AMD Ryzen 3 Series Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-07-27 read/post comments()

Based on their latest Zen architecture, AMD is proposing a low-end to mainstream segment with their Ryzen 3 SKUs; we are not discussing about a 2-core part but a real 4-core processor (SMT disabled) with dual CCXes, where each CCX module sports two active units. The processors do feature an 8MB L3 cache and are aimed to compete against the Pentium G4560, the Core i3-7100 but also the Core i3-7300 from Intel. Given the technical specifications and stock clocks, these CPUs are recommended to be paired with mainstream video cards in order to make smooth 1080P gaming possible. read more

Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-07-19 read/post comments()

With the xDrive Z50, Silicon Power is proposing a simple solution for backup and file transfer between PC and Mac computers but also with iOS portable devices. The product includes the latest technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen 1 but also Lightning. It comes with Apple MFi certification and can be purchased in three different capacities: 32GB, 64GB but also 128GB. Its chassis is made of zinc alloy (thanks to the metallic casing, xDrive Z50 is dustproof, shock and scratch resistant), while the Lightning connector is protected by a durable plastic cap that was tested in-house to withstand over 10000 open/close actions. read more

Cooler Master MasterMouse S Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-07-18 read/post comments()

We have spent some time with the MasterMouse S while testing it in productivity work but also games, which did include Black Desert Online, Mafia III, Kritika Online and Secret World Legends. The mouse did feel very comfortable during use but regarding the grip modes Cooler Master is mentioning (Palm & Claw), we have only seen the Claw grip usable given the size of the mouse. The Palm grip should only work if you have small hands, but in most cases, it is out of the question. The cable solution coming with this particular model is very sturdy but this fact also implies that it is a little bit rigid so we needed some time to get accustomed with it. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim DS77U Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-07-14 read/post comments()

Shuttle has updated just recently its XPC Slim and XPC Nano series with the new Kaby Lake generation from Intel, which does not only have an increased IPC versus the previous Skylake but also higher clocks. The DS77U series does pack a durable 1.3L metallic chassis, is approved for 24/7 operation and can be purchased in four different variants (DS77U with Celeron 3865U, DS77U3 with Core i3-7100U, DS77U5 with Core i5-7200U but also DS77U7 with Core i7-7500U). This configuration scheme gives more flexibility, so the companies/end users can go for the model that is able to run their desired applications optimally. read more

DOOGEE Y6 Moonlight Blue Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2017-07-11 read/post comments(0)

The Y6 smartphone from DOOGEE comes with a really solid build construction and is also quite heavy versus other products in the same category (about 200 grams). For just 115 Euros, you are getting decent low-end to mainstream performance, a bright 5.5’’ HD display manufactured by Sharp, a responsive touch screen but also a big 3200mAh battery. For easy and more secure screen unlock you can take advantage of the fingerprint reader in the back which does work decently, increase the smartphone storage with a large microSDHC/microSHXC card or simply benefit from the Dual-SIM capabilities of the terminal. read more

ROCCAT Leadr Wireless Multi-Button RGB Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-07-06 read/post comments()

While the multitude of button placement may discourage some mainstream users but also entry-level gamers and would state they will never use these or are somewhat hard accessible, this is not the case! ROCCAT made sure that the button placement is optimal and we have had absolutely no problems accessing the ones placed on the left panel with games such as Kritika Online or Black Deset Online. The sets of buttons on the left and right side of the usual left/right click buttons need some time to get used to, while the Easy-Shift[+] function button can be accessed very conveniently. read more
Storage/NAS QNAP TS-653B 6-bay QTS-Linux Combo Quad-core NAS with PCIe Review by stefan @ 2017-07-04
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cooler Master Devastator 3 Keyboard and Mouse Combo Review by stefan @ 2017-07-03
Others/Networking Gear Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router Review by stefan @ 2017-06-29
Cooling/Water Cooling Deepcool Captain 240 EX RGB Liquid Cooler Review by stefan @ 2017-06-27
Storage/Other Silicon Power Mobile C31 Dual Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2017-06-22

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Google Discontinues Instant Search

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In a statement Google announce that they are removing the Instant feature effective today. Google Instant was launched in 2010, a feature that provided you with instant search results as you typed in your query. While this was a feature… Go To Full Article

'Close Encounters' returns to theaters with a 4K remaster September 1st

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Jaws wasn't the last classic movie of legendary director Steven Spielberg's to be remastered; Close Encounters of the Third Kind will get some modern love too. And best of all the 4K digital remaster is coming to theaters, too. Come… Go To Full Article

Oculus Shows Hand Tracking Gloves

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Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash recently made a blog post highlighting some amazing technology being developed by the Oculus team, as well as his thoughts about VR moving into the future. Technologies shown here include adaptive optics, eye, facial, and… Go To Full Article

Half of the matter around us comes from distant galaxies

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For a long time, the prevailing theory of sources of matter was that it was mostly local; the atoms that make up our planet and our bodies were from pretty close by. But now, researchers at Northwestern University have cast… Go To Full Article

HTC VIVE announces Standalone VR headset

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 inside Google and Qualcomm are quite serious about their Daydream VR plans and the announcement that HTC VIVE plans a premium standalone VR headset for the Chinese market definitely confirms their commitment. Go To Full Article

Arrested Bitcoin exchange leader might be linked to Mt. Gox theft

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Greek authorities arrested a leading member of the BTC-e Bitcoin exchange on suspicion of money laundering, though the ultimate charges haven't been disclosed. That's because the person in question -- a Russian citizen named Alexander Vinnik -- was d...… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 preview connects your Android phone to your PC

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Microsoft is acting on its promise to make PCs and phones live in harmony. It just posted a Windows 10 Insider Preview (on the Fast ring) that introduces the first batch of features integrating Windows with your mobile devices. If… Go To Full Article

AZIO Retro Classic Mechanical Keyboard Preview

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Here at Benchmark Reviews, we've tested several AZIO keyboards and been impressed with the quality of their construction and the bang for the buck they offer. So when AZIO offered us the chance to take a look at a prototype… Go To Full Article

After amassing 2 billion users, Facebook isn't slowing down

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Even as Facebook continues to fight fake news and tweak its hate speech algorithms, it still remains the world's most popular social network with over 2 billion monthly users as of June. In its most recent earnings report, the company… Go To Full Article

Apple supplier Foxconn announces plan for Wisconsin display factory

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Apple mobile device supplier Foxconn formally announced its plans to open a factory in Wisconsin, which is part of a $10 billion investment in production in America. The Taiwanese company's upcoming facility in the American Midwest is expected to emp... Go To Full Article

AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive 17.7.2 Preview @ techPowerUp

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The next version of AMD's Radeon Graphics Drivers, Crimson Relive 17.7.2, is right around the corner and includes a ton of updates. A revolutionary new feature is Enhanced Sync, which promises tearing-free low-latency gaming with normal monitors. Also included are… Go To Full Article

Google drops Instant Search to unify mobile and desktop queries

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Google introduced the by-now familiar Instant Search back in 2010. The idea was to make searching faster by updating the results of your search in real time while you typed. Now the company is dropping the feature, according to SearchEngineLand,… Go To Full Article

Google tests your tolerance for autoplaying video

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Google is testing the scourge of Facebook and Twitter, autoplaying videos, in its searches. The SEM Post noticed some result pages started included them, specifically when searching for upcoming films. Trailers for the respective movies appeared in t... Go To Full Article

Cooler Master gives the MasterBox Lite 5 case an RGB makeover

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Earlier this year Cooler Master (CM) debuted the MasterBox Lite 5, an attractive chassis with a very reasonable price tag. That case was a bit short on aesthetic extras, so CM is now is releasing the MasterBox Lite 5 RGB… Go To Full Article

Penclic Mini Keyboard C2 @ techPowerUp

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Penclic is a Swedish company that makes small form factor peripherals with ergonomics in mind. Their Mini Keyboard C2 is a low profile keyboard with scissor switches that offers near TKL functionality in a much smaller space while weighing less… Go To Full Article

Bitcoin grows up and gets its first federally regulated exchange

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Bitcoin is set to be given the same financial safeguards as traditional assets. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has granted LedgerX, a cryptocurrency trading platform operator, approval to become the first federally regulated digital curr... Go To Full Article

Disney plans to make augmented reality a shared experience

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Augmented and mixed reality experiences tend to be solo affairs: you're either looking at your phone or wearing a headset. For Disney Research, that's not nearly social enough. Its scientists have created the Magic Bench, a blend of augmented and… Go To Full Article

Overwatch League pro players will earn at least $50,000 a year

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Activision Blizzard is taking Overwatch eSports seriously. The Overwatch League begins next year and it completely transforms the face of professional play, tying teams to specific cities around the world and establishing a baseline of player protect... Go To Full Article

Audi, BMW and Mercedes cars will share live traffic jam data

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It's not too hard to find real-time traffic data, but it's usually specific to one car make. Wouldn't it be great if cars of all brands could regularly coordinate? They're not quite there yet, but they're getting closer. Here has… Go To Full Article

Yeast could hold the key to custom-built DNA

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Scientists have been playing with DNA for a long time, but now researchers are taking things a step further by building DNA from scratch in a bid to conquer life's blueprint. An international team of 11 labs from four continents… Go To Full Article

Pokémon Go Fest's big flop shows Niantic needs to think bigger

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This past weekend's Pokémon Go Fest felt like a bit of a flashback to 2016. Users were having connection problems and couldn't even sign into the game. People were angry, and refunds were doled out. But the truth is that… Go To Full Article

Meizu Pro 7 has a tiny selfie screen on its backside

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It's been a while since a Meizu smartphone last caught our attention, but in a twist of fate, the freshly announced Pro 7 flagship series manages to pack some surprises. Most notably, these devices are the work of legendary design… Go To Full Article

What Is launchd, and Why Is It Running on My Mac?

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You’re scrolling through Activity Monitor when you notice a process you’re not familiar with: launchd. Should you be worried? No: this is actually a cord part of macOS. Go To Full Article

Silicon Valley’s sudden obsession with making TV shows

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Just as channel-surfing was replaced by binge-watching, so is "Netflix and chill" about to give way to something newer and less-romantic. Facebook and Snapchat are racing to claim their shares of the television pie, and in the process they could… Go To Full Article

Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 headset packs ten drivers for immersive audio

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When headset boxes mention "7.1 surround sound," they usually refer to virtualized surround sound using software like Windows Sonic or Dolby Headphone:X. The audio is pumped to one driver on each headset cup, and the complex software algorithms trick your… Go To Full Article

Adobe’s 'Playful Palette' makes color mixing artist-friendly

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Artists work with real paint by mixing groups of colors on a palette, making for natural blending and color combinations. That's a far cry from Photoshop-type color pickers, which let you grab specific colors but not combine them. Adobe Research… Go To Full Article

Softbank’s robot army grows with a stake in Roomba's owner

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Softbank may be best known as one of Japan's top phone carriers, but their recent behind-the-scenes investments make it clear they want something more. Bloomberg Technology reports that the Japanese company has invested in iRobot, the manufacturer of... Go To Full Article

Facebook's first wave of original TV shows is almost ready

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Based on previous reports about Facebook's ambitious original programming plans, the social network was supposed to launch its first shows in June. Well, July is almost up, and we've yet to hear about them, because they aren't quite ready yet.… Go To Full Article

EVGA unleashes the GTX 1080 Ti K|ngp|n graphics card

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Maybe you've got a thing for copper, or have a frequent buyers account at Praxair for all of your liquefied gas overclocking attempts. Or perhaps you're one of those folks that associates "most expensive" with "the best." If any of… Go To Full Article

Apple and Cochlear team up on made-for-iPhone hearing implant

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We've known that Apple has an interest in iOS-based hearing aids for some time, as they've worked with various manufacturers to bring these devices to the market. Now, Cochlear has teamed up with Apple to make the first cochlear implant… Go To Full Article

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