ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-11-22 read/post comments()

AS1004T NAS takes part of the latest ASUSTOR server series meant for home use, which does sport a Marvell ARMADA-385 1GHz Dual-Core processor, is paired with just 512MB of RAM and can house up to four drives. The chassis has been completely redesigned and in order to access the drives, we will have to completely remove the cover; unlike the previous NASes we have tested from the same company, this unit lacks trays and only 3.5’’ drives are supported for installation. Because of the utilized ARMADA-385 SoC, the overall power consumption is very low, while the four bays are cooled by a single 120mm fan located in the back. We can connect more devices to the NAS, but be aware… read more

IN WIN 805 Mid-tower Computer Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2015-11-17 read/post comments()

In Win is one of those manufacturers which really dare to innovate within their growing lineup of computer cases. Last year they stole the show with their highly acclaimed S-Frame, an open air chassis made from a single sheet of aluminium. Of course these high tech cases come at a cost! This year at Computex they surprised friend and foe again with the H-frame case; compare it with a transformer case, that can open and close allowing to access the innards. It is quite expensive but nevertheless a stunning concept case that will be produced in limited numbers. Today however we are taking a look at one of their more affordable nevertheless breathtaking case solution, the IN WIN 805 Mid-tower… read more

THL 2015A Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-11-17 read/post comments()

The newly released THL 2015A smartphone is a lower-specced version of their previous 2015 model which now features a MTK MT6735 SoC at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a HD screen and a battery of 2700mAh. The camera sensor on the back is a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS 13MP and while it can shoot good quality photos during day time, the night shots are quite disappointing because of the excessive LED flash bleeding inside the frame. read more

Corsair VOID Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2015-11-14 read/post comments()

While the VOID Stereo is compatible with a wide selection of devices which can output analog audio signal, the quality of the sound is also often influenced by the source. We have connected the headset to our trusty Sound Blaster ZxR sound card and watched some movies, several YouTube clips but also some of the latest TV Shows like Gotham, Grimm, The Walking Dead and so on. The main conclusion is that with the right sound card settings and enhancements, the Stereo is going to sound pretty good but this is also thanks to the 50mm-large Neodymium drivers it incorporates that are also used on the more expensive models. Talking about the microphone, if the sound card from our setup… read more

Rantopad FF Gaming Mouse and MAX Aluminum Pad Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-11-12 read/post comments()

The FF Gaming Mouse from Rantopad is clearly not in the same league as the other high-end products we have tested in more recent reviews, but comes with good quality materials and is shape is quite comfortable to be used for many hours at a time. While most manufacturers nowadays like to leave the mouse performance customization via software, FF Mouse allows adjustment via two switches on its bottom, for Polling Rate and DPI. At the heart of the mouse we will find the proven Avago A3090 sensor, which can drive the DPI up to 3500. read more

QNAP TS-563 5-bay Affordable Quad-Core Business NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-11-09 read/post comments()

This is not the first AMD-based NAS we are testing on MadShrimps and it has been demonstrated to us once again that the platform has potential even when dealing with a lower clocked SoC and to be more exact the GX-420MC. This quad-core component is lacking a GPU (hence we do not have a HDMI interface on the back of the unit), is equipped with a total of 2MB of shared L2 cache, comes with a power rating of 17.5W and a frequency of 2GHz per core. While the unit is initially equipped with only 2GB of DDR3L RAM, we always have the option to open it up and install up to 16GB (2x8GB). read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Mamba Wireless Chroma Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2015-10-29
Others/Miscelleneous Meizu M2 Note Full Body PU Leather Case Review by stefan @ 2015-10-28
Storage/SSD Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2015-10-27
Cases & PSU/Cases Streacom FC5 Alpha Fanless Chassis Review by petervandamned @ 2015-10-23
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 2666MHz C16 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2015-10-22

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'Retro City Rampage' is getting a '16-bit' sequel

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Retro City Rampage is getting a sequel named Shakedown Hawaii. Like RCR, Shakedown is a top-down action game in the same vein as the original Grand Theft Auto. The new game is set 30 years after RCR and promises a… Go To Full Article

O2 also considers blocking phone ads

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More than one UK network is weighing up whether to offer its customers mobile ad-blocking tools. After EE stepped forward over the weekend, O2 is doing the same through an interview with Business Insider. Robert Franks, managing director of digital… Go To Full Article

How to Share Files and Folders from OneDrive in Windows 10

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With OneDrive, it’s easy to share files and folders securely and easily with other people. They won’t need to install any special applications or sign up for a new account. In fact, they can use any web browser to get… Go To Full Article

Intel catching up with Moore’s Law again

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Intel has admitted that it has fallen behind Moore's law, at least temporarily but thinks it will catch up soon. Bill Holt, executive vice president and general manager for Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group said that the… Go To Full Article

Australia's using drones to protect its coasts from sharks

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While shark attacks are rare in Australia, every year a handful of people lose their lives while swimming off the country's coastlines. New South Wales (NSW) government officials know there is no easy way to reduce risks, but have committed… Go To Full Article

LG Ray announced with a 5.5-inch display, octa-core CPU, 3,000 mAh battery

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The LG Ray is aimed at “key global 3G markets.” LG has announced a new smartphone called the LG Ray, aimed at markets like Latin America where 4G networks are yet to make any inroads. To be released this week… Go To Full Article

The Corsair SP (Static Pressure), AF (High Airflow) 120/140mm Fan Review

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Both the selection and the testing of a fan can be a rather complicated matter. Even if someone knows the exact performance curve of a fan and can make an educated assessment regarding the airflow impedance, parameters such as the… Go To Full Article

Noctua Introduces 24V IndustrialPPC Fans

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Noctua today presented 24V variants of its renowned industrialPPC fans. Conceived for industrial heavy-duty applications that require enhanced cooling performance and advanced ingress protection, Noctua's industrialPPC (Protected Performance Cooling) line comprises ruggedised high-speed versions of the company's award-winning retail fans.… Go To Full Article

Phanteks Announces Power Splitter with Patented Isolated Dual System Technology

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Phanteks' PH-PWSPR_1P2M with Patented Isolated Dual System Technology is a power splitter that will eliminate the need to use two power supplies for dual system configuration. With the Phanteks' Power Splitter, users will be able to run two fully functional… Go To Full Article

BIOSTAR Announces GeForce GTX 950 Gaming Graphics Card

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BIOSTAR announces its latest graphics card designed to tackle the needs of gamers with competitive performance. BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 950 features 2GB of GDDR5 memory, with 768 CUDA cores, and support for NVIDIA PhysX and DSR Technology. Game in silence… Go To Full Article

Google's fast mobile pages coming (with ads) in early 2016

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Google revealed the "AMP" endeavor last month to accelerate mobile page-loading times, the slowness of which is a huge user bone of contention. It now says the fast-loading mobile pages will hit search results by early next year, and also… Go To Full Article

Smartphones are killing Americans

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A rise in the use of smartphones in America might be behind a spike in the number of road deaths, according to a new report. Deaths from traffic accidents in the United States jumped 8.1 percent in… Go To Full Article

HP’s printers and PCs do badly

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The bits of the maker of expensive printer ink HP which house its printer and PC business has predicted that it is going to do worse than the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted. For those… Go To Full Article

Apple buys motion-capture company that worked on 'Star Wars'

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Apple's latest startup pickup is Faceshift, a company that specializes in facial motion capture -- often doing it without any need for physical "markers" on the model's face. Cupertino confirmed the deal to Techcrunch, which also discovered that seve...… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy A7 sequel certified by TENAA

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The certification authority has revealed more pictures of the device in the flesh. Samsung’s second-generation iterations of the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 have not been very shy about making unofficial appearances in recent weeks. We have seen live pictures… Go To Full Article

Sony PlayStation 4 sales speed past 30 million

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In just over two years Sony's sold over 30 million PlayStation 4s. That tally was 20.2 million in March, and now ahead of the busy holiday shopping season we have word from the Japanese tech giant that it's sold through… Go To Full Article

Cherry Announces MW 2310, MW 2110, and MC 2000 Mice

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CHERRY, the market leader and expert in mechanical keyboard switches, introduces two new wireless mice, the MW 2310 and the MW 2110, as well as an updated version of the MC 2000; all offering compatibility with Windows 10. Comfortable long-term… Go To Full Article

Officials link hacker to theft of 1.2 billion log-in credentials

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The FBI is linking a hacker only known by the moniker "mr. grey" to a whopping 1.2 billion stolen internet credentials after finding his Russian email address in the evidence it gathered. It's unclear if he obtained all those by… Go To Full Article

Cougar Announces the 450 Series Gaming Gear

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COUGAR, one of the world's leading gaming gear brands, announces today the arrival of two new and attractive products to the gaming peripherals market: COUGAR 450K Gaming Keyboard and COUGAR 450M Gaming Mouse. 450K is a Hybrid Mechanical gaming keyboard… Go To Full Article

Club 3D Intros DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 Active Adapters with 4K-60 Hz Support

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With AMD announcing software support for HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 active adapters with its Radeon Software Crimson Edition, various AMD AIB partners could jump in with such adapters. Club 3D, which has been making dongles, converters,… Go To Full Article

New Huawei Mate 8 renders show up online

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New detailed renders of Huawei’s next flagship smartphone the Mate 8 have been leaked online, showing off the device from every angle. The renders confirm a metal build for the Mate 8, along with three different color options that will… Go To Full Article

DARPA wants to protect critical infrastructures from cyber attacks

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Hackers have been breaking through a lot of government agency's defenses these past years, and DARPA thinks it's high time to do something about it. Pentagon's mad science division has launched a new program called Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation a... Go To Full Article

Volkswagen is issuing AR glasses as standard factory equipment

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Following a successful 3-month pilot program at its Wolfsburg plant, Volkswagen announced on Tuesday that it will begin issuing 3D smart glasses to its plant logistics personnel. These glasses, which display information like bin locations and part nu... Go To Full Article

That star's 'alien megastructure' is likely just a swarm of comets

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Occam's Razor apparently holds true everywhere, even in the farthest reaches of space. While researchers speculated that star KIC 8462852's mysterious dimming might be the result of alien megastructures, NASA is about to publish evidence supporting... Go To Full Article

FunLux 4 Channel HD Video sPoE NVR Security System

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Waiting until someone either breaks into your home, vandalizes your home, or steals something outside of your home is too late to decide that you need a video surveillance system. You need to install one before these things happen so… Go To Full Article

FIRST LOOK Gigabyte H170N-WIFI Motherboard

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We review the Gigabyte H170N-WIFI, a socket LGA1151 Mini-ITX motherboard based on the new Intel H170 chipset. Includes the images and detail you've come to expect from HardwareSecrets. Check it out! Go To Full Article

Hilton confirms hackers swiped payment info from its hotels

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If you've stayed at one of Hilton's hotels in the past year, you might want to check your credit card history. The chain has confirmed a report that hackers compromised its payment systems, putting your data at risk. The intruders… Go To Full Article

Li-Fi Is 100x Faster Than Wi-Fi?

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Wow, it's been a few years since we've heard anything about Li-Fi. I didn't realize they were still working on this. Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, is finally moving from research labs to the real world after an Estonian… Go To Full Article

Asus updates Zenbook UX305 with a Skylake Core M CPU

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Asus' Zenbook UX305 is one of our favorite thin-and-light notebooks out there. Its $699 price tag gets you an aluminum body, a 1080p IPS screen, and a 256GB SSD. Asus now has a version of the UX305 with a Skylake… Go To Full Article

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux

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The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix put AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the test and came away disappointed. While leaked slides indicate AMD was planning better gaming on Linux for Crimson, in the end they really didn't deliver.… Go To Full Article

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