Creative Labs: new amplifiers for gamers and audiophiles

Creative Labs has just announced the availability of a couple of new amplifier products for mobile devices and desktop computers that are designed for those of you who care about audio. It's a welcome return from the company that used to be front of mind in the PC and portable audio scenes.

Rapoo E9090P Wireless Illuminated Keyboard with Touchpad

Rapoo's thin, E9090P wireless keyboard features a touchpad on the right side, making it a good model to consider if you want to control a media centre computer from the comfort of your lounge. It adds a bit of convenience that we haven't seen in other Rapoo keyboards of this ilk: it's backlit, and it has a built-in battery that can be charged via a wireless pad, rather than a cable.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 compact camera

For the 2015 version of its Travel Zoom camera, the Lumix DMC-TZ70, Panasonic has done something a bit different. Rather than boosting the megapixel count of the sensor, it has actually reduced it, but made the individual pixels bigger. It has done this to improve the camera’s ability to take in light, making it more suitable for shooting in low-light situations.

Samsung promises yet another fix for slowed 840 EVO SSDs

Samsung's 840 EVO SSDs were among the cream of the solid-state crop in 2013, boasting fast speeds and big-time storage capabilities at a (then) record low cost. But some buyers noticed a troubling occurrence: As time went on the drive's read performance could plummet, all the way down to sub-100MB per second speeds. That's a mammoth dip from the drive's claimed 520MBps maximum.

How to remove the dangerous Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo PCs

Lenovo's been caught going a bit too far in its quest for bloatware money, and the results have put its users at risk. The company has been preloading Superfish, a "visual search" tool that includes adware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle of 2014. Essentially, the software conducts a man-in-the-middle attack to fill the websites you visit with ads, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers in its wake.

HP Stream 8 tablet with Windows 8.1

You have to hand it to HP: it has come out with a consumer tablet device that’s styled more for a business crowd. For some of us, that’s a good thing, though it will most likely fall into the ‘looks boring’ category for many others. Regardless of what you think of its styling, it’s a small device that can be held in one hand, yet it’s a complete Windows 8.1 system.

Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset

Expectations around our Sydney office weren’t very high when we took possession of Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Even though we had a keen interest to see what Samsung's teaming with Oculus has come up with for this consumer offering of virtual reality, the consensus was that it would be perhaps be lame and not worth the effort. By the end of the second day, however, even the most cynical of our staff members were enthralled by some of the things they saw.

Alienware 13 gaming laptop

The Alienware 13 certainly is a powerful kit when compared to other laptops of a similar form factor, mainly because it packs a discrete graphics adapter that can be used capably for a variety of games, and it can be maxed out with 16GB of RAM and up to two solid state drives (SSDs). Furthermore, it has been designed as product that can be used as a main gaming system, rather than a fill-in, because it makes use of Alienware's Graphics Amplifier technology.

A few ways to use a selfie stick other than to take photos of yourself

These infamous devices of narcissism are a great way to make people mad. Switch your Twitter profile pic to one that's obviously taken with a selfie stick, and then sit back and watch the hive-mind rage pour your way. "Unfollow this guy", they'll tweet. But selfie sticks can be used for a lot more than just taking pictures of self, and they can be as legitimate a photography aid as a tripod or any other mounting device.

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