Sonarworks True-Fi

LG V30 Smartphone

P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case

BitFenix RaiderWe have just taken a look at the BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower chassis.  This is a case that comes in well under $100, but has a lot of features and a really nice finish making it a great option for your next build.  It has some really nice internal customization as well so please check out all the details over here.

The Bitfenix Raider has a lot of features.  The built in fan controller is nice, but unfortunately only works with 3-pin fans.  The four USB 3.0 ports are easily accessed and the tool-less optical drive mounting system is simple and easy to use.  The Raider comes with three 120mm fans installed - one exhaust and two intake fans - giving the case positive pressure.  I would install another exhaust in top to even air-flow out, but it does fine without it.

Tuesday Storage Stack

We have a lot of storage reviews piling up in the news bucket and it's interesting to see that only one of them involves a mechanical spinning drive.

Episode #155: Facebook Offers = Discount Spam

Episode #155 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 Facebook spamming your feed with coupons, Apple is having Flashbacks and BestBuy closes 50 stores.  We have those stories and more...

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Smart Phones and Social Experiments

If you're looking for a new "Smartphone" to replace your aging candy-bar or flip phone, you may want to check out the LG Optimus 3D Android Smartphone over at MEGATechNews.  As far as specs go, this phone comes pretty loaded with a 4.3" display, and a dual-core 1GHz processor.  If you want to lose the 3D the Sony Xperia S Android over at HardwareHeaven may be more up your alley.  I'm not much of a fan of the Xperia line, but this device looks pretty classy.

Of course, according to the latest Nokia/Microsoft Ad - these phones are all just part of a social experiment.

Windows 8 Editions

Microsoft themselves have now confirmed the versions of Windows that it plans to ship later this year.  They include Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT.  Think of Windows 8 as your basic Windows "Home Premium" version and Windows 8 Pro, well, as Windows Professional.  The Pro version will have some media add-on features that will take it up to "Ultimate" - for an "economical" price.  Windows RT is simply for ARM-based devices.  Both Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will ship in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.  More information over at the Windows Blog.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Weekly Video Game Releases

Shacknews has posted their latest video game releases of the week and if you're into some exciting gaming on the PC, you may have to wait a while longer.    There are a couple of games that may be worth checking out, but no blockbusters this week.  


  • AZMD! Scorepocalypse
  • Botanicula (download)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (download - $15)
  • MacGuffin's Curse (Steam)
  • Super Ski Runner (download - "pay what you want")
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Steam)


  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  • Trials Evolution (XBLA - $15)


  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
  • The House of the Dead 4 (PSN - $10)


  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
  • StarDrone Extreme (PSN - $4)


  • I Must Run! (DSiWare - $2)

Facebook Spams Your Feed - Better

Facebook Offers rollout has begun and now you'll have even more junk clogging up your news feed as they find yet another way to spam your wall, invade your privacy - all in the name of saving you money.  The Verge covers more of this opt-in coupon program that will no doubt be very popular.  It is yet another reason for me to migrate over to Google+.

The offers are free to create, though Facebook says that each will only reach a limited number of people. This is obviously a way for the social network to maintain interest in its regular ads, though it's an interesting strategy that could see more smaller businesses investing in wider advertising campaigns. Offers also marks another attempt by Facebook to enter the social shopping market that's currently dominated by the likes of Groupon and Livingsocial.

Monday Memory Roundup

As we keep on pounding through the news, we've got a few memory reviews to share with you on this fine Monday.

Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB 2133MHz Quad Channel Kit - NikKTech --=-- Kingston HyperX Red, HyperX 3K SSD, Word on USB Drive Security - FutureLooks --=-- Exceleram Rippler ERB300A 4GB PC3-12800 CAS 6 1.65v - TechPowerUp --=-- GeIL Black Dragon DDR3-2133 8GB Quad Channel Kit - HardwareHeaven

Windows on Your iPad? Sort of.

If you love the iPad experience, but still want to run Windows on your favorite white device, InformationWeek has a look at six different ways to make this happen.  Of the most popular of course is Splashtop, but it doesn't end there.  I'll be honest though, none of these actually involve installing it on your device.  Still, there are some pretty great options to make it virtual.


Video Stuffing

If you need a new video card - or just the ability to add more monitors to your system, there are a few choices - both internal or external.  Take a look below of some of the recent reviews.


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