ASUS F1A85-V PRO Motherboard Review

ASUS is known not only for their quality components, but also because of their feature rich packages that provide value unmatched by other manufacturers at times. The ASUS F1A85-V PRO is one such motherboard that throws a ton of features for a chipset meant for budget gaming or as an HTPC.


One of the most obvious things about the ASUS F1A85-V PRO is its focus on overclocking. We have their DIGI+ Power Control system which allows for efficient power delivery to the CPU and integrated GPU, as well as the memory when tweaking speed and voltage controls within the BIOS.  Of course, the Auto Tuning software will give you a pre-defined overclock based on your CPU, so you don’t even have to worry about anything else. Still, the automatic overclock isn’t as aggressive as what custom tuning can achieve.

Another feature that’s becoming popular in most new motherboards is the ability to charge your devices even when the computer is turned off, not just in hibernation or sleep state. As such, ASUS promises 3x faster charging compared to normal USB trickle charge.

Another cool feature to touch upon is the Remote Go! Software which allows you to share files from your PC to DLNA devices over WiFi as well as Remote Desktop capability. It just streamlines the whole process of sharing media in your house without the need to dig deep into menus.

There are other helpful software that make tweaking the system a lot of fun, such as Fan Xpert2 and Network iControl and Turbo V, but of course one can completely ignore these, although that would sort of defeat the purpose of getting a board as feature rich as the ASUS F1A85-V PRO.

PopSlate case adds a rear screen to iPhone 5

December 4, 2012 by  
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There are thousands of cases you can get for your iPhone, but PopSlate for the iPhone 5 really stands out from the rest because it incorporates an e-ink display on the back of your phone.

The e-ink screen can be used to display photos, app updates, or even a location map. It draws power from the iPhone 5′s lightning port, but won’t put much strain on your iPhone’s battery life. Incidentally, since the case connects to the lightning port, you have to then charge your iPhone via a micro-USB cable instead.

PopSlate is currently a little over $100,000 in funding on Indiegogo with 43 days left for the campaign to close. Check out the video below and then go give them some of your money for this truly awesome iPhone 5 case.


There’s Facebook in your Firefox

December 4, 2012 by  
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Mozilla’s Firefox isn’t doing too well. With a dwindling user base, the company is looking for ways to bring some of that sweet market share lost to Chrome and Internet Explorer. One such way is social integration, and today Mozilla took the first step in that direction by launching Facebook integration into Firefox.

By downloading the latest Firefox version, and then enabling it from the Facebook Firefox page, users will get a very Rockmelt-ish Facebook sidebar with a ticker for status updates and the entire friend list on the right. Users will be able to see any Facebook updates they receive, and also chat with their friends directly from Firefox. The below video shows how it’s going to be.


Mozilla says the Facebook integration is “just the start of making Firefox more social,” with its new Social API enabling other developers built similar devices for Firefox.

Facebook opens voting by users on policy changes

December 4, 2012 by  
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Facebook has opened voting by its nearly 1 billion users to voice in on a variety of changes to the social network’s policies, including a proposal to scrap the user voting system that Facebook introduced in 2009.

The move comes after a barrage of criticism and roughly 89,000 user comments when Facebook announced proposed changes its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities  on November 21.

One of the changes that users can vote for or against is scrapping the voting system itself, which allowed users to lend their vote about amendments to the site’s governance policies.

Users can also vote on whether Facebook can share user data with and from its affiliates, including Instagram. Another voting issue includes a proposal to relax restrictions on how members contact each other via the Facebook messaging system.

30 percent of Facebook’s users (about 300 million) will need to pitch in for the vote to be binding. If voting does not reach that minimum requirement, the social network will consider the received votes to be advisory and can still go ahead with the changes. But the window is open only till December 10, after which voting closes. So if you want to vote, do it here now.

And you thought Facebook was Zuckerberg’s little fiefdom.

iTunes Music Store launches in the UAE

December 4, 2012 by  
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Watch out HP and Nokia- there is a new player in town for buying music and it’s none other than Apple. The iTunes Music store has been officially launched in the UAE along with some of the other GCC countries as well such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. Singles seem to be priced at AED 4.09 /4.49/4.99 while albums range from AED 17.99 to 29.99. Arabic music is present on the store from artists like Nancy Ajram, Myriam Fares and Amb Diab. English music is also present though in a much more limited range than the US store.

Apple has launched the iTunes store in the following countries around our region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zimbabwe

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