Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by stefan @ 2015-07-03 read/post comments()

Corsair has nailed it again with the release of the HG10 A1 GPU bracket, which is recycling the stock blower fan for optimal VRM cooling and combines it with the usage of one of the available AIO CPU coolers in order to bring excellent cooling performance for our 290/290X R9 card from AMD. Depending on the water cooler selection, we would also be able to use a CrossFire setup which will take minimal amount of space in term of occupied slots. The only limitation for this design is the fact that it only works with OEM, original PCB AMD-designed cards and not with custom versions but we can always check the full compatibility list on the Corsair web page to… read more

Mlais M7 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-06-28 read/post comments()

The Mlais M7 smartphone has given us an overall pleasant experience thanks to its high-quality build and system performance. Speaking about the performance, the MT6752 SoC is able to deliver quite a bit especially when it is paired with HD displays so we were able to score over 47K in AnTuTu. The total of 3GB of RAM helps running multiple applications while the included 16GB of internal storage should be enough for most people to install their favorite applications without the need to install an extra microSDHC card, at least in the first stage. The fingerprint sensor works decent and we were not able to fool it by trying other fingerprints in order to unlock the device, which is impressive. read more

Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-06-23 read/post comments()

The Keyboard Company has just started to bring in the Matias Tactile Pro and has lots of stock for potential enthusiast buyers. The newer v4 version is featuring re-engineered Matias Click switches compared to v3 and are meant to eliminate the ringing sound of the previous Fukka. Be warned that these are not designed to be silent and their sound is similar to a regular typewriter; however, the typing experience is unique and the product is recommended to people which write a lot of documents or get to work in accounting / do a lot of spreadsheet work. We would not recommend it for gaming purposes (the Quiet Pro is more suitable for that). read more

Blackview Zeta Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-06-19 read/post comments()

Blackview has taken a step ahead regarding their low-end smartphone line by releasing the Zeta which is available in multiple colors so the younger people with budget restrictions would be more attracted to it. We see it as a worthy successor of the Breeze, by sporting a friendlier look and the processor has been upgraded now to the octa-core MT6592 but at 1.4GHz in order to save battery life. Also, Zeta is equipped with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which features a single partition. The cameras though are not stellar and while the manufacturer displays on the packaging the interpolated values, we are really dealing with a 2MP sensor for selfies and one 5MP sensor for the… read more

Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2015-06-15 read/post comments()

The last USB 3.0 OTG flash drives we have tested were sporting a smaller footprint and also needed extra protective covers for avoiding damages to their connectors. In this case, the chassis is indeed bigger but no extra accessories are needed, while we can switch from one interface to another just by working with the slider. read more

Razer Seiren Elite USB Digital Microphone Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2015-06-13 read/post comments()

Thanks to the three 14mm condenser capsules, Seiren can function in four different modes: cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional or bidirectional, in order to accommodate different recording environments. Even if you do not use it in a professional environment, it should bring a lot of benefit to people which record streams daily/weekly thanks to the added clarity but also to the ones which talk a lot on Skype or any other audio/video conference programs. Talking again about non-professional scene, the device is really easy to set up and should not need any extra skills given you read the supplied manual and install Synapse software in a matter of minutes. read more
Storage/SSD ADATA Premier SP600 128GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2015-06-10
Mobile/Smart Phones SISWOO C50 Longbow Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-04
Tradeshow & OC events Computex 2015: Intel Core i7 5775C first benchmarks by leeghoofd @ 2015-06-02
Storage/HDD Silicon Power Armor A60 USB 3.0 Portable HDD Review by stefan @ 2015-05-31
Storage/Other Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2015-05-28

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Stretchable nanowire mesh heats your sore muscles

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Don't like having to apply clunky heating pads every time you want to to deal with chronic muscle pain in your arms and legs? Eventually, you might not have to -- that therapeutic care could always be there. Korean researchers… Go To Full Article

The untold story of a failed Nintendo game 6 years in the making

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Nintendo has had a number of high-profile flops (Virtual Boy, anyone?). However, one of its biggest failures may have been one you heard almost nothing about -- at least, until now. Unseen64 has published a documentary detailing the largely unknown… Go To Full Article

3D-printed 'dough' helps fix your bones

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One day, you might not have to spend ages waiting for broken bones to heal. Researchers have developed a 3D-printed, dough-like biomaterial that could fill large bone fractures while aiding the recovery process. The porous chemical blend can withstan...… Go To Full Article

NASA's Pluto probe will spend 'days' recovering from a glitch

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Don't expect to hear more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft for a while. The Pluto observer recently encountered a glitch that made it lose contact for an hour and a half. That doesn't sound like much of a problem, but… Go To Full Article

Sony Xperia Z5 rumored to debut in September with Snapdragon 820 & 4,500mAh battery

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Not impressed with the Sony Xperia Z3+? Don’t worry, Sony is reportedly going to launch its next flagship the Xperia Z5 in September this year. A report published by Technodify claims that the Sony Xperia Z5 will retain the same… Go To Full Article

Apple might continue offering 16GB base storage with the upcoming iPhone 6s duo

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Even though a few earlier rumors claimed that Apple may do away with the paltry 16GB base storage option on the upcoming iPhones, leaked images of an iPhone 6s logic board from 9To5Mac suggest that this may not be the… Go To Full Article

Vital Russian cargo ship reaches the Space Station

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After two failed attempts in a row, the International Space Station is once again getting fresh supplies. Russia's Progress 60 cargo spacecraft has successfully docked, bringing with it important batches of equipment, food and fuel. While the station... Go To Full Article

Yamaha's motorcycle design team made this 360-degree drum kit sphere

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Like some kind of corporate Freaky Friday, Yahama tasked its motorcycle design team with making some instrument concepts -- and asked the opposite of its instrument design team. With no constraints like (well) commercial viability, designers were abl... Go To Full Article

Army exoskeleton prototype helps soldiers learn to shoot

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Foot soldiers thrive on their shooting skills, but learning expert marksmanship can take a long, long time. US Army researchers could soon have a robotic shortcut to improving those skills, however. They're working on MAXFAS, an arm exoskeleton that ... Go To Full Article

Squid skin could help make color-changing gadgets

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Not happy with the color of your clothes and devices? Eventually, you might get to change those hues on a whim. UC Santa Barbara researchers have discovered that the color-changing California market squid (aka opalescent inshore squid) manages its op... Go To Full Article

Bitcoin miners create invalid currency after a botched upgrade

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Digital currencies are only as reliable as their software, and some Bitcoin users are learning this the hard way. Thanks to a "problem" with an upgrade that applies a new rule, some Bitcoin mining pools (namely, those that don't usually… Go To Full Article

China nails Samsung and Oppo over smartphone bloatware

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A minor Chinese consumer protection group has filed lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo to contest the pair's use of bloatware on their smartphones. The Shanghai Consumer Council believes that the two companies install far too many additional apps on t... Go To Full Article

BMW has a hydrogen-powered 5 Series

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Battery-powered EVs are in the spotlight right now, but that doesn't mean car manufacturers aren't looking at alternative fuel sources. At its "Innovation Day" in France, BMW unveiled a prototype 5 Series GT that uses a hydrogen fuel cell to… Go To Full Article

MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB

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The MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB video card is on the test bench at techPowerUP! today. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti was released just a few weeks ago. It is built on the same GM200 GPU as the GeForce… Go To Full Article

Transcend introduces StoreJet 35T3 external HDD with up to 8TB storage

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Transcend has introduced the StoreJet 35T3 USB 3.0 external HDD with up to 8TB storage capacity. The 3.5” external hard drive comes in a black casing in the 3.5” form factor. One of the major highlights of the new product… Go To Full Article

'Shenmue 3' Kickstarter will offer PS4 copies on disc

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It's safe to say people are excited about Shenmue 3: Just 48 hours after legendary developer Yu Suzuki launched a crowdfunding campaign, the game smashed its $2 million fundraising goal, pulling in more than $4 million, and setting a couple… Go To Full Article

Purported Xiaomi Mi5 and Redmi Note 2 pictures show up online

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Recently a report reiterated that Xiaomi’s Mi5 flagship would arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. The first leaked spy shots of the smartphone have leaked online today, revealing a dual-camera setup at the back. Not much else is very… Go To Full Article

LG G Pro 3 to arrive by year end with Snapdragon 820 & 4GB RAM

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The latest LG G Pro 3 leak has revealed some new info about LG’s flagship device for the second half of this year. One of the main highlights will be the use of Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. The report published… Go To Full Article

iTunes 12.2: New version a missed opportunity for Apple Music

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Apple released a new version 12.2 of iTunes for OS X and Windows this week as part of the launch of its Apple Music service. The initial reactions from users are anything but positive. But aside from obvious bugs, there's… Go To Full Article

More ingenious hacks for problems you didn't know you had

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It's the Fourth of July and while that light show in the sky honors US independence, why not shine a little light on our DIY perseverance? To help celebrate this holiday, we've put together a collection of (even more) ingenious… Go To Full Article

'Minecraft' beta for Windows 10 will pit you against mobile friends

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Microsoft and Mojang don't just have a story-based Minecraft game to show at Minecon 2015 -- they're also revealing a beta version of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. This release will ditch the less than ideal Java code of desktop versions… Go To Full Article

Welcome to the age of the micro-singularity

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By Amber Case Last month, over a billion people around the world suddenly knew the name and appearance of the very same woman, and simultaneously began exchanging opinions about her. And while the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner is not news… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi's next low-cost wearable will monitor your heart rate

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Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has made a name for itself by delivering premium devices at budget prices. As well as phones and tablets, Xiaomi also sells accessories, including the Mi Band fitness tracker. After almost a year on sale, China's… Go To Full Article

NASA made a plane snuff movie... for your safety

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If you survive a plane crash but your emergency locator transmitter (ELT) doesn't, it'd be a cruel irony if rescuers never found you. But NASA, of all agencies, has crashed a light airplane to make those devices stronger and better.… Go To Full Article

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

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See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created... Go To Full Article

OnePlus is giving away Google Cardboard for $0 plus shipping

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Well, this is one way for an up-and-coming company to get people's attention. OnePlus, the Chinese manufacturer best-known for making a cheap handset with surprisingly good specs, is about to launch its second-generation phone, and to get folks pumpe...… Go To Full Article

Leica's Q camera is beautiful, expensive and totally worth it

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Leica is known for making cameras that are too expensive for most people. Its latest one, the Leica Q (Typ 116), is no exception. You can tell a lot about its high value simply by glancing at it; the gorgeous… Go To Full Article

Safari isn't the problem; the lack of browser choice in iOS is

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Recently there has a been a lot of debate wether Safari is the new IE, or Apple simply is building a user-centric web, but I think that removes focus from the real problem. The problem isn't Safari. It's a somewhat… Go To Full Article

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6 GB @ techPowerUp

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Today we are reviewing MSI's highly anticipated GTX 980 Ti Gaming, which comes with a new TwinFrozr dual-fan cooler. In idle, the fans will completely turn off for the perfect noise-free experience. The card is also highly overclocked reaching the… Go To Full Article

Visiontek Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Review

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Today we take a somewhat belated look at the latest AMD flagship, the R9 Fury X. This graphics card has been designed to tackle Nvidia in the high end, specifically their similarly priced GTX980 Ti. The Fury X is the… Go To Full Article

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