Fall 2014 Cooling Roundup

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Android App Pick - Mirror Photo

Android App Pick - Mirror Photo

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting creative with Mirror Photo. This is a very cool app that turns your photos and your camera into a kaleidoscope of awesome. If you want to push your creative side a bit farther than with your normal camera, take a look at this nifty app!

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Intel Bay Trail-based USB Stick Runs WIndows 8

Intel has dabbled in the hardware business over the years and their latest device is a glorified USB stick that runs full-on Windows 8.1. This device is really the ultimate streaming stick and when it is priced at $100, it will sell like hotcakes at a cowboy festival. It won't be the fastest thing on the market, but it should be enough for an eMachine or streaming machine.

The USB stick is just under 100mm long and is packed with a quad core Intel Atom CPU running at 1.7 GHz. Other specifications of the device include 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 MicroUSB ports, 1 HDMI port, 16 GB and 32 GB storage options, a memory card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Source: Neowin, Alibaba

HBO's Standalone Streaming Service is Pricey

HBO is looking into the streaming content service and while Netflix has noticed that their subscribers have dropped because of a $1 price hike. Apparently HBO thinks that they have a super premium service as they are hoping to charge about twice as much as Netflix. The question is, does HBO have enough content to warrant the extra price? Sound off in the forum at the link below.

That price point is much higher than that of its competitors. Both Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions cost $7.99 per month, and Amazon Prime costs $99 per year, which equates to about $8.25 per month. That means HBO's streaming service could cost almost twice as much as its competitors - or $180 per year. 

Source: BusinessInsider

Another Call of Duty is Coming: Here is the Trailer

Enough said.


When (or Will) Your Device Get Android 5.0?

If you have a current device and are wondering when it will be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, there are some details as to what device and when it will be coming. The good news is that if you have a Nexus device, you'll be getting it very soon. HTC has already said that if you buy one of their devices, you'll be sure to get the update within 90 days.

Google has confirmed that many of its earlier Nexus devices will be getting the update first, but other manufacturers will be announcing their own Lollipop update plans separately. Of the leading global OEMs, some have already revealed details about which of their devices will get Android 5.0.

Source: Neowin

League of Legends World Championship

League of Legends and eSPORTS are really starting to take off and with the World Championships in Korea selling out to a 40,000 person crowd, things are picking up the pace. At this event $11 Million was up for grabs making it worth while to start gaming again. If this is an indication of the future, I really need to spend more time in the virtual world.

Last night, Riot’s final World Championship match series was held in Korea, where 40,000 fans sold out Seoul’s World Cup Stadium to watch Korean pros Samsung White and China’s Starhorn Royal Club compete for the honor of being the best team of the most popular game of the world, which boasts 67 million monthly players at last count.

Source: Forbes

Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup

We have just posted up our Fall 2014 Cooling Roundup. In this roundup we take a look at a few liquid coolers from NZXT and Thermaltake as well as heatsinks from Thermaltake and Noctua. We put them head-to-head in a maximum-performance shootout on a mildly overclocked Intel Core i7 4790K CPU.  If you are looking for a new cooler this fall, take a look as we've updated our cooling platform to reflect more current CPUs and have a total of nine coolers battling for top honors. Check our review for all the details.

We have coolers from Noctua, Thermaltake and NZXT represented here today and this round will cover HSF units as well as liquid cooling kits. We won't do a direct comparison of noise, but we will make some notes as to noise levels as we go. If you want some good kit-cooling and have a decent budget, make sure you follow along to see the candidates.

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Move over 4k, the Retina iMac hits 5k

I might not be an Apple evangalist, but I am a resolution junkie so I must give Apple props for announcing "the world's highest resolution display" on the new Apple iMac with Retina display. The new "5K" Retina display is sporting 5120x2880 on a 27" screen. For those of you keeping track at home, that is 67% more pixels than a 4k display. The new iMac is sporting a Radeon R9 M290x to drive all those pixels and the rest of the spes are pretty standard. All of this can be yours for a price starting st $2,499 and can be purchased today. The Verge has more details over here.

Apple has announced a new version of its iMac desktop computer complete with a high-resolution Retina display. The new model has what Apple says is the "world's highest resolution display", at 5120 x 2880 pixels on a 27-inch screen. Prior to this, the highest resolution iMac was the 27-inch version, which has a 2560 x 1440 pixel display. Apple notes that it has seven times as many pixels as an HD TV, with 14.7 million in total. It's also 67 percent more pixels than 4K displays, and Apple is calling it a Retina 5K display.

Nexus 9 more powerful than 2012 Mac Pro

All the hype behind the new Nexus 9's new Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU was apparently true as benchmarks are trickling in showing just how powerful that CPU really is. In the benchmarks that TechRadar have done so far the Nexus 9 tablet is more powerful than a 2012 Mac Pro and almost catches the brand new MacBook Air in terms of CPU performance. If you compare the Nexus 9 to other tablets, well, there really isn't much competition as the iPad Air and Nexus 10 both come nowhere near. 

Benchmark results for the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet have been spotted and the results are incredibly impressive, with the tablet performing as well as a Mac Pro from 2012.

Considering that Mac Pros sell for a lot of money and are usually used for professional video and image editing, the fact that the Nexus 9 tablet can go toe-to-toe with the PC is pretty impressive.

Nexus Time!

The long wait is over, Google has announced the new additions to their Nexus lineup. Google has made the announcement via their blog.

The Nexus 6 will be the newest addition to the smartphone lineup. The Nexus 6, built by Motorola, will feature a 6" quad-hd smartphone (2560x1440) screen in addition to a 13 MP camera. The Nexus 6 will of course be running Android 5.0 (Lolipop) and also give you a Turbocharge feature which will allow you to get 6 hours of battery life on a 15 minute charge. 

The Nexus 9 will be the update to Google's tablet lineup. The Nexus 9 will be produced by HTC and will feature a 8.9" screen and will give you an option for a magnetically attached keyboard. The Nexus 9 will of course also be running Android 5.0 and will be available for pre-order in late October and hitting store shelves sometime in November. 

The last announcement was for the Nexus Player, which will be built by Asus and it is a streaming media player (kinda like the one that every other company produces). You'll be able to play Android games on your TV, stream media, and all that fun stuff. The Nexus player will be available for pre-order late October and also be on store shelves sometime in November.

I think overall I'd say the wait was worth it for Nexus fans as all 3 products seems to have gone over relatively well so far. Thoughts? Use the forum link below.

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