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NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Review

We have just posted up our review of the NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Case. This was part of their "concept" series and this one made the cut and made it to market. A couple of features that make this case unique - other than the classy looks, are the lack of 5.25-inch bays and excellent cable and heat management. If you're looking for a new case that will turn heads, make sure to catch all the details in our review.

Taking the cover off the other side of the case reveals five 3.5-inch drive bays for your hard drives lining the height of the front of the case and your power supply mount at the bottom rear. You will notice a few nice design features including an eight port fan hub, and an angled motherboard tray with rubber grommets leading to the front side of the case, allowing for easy installation and management of all if your power cables.

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Watch Microsoft Press Conference at Gamescom

If you want to see all the goodies that Microsoft announced at Gamescom yesterday, make sure you check out the full press conference below.

 

Earbuds for Superman

Earbuds haven't changed much since the dawn of the speaker-you-just-stuff-in-your-ear. Sizes, shapes and quality all vary quite a bit of course, but they basically pipe sound in via a wire (or bluetooth) connection and let you listen to your media. These new earbuds by SoundHawk are a totally different ball of (ear)wax however. They allow you to customize the sound by turning down sounds you don't like - as well as by turning up the ones you do. This allows you to customize environmental sounds in real time. That's nifty.

Instead of earbuds, which typically deliver music and voice sounds through a wire, and hearing aids, which boost certain frequencies (lost to the elderly who listened to loud music through earbuds in their misspent youths), the new hearables -- wearable devices that live in your ears -- enable the customization of environmental sound. You can cherry-pick which noises you want to hear better, and which you want silenced.

Source: ComputerWorld

Samsung Pay vs. Apple Pay

A few weeks ago Samsung announced Samsung Pay which wasn't too surprising seeing as everyone wants to get into the mobile payment market. Samsung Pay is being tested in Korea but will be rolled out shortly to the UK, Spain, and China. Seeing as Apple of course has Apple Pay, it's only natural to compare the two services head to head and the BBC has done just that.

Samsung has launched its mobile wallet service Samsung Pay in South Korea.

It joins Apple - which launched a rival facility last year - in trying to convince shoppers to use their handsets, rather than plastic cards, to make in-store purchases.

And Samsung believes it has one critical fact that will work in its favour: its tech works with a much larger number of existing payment terminals.

Cortaina Enters Public Beta on Android

If you're into Cortana, but don't want to make the plunge to a Windows Phone, Microsoft has dedicated themselves to pushing out their software to Apple and Android devices as well (sometimes before their own platforms). Cortana isn't done yet but all means, but it makes at least as good of a digital assistant as Siri - and you get to think of all the fond memories playing Halo to boot.

The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone. With the app, you can manage your hectic lifestyle by setting and getting reminders, searching the web on-the-go, tracking important information such as flight details as well as starting and completing tasks across all of your devices.

Source: Windows Blog

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