Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2017 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VLAN party, kick ass, gaming, fragging frogs
A long time ago on a website far far away, a brave group of Frogs embarked on a long journey of fun and well ... virtual murderation. In April of 2003, back when UT2k4 was shiny and new and not retro-gaming the Fragging Frogs held their first live event, a tournament to crown one of us the king of Unreal Tournament. Since then the gang have been hosting drop-in games every week in a come as you are format and every once and a while Lenny and the crew put together a VLAN party.
The time has come again to announce another official Fragging Frogs VLAN, this one kicking off at 10AM EDT on Saturday April 8th and going as long as there is still someone gaming. The previous VLAN saw over 90 people join in at one time or another, with an average of over 50 people active on TeamSpeak and in games. No matter what type of game you are looking to play, there will be a group you can hook up with to play together or against!
As is tradition, there will be an undisclosed amount of prizes given away at the event but you will have to be on Teamspeak in order to qualify to win. These prizes are supplied by hardware manufactures, software developers and even from the closets of certain reviewers here at PC Perspective. You could end up with your own Joshtekk memorabilia!
Post to the official thread to let Lenny and the gang know you plan to attend, especially if you are not yet a forum member as the thread will let you know what you need to do to be eligible to win as well as how to connect to the TeamSpeak server and what patches and mods you should set up. The list of games people plan on playing has hit 20, if you have one you want to play that is not on the list then make sure to comment in the thread.
See you there!
Subject: Storage | March 25, 2017 - 02:13 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Lexar, thumb drive
A new line of USB flash drives has been announced by Lexar, which focuses on both durability and USB 3.1 support (compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0). From the technical side, the Lexar JumpDrive Tough drives can read up to 150 MB/s and write up to 60 MB/s, which is obviously nowhere near SSD speed, but reasonably fast for the typical cases that you would use a thumb drive.
As for its robustness, Lexar claims that the JumpDrive Tough will operate normally between -13F and 300F, which is just shy of the bake cookies temperature. It is also water resistant up to 98 feet.
The Lexar JumpDrive Tough will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models for $19.99, $34.99, and $59.99, respectively. While I don’t normally consider manufacturer returns for something like this, Lexar is backing this purchase with a 3-year limited warranty, which gives some legal teeth to their claims (if anyone takes them up on it). They are available now.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2017 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rosewill, EX-500, EX-700, earbuds, audio
Earbuds do not seem as popular as gigantic RGB sporting over the ear headsets, but there are still a few who prefer a more subtle approach to mobile audio. The Rosewill EX-500 and 700 look similar but hide some differences inside. The EX-500 uses a ceramic driver and a 10 mm dynamic driver while the EX-700 has a balanced armature driver and an 8mm dynamic driver. That means there is a difference in impedance, 33 Ohm and 26 Ohm respectively though both retain a range of 20-40 kHz. TechPowerUp tried both of these $40 earbuds out, read on to see what differences they found in the audio.
"The recently launched Rosewill EX-500 and EX-700 aim to take on the usual brands that dominate the price range by offering high-quality craftsmanship coupled with a nice accessories pack and - of course - better sound. We listen closely to see whether they can hold up on these promises."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Cross Gaming Headset @ Kitguru
- Rowkin Bit Stereo Bluetooth Headset @ TechwareLabs
- Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Headset @ Kitguru
- UE BOOM 2 "Reka One - Lost Time" Edition @ techPowerUp
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