Gear Guide
Fenix PD36 TAC

Father's Day Gear and Gifts
Father's Day Gear & Gifts

OLight Open 2, Obulb and MR2
OLight Open, Obulb & MR2

Alcatel 1B & 1X
Alcatel 1B & 1X Smartphones

Big Video-card List


Audio Bytes

If you are looking for a new audio distribution system (speakers or headphones), you may want to check out the Edifier MP250 Sound To Go USB Soundbar Speaker over at MEGATechReviews.  If you want something a little more private with 5.1 support, check out the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset at HardwareLook.  There is a chance that you want something with even more speakers, and this is when the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB headset also over at HardwareLook.  Finally, HardwareSecrets gives us the scoop on the Corsair Vengeance 1300 headset in their latest review.

Today we look at the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB headset. Audio quality is not something that most casual gamers tend to care too much about, as long as they can hear whats going on around them they are happy. Recently though there has been a renaissance in gaming audio. With more and more high quality surround sound headsets appearing on the market gamers can now here not just whats going on around them, but where. This has meant that even casual gamers are now looking to upgrade their headsets which makes something like the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1, a product high on many people's wish lists.

RAM Roundup

Right smack-dab in the middle of the news today we have a few memory reviews to share with you.  RAM prices have dropped through the proverbial floor and performance RAM is very affordable.  Check out how well some of these kits perform.

Topower Gold Vapor Injection-HD DDR3 1866 8GB Kit - eTeknix --=-- Ivy Bridge High-Speed RAM Run with G.Skill PC3-20800 2666MHz RipjawsZ - TweakTown --=-- Patriot Viper Extreme PC3-16000 CL9 1.65v DDR3 - TechPowerUp --=-- G.Skill ARES PC3-17000 16GB (DC) Memory Kit - TweakTown --=-- Samsung 30nm Green PC3-12800 Low Profile 1.35v DDR3 - TechPowerUp

Microsoft Slashes Technet Product Keys - Again

In a move that will piss off more than a few Technet subscribers, Microsoft has once again cut the number of keys that are allowed by Technet users down to 3 for each product.  They are doing this to try and curb piracy, but in my experience, it's just going to annoy and frustrate legitimate users of Technet.  ZDNet has more details.

In addition to that restriction, Microsoft has also imposed restrictions on the number of keys that can be claimed on any given day. As another support page notes, a TechNet Professional (Retail) subscriber can claim 44 keys in a 24-hour period.

Episode #151 -

Episode #151 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing the FAA may change rules for gadgets on aircraft, Windows 8 to ship in October and the nXbox isn’t coming anytime soon. We have those stories and more...

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Free Apps Eat Up Battery - Ads to Blame

New Scientist has posted up some information that claims free apps for your phone actually use more battery - a lot more battery than paid apps.  Why?  Because the free apps are add supported and this requires GPS, 3G and more.  Take a look and find out why that $0.99 app may be worth buying.

Struggling to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help. Up to 75 per cent of the energy used by free versions of Android apps is spent serving up ads or tracking and uploading user data: running just one app could drain your battery in around 90 minutes.

Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini-PC

HiTechLegion has a look at the Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini-PC.  This unit packs in an Intel Atom D2700 and a NVIDIA 520M GPU.  Also combined in the bundle is 2GB DDR3-1066, 320GB 5400rpm drive, HDMI, USB2.0 and more.  


Noise is generally a concern when it comes to HTPCs but, thankfully, the Zotac ZBOX ID80 was whisper quiet, even under heavy loads. In fact, I couldn't hear anything unless I stopped and gave it a few seconds of silence and listened very closely. The temperatures are well-within optimal for a small space and there are generous ventilation holes on both sides and bottom to allow the internal components to breathe.

Mobile Action

Let's face it - more and more people are packing smartphones as they allow you to do so much more than just make calls.  In fact, there are a lot of times that I will travel and even do service calls without my laptop - if I have my phone handy.  TechReviews gives us the scoop on the new Nokia Lumia 710 - Nokia's entry-level Windows Phone 7 device and shares their thoughts.  It's a pretty low-spec phone, but it gets the job done.

On the other side of the Operating System and Spec coin is the Samsung Galaxy Note.  HardwareHeaven pulls off a full review while the TechReport discusses life since they made the plunge to the Note.  Also, TechReviews looks at this device in a full review as well.

What if one device solved the need to have a separate 3/4G enabled tablet, or laptop in addition to a phone? Well that is what Samsung aim to achieve with the Galaxy Note. Sitting very much above the phone space, yet below a full blown tablet, with its 5.3" screen it could be the answer... then again it could also be too big to be a phone or too small to be functional for other tasks.

Tuesday Case Collection

As we wrap up the news for this fine "spring" day, we've got a small collection of cases to check out this morning.  Take a look and see if anything grabs your attention.


VulcLAN 2012 Wrapup

Wow.  Thanks guys for making VulcLAN 2012 possibly one of the most fun events that I've had the pleasure to host.  It was a great time, and thanks to the awesome sponsors, we gave out over $5,800 worth of prizes over the weekend.  Amazing.

I'd like to offer up special thanks to Fujitsu for his mad organizational skills on the tournaments and for GuyOnABuffalo for all of his help setting up the match schedules. 

Also, BoneRak and RoNiN once again brought servers and rocked our event with lag-free CoD4, MW3 and UT3 machines.  It was awesome.  Probably the most fun I had was with the some "Greed" mod on the CoD4 where we had 10v9 for some total mayhem.  Shipment was just a little chaotic.

Samsung dropped a couple of 59" TVs our way for the console tournaments and I'd like to thank Tigger for keeping things going (even though it got late) with the NFS:MW tournament.  I'd also like to thank everyone for being flexible and understanding as we had to swap out NFS:Carbon for NFS:Most Wanted.

One of the highlights of the whole LAN for me was announcing the impromptu Jedi vs. Padawan (BoneRak & Nicao vs. Echo & Epithanatios).  The wit and sarcasm of Fujitsu and MadScientist was pretty epic.

One of my most disturbing moments had to be when Ess chainsaw melee'd both Nicao and I in the Gears of War 3 tournament.  I still feel a little whipped that I got sawed by a girl... heh  Nicely done.

Thanks again to everyone - sponsors, staff, players, organizers for making this such a fun event to do every year.  We already have some ideas for next year as we will be adding a RTS to the mix.

I've posted the pictures up over here and we'd love it if you'd leave some comments in the forum.

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