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December 30, 2017

Chinese Regulators Hint at Investigation into Potential DRAM Price Fixing

If you’ve been surprised by the massive surge in RAM pricing lately, you’re not alone. China is now closely monitoring DRAM prices, hinting that it’s possibly looking to conduct an investigation for price fixing. Xu Xinyu, an official of China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s Pricing Supervision Department, stated:

 “We have noticed the price surge and will pay more attention to future problems that may be caused by ‘price fixing’ in the sector”

The officials didn’t specifically mention which major manufacturers will be scrutinized, but the according to Wang Yanhui, Secretary General of the Mobile China Alliance, NDRC [...]

 
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October 3, 2017

PUBG Hit With “Review Bomb” After Inserting In-Game Ads

Players Unknown Battlegrounds (PUGB for short) was hit with a massive number of negative reviews after inserting in-game ads on its Chinese servers.

The reviews started flowing after players on the Chinese servers began seeing advertisements in-game promoting a VPN service. The Chinese players, already unsatisfied with the game’s server performance in China, voiced their disdain by down voting the game in doves. Flooding a game with negative reviews, know as “review bombing” has become a popular way for players to voice their dissatisfaction.

Surprisingly, the negative reviews from the Chinese players triggered a wave of international players [...]

 
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September 28, 2017

Razer Basilisk Review

FPS Gaming Mouse

First Person Shooter, or FPS, games are one of the most common gaming genres out there, but when it comes to gaming mice designed specifically for the genre, there is surprisingly very few out there. Of course, if you ask any professional FPS gamer, it’s easy to understand why. As FPS gaming relies almost solely on the quality of the main switches along with the accuracy of the sensor, FPS gamers typically select simple mice with quality switches and ultra-accurate sensors making gaming mice such as the Zowie EC2, Razer DeathAdder Elite, Logitech G Pro, or SteelSeries Rival 300 some of the most popular gaming mice for FPS gamers.

Of course, [...]

 
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October 4, 2017

WeChat Alleged Sharing of Private Data

Popular messaging app WeChat recently updated its privacy policy to let users know that it logs and shares private user information with the Chinese Government. While the latest update to WeChat’s privacy policy is no surprise, it does explicitly confirm what we’ve all assumed to be true all along.

The scope of data collection covers anything WeChat collects including identity information, credit card information, chat history, phone numbers, biometric information (voice, fingerprint, etc) and more. It would be safe to assume that all versions of WeChat is subjected to the same level of scrutiny.

WeChat’s new privacy policy complies with the [...]

 
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September 5, 2017

Longsys Acquires Lexar Brand from Micron

After memory giant Micron announced the discontinuation and potential sale of the Lexar brand back in June of this year, little additional information was provided as to the ultimate fate of Lexar. While there was some speculation that Seagate may pick up the brand to bolster its flash memory business, instead China based Longsys recently announced that had acquired the Lexar trademark and brand. Details of the acquisition were not provided at this time.

“We are very honored to acquire the Lexar brand,” said Huabo Cai, CEO of Longsys Electronics Limited. “Lexar has built a great brand name and our vision is to make it even greater. Existing customers can rest assured [...]

 
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August 18, 2017

Razer Lancehead Review

Razer’s Flagship Wireless Gaming Mouse

Several weeks ago, we were able to get our hands on Razer’s new wired ambidextrous eSports grade gaming mouse, the Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition, which we were quite impressed with. While a portion of the advertised features weren’t available at the time of the review (Synapse 3 is required for the Hybrid On-Board functionality), the Razer Lancehead TE still proved to be a fantastic gaming mouse with a flawless sensor, an excellent design and a reasonable price point.

Along with the Lancehead TE, Razer also launched the Razer Lancehead, which we’ll be reviewing today. The main difference between the [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

Toshiba Announces TR200 SSD Packing 64-Layer TLC BiCS 3D NAND

Despite the global NAND shortage and the financial troubles Toshiba is experiencing as of late, the company recently announced the new TR200 SSD featuring their latest 64-Layer BiCS TLC 3D NAND.

The new Toshiba TR200 will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Performance is rated at up to 550MB/s sequential reads and 525MB/s sequential writes. 4K performance is rated at up to 80K/87K IOPS random reads/writes. The drive will feature an endurance of 60-240TBW and a warranty period of 3 years.

The Toshiba TR200 is expected to be showcased at the ChinaJoy show in Shanghai, China from July 27 to July 30, then at GamesCon in Cologne, Germany [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

NordVPN Review

Welcome back to the second installment in our new series of VPN reviews. Last week we reviewed KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited and this week we’ll be reviewing NordVPN.

NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN service founded back in 2012. The service is extremely well reviewed, has one of the largest selections of servers around the world and is reasonably priced, but should you sign up for the service? Let’s find out!

 

The Basics VPN Service NordVPN Servers 1085 Locations 61 Protocols L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN TCP, OpenVPN UDP Maximum Devices 6 Auto-Connect Yes Kill-Switch Yes DNS Leak Protection Yes Logging Policy No [...]
 
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July 13, 2017

China Orders Telecoms to Block VPNs by February 1

China has always had a stringent policy of internet censorship ever since the rise of the internet in the country. Known as the “Great Firewall”, China blocks access to online services that it deems to be against the interest of the state. These services include popular sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and more. However, despite the country’s censorship policies, tech savvy individuals could still easily get around the “Great Firewall” by simply using a VPN service.

However, it appears that this is about to change as a recent article by Bloomberg reports that China is ordering its telecom carriers to block access to [...]

 
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July 4, 2017

Samsung’s New Pyeongtaek V-NAND Fab Begins Mass Production of 64-Layer V-NAND

Samsung announced today that its new fab in Pyeongtaek, South Korea has entered mass production and is shipping its first products to customers. The newly-opened plant which will be the largest single fab in the industry will focus on production of Samsung’s latest 4th generation, 64-layer 3D V-NAND. Samsung’s 64-layer TLC 3D NAND enables capacities of up to 256Gbit per chip bringing increased performance and storage capacity to consumer and enterprise devices. The new factory represents a major step towards Samsung’s goal of shifting 50% of its production to 64-Layer 3D NAND by the end of this year.

Within the next four years, Samsung is also [...]

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