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.

Are flagship smartphones getting too expensive?

Yes
66% (101 votes)
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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.

No regrets: Microsoft rolling out refunds for digital Xbox and Windows games

From CNET: There's nothing worse than buying a game, especially a full-priced $60 one, only to find it's not what you expected (see: No Man's Sky). For PC gamers, the digital download platform Steam already offers a refund window where you can "return" a digital game, and now a similar system is coming to the Xbox One and to games purchased through Microsoft's Windows app store.

Samsung sees strong demand for Galaxy S8 despite Note7 fiasco

From PC World: Samsung is seeing strong demand for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, suggesting that consumers may be looking beyond the company’s debacle with the Galaxy Note7.

The company’s head of mobile DJ Koh said at a media event in South Korea on Thursday that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ had outstripped those for its predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, which were launched in March last year.

Microsoft kills off security bulletins after several stays

From InfoWorld: Microsoft this week retired the security bulletins that for decades have described each month’s slate of vulnerabilities and accompanying patches for customers—especially administrators responsible for companies’ IT operations.

One patch expert reported on the change for his team. “It was like trying to relearn how to walk, run and ride a bike, all at the same time,” said Chris Goettl, product manager with patch management vendor Ivanti.

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