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Tuesday Evening (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-April-2014  18:51:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A court case in the USA about a company you've probably never heard of could have a big effect on the TV industry, thanks mpot. More info here. The case is arguably the most important to hit the television industry since the landmark ruling over Sonyís Betamax format in 1984, which legalized home recordings. It will determine to some degree how broadcast television will be offered online in the future, and could restrict cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Music as well.

LegitReviews have a 32GB USB OTG drive roundup. There was a time just recently when there were no USB On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives on the market, but now there are hundreds of different models from dozens of brands. OTG USB flash drives are often referred to as dual-drives due to the fact they feature Micro-USB and Type A USB 2.0 connectors.

PCPerspective built an AMD AM1 machine for gaming. After Josh's initial review of the AMD AM1 Platform and the Athlon 5350, we received a few requests to look at gaming performance with a discrete GPU installed. Even though this platform isn't being aimed at gamers looking to play demanding titles, we started to investigate this setup anyway.

PCPerspective compared low-end GPUs with AM1. For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.

Tweaktown meanwhile have some high-end CrossFireX. We throw a HIS Radeon R9 290X 4GB in with the new R9 295X2 8GB and see what kind of magic we can make happen. Let's take a look at the gaming numbers now!

Wired have more info on Project Ara, Google's upcoming modular phone. Instead of a slab of glass and metal that you have no ability to upgrade, save for buying a new device, itís an attempt to launch a phone where all of the main components are interchangeable via modules that click in and out, attaching via electro-permanent magnets. Despite being highly customizable, it will only come in three main sizes, helping to eliminate the kind of device fragmentation that currently plagues Android.

HotHardware compared three GeForce GTX 780 Ti cards. In this case, we've gone out and collected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards from three different enthusiast brands: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. Each of the cards in this roundup go above and beyond NVIDIA's reference blueprint -- they're all factory overclocked, custom cooled, and designed to run quiet so you can hear when an enemy tries to sneak up on you.

Symon sent in this list of Hubble's Top 100 Images.



Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-April-2014  20:33:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R Ultra Compact Barebones System on eTeknix.
PAPAGO GoWatch 770 Sports Watch on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Acer Chromebook C720 SSD Upgrade To MyDigitalSSD M.2 (NGFF) 128GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Kingston SDXC UHS-I U3 64GB Flash Memory on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
X2 SATURN 5.1 HD Gaming Audio Headset on NikKTech.
SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player on LegitReviews.

Cooling:
Corsair Graphite 230T Mid-Tower Case and H75 Liquid CPU Cooler on HWHeaven.
Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Cases:
BitFenix Comrade Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake Core V71 on OCClub.

Misc:
Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D Printer on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake POSEIDON Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
KFA2 GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB video card on eTeknix.
AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU on LanOC.



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