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QNAP TS-269L Dual-bay NAS Review

Posted on April 24, 2014 2:00 AM by Techgage Staff

In the world of NAS appliances, competition is fierce, and the choice is amazing – so amazing, in fact, that choosing the right one requires some real effort. QNAP’s TS-269L, which found its way to our test bench, is designed for those who like everything from a home or SOHO NAS. Let’s find out if […]

BOXX Pokes Fun at the Simplicity of Apple’s Latest Mac Pro

Posted on April 23, 2014 2:48 PM by Rob Williams
Apple Mac Pro 2013

For a number of reasons, Apple’s latest Mac Pro is a neat machine. It might look like a trash can, but the fact that it can pack as much power as it does into its small frame is, without question, mind-blowing. Still, as far as “true” workstations go, the Mac Pro might not be up […]

UNESCO Study Finds Mobile Devices Vastly Unlock Literacy Potential in Developing Countries

Posted on April 23, 2014 12:00 PM by Rob Williams

Sometimes, while I’m mindlessly browsing the Web, it hits me: I’m bored. As far as first-world problems go, that has to be right up there as the dumbest. In developing countries, getting access to the latest meme or sports highlight isn’t the concern; getting books to read is. In a large number of these countries, […]

Windows 8.2 Rumors Heat Up: Could be Available This Fall & Give Us a Start Menu

Posted on April 23, 2014 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Windows 8 Update 2 - Start Menu

If the latest rumors hold true, Windows 8.2 is going to be released this fall, and it’s going to be awesome. The biggest reason it’s going to be awesome is thanks to the return of the Start menu, albeit one that features a different design than what Windows 7 had. Normally, a rumor like this […]

NZXT Intros Phantom 240 Mid-tower Chassis

Posted on April 23, 2014 9:30 AM by J.D. Kane
NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-tower Chassis - Angle

There’s no doubt that NZXT has its own distinctive style when it comes to its PC chassis designs. Featuring angular surface treatments and builder-friendly details such as cable management routing holes, they are as eye-catching as they are delightful to build a PC in. The company has announced the latest addition to its top-flight Phantom […]

Nest Learning Thermostat Added to Google Play Device Shop

Posted on April 23, 2014 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
Nest Thermostat

It didn’t take long for the first results of Google’s Nest acquisition to be seen: The Nest Learning Thermostat has just appeared on the Google Play store. This is most notable not only because Google acquired Nest just a couple of months ago, but also because it’s the first featured product to not be a […]

Codemasters Announces GRID Autosport, Due Out This June

Posted on April 22, 2014 11:43 AM by Rob Williams
GRID Autosport Box Art

Codemasters has just revealed the next instalment to its GRID series, and if you loved the previous games, chances are good GRID Autosport is going to be right up your alley. In fact, the press blurb for Autosport could almost directly apply to GRID 2: Immerse yourself in the thrilling and intense world of a […]

Lytro’s Second Camera: The DSLR-like Illum, Priced at $1,499

Posted on April 22, 2014 10:44 AM by Rob Williams
Lytro Illum

Back in 2011, Lytro “wowed” the world with its camera that could change a picture’s focus after it was taken, using “Light Field” technology. Overall, the product was very cool, but it lacked the professional appeal. That’s where the Illum could change things. The Illum is a unique-looking DSLR-like camera that features a “40 Megaray” […]

New UE4 Demo Lets You Walk Star Trek’s Voyager Bridge with Oculus Rift

Posted on April 22, 2014 9:32 AM by Rob Williams
Oculus Rift Voyager Demo

Oculus Rift has been a bit of a hard sell for me; I just can’t see me wanting to game with it all too often, outside of short bursts. It kind of gives me the feeling that the original Wii did when Nintendo released it. But despite that, there’s no denying that some of the […]

Netflix Price Hike Coming – Despite Big Profits

Posted on April 22, 2014 8:00 AM by Tom Roeder

Apparently $1.27 billion in revenue and earnings of 86 cents per share justifies a price hike, if you are Netflix that is.  Just one year ago, Netflix showed earnings of just 5 cents per share, and $1.05 billion in revenue.  The company added 2.25 million new US subscribers, and 1.75 million new international subscribers boarded […]

Microsoft’s Office in the Cloud: Office 365 Review

Posted on April 22, 2014 12:30 AM by Techgage Staff
Microsoft Word - Office 365

The consumer version of Microsoft’s Office 365 service has been available for a little over a year now, and I’ve been taking good advantage of it for about just as long. At this point, I’ve spent a lot of time being immersed in the entire Office 365 experience, so read on as I relay all […]

The Original Game Boy Turns 25

Posted on April 21, 2014 2:25 PM by Rob Williams
Original Nintendo Gameboy with Tetris running

Here’s a bit of proof that time flies: Nintendo’s Game Boy has just turned 25. Released on April 21, 1989 in Japan, the Game Boy wasn’t the first handheld console released, but it was the one that struck the right chord with most people. When it was released in North America a couple of months […]

AMD Updates ‘Never Settle Forever’ Bundle, Adds Indie Games to the Mix

Posted on April 21, 2014 1:12 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Never Settle Forever - April 2014 Update

Hot on the heels of the ultra-high-end Radeon R9 295 X2 hitting stores comes an overhaul to AMD’s ‘Never Settle Forever’ bundle. At the forefront, AMD’s added an indie focus – and for good reason. At the moment, nearly 1/3rd of Steam’s catalog is indie – there’s huge demand here. At the moment, AMD is […]

Do You Love Steam’s Look? There’s a New Windows 7 Theme Just for You

Posted on April 21, 2014 12:16 PM by Rob Williams
Steam VS Theme for Windows 7

Steam has one of the most recognizable user interfaces ever – it’s clean, straight-forward in design, and dark. If you happen to fancy the idea of porting such aesthetic cues over to your operating system, and you happen to be running Windows 7, you’re in for a treat. If Valve itself were to create a […]

Ubuntu 14.04 ‘Trusty Tahr’ First Impressions

Posted on April 21, 2014 10:13 AM by Rob Williams
Ubuntu Trusty Tahr - Default Desktop

It’s been quite some time since I last used Ubuntu, so with the latest LTS version having just released, dubbed ‘Trust Tahr‘, I felt compelled to give it a whirl. After a couple of weeks of use, I’ll write an “in-depth look”, but for now, I wanted to relay my initial experiences. The biggest feature […]

Netflix & Hulu Are Doing Well at Killing-off Cable TV Providers

Posted on April 18, 2014 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Netflix Homepage

Believe it or not, services like Netflix and Hulu are affecting the number of cable subscribers out there. Surprising? Nah – of course it isn’t, and I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m a wee bit pleased at the fact. It’s not so much that I adore Netflix and Hulu; it’s more the fact […]

Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android

Posted on April 18, 2014 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
Google Chrome Logo

Google’s offered a Chrome-based remote desktop solution since late 2011, but a major missing component has been Android. No – not a solution to control a remote Android device, because that’d be rather niche. Instead, an application that would allow someone to access their PC at home from their smartphone – regardless of where they […]

KDE 4.13 Sees Major Revamp of Semantic Search, Numerous App Enhancements

Posted on April 17, 2014 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
KDE Logo

KDE 4.13 is here, and with it comes an overhaul of Semantic Search, along with numerous application updates. As much of the KDE developer team is focused on the upcoming Frameworks 5, Developer Platform 4.13 is close to 1:1 with 4.11 – the exception is the addition of the search enhancements. Perhaps not too surprisingly, many of […]

A Steam Feature I’d Like to See: Local ‘SteamApps’ Distribution

Posted on April 17, 2014 8:30 AM by Rob Williams
Linux Steam Client - Library

At this point in time, I’d have to consider Valve’s Steam client to be “fantastic”. A year ago? I would have had a hard time making such a statement. Back then, I felt that Steam was too lacking in the “common sense” department. Case-in-point: The lacking ability to throttle downloads, or prevent a download from stopping just because […]

Civilization: Beyond Earth Looks Great, Brings a Couple of Firsts to the Series

Posted on April 16, 2014 12:00 PM by Rob Williams
Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth - Box Art

Sid Meier’s next Civilization game was announced this past weekend, and for fans of the 1999 classic Alpha Centauri, there were some great reasons to get excited. At the forefront, Beyond Earth effectively follows in the footsteps of Alpha Centauri, and it will bring with it modern Civilization enhancements. Like Civilization V, it’ll utilize a […]

Look Ma, No Streetlights! Glow-in-the-dark Roads Get Tested in Netherlands

Posted on April 16, 2014 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Glow-in-the-dark Roads

Streetlights are important, that much is obvious. What should also be obvious is that they consume a lot of power. These lights are not just flicked on and off at will, like those in our homes. Once nightfall hits, they click in and remain so until dawn. Given the large amount of streetlights littered around […]

Crazy Taxi: City Rush Should be the Next Great Crazy Taxi Game – But it Won’t Be

Posted on April 16, 2014 10:00 AM by Rob Williams
Crazy Taxi - Sega Dreamcast

I’ve been a big fan of the Crazy Taxi series since the release of the first title on the Sega Dreamcast, and I still get excited if I hear a rumor that a new game is en route. But, despite the fact that I’ve been playing the original quite a bit on my NVIDIA SHIELD, […]

Dream Come True: Hobby Becomes Job Opportunity for F1 Fan Who Builds Paper Models

Posted on April 16, 2014 8:30 AM by J.D. Kane
Red Bull Paper Craft

It’s not that uncommon for fans of Formula 1 to be scale modelling hobbyists. In his younger days, yours truly spent countless hours collecting and building 1/24 and 1/20 scale models of my favorite exotic and racing cars, F1 cars from Ferrari and McLaren among them. Participating in this particular hobby is, in a way, […]

Facebook to Soon Require Use of its Messenger Mobile App to Send Messages

Posted on April 15, 2014 6:55 PM by Rob Williams
Facebook Messenger Logo

As much as Facebook as a service can sometimes aggravate me, Facebook as a company has done little to bother me. Sure, it’s made some moves that I’ve found inconvenient, but none have caused me to make it a mission to complain about it – not even through a simple status update. That track record […]

Uber’s Hassles Continue, Now Banned from Operating in Brussels

Posted on April 15, 2014 5:45 PM by Rob Williams
Uber Logo

Since its founding a couple of years ago, Uber’s proven itself to offer a pretty reliable service, and a convenient one at that. In fact, I’m betting that some would consider it to be invaluable. It sure beats trying to hail a cab, or talking to a dispatcher who clearly doesn’t care about their job, […]

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