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Lima Ultra Personal Cloud

ROCCAT Skeltr
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Exploding Kittens - App Pick
App Pick - Exploding Kittens

HP Elite x3 Desk Dock Bundle Review

We have just posted our review of the HP Elite x3 Desk Dock Bundle. The heart of this is the large and robust Windows Powered Elite x3 phone. It's a solid performer and adds extra functionality with Microsoft's Continuum as well as the HP Workspace App. This could be the perfect device for the business traveller as it offers more power and features than many other devices on the market. Check our review for all the details.

The HP Elite x3 was a surprising and pleasant change from the Android boat on which I’ve been sailing for years. It’s more robust, productive and powerful that I expected and it is a great way to do more with less. In the end, it changed my workflow for the better and was a great way to keep my data with me - both on the device and in the OneDrive cloud.

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Amazon cargo hub

Amazon already has a fleet of 40 cargo planes and a massive distribution system, so why not a new $1.5 billion dollar air cargo hub to go along with it? This new hub is being rumored to be built in the Cincinnati area (Ohio/Kentucky border) and could eventually provide 2,000 new jobs in the area. As Amazon has grown by leaps and bounds the ability to ship products cheaper than farming it out to Fedex/UPS has been something Amazon has slowly began to tackle and I would assume that it might not be the last air cargo hub we see with Amazon's name on the side. TechCrunch has more.

Amazon is building one of the largest internal logistics and shipping businesses in the world, and if you needed any more evidence this was the case, the company just revealed that it’s investing $1.5 billion in a new air cargo hub, which will occupy a spot that crosses the Cincinnati and Kentucky border, and eventually result in around 2,000 total new jobs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The new hub is designed to help provide a home for its increasingly large fleet of at least 40 cargo planes, a group of vehicles it previously revealed it was leasing under the name of Amazon Prime Air, complete with Amazon exterior paint jobs. The planes are designed to help Amazon handle its increasing transportation needs, which are growing as its share of global retail business increases, and straining the capacities and capabilities of its shipping partners, which include FedEx and UPS.

LG 5K monitor problems

The successor to the Apple Thunderbolt display the LG UltraFine 5K monitor has had a rocky start to life thanks to a bunch of issues that have popped up already. The biggest issue people are reporting is the lack of EMI shielding which basically means if you are within 2 meters of a WiFi router the screen will flicker and if close enough go black and become unusable. Also being reported is issues with the monitor freezing up your MacBook that is hooked up to it (also due to electrical interference problems). People are understandably a bit upset when their new $1000+ monitor comes shipped with issues and it could be a tough road for LG's high-definition monitor team for a while. ArsTechnica has more on the story.

The spiritual successor to Apple's Thunderbolt Display, the LG UltraFine 5K monitor, which only started shipping out from the Apple online store this week, appears to suffer from a major fault: when placed within two metres (6.5ft) of a wireless router, the display starts to flicker; move it really close, and the monitor goes black and becomes unusable. An LG Electronics support person confirmed the issue, saying it "only happens for the 5K monitors we have, not other LG monitors."

If that wasn't bad enough, 9to5Mac's Zac Hall reports that his LG 5K monitor, under the duress of a nearby Wi-Fi router, can freeze the MacBook Pro that it's plugged into, forcing a reboot to bring it back. When he moved the router (an Apple AirPort Extreme) from beside the monitor to another room, everything went back to normal.

Facebook owes $500 million in VR lawsuit

Facebook/Oculus was being sued for stealing some intellectual property in regards to their VR product Oculus Rift. In the end ZeniMax is getting a $500 million dollar payday (pending legal appeals and all that jazz). It appears that the Oculus troubles happened before Facebook purchased them for $2 billion, however, Facebook will be the one responsible for the damages now. This of course isn't going to hurt Facebook too much, just makes their venture into VR a little more expensive. CNBC has the full story.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg told CNBC's Julia Boorstin that she was "disappointed in certain elements of the decision." Sandberg added she was "considering our options to appeal," and the verdict was "not material to our financials."

Windows 10 Cloud is Microsoft's ChromeOS Alternative

Windows is pushing forward and trying to gain back a bit of market share from Google's Chrome OS with a specific Cloud Windows version of their own. While HP tried hard to make the Stream Book work, it was underpowered and still was a full Windows 10 OS - which added to the cost. Windows 10 Cloud takes this progression to the next level (hopefully) and offers some competition. We all know who wins when it comes to competition - consumers!

References to the new variant have started appearing in recent Windows 10 test builds, and ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Windows 10 Cloud will be another simplified version of Windows designed to run Microsoft’s Universal apps from the Windows Store. Such a simple version of Windows 10 is clearly designed to take on alternatives like Chrome OS, and Microsoft will be able to position it as low-cost or free to use for PC makers willing to build machines with the operating system.

Source: TheVerge

Windows 10 Cloud to Crush Steam?

Tim Sweeney has a bit of a soft spot for Steam. Ok. He is Mr. Valve himself, but that aside he still has some pretty interesting insights about the Universal Windows Platform and how it is anticompetitive. He doesn't love the Windows 10 game mode either which will likely work only on UWP games purchased through the Microsoft Store. Now, he's raging at the Windows 10 Cloud platform that is designed to take on the Chromebook, but also has a few things that push steam out of the picture.

Tim explains further that he is not opposed to Windows having their own storefront. However, he opposes Microsoft using a locked-down platform. UWP games will not be available to download, use, sell, update, and conduct commerce with outside the Windows Store. Tim says that even if Microsoft offers an ability to sideload UWP applications, they will make this process prohibitively difficult.

Source: Gameranx

Samsung Will Unveil Something at MWC

While the headline sounds like a no-brainer, the fact is that several large companies that attend MWC are not releasing anything at the show this year. Instead, they are holding off until their own event so their product doesn't get lost in the noise of the massive show. Samsung has stated publicly that they will not be releasing the Galaxy S8 at MWC - instead it will probably launch at their "Unpacked" event the following month. Still, they are releasing something - perhaps the TabPro S II? We'll find out more later in February.

We're not sure what it shows, and your guess probably hinges on whether you think the mark in the center is a home button or a USB-C port. Of course, this being the "Mobile" event, and considering the devices already ruled out, it could be some new (albeit oddly-shaped) Galaxy Tab. Whatever it is, you have a month to get your guesses in.

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Source: Engadget

Hard Drive Reliability Update

I've worked with technology enough to know that everything fails. Some things fail at a faster rate than others, but hard drives especially all die eventually. There are some drives though that are head and shoulders above the competition in terms of reliability, and HGST is one of the better drives around. In fact the average age of their 3TB drive is over 5 years - and still going strong. Get all the details of these drives at the link below. I'll give you another quick spoiler. Stay away from Seagate 4TB drives.

In Q4 2016 we introduced a third 8 TB drive model, the Seagate ST8000NM0055. This is an enterprise class drive. One 60-drive Storage Pod was deployed mid-Q4 and the initial results look promising as there have been no failures to date. Given our past disdain for overpaying for enterprise drives, it will be interesting to see how these drives perform.

Source: Backblaze

Tunai CLIP - Bluetooth Headphone Amp Review

We have just posted our review of the Tunai Creative CLIP. This is labeled as a Wireless Headphone Amplifier, but think of it as a Bluetooth receiver for your headphones. It's a great way to take your favorite high-end headphones to the wireless world, and are a great solution to companies removing the headphone jack from mobile devices. They have some great strengths and a couple of other things worth noting. Check our review for all the details.

The name implies that this is a headphone amplifier and I guess in some ways it's true. The real deal is that it is a Bluetooth receiver that has a stereo jack. Also integrated with the CLIP is a Bluetooth microphone to give you full headset capabilities - with any wired headphones. Even if you don't have a wired headset, the CLIP will capture the microphone audio and then provide headphone audio via Bluetooth as well...

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Weekly Tech Update #388 - Macbook Losing Ground to PCs

We have just posted up Episode #388 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the gaming PC market is growing, more Galaxy S8 rumors and Apple sues Qualcomm. We have those stories and more at the links below...

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