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Facebook + WhatsApp

Ever since Facebook forked out big bucks for WhatsApp we knew that more and more integration would be happening (or we at least assumed so). Android users appear to be the first to see that integration in their Facebook app with a new WhatsApp button magically appearing which will allow you to communicate with your WhatsApp friends without having to close the Facebook app. I'm sure this is just the first piece of integration we'll see. TheNextWeb takes a closer look.

Facebook appears to be running a trial that features its subsidiary WhatsApp a lot more prominently in the main app.

Users are reporting seeing a dedicated WhatsApp button in the main Facebook app on Android. When clicked, the button acts like a shortcut, opening WhatsApp without the need to leave the Facebook app.

NVMe RAID Support Now Available for Threadripper

NVMe storage products are incredibly fast, and read speads of 3,500 MB/s and write speeds of 2,100 MB/s are possible - which is insane. The thing is, it could be faster. The new X399 chipset supports multiple NVMe storage options and the latest driver release now includes support for RAID across these slots. The result is that you can see throughput of up to 21,220 MB/sec. That's incredibly fast and would allow a Blu-Ray disk full of data to be copied in just over a single second. Any more reason not to switch to AMD's Threadripper?

Unsurprisingly, AMD seized the opportunity to show off some benchmarks with some fairly linear results with the addition of subsequent drives. While not everyone would be wanting to cram six NVMe solid-state drives inside their rig, it at least shows that the company's X399 platform is up to snuff, at least according to synthetic benchmarks. it also serves as a blow against Intel who is charging X299 users $99 for a physical virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) key to plug into the motherboard just to enable RAID1 and 10 functionality.

Source: Neowin

The Last Jedi Trailer

While not directly tech-related, the actual trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is online. There are spoilers and a CGI Carrie Fisher to complete things. 

 

Microsoft Bezel-less Phone from 2014

Microsoft really has done a lot of things right over the years, but has given up on many ideas instead of staying invested in the project. One of these was music subscriptions - before they were cool - and the norm. Another was phone design - with the help of Nokia. One device that never made it to market was the Lumia 435 - an all-screen phone that was targeted at the low-end with a price of $200 back in the day. 

The display itself is pretty nice. It can get very bright, which is good for outdoor viewing, and although it's a 720p display, text, and images look sharp enough for a Windows phone. The only real complaint I have about the screen is that it's an LCD panel instead of OLED. An OLED screen would've made the "bezel-less-ness" feel a whole lot more edge to edge.

Source: WindowsCentral

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front

 

The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.

 

The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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