Ataribox Pre-Order Start on December 14

While I'd like to believe that Atari is trying to cash in on the marvel that is the "Classic" editions of older consoles, something about this pre-order situation has me a little skeptical. Atari announced that they are bringing the Ataribox to market with pre-orders starting this week, but they have no word on games or when it will launch. I'm sure it really doesn't take all that time to make these little units, but without more details at the announcement, it smells a bit like vaporware. I'm sure they'll bring it out eventually, but Christmas 2018 is a little long to wait.

Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to snag one at a discounted price.

Source: Engadget

ASRock @ CES 2018

ASRock has a full lineup of motherboards, regardless of what size your looking for, or what brand of CPU you want to be running, and like every year at CES, they had the full lineup of new products proudly on display. 

One interesting thing that ASRock was showing of on some of their micro-ATX boards was a MXM slot that will allow you to add in a desktop GPU into a form factor that normally has to sacrifice GPU performance due to size restrictions. I've got a feeling we'll be seeing more MXM graphics cards in 2018 as ASRock already is working with system builders to utilize MXM GPUs and build full high-end systems in a super small form factor.


Google Working on Texting from Browser

Google is stepping up their game with Android Messages and will soon allow you to pair your phone with your PC and then use your PC to send actual SMS's. This integration is what HP rocked with the Elite X3 Windows Phone and is something that other companies lack. Yes, there are 3rd party applications that do something similiar, but I've tried many of them and nothing worked as good as the Windows solution. Still, this is a step in the right direction. Also coming in Android Messages is the ability to send payments directly using Google Pay - or something similiar. 

All told, Google appears to be transforming Android Messages into an Allo-like app, except for mobile SMS texts instead of web-based ones. It could also be monetizing it to a degree via Google Pay. Considering the power it yields over the Android smartphone ecosystem, that could amount to a lot of dollars. Take all the changes with some salt, though, because APKs don't necessarily mean features are set in stone, and some of the aforementioned features are still half-baked.

Source: Engadget

Linner NC50 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Earphones

We have just posted our review of the NC50 Active Noise Canceling Wireless Earphones from Linner. This is a company you've probably never heard of, but they make products that are worth checking out. We take a look and find out if the NC50's are not only worth the $70 asking price, but if they can hold up to other more expensive offerings from other companies. Check our review for all the details.

As for audio quality, the NC50 exceeded my expectations. The bass is nice and heavy when it needs to be without being muddy and thick. The mid-range is very balanced for a $70 set of earphones - let alone noise-cancelling earphones. The treble isn’t sharp and balances very nicely as well. Even for $139, they sound great. For half that, they are solid gold.


Weekly Tech Update #425 - Windows on ARM and HP Security

We have just posted up Episode #425 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing Microsoft telling us why Windows on ARM sucks, we have some Galaxy S9 goodness and finally, we talk security solutions with HP. We have those stories and more...



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