VKWorld VK2015 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-05-03 read/post comments()

Based on the older MT6582 quad-core SoC from MediaTek, the VK2015 low-cost smartphone is snappy enough for being used with the latest social applications like Facebook, Skype but also for playing simple games as Angry Birds. The chassis has rounded edges and a rubberized plastic back cover, it is easy to hold and be used with a single hand because of the smaller footprint and does not creak when pressed in certain areas. Thanks to the dual-SIM feature, we are offered more flexibility if we use two different service providers. read more

Meizu MX4 32GB Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-04-28 read/post comments()

MEIZU MX4 is quite an unique smartphone, which is available in 16GB and 32GB versions at Fastcardtech and incorporates a high-performance 20.7MP sensor from Sony, the MediaTek MT6595 big.LITTLE SoC with eight cores, is paired with 2GB of RAM and runs the latest version of Flyme operating system, based on Android 4.4.2. read more

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Convertible Review

Mobile/Tablets by stefan @ 2015-04-23 read/post comments()

If you are looking for a professional looking convertible with the latest available low power consumption Intel Core M processor which is paired with 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and comes with a fully-fledged Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, then look no further, your answer is here! read more

Corsair Gaming Sabre Optical RGB Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-04-21 read/post comments()

We have tried multiple titles (Heroes of the Storm, Dying Light, Dirty Bomb, CounterStrike Global Offensive) with the Sabre Optical RGB and we were pretty impressed with the overall comfort, which was matched by precision thanks to the latest Avago ADNS S3988 6400DPI sensor. The mouse was designed only to be used by right-handers and on the laterals we have an arched design for obtaining a good grip.   read more

Blackview Breeze Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-04-16 read/post comments()

This model was mainly built for people with lower budgets, which do not have enough cash to invest in higher-specced models and Blackview has picked one of the mainstream SoCs (MT6582) of 2013 to equip it, which now also has sources for building Android 5.0 distributions. read more

QNAP TVS-863+ AMD Turbo vNAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-04-10 read/post comments()

With the latest TVS-863+ 10GbE-ready Turbo vNAS, QNAP is proposing a centralized solution featuring the latest technologies and integrating new AMD-based hardware with the quad-core embedded SoC which is clocked at 2.4GHz, which is also powered by AMD Radeon Graphics. The system is housed inside a proven mini-tower NAS metallic case, with a LCD screen and buttons in order to perform some actions right from the frontal area. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Secretive drone will test materials for future spacecraft

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While the Boeing-built X37B drone's nature remains mysterious, we at least know that it's a test-bed for futuristic space tech. When it launches on May 20th, it won't only be testing a new type of Hall effect thruster for the… Go To Full Article

This speaker lights on fire (and it's supposed to)

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Your Sonos setup is pretty handy, what with its wireless audio and all that, but you know what it's missing? A mothereffin' open flame that bounces along to your music's beat, that's what. Because seriously, a jammin' stereo is basically… Go To Full Article

ZTE Nubia Z9 goes official with a ‘bezel-less’ 2.5D curved display

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After numerous leaks and rumors, the newest ZTE flagship smartphones has gone official today. Dubbed the ‘Nubia Z9’, it is the company’s first device to feature an almost bezel-less design. The smartphone features a 5.2” sized 2.5D curved display with… Go To Full Article

Tesla bought a Michigan-based auto parts maker

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Tesla's just made its first acquisition: a tool and die shop based in Grand Rapids, Michigan (roughy 150 miles west of Detroit) that makes automotive stamping parts. As The Detroit Free Press reports, the current Riviera Tool will eventually become… Go To Full Article

AMD Announces OEM Desktop Radeon 300 Series

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Along with today’s announcement of the OEM mobile Radeon M300 series, AMD has also announced the OEM desktop Radeon 300 Series. This was a rather low-key launch with only a very brief press release on the matter along with AMD… Go To Full Article

Chrome add-on helps you see the web if you're color-blind

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The web isn't always a great a place to visit if you're color-blind -- in fact, you may not properly see the Chrome logo above. Thankfully, Google may have a way to fill in some of that missing picture. It… Go To Full Article

Giant phones are finally a big deal in the US

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Extra-large phones have been hot stuff in some countries for a long while, but not so much in the US. The country must have had a change of heart in the past few months, however. Kantar Worldpanel estimates that gigantic… Go To Full Article

Larry Page's asteroid mining firm launches its first satellite in July

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Planetary Resources hasn't had much success getting its asteroid mining business off the ground, in a very literal sense -- it lost its first satellite, Arkyd-3, in the Antares rocket explosion last year. It's about to get a second try,… Go To Full Article

AMD Radeon R9 390X Pictured

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The crew at WCCF Tech have posted an image of what they believe to be the "ultra enthusiast" flagship Radeon R9 390X. Thanks to Geforcepat for the heads up. Ok folks, prepare to lay your eyes on the first actual… Go To Full Article

Tesla's Powerwall is already sold out through middle of 2016

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On Tesla's quarterly earnings call, CEO Elon Musk announced "crazy off the hook" demand for its just-announced Powerwall battery product. He said over 38,000 reservations have been received, which should take up the expected production through mid-20... Go To Full Article

Woman uses Pizza Hut's mobile app to escape a hostage crisis

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It's sometimes too dangerous to call 911, but one Florida woman just found a potentially life-saving alternative: a food delivery app. When Cheryl Treadway's boyfriend threatened to hurt her and her family if they left home, she used Pizza Hut's… Go To Full Article

Microsoft gets scared by Oracle

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It’s an interesting idea that Microsoft might buy Salesforce. But, as they say in French, plus ca change – they’ve dropped the cedilla in French – we have heard it all before. Microsoft has… Go To Full Article

Google will use robot-crane hybrids to build new Mountain View HQ

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"Crabots" will help build Google's sprawling Mountain View campus. According to Architects Journal's latest report, these robot-crane hybrids will play a specific role in the construction of the Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick designed structure... Go To Full Article

Swatch is working on a smartwatch battery that lasts six months

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Smartwatches have yet to solve the riddle of battery life, but Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek says his company is hard at work on a solution. Speaking with the Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung, the chief executive revealed that not only with… Go To Full Article

Asus' Turbo cooler optimizes the GTX 970 for SLI

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Custom twin- or triple-fan GPU coolers, as seen on some of our favorites from MSI, Asus, and Gigabyte, are great in single-card setups. Gang them together in SLI, though, and the top card might be choked for airflow on boards… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA is getting rid of its cellular chip business

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Alas, NVIDIA's one-time dream of hitting it big in the cellular chip world is not to be. The company is planning to "wind down" its Icera modem business in the second fiscal quarter of the year (that is, no later… Go To Full Article

Toyota's hydrogen car to sell on just eight lots come October

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Toyota's new hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV), dubbed the Mirai, will be hitting dealer lots this October...all eight of them. The car company announced today that only select lots throughout California will actually be taking stock based on ...… Go To Full Article

AnandTech's Surface 3 review

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As always, AnandTech has the only review of the new Surface 3 that really matters. So with those caveats aside, we can finally get to the conclusion that you have likely guessed already. The Surface 3 is a great device.… Go To Full Article

Hugo Barra on why Xiaomi is against microSD cards in phones

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Hugo Barra, currently Xiamoi's vice president of international and formerly VP of Google's Android vision, on SD cards in an interview with Engadget: "For high performance devices, we are fundamentally against an SD card slot." Barra backed up his statement… Go To Full Article

Sony announces the Xperia C4 ‘PRO-Selfie’ mid-range smartphone

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Sony today announced the successor to its Xperia C3 selfie-focused smartphone – Xperia C4. Just like its predecessor, the Xperia C4 comes in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants, with the dual-SIM variant carrying the Xperia C4 Dual moniker. The main highlight… Go To Full Article

Reddit creates a team devoted to original videos

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Reddit is about to host a lot more than links and comments. The social site is launching a dedicated team that will produce original video content. It'll initially focus on bringing the spirit of Ask Me Anything sessions to video,… Go To Full Article

AMD’s 2016-2017 Datacenter Roadmap: x86, ARM, and GPGPU

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As part of AMD’s business unit reorganization in 2014, many of AMD’s high-growth businesses were organized into a new group at the company, the Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom Business (EESC). Now through their first few quarters, Forrest Norrod, the Senior… Go To Full Article

Sony's original series 'Powers' renewed for a second season

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Sony has announced it is bringing Powers back for a second season. And, all things considered, it's easy to see why. As an entertainment platform, the future of PlayStation's original programming depends heavily on the success of Powers, a series… Go To Full Article

MSI's 990FXA Gaming mobo freshens up with USB 3.1

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AMD's 990FX chipset soldiers on. As an astute TR commenter pointed out a while back, this platform is over five years old now. Motherboard makers are continuing to bolster 990FX boards with modern features via add-on controllers, though, and MSI's… Go To Full Article

ASUS Z97 Gryphon mATX Motherboard Review

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ASUS Z97 Gryphon mATX is a mATX form form factor Motherboard packed with all the features posssible. You find everything from SLI, CrossFireX, PCI Express 3.0, TUF Power Design, high end components and much more! Go To Full Article

AMD "Zen" Offers a 40% IPC Increase Over "Excavator"

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In its Investor Day presentation, led by CEO Lisa Su, and CTO Mark Papermaster, AMD made a slew of careful, near-term product announcements, and market strategies. One of its announcements that strike us, is the company's emphasis on getting the… Go To Full Article

AMD To Launch New Desktop GPU This Quarter (Q2’15) With HBM

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Having just left the stage at AMD’s financial analyst day is CEO Dr. Lisa Su, who was on stage to present an update on AMD’s computing and graphic business. As AMD has already previously discussed their technology roadmaps over the… Go To Full Article

AMD Announces 6th Generation A-Series APU Branding

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Along with AMD’s roadmap announcements today at financial analyst day, AMD has also offered a brief update on the state of Carrizo, the company’s forthcoming next-generation mobile APU. Due for launch this year, AMD has just confirmed that Carrizo is… Go To Full Article

AMD Announces Radeon M300 Series Notebook Video Cards

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Along with a bevy of roadmap announcements at financial analyst day, AMD has also slipped in a full-on mobile GPU announcement today at the event. Being announced today is the Radeon M300 series. With so much other… Go To Full Article

Do you need a $249 'smart' water filter?

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There seem to be three mindsets when it comes to the water we drink. You can care a lot about it and buy bottled; care a lot about it and have a water filter; or you just drink from the… Go To Full Article

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