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AVerMedia Game Capture HD 2 Video Review @ Hardwareheaven.com
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 9:06A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Kaeyi Dream tests out the Game Capture HD II from AVerMedia, just the thing for budding YouTubers."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force (Intel Z87) Motherboard Review
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We check out the very mean, very orange and very OC looking Z87X-OC Force motherboard from GIGABYTE. Let`s see how it performs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Humble Bundle: PC and Android 8 Review
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 8:31A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Of the beat-the-average games, I find Anomaly 2 to be worth the price alone. It is a strong title and a solid experience, and I have not even played it all the way through! Hero Academy could also be worth it, but only if you can take advantage of the multiplayer. Without friends or a willingness to play with strangers, the single-player is just not compelling enough to warrant a purchase."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

CM Storm QuickFire TK Stealth Keyboard
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 6:26A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The CM Storm QuickFire TK Stealth arrived Technic3D. The CM Storm QuickFire Stealth is a refined version of the popular QuickFire Rapid keyboards aimed at purists and the gaming elite. Featuring top of the line CHERRY MX Switches, a ten-keyless compact design, adjustable repeat rates, and unique covert keycaps, QuickFire Stealth is the mechanical keyboard for minimalists or gamers looking to switch up their style? Technic3D will see the complete functions in the following Review."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D.COM

News: TRs big CES 2014 digest
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 4:17P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We did this last year, and you guys seemed to enjoy it, so we`ve done it again. Here`s a handy, shortbread-style list of every single news item we posted for this year`s Consumer Electronics Show."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

GMC V1000 Phantom Case
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The GMC V1000 Phantom Case has lots of features, is stylish and affordable. There are plenty of drive bays, includes a USB 3 port, fan controller, hot-swap drive a the top, ample fans included, accepts long video cards and much more. This case has a lot going for it, but the plastic is rather cheap and the steel is thin. Despite that though this is a great case." ~3dGameMan.com
  FULL STORY @ 3DGAMEMAN

a small form factor case
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Happy New Year! In our first review of 2014, we turn to the budget market with the Cooler Master N200, a small form factor case that's low in price and perhaps interior space. Until you read it can somehow accommodate a 240mm radiator for water cooling. We look behind the side panels to see just what exactly this microATX enclosure can fit for such a low price.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

 
XFX Radeon R9 290 Black Edition Double Dissipation 4GB Graphics Card
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

TP-Link TL-WR1043ND v2 review: excellent follow-up
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 4:00P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we reviewed the first generation TL-WR1043ND back in 2010 we gave it a Silver Award. It would become one of the most popular TP-Link routers, perhaps even the most popular one. It was very affordable and packed a lot of power, including gigabit network ports, and you could install dd-wrt and other open source firmware on it. It made the TL-WR1043ND very popular among the real router enthusiasts who enjoy managing every single aspect of their home network. With the second iteration of the TL-WR1043ND, TP-Link made sure not to change the formula too much.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

PCSTATS TechTip - Automatically Shut Down Windows at a Certain Time
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 2:11P | Tips | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Boardroom PCs usually get forgotten about after meetings conclude and staff walk away from the room. Since these infrequently accessed PCs tend to have Hibernation disabled, they can remain powered up for days on end doing nothing but consuming electricity.

I decided to tackle the problem with Windows 'Sheduled Tasks' by configuring the computer to automatically close all programs and shut itself down at the end of the business day. Scheduled Tasks is a powerful tool built into Windows 7 that most IT Admins overlook, but is incredibly handy when you need to fun custom batch script or a pre-defined program... we're not even scratching the surfce in this brief TechTip.

Anyway, to automatically shut down a computer at a pre-determined time, go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler. In Task Manager choose the 'Action' menu > Create Basic Task > name it "AUTO_Shutdown" and click next > select "Daily" > leave the start date as is and update the time to when you want the computer to shutdown, say "6:00:00PM." Set it to recur every "1" days > choose "start a program" > click "browse" and navigate to "c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe". In the Add Arguments feild, type: "/s /f" without the outside quotes. Click Next, check the "open the priorities box..." button. > Finish. Check "run whether user is logged in or not", OK > enter your Windows log in credentials and click OK one last time.

If you now click on "Task Scheduler Library" in the left hand pane of the Task Sheduler window you'll now see the 'AUTO_Shutdown' task you've just created, listed.
Double click on this and then right click > Properties if you want need to adjust when the task runs, or right click > Delete. When the task runs, a box will pop up that says "Windows will shut down in less than a minute", then all open programs will be forced close and the PC automatically shut down.

Problem solved, power saved!

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  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager Deep Dive
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 12:40P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP`s new Storage Manager for SMB products brings powerful SAN features to low-cost, business specific NAS products. Let`s take a close look."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

EVGA X79 Dark Review @ ocaholic
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 12:34P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These days all motherboard manufacturers have a gaming/overclocking model in their portfolio. EVGA wants to win gamers hearts with their X79 Dark motherboard, which has been armed with plenty of features, a nice design, high quality components and a highly capable power design."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SATA 3.0 SSD
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 12:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those in the market for a solid-state drive, the Kingston SSDNow V300 series offers a 120GB Serial ATA 3.0 SSD for less than $90 USD. How well does this SSD work on Linux? We have benchmarks at Phoronix done under Ubuntu and compared to a range of HDD and SSDs."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

24-Way AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce Linux Graphics Card Comparison
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 11:36A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After this weekend carrying out a 25-way open-source Linux graphics driver comparison featuring AMD Radeon, Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce hardware, the tables have now turned to look at nearly the same assortment of hardware but when using the high-performance, proprietary Linux graphics drivers. We`ve also upped the demanding OpenGL benchmarks used -- including the Source Engine -- as we see how the AMD and NVIDIA binary graphics drivers are doing to start 2014."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Samsung cuts target notebook shipments to 7 million units
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 11:15A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

AT&T Unite Pro 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 9:06A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mobile hotspots are nothing new to the market, but manufacturers like coming up with new ways to make them more user friendly, modernized in both appearance and functionality, and have a greater battery life. AT&T recently released the Unite Pro 4G LTE hotspot, manufactured by Netgear, which packs a 2.4 inch QVGA 64k color capacitive touch screen, a giant 4020mAh battery, LTE Advanced support, and even dual-band WiFi. One really great thing about this hotspot is the fact that you can have up to 15 users connected to it at once, so there is virtually no worrying about who can use it at any given time. That makes this hotspot a great solution for everything from a road trip with your friends or family to a business conference with many of your peers."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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