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Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked Rev. 5.4
This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk driv... Read here
BIOS Option Of The Week - Host Burn-in Mode
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.3
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 2.1
The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to th... Read here
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.3
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 28.5
Covering 588 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... Read here
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.0
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.2
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.2
If you have no idea what's different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Co... Read here
The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.0
In this guide, we will show you how to maintain the performance and longevity of your... Read here
Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.3
Ever wanted a guide on hard drive performance, where you can compare the performance ... Read here
Seagate Laptop SSHD 1 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Revew
Today, we are going to take a look at Seagate's top SSHD model for the laptop market ... Read here
The Dell Inspiron 3000 & 5000 Launch Report
Check out our coverage of the event, the hot models and Soumik Ray demonstrating Dell... Read here
Western Digital Blue (WD10SPCX) 1 TB Slim Mobile Hard Disk Drive
To accomodate thinner notebooks, Western Digital created the WD10SPCX, which is basic... Read here
The HTC One (M8) Smartphone Tech Report
HTC is doubling down on their quality over pixel count strategy by retaining the same... Read here
   
ED#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013 Rev. 2.0
To avoid another antitrust case (remember Internet Explorer?), Microsoft Office 2013 ... Read here
ED#181 : How To Give Adobe Photoshop A Performance Boost With Your GPU
Let us show you how you can get Adobe Photoshop to use your discrete GPU, instead of ... Read here
ED#179 : Why It's Really Time To Ditch (And Strip) The Short Filename Rev. 2.1
Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first bro... Read here
ED#180 : How To Switch The Location Of The Apple iTunes Backup Folder
While iTunes is smart enough to skip the apps (which can always be downloaded) and st... Read here
ED#178 : AV-Optimized Hard Disk Drives Are Safe To Use
For years, we have been debunking hard disk drive myths. Never did we expect to actua... Read here
ED#177 : All Halfbrick Studios iOS Games Are FREE!
Yes, you read that right. For a limited time only, the entire Halfbrick Studios catal... Read here
ED#176 : TrueCrypt Developer Drops New Bombshell - Open Source Fork "Impossible"
Well, it's been more than 3 weeks since TrueCrypt went down, and one thing's for sure... Read here
ED#171 : Should You Select MBR Or GPT When You Install A New Drive? Rev. 4.0
Whenever someone installs a new drive into a Windows-based PC, there's the inevitable... Read here
ED#174 : The Mystery Of TrueCrypt's Disappearance Rev. 2.0
Sometime on the 28th of May, 2014, the anonymous developers of TrueCrypt mysteriously... Read here
ED#173 : Windows May Fail To Boot Up After Installing Latest Internet Explorer Patch
The good news is Microsoft just issued Security Update 2929437 which fixes the vulner... Read here
ED#172 : Intel Xeon "Haswell Refresh" CPU Details Leaked
Here are the details of the upcoming "Haswell Refresh" of the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 s... Read here
ED#170 : Bitcoin Malware Infects Apple iAd!
Earlier this week, we told you about a new family of Android malware called ANDROIDOS... Read here
ED#169 : These Malware Could Be Using Your Smartphone To Mine Cryptocurrencies!
What's intriguing about these malware is not only the fact that they are being used t... Read here
ED#143 : Java Plug-In SSV Helper - Should It Stay Or Should It Go? Rev. 3.0
If you use Internet Explorer, you will probably encounter this quite often - a pop-up... Read here
ED#168 : How To Fix The Apple iCloud Bug (Missing Contacts)
Ever since iOS 7 was released, there have been instances when iPhone users would sudd... Read here
   
   
   
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! Rev. 5.4
03:33 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk drive that are still being propagated in many forum discussions.

As you read through this guide, you may think that some of these myths may have been made up. We wished that was true. We collected these myths from various discussions we heard or read over time.

So, let’s get down to basics and examine some of these common fallacies or myths and debunk them!

Here are the changes in this update :
- Added Myth #63 on the dangers on vacuuming the insides of your computer case.
- Added Myth #64 on the SSHD’s resilience to vibration and shock.
- Added Myth #65 on the SSHD’s greater reliability over the HDD.
We now have 65 HDD myths in this article!

Link : Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! Rev. 5.4

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/7769-hard-disk-drive-myths-debunked-17.html#post375347



Naked Celebrities Revealed by “iCloud Hack”
03:23 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur, 2 September 2014 – We awoke this morning to the entirely unnecessary sight of the personal photos of several celebrities, the pictures range from the fully clothed “mirror selfie” to the far more explicit. Victims include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice. For obvious reasons, clicking on links to “naked celebrity” photos, or opening email attachments would be a *very* bad idea right now, expect criminals to ride this bandwagon immediately.

The images first surfaced on the infamous 4chan image board where the author is claiming to have much more photographic and even video material, stolen from iCloud accounts and for sale to the highest bidder. Of course the release of the photos has also prompted a rash of fake images but the reality of many of these images, confirmed in some cases by the victim’s agents, poses an uncomfortable question for anyone using iCloud and indeed anyone who has anything they would rather keep private… Is my cloud storage safe?

A wide scale “hack’ of Apple’s iCloud is unlikely, even the original poster is not claiming that. The fact that certain celebrities are involved and the nature of the stolen material makes this seem far more targeted. So how could it have happened?

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28193-naked-celebrities-revealed-icloud-hack.html



Razer and Partners Bring Nabu Smartband to China
03:06 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, announced today at a press conference that they are working with highly esteemed partners including Tencent and Tencent Games, JD.com, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, and FISE World, to bring the Razer Nabu smartband to China beginning Q4 2014.

Partnership with JD.com

Razer and JD, today announced availability of the Razer Nabu smartband in China beginning Q4 2014 exclusively on www.jd.com.

Partnership with Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

Razer also announced a partnership with Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, to pilot the Razer Nabu for hotel guests at two of their new flagship resorts in China opening this autumn, Angsana Xi’An Lintong and Banyan Tree Yangshuo.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28192-razer-partners-bring-nabu-smartband-china.html




Monday, September 01, 2014
BIOS Option Of The Week - Host Burn-in Mode
12:31 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition.

Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend.

This week, we will be taking a look at the Host Burn-in Mode BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"This BIOS feature allows you to overclock the processor and memory modules, even if Intel stamps its foot petulantly and insist that it is not meant for this purpose. While it does not give you direct control of the bus clocks, it allows some overclocking of the processor and memory modules.

Please note that while this BIOS feature allows some adjustment of the processor and memory bus clocks, it does not allow you to modify individual clocks. Whatever you set using this BIOS feature affects both bus clocks..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - Host Burn-in Mode

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-29.html#post375343



Events Recap
12:16 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

For those who missed our Facebook updates...

Last Thursday (the 28th of August), we were invited to the Microsoft Malaysia’s Surface Pro 3 launch at the Midvalley Gardens Theatre.



We were also treated to a live demo by famed Malaysian cartoonist Reggie Lee. Check it out below!



We also had some hands-on time with the Surface Pro 3, testing its writing capabilities. Check out the two videos we took!





Get the full coverage here!

And on Friday, we were treated to a trailer of the upcoming animation film, Ribbit, with some face-to-face time with its creators - Chuck Powers and Kiran Kumar of Kartun Studios.

This event was courtesy of Western Digital, who actually backed Kartun Studios’ efforts with a powerful render farm filled with TWO HUNDRED WD Re 4 TB hard disk drives!

That’s 800 TB of enterprise-grade storage!!!



You can read about it here!

Don’t forget to check out our review of the phenomenal WD Re 4 TB hard disk drive!

Link : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tech-ARP/159819074179392
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MSI releases new X99S GAMING 9 AC motherboard featuring world’s best onboard Streaming Engine
11:32 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is pleased to announce its release of the MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC motherboard. The MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC is a custom designed motherboard, specifically for gamers who demand the best onboard gaming features, ready to embrace all new DDR4 memory and 8 core CPU power. The imposing heatsinks and Dragon Armor on the MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC motherboard highlight its unique features.

Its masterpiece is Streaming Engine, a premium dedicated onboard hardware streaming solution for streaming gaming activities at 1080p 60Mbps without impacting FPS and gameplay. The MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC also comes with Audio Boost 2, USB Audio Power, Killer LAN, Turbo M.2 32Gb/s, SATA Express, Intel® Wi-Fi AC and 4-way Multi-GPU support.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28189-msi-releases-new-x99s-gaming-9-ac-motherboard.html




Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Checked Your CD-Rs Lately?
12:18 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


This is an oldie but we thought we should remind everyone to please retrieve your data from your CD-Rs (if you still have them) before they become unreadable.

Please take a look at what we found when we tested 362 CD-Rs for their data integrity @ Checked Your CD-Rs Lately?.

"As it became common to store backups and personal pictures, videos, etc. on CD-Rs, the lifespan of these discs became a concern. According to manufacturers, CD-Rs should last for decades. Some even quoted an upper limit of 120 years based on accelerated aging tests! That sure is a long time, isn’t it? But will CD-Rs really last that long?"

Link : Checked Your CD-Rs Lately?

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Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.3
12:09 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this comprehensive guide to 179 workstation graphics cards.

We hope this comparison will provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various workstation graphics cards in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates.

Here are the latest updates in Revision 8.3 :
- Added the AMD FirePro W7100 graphics card.
- Added the AMD FirePro W5100 graphics card.
- Added the AMD FirePro W4100 graphics card.
- Added the AMD FirePro W2100 graphics card.
Link : Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.3

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/8497-workstation-gpu-comparison-guide-7.html#post375326



Join “Back to Hogwarts” and win tickets of Universal Studios Japan® & hotel voucher
12:03 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

To thank all the beloved customers and students, ECS along with Thermaltake, Plextor, and AVEXIR, are ready to send you “Back To Hogwarts”!

During 8/25~9/30, buy LIVA---World’s Smallest Mini PC Kit, or ECS Motherboard, and get the chance to win 2 tickets of the hottest Universal Studios Japan® and Japanese hotel voucher!

What could be better than having the magical adventure with Harry Potter before going back to school? What’s more, for any LIVA purchase, you can win Tt eSports Professional Gaming Keyboard, 2.5”SSD, and Limited L337 Gaming Memory provided by Thermaltake, Plextor, and AVEXIR.

Are you ready to “Back To Hogwarts”?

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28187-join-back-hogwarts-win-tickets-universal-studios-japan-hotel-voucher.html



Trend Micro Smart Protection Suite Launch
11:56 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur, 26 August 2014 – As companies seek to transition to the cloud, it increases the risk of cybersecurity. In line with this trend, Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global pioneer in security software, today announced major upgrades to the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Suite solution set.

According to the latest Trend Micro Q2 Security Roundup report, the severity of the attacks has escalated, highlighting the importance of incident response plans and organization-wide security awareness. Based on the report, Trend Micro has successfully blocked an average of 5.8 billion threats per month this quarter, indicating a minor increase from last quarter’s 5.4 billion threats.

Businesses are urged to deal with the security gaps which new trends in user behavior bring. Trend Micro has developed enhancements to its Smart Protection Suite to meet this growing demand and to provide greater protection against next-generation threats across all layers of protection and deployment models.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28186-trend-micro-smart-protection-suite-launch.html



Price, privacy, and speed make the USB 3.0 DataGuardian a must have
11:45 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

San Jose, California - August 25, 2014 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, promotes its USB 3.0 DataGuardian to inform users on data security.

The USB 3.0 DataGuardian is a sleek Super Talent drive that comes with a built in proprietary password protection program. This drive also prevents any auto-run files from executing and potentially causing harm to a host machine.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28185-price-privacy-speed-make-usb-3-0-dataguardian-must-have.html




Sunday, August 24, 2014
BIOS Option Of The Week - Boot To OS/2
10:53 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition.

Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend.

This week, we will be taking a look at the Boot To OS/2 BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"Older versions of IBM’s OS/2 operating system use the BIOS function Int15 [AX=E801> to detect the size of installed system memory. Microsoft Windows, on the other hand, uses the BIOS function Int15 [EAX=0000E820>.

However, the Int15 [AX=E801> function was later scrapped as not ACPI-compliant. As a result, OS/2 cannot detect the correct size of system memory if more than 64 MB of memory is installed. Microsoft Windows isn’t affected because the BIOS function it uses is ACPI-compliant.

This BIOS feature is designed to correct the memory size detection problem for OS/2 systems that have..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - Boot To OS/2

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-29.html#post375317



Intel, Acer & Yes 4G announces exclusive Acer Aconia One 7 tablet offer!
10:51 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

21st August, 2014 - We attended a joint press conference with Intel Malaysia, Acer and Yes 4G, where they announced the availability of the Acer Iconia One 7 tablet in Malaysia through a bundle plan exclusively at all Yes Stores and Yes Exclusive Retail Partners.

As an early bird promotion, the Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan offers the Intel-powered Acer tablet FREE with any Yes 4G Internet post-paid subscription.

The offer is available for a limited time only. Thereafter, the Acer Iconia One 7 will be made available for sale at RM 399 (~US$ 129). In addition, Yes 4G will provide a FREE Huddle XS mobile WiFi router worth RM 480 (~US$ 149) in the bundle.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28184-intel-acer-yes-4g-announces-exclusive-acer-aconia-one-7-tablet-offer.html




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

   
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Technology Report
The Microsoft Windows 7 SKU Strategy Revealed Rev. 5.2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Details Rev. 1.1
Bill Is Back!
The Intel Larrabee Processor Tech Report
Intel Atom & Centrino Atom Technology Report
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooling System Review
EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI Motherboard Review
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT Tech Report
SimpleTech PC4000 Nitro Dual-Channel Kit Review

 
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