ASUSTOR Releases ADM 2.5.2 Beta

ASUSTOR is starting the new year with a new beta version of their upcoming ADM 2.5.2 firmware and it comes with new features as well as some bug and security fixes. There are three new main features in ADM 2.5.2 beta that could make your network life a little easier. There is a new DHCP server feature, an improved print server feature that now supports USB IP printing, and the Share link explorer that helps to make sharing more intuitive and flexible.

The first new addition is the DHCP server that can take over the job normally performed by your router. It might be convenient for a lot of people that they only have to use one control panel and user interface to configure their network rather than two. Let the router handle the basic connection while your NAS, that is running anyway, is doing the rest. ASUSTOR’s DHCP server can assign multiple IP subnets from one LAN interface, and also supports DHCP reservations for specified network devices

The Print server function got an upgrade and now also supports USB IP Printer mode to virtually connect the printer with your PC and generally increase the range of printers that the NAS is compatible too without worries. USB IP printer mode is used together with Windows ASUSTOR Control Center, which again limits it to the Windows ecosystem. Then again, most consumer use Windows.

The new Share link explorer makes it easier for the people you share files with. When your friend or colleague receives a share link, he or she can see the shared files and folders in a list and with just one click they can select only the needed files to download. This makes file sharing more intuitive and flexible.

There are also some additional upgrades behind the lines such as the PHP backend being updated from version 5.3 to 5.6 and Apache2’s HTTPd got upgraded from 2.2.29 to 2.2.31 to address the CVVE-2015-3183 security vulnerability. The App Central got a new installation wizard. The built-in database switched from MySQL to MariaDB 10 which should free up some general resources.

You can download the new beta firmware directly on ASUSTOR’s beta program website.

Gear VR Starts Shipping and Oculus Concepts Early-Access Is Launched

Virtual Reality is something that gamers have been striving for since the first computer game was made, but it wasn’t until we saw the Oculus enter the scene that this became a viable reality. Now that the new Samsung Gear VR has started shipping to US customers and select shops such as Best Buy and AT&T stores, the fantasy to jump into a virtual world can be a reality for everyone. When I say to everyone, it is meant towards those that have enough spare cash to purchase one and live in the US. The rest of the world will be able to get the Gear VR shortly and it is already up for pre-orders in other regions than the US.

There is already a quite extensive collection available for customers of the Gear VR and that is something that is growing steady all the time. There is currently hundreds of VR games and thousands of hours of VR movies as well as over 200 thousand 360 degree photos for you to explore.

More than 25 brand new made-for-VR games and experiences are coming to Gear VR by early December. You can play the highly anticipated EVE: Gunjack now and start to fight mutants with Mortal Blitz VR. This week you will also be able to explore VR’s first aquatic safari park in Ocean Rift as it is just about to be released.

With all this content available where some are better than others, it is necessary to have a proper platform for all this and keep the early access, demos, and general fails away from the main system. Oculus now started organizing the catalog and launched a new store section called the Oculus Concepts. Oculus Concepts is essentially the same as Valve’s Steam Early Access program where developers can showcase unfinished projects and ideas in order to get feedback from actual users.

Thermaltake Launches Full Range of Pacific RL and R Series Radiators

We’ve already had a peak at some of these new radiators that Thermaltake just launched, but not all of them. And there are a lot. Thermaltake has officially launched the full range of Pacific RL and R Series radiators, designed for the most demanding and hardcore enthusiasts.

The Thermaltake Pacific RL & R Radiator are designed without compromise and with high-quality German aerospace-grade materials and constructed with zinc, a powerful anti-corrosion agent. The manufacturing process is one of the most important aspects on a radiator. It has to be exceptional to create a flawless unit that has the same cooling properties over the entire surface. The manufacturing process is using high-temperature brazing at 1022℉/550℃ to make sure that they do.

Integrated G1/4 threads make it easy to install and compatible with most current liquid cooling equipment while rigid connections ensure that they are and stay leak-resistant.

There is a total of 17 different specifications to choose from and there’s even a white series. No need to paint it yourself if you want something else than black.

The only thing left to do now, is to pick the Thermaltake Pacific RL or R radiator that fits your current or future setup best and get building.

Microsoft Killing off Facebook Integration

Microsoft have taken a strange move in their plan of development.

The business giant, Microsoft is killing off one of the key selling points of the Windows Phone operating system. Facebook integration. Microsoft first launched the Windows Phone operating system in 2010 as the first to feature deep integration with Facebook contacts and the news feed. It was a unique feature, but due Facebook updating their Graph API, Microsoft have now been forced to shut down all of their Facebook Connect features.

Microsoft note that Facebook contact integration in Outlook.com, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone will now no longer work. “Contact information for the Facebook contacts shown will no longer be updated with information from Facebook,”Microsoft state. The changes go even further than just the much loved Facebook contacts integration though. Microsoft’s social connector for Outlook 2013 is now rendered useless, and the company’s Office 365 Outlook Web App will no longer pull in any Facebook information.

I can imagine a lot of Windows phone users will have a lot to say about this rather dramatic and un forewarned change. I know several Windows phone users and they all love the facebook contact integration feature. I highly suspect they will not be best pleased with the change.

Thanks to TheVerge for providing us with this information

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Intel’s 14nm Broadwell Systems Are here but Might Be Shortlived

Intel’s Broadwell generation ran into some trouble last year and as a result of this, the launch got delayed. In return, this means that the new 5th generation Intel Core processors will have a short lifespan until the 6th generation launches later this year. The Broadwell range of processors might however still be a valid option for many people as it retains the current socket and will be supported by current generation 9-series motherboards.

Major pre-built desktop manufacturers have begun to list systems with the new Broadwell processors and the highlights are the Core i5-5675C and the Core i7-5775C. These processors aren’t exactly successors to the current flagships, but they do come with an unlocked multiplier and a reduced power consumption. Whether the reduced 65W TDP will result in better overclocking abilities is yet to be seen, but in theory it should and they could come out as a winner on that front.

Broadwell is essentially a shrunken Haswell, but Intel did add a couple new features such as ADCX that will improve things, but nothing that is a real game changer. The i5-5675C has 4MB L3 cache and the i7-5775C has 6MB L3 cache, but both feature the Iris Pro 6200 iGPU with full support for DX12 and 4K resolutions. The added 128MB eDRAM cache helps to achieve the new resolution standards such as 4K and 5K by keeping the most relevant information stored here and only using the system memory for the lesser uses resources. The Iris Pro 6200 also supports the VP8 decoder to achieve full hardware decoding that works on any resolution and with cropping.

Where this 5th generation is an entry into the 14nm CPU world, the real change will come with the 6th generation Skylake with support for both DDR3 and DDR4 memory, and that will hopefully also be the time where we’ll see DDR4 memory prices fall to a more consumer-friendly level.

Thank you PConline via TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Transcend Launched DDR4 Memory Module Series

Transcend launched their DDR4 memory module series including 2133 MHz UDIMMs, RDIMMs, ECC-DIMMs and ECC SO-DIMMs, which are fully compatible with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server family processor, Haswell-E CPU with X99 chipset and micro servers. The new modules offer varying capacity depending on model ranging from 4GB to 32GB and up to 17GB/s of memory bandwidth.

The Very Low Profile (VLP) RDIMMs are a nice thing to see, removing any compatibility issues due to size. They measure just 0.74 inches in height, perfect for use in high-end space-constrained platforms such as blade servers. Both the ECC SO-DIMMs and VLP RDIMMs help lower cooling costs by significantly improving chassis airflow and memory heat dissipation thanks to the reduced vertical footprint.

Transcend’s DDR4 memory modules are fully compliant with JEDEC standards and undergo strenuous 64 bit kernel, single-core, and multi-core testing to ensure the best quality possible. All DDR4 models carry Transcend’s Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Ozone Launches Argon Ocelote World Gaming Mouse

Ozone has launched the Argon Ocelote World gaming mouse, a cooperation with Ocelote’s expertise in gaming and the advanced techniques of Ozone Gaming’s engineering team. With an 8200 DPI laser sensor and 9 programmable buttons with the main buttons being powered by OMRON switches.

“I’m not an expert when it comes down to DPIs, laser sensors and so on… But what I’m good at is knowing if what I’m playing with is comfortable and simply good, or not. After testing many different shape designs, sensors and textures with the ozone engineering team we have developed the best mouse I have ever tested. Argon Ocelote is extremely comfortable, amazingly precise and it has the quality a professional player needs ingame.” said Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

The ADNS 9800 Enhanced Laser Gaming Sensor has 4 default levels of accuracy, but can be fully customized and changed on the fly from 100 to 8200. The default settings are 800, 1800, 4000 and 8200 DPI. The 9 programmable buttons feature ultra-rapid response buttons with Switch tech and the main buttons use OMRON switches. The coating is made with leading-edge antislip rubber material to make sure you’re in full control of the mouse and has 4 built-in orange LEDs.

The Argon Ocelote World Gaming mouse comes with 128KB of onboard memory and configurable weight with included 4.5 gram pieces. The mouse memory makes possible to save up to 5 exclusives profiles with the Ozone Oceloteworld software.

The Argon Ozone-OceloteWorld launched 8th December in European countries and will be available worldwide from 12th January. It can be used by both right and left-handed users due to the chosen design; always a welcome bonus.

Thanks to Ozone for providing us with this information

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Shuttle Launches XPC Barebone SH97R6 PC

It’s been almost a month since Shuttle Announced the SH97R6 Barebone PC and now it has launched with an MSRP of €244.00 ex VAT. The tiny system measures just 20cm in height but offers plenty of options and versatile usage.

The XPC SH97R6 is based around the H97 chipset and LGA1150 socket and can handle Intel processors with a TDP up to 95W. It has four DIMM slots for up to 32GB memory and plenty of connectivity. A 300W power supply is included and everything is ready to go once you plug-in your CPU, memory and storage drives. Speaking of storage, it has four SATA3 and two eSATA connectors with space for one 5.25-inch and two 3.5-inch drives; more with the optional PHD3 mounting frame.

Shuttle made sure the SH97R6 has plenty of 4K display support with two DisplayPort (60Hz) and one HDMI (30Hz). If iGPU isn’t enough power or you just need more connections, it has one PCI-Express x16 Gen.3 slot with room for long dual-slot graphics cards. Internally it has two mini-PCI Express slots of which one is prepared for mSATA SSDs.

Peripherals can be connected by the four USB 3.0, six USB 2.0 and 7.1 audio connections. Network is provided by an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector and optional W-LAN modules.

The features mentioned here are from the basic model and can be extended with bigger power supplies for example. Shuttle has built a great and modular, tiny yet powerful barebone ready for most things you could do with a tiny cube computer.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

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Synology Unveils DiskStation DS215j 2-Bay NAS

Following the launch of the DS115j that we recently reviewed, Synology has launched their DiskStation DS215j today. A 2-bay NAS server designed for home and personal users to manage all their data while keeping their digital assets safe and secure.

The new line of J series NAS from Synology hits just the right spot with excellent performance at a low price point, and it does that while maintaining all the great features we’re used to from other Synology devices. The DS215j is using a dual-core MARVELL Amada 375 processor with Floating-Point Unit and Hardware Encryption Engine and it has 512MB DDR3 memory. This is more than enough for home environments and the DS215j can deliver read speeds over 111MB/s and writes over 87MB/s. That’s a 19% increase over its predecessor.

“The DS215j is packed with advanced technologies to deliver feature-rich applications for users to organize and share their data. Its appealing price tag and intuitive user interface make it a perfect fit for users who are looking to upgrade their NAS or to use NAS for the first time,” said Michael Wang, Synology’s product manager.

The DS215j has one USB 3 and one USB 2 port next to the Gigabit Ethernet port for additional external storage devices, printers or surveillance cameras. The power consumption is only 13.4 watts under full load and the noise level is rated to 18.5 dBA.

The recently released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1 comes preloaded and is better than ever with increased functionality, security and connectivity options. The DS215j has started to ship globally and should become available very shortly. Amazon UK currently has it listed for £138.00 which is a bargain for a device like this. We will also have a review on this NAS coming soon, so keep your eyes on the page.

Thanks to Synology for providing us with this information

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NEC Display Debuts New 32-Inch MultiSync PA322UHD Monitor

NEC has launched its newest flagship monitor aimed at the professional video and still-photographers who require the most accurate colours in their line of work. The new PA322UHD is a 32-inch Ultra HD 4K monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

The display uses wide gamut white LED backlight and an IGZO technology IPS-type LCD panel that delivers excellent image quality with low power consumption. It is capable of delivering 99.2 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and 136.3% of the sRGB spectrum. The display has 140 pixels per inch and a typical response time of 10ms while displaying 1.07 billion colours. It does all that at a 120Hz refresh rate to reduce motion blur and the viewing angle is 176° in all direction.

The monitor has an 6-axis colour control for precise and simplified colour, colour temperature and saturation adjustment. It also has an Ambient Light sensor to adjust the backlight. The included stand allows for both landscape and portrait modes while the display automatically rotates the image when the physical display is rotated.

“The PA322UHD offers a high-resolution, color accurate solution that videographers, photographers and print production specialists can trust for almost every application,” said Art Marshall, Product Manager of Professional and Medical Displays at NEC Display. “These professionals will enjoy the higher pixel density and commercial-grade features in this cutting-edge display.”

The PA322UHD monitor boost a long-range of connectivity options with two DisplayPort, four HDMI and two DVI-D ports. It also has a built-in USB3 hub with 2 up and three downlink connections that support DisplaySync Pro technology. The last mentioned allows you to connect your input devices to your monitor and use it as KVM switch for multiple computers.

This is also the first desktop display to feature an Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) compliant option slot for expanded input options, including the SB-04HC 3G/SD/HD-SDI and SB-01HC HD-SDI input cards available from NEC.

This monitor has so many functions and abilities, but another one worth highlighting is the picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes that can split your monitor in up to four full-HD images. It can also tilt, swivel and pivot as well as being wall-mounted with a VESA 100 x 100mm or 200 x 100mm compliant system.

These monitors wont come cheap as it has a MSRP of $2,999.00 USD. You will however get a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, a normal DisplayPort cable and a USB 3.0 A to B cable included with the purchase. This monitor is backed by a 4-year warranty with 48-hour advanced exchange.

Thank you NEC for providing us with these information

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DeepCool Launches Captain Series Liquid CPU Cooler

DeepCool has just launched their newest liquid CPU cooler under its sub-brand Gamer Storm. The innovative and creative new cooler, the Captain, which is a name that I think is very fitting. This has to be one of the most unusual and beautiful approaches to AIO coolers I’ve seen so far. There will be three models with radiator sizes of 120, 240 and 360 mm.

The CPU block is a patented Separated Section design. It divides the pump and cold plate into two blocks and then connects the two by a transparent tube. This allows for a visible water flow that looks somewhat like a tiny nuclear reactor when coupled with the fin design at the top. The base is made from 100% pure copper and the radiators are precision-machined with high density fins (0.2 mm).

The included fans are 120 mm PWM silent fans that operate between 600 and 2200 RPM. The fans also have a unique detachable fan impeller design; this allows you to take the fan blades off to clean or lubricate them without having to remove the entire frame.

The Deepcool Captain comes with mounting kits for both AMD and Intel, including the new Intel LGA2011-V3 socket; it also looks like a fan hub and metal sticker is included.

All three new coolers use anti-evaporation tubes to minimize the loss of pre-filled coolant from the kit.

The new Deepcool Captain liquid CPU cooler should be available October 2014 with a MSRP of $79.99 for the 120 mm, $109.99 for the 240 mm and $139.99 for the 360 mm version.

Thank you legitreviews for providing us with this information

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Thermaltake Launches New Power Supply and Smart Software

We have already had a little preview at the new power supply at Computex 2014, and now they are officially launched. The latest Toughpower DPS G Series is an innovative 80 PLUS Gold certified and digitally-controlled power supply, ranging from 450W and up to 1050W. It is also compatible with the DPSApp software.

After receiving favourable reviews and feedbacks from many friends of media and associates on DPS Series last year, Thermaltake decided to expand the series with a much more reasonable price.

The new DPS G series with the aid of DPSApp Software not only provides the system with clean and stable power, it also creates an intelligent platform that allows users to monitor and record the status of power consumption, voltage distribution and the electricity cost for advance usage.

Out of all the PSU monitoring software applications, Thermaltake DPSApp is the most powerful, flexible, universal and easy-to-use supreme monitoring tool to have on the market.

The power supplies use 100% 105°C Japanese brand electrolytic capacitors and are Haswell Ready. For convenience all cables are modular on all models, 450W, 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W and 1050W. No word on pricing yet.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Thermaltake.

New Xperia Tablet Hinted through Certification Listing

A certification listing on Sony’s Indonesia Postel website has given away the possible near-release of a new Xperia Tablet. The device is listed as SGP621 and contains a similar naming convention to it’s older tablet brothers in the Xperia series – The Xperia Tablet Z (SGP321) and the Xperia Tablet Z2 (SGP521). Oddly with no “SCP421” in the naming fashion.

Android Central speculates:

“The number “2” in the model number suggests that the upcoming tablet will feature LTE connectivity. For instance, the Wi-Fi only edition of the Xperia Z2 Tablet has a model number SGP511.” 

This new tablet will possibly be revealed this year at IFA in Berlin, Germany.

We’ve learned it’s unlikely that this new model will be smaller in size as rumors indicate that Sony is considering production of an 8-inch form factor. We have no further information on hand in regards to the specifications, price or release date – unfortunately, all we have is the above model number.

We do know however, that Sony’s last few tablets have all been of high-end quality and specification, so this new edition could very likely follow the same trend.

Here’s hoping all will be revealed in Berlin next month at IFA. When it does, we’ll let you all know.

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