Google Fiber flips the switch on super-fast internet in Salt Lake City

From CNET: Google Fiber is live in Salt Lake City and ready to serve the internet needs of Utah's capital.

The web giant made the announcement Tuesday in a tweet that invited residents to check whether the super-high-speed Internet and TV services are available at their address and sign up for service. One gigabit service will run $70 per month, while 100 Mbps service will cost $50 per month -- both without data caps. TV and phone service cost extra.

New GDDR6 memory could hit GPUs in 2018

From InfoWorld: Virtual reality and gaming are changing the way PCs are built and driving the development of new types of memory for GPUs.

A successor to the GDDR5 memory used in most GPUs -- called GDDR6 -- will be on its way by 2018, according to a presentation by Samsung executive Jin Kim at the Hot Chips conference this week.

GDDR6 will be a faster and more power-efficient form of graphics memory. GDDR6 will provide throughput of around 14Gbps (bits per second), an improvement of 10Gbps with GDDR5.

Best Buy's online sales soar despite competitors

From CNET: Even as big retail chains like Target reported weak second-quarter earnings, Best Buy swooped in Tuesday with surprisingly strong numbers.

Its 0.8 percent growth for comparable sales, while modest, exceeded expectations, and online sales growth reached 23.7 percent compared to 17 percent during the same quarter last year.

Google is bringing its Wi-Fi Assistant feature to all Nexus phones

From PC World: One of the clever features of Google’s Project Fi is the ability of your phone to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks. This can help you save some data usage and possibly give you better download speeds if you’re in an area with shaky cellular service. Google maintains a list of over a million public, "high-quality" Wi-Fi hotspots and, when the Wi-Fi Assistant is enabled, will automatically connect to one.

YouTube's TV app gets a facelift

From CNET: YouTube updated its design for TVs, aiming to make it easier to watch when you're sitting back on a couch with a remote in your hand.

The new looks adds carousels based on 12 categories that people like to browse -- news, gaming, sports, beauty, travel, tech and so on. The redesign also adds more recommendations.

Open source 25-core processor can be stringed into a 200,000-core computer

From PC World: Researchers want to give a 25-core open-source processor called Piton some serious bite.

The developers of the chip at Princeton University have in mind a 200,000-core computer crammed with 8,000 64-bit Piton chips.

It won’t happen anytime soon, but that’s one possible usage scenario for Piton. The chip is designed to be flexible and quickly scalable, and will have to ensure the giant collection of cores are in sync when processing applications in parallel.

Microsoft's Office, OneDrive, Skype to climb into Lenovo phones

From CNET: Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype are wending their way to Lenovo's Android smartphones.

Microsoft and Lenovo announced on Monday a deal in which Lenovo will preload Microsoft's three productivity applications onto certain Lenovo devices powered by Android. Microsoft Office typically includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other programs. OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud-based storage service through which people can save and sync files online. And Skype offers voice calls and video chats.

Google readies next-gen RPC protocol to replace JSON

From InfoWorld: With the 1.0 release of its gRPC protocol, Google aims to provide a next-generation standard for server-to-server communications in an age of cloud microservices.

Originally unveiled early last year, gRPC was conceived as a transport framework for handling both public- and private-facing service endpoints. It uses HTTP/2 for its network features -- flow control, header compression, multiplexing requests for speed -- and employs another Google invention, called protocol buffers, to transmit the actual RPC data.

Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo RGB Review (Page 1 of 4)

As you may have read in my FSP Hydro G 850W article, I was in the market for a car. I ended up buying a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. It was kind of funny since I thought I would never buy a domestic car, and here I was purchasing from the same manufacturer as all the other cars I had driven. After many daily routes with this car, I can honestly say it is not terrible. On paper, it has average numbers across the board, and in practice, it is pretty much everything I expect. It may be missing features like lane departure warning or a sunroof, but to me it is everything I want to get from point A to B. It has also spoiled me on things like having a backup camera and USB audio, which might be standard on most cars, but something I have not seen until now. At the end of the day, I am happy with the price I paid, despite having to deal with the sloppy customer service. Do not get me wrong, this is not the best car I have driven or will ever drive, but it is adequate for the money and it works. As much as I may have wanted to get the top of the line for everything in my first car, I realized it is impossible for a recent grad like myself, and it honestly is not what I need. Similarly, as much as we love our peripherals, with mechanical keyboards and fancy mice, it really is not recommended for everyone, especially people with a tighter budget or those new to computer gaming. Cooler Master today has tried to accommodate these users with today's review unit of the Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo RGB, a mouse and keyboard combination with fancy rainbow lights. Will this keyboard still be capable in getting people typing from A to Z? Hopefully this review will answer this question, and more!

Microsoft upgrades Mac Office to 64-bit for all customers

From InfoWorld: Microsoft yesterday released 64-bit versions of its Office 2016 applications for the Mac, following a series of previews offered testers since April.

The five apps -- Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word -- will be updated to 64-bit for all customers, including those with an Office 2016 retail license, a consumer or commercial subscription to Office 365, and a volume license. Most users will be updated automatically as the suite launches an update app on its regular schedule.


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