Creative iRoar Go Bluetooth Portable Speaker Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2016-11-28 read/post comments()

The iRoar Go Bluetooth Speaker is another impressive release from Creative which was built upon the already successful design of its older brothers, but features a smaller footprint, while keeping the active drivers at the same diameter. We can play back music on it via Bluetooth, have it connected to our PC for listening to music and conferencing thanks to the integrated microphone, connect an external sound source via Aux In, use an USB Flash Drive with audio in order to play it back easily but it is also supplied with a microSD card slot as another resource from where we can listen to music. Additionally, we can use the internal battery to charge our mobile devices on USB (up… read more

Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2016-11-26 read/post comments()

The 32GB version of the Professional 1000x microSDHC card from Lexar is able to deliver performance as advertised and it can be used with both mainstream and high-end devices as camcorders, action cameras, tablets, smartphones, laptops, drones, PCs and many more. The UHS-II standard is using a different pin-layout, but for backwards compatibility we can see the classic gold-plated contacts in order to operate with UHS-I-compatible devices or even non-UHS-I devices, in the case it will operate at Class 10 speeds. read more

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2016-11-24 read/post comments()

DeathAdder Elite is one of the latest Razer mice which was built upon an already successful model and adds a few upgrades like two extra programmable buttons, a revised PTFE bottom layer size/placement but also an upgraded 5G sensor which can track up to 16000 DPI. The mouse is accompanied by the unified Synapse software which can load or save previously saved profiles from the cloud and also helps working with the Chroma LED lighting. read more

Lexar Professional 1800x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2016-11-21 read/post comments()

The Professional 1800x microSDHC card from Lexar is able to provide very good read/write performances in order to be used with high-end devices as camcorders, sport camcorders, tablets, smartphones, drones, PCs and more. Thanks to the new UHS-II standard, we can record high-quality multimedia content in 3D, 4K or 1080p Full-HD while for easy switching between devices, the product is also compatible with UHS-I. read more

SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2016-11-17 read/post comments()

After connecting the Siberia 840 to our PC via USB, we started testing it by watching quite a few YouTube videos, some TV Shows, and of course, we did play some games: Carmageddon Max Damage, Devilian, Paladins, Mafia III and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. As the older version, the headset comes with a well-balanced output, which means that the bass is not over-the-top as we may expect from a headset exclusive for gaming; this "feature" does transform the Siberia 840 into an ideal companion for watching movies as well as listening to music. read more

XFX Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2016-11-14 read/post comments()

The Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition card from XFX comes with a decent overclock from the factory and thanks to this fact, it traded punches quite a lot of times with the R9 290/R9 390 cards from HIS (which did also feature a mild overclock). This practically means that we are dealing with a solid performer at Full HD resolutions, while for 1440P we would need to lower some of the game details in order to get over 60FPS; in AMD-optimized games though, we could have some surprises, meaning that the RX 470 would perform well even when we do have all game details cranked at max. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Surface Studio

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Arguably the most interesting computer released this year wasn't an ultra-thin laptop or even a tablet hybrid -- it was a desktop computer. The Surface Studio is hardly the first all-in-one desktop, but it's the first from Microsoft, and the… Go To Full Article

Gigabyte's XH300 headset hits all the right notes

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Gigabyte announced the fancy-looking XH300 headset at CES earlier this year, and it seems it's headed for an imminent release. The headset is displayed prominently in the company's social media pages, making an appearance on Gigabyte's Facebook and Twitter feeds. Go To Full Article

'Gears of War 4' gets cross-platform multiplayer this weekend

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Since the dawn of time, comment sections have had vicious debates on which gamers own the superior platform. This weekend, Microsoft are giving them the opportunity to put their K/D where their mouths are. Between December 2nd and December 5th,… Go To Full Article

MSI Gaming Core Frozr L CPU cooler goes on sale

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MSI’s new Core Frozr L CPU cooler featuring award-winning MSI TORX Fan design is now on sale worldwide through the company’s retailer network. Designed to provide best-in-class thermal performance, the Core Frozr L comes with the MSI patented TORX Fan… Go To Full Article

Genius HS-930BT Headset

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" ... Whether it's just for listening to music on the go, or wanting to hear everything on that important phone call, this headset has what your looking for. The controls on the headset itself makes it easy to manage… Go To Full Article

Don't get the vinyl 'Gremlins' soundtrack re-issue wet

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Mondo is a music and memorabilia store that's making a name for itself with sumptuous vinyl soundtrack re-issues of classic film and game scores. The company may have outdone itself this time with the re-release of Jerry Goldsmith's score to… Go To Full Article

Chevy beats Tesla to a sub $30,000 long-range EV

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Oregon and California residents can now price very own electric car with an EPA range of 238 miles for under $30,000. Chevy's pricing configurator for its Bolt EV is now online, and as expected, the base LT model with a… Go To Full Article

Two Nokia D1C variants rumored

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The folks over at NokiaPowerUser have come up with a new report detailing the Nokia D1C smartphone, expected to be one of the first new devices to be announced by HMD Global at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona… Go To Full Article

Plex's new Kodi plugin lets you enjoy the best of both worlds

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If you've dabbled with building your own media center, it's likely that you will have encountered Plex or Kodi. Both started life as offshoots of the famed XBMC software, but over time their propositions have diverged, with Plex embracing subscriptio... Go To Full Article

Smartphone vendors ally against Apple

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Enemy of my enema Chinese smartphone vendors are so worried that Apple is strong arming AMOLED suppliers to suck supply that they have formed their own consortium to fight it. According to Digitimes, Huawei,… Go To Full Article

Reddit CEO apologizes for editing users' comments

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has publicly apologized for editing comments cursing him out. If you'll recall the CEO edited posts that contained "**** Spez" and replaced his Reddit username with those of The_Donald's (a pro-Trump subreddit) moderators. Al... Go To Full Article

Seagate Revives Maxtor Brand for External Storage

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Seagate has quietly started to sell Maxtor-branded external storage devices in various countries. At present, the company offers the Maxtor M3 and the Maxtor D3 Station DAS devices, which it also sells under the Samsung name (yes, you read that… Go To Full Article

Asus AiProtection brings commercial-grade intrusion prevention to home networks

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Asus has announced that its AiProtection network security software, an integral feature of its select routers, has been able to neutralize almost five million internet-based threats and nearly 150 million blocked attempts to visit websites with hidden security threats during… Go To Full Article

Seagate and Amazon team up on cloud/hard-drive combo

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Hard drive backs up to the cloud Harddrive maker Seagate has teamed up withy Amazon to create a $99 1TB external hard drive that automatically backs up everything stored on it to the cloud. Go To Full Article

Microsoft shareholders give Nadella a Chinese burn

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Microsoft shareholders are getting rather rattled that Vole does not appear to be paying enough attention to its mobile phones. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was grilled by shareholders over the matter of Windows phones. … Go To Full Article

Inno3D slaps hybrid cooler on Geforce GTX 1060

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Liquid and air cooling Inno3D has unveiled its newest Geforce GTX 1060 iChill Black graphics card with a hybrid cooler on top of Nvidia's GP106 Pascal GPU. The Inno3D GTX 1060 iChill Black uses… Go To Full Article

PC shipments pulling out of the tarpit

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Latest IDC report While PC shipments are set to decline in 2016,beancounters at IDC think that the drop will be better than expected and there will be an improvement in 2017. IDC expects PC… Go To Full Article

More Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K benchmarks show up

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Decent overclocker but gets hot Although Intel's 7th generation Core Kaby Lake desktop CPUs won't officially launch until January next year, during last few days we have seen plenty of leaks, including detailed performance benchmarks as well… Go To Full Article

HTC's overall device sales to plateau in 2017

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Vive headset experiences shortage of key components HTC’s overall device sales next year are expected to hit a plateau as the company experiences a slowdown in smartphone shipments while facing difficulties in increasing shipments of its Vive… Go To Full Article

Moscow scientists use Google Glass in brain disease research

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Tracking muscle movements using head-mounted display In Moscow, scientists are currently using Google Glass to research early-stage brain diseases based on how patients react in augmented reality situations. Using Google’s pair of smart… Go To Full Article

B&O brings noise cancellation to its wireless over-ear headphones

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Bang & Olufsen debuted its wireless over-ear headphones over two years ago and despite offering active noise cancellation (ANC) for its on-ear model, the Beoplay H7 lacked that important feature. Just in time for Christmas, the company is back wi... Go To Full Article

The EU plans to cut 30 percent of its energy usage by 2030

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Even if the forthcoming Trump administration doesn't take climate change seriously, the European Union plans to slash its energy usage by nearly a third by the year 2030. By the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU already planned… Go To Full Article

Fitbit is reportedly buying Pebble

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Pebble might only live on in our memories and Fitbit's devices in the future. According to The Information, Fitbit is buying smartwatch maker Pebble for an undisclosed amount. An anonymous source indicates to Engadget that Fitbit is buying the indie... Go To Full Article

BarrelCool Rifle Chamber Fan Review

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Heat does many things to metal, and none of them are good when it comes to gun barrels. Throat erosion will ultimately cause degradation of accuracy after thousand(s) of rounds are fired, but depending on how fast they're fired heat… Go To Full Article

Lenovo’s Yoga Book: An Artist’s Dream?

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Everyone knows Lenovo is famous for its 2-in-1 convertibles. The Lenovo Yoga Book is no exception. This tablet PC that acts as a multimedia powerhouse and at the same time, quite literally a notebook, is a remarkable device for its… Go To Full Article

America's fourth-largest cable co. will offer 10Gbps fiber

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Altice USA may not be the most recognized ISP name out there, but the country's fourth-largest provider is about to get a big upgrade over the next five years or so. According to the company's roadmap, Altice plans to bring… Go To Full Article

Apple's renewed fight against AIDS includes new iPhone cases

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Apple has made a tradition of marking World AIDS Day with a campaign to donate to the Product (RED) charity, and it's going the extra mile for its 10th year of support. On top of the company's existing (RED) gear… Go To Full Article

'Halo 5' is getting an eSports reality TV show

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Microsoft really wants to make a big deal out of competitive Halo 5 gaming, and it's taking an unusual route to get there. The company's 343 Industries and Electronic Sports League have reached a deal with Pilgrim Media Group to… Go To Full Article

NES Classic wireless receiver solves the short cord problem

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We love almost everything about Nintendo's adorable NES Classic Edition, but there's still one major downside. There's no way around it: Those short controller cables are a major buzzkill. Unsurprisingly, third-party companies are stepping up to solv... Go To Full Article

Senate fails to stop FBI's expanded hacking authority

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So much for that bipartisan Senate bid to prevent the FBI from gaining expanded hacking powers. Senators Ron Wyden, Chris Coons and Steve Daines have failed to block changes to the US' criminal procedure rules (specifically, Rule 41) that would… Go To Full Article

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