Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cheap PlayStation Games Abound on This Week's Humble Bundle

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It’s that time of week again when we get to see a new set of games come on the cheap from Humble Bundle, and it’s a very rare occasion that publishers bring titles that are for platforms other than PCs. Now, what we’re getting are titles from 2K Games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita all for you without spending too much.

Here’s the lowdown on what each tier will get you to keep things short and simple.

The $1 Savers Bag:
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus (PSVita)
  • Civilization Revolution 2 Plus (PSVita)
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (All Bureau DLC) (PS3)
  • Evolve (PS4)


Pay the Average Goers:
  • XCOM: Enemy Within (PS3)
  •  BioShock (PS3)
  •  Battleborn Trial (Battleborn Platinum VC ($9.99)) (PS4)
  •  Borderlands (PS3)
  •  Borderlands II Ultimate Edition (PS3)
  •  Mafia II (PS3)
  •  Spec Ops: The Line (PS3)


The Charity Lovers ($20):
  • XCOM® 2 (PS4)


Now, before you jump the gun to throw your money right at your screens and go help charity, you’ll have to remember that you’ll be needing an R1 account for this. For reference, this is mostly North American territories.

Damn shame most of these are PS3 titles, and most of them are probably titles you've played before. But then again, if you are yet to experience them and you have the platform, we highly advice that you take it.

Happy gaming!


Source | Humble Bundle

NVIDIA Brings New Destiny 2 4K, 60FPS PC Beta Video

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NVIDIA has taken another step in our collaboration with Bungie and Activision around Destiny 2 with the unveiling of a GeForce-exclusive PC Beta trailer featuring all-new gameplay footage of the PC edition of Destiny 2 running in 4K at smooth 60 frames-per-second.


Activision is kicking off their PC Beta ahead of the October 24 PC release of the eagerly anticipated multiplayer first-person shooter. The PC Beta kicks off August 28 for Early Access, and runs August 29 through August 31 for the Open Beta.

The PC beta will support 4K, uncapped framerates, a full suite of adjustable graphics settings, full keyboard and mouse support, and 21:9 monitor support.

The PC Beta will feature Destiny 2’s opening campaign story mission “Homecoming”; the team-based collaborative Strike the “Inverted Spire”; as well as competitive multiplayer with two different maps, including the never-before-seen Javelin-4 map!


NVIDIA is thrilled that Destiny is coming to PC for the first time and excited to be working closely with Bungie and Activision to make the PC version of Destiny 2 awesome.

Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Gets Lower 4GB and 8GB Options

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Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, has added 4GB and 8GB capacity sizes to its family of DataTraveler 2000® encrypted USB Flash drives. The smaller capacities join the existing 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, and are all FIPS-197 certified. All DataTraveler 2000 drives offer 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and PIN protection with access through an onboard alphanumeric keypad. 

DataTraveler 2000 drives are designed for global security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require data protection in a USB. As the drives are OS independent (compatible with any device with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.1 Gen 1 port), they are easily deployable in work environments where multiple devices and operating systems are in use. Each drive is protected with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and no software or hardware drivers are needed.

“Lower capacity drives limit the amount of data that can be copied off a network, making it more difficult for large amounts of sensitive data to be transferred to unauthorized parties in the event the drive gets lost or falls into the wrong hands,” said Kingston. “Since most data leaks are the result of employees or others who have authorized access to an organization’s network, the less data that can be copied, the less that can be leaked.”

DataTraveler 2000 features an alphanumeric keypad which allows users to lock the drive with a word or number combination for easy-to-use PIN protection. A full-drive reset (whereby the existing data is deleted and a new password is required) occurs after 10 invalid login attempts to lessen a brute force intrusion. For additional security, an auto-lock feature is activated when the drive is removed from the host device even if not properly shut down before ejection.

Kingston – A Drive to Suit Everyone’s Needs
With the addition of 4GB and 8GB capacity sizes to the DataTraveler 2000 line, Kingston has a broad range of solutions designed for the highest levels of government use to enterprises and organizations of all sizes:
•             IronKey™ S1000 (Standard or Managed) – the ultimate security encrypted USB Flash drive – is designed specifically to meet the strictest standards and most demanding data-protection needs of sensitive military, government and enterprise information. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
•             IronKey D300  (Standard or Managed) – includes an advanced level of encryption and tamper-evident security that builds on the features that made IronKey well-respected in safeguarding sensitive information. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
•             DataTraveler 4000G2 (Management ready) – offers affordable business-grade security to safeguard 100-percent of confidential data. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
•             DataTraveler Vault Privacy (Standard or Managed)  – provides affordable business-grade security, protecting 100-percent of data stored; also available with optional and anti-virus. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

IronKey From Kingston
Since early 2016, Kingston has been the proud owner of the entire USB technology and assets of IronKey, a long-time leading brand in encrypted USB Flash drive solutions. Kingston continues the IronKey brand and tradition of delivering FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified solutions to customers who need the highest level of encryption and security. With the IronKey brand, Kingston demonstrates its commitment as the global leader in trusted encrypted solutions for mobile data.

Customer Service Guaranteed

DataTraveler 2000, as well as Kingston’s full line of encrypted DataTraveler and IronKey USBs, is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Monday, August 14, 2017

D-Link DIR-878 AC1900 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Gigabit Router: Upgrading Has Never Been So Easy

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D-Link, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of home networking products, launches a new AC1900 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Gigabit Router, D-Link DIR-878. DIR-878 is a powerful wireless networking solution designed for Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) environments. By combining high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi with dual-band technology and Gigabit Ethernet ports, the DIR-878 provides a seamless networking experience with a high degree of convenience and flexibility for SOHOs.

The DIR-878’s SOHO-class advanced security features help keep data safe from unwanted network intruders. These features together with the increased range and reliability of Wireless AC technology, help provide a protected network for devices in your home or office.

Wired and Wireless Connectivity
The DIR-878 upgrades your network to the latest dual-band high-speed wireless technology to bring you lightning-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,900 Mbps1 so you can meet the increasing demand from multimedia applications. Enjoy seamless high definition streaming media, Internet phone calls, online gaming, and content-rich web surfing throughout your home or office. In addition, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports give you solid, dependable wired performance for devices such as Network Attached Storage (NAS), media centers, and gaming consoles. The built-in Quality of Service (QoS) engine allows you to prioritize important traffic to ensure that your favorite applications are receiving optimal bandwidth.

Smooth Streaming with Wireless 802.11ac Wave II
The DIR-878 brings a host of new technologies to create the best wireless networking experience to date. With 802.11ac Wave II technology, the DIR-878 provides Gigabit wireless connectivity with combined transfer rates of up to 1,900 Mbps1 (1300 Mbps Wireless AC + 600 Mbps Wireless N). Featuring a 3x3 MU-MIMO antenna configuration, the DIR-878 offers better data rates, fewer dead-spots, more coverage, and increased reliability. Upgrade your home or office with the latest AC Wave II technology by matching the DIR-878 AC1900 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Gigabit Routers with AC Wave II devices like the DWA-192 AC1900 Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter to take full advantage of this speed.

Easy to Set Up and Protect
Sharing your Internet connection doesn’t have to be a complicated process; just open a web browser to access the setup wizard and follow the easy step-by-step instructions to get started. Configure, apply, and set up WPA/WPA2 wireless security in minutes with the wireless network setup wizard, or use Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), which establishes an encrypted wireless connection to new devices without the need to enter settings or create passwords. The access control features allow you to restrict access to your network giving you greater control over network users.

If setting up through web browser is not your cup of tea, D-Link QRS app (IOS and Android) will able to guide you through the setup and running effortlessly.

Hassle-Free D-Link Smart Connect Technology
Ever since the introduction of 5 GHz wireless technology, users have had to blindly guess whether the 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz band would provide them with the best networking experience. D-Link’s Smart Connect Technology eliminates this confusion by automatically distributing devices to the optimal network. Simply initiate a connection to the DIR-878 and its advanced algorithms will determine the best network for your device to connect to, thereby ensuring a faster, more reliable, and hassle-free experience for your friends, colleagues, and family.

Price and Availability

The DIR-878 AC1900 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Gigabit Router is now available at authorized retailers, resellers and distribution partners at a recommended retail price of Php 8,775.

The COLORFUL iGame GTX1080Ti KUDAN, Benchmarked

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is proud to announce iGame GTX1080Ti KUDAN. Featuring three distinct technologies, it is the flagship COLORFUL graphics card right now. One-key overclocking, iGame Pure Power, and Silver Plating Technology, all of which are exclusive COLORFUL technologies, are the prime features that define the iGame GTX1080Ti KUDAN. Featuring 3584 CUDA cores running with a base clock of 1657Mhz and able to achieve boost frequencies up to 1784Mhz. Each chip of every iGame GTX1080Ti KUDAN is selected from 100 units, which promises to deliver extremely high one-key overclocking performance.

Under the benefits of hybrid cooling mode, this card runs at 2050MHz boost clock speeds as well as 2037.5MHz in normal test. Benchmarking scores are astonishingly higher than most GeForce GTX1080 Ti in the market owing to its extremely high frequencies, earning it a suitable claim to title of “King of Graphics Card”.

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3DMark FireStrike: 30328

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3DMark FireStrike Extreme: 14858

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3DMark FireStrike Ultra: 7406

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3DMark TimeSpy: 10445


With 1657MHz base frequency, the iGame GTX 1080 Ti KUDAN excels with its high performance. This speed is over 12% faster than the competing premium non-Founders Edition GTX1080 Ti, so gamers who want to experience gaming

Transcend Smart Reader RDA2W Review

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If there’s probably one pesky nuisance when it comes to iOS devices, it’s easily the gosh darn limitation on storage. You’re stuck with what you have. Fill up that miniscule and laughable 16GB of storage space fast and you’ll be running straight to your iTunes syncing your photos and videos to keep. Sure, justify it with security and all, but that won’t stop anyone from finding ways to go to your files. Whatever the case may be, thankfully there are now a handful of solutions that rid you of that chore. What we have here at the moment is Transcend’s Smart Reader RDA2W with Lightning Connector – as if that’s not obvious enough, it’s a card reader designed to work with your iOS devices.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions40.8mm x 40.8mm x 10.4 mm (1.61" x1.61" x 0.41")
Weight17g (0.60 oz)
InterfaceLightning
Supported DevicesiPhone (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5)
iPad (iPad (4th generation), iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini)
iPod (iPod touch (5th generation), iPod touch (6th generation))
Supported CardsSDHC (UHS-I), SDXC (UHS-I), microSDHC (UHS-I), microSDXC (UHS-I)
Operating Temperature0°C (32°F) ~ 70°C (158°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C (-4°F) ~ 75°C (167°F)
CertificatesCE, FCC, BSMI, RCM, KC
Pricing and Warranty~$29.95, Two-year Limited Warranty


PACKAGING


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The RDA2 is pretty much basic when it comes to packaging, similarly as to how other iOS accessories are packed. It’s not a bad thing, though. It adds taste to its appearance from the get-go, which actually makes for a more classy presentation if I do say so myself.

Once you pop it out, you’ll be met with the RDA2 itself secured in plastic, while behind it are some paperwork for manual and a brochures for other of Transcend’s products. That’s about it.

DESIGN


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The RDA2 doesn’t seem to fall out of place with iOS devices based on the design alone – glossy white and plastic, as well as simplistic in aesthetics. It looks great, so to speak. The cable sticking out of the device itself will be your connector to the iOS device you’re using. And on the device are slots for microSD card and an SD card.

However, there are some long term thoughts when it comes to functionality and durability. Cables like these tend to break over time with just regular wear and tear, so those cable sleeves might be in order if you plan on purchasing one for yourself. Transcend could have made it a one-structure device, or a modular one, and we’re not really sure if issues that arise from this would be covered by warranty.

PERFORMANCE


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There’s not much we can do about benchmarking accessories with external storage due to Apple’s strict policies when it comes to that. We did run a photo-roll back of our camera roll up just to measure how fast it can copy files from our iPad Mini to our microSD card, and the results are pretty much acceptable for what it is. 684 items on our photo roll amounted to a total of 1.85GB, and transfer time totaled to about 3 minutes and 37 seconds.

USABILITY


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Once again, due to the limitations Apple impose when it comes to iOS device storage, you’ll have to download the proper app to use this one. Plugging in the RDA2 will direct you to open the page on your device. The page didn’t load on our end though, so we had to manually search for the Transcend Smart Reader app.

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Once you open the app, sections for Camera Roll, in-App Storage, External Storage, and Photo Backup will appear. You’ll most likely find yourself visiting the External Storage and Photo Backup more frequently, with the latter being a one-touch backup solution. Furthermore, you can also backup your contacts, record videos externally so you won’t have to import it, as well as archive and lock files.

CONCLUSION


Transcend could very well be aware of the security measures and shortcomings of an iOS device when it comes to storage, and with that said the company has been hard at work in providing solutions for it. In that note, the Transcend Smart Card Reader RDA2W brings a straightforward approach and is coupled in with additional features to beef up its productivity, making it a welcomed accessory if you’re the type to haggle when it comes to your iOS device’s very limited storage and hurdles in transferring files.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kingston MobileLite Duo 3C USB 3.1 + Type-C Card Reader Review

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Kingston has always been on the forefront of storage solutions, and the company’s name is easily considered as one of the go-to brands when it comes to that. Now that the USB Type-C standard is becoming a mainstay in the latest generation of motherboards and mobile devices, Kingston is right to release a card reader that supports both the Type-A and Type-C standards for multiple device compatibility. What we have here at the moment is the company's MobileLite Duo 3C, a card reader that supports both the USB 3.1 and Type-C standard.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions 43mm x 18mm x 11mm
Operating Temperature0°C to 60°C
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C
Supported Card FormatsmicroSD/microSDHC UHS-I/
microSDXC UHS-I
Warranty2-Year Warranty with Free Technical Support
Price~$20
Features
Dual Interface
Compact
Rugged Portability
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Support


PACKAGING

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The MobileLite Duo 3C comes in a very simplistic packaging of blister pack and paper, with the card reader itself presented upfront. Printed are some of the specifications and support for the types of microSD cards that you can use, and at the back are warranty information and product notes. That’s about it really. This has been a familiar packaging when it comes to Kingston products, and this one continues the line.

DESIGN

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When it comes to product designs, Kingston’s lineup in this segment are what we can tag as functional. The Mobile Duo 3C is a rather basic offering that offers the core functionalities when it comes to a card reader. The base extends to the Type-A connector, while a blue cap protects the Type-C connector along with the microSD card slot. Kingston’s logo is also plastered in front, and is done in good taste as well.

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As far as durability goes, the card reader is all clad in metal. There's some hefty weight into it considering its compact form factor. You won’t have to worry too much on that regard, but again a card reader or a flash drive isn’t exactly a device you’ll throw around.

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There are some thing we would prefer, however. First is that if Kingston shipped the MobileLite Duo 3C with a USB cap for both ends. Leaving the Type-A connector unprotected could risk it from spills and dust, so it may also be in your best interest to purchase a cheap universal USB cap just in case. As to why Kingston didn’t provide one, we have no idea. Second, the cap isn’t directly attached to the card reader itself, so your chances of losing one are probably high.

PERFORMANCE

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Performance will vary and will be based on a number of factors such as the device you’re using it on, the type of microSD card you’re using, and so forth. But we’ll keep it straight with our devices and give you the lowdown on how it performs together with a 64GB Kingston Gold Series microSD, which is rated at speeds of 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write.

  
TEST SETUP
MotherboardECS Z270H4-I
CPUIntel Core i5 6500
CoolerCryorig H7
GPUCOLORFUL GT 1030
RAMADATA 8GB DDR4 2133
PSUCorsair VS450

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Performance is definitely where it's at and it hits around the tagged read and write speeds of the microSD card that we used. Most likely you'll be transferring high-defo photos and 4K videos, and the MobileLite 3C will be up your alley when it comes to transferring them back and forth.

USABILITY


If you have a USB Type-C smartphone, there probably have been times when you wanted to get a USB OTG feature in some ways. The MobileLite Duo 3C can easily function as that, and you’re free to use it as either a removable storage for your smartphone or a card reader if you so wish.

Our ASUS X456UA only comes with two USB Type-A ports and a card reader on the side, but with an additional USB Type-C port for other devices. If you’ll need to transfer files in between SD cards in quick succession, this is an example of a case scenario where the MobileLute Duo 3C can apply. It may be a rare case, but then again if you have the option and you need it, then take it.

CONCLUSION

There’s no question that Kingston’s microSD card reader can do its job well enough. It supports the USB standards that are universally used today, and it even makes room for the USB Type-C standard that’s been seeing huge growth in the market today. Simply put, the Kingston MobileLite Duo 3C card reader is a must-have if you need to have card reading functionalities on the move, and you need it fast.

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