TrueFi
Sonarworks True-Fi


LG V30 Smartphone

P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50
NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

DDR3 Roundup

DDR4 is on the horizon, but for now if you want fast RAM you'll have to snag something like the Corsair Dominator Platinum CL10 2666MHz kit reviewed at TechPowerUpeTeknix has the 2133MHz version of this kit on their bench, while HiTechLegion has the 1600MHz mainstream kit from Corsair.

Also at eTeknix is the Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1866Mhz 8GB kit.  This kit is probably one of the most ideal kits of RAM for a "mainstream enthusiast".  It's big enough and fast enough to be really useful - but not overkill or overly expensive.


Facebook Beta Launches Mobile Ad Network

If you are looking for another reason to leave Facebook, you may want to consider leaving.  They have just launched a beta version of their new mobile ad network - so the one way you could almost enjoy Facebook (mobile) will now become as horrible, lame and congested as the desktop version.  TechCruch has a few more details.

Starting later today, you may start seeing banner and interstitial ads targeted by your Facebook biographical and social data within non-Facebook mobile iOS and Android apps plus mobile websites where you’ve authenticated with Facebook.


PSU Roundup


Hot Wheels - World Record Corkscrew Jump

Would you really try this?  I think I'd pass.

I love how the ramps look like the ones you get in your Hot Wheels kit though.


iPhone 5 Review

The iPhone 5 is officially launched this Friday, but that hasn't stopped a few press from getting an early sample and taking a look at it.  Engadget has their review posted and while I think it's pretty objective for the most part, you can tell the author is a bit of a fanboi.  Take a look and see what they think.

Image quality is still among the best out there for a cameraphone, unimproved but quite impressive in varying conditions. What has improved, though, is the speed. Tap that big ol' thumb as quick as you can and the iPhone 5 will keep up, whereas the iPhone 4S eventually fell behind. It's at least on par with the Galaxy Nexus, which also has a ridiculously quick shooter.


Episode #177 - iPhone 5 Frenzy

Episode #177 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing the biggest thing since the iPhone - the iPhone 5, Google keeps the social fight alive and everyone needs Bug-A-Salt.   We have those stories and more...

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Google Acquires Snapseed to Take on Instagram

I rather enjoy Instagram.  It's a micro social network that is just images and that's really why we look at Facebook to begin with right?  The problem for G+ users, is that when Facebook bought it, they haven't opened it (and likely will never open it) to Google+.  Google has gone on the offensive and snagged up Snapseed - one of the best and most popular photo editing/sharing apps that has previously been available on iOS.  It will come to Android and put up a fight.  I hope.

Google has already done a nice job providing a safe place for Flickr refugees and other photo enthusiasts by providing high-resolution image uploads and editing features like crop, sharpen, text, and a variety of photo filters inside Google+. Both Facebook and Instagram are notorious for compressing user photos to save server space...


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Google+ Hits 400 Million

Google's social network doesn't have all the hype that Facebook does, but at the same time, it doesn't have the ads, the scams, the inherant issues that comes with the design of the Facebook network.  Still, Google now claims 400 Million total accounts and 100 Million of those are active.  They climed to this number in just a year, and that's not bad at all.

However, there is one area that you can compare Google+ and Facebook in and that is speed of growth. It reportedly took Faceboook 4 years to accumulate 100 million active users. Google+ did this in just one year. So if you’re rooting for Team Google, you do have something to brag about.


 

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A

ASUS gets it.  They realize that people want great screens on their products - or at least the option to buy a better screen.  The ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A reviewed over at the TechReport has a 1920x1080 IPS panel on a 13" ultrabook.  This is amazing.  While the native resolution will make the font a little small, the ability to cram that much text, video, icons, and more at a screen is great.  Take a look and see how the rest of the unit performed.

This isn't the Windows world's answer to the new MacBook Pro. It's a smaller system with substantially less impressive hardware, and its display density (166 PPI, by my count) pales in comparison to the to the 221 PPI of Apple's flagship. On the flip side, this up-and-comer from Asus has something entirely unattainable for the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro: a reasonable price tag.


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