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CRYORIG A80 Review (Page 1 of 4)

For those who are dating or married, ten days ago was probably a pretty significant day in the early year. For myself, it was another day to make sure I do something special for my compadre, even if it is something small. I think the most standard gifts to give on this day are flowers and chocolate. However, I have never liked giving standard gifts, despite my lacking creativity. Last year, I found a place in Calgary that combined the two gifts to make chocolate roses. As she loves food more than flowers, I felt it was fitting. As for this year, I really did not have an idea until a few days before Valentine's, when I came across a Facebook post about a girl receiving a bouquet of chicken nuggets. While I laughed, my compadre loved the idea, so I decided to use this idea and add a bit more. In addition to the chicken nuggets I bought on Valentine's, I baked some brownies and arranged it all together with bamboo skewers and a cup, forming it into a bouquet of deliciousness. Even though I am pretty sure she would still be happy with flowers and chocolate, I wanted to do something special. From all this, you can see a standard solution for a problem can be good, but sometimes it takes a bit of ingenuity to flex the norm into something more fitting for the audience. Today's review of the CRYORIG A80 illustrates this point too. As an AIO liquid cooler, you might pass this off as another water cooler, but on closer inspection, you will notice a third fan placed right above the CPU heatsink. This small change is said to bring better cooling for not only the processor, but the components around it. So I can only ask, is this just a flash of a good idea, or does it actually deliver in practice? I guess we will find out when we dig in deeper today!

Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Review

I remember when I was a college student, my quantum physics professor told us something interesting about nuclear fusion. He said the research of realizing controlled thermonuclear fusion began in the 1950s. The scientist at that time predicted the time spent on commercializing generating nuclear fusion power would be fifty years. Now almost seventy years has passed, there is no sign of putting a nuclear fusion power generator into reality. Some scientists claim we need to wait another fifty years to see it happen. The biggest problem of using this technology lies in the fact that the amount of energy spent on controlling the nuclear fusion will be higher than the generated energy. However, what if we do not control the process of nuclear fusion? Then, the consequence will be large amounts of energy will be generated in a short period of time, which makes it impossible to harvest any useful energy for good use. Long story short, it will be a nuclear explosion, and the city will be left in darkness if the city happens to not be nearby. Obviously, the controlling method is important if you want to gain energy from nuclear fusion. Likewise, a good controlling method is also important if you want to deeply customize your keyboard without using any kind of software. For today’s review unit, the Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum, actually allows you to control the complex settings of the LED backlighting without using additional software on your PC. If this feature has already drawn your attention, read on and find out more about this product!

Stop using SHA1 encryption: It’s now completely unsafe, Google proves

From PC World: Security researchers have achieved the first real-world collision attack against the SHA-1 hash function, producing two different PDF files with the same SHA-1 signature. This shows that the algorithm's use for security-sensitive functions should be discontinued as soon as possible.

FCC rolls back net neutrality ISP transparency rules

From InfoWorld: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back some net neutrality regulations that require broadband providers to inform customers about their network management practices.

The Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday suspended the net neutrality transparency requirements for broadband providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers. Critics called the decision anticonsumer.

Razer's Power Bank boosts your laptop battery while charging two smartphones

From PC World: Gaming laptops have woefully short battery lives. It's par for the course when you're packing that much power into a portable notebook—but it's also a flaw that popular gaming hardware company Razer is taking aim at with the sleek-looking Razer Power Bank external battery.

Apple reportedly pays big bucks to buy, shut down iCloud.net

From CNET: Apple doesn't want any talk of clouds redirecting you to non-Apple products.

In its quest to dominate the iCloud game, the company recently bought out an Asian social network which had registered the iCloud.net domain.

AppleInsider was told the Cupertino, California-based company paid $1.5 million for the domain, but CNET was unable to verify the claim. It wouldn't be unlike Apple to shell the money out, with the company rumoured to have spent $4.5 million on a similar deal in 2011.

Apple was contacted for comment, but did not immediately respond.

Samsung starts production of new 10-nm Exynos 9 Series chip

From PC World: Samsung unveiled Thursday a new octa-core application processor that combines a custom CPU with a gigabit LTE modem and a separate processing unit for security applications, leading to speculation that it could be designed into the new flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone that the company is expected to launch soon.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895 is already in mass production and Samsung expects the chip to be designed into smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment systems.

Verizon plans 5G trial service in 11 cities this year

From InfoWorld: Lab tests of pre-standard 5G wireless with multi-gigabit speeds are evolving into trial services that users can actually enjoy in the real world – though not necessarily while walking around with a smartphone.

Verizon said Wednesday it will launch pre-commercial 5G service in 11 markets around the U.S. by the middle of this year, joining rival AT&T in aggressively deploying the future technology.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, carriers are expected to announce more upcoming 5G trials.

AMD's Ryzen launches March 2, outperforming Intel's Core i7 at a fraction of the price

From PC World: Ryzen is here. AMD said Wednesday that it plans a “hard launch” of its first three Ryzen processors on March 2. The highly anticipated chips promise to outperform high-end parts from Intel and undercut their prices by as much as 54 percent.

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