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Consumers File National Class-Action Lawsuit Against Seagate for Defective Hard Drives Did You Buy Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive Or Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive?
Consumers File National Class-Action Lawsuit Against Seagate for Defective Hard Drives
by Charles Mohapel

If you bought Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive or Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive because they were marketed as "innovative, fast, powerful, reliable, dependable, and having extremely low failure rates", you would no doubt be shocked to learn that the failure rate of these two drives was substantially higher than advertised, sometimes even within days of their first use.  Consumers have filed a class action suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on February 1, 2016.  Thanks to loyal reader Robin Poirier for the heads up.

Cold Fusion Reactor Verified By Third-Party Researchers Cold Fusion Reactor Verified By Third-Party Researchers, Seems To Have 1 Million Times The Energy Density Of Gasoline
Cold Fusion Reactor Verified By Third-Party Researchers
by Charles Mohapel

Cold Fusion -- the Holy Grail of Nuclear Physicists may have finally been discovered.  Invented by Andrea Rossi, the E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) uses low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) to bombard a mix of Nickel-58/Nickel-60 to convert the mix to almost entirely Nickel-62 and produce a reaction that, the researchers say, cannot occur without nuclear reactions (i.e. fusion).

SpaceX Nails Historic First Space Rocket Landing SpaceX Finally Succeeds With First Space Rocket Soft Landing
SpaceX Nails Historic First Space Rocket Landing
by Charles Mohapel

It took 28 days to catch up to Blue Origin's spacecraft 'New Shepard', but Elon Musk's space exploration company SpaceX finally succeeded in bringing their Falcon 9 rocket for a soft landing.  It's good to see both companies on what appears to be a more equal footing heading into 2016.

Blue Origin's 'New Shepard' Achieves First Spaceflight And Rocket Landing Blue Origin's 'New Shepard' Achieves First Spaceflight And Successful Soft Rocket Landing
Blue Origin's 'New Shepard' Achieves First Spaceflight And Rocket Landing
by Charles Mohapel

On November 23, 2015, Blue Origin, the the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos succeeded in launching their 'New Shepard' suborbital vehicle and achieving the milestone of successfully bringing it back to Earth for a soft landing.  In the embedded video footage you can see for yourselves how it was accomplished and that the landing itself is not something produced by a special effects house like Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).  While the world's press may not have made a big fuss over it, at TechRevu we would like to offer our congratulations on this momentous achievement.

Introducing The Light L16 Camera Photography In A Whole New Light
Introducing The Light L16 Camera
by Charles Mohapel

Just announced by Light, a new Silicon Valley startup specializing in photography, the Light L16 camera is the size and shape of a smartphone, features 16 camera modules inside the camera body that take photos the quality of a 52MP DSLR, has built-in, 35-150mm true optical zoom, shoots great images in low light, and lets you select focus and depth of field after you shoot.  On top of that the Light L16 shoots up to 4K video from a single camera module at 35mm, 70mm, or 150mm effective focal length. The Light L16 is expected to ship in late Summer 2016 for $1,699, but it can be pre-ordered in limited quantity through November 6, 2015 for $1,299 on Light's website (URL above).

Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix Fan-Friendly Formula 1 Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix Gets Cool Sunny Weather
Open House At The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
by Charles Mohapel

Open House at the Canadian Grand Prix was held on the Thursday morning of Grand Prix Week in Montreal and the track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was open to everyone, not just the people who bought the 3-day weekend passes which began at $127.00 for General Admission or the more expensive tickets.

Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones Why I Think Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones Are Worth Buying Right Now
Flare Audio R2PRO Titanium Earphones
by Charles Mohapel

Flare Audio is not a well known name on this side of the pond as the Brits would say, but then again they're working on remedying that.  In their own words, "Flare Audio is a British loudspeaker technology company who believe that artists and engineers, not loudspeakers, should create sound."   "Following its success in the professional sound market, Flare Audio is planning to take its revolutionary technology to the listening public, with the launch of a global campaign on Kickstarter to raise awareness of its groundbreaking innovation in consumer headphones.  The campaign is now live and runs until June 3rd 2015."  They have impressed some of world’s most respected musicians and producers such as legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist and music producer Jimmy Page, as well as Chris Kimsey, producer for bands including The Rolling Stones, ELP (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and INXS.

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Logitech's Newest High Performance Mouse: MX Master
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
by Ernest Lilley

Logitech's top of the line mouse gets its third major redesign, hoping to court office workers that need a really good mouse, but for playing Call of Duty with. Like its predecessor, it's got the benefits of Unifying receiver and USB charging, so you don't have to stop working just cause you ran out of juice... you just have to suffer the indignity of having a cabled mouse again for a little while.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight (Photos, Video) Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Company Executes Surprise Launch Of The New Shepard Spacecraft
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Private Spaceship Test Flight (Photos, Video)
by Charles Mohapel

Everyone knows the name of Amazon.com, but how many know the name of its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos?  The answer would be a lot less.  When it comes to privately owned space companies, SpaceX and billionaire Elon Musk leap to mind, but did you know that Jeff Bezos has his own space company called Blue Origin with its own commercial passenger ship named New Shepard?

Kindle Voyage Kindle Voyage - Crisper Text, Buzzing Buttons, and More..
Kindle Voyage
by Ernest Lilley

Amazon's latest and greatest E-ink Kindle has sharper text, weighs less, and lights up better than the Paperwhite, but is it a must have upgrade? We took an extended look at the lightest resolution e-reader available and came away with mixed feelings aobut it.

Kobo Aura H2O - The First Premium Waterproof eReader With A Light
Kobo Aura H2O - The First Premium Waterproof eReader
by Charles Mohapel

When I read the press release for the new Kobo Aura H2O in late August, I requested one for revie...cont

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015
by David Em

Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015 streamlines the company's flagship ...cont

Smartphones Didn't Take Off Until 2009, Even Though the iPhone Came Out in 2007.
When Did Smartphones Get Smart?
by Ernest Lilley

IBM brought a touchscreen phone named Simon with more than phone functions to the market in 1994....cont

A Bridge Camera For DSLR Fans
Sony DSCRX10/B Cybershot
by Ernest Lilley

Sony's 20.3 megapixel DSCRX10/B may be part of their Cybershot line, with an integrated lens ...cont

MX Performance Mouse: Still Our Choice
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
by Ernest Lilley

Having pretty much worn out the clickers on my favorite mouse, a Logitech MX Performance mouse, I...cont

Autodesk And The Future Of Animation
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014
by David Em

Autodesk's Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 features a wide array of tools that shine a ligh...cont

Fan-Friendly Formula 1 Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix Is Back
Open House At The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix
by Charles Mohapel

After a one year forced hiatus, Open House at the Canadian Grand Prix was back. Held on the Thurs...cont

Kobo's Newest eReader, The Aura HD Is Available In Espresso Brown, Ivory, and Onyx
The New Limited Edition Kobo Aura HD eReader
by Charles Mohapel

Having used the original Kobo eReader, second generation Kobo Wireless eReader, Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo...cont

Let The SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case Protect Your Favorite High End Headphones
SLAPPA HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07)
by Charles Mohapel

How many of us have broken our favorite headphones or damaged the cable connection by carrying th...cont

HTC One Sprints Onto The Scene
HTC One: 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, Quad Core 1.7ghz
by Ernest Lilley

Sprint just announced the online availability of the much anticipated HTC One, HTC's new Andr...cont

Take Your Show On The Road With Epson's 1761W 3 LCD Projector
Epson PowerLite 1761W Projector
by David Em

Back in the nasty old days of the late Twentieth Century, mobile presentations required lugging ...cont

A Simple Carousel Slider in JQuery
bxSlider - A Simple and Versitile JQuery Content Slider and Carousel
by Ernest Lilley

I've been looking for a simple carousel for images to use with TechRevu and some other public...cont

Why The Kobo Arc Tablet Is A Tablet To Be Reckoned With
Kobo Arc 16GB Tablet (Black)
by Charles Mohapel

The Kobo Arc is the second color tablet from Kobo, the first color tablet being the Vox. Both come ...cont

Plantronics Audio 478 Stereo USB Headset (Audio 478)

by Ernest Lilley

The .Audio 478 scores high marks for both comfort and audio quality whether you're Skypeing away...cont

Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB Headset
Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB Headset
by Ernest Lilley

If you're looking for an inexpensive behind the ears headset, this one offers simple controls an...cont

Certifications: CompTIA Security+
Certifications: CompTIA Security+
by Ernest Lilley

IT Security certifications are often the next step tech's take after getting their basic hardwar...cont

Lenovo U310 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Graphite Grey)

by Daniel P. Dern

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 combines performance, style and portability in an "Entertainment-oriented" ultra...cont

Are You Ready For Some Super Bowl Ads?
Super Bowl 2013 Ads: Tech, Sex, and Selling Sure...But Nothing Beats An Astronaut. Ever.
by Ernest Lilley

Maybe football isn't our fandom of choice, but we love the Super Bowl anyway. For us, the suspen...cont

Windows 8: Time To Upgrade
Windows 8: Time To Upgrade
by Ernest Lilley

As of the end of this month, the $39.99 upgrade for Windows 8 Pro goes away. If you're running a...cont

3D Printing Comes To The Catwalk In Paris Fashion Show
Stratasys and Materialise Prototype The Future of Fashion
by Ernest Lilley

The future won't really arrive until you can step into a new 3D printed outfit made to whatever ...cont

Tech News/Leads

Apple USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program Apple Announces USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program Apple USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program

On February 12, 2016 Apple announced a USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program.  This is due ...more

What Happens To Those Free Windows 10 Upgrades After July 29, 2016? Will Microsoft End Those Free Windows 10 Upgrades After One Year? What Happens To Those Free Windows 10 Upgrades After July 29, 2016?

Microsoft continues to pressure users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to accept their free upgr...more

Apple Launches Repair Program For Late 2013 Mac Pro Video Issues Some Late 2013 Mac Pro Experiencing Video Problems -- Apple Launches Repair Program Apple Launches Repair Program For Late 2013 Mac Pro Video Issues

If you own one of the late 2013 model Mac Pros manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11...more

This Solar Road Will Provide Power to 5 Million People France To Build 1,000 Kilometers (621 Miles) Of Roads With Built-in Solar Panels In Next Five Years This Solar Road Will Provide Power to 5 Million People

In 2015, a Dutch consortium built a 100 meter (110 yard) stretch of power generating road in...more

iPhones 'Disabled' If Apple Detects Third-Party Repairs iOS 9 Software Update Bricks iPhones If Non-Apple Authorized Repairs Detected iPhones 'Disabled' If Apple Detects Third-Party Repairs

If you own an iPhone 6 and have updated it to iOS 9, you better not have had it repaired by a&nbs...more

Enter To Win $1000 Think Tank Photo Gear You Can Win $250, $500, Or Even $1,000 Of Gear From Think Tank Photo Enter To Win $1000 Think Tank Photo Gear

Think Tank Photo will be attending a number of trade shows across the United States from March to...more

Apple Hit With $625.6 Million Verdict Over Misuse Of VirnetX's Patents Apple Slammed With $625.6 Million Verdict Over Continued Wilful Violation Of VirnetX's Patents Apple Hit With $625.6 Million Verdict Over Misuse Of VirnetX's Patents

Apple doesn't lose very many patent cases, but for the second time, they have lost to Virtual...more

For A Healthy Heart, You May Have To Eat More Cheese What Is It About The French Paradox That Is So Healthy -- The Wine Or The Cheese? For A Healthy Heart, You May Have To Eat More Cheese

Apparently eating a diet high in milk and cheese produces the kind of short-chain fatty acids whi...more

Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program Apple Announces Defective AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program

On January 28, 2016 Apple announced the AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program.  This is due ...more

The First Leaked Photos Of The Canon 1D X Mark II Canon To Officially Announce 1D X Mark II First Week Of February The First Leaked Photos Of The Canon 1D X Mark II

Although the official press release on the Canon 1D X Mark II won't be released until th...more

Oracle Deprecates The Java Browser Plugin, Prepares For Its Demise Better Late Than Never, Oracle Is Phasing Out Its Troubled Java Browser Plugin Oracle Deprecates The Java Browser Plugin, Prepares For Its Demise

When Oracle acquired Java as part of its 2010 purchase of Sun Microsystems, little did they know ...more

Fujifilm Planning To Launch A Medium Format Digital Camera, Report Says Fujifilm Planning On Introducing A Medium Format Digital Camera At Photokina 2016 Fujifilm Planning To Launch A Medium Format Digital Camera, Report Says

Back in the heyday of film, Fujifilm produced Medium Format cameras (the Fuji GX 680, Fuji GX 680...more

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer In Artificial Intelligence, Dies At 88 Marvin Minsky, One Of The Fathers Of Artificial Intelligence, Dead At 88 Marvin Minsky, Pioneer In Artificial Intelligence, Dies At 88

On January 24, 2016, the world lost Professor Marvin Minsky of M.I.T, one of the fathers of Artif...more

Why DxOMark Doesn't Test Fujifilm Cameras DxOMark Doesn't Test Fujifilm Cameras Because They Can't Test The Fujifilm X-Trans Sensors Why DxOMark Doesn't Test Fujifilm Cameras

DxOMark of France rates the sensors in digital cameras, but has not tested any newer Fujifilm cam...more

This Is How The Pentagon Knows Its Combat Aircraft Can Withstand A Blizzard Even Snowzilla Is No Match For The Combat Aircraft Of The United States Air Force This Is How The Pentagon Knows Its Combat Aircraft Can Withstand A Blizzard

Whether you choose to refer to the massive winter storm engulfing the East Coast of the United St...more

Leica Introduces Their First Underwater Camera -- The Rugged Leica X-U

On January 20, 2016, Leica announced the Leica X-U, their first camera specifically designed for ...more

Core Security Discovers Major Security Flaw In Intel Driver Software, Version 2.4 Patch Already Released

When Core Security discretely notified Intel of a major security vulnerability in versions 2.0 to...more

Samsung Unveils The World's Largest Hard Drive -- Surprise, It's A 2.5-inch 16TB SSD

We don't know how this escaped our notice last summer, but in August 2015 Samsung announced t...more

Meet 'Brave', The New Web Browser From Mozilla Co-Founder Brendan Eich, That Blocks Ads By Default

If you're one of the millions of computer users who hates seeing ads that aren't of inter...more

Newly Discovered Zero-Day Flaw Render Millions Of Linux Servers And Most Android Devices Vulnerable

With a new, previously undiscovered flaw dating back to the Linux kernel in version 3.8 rele...more

Heckler & Koch and Other Companies Build Real Mandalorian Ballistic Armor

If you're a "Star Wars" fan and in the market for "Star Wars"more

Seagate Unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive to Address Storage Demands of Cloud-Based Data Centers

Seagate Technology took a big step toward regaining the technology lead from its major competitor...more

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