SilverStone ES02-USB Review

I remember how my brother would watch television when he still lived at home. He would be sitting on the couch, constantly throwing the remote into the air and flipping it. With throwing something into the air repeatedly, there will be a good chance to drop the remote. He dropped the remote multiple times and as a result, many broke, and many more lost the back covering the batteries. This was actually the most irritating bit, as it meant the batteries would disconnect easily when using the remote. That said, he only flipped the television remote, but never any of the gaming console controllers. I think they would be a little too hard to catch on the way down. One thing that has become quite a bit more popular today is a media PC for everything that you need. Unfortunately for my brother, usually there is no remote, which means he has nothing to break -- although it does create the first world nuisance of having to turn on the computer manually and then sit back down. SilverStone has an easy and basic solution for this, which is in the form of a remote. A remote for a computer is at first a little unnecessary, unless it is used for a media PC and some other niche uses like a computer in a locked cabinet. Otherwise, it seems like a car starter, which we kind of need here in Canada, especially in the winter. Today, we have the SilverStone ES02-USB, which is basically a short range remote to turn your media PC on without leaving the comfort of your couch. Read on to find out if it is worth it!

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From PC Mag: Nintendo is quite experienced at fighting patent infringement lawsuits targeting its hardware. Philips sued the company for infringing a motion control patent related to the Wii. Then a company claiming to own a patent describing handheld systems including the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS filed a lawsuit that also had to be fought and won.

Now Nintendo is gearing up to defend itself against another patent lawsuit, only this one is directed at the detachable Joy-Con controllers included in the box with every Switch.

Microsoft reveals new Windows 10 Workstations edition for power users

From The Verge: Microsoft is officially unveiling Windows 10 Pro for Workstations today. While the operating system was originally rumored back in June, Microsoft is providing the full details on the special edition today. As expected, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is primarily designed for server grade PC hardware and true power users. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations scales up for machines with a high number of logical processors and large amounts of RAM.

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Kaspersky drops Microsoft antitrust complaint thanks to new Windows 10 changes

From The Verge: Kaspersky is withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft today. The software giant has agreed to make changes to the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that have appeased Kaspersky and help its anti-virus software provide notifications and alerts to renew virus definitions. Kaspersky originally filed its complaint back in June, claiming that Microsoft disabled its anti-virus software during Windows upgrades and that the software maker was using its dominance to “fiercely promote” its own Windows Defender software.

Facebook unveils new Watch tab for original video content

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Google releases TensorFlow Serving library

From InfoWorld: Google has just moved to a production release of TensorFlow Serving, its open source library for serving machine-learned models in production environments. A beta version of the technology was released in February.

Part of Google’s TensorFlow machine intelligence project, the TensorFlow Serving 1.0 library is intended to aid the deployment of algorithms and experiments while maintaining the same server architecture and APIs. TensoFlow Serving lets you push out multiple versions of models over time, as well as roll them back.

Intel's 8th Gen Coffee Lake Chips Arrive August 21

From PC Mag: Intel promised back in February that we'd be getting 8th generation "Coffee Lake" Core processors in the second half of 2017. Now the chip giant confirmed they will be unveiled at 8am PDT on August 21 via Facebook Live and alongside the Great American Solar Eclipse.

HTC is rolling out 60 fps video to the U11 sometime in the ‘next couple of months’

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From ComputerWorld: Apple last week reported a 15% uptick in iPad sales, the tablet's first sign of growth in more than four years.

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