Shuttle DS57U Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2015-08-04 read/post comments()

Shuttle has built the DS57U inside a proven chassis, which takes quite little space and succeeds to cool the internal components without the need of extra fans; one of the case laterals is acting like a huge heatsink and in this case it only remains warm even when the system is stressed to the max. Besides the Intel Celeron 3205U, we will also find models on the same platform with the Intel i3-5005U CPU (DS57U3), the Intel i5-5200U CPU (DS57U5) or the Intel i7-5500U CPU (DS57U7). For extra value we are also offered a VESA mount and screws, in order to easily install the unit behind our office monitor (when applicable). read more

Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2015-08-01 read/post comments()

As the previous FlashAir 32GB card we have tested, its latest version comes with about the same features, but we have improvements on the transfer rates, while we have seen that the wireless speeds have remained the same. Regarding the wireless interface, we can obtain similar speeds as with the previous version, but keep in mind that multiple factors can affect the wireless transfer speeds like the number of available 2.4GHz networks in the area, shielding inside the camera we are using FlashAir on, performance of the Wi-FI adapter from our desktop/laptop/tablet and so on. read more

QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-07-28 read/post comments()

Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also sporting a unique-shaped chassis design. Speaking about the chassis, now it looks more stylish, ideal to be installed in our living-room and the discrete LEDs help us find out the system status at all times; the memory is now very easy upgradable up to 8GB of RAM by simply removing a small plastic cover on the bottom area of the unit. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-25 read/post comments()

The technology incorporated inside the R9 390 GPU is not new but is based on the Hawaii (now baptized Grenada), with the same shader count, texture units, ROPs and so on. The manufacturing process is also still 28nm but there are minor improvements which allow running the card at higher speeds and the memory quantity has been doubled, from 4GB to 8GB. Since the HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 is marketed as a pre-overclocked card, the GPU clocked has been raised to 1020MHz instead of 1000MHz stock, while the memory clock remains the same as the OEM AMD cards. read more

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-07-22 read/post comments()

VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC. read more

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-07-19 read/post comments()

The Vector 180 from OCZ takes part from their high-end offerings and besides the useful Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) addition, we do also benefit from the ShieldPlus warranty which implies no shipping costs and no extra hassles. Thanks to the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the performances of the drive are top-notch and succeeds to stay in top for both read and write operations which is great for gamers or the usual workstation activities. read more
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2015-07-17
Motherboards/Intel S1150 BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2015-07-13
Storage/NAS ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-08
Cooling/Water Cooling Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review by stefan @ 2015-07-03
Mobile/Smart Phones Mlais M7 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-28

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Windows 10 doesn’t offer much privacy by default: Here’s how to fix it

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Windows 10, by default, has permission to report a huge amount of data back to Microsoft. By clicking through "Express Settings" during installation, you allow Windows 10 to gather up your contacts, calendar details, text and touch input, location data,… Go To Full Article

This web game shows you why self-driving cars are better

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You've probably heard that self-driving cars are safer than their human-guided equivalents (as a general rule, at least). But what if you have a hard time wrapping your head around how that concept works in practice? Never fear: developers Mark… Go To Full Article

Xbox One To Get TV DVR Capabilities

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Those that never got to experience Windows Media Center as the hub of a home entertainment system likely wonder why there is such a vocal group of people who cherish it and what it brought to the living room. The… Go To Full Article

Cristiano Ronaldo teams with Monster for his own line of headphones

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a pretty decent footballer. He also has a knack for pitching products. This time around, he teamed up with Monster through his own company, ROC Live Life Loud, for line of co-branded headphones. "Everything in my life… Go To Full Article

Images of Microsoft's next flagship Lumia prototype leak out

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If you've been hankering for some powerful new Lumia hardware, feast your eyes on the first images of a prototype of Microsoft's upcoming flagship phone, courtesy of a (soon to be fired) leaker on the WPXAP forums. For the past… Go To Full Article

Intel tackles diversity problem through referral bonuses

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If the Ellen Pao case showed us anything, it's that Silicon Valley is still very much a (white) boy's club. In response a number of industry leaders including Apple, IBM, and Google, have pledged anywhere from $50 million to $300… Go To Full Article

Xbox at Gamescom 2015: a recap of Microsoft's strong showing

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Gamescom isn't open to the public just yet, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from dropping some early news and trailers. During its "Xbox Briefing" in Cologne, the company announced DVR functionality for 2016, a new controller chat pad and a… Go To Full Article

Cell service out for thousands across the American Southeast

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Cellular service appears to be down across every major provider throughout Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky with Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville being the hardest hit. According to the website Down Detector, more than 10,000 AT&T, 1000 Veriz... Go To Full Article

Lexus lets skaters put its hoverboard to the test

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After weeks of teasing, Lexus is finally showing off its latest Amazing in Motion project in full. The Slide video posted today shows skateboarders riding the company's superconducting hoverboard at a specially built skate park in Spain. Similar to...… Go To Full Article

Chrome beta previews custom tabs, improved media controls for Android

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Back at I/O, Google previewed a few new items in Chrome. More specifically, it detailed a tool called custom tabs. Basically, it'll allow app developers employ a pop-out browser window for link previews inside their apps instead of booting you… Go To Full Article

Get a terrifying taste of 'We Happy Few' on Steam, Xbox this holiday

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We Happy Few isn't necessarily a terrifying first-person stealth and combat game; so far, it's more of a bone-chilling, creepy, deeply unsettling experience. In other words: It looks great. Today, there's good news for anyone who pledged to the gam... Go To Full Article

Here's how to fix Windows 10's privacy

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Windows 10, by default, has permission to report a huge amount of data back to Microsoft. By clicking through "Express Settings" during installation, you allow Windows 10 to gather up your contacts, calendar details, text and touch input, location data,… Go To Full Article

Galaxy Note 5 photo leak shows a giant, pen-toting S6

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At last, real-life images of the finished Galaxy Note 5 have leaked through Droid-Life... and if they're accurate, they confirm a lot of hopes and fears. The good? It's basically an upsized Galaxy S6 with a stylus, including a vivid… Go To Full Article

White House Demo Day focuses on diversity

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When the White House hosts a Demo Day, tech entrepreneurs come out to play. The Obama administration kicked off its first ever showcase for startups today. It isn't your typical day of demonstrations and matchmaking that brings entrepreneurs closer...… Go To Full Article

1TB My Passport Cinema drive puts 4K Ultra HD movies in your pocket

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New super high-res televisions are already here, but with Ultra HD Blu-ray still yet to debut, the best available way to get 4K video on that screen is with streaming and, now, downloading. Western Digital has a Vidity hard drive… Go To Full Article

'Destiny' ditches Dinklage

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Before Destiny officially launched on consoles, it launched a meme: That wizard came from the moon! The phrase, which was printed on Bungie-sanctioned t-shirts (and sold like hotcakes), spawned from Peter Dinklage's awkward, non-committal voice act... Go To Full Article

Super Talent Updates its DDR4 LRDIMM Module Density to 64GB

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Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its 64GB density DDR4 LRDIMM modules. Super Talent's quad rank 64GB DDR4 load reduced DIMM modules targeted for server environments which allow more DIMMs per channel to be… Go To Full Article

AMD Radeon R9 Nano Coming Sooner Than You Think?

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AMD's upcoming disruptive performance-segment graphics card, the Radeon R9 Nano, could be arriving sooner than its late-Summer expected launch. One of AMD's promotional heads Anthony "Elmy" Lackey posted two pictures of the card on his Flickr page, which reiterates just… Go To Full Article

Sony's RX100 IV is still the point-and-shoot to beat

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Does the world need another point-and-shoot camera? Sony seems to think so. Despite an influx of smartphones that have put sophisticated imaging features in people's pockets, the company is still keen on improving its flagship compact shooter, the... Go To Full Article

Behind the wheel of Logitech's G29 Driving Force controller

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While gamers are still waiting for any official word on a PlayStation 4 entry in the venerable Gran Turismo series, there's still plenty of racing to be done on Sony's current-gen console. The recent release of Project Cars and the… Go To Full Article

Microsoft's document sharing service, Docs, is available to everyone

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Sure, you can technically use OneDrive and other cloud services to share your Office files, but wouldn't it be nice if there were a dedicated site for that? Apparently, Microsoft agrees -- it quietly launched the public beta for Docs,… Go To Full Article

BeQuiet Shadow Rock LP Heatsink Review

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"The Shadow Rock LP is a 75mm tall low profile heatsink rated for heat loads up to 130W TDP. It's built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and relies on a single 120x120x25mm "PureWings 2" fan operating at 1500RPM (51CFM… Go To Full Article

Sprint hopes thousands of new cell sites will revive its fortunes

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Sprint chief Marcelo Claure may have done a lot to clean house and keep his customers from leaving, but it's clear that there's still a lot of work left to go before people stop abandoning ship. The carrier has reported… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL prototype strikes a pose in protective attire

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Previously referred to as Lumia 940 XL, and codenamed Cityman on the inside, the first Windows 10 Mobile flagship inches closer to a highly anticipated commercial launch. Say hello to Microsoft’s desperate attempt at staying becoming relevant in a high-end… Go To Full Article

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition gets stainless steel, keeps it square

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Blackberry debuted its square-screened Passport last fall, and now it has a new model to entice you. The company revealed the Silver Edition of the phone today, a variant that wields a "refined design" that includes a stainless steel frame… Go To Full Article

'Halo Wars 2' exists, hits Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2016

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Halo Wars 2 is the sequel to 2009's troubled yet generally beloved real-time strategy game, and it's on its way to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016. Microsoft presented Halo Wars 2 as the cherry on top of… Go To Full Article

Firmware worm capable of infecting Macs created

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Mac isn’t as safe as we thought. Not too long ago an exploit was discovered for Mac machines called Thunderstrike, simply put the exploit allowed hackers to modify the firmware on a Mac machine. A group has researchers has built… Go To Full Article

Next-generation iPhone purported battery leaks

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It’s said to be a 1715 mAh battery. Apple doesn’t precisely advertise the battery capacity of its mobile devices. For iPads it users vague terms like “all day battery life” and similar terms are used for devices like the iPhone.… Go To Full Article

Siri could get the ability to answer phone calls

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It may even be able to transcribe voicemails. Siri can now do so much more than what it was originally capable of when the personal digital assistant arrived a few years back. Apple has gradually built up the features that… Go To Full Article

The 'Halo 5' 1TB Xbox One is up for pre-order right now

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Among the bullet storms and massive explosions of today's Xbox conference, Microsoft unveiled a limited edition, Halo 5-branded 1TB Xbox One bundle, and it's so, so shiny. The bundle is available for pre-order today and it drops on October 20th.… Go To Full Article

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