Trendnet Powerline 1200Mbps AV2 Adapter Kit

We have just posted up our review of the Trendnet TPL-420E2K Powerline 1200Mbps AV2 kit. This is very speedy kit that gets great performance thanks to MIMO (multi-in, multi-out) features and is by far the fastest kit we've seen to date. It's faster than many wireless networks and doesn't have the same interference issues to deal with. If you need to really stretch your network, check our review for all the details.

The TPL-420E2K Kit is the fourth kit from Trendnet that I've looked at and it way more impressive than I expected for a powerline kit and is the first time I've really been impressed with this technology. Short range performance is very impressive, thanks to the full MIMO feature set. Also, it holds good performance over some crazy long distances.

Powerline 1200Mbps

Android App Pick #177 - Rolling Balls

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are going hi-tech with an old classic. Back in the day, you'd use a piece of wood with balls on it and a whole and try and conquer the level by defying physics. Today, Rolling Balls is our App Pick and you won't have to carry around a sheet of plywood.

Rolling Balls



Google+ Splits

After a long struggle to dominate your photo and social space, Google is taking a bit of a differnt approach with their Google+ product and has announced that they will be splitting Google+ into "Streams" and "Photos". Streams will continue to be your basic Google+ product, but if you just want to use Photos, it won't be tied so directly into their Social portal.

Horowitz says that he's now running Google's Photos and Streams products - two new names for existing elements of Google+ that conspicuously don't reference the social network. The name changes could possibly suggest that Google is planning to kill or significantly alter the brand, but the company has yet to make an announcement to confirm or deny this.

Source: TheVerge

Lenovo Vibe Shot

Mobile World Congress is in full swing and there is certainly a lot of new hardware being shown off. One of these devices is from Lenovo and it's their all-new Vibe Shot. This phone is build for the selfie-obsessed with a high-quality (not just high megapixel) 8MP front camera. In addition, it has a 1080p screen and the new Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core CPU. What I love about it the most is the microSD support for up to 128GB extra storage for all your selfies. Know someone who needs this? I bet you do!

These specs are pretty decent in and of themselves - the 5-inch Full HD screen is fairly standard for a higher-end device these days, while the newest-gen Snapdragon 615 processor from Qualcomm promises excellent performance. A point that I've made many times in recent days is that it's more or less impossible to fairly assess a handset's performance from just a few minutes spent with it on a show stand - we'll need to spend some real time with it to be able to pass that kind of judgment.

Source: Neowin

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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