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Addonics eSATA PCI Express Add-On Card Review

Addonics eSATA PCI Express Add-On Card Review

Addonics sent in its latest eSATA PCI Express add-on card with port multiplying capabilities. Read on as we explore the performance and tell you about it.

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Android 4.4.3 should include a redesigned Dialer app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 45 mins ago

Google will soon roll out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but as usual, we don't know what do expect. The latest report suggests that Google will push through a major redesign of its Dialer app.

 

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The new Dialer app would feature a series of cards - like Google Now does - for each contact, instead of a list. The cards themselves have a colored background, with the first initial of the name placed on them, but they can also display a picture of the contact, too. The new Dialer app was reportedly spotted on a Nexus 5 smartphone running the new OS, with a firmware version of KUU84F.

Frank & Oak offer 'near-future aesthetic' Watch Dogs clothing line

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: 1 hour, 39 mins ago

Watch Dogs is getting closer, where we've seen a tease of the multiplayer side of the open-world game from Ubisoft, as well as a look at the digital trip Spider Tank vehicle, heck we even heard about a possible sequel to Watch Dogs. Now there's news of a 12-piece men's clothing line from Frank & Oak.

 

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Frank and Oak will be offering up a clothing line that consists of "minimal menswear that blurs the lines between fashion, art, and technology". There will be four t-shirts ($32 each), canvas pants ($65), long-sleeved shirts, a henley and a hoodie ($42-$65), a duffle bag ($115), a hat ($35) and two collared shirts ($55 each).


Lenovo to begin shipping its Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 43 mins ago

Lenovo has announced pre-orders of its Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ slate, and that it will begin shipping in another three weeks time. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is a 10-inch slate that runs Android 4.3, with an update to Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out soon.

 

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It sports a 1920x1200-pixel HD display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 SoC - so we have a 1.6GHz processor on our hands, 2GB of RAM, a 9000mAh battery which will reportedly give the slate 18 hours of battery life, a built-in stand and optional keyboard dock if that's something you're after.

OnePlus One smartphone boots incredibly fast, beats Nexus 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 41 mins ago

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, you really need to consider the OnePlus One smartphone - it has some of the best hardware baked inside of it, at just $299. It also runs CyanogenMod, which is a heavily modified Android ROM.

 

 

But how does it compare to the other super competitively priced Android-based smartphone, the Nexus 5? Well, Geek.com has booted both the smartphones up, with the OnePlus One taking just a couple of seconds to have the user in the OS, while the still-fast Nexus 5 takes much longer. I can't wait to get my hands-on the OnePlus One.

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SAPPHIRE launches the R9 295X2, R9 295X2 OC Limited Edition GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours, 39 mins ago

SAPPHIRE has just announced is has begun shipping two of the most powerful GPUs it has made, ever - the SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 and SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 OC. The new SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 OC is a Limited Edition GPU, coming with some factory overclocking that makes the already fast GPU, even quicker.

 

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The SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 OC Limited Edition GPU has clock speeds of 1030MHz, and 5200MHz for its 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. Better yet, it comes in a high-quality aluminum carry case. The SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 will ship with lower clock speeds - but not by much - of 1018MHz, and 5000MHz for the RAM. Both GPUs still use the advanced hybrid cooling solution, which is a closed-loop, pre-assembled liquid cooling system that was developed by AMD and Astek.

The entire country of Denmark is re-created in Minecraft

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 55 mins ago

Two people from the Danish Geodata Agency have created a 1:1 model of Denmark in the most popular indie game, Minecraft.

 

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This project was made by the agency's Simon Kokkendoft and Thorbjørn Nielsen who built the entire country using virtual block. The two used the data from their Geodata Agency to make an accurate 'block' version of Denmark.

 

The duo planned this project keeping environment and education in mind. According to the news report by Danish's news agency, the duo hopes that this Minecraft version of Denmark will be introduced in local schools so that students can learn everything from urban planning to environment preservation.

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Peter Jackson renames the third and final 'Hobbit' movie

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 hours, 19 mins ago

The last few months have seen fevered speculation that Director Peter Jackson would revisit the title of the forthcoming final entry in the Hobbitt franchise - There and Back Again, fuelled by the complete absence of promotional posters, trailers, or even a plug on last week's Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray release. Today, Jackson has taken to Facebook to confirm that he and Warner Bros have jointly decided to do just that.

 

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In the long winded entry, Jackson has taken great pains to explain the rationale of renaming the film The Battle of Five Armies, and I must agree with most of them. Additionally, the new title has more aggressive undertones and probably appeals even more strongly to the established fan base.

 

 

Jackson also mentions the upcoming Blu-ray extended cut version of The Desolation of Smaug which will come with an additional 25 minutes of footage, far extending the extra 10 minutes that was granted to the extended cut of the already bloated An Unexpected Journey.

 

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To be released in cinemas on December 17th, The Battle of Five Armies rounds out the trilogy and with it closes the book on the six film saga that has grossed just shy of five billion dollars worldwide.

Vladimir Putin says that the Internet is a 'CIA project'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 6 hours, 33 mins ago

While speaking at the media forum in St Petersburg yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Internet was one big "CIA project" and "is still developing as such".

 

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After his remarks, Russia's biggest search engine, Yandex, saw its share price drop drastically. The Kremlim has been trying to grab more control over the Internet, as opposition activists have used to promote their ideas and organize various protests. Putin touched on Google, saying that information "all goes through servers that are in the States, everything is monitored there".

 

There have been conspiracy theories for as long as I remember that the Internet was a big CIA project, and that Mark Zuckerberg was a CIA agent. This is why Facebook has become so big so quickly, because the US spy agencies instead of having to require a subpoena or similar to get information on someone - people just hand it up on a silver platter through the social network now.

OCZ launches the RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD, targets gamers and pros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 6 hours, 39 mins ago

OCZ Storage Solutions has just unveiled a super high-performance SSD, the new RevoDrive 350 Series. What makes OCZ's latest SSD so special is that it uses Toshiba's 19nm NAND flash, thanks to Toshiba acquiring OCZ a few months ago.

 

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The OCZ RevoDrive 350 uses a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot, and thanks to its (up to) four LSI SF-2282 processors, it can offer up to 1.8GB/sec of sequential speeds and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS. These speeds make the RevoDrive 350 Series of products an easy-to-deploy solution, as you can just slot it directly into a spare PCIe slot, enjoying speeds you'd normally only see from multiple SSDs in RAID.

 

You can choose from multiple sizes as the OCZ RevoDrive 350 comes in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. It is backed up by a great three-year warranty, too.

Netflix blames Comcast for overcharging to access the same net content

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 7 hours, 47 mins ago

In its new blog post, Netflex blamed Comcast of extorting content companies and its own customers by charging twice for accessing the same content on the internet. It also stated that the internet service provider is not truly offering transit service.

 

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Earlier, Netflix raised concerns about Comcast's merger with Time Warner as it might charge a 'toll' for accessing video content, but at the end of the day Netflix had to made an agreement with Comcast for better quality of streaming of content for its customers.

 

Netflix pointed out that unlike Level3 and Cogent, Comcast is not carrying traffic to every network on the internet. According to Netflix, rather than moving the traffic, its merely acting as a 'gatekeeper' for its subscribers. Netflix VP of content Ken Florance added,"In this way, Comcast is double dipping by getting both its subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other."

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