Facebook pulls the plug on teen-focused network Lifestage

From CNET: Facebook has quietly retired Lifestage, a few weeks short of the teen-focused social network's first anniversary.

The app, launched in August 2016, invited teens -- and teens only -- to take photos or videos of various things, with categories such as what you "like" and "dislike," "how I dance" and "my best friends." But the app, designed to be a Snapchat rival, was pulled from the App Store last week.

LG's GPad X2 8.0 Plus Tablet Leaks, Reveals Battery Dock

From PC Mag: Choosing to buy a new tablet used to be an exercise is spec comparison to identify the best trade-off between features and price. But with prices falling while the components improved, there's a lot of "good enough" tablets out there for not very much money. So to make a new tablet standout from the crowd, you need to offer something different. For LG, that standout feature looks to be a battery dock.

Sharp’s new phone is half Essential, half iPhone 8

From The Verge: Sharp keeps making smartphones with incredible, almost bezel-free displays, and today it’s announcing another one: the Aquos S2.

The S2 looks like the exact average of a flashy phone in 2017. It has a 5.5-inch 2K screen that wraps around the front camera cutout, and the only real bezel is at the bottom of the display, where there’s room for a home button. Home button aside, the phone bears a strong resemblance to the Essential Phone, which was really the first to promote this style — even if it isn’t actually on the market yet.

Intel releases final Core i9 specs and release dates—and Threadripper is faster (sometimes)

From PC World: Intel released the final details of its Core i9 microprocessors Monday morning, and the data is in: AMD’s high-end Threadripper processors will be faster—except when you really need it.

Remember that Intel’s Core X-series family (also called the Core i9) was announced with several key omissions: namely the clock speeds of the 12-core Core i9-7920X and above, as well as the thermal design power, or TDP. On Monday, Intel filled those in. The 12-core Core i9-7920X launches Aug. 28 while the 14-, 16-, and 18-core Core i9 chips ship on Sept. 25.

Apple accused of 'anti-consumer' behaviour by Indian regulator

From CNET: Apple is in the crosshairs of India's telecommunications regulator.

The iPhone maker has been called out for its refusal to enable a Do Not Disturb app developed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on its devices, reports Times of India.

The app allows users to share details of "pesky" calls and spam messages with authorities and mobile service providers, who would then take action on the caller or sender.

Are you excited for the iPhone 8?

Yes, can't wait to see it!
25% (37 votes)
No, it's just an iPhone
39% (58 votes)
I'm mostly indifferent
35% (52 votes)
Total votes: 147

ROCCAT Leadr Review (Page 1 of 4)

What is being the best? A couple of years ago, Tom Goodwin, an executive at Havas Media, famously wrote that "Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening." The "something interesting" thing, as he points out, is that power and profit is no longer exclusive to the hands of producer of goods or provider of services, as it traditionally was. Instead, power and profit exists in a third-party interface between the producer of goods or provider of services and the people who consume them. In other words, while traditional wisdom has taught us being the "best" means you have to be the biggest in producing or the best in providing, the internet allowed this definition to be shifted to corresponding platforms that bring producers or providers together with the consumers. Therefore, being the "best" implies being the best in matching one side to the other. Now, if you ask me what is the best way to interface a human to a desktop computer, I would argue the keyboard and mouse is still preferred. But if you ask me what the best mouse is, that is a whole new question. Up until now, I would have told you it is the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless. But three years after this mouse has made its debut on my desk, we may have a challenger to take its position today. "Best" in meeting my criteria for a mouse is simple: A comfortable shape, high performance sensor, wireless, and a reasonable number of well-placed buttons. The ROCCAT Leadr seems to check all these boxes on paper. But will it be the best and make the cut as my new daily driver? Read on to find out!

Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT Review

One thing I like about having a workstation at work is the fact I can bring my own peripherals to use them there. Obviously, my workplace provided me with some OEM peripherals to start with, but I wanted something better. Back on my internship at Lockheed Martin, they actually prohibited workers from bringing their own mice or keyboards to work, because they were worried about security threats with peripherals from unknown sources. As I was an intern, I did not know this rule. It was not until a few months later when I was scolded by the systems administrators and was told to put it away. Thankfully, the security at my current workplace is a lot more relaxed. Within a week of starting at Calgary Scientific Inc., I brought all my peripherals, including a tenkeyless keyboard, the Cooler Master Storm NovaTouch TKL. To be quite honest, I chose this keyboard in particular because I wanted something smaller. Majority of my typing is spent on the home row without using the number pad, so I knew I would not really miss it. In addition, my current desk at work could benefit from having some extra space. However, even if I did have enough table space, there is just something about a smaller keyboard that looks much cleaner. Today, we have yet another TKL keyboard in the form of the Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT. Featuring the same sleek design with Cherry MX switches and harder PBT keycaps, I have to ask, is this a worthy keyboard to be brought to work? Or are there too many compromises in this small keyboard? Read on to find out!

Unannounced Ryzen Threadripper 1920 CPU leaked by AMD motherboard support pages

From PC World: It looks like AMD’s high-end desktop lineup won’t be limited to XFR-compatible chips after all. While the initial salvo of Threadripper CPUs—the 16-core Threadripper 1950X, 12-core Threadripper 1920X, and 8-core Threadripper 1900X—all sport the telling “X” designation, CPU support pages from several motherboard vendors have tipped off a non-X Threadripper 1920 that AMD hasn’t announced yet.

Spotify is coming to the Xbox One

From The Verge: Spotify is planning to release an Xbox One app soon. Pictures of Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit earlier this week, fuelling speculation that a real Spotify Xbox app is on the way. Sources familiar with Spotify and Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that a Spotify app for Xbox One is coming soon, and is currently being tested internally.

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