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?

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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.

Xbox's Project Scorpio will support AMD's game-smoothing FreeSync 2 displays

From PC World: We already know that Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s next evolution of the Xbox One, will be a Radeon-infused (but Ryzen-less) monster with 40 Radeon graphics cores. But the 4K-capable machine will also draw PCs and consoles together with support for variable refresh rates (VRR) via AMD’s FreeSync 2 and HDMI 2.1, according to Eurogamer.

Dropbox Paper's mobile apps now work offline, support new languages

From PC World: Dropbox Paper users will now be able to edit their documents offline while using mobile devices, thanks to an update released Tuesday. The change means that people can work on the documents they have stored in the service while on a plane and riding a subway, for example.

HP rises again to be the world's top PC maker as Lenovo slips

From InfoWorld: It was another tough quarter for PC shipments, but there was good news for HP, which edged Lenovo to regain the title of world top's PC maker, according to IDC.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 60.3 million units in the first quarter of 2017, growing by just 0.6 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year.

IDC previously forecast a decline of 1.8 percent in PC shipments, so the positive growth was a sign the PC market is recovering. Quarterly PC shipments reported positive growth for the first time since the first quarter of 2012.

Orange Pi takes on Raspberry Pi with new computer boards

From PC World: Raspberry Pi may be the most well-known board computer, but rival Orange Pi is rolling out a much larger range of boards at a furious pace and at cheaper prices.

The number of board computer users is growing, with Raspberry Pi's shipments passing 10 million units last year. Orange Pi hasn't shipped as many devices but is trying to customize its boards to meet a wider set of computing needs.

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