LaCie intros 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 with massive storage space and fast performance

From CNET: If you're looking to make some real use of your new Macbook Pro's Thunderbolt 3 ports, LaCie has something for you.

The storage vendor announced today the Thunderbolt 3 LaCie 2big Dock for professionals, an external storage device that can also work as a docking station for other peripheral devices, including SD Cards, Compact Flash Cards and USB-C, DisplayPort as well as other regular USB and Thunderbolt 3 devices.

Oracle fixes Struts and Shadow Brokers exploits in huge patch release

From InfoWorld: Oracle has released a record 299 security fixes for vulnerabilities in its products, including patches for a widely exploited vulnerability in the Apache Struts framework and a Solaris exploit supposedly used by the U.S. National Security Agency.

The Struts vulnerability allows for remote code execution on Java web servers and was patched on March 6. Attackers have quickly adopted it and have used it in widespread attacks since then.

The original StarCraft and its beloved Brood War expansion are now free

From PC World: A few weeks ago Blizzard announced the upcoming summertime release of StarCraft: Remastered, giving a facelift to the classic RTS and its beloved Brood War expansion. Alongside that announcement came other interesting news though: The original (not remastered) versions of both StarCraft and Brood War would be made free sometime in April, alongside a new 1.18 patch.

Facebook open-sources framework for smoother Android apps

From InfoWorld: Facebook is open-sourcing its Litho framework for smooth UI performance on Android mobile applications.

The framework supports native development and leverages the declarative model used in Facebook's React UI library and the Yoga layout system. Layout operations are decoupled from Android views, which "allows us to move the CPU-intensive measure and layout operations to the background thread, saving milliseconds," said Facebook software engineers Pasquale Anatriello and Marco Cova.

AMD really wants you to upgrade your graphics card in 2017

From CNET: If you can't beat 'em, offer a really cheap alternative. That seems to be one of the themes of AMD's Radeon RX 500 series of GPUs, the successor to the not-very-old RX 400 series.

The most notable news is the way-cheap entry-level RX 550, which will start at $80 when it goes on sale in a couple of days. It's a step up from integrated graphics and it will make a cost-effective buddy for ultracheap FreeSync-compatible monitors.

Intel scraps annual IDF event as it looks beyond PCs

From PC World: After 20 years, Intel is scrapping its marquee annual Intel Developer Forum event, where tech enthusiasts gathered to load up on the chipmaker's news and technologies.

IDF started off in 1997 as a small event in Palm Springs, California. The show was later moved to San Francisco and vastly expanded during a boom in the PC market.

But with the PC market slowing down, the attraction of IDF has also dwindled. Intel's future isn't tied to PCs but instead to areas like data centers, autonomous cars, modems, the internet of things, and manufacturing.

Mozilla scraps Firefox's 'Aurora' dev track

From InfoWorld: Mozilla today announced it would drop one of Firefox’s preview tracks that have let customers test early versions of the browser before wider deployment.

Companies running Firefox and testing the browser using the “Aurora” track will be automatically migrated to the “Beta” channel today.

New Google Wifi spotted at the FCC

From PC World: We only looked at the first iteration of Google Wifi, the company’s mesh networking set-up, a few months ago and already it looks like version two is in the works. A Google filing recently spotted at the FCC describes a new dual-band router, possibly an update to the company’s Google Wifi.

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QNAP TVS-473 Review (Page 1 of 8)

Several months ago, a few of us gathered around the table and talked about our past summer job experiences. "Callaway Park customers are terrible," one of my friends began to rant. "They are impossible to satisfy. They just complain about everything!" Before that friend could continue, a second friend quickly jumped in. "You served an elderly couple a raw hamburger, what do you expect?" With the rest of us bursting out in laughter, this situation illustrates one very important lesson in life: Statements are one thing, but context is everything else. While it may be true some Callaway Park customers are impossible to satisfy, it certainly does not apply in the context my friend was in -- I definitely would have made a complaint if some kid tried to serve me a raw hamburger. A little over a month ago, I wrote an article called The 32TB NAS Setup: Striking the Sweet Spot on this website. If you have read that report, you may recall the QNAP TVS-473's power consumption reached as high as 81W under load with four Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB running in RAID 5. But what is the context? QNAP's latest small business class NAS comes with an AMD RX-421BD quad core CPU and an embedded Radeon R7 graphics processor for 4K video output and accelerated 4K H.264 video decoding and encoding. Therefore, the question we should be really asking is, does the company's state-of-the-art private LAN and cloud storage solution with top-notch multimedia features justify its power consumption by its features and performance? Let us find out.

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