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Patriot Ignite 480 SSD Review

Patriot has been in the business to provide high-performance and enthusiast level PC components. Their bread and butter was RAM, for the most part, in the beginning. Catering to the PC enthusiasts of the world. The last few years they have been working on some pretty fantastic mobile accessories like the FUEL iON and OTG drives. Along side that Patriot has been making high-performance SSD’s (Solid State Drives) for consumers. The previous lines offered names like the Blaze, Torch and Pyro. Each model was better than the last, as are most product lines. This year at CES 2015 they unveiled the new Patriot Ignite SSD’s which push the speeds and storage capacity up to the demanding needs of PC users around the world. Today I will take you on a tour and experience review using their new Ignite SSD line. This review is from an average consumers point of view The Ignite line ...

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Google Earth Pro now available to all for free now

Google has announced via its LatLong Blog page today that they are making Google Earth Pro free for everyone who wants to pick it up. Previously the Pro experience cost a pretty penny at $400 per year. The Pro feature set though made the yearly price tag well worth it for he right people. Google Earth Pro lets you measure “3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.” It certainly has a lot more real world uses in construction, real estate and engineering than what an average user might need to be able to do. That doesn’t make it any less exciting to have for free.   To get your hands on Google Earth Pro you will need to first visit Google’s Earth Pro free trial page and fill out the pertinent information. Once complete, Google sill shoot you ...

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MintBox Mini Linux Mint mini PC

Compact Linux pre-loaded MintBox Mini PC coming soon for under $300

Looking for a pre-loaded Linux mini PC? The newly announced MintBox Mini might be right up your ally. The MintBox Mini is a small form factor mini PC that will come pre-loaded with Linux Mint out of the box. “With a volume of 0.22l and a thickness of 0.95 inches, the MintBox Mini is small enough to be pocketable. In terms of volume it’s 3 times smaller than the Intel NUC and 5 times smaller than the MintBox. Thanks to its passively cooled fanless design and its internal SSD storage, it’s also completely silent”, says Clement Lefebvre. The tiny little box packs in an AMD A4 6400T with a Radeon R3 GPU. They shoved 4GB of RAM inside along with a 64GB SSD for speed and storage. As for connectivity you are looking at 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and a Gigabit Ethernet port. You have 5 USB ports open for connecting hardware ...

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Mainstream support ends today for Windows 7, extended supports goes 5 more years

Windows 7 made its debut on July 22 2009. It is hard to think that it has already been 6 years since the update to Vista was launched. Just over 2 years ago Microsoft released Windows 8 followed up by a small update to Windows 8.1 a few short months back. Now we are nearing the release of a revamp with Windows 10 and the currently available Windows 10 preview build. As with all thing tech, there is a shelf life and Windows 7 official mainstream support from Microsoft has reached that point as off today. Don’t go getting your panties in a bunch though. The exit of mainstream support just means you will lose out on free support by phone and Microsoft won’t be investing any more time or money into new features for it. Oh, and hardware warranty claims go bye bye too. While mainstream support has ended, ...

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Patriot Memory Ignite SSD

Patriot Memory launching new ‘Ignite’ line of SSD’s with read speeds up to 560MB/s in January

At CES 2015 I met up with Patriot Memory to see what new offerings they would be pushing to market this year. The mobile space is a relatively new market that they started breaking into last year and they have certainly upped their game for 2015, but it was their next line of Solid State Drives that kept me drooling. Currently Patriot offers three fiery named SSD’s, The Torch, the Pyro and the Blaze. This year they are adding in a new one that carries the Ignite name. The 2.5-inch form factor Ignite line of SSD’s will come in just two storage capacities, 480GB and 960GB. They both utilize the newer Phison S10 controller with qualified MLC NAND flash. The 480GB Ignite offers 512MB DRAM Cache while the 960GB carries 1024MB.  In addition, it comes with advanced features such as end-to-end data protection, advanced wear-leveling, Advanced Garbage Collection, smartECC and Smart ...

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PNY bringing new SSD line-up for casual consumers, gamers and enterprise users

SSD, or Solid State Drive, is the one very simple way to give your computer a massive speed boost. PNY is one of many manufacturers out there that are pushing the SSD market. This year at CES 2015 they announced a new series of drives that target each user set with speeds and storage sizes to compliment each. “PNY’s new range of Solid State Drives is a result of the company’s renewed focus on delivering innovative, high quality SSD products to address the growing needs of the storage market,” said Vinny Girardi, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Storage Solutions & New Products group at PNY. “This new series of solid state drives are highly reliable, as they have gone through rigorous validation and testing, ensuring they meet the stringent requirements specific to the enterprise and client markets. This new line-up of SSDs will truly make life simple ...

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Lenovo YOGA 3

CES 2015: Lenovo YOGA 3 11-inch and 14-inch convertibles improve on the YOGA formula

So much happened at CES 2015 that we’re only now getting the chance to catch up with it all. One of the big announcements for Lenovo at CES was the extending of its YOGA family, particularly the new Lenovo YOGA 3 convertibles which introduced an 11-inch and 14-inch version. It goes without saying that both these devices make use of the usual YOGA formula, the two-hinge design which allows the device to be locked in four different positions – Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet – depending on your preference or use-case. But it’s not all just convenience and functionality – the YOGA 3’s have the power to back it up with an Intel Core i7 in the 14-inch YOGA 3, 1080p displays and Windows 8.1. On the entertainment front, both YOGA’s come with stereo speakers and Waves audio which should make for clear audio in multimedia scenarios. Fun fact, at ...

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Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System

CES 2015: The Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System looks retro and modern at the same time

So many cool and wonderful things come out during CES that it’s almost too difficult to cover it all. One thing that we did notice and had to cover at CES 2015 though was the Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System, which looks to combine equal parts retro and modern design to provide an elegant look to any computer or multimedia setup. Of course, the most striking thing about these speakers are their exterior, which is die cast from solid zinc giving it a great look but also great durability, but underneath packs some serious power as well with two 2.5-inch drivers and rear-ported passive radiators. If you’ve never heard of the name Samson before, they are one of the biggest names in professional audio solutions, particularly microphones, so it’s no surprise that their speakers are designed to look like microphones of the past. But custom digital signal processing also keeps ...

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Lenovo announces new ThinkPad Stack accessories with 1TB drives and 10,000 mAh battery packs

Today at the International CES PC and smartphone maker Lenovo announces the new ThinkPad Stack accessory lineup. The ThinkPad Stack is a series of additional add-on items that you can purchase to boost your productivity and storage on your laptops, Notebooks and Ultrabooks. They are all interlocking which gives you ability to have one, two or more accessory add-ons in use at one time. The line up includes: Bluetooth speaker: for music, movies and conference calls. It features a noice reducing MIC, 2 x 2W multi core speakers, D-note Digital Chip-less power, Bluetooth 4.0, easy access phone and speaker controls and offers 6+ hours of playback time. Power bank: Pulling a 10,000 mAh battery for charging various devices. This little guy shows your battery level vi an LED in 25% increments, charges via a Micro USB in port, and delivers dua USB out puts. one port is a 5v 2.1A ...

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen

CES 2015: Hands-on with the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 with AnyPen Technology

CES 2015 has yet to officially start, yet the press releases are coming in thick and fast, and one of the main culprits is Lenovo, who’s raft of new devices is as big as it is innovative. Top of the list for innovative is the 8-inch Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 with AnyPen technology, a new feature that allows the YOGA tablet 2 to be used with any metallic object, be it a pencil, metal ruler, screw driver, or even fork. It’s a pretty neat feature, especially if you’re one to doodle, meaning you can pick up most any object at your desk and get stylus-like performance from it. Thankfully, we got a chance to get a hands-on with the device, the photos of which are above and below. Like the other members of the YOGA Tablet 2 family, this AnyPen version will also come with a quadcore Intel processor, 8-inch Full HD display ...

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