Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Tablet Review

Mobile/Tablets by stefan @ 2015-01-29 read/post comments(0)

While we were a bit skeptical at first mostly driven by the sale price of the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 tablet, our impression has changed quite dramatically after using the tablet extensively on a two-week period. read more

Shuttle Barebone XH97V Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2015-01-28 read/post comments(0)

By sporting one of the latest Intel chipsets, Shuttle has built another barebone from their Slim-PC series, which can accommodate processors from the latest Haswell or Haswell Refresh series, up to 16GB of SODIMM RAM, extra storage via the full-size Mini-PCIe slot, additional expansion thanks to the half-size Mini-PCIe slot (for example a WLAN card), no less than two 2.5’’ drives and also one slim optical drive; the tray which accommodates the slim optical drive can also accommodate one extra 2.5’’ drive if there is no need to use disks. read more

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Tower Air Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2015-01-27 read/post comments()

Austrian company NOCTUA, known for their silent yet efficient processor coolers, released last year their behemoth NH-D15 cooler. The successor of their successful NH-D14 had to have even more performance while keeping the noise level still comfortable for day to day living room operations. This cooler is designed to handle the heat output of the latest hexa and octa-core crunching processors without breaking a sweat, thus for people who don't overclock or for those that don't run high wattage setups this cooler is pure overkill. Time to pop the package and see what Noctua has in store for us with their flagship NH-D15 tower CPU cooler. read more

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-01-21 read/post comments()

Corsair have really outdone themselves with the release of the K70 RGB keyboard, by providing near unlimited possibilities regarding the LED lighting configuration thanks to the CUE software but also a large number of customizations are available per-key. read more

HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking Station Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-01-16 read/post comments(0)

For people constantly on-the go, the HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking station comes to help by providing an extra HDMI port, one VGA port but also one Ethernet gigabit port, all in a single adapter; potential customers will say that by plugging this device we will lose one available USB 3.0 port, but HIS had this in mind and has also provided one extra USB 3.0 to complement the lost one. read more

BAPCo TabletMark v3 Benchmark Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-01-15 read/post comments()

The new TabletMark benchmark from BAPCo is one interesting software each hardware enthusiast should check out, which is offered free of charge and thanks to the community the database will grow consistently in order to have comparisons between lots of tablet models which are now present on the market from different manufacturers. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Intel Announces Broadwell vPro Processors: Wireless Docking and More

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While Intel formally announced availability of Broadwell-U processors at CES this year, vendors did not actually have any devices available for purchase containing Intel vPro technology. Today that changes, as Intel states the HP Elite x2 1011 and several devices… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE GB-BXi7H-5500 Broadwell BRIX Review

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Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel's NUC and GIGABYTE's BRIX are the most popular lineups in this category. Intel's 14nm Broadwell… Go To Full Article

Google now lets Brits send money over Gmail

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Instead of smartphone apps and traditional bank transfers, Google is hoping that its Gmail and Google Wallet integration can strike a chord with people wanting to send money in the UK. The feature has been available in the US for… Go To Full Article

MSI Nightblade Now with Latest GTX 900 Series Graphics

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MSI, leading gaming hardware brand, is leveling up by implementing the latest MSI 900-series graphics cards into the tiny MSI Nightblade powerhouse. The recent release of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 970 and 960 graphics cards enables MSI to offer… Go To Full Article

HTML5 is now default plugin on YouTube

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Google has informed the world that as of yesterday, the default player on its YouTube service is HTML5. Until yesterday Adobe Flash was the plugin of choice, but not anymore. HTML5 is a core technology markup language… Go To Full Article

Apple's now shipping as many smartphones as Samusung

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When people talk about Apple and Samsung, the lazy narrative is to say that Apple makes the most money, but Samsung makes the most devices. According to Strategy Analytics, however, that story may no longer actually be the case. In… Go To Full Article

YouTubers can now get paid for sharing Nintendo gameplay videos

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Nintendo is today rolling out its "Creators Program," a system that ensures it gets paid when YouTubers share its content. The Creators Program is a response to the popular "Let's Play" YouTube clips that feature long amounts of gameplay. Nintendo… Go To Full Article

Microsoft's OneDrive gets better at showing and sharing your photos

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Microsoft has long wanted you to use OneDrive to store your photos, but actually viewing those photos isn't ideal -- you're ultimately using a file browser that just happens to have some photo-related features. That's going to change in the… Go To Full Article

Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Today we are going to take a look at one of the latest mechanical gaming keyboards from Cougar, the 700K. This model boasts an impressive specification which includes Cherry mechanical switches, LED backlighting and a series of macro configuration options.… Go To Full Article

[M] Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Tablet Review

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While we were a bit skeptical at first mostly driven by the sale price of the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 tablet, our impression has changed quite dramatically after using the tablet extensively on a two-week period. Go To Full Article

Dropbox now reports when non-US governments want your data

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While Dropbox was quick to embrace transparency reports, it's been pretty opaque about data requests from outside the US. How do you know which countries want your info? You don't have to wonder any longer. The cloud storage outfit has… Go To Full Article

Samsung looks for a boost as its smartphone sales keep slipping

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Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in Q4, but for the… Go To Full Article

COUGAR 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCC

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All in all, the COUGAR 600K is quite a nice looking keyboard. It has improved my thoughts on COUGAR as a brand in its entirety. A while back, I saw COUGAR as a cheap (though expensive) peripheral maker. That thought… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm confirms loss of a 'large customer', probably Samsung

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Qualcomm's presence inside many of the world's most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was some bad news. In its Q4… Go To Full Article

SpaceX shows how its heavy-lifting rocket will (hopefully) work

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has yet to grace a launch pad, but that isn't stopping the company from extolling the reusable rocket's virtues. Elon Musk and crew have posted an animation (below) demonstrating how a typical mission with the heavy-duty reusabl...… Go To Full Article

Facebook continues to rake in money from mobile as video views increase

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While Facebook made waves last year with its investment in Oculus and WhatsApp, it continues to make most of its money from just plain ol' Facebook. And, in particular, from mobile. In the last quarter of 2014, the social networking… Go To Full Article

Bill Gates doesn't get why we're not worried about super intelligent AI

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Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have brought up the potential dangers of super intelligent AI several times over the past few years (Musk even donated $10 million toward cautious AI research), but now Bill Gates is also getting into the… Go To Full Article

Tiger Woods on how technology improved his signature shoe

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Nike's endorsement of Tiger Woods, the most prominent face in golf, dates back to when he first began his professional career in 1996. Since then, shoe technology has evolved tremendously, thanks to the development of new design materials that have… Go To Full Article

Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard Review

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Logitech is a well known manufacturer of both mouse and keyboards. The product we will review here is the new Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard - with Romer G switches and full RGB backlight. Go To Full Article

Tesla Model S P85D's 'Insane Mode' lives up to its name

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Apparently some people haven't heard that Tesla's dual-motor, all-wheel-drive P85D upgrade to its Model S turns the car into a performance monster. An aptly named "Insane Mode" turns up the power so owners can experience the promised 0 - 60mph… Go To Full Article

ZTE debuts $250 Blade S6 with Android Lollipop and 64-bit CPU

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ZTE today announced its latest smartphone aimed at the budget-conscious buyers out there. The new Blade S6 also happens to be one of the first mid-range smartphones to be announced with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The ZTE… Go To Full Article

Sound Blaster E5 @ LanOC Reviews

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A while back I had the chance to check out the E1 from Sound Blaster. This was a small portable headphone amp that also doubled as a portable USB sound card. You could hook it up to our phone or… Go To Full Article

AMD’s next-gen ‘Zen’ CPU architecture rumored to debut in Q3 2016

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New details on AMD’s next-generation desktop CPU architecture have arrived courtesy of new rumors from Sweoverclockers. The upcoming Zen architecture will succeed the Bulldozer architecture that AMD has been using from 2011. According to the report published on the website,… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA explains why GTX 970 cannot use its full 4GB VRAM

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Owners of the new NVIDIA GTX 970 graphics card have been complaining that it doesn’t seem to be using any more than 3.5GB of available memory when playing games at Quad-HD or 4K resolutions, which is lower than the 4GB… Go To Full Article

The phone designed to protect your information had a big hole

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Folks buy the highly secure Blackphone handset for the warm and fuzzy feeling that nobody can see their stuff, but that trust was misplaced until recently, according to security expert Mark Dowd. He found a vulnerability in the text message… Go To Full Article

GeForce GTX 960 Article Round Up @HiTech Legion

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"With its new architecture the GeForce GTX 960 consumes less power than any prior generation of GeForce graphics while still producing more power per watt. The GM 206 GPU is the most advanced mainstream processor on the market." … Go To Full Article

Dell XPS 13 review (2015): Meet the world's smallest 13-inch laptop

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CES has come and gone; the holidays are long past; and now all we're left with are a few months of dreary weather. No fun, right? Right. Except if you're a tech writer. Now that most major companies have revealed… Go To Full Article

Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro Review @ Vortez

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Straight off the back of the NVIDIA GTX 960 launch last week, Cyberpower has seized the opportunity and equipped their Infinity Hercules Pro system with this new exciting, mid-range GPU and today we’ll be exploring whether this build is worth… Go To Full Article

First 'Threes', now 'Monument Valley': knockoff developer strikes again

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Did you play Monument Valley (above left), the gorgeous perspective-based puzzler from last year? It costs $4 on Google Play / iTunes, and is one of 2014's best games. And now you can get it for free. Sort of. You… Go To Full Article

Galaxy Note 3 becomes second Samsung device to receive Android Lollipop

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The update is rolling out to Galaxy Note 3 owners in Russia starting today. Pushing out software updates to its devices quickly isn’t one of Samsung’s strong suits, but the company did manage to update the Galaxy S5, its current… Go To Full Article

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