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The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 2.1
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Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.3
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BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU Drive Strength
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Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.2
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Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 28.5
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Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.0
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Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.2
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Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.2
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The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.0
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Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked Rev. 5.3
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
News From Other Hardware Sites!
12:35 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Chai

- AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review @ TECHSPOT
-20 of the Worst PC Setups - July 2014 @ ThinkComputers.org
- NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: The Fastest Tablet Available @ HotHardware.com
- PSU deathmatch: Cooler Master V750 vs. Rosewill Capstone-750-M review @ Tech Report
- AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU Review @ HotHardware.com
- AMD’s A10-7800 processor reviewed @ Tech Report
- ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- AMD A10-7800 Kaveri review @ LanOC Reviews
- Able Planet NC350SCT Headphones Review @ OCmodshop
- Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Asus MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel and Android for $150 @ TECHSPOT
- ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2 GB Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- Inateck MP1300 Macbook Air Laptop Bag Review @ OCmodshop
- EKWB ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCII OC Full Cover Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
- Tt eSPORTS Verto Stereo Gaming Headset Review @ Hardware Heaven
- A quick look at Diamond’s Xtreme Sound XS71HDU @ Tech Report
- LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker & Wireless Charging Station Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- A Steve Ballmer Story That Helps Explain Microsoft @ TECHSPOT
- MSI Z97 MPower Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Samsung SSD 845DC EVO Solid State Drive Review @ HotHardware.com
- OtterBox Preserver Waterproof Case for Galaxy S4 Review @ ModSynergy.com
- Cooler Master V550 PSU review @ PureOverclock
- Starting a phone company? Here’s a blueprint for success @ TECHSPOT
- TechSpot PC Buying Guide
- Cooler Master Nepton 280L Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Heaven
- Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Heaven
- Asus Zenfone 5 Review: Entry-Level, Five-Inch Handset @ TECHSPOT
- Corsair Flash Voyager GTX Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Cooler Master N600 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Cooler Master V750 PSU Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Intel Core M Broadwell Architecture Preview @ HotHardware.com
- Samsung 850 PRO 256GB review @ PureOverclock
- Phanteks Case Accessories Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Zotac GTX 750 Zone Edition Review (Silent/Passive) @ HardwareHeaven
- Netis Beacon N300 Wireless Gaming Router review @ TechwareLabs
- OCZ Arc 100 SSD Review: Aiming for the Value Sweet Spot @ TECHSPOT
- Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ HotHardware.com
- MSI Devils Canyon Roundup @ LanOC Reviews
- OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
- The Most Popular Computing Device Has Yet to Be Invented: The 15-Inch Tablet @ TECHSPOT
- Asus C200 Chromebook Review @ TechwareLabs
- Corsair HX750i PSU Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review @ HotHardware.com
- SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD Review: Trading Blows With The Best @ TECHSPOT
- Hot Hardware: A Back-To-School Guide For Tech Procurement
- The Linux Desktop: 6 popular Linux desktop environments @ TECHSPOT
- Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Review @ HardwareHeaven

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The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 2.1
11:40 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to the high cost of computer memory. It is now making a comeback, partly because RAM is now cheap and plentiful and partly because solid state drives (SSDs) are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice.

SSDs are not only much faster than hard disk drives, they are silent and virtually impervious to vibration and shock. The downside though is their limited lifespan. That’s where the RAM disk comes in - it allows the user to reduce wear and tear on the SSD by shifting some of the work to it.

There are, of course, pros and cons to the RAM disk, and this guide will guide you through it all. On top of that, we will teach you how to make full use of your RAM disk.

In this update, we added a new section called "What File System Should You Use?".


Link : The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 2.1

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WD Introduces the new My Passport Ultra Metal and Limited Anniversary Edition Drives
11:29 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

20 August 2014 – To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world’s most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of content protection for consumers worldwide.

The My Passport Ultra™ - Metal Edition™ drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD’s enduring portable drive line. They feature elegant metal exteriors, up to 2 TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.

The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today’s mobile consumer. In addition, the drive offers users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of the drive in the event of loss or theft.

To read more, please click here!

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Enjoy 100% More Data with U Mobile
11:22 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 August 2014 – U Mobile subscribers in the East Coast and East Malaysia can now rejoice as Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, brings a new edge to data promotions, rewarding 100% extra data for its UMI 18 prepaid users when they activate their plan. In addition to rewarding its customers, the initiative is part of the telco’s aggressive measures to expand its market presence, especially in the region.

Exclusive for registered UMI 18 plan subscribers who activate their lines in Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang; the promotion provides the unbeatable offer of up to 100% extra data for its customers. This gives a total of 500MB (250MB existing quota and free 250MB) of high speed mobile internet - an added advantage for data users to stay connected, as well as accessing their favourite online content.

This specially customized promotion is part of the company’s initiative to reward its customers for choosing U Mobile, bringing high speed mobile internet, as well as its unique product offerings closer to consumers within the region. Offering nationwide coverage, the telco is looking to strengthen its brand awareness and advocate its value propositions in East Coast and East Malaysia.

To read more, please click here!

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HTC Creates the Newest Member of the Butterfly Family
11:16 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

August 19, 2014 – HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today announced the all new “HTC J butterfly HTL23” through KDDI to the Japanese market. It will also be marketed with the name “HTC Butterfly 2” through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong and significant carries in South Asia. Packed with the latest HTC Sense 6 experience, HTC Duo Camera for advanced imaging, and an intuitive Motion Launch advanced sensor, the new HTC Butterfly 2 delivers an unparalleled smartphone experience.

With a Smart Sensor Hub that anticipates your needs and uses Motion Launch controls to make everyday tasks easier, HTC Butterfly 2 boasts Duo Camera technology, delivering creative, professional-looking photos with amazing effects in addition to new standards for audio quality on a smartphone with JBL, enhancing HTC’s innovative HTC BoomSound dual speaker sets.

Offering au carrier aggregation, the new communication technology of au, HTC J butterfly HTL23 gives high speed communication up to 150Mbps maximum receiving speed, in addition to supporting WiMAX2+.

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AMD Expands Gaming Portfolio with New Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives
11:08 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

August 19, 2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new technology partnership with OCZ Storage Solutions – A Toshiba Group Company, for AMD Radeon™-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Starting today, users can purchase the AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities from their favorite online retailers.

The AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs are an excellent choice for gamers looking to upgrade their system’s overall responsiveness with an economical solution that puts performance and reliability front and center.

AMD Radeon™ R7 Series SSDs are a unique solution in the OCZ Storage Solutions portfolio. As the first high performance SSDs to utilize the Toshiba Group’s latest A19 MLC NAND flash process and the proven Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the AMD Radeon™ R7 Series disks offer exemplary write endurance of 30GB/day, as well as read/write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively. This exclusive combination of hardware also features a special anodized black housing, characteristic of the AMD Radeon™ brand.

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ECS Z97-PK---The Unmatched MB for Intel® Pentium 20th Anniversary Processor
11:03 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

19 August 2014, Taipei Taiwan – ECS today proudly announced the unmatched motherboard in the market for the Intel® Pentium 20th anniversary edition processor, Z97-PK, has been released to all the fans that are searching for exciting overclocking performance within affordable price.

Since Intel® Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition Processors was announced during COMPUTEX 2014, users have been looking for the best combination to cope with this processor series, especially Pentium G3258 processor, which has unlocked multiplier and better performance than i3 Processor when overclocked. ECS provides the best solution, Z97-PK, the ultimate OC performance with unbeatable value, to fulfill the unmet needs from users.

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ASUSTOR Extends Product Warranty to 3 Years
10:58 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Taipei, Taiwan, August 19th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that the warranty period for all ASUSTOR NAS products has been extended to three years from the previous two year warranty. It is ASUSTOR’s mission to continue to provide its customers with products of the highest quality along with the most reliable and attentive after-sales service possible.

The newly extended three year warranty applies to all ASUSTOR NAS products which include all 6, 3 and 2 series devices. Users who have already purchased ASUSTOR products will also get the new three year warranty applied to their product from the original date of purchase. ASUSTOR continues to make customer service a major priority in providing only the highest standard of after-sales service to all its users.

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News From Other Hardware Sites!
09:09 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Chai

- BitFenix Fury 650G Power Supply review @ PureOverclock
- Silverstone Raven 5 (RV05) ATX Case Review @ TECHSPOT
- Biostar’s Hi-Fi Z97WE motherboard review @ Tech Report
- Shuttle Barebone DS81 Review @ Madshrimps
- Samsung 845DC PRO 400GB SATA SSD review @ Custom PC Review
- Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6500) review @ Hardware Heaven
- REVIEW: ThermalTake Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse review @ PureOverclock
- Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
- 10 Incredibly Stupid Quotes By Steve Ballmer @ ThinkComputers.org
- Corsair Voyager Air 2 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SATA SSD review @ Custom PC Review
- LG G3 Review @ TECHSPOT
- Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review @ Madshrimps
- HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- Enermax Liqtech 120X AiO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Toshiba HG6 SSD Review (512GB) | Hardware Heaven
- Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Standard Charging Car Mount Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and Wireless Controller Preview @ HotHardware
- Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset (KHX-H3CL/WR) Review | HardwareHeaven.com
- Intel SSD 2500 Pro 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ HotHardware.com
- Tt eSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard Review @ TechwareLabs.com
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Gigabyte Z97-D3H Motherboard Review @ Modders-Inc
- SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (480GB) Review | Hardware Heaven
- GPU-Accelerated Virtual Desktops: The Future of Computing? @ TECHSPOT
- Core i7-4790K "Devil’s Canyon" overclocking revisited @ Tech Report
- NZXT Kraken X31-X41-X61 AIO Water Cooler Roundup review @ PureOverclock
- Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition Review & Overclocking Build Guide @ TECHSPOT
- Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review @ HotHardware.com
- HIS R7 260X and R7 250X review @ PureOverclock
- Enermax Liqtech 240 CPU Cooler Video Review @ Hardware Heaven
- x86 on Android: A quick look at Asus’ Memo Pad ME176C tablet @ Tech Report
- XFX XTS 520w Power Supply Review @ Hardware Heaven
-Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB Review @ Madshrimps
- Synology Diskstation DS414j 4-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin.com
- Icy Dock MB981U3-1S Hard Drive Dock Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review, Top Shelf Android @ HotHardware.com
- A Guide to Smartphone Camera Hardware @ TECHSPOT
- Thecus N2310 2-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin.com
- First impressions of Nvidia’s Shield Tablet @ Tech Report
- Gigabyte’s Brix Gaming BXi5G-760 mini-PC review @ Tech Report
- USH-1 SD Card Roundup @ Hardware Heaven
- Motorola Moto G on Republic Wireless Review @ Bigbruin.com
- NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Tt eSports Level 10 M Gaming Headset Review @ TechwareLabs.com
- Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review @ HotHardware.com
- Thermaltake Urban T81 Case review @ PureOverclock

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.3
10:30 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Currently covering 486 mobile GPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 24 different specifications for each and every GPU. We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates.

Here are the latest updates:
- Added the Intel HD Graphics (4 EUs - 844 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added the Intel HD Graphics (4 EUs - 792 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added the Intel HD Graphics (4 EUs - 756 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added the Intel HD Graphics (4 EUs - 667 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (1300 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added two new CPU models to the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (1200 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added two new CPU models to the Intel Iris Graphics 5100 (1200 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel Iris Graphics 5100 (1100 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics 4600 (1150 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added two new CPU models to the Intel HD Graphics (4 EUs - 854 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics (4 EUs - 750 MHz) processor graphics.
Link : Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.3

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Be a U Ranger and Get Rewarded
10:24 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur, 18 August 2014 – U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, takes its users on a new and exciting journey with U Ranger – an advocacy program open both to U Mobile and non-U Mobile users. The U Ranger program is a word-of-mouth initiative aimed to reward users that endorse the U Mobile brand through completing a series of missions.

The U Ranger program is similar to an online game, enabling users to earn U Ranger points that can be converted to U Card points for users to redeem their rewards of choice at participating merchants. In line with U Mobile’s aim to continuously surprise and engage with consumers in unique ways, the U Ranger program reflects a vibrant way of mobile consumer engagement.

The U Ranger program consists of a variety of missions for consumers to engage in. A mission is a simple and fun activity that can be subdivided into 2 types: a daily mission and a big mission. A daily mission only requires 2-3 minutes to complete, where customers are encouraged to share their opinion on a given topic. The points for a daily mission will be rewarded immediately after the response.

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BIOSTAR’s J1800TH - New Mini ITX System-On-Chip Solution
10:17 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

August 18th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has announced the J1800TH, a mini ITX mainboard with CPU on board, (known as System on a Chip or SoC). These boards are centered on being small and efficient using a small form factor with an embedded CPU, having low power consumption, and being fan-less. They are perfect for all sorts of various industrial applications.

The BIOSTAR J1800TH is the latest in all-in-one board that takes advantage of the optimized performance of Intel’s Bay Trail chipset by delivering a new generation of technology with value-added features and easy integration.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU Drive Strength
12:02 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 CPU Drive Strength BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"The system controller has auto-compensation circuitry that automatically compensates for impedance variations in motherboard designs. But since the motherboard impedance is more or less fixed for each motherboard design, some manufacturers may choose to pre-calculate the optimal drive strength for a particular design and use it instead.

However, when the auto-compensation logic is bypassed and a fixed drive strength is used, the amount of impedance compensation may not be sufficient sometimes. Hence, the need for this BIOS feature. This BIOS feature allows you to..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU Drive Strength

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Almost 80% of the Top 50 Free Apps in Google Play Have Fake Versions
11:52 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

15 August 2014 – As the number of mobile users continues to grow, the number of fake apps also grows at an alarming rate. According to a Trend Micro’s survey of the Top 50 free apps in Google Play, almost 80% have corresponding fake versions on third party sources. Even more alarming, 100% of those in the Widgets, Media & Video, and Finance categories have fake versions.

To protect mobile devices from these threats, Trend Micro advises that users download their apps only from trusted sources and use a reputable mobile security app such as Trend Micro Dr. Safety to protect their mobile devices.

As of April this year, 59,185 of the 890,482 sample fake apps discovered were aggressive adware, while another 394,263 were malware. Among all the fake apps, 50% were malicious. Meanwhile, there are two major types of fake apps.

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New WD My Book Duo now offers massive storage capacity and superior performance
11:42 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

15 August 2014 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Book® Duo ™, the newest member of its award-winning line of desktop storage solutions for home and office.

Utilizing two drives, hardware-level RAID and USB 3.0, My Book Duo delivers massive capacity and file transfer speeds not available on single-drive solutions. Available in 4 TB , 6 TB, 8 TB and 12 TB capacities, My Book Duo also comes with software that creates secure local, cloud and system-level backups for complete data protection.

My Book Duo’s dual-drive design offers superior performance with USB 3.0 connection to enable transfer speeds up to 290 MB/s. Optimized for small RAID environments, the integrated WD Red hard drives with true hardware RAID increase performance and reduce data bottlenecks.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
ED#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013 Rev. 2.0
10:17 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


To avoid another antitrust case (remember Internet Explorer?), Microsoft Office 2013 comes with the ability to integrate with third-party cloud storage providers. However, they are not making it easy.

The integration option isn’t even mentioned in the Help service. It’s certainly not found in the Microsoft Support website. In fact, it lies buried in a Word document download in the Microsoft Download Center.

No shit. That’s like keeping candy in the garage and expecting your kids to figure out where to find them. Okay, maybe that’s the idea...

Never mind... Let us show you how to add your favourite cloud storage provider to Office 2013.

In this major update, we added a new section called "How To Add Other Cloud Providers Easily", together with RAR and ZIP files of the registry files to integrate Dropbox and Google Drive into Office 2013.

We also corrected the registry files for Copy integration into Office 2013.


Link : ED#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013 Rev. 2.0

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OCZ Launches ARC 100 Value SSD
10:12 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SAN JOSE, CA – August 13, 2014 - OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new ARC 100 SATA III SSD Series developed to deliver exceptional performance at an enticing price point.

The introduction of the ARC 100 Series addresses the needs of our customers and is priced competitively to make adoption of cutting-edge SSD technology easier than ever for value and mainstream users, and underscores OCZ’s commitment to meet the entire gamut of market needs with the broadest solid state solutions portfolio in the industry.

ARC 100 SSDs feature next generation Toshiba A19nm NAND flash, delivering a value-oriented option for users looking to upgrade their storage to a faster or higher capacity solution without the steeper price points commonly associated with high performance SSDs.

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Trends Change but Style Remains with the HTC One (E8)
10:06 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Malaysia, 13 August 2014 – HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One (E8), a gorgeous, lightweight device, designed to attract the fashion pack. A vibrant twist on HTC’s iconic flagship design, The HTC One (E8) introduces new materials and bold, stylish colours to the award-winning One family. Complete with Motion Launch™, HTC BoomSound™, and incredible imaging capabilities, thanks to the 5MP front-facing and 13MP rear-facing cameras, the HTC One (E8) exudes originality without compromise.

The HTC One (E8)’s distinctive design aesthetic makes it the perfect companion for the fashion-conscious, with an elegant dual curve design that looks great and sits perfectly in your palm no matter how you hold it. The beautiful 5-inch device features a full HD, borderless display for a cleaner viewing experience. Encased in a light yet robust polycarbonate unibody, the HTC One (E8) comes in a vibrant range of colours and finishes for those looking for a trend-setting smartphone.

The new HTC One (E8) takes the entire smartphone experience to new heights. The dual front-facing speakers and latest HTC BoomSound™ technology creates unrivalled sound, with rich tones, powerful bass and crystal-clear treble, combining to create a rounded, immersive sound.

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NVIDIA Unveils Its Next Generation NVIDIA Quadro GPUs
10:00 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SINGAPORE — August 13, 2014 — NVIDIA today unveiled its next generation of NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs – providing new tools and technologies to meet the visual computing needs of the world’s leading designers, artists and scientists.

The new lineup delivers an enterprise-grade visual computing platform with up to twice the application performance and data handling capability of the previous generation. It reflects NVIDIA’s extensive work with leading customers across industries to gain greater insight into their growing requirements to work with more complex models and higher-resolution images; to incorporate cloud-based resources; and to access work remotely, often on mobile devices.

NVIDIA Quadro GPUs are already the overwhelming choice of leading creative and design professionals, who depend on it for their most important work. For the past six years running, every film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects was made with Quadro technology. And Quadro is the choice of essentially every automotive designer worldwide.

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