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Thecus N2310 Review (Page 1 of 8)

What is the difference between being cheap, and being smart with your money? Being cheap is like asking a girl to go on a date, only to take her to IKEA for breakfast, Costco for lunch, and not worry about dinner, because you are not going to get it. Being smart with your money is like going to the dealership to buy a nice car, but only pay as close to invoice price as market conditions will allow. In both cases, saving money is the end goal, but the method you use, and the outcome of both is drastically different. If you have a hard time understanding why, please feel free to experiment with the first, but keep in mind I will not be responsible for anything that may happen to you. At the end of the day, it is important to grasp the concept of being smart with your money means to never sacrifice quality for cost. In the past, we have reviewed many network attached storage systems here at APH Networks. This includes the uber awesome but super pricey QNAP TS-470, ASUSTOR's competitive AS-202TE for the home, and even Thecus' sleek looking N2560. Here is the thing though: The lowest price of them all is still well over $200. Why must all NAS boxes have to be so expensive if I am just looking to store some files on my home network? The good people at Thecus asked the same question. To see if there is finally a solution to this problem, today, we are going to take a look at the N2310, which retails for a stunningly low price of just $125 at press time. Is this a prototype of being cheap, or an excellent example of how to be smart with your money? We set out to find the answer.

LG wades into processor development with G3 Screen

From PC World: LG Electronics is getting into smartphone processor development with an octa-core chip that features in its G3 Screen smartphone, which went on sale Friday in South Korea.

The Nuclun mobile application processor uses ARM’s big.Little design for multitasking, with four 1.5GHz cores for high performance and four 1.2GHz cores for less intensive jobs, the South Korean company said.

It supports LTE-Advanced Cat. 6 networks, which allow for download speeds up to 225Mbps, which are three times faster than regular 4G LTE connections.

Microsoft Q1 profit falls 13 percent, weighed down by Nokia unit

From CNET: Microsoft is still very much a company in transition. While it continues to incur losses in an attempt to succeed in the mobile device market, Microsoft's cloud services, software and Surface tablet divisions continue to grow.

Microsoft on Thursday posted fiscal first-quarter earnings, reporting 54 cents a share, down 13 percent from 62 cents per share a year ago. Sales rose to $23.2 billion, up 25 percent from the same time last year.

Dreadful Fire Phone Sales Lead to $170M Writedown for Amazon

From DailyTech: Amazon continues its trend of huge quarterly losses as it builds out its infrastructure and signs new licensing agreements for services like Amazon Instant Video. For Q3, Amazon recorded a net loss of a $437 billion compared to just $41 million for the same period a year ago.

As Bezos said in a 2012 interview with Forbes, “We are comfortable planting seeds and waiting for them to grow into trees.”

Windows 10 to get two-factor authentication built-in

From InfoWorld: Microsoft is continuing its crusade to get CIOs interested in Windows 10, touting new security features that include two-factor authentication built directly into the OS.

Microsoft to discontinue free Xbox Music streaming

From PC World: Microsoft is withdrawing free streaming on Xbox Music from Dec. 1, citing the need to focus on its music purchase and subscription service.

The company is offering a free 30-day trial for users wanting to move to the paid service.

“Effective December 1, 2014, the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered,” Microsoft wrote on a support page.

Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to Poodle flaw

From CNET: Apple said Wednesday it will stop supporting the encryption standard Secure Sockets Layer 3.0 for its push notifications service in response to a vulnerability identified earlier this month in the aging protocol.

Apple announced on its developer site that it will switch on October 29 from SSL 3.0 to Transport Layer Security (TLS), SSL's more modern, less vulnerable younger sibling. Disclosed earlier this month, the vulnerability -- called Poodle -- allows encrypted information to be exposed by an attacker with network access.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Plus with Snapdragon 805 Processor, LTE-A

From DailyTech: If you’ve having a hard time keeping up with Samsung’s long list of Galaxy smartphones, get in line. That list is about to grow even longer thanks to a revised version of the Galaxy S5 that was introduced earlier this year; the new model is called the Galaxy S5 Plus (G901F).

Microsoft officially lays Nokia name to rest, embraces 'Lumia' for Windows Phones

From InfoWorld: It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft is officially phasing out the Nokia brand name.

A post on Nokia France's Facebook page says that the account will soon change its name to “Microsoft Lumia.” Nokia France's Twitter account linked to the post as well, and Microsoft confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the same rebranding steps. Microsoft acquired Nokia's device business in April for $7 billion.

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