Microsoft is now rolling out Cortana inside of Skype

From The Verge: Microsoft is starting to roll out Cortana inside of Skype, letting its smart assistant jump into private and group chats to offer assistance in making plans and looking up information. Cortana will be available on both iOS and Android, but Microsoft says its assistant “will be gradually rolled out” starting in the US, so you might not have access yet.

BlackBerry Motion dumps physical keyboard for a huge battery, water resistance

From PC World: BlackBerry is back with another smartphone, but this won’t be as instantly recognizable as the KeyOne. Why? It doesn’t have a tiny keyboard below the screen.

The new Motion handset sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 12MP, f/2.0 rear camera. Without BlackBerry's distinctive hardware keyboard, however, the Motion looks a bit like a Sony phone, with squared-off corners and a boxy, unoriginal aesthetic. In place of the keyboard, the Motion features a home button/fingerprint sensor adorned with the BlackBerry logo.

Nokia's fancy VR Ozo camera is no more

From CNET: Nokia is killing off further development of its mega-expensive VR Ozo camera as part of shift in focus to digital health tech, the company announced Tuesday.

Blaming slower-than-expected growth in the VR market, Nokia said it would continue to focus on licensing opportunities and fulfilling its commitments to existing customers, but would otherwise redirect its efforts away from Ozo.

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Corsair Gaming K68 Review

Lock and load. You strap down with your usual auto buy combination and hit a set of familiar keys to radio your teammates. Go go go! The moment is yours. You and your team rush out of the spawn zone, as if a trained army in one accord, and into the stairway. Before you turn the corner, a teammate throws a flashbang. The flashbang flashes and your group of ten or so players point your AK47s in expectation of your opponents. All clear. Now you are into the building. Suddenly, at the top right corner of your screen, a teammate takes a bullet to the head and dies. You hear gunshots in the background. You turn around, only to spot four guys not on your team with a storm of bullets traveling your way. You turn around to look for a corner to hide, only to see a second group of opponents of equal size are already there. You take aim at them, but it was too late: You are dead. "That is not possible!", you yell at the top of your lungs. "How did they get here so fast?" Just as you wave your hands in the air, a couple of fingers make contact with the Mountain Dew sitting next to your keyboard. It falls over. You died in the game. A drink spills all over your keyboard. Is all lost? Fear not: If your keyboard is the Corsair Gaming K68, its IP32 dust and spill resistant certification will mean a good cleaning with a wet towel will bring you back into the game in no time. Close calls? You are covered.

Fractal Design Meshify C Review (Page 1 of 4)

After working for a year, I have pretty much been taking the exact same route to and from work. I take Deerfoot Trail down to my office, while taking slower routes like Memorial Drive and Crowchild Trail to get back home. My rationale is the path I take in the morning generally has free flowing traffic. As it is a freeway, I can travel down it pretty fast. However, by the afternoon, Deerfoot is all backed up, and it makes sense for me to take the relatively smaller roads. The biggest issue comes when my timing changes, as it affects which way is faster. Even when I have Google Maps open, I often ignore its suggestions and continue with the same paths, even if they result in longer commutes. Humans are creatures of habit and when we find something that works, we tend to stick to it. When you look at the computing world, I can definitely say Fractal Design has been a company of habit. If you take a look at their past Fractal Design Define lineup, including the R3, R4, R5, S, and C, we have had a very similar look in all of these cases. This includes a brushed solid front panel, boxy edges, and practically zero curves. There are definitely variances between the aforementioned models. However, Fractal Design has consistently kept the same design language throughout their Define lineup. Today, we have a product in a new lineup with the Fractal Design Meshify C. Gone is the solid front panel, sound dampening material, and even the conservative design, and in its place is a whole different beast of a case. Does the Meshify C still carry the same Scandinavian attention to detail and finish? Does it still hold true to the Fractal Design quality we love? Let us read on to find out!

Intel Will No Longer Provide Per-Core Turbo Frequencies, Making Motherboard Tuning Impossible

From ExtremeTech: Intel’s Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K has launched, earning our top CPU recommendation at its price point. But there’s one issue worth being aware of going forward: Intel has declared that it will no longer officially disclose its per-core Turbo frequencies. When we queried Intel why this was being changed, the company told us the following:

Lenovo's ThinkPad 25 celebrates 25 years of ThinkPads, at a retro $1,899 price

From PC World: In 1992, IBM shipped the ThinkPad, the iconic bento-box laptop that defined a generation of productivity. Twenty-five years later, Lenovo has launched the ThinkPad 25, an anniversary edition that even boasts a retro $1,899 price tag.

Microsoft's Edge Browser Is Headed to iOS, Android

From PC Mag: Not thrilled with your current mobile browser? Microsoft has a new option.

The software giant just announced plans to bring its Edge browser to iOS and Android devices. Along with that, Microsoft introduced a new Android launcher app, which lets you customize you phone's home screen.

China approves HP's $1.1B purchase of Samsung's printer unit

From CNET: China has given HP the green light to buy Samsung Electronics' printer business, but the deal comes with conditions.

HP has received approval to buy Samsung's printer business for $1.1 billion -- along with restrictions meant to keep the company from monopolizing the market and engaging in unfair practices, China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.


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