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V-MODA Remix Review (Page 1 of 4)

In the beginning of the winter semester this year, I was assigned teaching assistant duties to a fourth-year electrical engineering class. Since lab attendance was optional, I decided to cancel all the scheduled sessions and had the students contact me if they needed any help. Most students in their last year of engineering do not require much assistance, if at all; as such, I never met most of the students in my class in person, although I have repeatedly seen their names on assignments and quizzes. When April rolled around, it was our annual capstone project design fair, and I decided to roam the grounds of the undergraduates to see who these people were and what their projects were about. Interestingly, many conversations ended up with them asking whether I was in second or third year. (I am currently doing my PhD in electrical engineering.) This is something the students had clearly not been expecting, and the reason why they had not been expecting this is probably because they guessed my age by how I look -- and we all know we should guess how old an Asian is by the way they look. That said, we all fall into the trap of judging a book by its cover. When I first opened up the V-MODA Remix, I was not expecting much from something roughly the size of an LG Music Flow P5 or Adesso Xtream S2. But things can be unexpected, especially from a company like V-MODA. How unexpected? Let me just say I was able to fill a 400-seat church auditorium with decent sound quality by using just one of these. Read on to find out whether it can justify its $300 price tag or not!

SilverStone Raven RVZ03 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Recently, I joined the wearable crowd and purchased a fitness tracker that doubles as a smartwatch. Previously, I have not really been big into wearing these kind of things. I saw those who buy it as people who just want notifications all the time, but are too lazy to pull out their phone to actually do anything about it. However, once I started using one, I began to appreciate a few things about it. I can say I quite like the physical benefits of the tracker, as it motivates me to get off my chair and move more than I used to. It does not feel like a huge shift or change in lifestyle either, but rather a collection of small changes. I also enjoy getting notifications off my watch, as it means I only have to pull out my phone out for important notifications. With my watch, I cannot see too much other than a small preview, but it is enough to let me skip the unnecessary things. Obviously, both of these features can be solved with alternatives, such as a step tracker and a smartphone, but after using a watch like this, I am glad I have this. Today, we have the SilverStone Raven RVZ03, the next small form factor computer case in the Raven lineup. While it may look similar internally as the previous mini-ITX Raven, it adds a current feature with an RGB light strip at the front. I know a lot of users have no care for the RGB colors, but once you get used to it, you might actually miss it when it goes away. Even still, is this another small form factor case that is worth having, or is it just yet another RGB case? Read on to find out!

Noctua NF-A Series Review (Page 1 of 4)

For most of this summer, I worked at a camp. It was, as usual, a great experience. Although it was a crazy hot summer in southern Alberta, the temperature made for a great summer filled with plenty of fun activities. But the heat also made the cabins became extremely hot. This was the worst at night, where it was almost impossible to sleep. We had to think of different ways to cool down the cabin. Some people thought it would be a good idea to get a big fan with a bucket of ice in front of it, but we did not end up doing this. One of the ideas actually worked really well. When it was late in the evening, we would set up two fans; one at each window of the cabin. One fan would be blowing air into the cabin, and the other would be blowing air out. This would move the air around the room and quite effectively cool the cabin down by the time we went to bed. Now, I probably should have thought of the idea, since it is basically the same as what a computer cooling system does. Some fans pull air in, and others push air out. There is more to it, but at its base this is all that happens. I think there is a lot more to consider when it comes to case fans than with fans for a room though. There is a wide variety of models and manufacturers to choose from when it comes to picking a case fan. Some are more focused on silence than performance, or you can go a balanced route, finding one that performs quietly. Other fans are more focused on static pressure, while some more on airflow. One manufacturer known for its quality, performance, and silence is Noctua. Today, we have the entire Noctua NF-A series up for review, including eight fans, some anti-vibration mounts, and a fan controller -- all of which I will be covering in this one review today.

Facebook Takes Aim at Video Clickbait

From PC Mag: Have you ever click on what looks like a video in your Facebook News Feed only to discover that what you clicked was actually an image disguised as a video? The social network is taking action to prevent this from happening in the future.

As part of its ongoing efforts to foster "authentic communication" on the platform, Facebook on Thursday announced two updates that aim to limit the spread of "video clickbait." That includes stories featuring either fake video play buttons embedded in their imagery, or videos of only a static image.

Sprint's BlackBerry KeyOne will stop reinstalling its bloatware

From The Verge: Sprint says the BlackBerry KeyOne’s horribly annoying behavior of constantly reinstalling bloatware apps, even when owners remove and disable them, is a bug and shouldn’t be happening. But it doesn’t have a perfect fix yet.

China cracks down on VPN sellers on Alibaba, other e-tailers

From CNET: The Chinese government has issued a warning to websites selling virtual private networks.

The Cyberspace Administration of China on Thursday demanded that five websites remove vendors that sell VPNs, which the country outlawed in July. Officials in China aim to stop people from using VPNs to get around its internet filter dubbed the Great Firewall, which blocks access to websites like Twitter and Facebook.

VPNs also help people keep their internet traffic private from the government or anybody who is trying to spy on them.

Asus Zenfone 4 offers dual cameras on five phones, including one that takes 4K selfie videos

From The Verge: Asus has revealed new phones from its Zenfone 4 line: the ZenFone 4, ZenFone Max, ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Whew, that’s a mouthful! The models and specs were leaked last week on the Taiwanese company’s French website. The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Max feature rear dual cameras (which seem to be all the rage this year), while the Selfie models have front dual cameras, which capture photos with a 120-degree angle.

Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID

From PC World: OK Google, phone Home. First announced at I/O in May, Google is ready to launch hands-free calling via its voice-activated Home speaker, letting you get in touch with anyone in the U.S. or Canada without lifting a finger—and for free.

Qualcomm bets on AI, acquires machine learning startup

From CNET: Qualcomm is aiming to stake a bigger claim in the artificial intelligence world.

The chipmaker announced Wednesday that it's acquiring Scyfer, a Netherlands-based machine learning startup. Scyfer has been working on AI for companies in industries such as manufacturing, health care and finance.

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