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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard 04-13-2015

The Gigabyte Z97X-SLI is an SLI-capable motherboard priced very attractively for budget gamers. Due to licensing models with Nvidia, not all chipsets and boards are available to support SLI. Additionally, the board will support CrossFire natively as all Z97 boards do. This model also features high-end ALC1150 115dB SNR audio, a high quality headphone amplifier and a dedicated audio hardware zone to protect from interference. Intel Gigabit LAN, all solid caps and a new heatsink design round out the feature list.

Swiftech Komodo R9 LE GPU Water Block 11-30-2014

Swiftech recently released their latest GPU block design, the Komodo R9 LE and Komodo NV GTX9, which match the aesthetics of their Apogee XL. The Komodo blocks are a full coverage design and offer similar illumination effects to the Apogee XL, with changeable color scheme between red, blue, green and white. The base is manufactured of copper that has been chrome plated instead of the more commonly used nickel and the housing is acetal with transparent window.

Swiftech H220-X AIO Liquid Cooler 11-03-2014

The Swiftech H220-X combines the MCP30 pump into either a dual 120mm or dual 140mm radiator, similar to their previous MCR-X20 Drive series. The H220-X, however, relocates the pump from the end of the radiator to a spot beside the fins for a more compact length. They've also integrated a backlit reservoir window so users can easily check the coolant level without opening up the system. Finally, they opted to integrate their current flagship water block, the Apogee XL, into the mix.

Cougar 700M and Speed Gaming Mouse and Pad 09-22-2014

One look at the Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse and I was immediately reminded of another mouse I had recently reviewed, the Thermaltake Level 10. Upon closer examination there are more than a few differences between them, however compared to the typical computer mouse, they share a few similarities. For one, both exhibit a barebones-style open architecture with an aluminum skeleton. Both also feature adjustable panels to customize the fit to the user's hand along with fully programmable buttons and a high attention to detail on the fit and finish.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe Solid State Drive 08-04-2014

Today we have for review OCZ's latest RevoDrive 350. With the new model number falling in line with other recent OCZ offerings such as the Vertex 460 or Vector 150, the RevoDrive 350 marks OCZ's fourth generation PCIe-based SSD. Featuring dual or quad SandForce SF-2282 controllers (depending on capacity), the RevoDrive 350 offers up to an advertised 1800MB/s read and 1700MB/s write speeds and an astounding 135,000 to 140,000 IOPS. Utilizing the same 19nm Toshiba toggle flash found in OCZ's other recent offerings, the RevoDrive 350 sports a three year warranty with up to 50GB/day of host writes.

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Hackers have been demonstrating for years that vehicles are just as susceptible to hacking as any other electronic gadget yet it wasn’t until the recent hack of a Jeep Cherokee’s infotainment system and Chrysler’s subsequent recall that people started to take notice.

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AT&T just completed the acquisition of DirecTV for $48.5 billion last week and they're already shaking things up. On Monday, the company announced that beginning August 10 they will deliver a TV and wireless service package nationwide - from one provider, with one bill.

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Google apparently isn’t the only major US-based tech company interested in offering wireless service directly to smartphone owners. Sources familiar with the matter claim Apple is taking the necessary steps to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) both in the states and abroad.

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Apple introduced visual voicemail in 2007 as one of the standout features of the original iPhone. In the more than eight years that have elapsed, however, smartphones have ironically evolved into potent portable computers that rely more on video and text-based communications than actually talking.

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Remember when Macs were touted as virtually inmune to viruses? More than a testament to the platform's security, there was a time Apple was such a small player in terms of market share that the devious minds that created this stuff just didn't bother. Those times have changed.

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Logitech on Monday unveiled what it’s calling its most advanced portable mouse ever. The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 wireless mobile mouse is a portable version of the MX Master wireless mouse that Logitech claims delivers the best combination of connectivity, size and comfort.

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One of India’s leading online retail platforms, Snapdeal, has raised $500 million from China’s Alibaba Group, existing investor SoftBank and Taiwan’s iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, according to reports. The move comes after Snapdeal raised at least $860 million last year in four separate rounds of funding.

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Sony has announced two new mid-range smartphones today that don't necessarily feature the best hardware on the market, but make up for it through pretty attractive camera setups on both the front and back.

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An experimental hitchhiking robot that relied on the kindness of strangers to get around has been found damaged beyond repair in Philadelphia. HitchBOT was only two weeks into an attempt to cross the United States and had already successfully travelled through Canada, the Netherlands and Germany without incident.

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Amazon has announced that their Alexa voice technology, which powers the company's weird Echo voice assistant and cylindrical speaker, is now available to third party developers, allowing them to integrate the technology into their products for free.

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Samsung’s next Unpacked event is a little less than two weeks away. At the current pace, however, Samsung won’t have much to surprise us with as renowned tech leaker Evan Blass has published what he claims are official press renders of both the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy...

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A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Nokia would sell their Here Maps business to the three major German automakers, Audi, BMW and Daimler. Today that deal has been finalized and officially announced, with Nokia reporting a final sale price of €2.8 billion (around US$3.08 billion).

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If you’re currently in the market for the best smartphone going around, the $550 Samsung Galaxy S6 should be close to the top of your list. On the other end of the spectrum sits the Moto E (2015), a great entry-level handset from Motorola that can readily be found for...

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Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, the head of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, alleging that he manipulated the company's computer system to increase the balance in an account. Tokyo-based Mt. Gox...

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7 Days is a weekly round-up of Neowin editors' picks of what's been happening in the world of technology. Below is a especially edited version for TechSpot readers from the full article - written with a dash of humor, a hint of exasperation, and an endless supply of (Irish) coffee.

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Electronic Arts, creators of The Sims, the Mass Effect franchise, several EA Sports titles and the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game, are now making most of their money from game add-ons and digital gaming services. Online video game services and add-ons -- which can take the form of downloadable...

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This week has been absolutely massive for Microsoft, with the company releasing Windows 10 to the public earlier this week. In just 24 hours, the OS has been installed on over 14 million devices, with more to come as Microsoft continues its gradual roll-out.

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Researchers at Harvard University in collaboration with colleagues at Seoul National University have developed a robot that can not only walk on water, it can jump on it.

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Today is July 31 and that can only mean one thing: it’s System Administrator Appreciation Day! Not familiar with SysAdmin Day? Read on to find out all about it.

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has issued a security bulletin regarding a vulnerability found in many BIOS firmware implementations. If exploited, an attacker would have the ability to flash your motherboard’s BIOS.

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San Bernadino County officials are offering a total of $75,000 for information leading to the capture of drone pilots who obstructed firefighters as they worked to extinguish forest fires in three separate incidents. The unmanned crafts forced responders to ground the small air tankers that play a critical role in...

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Nvidia on Friday announced it is recalling select Shield Tablets due to a potential fire hazard. The company has issued instructions on how to determine if your slate is impacted by the recall and the steps you should take if so. Here’s everything you need to know.

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The latest research from Strategy Analytics has revealed that Huawei has overtaken Microsoft to become the world's third largest mobile phone vendor. The news isn't great for Microsoft's phone division, which has been conceding market share since the company acquired it from Nokia in 2013.

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Microsoft would have you believe that Windows 10 is the best thing since sliced bread. Not everyone is convinced, however, including Mozilla CEO Chris Beard.

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Uber is set to invest $1 billion in India over the next six months as the ride-hailing company targets to hit 1 million trips per day by March 2016. The firm wants to use the money to expand into more cities and invest in new products and payment solutions.

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Microsoft has announced that in the 24 hours after the launch of Windows 10, more than 14 million people downloaded and installed the update on their devices. While there's still a long way to go before Windows 10 displaces Windows 7 as the most used operating system in the world,...

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Hackers are uploading thousands of YouTube videos that show how to break into webcams with easily accessible software, says a report from Digital Citizen's Alliance. Despite these hacking tactics being illegal, 38 percent of the YouTube tutorials are approved for ads that bring in cash for the hackers and Google.

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It’s easy to be intrigued by the Raspberry Pi. Since the unveiling of the souped-up Raspberry Pi 2 earlier this year, the ultra-affordable, credit card-sized computer has been startling skeptics with its surprising power and spurring innovation among DIY-savvy tinkerers and schools around the world.

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With Windows 10 beginning to roll-out to consumers, Microsoft has released in tandem its tablet-focused productivity suite available from the Windows Store.

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Intel is gearing up to release their next-generation Skylake processors as early as next week, but before they've been able to release any official information, a set of benchmarks detailing the flagship Skylake CPU's performance have leaked onto the web.

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