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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Watch Your Weight: Television Programs that Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

It's the second most expensive piece of furniture in most people's homes. Subscription packages cost an extra $50 to multiple hundreds of dollars a month. It's known as the boob tube, idiot box and the electronics baby sitter. It's the one device most people feel they can't live without. It's the television.

Statistically, the number of hours you watch television per day has a direct correlation on your weight and how it fluctuates. A 2006 study by Raynor and colleagues found that subjects who watched the most TV (3 or more hours per week) gained an average of 9 lbs per year. Those subjects who decreased their television watching naturally increased their physical activity and lost weight across the board.

The verdict on television's effect on a healthy lifestyle seems pretty grim. However, in recent years, there had been an upsurge in the popularity of healthy lifestyle programming. These shows fall into three broad categories: weight loss, healthy cooking and stress relief.

Weight Loss The Biggest Loser is a debatable member of healthy lifestyle programming, this show and others like it take overweight contestants and have them compete against other similarly obese contestants to accomplish their weight loss goals. The Biggest Loser has gained worldwide popularity with iterations of the show taking root in Brazil, China, Israel, Netherlands South Africa and Sweden.

The US version, currently shown on the NBC network, is a team based competition where contestants are weighed on a regular basis. At the end, the team that has lost the most weight wins. This show and shows like it have their pros and cons - while the show can be praised for providing examples of very overweight people who can and do lose a significant amount of weight, the show is also reviled by weight loss experts for being too strenuous and focusing too much on the end prize money and not enough on healthy weight loss habits.

Healthy Cooking
Food is a very popular subject for television shows - there is even an entire network dedicated to it. The Food Network offers viewers their choice of "food porn" ranging from cooking competitions like Chopped and Cupcake Wars to reality shows featuring real restaurants like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to cooking how to shows like Barefoot Contessa. All have their own draw and offer their own varied contributions to healthy lifestyle programming.

One Food Network show, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger, is an example of “healthy lifestyle” programming, as it shows viewers how to prepare quick, easy food that is high in neither sugar nor fat. The host, who is also a dietitian specializing in nutrition and health, focuses on showing viewers how to substitute “convenience foods” with real, whole foods in similar amounts of preparation time. The show also offers techniques for eating healthy even in challenging situations like at the office, in restaurants and on vacation. But of course, the tips shown on this program only work if viewers apply them to their own lives.

Stress Relief
This is perhaps the most surprising category of healthy lifestyle programming. This category is the most subjective based on the viewer. A favorite comedy can provide relief from a stressful day by allowing the viewer to laugh. Not only does laughter feel good, it also triggers physical changes in the body; laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels and boosts T-Cell counts, potentially stopping a cold from setting up in your body. Luckily these days between online streaming, on demand, and smart phones, we’re able to take our favorite gut-busting shows with us anywhere and watch them any time.

Everyone's sense of humor is different and different people will be drawn to different shows, but shows like The Big Bang Theory on CBS are an example of programs that provide a release vis a vis an unusual collection of humorous characters.

Television is a tool, and viewers who watch mindlessly will inevitably gain weight while being exposed to hours of senseless violence. When used strategically, however, it can be used to improve the viewer’s health and provide relief from the day’s accumulated stress.

Logitech G402 Gaming Mouse Review

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse

Technical Specification  
  • Fusion Engine Technology
  • Delta Zero Technology  
  • 8 Programmable Controls
  • On-The-Fly DPI Shifting
  • light-weight Streamlined Design

  • Comfortable grip
  • Very simple
  • Dedicated “sniper” button
  • Conveniently placed thumb buttons

  • Non-Braided cable
  • USB connector not gold plated
  • Scroll wheel click is a tad too stiff


A day after I finished the G502 Proteus Core gaming mousereview, SPRG sent me the G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse, and being quite a fan of Logitech’s PC gaming peripherals, I was glad to take on the reviewing project. Before receiving the G402 gaming mouse, I have heard gamers singing praises about this rodent much more than I’ve heard about the G502. My expectations of G402 were definitely astral.

It seems that the new line of Logitech’s gaming apparels that have gone through the facelift are taking the names of the almighty Greek Gods, and a simple search on the G402 revealed that “Hyperion” is indeed part of the Greek Mythology. There was little information that I could gather, but the key characteristic of Hyperion was that he gave birth to Helios (Sun), Selene (Moon) and Eos (Dawn). Inferring from the key characteristics of Hyperion, it seems that Hyperion was the “beginning”. Placing it in line with the G402, it feels that Logitech created the G402 to be the “beginning” of its new line of gaming peripherals and it all makes sense when the G402 is actually (or seems to be) the base model of the G502.

How does the G402 fare in terms of gaming comfort and needs? Is it a good enough start for Logitech to name it as the “beginning”? Let’s take a look and find out.

In this review, we will be referring very closely to the G502 as they seemed to have a lot in common.

Unboxing and First Looks

The G402 came in a very simple package that is very similar in terms of colour scheme as compared to the G502 but there are significant aspects that emphasized that the G402 is a step down from the G502. To start it off, the front part of the packaging does not have a flap that opens to give a windowed view of the G402. The packaging is definitely slimmer, smaller and simpler. 

From top to bottom: Front View, side views, and back view.

As you unbox the G402, it is encased in plastic with its wire going around the sides. The manual and warranty information is tucked neatly under the plastic case.
Removing the contents will reveal how minimalistic the G402 is. The three contents in the packaging are the G402 itself, instruction manual and the warranty booklet.
The packaging was definitely not aesthetically pleasing and was kept to its bare minimum. Nothing wrong and negative about it, but I feel that Logitech could include Logo stickers that could possibly be candy to some of their fans like what their competitors are doing.

Holding up the G402, I noticed that the surface of the G402 is entirely matte, with streaks of gloss that gives the G402 an aesthetical boost. The sides of the G402 feel somewhat similar to rubber, but it does not fully convince me that it is, due to it giving a more matte touch. It’s a bit confusing and hard to understand, but the general idea is that it is smooth yet does not compromise on a good grip.

Different view of the G402

The G402 is ergonomically designed, and left-handed gamers would have to bear the consequence of searching for another alternative again.

The cable is not braided but rubber coated. It is quite flexible and does not restrict movements of the G402. A question that you may want to ask yourself would be will the rubber get sticky in the future? I definitely hope not.

USB connectors are also not gold-plated,
 something I would quite expect with the status that Logitech has given the G402. 

There are a total of 3 thumb buttons and 2 extra buttons located on the top left corner of the left click which is intended for use with your right index finger. These 5 buttons could individually be programmed to suit your gaming needs, and are conveniently within reach. An interesting feature that should be noted is that the thumb button just beside the thumb rest has a conventional “sniper” icon on it. That icon seems to symbolize that the G402 is built for FPS gaming.

The thumb buttons and the "snipin"buttons conveniently placed
around the thumb rest.

Mouse feet cover about 40% of the base, which is quite adequate, giving the G402 little friction when moving about on a surface.

Mouse Feet

Ergonomics and Design

As with the G502, the G402 is also designed specifically with the right-handed gamers in mind. In terms of size, the G402 is slightly smaller than the G502 with the arch on the mouse being not as high. It would fit a person with medium-sized and maybe large-sized hands perfectly, but still not quite suitable for a person with small hand size. Due to me using the G502 for the previous month to test, my palms felt a tad empty due to the space left in between my palms and the arch of the G402 which would have otherwise be filled by the arch of the G502. That was not a very big issue, and took me roughly an hour of continuous usage to get used to.

I have a very good description of how the G402 feels like after the initial getting-used-to stage; a glove. The G402 was so comfortable to use that I felt that it was like a glove to me. There was no presence of discomfort or restrictions I felt from the G402 and felt like it was adapting to my hands. Movements were fluidly smooth and cursor actions were pin-point precise. It was almost as if I felt the reincarnation of the G400s gaming mouse that became just a part of my muscle memory.

The sides of the mouse feels very much like matte, but it does feel slightly like rubber too. The textured and tapered sides gave a good grip and it does not seem like it will pick up much fingerprints or dust.

Buttons as mentioned were conveniently placed, and all the buttons could be reached without much difficulty, but at the same time not too easy to the point you will actuate accidentally in the heat of a game.

Even though the general shape of the G402 differs slightly from the G400s, I could feel the type of dedication and conviction Logitech has, to offer its consumers unparalleled comfort. Comfort could well be a subjective topic, but it feels perfect in my honest opinion.

DPI Features

The G402 offers a maximum of 4000DPI which in my opinion was adequate. Comparing to the over-excessive DPI count in G502, I would say that the G402 is fast enough for gamers of all kind of genre. At max setting, the cursor was quite fast already. 

The Delta Zero Technology was touted to be adaptable to most kind of surface, and it does live up to its name. I tried using the G402 on 4 different surfaces (Razer’s Goliathus Speed Edition, SteelSeries’s QCK, Prolink Nivalis and Razer Scarab), and the sensors showed consistency for all the different surfaces. There were minimal jitters and tracking was smooth and precise across both cloth and hard surfaced mousepads.

There is also a “sniping” button that acts as a DPI shift. The shift in DPI can be customized in the Logitech software, in regards to how much should the jump be. Note that this function is not a DPI cycle, but more of a 2-DPI mode switch. For FPS games, walking around would require higher DPI count to scan the area, but when sniping, the DPI count would have to go low, so as to steady your aim. 


Similar to the G502, the G402 utilizes the same software. The software was really easy to use, and you can map the profiles to games that you are playing. As the software used for the G402 is the same as the G502, move over to the G502 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse review to check it out.

Test Run

While this mouse was intended for FPS gaming, I found the G402 to be very much suitable for any genre of games. The weight of the mouse does not feel heavy to the point it will strain your wrist muscles, which is ideal for long-hours of gaming. The scroll wheel in my opinion, was quite stiff, which has its pros and cons. The left click and right click on the G402 actuates easily, but as you require a middle click, you will find it much harder to click because your fingers are accustomed to the force that the left/right click require.

I could play Dota 2 tirelessly for hours, and cursor actions still felt precise. The ergonomically shaped mouse allowed my palms and fingers to rest comfortable on the accentuated sides, while giving me a good grip. I mapped a few controls to the extra buttons, and throughout the gameplay, I did not have any accidental presses on the extra buttons. The extra buttons were very conveniently placed, but was unobtrusive. The DPI shift was not really required for Dota 2, but when I switched over to Counter-Strike, the shift was really useful, allowing me to snipe with accuracy.  

In terms of normal office work, the G402 still performs like a regular mouse, and scrolling was smooth albeit the stiff click that was mentioned earlier. Extra buttons could be mapped to copy, past, back, forward, refresh etc. , giving more convenience to your daily browsing activity.


Although the G402 is designed to be minimalistic and basic, it covers all the important features that gamers desire in their gaming rodents. Priced at SGD$65, this mouse is one of the best entry-level gaming mice of all the gaming mice that I have tried. To be honest, I find this mouse suitable to be called a semi-pro gaming mouse due to the features that it offers. Comparing it with the G502, I find that the G402 offered a more all-rounded performance and comfort. While the G502 has much more customizability, it does not feel as comfortable to use as compared to the G402. The non-braided cables and non-gold plated USB connectors are small setbacks that are not deal breakers, but could be plus point even for a mouse that is designed to be the “beginning”. If you are someone looking for a good gaming mouse with a tight budget to spare, the Logitech G402 will fit the bill. If you require higher DPI count, then the G502 would be a good choice. Overall the G402 has performed over my expectations and we are definitely giving the G402 the Chewontech’s Editor’s Choice rating. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

How New Tech Could Impact Next-Gen Gaming

Mobile gaming has become a legitimate competitor to console gaming systems, with emerging mobile technologies closing the gap. In fact, Frank Gibeau of EA told Games Industry in a recent interview that the iPhone 6 is on par with next-gen gaming consoles. Here's a look at some of the technology that is making the iPhone 6 into a contender in the next-gen gaming market.

Metal Graphics

One of the most notable advances from the previous generation of iPhone to the current generation is Apple's new Metal software. Debuting alongside the new iOs 8 operating system on the iPhone 6, Metal allows programmers and software developers easier, more direct access to the total computing power of the iPhone platform. Previously, the IGL software Apple utilized was seen as overly abstract, and many developers felt it inhibited their ability to take full advantage of the iPhone's processing capabilities. According to Apple, this new development software will eliminate many of the performance bottlenecks that previously were found in their traditional graphics APIs.

Metal is primarily aimed at game developers who are hoping to push the boundaries of what is possible on the iPhone. There's even a new SceneKit game development platform that will enable casual game developers to get their feet wet with the new Metal API and test out what the new iPhone 6 is capable of. Major gaming consoles like the Playstation 4 have many top-of-the-line games available for them, but the next few years may very well see the emergence of a new breed of mobile gaming. Software plays a major part in what makes the iPhone 6 an agile competitor in the world of gaming, but hardware plays an equally large role.

Powerful Hardware

Metal would mean nothing if it didn't have hardware to run on, and the iPhone 6's hardware is Apple's most powerful to date. The iPhone 6's new 64-bit A8 processor is a huge leap beyond the A7 processor: Trusted reviews points out it has a 25 percent processing speed improvement and 60 percent graphical processing improvement over the A7. Built on desktop-class architecture, the A8 is coupled with an M8 motion coprocessor that reads data from the various sensors in the iPhone, enabling better power usage and performance even when devices such as the GPS and barometer are operating. The A8 is far more power-efficient than the A7 was, allowing users to play much more graphically intense games over long periods of time without sacrificing frame rate or processing speed.

The A8 is as powerful as it is because it utilizes a 20-nanometer process, working with two billion transistors to deliver performance that edges past previous iPhone benchmarks. Testing by GSM Arena found that the 1.4GHz dual-core A8 processor scored 21,204 points on the Basemark X GPU test, compared to the A7 processor's 20,254 points.

While it currently pales in comparison to anything available in home gaming consoles, it is important to keep in mind that all this power fits in the palm of a gamer's hand, and that's worth sitting up and taking notice. While saying that the iPhone 6 is on par with a system like the Playstation 4 might be a bit of hyperbole, it's easy to see why professionals in the field of game development are extremely excited about these new developments in mobile gaming technology.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Eurocom launches M5 Pro high-performance ultraportable laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 970M and 15.6” 4k display

Eurocom is launching the thin and light, M5 Pro with a choice NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics, 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory, 4 TB storage, a stunning 4k (3840x2160) 15.6” display and an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor.

EUROCOM M5 Pro Design Overview
If there was ever a laptop that could blur the lines between ultraportable and gaming it would be the EUROCOM M5 Pro, powerful enough to run current and future games at ultra with the weight, dimensions and battery life of an ultraportable.

The EUROCOM M5 Pro is Eurocom's newest innovative creation.  A lightweight 2.6kg laptop with superb performance. It is powered by the next generation of world's most powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics and features a beautiful 4K, 3840-by-2160 pixels display.

The EUROCOM M5 Pro is extremely thin and mobile while still offering a stunning 4TB of storage with four physical drives with a combination of traditional SSD/HDD as well as new, innovative M.2 slots.

Sleek, slim, super high performance, the M5 is another "little monster" from Eurocom that will blow everybody away, while gaming or doing your corporate bidding.

Graphics Technology - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M
The EUROCOM M5 Pro supports both NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4GB DDR5) or GTX 970M (3GB DDR5) graphics for unbeatable performance, raw power and great battery life. 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M’s 1536 CUDA cores, running at 1038 MHz and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2500 MHz offers 50% faster performance than the previous generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M.

Experience great notebook graphics performance with next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M Maxwell graphics for advanced performance, unmatched power efficiency and cutting edge features. 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1536
GPU Base Clock:  1038 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500
Memory: 4 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1280
GPU Base Clock: 924 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500 MHz
Memory: 3 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

15.6” 4K Display
The EUROCOM M5 Pro supports a beautiful 15.6-inch 4K 3840-by-2160 display as well as a FHD 1920-by-1080 matte display.  The high pixel density of the 4K display with 8,294,400 pixels provides extremely detailed images for true to life content.  Eurocom also offers professional colour calibration services to ensure every one of those 8 million pixels are accurate as possible.

Aluminum Alloy Chassis
An Aluminum Alloy Chassis is used to offer a durable, rugged yet classy look while offering a very lightweight and strong 2.6 kg case that is just one inch thick.  The Aluminum also provides heat sink qualities, which allowed Eurocom to put such high performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics and other components inside the M5 Pro.   

The EUROCOM M5 Pro supports four physical drives by way of two optional M.2 2280 SSDs and one 7.5 mm and one 9 mm storage bays, with RAID 0/1 support.

A fast and powerful M.2 2280 SSD is ideal for Intel’s Smart Response SSD-caching and Intel® Rapid Start technology. Intel Smart Response is an intelligent caching setup that monitors data reads and writes on your system drive and caches the most frequently accessed data to an SSD. This results in a significant speed boost, as the data is ready for when your system needs it. RAID 0/1is also supported for increased performance or redundancy.  Intel® Rapid Start Technology enables systems to quickly resume from deep sleep in about 6 seconds.

CPU architecture - Intel Core i7 4710HQ Processor
The EUROCOM M5 Pro has an Intel HM87 Express Chipset running the Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor with 4 cores, 8 threads running at 2.5 GHz with integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4600.  Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better overall utilization of the CPU.  The i7-4710HQ is rated at a TDP of 47 W including graphics card and memory controller.

The EUROCOM M5 Pro has 4 memory slots ready for up to 32 GB of dual channel DDR3 1600MHz or 1866 MHz 204 pin SODIMM.  With such massive amounts of RAM available, the M5 Pro becomes a flexible tool for virtualization and high performance computing.  Being fully upgradeable the EUROCOM M5 Pro supports 8 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB and 32 GB of memory via 4 or 8 GB modules.

Full size backlit Keyboard
The EUROCOM M5 Pro comes with a full size backlit keyboard with separate numeric keypad. The adjustable white backlit keys help to increase usability in dim lighting conditions by ensuring users can see the keyboard in nearly any environment, while also hinting at the epic power under the hood.

Power and Battery
All features in the EUROCOM M5 Pro are powered by a 180W AC adapter so the M5 Pro is ready to handle any workload. With a removable 4-cell 60 WH Polymer battery, the M5 Pro can deliver up to 3.3 hours of full power battery life.

BIOSTAR's J1900NH2 Mini-ITX for Flexible Use‏

With BIOSTAR’s recently announced J1900NH2 motherboard with the on-board Intel Dual-Core Celeron J1900 processor, using a mini ITX form factor with a size of 17x17cm, builders are able to make creative designs for many different uses.
The J1900NH2 boards come with the Intel Celeron J1900 Dual-Core processor already installed and it supports two DDR3L 1333/1066MHz memory slots for a maximum of 16GB of memory. With the integrated GPU, watching HD content and playing games is no sweat.
Indeed, the J1900NH2 board is ready for building all kinds of multimedia systems with its HDMI and analog VGA-out, and high definition audio with the Realtek ALC662 5.1 Channel HD Audio chip.
LAN networking is covered by the Realtek RTL8111G - 10/100/1000 controller and being a BIOSTAR board it has the Smart Speed LAN feature. SmartSpeedLAN is a free software application which monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With user-friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing. You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible.
Hooking up content from hard drives or other USB devices is no problem with 1 USB 3.0 port and 4 USB 2.0 ports.
The X.D.C (eXtreme Durable Capacitors) is quality solid capacitors to help make sure the board remains rock solid and stable. These are low ESR and high ripple conductive solid state capacitors that provide a stable power supply to the CPU. The life span can also be more than 6.25 times that of ordinary liquid caps.
Not only that, this board features “Moistureproof PCB design. That means that you can setup an outside kiosk or signage and even in rural or coastal areas with high humidity the board will be robust.
The boards feature the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices.
BIO-Remote2 Technology gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. You’re smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.
The J1900NH2 also features the Charger Booster function. It is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.
The J1900NH2 fully meets the requirements for systems running under the Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1.
Lastly, the J1900NH2 features ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection where the board is protected from accidental electricity charges from user’s touching areas of the board or when devices are connected or disconnected.

Eurocom adds NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M to X3, X5, X7, X8 high performance, fully upgradeable laptops

Eurocom is adding MXM 3.0b based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics to the Eurocom line of high performance, fully upgradeable laptops. 

“Our customers will surely welcome the incredible performance from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M’s 1536 CUDA cores, running at 1038 MHz and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2500 MHz inside their fully upgradeable Eurocom notebook” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

Having the ability to customize your Eurocom system allows users to have the perfect configuration for their needs and pay for only what they need. A variety of performance levels are offered in the line of graphics to allow customers to choose the precise performance level they need.

With a combination of incredible performance and exclusive gaming technologies, NVIDIA GeForce GTX delivers a fast, fluid, lifelike experience.  Next generation gaming includes support for Direct X 12. 

“Our customers will be very excited to have the option of upgrading their existing, fully upgradeable Eurocom notebook with NVIDA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics or to configure it into their new system” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

Eurocom customers can now combine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M in single and SLI with 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory, Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors and high capacity storage for unbeatable performance that is 50% faster than previous generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M.  Eurocom systems are custom built and fully upgradeable at time of purchase or well after, putting Eurocom customers in the driver’s seat of their high performance laptop.  At Eurocom, the customer is king.

Experience true notebook graphics performance with next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M Maxwell graphics for advanced performance, unmatched power efficiency and cutting edge features.  Now you can take on every game with unbeatable performance, raw power, and exclusive gaming technologies, plus the improved battery life you need to play longer, unplugged.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1536
GPU Base Clock:  1038 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500
Memory: 8 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes
NVIDIA SLI ready: Yes

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1280
GPU Base Clock: 924 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500 MHz
Memory: 6 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes
NVIDIA SLI ready: Yes

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Be Smart and Safe With a Turnstile

Seen in a variety of forms and at many different localities, pedestrian turnstiles extend a significant amount of safety and security to relevant locations. They keep areas safe that might not be monitored by cameras or security workers. A turnstile will keep unauthorized people from passing through locations they shouldn’t be. Consequently, they work great in places where sizeable crowds flow in order to keep security manageable. 

The turnstile has been significantly updated in past years and with advanced technology, they keep places more secure than ever before. A multitude of designs are now available, and the options for control modes are plenty. 

Many of these are made of galvanized steel sheets which shape the panels. Usually, there are bars inside to provide strength from damages and for additional protection. For ease of use and fit, the turnstile can be modular, which makes placing it a lot faster for the buyer. 

When it comes to options for communication equipment and controls, there are plenty of choices. Depending on location, budget and practicality, the options are made to suit the needs of the customer. 

For those looking for ways to maintain crowd control in the safest manner possible, consider adding a turnstile, like the ones you can find at and other suppliers, for safety and peace of mind. 

Benefits of a Universal Gun Case

Gun cases can protect your firearms from water, corrosion, nicks and dings, dust and many other elements that may ruin your collection. Cases provide safety and security for yourself and your family while keeping the firearm in mint condition. While you could purchase molded cases for your specific gun, is a universal case more ideal for your situation? That may depend on the number of firearms you have as well as your future plans for the weapon.

Some gun collectors relish in specifically molded gun cases as it limits the possibility of movement within the enclosure. Perfect foam cutouts of the firearm's dimensions allow the unit to rest inside the case with far less mobility. This reduces the possibility of random objects striking the firearm while inside the case as well as restricting its movement from banging against the inside walls. However, universal cases are able to provide protection and security to nearly any gun that will fit inside the dimensions of the container. As long as you don't plan on throwing it off of a train or losing it off the back of your truck, it may provide adequate protection for your firearm.

Universal cases may also be ideal when you need to transport a gun safely from your collection. As these can accommodate virtually any firearm, you don't have to worry about buying a separate case for each gun. Containers such as Pelican gun cases offer that versatility while using an interlocking foam interior. Keep your gun safe and secure within a case and protect your investment.

Friday, September 26, 2014

How iPhone is made?

Wonder how the iPhone mafucaturing process works? Our friend Alex has written an infographic on it! Check it out!

Where Is The iPhone Made: Compare China's & USA Role In The Manufacturing Process
Originally published at: comparecamp Author: Alex

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

A short while ago we took Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming 5 motherboard to our test bench for a review. As the name suggests that particular motherboard was targeted at Gamers with its feature set and styling. Today we have with us a motherboard targeted at a broader X99 user-base than Gamers. TheGigabyte X99 UD4 is Gigabyte’s most affordable X99 offering but still retains all of the high performance features of the X99 platform.
At a fundamental level this board is very similar to the X99 Gaming 5 except the styling uses a different colour scheme, the audio has fewer features and uses a different codec and the Gigabit LAN is now Intel instead of Killer. Overclocking capabilities and features are similar – both boards feature high quality 6 phase designs with International Rectifier PWM controls and there are no onboard buttons or any read-off points. Overclocking buttons and features are reserved for higher end SKUs like the X99 SOC-FORCE.
This board still boasts support for up to 8 DDR4 modules, 4-Way GPU configurations, up to 10 SATA III devices or 8 SATA III devices and a SATA Express device and there’s even dual M.2 ports for more storage and optional WiFi/Bluetooth combo cards. The Gigabyte X99 UD4 will undoubtedly be a popular motherboard for Gigabyte just like how their X79-UD5 model was in the last generation. Let’s now take a detailed look at this motherboard’s specifications:
Packaging and Accessories
The X99 UD4 comes in one of the smallest boxes I’ve seen for an X99 motherboard. The branding is Gigabyte’s mainstream “Ultra Durable” series, remember Gigabyte’s other two SKUs are the Gaming line and the Overclocking line.
Gigabyte_X99_UD4 (1)
Around the back we find a really in-depth motherboard analysis focusing on features, performance and the quality of the components used in this board’s construction.
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Accessories are modest for an X99 platform board. As Nvidia SLI certification requires there’s a range of 2, 3 and 4 Way SLI bridges and also a 2-Way AMD CrossFire bridge. Remember AMD’s newest GPU SKUs do not require bridges anymore as the XDMA “bridge-less” feature was implemented. Four braided SATA cables, a rear I/O and a power adapter cable make up the rest of the accessories.
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Moving onto the mundane inclusions and we find some basic documentation and a driver/utility disc.
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