thinksound On1 Review (Page 1 of 4)

I woke up early in the morning one Friday morning in late September. As leaves on the tree began to fall, and the ground is decorated by a new found blanket of yellow scatter, young kids are making their way to school to embark on a new year of challenges. What lies ahead of them is uncertain; what is certain is as surely as the sun rises from the east, the bell to indicate the beginning of class is about to ring. I started my car, and stopped just before the end of my driveway, patiently waiting for a spot on the road between cars driven by parents eagerly trying to get their children to class on time. Sitting in the seat next to me inside a hemp-looking cotton drawstring bag -- with the "thinksound" logo proudly proclaimed across the front -- is a pair of On1 supra aural headphones. I got on the road, drove out of my neighborhood, and merged into an expressway to a endless stream of motorists traveling to their destination of the hour. My destination of the hour, however, happens not to be work or school. Instead, it was to the dealership to drop my vehicle off for a morning appointment. I arrived right on the minute, pulled into the service bay, and dropped my keys off to the friendly receptionist at the desk, who led me to the shuttle bus sign up sheet next door. Fifteen minutes later, I boarded a minivan that took me to the University of Calgary. Still, clutched in my arms is the pair of thinksound On1 in its drawstring bag. After a brief chat with the driver, I arrived to door of my building. I got into my office, pulled out my chair, sat down, and placed the supra aural headphones next to its new friend, the V-MODA XS, who was already there waiting for it on the desk. Things began to heat up as a few of my coworkers dropped by to witness this rivalry on the brink of commencement. I plugged the thinksound On1 into SilverStone EB01-E and EB03 setup. Here at APH Networks, the first day of the thinksound On1 was about to begin.

Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 Review (Page 1 of 4)

In early October, a few of my friends, including Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan took a road trip up to our neighboring city of Edmonton, Alberta. While Calgary and Edmonton does have a bit of a rivalry, there are good and bad aspects of each city (But obviously Calgary has a much higher pro-to-con ratio in comparison to Edmonton). During our visit to the capital of Alberta, we went to West Edmonton Mall, and found a store sign that read "New fit slim boyfriend - Your favorite boyfriend fit just got better". Now, being the mature and grown-up people we were, Jonathan and I decided to cover up the words "fit". We got our chuckles out of it, and everyone else looked at us as if we were half our age. For all we know, this could be the actual intention of the store -- to bring up a comparison between your jeans and your boyfriend. However, I think this brings up a different point. Covering or hiding a single word allowed us to change the meaning of the phrasing. Furthermore, if you were to only see our altered slogan, you probably would not expect this to be written for jeans, but rather for a person. Thus when Antec released the Kuhler H2O 1250, a cooler said to have maximum and "best-in-class performance in a quick, easy-to-install package", I really had to question if this was all true. For one, this is what we are looking for in a CPU cooler generally, but is that what Antec is actually giving us? Or are there actually some words hidden words? Let us read on to find out!

AMD reveals high-end 'Carrizo' APU, the first chip to fully embrace audacious HSA tech

From PC World: With AMD's processors still stuck on an aging 28nm manufacturing process, it needs some innovation to catch up to Intel—and the company thinks it has the elements to do so with "Carrizo," a high-end integrated chip that the company will debut in 2015.

AMD said that Carrizo and a derivative, Carrizo-L, will debut sometime in 2015. AMD disclosed the new additions at an event in Singapore on Thursday, adding that it will reveal more details—presumably speeds and price—in the first half of 2014.

LG reclaims crown as world's largest UHD TV panel vendor

From CNET: LG Display, the world's largest LCD panel maker, clinched the title of world's largest UHD TV panel vendor last month for the first time in 22 months, a research report released Thursday showed.

According to DisplaySearch's TFT-LCD shipment report, LG sold 578,000 UHD TV panels, securing 28.1 percent of the market for the month of October.

Xiaomi Aims to be #1 Smartphone OEM Within 10 Years, Apple Urges Caution

From DailyTech: Xiaomi has big aspirations when it comes to smartphone sales. Xiaomi has already put a hurtin’ on Samsung, surpassing the South Korean electronics giant (and even Lenovo) in Chinese market smartphone shipments during Q2. In addition, pricing pressure from both Xiaomi and Huawei was partially responsible for Samsung’s disappointing Q3 earnings report.

This week at China’s World Internet Conference, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun made some bold claims about where his company is heading within the next decade.

Qualcomm to tap server market with the help of China

From PC World: Qualcomm wants to enter the server market, but it won’t do it alone, and will tap expertise in China to build the low-power chips.

“We’re going to work with Chinese companies to bring that technology and in fact co-develop that technology with Chinese companies,” said Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs on Thursday.

Amazon, Facebook creep up video ranks, but miles behind Netflix

From CNET: The streaming-video service remains, by far, the biggest source of downstream Internet traffic during peak evening viewing hours in North America. But jostling in the lower ranks are Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and even Facebook, suggesting changes in where we watch online video and the intensifying competition in Netflix's shadow.

Apple Watch Screen Resolution, App Limitations are Laid Bare by Developer Kit

From DailyTech: Apple, Inc. (AAPL) today let many a metaphorical cat out of the metaphorical bag with its introduction of the Apple Watch software development kit (SDK), a collection of APIs used to program for the device. It calls the new SDK the "Apple Watchkit" and it hopes the early release will help developers start baking apps in the simulator in advance of its wearable's market entrance early next year.

Here's among the discoveries

Facebook continues tools deluge with JavaScript type checker

From InfoWorld: With Tuesday's release of Flow, an open source static type checker, Facebook engineers are continuing their recent efforts to seed the community at large with tools built in-house.

"Flow adds static typing to JavaScript to improve developer productivity and code quality," Facebook technologists said in a blog post. "In particular, static typing offers benefits like early error-checking -- which helps you avoid certain kinds of runtime failures -- and code intelligence, which aids code maintenance, navigation, transformation, and optimization."

Google search adding 'mobile friendly' label to show when a site plays nice with phones

From PC World: In the next few weeks, Google will start to label websites that render well on mobile devices and is considering giving that label weight as a search rank signal, the company said Tuesday.

Websites can earn a ”mobile-friendly” badge that is displayed with search results if the site avoids requiring software such as Adobe Systems’ Flash, which isn’t officially supported in later versions of Android or by Apple’s iOS.


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