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  1. Amazon's Kindle Fire 7 is probably the undisputed champion of the under-$50 tablet segment, and it often forays down to $35 impulse-buy territory thanks to discounts. The company's Kindle Fire HD tablets compete in more contested territory, but the online retailer-slash-cloud-computing-provider is upgrading its premium tablet's arsenal for the holiday shopping season. The new Kindle Fire HD 10 gets a big screen upgrade from a 1280x800 unit with a pixel density of 149 PPI to a 1920x1200 unit with 224 PPI. For some users, the addition of an Alexa voice interface might be even better news than the screen update. ... Read more... View the full article
  2. It’s not hard to guess that Blue Microphones made their name from their superb professional and consumer microphones — including the podcaster’s and streamer’s favourite Yeti, which we reviewed earlier this year. However, the American company also makes a line of audiophile-grade headphones, including the subject of today’s review: the £700 Blue Ella. These headphones come with planar magnetic drivers for unparalleled sound, and exist at a mid-range price point that promises better audio and build quality than entry-level planar headphones, without the price rising to stratospheric levels. We’ve got them in to review, so let’s see how they are! Features Planar magnetic technology for uncompromising clarity and detail Built-in audiophile amplifier for true high-fidelity sound Custom double-sided 50mm x 50mm drivers deliver incredible sound Revolutionary personalized fit for superior comfort Closed-back design for truest sound reproduction Racecar-inspired multi-jointed headband design keeps earcups parallel at all times for superior comfort and sound Powers on and off automatically when headphones are opened and closed Rechargeable battery provides up to 12 hours of playtime; Ella continues to play music even when battery has no charge Specifications Driver Specs Type: Planar magnetic driver Impedance: 50 ohms Passive, 10 ohms Active Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz Enclosure details: Sealed enclosure with tuned damping materials Amplifier Specs Output power: 250mW THD+N: < 1% (94 dB SPL, from 20 Hz to 20 kHz) Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz SNR: >101 dB Noise: < 20 uV Battery capacity: 1000mAh Headphone Specs Weight: 481 g (16.97 oz) Outer dimensions (closed): 21cm x 14cm x 12cm; 8.27” x 5.51” x 4.72 Outer dimensions (open): 18cm x 29cm x 12cm; 7.09” x 11.42” x 4.72” Included accessories Soft carry case 1.2-meter audio cable with Apple iPhone/iPad controls and microphone 3 meter audio cable 3.5mm to 1/4” adaptor Design The Blue Ella definitely don’t look like your standard pair of headphones, thanks to their unique hinge. Rather than bending somewhere along the headband, the Ella has a hinge that extends out past your ears and behind your head, becoming taller or shorter to suit your skull. Similarly, the headband expands horizontally, widening to fit you. These two mechanisms work in concert automatically; you just pull the headphones apart and put the cans on your ears, and everything just fits with no adjustment necessary. Best of all, the headphones automatically turn on when they are expanded to fit on your head, and turn off again when they return to their compact form. Like other planar magnetic headphones, the Blue Ella aren’t light. They weigh around half a kilogram, and after an hour or two you’ll definitely remember that you’re wearing them despite their comfortable initial fit. As these are closed back headphones, you don’t get as wide a sound stage as you would expect from open back headphones, but it’s still reasonable enough to be enjoyable. Of course, the advantage to closed back is that you also don’t disturb people nearby whenever you hit ‘play’. There’s a bit of sound leakage here, but you have to be listening at pretty high volumes for it to become a problem. The headphones come with a built in “audiophile” amplifier, which can be activated by twisting a textured knob where the cable joins the headphones. There are three options to choose from here: off, on and on+, each of which provides a slightly different sound. In general, bass increases as you step through the modes, becoming its most prominent during the on+ setting. Apart from the unique design, you’ll be struck by the evident quality of each element that makes up the Ella. The metal hinge feels impressively sturdy, despite its slim build, while the headband and earcups sport a soft leather that provides instant comfort. The Ella comes with the headphones themselves, a soft bag and three cables: a Micro USB cable for charging the built-in amplifier, a short 1.2 metre cable for use with smartphones and a longer 3 metre cable that suits home, office or studio setups. Each cable is covered in durable brown fabric, again providing that necessary element of luxury. Finally, a 3.5 millimetre to 1/4 inch adapter is provided for use with larger or older audio equipment. The Blue Yeti certainly look the business, but how do they perform? Let’s cover that now. Testing We tested the Blue Ella using a Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS amplifier, with a combination of 320kb/s MP3s played locally or streamed over Google Music and lossless FLACs played locally. In simple compositions, like A Perfect Circle’s a capella tune Fiddle and the Drum, I was impressed with the Ella’s clear and detailed reproduction which made it possible to pick out each voice in the harmony, to listen to the subtle intake of breath before each line is delivered. These cans are relatively accurate without being cold or clinical; you get a nice sense of warmth without the sound ever becoming too harsh. In more complex electronic compositions, such as Stuart Brown’s Triskaidekaphobia off the Polybius: The Video Game That Doesn’t Exist soundtrack, you get impressively punchy bass. There’s even an ‘On+’ mode for the built amp, available by twisting around the 3.5mm jack, which boosts the bass to new heights. Despite the mode, you never get a sonic concussion; bass is enhanced without being overblown. You’ll run out of amplifier power after about twelve hours of play time, at which point the headphones will still work but you’ll experience a slightly flatter and quieter sound. Depending on your acoustic preferences (and your choice of listening device), this is either a minor annoyance or a non-issue. Personally, I’m more in the latter camp, particularly given that the automatic shutoff of the headphones will ensure none of your battery life is wasted when the headphones are off your ears. Despite the strength of these headphones, they also possess a few weaknesses or drawbacks. Firstly, their weight and heft make them a relatively poor choice for portable use. You could use these on a train or plane without issue, but I’d be loath to go on public transport or walk around with them on. Their closed back design emphasises sound reproduction, minimising the intrusion of outside sounds while ensuring your own music doesn’t leak out and disturb others, but I would prefer the option to have a wider sound stage for use in quiet homes or studios. Finally, the Ella are not cheap at £700. This price is twice that of some competing planar magnetic headphones, although few of these examples can boast comparable sound quality, built-in amplifiers or a unique design. Thankfully, the Ella is available as a 30-day trial, both from Blue Microphones themselves and potentially from retailers like Amazon as well. I would encourage you to try these headphones to see what they’re like, and return them if you find they don’t eclipse your experiences with cheaper headphones. Wrapping up The Blue Ella make for extraordinarily good listening, and they serve as a good introduction to the benefits of planar magnetic headphones. While these are far from the cheapest planar option on the market, there are plenty of elements that justify the added expense — the uniquely comfortable design, the impressive build quality, the built-in amplifier and Blue’s own sterling reputation. Try them for yourself, and let me know what you think! Links Buy from Blue Microphones (with 30 day risk free trial) Buy from Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.co.uk View the full article
  3. Sharkoon expands their range of cases and, with the AI7000 Silent, introduce for the first time a robust ATX Midi tower with pre-installed damping mats. These damping mats effectively reduce the operating noise of the PC, without affecting the airflow inside the case. The case is especially suitable for silent PCs. The Sharkoon AI7000 Silent is equipped with damping mats on both side panels, top panel and front panel. Sufficient space inside the case allows installation of a wide range of components: Install the power supply and up to three 3.5" hard drives decoupled within the tunnel on the case bottom. The AI7000 Silent also comes with two mounts for 2.5" drives behind the mainboard. Thanks to numerous openings, the mainboard can be discreetly cabled. CPU coolers up to a height of 17.5 cm can be installed thanks to a practical mainboard tray cutout. Read full story View the full article
  4. Noctua today presented two updates to its range of quiet low-profile CPU coolers. Successors to the award-winning NH-L9a and NH-L12, the new NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S models now support the AM4 socket of AMD's Ryzen processors. Whereas the NH-L9a-AM4 stands a mere 37mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers, the slightly bigger NH-L12S comes equipped with the new NF-A12x15 PWM fan and combines excellent compatibility, surprising efficiency and remarkable flexibility. "AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year," says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We're thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen's AM4 socket." Read full story View the full article
  5. Threadripper gets choice.View the full article
  6. The stock heatsinks that AMD includes with most of its Ryzen processors are quite capable but also relatively tall. The fastest Ryzens don't even include coolers. If you're building a Ryzen ITX machine and can't decide what to slap on your socket to keep things chilled, Noctua can hook you up. The company just announced the NH-L12S and NH-L9a-AM4, both updated versions of existing designs. ... Read more... View the full article
  7. Fans of the game Final Fantasy XV looking to play with other people will be glad to hear that the multiplayer expansion has a launch date. That expansion will launch on October 31 for PS4 and Xbox... View the full article
  8. EK has announced a new monoblock made to fit two of ASUS's X299 based motherboards, the ROG Rampage VI Extreme and Apex. The new EK-FB ASUS ROG 6E RGB monoblock, as its name implies, intends to cool both the CPU and VRM sections with one block. The cooler has integrated 4-pin RGB LED strips built-in and are compatible with ASUS’s Aura Sync lighting software allowing full customization of the LEDs. With questions about the efficacy of the thermal paste and VRM cooling solutions on some boards, water cooling them both can be a good idea, particularly when overclocking. Based off the EK-Supremacy cooling engine, the liquid flows directly over the CPU and VRMs helping keep temperatures lower in stock and overclocked configurations on the high TDP Intel Core X-series CPUs. EK says the high flow design can be easily used with weaker pumps or silent water pump settings. They go on to mention this kind of cooling (CPU and VRM both water cooled) brings down CPU temperatures compared to a traditional CPU water block and stock VRM heatsink (less heat soak through the motherboard). The X299 based monoblocks also have a newly redesigned cold plate to better mate the block to the integrated heat spreader (IHS) of the processors enabling better thermal transfer. The base of the monoblocks is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top will come in two options. The first is made from POM Acetal with an aesthetic aluminum cover, the other is made out of acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed for easier mounting. The monoblock comes with a 4-pin RGB LED strip which connects to the motherboard’s 4-pin LED header for control using ASUS’ Aura Sync lighting software. They can also be connected to any other 4-pin LED controller for additional flexibility when not using ASUS software to control it. The Nickel block's LEDs are located towards the bottom, while on the Acetal, it is above the ports. As for pricing, both the Nickel and Acetal + Nickel models are €119.95 ($136.99USD). These are currently available for pre-order through the EK-Webshop and their Partner Reseller Network. Pre-orders begin shipping Monday, September 25th. EKWB EK-FB ASUS ROG R6E Monoblock MSRP (incl. VAT) EK-FB ASUS ROG R6E Monoblock - Nickel 119.95€ EK-FB ASUS ROG R6E Monoblock - Acetal+Nickel 119.95€ Related Articles: EKWB Unveils Threadripper Edition EK Supremacy EVO CPU Waterblocks EKWB Releases New RGB Monoblock for MSI X299 Motherboards EKWB Launches Aftermarket EK-M.2 Aluminum Heatsink for M.2 SSDs Gallery: EKWB Monoblock for X299 R6E and Apex View the full article
  9. Qualche settimana fa avevamo parlato di una possibile trattativa tra Google ed HTC sulla vendita della sua divisione mobile al colosso di Mountain View. Come avevamo accennato nella precedente news la notizia era in aria da almeno un anno e stando alle ultime notizie circolate in rete, sembrerebbe che si sia arrivati alla fase finale dell’acquisizione. Infatti HTC ha annunciato il blocco delle transazioni azionarie, a partire dalla giornata di domani, 21 settembre, data che il leaker Evleaks conferma su Twitter e dove afferma di essere entrato in possesso di un documento interno all’azienda nella quale si parla di un meeting fissato proprio per domani, dove l’oggetto della riunione è “Google acquisition“. Evleaks continua nei suoi twitt con altri dettagli, dove sostiene che l’acquisizione non comprenderebbe la completa divisione mobile, ma solo alcuni asset della divisione hardware di HTC, la quale manterrà il marchio invariato. Continua a leggere Google e HTC pronti a concludere sulla divisione mobile!. View the full article
  10. Noctua è uno dei più grandi produttori di dissipatori ad aria, ed oggi presenta i nuovi dissipatori NH-L9a-AM4 e NH-L12S con supporto al socket AM4 per i processori AMD Ryzen. L’azienda è sempre molto attenta alle necessità dei consumatori e con l’arrivo dei nuovi processori AMD ha gradualmente reso compatibili molti dei suoi dissipatori, ma mancavano all’appello le soluzioni a basso profilo che sono state rinnovate con i dissipatori NH-L9a-AM4 e NH-L12S. AMD ha avuto un grande impatto sul mercato con la sua architettura Ryzen e la piattaforma diventerà ancora più interessante per le soluzioni HTPC quando l’anno prossimo verranno presentate le prime APU basate su Ryzen “, afferma Roland Mossig CEO di Noctua. “Stiamo quindi aggiornando due dei nostri premiati modelli a basso profilo per supportare il socket AM4 di Ryzen “. #td_uid_1_59c2700b7d0b6 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l9a_am4_5_1.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_59c2700b7d0b6 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l9a_am4_4.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_59c2700b7d0b6 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l9a_am4_3_1.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_59c2700b7d0b6 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item4 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l9_a_am4_1.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } 1 di 4 Noctua Nh L9a Am4 5 1 Noctua Nh L9a Am4 4 Noctua Nh L9a Am4 3 1 Noctua Nh L9 A Am4 1 Il nuovo NH-L9a-AM4 ha un’altezza di soli 37 mm, che lo rende ideale per case molto piccoli e schede madri mini-ITX, lasciando spazio al 100% delle RAM, anche nei case più stretti. Inoltre grazie al montaggio SecuFirm2, l’installazione è molto facile e veloce. Il dissipatore NH-L12S non solo aggiunge il supporto AM4, ma offre anche maggiore flessibilità e prestazioni, grazie alla nuova ventola NF-A12x15 PWM slim da 120 mm, che insieme al dissipatore raggiungono un’altezza di soli 70 mm, garantendo la compatibilità con le RAM che misurano fino a 45 mm di altezza. #td_uid_2_59c2700b81209 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l12s_5.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_2_59c2700b81209 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l12s_3.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_2_59c2700b81209 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l12s_8.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_2_59c2700b81209 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item4 { background: url(https://www.hardwaremax.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/noctua_nh_l12s_6.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } 1 di 4 Noctua Nh L12s 5 Noctua Nh L12s 3 Noctua Nh L12s 8 Noctua Nh L12s 6 L’NH-L12S grazie al montaggio multi-sock SecuFirm2 è compatibile con i seguenti socket: Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA20xx (LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) e AMD (AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2, FM2+). Continua a leggere Noctua annuncia i nuovi dissipatori NH-L9a-AM4 e NH-L12S con supporto al socket AM4. View the full article
  11. In Win today rolled out its Polaris Silent case fans. These 120 mm fans come in three key variants, the Polaris LED, which features a single-color LED illumination (and comes in sub-variants of red, blue, and green); the Polaris RGB, which comes with RGB multi-color LEDs; and the Polaris RGB Premium, which come with anodized aluminium frames, besides RGB LED lighting. The In Win Polaris is a 120 mm fan, with a circular frame. The mounts on the corners of the frame are rubberized to dampen vibration, and on the RGB-equipped variants, feature LED daisy-chaining headers, which let you connect up to three fans in a daisy-chain, and control them from a single fan that's plugged into a standard RGB header on your motherboard. The fan supports most modern RGB LED software standards, such as ASUS Aura Sync RGB, MSI Mystic Light, and GIGABYTE RGB Fusion. As a fan, the Polaris series features high temperature-range PBT plastic making up the impellers, and polycarbonate frames for the Polaris LED and Polaris RGB variants; and aluminium making up the frames on the Polaris RGB Premium. Its motor features 35,000-hour rated sleeve bearing. The fans take in 4-pin PWM input, spinning between 500 to 1,280 RPM, pushing up to 43.31 CFM of air, with a noise output of up to 20.2 dBA. The fans will be sold in single-unit and two-unit packs. View the full article
  12. HTC will make a major announcement at its Taiwanese HQ tomorrow.View the full article
  13. From PC Mag: On August 25, Microsoft proclaimed that the Xbox One X was the fastest selling Xbox pre-order ever. Microsoft was referring to pre-orders of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, but without mentioning how many were made available for pre-order. Today, pre-orders are open again, only this time it's for the standard edition of the Xbox One X. The pre-order announcement was made by Microsoft's Major Nelson. You can place your pre-order directly with Microsoft via the Microsoft Store, or opt to use Amazon, GameStop, or Best Buy. What you will be pre-ordering is the standard black Xbox One X with a 1TB hard drive and a single controller for $499.99. Expect delivery on launch day, November 7. Microsoft is hoping for a great holiday season. Alongside the Xbox One X there will be over 130 new and existing enhanced games available to play. For the Xbox One, there will also be four console bundles available including Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Shadow of War, and Madden NFL 18. View: Article @ Source Site View the full article
  14. From The Verge: HTC, one of Taiwan’s premier tech brands and a true pioneer in the development of the Android hardware ecosystem, has today announced it is about to halt trading of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement,” as first reported by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan. Earlier this month, the company was rumored to be in the final stages of negotiating a takeover with Google, and today’s news appears to be setting the stage for that buyout becoming official. Or it could be some anonymous asset-holding company buying up what’s left of HTC, but the exciting scenario is definitely the one that involves Google. The official HTC response to the reported Google negotiations was issued today in a boilerplate statement of “HTC does not comment on market rumor or speculation.” But the facts of HTC’s situation speak for themselves: the company has been operating at a loss for well over a year and, in spite of the excellence of its latest U11 flagship, wasn’t looking likely to survive much longer without outside assistance. Google and HTC already have a close working relationship, having collaborated on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones of last year. The latest rumors point to HTC also producing the 2017 Pixel, though LG is expected to take over responsibility for building the second-gen Pixel XL. In any case, acquiring HTC is almost a no-brainer for a Google that is intent on developing and expanding its own hardware division. Google previously owned Motorola for a brief period of time and seemed intent on the same goal, but that plan ultimately unravelled. What has happened since then is that Google re-hired the Motorola chief it once had, Rick Osterloh, and founded a separate hardware team under his stewardship. Claude Zellweger, the one-time chief designer of HTC Vive, is also now at Google, working on that company’s Daydream virtual reality system. It’s not immediately obvious what, if anything, Google would be acquiring from HTC. It could be just the smartphone business or just the Vive VR division, with a total takeover of the entire company presently being considered the less likely scenario. It’s also peculiar that HTC would give advance notice of halting trading — these moves are usually done immediately and designed to prevent shareholders from being freaked out by unfavorable news and rushing to sell off their stock. Is HTC foreshadowing unsavoury news for its stockholders? The most damaging thing for them would probably be the loss of the Vive VR unit, which has the greatest potential for growth. View: Article @ Source Site View the full article
  15. From CNET: T-Mobile customers on the carrier's unlimited data plans will soon get to use at least 50 gigabytes of data each month before they face a possible speed reduction. T-Mobile, the third-largest wireless player -- well behind Verizon and AT&T -- previously warned that it may reduce customers' download speeds once they had consumed 32GB of data each month. The wireless carrier said Tuesday that threshold will increase to 50GB starting Wednesday. The big four wireless carriers all offer plans with unlimited talk, texting and data. But when you hit a certain data limit, your data speeds are slowed down or your data needs are sent to the back of the line. AT&T and Verizon Wireless currently have 22GB data limits, while Sprint sets its limit at 23GB. T-Mobile said the new limit means only the top 1 percent of data users will face a possible reduction in speeds, compared with the previous 3 percent. "When T-Mobile customers who use the most data hit these prioritization points during the month, they get in line behind other customers who have used less data and may experience reduced speeds," the company said in a blog post. "But this impacts them only very rarely, like when there is a big line, and it resets every month." View: Article @ Source Site View the full article