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#1 Virtual Drive, Inc.

Virtual Drive is currently the top rated contender for Free FTP Server & Online Storage services that we have evaluated. They also are leading in online backup solutions to ensure your files security online. 

#2 YouSendIt, Inc.

YouSendIt has been a leader in File Transfer for quite some time, but fell to the #2 position after our extensive review and public reaction to their file transfer services.  

Thermaltake RadiatorsNot your average rads

Thermaltake today debuted a full range of radiators that it claims are all designed for the most demanding and hardcore enthusiasts around. Not to be confused with your run-of-the-mill radiator, Thermaltake’s new Pacific RL (over 50mm thickness) and R Series (under 50mm thickness) radiators are designed from high-quality German aerospace-grade materials and constructed with zinc to prevent corrosion, the company says.

Are they all that and a bag of sea salt and vinegar kettle potato chips? We’re not sure, though Thermaltake’s hype machine is certainly in overdrive.

“An exceptional manufacturing process using high temperature brazing at 1022℉/550℃ sets Pacific Radiators in a class of their own,” Thermaltake explains. “Integrated G1/4-inch threads make it easy to install, while rigid connections ensure they are leak-resistant. With an ideal mounting, fitting and flow set-up, the Thermaltake Pacific Radiator Series is guaranteed to go above and beyond your current cooling standards.”

Thermaltake Rad Flow

Thermaltake’s Pacific RL rads use a dual-row 13-set flat tube design. Water flows down one side and then passes through the bottom chamber en route to the other side. They’re available in 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm, 480mm, and 560mm radiator lengths.

The Pacific R is a bit slimmer than the RL and uses a single 13-set flat tube design. It’s available in 120mm, 180mm, 240mm, 360mm, and 540mm sizes.

Instead of soldering these rads, Thermaltake says it bakes them through a controlled-atmosphere brazing line. This causes the material to melt into each other, leading to optimal thermal transfer from the tubes to the fins.

Here’s an interesting look at how they’re made:

No word yet on when they’ll be available or for how much.

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MicrosoftMicrosoft’s cloud revenue more than doubled yet again

If it appears that Microsoft has its head in the cloud these days, it’s because it does, and that’s where it will likely stay for a long time to come. There’s little incentive for Microsoft to change course at this point, as its commercial cloud revenue just grew 106 percent to $2.76 billion during the company’s third quarter of fiscal 2015. It’s the seventh quarter in a row that its commercial cloud revenue has doubled up.

Microsoft’s cloud growth helped the company collect $21.7 billion in revenue for its third quarter, beating out analysts’ estimates. This led to Microsoft returning $7.5 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends, the company announced.

“Customers continue to choose Microsoft to transform their business and as a result we saw incredible growth across our cloud services this quarter,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Next week at Build we’re excited to share more about how we’re empowering every individual and organization on the planet to achieve more with the next generation of our platforms.”

The cloud has been kind to Microsoft, which saw a 35 percent sequential increase in Office 365 Consumer subscribers, bringing to the total number to more than 12.4 million. Combined with a doubling in commercial cloud revenue, it was easy for Microsoft to offset revenue declines in Windows OEM Pro (19 percent) and Windows OEM non-Pro (26 percent).

While it’s still too early to tell, results like this could serve as more evidence that Microsoft will ultimately end up offering Windows as a service sometime down the line. As it stands, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, which could be a step in that direction.

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SkyrimGood or bad idea?

In what ranks as a truly game changing announcement (literally), Valve has cleared the way for developers to sell their mods in the Steam Workshop. That also includes game content such as items and maps, all of which can be made available for sale directly in the Steam Workshop for titles that enable feature. Kicking off the initiative is Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is free to play until April 26.

“We think this is a great opportunity to help support the incredible creative work being done by mod makers in the Steam Workshop,” says Tom Bui at Valve. “User generated content is an increasingly significant component of many games, and opening new avenues to help financially support those contributors via Steam Workshop will help drive the level of UGC to new heights.”

Developers aren’t forced to charge for their mods and can continue to make their content available for free, though if they want to make at run at monetizing their efforts, they’re in control of the price.

Looking through the available paid Skyrim mods, some are as low as a quarter, others are several dollars. There are only 18 to choose from right now, though the interface is built to handle many more, allowing gamers to sort by category such as Alchemy, Animals, Factions, and so forth.

Buyers have up to 24 hours to request a refund for a mod that they either don’t like or is broken.

Not everyone is stoked about Valve’s initiative. Some take issue with the royalties — creators only keep 25 percent of their sales, and potentially less if they’ve added contributors to their mods. The rest is split between Valve and the game’s publisher.

Others worry that paid mods will become the norm, not the exception, essentially killing off the free mod category. There’s even a petition on going around to remove the paid content, which has amassed over 21,000 signatures.

What’s your opinion on this? Are you behind Valve in this venture, or are you more likely to sign the petition?

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Acer XR341CKAMeet the only curved display with G-Sync support

Curved monitors aren’t new. Monitor’s supporting Nvidia’s G-Sync technology aren’t new, either. But what is new and so far exclusive to Acer is a curved monitor with G-Sync baked in, the XR341CKA. We have to deduct 250 geek points from Acer for not coming up with a better name than that, but otherwise, kudos to the company for venturing into new territory, and in a big way. Literally.

By that we mean the XR341CKA is a 34-inch ultra-wide (21:9) curved monitor. It sports an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and boasts a 3440×1440 (WQHD) resolution with a 178-degree viewing angle. We haven’t seen one in person yet, but because it’s not a TN panel, you can expect higher quality visuals — according to Acer, the XR341CKA covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is good news for professionals who need a high level of color accuracy.

Should you care about a curved display? To each their own, but the pitch is this — a curved screen puts both sides and all corners of the display at roughly the same distance from the viewer’s eyes for a more uniform and immersive viewing experience. It’s also supposed to create a wider field of view with an increased perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display.

Is it true? Some will say yes, others will say no. The best way you can answer that is to head to your local Best Buy, Sam’s Club, or whatever is close by and stand in front of a curved display. Did it change your life and make you soil your shorts with excitement? Gross, but question answered. And if not, well, then for you, it’s much ado about nothing.

Getting back to the XR341CKA, what we can say is that G-Sync does make a noticeable difference when gaming, in certain situations. So, there’s that, plus the benefit of a large, ultra-wide display.

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Other features include an ergonomic design with tilt (-5 to 35 degrees) and height controls, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and a built-in USB 3.0 hub that supports high-speed charging of mobile devices.

The Acer XR341CKA will be available in September for $1,299.

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BenQ XL2730ZSupports AMD FreeSync

AMD last month announced a handful of monitors supporting its FreeSync technology, the company’s answer to Nvidia’s G-Sync solution for ensuring smoother game play. One of those monitors was Benq’s XL2730Z, a 27-inch display that’s big on buzzwords and hype. It’s also now shipping and avaiable to order online for $599 MSRP, slightly lower than we’ve seen it on virtual store shelves before Benq declared its as being officially available.

The 27-inch panel features a 2560×1440 WQHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms GTG response time. And of course it supports FreeSync, along with a number of advertised technologies such as RevolutionEyes (supposed to protect eyes during extended periods of use), ZeroFlicker (eliminates flickering at all brightness levels to reduce eye strain), built-in Low Blue Light modes (supposed to filter the exposure of emitted blue light spectrum light), Benq’s own MOtion Blur Reduction 2.0 (render fast moving images fluidly without tearing or ghosting), and a few other fun terms.

Other features and rated specs include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 72 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, all built-in USB 3.0 hub.

All the marketing fluff aside, the real appeal here is a large size monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution supporting FreeSync. We’ve yet to review the monitor ourselves, but if you put any stock into user reviews, it’s worth noting that out of 19 votes on Newegg, it has a 4/5 rating.

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