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September 30, 2018

Intel Addresses CPU Supply Issues in Open Letter

Thanks to a mix of greater than expected demand coupled with unexpected delays in transition to their 10nm manufacturing process, Intel is experiencing some shortages in its chip supply prompting frustration from both Intel partners and end users. In order to alleviate some of this frustration and provide a bit of transparency, Intel CFO and Interim CEO, Bob Swan, recently posted an open letter to the Intel Newsroom addressing the processor shortage.

According to the letter, Intel is aware that it has a processor shortage. As a result, it will be prioritizing Xeon and Core processors above those in the entry level. These are the highest revenue and profit [...]

 
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September 6, 2018

Samsung Announces 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT, 983 ZET Datacenter SSDs

At a recent event in New York, Samsung recently updated their datacenter SSD lineup with four new models including the Samsung 860 DCT, Samsung 883 DCT, Samsung 983 DCT, and Samsung 983 ZET.

In their DCT based SSD lineup, Samsung will launch three SSDs, the 860 DCT, 883 DCT and 983 DCT.

At the entry level, the Samsung 860 DCT is Samsung’s offering for read-heavy applications. The drive features capacities up to 4TB, 0.2 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) endurance and utilizes Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND process. According to Samsung, the Samsung 860 DCT is well suited for applications such as streaming servers, content [...]

 
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August 29, 2018

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Review

Ruggedized Portable SSD

If you need more storage capacity than a flash drive, but you also need more speed, portability and durability than an external hard drive, the easy solution is to pickup an external SSD. One of the top manufacturers of external SSDs is SanDisk, which recently launched their new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD which we have in for review today.

The new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is designed for those who need fast, high capacity storage, yet also want something rugged to travel with. The Extreme Portable SSD features SanDisk’s latest 3D BiCS NAND technology which greatly increases capacity of the drive up to 2TB yet still allows it [...]

 
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August 24, 2018

How to Use Spotify’s Web Player

We all know that Spotify is easily one of the best music streaming services on the market today. It has one of the best music discovery capabilities for music streaming services and its unique social features such as song, album, and playlist sharing are unparalleled by others.

One not-so-heavily advertised features for Spotify is the existence of the Web Player. If you just go to Spotify’s website, it directs you to download the desktop application, which is awesome in its own right, but if you’re at school or at work and don’t have the ability to install additional software yet you still want access to your favorite playlist, Spotify still has [...]

 
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August 24, 2018

The Pirate Bay Alternatives for Torrents

The Pirate Bay is one of the oldest and one of the most popular torrent websites out there with its roots dating back all the way to 2003. In its lifetime, the popular torrents site has experienced quite a bit of turmoil including its founders being arrested and thrown in jail, its servers confiscated and quite a bit more, but its incredible resiliency and the community’s ability to bring it back has really made it the most iconic torrent website in existence. However, given that The Pirate Bay does operate in a legal grey area, its services aren’t guaranteed and the site does go down from time to time. Further, some users aren’t pleased with some of [...]

 
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August 21, 2018

Best Sites to Watch TV Shows Online Free

An estimated 19 million households will cut the cord by 2019 and despite saving quite a bit of money cutting out cable TV services, the fees will likely be turning into paying for streaming video websites such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube Red/YouTube TV, Hulu, and more.

For those who simply can’t afford to pay for all the different streaming sites out there, luckily there are plenty of sites out there that will allow you to watch TV shows online for free thanks to advertising support. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best free TV show streaming sites.

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April 26, 2018

Samsung 970 EVO Review (500GB)

The New M.2 NVMe Price/Performance Champ

Nearly two years ago, Samsung launched their Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO to major fanfare. These two juggernaut introductions in addition to their enterprise cousins further established Samsung’s position as the undisputed leader in M.2 form-factor NVMe SSDs. At the time, the industry had been facing a massive shortage of NAND which slowed down product introductions across the board, but as NAND supply has finally begun stabilizing, companies are now finally introducing some new products to once again reignite demand.

Recently, Samsung launched the Samsung 970 EVO and the Samsung 970 PRO which will replace the aging Samsung [...]

 
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March 14, 2018

OnePlus 5T Review

Introduction

Back in 2013, OnePlus jumped into the smartphone scene with a bang, introducing their OnePlus One smartphone, which quickly distinguished itself by offering flagship class smartphone features at a pricepoint of just $299. Thanks to massive community support, OnePlus was able to quickly build a name for itself as the enthusiast class smartphone with the best value possible.

Fast forward to June 2017 and OnePlus has continued this tradition of delivering flagship class smartphones at very reasonable prices. The OnePlus 5 featured all the latest and greatest hardware including a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of [...]

 
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January 24, 2018

AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC Review

Quiet and Beautiful

AVADirect wasn’t really a systems builder on our radar until late last year when we reviewed their Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC. After extensive testing, we found that the system was well configured, well built, and well priced, quickly propelling AVADirect to the top as one of our favorite custom PC builders.

Recently, AVADirect sent us another one of the systems in their lineup, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC, which as its name implies is AVADirect’s quiet gaming PC offering based on AMD’s X370 Ryzen platform.

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December 20, 2017

Samsung Mass Producing 2nd Gen 10nm-Class 8Gb DDR4 DRAM

Samsung has begun mass producing their 2nd Generation 10nm-class 8Gb DDR4 DRAM. According to the announcement, the new Samsung 2nd Generation 10nm-class 8Gb DDR4 features speeds up to 3,600 Mbps per pin, which provides around 10% improved performance and 15% improved power efficiency compared to 1st Generation 10nm-class 8Gb DDR4.

In order to achieve the improved performance and power efficiency, Samsung developed a new high-sensitivity cell data sensing system which allows a more accurate determination of data stored within a data cell along with a unique “air spacer” design which helps dramatically decrease parasitic capacitance.

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