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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.

“By [...]

 
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December 26, 2017

The Best Black Friday 2017 Deals [Expired]

For all the readers living in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you get all the food, drink and of course plenty of Black Friday shopping after!

Today and for the next 48 hours, we’ll be scouring the internet for the best Black Friday deals on technology, computer hardware, and other generally awesome deals you may want to check out. We’ll keep this post updated with all the latest deals, so check back often!

 

CPCR Black Friday Picks Laptops MSI GL62M 7RDX-NE1050i5 15.6″ (Core i5 7300HQ, GTX 1050, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) – $599 After $50 Rebate MSI GS73VR STEALTH PRO-060 17.3″ (Core i7-7700HQ GTX 1070 8G MAX Q [...]
 
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November 23, 2017

Beyerdynamic Custom Game Review

Introduction

For the most part when gaming there are just two senses that matter – sight and sound. This is why having a top quality headset is one of the most important elements to winning on the virtual battlefield. Traditionally, gaming headsets have always been manufactured by gaming peripherals companies that make headsets that are either average or below average quality, but with the dearth of options from premium audiomakers, until recently there really wasn’t much of a choice.

Several years back, renowned German audio products maker Sennheiser jumped into the gaming headset market and saw such success that they now have several models of [...]

 
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November 14, 2017

Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Now Dust and Water Resistant

Although much of the focus lately has been on Razer’s recently launched Phone, Razer’s bread and butter still remains their peripherals lineup. Today, Razer is announcing that they’re revamping the Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard by now adding improved dust and water resistance.

The newest Razer Blackwidow Ultimate now features an IP54 water and dust resistance rating thanks to its improved Razer Green switches which now feature a wall around the switch to prevent water and dust from entering. Aside from the new water and dust resistance, the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate retains all the features of the previous models including [...]

 
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November 9, 2017

AmpliFi Announces Kickstarter for Teleport VPN System

AmpliFi, the consumer brand of popular enterprise grade networking company, Ubiquiti, recently announced a new kickstarter campaign for a product they call Teleport.

Currently about 40% funded, the AmpliFi Teleport works with AmpliFi’s Mesh Router system and essentially acts as a VPN for users when away from the home. By simply connecting to the Teleport while on the go, users can easily access a home network while outside the home as if they were at home allowing access to shared folders, wireless printing, home automation devices, security systems and more.

Those interested in the AmpliFi Teleport system can now make a pledge at the AmpliFi [...]

 
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November 1, 2017

Razer Reveals Razer Phone Packing 120Hz 2K Display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM

When Razer acquired Nextbit in January this year, we had a feeling that they would put that acquisition to good use combining Nextbit’s smartphone engineering know-how with Razer’s own gamer twist. After just less than a year in the making, Razer unveiled their latest smartphone which may be the first decent smartphone ever produced specifically for gaming and content consumption.

The new smartphone, which Razer calls the Razer Phone, looks very similar to the Nextbit Robin, which was Nextbit’s flagship smartphone before the company was acquired by Razer. From there, Razer has made some serious enhancements to the product to make it one of the [...]

 
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October 23, 2017

Newegg Sued by Multiple Korean Banks for Fraud

Industrial Bank of Korea, Nonghyup Bank, Keb Hana Bank and Kookmin Bank are suing now Chinese owned US based online retailer, Newegg, and computer technology distributor, ASI Corp, for allegedly aiding now defunct Korean hardware maker, Monseual, in a Ponzi scheme which defrauded its lenders approximately half a billion dollars and landed the CEO of Monseual, Hong-seok Park, 23 years in prison.

The four South Korea based banks allege that Newegg and ASI helped Monseual secure fraudulent loans by making big purchase orders for Monseual’s products at 300x their actual market value and subsequently receiving kickbacks for their help. As many lenders make loans [...]

 
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October 16, 2017

Toshiba Reportedly Shut Down NAND Production for 3-6 Weeks Due to Hacking

Toshiba just can’t seem to catch a break. In a recent report from Digitimes, its sources within the channel reveal that Toshiba has suffered a massive ransomware attack on its network, forcing the company to shut down its NAND memory production for 3-6 weeks.

According to the article, Toshiba has already resumed NAND production however, the damage has already been done. Toshiba’s NAND production has already been cut by nearly 100,000 wafers. NAND prices were previously expected to drop in the 4Q2017 as supply and demand reach equilibrium however, the latest revelation may delay this until next year.

While much of this is fairly bad news for [...]

 
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October 18, 2017

E-mail Protocol Comparison: POP3 vs IMAP vs Exchange

So you’re setting up your brand new desktop, laptop or smartphone and you come across the option to choose the type of account or protocol to use and you have zero idea what any of it actually does. Don’t worry. We’ve been there before which is why today we’ll be comparing three of the most common e-mail protocols in use today.

 

POP3

POP3, or Post Office Protocol Version 3, is one of the e-mail protocols quickly losing popularity today thanks to the rise of broadband and mobile broadband internet.

The way POP3 works is once it’s setup on an e-mail client (Windows Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, [...]

 
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October 12, 2017

Razer Teases November 1 Smartphone Announcement

At the beginning of this year, gaming hardware company Razer made a surprising move when they acquired struggling smartphone company Nextbit Systems, a company best known for their affordable cloud based smartphone, the Nextbit Robin. At the time, Razer kept quiet on what they had planned to do with the acquisition, but given Razer’s heritage, it was almost certain that they would somehow end up creating some sort of smartphone for gamers.

If you’ve visited Razer’s website lately, it appears that that’s exactly what Razer is about to do. On the website, you may have seen an interesting picture which shows a man holding what appears to be a [...]

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