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USB 3.0 vs. USB 3.1 vs. USB Type C: Here’s what’s behind the terminology

The USB port has been around us for 20 years now. It has been introduced in 1996 and has since become something we don’t want to miss. No matter if smartphone, external drives, printers, scanners, or even external displays. Almost every devices connects to a PC or notebook via USB nowadays. Since the introduction of USB 3.0, 3.1 and USB Type C however, there has been some confusion about the USB connector. That’s why we have compiled this overview for you.

USB Type C

So what is it that has changed and has caused all this confusion? The answer is a couple of things. USB 3.0 and 3.1 brought with them some changes and expansions of the USB standard. Especially USB C is still causing some chaos because didn’t mean a change of the USB standard but rather a new port. Let’s start with the current standards.

USB 3.0/3.1

USB 3.0 devices became available to the market in 2011. The main advantages that this standard brought were a higher power throughput of 4,5 watts as well as higher data transfer speeds. The latter is why USB 3 was coined “USB SuperSpeed”,

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Best PC Power Supply 2017: How to Choose a Power Supply for your PC

It’s very common to spend hundreds of euros (thousands in many cases) on the components needed to assemble a computer, but usually choosing a power supply is left for the end, which means not a lot of attention is given to the component that’s supposed to give electrical power in a stable way and without peaks, and that could also cause permanent damage to the computer.

For that reason, you should pay special attention to which power supply you choose, and be aware that it’s a very important component.

power supply

The power supply you choose must have enough power and quality to provide stable energy to all of the components.

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Can Windows 10 Cloud stand up to Chrome OS?

Mobility, work in the cloud, mobile devices, telecommuting; all of them, among many others, are concepts that have become increasingly common elements in our daily lives, whether it’s while moving in our home or professional environment.

As time passes, regular users of technology, whether in desktop environments or those focused on mobile devices, have been looking for ways to work with all their products in a more centralized way. Evidently the Cloud has been taken as base, thanks to different services using Internet, dealing with lighter devices and applications that allow greater mobility and having all of them, at both software and hardware levels, as unified as possible.

Because of this in the middle of last year 2015 Microsoft, as you all know, made available to users the latest version of its popular operating system, Windows 10. From the beginning, the company has tried with this launch to create a “Windows 10 environment” that allows its clients to work with all their data on all types of devices based on the same system and from anywhere, facilitating their access through PCs, platforms and, again, through the Cloud. However, so far, it has not satisfied the expectations that were initially set on this project.

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However there is another environment that is growing exponentially, although somewhat slower on the old continent, Chrome OS, an alternative open source operating system from Google that in the future aims to become a direct competitor of Windows. If something characterizes this proposal is precisely its lightness, good performance and being multi platform; that is to say, it covers a large part of the needs of the current users. In addition, now that manufacturers are launching interesting products specially designed for this free platform and it has already begun its compatibility with Android apps, it is expected that its breakthrough in the near future will be much greater.

Will we see a Windows 10 Cloud vs. Chrome OS confrontation?

For some time now the people at Redmond have been trying to make PC manufacturers ignore Chrome OS, something that although they have achieved until now, it’s beginning to change, so it is expected that Microsoft will have to try something new to not be left behind in some environments. This is the thought behind the arrival of Windows 10 Cloud, a new variant of the popular operating system, namely a simplified version of the original Windows focused on the cloud and designed to run all kinds of applications from the company’s official store on all types of devices, in addition to a lower cost for users and even possibly free for PC manufacturers.

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Is Windows 10 Game Mode needed for “hardcore” gamers?

Windows 10 Game Mode

As we have talked about several times in recent weeks, in the month of April Microsoft plans to release to all users who now use Windows 10, the expected by many Creators Update, which, as it has been speculated for some time, will come full of new features.

A good part of these have been already revealed thanks to the users participating in the Insider program of the firm and have already been commented, although one of the latest to arrive at the mentioned program is precisely one of the more interesting new features to a good part of the community. Microsoft has been aware that its latest version of Windows is already preferred by most PC gamers around the world, and they wanted to go a step further.

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The Best Antivirus for Windows to Protect You this 2017

A new year has just begun that will undoubtedly be plagued with technological developments, new releases and countless applications that we’ll try to keep you updated of at all times. We will talk about many different categories, but, inevitably, one of the most important sections will be dedicated to the privacy and security of computers and antivirus.

With the arrival of a new year, cyber criminals will try to “surprise” us with new ways of accessing our data either through the various forms of malware that you can find today or through some new technologies. However, to fight against all this, the different companies specialized in everything computer security related try to keep our PCs updated, in order to stay one step ahead of these computer criminals, something that is extremely difficult.

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MSI GE72VR-7RF Apache 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop Review

With its Apache Pro GE72VR, MSI is introducing another new gaming notebook outfitted with the newest hardware to its lineup. Inside we find a current generation Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 16 GBs of RAM and a lot of storage space. This configuration is sure to guarantee high FPS and a smooth gaming experience. The gaming happens on a 17,3” Full-HD display and the SteelSeries keyboard with its programmable backlighting which is typical for MSI.

Price-wise, the MSI Apace Pro GE72VR plays in the under-1500$-league.

MSI GE72VR-7RF

MSI GE72VR-7RF

Display

This MSI gaming notebook sports a large 17,3” display with Anti-Glare coating and True-Color-Technology. The Wide-View-Panel also allows for very good viewing angles. It offers a 1920 x 1080 pixel (Full HD) resolution and an average brightness of 244cm/m2.

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Tesoro Zone Balance Review: A Comfortable and Affordable Gaming Chair Newcomer?

Tesoro, who have established themselves as a manufacturer of gaming-peripherals wants to break the Gaming-Chair market. Their debut offering carries the name Zone Balance, is designed like racing car seats and tries to appeal to the gaming crowd with its seat comfort and low price of 220$. We test this new piece of gaming furniture in our lab and tell you if Tesoro has put out a real bargain.

It is now two years ago that racing car styled office chairs have marketed towards gamers have become a trend. A trend which carries on till this day. The market surveys confirmed that these chairs outfitted with integrated arm and body support are ideal not only for your posture while gaming, but also make a great and comfortable chair for everyday office use.

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Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography Comparison (February 2017)

If you want to capture images with the highest possible quality then each and every one of the elements, which become part of the photographer’s digital lab, has to be in top notch form or at least, of the highest quality we could afford. The monitor is one of the devices that we should examine most closely.

When we buy a computer to use it to edit pictures, we should always be looking for the best processor with RAM overflow and all kinds of ports. With some luck, if it comes with a free monitor, we often thank the seller for the unbelievable fortune that we have just come upon. It may also come with lots of inches…

Well, I dare to say that we were wrong. We should not settle for any monitor! It’s no use to have the best camera in the world if your monitor can’t rise to the occasion. Monitor is equally as important as the optical camera. I always say, it’s better to spend less on a camera while investing more on the best lens and monitor we could afford.

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Best Laptops for College Students 2017

I have been intrigued by computers since a very young age. At middle school I tried to configure a startup for Windows XP and Ubuntu, but I messed up, I broke the Windows installer and was left without an Operating System. After three days thanks to the mercy of How-To Geek and Super User, I was finally able to fix it. The same was I was scared about breaking the home computer I enjoyed fixing it and continue tweaking it.

I studied at a Computer Technology vocational High School, were I took classes in Computer Reparation in order to obtain a certificate from CompTIA A+ and also some classes in Network Management Systems CCENT from Cisco. Unfortunately for me, our school was unable to participate in those exams and was never able to obtain the certificates. I worked as a Computer Technician for the school’s Department of Technology during my last year. I started my own business from home, fixing computers in order to collect some money to be able to pay the University. The best choice was a portable computer (Laptop), for University it was easier since I already knew more about the specifications, to think that “bigger numbers” means a better computer. I bought myself a new Lenovo 11s Yoga for $800, and it was as good as the recommended computers by the MIT service, and it was half the price. My portable computer worked very well until this year when it started to burn pixels, leaving ghost pictures on my screen. This would happen when leaving an image on the screen for a long time. The warranty I had bought for my Laptop was about to expire so I took it to the Geek Squad beginning of July. They game an estimated time for a fix of about two weeks.

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