QNAP TS-453A 4-bay QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-02-05 read/post comments()

TS-453A is one of the newest NASes from QNAP and has quite a bit of functions like a complex QTS web interface, dual HDMI for output on HDTVs or 4K displays, HD Station HDMI GUI with more applications than before, Linux Station which allows us to run Ubuntu and control it with keyboard/mouse and without the need of a PC, plenty of media center applications (Plex, KODI and so on), 4x Gigabit LAN interfaces with Port Trunking support, separate hardware interfaces for Karaoke and more. The server is built inside a proven solid chassis which we have seen with other models and has at its heard the Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor which is accompanied by dual-channel 4GB DDR3 memory. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-02-02 read/post comments()

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro was designed to be fanless, quiet, reliable for a 24/7 operation and it is not focused on high performance. The N3050 Intel Celeron processor also features Intels’ 8th Gen HD Graphics which supports Full HD video encoding/decoding so the manufacturer is recommending this machine for Office work, media playback (Full HD content) but we would also like to add that the product handles well browsing too if we do not have a big number of tabs open and we do also have at least 4GB of DDR3L SODIMM memory installed inside the supplied slot. Besides the location where we can install the HDD/SSD, we also have the option to mount an internal USB Flash Drive… read more

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-01-27 read/post comments()

The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is performing as promised by the manufacturer, being able to playback 4K content without any issues at all and at the same time it is able to output at this resolution with a frequency of 60Hz. We do get plenty of possibilities to connect extra storage to it via the included USB 2.0 ports, the SATA Data/Power interface but also via LAN, Wi-Fi or even the SD Card reader. The 3D performance of the product is also quite decent so considering that we do actually have a fully-functional Android 5.1.1 mini-PC on our hands, we can install plenty of other applications on it via Play Store. read more

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2016-01-24 read/post comments()

S.T.R.I.K.E. M is a cool looking mobile keyboard which features smaller than usual keys, meaning that some time is needed to get accustomed with. While the product connects to the devices via Bluetooth technology, we do have one device cycle button for jumping from one device to another in just a couple of seconds, without the need of additional configurations of software. Multimedia keys are fitted on the top left side and quite a bit of functions like ESC and F-keys are accessible while working with the Fn key. For even better flexibility, we can see one OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) button on the top right side, which is accompanied by the mouse left/right buttons; an extra set of mouse… read more

HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB Review

Mobile/Laptops & Netbooks by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-20 read/post comments()

HP notebooks are known to many users as daily or as business products, this as they didn't have any or that many notebooks specifically targeted at the gamer community. From the press release in October we at MadShrimps were intrigued by the direction HP took, so it was worthwhile to test the new gaming notebook and see what it is made off. Best of all HP told us that this new announced product would be very competitive in price too; now I'm an avid gamer too and have never been so found of notebooks being able to replace a high end desktop. Maybe the HP Pavilion Gaming notebook could make me change my mind? read more

BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2016-01-19 read/post comments()

The A68N-5200 board, by incorporating one A6-5200 Kabini-based APU, is bringing to the table even more raw performance when compared to its A4-5000, while the GPU component gets a 100Mhz boost. While the increased 3D performance is minimal versus the A4, other tasks which require CPU performance will get up to 25% performance boost. Despite the fact that this is a cheap and low-powered board, BIOSTAR saw fit to include a fully-fledged UEFI interface which also contains some performance tuning options. Last but not least, we do get with the A68N-5200 one very-welcome PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x4 electrical) which invites us to install a dedicated video card. read more
Audio/Speakers&Amps OVEVO Fantasy Pro Z1 LED Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2016-01-16
Others/Mice & Keyboards G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2016-01-15
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK RE580D AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review by stefan @ 2016-01-12
Storage/NAS Thecus W4000+ Windows Server NAS Review by stefan @ 2016-01-09
Cooling/CPU Cooling Corsair Hydro H5 SF CPU Cooler Preview by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-08

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Apacer Announces the Blade Fire DDR4-3200 32GB Memory

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Apacer is pleased to announce its groundbreaking achievement in DDR history, BLADE FIRE DDR4 with heartbeat LED, perfectly for gaming, overclocking, and M.O.D enthusiasts. It is astonishing to see speed at 3200 MHz with LED pulsing at 44 beats per… Go To Full Article

eBay bug lets hackers embed malicious code into auction pages

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Security firm Check Point Software has discovered an eBay vulnerability that gives attackers a way to use the website to phish unsuspecting users or to infect their devices. So long as attackers use a programming technique known as JS****, they… Go To Full Article

Lian Li announces small form factor PC-M25 chassis

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Lian Li has announced a new small form factor (SFF) mini tower chassis with more than ample storage options and a hot-swap HDD cage, the PC-M25. The hot-swap HDD cage allows users to easily install and remove up to five… Go To Full Article

Sony Unveils the SLW-M Series Consumer SSDs

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Sony is making its international debut in consumer SSDs, with the SLW-M series. The company was selling some of its first SSDs locally in Japan. Built in the 7 mm thick 2.5-inch form-factor, the drives feature SATA 6 Gb/s interface,… Go To Full Article

ASRock Intros the A88M-ITXac Motherboard

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ASRock introduced the A88M-ITXac socket FM2+ motherboard. As its name suggests, the board is built in the mini-ITX form-factor, and is based on AMD A88X chipset, supporting the latest socket FM2+ APUs and CPUs. The board draws power from a… Go To Full Article

Cooltek Rolls Out the Value 80 Plus EU Series Power Supplies

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Cooltek announces the Value 80 Plus EU line of power supplies. With our new Cooltek Value Serie 80 Plus EU (CVSE) we offer a new range of particular stable and highly reliable ATX power supplies with an outstanding price-performance-ratio. The… Go To Full Article

ioSafe Launches BDR 515 Backup and Disaster Recovery Appliance

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ioSafe's disaster-resistant storage devices are unique in the market. Yesterday, they introduced the latest member of their backup and data recovery (BDR) server lineup - the BDR 515. It is a 6-bay x86 NAS running Windows Server 2012 R2. Earlier… Go To Full Article

Facebook's latest feature is a supercut of your friendships

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Today is Facebook's 12th birthday, or as CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes to call it, Friends Day. To celebrate the occasion, the social network is introducing a new personalized video experience that essentially automatically collates together your friends... Go To Full Article

'Hitman' blows his cover next week on PlayStation 4

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The cold, calculated killer known only as Agent 47 returns to do what he does best sooner than we thought. That's assuming you have a PlayStation 4 and have pre-ordered the next game starring the cloned assassin, of course. While… Go To Full Article

NEC Announces MultiSync PA322UHD-2 Ultra HD Monitor

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NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the PA322UHD-2 display, which includes all the features of the existing PA322UHD model and now updates the option slot with support for 4K… Go To Full Article

For some reason, VAIO announces a Windows 10 phone

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Japan is getting more Windows Phones. In October, Windows Japan announced that six companies were tackling Windows 10 for mobile, and following the gorgeous NuAns phone, VAIO has revealed its second ever smartphone. (The funny part is that VAIO's onc... Go To Full Article

Corsair Carbide 400Q Case Review

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Corsair is breaking new ground, for them at least, with the 400Q and 400C in offering a mid tower case that has zero 5.25″ bays. Allowing maximum airflow with the least amount of obstructions. Is the Carbide 400Q a contender… Go To Full Article

Apple ordered to pay $625 million in FaceTime patent lawsuit

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VirnetX has been a thorn in Apple's side (and a good chunk of the tech industry) for the better part of this decade. It first sued Apple in 2010 over the alleged use of virtual private network (VPN) patents in… Go To Full Article

NZXT Manta Case Video Review

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" The NZXT Manta Case stands out as it's uniquely styled and allows a ton of hardware to be installed. It will definitely peek the interest of many who need to build a hardcore system around a mini-ITX motherboard. Included… Go To Full Article

Google pulls Samsung-backed ad blocker from the Play Store

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Samsung may have stirred up more trouble than it was expecting when it started blocking ads in its Android web browser. Google has pulled Adblock Fast, the app partner for Samsung's feature, from the Play Store. Allegedly, the title (made… Go To Full Article

'Alto's Adventure' is coming to Android next week, and it's free

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Alto's Adventure was one of the best games to launch on the iPhone last year -- the beautiful visuals, addictive gameplay, and chill soundtrack made for a uniquely laid-back and satisfying experience. Developer Ryan Cash from Snowman announced this w... Go To Full Article

LG will unveil the G5 on February 21st

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It's no secret that LG has something planned for Mobile World Congress this month (it mentioned an event weeks ago), but the Korean tech giant is now making it clear as to what's up. It's posting teasers confirming a G5… Go To Full Article

Google experiments with e-books designed for your phone

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E-books are just digital recreations of what you can get on paper. Wouldn't it be better if they took advantage of internet-connected mobile devices to tell new stories? Google, at least, wants to give this a shot. It just launched… Go To Full Article

Elon Musk Personally Cancelled Customer's $130K Car Order

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If you plan on buying a new Tesla, it would be a good idea not to piss off Elon Musk or you'll end up banned from owning one. Dear @ElonMusk: Thank you for reaching out to me. I heard from… Go To Full Article

Matrox C900 graphics card drives nine displays from a single slot

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Super-fast gaming graphics cards are all well and good. Sometimes, though, what one really needs is an absurd amount of display area to keep an eye on stock prices, monitor an entire power station, or perhaps even get a good… Go To Full Article

YouTube's first original programming will arrive on February 10th Engadget by Nathan

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A big part of last fall's YouTube Red launch was the promise of original content for those subscribers shelling out $10 every month. We still have no idea if YouTube's first slate of originals will be any good, but at… Go To Full Article

Google's new head of search is an AI research leader

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There's a changing of the guard underway at Google... and it could have big ramifications for how the company tackles its main business. Senior VP of search (and early employee) Amit Singhal is retiring on February 26th, and he's being… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Band 2 gets better battery life with new GPS mode

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Despite its flaws, the Microsoft Band 2 is an improvement from Redmond's first attempt at wearables. With an update, the version 2.0 is getting a fix for one of our biggest gripes with the device: battery life. Thanks to a… Go To Full Article

Google staffer makes his own smart bathroom mirror

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Smart mirrors are everywhere in tech companies' visions of future homes, but they never seem to show up in real homes -- at best, you might find them in fitting rooms. That just wasn't good enough for Google's Max Braun,… Go To Full Article

'Star Wars' VFX Oscar nominees on making 'The Force Awakens'

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If there's one thing you can be certain to find in a Star Wars movie, it's glorious special effects. So after The Force Awakens opened last year, an Academy Award nomination for the film's VFX leads seemed inevitable. Roger Guyett… Go To Full Article

Google's self-driving cars hit the rainy streets of Washington state

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Google is expanding its self-driving car test to the rainy and hilly city of Kirkland, Washington. In fact, citizens of the Seattle suburb have probably already noticed one of the company's Lexus RX450h SUV driving around over the past few… Go To Full Article

Porsche chief is no fan of self-driving cars

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Porsche might be embracing electric cars and hybrids, but it's not about to welcome autonomous driving tech with open arms. Company chief Oliver Blume has utterly rejected the prospect of a self-driving Porsche, arguing that its owners are the sort… Go To Full Article

Pny Cs2211 Ssd

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Running the PHISON PS3110-S10 controller, the PNY CS2211 SSD drive offers the full range of features you’d expect to come in an SSD. The four-year warranty is no joke either, although it’s not hard to stand behind a product boasting… Go To Full Article

Sony's A6300 mirrorless camera shoots 4K in Super 35mm

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In similar fashion to Canon, Sony saved its best for after CES 2016. Today, at an event in New York City, the company revealed the A6300 mirrorless camera, a long-awaited successor to the A6000 from two years ago. As we're… Go To Full Article

Podcasts are showing up in Google Play Music for some users

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Yesterday, HBO's Bill Simmons tipped the arrival of podcasts in Google Play Music this month, and the launch appears to be close at hand. In fact, Android Police reports that podcasts are showing up inside the app for a few… Go To Full Article

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