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Cougar 700M and Speed Gaming Mouse and Pad 09-22-2014

One look at the Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse and I was immediately reminded of another mouse I had recently reviewed, the Thermaltake Level 10. Upon closer examination there are more than a few differences between them, however compared to the typical computer mouse, they share a few similarities. For one, both exhibit a barebones-style open architecture with an aluminum skeleton. Both also feature adjustable panels to customize the fit to the user's hand along with fully programmable buttons and a high attention to detail on the fit and finish.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe Solid State Drive 08-04-2014

Today we have for review OCZ's latest RevoDrive 350. With the new model number falling in line with other recent OCZ offerings such as the Vertex 460 or Vector 150, the RevoDrive 350 marks OCZ's fourth generation PCIe-based SSD. Featuring dual or quad SandForce SF-2282 controllers (depending on capacity), the RevoDrive 350 offers up to an advertised 1800MB/s read and 1700MB/s write speeds and an astounding 135,000 to 140,000 IOPS. Utilizing the same 19nm Toshiba toggle flash found in OCZ's other recent offerings, the RevoDrive 350 sports a three year warranty with up to 50GB/day of host writes.

Swiftech Apogee XL CPU Waterblock 07-01-2014

Today we have for review Swiftech's absolute latest in blocks, the Apogee XL. Superseding the Apogee HD, which we reviewed two years ago, the XL offers some fine-tuning in performance for the latest AMD and Intel processors, reduced flow restriction and a new visual enhancement with LED back-lit logo plate in four included interchangeable colors: blue, green, red and white. There are two different versions available, the standard black polycarbonate body we received and an all-new XLC model with clear top.

X2 Aurel Noise Cancellation Headset 05-27-2014

X2 Products comes to us from a team of PC enthusiasts based in the Netherlands. X2 has sent over for review today the X2 Aurel audio headphones with passive noise cancellation. Despite having an in-line microphone, the Aurel seem to be emphasized more for their audio headphone performance rather than portrayed as a true gaming headset. X2 advertises the Aurel series 2.0 as genuine audio headphones designed for style and functionality with gold-plated cables, passive noise cancellation and superb and crystal clear sound.

OCZ 240GB Vertex 460 solid state drive 04-14-2014

One of the first announced products to come about as a result of Toshiba acquiring OCZ was the Vertex 460, a marriage of OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba 19nm toggle flash memory. Advertising up to 545MB/s sequential reads and 525MB/s sequential writes and from 90,000 to 95,000 4K random IOPS, it appears as if OCZ is right back at the top of their game in the SSD market. Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities with a three year warranty, the Vertex 460 joins the Vector 150 in OCZ's new lineup of consumer SSDs utilizing Toshiba's toggle NAND flash memory.

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Google recently disclosed that Chromecast users have cast around 650 million times collectively since the device’s release, up from the 400 million the company reported back in July. The revelation was made by Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz at Gigaom’s Structure Connect conference.

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Moving from a full-size ATX computer to a microATX or even a miniITX system oftentimes means you have to make compromises, especially in the area of gaming. Gigabyte, however, aims to keep small form factor users in the game with its new GeForce GTX 970 Mini-ITX graphics card.

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Free music streaming destinations are getting more scarce, with Microsoft today announcing that from December 1st it will no longer be offering a free, ad-supported Xbox Music streaming option. Moving forwards, to access the streaming music service you will have to pay $9.99 per month for an Xbox Music Pass.

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I’ve tested several different Bluetooth speaker systems from companies like Jawbone, Logitech and Brookstone over the years. While I enjoyed the convenience afforded by such systems, they don’t come close to offering the quality you get from a true powered speaker.

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With every launch of a new architecture, Intel likes to release a set of enthusiast parts that typically hit the market a year after the standard-grade SKUs. Recently, for example, we saw the launch of the Haswell-E line-up around a year after the first Haswell parts landed.

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Microsoft has been operating a secret division within the company since 2009 called Microsoft Garage. It’s essentially an incubator of ideas, a program where employees are free to explore and build upon ideas that interest them – regardless of topic and often times, outside of the Windows and Windows Phone...

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If you're using a controller to play a PC game—I know, I know, shhh, it's okay—chances are the on-screen prompts you see will match up with an Xbox controller. But you don't have to use Microsoft's controller with your PC; you've actually got a lot of options, including the PS4's...

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The teardown specialists over at iFixit have had a busy week. After tackling Apple’s new 5K iMac just days ago, the team finds yet another Apple product on the operating table: the iPad Air 2.

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Nvidia has launched a new set of WHQL certified drivers for owners of their GeForce graphics cards. The 344.48 drivers come Game Ready for a bunch of upcoming titles, including Civilization: Beyond Earth, Lords of the Fallen, and Elite: Dangerous.

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Raspberry Pi owners will soon be able to ditch their phablets, iPads and Android-powered slates. Why, you ask? Because they’ll be able to build their very own “Pi Pads” using a brand-new accessory for the credit card-sized computer.

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While it may not be overly evident, e-mail has undergone a drastic change over the past several years. Once a service for simply sending and receiving personal correspondence, today’s inboxes are filled with all sorts of messages including social network notifications, newsletters, bills, reminders and invitations – and that’s not...

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Twitter’s first developer conference in four years, Flight, is in full swing and we’re already seeing some announcements out of San Francisco. Perhaps one of the most interesting is Digits, Twitter’s plan to replace the password with a user’s mobile phone number. Here’s how it works. ...

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Barnes & Noble is expanding its partnership with Samsung today with the launch of a new tablet to complement the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The new slate, also known as the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, features one major difference – a larger screen.

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Through this weekend (assuming it doesn't sell out), Western Digital's 1.5TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 hard drive is available for $65 and shipped free from Adorama (sold via eBay) with a three-year WD warranty -- that's $35 off...

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Solar power solutions have generally been considered to be a reliable source of renewable energy, with a seemingly continuous string of technological advancements being made. While harnessing the sun’s natural power certainly seems like a good idea, a new report suggests it may not be as economical as it seems. ...

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Often times, the best products come about when someone gets fed up with a situation and decides to take the matter into their own hands. Such appears to be the case with Homeboy, a motion-detecting security camera launching today into an already crowded market.

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Vine has updated its iOS app with the ability to follow specific channels, iOS 8 share extension support, as well as full support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple announced its first major update to iOS 8 less than a week ago and already, it’s been jailbroken by the Pangu dev team. Man, these guys sure work fast. Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 8.1 jailbreak.

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Just a couple of days after Chinese censorship monitoring group GreatFire.org reported that China was secretly collecting data from users of Apple's iCloud storage service, the company has acknowledged that it is aware of the attacks.

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While it’s far too early to proclaim 2014 as the year Facebook began its decline, such thinking wouldn’t be out of the question considering how many new social networks have hit the web this year.

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Math was never my strongest subject in school. While I could manage geometry and trig, other parts of mathematics like algebra and calculus just never clicked with me. Perhaps if I had MicroBlink’s latest app, I might have fared a bit better (ok, probably not).

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Yahoo has announced its third quarter results, beating market expectations with a modest rise in sales. The company's revenue for the quarter rose 1 percent to $1.09 billion (excluding commissions paid to partners for Web traffic), and it reported non-GAAP earnings of $0.52 per share.

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Staples appears to be the latest US retailer dealing with a security breach. The company is investigating a “potential” issue and has reached out to law enforcement for assistance according to a report from Krebs on Security.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has only been at the helm for about eight months yet has managed to become one of the industry’s top earners. This total compensation package for the year is worth a whopping $84.3 million according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 positioned itself it as an ideal candidate for multi-GPU 4K gaming by outperforming the Radeon R9 290 while undercutting its price too. As expected, AMD was quick to respond with price cuts, which means folks looking to game at 4K have some capable multi-GPU options for as little as $600...

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Apple rarely divulges the full hardware specifications of its iOS devices. Such details are often uncovered only through benchmark testing and in-depth analysis once products hit the market. Every now and again, however, some benchmark results slip out ahead of time (likely from reviewers that get iDevices early to review)...

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Microsoft has launched the first update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview, adding in several new features for Windows Insider participants to test. The update brings the operating system up to build 9860, and is delivered as usual through Windows Update.

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