Shuttle XPC Slim DX30 Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-02-22 read/post comments()

XPC Slim DX30 is one of the latest passively cooled Mini-PCs from Shuttle, which does sport the Intel Celeron J3355 Apollo Lake dual-core SoC. The barebone can be equipped with no less than 8GB of DDR3L SODIMM RAM, a M.2 SSD, one 2.5’’ HDD/SSD while the wireless connectivity is assured by the manufacturer thanks to the preinstalled M.2-2230 WLAN card with Realtek RTL8188EE Controller. The product does feature a lot of interfaces so it can be used at home, in offices but also for industrial applications; in all cases, the overall power consumption is very small thanks to the technological process of the new Intel cores. read more

Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2017-02-19 read/post comments()

Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 is an entry-level 2.1 speaker system from Creative, which is marketed mostly at gamers, but can be also used on a wide range of devices thanks to the analog audio interface. It comes with two 2.75’’ satellites and one 5.25’’ down-firing subwoofer for a RMS total power of 46W. This should be more than enough for small apartments or for users that do not want to spend a fortune on a more advanced system, while providing easy switching with headphones, thanks to the included headphone jack located on the right satellite. read more

Fnatic Gear Duel Modular Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-02-15 read/post comments()

The Fnatic Gear Duel is hands-down the most interesting headset we have tested so far in our labs in terms of modularity. Thanks to the innovative design from AIAIAI, the product can be disassembled to the last bit, in order to obtain a configuration which will better suit our current needs. read more

Razer Gigantus - Black Edition Mouse Pad Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-02-14 read/post comments()

After the initial inspection, we put the mouse pad to work by using a Cougar Revenger mouse and running games such as Mafia III, ELOA, Black Desert Online, Ghost in The Shell but also Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: by designing the Gigantus as a control pad, we did not need a long learning curve in fast-paced titles. At different DPI levels, the Pixart PMW 3360 tracked flawlessly while the large surface of the mat meant that we did not need to lift up the mouse and reposition it during longer gaming sessions. read more

ECS Liva Z Mini-PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-02-10 read/post comments()

The LIVA Z Mini-PC from ECS is shipped in multiple hardware configurations when referring to the processor (with Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SoC (as our sample), the Celeron N3450 SoC or the Pentium N4200 SoC) but also regarding the onboard eMMC, which can be 32GB or 64GB. You get the opportunity of installing extra storage via a M.2 SSD, benefit from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity thanks to the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3165 adapter, while keeping the power consumption at very low levels for 24/7 operation. read more

Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-02-08 read/post comments()

Since the most recent Cooler Master product series is all about customization (as we have also seen with the MasterKeys Pro L or the MasterNotepal Maker), the MasterMouse Pro L allows the user to switch the top covers in order to match their grip preference, while the side panels can be switched on-the-fly since they are kept fixed with magnetic force. The proven Avago PMW3360 optical sensor allows DPI setup up to 12000 DPI in increments of 100, while the RGB lighting adds another layer of customization. read more
Storage/SSD Silicon Power S57 240GB TLC SSD Review by stefan @ 2017-02-05
Videocards/VGA Reviews KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2017-02-03
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2017-01-30
Audio/Others Razer ManO'War 7.1 Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2017-01-27
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cougar ATTACK X3 RGB Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-01-23

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Enjoy Incredible Performance of AMD RYZEN with BIOSTAR X370GT5 Motherboard

@ 2017/02/24 read/post comments(0)
February 24th, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is thrilled to welcome its latest entry in the 2nd-Generation family of RACING Series motherboard with the RACING X370GT5 motherboard. Featuring support for the latest AMD RYZEN processors, users can enjoy the best…

Samsung's Galaxy S8+ reportedly has a 6.2-inch display

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Phone leaker extraordinaire Evan "Evleaks" Blass is back with another doozy. The VentureBeat reporter has published a mostly full spec sheet for Samsung's Galaxy S8+, an all but inevitable upgrade to last year's Galaxy S7 Edge. We're in rumor territo... Go To Full Article

How to get banned from Disney's Club Penguin in under 30 seconds

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How do you get banned from Disney's tween-focused Club Penguin social network in under 30 seconds? Hacking. Tool-assisted speedruns have been around since the late '90s, showing off inhuman feats in games like Doom and Super Mario Bros. 3. Folks… Go To Full Article

Stealth action game 'Serial Cleaner' starts after the murder

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Many stealth action games have you creating bodies: you're a hitman, a thief or someone who otherwise needs to eliminate enemies in a hurry. But what if you were the person disposing of the bodies? That's the premise behind Serial… Go To Full Article

Tesla's mass-market Model 3 enters volume production in September

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Volume deliveries set for 2H 2018 On Wednesday, Tesla said that its upcoming mass-market Model 3 sedan is now expected to start limited volume production in June and will reach volume production by September. The $35,000 vehicle… Go To Full Article

Oppo R9S Plus Hands On: A Great Camera With A Decent Phone

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Oppo launched the R9S recently here in Singapore, to strong responses from users and reviewers alike. VR-Zone praised it for its camera quality in particular. Now, Oppo is launching the R9S Plus, in a tactic similar to what Apple did… Go To Full Article

Firefox adds the ability to snooze tabs on Test Pilot

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It probably happens quite often: you come across an interesting piece, but you're too busy to actually read it. While you can always bookmark a web page, Firefox's latest Test Pilot experiment can help make sure you'll see it again… Go To Full Article

Failed 'Super Retro Squad' Kickstarter returns as 'Glitch Strikers'

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When Jay Pavlina created Super Mario Bros. Crossover in 2010, he had a viral hit on his hand. The popular fan game tweaked Nintendo's classic platformer to allow characters from other retro games to take Mario's place. Two years later,… Go To Full Article

Windows 10's Mail and Calendar app finally gets a Focused Inbox

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Taking a cue from Outlook on iOS and Android, the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar app is getting a few new features that might actually make desktop email manageable again. The latest version now includes an intelligent Focused Inbox, plus… Go To Full Article

Watson can diagnose heart disease by looking at medical images

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
IBM's Watson technology has helped doctors before, but usually by poring through databases before offering its advice. Now, it's ready to look at the patients themselves -- or rather, their body scans. It's following up on past promises by launching... Go To Full Article

Sony's 'world's fastest' SD card writes data at 299 MB/s

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Sony's upcoming SF-G series of SD cards will be available this spring, the company announced today. When that time comes, Sony said they "will be the world's fastest SD cards." Boasting a maximum write speed of 299 MB/s, that claim… Go To Full Article

YouTube and PewDiePie aren't breaking up any time soon

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
It's been a week since YouTube sensation Felix Kjellberg (better known as PewDiePie) had to face the music for the anti-Semitic jokes he made in several of his videos. In the fallout, PewDiePie lost his deal with Disney's Maker Studios,… Go To Full Article

New York City expands program linking students to tech jobs

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If you ask New York City, the Tech Talent Pipeline is a shining star in its technology education efforts. The program helps students find internships and training that get them cushier tech jobs when they graduate, and it appears to… Go To Full Article

Google's ride-sharing platform is expanding beyond the Bay Area

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
After successful tests of its casual carpool service in the Bay Area and Tel Aviv, Alphabet's combination navigation app and ride-sharing platform Waze is ready to expand beyond its first two test markets. According to a new report from the… Go To Full Article

'Mass Effect' gets raunchy in its new Cards Against Humanity pack

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
If your favorite part about Mass Effect is making jokes about the game's wide-array of sexual paring options, you can skip Andromeda -- Cards Against Humanity has announced a limited run Mass Effect expansion. Well, expansion is a bit of… Go To Full Article

'Overwatch' streamer destroys his in-game imposter

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Brian St. James is called Kephrii in the competitive Overwatch scene, and he's known as the highest ranked Widowmaker player in the world. He recently ran into a hacker impersonating his gamer tag and using cheats, but instead of getting… Go To Full Article

AMD returns to high-end gaming CPUs with Ryzen 7

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
AMD has largely ceded the performance processor space to Intel in recent years. You typically get one of its chips inside a budget PC, not an all-out gaming rig. At last, though, you might have reason to get excited: AMD… Go To Full Article

The next 'Futurama' mobile game has the show's creators aboard

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Futurama continues to be the animated franchise that just won't die. Fox and developer TinyCo (a divison of Jam City) announced today that they're working on another mobile game from the series -- Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow -- which will… Go To Full Article

NASA: We found 7 Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away

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During a news conference in Washington DC Wednesday, NASA revealed that, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, they've found seven new Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away from us. What's more, three of those exist within the… Go To Full Article

Ryzen CPUs and AM4 motherboards are ready for preorder

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Greetings, gerbils. The magnitude of Ryzen's hype train Shinkansen means that we don't have to explain too much about what's going on. It's quite simple: Ryzen stuff is up for preorder. For those willing to dare, here are the CPUs… Go To Full Article

Kobo is the next to offer an e-book subscription service

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All-you-can-read e-book subscriptions are nothing new (just ask Amazon), but Kobo is just now joining the fray. It's launching Kobo Plus, a service that offers unlimited reading of eligible books (currently 40,000 titles) for a flat monthly fee. Wh...… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 reportedly arriving in May this year with 6GB of RAM

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
A new rumor out of China claims Xiaomi is going to release the successor to its popular Mi Max phablet in the month of May this year. The original Mi Max too was launched in the month of May last… Go To Full Article

YouView's big UI update starts hitting retail set-top boxes

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
YouView announced a fairly comprehensive update to its set-top box UI last November, but it was actually TalkTalk customers that got almost immediate access to the new look. Today, it's the turn of contract-free retail YouView boxes, starting with th... Go To Full Article

Twitter tests custom profiles for customer service DMs

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Twitter has truly fully embraced its role as a customer service platform for businesses around the globe. One of the features it's testing in private beta, for instance, is designed to give companies a way to make direct messages a… Go To Full Article

Robotic studio takes fashion photos without a camera crew

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Fashion photography is a time-consuming process, to put it mildly. The constant adjustments to angles and lighting can take ages, and that's not including formatting your photos for different media outlets. StyleShoots might just have the problem lic... Go To Full Article

Apple buys and shuts down Asian social network iCloud

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
In a bid to direct every conceivable iCloud domain towards one website, Apple has bought the rights to iCloud.net from a small Chinese social network.It was one of the few iCloud related sites not owned by Apple, and AppleInsider reports… Go To Full Article

iPhone 8 selfie camera might have ‘3D Sensing’ capability

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made some new predictions regarding Apple’s flagship iPhone 8 mode. According to the analyst, the iPhone 8 FaceTime camera will integrate 3D-sensing capabilities, making it a “revolutionary” upgrade over the current iPhone models. The… Go To Full Article

Microsoft creates a low-data version of Skype for India

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Skype's place as the original gangster of internet messengers means that it's never had to watch its weight, until now. Microsoft has put the app on a diet to announce Skype Lite, a slimmed-down messenger designed for countries like India.… Go To Full Article

Patriot Viper V360 Headset

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
"The Patriot Viper V360 Gaming-Headset arrived Technic3D. "The Patriot V360 7.1 virtual surround sound gaming headset is designed to provide an enhanced PC gaming experience?" We will check this and many more in the following Review." Go To Full Article

Apple's spaceship campus will open in April as 'Apple Park'

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Forget 'Campus Two," "Spaceship" or "Doughnutsville," because Apple's new headquarters has been officially named Apple Park. The company has announced that the multi-billion dollar building will begin operations in April, with 12,000 employees moving... Go To Full Article

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