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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.

SilverStone Grandia GD08 HTPC Case 03-26-2014

SilverStone makes many different sizes and styles of HTPC cases. The chassis we'll be taking a look at today is their Grandia GD08 which supports a full-size ATX motherboard and power supply along with dual optical drives and as many as eight 3" and two 2" hard drives. Provisions for cooling are spacious as well with up to four 120mm intake and two 80mm exhaust fans plus extra venting in the top and rear.

Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB DDR3-2400 Kit 03-20-2014

What Kingston sent us for review today represents the next step up in their HyperX Predator line, the 8GB DDR3-2400 KHX24C11T2K2/8X kit. While only half the capacity of the set we reviewed last year, this kit is verified to run at the faster DDR3-2400 speed and CAS11. Memory bandwidth becomes very important for performance when shared with an iGPU such as AMD's latest Kaveri APU. Kingston also offers 8GB kits in DDR3-2666 and now DDR3-2800 speeds.

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Windows 9, codenamed internally at Microsoft as 'Threshold', is still a while away from hitting even the release candidate stage, but that hasn't stopped some fresh images of the operating system leaking out.

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Verizon has unveiled a nationwide loyalty program for its subscribers in which customers can earn points in a number of different ways that can be exchanged for a variety of rewards. The Smart Rewards program will be available to customers with post-paid accounts starting July 24 but before you decide...

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China has been going through a major internet usage boom over the last little while, due largely to mobile device use. New numbers published by a state supported research group say that for the first time mobile internet usage has surpassed that of laptop and desktop PCs.

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Those in attendance at the annual QuakeCon gaming convention this past weekend were treated with a special sneak preview of Doom - a reboot of the original 1993 game that kicked off the franchise. According to multiple reports, id Software showed off a single-player demo with action taking place both...

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Mobile devices afford us the ability to keep up with what's happening on social media outside of the home. For example, one can simply launch Facebook's app on their smartphone or tablet to stay current with friends and family while on the go.

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A developer has created a way to hack Google's Chromecast device, hijack its connection and blast that Rick Astley video we all know and love (or any other media) on infinite loop across your big screen. Dan Petro has built what he calls the Rickmote, a small, Raspberry Pi based device...

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During a recent hacker conference, forensic scientist and iPhone jailbreaking expert Jonathan Zdziarski outlined a number of undocumented high-value forensic services running on every iOS device. He also found suspicious design omissions in iOS that make data collection easier according to a report from ZDNet.

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Russia has been accused of tampering with the Wikipedia page relating to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight tragedy. A Twitter bot monitoring Russian government IP addresses has spotted key changes to an entry about the crash.

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Verizon on Monday announced its FiOS Internet service is getting a speed boost. Instead of upping download speeds (which are already plenty fast over the fiber connection), the company is tackling a facet that's often overlooked - upload speeds.

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Microsoft shared the full details of its upcoming Xbox One update in a blog post published last week, revealing a fair amount of new features coming as early as next week. Among them are 3D Blu-ray, activity feed updates, mobile purchases, low battery notification, disabling notifications during video, expanded Friends area on Home, OneGuide in...

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Qplay, the Internet video service from TiVo co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, this weekend announced that it is closing down just six month after first launching. Its last day of service will be Friday, July 25.

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There's been a lot of discussion regarding Nvidia's upcoming Shield Tablet over the past few months. And now thanks to a cornucopia of leaked slides obtained by the crew over at VideoCardz.com, we know virtually everything there is to know about Nvidia's new gaming machine.

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Touting several refinements and a new 5.5-inch Quad HD display, LG has brought to market the new LG G3. The new, larger display brings a resolution and pixel density above of what we’ve seen on the current crop of flagships. You also get a 13-megapixel camera with a unique laser autofocus...

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Microsoft has unveiled Project Adam, its new artificial intelligence that it claims is 50 times faster than comparable state-of-the-art systems deployed by the likes of Google. Adam can look at an image of almost anything and tell you exactly what...

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If you want a good idea of exactly what not to do in informing customers of a data breach involving your website, follow the lead set by Australian website Catch of the Day.

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As a Verizon FiOS Internet subscriber, Colin Nederkoorn expected his viewing experience with Netflix to be top-notch. But despite the 75Mbps downstream connection Verizon promises, his connection was only able to muster a measly 375kbps when streaming video from Netflix.

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In the fast pace of the technology world, there are many opportunities to jump into the market early each and every year. If you've got a smartwatch on your wrist, Google Glass on your head, and a 4K television in your living room, you've probably already done so in recent times. ...

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LG has announced a mid-tier handset based on its flagship G3 smartphone. The G3 Beat retains the same styling as its bigger brother in a slightly slimmer package that's also easier on the wallet.

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Following outrage among parents, the EU asked both Google and Apple to implement changes to the way apps are sold. The issue was mainly regarding free apps that are loaded with in-app purchases and those that can lure children into spending real dollars. The EU also wants explicit info to...

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Add Dell to the growing list of major retailers now accepting Bitcoins. The computer maker announced the addition of Bitcoins as a method of payment on Dell.com for customers in the US as part of what they're calling a pilot program.

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Along with Steam's Quakecon event, which includes deals on Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom and other franchises, the Humble Bundle is running a 2K promotion with the BioShock series among other major releases for a bargain (XCOM: Enemy Unknown and BioShock Infinite are unlocked at $20). Elsewhere, Amazon has...

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Google is finally getting around to addressing a couple of nagging issues related to its Chrome web browser that have been plaguing users for years.

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Test pages for an Amazon book subscription services surfaced earlier this week, hinting that the company would soon be launching its Oyster and Scribd competitor. Today, Kindle Unlimited has officially launched with a catalogue of 600,000 books (and more) for $9.99 a month.

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It's been less than a month since Google released the full SDK for Android Wear, the version of the company's mobile operating system designed specifically for smartwatches and other wearables. Since that time, there's been a lot of discussion regarding whether or not Google would support third-party custom watch faces. ...

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Valve on Friday announced they've partnered with ESPN for coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships. The event will be streamed live over ESPN3, the network's online branch, while a preview of the final match will air on ESPN2 starting Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific.

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Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 yesterday announced that it has successfully hacked the Tesla Model S. The hacks were carried out at the SyScan +360 security conference in Beijing, with members of the company's IT department demonstrating the ability to remotely control the car's door locks, headlights, wipers, sunroof, and horn while it was in...

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National Security Agency employees routinely pass around intimate nude shots that they intercept as part of their surveillance assignments, according to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who made the startling revelation during an interview with The Guardian.

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Facebook recently launched a new test in which they're allowing users to buy products from ads and News Feed Pages without having to leave the site. It's available to Facebook mobile or desktop users and is open to a few small and medium-sized businesses in the US free of charge...

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