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ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Mechanical Keyboard. This is a mechanical gaming keyboard beast that is well-built, well designed and performs like a champ. If you've got a penchant for great keyboards, this one needs to make your short list. Make sure you take a look at our review, but I'm pretty sure you'll like what you see.

Ryos MK Glow

When unboxing the keyboard, you realize that all that weight you had been feeling wasn't coming from all the packaging, but the keyboard itself. Weighing in at 1578g or 3.48 lbs, this keyboard is going to stay put while you are gaming, even if you end up in a frenzied button mashing rage during a raid.

Spire Bliss 9 Pro+ Tablet

We have just posted up our review of the Spire Bliss 9 Pro+ Tablet. This is a 9-inch tablet that runs Android 4.2 and is a pretty mainstream tablet for a mainstream price. It's not going to blow your socks off in terms of performance, but the Bliss 9 Pro+ is a pretty solid product that offers a lot of extra connectivity that you don't typically get with other tablets. Check it out if you need extra features that you can't get with products from ASUS and Samsung.

Bliss 9 Pro+

The Bliss Pro+ Tablet did pretty well in application loading, multitasking, and displaying things on the big screen. I like the fact that the tablet has some extra inputs and outputs, such as HDMI, a USB port and the SD Card slot. Other features that make it stand out is the dedicated screenshot button and more.


Network Nuggets

I know networking is not always exciting stuff to post on the front page, but to be honest the ASUS USB-AC56 Wireless Adapter at LANOC is pretty cool. This little stick has the ability to run dual-band networks and transfer files at "up to" 857Mbps on the 5GHz band. If you're looking at setting up a new 802.11AC network, this could be a nice way to bring it to your networked PCs.

I'm still a large fan of wired networks though. While they are not as convenient to set up, the performance they offer is worth it in my opinion. If you want great performance, a 1000Mbps or 1Gbps network is great. If you want to get all crazy, the 10GbE network is mind blowing. TweakTown looks at the Netgear ProSAFE XS712T L2+ 10GbE Switch. It's pretty quick.

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Video Cards and a Bonus LCD

What better way to start off your week that by checking out some new video cards? There are some great deals to be had and the performance and price wars are heating up. On the bottom end of the scale is the ASUS Mars GTX 760 Graphics Card over at TechPowerUp. This card will get you going and will perform pretty well for most games, of course they also look at the massive Palit GTX 780 Ti JetStream 3GB card that is pretty much king of the gaming castle right now.

On the AMD side of the fence is the VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB card at TechwareLabs. This is a nice mainstream card that won't break the back. It also won't be able to play your favorite titles at high detail on a 4K display. The Sapphire R9 270 Dual-X 2GB Graphics Card at eTeknix is a close relative of the VisionTek card and it too, does pretty well and you may be able to find it at a slightly better price.

The last Graphics Card in the news bucket is the Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC at Vortez. This card is priced a bit higher than the 270X cards, but it does offer a lot more in the way of performance. If I had to buy an AMD card now, this is probably the one I'd shoot for. Of course all of these cards need a good display, and the AOC Q2963PM 29" UWHD MyMulti-Play AH-IPS LCD at eTeknix offers 2560x1080 resolution and is quite affordable.

Mac Gets Chromed

For those of you not aware, Google has what they call Chrome apps, it essentially is a shortcut to open Google products and launch apps. The new feature is that they have now added Mac support. So now those of you who own Macs can have even more access to Google products and apps!

Google filled in a missing piece of its Chrome Apps puzzle on Wednesday when it announced it finally has added Mac support for its new app-ification of the Web. Chrome Apps are Web apps that function even without an Internet connection, and they must be run in Chrome. They can display desktop notifications, they have access to Bluetooth and USB, and they can interact with digital cameras and other peripherals like native apps. But they also act like Web sites, with cross-platform syncing and in-app payments.

Source: ChromeBlog

Gaming as a Pro-Sport

I have been playing video games for a while now and have bumped into the stereotype that gaming is a lazy thing to do, but apparently this may not be. A South Korean gamer, Dong-hwan "Violet" Kim, who has won almost $100,000 playing games has obtained a US professional athlete visa! Sounds to me that us gamers are athletes waiting to happen! Sadly the "athlete" doesn't mean physical.

South Korea's Dong-hwan "Violet" Kim has earned nearly $100,000 playing video games. Now, he also has a US professional athlete visa to boast about. Kim this week became the first professional StarCraft 2 player to receive a P-1A internationally recognized athlete visa. The visa is for those "coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance," according to the U.S. government.
Source: CNET

Twitter Unblocks the Block Feature

Social media giant Twitter slams on the breaks and throws the gear stick into reverse after their release of the new changes to their "block" feature. The new changes were supposed to protect victims of online abuse by allowing them essentially ignore that person doing the abusing while they were still engaging in this morbid activity, but apparently this is not what users wanted and so Twitter has back-peddled and vetoed this update.

Twitter Inc was forced to nix a change to its "block" feature on Thursday after attracting a wave of protest from users who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse. The humbling reversal on one of the most sensitive policy issues facing the social network came as Twitter encountered user revolt for the first time as a public company.

Source: Reuters

YouTube Goes Live

Most of us have heard of live streaming and have maybe even watched some, but do you ever wish that you could live stream or even watch it on YouTube? This will become reality. For those in good standing with the giant, you will be able to stream your videos live! This will take place in the next few weeks! This is quite exciting news!

Over the last year, we've seen creators across music, gaming, sports, news and morecategories use the power of live video to create amazing experiences for their audiences, and build new fans. Now, all YouTube channels that verify their account and are in good standing will be able to live stream live video to the world. We’re rolling out the feature over the next few weeks, and you can see if you have access on the YouTube account feature page or wait for Live Events to appear in your Video Manager.

Source: YouTubeCreator

Windows 8 sales are slow

Last week Microsoft announced that it was going to stop selling Windows 7 to customers and giving OEM partners another year before they stop selling licenses to them. That decision might be a little early as some new stats are showing that Windows 8 isn't selling so well, in fact, the only OS that is showing growth is still Windows 7. If you want more details head on over to NetworkWorld.

You want to give a company the benefit of the doubt, but after several months, a pattern starts to emerge. A negative one that you can't deny. And in this case, a year's worth of stats don't lie: Windows 8 isn’t going anywhere.

For the most recent month, Windows 7’s growth outpaced that of Windows 8.x by four fold, and it’s not the first time the older OS has proven the more popular choice either. It's becoming something of a regular occurrence. Adoption of the tiled OS is slow, very slow, especially compared with the strong pick up Windows 7 enjoyed from the start.

Friday Storage Stuff

If you're looking for some extra storage to keep all of your Steam games on (let's face it, there are some great sales), this is the post you want to check out. Whether you have just a few files that you need to save, or a bunch, there is something for everyone. If you intend on taking them with you wherever you go, something like the ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB External SSD at CustomPCReview is a decent choice. It's much faster than a regular USB 3.0 Flash drive and it's not going to get lost as easy. Of course, you can always upgrade your laptop with a speedy Toshiba 500GB SATA III HDD reviewed over at NikkTech. This is much cheaper and gives four times the storage.

I know, mechanical drives are not that cool anymore. That's where something like the Crucial M500 480GB drive reviewed at CustomPCReview comes in. It's fast, thin, reliable and really isn't all that expensive for a 480GB SSD. A drive that is a bit more expensive - and claims to be way more reliable is the SanDisk Optimus ECO SAS Enterprise SSD at TheSSDReview. These drives are built like tanks and while they might not always be the fastest (part of the ECO series), the are reliable.

Image Courtesy TechPowerUp
Image Courtesy TechPowerUp

Not everyone wants extra storage to be limited to one machine at a time and that's where a nice Network Attached Storage box comes in handy. TweakTown looks at the Netgear ReadyNAS 516 6-Bay in their review while TechPowerUp reviews the QNAP TS-470 and saves a bunch of money.

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