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Rosewill RNX-AC750RT Gigabit Router Review

We have just posted up our review of the Rosewill RNX-AC750RT Gigabit Wireless AC router. This router is the current flagship from Rosewill, and while it isn't the fastest router we've seen, it makes up for the wireless speed with an awesome feature set that allows you to do a lot of extras - without hacking up the firmware. The wireless is still pretty snappy at close to 250Mbps, but it falls behind other products that are much more expensive. For price and performance, it's pretty hard to beat, but you should read our review for all the details.

Overall, the performance and package of the Rosewill RNX-AC750RT is really good. While it certainly isn't the fastest wireless router we've seen, in terms of wired performance it comes in right at the top of the charts. They combine solid performance with a very robust feature set and a bunch of extra setup options not usually found in mainstream routers.

Rosewill RNX-AC750RT

Windows: From Windows 93 to Windows 10

There are a ton of new Windows 10 screenshots from Build #10031. While the build hasn't officially rolled out to the preview channel, it looks as though we could be expecting a new build to roll out here in the near furture. While many of the spotted changes are cosmetic, there are a few significant changes that include Microsoft's new Spartan browser. More information at the link below.

Until Windows 10 ships, you may be interested in taking a look at Windows 93 - that's right Ninety-Three. This is a fun-fest and a private project that is a web-based OS at what Windows might have looked like in 1993. It looks pretty fun and is worth a look.

Windows 93

Source: ArsTechnica, Neowin

Best Looking Android Wear

Mobile World Congress has wrapped up and there was a lot of Android Wear on display. Surprisingly, one of the best looking devices came from Huawei (pronounced Wah-Way). After looking at a lot of different devices over the past year or so, I'd have to agree and I hope they bring these devices to North America - at a decent price. While I've yet to be convinced I need another device to charge every day, something this slick could make me change my mind.

One of the main surprises this year was Huawei’s first Android Wear-powered smartwatch, the Huawei Watch. It managed to turn a lot of heads during the show because of its beautiful design, and I believe we’ll all agree that the Huawei Watch screams “premium”, no matter which way you look at it, and it will definitely be able to compete with the other three metallic circular smartwatches out in the market, the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R and LG Watch Urbane.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Goodyear BH03 Tires Actually Produce Electricity

It's not often that tires make headlines at BCCHardware, but there is enough technology in these treads to charge batteries and add a little life to your electric car. While these will never provide you with enough power to motor your car by themselves, it's interesting to see what people are working on. Oh, and the cost per tire will likely be less than $10,000 each. 

 

Source: UPI

New Tablets of 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 included a bunch of new tablet announcements from companies like Sony, HP, Lenovo, Nokia, and more. If you are thinking it might be time for an update and are waiting to see what is next head on over to CNET to see the highlights of MWC 2015 when it comes to tablets.

A slow year for tablets finally kicks into gear with a variety of new models debuting at MWC 2015.

It hasn't exactly been a busy year for tablets, however Mobile World Congress 2015 is here to change that.

The Spamming Refrigerator

A new report that looked into some recent botnet attacks (groups or infected 'computers' that are used for cyber attacks) found that smartdevices such as smart TV's, multimedia devices and even a refrigerator were part of the attacks due to the fact that these connected devices have no malware protection. This brings up an interesting point as more and more devices are connected to the internet (and connected 24/7) these devices run the risk of being infected without the owner knowing (or being able to do anything about it). About all you can do at this point is sit down with your smart fridge and have a talk about internet safety and hope for the best.

CNET has the story.

With the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.

It also comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don't have malware protection. And it's now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack — that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam — incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator.

Samsung puts a hold on Smartwatches

Smartwatches has been a big topic at Mobile World Congress this week and Apple is expected to show off theirs next week, but what about Samsung? Apparently Samsung has decided to hold off on the whole smartwatch fad for a while and see what happens. The sales of smartwatches haven't been spectacular overall and there are a ton of competitors now so the 'wait and see' approach might actually pay off for Samsung. Samsung currently has a bunch of smartwatches (Galaxy Gear) so it isn't like they are going to stop, but it will be interesting to see what their next move will be.

Readwrite has more on this story.

Samsung executive vice president Young-hee Lee has revealed the company’s smartwatch strategy moving forward: Don’t release any. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal at Mobile World Congress, Lee explained Samsung’s new strategy regarding watches simply:

We’ve been introducing more devices than anybody else. It’s time for us to pause. We want a more perfect product.

iWatch Event

Apple is going to be having their 'iWatch' event on Monday where they are going to (hopefully) announce important details about the watch as well as price, availability, etc. The event most likely won't be all about the watches and there could be a couple other announcements but it seems like everyone is more interested in Apple's iWatch more than an updated Macbook (or whatever else they have planned). The Verge has come up with a list of things to expect on Monday.

Monday's event may be the biggest that Apple holds this year. Not only is Apple expected to unveil final information on the Apple Watch and detail a release plan for it, it may also discuss a new MacBook, an update to iOS, and a whole lot more. Below is everything you can expect to see on Monday — and a few things you shouldn't expect just yet.

Samson Go Mic Direct & Meteorite USB Microphones

We have just posted up our review of a couple of microphones from Samson. We take a look and yell at the Go Mic Direct as well as the Meteorite. Both are USB microphones, both can be packed around and both sound much better than your built-in microphone. They do serve two distinct purposes though, so you'll have to read our review to find out "what it is they're good for".

At the end of the day, while both of these microphones serve a purpose - they are very different from each other. The Go Mic Direct is designed for great portability and it sacrifices quality and enhances audio with software to make it happen. It is far superior to any built-in microphone and is great for Skype calls, voice notes, voice-to-text and even voice command software. The overall audio quality is subpar though, when compared to the Meteorite.

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FTC offers bounty on robocalls

Chances are good you've got a robocall or two, probably right about when you were sitting down for supper and the phone rings and you find a computer telling you that 'you've won a trip' or some other pre-recorded message that makes you angry and slam the phone down. The FTC has also had enough of this and is now offering a $25,000 cash prize if you can figure out a way to trap these robocalls and stop them. I like the idea of making this into a contest and offering a cash prize (the final phase will be held at DEF CON 23) but couldn't the FTC pony up more than $25,000? I'm pretty sure a quick Kickstarter campaign could raise millions to anyone who could get rid of these annoying calls.

Arstechnica has more.

On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced another contest to design a system to "identify unwanted robocalls received on landlines or mobile phones, and block and forward those calls to a honeypot."

The agency will select "up to five contestants" as part of what it’s calling "Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back."

The first qualifying phase launches Wednesday and runs through June 15, 2015 at 10:00pm Eastern Time, while the final phase concludes at DEF CON 23 on August 9, 2015.

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