FreeTail EVOKE 256GB CF Card

TP-Link Archer C3150 Router

ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone

App Pick - Grumpy Cat Weather

FreeTail EVOKE 256GB 800x CompactFlash Card Review

We have just posted our review of the FreeTail EVOKE 256GB 800x CF Card. This is a serious card for serious photographers - or anyone that needs to write a lot of data to one of the best flash formats ever. There is a reason why Pro's use CompactFlash. It's fast, reliable and works like a champ - and this card from FreeTail is no exception. Check our review for all the details.

Small 75MB files were written to the card at 78.16MB/s. Medium 1GB files were written to the card at a solid 79MB/s. Large 10GB files managed to do slightly better at 79.89MB/s. That is darn close to the “Up To” speeds the card claims and is more than enough for pretty much every device that requires CF cards.

FreeTail EVOKE 256GB

TP-Link Archer C3150 Router Review

We have just posted our review of the TP-Link Archer C3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router. If you're looking for a high-end router but the price of some D-Link, ASUS and Netgear products scare you, consider this unit as it offers incredible performance at about half the price. It's the fastest wireless router we've seen to date, and it has extra features not usually found in consumer routers. Check out our review for all the details.

Not only is the TP-Link Archer C3150 an affordable 802.11ac router; boasting features like MU-MIMO and over 3100Mbps of wireless performance, it is the fastest router we've looked at - for any price. This is not a coincidence or something to overlook either. If you need a high-end router, you don't have to pick other brands that cost more. The TP-Link C3150 is solid and it performs like an absolute champ.

TP-Link C3150

Would You Consider a Disc-Free Console?

Back when the Xbox One was in development, apparently there were some ideas floating around that it should be a disc-free console, but that would limit resale of used games, and the option to multi-purpose your console. Still, the idea was there, but was scrapped in favor of a Blu-Ray option. Would you ever consider a digital-only console? It would require much more internet, limit sharing and really cramp people that like physical media. I think that only an idiot would do that. Wait, isn't the Nintendo Switch basically download only? I know it's not, but it's close...

With one less bulky moving part contributing to production costs (not to mention reliability issues/support costs), the disc-free versions of these consoles could probably sell for considerably less than their disc-bound counterparts (a decent PC Blu-Ray drive currently costs around $50 or more, for some context).

Source: ArsTechnica 

Halo Wars Coming to PC

Halo Wars could finally be coming to the PC via Steam if the rumors are true. It appears that Phil Spencer was correct when he said that Microsoft wouldn't limit their games just to the Windows Store. This will make Tim Sweeney happy, well, probably not, but still it's good for Microsoft not to limit their products to one store. I'm sure they will get more sales through Steam anyhow as that is where gamers hang out and spend their  money.

The original version of Halo Wars hit the console market all the way back in 2009, racking up a million copies sold in just under a month, while its sequel, whose Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 and Xbox One included a copy of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, was only released last month. Furthermore, Halo Wars only made it into the stable of backward compatible Xbox 360 titles for Xbox One a year ago, after having been highly requested by gamers.

Source: Neowin

Another Summer, Another Spider-Man

The trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming looks really good... sadly.


Samsung Galaxy S8 is Pivotal for Samsung

On Wednesday, Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy S8. This is a huge moment in flagship history as with the past Note 7 debacle, Samsung really, REALLY needs the Galaxy S8 to be a success if they plan on staying in the premium smartphone market. It's pretty incredible how things can change and one wrong move can put the King of the Castle in the precarious position of being on the edge of the moat. I personally hope it's awesome and we all get over last years battery issues.

There is, however, another aspect of the battery that will be a cause of intrigue with the S8. Per the latest leak over at WinFuture, the smaller S8 is set to have a 5.8-inch display paired with a 3,000mAh battery. That's 0.7 inches more screen than the 2016 Galaxy S7 model, but the same battery capacity. Samsung got itself in trouble by trying to force the biggest possible battery inside the Note 7, but will it fall behind in the endurance stakes with the more conservative combination it has in its latest phones?

Source: TheVerge

Android App Pick #210 - Grumpy Cat Weather

We have just posted up another Android App Pick and this week we continue our Cat Theme (last time around it was Exploding Kittens), with Grumpy Cat Weather. In addition to daily insults, this App is actually quite a solid weather app. Plus, you get the dry humor and loathing of your favorite feline. Check it out!

Grumpy Weather


Apple is Upgrading iOS File System

There are a few improvements with the latest iOS update (10.3) that includes a "Find my AirPods" option and CarPlay improvements. One of the things that Apple has been using for years is the standard Hierarchical File System (HFS) and in fact, it's 31 years old. They've finally ditched that in favor of the new APFS (Apple File System). I'm sure that will go smooth for everyone.

 Apple has been using its 31-year-old Hierarchical File System (HFS) for iOS devices so far. It was originally designed for Macs with floppy or hard disks, and not for modern mobile devices with solid state storage. Even its successor, HFS+, still doesn’t address the needs of these mobile devices enough. Apple’s new APFS is designed to scale across these new types of devices and take advantage of flash or SSD storage.

Source: TheVerge

Dell's 8K Monitor is Available for $5000

Dell is quickly pushing forward past the 4K fad and into the 8K wonder with their 31.5-inch 8K monitor. This Ultrasharp 32 is price right at that magic $5000 mark which makes it a little more expensive than I can afford currently. Still, for that kind of money, you do get an incredible display. Thankfully, it will be shipping mid-April, so you won't have to wait long.

Of course, you probably won't plunk down that cash to use your fancy 8K monitor for high-end gaming or a VR ride. As we pointed out when we first saw it, the Ultrasharp 32's 7,680 by 4,320 pixels and 100 percent Adobe RGB and sRGB color support will most benefit artists and photographers that need to view and edit massive files.

Source: Engadget

Prime-Only Kindle Discounts

With paper book sales climbing, Amazon is apparently quite interested in pushing their Kindle products a little more. In fact, the current deals on Kindle for Prime members is better now than on Black Friday. If you've been thinking on picking up a Paperwhite, you can now get one for $90 - and the entry-level Kindle is a mere $50. More details at the link below.

If you’ve got Prime and enjoy reading, Amazon’s offering some of the best Kindle discounts we’ve ever seen right now, with $30 off the entry level models, and $50 off the rarely discounted Voyage. The $50 price point on the entry-level model brings it into impulse purchase range, but just remember that it doesn’t include a backlight.

Source: Kinja

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