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Comments (0) | August 11, 2016 12:39PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Windows can make a tremendous difference in a room by letting some natural light in, but there are times you want to cut down on the brightness. Obliviously shades and blinds can be used to achieve this, but not all situations allow for such solutions. An alternative is to create windows that can shade themselves, such as those MIT researchers h...

Comments (0) | August 11, 2016 11:17AM PST | bp9801

A new day is here, with a couple of items along the way for your viewing pleasure. We have a guide on how to watch Netflix with your friends wherever you are, regardless of sharing the same room or not, and no, this won't be agains the law or anything. There's also a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the week.

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Comments (6) | August 10, 2016 01:54PM PST | CheeseMan42

Google is planning the demise of Flash in the Chrome browser, with the beginning of the end coming next month with the release of Chrome 53. Google is starting with "tiny and non-visible Flash content, such as tracking and fingerprint cookies," and will later remove support for Flash altogether in Chrome 55 with some exceptions planned for "site...

Comments (0) | August 10, 2016 11:22AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with a couple of items along for the ride. We have a review of the Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT CPU cooler, featuring a massive heat sink with seven pipes and a 140mm fan to keep everything nice and cool as you push the overclock as high as you can. For those needing a new mouse, maybe the ASUS ROG Spatha Gaming...

Comments (0) | August 10, 2016 10:50AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

At the end of their lives, giant stars will collapse under their own gravity, resulting in a massive burst of radiation and matter called a supernova. Without these extraordinary events, many heavy elements and isotopes would not be present in the Universe, outside of stellar cores. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich have discov...

Comments (0) | August 10, 2016 10:47AM PST | CheeseMan42
BitFenix Announces Aurora and Alchemy 2.0

BitFenix has announced a pair of new products with the Aurora chassis and Alchemy 2.0 magnetic RGB LED stripe. The Aurora is available in midnight black and artic white color schemes and was "designed for high end aesthetically pleasing builds with water-cooled systems carrying an elegant theme of curved lines and glass windows." Both sides of t...

Comments (0) | August 9, 2016 01:03PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

For years now, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have promised us more efficient and potentially cheaper displays that also offer better color reproduction and contrast. So far though, OLED displays have been all but restricted to certain smartphones with LCD screens beating them out on larger scales. Thanks to researchers at Harvard Univers...

Comments (0) | August 9, 2016 11:35AM PST | bp9801

Another day is here, with a few items along the way to get you through the day. We have some CrossFire testing of the AMD RX 470 to see what two cards are capable of bringing to your system, especially if two of them are about the same price as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. For some storage needs, there's a review of the Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVM...

Comments (0) | August 8, 2016 12:51PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Quantum computers are not here yet, but not for lack of trying. Instead of relying on electronic bits that can represent 0 or 1, quantum computers use qubits that can be 0 and 1 at the same time, but the medium for these qubits is still being decided on. One promising candidate is to use ions as qubits, and now researchers at MIT have created a ...

Comments (0) | August 8, 2016 12:11PM PST | CheeseMan42

Microsoft had previously announced that it would make two feature and maintenance updates per year for Windows 10, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update the first for 2016. The company has quickly decided to abandon the twice yearly updates for this year, with the biannual updates set to resume in 2017. The decision to move the second update fo...

Comments (0) | August 8, 2016 11:34AM PST | bp9801

A new week is here, with several items along the way to kick it off right. We have a couple looks at the AMD RX 470 video card, as the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC gets reviewed to show off what it can do at an even cheaper price point than the RX 480. If you want even cheaper yet still powerful, then maybe the AMD Radeon RX 460 is the one for you,...

Comments (0) | August 5, 2016 10:03AM PST | bp9801

Friday is here, bringing a couple of items along to help welcome in the weekend. There is a look at the new OnePlus 3 smartphone, featuring a 5.5" screen, a Snapdragon 820SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP camera, and a ton more to like about this possible flagship destroyer. We also have a new case mod that takes an In Win D-Frame Mini ca...

Comments (0) | August 5, 2016 12:24AM PST | bp9801

Back during E3, when Bethesda took the stage for its press conferences, one of the surprises was the reveal of Prey. This isn't the Prey we got all those years ago or even a sequel, but rather a brand new take on it from the folks at Arkane Studios. Arkane is known for Dishonored, and while Dishonored 2 is on the way soon, it is Prey that we get...

Comments (0) | August 4, 2016 10:22AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Recently AMD released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.3 drivers that features support for the RX 470, several bug fixes, and a rather significant performance increase for Rise of the Tomb Raider. This improvement is up to 10% for RX 480 GPUs and compared to the 16.7.2 drivers. Some highlights from the bug fixes are an Overwatch crash fo...

Comments (0) | August 4, 2016 10:11AM PST | bp9801

The first week of August is drawing to a close, but not before there are some items for you to check out. We have a couple different looks at the new AMD RX 470 video card, with both the ASUS RX 470 Strix and the XFX RX 470 RS Black Edition put to the test in separate reviews to give you an idea of what to expect from this HD gaming-centric card...

Comments (0) | August 4, 2016 09:20AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Today some old games have launched on GOG, which is on its own not too surprising, but these are three classic Disney platformers: Disney Aladdin, Disney The Lion King, and Disney The Jungle Book. These games date back to the 16-bit era, but have been carefully updated for modern hardware and operating systems, without compromising the origina...

Comments (1) | August 3, 2016 03:49PM PST | CheeseMan42

Just over a year after its release, Windows 10 continues to gain traction in the desktop PC market. According to NetMarketShare, the newest OS from Microsoft can now be found on 21.13% of desktop PCs. The OS has seen its share of problems since release and just discontinued the free upgrade option for Windows 7 and 8 users. Windows 7 is still th...

Comments (3) | August 3, 2016 03:23PM PST | CheeseMan42

Backblaze is a cloud backup and storage service that has made a name for itself with custom designed storage enclosures and releases quarterly reports on the hard drives used in its systems. The latest report gives high regards to the reliability of 8TB hard drives from both Hitachi and Seagate. Backblaze started to convert to 8TB drives with 45...

Comments (0) | August 3, 2016 01:21PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Batteries are a critical component of a great deal of today's technologies, so there is an ever growing need to improve upon them. Achieving that improvement is difficult though because we need to use materials with the correct chemical properties, with sacrificing other important characteristics. Now, researchers at the University of California...

Comments (0) | August 3, 2016 10:29AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items to help get you through it. We start off with a look at the new NVIDIA TITAN X video card with a Pascal core instead of Maxwell, making it the company's biggest and baddest card yet. There's a review on the G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse, featuring an 8200 DPI laser sensor, RGB lighting, and...

Comments (0) | August 2, 2016 02:57PM PST | CheeseMan42

NVIDIA has released a number of models for its GeForce GTX 1000 series, and the latest rumors suggest that the company will continue the trend of releasing versions for the mobile market. According to Digitimes, a number of manufacturers including Asus and Gigabyte will reveal laptops using the new GPUs at Gamescom in Germany later this month. T...

Comments (0) | August 2, 2016 01:47PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Graphene is a very interesting material that has several curious characteristics, and some of them come from the material being just one atom thick. Ever since its discovery, researchers have been working to better understand graphene and to make other atom-thick materials, which could have useful properties for electronics. Now researchers at t...

Comments (0) | August 2, 2016 11:20AM PST | bp9801

Another day is here, bringing with it a couple of items to help make the time go by. There is a review of the Gamdias Hephaestus V2 7.1 gaming headset, which included 7.1 audio and vibration in the way of Bass Impact to really let you feel the explosions around you. Our other item is a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of J...

Comments (2) | August 1, 2016 12:45PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Depending on how high it is, if you have had to pay an electric bill, you have probably asked yourself about where all of the power is going, to hopefully cut down. Answering this question is harder than you might think though, because of what is involved in actually getting the data, but researchers at MIT are working to change that. They have ...

Comments (0) | August 1, 2016 09:46AM PST | bp9801

A new week and a new month both start today, with plenty of items along the way to help kick it off. We have a look at the ASRock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC, a compact model that features a Skylake CPU to boost up your HTPC plans. To help keep your case cool, the Corsair ML120 PRO LED fans get tested to see what they can bring to your system. For tho...

Comments (0) | July 29, 2016 01:57PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

For our never-ending drive for faster computers and connections to be satiated, at least temporarily, it will become necessary to turn to new methods of communication. Already we have seen optical systems deployed to accelerate the Internet and more, but bringing similar systems into our computers has been proving very difficult. Thanks to resea...

Comments (0) | July 29, 2016 09:40AM PST | bp9801

The final Friday of July is here, with a couple of items to help welcome in your weekend. We have a review on the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 mid tower case, a more compact model that features sound dampening for quiet operation, yet plenty of interior space for whatever amount of hardware you can run. There is also an Android and iPhone charging...

Comments (0) | July 28, 2016 02:59PM PST | CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Announces Toughpower SFX Gold Series

Thermaltake has added to its large offering of power supplies with the Toughpower SFX Gold Series. As its name might imply, the PSU is 80 PLUS Gold certified, operating at up to 90% efficiency. The PSU uses the latest Intel SFX 12V 3.3 and ATX 12V 2.4 standard with an included SFX to ATX adapter bracket, allowing for easy installs in ATX, Micro-...

Comments (1) | July 28, 2016 01:26PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

As simple as hydrogen may be, one proton and one electron, it is a very unusual material that can express some interesting properties, under the right conditions. An example of this would be that solid hydrogen can enter a metallic state and act as a superconductor, but solid hydrogen requires very cold temperatures to form. Naturally researcher...

Comments (0) | July 28, 2016 11:46AM PST | bp9801

The week and July are both drawing to a close, but not before we have some items for you to check out. We have a review on the Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming motherboard, featuring quad-GPU support and a Killer E2400 gaming network card, among others. If storage is what you're after, then maybe the Apacer AS720 Dual Interface 240GB SSD is for you, wh...

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