

Google's data-transferring tool gets a shiny new interface

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Google already makes it very simple for you to pull your data from some of its many services, via the Takeout transfer tool on the web. Up until today, however, Google Takeout wasn't necessarily pleasing to the eye, despite being… Go To Full Article

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