Silicon Power Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-02-20 read/post comments(0)

The Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD from Silicon Power does sport a premium look thanks to the aluminum construction but is also easy to carry along. It comes with military-grade shockproof protection, but also rubber covers/gaskets in order to prevent water and dust penetration. For signaling data transfer activity, the product is provided with a white LED and its modular design along with the easy disassembly procedure does allow the user to replace the mSATA SSD with any other model/capacity. read more

Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2018-02-17 read/post comments(0)

The AORUS Ultra Gaming Z370 motherboard from Gigabyte does support the latest technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen2, USB DAC-UP 2, the newer Realtek ALC1220 CODEC, shielded slots, plenty of LED headers for extra programmable RGB lighting, a swappable overlay for Accent LED and more! The UEFI interface is really easy to use and we were quite impressed by the overclocking capabilities of this particular model. The board is also accompanied by a ton of extra software, so we can perform most of the system tuning settings without even entering the BIOS. read more

Xiaomi Mi 5X 32GB Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2018-02-06 read/post comments(0)

The Xiaomi Mi 5X has impressed us quite a bit in terms of build quality, performance, camera quality, GPS locking speed, accuracy and also sports a decent battery life. This model is a 5.5’’ phablet with a Full HD resolution screen and runs the latest MIUI 9.2 version; the same hardware is also sold with a different name “Mi A1” under the Android One software, if you do prefer a clean, non-skinned Android experience. GearBest lends a helping hand in order to avoid Customs hassles for European customers, so they have this model as ready to ship from their EU warehouse. read more

Toshiba TransMemory U364 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-02-01 read/post comments()

The TransMemory U364 USB Flash Drive from Toshiba was thought as very compact storage device on the v3.0 bus and is compatible with most operating systems. It weighs just about 3 grams and is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB formats. These drives are covered by a five year warranty from the date of purchase. read more

Be Quiet Shadow Rock TF2 Air Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2018-01-29 read/post comments(0)

Be Quiet introduced at Computex 2017 their latest addition in air coolers, the Shadow Rock TF2. The Top Flow 2 is an optimized version of the original Shadow Rock TF, dating back from 2012; a TDP of 160W is achieved by redesigning the cooling fins now being directly linked to the base plate. Adding an extra copper heat pipe allow the new TF2 to be superior in heat dissipation than its predecessor. The new Shadow Rock TF2 is also more compatible with a wider range of enclosures due being 14mm lower in height; let us have a closer look at the latest Be Quiet addition! read more

CORSAIR ML PRO Series RGB Case Fans Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by stefan @ 2018-01-28 read/post comments(0)

The new ML PRO RGB series of fans from CORSAIR are combining performance with silence, while creating a nice LED light show inside your case via the unified Link software. If you are purchasing one of the fan packs, you will also receive the RGB lighting hub which supports up to six fans, along with the Lighting Node PRO module; the connectivity cables are also supplied, so you only have to connect the items as instructed inside the manual and enjoy the finished setup. read more
Videocards/VGA Reviews EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW ULTRA SILENT GAMING Video Card Review by stefan @ 2018-01-27
Storage/Other Silicon Power Mobile C50 Triple-Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2018-01-23
Audio/Speakers&Amps Creative Omni Portable Multi-Room Wi-Fi/BT Voice-enabled Speaker Review by stefan @ 2018-01-17
Motherboards/Intel S1151 ECS Z370-LIGHTSABER LGA1151 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2018-01-13
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR K70 LUX RGB with PBT Double-shot Keycaps Review by stefan @ 2018-01-08

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[M] Silicon Power Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD Review

@ 2018/02/20 read/post comments(0)
The Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD from Silicon Power does sport a premium look thanks to the aluminum construction but is also easy to carry along. It comes with military-grade shockproof protection, but also rubber covers/gaskets in order to… Go To Full Article

Netflix deal provides a much-needed boost in the Middle East

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Despite what it seems, Netflix isn't a dominant force everywhere on the planet. In fact, it's struggling in the Middle East and northern Africa -- Netflix and Amazon combined represent 21 percent of the local subscription video space. The company… Go To Full Article

Mattel's 'Jurassic World' dino-bots are surprisingly realistic

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Mattel's last Kamigami STEM robot was an adorable DIY lady bug. Now, the toy company is aiming for something bigger with its new Jurassic World bots. You'll still have to put them together first, but what you end up with… Go To Full Article

Device provides years of power through temperature swings

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Eventually, you might not need a battery or a conspicuous external power source to keep a device running for years on end. A team at MIT has created a device that produces energy by exploiting the temperature swings that occur… Go To Full Article

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

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Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in… Go To Full Article

Website follows journey of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster through space

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Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster may have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but you can still follow its path through the Solar System. Satellite guru Ben Pearson's unofficial website is tracking the EV based on NASA data and his… Go To Full Article

PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane

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PowerUp first previewed its smartphone-controlled paper airplane back in 2014, but now it's finally available to everyone. The startup has announced that a retail version of its Dart aircraft will ship in February, and is running a pre-order campaign...… Go To Full Article

Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

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Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify the ide... Go To Full Article

Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show premieres this weekend

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As promised, Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show is premiering on February 18th -- and you now have a better idea of what to expect going in. The streaming service has posted a preview of The Joel McHale Show with Joel… Go To Full Article

Google app beta adds built-in screenshot-editing tools

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Google app is extremely close to rolling out a built-in screenshot-editing tool -- so close that you can now try it out as a beta tester on Android. If you join the app's beta program and download version 7.21, you'll… Go To Full Article

Twitter’s fake news problem is getting worse

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Earlier this week, we endured another school shooting. This time, in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 students were killed. During the shooting's aftermath, hoaxes and disinformation spread on Twitter. It's a phenomenon that happens after every t... Go To Full Article

Labor board says Google legally fired diversity memo writer

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James Damore may claim Google was wrong to fire him over his memo criticizing the company's diversity culture, but a federal government overseer begs to differ. The National Labor Relations Board has published a January memo recommending a dismissal...… Go To Full Article

Rocket League Rivals brings absurd car-based soccer to the real world

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This week Hot Wheels unveiled Augmoto, an AR-enhanced course that makes the brand's track races a lot more video game-like. However, in the other direction it's also introducing Rocket League Rivals, a remote control vehicle kit that brings the popul... Go To Full Article

Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on DJI's Mavic Air

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If you have a checklist for a camera drone, it probably includes things like portability, image quality, battery life and cost. DJI has been in the game long enough to know the things you want, and the result is the… Go To Full Article

littleBits launches more accessible $40 'Hall of Fame' kits

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littleBits kits are a great way to teach kids how to build their own toys and electronics, but they're not exactly cheap. The Star Wars Droid inventor set, for instance, will set buyers back $100, while others could cost as… Go To Full Article

Uber reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asia business

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Late last year Uber sold off its business in China to a competitor, and now it looks like the Southeast Asia region could follow a similar path. CNBC reports that it's preparing to make a deal with Grab, a company… Go To Full Article

AMD Raven Ridge 8GB vs. 16GB Reserved Memory Benchmark & Explanation

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Unlike a typical discrete graphics card, most integrated graphics solutions like the one on AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs don't have their own dedicated memory. Instead AM4 motherboards let you set the video memory somewhere between 64MB and 2GB.… Go To Full Article

Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

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Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it's still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and… Go To Full Article

AMD Pinnacle Ridge CPUs to have soldered IHS

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Not thermal paste like Raven Ridge APUs In the aftermath of Raven Ridge delidding, which revealed that it uses thermal paste under the IHS, AMD's Robert Hallock took to the Reddit to note that this won't be… Go To Full Article

Corsair's One SFF PC gets updated with Coffee Lake

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Higher-clocked RAM, GTX 1080 Ti, and new 500W PSU Corsair has updated the One small form-factor (SFF) desktop PC, equipping it with the latest Intel Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake CPU, Geforce GTX 1080 Ti, faster RAM and… Go To Full Article

LG's next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

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Just because LG is shying away from typical smartphone release cycles doesn't mean it will have nothing big to show in 2018. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has heard that LG is planning to unveil a new flagship phone, nicknamed Judy.… Go To Full Article

Twitter pulls the plug on its official Mac app

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We had high hopes about Twitter for Mac after the company acquired Tweetie and put its name on the desktop app, but now Twitter is shutting it off. This evening its Support account revealed that its app has been pulled… Go To Full Article

Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US

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Just over two years ago, Google announced it would convert a 1,300-sq ft former Hemlock Semiconductor facility in Clarksville, Tennessee into a new $600 million data center. Today, the search giant broke ground on the site -- and Google CEO… Go To Full Article

AMD Plans PlayReady 3.0 Support for Polaris and Vega based GPUs in 2018

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For the recent launch of AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs, our review found that AMD raised the low-end integrated graphics bar to a new level. With superior gaming performance at lower cost and power draw compared… Go To Full Article

Cyber attacks reportedly cost the US as much as $109 billion in 2016

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Cyber attacks are increasingly becoming a fact of life. North Korea attacked aerospace and telecom networks last year. Olympics officials confirmed a recent attack that took place during the opening ceremonies. While Russia denied its involvement in... Go To Full Article

Google Pixel 2 users report warming phones and shortened battery life

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If you've noticed your Pixel 2 running warm lately or found its battery life to suddenly be shortened, you're not alone. As 9to5Google points out, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users are reporting on Reddit and Google's Pixel User… Go To Full Article

IKEA and Teenage Engineering preview their collaboration on Instagram

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Teenage Engineering is known for its wonky-looking yet functional synths and speakers, while IKEA furniture fills college (and folks who still live like it's college) apartments. Their powers combined has produced...some neat, boldly-colored speakers... Go To Full Article

Essential’s Amazon-exclusive phone comes with Alexa onboard

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Oh, you thought Essential was out of new color options to show off? Not quite. The company announced today that a new, so-called Halo Gray model is now available to purchase exclusively from Amazon. Unlike the other, limited-edition versions of… Go To Full Article

How security became more important than convenience

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Since the dawn of infosec, the belief that we users are a group of dullard cattle who blindly trade our own security for convenience at every turn has been trumpeted by the stewards of IT and the infosec-arrogant, while bolstered… Go To Full Article

Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' VR mock-doc is live on Pixel phones

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Big-budget VR tie-ins are nothing new. Dunkirk got its own version from Intel, Blade Runner 2049 has one that debuted at Comic-Con and even Spider-Man got his own virtual reality "experience" when the reboot launched last year. Wes Anderson's Isle… Go To Full Article

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