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Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Released

Recently there has been great deal of talk about Virtual Reality in the gaming industry. Most of this talk is centered around a product which has been in development for some time. Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift made quite a splash with its announcement in 2012. Since then it has had gamers on the edge of their seats, eager to hear more about this device. With the built-in display and ability to monitor your head movements, the Rift was designed to make the user’s gaming experience seem more “real.” This technology is the next step up from what is being seen with consoles currently; the addition of cameras to bring the user into the game by making it more interactive with their bodies. Hopes for this device are high, and many are waiting anxiously for the release date. Earlier this week, Oculus VR released their Oculus Rift DK2 (Developer’s Kit 2) for developers. Priced at $350 this early version of the product boasts a resolution of 960 x 1080 for each eye, refresh rates of 75 Hz, 72 Hz, and 60 Hz, and a persistence of 2 ms, 3 ms, and full. They also have a 100 degree nominal field of view. In order for this device to work correctly, it has sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer which update at a rate of 1000 Hz. These allow the device to correctly interpret the user’s head motions. There is also a CMOS sensor on the outside to provide for positional tracking. It is obvious that the Oculus Rift is indeed a very innovative piece o...



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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Review

Introduction As we all know, digital audio has been around for awhile and is practically a standard on most of our audio devices. Unfortunately, there are still select motherboards out there that don’t offer a digital output, so we’re stuck using an analog connection and laptops that only offer an analog audio jack. Cambridge Audio has the solution with their DacMagic XS. It’s a pocket size device that connects via any USB port and converts the audio to a digital signal.   Before we get started, let’s see what Cambridge has to say about it. Listening to music on your computer is brilliant – instant, easy access to all your digital files and a world of streaming services, internet radio and video sites. The cheap headphone output of a typical laptop or computer is simply not good enough to get the best from your headphones. The DacMagic XS USB DAC / Headphone Amp is an instant upgrade to any computer’s sound output. It connects quickly and easily to any USB port and allows you to hear your favourite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended.



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Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock review

Are you tired of continuously reconnecting cables to your laptop, but don't want to buy the specific docking station for your laptop? Or, perhaps you have multiple systems that you use daily. Personally, I run multiple systems from home and constantly switch between systems that require more then a remote desktop connection. Diamond Media has a solution for these scenarios. Introducing the DS3900 Docking station! Cconnected via a USB, the DS3900 allows you to keep your primary peripherals connected to the dock and switch over with a single cable swap. Before we get started, here's a little about Diamond.



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HTC aims to cure diseases with your smartphone

Our smartphones are gaining more and more power, opening new doors to new app functionality. This is not limited to games or programs to make your life easier. HTC now is joining ranks with SETI@home and Folding@home to be able to harness that power. HTC Power To Give aims to combine the power of your android smartphones to create a network of vast computational power. To make this possible, HTC with the help of the creator of SETI@home, Dr. David Anderson, have created an app which makes it very easy to do your part. After the app is downloaded from the Google Play store, when your phone is connected to WiFi and charging, your phone will be added to a huge network of phones all aiming to solve today’s greatest problems. HTC claims if they got 1 million HTC One smartphones all working together, it could be as powerful as a one-Petaflop supercomputer.At the current time, only HTC One and Butterfly phones can be used; however, HTC plans to add more and more Android devices. What will your phone’s processing power be used for? The power harnessed by these phones will be used to aid researchers in a variety of uses. One of the main focuses is researching a cure for cancer and other diseases; this is done mainly through protein folding. When a protein in your body does not fold correctly, there is a possibility to cause one of many diseases, including cancer. Protein folding can show scientists the correct sequences so they can find ways to prevent or treat diseases...



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VisionTek 26 Piece PC Tool Kit Review

With Tax Return Season upon us there are many who might be considering putting together their first new PC build or perhaps updating their current build. During the process of putting together the parts list, there is one item that is frequently neglected; that item is the tool-set you will need assemble your rig. Any old average set of tools (as long as they contain at least a philips screwdriver) will do you in a pinch, but it's best not to use dad's rusty-old screwdriver because it could get rust flakes and who knows what other kinds of dirt and grime all over your new PC hardware. Thankfully there are tool kits designed specifically with system building in mind, and VisionTek has a fairly comprehensive kit of their own, which we will review for you today. Their kit comes with 26 pieces of surprisingly versatile, yet simple tools. We'll be taking a quick look at what something like this offers you, the budding system builder, in your quest to construct the perfect metal monolith. First, here's a word about VisionTek:



 
 
 
 
 
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ADATA DashDrive Air AE400

Ever wish you had a bigger storage device for your tablet or mobile devices? How about sharing media files between a computer and your iPhone without connecting cables? Maybe you wish you bought the Apple device with more storage capabilities. ADATA has the solution. Introducing the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400. With its unique and limitless abilities, it delivers a number of unique functions" it can act as a Wireless Access Point or a USB drive and card reader. That's not the only thing, it's also capable of charging devices on the go with its 5000mAh battery pack. Is it really possible to fit all these features inside a device small enough to fit inside your pocket? Read on to find out!



 
 
 
 
 
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Satechi 10-Port USB hub

While most motherboard manufacturers limit us to six USB 3.0 ports including header ports, Satechi understands that USB 3.0 technology is beginning to take over. We would like to introduce the Satechi 10-port USB 3.0 hub. The 10-port hub includes nine data ports and one port dedicated for device charging. Will this 10-port hub hold up to our high standards? Read on to find out.



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Cost-Effective 8-inch Tablet Making a Splash in the Industry

Introduction December 19th, Shenzhen, China based KTC Technology Group is an OEM leader in the manufacturing of LCD TVs around the globe and provides high quality products with competitive prices. KTC stepped into the manufacturing of tablets in 2012 and launched a series of products providing global brand customers with professional OEM service. Now, they are proud to introduce a cost-effective 8-inch model, the 800P31C.The 800P31C is an eye catching unit and uses a silver aluminum alloy rear housing and white front frame.Which is extremely thin, at only 6mm at its narrowest point.It is an 8″ tablet that weighs in at about 300 g. In the future, KTC plans to offer more product models in different colors. This unit comes with Android 4.2 operating system, optimized in UI design and In addition, the 800P31C is equipped with built-in WiFi and supports 3G cellular data The 800P31C is equipped with a built-in telephone module which supports both WCDMA and GSM cellular voice systems, so you can make calls without earphones. The 800P31C is a tablet as well as a mobile phone. About KTC Group Established in 1993, Shenzhen KTC Technology Group is specialized in the manufacturing of flat panel display terminal products. KTC group consists of Shenzhen KTC Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen KTC Commercial Display Technology Co., Ltd., Huizhou KTC Technology Co., Ltd., KTC Computer Technology (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. KTC, through independent research and development, gradually started it...



 
 
 
 
 
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Func KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical boards have become all the rage of late, and it's easy to see why. After you've used one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without, shunning the membrane boards for the sexy individual switch designs. A fully backlit mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek minimalist design and caters to discerning consumers who want something unique, the Func KB-460 is not to be confused with a "basic" mechanical board. Are you looking for plenty of standalone macro keys? Pffft, try fully integrated ones here. Is 6-Key Rollover not good enough for you, maybe you want 20KRO? Try FULL NKRO on the KB-460. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the KB-460 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.



 
 
 
 
 
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Feenix Nascita Gaming Mouse and Dimora Gaming Mouse Pad

It isn't very often that you get your hands on fairly exclusive gear. It's even less frequent that once you get to use said exclusive gear you are capable of justifying the exclusive price tag that comes with it. Feenix, a boutique gaming accessory manufacturer, aims to deliver the highest quality gaming experience that fits into exactly such a scenario with the Feenix Nascita gaming mouse and the Dimora gaming mouse pad. These two products were designed with the expressed intent of delivering as perfect a gaming experience for the user as is humanly possible with naught but the finest parts, looks and attention to detail available today. With their steep asking prices, are they truly worth it for the sake of an exclusive experience? Read on and see for yourself!



 
 
 
 
 
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ColdTears Electronics GOverlay LCD Display Review

Introduction Has there been a time during a gaming session that you were wondering how your system is performing temperature-wise? How about how much of a load your system currently has on it? We as gamers are always looking at additional data to see how our newly built gaming system is performing. While we have seen many software-based widgets that can be used to view that information on your desktop, how about those times when you are in-game and don’t want to tab out of the session? Well today we are going to be looking at a little device from ColdTears Electronics called LCDSysInfo for GOverlay. What does this device do? Today we are going to put the GOverlay LCD to the test and show you what this convenient little desk top display can do. This has the ability to customize the data source you want to view, all at-a-glance on this 2.8″ LCD screen. Today we are going to put the software and hardware to the test today to see just how well this device can hold to its promise of total customization.   Now without going into too much detail, let’s jump forward and get started.



ASUS Miracast Dongle

ASUS announced the release of the Miracast Dongle, a small device that allows users to stream content from their mobile devices onto an HDTV or monitor. The ASUS Miracast Dongle supports dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and HDMI wireless streaming of full HD movies, videos, and photos. It is an ideal product for users looking to play games, share photos or watch movies on a larger screen. It can also help users do presentations in a conference room. Specifications Connection Digital connector Resolution Up to 1920×1080 Power Input(USB microB):DC5V/500mA Power consumption: 2.5W (Max) Firmware Upgradable via FOTA Manually firmware upgrade I/O Ports USB2.0 microB HDMI 1.3 (Male)Function key Wireless Technology 802.11 a/b/g/n Dimensions 111 x 32 x 11 mm (WxDxH) Weight 35 g Package Content ASUS Miracast dongle USB adapter USB cable Quick start guide  



 
 
 
 
 
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FAVI Entertainment Smart Stick/Keyboard

Introduction We have the Smart Stick and Wireless Keyboard from FAVI Entertainment for review today. FAVI Entertainment offers this as a solution for converting our existing HDTV into a “Smart TV.” It is designed to be an affordable device that connects to your wireless network and plugs into your existing TV (or any monitor that has an open HDMI port). The Smart Stick operates based on Android 4.0, and is lightweight and compact with no monthly subscriptions. Let’s find out how the Smart Stick can upgrade a TV to a “Smart TV,” and just how useful this gadget really is.   Before we get started, let’s get to know about FAVI Entertainment. FAVI ENTERTAINMENT is a full service product design and development company specializing in projectors, mobile accessories, and digital media devices. Since 2006, we’ve developed over 120 consumer technology products under the FAVI brand. Recent Achievements: -2013 Inc 500 | 5000 Listed as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the United States for the 3rd year in a row. -2013 Edison Award winner for SmartStick -2013 CNET names SmartStick keyboard its top pick in its Ultimate Home Theater Solutions -2013 Home Theater Magazine names SmartStick Keyboard “Best keyboard/mouse remote for any media player” -2012 PC Magazine awarded the FAVI android pocket projector its coveted “Best of CES” Specialties: Mobile Projector Technology, Mobile/Tablet Peripherals, Android UI / Ap...



 
 
 
 
 
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EverCool AIOLUS II Notebook Cooler

Introduction With technology these days allowing computer systems to come in all sizes, we often find the problem of keeping our notebooks/laptops cool while working in the office or on the go. Laptop manufacturers have always designed their cases to bring the fresh cool air in from the bottom which doesn’t really make much sense. Having a computer that allows you to stay mobile without being held down shouldn’t be compromised by system temps. Before coolers were designed for this specific problem, we used to prop the laptop up from the surface in order to keep that airflow moving. EverCool previously developed a cooler that lifts the laptop off the surface with dual fans pushing that fresh air. However, EverCool must have wondered “Why stop there? We’re pushing cold air into the case but what about the exhaust?” Out of this question is born the idea for the AIOLUS II. This is EverCool’s first cooler with an external fan that mounts to the outside and assists the stock exhaust fans by pulling hot air out. Will it be enough to have this extra cooling support underneath as well as mounted to the side? Let’s read on and find out if EverCool can keep our laptop’s components more cool. Before we get started, here’s a word from EverCool. EVERCOOL has pursued sustainable management as its operating principle since it sold Intel 386 CPU Coolers in 1994.The head office is located in Taipei,and the factory in Dong Guang is around...



 
 
 
 
 
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Cooler Master SF-17 & SF-15 Notebook Coolers

Today we will be looking at the follow up to a successful line of products that offered a lot of features and totally unique style. The SF-15 and SF-17 Notebook coolers aim to pick up where the SF-19 models left off but are doing so in smaller sizes.






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