Shuttle Barebone XH97V Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2015-01-28 read/post comments(0)

By sporting one of the latest Intel chipsets, Shuttle has built another barebone from their Slim-PC series, which can accommodate processors from the latest Haswell or Haswell Refresh series, up to 16GB of SODIMM RAM, extra storage via the full-size Mini-PCIe slot, additional expansion thanks to the half-size Mini-PCIe slot (for example a WLAN card), no less than two 2.5’’ drives and also one slim optical drive; the tray which accommodates the slim optical drive can also accommodate one extra 2.5’’ drive if there is no need to use disks. read more

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Tower Air Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2015-01-27 read/post comments()

Austrian company NOCTUA, known for their silent yet efficient processor coolers, released last year their behemoth NH-D15 cooler. The successor of their successful NH-D14 had to have even more performance while keeping the noise level still comfortable for day to day living room operations. This cooler is designed to handle the heat output of the latest hexa and octa-core crunching processors without breaking a sweat, thus for people who don't overclock or for those that don't run high wattage setups this cooler is pure overkill. Time to pop the package and see what Noctua has in store for us with their flagship NH-D15 tower CPU cooler. read more

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-01-21 read/post comments()

Corsair have really outdone themselves with the release of the K70 RGB keyboard, by providing near unlimited possibilities regarding the LED lighting configuration thanks to the CUE software but also a large number of customizations are available per-key. read more

HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking Station Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-01-16 read/post comments(0)

For people constantly on-the go, the HIS Multi-View USB Portable Docking station comes to help by providing an extra HDMI port, one VGA port but also one Ethernet gigabit port, all in a single adapter; potential customers will say that by plugging this device we will lose one available USB 3.0 port, but HIS had this in mind and has also provided one extra USB 3.0 to complement the lost one. read more

BAPCo TabletMark v3 Benchmark Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-01-15 read/post comments()

The new TabletMark benchmark from BAPCo is one interesting software each hardware enthusiast should check out, which is offered free of charge and thanks to the community the database will grow consistently in order to have comparisons between lots of tablet models which are now present on the market from different manufacturers. read more

UleFone Be One Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-01-12 read/post comments(1)

The Be One model from UleFone sports a newer Android version than Kolina K100+ V6, 4.4.2 and we have promises Android 5.0 will be also available for this model. Speaking of the device performances, we are dealing with the quite familiar octa-core MTK6592, which was released after the quad-core MTK6589, none of them sporting stellar performances regarding the GPS. The MTK6592 can be found in three different versions: 1.7GHz which was the first one and we have seen it at the iOCEAN X7S and X8, the later 2.0GHz Turbo version which we have seen with the ThL 5000 and Kolina K100+ V6, but also 1.4GHz which is the lowest clocked and also has only 600MHz 3D clock. Be One comes… read more
Storage/NAS Synology DS415play NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-01-11
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK Archer C8 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Review by stefan @ 2015-01-07
Audio/Others SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2015-01-05
Mobile/Smart Phones Kolína K100 + V6 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-01-02
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Chroma Set Review by stefan @ 2014-12-31

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

[M] Shuttle Barebone XH97V Review

@ 2015/01/28 read/post comments(0)
By sporting one of the latest Intel chipsets, Shuttle has built another barebone from their Slim-PC series, which can accommodate processors from the latest Haswell or Haswell Refresh series, up to 16GB of SODIMM RAM, extra storage via the full-size… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA to Tune GTX 970 Resource Allocation with Driver Update

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NVIDIA plans to release a fix for the GeForce GTX 970 memory allocation issue. In an informal statement to users of the GeForce Forums, an NVIDIA employee said that the company is working on a driver update that "will tune… Go To Full Article

Samsung's Gear VR headset arrives at Best Buy

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If you've been curious enough about virtual reality to buy Samsung's Gear VR headset, you've had to visit either AT&T's website or Samsung's to pick one up. Not very convenient, is it? Your VR shopping just got a little bit… Go To Full Article

ASUS Rampage V Extreme Review @ OCC

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When it came to overclocking, I am now convinced that my Core i7 5960X is a 4.6GHz stable chip using roughly 1.32V to 1.33V. For long term stability, that's it, even with the abilities of this board to tweak down… Go To Full Article

Sony is reportedly cutting 1,000 jobs in its smartphone group

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There's no doubt that Sony's smartphone division is struggling, and it sounds like that's about to exact a big toll on the company's workforce. Nikkei reports that Sony expects to cut 1,000 jobs in its mobile group, adding to the… Go To Full Article

Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

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Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare… Go To Full Article

TI's super-slim graphing calculator shows that math can be stylish

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Who said that graphing calculators were dead in the smartphone era? Certainly not Texas Instruments -- if anything, it's showing that there's still plenty of life left in dedicated math machines. Its new TI-84 Plus CE is 30 percent thinner… Go To Full Article

In Win D-Frame Mini @ techPowerUp

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The In Win D-Frame Mini is a smaller, updated version of the original D-Frame. It actually improves on the compatibility, comes fully assembled, and looks sleeker than the original. Forget looking at the price - the D-Frame Mini is not… Go To Full Article

Raijintek Themis CPU Cooler Review

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Raijintek are a relatively new company, established in 2013, a late comer to the PC component market. They have come into a market with well-established household names such as Corsair and Noctua, so what do you do? … Go To Full Article

Tim Cook expects to ship the Apple Watch in April

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Of all the mysteries still surrounding the Apple Watch, its long-awaited launch window was easily the most debated. Well, not any more. Apple CEO Tim Cook just confirmed during the company's quarterly earnings call that the company's oft-hyped Watch ...… Go To Full Article

Sonos update makes it easier to play music in any room

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Sonos' big controller app update from last year was a case of two steps forward and one step back. It was slicker and made it easier to find music, but playing music got harder -- among other issues, it required… Go To Full Article

Apple's revenues soar thanks to iPhones and China

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Well, it's that time again. Apple has just released its latest batch of quarterly earnings, and wouldn't you know it -- the folks in Cupertino once again sold more iPhones than it has in any other quarter. We're talking 74.5… Go To Full Article

MSI's X99S MPower motherboard reviewed

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Intel's X99 chipset and Haswell-E processor represent the most devastating combo in the desktop division. The chipset opens with a flurry of USB and SATA ports, plus a dash of M.2 and SATA Express. Then comes the thunder: a 22-nm… Go To Full Article

Thousands of laundry machines, parking kiosks and more get Apple Pay

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Checking out at the super market with your phone is old hat. But topping off the parking meter, now that's kind of interesting. USA Technologies, a company that handles cashless payments, announced that about 200,000 of its points of purchase… Go To Full Article

AverMedia Live Game Recording product Review

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AverMedia produces a wide range of products. In this review we look at three different in game live recording products. The AverMedia EzRecorder 130, Live Gamer HD Lite and LGP Lite. All with different features and price tags.… Go To Full Article

OS X Yosemite update tackles 'surprise' Mac security flaws

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You know those unpatched Mac security exploits that Google revealed a few days ago? You probably won't have to worry about them any more. Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, a hefty update that fixes those vulnerabilities, which let… Go To Full Article

OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 released

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Apple has updated both of its operating systems today. Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to the public. This update is meant to fix a number of issues in Yosemite, including an issue that caused Wi-Fi to disconnect. And… Go To Full Article

Misfit's Flash activity tracker will soon control connected devices

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We first heard of of Misfit's plans to move beyond the activity-tracking focus with its wearables, and today, the company made the first step. With the $50 Flash, you'll soon be able to control a range of connected devices with… Go To Full Article

Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 Heatsink Review

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"What's particularly interesting about the Reeven Ouranos heatsink is not the number of heatpipes or the fact that it's yet another 'tower heatsink'... but that Reeven's thermal engineers have decided to use a combination of 8mm and 6mm diameter heatpipes… Go To Full Article

Interview with OCZ's CEO Ralph Schmitt

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At CES I had the opportunity to sit down with Ralph Schmitt, OCZ's CEO, for a good hour to discuss the state of the company. Before we get to the actual interview, let me introduce Mr. Schmitt. Mr. Schmitt has… Go To Full Article

Asus ZenWatch successor could boast of seven-day battery life

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One of the main criticisms that we have with almost every smartwatch that has been launched yet is the poor battery life. While it is okay to charge your smartphone almost every day, it isn’t quite acceptable if we are… Go To Full Article

Lollipop-powered HTC Desire 826 to launch in China on January 29

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The Desire 826 is the first HTC handset to come with Android Lollipop out of the box. HTC unveiled the Desire 826, a successor to the Desire 820, at CES earlier this month, and the company has now announced that… Go To Full Article

Opera's former chief launches a web browser for power users

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For a while, Opera was a power user's web browser -- what you chose when other apps just didn't have the right mix of clever tricks and shortcuts. The company's switch to Google-based tech dropped some of those features, however,… Go To Full Article

Exynos 7420 destroys its competition in Geekbench, could be a Snapdragon 810 beater

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When Samsung first announced the Exynos 7 64-bit chipset late last year, we didn’t have any idea that the chip will be a beast of a performer. A mysterious Samsung device with the Exynos 7420 chipset went through the popular… Go To Full Article

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 With Bug Fixes and Reduced Storage Requirements

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Today Apple sent out the newest version of iOS to all devices capable of running versions of iOS 8. This update brings iOS to version 8.1.3, and like the 8.1.2 patch before it, this update is aimed at squashing bugs… Go To Full Article

Sony Xperia Z4 to skip MWC according to a new report

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If you were excited to see the Sony Xperia Z4 get announced at the Mobile World Congress in March, you may have to wait a little longer. According to a new report published on XperiaBlog, Sony isn’t going to announce… Go To Full Article

What is OS X’s Launchpad and How Does it Work?

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If you’re new to OS X, or even if you’re not and you’re simply used to pinning everything to the Dock, you might have wondered what Launchpad is, what it does, and how to use it. Go To Full Article

Windows 10: the mess begins

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Microsoft appears to have further muddied the waters with its announcements about Windows 10 last week. The new version of Windows, which no one really expects to be available until September this year at the earliest, is supposed to run… Go To Full Article

Moment's camera case gives your iPhone a two-stage shutter key

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If there's one thing (and there is) I miss about carrying around my Lumia 1020, it's that phone's dedicated, two-stage camera button. Designed to mimic "real" camera shutter releases, it's a feature I've missed dearly on my current daily driver,… Go To Full Article

Snapchat delivers news (and ads) with Discover

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It's been a long time in the making, but Snapchat's new Discover feature is ready to go... and so is the app's transformation from a pure messaging service into a full-blown media destination. Once the app update is in place,… Go To Full Article

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