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T-Mobile Releases Free 4G LTE Mini-towers That Customers Can Add To Their Home Or Business

Posted on November 2, 2015 1:16 PM by Rob Williams
T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot

T-Mobile sure is on a roll right now, both with regards to beefing up its services and giving the competition a good jab. Last week, CEO John Legere poked fun at Verizon with the help of some skywriting above its headquarters, which was followed-up to days later with a series called The…..

Thecus Updates SMB NAS Line With Powerful N5810 5-bay Tower

Posted on November 2, 2015 12:12 PM by Rob Williams
Thecus N5810 NAS

Thecus has just updated its small business NAS line with a model derived from the N5810PRO released this past spring. Overall, both NASes are identical, with the new N5810 foregoing the built-in UPS protection. Given that, this particular NAS might not seem that interesting, but we happen to have a PRO model…..

QNAP’s Silent HS-251+ NAS Begs To Be Placed In Your TV Stand (Updated)

Posted on November 2, 2015 11:33 AM by Rob Williams
QNAP HS-251+ Set-top NAS

Most of the NAS units we’ve taken a look at here at Techgage have been “pedestal” form-factors; in effect square or rectangular designs. For the goals a NAS sets out to accomplish, the aesthetics don’t matter too much, but for those who’d like to keep their NAS next to their TV, it…..

AMD Unveils Major Overhaul Of Its Radeon Driver With New Crimson Edition

Posted on November 2, 2015 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Gaming Evolved Logo

Last December, AMD pushed out one of its biggest driver updates ever in the form of Catalyst Omega. This mega-patch consisted of a large number of bug fixes, performance boosts, and some feature additions. At the time of its release, AMD made it sound like such mega-patches would become an expected thing…..

ASUS Teams Up With Google To Make Networking Easy With New OnHub Router

Posted on October 27, 2015 4:04 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS OnHub SRT-AC1900 Router

Let’s be honest: networking isn’t the easiest thing in the world. That fact is what drove Google to create its OnHub router platform, one that allows “anyone” to get up and running with a new router fast. Up to this point, TP-LINK has been the lone OnHub provider, but now, ASUS has…..

Razer Opens Up Pre-orders For OSVR ‘Hacker Development Kit’

Posted on October 23, 2015 1:48 PM by Rob Williams
OSVR VR Headset

If you missed out on your chance to own an OSVR headset, don’t worry – according to Razer, the initial 10,000 units sold out fast. Whether that was unexpected is unclear, but the company is now rectifying the situation by increasing production, and allowing the public to get in on the action.…..

Eurocom Crams NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 & Intel Core i7-6700K Into Monstrous Sky X9 Gaming Notebook

Posted on October 22, 2015 1:53 PM by Rob Williams
Eurocom Sky X9 Notebook

A desktop PC equipped with Intel’s latest high-end chip, the Core i7-6700K, as well as NVIDIA’s powerful GeForce GTX 980 sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? So what adjective could we possibly use to describe a notebook that has that kind of hardware under its hood? I am not sure I have one, but…..

Samsung Demos Its Blazing Fast PM1725 PCIe SSD

Posted on October 22, 2015 10:22 AM by Robert Tanner
Samsung NVMe PCIe SSD Speed

We covered the press release of the impressive PM1725 before, but it is certainly something else to see it in action as HotHardware managed to do! The PM1725 certainly lives up to the hype: at 5,689MB/s read in Iometer, the drive is actually seen exceeding its 5.5GB/s label rating.  The PCIe 3.0 x8…..

A Solid-State Win: Western Digital Acquires SanDisk For $19 Billion

Posted on October 21, 2015 9:51 AM by Rob Williams
Western Digital and SanDisk Logos

Yet another rumor of a huge acquisition has been proven true. While this one might not be as gargantuan as the one we saw last week when Dell acquired EMC, it’s major, nonetheless. It’s also one that could prove vital for WD’s success in the future. The Board of Directors at both…..

HTC’s $399 One A9 Smartphone Looks Like An iPhone, Tastes Like Marshmallow

Posted on October 20, 2015 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
HTC One A9 - Deep Garnet

Alright, let’s get this out of the way: HTC’s new One A9 smartphone is, without question, heavily inspired by Apple’s iPhone. There, now let’s get onto more interesting things. The One A9 is HTC’s second smartphone to be released this year, and it targets the ~$400 part of the Android market that’s…..

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Airs On MNF, Awakens Frenzy Of Anticipation

Posted on October 20, 2015 12:55 PM by J.D. Kane
Star Wars The Force Awakens Logo

It’s entirely possible that I am the biggest Star Wars fan on the Techgage staff. Would you believe it, though, if I said that I’ve steadfastly tried to avoid seeing any of the released footage (trailers, mostly) of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens? Most fans of the epic story…..

Intel Releases First Skylake Xeons In Form Of Entry-level E3-1200 v5 Series

Posted on October 20, 2015 12:43 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Company Logo

Intel’s just-released Xeon E3-1200 v5 series of processors might be “entry-level”, but they’re the first in the entire Xeon lineup to sport the company’s latest microarchitecture, Skylake, under the hood. Built on a 14nm process, Skylake brings with it performance and power improvements, support for both DDR3L and DDR4, as well as…..

MSI’s GS40 Phantom Gaming Notebook Sports Modest Frame, Not So Modest Internals

Posted on October 20, 2015 10:52 AM by Rob Williams
MSI GS40 Phantom Gaming Notebook

A search for a gaming notebook that happens to offer great performance and a modest form-factor is one that’s usually going to be in vain. Well, that’s at least how it used to be. Today, thanks to the continued evolution of our processors, it’s more than feasible to get a light notebook…..

Cinemartin’s P-Module Takes Advantage Of NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs To Encode 4K H.265 At Up To 2x Realtime

Posted on October 19, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Quadro M4000 Workstation Graphics Card

When NVIDIA began pushing GPU accelerated compute some seven or eight years ago, one of the scenarios where tremendous gains were promised was video encoding. We’ve learned over time, though, that in order for benefits to be seen, a file has to be special. It either has to be very high-resolution (eg: 4K), or…..

ASUS’ Maximus VIII Extreme Is Company’s Most Refined (And Expensive) Z170 Gaming & Overclocking Motherboard

Posted on October 19, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard

When Intel released its first Skylake-based processors this past August, ASUS was right there waiting with a slew of Z170 motherboards to choose from. As with almost every major processor launch, though, ASUS and other vendors had to work around the clock to make sure their products were ready on time –…..

NVIDIA Updates GeForce Experience With 1080/60 Support For Twitch & YouTube

Posted on October 15, 2015 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce Experience Beta

It appears that NVIDIA refuses to slow down with its GeForce Experience updates, and for any GeForce user, that’s a very good thing. With a brand-new beta being released today, NVIDIA is adding support for 1080p/60 streaming through and YouTube Live, as well as 4K/60 when streaming through GameStream. That latter…..

Ferrari’s New F12 TDF Is A Real Tour de Force

Posted on October 14, 2015 3:30 PM by J.D. Kane
Ferrari F12 TDF

Ferrari unveiled the latest stallion to emerge from its stables: The F12 TDF (Tour de France) is a regular F12 Berlinetta upgraded with a slew of go-faster parts and wrapped up in a more aerodynamic body. Chief among the new F12 TDF’s mechanical performance enhancers is the 6.3L V12 with both its…..

Dell Acquires Storage Giant EMC In Record Breaking $67 Billion Deal

Posted on October 12, 2015 11:59 AM by Rob Williams

It’s not often that a rumor surrounding a major acquisition leaks to the Web and becomes confirmed mere days later, but that’s just what we’re seeing today with news that Dell and its partners are planning to absorb all of storage giant EMC. Valued at a staggering $67 billion, this deal becomes…..

Futuremark Reaffirms Its Commitment To Keep Cheating Hardware Vendors At Bay

Posted on October 8, 2015 2:01 PM by Rob Williams
Futuremark Large Logo

It shouldn’t strike anyone as a surprise to learn that sometimes, companies cheat. It could be performance results or an exaggeration of its features. The sad thing is, from a business standpoint, it might make sense to cheat. After all, lest the truth be revealed, that particular product might not sell so…..

Razer’s Latest BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard Features Enhanced Design, Advanced Lighting Capabilities

Posted on October 8, 2015 1:23 PM by Rob Williams
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2016 Mechanical Keyboard

Razer has just updated its popular BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, and for those who love cool lighting effects, it’s going to be well-worth checking out. Called the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016, this plank makes use of Razer’s own mechanical switches, and has been “built from the ground up” to offer the most compelling feature set…..

AOC Pushes Out Two Affordable 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitors

Posted on October 7, 2015 9:03 AM by Rob Williams
AOC G2460PF FreeSync Gaming Monitor

If you’re in the market for a new gaming monitor, and happen to be seeking out AMD FreeSync support, one of AOC’s two new releases might just prove suitable. Well, that assumes that you’re content with a modest 1080p resolution. Both the G2460PF and G2770PF support the same 1080p resolution, despite the…..

Microsoft HoloLens Development Kits Available Early 2016 For $3000

Posted on October 6, 2015 7:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
HoloLens Exposed Kit

Starting today, Microsoft will be taking applications for its new development kits of the HoloLens augmented reality system. These units are expected to start shipping in the first quarter of next year, with a rather hefty price tag of $3000. HoloLens is a rather different product from many of the other AR…..

Microsoft Unveils Much-anticipated Surface Pro 4, Surprises With Brand-new Surface Book Notebook

Posted on October 6, 2015 2:32 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 & Surface Book

One of the most anticipated products at Microsoft’s event in NYC this morning is the newest Surface Pro. With Windows 10 having been launched this past summer, it took a bit longer for the Surface Pro 4 to arrive than most had expected, but that extra wait does mean one important thing: Intel’s…..

Microsoft Elevates Its Band Fitness Wearable With Vastly Improved Second-gen Model

Posted on October 6, 2015 1:08 PM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Band 2

One of the first announcements Microsoft made at its NYC event this morning was for the follow-up to its Band wearable. It’s as if the company wanted to prove right out of the gate that it’s not letting this whole wearable thing pass it by. This second-generation model features the same name…..

Microsoft Announces Lumia 950 & 950 XL Flagship Smartphones, Powering Impressive Continuum Functionality

Posted on October 6, 2015 11:47 AM by Rob Williams
Microsoft Lumia 950 Smartphone

At an event held in New York City this morning, Microsoft unveiled a number of updates to some of its most popular product lines, such as Surface, Band, and Lumia. Overall, each set of updates were exciting in their own right, making it hard to pick a “best” from the pack. For…..

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