Now I think all of us know the existence of fake USB drives with real capacities way smaller than the claimed specification (no, a 8GB pendrive with 7.8GB capacity is not fake). And I think most of us know about the nifty little app H2testw which writes on your entire USB drive to test the actual capacity. But what I just found recently is a whole different level of cheating altogether.
Looks just like any other Kingston flash drive doesn’t it? Aside from the rather amazing stated capacity, it looks pretty normal to me. But wait. It wasn’t detected when I plugged it into my laptop. I wonder what’s wrong.
Upon taking it apart I was shocked to [...]
Often times hardware manufacturers release revisions of their launched hardware. A large scale case back then was when Intel had to release a B3 stepping to their 6-series chipsets due to problems with the SATA ports. More current cases are like the changes to Kingston SSDNow V300 (source) when Kingston had to look for another supplier for their NAND chips, which resulted in SSDs that do not perform to the same level as the SSDs that reviewers received. While it may be appalling to consumers that they might get something different from what they had in mind when reading the advertisements or reviews on a specific piece of hardware, this is a rather common phenomena. Which brings us [...]
Google just announced Android L as Android 5.0 Lollipop. And as per tradition, with every release of a major update to Android, new Nexus devices are also unveiled. And this year we have the Nexus 9, a tablet from HTC and the Nexus 6, a large phone by Motorola and last but not least the first device to run Android TV, the Nexus Player by ASUS.
First off, the Nexus 9 is a 8.9″ tablet with 4:3 viewing ratio with a 2048×1536 (2K) screen. The 4:3 viewing ratio is quite a surprise as Google stuck with 16:9 ratio for both the Nexus 7 tablets and a 16:10 ratio for the Nexus 10. Is this departure from 16:9 a sign that Google is indirectly agreeing with Apple that [...]