OUKITEL U10 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-08-28 read/post comments()

OUKITEL has impressed us with the release of the new U10 model, with features a 5.5’’ Full-HD JDI screen, one of the latest MTK 64-bit SoCs, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, dual-SIM capabilities but also a good Samsung 3M2 13MP CMOS sensor, which is able to produce good quality photos. The manufacturer has adopted a modern design with 2.5D curved glass while on the back we will find a super-thin metal alloy chassis so the phone does have a thickness of only 7.9mm, with the expense of a non-removable battery. The SIM tray can be ejected thanks to the included pin and supports multiple configurations: SIM+SIM or SIM+TF card for storage expansion. read more

SISWOO C55 Longbow Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-08-26 read/post comments()

With the SISWOO C55, the manufacturer has created a device for users which are in need of larger screen sizes than the previous C50 while the performance has been also upgraded with a better SoC, now housing eight cores at 1.3GHz each. The camera quality does not disappoint and reaches the impressive levels of color detail which we have also seen with the C50, only that the focus may not be spot on sometimes. The battery has also suffered a small upgrade, but since we are now dealing with a more powerful SoC and a bigger screen size which both consume quite a bit of battery resources, the tests reveal a lower usage time versus the C50. read more

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-08-23 read/post comments()

We have reviewed quite a bit of Corsair gaming keyboards in the past and we can say that while they are a bit more expensive, the quality is top-notch and the experience is quite unique. With the Strafe, Corsair wants to introduce its premium products to more budget-conscious people, by eliminating some of the elements like the aluminum layer, the wrist rest or using a single-color LED for the Red/Brown Cherry-MX switches. The product is accompanied by the powerful CUE (Corsair Utility Engine), which offers the same levels of customization as on the more expensive variants and within it we can also update the keyboard firmware to its latest version. For added value, Corsair has also included two sets of… read more

BIOSTAR N3150NH ITX Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2015-08-21 read/post comments()

By including the Celeron N3150 Braswell SoC from Intel, the BIOSTAR N3150NH board takes part of the low-end segment and we can clearly see that from the benchmarks we have ran, since the performance per core is quite low, the Celeron 3205U we have found with the Shuttle DS57U surpassing it with flying colors. The power consumption though is like one third of the mentioned Celeron and the temperatures are much lower too, the included passive heatsink remaining cool during even most stressful conditions. read more

HIS R7 370 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-08-18 read/post comments()

As we have mentioned before, the R7 370 GPU from AMD is basically one of the most refreshed components from the 300 series since we have seen it since Radeon HD 7850, then in the R7 265/270 cards and now again. While the speeds have been boosted, we have the same architecture involved which basically means that older game titles should work fine at Full-HD resolution but newer titles need to be dialed down at lower detail levels in order to reach playable FPS. read more

Tt eSPORTS BLACK V2 Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-08-16 read/post comments()

During our time with the Black V2, the product seemed quite responsive and comfortable, while the extra buttons can be accessed easily when in-game. The mouse was tested in multiple game genres and here we could count League of Legends, Echo of Soul, The Talos Principle, Serious Sam BFE but also GTA V; thanks to the new AVAGO sensor, the experience was accurate and if we feel that the default DPI steps are not for us in the current game, we can easily reconfigure them from the supplied application. read more
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal Design Node 202 Enclosure Review by leeghoofd @ 2015-08-13
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2015-08-10
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle DS57U Barebone Review by stefan @ 2015-08-04
Storage/Other Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review by stefan @ 2015-08-01
Storage/NAS QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-28

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

iPhone 6s tipped to offer 4K video recording and selfie flash, Rose Gold option comin

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The iPhone 6s will reportedly offer 4K video recording, selfie flash, a new Rose Gold color option, and renamed Force Touch. According to the report published by 9To5Mac, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the first iPhone… Go To Full Article

Sony Xperia Z5 press images leak, 23MP rear camera with six-element lens confirmed

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Barely a week before IFA 2015 kicks off, press images of the Sony Xperia Z5 have been leaked, confirming the upgraded 23MP rear camera. Although we have seen a number of Xperia Z5 leaked images so far, it is the… Go To Full Article

NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber

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Around 7,000 NYC cabs are currently beta testing a new e-hail app called Arro, which the industry hopes can help it get back the customers it's lost to Uber. Arro isn't the first hailing app for cabs -- it actually… Go To Full Article

Alienware Refreshes Lineup With Laptop Updates, And Liquid Cooled X51 Desktop

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Today Alienware announced some refreshes to its lineup. On the laptop front, the Alienware 13, 15, and 17 notebooks have been updated, and the Alienware 18 notebook has made a comeback. The X51 Desktop is also refreshed, and can now… Go To Full Article

Sony isn't intentionally keeping 'Until Dawn' off of Twitch

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Right now, there's a bit of an issue going on with Twitch and the PlayStation 4's horror-movie-director simulator, Until Dawn. Yesterday the Twitch Support Twitter account posted that if you were using PS4's built-in Twitch sharing functionality tha... Go To Full Article

Turing Robotics' liquid metal phones to ship out in December

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That rectangular, encrypted Turing Robotics phone that one of our editors called "charmingly quirky" is ready for release. In fact, it will start shipping out on December 18th -- that's also when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, and… Go To Full Article

Expect a 'limited number' of HTC Vive VR headsets this year

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According to HTC, reports that the commercial launch of its Vive virtual reality headset is delayed until next year aren't telling the whole story. The company provided a statement to Engadget saying "We'll have a limited number of units by… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces the TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard

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ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, an enduringly-tough new ATX motherboard with many exclusive TUF features, including trailblazing TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier technologies, TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 for ultimate cooling,… Go To Full Article

Tesla Model S broke Consumer Reports' rating system

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The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is officially the highest-rated vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports. In fact, it's so good, it actually broke the magazine's rating system, achieving 103 points on a 100-point scale. The reviewers call the sedan… Go To Full Article

Flexible phone concept bends to control apps

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This phone has a bendable screen, and it isn't just for show: it's equipped with a bending sensor and can actually be used as a form of input, like a stylus or your fingers on touchscreen displays. Our colleagues at… Go To Full Article

Facebook is trying to make it easier to stop video piracy

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From user-made clips to content from big media properties, video is all over Facebook (and more people than ever are using the social network). Along with that trend comes the problem of piracy: plenty of video publishers are seeing their… Go To Full Article

The Dexcom G5 lets diabetics track blood sugar on their phone

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Keeping tabs on a body's glucose levels is a way of life for diabetics -- a ritual performed several times a day, often before or after meals. It's an essential chore, but it often requires special hardware for reading blood… Go To Full Article

Apple becomes the second-biggest wearables maker, behind Fitbit

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The big question surrounding the Apple Watch is how well it's selling, but Apple isn't saying just yet. Without concrete numbers, we're forced to turn to various projections -- and one of the more reliable sources says that Apple's first… Go To Full Article

We're screaming through the teen-horror of 'Until Dawn'

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By now you've (hopefully!) read our review of Sony's latest PlayStation 4 exclusive, Until Dawn. I'd also like to think that you've gazed upon its faces and gorgeous cinematography too. If you're still on the fence about buying it though,… Go To Full Article

ASUS Z170-DELUXE (Intel LGA-1151) @ techPowerUp

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We've seen a GAMING board, but what about those of us who want the best while making use of all the features provided by a platform? With support for NMVe devices right in the box, the ASUS Z170-DELUXE hits the… Go To Full Article

1 billion people used Facebook on Monday

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What were you doing Monday? According to Mark Zuckerberg, it probably included using Facebook. He just posted that for the first time, the social network notched one billion individual users in a single day, calling it "just the beginning of… Go To Full Article

'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5': something new, something borrowed

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"It's like making a new Star Wars movie," says Patrick Dwyer, lead designer on developer Robomodo's upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. "The originals are great and then the rest weren't as good." He's referring, of course, to the high… Go To Full Article

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 1000 W PSU Review

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We are looking at a new Power Supply Unit from Be Quiet. It is the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 1000 W PSU with a 80 Plus Platinum rating and power for most SLI and CrossFire … Go To Full Article

Compare the new Moto 360 against its larger predecessor

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We've heard rumblings about Motorola's new version of the Moto 360 arriving in two sizes, and now we've seen some supporting evidence. In the latest round of supposed leaked images, we get a glimpse of the smaller version of the… Go To Full Article

A nebula with the grace of a butterfly

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Nebulae tend to be stunning by their very nature, but the Twin Jet Nebula might just take the cake. The Hubble Space Telescope team has captured an updated image of the dying binary star system (the last shot was from… Go To Full Article

Samsung Pay beta arrives on every major carrier but Verizon

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Samsung has opened the public beta of its new phone-based Pay service ahead of its official launch late next month. Beta participants will need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ (unrooted, mind you) as… Go To Full Article

Instagram no longer thinks it's hip to be square

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Ask any photographer: good composition is essential to capturing a great image. Ask that same photographer the most frustrating thing about Instagram, and they'll probably say "aspect ratio." Since its launch, every image or video uploaded to the s...… Go To Full Article

Evernote shutting down its Food apps for iOS and Android

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Evernote Food has been around since 2011, but it looks like its days are numbered. In a blog post today, Evernote announced that the service's apps for iOS and Android, which allowed people to share recipes and book restaurant reservations,… Go To Full Article

Google: EU is 'wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics'

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Google officially responded to charges levelled by the European Commission that it unfairly favored its own products over its competition and abused its market dominance to crowd out potential rivals. The EC began poking around back in 2010 so this... Go To Full Article

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus event takes off on September 9th

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It's that time of year again. Apple's next iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PT, live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This is expected to be the unveiling of the iPhone 6S… Go To Full Article

MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G @ LanOC Reviews

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Last week Nvidia launched their GTX 950, a budget focused Maxwell card. At the launch I took a look at the Asus Strix 950. Well right after the Strix came in we had the MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G come… Go To Full Article

Google Chrome may ease auto-playing video headaches

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Let's face it: audio and video that automatically plays on a web page is pretty annoying. To help remedy the headache, a new feature in Google Chrome's Dev Channel won't play those items on tabs that you're not looking at.… Go To Full Article

Some additional details about the new iPhones revealed

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By a China Mobile official, apparently. iPhone fans just can’t get enough of all of the rumors and leaks that are circulating these days, providing sketchy information of what to expect from the new iPhones that Apple is likely to… Go To Full Article

Amazon doesn’t want to play with ‘Fire’ anymore, ‘curtails’ hardware projects

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Disheartened by the catastrophic Fire Phone bust, the e-tail specialist may have abandoned its previously confirmed sequel, as well as several other consumer devices. It’s not easy to determine the exact financial losses of Amazon caused by no doubt costly… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Snip annotates screenshots with voice notes and scribbles

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Screenshots come in handy when offering feedback and comments on any number of things. To lend a hand with that process, Microsoft has a new app for Windows that's up to the task. The software is called Snip, and in… Go To Full Article

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