Datacolor Spyder5 Elite Monitor Calibrator Review

Introduction


We have already posted our first review of the impressive Philips BDM4065UC 40″ 4K monitor, but to review this kind of product we need a specialist bit of hardware. Sure, we could do it all by eye, but that would be completely dependent on the reviewer at the time. Their perception could change massively at different times of the day with different light levels or even sitting at a slightly different angle. While that would make for great reading, it doesn’t give the readers tangible information that can be compared between reviews and it turns into a “he said she said” unprofessional mess.

This issue led us to look for a consistent calibration tool and we found the Spyder5 Elite. This nifty little tool is the creation of Datacolor, a company that has more than 40 years experience in the colour management solutions so know a thing or two about color perception.

$5 Service Will Cancel Your Comcast in 5 Minutes

Have you ever suffered the pain of trying to cancel your internet service? The endless mashing of buttons and following horrible instructions via the IVR to get to an operator, since there is no easy option for “cancel your service.” Sure, you can change your service or upgrade it — but cancel it? It becomes a long ordeal in which you are tricked and sometimes berated into keeping your service, or else. Comcast is particularly bad about this process, meaning customers just get more and more frustrated.

A new service has launched, called AirPaper. For a measly $5 you can pay them to automatically cancel your Comcast contract in a speedy 5 mins. You provide them with your phone, address etc and they cancel your service.

It seems like a fantastic bargain and it is definitely worth the 5 dollars so you don’t have to deal with the dreaded customer support yourself. The company also hopes to expand into other services. They say they want to be able to help provide services for getting parking permits or renewing your visa to china etc.

I think it sounds epic, I can see people having issues with sharing their info with 3rd parties, but they state in their FAQ that they won’t share the information

Thank you to Geek.com for providing us with this information

Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 Chassis Review

Introduction


I wonder how many of you have noticed how Cooler Master stopped launching new products for quite a while? It’s been ages since they brought out a new chassis, a new power supply, a new peripheral. If you didn’t notice, we certainly did and it wasn’t until Computex 2015 when we finally found out why the team at CM had gone so quiet; they were cooking up something big, very big! 2015 marks the year when Cooler Master take the PC component market by storm with their Maker concept. They’ve re-tooled everything they do, getting back to their core concepts of design, function and a whole lot more.

Why have one chassis when you can have all the chassis you need in one? The Maker series is moddable by its very nature, need it for NAS, need it for a gaming system, HTPC, LAN rig, office rig, rendering station, its really up to you. Cooler Master will provide you with the parts and configuration options you need to achieve a more personal build all by yourself and really make your rig yours. At least, that’s the promise, but we’ll find out today just how much of this has been achieved.

Cooler master said they channeled their MAKER SPIRIT to design a case that:

1. Gives absolute control over how a case looks and functions through a flexible, modular system.
2. Introduces an eco-system of accessories and add-ons that provide the ability to Customize. Adjust. Upgrade.
3. Was designed in collaboration with a community of makers and power users to inspire self-expression.
4. Redefines the way PCs are designed, made, bought, and used

There’s three editions of this chassis, each with their own unique features and of course, the ability to upgrade any of the lower models to the higher models by buying the extra bits.

Brace yourself, specification overload is coming! The MasterCase 5, Pro 5 and no doubt the TBD Maker 5, come with support for extensive water cooling, air cooling, motherboard sizes, lots of storage, long graphics cards, dust filters and more!


Check out the very interesting video below for more information on how “Maker” works.

We have in our hands today the MasterCase Pro 5, which means we have the same core chassis as the 5, but with the Pro parts pre-fitted. That’s right, you can buy the base model and upgrade anytime! Or you can jump right in and buy the Pro. Of course, the whole concept here is that you can tweak either of them to suit your needs and make the MasterCase into whatever you like.

First impressions of the chassis are very promising and despite the design featuring a lot of strong angles, the chassis still manages to look smart and sleek. There’s a huge side panel window on the left side, perfect for showing off your build.

The right side panel is just a blank panel, but just like the left panel, it is mounted with a pair of easy access thumb screws.

The angular design of the front panel looks really nice, still fresh and modern, but still unmistakably a Cooler Master design. There’s a pair of 5.25″ drive bays, as well as a huge ventilated section for any front mounted cooling.

Around the back, you’ll see a handle section at the top, matching the one near the front of the top panel; should make carrying you rig to LAN events a lot easier! This is an ATX chassis, so you’ll also find 7 expansion slots on offer; more than enough room for a multi-GPU configuration.

There is a 120/140mm fan mount at the back, with height adjustable mounting and a 140mm fan pre-installed.

There’s a removable bracket at the back to help with mounting the PSU from the rear of the chassis,

As well as a slide out dust filter, which will help provide your PSU with clean air.

The top panel is very sleek-looking and slopes gently towards the back of the chassis. There’s a huge amount of ventilation here and that’ll be great for any top mounted cooling, or removing heat from your system passively.

The front panel is nicely laid out with an almost symmetrical appearance. There’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports, but there’s also quite a lot of space here that could have been put to use; more USB ports perhaps?

The underside features two extra-large and full-width feet, which means the Master Case feels very stable overall. It’s helped even further by four tough rubber strips; two on each of the feet.

The PSU dust filter is a good size and fits in pretty snug. It’s washable too, so maintenance of the filter will be nice and easy.

Modding Your GTA? It May be Time To Change Your Passwords!

Grand Theft Auto 5 was one of the biggest games of 2014. With both a storyline covering three different people, an online world (eventually) and even the ability to load in custom mods to change your offline experience. But what happens when those mods come with little easter eggs or rather viruses?

Firstly we have to thank the forum user aboutseven, if it wasn’t for their observational skills we might not have noticed these issues for a while now. Thanks to a keen eye aboutseven noticed that a C# compiler was hiding in the running processes on their computer. Titled “Fade.exe” the program was even using internet access! Fake.exe turns out to have actually been a keylogger, a malicious program which often copies and records what you type into your computer before sending it over the internet. This means someone could easily log into your accounts.

In this instance two mods, titled “Noclip” and “Angry Planes”, are responsible for this nasty piece of programming. Sites have been quick to distance themselves from these mods, taking the option to quickly remove them rather than face the backlash of hosting viruses. The first thing that you should do, if you have installed these mods, is remove the mods and do a virus scan. Once you have done these, change all your passwords (best to remove the keyloggers before you change your password right?).

It’s always best to do regular virus scans and be careful with what your downloading but when people are putting viruses into our sacred mods what will come of the modding community that makes PC games last for years beyond their release?

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information.

Grand Theft Auto v 1.07 Patch Released, Dubbed Grand Theft Auto Online Heist Update

Rockstar Games has just released its latest update for the Grand Theft Auto V title, the 1.07 Patch. It is said to currently be available for download on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Take note that the same patch is available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as Patch 1.21.

Taking a look at what the patch brings, we see that it’s mainly focused on Grand Theft Auto Online, hence the Grand Theft Auto Online Heist title. It comes with some minor fixes and improvements, but the most important features included are:

  • Heists are a new type of gameplay experience inside GTA Online – massive, multi-layered, 4-player co-operative missions that encourage players to work together and make the most of their individual strengths, and a team’s level of communication and coordination can make or break each mission.
  • Heists unlock at Rank 12 for players with a high-end apartment. They are started by a call from Lester and a visit to his garment factory. Please note there is a short delay between each Heist, but Lester will be in touch when the next Heist is ready. You can replay Heist strands by calling Lester using the “Request Heist” option.

For a complete list of what the new patch brings, you can head over to Rockstars website here.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

GTA V Without Textures is Art

A lot of things get pushed off as art these days. Splattered paint, piles of rubbish, famous paintings in raw data, just to name a few. But what about GTA V without any textures? Is that really ‘art’?

Maybe more so than the others in that list. These images consist of screenshots of Los Santos from GTA V without any textures. Artist Kim Laughton had the idea and her shots are now part of the Monadigital exhibition Flanetrie in China.

The images offer a unique view of the city formed of abstract shapes.

See more of the piece, titled los_santos.obj here.

Source: Gizmodo 

Watch Some Old People ‘Play’ GTA V

There’s a lot of these videos nowadays. Kids, teens and old people get sat in front of a game, piece of old or new technology, an outrageous YouTube video, or pretty much anything else that’ll get an interesting reaction, and they’re just asked to say what they think about it.

Well this time, the latest ‘REACT’ video features a bunch of elderly people attempting to get Michael De Santa to walk. There’s more to it obviously, but a lot of it is just about getting him to walk.

See it and their hilarious reactions for yourself in the video bellow.

Source: REACT on YouTube

Watch: Star Wars Trailer in GTA V – Without Mods

Someone attempted to recreate the Star Wars trailer in GTA V. Now of course, without making any modifications to the game, you’d think that would be a pretty difficult task.

Well Powerlight-13 on YouTube didn’t think so and rather creatively reproduced the entire trailer using only in-game characters and vehicles. It all comes together quite well, but we’ll leave you to decide whether the plane at the end bears any resemblance to the Millennium Falcon.

Source: Kotaku

Report: Apple to Release New 4-Inch iPhone

The Electronic Times of Taiwan reports that Apple will be reintroducing an iPhone with a 4-inch display next year. 4-inches is the same size display as with the 5, 5s and 5c, and the new phone would be seen as a replacement for the ‘low-cost’ 5c.

It may seem odd initially that the company would want to continue producing new phones with such smaller displays, but it comes as no surprise when you consider the fact that some people just do not like massive phones. The report suggests that the new phone would be “for the convenience of single-handed operation of female users”, but in reality there are many people, male and female, who simply prefer the smaller display.

Apple was initially against the use of bigger displays, even making fun of them. But in traditional Apple fashion, the company decided to wait it out to see when a larger phone would be more appropriate. It seems that they pulled that off too, as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with their significantly larger displays, both received rave reviews.

This news suggests that Apple sees larger displays as a preference rather than a killer feature, and it appears that they plan to cater to all tastes in smartphone display sizes.

Source: Electronic Times of Taiwan

Android 5.0 is Basically Useless in China

Android 5.0 has been released to a massive reception in Western nations, promising and delivering a handy new user interface amongst other spectacular features.

Unfortunately for the Chinese population, almost all of this will go unused. Due to some reported issues ‘left over by history’, most domestic acquired Android users will be using non-native Android operating systems. Most Chinese-domestic phones are running a customized third-party ROM, including offerings such as HTC’s Sense, the Millet Miui and Meizu’s Flyme amongst many other handhelds.

You can’t help but feel sorry for them, given the positive reports that have been coming out of Android 5.0 thus far. Since the birth of Android, it is according to some that the Android 5.0 update is the first time that they finally ‘get it’, offering an innovative, stylish and simple interface design that’s obviously meant to compete with and crush iOS’ offering. Alongside this, these limitations aren’t just set to their mobile phones – Lollipop extends over Android OS run tablets, TV’s and wearable technology. Meaning that some of their products will be running the fancy updated OS, alongside their ‘basic’ looking third-party phone interface.

It’s unfortunate that China shall have to miss out on such software advancements, but it’s obvious that they’ve got the hardware game down pat. We’ve recently reported of their domestic-made offerings selling through the roof, despite update news such as this. So maybe it’s becoming clear that price wins over all and they don’t care about a fancy UI. Alongside Chinese-domestic phone company selling a reported 1.62 million of their phones in a non-stop 72 hour period, we’ve also reported that many ‘big wig’ phone companies are experiencing a significant decline in sales.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

MGS: Ground Zeroes Specifications Released, GTX 980 Tri-SLI Setup Teased

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is set for release around the 18th of December on PC, seeing marketing be ramped up worldwide by Konami in preparation. Given this news, we’ve come across information that Komani Japan has been displaying MGS to the public at an amazing 4K resolution, run through a three-way GTX980 SLI set-up with the CPU and RAM for this system is unknown however.

Earlier this year, the PC specifications were leaked to the public thanks to STEAM making an error. If you’re looking to run the name (in normal resolution) for yourself, you’re going to need at to have the following tech in your rig at a minimum:

  • OS: Windows Vista
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (2.7 GHz) quad-core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650

We’ve been scouring the internet trying to find a picture of this Tri-SLI, 4k resolution set-up for MGS by Konami but have so far come up blank. If you have any sources, please feel free to send them through to us via a PM to our Facebook page or simply reply in the comments with the information. From looking at the pre-release videos and promotion by Konami, the graphics for this game seem certainly reasonable for the utilization of an i5 and GTX 650, so here’s only hoping that Ubisoft can take some notes in the optimization department for their latest AC: Unity dramatic release.

In one months time, you’ll be able to get your hands on the 5th installment of the MGS series, so if your rig isn’t up to scratch it’s time to get upgrading.

Image courtesy of Gamespot

Android 5.0 Features No Silent Mode

Android 5.o has been well received throughout the wider technology community – providing users with many new features and an updated design. However, there’s one thing that they seem to have missed – there’s no silent mode!

On Android 4.0 and previous editions, when you hit your ‘volume down’ button on your smart phone or tablet, the phone will lower your ringer levels down from loud, to vibrate and eventually into fully silent mode. This mode apparently hasn’t made the grade into Android 5.0, kind of.

Silent mode was often used by consumers to disable the ability to hear or feel incoming phone calls, text messages or calendar notifications – the only alternative to this offered in Android 5.0 is the new “zero notification mode”. This mode gives you the ability to deaden your phone completely, allowing no alerts to get between you and your task. Apparently there is somewhat of a work-around if silent mode is important to you – simply turn you volume right up to 1, restart your device and then you’ll notice silent is available to you. It’s also noted that silent mode is available on tablet editions of Android 5.0 but not the smartphone edition.

Given this information, it looks like the no-silent ability is some form of small release bug – here’s hoping it’s fixed soon.

We’ll report if and when the story develops, here on eTeknix.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

Japan Launches Giant PS Vita – 7 Inch Screen

Thanks to Gamersky, we have just become aware of a Japanese-only release of the “DekaVita 7″, which is a 7″ screen alternative to the current 5” PS Vita offering. But wait, there’s more! Alongside the increased screen size, this device supports 5 hours on continuous play and has the capability to let you source HDMI out to your television or monitor. The DekaVita can also be connected to your PS3 via a USB controller, allowing you to use it as an external screen and/or controller.

Unfortunately some of the information has been lost in translation for this product, so it’s not exactly clear if this is a properly endorsed Sony product, or more-so something of an aftermarket accessory – either way it looks like something worth purchasing for Vita fan-boys or people looking for a cheaper console alternative.

Coming in at 19,800 yen ($170 US) excluding tax and set for launch in Spring 2015, the Deka Vita 7 will contain the following specifications:

  • Screen size: 7-Inch
  • Display Size: 142.2 mm (H) x 85.9 mm (V)
  • Display Res: 1024 x 600
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.15 mm
  • FOV: 175 degrees up and down
  • RRP: 23,000 yen ($197 US) excluding tax

Unfortunately, there has been no information as to release date or cost in the western world, but we will endeavor to report on it if it comes to light here at eTeknix.

If you’re fluent in Mandarin or Japanese, we also encourage you to send a message in to us on Facebook if there is any way you can help us with some possible article translation on this product. For now we will leave you with some more manufacturer images of this product.

Information and images courtesy of Gamersky

Apple Wants Cheaper Streaming Deals from Record Labels

With Music streaming services taking the world by storm – Apple’s iTunes is after more than a decade losing a sizeable chunk of ground to competing services. Spotify and Pandora, among others are all in the hustle to offer the worlds leading music streaming platforms, and the big fruit has some catching up to do. Just like the 99 cent revolution that was iTune’s pricing model, streaming services offer free or extremely affordable pricing options to consumers. It’s a new cut-throat pricing war for record labels and musicians, as services that offer free of charge listening frequently subsidize costs through advertisements.

As you could expect, competition in the space is fierce and the crowded market isn’t looking at slowing down any-time soon. Reports from Re/code suggest that Apple’s newly acquired Beats – founders of Beats Music streaming service – are looking at pushing music labels into a cheaper licensing agreement with the intention of passing the savings directly onto the consumer. It’s expected hat the deal will be ready for launch sometime next year, and will allow Beats Music to offer a starting price point of just $5 per month.

We’re not going to lie – the dawn of music streaming is offering some rather incredible deals for consumers. If you love listening to all your favourite artists, it looks like Apple’s once again making big motions to win back listeners in the forever changing digital landscape of music.

Thanks to Re/code for providing us with this information.

Google are Replacing every Broken Nexus 5

Phones break all the time, whether they are dropped, flushed, stepped on, run over, thrown – you name it. According to some unfortunately Nexus 5 phone destroyers, the Google Play Store will send you a shiny new (refurbished) Nexus 5 for free.

This deal is valid only to U.S customers currently, so unfortunately the rest of us miss out. What’s even better? It doesn’t matter how you broke your original device – no questions asked!

We’ve learned though, this isn’t the first straight up replacement policy for smartphones (or all technology). Motorola and HTC offer free replacements alongside peripheral manufacturer Logitech being widely known for a straight up replacement policy even on their oldest gear. Googles swap deal is rumored to be due to Google wanting to clear a pile of Nexus 5’s they have in stock.

Is this a logical reason to go for the Nexus 5 over its Apple competitor? Quite possibly. It’s quite often that you see people wandering around with the infamous busted screen, unable or wanting to pay the few hundred-dollar replacement for a store to whisk it off to phone surgery. Or people being unwilling to learn how to replace said screen themselves.

It’s been said that this offer is available as a “one-time service to valued customers”, so make sure you put in your best ‘business voice’ when calling the centre!

Image courtesy of Android and Me

Apple Launches Second iPhone5 Battery Replacement Program

Apple has just launched their second iPhone 5 battery replacement program. First it was the iPhone 5s smartphones that had battery life issues last year and now the time has come to the iPhone 5.

In a statement on their website, they’re saying that only a small percentage of a specific shipment has the problem, but the problem must be big enough for them to start another replacement program.

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

The replacement program will start on August 22nd in U.S and China, China was the first website this news was spotted on, and for the rest of the world it will start on August 29th. Customers can either use an Apple Authorized Service Provider, an Apple Retail Store or contact the Apple Technical Support.

With any such program, there are some strings attached. Users must backup their data themselves to either iTunes or iCloud and then turn off the Find My iPhone feature. Next they must erase all content and setting. Oh, and if your iPhone 5 has any damage such as a cracked screen that might impair the repair process, you’ll have to get that fixed prior to getting a new battery. Such a repair will of course be associated with additional costs.

And one more final limitation, “This worldwide Apple program doesn’t extend the standard warranty coverage of the iPhone 5. The program covers affected iPhone 5 batteries for two years after the first retail sale of the unit or until March 1, 2015, whichever provides longer coverage.”

Thank you Apple for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of Apple.

 

iPhone 6 Set To Feature A Dual-Core A8 CPU Clocked At 2GHz

News surrounding the iPhone 6 is unsurprisingly fruitful as ever and even though Apple themselves are keeping their cards very close to their chest, so-called leaks and rumours are circulating around very freely.

The latest information that we’re now hearing with the upcoming iHandset is in relation to the processor that will be at the heart of everything. Interestingly enough it seems that, according to Chinese site Cnbeta, the iPhone 6 will follow in the footsteps of its older siblings with a dual-core processor, although the clock speed has been ramped up to 2GHz – a full 700MHz increase over the 5S.

In addition to the faster clock speed, the sources also suggest that the A8 CPU will be running on a 20nm architecture, down from the 28nm architecture of the current A7 – we all know Apple like to save space so why the hell not shrink the CPU.

Even though the A8 processor will be smaller and faster than the A7, it is still only dual-core and with most Android based phones today featuring quad-core chips, deciding whether or not this is a bold more or not is yet to be decided – sure Apple are likely to move to quad-core in the future, but when exactly is anyone’s guess.

As with all rumours and supposed leaks, we don’t know if this is the definite specification that will be seen at launch so lets just continue sitting where we are, looking at information trickle in as we make up a picture of what could be the real deal.

Source: T3

Apple Fix For Basic iPhone Feature Now Available

Apple are one of the most high-profile businesses that there are around the world, yet, as some unfortunate users have found, they seem to fail at writing some of the most basic code needed for a mobile. Considering the massive amount of functions that the iPhone has to carry out, it is hard to conceive the fact that there is an issue with the code needed to run the clock and even more importantly its wake & sleep buttons. Surely this has to be a joke right?

Sadly though this is far from a joke and after a large number of customers consulted Apple for this simple issue, Apple have admitted that there is a problem with its ever popular iPhone 5 handset. Whilst the problem may not seem that bad, if you happen to use the clock on your shiny new 5 handset, you may have been experiencing some late awakenings in the morning after the wake/sleep buttons fail to respond to the user’s input. Additionally this is NOT the first time that iUsers have experienced a problem with their clocks. As early as 2010, there have been known problems and bugs with the simple looking clock and whilst many have been fixed with simple updates, this time it’s worse than ever.

The problem is so severe that it simply can’t be resolved with an iOS update and this means that it is time to head down to your local Genius bar and get it hands on repaired. Apple claim that this problem only affects a ‘small percentage’ of users and the fix-it program as been introduced to enable users to have their handsets fixed free of charge; and rightly so to be honest. US and Canada users initially can access the program and after entering the devices serial number into the Apple website, qualifying users will be prompted to head to the Apple Repair Centre.

There are one or two points that Apple do wish to add though, damaged screens will HAVE to be repaired before the device is sent in to have the clock fixed and you will have to part your beloved and cherished phone for around a week. There are other options to consider if parting with your handset is not an option. One is to ignore the problem and find another solution, another is to get another non-iDevice handset instead, or simply get a non-Apple branded clock. Some of these options are a little more drastic than others, so I’ll leave it to you to decide.

Will this be the last time we’ll hear of a problem like this? For some reason I think not.

Source: Fudzilla

 

Synology DS1513+ 5-Bay NAS Review

Introduction


When we look at the number of bays that each and every NAS on the market has to offer, typically we find the bays rising in multiples of 2, although we do find that there are 5 and 7 bay options out there as well for those who want to bridge the price gap between the 4-6 bay price bracket and additionally the 6-8 bay bracket.  Typically in the home environment we find users buying 2-4 bay systems and with capacities of up to 16TB on offer, this is generally more than enough to suit the majority of users in this group. On the other end of the scale in the enterprise market, 16-bay systems are not uncommon and in some cases 24-bay systems can be found, but in between these two extreme ends of the market is the SMB (Small-to-Medium-Business) and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) group of users. At this level in the market, 4 bay systems are ample solutions to go for but in most cases they are just a starting point, with users and businesses soon seeing that they need to go up to a 6 or 8 bay system to suffice their needs. As said though, the price difference in some cases is quite notable and this is where units such as Synology’s DS1513+ come into play.

The Ds1513+ is by no means a new system to the market, in fact it was released in the mid-part of last year, but what is significant about this system is that it has five drive bays to work with in a desktop format which allows for up to 20TB of RAW storage, but even more importantly it has four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back, allowing for high-levels of bandwidth and throughput when setup with a compatible switch. So why I hear you ask am I reviewing a product that is nearly a year old? Well the simple answer is that whilst there have been a fair number of new products in the SOHO and SMB classes come to market since the launch if this system, I have until this point only looked at consumer level and SOHO based systems which are ideal for the home user, but not quite what the business user is after, both in terms of functionality and performance. Whilst I could have chosen a more recent system to put to the test, Synology were keen to show me that their DS1513+ is still s class leading product long after it hit the market – or that’s what they tell me.

So what sets a business level NAS apart from a consumer level product? To move up to the next level a NAS in my eyes needs to offer up a number of additional features. The first of these is multiple Ethernet ports; a home user for the most part is never going to fully saturate a single Gigabit connection, whilst in a business environment where multiple users are likely to be connected, creating a potential bottle neck as one Ethernet connection struggles to deliver data fast enough. The second thing that I look for is scalability; commercial environments typically create volumes of data much faster than one would at home and buying a larger system every 6 months for example is not what one would exactly call practical. Expansion units can simply connect into the existing system and drive volumes to create additional storage space with ease and lass hassle. The last thing that I look for is stronger performance levels. Going back to the LAN point that I made above, yes a home user may see a slight difference in performance between a RAID 0 and a RAID 1 array, but only just, whereas in a busier environment this difference in performance is noted far quicker as many users try to access the system. A strong storage controller is the key here.

The DS1513+ has all the basic credentials that I need for it to be classed as a business level system so the real question now is, can it really deliver those promised levels of performance and still shine through as a class leader nearly a year since its release? That’s what we’re about to find out.

Unlike some of the consumer level systems that Synology have in their catalogue, the DS1513+ has a more concise accessory set included with little more than a pair of Ethernet cables to get connected, a UK mains plug (in our case), a set of screws for installing 2.5″ drives into the drive trays and a pair of keys of locking each of the drive trays in place.

6 New Boards On The Horizon From MSI for Intel’s 5th Gen Chipset

Over the last few weeks we have been hearing some interesting information come to light regarding Intel’s 5th Generation chipset and its Haswell Refresh processors and with a launch date of 11th May only a matter of weeks away now, we are starting to see snippets of information come through with regards to the motherboards that are going to power the 5th Generation processors.

MSI have been throwing out some teasers of what is to come in their latest motherboard lineup and whilst some boards were on display at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, they were only prototype items. This means that whilst they give us an insight into what is on offer when the boards finally go on sale, what is seen is only to be taken with a pinch of salt and things are likely to change between then and the final release.

So what do we know about the new line of motherboards and what features will we see across the product stack? Like previous generation boards we will see the latest release of many features including Military Class IV components, V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Audio Boost 2 and new to this line of boards we will also see an M.2 interface for the latest SSDs as standard and a Delid Die Guard for the XPower AC as seen last week.

To break up what each board will bring to the market, have a look at the next couple of pages where I’ll touch on what each board has to offer as we go up through the stack. At the moment there is no work on pricing for any of these boards, although we will be certain to keep you all updated as information comes to light.

HTC And Google Join Forces For Upcoming Nexus 6

As far as Android mobile handsets go, to me there is only one model series that should be taken in to consideration. This is of course the Nexus line. At the start of last year and after a lot of research and recommendations, I jumped onto the Android bandwagon and to be honest I don’t know why I didn’t do it beforehand. The sheer power that is at your fingertips is leaps and bounds ahead of many rival handsets that are part of the Android family, but also Windows and Apple.

The Nexus 5 is Google’s current flagship handset and like its older sibling – the Nexus 4, production was awarded to LG and this partnership has seen one of the biggest success stories that as been seen in the Android market in the last couple of years.

With the latest generation of the nexus family currently in development and many rumours about the specification circling around, word is now spreading that HTC are likely to be the lead partner in the Nexus 6’s production. If these latest rumours do transpire to be true then we are looking at some grass-roots heritage coming through as HTC themselves were the first brand to bring an Android phone to market.

With a speculated launch to be around the end of this year we are still a long way off seeing any confirmed specifications, but that is not to say that word is about. Upgrades to the processor, display, camera and operating system are all standard things to expect and like the current Nexus 5 we are expecting to see a minimum of a 5.2″ full HD display topped with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass creation – this latest generation of glass along with an improved body may even give the handset water and dust resistant properties. Under the surface a quad-core 800 series Snapdragon processor paired with around 2-3GB of RAM would kick the Nexus 6 into gear, an upgraded 16MP camera would boost the already great picture quality, whilst 16 or 32GB of storage would match the current specification of the N5.

With rumours being what they are we have also caught word from a couple of sources that there may be 64 or 128GB models forecast, although I think a 128GB is taking things a bit too far at this moment in time. We will get the usual array of connectivity options such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and 4G although it would be good to see full USB-OTG support to make an appearance as well.

Obviously the specifications are all an unknown entity at this moment in time and if you look at a wide number of sources, the specifications will vary quite considerably – and we don’t even have word on the pricing ladder either. All we can say is that if HTC are the official partners for the Nexus 6 then we may be seeing some inspiration come in from the One X+, giving the Nexus 6 and the new release of the Android OS – dubbed to be called Lollipop to edge it needs to take things to the next level.

Source: inferse.com

iPhone 5s Users Experiencing BSODs

The iPhone 5s and iOS7 has not been out for long but users are already getting a bit disgruntled with its stability when using certain apps. Over on the Apple Forums, a number of people are reporting that their phones are showing a blue screen followed by the Apple logo indicating that the phone has crashed and is rebooting.

One user commented on the forums saying “If I open a document in Numbers, then press the power button, the phone seems to power itself off almost instantly instead of just going to sleep” This is not the only app to be affected however, with more and more user reporting the same problems, it appears that Numbers, Pages, Keynotes, Facetime, Safari, Camera plus more are affected.

Another 5s user followed the complaints on the Apple forums saying: “I am having the same problem myself when using the pages app to open my saved resume and then trying to email it to someone. If I do that then go to open the notes app that I have a typed message I want to copy and paste in the same email, as soon as I paste it in the email the screen goes blue and restarts.”

One user has even posted a video on YouTube of the blue screen situation as they work in the Numbers app as seen below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/EDcpXEyHAV0[/youtube]

iOS7 and its update that was released only days after the official launch has not really done Apple a many favours with their users love of Apple products. With issues related to poor battery live, iMessages not sending, security glitches and now this, it’s no wonder that people are slowly starting to look at alternative smartphone options.

Have you got a 5s with these problems or have you been experiencing any other difficulties since upgrading? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: pcmag.com

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Icy Dock FatCage MB155SP-B SATA Backplane Module Review

Introduction


When it comes to drive enclosures, both of the internal and external flavour, there is, generally speaking, one name that always pops to mind and this is Icy Dock. For many years now they have been creating enclosures, mounts and backplanes in a whole heap of varieties – some of which we’d never have thought were useful. The backplane that I’ll be looking at today is just one example of a product that I’d look through their catalogue, see and skip past as it doesn’t immediately jump out to me as a product that needs much attention.

For the vast majority of home users, having a server at home is not something that would really shout out as being needed and on the whole, they are not, but with media streaming and file sharing become more common, some users are making the move to build their own. Naturally the obvious path, rather than buying one, is to build a system from common desktop components, using a mid tower chassis to house everything, but many chassis only offer internal drive bays and there can be few at that. For those that are keen on keeping things backed up or who want easy access to their drives without having to open the case, having a backplane is a simple solution that gives flexibility of access whilst adding additional 3.5″ space.

The MS155SP-B that we’re looking at today is a simple, straight to the point backplane. By simply mounting into the optical drive area, this backplane gives five additional drive bays that can be individually removed from the system in a hot-swap manner with ease.

Anyone that has owned an Icy Dock product of this type or have read my past reviews on some of their products will know that they like to keep the packaging and extras down to a minimum, after all there’s no need for a heap of paperwork, leaflets and other non-vital parts that typically ends up staying in the box.

 

Grand Theft Auto 5 – Collectors Editions Detailed

In less than 4 months we will be able to play GTA V, unless of course you are a PC Gamer. Rockstar has yet to announce a date for the PC Version of GTA 5, or if PC users will be given the same versions of the game with special content like the console users.

If you’re a console user that is interested in playing the new Grand Theft Auto and cruising the streets of Los Santos, you will be happy to hear the news today of the 3 versions that will be offered.

First we will start off with the Standard Version, which is just the game itself, but anyone who pre-orders the game they will be receiving exclusive content, it isn’t much but it is really cool. Wait for it… You will get access to fly the ATOMIC BLIMP! Of course everyone who pre-orders will have access to the blimp. I wonder if we will be able to crash it.

If you are planning to get the upgraded Special Edition you will get a couple of great extras! You will receive a collectible SteelBook with exclusive artwork. This special SteelBook features double-sided, never-before-seen artwork of Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Custom color and metallic treatments bring out the detail of the artwork created exclusively for this SteelBook. You will also receive a Blueprint map. This exclusive, additional 21.5″ x 26.75″ map displays a blueprint view of Los Santos and Blaine County. Cryptic markings indicate locations for fast cash and other points of interest for the up-and coming entrepreneur.

Not to forget the exclusive digital content, which will include:

1. STUNT PLANE TRIALS

Single player Stunt Plain Trials let you take on additional aerial challenges spread throughout Los Santos and Blaine County.

2. Special Ability Boost

Michael, Franklin and Trevor each has a unique special ability. With this boost, the special ability bar will generate 25% faster.

3. Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More

Michael, Franklin and Trevor get bonus outfits in their wardrobes, character specific tattoos and tattoo parlors, and special deals from shopkeepers across Los Santos and Blaine County.

4. Additional Weapons

When visiting Ammunition stores in single player, merchants will have special weapons in their inventory available for free: the Pistol. 50, Bull pup Shotgun and melee Hammer.

 

 

And if you are looking for the ultimate experience and going for the Collectors Edition you surely will get the ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE! On top of the things you get with the Special Edition you will also get a Grand Theft Auto V New Era 9FIFTY Snapback Cap. This exclusive New Era 9FIFTY cap features an embroidered Los Santos logo on the front, a stitched, black Rockstar Games logo on the wearer’s left side, a Grand Theft Auto ‘V’ logo applied on the opposite side, and snapback closure for an adjustable fit. Also in the Collectors Edition you will receive a Grand Theft Auto V Security Deposit Bag with logo key. Inspired by the heists in Grand Theft Auto V this custom 10.75″ x 8.5″ money bag features a pop-up style lock and laser cut logo key to secure important items. the reverse side features a pressed Rockstar Games logo on the security mount with a framed ID window.

Collectors Edition Digital Content will include everything in the Special Edition but you will also have 2 additional pieces of content.

1. Unique Vehicles And Garage Property

Players will instantly receive a garage to store custom vehicles. In single player, the garage will be stocked with the 1930’s style Hotknife hotrod and the CarbonRS sports bike. In Grand Theft Auto Online, layers will get the high-end Khamelion electric car.

2. Custom Characters For Grand Theft Auto Online

Get classic Grand Theft Auto characters to use within the Grand Theft Auto Online Character Creation System.

What version are you going to purchase? After reading over everything that is going to be offered I really can’t decide which version I want, though I think I am going to go with the Collectors Edition. As always feel free to comment below letting me know what version you are hoping for, also let me know what you are most excited about for the new coming version of GTA5

Pre-Order pricing will most likely be $59.99 for the Standard Version, $79.99 for the Special Edition and a whopping $149.99 for the Collectors Edition. Due for release September 17th, 2013 for both PS3 and Xbox 360. PC Versions have yet to be informed on.

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