ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-10-20 read/post comments()

The mini PC kit ECS has offered is shipped in a DIY format, and incorporates a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. The footprint of the product allows us to carry it anywhere and it can be even powered by an USB powerbank, if it can deliver at least 2.1 A. read more

Vivi wins MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-17 read/post comments()

It is that time of the year again, when the best overclockers of the world gather in the center of hardware, Taipei City for the yearly clash at MSI's Master Overclocking Arena. MOA 2014 is spread out over two days: on day one aka the Classic Battle, the overclockers work with hardware provided by the present sponsors: MSI, Intel, Kingston, G.Skill, Cooler Master, ViewSonic and SteelSeries. Day two, the No Limits Battle has the goal to break as many World Records with, of course, MSI hardware. read more

CONNECTEDEVICE COOKOO 2 Watch Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2014-10-15 read/post comments()

The newest reincarnation of the COOKOO watch features numerous improvements and now the watches are split in two different categories, the Sporty Chic Collection but also the Urban Explorer Collection. Thanks to the simplified notification system and Bluetooth LE, the internal battery can last up to one full year and it can be replaced by simply removing the back cover with a familiar CR2032 model. read more

COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-10-13 read/post comments()

COUGAR 700M is an interesting futuristic mouse which features the popular ADNS-9800 sensor which allows DPI values up to 8200. Adjustments are available for the palm rest in order to fit with multiple hand shapes and also for allowing both claw and palm grips; value is added via the configuration software which allows full button remapping, adjusting the DPI steps, macros, LED lighting and so on. read more

Elephone G3 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-10-10 read/post comments(0)

Elephone has recently launched the G3, a terminal aimed at older users at a surprisingly low sale price. What are we offered for just $50? A smartphone incorporating one 4.5’’ IPS screen and has at its core a dual-core MTK6572 SoC at 1GHz, while the video acceleration is managed by a Mali-400 MP1 at 500MHz. For added value we also get a screen protector and a transparent silicone case. read more

HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-10-09 read/post comments()

The HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo card features a proven 2-fan cooling system and is overclocked from the factory; the custom PCB ensures stability, better overclocking potential and the card should run fine games up to 2560x1440 with medium to high detail levels. read more
Others/All-in-one PC Giada D2308U Mini-PC Review by stefan @ 2014-10-07
Videocards/VGA Reviews Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 285 WindForce OC Video Card Review by stefan @ 2014-10-06
Others/All-in-one PC iconBIT Toucan Nano 4K Android Mini-PC Review by stefan @ 2014-10-02
Cases & PSU/Cases Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-01
Motherboards/Intel S1150 Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2014-09-29

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

WASD's Code keyboard with Cherry MX clear switches

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
For a while now, we've been getting requests to review a keyboard based on Cherry's MX clear key switches. Good news: the folks at WASD Keyboards have supplied us with an 87-key Code keyboard with clear switches, and it's click-clacking… Go To Full Article

be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800 W @ techPowerUp

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Be quiet! is well known for their low-noise products. Today we will test a member of their fresh Straight Power 10 series. It is nearly inaudible thanks to its SilentWings fan, can deliver up to 800 W of power, and… Go To Full Article

ASUS Echelon Keyboard Review @ Vortez

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The Echelon is a mechanical gaming keyboard which uses Cherry MX black switches. It also comes with LED backlit keys which offer up to four levels of brightness. We’ve reviewed a number of mechanical keyboards recently, can Echelon match their… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA 344.48 WHQL Drivers Available

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles. NVIDIA specifically calls out Civilization: Beyond Earth (launching tomorrow), Lords of the… Go To Full Article

Small Form Factor the new world order @ LanOC Reviews

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Those of you who come around often, will have most likely figured out that I have a thing for small form factor PCs. I have been building small PCs with big video cards for years, even before Mini-ITX became the… Go To Full Article

Avast Antivirus Was Spying On You with Adware (Until This Week)

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
We warned you at the beginning of the year that many of your browser extensions are spying on you, tracking what you are visiting, and even inserting ads into pages. These aren’t just no-name developers either: even Avast, one of… Go To Full Article

Google's 'Inbox' is a smarter take on email, created by the Gmail team

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a… Go To Full Article

GeForce 344.48 driver enables DSR on Kepler, Fermi GPUs

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Nvidia has released the 344.48 driver package for GeForce graphics cards. This driver is WHQL certified, so it's not a beta, and it includes optimizations for a few new games: Lords of the Fallen, Civilization: Beyond Earth, and Elite: Dangerous. Go To Full Article

Fractal Core 3300 ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Modders-Inc

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Sometime you just want a case that fits your needs that has a few extra touches and that it just simply works. Not everyone likes the big and flashy cases and with the trend going back towards the mid tower… Go To Full Article

Gigabyte AIRE M93 ICE Mouse

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
"The Gigabyte AIRE M93 ICE Mouse arrived Technic3D. We will check the Laser (ICE)-Mouse with up to 2.000 dpi and seven Buttons in the following Review on Technic3D." Go To Full Article

G.Skill's Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD boasts 2000MB/s transfer rates

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
There's a new PCIe SSD in town, and it sounds very fast indeed. G.Skill claims its Phoenix Blade 480GB can hit sequential speeds up to 2000MB/s. Random 4KB writes peak at 245,000 IOps, the company says, but there should probably… Go To Full Article

Congress won't pass a law letting the FBI access your encrypted data

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as… Go To Full Article

Samsung's big Galaxy Tab 4 gets the Barnes & Noble treatment

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
We weren't terribly fond of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's first tablet mashup, but it seems at least a few people were. If you happen to fall into that category, congratulations -- that odd couple has something else that might… Go To Full Article

First Win10 Tech Preview update adds Action Center

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The Windows 10 Technical Preview has been out for only three weeks, and already, Microsoft has pushed out an updated build to testers. Known as build 9860, the update weighs anywhere from 2GB to 2.74GB "depending on CPU architecture and… Go To Full Article

iMac with Retina display review

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as "iPad day." Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show.… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake Core V71 Case Review @ TechwareLabs

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Today we are taking a look at one of Thermaltake's top of the line cases, the Core V71. This full-tower beast has a subtle curved mesh exterior, a fully modular internal design, a massive amount of built-in air cooling, and… Go To Full Article

Intel Core i7 "Broadwell-E" HEDT Chips Arrive in 2016

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Intel is beginning to put out the first details of its next high-end desktop (HEDT) processors, internally. Codenamed "Broadwell-E," the company's next Core i7 HEDT chips will be built in the existing LGA2011v3 package, and will be compatible with existing… Go To Full Article

Avegant Glyph personal theater headset gets closer to market

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
When we first saw the Avegant Glyph earlier this year, it was still in its alpha stage. The home theater headset that literally looks like a pair of chunky headphones for your eyes did impress us with its stunning visuals,… Go To Full Article

Hands-on with the Xbox One's TV tuner

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The Xbox One's €29.99/£24.99 TV Tuner is now available, but it's far from just a glorified channel changer for Microsoft's console. As we mentioned, it came out only in Europe because many of us across the pond get our TV… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake Announces New Toughpower and Toughpower Grand PSU Models

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, launches a series of premium 80 PLUS Gold certified as well as high wattage power supply units which are Toughpower Series (1000W/1200W/1500W) and Toughpower Grand Series… Go To Full Article

Microsoft’s elusive first smartwatch looms closer and closer

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
A working prototype of Microsoft’s oft-rumored rookie wearable effort may have recently shown up on film, in an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode, and a mysterious FCC certification lends even more credence to the purported imminence of said smartwatch. Didn’t pay… Go To Full Article

G.Skill Releases Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade Series 480GB PCIe SSD

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory and SSD designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD, the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity storage device. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is the perfect… Go To Full Article

DeepCool GamerStorm GF120 Review @ Vortez

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The DeepCool Gamer Storm GF120 is a 120mm PWM fan with a nine-bladed removable impeller. Despite the impeller being removable, the GF120 is waterproof, dust-proof and proof against oil leakage. The GF120 comes with a speed-reducing adapter and a set… Go To Full Article

Here’s Why Windows 8.1′s Encryption Doesn’t Seem to Scare the FBI

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The FBI isn’t happy about the latest versions of iOS and Android using encryption by default. FBI director James Comey has been blasting both Apple and Google. Microsoft is never mentioned — but Windows 8.1 uses encryption by default, too. Go To Full Article

Smart skates can help prevent figure skating injuries

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
A team of engineers at Brigham Young University are developing smart skates specifically for athletes who spin, jump and do crazy pirouettes on ice. Why? Well, figure skaters land with a force equal to six times their body weight when… Go To Full Article

Apple iPad Air 2 benchmark reveals three-core A8X CPU and 2GB of RAM

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The benchmark suggests Apple is finally ready to move on from dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM. The iPad Air 2, like most previous iPads, runs on an improved version of the processor powering the latest iPhone(s). At the tablet’s… Go To Full Article

Finally, an open-source smart toothbrush with a subscription plan

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
If you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I need a crowdfunded toothbrush that tracks my oral activities," you're in luck. The folks at Goodwell estimate that we'll each go through some 300 toothbrushes over the course of our lifetime. As… Go To Full Article

Outsourcing is a fail

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
While the services market grew in 2013, revenues failed to shine. That’s according to a report from market research company IDC, which said the whole service market grew from 12.3 percent in 2012 to 13.4 percent last… Go To Full Article

Apple Maps now lets small business owners add their own info

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
When Tim Cook apologized for Apple Maps in 2012, he promised to do everything to make the app better. The company's latest push to improve its navigation app involves putting all the small businesses it can on Apple Maps --… Go To Full Article

How to Jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 8.1 and install Cydia

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
First, backup your device and upgrade to iOS 8.1 if you haven’t already. Next, download the latest version of PanGu (I used version 1.0.1). PanGu is Chinese, so don’t expect to be able to read anything unless… Go To Full Article

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