Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2014-09-29 read/post comments()

For the mainstream segment, Gigabyte has prepared an interesting Z97 solution, the GA-Z97-UD5H. This board has a clean PCB design, with Dual LAN, decent spacing between the PCI-Express slots, a shielded RTL1150 solution but also M.2 and SATA Express for future proofing. read more

BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2014-09-28 read/post comments()

The BIOSTAR A68N-5000 board has a pretty small footprint and offers plenty of bang for the buck. We only need to fit one or two DDR3 modules, plug in the power supply, connect the SSD/HDD and off we go, we have a fully operating machine. We are welcome to install the desired operating system on it and for ease of access now BIOSTAR have went with a fully-fledged UEFI interface, no more Aptio here! In the following article we will try to get more in-depth with this board to see what is it capable of. read more

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-26 read/post comments(0)

MSI continues to update their range of Overclocking motherboards with each new major chipset release. When Intel released their brand new socket 1150 Z97 chipset MSI was ready with another three motherboards targeted at the OC crowd. The affordable Z97 MPOWER exists in two versions: the Z97 MPOWER and the Z97 MPOWER MAX AC and the ultimate flagship of all LGA1150 motherboards must be the Z97 XPOWER AC. The latter being the one and only Z97 based motherboard supporting out of the box 4-way SLI GPU setups. The included accessories are too numerous to list, most interesting for overclockers will be the inclusion of the Delid guard and the OC Fan stand. Time to unravel MSI's latest OC addition... read more

DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 Smartphone Review [GearBest]

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-09-24 read/post comments()

DAGGER DG550 is a low-cost but highly-acclaimed smartphone from DOOGEE, integrating a 5.5 inch (720P resolution) screen and an octa-core MTK6592, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. The terminal runs on Android 4.4.2 and has some bits and pieces customized by the manufacturer; the back camera is 8MP and the Selfie frontal one is 2MP. In the review we will carefully analyze the product and at the same we would like to announce the fact that for a limited time at GearBest this model can be acquired at a much lower price. read more

Team Group Micro SDHC UHS-1 U3 32GB Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2014-09-22 read/post comments()

Having one of the latest 3D or 4K video recorders or want to shoot RAW much faster? No problem since Team Group has you covered with their latest microSDHC UHS-1 U3 cards which come in both 16GB and 32GB variants and have rated speeds of 45MB/s writes and 90MB/s reads. read more

QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-09-21 read/post comments()

The new high-performance TS-251 NAS from QNAP is built upon the Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core processor at 2.4GHz and is able to support on-the-fly video transcoding (thanks to Intel Quick Sync Video Technology), while offering very good transfer rates. While the tested unit was equipped with only 1GB of RAM, there is a 4GB version available too, which also supports running virtual machines. read more
Storage/Other Brando Nexus 7 II Protective Accessories Presentation by stefan @ 2014-09-15
Mobile/Smart Phones UMI C1 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2014-09-11
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal Core 1100 Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-08
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle Barebone XS35V4 Review by stefan @ 2014-09-05
Cases & PSU/Cases CORSAIR Graphite 380T Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-02

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

You can swap out Project Ara's modules without switching the phone off

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Back in April, Project Ara's Module Developers Kit revealed that the phone's battery will be hot-swappable; in other words, you can replace it without having to switch the phone off. Nifty trick, right? Well, the feature's apparently not limited to...… Go To Full Article

Cortana makes sure you don't miss nearby concerts

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Microsoft's virtual assistant comes in handy for lots of things -- especially reminders. Now, thanks to a hand from SeatGeek's ticket engine, Cortana will alert you when bands you listen to on the regular have a tour stop close by.… Go To Full Article

AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370e Review @HiTech Legion

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"The AMD FX series 8370 and 8370e processors fill a nice gap in the FX lineup and it is nice to see that they are backwards compatible with the AM3+ socket. So for those of you still running a Phenom… Go To Full Article

HP's $199 Windows laptop arrives alongside a pair of tablets

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Contrary to earlier rumors, HP's Chromebook-like Stream 14 turned out to be more expensive than people had hoped for when it was announced a few weeks ago. Having said that, today HP is finally introducing its $199 laptop with Windows,… Go To Full Article

Parrot's noise-canceling, touch-enabled Bluetooth cans are now lighter

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As much as we enjoy Parrot's advanced Zik Bluetooth headphones, many complained that they're a tad on the hefty side, and not everyone's a fan of the earcups' bulky look. Worry not, though, as the French company has finally delivered… Go To Full Article

Apple updates OS X to protect 'advanced UNIX users' from Shellshock

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Although OS X is among the systems listed as vulnerable to the recently-uncovered Shellshock / Bash security flaw (still not sure what that is? Let us explain.), Apple has said it isn't a problem for most users. For those potentially… Go To Full Article

Catalyst 14.9 drivers improve performance, CrossFire scaling

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A new batch of WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers is out for Radeon graphics cards, and it looks like AMD has really packed in the performance improvements. First, let's get the download links out of the way. You can… Go To Full Article

ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard

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Vortez has a review of the ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard posted this afternoon. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes. The X99-Deluxe differentiates itself from the rest of the mainstream range in a few subtle but important ways.… Go To Full Article

New web service prevents spies from easily intercepting your data

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The encryption that protects your email and social updates is far from flawless -- it's relatively easy for spies to intercept your data using spoofs and hacked servers. If Greg Slepak has his way, though, there will soon be a… Go To Full Article

Adobe, Google bring Photoshop to Chromebooks

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Chromebooks are fast, easy to use and secure. They bring the best of the cloud right to your desktop, whether that's Google Drive, Google+ Photos or Gmail. Today, in partnership with Adobe, we're welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with… Go To Full Article

Google is bringing fullscreen ads to an app near you

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Advertisers aren't always a fan of investing in mobile. Part of that reason is that the ads you see on phones and tablets don't command the same amount of attention that ads do on desktops. Google is working on new… Go To Full Article

Lepa LV12 CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion

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"The Lepa LV12 CPU cooler is not only aesthetically appealing with its all black appearance, but it is also functional in removing unwanted heat from your processor." Go To Full Article

Alien Isolation Community Preview event

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Kitguru were lucky enough to receive an invitation to Creative Assembly’s offices last week for an early look at Alien Isolation. We thought that Sam Grant, being a big brave gamer type, would be the right person for job. We… Go To Full Article

F.E.A.R. Online Launches On Steam October 17th

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Aeria Games, a leading global publisher of free-to-play online games, today announced F.E.A.R. Online will launch on the Steam platform on October 17. The game will be available prior to the Steam release for open beta via the Aeria Games… Go To Full Article

Think tank hires 'Call of Duty' game director to predict the future of war

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If you felt that Call of Duty: Black Ops II presented an eerily plausible vision of war in the years ahead, you're not alone. The Atlantic Council, a political think tank, has asked Black Ops II director Dave Anthony to… Go To Full Article

Coolermaster Hyper 612 version 2 released

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Cooler Master launched the Hyper 612S V2 CPU cooler. This tower-type mainstream CPU heatsink measures 139 x 102 x 160.4 mm, featuring a cubical aluminium fin stack, to which heat drawn directly from the CPU base, is conveyed by six…

Silverstone AR06 Cooler Review at HardwareHeaven

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"Today we look at a very compact cooler in our Silverstone AR06 Review." Go To Full Article

Qualcomm’s first high-end 64-bit chips are coming to a device near you in H1 2015

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Don’t worry if all’s quiet on the high-end mobile processing front for Qualcomm of late, as Snapdragon 808 and 810-powered gadgets could see daylight as early as January 2015. Given that Apple introduced 64-bit mobile chips in 2013, many expected… Go To Full Article

VR-Zone posts purported Broadwell-U specs, anticipates CES debut

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The first Broadwell processors will debut later this year as part of the Core M family. These Broadwell-Y chips will have 4.5W TDP ratings, and they'll mostly take root in ultra-slim tablets and convertibles. According to VR-Zone's Chinese alter-ego, those… Go To Full Article

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G Video Card Review

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Watch the MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G video card make waves and knock out GeForce GTX 780 and AMD Radeon R9 290, making them obsolete and maybe even some other video cards as well. This $349 video card puts… Go To Full Article

Lian Li PC-V359 Case

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"The Lian Li PC-V359 arrived Technic3D. The V359 supports Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for 6x 120mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review." Go To Full Article

How to Hide Recent Contacts from the iPhone App Switcher

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iOS8 adds a new quick contacts feature to the app switcher (you know, the view when you double-press the Home button) but not everybody is thrilled with it. If you want to hide your frequent contacts from this view, you… Go To Full Article

IBM Lenovo sale is a done deal

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Lenovo’s offer to buy the remainder of IBM’s X86 business is likely to be concluded this Wednesday. IBM is disposing of the deal to the Chinese manufacturer for $1.8 billion and when the acquisition is complete, it… Go To Full Article

TP-LINK Announces Archer T4U USB 802.11 ac Adapter

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TP-LINK today announced the TP-LINK Archer T4U - AC1200 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter - offering consumers an easy upgrade path for existing laptops and desktop computers to the superior wireless performance of 802.11ac. The Archer T4U is designed with… Go To Full Article

Microsoft turns on the heat on notebooks

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A report said Microsoft is cutting the licence cost on Windows 8.1 in a bid to offer notebooks costing $250 or less. Digitimes Research said manufacturers will be offered Windows 8.1 with Bing with a tentative release… Go To Full Article

Samsung Introduces SD590C 27-inch Curved LED Monitor

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Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a world leader in display technology, today announced the SD590C curved monitor. Architected as the ultimate entertainment display, it delivers a completely immersive viewing experience, while its super narrow bezel seamlessly allow for multi-screen extension. Stereo… Go To Full Article

BitFenix Pandora @ techPowerUp

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BitFenix is looking to step things up in terms of the material mix with the Pandora. While plastic and steel have dominated their cases until now, the Pandora utilizes aluminium side panels and a bolder design. Will the Pandora bridge… Go To Full Article

Seagate Delivers New Surveillance Hard Disk Drive Featuring Recovery Services

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Seagate Technology plc., a world leader in storage solutions, today took the wraps off the industry's first dedicated surveillance hard disk drive (HDD) featuring Seagate Rescue services-the Seagate Surveillance HDD. Engineered specifically for surveillance and video analytics applications, the Surveillance… Go To Full Article

Turtle Beach Earforce Z22 & Z60 Amplified PC Gaming Headset Review

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When it comes to PC gaming headsets there are few manufacturers in the industry that need no introduction. Today, Technology X has the privilege to delve deep into this category with none other than Turtle Beach. Turtle Beach has more… Go To Full Article

Micron M600 (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) SSD Review

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Those that have been following the SSD industry for a couple of years are likely aware that Micron does not sell retail drives under its own brand (unlike, e.g. Samsung and Intel). Instead Micron has two subsidiaries, Crucial and Lexar,… Go To Full Article

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