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Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, August 24th, 2015

With outrageously high charge capacity, four USB ports and a maximum output power of 15.5W, the A8 Pro is your new favorite juice box.

ZEN+: ULTIMATE COMPATIBILITY

Each port automatically detects your device and fine-tunes the output to charge it at maximum speed (up to 2.1A). Enjoy top charging speed with a “Zen” peace of mind

EIGHT IS THE NEW ELEVEN.

We like to call the A8 Pro our “four-day weekend warrior”. You may go so long without recharging it that you forget what a power outlet looks like. And thanks to its four USB output ports, so will your friends.

PACKED WITH FEATURES

  • 3-Digit LED display precisely indicates remaining charge.
  • The unique charge-through function allows you to charge the external battery while it is charging your devices, a feature rarely seen in external batteries.
  • The A-Series battery will automatically turn itself on when connected to a compatible device for charging, then switch back to standby when charging is complete.
  • The A-Series battery can maintain up to 95% of its charge after six months without use.

FOR OPTIMAL USE

  • The Zendure A-Series is compatible with almost all Apple and Android smartphones, tablets and other USB-charged devices. However, the iPod nano, Asus tablets, the LG G2 and some GPS and Bluetooth devices are not supported.
  • Use your device’s original cable or our included cable to charge your devices.
  • Disconnect all cables from the Zendure battery if you don’t intend to use it for a long period of time.
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

The Quantum Access is the start of a new era of compact technology. Bringing the Windows® operating system to your fingertips, this PC stick allows you to truly access Windows® 8.1 anywhere you go. With its built in HDMI output, you can plug the device into any HDMI enabled display and instantly use your PC.  With a dominant Intel® Quad Core Z3735F processor and 2GB of DDR3L RAM, the Quantum Access provides you with a swift experience when utilizing your favorite applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Skype, and Quickbooks. The power of the Intel® HD graphics card allows the Access to excel in streaming crisp 1080p videos, web conferences, and online media. Its small form factor allows you to carry this device in your suitcase, backpack, or even your pocket!

Transform any HDMI enabled device into a full-fledged computer.

  • Windows® 8.1 Intel®
  • Atom™ Quad Core Z3735F processor
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • 2GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 32GB total integrated storage
  • 802.11 b/g/n Integrated Wireless Network
  • Full USB 2.0 port & Micro USB port
  • HDMI Output
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

What you will need

  • CD case or Plastic sheet
  • Graph paper or Ruler
  • Tape or super glue
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife or glass cutter
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, August 17th, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd. announced today the launch of the RICOH THETA, the world’s first mass-produced imaging device that encapsulates fully spherical scenes with one shot. The handheld device, to be sold at a base price of USD 399, will be available for preorder this month in France, Germany, the UK and the US at theta360.com.

Developed and manufactured by Ricoh, the device will be marketed by subsidiary Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd. through its French, German, UK and US online-exclusive sales channels starting October.

The RICOH THETA features a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device in one shot for unprecedented, fully spherical images. Fitting easily in a pocket or the palm of a hand, the slim, lightweight (95-gram) RICOH THETA is a go-anywhere device suited to confined spaces, the great outdoors and everywhere in between.

The device is synchronized with smartphones, where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi® and viewed with a dedicated free app. The app also allows images to be pinched, swiped or rotated to edit size, shape and composition. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks such as Facebook™, Twitter™ and Tumblr, as well as Microsoft®’s Photosynth®.

At launch, the RICOH THETA will be compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 running on iOS™ 6.0 or above, supported by RICOH THETA for iPhone, a free iOS app available at App StoreSM. Android™ compatibility is expected before the end of the year.

“The RICOH THETA enables people to capture, explore and share their creativity and new visions of life,” said Wataru Ohtani, associate director of Ricoh’s New Business Development Center. “By encapsulating everything and everybody within a cohesive sphere in one simple shot, it will help users to perceive the interconnections that we all share. The RICOH THETA connects users with their own cognitive and non-cognitive senses, and ultimately with other people.”

“The RICOH THETA is a groundbreaking device for general consumers of all ages and all photographic skill levels,” said Noboru Akahane, president of Ricoh Imaging. “Its unprecedented capability to capture fully spherical images, coupled with affordability and user friendliness, makes the RICOH THETA a tool that anybody can use to discover and share their powers of creativity.”

“The RICOH THETA isn’t just a big step forward in panoramic photography,” according to Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, and Architect of Photosynth. “It changes the nature of photography itself: You can shoot first and crop later, or share the full sphere including the photographer. It’s an exciting product, and Microsoft is proud to be partnering with Ricoh by integrating support for the RICOH THETA in the Photosynth mobile app.”

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

ASUS Announces the STRIX R9 390X, R9 390, R9 380 and R7 370 Graphics Cards designed for Gamers and Enthusiasts.
Fremont, CA (June 18, 2015) – ASUS today announced the Strix R9 390X, R9 390, R9 380 and R7 370 graphics cards. Powered by the latest AMD®Radeon™ graphics-processing units (GPUs), the new Strix R9 390X and R9 390 graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies. These include DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade fan design and ASUS Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components for aerospace-grade production quality and reliability . All models feature GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster software for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU III with a triple wing-blade fan design
The Strix R9 390X and R9 390 are equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology, which features two 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipes — outperforming reference designs for gaming performance by up to 30%. They each have three fans engineered with a patented, new wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and static pressure over the heat sink — giving a 105% improvement over fans without wing-blades. This exclusive triple wing-blade design operates at noise levels three times (3X) quieter than reference cards, making DirectCU III the coolest and quietest graphics card-cooling solution available to date.
The Strix R9 380 and R7 370 come with DirectCU II cooling technology, featuring direct-GPU-contact copper heat pipes and a dual wing-blade design to deliver an incredible gaming experience. All cards feature 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components
The Strix R9 390X, R9 390, R9 380 and R7 370 benefit from ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology* , the industry’s first 100%-automated manufacturing process that removes human fallibility from the production line for consistent perfection — making them ultra-reliable in all scenarios, from general use to hardcore gaming and overclocking. Auto-Extreme technology eliminates flux to minimize dust buildup and oxidization, while the rear of the printed-circuit boards are totally smooth, for easy handling. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals and reducing production power consumption by 50%.

The new cards also feature aerospace-grade Super Alloy Power II components for enhanced efficiency, reduced mechanical noise under load, and lower operating temperatures for unsurpassed quality and reliability. Complementing their amazing reliability, the latest Strix graphics cards are built to be incredibly tough. The Strix R9 390X, R9 390 and R9 380 each come with a strengthened backplate that provides protection and also prevents PCB bending over time.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking the new Strix cards easier and more visual than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 1-year** XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

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The 21:9 Curved IPS Screen offers an immersive viewing experience. Movies, games and sports seem to come to life. IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology enhances the performance of liquid crystal displays. Response times are shortened, color reproduction is improved, and users can now view the screen at virtually any angle.

UltraWide® Quad High Definition

The UltraWide QHD display is about 1.8x larger than an UltraWide Full HD 21:9 monitor, and about 2.4x larger than a Full HD 16:9 monitor. In MS Office programs, it displays 47 columns, 63 rows in Excel. Disclaimer: 21:9 Screen or 3440 x 1440 (60Hz) resolution may not be available depending on content, device, interface or graphics card.

sRGB  99%

sRGB is the standard color space of ideal color reproduction. So, with over 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, this LG monitor is a great solution for professional photographers, graphic designers or anyone looking for highly accurate color.

4-Screen Split

The 4-Screen Split feature improves productivity by simply re-sizing the windows on your screen. With one drag you can re-size one window and the other windows automatically to fill the available space. It allows from 2 to 4 windows to be shown in 8 different screen ratios without feeling cluttered.

Dual Controller

Dual Controller LG’s Dual Controller feature allows two computers to be connected to the monitor, with only one keyboard and mouse required to access content from both devices. This is an easy way for creative professionals to merge photos and graphic elements, and to see the full scope of a project at a glance.

Flicker Safe

New dimming technology is applied to minimize the flicker level that may cause eye fatigue. With almost-zero flicker** technology, looking at your computer screen for longer periods of time can be more comfortable.

 

SUMMARY
Screen Size 34″
PANEL SPECIFICATIONS
Panel Type IPS
Color Gamut (CIE1931) sRGB over 99%
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Resolution 3440×1440
Brightness (cd/m2) 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 5M:1
Response Time (GTG) 5ms
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Viewing Angle 178 / 178
Surface Treatment Hard Coating (3H), anti-glare
INPUTS/OUTPUTS
HDMI™ 2
USB 3.0 2
USB Up 3.0 1
Display Port 1
POWER
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Yes
Type Adapter
Input 100~240V
Normal On (EPA 6.0) 70W
SPECIAL FEATURES
Reader Mode Yes
PC Yes
DDC/CI Yes
HDCP Yes
Speaker 7W x 2
Factory Calibration Yes
Picture Mode Yes
Virtual Surround Yes
Flicker Safe Yes
Dual Controller Yes (Software)
Height Adjustment Yes
Screen-split Yes (Software)
DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT
Monitor without Stand (WxHxD) 32.7″ x 3.2″ x 14.6″
Monitor with Stand (WxHxD) 32.7″ x 9.5″ x 18.2″
Shipping Dimensions (WxHxD) 35.6″ x 6.4 “x 20.2”
Monitor with Stand Weight 22 lbs
Shipping Weight 28.7 lbs
STANDARD
UL(cUL) Yes
FCC-B, CE Yes
EPA 6.0 Yes
Windows Yes (win8)
CABINET / ACCESSORIES
VESA® Size (mm) 100 x 100
Power Cord Yes
HDMI™ Yes
WARRANTY / UPC
Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor
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