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Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS


ROCCAT Kave XTD Headset


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App Pick - Frozen Free Fall

IE Usage Up; Chrome Usage Down

It's actually been quite a while since I used Internet Explorer, and while things have improved (or so I've heard) at this point I'm still sticking with Chrome. That is not the case with other users though as IE usage is up lately. Of course that could be due to the fact that Windows XP slid this last month and Windows 8.1 is up. My guess is that people can't figure out how to install Chrome and are stuck in the Metro interface using the App version of Internet Explorer.

If you wondered why these companies want you to use their browser rather than a rival's, it is because there is a lot of money on the line for these products even though they are free. How do they make money? Well, it all comes down to searches. For Firefox, Google pays them hundreds of millions of dollars to be the default search engine and on Chrome, Google gets the default search preference too, while on Internet Explorer, Bing gets the nod as the default engine.

Source: Neowin via NetMarketShare

Animals Phased out of Testing: Artificial Humans Used

This sounds creepy. While animal testing is not always a great idea, I do believe it serves some purpose for some products that I'd rather not test out myself. That being said, animals sometimes have to put up with a lot. Things are almost as tough for these rats as it is for workers that assembled your phone in China. That's unbearable so "artificial humans" will be used in the very near future. These "humans" are in fact a bunch of microchips that "mimic our organs perfectly". Maybe this is how the world will end - not actual Zombies, but something engineered like in the Resident Evil movies.

Welcome to the Matrix

Source: DailyMail

Google Joins Delivery Drone Game

Google has thrown their hat into the ring and joined the race for usable delivery drones. They have been testing these out in Australia as authorities down under have less rules about drone use. They are testing out delivery of things such as medicine, battery and other small things with winged drones that could have better range than quadracopters. It's pretty nifty stuff and should be harder for farmers to shoot down.

Google’s drones have a 1.5m wingspan, and is driven by four electric propellers. Each aircraft weighs 8.5kg but can carry an additional 1.5kg for a total weight of 10kg. The aircraft sits on its tail while on the ground. The propellers give it lift, but once its in the air, the drone flips into a horizontal flying mode.

Source: ElectronicsNews

Android App Pick - Frozen Free Fall

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are preparing for the cold of Winter with Frozen Free Fall. This is a remake of the popular Candy Crush, but it's made by Disney and features characters from the movie. If you enjoy matching types of games, I'm sure you'll find this one will keep you entertained for hours. Take a look and see why it's our App Pick of the Week!

Frozen Free Fall

Enjoy!

Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Review

We have just posted up our review of the Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server. This is a very affordable 5-bay unit that takes the term NAS to a whole new level. While it comes pretty bare with the OS, there are hundreds of add-ons that make it truly stand out. When you combine great features with fantastic performance, it's hard not to call this anything other than a winner. Take a look at our review for all the details.

At the end of the day the Thecus N5550 is a very solid product. What it lacks in smooth and polished web interface it makes up for in performance, value and in features. It is one of the most feature-packed NAS units we've seen and comes it at a lower price point than many 4-Bay NAS units without a display. The hardware under the hood is very comparable as well and you're not giving up any performance when you choose this unit as your main file storage server.

Thecus N5550

$149 Windows 8.1 Tablet Revealed

You read the headline right. Microsoft and Archos have teamed up to bring you a $149 Windows 8.1 (not RT) tablet that should actually be adequate for many users. If you are using your tablet for surfing the web, sending emails, and playing casual games as well as watching movies, the new 80 Cesium could be exactly what you're looking for. At $149, you can't really expect much, but this little unit packs in a quad-core Intel CPU and 1280x800 resolution. No word yet on battery life, storage or RAM, but you won't be using this at the next VulcLAN.

In fact, you can put any application on here and that could be an issue as consumers see these devices as Windows, so they should be able to run all of their desktop applications. If consumers take the mindset that these are desktop capable machines, Windows, at this price point, could turn off users to the platform if they perceive Windows to be slow or unable to run their applications.

Source: Neowin

MSN Messenger Shutting Down Last Zones

Microsoft is finally shutting down Microsoft Messenger in mainland China as they have now completely fazed out their messenging app in favor of Skype. China was one of the last countries to hold onto it, but even that is going away. MSN was the first messenging app that I used and later I moved to ICQ/Trillian for a while. Either way, I'm a bit sad to see it go as this is some internet nostalgia that won't be returning.

Many Chinese users of Windows Live Messenger, more commonly referred to as MSN in short in China, have received an email which says the service will close down on October 31st (two months away) in mainland China. To encourage Chinese users to migrate to Skype, the online calling service Microsoft acquired in 2011, each of them will get 2 dollar worth of a coupon for Skype calls.

Source: TechNode

Dells Curved Monitor Makes You a Better Gamer

If you need a better monitor to make you a better gamer you're either really, REALLY good or you suck so bad you need to find any excuse. Dell can come to your rescue either way as they have just shown off their new Ultrasharp 34-inch U3415W display that packs in a wide 3440x1440 resolution to make your widescreen gaming dreams come true. 

Dell says that the monitor's wide field of view mated with its curves will give gamers a leg up on the competition because, compared to flat monitors, less eye movement is needed to take advantage of the player's peripheral vision. Intrigued to test that claim? You can do so come this December.

Source: Engadget

WiFi Routers Are Still Vulnerable

As long as people are willing to be mischievous and cause trouble, there will be security exploits and the latest affecting many WiFi routers has been shown off by Oxcite, a Swiss Security Firm. In this attack, they take advantage of the PIN required for WPS setup and then are able to actually "guess" the correct PIN on the very first try. Hacking the router literally takes one second. Whoops.

A vendor implementation that improperly generates random numbers is more susceptible to attack, and it appears as though this is the case with at least two devices," she said in a statement. "It is likely that the issue lies in the specific vendor implementations rather than the technology itself. As the published research does not identify specific products, we do not know whether any Wi-Fi certified devices are affected, and we are unable to confirm the findings.

Source: ArsTechnica

Snapchat hits $10 Billion

Snapchat needed a little more cash and opened itself up for another round of funding from venture capitalists and as a result of the last round of funding has hit a $10 Billion dollar valuation. As of right now Snapchat isn't making any money so raising this money is critical as they work on ways of making money off the Snapchat brand. It seems like the valuation of $10 Billion is crazy, especially for a company that hasn't made any money. It is hard to determine value anymore with some of the crazy buyouts we've seen over the past year or two and now even Microsoft is being to the long list of companies rumored to be interested in acquiring Snapchat. TechCrunch has the story.

We also keep hearing the company is in the process of raising another round of funding. According to one source, the raise will be an over-$100 million Series D to follow the $50 million Series C led by Coatue Management last fall. The new round would value the company at $10 billion, according to our sources.

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