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Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.8
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
BIOS Option Of The Week - Burn-In Mode
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... Read here
Western Digital Black² (WD1001X06XDTL) Dual Drive Review Rev. 2.0
At first glance, the Western Digital Black² looks like a hybrid drive but it's no hyb... Read here
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.7
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. 28.1
Covering 380 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... Read here
Camera Lens Buying Guide Rev. 4.4
With digital SLR cameras so affordable now, it's inevitable for techies and bu... Read here
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 14.6
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. 6.9
If you have no idea what's different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Co... Read here
Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.2
Ever wanted a guide on hard drive performance, where you can compare the performance ... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 7.9
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 3.3
This comparison guide will compare the performance of all the solid state drives we c... Read here
The Western Digital My Cloud EX2 & My Cloud Tech Report
Today, we were invited to the official launch of the Western Digital My Cloud EX2 and... Read here
Western Digital Black Gen. 2 (WD4003FZEX) 4 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
Today, we are going to take a look at the latest addition to Western Digital's family... Read here
Western Digital Red (WD40EFRX) 4 TB NAS Hard Disk Drive Review 2.0
Today, we are going to take a look at the latest addition to Western Digital's family... Read here
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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#171 : Should You Select MBR Or GPT When You Install A New Drive?
Whenever someone installs a new drive into a Windows-based PC, there's the inevitable... 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
ED#165 : Apple iOS And OS X Have A Critical Security Hole And The Fix Is Here Rev. 2.1
On Friday, the 21st of February, Apple acknowledged that they had a critical security... Read here
ED#164 : Warning - Microsoft Opened A Security Hole In Internet Explorer 11 Rev. 2.0
When they released Internet Explorer 11, I installed it and immediately noticed that ... Read here
ED#163 : How To Fix Keychain Corruption In OS X Mavericks
OS X Mavericks recently went bonkers, and kept asking me to key in the keychain passw... Read here
ED#162 : U Mobile Announces New Surprises For The New Year!
At the event, Jasmine Lee, U Mobile's Director of Marketing revealed their new postpa... Read here
ED#161 : AMD's Early 2014 Processor & Graphics Roadmap
AMD announced at the 2014 International CES that their latest A10-7850K and the A10-7... Read here
ED#160 : How To Fix Whatsapp Chat History Corruption
Fed up with the situation, I e-mailed Whatsapp about the problem. They finally got ba... Read here
ED#158 : How To Fix GDI Leaks In Internet Explorer 10 and 9 Rev. 2.0
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ED#172 : Intel Xeon "Haswell Refresh" CPU Details Leaked
12:17 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Here are the details of the upcoming "Haswell Refresh" of the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series of processors. As is well known by now, Intel has decided to delay their "Tick" - the 14 nm die shrink, and introduce a refresh of the Intel Haswell processors instead, starting with the desktop models and followed by the workstation models.

While these "Haswell Refresh" models have new model numbers, they are no different from the current Haswell processors. There are some changes in the position and number of capacitors at the bottom of the processor package, but the only real change is a slightly faster clock speed. They will therefore replace (not supplement) the current Haswell processors, although they will co-exist until stocks of the older models are exhausted.

Link : ED#172 : Intel Xeon "Haswell Refresh" CPU Details Leaked

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28014-ed-172-intel-xeon-haswell-refresh-cpu-details-leaked.html




Monday, April 21, 2014
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.8
09:57 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 471 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 - 896 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (1200 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics 5000 (1000 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics 4600 (1200 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added four new CPU models to the Intel HD Graphics 4600 (1150 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics 4600 (1000 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added two new CPU models to the Intel HD Graphics 4600 (900 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics 4400 (1100 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added three new CPU models to the Intel HD Graphics 4400 (1000 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics 4400 (950 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added two new CPU models to the Intel HD Graphics 4200 (850 MHz) processor graphics.
- Added a new CPU model to the Intel HD Graphics (10 EUs - 1100 MHz) processor graphics.
Link : Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.8

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ASUS Celebrates the Launch of ZenFone in Southeast Asia
09:50 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Jakarta, Indonesia (15th April, 2014) — ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, accompanied by CEO Jerry Shen, announced the availability of the ZenFone series for Southeast Asia at a press event in Jakarta today. During the event, Mr. Shih introduced the complete ZenFone lineup and the exclusive ASUS ZenUI mobile interface, together with many of its unique features.

Among the premier ASUS ZenUI features is PixelMaster, a camera technology that is an essential part of the ZenFone experience. The exclusive PixelMaster camera technology on ZenFone makes it effortless to capture memorable photos and videos in any lighting condition.

For the first time, Southeast Asian customers can experience the empowering luxury of the long anticipated ZenFone, available in a range of sizes and colors. All ZenFone models come with ASUS ZenUI, the all-new mobile user interface with over 1000 enhancements that make ASUS mobile devices even more fun and seamless to use.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28013-asus-celebrates-launch-zenfone-southeast-asia.html




Sunday, April 20, 2014
BIOS Option Of The Week - Burn-In Mode
09:43 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 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..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - Burn-In Mode

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-27.html#post374381




Friday, April 18, 2014
Western Digital Black² (WD1001X06XDTL) Dual Drive Review Rev. 2.0
02:01 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


At first glance, the Western Digital Black² looks like a hybrid drive but it’s no hybrid drive. It is a unique combination of a solid state drive and a hard disk drive in a single package. Hence, the term "Dual Drive". Check out its key features :

- Professional Performance
- Shift_Technology
- Reduce SSD wear and tear
- Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty

Now, let’s take a closer look at the new Western Digital Black² Dual Drive!

In this major update, we added the Transfer Rate Profile and Transfer Rate Range for the HDD component (WD10SPCX), and corrected various mistakes in the review and layout.

Link : Western Digital Black² (WD1001X06XDTL) Dual Drive Review Rev. 2.0

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QNAP Releases System Updates to Fix Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability
01:57 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Taipei, Taiwan, April 18, 2014 – QNAP® Systems Inc. today announced firmware updates for Turbo NAS systems with vulnerability to the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug (CVE-2014-0160). The operating systems vulnerable to Heartbleed are QTS versions 4.0 and 4.1. Versions 3.8 and earlier use a different version of OpenSSL and are not affected by the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug.

As described on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures website, the OpenSSL 1.0.1 TLS and DTLS implementation, before 1.0.1g, does not properly process Heartbeat Extension packets which allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information by reading private keys (aka the Heartbleed bug).

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28012-qnap-releases-system-updates-fix-heartbleed-openssl-vulnerability.html




Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ED#171 : Should You Select MBR Or GPT When You Install A New Drive?
09:30 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Whenever someone installs a new drive into a Windows-based PC, there’s the inevitable question, "Which should I choose - MBR or GPT?"

This is because once you boot up after installing the new drive, Windows will display a pop-up window, asking you to initialise the disk so that Windows can access it. It is at this point you have to choose between the MBR (Master Boot Record) and the GPT (GUID Partition Table) standards for partitioning the drive.

So what should you select at this point in time? Let us make the choice very simple for you...

Link : ED#171 : Should You Select MBR Or GPT When You Install A New Drive?

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Samsung Launches Their New Curved UHD TVs!
09:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


We were invited to cover the launch of Samsung’s new U9000 Curved UHD TV and H8000 Curved HD TV at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on the 15th of April 2014.

It was a large event with Samsung taking over the entire Centre Court (Pavilion Bintang Circle). Check out the photos!


Mr. Lee Dong Yong, President of Samsung Malaysia, flanked by his team, unveiling the new Samsung Curved UHD TV.

That semi-circle display behind them is built from 7 of the new Samsung Curved UHD TVs. That’s RM 154K (~US$ 49K) worth of TV right there!



Samsung claims to have the "curviest" TV in the market. You can create a 360 degree display with just 14 of these Curved UHD TVs.


To see more pictures and get more details on the new Samsung Curved UHD TVs, please click here!

Link : Samsung Launches Their New Curved UHD TVs!

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.7
09:33 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


There are so many mobile CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications!

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 CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Currently covering 942 mobile CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 19 different specifications for each and every CPU!

Here are the latest updates in Revision 10.7 :
- Added the Intel Core i7-4801EQ quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i7-4702EC quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i7-4700EC quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i5-4402EC dual-core processor.
- Corrected the Release Date specification for the Intel Core i7-4960HQ quad-core processor.
- Corrected the L3 Cache specification for the Intel Core i7-4700EQ quad-core processor.

Link : Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.7

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/21211-mobile-cpu-comparison-guide-11.html#post374348




Sunday, April 13, 2014
BIOS Option Of The Week - EXT-P2P’s Discard Time
09:09 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 EXT-P2P’s Discard Time BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"The NVIDIA nForce2 south bridge chip, officially called the Media and Communications Processor (MCP), does not come with support for Serial ATA (SATA). Therefore, most nForce2-based motherboards have external Serial ATA controllers. For example, the ABIT NF7-S, arguably the most famous nForce2 motherboard, makes use of the Silicon Image SiI3112 SATA controller.

However, there is a bug in the nForce2’s PCI bridge controller. When the time runs out, it doesn’t flush its internal buffer to make way for the second read request, as it should. Instead..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - EXT-P2P’s Discard Time

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-27.html#post374329



News From Other Hardware Sites!
06:09 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Chai

- Gigabyte’s Brix Pro reviewed @ Tech Report
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Mid-Tower Case review @ PureOverclock
- Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review @ TECHSPOT
- Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E CPU Review @ TechwareLabs.com
- The 10 Highest Paid Pro Gamers of All Time @ ThinkComputers.org
- Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Headset (Iron White) Review @ Madshrimps
- Western Digital Black2 2.5-inch Dual Drive Review @ Modders-Inc
- ASUS Cerberus Gaming Headset Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- Acer Iconia W4 Review @ TECHSPOT
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 (Razer Green Switches) @ Custom PC Review
- WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB DDR3-2400 Kit Review @ OCIA.net
- Intel ready to launch 4 new desktop CPUs in Mid 2014 @ Madshrimps
- Aerocool DS Cube Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
- XFX TYPE01 Bravo Case Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper 5 motherboard reviewed @ Tech Report
- AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU Processor Review @ Modders-Inc
- Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce review @ PureOverclock
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB SATA III 2.5" SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- Diamond Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Megacon 2014 Mega Gallery @ TechwareLabs.com
- WD My Cloud EX2 Personal Cloud Server Review @ HotHardware.com
- Icy Dock Blizzard 3.5" SATA Enclosure review @ LanOC Reviews
- Intel 730 SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- AMD Mantle Performance: Thief & Battlefield 4 @ TECHSPOT
- Mach Xtreme Technology MX-LX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X Tri-X OC Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Wavemaster STAX 2.1 Speaker Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X Edition Review @ TechwareLabs.com
- Rosewill RGS-108P POE Gigabit Network Switch review @ Modders-Inc
- SilverStone Grandia GD08 HTPC Case Review @ OCIA.net
- Corsair’s Obsidian Series 450D enclosure reviewed @ Tech Report
- In Win tou Review @TECHSPOT
- Func MS-3 Revision 2 Gaming Mouse review @ PureOverclock
- Raidmax RX-1000AE 1000W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer Motheroard review @ PureOverclock
- How to Turn off Photo Stream in iOS to Save Storage Space @ ThinkComputers.org
- Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA Solid State Drive Review @ HotHardware.com
- Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC review @ LanOC Reviews
- Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full Tower Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Media Players and Video Formats: A Detailed Battery Life Analysis @ TECHSPOT
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 review @ LanOC Reviews
- NZXT H230 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- MSI Nightblade Barebone System Review @ Modders-Inc
- Linksys EA6900 WiFi Smart Router AC1900 Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 28.1
09:51 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Covering 587 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 24 different specifications for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide.

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 in Revision 28.1 :
- Added the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card.
Link : Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 28.1

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/7916-desktop-graphics-card-comparison-guide-57.html#post374323



Don’t Have Heartburn Over the Heartbleed Vulnerability
09:45 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

The Heartbeat bug has been in the epicentre of the Internet security storm recently and termed the worst security vulnerability to date.

Trend Micro Inc. (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), the global leading internet security vendor, has moved swiftly to immediately assessed our products and services for the vulnerability and if appropriate, has taken appropriate action to address the issue.

Trend Micro has also provided some answers to a simple FAQ below to address the confusion and concerns of organizations and consumers.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28007-don-t-have-heartburn-over-heartbleed-vulnerability.html



NVIDIA Springs Ahead with Exciting New GeForce Game Bundles
09:38 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

April 11, 2014 — Starting today, gamers who purchase select NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX® desktop GPUs and GeForce GTX-powered notebooks can take advantage of new bundle offering of $100 of in-game currency for Heroes of Newerth and Path of Exile.

Purchasers of selected GeForce GTX desktop graphics cards or other select GTX 700M/800M-based notebooks will receive $100 ($50 per title) of in-game currency for two of the world’s most popular free-to-play titles...

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28006-nvidia-springs-ahead-exciting-new-geforce-game-bundles.html



HyperX Releases ‘FURY’ Memory Line for Entry-Level Overclocking and Gaming Enthusiasts
09:30 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Hsinchu, Taiwan – April 10, 2014 – HyperX®, a division of Kingston Technology, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of HyperX FURY memory for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts. HyperX FURY replaces the HyperX blu memory line. The new, next-generation high-performance memory offers automatic overclocking with an asymmetric, aggressive heatspreader design for the ultimate cost-efficient enthusiast computer experience.

HyperX FURY memory is fully Plug and Play (PnP) so it automatically overclocks within the system speed allowance without any manual BIOS tuning. The new heatspreader design comes in four colors (blue, black, red, and white) and features black PCB to enable gamers, modders and system builders to have color matched systems. HyperX FURY is available in 1333 MHz, 1600 MHz and 1866 MHz frequencies.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28005-hyperx-releases-fury-memory-line-entry-level-overclocking-gaming-enthusiast.html




Wednesday, April 09, 2014

   
OCZ Vertex 2 (E) 120 GB Solid State Drive Review Rev. 3.0
Super Talent 128 GB UltraDrive GX Solid State Drive Review
Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Details Leaked!
The Nikon D700 DX Crop Mode Guide
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Overclocking Guide
Weatherproofing Camera Lenses
Samsung SGH-F330 Mobile Phone Launch Event
Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time Review
Spam - The Digital Pest
Definitive Review of the Bitspower Crystal Lighting & UV Sensitive Fans

 
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