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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard 04-13-2015

The Gigabyte Z97X-SLI is an SLI-capable motherboard priced very attractively for budget gamers. Due to licensing models with Nvidia, not all chipsets and boards are available to support SLI. Additionally, the board will support CrossFire natively as all Z97 boards do. This model also features high-end ALC1150 115dB SNR audio, a high quality headphone amplifier and a dedicated audio hardware zone to protect from interference. Intel Gigabit LAN, all solid caps and a new heatsink design round out the feature list.

Swiftech Komodo R9 LE GPU Water Block 11-30-2014

Swiftech recently released their latest GPU block design, the Komodo R9 LE and Komodo NV GTX9, which match the aesthetics of their Apogee XL. The Komodo blocks are a full coverage design and offer similar illumination effects to the Apogee XL, with changeable color scheme between red, blue, green and white. The base is manufactured of copper that has been chrome plated instead of the more commonly used nickel and the housing is acetal with transparent window.

Swiftech H220-X AIO Liquid Cooler 11-03-2014

The Swiftech H220-X combines the MCP30 pump into either a dual 120mm or dual 140mm radiator, similar to their previous MCR-X20 Drive series. The H220-X, however, relocates the pump from the end of the radiator to a spot beside the fins for a more compact length. They've also integrated a backlit reservoir window so users can easily check the coolant level without opening up the system. Finally, they opted to integrate their current flagship water block, the Apogee XL, into the mix.

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.

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About a month away from Windows 10's official launch, Microsoft has launched a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build that aims to fix bugs and increase the level of polish throughout the OS. The new preview version, build 10158, is now available to Insiders on the Fast Ring.

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Microsoft on Monday revealed it will be shutting down portions of its display advertising business across nine markets and handing off those duties to AOL and AppNexus. In exchange, Bing will now power search and search advertising across all of AOL’s properties for the next 10 years.

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Nvidia GeForce users have been experiencing a slew of annoying issues lately, mainly surrounding Google's GPU accelerated Chrome browser. User are experiencing app freezes, crashes and a number of Timeout Detection Recovery errors as well as problems with delays when switching between games/apps with G-Sync running.

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French media outlets today reported that two senior Uber executives have been taken into police custody in Paris as part of a probe into the company's UberPOP service. The pair are believed to be Uber Europe CEO Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal. French business news channel BFMTV...

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Microsoft over the weekend introduced a new Surface Pro 3 model. It’s powered by the same Intel Core i7 CPU as the other two machines in the lineup but checks in with less onboard storage, resulting in substantial savings at checkout.

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Most of us cringe at the idea of a door-to-door salesman but that’s the exact angle Sprint is taking with one of its newer promotions. Given its recent expansion, the idea must really be clicking with consumers.

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If you're a small business and you're looking for potential investors, there's no longer any need to fill out stacks of SEC paperwork, 140 characters will do the job.

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New information confirming our collective internet addiction was released on Friday by the Pew Research Institute saying that 84% of American adults use the internet. The study began in 2000 and since then Pew Research has conducted almost 100 national surveys to track how the internet is used in daily...

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The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight shipped with so many problems that it was pulled from sale last week. Unfortunately for those who bought the game it seems a fix "will take some time". The update, posted by Warner Brothers Interactive's vice-president of game technology Gary Lake-Schaal, leads with: ...

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A leading academic has presented a paper which claims Google prioritizes its own services over competitors when performing local searches. If the European Union was looking for more ammunition to fuel its antitrust case against Google, this would certainly be it.

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Car accidents account for 1.3 million deaths a year globally and 37,000 in the U.S. alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, new cars equipped with wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication could help bring this number down by 2020 with automatic braking and steering to prevent collisions, but the threat...

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3D Realms and developer Interceptor have released the E3 2015 trailer for Bombshell, the game that originally started out as Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction but had all references to him removed after a lawsuit from Gearbox Software, the franchise's current owner.

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Apple executive Eddy Cue has revealed on Twitter that the company's cloud music service, iTunes Match, will soon allow users to upload up to 100,000 songs, a significant increase on the current limit of 25,000 songs. The song upload limit will be raised when Apple launches iOS 9 later this year.

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Last week research published in Nature and funded by Samsung outlined lithium-ion technology that could supply nearly double the battery life of conventional batteries. Li-on batteries power mobile devices, like Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, so we might soon be owning a handset with a substantially better charge.

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Electrical engineers at the UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute have managed to break the "capacity limit" for fiber optic transmission, paving the way for faster, longer and potentially cheaper fiber networks.

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Star Wars: Battlefront is a series many gamers hold dear to their hearts. Memories of battling the Rebels on Hoth and Bespin stir deep emotions. Crushing the Separatists through expert maneuvers on Naboo is an experience I'll not soon forget, even after 10 years. Rumors of a sequel to the...

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Google uses a cool robot called the TouchBot to test Android and Chrome OS for end-to-end latency: the time it takes for appropriate elements to appear on the display after your finger hits the touchscreen. By analyzing the data from the system's high-speed camera, Google's software developers and engineers can...

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The DiskStation DS1515 is aimed at home users as well as small businesses. Out of the box this NAS can handle five 3.5" hard drives, giving it a maximum capacity of 40TB using the latest 8TB drives, while the addition of two DX513 expansion units boosts capacity to a whopping...

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An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station exploded shortly after launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday. It was the first time a Falcon 9 rocket has failed following 18 successful launches.

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The Pew Research Center’s unit studying the internet and society began systematically measuring internet adoption among Americans in 2000. Since then, Pew Research has conducted 97 national surveys of adults that...

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7 Days is a weekly round-up of what's been happening in the world of technology - written by Neowin's editors with a dash of humor, a hint of exasperation, and an endless supply of (Irish) coffee. Here's a especially edited version for TechSpot readers from the full article.

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Back in May Apple showed off Force Touch, a surface of pressure-sensitive mini electrodes that can imitate the feel of a button, on its Macbook's trackpad. The Apple Watch also features the same technology on its screen. Ever since, there's been speculation if the latest iPhone would be equipped with...

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Microsoft announced Thursday that Sway, the newest addition to Office, is now available for iPad and will have a Windows 10 version. There's also a Sway update for the iPhone. Sway is a way to publish full webpage stories for whatever topic piques your interest.

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We had a number of really popular deals at the TechSpot Store this month. In case you missed any of them, here are the most popular products sold in June. TechSpot readers can use code TSPOT10 at checkout to get an additional 10% off any item in our store. Don’t...

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After months of build-up, AMD has finally unveiled its true next generation graphics card. The Radeon R9 Fury X broke cover at E3 last week and the review embargo lifted just days ago. While it’s not the Titan killer some had hoped for, the Fury X does appear equipped to...

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Many of us can fondly remember building a volcano as a science project. The banking soda and vinegar eruption seemed immensely cool as a kid but it pales in comparison to the “volcano” that artist Bob Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson built as part of a research project.

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Google sometimes launches new products and services without trying to give them much attention. That is the case with its new code repository platform, which it put into beta under the radar earlier this year. Its Cloud Source Repositories is a service that allows users to store, edit and share...

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Roughly 500 new words and phrases have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary via its quarterly update. The latest members of the word nerd holy grail include autotune, crowdfunding, deep web, e-cig, kryptonite (how is this just now making it in?), photobomb, retweet, webisode, meh, vaping, sexting and twerk.

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While the lack of diversity in your News Feed is on you, it’s the social network that’s to blame for its lack of workplace diversity. For the second year in a row, Facebook revealed a workplace diversity report that’s largely dominated by white males.

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In a company email sent on Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlines a revised vision for the company and introduces a new mission statement: “to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

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