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BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Comp. Driving
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... 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
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.2
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.1
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked Rev. 5.3
This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk driv... 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
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.1
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 28.4
Covering 588 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... 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
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 14.9
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... 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
Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.1
If you have no idea what's different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Co... Read here
The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 2.0
The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to th... 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#179 : Why It's Really Time To Ditch (And Strip) The Short Filename
Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first bro... 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#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013
To avoid another antitrust case (remember Internet Explorer?), Microsoft Office 2013 ... 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
ED#167 : Big Brother China Censors WeChat... Again
Last week, Tencent removed at least 40 WeChat public pages, allegedly at the behest o... Read here
ED#166 : Intel Haswell Refresh CPU Details Leaked Rev. 2.0
These new processors are expected to arrive in May, 2014, although pre-order pricing ... Read here
   
   
   
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
ED#179 : Why It’s Really Time To Ditch (And Strip) The Short Filename Rev. 2.0
10:33 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


It’s been 20 years since Microsoft first introduced the long filename (LFN) in Windows NT 3.5, but NTFS continues to generate a short filename for every file you write today. This reduces the filesystem performance and introduces additional writes that are unnecessary unless you are using a very old application that can only understand the old 8.3 short filename format.

Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first broke out into stardom in Speed, you should disable the automatic generation of the 8.3 short filename. Doing so will give a kick to the NTFS file system’s performance, and if you are using an SSD, help maintain its performance and lifespan.

In this major update, learn how to strip the short filenames from your system to benefit from 10x better file system performance!


Link : ED#179 : Why It’s Really Time To Ditch (And Strip) The Short Filename Rev. 2.0

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Kingston Ships Large Capacity Near 1TB SSD
10:27 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

independent world leader in memory products, today announced its latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series, the V310. The Kingston® SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically boosts system responsiveness while also offering 960GB capacity to store all movies, music, games, files and applications.

The new SSDNow V310 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive1 as a result of the Phison 3108 controller and 450MB/s read and write speeds2. With no moving mechanical parts, SSDNow V310 is shock-proof, uses less energy and stays cool making it more reliable and less likely to fail than standard hard-disk drives.

The large capacity of the SSDNow V310 allows enough space for a true HDD replacement so users can migrate their entire hard drive over with storage to spare.

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Stay Connected with the New Samsung GALAXY Core 2 This Raya
10:22 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur – July 22, 2014 – This Raya, balik kampung and stay connected with your family and friends with the latest Samsung GALAXY Core 2. Able to compliment any of your Raya outfits, the fashionable yet incredibly affordable GALAXY Core 2 comes in a refined leather-like and soft-feel back design; you will not want to put it down. It is also complemented by a large 4.5 inch screen and a host of smart features that lets you do so much more.

“The GALAXY Core 2 is designed for the discerning young consumers who want the best mix of smart features, connectivity and power. We believe that the GALAXY Core 2 will be the perfect companion for a memorable Raya celebration. Do more with the improved processor, faster connectivity and capture precious memories with your family and friends. Enjoy your Raya holidays to the fullest and share every moment of it with the GALAXY Core 2,” said Lee Dong Yong, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Connect effortlessly with your family and friends this Raya with the GALAXY Core 2’s 1.2GHz quad-core processor. This quad-core power processor coupled with the latest Android operating system makes it great for seamless multitasking, allowing you to do much more at the same time. Switch back and forth any applications easily and stay connected with your friends on your messaging or social media platforms at one go.

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Super Talent Updates its DuraDrive AT3 SSD!
10:18 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

San Jose, California – July 21, 2014 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its latest SSD storage solution, the DuraDrive AT3.

The DuraDrive AT3 is Super Talent’s SATA II industrial solution to those that require storage that is able to withstand extreme temperatures, altitude, and humidity. These drives are geared specifically for applications that must perform in high vibration and shock in environments.

The ability the DuraDrive AT3 has to withstand these elements propels it to the top of industrial SSD quality and enterprise standards, making it an exceptional choice in SATA II interface storage needs.

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Cybercriminals Hitchhike on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Tragedy
10:13 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cloud security, today warns internet users to remain vigilant against cybercriminals who are taking advantage of the recent Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy.

Just a few hours after the devastating incident, Trend Micro researchers have found multiple suspicious tweets that direct users to malicious websites that are known for hosting the ZeuS/ZBOT and the SALITY malwares. The tweets in question used the #MH17 hashtag which was the top trending Twitter hashtag on last Friday.

Cybercriminals have always be known for riding the bandwagon of current tragic news and incidents – including the MH370 tragedy last March - to launch cyber-attacks and scams through popular social networks.

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GAMDIAS Intros Ambidextrous Gaming Pads and Mouse With Extreme Adaptability
10:04 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

July 8th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – GAMDIAS, the professional gaming peripherals company started in 2012 has launched two new gaming pads and the HADES Extension Laser Gaming Mouse, the GMS7011.

When developing the HADES the ambidextrous gaming mouse, the GAMDIAS design team had both right and left handed gamers in mind with the idea to let gamers have the joy of experiencing gaming at the highest levels with adaptability.

Using the GAMDIAS Hades mouse, you now have the freedom to adjust your gaming style by customizing the 3 interchangeable side panels that come with the HADES gaming mouse. Having that option to adapt to maximize play comfort during a long-winded battle could be the sole difference between victory and defeat.

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HTC Dot View case is now smarter and more intuitive than ever
10:00 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Malaysia, 21 July 2014 - HTC, a global leader in mobile and innovation, has added even more intelligent functionality to its popular Dot View case, through an update to the Dot View app, available now to download on Google Play™ store.

First launched with the HTC One M8, offering the ability to check the time and weather or receive notifications of incoming texts, emails and calls, the Dot View update includes wallpaper customization, flexible settings and other features that make it even easier to browse your notifications without first revealing the screen.

With 18 default themes and the option to select a photo from your gallery or camera, you can create your own Dot View wallpaper to reflect your mood, personality and style. The ‘redial’ function is now activated with a simple upwards swipe, allowing swift connection to the three most recent calls, and left/right swipes navigate smoothly through email, text, voicemail and call notifications.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Comp. Driving
07:21 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 AGP Comp. Driving BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"The auto-compensation circuitry has two operating modes. By default, it is set to automatically compensate for the impedance once or at regular intervals by dynamically adjusting the AGP drive strength. The circuitry can also be disabled or bypassed. In this case, it is up to the user (through the BIOS) to write the desired drive strength value to the AGP I/O pads.

When you set this BIOS feature to Auto, the AGP drive strength values are obtained from the auto-compensation circuitry. Normally, this is the recommended setting as it allows the AGP controller to dynamically adjust for motherboard impedance changes. However..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Comp. Driving

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Saturday, July 19, 2014
News From Other Hardware Sites!
05:16 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Chai

- Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCmodshop
- ASRock FaTal1ty Z97 Killer Series Motherboard review @ PureOverclock
- Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse review @ OCmodshop
- How To Repair Bose QC15 Headphones @ OCmodshop
- SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
- WiME Wi-Watch M5 Smartwatch Review @ TechwareLabs
- Evercool Venti review @ LanOC Reviews
- Thermaltake Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard review @ PureOverclock
- Battle of the Galaxy S5s: Exynos vs Snapdragon review @ TECHSPOT
- Rosewill BK-500 Bluetooth Keyboard Review @ TechwareLabs
- Cougar MX300 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- MSI GT Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop review @ OCmodshop
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Review @ HotHardware.com
- Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X) GPU Cooler review @ PureOverclock
- How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos @ TECHSPOT
- How to Find Linux CPU Usage @ OCmodshop
- BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE LGA1150 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Thecus N7510 7 Bay NAS review @ LanOC Reviews
- HTC Desire 816 Review: A Large Screen For The Mid-Range @ TECHSPOT
- Rapoo 8900P Advanced Wireless Mouse & Keyboard Combo Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- DimasTech EasyXL Test Bench Review @ Modders-Inc
- Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play: PC versus Xbox One, With Surprising Results @ HotHardware.com
- Overclocking Intel’s Pentium G3258 ’Anniversary Edition’ processor @ Tech Report
- XSPC DDC Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo review @ PureOverclock
- KingFast Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- Mobile Arsenal: The Mouse @ ThinkComputers.org
- SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Thecus N5550 Network Attached Storage Review @ Modders-Inc
- Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Versus Onboard Audio @ HotHardware.com
- Round-Up: 5-way Radeon R9 280X Battle @ TECHSPOT
- ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside @ HotHardware.com
- OCZ Vector 150 120GB review @ LanOC Reviews
- Rosewill’s RGB80 keyboard reviewed @ Tech Report
- Roku 3 Review @ OCmodshop
- TR’s July 2014 System Guide @ Tech Report
- HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 Review @ PureOverclock
- TP-LINK AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router Review @ Madshrimps
- Sony Cybershot DSC-QX10 Phone Camera Review @ Velocity Reviews
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Workstation GPU War: AMD FirePro W9100 vs NVIDIA Quadro K6000 @ HotHardware.com
- A Beginner’s Guide to the Linux Command Line, Part II @ TECHSPOT
- LOGiiX Blue Piston Bluetooth Speaker Review @ ModSynergy.com
- Synology DS415play NAS Review @ Hardwareheaven.com
- Thecus NAS 5550 Server Review @ TechwareLabs
- LOGiiX Blue Piston Chamber Bluetooth NFC Speaker Review @ ModSynergy.com
- Hazard Ops Open Beta Launch Video Review @ Hardware Heaven
- Crucial MX100 512GB SSD Review @ TechwareLabs
- SB Inferno Gaming Headset review @ LanOC Reviews
- Maingear Rush Review With Radeon R9 295X2 CrossFire @ HotHardware.com

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Friday, July 18, 2014
The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.0
12:00 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Solid state drives are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice. However, they have issues that preclude their ascendency over the hard disk drives. Their flash memory cells have a limited lifespan, and they can perform badly under certain circumstances.

Modern SSDs use a mix of techniques and technologies like overprovisioning of memory cells, wear levelling, a write combine buffer (or on-the-fly data compression), and the Trim command or automatic garbage collection to maintain performance and extend the lifespan of the flash memory cells. However, there’s only so much they can do.

This is where the Solid State Drive Optimization Guide comes in. In this guide, we will show you how to maintain the performance and longevity of your solid surface drive. Let’s get right down to it.

In this revision, we added 2 new tips on how to optimize your SSD’s performance and extend its lifespan. We also added a section on tips that do not work.


Link : The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.0

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Firmware Update
11:45 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Check out your ZenFone 5 now, as we’ve just released the latest Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) update for the ZenFone 5!

   


The latest system firmware (1.15.40.35_20140715_3835) is now available for update via FOTA. Improvements listed as per attached photos above.

If you have not receive any update notification, manually check for update in About> System Update. Otherwise, do wait for a while as FOTA update normally comes in batches.

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ASUS Announces H97-Pro Gamer
11:37 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

(18th July, 2014) — ASUS today announced immediate availability of the H97-Pro Gamer here in Malaysia. The new ATX motherboard speeds up gamers’ fun with 10Gibt/s M.2 and SATA Express connectivity, Intel® Gigabit Ethernet and exclusive GameFirst ll networking technology.

H97-Pro Gamer additionally benefits from exclusive SupremeFX for unrivalled in-game audio and exclusive Sonic Radar ll technology to lend players a stealthy advantage in first-person-shooter (FPS) games.

The new motherboard also includes ASUS Gamer’s Guardian, a collection of components hand-chosen for exceptional safety, durability and performance to protect gamers’ backs.

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Trend Micro Announces Comprehensive Capabilities for Microsoft Office 365 Customers
11:27 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

18 July 2014 – As more organisations transition to the cloud for increased efficiencies and streamlined management of IT infrastructure, Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cloud security, today announced upcoming new and enhanced capabilities for Microsoft Office 365 customers.

These expanded services demonstrate Trend Micro’s commitment to delivering solutions that help secure cloud architectures combined with centralized management, and comprehensive protection controls to help guard against data loss and advanced malware within Microsoft Corp.’s existing infrastructure.

Trend Micro helps enhance Microsoft environments with multi-layered threat and data protection that encompasses endpoints, Web and email. To better support channel partners’ ability to sell Trend Micro’s additional solutions for Microsoft Office 365, these centrally managed solutions will be available as part of the Trend Micro Smart Protection Complete suite.

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QNAP Announces Support for HGST 6TB Helium SAS Hard Disk Drives for Business Turbo NAS and Expansion Enclosures
11:20 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Taipei, Taiwan, July 17, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc., a professional network attached storage (NAS) provider, today announced that its Enterprise and SMB class Turbo NAS products support the 6TB HGST Ultrastar® He6 helium-filled SAS hard disk drive (HDD). By incorporating HGST’s HelioSeal platform technology, business users receive enhanced NAS performance with maximized storage capacity and low power for reduced total cost of ownership.

The inherent benefit of helium, which is one-seventh the density of air, helps reduce the turbulence caused by spinning disks in a HDD, thereby cutting power consumption and lowering drive temperature, making the HGST Ultrastar He6 HDD an ideal large-capacity 3.5-inch HDD solution for enterprises and SMBs to store and secure growing business data.

The 6TB HGST Ultrastar He6 SAS hard disk is compatible with the Turbo NAS TS-x79U-SAS series, and QNAP expansion enclosures REXP series.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs
11:07 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

(18th July, 2014) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the immediate availability of the Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs here in Malaysia. The Z97 chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard is ready for the latest 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel® Core™ processors — codenamed ‘Haswell’, ‘Haswell Refresh’, ‘Haswell Refresh K-Series’ (‘Devil’s Canyon’) and ‘Broadwell’ — and engineered with many new and exclusive ROG game-boosting features.

The Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs supports dual-channel up to DDR 3300+ (OC) memory, and quad-GPU SLI™ and 3-way CrossFireX™ for gaming rigs with multiple graphics-processing units (multi-GPU). The new motherboard series also includes two SATA Express and ten SATA 3.0 connectors, as well as eight USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

   
Weatherproofing Camera Lenses
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card Review Rev. 2.0
ASUS Launches Eee PC 1000HD, 1000H & 904HD!
Western Digital 150 GB Raptor X Serial ATA Hard Drive Review
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card Review
Kingston DataTraveler ReadyFlash Review
Ken's 10 Christmas Wishlist for 2006
Nikon Lens Pen Lens Cleaning System Review
Steelpad 4D Professional Gaming Mouse Pad Review
Cooler Master PNC-U51 CoolPad Notebook Cooler Review

 
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