Quad Core Ultrabook – From Razer for Gamers

We all enjoy playing games from our portable devices, but it’s a struggle to enjoy the latest resource demanding ones, until now at least. Razer recently announced their new quad core ultrabook, the Blade Stealth 2017, packing some serious CPU from Intel’s latest generation and extremely low power consumption. And if you think this isn’t enough, the ultrabook comes attended by a new accessory named Core V2 which can power a high-end graphics card meant for desktops to run with your new Blade.

 

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So what exactly makes this gadget so special? The new quad core ultrabook Blade Stealth 2017 benefits from one of the latest breakthrough in terms of CPU from Intel, we are talking about the Core i7-8550U. Don’t let the U at the end scare you away, it has 4 core and 8 threads which makes it a lot better than the 2 core cpu installed on last year model from Razer. The CPU runs at 1.8GHz, but it can reach up to 4GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, a frequency demanded by high-end games which are relatively new and could only be played on your desktop until now.

But wait, there’s more! Accompanying this high-end CPU, our quad core ultrabook comes with 16 GB of RAM memory, which is more than enough to run mostly any software you might need. By this I mean it should have no problem what so ever meeting your expectations if you wish to work in Adobe apps like Photoshop, etc.

But all this tech would be for nothing if we can’t please our sight, right? The display on our Blade Stealth 2017 is high-end as well. Don’t let its size fool you. Touchscreen option, 3200 x 1800 QHD resolution and 13″ in size which also supports sRGB will make sure to give you a million dollar sight when playing your favorite games.

In terms of graphics, the stand alone quad core ultrabook uses  Intel UHD Graphics 620 which as most know can’t handle any modern games at the desired quality. This is where the Razer Core V2 comes into play. Here’s a small picture to give us an idea on how the setup would look like in our home / office.

Razer Core V2 Setup Tied To Quad Core Ultrabook Razer Blade Stealth 2017

Razer Core V2 Setup Tied To Quad Core Ultrabook Razer Blade Stealth 2017

Looks complicated? It’s not, really. All you have to do is plug-in the Core V2 on your quad core ultrabook using the ThunderBolt 3 jack, pack in a dedicated graphics card and you are ready to go.

The Razer Core V2 uses a 500W power supply, one Gigabit Ethernet port and four USB 3.0 ports. They assured the public it will be compatible with most if not all Nvidia cards from the geForce 10 series and with Radeon RX 500 series from AMD. Pretty impressive little thing, isn’t it?

 

One thing worth mentioning that I haven’t seen anyone else talking about is the heating issue. Which is not an issue anymore (not that it was a big one in the past with Razer). By using the Core V2, all the display power will be handled by its own power supply, so your quad core ultrabook will be more cool (temperature wise) because it will be using just the CPU and RAM.

Prices are yet unknown but I am sure they will come up with a pretty decent deal like they always have. Maybe we will see a special offer around Black Friday next month, who knows. What are your thoughts on this gaming quad core ultrabook? Would you give it a go versus your desktop setup?

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Best Headphones For Running Outside

After more and more smart phone makers started removing the 3.5mm headphones jack, Bluetooth headphones started to gain more and more popularity. Going with the flow, most of the major headphones manufacturers started paying more attention to this segment. Creative, a popular company in the field could have not turn a blind eye on such an occasion, and thus the Outlier Sports headphones emerged to the surface. It’s waterproof ability, huge battery autonomy and high quality sound offered by the Singapore company makes it one of the best headphones for running outside one could wish for.

 

Headphones Design

The Outlier Sports headphones are tied together through a cable that has installed a tiny remote on it. This includes the volume + and – buttons, a multifunctional scroll wheel and of course the mini usb charging port. One cool feature that got my attention is that if you long press the volume keys, it can skip the song back or forward, and if you short press the wheel, it will pause the song or answer an incoming call. They weight just about 15 grams and are around 50cm long.outlier-mb

The micro USB port has a plastic cap that should and will block sweat and rain drops inside, thus protecting the best headphones for running outside from water. The actual headphones themselves have silicone caps that helps pretty decently in noise cancellation from outside. They come with little wings that you attach around your ear so they don’t drop out when you workout. They come by default with 3 pairs of caps and wings of different sizes.outlier-front

Sadly, there is one missing part that people really love about bluetooth earphones for running that don’t fall out, it doesn’t offer magnets to keep them together while they hang around your neck.

The cable coating for these headphones is made from a nice adherent material which makes them stick around your neck or skin, thus reducing the risk of losing these babies. You also get some sort of clam to lock them on your clothes if you feel insecure.

Performance

Creative Outlier Sports offers a better sound quality compared to the other two bluetooth sport headphones they own. I’m talking about Samsung Level U and Anker SoundBuds. While turning the volume up, the sound is really clear and no delays or lagging occurs like we’ve seen in previous models. One thing tends to be in the lower side, and that’s the bass, but it’s not bad either, I would rate it at least decent.

One other things worth mentioning is that you don’t get those short interrupts when the phone is in your pocket, something I can’t state for their other two bluetooth  workout headphone models.

Regarding autonomy, nothing but good words can be spoken about Outlier. I’ve noticed up to 10 hours of battery time with 70-80% volume. This should keep most people good for around two to three days of usage while working out.

I’ve also used these  wireless running headphones for audio calls and I’ve been told my voice is very clear. I honestly didn’t expect this given the fact that the mic is positioned on the side rather than on the tiny remote.

 

Conclusion

 

Outlier Sports are one of the best mid-range price best wireless running headphones I’ve used in a while. They offer a clear quality sound, more than average autonomy regarding battery, sweat proof and they stay rather nice and tight in your ear. On the down side we have the lack of the magnetic lock which would have been of great use in my opinion, but perhaps that would have taken a toll on the size. They go for around $55 so I would recommend them without second guessing. Here’s a nice presentation video.

How To Make Airdrop Faster

The iDevices functionality has gone through the roof in the last years, especially with all the new iOS updates going on. But still, most users still have trouble using Airdrop or struggle on how to make airdrop faster.

 

When the first iPhone models went out, many users have complained about the lack of Bluetooth and the option to share a song, a picture or a short clip. Well actually, the list of complaints about functionality was bigger than this, with some caveats still remaining to this day. One example would be how many iPhone users watch with envy how others use Airdrip to transfer files to or from their microSD cards.

In an ideal world, such a service like AirDrop would have been made available by default.  Imagine the joy it would provide if it were cross-platform, allowing to share files between iPhone and Android users. But it still makes your life easier if some of your friends use any type of iDevices.

Ok, so one thing to keep in mind when you install it, is that Airdrop will permanently remain active in the background on iPhones or iPads, but with the recent iOS updates, the functionality became a little more flexible. This translates to the fact that you are no longer forced to share only media files, you can now share any type of file you want.

 

So you are wondering how it is possible to make airdrop faster? Well, prior to iOS 11 update, if you wanted to receive something, you had to go to your control panel by swiping from up to down, then chose Airdrop and then select Everyone, so it would have enabled you to receive files from someone who is not in your contacts.

But the new firmware came along, and now, presuming your device is unlocked, you can receive or reject files from anyone you like, without going to toggle your settings numerous times. That’s how to make airdrop faster.

 

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Hope this helps speed things up for you guys the next time you need some files moved around, like 3 minutes before an exam starts 🙂

Device Fingerprinting

Device Fingerprinting Might Be The New Way To Track Users Online

Used since the advent of the internet, simple cookies placed on user’s pcs to record their internet browsing habits are now obsolete. Instead, more and more websites have switched to device fingerprinting on people who visit their services, a method which is very difficult to avoid and not very direct either.

Browser Cookies Era

Placed on your hard drive every time you visit a new website, cookies used to observe user preferences of web browsing are very easily removed or periodically deleted by third party applications. One can also activate the Do Not Track option in their browser settings to avoid the issue. As for mobile phones, they do not even use cookies at all, so big advertising companies are forced to seek alternative means.

Modern Online User Tracking Techniques

The new method, called device fingerprinting, involves recording several unique features of each computer, such as the list of plugins used by web browsers and other software installed, the time zone used, fonts, screen resolution and hardware installed. Taken together, all these contribute to the composition of a digital signature comparable to a fingerprint, allowing precise identification of users. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 94% of web browsers are using Flash or Java plugins, opening options for precises determination of the identity of devices.

New user device fingerprinting method is even more efficient than using simple cookies as the virtual signature remains easily identifiable even after the browsing history is deleted from the web browser, which removes any files left behind after websites have been visited. Moreover, changes to the configuration, for example by uninstalling or adding new applications will just help to increase the accuracy with which your profile can be found online.

Device Fingerprinting

Device Fingerprinting

While some internet users perceive it as a privacy violation, device fingerprinting methods based on hardware signature ( or hardware id ) will bring great profits to advertisers willing to use it. They are charging rates between $1,000 and $50,000 promising instead to identify users with the precision of up to 98%. So far, the methods used are still are still perceived with a grain of salt by clients, concerned that these practices could damage the image of the company they run. As for us, the users, the only sure way to protect ourselves from getting monitored online is not to come online, as there still isn’t a web browser capable of circumvent new monitoring techniques.

How To Block Online Tracking Applications

Considering all the conspiracy theories going on after NSA revelations, such solutions will probably won’t start to emerge before at least six to 8 years will pass, at least. At the current moment, the only solutions out there to prevent companies from crawling our data are a little far fetching. It would involve installing and using Virtual Machines to browser,  or using bare naked browsers like Epic. You could go ahead and not use Flash or Java, but then you would be left out of the possibility to visit almost any website that takes use if it.

Of course, advertising companies will argue that if you don’t have anything to hide, you should not be worried. But I am sure there are alot of people out there who would see that point of view as being hypocritical to say the least. What’s your opinion over online tracking practices that are going on lately and will continue to emerge ? Share your thoughts below.