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BIOSTAR releases the Hi-Fi B85S1 Motherboard

BIOSTAR brings out the Small but Powerful Hi-Fi B85S1 Motherboard April 20th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard, play hard and fit in. The Hi-Fi B85S1 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is value designed in a Micro ATX form factor with 2 channel DDR3 slots for 16GB, enough to handle any modern computing requirements and be usable in small or tight spaces. BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi B85S1 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85S1 features BIOSTAR innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85S1 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85S1 is the first to embed the “Double Hi...



Wellness and Eye Care Take Center Stage with the 24” Philips SoftBlue Monitor

Wellness and Eye Care Take Center Stage with the 24” Philips SoftBlue Monitor Anti-blue light technology eliminates emissions of harmful blue-light to reduce the impact on eyes without sacrificing color quality Fremont, California – April 16, 2015 – Today EPI announces the availability of the 24” Philips Soft Blue display (247E6BDAD) which uses Anti-blue light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. With people spending more time than ever interacting with digital devices, continuous blue light exposure through extended screen time poses a potential risk of long-term damage to eyesight. The Philips SoftBlue monitor is now available on Amazon.com for $170. Blue light, the end of the visible portion of the color spectrum (380-450 nm), is made of high-energy waves. These waves are strong and penetrating. Blue light radiates from computer monitors, smart phones, and tablets. Consumers spend hours a day in front of their screens working and socializing, however screen time comes with side effects. Headaches, eyestrain and eye fatigue are common complaints after working on a computer for an extended period of time. The Philips SoftBlue display reduces eye fatigue by eliminating 90 percent of blue light at harmful wavelengths, helping to mitigate the negative impact on eyes and improve well-being. Unlike software-based approaches, the SoftBlue display works using a new technology which changes the peak of t...



Enjoying spring – 3 tips for less stress and more productivity at work

Enjoying spring: 3 tips for less stress and more productivity at work Amsterdam, 16 April 2015 – Spring! Finally, the days are getting longer again and the weather is getting warmer. Most people want to go outdoors and try to make the best out of bright evenings. But already a new email is pops up, a colleague is still waiting for a return call and a document also needs to be finished. In these moments, many wish the day had 30 hours. However, having more time is often not the only solution. Frequently, it is the little things that already help to make work less stressful and more effective. MMD, a leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, gives advice on how to make your day more productive and use time efficiently: Tip 1: Make room and organise To regain a better overview on upcoming work and the necessary materials for it, it helps to clean up your desk – this also applies to your PC desktop. Next to moving unused files into a folder or the recycle bin, the right equipment also helps. On a monitor with a large format, multiple windows can be well-organised next to each other. This allows you to see more information at a glance, hence making better sense of complex information from multiple sources and helping complete tasks faster. For example the Philips BDM4065UC offers vast 40 inches – plenty of room to spread out.   Moreover, one large display can replace a dual-monitor configuration which is today commonly used for data-inte...



TRENDnet® Demonstrates a Compact Two Megapixel Endless PTZ Camera

TRENDnet® Demonstrates a Compact Two Megapixel Endless PTZ Camera TORRANCE, Calif. – April 15, 2015 -TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, from ISC West 2015 demonstrates the Outdoor 2 MP Full HD 1080p PoE+ IR Mini Speed Dome Network Camera, model TV-IP430PI. This compact outdoor rated Full HD 1080p speed dome camera features advanced infrared technology.  “The TV-IP430PI is a nice addition to our endless PTZ camera portfolio,” stated Sonny Su, technology director for TRENDnet. “It’s small, offers 64x combined zoom with autofocus, and features excellent night vision with a 30 meter (100 foot) rating.” TV-IP430PI Outdoor 2 MP Full HD 1080p PoE+ IR Mini Speed Dome Network Camera Full 1080p HD 2 Megapixel resolution at 30 fps in the space saving H.264 compression format Endless 360° PTZ 64x zoom factor: 4x optical zoom, 16x digital zoom, and autofocus Night vision up to 30 meters (100 ft.) Outdoor IP66 weather rating Built for extreme environments with an operating temperature range of -30 – 65 °C (-22 – 149 °F) Digital WDR optimizes high contrast lighting environments Record video to a Samba client or to a Micro SD card (up to 32 GB sold separately) IPv6 and ONVIF support Separate mounting bracket required-TV-HC400, TV-HW400, TV-HP400, or TV-HN400 Requires power from a PoE switch or other PoE device Live video to a mobile device with a free iOS® and AndroidT app Complimentary pro-grade so...



TRENDnet® Launches Video Analytics and License Plate Recognition Add-On Software

TRENDnet® Launches Video Analytics and License Plate Recognition Add-On Software TORRANCE, Calif. – April 14, 2015 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, from ISC West 2015 launches video analytics and license plate recognition add-on software modules for TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software.TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software offers advanced camera management, recording, search, and playback functionality. It supports all TRENDnet cameras and over 3,000 other cameras from over 100 brands. It’s compatible with Windows and Windows Server operating systems and features Run as Service support. Four TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software packages are available: 4-Channel (TV-VMS004), 9-Channel (TV-VMS009), 16-Channel (TV-VMS016), and Unlimited-Channel (TV-VMS999) solutions. “Video analytics and license plate recognition add-on software increases the potential applications of our TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software,” stated Sonny Su, technology director for TRENDnet. “The add-on solutions are easily integrated and configured.” TRENDnet Luxriot Analytics Add-On Modules TRENDnet Luxriot Analytics add-on modules enhance surveillance by monitoring and reporting the associated behavior of people, vehicles, and objects. Common applications include intruder/perimeter protection, theft detection, vehicle monitoring, crowd management, abandoned object recognition, and pedestrian/vehicle counting. Add-on module to TRENDnet Luxriot VMS sof...



TRENDnet® Displays Three Megapixel Bullet Camera with Advanced Night Vision

TRENDnet® Displays Three Megapixel Bullet Camera with Advanced Night Vision TORRANCE, Calif. – April 14, 2015 -TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, from ISC West 2015 demonstrates the Outdoor 3 MP Full HD 1080p PoE IR Network Camera, model TV-IP312PI. This outdoor rated bullet camera features 3 Megapixel resolution, advanced night vision image quality, and a night vision rating of up to 50 meters (164 feet).   “If cutting-edge night vision image quality and high definition resolution are at the top of your camera list, then take a look at our TV-IP312PI,” stated Zak Wood, director of global marketing for TRENDnet. “This camera is well suited for night vision facial recognition and other high pixel applications.” TV-IP312PI Outdoor 3 MP Full HD 1080p PoE IR Network Camera Record 3 Megapixel HD video (2048 x 1536) at 20 fps in a space saving H.264 compression format (or 2 MP 1080p @ 30 fps) Advanced infrared technology creates a more balanced night vision illumination field and reduces overexposure of close objects in the center of the viewing field-common with standard night vision cameras Night vision up to 50 meters (164 ft.) Improved image quality in high contrast lighting environments with Digital Wide Dynamic Range technology Built for extreme environments with an IP66 weather rating and an operating temperature range of -30 – 65 °C (-22 – 149 °F) Integrated articulated mounting bracke...



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Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz Review

The Ballistix performance series memory has proven popular for their stock performance, overclock-ability, quality and the ever changing style employed by Crucial. Recently we had the pleasure of reviewing the DDR4 Ballistix Elite 2666MHz kit, these featured beautifully crafted all black industrial heat spreaders with lines so rigid they invoked the presence of the Military Elite. This time around we will be looking at the latest addition to the Ballistix family, the Ballistix Sport LT. These should land right between the Sport model and the higher end Elite kits, hopefully netting us the best of both worlds, tighter timings and high clocks



QNAP Brings Improved Multimedia Entertainment with Kodi

QNAP Brings Improved Multimedia Entertainment with Kodi Taipei, Taiwan, 14 April, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced that its NAS officially supports Kodi (formerly XBMC) Entertainment Center. Users of x51, x53, x70, x71, x79 and x80 series NAS now can install Kodi in HD Station to enjoy an improved entertainment experience. As of version 14, XBMC has been renamed “Kodi”. If users have XBMC v13 installed, they can install Kodi separately to use its beautiful unified interface to enjoy pictures, videos and music. Both versions can be installed to provide users with greater choice. “Multimedia entertainment has become a major part of QNAP NAS, and we will continue to offer up-to-date applications and technology to provide our users with the best multimedia experience,” said Ken Cheah, product manager of QNAP. QNAP will also rename XBMC v13 to “HD Player” in its HD Station platform. HD Player introduces a revamped user interface for more intuitive operations and integrates the QTS Media Library and user authentication for securing NAS data. HD Station is a free app available in QTS, and integrates multiple applications including Kodi, HD Player, YouTube, Spotify, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, DeaDBeeF, and more. By installing HD Station and connecting the QNAP NAS to an HDMI display, users can directly enjoy the video, music and photo collections stored on their QNAP NAS, surf the web, and even control the entire experienc...



BIOSTAR releases the H81MDC-LSP

BIOSTAR releases the H81MDC-LSP – the latest Micro-ATX Motherboard April 13th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has released their newest micro-ATX motherboard based on the Intel H81 chipset, the H81MDC-LSP along with an upgraded sound chip and LAN surge protection. The board supports Intel 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors. It features Intel single chip architecture with HD 4600Graphics, along with a new integrated memory controller that will run at speeds up to 1600MHz. The H81 chipset has two SATA 6Gb/s ports (plus four SATA 3Gb/s ports), and two USB 3.0 headers. The H81MDC-LSP supports two DIMMs for a maximum of 16Gigs of RAM. The H81MDC-LSP is a great option for small form factor systems where you rarely have more than one discrete card and two SATA drives and is a great combination for low-cost but with rich features such as HDMI video output. And being Intel based boards, they also feature Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology.   In addition to the normal specs, the H81MDC-LSP comes with MAGIX multimedia tools designed to enhance your music, videos and photos for free and Simplicheck, a small, intelligent tool by Simplitec GmbH that scans your PC for optimal performance. Simplicheck is based on well-proven scanning technology that has proven successful in everyday customer use. The H81MDC-LSP is also equipped with modern high quality solid capacitors, the X.D.C (eXtreme Durable Capacitors). These are low ESR and high ripp...



Connect to a world of opportunities with AOC – Displays in the changing media world

Displays in the changing media world: Connect to a world of opportunities Amsterdam, 7 April 2015 – The abundance of available streaming services has transformed many users’ viewing habits: Non-Linear consumption of TV programs, the rapidly growing availability of YouTube channels and an ever increasing use of mobile devices – all this dramatically changes the face of home entertainment. Along with these changes, display manufacturers such as AOC have made great efforts to meet the new entertainment needs. While monitors in the past were mostly designed to exclusively display basic PC content, they have now become a multimedia hub for many users. For that reason, display specialist AOC has developed a diverse monitor portfolio aimed at the individual interests of their users. Thanks to its ambitious approach the research and development professionals at AOC have created a monitor line-up which offers a world of multimedia opportunities. These are some highlights of the AOC monitor portfolio, which are designed to create that uniquely modern multimedia experience: U3477PQU: This spacious 34” (86 cm) 21:9 WQHD monitor is great for watching your favourite movies. With an UltraWide resolution of 3440 x 1440, the U3477PQU is also a multi-tasking champion. http://aoc-europe.com/en/products/u3477pqu I2473PWY: Stylish 24” (61 cm) Full HD monitor with integrated ONKYO speakers for a unique cinematic experience. The I2473PWY supports MHL and Miracast, which allow easy conn...



Super Talent’s New mSATA SJ2 SSD

Super Talent’s New mSATA SJ2 SSD An mSATA SSD built with reliability and performance in mind for industrial and embedded applications San Jose, California — April 06, 2015 — Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its mSATA JS2 solid state drive for industrial and embedded applications. The mSATA SJ2 is Super Talent’s updated solid state drive that provides extremely fast speeds of up to 480 MB/sec reads and 160 MB/sec writes for mobile solutions. Equipment with limited space for expansion can take advantage of the mSATA SJ2’s extremely small form factor, speed, and increased capacity for important applications that require reliable high speed storage. Capacity Part Number 16GB FM5016MTRM 32GB FM5032MTRM 64GB FM5064MTRM 128GB FM5128MTRM The mSATA SJ2 is part of an extensive list of SSDs manufactured by Super Talent for a variety of industry needs and applications. With the computing market growth focused on the mobile sector, the mSATA SJ2 is here to provide a quality option for OEMs to select from when making a business decision. Additional information on Super Talent’s mSATA SJ2 can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edg...



TRENDnet® Awarded EMEA Diamond Award Smart Home Vendor of the Year

TRENDnet Awarded EMEA Diamond Award Smart Home Vendor of the Year TORRANCE, Calif. -April 2, 2015- TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, is pleased to announce DISTREE EMEA 2015 presented TRENDnet with the coveted Diamond Award Smart Home Vendor for the EMEA region. DISTREE EMEA is a powerful business platform for brands looking to manage, build, or launch routes-to-market within the EMEA region. DISTREE, an invitation only event, assembles top tier ICT, telecom, and consumer electronic channel executives from over 60 EMEA countries. Senior channel representative are paired with top tier consumer brands in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. More than 1,000 senior channel executives gathered at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, for the ‘EMEA Channel Academy 2015 Awards’, held in conjunction with DISTREE EMEA. Attending EMEA distributors, retailers, and online stores used a live electronic voting system to select the leading Smart Home vendor. TRENDnet competed in this category with five other top tier brands. Voting took place in real time, followed by a presentation to TRENDnet as the Diamond Award Smart Home-EMEA 2015 winner. “The entire TRENDnet team is thrilled to be awarded the Diamond Award Smart Home Vendor of the Year,” stated Stephanie Xian, TRENDnet international business development director. “Having our peers recognize TRENDnet’s innovative Smart Home products says a lot about the solutions we ...



ADATA Launches HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

ADATA Launches HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant  USB 3.0 External Hard Drive More Durable Than Ever – Exclusive For Mac Taipei, Taiwan – April 1, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive. ADATA’s HD710A is an ultra-durable external hard drive designed especially for Macbook. It comes with large storage capacities of 1TB or 2TB, provides superior data transfer speeds, and also undergoes stringent tests for waterproofing, dustproofing and shock resistance. The HD710A is the ultimate in portable protection for your data!   Military Rugged, Reliable, Better Than Ever Designed especially for active users of Apple Macintosh platforms, the HD710A provides rugged protection from shock, dust and water. The triple-layer construction of the HD710A incorporates exceptionally elastic silicone material to provide great shock absorption from all angles. By passing the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military-grade shock-resistant test, the HD710A ensures your data’s safety even after unexpectedly suffering a shock. It has also passed the stringent IP68 test, offering excellent water and dust resistant protection. Thanks to the durable design, the HD710A works normally even in a dusty environment or after being submerged in its storage state in meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes. When not ...



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Biostar Hi-FI Z97Z7 MotherBoard Review

iostar has released multiple "Hi-Fi" models over the last few years that were designed to fill the mainstream and multimedia space. With a heavy focus on audio reproduction and connectivity these board have done well in this arena. However none have taken on an appearance that speaks to being a higher end product like the Hi-Fi Z97Z7 has. This new look has genuinely piqued my interest. I do however remain optimistically cautious for fear it may turn out to be a budget board in mid-range product's clothing.



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AMD Owning Intel with Windows 10

Intel has long owned the market when it comes to CPU performance for sometime now. With multi-threaded support, AMD could hold in there, but once the benchmarks switched to single-threaded performance, INTEL wins by a huge margin. Many people believe that while AMD has the hardware, they just didn’t have the driver or software support to take advantage of it. But that’s all starting to change the closer we get to the release of Windows 10. Right now, the highest performance INTEL CPU in single-threaded testing is the i7 4790k. On CPU Benchmark, it averages about a 2500 score in single thread performance. The test that was done on the FX-8370 put it almost an entire 20% higher with a score of 2956! And that’s just the 8370. Unfortunately, the benchmarks haven’t surfaced for the FX-9590 yet. That leap is insane, and while I’m slightly confused at how Windows 10 managed to pull that off, it looks like things are gonna get extremely competitive. AMD even saw some multi-threaded performance boost but the increase wasn’t nearly as huge as the single-thread performance. While AMD fans will see this as a huge victory, hardware enthusiasts everywhere should be excited as well. This will definitely force INTEL to get on the ball with innovation as well as prodding them into some new pricing structures. Either way, consumers win. DirectX 12 may have been getting all the attention, but it looks like Microsoft is doing huge things for the industry a...






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