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Philips SoftBlue Displays Protect Eyes without Sacrificing Colour

Philips SoftBlue Displays Protect Eyes without Sacrificing Colour Innovative SoftBlue technology, which protects eyes and reduces eye fatigue by mitigating the impact of harmful blue-light exposure, now features in-home and professional displays from Philips Monitors Amsterdam, 3 September 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, is rolling out new displays for home and business users featuring innovative SoftBlue technology. SoftBlue protects eyes and reduces eye fatigue by mitigating the impact of blue-light exposure, but without sacrificing the fidelity and quality of the original colour. Users therefore enjoy wellbeing for their eyes as well as professional-grade colour fidelity. The new SoftBlue displays for the home (the E-Line) are already in stores; the SoftBlue displays for professional users (P-Line) are due out this fall. Responding to the challenge of blue-light exposure Commenting on the new line-up of displays with SoftBlue technology, Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD, says, “This new technology is emblematic of the commitment of MMD to taking care of users’ health and wellbeing, as well as providing brilliant, colourful images for maximum productivity. Studies show that blue light from LED displays can damage eyes and affect vision. But we’re all spending more and more time in front of screens, and continually exposing our eyes to potentially harmful rays. The new SoftBlue technology is p...



ASUSTOR Launches the World’s First Intel Braswell Powered NAS

ASUSTOR Launches the World’s First Intel Braswell Powered NAS First to be equipped with the newest Intel Braswell quad-core and dual-core processors, memory can be expanded up to a maximum of 8GB to enhance multitasking, AES-NI encryption engine speeds up access to encrypted data, smooth ultra high definition 4K and 2K multimedia output, meets the needs of a wide range of user segments, the best choice for high performance cloud storage. Taipei, Taiwan, September 2nd , 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of 4 high performance tower model NAS devices.These new models are the first in the world to be equipped with Intel Braswell processors and feature the AS6202T and AS6204T powered by quad-core processors and the AS6102T and AS6104T powered by dual-core processors. Featuring rock-solid design and a wide variety of expansion ports, these new models also feature an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, the latest version of the intuitive ADM operating system, secure data protection mechanisms and energy saving features, providing first-class performance for both work and play and making them the first choice in cloud storage for both prosumer and SMB user segments. The fast pace of modern emerging technologies and innovation demand high-performance hardware that is flexible in application. ASUSTOR’s 62 and 61 series devices all utilize high performance Intel processors and feature a high degree of...



Lian Li PC-V33 A Small Footprint Cube Case With Room Inside

Lian Li PC-V33 A Small Footprint Cube Case With Room Inside Featuring Unique Flip-Open Canopy, Divided Air Compartments, And New Drive Bay Dampening System. September 2, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the PC-V33. Available in 3 choices: brushed aluminum in silver or black, or internal black with a tempered glass side door. The PC-V33 does not restrict PSU, GPU or main board choice due to size or power consumption: it’s designed to accommodate full-sized gaming hardware in a compact form-factor. Its cube styling makes it a companion you can take with anywhere you need full-sized computing and still have room for a 240 mm water cooling radiator to be mounted inside. The most unique feature is the canopy top that opens the whole cube for easy building. Signature Lian Li Aluminum DesignT he newly designed illuminated power button is now made out of the same high grade brushed aluminum as the whole case. The pop-out side doors detach and reattach effortlessly, yet remain firmly in place. The front and top panels form a canopy as a single fold of aluminum, adding strength and beauty to the cube case. When hinged open, the case internals become accessible in the same manner as a test bench, allowing system builders to install the components and change them with ease without any walls in the way. Dual 120mm case fans or up to a 240mm water cooling radiator can fit internally on the front bracket that also holds the magnetically attac...



Tenda Technology Inc.® Announces Open Source Tomato Compatibility for Wireless AC Routers

Tenda Technology Inc.® Announces Open Source Tomato Compatibility for Wireless AC Routers Giving the benefits of custom firmware flashing without voiding your warranty Walnut City, Calif. – August 27, 2015 – Tenda Technology Inc.®, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Tenda – an experienced, global brand of wired and wireless networking hardware – today announces open source Tomato firmware compatibility for existing W1800R and W1801R Wi-Fi routers*. Tomato is the leading Linux-based open source firmware for wireless routers and access points using Broadcom chipsets. It enhances these devices with better performance and new options. Tenda did extensive R&D to make sure Tomato works with these routers. “Networking enthusiasts know the value of Tomato firmware,” states Jeff Wang, director of global marketing for Tenda. “We paired user feedback with rigorous internal tests of Tomato on our routers and concluded it was a valuable asset; our partnership with Broadcom assures us of Tomato’s stability on our hardware.” The products covered in this announcement are the W1800R and W1801R. Please see a brief summary of their hardware below: Tenda W1801R Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router Wireless speed up to 450 + 1300Mbps 2.4GHz: IEEE802.11b/g/n ; 5.0GHz/ac/b/g/n 3x 5dBi external detachable antennas Available now at all major retailers http://www.tendacn.com/en/product/W1801R.html http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833555051 http...



Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015: Sharper, Brighter, Clearer

  Sharper, Brighter, Clearer: Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015 first curved Philips display • from ultrafine 5K resolution to dazzling Quantum Dot Color monitors • innovations that engage fully with how people live and work Amsterdam, August 27, 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, is raising the stakes in display performance and clarity at IFA 2015. Visitors who want a one-stop encounter with display innovations for professional and leisure applications should make the Philips stand in Hall 22 a highlight on their tour of the event. IFA 2015 takes place from 4 to 9 September in Berlin. One standout highlight is the new curved monitor, a Philips display first. This 34-inch display wraps around the user’s line of vision to create a truly immersive, focused experience. By placing the user at the centre of the action, it creates more personal space and provides total focus on the task in hand. The edge-to-edge glass and ultra-narrow border enhance this seamless appearance and maximise the viewing area. Visuals are razor-sharp, thanks to the CrystalClear, UltraWide Quad HD resolution (3440 x 1440), AH-IPS LCD technology and a wide viewing angle to bring graphics and images to life. Sound quality is equally amazing. Through accurate placement of audio cues, the display’s DTS Sound technology elevates the playback quality of music, movies, streaming and games to new levels. Users enjo...



SP/ Silicon Power to Present Full Range of Storage Solutions at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany

 SP/ Silicon Power to Present Full Range of Storage Solutions at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany Taipei, Taiwan – August 26th, 2015 – SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today announces its participation in the IFA 2015 at Messe Berlin from September 4th to 9th, 2015. During the exhibition, SP will be showcasing its comprehensive lineup of memory storage solutions with professionals offering product demonstration and consulting services at the booth-Stand 110 in Hall 17. IFA in Berlin, one of the largest global exhibitions for consumer electronics and home appliances, presents an all-inclusive picture of the market and always draws great attention from trade visitors all over the world every year. This year SP focuses on three main topics which are Type-C interface application, Apple expansion solutions, and upgrade solutions for slim mobile devices; By attending such important trade fair SP is proud to display its complete and latest storage series: Dual USB drive for Type-C ready devices, the Apple series including Lightning dual USB flash drive, portable hard drives and expansion cards, and Ultrabook upgrade solutions with M.2/ mSATA and 2.5” solid state drives. Welcomed by consumers over 100 countries and recognized by numerous international design awards, SP will impress visitors with its excellent product designs and technology developments. SP has amazed users with extraordinary memory storage solutions in terms of loo...



TRENDnet ships AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point

RENDnet ships AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point Software controller manages multiple APs, aids WiFi network management TORRANCE, Calif. – Aug. 26, 2015 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, announced today the availability of its AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point (with software controller), model TEW-821DAP. TRENDnet’s new access point offers concurrent 867 Mbps WiFi AC and 300 Mbps WiFi N coverage. The TEW-821DAP offers AP, Client, WDS, and Repeater modes to support multiple applications, and it features band steering technology, which helps to alleviate network congestion by directing devices from the 2.4 GHz band to the 5 GHz band. It also saves on remote location installation time and equipment costs with Gigabit PoE support and an included mounting plate. “Wireless AC adds to the speed and performance needed for busy business environments,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “TRENDnet’s TEW-821DAP provides that extra boost that customers need for today’s demanding network applications.” The included Windows-based software controller allows for centralized management of multiple TEW-821DAPs, including changing the IP address, Wireless SSID, channel, and encryption settings. The software controller also provides IT administrators the ability to upload preconfigured settings to setup multiple devices simultaneously. TRENDnet...



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Ashes of the Singularity Scaling: The AMD Crossroads

Last week, the new game, “Ashes of Singularity” had a pretty comprehensive scaling review performed with both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12. The results were interesting to say the least. Multiple CPUs were used to test both the R9 390X as well as the GTX 980. While AMD enjoyed some impressive gains, NVIDIA had some fairly lackluster results that even prompted the company to release statements for damage control. It would be very easy to say that AMD is making a comeback and NVIDIA is gonna be in trouble, but that would be too easy. How can we come to the proper conclusions about these results? Let me start off by saying that this is great news for AMD. It’s long been claimed that Radeon GPUs would be much better if the drivers could just utilize them properly. It seems this is almost true, but rather than drivers, it’s APIs that needed to take advantage of that hardware. However, I’m seeing some massive problems here that if AMD doesn’t quickly solve them, we can say goodbye to competition for a long time to come. I want to show you three conclusions that I saw from these results, and why I think there could be more bad news here than good if AMD doesn’t make some dramatic changes in the near future. (Click for Larger View) Let’s begin with the first big implication these AotS results are showing us. AMD needs to refocus their software development. This seems like something that is already in progress, but when we see what Direc...



World First: QNAP Launches Thunderbolt NAS TVS-871T, Introducing DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN Triple Solution for 4K Workflows

World First: QNAP Launches Thunderbolt NAS TVS-871T, Introducing DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN Triple Solution for 4K Workflows Taipei, Taiwan, August 24, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the world’s first Thunderbolt™ 2 Turbo vNAS TVS-871T that features 20Gbps bandwidth, 4K video capable Thunderbolt 2, and compatibility with the Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures TX-500P and TX-800P. With the high transfer speed of DAS and the convenient accessibility of NAS, the TVS-871T is an extremely flexible and efficient storage solution for creative media professionals looking to streamline large 4K video and design workflows. “The TVS-871T tackles the most common bottleneck for 4K workflows: I/O speed and storage.” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “It provides unmatched performance for high-resolution file storage and I/O-intensive tasks to increase working productivity focusing more on 4K or 3D workflows.” Powered by a high-performance Intel® Haswell processor with options including Core™ i5 and Core™ i7, the 8-bay TVS-871T not only features Thunderbolt 2 technology but also has dual 10GbE ports giving incredible flexibility to deliver incredible performance. It can simultaneously run general Ethernet services in addition to the Thunderbolt 2 network, completely independently and with no bandwidth interference. With dual Thunderbolt 2 ports available, users can flexibly arrange their workstation connections with the T...



The GTX 950 Review that Matters

I’ve been a long time League of Legends player. I’m one of those silver scrubs who likes to play competitively, tries to get to gold, but ultimately just uses LoL as an excuse to hang with his friends. League has had it’s moments for me, but ultimately, the game is too time constraining and frustrating for me to actually get anywhere. Then Heroes of the Storm happened. I found such a perfect blend of competitiveness combined with a schedule friendly match system, that I haven’t touched League for a good month or two now. So when I heard the GTX 950 was the go-to card for MOBA games, imagine my surprise when nobody was measuring frame rates in MOBA games. (Especially since they’re free!) Thankfully, I finally found a review that focused on MOBAs and I have to say, the GTX 950 is looking like a nice little card. Hardware Heaven posted a review on several GTX 950 cards and personally, outside of skipping the overclock section, I think they nailed it. First off, they highlighted the pipeline advantage. Basically, NVIDIA optimized the render path so that the delay is cut nearly in half. This should lead to a smoother overall gaming experience but should also help reduce latency and that’s important in competitive games. Whether or not that drop in latency is actually noticeable, the frame rates on the various MOBAs are looking good. The only game that the GTX 950 lagged behind an R7 370 in is DOTA 2: Reborn. The other MOBAs on the list gave...



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The EK-Predator, Because it Feasts on Heat

We’ve seen quite a few AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Scratch that! We’ve seen a BUNCH of AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Actually, let me try this again. We’ve seen an ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE AMOUNT of AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Whether or not you think that’s an over exaggeration, the fact remains that many companies have tried to make their mark in the liquid cooling market. The problem is, very few coolers actually come close to accomplishing what a decent custom loop can do. However, that may begin to change because EK is deciding to try their hand at the AIO market, and they look like they’re doing it right. EK is going to have two variants of the Predator AIO Cooling unit, the 240 and 360. As you can already guess, one has a 240mm rad with the other running a 360mm rad. Normally, a 240mm might be a little small for expanding, but considering how thick the radiator is on this unit, adding a GPU or VRM heatsink to the loop should be just fine. With the 360mm I’m sure there will be plenty of cooling for some more extra components and adding radiators or reservoirs down the road should be a snap. This AIO is more of a cooling kit than it is an AIO, but at this point that is exactly why it seems like it will perform so good. Taking it from the level of an AIO though, let’s look at why it is the kind of unit that we should really consider buying. The pump and reservoir on the end of the radi...



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Does Skylake Interest You? Here’s a Round-up of Z170 Motherboards

Introduction Do you remember back in the good ole days when a new processor would release, there would only be maybe 2-3 high end motherboards you’d have to choose from? Well those days are so far gone that now there is a figurative ocean of great motherboards to wade through in order to find the right one, and that’s a great thing. Even I’ve been a tad shocked at the shear number of new releases that have come out with Skylake and the Z170 chipset. Unfortunately, life isn’t going to permit me to bring you an exhaustive list of every Z170 motherboard that’s out or coming soon, but I will give you a pretty comprehensive list of the boards that you should be looking out for. The way I worked through this is I decided to pick out the top of the line boards that I feel are doing things right. The competition is looking great and while I can’t make a decision for anyone, I can help pool some of the info I’ve been gathering to try and help you make a good choice. What’s nice is even if these top tier boards are out of your budget range, there are plenty of other options abroad that will most likely suit you. Generally, if a high tier board is performing well and breaking records, you have a pretty good bet that others are going to come pretty close to the same performance. The one manufacturer I couldn’t bring myself to add to this list is EVGA. They just seem to pale in comparison to what the other companies are doing. So ...



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Corsair adds RGB to Everything and it Looks Great

There’s no denying that I’m a sucker for lighting effects and I believe that RGB lighting is the best thing ever to happen to everything. We just started seeing manufacturers using RGB in motherboards and now Corsair announced a full lineup of RGB accessories at Gamescom. It looks like they’ll have lighting effects that will span across their keyboards, headsets and mice plus, it seems like Corsair and Cherry got together to design a new MX Silent Key switch for the new keyboards. The new keyboard series from Corsair is called the Strafe RGB. It’s essentially the K series of keyboards with RGB lighting and the K70 looks like the perfect keyboard to me. There’s also the K95 and K65 but another great feature is the full key rollover on each model to guarantee 100% anti-ghosting performance. There isn’t much info on the new Cherry MX Silent switches, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some reviews on those soon enough. Next on the list is the Void RGB series which includes various schemes of Dolby 7.1 capable headsets. These come in a variety of color choices as well as giving the option of being wired or wireless. The Void will also come with a stereo analog variant, but that one doesn’t have the RGB lighting. Finally, the Scimitar RGB gaming mouse was unveiled and there was a really good feature on this one that makes a ton of sense. The mouse has a number pad on the side and while that isn’t anything new, Corsair ...



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INTEL Skylake Releases with Mixed Emotions

The long wait for Skylake is finally over and reviews are beginning to pour in. Unfortunately, the hype train was going full throttle on this release and even INTEL gave what seems to be some slightly unrealistic expectations. It’s pretty hard to come to a solid conclusion on the i7-6700K. There are some really good features but there are also some very lackluster improvements to take into consideration. Overall, I think the release is pretty solid and I’ll try to highlight what I’m picking up from the reviews but ultimately, it’s up to the end user to make the best decision based on individual circumstances as to whether to upgrade or not. My first impression of Skylake was pretty bland. When comparing to last year’s Devil’s Canyon launch, there isn’t enough performance gains to merit a subtle nod, let alone an upgrade. When following some of the graphics performance to that of the recent Broadwell release, we see much of the same story. It’s the comparison to Sandybridge that makes Skylake more interesting. Now, I know what you’re thinking but hear me out. Sandybridge was the latest architecture from INTEL that really turned heads. The IPC improvements were huge and what really sold enthusiasts on the chip was the great overclocking headroom. With decent cooling, 4.7 or 4.8 GHz was a very realistic possibility. As newer iterations of the architecture came out, headroom also decreased. What people were finding out ...



HighPoint Unveils USB 3.1 Product Line – Fast & Affordable USB 3.1 Connectivity for Mac & PC Platforms!

HighPoint Unveils USB 3.1 Product Line – Fast & Affordable USB 3.1 Connectivity for Mac & PC Platforms! July 2015, Milpitas, CA –For the past 20 years, HighPoint has been a professional RAID Storage and Management solutions provider, constantly striving to bring quality Storage technology to market and deliver the industry’s best Price-Performance value. We are pleased announce the launch of our next generation USB Host to Device storage and connectivity product lines, featuring 10Gb/s transfer speeds. Our latest RocketU PCIe host adapter is the ideal USB 3.1 upgrade solution for any Mac or PC platform with PCIe support. Our performance oriented dual-bay USB 3.1 RocketStor 3100 Series Drive Docks support any industry standard 3.5″/2.5″ SATA hard drive or SSD, including the latest 8TB models, and provide USB 3.1 connectivity via USB Type-B and Type-C ports. Dual-Dedicated USB 3.1 Drive Dock  The RocketStor 3122Bis the industry’s fastest USB 3.1 dual-bay storage dock, and is an ideal high-performance external storage solution for any USB 3.1 capable PC or Mac. The two 2.5”/3.5” drive bays can support disks up to 8TB in size, and are powered by dedicated USB 3.1 controllers and 6Gb/s SATA channels. Simultaneous Access to Both 6Gb/s SATA Drive Bays: The RocketStor 3122B was designed to ensure maximum performance for each SATA SSD or hard drive. Each drive bay is powered by an independent SATA Channel to optimize the throughput of each USB 3.1 p...






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