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April 29, 2017

Verizon Explains Decision Not to Bid in 600MHz Spectrum Auction

Earlier this month, the FCC concluded their 600MHz spectrum auction and T-Mobile walked away with 45% of the spectrum, spending nearly $8 billion. While this was no surprise, it was a surprise to see that both Sprint and Verizon didn’t even bother to bid. Sure, it’s understandable that Sprint may not want to finance a potentially costly bid for additional spectrum, but Verizon on the other hand is very wealthy and could easily afford to throw money at spectrum, begging the question, why?

In a recent blog post written by Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer, Nicola Palmer, she explains that Verizon didn’t bid because “We simply don’t need [...]

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April 26, 2017

Review: Creative iRoar Go Weatherproof Portable Wireless Speaker

25% Lighter, 40% Smaller, 100% More Weatherproof

Last year, I reviewed the Creative Roar 2 portable wireless speaker which has quickly become my favorite Bluetooth speaker of all time. Along with great sound quality, the Creative Roar 2 is portable, has a long battery life, is an extremely good looking speaker, and is a good value for the price. Since then, Creative has released the next generation of their Roar speakers, the first of which is the Creative iRoar launched early last year.

Following up on the iRoar, Creative also launched a miniaturized version of the iRoar, creatively titled the Creative iRoar Go. The new Creative iRoar Go promises the same powerful [...]

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April 21, 2017

Google Home Now Supports Multiple Users by Voice Recognition

Multi-user support, one of the most highly requested features for the Google Home has recently been released by Google.

According to a recent blog post, Google Home can now support up to six users by utilizing voice recognition in order to identify the person speaking. This allows Google Home to deliver personalized information for each user so users no longer get the wrong information when they ask Google about their day, their calendars, their commute times, etc.

In order to take advantage of the new feature, simply update the Google Home app to the latest version and a prompt to utilize multi-user should pop up. After saying “OK Google” and [...]

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April 20, 2017

Review: Netgear Nighthawk S8000 Switch

Gaming & Media Switch

Netgear’s Nighthawk series of routers have always been advertised as Netgear’s flagship consumer router products, designed primarily for those looking for networking equipment well suited for gaming and media streaming.

In Netgear’s Nighthawk routers, Netgear has done quite a bit to cater to this market with an aggressive design backed by some of the latest and greatest technologies including radios based on the latest wireless standards, tons of antennas, built-in QoS functionality, and more.

Capitalizing on the Netgear Nighthawk routers’ success, Netgear recently introduced their first Nighthawk switch, the Netgear [...]

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April 19, 2017

AOC Launches Monster 40-inch Curved 4K UHD 10-bit MVA Panel Monitor

Thought you had something special with your puny 32″ 4K monitor? Think again.

AOC recently announced their new C4008VU8 monitor for those who want the ultimate immersive experience. Spanning across a massive 40-inches, the C4008VU8 is one of the most full featured monitors on the market featuring a 4K UHD resolution, 10-bit color, and MVA panel technology capable of reproducing 85% of the NTSC wide color gamut. Unfortunately for gamers, refresh rate is capped at the standard 60Hz.

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40” curved VA panel with 3840 x 2160 4K UHD Resolution 85% NTSC Wide Color Gamut and 10-bit colors 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI 1.4 (MHL), 1 x HDMI 2.0 (MHL), 2 x DP [...]
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April 18, 2017

Razer Launches Hammerhead BT Wireless and Hammerhead for iOS In-Ear Headsets

Razer is expanding their Hammerhead lineup of in-ear headphones with a new Hammerhead BT wireless headset as well as a new Hammerhead wired headset designed for use with iOS Lightning devices. The two new headphones complement the already existing Razer Hammerhead V2 and Razer Hammerhead Pro V2.

Similar to the rest of the Razer Hammerhead in-ear headsets, the two new additions to the Hammerhead lineup will feature 10mm drivers along with a carrying case for easy transport.

 

Razer Hammerhead BT

Designed for gamers on the go, the new Razer Hammerhead BT is a Bluetooth headset featuring the sleek Razer Hammerhead in-ear headset design, [...]

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April 13, 2017

T-Mobile Wins Big at 600MHz Auction – Wins 45% of Spectrum Covering 100% of the US

In one of its most high profile moves this year, T-Mobile recently announced that they’ve won big at the 600MHz low band wireless spectrum auction, winning 1,525 licenses, or 45% of all 600MHz spectrum. The newly acquired spectrum covers every inch of the US including US territories such as Puerto Rico and quadruples T-Mobile’s low band spectrum holdings. According to documents from the FCC, T-Mobile was the biggest purchaser of spectrum in this auction, spending nearly $8 billion.

The auction, which began last year, was a special auction which would re-purpose spectrum currently used for broadcast TV into spectrum for wireless services. Low band [...]

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April 11, 2017

SK Hynix Introduces 256Gb 72-Layer TLC 3D NAND

SK Hynix is making some major advances in NAND technology as it recently announced its first 256Gb 72-layer TLC 3D NAND flash memory. SK Hynix’s 72-layer 3D NAND follows their 48-layer 3D NAND product which was released just five months ago in November 2016.

According to SK Hynix, the new 72-layer TLC 3D NAND is capable of utilizing existing manufacturing lines allowing for 30% better manufacturing efficiency, 2x faster internal operation speed, 20% higher performance, and 1.5x cell density over previous generation 48-Layer 3D NAND.

The new SK Hynix 72-layer 3D NAND will go into mass production in the 2H2017 initially targeting business use. The company [...]

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April 7, 2017

AMD Releases Ryzen Balanced Power Plan to Improve Performance, Reduce Power Consumption in Ryzen CPUs

Although AMD’s Ryzen CPUs launched to a rocky start, AMD has shown that they’re fiercely working on improving the platform, releasing three community updates within just a few weeks of the initial Ryzen 7 launch.

One of the issues that had been plaguing early Ryzen adopters is that the Windows 10 default “Balanced” power profile isn’t optimized to properly utilize Ryzen’s power saving capabilities which resulted in reduced performance with the Balanced power profile engaged. The reason for this is because with the Windows Balanced Power Plan, Windows sets higher thresholds and longer timers for transitions across P-states, and [...]

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April 6, 2017

Western Digital Introduces My Passport SSD, Delivers Up to 515MB/s Over USB 3.1 Gen 2

Western Digital has released their first ever external drive powered by SSD technology.

Dubbed the My Passport SSD, the new external SSD features up to 1TB of storage in an ultraportable 1.8 inch x 3.5 inch x 0.39 inch form factor. Thanks to its SSD internals, the drive is capable of performance of up to 515MB/s over USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) and will feature adapters for compatibility with USB Type-A as well as USB Type-C connectors. For peace of mind, the drive also features industry standard AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and is durable enough to withstand a 6.5 foot drop and up to 1500G of force.

The WD My Passport SSD will MSRP at $99.99 for the 256GB, $199 [...]

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