QNAP TS-453A 4-bay QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-02-05 read/post comments()

TS-453A is one of the newest NASes from QNAP and has quite a bit of functions like a complex QTS web interface, dual HDMI for output on HDTVs or 4K displays, HD Station HDMI GUI with more applications than before, Linux Station which allows us to run Ubuntu and control it with keyboard/mouse and without the need of a PC, plenty of media center applications (Plex, KODI and so on), 4x Gigabit LAN interfaces with Port Trunking support, separate hardware interfaces for Karaoke and more. The server is built inside a proven solid chassis which we have seen with other models and has at its heard the Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor which is accompanied by dual-channel 4GB DDR3 memory. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-02-02 read/post comments()

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro was designed to be fanless, quiet, reliable for a 24/7 operation and it is not focused on high performance. The N3050 Intel Celeron processor also features Intels’ 8th Gen HD Graphics which supports Full HD video encoding/decoding so the manufacturer is recommending this machine for Office work, media playback (Full HD content) but we would also like to add that the product handles well browsing too if we do not have a big number of tabs open and we do also have at least 4GB of DDR3L SODIMM memory installed inside the supplied slot. Besides the location where we can install the HDD/SSD, we also have the option to mount an internal USB Flash Drive… read more

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-01-27 read/post comments()

The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is performing as promised by the manufacturer, being able to playback 4K content without any issues at all and at the same time it is able to output at this resolution with a frequency of 60Hz. We do get plenty of possibilities to connect extra storage to it via the included USB 2.0 ports, the SATA Data/Power interface but also via LAN, Wi-Fi or even the SD Card reader. The 3D performance of the product is also quite decent so considering that we do actually have a fully-functional Android 5.1.1 mini-PC on our hands, we can install plenty of other applications on it via Play Store. read more

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2016-01-24 read/post comments()

S.T.R.I.K.E. M is a cool looking mobile keyboard which features smaller than usual keys, meaning that some time is needed to get accustomed with. While the product connects to the devices via Bluetooth technology, we do have one device cycle button for jumping from one device to another in just a couple of seconds, without the need of additional configurations of software. Multimedia keys are fitted on the top left side and quite a bit of functions like ESC and F-keys are accessible while working with the Fn key. For even better flexibility, we can see one OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) button on the top right side, which is accompanied by the mouse left/right buttons; an extra set of mouse… read more

HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB Review

Mobile/Laptops & Netbooks by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-20 read/post comments()

HP notebooks are known to many users as daily or as business products, this as they didn't have any or that many notebooks specifically targeted at the gamer community. From the press release in October we at MadShrimps were intrigued by the direction HP took, so it was worthwhile to test the new gaming notebook and see what it is made off. Best of all HP told us that this new announced product would be very competitive in price too; now I'm an avid gamer too and have never been so found of notebooks being able to replace a high end desktop. Maybe the HP Pavilion Gaming notebook could make me change my mind? read more

BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2016-01-19 read/post comments()

The A68N-5200 board, by incorporating one A6-5200 Kabini-based APU, is bringing to the table even more raw performance when compared to its A4-5000, while the GPU component gets a 100Mhz boost. While the increased 3D performance is minimal versus the A4, other tasks which require CPU performance will get up to 25% performance boost. Despite the fact that this is a cheap and low-powered board, BIOSTAR saw fit to include a fully-fledged UEFI interface which also contains some performance tuning options. Last but not least, we do get with the A68N-5200 one very-welcome PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x4 electrical) which invites us to install a dedicated video card. read more
Audio/Speakers&Amps OVEVO Fantasy Pro Z1 LED Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2016-01-16
Others/Mice & Keyboards G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2016-01-15
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK RE580D AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review by stefan @ 2016-01-12
Storage/NAS Thecus W4000+ Windows Server NAS Review by stefan @ 2016-01-09
Cooling/CPU Cooling Corsair Hydro H5 SF CPU Cooler Preview by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-08

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Keybase promises frictionless secure file sharing

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Keybase, which provided people with a way to encrypt the messages they send, has branched out into file sharing, and it works quite differently from services like Dropbox. You can create two types of folders with the Keybase filesystem: a… Go To Full Article

NEC PA322UHD-2 blends a 4K IGZO panel with pro features

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NEC has released its PA322UHD-BK-2, a 31.5" 4K monitor with features targeting the graphics or video professional. The monitor uses an IGZO panel that delivers 99.2% of the Adobe RGB color space, 10-bit color support, maximum brightness of 350cd/m2 and… Go To Full Article

Google to push anti-ISIS ads in extremist search results

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If you find yourself doing a Google search for terms related to Islamic extremism, you might soon see anti-ISIS ads persuading you to pursue a different path. According to a report written by The Guardian, Google is using its AdWords… Go To Full Article

Warner Bros. cancels 'Batman: Arkham Knight' for Mac and Linux

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Batman: Arkham Knight was one of the better big-budget games of last year -- but its launch on the PC was an unmitigated disaster. Warner Bros. had to pull the game from Steam and retailers and offer refunds to buyers… Go To Full Article

Google keeps you safe from sneaky download buttons on the web

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For years now, Google's been working hard to make the internet less dangerous. That's why the company has announced a new feature to strengthen its Safe Browsing initiative. The goal with this one, Google says, is to protect users from… Go To Full Article

Louis C.K. drops future 'Horace and Pete' episodes to $3

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Louis C.K. has responded to criticism of the $5 premiere pricing for his new web show in a way only he can: With very creative swearing. "Horace and Pete is a full on TV production with four broadcast cameras, two… Go To Full Article

Tim Cook hints more Apple apps could come to Android

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Apple stepped into the Android waters late last year with the launch of Apple Music on Google's competing mobile OS. But if comments made by Tim Cook at recent "Town Hall" event for Apple employees are to be believed, it… Go To Full Article

MediaTek denies overheating rumour

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MediaTek has denied recent rumours that its coming X20 SoC overheats and it seems that its customers believe it. Fudzilla asked around and we could not find any of Mediatek's big customers cancelling their Helio X20 product… Go To Full Article

Mozilla will stop supporting Firefox OS for smartphones in May

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Mozilla's Firefox OS isn't strictly speaking dead, but it may as well be as far as smartphones are concerned. The company announced via email that it would stop supporting the mobile OS after releasing Firefox OS 2.6 (currently slated for… Go To Full Article

Helio X20 scores 7006 in GeekBench multi

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MediaTek's new Helio X20 chip looks finished and customers should be getting chips as we speak. The company has finished the critical phase of silicon development and verification, and it seems it can be happy with the end result.… Go To Full Article

How to watch this week's presidential primary debates

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Primary season is officially underway, but don't think that the deluge of debates is over. There will be many, many, many, more chances for the candidates to face off on stage. Tonight at 9pm ET Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders… Go To Full Article

See the new tricks in 'Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD'

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD lands on the Wii U on March 4th, complete with a lineup of new gameplay treats. The first is a new item, the Ghost Lantern, which lights up when it's near an evil… Go To Full Article

Foxconn likely to become Sharp's new owner

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Foxconn is now the clear favorite to buy Sharp after offering $5.5 billion for the moribund electronics firm. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Foxconn's bid was so large that it's now entering "exclusive talks" to seal the deal.… Go To Full Article

Android Wear update adds new gestures and voice-to-text

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Since Android Wear's debut, Google has regularly added new features for the wearable software. Today, those gadgets are getting three more tools -- the stuff we first heard about back in November. First, Android Wear is adding new gestures for… Go To Full Article

Instagram introduces 60-second video ads

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Instagram's toolset is beginning to diverge for users and advertisers. Since September businesses have been able to upload 30-second video ads -- double the length available to regular users -- and starting this week that limit is being increased to... Go To Full Article

Three's new pay-as-you-go SIM offers 200MB free data each month

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This week, Three added a new pay-as-you-go SIM tariff to its existing contract-free options, and it comes with a rather alluring perk. The Data Reward SIM costs £10 and includes 1GB of data to make use of during your first… Go To Full Article

Huawei Honor 5X goes on sale in Europe

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The device is priced at £189.99 in the UK. Huawei has brought the Honor 5X to the European region, a couple of weeks after it was launched in the US as the first smartphone from the company. In the UK,… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2016) launch in India

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Samsung isn’t bringing the Galaxy A3 (2015) to the country. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016), two of its new Galaxy A lineup handsets, will soon go on sale in India. The handsets will… Go To Full Article

Intel's diversity report shows change is slow, but important

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Intel has made a big deal about its commitment to fostering a more inclusive workplace and now wants us all to see how well it did in 2015. The firm is celebrating the fact that it was just about able… Go To Full Article

ASRock A88M-ITX/ac gives AMD APUs a fun-sized foundation

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AMD's affordable CPUs can be a great fit for an HTPC or a NAS server. ASRock is likely thinking along the same lines, as it's just released the A88M-ITX/ac Mini-ITX motherboard. Go To Full Article

Logitech Announces the G810 Orion Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Logitech today announced the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum, a full-size RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that integrates our industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design to deliver peak performance for a pure gaming experience. The Logitech G810… Go To Full Article

G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 Real 7.1 Gaming Headset Review @ Hardware Asylum

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The headphones sound great and really excel at providing crisp clear surround sound in games. The design is very comfortable although larger than most Go To Full Article

Ubuntu's first tablet doubles as a desktop, goes on sale in Q2

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Remember that time Spanish device maker BQ started promoting a new, Ubuntu-powered tablet before Canonical was ready to start talking about it? Well, the Ubuntu developer finally decided to get chatty. As expected, the device is a Ubuntu-fied version...… Go To Full Article

PNY CS1311 SSD Review (480GB)

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Today we are looking at the simpler consumer drive the PNY CS1311 SSD, designed to make upgrading from the lagging HDD a breeze. As PNY explains, this drive is an excellent option for replacing a hard drive, a secondary drive… Go To Full Article

GoPro is axing budget Hero line, confirms 'connected' Hero5

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GoPro had its most challenging year yet in 2015, after a less than successful Hero4 Session launch, a slump in share price, and a swelling product line that confused some customers. To rectify that, the company is pruning back its… Go To Full Article

SYNEK's countertop draft system will soon put growlers on tap

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SYNEK's countertop draft beer system is one of many Kickstarter success stories. However, due to alcohol laws in states like North Carolina and Virginia, breweries and retailers couldn't fill the company's cartridges. In those two states (and others)... Go To Full Article

Google engineer finds holes in three 'secure' browsers

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It appears no anti-virus or security software is safe from Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy. After recently exposing holes in products from Trend Micro and AVG, the bug hunter has recently gone public with three issues found in software… Go To Full Article

ADATA Reveals HD650X and HD710M USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of highperformance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and storage devices today launched the HD650X external hard drive for Xbox One and the HD710M camouflage-styled drive. Both are available in up to 2TB and connect via… Go To Full Article

Apple Music now lets Android users save music to an SD card

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Apple doesn't often make Android apps, but when it does, it's either to secure more iPhone users or give people access to Apple Music. Now that the streaming app has eclipsed one million downloads, the company has begun outfitting it… Go To Full Article

IRS expects its e-file tax system to be back online today

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If you're desperate to get tax refund cash via the IRS's e-file system, a server crash may delay it, though not by much. The agency said that it's "stll assessing the scope of the outage," but thinks any disruptions will… Go To Full Article

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