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Kickstarter campaign that never delivered ordered to pay in WA court

Jul 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Kickstarter has been a boon to numerous creators who've had an idea but needed help with the finances in order to make it real. It has numerous famous success stories from small projects like the game Cards Against Humanity to big technical projects like the Oculus Rift VR headset. Not... [more]

Yet another female executive is departing Reddit

Jul 28, 2015 6:00 pm

Reddit has lost its fourth female executive in less than a month as the company’s head of community, Jessica Moreno, has called it quits. [more]

Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs

Jul 28, 2015 5:00 pm

Sydney has become the world's first city to install electronic ink traffic signs, where they'll be used to display real-time information to drivers during special events. The signs are the result of a partnership between the Australian Roads and Maritime Services and Slovenian technology... [more]

Motorola introduces a trio of new smartphones covering all price points

Jul 28, 2015 4:00 pm

Motorola on Tuesday announced a trio of new smartphones under its Moto brand. The Moto X Style, the Moto X Play and the Moto G 2015 each target different segments of buyers and will arrive in a staggered release over the coming months. [more]

Sapphire Nitro R9 380 4GB Graphics Card Review

Jul 28, 2015 3:01 pm

Graphics card giant, Sapphire, are no strangers to being at the forefront of technology when it comes to AMD graphics cards. Producing some of the best graphics cards in the world, Sapphire push the envelope with cooling designs like the Vapour-X and Tri-X. They have recently signed a worldwide... [more]

ADATA Premier SP610 512GB SSD Review

Jul 28, 2015 3:01 pm

The ADATA Premier SP610 512GB SSD is an affordable high capacity alternative when looking for a mainstream drive. The 7mm shell encases a four channel controller by Silicon Motion (SM2246EN)." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD Review

Jul 28, 2015 3:00 pm

SATA III based solid state drives (SSDs) may have reached the maximum supported read & write numbers most enthusiasts and gamers look for when out in the market for one but durability and sustained performance are the two most important aspects for professionals and enterprise users (probably... [more]

It's been three and a half years since AMD made great strides with its first GCN

Jul 28, 2015 3:00 pm

"Last week I started posting AMD A10-7870K Linux benchmarks for this "Godavari" APU that's effectively a Kaveri Refresh and slightly faster for its four CPU cores and Radeon R7 Graphics over the former high-end Kaveri, the A10-7850K. In today's articles are some benchmarks of the Radeon R7... [more]

Radeon R9 390X, R9 390 & R9 380 Review

Jul 28, 2015 3:00 pm

It's been three and a half years since AMD made great strides with its first GCN-based GPU. While there have been some notable releases in between, they're essentially rebadges with little to no performance edge over the original. We've been wondering what AMD's next move would be and it looks... [more]

GPU Charts 2015 - 1080p, 1440p, UHD @ ocaholic

Jul 28, 2015 3:00 pm

These garphics cards charts contain benchmark results of numerous recent graphics cards. We've tested the card with three different resolutions, where there are 1080p, 1440p and 2160p. Apart from that we also show live price tags for all models. ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Microsoft's 'flagship' store will open this fall in NYC's Fifth Avenue

Jul 28, 2015 3:00 pm

Microsoft's retail stores have been slowly growing across the country, and now the Redmond-based company is getting closer to opening the "flagship" store they've been talking about for nearly a year. Located on Fifth Avenue in New York City, just a few blocks from Apple's own... [more]

ECS sees increasing profits in 2014

Jul 28, 2015 2:59 pm

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$55.9 billion (US$1.8 billion) for 2014, down 11.89% from a year ago, while net profits were NT$1.39 billion, up 22.33% on year and EPS NT$2.09. ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Mlais M7 Smartphone Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:56 pm

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... [more]

ECS to quit own-brand DIY motherboard business

Jul 28, 2015 2:56 pm

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced that it will no longer actively market own-brand DIY motherboards but will undertake ODM/OEM production if clients have demand, and this is the equivalent of a gradual withdrawal from the global own-brand DIY motherboard market, according to... [more]

Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6 GB

Jul 28, 2015 2:16 pm

Palit's triple-slot GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream is the quietest GTX 980 Ti we tested so far, it's actually quieter than the watercooled AMD Radeon Fury X. Thanks to the overclock out of the box, the card is 9% faster than the much more expensive GTX Titan X. ... [PCSTATS] [more]

QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:16 pm

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... [more]

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 Delivers Stunning Performance

Jul 28, 2015 2:16 pm

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 64-bit ARM SoC running (non-Android) Linux is a beast! I was given access to a SHIELD Android TV that was configured to run Ubuntu Linux, which has led for some exciting benchmarks. In some workloads, the Tegra X1 comes up just shy of an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" system. The... [more]

Acer Aspire S7-393 Review (2015): Refreshed

Jul 28, 2015 2:15 pm

We've got a fairly well defined set of expectations with today's current crop of ultrabooks. What you trade away in performance, you usually gain in convenience with these ultra-light, ultra-portable, and easy to carry laptops... However, we were pleasantly surprised to see Acer's Aspire S7-393... [more]

Intel And Micron Jointly Drop Disruptive, Game-Changing 3D XPoint

Jul 28, 2015 2:15 pm

"This is something many people thought was impossible," exclaimed Intel Senior Vice President Rob Crooke. During an invite-only press conference, Crooke along with Micron CEO Mark Durcan revealed a radically new class of storage and memory architecture called 3D XPoint (pronounced "Cross Point").... [more]

Phanteks EVOLV ATX Aluminum Case Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:08 pm

"There is no question that the EVOLV ATX is a worthy addition to what is arguably the best mainstream case lineup on the market. With minimalist styling, aluminum panels and a huge side window, the EVOLV ATX is incredibly sleek looking, while allowing for all types of dressing and modification.... [more]

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:08 pm

This month, Logitech released their most advanced wireless mouse ever, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse. The mouse features something marketed as dual-connectivity, which in layman’s terms means that the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse can connect Windows or Mac... [more]

Kingston HyperX Fury 2400 MHz DDR 4 Memory Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:07 pm

At stock speeds I was able to tighten up the timings quite a bit and bring the kit into the CR1 realm. This showed a nice boost in performance across the benchmarks that I performed. The system was completely stable at both the tighter timings and the overclocked frequency of 3000MHz. ... [PCSTATS] [more]

HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:06 pm

Today we’ll be exploring the delights of a newly announced product from HyperX – the Savage SSD. Savage uses the Phison S10 controller which boasts quad-core, 8-channel architecture. This controller promises to deliver some of the fastest read/write transfer rates possible to the SATA 6G... [more]

HyperX Fury 32GB Kit (4x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz CL15 Review

Jul 28, 2015 2:05 pm

"It been a long time since I have reviewed Kingston Memory that was actually overclockable. That was then and this is now. The Kingston HyperX DDR4 Fury line is not only low profile to fit under those pesky low heatsinks but there is room for tweaking." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Intel and Micron announce 3D Xpoint, a new memory technology that's 1,000 times faster than NAND

Jul 28, 2015 2:03 pm

Intel and Micron held a joint press conference earlier today to announce a breakthrough memory technology called 3D Xpoint (pronounced 3D crosspoint) that’s up to 1,000 times faster (read speeds) than today’s NAND, features 1,000 times better endurance and is 10 times denser than... [more]

Watch awesome footage from the International Space Station in 4K

Jul 28, 2015 1:15 pm

The International Space Station is one of the more incredible feats of engineering society has produced, floating in zero gravity around 400 km above the Earth's surface. While many of us will never get to experience life this far away from Earth, those that are lucky enough to be up... [more]

The Windows 10 hardware argument

Jul 28, 2015 12:15 pm

The release of Windows 10 is bringing with it a range of perspectives on the eagerly awaited operating system and what it means for the future of computing. One of the biggest questions has been around its impact—or lack thereof—on PC sales. As anyone who’s watched tech industry... [more]

Technolamp Smart LED WiFi Controller Set Review

Jul 28, 2015 12:03 pm

WiFi enabled bulbs have only been around for the last couple of years but the market is becoming flooded with the products from a wide range of manufactures. What makes WiFi enabled bulbs so popular is the convenience factor of being able to screw the light bulb in and immediately begin using... [more]

Asus STRIX Radeon R9 390X Review: Hawaii Gets 8GB

Jul 28, 2015 12:02 pm

AMD has certainly kept our test benches busy lately, with the debut of two Fiji-based flagships, namely the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X and its surprisingly capable air-cooled little brother, the Radeon Fury. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Radeon R9 390X, specifically Asus' handsome... [more]

Intel Core i7-5775C With Iris Pro Graphics Review

Jul 28, 2015 12:01 pm

We have covered Intel’s Broadwell microarchitecture extensively over the last few months. The relatively high-performance and low-power characteristics of Broadwell make it a good fit for a wide range of devices and systems. And as such, Broadwell has found its way into everything from notebooks... [more]

Where AMD's Catalyst Driver Does The Best On Linux

Jul 28, 2015 12:00 pm

"Earlier this week I finished up a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA graphics card comparison on Linux with the very latest proprietary Linux drivers. That earlier article focused on the OpenGL performance and simply put the Catalyst performance on the tested Radeon hardware was abysmal compared to NVIDIA's... [more]

eBay is killing same-day delivery, motors, fashion and valet mobile apps

Jul 28, 2015 11:30 am

Following last week's split with PayPal, e-commerce giant eBay continues to restructure the company by shutting down eBay Now, their same-day delivery service, along with mobile apps eBay Motors, eBay Fashion and eBay Valet. [more]

Musk, Hawking and Wozniak urge AI weapons ban

Jul 28, 2015 10:45 am

Over 1000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts have signed an open letter calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”, warning that a military AI arms race could spell disaster for humanity. [more]

Pay what you want: Master web development with 73+ hours of training

Jul 28, 2015 10:00 am

Developing successfully for the web takes a wide and ever-changing skill set. Top notch coders must be masters of several disciplines and programming languages to stay atop the digital landscape. Now you can get all the knowledge and training you need for a price you pick with the Pay What... [more]

Watch Motorola's Moto X live stream here

Jul 28, 2015 9:03 am

Motorola is set to reveal a bunch of new devices today at their "Choose a Better Relationship" event in London and NYC. Follow the live stream here to get a first look at the Moto X, possibly a Moto X Sport version, and the new Moto G. Also, what does... [more]

QNAP TS-453 Mini 4-Bay Stylish and Quiet Vertical NAS Review

Jul 28, 2015 8:02 am

Most NAS systems are built around the same basic design, but not all of them. Once in a while a device comes along that is something just a little bit special and today I’m taking a closer look at just one of them. I got the new and innovative QNAP TS-453 mini on the testbench, an NAS that... [more]

Sapphire Nitro R9 390 @ LanOC Reviews

Jul 28, 2015 8:01 am

While the move from the 200 series to the 300 series was mostly just a bump in clock speed and memory capacities, Sapphire made even bigger changes in their product line. Even though their 200 Series cards were very popular they still redesigned their cooling design and even introduced a new line... [more]

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets photographed ahead of August 13 reveal

Jul 28, 2015 8:00 am

Samsung has announced that they will be hosting an Unpacked event on August 13th in New York, where the company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Both of these devices have been detailed extensively over the past few weeks, and we're now getting... [more]

Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Review

Jul 28, 2015 8:00 am

There are a lot of different methods for portable storage and one of them is external hard disk drives. Today I’m taking a closer look at such a solution and it isn’t just the run of the mill drive either. Silicon Power released the Armor A65 back in march and I’m really looking forward to... [more]

Acer Aspire S7-393 Review (2015): Refreshed With Intel's Broadwell

Jul 28, 2015 7:53 am

Acer Aspire S7-393 Review (2015): Refreshed With Intel's Broadwell
We don't expect much from ultrabooks. What you trade away in performance, you usually gain in convenience with these ultra-light, ultra-portable, and just plain fun-to-use laptops. We wouldn't make an ultrabook our primary gaming system or video-encoding cruncher, but we would definitely carry... [more]

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum Keyboard Review

Jul 28, 2015 5:03 am

Many enthusiasts probably haven’t heard of Tesoro Technology, which is perhaps understandable, since the company is so secretive their web page doesn’t even have an “About Us” section. Apparently based in Milpitas, California, Tesoro started out making mechanical keyboards a few years ago and... [more]

LG G4 Smartphone Review

Jul 28, 2015 5:02 am

Every year, LG manages to impress me in one way or another with their new flagship Android smartphone. Whereas past models brought a near bezel-free design, great battery life, a crisp 1440p display and a laser-assisted autofocus system, this year with the LG G4, the focus is mostly on improving... [more]

Raidmax Narwhal Review

Jul 28, 2015 5:01 am

The Narwhal is one of the latest mid-tower cases from Raidmax, which offers plenty of interior space in order to build gaming systems. Apart from that there are quite a few neat little features, like for example a dust filter bay and a reasonable price. ... [PCSTATS] [more]


Jul 28, 2015 5:00 am

"To start with, I have to say I am impressed with what PNY has brought to the table with its GTX 960 XLR8. There is not a single game in my testing where it fell below 35FPS at 1920x1080 using moderately high settings. Running at the stock clock speed (for this card at least), it was a higher... [more]

OnePlus 2 launches as '2016 flagship killer' for $329

Jul 27, 2015 11:03 pm

OnePlus has today unveiled the OnePlus 2, the company's brand new flagship Android handset that they are calling the "2016 flagship killer". The metal-bodied smartphone will soon become available for just $329 as a 16GB model, and $389 as a 64 GB model. [more]

BenQ GW2765HT 27-inch monitor

Jul 27, 2015 9:38 pm

BenQ’s latest mid-range monitor is a 27-inch 1440p screen with an IPS flicker-free panel. It’s suitable for most general tasks, with excellent picture quality and a bright screen. It should be fine for working at the computer, watching movies and web browsing. And with a low response time of... [more]

Crucial 16GB Ballistix Elite 2666MHz

Jul 27, 2015 9:38 pm

Random Access Memory (RAM) is one of those items that a lot of computer users love to have a lot of. And in reality, you can never have too much RAM for your computer systems. What our Operating System (OS) doesn’t fully use, we will find a way to use, while optimizing our computers at the same... [more]

ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX Gaming 6 GB

Jul 27, 2015 9:37 pm

The new ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX delivers the highest performance of all GTX 980 Ti cards we tested so far, thanks to a large overclock and increased Boost Clock range. The DirectCU III triple slot cooler turns off its fans in idle, media playback and light gaming. Price-wise the card clocks in at... [more]

Intel preparing to release notebook Skylake in October

Jul 27, 2015 9:37 pm

Following the upcoming release of desktop Skylake processors at Gamescom in Germany in August, Intel's Skylake processors for notebooks will start showing up in October. The CPU giant is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in the fourth quarter, looking to help boost... [more]

BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Jul 27, 2015 9:26 pm

It’s been two years since I first reviewed the BitFenix Prodigy M, but today, I’ll be revisiting this now classic Prodigy chassis design to take a look at the latest Colour series from BitFenix. Colour choices are always a welcome addition to any range and from a consumer perspective, having... [more]

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