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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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Today marks the one year anniversary of Chromecast, Google's uber affordable streaming dongle that allows you to push content from your phone, tablet or notebook to your television. It was unveiled during a media event alongside the second generation Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with a jaw-dropping...

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Facebook has reported its second quarter numbers exceeding analyst expectations for the eighth time in a row and resulting in positive reactions in the marketplace. The company shows growth in revenue, income and user numbers. Compared to Q2 of last year, its revenue jumped 61% to $2.91 billion and its...

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A date and location have been announced for Samsung's next developers conference. The annual event will kick off on November 11 at Moscone West (the same venue Apple and Google used for their dev conferences earlier this year) in San Francisco, California, and will run through the 13th according to a...

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AT&T announced that its earnings declined 7.2 percent, while its revenue was up 1.6 percent from a year ago. The announcement came as part of the company's second quarter earnings report, which it released yesterday, a day after Verizon posted strong profits in the second quarter.

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Sony has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought about by the 2011 PlayStation Network data breach, an event that resulted in the theft of names, addresses and potentially even credit card information belonging to 77 million members.

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In an effort to boost its mobile 3D graphics capabilities, Google has acquired 3D graphics firm drawElements. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Arcticstartup is reporting that the sale price was over $10 million.

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No matter which controllers pass through our hands over the years, you've still got to appreciate the classics. That's why this Bluetooth gamepad is so appealing. It combines the new and the old in a manner that looks and feels like one of the original, authentic NES controllers you could...

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Diversity reports are the new hot topic in Silicon Valley as Twitter is next in line for everyone to comb over. Unsurprisingly, the microblogging platform on Wednesday joined a growing list of tech companies dominated by white males, just as we've seen from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo in recent months. ...

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Valve continues to tweak the elusive Steam Controller, recently adding in an analog stick into the design alongside the existing setup that includes two touchpads, several trigger buttons and traditional faceplate buttons.

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I'm a sucker for nostalgia. There's something special about stepping back in time (metaphorically speaking, of course) whenever I hear a certain song, look at an old photo, etc. It's a reaction that was triggered when I recently came across the aptly named Nostalgia Machine.

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From now until July 31st, EA is giving away copies of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection on Origin for free. To redeem your copy, open up Origin on your PC and log in, head to the Games tab, click on Redeem Product Code and enter the code "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS".

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For more than a decade tech-savvy users on a budget would commonly buy a sub-$100 CPU and achieve performance comparable to $200-$300 chips by overclocking. These days Intel locks down its lower end parts, but to mark the 20th anniversary of its Pentium brand, they've released a fully unlocked dual-core...

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Last month Amazon officially launched its Prime music service, offering its Prime subscribers unlimited, ad-free streaming. Today, the company has announced the library of songs users have to choose from is expanding dramatically along with some additional enhancements to the service.

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Unlocking a smartphone can be a drag, especially if you're the type that checks your handset dozens of times a day. It's a first world problem that has led many to simply leave their phones unprotected (obviously not a wise decision) but now, Motorola thinks they've come up with yet...

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How many times have you tried to figure out what you are having for dinner only to become disgruntled and order a pizza? It happens to all of us from time to time, but that's often because we run out of time to prepare for dinner or, frankly, we forget what's...

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Apple announced OS X Yosemite during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference last month. Since then, developers have had access to the operating system via closed beta but that's all set to change real soon.

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Researchers at Princeton and Belgium's KU Leuven have found a new, extremely persistent type of web-tracking technique that's being used on around 5% of the top 1000 sites on the Internet, including Whitehouse.gov, YouPorn, and more. Dubbed Canvas Fingerprinting, the technique is nearly impossible to block, which means you cannot...

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YouTube's upcoming music subscription service has been hit with yet another setback. Chris LaRosa, YouTube's product manager in charge of music, is parting ways with Google at the end of the week to join an undisclosed startup according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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Waiting around to check out the new look of the Play Store ever since Google announced it was due for a facelift? Well, you can head over to the storefront to check out if you've made it to an early batch, as Google's aesthetically-pleasing Play Store update is rolling out gradually right...

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Intel recently announced a new edition to its Professional Family of solid state drives, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series. These new business-class drives offer a wealth of security and manageability features, fast performance and a lower total cost of ownership according to a press release on the matter.

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After that excruciating recorded call between AOL product manager Ryan Block and a Comcast customer rep went viral last week, the cable company quickly apologized noting that's not "how our customer service representatives are trained to operate". But as many already suspected, turns out that's not true. ...

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Even before the Surface Pro 2 was released, rumors suggested Microsoft was working on a Mini version of its Windows tablet. Such talk spilled over into 2014 and by mid-year, we were certain we'd see the smaller slate show up on stage during Microsoft's "small gathering" on May 20. ...

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Two games from EA originally slated to launch right in the heart of this year's holiday gaming season have been delayed, so that the game's developers have more time to polish their work.

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Magicians have been entertaining audiences for centuries but as we all know, there's no such thing as magic. Instead, magic tricks are simply illusions that play tricks on our brains which is exactly what takes place in the clip below.

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Look no further than a solid state drive for breakneck speed. If a large-capacity drive for storage is what you're after, however, traditional spinning hard drives are still the best bet in terms of price per GB. And if you need a whole heck of a lot of storage, Western...

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Amazon's new Fire phone features much of the same functionality as its competition, so the company is doing everything it can to showcase the device's head tracking technology.

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Apple on Tuesday posted fiscal third quarter results led by solid iPhone sales. The Cupertino-based company brought in $37.4 billion in revenues, up six percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Profit checked in at $7.75 billion, up from the $6.9 billion during the same period in 2013.

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If you want the best of the best in terms of wireless network performance, even if the devices you own can't handle the blazing fast speeds, look no further than Asus' new RT-AC87 router.

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While we've long moved away from the early days of the mainframe and thin clients, there are some areas of computing where we're seeing a push back to similar architectures. We'll take a look at some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, offer our general impressions on using...

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Speaking in an earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that in the next version of Windows, the company will amalgamate the current three versions of Windows into the one operating system.

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