Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 16GB 2400MHz Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2015-10-13 read/post comments()

The revised Viper 4 version with black PCB looks considerably better than the initial one which sported a green one and now also matches the heatsink color scheme; also, if you do have a black/red color scheme on your motherboard, this kit will fit right in. While the model we have tested is not the fastest out there, for tasks which not include encoding and rendering and mostly office work or gaming, the Viper 4 16GB 2400MHz should perform wonderfully. read more

Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2015-10-08 read/post comments()

Lexar has prepared the JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 flash drive for competing with the high-end offerings from other brands and we can say that we were impressed by its performances in the both read and write departments. The unit we have tested is not the fastest since much higher write speeds are available with the 64GB and 128GB models; while the 32GB model can be found online for just about 24 Euros, the 64GB variant can be picked up for about 55 Euros while the top-of-the-line 128GB can be had for 91 Euros. read more

KingFast 256GB F9 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-10-05 read/post comments()

The F9 256GB is another low-cost SSD product from KingFast, which pairs the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller with Micron NAND MT29E1T08CUCBBH8-10:B and the cache is assured by the Samsung K4W2G1646E-BC11 DDR3 RAM (256MB). This model is able to follow the read performances of the Crucial BX100 250GB we have reviewed earlier, but falls behind in terms of writes. read more

Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2015-09-30 read/post comments()

With the VOID Wireless, we are getting quite a bit of improvements regarding product comfort, LED lighting system and software configuration. Corsair has added the RGB system for extra eye candy, but we have found more useful the two LEDs near the MIC which light up in order to signal different product statuses. The two 50mm drivers are able to deliver good gaming-grade quality sound and we found the microphone fidelity about the same as on the Vengeance 2100 and this is not a bad thing since that one impressed us positively too. read more

ROCCAT Nyth Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-09-29 read/post comments()

ROCCAT Nyth is like a breath of fresh air in the already crowded gaming mice market which sports quite a modular design with replaceable right side panel, no less than four different sets of buttons, a smooth durable plastic texture, catchy LED light effects and a comfortable shape for lengthy gaming sessions. Considering that we are getting plenty of accessories, ROCCAT saw fit to also include a carry case and the software available for the Nyth is one of the most advanced we have seen to date, which maintains the feature we did like in the previous revisions, the audio feedback. read more

B2C Telecom Premium Custom Bookstyle Case for iPhone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by jmke @ 2015-09-28 read/post comments(0)

Today we take a look at the at product from B2C, they offer custom printed bookstyle cases for popular smartphones. We design a colorful Madshrimps case and take an iPhone for a spin.  read more
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[M] Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 16GB 2400MHz Memory Kit Review

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The revised Viper 4 version with black PCB looks considerably better than the initial one which sported a green one and now also matches the heatsink color scheme; also, if you do have a black/red color scheme on your motherboard,… Go To Full Article

Living with the Jolla Tablet: a promising device with few apps

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There's no question that the Jolla Tablet is an odd duck. It's a crowdfunded, first-generation slate running an unfamiliar platform (Sailfish OS), and some of its features are based on your input -- if enough of the Sailfish community votes… Go To Full Article

Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler Review

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Founded in 2013, Cryorig are a company you may not have heard of just yet, but they seem to be trying to make a big splash, as every new company would. A major difference seems to be that they have… Go To Full Article

The best podcast app for iOS is now completely free

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Overcast is widely considered to be the best podcast app on iOS, if not all mobile platforms. For many, its no-nonsense interface and slick features (such as cutting dead air and boosting voices) make Apple's official app seem crude. You've… Go To Full Article

Vudu finally delivers 1080p HDX movies on Android devices

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One of the best features of Vudu's movie service has always been its high quality video, and now you can view it on mobile devices. The latest version of Vudu for Android brings a native interface for the first time… Go To Full Article

Cortana is available on Xbox One, if you know the right tricks

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Microsoft won't officially bring its Cortana voice assistant to the Xbox One until 2016, and it's not even supposed to be available if you're using the console's interface preview. However, that isn't stopping you from trying it ahead of schedule....… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 didn't stop PC sales from dropping this summer

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Windows 10 may have breathed new life into your PC, but it didn't do anything to juice PC sales this summer. Both Gartner and IDC estimate that computer sales dropped several points year-over-year (between 7.7 and 10.8 percent) in the… Go To Full Article

ROG Maximus VIII Impact is a mighty mouse of a motherboard

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Asus has a tradition of cramming as many goodies as it can into its top-end Mini-ITX motherboards, and the ROG Maximus Impact VIII carries that torch for the Z170 chipset. Like the Maximus VI Impact before it, the Maximus VIII… Go To Full Article

Unity Engine working to keep years of browser games alive

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One of the big factors to game engine Unity's success is that for awhile it ran on basically any platform be it Oculus, PS Vita or home consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But according to the developer,… Go To Full Article

LastPass Bought By LogMeIn For $110 Million

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LastPass has been sold, and there is apparent outrage. Can any LastPass users chime in on why LogMeIn is so hated? LogMeIn says in the near-term, both the Meldium and LastPass product lines will continue to be supported and operated… Go To Full Article

Twitter's returning CEO is reportedly planning layoffs

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Twitter's 'new' permanent CEO only took the reins five days ago, but he already appears bent on cleaning house. Sources for both the New York Times and Recode understand that Jack Dorsey is planning layoffs that could start as soon… Go To Full Article

Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Exposes The Game's Biggest Flaw

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As someone who plays a game mainly for the story, I can see where this guy is coming from even though I haven't touched the beta yet. The lack of a campaign is more glaring and depressing than ever. The… Go To Full Article

China arrests hacking suspects on behalf of the US

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You read that headline right: according to The Washington Post, China has arrested an unspecified number of suspected hackers for the US government. The suspects were taken into custody a week or so before Chinese President Xi Jinping met with… Go To Full Article

Arion Legacy Deep Sonar 750 Speaker System Video Review

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"The Arion Legacy Deep Sonar 750 Speaker System comes with a peak power of 166W, has dual subs, wooden cabinets and a control box with plenty of input options, including a USB charging port. For the money, it's one of… Go To Full Article

Our ongoing missions to Mars are over 50 years in the making

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A deep space mission to Mars will require more than a few bottles of Poland Spring and water reclamation is a complicated business. Luckily, recent research is showing that liquid water may be more prevalent on the red planet than… Go To Full Article

'Steve Jobs' writer and director on avoiding the typical biopic

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Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and Aaron Sorkin's (The Social Network, Moneyball) Steve Jobs is a unique film in many ways, not the least of which is its complete disregard for the tropes of most biographical films. Instead, it's… Go To Full Article

CooYoo Quantum Ti Titanium LED Flashlight Review @ Technogog

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"I've got another flashlight for review today from our friends over at GearBest and it's titanium so it's made to be rugged and something you'll take with you everywhere. The light is called the CooYoo Quantum Ti LED Flashlight, the… Go To Full Article

Google CEO Sundar Pichai does some exec shuffling

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Sundar Pichai must have gotten used to his shiny, new CEO seat, because according to Recode, he's just announced the first exec shuffling under his leadership. By the looks of things, a number of Googlers are celebrating their promotions at… Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review

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Not every big problem requires an equally big solution. Sometimes all the change required may seem miniscule but when executed correctly, can result in great gains and improvements. This is the approach Austrian CPU cooling expert Noctua has taken with… Go To Full Article

Kanye West hates in-app purchases on kids games

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When Kanye West runs for president, we know what at least one item on his platform will be -- and there will probably be plenty of parents agreeing. **** any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!! —… Go To Full Article

Only in Japan: The robot that's a smartphone that's a robot

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RoboHon ("Robot Phone") is the cutest smartphone ever: a (familiar looking) robot frame that fits in your pocket. It can take calls, dance, project photos, maps and more. It's a 'bot with a smartphone inside. Yes,some will snort at the… Go To Full Article

AI could be the solution to catching tax cheats

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The fear of AI usually revolves around the fear of an uprising and humans being attacked by our new robot overlords. Researchers at MIT and non-profit technology source Mitre have a new terrifying future for AI. Well, not that scary… Go To Full Article

Micron acquires SSD Controller Designer Tidal Systems, Inc.

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A year ago, several veterans of SSD controller design firms SandForce and Link_A_Media Devices formed a new startup called Tidal Systems, Inc. to focus on developing NVMe SSD controllers. Tidal has spent the past year operating in stealth mode, and… Go To Full Article

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.10

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The Witcher 3 Patch 1.10 details have been posted in the CD Projekt Red. There are over six hundred changes and reportedly weighs in at around 15GB, depending on platform. And rightly so, because it's the largest collection of fixes,… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces ROG PG279Q & PG27AQ Gaming Monitors

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Today ASUS announced two new gaming monitors at their Republic of Gamers Unleashed event in San Francisco. Both displays are 27" IPS panels, although there are some significant differences between the two that make each one appeal more or less… Go To Full Article

Firefox will stop supporting web plugins (except for Flash) by the end of 2016

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Horrible browser plugins used to offer extended multimedia features for website, often at the cost of a much worse overall experience -- thankfully, they're going the way of the dodo. Chrome recently banished plugins like Java and Silverlight (and... Go To Full Article

Can't accept autonomous liability? Get out of the game, says Volvo

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Volvo has an easy answer for all the hand-wringing about whose responsible when self-driving cars crash.Volvo chief executive officer and president Håkan Samuelsson says one of the most vexing challenges facing the auto industry can be solved... Go To Full Article

Stephen Hawking: 'The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence'

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Artificial intelligence was one of the biggest topics during Stephen Hawking's Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) earlier this year. So it's not too surprising that Hawking used up a significant portion of his answers to that Q&A session, released by...… Go To Full Article

TechPowerUp 4K Gaming Build Guide @ techPowerUp

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With 4K Ultra HD displays fast becoming essential to high-end gaming PC builds, we take a crack at building a 4K gaming desktop ready for the DirectX 12 generation of games. Go To Full Article

The Trans-Pacific Partnership could spell the end of filesharing sites

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According to documents leaked by Wikileaks -- specifically, the TPP's finalized chapter on Intellectual Property -- the days of filesharing sites could quickly be coming to a close. Per the agreement, which would be enforced across all 12 member st...… Go To Full Article

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