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ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Review

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard is the big brother to the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow that we looked at a while back and this time around it brings a few extra hardware features including a media hub, USB ports and some interesting lighting options. If you are in the market for a new gaming keyboard and want something a little special, check out our review of the MK Pro to see if this is the keyboard you've been waiting for.

This is a solid product that definitely deserves more than a cursory glance if you are in the market for an absolutely fantastic gaming keyboard. While it does have more options that you’ll probably use, I do believe that this is the best keyboard I’ve ever used. If anyone has a keyboard that can rival the Ryos MK Pro in terms of flash, substance, quality and performance, I’ve yet to see it.

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5 Lies Laptop Salespeople Tell You

If you're reading BCCHardware, it's probably because you're a bit of an enthusiast and know your way around tech. There are many people though you don't understand processors, RAM, screen resolution and what is actually better. Those are the people that salespeople love to prey on. CNET has put together a list of the biggest five lies that someone will tell you when you're shopping for a laptop. I love this and enjoy pretending to be the ignorant customer when a salesman is trying to seal the deal.

A more powerful graphics card means web pages will load faster
When we heard this one, we had to restrain ourselves from slapping the salesperson. It's absolutely false.

Source: CNET

'NSA-Proof' Email Fundraiser a Hit

In the light of the massive NSA spying that has been going on in the USA for the past few years, a company has started up offering 'NSA-Proof' email and their recent crowdsourced fundraising kicked off to a good start. It seems that honest American (and some not-so-honest) don't take kindly to the National Security Agency accusing us all of being terrorists until we are proven innocent. ProtonMail is an encrypted email service that looks really promising.

Accounts on ProtonMail are free (though at the moment you have to sign up for a waiting list before you can create an account). Yen said basic accounts would always be free, but that in the future the company would charge power users a “modest monthly fee” for additional storage, in order to make ProtonMail into a self-sustaining business.

Source: VentureBeat

300K Servers Still Heartbleeding

Just over a couple of months ago, the internet was crippled by the "Heartbleed" bug and patches were issue and rolled out within hours in many cases. In over 300,000 other cases however, no patch has been applied and the servers are still infected. Please make sure you continue to watch your personal and banking information as we could see ripple effects of this for a long time. Hopefully, these remaining servers get patched up soon.

By scanning port 443, one of the most commonly used server ports, Errata could establish from the server's response which version of OpenSSL it was running and  determine if the server was at risk of attack. When the vulnerability was first made public, they scanned the port and found over 600,000 systems were vulnerable.

Source: Neowin via Errata Security

Genius Zabius M Mobile Gaming Headset

We have just posted up our review of the Genius Zabius M Mobile Gaming Headset. This is a tidy little piece of kit that makes your mobile gaming easier and a lot more immersive. The Zabius M works with your mobile phone as well as your laptop and promises (and delivers) decent sound at a very good price. If you want to pack light the next time you take your game on the road, make sure to take a look at our review for all the details.

Genius seems to be trying to provide quality gaming gear for a reasonable price, and they appear to be doing just that with the Zabius M headset. The box looks great and the earbuds look promising. If they provide good quality sound is a small portable package that would be the perfect complement to a gaming laptop, they are winners.

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BlackBerry announces Passport phone

BlackBerry announced a new phone yesterday which they've called Passport. This new phone combines a larger screen (4.5 Inch screen, 1440x1440 resolution) like most smartphone have combined with the traditional BlackBerry keyboard. The phone looks a little odd at first glance, however, as a former BlackBerry user who still misses the physical keyboard I think I might be willing to give it a try. For more details on this new phone head on over to Engadget.

BlackBerry teased the existence of a new device with a square, high-resolution screen before, but the Passport's design isn't exactly what we were expecting. Unlike other BlackBerrys with squared-off displays, the folks in Waterloo didn't feel the need to craft a more traditional (some would say more hand-friendly) chassis. Nope, the Passport seems to bask in its angular tendencies, and that 4.5-inch display running at 1,440 x 1,440 -- which works out to a pixel density of 452 pixels per inch -- is clearly the star of the show. If reports hold true, you'll also be able to trace out gestures directly on the (now cramped) keyboard, though why you'd do that instead of paw at a touchscreen is still unclear.

Microsoft teases new Android Phone

No the headline was not a typo. Microsoft (through their phone division Nokia) has been teasing consumers with their newest Android phone the Nokia X2. Nokia and Microsoft had confirmed that they would continue to produce their Android phone lineup (even after Microsoft acquired Nokia) which was a surprise to most as Microsoft is obviously the producer of their very own Windows Phone OS. The official launch date for the Nokia X2 is June 24th and at that time all the specs will be confirmed. Nokia produces a solid phone so I am sure this will make Android fans happy. If you can't wait until the 24th head on over to The Verge for more details.

Microsoft has committed to supporting its existing Android-based Nokia X handsets, but it appears the company is also planning to introduce new models. A teaser posted at the Nokia Conversations blog today hints at a new Nokia X phone for next week. LiveSinohas discovered the same teaser on the Chinese version of Nokia’s site, complete with a green X shape and the June 24th date. Nokia previously used green ducks to tease its original Nokia X announcement earlier this year.

Apple iWatch Rumors: Multiple sizes?

The latest Apple iWatch rumor is that Apple is going to be launch the iWatch with multiple sizes available. The sizes of the iWatch are still yet unknown, but the "one size fits all" approach was probably not going to work anyways so giving people a choice is most likely a good strategy. The iWatch is also rumored to contain 10 sensors which could be used for health applications (among other things) which would make it similar to other devices like Nike's FuelBand. The WSJ has more details.

The new wrist device from Apple will include more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, these people said. Apple aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they fail to provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone, said a person familiar with the matter.

4 reasons to avoid the Amazon Fire phone

The long awaited Amazon Fire phone has finally been announced and the reviews are mixed. Amazon typically does a good job with their devices thanks to the services like Amazon Prime which give users a ton of value. Not everyone is sold on the Amazon Fire phone, Versus has come up with 4 reasons why they are taking a pass. There are of course positives as well, but like with any phone purchase, make sure to find one that fits your needs.

Yes, we get it, the Dynamic Perspective (not 3D) technology used in Amazon’s Fire smartphone is cool. But while it is pretty, it is just in essence, a gimmick, and does not add any additional functionality to the phone. On close inspection, there is no consumer who actually needs the Fire, and indeed several areas where Amazon completely has dropped the ball with this device. Below you can read four very good reasons for not buying the Fire...

BlackBerry is stabilizing?

For the last couple years any story we've posted about BlackBerry usually contained some type of bad news related to their earnings, however, last quarter BlackBerry actually showed signs or life and didn't lose boatloads of money. The profit numbers and increased number or phone sales aren't all that impressive in comparison to some of the big guys but the fact that BlackBerry has finally stopped the bleeding is a good sign. The NY Times has the details.

Accounting adjustments enabled BlackBerry, the troubled smartphone maker, to report on Thursday a $23 million, or 4 cents a share, profit for its last quarter. Without those noncash changes, however, the company lost $60 million during the period.

But the company’s results for the first quarter of its fiscal year showed that severe cost-cutting and efforts to refocus the company by John S. Chen, its chairman and chief executive, may be at least stabilizing BlackBerry.

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