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  • CES 2017: Nvidia reveals new Shield devices, but…

    Nvidia hasn't refreshed its Shield range of Android gaming gadgets for a while now, but the company has used CES 2017 to finally update its lineup. The company announced the Shield 16GB "streaming media device" and the 500GB Shield Pro box at the Las Vegas expo. But it might not be the leap in power you're expecting... Those hoping for an upgraded chipset will be disappointed with the Tegra X1 processor in both devices, matching the previous Shield device. Otherwise, expect 3GB of RAM, expandable storage, an Android Nougat-based platform, an included remote and 4K HDR support (in addition to 4K, 60fps playback)....

  • Bluetooth 5 announced: what should you expect?

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the availability of Bluetooth 5, the latest generation of the wireless standard. As for specific improvements, the group says it offers longer range, faster speed and "larger broadcast message capacity" as key upgrades. However, the group also says the update offers better functionality for fast-growing IoT gadgets. "Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved...

  • 5 seriously odd things Xiaomi also sells

    From smartphones and tablets to fitness bands and streaming boxes, Xiaomi sells a wide variety of tech products. Did you know the company sells rice cookers and drones too? Well, here are a few more offbeat products the Chinese firm has in its stable. Mi Qicycle Electric bicycles (or e-bikes) are massive in China, as scores of people zip around city streets instead of walking or taking the bus. So it makes sense then for Xiaomi to release a product of its own in this regard, in the form of the Mi Qicycle range. And by far its most distinctive feature is...

  • PlayStation 3, PS Vita firmware update without much new

    It doesn't look like Sony has forgotten about its two other consoles, or has it? The company has released new updates for both the PS3 and Vita, but they don't bring a slew of features or anything interesting at all. The PlayStation 3 has been upgraded to the 4.81 firmware revision, which Sony states "improves the quality of the system performance". Now if that's not insightful, then we don't know what is . The Playstation Vita (and that PlayStatoion TV thing which Sony pretends doesn't exist) has been upgraded to 3.63, which, you guessed it, "improves the...

  • Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor debuts with quantum dots

    Samsung has today announced the global availability of its first gaming monitor with quantum dots, the CFG70. The screen, which first debuted at Gamescom 2016, is available in 24-inch and 27-inch guises, and also boasts a curved face. Gamer-friendly features are also listed, including a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 125% coverage of the sRGB colour spectrum and quantum dots. "With the introduction of quantum dot technology to our pioneering curved monitors, Samsung offers a look into the future of gaming, along with a level of picture quality like the industry has never seen before," notes Samsung's SVP of Samsung's visual display...

  • WD Red 6TB drives review: seemingly bottomless storage

    Just a few years ago, hard drive capacities topped out at a lofty 2GB. They were about as big and bulky as their contemporaries, but somehow, they just couldn't remember as much. Rolling through the years though, it's 2016, and we have a slew of new tech fads and accessories to fuss over. But perhaps one of the most underrated remains the humble hard drive. Companies like WD still make a living selling these buggers to companies and individuals alike. As luck would have it, we make a living testing said products for companies and individuals. So, with that in mind,...

  • AMD Zen initial benchmarks crush FX-8300, embarrass Core i5 4670K

    Good news, everyone: the first real-world benchmarks of AMD's upcoming Zen CPU range have made an appearance online. The benches appeared on Ashes of the Singularity's benchmark database this week, and seem to originate from the engineering sample. While not indicative of AMD Zen's final form, they give a good indication of where the company is headed prior to the platform's reported 2017 launch. According to WCCFTech (who snagged a few screens of the benches before they were taken down), there are two engineering samples being tested here. One is a hyper-threaded octa-core, with 16 total threads and a base clock...

  • Seagate announces enormous 60TB SSD for cat picture hoarders, enterprises

    If you think that 2TB SSD in your gaming PC isn't big enough, don't worry, Seagate totally agrees. The company wants you to store even more cat pictures, games and videos of your reactions to those games on its new 60TB SSD. Yeah, that's 60 000GB. For now, the SSD is primarily marketed for business use, but it still remains "the largest SSD ever demonstrated". The previous largest was Samsung's enormous 16TB SSD, which was made available in March 2016. While SSDs can generally occupy smaller spaces thanks to their lack of moving parts, Seagate's 60TB drive is made compatible with the 3.5-inch...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 revealed, a tiny step above the 820

    The mobile world moves at a ridiculously fast pace, as today's tech quickly becomes last week's news. Qualcomm is no exception to the rule, as it's just unveiled its latest flagship processor in the form of the Snapdragon 821. Fortunately for owners of the LG G5, the HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Snapdragon 821 is only a minor performance upgrade over the 820 in these phones. Much like the Snapdragon 801 improved upon the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 821 builds on the Snapdragon 820. "Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered...

  • HP shows off world’s smallest all-in-one printer

    In the midst of all things E3 2016, there actually is some other tech news. Tech company HP has unveiled what it calls the world's smallest All-in-One (AiO) Deskjet (ink) printer. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, the HP Deskjet 3720 is "half the size of other  inkjet all-in-one printers in its class." That means the device includes the ability to print, scan, and copy your documents. "With its innovative design and intuitive mobile connectivity from virtually any device or social network, the HP DeskJet 3720 turns the traditional consumer printing experience on its head," writes general manager and...