Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2015-08-01 read/post comments()

As the previous FlashAir 32GB card we have tested, its latest version comes with about the same features, but we have improvements on the transfer rates, while we have seen that the wireless speeds have remained the same. Regarding the wireless interface, we can obtain similar speeds as with the previous version, but keep in mind that multiple factors can affect the wireless transfer speeds like the number of available 2.4GHz networks in the area, shielding inside the camera we are using FlashAir on, performance of the Wi-FI adapter from our desktop/laptop/tablet and so on. read more

QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-07-28 read/post comments()

Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also sporting a unique-shaped chassis design. Speaking about the chassis, now it looks more stylish, ideal to be installed in our living-room and the discrete LEDs help us find out the system status at all times; the memory is now very easy upgradable up to 8GB of RAM by simply removing a small plastic cover on the bottom area of the unit. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-25 read/post comments()

The technology incorporated inside the R9 390 GPU is not new but is based on the Hawaii (now baptized Grenada), with the same shader count, texture units, ROPs and so on. The manufacturing process is also still 28nm but there are minor improvements which allow running the card at higher speeds and the memory quantity has been doubled, from 4GB to 8GB. Since the HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 is marketed as a pre-overclocked card, the GPU clocked has been raised to 1020MHz instead of 1000MHz stock, while the memory clock remains the same as the OEM AMD cards. read more

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-07-22 read/post comments()

VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC. read more

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-07-19 read/post comments()

The Vector 180 from OCZ takes part from their high-end offerings and besides the useful Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) addition, we do also benefit from the ShieldPlus warranty which implies no shipping costs and no extra hassles. Thanks to the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the performances of the drive are top-notch and succeeds to stay in top for both read and write operations which is great for gamers or the usual workstation activities. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-17 read/post comments()

We are indeed dealing with a refresh of the previous Hawaii XT GPU now baptized Grenada XT, featuring GCN 1.1, 6200 million transistors, 2816 shading units, 176 TMUs, 64ROPs and 44 Compute Units. The available VRAM is now 8GB instead of 4GB GDDR5 and now runs at higher frequencies than on 290X cards by default (1500MHz, 6000MHz effective); this surely helps when running multiple cards for a CrossFireX setup and using multiple monitors. Speaking of the frequencies, the defaults of the GPU on OEM cards have been raised to 1050MHz and with its pre-overclocked card HIS has added extra 20MHz. read more
Motherboards/Intel S1150 BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2015-07-13
Storage/NAS ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-08
Cooling/Water Cooling Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review by stefan @ 2015-07-03
Mobile/Smart Phones Mlais M7 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-28
Others/Mice & Keyboards Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2015-06-23

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Former Mt. Gox CEO arrested in Japan over missing bitcoin

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It's been months since Tokyo police revealed their belief that the Mt. Gox bitcoin heist was an inside job, and tonight they arrested its former CEO, Mark Karpeles. Some 650,000 bitcoin still remain unaccounted for since the exchange shut down… Go To Full Article

You can delete Samsung's phone bloatware in China

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Samsung isn't waiting around for the verdict of a Chinese lawsuit over bloatware to take action. The company will offer patches in August that let local Android phone owners delete unwanted pre-installed apps on both the Galaxy Note 3, the… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 installed on 67 million PCs as of this morning

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A Microsoft employee who wishes to remain anonymous to the public has informed Windows Central that as of 8 AM this morning, the Windows 10 OS has reportedly been installed on a massive 67 million machines. Even more interesting is… Go To Full Article

Yahoo's latest purchase is digital fashion community Polyvore

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Marissa Mayer opened up the Yahoo warchest once again, and this time it was to buy the "leading social shopping site," Polyvore. Yahoo's purchasing the whole kit and caboodle from the sounds of it too with Mayer writing on her… Go To Full Article

Security researcher: Globalstar GPS at risk of hackers

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As is the case with seemingly anything that connects to the internet these days, a security researcher has found that GPS devices which connect to the Globalstar satellite network are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle hacking. According to Synack Inc r...… Go To Full Article

Marine Corps finally declares the F-35B ready for combat

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After years of testing and development, production setbacks and cost overruns and more than half a trillion dollars invested, the F-35B fighter jet has finally passed its biggest milestone to date: it's achieved initial operational capability (IOC) w... Go To Full Article

Kim Dotcom promises to launch an open-source competitor to Mega

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Third time's a charm. Kim Dotcom -- creator of Megaupload and Mega file-sharing sites, New Zealand politician, US fugitive -- plans to launch a third cloud-storage company when his existing non-compete clause runs out at the end of the year.… Go To Full Article

These disposable vapes let you huff your caffeine instead of drink it

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Dammit, Logan. I'm glad it's your first day working at this coffee shop; congrats on getting hired and all. But dude, seriously, I don't have time to waste waiting for you to fish that beard hair out of my coffee.… Go To Full Article

Japan's ridiculous robot hotel is actually serious business

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"My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel." The University of Tokyo's associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn't really look like a hotel. "Two-hundred people were involved in making... Go To Full Article

Kim Dotcom Doesn't Trust Mega: 'Your Data Isn't Safe Anymore'

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I know I shouldn't laugh at stuff like this, but watching these guys turn on each other is hilarious. "As a result of this and a number of other confidential issues I don't trust Mega anymore. I don't think your… Go To Full Article

Russia considers blocking Facebook over gay emojis

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Vladimir Putin's Russia doesn't like Facebook and it doesn't care for gay people, and the government is now attempting to censor both of these things in one fell swoop. Mikhail Marchenko, a Russian senator in the upper house of parliament,… Go To Full Article

App maker Nextbit wants to build smartphones that 'stand out'

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Earlier this week, mobile software startup Nextbit revealed that it's about to launch its first smartphone. The move comes as no surprise -- it'd be silly for a company to hire Scott Croyle, HTC's former head of design, just to… Go To Full Article

Japan's Suntory to conduct important space whisky research

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We have a strong whisky bias, so when Suntory revealed that it would be sending products into orbit, we had to know more. The company will fire six samples of its beverages to the International Space Station (ISS), including its… Go To Full Article

The best Wi-Fi extender (for most people)

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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article here. We spent a total of 110 hours researching 25 different Wi-Fi extenders (and testing 10 of them), and… Go To Full Article

YotaPhone 2's US launch canceled after crowdfunding success

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We sort of loved the dual-screened YotaPhone 2, and we weren't alone -- nearly 450 people ordered devices from the company's Indiegogo campaign earlier this month, and a few of them are going to be very disappointed. In an email… Go To Full Article

The business of eSports in numbers

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It takes about 50 years for a "game" to become a "sport," according to Andrew Paradise's calculations. He's an entrepreneur who recently joined the wave of investors getting in on the eSports game: His app, Skillz, allows mobile-gaming fans to… Go To Full Article

Philae delivered crucial comet data despite its bumpy landing

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Philae had a bumpy landing on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet last November, but that didn't stop it from relaying some important data back to Earth. Papers published in the journal Science reveal how scientists, using the data collected by Phi...… Go To Full Article

Space drones will collect samples from planets and asteroids

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While Curiosity's doing a great job on the red planet, there are still areas it can't go to, such as steep cliffs/hills and locations hidden by permanent shadows. That's why the engineers at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Swamp Works laboratory… Go To Full Article

Sharp abandons TVs in the US, hands keys to China's Hisense

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Sharp's financial problems have forced it to leave the LCD TV business in North America. Chinese TV maker Hisense has paid a mere $23.7 million for the company's Mexican factory and the right to use the Sharp brand in North… Go To Full Article

Uber is betting $1 billion to expand in India

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Uber has big plans for India -- specifically, $1 billion worth. The taxi-hailing company announced last night that it would make the investment to expand its ridership in India to 1 million rides per day by 2016. Currently, estimates put… Go To Full Article

Recon Jet smart glasses get the GoPro controller app they deserve

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Recon Instruments makes tech-friendly snow and cyclist headwear with built-in GPS, displays and more. Recon's Jet glasses even have a camera on board -- but it's limited to a one-minute max for videos. Riders, runners and powder-fiends who own eith... Go To Full Article

KeySmart Key Organizer with USB Drive Review

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Today we are going to look at a product that you may not exactly associate with geekiness but it definitely has swagger and also includes some technology that most of our readers are familiar with. So what exactly is the… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 shows slow roll out

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By the end of play yesterday, Microsoft said that 14 million devices were running the upgrade to its operating system, Windows 10. It has a way to go before it reaches the one billion target it has… Go To Full Article

BMW pays i3 owners to charge their cars at non-peak times

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Electric vehicles could be our salvation from traditional gas guzzlers, but mass adoption poses new challenges. If millions of homeowners start charging their cars every night, will the power grids be able to keep up? California utility company PG&E ... Go To Full Article

NVIDIA Initiates Safety Recall of SHIELD Tablets

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NVIDIA sends word this morning that they are initiating a recall on the SHIELD Tablet. Being announced today and taking effect immediately, the tablets are being voluntarily recalled by NVIDIA on account of safety concerns with some of the batteries… Go To Full Article

Google makes it even easier to test Android apps

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For developers, allowing the public to evaluate apps before general release is paramount -- it helps weed out the bugs that could derail an otherwise successful launch. Both Apple and Google offer the capability, but TestFlight features have only bee... Go To Full Article

Thermaltake Unveils the Core V51 Riing Edition Window Green PC Chassis

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Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, unveils the new Core V51 Riing Edition Window Green Mid-Tower Chassis, a marriage of Thermaltake's two star products: the Red Dot Award Product Design 2015 winner Core… Go To Full Article

Tiny robotic insect can jump on water like a strider

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Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has a history of creating tiny, insect-inspired robots, and its latest one can stand and jump on water just like a strider. The Wyss group has teamed up with scientists from Korea's Seoul... Go To Full Article

Kingston HyperX Savage 240gb SSD Review @ Technogog

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"The HyperX Savage SSD is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. For today's review we will be looking at the 240GB model. It is available in a bundle kit or for those who do not need all the… Go To Full Article

EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard Launched with USB 3.1 Type-C on mATX

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We’ve covered a number of X99 motherboards since the launch of Haswell-E, as well as how USB 3.1 is entering the market through the ASMedia ASM1142 controller or with add-in cards. EVGA is the latest motherboard manufacturer to enter with… Go To Full Article

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