Blackview Breeze Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-04-16 read/post comments()

This model was mainly built for people with lower budgets, which do not have enough cash to invest in higher-specced models and Blackview has picked one of the mainstream SoCs (MT6582) of 2013 to equip it, which now also has sources for building Android 5.0 distributions. read more

QNAP TVS-863+ AMD Turbo vNAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-04-10 read/post comments()

With the latest TVS-863+ 10GbE-ready Turbo vNAS, QNAP is proposing a centralized solution featuring the latest technologies and integrating new AMD-based hardware with the quad-core embedded SoC which is clocked at 2.4GHz, which is also powered by AMD Radeon Graphics. The system is housed inside a proven mini-tower NAS metallic case, with a LCD screen and buttons in order to perform some actions right from the frontal area. read more

Blackview Omega Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-04-03 read/post comments(0)

Omega is one of the latest smartphones of Blackview, featuring the established MT6592 SoC at 1.7GHz from Mediatek and is paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage. The selfie camera is 5MP, while the shooter from the back is powered by the Sony IMX135 13MP sensor and it does have a battery of 2100mAh. read more

HIS Multi-View X2 USB Docking Station Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2015-03-31 read/post comments(0)

The Multi-View X2 USB Docking Station from HIS is a real help when we are frequently on the road or even at offices if using compact laptops/ultrabooks with a low number of ports. With laptops and Windows tablets, we are able to have up to four displays on at the same time (the internal display, the second display via the tablet/laptop HDMI output, third and fourth display thanks to the dock), but also plenty of USB ports for data transfer, quick charging or connecting various peripherals. In case we lack a LAN port, the dock also provides it for us, along with an additional headphone and microphone jack. read more

Silicon Power Stream S06 4TB USB 3.0 HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2015-03-28 read/post comments()

The Stream S06 4TB variant from Silicon Power is incorporating drives from Seagate, and to be more exact the ST4000DM000 model, which is built to support the 6Gb/s SATA interface, with a spindle speed of 5900RPM. The drive is featuring four platters, 1TB each and comes with a power consumption of 7.5W in normal operation, IDLE of 5W, while the sleep mode would only require 0.75W. read more

Toshiba MG04ACA400A 4TB Enterprise HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2015-03-21 read/post comments()

The new MG04ACA series from Toshiba is composed from drives which are meant for enterprise, mission-critical applications, while sporting higher transfer rates and capacities. The tested sample comes with 128MB of cache and comes in two versions, depending on the applications it is needed for: with 512 sector emulation or strictly with 4K sector. Make sure to choose wisely which drive is for you and your setups in order to bypass any incompatibilities which may arise. read more
Storage/NAS ASUSTOR AS5104T 4-bay NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-03-17
Mobile/Smart Phones KingSing T8 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-03-10
Audio/Others Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2015-03-09
Storage/NAS Thecus N4310 Soho/Home Linux NAS Server Review by stefan @ 2015-03-06
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cooler Master Novatouch TKL Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2015-03-02

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

The X-47B's first aerial refueling test will also be its last

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The Navy's X-47B combat UAV demonstrator successfully paired with an an Omega Air KC-707 airtanker earlier this week. This marks the first time in aviation history for a UAV to demonstrate aerial refueling capabilities. Unfortunately, these tests als... … Go To Full Article

More Pictures Of 2015 MacBook’s Apple-Built SSD Controller

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The ever-excellent crew over at iFixit completed their initial teardown of the Early 2015 MacBook yesterday, creating some very nice shots of the Mac’s little logic board in the process. However not stopping there the crew also detached the SSD… Go To Full Article

Europe's combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy

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After nearly a decade of design and development, the first full-size nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator is ready for operational tests. Six European nations have coordinated on the UCAV's development. Defense contractor Dassault i... Go To Full Article

Tidal offers easy playlist transfers to lure new users

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It's no secret that Tidal has an uphill climb ahead of it before catching up with the likes of Spotify. That's not stopping Jay Z & Co. from doing their best to get you to switch, with the promise of… Go To Full Article

AMD Exits Dense Microserver Business, Ends SeaMicro Brand

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AMD’s Q1’15 earnings announcement just came out a bit ago, and while we’re still waiting for the analyst call to take place to get more details, there is one item we want to get to right away, and that’s the… Go To Full Article

GoPro's CEO Is Highest Paid Executive In America

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The CEO of GoPro is now the highest paid executive in the United States. The 39-year-old was granted 4.5 million restricted stock units that were valued at $284.5 million at the end of 2014, which would give him the No.… Go To Full Article

A motorless flat antenna could solve horrible in-flight WiFi

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The only thing worse than no WiFi on a plane is horrible WiFi on a plane. You cautiously throw down a few bucks hoping you'll be able to surf the internet without seeing a "page not available" message in your… Go To Full Article

KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 EXOC 4 GB Review

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We are looking at a new GeForce GTX 970 card from KFA2. It's the KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 EXOC 4 GB. It uses a custom designed cooler with lower temperature, but let us see how it performs and… Go To Full Article

Google's Android search pulls content from apps you haven't installed

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Thanks to Google search on your Android phone, you can not only bring up search results from the web, but also content from apps that are installed on your phone. Soon, however, that capability will be extended to apps you… Go To Full Article

WikiLeaks lets you search Sony's hacked emails

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When a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony Pictures in late 2014, thousands of private emails and information about top executives, actors and Hollywood hotshots hit the 'net. The messages revealed pay discrepancies between male a... Go To Full Article

Light-sensitive clothing takes us back to the 'hypercolor' era

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1991 was a turbulent year -- the internet first arrived to the public, Arnold bid us "Hasta la Vista, baby" and the hypercolor fad swept the nation. Yes, those were the garments that changed hue from body heat, thanks to… Go To Full Article

Google brings Handwriting Input to Android

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Google has released a new keyboard for Android devices that's not really a keyboard at all. The Handwriting Input app instead translates the scrawl from a finger or stylus into text—or emoji. Go To Full Article

Wearable cameras set to show strong growth

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Tractica said that wearable cameras – although in their infancy – are set to show rapid growth over the next five years, with 30.6 million units shipping by 2020. Last year, only 5.6 million units shipped.… Go To Full Article

Yahoo is still relying on Microsoft's Bing, but now has more flexibility

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Yahoo isn't dumping Microsoft's Bing just yet. The two companies formed a search partnership back in 2009 that made Microsoft's search engine and ad platform an integral part of Yahoo's search, and today they announced the renewal of that partnership...… Go To Full Article

Phanteks PH-TC12LS Low Profile Heatsink Review

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"In this review Frostytech is testing the Phanteks PH-TC12LS heatsink, a top-down low profile heatsink that stands 74mm tall and weighs in at 500grams. Like the Phanteks PH-TC14S heatsink Frostytech tested here , the Phanteks PH-TC12LS relies heavily on aesthetics.… Go To Full Article

Razer Launches The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard

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Razer’s latest mechanical keyboard is a new Tournament edition of their BlackWidow keyboard (see our review of the pre-chroma version here). The BlackWidow is a fully mechanical keyboard with Razer’s Chroma backlighting, which offers fully configurable coloring using Razer’s Synapse… Go To Full Article

291.2 million smartphones shipped in first quarter

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Although close to 300 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2015, that’s a drop of 9.2 percent compared to the previous quarter. And the decline is due to lack of demand in mainland China. That’s… Go To Full Article

Sherpas climb the cloudy heights

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A report said that while 70 percent of enterprises think enterprise cloud software is crucial to their success, only half of the executives surveyed had a formal cloud strategy. Cloud Sherpas’ enterprise cloud report said that organisations… Go To Full Article

Leak details Skylake-S processors, chipset with PCIe Gen3

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Intel's next-gen Skylake processor is rumored to be just a few months away. We still don't have official confirmation of the new platform's release date or specs, but leaked slides posted at Expreview paint a plausible picture of what to… Go To Full Article

You can now use a phone to securely log in to Steam

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Steam's mobile apps desperately need a redesign, but they're competent enough if you just want to buy a few games and see what your friends are up to. To keep your account secure, Valve already offers two-factor authentication on desktop… Go To Full Article

ViewSonic Introduces New Line of Ultra HD Monitors

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ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces its new line of Ultra HD monitors. The VP2780-4K is ViewSonic's flagship Ultra HD monitor designed with a professional grade panel and connectivity; the VG2860mhl-4K is designed for commercial… Go To Full Article

Cyanogen will bundle Microsoft apps

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Rumors of a Microsoft and Cyanogen partnership have been making the rounds recently, and the Android mod maker is confirming them today. In an email to The Verge, Cyanogen says it's partnering with Microsoft to integrate the software giant’s consumer… Go To Full Article

The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Review

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Back in November, Dell took the lid off of their Venue 11 Pro 7000 refresh which is their first tablet offering to have Core M powering it. Dell is aiming this tablet squarely at the enterprise segment, but with prices… Go To Full Article

New durability tests prove standard Samsung Galaxy S6 is tougher than iPhones

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Ironically, these stem from the same extended warranty-specialized company that gave birth to Galaxy S6 Edge “Bendgate” concerns. Want a final answer to all your Samsung Galaxy S6 endurance questions? Various torture tests shall materialize over the next few weeks,… Go To Full Article

The DEA's using powerful spyware for surveillance too

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The war on drugs has a surprising soldier amongst its ranks: Italian spying software. As Motherboard's sources tell it, the Drug Enforcement Administration's dropped $2.4 million on surveillance tools that are capable of intercepting phone calls, tex... Go To Full Article

LG’s Windows Phone comeback draws near, but Verizon could get dibs

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Sorry, high-end WP enthusiasts, this is certainly no G4 or even G3 for Windows… and apparently runs an OS iteration soon to become obsolete. Last LG dabbled in tiled mobile gear, Samsung’s Galaxy S family was barely getting started and… Go To Full Article

Can a head-worn fitness device work? Recon seems to think so

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Long before Google had ever uttered the word glass, Recon Instruments was rising to prominence with a head-worn display designed for snow sports. You'd be forgiven for not knowing the name, since the technology was buried inside expensive sets of… Go To Full Article

You can now listen to the 'Game of Thrones' audiobooks on Scribd

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At this point, it's almost illegal if you don't describe Scribd as the Netflix of reading, which has just signed a new audiobook deal with Penguin Random House. The agreement gives the service access to 9,000 of the super publisher's… Go To Full Article

Rapoo Announces VPRO V800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Rapoo, one of the world's leading manufacturers of peripherals in the wireless segment and the first manufacturer of products featuring 5 GHz wireless technology, holds an impressive 42% market share in China. Today, it proudly launches its new V800 Backlit… Go To Full Article

Most emails replied to within a day

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Boffins from Yahoo Labs in California and Spain have discovered that most emails are read within minutes of them being sent. The researchers looked at more than two million users who exchanged 16 billion emails over the… Go To Full Article

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