Hardware, Reviews

Review: Logitech G710+ Keyboard

Introduction and Packaging Today we are taking a look at Logitech?s newest mechanical gaming keyboard, the G710+. The G710+ is Logitech?s first mechanical keyboard, and represents their initial entry into the growing segment of mechanical keyboards for gamers/enthusiasts. The G710+ is somewhat unique among most mechanical keyboards on the market today in the sense that it uses Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches which represent a very small portion of the mechanical keyboard market. However, Brown switches are becoming more prevalent, with companies such as Cooler Master and Razer offering MX Brown switches on some of their keyboards. For the uninitiated, the four most common types

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Hardware

Intel Introduces Solid-State Drive 335 Series

Today, Intel introduced their new line of SSDs, the 335. The 335 uses 20nm Intel NAND Flash, and is capable of delivering 500 MB/s reads and 450 MB/s writes. The drive is offered only with a 240 GB capacity. The drives also are meant to be used with Intel’s newest version of the SSD Toolbox which provides tools to manage your SSD and provide diagnostic information about them. It also has a System Configuration Tuner designed to optimize performance. Here is the full list of specs: Model Name – Intel® Solid-State Drive 335 Series Capacity – 240GB NAND Flash Memory – 20nm Intel NAND Flash

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Business

AMD To Announce Strategy Update On October 29th

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Hardware, Reviews

Review: ROCCAT Savu Optical Mouse

Today we are taking a look at the ROCCAT Savu optical mouse. The Savu is touted as the ?King of Optical Mice?. It boasts a 4000 DPI optical sensor, rugged design, and the keystone of all ROCCAT products: the ROCCAT Settings Software. The technical specifications are as follows: 4000dpi optical gaming sensor Incl. Omron® switches 60 inches per second maximum speed 20G acceleration 125, 250, 500, 1000Hz polling rate 544kB on-board memory Zero angle snapping 1.8m braided USB cable Dimensions – Max. width 7.2cm x approx. 12cm max. length Weight – Approx. 90g (excl. cable) The Savu comes in standard packaging, and includes the manual

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Entertainment, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Giada Mini-PC A51

Today we are taking a look at the Giada Mini-PC A51. The A51 is marketed as a quiet (less than 26 db), low-power, space-saving HTPC. The A51 consumes just 30W, and comes in at a measurement of 192 x 155 x 26 mm (~7.5 x 6.1 x 1 inches) proving those claims too. We will be subjectively testing user experience in order to determine its viability as an HTPC. Here is the full set of specifications: CPU – AMD T56N (AMD E-450 1.65 GHz Dual Core) Chipset – AMD A50M FCH GPU – CPU embedded graphics (AMD HD 6320) System Memory – 4 GB DDR3-800/1066

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Cloud Computing, Hardware

ioSafe Announces N2 Private Cloud

ioSafe today announced they would be releasing a new network attached storage solution designed as a private cloud. The enclosure is designed to be both fireproof up to 1550°F, 30 minutes per ASTM E-119. It will also be waterproof and can be fully submersed in fresh or salt water at a 10 foot depth for 72 hours. It is also designed to be theftproof, including a Kensington Security Slot, and an optional floor mount / padlock kit. The N2 will be crowdfunded on Indiegogo, and early investors get a variety of bonuses based on their contributions. More information about the N2 can be found here.

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Hardware, Reviews

Review: NZXT Cryo V60 Vortex Notebook Cooler

Today we are taking a look at NZXT?s latest offering for notebook cooling, the Cryo V60, which uses a bladeless fan design. V60: Fan Specifications ? Dual low RPM 75mm Fans Fan Speed ? 1000-1600 RPM Features ? Supports up to 16? Notebook, 3 USB Charge Ports, Power Button, Built-in Fan Control, LED On/Off, Rubber Feet Materials ? Plastic, Rubber Grommets Color ? Black or White The NZXT Cryo V60 comes in two color options: black and white. The coolers came in identical boxes with a small designator on the box referring to it as a black or white V60. The packaging was simple but

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Reviews, Software Programs

Review: Adobe CS6 Part 1

How can one review an ocean? How would one start, by going drop by drop? By beginning by defining its boundaries, various civilizations living on its shores, its flora and fauna, or winds and currents? Reviewing the Master Collection of Adobe’s Creative Suite is like reviewing an ocean. Adobe?s Creative Suite is widely used and has been an industry standard for the last eight years. Many minute as well as massive changes occurred during those years, but the essence, the core elements and concepts remain the same, and many of its features predate the Suite. CS features many newer versions of software applications that were

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Hardware

Kingston Introduces HyperX Predator RAM

Today, Kingston released a new line of computer memory: HyperX Predator. It is designed as high performance enthusiast/gamer oriented RAM. Kingston introduced a new heatsink design both for aesthetic beauty and slimmness as well as better heat dispersal. HyperX Predator will be released in a variety of kits and frequencies ranging from 8GB to 32GB and 1600MHz-2666MHz respectively. The 32GB (4x8GB) kits will both run at 1600MHz, with one kit offered as an XMP kit, meaning the kit will be ‘plug and play’ in terms of using the correct timings and frequency. The fastest kit offered is the 8GB (2x4GB) running at a blazing 2666MHz,

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Hardware, Reviews

ROCCAT Kone+ Review: Exceptional Software, Decent Hardware, Bad Support

Today we are taking a look at the Roccat Kone+ mouse. The Kone+ comes in nice, solid packaging, which includes the manual, software, and extra mouse weights. The mouse fits well in the hand, and has a total of 5 buttons as well as left click, right click, scroll wheel with center click , left, and right for a total of 10 buttons/clickers. Here are the Kone+ Specifications: Interface – USB Hand Orientation – Right Hand Tracking Method – Laser Buttons – 8 Scrolling Capability – Tilt Wheel Color – Black Maximum dpi – 6000 dpi Where the mouse really shines is in the software.

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Business, Cloud Computing, Entertainment

Sony Computer Entertainment Acquires Gaikai

Sony Computer Entertainment acquires Gaikai, thereby providing the platform for Sony to create cloud-based digital gaming, most likely for Sony’s Playstation brand. Gaikai founder and CEO Dave Perry denied such a deal would take place less than a month ago, but things appear to have changed since then. Sony is purchasing Gaikai for $380 million, which is an incredible win for NVIDIA, who heavily invested in Gaikai and has been a major partner thus far. This is the first time a major gaming company has made serious strides into cloud gaming. Sony Computer Entertainment is one of the three largest console manufactures, which also include

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Business, Hardware

BREAKING NEWS: Google Censoring Google Shopping

Today we discovered that Google has filtered out any firearms and firearms related accessories from their Google Shopping channel. Google Shopping is an extremely useful tool for finding a variety of products on multiple outlets in order to see what is available and what retailer or e-tailer offers a product at the best price point.As recently as last week, this author has used Google Shopping to search for firearms-related products, but as of today, this function is no longer available. A search for ?Springfield? (Springfield Armory, a company that makes a variety of pistols, rifles, and related accessories) came up blank. As did a search

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Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Hardware, Software Programs

UPLINQ 2012: Paul Jacobs Keynote Touts Ecosystem, Challenges Intel and NVIDIA

Today, Qualcomm kicked off the start of Uplinq 2012 with a keynote by Dr Paul Jacobs. It began with a show of dancers showing displaying themes that Qualcomm considers to be important. This was followed by the appearance of Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm. (We will have video of Dr Jacob’s Keynote here soon, thank you for your patience.) Dr Paul Jacobs takes the stage Jacobs began by talking about expected global figures for mobile: over one billion mobile phones to sell by 2014, and over 66 billion apps by 2016. ?Global data revenues grew 23 percent last year to $320 billion. To put that

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, Reviews

REVIEW: Voice Technologies VT5000 Shotgun Microphone

A few months ago at NAB Show 2012, one new product that caught our ear was Voice Technologies? VT5000 Shotgun Microphone. Recently we put it to a quick test to see how it performs against an industry standard model. Check out our video review below: (To hear the best sound, watch with headphones in at least 480p, on a non-mobile device) The VT5000?s tone and performance in different environments were much different than an industry-standard Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone. The VT5000 is not as warm as the 416, having a much tighter directional pattern, and less separation between foreground and background information. Both microphones

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Hardware, Reviews

ROCCAT Kone+ Preview: Where is the Support?

The popular European gaming brand from Germany decided to expand onto the U.S. market, and the very first product we have in testing is the Roccat Kone+ mouse. Today we are providing a preview with some of our experiences.   The mouse itself came in good, solid packaging, and has a nice look to it overall. The main features of the Kone+ are the 6000 DPI sensor as well as their software, which includes assigning functions to any mouse buttons, as well as their EasyShift and EasyAim software options. The Scroll that lost its way…We will delve further into the aspects of the mouse from a performance and

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Hardware, Reviews

MSI Stealth Chassis Reviewed: Mixed Experiences

Today we are taking a look at one of MSI?s new chassis, the MSI Stealth. MSI made their first steps into the computer chassis market with the introduction of two new chassis: the Stealth and the Ravager. We already published a preview of the chassis, and some of the issues we ran into. The preview can be viewed here. The Stealth promises some interesting features, such as VGA card stabilizers for extra long graphics cards, as well as a USB Super Charger Designated Port. The specifications are as follows: Model: IN-602 Form Factor: ATX Mid Tower Color / Type: Black (Steel) Front Bezel Material: Shock

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Hardware

MSI Stealth Chassis Catches Fire

This is a preview to our review of the MSI Stealth chassis. We will be offering more previews in the future, but this one is special due to the wide variety of issues we encountered along the way. The first issue we noticed was that the packaging had a couple spelling errors: ?User Manual? was spelled ?User Manuel? and ?Shock Resistant? was spelled ?Shock Resistent?. MSI assured us this was an issue with their printer that has since been resolved, and only affected initial shipments of the chassis. The second issue we noticed was that the USB 3.0 ports on the front panel of the

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Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs

Fast High Quality Image and Video Background Removal with CUDA

Many of us have experienced frustration when trying to cut an image in photoshop, trying to remove the foreground image from the background. It is a tedious process, and requires patience and concentration as one cuts carefully along each pixel edge. There are a few ways to automate this process, but many of them are slow, and not necessarily accurate. Thanks to Timo Stich from NVIDIA, we have a way to automate this with incredible accuracy and by utilizing CUDA on a GPU, the time it takes to accomplish this is reduced by 90% when compared to a CPU. The method for doing this requires

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Enterprise, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs

Regex and CUDA Showcase Impressive GPU Performance

To those of us who took theory of computability classes, regular expressions are a common sight. We know them to be fundamental to a number of programming languages. However, most of us consider them on a theoretical basis, tracing them using DFAs (deterministic finite automatons) and NFAs (non-deterministic finite automatons), we do not necessarily think about the complexity that goes into computing them. The way a traditional CPU works requires any search among regular expressions to process each DFA and NFA individually and in order. Multi-threading assists in this process, but even when using multiple threads, the OS kernel is limited by the number of

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Hardware

Lian Li Announces Their Smallest ATX Chassis Yet: The PC-V700

Today Lian Li announced their smallest ATX motherboard supported chassis, the PC-V700. It releases in the US and Canada this month with three different models: Silver – PC-V700A – $249 MSRP Black – PC-V700B – $249 MSRP Black exterior and interior with a side panel window – PC-V700WX – $279 MSRP The PC-700 has a hotswappable HDD cage under the 5.25? drive bay which holds up to four 3.5? hard drives. There is also a removable 2.5? rack that supports two HDDs or SSDs under the 3.5? HDD bay. When removed, it allows for longer length graphics cards up to 17.32? (440mm). The PSU is

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